Last October I was honoured to be asked to act as a judge for the bridalNEXT! awards which were taking place as part of A Most Curious Wedding Fair. Alongside fellow judges Peta Hunt, fashion editor of You & Your Wedding Magazine, Rachel Atwell, owner of swanky London wedding boutique Luella’s Boudoir, and Hazel Holtham of vintage store & blog Rag and Bow we selected Veronica Dearly as our overall winner, and the one to watch for 2013.
As part of the prize Veronica and the three runners up were invited to take part in an editorial fashion shoot. Now I don’t know about you, but if this is the caliber of bridal talent coming out in 2013, it’s going to be a very exciting year indeed.
“We were so thrilled that Veronica was named the winner by our judges last year”, writes Rebecca, the genius behind the show and awards. “In her we feel we have found a graphic designer and stationer kindred spirit as her work stands apart from the vintage crowd and is influenced by everyday lifestyle trends and pop culture, not necessarily just weddings.”
“This is a very special photo shoot to promote bridalNEXT! put together by Gemma Goodwin or Gemma Most Curious as we call her. Gemma is always a huge creative force in the team and steers the visual side of our brand amazingly- but this is her first shoot as art director and as you can see, I better watch my back.”
Are you having a festival themed wedding? 2012 was certainly the year that this idea exploded into weddings, but it would appear it isn’t going anywhere during 2013 either!
This festival-inspired wedding shoot was pulled together by wedding photographer Becky Joiner and Muddifords Court in order to promote their latest venture, the FabulousWedFest wedding show which is taking place on 16th March. Shot in and around the venue itself, and using suppliers that will actually be exhibiting at the fair, this shoot shows that festival weddings are far from over. It’s clearly a theme that we’re going to see gaining popularity in 2013 and beyond. Wellies at the ready guys!
“The inspiration behind this photo shoot was to create festival inspired event in a day”. wrote Becky. “I aimed to conjure up the feeling of wilderness, fun, freedom, love, glamour, magical, party, music, creativeness as an eclectic mix and represent it in the photographs.”
“I totally loved creating this shoot as I had the freedom to create the whole look. The dresses from Alexandra King were particularly great as they helped to showcase the idea that wedding can be whatever you want it to be. I also took some of the shots on an old 35 mm film camera as I wanted the pictures to look a bit dirty, grungy and most of all festivally!”
Purple. Dinosaurs. Peacocks…
These were the things that inspired Lauren & Matt’s October wedding. Although the theme wasn’t really intentional, by incorporating the things they just really liked it totally worked!
“Our ethos for our wedding was that we were going to what we wanted and not what people expected”, wrote Lauren. “We picked and chose aspects of tradition that we liked and binned those we didn’t. We had a humanist ceremony which isn’t like a registry wedding – it’s a lot more personal. We tied a Celtic knot which we practiced loads before hand! My friend did the reading of ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton, which is about dinosaurs and dinosaurs are awesome! One of our other close friends gave us the book as an engagement present and we thought it was apt as a reading. We also had a dinosaur cake topper!”
“I got married in August”, said pink haired Blogcademy attendee Charlotte after the workshop was over. “Your blog was a huge help so thank you.”
“Amazing, I responded – make sure you send me your photographs!”
And she did, and oh boy am I glad. What a wedding!
“Our wedding theme was decided on a drunken weekend in Palm Springs in May when we were on a work trip”, Charlotte told me. “We ordered 50 pink plastic lawn flamingos to be delivered to the Ace Hotel… then panicked when they arrived and we had to buy four huge holdalls to take them back on the plane! I was convinced customs would think we were smuggling drugs and cut them all open but they really made our wedding!”
“Luke & I have our own custom printing business, Awesome Merchandise, so we made a lot of the stuff ourselves – very last minute! I wasn’t the greatest DIY-er. I had ten skulls for my centrepieces turn up two weeks after the wedding because I was so last minute about everything! My hero bridesmaid Cat made about a million paper poms for me because mine looked a bit sad! I missed my manicure the day before the wedding because I was frantically pouring sand into little zinc pots for my table plan (that I’d only come up with about 3 days earlier) whilst being filmed by Choccywoccydoodah, who made our cake, for their TV show!”
“Without wanting to sound too sucky I’ve read Rock n Roll Bride for years, even before I was engaged”, wrote newly-wed Katie, who married Adam in Leicestershire in September. “I loved looking at the photography and the different styles & ideas out there. So as soon as Adam popped the question I had a great starting point!”
The entire wedding had a music theme – from the vinyl motifs, the homemade posters, the guitar pick favours and the concert venue table names, “Music was a really big inspiration for us, from the background music to the first dance & church music”, the bride continued. “Everything was carefully planned and picked to fit our theme. The vinyl theme continued all the way from the invites to decorations around the venue.”
This wedding wasn’t without elements of tradition though, with a church ceremony being really important to both he bride & groom.”We really wanted a church wedding and so the service started very traditionally with ‘Here Comes The Bride,’ hymns and a bible reading. Then as the service went on, more of our personality started to shine through. Our second reading was ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton and we left the church to ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar while everyone clapped along. The reception was where we could run wild and the venue was great with letting us do anything and everything we wanted!”
If someone was to ask me to list my favourite things tattooed brides, bright rainbow colours and cute, furry animals would all fare pretty high on my list. So needless to say I didn’t hesitate when I was sent this bridal shoot by wedding photographer Martin Hobby!
“There is something about a tight deadline which brings about something quite special”, wrote stylist Gwenda Wilkes of The Vintage Floral Design Co (you might remember her, I featured her own wedding not long ago). “I targeted an elite list of very talented collaborators and everything fell into place like a dream – we even managed to pick one of the few sunny days of the Summer! I have worked with Oh My Honey‘s fabulous dresses before, but never her bridal gowns and if these are anything to go by, I can hardly wait to see what her new 2013 collection holds in store! The veils came from Dornellie and complemented the bridalwear perfectly. The hair & make up by Sjaniel Turrell tied the whole look together.”
“As for me, I supplied the flowers. They needed to be bold but beautiful, and we were inspired by the colours of our model Ella’s exquisite tattoos. In fact, it was her Pegasus tattoos which gave me the idea to look for a stables venue. Squirrells Riding School were fantastically accommodating. Another of Ella’s tattoos led me to seek out some unique cupcakes. Delicieux came up trumps with not just the cupcakes but a full-size epic wedding cake too. Martin Hobby did his usual awesome job of the photography and I roped my daughter into the bridesmaid role.”