The view from Rent Patina‘s rooftop was incredible. The Manhattan skyline stretched before us looking just as inviting as ever. When ever I arrive in New York, no matter how exhausted I am from the flight, I get a whole new wave of excited energy as soon as I see that view – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building… what’s not to love?
It’s cheesy as hell but it’s true what Alicia Keys said you know, “In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do, Now you’re in New York, These streets will make you feel brand new, Big lights will inspire you…”
On a hot and humid New York day Gala, Shauna and I headed over (under?) the water to Bushwick to hang out with our friends at Rent Patina. The air was heavy and thick and the heat was stifling but we hopped on the subway with a spring in our step, excited about what they had in store for us. They were shooting their brand new lookbook and we, of course, jumped at the chance to play dress up and get involved.
Located just a block away from the Jefferson stop, they hire out their vintage and reclaimed furniture, knick knacks and oddities for weddings and events. Their space is a beautiful white-walled loft and is totally worth a visit just to swoon over everything (if you do go, tell them I sent you!)
The sky was perfectly overcast as we started with this first set. After hair and make up from the fabulous Kristen and Regan we walked around the corner to be met by an indoor/ outdoor vignette. Is there anything more decadent than setting up a full living room on the sidewalk?! I think not. In fact if the three of us had our very own Bloft (blogger’s loft!) I’m pretty sure it would be decorated a little something like this…
I’ve been a Crown and Glory obsessive ever since I first saw her beautiful pieces on the pages of a glossy magazine. I distinctively remember being sat on a busy train flicking through Company and being stopped in my tracks (boom, boom!) as I saw her gorgeous flower crowns and glitter bows in one of their fashion editorials. So not to forget to check them out online later, I snapped a photo and tweeted “Note to self, check out @crownandglory_!”
After a few months of tweeting back and forth, Sophie and I finally met in real life at a workshop I was hosting. When she came in with that flash of purple hair, giant glitter bow plonked firmly on her head I knew we were kindred spirits.
So, about six months ago, when an email pinged into my inbox from her asking if I’d consider designing a range of headpieces with her… well, she didn’t have to ask me twice! She basically told me to let my imagination run wild and that she’d take care of making it a reality. Talk about my dream job!
I have been in my element with this project. An ombre glitter bow was my first idea… I’m obsessed with ombre anything and well, anyone who knows anything about me will be well aware of my infatuation with all things sparkly.
It seems like a lifetime ago, but just as I’m ramping up to head off to America again this week, Made U Look Photography sent over the photos from our Disneyland adventure in April. I’d never been before and on hearing this revelation Gala encouraged… nay insisted that they take me there for my birthday. Well who am I to turn down an invitation like that?!
What are you looking for in your wedding photographer? Someone who shoots images you love, who you quite like as person and that fits within your budget I’d assume. But today let’s look a little deeper. I want to talk to you about photographic style, and hopefully to highlight the importance of the art of your wedding photography. Bear with me, this is all starting to sound a little airy fairy and arty farty but I do have a valid point I promise…
I believe that all photography – illustrated in no better a place than weddings - is art. No question. In my mind no other creative has to work as quickly or to such precision as a wedding photographer. They are required to capture fleeting moments and blink and you’ll miss them memories on the most important day of someone’s life. No pressure right?
I may have always known this, I mean I’ve been banging on about how much I love and respect wedding photographers for years, but it wasn’t until recently, just last month in Paris in fact, that the validity of the art itself became so clear to me. Yeah, yeah, yeah – I’m going off on an airy fairy tangent again. OK let me clarify…
For our Parisian jaunt, we had both Lisa Devlin and Shell de Mar shooting us. Having such a busy few weeks beforehand we hadn’t really planned the shoot extensively – we were just going to rock up to our apartment, find the Eiffel Tower and hopefully make some magic. The day went great, the locations were perfect and we had outfits that worked really well (sounds stupid, but makes such a difference when you’re doing shots of the three of us together!) All in all we were pretty chuffed with what we’d pulled out of le sac magique.
For the second part of our Parisian adventure it was time to leave our paradisiac apartment and venture outside. With such a limited time to shoot we knew exactly where we wanted to go – La Tour Eiffel!
Yes it’s a cliché, but don’t you groan. You can’t really go to Paris without paying this landmark a visit. It’s inevitable. Of course there are hordes of tourists trying to take ‘selfies’ with the tower in the background, and the place is littered with annoying hawkers selling Eiffel Tower paraphernalia – but even with all that, it’s still a pretty awesome sight to be seen.