Thursday Treats – 4th November 2010 (+ Rock n Roll Bride Stars in a French Music Video!)

Photography Credit: Via We Heart It

So November hits and the whole nation gets the flu virus, that’s the rule right? Yeah well me too. Boooo! In between coughing, sneezing and Gareth telling me to get the hell off the computer and ‘rest’, I have still managed to secure some pretty delightful treats for you all this week. Yey me!

I hope you’re not poorly sick too…but if you are, may this selection of tasty morsels nurse you back to full recovery…

First up, a few little brags for me… 
♥ HUGE congrats to my friend Lisa Devlin for winning Wedding Photographer of the Year! The British Journal of Photography even mentioned me in their article announcing her as the winner. Champers all round!
♥ Remember when I posted my Rock n Revolution photo shoot, I told you that during the shoot I was asked to be in a french music video? Well reader Caroline only went and found it online! How hilarious is this!? Funniest thing? I recognise some of the other participants from our strolls around the city!

Tim Burton inspired wedding
Sarah Seven’s romantic, handmade frocks for Spring 2011
♥ Quick and dirty diy projects: a no-sew flower garland
How to use Social Media in the “Engagement Season”
♥ Where Luxury and Social Media Intersect  “Be a real person. Treat others like they’re real people. This works just as well online as it does in the offline world”
Paul and Krystal’s big day…
5 New Ways to Accessorize Your Bridal Look
Sweet Proposal
re_vinyl clocks
Cake flags & bunting – so cute!
The coolest ever wedding show booth?
Michael & Chantale’s Charming Ceremony
The Widow Of The Manor

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Rachel & Dale’s Fabulously Theatrical Goth Wedding

Rachel & Dale may have got married in Vegas first, but having a goth perfect UK wedding was also very important to them. The couple, who’s outrageous punk rock engagement session I featured back in July, told me all about their awesome wedding, both here and in Viva Las Vegas! Rock music, choreographed lights, smoke machines  and dry icewere what was required for this fabulously theatrical wedding!

“We knew we didn’t want a conventional wedding, not being exactly a conventional couple so we eloped to Las Vegas in August and had Elvis do the deed for us,” Rachel told me. “We only told a few people we were going. We had a fantastic few days in Vegas then hired a convertible Mustang and drove through Death Valley and across Yosemite National Park – including having to sleep in the car one night, not easy for a 6 foot tall groom! Although my wedding dress made a surprisingly comfy pillow.”

“We drove through to San Francisco and stayed for a week. While we were there we popped into the PictureMachine (a very fine tattoo establishment) and Dale got an appointment set up for some new ink. The card in his top hat was the business card from his tattoo man (on the back it says $40 deposit paid – Dale and Wife!!) He got an awesome tat, complete with Highway 101 sign and a desert scene, surrounded by an old wild west border and a couple of wedding rings to finish it off. Love it!”

“The UK wedding was totally unofficial, not even a civil ceremony. It was for our friends and family to see us “married” in our ideal perfect way. So, we took a stroll around Kirkstall Abbey last year and joked about how cool it would be to get married there…and then it started! We got prices from the Abbey (ludicrously cheap to hire) and the whole thing grew arms and legs all by itself! The lights, fog, music, shrubbery…we had an insanely theatrical wedding with a rock music soundtrack to boot.”

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James & Kassie’s “Earthy-Vintage” Wedding

James & Kassie got married at Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek, Texas in an “earthy-vintage” themed wedding. The couple chose their venue because they felt it completely reflected the vibe they wanted for their day. “The outside ceremony site, decks for guests to hang out, trees everywhere…..it was just perfect,” began the bride. ” The venue allowed for simple accents and decorations, which was just what I wanted.   The colors were bright and happy, however allowed for that earthy theme to mix right in.  Down our aisle I had 1 ½ – 2ft tree trunks set along each side, with simple vintage bottles and daisy’s just to add the earthy-vintage flare. Our archway was designed with lilies and shells, with vines and curly willow, which added that perfect backdrop for our quick ceremony.” 

Without a massive budget, Kassie had to work extra hard to perfect her bridal look. “I was on the hunt for a vintage tea length wedding dress and most of the gorgeous dresses were out of my price range as they were couture. But Melange Bridal went far and beyond to help me find a dress that was close to what I wanted and helped me visualize what the dress could become with some minor alterations.  Kassie wore a tea-length dress from Melange Bridal, shoes from Aldo (which she found for 90% off!) and jewellery from the fantastic and affordable boutique store called Charming Charlie’s.

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Emma & Matt’s Detail-Perfect BBQ Wedding

It’s the little details that excite me, details like all that attention and love put into Emma & Matt’s Rock n Roll Wedding. The couple, who found their photographer Caro Hutchings through a feature on Rock n Roll Bride, got married St Mary’s Church in Yorkshire. After the ceremony, the whole party boarded a vintage double decker bus which took them to the reception, held at The Blue Lion, East Witton.

“We got married a year to the day of our engagement,” the bride told me. “We’re both known for being nerdy, creative and a tiny bit clothes obsessed so we were never going to have a typical wedding. When it came to thinking of a “theme” we came to the conclusion that it wasn’t going to have to be whatever we and everyone else wants!  We also wanted a day that showed everybody just how much we love each other.  We haven’t been together as long as a lot of couples, but from the day we “accidentally” got together on a work night out, we’ve both known its for good. Our guests have seen us grow up, enjoy life,  but ever single person there agreed that neither of us have been so happy as we are together.”
  
“Rock n Roll Bride was a HUUUUUGE inspiration for the day – it made us realise that we could have everything we wanted without upsetting our parents, who were secretly longing for a traditional wedding day. Nobody had to compromise on anything, the day was so laid back, so cool, so us.”

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Jessica & Forbes’ Retro Rockabilly Brighton Wedding

Brighton was the location for Jessica & Forbes’ rockabilly wedding this summer. They chose May 1st as their date as it was Jessica’s late Grandmother’s birthday and having it on this day was their way of inviting her to the wedding. All the guests were invited to dress up in their finest retro get-up,” Absolutely everyone joined in,” the bride told me, “We were so convincing a hotel guest asked if we were a convention!”

“We also wanted the ultimate Brighton wedding,” she continued, “and we lucked out getting booked in to the Royal Albion Hotel right in front of the pier for our ceremony and reception. The pier was our backdrop for the entire day and night. It was awesome when it lit up at night!!”

Jessica wore a 1950’s replica dress from Unique Vintage, Vivienne Westwoodshoes and a vintage pearl necklace that had belonged to her Grandmother. The bridesmaid wore bespoke dresses made by Jessica’s Mum and Forbes wore a genuine 1950’s suit that had belonged to his Grandfather.

DIY played a big role in this wedding, from the cake (made by Jessica’s Mum) to the decor. The bride’s sister made the fabulous bird cake topper and her husband made the awesome ‘picture frame wall’ photo booth, complete with extra picture frames filled with photoshopped retro photographs of the couple! Jessica also designed and made all the invites and stationary. As a final, super personal, touch, every table had a pin up picture by Gil Elvgren and a family wedding photo from the 50’s from guests families.

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Lola’s Bad ASS, Punk Rock Bridals

Lola’s bridal shoot revolved around the amazing skirt she wore. It was originally an 80’s wedding dress that was found on sale at GoodWill for just $10! “Kayrene Kelley, artist and Leather Worker for Leather Girl Kelley, chopped off the top of the dress, dyed it gray, added some pickups and sent it to Arizona for us to work with,” stylist Alexandra told me. “It was truly perfect because a full wedding dress would have been just too pretty for the gritty, Rock n Roll vision I was going for. Kayrene Kelley also sent us some wonderful leather goodies such as cuffs, a corset and a belt. From there, I styled Lola with all of her own clothes and accessories. A lace black bra, white tank top, gray tank top, gloves, earrings, layered necklaces, another corset and Lola’s very own motorcycle vest were swapped in and out to take this bride through all of her different moods – some more feminine and some more casual. We kept the shoes simple and classic by using mostly black shoes owned by Lola.”

“This shoot was born out of a desire to create something different,” she continued. “Everywhere around me in the photography world I saw utterly picturesque bridal shots, full of softness and pastels and vintage loveliness.   And they were beautifully perfect, but they were not me.  For better or worse, I don’t find my inspiration in ‘pretty’.  I’m more comfortable downtown, and what excites me artistically is the opportunity to juxtapose beauty and energy against the harder edges and urban decay of the cityscape.  That’s when my vision gets hopping and things come to life for me.  And so, with a few emails to some like-minded folks – the bad-ass bridal shoot was born.  This year has been all about collaboration for me, and this team had an incredible energy, grabbing onto my original vision and taking it to amazing places.  This was seriously the most fun I’ve ever had as a photographer.”

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