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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine, Issue 38, is Now Available for Pre-Order!

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Cover Photo: Devlin Photos // Art Direction: Kat Williams // Styling: The Bijou Studio // Flowers and Cloud Installation: Flos Flowers // Hair: Love Hair Co. // Make-Up: Shani Mushington // Dress: Chotronette // Rings: Anna Fine Jewellery

It shouldn’t be radical for a wedding magazine to showcase the fact it’s not just able-bodied people who get married. Even though real strides have been made towards inclusive sizing and more POC representation in recent years, disability is still often left out of the diversity debate.

For our May/June issue I wanted to create a beautiful editorial using two disabled models. Gemma, who’s on the cover, and Renee were such a dream to work with and I’m thrilled beyond belief to finally be sharing this issue, and this shoot, with the world!

Working with disabled models is actually something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Of course, we have published weddings where one, or both of the couple have a disability, and we’ve shared a bunch of articles with advice for planning a wedding with disabilities in mind, but creating our own editorial was proving tricky. Not least of all because we had to find the models.

That was until I discovered Zebedee Talent Management who have the most incredible selection of models with varying disabilities (wedding pros, you need to check them out for your styled shoots!)

When you’re disabled, planning a wedding can feel even more daunting than usual, especially when it comes to figuring out what to wear. With this dreamy editorial we wanted to give you some fun options that scream Rock n Roll Bride through and through. Sequin kimonos, Swarovski crystal boots, big princess dresses and iridescent inspired make-up… all these things can be yours, no matter what your body looks like.

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Neon Dreams Meets Afro Punk

Magazine subscribers will recognise this shoot, as we published a few of the images in our March/April issue. However, that just wasn’t good enough, these photos are so epic they deserve a full feature!

Created by florist Danielle Fleming of Your Vision, My Promise, she was influenced by an Afro punk festival which she went to few years ago. She explains, “I was really inspired by the way people were dressed in lovely material and vibrant colours. I loved the sense of freedom and expression. I went home inspired and thinking I would love to do a wedding for some of the couples I saw there that day.”

“Having the time during lockdown I realised that I still hadn’t really seen a photo shoot that really had that theme. So I decided to do one with a photographer I love, Zu Beary.”

She also brought stylist Jeannda fleming on board who was able to bring affordable, high street and DIY elements into the outfits to make it wearable and effective. “I also wanted the flowers to be as much a part of the picture as the models”, she said.

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Wedding Accessories with A Touch of Goth

Photo: Devlin Photos for Rock n Roll Bride magazine

If pastels and glitter aren’t really your vibe, if you’d prefer to going over to the dark side for your wedding day, then a gothic themed wedding is going to be right up your street. First and foremost, you’ve probably considered your outfit, and as well as finding your perfect unconventional dress, the accessories you choose to go with will make or break your vision.

Whether you’re going full-on vampire, or just adding a touch of goth to the proceedings, we know you’re going to love these Rock n Roll Bride approved, goth-loving suppliers!

Carbickova Crowns

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The story of Carbickova Crowns began 30 years ago in eastern Slovakia. When designer Anna was a small child, her parents started making rosaries by hand. She would steal glass beads from them and make sun decorations for windows. Today, she still loves symbols of the universe: the sun, moon and stars, and likes to weave them throughout her incredible creations. Together with her husband, she produces crowns for goddesses from their studio in the north of the Czech Republic.

Their halo crowns are made of filigree, pearls, jewellery components and minerals. The crowns are made with love, positive energy and carry authentic their handwriting. Khloe Kardashian is even a past customer!

“It will be a great honour for us to make the crown for your special occasion”, Anna writes. “We love to stand out from the crowd and we know that you too.”

Holly Winter Couture

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Holly Winter Couture is a bijou bridal design and dressmaking house specialising in styles a little off the beaten bridal track. With an atelier on the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire borders, the brand has created made-to-measure masterpiece dresses, separates, jumpsuits and veils for hundreds of brides around the world. Part of the ‘slow fashion’ revolution, lead designer and dressmaker Holly Winter and her team make every piece made to order.

Holly Winter Couture’s ethereal embroidered veils are legendarily beautiful – have you seen the collection of moon-phase veils on her website!? She spent much of lockdown designing and making FREE wedding dresses for NHS brides who had postponed their weddings because of Covid-19. What a babe!

Holly says, “My brides know their own style and what works for them and don’t find it in traditional boutiques. Whether the result features innovative sculptural silhouettes, bespoke embroidery or unexpected flashes of colour, I start with how each bride wants to feel when she sets foot on the aisle and then uncover the individual elements that will make that a reality. It’s a very intimate, holistic process playing with beautiful fabrics, wild ideas and lots of brainstorming and chats over cups of tea. Lots of tea.”

Tatty Devine

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Sunset Colours Over the Pacific Ocean

Emily and Austin eloped on 17th August at Rialto Beach in Washington state. They chose warm, sunset-inspired colours and Karrie Michelle Floral Design created a beautiful setting right on the beach with white, peach and dark pink pampas grass and a sparkly rug.

They had a handfasting ceremony where they wrote their own vows. A friend of theirs officiated. “It meant a lot to us that she could be there since we were not able to see our other friends and family”, Emily explained. “Afterwards we got into the water and took photos which was my favourite part of the wedding, it was like taking the metaphorical plunge into married life hand in hand.”

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A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock n Roll And a Whole Lotta Love

Madeleine and James didn’t always plan to elope, but as the story went for so many 2020 couples, a certain pandemic had other plans. With their big celebration ideas scuppered, they went back to the drawing board and decided to do something quintessentially ‘them’ instead. That meant a motorcycle, the open road and a picnic stop overlooking the ocean where they said their vows.

They got ready in their own home, had a first look in their desert-landscaped front yard and included their pups the whole day. The best thing about getting hitched this way is that they were able to only focus on the little things that they felt were important to them.

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Secret Christmas Eve Wedding on their Grandparents’ Anniversary

Both their grandparents were married on Christmas Eve (what are the chances!?) so when they pushed their big wedding back to later this summer, Millie and Ian decided to carry on the family tradition and have a secret festive elopement. It was also the two year anniversary of their engagement so really, the date felt pretty perfect.

The bride wore an ASOS dress which she’d originally bought for her (also postponed) hen do and made her bouquet from faux flowers herself. “We had spent 18 months planning a large forest wedding that was postponed until next July”, Millie told us. “With how the world was looking we one night had a chat and decided that actually we just wanted to be married and could have the big party when everything was safe again. We quickly called my auntie, who is a registrar, who had us booked in and sorted straight away.”

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