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Quirky Shoreditch House Wedding: Arran & Heidi

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Arran and Heidi had two weddings. The first, a non-traditional and very ‘them’ wedding in Shoreditch complete with a bowling alley reception party, and the second a more traditional celebration for their families.

“The most significant thing was probably the fact that we ended up having two weddings”, explained Heidi. “Whilst Arran and I are not particularly traditional and didn’t have any particular desires to have a big white wedding, my parents had other ideas. I come from a large middle eastern family and there was a lot of pressure for us to have a traditional wedding – white dress, country house, the works…”

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“In the end (and after a huge amount of negotiation) we were able to compromise and ended up having two celebrations. The first at Marylebone Town Hall and Shoreditch House, which was attended just by friends and immediate family. And the second in a country house hotel in Windsor where we approximated a traditional blessing (I am a staunch feminist so several of the more misogynistic traditional bits needed to be taken out) followed by another big party for the extended family. Whilst having two weddings was a lot more work, it did mean that we were able to stick to our guns and have exactly the wedding we wanted (the Shoreditch House one) without having to compromise and include things that weren’t right for us.”

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A Farm Engagement Shoot: Jo & James

I was married at 24, which is pretty young really, so I was by far the first of my friends to tie the knot. But now, getting scarily close to 30 (as Gareth likes to kindly tell me. Oi! I’m only 28 buster!) a lot of my friends are now walking down the aisle too. EXCITING.

So when Jo, who I used to work with at the shopping channel, got engaged to James, I was straight in there with my recommendations and ideas for her wedding… in fact I’m probably verging on annoying about the whole thing. But for Jo, wedding photographer David McNeil was the obvious choice. He also used to work at said shopping channel (!) and feeling comfortable in front of the camera was super important to Jo & James. David is a wizz at this. I can vouch for him.

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A Seaside Themed Wedding in St Ives: Suzy & Christian

When the deputy editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine gets married, you just know it’s going to be awesome right? Well Suzy & her fiance Christian didn’t disappoint when planning their summer wedding. Choosing St Ives, Cornwall as the location, what could be more apt than a seaside themed wedding?!

“We met at journalism school in London in 1999 and were friends for five years before we eventually got together,” began Suzy. “Even though we live in London (and I’m from Oxford), we never discussed getting married anywhere but St Ives. It’s the place my dad’s been to on holiday ever year since he was a baby – so the place I’ve been to on holiday every year too. It’s the most beautiful seaside town with gorgeous cobbled streets and the most spectacular beaches. It feels magical and we wanted to share it with all our friends.”

“From the off, we were agreed on one thing: that we wanted to have a legendary party that all our friends had a total blast at. We wanted to thank everyone for coming by making them feel special and part of the day. We gave as many of our mates jobs as possible (in a nice way) and personalised as much stuff as we could without having breakdowns.”

The ceremony was held at St la’s Church and the reception at Carbis Bay Hotel, right on the beach. “We wanted a seaside theme to run through our wedding,” explained Suzy when I asked about their wedding theme and decor ideas, “particularly the stationery. One of our friends, Dave, is an illustrator and has just set up a bespoke wedding invitation business, Love Illustrated. He very kindly said he’d design our invitations as a wedding present. Dave told us to be as ‘creative and out there’ as we liked. I think he may have slightly regretted that…”

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Las Vegas Lovers: Sequins & Smoke Bombs

For the third and final setting of the Las Vegas Lovers shoot, GalaNubby & I wanted to get a little mean & moody…and that meant monochrome, silver and something a bit more dramatic! We moved from our beloved Ghost Town (Nubby & I have since decided we might take up residence there…just as long and someone can sort out some interwebz for us please…) and ambled towards a good-looking piece of desert.

With the light fading fast it was time to crack open our pièce de résistance… coloured smoke bombs!

There’s quite a story behind these beauties. Turns out Nevada state law is slightly cray cray about fireworks. In fact Lisa and Amy had to add an hour to their drive up from LA to visit a town called Pahrump – apparently one of the only towns in Southwest America where you can legally buy them! However I hope you’ll agree the trek was worth it.

After much coughing, spluttering and giggling we’d nailed the shots but we weren’t done just yet. As the day drew to a close, we simply had to get one final shot of us in front of that incredible view in the middle of the deserted highway. Looking at these photos I can’t believe I was actually there! It just looks like a dream.

I wore

Charlotte Balbier ‘Tutti Frutti’ gown custom made in black (I felt like an actual million dollars in this dress…it may well be my favourite dress ever ever ever!)
♥ Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon shoes in yellow & black
Butler & Wilson pink crystal skull ring

Gala wore

♥ Betsey Johnson tee-shirt
♥ Betsey Johnson feather dress
♥ Bedazzled glasses by Tequila Star
♥ Star headband by Janine Basil
♥ Chinese Laundry shoes

Nubby wore

♥ Silver dress from Camilla & Marc 
♥ Black sequin mouse ears from Disneyland
♥ Tights from H&M
♥ Boots from Ai for Matiko

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Las Vegas Lovers: Ghost Town Glamour Girls

After the fun we had frolicking around the RV Park, GalaNubby & I were super excited to see the second location that David had found – an abandoned ghost town! Located in Nelson, just under an hours drive from The Strip, we were keen to get there late afternoon to make the most of the incredible early evening light…and boy did we!

As we drove into the town we could hardly contain ourselves, letting out giddy squeals. I kid you not, this place was so incredibly cool. It almost looked like a movie set. There are abandoned or burnt out cars everywhere and even the old fire engine still sitting proudly by the the unused fueling station. The gold mines surrounding the town haven’t been ventured into since 1845!

The original buildings all still stand. It’s actually quite a spooky feeling walking around, especially when you see all the ‘things’ that have just been left behind.

With mountains all around the light was fading fast and so a quick change with no time for modesty was in order (I’ll never forget trying to help Nubby wriggle into her sequins whilst a half undressed Gala looked on in fits of giggles…)

I wore

♥ 1940s mint green vintage dress from Frock and Roll Vintage
♥ Aurora Borealis necklace from Topshop
♥ Custom pink Swarovski Crystal Benjamin Adams ‘Rhiana’ shoes
♥ ‘Vivien’ headpiece by DC Bouquets

Gala wore

♥ 1950s purple vintage prom dress
♥ Sparkly bunny ears by by Janine Basil on etsy
♥ Star Earrings by Im Your Present on etsy
♥ Betsey Johnson starburst ‘Polly’ shoes

Nubby wore

♥ Dress from ASOS
♥ Tights from H&M
♥ ‘Romeo & Juliet’ clutch bag from Kate Spade
♥ Heels from Dries van Noten

I love how the colours of each of our outfits compliment each other so well – what a cool gaggle of bridesmaids we would be! If you’re getting married in Vegas I would 100% recommend going to Nelson for some portraits. The place just blew. me. away.

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Las Vegas Lovers: Airstream Dreams

The next big girl band?

Finally it’s here, the shoot I’ve been mercilessly teasing you with!

When Gala & Nubby told me they were going to be in Las Vegas at the same time as David, Lisa & I, I just about jumped at the chance for us to all shoot together. Although this shoot wasn’t going to be at all wedding-related, I really couldn’t wait to get my pose on with these gorgeous girlies.

Organising photo shoots is hard work at best, but when you’re doing it with a team scattered all over the world it can be darn right stressful. But with emails flying back and forth between England, New York, Portland, Vegas and India (David was there for 2 months and only flew back to London the day before we left for Vegas!) I think we managed to pull something pretty awesome together.

We wanted three distinctive locations to show three different looks, and after having no luck securing the Neon Graveyard, Gala found this amazing RV park behind the Circus Circus hotel. The owners were so accommodating and sweet and really excited to have us there (Hi Bob!)

Who knew that posing on a golf cart could be so much fun!?

I wore

♥1950s pink vintage dress from Frock and Roll Vintage
♥ Vintage pink petticoat
♥ Irregular Choice ‘Patty’ shoes
♥ Chubby Bunny hair bow (Gala’s) and ‘Vivien’ headpiece by DC Bouquets

Gala wore

♥ Bedazzled Mickey Mouse ears by xoerikamarie on etsy
♥ $20 purple dress
♥ Betsey Johnson belt
♥ Chinese Laundry shoes
♥ Bedazzled glasses by Tequila Star on etsy

Nubby wore

♥ Dress from ASOS
♥ Tights from H&M
♥ Boots from Camilla Skovgaard

I also need to give an extra special shout out of love to Janine & LaVey of Your Beauty Call for our incredible hair & make up. Jeez Louise these girls know their stuff! With a client list boasting The Kardashians, Paris Hilton, The Pussycat Dolls, Kelly Osbourne…and now Rock n Roll Bride, Gala Darling & Nubby Twiglet of course ha…we were thrilled beyond belief when they agreed to work with us!

I don’t think any of us wanted to wash our make up off or take our hair down…like, ever.

Nubby, Kat & Gala – bringing the sparkle back to geek chic

If you’re getting married in Vegas I can not recommend Your Beauty Call enough. Seriously incredible. It was hot and we were shooting all day but our make up didn’t budge…even the lip stain (LaVey used this amazing product, Lip Sense, on us which blew my mind with it’s staying power!) We also slept in our hair and rocked the same styles the following day while out shopping! These girls are worth their weight in gold and I have so much love for them.

Oh yeah these girls too..!

Taking photo shoots seriously is totally over-rated

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