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Rockers Loch Ness Wedding: Emma & Kyle

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When you think of Loch Ness you probably imagine a rural and serene scene with daily hikers and a few wayward Loch Ness Monster hunters. You probably don’t envisage the Rock n Roll stylings of Emma & Kyle’s wedding! Well that’s all about to change, because with their wedding taking place at The Loch Ness Country House Hotel, I can all but guarantee you’ll not be able to forget these guys when you think of Loch Ness in future!

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“I’m a self-employed illustrator/artist for fairytaleasylum.com and Kyle makes sculpture out of scrap metal when he’s not being a gardener”, began the bride, “so we’re accustomed to getting creative. Between us we decided to take out all the bits we dislike about weddings from ours and to do most of it ourselves. Our schedule was pretty much non-existent, we wanted everyone to feel relaxed and go with the flow. We wanted our reception to feel like you were at a metal gig and we didn’t want loads of line up photos that take up so much time on the day.”

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Colourful Manor House Wedding with just 34 Guests: Amy & Ray

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I’m seeing a huge shift in a lot of the weddings that I’m being submitted of late. While large and lavish detail-heavy weddings were, and in many cases still are, wedding blog perfection, I am noticing that these days it’s the smaller ones that a catching my eye. It seems that lot of my readers are completely swinging the other way and are planning small, intimate and personality-heavy nuptials. I know what it is though – my readers are rebels, just like me! You don’t want to do what everyone else is doing – you want your weddings to be different and to be a perfect reflection of your love and your relationship. And that, dear readers, is why I friggin’ love each and every one of you!

I’ve known Amy for a while now. She is one third of Ava – a wedding styling company based in Birmingham, and we’ve actually worked together on many occasions. The biggest collaboration we’ve done has got to be my Rock n Riot shoot where she even commissioned a graffiti artist to paint me on a giant wall!

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Amy spends her life styling other people’s weddings and events, so when it came to her own special day, she wanted to make sure it was really theirs and that it didn’t just feel like another day at the office…

“I’ve collected coloured glass since I left home and it does make be truly happy, weird but true,” Amy explained. “I look at it everyday and everybody that knows me likes to take the mick for my collecting obsessions. I would have bought along all of my chairs if I could have! I am a florist so obviously I’m used to working with flowers all the time but for our wedding I wanted something simple – I didn’t want to over complicate anything. I basically just plonked all of my favourite flowers in the coloured vases. We used Gloriosia, Vanda Orchid and Tassel Flowers, then Love Lies Bleeding with Dahlias which were home grown by a friend. I love colour too so if anything our theme would have beeb a ‘rainbow of bonkersness’ against the quite formal manor house.”

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Scare-Fest Wedding & Searching for ‘The One’: Sarah & Colin

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For their October wedding at Whittington Castle and Wattlesborough Village Hall, Sarah & Colin wanted a scare-fest. Halloween, pumpkins, zombies & vintage circus horror were their inspirations.

“When you first start to plan a wedding you are given strict instructions by every bride you know to research research research. You read magazines, you trawl through websites, you create a scrapbook of what you think your wedding should be”, wrote newlywed Sarah. “I had 2 ½ years to plan my big day, and no matter what I saw I just didn’t feel like it could be part of our day! Everything was so beautiful, classic, elegant… and so not us! I am mad about vintage but after heading to a vintage wedding fair I had started to lose hope. It was all too twee, too perfect. I am a rummage in the hay bales listing to The Coasters kinda vintage and it just wasn’t there for me. Then after seeing a lady flying round the fair with pink hair, I was informed of Rock n Roll Bride by my friend Ffion and my world was changed! I saw couples who broke convention, who played their wedding their way and weren’t afraid to let the world see their personalities through their big day!”

“Almost everything decor-wise in our reception hall was made by ourselves. We made tin can lanterns with tea lights in, we also built our own crates in different sizes out of old pallets from builder’s yards. We even renovated an old valve radio so that it would play MP3s. We collected jam jars of all shapes and sizes to use for our floral centrepieces and to hold candles that hung from the ceiling. We created a pathway of leaves from the porch to the hall to give an outside/inside feel and we asked every guest to bring a carved pumpkin. We gave out prizes to the best/worst/most unique one. People get so competitive which was hilarious and they looked fab all lined up in the hall.”

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“In the end we loved EVERYTHING about our day”, she continued. “From the crazy haunted castle we got married in to the amazing giant Texas BBQ smoker – they did the best ribs I have ever tasted in my life! Our circus inspired photo booth room was also hilarious. Our amazing seating plan trees were blagged from the lovely people at ASDA. It was their window display for Autumn two years ago and I managed to nag them into submission to give them to us for free! Our tables were named after our favourite movie psychos, which was great for getting the tables mingling and trying to figure the films that each one was from.”

But, as these things can often go, the wedding planning wasn’t totally smooth sailing for Sarah & Colin, and over the Summer I received a fraught email from Sarah asking for my help regarding her dress.

“There were many ups, but also some downs during our wedding planning”, Sarah wrote. “For us – and by ‘us’ I mean ‘me’ – it was my wedding dress! Initially I planned to buy a cheap dress online and be done with it but I first wanted to visit some shops and try some on so I knew what styles suited me. I am not oblivious to my shape and size. I am fuller figured, with a long body, little legs and no boobs, but whilst talking to many of the shop owners you would have thought I had three arms, was 2ft tall and 70 stone! Of course I understand that dress shops stock smaller sizes for very valid reasons, but when somebody tells you that you will need to lose a considerable amount of weight to look half decent in most of the dresses, you start to question their ability to make a woman feel special…”

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Intimate Glasgow Wedding: Louise & Colin

“Louise & Colin are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever photographed”, wrote Scottish wedding photographer Caroline of Candysnaps Photography. “They have such an amazing chemistry and are so very much in love. It is such a joy to work with a couple like this. They just opened up and really let me in and totally forgot about the camera.”

This gorgeous couple didn’t want a big fuss for their wedding so they had a really small and intimate day with just their nearest and dearest in attendance  The two of them got ready together at 15 Glasgow and after the ceremony at Glasgow’s Park Circus registry office they had a very small (not photographed) reception at the Malmaison hotel. They did allocate the time for an urban photo session around the city with their photographer Caroline though which resulted in some pretty spectacular shots!

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Beach & Colourful Marquee Cornish Wedding: Sarah & Doug {Part Two}

Here we go then – part two of Sarah & Doug’s Cornish wedding and things are about to get colourful! On Saturday 16th June the couple hosted a humanist ceremony and reception at Rosewastis Manor in St Columb Major. They had a quirky tent marquee from Ashley Events which they decorated themselves. In fact the couple and some of their guests actually rented the manor for the whole week before to set up and just enjoy spending some time together before the wedding.

For this second part of the wedding, Sarah wore a Lisa Redman wedding gown which she found at a charity bridal sale in London. Her shoes were from Irregular Choice, her headpiece was made by her and a friend from vintage pieces and her ring was her Grandmothers.

“We love a good fancy dress party and usually put them on with a group of friends going to town on the decorations”, Sarah explained. “We have done themes such as Circus of horrors, Murder Mystery, Super Heroes, and 80s parties. We wanted our wedding to be just like a massive party for us and we took inspiration from blogs, magazines, our friends and our imagination.”

“We weren’t scared to do it our wedding our way and were lucky not to have had the traditional wedding pressures that some couples get. Our Save the Date’s were really unique. We hand delivered rhubarb chutney to everyone in boxes with a card for their fridge, plus magnets, pins and a sticker for their diary. This set the bar high and our theme! We wanted to make people realise that our wedding wasn’t going to be very traditional. Our wedding was just a mash up of all the things we love… A colourful, retro quirky village fete vintage inspired feast for the eyes!”

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Beach & Colourful Marquee Cornish Wedding: Sarah & Doug {Part One}

It’s unusual for me to split a wedding feature into two parts, but as Sarah & Doug had a two day wedding celebration with each event styled very differently, I felt it was quite appropriate. The first part of the wedding took place on Friday 15th June where they had their legal ceremony surrounded by just a few close family and friends on the beautiful Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay. Lusty Glaze is a gorgeous secluded horseshoe cove surrounded by 135 foot cliffs – perfect for their intimate ceremony.

“Our ideas grew organically”, Sarah explained. “They just kept coming and because of us being surrounded by family and friends who would help out we could make it all happen. Your wedding only happens once, so we wanted it to be magical for everyone. We found things we loved and made them ourselves, only buying things we absolutely had to partly because we had a budget, but also we knew what we wanted and how we wanted it to look – distinctive.”

“We knew that we wanted to have a custom made ceremony that was personal and about ‘us’ which left the question of the ‘legal bit’! The house where we were staying (and had our reception) wasn’t licensed and the local registry office was just plain scary (sorry St Austell) so we needed to find a place to just have a ceremony which was not easy!”

“Our friend was managing a hotel in St Austell so we had asked him if we could get married there – a quick ceremony and a glass of fizz and done, just with family and the bridal party. But he then left the hotel a few months before the wedding and so in the end it didn’t feel right to get married there. So we did a lot of research into places we could just have a ceremony. Most hotels won’t touch you as they want you to have whole thing with them. We looked into tee-pee villages and caves, but they all had price scaling (i.e. it’s one price if you have 20 people then more for 30 and more again for 40 etc). As we weren’t sure how many would be coming, we didn’t want that restriction. We eventually stumbled on Lusty Glaze and managed to get a last minute viewing. It was an amazing venue. We live near the beach in Worthing (near Brighton) so feel in love with it. Plus there’s not many places in England you can get married practically on the beach!”

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