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A Day in the Life…At Candy Anthony

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Candy Anthony to visit their shop to check out (and try on!) some of their latest dress designs. Like I was going to turn that down! Here are a few of my favourites that I tried on…How lucky am I!?

The Shop

Located on London’s South Bank overlooking the Thames, Candy Anthony‘s store is like the closet of a very beautiful princesses. Walking in I was greeted by rows and rows of tulle, netting and brightly coloured sashes. I’m in heaven! The cakes went down pretty well too…

Pink Polka Dots

I started by putting on a ‘basic’ white dress with a pink petticoat (of course) and Rachel (who was helping me) asked which accessories I wanted to add. I loved the customizability of Candy’s dresses. That you could take the ‘plain’ (for lack of a better word – these dresses certainly aren’t plain!) tea length dress and add netting, lace, bows, petticoats and sashes in every colour imaginable! The of course there’s the veils and hair flowers in every colour and style you could think of. Amazing.

The dresses come in a number of different necklines i.e strapless, sweetheart (my favourite), high necked – so there really is a style to suit everybody. I was immediately drawn to this pink polka dot skirt overlay and white bow combo. I die.

Lovely Lace

A more traditional look maybe, but one I still loved. The beautiful lace overlay transformed the basic gown to one fit for a princess. The puffy veil (one of my favourites – see the gallery below for more photos) and bright pink sash gave this look a Rock n Roll edge. I was smitten.

Dotty All Over

I loved the sheer neckline of the lace (much more flattering that a strapless dress for someone with huge boobies like me!) but I was also smitten with the polka dots so Rachel suggested this all over dotty addition. The cute little bow at the back was less dramatic than the big sashes but just as cute none the less!

Gorgeous Gingham

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this gingham sash as it’s not a pattern I’d usually wear, but I have to say my mind was changed as soon as I put it on. How perfect would this addition be fore a countryside or farm wedding? Candy Anthony makes sashes in pretty much every colour imagineable. They’ve even made a leopard print one in the past. Oh lala!

Crazy Colour – Pink n Black

Not every bride wants to wear white on her wedding day which is why Candy Anthony carry a number of beautiful coloured dresses. This pink dress with a sweetheart neckline (see gallery below for more) was a no-brainer when it came to seeing if I wanted to try it on…and the black polka dot overlay (and my beat-up converse trainers) made this dress the perfect Rock n Roll Bride number no?

Crazy Colour – Yellow

Who would have thought that yellow would look so awesome?! Maybe one of the biggest surprises of the day was how much I adored this yellow dress. The colour was just WOW. I’m certainly going to be borrowing this dress at some point soon…well I’m going to try to anyway (pleeeease?!)

Crazy Colour – Lovely Leopard

Show me a Rock n Roll Bride who doesn’t love leopard print? Exactly…they’re pretty hard to come by! Which is why I died and went to heaven when I laid eyes on this baby. The purple petticoat is hella awesome too huh? This dress would also look amazing with a red petticoat I reckon. This is perfect Rock n Roll Bride dressing!

The Beast

OK so that’s not it’s official name but one I’ve given it! Candy’s regular dresses have three layers of tulle (which is pretty big anyway, espcially when you add a petticoat) but this number, which takes pride of place in their shop window, had ten layers of tulle! The dress was created espeically for the catwalk at The National Wedding Show last year and I was shocked and horrored to hear that no one else has bought this one. Come on girls, don’t be afraid of a bit of tulle! Sure the dress is pretty big, but it’s certainly not in ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ territory and I have to say I felt fabulous as soon as I put this one on.

Huge skirt = the allusion of a tiny waist. WIN.

I seriously loved this one. It was certainly my favourite and if I was to get married again this is the dress I’d choose (with a sweetheart neckline I reckon…again with the big boobs!) You can see why though right It’s wonderful.

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Design Your Own Shoes with Upper Street

At the beginning of July I was contacted by the lovely people at Upper Street Shoes. My interest was immediately sparked. “Wait? I get to design my own shoes?” I replied, “AMAZING!”

To say I became somewhat obsessed with their website for the remainer of the day would be a huge understatement (and no I didn’t get any more work done…) I probably designed about 20 pairs of shoes before the day was out! It was super easy and super duper fun. Jimmy Choo has nothing on me I tell ya!

“Ever dreamed of becoming your own designer and fashioning your very own pair of shoes?” they ask. “Or have that special outfit you just can’t find the shoes to go with? Or you simply crave a unique pair of heels that nobody else has?  Upper Street allows you to design your own gorgeous pair of unique shoes and have them delivered direct to your door all within a few weeks. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!”

Upper Street is a new online shopping experience that allows women to design their very own pair of unique hand-made designer shoes.  With hundreds of different style combinations in an extensive range of beautiful and exclusive materials, colours and embellishments from sizes 2-10, there is a pair of heels to suit every woman’s passion for shoes.”

Upper Street are quite frankly the perfect company to be represented on Rock n Roll Bride. I dare you to not get obsessed with designing your own wedding shoes! Non-sucky bridal shoes a go-go!

If you follow me on twitter or facebook you will probably already be aware of Upper Street, because I couldn’t help but squeal about my excitement in discovering them. In fact after mentioning the genius idea on my various social media platforms I was inundated with replies from my similarly shoe-obsessed followers who were designing their own shoes too.

After all that ‘hard work’ playing shoe designer I couldn’t not go through with ordering a pair could I? I went for these babies – black suede peep toe platforms with a big shiny pink leather bow and leopard print trim. I called them ‘Sex Kitten.’ Oh I die!

And I have to say I’m pretty proud of my design skills, not bad huh?

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Happy Hen Weekend to Alice in Weddingland

Photography Credit: Lisa Jane Photography

I’m getting a little bit sad becuase Alice’s wedding is drawing ever closer…and that means she won’t be my blog intern any more (boohoooo!) However the tears will have to come later because today I’m off on her hen weekend! We’re heading to Thorpe Park for some childish, girlie silliness (the best kind) and afterwards for dinner, drinks (standard) and living it up in a hotel for the night. I can’t wait!

Happy hen weekend lovely Alice…and I promise not to bring any ‘L’ plates or willy straws…well… probably not…

Full report and embarrassing photographic evidence to follow…

Photography Credit: Assassynation

You can read all about Alice’s wedding planning in her ‘Alice in Weddingland’ posts on the blog here.

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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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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