Light V’s Dark: A Pre-Raphaelite Inspired Same-Sex Wedding Shoot

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Inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings, the gothic surroundings of Carlowrie Castle and the juxtaposition between light and dark, florist Lisa Gaston and MUA Laura Gray wanted to put together a shoot that depicted two beautiful brides with very different styles, but very much in love.

“Our initial inspiration came from the beautifully haunting images of fashion photographer Paolo Roversi and the romantic yet strong portrayals of women in pre-Raphaelite paintings”, explained Lisa. “We were also inspired by the surroundings at Carlowrie Castle.”

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“We wanted to tell the story about two beautiful young brides who have run off to marry one another in their dream woodland setting. We picked two brides instead of a bride and groom as our models because we wanted one to be styled a bit more traditionally (our elegant, bouquet carrying brunette) alongside her edgier partner (our fiery, fierce red head). We felt there have been plenty of styled shoots depicting two ‘brides’ but not really any that focused on the real deal – two gorgeous girls, in love and actually marrying one another.”

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We’re Off to Paradise!

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Gareth and I have never taken a beach holiday together – not once in 14 years! We’re much more likely to go on a ski holiday with my family (the exact opposite of a beach holiday it would seem) or on a city break. Which is why I am so excited that we’re off to actual paradise next week with Hilton Seychelles!

Oh my god, this is a DREAM COME TRUE. We will be staying in three resorts throughout out trip, Doubletree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda, Hilton Seychelles Labriz and Hilton Seychelles Northolme (head explodes!) Of course I will be reporting back on each and every one afterwards. I’m pretty sure this is going to be the trip of a lifetime and somewhere I’m going to insist you consider for your honeymoon too.

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Tropical Tiki Bar Wedding

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Aaron and Emma’s Australian wedding had a retro tropical theme. “Think a Connery-era James Bond-esque tiki bar plonked in the middle of a leafy oasis during twilight”, explained the bride. “We officially coined it as ‘Sparkly Jungle Chic’.”

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“You’d be hard-pressed to find anything traditional about our wedding! The most controversial element was the bridal party, as two of my three ‘bridesmaids’ were blokes (they’re my three best friends, and frankly, a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do) and the fact that Aaron and I got to hang out before the wedding (we began the morning by doing the dishes together!), thus spitting in the general direction of superstition.”

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Introducing: The Autumn/ Winter Collection by Ruby Shoo

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If you love the idea of fabulous vintage-inspired footwear for your wedding but are struggling to find it in the usual places then I’m about to solve your dilemma! Ruby Shoo are a London-based company who offer contemporary footwear with a vintage influence. I just know you’re going to love them! Juxtaposed fabrics, colours and textures, meets this classic collection that’s wearable, fun and super, duper pretty.

As well as introducing you to their new Autumn/Winter collection I thought it would be fun to chat to designer Samantha Lines to get to know more about her and the inspiration behind the brand.

Tell us about the Ruby Shoo customer. Who are your shoes designed for?
I design Ruby Shoo for the woman who wants to stand out from the crowd. She is confident, fun and enjoys making a statement. I would also like to think she has an individual sense of style which doesn’t follow seasonal trends. Over the past few years I have really enjoyed watching our fan base grow, and the unique ways women are wearing Ruby Shoo – both as evening and day wear.

Why do you think your products are perfect for Rock n Roll brides and grooms?
We recently discovered Rock n Roll Bride and it was such a breath of fresh air, we immediately smiled. The imagery, the faces, the interviews, everything seemed like such a perfect match for Ruby Shoo. The editorial and readers perfectly reflect the individuality of making your special day exactly how you want.

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Join us at Most Curious Wedding Fair, 2017!

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We’ve done a lot of wedding shows this past year and its one of my favourite things. I love getting out of the office, meeting you guys, seeing what other wedding suppliers are offering, swooning over pretty dresses… I mean it’s exhausting, sure, but what’s not to love about all that?

Which is why I am thrilled to let you all know that Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory (we come as a package deal now it would seem!) will be taking part in the London A Most Curious Wedding Fair next Spring!

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1950s Retro, Tropical & Kitsch Wedding

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Eva and Jay’s cute ‘n colourful wedding was inspired by the 1950s, tropical motifs and a huge dollop of kitsch! “Jay and I both love vintage decor, vehicles and clothing”, said the bride. “We have a 1949 Chrysler, a 1970s boat and our house is all decorated like the 1950s!”

They got married at the State Fairground in Minnesota. “We have a lot of pride in our state fair so it was a fun spot. We did our first look in an alleyway by a bar and for ambience we got to hear two guys cussing each other out at the near by transit station! We encouraged everyone to dress up inn 1950s outfits and our cake topper was from Jay’s parents wedding.”

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The ceremony was super sweet and the couple sat on a swing that they’d added to their homemade arch. “My dad and I pulled up to the ceremony in an old car, 1955 Bel Air”, she continued. “It made for more of a dramatic entrance. Also I had my veil covering my face. My uncle was the pastor since that is his actual job in life. It was nice to have someone that knew us speak on our behalf. We also had an uncle, aunt and great uncle perform a song, My Romance by James Taylor. A family friend made a wedding arch with our names on it and he added a swinging bench to the structure so we got to sit and swing during the music. Our ceremony was more focused on laughter and love than the bible.”

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