Monthly Archives: October 2010

A Sunday Kind of Love – Happy Halloween!

I hope you have a fabulous day dressing up, munchingtoo many sweets and bobbing for apples. I’m actually not a huge fan of Halloween – trick or treaters scare me and I don’t really like dressing up (except if it’s as a bride of course!) However, here’s my bit of Halloween-related inspiration for you all. How beautiful is the autumnal-themed table spread? The classy version of Halloween methinks!

“This shoot was an inspiration of the Fall season hitting,” photographer and stylish Andi explains, “I wanted this to be a “mysterious table for two” in a woodsy yet chic style for the festive time of year that brings all things sweet, orange and leaves falling. Handmade White Cupcake Liner Pom Poms, burlap table cloth, homemade meringues and vintage thrift store finds. This inspiration came to me while thinking of an airy, yet mysterious forestry picnic instead of the bright usual garden style we see in the Spring, this is my twist. All elements that I think of when the Halloween season approaches. I hope that this can inspire brides that are having weddings this fall as well as any other autumn events!”

Happy Halloween my dears!

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A Lot Can Happen in 3 Years…

I started Rock n Roll Bride in October 2007 and a lot has happened since then. For one thing I’m busy, really busy. My life is actually pretty mental…but I have ideas and I get to run with them and I like it that way.

I work 5 days a week on the blog, writing and publishing around 20 articles of unique content every week. At the weekends I still work at a shopping channel and produce 4 hours of live TV every night. I get home at 3.30am. I sleep. I get up. I neck approximately a litre of coffee.

I write.

I upload.

I download.

(Gareth moans at me for slowing down the internet)

I email email email…

Then there’s the magazine deadlines and of course the photo shoots – fabulous? Yes, uber hard work that takes months of organisation and a pretty knackering few days of execution? Oh YES!

Then there’s the plans for next year…and I have big plans!

I love my life right now. I’ve actually never been happier. I love that I’m busy and I love that my work helps to inspire so many people. However sometimes in amongst the slew of emails, obsessive tweeting and late night writing, I do stop and think how much my life really has changed over this relatively short space of time. 

When I started the blog there were no other professional UK wedding bloggers so I really didn’t have any idea of what to expect or anyone to emulate. By being true to who I am, I really have learnt SO MUCH and grown up in a big way. I’ve met so many amazing and talented people and made so many fabulous friends. It’s mental to think about it all actually. Mindblowing in fact.

While David and I were shooting in Paris, we set up a pose and unbeknown to us at the time, shot an image that really does show how far I’ve (we’ve!) come in this time…

Compare and contrast.

The Rock n Roll Bride, shot by her good friend and newbie wedding photographer David McNeil, just after her wedding in 2008.

The Rock n Roll Bride, shot by her good friend and stupidly successful, booked solid by Rock n Roll Bride readers wedding photographer David McNeil…in Paris!

 

Happy Birthday Rock n Roll Bride…

Sophie & Barney’s Silly & Fun, Vintage & Rock n Roll North London Wedding

I sneak peeked Sophie & Barney’s wedding on Twitter and Facebook as soon as their photographer Lisa Devlin emailed me to ask if I wanted to blog them – hello!? Look at these two…Like she even had to ask!!

The best bit though? Sophie & Barney found Lisa via Rock n Roll Bride – I love love love featuring the weddings of bona fide Rock n Roll Bride readers! Oh I can hardly contain my excitement over this one…

“We did everything we wanted do and didn’t care if anyone else thought it was right,” the couple explained. “We put together all of our loves and didn’t worry about a colour scheme or any thing particularly weddingy, we love autumn and Halloween and London and glamour and silliness and fur and penguin books and skulls so we chucked them all in. Is that Rock n Roll??!”

Simple answer – yes!

Sophie looked every bit the Rock n Roll princess in a genuine vintage dress which she bought from My Sugarland in North London. “It was the first and only dress I tried on,” said Sophie “and its beyond special having been a museum piece and nearly 100 years old! It was covered in mould and little rips, I owe Zoe at My Sugarland a massive thank you because she helped my Dad see beyond the grubbiness of it and talked him into buying it for me! She also passed me on to the wonderfully stern but kind Jacqueline Byrne who used to be a seamstress for the Queen no less (!) who tidied the dress up perfectly, even recovering all the buttons on the sleeves.” With her perfect dress, Sophie wore a custom made headdress from Lilly Lewis which she customized with a brooch belonging to her Mother. She also also wore her Mother’s silver fox fur jacket which was a gift from her Dad on the day she was born!

On the morning of the wedding, Barney surprised his bride with a Vivienne Westwood handbag as a wedding present (my kind of guy – Gareth take note!) Sophie told me she almost walked down the aisle with her flowers in it but her Mother said no! hehe (ps best photo ever! Reminds me of some photos Lisa took of me when we met up…)

Sophie dressed her bridesmaids in different high street and vintage dresses to keep in with the laid back vibe. Vintage touches were added with their accessories, including an amazing 20’s pearl collar necklace and brooches from different decades collected by the bride ever since she got engaged. She also collected antique lace and made hairbands for them all.

The couple saved money by decorating the venue themselves. The collected 115 old penguin books from charity shops and Sophie’s Mum covered them. A lot of work but totally worth the effort – they look fantastic dotted around the venue don’t they? Before the wedding both Barney & Sophie went down to a local market and bought pumpkins and pomegranates to decorate the venue with. Everyone they know had also been collecting glass jars for the humbugs that we covered with black lace and put on the table. They also screen-printed the cameos to put on the back of the chairs. Originally Sophie had planned to not have any flowers at all, but at the last minute she feel in love with some “mouldy looking bruised roses” and her Mum bought them for her and made them into her bouquet. The finishing touch to the decor really is the incredible ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ cake by Brighton based Choccywoccydodah. Magnifique!

Music was a big part of this couple’s day with a number of entertainers lined up for the evening reception, “It was started by the wonderful Ellen playing tunes from the 30’s-60’s. Honky Sausage, a fantastic Ska and Swing covers band that do the most original sausage based meat raffle in the world! Next came the Fantastic Ryan Knowles with some dancey beats, followed by the effervescent Miss Sami Fitz who closed the party with some absolute classic party tunes!” the couple explained.

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A Hippy Chic Family Affair

Rissy & Mike’s wedding was a real hippy and family affair. They involved everyone that was important to them in order to make it totally perfect. First off, Rissy carried their son, Casey down the aisle with her. “I was wearing Casey in a sakura bloom sling,” Rissy explained. “Wearing him down the aisle and during the ceremony was very important to us because we wanted him to be with us as we all became an even closer family. We also practice attachment parenting which puts a lot of emphasis on the importance of baby wearing.”

With having a young baby, it was hard for the couple to go out and buy everything they could for the wedding, therefore about 99% of their wedding supplies were bought online. “Clothes and decorations pretty much everything else as far as decorations I bought at Anthropologie  and World Market,” Rissy continued. “I didn’t want to hire a wedding planner as we didn’t want to pay for one and I really wanted the event to be “us”. I felt like I could do it best. The few things that were really important for us to have was an outside wedding on the water or in the woods and a dress that buttoned down the front so I could breast feed in my dress.”

The venue and vibe it created was also very important to the couple. They explained, “At first we wanted to get married on Assateaugue Island, this cool tiny island in Maryland where there are wild horses that just roam free. Originally we wanted to turn the wedding into a whole camping weekend but with resistance from the older generation and with complications with reserving campgrounds, we changed our plans. We wanted it to be outdoors and have some privacy so we searched online for vacation rentals on the eastern shore and found the most amazing beach house called Cambridge Beach House. It sleeps 22 people, has a great kitchen, a pool and bbq, a private dock and beach, it came with the use of three boats and five bikes, we had a blast there, and never wanted to leave.”

The couple added their own touches house to suit their own style and Mike organised a BBQ for the meal to keep with the relaxed, party environment.

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A Fairytale Wedding for a Tattooed Princess

“My husband Dewald and I were both engaged to other people a year ago – but when we met it was really a fairytale!” Mona, the bride began. “When they say that opposites attract they are sourly mistaken, my husband and I are soulmates, body, mind and soul! We both have an affinity to all things that are unconventional, covered in tattoos and piercings and we adore all things vintage. After only two months we became engaged and I had his name tattooed on me as a symbol of my lifelong dedication to making the world rock together!”

Mona & Dewald wanted a fun, simple and personal wedding. They basically created a big party for all their friends and family and kept it as non-weddingy as possible. The pastor even arrived for the ceremony on a Harley Davidson!  The bride’s Mother is a dressmaker so she obviously made Mona’s dress. She wanted something offbeat, something unique and something completely different to a traditional wedding dress.”We combined our avant-garde taste gave birth to sexiest little wedding tutu – I felt like a princess!” concluded the bride.

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Thursday Treats – 28th October 2010

 Photography Credit: via Audrey Kitching (rest of the images here)

Are you ready for your weekly sugar rush? Thursday Treats is ready for you baby!

The Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
Elle’s modern flapper dress - oh lala!
♥ I’m loving Ruffled blog’s DIY contest – some of my faves from this week include Ribbon Wands, Fall Inspired Boutonnières, 
Vintage Fork Place Holder and the Bride and Groom Sign
Brie and Lee Married
Options and Friendship Bracelets
Real Gay Engagement Dumbo New York: Navin and Navin
DIY Paper Flower
Engagement shoot: Geri + Zach - ruffles!
Gorgeous sparkles, gorgeous dress!
♥ I featured their wedding last week, but did you see Britt & Mike’s day after sesh?

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