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How to…Style a Pin Up/Punk/Goth Wedding

Photography Credit: Ming Xi by Zach Gold for Style SCMP via Fashion Gone Rouge

Hello there beautiful lady!

I’m very excited and feel very honored just writing you! I want you to know that I think you are amazingly awesome. I do however have a wee bit of a question for ya.

My love and I just got engaged and we are having out wedding in just six months. I’m struggling to find which direction to go! He is very punk rock ( and Irish) I on the other hand am diverse…I’m goth/40s pin up/ punk. At least that’s what he says. I’m not really defined. I like a little bit of everything all rolled into one. None really go together other than certain elements but it works for me and for him! We are wanting to incorporate all of us a whole. I’m just not sure what to do!! It is very overwhelming and I want our day to be represent who we are together and be just as perfect as we are. Please please please HELP us! I’m in some serial need of it.

Thanks soooo very much!!!
Scotty and Kourtnie <3

I received this email from Kourtnie a few weeks ago, and after mulling it over for a while I decided that an inspiration/mood board was the way to go in helping her define her wedding theme. I wanted to show that even though Kourtnie’s ideas sounded a bit loose to he, it really does all tie together brilliantly!

I decided to ask Michelle of Pocketful of Dreams if she’d help me out too as she is brilliant at creating these awesome mood boards! Scotty and Kourtnie I hope this helps (and if pink isn’t your thing then simply switch the colours to the one you love the most!)

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When I first received Kat’s brief from a Rock n Roll Bride reader wanting direction for a punk – goth – pin-up wedding style I was so excited.  I have never tackled anything like it before so it is a challenge for me but one I couldn’t wait to begin.

Once I began looking around for ideas I could really understand why Kat’s reader was feeling overwhelmed and struggling to decide which way to go – these styles are so different and very defined in their own unique ways. But there is no reason why she should have to choose just one, as elements from all of them can be incorporated into her wedding day. After all the Rock n Roll Bride philosophy is all about individuality and embracing quirkiness, so for this task I wanted to pull elements from punk, goth and pin-up culture and combine them all together in a way that works in harmony.

To do this I chose a bright and bold colour palette of gothic black, punky silver, and then brighter colours synonymous with the pin-up style – raspberry red and hot pink. Within this palette I added specific elements to represent each style of punk, goth and pin-up that would co-ordinate the overall look.

♥ Work that retro pin-up vibe by serving retro sweets in a classic sweet bar. This would look fab if the sweets were in co-ordinating colours, think gumballs, cherry lips and liquorice sticks. Serve alongside classic soda bottles with stripy pink or grey straws.  (1) Retro Sweets by Featherlove Photography via Ruffled Blog

♥ Ask your florist for a spikey handtied bouquet of retro flowers in your chosen colours and mix in with black or silver berries and thistles and maybe even add in a few studs or large safety pins to keep the punky vibe.  (2) Retro Flowers by Featherlove Photography via Ruffled Blog

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How to…Dress as a Wedding Photographer

After such a great response to last weekend’s post about How to Dress as a Wedding Guest, I got thinking about how I could expand this mini-series. I had a few photographers in the comments asking if I had any tips of how they should dress to shoot weddings. Now clearly I’m not a wedding photographer myself so I thought instead of trying to guess my way through answering this question, I’d ask some of my favourite photographers to share an outfit they might typically wear to shoot a wedding.

Here’s what I learnt from the girls…

♥ Pockets are important – for memory card, lip balm, run sheets, your mobile phone etc.

♥ Comfy shoes are a must. Heels are to be worn with caution.

♥ Layers are great for changing weather (especially for the UK I’d imagine!)

♥ If wearing a dress that tights or leggings are often donned to avoid any embarrassing knicker flashing when getting into awkward positions to get that shot.

♥ It’s important to make a bit of an effort. As Chloe Browne put it, “I like to look smart and I think it’s good for my clients to see that I’m not “coming to work”, but that I’m going to their wedding. It’s also really important for me to feel like I fit in and it’s often something that my clients bring up at their first meeting, so I know it’s important to them too.” You don’t want to look like the ‘staff’ but similarly not like a guest…

♥ Dark colours are preferable as they are less likely to show up the dirt (again, after getting in all those funny positions!) but the most important thing is that an outfit is comfortable, doesn’t crease (again, when getting into all those funny positions) and is easy to clean.

♥ You need to find the balance between something that’s not too expensive (it’s likely to get ruined!) or too cheap (no one wants to look cheap or have their clothes falling apart mid-wedding.)

♥ Pretty accessories are usually kept to a minimum so not to get in the way, however some bits of  ‘flair’ can be great for distracting children when doing the group shots!

♥ Camera bags don’t have to be ugly to be practical.

♥ Waverley dress
Reiss, £97

♥ Double breasted linen jacket
Zara, £49.99

♥ Gallic Knot Sandals
Monsoon, £28

♥ Megan Orange Butterflies Headband
Kaang on Etsy, $20

♥ Shootsac lens bag
Shootsac, $179

♥ Waisted Dress with Scallop Collar
ASOS, £25.00

♥ Sketchers Shape-ups
Sketchers, $85

♥ Navy polka dot alice band
River Island, £4

♥ Kelly Moore classic camera bag in grey
Kelly Moore Bag, $199

♥ ‘Pearl Lowe’ Butterfly Dress
Peacocks, £20

♥ Swedish Hasbeens
H&M, $59.95

♥ 3/4 length shrunken blazer
Topshop, £55

♥ A4 Barbara Wiggins Metallic Document Wallet
Newsroom Online, £59.99

♥ Pieces Donna Leather Travel Bag
ASOS, £130

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How to…Dress as a Wedding Guest

I get a surprising number of emails from readers asking what they should wear to weddings they’ve been invited too. So today I thought I’d use this as an excuse to do some fantasy shopping. I was browsing on the River Island website and was pretty darn inpressed with their new dress collection – they have so many designs that would be perfect for weddings this summer! River Island isn’t actually usually a shop I go into…however I think that might be about to change.

I think they key thing is to dress appropriately to the theme of the day and usually this can be determined by how and where the ceremony is taking place -ie a church wedding might mean the wedding could be a more of a traditional affair so maybe you should tone down your inner goth.

I think if you know the couple well it’s easy enough to ask what the dress code might be, but just in case you’re off to the wedding of your second cousin twice removed, I hope some of my recent finds can give you a few new ideas…

♥ Yellow bow prom dress
River Island, £44.99

♥ Red or Dead womens red or dead tegan glitter high heels
Schuh, £100

♥ Vivienne Westwood, Classic orb patent-leather tote
Net-A-Porter, £845

♥ Glitter & Twisted Lace Collar Necklace
Dollydagger, £40.80

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“And the Bridesmaids Wore White” ~ My Top 10 White Bridesmaid Dresses

Image via The Telegraph

The world let out a collective ‘GASP’ as Pippa Middleton stepped out of her car and walked towards Westminster Abbey last Friday. “Shock…horror! The bridesmaid is wearing white!” I imagined a million old ladies whispering.

I personally loved the look – fresh, clean and more than anything, wearing the same colour (and designer) as the bride made them look like a team – a unit…Team Middleton if you will! As you can well imagine, I was not one of those completely shocked, and this ‘revelation’ wasn’t actually a huge surprise. We’ve seen bridesmaids in white on this blog before (waaaay back in January 2009 in fact!) and did you know it’s actually quite the royal tradition to have bridesmaids wearing white – even Diana’s maids wore the same colour as she did.

However, since Kate & Pippa appear to have started somewhat of a new trend (and believe me, 2012 will be the year of bridesmaids in white) I wanted to help you along your way if you were considering this option for your girls (and you should…I think it looks fab.) So, here we have my top 10 white bridesmaids dresses…and bonus – most of them are high street buys. Yey to the spring colour palate doing the rounds of the British high street right now.

What are your thoughts on bridesmaid’s in the same colour as the bride?

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Stop the Press – NEW Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Shoes!!!

I received a VERY exciting email in my inbox this morning and thought it was worth interrupting our regularly scheduled programming for – especially as I’ve had countless messages recently from many of of you that have been struggling to get your hands on the original white & red Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon heart shoes.

And the all exciting news is that they are BACK and revamped with a brand new super shiny, metallic finish. Oh be still me beating heart!

But that’s not all. Look at these juicy numbers…oh lookie, POM POMS! Yes freakin’ pom pom shoes…

and cute-as-hell new flat styles…

and faux suede skyscraper heeled versions… Ahh I DIE.

D.I.E

The new styles are in shops from July 2011 and are available for pre-order from Hervia right now. Get your credit cards out ladies.

You love me a little bit more now right?

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Alternative & Non-Strapless Wedding Dress Ideas for a Rock n Roll Bride

Hi Kat,

I have a question about wedding dresses and I am super curious if you could help me out. My friend is getting married and she is having a really difficult time finding a dress. I mentioned to her how frustrated I would be if I were her because it feels like 95% of wedding gowns are “tube top” style. I find this incredibly weird considering MOST of my girlfriends hate their arms, yet all of them ended up wearing a tube top dress for their wedding. My friend flipped out (in a good way) when I said that because she said that is exactly the problem she is running into.

My question is….do you know of ANYYYYY websites/blogs/companies that sell UNIQUE, FUN DRESSES THAT are short, long, medium length, has sleeves, off the shoulder style………….JUST DIFFERENT! I feel like if I can help her find the perfect dress then the universe will be friendly to me when it’s my turn….and helping her is SO MUCH FUN :)
Love,
Deanna
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I get emails like Deanna’s all the time to this week I thought I’d tackle the problem head on and share some of my favourite non-traditional wedding dress companies with you all. I have to apologise in advance that I’ve gone a little over the top here…I enjoyed fantasy wedding dress shopping a little too much!

Fur Coat No Knickers (UK)

Based just off Carnaby St, London, Fur Coat No Knickers is my ‘go-to’ shop for all things gorgeous and vintage. Dresses are one-off vintage piece and Emma & Laura will customise each gown to your requirements, including adding or altering straps/necklines. Check me out in one of their dresses here and here!

You can see more of Fur Coat No Knickers on the blog here

Jacqueline Byrne (UK)

Photography Credit: Shell de Mar Photography

I fell in love with Jacqueline’s designs when I was lucky enough to wear one down the catwalk at the Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair. Based in Islington, North London, Jacqueline’s gowns can be custom made to your exact requirements.

Unique Vintage (US & Online)

Unique Vintage have a vast selection of both authentic vintage and vintage-inspired wedding dresses to suit every budget. Prices start from just $68!

You can see more on Unique Vintage on my blog right here.

Vivien of Holloway (UK & Online)

Based in Holloway, North London but doing a roaring trade online, Vivien of Holloway offer vintage-style dresses at fantastic prices. Their iconic 50’s halterneck swing dress is always popular with Rock n Roll Brides! each style comes in a huge variety of fabrics and colours and the prices are unbelievably affordable!

You can see more Vivien of Holloway dresses on the blog here.

AriaDress (US & Online)

Prices for these beautiful bespoke gowns start from just $500. The quality and design is superb…and I would know, I’ve got one of my own!

You can see more of AriaDress on the blog here.

Knot Couture (Online)

Based in Atlanta, but selling their dresses online, Knot Couture pride themselves on beautifully crafted dresses that are perfect for the alternative bride.

You can see more of Knot Couture on the blog here.

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