If there’s one thing I love more than anything about running this blog and my magazine, it’s that I have the opportunity to share with you some truly amazing and utterly creative wedding suppliers that might not be included in more mainstream publications.
Brighton based designer Louise O’Mahony of Oh My Honey falls squarely into that camp. I first discovered her when I featured this amazing snow queen shoot that she not only supplied the dresses for, but modelled in too (that’s her with the blue hair!) and I quickly fell in love with her colourful, whimsical, 1950s inspired wedding dresses.
Although her designs very definitely take their inspiration from vintage gowns, Louise designs with a modern bride in mind. The classic 50s elements are given an updated, fresh approach, and are cut to fit the modern woman’s silhouette. Her use of colourful fabrics, unique embellishments and quirky flirty feminine shapes is second to none, and details such as hot pink zips, ombre tulle petticoats and rainbow embroidered polka dots make these gowns perfect for those who want to stand out on their big day!
So as you can imagine I was pretty damn thrilled when the lady herself got in touch to ask if I’d be interested in running a contest for one of my readers to win a wedding dress. The winner will be able to choose from the following four designs:
A simple sweetheart neckline, and dipped hem dress, made with beautiful matte satin fabric. With an amazing ombre choppy tulle petticoat fading from ivory to candy pink bursting out from underneath. This dress is sure to turn heads and is not for the feint of heart!
If supporting small and independent companies during your wedding planning is something important to you, then I’d love to introduce you to wedding stationer Emma Jo. Obsessed with all things paper from an early age, Emma has taken that passion and formed her own boutique wedding stationery company. She offers a diverse and ever-expanding collection of beautiful invitations, save the dates and paper goods for weddings.
Wanting nothing more than to provide a relaxed and enjoyable experience for her clients, Emma launched her company in 2009 in response to seeing way too many ‘ordinary’ wedding stationery around. She wanted to design things that were anything but ordinary! She loves nothing more than listening to her couple’s stories and designing their stationery around them.
“I am so proud of the diverse styles we offer”, Emma told me. “My company may be small but I have big ideas and am always exploring new concepts to give our couples more and better options. For example gold foil printing is super popular at the moment, but many of my couples only require small numbers of invites, are tight on time or simply don’t have the budget to go all out. So I designed the ‘Little Gold Heart’ range with all the luxury of a specialist print with a metallic gold foil heart, but the option to have personalised, and printed in small quantities. This is also a great affordable option compared with fully foiled or letterpress stationery, and these invitations start at £3.40 each including envelopes.”
Don’t get me wrong, love is a wonderfully glorious thing, but the forced “We’re so in lurrrve, let’s spend lots of money on overpriced bouquets and go to a packed restaurant with everyone else that’s also in lurrrrrve” attitude around Valentine’s Day isn’t really my bag.
Gareth and I are much more likely to stay in with a takeaway than go out to a fancy restaurant, and while he buys me ‘just because’ flowers all the time, I don’t think he’s ever bought me some on V-day. He likes to be unpredictable and I think that’s way more romantic anyway.
In saying that, it is nice to give a nod of “I think you’re the best” to your other half on Valentine’s, but doing so doesn’t have to make you cringe. So I went on a hunt for the most non-butt clenching cards and prints I could find… Oh and one set of marshmallows, because who wouldn’t want to get custom marshmallows as a gift?!
I’ve also partnered with Etsy on this post to give someone a £50 voucher to spend on their website! Just scroll down to the end to find out how to enter.
I was going to write you a poem…
Gold foil heart
Let’s make out
I like you practice making babies with you
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll already know how much of an advocate I am to the value of wedding photography. I’ve covered the topic multiple times before. However I also know that a lot of you are on a strict budget, and as much as you would love to be able to book your dream wedding photographer, it’s just not financially viable.
Which is why I was utterly overjoyed when Reading (holla!!) based wedding photographer Andreea Virna of VeVi Wedding Photography got in touch wanting to offer an amazing plethora of photography prizes (try saying that fast five times!) to Rock n Roll Bride readers.
Firstly, a little bit about the girl behind the camera. “My name is Andreea and I started out as a fashion photographer”, she writes. “Before I knew it, I fell in love with the excitement, the dresses, the details and the stories that come together at that one special day. My wedding photography, much like my fashion work, has a distinctive off-beat style, and is quirky in its own way. I love what I do and put my heart and soul into it which I hope translates into beautiful images. I want my clients to be able to cherish those precious moments through my work. I love being involved in weddings and find it an honour to have a day immortalised through my artistic vision.”
The most amazing thing about this competition is that Andreea isn’t just offering one prize, she’s giving away THREE! To qualify for this incredible contest you must be getting married during 2015.
First prize: An engagement shoot, full day of wedding photography (up to 10 hours) with up to 650 fully edited wedding images on disc.
Second prize: A £500 voucher for you to spend redeemable against any wedding photography package.
Third prize: An engagement shoot.
Are you sitting down? You might want to before you read this one, because you are not going to beeeelive how amazing today’s competition is! How would you like to win your dream wedding cake? But not any dream – the weirdest, most fantastical, extreme dream you could ever possibly have?! Your wildest wedding day fantasies are about to come true and (in case you can’t tell) I am SO BLOODY EXCITED about it.
I first heard of Choccywoccydoodah when I was in university. A friend I’d made there was from Brighton, and one day we started talking about what we might do for our weddings. She told me that she had no real clue, except for the fact that she knew she had to have a Choccywoccydoodah cake. They were a small chocolate shop in the seaside town who were fast becoming known as the place that would do things that no other chocolatiers could even dream of. Quickly gaining a cult following for their unbelievable confectionery creations, there were nothing like the wedding cake powerhouse that they are today, but I was hooked instantly.
From that moment on, I knew that if Gareth and I ever got married, I too wanted a Choccywoccydoodah cake. Unfortunately when we actually came around to getting hitched, we just couldn’t afford one. They are incredible, in fact THE most incredible wedding cakes in the world, but that kind of skill and creativity doesn’t come cheap. I thought my Choccywoccydoodah dreams were forever dashed. That’s until I became a wedding blogger and made it my mission to become friends with them!
OK, enough fan-girling and gushing, let’s get on with what you could be winning. One very lucky couple will have a wedding cake from their own imagination created for them by Choccywoccydoodah. So to enter, we want you to come up with an idea for a mind-blowing wedding cake.
Picking a favourite collection from my collaboration with Crown and Glory is flat out impossible, but ombrè and glitter are pretty hard to beat right? So when Sophie asked me if I wanted to run a contest for someone to win a one of the complete sets, the ‘Gala’ designs were my first choice.
This amazing prize includes a belt, a huge bow, a medium bow, a headband and a cuff. That’s one item for every day of the week, OR, if you’re feeling extra lovely, one item for each of your bridesmaids! We designed them to be worn as a mismatched but co-ordinating set, so I’d personally love if you did the latter (and then sent me photos afterwards!)
Each piece is available in either pink, purple, blue or black, and the winner can pick whichever colours they’d prefer (all the same or mix and match).
To enter, simply like both Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory Accessories on Facebook and come back and comment on this blog post telling us why you want to win. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!