I am a huge fan of Lisa Jane Photography. She has such a unique eye and her attention to detail really comes through in her images. I love the way she captures emotion in a genuine and intimate way, and that she’s not afraid to show real, unapologetic love. She is also bloomin’ fantastic at capturing all the little details of a wedding – the stationery, the flowers, your quirky centrepiece ideas. So as you can imagine I was thrilled when she asked if I’d host a contest for her, and I was even more excited when she told me she wanted to give away a full wedding package! If you are getting married before the end of 2013 and you haven’t got your photographer sorted yet, then today is your lucky day!
Based in London but willing to travel anywhere for a good wedding, Lisa says, “When I was planning my own wedding, I found Rock n Roll Bride and fell in love. Every wedding featured showed couples hopelessly in love and getting married in style. These were couples not afraid to be themselves or to throw some traditions out the window and do it their way. When I started photographing weddings myself, I soon realised these were the kinds of couples I wanted to photograph.”
So what is Lisa offering? Well…
“No matter what you have planned I want to know about it!” she says. “Whether its black dress, you’re are covered in tattoos, or your just planning a kick ass rock n roll party and making everything yourself… as long as you are injecting your personality into your day I want to shoot your wedding. No idea is too small, no location too far, as long as you are doing it your way, I want to hear from you!”
Don’t worry you don’t literally have to trash your dress (well unless you want to!) to enter this contest with wedding photographer Photographic Blonde! Photographer Emily would like the opportunity to shoot some kick ass Rock n Roll Brides and what could be a better way to do that then to ask you lot if you’d like to model for her? Not only will you have a great day but you’ll have some really fun and unique photographs to keep forever.
“Hey I’m Emily aka Photographic Blonde. I set up my wedding photography business three years ago after working in the photography industry for seven years, and I was adamant that I wanted to offer couple something different for their weddings.”
“I am passionate about the concept behind ‘trash the dress’,” Emily continues. I think it is a crying shame that so many stunning wedding dresses are packed up & pushed to the back of a closet after the big day. My aim is to celebrate the beauty of both the dress & the bride by creating images that capture their style & personality. The word ‘trash’ tends to put some people off the idea so be rest assured that you don’t actually have to ruin your dress to get some great shots! However if you’re willing to dance in a fountain, run through a field of flowers, have a food fight or cover your self in paint then I’ll be by your side all the way & ready to hand you a towel at the end!”
Emily would like to offer FIVE lucky Rock n Roll Bride readers a day long (or however long you need to make your vision happen!) trash the dress/rock the frock photo shoot. The prize includes a hair & make up artist to make sure you’re looking your best as well as approximately 30 high resolution, print quality images for you to keep, delivered via online download.
For your chance to win one of these five free photo shoots simply email Emily on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject link ‘Trash the Dress’ and include:
Whenever I blog a wedding, I always ask the couples about their engagement story. I don’t always include them in the final posts, but it really helps me get to know the couple and what makes them tick – how they got together, how long they were engaged and how they got from ‘will you?’ to ‘I do’. In fact some of my favourite wedding stories have been those with interesting engagement tales. One of my besties, who was married just last month, was only engaged 3 months (in fact her now-husband did a lot of the planning before he even popped the question!) but at the other end of the scale, Emma & Pete were engaged for 3 years before their surprise wedding last year!
As we all know, engagements and wedding planning aren’t always smooth sailing, but sometimes you just need to have a laugh about it. So needless to say I was pretty excited to be contacted by Universal Pictures just last week to tell me all about their latest comedy release, The Five-Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. I think it’s pretty much standard that you have to go watch wedding related movies throughout your engagement isn’t it?! And with the team behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Bridesmaids working on this picture, I just know it’s going to be a hoot! I for one can’t wait to see it!
“The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall joins the producer of Bridesmaids for The Five-Year Engagement. This irreverent comedy looks at what happens when an engaged couple (Jason Segel and Emily Blunt) keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle.”
“Exactly one year after Tom Solomon (Segel) met Violet Barnes (Blunt), he surprised her with a ring. By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after, but career plans and comical problems manage to torpedo every “save the date.” Five years later, two people who once dreamed of the perfect day just want to get it over with. Through the humorous trials of discovering who they will become as a couple, Tom and Violet will learn if they have what it takes to survive their five-year engagement.”
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The British high street is fabulous. In fact on returning from my recent jaunts in The States I was even more convinced of the fact that we have one of the best in the world. However there is something I need to get off my chest. Is there a particular reason that even the most body-conscious stores only seem to stock dresses that are way above the knee/way below a reasonable neckline and cut seriously tight? Is it too much to ask for a shop that stocks dresses to fit, you know, women that aren’t size 8 teenagers? I’m only 27 for goodness sake, I don’t think I’m ready to shop in Marks & Spencer just yet.
Well dear reader have I got a treat for you because I’ve just been made aware of the fabulous Shabby Apple, a US based company who ship worldwide! Their women’s dresses are designed for…shock horror…real women!
I particularly love their sizing guide (explained in measurements as well as standard dress sizes) to make sure your purchase will fit you perfectly. Being the owner of a larger than average sized boobs, I often have trouble with finding dresses to fit my ample bazookas… but not any more!
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Kat Forsyth is a wedding photographer from South Africa that has recently relocated to London. After shooting weddings for four years she decided it was time for a change of scenery. The weather may not be as good over here but this makes us UK dwellers, very lucky indeed!
With an amazing eye for light, Kat captures colour like no other, making her the perfect wedding photographer for a colourful couple.
Are you getting married before the end of 2012 and don’t have your wedding photographer sorted yet? Well my dears you are in luck. To kick start her new career as a UK wedding photographer, Kat would like to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader free wedding photography!
“I’m looking for a fun couple who are planning a creative, crazy or unusual wedding they’re really excited about,” Kat says. “They must be willing to have it featured on my blog and hopefully Rock n Roll Bride afterwards too!”
One Rock n Roll couple will win wedding day coverage (up to 9 hours) and a disc of 400+ high resolution, fully edited images. The wedding must take place before the end of 2012.
You’re on Pinterest right? If not it’s time to sign up! To enter simply create a Pinterest inspiration board for your wedding, and email the link to it to Kat at email@example.com with the subject ‘Rock n Roll Bride free wedding competition’. In your email include a little bit about your wedding ideas, your wedding date and location and please also include a recent photograph and yourself and your fiance.
Photography Credit: Jonas Peterson Photography (full wedding here)
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Wanna party like Monique & Lee (pictured above) at your own wedding? Well I’ve got someone that might just be able to help you on your way. Wedbeat is a unique online service that allows you to compile your own personalised wedding playlist and then have it presented and ready to play on a 24ct gold CD. No more cheesy wedding DJs and no more having to faff with an mp3 playlist, when, let’s be honest, all you wanna do is crank up the music and party!
They say, “With our flagship service – The Soundtrack to Your Wedding – couples can order 3, 4 or 5 hours of music on a professionally produced, ready to play 24ct gold CD. The music on each and every CD is highly personalised by a couples’ choice of their favourite genres and eras and can include and optional first dance and ’must have’ songs.”
“Our experienced studio professionals create up to 2,500 individual wedding party music CDs annually. From smaller intimate celebrations to grander affairs with hundreds of guests and everything in between, our expert studio DJs know how to create the perfect CD to fill the dance floor at any wedding party.”
“The wedding party is the ‘final’ act of a wedding and one that a photographer won’t always stay for. With Wedbeat, you and your guests will not only enjoy great music but you’ll get to keep a permanent reminder of the party – the culmination of a very long process and, hopefully, of a great wedding day!”
I know what you’re thinking (because I was too…) How difficult is it really to burn your own CD of music? What makes Wedbeat different? So I asked them just that…