If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll already know how much of an advocate I am to the value of wedding photography. I’ve covered the topic multiple times before. However I also know that a lot of you are on a strict budget, and as much as you would love to be able to book your dream wedding photographer, it’s just not financially viable.
Which is why I was utterly overjoyed when Reading (holla!!) based wedding photographer Andreea Virna of VeVi Wedding Photography got in touch wanting to offer an amazing plethora of photography prizes (try saying that fast five times!) to Rock n Roll Bride readers.
Firstly, a little bit about the girl behind the camera. “My name is Andreea and I started out as a fashion photographer”, she writes. “Before I knew it, I fell in love with the excitement, the dresses, the details and the stories that come together at that one special day. My wedding photography, much like my fashion work, has a distinctive off-beat style, and is quirky in its own way. I love what I do and put my heart and soul into it which I hope translates into beautiful images. I want my clients to be able to cherish those precious moments through my work. I love being involved in weddings and find it an honour to have a day immortalised through my artistic vision.”
The most amazing thing about this competition is that Andreea isn’t just offering one prize, she’s giving away THREE! To qualify for this incredible contest you must be getting married during 2015.
First prize: An engagement shoot, full day of wedding photography (up to 10 hours) with up to 650 fully edited wedding images on disc.
Second prize: A £500 voucher for you to spend redeemable against any wedding photography package.
As some of you will know, I spent time in Los Angeles in March, probably the most health-concious and cleanse-obsessed place on the planet. Its no secret that I’m a ‘grab what’s available’ kinda eater, that I have a penchant for wine (and gin!) and that I’m totally allergic to exercise. However while I was in the land of buffed bodies, I did surprise myself by becoming quite the green juice junkie (something I have kept up since returning home!) and I even started to think a little more about how I treat, and what I put into, my body.
I’m no model. I’m a comfortable(ish) UK size 12 with enormous boobs and wobbly bits but, overall, I’m pretty happy with how I look. Now it might be something to do with getting scarily close to 30 or spending more time with my much more health-conscious American BFFs, but over the past few months I have started to think more about what I eat and the effect it all has on the way I look and my mood. I’ve always figured that I ate pretty well. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all and I rarely snack, but my Achilles heel is without a doubt the regular love affair that I have with wine. Just thinking about how many calories and toxins are in the glasses I sink on a nightly basis is actually pretty terrifying.
Gala has been a committed convert to The Clean Program for a while, and although for a long time, I balked at her healthy lifestyle (“yeah, yeah, you look great but I could never do that…”) over the past few months I started to think about it a bit more seriously. I have been feeling a little more self-conscious about my appearance as well as feeling sluggish, tired and totally overworked of late, so I decided to hell with it and to finally give it a go.
Being a detox virgin I was really pleased to find out about their new Clean Refresh program, a seven day detox designed to boost energy and give those that might have fallen off the heath wagon a much needed jolt in the right direction. They advise that this isn’t a full-on cleanse (they have a 21-day program if that’s more of what you’re after) but for someone who’s never so much as tried to cut out chips, I decided that a gentle week long introduction would be the best way to start. Baby steps and all that.
Wedding apps are a funny breed. We waited for years for someone to create a decent one, while small (and usually slightly buggy) ones hit the app stores in drips and drabs. But they all seemed to result in the same thing – system crashes and loud sighs of disappointment. Surely, having a space on your phone to plan your wedding, save your inspiration, keep tabs on your guest list and track your expenses couldn’t be that hard to create, right!? Oh and we’d like it to be intuitive to use and to be gorgeously designed too please.
Who would have thought it would take so long, but finally, finally, there’s one worth using – and as an Android user I am utterly thrilled that it’s available for both iPhone and Android devices. Introducing Appy Couple.
Appy Couple is more that just another wedding phone app. It’s a completely custom wedding planning tool, a guest concierge service and social network in one. But more than that, it’s one that you and your guests will actually want to use. Both you and your fiancé will have a login so you can both update it, and your guests can use it to learn about your wedding, be introduced to the wedding party and even to get to know other guests before the event!
Oh goodness have I got the best contest EVER for you today! The fashion giants that are IF Ladies (the ladies division of Iron Fist Clothing) would like to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride-to-be the prize that might just make her wedding. How would you like to design your own pair of wedding shoes… and then win them to rock on your big day!?
I don’t think I really need to tell you who IF Ladies are. If you’re anything like me you’ve been lusting over their delightfully weird, wonderful and often ghoulish (the zombie stompers are still some of my faves) designs for years. But if for some crazy reason you haven’t yet been blessed with their wonder, have a gander at what they say about themselves…
“IF is fun, loud and never says ‘I’m sorry’. Colorful and out of control, our prints are known the world over for bold and badass artwork, unique designs and details that rock. Breakneck and bold as hell, IF is full of over-the-top statement pieces ranging from footwear to apparel and accessories. We’ve kicked our fashion forward, giving out style that’s effortless insolence in a mundane world. The IF customer wants to shout out to the non-believers who she is and what she wants to be. She’s the adventure hungry teen climbing over the fence, and the media savvy chick who’s a hit on YouTube. She knows that what she buys makes her own lifestyle awesome, and tells others to do the same. She is authentic and knows what’s not up to par with her lifestyle. She oozes fashion and uniqueness from her pores. She likes what she likes. And she doesn’t give a shit what you think.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the British high street and I’m certainly not immune to the odd rummage through the rails… in fact it’s a pretty regular occurrence. But I do have a bit of a gripe. Being the owner of a rather ample bosom and far from the size 8/10 that most stores seem to now label as medium (seriously?) it can be tough to find age-appropriate outfits that fit me really well. Which is why I whooped with joy when the lovely guys at SimplyBe got in contact asking if I’d like to run a competition to give one of my readers £500 worth of stuff. “Why yes, yes I would!” I replied with vigour!
SimplyBe are a leading high-street fashion retailer, based in the UK, that specialise in fashionable and flattering clothing for sizes 14-32. Each piece is designed with these sizes in mind – they’re not created as a size 6/8 and then scaled up – oh no if you’re a size 18 then a size 18 dress will be designed and cut to flatter your figure. I AM ECSTATIC.
They say, “Just as Rock n Roll Bride aims to promote ‘individuality and general awesomeness within a cookie cutter, pastel and often puke-worthy wedding world’, SimplyBe provides a unique take on women’s fashion catering almost exclusively to those often ignored by mainstream, high-street retailers. We provide awesome, on-trend and affordable fashion in larger sizes, allowing our customers to find their own look, feel fantastic and reach their full style potential as individuals.”
I am a huge fan of Lisa Jane Photography. She has such a unique eye and her attention to detail really comes through in her images. I love the way she captures emotion in a genuine and intimate way, and that she’s not afraid to show real, unapologetic love. She is also bloomin’ fantastic at capturing all the little details of a wedding – the stationery, the flowers, your quirky centrepiece ideas. So as you can imagine I was thrilled when she asked if I’d host a contest for her, and I was even more excited when she told me she wanted to give away a full wedding package! If you are getting married before the end of 2013 and you haven’t got your photographer sorted yet, then today is your lucky day!
Based in London but willing to travel anywhere for a good wedding, Lisa says, “When I was planning my own wedding, I found Rock n Roll Bride and fell in love. Every wedding featured showed couples hopelessly in love and getting married in style. These were couples not afraid to be themselves or to throw some traditions out the window and do it their way. When I started photographing weddings myself, I soon realised these were the kinds of couples I wanted to photograph.”
So what is Lisa offering? Well…
“No matter what you have planned I want to know about it!” she says. “Whether its black dress, you’re are covered in tattoos, or your just planning a kick ass rock n roll party and making everything yourself… as long as you are injecting your personality into your day I want to shoot your wedding. No idea is too small, no location too far, as long as you are doing it your way, I want to hear from you!”