Something a little different for you this afternoon because these photos were taken by yours truly! Wedding photographers, fret not, I’m not considering a career change(!) but how could I not take photos of two of my best friends getting married?!
So on Saturday I headed down to St Peter’s Church in Reading with my trusty Canon 550d and 50mm 1.4 lens in tow and took a few snaps. For a non pro I think I did pretty good…hell, I even shot in Manual!
The confetti shots I nabbed are probably my faves…
The wedding was beautiful, simple and emotional. Katie looked utterly gorgeous and Eoin and his groomsmen looked seriously cool in their military style jackets. A good time was had by all!
I didn’t manage to grab any portraits of the two of them which was a bit gutting. Being the Uncle Bob of the wedding I’m sure their pro photographer was annoyed enough my me though!
Check out the Katie & Eoin badge I’m wearing in the photo below. Such a cool favour idea, everyone at the wedding had them on!
Jennifer & Michael were married in The Candy Factory, a warehouse in Lancaster PA, on February 29th this year. They picked the venue as Jennifer loves the space (she’s a model and has shot there a few times). They also planned their wedding in…wait for it…TEN DAYS! Jennifer told me all about it,
“Our wedding was planned in under 10 days. I went to my seamstress with a 7 day window, and the desire for a 50s style, tea length wedding dress and she pulled through. The venue is one of my favorite shooting spots as I am very fond of putting pretty things in old, ugly places. This spot just matched us so well. Even though there was no lighting or heat, my husband fixed all that with his all-knowing sensibility. We picked a very rainy day, so the roof leaked horribly and we had buckets everywhere, but I guarantee no one will forget this wedding!”
The day was beautiful and exactly how the couple wanted it to be. However the quick planning of this wedding was brought on by some very sad circumstances. “I was given just 6 months to live back in August of 2011 due to stage 4 cervical cancer,” Jennifer continued. “The spontaneity of this wedding was brought on by various health struggles, and turned it into something beautiful. We spent very little on the wedding due to the burden of medical bills. We then, with the gracious help of others, took our two young daughters to a short visit to Disneyworld for our honeymoon.”
“Almost this entire wedding was DIY and incredibly cheap with the exception of our photographers but they were donated to us anonymously. I doubt we spent $500 total and it was unforgettable for everyone involved. We made this wedding ours without breaking our wallets!”
“We took an old building, falling apart, and made it home,” Jennifer concluded when I asked her about their theme. “Our tattoos and rockabilly style, paired with the beauty of marriage inside that building… it all perfectly meshed into something so unique and unforgettable. Even if we had enough money, I wouldn’t spend it on a fancy venue because we are down to earth and like getting our hands dirty. Our wedding was entirely ‘us’. Simple as that. It fit our personalities, lifestyle and flair. And all you really need is love, right? Our wedding proved that you don’t need a ton of money or a ton of guests or months of planning to have a perfectly-fitting wedding.”
I may be biased but this cameo necklace DIY Tutorial from Cat Morley of crafty community Cut Out + Keep may be my favourite ever! If you’re of a crafty persuasion and fancy making some personalised wedding jewellery or gifts (how cute would these be for bridemaids?) then you’re going to get very excited indeed about this one…
Of course you don’t have to make your necklace of me (!) or with my logo but I’m sure this tutorial will inspire you to come up with your own designs. You could maybe put each bridesmaid’s name in place of the Rock n Roll Bride logo?
This tutorial looks like it might be complicated when you see how polished the final result is, but honestly I was shocked at how simple (and genius!) it is. All you need is a little shrink plastic (remember that!?)
♥ Shrink plastic in a variety of colours
♥ Glitter glue
♥ Jewellery chain (can be bought from craft stores like hobbycraft or fabric shops)
♥ A clasp (again should be easy to find in craft or fabric stores)
♥ 1 large and 2 small jump rings
♥ 2 eye pins
♥ 2 small black beads
♥ Beaded Trim
♥ Small crystals
♥ Strong adhesive
♥ Wire cutters
♥ Jewellery pliers
♥ Xacto knife
♥ Paper (for template)
Step One: Start with a portrait photo and trace around the silhouette on to paper. Make separate templates for the head, hair and the jewellery. Remember you’re template should be 7x bigger than you want your finished template to be.
Step Two: Cut out your templates and layer on top of each other. Create an oval template for your silhouette to sit on and then make a second slightly larger and third even larger oval template. Line up the two largest ovals and punch a hole through the top of both.
Step Three: Draw around the templates on to various colours of shrink plastic. When working with clear shrink plastic, use blue-tack to stick the template to the plastic and cut around it.
Any bride that rocks yellow tights and teal shoes on her wedding day is instantly awesome. Are we in agreement?
When Annick & Robert’s London wedding landed in my inbox from wedding photographer Marshal Gray, I literally couldn’t wait to share it with you! The whole wedding was planning in just 6 weeks. The ceremony took place at Sutton House, and after an emotional service the couple walked to London Fields for a hotdog lunch and some portraits. “On the way we met a friend who was coming to the evening event,” Annick told me. “It was a wonderful walk to really reflect on the day and our personal journey. We use to live near London Fields so the walk had real emotional significance to us.”
After the photos, including a few outside the St Pancras Hotel where the couple were spending that night, they headed to Smithy’s Wine Bar in Kings Cross where they met back up with their guests. “Smithy’s was a cozy place for our winter evening wedding,” the bride continued. “It has two spaces within it which was perfect for what we needed – one for talking and one for music. It was great to have a live jazz band to entertain our guests.”
“We didn’t really have a theme apart from slightly retro and wanted to have fun,” the bride concluded. “We wanted people to be relaxed and for our day to be easy for all which is why we did it in London. We were also able to show our out of town guests places in London that we enjoy.”
So fab! As a side note I have to say that Annick’s vintage feather jacket from Charlotte Casadejus is just divine! I actually know Charlotte very well myself and I’ve visited her fab studio a number of times. I always lusted after that jacket (and put it on and pranced around!) and so it’s really exciting to me to see the bride who finally bought it!
Hello Kat & Rock n Roll Bride readers, I’m Rebecca Douglas of www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk a Kent based wedding and lifestyle photographer who loves working with people and making and creating beautiful things! When I’m not shooting and doing photography related stuff I love to get a make on with all sorts of materials.
I really loved the images that I was seeing from wedding photo booths and so wanted to develop these blackboard speech bubbles for guests to write messages on while in photo booths at weddings.
♥ 3mm thick MDF
♥ Chalkboard Spray Paint (I bought mine from amazon but you should be able to get it in craft stores or places like B&Q too)
♥ Chalk board pens (as above)
♥ A laser cutter or jigsaw
Step One: Cut the MDF into the shapes you want the speech bubbles to be. You’ll find there are a lot of sellers on eBay that already sell pre-cut shapes if you don’t have a laser cutter or jigsaw yourself. I’ve had a google around and there are also a lot of companies that offer laser cutting online, where you just email in your order and voila, the cut shapes are sent to you. That said a bit of elbow grease with a jigsaw and sandpaper will do the trick too.
Step Two: Set out a wide area of newspaper and lay the cut shapes out. Before you start spraying, make sure you have a big border of newspaper, or you’ll be left with a newspaper shaped outline on your garden path like mine is now sporting! (Whoooops!) When you start spraying, be sure to keep a consistent movement across the shapes as you don’t want paint to build up in one area (this will show up in photos). The can recommends that you spray at a height of 30cm from the surface which gives a good even coverage.
Step Three: Leave the shapes to dry for around 20 minutes. I used this time constructively and had a cup of Yorkshire brew and a few obligatory custard creams.
For Terry & Elle their wedding wasn’t about a big show or how much money they could spend. After a health scare in October 2011 they decided they wanted to get married quickly so planned the whole thing in just 4 months. They wanted a wedding that represented them and didn’t cost a bomb. As the bride explains, “We held a wedding for 90 guests, including bridal party plus all bridal attire, wedding rings the works for under 15,000 AUD (that’s about £10,000) – the average Australian wedding is $36,000 – do it all yourself and be resourceful and you can achieve wonders!”
“We did everything DIY – decorations, catering, fashion everything! Our original quote for catering was $10,000 so we shunned that idea and did it ourselves for $2,000! Whilst DIY allowed us greater control over our wedding and make it cost less, it is very easy to get carried away and become stressed! We learnt that it’s very important to keep on top of it all at all times!”
Elle wore a handmade green wedding dress with accessories which she found at flea markets. “We did a lot of shopping online, in flea markets and at op-shops etc. We also found out 7 days before our wedding that I was pregnant with our first child! It was a challange to keep it a secret.”