Dave & Kirsten’s Tattooed & Quirky Chicago Wedding

Dave & Kirsten’s kooky and personal wedding was created as a perfect reflection of them as a couple. Their love of tattoos, fashion and all things vintage was their inspiration and what really shone through on their day.

The bride knew she wanted a flattering tea-length dress but after a fruitless search in dress shops and even online, she decided the best way to get her perfect gown was to create it herself. She went to the drawing board and drew out her ideal dress which she then brought to a seamstress who worked with her to make it. She accessories with a blue birdcage veil which she picked up from a vintage shop in Chicago. She picked the colour to match her bridesmaid’s dresses. Finally, to complete her look she wore one of a kind jewellery all made for her by friends.

As wedding gifts to each other, the tattoo-loving couple both got matching bird tattoos and as an extra special gift to his bride, Dave restored a 1968 Lincoln Continental which he surprised Kirsten with on the day! How amazing is that?!

As a final, super personal touch, instead of favours, the couple made a donation in their honour to Mia’s Children – an orphanage that educates and houses homeless children in Bucharest, Romania. Kirsten used to work for this foundation and so this was something very close to her heart too.

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Rock n Roll Bride in Eco Beautiful Weddings

I was honoured and super-duper excited to be interviewed for Eco Beautiful Weddings Fall 2010 edition. The magazine is now online so head over and check me out on page 32-35!

The article also includes some of my favourite wedding images from Eliza Claire, Kyle Hepp, Wildberry Studio & Design, David McNeil, Emma Case, One Love Photo and Made u Look Photography!

Huge thanks to editor Katie Martin for choosing me to interview for this issue

A Sunday Kind of Love – The Kelly Moore Bag

I get very lucky in my job that people send me lots of pretty things to play with. One of my favourites recently has got to be the gorgeous Kelly Moore camera bag that winged it’s way to me last week.

I had been on the hunt for a camera bag but was disappointed to discover that pretty much everything I found was black, dull, boring and UGLY! Well not any more…

Kelly Moore bags are more like gorgeous designer handbags than camera bags (in fact I have been using mine as a handbag when I’ve left my camera at home) and I am definitely proud to have this bag on my arm. I have the ‘Hobo’ design in grey. It’s perfect for me as a beginner as it’s not too big but seasoned pros will utterly love the Classic bag (and the fuchsia version is to die for!)

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How To…Buy your Wedding Dress Online

Hi Kat,
I absolutely love your blog, I luckily came across it when I was looking unique wedding dress ideas. I really love all the vintage and short dresses your brides wear and I’d love to get something like that for myself. It’s been quite a relief to see that not everyone wants the whole traditional wedding!

However, living in quite a remote location, all the wedding dress shops around my area only stock boring, traditional wedding dresses. Argh! My thought is that I wanted to try and buy a vintage style dress online. I’ve found a few great online shops through your site (Vivien of Holloway, Unique Vintage, Fur Coat No Knickers) but I’m a little scared of ordering such a big purchase online. I don’t suppose you have some tips on how to make sure I order correctly? Style, sizing etc?

Thanks so much in advance and I really do love your site!!

Love Toni

A few weeks ago I received this email from reader Toni, so I asked my friends at Vivien of Holloway if that had any insider knowledge they could share…

Photography Credit: Jazz Hans Photography
Model: Anna Fur Laxis

Buying your perfect wedding dress online can be a little bit tricky. But knowing a few tips and tricks for a perfect fit can make it a little easier. Here at Vivien of Holloway, we have sold countless brides their perfect gown, some from as far away as America and Australia, and we’re always safe in the knowledge that they will look as good as they feel on their big day. So hopefully a bit of advice from us will prove useful!

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Photography Friday – Emma Case, Kittens & Lovely Vintage Dresses

This week I bought myself a new lens. I’m not going to bore you non-photographers with camera geekery but it’s very lovely (I’ve been swooning over it on Twitter, so if you are interested be sure to follow me.) It only arrived yesterday so only the kitten photos are taken with it (lucky me for having such beautiful models lounging around my house all day.)

This week I visited my scrumptious friend, photographer Emma Case in Birmingham who gave me some pointers to using my camera. I’m now so excited to do a photo shoot with some willing victims soon (oh yes! watch this space)

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April & Alex’s Laid Back Garden Party Wedding

Taking inspiration from music festivals and garden parties, April & Alex wanted to create a laid back, personal wedding. They loved creating a lot of the details themselves and really wanted to make something that not only reflected them but was fun for their guests.

The bride made all the wedding stationary herself – from the invitations to the luggage tags. “I designed the postcard sized invitations on photoshop, lined the envelopes with floral paper and stamped the backs with an old fashioned address stamp,” she explained. “The orders of service were hand stamped, bound with a sewn spine and decorated with mismatched fabric hearts. We stuck to kraft paper and the same font to pull everything together. I didn’t like the idea of picking one colour as a ‘theme’ but stuck to hot and dusky pink, peach and greens as my colour palate. The confetti packets were a project from Martha Stewart and made by sewing together tracing paper and a handstamped label. For the table plan I stretched some floral fabric over a wooden frame and pinned everyone’s names on hand stamped parcel tags in alphabetical order, each with their table number. I painted cheap frames from Ikea backed with fabric for the table numbers and the place settings were also hand stamped parcel labels. I used inexpensive different sizes glass cosmetic bottles bought online to use as vases.”

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