A Sunday Kind of Love – The New Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Shoe Range

Anyone that knows me at all, will be well aware that I’m having a bit of a love affair with Vivienne Westwood…it’s more of a lifetime commitment actually, but when she launches new ranges like this my love is rekindled just a little bit more!

Skulls and bows! Talk about made for Rock n Roll Brides!

This week I was casually browsing the online store when I saw these babies. Oh My Lord. A new Vivienne/Melissa shoe range? Be still my beating heart! They are not available until the end of November (mean teases!) but I think I know what’s going to be on my Christmas list this year…

Yes, they are even available in Rock n Roll pink!

As we all know, the original heart shoes have been more than ridiculously popular with Rock n Roll Bride’s all over the world (so much so that I’ve given them their own tag in my archives!) but methinks that these new styles will be just as popular for you lucky 2011 brides.

Gold hearts! How cute!?

The complete Vivienne Westwood/Melissa shoe range can be found right here

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Sarah & Jonathan’s Hipster London Wedding

Sarah & Jonathan found the perfect photographer to capture their modern London wedding though Rock n Roll Bride so I was over the moon when Annamarie Stepney asked if I’d like to feature their wedding!

The couple chose to have their wedding in their local borough of Islington, North London as they both felt it was very important to support their local businesses and friends. “The fact the venue and all suppliers were local in Angel was very important to us and this is why we chose them. Jonathan’s business and our lives in Islington are important and it was all about a sense of community. We also wanted a relaxed inclusive wedding, but not casual. We involved as many people as we could with 18 ushers and bridesmaids altogether, four readers and roles for everyone individually. We have been together for 9 years and have many great friends together who we wanted to be very involved.”

The wedding took place in August at St Johns church Duncan Terrace, London and was followed by a super cool drinks and canapes reception at The Breakfast Club in Angel. “The bar is one of Jonathan’s favourites and is round the corner from the church on the pretty Camden Passage,” Sarah told me. “This was great because the local businesses who supplied the wedding could join in, including the dressmaker!   We served our favourite homemade scotch eggs, mojitos, champagne and also other retro treats.”

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Best of Blogs – Issue 14 ~ Jasmine Star

I couldn’t believe it when Jasmine Star first emailed me. I got a little bit fan-girly and squealed down the phone to my friend a little bit. So needless to say when it came to writing this month’s Best of Blogs article there was only one lady I wanted to write about. I am literally honoured to have her on these pages with me. The woman is such and inspiration and I heart her. A lot.

My virtual love affair with Jasmine Star began this summer when I watched a video recording of a seminar she’d held which was called ‘The importance of branding and its vitality in the wedding industry.’ After watching it, the way I viewed by own brand and business was literally changed forever. A dramatic admission maybe, but that’s how motivating her one-hour teaser video was: I ended up blogging about it, and I thoroughly recommend that you take a look. http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2010/06/a-sunday-kind-of-love-jasmine-star-being-free-to-succeed

For my part I immediately started to make big decisions about how and where to move forward with my own business. I was so blown away in fact, that I just had to email her right away and tell her.

I’d heard about this ‘Free to Succeed’ tour (available to purchase in full, on DVD from http://getit.davidjay.com) on a photographic forum and was encouraged by everyone’s positive comments to check it out for myself. Initially I was sceptical. I’ve never been one to sign up for training courses or be swayed by motivational speakers, however within the first 10 minutes I was hooked. Jasmine spoke with such passion and with such an infectious style, that even though the talk was directed towards photographers and their branding, I was finding myself relating everything she said to my own business.

So how does this bring us to talking about Jasmine Star the blogger? Well as many of you may already know, she not only markets herself as a photographer, but as a professional blogger too – her blog, her website, her personality and her photography are all critical to the Jasmine Star brand. All of these aspects work together to create brand “J*”, and in such a natural and organic way that you actually don’t see how it happened. This is something we can all learn from.

“I have been persuaded to believe that if a person wants to become a brand, the first place to start is with him/herself, “ she explains. “The cornerstone of a boutique brand relies on a strong sense of self-identity – who a person is both professionally and personally.  When the foundation of a brand is based on an identity, it becomes easier to build the brand and attract the type of clients a photographer prefers.”

Jasmine started blogging in early 2006 and shot her first solo wedding in October of the same year. As a self-confessed newbie, who had no idea what she was doing and who simply wanted to learn to take beautiful photographs, she admits to starting the blog to “document her failures.” This humble and honest approach is something she hasn’t lost over the years, and with all her ‘fame’ (although she’ll kill me for saying that!) within the worldwide photography community, she continues to remain humble and oh-so grateful to everyone who reads and comments on her blog, attends her workshops  and of course books her to shoot their weddings.

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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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