Category Archives: Our Shoots

After Party: A Sparkly, Dance-The-Night-Away Inspired Bridal Shoot for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Finding just one dream wedding outfit for is a pretty tall order, which is why we are ALL about wedding day outfit changes here at Rock n Roll Bride! Whether that’s as simple as swapping your veil for a crown, adding a warm jacket, or kicking off your heels (literally!) so you have something more conformable to dance in… Or you want a whole second outfit that’s more suited to throwing some serious shapes on the dance floor, we are here for it!

This shoot was pulled together by my crack team of wedding wizards and me to showcase some of the second outfits you might be tempted to rock as night starts to fall on your wedding day. If you’re the kind of bride to put the E in EXTRA, then you’re going to love these bridal ensemble ideas that will absolutely get the party started!

The editorial was shot on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in London, a fantastically versatile space that is great for dusk cocktails with THE view of the city, a private party or, yes, even your wedding.

Our model was the completely gorgeous Stephi Eliza, a fashion blogger who I actually stalked found on Instagram! We also worked with some incredibly talented, independent designers for this shoot. I love being able to showcase brands and designers that you might not have seen featured elsewhere before.

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Skirt: Marie Chandler Bridal
Denim Jacket: Not Yours Denim
Earrings & Ring: Simon Harrison

We also collaborated with a couple of high street brands to show that you don’t always need to spend a complete fortune to look like a million bridal bucks!

LOOK TWO

Top: Marie Chandler Bridal
Culottes: Pretty Little Thing
Shoes: Charlotte Mills
Earrings: Simon Harrison
Veil: Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory

The third look was probably my favourite of all – the tee-shirt came from the back of my own wardrobe would you believe, and the skirt was made especially for us by Bex Brides.

LOOK THREE

Tee-Shirt: Samantha Cusick London
Skirt: Bex Brides
Shoes: Charlotte Mills
Hair Clips: Crown and Glory
Bracelet:: Ted Baker
Ring: Karen Millen

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Affordable Alternative Wedding & Bridesmaid Dresses for Under £150: Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress is Here!

I’m going to cut right to the chase today because I KNOW you are just as excited as I am about this project! The Rock n Roll Bride wedding dress collection is now available at little-mistress.com – cue confetti cannons, popping champagne bottles and everyone screaming “Wooooooohooooooo!”

It’s funny, because when I was teasing you relentlessly about my book, so many of you guessed (and I suspect, hoped) that the project I was about to announce was a wedding dress collection. Obviously, I wasn’t allowed to say anything at the time and it was super hard for me not to say “NOT RIGHT NOW BUT SOON!!” to everyone that messaged me! I’m pretty terrible at keeping secrets after all.

So, let’s skip the formalities and crack the hell on shall we? I know you’re all just dying to see the dresses! This collection features five wedding gowns and five bridesmaid dresses (which I’ll be sharing here tomorrow but they are available to pre-order from today too!) Each dress is lovingly and ethically created in India and nothing is over £150!

I’ve been considering doing a wedding dress collection for SO LONG and, for me anyway, the stumbling block has always been price. There are so many phenomenal designers and boutiques selling the most amazingly crafted UK-produced gowns, offering a bespoke service or providing access to some of the very best high-end designers in the world. I’m not in anyway trying to compete with what they do, but what I did want to do with this collection is offer affordable, high street options for those of you that simply can’t, or don’t want to, drop a mortgage payment on your outfit.

Collaborating with a big brand like Little Mistress means we got access to their already in place buying power, meaning we could move quickly, design dresses that were really in-keeping with what Rock n Roll Bride is all about and keep the prices low.

Plus, every single piece is available from a UK size 8-20!! It was so very, very important to me that we could create these dresses in as wide a size range as possible. Although I hope we may be able to offer an even larger selection of sizes in future, I’m pretty darn thrilled that the Little Mistress team listened to me and extended their usual size range for this collection.

OK, OK enough from me, let’s get on with it shall we!?

Pandora

I’m probably not supposed to have favourites but, if I was to, the Pandora gown would be it. A super gorgeous and hella flattering fishtail dress with all over scattered sequins and keyhole back. Featuring long fitted sleeves, a round neckline and satin covered buttons with a concealed zip at the back.

Available in white or silver for £150.

Athena

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Androgyny: A Gender Neutral Bridal Shoot from Rock n Roll Bride

This shoot, as featured in Rock n Roll Bride magazine issue 24, was created by me and my team for the fearless bride who isn’t afraid to push bridal fashion boundaries. We wanted to play with gender neutral tailoring and pair outfits with Converse or a pair of brogues to create an effortless and minimalist look.

If you’re not one to wear a dress on your wedding day, then why not try experimenting with jumpsuits, sheer shirts, statement blazers and wide legged trousers or cigarette-style pants? Adding layers of texture with different fabrics will also add interest whilst retaining the feeling of simplicity.

This shoot took place at the gorgeous Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green (thanks for having us!) and we worked with two beautiful models this time, Daisy (cropped hair) and Darcey (bobbed hair). I hope you love this shoot just as much as I do!

For even more wedding day outfit inspo check out House Of OllichonKipper Clothiers, The Tailory New YorkBindle & KeepDuchess Clothier, Gender Free World and Lilly Ingenhoven

LOOK 1

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Celebrate & Sparkle!: A Festive Bridal Editorial for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Happy New Year’s Eve! How are you celebrating tonight? Is it a night on the town, a house party with your besties or a night in with a bottle of Prosecco and turning your bathtub into a makeshift ball pit? If the latter sounds like a damn good time then you’re going to love this shoot (ha!)

If you’re a reader of Rock n Roll Bride magazine you will have already seen a few of these shots, as this editorial was featured inside issue 23, however I thought today, the national day of parties, would be the perfect time to share some of the previously unpublished shots with you.

My vision for this shoot was to do something fun and festive but not super obviously Christmasssy. There was to be no tinsel or mistletoe, instead to take the party vibes of the season and put it into a bridal editorial. My idea was that our model, the beautiful Monique, was going through the stages of a night out – from getting ready to having a pre-party tipple, dancing the night away and then collapsing back into bed at the end of it all (if only we all could look so glam after a big night out hey!?)

It was a lot of fun to shoot (yes we drank the Prosecco afterwards!) and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing the results!

Getting ready

Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Earrings: Liars and Lovers

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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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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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