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The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair & My Catwalk Debut!

I almost don’t know where to start with writing this post as the whole day is kind of a blur…a fabulous adrenalin-fuelled blur…but a blur none the less.

In actual fact, I know you really all just want to see the photos and video (eek!) of me walking the catwalk so shall we just cut to the chase and get straight to it?

Yes..the catwalk was lit up pink! Do you think they knew I was coming?

HUGE thanks to Eliza Claire Photography & Shell de Mar Photography for taking these photos for me.

Lots of love to Allora Visuals for this exclusive video which they made to document my debut…

Yep, the veil fell off during the dress rehearsal! It wasn’t pinned in properly whoops…that’s what rehearsals are for though right?!

And to The Redfords who filmed this cute little iPhone video…

The outfits I’m wearing are (in order of appearance)…

“Hey, look there’s Shell de Mar taking my photo!”

1950s-inspired short dress by Jacqueline Byrne
Shoes by Emmy Shoes
Pink earrings & necklace set by The Real Princess Company
Custom-made ‘I Do’ bow by The Real Princess Company

Lace dress by Joanna Johnson
Lace Mantilla Veil (a one off piece) by Luella’s Boudoir
Shoes by Emmy Shoes

Floaty dress (worn without shoes) by Charlotte Casadejus
Necklace by Yarwood-White

Yes…this veil is as awesome in real life as it looks…

Slinky backless dress by Caroline Atelier
Shoes by Emmy Shoes
Custom-made tulle & pink crystal pouffy veil by The Real Princess Company

All items are available exclusively through Luella’s Boudoir. If you are interested in any of the items I, or the other models are wearing, then you can get in touch with Luella’s Boudoir by emailing info@luellasboudoir.co.uk or calling them on 020 8879 7744

Extra love and thanks to Rachel Atwell of Luella’s Boudoir for organising such an incredible event and for asking me to take part, and to Kate Barbour – stylist de jour.

Big shout out to all the other models (who taught me how to ‘walk’ and kept me laughing) and our dressers from Rose Bruford College in Sidcup who saw me in my knickers a little to often…

I also have to share some serious love for Alica Barron and the whole team at One Marylebone for playing host and finally the awesome team of Clipso London and the girls at Benefit Cosmetics for working miracles on my hair and make up.

This sparkling red wine from GF Wines was so good… I bought two bottles!

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Behind the Scenes – Preparation for my Catwalk Debut at Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair

As many of you now know, on Monday I’ll be walking down the catwalk at The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair. This week I was invited by Darren Fowler, Creative Director of the fabulous salon Clipso London to come meet him for a hair trial, and by the equally delightful Rachel Atwell, owner of Luella’s Boudoir, for a dress fitting (well actually for 5 dress fittings…I found out I’m wearing 5 different outfits, talk about throwing me in at the deep end…)

So on Wednesday, I got my little pink haired self on an early train to the city for a day of preening, pampering and for a little bit of freaking the hell out.

At Clipso I was greeted by smiling faces who were eager to talk to be about Rock n Roll Bride and ease me into this whole ‘catwalk modelling’ thing. Darren and his team have worked on London Fashion Week for the past decade and so are well versed in dealing with catwalk models…and now me! We went through some cool and pretty out-there ideas for my barnet and I’m very excited about the plans! The even invited me back the next day to get my roots done and my hair made even more electric pink in colour (always a good thing!)

I tweeted a picture of the final result…isn’t it an awesome colour?

After a few hours at the salon I headed to the Luella’s Boudoir store in Wimbledon. Rachel and her team have just moved to a new premises on Wimbledon Village High Street so it was really nice to be one of the first people to see the new shop! When I arrived I met Benedicte Lassartesse-Jones of The Real Princess Company who had made me some amazing pieces to wear in my hair. How cool is that bow and pouffy veil? I can’t wait to rock them!

I then spent some time with stylist Kate, who took me through a number of their dresses – some of which I’d seen before at The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot – but some of which were brand new. Remember I mentioned last week that I was going to wear a gown by Australian designer Johanna Johnson? Well wow is all I can say! Can I keep it please?

It was a long day…but a fun one none the less! Special thanks has to go to photographer Penny McKinley-Rodgers who came along for the ride and who took some photographs for me to blog. Fab aren’t they?

I’m even more nervous about Monday now actually…nervous but excited!

Tickets for The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair are still available. If you’d like to come check out the exhibitors, have a few cheeky cocktails and see me sauntering down the catwalk (I’m only there on the Monday) then you can purchase tickets (just £12 or £18 for 2) by emailing info@luellasboudoir.co.uk or calling 020 8879 7744.

More photos after the ‘jump…’ check ’em out!

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WIN Tickets For You & Your Bridesmaids to The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair (To See Me Strut My Stuff on the Catwalk) + A Little Sneak Peek of My ‘Beloved’ Session with Gareth

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Beautiful invite designed by Cutture London

Yeah…longest post title ever!

As many of you already know, I have been invited to make my catwalk debut at the Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair on Monday 21st March 2011 and to celebrate this, Luella’s would like to give away five VIP tickets to one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader and her bridesmaids to attend the show (to support me!)

Just some of the exhibitors that will be there include:

Bespoke Events London, Hayford & Rhodes, Rhubarb Food Design, The Little Venice Cake Company, Charlotte Casedejus, Lisa Redman, Jaqueline Byrne, Caroline Atelier, Johanna Johnson, Buttonbelle, Yarwood-White, The Real Princess Company, Magpie Vintage, Jane Taylor Millinery, Rachel Simpson, Freya Rose, Emmy, Diane Hassall, Ell & Cee, Benefit Cosmetics, Beyond Beyond, Emily Quinton, The Utterly Sexy Cafe, Cutture London…and many more!

The fair is being held at the beautiful, One Marylebone in London and the Monday event is on from 4-9pm…and I’m reliably informed that there will be cocktails!

To enter, simply comment below by midday Wednesday 16th March and the winner will be announced in Thursday Treats later this week. The only term and condition I put on you is that you have to come watch me in the show and ‘whoop’ as I saunter/stroll/tumble down the catwalk!

Arrrrgh…yeah, so I’m pretty scared.

For more on the show, or if you’re not lucky enough to win but would still like to come along – info on how to purchase tickets for either the Sunday or Monday event can be found in this post I wrote about it last week.

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A Sunday Kind of Love – The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair, March 20th & 21st

The last wedding show I was invited to was awesome and after I posted my report, I had so many comments and messages from those of you that had wished you were able to make it. Well good news is that I’ve been invited to attend yet another fabulous wedding event – The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair in March and I hope to see even more of you there! I was lucky enough to go to this event last year too…and it was awesome!

I have a particular affinity with Luella’s Boudoir as they provided the incredible backdrop and all the outfits & accessories for The Big fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot that I organised last month. So, if you swooned over any of the dresses we wore on this shoot then this is the bridal show for you! Some of the exhibitors that will be there include:

Bespoke Events London, Hayford & Rhodes, Rhubarb Food Design, The Little Venice Cake Company, Charlotte Casedejus, Lisa Redman, Jaqueline Byrne, Caroline Atelier, Johanna Johnson, Buttonbelle, Yarwood-White, The Real Princess Company, Magpie Vintage, Jane Taylor Millinery, Rachel Simpson, Freya Rose, Emmy, Diane Hassall, Ell & Cee, Benefit Cosmetics, Beyond Beyond, Emily Quinton, The Utterly Sexy Cafe, Cutture London…and many more!

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The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot – The Final Results & Video!

What do you get when you cross 6 wedding bloggers, The Wedding Photographer of the Year, London’s most stylish & gorgeous wedding boutique and a Hasselblad? Why, The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot of course!

My inspiration for this shoot came from the fact that I had seen a lot of big brands in The States using fashion bloggers to model for and promote their new lines. I loved the idea and thought it could really work for the UK wedding market. After all, wedding blogs are the new wedding magazines right?! I approached Rachel at Wimbledon-based Luella’s Boudoir if she’d be up for letting us run wild in her shop and thankfully she loved the idea!

Then came the daunting task of choosing a photographer. No mean feat when you know hundreds of them! After much deliberation Rachel and I decided upon Lisa Devlin, someone who I’ve become great friends with over the past year or so. I called Lisa and pitched my idea to her…and thankfully she also loved it! A few days later Lisa called me with the exciting news that she’s just been awarded Wedding Photographer of the Year by the British Journal of Photography and WEDDING Magazine.

“OMG Huge congratulations!” I squealed, remembering how she’d once told me that winning a photography award was on her list of things she wanted to achieve in her career. “I know” she replied, “and the best thing? I’ve won my DREAM kit from Hasselblad who sponsored the awards…and we can use it for our shoot!” (and they even offered a wind machine…Lisa didn’t have to ask me twice whether I wanted to use it for my shot!)

For those non-photography geeks out there, getting lent a Hasselblad is kind of a big deal. Not only is this a camera worth about £30,ooo (and that’s not including the lights, wind machine and Mac that they also let us borrow!) but it pretty much blows any other DSLR out of the water in the quality of image!

Lisa explained all the techy goodness to me, “In layman’s terms, Hasselblad is a medium format camera and its all about the increase in image quality due to its massive sensor. The files are much bigger than 35mm DSLR and there are a lot more pixels. This is a camera for high end fashion and advertising work, the detail is phenomenal even when you crop in a lot. You get a lot more in the shadows and highlights and if you need to do any image recovery (if you’ve shot too light or dark) there is a whole lot more there to work with. The latest camera, which is what they gave us has a fancy focus system called True Focus which allows you to lock focus on any part of the image then recompose your shot. Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty useful especially when shooting at wide apertures which I do most of the time.”

“You can also shoot straight to computer into their dedicated processing software, which is what we did. This is very useful as you see exactly what is going on and can even control everything from the screen. So if you wanted to, you can shoot from a directors chair with a flunky doing the camera work! It has an eye-level viewfinder and can be held pretty much in the same way as a 35mm DSLR so I found it surprisingly easy to handle.”

Fancy huh?!

Everything seemed to be falling nicely into place. Now all I needed was willing models.

It was important to me to pick bloggers who really stood out – bloggers with a strong sense of identity, both in themselves and their blog themes and ideas. Then I thought that having each of them styled to match the genre of their blogs would work really well. Not only then would the images be authentic, but we could use them to show some different bridal style ideas.

So I asked Charley of London Bride (quirky, British, cute bride), Kelly of Boho Weddings and Events (bohemian bride), Amma of Beyond Beyond (modern bride), Annabel of Love my Dress (vintage bride) and Alexis of OMG I’m Getting Married (bridesmaid – Alexis is getting married this year and didn’t want to be seen as a bride just yet!) if they’d like to come play dress up…and guess what? They all said yes!

You absolutely MUST head over to all these girl’s blogs to see their full set of images and to find out exactly what they are all wearing…(you can get a sneak peek in the behind the scenes video below, but be assured, you will want to go check out all of their images. These girls are SMOKIN’) Click the links below to see their full sets…

Charley – The Cute Bride
Kelly – The Boho Bride
Annabel – The Vintage Bride
Alexis – The Bridesmaid


But wait! There appears to be a certain pink haired blogger missing from this list! Well, as you all know I am always well up for a bit of posing. Oh I do love a good photo shoot. For this shoot I (obviously) still wanted to share some alternative/Rock n Roll Bridal styles… but I had to do something different.

First up I decided to add some more colours to my hair – I have been lusting over rainbow hair for months now and I was so excited when my hairdresser, Elbie Van Eeden said she’d be over the moon to do it for me! We dyed bits of my own hair (my base colour is Baby Pink by Stargazer and the highlights are Crazy Colour – Peacock Blue, Violette and Cyclamen) as well as adding clip in extensions dyed with the same colours.

Pretty awesome huh?!

In a similar way, we wanted me to wear something different to anything you’d seen me in before. I have to admit, it took a little bit of persuasion from stylist Kate Barbour that I looked OK in a slinky number but after looking at these images, I might have to admit that she was right! The dress is by Caroline Atelier and is called Emmy (available through Luella’s Boudoir) and I wore it with a Camelia Organza Flower by Victoria Fergusson.

For the group shot I wore an original blush vintage dress, created by Marilyn Monroe’s favourite designer, a gold shooting star band by Jane Taylor Millinery and shoes by Emmy (full list of what everyone is wearing below the gallery.)

But wait…there’s more! I also asked my friend Richard of FX Films to do the honours and film some behind the scenes action for us. I think you’ll agree the result is amazing! This man is a video genius (and I guarantee you will be humming this song all day now)

At the end of the day, we got together for one final group shot. Being a blogger and working from home alone, can sometimes be a very lonely career path. However having these girls on the end of the phone/hanging about on Twitter/eager to respond to an ‘omg I need your advice’ email, makes being a wedding blogger the absolute best job in the world.

I love these girls for their individuality, for their spark and for their passion for their jobs.

I love these girls for the support they give me and their genuine attitudes. These are the girls that make the UK wedding blogging industry great…and they’re all pretty foxy too!!

More photos and outfit info after the ‘jump’

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Happy Valentine’s Day! The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot – Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek

So last Tuesday I headed up to Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon to meet the all time UK wedding blogging greats. I’d had this little idea to organise a photo shoot with all my favourite wedding bloggers and some amazing suppliers (of course!) late last year and I was so excited to see it all pulled off. A lot of organisation went into this day and I’m so thrilled with how it all turned out.

One word – EPIC!

My little idea turned into a day-long shoot fest of love (there was some seriously gushing “OMG I love your blog, it’s so great to meet you in real life”) and amazing teamwork. I am literally chomping at the bit to share the final images (shot on a Hasselblad no less…more on this + how on earth we got our hands on one to come!) and the incredible behind the scenes video (and it is believe me!)

Gush gush gush!

After the shoot, I was whisked off to Mark Niemierko’s Valentines Party at Browns Bride. All the details on this fabulous party will be hitting the blog later today.

HUGE LOVE to everyone that was involved on the day (full list below – check them out!) and stand by for the final epic reveal next Monday 9am. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK. So excited!!

(ps If you didn’t see my latest video blog yet, filmed backstage at the shoot, then be sure to check it out! I give my top 10 blogging tips…)

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