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Unique & Alternative Bridesmaid Fashion Ideas – in Association with The NOT Wedding

Are you loving the mismatched bridesmaid trend but are a little unsure about how to pull it off with your own girls? Avoid them looking uncoordinated or simply like the rest of your guests with a few of my simple tips on how to tie them together in easy and subtle ways. With effortless attentions to detail your bridesmaids really will look as faaaabulous as the girls pictured here. I promise!

This article is illustrated with images of the ‘bridesmaids’ at Atlanta’s NOT Wedding which took place in July.

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark (image 1 & 2) & Chelsea Patricia (image 3)

Making sure all your bridesmaid’s bouquets are the same is a guaranteed way to make sure no one mistakes them. No matter how different their outfits are, anyone carrying a bouquet is pretty obviously part of the wedding party!

the not wedding scalfsPhotography Credit: Chelsea Patricia

Unusual but matching accessories such as scarves (as illustrated), handbags, shoes, or statement jewellery is another great way to tie your bridesmaids together. Even if they wear each the look quite differently (each bridesmaid pictured is wearing the scarf in a different way) the similar flash of fabric and colour will tie them together beautifully.

the not wedding hair styles and acessoiresPhotography Credit: Once Like a Spark

If their outfits are vastly different, keeping your bridesmaid’s hairstyle or hair accessories similar or the same will again, tie them together in a unique fashion. Floral hair accessoires are BIG for this year’s wedding season as are dishevelled and messy up-do’s. Remember Elsie’s tutorial for the beehive up-do? Her bridesmaids all rocked this look so well!

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark (main image) & The Long Farewell (detail images)

Fabric details are another subtle way to make your bridesmaid’s look part of the same team. The girls pictured are all dressed in a similar colour scheme, but even if they weren’t, a dramatic and obvious pattern (ie aa distinctive pattern or lace as pictured) would tie them together really well.

Photography Credit: Once Like a Spark

Different outfits in the same colour or hue (different shade variations of one colour) has been a popular option for Rock n Roll Brides for a while now and I certainly don’t see this trend going anywhere. How about taking it to the next level and having one of your girls in a jumpsuit as pictured here? I personally love love love this look!

In a similar way you don’t have to insist your bridesmaids wear the same shoes to tie this look together, keeping them in the same colour scheme will again allow them to make some thoroughly modern and unique style choices.

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The Jasmine Star London Workshop – A Review

A few months ago I approached wedding photographer Jasmine Star to ask if she’d be at all interested in coming to London to teach a workshop for photographers and if so could I help her to organise it.

My motives were entirely selfish. She has inspired me and the way I run my business ever since I was first introduced to her by a friend… and I wanted to meet her!

At the beginning of the year I set myself three goals. One of them was to meet Jasmine Star. I’ve learnt that nothing ever falls in your lap, and with her being based in Orange County and me (just outside of) London, it was unlikely I was ever just going to ‘bump into her.’ So I decided that if I wanted it to happen I better bloomin’ well try and do something about it. Jasmine and I have spoken over email a few times in the past, but to try to persuade her to fly half way across the world to a country she’s never been to…was I thinking too big?

Fast forward a few months and I’m waiting in the reception of The Rookery Hotel waiting for Jasmine and her husband JD to come down and meet me. I’m nervous as hell.

I heard Jasmine before I saw her. Whispering (!) to JD as they walked down the stairs, wondering if I’d be waiting (erm of course I was! I was in fact 45 minutes early, this was not a meeting I wanted to be late for.) However as soon as they walked in my nerves dissolved. Their smiles lit up the room. We hugged and squealed. A bundle of energy and excitement, Jasmine was even wearing a bright yellow dress like me. That means we’re destined to be Best Friends Forever right?

Alicia of One Marylebone, Jasmine & I (both rocking the yellow), taken by a guy who had apparently “never used one of these iPhone things”(WTF?!)

The day before the workshop Jasmine and I planned to hang out, explore London and get to know each other. We went to check out the beautiful One Marylebone where the workshop was being held. Jasmine actually thought I was joking that it was the real venue when we stepped out of Great Portland Street tube! It’s a pretty impressive building.

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Meet the Bloggers at The Designer Vintage Bridal Show – 8th & 9th October 2011

In February I was invited to take part in the very first Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham. I was not only excited and honoured to be asked, but when I got there I had an utter blast. I basically got to hang out with a whole host of awesome wedding suppliers and meet many many of you, my darling readers…and call it work!

So when the team behind the show asked if I’d like to be involved in the next event, I jumped at the chance! The next show will be taking place on Saturday 8th October and Sunday 9th October at Berrow Court, Birmingham (UK).

“The October show is going to be bigger, better, more interactive and will give brides and grooms-to-be the chance to meet with the most talented bridal designers and suppliers to the wedding industry,” the organisers told me. “The event will include catwalk shows, workshops, demonstrations, live music and the opportunity to meet with some of the biggest and most followed bridal bloggers in the UK.”

I’ll be overseeing the ‘blogger’s room’ and exhibiting alongside some of the UK’s very best wedding bloggers (the girls that took part in the Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Shoot in fact!) So if you’ve ever wanted to meet the girls that inspire your wedding planning then this is the show for you!

Some of the already confirmed exhibitors include Rachel Simpson Shoes, The Wedding Club, Emma Case PhotographyLeona Seymour Make Up, Natasha Jane, Terry Terry Accessories, Vintage Frocks ‘n’ Crocks, Little ‘A’ Interiors & Florist and Tallulah’s Trinkets…and of course more will be added closer to the time (I’ll keep you in the loop.)

Tickets are available now for just £8 when bought in advance (or £12 on the door) and if you purchase your ticket online there are group booking discounts too. To purchase, or read more about the show, be sure to check out the Designer Vintage Bridal Show website.

You can see my report on February’s Designer Vintage Bridal Show right here.

Photography Credit: Emma Case Photography

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Attention UK Wedding Photographers – Jasmine Star is Coming!

As anyone that follows me on twitter or facebook will know, I am a big Jasmine Star fan…huge in fact. I love this woman. I find her incredibly inspirational and I just adore her. Adoration in like a girl-crush/I want us to be best friends and plait each others hair kinda way…

So… why am I writing this today? Well, again if you follow me on my various social media platforms, you will also know that I’ve been banging on about how excited I am about making some ‘big announcement’ for the last week or so. Well I hope you’ll forgive my diversion this morning because I really do have some ridiculously exciting news. In fact ‘ridiculous’ isn’t a strong enough word for just how exciting this news is… stupendous, incredible, mind-blowing, life-changing…now maybe we’re on the right track.

Jasmine Star is coming to the UK to do her first ever photography workshop in London…oh and I’m helping her organise it.

So here’s the story. About a month or so ago, I was reading Jasmine’s blog and eagerly awaiting the next instalment of  CreativeLive, and I decided to email her and just lay it out there…

“Hi Jasmine, this is just a quickie…have you ever considered coming over to the UK to do a workshop? I can tell you 100% that it would sell out. The industry over here is buzzing right now but we need your help. When it comes to seminars, we all know you are the queen of the talk and the UK utterly loves you. The UK neeeeeeds you in fact. So many photographers I know are fantastic at the photography bit but they are lost with the business and blogging side. Please come and help us!”

And guess what people? Guess WHAAAAAAT?…she only replied straight away and said she’d love to try and come over and would I help her organise it!? Uhh OK stupid question. I am all over this!

So here’s the drill. The day-long workshop (9am-5pm) will be taking place on Wednesday 20th July 2011 at the incredible One Marylebone, London. The day is also being supported by Wedding Magazine, who are on board to style the models for the photo shoot portion of the day. The magazine will also be featuring some of the images taken of the event in a future issue (!)

The workshop will be a full day of branding, specifically focused on the first steps of creating a brand, and the eight components of creating a brand:
1.  Creating a logo to reflect YOU
2.  Selective clientele
3.  Client care
4.  Branding correspondence
5.  Branding your online presence
6.  Branding photos
7.  Networking your brand
8.  Branding post processing

While having discussed these topics before online, in this workshop Jasmine will go into depth about personal decisions she made to cultivate and foster her rapidly growing business.  In order to keep it intimate and enable attendees to have the individual attention of both Jasmine & JD, the class will be limited to 20 students…and I have been reliably informed that no questions will be off limits!

In the afternoon there will be a bridal shoot portion of the day styled by the fabulous team at Wedding Magazine. Jasmine will demonstrate her natural posing technique and offer her tips on using natural lighting, as well as give access to students to photograph the models for personal portfolios.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by The Recipe, and after the day is done, we’ll all head out to dinner together.

As I said, student spaces are limited to just 20 and coupled with the fact that this is Jasmine’s first time in the UK, I can safely say that event is going to sell out FAST. The workshop costs £900 and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

You can learn more about Jasmine’s workshops here and to reserve your spot, you can register right here.

OK, I think that’s it for now. Boy…I might just burst. There have already been a few rumours flying around the internet after Jasmine alluded to the fact that she was planning on crossing the ‘pond’ on her blog last week. Do you know how hard it has been for me to keep this all a secret up until now!? Wow, it feels so good to finally share!

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Rock n Roll Bride Party Report – Photo Booth Carnage

Deciding to have a photo booth at the Rock n Roll Bride Party was probably the most genius thing ever. I asked everyone to bring a prop and people really did go all out! From a customised uke to an inflatable pink wig… from gold hot pants to a laser cut ‘It’s only Rock n Roll but I like it”… from a blow up pink flamingo to a parrot (!) I was so excited that people made such an effort.

Lisa of Lisa Jane Photography was in charge of the booth-action, and I’m pretty sure she didn’t stop taking photos all night! So without further ado, check out the hilarity…

Be sure to check out the rest in the gallery (and for those of you that were there, can spot your own face?) after the ‘jump’.

Add yes….David McNeil and I snogged…we both look a little disturbed about it don’t we? Although I’d like to point out it was his idea

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Rock n Roll Bride Party Report – 14th April 2011, London

So now I’ve got a party report to write…Wow. Erm wow. Where do I begin with this baby huh?! SO much happened…and it’s going to be hard to sum it all up in a few paragraphs but here goes…

Last Thursday I hosted a party and invited anyone who reads this blog to come along. Over 500 of you applied for tickets and 200 lucky brides & grooms-to-be and wedding industry professionals were asked to come along. The idea being that everybody I know works so hard, whether that be with their businesses or planning their weddings, so I wanted to give everyone an excuse to take a night off, dress up, eat cupcakes and sweeties, drink cocktails and generally get a little bit silly. And we did. Oh we did.

Lucy enjoying a large cocktails (for ahem 6-8 people) early on…

Looks like she wasn’t the only one…

The day started with Gareth & I hopping on the train to London to meet the awesome Elbie Van Eeden (she got married in March – you saw her fabulous wedding on my blog right?) who did our hair and my make up. When we arrived, Elbie said she’d been up all night thinking of ideas for my tresses and did I want the rainbow back? Erm yes pleeease! This time she did a kind of ‘dipped’ effect, where she just added the extra colours to the bottom half of sections of my hair. We kept the styling relatively simple with a few curls to really show off the colours. I adore it.

After a few hours of beautification there was a mad rush to dump our stuff in the hotel and I whizzed round to see my girls at Fur Coat No Knickers to get dressed. I am such a lucky girl that they bought in and customised this gorgeous vintage dress for me. It was originally below the knee and had a higher neckline but Emma & Laura suggested a puffball re-styling and adding pink edged petticoat. Hell yes! I wore it with my Vivienne Westwood pink pumps (flat shoes were a necessity!) my Tarina Tarantino ‘pink head’ necklace, my Butler and Wilson skull ring and some black and white diamond drop earrings lent to me by the incredibly generous Jon Keith Diamonds.

I arrived at the venue at 5.30 and was greeted by Charlotte of Restoration Cake, Hannah of Sweet Dream Events, Sara of Wedding Sparrow, Jayne of Sacco & Sacco Photography and Lisa of Lisa Jane Photography – my dream team for the night! I was blown away by a) how excited everyone was to be involved and b) how much effort and hard work they all put in. Charlotte’s cupcakes were divine as ever (how cute are the button cakes – made to match the invitations I sent!?) and Hannah’s sweetie display was nothing short of awe-inspiring. She even hand drew the skull labels and the take away bags. Genius.

Charlotte made the cute cupcakes to match the button design on the invitations I’d sent out!

Lucy Ledger then arrived with the menus that she’s designed for the custom cocktail (and yes they were delicious) and some caption boards for the photo booth. The “I want pink hair” board was particularly popular! (you’ll see more of this in the photo booth photos which I’ll be posting later today…)

Then it was show time! People started arriving at 6.30 and didn’t stop arriving until about 10pm. At one point I looked outside and there was actually a queue to get in! People squealed and hugged as they met for the first time (often after talking for months on twitter!) The vibe was joyful, electric and exciting…I couldn’t have hoped for anything more.

At about 8.30 I took to the mic and did a mini thank you speech. It was too dark to read my notes so I hope I didn’t forget to thank anyone. People whooped and cheered and I got a little teary saying an extra special big thank you to my wonderful and supportive husband Gareth.

The rest of the night pretty much consisted of me running around, trying to say hello to as many people as possible and hopping in and out of the photo booth to have pictures taken with everyone that wanted one. I was blown away by the turn out and I’m so so thrilled that everyone seemed to have such a fabulous time.

Check out these reports written up by some of the attendees…(if you’ve done one that’s not listed here, let me know add I’ll add yours!)

Segerius Bruce Photography
Ruby Weddings
Love Illustrated
Miss KTP
Fifties Wedding
Wedding Sparrow
Ali Lovegrove (with some exclusive quotes from me)
Emily Jayne
Tattybojangles
Mark Osborne Photography
A Postscript Bride
The Creative Factory
Mark Niemierko

Here’s to the next one huh!?  But for now, I’ll leave you with a huge selection of photos by the awesome Jayne Sacco who worked her butt off all night. She was bloody brilliant.

The Rock n Roll Bride & Groom! More photo booth photos to come later today…

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