Featured inside and on the cover of issue 34 of the magazine, the inspiration for this shoot was to find the art in the everyday, to remind us that life is beautiful and creativity is everywhere – we just have to know where to look for it. Whatever craziness the world throws at us next, there will still be art, love and creativity to inspire us.
I commissioned original pieces of artwork by my super talented sister Rachel Underwood (you can find her on Instagram and yes, she takes custom orders!) to create original pieces of art which we projected on the wall behind our model Jay, as well as adding them over some of the other images in Photoshop afterwards.
The incredible illustration meets painterly makeup look created by Shani Mushington was trippy in person but we loved how it turned Jay into a living piece of art.
If you’d like to see the behind the scenes action, the superbly talented Loved Up Films was there too and captured the magic on film!
As always, there was many, many beautiful images that didn’t made the final print spread, and here are some of my favourites!
It’s here, it’s finally here! Our last issue of the year is now available for your reading pleasure and we only bloody shot our editorial at the Natural History Museum! Yeah you will absolutely KICK YOURSELF if you don’t order this one.
When the events’ team at the museum reached out about wanting to work with us I just about fell off my chair. With the museum being closed due to Covid, we had the run of the place, making all our fairytale fantasy wedding dreams come true.
And before you ask, yes, you can get married here too! The museum offers exclusive hire of their magnificent spaces, including Hintze Hall, with incredible Victorian architecture and soaring arches which provide a truly remarkable backdrop. There are actually twelve galleries in the museum that are licenced for weddings, both big and small AND they currently have a very special offer valid for weddings until the end of the year, where you can hire the space for £5000. If you’ve ever dreamt of taking wedding photos like this then this is your chance! To enquire about this just drop their events team a line via their website contact form or give them a bell during office hours on +44 (0)207 942 5434.
But that’s not all, as usual this issue is PACKED with 165 thick, glossy, delicious pages of alternative wedding awesomeness. From real weddings to fashion and style inspiration, thoughtful essays and advice articles a-plenty…
I know, I know, I can’t quite believe it’s that time again already either! 2020 may be a lot of things, but slow and boring it is not. HOWWWW is it almost September!? You do know what that means though – the brand-new issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine is now available for pre-order and we are PSYCHED!
What’s the actual benefit of pre-ordering? Well, in short, it means you’re guaranteed to get one and if you’re in the UK (international shipping takes a little longer) you’ll get your copy before it goes on general sale. Pre-orders also help us out a lot, because we’re able to track how popular the issue is going to be to ensure we’re printing enough copies!
But, even better than that, if you wanted to subscribe instead (it doesn’t cost you any more AND you won’t have to remember to place your order every time) you’ll officially become my new best friend. We now have over DOUBLE the subscribers that we had this time last year which, quite frankly, is rather bonkers and amazing and I’m so very grateful to every single one of you. Your continued support means the entire world and I don’t take it for granted. You have no idea how difficult it is to make a print magazine profitable in 2020 and I love you all SO MUCH!
But enough about me, let’s get on and see a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside this issue…
If you were one of the 1400+ (!) smart cookies who pre-ordered your copy of issue 33, then it may have already landed on your doormat, but if not, I wanted to tempt you further by sharing some little sneaky peeks inside the brand new Rock n Roll Bride magazine today. I am so very proud of this issue and I know you’re going to love it!
The theme of this issue is rebirth because I truly feel like the wedding industry is being reborn right now. Covid-19 put everything on pause. It’s given you the chance to take a beat, to reassess what you REALLY want for your wedding and to trim the fat of the stuff you were doing just because it was cool… or trendy… or Pinterestable. Inside you’ll find the usual eclectic mix of real weddings, shoots and advice articles, but with a focus on paring things down, stripping things back and focusing on you as a couple.
The past few months have been a tough time for everyone, but to those of you dealing with the heartbreak of having to postpone your weddings – I see you. Just remember, a big, fancy wedding has never been what being a Rock n Roll bride is all about. It’s about having a day that celebrates love, family and your own personal view of the world and I for one am so excited to see how you all do this once you’re finally allowed to loudly proclaim “WE DO!”
Honestly, I think the mix of weddings inside this issue is one of my favourites ever. There’s an Indian wedding inside that will blow your socks off, an Irish day with all the girly details, a wrestling themed colourful celebration and a travelling elopement…. and that’s just for starters!
Originally published in issue 30 of Rock n Roll Bride magazine (Jan/Feb 2020), our ‘Queen for a Day’ editorial was all about celebrating how fierce you are going to be as you sashay down the aisle. We wanted to use giant crowns, gold and some really unique florals. As soon as we found the stunning Fitzrovia Chapel, a bedazzled little jewel of a place hidden away in the streets not far from Oxford Circus, we knew it was the ideal location. Oh, and in case you were in any doubt, a big fuck off crown is always a good idea!
OK, on with the shoot! Model [aka the Queen]; Anu was the perfect muse for this shoot – WHAT. A. BABE!
Exciting news! Issue 33 (July/August) is now available for pre-order! Our last issue sold out in just TWO WEEKS and as so many of you missed out, for the first time ever, we’ve decided to release pre-orders for the next one early. This means we’ll be able to gauge the demand a bit better and we can print enough copies to make sure everyone who wants one, gets one. If you want to guarantee that one of these babies will drop on your door mat then please pre-order yours now. UK postage is free and we ship worldwide. They will begin to ship from June 26th.
We have also made the decision not to put issue 33 in to stores, if you want this one you MUST order it from us. We feel so much better about having you order online right now rather than making you rifle through stores to get it. Many of our stockists are still closed, and those which are open are only offering limited inventory to help reduce the workload on their staff, so this makes the most sense all round.
The theme of the issue is REBIRTH because that’s what we feel is happening in the wedding world right now. While gatherings are on hold we’re seeing a huge shift in the attitude of couples and the wedding industry alike. For brides and grooms-to-be, the general consensus seems to be that you just want to get married already! Your wedding plans are getting smaller, your days will be more intimate and, arguably, even more special and heartfelt, too. You’re focusing less on the ‘stuff’, the extravagance or on throwing the ‘best day ever’. You want to make things simple and personal and to be with your loved ones.