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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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…
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I’m utterly thrilled today to share with you a brand new competition. Rebecca L is very generously offering a free engagement shoot to TEN Rock n Roll Bride readers and then free wedding photography to her favourite of these ten couples. We all know weddings are expensive things, so how awesome would it be to get your wedding photos (and great wedding photos at that!) for absolutely nadda!?
Rebecca is based in London and has been a fashion photographer for 5 years. However recently she has moved into shooting weddings and loves it. “I have been a photographer for many years, but launched Rebecca L Weddings in Spring 2011 as there is nothing I want more in the world then to shoot unusual, quirky, vintage and fashionable weddings,” she explains.
“I absolutely LOVE Rock n Roll Bride, when I first stumbled on Kat’s amazing website a year ago I just knew these are the weddings I wanted to photograph as I’m completely eccentrically crazy myself, and a wedding to me isn’t a wedding unless its completely unique, different and damn right outrageous.”
Rebecca is giving away ten yes ten free engagement shoots (worth £500 each) to Rock n Roll Bride readers. The shoots will take place before 1st June 2012 and following this, Rebecca will pick her favourite couple and shoot their entire wedding for free!
Each winner of a free engagement shoot will receive a 2 hour shoot in the location of their choice (reasonable travel must be paid for Rebecca if shoot is to take place outside of London/Surrey) and approximately 50 fully edited and retouched high res images (as well as low res versions for sharing on facebook etc).
The ultimate prize (an engagement shoot and the wedding photography) is worth a stonking £2000 and the winners will receieve everything the engagement shoot winners get PLUS 8 hours wedding day coverage and 400+ retouched/fully edited high and low resolution images.
Again, if your wedding will take place outside of the London/Surrey area travel expenses must be covered.
The winning wedding must take place before 1st June 2014.
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Wedding dress designers SimplyBridal was started with a basic idea of helping the bride, not the middleman. “After hearing from countless friends and family members about the high cost of wedding dresses, our founder Lawrence Ng decided to start his own bridal company that met the needs of his loved ones,” they say. ” Our aim is to provide outstanding quality in fabric, materials, and fit without the inconvenience and costs of traditional bridal boutiques and retailers.”
SimplyBridal design and create their unique wedding dresses from their Los Angeles base, “Our in-house experts are on the pulse of bridal fashion, scouring the latest trends and styles. Our head designer has over twelve years of experience in the fashion industry, and has designed for BCBGMAXAZRIA in Los Angeles, and Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique in New York.”
SimplyBridal have a vast array of dresses and styles available, with 80 styles currently available, all costing under $600. Each dress is made to order and to fit the exact measurements and requirements of the individual bride.
WIN Your Wedding Dress
I’m thrilled to announce that the wonderful team at SimplyBridal would like to offer a free wedding dress to not one but FIVE readers of Rock n Roll Bride!
To enter, simply check out their website, choose your favourite dress and comment below telling me why you chose it. Remember to include a link to the dress so I can have a nosy.