An Outdoor Ceremony & A Summer Fete Themed Wedding: Emily & Oliver

Emily & Oliver were legally married at Brighton Town Hall with only their immediate family in attendance. Then two days later they celebrated with all their friends & family Ridge Farm in Surrey. They started the day with an outdoor ceremony (not currently legal in England, hence the register office ceremony.)

“I first went to Ridge Farm a couple of years earlier to a music festival called Firegathering organised by a friend of my sister, they had got married there themselves,” Emily told me. “It came to mind as a venue to look round and when I took Oli he feel in love at first sight.  A big advantage was we could have the venue for 4 days!  We have always enjoyed the day after a wedding as the much as the wedding day itself, all ice has been well and truly broken and its just fab to carry on the party when you have all your loved ones together.”

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A Handmade Campsite Wedding: Maria & Chris

A campsite in Wales played host to Maria & Chris’ fabulous wedding. With the help of their friends & family the couple pulled a lot of the wedding together themselves. The flowers played a huge part in the styling of their day as Maria explained, “For the flowers I wanted it to look as though we had picked them all from the fields that morning and used whatever we had lying around to put them in.  We had been collecting vintage china for some time and used the various jugs, bowls and cups & saucers for the flowers on the tables.  The campsite also had some rustic enamel jugs that we used too.  Some of these Flowers I had ordered from the florist (Peonies, Cornflower, Lavender, Margharites etc) but the rest my Mum, her neighbour and my Auntie’s had brought with them from their gardens!  The Tipi was decorated with ribbon and Ivy from my Parent’s garden too.”

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“All the table decorations were put together by my Chris’ Mum and one of my Bridesmaids,” the bride continued. “It was late Friday, the night before the wedding and it was flower chaos! In the end it was all hands on deck and friends and family were all stepping in to help.  Chris’ Mum also made 60+ stunning little bead & wire dragonflies to sit in the table decorations. I also had three silver butterflies that were a pair of earrings and a pin that belonged to Chris’ Grandma. She sadly passed away two years ago and by having the butterflies in my bouquet it was my small way of having her near all day.”

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A DIY Fashion Shoot Using The Rock n Roll Bride Planning Notebook!

A photo shoot featuring the Rock n Roll Bride planning notebooks!? Oh yes that’s one sure-fired way to get my attention!

“We styled the whole shoot ourselves using items from eBay (and of course the Rock n Roll Bride notebook,” photographer Jaye of  Tux & Tales Photography told me. “We decided we would do a few styled shoots ourselves on a shoestring budget. I think it is a great way to show brides that they can have a fun and fab style with a little pocket change and a lot of elbow grease. I hope you enjoy my ultra-rad millinery. Picture me sitting on the living room floor, feathers flying everywhere whilst my cat tries to run off with the hat in his mouth every time I turn around to get another feather. The bouquet I made myself out of crepe paper. Boo (our model) is a burlesque performer so she did her own hair & make up!”

“As for inspiration – we were really dedicated to a shoot which was going to demonstrate the beauty of the North,” Jaye continued. “Although we  had a brief stint in Essex, we are really Northerners at heart and I wanted to do something fun and sassy that shows Yorkshire at its best. The photos taken in front of Drax (the coal fire plant) are particularly special to me. People often complain about the North of England being ‘too industrial’ but that is exactly what we love about it. There is something so optimistic about industry. The big factories are where hard working people go to create the fabulous things we use and eat every day.”

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A “Totally Neat, Totally Sweet” Music-Themed Wedding: April & Rich

“Some people described our wedding theme as Rockabilly, but the only rockabilly music was played at the ceremony,” newlywed April told me. “We are punk rockers at heart, but listen to a wide variety of music in the rock genre.  We thought it would be very difficult to do a punk rock wedding and still keep it somewhat formal.  (Rich’s family is Catholic and I am not religious in any way.  We didn’t want to horrify his grandmother!)”

“We chose Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent and Wanda Jackson for ceremony music.  I walked down the aisle to “Rose of my heart” by Johnny Cash.   I had “rose of my heart” engraved in Rich’s wedding ring.  It was a surprise and when Rich saw it after the ceremony, he got tears in his eyes.  It was one of my favorite moments of the day.  My grandfather died exactly 3 weeks before the wedding.  He was a Johnny Cash fan, so this made it even harder to keep my emotions in check while walking down the aisle.”

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Angelberry Lipstick Winner & Welcome to the Photography Farm

This Week’s Love List…

♥ husband’s who paint their wives nails (and ahem do an awesome job!) ♥ impromptu dinners at un-fancy restaurants ♥ lazy Mondays ♥ facials and massages (it’s a hard life) ♥ rockstar photographer friends ♥ invites to Spain (!) ♥ invites to New York (!!!) ♥ sparkly new shoes (thank you Terri!) ♥ Gala’s wedding ♥ Bad Girls marathons ♥ fluttery eyelashes ♥ twirly dresses ♥ rediscovering my love of film photography ♥ spending time away from my desk (!) ♥ effing exciting new projects ♥ chalkboard skulls ♥ best friends and giggles ♥ glitter in your hair

I also wanted to let you all know that the winner of the Angelberry Lipstick giveaway is…

Kat’s Meow

Congratulations to Pip who came up with this awesome name. This lipstick will forever be called Kat’s Meow and it’s all down to you and your fabulously creative idea! Chistine will be in touch soon to get your address to ship out your very own tube of lippy!

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But the main reason for excitement this week is that I’m here to announce the launch of The Photography Farm that I’ve been invited along as a special guest and to model for! There will also be a real life couple modeling for the engagement shoot portion of the workshop. Woooo. Hoooo.

Brainchild of the fabulous Lisa Devlin, The Photography Farm is a 3 day photography workshop focussing on an intimate and totally Rock n Roll approach to learning. The first Photography Farm will be taking place on the 27th – 29th September and will revolve around engagement and wedding photography. The price of this fabulous event is just £750 (this will increase to £1000 after the first workshop) and you’ll get accommodation (the farm is located close to Gatwick Airport), all food including a celebration dinner on the last night and fun provided. I’ve also been reliably informed that there is a pool, a hot tub and tennis courts…

This will be a small workshop with only 10 students. At the time of publishing there are currently only 5 spaces remaining for this first event.

For more info and details or to book your spot, email Lisa on lisa@devlinphotos.co.uk or call 01273231047

I’ll see you there!

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