Susan’s Paint The Dress Shoot


Susan wanted to get back into her wedding dress for a memorable photo shoot for her anniversary. When she married Jesse 10 years ago they had some trouble with their photographer (who, ahem, ended up in jail) so although they received some 4 x 6 prints, they didn’t manage to get an album or any photo enlargements made. They were also pretty unhappy with the portraits of Susan from the images they did get, and none of them showed off her beautiful dress in all it’s glory.


So, Susan contacted photographer Colleen of Color Me Rad and asked if they could do a trash the dress shoot – with paint and her two kids involved!

“This session was more than just trashing the dress” Colleen told me. “It was about giving Susan the bridal portraits she never had.”

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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 15th April 2011

Photography Credit: Tyrone Bradley (full wedding here)

Utilise friends and family where you can to create a perfectly personal wedding (and maybe even save a bit of money!) Do you have a talented seamstress for a Mum or a sister that arranges flowers in her spare time? Is your Dad a wizz with a toolbox? Get them on it!

Check out some of my favourite recent DIY weddings for inspiration:

Elbie & Derek’s Opulent & Eclectic DIY Wedding
Emma & Pete’s “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance” & A Big Fat Surprise Wedding
N’tima & Steven’s Love Across the Sea
Amber & Jeff’s Candy Land Wedding
Song & Dony’s Mythical Creatures Wedding
Cazz & Liam’s Comic Book Geekery Wedding
Autumn & Kevin’s Romantic Vintage Valentine’s Wedding
Charly & Kelly’s Pink, Red & Valentine’s Backyard Wedding
Olga & Jo’s Two Day Russian/British Fusion Wedding
Rob & Justine’s Beeeautiful Art Retreat South African Wedding
Carroll & Dan’s Detail-Heavy, Day of the Dead Plantation Wedding
Tasha & Noah’s Americana Backyard BBQ Wedding

Many MANY more here!

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Thursday Treats – 14th April 2011 (Party Time…Excellent!)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months, you can’t have failed to notice that tonight is The Rock n Roll Bride PARRRTAAAY. Oh sweet baby Jesus (thanks for my new favourite non-cuss Jasmine. Gareth said I’ve been swearing too much recently…whoops.)

Aaaaanyway, I am so excited. Nervous but bloody bloody excited. As you can imagine today I’m a little on the busy side organising party ‘stuff’ so they’ll only be one post today…but it’s a gooden and it means you get Thursday Treats a little earlier in the day than usual…woo-to-the-hoo!

If you’re coming to the party I can’t wait to see you all later and drink some of these…

Menu designed by Lucy Ledger Designs

And if you’re not, I hope these treats will go some way towards satisfying you…

♥ Cara + Dean’s Chic Viceroy Elopement
♥ A Chic, Unique & Oh So Creative Rainbow WeddingOh hell yes! Adore this…
♥ NYC Bridal Market has been on this week, so blog-land has been filled with beautiful new wedding dresses. Completely Unveiled has done the best selection in my opinion. I am particularly swooning over the tulle-infused Marchesa Fall 2011 collection.
Tattoo Etiquette: The Guide to Not Being a Douchefunny and true…sometimes we just don’t want to talk about it…
♥ Rebecca + Derek’s Fun Bicycle Wedding
♥ Safari themed forest wedding
♥ Oooh new e-courses from my girl Elsie & co. –  Style Your Space E-Course – I could totally do with this. My house is not so stylish…(yet!) and Dream Job E-Course
♥ The Four Os: a Four-Step Guide to Successful Blogging – this is brilliant. Again, I wish I wrote it.
WIN two ticked to Alter-ed – a vintage tea party of a wedding fair and I’ll see you there.
♥ Crafty Backyard Engagement Session

Photography Credit: Sweet Monday Photography

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Christina & Sybrina LGBT-Friendly Wedding

Christina & Sybrina were married in their own back garden in Vegas. Christina wore a beautiful dress by Ouma Clothing and Sybrina wore a sharp suit. The couple are pretty active in their local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community and so wanted to use their connections to do it ‘right’ and create a wedding that was perfect for them and their friends.

“We worked very hard in making it a comfortable environment to accommodate our diverse attendees,” the couple explained. “Most of the vendors we used were close friends. We wanted to integrate them throughout the wedding while supporting local small and new businesses. Our close friend, Jeff Hames, even did a mural on our backway that matched the wedding invitations.”

“We tried to stay as true to our queer feminist roots as possible.  We made our wedding our own by only using things we felt comfortable with.”

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Stop the Press – NEW Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Shoes!!!

I received a VERY exciting email in my inbox this morning and thought it was worth interrupting our regularly scheduled programming for – especially as I’ve had countless messages recently from many of of you that have been struggling to get your hands on the original white & red Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon heart shoes.

And the all exciting news is that they are BACK and revamped with a brand new super shiny, metallic finish. Oh be still me beating heart!

But that’s not all. Look at these juicy numbers…oh lookie, POM POMS! Yes freakin’ pom pom shoes…

and cute-as-hell new flat styles…

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Rock n Roll Bride TV – Rock n Roll Bride meets Ali Lovegrove ~ Part 2 of 4: The First Few Months of Your Blog

First off, huge thanks for all the positive feedback on last week’s ‘blogging basics’ video. I am so pleased that so many of you found it interesting and useful. In this second part of our four-part mini series, photographer Ali Lovegrove and I discuss what to do in the first few months that your blog is up and running.

Big thanks to Richard of FX Films for filming this for us. If you have your own business and would like to create your own promotion videos, I can’t recommend his services enough!

In this video we discuss:
♥ Whether to put personal information on your blog and finding a balance between professional and personal blogging
♥ Finding your voice and defining your blog through your style of writing
♥ Using images to make your blog stand out
♥ Using social media to get your blog noticed
♥ Getting comments on your blog
♥ How to find out who your readers are and what they want

Be sure to come back next Wednesday for Part 3- ‘Sustaining your blog & gaining momentum’.

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