Although times they are a-changing, gay and lesbian couples have been long overlooked in the wedding industry. While there are many amazing wedding suppliers that cater for and love to work with same-sex couples, there has yet to be a really cool, all inclusive wedding event that all engaged couples – no matter their preferences – can go to and feel comfortable and accepted. Sure, there have been a few magazines and events dedicated to gay weddings, but (and I hate to say it) but most of the ones I’ve seen have been slightly cheesy and erring on the side of tacky.
So as you can imagine I whooped with glee when my friend Becky of the Most Curious Wedding Fair told me she was organising a cool, stylish and edgy wedding fair for gay and lesbian couples alongside Sara Smyth of Ruby+Diva bridal boutique. Both of these babes know what’s up when it comes to fashion-forward, edgy and achingly cool wedding stuff and I couldn’t think of anyone better qualified to tackle this uncharted territory.
I have been a big fan of Upper Street shoes for a long time. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play shoe designer once in a while? So when they got in touch to tell me all about their new personal inscription service, and to ask me if I’d like to give it a go, there was no way I was going to say no to an offer like that!
I am a flats girl. I’ve tried many many times to do the whole heels thing, but alas I’m just too uncoordinated. I love Upper Street for offering ballet flats in their range and it was a total no-brainer that this was the style I was going to go for. I mean, I was tempted by the fabulous killer heels, but what’s the point of designing your dream shoes if you’re never going to actually wear them!?
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things bright and beautiful, but I actually decided to go for something more – ahem – subtle (for me) for this shoe. I have plenty of eye-gauging pairs already and so I figured that a nice soft grey would be the perfect addition to my ever-expanding collection. The heart motif stole my… er… heart and I couldn’t stop at just one so I added one to the front and the back! OK, OK so I did go for a brilliant teal and bright, bright pink for the hearts, but give a girl a break, how could I not?!
One of the many things that I love about Upper Street is their HUGE variety of fabrics and colours. I went for a suede for the main shoe and metallic leather (oh yes!) for the hearts. Yes, of course I was tempted by the animal prints, snakeskin and patent options, in fact I had to forcibly restrain myself from adding ALL OF THEM!
Upper Street are perfect for brides-to-be (and maybe their very lucky bridesmaids). If you’ve been struggling to find your perfect wedding day shoe, then look no further! If you use their bridal service you’re treated to some lovely added extras including the new personal inscription service where you can add a cute little message. I had mine read “Designed by Rock n Roll Bride” but you could have anything. How about your new married name or your wedding date? You can even add a blue insole as your ‘something blue’ and if you have a specific material you’d like to use in your shoes they can source that for you too!
New kid on the block Dale Weeks is a force to be reckoned with. What he lacks in experience (starting his career as a music photographer, he’s been shooting weddings professionally for a little under a year) he totally makes up for in incredible talent and the utmost enthusiasm!
“I dropped out of college to tour in a band and when that didn’t work out I started getting into taking photos of bands”, he writes. “Then a couple of years ago I discovered Carl Zoch and some of the other amazing wedding photographers out there. Their images inspired me so much that I decided to take myself seriously and start my own wedding photography business. I love shooting couples in a natural setting and bringing out real smiles!”
Sometimes I read wedding blogs and wonder if there are even grooms involved in some of the weddings. I’m all for the girly stuff but I also really love to see a wedding where the couple have clearly worked together to plan the day. I mean, there’s really nothing manly about pink peonies or soft tulle or teeny tiny little cupcakes…
I know that I can be just as bad as the rest (I am a girl after all!) but I am also totally thrilled when I get the chance to talk about stuff for the dudes. So don’t go forgetting your man when it comes to planning all things wedding, he’s a big part of this day too remember and definitely needs to also look his super stylish best.
Introducing the awesomeness that is Mama Wolf and their bad ass ethical accessories for men.
Created by Sandeep Pawar, each item is handmade in the UK and created from ethically sourced fabric (either fair trade, upcycled, second hand or organic). So no longer will your man have to shudder at the thought of wearing some shiny Moss Bros monstrosity on the biggest day of his life. These pieces totally ooze cool.
“This little venture of mine was borne out of a love for sewing and the thrill of creating something beautiful by hand”, writes Sandeep. “It was also partly down to the frustration of the limited selection of fashion accessories that are out there for men. When tie shopping for my brother, I was astounded by the number of shiny and clown size ties that were on offer. Where was the pure cotton range? Where were the subtle and warm prints….where was the class and style? And another thing, who actually made this tie in South Korea? My trip to the high street left me enraged and saddened. So I made one for him. Then I made another… and then another. Before I knew it I had so many that I didn’t know what to do with them and quickly ran out of men to send them to…”
As some of you will know, I spent time in Los Angeles in March, probably the most health-concious and cleanse-obsessed place on the planet. Its no secret that I’m a ‘grab what’s available’ kinda eater, that I have a penchant for wine (and gin!) and that I’m totally allergic to exercise. However while I was in the land of buffed bodies, I did surprise myself by becoming quite the green juice junkie (something I have kept up since returning home!) and I even started to think a little more about how I treat, and what I put into, my body.
I’m no model. I’m a comfortable(ish) UK size 12 with enormous boobs and wobbly bits but, overall, I’m pretty happy with how I look. Now it might be something to do with getting scarily close to 30 or spending more time with my much more health-conscious American BFFs, but over the past few months I have started to think more about what I eat and the effect it all has on the way I look and my mood. I’ve always figured that I ate pretty well. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all and I rarely snack, but my Achilles heel is without a doubt the regular love affair that I have with wine. Just thinking about how many calories and toxins are in the glasses I sink on a nightly basis is actually pretty terrifying.
Gala has been a committed convert to The Clean Program for a while, and although for a long time, I balked at her healthy lifestyle (“yeah, yeah, you look great but I could never do that…”) over the past few months I started to think about it a bit more seriously. I have been feeling a little more self-conscious about my appearance as well as feeling sluggish, tired and totally overworked of late, so I decided to hell with it and to finally give it a go.
Being a detox virgin I was really pleased to find out about their new Clean Refresh program, a seven day detox designed to boost energy and give those that might have fallen off the heath wagon a much needed jolt in the right direction. They advise that this isn’t a full-on cleanse (they have a 21-day program if that’s more of what you’re after) but for someone who’s never so much as tried to cut out chips, I decided that a gentle week long introduction would be the best way to start. Baby steps and all that.
It is my life mission to save couples from terrible wedding photography. But picking the right wedding photographer is a big decision and I know one that a lot of my readers struggle with. For some of you especially, this is even more stressful as it’s compounded with worries about the cost of it all. While I’m a firm believer that you should allocate a sizeable chunk of your wedding budget into the images that you’ll keep forever, I’m not totally blind to the fact that for some of you, any investment at all just isn’t possible.
Which is why I’m always thrilled to be able to share the work of photographers who also want to give away their services to one lucky couple. It’s even more exciting to me when their images are as utterly flippin’ breathtaking as Ania & Michal of Rutko Photographers.
Based in Europe, they split their time between living in the UK and Poland but willing to travel worldwide for a damn good wedding. Ania explains, “Over the past few years we shot many classic, glamorous, chic, posh and fancy weddings. As much as we loved our couples and every wedding that we shoot, our hearts still belong to more alternative style. We like quirky ideas and couples who think outside the box. Handmade, unique and DIY details make us very happy as do intimate ceremonies and people that love a mix of old and new. We adore all the offbeat projects and kick-ass weddings that are featured on Rock n Roll Bride. These are simply the ones that we would love to shoot the most.”
And so to do so, this generous couple would like to offer one completely free wedding package to one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader! This is a price package worth £1600 and includes unlimited coverage of your wedding day by two professional wedding photographers and a disc of 450+ high res (print quality) fully edited images, as well as low res versions for sharing online. The contest is open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride but travel and accommodation must be covered if the wedding is taking place outside of the UK.
Entry couldn’t be simpler. Email Ania & Michal on email@example.com and let them know:
♥ Your names
♥ Your wedding date
♥ Your wedding location & venue
♥ Include a recent photograph of the two of you
♥ Tell them a little about your wedding (protip: go all out to impress!) Let them know all about your little details and quirks, and what it is that’s going to make your wedding totally unique and awesome! Feel free to include photos or an inspiration board to help to illustrate your ideas too.