Thursday Treats – 23rd September 2010

Photography Credit: Kirsty Mitchell Photography – The newest shot in her incredible ‘Wonderland’ series (her blog feature can be seen here)

“What’s the point of Thursday Treats?” someone once asked me. “Well,” I replied, there’s just so much beauty & prettiness on the internet every week and I can’t possibly blog it all. Also, not everything I see might necessarily be really very Rock n Roll or perfect for my blog, but I know if I like it, a lot of my readers might like it too.”

“Fair enough” they replied “…and for the record, it’s my favourite feature of the week.”

♥ A free people wedding
Julia & Jesse’s United Love
♥ Leah & Jon’s Swoonworthy Soiree
♥ OMG OMG H&M having finally gone online AND have a homeware section. I’m off to get my credit card right now!
♥ DIY Wedding at the Smog Shoppe (photos by Jonas Peterson – you know it’s going to be epic)
Lydia + Joshua’s Backyard Wedding
Incredible invitations (make sure to check out their so so so awesome Save the Date vid at the bottom of this post too!!)
Comfortably Numb
♥ When The Magic Fades & The Doldrums Set In: How To Avoid Becoming One Of THOSE Couples!
Parisian Garden Wedding
♥ Quail Bridal – SO GORGEOUS! Chic Wedding + Bridesmaids Dresses

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Dianne & Andrew’s Intimate, Backyard Shotgun Wedding

When Dianne & Andrew’s wedding landed smack bang in my inbox, alongside the email from their awesome photographer Jonathan Canlas which read “I think this wedding is RIGHT up your alley, 7 month’s pregnant bride and SUPER Rock n Roll” I was a little bit excited. Was I right to be? Hell YES baby!

I have to say, I’m actually a little bit honoured to feature this wedding. Not just because clearly the photographs and the wedding are gorgeous, but because the family appear to have gone through so much, yet come out happier and healthier on the other side. The bride explained;

“Wow, this turned into a huge undertaking answering all the questions.  I am glad that you asked them, because while you only will take the links from the answers, it forced me to write about my wedding which I had been putting off due to taking care of my baby and frankly, being so damn tired, this was the last thing I wanted to write about.  Which is sad, because the fact that my husband and I made it to a wedding day is no small feat.”

“In the last year, we have dealt with drug addiction, rehab, an accidental pregnancy, sobriety, a wedding, and a few weeks later, our son.  I loved answering all these questions because it reminded me that just because our situation is far from what is typically considered ideal, it is ideal for us, and I would not have changed a thing about it.  I will be sure to mention you on my blog, your site is a righteous reminder that where love and beauty can be found is not always on a magazine stand in the check out line.”

Humbling. So humbling.

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Teen Vogue Inspired Engagement Shoot

This sweet and cute engagement session is something a bit different to what I often post. However I thought Krystle & Derek’s Teen Vogue inspired shoot was the perfect way to show that you don’t have to be all about tattoos, props and vintage picnics to be considered Rock n Roll! The couple, from Manila in the Philippines, styled their shoot themselves to have a ‘mix n match’ simple fashion-shoot theme. ” We simply wanted our photos to look fun, flirty, fresh and alive with simple props” they told me.

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Under the Spotlight – McKinley-Rodgers Photography

With a desire to capture the small, intimate and personal moments of a wedding day in the most beautiful way, McKinley-Rodgers Photography, are surely one to consider for your wedding day photography.

“I have been a romantic all my life, and I have always believed in the fairytale,” photographer Pen says. “After kissing MANY frogs, I was lucky enough to find my prince 9 years ago, and snapped him up pronto (after only 4 months).   We actually had a very small and informal wedding, with just my mother and father as witnesses, but it was perfect for us.  My only regret however, is not having a photographer.  My mother took our pictures, and she took a lot of them, most of which are really lovely and do capture the day beautifully.  But, if I could do it all again…”

“That was a real impetus for doing what we do now.  We want to offer a service, a product, which we would have wanted.  What we provide is informal, intimate, creative, and affordable.   Weddings can be such expensive (and sometimes stressful) affairs, but it’s also the most important day of your life;  We want our bride and grooms to feel they can have what they want without cutting corners and have one less thing to worry about.”

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Jill & Neil’s Vintage “Englishness” Wedding

Jill & Neil’s wedding is vintage “Englishness” in every sense of the word. The whole day – from Jill’s floral Fur Coat No Knickers vintage gown, to the London bus that transported them and personalised vintage postcards used as invitations and then re-used as the table-plan – was an authentic representation of the theme they loved so much. “We took vintage inspiration from our own families, finding old frames in charity shops for lots of photographs of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparent’s weddings,” they told me. “These filled the fireplaces of the Lodge and meant we were surrounded by reminders of our ancestors as well as being beautiful pictures.”

“Also, to entertain our guests on our bus trip we had a picture quiz to guess who the couples in the old photos were – with the answers on the back of the original at the venue.  These were in bags made by a charity from recycled newspapers from The India Shop and we also included bus related gifts to keep the children amused – mostly from the London Transport Museum, and old fashioned sweets and goodies.  On the tables we used luggage labels from the Post Office for place names, which my nieces helped stamp with butterflies and tied to mini jars filled with old fashioned sweets from Hope and Greenwood.”

The day also had a lot of very personal and emotion feelings behind it. As Jill had been previously widowed, the couple knew that is would be a particularly emotional day so wanted to make it extra special and beautiful. The service itself was very important to them as they had actually met at the Cathedral where they chose to marry.

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Tattoos, Balloons & Underwater Love

When Mat & Kenzie’s engagement session hit my inbox I was floored. Not only are the pair enviably stylish and gorgeous but they ended their shoot underwater! Every photo just gets better and better.

This one will take some serious beating.

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