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Mirror Mirror: An Alternative Bridal Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Rock n Roll Bride was built on sharing alternative, inspirational yet attainable real weddings. When I started blogging in 2007 there was no other platform showcasing weddings that sauntered off the beaten path. However through many long hours of trawling wedding forums, Flickr groups and good old fashion Google, I was able to uncover many, MANY incredibly creative, super unique real weddings that weren’t being shared anywhere else  – I assume because they didn’t fit the picture perfect, traditional wedding mould that was so popular a decade ago.

The industry has moved on a lot in the past eleven years (thank goodness!) and now finding the most creative and alternative weddings to share with you all is pretty easy! Which is why, these days, one of my very favourite things to do is come up with shoot concepts and wedding ideas that we haven’t seen over and over again. Doing an editorial shoot for every issue of the magazine is such an amazing creative outlet for me and my team and I love seeing your reactions to them too.

For us, the key thing is that the concept is something new, that we haven’t seen over and over in other shoots or real weddings that are already happening. We also like to keep things as simple and attainable as possible. This is why we never include things like enormous cakes or tables capes or elaborate florals. Yes, they’re beautiful but are real brides or grooms going to be able to incorporate them into their own weddings on their real budgets? To me, there’s no point showcasing a table that would cost thousands of pounds to put together in the real world because for an actual wedding it’s completely unrealistic! Plus, there are many many other wedding pros and magazines putting together shoots like that already. You know me, I like to be DIFFERENT ‘TIL I DIE (LOL).

This shoot, that was featured inside issue 22, probably had the best reaction from our readers so far. That really does solidify my belief that wedding shoots should be simple – this concept was one of the most stripped back we’ve ever done! We wanted to use clean lines in the clothing, to play around a bit with mirrors and to incorporate one single pop of colour with the flowers, shoes and accessories, in each look.

Our model, Charlie, was fierce as hell too – the perfect representation for the Rock n Roll Bride brand – those tattoos give me life!

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Golden Hour Desert Elopement Inspiration

So this might not be a real wedding, in fact it was a photo shoot done in about 20 minutes before they lost the light, but I think you’ll agree it’s gorgeous enough to warrant a feature. In fact I may love these shots more than some of my own wedding photos – ha! Prepare to be INSPIRED.

Asura and Ivo, a real couple (because obviously, I mean you can’t really fake this kind of chemistry!) were asked by photographer, Jasmin, to model for her after she found them on Instagram. They’re both from Angola in Africa but they met and now live together in Tucson.

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Laidback Bright Barn Styled Shoot with a Stunning Colourful Dress

Oh HEY beautiful colour, beautiful dress and beautiful people – what a treat this shoot is! Coordinated by Beth A Weddings and shot by Angela Ward Brown, this bright, relaxed elopement shoot was inspired by Hope Macaulay‘s incredibly colourful ‘Roman Goddess’ dress, and had a focus on young and up and coming talent. We dig.

“The ‘Roman Goddess’ dress by young designer Hope Macaulay is everything we hope that wedding dresses of the future will be,” Beth explains. “It’s full of colour, incredible design, beautiful embroidery and personal romantic touches – such as some of the most stunning landmarks Italy has to offer.”

It was styled with an oversized colour pop floral headdress by Rabbit and the Rose. They then built upon this bold and bright theme to make an intimate, stylish elopement with a super cool and super colourful vibe.

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Bold and Bright Galaxy-Inspired Bridal Shoot

Am I going to hear collective groans if I tell you today’s styled shoot is out of this world? OK, probably deserved, but you’re going to replace those groans with gasps when you see it in all of its dark and celestial beauty!

The shoot was styled by Cathy at Boelle Events, who wanted to push boundaries (a cause we can get totally behind!) “The idea for the shoot came from wanting to rethink ‘celestial’ styling and show that you can still go big and bold and create a daring, unique and sophisticated look”, she explained.

“As a venue stylist I’m always trying to show that you take any theme and really run with it. I wanted to play on the moody and magical colours associated with space so decided to work with deep blues, golds, magentas and blacks which were brought to life by wild flowers and vibrant crystals.”

If you’ve got Issue 22 of the magazine (it’s on sale now, so do go grab it!) you’ll notice the stellar backdrop Cathy used to showcase the gorgeous Legend Bridal Designs dresses. “It’s important for me to show couples that you can step away from the traditional dress and styling and still have something utterly gorgeous, but unique to you,” Cathy explains.

Both models are wearing Legends Bridal Designs, showing a gorgeous light and dark interpretation of the theme. One of the models is wearing a divine plunge neck dress in black sparkles and star embellishments around the waist (not to mention the pentagram ribbon lacing at the back!) whilst the other is wearing a super cute white lace two-piece with an angular bodice section and full skirt. Peep the little star freckles by Rebecca Anderton too!

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Into the Wild: Walthamstow Wetlands Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

I am so excited to finally be publishing this bridal fashion editorial in full today! If you grabbed yourself a copy of the last issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine you will have already seen a lot of this shoot inside, but today I wanted to take the opportunity to not only share more images that didn’t quite make the spread (when 10 pages just isn’t enough!) but to tell you all about Walthamstow Wetlands, one of London’s coolest new wedding venues, who we partnered with for this shoot.

The Walthamstow Wetlands is the newest venue to be added to Forest Venues‘ portfolio (which also includes William Morris Gallery, Vestry House Museum, Chingford Assembly Hall and Walthamstow Assembly Hall). All the venues are very close to each other so you can even mix and match if they want, using one for the ceremony, another for the photos, and another for your reception and/ or after party!

The Wetlands is Europe’s largest urban nature reserve at 211 hectares and offers some of the most stunning natural beauty just 15 minutes from central London. In short it’s the perfect spot for your nuptials if you love nature but don’t want to venture too far outside of the capital.

For this shoot we wanted to juxtapose this natural beauty with some truly fierce models and high fashion inspired bridal looks. While a boho or nature-inspired wedding theme might be the more obvious choice for a setting such as this, as you know Rock n Roll Bride is ALL about throwing what’s expected or obvious out of the nearest open window!

Dress: Ritual Unions
Headpiece & Earrings: Halo & Co
Boots: Dr Martens

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Forest Elopement with a Pregnant Bride!

What struck us most about the beauty of this styled shoot is just how rare it is to see pregnant brides featured in mainstream bridal media – for the most part we’re still being served these virginal images of slim brides dressed in white, and obviously, at Rock n Roll Bride, we ain’t down with that.

Planned or unplanned, finding out you’re going to be pregnant on your wedding day – albeit super exciting! – can also add a whole new level of stresses and emotions to the proceedings, which can only be exasperated when you’re searching for inspiration and finding zilch that’ll fit your circumstances. What will my dress fit like? Should I try to make myself look ‘less pregnant’? do I have to act differently?!

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