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Rock n Roll Bride in Company Magazine

I’m closing 2010 with some good news. Last month I was contacted by Company Magazine for some unusual hen (bachelorette) ideas for an article they were writing on the subject. I was more than happy to wax lyrical about getting some fab hen night photos and to recommned some of my favourite photographers who can do so (they are listed in the article so go and pick yourself up a copy, although if you are interested in the idea be sure to ask your photographer – many of them may have never thought of offering the service before but would love to take some snaps of you and your girls!)

The magazine is out right now!

ps trying to take photographs of a magazine with two intrigued maine coons is no mean feat let me tell you…

I hope you all have a fabulous NYE whatever you’re up to and I’ll see you all in 2011. WaaaaHoooooooooo!

2010 – The Year that Was {Part Two}

My plan was to have my top 5 posts from each month in this list, however after going through the archives I realised there was some stuff I simply couldn’t leave out…so I broke my own rule and added in some extras. Seriously, if you’re bored during this weird Crimbo Limbo week (what is it with the week between Christmas and new year? Time just seems to sloooow down) then go check out August – October’s blog posts in particular. There is so many awesome weddings over there (if I do say so myself.)

July to December all up in your area…

July

A Sunday Kind of Love – Unveiled

In July I was asked to speak at Unveiled – a conference for photographers – all about blogging, social media and doing things ‘differently’ in business. To say I was terrified is an understatement. I’d never done public speaking before and I was scared! However everyone there was super lovely and interested in what I had to say – plus I made some new friends while I was there! Bonus.

Mad Hatter Rock n Roll Bride ~ Candy Floss, Beach Huts & The Great British Seaside

For my summer photo shoot I enlisted the help of some girlfriends and we headed to Whitstable beach for a day of frolicking in the sun! The shoot was even published in Photo Pro Magazine – the power of working together and networking huh?! (pictured above)

Roll Up, Roll Up for Vishaka & Dean’s Incredible Circus-Inspired Wedding!

Vishaka & Dean had a fabulously styled circus wedding. The decor and detail ideas really made this day stand out.

The MOST INCREDIBLE Alice in Wonderland Wedding Ever. FACT.

The title speaks for itself on this one. Alice weddings went mental this year and this one was my favourite of them all.

“I Can Make That!” – Roni & Dave’s Awesome, Diy, Homespun Cute-Fest Wedding

The power of DIY! Do it yourself weddings are more common place than ever, however Roni & Dave’s homespun, homemade wedding was one of the most beautiful.

August

How to… Get the Best from your Wedding Photographer

Photographer David McNeil popped by to give you all some tips on how to get the very best wedding photographs out there.

What Exactly IS a Rock n Roll Wedding?

I often get asked how I choose the weddings to publish on Rock n Roll Bride. I have always stood by the fact that being a Rock n Roll Bride is not about having the most alternative or out-there wedding in the world. It’s about planning a wedding that is a reflection of you and your partner and not what the wedding industry tells you to! In this post I explained my ideas a little further.

An Alexander McQueen Inspiration

This utterly stunning Mormon, South African wedding blew me away. (pictured above)

A Cotton Candy Sweet, Truly Scrumptious Brighton Wedding

Ant & Clare’s sugary sweet Brighton elopement made my heart a-flutter…and Clare’s  customised vintage dress and DIY shoes were like no other!

Rock n Roll Hearts & Paper Cranes – Lauren & JP’s Perfectly Rockin’ Wedding

Lauren & Jp’s wedding and wedding video caused a bit on controversy over on her own blog (seriously, have people got nothing better to do?)  but their wedding was certainly one of my favourites of the year.

Rock n Roll Party Report

The first of many! I’ve organised industry get together’s in the past but this party was noting short of epic! So popular was my little meet in fact that I had to start turning people away because the venue wasn’t big enough! Over 100 of you turned up to eat cupcakes, drink cocktails and mingle with the Rock n Roll glitterati…and yes there will be another next year…with a bigger venue!

How to…Have a Perfectly Imperfect Wedding/Life

One of my favourite and most honest personal posts of the year. Sick of feeling like a failure as a person because my life didn’t reflect the lives I saw of others online, I wanted to lay my heart of the line and share my feeling with you. I was more than thrilled with the response from you lot, a the fact that I’m actually not alone in feeling like this!

September

Have a Wedding that is Perfect for YOU – Greg & Michelle’s Low Key, Homespun & Family-Focused Wedding

Greg & Michelle had their reception at Greg’s Grandmother’s house. There was no sit down meal, no dancing, no cake cutting…but it was perfect for them. THAT is what makes them one of my Rock n Roll weddings of the year.

Kaori & Alex’s Multi-Cultural, DIY-Fabulous, Vintage Bohemian Wedding

Incredible fashion, style and awesome tattoos made Kaori & Alex’s wedding an absolute joy to publish. (pictured above)

We got married after spending just 12 days with each other…”

An inspiring story of love at first sight and an awesome Vegas wedding.

A Kitschy, Quirky, Vintage Wedding

Vintage weddings were everywhere in 2010, but Lindsey & Adriano’s was the best of the bunch.

Yes, You CAN have a Rock n Roll Wedding!”

A guest post written by The Bowie Bride addressing the issue, “Will my wedding be Rock n Roll enough?” Simple answer – YES!

October

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2010 – The Year that Was {Part One}

In the last 12 months I have published 858 posts on Rock n Roll Bride…that’s a lot of weddings, a lot of photo shoots and a lot of personal rambles! As is customary at this time of year, I wanted to take the time reflect on the past 365 days by sharing some of my all time favourite blog posts. So here’s part 1, January to June. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for part 2!

January

How to…Plan a Wedding in No Time at all 

At the beginning of the year I launched my ‘How to…’ series, where I aimed to impart some of my (ahem) wedding and blogging wisdom where I could. In this first installment I wanted to help a reader plan her wedding as in just a few months.

A Most Curious Party

One of my favourite weddings of the year belonged to Rebecca & John, who had a quintessentially British wedding with lots of fabulous quirky twists, Rebecca enjoyed planning her wedding so much that she set up her own vintage wedding styling company, aptly named A Most Curious Party, soon after.

Fairy Lights, Scrabble & English Heritage

Ella & Sam’s London wedding was one of enviable vintage glamour and sophistication. It was an honour sharing such gorgeousness on these pages.

Rock n Roll Bride ♥ Vintage Boudoir

My first photo shoot of the year was with photographic legend Julia Boggio. Not only was this shoot super fun (even braving the snow to get there and back!) but doing it put me in touch with some fabulous industry peeps that I’ve worked with since…and have plans to work with again very soon! Watch this space… (pictured above)

How to…Deal with Uncooperative Relatives

Planning a wedding can be stressful at the best of times, but what should you do if your relatives disapprove of your wedding choices? I tried to help Allison out with just this dilemma.

February

So Punk Rock it HURTS!

I loved Matt & Danielle’s wedding so much that I blogged it in two parts. Their tattoos and their awesome style really did make for one of my most memorable weddings of the year. (pictured above)

Latex, Tattoos, Piercings & Fancy Dress Make a FABULOUS UK Wedding!

Ever seen a bride wearing a latex wedding dress? Well I have and it was utterly fabulous!

Modern Marie Antoinette

Simone’s incredible Monique Lhuillier dress and Christian Louboutin shoes gave me some serious bride-style envy.

I Love…

I wanted to share some love for Valentine’s day with some personal pictures.

Woodland Nymphs

Samuel & Jessica’s Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding not only graced the pages of Rock n Roll Bride, but was featured on a WEtv reality show called “Girl Meets Dress.” Their emotionally charged ceremony made my heart melt.

March

Edward Scissorhands ‘Winter in Summer’ Wedding

Karri & Ian’s glam goth Scissorhand’s inspired wedding certainly made an impact, and their ‘winter in summer’ theme was totally dramatic and gorgeous!

Perfect Picnic Wedding

Sarah & Kevin didn’t have a huge budget, so chose to get married in front of a few close friends in one of their back garden’s, followed by a casual picnic reception.

Classic Vintage with a Twist of Awesome

Elodie & Greg’s Australian wedding was everything I adore in weddings – close, personal, quirky and beautiful. This rockstar couple really knew how to wed in style. (pictured above)

Rock n Roll Bride in the Daily Express!

One of my proudest moments of the year! My first big newspaper feature. To say I was a little bit excited to get the call about this is an understatement of epic proportions!

I Love Rock n Roll (Bride) – The Movie!

Richard from FX Films asked if he could make a little film about me. Now, while my day to day life is anything but glamorous (does spending 18 hours in front of a computer sound glam to you!?) I was more than excited to be involved…and to introduce him to Henry & Rachel of course!

April

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Photography Friday – Keep Calm and Rock On

I look at this all day long. It hangs just above my monitor and is a constant reminder to not let the little things get to me. I like it.

If wedding planning/career/personal stresses are getting to you, always remember to KEEP CALM AND ROCK ON. It works, I promise!

The photo-booth photo you can see just to the left is one of Alice and I taken at The Designer Wedding Show and reminds me to not take myself too seriously and to always make sure I’m having fun!

The photo on the right is my idol, Vivienne Westwood, dressed as a bride. Genius, gorgeous and a little bit nuts. I utterly love her and it reminds me that I never need to grow up but I should always dress fabulously!

Just above you can see the edge of a photograph of Gareth & I taken at our engagement shoot. The photo was taken in front of a Soho sex shop and reminds me never to conform.

Always surround yourselves with inspiring, beautiful and happy things.

*Sign is from Etsy but I can’t remember the seller sorry!

A Sunday Kind of Love – Ooh Laa Laa Paris!

Photography Credit: Marianne Taylor Photography

Bonjour mes petits amis!

Tomorrow I am heading over the channel to Paris (!) to embark on the photo shoot to end all photo shoots! This bad boy is seriously going to blow the lid off everything I’ve done before. I am a mixture of excited, elated and seriously nervous but I literally can not wait to stand under The Eiffel Tower and meander down The Champs-Elysées dressed in my finery…oh and what finery it is. I’m not really allowed to tell you anything else about it, but I do believe we’ve got some of the most exciting and well known industry experts and designers on board! You are literally going to die when you see what we’ve got up to.

Because of my mini-adventure, posting will be a bit light over the next few days (I do have a couple of awesome wedding scheduled to keep you going though) and I won’t be replying to emails until I return.

I’ll see you all when I get back mid next week.

Au Revoir!

Photography Friday – A Quiet Week

There was a really heavy thunderstorm. As it cleared the most vibrant double rainbow ever appeared outside our back door

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will know this already, but on Monday I fainted, fell down the stairs, knocked myself out and chipped a back tooth (note to self: don’t try and climb stairs when feeling faint.) I’m ok now, the doctor said it was just ‘one of those things’ and that I’m fine. However I have been feeling a little sorry for myself this week so I cancelled all my appointments and spent most of this week in my PJ’s writing and chilling out at home.

Therefore this week’s Photography Friday photos aren’t that interesting (particularly compared to last week!) I just thought I’d take a few snaps of the ‘stuff’ I see everyday in my little world.

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A Las Vegas Alice in Wonderland

Amber & Mike pride themselves on their unconventionality and so wanted to make sure their wedding was just that too. “It made perfect sense to go to Vegas,” Amber told me. “However, we even bucked Vegas tradition by not getting married in a small chapel by Elvis. We found an amazing garden complete with ducks, just right off the strip. I’d like to consider our wedding half elopement, half planned (we planned in 4 weeks). My muse for the entire wedding was a single lipstick that I’m obsessed with called Melrose Mood. Imagine the most obnoxiously, opaque, electric baby baby pink and you’re sort of close to what it looks like.”

The bride is a make up artist so did all her hair and make up herself. In fact she seemed to almost enjoyed the getting ready part of the day as much as the actual wedding bit! “I spent the morning with my bridesmaids doing make up, eating gummy dice and card cookies (amongst other treats). We had an amazing bridal photo shoot in the atrium at Bellagio where we captured some sweet Alice inspired photos. Which is totally fitting since my husband is related to the real Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell (can you say “keeper”?). I wore were 6 inch heels entirely covered in Swarovski crystals. Needless to say the bridal shoot stopped traffic.”

The actual wedding was intimate and personal and very much ‘them’. “We took a limo to the venue and performed a short civil ceremony. Afterwards we ate dinner with family at a small organic restaurant. Our cake was two tears of red velvet with butter cream. Our wedding favors were little french macaroons. Each box had a pistachio and strawberry. (Um, pretty sure I ate about three other peoples boxes). One of the best parts was during dinner a few of the shy little nieces came to my table to “give me my wedding present”. In unison they sang 2 lines of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi then ran away. It was just so funny and random.”

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Jill & Neil’s Vintage “Englishness” Wedding

Jill & Neil’s wedding is vintage “Englishness” in every sense of the word. The whole day – from Jill’s floral Fur Coat No Knickers vintage gown, to the London bus that transported them and personalised vintage postcards used as invitations and then re-used as the table-plan – was an authentic representation of the theme they loved so much. “We took vintage inspiration from our own families, finding old frames in charity shops for lots of photographs of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparent’s weddings,” they told me. “These filled the fireplaces of the Lodge and meant we were surrounded by reminders of our ancestors as well as being beautiful pictures.”

“Also, to entertain our guests on our bus trip we had a picture quiz to guess who the couples in the old photos were – with the answers on the back of the original at the venue.  These were in bags made by a charity from recycled newspapers from The India Shop and we also included bus related gifts to keep the children amused – mostly from the London Transport Museum, and old fashioned sweets and goodies.  On the tables we used luggage labels from the Post Office for place names, which my nieces helped stamp with butterflies and tied to mini jars filled with old fashioned sweets from Hope and Greenwood.”

The day also had a lot of very personal and emotion feelings behind it. As Jill had been previously widowed, the couple knew that is would be a particularly emotional day so wanted to make it extra special and beautiful. The service itself was very important to them as they had actually met at the Cathedral where they chose to marry.

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Photography Friday – A Week in Pictures

This week I bought a beautiful Evans Lichfield Union Jack Pink Crown Tapestry Cushion on a whim. I loved it so much that we ordered 2 more off Amazon. They are perfect!

I also treated myself to a little reminder of what to do when I get blog-stressed. I found this little beaut by Etsy seller 3LambsGraphics. I love.

I went to my new favourite cafe, Bill’s Produce Store. It’s all organic, the food is yummy, the shop is beautiful and I love.

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Photography Friday – Flowers, Dreadlocks & My Utterly Gorgeous Sister

I’m actually super excited about posting these – my first actual ‘set’ of photos that weren’t just of me messing about at home on my own. Today I went into town with my sister Rachel (and yes I did name my cat after her!) It just so happens to be totally gorgeous so I forced her to play model all day. I think she gave me a run for my money actually!

We had lunch at a new organic cafe in Reading (yum), bought flowers for 30p from the sweetest little old ladies ever and drank coffee by the river. What a fab day.

Her dreads are pretty rad too huh? Her super talented boyfriend Jamie does them for her. You can check out his website, Dread Monkey, right here.

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An Elephant, Vegan & Love Themed Celebration

This elephant themed, vegan love-fest wedding makes me so happy! Abigail & Zak actually got married last October so this wedding was really a celebration of their love and partnership involving all their friends & family.

“We wanted it to have a theme of elephants, loyalty, and compassion” they told me. !That’s why we had the paintings of our parents there and also why our “favors” were gifts bought from heifer international (bees and trees) in our guests’ honor. The most important part of our vision was that we were already married last October, so we didn’t want to pretend this was something it wasn’t. We wanted it to be a celebration of our partnership, and our friend who introduced us was our celebrant at the party. We did our vows in the past tense, and most importantly, we wrote and read our marriage manifesto about what partnership and marriage means to us.”

“We had an all vegan snacks and dessert buffet (we wanted to be able to eat everything at our own wedding!) we used as many local products (flowers, beer, etc) as possible. Our cake was homemade by a good friend. We had no strangers there, which was important. Friends catered, photographed and bartended.”

“Since between us we’ve lost three parents, rather than have photographs and candles (which seemed a little funeral-y) we had a good friend who is a local artist do portraits of our parents so that they would be recognized there, but in a more lighthearted way. We also incorporated heirlooms and special items from our grandparents and parents in the decorations.”

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Archery, Tractors & Tents – A British Summertime Wedding with a Twist

Architects Sybil & Jon planned an outdoors, Robin Hood style wedding – complete with campfire, archery and tents – at the bride’s parent’s house, for July 30th this year. Jon explained that they wanted the ‘feel’ of the wedding to be similar to the scene in the woods from the original film of Robin Hood.  They wanted everything to be relaxed and very informal and so had tractors as their transport, a folk band and a rustic, natural style of flowers. “Sibyl was very keen to use English flowers and wanted them to look like they had been picked from the garden.” their wedding planner, Kate told me. ” Anne Bell sourced the flowers from a walled garden in Hertfordshireand created beautiful colourful arrangements in jars on each of the tables along withbouquets for Sibyl and her bridesmaids.  The church was decorated witha stunning candle stick display and pew end arrangements tied with raffia.  As an added touch the couple also quickly decorated the tractor!”

Sybil wore a dress that had originally belonged to her Grandmother and that her Mother had actually worn for her wedding as well. It was a ‘day dress’ which was made from embroidered linen that she brought in Jamaica when she lived there in 1948. The bride’s mother then altered the dress into a top and skirt and wore it on her wedding day in 1973. The bride’s mother then altered the dress again with a slightly different mid-drift section for Sibyl to wear. Sybil teamed this very special gown with a Jenny Packham headpiece and sandals by Charlotte Olympia, in Lois leopard print. She also wore an antique watch which her Mother had given her as a gift as which had also belonged to her Grandmother.

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THIS is What it’s All About – Forget the Details & the ‘Blog-Worthy Wedding’ Obsession

There is always a lot of chatter around blog land about details details details. Photographers are obsessed with getting couples with detail-heavy weddings so that the blogs and magazine will want to feature them. While this is true (after all wedding blogs and mags are primarily read by brides-to-be who want to see weddings with ideas they can steal for their own big day) do you ever think that this obsession to have a ‘blog-worthy’ detail heavy wedding might be a little excessive?

I’m not one to slag aaaanybody’s wedding off but I do see some weddings circulating around blog land that just seem so…well…contrived. Like a circus almost. Like a made-for-blogs-wedding-circus. The results are pretty much always gorgeous and inspiring but do you ever look at weddings like that and feel depressed or inadequate about your own wedding? 

I wonder sometimes if a lot of us have actually forgotten the whole point of the wedding in the first place. Two people, in love standing there saying “I Do”. That’s it. That’s what’s important. Lets not forget that.

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