Post It Notes – 19th August 2011 – Finding the One & Productivity

Photography Credit: Annamarie Stepney Photography (full wedding on the blog soon!)

And by ‘the one’ I mean the dress (sorry fellas!) But let’s be honest, as soon as girls get engaged the first thing we think about is the dress! Finally we’re allowed to buy wedding magazines and look a wedding dresses online without being…well…a little bit weird.

My top tip when it comes to searching for your dress is to be open minded. Yes, everyone will have an idea in their head of what they wants their wedding dress to be like but until you actually try them on, you never really can tell what your’re going to like the most…and I do think every bride-to-be should try on a massive meringue, even if it’s just to have a laugh!

So, what did my wonderful twitter followers and facebook fans have to say on this matter? (a lot it would seem…these a just a few of the many responses I had!)

Jennifer Comiskey – go on your own!!! I did … bought my dress and brought it home … job done!

Hannah Jones – look for something that reflects your personality and what your day is about, you want to look back at the pictures and know that it was you down to a T!

Katie-louise Clarke – go with your heart, dont listen to anybody else!

Catherinos Robotnik – know what shape suits you before you start but don’t be afraid to try out something new… Even if just to prove a point!

Stacey Joseph – don’t try on too many! You’ll just be confused. Also, if you don’t like your salesperson, get a new one. Don’t let them press you into buying anything.

Rachel Lovett – I used to work in a bridal shop, our advice was try everything. Even if you hate it on the hanger. A hanger doesn’t do a dress justice, its the girl inside it that makes it special. And take an honest friend, who will tell you if its right. But also remember practicality, the season you’re getting married in can dictate a lot, although, big dresses just need a hoop so it doesn’t get too hot!

@catdoran – don’t ask the price, it clouds your judgement. Just tell shop owner your top budget & try on everything less than it!

@LondonBride – be open minded, try all shapes, keep budget in mind, wear good underwear, bring heels and HONEST friends/family.

@ElbieMUAHair – don’t just look in wedding mags (I found my ‘the dress’ in an Elle editorial)

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Thursday Treats – 18th August 2011 + The Winners of The Assassynation/Sassy n Frank/Elbie Van Eeden Engagement Shoot Competition Announced

Credit: Sportsgirl

I’m excited to announce the winners of the Assassynation/Sassy n Frank/Elbie Van Eeden engagement shoot competition today. The winners, picked by the team who wanted to give away this fab prize, actually even come from Reading like me! Clearly it’s meant to be.

Huge congratulations to Kim & Phil who wrote this winning entry:

“We got engaged on 1st April 2011, yes you heard right, April Fool’s Day, and with this in mind we would like to continue our personalities and character traits in an engagement shoot.The theme I see is a food fight, with bright and colourful food such as cupcakes, hotdogs, condiments (almost American food style) between myself and my fiancé. We could almost be dressed in black so the bright colours would show up (small committed idea thrown in there!) I’d like some bright colour extensions in my hair (it’s brown at the moment) and bright make up to create a bold look.”

“The only thing I am struggling with is the place in which we could hold such a idea, like in my head I see some sort of supermarket aisle or food shop, or a banquet in grand house with a big a throne/ chair at each end.
We live in Reading and would be willing to travel to find a suitable venue to shoot at.”

“Our wedding isn’t until April 2013 in which we are hitting the bright lights of Vegas (again our personalities coming through) and then having a reception on Friday 10th May 2013 at Trunkwell House, Reading.”

Woohooo congrats guys I can’t wait to see the results of your shoot already…and if I see you in the Purple Turtle any time soon I’ll buy you both a drink to celebrate for sure!

♥ Ronald Stoops Fashion Photographyyes. amazing. that is all.
Ellie & Cameron’s super sweet wedding
♥ Amazing Viewmaster invitations
Rachel Simpson’s new lookbook by Emma Case
Pearl Lowe stationery designed by SugalilyOooh lala
Engagement shoot awesome by MangoRED
♥ Modern Southern wedding: Jen + Jonathan
♥ A Caravan Hotel Room at Huettenpalast Berlincan we go please? pleeease?
Pretty pink vow renewal (check out the video too – its hilarious!)
♥ Because I just LOVE multi-coloured petticoats

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Thursday Treats – 18th August 2011 + The Winners of The Assassynation/Sassy n Frank/Elbie Van Eeden Engagement Shoot Competition Announced

I'm excited to announce the winners of the Assassynation/Sassy n Frank/Elbie Van Eeden engagement shoot competition today. The winners, picked by the team who wanted to give away this fab prize, actually even come from Reading like me! Clearly it's meant to be. Huge congratulations to Kim & Phil who wrote this winning entry: "We got engaged on 1st April 2011, yes you heard right, April Fool's Day, and with this in mind we would like to continue our personalities and character traits in an engagement shoot.The theme I see is a food fight, with bright and colourful food such as cupcakes, hotdogs, condiments (almost American food style) between myself and my fiancé. We could almost be dressed in black so the bright colours would show up (small committed idea thrown in there!) I'd like some bright colour extensions in my hair (it's brown at the moment) and bright make up to create a bold look." "The only thing I am struggling with is the place in which we could hold such a idea, like in my head I see some sort of supermarket aisle or food shop, or a banquet in grand house with a big a throne/ chair at each end. We live in Reading and would be willing to travel to find a suitable venue to shoot at." "Our wedding isn't until April 2013 in which we are hitting the bright lights of Vegas (again our personalities coming through) and then having a reception on Friday 10th May 2013 at Trunkwell House, Reading." Woohooo congrats guys I can't wait to see the results of your shoot already...and if I see you in the Purple Turtle any time soon I'll buy you both a drink to celebrate for sure!

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Candy Coloured Cuteness: Lucy & Michael

Lucy & Michael’s candy coloured cute-as-hell wedding stole my heart! The pastel colour palate is so fresh and totally perfect for their DIY wedding. Lucy & Michael actually found their photographer, the fabulous Shell De Mar, through an engagement shoot featured on Rock n Roll Bride too so it’s really cool that I’m allowed to feature their gorgeous wedding too.

“We knew that it was important to have a wedding photographer who understood the style and inspiration for our big day and would capture all of the details we had so painstakingly created,” Lucy told me. “We wanted a fun and creative record of our day rather than a set of stuffy portraits. We discovered Shell De Mar when we saw a seaside engagement shoot that was featured on Rock n Roll Bride. We immediately fell in love with her use of light and colour, and the way she captured her couples.”

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Under The Spotlight – The BB Collective

The bb Collective are Bex & Bex, friends and musicians based in London. They set up The bb Collective in 2007 to provide a fresh and soulful twist to wedding entertainment. The Bex’s and their band have various backgrounds in music ranging from soul, jazz, funk and Rock n Roll (hence the ‘Collective’.) I’m very excited to welcome them to Rock n Roll Bride today. Over to you ladies…

Hi Ladies! So can you tell us a little bit about yourselves – namely who you are and what you do?
Blonde Bex: Well I’m Bex Reichwald
Brunette Bex: And I’m Bex Bowden
Blonde: We tend to go by Blonde and Brunette to avoid confusion with the boys.
Brunette: We set up and run The bb Collective a group of musicians providing bespoke live music entertainment for weddings all over the country.

Where are you based and what areas do you cover?
We are based in London and cover all over England, and beyond when we’re lucky – we have managed to get to Scotland, Wales, France and Istanbul so far!  

How did you start your business and why did you begin?
The 2 of us met in another band, fell in love over a mutual love of good music, Jack Bauer (Kat: hello?! I love you already), cupcakes, and 50’s style dresses and decided we would be a force to be reckoned with if we set up our own band. The function scene is very much dominated by men so we thought we could offer a new approach.

We spotted a gap in the market for classy, cool, non-cheesy but fun wedding bands that were still interested in working with couples to create a perfect mix of music for their big day. The bb Collective band was born, a 6 piece line up of musicians that we put together after many auditions and jam sessions.   Since then, we have extended the main band to an 8 piece outfit, enabling us to bring in a fantastic brass section. We can now offer our clients anything from the 6 piece band for those with smaller budgets, space restraints or sound limiters at their venues to a 7 piece, 8 piece or even 9 piece line up by adding in brass instruments.

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A Carnival Destination Wedding in Trinidad and Tobago: Erin & John

“The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is not your usual destination wedding location…  Then again, we’re not your typical bride and groom,” wrote Erin & John. “First of all, we wanted to base our wedding and honeymoon around Carnival that happens every year in Trinidad.  It’s one of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations – and we wanted to be dressed in sequins, feathers, and not much else for our honeymoon celebration.  We invited our friends to come to Tobago the week before Carnival for our wedding.  We rented out all the villas at The Palms Villa Resort – and partied for a solid week leading up to our big day.  The following week, our friends followed us on our honeymoon…and danced with us in the streets of Trinidad!  How nice of Trinidad to throw us such a lovely wedding reception!”

The wedding day started with portraits on the beach, “Our photographer Angela Hubbard spent the morning following us around the small island of Tobago taking our photos on the beach, next to the colorful and whimsical architecture of Tobago, with goats, carrying chickens – you name it!  She captured such whimsical, beautiful, and silly moments… The photos are priceless.”

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A CMYK Themed Wedding: Rebekah & David

When Rebekah & David’s wedding landed in my inbox a couple of weeks ago I just about let out a ‘whoop’ of joy! Colour colour everywhere, what’s not to love? Their CMYK theme is just perfect….perfect!

“Shortly after our engagement, David suggested that we have a CMYK wedding” Rebekah told me. “Graphic design is a massive part of our lives and to base our wedding on the colours that make up a lot of printed design work (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Black) made so much sense to us. It was so much fun applying CMYK theme to our day, from table numbers, to my wedding dress to our bridesmaids.”

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