Photography Friday – Keep Calm and Rock On

I look at this all day long. It hangs just above my monitor and is a constant reminder to not let the little things get to me. I like it.

If wedding planning/career/personal stresses are getting to you, always remember to KEEP CALM AND ROCK ON. It works, I promise!

The photo-booth photo you can see just to the left is one of Alice and I taken at The Designer Wedding Show and reminds me to not take myself too seriously and to always make sure I’m having fun!

The photo on the right is my idol, Vivienne Westwood, dressed as a bride. Genius, gorgeous and a little bit nuts. I utterly love her and it reminds me that I never need to grow up but I should always dress fabulously!

Just above you can see the edge of a photograph of Gareth & I taken at our engagement shoot. The photo was taken in front of a Soho sex shop and reminds me never to conform.

Always surround yourselves with inspiring, beautiful and happy things.

*Sign is from Etsy but I can’t remember the seller sorry!

Thursday Treats – 4th November 2010 (+ Rock n Roll Bride Stars in a French Music Video!)

Photography Credit: Via We Heart It

So November hits and the whole nation gets the flu virus, that’s the rule right? Yeah well me too. Boooo! In between coughing, sneezing and Gareth telling me to get the hell off the computer and ‘rest’, I have still managed to secure some pretty delightful treats for you all this week. Yey me!

I hope you’re not poorly sick too…but if you are, may this selection of tasty morsels nurse you back to full recovery…

First up, a few little brags for me… 
♥ HUGE congrats to my friend Lisa Devlin for winning Wedding Photographer of the Year! The British Journal of Photography even mentioned me in their article announcing her as the winner. Champers all round!
♥ Remember when I posted my Rock n Revolution photo shoot, I told you that during the shoot I was asked to be in a french music video? Well reader Caroline only went and found it online! How hilarious is this!? Funniest thing? I recognise some of the other participants from our strolls around the city!

Tim Burton inspired wedding
Sarah Seven’s romantic, handmade frocks for Spring 2011
♥ Quick and dirty diy projects: a no-sew flower garland
How to use Social Media in the “Engagement Season”
♥ Where Luxury and Social Media Intersect  “Be a real person. Treat others like they’re real people. This works just as well online as it does in the offline world”
Paul and Krystal’s big day…
5 New Ways to Accessorize Your Bridal Look
Sweet Proposal
re_vinyl clocks
Cake flags & bunting – so cute!
The coolest ever wedding show booth?
Michael & Chantale’s Charming Ceremony
The Widow Of The Manor

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Rachel & Dale’s Fabulously Theatrical Goth Wedding

Rachel & Dale may have got married in Vegas first, but having a goth perfect UK wedding was also very important to them. The couple, who’s outrageous punk rock engagement session I featured back in July, told me all about their awesome wedding, both here and in Viva Las Vegas! Rock music, choreographed lights, smoke machines  and dry icewere what was required for this fabulously theatrical wedding!

“We knew we didn’t want a conventional wedding, not being exactly a conventional couple so we eloped to Las Vegas in August and had Elvis do the deed for us,” Rachel told me. “We only told a few people we were going. We had a fantastic few days in Vegas then hired a convertible Mustang and drove through Death Valley and across Yosemite National Park – including having to sleep in the car one night, not easy for a 6 foot tall groom! Although my wedding dress made a surprisingly comfy pillow.”

“We drove through to San Francisco and stayed for a week. While we were there we popped into the PictureMachine (a very fine tattoo establishment) and Dale got an appointment set up for some new ink. The card in his top hat was the business card from his tattoo man (on the back it says $40 deposit paid – Dale and Wife!!) He got an awesome tat, complete with Highway 101 sign and a desert scene, surrounded by an old wild west border and a couple of wedding rings to finish it off. Love it!”

“The UK wedding was totally unofficial, not even a civil ceremony. It was for our friends and family to see us “married” in our ideal perfect way. So, we took a stroll around Kirkstall Abbey last year and joked about how cool it would be to get married there…and then it started! We got prices from the Abbey (ludicrously cheap to hire) and the whole thing grew arms and legs all by itself! The lights, fog, music, shrubbery…we had an insanely theatrical wedding with a rock music soundtrack to boot.”

“Dale swaggered down the aisle to the Ecstasy of Gold by Metallica, I came in to Yellowcard’s You and Me and One Spotlight. Both songs complete with dry ice and choreographed lighting. My friend Belinda was our officiant (the funniest girl I know, she dressed up as a geeky priest for the occasion and even sang Nana Mouskouri halfway through the ceremony!) Dale’s daughter was his Best Woman and my oldest friend Louise was my bridesmaid, dressed in black with fab red shoes and not a hint of a puffy sleeve in sight.”

“We had about 45 guests for the whole thing, everyone said it was the coolest wedding they’d ever been to and had never seen anything quite like it! We all hopped on an old red route-master double decker bus to take us to the reception where we got royally pissed and danced like idiots all night. No cheesy tunes were played and we rocked out to NOFX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Jam, Queen, ACDC, Green Day (and a bit of Bon Jovi for the laydees! Much to Dale’s displeasure!) It was freaking awesome!!”

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James & Kassie’s “Earthy-Vintage” Wedding

James & Kassie got married at Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek, Texas in an “earthy-vintage” themed wedding. The couple chose their venue because they felt it completely reflected the vibe they wanted for their day. “The outside ceremony site, decks for guests to hang out, trees everywhere…..it was just perfect,” began the bride. ” The venue allowed for simple accents and decorations, which was just what I wanted.   The colors were bright and happy, however allowed for that earthy theme to mix right in.  Down our aisle I had 1 ½ – 2ft tree trunks set along each side, with simple vintage bottles and daisy’s just to add the earthy-vintage flare. Our archway was designed with lilies and shells, with vines and curly willow, which added that perfect backdrop for our quick ceremony.” 

Without a massive budget, Kassie had to work extra hard to perfect her bridal look. “I was on the hunt for a vintage tea length wedding dress and most of the gorgeous dresses were out of my price range as they were couture. But Melange Bridal went far and beyond to help me find a dress that was close to what I wanted and helped me visualize what the dress could become with some minor alterations.  Kassie wore a tea-length dress from Melange Bridal, shoes from Aldo (which she found for 90% off!) and jewellery from the fantastic and affordable boutique store called Charming Charlie’s.

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Emma & Matt’s Detail-Perfect BBQ Wedding

It’s the little details that excite me, details like all that attention and love put into Emma & Matt’s Rock n Roll Wedding. The couple, who found their photographer Caro Hutchings through a feature on Rock n Roll Bride, got married St Mary’s Church in Yorkshire. After the ceremony, the whole party boarded a vintage double decker bus which took them to the reception, held at The Blue Lion, East Witton.

“We got married a year to the day of our engagement,” the bride told me. “We’re both known for being nerdy, creative and a tiny bit clothes obsessed so we were never going to have a typical wedding. When it came to thinking of a “theme” we came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to have to be whatever we and everyone else wants!  We also wanted a day that showed everybody just how much we love each other.  We haven’t been together as long as a lot of couples, but from the day we “accidentally” got together on a work night out, we’ve both known its for good. Our guests have seen us grow up, enjoy life,  but ever single person there agreed that neither of us have been so happy as we are together.”
  
“Rock n Roll Bride was a HUUUUUGE inspiration for the day – it made us realise that we could have everything we wanted without upsetting our parents, who were secretly longing for a traditional wedding day. Nobody had to compromise on anything, the day was so laid back, so cool, so us.”

The reception consisted of a casual BBQ and an awesome band playing into the night! “The BBQ meant that the guests could roam around and take in the beautiful surroundings at The Blue Lion,” Emma continued.  We’re both very impatient (not to mention greedy!) so it was an inspired choice! Music is so important to both of us, so finding The Moobs was a stroke of extreme Rock n Roll luck – The dance floor was packed for every single dance. The coolest thing about the wedding for both of us was that we spent it with the people we love, the rehearsal the night before consisted of the, people we couldn’t live without. People we couldn’t live without and a great deal of tears!”

The cupcakes were made by the Mother of the bride, the flowers were all arranged by the Mother of the groom and the bridesmaids were all asked to find and style their own outfits, making the whole day a really group effort. The marquee decor was created by the bride, the Mother of the bride, the maid of honour and the Mother of the groom. “We spend the year leading up to the wedding going in every charity shop we knew, to source tons of broken and mismatched tea sets. These were filled with candles and sweeties and joined on the tables by birdcages and various other bits of kitsch.  As it got dark, the roof was lit up like a night sky and the trees outside were twinkling with fairy lights” Emma reminisced.

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