Take My Breath Away

Rhys & Alana’s engagement shoot reminds me of Top Gun… you gotta love those aviators. Alana’s H&M dress is super cute (I know this because I have the exact same one!) too.

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Unveiled


This weeks Sunday Love nomination has to go to all the lovely people who organised and attended the Unveiled photography event on Thursday. I was asked to speak at the event, hosted by The British Journal of Photography (for those of you that don’t know, the BJP is the oldest and one of the most internationally renowned photography magazines in the UK – eeek) and sponsored by Hasselblad. No pressure then!

I co-hosted a talk on blogging, social networking and alternative wedding photography with the amazing Chloé Browne of Caught the Light Photography. I would have died without her! She was so so awesome. Although I was super nervous beforehand I managed to not fall over and to not make too much of a fool of myself. I wore pretty new shoes and talked about having pink hair & tattoos and about how to be yourself…and I even made people laugh!

So thank you to The British Journal of Photography for inviting us to speak and to all the photographers who attended for listening to our babbles, for asking lots of questions and to the so many of you that came up to me afterwards to tell me you felt inspired and/or you enjoyed our talk. THAAAANK you.

On a final note, I know there were loads of people I didn’t get the chance to talk to. As these things often go, I bet you still had some questions that you never got to ask in the Q&A or afterwards and of course, ever since the event I’ve been thinking of things I wish I’d said, especially on the social networking side. So firstly if you do still have some questions about Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, blogging or finding your own photography style, please feel free to email me! And secondly, if you’re still baffled by social networking, you’ve got to watch this video. It’s pretty inspiring…

I look forward to the next one!

A Diy-Heavy, Cotton Candy-Eating, Vivienne Westwood-Wearing, Jeans-Definitely Allowed, Handmade, Carnival Themed Wedding

You might remember these two from their ‘Coney Island Cool’ engagement session. Well as suspected, their wedding was just as amazing!

Jess & Bryan’s is my favourite kind of wedding. I love the fashion, I love the style, I love the amazing diy touches and the whole chilled out and creative vibe of the day. “We really wanted usto be present in everything that was a part of our day” the couple told me. “We tried to make, and do, as much as we could for our wedding. This meant enlisting the help of our talented and wonderful friends and family to make paper cupcake toppers, straw flags, escort cards, wooden signs and much, much more!  We all got together the day before the wedding to set up the entire tent and yard and then relaxed with a night of BBQing and laughing. 

For the few outside vendors we did hire, we made sure that we worked with amazingly talented people who obviously care deeply about their craft, like our photographer Lindsey and caterer Kim. Some of the more unique characteristics of our wedding include an outside secular ceremony performed by a former judge and environmental activist, handmade everything, jeans allowed, vegetarian pigs in a blanket, a cotton candy machine, tattoos, mini birthday cakes for special guests and a hand made vintage inspired wedding dress. The best compliments we’ve received about our wedding have been, ‘Best wedding yet!’ and ‘It was so you!’ ”

I flipping LOVE it!

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Minimal Modern with Vintage Touches

I really love featuring weddings that I feel like I was in anyway a little part of shaping. Not only did the bride Carolynne read Rock n Roll Bride throughout her planning (yey!) but she even won one of my contests for a cute Lissita Treasure Ring by TokyoMade which she gave to her Maid of Honour to wear on the day!

This fabulous diy wedding was held at Prairie Production in downtown Chicago. Carolynne looks fabulous in her $75 dress which she found on Ebay (wow!) and her Joan & David shoes. She teamed these with a hat/veil combo which she found by Cyndef Designs on Etsy and vintage gloves and jewellery. Her groom, Andy looked pretty damn dapper in his Michael Kors suit too!

“We wanted to have a chic, urban wedding that we would want to go to if we were the guests” the bride explained.  “Since I had only been to one other wedding in my life before this, I had little to go on, but as long as it had awesome music & food, and no boring speeches or dumb traditions (like throwing a garter) then really anything was possible!” The couple really wanted to have a mix of modern and vintage styling and found the minimal loft space of Prairie Production to be perfect for this. They were able to add classy touches with the simple flower designs and vintage touches with their outfits and that cool car!

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