Accessibility Issues & Wedding Planning Advice for Couples with Disabilities

This is a bit of a different kind of feature for us, but one I really hope you find inspiring and helpful. We were submitted this photo shoot by wedding photographer Emmy Gaines of Searching for the Light. She wanted to shoot a real couple and to show that even if someone has a disability they can still live their life to the fullest. So often, less able-bodied people are ignored by the wedding industry (thankfully this is slowly changing!) but on Rock n Roll Bride we want to champion the fact that EVERY BODY deserves to get married, to have the same wonderful experience and to be treated respectfully by their suppliers and vendors.

“I was inspired to do this shoot inspired because I face similar disabilities as the model, and we brainstormed together what work best to capture their relationship and her disabilities”, writes Emmy. “The inspiration was to create a scene that showed disabled or other chronically ill brides, that despite the challenges they face that they too can have their dream wedding. Being a photographer that loves adventure, I wanted to show that just because a bride or groom faces disabilities doesn’t mean that a couple has to sacrifice their dreams.”

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How to Choose Your Wedding Perfume (The Rock n Roll Bride Way)

When I got engaged I was completely perplexed at the impetus put on choosing your wedding perfume. Sure, we all know smells are lovely and that scent is the strongest sense associated with memory so therefore nice perfume = nice wedding day memories all flooding back when you wear the same one again… But there were hundreds of articles about it seemingly everywhere I looked.

I like smelling good as much as the next regularly showering person, but do I think it’s the be all and end all of wedding memory perfection? I do not. HOWEVERRRRRR, I’m not a complete anarchist so I do have some (hopefully nice and realistic) pieces of advice for picking what you’re going smell like on your wedding day.

Know your tastes

My advice for choosing which perfume to wear is shockingly similar to pretty much all my advice surrounding planning your day your way, JUST PICK STUFF YOU LIKE.

But seriously, if you usually don’t wear any perfume at all there’s no reason why you now need to turn yourself into an expert perfumer just because you’re getting married. If you usually wear something quite masculine then this is where you ought to start (my go-to is Jo Malone’s Oud and Bergamot which is actually a unisex scent but I am OBSESSED with it) or if sweet, girly perfumes are your jam then check out Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue. I’m also a big fan of the body spray, not gonna lie. Impluse have just bought out a load of new fragrances and they’re cheap as anything. A great way for experimenting with scent without spending your entire wedding budget on it.

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An Intimate & Bohemian Desert Wedding

Samantha and Jason didn’t want a big fuss and they certainly didn’t want their wedding to overtake their lives. So instead of taking the traditional route, they decided to rent an AirBnB in Yucca Valley and have a low key yet perfectly ‘them’ wedding in the desert. Both lovers of this environment, they’ve spent many vacations exploring places such as Joshua Tree, Mojave, Red Rock and Death Valley. Surrounded by their nearest and dearest they said their “I do’s” under a homemade arch, with the ceremony officiated by the bride’s sister.

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Issue 25 is Now Available for Pre-Order!

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OK friends, we need to talk about this cover because it fills my heart with so much joy I CAN NOT contain myself! Shot as part of the Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress campaign (which launches on March 11th!) this may just be my favourite cover ever. I am just obsessed with the juxtaposition of the softness of the image but with our babing model Elisabetta looking fierce as hell. If you have a copy of my book we actually used her for the gothic bride images in that too, but I loved working with her so much I had to book her again!

Oh, and that bow? That was a random scrap of tulle that we tied around her head for the very last shot of the day. We’d shot everything we needed to and we we’re basically just dicking about. Apparently, playtime is when the real magic happens!

The full Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress campaign images are featured inside this brand-new issue and I’ll be sharing ALL the details and links to buy the dresses when they drop on 11th. Eeek, I can’t wait!

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