That time has come again when I have to put into words a day of so much epicness that itâs hard to know even where to begin. My latest big photo shoot was the brainchild of myself and florist Amy Grzegorzek ofÂ Little A in Birmingham. We first met at the Designer Vintage Bridal Fair in February and after seeing her beautiful vintage-inspired table settings, we got talking about working on a collaboration. She told me how she was about to launchÂ Ava Event Styling, alongside Amanda of Bonne FĂȘte and Vickie ofÂ The Boutique Baking Company, so a shoot like this would really be the very best way to enter the scene with a bang!
âIâd love to do something really mental one day, shake things up a bitâ Amy told me. âYeahâŠlike a punk themed wedding?â I asked. Amyâs face lit up like a child on Christmas morning and Iâm pretty sure she let out a little squeal. âYes! OMG yes, can we do it?!â âŠwell put it this way, she didnât have to ask me twice.
After the show Amy and I emailed regularly with ideas on how to bring this theme together. It was important to us that the punk vibe was authentic â none of this fancy modern or âfauxâ punk themeing. We we really wanted to go all out to try and do this the best way possible and to get some real trailblazers on board. Genuine vintage pieces from the 1970âs were to be paired with wedding dresses, taxidermy, a rock band and Patti Bell in tow. I was literally chomping at the bit to get started and when 18th May finally rolled around I leapt out of bed at 8am eager to get my punk on.
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The shoot was held at The BOXXED warehouse in Birmingham, a venue used for parties and gigs. The walls are covered in incredible graffiti by Hoakser (whoâs a bit of a Birmingham legend) so it really did provide the perfect raw backdrop to host our shoot ideas. I arrived with Emma, Pete & Elbie and as I was getting my bag from the car I heard a little squeal from Emma, who had gone in before me.âOh my God KatâŠcome in here NOW and see this!â And this is what a saw. Incredible huh? To say I was nervous after seeing all the work that had gone into my very own custom Rock n Roll Bride graffiti background would pretty much be the understatement of the century. It all suddenly felt veryâŠwellâŠepic.
Amy, Vickie and Amanda all run their own wedding businesses (credited below) but they have just joined forces to create Ava Event Styling, a boutique wedding styling company. They are the perfect team and all bring their own unique expertise into the threesome. They worked SO HARD to pull everything for the shoot together and they created some utterly beautiful (and tasty!) treats for us to play with. Tomorrow, Iâll be blogging the behind the scenes pictures and video so be sure to pop by at midday to read more about what exactly went into all these details.
The Photographer & Videographer
When the punk theme was decided, Amy and I got chatting about which photographer to ask to shoot. To me, Steve Gerrard was the obvious choice. A real life Rock Star photographer, Steve is as comfortable in a mosh pit shootingÂ MetallicaÂ as he is rocking a wedding reception. I was so excited when he agreed to work with us because I just LOVE this guy and it goes without saying that his work is incredible. His photographic style couldnât have been more perfect for the punk aestectic we were going for.
My bestie Emma Case and her husband Pete also tagged along for the day. Emma shot the behind the scenes images and Pete helped out videographer Simon to film us doing stupid stuffâŠ (youâll see both tomorrow!)
Emma also provided the most vital role of the day which was to make me laugh/scream/and generally not lose the plot on this mental 11 hour shoot.
Hair & Make Up
Who else could I have asked but Elbie Van Eeden?Â I love her and her work more than life itself. I first met Elbie when I asked her if sheâd like to work with me on the âMad Hatter Brideâ shoot and I havenât looked back since. Weâve worked together on numerous shoots and projects since then and she is my faaaavourite hair and make up artist ever. Fact. She is so creative itâs unreal and we really did go to town with the punk theme.
We researched punk hair and make up styles in the run up to the shot, but we were keen to bring the ideas up to date and…erm…wearable. OK maybe we didn’t quite achieve that one, but how could I say no to blue or black lips?! And a Pink Mohawk with purple and glitter stars sprayed on the side of my head? Come on, that was too awesome to say no to!
Please will someone rock one of these mental looks for their wedding day? I’d die to see those photos.
When Amy and I first brain