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And the Cosmopolitan Magazine Award for Best Wedding Blog goes to…

Erm…ME!

Wow, I feel like I should be doing an over-indulgent Oscar-worthy speech right now but I literally can’t find the right words… So I’ll just say thank you a million times. Thank you for voting for me, thank you for believing in Rock n Roll Bride, thank you for your support…you get the idea.

Seriously, there are not enough thanks in the world.

Before the awards I met with photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre for a coffee and he asked if he could take a few photos of me…which was pretty handy because now I can show you what I wore to the event.

Ashton is, like, beyond amazing and his film photography makes me weak at the knees (plus he had the photos to me before I even got home – now that’s impressive!)

Ashton, these photos are beautiful. You are a god of film photography.

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Under the Spotlight – Kjrsten Madsen Photography

Today I’d like to introduce you to the photography of Kjrsten Madsen who shoots entirely on film and with her Holga. Over the past few months I’ve been rediscovering my love of film photography and so it really is an honour to share these images with you all. Our wedding photos were shot on film, and although this wasn’t really a concious decision at the time, looking back there really is a huge amount of joy that I get from knowing that these images were imprinted on a physical roll of film and developed by hand in a darkroom.

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There is just something so raw and emotional about film photography, as Kjrsten agrees. “At the ripe old age of 11 my mother enrolled me into a darkroom course. I was ‘by the rules’ too young to be in the class, but they made an exception with some sweet talking on my Mom’s part- which I will forever be grateful for her determination. I remember being so amazed watching my images appear like magic in the tray of developer. From that summer on, I was hooked on photography. It is no surprise that I strictly shoot film and still work in the darkroom. Film is so naturally beautiful I rarely have to retouch or edit my images. This allows me more time with my children (3 little girls) and less time behind a computer screen.”

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“The darkroom is my inner sanctum. It is a peaceful respite from a crazy world and a busy life. I go there to slow down and create, I can spend 6 hours in the dark and not know where the time has gone, and come out feeling completely revitalized. While I document all manner of events, places, and faces, my real cup of tea is shooting weddings. The love, emotion and joy of a wedding day is unparalleled. It is wonderful to be a witness of, and marvelous to participate as a documenter. Nothing compares to it!”

Originally from Portland, Oregon Kjrsten has just relocated to London and would love to shoot some creative Rock n Roll weddings here in the UK. Prices start from just £1000 for wedding coverage. For more information on Kjrsten, her work, her passions and her prices be sure to check out her website, her blog and drop her an email through her contact page.

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Film Wedding Photography – Sophie & Robert’s Quirky Vintage Countryside Wedding

There’s something about film photography. Something magical. Our wedding was shot on film in fact, and while at the time this wasn’t even a conscious decision (digital wedding photography wasn’t as popular then – wow I sound like we got married in the dark ages!) it’s a choice I’m pretty happy we made. There’s just a certain quality with this format, that no matter how hard it tries, digital images simply can’t compete with.

So when photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre sent me Sophie & Robert’s wedding last week, shot 100% with film, I jumped at the chance to share it with you.

“I grew up wanting to be different and loving quirky & unusual things,” newlywed Sophie told me. “I just don’t have a thing for traditional weddings and get excited whenever I see an alternative wedding on the internet. I knew that was what I wanted after getting engaged.”

“Robert and I knew we didn’t want to look traditional. Although I initially wanted to wear a vintage dress, I ended up falling in love with the quirky David Fielden dress! It was, in fact, the first dress I tried on and only took me 8 more dresses to decide it was the one for me. The back of the dress was initially short and I asked the dressmaker to make it longer as I wanted it to look a bit dramatic. Robert absolutely loves vintage-looking suits, so he got a beautiful bespoke brown suit made at Dress2Kill and it suited him perfectly! He also got this fabulous pink & cream striped bow-tie from Hackett.”

The couple wanted to put their personal stamp on their wedding, and so took it upon themselves to DIY wherever they could. “Due to my creativity, I wasn’t frightened to make my wedding ideas come real,” Sophie continued. “The unusual table plan display and the confetti cones were among the things Robert and I made. I also ordered favour badges, which went down well with our guests!”

“My lovely Mum made the pink/cream/light brown bunting and and the confetti cones were made by myself and Rob. We got the vintage vases & containers from charity shops and family members.”

“The other decorations came from Etsy – Pom Queen, FunOnAStick, Victorianstation – and Folksy – The Lime Garden.  I got the paper mache table numbers off Lainesworld.co.uk and sprayed them with gold paint! The invite, RSVP postcard,  menu and order of service were designed by myself, and Rob and I created the unusual table planner!”

And as I imagined from seeing Ashton‘s incredible images, the photography was also very important to this stylish pair. “As I am a photographer myself, choosing a wedding photographer was going to be a very easy task! Actually, Ashton was the only wedding photographer I considered hiring as we are friends and I absolutely love his style. We both have a thing for vintage things & alternative weddings and prefer to use film, so he knew exactly what I wanted. He was fabulous on our wedding day!”

Beautiful! I’m laying my blogging claim to all of Ashton’s weddings from here on in. I love his photography SO MUCH. Who’s with me?

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Film is not Dead – Part 3: Randy & Shay

I’m concluding today’s Film is Not Dead extravaganza with my favourite couple from the shoot out. How cool are these two?

Randy is wearing slacks by Calvin Klein, shirt from Shirt Express and a vest from Flashbacks thrift store (Encinitas).

Shay is wearing a dress and headband, both found at  Flashbacks thrift store (Encinitas).

And finally – all three gorgeous couples in one group shot. Love it!

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Film is not Dead – Part 2: Braedon & Lindsay

Check out couple number 2 in today’s bumper Film is Not Dead feature – Braedon & Lindsay.

Lindsay is wearing a vintage dress and a brooch (worn in her hair) from Long Beach Flea Market which came to the grand total of less than $30 together!

Braedon is wearing a  J. Lindeberg suit, a shirt from Trovata and a vintage bowtie.

Don’t forget to stop by again later for our 3rd and final couple.

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Film is not Dead – Part 1: Stacey & Chris

I’ve got a bit of a triple hitter for you today – a feature in 3 parts. I was sent some images by Jonathan Canlas that he took at one of his world renowned photography workshops entitled Film is Not Dead, which was held last month in San Diego. He sent over shots of 3 equally gorgeous and totally Rock n Roll couples so I’m going to feature them all. Here we go with couple number one – Stacey & Chris.

Stacey is wearing Halogen cardigan from Nordstrom, a vintage dress found in San Francisco for $15, J.Crew hair clip, Forever21 bracelet, Vaneli shoes from Nordstrom.

Chris is wearing a Zara suit, J.Crew shirt and tie, Kenneth Cole tie clip, Aldo shoes.

Pop by later for gorgeous couple number 2 & 3!

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