Perfectly Personal

Melissa and Nate had a perfectly personal wedding last May in Logan, Utah. Melissa’s wore a vintage dress, and Nate’s suit was pinstriped and fitted.  They had one of their favourite bands, Mates of State, playing throughout their reception and the whole day had a homely, indie, persoanal feel.  The couple DIY’d a-plenty including the framed bride and groom silhouettes that Melissa made and the cake, which was made by the groom’s sister.  

Credit: Melissa Brown Photography

The Uber Exciting Sparkly Contest Winner

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Credit: Ly Wylde

 

Woah what an amazing response I got from the surveys! I’d first like to say a huge thank you to everybody that took the time to fill it in and I will most defiantly be taking some of your ideas and suggestions into consideration.

The winner of the gorgeous Hello Kitty Pretty is…..dum dum duuum…

 

Marni

 

Well done you! I loved your answer…All you need is Hearts, stars, lemon bars, something cuddly, girl friends, and maybe a vibrator…

 …And the fact that you called me “Dollface” :o)

 

However there were so many great answers to each question that I’d like to share some more of my favourites, to answer some questions that were raised and to say what I’m planning on doing to with some of your ideas…

 

In regards to the best thing about Rock n Roll Bride, pretty much everybody said the amazing photography which makes me super doper happy as that is primarily what the whole site is about – I must be doing something right! Here are another few of my favourite answers…

  • You generally focus on wedding and engagement photography which is my primary interest. Other sites will post many updates on “colour combinations” or other detail-specific topics that are less interesting to me.
  • The gorgeous collection of photographs and sweet commentary
  • That the images featured are not your everyday ‘smile and say cheese’ portraits. They are oozing with life and personality, and the inspiration hits me like a roundhouse kick from Chuck Norris himself.
  • I am inspired by her posts and love the fresh photos she posts. She celebrates art and the story of love by featuring photos of fabulous and fierce weddings. Kat Rocks
  • It shows such a range of styles for hair, clothing, florals, everything! It’s so hard to find pictures and inspirations for unique weddings. Rock n Roll Bride is really the best site I’ve found so far.
  • The photographs you share. They are just so inspiring and beautiful. I know I won’t ever find a horrible photograph on this site.
    I love that you try to tell a little story about the bride and groom/engaged couple with the photographs you post. It gives a little insight into their world.
    AND you showcase photographers and weddings from all over the globe.
    AND it’s not just the traditional “white dress” weddings. I love it.
  • I love the idea that it empowers brides to think outside the box. I really drives home that weddings should truly reflect your personal style and what you love!

 

The two questions regarding the worst thing about the site and the suggestions were ranging from the bizarre to the brilliant. I will most definitely be taking many of your comments on board and making some changes as soon as possible. Including…

  • The layout/header.  I had a number of comments saying the layout was either a bit boring or a bit amateur.  I have recently installed a lightbox feature so that now, when you click on one of the thumbnails in a post you can scroll through all the images without having to keep clicking back (yey!). I am however going to keep this current style of posting thumbnails on the main posts as when you post as many photographs as I do, full size images would create ever more giant posts! It would take forever to load each page and/or scroll down to the next post.
  • I am currently in the beginning stages of planning on a slight redesign of the site. I would like to get a fancier header and make the main body of the site a bit more ‘me’. I do however like having a slightly plainer site to make it easier to find your way around and to let the images speak for themselves. Think of Rock n Roll Bride as an art gallery of photographic talent…and art galleries always have plain white walls! I like to think of my site in the same way I think of my outfits (stick with me on this one) I may dress plainly sometimes but I always find the time to accessorise with my pink locks and way too much sparkly jewellery – think of the site as the black top and leggings combo, and the images as the unicorn necklace, hello kitty tiara and oversized pearl earrings.

I am also currently working on:

  • Doing more contests – I have a very exciting, photography-based contest coming up soon!
  • The tagging system…I admit it – my tagging sucks! When I started the site I had a few tags and I haven’t ready added on them, so one of these days I’m going to go back through to all 1000 odd posts (yes there has been that many!) and re-tag them all a lot better. Sorry for being so lame on this!
  • Featuring more same-sex weddings.
  • Organising events – as I am in the UK it is unfortunate that most of us will never meet (boo!) but I have already organised one meet of UK vendors/photographers (oh we had so many cocktails!) and am planning on arranging many more.
  • Weekly round ups are done exclusively for my Facebook fans – go join my page to get my pick of the week ever Friday.
  • The search bar – There is a search bar but it’s down the bottom of the page – in my site re-design I will be moving it to the top so it’s easier to find
  • And finally the debate on too many/not enough daily posts will never be settled it seems as the worst thing for about 50% of the respondents was too many posts and the other 50% said there were not enough! Therefore I will carry on posting as many amazing weddings and photo shoots as I possibly can..yey!

Some of my favourite responses to the tie breaker question that are worth a shout out…

All You Need is

·         Imagination and the determination to make things happen no matter how impossible they seem!

·         Cupcakes!

·         The walk, the words and the sparkles to wear!

·         Candied orange slices for my wedding cake and someway to hologram my dog on my wedding day, the venue won’t allow animals.

·         Guts, determination, and a jar of double cream strawberry yoghurt.

·         Glitter, fun, love, friends, laughter, excitement, stability and of course what ever it is that makes YOU truly happy!

·         Heart with a dash of soul.

·         To be your gorgeous, tattooed, sparkly ass self…especially on your wedding day!

·         Sex, hugs and rock n roll bride!

·         Red hair, black eyeliner and a whole lot of love.

·         Tattoos, pink anything, hearts, and blue skies.<3

·         A best friend, cocktails and a Polaroid camera. ;)

·         Interpretive dance

·         Black eyeliner & kickass heels!

·         His credit card

 

Again a huge thank you to everyone that took the time to fill out

the survey – I had over 200 responses and I all your answers will

help make Rock n Roll Bride even better!

Indie Beach

This beautiful beach photo shoot called to me this morning and I had to post right away. I adore the simplistic, indie elegance of it all.

I’d also like to take the time to say a huge thank you to every single photographer and couple who send me their wedding photos and photo shoots to share – Rock n Roll Bride would not be such a kick ass and inspiring place with out you all! Much love…

Brides/Grooms-to-be, I have also just recently collated a list of my all time favourite photographers from all over the world. If you are after a rock n roll photographer in your area then please don’t hesitate to contact me for a referral – in the end it all means more fabulous photographs for me to share!

Credit: Desiree Haigh Photography

Desperate Housewife?

These are too gorgeous for words. I am c-c-crazy about this sexy 1960’s ‘desperate housewife’ inspired engagement shoot from Ryan of RCJones Photography. The glasses in particular are so super sexy!

The couple also starred in an equally gorgeous modern day shoot, so be sure to head over to Ryan’s blog to check that one out too! 

Credit: RCJones Photography

Rock n Roll Bride In Print.

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So about 6 months ago I received an email from Wedding Ideas Magazine saying our wedding had been submitted to them as a Real Wedding feature by our photographers English Rose and would we be happy for them to share them. Being the huge poser that I am, of course I said yes. So I picked up a copy of the magazine today and although some of the photographs they chose I don’t really like (I think my face looks huge in the main photograph for example!) and the article is beyond a cheese-fest, it is a little bit exciting to be in print…and can you believe they even called me  a Rock Chick…maybe they knew…

Just in case you can’t read the text, it reads as follows:
Kat & Gareth
Rock chick meets vintage combined with black and white chic for this big day…

The proposal
Kat and Gareth took a disposable barbecue and some wine to a local picnic spot on their fifth year anniversary. Gareth got down on one knee and co-insidentally fireworks went off nearby after Kat said yes! They decided straight away to get married exactly one year on.
The bride’s outfit
Kat looked fabulous in her Sottero and Midgley gown (www.sotteroandmidgley.co.uk) It originally had a pink sash but Kat had it changed to a black one to fit in with their black and white theme.
The accessories
Kat wore a tiara from John Lewis, pretty shoes from Topshop, a pearl bag from Monsoon (which I actually found a lot cheaper on ebay -they left that bit out though) , and pearl and diamond earrings,a gift from her parents. She also wore a Benjamin Roberts bolero (www.benjaminroberts.co.uk)
Steal her Style – Give your bridesmaids a theme and then let them choose their own dresses.
The groom’s outfit
Gareth, his dad, his best man and Kat’s dad had all their suits custom made at House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk) “They were able to design their own suits” explains Kat, “and also chose their own lining and tie.”
Love this idea – Put together a goodie bag filled with special gifts for your maids.
The bridesmaids
Kat’s two sisters and best friend were bridesmaids. Kat gave them free reign to choose any black dress they wanted. Her Chief bridesmaid chose a dress from Coast, her sister Sarah wore a silky, strapped dress from Monsoon, while her sister Rachel chose a prom-style dress from Warehouse. “I also bought them pearl earrings and bracelets to add a vintage touch to their outfits” says Kat.
When I got the the end of the aisle, Gareth squeezed my hand and said “You look awesome”
The Flowers
Kat’s pretty bouquet was created by Cherubs Floral Design (www.cherubsfloraldesign.com) The ceremony flowers were supplied by the Church.
Love this idea – Write a poem to each other and have it printed in your order of service
The Ceremony
“My parents live next door to the vicar so it meant a lot to us to have him marry us” says Kat. Gareth’s grandad and a friend of Kat’s did readings, and some friends played in a band at the service, giving rock renditions of the hymns and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
The reception
Held at The Elvetham (www.elvethamhotel.co.uk) the guests had a delicious, three-course meal. “We head a band in the evening but no extra guests. Instead, we had a party in my parents’ garden two weeks later and I got to wear my dress again!” explains Kat.
Our table names were our favourite movie couples – we called the top table Romeo and Juliet…
The details
Instead of favours, Kat and Gareth put together an ice-breaker quiz about themselves. They even put together a goody bag for the winning table.
Groom’s tip – have your own opinion and don’t let your bride tell you what you want.
Most memorable moment
“I threw my bouquet with such vigor that it bounced off the back wall, hit someone on the head and landed in Carly’s (Chief bridesmaid) arms – everybody said it was a fix!” laughs Kat.
The honeymoon
The couple jetted off to Tokyo the next day and stayed in a traditional ryokan (a roll mat on the floor) “Very Rock n Roll” says Kat.
Bride’s beauty tip – “I went on  MAC and Bobbie Brown binge before the big day. I decided to do my make up myself because I know exactly how I like it and I didn’t want to feel overdone or not like myself. Make sure you have concealer and your lippie with you for touch ups on the day.”

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Beth Retro

Beth Retro is a stock photographer from Essex, England. I came across her gorgeous images via the wonder that is flickr and I straight away knew I’d be sharing these as some non wedding – wedding inspiration.

Whimsical and beautiful, her use of out-of-focus, twinkling lights and bright, luminous colours is right up my street.  She also appears as obsessed with balloon as french fancies as I am so it’s gotta be good!
For more of Beth’s work check out her flickr stream, or her Etsy store of you fancy treating yourself, I know I will be!

Credit: Beth Retro