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Vana & Damien – The Love Story

Good morning guys. I am very excited today to share the love story of Vana & Damien, our fabulous competition winners.  I can’t wait to go to their wedding in November…they are just such an awesome couple.

Come on then guys…tell me all about yourselves!

When I first met Damien I was 12 and hanging around outside my music class. 

I spotted this cute boy with that odd 90′s curtain haircut that was all the rage (why?!) But obviously being 15 (so much older and  more sophisticated) he had no idea I was even alive.

 

At 15 I’d acquired a couple of things that made me noticeable *ahem* – and we started dating. It was a brief summer thing which ended when Damien moved to Bristol. I cried in my bedroom listening to Slayers – Undisputed Attitude for about a week, before vowing to chop my hair off, move to London and become a punk. Which I subsequently did a year later – oh the folly of youth!

 

Almost a decade later Damien got my e-mail address from a random mutual friend, and got back in touch with me. We e-mailed back and forth, and chatted on instant messenger for what seemed like ages.

Then one day he called me and said he was playing a gig in Camden and did I fancy meeting up.

 

I was so nervous I nearly didn’t go and as my friends and I were mooching around outside deciding which bar to blow the gig off for, he came out of the venue with his guitarist!

Damien tells me he knew in that instance that he’d fallen in love.

After the gig his band made their way back to Bristol minus a drummer!

We stayed up and drank ourselves sober with vodka, and talked on my sofa till 6am. Somehow he never made the train back home that day, nor the next day, or the one after that.We’ve been totally inseparable ever since.

 

Damien proposed to me on our two year anniversary, it was a rainy day and we were at Pendennis Castle.All of a sudden he starts saying “No way, that’s so beautiful – look babe”, I couldn’t look as he was peering out of a tiny teeny window and was blocking the view.

Then he turned around and all I saw was a sparkly ring.

I just started grinning like a village idiot, jumping up and down and all manner of strange sounds exited my for once speechless mouth!

 

So that’s our little love story, we’re totally blown away that Kat and David have chosen us as the winners for the competition.

It’s the best wedding present ever!

 

Are you as in love with them as I am?

Here they are the day they met up after all those years and feel in lurrrve!

 

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A Little Bit Of Joy

You all know I love every single wedding or photograph I share with you, but I always get a little bit more excited than usual when I get to share a wedding from the UK with you.  Marianne Taylor is a very cool photographer from London (originally from Finland) who has just branched out into the world of wedding photography over here. She was kind enough to send me her very first UK wedding!  It took place at the stunning Andaz Hotel on Liverpool Street, and Marianne’s photographs make this venue look even more gorgeous than it is in real life!
There are so many amazing photographs from this wedding I couldn’t possibly share them all, so be sure to check out Marianne’s blog for more (particularly the portrait session on the old stairs…wow!)

I look forward to featuring more of your work in the future Marianne!

Credit: Marianne Taylor

Drum Roll Please!

I am so excited to announce the winners for our amazing free wedding photography contest.  We had so many amazing entries that it was actually nearly impossible to choose just one winner but we finally came to a decision and chose Vana & Damien!  They have won an engagement shoot and all their wedding photography on the day!  We loved this couple’s enthusiasm and over-excitement about all things wedding and had some amazing and totally unique ideas about what they want their wedding to be…and isn’t that what a Rock n Roll Wedding is all about?!

Vana & Damien are a amazingly cool couple from Newquay.  They are having a “tattoos, gingham and rock n roll” affair right by the beach in November.  They are also getting matching tattoos the very next day in their get up and we can’t wait to photograph that as well..it sounds amazing right?!  Vana’s dress also sounds fan-bloody-tastic but I don’t want to reveal anything in case Damien is being kept in the dark!

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Woooohoooo well done guys!

On another note – I had a few entries from couples in America, and I was so sorry that we couldn’t fly out to do your weddings too!  However, good news for you all…Edyta Szyszlo emailed me this morning to tell me she is launching a free wedding photography contest for US couples…so get on over there and enter!

Erupting Onto The Yorkshire Dales!

Sometimes really weird things happen and this is one of them..well maybe weird is not the right word, but coincidence.  I was sent the link to this wedding by one my my wonderful readers Nibi.  I checked out the photographers site (which I always do when I’m sent something to blog about) and realised I have actually been photographed by him myself!  It was one of those family photo shoots you have…the photographs came out pretty cool and we’ve still got one on our living room wall – maybe I’ll share them one day.
Anyway, as usual I digress!

Suzie and her rock star hubby Alex (check out his band, The Eruptors on myspace) married at Danby Castle in North Yorkshire.  The Bride Suzie said of their Rock ‘n Roll day..

I think the main idea of our wedding was getting a colourful and eclectic mix of our rock n’ roll and traditional aesthetic. I also think having me and my friends come from northern California brought something that stood out as different and a cool contrast in that very North Yorkshire landscape.

We’ve had a lot of the friends and family who came tell us it was one of the best weddings they’ve ever attended and that it was beautiful and unique. It was quite a feat for essentially planning the whole thing in a little over 2 months! To me, the best part was how intimate the whole day felt. I felt truly in love and surrounded by love.
Aww…cute!

A huge thank you to Nibi for winging these my way!

Credit: Neil Palmer

A Barcelona Elopement

I am SO excited to finally get to share Terri & Sebastian’s Barcelona elopement with you.  The couple actually discovered David through Rock ‘n Roll Bride and so it’s only fair that I get the first, exclusive post of their wedding photographs.  Seriously guys, David is bloody amazing..these photographs really do speak for themselves!
Clicky here for David’s blog post on the event
and clicky here for Terri & Sebastian’s engagements

David told me to post which ever ones I wanted..so I’ve gone right ahead and posted practically every single one! I hope you enjoy my largest photo post ever!

Oooh and I may as well take this opportunity to remind you that you have just over a week (until 31st March) to get your entries in for your chance to win free wedding photography from David.  We have had some truly amazing entries so far and I already don’t know how we will choose, but keep them coming anyway!

Credit: David M McNeil