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Recent Press – June 2011

Here’s where you might have spied my mug over the last 30 days. As always, thanks for all the support from the fabulous British (oh and Australian woohoo) press this month!

Photo Professional

This month I addressed a slightly touchy subject, but one that I felt really needed to mentioned – the rise of copycats in the wedding industry and what to do if you feel your ideas are being plagiarised.

Oh yeah, I take no prisoners.

Photo Professional were also kind enough to run a FIVE page (!) article about my girl Jasmine Star and the workshop we’re organising in London on the 20th July. It’s getting so close now and oh boy am I excited!

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Recent Press – May 2011

Yeah people keep saying it and it’s really annoying…but seriously…it’s the end of May already?! This year is going fast. Either way, here’s the list of places you can see Rock n Roll Bride in the press this month. Hurrah!

Photo Professional

This month I wrote about the importance of making an impact with your branding in order to attract the right kind of client as a wedding photographer. I profiled the fabulous Image is Found, who also just so happened to be in the London this month for a workshop…and I got to meet them in actual real life!

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Vintage Life

The fabulous Vintage Life Magazine must have liked what I did last issue, because they’ve only gone and asked me to make my article a regular feature! Each issue I’ll be sharing one of my favourite vintage style real weddings. This month I selected Elsie & Nick’s killer festival style wedding….complete with a piano in the woods. I die.

Photography by Emma Case

Vintage Life is available to purchase online or in WH Smiths NOW!

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Recent Press – April 2011

Wow. I love April. This month my little blog and I have had a record amount of press coverage…internationally as well as locally. Blown away.

Photo Professional

I was more than a little bit thrilled when Photo Professional magazine not only agreed to me writing my latest article on the power of working together with your traditional ‘rivals’ rather than fighting against them, but that they let me pimp out the photographs from The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot to illustrate…oh and gave me 3 pages rather than my usual 2 – yeeey!

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Perfect Wedding

I was asked by the editor of Perfect Wedding if I’d like to contribute to an article they were writing on vintage bridal fashion. I jumped at the chance and listed some of my top tips for buying vintage pieces for your wedding.

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The Sunday Times, Style Magazine (Ireland)

Yes I was in The Sunday Times – even my Dad was impressed with this one! A journalist working for the Irish edition of the newspaper got in touch and asked if I could help her with her research into vintage weddings and dresses. There were quotes from me throughout the article. I did a little squeal when it landed on my doorstep this month.

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A Day in the Life…At The Wedding Magazine Cover Shoot

Ruth wearing Candy Anthony

So last week I was invited by Catherine Westwood, editor at Wedding Magazine, if I’d like to go hang out at a cover shoot with them. Ermmm… let me think about this for like two seconds…YES PLEASE! Before you go getting all excited, no I wasn’t asked to model! It will probably be a cold day in hell before any wedding mag can have a pink haired chick on the cover. These publications have to appeal to the mass market and I feel that a neon-headed, inked bride might alienate a rather large proportion of their readership!

I was up early last Thursday and on the train to London, excited and honoured to have been invited…even though a little (no, a lot) tired. I arrived at the shoot at 9.30 to be greeted by a familiar face in hairdresser Sev of The Hepburn Collection who had been invited to do the hair, and Julia Ford, art editor of the magazine. I also got to hang out with the rest of the team, many of whom I’d met briefly before at various wedding shows and events. Alison from Pollen Nation (who I worked with on The Big Fat Wedding Bloggers Photo Shoot) was even there to supply some of the gorgeous flowers.

Stylist Claire puts the finishing touches to Ruth’s first look

The models, Ruth (check out her beauty blog, A Model Recommends), Kirstie, Rose and Polly were all unsurprisingly stunning…and lovely. It was so fun to hang out with them and see them do their ‘thing’. Unlike some of those reality TV shows you see, their was no model-to-model bitchiness (yeeey) and they were all completely charming and adorable…and Polly even brought cakes. I liked her instantly.

Model Polly is getting married in June and making 200 of these for her guests. How cute?!

The magazine intern Billy and press agent for Butler & Wilson, Jo, showed me the dresses and accessories for the shoot. They’d brought what seemed like enough to fill a whole bridal shop as Julia, Catherine and stylist Claire were deciding on which looks and dresses to go for then and there. It was all very organic and a total team effort went into how each style and shot should look. There as certainly no ‘Devil Wears Prada’ feel about the day! I even got to give my input into which dresses and accessories I liked (for the record Ruth’s Candy Anthony number – pictured above – was my favourite.)

The beautiful and adorable Rose – it was her first time wearing a wedding dress!

Catherine told me that unlike wedding blogs, the styling and content of magazines has to be appropriate to appeal to the mass market, but that she was keen to push boundaries in whichever ways she could. For example one of the models, Rose, had a super short pixie crop hair style and they’d never had a bride with such short hair on the cover before. Also for one of the shots (each model had 2/3 outfits) Sev styled Kirstie’s hair with a plait going across her forehead – again, something that to you and I might not seem completely ground-breaking, but for a mainstream wedding magazine this was a style that again, had never been put on a cover before.

Kirstie was stunning (and really did look like Reese Witherspoon)

I’ll be honest, when people criticise the mainstream wedding mags for being to ‘boring’ or ‘traditional’ or ‘samey’ it really does upset me. This small team work tirelessly and to horrific deadlines to try and produce a magazine that will fly off the shelves (hell, blogs have it easy – we don’t have to obsess over how many copies we sell!) This is why I am so excited that I’ve been asked to work alongside the magazine. It just proves that opposites really can work together and give a fully-rounded (traditional and alternative) view on weddings. Everybody wins.

OK I’m off to clamber off my soap-box now, hang on…

I sneaked a look at how the final shots were looking…

Editorial photographer Seb Winter worked quickly with each girl. As with any shoot I’ve been on, it’s the hair, make up and styling that takes the most time. As you can imagine (especially for such a high profile shoot as this one!) they all need to be perfect. As I mentioned, each girl had 2/3 outfits. Catherine told me that they shoot nearly a year’s worth of magazine covers in just one day – a time and money saving exercise. Well, there would be no point in hiring the studio, getting the whole team out of the office and acquiring all the dresses, accessories etc to just to do one shot! It was funny, because Julia showed us all the cover for the next issue (out in June) which was shot this time last year and with one of the same models who was with us that day!

Polly. I wish I could hate her but she was too lovely for words!

The day was a long but awesome one. I had such fun hanging out with everyone and they really did make me feel like part of the family. I was honoured to have been asked by Catherine to attend, and I’m loving the fact that Wedding Magazine are realising the influence and power of wedding blogs and that they are keen to work closely with us. It’s a very exciting time in this industry of ours, and I’m over the flipping moon to be a part of it.

Intern Billy and I checking out the Twitter response after I posted a few pictures

And finally…I wanted to create my own Wedding Magazine cover…luckily for me the models (and the magazine editor!) all had a sense of humour.

Dresses pictures (top row)
Candy Anthony
Olivia Couture (supplied by Blackburn Bridal Couture)

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A Sneak Peek of My Shoot For “London Tattoos” – A Forthcoming Book from Photographer Alex Macnaughton

About a week ago, I got an email from my friend Amma telling me about a new book she’d just heard about. London Tattoos, was being put together by photographer Alex Macnaughton with the aim to photograph and document the stories of a diverse collection of tattooed people in London. I figured I had nothing to loose and so quickly filled in the application form. “I’m not the most tattooed girl out there,” I thought, “but it’s always worth giving these things a go.”

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Recent Press – March 2011

Photo Professional

I took a slightly different approach to this month’s article in the new look Photo Pro (renamed Photo Professional) Magazine. I used the blogging example of my girls at Made u Look Photography but made the article more of a selection of tips and tricks to make your photography blog really stand out. Do you like the new magazine layout and my new style of article?

WEDDING Magazine

Little hats, birdcage veils, flower wreaths, crowns…there’s more to bridal headwear than the traditional veil you know. This month I shared some of my favourite ‘crowning glory’ moments with the readers of WEDDING Magazine.

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