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A Sunday Kind of Love – Photo Night Live

This week I was asked to take part in Photo Night Live, a weekly web show all about photography (duh..) and making your business work for you. This week’s topic was ‘Blogging 101 – Showcasing your life online’ and I was interviewed by Ross Dean, alongside emerging photographer Ali Lovegrove, about our experiences.

I really hope some of the things I say can help you. Looking back, I do wonder if what I’m saying actually makes any sense (!) but I really do love sharing my knowledge of the medium that I adore so much.

You can check out Photo Night Live every Friday from 7pm (GMT). If you would like to be considered for a future show, please drop an email to info@rossdeanphotography.com

Ali & I will be doing a part two to this interview as my next video blog. So if you have any further blogging questions then send them my way by next Thursday (31st March) and we’ll try and include as may as possible when we meet (in real life this time).

The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair & My Catwalk Debut!

I almost don’t know where to start with writing this post as the whole day is kind of a blur…a fabulous adrenalin-fuelled blur…but a blur none the less.

In actual fact, I know you really all just want to see the photos and video (eek!) of me walking the catwalk so shall we just cut to the chase and get straight to it?

Yes..the catwalk was lit up pink! Do you think they knew I was coming?

HUGE thanks to Eliza Claire Photography & Shell de Mar Photography for taking these photos for me.

Lots of love to Allora Visuals for this exclusive video which they made to document my debut…

Yep, the veil fell off during the dress rehearsal! It wasn’t pinned in properly whoops…that’s what rehearsals are for though right?!

And to The Redfords who filmed this cute little iPhone video…

The outfits I’m wearing are (in order of appearance)…

“Hey, look there’s Shell de Mar taking my photo!”

1950s-inspired short dress by Jacqueline Byrne
Shoes by Emmy Shoes
Pink earrings & necklace set by The Real Princess Company
Custom-made ‘I Do’ bow by The Real Princess Company

Lace dress by Joanna Johnson
Lace Mantilla Veil (a one off piece) by Luella’s Boudoir
Shoes by Emmy Shoes

Floaty dress (worn without shoes) by Charlotte Casadejus
Necklace by Yarwood-White

Yes…this veil is as awesome in real life as it looks…

Slinky backless dress by Caroline Atelier
Shoes by Emmy Shoes
Custom-made tulle & pink crystal pouffy veil by The Real Princess Company

All items are available exclusively through Luella’s Boudoir. If you are interested in any of the items I, or the other models are wearing, then you can get in touch with Luella’s Boudoir by emailing info@luellasboudoir.co.uk or calling them on 020 8879 7744

Extra love and thanks to Rachel Atwell of Luella’s Boudoir for organising such an incredible event and for asking me to take part, and to Kate Barbour – stylist de jour.

Big shout out to all the other models (who taught me how to ‘walk’ and kept me laughing) and our dressers from Rose Bruford College in Sidcup who saw me in my knickers a little to often…

I also have to share some serious love for Alica Barron and the whole team at One Marylebone for playing host and finally the awesome team of Clipso London and the girls at Benefit Cosmetics for working miracles on my hair and make up.

This sparkling red wine from GF Wines was so good… I bought two bottles!

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Ali & Mike’s Simple but Effective Wedding

I was sent Ali & Mike’s wedding video by their videographer Ryan Hinman, which I immediately fell in love with…so much so that I had to know more about the couple behind it and so asked Ryan if I could share their whole wedding story – photographs and all. Luckily he was more than thrilled to oblige.

The happy couple were wed at Red Butte Garden in Utah. Their ceremony was held in The Fragrance Garden and the reception in The Orangerie. Ali told me all about their day, “We really wanted the entire day to reflect our personalities and style, so we tried to add our own personal touches wherever we could. We served some of our favorite snacks at the reception, french fries, gelato cones and even had a self serve popcorn cart. We had a photo booth set up all night printing one copy for the guests to keep and one copy for our scrapbook that they could sign.”

“Since our colors were brown and red we decided to set an aluminum bottle of Coke on each table setting to add a splash of red to the tables. We ordered a custom stamp online with the letter T in a vintage font with our wedding date so we could stamp a small tag and hang them around the neck of all of the Coke cans. After looking at a bunch of traditional options for cake toppers I finally found something on Etsy that fit our wedding style. It was a small wood heart with the initials of the bride and groom burned into it. I decided to use that idea for my own DIY cake toppers and put my own spin on it. I headed to the craft store and got a couple of wood hearts, some red paint, a stamp set with the letters A and M and there I had it, my very own cake toppers that were just our style!”

“My favorite touch that we added to the wedding were some lights that we strung on shepherd hooks around the entire outdoor space for the reception. It added such a romantic feel, it was just what we were hoping for. I think the best thing we did during this whole process was to allow ourselves to think outside of the box. We didn’t stifle our imaginations by any of the “standard” wedding traditions. All in all I think we made the whole process really simple by just using the things we liked.   I think our wedding was exactly what we were wanting, I really feel like it reflected our personal style and love for one another. We couldn’t have done it without all of the love and support from of our amazing family and friends, not to mention vendors. Everyone went above and beyond our expectations and made our wedding day truly magical!”

To keep in with their theme, the bride wore a very simple yet elegant dress by David’s Bridal. “I had my seamstress add straps for comfort and also to make the dress my own. I also wore Red Canvas Toms. Comfort was a big deal to us, we didn’t want to be sidetracked on our wedding day by uncomfortable clothes and shoes. I wore a Greek traditional headpiece that was passed down from Mikes great grandmother. All the women in his family have worn this headpiece in their wedding ceremonies, needless to say I was honored to wear it!  I wanted to keep all the accessories pretty minimal, but I decided to wear a pearl bracelet that belongs to my sister.”

Be sure to check out the magical video…

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N’tima & Steven’s Love Across the Sea

How are your emotions doing today? because I’ve got a wedding to share that will probably make you blub…there is just so. much. love right here!

N’tima & Steven’s love blossomed across the sea. The bride explained, “We lived in Okinawa, Japan when we met. He was 16, I was 14. We were kids. We were neighbours. We both were kinda dating people on & off here in America, so we were just friends.You see, my family had orders to be shipped to California in June. It was April, and Steven and I were starting to get close. We exchanged numbers, and everything moved so quickly after this point. Every day before I moved was spent falling in love with this beautiful boy. Although we denied it, and being together was scary to us. Distance obviously hadn’t worked previously, so we decided we’d be just friends. Everyone around us knew we were ridiculously in love, but we kept telling each other that we had to stay friends.”

“On May 26, 2008, Steven told me that he loved me, and that he would rather ‘try & fail with us, than not try at all.’ So June 6, 2008, I moved away, and we made the distance work for us. We lived through web-cam dates & 17 hour time differences. I visited November of that year, and April of 2009. By the end of 2009, Steven had joined the air force. He was sent to Basic & we lived through letters for 8 1/2 weeks. I visited for his graduation. He was then sent to Tech school across the country for four more months. I visited for Christmas. In January of 2010 he was sent to live 2 hours away from me here in California, completely by chance. How much luckier could we be, eh?”

“In May of this year, he proposed. We were riding the country roads in his 1977 pick up truck. He parked on the gravel road next to where we had carved our names into the bark during a previous visit. It was sunset, and the sun was sinking behind the mountains. He was holding me in the bed of his truck when he started a slew of compliments and promises & seconds later I look down and he’s holding my left hand in his lap with his right & a gorgeous ring with his left. And then he asked me to “please marry him.” I, clearly, and without hesitation, said “yes!”

Their DIY wedding was held at Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City, Utah. N’tima’s Grandpa performed the ceremony and her Grandmother was her matron of honour. She wore a vintage dress which she’d found in a thrift store and her Grandmother altered it for her. She hand-dyed her cute-as-hell peach pumps herself on the hotel stove the day before the wedding and wore these with cream patterned tights which she bought from Target.

I literally can’t get over how awesome and adorable this couple and their wedding are. I am so honoured that I get to share it with you today. Be sure to check out the beautiful video’ too (but get those hankies out – it’s a tearjerker…)

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Rock n Roll Bride TV – Episode Two ~ Rainbow Mermaid Hair & My Top 10 Blogging Tips

Thanks to Richard of FX Films for this super flattering image

Oh. My. GAWWD… Sorry I had to get that out of my system there!

I have literately just landed at home after hectic but fabulous couple of days in London. If you follow me on Twitter, then you’ll already know that yesterday was “The Big Fat Wedding Bloggers Photo Shoot” (the name started as a joke, and as a homage to my favourite wedding show everMy Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, but it’s kind of stuck!). You see, I was pondering my next shoot at the end of last year and I thought, wouldn’t it be great to get some of my blogging buddies involved too?

And it was.

It was flipping epic and amazing and everyone was beyond awesome.

Photography Credit: FX Films

Anyway enough random gushing! The results of the shoot will be hitting the blog in two weeks time (Monday 21st February – put it in your diaries!) as well as the full list of everyone involved. Don’t worry though, there will be a few sneaky peeks along the way to tease you. As I was all dolled up yesterday, I took the opportunity to film the next episode of Rock n Roll Bride TV (again, a name that started as a joke!)

In this episode I wanted to give you some of my top blogging tips. It is one of those subjects that I get questions about over and over so it made sense for me to start with it. As always, let me know what you think and if you have any subjects you’d like me to try and cover in these videos.

PS Do you like the new rainbow, mermaid hair?! I am in LOVE with it… It was created by the amazing Elbie Van Eeden.

The links I reference in the video are Problogger (.net not .com whoops!), Gala Darling’s Love and Sequins episode about blogging and Blog Love, an E-Course by A Beautiful Mess. Check them out!

Also, to come later this week, some exclusive and fabulous videos and images from the Mark Niemierko Valentine’s Party which I went to after the shoot. Thanks to everyone who organised it, it was great! Someone took a scary photo of me too! I’m like, “No Paparazzi!” Thanks sooo much for tweeting this Mark!

Sexy huh?

Photography Credit: David Willems Photography

Rob & Justine’s Beeeautiful Art Retreat South African Wedding

You’ll know when I’m really excited about blogging a wedding because I’ll sneak peek a photo on facebook and twitter as soon as it hits my inbox. It’s almost unfair for me to keep it to myself! That’s exactly what I did when Rob & Justine send me over their beeeautiful wedding…and actually, beeeautiful is literally the only way I can describe what I saw accurately. Love love love…

The couple were married at Hillhouse – a quirky converted Barn that is used as an art retreat, which has the look and feel of a dolls house – in South Africa. “Rob and I met a photography gallery and almost instantly clicked,” Justine told me when I asked about the proposal. “I liked that he loved animals and the environment and he loved that I was edgy and confident (his words). We were engaged six months later. Rob proposed in a beautiful vintage Victorian Era locket, I opened it and he had written ‘Will you marry me?’ in it.”

“In South Africa and especially Durban, there isn’t a market for quirky, different weddings,” the bride continued. “People seem to stick to the basics. We were adamant that we wouldn’t do that. It was hard to convince certain family members of our vision especially the ‘vegetarian’ bit.  We knew that the only way we were going to get the wedding we wanted, was to physically source and make everything ourselves. Every Saturday morning we went to the local charity shop and cleared them out of teacups, plates and vases. Rob and I even co-designed our gorgeous wedding invites even though neither of us are graphic designers. Rob was as much a part of the design of the wedding as I was, so it wasn’t a completely feminine wedding like some tend to be. Our venue wasn’t a wedding venue but an art retreat, our caterers wernt wedding caterers but an Eco friendly restaurant and our photographer wasn’t a wedding photographer. I think these elements brought such diversity and made our wedding, the absolute perfect day that it was. ”

“Our wedding was our art piece. Rob, being a designer and myself, loving design, we managed to create such a wonderful wedding day, something we are so proud of. Rob and I collected everything used at our wedding from charity stores. We chose every teacup, every plate, every vase, every book, every piece of cutlery. We chose each piece of material for our napkins, Robs mom sewed each one. Rob designed all the signage and I sewed and designed all the decor and we completely poured over every detail. Both being vegetarian, we decided to go that way and after the wedding, so many people commented saying it was ‘the best food, (not just wedding food) they have ever had.’ Rob hand made the portico that we got married under and the badminton net that provided hours of fun for our guests.”

“We wanted our wedding to be eco-friendly, to go with the theme of recycling, helping others, being kind to animals and the environment. When designing the wedding, we were going for the look of almost ‘a vintage attic with a modern edge.’ Our entire wedding was DIY as its always the little touches that make a wedding great. Rob made 12 signs for the road on the way up to wedding. It gets peoples attention straight away. I sewed about 50 felt hearts, stuffed them and put them on sticks. This brought little dashes of colour on the grass and people loved using them for photos. The hearts also matched my Vivienne Westwood shoes.  Rob made the badminton net structure and then I hung ribbons with little hearts on for the net. We put old vintage racquets in a trunk which added another great element. We hung the left over ribbons with hearts in the surrounding trees.”

Don’t you just adore it? Justine concluded with a great piece of advice for you guys too. Read and absorb it people! “A personal wedding is a good wedding, despite your budget, you can make your wedding beautiful as long as it true to yourselves.” Couldn’t have said it better myself!

(Be sure to check out their gorgeous video…and prepare to cry – it’s beautiful… after the ‘jump’) You can also see their engagement video here)

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