A Sunday Kind of Love – Blood Brothers Tattoo Studio, Mike Harris & Al Overdrive

Credit: Al Overdrive

OK, so I’m so bloomin’ impatient. My sleeve tattoo technically isn’t finished yet (I’ve got another 4 hours or so to go in 4 weeks time – I’m adding some more colour to the background and some more cupcakes and diamonds – yum) but I’ve waited 2 weeks already to share these pictures and I can’t do it anymore!

At my last session at the amazing Blood Brothers Tattoo Studios in Holloway Rd, London, photographer Al Overdrive offered to pop down and take a few photographs of me in pain/being brave/getting inked. Al won Tattoo Photographer of the Year this year and is pretty well known in the music and tattoo photography market, shooting for magazine like Skin Deep, Tattoo Master, Rock Sound and Terrorizer as well as shooting some pretty damn cool alternative weddings.

So while tattooist Mike Harris (I love him) went to work on me (so to speak!) Al snapped away. Aren’t these shots great?  I’d do have to say it wasn’t the most fun photo shoot I’ve ever done (ouchy) but the results are a great little memento to have. My facial expressions are priceless. I seem to go from pained smile to manic grin to an “I’ve had enough now thank you” look rather quickly!

Stay tuned for more in about 4 weeks when I have the final touches done…and I’ll have some even more exciting photographs to share with you then…and not just of me. Eeeek!

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Staggered Saturday – A Smarter Future

Credit: Twin Lens Life

What’s one of the main things missing in wedding blog land? Something that is pretty integral to the whole ‘getting married’ thing but is often omitted? Only the bloomin’ groom right?!? Well fear not my darlings, I have the answer!

I made a new friend a few weeks ago. Andrew Shanahan runs a UK wedding blog aimed at your men called Staggered. Genius. Why did no one think of this before? I wanted to invite Andrew to write a little sommat sommat for you and your boys. My aim is that you’ll read this, show your hubby’s-to-be and then they can be all in love with Rock n Roll Bride, wedding blogs and stuff too (yes I know I do have a lot of male readers…but let’s be honest there are a lot more chicks about!)

When Andrew asked me what ‘groom issue’ he should write about first my answer was immediate and an obvious choice for me. Groom fashion! I love a bit of groom style but for some reason, and usually more often in the UK than The States,  no matter how Rock n Roll or stylish the bride is the boys can and do let the side down in the style stakes. The traditional top hat and tails/badly fitting hired suit teamed with a garishly bright cravat and matching waistcoat brings me out in a rash and I wanted to know Andrew’s opinion on the matter.

All is ask is that you please let me know in the comments if you (and your husbands-to-be/husbands) like this feature because if so I’ll try and persuade Andrew to write us some more bits n bobs for us. Love ya!

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As the editor of Staggered (hi, nice to meet you) I spend a considerable portion of my life thinking about grooms, best men and fathers of the bride and finding ways to help them; all of which is probably deeply unhealthy and will one day see me wearing a duck as a hat and claiming that I live on the bread aisle of the local supermarket. Among all the rubbish that I see these blokes having to deal there’s one thing that brasses me off more comprehensively than any other, want to know what it is? It’s men’s wedding suits.  

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Pinkness & Tattoos

“I thought you might like Sophie & Jonny’s engagement shoot”  Marianne Taylor wrote, “as there is pinkness and tattoos involved.” Well looks like she was right! Oh yes I do like. The shoot took place in Green Park and Marylebone, London. The couple are getting married in September in a 1950’s, burlesque  and black & white bash and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love that too. I can’t wait to feature it already!

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Elegant & Modern with Rockabilly Charm

Erinn & Brandon’s Nashville wedding was an elegant and modern affair with a touch of rockabilly and country charm.

The couple chose Aerial as the location for their wedding. They had their ceremony and reception on the rooftop, overlooking the city – a perfectly modern backdrop. “We chose Aerial not just because it was rooftop, but because it was above all of the honky tonks that make Nashville what it is” the couple to me. “We wanted it to be elegant, with a glimmer of rockabilly and country in the background. The glow of the city lights and neon from below was perfect!”

So where does the rockabilly and country charm come in you ask? Well, Elvis is obviously a big deal in Tenessee so the statue made an apperance in quite a few of their photographs. Their recessional music was also “Glenn Miller “in the Mood”. Not your usual wedding music but it certainly set the tone of the night.

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The Great Outdoors

Sean & Nicola love the great outdoors so that’s exactly where they headed for their engagement shoot. A local country park provided the perfect setting for this sweet, fun and romantic photo shoot. Afterwards the couple got dressed up and headed back to the city for some hilarious photo booth style shots – these are my favourites!

Be sure to check back for Sean & Nicola’s gorgeous vintage-inspired/Scottish wedding next week!

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Thursday Treats – 24th June 2010

Credit: Our Labor of Love eeek I can’t wait to see this full wedding!

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week. I’ve been getting really over-excited this week about my new blog branding. I’ve been working on it with an amazing graphic designer (all will be revealed in due course) and holy moly, it is going to be goooorrrgeous! However I’ve also been stressing a little bit. I’ve got rather a lot of projects on the go at the moment (which, don’t get me wrong is awesome!) but I’m really looking forward to mid-July when I can have a little break.

I need to remember that I’m doing stuff that I love!! I can easily be a big old stresshead at times. I think I’m the most scared about my first public speaking venture at the Unveiled event on July 1st in London. I have been invited to go and speak about alternative wedding photography and eeeek I am cacking it…I’m looking forward to meeting a bunch of photographers that I know read this blog so please be nice to me. I’ll try not to stumble over my words too much! haha.

Anyway, here’s what else I’ve been lovin’ this past 7 days…

Sweet DIY Backyard Wedding
Warm & Rich Anniversary Session
Vintage Tea Party Engagement
1980’s Retro High School Love
AutumnArt Textile Necklaces
♥ Customisable (!) eShakti dresses
Baltimore Wedding With Cheeky Charm
Charming Beach Wedding – love that wicker-style cake!
Rustic Campsite Wedding Inspiration
♥ Vintage Vixen & a rainy day wedding
♥ FeatherLove makes London look oh-so-chic!

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