A New York State of Mind: A Hop Skip & Jump Across The Brooklyn Bridge

So here we have it, the final installment of Gala & my frolic around NYC! When Christina & I first starting thinking about shooting in New York there was one place top of both of our lists – The Brooklyn Bridge! Iconic the world over, nothing screams New York more than this structure… or the amazing views from it!

After a slightly hair-raising cab ride through China Town and over the Manhattan Bridge, we arrived in Brooklyn and proceeded to walk the 1.1 miles over the East River towards Manhattan.

The bridge was packed full of tourists, maniacs on bicycles (boy, they don’t slow down!) and commuters when we arrived, but with Christina, Marielle & Alie‘s magic camerawork you’d never have known it was so packed! At one point Gala & I were doing our ‘thing’ while about 25 tourists snapped away ferociously behind the girls! I wonder who they thought we were?

I Wore

♥ Vintage dress altered by Fur Coat No Knickers
♥ Jimmy Choo Tokyo hi tops
♥ Vintage fur coat from Frock n Roll
♥ Flower headband & vintage cuff from Lisa Harris Jewellery
♥ Vivienne Westwood handbag

Can we just please stop and share some love for the amazing dress I’m wearing? I found it in a vintage store on Venice Beach back in August and although I loved the lace detailing and the amazing blush pink colour it wasn’t at all flattering (you can see a before and after picture here!) However at just $40 I knew I had to have it! When I got back to the UK I went to see my girls at Fur Coat No Knickers to see if they were up to the challenge of making it into something beautiful for this shoot…and jeez louise did they!

The final dress was actually a combination of two dresses, the original bodice on my dress was unstructured and unflattering, but Emma & Laura found a satin gown that matched the colour of mine perfectly…and even better, it fit me! So they took this bodice and created a brand new skirt from the original tulle from my dress. They even added the vintage lace and applique details from my dress to the new one. Doesn’t it work wonderfully!?

Gala Wore

♥ Vintage dress
♥ Vintage marabou coat
♥ Flower crown by Whichgoose on etsy
♥ Frye boots
Kate Spade handbag 

Shooting with Made You Look and Gala in NYC was like a dream come true. It was so much fun exploring the city with my girls!

But wait…there’s more! Gareth & I did a shoot as well (as you probably already know, I’m never one to turn down posing in front of the camera). We’re still waiting on the final photos from our couple’s shoot, plus the video that Marielle made, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled as I’ll be blogging them really soon!

Ahhh New York, I do love you so. I promise it won’t be too long until we meet again…

Photography Credit: Made You Look Studios (who are available for shooting weddings worldwide – yes they will come to you too!)
Make Up: Regan Rabanal


  1. oooh it’s been worth waiting for the beauties! just gorgeous, u look like you had so much fun together 🙂 and I LOVE the make-up and styling!

  2. Charlotte

    Gorgeous ladies!

    And oh. my. GOD. the dress – those FCNK girls are THE BEST!! They mentioned how amazing your dress was when I popped in to show them my wedding pics and it is awesome!! Love them 🙂 x

  3. Linda

    The Made U Look girls are seriously awesome! These pictures are amazing!!! So so beautiful! Loving the dress Kat xx

  4. Kaaaaaaat, these are so amazingly perfect! That dress is killing me. I adore Gala’s dress too, it’s so cute! I already said this but I’m serious, I’m going to put that closeup of you on my inspiration wall, it’s ridiculous, magazine cover quality. Movie stars! You ladies freakin’ brought it!! Bravo to the photographers! I could actually sit here all day and look at these but it almost hurts to, they’re that good. The light is magical.

    Come back to California and take pictures with me! ;P

  5. Carey

    I really love your wedding coverage a lot but this site is turning more into a site about you and your life lately. Which isn’t really what I or a lot of your regular readers are interested in. Sometimes it’s ok…but maybe scale it back a bit?

  6. Really love this shoot and Love that dress and you look ace on Brooklyn Bridge…brings back a lot of memories of my trip to New York a few years ago.
    Carey ,don’t you find Kats shoots inspiring? She is a normal girl, normal figure who has worked hard and the results and perks of her hard work are that she gets to work with some fantastic designers,photographers and all round hugely talented people! So what would you say if some of your favourite designer and photographers had a fab shoot lined up and wanted to you to be part of it? …and if you are so flattered and excited that they have, would you keep it under your hat and not tell anyone? No…
    I don’t think you can speak for all of Kat’s other readers. Not only is she having fun doing her shoots she is helping companies promote thier products and services, and bringing them to our (the readers) attention. You will note that she always credits every single contributor to every shoot.
    ………and at the end of the day it is Kat’s blog so she can put what she wants on it.

  7. Lucy

    i agree Jo! Carey you certainly cant speak for all of us! kats shoots are some of my fave things she blogs. different and inspiring. i also love to get to know the girl behind the blog. so many wedding blogs are so generic and you dont connect with them in the same way. variety is the spice of life! if you dont like these posts dont look at them. there are still loads of weddings on the site!
    you are certainly in the minority looking at this facebook discussion:
    and http://www.facebook.com/rocknrollbride/posts/10151011595864188

  8. Even though I’m an old married practically by now, I still sneak over now and again just to quietly look at the beautiful photos and when I saw you were in New York I had to visit to see the shoot – totally beautiful shots of you both on the Brooklyn Bridge. I really really like this shoot but I just have to say I’m really quite sad to see you’re wearing real fur. I don’t think being vintage makes it any more okay to wear even if it has been dead for a whole lot longer. You’re such a style icon for so many people that it would be wonderful if you didn’t advocate the wearing of real fur – sorry just couldn’t not say it.

  9. Carey

    I never said she shouldn’t post anything about herself, just that lately it seemed like it had become an awful lot. And while I wasn’t attempting to speak for everyone, a lot of commenters agreed with me. And a lot didn’t. Which is fine. I actually work in digital ad sales and known that the publishers who last in the biz focus on specific content and a value proposition. Here thatbwould be the wedding content her advertisers want their ads next to, because those readers are more willing to buy their products (because they are planning a wedding or work in the industry). My guess is a reader who already had a wedding, and is coming for personal content about the blogger is worth quite a bit less to the advertisers. People lose interest in personalities but content is always king.

  10. Cynthia

    KAT! I LOVE your blog. LOVE IT. Let me count the ways…

    THANK YOU for featuring brides that have REAL bodies. THANK YOU for featuring same-sex weddings. THANK YOU for your post about Weight Loss & Weddings–I just tagged it on my facebook page. THANK YOU also for your post about your wishy-washi-ness regarding kids. Totally with you there. And finally, THANK YOU for your constant celebration of weddings and people. Sometimes this industry seems like it’s Trying to overwhelm me! You, love, are keeping it FUN.

    And it just so happens that I picked the color of my wedding dress about an hour ago. And then I saw you looking FANTABULOUS in the same color, here! I was hoping that I could find an example that showed me I wasn’t making a horrible mistake, and now I’m actually Elated.

    I just wanna give you a big hug. **HUG**


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