Mad Hatter Rock n Roll Bride ~ Candy Floss, Beach Huts & The Great British Seaside

It’s that time of immense excitement for me again, when I finally get to share with you a ‘lil project I’ve been busying myself with behind the scenes. Unbelievably this shoot has been in the pipeline for over a year but it’s only now that I’ve had the time to get it all organised properly!

The Photographer
I first met Eliza Claire just over a year ago at the very first ‘Rock n Roll Bride meet’. We met in a teeny cocktail bar in central London. We drank cosmopolitans and mojitos and talked way into the night about business, photography and changing the face of the UK wedding industry…and look how far we’ve come in only a year! At this first meeting we talked about doing a photo shoot together and would you believe it’s actually taken this long to get it together. However, as always, the wait was so worth it as within the past 12 months we’ve got to know so many more amazing people in the industry, a few of which we asked along to join in the fun.

“My thoughts on the shoot were to do something different, bring out the softer side of Rock n Roll Bride!” Eliza explained to me. “You’ve done a gothic shoot and a punk-rock shoot, I wanted to show your softer, feminine side.  Tiffany and I were definitely on the same page when it came to ideas for this, and the Whitstable location really grew from that – getting you out of the city, and wanting beach huts!”

Eliza is now taking wedding bookings for 2011 and she still has a few Winter 2010 dates available now. Email her on for more info


The Stylist
Tiffany Grant-Riley is the genius Vintage Wedding Planner behind Grant-Riley Weddings. With a penchant and a passion for all things vintage, she has planned some of the most glamorous and funky weddings all over the country so we were really really excited when she agreed to join us on our little seaside adventure. Tiffany came up with a killer concept of candy, beach huts, vintage signs, sunshine and general quintessential British loveliness…with a twist of course.

“I wanted to convey the romance of an old fashioned, traditional seaside get-away with emphasis on Kat’s softer side” Tiffany told me. “Having recently (and very bravely!) started her Rock n Roll tattoo, Kat was keen to show it off so the bright colours of Whitstable provided the perfect backdrop. By introducing soft, feminine textures using two very different dresses, this was a fun, vibrant and deliciously colourful story of a carefree bride!” Tiffany was amazing throughout the whole process and organised things to a tee. Plus she was a total blast to hang out with all day!

In addition to wedding planning Tiffany also offers theme design and specialist vintage styling from the 1920s to 1960s throughout the UK. Check out her website for all her latest work, and drop her an email to to discuss further.


The Hair & Make Up Artist
I fell in love with Elbie Van Eaden’s wacky and creative hair and make up creations when I saw her work in photographer Kirsty Mitchell’s amazing ‘Wonderland’ Series (I even featured one of my favourite shots on a previous Thursday Treats post.) So when I was tasked with finding someone to come and help out with making me look glamorous, I knew who I wanted to ask first. As someone who loves doing anything a bit ‘out-there’ Elbie was well up for the challenge and channeled her inner feminine and romantic goddess to come up with the hair and make up ideas.

“The inspiration behind the hair came from candyfloss” Elbie explained. “I wanted to create something girly and fresh, but not too contrived. After prepping the hair with heat styler Redken Spray Starch, I curled the hair using different techniques to add different textures. For the second look I backcombed the curls and used a couple of grips to keep it in place to create an unfussy updo, which we vamped up with more dramatic lips for a more evening look”

With a shimmer of gold and a poof of glitter I was re