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Somewhere Over the Rainbow at The Photography Farm – Preview

So this week I spent most of my time hanging out with a bunch of amazing wedding photographers at The Photography Farm, hosted by photographer Lisa Devlin. We drank (way to much) wine and (too many) cocktails, some brave souls swam in the pool or hung out in the jacuzzi…oh and we even threw in a bit of learning too!

Lisa referred to her 20 years of experience to teach the students about every aspect of running their wedding photography businesses and I was there to talk to them about how to publicise themselves, get their websites and blogs up to scratch, how to use social media and what to do to get featured on wedding blogs and in magazines. I was super nervous but I ended up wittering on for quite a while!

We also did two styled shoots. The first was an engagement shoot with the gorgeous Heather & Rob who are getting hitched next April; and the second, a ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ styled shoot with yours truly…

…and yes I even held a chicken (there was also a horse and a ‘Toto’ but more of them later!)

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Taxidermy, Skulls, Vintage Furs & THE Most Awesome Apartment Ever = The Feather Love London Workshop

Oh my…where do I even begin? I feel so terribly ineloquent as it comes to writing the experience of the Feather Love London Workshop. Like the words don’t know how to clump themselves together in my mind to make coherent sentences…So you know what, I’ve decided not to go through the teeny details of the day. Instead I plan to inwardly digest everything I soaked up from Noa & guest speaker Emma Case that day and (probably) come back to you later with a grand old revelation.

If not, I know you’re going to just die over the styled shoot we put together as part of the workshop. Bet you haven’t seen a wedding like this before!

The whole event was a visual feast (hello, the apartment we rented was amazing and the Ava Event Styling team did a bad ass job with our table for the photo shoot.) We also drank beer, danced, ate amazing Turkish food and put the (photography) world to rights. It was quite simply a day of true inspiration and one I was honoured to be asked to be a part of.

Some of my utter favourite suppliers came on board to help Emma Case and I pull this little event together (be sure to show them some love – linked at the end of this post) and my looovely lovely intern Roo and her just as adorable fiance Lamb came to act as our models. This was their first time being professionally photographed so I thought I’d ask Roo to write a few words on her experience because I bet many of you brides and grooms-to-be a nervous about having your photos taken right?

Well after looking at the amazing (seriously I need a thesaurus) job Noa & Emma did in shooting our lovely couple I know that if you get the right photographer for you, you ain’t got nothin’ to worry about babydoll!

Ps Roo you are the cutest ever. I love this photo of you so so much beautiful girl!

Roo writes, “I am one of those irritating women that sees a photo of herself – any photo of herself – and finds something wrong with it. There’s a page on Facebook called “de-tagging photos of yourself because you look like a goat” – and you can bet that I’m a proud member. I’ve never felt comfortable posing for photographs, or even being anywhere near a camera. My mind can’t fathom anybody wanting to commit my image to print, digital or otherwise. I felt that this didn’t bode so well for me on my wedding day, so when Kat offered Lamb and I the opportunity to model for Noa & co. at the Feather Love Artists’ Workshop, I figured that practice would/could make perfect.”

“I wasn’t wrong; I dote on both Noa and Emma’s work for totally different reasons, and I do think that fact helped me loosen up for the lens. When you admire the person shooting you, you trust them implicitly to make you look f*cking fantastic – and the results speak for themselves. It’s worth duly noting this, because if you’re not bowled over by a photographer’s portfolio, then you’re not going to be a bowled over bride (or groom). There’s no getting around the voyeurism of photography, but in this instance it didn’t feel intrusive, it felt right. There was an unspoken connection between us all that bound us striving for the same artistic result. Noa and Emma let their personalities ooze into their shoots, and instead of feeling overwhelmed, we felt involved. We felt beautiful, important, and as was documented so perfectly, we felt more in love than ever.”

So…Is your mind blown yet? This has got to be another one of my favourites from the day. Ahhh it’s all just so beautiful!

The workshop attendees and suppliers. What a good looking bunch we are. I love you guys!

More photos of the styled shoot after the jump!

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Visit The Magpie’s Nest – An Exclusive Rock n Roll Bride Reader’s Event: Magpie Vintage Studio Open Day

Me wearing a necklace by Magpie Vintage in my ‘Rock n Revolution’ shoot

On Saturday 15th October, Tania & Lisa, the lovely ladies behind vintage jewellery company Magpie Vintage will be flinging open their brand new studio doors (dubbed ‘The Magpie’s Nest’ don’t you just love that!) and inviting you for an exclusive appointment to see their newest collections. I’ll also be there all day long so if you fancy checking out some vintage bling as well as having a girly wedding gossip with yours truly, this is an event not to be missed!

Another Magpie Vintage necklace at the ‘Rock n Revolution’ shoot

They say, “You will be able to view our new collections of vintage jewellery, hair bands, accessories and even try on some of our gorgeous vintage clothing! This will be a great opportunity to meet the Rock n Roll Bride, Kat Williams, herself. As a special treat we are also offering 10% off all purchases on the day.”

vintage dress and jewellery by Magpie Vintage in a photo shoot to promote “The Rose Collection”

The studio is based in Reading, Berkshire and viewings are strictly by appointment only (there are two sessions – morning and afternoon.) At the time of this blog post being published there are only 40 spaces available, so if you are interested in popping along to this ridiculously exclusive event drop the ladies an email to info@magpievintage.co.uk, letting them know your time preference.

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Designer Vintage Bridal Show – October 8th & 9th

This Week’s Love List…

♥ a summary of travels by NoaPerfect Wedding ♥ champagne at lunchtime ♥ being too scared to try oysters ♥ goodie bags a go go! ♥ Sassi Holford‘s 30 years! ♥ new rainbow/my little pony hair! ♥ red bows ♥ photo shoot plans ♥ getting excited about The Farm ♥ two cups of coffee on the trot ♥ Charlotte Free’s amazing runway hair – gold leaf!) ♥

Best of the Rest…

Just a quickie post today to remind you that I, alongside a number of other wedding bloggers, will be at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham (UK) on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October. I’ve got a few little treats planned and I’m even bringing Gareth & Roo along for this one. We’ll be like one big Rock n Roll Bride family!

I have to say the exhibitor list is immense and so many of my favourite suppliers are going to be there. I’m super excited! Some of the other exhibitors this year include Rachel Simpson ShoesThe Wedding ClubEmma Case Photography, Lucy Ledger Designs, Dottie Creations, Charlotte Casadejus, Magpie Vintage, Tobi Hannah, AVA Event Styling and Vintage Frocks ‘n’ Crocks.

In fact so immense that the show has had to be moved to a bigger and better venue to hold all these fabulous suppliers! The show will now be held at The Edgbaston County Cricket Ground, just a few minutes down the road from the original venue. Although this new venue looks contemporary from the outside, there is a whole team of amazing suppliers on board to dress up the rooms in a true vintage/Rock n Roll style. In fact I can’t wait to see what they do with it…I know it’s going to be super inspiring to see what can be done to a blank canvas type of space like this. Continue reading

Thursday Treats – 22nd September 2011 + Partying with Choccywoccydoodah on Brighton Pier + Please Vote for me to Win A Cosmopolitan Blog Award!

It’s been a busy few weeks in Rock n Roll Bride Land. This week I attended the Perfect Wedding Awards and today I’m at the 30 year celebration of Sassi Holford party. Last week I was invited to party on the pier with Choccywoccydoodah. Oh it’s such a hard life being surrounded by such fabulous yumminess…

(honestly, I’m knackered…it’s a good knackered though!)

Yes they are all actual cakes or chocolate sculptures! And the candy buffet made me go weak at the knees…

Photography Credit: Tino & Pip Photography (thanks guys! Check out their blog for more photo-deliciousness)

On another rather exciting note, I found out this week that I’ve been shortlisted for a Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Award! Thank you to everybody that nominated me and I’m so excited to reach this stage! If you have a minutes to spare, would you log on one more time and vote for me? I’m in the ‘wedding blog’ category.

You can click the badge below to take you there. You need to enter your email address to register and you can either vote for just my category or as many others as you like. Thank yoooooou! (and I swear if I win I’ll do something exciting for you guys…what would you like?! Freebies? Giveaway? Naked pictures? haha)

OK so, what other yumminess have I spied this week?

♥ 100% jealous of Christina Aguilera’s house
♥ Gala’s wedding story, yeeey!
♥ Mixed gold nails DIY tutorial
I really want a legible bookcase
♥ This is seriously so exciting for a Back to the Future super-fans uber-geeks like me. To celebrate the annoucement that Nike will finally be making the famous ‘MAG’ trainers that Marty wore in 2015 (Back to the Future Part II), they commissions 4 artists to create some original movie posters entitled “back for the future”.

back for the future

I want them all on my wall.

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Feather Love Photography Workshops in London & Belgium (with Special Guests Emma Case & Me!)

Look who’s being a workshop whore this year? Yep that’s me!

So Jasmine Star, Lisa Devlin and now (OMG) Feather Love Photography have all enlisted the help of yours truly to be involved in their UK photography workshops in recent months. Again, I’m honoured beyond belief and so excited to be involved in fun and enriching projects like this. I literally can’t wait to get stuck into more.

So, what’s this latest workshop about then and why should you come to this one with me?

Photographer Noa says, “I run an artist workshop, focused primarily on understanding yourself as an artist, increasing your connection to your creativity, staying inspired & innovative etc. I cover blogging, the wedding industry, getting featured, getting clients you want, artistic integrity, artistic philosophy, breaking rules, and branding yourself along with your work.”

Photography Credit: Shoot of Noa & her friends at her studio by Braedon Flynn for Rue Magazine (more on Noa’s blog here)

How hot is Noa?! Yes very…

Noa has been one of my favourite wedding photographers for a long time. In fact she was one of the first US photographers to give my blog the time of day and support Rock n Roll Bride. I remember when I first learnt that Noa has been thrown of of “Speidi’s” wedding (remember them!?) It totally made me love her even more. What a rockstar.

Talking of celebrities, Noa has been honoured by being asked to photograph a number them. Particularly awesome was the fact that she photographed Emily Deschanel & David Horsnby’s wedding (Emily stars in the show ‘Bones’ and is Zooey Deschanel’s sister and David is a producer.) Although she hasn’t been able to publicise these images (except the one below which was published in People Magazine in the US), I have a feeling she might share some more of the images from Emily’s wedding in her portfolio slideshow at the workshops. I’m not a huge celebrity worshipper but I’m pretty excited to see this wedding. From what I saw on Noa’s blog it was achingly cool.

These workshops are also going to be extra awesome because my bestie Emma Case has been invited along to both events (London and Belgium) to give a talk about her business and what makes her approach to wedding photography unique. You can read more about what Emma will be talking about here. I’ll also be at the London workshop to answer any blogging-related questions.

Look where we are going to be hosting the London workshop?! I can’t wait to hang out in this amazing apartment. You just know the photo shoot portion of the day is going to be incredible with a location like this!

The Belgium workshop will be taking place at this beautiful private property in Halle, Belgium (near Brussells). Just you try and convince me you don’t want to go there and hang out with Noa & Emma! The location of this event is perfect for my European photographer readers and Noa has chosen this location specifically so her fans in Germany, France, Italy and Holland can attend.

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