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A Pretty Pastel Cinema Wedding: Lynn & Nick

I need weddings like this is my life right now. Yes need. I hate to jump on the ‘British summer, what summer?’ bandwagon but jeez Louise where is the sunshine Blighty?! I do not approve. What I do approve of however is little rays of joy like Lynn & Nick’s wedding crash landing into my inbox. Sunshine! Rainbows! Pastel pretty things! This baby has them all…

The wedding was held at an old movie theatre in San Diego. When the couple couldn’t find a wedding venue they loved, Nick suggested this place. It really allowed them to let their creativity run wild and include things that were special to them.

“I had to keep reminding myself that there is no right or wrong way to plan your wedding”, began newlywed Lynn. “This day just had to fit our personalities, and be what we wanted. We mixed old with new and handmade the rest. Our friends took turns being DJ, our favorite restaurant catered. I’m a fashion designer so I made the bridesmaid dresses (the tutus came from etsy). The colors I chose for them set the color palette for the entire wedding. The band we chose were the ones that were playing when we first fell in love.”

“We wanted our wedding to be fun and meaningful,” she continued. “Mostly we wanted it to feel like ‘us’. We LOVE movies and everything old, so we decided to get married at the vintage Ken Cinema which was built in 1912. Family was also a huge deal to us. Our invitations read, ‘Please join us as we become a family’. My 7 year old son Owen became best friends with his new step dad immediately. We felt as though we were all getting married, so we included Owen as much as possible. He was the best man as well as the ring bearer and he wore a vintage powder blue suit. He said the words, ‘you may now kiss the bride’ and made a toast at the reception that consisted of a knock knock joke. He was even on the top of the wedding cake with us, depicted as a baby vampire.”

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“Punk Rock is in Your Soul” – A DIY City Hall Wedding….and a Bride in PINK: Lenore & Ryan

I don’t say this lightly, but Lenore & Ryan’s wedding may be my wedding of the year! I simply love everything about it – from the bride’s incredible pink ensemble, to the family-central cuteness of the whole thing. I’ve also realised that I definitely need to add some more giant bows to all my outfits.

I don’t know about you but I kinda want to live in this wedding…

“Ryan and I met through a LDS church dating site,” Lenore told me. “We both were recently divorced with small children, he has two and I have three.  We dated for a year and then put our family together in a legal ceremony at City Hall.  Latter Day Saints weddings (Mormon) are typically performed at temples and are extremely sacred simple ceremonies without any of the typical wedding flare (no walking down the aisle, etc), but Ryan and I had both been married in the temple the first time around.  We wanted our children to feel like they were included and involved in our families joining together.  We were tempted to hold a large wedding and even planned an event at a local theater, but in the end we decided that in order to preserve the sacred nature of the LDS temple we would be married at the courthouse instead.”

The couple didn’t have a reception and their ceremony was open to anyone who wanted to come along, “The San Francisco Courthouse happens to be a beautiful building,” Lenore continued. “Typically the Commisoners only allow six guests to witness the wedding and they are usually performed in small courtrooms.  It’s a ten minute ceremony – no frills.  You stand there with the commissoner and he or she marries you.  When we showed up in all our pink glory with hoards of children and about forty relatives (I’m from a family of 10, he’s from a family of 8 – typical Mormons!) the Commissoner had mercy on us and married us in the Rotunda in front of all our surprise guests.  We didn’t send out invites, we just posted on our blog and facebook the when and where and people showed up.  It couldn’t have been a more casual and romantic affair, centered on family.”

I know you’re all dying to know about Lenore’s outfit right!? Well she bought a vintage prom dress from etsy and customised it herself. She gathered up the layers of tulle and picked some of them up with clips. She then cut the top off to make it into a skirt, and wore it with a white tee-shirt and a big (awesome) pink bow! She even made her own veil by gathering up a load of tulle and tying it in a bow.

Similarly she bought some plain silver shoes and punk-rocked them up with studs, rhinestones, and broken mirrors. The good news is though that she’s now set up her own etsy store to sell them. Erm I WANT!!!!!

“Mormons dress very modestly:  they have to cover their shoulders and reach the knees.  This makes finding a wedding dress a real challenge,” she explained. “When I saw Lola’s Bad Ass Punk Rock bridal shoot on Rock n Roll Bride I thought:  I can make that work for me.  A fabulous skirt with a simple modest shirt ($12 from Marshalls — a discount retailer).  My mother can sew and we watch a lot of Project Runway together — we knew we could cobble together a dress ourselves.”

“Our wedding theme was ‘punk rock is in your soul’,” Lenore concluded. “We’re Mormons. We’re parents. We’re suburbanites. We’re professionals. And that is as hardcore as any lifestyle.”

“The second time around was so much more fun.  There was none of the pre-wedding day freakout.  We didn’t waste a bunch of money on food for other people.  Nobody was obligated to come and chat with strangers.  No stress.  People get so caught up in the Wedding Machine.  They think they need the expensive dress, the expensive location, the super fancy cake. What brides don’t realize is that two things last:  the pictures and the new family relationship.  Other than that, a wedding is just a day.  It can be done beautifully without breaking the bank.  The only thing we splurged on was our amazing photographer, Rachael McCall.”

I just DIE. I know you guys are gonna love this as much as I do.

You HAVE to click through to the gallery to see more of these babies…

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Katie & Olivia’s Natural Beauty

Today’s first feature actually isn’t wedding-related at all, but I just loved it so much that I had to blog it anyway. Sisters Katie & Olivia’s shoot took place at the home of photographer, and friend of their family, Lee Anne Havens of Flower Child Photography. The idea for the shoot was inspired by the girls’ natural beauty and a desire from Lee Anne to create something unique.

“It took me a long time to decide how and where to do this shoot, and in the end I settled on just doing everything at my home studio and made some crazy “costumes” for them,” explained Lee Anne.

“We played dress-up during the entire shoot. At one point Olivia spotted a basket of hats I made the hats last winter during my knitting craze so we had to use them, of course. (I’ve also made some for a charity drive, see info at the end of the post). Their tutu’s were handmade by me, the tops were purchased second hand for about $5 each and the jewellery is mine. So are the sweaters and plaid tops towards the end of the post – I just kept digging through my closet because I didn’t want the shoot to end!”

“The girls have never modelled before and were absolute naturals. I really didn’t do much posing for the most part, I would just catch them doing their own thing and ask them to hold the poses. The pics were taken using available light, sort of my signature look. This was also my first creative shoot, something to do for myself for once!”

A Fairytale Wedding for a Tattooed Princess

“My husband Dewald and I were both engaged to other people a year ago – but when we met it was really a fairytale!” Mona, the bride began. “When they say that opposites attract they are sourly mistaken, my husband and I are soulmates, body, mind and soul! We both have an affinity to all things that are unconventional, covered in tattoos and piercings and we adore all things vintage. After only two months we became engaged and I had his name tattooed on me as a symbol of my lifelong dedication to making the world rock together!”

Mona & Dewald wanted a fun, simple and personal wedding. They basically created a big party for all their friends and family and kept it as non-weddingy as possible. The pastor even arrived for the ceremony on a Harley Davidson!  The bride’s Mother is a dressmaker so she obviously made Mona’s dress. She wanted something offbeat, something unique and something completely different to a traditional wedding dress.”We combined our avant-garde taste gave birth to sexiest little wedding tutu – I felt like a princess!” concluded the bride.

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Dressing on the Side

Sometimes we all need a break from the world of wedding-madness and could do with a sit down to look at something beautiful, pretty and fun for no real reason than the fact that it’s awesome. That’s why I’m sharing this ridiculously cool 80’s punk rock fashion editorial submitted by the super cool Galaxie Andrews.

Galaxie (I can’t get over how much I love her name) wanted to set up this shoot to help promote a local Arizona designer Donna from Dressing on the Side, who has an etsy store devoted to funky food-inspired tee-shirts. “We had a world-rocking team of designer, stylist, art director, models, all working together on this project making it completely awesome. donna even had a fashion designer cut up her shirts to give them a cool edge. We roamed around in our little western style old-town scottsdale, rented a horse carriage, ate ice-cream in an arcade, and played until sunset” Galaxie told me.

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A Bride in Boots

Oh Dan & Dayna you’ve made my day! What an awesome wedding and a fantastic story. I’ve been dying to share these all weekend! I knew this would be an awesome wedding in fact as soon a photographer Matthew told me that the bride was part of the Vaudeville Circus (you can see her in action here – far right in the white dress)

“I wanted to have a rock-n-roll wedding that felt like Dan and I had our hands all over” explained Dayna  “I spent a lot of time pouring over wedding blogs and getting inspiration from cool brides.  I picked themes that we both loved like reading, hence the book center pieces and framed quotes from our favorite authors, Fall and the month of October (the colors and flowers),  simple down home (and cheap!) mason jars as vases.  All of our music the entire day was hand picked and never ‘traditional’: wedding procession we had our friend play the ukulele, bridal march was Cat Powers “Sea of Love” (followed by The Honeydrippers “Sea of Love” for our first dance), our walk as husband and wife was Joey Ramone’s “Wonderful World”.  Our flower girls wore homemade tutu’s, leotards and ballet slippers. We had a drawing after dinner with silly gifts of our life so far (a DVD of the first movie we saw, a pint glass from the restaurant where we met, a dvd of “It’s a Wonderful Life” cuz we’re nerds and watch it every year…). It was a rockin’ day for sure!” 

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