Love and Ink Couple Shoot

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Australian tattoo artist Dean and his partner Lillian wanted to do something very ‘them’ to celebrate their relationship. So Lillian asked Dean to tattoo her and they invited wedding photographers Helm and Anchor and film makers A&Y Video along to capture it!

“Last March we travelled to Australia,” Alberto of A&Y Video told me. “We spent a month in Melbourne, and during this time we met a lot of people including these two.”

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“Dean has his own Tattoo Studio in Cranbourne called Unanswered Ink and Lillian has a blog all about healthy and organic food. When we first meet them our intention was to make a film about her recipes, but when we arrived at the studio, and we saw Dean tattooing her, we instantly knew that this had to be the shoot: love and ink! When the tiger tattoo was finished we took them to the streets to shoot their love in a very different way.”

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1940s Working Class Wedding

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Emily and Josh met in Melbourne, where Emily lived and where Josh was visited from Auckland, New Zealand. Within six months of first meeting, he moved over with his band and they picked up from where they left of!

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“We were heavily inspired by the 1940s for our wedding, especially the working class side of this era”, Emily explained. “The whole day was on a farm with animals, fruit trees and we held the reception in a barn. The girls all had mismatched floral dresses and 1940s styled hair and make up. The boys wore black work wear boots, heavy linen shirts, and fade to zero military haircuts – definitely referencing the prohibition era of American working class for the boys.”

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My Top Ten Most Effective Weight Loss Tips for Brides

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Hurray, you’re engaged! Have you started your pre-wedding weight loss regime yet? YOU HAVEN’T!? Oh my goodness, there isn’t a moment to lose –  make sure you read this before it’s too late!

1. Look in the mirror everyday and tell yourself you are beautiful and incredibly blessed to be marrying the love of your life. Even if you don’t believe what you’re saying at first and you feel utterly stupid even thinking about doing it, do it anyway! If you fill you brain (and your mouth!) with positive, lovely words about yourself rather than ugly and nasty ones, you’ll eventually start to believe them.

2. Realise that losing weight will not alter how you feel about yourself long term. Sure, you might get into a smaller size wedding dress, but you’ll still have the same insecurities. Instead of fixating on how you can make yourself thinner, become obsessive about working on your self-esteem and confidence instead. The results will last much longer.

3. There are no quick fixes or miracles cures. As alluring as it might sound, you won’t undo thirty years of bad choices, behaviours and habits in thirty days. So take all those magazine articles promising that shit and throw them in the bin. Or better still, have a sacrificial burning in the back garden.

4. Talk to your fiancé about how you feel. Let them reassure you that they love and want to marry you the way you look NOW (and they will, I promise!)

5. Rapid weight-loss is almost always followed by rapid weight gain. Realise that even if you do lose weight for your wedding you’ll likely end up putting it back on afterwards when you revert back to your normal eating habits. Who wants to look back at their wedding photos and think “Gosh, that doesn’t even look like me”, or “UGH I was so thin then, now I’m just a fat wife”? If you do end up losing weight then putting it back on you’ll only end up feeling bad about yourself again – it’s a vicious circle!

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Thursday Treats: A Bridal Fashion Week Special

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With my gorgeous friend and fellow blogger, Nu Bride

This week was a big one in the British wedding industry. It was time for The White Gallery and London Bridal Fashion Week, two events that run simultaneously in the capital. Bridal fashion week is the same as ‘normal’ fashion week really; designers exhibit their new collections to the press and boutiques so we know what to talk about/ stock for the coming season!

Here are some of the best things I saw…

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Clockwise from top left, dresses by: Sassi Holford, Claire Pettibone, Terry Fox, Charlie Brear

That Sassi Holford rose dress, oh my goodness! I hope I’ll see a real Rock n Roll bride in that soon. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really enjoyed fashion week that much in the past. I always found it a litttttle bit boring and the new designs all very same same, but this year I totally stand corrected, it was awesome!

I mean, just check out all the shoe prettiness. Boring, ivory satin these are not!

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Clockwise from top left, shoes by: Charlotte Mills, Charlotte Mills, Harriet Wilde, Rachel Simpson

Be still my beating bridal heart!

OK, does anyone need a bit more distraction? Here, are some lovely links that I hope will do just that.

PS I have some really exciting (and scary) magazine-related news to share with you soon. Watch this space!

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Dreamy watercolour editorial
Free spirit garden wedding
♥ Romantic seaside bridal
♥ Pineapples, palm frond and tiki glass table spread – yes, someone needs to do this for their wedding
Modern black and blue bridal inspiration

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Steampunk Themed Wedding with a Traditional Mayan Ceremony

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Fer and Jou had a wedding in two parts; a traditional Mayan ceremony one day and a steampunk themed celebration party with their friends and family on another. They live and were married in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

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“We met when we were both were studying in Spain”, the bride explained. “Fer asked me maaaaany times to go out, but it was on until he invited me for Guatemalan chocolate and bread that I agreed! We were married three years after that.”

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How To Make Your Wedding Make Up Last All Day

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There’s been a lot of chatter in the private Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group about wedding day make up, specifically from DIY brides asking about what products to use. So I thought a little update on some of my hero cosmetics items would be a fun way to while away a Wednesday afternoon. If you want to do your own make up for your wedding but still have it last all day (and night!) long, here’s my advice and current favourites.

Skincare

The first thing you need is a good skincare routine. Even the most expensive make up products will look terrible if your skin is dehydrated and neglected. I’ve tried a lot of lotions and potions (of various expense) over the years and I can safely say that the most spendy ones are not always the best!

I also don’t like to go overboard with a very lengthy and laborious routine – ain’t nobody got time for that! However the key is that you have some kind of regular routine, even if you’re only using purse-friendly brands.

Make sure you remove your make up before bed and never use face wipes (they’re full of nasties that dry out your skin apparently. I was an addict before and very sad when I heard this too, believe me). I now remove my make up with Coconut Oil which not only leaves my skin suuuuper hydrated, is really cheap and does the job better than anything else I’ve tried. Some people find it can clog up their pores though so you might only want to use it to take off eye make up if you find it does that to you.

At the moment I’m really loving Neal’s Yard and REN products, the latter of which you can buy from ASOS, Space NK, Liberty and good old Marks and Spencer! They certainly aren’t the cheapest, but I don’t think they’re too overpriced either.

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After washing my face I use a few pumps of the Wild Rose Beauty Elixir as a radiance booster. Its packed full of lovely things like wild rosehip, vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid (not as scary as it sounds, its GREAT for hydration!) and smells like a divine rose garden. My moisturiser of choice right now is the REN Ultra Moisture Day Cream. Every few days I’ve also been treating my skin with the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial or the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I love them both!

It’s worth noting that my skin is on the dry side so these products might not be quite right for you, but do some experimenting yourself and see what you like and what works for you!

Base

OK, onto the actual make up. It’s a really good idea to prime your skin before putting any foundation on. A primer will smooth your skin out and leave it lovely and soft, making your foundation not only go on a lot better, but it will last much long too. Bonus! I never used to bother with this step, but I was given some samples of the Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer primers (the hydrating one was my favourite) and the MAC sent me a bottle of their Prep and Prime and now I am hooked! I would definitely recommend both of these products.

When it comes to foundation, again its all about trial and error, seeing what you like and what suits you. I currently rotate between Make Up Forever’s HD High Definition Foundation (great for everyday wear), Illamasqua Skin Base (which is slightly heavier coverage) and MAC Mineralize. The latter is a really lovely soft finish and if you’d rather look dewy and glowy rather than matt and perfect then you’ll love it!

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