If you’ve picked up a copy of issue 7, you will have seen the Skin Deep photo editorial that I partnered with Nova of the Nu Bride on. Today I wanted to share a few extra shots with you all that didn’t make the magazine spread (it turns out 8 pages just isn’t enough ha!)
The idea behind this shoot was simple, and it was sparked from an email that Nova received after an article she wrote for issue 4 about cultural representation in the wedding industry.
“As a woman of colour who loves weddings and all things pretty, the cover of [and your article inside] Rock n Roll Bride is just heart warming to see and it is encouraging. Of course, I want to see people that look like me in wedding magazines, and it is nice to see a blog and person I respect featured in the magazine. Kudos to Nova and Rock n Roll Bride. Keep up the good work!” – Heather
I’ve always wanted to showcase different wedding inspiration to the mainstream on Rock n Roll Bride. Whether that be with the style of weddings or the people getting married. Rock n Roll Bride magazine was the first nationally available UK print magazine to feature a same sex wedding inside, and I’m pretty sure no other wedding magazine would ever publish a photo session with a bride rocking a beard!
Jules and Chris were married in East London. Their ceremony was at Hackney Town Hall with their three (!) reception venues being The Cat and Mutton Broadway Market, The People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park and Baltic Restaurant to end the night.
“Our wedding theme unintentionally became a ‘jolly old East End knees up’ but we didn’t set off with anything particular in mind”, said the bride. “We just went with the flow.”
“We wanted to celebrate our journey thus far, so every venue that we visited on the day had a story attached to it – from the place we had our first date, to the pub we went to for a glass of champagne after Chris proposed… We live and work in Hackney so really it was our every day lives that inspired our wedding!”
Noa and Revi really just wanted to feel at home for their wedding. Although their marriage isn’t legal in Israel, that didn’t stop them wanting to commit their lives to each other.
“We wanted out wedding to represent us”, they said. “The wedding was on a Friday afternoon/ night so people could come after work. We wanted to find a venue that would be special, beautiful and not pretentious. We also wanted somewhere with some outdoor space and an indoor place where we could dance all night! We chose Taylor Made, a restaurant that we both love.”
“The music was very important to us”, they continued. “Noa is a wedding DJ and has an alternative music radio show so we knew exactly what we wanted (funk, soul, world music/oriental and upper electronic beats).”
Shannon and Mark’s Byron Bay wedding had a 60s influence with just a touch of kitsch. The bride wore a custom made dress with a full blue skirt and a polka dot veil.
“The night Mark and I met we danced, drank a lot, ran amok and had thumb war battles”, she said. “We wanted the wedding to feel the same! We had giant lawn games and hired a double decker hippy bus to take the guests on a Byron Bay adventure on the way to the wedding. We chose a band that were so fantastic it felt like we were at a live venue, and everything from the ceremony to the pool at the end of the night were all about having fun.”
“The styling was all done by me with a kitschy, sixties and pin up twist. There was astroturf table runners on the one long table and bright red perspex scroll signs. I made the favours which were pink vending machine capsules that I filled with salted caramels, a magnet, a toy animal figurine and an illustration of Mark and I drawn by my very talented sister. By the end of the night people were trading and stealing them like kids in a playground.”
Mike and Poli were married at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, just before Halloween. They both play in punk rock bands, which is how they met, so their love of music also influenced their day.
“Our wedding theme was old timey Hollywood elegance meets clandestine cemetery congregation of an arcane secret society”, said the bride. “We are both intrigued by the boundless realm of the supernatural and the allure of mysterious Los Angeles history, both of which are represented in the spooky tranquillity of Hollywood Forever. Once we picked the venue the theme and all of that came together pretty easily. It was our biggest single expense but it was, without a doubt, totally worth it. ”
I was about 18 when I first discovered the shopping destination Bicester Village. It’s an open air outlet mall in Oxfordshire. Designer goods at discounted prices? Sign me up! I’ve visited the village a number of times since then, always leaving with something fabulous yet affordable (my best find was my DREAM Vivienne Westwood handbag that I’d been lusting over for months which I got half off!)
However did you know that every spring, to celebrate the start of wedding season, Bicester Village put on an event just for brides? If you’re looking to nab some bargains for your upcoming wedding then you have to check it out!
Taking place from 22nd February to 20th March, you’ll be able to shop exclusive bridal product offerings from SIXTY boutiques all offering amazing deals and discounts. Designers including Oscar de la Renta, Temperley, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Brooks Brothers and Amanda Wakeley are all taking part. Everything from wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, menswear, accessories and gifts will be up for grabs at amazing prices.
Plus every Friday from 5pm there there will be exclusive events, incentives
and some additional savings taking place (and free champagne!). You can check out all the details here.
There are also going to be fun workshops to take part in throughout the season. Lily Vanilli is hosting a cake decorating class on the art of creating edible flowers, and renowned Notting Hill florist Nikki Tibbles (who creates amazing floral installations in the Village for the event) will be teaching you how to make your own bouquet. The classes cost £35 and for more information or to book your place simply visit bicestervillage.com/bridal.