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A Love Shoot: Elbie & Derek

A slight deviation to the shoots I usually feature but I loved Elbie & Derek’s (yes the very same Elbie who does my hair & make up for most of my shoots and events) post-wedding but non-bridal shoot with Lisa Jane Photography is just too gorgeous not to share!

“When the wedding rush was over, I realised that Derek and I were only going to be a young, loved-up couple for a while (as opposed to an older, loved-up couple, that is!)” Elbie told me. “We wanted to do a shoot that was personal, a bit gritty, and true to us.”

Lisa Jane was the perfect photographer for us, capturing little details, little gestures, without making us feel like we were being photographed.  We are not big on huge public displays of affection, but Lisa made us feel really comfortable”

“We did the shoot at Derek’s workplace, a bronze foundry.  We didn’t use any props, as the foundry acted as such an amazing background, with nothing too set-up and ‘pretty’.”

“Whenever I look at those photos I just sigh and think about how much I love that man.  Lisa’s pictures magically brings that out.  Her images, especially her framing, really tells a story.  Along with my wedding pictures, these will be the ones I’ll treasure!!”

You can see Elbie & Derek’s amazing wedding on the blog here….and if you weren’t around earlier this week, check out the guest post she wrote for me, Professional Make Up Tips for DIY Brides, here. Love her!

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A Woodland Creatures Fancy Dress Wedding: Toby & Isa

“The theme for our wedding began as a circus/carnival inspiration and grew to encompass woodland creatures, feathers and various fancy dressed individuals from badgers to unicorns, not forgetting the now infamous family of bears!” newlyweds Toby & Isa told me.

 “We did things differently, just simply because that’s how we are and to have had any other style of wedding or traditional ceremony would have not been true to us as we are not religious. However we did have a beautiful blessing with Sally our Interfaith minister and we wrote our own wedding vows.”

Toby & Isa were married in September at Silver Rill House, Overbury with a reception at Overbury Village Hall. The bride wore a custom made dress by Annie Mochnacz and shoes by All Saints.

“I think our day was so great because we were surrounded by people who truly love us,” the bride concluded. “I think you could feel this energy and the laid back flow of it all throughout the day. Also the honesty of Toby’s and my love. I was so happy that my friends from Switzerland all made it and my cousin from Canada.”

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A Homespun, Backyard Wedding: Emma & Nigel

The garden wedding of Emma & Nigel was held at the groom’s parents house in Brisbane.

Emma explained, “The wedding was a mammoth team effort for about a week before the big day with people flying in from all over the place, gardening, weeding, cooking, shaving, marking and reporting (I’m a teacher getting married the day after the school term finished!) Somehow I still managed to sneak in a quiet moment with my bridesmaids to watch Dirty Dancing the night before and eat copious amounts of fish and chips and marshmallows.”

“We began doing things the conventional way, keeping things under wraps until we had things booked in and then we went and told the parents and families,” the bride continued. “In my quest to do things conventionally I endured a Wedding Expo. I took one of my bridesmaids along and was ignored by so many of the exhibitors there that I began to feel like I obviously didn’t scream ‘bride’ to them. After this experience, I felt like utter crap, until I realised that I didn’t like what they were selling anyway, and that my opinion of them was probably written all over my face.”

“Basically so I didn’t have to go alone to more dress shops and be ignored because I wasn’t with an entourage of giggling women or a mum, I turned to the blogosphere and up popped Rock n Roll Bride. At first I was blown away by the colour featured in these weddings because in the past they always seemed to restrictive in their colour choices – leaving the guests to look like stuck out buck teeth on the palate of the ‘wedding’, but because finally I realised it was okay for our personalities to shine through and dictate what we wanted.”

“We wanted a more egalitarian approach, and because our friends and families are so spread out between different towns and countries, we wanted them to meet and blend. This meant no organised seating chart (you don’t like that person, just move!), no cutting of a cake and we played yard games straight after the ceremony. It was our aim for everyone to have a drink in hand and be out and about in the garden. We wanted to avoid the really awkward wait between ceremony and reception, so made food and drinks available ASAP and a place for people to sit if they wanted.”

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“Punk Rock is in Your Soul” – A DIY City Hall Wedding….and a Bride in PINK: Lenore & Ryan

I don’t say this lightly, but Lenore & Ryan’s wedding may be my wedding of the year! I simply love everything about it – from the bride’s incredible pink ensemble, to the family-central cuteness of the whole thing. I’ve also realised that I definitely need to add some more giant bows to all my outfits.

I don’t know about you but I kinda want to live in this wedding…

“Ryan and I met through a LDS church dating site,” Lenore told me. “We both were recently divorced with small children, he has two and I have three.  We dated for a year and then put our family together in a legal ceremony at City Hall.  Latter Day Saints weddings (Mormon) are typically performed at temples and are extremely sacred simple ceremonies without any of the typical wedding flare (no walking down the aisle, etc), but Ryan and I had both been married in the temple the first time around.  We wanted our children to feel like they were included and involved in our families joining together.  We were tempted to hold a large wedding and even planned an event at a local theater, but in the end we decided that in order to preserve the sacred nature of the LDS temple we would be married at the courthouse instead.”

The couple didn’t have a reception and their ceremony was open to anyone who wanted to come along, “The San Francisco Courthouse happens to be a beautiful building,” Lenore continued. “Typically the Commisoners only allow six guests to witness the wedding and they are usually performed in small courtrooms.  It’s a ten minute ceremony – no frills.  You stand there with the commissoner and he or she marries you.  When we showed up in all our pink glory with hoards of children and about forty relatives (I’m from a family of 10, he’s from a family of 8 – typical Mormons!) the Commissoner had mercy on us and married us in the Rotunda in front of all our surprise guests.  We didn’t send out invites, we just posted on our blog and facebook the when and where and people showed up.  It couldn’t have been a more casual and romantic affair, centered on family.”

I know you’re all dying to know about Lenore’s outfit right!? Well she bought a vintage prom dress from etsy and customised it herself. She gathered up the layers of tulle and picked some of them up with clips. She then cut the top off to make it into a skirt, and wore it with a white tee-shirt and a big (awesome) pink bow! She even made her own veil by gathering up a load of tulle and tying it in a bow.

Similarly she bought some plain silver shoes and punk-rocked them up with studs, rhinestones, and broken mirrors. The good news is though that she’s now set up her own etsy store to sell them. Erm I WANT!!!!!

“Mormons dress very modestly:  they have to cover their shoulders and reach the knees.  This makes finding a wedding dress a real challenge,” she explained. “When I saw Lola’s Bad Ass Punk Rock bridal shoot on Rock n Roll Bride I thought:  I can make that work for me.  A fabulous skirt with a simple modest shirt ($12 from Marshalls — a discount retailer).  My mother can sew and we watch a lot of Project Runway together — we knew we could cobble together a dress ourselves.”

“Our wedding theme was ‘punk rock is in your soul’,” Lenore concluded. “We’re Mormons. We’re parents. We’re suburbanites. We’re professionals. And that is as hardcore as any lifestyle.”

“The second time around was so much more fun.  There was none of the pre-wedding day freakout.  We didn’t waste a bunch of money on food for other people.  Nobody was obligated to come and chat with strangers.  No stress.  People get so caught up in the Wedding Machine.  They think they need the expensive dress, the expensive location, the super fancy cake. What brides don’t realize is that two things last:  the pictures and the new family relationship.  Other than that, a wedding is just a day.  It can be done beautifully without breaking the bank.  The only thing we splurged on was our amazing photographer, Rachael McCall.”

I just DIE. I know you guys are gonna love this as much as I do.

You HAVE to click through to the gallery to see more of these babies…

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‘Caravan Of Love’ Engagement Shoot at The Photography Farm: Heather & Rob

Before my shoot at The Photography Farm, the ‘farmers’ (as they’ve become affectionately known) were treated to a beautifully styled engagement shoot with Heather & Rob. The couple have booked Lisa to shoot their wedding in April and very bravely agreed to have their engagement shoot at Photography Farm. They told Lisa of their love of camping so the styling team ran with that theme! Hazy Days lent them ‘Sandie’ the caravan, Paper Pom Poms made some well…paper pom poms and Hannah of The Tea Set brought everything together!

“Its hard to express how amazing this whole experience was.” Lisa writes. “Photography Farm had been in planning for so long with me and Jayne talking about nothing else and obsessing over caravans and tractors. When it finally came round, I think a combination of the great photographers and brilliant team that took part, the beautiful light and the way we were looked after by the staff at the Farm made the whole experience quite magic.”

Aren’t these just beautiful shots? Oh Heather & Rob you are such gorgeous creatures!

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Professional Make Up Tips for DIY Brides

Hi Kat,

Firstly, I wanted to say that out of all the blogs I visit over various genres, your’s is the most consistently updated and therefore interesting blog I’ve come across.

My predicament is that me and my future husband are planning our wedding from London to take place in our home New Zealand. We are flying back there in February to get married on the beach with our closest friends and family.

My hope is to do my hair and make up myself. This will require deciding on a look (I know I want bright red lips!) and buying the products that won’t sweat off in the summer sun (it will be the middle of summer when we get married.) My makeup skills are amateur at best, and I’d like to know how to strategically paint myself pretty!

I’d really appreciate if you could give any tips of good long wearing products, what to avoid and options for learning to apply.

I’d really appreciate your advice,

Ruth xxx

Well there’s one lady I knew I could call on to help Ruth with her dilemma – my bestie, make up artiste extraordinaire, Elbie Van Eeden!

♥  ♥  ♥

When Kat emailed me about doing a post on DIY hair/make-up brides, I knew that it will be a tricky subject. I strongly believe in the difference it makes to have a professional take care of your hair and make-up on your wedding day, in both technique and products.  Photographers are now even more keen on using hair and make-up artists in engagement shoots, just to make their work easier when it comes to retouching.

But I know some brides get married abroad, or won’t be able to afford a hair and make-up artist. A lot of brides would consider going to a department store for make-up trials.  Whilst it is a good idea, and you often get the money you spent on the lesson off any product you buy, unless you know that the brand works on you, it could be a frightening experience.If you’re scared about being bullied into buying products from one make-up range at a store, book a consultation/trial with a independent make-up artist. That way you know you’ll have an unbiased opinion about products, and you could buy the products at your own time, once you’ve seen the results. They will be able to teach you about different techniques, what NOT to do, which brushes to use, and how you could use the make-up after your wedding day.

It’s also a good idea to wear the make-up all day, to see it in different light, and to see how long it stays put before committing to buy anything. If you book a trial, feel free to bring someone with you (preferably someone with a good eye for make-up and hair) so she could help you remember and assist you on the day.

The best make-up products are often expensive, but things like foundation and concealer are worth investing in. You’ll be having your photo taken all day so you don’t want any ‘cakeyness’, or even worse, a ghostly appearance on your photos! There are too many women out there with the wrong colour foundation – make sure you don’t make that mistake on your wedding!  Once the wedding’s over, you could still use it, even if it’s just for a night out, if you’re not a ‘make-uppy’ person.

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