You know this about me already but I’m a huge activist for being yourself on your wedding day, however crazy, out there or even mundane (oh yes) that may be. As all the veteran readers will know, I ran a contest for free wedding photography a while back, and have now gotten to know our winners pretty well. I was chatting to the Bride to be, Vana, on the phone the other day for no joke, literally an hour about all things wedding (jeez that gal can talk he he!) and I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you this. She was running a few of her newest wedding ideas by me to ask my opinion as to whether I thought they had ‘been done’ (for some reason she thinks I must be some kind of expert on such things…)
I said this to her, and on her recommendation I am now going to say this to all of you…do not worry about tack, about being over the top or if something you really want seems to be springing up everywhere in blog-land and has therefore, in your eyes, ‘been done’. Just remember this teeny tiny pearl of wisdom…Your wedding guests won’t have been scoring the internet looking for wedding ideas for the last year so will have no idea if something has ‘been done’ or not!
To me, our wedding was not completely nuts. We kept it quite simple with a black and white theme and a few personal touches, but we had so many people saying to us it was the most stylish and cool wedding they had ever been too…they hadn’t spent the last year looking at other people’s weddings and comparing themselves after all!
So don’t doubt yourself… Are you lusting after that cute Stephanie James Couture dress but are worried that in 10 years time the adorability will look as dated as the poofy sleeved meringues of the 80’s? Pah, if I got married in the 80’s I would have wanted to remember the 80’s…2008 was the greatest year of my life and I want to remember that year through my wedding pictures.
Have you have been dying to have cupcakes as your wedding cake ever since you started planning your wedding, but are worried because now everybody seems to be doing it? Well a lot of people that are getting married may be yes, but everybody in the entire world?…erm no.
Are you worried that your wedding isn’t cool enough because you spend all day looking at weddings that seen so much crazier/chicer than yours? (You are not alone by the way, I felt the exact same thing) Let me tell you this – you are more likely to regret planning a wedding in a style that wasn’t really ‘you’ than one that perfectly matches you and your fiancé’s tastes.
So quit stressing about what other people will think and just do it already…and then send me the photographs afterwards!
Now for a couple of trends I love and therefore don’t care if they’ve ‘been done’. Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favourites!
1. Moustaches – Daley Hake 2. Bicycles – Fuller Edge Photography
3. Slideshows – Jonas Peterson 4. Photo Booths – Josh Goleman
5. Short Dresses – Melissa Brown 6. Vintage – Katherine O’Brien
7. Converse Trainers – The Nichols 8. Balloons – Kate Headley
9. Cupcakes – Tec Pejata 10. Mis-matched Bridesmaids – Flint Photography
11. Silly Sunglasses – Cameron Ingalls 12. Martha Stewart Pom Poms – Lillian & Leonard 13. Red Dresses – Rosie Parsons 14. Umbrellas – One Love Photo
15. Coloured Paper Lanterns – Tiffany Aicklen 16. Non Floral Bouquets – Crissy Farah 17. Felt Bouquets – Austin & Cassandra Photography 18. Bird Cage Veils – Victor Sizemore
The weekends are slow internet days…it’s almost like everybodyhas better things to do than spend their days off looking at pretty things online! Unfortunately for me I don’t get the weekends off so still spend lonely hours online scouring the web for some weddingy gorgeousness to share with you all. Just check out what I found today – this magical image is to die for right? I’ve seen other images from this wedding previously, but this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of this one…and aww I just uber heart it! Head over to One Love Photo to see the rest of the wedding (fairy lights!) but be sure to come right back, and if you haven’t already, enter the contest because tomorrow is your last day to do so. Finalists to be announced on Tuesday when you can then all vote for who you think deserves this fabulous prize. Woop woop!
Credit: One Love Photo
Today is Sunday and although it seems strange to me that the whole world isn’t sat at home online (yes I am a total geek) it appears to be a slow day on the old world wide web. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to draw your attention to my wonderful sponsors – I quite frankly think every single one of these guys rock, and I am completely honoured to have them as a permanent feature of my site. Share the link love and have a little click over to their site’s if you’re at a Sunday loose end.
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Boo I am a grumpy blogger! WordPress appears to hate me right now and is having a strop at me for having too many images on each page..now come on WordPress don’t you know I can’t post less images!?
So I apologise if you’re having any issues loading images/seeing the images on your RSS feed/clicking or seeing any links….I am working on it right now. Don’t hate me!
Pah screw you WordPress, here’s an other gorgeous image that I want to share..so THERE!
Credit: Stephanie Williams Photography
Well my darlings, there is a lot going on at Rock n Roll Bride HQ right now, from contests (have you entered yet!?) to TV shows (wanna be on telly!?) to new guesting (I am now a fully fledged Wishpot expert oh yes!)
But it seems that I’m not the only one. Here is a few things flying around the blog-o-sphere right now that may interest, enthral and excite you…
So..go enjoy browsing, enter some contests and come back here for lots more wonderful weddings tomorrow!
ps these are beautiful. had to post…
Credit: Caroline Tran
Are you a Newlywed? Are you in the UK? Would you like to be on the telly!?
I am working with a TV network to potentially make a programme about newly married rock n roll couples and their wedding experience!
What I would need would be a link to see your wedding video (it would be used in the show) and your videographer’s contact info so I can contact them and make sure they are OK with being featured too. Also send me some wedding photographs because they always brighten my day!
You and your partner must be happy to be interviewed on camera for the show.
Drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you think this could be you! Don’t be scared..I have to find someone and it could be you!
Remember you must be UK based to enter
Credit: Our Labor of Love