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Recent Press – January 2011

Yep, 2011 is continuing to get better and better (my friend Gala is calling 2011, “two thousand and heaven” – I think that’s quite accurate actually!) Here’s a snippet of my press for the month of January. I’ve decided for future to just do a quick round up of most of my press on the last Saturday of every month as I want to save more blog space for all the awesome real-wedding I’m being sent!

All magazines are available in the shops right now.

Photo Pro

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This month I talk to Californian photographer Amelia Lyon about her awesome Lyon Shop training courses for budding wedding photographers.

WEDDING Magazine

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I wanted to share with the readers of WEDDING Magazine some of my favourite, unique bouquet ideas. There’s much more out there than roses don’t you know! There’s a special mention in this article to one of my utter favourite bouquet creators, Princess Lasertron.

WED Magazine

The Cornwall based magazine asked me to write an article about my favourite ways to rock your wedding. Check out the HUGE photo they used of me. Scary…but kinda cool!

Wedding Ideas Magazine

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I ran a full feature on this a last week as I’m pretty chuffed that they have now featured our wedding in their mag twice!

Perfect Wedding

I was contacted to help out with an article on unique wedding ideas. I spoke about some cool venue and reception ideas. They even used a photo of me (to illustrate the wackiness I guess!)

Jo & Johan’s Eclectic Cocktail Party Wedding

Jo & Johan and we were married on the 25th of September in Brisbane, Australia. Their wedding was an eclectic mix of their own personal styling ideas.

“The wedding planning for me was a process of questioning absolutely everything that was the ‘norm’ when it comes to weddings,” Jo told me. “We kept the traditions that had value to us, but completely reinvented or simply discarded those that we felt were unnecessary. One of the very first decisions I made was that I knew I didn’t want to have a traditional bridal party. Instead, we asked all our guests to wear black and white, then our bridal party and immediate family members wore colour – that way they stood out as important, without having to be matchy-matchy. I’m so glad we did it, it was one of my favourite things about our wedding.”

The couple wanted an intimate and special chapel ceremony and so chose Broadway Chapel. Their criteria for their reception was to have a rockin’ cocktail party – not in anyway a traditional wedding reception – but finding their perfect venue was quite difficult, “We knew we wanted to have a cocktail style reception, because we wanted it to be casual and social. We finally found a converted warehouse called Lightspace which we fell in love with – and we were their first ever wedding!”

Jo’s dress came from Bridal on James and it was the very first dress she tried on. “The dress originally came in standard white and ivory, but the ladies there were brilliant and helped me source the perfect colour fabric,” the bride continued. “I’ve known pretty much all my life that I wouldn’t get married in a white dress, and I couldn’t be happier with what I ended up with! In fact, I tried on two other dresses that day, but that was it – I didn’t even bother looking elsewhere. It was quite liberating!”

Jo asked her bridesmaids to wear different dresses (I love this look!) and she tied their styling together with shoes from Novo (same style, different colours) and those awesome Chanel temporary tattoos. This idea RULES!

The couple wanted to make sure their reception dĂ©cor and styling was perfect and so did a lot of the work themselves. “Decorating and event coordinating, I knew I had to put people I trusted in charge or I would just lose my mind with stress. Fortunately I have wonderfully creative, and generous friends who were there with me every step of the way. We had decided that I was going to walk down the aisle to “The Crane Wife 1 & 2″ by The Decemberists, so we decided that we wanted to use origami cranes as a bit of a motif for the whole wedding. Some friends and I all got together and made the origami cranes that hung from the ceiling at the reception, and from the pews at the ceremony, and one girlfriend made the beautiful origami flowers which adorned the reception venue. Our beautiful cake was also made by these girls at the last minute when my cake maker bailed on me. I also bought a lot of my diy decorating bits from Etsy. We didn’t have any flowers at the wedding (yet another tradition which felt pretty pointless to me), but I did carry a white rose (my mum’s favourite flower.)”

“One of the major money saving ventures that we made was to create a wedding website instead of posting out invitations. I did all the graphic design (in fact, I did the graphics for everything – the save the date cards, the order of service etc) and Johan did all the coding to make the website work. It was a really great way for us to combine our skills, and it meant we could have more contact with our guests, and were able to make the website really personal. A lot of both sides of our families live overseas, so we had sections on “getting to know” us, our family, and our bridal party – as well as all the important wedding details, and an RSVP section (which we loved, because nearly everyone RSVP’d within the first week!). The website was definitely another of our favourite things from the wedding.”

“Johan and I both have musical backgrounds, so when it came to the idea of a first dance, we decided instead to do a ‘first song’. We did our own version of Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘The Wedding Song’, and kept it a complete surprise (except to my matron of honour and her husband who we practiced in front of). It was such a special moment. Looking back on our wedding now, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing – I’m so glad we didn’t bow to traditions that didn’t mean anything to us. We have absolutely no regrets!”

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Tony & Cindy’s Pin Up & Tattoo Themed Wedding

“Tony and I have always been into tattoos and are both big pin up girl fans, both classic and modern,” begins Bride Cindy. “Neither of us ever thought we get to have a wedding that truly expressed who we were, and we were soooooo wrong. The tattoo / pin up girl theme was one of the first things we decided on. If we were going to do it, we were going to do it right and really have our own wedding … for us and no one else … we got our wedding tattoos during our engagement photo shoot.”

The pin up and tattoo theme was integrated throughout the wedding – from the pin up style bridesmaid dress to the temporary tattoos. All the bridesmaids were given heart tattoos to wear with their husband’s name in it. Well except for Cindy’s 9 year old niece … her tattoo said “Jacob” (from Twilight!)

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Photography Friday – From Our Hearts to Our Hands

Those of you that follow me on Twitter, will know that I’ve had a bit of a rough week. Being a work-a-holic wedding blogger is often not so good for your health and (yet again) my body has screamed ‘arrrgh, need to rest’ and I’ve contracted glandular fever or tonsillitis (the doctors have done a blood test to see which one, if either, it is.)

Aaanyway, needless to say I haven’t felt much like taking pretty pictures this week, so instead I though I’d use this edition of Photography Friday to direct you towards a project set up by some of my favourite girls – Emma Case, Anna Hardy, Debs Ivelja and Joanna Brown. The project is called From Our Hearts to Our Hands.

They say, “We are four photographers who have come together to shoot and talk in equal measures! We have big plans for this little group and we hope to build a fantastic network of creative, inspiring photographers who love to shoot from the heart too!”

“Our aim is to create an inspiring, creative, supportive, encouraging, exploring community of artists who come together to share ideas, thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears in a way that makes us all smile and feel proud of our wonderful art.  We will be regularly setting projects where you will be free to join in, submit images, comment, talk, meet and learn from each other in a positive and exciting community.”

“We want you to be completely free with your creativity too!  We found that one of the main reasons why we wanted to come together in the first place was because we weren’t shooting for the hell of it anymore… we were shooting beautiful people, beautiful weddings etc and we were absolutely loving it but at the same time we felt we had even more to give…”

The first task set by the girls is to take a photograph
that says “From our Hearts.” You don’t have to be a professional photographer to be involved, so as soon as I’m feeling better I’m totally getting on board with this and joining in!I can’t wait to see how this group progresses. I have a feeling it’s not only going to be massively successful, but it’s going to be a pretty creative and fun place to hang out too. I’m there!

Thursday Treats – 27th January 2011

Credit: Photography by Max Wagner for Ban.do – found via Oh Joy!

Have you signed up for the party of the year yet? It’s shaping up to not only be one of the most popular events I’ve ever been involved in (nearly 400 of you have already applied for tickets!) but also one of the most exciting. This week I’ve been chatting music, sweets, cupcakes and centrepieces with my army of helpers, and BOY is this gonna be one hell of a party!

In other news, don’t forget that if you’re not able to attend the party then I’m going to be at a number of other events over the coming months. I’d love to see loads of you there as always!

♥ Friday 11th – Sunday 13th February is The Designer Wedding Show in Battersea Park, London. I’ll be there on Friday the 11th. Tickets are available online now for just ÂŁ16

♥ Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th February is The Designer Vintage Bridal Show at Highbury Hall in Birmingham. I’ll be there on both days. Tickets are available online now for only ÂŁ8!

♥ Sunday 20th – Monday 21st March is Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair at the uber swanky One Marylebone in London, I’ll be there on Monday 21st. The Sunday event will be held from 12-30pm – 5.30pm and on the Monday it’s from 4pm – 9pm (perfect to pop down to after work!) Tickets cost just ÂŁ12 or ÂŁ18 for two and for every ticket sold a donation of ÂŁ2.00 will be made to the Eve Appeal – to book, emailinfo@luellasboudoir.co.uk or call 020 8879 7744. To see more of Luella’s Boudoir, visit www.luellasboudoir.co.uk

There’s so much going on and I can’t wait! So what about the rest of this week’s treats then?

♥ Trey and Emery’s Super Bright & Colourful Wedding
♥ Gemma & Chris’ Anniversary shoot in Brighton
♥ Online etiquette and ethics (part 1)a must read for bloggers
♥ Liz Hamphotography wows
♥ Campervan of love
♥ Brandon & Lauren’s Lovefest
♥ Yellow Dress with a Green Petticoat
♥ Sam & Tadd’s engagement
♥ Awesome wedding cakes that don’t look like “wedding cakes”
♥ Oh so gorgeous Vintage Wedding Dress Save-the-Dates