Marrying her sweetheart in August of last year, newlywed Claire told me all about their Glaswegian wedding. “Whilst on paper our wedding wasn’t overtly Rock n Roll, our journey to get down the aisle definitely offers a slightly offbeat tale. Namely because in the two years leading up to our nuptials we collectively lost ten stone between us – the equivalent of 20ish new-born babies, a Saint Bernard dog, or Britney Spears. The toughest journey of my life, losing 70% of our collective weight drop, I lived, breathed and blogged the whole shebang, and whilst I still have a few more pounds to shift, that I made it down the aisle in the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen, no longer morbidly obese, is the proudest moment of my life so far.”
“Another not so insignificant part of the proceedings was applying to be the next Rock n Roll Bride intern, and attending the first ever School of Rock (n Roll Bride). And whilst I didn’t win the internship, or even continue blogging, both made life that little bit more lovely, in no small part thanks to the network of remarkable women I had the pleasure of meeting either virtually or in person throughout each experience.”
Claire & Tom were married at Glasgow Art Club which proved to be the perfect venue to host their eclectic ideas. “Our humanist ceremony was our most treasured moment”, Claire explained. “Hugely personal, with poignant readings from three very special people to us, self-penned vows, tears a-hoy and impromptu hilarity which we shared with 70 of our most favourite people, it couldn’t have been more ‘us’.”
Confession time: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. I know, I know, my geek credentials should be thrown out of the window and I should hang my head in shame… But needless to say I know a good thing when I see it, and Karlee & Justin’s engagement shoot certainly fits that bill.
Vancouver Island in British Columbia was the perfect spot for this DIY shoot – oh yes, I said DIY – the pair made their outfits themselves from scratch!
“Karlee gave us directions to an abandoned church (called the Old Stone Butter Church) located directly on an Indian graveyard”, wrote photographers Cole & Jakob of Nordica Photography. ”If you’re not familiar with Indian graveyards, they’re sacred and very well guarded by natives, so you don’t want to mess with them. So, we arrived early and waited beside the church on the Indian graveyard looking forward to meeting Karlee & Justin for the first time. When they pulled up, we were kind of shocked.”
Engagement shoots might not be everyone’s bag, in fact I rarely blog them myself. But when I saw Kate & Brandon’s intimate and utterly gorgeous shoot I knew I had to break my self-imposed rule. I love how these images perfectly reflect the couple – their likes and dislikes, the things they do together and who they are as people – without any pretentiousness. Nothing is overdone and nothing has been imposed by the stylist – it just shows them.
“We wanted to feature Brandon’s motorcycle in the shoot as that’s his other love”, wrote stylist Rachael Lunghi of Lace and Likes. “They both smoke and enjoy whiskey so we brought that in. We sort of came up with a whole storyline about them riding out to the forest and then camping in their longjohns and drinking whiskey in the woods.”
An intimate park ceremony, a trip to a cupcakery and a wedding that’s an unpretentious as they get. With just $4000, Tyler & Revonna were wed at Council Crest Park in Portland, OR with just their two best friends in attendance. Their low key ‘reception’ was at Jake’s Grill, a local restaurant which they both love. The bride even made her own wedding dress, headpiece and the dress that her bridesmaid wore.
“I saw the inspiration for my dress two years before I made it, in a store-front in Portland”, began the bride. “I found a bustier that fit me well and built the dress around it. My mother was concerned that the champagne color would ‘wash me out’, because of my fair complexion, but I reminded her that there was plenty of color on this body to counteract the beige. I made several veils, in vain, before deciding on a fascinator instead. I made it, but Autumn (my BFF) designed it.”
“I made Autumn’s dress and fascinator first, using a corset as its base. I’m glad it fit, because we live 750 miles away from each other! I made our belts from the same pattern, to keep something similar. I found DIY tutorials for the boutonnière and bouquet online. I was pleased at how they all turned out although in retrospect I would have ommited my bouquet. I wanted to hold his hands, not my flowers. Plus, making them that morning stressed me out.”
Last October I was honoured to be asked to act as a judge for the bridalNEXT! awards which were taking place as part of A Most Curious Wedding Fair. Alongside fellow judges Peta Hunt, fashion editor of You & Your Wedding Magazine, Rachel Atwell, owner of swanky London wedding boutique Luella’s Boudoir, and Hazel Holtham of vintage store & blog Rag and Bow we selected Veronica Dearly as our overall winner, and the one to watch for 2013.
As part of the prize Veronica and the three runners up were invited to take part in an editorial fashion shoot. Now I don’t know about you, but if this is the caliber of bridal talent coming out in 2013, it’s going to be a very exciting year indeed.
“We were so thrilled that Veronica was named the winner by our judges last year”, writes Rebecca, the genius behind the show and awards. “In her we feel we have found a graphic designer and stationer kindred spirit as her work stands apart from the vintage crowd and is influenced by everyday lifestyle trends and pop culture, not necessarily just weddings.”
“This is a very special photo shoot to promote bridalNEXT! put together by Gemma Goodwin or Gemma Most Curious as we call her. Gemma is always a huge creative force in the team and steers the visual side of our brand amazingly- but this is her first shoot as art director and as you can see, I better watch my back.”
Photography: Adam Richardson for Idol Magazine
This week has been brought to you by central heating and gallons of tea. I’ve been watching the snow fall from my office window with no real desire to venture out. There’s something about weather like this that just makes me want to hibernate.
But today I’ve braved the cold to head to London for Mark’s Valentines bloggers brunch (I’ll be instagramming snaps if you’re at all interested!) Each year he does some kind of fancy swanky Valentines party (you can see past ones here and here) and I always wonder how the hell I’ve managed to get invited again… Despite having to get up rather early to get there on time, I’m excited to meet the other bloggers, especially because I managed to sneak some of The Blogcademy graduates onto the list!
Afterwards I’ll be popping in to see my girls at Fur Coat No Knickers for a glass of Cava and to pick the winner of our Flaunt It competition. Oh the excitement!
Until next week…
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Simple engagement shoot in their own home
♥ Amazing tea ceremony wedding
♥ Red roses and 50s Rock n Roll
♥ Mexican heritage at Plaza Pavilion
♥ Colourful bohemian wedding
Photography: Renee Bowen