Sometimes we all need a break from the world of wedding-madness and could do with a sit down to look at something beautiful, pretty and fun for no real reason than the fact that it’s awesome. That’s why I’m sharing this ridiculously cool 80’s punk rock fashion editorial submitted by the super cool Galaxie Andrews.
Galaxie (I can’t get over how much I love her name) wanted to set up this shoot to help promote a local Arizona designer Donna from Dressing on the Side, who has an etsy store devoted to funky food-inspired tee-shirts. “We had a world-rocking team of designer, stylist, art director, models, all working together on this project making it completely awesome. donna even had a fashion designer cut up her shirts to give them a cool edge. We roamed around in our little western style old-town scottsdale, rented a horse carriage, ate ice-cream in an arcade, and played until sunset” Galaxie told me.
Erik & Chelsea have a love of antique-y things: of books, of vintage treats and of the 80’s!
“We set out to showcase Erik’s passion for cooking & Chelsea’s English degree while creating a stylish, quirky- retro-y look” photographers Leslie & Ryan told me. “I must say we were also lucky enough to have full access to Renaissance Antiques, Chelsea’s mother’s lovely vintage shop! We found the lovely vintage hats there, the old tattered books, even Erik’s ties.”
The pair are getting married on 6th June and are having a ‘Lucky in Love’ theme so the playing cards, dice and clover were obvious ideas to bring into this awesome engagement session.
Anyone that’s been following me in any capacity over the last 6 months will be well aware of my love and devotion to Emma Case. Not only have I featured as many of her weddings as possible (I can’t get enough) but I’ve even been lucky enough to be photographed by her. I’d say we pretty much have communication every day (whether that be twitter, email, text or talking on the phone!) and I am honoured to call the talented and absolutely awesome lady my friend. So when it came to writing this month’s ‘Best of Blogs’ article for uk photography magazine Photo Pro, who else was I going to choose? Enjoy…
I heard someone on the radio the other day who said ‘it takes 10 years to become an overnight success’ and while in most cases this may well be true, I think I may have discovered someone who breaks this rule.
I first came across Emma Case on Flickr. She’d added some images she’d shot of a friend’s wedding to a pool and I fell in instant love. They were like nothing I’d really seen before – rustic, simple, vintage, retro, arty and just, well… real. As these things generally go, life got in the way but I made a mental note that I must email this Emma girl and ask to feature the wedding on Rock n Roll Bride. As luck would have it the very next day I opened my inbox to an email from the lady herself. “My name is Emma Case. I have no website but have just started my blog (http://www.emmacasephotography.blogspot.com/) I feel either very brave or very stupid submitting photos to your amazing blog as I’m not a professional photographer and never set out to do weddings, but when I started posting photos on facebook, friends began asking me to take pictures of them and soon it began to snowball. Ruth and Dan messaged me saying that they were getting married and explained the plans and I got instant butterflies as I knew it would be exactly my kind of wedding…”
Now not only did I love the images and the wedding but I loved her! I featured the wedding as soon as physically possible and the praise and adoration that followed in my blog comments was pretty much like nothing I’d ever seen for a newbie photographer.
I wanted to start this week’s post with a huge thank you to every single one of you for your kind words and comments on my ‘How to…not be a blogging pushover’ post. To everyone that stuck up for me and shared your love and passion for my little website – well wow, I’ve literally been blown away.
I decided to share this story with you today because I think it can only add further proof of my love of all my sponsors, of how they make my world go round and of my genuine feelings towards them (and theirs to me it would seem!) UK photographer Lisa Devlin has been a sponsor of Rock n Roll Bride for the past few months. Not only has this got her many a Rock n Roll wedding booking, but it has provided me with more eye candy to blog than I could ask for! With Lisa’s approval I wanted to share this card I received in the post this week. She also send me a little bag of treats including a Tatty Devine necklace! She knows me so well!
It’s such an honour that someone would send me a session to post only the day after they shot it! Photographer Ben Godkin was so convinced that Mandy & Braxton’s engagement session was perfect for Rock n Roll Bride that he didn’t hesitate to email me some images – even before the whole set was complete!
“The couple , who are fierce backgammon players, were so fun and wanted to get some unique shots for their engagement photos! Ben wrote. “They were staying at a cozy little Bed and Breakfast called Settlers Crossing in Fredericksburg to finalize the details of their small wedding at Beckers wine vineyard in Sept. Mandy and Braxton had many tattoos but two that were particularly meaningful. They both had “Soul Mates” tattooed on both hands so when they joined hands they would always be reminded of their love. There was an abundance of farm animals on the property including horses, sheep, and donkeys, so we couldn’t resist using them in the shoot. Then we headed to a local land mark called Enchanted Rock and made the 20min hike up just in time to watch the sunset, and the full moon rise… It was magical!”
So I was going to blog this next week but I literally can’t wait. I saw Annette & Brian’s totally gorgeous wedding on my friend Micheal Antonia’s (aka the dj extroidinate behind The Flashdance) blog and like the lightning bolt that I am (when I come across something that’s as awesome as this) I was straight in there with my request to feature it. So, alongside Micheal, the photographers Our Labor of Love and Annette & Brian themselves, I am more than ecstatic to share this way-too-rad wedding with you today.
“We really just wanted to make the wedding feel like us – yet still stick to the traditions that are so important to our families” the newlyweds told me. ” We really wanted a vintage and homemade, crafty feel to the wedding. Crafting is a big part of our lives and we have our own crafting blog called Daily-Craft, so it was really important for us to make things. Annette screen printed all the wedding invitations, while Brian lined each envelope with vintage sheet music. Annette is an avid quilter, so she put together a “sign our quilt” area, instead of the traditional guestbook. Because of her librarian roots, we used tons of books for decor and a vintage card catalog for table setting cards. Annette “cataloged” each guest to their assigned seat. Music is really important to Brian (he’s in about 5 bands now?) and Annette (a Music Librarian, to be exact), so we used lots of vintage sheet music in the details of our wedding. Besides using sheet music to line each envelope of our invitations, Brian also created all of our table number signs using a little construction paper and sheet music. Brian also got to play dj during the cocktail hour, putting together a very special mix of music for our guests to enjoy as they sipped on cocktails and ate h’orderves. Going back to the Armenian roots, cooking is very important in Annette’s family, so we decided to make homemade jam for each of our guests as favors. Annette screen printed little tops with our silhouettes, making them a tiny bit more special. Even though we had lots of little details in our wedding, we made sure to let go on our wedding day and just have fun… it was perfect!”