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Gala & Nubby in Paris

It’s not often that I post a non-wedding photo shoot, but when I found out that two of my favourite bloggers Gala Darling & Nubby Twiglet were off to Paris, and that while they were there they were doing a photo shoot with one of my favourite photographers, well I couldn’t help but ask them all if I could blog the photos too.

(note: technically there are some wedding elements in this…Nubby got married in Vegas last September and the white sequin dress was her wedding dress!)

“Gala and I met online after she linked to one of my Parisian Trash the Dress photos shoots that you featured on Rock n Roll Bride,” photographer Juliane Berry told me. “When I heard she and Nubby were coming to Paris, I suggested doing a photo shoot. The shoot was a collaboration between Gala, Nubby and I. My vision for Gala’s photos was vintage with vivid colours.  She liked the idea and brought the most perfect vintage dresses and hats for the shoot.  For Nubby, I visualized a lot of black and white with red.  I even brought along a red beret for her to wear for a few shots.”

Gala continued the story, “Nubby & I had an incredible time in Paris & I think it shows in the pictures! It was Nubby’s first time in Europe, & we really wanted to commemorate the experience with a fantastic set (or two… or three!) of photos.”

“Our aim was to capture our individual styles in a very Parisian setting!  Nubby is very minimalist cyborg, while I am more of a psychedelic lady who lunches, & we wanted some photographic evidence!”

“We shot all over the place: in front of brightly-coloured doors in Le Marais, sprawled on the polka-dot carpet at our hotel (Hotel du Petit Moulin), jumping on our bed (naughty girls!) & in parks of all kinds…”

“We owe Juliane a massive debt of gratitude for taking the day to hang out with us.  We had so much fun, we couldn’t have had a better time.  She is just so chill & up for anything.  We walked around Le Marais, stopping whenever inspiration struck & talking up a storm!  Even better, we absolutely LOVE the pictures. She made us feel so comfortable, which makes shooting so much more fun & the images feel like “us”, as opposed to some weird awkward posed nonsense!”

“Juliane has been emailing me regularly with even more pictures from our day together, & they fill me with so much happiness!  It’s like getting a little treasure every time I check my inbox.  She spoiled us rotten… After our experience, I now want to do a session in every city I visit!  Sure beats your average tourist snaps!”

How awesome huh? I know what I want to do on my next trip to Paris. More photos! (you remember my epic Parisan shoot right?!)

For more photos from the shoot, be sure to hop over to Gala & Nubby‘s blogs.

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Melissa & Alan’s Multi-Outfit Wedding

Melissa & Alan are a pretty awesome couple aren’t they?

“We just wanted to be ourselves,” they write. “No magical fairy tale kind of wedding, no heels, no leather shoes, no cummerbunds. Super down to earth and casual that says ‘This is Melissa and Alan’.”

“Every details signified us, as an individual as well as a couple. Things that we love are incorporated into the wedding. Vespa, sneakers, badges, boots, dreadlocks, beach, surf culture, reggae, live band, tulle, corset, and many more.”

Their outfits (yes plural!) were inspired by fashion magazines and blogs. They pieced their ensembles together themselves, taking from these sources the bits that they loved to create a really unique and totally fabulous wedding day look.

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Ali & Mike’s Simple but Effective Wedding

I was sent Ali & Mike’s wedding video by their videographer Ryan Hinman, which I immediately fell in love with…so much so that I had to know more about the couple behind it and so asked Ryan if I could share their whole wedding story – photographs and all. Luckily he was more than thrilled to oblige.

The happy couple were wed at Red Butte Garden in Utah. Their ceremony was held in The Fragrance Garden and the reception in The Orangerie. Ali told me all about their day, “We really wanted the entire day to reflect our personalities and style, so we tried to add our own personal touches wherever we could. We served some of our favorite snacks at the reception, french fries, gelato cones and even had a self serve popcorn cart. We had a photo booth set up all night printing one copy for the guests to keep and one copy for our scrapbook that they could sign.”

“Since our colors were brown and red we decided to set an aluminum bottle of Coke on each table setting to add a splash of red to the tables. We ordered a custom stamp online with the letter T in a vintage font with our wedding date so we could stamp a small tag and hang them around the neck of all of the Coke cans. After looking at a bunch of traditional options for cake toppers I finally found something on Etsy that fit our wedding style. It was a small wood heart with the initials of the bride and groom burned into it. I decided to use that idea for my own DIY cake toppers and put my own spin on it. I headed to the craft store and got a couple of wood hearts, some red paint, a stamp set with the letters A and M and there I had it, my very own cake toppers that were just our style!”

“My favorite touch that we added to the wedding were some lights that we strung on shepherd hooks around the entire outdoor space for the reception. It added such a romantic feel, it was just what we were hoping for. I think the best thing we did during this whole process was to allow ourselves to think outside of the box. We didn’t stifle our imaginations by any of the “standard” wedding traditions. All in all I think we made the whole process really simple by just using the things we liked.   I think our wedding was exactly what we were wanting, I really feel like it reflected our personal style and love for one another. We couldn’t have done it without all of the love and support from of our amazing family and friends, not to mention vendors. Everyone went above and beyond our expectations and made our wedding day truly magical!”

To keep in with their theme, the bride wore a very simple yet elegant dress by David’s Bridal. “I had my seamstress add straps for comfort and also to make the dress my own. I also wore Red Canvas Toms. Comfort was a big deal to us, we didn’t want to be sidetracked on our wedding day by uncomfortable clothes and shoes. I wore a Greek traditional headpiece that was passed down from Mikes great grandmother. All the women in his family have worn this headpiece in their wedding ceremonies, needless to say I was honored to wear it!  I wanted to keep all the accessories pretty minimal, but I decided to wear a pearl bracelet that belongs to my sister.”

Be sure to check out the magical video…

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Alison & Tim’s Barbican Wedding

Alison & Tim were married in January at the conservatory in The Barbican, one of London’s most iconic arts centres. It was a cool mixture of vintage and modern, reflected perfectly by what the couple wore and their dramatic venue. Alison looked beautiful in a Peter Langner dress, a pill-box hat by Jane Taylor Millinery and Emmy shoes. Tim and his best man both wore classic Cording’s green tweed suits.

The venue is famous for it’s 1960’s architecture which provided their photographer Rik Pennington with some great locations for the portraits. The venue for the wedding service was the palm conservatory at the top of the Barbican – another beautiful space – and one you certainly wouldn’t expect to find in the middle of London. The conservatory plays home to palm trees, ferns, running water and even exotic birds!

After the service the couple headed further into the palm house for portraits. “We wanted to capture the unique atmosphere of the venue,” photographer Rik told me. “It’s not every day that you feel like you’re in the depths of an exotic jungle in the middle of London! From there we headed out onto the sky walkways around the Barbican to get some cool shots using the strong lines and geometry of the architecture. We loved the blue lighting under one of the walkways and set up a few shots which couldn’t have been more of a contrast from the conservatory.”

The reception took place in the garden room which has the dramatic backdrop of the conservatory on one side and the illuminated tower blocks of The Barbican on the other.

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WIN Free Wedding Photography from Xanthe Roxburgh ♥ The Finalists ♥

Big love to all that entered our contest to win free wedding photography from Xanthe Roxburgh. The time has now come for me to announce our 3 finalists and I need you, dear readers of Rock n Roll Bride to vote for your favourites to win! Simply read the stories below and select your winners via the widget at the bottom of this post. As always, just one vote per IP address please but feel free to get your friends, family, neighbours and pets to come pop by and vote too.

You have until Sunday 27th March to vote and the ultimate winners will be revealed at 9am (GMT) Monday 28th. Good luck to all these gorgeous couples.

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Christine & Simon are getting married on 12th May 2012 in Oakham, Rutland, UK

Simon and I still have a way to go with planning but we do have lots of brilliant ideas that will be quite unique to us!

The actual wedding ceremony will take place at our town’s church, mainly this is convenient but more importantly Simon’s parents and his grandparents were Wed there!  Our general theme for our wedding is an English Country Wedding with a shimmer of elegance (nothing too shabby chic).  Our evening reception will take place in a Marquee on the grounds of a beautiful country house, very private and exclusive.

After the wedding breakfast at around 9pm we will have an ice cream and cookies bar served with every sauce and topping under the sun!  It will be a lovely evening twist to get rid of the dreary finger buffet!  We will also have milk and hot chocolate to wash it all down with.

My dad’s brother is kind enough to be walking me down the aisle on my big day, unfortunately my dad was murdered back in August 2010.  He was a big lover of life and wanted to live life to full, so having an amazing photographer capturing my day would be magical.  I want the vibrancy of the day and the close family ties to show through my pictures.

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