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A ‘Make Do & Mend’ Wedding Inspired by the 30’s & 40’s: Megan & Henry

Megan & Henry wanted their wedding to embrace the beauty of Australia and to be a mixture of glamour and the ‘make, mend and do’ styling of the 30’s & 40’s. The wedding was held in the Officer’s Mess at The Gap Bluff Centre, Sydney.

“The simple yet elegant characteristic of the art deco building in Watsons Bay National Park felt like the perfect place for us to celebrate our wedding with an intimate group of family and friends,” Megan wrote. “Surrounded by a bush setting and overlooking Sydney Harbour, our guests joined us on a glorious Winter’s day for a relaxed pre-ceremony gluhwein (mulled wine), and continued the celebrations into the night, dancing to the lively jazz tunes of the Red Hot Papas.”

“Not a lot of decorating was needed inside the art deco Officer’s Mess, so a few home-made or vintage items, and the large floral arrangements and cake, were enough to add colour to the white furniture – set up for an informal cocktail celebration. The flowers chosen for the bouquets and cake topper were all native, and the groom and groomsmen wore a succulent on their lapel.”

“We weren’t tied to the conventions of many marriages,” she continued. “We took the reigns early and really enjoyed coming up with our color, texture and typography pallets. We were also celebrating our wedding on our ten year anniversary, so were pretty well established in knowing what was going to best represent the both of our styles, as a couple.”

“Our first inspirations were of mashing Dead Wood with The Great Gatsby…dusty sepia flapper dancing with lawn boules and croquet … things became more realistic as we fine-tuned the details and ended up with mulled wine on the lawn and a banjo and double-bass player in the band to help us satisfy the fundamentals of our original vision.”

The bride wore a gown by Oanh Ma Couture with Camper shoes. The groom made their beautiful stationery.

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Swings, Balloons & A First Dance to Weezer: Joie & Cody

When the recently married Joie emailed me to share her awesome first dance video, I knew instantly I wanted to share it! Anyone that dances to Weezer is bad ass in my book! I was surprised though that Joie didn’t send me her full wedding as she said wasn’t sure that it wasn’t ‘Rock n Roll’ enough for the blog. Erm…no way lady! As soon as I saw the beautiful Meschantes Couture corset dress and the portraits on the swing I was smitten!

Joie & Cody were marred at Preston Woodall House in Benson NC. “We were NOT hell bent on making a unique wedding really.” the bride bagan. “We were hell bent on making it OUR wedding. We were also very determined to make our guests feel as comfortable as possible!”

They did however put a few quirky touches into their day to make it their own. Joie continued, “We had our dinner before the ceremony. It was a casual buffet style that lasted from 6-8 and if you were late – no big deal! The wedding party did not wear their ceremony dresses or suits but whatever they felt like wearing and we went upstairs about 30 minutes before the evening ceremony. It worked out really well, we got the dinner out of the way and after the ceremony it was party time!”

“My dress was made personally for me by Meschantes Couture. I have worked with them in the past and they offered to make me one and I damn near cried when they did. And I almost cried again when it was finished. I designed it and they were able to make it come to life. I can not even to begin to show the gratitude I have for them. It was made from the material they have in their shop plus as old wedding dress I found at a thrift store in my hometown of Dunn, NC.”

“My necklace pendant was made from my Grandmother’s chandelier. Growing up I always LOVED it. At 5 and 6 years old I would steal the “jewels” off of it and pretend they were earrings, and necklaces, and jewels for crowns. The christmas before the wedding their house was burnt to the ground with my grandparents still inside of it. Luckily they came out ok but they were sedated and asleep in a burn unit for about a month and it was a pretty rough time. During this period we went and salvaged what we could from their home…I immediately went for the dining room where I found my beloved jewels scattered and covered in soot. I cleaned them and made necklaces of them from my family. I’m still making them. To me. it’s one of the most valuable pieces of glass in the world.”

“If I had to pick a theme for our wedding it would have been “Structured Chaos”. Haphazard with a purpose,” Joie laughed. “All of our programs were tied with twine and each had a different charm on it. Each table had a centrepiece that was completely unique from any other table. Along with our wedding cake we got about 10 dozen cupcakes and each dozen had a different look. We spent a year and a half collecting 300 different china plates. If it were up to us we would have done the same to chairs and tablecloths and well…anything you can think of! But we also wanted to get married before we turned 50! Our vows were taken from ‘Between the Buried and Me’ and Butch Walker songs.”

Oh, and don’t forget about the video that started it all…Joie & Cody’s awesome first dance to Weezer!

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Soul Mates

It’s such an honour that someone would send me a session to post only the day after they shot it! Photographer Ben Godkin  was so convinced that Mandy & Braxton’s engagement session was perfect for Rock n Roll Bride that he didn’t hesitate to email me some images – even before the whole set was complete!

“The couple , who are fierce backgammon players, were so fun and wanted to get some unique shots for their engagement photos! Ben wrote. “They were staying at a cozy little Bed and Breakfast called Settlers Crossing in Fredericksburg to finalize the details of their small wedding at Beckers wine vineyard in Sept. Mandy and Braxton had many tattoos but two that were particularly meaningful. They both had “Soul Mates” tattooed on both hands so when they joined hands they would always be reminded of their love. There was an abundance of farm animals on the property including horses, sheep, and donkeys, so we couldn’t resist using them in the shoot. Then we headed to a local land mark called Enchanted Rock and made the 20min hike up just in time to watch the sunset, and the full moon rise… It was magical!”

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A Perfect Example

Dylan & Grace will be riding their bikes (packed with wedding gear) to their venue about 90 miles north of Seattle. They are having a fabulous intimate event with 20 of their closest family and friends…and photographer Desiree in tow. Their engagement session is the perfect expression of their quirky, fun filled characters and love of nature.

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Funky, Modern, Urban Jungle

Have you ever seen anything so cute? First up the funky, urban jungle feel juxtaposed with her cute yellow flats, sticky-out skirt and glasses. Following that the book shop, the record store and playing on the swings and lounging in the park. Seems to me like the perfect backdrop to the perfect engagement session.

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Woodstock Wedding

Oh. My. GOD!

This hippy chic, picnic stylee wedding with a woodstock vibe is nothing short of phenomenal. Finding amazing hidden gems like this has got to be one of my favourite things to do. I feel as though I have unearthed a complete treasure. 

Forget everything you think you know about weddings. This celebration makes all that seem futile. Can you imagine being there? Cramming into a tiny tent, siting on your friends laps or on the floor just to see your best friend’s get married. She’s wearing a stunning vintage gown (which the little girls all clearly adore!) and he’s wearing a fabulously retro velvet suit. And the car…and the swing…and the random panda head…oooh oooh oooooh!

I want to go and run around a field like a child and celebrate the joy of love right now

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