A Modern Retro, Bowling Alley Shoot

Today’s shoot is one that celebrates all thing British-ness but without a blatant ‘jumping on the royal wedding bandwagon.’ Thank goodness for these guys and their original take on what it means to be British.

“With the royal wedding drawing so much attention around the world to good Ol’ Blighty, I wanted to showcase a quirkier side of England!” stylist and wedding planner Mary of Forever & Ever Events told me.  “So I teamed up photographer, Aneta Mak, who specializes in shooting on film, designer Delphine Manivet, milliner Edwina Ibbotson and Bloomsbury Lanes Bowing Alley for an inspirational shoot that celebrated what I consider truly British: high-end meets retro.”

The team chose the Bloomsbury area of London, a location already famed for the Bloomsbury Group (literary giants Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Ruskin, to name but a few) because they wanted to show the area in a the modern light that it has become in the last several years – young and hip, with many hidden gardens and squares and of course the vintage bowling lanes. They wanted to ‘marry’ the the literary with the modern and the retro, so asked Abbey at House of Sugalily to create “book” invitations that were a nod to the literary heritage with iconic British symbols and retro bowling references.  The colours of the bowling alley even reflected the colors of the Union Jack, which they also echoed in the place cards designed by modern calligrapher Dear Darling Calligraphy.

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Charlotte & Chris’ Bush Hall, Gig Wedding

Charlotte is the genius and super lovely lady behind Restoration Cake – my favourite cake maker – FACT. She is also someone I consider to be a friend so when she told me she was marrying Chris in March I was so excited. Unfortunately I was unable to attend as it fell on the same day as Emma Case’s wedding, but luckily for me (and you!) Charlotte was still really excited to let me share her day with on my blog…and before you ask, yes she did make her own cake!

The couple threw themselves wholeheartedly into planning their big day and groom Chris was particularly enthusiastic. Charlotte made me laugh when she would tell me that throughout their planning Chris would constantly email her links to things he liked on Rock n Roll Bride!

Charlotte & Chris were never going to have a traditional wedding. Both really into music, a gig wedding at the iconic Bush Hall in London was the perfect idea for them! “We had known for ages that we wanted to get married but could never quite figure out how to do it in a way that was right for us,” Charlotte told me.”We knew that we did not want the whole traditional nine yards but could not reconcile the idea of a Vegas elopement leaving behind all of our family and friends. In the Summer of 2010, we went to a gig at Bush Hall and fell in love with the venue. We decided that our Wedding would be a gig, with our friends’ bands playing, and a massive party. We booked the venue before we told anyone that we had decided to get married!”

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Charlotte & Chris’ Bush Hall, Gig Wedding

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Charlotte is the genius and super lovely lady behind Restoration Cake - my favourite cake maker - FACT. She is also someone I consider to be a friend so when she told me she was marrying Chris in March I was so excited. Unfortunately I was unable to attend as it fell on the same day as Emma Case's wedding, but luckily for me (and you!) Charlotte was still really excited to let me share her day with on my blog...and before you ask, yes she did make her own cake! The couple threw themselves wholeheartedly into planning their big day and groom Chris was particularly enthusiastic. Charlotte made me laugh when she would tell me that throughout their planning Chris would constantly email her links to things he liked on Rock n Roll Bride! Charlotte & Chris were never going to have a traditional wedding. Both really into music, a gig wedding at the iconic Bush Hall in London was the perfect idea for them! "We had known for ages that we wanted to get married but could never quite figure out how to do it in a way that was right for us," Charlotte told me."We knew that we did not want the whole traditional nine yards but could not reconcile the idea of a Vegas elopement leaving behind all of our family and friends. In the Summer of 2010, we went to a gig at Bush Hall and fell in love with the venue. We decided that our Wedding would be a gig, with our friends’ bands playing, and a massive party. We booked the venue before we told anyone that we had decided to get married!"

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A Sunday Kind of Love – 15% off Iron Fist Clothing & Shoes for all Rock n Roll Bride Readers

Yes you read that right. Rock n Roll Bride favourite Iron Fist would like to offer all readers 15% off any purchases from their website. Like you needed any more excuses to love Iron Fist shoes huh?!

I just got myself these babies…and they are just as beautiful in real life, believe me.

Simply enter promo code ‘rocknroll’ in at the checkout to receive 15% off your purchase.

You are very welcome.

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Recent Press – April 2011

Wow. I love April. This month my little blog and I have had a record amount of press coverage…internationally as well as locally. Blown away.

Photo Professional

I was more than a little bit thrilled when Photo Professional magazine not only agreed to me writing my latest article on the power of working together with your traditional ‘rivals’ rather than fighting against them, but that they let me pimp out the photographs from The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot to illustrate…oh and gave me 3 pages rather than my usual 2 – yeeey!

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Under the Spotlight – Adamo Bridal

Opened in November 2010 in the small seaside town Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, Adamo Bridal is owned and run by Lauren Williamson. Although Lauren is only in her 20’s, she was able to fulfil her dream and open her own bridal boutique when she moved to Essex after gaining a lot of  experience in the industry working in Cheshire and Lancashire.

She wanted Adamo Bridal to have an intimate feeling so she decided to offer a select range of unique couture bridal gowns and accessories all from British and European designers including Alan Hannah, MiaMia, Cymbeline, Ugo Zaldi, Halo & Co and Freya Rose.

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