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Pretty in Pink: A Vintage Village Hall Wedding

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Oh 
Danni and Ben, your wedding gives me LIFE. I am so excited to share it on the blog today.

This gorgeous heavily-tattooed pair were hitched in Maidstone, at a venue called Kent Life. “Our wedding theme was a bit of a mixture of 1950s, rural farm life and a tea party!” said Danni. “We love the 1950s anyway, I have a huge collection of dresses already and we just love the music and the dancing. I really love that our wedding was personal to us and wasn’t generic.”

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“One of the highlights of the day was our fire breathing burlesque dancer!” she continued. “That’s pretty different to most weddings! We just wanted to be ourselves and also to make sure there was a lot going on all day. I would never want anyone to say they were bored, so we had wooden games, a sweetie table and a Rat Pack tribute. We also had close up magic and it really created such a great atmosphere with people crowding round and laughing!”

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Finding the Perfect Christmas Party Outfit at The Revival Retro Boutique

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Running your own business is probably one of the best things ever, but the fact that you don’t get a Christmas party along with the rest of society is very sad indeed! So my fellow self-employed babes and I are planning on throwing our own cocktail, Cava and Mexican food shindig this weekend. It’s going to be epic and of course there’s only one thing on my mind… finding a brand new outfit!

I’m honesty a bit boring with my everyday clothes (or you could just say I know what I like) but either way I tend to stick to quite similar things. My daily uniform is a midi or maxi skirt, black boots, and a well-cut tee. I often wear head-to-toe black, but I go to town on too many accessories. Rainbows headbands, a cacophony of hot pink bangles, multiple necklaces layered on top of one another…yes please!

Now, I don’t know about you, but as a size 12, ample bosomed woman over 30, I have a love/hate relationship with the great British high street. I’m too old for Topshop, not quite old enough for M&S, so finding something comfortable and well-fitted that isn’t too short and doesn’t look like a potato sack is a constant battle.

Enter The Revival Retro Boutique:

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I appreciate a more retro look but I’m not really one to shop vintage. I just don’t have the patience and the sizing is usually too small. However when retro inspired clothing fits really well it looks better than anything. The cuts are way more flattering and I love that the emphasis is on accentuating the waist and boobs without being too short or too slutty. I have a friend, Charlotte, that always looks like she’s stepped right out of the 1940s and oh my goodness, she looks so fabulous! I was ready to try on something different so on a freezey Tuesday morning I hopped on the Tube to Tottenham Court road to visit the boutique.

The shop (and accompanying e-commerce store) specialises in clothing inspired by beautiful bygone eras, particularly the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. They take their cues from old Hollywood glamour and style icons such as Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardener. Set up by Rowena Howie, who at the age of 27 was just as sick as I am of the high street offerings, she wanted to have a place where women of all shapes and sizes could buy pieces that would flatter their figures and fit in with their modern lifestyles.

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Romanian Rock n Roll Fairytale

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Romanian born Anca and Dan were married in the oldest (and probably smallest!) church in Bucharest, followed by a laidback, retro-inspired reception at a bar. The inspiration for the day was their mutual love of music and the 1950s.

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“Our wedding was a fairytale”, began the bride. “Inspiration came naturally because we focused on our love for colours, music and vintage elements. We got a lot of help from Rock n Roll Bride too! Our ceremony was at Bucur Church, the oldest (and in our opinion most beautiful) church in Bucharest. It was a classic Orthodox religious ceremony in the smallest church one could ever imagine.”

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1950s Rockabilly Wedding at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum

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Patrick and Hazel love the 1950s and rockabilly style so they wanted to bring this into their day. When watching Grease one day, the bride also decided she needed a carousel at the wedding! Luckily they found  Blists Hill Victorian Town at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire which came complete with a fun fair!

“Our day was mainly about everyone having fun, so we made entertainment a priority for all ages to join in with”, began the bride. “We love our family and friends and wanted our day to be as memorable for them as it was to us. The other factor we took into account was that it had to be based on who we were. We started planning to the usual traditional path and quickly realised it was to normal to resemble our everyday life, so we scraped the planned and started from scratch.”

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“We’ve always loved 1950s rockabilly style and that became our new basis for the wedding, Then one day I sat and watched Grease and did a bit of a bridezilla by demanding that I had a carousel! We started researching and found that it would be far too expensive until we found out that the museum down the road that had a Victorian fun fair with a carousel held weddings! It was perfect. Having the fair there was actually great for our guests too. We’ve been to lots of weddings and have noticed that there is always a quiet lull for the guests while the couple go to have their pictures taken. We wanted to fill the gaps by keeping the guests entertained and having the fair was perfect!”

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Retro & Kitsch Wedding at the Madonna Inn

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The iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, was the perfect setting for Jasmine and Kyle’s retro wedding in August. They wanted their wedding to reflect the 50s and 60s – an era that they both love – as well as to be colourful, pastel, kitschy and easy-going.

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“The main source of inspiration was the venue, The Madonna Inn”, said the bride. “The place is extremely colourful and playful in its design, and for the most part they’ve retained the charm that drew people to it in the 50s and 60s. My mom took us kids to the hotel a lot on our way to Disneyland and southern California, so there was a comforting feeling about being in a place that felt like from before I was born. I’m also German and there is something Bavarian and classic like a retro children’s fairytale book that I loved. I was inspired to incorporate marbled paper because of the dramatic rocks and minerals and gold rush theme of the hotel as well.”

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How To Get The Most Awesome Engagement Photos

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As wedding season winds down for yet another year, we’re going into a time where, traditionally, most people get engaged. From now until Valentine’s Day expect to be inundated with friends announcing their upcoming nuptials. It’s all very exciting! If you’ve just got engaged, firstly CONGRATULATIONS, I’m so thrilled that you’ve found this blog! Have you started to think about your engagement shoot yet? Do you even know what an engagement shoot is!?

While certainly not compulsory, an engagement shoot is a great thing to do while you’re planning your wedding. Not only does it give you the chance to practice in front of the camera, they’re a great way to get to know your photographer and for your photographer to get to know you. Having a relative stranger at your wedding can be a bit daunting, but if you shoot with them beforehand you’ll not only be able to figure out whether you get along, but you’ll also get to see how they photograph you before the wedding. If you don’t love the photos you get back from your engagement shoot, it is perfectly acceptable to cancel the wedding booking and find someone else. Of course I hope this doesn’t happen for you, but it’s better to know that now rather than get your actual wedding pictures back and not like them!

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So how do you make sure you get the very best out of your engagement shoot?

1. Wear something that makes you feel fabulous

This is the perfect excuse to buy something new, or pull that dress you love but never have the chance to wear out of the back of your wardrobe! If you’re more of a jeans and tee-shirt kinda gal, it’s OK too, but I always think engagement shoots look so much more fun when the couple go to town on what they’re wearing!

Think about how your outfits work together too. While you don’t have to go completely ‘matchy-matchy’ (unless you want to!) the photos will turn out much better if your outfits compliment each other. If you were wearing a ball gown and he was in a tracksuit it might looks a bit weird! Think about colours, patterns and styling, and just wear outfits that look great together.

This is also the perfect chance to have your hair and make up trial for your wedding. You’ll feel really good having your hair and make up done, but it’s also a really great way to test how it will photograph on the wedding day.

2. Have an idea of theme or location and communicate it to your photographer

It’s always better to have some kind of idea about where you’d like to shoot or how you’d like the photos to turn out rather than winging it on the day and hoping for the best. After all, a photographer can only shoot what’s in front of them!

If you’re stumped, a good way to start is to think of somewhere meaningful to you as a couple. Maybe the bar you first met in, the area where you had your first date, or the place they proposed!? A variety of backdrops will always result in more interesting pictures so think of places that offer more than just plain brick walls.

Think seasonally too. If your shoot is taking place in autumn, why not take advantage of the changing leaves and shoot in a woodland? If it’s winter why not wrap up warm and take pictures in the snow?

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