Anyone that’s been following me in any capacity over the last 6 months will be well aware of my love and devotion to Emma Case. Not only have I featured as many of her weddings as possible (I can’t get enough) but I’ve even been lucky enough to be photographed by her. I’d say we pretty much have communication every day (whether that be twitter, email, text or talking on the phone!) and I am honoured to call the talented and absolutely awesome lady my friend. So when it came to writing this month’s ‘Best of Blogs’ article for uk photography magazine Photo Pro, who else was I going to choose? Enjoy…
I heard someone on the radio the other day who said ‘it takes 10 years to become an overnight success’ and while in most cases this may well be true, I think I may have discovered someone who breaks this rule.
I first came across Emma Case on Flickr. She’d added some images she’d shot of a friend’s wedding to a pool and I fell in instant love. They were like nothing I’d really seen before – rustic, simple, vintage, retro, arty and just, well… real. As these things generally go, life got in the way but I made a mental note that I must email this Emma girl and ask to feature the wedding on Rock n Roll Bride. As luck would have it the very next day I opened my inbox to an email from the lady herself. “My name is Emma Case. I have no website but have just started my blog (http://www.emmacasephotography.blogspot.com/) I feel either very brave or very stupid submitting photos to your amazing blog as I’m not a professional photographer and never set out to do weddings, but when I started posting photos on facebook, friends began asking me to take pictures of them and soon it began to snowball. Ruth and Dan messaged me saying that they were getting married and explained the plans and I got instant butterflies as I knew it would be exactly my kind of wedding…”
Now not only did I love the images and the wedding but I loved her! I featured the wedding as soon as physically possible and the praise and adoration that followed in my blog comments was pretty much like nothing I’d ever seen for a newbie photographer.
I wanted to start this week’s post with a huge thank you to every single one of you for your kind words and comments on my ‘How to…not be a blogging pushover’ post. To everyone that stuck up for me and shared your love and passion for my little website – well wow, I’ve literally been blown away.
I decided to share this story with you today because I think it can only add further proof of my love of all my sponsors, of how they make my world go round and of my genuine feelings towards them (and theirs to me it would seem!) UK photographer Lisa Devlin has been a sponsor of Rock n Roll Bride for the past few months. Not only has this got her many a Rock n Roll wedding booking, but it has provided me with more eye candy to blog than I could ask for! With Lisa’s approval I wanted to share this card I received in the post this week. She also send me a little bag of treats including a Tatty Devine necklace! She knows me so well!
Fanni & Ben got married in April at Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire. Bored by the usual wedding stuff they found in magazines and at wedding shows, the pair turned to the internet for inspiration and luckily for them stumbled upon not only Rock n Roll Bride but a plethora of amazing ideas via some awesome American wedding blogs. “Back at the drawing board, I found myself scanning an array of American wedding blogs. All of which featured jaw-droppingly gorgeous weddings that looked amazing but had little or no information about weddings in the UK, and then I stumbled across your site!” Fanni told me “From that day on, Rock n Roll Bride truly was a breath of fresh air for me from everything else I had seen out there previously. Your site was reassuring that we didn’t have to be confined to the norm or do things a certain way because it was tradition. Our wedding was our day, our way. We wanted our guests to have the best time and not be left thinking that they were just at….’another textbook wedding.’ So, with much planning and evenings spent beavering away we managed to pull it all together.”
Ben is in a band so they wanted to make music a bit part of their day. Ben organised all the music and included everything they love – from modern rock songs played as string quartet versions (for while guests arrived) to the song that Fanni walked down the aisle to, which was ‘One day like this’ by Elbow. Their ceremony song was ‘When I’m 64′ by the Beatles, “which was rather unusual” Fanni said “but our guests fully embraced it and sang at the top of their lungs… a truly awesome moment.”
I adore featuring weddings like Alexa & Andy’s the most. British, quirky, emotional and fun! The couple got married at Birmingham Registry Office on Easter Sunday and had the awesome Steve Gerrard on hand to take all their photographs. The room was really modern and had a gorgeous courtyard outside which made for some beautiful portraits.
The reception was held at The Bell, at Tamworth in Arden which they selected for it’s informal and carefree nature. They knew their friends and family would have fun in the pub’s relaxed atmosphere. The cake was made by Alexa’s Mum after they saw something similar in a magazine and decided to have a go at making it themselves (that’s exactly what we did!)
Alexa wore a dress, gorgeous little hat and corset were all custom designed and made by Jo at The Couture Company, at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. “I knew straight away that I wouldn’t have a traditional wedding dress and I really like the 50s style full circle dress so did a bit of internet research and found Jo” she told me. She teamed this with shoes from Dune for the day time and pink, shiny Doc Martens for the evening! Love….!
Winchester-based photographer Angela Ward Brown sent these over the other day and I’m pretty sure you vintage lovers are going to adore them. The shoot took place at semi-derelict country estate near Winchester called Northington Grange, which is open to the public but it hardly ever used, except as for the odd movie and soap opera set!
The model, Velvet (yes, her real name!) looks stunning in these genuine vintage gowns. The first, a handmade, full-length, silk gown with short train dated from the1930 is particularly stunning no? The dresses were all found at Hampshire Wardrobe in Winchester and Angela styled the shoot herself. She made all the accessories (including the veil) to perfectly match her vision.
First of all, well done to everyone for all your patience. I have been very cruel and teased you for weeks about this new project (especially on Twitter hehe!) but I’m pretty sure you’re going to forgive me when you see what I’ve been up to…You must also forgive me for the super wordy nature of this post, but there has been so much work behind the scenes to make this shoot happen that I can’t possibly do it justice without an epic explanation.
A little while ago, the amazing Emma Case and I were talking about how crazy our lives are; about how everything seems to have exploded over the last few months and about how many awesome people we’ve met. “Let’s do a shoot together” one of us said “hell yeah!” said the other. After we’d decided to actually go through with it and (as Emma later confessed to me) after a major bit of “OMG what the hell am I doing”/freakin’ out about it, a date was set. We didn’t really know what the plan was. “Let’s just go and have a play” we said.
Then I got-to-thinking. I know so many amazing wedding vendors, who I recommend to my readers all the time, wouldn’t it be great to try and get some of them involved too? Then, we would not only have a proper amazing set up to work with but it’d be a fantastic opportunity to share some love and really show you what this kick ass group of wedding warriors can do!