Photography Friday – Girls Night Out

(I don’t know why either?!)

So last Saturday I headed to London to let my hair down and paint the town pink with some of my favourite wedding gals. Myself, Charley of London Bride, Lucy of Lucy Ledger Designs, Debbie of DC Bouquets and Kelly of Boho Weddings headed out into the deepest depths of east London. These photos made me laugh. A lot.

It all started off very civilised and demure…

Charley looked stunning and as uber stylish as ever!

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Thursdays Treats – 20th January 2011

Credit: via buzznet Audrey Kitching

Wow. Busy week as ever. Today is aaaall about the treats though. I’ve actually been looking at a load of non-wedding stuff online this week. Not intentionally or anything, this is just the collection of internet pretties that have caught my eye. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

I have to start off by announcing and congratulating the 3 readers who have each won a poster & card from the BerinMade giveaway I ran this week. The winners were picked using a random number generator and the lucky few are:

Tracey M, who said:

I would so love this poster because my dad owns an old fashioned sweetie shop and still uses scales to weigh out all the sweets from jars. If this was up in my kitchen it would remind me of him and make me smile – puns are my favourite!

Sam, who said:

I’d love to win this as my boyfriend (and hopefully, soon to be fiancée!) loves liquorice more than anything.

When we first started seeing each other he drunkenly text me on a night out with the boys to tell me his “favourite things ever” were “1 – liquorice, 2- you. But that could change”

So cute! This would be the cutest little valentines gift for him!

Charlotte, who said:

So pretty! Who doesn’t love tasty treats on their wall?! I’d love to win the Licorice one as I’m doing a sweetie table at my wedding in July and that would look perfect in a frame on the table! Just looked at Erin’s Etsy shop – the dog cards are so sweet

You should all have an email in your inbox right about now asking for your addresses. Speak to you all soon!

Anyway guys, Let’s do this!

What your favourite magazine says about you (via Gala) – Genius!
Peacock feathers & cute rockabilly styling
The One Life Photography ProjectInspiring images & HUGE congrats to my friend Kirsty Mitchell for being short-listed!
Kat Von D’s fashion LineYes please! I want it all in fact!
How to transform a closet into an office
Amazing Marfa Wedding
♥ We Heart SharingPhotographer Emma Case shares her experiences & answers some questions
♥ Real Gay Wedding Manzanita, Oregon: Libby and Laura
Beautiful downtown Kansas City wedding
♥ I love Sharisa’s unusual neutral coloured dress
Kick ass tattoo artist shoot
♥ Hannah + Anthony’s Handmade Green Wedding I do love a bride in glasses (check out the cute as hell cake topper too!)

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Our Wedding Featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine (Again!)

Back in the Summer I was asked by Wedding Ideas Magazine, who originally featured Gareth & my wedding waaay back in 2008, if we would like to take part in a Real Life Weddings Revisited feature. Being a huge poser, I of course jumped at the chance (and Gareth came along for the ride – again – too!) I also thought it would be a nice opportunity to share our wedding with all the new readers of the blog who probably won’t have seen it before.

As you can see, our wedding certainly wasn’t the most Rock n Roll out there. The wedding industry in the UK was a very different place in 2008, and my disillusion with most of the choices that were offered to us at that time was actually the catalyst for starting this blog and campaigning for alternative weddings everywhere!

What a difference 3 years can make huh?

I loved our wedding. It was perfect for the 2008 Kat & Gareth and was no doubt the best day of my life. My dress was gorgeous, my husband was perfect and our photographer’s were the sweetest ever. My Mum made our gorgeous cake and I spent hours over our DIY stationery. However I hated my flowers and I felt the cheesy covers band were an utter waste of time (and money!) – but nothing’s perfect hey? And you know what, on the day the little details didn’t matter. I was just so excited to be getting married and seeing this article brings it all back!

Our article is out in the Feburary issue of Wedding Ideas, available nationwide from January 26th!

Wow. How different do we both look?! Gareth has long hair now and I’m a permanent pinky!

What happens after you say I do? We catch up with past real-life wedding stars as they reveal their best big day advice

Rock n Roll Bride Kat first caught our eye when her wedding came into the office back in June 2008. We loved her fun sense of style and her original touches, but looking back, there’s still a lot she would have changed. “If we were to get married again it’d be totally different,” says Kat. “I’d have a lot more DIY details, loads of colour, wear a short funky dress and have my hair pink!”

Kat and Gareth became Mr and Mrs Williams on the 12th April at Greyfriars church in Reading and held their reception at the The Elvetham, Hartley Witney. Incredibly, Kat originally struggled to fall in love with her Sottero and Midgley gown – “It was the first dress I didn’t hate” – but now has a wonderful working relationship with it. “It must be the most worn wedding dress ever! In my job as a wedding blogger, I’ve done so many photo shoots since the big day.” When it came to the budget, this contemporary couple kept costs down by having some of their friends perform rock versions of hymns during the service – a detail we particularly loved!

So has marriage made a difference? Married life hasn’t really changed us, but it’s the little details that have changed,” explains Kat. “Calling him my husband is amazing and being referred to as his wife is just adorable.”

“Marriage has made us feel like we can plan more of our future together,” adds Gareth, “without having to worry about the present so much.”

So what does the future hold? “Well I’m continuing to be obsessed and surrounded by all things weddings with my blog (rocknrollbride.com),” adds Kat. “And Gareth wants babies but that scares the life out of me! I’m happy with our two cats, thank you very much!”

My favourite photo from the day. This is sooo me (and so Gareth – looking at me with a confused expression!)

Our wedding photographs were taken by English Rose Weddings
Our recent ‘pink hair’ photos were taken by the fabulous Emma Case

You can see more on our wedding right here and the full photo shoot of Gareth & I here!

Michael & Chloe’s Seriously Bad Ass Festival/Circus Wedding

Michael & Chloe got married in the Circadia Circus Tent at Woodford Folk Festival, Australia. I think that’s all I have to say to let you know that this wedding is seriously bad ass and awesome right?

The bride wore a handmade dress and Wellington boots (festivals are muddy!) and the entire wedding was organized by the ‘Circadia’ team. The couple didn’t have bridesmaids, groomsmen or flowers, but they had a cake organized by Michael’s sisters (and a sweetie table, again organized for them by their family!) Bogan Bingo – a 90’s hair band doing a “bogan” version of Bingo – entertained the guests before the wedding began.

“Like so many Love Stories, ours starts with a boy doing something stupid and painful while trying to impress a girl,” began Michael, the groom. “It was late 2007 and I had only met Chloe a few short weeks earlier, having rejoined my friends at ‘Bound’ – the Acrobalance Troupe I had helped start while at Uni. In those few short weeks on the Southbank lawns however; between shoulder-stands, flying, and cartwheel practice; I found myself inexplicably drawn to Chloe’s company and I hoped – prayed! – she felt the same. On the particular evening upon which our story starts we were practicing tumbling. In true misguided machismo, I set out to impress her by leaping off a concrete bollard to the grass below before dropping forward into a commando-roll. Unfortunately ambition exceeded ability – my leap was too long; my roll mistimed – and my collarbone and shoulder connected with the ground with a resounding ‘crack’!”

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Pheigi & Kiichiro’s Japanese/Scottish Fusion Wedding

Just wow. Like seriously, wow.

That’s pretty much all I said for 5 minutes when Pheigi & Kiichiro’s Japanese/Scottish fusion wedding hit my inbox this week. I almost don’t know where to begin telling their epic wedding story, luckily for me the bride explained it a lot better than I ever could. The couple actually had two weddings – the first in Japan in July 2009 and the second (pictured) in Scotland in September 2010.

“My new Hubby and I actually got married in Japan (where we live) in 2009.  We went to the city office and signed lots of forms to update my alien registration card, change his official address and get hitched.  Which one of those forms was actually my marriage certificate I still don’t know.  I wore my mothers 1970’s full length purple embroidered waistcoat over my purple cord flares and after we went to the crazy Japanese arcade on our street and had photos taken in the hello kitty photo booth.  Much fun yet somewhat lacking in romance.  We thus decided to come home to Scotland and have another celebration with my family, which we did in September.  Planning my wedding from Japan was hard to say the least, especially as I wanted something a little different from the norm, and the whole thing became more of a disappointment as I spent hours trawling through ugly dresses, bland invites and over the top bling, until a good friend with similar problems directed me to your site.  From then on I visited your site nearly every other day to remind myself that there were options other than white wedding package A, B or C and so in turn I am sending you my wedding in hope that it may help other brides in the UK realise the same and give them a wee break from the monotony of the wedding industry.  I hope you like.”

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Pheigi & Kiichiro’s Japanese/Scottish Fusion Wedding

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Just wow. Like seriously, wow. That's pretty much all I said for 5 minutes when Pheigi & Kiichiro's Japanese/Scottish fusion wedding hit my inbox this week. I almost don't know where to begin telling their epic wedding story, luckily for me the bride explained it a lot better than I ever could. The couple actually had two weddings - the first in Japan in July 2009 and the second (pictured) in Scotland in September 2010. "My new Hubby and I actually got married in Japan (where we live) in 2009. We went to the city office and signed lots of forms to update my alien registration card, change his official address and get hitched. Which one of those forms was actually my marriage certificate I still don't know. I wore my mothers 1970's full length purple embroidered waistcoat over my purple cord flares and after we went to the crazy Japanese arcade on our street and had photos taken in the hello kitty photo booth. Much fun yet somewhat lacking in romance. We thus decided to come home to Scotland and have another celebration with my family, which we did in September. Planning my wedding from Japan was hard to say the least, especially as I wanted something a little different from the norm, and the whole thing became more of a disappointment as I spent hours trawling through ugly dresses, bland invites and over the top bling, until a good friend with similar problems directed me to your site. From then on I visited your site nearly every other day to remind myself that there were options other than white wedding package A, B or C and so in turn I am sending you my wedding in hope that it may help other brides in the UK realise the same and give them a wee break from the monotony of the wedding industry. I hope you like."

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Sara’s Urban Bridal Shoot

Sara’s bridal shoot makes me heart sing! Motorbike, cute doggie, ink, vintage brooch bouquet…oh yes I certainly approve of this! Sara told me all about her inspiration for her shoot with Sweet Caroline Photo,

“My dress is from Pronovias and I got it from a bridal boutique in Salado, Tx called Coccinella’s.  My necklace was actually found at one of those crazy bridal extravaganzas from Stella Dot.  I saw it there, tried it on, and decided within 5 minutes that it was THE necklace! My shoes were none other than Irregular Choice!  Love them!  I really wanted something fun, quirky, and comfortable…and flat, as my fiancé is only about an inch taller than me! My bouquet was made by myself and my fiancé, Barrett.  I took a bunch of my old jewellery and hair pieces that I used to wear ALL the time and I haven’t been able to part ways with and wired them all together.  I also asked my stylists and receptionists at my salon to give me some of their old jewellery because I really wanted a piece of them with me during all of this.  They gave me a lot of pendants, rings, earrings, etc, and I love being able to look at it and see pieces of the people that have become my family.”

“As for location, as I said several times, I didn’t want to be in the middle of a field with a bunch of grass and trees because that just isn’t me!  I love cities and urban living and wanted my photos to reflect my love for those quirky little places you find around Austin. I loved the recycling plant idea with those huge piles of twisted metal!  My inspiration for my entire wedding look just came from my love for pin up girl looks along with the very intense desire to not look at my wedding photos in 20 years and say “Oh my gosh!  What was I thinking wearing that ______ (insert crazy, over trendy item here)!” I truly wanted a look that was me, just prettier!”

Don’t you just love it?