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A Quirky Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Nic & Ed

Nic & Ed chose Gaynes Park in Epping as the perfect spot for their June wedding. “It is the most amazing venue ever and their food is the highlight”, explained the bride, “In fact people are still raving about it now, it was better than any restaurant I’ve ever been to! It’s also a beautiful space, which didn’t need a lot doing to it which was perfect for us. I just put a few bits here and there to make it ‘ours’.”

“My inspiration came from my love of cakes and Alice in Wonderland. Ed was very happy to let me go off and try and put as much of ‘me’ into the wedding as I could. My aim was for people to know if was our wedding.”

“We made quite a bit ourselves including our table numbers which were numbers from hobbycraft which we decorated with glitter, fabric, sheets of music and pages from books. The table plan started life as a mirror. The name places were the hardest to make and took me nights and nights to get them all done. They were made from red foam, cut into a heart shape and decorated with red glitter. I used fimo to make a scroll and then painted people’s names onto them. I now see them in people’s houses when we go round!”

“We really weren’t worried about what people would think of the way we did things”, Jenny continued. “We had silly readings and came out of the ceremony to Beat Surrender by The Jam. Ed put his foot through my dress dancing down the aisle but we didn’t care as we had so much fun!”

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A Colourful Country Garden Fete Wedding: Tom & Jenny

The DIY wedding of Tom & Jenny took place in Kent in July. After a church ceremony, their low key reception was held in Tom’s parent’s back garden.

The bride wore a short wedding dress from Yours Truly Bridal Shop in Maidstone which cost her just £180 with a gorgeous headpiece was by a Rock n Roll Bride favourite, Crown & Glory. Alongside her lucky bridesmaids, she wore Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon shoes and instead of bouquets they all carried a single giant faux flower stem, bought from Hobbycraft costing just £2 each!

“We tied the knot in our local parish church and had a wonderful DIY reception in a marquee on the lawn of Tom’s childhood home”, began Jenny. “Our theme was of a country garden party or fete so we had pétanque, jenga, croquet and a coconut shy that Tom and his best man Nick made for me in secret! We also wanted to make the garden decor a bit of a surprise for our guests, so we had loads of garden gnomes and pink flamingos dotted around that we had collected. In fact of of my favourite parts of the wedding was seeing people continually surprised and excited and commenting about all the little things we had spent so long thinking about and planning for. Whilst it was our day, we wanted to give our friends and family from over the years a great knees up, and seeing all our efforts come off was very humbling. There was no colour theme at all, the brief was simply: ‘colourful!’ And, as can be seen from our bunting, the more mismatched the better!”

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A Quirky & Vintage Manchester Pub Wedding: Mike & Geraldine

Retro board games on the tables, a laid back pub location, a gorgeous heirloom vintage dress & yellow Vivienne Westwood shoes. What’s not to love about Mike & Geraldine’s Manchester wedding? Answer: Nothing.

The wedding was held at Manchester town hall and Odder Bar. The couple picked the pub location for it’s quirky decor, laid back vibe and the ability to do anything they wanted with the space.

“I am one of those kind of girls that most people, especially organised list-making people, want to give a good shake to,” Geraldine began with a giggle. “So just to bug people more I went and fell madly in love with Mr Practically Horizontal himself… Not being a planner means I jump out of bed, sling a few things together and then give people a mystified kind of look of gratitude when they compliment the finished look… And this is exactly what happened with our wedding as well.”

“We’ve always loved the gothic beauty of Manchester Town Hall, even before a wedding was even on the cards for us, it was always going to be the venue that we had our ceremony in. However we had problems deciding on a reception venue. At the beginning we agreed on a barn and field in Glossop, but the couple who owned it ended up getting divorced and sold it so we were back to square one. We were sat in Odder bar one night and I realised just how comfortable we were there. It is so eccentrically decorated with walls of mirrors, butterflies and clocks so it just hit us that this would be perfect. They had never hosted a wedding before but gave us free run of the place and Dan, their head chef, organised an amazing mix of foods for our guests.”

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A Carousel Wedding: Lucy & Mini

When you set your wedding around a vintage carousel it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a fun-filled and awesome day right? That’s exactly what Lucy & Mini had when they found Preston Court in Kent, and even the rain couldn’t stop them having the time of their lives! “Lucy & Mini chose an outdoor wedding and were married under a pretty little gazebo on Juliana’s Island which their guests sat across a little stream to watch,” wedding photographer Jennifer West told me.

“All was well until there was a huge downpour which soaked all the guests. Luckily everyone saw the funny side. Lucy & Mini walked down the aisle (well, the path) as husband and wife to ‘Lucy in the sky with diamonds’. The torrential rain lasted most of the day until the end when the sun came out and lots of fun photos were taken on the carousel while the sun was setting.”

The day was relaxed and fun with homemade touches everywhere. These included the flowers, the centrepieces, the stationery…and even the brides dress which her mother had made!

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A Christmas Meets Halloween Wedding: Holly & Gareth

Holly & Gareth were married in late November and so had a kind of Christmas meets Halloween themed wedding. “Originally I quite liked the idea of a festival-y vibe wedding but Gareth’s not very outdoorsy and I’m not keen on hot weather so a winter wedding it was!” Holly explained. “We were also on a budget so an out of season wedding also worked in our favour! My sister described our theme as, ‘What do you get if you cross Christmas and Halloween?!'”

“Mainly though we wanted things to be very personal, the tables were named after couples from our families and we used their wedding photos as table settings. We collected lots of vintage glases for the tealights from family members as well as car boot sales. My brooch bouqet included all 4 of ‘something old, something new…’ with brooches donated by family and friends, who were all really pleased to be included in something so integral to the wedding.”

The couple were married at Cave Castle Hotel. “I knew absolutely nothing about weddings and when Gareth proposed to me (in the kitchen, me with a plastic buzz lightyear plate in my hand!) so I imediately started to google venues in the area,” Holly continued. “I found Cave Castle and just thought it would be a no go, and way out of our league. However my sister worked near it and one day when we were randomly visiting her we decided to just pop in. We then didn’t look anywhere else! I’d always had my heart set on the Givenchy dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in Funny Face, and I nearly had a copy drawn up to be made. However in the end I didn’t want to risk ending up with a dress that I’d not tried on. I found dress shopping probably the hardest part of organising the wedding, finding one with sleeves was impossible, but again after months of searching I found it – it was actually then first one I tried on and I went back to it”

“Both of us were very set on what and how we wanted things to be for our wedding. Unfortunately we came across many ‘local’ wedding suppliers who verged on downright rude about some of our choices. However we stuck to our guns and ended up with a day we were extremely happy with.”

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A Laid-Back & Family-Central South African Wedding: Daniel & Annette

The beautiful South African wedding of Daniel & Annette was sent over to me by their wedding photographer Bruce of Flyinghorse Photography. Not only do I love the relaxed vibe of this day, but Annette’s short powder blue dress is just perfect!

The wedding was held at Hillhouse, Dargle and was a huge family occasion, with everybody pitching in to help.

“Daniel and I had so much fun planning the wedding, we got a kick out of every little detail and it was our special little project,” Annette wrote. “We didn’t want to spend a fortune on the wedding so we decided to do most things ourselves, with a lot of help from our friends and family. We are both not at all into big white weddings we basically just wanted to do the legal/official bit and then have a big party with all our friends and family. Ideally this would’ve involved something like going to Las Vegas with a bunch of friends. However it quickly became pretty clear that the most important people to us won’t be able to join us on such a crazy adventure, and we couldn’t do it without them so we started to look for something a bit closer to home.”

The ceremony pergola, the stationery, the signage, the flowers, the reception decor and the fire-pits for the bonfires were also put together by friends and family members. “My Mum made all the little hearts for the table placeholders and decorated the hanging wire and barbed wire hearts. She also made the boutonnieres and my garter. My Step-dad was head of the wine and champagne committee. While my Sad and Step-mum, who live in the area, were the local logistics committee. This includes providing tea, gluten-free pizza & quiche and transportation of chairs!”

“Daniel’s family came out from Australia and were here to help an support us leading up to the wedding,” Annette continued. “They all helped out too. We got most of the vases and jars for the flowers from a local glass manufacturer’s outlet store and Daniel and his brother Bevan covered blocks of wood in fabric for all the square centrepieces. I also searched far and wide for meters and meters of polka dot fabric, which we sewed into table cloths, I love polka dots!”

The couple spent a huge amount of time looking for their perfect venue, but they eventually found Hillhouse after seeing another wedding there on Rock n Roll Bride (wooo!) “We were all over the place trying to find a venue that didn’t feel like a wedding factory,” Annette explained. “We even drove 10 hours to Mozambique looking for a casual beach setting after we drunkenly proclaimed that we will get married on that beach the previous year at a music festival! But I somehow remembered the name of a venue I saw featured on Rock n Roll Bride that had become stuck in my head…Hillhouse. The converted shed on a beautiful farm overlooking Midmar Dam didn’t need much in décor, it is filled with antiques and artwork and the rustic floors, fireplace, roof and lighting just added perfectly to the look and feel of the place. The best part is that there are no restrictions and we could make noise as loud and as late as we wanted! From there everything seemed to fall in place.”

“The most important thing to us was that our guests and we have fun, that the music was good and that the food was tasty and gluten free! Turns out we achieved all those things! Firstly, with the most amazing wedding playlist compiled by us with input from our guests via our wedding website. Everything from ABBA to Zeppelin! Secondly the awesome talents of our caterer, Margie, whose meze platters, soups and main courses were both gluten free and soooo delicious! We weren’t really interested in having a wedding cake as we are both gluten intolerant so we went for a ‘Candy Shop’ for dessert. It was a HUGE hit and there was barely a square of fudge left the next day!”

“Finding the right photographer was always really important to us” the bride concluded. “I was starting to give up on finding a photographer that was even remotely cool when I stumbled on Bruce’s photos on Facebook. The photos I saw were from work he had done with a local South African band and we were blown away. We found out that he also did weddings and Daniel immediately said ‘Book him!'”

“In terms on a theme, we really just took all the elements of the things we love – music, tattoos, rustic/vintage décor, 1950s dresses, hearts, art… and threw it all together to make the day a true reflection of ourselves and the things we love. I could never picture myself in a white dress, not even as a little girl. I didn’t consciously set out NOT to have a white dress though. The idea for what I wore came from a blue dress I saw in the movie ‘500 Days of Summer.’ I was playing around with ideas based on this dress, thinking about what it would look like in white, and then Daniel said, ‘Why don’t you just keep it in blue?’ and that was it! I absolutely loved my dress, I loved the colour, the skirt and the fact that I could move around and dance in it. Daniel chose his own style for the boys clothes and even went out and found their own shoes. He also made me order the braces and buckles from the US because we couldn’t find what he wanted in South Africa!”

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A Quirky Country Diner Wedding (Dinosaurs Welcome): Sam & Stew

What started as an ‘in’ joke about a love of dinosaurs, ended up being the  inspiration for Sam & Stew’s wedding, which took place in South Africa last September. “Neither of us can really remember where the dinosaur thing started,” Sam explained, “but it is now well and truly an inside family joke – the fact that Stew and I are ‘dinosaurs-for-life’. I found the plastic models at Pollocks Toy museum in London, and added the little details to turn them into our very own bridasaurus & groomasaur, cake toppers (by far and away the groom’s favourite part of the decor!)”

The couple knew they wanted a casual wedding, one that screamed ‘them’ and one that all their friends and family would enjoy. “The idea of a formal wedding day, frankly – scared me!” the bride continued, “Giving ourselves permission to go ‘off script’ and make our day more FUN than formal made all the difference! My Mom (who never believed I’d get married) used to joke that if the day should ever arrive, she’d stretch the budget as far as the local hamburger joint, and treat everyone to a milkshake and fries. So, that’s just what we did! Our caterer was wonderful, and created a gourmet five star ‘Build Your Own Burger’ feast that included salads, homemade relish, a choice of filling and even a veggie patty – made from chickpeas.”

“We also opted for a lunchtime wedding – unusual in South Africa, because we wanted to relax with our close friends and family after the more official part of the day was over….which we did, looooong into the night!”

“Our day would not have been the same without the help from our families,” she concluded. “My amazing and beloved 92 year old Grandpa hand made all our blackboard signage, and allowed us to raid his shed for old milk cans, farm buckets and brass coal skuttles. To not only have him with us on the day, and share a dance with him, but also look around and see his handiwork displayed on every table was unforgettable!”

 

“From my Grandpa’s DIY blackboards, to the cake, and to my Dad’s valiant effort to drink enough Miller’s to create the impressive ‘hanging garden’ backdrop. We also asked Stew’s Gran to make us a batch of her famously delicious fudge (which we added to the dessert table) and we made a batch of my Gran’s super secret cookie recipe for our favours.”

The bride even wore her Grandmother’s wedding dress, a vintage original from 1947. Although it needed a few repairs it fitted her like a glove and it was a really special to Sam to be able to wear the same dress that her Grandmother did 64 years ago.

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An Eclectic & Colourful DIY Wedding: Amy & Andy

As a regular Rock n Roll Bride reader, Amy booked some of my ultimate favourite wedding suppliers for her October wedding to Andy. Annamarie Stepney photographed the day and the bride wore a Candy Anthony wedding dress with the gorgeous ‘cherry’ Vivienne Westwood/Melissa shoes. She also dressed her lucky bridesmaids in Vivien of Holloway dresses.

“We looked at lots of wedding blogs to find a photographer and saw lots of examples of some beautiful and really cool photos but when I saw some of Annamarie’s work on Rock n Roll Bride we just loved them,” Amy explained. “After meeting her knew she’d be great. She made the day go really smoothly too so it was a good choice!”

“I also knew I wanted a Candy Anthony dress from the start, they’re such beautiful dresses and I knew would be best to compliment my curves. The thought of trying on or wearing a traditional full length dress was scary, it’s just not me and I don’t think it would have been very flattering for my shape, and I wanted something fun! I knew I didn’t want a plain white or ivory dress and I love pink so I chose the polka dots and sash and the MASSIVE raspberry petticoat which was amazing, it made me feel like a princess! People couldn’t stop touching it and making me twirl!”

The wedding was held at Gate Street Barn, Surrey “We wanted a relaxed, pretty venue with space to drink and dance so this was perfect,” the bride continued. “I looked at lots of wedding blogs and magazines whilst planning but my favourite was always Rock n Roll Bride which I looked at every day. I picked up lots of tips and inspirations from it, but mostly the idea that we could have our wedding, our way, whilst keeping a few nice traditions in there too.”

The couple decorated their colourful reception space themselves. Many items were found on eBay or Amazon and Amy painted all the jam jars herself. Her Mum also handmade the napkin rings and the embroidered hearts that hung on the back of the chairs.

“The jam jars were really easy to decorate, I made them all different because I wanted a riot of colour and didn’t want anything to ‘match’,” Amy explained. “I painted flowers, polka dots, stripes etc in lots of different colours. I used acrylic paint and a varnish so they’re waterproof. Quite a few friends took them home at the end of the night, otherwise I would be overrun with them now! Making the favours was really easy too (if time consuming), we put some chocolates in some pink and purple netting (from John Lewis haberdashery) and tied it up with a ribbon.. it saved such a lot of money as favours can be really expensive!”

“We wanted to add our own twist onto everything including the invites, decorations, readings and clothes.. it was just everything we wanted rather than trying to be refined and classic like a lot of (admittedly beautiful) weddings. Everyone said the wedding was very ‘us’ which was lovely as we did want it to feel personal. There was lots of laughter during the ceremony and then the speeches and the dancing. We had the best day, to me, being Rock n Roll is all about having fun and doing things your own way, so what could be more Rock n Roll than that?”

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A Summer-Fun Wedding: Katie & Chris

Katie & Chris’ cute Summer-themed wedding had a really ‘fun for all’ vibe – kids and big kids alike! I love their giant cupcake cake (made by a friend), the space hoppers (that I’m sure the adults spent more time on than the children…) and the pops of colour they injected throughout.

“Chris used to be in the army, The Parachute Regiment, and left recently,” Katie explained. “We have been through so much together, including his tour of Afghanistan, so we knew we wanted this wedding to be nothing but fun! I don’t know if our wedding was too different to many other weddings, but that’s because we never compared it to anybody else’s. It was our day, and everything was done how we wanted. One thing I learnt is that everyone has an opinion, and you can’t make them change your ideas.”

Katie wore a dress by Tobi Hannah (who she met at The Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham) and Vivienne Westwood shoes and jewellery. Her bridesmaid’s wore Vivien of Holloway dresses.

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Thursday Treats – 10th November 2011 + New Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Shoes Available for Pre-Order

Photography Credit: Vanity Fair Italy, July 2011, shot by Signe Vilstrup (more from this shoot here)

I need to make a big thing about this first link as I know many of you have been waiting with baited breath to order some of the new Vivienne Westwood/Melissa shoe styles that I blogged about in August… Well good news my lovelies, they are available to pre-order through hervia.com now!

YES!

I can’t wait to get me some shoes with wings!

As always, this week I’ve been trawling the internet so you don’t have to…Enjoy!

♥ Sweet Philly Love Shoot
♥ J’adore this vintage hot air balloon wedding and the tutorial for making said Hot Air Balloons
Beautiful barn wedding
♥ I’ve heard of couple’s suing their wedding photographers before but this is just ludicrous!
♥ Dita’s Advice For Rule-Breakers – thank you thank you thank you, a gazillion times over to Gala & Dita for this. Don’t you just love it when things like this smack you BANG between the eyes just the very second that you need it?
An open letter to Carrie Bradshaw – must read for anyone that’s self-employed. This post made me laugh out loud!
Charlotte Balbier has launched her new website this week. I’m loving the cute pink stripe theme…and this dress from her latest collection needs to be mine!
Heart-stopping roaring 20’s wedding

Photography Credit: Wildflowers Photography

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Vivienne Westwood 2012 Bridal Collection – Exclusive First Look & Win Tickets to The Luxury Wedding Show London

I’m pretty sure by now that you’re aware of what a HUGE Vivienne Westwood lover I am, so when they guys at The Luxury Wedding Show, London called me as asked if I wanted to share the exclusive first showing of Vivienne’s latest bridal collection…well I just about died.

They say of the collection, “For this latest bespoke Couture and Bridal Collection, Vivienne Westwood has extended the collection up to 20 styles, whilst remaining faithful to her strong belief that femininity ought to be celebrated. The tailoring, corsetry, crinoline, and soft lines of this collection all enhance the feminine silhouette. There are silk satins, georgette and chiffon for the draped and slinky styles, silk duchess and taffetas for the gowns, and embroidery, lace, tulle and sequins all to enhance the couture styles. The collection is romantic yet strong with the colour palette ranging from  white, soft ivories, champagne, dusty pinks, gold, to a sumptuous red. The Westwood bride is an independent woman and this is reflected in the collection.”

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A Woodland Creatures Fancy Dress Wedding: Toby & Isa

“The theme for our wedding began as a circus/carnival inspiration and grew to encompass woodland creatures, feathers and various fancy dressed individuals from badgers to unicorns, not forgetting the now infamous family of bears!” newlyweds Toby & Isa told me.

 “We did things differently, just simply because that’s how we are and to have had any other style of wedding or traditional ceremony would have not been true to us as we are not religious. However we did have a beautiful blessing with Sally our Interfaith minister and we wrote our own wedding vows.”

Toby & Isa were married in September at Silver Rill House, Overbury with a reception at Overbury Village Hall. The bride wore a custom made dress by Annie Mochnacz and shoes by All Saints.

“I think our day was so great because we were surrounded by people who truly love us,” the bride concluded. “I think you could feel this energy and the laid back flow of it all throughout the day. Also the honesty of Toby’s and my love. I was so happy that my friends from Switzerland all made it and my cousin from Canada.”

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Vivienne Westwood, DIY Décor & Pink Plastic Flamingos: Mads & Nick

Mads & Nick are one seriously cool couple and I’m so thrilled to share their wedding with you today. I just know you’re going to love it!

“Our wedding was a hot mess of all-things-wedding and us,” Mads explained. “I don’t think we did anything revolutionary, all the traditional parts of the wedding were there; we just made sure we took the time to think everything through and make sure it was right – for us.”

“From the pre-ceremony music being a collection of our favourite film scores (How to Tame your Dragon anybody? Ahh  just me and Nick then), to the inadvertently weepiest of readings; eight dreamy looking bridesmaids and nine hot groomsmen and our tables being named after ‘Our favourite things’ (inc Midsomer Murders and Arnold ‘The best activities for your health are humping and pumping’ Schwarzenegger – we had no shame!). We had our friend on guitar after dinner, photos in front of an abandoned concrete barn instead of the lake, pink flamingos, a Lulu Guiness corsage bridal ‘bouquet (instead of a traditional bouquet)’, funk and films on in the evening – who doesn’t want to watch Predator in a deckchair under a blanket with a Pimms on the go? Then at the end of the night we stole a taxi, ate cake and I got to take my spanx off. Rock n Roll!”

The ceremony took place at Hungerford Town Hall and the reception was held in a friend’s barn. Mads looked incredible in her Vivienne Westwood ensemble -both her dress and her shoes were by my favourite designer – and Nick wore a bespoke suit from Saville Row.

“We made our own gin favours by making blackberry and pear gin – (mix equal parts fruit, sugar and gin then leave in a cupboard rotating occasionally, for three months) then had loads of fun gotgineverywhereandgotprettydrunk – pipette-ing gin into mini bottles we got from Hobbycraft and making them look cute with wish labels,” Mads continued when I asked about any DIY elements in their wedding. “I also made my own runners using Cath Kidston fabric so our tables were colourful. They weren’t perfect, the edges were cut using pinking scissors and weren’t ‘finished’ which meant they did they fray, but I honestly don’t think anyone noticed/cared!”

“Finally, rather than just have a wedding cake, as I have such a sweet tooth, we decided to enlist our friends to help us create a cake stall – which turned into a childhood cake-dream come true and surpassed our wildest dreams, bought everyone together over tea and coffee and looked/tasted amazing!”

Amazing indeed!

“I was given the advice,” the bride concluded, “‘Don’t worry if something isn’t perfect; no-one but you will know’ which proved invaluable in the final months of planning. Also, when planning your wedding pick what’s most important to you and work around it. Our money went on our food (there was never any doubt we’d have anyone but the Pot Kiln catering our wedding) so rather than have a hotel/wedding venue we chose a barn which balanced our budget out and was a compromise we were happy with.”

“At times it meant working harder as we had to think of everything – sourcing festival loo’s (when did I ever envisage myself doing that as bride?), putting seat pads on chairs, organising lighting – Big Top Mania made that barn bad ass – but we’d do it all again tomorrow as it meant we could have our venue exactly as we wanted it.”

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