It’s that time of year again where we all start to think about how we will make the next 365 better than the last. I don’t like new year’s resolutions myself. Resolutions are things like giving up chocolate or going to the gym three times a week and are easy to break…in fact do you know anyone who is still following theirs by the time Christmas rolls around? Nope. Me neither. That’s why I don’t do them.
However the start of a new year is a good time to re-group, to re-asses your situation and to set yourself some tangible goals. So here’s one of mine, It’s pretty self explanatory really…
Now I’m not exactly sure how this brilliant new idea of mine will progress but I literally just wanted to get over the hurdle of actually being on, and talking to camera today. I’ve been surrounded by TV presenters for 5 years in my (soon to be ex) job as a producer but actually being on camera is a whole different ball game. It’s weird and awkward and I’m well nervous about posting it but it’s something I want/need to get better at in 2011.
I’m super self concious about how I look, how I kept fidgeting (You don’t want to know how many takes I had to do before I forced myself to stop playing with my hair as much!) and that fact that it’s very raw…and well, the real me. There’s no photo shop action to save me on this one and literally what you see if what you get. You can’t hide anything about yourself when you’re on video and that’s why I’m so terrified…eek!
My ‘performance’ certainly isn’t perfect (hell, I’m not a TV presenter!) and I keep cringing at new things every time I watch it back. However I’m biting the bullet and posting it, with the realisation in my mind that this is only the first video in the series so I can hopefully only get better (woohoo!) I do hope you’ll stick with me to see how that goes!
Finally HUGE love, thanks and credit has to go to the wonderful Richard of FX Films who came to rescue me in my hour of need. My mini freak out(s) over how I looked on camera/what my voice sounded like/getting the words out (and in the right order)/what you would all think of this idea were all alleviated when he came to help me film this. So yeah, big love and adoration for this man for putting up with my diva demands and for making me feel (slightly more) comfortable in front of the lens.
ps tickets for the Designer Wedding Show are available to buy online here and tickets for the Designer Vintage Bridal Show (which are actually only £8 if you buy them in advance – my bad) are available to buy here.
Merry Christmas to one and all. I’m going to take a few days off blogging over the festive season, but rest assured I’ll be back with more Rock n Roll Wedding goodness next week…I can’t stay away too long!
Dottie is dottie (!?!) about…erm…dots so that’s exactly the theme she wanted to go for in her wedding! She and JP were married at Christ the King Church in CA followed by a polka dot themed wedding at Elements Venue at the Ice House.
The bride (real name Amanda) wore a gorgeous Mori Lee dress, customised with a polka dot sash (and a polka dot garter!) which matched JP’s tie, made by Elmmies. The polka dot theme continued into the cake, the linens and even the groom’s socks!
“So Dottie loves polka dots to death & that’s how she picked up the nickname Dottie,” Christina, their photographer, told me. “They are a super fun & totally madly in love couple that know how to live life to the fullest! We LOVE all of their fun faces & big smiles! Not to mention they’re epic style. They are the happiest, nicest couple around. They’re the type of people that can make you laugh until your belly hurts & horchata comes out your nose & ohmygosh, the reception was filled with tons of the best goodies that life has to offer. They spent their honeymoon at the happiest place on earth…but of course, DISNEYLAND!”
I featured Christy & Daryl’s ‘Modern Film Noir’ engagement session at the beginning of June so it’s an absolute pleasure to come full circle and feature their awesome wedding as well, which also had a bit of the ‘noir’ about it don’t you think?
The couple got married on Friday 13th and had a silhouette and dark theme. “Daryl and I are both artists and musicians, and met through a mutual friend/bandmate” the bride told me. “From the get go, our relationship was anything but normal. Our first date was to a funeral and we officially became a couple on Halloween. It was only natural to celebrate our wedding on Friday the 13th. We stuck with the theme of silhouettes, and added black cats and crows to our forest ceremony decor. We wanted to give the evening a moody, magical atmosphere.”
Although it looks anything but, the couple DIY-ed their enchanting wedding on a tight budget. Christy is an illustrator so designed and created all of the paper goods and visual details herself. “We came up with the concept and I took off making our invites, programs, black cat magnet favors and table labels. We worked long into the night for weeks to complete all that we had envisioned” she explained. “We also found lots of goodness from Etsy.com (like my gorgeous cast hummingbird skull earrings) and the decor from a local wholesale store. I’m not really into flowers, so we used feathers for our boutiques, boutonnieres and tables decorations.”
The day started with some pre-ceremony photos at Balboa Park. “I’ve been a huge fan of dinosaurs ever since I was a little girl, so I couldn’t wait to get to the Natural History Museum and pose with some prehistoric friends!” the bride continued.
Their ceremony really was something special and really showed the couple’s creative and unique side. Before the ceremony began, they projected animated black & white fairly tale films by artist Lotte Reiniger onto a wall and played mellow music from some of their favorite bands over the top. For the bride’s entrance, the backdrop changed to a night scene that she herself had illustrated, and she walked down the aisle to The Cure’s “Plainsong” in a glamorous silk 1920s-inspired dress. They also had forest night sounds (crickets, frogs, etc) playing during their short but sweet ceremony.
Music, tattoos and 40’s/50’s rockabilly provided the inspiration for Laura & Scott’s gorgeous wedding. Laura looked every bit the rockabilly queen in her Avalon from Dolly Couture skirt and top, teamed with lace gloves from ASOS and leopard print shoes from Mary Jane Shoes which were a bargain at just £15!
The tables were named after all their favourite rock bands – Kiss, Whitesnake, Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Van Halen and the top table was The Ronnie James Dio table. For a really personal and fun touch their favours were mini cupcake lip glosses for the girls and polystyrene gliders for the boys. They also had dishes of haribo rings and hearts on each table (yum!)
The couple diy’ed all their stationary – in a vintage tattoo style. The boy’s place names had flaming dice and the girl’s had pink nautical stars. They made the table planner with a big piece of MDF covered in a tattoo print fabric from Etsy. They had friend make the cake in the same tattoo theme.
“I walked down the aisle to Tom Petty – Here Comes My Girl. We signed register to Kiss – I Want You and Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered and we both walked out to Gonna Fly Now from Rocky. First dance was Pulp – Something Changed, closely followed by Kiss – Lovegun” Laura concluded. “We’re both huge classic rock fans and I’ve always been a fan of 40’s/50’s style. We’re both geeks at heart. I’m not against any traditional weddings but we knew it wasn’t for us. We both thought our wedding day should be about our love for each other and that love includes all the things that make us who we are.”
Finally, Laura and her bridesmaids performed “Kiss – I Was Made For Loving You” – a dance routine that they had perfectedon the hen do (bachelorette party) Be sure to check out the video after the ‘jump’
I saw Steffany & Anders engagement photographs and amazing (like, seriously amazing) proposal video on their photographer Emily’s blog and instantly knew I had to feature them. These two are the actual cutest! Steffany told me the whole story…
“My story is something like, “OHMYGOD he proposed and it was SO CUTE!” And then I cried.
I still can’t believe he went to so much trouble. I always assumed that when/if he proposed it would be at a restaurant (which makes sense because we both LOVE to eat!) but instead he enlisted the help of five of his friends and made me the most amazing and thoughtful game ever. The game actually has a name – Dinner Love and the Quest for Soup! It’s named for my food blog, dinnerlove.com, and also for my love of SOUP! You can’t really tell in the video, but he put so many pieces of us in that game.”
“The maze is San Francisco, where we both live. The object of the game is for me to collect food and level up. The foods that I collect differ at each different level-there are cheeseburgers, cupcakes, margaritas and finally soup (all things that I enjoy immensely!) At the beginning of the game Anders is asleep in his bed in the middle of the maze, but after the first level I wake him up and he and I wander around the city maze and collect the foods together. As we progress, Anders professes his love for me and these little hearts start to follow us around. After the last level a ring pops up on screen. As I played through the game, it honestly didn’t occur to me that he was about to propose. I was a bit drunk and he designs video games for a living so I sort of just thought he’d just made me an awesome game!”
“When the ring screen popped up and I turned to see him on one knee I LOST IT. I started crying like a child. I couldn’t hear very much because I was just so overwhelmed but I do remember him asking me if I would continue to “level up with him”. Yes yes yes! He has more art from the game up here: http://stinkyanders.com/relatedwork.html”
OMG their wedding is going to be adorableness personified. I can’t wait.