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A Vintage Pin-Up Sailor Wedding: Ben & Shelby

I was initially sent just Ben & Shelby’s engagement session by their photographer Shani Barel, however when I laid eyes on their incredible wedding I knew I had to feature it instead! The wedding had a vintage, pin-up and sailor theme and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect to grace the pages of Rock n Roll Bride.

I was also pleased to hear that the ideas behind the style of their wedding were actually 100% reflective on how they are in ‘real life’. Ben is actually in the Navy and Shelby is a pin up model!  “I was stationed on the USS Los Angeles that was originally home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI,” groom Ben told me when I asked the couple how they met. “The ship was on its way up to Bremerton, WA to decommission but made a stop in LA for a decommissioning ceremony. On Sunday, January 24th, I was the cook on duty aboard the ship but I was all finished and cleaned up with dinner, so a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go out.  So we immediately went to the bar. Sailors….. Anyway Ian and I went to what seemed to be the only place open in town called The Whale and Ale in San Pedro, CA. A few other sailors from the ship showed up and we all had a couple of beers and played cricket. As the night went on, I proceeded to the restroom and I notice in a huge way this cute blonde girl all fancy in a vintage dress and her hair all done up walking down the stairs. I was in awe. I had never seen a girl dressed in such a fashion and so stunning!”

“Ben being a sailor was definitely a big inspiration for our wedding,” confirmed Shelby. “The Queen Mary, stationed at Long Beach California has always been one of my favorite places and was the perfect setting for a sailor and a pin-up girl, it was like we went back in time to WWII.”

The bride wore a vintage dress (of course)…well in fact two dresses. The first was by Emma Domb and was originally her Mother’s and the second, the feather dress, was made by her Mother who makes dresses for a living.

She even wore a genuine 1940’s tiara and vintage jewellery. She even carried a paper flower bouquet from the 1940’s. The groom wore his Navy uniform.

The cake was also a special touch as the bride’s grandfather made the based and the cake topper was, again, genuine vintage. “Our cake topper was an antique sugar cake topper from 1944 with a little sailor and his tiny blonde bride I got it for just $14 on eBay due to the fact that somebody had taken a bite out of the base of it and chomped off one of the bride’s arms! I repaired the topper and added extra flowers and leaves to the arch they stood under we also added our wedding date to the back of the topper to mirror the original wedding date that was painted on the front.”

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A Relaxed, Boho Wedding: Laura & Graeme

Laura & Graeme were married at Marle Place, Brenchley which perfectly suited their laid-back boho wedding. “It is a peaceful, privately owned Wealden garden, ten acres of formal planting and many more acres of woodland and orchard,” Laura explained. “None of our guests had ever heard of or been to Marle Place, before and neither had we. I didn’t find it on my original wedding venue searches, eventually I found it by searching for something like ‘secret garden’. It has been described as a hidden gem and I totally agree.”

Their photographer Joanna Brown agrees, “As I drove to Laura’s parents house I totally got it that Kent is described as the garden of England… Field upon field of fruit, rolling hills, and acres of sky I decided there and then that I loved Kent and I looked at the blue sky and just knew that this wedding was going to be gorgeous it had all the ingredients for a belter and boy it did not disappoint.”

“A wedding is full of beautiful things, dresses, flowers, tea cups (which this wedding had in bucket loads) but what really makes a wedding is the people and the story of the day unfolding with real emotion and meaning and I saw this every minute of the day.  I loved it when Laura got ready and it was just her and her mum savoring that moment like a rite of passage it felt really symbolic and then to witness her Dad coming in to see her for the first time and his reaction {and Laura’s} was so precious it actually made me cry it was so tender and honest.  I loved also the bridesmaids when they saw Laura for the first time and they could not contain their excitement of seeing her in her dress.  Equally I loved Graeme and the boys eagerly awaiting the wedding party to arrive and the pacing around to calm his nerves at one point he even went to the corner shop.”

The couple hired three Giant Hat Katas instead of a traditional marquee, because they wanted a less formal or traditional wedding. “We wanted a boho, relaxed feel to the day and they were amazing! My brother and his wife  made us various signs for the reception including Parking, Rest Rooms, Graeme hearts Laura 23.07.11 etc. I loved them! I filled a basket up with flip-flops and they made a sign saying ‘Help Yourself’; these were placed in front of the decks for our guests to take if they wanted to take their heels off to dance. They had all gone by half way through the night!”

“We also hired various vintage accessories from Vintage Flair; tea cups and saucers, milk jugs, napkins, candlesticks, bunting, cake knife, cake tablecloth etc. I bought lots of different tea light holders (from Velvet Wedding and Live, Laugh, Love ) to decorate the exterior/gardens and also floor lanterns. I also bought heart table name holders and large manilla luggage labels as table names (to match our manilla invites).”

Laura wore ‘Zachary’ by Delphine Manivet. She wanted something boho in style and this fitted the bill wonderfully. She also wore a vintage headpiece and jewellery from Vintage Bridal Jewellery. Her bridesmaids wore nude coloured dresses of their own choosing (from various high street stores) and nude peep toe shoes from ASOS.

So beautiful! (and ps how cool is that final shot of the boys by the pool!?) Oh Joanna Brown you are so clever!

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A Brightly Coloured Floral Explosion of a Wedding: Sam & Dave

OK so don’t hate me…but there’s no Thursday Treats or Post it Notes this week or next week as I’m off galavanting in the US of A. However I hope I can make it up to you with today’s beautiful wedding (and the promise of a MASSIVE bumper edition of Treats and some extra special wedding and business tips on my return!)

Sam & Dave were married in London in July. After a church ceremony the couple and their guests all walked down the road to Wanstead Golf Club. “I wouldn’t say we were that Rock n Roll really. We just did what we wanted and tried not to think about what we ‘should’ be doing and people’s expectations,” the bride explained. “We tried to do it on the cheap and make what we could ourselves. I even just called a cab to take me to the church as I didn’t see the need to waste money on something that was just dropping me up the road!”

“We found it a bit annoying when people in the lead up to the wedding asked what the ‘theme’ was. I hate ‘the theme’. The ‘theme’, we explained to them, was that we were in love and getting married. And that was it. We just wanted to be surrounded by things we loved or thought were funny, whether they went together or not. But I guess if there was a theme it was a bit of an indoor fete feel. There was lots of bunting and fun stuff. Lots of colour (it was a bit like Gay Pride had thrown up all over it) and pretty much everything we’d done ourselves.”

Sam wore a vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey with leopard print, peep-toe Louboutin’s and a flower head garland, “I tend to wear quite flamboyant stuff, so my choice of dress was extremely modest for me – so I knew I wanted a bit of a statement on my head,” Sam continued. “When Rihanna appeared on X Factor last year she wore a big flowery headband and I really wanted something similar. So my Mum and I spent an afternoon together with lots of red wine and we made it from a load of old silk flowers she’s had stuffed at the back of her cupboard for years, which we wired on to a 99p Superdrug hair band! I was a bit unsure of whether to wear it as I was worried it looked a bit ridiculous and perhaps as if I’d just stepped off a carnival float, but I’m glad I did.”

The groom looked dapper in his bespoke green suit and oversized red bow tie, and the bridesmaids wore pink. “I had three main bridesmaids: my god-daughter Amber (14) and my nieces Rebecca (13) and Charis (8). The two elder ones wore shocking pink, 50’s style A-line dresses (I got the pattern from eBay and then my Mum made them) with a bright red sash with a huge bow on the back (bought from H&M.) I bought Charis a different dress – a sparkly red sequined party dress from eBay with a big tulle hooped skirt, which she wore with a pair of sparkly red Dorothy shoes that she chose from Accessorize (like me, she’s like a magpie when it comes to party dresses and sparkly stuff!) I just wanted her to have as much fun as possible and it to be a bit ‘fancy dress’ as opposed to having everyone matching.”

“I also had 5 older sort-of-bridesmaids – or wing-women, if you like (my best friends.) I asked them to buy any dress as long as it was a really bright block colour, and to team it with red shoes. So they looked a bit like a rainbow! Paula (canary yellow), Kate (red), Ash (pink), Nat (bright blue) and Caroline (orange.)”

They wanted to keep their reception casual and fuss-free. They served bangers n mash for the meal and  sparkly cupcakes for afters which were a part of the centrepieces on each table. They’d made cake stands out of mismatched crockery bought from charity shops. Like her headband, Sam wanted the flowers to be eclectic and not over-styled either. “The brief I gave to the local florist was that I wanted bright flowers – anything – but for them to be a bit messy and to look as if they’d been grabbed from a Nanna’s garden on the way. I was a bit worried that it might all look really wrong, especially with the cake flowers and the silk flowers on my head, but I loved it. It was just an over-the-top mess of colour. A bit like me.”

“We’d made up red and white striped candy bags with old school pick ‘n’ mix for our favours,” Sam continued, “and attached a personalised vintage-style temporary tattoo to each (either a heart with a dagger or a swallow – but both said ‘Sam and Dave’). Also, everyone got one of those squealing rocket balloons in their sweetie bag, which NEVER fail to make people laugh. There were rocket balloons squealing all over the place which was exactly what we’d anticipated.”

“Dave painted our wedding invites too. We wanted to have a royal crest, as a bit of a joke because of the royal wedding – so we made our own. It’s got the Wanstead herons on (as this is where we live) wearing our bow-ties, the cat at the top is our cat Fidget and he’s holding the Brazilian flag, because this is where we met. Our friend Tim drew the pictures of us to drop in. We wanted something really different and personal, and don’t like to take ourselves too seriously.”

How awesome are these guys?

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Colourful & Modern with a Heavy Dose of Whimsy: Brandie & Ede

You’re going to love Brandie & Ede’s wedding…and not just because the bride has pink hair (although it helps – I’m totally biased towards my pink haired brides) But because it’s well…awesome!

“Everything was different,” Brandie told me. “We wanted stuff we loved and stuff we would want to enjoy at our own wedding. Everything down to the food was thought of. Our venue, The Parker was a perfect setting because of the fabulous design that is already there. We just brought in our personality. I never felt like we had to include anything traditional. We did the parts we wanted to do. Owls were a huge part of the invitation suite and birds in general. I think we approached it like our home design – colorful, modern, with a heavy dose of whimsy. All the centerpieces were a random collection of white items from animals to the Eiffel Tower. Wherever you looked the was something to put a smile on your face.”

And I literally did have the biggest smile on my face as I looked through these photographs taken by the amazing EP Love Photography.

Brandie wore a dress by Priscilla of Boston, shoes by RSVP and a flower halo headband by Mignonne Handmade. Her jewellery was made by Ede’s Mum and her rings were by Michelle Chang Jewelry. “She makes these super cute teeny animal face rings, earrings, and necklaces. Since, Ede says I remind him of a cat and I love felines-this was absolutely perfect.”

Ede wore a three-piece suit with an ascot tie. It was custom made by Duchess Clothiers in Portland, Oregon. “Ede was able to pick out all of the material, buttons, and even add an embroidered line inside his jacket,” Brandie explained. “I made his boutonniere with feathers that Ede had collected on our hikes together.”

As you can see, the couple DIYed a lot of their wedding. They chose not to have fresh flowers at all and instead Brandie hand made all the paper pom poms and flowers. “I tried to teach a few people how, but they had little patience for it,” Brandie laughed. “I created all of our bouquets with streamers. The cheap kind you get rolls of at the party store. I choose three different pinks to give it depth. Then I ordered floral supplies like the pearl and crystal sticks to add a little bling. There were several different big paper flowers I made to decorate different areas of the wedding, mostly made of crepe paper. We also used tons of Martha Stewart’s paper pom poms throughout the house and back yard. I loved these because they were huge. So people even used them as props in our photo booth.”

“This wedding was seriously a labor of love,” Brandie continued. “I’m so lucky to have married a graphic designer. It was so much fun and meant so much to us to collaborate and brainstorm our wedding together. The best part, he actually cared about every detail and design decision. We created things both MacGyver and Martha Stewart would be envious of. Ede designed our save the dates, invitations, guest welcome bags, all of the signage, crafted the Mr & Mrs signs for our chairs and more. And since, nothing off the shelf was good enough or was my signature hot pink color, I pretty much had to sew all the table runners for the three kings’ tables, runners for the bar and cupcake/ candy bar, and I even gave our teeny little bird toppers a custom top hat and veil. We created photo booth props with inspiration from wedding blogs. And hand made all the pinwheels for our escort cards (template/ how to from PaperCraft book–thank you!) because they were a nod to the all the windmills in the Palm Springs area. We got loads of help from Ede’s parents the week of the wedding. We were literally set up in the garage all working on different crafts into the wee hours-it was a lot but so much fun.”

The music was also hugely important to the couple and their choice of entertainment was perfect! “OMG can I say how much we LOVE our band? Music is a huge thing for Ede and I. So, we wanted someone who would reflect us. These guys are some of the most talented artists I have ever met and they are so sweet. Justin and Drew of Almost Honest were such an amazing part of our wedding. From singing Yellow by Coldplay as I walked down the aisle to Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues at the conclusion of our ceremony, it was all perfect. They even played quite a few songs they wrote during the reception. But I must say, the highlight, was hearing them do California Girls by Katy Perry!! Drew’s voice and Justin’s way with the guitar equaled awesomeness!”

“Our DJ was a friend of a good friend. Jonathan Dale was super fun, easy to work with, and played everything I asked. He even played our song for our little dance performance. Since, I’m a hip hop choreographer/ instructor I had quite a few dancers at the wedding, so I thought it would be fun to “do a little dance.” Even our officiant, who is one of my dancers joined us. The guests loved that part! And yes, I wore my wedding dress!”

I. Just. Love. This! Who’s with me?

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A Beer-Swilling, Handfasting, Freak Show Wedding: Heather & Tyler

Whoa Whoa Whoa…old onto your knickers as they are about to be blown off! Heather & Tyler’s wedding is quite simply and all out freak-fest (and I mean that entirely as a compliment!) “Yeah I would describe our wedding as a Red, Black, Moustaches, Beer, Victorian, Wild West, Freak Show” Heather told me.

“We wanted to get married in place with a lot of history (and liberal liquor laws) so we chose Virginia City, NV becasue it still has the Victorian beauty, but has decayed a bit to make it spooky and they welcome rowdiness. The ceremony venue was The Mackay Mansion and it is thought to be haunted. For the Ceremony, the wedding party (bride included) walked out to ‘Hysteric’ by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. We had a gender-blind wedding party with both guys and gals on both sides.”

Instead of flowers each member of the wedding party carried a beer decorated with ribbon – that is all kinds of awesome no?

“Our officiant is a friend of ours who got ordained online,” Heather continued. “We had a hand fasting as well as a ring warming and and during the ceremony, my son (who is afflicted with severe autism) ran up and tried to join in the handfasting. That was pretty cute. The cord for the handfasting was made from *gasp!* the bed sheet where we first got lucky!”

“We wrote our own vows which included ‘always bringing paper when you are stranded in the bathroom’ and Tyler promised to ‘always see Alkaline Trio with me even though he doesn’t like them very much’. At the end, we all had a celebratory beer toast.”

“After our recessional of ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe, we went for a pub crawl/scavenger hunt back to the reception. We had tons of free booze, a billion pizzas, and live music by a local country band. In between sets, we had Swingshift Sideshow perform for our guests. Our first dance was to ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and we cut our cake with a sword. We are both ex-squatters, so in his speech, the best man commented on our lack of personal hygiene! Ha! the reception got shut down early because everyone was waaaay too drunk and someone even went to jail! All in all, it was loads of rowdy fun and we have soo many great memories.”

The bride’s outfit inspiration was Lydia from Beetlejuice, “In the scene where Beetlejuice is trying to force her to marry him. She looked so amazing in that red lace puffy dress. I have always wanted to look like that since I was a wee one.” She wore a custom corset from Battie Clothing on Etsy and a custom tutu skirt from Sisters of the Moon, also on Etsy. She accessorised with fingerless gloves from Yaso Knitting and Betsey Johnson shoes.

Mental! What’s not to love?!

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An Intimate Wedding at Voodoo Doughnut: Cassie & Eric

Cassie & Eric’s sweet n simple ceremony took place at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland. The day was small and intimate and after their ceremony the couple and their guests took a limo ride to a friend’s house for the reception.

The bride wore a dress from Brooklyn Industries, shoes from Macy’s and a headpiece from Forever 21. The groom’s outfit was from J Crew and Nordstrom.

Their were no bridesmaids or groomsmen and a friend performed the ceremony. The flowers the bride carried were picked that morning from a friend’s garden. The cakes were of course provided by Voodoo Doughnut.

Sooo many more beautiful photos after the jump…clicky clicky.

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