The week has been all about the two M’s… magazines and models! We took delivery of 1000 copies of the magazine and Gareth has been packing and preparing them for shipping out to those that pre-ordered early next week! While our living room might resemble a warehouse right now (boxes, magazines and pink envelopes as far as the eye can see!) I am still soooo excited about it. The mag officially goes on sale NEXT THURSDAY (3rd) so if you’d prefer to pop down to your local WHSmiths to pick up your copy you can do so then.
And models! My goodness, when we put the call out asking for real babes to apply to be the faces of my new veil (eek!) collection with Crown and Glory we certainly didn’t anticipate just how many applications we’d receive. We’ve already had more than 50 of you contact us and it’s proving very difficult to choose already! Remember, you have two whole weeks to get those emails in, so if you haven’t applied yet you have plenty of time. Don’t let the number of entrants put you off either, you might be just what we’re looking for!
OK! Enough of all that excitement, let’s crack on with some Thursday Treats. I haven’t spend much time online this week as I’ve been here, there and everywhere, but I hope you still enjoy these links.
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Colourful, industrial shoot
♥ Tropical rehearsal dinner
♥ Check out this epic bougainvillea bouquet!
♥ Loving this bride in lavender lace
♥ Epic gothic inspired wedding cakes
♥ How utterly beautiful is this stunning bride!? Obsessed.
Renata Stone & Jess Downer
There was a bit of a problem when I received Neysa and Kevin’s wedding submission. I was convinced they couldn’t be real people. I mean, have you ever seen a couple so attractive in your entire life? Add that to the fact that they probably had one of the coolest weddings I’ve ever seen and I was 100% convinced that this must be some kind of staged shoot.
I was wrong though, these guys are the real deal. Prepare to get wedding envy like you’ve never had before… And if you’re off to Burning Man this weekend prepare to get EXTRA EXCITED FOR IT!
“We had only been dating for a short period when we decided to go to Burning Man together”, said the bride. “It was his first time and I knew that the trip would probably either make us or break us, which made me nervous! Surprisingly, the trip went really well… actually better than well. We fell madly in love with each other and when we returned home he moved in with me right away. Even before the trip, our connection was strong. I knew that our feelings were not artificially conjured by the ‘magic’ of Burning Man. They were simply reinforced, validating what we both already knew in our hearts. Our bond was undeniable and unlike anything I had ever felt before. Experiencing the way we were together on our trip made me want to spend the rest of my life with him.”
Over the past few weeks Sophie and I have been beavering away behind the scenes coming up with new ideas and designs for our next collaboration (you can see our past ones here and here!) We quickly realised that while we’ve now pretty much got the colourful bridal headpiece market covered, there is still something very much missing in weddingland: Quirky yet affordable veils.
Sophie has been sketching and scheming away (with me helpfully saying things like “More rainbow gems!” “Can we do ombre!?” and “The sparklier the better!”) and the designs we’ve come up with are fun, colourful but totally wedding day appropriate. Tacky and cheap hen do headwear this is not!
Our next task is to organise the promotional shoot for the new products. “Hey, crazy idea”, I said to Soph over cocktails one night, “how about if we hosted a contest to find real brides to be our models?”
Yes, that’s right, we are looking for two gorgeous babes to be the face of this new collection! But this isn’t just going to be a day of work, we’ve put together what we hope will be an awesomely fun experience for our winners.
Our real bride models will get:
♥ To be a model for the new Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory veil collection.
♥ To be photographed by the incredible Camera Hannah. You will also receive digital copies of your images afterwards.
♥ To have their hair and make up done by the amazing Elbie Van Eeden.
♥ To wear pretty designer wedding dresses and Irregular Choice shoes all day!
♥ To have dinner with the whole team afterwards courtesy of our stunning shoot location, Mamhead Estate.
♥ One night’s accommodation (inc breakfast) at Mamhead Estate. We’re all going to stay over, it’s going to be like the best sleepover ever!
♥ A bundle of Crown and Glory goodies for you to take away.
Now what could be more fun than THAT!?
Now just to be clear, we are not looking for professional models here. If you have modelling experience by all means put that on your application but what we really want is two gorgeous real beauties (curves and all!) to represent us.
The shoot will be taking place on November 9th at the stunning Mamhead Estate in Exeter. We can cover up to £100 travel costs for each winner and everything throughout the shoot (food, post-shoot cocktails, giggles!) will also be included.
Julie and Arthur wanted something colourful and relaxed, with a Latino and ethnic touches to reflect the bride’s Colombian heritage. The wedding took place in France in June.
“We wanted more on an American style wedding”, said the bride. “We wanted to be outside and we didn’t want a traditional church ceremony. We rented this amazing house with a view over the ocean for a week. This gave us time to prepare everything and to welcome our family and friends for longer. It was more like a holiday with a wedding in the middle!”
Nel and Matt were married in a restored 600 year old gate house at the edge of an ancient oak forest. The wedding was held on the eve of summer solstice. “We just wanted a relaxed wedding where everyone could enjoy the surroundings and the significance of where we were”, said the bride. “Luckily the weather was on our side! As having all of our friends and family in one place is a once in a lifetime event, we didn’t like the idea of taking off to a hotel whilst everyone else was still enjoying the night, so we camped on site with the rest of our friends in a bell tent that our bridesmaids had decorated beautifully.”
The bride had her unusual yet beautiful raw silk wedding dress made especially for her. “I know most women dream of that appointment at a bridal boutique to find the dress but to be honest the idea of all that fuss made me feel sick. I’m quite proud to say that I didn’t even try one single dress on! I sent Lucia from Larimeloom my measurements and she made me the most beautiful raw silk dress. I didn’t want to have a veil with my dried flower crown so I impulse bought the lace cape online and it matched my dress perfectly!”
I have to admit that I’ve never actually watched an episode of Game of Thrones myself, but I knew as soon as I saw Laura and Paul’s June wedding that I had to share it! They were married at Meols Hall in Churchtown.
“The inspiration for the wedding was a mix of a number of concepts”, explained Laura. “I would describe my personal style as ‘contemporary Nordic’ so I love furs, antlers, skulls, slate and wood. I think that one of the main things that made our wedding unique was ‘Dave’ our deer head. Paul and I have a number of animal skulls in our house but Dave is one of our favourites so the wedding wouldn’t have been the same without him!”