My wonderful friend Marianne Taylor emailed me excitedly the other day to let me know she had just shot a wedding that she knew I would love…and oh do I!? Aren’t those portraits just phenomenal? And don’t even get me started on the shots of Caroline and her floaty-light dress at the end!
“I’m so happy to finally be able to blog about Caroline & Ben’s beautiful London wedding. There are so many things I loved about this wedding, from Caroline’s stunning Jenny Packham gown and headpiece, to the gorgeous Market Suite at the Fox & Anchor where Caroline and the girls were getting ready, through to the beautiful ceremony at Islington Town Hall and reception at The Crypt. There was a real London feel about this wedding, and I loved the fact that when we went for a little portrait shoot with Caroline and Ben after the ceremony, we just hailed a black cab. When in London…”
What I love about Sonya & Toby’s Cotswold’s wedding was the moments photographer David Jenkins seemed to capture. Subtle, touching, intimate, hilarious…the images just jumped off the screen at me and I felt an instant affinity with the event. I could literally imagine being there.
Quite apart from the photography, the wedding was a simply darling English affair – the church looks elgeant (who says Rock n Roll Brides can’t get married in a chuch? Not me!) the venue looks sweet as hell and the details are fabulous. The bunting, the cupcakes, the flowers, the fairylights. I love it all!
Anna & Mark got married on the Monday before Christmas at the beautiful Victoria Hall in Saltaire, Yorkshire which was the perfect venue for them as it was just two streets away from where they live!
Everything about this winter wedding was meant to be. As well as the venue being practically next door to where she lived, Anna also stumbled on her gorgeous dress quite by accident at a vintage clothing store. A few days before the wedding, she spotted a mint condition Morris Minor in town, and left a polite note on the windscreen asking if the owner would be kind enough to drive her down the road to the Victoria Hall on the wedding day itself. The owner called back and agreed!
The majority of submissions that land in Rock n Roll Bride’s inbox are from photographers. which is great because I get to sample all the best, innovative and inspiring new photography and Rock n Roll weddings out there. However there is something very special about receiving an excitable email from a recently married couple, bursting to tell me all about their wedding. I got an email just like this only yesterday and Sally & Sam’s charming vintage/Chinese fusion wedding was only made better by the fabulous running commentary from the bride.
“I married my husband over the bank holiday weekend of the 1st – 4th May 2009 in a private, and very grand, house in a tiny village in North Norfolk. Having stayed there on family holidays since I was a little girl, it was always a dream to get married in the hall and use the sweeping staircase as my aisle. We had 40 guests staying for the whole weekend and 60 more arriving on Sunday for our main wedding day. Our venue wasn’t licensed so we had a very small registry office service on the Saturday which was followed by a larger Humanist service on the Sunday. This meant that on the morning of the humanist wedding, I went downstairs and had a very nervous breakfast with my guests! Being inspired by LOVE, it was our dream to have a celebration of everything that this small word encompasses – our love for each other, our love for our friends and family and the love that we wanted to give out to thank all our fabulous guests for coming to celebrate with us. We wanted to make it clear that it wasn’t just a celebration of our love for each other but our love for our family and friends as well.”
This fun all day trash the dress shoot was sent over by UK photographer Natasha Hurley. I really love seeing the evolution of time throughout these images – from the early morning light in the garden shots, to the late afternoon sun in the graffiti shots and the evening time darkness with the contrast of the artifical lights in the final urban images. Quite apart from that, the bride Miranda looks like she’s having a ball and I love love love her heart shaped pink sunglasses.
“My thought process was for the shoot to have a slightly magical quality with a modern twist” Natasha told me “It came about after I bought a shockingly bright pink handheld mirror with baroque patterning around it….In the end the mirror only made it in one of the shots (the silhouette of Miranda looking at the mirror), but it was a great starting point I guess. The photos are a mixture of posed shots and those “in between” moments which I love to capture – in this photoshoot they are mainly of Miranda cracking up laughing as passers-by shouted “congratulations” to her!”
There is going to be much love for this wild English wedding, because as soon as I saw it my heart flipped and I couldn’t wait to share! Not only because Micheal & Alice’s wedding was quirky, vintage and Rock n Roll cool, but because they are British too…yey for the UK giving the uber stylish yanks a run for their money!*
The couple chose The Hop Farm as their venue because, in their own words, “it had a certain britishness to it and being both born and bred in Kent we grew up with the iconic images of the oast houses and it just felt comforting and homely to have them as a back drop to the wedding.” They didn’t really have one theme per-say but they just came up with/borrowed ideas from many areas that inspired them. In fact the only stipulation they put throughout the whole of the process of planning their wedding was that they wanted to get as many people as they liked together to have a really good party, and the actual ceremony and marriage was just a small part of that.