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An Autumnal Lakeside Wedding: Meredith & Nic

Meredith & Nic’s wedding couldn’t be any more perfect for a blustery unseasonable warm changeable autumnal day like today. The warm orange accents with the lakeside location are all kinds of wonderful…

The wedding took place in September at the family cottage on Bob’s Lake, Ontario, Canada.

“The bride and groom were officially married (i.e. they signed the paperwork) early that morning in front of their parents while drinking their morning coffee,” photographer Elissa told me. “That afternoon, they went for a ceremonial paddle around the lake at the start of the wedding ceremony, and after their hand-fasting ceremony they served their guests champagne and went for another paddle.”

“The majority of the wedding was DIY. The bride’s parents folded 1000 origami cranes that was used as decor; board games and lawn games for the guests; no first dance/bouquet toss/garter toss/other ‘traditional’ elements to the reception – just a lot of happy talking and food. It was a daytime wedding and ended when the sun set.”

“The groom’s sister also experimented with lemonade recipes all summer and picked 6 custom lemonade flavors for the reception including lavender lemonade, spicy rosemary lemonade, and ginger limeade.”

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A Wedding Inspired by the Ocean

The inspiration behind this beautiful Californian wedding, sent over to me by Jerry Yoon Photography, was the ocean. The couple, who met through a mutual friend in Philadelphia and them moved to California, had visited The Monterey Bay Aquarium during their first year living together. “I loved it,” the bride told me ” the intense blues and greens when you looked down in the water, to the contrasting sand and beaten rocks. I love the ocean and anything relating to it. During that visit, I took a bunch of Polaroid photos at the museum and our walks around Monterey and Pacific Grove. Years later, when we were looking for a location for our wedding, I came across those original Polaroids of Lovers Point Park, and I instantly knew this is where we were getting married.”

The couple decided on a small intimate wedding with a guest list of just 50 people. “Although it sounds very small, it was a lot of work to hand make custom Save the Dates and invitations,” the bride continued. “It was definitely fun and keeping it intimate, we were able to give a lot of attention to each guest. We really didn’t have a conventional beach-y theme with shells, but more so a play of the colors. We held our ceremony under the large cypress tree at Lovers Point Park, and that too played into the theme of our wedding.”

The colours of the sand and ocean played a major role in the influence of the bride’s wedding dress and the groom’s suit. The bride’s dress was custom made by Wai Ching and the groom’s seersucker suit came from Black Fleece. “Inititally, I didn’t think the dress mattered all that much and ended up buying a cheap-o dress without much thought. Afterwards, I found a blog post featuring a dress by Wai Ching (Chrissy Leung). I immediately fell in love with the dress (and the hastily-purchased dress was promptly returned). I emailed her immediately and collaborated with her to create the true dress of my dreams. Everything was done via email: measurements, tons of photos for inspiration and descriptions. I finally flew up to Seattle for one final fitting, made some adjustments and it was a done deal. I love the dress. I still break it out every now and then and wear it around the house! It’s such a fun dress.”

“I assumed my husband wouldn’t care much about what he would wear for the wedding but he proved every every bit involved and wanted to look special. He had no idea what my dress looked like aside from some decidedly vague color descriptions by yours truly. After many stores, we finally found this suit at Black Fleece. After he tried it on, I turned to him and said, ‘We are going to look great!’ He had to take my word of course, as he wouldn’t see my dress until the day of our wedding.”

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Alison’s Alice in Wonderland Trash the Dress

“My inspiration for this shoot came from the bride her name is Alison and she has a pet bunny as well as a cupcake tattoo on her wrist,” photographer Tab McCausland told me. “So when I started to plan doing my first trash the dress photography class I didn’t want it to be just a boring setting.  Sooooo we went all out cake, hats, tea pots, a little tuxedo for the bunny, little caterpillar, table set up the works!  I think the theme was perfect for the bride and since she had pink and purple hair already it just all came together nicely.”

…And so the idea for an Alice in Wonderland themed trash the dress was born. Although this theme is really popular with brides at the moment (even a year after the movie…can you believe it’s been a year already!?) what I love about this adaptation is the fact that it was based around what the bride loved the most…and of course the bunny rabbit, who could resist him?

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Sarah & Justin’s Modern Vintage, New York Wedding

I put a little teaser shot from Sarah & Justin’s beautiful wedding on my facebook fan page a few weeks ago, and within about 3 minutes it had received about 40 ‘likes’ which pretty much convinced me (like I didn’t know already) that you guys are going to totally heart this one.

The elegant New York wedding took place at Bridgewaters Restaurant, New York. The theme for the wedding was an evolving one, and one that really reflected what the bride & groom loved in their daily lives, as well as being complementary to the scenery around them.

“I started out wanting a vintage New York feel but then it began to get more modern,” Sarah explained. “We played off the nautical feeling of the venue (it had row boats hanging from the ceiling) and also the location which was in New York’s South Street Seaport area and had these amazing ships docked nearby. That is why my table number cards had a shell motif in them and our invitations were a drawing of the vantage point from our wedding venue.”

“Overall I wanted everything to be simple, clean yet classy. My dress was light and airy, the flowers were simple white hydrangeas, we had white lanterns and tons of candles. I wanted it to be about the people that were there and about Justin and I, not about what my favors were or what types of flowers we had. I wanted to simplify the whole wedding planning process that has turned so many brides into bridezillas.”

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Mary & Sam’s Private Bay Wedding

Mary & Sam were married in a private bay in Picton, New Zealand. Their biggest challenge for their wedding was that they lovingly (and painstakingly) restored a 70 foot boat to transport their guests from the ceremony site to their reception at Herzog Winery!

“Working to restore a non-functioning 70-foot launch so we could transport our guests was… well, it was Rock n Roll in fact that we had no sleep, too much to do, and had to call in our amazing family to bail us out! We tried to forget about the industry noise around weddings and instead focused on the fact it’s just the thing that happens before you’re married, so let’s have a party focused on love instead.”

It was all worth it though, especially the magical moment when a pod of Dolphins followed the boat on the journey to the ceremony. Wow.

The couple DIYed the majority of their wedding and used wedding blogs as inspiration, “I can’t speak highly enough about the great wedding blogs out there (my favourites were Rock n Roll Bride, The Wedding Chicks, Ruffled and Green Weddings Shoes)” Mary explained. “They tutored me through making tote bags, our own centrepieces, invitations, fixing jewellery, all sorts of things that made the wedding of our dreams accessible provided we threw in a little blood sweat and I-can’t-believe-super-glue-won’t-stick-to-this-metal-but-my-fingers-are-stuck-together-tears.”

Mary wore a stunning lace pre-loved dress by Allure Bridal (style number 8634) and shoes that she customised herself from an old pair of shoes, some fabric swatches and lots of super glue!

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Rachel’s Punk Rock Wilderness Trash the Dress Shoot

A bride willing to get her gown crazy-muddy for a trash the dress shoot probably isn’t anything new to a lot of your seasoned Rock n Roll Bride readers, but something about Rachel’s shoot really did make me go ‘wow’.

“Rachel contacted me for her trash the dress session desiring to get down & dirty, even muddy if possible,” photographer Gabrielle Foxtold me. “She said to think wilderness with a punk rock edge to it. I thought of an awesome location, a muddy lake near San Diego, and it ended up being the perfect setting! The photos definitely had a Rock n Roll feel to them, mixed with some Marilyn Monroe bombshell.”

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