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Heavy Metal Wedding by the Sea

Tahmina and Tom’s wedding was a rock and metal festival by the sea, held at the East Quay Venue in Whitstable. As they’d met at uni and hit it off straight away by sitting the corridor talking about music and sharing a bottle of Jack Daniels, it was only right that music played a huge part in their big day.

Right from the off guests knew they were in for some festival-style fun, with Wedfest wedding invites that looked like festival tickets and lanyards made up for the wedding info and order of the day. Music was a central part of their ceremony too, with Tahmina walking down the aisle to Wicked Game by HIM and them both walking back up with TNT by AC/DC. “Our ceremony was the bit we were least looking forward to,” Tahmina explains. “Despite the tattoos, coloured hair and loud mouth persona, I’m actually quite shy and suffer from crippling anxiety when I’m in an uncomfortable situation. The thought of a room full of people watching me walk down the aisle and stand there brought me out in hives, so we chose the quickest option given by Kent County Council – it was over within 10 mins!”

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Introducing: Rock n Roll Bride x The Couture Company!

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Yes yes yessss you read that right. I am SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED to finally tell you about this collaboration! I have been wanting to work with someone on a Rock n Roll Bride clothing range for a while (in fact, when I was doing my pre-book launch tease on Instagram so many of you guessed/hoped we were doing clothing!) So when I started chatting to my friend Jo of The Couture Company about some really beautiful jackets she was working on… well, I knew it was the perfect fit. We are launching this collection with one design, available in a few different ways.

The centrepiece of the range is the biker jacket, which is available in two colour and fabric options – a stunning rose gold or a classic black. You can order it in the most buttery soft genuine leather or high quality faux leather (full disclosure: the faux leather is completely vegan but the embroidery on the back does have a small amount of silk in it. Also, the faux leather is a bit more pure gold than rose gold, but it’s the closest colour match we could find in such a good quality faux). The lining is made from a shimmer soft satin in my signature shocking cerise pink and even the zippers and fastenings are beautiful, made in a rose gold finish. In short, this is my DREAM JACKET.

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But the back is where the party really happens! Jo and I worked together to come up with this exclusive ‘Rock n Roll’ embroidery design. The thing I love about it the most is that it’s not actually really that weddingy at all. You can keep wearing it after the wedding is over too meaning it’s going to be a great investment piece.

I am a strong believer in the outfit-transforming power of high quality accessories. The cheapest high street outfit will look a million bucks when paired with a well fitting jacket, a ridiculously awesome pair of shoes, or a statement handbag. In fact one of the only other pieces of a similar quality that I own is a designer leather jacket that Gareth got me as a Christmas gift a few years ago. It was an investment for sure, but I pull it out of my wardrobe every autumn and wear it religiously until it starts to get warm again in the spring. It also gets better with age as it moulds and relaxes to my shape each time I wear it. I know I’m going to own it until I’m old and (well probably not grey but ya know..!)

Pictured: Black jacket in leather

Fast fashion this is not. I am very proud and excited to be working with The Couture Company on a line that is handmade in the UK from really high-quality materials. Your jacket will be made for you by Jo and her amazing team from their Birmingham studio, meaning it’ll literally be the best fitting jacket you’ve ever owned. As with all The Couture Company’s work, each one will be hand-crafted, cut and stitched with love and care (no mass production factory in sight). Here they are making mine:

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A Rainbow-Filled Kid’s Birthday Party Wedding

Let’s get one thing straight: Rainbow weddings are always awesome. Why pick one or two colours when you can have the entire spectrum at your disposal!? Ashley and Ben clearly took this attitude when planning their summer wedding too.

After a ceremony at Tonbridge Castle they held their colourful reception in the groom’s parent’s back garden. “Our wedding was like a kid’s birthday party!” said Ashley. “We had a lot of balloons and roughly 100 multi-coloured lanterns hanging from the marquee ceiling. We also had a bouncy castle, pick ‘n’ mix table and a photo booth. We prioritised the guests having fun over us showing off. As such, people could come wearing whatever they wanted, and they could eat and drink as much as they wanted, whenever they wanted. In short, we believe a wedding should just be an awesome party, nothing more nothing less!”

The rainbow theme filtered through into their outfits too. Ashley wore an incredible custom-made dress from The Couture Company (complete with rainbow petticoat!) Irregular Choice shoes (and rainbow sliders for the evening!) and a Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory veil. “My dress was the biggest expense at the wedding”, she explained. “Initially we were budgeting ÂŁ500 for it but we decided to go the Couture Company for a consultation and I fell in love with there dresses. I ended up spending over  three times that much but there are no regrets here, my dress was perfect!”

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Body Positive Bridal Shoot with Sparkles, Glitter & Irregular Choice

It’s nearly New Year’s Eve, so let’s get into the alternative party spirit by injecting glitter, sparkles, rainbows and a bit of kawaii into your life with this head-turning shoot. And get your wish lists at the ready because you’ll be adding to them with no delay after seeing this.

The shoot’s first twinkle formed in the mind of Jo from The Couture Company after walking past the Irregular Choice store in Birmingham at least once a week. The shop has frosted pink glittery walls, flower installation, and a carousel (OMG!). They also did a few shots at Cereal Killer CafĂŠ,

“This season, about nine out of ten brides arrived to their fittings carrying a box of goodness from Irregular Choice, so I thought it would be wonderful to collaborate on a shoot with them as they’re such a perfect complement to our crazy ass dresses and our brides’ quirky style. I met with manager Megan, who was a total babe, and she inspired me so much that I decided to invite the girls who work in the shop to be the models. Megan was a total star and totally rocked the shoot with her rainbow hair and badass curves. Lauren was so cute and curvy, with her cherubic face and blonde curls, making her perfect for our ‘Fleur’ and ‘Kawaii’ dresses. Then there was lovely Lily, who was our fiery fairy, and Claire the gorgeous brunette who rocked our ‘Poppy’ and ‘Nova’ star designs.”

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Turn Your Bridesmaids into Rainbow Bright Unicorns with Curious Coco!

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When it comes to looking for bridesmaid dresses, it can be tricky to find anything really, truly unique. Sure, if you want to do the mismatched thing, or the multiway dress thing, or the 1950s reproduction thing it’s getting much easier, but if you want your maids rocking something really wacky and different it can be pretty difficult. While the high street is also a great place to look, it can also be hard to make sure all your girls match and look like bridesmaids, rather than just wedding guests.

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Enter Curious Coco: A new range for alternative bridesmaids from the genius team behind The Couture Company! When I saw this shoot to launch the collection with all that colour and sparkle and rainbow action, I knew I had to share them with you.

“This shoot was created with one mission in mind: Go as bright as you like!” explained Jo, the brains behind The Couture Company and Curious Coco. “In a world of wedding beige we want to splash colour wherever we go. Our aim is to be super bright and offer a real alternative to traditional bridesmaids options.”

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Dark Fairytale Wedding

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Lina and Karl’s Swedish wedding was inspired by Grimm’s fairytales and the darker side of fantasy.

“We chose to call our wedding theme ‘dark fairytales’, alluding to the real endings of the Grimm fairytales and the writings of H.C. Andersen”, said the bride. “It also came from the love of fantasy and dressing up. We are the couple that wear elf ears and robes when The Hobbit opens in the cinema so we couldn’t have a ‘normal’ wedding! Visually, A Midsummer Nights Dream was a strong influence, but there were also nods to Tolkien, Norse and Greek mythology, Game of Thrones and many of our hobbies.”

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The bride had her dress made by The Couture Company in the UK and the groom rocked a morning suit owned by his grandfather! “My dress was magical and working with Jo at The Couture Company was a joy from start to finish. My shoes came from Amazon and I decorated them myself. I also customised Karl’s suit a bit with feathers and some homemade little insects to match my dress. I made his antlers too, in black and gold. The influences for both of our outfits came from Titania and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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