I don’t really get that excited by celebrity weddings, but when wedding photographer Woz of Howelljones Photography emailed me and told me he’d shot the secret wedding of Nicolas Cage’s son on an organic farm in Somerset, I was intrigued to say the least! The whole wedding was very low key, super intimate and shrouded in secrecy to avoid the press.
DanielleDawn and Weston had a pagan ceremony followed by a English pub reception. “I got a call from Nic’s agent saying that there will be a wedding on Monday morning in Huntstile Organic Farm, Bridgwater and I need to be there for 10am”, Woz told me. “I didn’t know who it was I photographing until I got there as they didn’t want the press to get hold of it.”
“We all had breakfast in the barn then boarded a tractor and it took us to a stone circle high on a hill near Bridgwater. The pagan ceremony lasted an hour, everybody had to drink from the cup and jump over the sacred sticks.”
Bethany and Liz met in grad school and were best friends for two years before they got together. Apparently none of their other friends were at all surprised when they started dating! They were married in November at Georgia State Railroad Museum and they wanted the day to be the “best party for adults ever!”
“Our goal was to throw the best damn dress up party for adults ever”, they explained. “To accomplish this, we focused a lot on our guests instead of ourselves. We kept the ceremony short and sweet so we could move on to food, drink, and lawn games at cocktail hour. We skipped a lot of the traditional events like cake cutting and super long speeches, so that guests didn’t get too bored. We also held off on the first dance and parents dance until after the eating happened, so our guests didn’t have to wait through hunger pangs.”
WHAT A WEEK! Not only did issue 3 hit the shelves this morning (have you got one yet?!) but yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to two awesome events. First up was a bridal make up masterclass with MAC.
Now, for a make up junkie like me, when someone from one of the biggest make up brands on the planet emails you out of the blue it’s a pretty exciting day! The rest of the audience was almost exclusively professional MUAs and as senior artist Cher showed us two pretty bridal inspired make up looks, I was mentally making notes of all the new products I’m desperate to buy – OOPS!
As soon as that was done, I hopped back on the tube and headed over to the Free People showroom in Marylebone for their AW15 press day.
A press day is basically where members of the press (duh!) can meet the team and preview all the new collections. This was the first time Free People have invited me, and I was initially quite surprised, but I love the brand so though “Hey, why not?”
But when I got there my excitement hit record highs because they told me that they are launching a BRIDAL LINE this summer! Oh my lord, the anticipation! I’ve featured many weddings with brides or bridesmaids in Free People outfits in the past, so the fact that they’re now going to have a collection specifically for weddings is such good news. I can’t wait to see the dresses and don’t you worry, I’ll be sharing them (and all the details of where you can see them for yourselves) on the blog just as soon as I can.
Phew, such fun times. How has your week been? Have you nabbed your copy of issue 3 yet?! It’s a goodie, I promise!
YAY! Issue 3 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine has finally hit the shelves. Goodness, doesn’t the wait between each one seem like a million years?! I really, really hope you love this magazine as much as I do. I’m really proud of how it’s all come together and this is totally the best one yet!
Can we just talk about that cover for one second too? Last month we had puppies and this time we have rainbows! Real life couple Maggie and Steven are looking freakin’ amazing and their full wedding, photographed by Matt Miller, is featured inside.
Here’s a little sneak of some of my favourite spreads…
Situated in the heart of Brighton’s historic Lanes, I’ve walked past the purple façade of Baroque Jewellery a number of times. I might have quickly peeked at the alluring window displays a couple of times, but I’ve never actually had a reason to go inside.
So when owners Pippa and Jason got in touch a few weeks ago, inviting me to visit and see how they work, I jumped at the chance.
Baroque are different to pretty much every jewellery shop I’ve ever been in. Not only do they carry some of the most unique pieces, crafted by independent local designers, they have four in-house master goldsmiths who hand make everything else from the workshop at the back of the store.
I briefly watched Andy melting and shaping a gold band for a customer order and could have chatted to him for hours, all about the process.
Pat and Veronica’s Californian wedding was held at a private residence in Lake Sherwood. The bride rented her amazing Vera Wang dress from onenightaffair.com and wore it with epic Christian Louboutin boots and a homemade veil. She wanted her bridesmaids to look just as good as she did, so they wore sexy leather numbers from Alice and Olivia – there were no ill-fitting, unflattering bridesmaid dresses here!
“When it came to the theme of our wedding, I kept thinking about Maleficent”, Veronica said. “Although her wardrobe was dark, her surroundings were beautiful and earthy. Besides my dress being black, my bridesmaids wearing leather and Pat’s green hair, our wedding was quite pretty and rustic!”