Recent Press – February 2011

It’s been a busy old month press-wise again for me and my little blog. It still blows my mind that people want to write about me…or have me write for…their magazines. I love my job I do! Huge thanks to all the publications that helped to spread the Rock n Roll Bride message this month.

Photo Pro

I have a regular column for this fabulous magazine and this month I tackled the tricky issue of whether or not to watermark your images when posting them online. This is  a massive subject for photographers and one that often causes controversy, but it was something I had wanted to discuss for a long time. Big thanks to all the photographers and other bloggers (big up The Wedding Chicks!) for helping me with my research, and mucho love to Photo Pro for not only letting me do so but for giving me FOUR pages…my longest article for them yet. Woohoo!

Vintage Life

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Rock n Roll Bride Prize Winners – Ashley & Ray’s Old School Glamour Wedding

The eagle-eyed amongst you might remember Ashley & Ray. Ashley was the lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader that won all that lovely booty for filling out my reader’s survey over the Summer. Needless to say I was pretty excited to then see how it was all used in their wedding!

The couple were married in January and had their photographs taken by friend of the blog Kim Hawkins. The venue they chose was The Mayfair Hotel in London and their theme was old school glamour. Ashley was keen to tell me all about their big day and I’m thrilled to share it all with you here – especially as a lot of the suppliers they used are my friends!

“I suppose what made us Rock n Roll was that we had to think on our feet. There are no rules for civil partnerships; there’s no tradition and no etiquette to follow. It sounds liberating but it can also leave you a bit ‘at sea’. We wanted it to be an occasion but the last thing we wanted was to end up mirroring a ‘straight wedding’. With gay weddings there is such a risk of turning one person into the bride and one into the groom and then just applying all the rules of weddings thereafter. No thanks. I was always going to wear a dress and Ray was always going to wear a suit but we both got our walk down the aisle and neither of us wore white. We also wanted it to be about more than me and Ray committing ourselves to each other. I have an 11 year old daughter, Edie. Marrying me means that Ray also makes a commitment to Edie and we wanted that reflected in our day. After Ray and I had made our promises to each other the registrar asked Edie to come forward. Ray promised to love, encourage and care for Edie and gave her a charm bracelet with a charm representing each of those promises on it. It was a beautiful way of saying that not only were we committing ourselves to each other as a couple but that we were all committing ourselves to this new family. People cried. I cried.”

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