Contemporary Love

Some more of the super modern for you. Canadian photographer Amber Hughes has really captured the drama of the contemporary architecture, whilst staying true to the portrayal of the couple in love…

Credit: Amber Hughes Photography

Uncomplicated Drama

Right, I have been incredibly rock n roll today and fell asleep when I got back from work at my defence I do have to get up at 4am for my ‘day job’ so it’s not like I am totally pathetic! Anyway the result of which was I now have loooads of amazing stuff to catch up on so I better get going!

Sarah Yates is another one of my Twitter discoveries, and when I saw her website I was shocked that I hadn’t found her earlier.. .appalled (at myself!) almost. Her photography is soooo good. Check out Keenan & Sarah’s weddingfor example – modern, chic, editorial, fashionable – these are just some of the words that pop into my head and the photographs could literally be straight off the pages of a high fashion magazine.  Even though these are quite uncomplicated in colour (and we all know I am all about the super brights) these just totally work for me and are really dramatic in their simplicity.

Credit: Sarah Yates Photography


I love to see contrast in images. Take this bridal session by Carl Zoch for example – traditional wedding dress on a  tattooed bride, dark hair with pink highlights, glamorous photographs taken in a derelict location…this is the stuff I love, and the is the stuff that really makes you stand out!

Thanks to Bertie for sending these my way, and Carl for letting me share his gorgeous work!

Credit: Carl Zoch Photography

We Love Colour!

Some may say I blog too much, but the thing is, when I get send sooo much fabulousness it’s a crime not to share. Without all these posts I would go to blogger’s prison.
Just one more for tonight then, and I’m ending the day with one of my favourites. – Tinywater. I love them. Caroline even tweeted me the proofs of this session before blogging them as she knew I’d go crazy for them..and hurrah she was right!

I also recieved a lovely email from the Bride, Sandra who was more than happy to share some of the details of their glorious day..

Dress:  Sonia Cholette, purchased at Trudy’s Brides
Shoes:  Carlos Santana, Believe
Earrings:  White Aisle
Hair:  Giao Nguyen
Makeup: Vy of Exquisite Faces
Coordinator: Kristen Jensen of Sugar Rush Events
Ceremony:  Mission San Jose
Reception:  Ruby Hill Golf Club

What made our wedding so special to us, was that we were able to share it with the people we love most.  They accompanied us to almost every meeting, from tastings to linens, and really participated.  Since we have been together since Junior year of high school (11 years!), everyone was just so happy for us, and it showed.

For the decor–if you can’t tell already, we LOVE color.  So turquoise, lime green, and papaya made up our color scheme.  My sister is a graphic designer, and she helped us with all things paper.  This included our signature drink signs, our cookie buffet welcome, our favor labels and escort cards, and our programs and invitations!  She is truly a genius.

We wanted to keep the ceremony traditional, and since it was in a historic mission, and I have Spanish roots, I went with a scalloped lace gown, and a mantilla veil.  I feel it really complemented the decor and felt very authentic.

I think the most “us” thing about our wedding, besides the colors and the ceremony, was the cookie buffet. Chad and I are not huge fans of cake, but we LOVE cookies and milk.  So after much logistical planning, we created a cookie buffet for dessert instead of cake, and did a cookie cutting and milk toast instead of cake cutting and champagne toast.  A little different– but totally us!

For their wedding photographs, clicky here, here & here! – but I’m all about these amazingly bright, colourful, fabulous ‘newlywed session’ shots.
Seriously Caroline & Dan…I need to you come to London so you can take photographs of meeee!

Until tomorrow my darlings xx

Credit:  Tinywater

Definitely Cool

These engagements by Jeff Newsom are definitely cool, don’t we think?

ps I will be uploading the 18 minute mp3 of The Flashdance’s exclusive Rock n Roll Bride mix just as soon as my computer geek of a husband sorts it for me so don’t despair!

Credit: Jeff Newsom

Under The Spotlight – The Flashdance

I am very excited to bring you another fantastic vendor for your wedding planning loving…If you haven’t heard of Michael Antonia and The Flashdance, well my dear where have you been? Not only has Michael been making waves all over the place, but he only went a DJ’ed bloody Speidi’s wedding!


Credit: Jesse Chamberlin/Our Labour of Love

Michael has also mixed an exclusive and very fabulous set (and recorded to video woo!) especially for Rock n Roll exciting is that? I am hooked. This is totally my music style, I will definitely be saving the longer (and if possible even better) mp3 version to listen to in my car! If you too would like to groove like an idiot whilst driving down the highway then drop me an email to and I’ll be happy to email it to you too!

rock & roll bride exclusive mix from Michael Antonia on Vimeo.

 A ‘lil disclaimer from the ever polite Michael:
This mix might be a bit abrasive for the office environment! This video contains music that I wouldn’t play at a typical wedding, but you aren’t a typical reader now are you?! I also play stuff that is waaaaay easier to dance to and not quite as angry, but hey, this is rock & roll bride, I thought i’d get loose! -MA 

But it doesn’t stop there, oh no! I also got to interview Michael… don’t say I never give you anything!

Who are you and what do you do?

Michael Antonia / The Flashdance DJ 

I run & I dj events, weddings, and parties of every kind, all the time, everywhere. I am based in Los Angeles. I also have a really rad family and I collect old cars and cactus. 


What/who are your influences? What music do you love?

My biggest influences? Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, John Lennon, Elvis, Dr. Dre, Jack White, Salvador Dali and anyone who has ever made me laugh.

What do you love about weddings?

I love to see people who love each other get really dressed up, get really drunk, and dance their faces off! Ask anyone who knows me and they will say that is my favorite thing to do. I enjoy seeing people blissed out in love, but the crazy, drunken, dance moves in a great suit or a beautiful dress trumps all!


What do you hate about weddings?!

They are usually very unorganized…  

What do you think makes a good/bad wedding DJ?

GOOD = timing, and the ability to read what music is communicating well and to predict what will work 20 minutes later. Being a good (wedding) dj is the same skill set as being a good improv musician, you need to be able to change tempo, style, and key at a moments notice, miss a cue and you are in real trouble! 


BAD = (let’s skip the obvious hokey pokey / powder blue tux bit) a big mistake is trying to please everyone… can’t be done… a wedding needs mini targeted sets of music from different genres and time periods. It is easier if you can mix and layer new and old music together, but it can be done (though it’s a lot harder) by fading songs in and out at the right time. Song selection is only half the battle, observation and execution is the hard part!  


What has been your most monumental moment in your career to date?

I have had the opportunity to play with a ton of my dj heroes.. Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, dj z-tip & dj p, Fatboy Slim, dj Shadow, Cut Chemist, etc I once played for over 10,000 people, that was pretty blown! But mostly mini moments on ordinary dancefloors when everything is working perfectly… there is nothing in the world like looking out and seeing people loosing it, cheering, sweaty as hell. The most monumental moment is when I can do no wrong.


How (if at all) have blogs played a role in you promoting yourself as a DJ?

Blogs have played a tremendous role in promoting The Flashdance! I’m so blessed that you guys like what I’m doing enough to write about it. 


As for club / festival / fashion show stuff, I have been doing it for so long that work organically comes my way, but a wedding is a one off event that you can’t invite a booking agent, or club owner (or even a potential client) to. I rely heavily on blogs to get the word out (I have a few other tricks too!)  


Any advice to someone who might want to get into DJing themselves?

Practice way more than you would ever imagine possible. Get a gig (when you’re ready!) in a small place where you can get used to performing in front of people. Don’t ever try to play music that you don’t like because you think you have to, or because someone else plays it. Make sure you are having fun because it is a ton of work and not nearly as glamorous or cool as most people think it is.


*** sidenote *** if you can’t dance you have no right djing. You will never understand what makes people dance if you can’t do it yourself, so either figure it out or try something else.


I see you use vinyl and not newer technologies like CD players, software, or IPods. Why is that?

If you want to be taken serious as a dj you need to play vinyl. There are computer programs out there that can mix mp3s together for you and, to me anyway, it sounds like a machine is doing it. Ask a concert pianist why he/she prefers a grand piano to a Casio keyboard you’ll get roughly the same answer. When you make an art too easy to create it becomes homogenized and boring. Yes, it is a lot harder to mix records than it is to use some of the newer technologies but if it is done right there is nothing that comes close, and aesthetically there is no contest! Plus, as a bonus…people love it, especially older people which is a great way to connect with parents and grandparents at a wedding before you have even done anything. Most older people think that djs are a cheap substitute for a band, but they see the vinyl come out and become intrigued.

If you are a vendor and are interested in being a part of our new ‘Under the Spotlight’ feature, please feel free to drop me an email to I look forward to hearing from you!