WEDDINGS

real wedding: rockabilly chic {karen & karl}

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Yay for wedding Wednesdays!  This one is SO much fun! Karen & Karl’s day is filled with 1950’s style and rockabilly-chic, from Karen’s cute tea-length Justin Alexander dress and her ‘maids chintzy pink Vivienne Westwood prom dresses, to their colour popping brooch bouquets.  I love how they decorated the church and venue’s garden’s with bunting, and added a real retro twist with their colourful candy bar! Oh, and the wedding car?!!!!  Blackbox Photography captured their day with retro flair!

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Here’s Karen ~

Karl first asked me out at a nightclub in 2005 in County Monaghan, although the funny thing is we only live 3 miles away from each other. 5 years after we got together, Karl took me to Dublin for a weekend in September and proposed. We set a date for two years later, Oct 2012. My ring was an antique ring, this then set the theme for the wedding.

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My dress was a Justin Alexander tee length dress, and I loved every bit of it, it was just my style. Once I had found my dress, I knew I didn’t want very traditional bridesmaid dresses, so I browsed on the internet and found the Vivien of Holloway website, I ordered a few dresses and found the ones I wanted. When the girls tried them on, they loved them, the petticoats added some fun. The groomsmen were in a sharp 3 piece navy suit with a navy tie, Karl was also in a navy three piece, but he had a navy and pink polka dot tie.  My headpiece was simple but effective. My favourite pieces were the bouquets, I had a brooch bouquet, it was colourful and something I will be able to keep forever. The girls bouquet was a mixture of flowers and brooches, which worked well with the dresses.

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The inspiration for the wedding came from both my antique ring and my love of all things vintage. Once I had found my dress, everything else just fell into place. I decided to make the invitations myself, I decided on a luggage tag style with a pink heart, a button and some ribbon detail. They were time consuming but definitely worth it. I also made the mass booklets and a sweetie buffet for the reception, this went down really well with the guests.

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My favourite part of the day was the morning time at home, getting ready, with everybody in the house, and all the buzz and excitement going on. I also enjoyed chatting  to all the guests after the mass.

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What was your first dance & how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was to Jason Mraz ‘I Won’t Give Up’. I really liked this song and liked the words to it.

 What advice would you give couples currently planning their wedding?

D0 everything the way you want it and enjoy every minute of it!

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Suppliers

Dress: Justin Alexander from Creative Ideas Bridal // Shoes: Rainbow Club // Headpiece: Creative Ideas Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: Vivienne of Holloway // Venue & Catering: Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen // Stationery: DIY // Florist: Claire’s Flowers // Hair: Retreat Hairdressers // Make up: Countryside Beauty // Cake: Sarah Jane’s Cakes // Music: Mr Men

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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