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An Indie Rock, Winter Wedding: Vicky & Martin

On December 10th, Vicky & Martin were married in a gallery space, which they made their own. They didn’t have the easiest wedding planning journey, with not one but two venue’s cancelling their bookings, but at the end of the day the wedding was perfect.

“We were not the luckiest of couples when it came to our wedding planning as we had two different venues cancel our booking!” Vicky told me. “We booked a local hotel’s wedding package a year in advance and believed that everything from the food to the centerpieces was taken care of. With six months to go they called and cancelled our booking, leaving us panicked and miserable. After considerable research we booked our local youth hostel for a weekend festival in their beautiful medieval building – they cancelled our booking with less than four months to go!”

“After a tortuous month of searching we eventually booked local gallery space ‘Fruit‘ with only three months remaining to the wedding. As a venue, this was really a blank canvas but these experiences made us realise that we really just wanted to be ‘us’ and much of the other ‘fluff’ just didn’t matter to usat all. We were free to have black and white movies playing in the background all day, art on the walls, our own band, decorate it how we wanted and serve the food and drinks that we wanted. In the end we ended up getting a wonderfully personal wedding filled with many details that just screamed ‘us’!”

Because of the cancellations, and booking an ’empty space’ of a wedding venue, the couple ended up DIYing as much of the day as possible. “Martin designed and made the AWESOME 7″ single invitations, my wonderful Mum made and decorated the cake by herself and I did the flowers and my own hair and makeup,” Vicky continued. “This wasn’t so much a money saving thing as much as we wanted the day to be really personal, and not the ‘package’ deal which we originally thought we wanted.”

“All of the decorations for the venue and the evening buffet were a combined effort by everyone attending and this meant everyone got involved. We carried this theme of involving people through the day by asking all the guests to draw us a picture on our table-mats – I was so surprised at everyone who joined in with this and we have so many touching/funny mementos from the day!”

However it certainly wasn’t all bad luck for this couple as they won free wedding photography with Hannah Millard through a contest on Rock n Roll Bride (yey!) “Hannah Millard was the best photographer we could have hoped for! Hannah’s quirky style really suited our informal day and we have been left with photos we love as they are so full of personality. Hannah really put us at ease and you can see how relaxed we are in the photos, we just cannot thank Rock n Roll Bride enough for putting us in touch with her!”

“Our inspiration came from our resilience as a couple,” Vicky concluded. ” Our attitude towards the wedding was extremely laid back as anything that could go wrong could not possibly be as bad as a cancellation! We had more wedding stress than we could handle and so the plan for this wedding was just to have fun! Some traditions, such as the first dance, were important to us – but most of it was just a huge knees-up! The lack of conventions is what made us different, Martin did not want a traditional suit and I wanted to change into a dress I could dance in for the evening. We both wanted sweets and veggie food, vinyl records and astrong music theme. We just wanted to party and that’s what we did!”

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A Winter-Themed Shoot & a Bride with Purple Hair

Becky’s bridal shoot was the brainchild of wedding photographer Bethan Haywood Jones. She found Becky online and loved her look (hello, purple hair!) and so approached her with the idea of a winter themed shoot. “Aaaaah, winter. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan on the whole!” Bethan explained. “It’s cold, it’s dark, most things appear to be dead and it rains a lot. However, the winter weddings I am lucky enough to shoot are usually bursting with love, life and enough warm things to make your toes feel toasty. So my inspiration for this bridal shoot was to show that even on the greyest of days it isn’t too hard to inject a bit of colour into your day.”

“I love Becky’s purple hair and that was the starting point for my theming ideas. I warned her that we would be spending most of the day shooting outside and promised cake to make up for it, but I have to say she was an absolute star, sitting in the freezing cold in a little dress and peep toe shoes. The thing about bridal shoots is that often there is zero budget to pull them together, so again I sent out a few emails and found some amazing people to work with who loaned us items for the shoot.”

“The stationery was hand printed by Chris Smith who runs his own company called One After Nine. He specialises in simple and bold graphic design and typography while using methods such as screen printing and letterpress to produce the work. The dress and coat were borrowed from Lucky Bitch Boutique, who sell a mixture of original vintage items and hand made jewellery and accessories. Doris Designs loaned a kick ass hot pink petticoat to really bring the dress to life.”

“Most of the other bits and pieces were things I already owned and I made my favourite party purple punch. The little glass bottles I actually dug up from my garden! See…. weddings don’t need to be expensive!”

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{Personal Posting} New Handbag Eye Candy

I couldn’t resist adding a little bonus personal post this morning…because look what I just became the proud owner of! I think every girl needs a Vivienne Westwood handbag for Christmas. My wonderful friend Peter bought it for me (yeah, I opened it early, whoops) I must have been a very good girl this year!

Gareth said it’s hideous and that I’m a big loser for asking him to take photos of me flashing it. However I think it suits my hair quite perfectly and that anyone who thought I was strange as I posed in front of the random Christmas shed is clearly just jealous of my fabulous new bag.

Happy Christmas to me. Thank you to Peter and Vivienne. I love you both!

Edward Scissorhands ‘Winter in Summer’ Wedding

I am so flippin’ excited to share this wedding today. It’s like looking in a wedding mirror – if I’d known about all the fabulous alternative weddingy goodness that’s out there when we were getting married I reckon our wedding would certainly have shared many design elements with Karri & Ian’s big day.

The pair were married in the Botanical Gardens at the St. Regis Resort in Laguna Beach, California. Karri envisioned a dark and whimsical “winter in summer” wedding, inspired by the movie Edward Scissorhands. Karri & Ian told me all about their inspirational day.

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Snuggle Up

It seems to be starting to get bloomin’ cold everywhere again…so what better way to ‘celebrate’ than to share some more snowy engagements!? I have to say, the indoor shots seem a lot more appealing to me right now. Is it nearly summer time yet?

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Winter Warmers & DIY to Die For

This brand spanking new wedding was sent to me by the fabulous Andana Lima. I fell in love with bride’s beehive, her faux fur coat and all the DIY projects involved in making their day elegant and personal.

The DIY projects behind this wedding included the bouquet made out of black and white fabric, the boutonnieres for the groomsman and mother of the bride, the monograms, the wishbook and all the centerpieces and table decorations. Courtney also added her own beads to underneath her shoes. The custom flops were made by J*Flops.

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