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Handmade Candy-Themed Wedding at Valentine’s Mansion

Danielle and Lee’s wedding was a masterclass in how to make the slightly kitsch incredibly cool. Their wedding, fittingly held at Valentine’s Mansion in Ilford last summer, was candy and sweet-themed, and featured lots of DIY projects, a rainbow colour scheme, and some badass portraits that make them look like a super-cool indie band…

Describing their theme, Danielle explains. “We didn’t want anything particularly traditional. No real flowers, just lots of colour and sugar!”

And sweet and saccharine it definitely was, even from the start. “The invitations were handmade in the form of a colour-pop chocolate bar wrapper, which we then printed onto a Galaxy Bar and posted to everyone! The chair ribbons, bouquets, bunting and so on were all rainbow coloured. All the centrepieces were candy jars and whirly pops, and we had candy trees on the mantelpieces and a large pick ‘n’ mix buffet.”

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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 Magical New Year’s Eve Wedding: Danyelle & Daniel

Danyelle & Daniel were married on New Year’s Eve in Islington Town Hall, North London. They picked this day for their wedding because the bride’s great grandparents were married on Christmas Eve before her great grandfather has to go off to fight in World War II and they felt it would be nice to have their special day around the same time of year, in memory of them.

“There is something a bit magical about that time of year, and since they had the best innings I can imagine for a married couple I was also hoping some of their luck might be rubbed off onto us,” Dannyelle told me. “Also, Christmas time is a lot easier for those travelling from Australia (where Dannyelle is from) in terms of holiday so it worked well for my parents and grandmother.”

The bride wanted a vintage dress but thought it was a lost cause as she is a curvy girl and vintage dresses are usually teeny tiny. That was of course until she discovered Fur Coat No Knickers. “I was really starting to fret about the whole vintage wedding dress issue, especially as I am quite curvy, until I stumbled across Laura and Emma at Fur Coat No Knickers. As soon as I walked in to the shop I knew that if I couldn’t find my dress there, it wasn’t too be found. Thankfully we found a beautiful, floor length, almost grecian looking number from America, which the girls shortened, added a petticoat to with navy blue detailing, added a velvet sash and some floaty shoulder wraps and we were on out way,”

“My friend Gaby made my headpiece, my shoes were from Office which I had dyed to match the exact navy of Dan’s blazer and my sash, and my bouquet was made from foam roses, small pearls and crystals and peacock feathers. I found my 1950’s jewellery online through Chic and Unique (thank god for the internet!). I also found a vintage fur stole in a boutique in Angel and added a peacock feather brooch to it to tie it into my outfit.”

The reception was held on the top floor of a beautiful old pub called the Queens Head in Angel. The bride’s friends & Mum decorated it on the day of the wedding, “I couldn’t believe how beautiful it looked when we walked in,” she said. “As we had somehow randomly ended up a with a navy blue and white colour scheme, Daniel and I had gone trekking round the markets in east London for crockery, glass ware and containers to fulfil our ‘kitschy afternoon tea’ feel.”

“We also bought in loads of old fashioned sweets that we had found in Selfridges including sugared mice and bought giant blue and white whirlypops as wedding favours for the guests. I found some sweet love bunting, and photo prop moustaches online which went down a storm. As we like to bake cupcakes for our friends and family we decided that was the way to go  – we used Crumbs and Doilies and speared these with custom flags we had made up by a seller on etsy. Although we didn’t go all out on some of the details like loads of couples do, we knew we were going to have the issue of lugging all the stuff across London on NYE so planned smart!”

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Colour, Confetti, Candy, Cakes & Kilts: Amanda & Colin

“Colin and I have been together for almost 7 years and thought it was about time that we tied the knot,” read the email I received from newlywed Amanda last week. “Unlike most women, I don’t think I ever really dreamed of what my wedding would be like so I didn’t really know where to start when it came to the planning. I’m a complete control freak and knew that I wanted to make and take part in creating as much for the wedding that I could so I started looking for inspiration on various websites and in books.”

“We knew that we wanted a few things for certain: a great photographer (or 2) to capture every grin, tear and laugh; a sweetie buffet; lots of handmade touches; fairy lights (and lots of them!); cupcakes; photo booth; a black and white wedding with splashes of colour; a hand fastening ceremony; confetti and sparklers.”

From these simple ideas they created the stunning wedding you see on these pages! “Colin was really eager to have a hand fastening ceremony and we both wanted to involve our family in the ceremony as much as possible,” continued the bride. “It was so important to us that we showed our love and appreciation for our family and this was the perfect way to not only add a splash of colour but it was also to show them exactly how much they mean to us.”

“I am lucky enough to have a small business called Hungry Designs and through this I have made a lot of wonderful creative friends. This made the task of making my wedding handmade and fun on a budget possible. My wedding dress (and the bridesmaid’s dresses) was created by the oh-so-talented Rebecca Cobbing from Rebecca Cobbing Couture. Rebecca is a truly spectacular designer who is also a dear friend. Rebecca and I discussed what dress I wanted in great detail and Rebecca came up with the design. It was out of this world and even included some of Rebecca’s trademark black matte satin material at the base of the dress. I really wanted the bridesmaid’s dresses to be black. I really see little point in having the two dresses designed for them to only be worn once – the intention was that Steph and Cat could wear the dresses again and again and not just at the wedding.”

“The origami flowers were all made by my very talented friend Gill from Catamation. Gill was so helpful and knew exactly what I wanted. She folded over 200 flowers for the wedding and these flowers were used for the bouquets, hair accessories and the table centres. The table settings and centers were a mix of colour, vintage and brightly painted candle sticks were dotted around in the middle of the tables and tea lights littered the tables with mood lighting. The napkins were folded into big white bows and the guests were given either a bag of hand sewn jelly beans or homemade strawberry lip balm – that was made by myself and Colin’s Aunty Jeannie.”

“Colin has a massive sweet tooth and I love to bake so we really wanted to have a sweetie buffet at the reception. We thought this would be the perfect setting for the colourful cupcakes and cutting cake. The cutting cake was rainbow sponge in the middle – perfecting tying the hand fastening ceremony into the reception. The cake topper was hand drawn by me and laser cut from wood and the cake bunting was found on Etsy. The paper bags were stamped with a rubber stamp that was especially carved for us by Kozue and the vintage cake server and forks were stamped with our wedding date and Just Married as well as Mr and Mrs – these were ordered from Wooden Hive.”

“Our wedding was relatively small – with only 48 guests attending both the ceremony and reception. This meant they all spent lots of time in the photo booth. This was a great last minute addition to the wedding and meant that not only were the guests able to busy themselves between meals but also meant that out guestbook was filled with hilarious photos from the booth. There is absolutely nothing that I would change about the wedding. Everything was perfect and the guests had a ball, when they weren’t on the dance floor they were in the photo booth or enjoying some sweets and wine. When looking back at the photos it really does bring back all of the feelings from the day. It was the best night of our lives and we couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

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Leah & Peter’s Red + Black Rockabilly Wedding

Leah & Peter had a red & black themed rockabilly wedding. They kept the fact that they had got married earlier in the day a surprise from a lot of their guests but made sure all the most important people were in attendance…including their two (very well dressed!) pugs.

“We were never officially engaged (Peter bought my my black pug Ziggy instead of an engagement ring!) we just always knew we would get married and with both of us turning 30 in June 2010 was as good a reason as any,” Leah told me. !We never wanted to be the kind of people who let the real reason for getting married to be overshadowed by stressing about table placings etc so we focused on what would make us have a good time at the party and turned the tables so people were leaving with things that we had bought!”

“We spent a lot of our budget on the sweet buffet/ice cream sundae bar and also put 125 little bottles of shots on the tables (Peter hand painted them with different designs) and had free champagne and cardboard cadillacs on the tables filled with all kinds of things like bubbles, lipglosses, toys, games, sunglasses, badges, mirrors, mexican jumping beans. We also made 100 cd’s of songs that we liked and we called it “Cats, Pugs and Rock n Roll!” We also had a lot of 1950’s pictures and we let everyone take them away with them. Someone even got the cardboard Marilyn Monroe cut-out, we just wanted everyone to have a good time.”

“When we made the announcement that we got married, most people were very happy for us and some asked us what we wanted for a wedding present and our response was (the same to the people) who knew about the wedding “nothing”, we’ve been together a long time, we have our own house, we don’t need anything, we just wanted to have a really good party and celebrate our way plus people will always remember it. We didn’t want people to get hung up on the wedding details or pay a lot of money out. All we wanted to do was get married our way and luckily we had my family who were slightly bemused but very accepting and some good friends who were sworn to secrecy about the day time but really helped! It was a real team effort and we got out of it what we put in! Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be hard and there are no rules that you “must” follow! My best advice is to go for what you both love!”

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Amber & Jeff’s Candy Land Wedding

Amber & Jeff were married in Crest Theatre and so their wedding had a pretty theatrical theme! “It has always been a dream of mine to get married at the Crest Theatre and have been going there since I was a kid and my comedy troupe used to perform there so it’s always been close to my heart!” Amber told me. ” I also have been part of a horror film summer festival for about 10 years and had some of my creative friends from there get involved; such as making the candy shop, the MC is a stand up comedienne friend, I really wanted to get all my creative friends involved!”

A lot of the wedding was DIY and the Mother of the bride in particular really got stuck in –  she made all the decorations, the decopauged suitcase, the vintage wedding cake toppers and the candy displays. Amber also had a friend who made her candy flower bouquet by melting down different sweets  into the shapes of flowers – something she had always dreamed about having.

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Amy & Jonathan’s Cute, Vintage, Village Hall Wedding

Amy & Jonathan were married in May, in a cute village hall wedding. The couple clearly put a lot of love, thought and detail into their wedding as you can see from the incredible reception images! The whole thing ties together so beautifully – the bunting, the sweets, the cake, the flowers, the mismatched tea cups…I just love it all!

The ceremony was held in Kington St Michael Church, Wiltshire and the reception that followed was at Kington St Michael Village Hall. “We tried to do as much as possible ourselves so the wedding would be as personal as possible,” explained the couple. “We had our wedding in church and then walked across the road to the village hall which we had decorated the day before with our family and friends. It made the day very personal and very different. We hung bunting that a friend had lent us, fairy lights, union jack flags etc and had jam jars of flowers on the tables. We made favours of jam and chutney that doubled as place names.”

“We tried to keep things fairly traditional but with our own spin on it and we tried not to be limited by what a wedding “should” be.  So many weddings seem like the same thing over and over but we wanted ours to stand out. We made summer berries gin for the toasts by adding raspberries, strawberries and blackberries to gin with sugar and letting it sit for four months. Then we removed the fruit and we had pink gin! I also made the cake topper after a visit to Hobbycraft!”

Amy wore a stunning vintage lace dress which she found on eBay. She added her own personal touches to it by adding a silk dress underneath made by Alison Miles.

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A Groovy Kinda Love – The 1960’s are BACK!

“The idea for a 60’s inspired shoot came about after I noticed we’re seeing lots and lots of vintage 1950’s style about and I figured it was about time the 1960’s gave it a run for its money,” explained photographer Shelly. “I had a vision of a pink bowler hat and from there, everything else fell into place.”

Shelly invited planner Kelly (of Boho Weddings) and Asher to model for her. “I knew I wanted mini dresses in a Mary Quant style and Debbie over at Danielle Lara Couture created these two especially for the shoot. When I went to collect them, I ended up picking up a couple of others at the same time – I just couldn’t help myself!”

Shelly commissioned Muscari Whites to created her an heirloom bouquet of  pre-loved and found objects. Their brief was “pink, quintessentially British and a bit nuts”.  The bouquet even has a little telephone box on it and a London Underground sign.

Dramatically Beautiful

I love how many UK weddings I’ve been featuring recently. It’s not just my American friends who have rockin’ weddings anymore. Go team GB!

Gemma & Liam’s super stylish, vintage-inspired wedding took place at the moody and dramatic venue of the 13th century George Vaults, Rochester. Just from seeing Gemma’s incredible Fur Coat No Knickers dress and Irregular Choice shoes I knew their wedding would be a beaut. Enjoy these beautiful images people!

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A Non-Vanilla, Love-Filled, 1950’s Delight

An excitable email from a newly married reader always brightens my day and LeeAnn’s may have been one of the most excitable I’ve received in a while! I just had to share the story behind her and husband David’s gorgeous 1950’s influenced wedding with you today.

“After gorging my eyes on a ga-jillion bridal mags and internet images,  I felt I was living a white-out groundhog day” LeeAnn began. “I quickly became downhearted about organising my own BIG DAY, the no-fun casting my eye over “traditional” gowns (this one? no, that one? no, repeat), the vanilla-ness of invites, pink-and-white themes to the power of 42,000! Where did the love go?”
 
“I think it was a Wednesday and my heart stood still….stopped, popped, blew up and nearly burst with love at the teeniest tiniest little picture of a 50’s style wedding dress!  The simplicity, the classic lines, the Frou-Frou…No other designer, strapless, flowing, ruched, lace, beaded, train or no train gown was going to be the winner! This was IT for me! Even better than this, the prospect of “ankle-age” (showing off one’s ankles) and the Shoes! The Shoes! (Oh! Heart! Don’t fail me now!) Enter, stage left, Lisa of Dragonfly Dress Design in Glasgow, who put my ponderings to paper and really really listened to all my wishin’ and hopin’ that I could pull off such a beautifully timeless gown, perhaps, perhaps, perhaps? And so began my love affair with tulle…the gown she handmade for me, words just cant explain how awesome I felt wearing it, and I just adored the teeny little birdcage veil she also worked her magic on.  What a woman!”
 
“Soon came the realisation that a bridal gown like this went hand-in-hand with songs of yesteryear that I love, Dion’s ‘Runaround Sue’ and Little Anthony’s ‘Tears on my Pillow’ being two of my all time Top 10.  They may not be specifically linked with the 50’s, but the images they evoke in my mind when I hear them and singalong, I think I had a major Light-bulb moment when I pictured myself in my dress. The Jigsaw came together relatively easy after that. David was cool with all I suggested and put forward (I did give him some input, honest), the look of horror on parents and grandparents faces when I explained I was doing something “a wee bit different” to the norm.  It actually became a delight to seek out the alternative.”

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Pink, Bows, Music & Radical Wedding Love

So I was going to blog this next week but I literally can’t wait. I saw Annette & Brian’s totally gorgeous wedding on my friend Micheal Antonia’s (aka the dj extroidinate behind The Flashdance) blog and like the lightning bolt that I am (when I come across something that’s as awesome as this) I was straight in there with my request to feature it. So, alongside Micheal, the photographers Our Labor of Love and Annette & Brian themselves, I am more than ecstatic to share this way-too-rad wedding with you today.

“We really just wanted to make the wedding feel like us – yet still stick to the traditions that are so important to our families” the newlyweds told me. ” We really wanted a vintage and homemade, crafty feel to the wedding.  Crafting is a big part of our lives and we have our own crafting blog called Daily-Craft, so it was really important for us to make things.  Annette screen printed all the wedding invitations, while Brian lined each envelope with vintage sheet music. Annette is an avid quilter, so she put together a “sign our quilt” area, instead of the traditional guestbook.  Because of her librarian roots, we used tons of books for decor and a vintage card catalog for table setting cards.  Annette “cataloged” each guest to their assigned seat.  Music is really important to Brian (he’s in about 5 bands now?) and Annette (a Music Librarian, to be exact), so we used lots of vintage sheet music in the details of our wedding.  Besides using sheet music to line each envelope of our invitations, Brian also created all of our table number signs using a little construction paper and sheet music.  Brian also got to play dj during the cocktail hour, putting together a very special mix of music for our guests to enjoy as they sipped on cocktails and ate h’orderves.  Going back to the Armenian roots, cooking is very important in Annette’s family, so we decided to make homemade jam for each of our guests as favors.  Annette screen printed little tops with our silhouettes, making them a tiny bit more special.  Even though we had lots of little details in our wedding, we made sure to let go on our wedding day and just have fun… it was perfect!”

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Carnival Crazy

Dina & Gary’s 1920’s vaudeville carnival themed wedding makes me wanna squeal. I wish wish wish we’d done something as fabulous as this when we got hitched. The wedding took place at Asbury Park, New Jersey and the pair really went to town with their theme – from popcorn and candy for the guests, a sideshow performance, goldfish in bowls… in fact everything you might expect to find at a carnival! Dina wore a custom dress (made by a friend) and wore jewellery and carried a candy bouquet made by another friend Melissa Heid.

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Perfectly Sweet

Carnival weddings always make me smile. Jenna & Tommy’s wedding is no different.

I thought I’d share another wedding with you that I did this summer. The bride’s last name was Morrissey which made me instantly think of The Smiths (one of my most favorite bands ever). Jenna and Tommy were married in Providence, RI in Roger Williams Park. Their inspiration was that of a 1950’s carnival complete with carousel, penny candy and popcorn. The bride stole away during the reception to change into a pink vintage dress to surprise her new husband. Their first dance? “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths. Perfectly sweet.

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