Bridecrush with Ceremonia NYC

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When I heard about brand new online indie bridal boutique, Ceremonia NYC, I was super excited! Their collection of exclusive dresses and accessories looks so damn good, and really different from the usual wedding dress fare. Their offerings are anything but traditional!

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“The bridal industry is really fun right now”, said photographer Sheena of UNIQUE LAPIN Photography. “There are so many new and unique styles emerging. Brides today have so many options both aesthetically and price-point-wise. Along with being inspired by decades past, we wanted to make sure we captured the new spirit of the rapidly changing bridal landscape with this shoot.”

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Rainbow Fairy Wedding with the Bride Wearing Wings!

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Now this is something you don’t see everyday – a bride in wings! Chris and Chilli were married in August and planned their rainbow fairy wedding completely by themselves.

“Our wedding was rainbow themed with a relaxed, fun atmosphere”, explained the bride. “We didn’t want a fancy church ceremony, posh cars or for me to wear a simple white gown. Instead, there was a horse and carriage (I have been around horses my whole life and it has always been my dream to arrive at my wedding in one!), a civil ceremony outside under a pagoda, and colourful outfits including me in fairy wings! Our reception had a pub atmosphere and our meal was a BBQ. We also had a bouncy castle!”

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“My dress was originally by Benjamin Roberts but with a heck of a lot of changes and alterations by Margaret from Confetti & Lace, we turned it into a unique piece to show off my personal style. My shoes were custom made rainbow Converse. I live in Converse, so it only felt right to wear them on my wedding day too. I don’t like cut flowers, to me they are expensive dead things, so I carried a felt bouquet made by Miss Jennifer Rae.”

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The Six Biggest Wedding Planning Concerns & How to Quash Them!

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recently asked my Facebook fans what their biggest worries were about getting hitched, and oh my goodness, do you lot have a LOT of things on your mind! Here are the five main stress factors I saw pop up again and again, plus some practical ways you can overcome them.

“I’m worried about looking and feeling my best”

Us women can be hard on ourselves and our appearance at the best of times. Throw in being the centre of attention on one of the biggest days of your life in the mix and it’s a recipe for self-deprecation overload! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had brides tell me they feel like they’re not going to feel pretty on the day. They’re worried about everything from feeling fat to their make-up smearing, and from getting sweat patches to having cankles! We really are super hard on ourselves aren’t we?

First of all, you ARE going to look amazing on your wedding day! If you choose a dress that flatters you, you get a great make up artist and you pick a good deodorant like Sure Maximum Protection, you’ll have nothing to fret about! Twice as strong as the leading antiperspirant, Sure Maximum Protection Stress Control offers unrivalled protection against sweat and odour so it won’t let you down on your big day. Just remember you’re marrying someone that thinks you’re gorgeous each and every day. You could turn up in your PJs and they’d still think you looked amazing!

“Our families don’t get on!”

Family politics are a tricky one, but unless they’re complete arseholes, it’s unlikely that they’re going to purposely cause a scene at your wedding. However if you are worried, I would advise that you to have a quiet word with the potential perpetrators ahead of time and voice your concerns. Remember, they love you and hopefully (!) want your day to be a pleasant one.

Divorced parents can be tricky too, so how about instead of having a top table you have each parent ‘host’ separate ones and the two of you have a sweetheart table instead? Who says you have to go traditional if you’re family dynamics are anything but!? 

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Thursday Treats: The Most Honest Interview Of My Life

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A few months ago I was invited to talk at the first Way Up North photography conference in Sweden. I’m travelling there in October to speak to a theatre of 500 wedding photographers and I am quite frankly bricking it! So when organisers Cole and Jakob asked if I had some time to do an interview with them to accompany the event, I thought, “Well, it can’t be scarier than doing the actual conference can it?” Erm… I might have been wrong.

OK so scary probably isn’t the right word… But as soon I started chatting to Cole and answering his incredibly thoughtful questions, I started to wonder why on earth I was revealing so much about myself so easily! This wasn’t the interview I was expecting. Usually people ask me the same kinds of questions about my business and blogging, but this got DEEP.

I’m actually pretty nervous to share this with you all because I talk about some things I never, ever thought I would so publicly, including going into my eating disorder and battle with depression. But I’m sharing it anyway in the hope that it might help someone. I certainly don’t have things ‘all figured out’ (does anybody?!) but I do think if I can go from such a painful shy, angry and sad person to someone who runs their own business, publishes their own magazine and travels the world talking about what they love, then bloody hell there’s definitely hope for those of you that might still be struggling. I hope you enjoy it.

You can listen to my interview here. It’s an hour long so you might want to grab a cuppa!

If that’s all a little heavy for you, feel free to just crack on with these Thursday Treats…

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Five lessons learned from eloping
Scandinavian minimal wedding inspiration
Modern Californian wedding
Colourful fiesta wedding
Cool summer camp wedding
♥ The Silvia Bours bridesmaid dresses are just WOW

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Urban Alice in Wonderland Wedding

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Brooke and Andrew were married in Melbourne. They wanted their wedding to have a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme, but one that suited their modern Melbourne venue.

“We wanted our wedding have a slight Alice in Wonderland theme”, the bride said. “The paper bouquets included pages from the book and the boys wore playing card cufflinks. Our table numbers were oversized playing cards and the menus and name place cards featured Alice in Wonderland images. Our confetti, which we sprinkled on the tables,  was heart shaped and also made from pages of Alice in Wonderland books.”

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“We stuck with the colours red, black and white because these were the dominant colours of the venue”, she continued. “We didn’t want to add in too many other colours and make everything look overdone. Our venue was the most expensive thing next to our photographer but they were both well worth it. We loved everything about our venue – the look, the location, and the amazing food. We had to be realistic about our budget because we really wanted a wedding venue where we could do everything in one place. We knew this would increase the cost but with so many guests travelling in, we wanted to make the day as easy as possible for them.”

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Free Wedding Photography for Animal Lovers!

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Yes, you read that right! If you’re an animal lover you could be in for the chance of having your wedding photographed absolutely FREE. I know this sounds too good to be true but I promise it’s not!

Wedding photographer Gemma of Taylor Wolf Photography loves animals, and animal themed weddings, so much that she is running this amazing competition for one lucky Rock n Roll couple to win their wedding photography with her.

“There’s a reason why I called my business what I did, because I’m crazy about animals!”, Gemma told me. “I incorporated the name Wolf because they are monogamous animals, and they value their family and social connections enormously but also their individuality. Much like me and the lovely couples I get to work with!”

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If you have anything animal related in your wedding you can enter this contest! Are you having your pooch, kitty, bunny or iguana as a ring bearer? Maybe you’re wearing a leopard print dress or zebra print shoes? Is there going to be lots of taxidermy or an owl delivering your rings? You could even be eloping on a safari or getting married at a zoo!

There are two prizes up for grabs and a juicy 15% discount will be emailed to every single person that enters, even if they don’t win!

First Prize

One couple will win a full wedding photography package from Taylor Wolf Photography. Prize includes a pre-wedding engagement shoot, 8+ hours of wedding day coverage and 400+ fully edited digital images. The total prize value is £1600.

Runner Up

One couple will win a pre-wedding engagement photo shoot and 20% off their wedding photography.

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