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Serious Fashion & Style Inspiration

What’s not to love about this shoot? Alex & Kaori’s downtown LA engagement session was the perfect expression of who they are as a couple – lovers of LA and fashion (they are both designers.) I will never stop loving the Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes (I have them in yellow & black) and Alex’s fabulous red & white checked shirt and black bow tie combo. In fact this pair have got to be some serious fashion inspiration to at least a few of you!

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The Designer Wedding Show February 2010 ♥ Highlights

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A few weeks ago I was offered a couple of tickets to attend The Designer Wedding show in Battersea, London. The event took place from last Friday – Sunday so my friend (and photographer extraordinaire) David McNeil and I thought we’d go check it out in the hope to be inspired, have fun and to actually real-life-meet some of the amazing UK wedding vendors that we’ve met online. Today I want to share a few of my highlights and photographs from the event so you can see what fun we had. I definitely did and I even got to meet a bunch of Rock n Roll Bride readers. It was the first event I’ve been to where I actually got recognised which was surreal but certainly nice! Here are some of my (and David’s) faves.

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Magpie Vintage undoubtedly had one of the busiest stalls of the day. I’ve wanted to meet Lisa & Tania for ages now and The Designer Weddingshow proved to be the perfect opportunity. I wondered up to their stand hoping they’d spot the pink hair and know it was me and as soon as I was within 20 feet I was greeted by Lisa with a massive hug and an “oh my god you look so young!” (haha way to suck up Lisa – you go girl!) and ” oh you simply must wear this necklace!” She the proceeded to drape a beautiful powder pink and teal green reclaimed vintage gem around my neck which I was lucky enough to walk around with all day (and yes I did remember to return it after!)

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♥ Abbey of Sugalily Stationary and I have been chatting online for months now so it was great to finally meet her in real life. I fell in love with not only her but with her beautiful creations in paper, ribbon and sparkly bits. From retro to classic, colourful to muted, Abbey’s display was one of the most endearing there..and she had cupcakes! Now who could say no to that!?

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♥ David and I had waaaay too much fun at the  Booth Nation/Glitterbooth. As we walked past I was instantly drawn to the 8 foot, silver glitter-covered photo booth. We were greeted by Seamus who immediately told us to hop in and give it a go, and inside only a bloomin’ built in wind machine (you can see we had fun with that!) I swear to god, if I was getting married again I would totally have one of these. Awesome!

♥ David fell in love with Emma Hunt’s simple, clean lines and said he would certainly be recommending their gowns to his clients!

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The Designer Wedding Show February 2010 ♥ Highlights

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few weeks ago I was offered a couple of tickets to attend The Designer Wedding show in Battersea, London. The event took place from last Friday - Sunday so my friend (and photographer extraordinaire) David McNeil and I thought we'd go check it out in the hope to be inspired, have fun and to actually real-life-meet some of the amazing UK wedding vendors that we've met online. Today I want to share a few of my highlights and photographs from the event so you can see what fun we had. I definitely did and I even got to meet a bunch of Rock n Roll Bride readers. It was the first event I've been to where I actually got recognised which was surreal but certainly nice! Here are some of my (and David's) faves. ♥ Magpie Vintage undoubtedly had one of the busiest stalls of the day. I've wanted to meet Lisa & Tania for ages now and The Designer Wedding show proved to be the perfect opportunity. I wondered up to their stand hoping they'd spot the pink hair and know it was me and as soon as I was within 20 feet I was greeted by Lisa with a massive hug and an "oh my god you look so young!" (haha way to suck up Lisa - you go girl!) and " oh you simply must wear this necklace!" She the proceeded to drape a beautiful powder pink and teal green reclaimed vintage gem around my neck which I was lucky enough to walk around with all day (and yes I did remember to return it after!) ♥ Abbey of Sugalily Stationary and I have been chatting online for months now so it was great to finally meet her in real life. I fell in love with not only her but with her beautiful creations in paper, ribbon and sparkly bits. From retro to classic, colourful to muted, Abbey's display was one of the most indearing there..and she had cupcakes! Now who could say no to that!? ♥ Myself and David had waaaay too much fun at the Booth Nation/Glitterbooth. As we walked past I was instantly drawn to the 8 foot, silver glitter-covered photo booth. We were greeted by Seamus who immediately told us to hop in and give it a go, and inside only a bloomin' built in wind machine (you can see we had fun with that!) I swear to god, if I was getting married again I would totally have one of these. Awesome!

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Eco Touches for this Snowy British Wedding

You know I’m usually all about the rock chicks, but there is just something about a quirky, DIY, eco, British wedding that I just can’t resist…and that fact that the bride wore Vivienne’s (I have them in yellow)…well I’m sold! Photographer Mark told me the whole story:

Marie and Karl chose the personal, DIY approach to ensure their wedding reflected their eco-conscious principles, where possible, combined with their love of elegant, vintage styles, nature and music! The day was based in two venues in the Northern English Forest of Bowland on a snowy day in late December.

The invite package contained screen printed and hand stamped bunting on recycled card and a button badge! The couple also set up a website was to encourage electronic RSVPs.

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Eco Touches for this Snowy British Wedding

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You know I'm usually all about the rock chicks, but there is just something about a quirky, DIY, eco, British wedding that I just can't resist...and that fact that the bride wore Vivienne's (I have them in yellow)...well I'm sold! Photographer Mark told me the whole story: Marie and Karl chose the personal, DIY approach to ensure their wedding reflected their eco-conscious principles, where possible, combined with their love of elegant, vintage styles, nature and music! The day was based in two venues in the Northern English Forest of Bowland on a snowy day in late December. The invite package contained screen printed and hand stamped bunting on recycled card and a button badge! The couple also set up a website was to encourage electronic RSVPs. Marie’s uncle’s 70’s cream ford galaxy 500 was the chariot of choice which delivered the pair to the organic farm for their reception- a gorgeous 17thcentury barn with heated floors and wood burning stove. Guests were greeted with mulled wine, hot vimto and the bride’s own homemade spiced biscuits served in an array of mis-matching vintage tea cups and saucers. Most of the deco was Marie’s own DIY effort -table centres were constructed on slabs of fallen pine/oak trees with arrangements of flowers she picked and dried over the year, vintage glass medicine bottles (car boot sales) and potted herbs in painted pots/vintage clay pots. Soy candles were arranged in charity shop finds- sherry glasses as votives and old glass jars covered in 1920s musical manuscript. Bunting was made by Gregg McDonald using off-cuts from the bridesmaid’s dresses (fabric from a brilliant mill in Bradford called Bombay Stores). Marie hand made some paper birds to sit on the edge of champagne glasses as place names and napkin rings were a ring of two-tone ribbon finished with a button. Karl designed and made “cootie catchers” which were placed on the dining tables featuring a selection of the couple’s favourite lyrics for entertainment between the courses of soup, pie and home-made cup cakes (courtesy of Marie’s mum and auntie)! The couple had been secretly attending swing jive dance lessons to surprise their guests and performed their first dance to Ray Scott’s red hot R n’ B number ‘Silk, Satin n Lace’. Later in the evening Karl’s band, including grooms men, ‘Super Johnny K and the Bang Bangs’ played a short set of vintage psyche n surf rock tunes. Marie teamed a stunner of a dress with her Vivienne Westwood shoes. She chose Daven by Pronovias and wore upcycled hair accessories ( from dress cut-offs and old sparkly bits) from Rebeccastone on Etsy and earrings which she also found on Etsy. Her bridesmaids wore dresses by Raouli. Karl wore a 1960's suit which he found on Ebay and a printed tie & hankerchief from Liberty. Thanks to photographer Mark and Marie & Karl for sharing this beeeautiful day with us

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Anglophile

One word…Eeeeeeek!

I am so excited about this wedding. Not only because it’s photographed by one of my favourite photographers, Ben Blood; not only because the couple, Diane & Adam are super cool, lovely and stylish; but because even though the couple are both American and the wedding took place at Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, WA, they expressed their love of all things British with a fabulous English themed wedding.

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Anglophile

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One word...Eeeeeeek! I am so excited about this wedding. Not only because it's photographed by one of my favourite photographers, Ben Blood; not only because the couple, Diane & Adam are super cool, lovely and stylish; but because even though the couple are both American and the wedding took place at Lairmont Manor in Bellingham, WA, they expressed their love of all things British with a fabulous English themed wedding. Diana told me all about their retro, funky, British punk rock day: My dress was from Les Habitudes on Robertson Boulevard in L.A.They specialize in getting a lot of their dresses from European designers that they bring in under their label, so most of their dresses are one of a kind. My shoes were Alexander McQueen and the hair comb I wore was a Victorian antique. The necklaces are by Pyrrha, in Vancouver B.C. Their bronze pendants are made from 19th century wax seal molds. The ones I chose say "My life is a prayer," "While I breathe I hope", and" Love conquers all." The blue seal ring on my finger was one I had from Anthropologie. The jacket I wore to leave the wedding is from All Saints in the UK. My bridesmaids are wearing runway dresses from BCBG. Our hair was all done by Shawn Wright, the owner of Ryan Chanel Hair in Anacortes WA. She researched runway shows of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen for days before and we also channeled a bit of Helena Bonham-Carter's impeccable style. My husband Adam wore a custom grey suit we had made at Nordstrom and grey patent leather Italian loafers. His groomsmen were all wearing tweed vests and hats from J. Crew with "The Who" edition converse all stars because Adam had always wanted Chucks in his wedding. All our music was all British. I walked down to the theme song from "Love Actually," we danced out to Queen's "Don't Stop me Now," and Adam sang Coldplay's "Fix You" in the ceremony. Our band for the reception was Garage Voice from Seattle. We went with our overt Anglophile theme because I'm in love with London and theatre, so Adam flew me there for a weekend in March and proposed in front of Big Ben. We went back in June and collected tube station signs in Notting Hill for the tables, as well as teacups and pots from all over the world. Most of the hanging flags were from WWII. We're planning on moving to London someday soon.

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Anarchy in the UK

Our little country continues to astound me this week with Kate & Seb’s Sussex wedding rocking it’s way into by inbox today. Photographer Sarah described this wedding as “by far the funkiest I have ever shot” and therefore it’s perfecto for Rock n Roll Bride!

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Thursday Treats – 29th Oct 2009

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Yummy Thursday Treat time. I thought I’d also include a few sneak peeks at what’s coming up over the next few days because I’m dying to share but I just can’t blog fast enough!

♥ These book sculptures and handmade paper lights are insane.
♥ My newest obsession is True Blood. I’ve just discovered it and watched about 10 episodes over the past few days. Now I want a fang ring!
How to brand and name your blog
♥ Beautiful bird themed ideas and details
Black dresses for bridesmaids are awesome. End of.
Vivienne Westwood is amazing, I heart her.
♥ PLUS she’s just bought out a wallpaper range…I could die right now!
Balsa wood flowers are so hot right now. New trend alert!
MILph’s – Mum’s I Like to Photograph
♥ Stunning orange dress bride
♥ My friend Erica Berger is heading to the East Coast from November 24th and is offering discounts on trash the dress sessions. Email her for info!
♥ Don’t forget to enter the a-a-a-mazing White Orchid Bolero giveaway and to vote for your favourites to win the Love Me Do Photography contest – we have had over 18,000 votes so far and it’s only 3 days in so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who has done so already!

♥ This week’s mutual blog love goes out to…

Katherine O’Brien
Fur Coat No Knickers
Eliza Claire
Weddings Unveiled (go vote for your fave wedding blogs!)

♥ Aaaand here’s a little sneak at what’s coming up this week…

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Phew…I can’t wait, can you!?

Retro Rockabilly

I am absolutely crazy in love with Jessica & Dave’s retro rockabilly wedding! Not wanting to stick to tradition, Jessica & proposed to Dave over a jungle themed cake! She explained: 

We had actually had no plans of ever getting married, but a few things changed and my views on the whole institution of marriage softened a bit.  I knew that I wanted to get married, but I had no idea how I was going to bring up the subject, so it just happened sort of spur of the moment.  One day we were watching Ace of Cakes, and they were making a jungle themed cake.  I studied lemurs in the rainforest of Madagascar, so I turned to Dave and said “Will you get a cake with two lemurs on top of it with me?”  and he said something to the effect of “What, wait, huh? Why? Are you asking me to marry you?”  and I said “yes!”

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Thursday Treats – 10th Sept 2009

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I spend a lot of time online (like seriously hours a day) and so of course I come across many a fabulous wedding and non-wedding thing that I don’t want to dedicate a full spot to. So, inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, I have decided on a new little feature. Every Thursday I will introduce you to a few extra treats out there on the world wide web. I hope you enjoy it. Let’s begin…

♥  Problogger spoke about a topic very dear to my heart – the importance of outbound links when blogging.
♥  The Unbride, Justine Ungaro, has relaunched her fabulous blog. It’s had a makeover and is more awesome than ever. Plus to celebrate she is running a veil giveaway from Castle Bride Couture.
Vivienne Westwood has released some brand new colours of the super popular Lady Dragon shoe. I need those red/fuchsia ones in my life asap!
♥  The delightfully dark La Carmina gave us a sneak peak of her newest book – Cute Yummy Time. I can not wait to get my hands on it!
♥ This is kind of last week’s news – but as this is a new feature and I had to squeeze it in. My friend Marina and her band Miss Fitz got through to bootcamp on the X-Factor. Check them out. I’m biased yes but they totally rock!
Design*Sponge posted some super gorgeous downloadable wallpapers on their site. I am currently rocking the  Deanne Cheuk (Light) design.
I Love Lolliblog posted a candy, tully, frothy, gorgeous inspiration board – It’s My Party.
♥ And these lovely people gave Rock n Roll Bride a shout out this week…

Trigger Happy Tara
Lucky Me Designs
Laura Evans
Ready2Spark

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Meghan Welker
The Sope Box

If you have a link that you think I should include in my Thursday Treats then be sure to drop me an email and let me know about it.

The Wedding Of The Year

I am not the most patient of people so when photographer David McNeil told me about Caroline & Callum’s upcoming wedding at the beginning of this year I was already dying to see the results. The couple not only found David through Rock n Roll Bride but Caroline proceeded to tease me with regular email updates on their wedding planning gorgeousness – from her amazing David Fielden dress to her perfect Vivienne Westwood shoes (I loved them so much I even attempted to make my own Rock n Roll Bride version!)

The couple got married in May and did a fantastic job DIYing pretty much everything! Caroline collected a gazillion (I’m pretty sure it was that exact number) empty bottles for all the venue flowers and centrepieces. The couple hit a flower market at 4am the day before the wedding to collect all the blooms and make the bouquets and boutonnieres on the morning whilst simultaneously folding the 17-fold accordion-style wedding booklet – phew! Inside the booklet was the order of service and info about the wedding as well as a secret section (which guests were invited to find after the ceremony) containing bowing score cards (the couple had bowing at their reception and started with a ‘first bowl’ instead of a first dance!) a frame to use in the photo booth (booth supplied by Boothbox) and a mini history of the venue – Shoreditch House.

The table runners were all Ikea fabrics, painlessly sewed by Caroline’s Mum and a friend, which looked fantastic set up with the red flowers, ‘Hello My Name is…’ place card/stickers and all the different types of bottle ‘vases’.

Caroline even made her Bridesmaid’s dress herself (you may remember she also made her own gorgeous yellow dress for their engagement shoot.)

Instead of a cake, the couple had baked 3 different types of cookies and set up a tin bucket, glasses of milk and red & white striped paper ‘party bags’ to go with it. Caroline’s brother also made them a surprise cake topper – the pair on a surf board with Caroline in her dress!

Phew – what a lot of gorgeous details huh? Well I’ve saved the best for last – just read this and weep!

So C bought my engagement ring from a pretty swanky and well known jewellers (that’s not why he went there, it was where the nicest ring was and the lady, as you’ll see, has been super helpful!)

Since then we have been in and met up with the same lady, who is the manager there, a few times… to get E ring resized, to choose my wedding ring and then again to choose C’s. So, we have spent a fair amount of cash in there, but NOTHING compared to others there (overheard 2 sales there previously, one for a £32,000 watch, and the other some jewellery to the tune of £160,000!)

WELL! Every time we go in we stay ages, drink champers and chat with her as she is our age and comes from similar part of the world as us, is just married, doing up a house too etc etc…basically genuinely get on. So, we go to look at rings and talk pets I sneakily show her a pic of my shoes which she shows the other girl in the store too and we all swoon. THEN, she says…
“Listen, you’ll have to come in a bit closer to the wedding a show me what your dress looks like”

Me: ‘Absolutely!”

Her: “And we’ll have to pick out something together for us to lend you for the day as your ‘something borrowed'”

UHHHHH queue shocked silence…did she really mean what I think she meant? Cos as far as I knew only royals and celebs ‘borrow’ jewellery!

BUT YES! She said it again when we went in to get C’s ring and so I can pick some FAB jewels to ‘borrow’ for our wedding! My dress has too much going on already to have a necklace… but I think a fab pair of earrings wouldn’t go astray huh!?!

UM, WOW!? I just believe it! My mom jokes that I’ll be walking down the aisle with Dad on one side and a big security guard on the other!

So, yeah, a few weeks before the wedding I went in and together she and I chose an amazing pair of earrings that would work perfectly with the lace on my dress but not be too much for the whole ensemble!  I thought I saw the price (she never showed me any prices, just kept bringing more pairs over) and thought it was £10k…wow.  THEN Cal went to pick them up the week of the wedding and saw the price for real (again, wasn’t told it, we were told they were insured and when I was a bit nervous was told just to be careful as you would be of any jewellery!)… uh yeah, £25,000 something borrowed!!

Thanks to photographer David and the gorgeous couple Caroline & Callum for sharing their amazing wedding story with us!

ps Yes – again, a million images – but it’s worth the scrolling to see all of these!

Credit: David McNeil Photography