A Dia De Los Muertos, Punk Rock Wedding Shoot

This awesome punk inspired wedding was actually a faux-wedding – a photo shoot set up by stylist MMD Events, blogger Lauren of Every Last Detail and photographer’s Jeff & Anna Katherine of K&K Photography. They wanted to showcase some awesome alternative wedding styling and they certainly achieved that. I am totally smitten and almost a little upset that it isn’t a real wedding – this looks like the kind of party I want to go to!

“We put together this Punk inspiration shoot with the focus all around the *actual* definition of the word “punk”, courtesy of Every Last Detail’s Wedding Style Dictionary,” explained Lauren. “Pulling inspiration from the Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead), punk rock (of course), a little southern California “border-town-cool”, and rockabilly, we wanted the shoot to evoke what the actual “punk” lifestyle is. Our goal was to let brides know that punk can be pretty- not the cliche dark gothic look. We created a “punk” look that was pretty, colorful, and fun, just like the punk lifestyle is!”

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Photography Friday – A Week in Pictures

This week involved in a lot of planning, brainstorming and research for upcoming blog projects. Here’s a few little sneaks (without giving too much away!) of where I was and some of the things I got up to…


More details on these upcoming projects will be hitting your screens SOON!

I also thought I’d let you all know that I’m currently in the process of planning the next Rock n Roll Party. It will take place in London in April (the 14th or the 21st are currently the most likely dates.)

More info (including the exact date) to come as soon as I have the venue sorted I promise! Eeeek how exciting. This party will also be open to ALL readers of the blog – photographers, wedding vendors/suppliers, brides and everyone in between…yes yes yes 2011 is OH so EXCITING!

…And talking of exciting, I’m heading out into London-town on a girly night tomorrow night. My first girls night out in AGES! So depending on how ropey the pictures/we are, next week’s Photography Friday post may be less about sharing well composed experiments into photography and more about embarrassing my friends by sharing their drunken antics. Good idea?

Thursday Treats – 13th January 2011

Photography Credit: Anna Hardy. I’m so excited about seeing more of this self-portrait series!

Henry & Rachel were interviewed this week! Check out the full (and super cute I might add) post, here
The Living Room has a Black Wall wow!
How to Create a Website Reflective of YOU
Chalkboard aisle!!!!!! I love this SO MUCH
♥ Lyndsay & Brian’s Pom Pom Wedding
♥ Whimsical Marie Antoinette inspiration shoot
♥ Cute As A Button Dessert Bar
♥ Vintage Horror Film Wedding
♥ feather love shot by chloe aftelLoving the HAAAWT 70’s vibe!
♥ Runaway success (image by siobhan byrne photography)

The Editor of WEDDING Magazine’s Very Own Rock n Roll Wedding

I am totally thrilled, excited, over the moon, honoured that my editor at WEDDING Magazine asked if I wanted to feature her Rock n Roll wedding. As the editor of a national wedding magazine, you might expect her wedding to be the super traditional kind but not this chick! By working in the industry for so long, Catherine knew exactly what she did (and didn’t!) want for her big day and the result was a fabulous and eclectic one.

She spoke to me this week about her Rock n Roll wedding ideas, “I was never going to be a traditional tiara and train bride. I needed something that screamed ‘look at me’ for all the right reasons and Candy Anthony realised this dream for me. My scarlet prom dress with matching headpiece was the exact statement I wanted to make, and drew crowds outside Chelsea register office when we stood at the top of those infamous steps. I didn’t want my wedding to be too colour co-ordinated, and chose an OTT venue complete with Jimi Hendrix posters, stuffed crocodiles and a view of Battersea Power Station to add to the mix. I clashed funky Ikea prints with recycled tins and bottles, chose non-bridal vibrant dahlias and had my tattooist brother design my wedding cake. I also wanted to ditch formality, so there was no table plan, guests just grabbed a seat in either the decked garden or in the bar to enjoy their surf n turf barbecue while being entertained by deceptionist Sav and pianist Danny Mills doing his own versions of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC songs. Rock music was vitally important to me on my big day, no cheesy Take That love songs here! And as my ace DJs Wedding Smashers played Guns n Roses (my favourite group)  and I danced with my friends and family, I knew I’d created my ideal Rock n Roll wedding.”

Catherine married Sergio in the suitably Rock n Roll environment of The Duchess Pub, Battersea. “I wanted my big day to be relaxed and without any of the formality of a traditional English wedding,” explained the bride, who looked radiant in her bright red Candy Anthony gown. “I wanted the day to have an urban party feel, so I chosen my pub venue for it’s laidback, eclectic vibe and décor as well as the stunning view of Battersea Power Station.”

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Nessa & Josh’s Geek Chic Rooftop Elopement

Nessa & Josh eloped on a rooftop in Austin, Texas. The bride explained, “We really wanted to strip down a ceremony to what it’s really about – two people, in love. I wanted something personal and close; stress free and beautiful. We didn’t have rings yet, so we brought some vintage fox playing cards instead. The card decision was one part Josh: “I want something something non-floral as a boutonniere”, one part me: “These are so cute, we have to use these” and one part our combined love for Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

“It was perfect,” she continued, “we got up early, put our glasses on and were married within two hours of waking. For the reception, we sat around watching all of the Die Hard movies and eating leftovers. It was the quintessential Nessa and Josh experience.”

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Online Negativity and Comment Etiquette

Photography Credit: Paul Cahill & Jane Paskiewicz

One of my favourite things about being a wedding blogger is that I see so many different styles of weddings and so many unique and diverse ideas every day. From goth to vintage and from steampunk to modern –every wedding is different and every person behind that wedding is unique.  I am also lucky enough to sometimes meet the people behind these weddings (whether that’s brides or suppliers) and I consider many of them to now be friends.

The simple fact is that you are not going to like everything you see on my blog. You are not going to agree with everything I say or everything I post on these pages, but that’s OK. In fact that’s what makes Rock n Roll Bride so ace and so different to most of the other wedding blogs out there. I don’t only publish the pretty or the popular and not everything will be for everyone.

Some wedding will be budget and some will be extravagant and expensive. A wedding costing more than average doesn’t make it any less Rock n Roll. People’s financial situations are different and just as most of you would never dream to criticise someone for only spending £2000 on their wedding; similarly you shouldn’t criticise someone for spending what you see as excessive. At the end of the day IT IS THEIR WEDDING and they are allowed to spend whatever they damn well please.

Photography Credit: ümit gündüz

Another lesson I’ve learnt through running this business is that everyone you see featured on these pages is a real person, with real insecurities and real feelings. That might sound like a strange thing to say (of course they are a real person) but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s oh too easy to see someone online and forget that behind that computer screen is a human being, with emotions and feeling that can be hurt.

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