Anyone that knows me will know that I’m terrible at keeping secrets…so this has been very very hard for me to keep schtum!
Last week I got an email from Richard of FX Films (based in Oxford) asking if he could pop round and make a little film about little me. Of course I jumped at the chance – I am a big show off after all! Stand by and prepare yourself for some serious awesome. Richard is an actual genius – he made me look so good and the music choice is utterly perfect!
The only thing I stipulated was that Henry & Rachel my Maine Coon kitties were in it (and they stole the show didn’t they?!) Oh the cute… So here’s me on a ‘normal day’ – getting up, kittens, make up, blogging, shoes, car (I love my car!) and hanging out in the park. So. Much. Fun.
Woo! I have been dying to share the results from my photo shoot with Chanelle & Craig Segerius-Bruce so much so that I don’t even have the full set yet so I’m going to do it in two parts.
I met Chanelle for Sushi a while ago and we got a-chatting about doing a shoot together. We knew we wanted to come up with an idea that wasn’t ‘overdone’ (even non brides-to-be worry about doing the same as everybody else…maybe I should read this article I wrote!?)
Anyway, we came up with an idea revolving around an old castle and black…lots of black. This little inkling of an idea then evolved into the shoot you see below.
Despite buying a black dress from Ebay for the shoot, when it came to the crunch it just didn’t look right so we went back to old faithful, my Maggie Sottero wedding dress. The necklace and bracelet I’m wearing were custom made for me by Jo of Your Something Borrowed. I made the black veil myself out of some black tulle, a hair slide and lots of glue(!) and also brought along some various other colours of tulle which ended up coming in very handy (yes that is me splayed across a big rock and no it wasn’t comfortable..or glamorous!)
We trekked our arses all the way down to the Abbey Ruins in Reading town centre but when we got there it was all gated off with warning signs for potential falling rocks. Oh noooo! So what’s a Rock n Roll Bride and photographer(s) to do? Hell break in and do the shoot anyway of course!
Chanelle & Craig were fantaaaastic and played around with a new technique called ‘painting with light’. I had to stand very still in one position for a number of shots while one of them moved around me flashing a flash in different areas to highlight various spots. I think you can see the results are pretty darn spectacular and give the images a real high fashion, edgy look. Chanelle is also an amazing re-toucher and has worked for Mario Testino (oh yes!) so I knew me and my far from perfect skin were in good hands.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as we did shooting them - stand by for part two!
(For the full part one set, head over to my flickr)
So about 6 months ago I received an email from Wedding Ideas Magazine saying our wedding had been submitted to them as a Real Wedding feature by our photographers English Rose and would we be happy for them to share them. Being the huge poser that I am, of course I said yes. So I picked up a copy of the magazine today and although some of the photographs they chose I don’t really like (I think my face looks huge in the main photograph for example!) and the article is beyond a cheese-fest, it is a little bit exciting to be in print…and can you believe they even called me a Rock Chick…maybe they knew…
Just in case you can’t read the text, it reads as follows: Kat & Gareth
Rock chick meets vintage combined with black and white chic for this big day…
Kat and Gareth took a disposable barbecue and some wine to a local picnic spot on their fifth year anniversary. Gareth got down on one knee and co-insidentally fireworks went off nearby after Kat said yes! They decided straight away to get married exactly one year on. The bride’s outfit Kat looked fabulous in her Sottero and Midgley gown (www.sotteroandmidgley.co.uk) It originally had a pink sash but Kat had it changed to a black one to fit in with their black and white theme. The accessories Kat wore a tiara from John Lewis, pretty shoes from Topshop, a pearl bag from Monsoon (which I actually found a lot cheaper on ebay -they left that bit out though) , and pearl and diamond earrings,a gift from her parents. She also wore a Benjamin Roberts bolero (www.benjaminroberts.co.uk) Steal her Style – Give your bridesmaids a theme and then let them choose their own dresses. The groom’s outfit Gareth, his dad, his best man and Kat’s dad had all their suits custom made at House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk) “They were able to design their own suits” explains Kat, “and also chose their own lining and tie.” Love this idea – Put together a goodie bag filled with special gifts for your maids. The bridesmaids Kat’s two sisters and best friend were bridesmaids. Kat gave them free reign to choose any black dress they wanted. Her Chief bridesmaid chose a dress from Coast, her sister Sarah wore a silky, strapped dress from Monsoon, while her sister Rachel chose a prom-style dress from Warehouse. “I also bought them pearl earrings and bracelets to add a vintage touch to their outfits” says Kat. When I got the the end of the aisle, Gareth squeezed my hand and said “You look awesome” The Flowers Kat’s pretty bouquett was created by Cherubs Floral Design (www.cherubsfloraldesign.com) The ceremony flowers were supplied by the Church. Love this idea – Write a poem to each other and have it printed in your order of service The Ceremony “My parents live next door to the vicar so it meant a lot to us to have him marry us” says Kat. Gareth’s grandad and a friend of Kat’s did readings, and some friends played in a band at the service, giving rock renditions of the hymns and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer. The reception Held at The Elvetham (www.elvethamhotel.co.uk) the guests had a delicious, three-course meal. “We head a band in the evening but no extra guests. Instead, we had a party in my parents’ garden two weeks later and I got to wear my dress again!” explains Kat. Our table names were our favourite movie couples – we called the top table Romeo and Juliet… The details Instead of favours, Kat and Gareth put together an ice-breaker quiz about themselves. They even put together a goody bag for the winning table. Groom’s tip – have your own opinion and don’t let your bride tell you what you want. Most memorable moment “I threw my bouquet with such vigor that it bounced off the back wall, hit someone on the head and landed in Carly’s (Chief bridesmaid) arms – everybody said it was a fix!” laughs Kat. The honeymoon The couple jetted off to Tokyo the next day and stayed in a traditional ryokan (a roll mat on the floor) “Very Rock n Roll” says Kat. Bride’s beauty tip – “I went on MAC and Bobbie Brown binge before the big day. I decided to do my make up myself because I know exactly how I like it and I didn’t want to feel overdone or not like myself. Make sure you have concealer and your lippie with you for touch ups on the day.”
Hurray the time has finally arrived. I am SO over-excited to share these with you as they are fan-bloody-tastic. Marianne has pretty much captured my ridiculous nature with these gorgeous images…I like to think of myself as a pinky, punky princess and that’s exactly what she delivered!
The balloons look fabulous but omg where they terrible models?! They did not do as they were told. It was also an absolutely scorching day but Marianne managed to remain cool and capture me at my most colourful…and she didn’t even flinch when I told her I wanted to wear a Hello Kitty tiara!
Thank you *so* much Marianne – you seriously have rocked my world!
I have been overwhelmed with the lovely lovely comments I’ve received from everybody in response to my new photographs, not only on here but on Rosie’s blog, on my twitter and on facebook too! Fancy some more? Doesn’t Rosie just rock your world? She does mine! Love love love them…