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Sarah & Jonathan’s Hipster London Wedding

Sarah & Jonathan found the perfect photographer to capture their modern London wedding though Rock n Roll Bride so I was over the moon when Annamarie Stepney asked if I’d like to feature their wedding!

The couple chose to have their wedding in their local borough of Islington, North London as they both felt it was very important to support their local businesses and friends. “The fact the venue and all suppliers were local in Angel was very important to us and this is why we chose them. Jonathan’s business and our lives in Islington are important and it was all about a sense of community. We also wanted a relaxed inclusive wedding, but not casual. We involved as many people as we could with 18 ushers and bridesmaids altogether, four readers and roles for everyone individually. We have been together for 9 years and have many great friends together who we wanted to be very involved.”

The wedding took place in August at St Johns church Duncan Terrace, London and was followed by a super cool drinks and canapes reception at The Breakfast Club in Angel. “The bar is one of Jonathan’s favourites and is round the corner from the church on the pretty Camden Passage,” Sarah told me. “This was great because the local businesses who supplied the wedding could join in, including the dressmaker!   We served our favourite homemade scotch eggs, mojitos, champagne and also other retro treats.”

The main reception was then held up the road at a gastropub The Canonbury, a large beautiful old English pub with a huge garden on a quiet square in the best residential area in Islington. “In the pub we had a pretty raj tent with comfy lounge chairs and the cake was also on display,” continued the bride. “Most importantly we lead a walk with the wedding party and anyone else who could manage it from  The Breakfast Club straight up Upper street to The Canonbury. Everyone else took the green Route-master bus.”

Sarah had her dress, veil and acessories made by local dressmaker Jacqueline Byrne. “She makes beautiful vintage styled dresses and wedding accessories,” exlained Sarah. “After trying on a few off the peg disasters (quite hard because I am just over 6ft tall) it was a no brainer to with her. Basically she got to know me and my sisters and Mum and found out about the wedding and gradually designed a dress together that evolved as it was made, that was so fun and she really knows what she is doing but at the same time the dress can be really personalised too. We were still working on right up u to, 2 days before. She also made my vintage veil and 20s hair band, she even beaded my cardigan which is didn’t need because it was such a balmy hot day hot the end.  She also makes dresses for the princess Ann and she a real pleasure to work with!”

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Alice in Weddingland ~ The Hunt for the Perfect Photographer

It’s time for post number two (well three if you count our impromptu trip to the Designer Wedding Show last month) in the series that is proving to be quite a hit with you lot! This month Alice went on the hunt for the perfect photographer to document her wedding…

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Photography Credit: Lisa Devlin

When I sat down and wrote my wedding wish-list, getting a top-notch wedding photographer was right up there.  Think what you will, a good photographer was even higher up on my list of priorities then a wedding dress! I figure a dress lasts a day, but the photographs are the memories that will be shared with friends and family alike, and will last forever.  In my eyes a securing the photographer of your dreams is the best wedding investment a bride can make…but where to begin?  If you google ‘wedding photographer Brighton’ you are given hundreds of results, but I found this list to be pretty useless as I really didn’t know what I was looking for.  What are the merits of negotiating a copy-write-free deal on your images?  Reportage or traditional style?  Ten minutes in and I was freaking out; finding the photographer for me seemed like an impossible task.  Then I came across rocknrollbride.com!

Photography Credit: Emma Case

Finding a wedding blog that tapped right into the style of wedding I envisaged was like a breath of fresh air.  I found myself reading the credits at the end of the shoots Kat features and going on that photographers website (fyi: all the british weddings/photographers Kat has featured can be found here).  This way I was able to see the style of photography that I liked, full weddings on their blogs and found myself able to make firm decisions based on whether a particular photographers style would suit what I had in mind.  I also checked out Rock n Roll Bride’s sponsors, as I knew Kat only accepted sponsorship from companies and photographers that she feels are keeping in line with the style of her blog so I felt this was also a good place to look.  This little fact can save you hours of trawling the internet, as effectively she’s done all the hard work for you!

Another top tip I discovered is hitting up the wedding chat-rooms.  Now I know I mentioned this gem in my first Alice in Weddingland piece, but it is one that should not be underrated!  Through following other people’s conversations about photographers in their areas/how much they were being charged etc I got a clear idea of what was a good deal and what wasn’t (however beware of some unfounded bridezilla bitching in some of these chatrooms!)  In fact I actually came across one of my favourite wedding photographers Emma Case this way; I found a link to a male photographers website in the chatroom, so I contacted him and outlined my vision for the wedding.  He then very honestly emailed me saying that he thought his friend Emma would be better for a wedding like mine as it was right up her street!  Lots of Emma’s work has been featured of Rock n Roll Bride (a fact that pleased me A LOT) and I contacted her immediately.

Photography Credit: Emma Case

Now as a bride on a teeny tiny budget I looked at the figures all over the internet about how much wedding photographers charge and I literally gulped.  It’s not that I think they are over-priced (the pressure of having to immortalise a couple’s big day flawlessly is surely equal to the amount they charge?) but I just couldn’t see how I would be able to afford one.  Then I put my business head on!  I emailed my top three photographers – Emma Case, Lisa Devlin and Sassy from Assassynation with a brief outline of my wedding.  I also asked that was there any way of having them shoot for half the standard time and if so would this cost me less?  As I’ve said, I really wanted a great photographer, so figured having my dream photographer for a few hours was infinitely better then having an average one for more.  I got some great quotes back and after much toing and froing finally decided to go with Sassy.  I think it is important to have a natural raport with the person who is going to be right by your side for all the important bits of your wedding, and Sassy and I hit it right off.  Some of her work has been featured on Rock n Roll Bride too, so I was able to check out her work and the style of weddings she shot best before committing to anything.

Photography Credit: Assassynation

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Best of Blogs – Issue 13 ~ Marianne Taylor & The Cherry Blossom Girl

This month’s issue of Photo Pro has hit the news stands and this month I’ve been writing all about the awesome Marianne Taylor and those gorgeous french weddings she’s been doing recently! Enjoy…

Finnish born wedding photographer Marianne Taylor moved to the UK in 1999. She had originally planned to stay for just five months, but after meeting her now-husband, she decided to move over here permanently. Inspired by real life, real emotions, light and colour she aspires to create crisp, clean images which have the power to evoke the emotions that the subjects themselves might experience when looking back on them.“I am all about telling the story, but in a slightly romantic sort of way,” she says, “as I try to illustrate all the emotion of the day. What inspires me as a wedding photographer is revealing all the different layers of a wedding. There is beauty on the surface, in all the details, but there is also a deeper level of beauty present, beauty in the human interactions, in the real joy and the flow of emotions that abound on such a special day.”

When starting out in her current business, her work appeared to strike an almost instant chord with the UK market, and in her first full year shooting weddings (whilst she was still working full-time in magazine design) she shot 14 weddings. After taking the plunge into fulltime photography only last April she has booked 32 weddings for 2010 and is well on her way to filling 2011. Marianne’s success has translated into magazine and blog features, with her work being showcased everywhere, from magazines such as Cosmopolitan Bride, Wedding, Perfect Wedding and Wedding Flowers through to wedding blogs all over the world including Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks and, of course, Rock n Roll Bride!

Blogging was something that Marianne found an instant affinity with, since she was unable to share all her thoughts and feelings by simply adding a few choice images to her portfolio and was looking for a format that would allow her to speak in her own words. “A blog gives me the freedom to post as many pictures as I wish and really show what gets captured on the day,” she says. “I don’t even think about blogging as marketing as such since, for me, it’s the way I present a client with their memories. The added bonus is that potential clients will know exactly what they can expect, which means that most of the people who contact me are already on the same page right from the start. This means that I mostly get to work with couples that are a great fit and who hire me for the specific things that I do.”

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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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Willow Tree Photography Offers FREE Wedding Photography to All!

Yes you read that right! Newly full-time photographers Willow Tree Photography, based in Hampshire UK, want to offer you all the chance to have free wedding photography! Photographers Kathryn and her partner Keith are dying to shoot some awesome couples and weddings and so are offering to shoot your Rock n Roll wedding for free to give them that opportunity.

This is not a competition and provided they are free on your chosen date, Willow Tree Photography will shoot the wedding of anyone who contacts them for FREE. Yes Freeeeee!

Photographer Kathryn told me:

“For the remainder of 2010 we will offer our services for free (actual taking of the photos on the day) providing we are available on the required day.”

“It will also include a disc of high res images for your personal use as long as we can use the images on our website and for advertising/photography competitions etc. We would own the copyright.”

“Prints and/or albums etc and travel expenses would need to be paid for by the bride and groom. We are willing to travel anywhere but travel expenses must be paid for.”

“We use Nikon D700 cameras with 60mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm Nikkor lenses and SB 900 flash gun. Photos are edited in Photoshop using CS5 and are backed up on two external hard drives.”

Perfect for those of you on tight budgets. Didn’t think you could afford a pro photographer? Think again!

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How to…Look & Feel Natural in Front of the Camera

I hope you’ve been enjoying our much more frequent visits to the ‘How to…’ series. After reading your survey responses (full report to come soon) it was one of the things that was most requested. This week I asked Carina Romano of the fabulous Love Me Do Photography (based in Philadelphia) to address the subject that a lot of brides feel nervous about – how they’re going to look in their wedding pictures.

Don’t forget, I love hearing from you all so if you have any burning questions about anything wedding, business or blogging related be sure to shoot me an email and either myself or one of my carefully selected army of amazing guest posters will try and help out.

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Make Up

If you’re afraid of your makeup looking fake, book a make up artist who specializes in natural looking make up.  A good make up artist should know how the camera is going to translate the look of your skin.  If you have oily skin, you’re going to want to put something on that so that the flash of the camera doesn’t reflect off your forehead. 


Make sure you’re in the right state of mind before having your picture taken.  Any negative emotion will be apparent through your face in your pictures.  Make sure you’re allowing yourself to be relaxed.  Go to a spa the day before, make sure you get a good night’s rest, give jobs to your bridesmaids and groomsmen so that you’re not having to do everything yourself (that’s what they’re there for!), have a drink!  A wedding day is stressful, you don’t want to have to look back on your pictures and see that you have a furrowed brow in all your shots. 

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