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WIN! ♥ A New York Love Story ♥

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Credit: Sarah Sloboda Wedding Photography

I ♥  New York. I’ve only been lucky enough to visit the city once before, but I have to say, after Tokyo, it is quite possibly my favourite city in the world (and seriously makes London look rubbish – sorry London.)

As if you New Yorkers weren’t lucky enough, your life is about to get ever just a teensy tiny bit better. Oh yes, I kid you not – I have such a ridiculously amazing contest for you that I wish I could fly the hell over there and win the damn thing myself!

Todd Ritondaro, who has worked on a range of films ranging from national commercials to small indie films, is now branching into the world of wedding film and wants to make a little film about love in the big apple and he needs subjects… That’s where you come in. He is giving away a free film shoot where you will play the lead. He will follow you and your beau documenting your story – where you met, where you hang out, where you fell in love…

I am going to make films exploring the nuances of couples relationships, and film them in the place where they met, the places that are important to them, their regular bars and restaurants, the objects and events they give meaning to, etc.  I’m fascinated by these kinds of dynamics and intricacies in relationships.

I am approaching this idea the same way that I do when I shoot a narrative film, in that there would be a script of some kind, set locations, and a shot list.  In some instances I would light them as well.  Visually, I’m picturing something very cinematic and stylized.  Not your usual wedding video.  I feel like it’s hard to really get this in depth when shooting a couple on their wedding day.  I think this approach is much more interesting and then allows the couple to use it on their website and screen it at their wedding.

So, how about it? To be eligible you must have met and fallen in love in New York City and should still live there now. The shoot will take a full day and will happen sometime in September.
To enter, drop me an email entitled ‘We fell in love in New York City’ and let me know, in no more that 250 words your New York story – how you met, how you fell in love and what New York means to you. Please include a recent photograph in your entry.

I will then choose my top 3 finalists and the readers of Rock n Roll Bride will get to vote for the winners.

What are you waiting for New York? – get on it!

Terms & Conditions

  • Prize includes a pre shoot meeing, a full day shoot with Todd Ritondaro and a DVD and quicktime copy of the final film when it’s complete.
  • Closing date for entries is Sunday 16th August 2009
  • Top 3 finalists will be chosen by Rock n Roll Bride and will be on Rock n Roll Bride for voting for 1 week.
  • Shoot will take place in New York. Winners must provide their own transport.
  • Winner must be available for the shoot sometime in September 2009 (probably a weekend)
  • Only 1 entry per couple
  • Winners must be willing to be featured on rocknrollbride.com and toddritondaropictures.com and may be required to become involved in future publicity. The film/images of the winner may be used in the press
  • Copyright of publicity will belong to Todd Ritondaro Pictures and Rock n Roll Bride
  • If for any reason the advertised prize is unavailable, Rock n Roll Bride reserves the right at its absolute discretion to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered
  • Final winner will be selected by a public vote.  The couple with the highest number of votes will be the overall winner.
  • By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete
  • The winner will be contacted via their email address on the competition draw date. Rock n Roll Bride will not amend contact information provided.
  • Reasonable efforts will be made to contact a winner. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery may result in forfeiture of the prize. If they cannot be contacted, or are unable comply with these terms and conditions, Rock n Roll Bride reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant

And The Winners Are…

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Credit: Tinywater Photography

I could literally fall over with excitement right about now, I am about to announce the winners of the Tinywater photo shoot competition. We had so many votes (over 200 and yes I had to count them all, I have learnt my lesson and next time I will get a fancy widgety thing to keep track for me) So without further ado…your winners are…

Erica & Richie!

I can not stress how close a call it was – they won by just 13 votes and the two runners up only had 2 votes between them – agonisingly close! I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that entered and voted and of course a maaahusive high five to the awesome Tinywater Photography. Eeeek I can not wait to see the results!

Vote Vote Vote!

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No exaggeration this has been the most difficult contest to judge…ever! I am just so glad I got to choose 3 finalists, picking just one would have literally been impossible. So here’s the drill, I need you to vote for your favourites to win the photo shoot in the comments section of this post. The couple who get the most number of votes will win. You have until Sunday 12th July 2009 to pick your winners. May I introduce…

Johnny & Ash
What makes us particularly rock n roll? Both artists at heart [he with music, I with craft], we have genuine appreciation for that talent and work that go into photography. We often take our own little photo shoots in the comfort of our home — amateur, but still so much fun! Above all qualities, we share an immense dislike for material possessions and human natures craving for cash. We refuse to buy ourselves luxuries unless we can sincerely part with them. We will never claim to “need” something other than oxygen, nourishment, and each other. Our goofy personalities and spontaneity is all the entertainment I could ask for. A perfect day, in our eyes, is spent in the grass under the sun, maybe with a bottle of wine. Although we are completely content and thankful for what we have, our lack of money keeps us from ever treating ourselves to something nice. We know we will be just fine without the fancy dinners on important dates [we prefer to try and cook by ourselves anyway!], or the garden wedding we will never be able to afford, but being spoiled with the attention of a photo shoot is something he and I would really appreciate.

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Automne & Graham 
I could tell you all about our little rock ‘n’ roll habits like nerding out about records, drinking beer on the porch, going to shows, playing music together, making each other laugh, talking about politics, and turning each other on – but none of those things are fabulously unique. They’re just fabulous. What makes us unique is that we were introduced by a friend, reacquainted at a war protest, and brought together during a spin-the-bottle game. We’ve been inseparable for six years. Our first kisses made the papers and our wedding is going to blow your minds. 

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Erica & Richie
First of I just wanted to say I am totally addicted to Rock n Roll Bride! I HAVE to read and see all of the gorgeous pictures you post EVERYDAY, thank you for all of the inspiration. Ok with that said, on to my Fiancee and I. I met Richie at this indie/electro bar in our home town, one day I was there dancing the night away with my besties and he walked by. I promise that when I saw him I was instantly in love. So when he walked back by I couldn’t help but stare and smile. Then he walked by again and I smiled and was just hoping and hoping he would come talk to me, and he did! We hit it off and have been together everyday since. We are from Texas and now live in California, he moved all the way over here with me. The thing that makes us rock n roll is that we are 100% able to be who we are. We have so much fun together whether we are out exploring getting lost or whether we are at home watching TV. He makes me laugh, I make him laugh. We love dancing, jamming out in the car, and just being lazy together, there is nothing sweeter than that. We are getting married in March and I cannot wait! I dream of having gorgeous pictures like the ones I see here everyday

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Good Luck guys, I’m glad it’s out of my hands now!

I hate to have to add this but pwwwease only one vote per person. I do not want this contest to turn into fisty-cuffs about some people getting multiple votes from the same IP addresses. Each IP address will only get one vote. Come on now people, I can see where each vote comes from, you’re not fooling me by changing your name or email address slightly! Play nice or don’t play at all.

Sparkly New Tinywater Photo Shoot Contest!

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I get very excited about running contests on the site, especially ones as fantastic as this one. In response you many of your suggestions to wanting more competitions I trust you will be satisfied with this one!

 

One of my absolute favourite photographers, Tinywater, have offered Rock n Roll Bride readers a free, yes free photo shoot!

Tinywater Photography are husband and wife team Caroline & Daniel who hail from Sacramento, California. They specialise in fabulously original, cutting edge, modern photography that never ceases to take my breath away. Not one of their photo shoots have ever bored me and no two are ever the same. If you haven’t checked their work out before you are most definitely missing out!

 

To enter, drop me an email to kat@rocknrollbride.com with the subject – Rock n Roll Bride/Tinywater Contest, including a recent photograph of you and your partner and let me know, in no more than 250 words, a brief overview of what makes you and you guys particularly rock n roll?!
Think outside the box with this one – are you totally crazy about crafting? Do you love scuba diving together? Do you spend all your evenings watching old movies on the sofa? I want to know what makes you a fabulously unique couple who needs fabulous photographs to share with the world!

 

I will then choose my top 3 finalists and the readers of Rock n Roll Bride will get to vote for the winners.

 

In fact the only problem I have with this contest is the immense jealousy I now feel at being in the UK and unable to enter myself – I am dying to have them take photographs of me…you lucky things!

 

 

Credit: Tinywater Photography

 

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Prize includes a 3 hour, 2 photographer photo shoot by Tinywater Photography + 15 high-res JPEG images
  • Closing date for entries is 6th July 2009
  • Top 3 finalists will be chosen by Rock n Roll Bride and will be on Rock n Roll Bride for voting for 1 week.
  • Shoot will take place in the San Francisco Bay or Sacramento area of California. Winners must provide their own transport.
  • Winner must be available for the shoot in place August or September 2009
  • Only 1 entry per couple
  • Winners must be willing to be featured on rocknrollbride.com and tinywater.com and may be required to become involved in future publicity. The photographs of the winner may be used in the press
  • Copyright of publicity will belong to Tinywater Photography and Rock n Roll Bride
  • If for any reason the advertised prize is unavailable, Rock n Roll Bride reserves the right at its absolute discretion to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered
  • Final winner will be selected by a public vote.  The couple with the highest number of votes will be the overall winner.
  • By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete
  • The winner will be contacted via their email address on the competition draw date. Rock n Roll Bride will not amend contact information provided. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact a winner. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery may result in forfeiture of the prize. If they cannot be contacted, or are unable comply with these terms and conditions, Rock n Roll Bride reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant

The Uber Exciting Sparkly Contest Winner

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Credit: Ly Wylde

 

Woah what an amazing response I got from the surveys! I’d first like to say a huge thank you to everybody that took the time to fill it in and I will most defiantly be taking some of your ideas and suggestions into consideration.

The winner of the gorgeous Hello Kitty Pretty is…..dum dum duuum…

 

Marni

 

Well done you! I loved your answer…All you need is Hearts, stars, lemon bars, something cuddly, girl friends, and maybe a vibrator…

 …And the fact that you called me “Dollface” :o)

 

However there were so many great answers to each question that I’d like to share some more of my favourites, to answer some questions that were raised and to say what I’m planning on doing to with some of your ideas…

 

In regards to the best thing about Rock n Roll Bride, pretty much everybody said the amazing photography which makes me super doper happy as that is primarily what the whole site is about – I must be doing something right! Here are another few of my favourite answers…

  • You generally focus on wedding and engagement photography which is my primary interest. Other sites will post many updates on “colour combinations” or other detail-specific topics that are less interesting to me.
  • The gorgeous collection of photographs and sweet commentary
  • That the images featured are not your everyday ‘smile and say cheese’ portraits. They are oozing with life and personality, and the inspiration hits me like a roundhouse kick from Chuck Norris himself.
  • I am inspired by her posts and love the fresh photos she posts. She celebrates art and the story of love by featuring photos of fabulous and fierce weddings. Kat Rocks
  • It shows such a range of styles for hair, clothing, florals, everything! It’s so hard to find pictures and inspirations for unique weddings. Rock n Roll Bride is really the best site I’ve found so far.
  • The photographs you share. They are just so inspiring and beautiful. I know I won’t ever find a horrible photograph on this site.
    I love that you try to tell a little story about the bride and groom/engaged couple with the photographs you post. It gives a little insight into their world.
    AND you showcase photographers and weddings from all over the globe.
    AND it’s not just the traditional “white dress” weddings. I love it.
  • I love the idea that it empowers brides to think outside the box. I really drives home that weddings should truly reflect your personal style and what you love!

 

The two questions regarding the worst thing about the site and the suggestions were ranging from the bizarre to the brilliant. I will most definitely be taking many of your comments on board and making some changes as soon as possible. Including…

  • The layout/header.  I had a number of comments saying the layout was either a bit boring or a bit amateur.  I have recently installed a lightbox feature so that now, when you click on one of the thumbnails in a post you can scroll through all the images without having to keep clicking back (yey!). I am however going to keep this current style of posting thumbnails on the main posts as when you post as many photographs as I do, full size images would create ever more giant posts! It would take forever to load each page and/or scroll down to the next post.
  • I am currently in the beginning stages of planning on a slight redesign of the site. I would like to get a fancier header and make the main body of the site a bit more ‘me’. I do however like having a slightly plainer site to make it easier to find your way around and to let the images speak for themselves. Think of Rock n Roll Bride as an art gallery of photographic talent…and art galleries always have plain white walls! I like to think of my site in the same way I think of my outfits (stick with me on this one) I may dress plainly sometimes but I always find the time to accessorise with my pink locks and way too much sparkly jewellery – think of the site as the black top and leggings combo, and the images as the unicorn necklace, hello kitty tiara and oversized pearl earrings.

I am also currently working on:

  • Doing more contests – I have a very exciting, photography-based contest coming up soon!
  • The tagging system…I admit it – my tagging sucks! When I started the site I had a few tags and I haven’t ready added on them, so one of these days I’m going to go back through to all 1000 odd posts (yes there has been that many!) and re-tag them all a lot better. Sorry for being so lame on this!
  • Featuring more same-sex weddings.
  • Organising events – as I am in the UK it is unfortunate that most of us will never meet (boo!) but I have already organised one meet of UK vendors/photographers (oh we had so many cocktails!) and am planning on arranging many more.
  • Weekly round ups are done exclusively for my Facebook fans – go join my page to get my pick of the week ever Friday.
  • The search bar – There is a search bar but it’s down the bottom of the page – in my site re-design I will be moving it to the top so it’s easier to find
  • And finally the debate on too many/not enough daily posts will never be settled it seems as the worst thing for about 50% of the respondents was too many posts and the other 50% said there were not enough! Therefore I will carry on posting as many amazing weddings and photo shoots as I possibly can..yey!

Some of my favourite responses to the tie breaker question that are worth a shout out…

All You Need is

·         Imagination and the determination to make things happen no matter how impossible they seem!

·         Cupcakes!

·         The walk, the words and the sparkles to wear!

·         Candied orange slices for my wedding cake and someway to hologram my dog on my wedding day, the venue won’t allow animals.

·         Guts, determination, and a jar of double cream strawberry yoghurt.

·         Glitter, fun, love, friends, laughter, excitement, stability and of course what ever it is that makes YOU truly happy!

·         Heart with a dash of soul.

·         To be your gorgeous, tattooed, sparkly ass self…especially on your wedding day!

·         Sex, hugs and rock n roll bride!

·         Red hair, black eyeliner and a whole lot of love.

·         Tattoos, pink anything, hearts, and blue skies.<3

·         A best friend, cocktails and a Polaroid camera. ;)

·         Interpretive dance

·         Black eyeliner & kickass heels!

·         His credit card

 

Again a huge thank you to everyone that took the time to fill out

the survey – I had over 200 responses and I all your answers will

help make Rock n Roll Bride even better!

Sparkly New Contest – Hello Kitty Pretty

This Contest is Now Closed

I am so honoured and excited to have so many amazing friends who I’ve met through Rock n Roll Bride. I spend so much time online (<ahem> geek!) that I probably spend more time with them that I do my real life friends.
It would be impossible to say who my best online buddy is, but Erica Adams has got to come close. She has been so wonderful to me and even listened to me when I’m ranting about something or other or getting upset that my kitty is missing <sniff sniff>

Erica is primarily a photographer but in her spare time makes these gorgeous ‘pretties’ to adorn her and her friend’s tresses and oh yes she has made some for me (woohoo) and has even donated a pink Hello Kitty pretty as a fabulous competition prize! 

To enter all you need to do is fill out this quick survey- it’s only 10 questions and should take you no time at all, I want to know a little but more about you, my glorious readers, as it’s been a while since my last reader survey.  The contest is open to everyone, whether your a Bride to be, a newlywed, a photographer or just a wedding obsessive – you have one week so get entering!

ps even if you don’t want to win the prize (maybe you are a male photographer and you don’t think a Hello Kitty hair piece would suit you, I would be extremely grateful if you could take the time to full out the survey anyway, the results will really help me to make Rock n Roll Bride better! Just fill out the last question as ‘I don’t want the pretty hair pretty’ or something and I won’t enter you to win the prize
Thank you – much love.

Photo Credit: Erica Adams

Terms & Conditions

·     Prize includes one Hello Kitty pretty by Erica Adams.
·     Closing date Wednesday, 17th June 2009.
·     You can only enter once.
·     Winners must be willing to be featured on rocknrollbride.com and may be required to become involved in future publicity. Photographs of the winner may be used in the press or on the site.
·     If for any reason the advertised prize is unavailable, Rock n Roll Bride reserves the right at its absolute discretion to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered
·     Winner will be selected by Rock n Roll Bride.  Judges decision is final
·     By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete
·     The winner will be contacted via their email address after the competition draw date. Rock n Roll Bride will not amend contact information provided. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact a winner. Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery may result in forfeiture of the prize. If they cannot be contacted, or are unable comply with these terms and conditions, Rock n Roll Bride reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant