Hands up if you love a photo booth. Yeah, me too. I can’t pass one by without quickly hopping in, it’s a compulsion! My favourite kind of booths are those genuinely old ones though. The ones where you don’t get a preview before the strips are printed out (the anticipation!) and the prints come out on lovely thick paper, in proper black and white ink.
Unfortunately these booths are unreliable and expensive to run, which is why they’re few and far between. But when I heard about Foto Noir, I paid attention. Although their booth is a free standing digital contraption, the quality of their images reflects that of those rare classic booths. They’re bringing the retro photo booth bang up to date.
“Foto Noir is a London based booth company providing an elegant wooden photo booth for weddings and other special events”, writes Mark Angus, the man behind the booth. “This alternative take on the traditional photo booth is unobtrusive and open. It is designed to take flattering black and white pictures of you and your guests. Prints are provided on the day and we even include a framed photo display board.”
If this kind of thing floats your boat, then you’re going to love the collaboration they’ve just started up with Prangsta Costumiers. They specialise in collecting, restoring and customising vintage treasures. Are you seeking to release your inner forgotten showgirl? Feel the need to dress up as a burlesque troubadour? Wondering what should you wear to a boho courtesan or belle époque themed hen night? They’ve got you covered!
Bia and Kk’s wedding in Brazil was inspired by the weddings they’d seen on this very blog! The couple were adamant that they wouldn’t follow tradition, and that they’d plan the wedding they really wanted.
“In Brazil wedding tend to be very traditional, so we decided to make it DIY and have things to really reflect who we are”, explained the bride. “My hair is turquoise hair, I wore my combat boots, and we bought all the flowers direct from the a supplier at dawn. It was important to us that we showed our personalities. I made my bouquet with old brooches that were my mothers. It was a way for her to be present as unfortunately she past away in 2008.”
“Rock n Roll Bride inspired us so much. So many of the weddings I saw here were a great source of reference. Even our choice of an American-style ceremony was different from most weddings here. I’d describe our theme as ‘hipster rock vintage! We saved money with almost everything. We did a lot of DIY.”
There were two things that really captured my attention when I first saw Shaun and Rikki’s wedding photos – her amazing pink hair and those incredible custom wedding shoes. They came from Kukla Fashion Designs on Etsy and I just knew instantly that you’d love them just as much as I do.
“We love heavy metal, tattoos and the rockabilly/ 1950s lifestyle, so when Shaun proposed there was no doubt about the theme”, wrote the bride. “We knew straight away what we wanted to do. We wanted our wedding to be furthest from traditional as possible, so we decided on cocktail style with no flowers. Instead e had guitars, records, lollipops and cupcakes. We wanted people to have fun! There were no planned speeches or formalities, we just wanted to celebrate the night with our friends sharing a drink and dancing the night away.”
One of my favourite things to do is speaking at events. As someone who used to suffer from crippling stage fright (and would avoid public speaking at all costs in school) this has been nothing but a surprise to me, let me tell you! But once you get over the anxiety, it really is super fun!
Which is why I was thrilled when the babes at Flourish and Prosper asked me to be involved their workshop, The Wedding Academy. This is the first business workshop specifically aimed at people in the wedding industry, and I for one can’t wait to attend!
The idea was dreamt up by two wedding industry heavyweights; stylist and editor of the b.loved wedding blog Louise Beukes, and wedding planner Jessie Thomson. Their inaugural one-day workshop is being held on the 1st November at Icetank, in London.
There will be speakers from all areas of the wedding industry. I’ll be chatting about how you can build a loyal audience of potential clients using your blog and social media, developers Swash and Fold will be discussing SEO, wedding planner Pocketful of Dreams will be covering marketing, and Sweetpea PR are talking about – what else – PR.
Erin from Ward Williams Creative, an expert in accounting for creative businesses, will be showing you simple ways to keep on top of your accounts, while business mentor Jenny Hyde, bridesmaid dress designer Maids to Measure and Emmy Shoes will be sharing business stories, lessons and advice!
Markéta and Sam said “I do” within the ruins of Castle Košumberk in the Czech Republic. Their colourful theme represented the two of them, and overall their theme was love and hearts! “We love colourful things and bright styles so our theme for the wedding could be called a heartfelt kaleidoscope meets 50s twist and shout!”, Markéta said. “Hearts were easy. I love Melissa shoes and I just loved my wedding shoes. When Sam proposed I ordered them just two days after. They have a big cute heart and so we decided a heart theme for the whole wedding sounded good.
“We had customized cufflinks for the groom with hearts. Sam loves video games so the hearts on the cufflinks were in a pixilated style. We had hearts instead of polka dots on the bridesmaid dresses. We had homemade heart candles from the groom’s step dad. Our cake had a lot of hearts. All my jewelry was with hearts. I feel like we pulled off the heart motif very well. We have a lot of friends and family from different countries and cultural backgrounds with colourful personalities, so we wanted to have colourful decorations to match.”
Music is pretty darn important to most Rock n Roll brides, and I’m often asked by my readers for suggestions of alternative songs to walk down the aisle to. I think this list tells you a LOT about my music taste..!
Bring on the 80s power ballads!
1. Stand by Me, Ben E King
2. Somewhere over the Rainbow, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole