Huge thanks to editor Katie Martin for choosing me to interview for this issue
I get very lucky in my job that people send me lots of pretty things to play with. One of my favourites recently has got to be the gorgeous Kelly Moore camera bag that winged it’s way to me last week.
I had been on the hunt for a camera bag but was disappointed to discover that pretty much everything I found was black, dull, boring and UGLY! Well not any more…
Kelly Moore bags are more like gorgeous designer handbags than camera bags (in fact I have been using mine as a handbag when I’ve left my camera at home) and I am definitely proud to have this bag on my arm. I have the ‘Hobo’ design in grey. It’s perfect for me as a beginner as it’s not too big but seasoned pros will utterly love the Classic bag (and the fuchsia version is to die for!)
I absolutely love your blog, I luckily came across it when I was looking unique wedding dress ideas. I really love all the vintage and short dresses your brides wear and I’d love to get something like that for myself. It’s been quite a relief to see that not everyone wants the whole traditional wedding!
However, living in quite a remote location, all the wedding dress shops around my area only stock boring, traditional wedding dresses. Argh! My thought is that I wanted to try and buy a vintage style dress online. I’ve found a few great online shops through your site (Vivien of Holloway, Unique Vintage, Fur Coat No Knickers) but I’m a little scared of ordering such a big purchase online. I don’t suppose you have some tips on how to make sure I order correctly? Style, sizing etc?
Thanks so much in advance and I really do love your site!!
A few weeks ago I received this email from reader Toni, so I asked my friends at Vivien of Holloway if that had any insider knowledge they could share…
Photography Credit: Jazz Hans Photography
Model: Anna Fur Laxis
Buying your perfect wedding dress online can be a little bit tricky. But knowing a few tips and tricks for a perfect fit can make it a little easier. Here at Vivien of Holloway, we have sold countless brides their perfect gown, some from as far away as America and Australia, and we’re always safe in the knowledge that they will look as good as they feel on their big day. So hopefully a bit of advice from us will prove useful!
This week I bought myself a new lens. I’m not going to bore you non-photographers with camera geekery but it’s very lovely (I’ve been swooning over it on Twitter, so if you are interested be sure to follow me.) It only arrived yesterday so only the kitten photos are taken with it (lucky me for having such beautiful models lounging around my house all day.)
This week I visited my scrumptious friend, photographer Emma Case in Birmingham who gave me some pointers to using my camera. I’m now so excited to do a photo shoot with some willing victims soon (oh yes! watch this space)
Taking inspiration from music festivals and garden parties, April & Alex wanted to create a laid back, personal wedding. They loved creating a lot of the details themselves and really wanted to make something that not only reflected them but was fun for their guests.
The bride made all the wedding stationary herself – from the invitations to the luggage tags. “I designed the postcard sized invitations on photoshop, lined the envelopes with floral paper and stamped the backs with an old fashioned address stamp,” she explained. “The orders of service were hand stamped, bound with a sewn spine and decorated with mismatched fabric hearts. We stuck to kraft paper and the same font to pull everything together. I didn’t like the idea of picking one colour as a ‘theme’ but stuck to hot and dusky pink, peach and greens as my colour palate. The confetti packets were a project from Martha Stewart and made by sewing together tracing paper and a handstamped label. For the table plan I stretched some floral fabric over a wooden frame and pinned everyone’s names on hand stamped parcel tags in alphabetical order, each with their table number. I painted cheap frames from Ikea backed with fabric for the table numbers and the place settings were also hand stamped parcel labels. I used inexpensive different sizes glass cosmetic bottles bought online to use as vases.”
Jesse & Susan’s minimalist, stark paper & industrial themed engagement shoot makes me heart go a-flutter. Mainly because it’s so different to anything I’ve seen before. It’s almost avant garde in it’s simplistic randomness and I just adore it.
“The paper people was something I had wanted to do for a really long time” photographer & creative genius Duston Todd told me. “It just took the right couple and timing. Luckily Susan is an award winning designer, made her own vintage wedding dress and was able to put her talents to good use and help create the life sized paper outfits. We started out stiff and clean with the paper, then the couple suggested to rough it up and have fun – and I feel that is where some of the best work came out.”
“As for the industrial bit, I always encourage the couple to make the sessions about them. After all, the shoot is about them, it’s their images that they’ll be hanging on their walls of their home. So I always ask a couple to give me a direction they want to take it. A collaborative effort of sorts, once I get the direction they want to take it – I’ll run with it. In this case they wanted industrial. They had brought along vintage clothes to kick it off and I found some Salt Lake gems for the setting.”