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Win Free Wedding Photography With VeVi Wedding Photography!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll already know how much of an advocate I am to the value of wedding photography. I’ve covered the topic multiple times before. However I also know that a lot of you are on a strict budget, and as much as you would love to be able to book your dream wedding photographer, it’s just not financially viable.

Which is why I was utterly overjoyed when Reading (holla!!) based wedding photographer Andreea Virna of VeVi Wedding Photography got in touch wanting to offer an amazing plethora of photography prizes (try saying that fast five times!) to Rock n Roll Bride readers.

Firstly, a little bit about the girl behind the camera. “My name is Andreea and I started out as a fashion photographer”, she writes. “Before I knew it, I fell in love with the excitement, the dresses, the details and the stories that come together at that one special day. My wedding photography, much like my fashion work, has a distinctive off-beat style, and is quirky in its own way. I love what I do and put my heart and soul into it which I hope translates into beautiful images. I want my clients to be able to cherish those precious moments through my work. I love being involved in weddings and find it an honour to have a day immortalised through my artistic vision.”

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The prizes

The most amazing thing about this competition is that Andreea isn’t just offering one prize, she’s giving away THREE! To qualify for this incredible contest you must be getting married during 2015.

First prize: An engagement shoot, full day of wedding photography (up to 10 hours) with up to 650 fully edited wedding images on disc.

Second prize: A £500 voucher for you to spend redeemable against any wedding photography package.

Third prize: An engagement shoot.

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Why is Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses Such a Chore?

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As a bride, finding that one perfect dress for yourself can be stressful enough, without also having to deal with the overwhelming task of also getting perfect dresses for all your best friends as well.

Bridesmaid dress shopping can seem like an extremely daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be! As long as you go in prepared and you take the initiative to address some of the most common issues upfront (like budget, and finding something that everyone’s happy with), it can actually be quite a fun experience.

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The other option is to bypass the bridal boutiques and high street completely, and hit the web in search of the perfect gowns. One of the best online stores that I’ve discovered is For Her and for Him.

Not only do this New York company have one of the largest selections of bridesmaid gowns going, but they’re currently having their biggest sale EVER. Until January 31st they are offering 30% off every single dress in their catalogue and FREE worldwide shipping!

There are also group discounts available on top of the sale. The more dresses you buy, the bigger the bulk buy discount. Just check out some of these real wedding examples to see how gorgeous your babes will look!

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Get Merry with Pigs Bladder And Petticoat

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When organising our Blogcademy party in London this summer, top of my list of things to get right was a killer bar. I mean, it’s not a celebration without cocktails is it?!

When I discovered Pigs Bladder And Petticoat I knew I’d found the babes for us. Rhubarb and Rosemary Fizzes (rosemary-infused vodka, homemade rhubarb syrup and lemon juice, topped with sparkling water and garnished with a sprig of rosemary), and Pear and Cardamon Twists (gin, homemade pear syrup, lemon juice and crushed cardamon, topped with ginger ale) COME TO MAMA!

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Go Click Click Flash Flash Crazy with Showtime Photo Booth

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Look, it’s no massive secret that I am obsessed with photo booths. It’s a sickness. If I could have one in my house I would (maybe one day!) So when Showtime Photo Booth got in touch to introduce themselves I was more than happy to listen.

The thing I love most about their booths is just how customisable they are. They can create bespoke ‘skins’ to cover the outside to fit your wedding theme. How bad ass is that? They also offer a number of classic skins including this glamorous, retro inspired design.

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The 7 Dos and Don’ts Of Buying A Wedding Dress Online

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There’s something undeniably magical about going to a fancy bridal boutique, sipping champagne and trying on beautiful, exquisitely made, designer wedding dresses. But for a lot of brides – who can’t or don’t want to – the mere idea of dropping £3000 on a dream dress is completely out of the question!

I think it’s good to have options and so instead of just blindly writing about it, I actually wanted try it out for myself. I ordered two dresses from Adorona.com, based in Shanghai, who sell made-to-measure and customisable dresses online.

There are a number of things you should consider if you plan to buy your wedding dress online, either second-hand (from somewhere like eBay), from an independent designer on Etsy, or via a website that makes and sells wedding and prom dresses from China.

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1. Do check the fabric

First and foremost you should check the fabric of the dress you like, and if at all possible, ask for swatches to be sent to you before you place an order. Sometimes clothing can look really beautiful online, but when you see it in the flesh you realise why it was so cheap! Using lower quality fabrics is one of the most common ways that online retailers keep their costs down.

I’m not going to lie, the fabrics used on the two dresses I ordered were in no way comparable to something you might see in a bridal boutique. However, I was pleasantly surprised. They were a lot nicer than I thought they might be, especially for the price. Most importantly though, the dresses were exceptionally well made. The fabric was thick and the stitching in all the right places. There were no threads hanging off, or unfinished edges, and the embellishments were of a high quality. The dresses were also both super comfortable to wear.

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The Roost: London’s Coolest Wedding Venue

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The Roost is probably one of London’s coolest event spaces… and I don’t say that lightly! I was lucky enough to visit and experience it myself at The Blogcademy’s recent party, and I figured it would be a crime against alternative weddings to keep it to myself! If you’re having an unconventional wedding in our nation’s capital then you HAVE to consider The Roost as your venue!

Located in trendy Dalston, the four floor converted Victorian pub is decorated in a really fun, eclectic way with statement wallpaper, vintage furniture, quirky props and unique artwork. They also love to give their couples complete creative freedom when it comes to decorating the place with their own props too!

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