WIN Free Wedding Photography with Kat Forsyth Photography

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Kat Forsyth is a wedding photographer from South Africa that has recently relocated to London. After shooting weddings for four years she decided it was time for a change of scenery. The weather may not be as good over here but this makes us UK dwellers, very lucky indeed!

With an amazing eye for light, Kat captures colour like no other, making her the perfect wedding photographer for a colourful couple.

Are you getting married before the end of 2012 and don’t have your wedding photographer sorted yet? Well my dears you are in luck. To kick start her new career as a UK wedding photographer, Kat would like to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader free wedding photography!

“I’m looking for a fun couple who are planning a creative, crazy or unusual wedding they’re really excited about,” Kat says. “They must be willing to have it featured on my blog and hopefully Rock n Roll Bride afterwards too!”

The Prize

One Rock n Roll couple will win wedding day coverage (up to 9 hours) and a disc of 400+ high resolution, fully edited images. The wedding must take place before the end of 2012.

To Enter

You’re on Pinterest right? If not it’s time to sign up! To enter simply create a Pinterest inspiration board for your wedding, and email the link to it to Kat at info@katforsyth.com with the subject ‘Rock n Roll Bride free wedding competition’. In your email include a little bit about your wedding ideas, your wedding date and location and please also include a recent photograph and yourself and your fiance.

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Dr Who Wedding Inspiration

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This shoot is certainly going to appeal to all you Whovians out there. Come on then, tell me, who’s having Dr Who influences in their wedding? “Ever since I became a fan of Doctor Who I’d wanted to do a styled shoot and combine it with one of my other favourite things in life: weddings, of course!” explained photographer Kat Forsyth. “I’d seen a couple of Who-themed shoots around, but I always felt that none of them got it quite right; they were either really pretty, floral and sparkly, or a little too much like a cheesy costume party. I was sure that by assembling a hand-picked team of Doctor Who geeks (read: experts), we could come up with a shoot that not only captured the quirky and fun aspect of the show, but also the atmosphere.”

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“There was one important aspect we had to get right”, she continued,” and that was was the venue. Because Doctor Who travels so much through time periods, I wanted somewhere that looked timeless, so that it could appear to be anything from an old Victorian building to a futuristic space in New New London. The Tobacco Dock in East London proved to be perfect for our needs, with its concrete walls, brick archways, and glass ceilings.”

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Be sure to check out the fun video too. It documents the story the suppliers come up with for the shoot!

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A Rock n Roll Shoot & Iron Fist Ruby Slippers: Cat & Louis

It started with those ruby slippers. When wedding photographer  Kat Forsyth first laid eyes on the Iron Fist beauties, she knew she had to do a photo shoot styled around them.

“I’m not even a shoe girl, and I hardly ever wear heels, but hot damn, I wanted everything on the Iron Fist website,” Kat wrote. “I couldn’t get the ruby slippers out of my head, so a few weeks later I popped into a shop to see them in person. Well, the only pair left was the display pair, and they were one size too small for me. But they were On Sale. On Sale for one fifth of the original price! So in order to justify the purchase, I decided I would buy them to use in a shoot one day. Photographing them’s just as good as wearing them, right? In fact, better, because it’d be more comfy!”

“So I bought the shoes – and another pair which actually do fit me, and were also on sale (score!) – and left the store resolving to do a shoot based around them. Which I planned in the back of my head for ages, trying to get past the craziness that was last year and the first portion of this year, and then trying to find a dress, and a venue, and props, and a male model…”

“Finally we put it all together; I shot it last month, and here it is. My models were Cat and Louis, who are both in bands – Cat is the lead singer in a Rock n Roll Band, and Louis is the drummer for two bands! They even brought along a few props to play with.”

“The dress was made by Carla from Estienne Carla Photography, who is not only a crazy talented photographer, but an epic dress designer (Carla, you ROCK!!), and the makeup was done by the most fabulous makeup artist, Sam Scaife of Lashline, whom I love and adore! The coke can bouquet was made by an awesome guy named Christopher, who sits on the pavement outside the Woolworth’s on First Avenue Linden, selling his crafts, and the shoes were mine…all mine.”

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Sweethearts in South Africa

This is my second South African post within so many days and I’m pretty sure you’re gonna dig this one just as much as the last. The lovely Laura actually found photographer Kat Forsyth through a post on Rock n Roll Bride so this session is even a little extra special to me. The Australian bride-to-be will be marrying her South African sweetheart Gustav (who she met in the UK – boy are these guys travelled!) back in Australia later this year and judging from the coolness of this engagement session, I just know their wedding is going to be Rock n Roll Bride worthy!

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Gold.

The graffiti, the black balloons, the derelict and slightly scary looking abandoned buildings – pure rock n roll gold.

Thanks to Kat for sharing!

Credit: Kat Forsyth Photography

Online Dating: Is Meeting Your Partner Online Still Taboo?

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I love a good proposal story. From viral videos of guys doing the most romantic and over the top gestures, right down to hearing that they just decided to get hitched over breakfast in bed one morning. However, sometimes even more than that, I love listening to a couple tell the story of how they first met, especially when they don’t agree! “No, you pursued me!”, “Whatever, it was you that eventually asked me out!”

Although I don’t always include it in the real weddings that I feature, I always ask everyone I interview for this blog those two questions. Firstly because it really helps to set up the story of their love, and usually helps to explain why they wanted to do certain things for their wedding. Most of all though I ask it because I’m just a bit nosy.

Gareth and I met young. I was only 16 and he was just 21. I remember as a teenager thinking I’d NEVER get a boyfriend and hating the fact that it was always my friends that guys seemed to like. In retrospect, I found my soulmate pretty darn early actually, although we didn’t start officially dating until I was 18 – it took him a while to persuade me, see!

We met over a crowded bar (shh, underage drinking is obviously not something I recommend!). One stolen cocktail later (me stealing his of course, although goodness knows why he was drinking something quite so girly) and the rest, as they say, is history.

So clearly, I’ve never ventured into the world of online dating. But I recently read that over a third of couples that were married between 2005 and 2012 met online. The report continues by saying that those who do meet online are not only more satisfied than their real-life meeting counterparts, but they are less likely to split up. REALLY!?

With claims like that, I couldn’t help but want to investigate further. So I took to my Facebook page to ask for some real life stories.

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Carmen Goodwin: “David added me on Facebook because he apparently “thought I was hot”. We had lots of mutual friends, though we’d never met. I didn’t know who he was but accepted his request thinking that we must’ve met previously but didn’t remember it!! At first I only responded to his messages as I didn’t want to be rude, but after messaging for a few months, I realised he was actually really funny and seemed like a lovely person. It took over 6 months and a bottle of wine before I finally agreed to go on a date with him mind you!

But it didn’t take long before I realised that he was ‘the one’. We’ve been together for over 2 years now and we are getting married in 14 weeks… I can’t wait! I honestly never would have tried ‘online dating’ but this just sort of happened that way, it was obviously meant to be! I still have a good laugh when people ask how we met and I tell them that David ‘Facebook stalked’ me for 6 months!”

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Kerry Dunn: “I believe myself to be a unicorn because my husband was the first person I met through online dating and I married him. I’d had many friends who went through years of frogs to find their prince, but I got lucky instantly. I think the stigma of online dating has been declining. So many people meet this way now! I’d recommend it to everyone. Just be honest about what you want and don’t be afraid!”

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