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Easy Going and Super Cool Wedding in Berlin

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Berlin is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. There’s this crazy juxtaposition of the old, overgrown and almost derelict looking architecture, with a really unique arty and creative vibe. Nearly everything is covered in graffiti or art of some kind. Jamie and Angi’s wedding couldn’t be more Berlin if it tried. I adore everything about it!

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The unique ceremony was held outside, at the former US Army Field Station in Teufelsberg. “When we got engaged we had no idea about weddings”, said the bride. “Neither of us had ever planned to get married, so we had to do a lot of research. In a way that was great because it meant we could approach everything with an open mind. Jamie is from Australia and we lived in London for many years. About five years ago we relocated to Berlin and so the wedding was a great opportunity to get everyone under one roof again.”

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It’s Not a Party Without a Photo Booth!

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I am an unashamed photo booth hog. To me, there is nothing more exciting than walking into a party and discovering that there’s one present. I’ll be the first one in and the last one out. I JUST LOVE THEM. Silly props! Stupid poses! Click click snap snap! That is my idea of a damn good time.

I know you guys feel the same because the popularity of photo booths at weddings has sky-rocketed over the past few years. In fact I can’t remember the last time I went to one without one!

So when The Photo Booth Guys got in touch, wanting me to showcase their killer booths on my blog, I knew you would be just as excited to hear about them as I was.

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A Candy Coloured & Cute Bridal Shoot with Snapacab!

Kay’s simple but cute bridal shoot took place at Wokefield Park, near Reading. The idea of a sweet, candy coloured shoot with a fashion-edge came from photographers Studio Rouge, who also wanted to use the images to showcase their snapacab.

“Snapacab? What’s that?!” I hear you cry. Well we all know how much fun photo booths are don’t we? But how about a photo booth in the back of a taxi?! I’d book this baby to drive me around all day if I could!

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Candy Coloured Cuteness: Lucy & Michael

Lucy & Michael’s candy coloured cute-as-hell wedding stole my heart! The pastel colour palate is so fresh and totally perfect for their DIY wedding. Lucy & Michael actually found their photographer, the fabulous Shell De Mar, through an engagement shoot featured on Rock n Roll Bride too so it’s really cool that I’m allowed to feature their gorgeous wedding too.

“We knew that it was important to have a wedding photographer who understood the style and inspiration for our big day and would capture all of the details we had so painstakingly created,” Lucy told me. “We wanted a fun and creative record of our day rather than a set of stuffy portraits. We discovered Shell De Mar when we saw a seaside engagement shoot that was featured on Rock n Roll Bride. We immediately fell in love with her use of light and colour, and the way she captured her couples.”

As readers of Rock n Roll Bride, the couple knew that wanted to create a wedding that reflected their personalities (yey!) Lucy explained, “When we started planning our wedding, we wanted to make sure our personalities were reflected in every last detail, that we incorporated the wedding traditions people would expect without being ruled by them, but most of all that we threw an amazing party with something for everyone that all of our friends and family would enjoy. I scoured the internet and took inspiration from wedding blogs (I am a daily Rock n Roll Bride reader!) and magazines, pulling out all of the elements we loved and adding a few extra ideas of our own.”

“The theme for the day was vintage village fete. When we first went to see our reception venue, a traditional village hall out in the countryside, we knew it was perfect for our theme and it even had beams to string our bunting from! We loved the idea of having a sweet table and a cheese table as these were one of our favourite ‘wedding trends’, and Michael suggested that we could set them up as market stalls to tie in with our village fete theme. After numerous prototypes Michael and my Dad constructed amazing market stall backdrops for our cheese, sweet and cake shops.”

“Another wedding trend we were excited about was having a photo booth at the reception. I mentioned the idea to my brother and he not only created a photo booth computer programme using a camera linked up to a laptop, but also made us a ‘booth’ and created a website to showcase all the photos after the day. We topped it off with a dressing up box, including of course moustaches on sticks as no indie wedding would be complete without these!”

“Music was also a really important part of our day as it is a huge passion for Michael! We had a vintage record player set up for our arrival drinks, and created a background playlist for during the wedding breakfast using soundtracks from our favourite films. Instead of hiring a wedding DJ, we decided to ask Michael’s friends to each do a DJ set for us, and Michael even played a few tunes on the night! We ended up with a really great variety of music which was all carefully chosen and meant something to us.”

As you can see, DIY was also something the couple wanted to tackle for their wedding. They made a number of things themselves including the save the dates, the photo booth and the candy buffet. “We love making things and are always working on DIY projects, so we DIY’d as much of the wedding as we possibly could!” Lucy continued. “We really enjoyed coming up with an idea for the wedding, then trying to think up a way to make it into a reality. We started off with handmade save the dates styled like vintage postcards (complete with vintage stamps). When it came to the invitations we decided to use a professional designer we found on etsy to design the suite which we then printed and assembled. We also added bus tickets for all our guests coming on the route master bus!”

“My Mum and I created most of the decorative elements – from placecards, table plans and sweet shop labels to tissue paper pom poms, cushions and napkin rings. Mum also created the beautiful Mr & Mrs letters we displayed on our top table. Mum now has her own website (spottydaisy.com) and creates a whole range of handmade and bespoke wedding decorations and occasion cards to order. I think the biggest DIY project I took on was the wedding favours. I loved the idea of having little thank you gifts, but couldn’t find anything that would appeal to all of our guests, so I decided to make favours tailored to each person. I sewed corsages for the ladies, monogrammed handkerchiefs for the men and then handmade all of the favour boxes.”

Oh this is so cute and a wedding I wish I could have been at!

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A DIY, Lesbian Wedding: Natalie & Sarah

Natalie & Sarah were married at El Rio, a bar in San Francisco. “My friend described our wedding as ‘A backyard picnic with 52 pieces of flair’. I wanted it to feel like a big huge queer love fest,” newlywed Sarah told me.

“Our wedding was Rock n Roll because it was a queer wedding first and foremost. We had so much wiggle room to shape our event to be exactly what we wanted it to be. We were able to incorporate some traditional aspects, like the ring exchange, and do away with others that had no meaning to us like a bouquet toss or smashing a piece of cake in one another’s face. Although Nat and I can’t legally get married in the state of California we’re looking forward to taking a trip to New York to do it soon! I have a full sleeve of tattoos and wanted to feel sexy at my wedding, so I opted for a short dress that showed off my sleeve & some cleavage.”

Sarah’s dress was a bridesmaid’s dress from Lula Kate which she ordered in white to save money. She also wore shoes by Jeffrey Campbell and DIY veil and jewellery. Natalie wore a hired tux from Men’s Warehouse, but to say it was a bit of a rubbish experience is an understatement.. You can read all about the drama on their blog soyourenGAYged.com.

“We were on a very tight budget, but didn’t want our guests to know it, so we tried to do everything we could to make it feel like a small intimate gathering with all of your best friends in attendance,” Sarah continued. “We also served gourmet comfort food to our guests – fried chicken, baked beans & mac n’ cheese. Yum! We also tried to keep most of our money within the LGBT community, so the venue was owned by a lesbian, our caterer was a lesbian and most people who helped out day of were all from within our community too. We decided who read their vows first by playing rock, paper, scissors and it was a huge hit.”

The couple also DIY’d a lot to save money including the flowers, “They were hand sewn by yours truly because we ran out of money and I wanted to have some damn flowers!” Sarah laughed. “I handmade my bouquet with fake flowers and incorporated some vintage pins in it that I’d asked for as a gift for my bridal shower. My maid of honor did flowers for many years, so she made their bouquets out of fake flowers we bought the day before at a store. They turned out so well – she took hours to glue all of the pearls to the inside of the red flowers.”

“Our dessert table was designed by a fabulous friend who hung some of the desserts from a tree. Almost everything at the wedding was a DIY project completed by either myself or my amazing team of friends. We did 3 first dances, so that I could get in a cha-cha with my Mom.”

“The DIY altar and photo backdrop was my favorite DIY project. I blogged about it here. The photo’s in front of it turned out so so good!”

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An Eclectic Nightclub Wedding: Ant & Lou

Ant & Lou were married in Chianti, Italy but had a massive reception party at The Kazimier nightclub in Liverpool on their return. “We wanted to get married abroad and bring with us all of the people we love dearly,” Lou told me. ” It was important to both of us to have our friends and family there, but to also have a very personal wedding, something that was exactly us.  We found a beautiful castle in Chianti, Italy and started our wedding process from there.  Everyone came on different flights at different times on different days and even though there was an ash cloud, an unexploded WW2 bomb found in Pisa airport and severe winds causing planes to be diverted, everyone got there eventually.  One group of friends were travelling for 26 hours just to get from Liverpool to Tuscany! but they made it and their positivity was beautiful.”

The couple asked photographer Assassynation to photograph their reception in Liverpool. I’m actually really good friends with Sassy and she emailed me the day after this wedding to excitedly tell me all about it and that I was going to love it…and she was right!

“We knew we wanted to have a party at home to be able to invite all of out friends and family that couldn’t make it to Italy,” continued the bride. “We also knew we had to have it in the The Kazimier – what an AWESOME venue. We took our inspiration from everything we love… I think that was why it was so eclectic.  We didn’t have a specific theme and we probably wouldn’t have stuck to one anyway as I’m a bit scatty. We wanted our wedding to be enjoyable for us and for everyone we love whilst still maintaining our personalities. An off the shelf wedding was definitely not for us.”

“Everything was so natural, nothing was contrived, we just arranged things that we would enjoy and tried to make it as fun as possible. A friend at the reception actually said ‘If you could get inside Ant and Lou’s heads, this is what it would be like!'”

The couple set everything up at the venue themselves the day before. Their DIY decor included a kissing booth; countless sets of fairy lights, tea light holders, lanterns and a collection of jam jars and Chianti bottles (collected over a year) to house wild flowers and candles; a washing lines with photos from the wedding pegged to them; a gypsy caravan; a ‘big fat gypsy wedding’ cake; a huge shark’s head bursting out of the venue into the garden; an old popcorn cart. They even employed an entertainment team comprised of a clown, a circus master, a ballerina, a mime artist and a lion to greet the guests. They also gave out roses, champagne and canapes as well as made for some pretty incredible photographs!

Lou wore a dress from Monsoon and a vintage veil from the 1980’s which she found in a charity shop. Her bridesmaids also all wore Monsoon dresses but they were told to pick any one they liked and felt most comfortable in.

Whoa visual overload! Don’t you just love Ant & Lou? Now this is a Rock n Roll Bride….

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Film Wedding Photography – Sophie & Robert’s Quirky Vintage Countryside Wedding

There’s something about film photography. Something magical. Our wedding was shot on film in fact, and while at the time this wasn’t even a conscious decision (digital wedding photography wasn’t as popular then – wow I sound like we got married in the dark ages!) it’s a choice I’m pretty happy we made. There’s just a certain quality with this format, that no matter how hard it tries, digital images simply can’t compete with.

So when photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre sent me Sophie & Robert’s wedding last week, shot 100% with film, I jumped at the chance to share it with you.

“I grew up wanting to be different and loving quirky & unusual things,” newlywed Sophie told me. “I just don’t have a thing for traditional weddings and get excited whenever I see an alternative wedding on the internet. I knew that was what I wanted after getting engaged.”

“Robert and I knew we didn’t want to look traditional. Although I initially wanted to wear a vintage dress, I ended up falling in love with the quirky David Fielden dress! It was, in fact, the first dress I tried on and only took me 8 more dresses to decide it was the one for me. The back of the dress was initially short and I asked the dressmaker to make it longer as I wanted it to look a bit dramatic. Robert absolutely loves vintage-looking suits, so he got a beautiful bespoke brown suit made at Dress2Kill and it suited him perfectly! He also got this fabulous pink & cream striped bow-tie from Hackett.”

The couple wanted to put their personal stamp on their wedding, and so took it upon themselves to DIY wherever they could. “Due to my creativity, I wasn’t frightened to make my wedding ideas come real,” Sophie continued. “The unusual table plan display and the confetti cones were among the things Robert and I made. I also ordered favour badges, which went down well with our guests!”

“My lovely Mum made the pink/cream/light brown bunting and and the confetti cones were made by myself and Rob. We got the vintage vases & containers from charity shops and family members.”

“The other decorations came from Etsy – Pom Queen, FunOnAStick, Victorianstation – and Folksy – The Lime Garden.  I got the paper mache table numbers off Lainesworld.co.uk and sprayed them with gold paint! The invite, RSVP postcard,  menu and order of service were designed by myself, and Rob and I created the unusual table planner!”

And as I imagined from seeing Ashton‘s incredible images, the photography was also very important to this stylish pair. “As I am a photographer myself, choosing a wedding photographer was going to be a very easy task! Actually, Ashton was the only wedding photographer I considered hiring as we are friends and I absolutely love his style. We both have a thing for vintage things & alternative weddings and prefer to use film, so he knew exactly what I wanted. He was fabulous on our wedding day!”

Beautiful! I’m laying my blogging claim to all of Ashton’s weddings from here on in. I love his photography SO MUCH. Who’s with me?

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Michelle & Trevor’s Rainy, South African, Homemade Wedding

“It’s like raaaain, on your wedding day…”

While a wash-out may be some couple’s worst nightmare, Michelle and her fiance Trevor certainly made the most of their rainy South African wedding…in fact they rocked that rain like I’ve never seen before! The wellies, multiple white umbrellas and incredible backlit portraits made me always wish my wedding had been so damp!

The wedding was held at the bride’s parent’s wedding venue, Willowvale Weddings. “6 months before our wedding date the reception hall was just a cow shed,” the bride told me. “In those 6 months my parents bashed and built the most fantastic space. There was still paint drying on the day – nothing like a bit of pressure!”

Continuing on from the ‘DIY’ venue (which is now open for all weddings) the day had a handmade and homespun feel. As Michelle explained, “We didn’t want the usual cookie cutter, draped-hall wedding, I was quite happy to elope but Trevor convinced me that I’d be happier if I shared the day with our closest friends and family (he was right). So we tried to make it as unique as possible, my Mom made my dress from pictures of dresses I sent her and it was EXACTLY what I wanted.”

“Our guests sat on hay bales for the ceremony, we didn’t have hymns (each of our sisters read a blessing instead) and we had a handfasting ceremony within our Christian ceremony.  Our men and maids didn’t matchy matchy.  We had a fingerprint tree instead of a guestbook, our table flowers were arranged in giant teapots, we both made speeches (he read an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit about being made real and made me cry), our friends collected baby food jars for us to put candles in everywhere and the bunting made everything more fun!”

“Following wedding blogs gave me the guts to stick to my guns about some things (and made me realize that other things are just unimportant!) As well as helped me to show my Mom visually what I was trying to achieve from 9000km away!”

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Juliana & Tony’s Tim Burton Inspired Wedding

Juliana & Tony’s wedding was inspired by their favourite Tim Burton movies. “We wanted to pack a big punch in a small and intimate way,” they told me.  “We constantly reminded ourselves to keep it simple, not to sweat the small stuff, and to enjoy the day.”

“Even though the date was set for October, we didn’t want our wedding to be considered or overpowered by a Halloween theme,” they continued. “The main focus would always be about us as the couple. It was a bit of a challenge finding a wedding theme that worked for us and that was appropriate. We started with the color scheme of black, red, and white.”

“After the colors we started looking at decorations that would work with the venue’s ambiance. We were inspired by a visit to Disneyland’s Holiday decorated Haunted Mansion. After looking more at the work (art and films) of Tim Burton it was decided that we wouldn’t limit ourselves to just one of his movies but try to select something from all of them. The purpose wasn’t to be creepy and eerie but to help describe us (like many of his characters) as off-center.”

All of the wedding favours, the cake toppers and the bouquet decorations were handmade by the bride and the Jack skeleton cake topper came from Disneyland.

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Linsey & Wes’ Totally Rock n Roll Wedding

Linsey & Wes found their photographer Jessica Monnich through a feature on Rock n Roll Bride (yeeey!) so it’s only right that it’s come full circle and I now get to share their awesome wedding too. The wedding took place in February at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas beginning with a beautiful ceremony in the gardens.

“I was not a traditional bride in any sense (even down to the short dress), so I just kept looking for things that felt like us,” bride Linsey told me.  “We were always going after more of a feeling than a look, which made it hard, but in the end the feeling was achieved and everything just fell into place thanks to awesome friends and family.”

“It was challenging with everyone else’s opinions and being told things have to be done a certain way, but we threw that out the window a long time ago.  Working on a budget that we put together from the beginning, we were also able to get more creative and decide what were the most important things for us on that day – friends/ family felt loved for and had fun and that we were able to enjoy ourselves.”

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Rock n Roll Bride Party Report – Photo Booth Carnage

Deciding to have a photo booth at the Rock n Roll Bride Party was probably the most genius thing ever. I asked everyone to bring a prop and people really did go all out! From a customised uke to an inflatable pink wig… from gold hot pants to a laser cut ‘It’s only Rock n Roll but I like it”… from a blow up pink flamingo to a parrot (!) I was so excited that people made such an effort.

Lisa of Lisa Jane Photography was in charge of the booth-action, and I’m pretty sure she didn’t stop taking photos all night! So without further ado, check out the hilarity…

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Add yes….David McNeil and I snogged…we both look a little disturbed about it don’t we? Although I’d like to point out it was his idea

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Jaclyn & Joseph’s Rock Star Wedding

Jaclyn & Joseph’s Californian wedding was certainly one with rock star credentials. With colours like bright pink, lime green, gold & cream all mashed together, the result was sure to be a spectacular one.

“My inspiration was to create a fairy tale wedding with and Alice in Wonderland twist”, explained Jaclyn. I” wanted both elements of shabby chic and edgy to blend together.  It came together beautifully.  Our wedding was breathtaking.  All of the details like the cake, flowers, craft tables and accessories made this wedding become extra stylish.  The food was a priority for me too and I think it had a rock star element as well.  We served a late night snack bar for our guests as well as a candy bar for take home favors.  Each of these elements made our wedding unique and memorable.”

“We had funky furniture for our reception that we rented from Blue Print Studios. This furniture was bold and bright and created a rock star feel for the reception.  A one of the best ideas that our guests loved was our photo booth.  It was the highlight of the late evening.  Our photo booth company had so many awesome accessories for people who wanted to get funky. From boas to beer glasses it was awesome.  I wish we could do it all over again!”

Jaclyn used her love of fashion to create her own, very unique, wedding day look, ” I LOVE fashion and design so much! I am a hair stylist and get to be creative everyday. When I was thinking of my dress I really wanted something special and cool.  My Mom and I went to Trudy’s in Campbell and found a beautiful dress that had lots of potential for me to get funky with. I bought this dress and with the help of a seamstress named Genine, we made magic.”

“My favorite color is pink and I wanted pink in my dress.  We decided to tear the bottom of the dress out and add lots of pink tulle. It was so much fun. My idea was to have 3 shaded of pink fading from light to dark and we made it happen. I felt like a rock star on my wedding day because of my dress!”

With her perfect dress she wore Christian Louboutin shoes and vintage jewellery.

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Margaret & Edi’s INCREDIBLE “Blows-Everything-Else-Out-of-the-Water” Gothic Alice in Wonderland Wedding

Yeah…so…um…speechless.

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Seriously people! Get a load of this sheeeeeit. OK, OK let me get myself together for a second…

Margaret sent me a sneak peek to her incredible wedding to Edi back in October and I had to wait until this week to see the rest of them. Do you know how hard that has been for me?! I actually teased the above photo on Twitter the other day and someone replied asking if it was a photograph of heaven…that’s a pretty accurate assumption I think!

The couple were legally married at Edi’s parent’s house and the reception took place in the fairytale setting of The Bali Room in the Kempinski Hotel, Jakarta and Margaret told me all about it.

“Our theme was Alice in Wonderland. I picked Alice for my theme, because I’ve loved it since I was a little kid and because my Mom’s name is Alice. The main colour was dark purple because purple represents magical and darkness in the same time. its so glamorous! Our family members wore purple shade outfits.”

“Look at the stage! It was like gothic Alice in Wonderland meets Avatar! The reception areas were full filled with the giant mushrooms and flowers and you felt so tiny when you entered the room because all the things were gigantic. Our party was one day after my birthday, so it was like the most amazing birthday gift for me, ever!”

“For my crown, I asked the craftsmen to made me a tiny tiara because it looks cute and propotional with the short dress (I had two dresses – a short one for the ceremony and a long one for the party.) Then and for the party I asked him to made me old-queen-era crown, like count dracula era. I love vampires.”

“For the wedding gift for the guests, we gave them a free shot for instant photos, and the decorator decorated the place and make it like a giant story book. It’s so cute and everyone loved it. We put the photos on the frame and gave them to the guests.”

“What makes me think that my wedding suits your blog? Well, because our wedding was MAD! It was not like the other weddings here in my country. FAR away from beautiful and pretty. It was more dark, twisted and full of imagination. I’ve never seen anything like this HERE, so I guess I’m the first one who did this and I hope the last one too.”

Margaret wore two dresses both custom made PhangSanny Couture. “The woman behind this label is Phang Sanny or we can call her Sanny , she’s so talented and actually her style is more like vintage romantic,” Margaret continued. “She loves beads and vintage look. I asked her to make two custom made dresses for me because I love her sweet sense of style and I don’t really like ordinary wedding dress.”

“My ceremony dress was short. I was dreaming to wear short ballerina-like dress for the ceremony and  reception, but when I told her about the Alice in Wonderland theme, she designed the second dress made from lots and lots of pink and white tulle (pink is my favorite colour) and red stones (inspired by the red queen.) The shape of the dress itself was inspired by Dita Von Teese’s wedding dress and I just fell in love with it!”

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