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Alternative & Non-Strapless Wedding Dress Ideas for a Rock n Roll Bride

Hi Kat,

I have a question about wedding dresses and I am super curious if you could help me out. My friend is getting married and she is having a really difficult time finding a dress. I mentioned to her how frustrated I would be if I were her because it feels like 95% of wedding gowns are “tube top” style. I find this incredibly weird considering MOST of my girlfriends hate their arms, yet all of them ended up wearing a tube top dress for their wedding. My friend flipped out (in a good way) when I said that because she said that is exactly the problem she is running into.

My question is….do you know of ANYYYYY websites/blogs/companies that sell UNIQUE, FUN DRESSES THAT are short, long, medium length, has sleeves, off the shoulder style………….JUST DIFFERENT! I feel like if I can help her find the perfect dress then the universe will be friendly to me when it’s my turn….and helping her is SO MUCH FUN ūüôā
Love,
Deanna

I get emails like Deanna’s all the time to this week I thought I’d tackle the problem head on and share some of my favourite non-traditional wedding dress companies with you all. I have to apologise in advance that I’ve gone a little over the top here…I enjoyed fantasy wedding dress shopping a little too much!

Fur Coat No Knickers (UK)

Based just off Carnaby St, London, Fur Coat No Knickers is my ‘go-to’ shop for all things gorgeous and vintage. Dresses are one-off vintage piece and Emma & Laura will customise each gown to your¬†requirements, including adding or altering straps/necklines. Check me out in one of their dresses here and here!

You can see more of Fur Coat No Knickers on the blog here

Jacqueline Byrne (UK)

Photography Credit: Shell de Mar Photography

I fell in love with Jacqueline’s designs when I was lucky enough to wear one down the catwalk at the Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair. Based in Islington, North London, Jacqueline’s gowns can be custom made to your exact¬†requirements.

Unique Vintage (US & Online)

Unique Vintage have a vast selection of both authentic vintage and vintage-inspired wedding dresses to suit every budget. Prices start from just $68!

You can see more on Unique Vintage on my blog right here.

Vivien of Holloway (UK & Online)

Based in Holloway, North London but doing a roaring trade online,¬†Vivien¬†of Holloway offer vintage-style dresses at fantastic prices. Their iconic 50’s halterneck swing dress is always popular with Rock n Roll Brides! each style comes in a huge¬†variety¬†of fabrics and colours and the prices are¬†unbelievably¬†affordable!

You can see more Vivien of Holloway dresses on the blog here.

AriaDress (US & Online)

Prices for these beautiful bespoke gowns start from just $500. The quality and design is superb…and I would know, I’ve got one of my own!

You can see more of AriaDress on the blog here.

Knot Couture (Online)

Based in Atlanta, but selling their dresses online, Knot Couture pride themselves on beautifully crafted dresses that are perfect for the alternative bride.

You can see more of Knot Couture on the blog here.

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Amanda & David’s Stonehenge Handfasting Wedding

Photographer Penny McKinley-Rodgers told me about Amanda & David’s Stonehenge handfasting wedding when I met her a few weeks ago. Quite apart from the location, one of the main things that really made me fall in love with this wedding was that the couple got married at 8am and had an actual wedding breakfast – pancakes and all! I am so excited to share this one with you today¬†because¬†Amanda &¬†David really did do¬†things their own way, making them perfect for Rock n Roll Bride!

“Our wedding was incredibly informal but was honestly the nicest most relaxed and meaningful wedding” the bride¬†told¬†me. “We also only invited 20 people, who were all our nearest and dearest and that made it utterly special. We both wish we could bottle the day and go back and live it again whenever we wanted as it finished too soon.”

Stonehenge was our wedding venue. We had been visiting it (in the normal way) in the first year we‚Äôd been going out (2009) and had commented that it would be the best place ever to get married ‚Äď if you could. Then, looking it up in the car park on our phone, we discovered that you actually could do a handfasting there ‚Äď which pretty much sorted out that decision well in advance. ¬†The theory being that if you got married at Stonehenge, the universe was pretty much likely to pay attention and the ceremony was definitely likely to work in full. We wrote out own handfasting ceremony to make it really personal.¬†Our wedding breakfast was at Fairlawn House Hotel in Amesbury, who were incredibly helpful and lovely. Their cellar venue was decorated with fairy lights and they put out all our tablecloths and vases of flowers for us.”

“The wooden swords are martial arts training swords, but were bought off eBay to stand in for metal ones. The reason is that it is an old anglo-saxon tradition where the groom hands over his ancestral sword to the bride so she can use it to protect her new assets, herself and any children they have; in return she gives him either a new blade or her ancestral blade so he can protect himself and them. The antique sabre was a gift from David‚Äôs best man, and a really nice inclusion as this provided a proper sword even though neither of us have ancestral swords (although we do now!). The keys were bought on eBay and are symbolic of the sharing of property and possessions, and by giving them to me it symbolised that nothing was hidden any more and that everything that was his is now open to me. I also see it as symbolic of me becoming head of our new family and household”

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Free Wedding Photography by Xanthe Roxburgh ‚ô• The Winners! ‚ô•

Photography Credit: Xanthe Roxburgh Photography

Wow huge response or what?! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for their favourite couple to win Free Wedding Photography by Xanthe Roxburgh Photography. It was pretty damn close at times, but I’m sure excited to announce that the winners are…

Jessie & Toots!

Huge¬†congratulations¬†guys! As you can see from the results chart it was a pretty close contest. Xanthe will be in touch with you really soon to sort all the formalities out. I can’t wait to see your wedding photographs already!

A Sunday Kind of Love – Photo Night Live

This week I was asked to take part in Photo Night Live, a weekly web show all about photography (duh..) and making your business work for you. This week’s topic was ‘Blogging 101 ‚Äď Showcasing your life online’¬†and I was interviewed by¬†Ross Dean, alongside emerging photographer¬†Ali Lovegrove, about our¬†experiences.

I really hope some of the things I say can help you. Looking back, I do wonder if what I’m¬†saying¬†actually makes any sense (!) but I really do love sharing my knowledge of the medium that I adore so much.

You can check out Photo Night Live every Friday from 7pm (GMT). If you would like to be considered for a future show, please drop an email to info@rossdeanphotography.com

Ali & I will be doing a part two to this interview as my next video blog. So if you have any further blogging questions then¬†send them my way by next Thursday (31st March) and we’ll try and include as may as possible when we meet (in real life this time).

Recent Press – March 2011

Photo Professional

I took a slightly different approach to this month’s article in the new look Photo Pro (renamed Photo Professional) Magazine. I used the blogging example of my girls at Made u Look Photography but made the article more of a selection of tips and tricks to make your photography blog really stand out. Do you like the new magazine layout and my new style of article?

WEDDING Magazine

Little hats, birdcage veils, flower wreaths, crowns…there’s more to bridal headwear than the¬†traditional¬†veil you know. This month I shared some of my favourite ‘crowning glory’ moments with the readers of WEDDING Magazine.

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Under the Spotlight – Night Owl Paper Goods

Established in 2004 by graphic designers Jennifer Tatham and Alan Henderson,¬†Night Owl Paper Goods is¬†a company dedicated to creating handmade letterpress cards and eco-chic wooden goodies in a style they like to call ‘modern yet folksy.’ ¬†“We are¬†very fortunate to have created a company and product line that combines everything we love,” they told me. “Design + printing + writing + paper + wood + nature + the environment + friends + family. What a hoot!”

Each piece is custom printed on sustainably-harvested birch wood. The envelopes they use are recycled and contain 30-100% post-consumer waste and all their products are handmade in USA. So, whether you’re taking steps towards creating a green wedding or you’re looking to set yourself apart from the crowd, nothing makes a statement like real wood wedding stationery. Their products are quite simply perfect for the eco-conscious Rock n Roll Bride!

“At¬†Night Owl Paper Goods we offer a large selection of wedding invitations, save the dates, reply cards, reception pieces, guest gifts and more, all created from eco-friendly, sustainably-harvested birch wood”, they continue. “From modern to vintage to woodlands to tropical, we offer a breadth of styles and designs to help you express your unique personality and wedding theme. You can view all of our selections and information in the Wedding Suites category of¬†our online stationery shop.”

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