It shouldn’t be radical for a wedding magazine to showcase the fact it’s not just able-bodied people who get married. Even though real strides have been made towards inclusive sizing and more POC representation in recent years, disability is still often left out of the diversity debate.
For our May/June issue I wanted to create a beautiful editorial using two disabled models. Gemma, who’s on the cover, and Renee were such a dream to work with and I’m thrilled beyond belief to finally be sharing this issue, and this shoot, with the world!
Working with disabled models is actually something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Of course, we have published weddings where one, or both of the couple have a disability, and we’ve shared a bunch of articles with advice for planning a wedding with disabilities in mind, but creating our own editorial was proving tricky. Not least of all because we had to find the models.
That was until I discovered Zebedee Talent Management who have the most incredible selection of models with varying disabilities (wedding pros, you need to check them out for your styled shoots!)
When you’re disabled, planning a wedding can feel even more daunting than usual, especially when it comes to figuring out what to wear. With this dreamy editorial we wanted to give you some fun options that scream Rock n Roll Bride through and through. Sequin kimonos, Swarovski crystal boots, big princess dresses and iridescent inspired make-up… all these things can be yours, no matter what your body looks like.
Brighter days ARE coming and my God, are we ready for them! However you feel about the recent government announcements regarding weddings, it’s safe to say that things are finally moving in the right direction. The last year has been absolutely insane but with the vaccine roll out on track and the weather starting to get better, it finally feels like the end is in sight.
Another England-wide lockdown over the last two months meant that our usual fashion editorial had to be put on hold for this issue. Luckily for us, some friends of Rock n Roll Bride came through and sent us this incredible shoot. Shot in the Judaean Desert near Jerusalem, photographer Alon Gruber and stylist Karin Zimerman used pieces from Lee Kodo’s latest collection to create this dreamy yet rugged desert editorial. This shot was just PERFECT for the vibe I wanted to go for with this cover too, what a blessing! Guy Simon Tov also made this stunning video:
Whether you’re newly engaged or this is the second (or even third) version of your wedding that you’re planning, our brand-new issue is now coming at ya with all the information and inspiration you could possibly want. If you would like to order this single issue you can do so here, or subscribe by filling out the form at the top or bottom of this post. UK postage is free, and we ship worldwide! All orders are processed securely through PayPal (and if you don’t have a PayPal account you can just use the PayPal system to pay via credit or debit card).
So, what has this beauty of a new issue got in store then? Well… A little bit of this:
I think it’s pretty safe to say that very few of us will be sad to see the back of the year 2020. For most of us it’s been painful, its been stressful and it’s been life changing. Things that we took for granted now feel like luxuries and things we assumed would be a given just, well, weren’t.
Wedding postponements, businesses closing, the ever-changing government guidelines – there’s been a lot to deal with in the wedding world particularly, and while it would be all too easy for me to regurgitate the clichés about love not being cancelled and us all being in this together, I think it is important to acknowledge that for many of us, this year has been one of the hardest of our entire lives.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally loved seeing how people have been adapting to this ‘new normal’ with their weddings (and wedding businesses) and in many ways this year has forced us to take it all back to what a wedding should actually be about. Getting married is not about spending an amount you really can’t really afford; it’s not about caring what other people think of your decisions and it’s not about having a guest list of 200 people.
Sure, a big wedding is absolutely awesome, and if you plan to have the large celebration later next year, more power to you. BUT if you were only doing those things because you thought you ‘should’, well, 2020 has been the perfect opportunity to do a complete 180.
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!