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The Rainbow Wedding to End all Rainbow Weddings: Jen & Ben

I think most of you will be aware by now that I love love love a rainbow wedding…why pick one or two colours when you can pick twenty seven!? So as you can imagine I squealed like a small child on Christmas morning when Jen & Ben’s wedding landed in my inbox. If I was less of a chatterbox I’d say that ‘I had no words’ when I saw these images…but in actual fact I had all the words in the world flying around my head as I made my selections for this blog post…

The wedding took place on 29th February this year. “We chose the date because we were so excited that there would be a 29th Feb this year!” Jen told me. “It was a Wednesday in late winter, but it didn’t put us off one bit. Our guests were a little surprised when we announced to them that the ceremony would be outside, but the weather was very kind to us and the ceremony was beautiful. Everyone also commented on how we won’t get an anniversary for four years, but (as my dad rightly pointed out in his speech) we get to have a two day celebration every year, on the 28th and the 1st!”

The outdoor ceremony and rainbow-covered reception were both held at The Matara Centre in the Cotswolds. The venue decor and rainbow touches were a real labour of love as the bride explains, “Working in the wedding industry (I make bridal headpieces and my company is called Head Full of Feathers), I knew I wanted to make things very personal to us. There are so many weddings that all look so very, very similar. We concentrated on having only the aspects of a wedding we liked the idea of, and got rid of the rest. We just wanted a huge colourful party with all our friends, and that’s what we got. We wanted the day to be as jam packed with things to do as possible, and the venue has such beautiful grounds that we wanted everyone to see them. So we got everyone to bring wellies and we went out to plant a cherry tree (Blossom flowers are my most favourite flower) It was a wonderful sight to see everyone playing about in the sunshine (in Feb!) all dressed in their best, and their wellies.”

“We wanted our wedding to be bright and colourful, so I suppose the theme multi-coloured fun-fest,” Jen continued. “So many people advised against it, saying we should stick to just 3 or 4 colours, but we knew it was going to work. Bright colours are just us. The invitations (drawn by me) were a magical wonderland inside a toadstool (the swing in the middle is in the grounds of The Matara Centre), so halfway through planning we decided to have as many toadstools at the wedding as we could. We printed off mini versions of the toadstool drawing on coloured card for our guests to write us messages on and peg them to our ‘guest book’ washing line and framed a large copy of it in the venue with our names and the date on. We also had a magic toadstool drawing tea-towel printed for favours for all our guests too. We even made 20 paper mache red and white toadstools which we put around the venue. The ushers had the job of secretly moving them around throughout the day, so it was like they were just popping up out of nowhere. Guests got to take these home at the end of the day too, which was lovely.”

“I had a dream during the planning process which featured a tree covered in cupcakes that looked just like blossom flowers. I just knew I had to recreate it somehow. I got in touch with my wonderful cake making friend, Sam, and she helped me bring the vision to reality, only better! She coloured all chocolate in all the colours of the wedding, and added them to the tops of all the little cupcakes. A true blossom tree. They were delicious too.”

“I bought a huge number of loose wooden flowers from Accents and Petals (their flowers are made of woodshavings from old pallets – amazing recycling!) and made all the table centres too. We concreted branches into pots and glued the wooden flowers onto them, to make a mini blossom tree for each table. Each table was a different colour, and thats how our guests found their seats.”

“We made so much of the decor ourselves – it made it so personal. We made so many different coloured pom poms – 200 pompoms in total, which took a whole lot of ‘froofing’ by very kind friends and family that had arrived the night before.”

Jen wore a 50s style dress which she had made by Honeypie Boutique. She really wanted a firey petticoats (oranges, reds etc) and Ann of Swank Underpinnings was up for the challenge! “When I first started looking for a dress I was do disillusioned by the whole process. I knew I wanted to have a short dress, because we would be dancing (a lot) and going to plant a tree, and I am a bit clumsy – I would have definitely got tangled up in it at some point. The first bridal shop assistant quite plainly told me that it was a ridiculous idea, and I wouldn’t feel like a bride in a dress that didn’t come to the floor – I was stunned (she has obviously never read Rock n Roll Bride!) Then I got in touch with a wonderful dressmaker who, it seemed, would answer all my prayers. Then she started ignoring my emails/tweets/phone messages. In the end I ordered a dress from Honeypie Boutique (lovely people that will do anything for you) and ordered a custom petticoat from Ann Swank. I customised the dress by taking the back out, and adding tulle to the bust, and I love it.”

The DIY didn’t stop with the wedding decor though as Jen painstakingly added 8000 Swarovski crystals to her Irregular Choice shoes. “I really didn’t think it would take too long to add the crystals to my shoes, I was wrong, it takes A LONG time. I even did my research wrong, thinking it would be 4000 crystals, but that turned out to be per shoe, oops. When I finally finished them I really wanted to show them off, but knowing I’m not allowed (and wanting to keep them a surprise for everyone for the day) I made a video and emailed it to Kat! I couldn’t help myself, I had to show someone! Luckily she loved them like I do!”

Being a headpiece designer of course Jen made her own headpiece as well as the ones her bridesmaids wore. “I made so many fascinators for the guests at our wedding and we had taken on so much in the way of DIY decoration, that I hadn’t even started to think about my hairpiece for the day three days before. I just kept getting on with other things that needed doing. Finally I got to it, and am really pleased with how it turned out. I made a mix of the wooden flowers that we used in all our decorations, and a version of my bleached peacock feather flowers, and finished them off with crystals and pearls. I wore a tangled pearl necklace and bracelet made by my good friend Helen (Fruitloop Designs) so this tied everything together”

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A 1950s-Inspired Shoot with a Brightly Coloured Modern Twist

1950s wedding inspiration isn’t going anywhere, but these days I’m loving seeing shoots that have taken from this era but added a modern twist to it. Whether that be with bright pops of colour, modern accessories or quirky details (aren’t the bouquets in the shoot the coolest?!) This shoot organised by The Sugared Saffron Cake Company and certainly landed smack bang in the middle of this new-wave of modern vintage styling. I’m thrilled to share it with you today.

“I wanted to organise a 50s themed shoot but with the current wedding debate about whether vintage is dead, I wanted to avoid a very retro look, whilst keeping the elements we’ve grown to love about 50s weddings” Asma of The Sugared Saffron Cake Company told me. “I wanted it to be bright and playful and I think that was captured really well by photographer Caro Hutchings. I wanted to find a venue that came with its own history, and a modern edge and The Royal Society of Arts was perfect.”

“After contacting some great suppliers I started work on mood boards and planning the treats for the dessert table. I finally decided on floral inspired double barrel wedding cake with sugar flowers, victoria sponge, triple chocolate cake, trifle shots, apple pie cupcakes, milk chocolate, cake pops, sugar cookies and bakewell slices.”

“I took a lot of inspiration from the stationery designed by Delectable Ink and the beautiful bouquet ideas of The Vintage Floral Design Co.” she continued. Andri coordinated the styling on the day, and thought up the ingenious ribbon dessert table. Carla dolled up our model Kris, with 2 gorgeous dresses from Luella’s Boudoir, including an exclusive new 50s-inspired design and some picture perfect peep toes from Emmy. In the end I think we all managed to showcase what we think a 50s London wedding should have, something accessible for brides but also a bit more exciting than they might have thought up themselves.”

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A Multi-Coloured South African Wedding: Mark & Manilla

When Mark & Manilla’s colourful wedding landed in my inbox I just about burst with excitement. There’s nothing quite like a rainbow wedding in my opinion!

The South African wedding was held at The View Boutique Hotel, a glamorous hotel in the heart of Johannesburg. “I felt that the ceremony should be the serious part of the day but I wanted the rest to be a very relaxed and festive carnival style celebration!” the bride told me.

“My final wedding for last year was an instant favourite,” wedding photographer Rensche Mari wrote. “As soon as I walked into Manilla’s home I knew it was going to be one of those weddings where I was just going to be wowed the whole way. The wedding had a carnival feel to it, the bridesmaids all dressed in different shades of green and each outfit was unique. Manilla’s whole look was so refreshing and just a lot of fun, her dressed popped with the beautiful colours and her dress even had the same green velvet as her shoes.”

Manilla’s stunning dress was made by Arwen Corsetry. The colour scheme she chose was complimented beautifully by all the wedding details – including bunting handmade by some ladies in an retirement home and all the DIY stationery and reception decor. The couple designed and handmade everything they possibly could. I’m loving the multi-coloured balloons on the ceiling!

Their wedding car was their own, which they decorated with brightly coloured ribbon and streamers.

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Recent Press: January 2012

Wow January has been such a blur! In fact it’s moved at such a super fast speed and so much has been going on that it feels like May or something already. So much has happened this month (good stuff by the way…) and as always the British press have been nothing but wonderful to me. Thank you to all the feature writers, editors and journalists that are so supportive of Rock n Roll Bride.

Photo Professional Magazine

This month’s article was a homage to my friend Ashton Jean-Pierre – not only his fantastic work with film photography but how he overcomes being a deaf wedding photographer in a hearing world.

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Wedding Magazine

Rainbow, rainbow everywhere! I was so pleased when Wedding Magazine agreed to feature some of my favourite rainbow wedding ideas this month. Rainbow is without a doubt my very favourite colour…

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Reverie Magazine

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A Rainbow Rockabilly Wedding: Jennifer & Jon

If you’re a long-time reader of this ‘lil wedding blog of mine, you’ll be well aware that I’m a huge fan of the rainbow wedding trend. I even modeled in an ‘Over the Rainbow’ themed shoot last October. So you can imagine my glee when Jennifer & Jon’s wedding landed on my desk.

The couple wanted a huge party, and with 200 guests and only a $10,000 budget they were determined to not spent a fortune to do so. “We honestly would never have been able to pull of any wedding without our friends and family,” Jennifer told me. “It was truly a DIY wedding with everyone helping out days beforehand by shoveling, raking and baking in the hot sun to make my friend’s ranch into a kick ass outdoor wedding venue. Caitlin & Michael Burns, owners of Rebar Ranch were gracious enough to make our vision come true (or turn our lack of vision into something amazing!)”

Everything from the ceremony to the after-party was personal to the couple. “Our inspiration was simply to have a wedding that represented ourselves completely in every aspect,” the bride continued. “I had to throw out the wedding books in order to stay sane. We just told each other no matter what it would be what we wanted and to not make things to serious. I walked down the aisle with my brothers –  two of the most important people in my life. One of the highlights of our wedding was we wrote our own vows as all the vows we found online didn’t really feel very ‘us’.  It took us awhile but after a few margaritas we incorporated some of our favorite song lyrics into every part of our vows”

“Our theme was simply ‘Party!’ All we wanted to do was celebrate with those closest and have as much fun as possible. Our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. We danced all night! The band was able to play some Johnny Cash songs as well as their original songs.”

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Yoshi, Final Fantasy & A Bride with Green Hair: Esther & Andy

Esther & Andy’s incredible wedding was a little bit nerdy (Yoshi details, music from the Final Fantasy video games in their ceremony) and seriously cool (green haired bride who made her own dresses and rocked out to Sabotage at their reception…)!

“We made a pact with each other that anything that wasn’t perfect or going right by the last two weeks before the wedding we would just say screw it”, Esther told me. “We had the most important things covered – church, officiant, music, reception food, bride, groom. There was no reason to drive each other or anyone else crazy for what is supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives. It was probably one of the best things we did. There were a few major things that went wrong and it helped to just say ‘screw it’ and move along instead of sulking.”

The wedding was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Upper Arlington, Ohio. This was the bride’s home church that she has have been going to her entire life so it was a really important part of the day. “We made it an open ceremony so any church members and friends who wanted to come could join us,” she explained. “My Pastor officiating us was my Youth Pastor growing up and he totally threw a curve ball during the ceremony when he brought up our Lord of the Rings quote from the invitation and ran with it for his entire sermon about love, devotion and patience.”

“After the ceremony we had a receiving line where and small punch and cookies reception so that people who weren’t invited to the private reception we could still greet and thank them for coming.”

The bride’s ceremony dress was based on a traditional Korean hanbok style with a jacket. Then, for the reception at North Bank Pavillion, Esther changed into a multicoloured shorter style dress, The reception dress was in the traditional hanbok colours and I hand dyed all the fabric but it was in a short length without a jacket and striped on the skirt instead of the traditional sleeves.”

The North Bank Pavillion was the groom’s dream venue, “It is a public park but highly coveted for it’s gorgeous glass shelter house. We had to go one year and one day ahead of when we wanted our date to enter into a lottery to book it. They give all the people who are there numbers and put the balls into a bingo spinner then draw. Luckily we won on our second try.”

Their reception was a mix of nerdy and cool. They had a Yoshi theme throughout including in the brides and bridesmaid bouquets, the stationery and the wedding cake. “There was so much DIY in the wedding, it would be difficult to share them all. I think the biggest challenge was the Jellyfish decoration for me. I went through several failed attempts from huge handmade crochet doilies to trying paper mache strategies with huge play balls and tulle. I finally ended up using round paper lanterns from China town.”

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