Oh. My. Gaaaawd! You are going to go utterly c-c-craaaazy for Ant & Clare’s way-beyond-anything-I-have-ever-seen-awesome wedding. The pair went down to Brighton to have a personal ceremony with just the two of them. They didn’t have a reception, instead opting for a fabulous photo shoot around the town with their photographer Jacqui McSweeney. This is yet another wedding to back my theory that ‘blog-worthy’ details are not ‘all that’. Just grab yourself an wicked dress, customise yourself some shoes and get hitched in perfect Rock n Roll style! Prepare to be inspired…
Clare took it upon herself to find and customise her perfect outfit when she couldn’t find what she was after anywhere in the mainstream wedding market.
“My dress was a £35 vintage buy from Beyond Retro in London” she told me. “It was a beautiful colour and fit on top but quite an unflattering length so I customised it by layering it over a fab multi-layered white underskirt (also from Beyond Retro) and using my handy little microstitch gun ( a brilliant gadget if your rubbish at sewing but like to tinker with clothes) I pinned it up quite high keeping lots of fab underskirt on show. I wanted it to have a bit of a young victorian girl at the seaside feel, toffee apple in one hand, balloon in the other, hitching up her skirts to paddle in the waves. Thought this seemed fitting to a wedding in Brighton.”
For this month’s Best of Blogs article, I wanted to turn full circle and feature the work of the fabulous Noa of Feather Love Photography. Why full circle you ask? Well the images I chose to illustrate the post with were the engagement shoot that Noa shot of Emma Case (who I featured a few month’s back) & her fiance Pete.
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In the last few months I’ve focused on a lot of UK photographers – this is an UK magazine after all! However after featuring Steve Gerrard which linked to my Emma Case feature I really wanted to round this trio off by hopping over the pond to talk about Feather Love Photography. As I touched on a couple of months ago, Emma Case fell in love with Feather Love’s style and vintage aesthetic when she found her blog. So when she heard photographer Noa was coming over to London she jumped at the chance to have her photograph her and her fiancé Pete. This is her story…
Helen & Tim’s darling and elegant Rock n Roll wedding took place in Manchester. I’d call their theme elegant vintage – a lovely mix of classic and quirky. Helen wore a gorgeous vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey, a vintage wedding supplier based in London and Christian Louboutin shoes. She added to her vintage vibe with a hair clip found at Alfie’s Antiques Market.
For this week’s guest post I enlisted the help of the lovely David McNeil. As someone I’ve known for years (like before either of us ventured into this wedding world!) I know from first hand experience that his advice is killer…and damn it, he’s always right! This week, he talks to us about how you can get the very best from your wedding photographer.
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So, you’ve booked a kick-ass photographer for your wedding and you’re confident they are going to produce a set of images that you’re going to be looking at for years to come. Can you just sit back, relax, and let them get on with the job? Sure, of course you can – but when you come to planning your day there are a few things you might want to consider to help your photographer really capture the images you have booked them for.
1) Insist on a pre-wedding shoot
A pre-wedding shoot takes place a couple of months before the wedding and is a great opportunity to start building a relationship with your photographer. On my pre-wedding shoots I experiment with different ways of directing you, positioning you, and what kind of things I need to say to capture the most natural shots I can. At the end of it you’ll know that having your photograph taken really isn’t that scary, so when it comes to the actual day you can be fully relaxed for the photographs.
2) Consider a “first-look” and pre-ceremony photographs
Jenni & George are another ‘inspired by Rock n Roll Bride’ couple who found their photographer Shan after she was featured on the blog. The couple, who got married on the Isle of Man, wanted to incorporate he things they love into their day – the colour purple and all things eclectic, antique and vintage. “I have a love of all things antique and vintage and my favourite colour is purple! So that’s where it began. I bought a lot of the antique bottles from places like eBay, Jurby Junk (!!) and our friend Roger Leece, who found a whole stack of bottles and jars buried somewhere up North apparently!” the bride told me.
They organised and created a lot of the wedding themselves, as they knew exactly what they wanted – ie something that reflected them and not anyone else. They wanted to create something unique, something different and something quiescently ‘them’. “I am not a big fan of your standard table centre-pieces so I decided that using sprays of different wildflowers would really compliment the style of the wedding” Jenni continued. “We had these both at the church and on the tables at the reception. I spent months slowly collecting various bits and pieces from charity shops and high street shops to decorate the marquee with. I am quite artistic and love interior design, so having the chance to design the inside of a whole marquee was something I was very excited about doing.”
I was lucky enough to meet Konrad Dziedzic aka Konfral a few weeks ago when he offered to come and shoot my with my lovely Restoration Cake cake which was made to celebrate the launch of the new look Rock n Roll Bride. Here’s the man behind those shots…in his own words.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Konrad Dziedzic, a.k.a. “Konfral” and I’m a lifestyle, portrait and wedding photographer. You can catch up with me on Twitter @konfral and see my latest work on www.weddingshire.co.uk or www.konfral.com
Where are you based and what cities/countries are you available to for work in?
I’m currently based in Chiswick, West London and I’m more than happy to travel across the UK and Europe for a good photo opportunity. I was fortunate enough to visit and shoot at some breathtaking locations while working for a major cruise ship company, and I’m always on the lookout to add to that list. I am originally from Poland, and this is where I first started in the wedding photography industry, back in 2001. Although I’ve been living and photographing in the UK for a couple of years now, I still get to photograph weddings “back at home”. The ability to speak both lingos makes me a preferred choice for mixed Polish-British couples, too.
Who/what are your biggest influences? Who do you really admire?
The list of amazing photographer I look up to is quite long, but let’s just mention Jasmine Star for what she achieved through blogging and Marta Potoczek and Bartosz Jastal for taking Polish wedding photography industry to the next level.