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.
The 1970s is an era we’re starting to see represented a lot more in the wedding industry. For a while it was avoided, with the 50s and 60s being the most popular decades for brides to emulate on their big days. However I’m thrilled that the tides are a-changing, especially when this resurgence in popularity lands pretty inspiration like this on my desk!
The shoot took place at Mercury Hall, Austin and was set up by photographer Jessica Monnich. “Mercury Hall was the perfect backdrop for this particular shoot as it is a gorgeous white cottage (on the inside and out) with colorful stained glass windows,” she wrote. “I have seen this space transformed in many different ways and I thought it would be perfect for our needs as the layout and design is simple.”
The bride wore a dress which Jessica bought on etsy and customised herself. “I dyed the dress with an ombre effect to give it a little bit of a modern hippie look. Our model created the beautiful feather earrings as well. The jewelry was borrowed from my Mom’s jewelry box and were authentic 70s pieces. The shoes she wore for most of the shoot were from Forever21 so nothing was super expensive but her foot tattoo really helped these shoes pop.”
“We really strived to create a ‘Peace, Love and Marriage’ feel throughout the shoot,” Jessica concluded. “Visual Lyrics created some amazing florals for us that had a ‘fresh picked out of the garden’ feel to them mixing high end flowers with typical 70s flowers like baby’s breath. The same owners of Visual Lyrics also started a new vintage rental company called Vintques so they brought all the beautiful couches, chairs and table and set up a table scape that complimented our theme perfectly.”
“They created a lounge scene outside that would be perfect for guests to wander to if they were all danced out. They also set up hookahs out there where guests use while lounging outside.”
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 planned 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!
Wendy & Jesse’s homemade wedding had a peacock theme. The day was held in their own house and alongside Brittany of Bshane Events, they made what they could themselves to make their wedding their own.
Wendy wore a dress that had belonged to her Mother in the 70s. It was originally a pageant dress but she customised it, inspired by Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress.