2010 Readers Survey Results

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I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, thank you SO MUCH to everyone that took the time to fill in the 2010 Rock n Roll Bride readers survey. As always, I was blown away by your responses and even though some of the things brought up were ideas I’d already thought of and changes I already wanted to make, a lot of new thoughts and criticisms where also expressed. Hard to read sometimes, but necessary! I certainly have a lot of work to be getting on with (well, my poor web-designing husband does!) but rest assured that I will be making some really positive changes to the site as soon as physically possible.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share the overall results with you all as well as share our overall winner of that amazing bootie of prizes with you. The gorgeous ‘Pie’ won over £900 worth of wonderfulness and I have to say, I was totally sad to post it all away! Check her out:

And her 10 year old daughter particularly enjoyed the Manic Panic hair dye – so much so that she now wants pink her for her Mum’s wedding! Starting them off young, I like that!

Anyway…on with the results. Huge thanks to Alexis of OMG I’m Getting Married who created these wonderful graphics for me.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest group of readers are brides to be, however I really wanted to know the ratio between you brides and other wedding professionals/bloggers who read the site. I was pleasantly surprised at exactly how many of you were brides planning weddings, a whopping 63% of you.

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A Vintage Shoot with Lucy Ledger Designs

If you’re a regular reader of Rock n Roll Bride I’m sure you’ll already be aware of the amazing Emma Case (she shot the image that I’m currently using as my blog header/my ‘Punk Rock n Roll Bride’ shoot) and Lucy Ledger Designs. Lucy makes gorgeously creative vintage-inspired stationary (I’ve also been lucky enough to feature her before as well as meet her in actual real life!) After Lucy saw Emma’s work on Rock n Roll Bride she got in touch asking if they could get together to do a promotional shoot for her vintage stationary company. Hello!? Match made in vintage Rock n Roll heaven or what!?

“A few months ago I was reading your blog and I stumbled across Emma Case and I fell immediately in love with her style of photography” Lucy told me. “It was about that time when I was looking for a unique way to showcase my wedding collection at exhibitions because I felt that Stationery stands were a little samey and unimaginative. I really wanted my brandto stand out and wow people and that’s when I got the idea of asking Emma to do some publicity shots for me. As we exchanged emails we thought it would be fun to incorporate a ‘rock the dress’ style shoot in with it – any excuse to wear my wedding dress (Maggie Sottero ‘Ireland’) again! I got married in the Winter so I thought it would be fab to try the dress in a totally different season and accessorize it differently to create a fresh new ‘look’ that reflected my brand – Rustic and a little bit Boho! So I thought it would be fun to pair it with my fave pair of cowboy style boots! Now I needed accessories. I have met so many amazing suppliers over the last 6 months I thought it might be nice to bring some together for the product shots and to help with my accessories. I approached various different vendors that I admired and was overwhelmed with the response – the generosity of everyone donating products to the shoot was amazing.”

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How to…Look & Feel Natural in Front of the Camera

I hope you’ve been enjoying our much more frequent visits to the ‘How to…’ series. After reading your survey responses (full report to come soon) it was one of the things that was most requested. This week I asked Carina Romano of the fabulous Love Me Do Photography (based in Philadelphia) to address the subject that a lot of brides feel nervous about – how they’re going to look in their wedding pictures.

Don’t forget, I love hearing from you all so if you have any burning questions about anything wedding, business or blogging related be sure to shoot me an email and either myself or one of my carefully selected army of amazing guest posters will try and help out.

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Make Up

If you’re afraid of your makeup looking fake, book a make up artist who specializes in natural looking make up.  A good make up artist should know how the camera is going to translate the look of your skin.  If you have oily skin, you’re going to want to put something on that so that the flash of the camera doesn’t reflect off your forehead. 

Relax

Make sure you’re in the right state of mind before having your picture taken.  Any negative emotion will be apparent through your face in your pictures.  Make sure you’re allowing yourself to be relaxed.  Go to a spa the day before, make sure you get a good night’s rest, give jobs to your bridesmaids and groomsmen so that you’re not having to do everything yourself (that’s what they’re there for!), have a drink!  A wedding day is stressful, you don’t want to have to look back on your pictures and see that you have a furrowed brow in all your shots. 

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Photography Friday – Henry & Rachel

 

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Encouraged by a lot of your comments this week saying you wanted to see more of my photographs (I’ve just bought myself an SLR – Canon 500d to be exact – to play with) I’ve come up with a new feature. Actually, I’d like to credit this new feature to Henry & Rachel (my Maine Coons.) While I was taking some photographs of them, I wondered how I could share them with you all on the blog – which is clearly a wedding blog – without you all questioning my sanity.  

However I got-to-thinking and as you all know, I pride myself on being different to all the other wedding blogs out there so this Photography Friday feature will hopefully give you more of an insight into my world – imperfectness and all – as well as allowing me to share some of my (quite frankly still rather rubbish) photographs with you.  

Of course not all of you are interested in me, my house, my kittens, my outfits (as these will probably be the things I’ll take the most photographs of!) but fear not – the blog is still predominantly wedding inspiration related and they’ll still be more than enough weddings and proper photography for you to drool over! This of this new feature as just a little bonus for those of you that are interested. If you’re not I won’t be offended! I also think this might be quite an enlightening exercise for me to a) make sure I keep taking photos and b) make sure I improve! How funny will it be to look back at these shots in a year and realise how rubbish I was?!  

Anyway…the stars of the show this week are of course those kittens of mine – Henry & Rachel my “f***-me I love them more than life itself” Maine Coons! (Henry is just over 10 months, Rachel is 9 1/2 – ish)  

Henry didn’t know today was school portrait day. If he did he wouldn’t have stuck his head in a plate of sweet n sour chicken the night before – true story!  

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A Quirky, Vintage & Super Personal Wedding

You might remember Amy & Darren from their fabulous All the Fun of the Fair engagement session. I knew back then that their wedding would be a super stylish and quirky affair and they sure haven’t disappointed. I am SO EXCITED to share these with you. 

The wedding took place at a private estate which belongs to Amy’s Godfather called Ipley Manor in Marchwood, Hampshire. The couple actually got engaged at the same venue 18 months earlier when Amy popped the question to Darren at her birthday party in front of all their friends & family. She snuck the proposal into a game they were playing. The answer was multiple choice and only he could answer it!

On the day Amy wore a beautiful one off Temperley dress while Darren wore a suit from Jaeger with vintage bow tie and hankie. Amy arrived in a vintage Mustang driven by her father and they were married in Amy’s godfather’s new pool room where an oak floor was laid over the pool itself. Amy’s aunt made the cake and their tables were named after their favourite haunts in London and they had written a potted history of why for each table to make everything really personal.

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