Behind the Scenes – Preparation for my Catwalk Debut at Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair

As many of you now know, on Monday I’ll be walking down the catwalk at The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair. This week I was invited by Darren Fowler, Creative Director of the fabulous salon Clipso London to come meet him for a hair trial, and by the equally delightful Rachel Atwell, owner of Luella’s Boudoir, for a dress fitting (well actually for 5 dress fittings…I found out I’m wearing 5 different outfits, talk about throwing me in at the deep end…)

So on Wednesday, I got my little pink haired self on an early train to the city for a day of preening, pampering and for a little bit of freaking the hell out.

At Clipso I was greeted by smiling faces who were eager to talk to be about Rock n Roll Bride and ease me into this whole ‘catwalk modelling’ thing. Darren and his team have worked on London Fashion Week for the past decade and so are well versed in dealing with catwalk models…and now me! We went through some cool and pretty out-there ideas for my barnet and I’m very excited about the plans! The even invited me back the next day to get my roots done and my hair made even more electric pink in colour (always a good thing!)

I tweeted a picture of the final result…isn’t it an awesome colour?

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N’tima & Steven’s Love Across the Sea

How are your emotions doing today? because I’ve got a wedding to share that will probably make you blub…there is just so. much. love right here!

N’tima & Steven’s love blossomed across the sea. The bride explained, “We lived in Okinawa, Japan when we met. He was 16, I was 14. We were kids. We were neighbours. We both were kinda dating people on & off here in America, so we were just friends.You see, my family had orders to be shipped to California in June. It was April, and Steven and I were starting to get close. We exchanged numbers, and everything moved so quickly after this point. Every day before I moved was spent falling in love with this beautiful boy. Although we denied it, and being together was scary to us. Distance obviously hadn’t worked previously, so we decided we’d be just friends. Everyone around us knew we were ridiculously in love, but we kept telling each other that we had to stay friends.”

“On May 26, 2008, Steven told me that he loved me, and that he would rather ‘try & fail with us, than not try at all.’ So June 6, 2008, I moved away, and we made the distance work for us. We lived through web-cam dates & 17 hour time differences. I visited November of that year, and April of 2009. By the end of 2009, Steven had joined the air force. He was sent to Basic & we lived through letters for 8 1/2 weeks. I visited for his graduation. He was then sent to Tech school across the country for four more months. I visited for Christmas. In January of 2010 he was sent to live 2 hours away from me here in California, completely by chance. How much luckier could we be, eh?”

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N’tima & Steven’s Love Across the Sea

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How are your emotions doing today? because I've got a wedding to share that will probably make you blub...there is just so. much. love right here! N'tima & Steven's love blossomed across the sea. The bride explained, "We lived in Okinawa, Japan when we met. He was 16, I was 14. We were kids. We were neighbours. We both were kinda dating people on & off here in America, so we were just friends.You see, my family had orders to be shipped to California in June. It was April, and Steven and I were starting to get close. We exchanged numbers, and everything moved so quickly after this point. Every day before I moved was spent falling in love with this beautiful boy. Although we denied it, and being together was scary to us. Distance obviously hadn't worked previously, so we decided we’d be just friends. Everyone around us knew we were ridiculously in love, but we kept telling each other that we had to stay friends. On May 26, 2008, Steven told me that he loved me, and that he would rather ‘try & fail with us, than not try at all.’ So June 6, 2008, I moved away, and we made the distance work for us. We lived through web-cam dates & 17 hour time differences. I visited November of that year, and April of 2009. By the end of 2009, Steven had joined the air force. He was sent to Basic & we lived through letters for 8 1/2 weeks. I visited for his graduation. He was then sent to Tech school across the country for four more months. I visited for Christmas. In January of 2010 he was sent to live 2 hours away from me here in California, completely by chance. How much luckier could we be, eh?"

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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 18th March 2011

Photography Credit: via all about photos via we heart it (if you know the original source of this image, please drop me an email & I’ll add it)

So Photography Friday is no more. I know some of you are still in mourning (be sure to follow me on twitter and facebook for regular and random personal pictures if you want ’em) but behold – a new feature! First off I’ve got to say thanks to everyone on twitter and facebook who helped me come up with the name for this post, I was struggling to be creative and couldn’t think of anything to call it apart from ‘Tip-day Friday’ and that was kinda rubbish…

Post-It Notes will be blogged every Friday and every week I’ll be posting two top tips – one related to wedding planning and one for business/blogging. The idea behind this being that I get hundreds of emails asking for my advice and magazines are always asking for my ‘top tips’ on different areas of wedding planning, so I thought hey, why not make a blog feature out of it? I have visions of some of you writing these out onto actual post-it notes and sticking them in your wedding planning book/inspiration folder or all around your office! That would be pretty cool.

Let me know what you think of my new feature in the comments – if you like the idea, I’ll keep it going.

Book your photographer early. A lot of the best photographers get booked out as far as a year in advance so this is one thing to not leave to the last minute and unlike some other wedding services, you usually won’t get a discount for a last minute booking.

Whatever your business, start a blog. Now. Stop putting it off and just do it…sometimes simply starting something is the hardest part.

Thursday Treats – 17th March 2011 + Winner of 5 VIP Tickets to The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair Announced

MAC’s newest collection, ‘Quite Cute’ (launches in April) is quite simply perfect for me. Credit cards at the ready girls!

It’s been a pretty exciting week for me this week. I was sat on the London Underground yesterday evening with photographer Penny McKinley-Rodgers (who had come to meet me to take some behind the scenes shots of my preparations for my catwalk debut at The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair on Monday.) I turned to her and said…”Wow, my life is weird huh? How do I get myself into this situations?”

You see I’d just spent the day having my pink head crimped and coiffed at a hair trial, trying on some pretty darn stunning wedding dresses and meeting lovely people who’d made me lovely things to wear down the catwalk.  I’ll be posting the pictures to show you how my day went on Saturday so I hope you’ll pop back then to see them.

Talking of The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair, I’d also like to thank everyone who entered the contest to win 5 VIP tickets to the Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair. I’m delighted to announce that the Rock n Roll Bride reader who’ll be there to see all the madness unfold is…

Exciting. Becki, I’m looking forward to meeting you…I’ll be on the look out for those pom poms! For those of you that didn’t win but would still like to come (I’ll be there on Monday 21st from 4-9pm), tickets are still available for just £12 (or £18 for 2) book yours now by emailing info@luellasboudoir.co.uk or calling 020 8879 7744.

Alrighty then, let’s get on with these yummy treats shall we?

From Portland to Peonies’ beautiful wedding
Coco De Coeur To Raise Money For Japan
Anthropologie Gift Card Designwow. just wow. Forget the gift, I’d be happy with just the card!
Want To Move To New York City? An International Playgirl Tells You How!
♥ Adorable & Fun Bridal Shower Party Ideasby my girl Jen at Green Wedding Shoes
Model Muse: Charlotte FreeHow gorgeous? New pink hair inspo!
Relaxed Southern Vintage Wedding
Wedding Attire Inspired by Coloured Tights – loving this trend
Chelsea + Rajiv (Photography Credit: Sloan Photographers) – and yes that is a wall of post-its!

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Annette & Chris’ Fancy Dress Victorian Circus Themed Wedding

Annette & Chris had a fancy dress/steampunk themed wedding in Liverpool. The bride wore a corset purchased from Corsets UK and a skirt from MTCoffinzUnderground on Etsy. “My dress wasn’t technically a ‘dress’ as it was a Corset and a separate skirt,” the bride told me. “I bought the white and black steel boned corset for around £60 and the skirt, which was described as a ‘Victorian Lace Gothic Ball Gown’, cost around £100.” She also wore Victorian-style black ankle boots which she hired from a fancy dress shop! Chris hired his unique outfit from a fancy dress shop too.

“The groom came up with the whole idea of a Victorian Circus themed wedding,” explained Annette. “We’re not ‘average’ kind of people and didn’t want to settle on an ‘average’ wedding, so it had to be fancy dress! Although we took our vows to each other seriously, we don’t believe a wedding should be a completely serious affair. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and have a massive party with all of your friends and family, which is what we did! I think that’s what makes us so Rock n Roll. Everyone said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to, including their own!”

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An Elizabethan/Alexander McQueen-Inspired Shoot

Do you remember the last shoot I featured that was styled by Sugar and Fluff? It was super duper popular with you lot, and I’m convinced this second set will have just as big an impact.

The inspiration they ran with for this session was the Elizabethan period, “A sort of cold, romantic, dark and lethargic feel that illustrates the Elizabethan theater and also the dramatic style of the talented William Shakespeare,” explained stylist Aasim. “Christine Farah and Sugar and Fluff came up with the story of the Widow/Great dame of the manor. It’s a woman who sustains herself by luring men into her house/lair concocting a web of seduction and then having her way with them. She invites her guests to her bedroom where she draws her preys.  She then lures them into the dining room where there’s a grand feast on her dress (that’s simultaneously a table) The feast looks too good to be real…enhanced to look golden in the light…but…upon closer inspection…it IS golden!”

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