Category Archives: Your Day Your Way
When the super clever and creative folks at Dottie sent us a few sneaky peeky images of an inspiration shoot that they had recently organised and photographed, Team RMW knew straight away that this was going to be something that you gorgeous lot would want to pore over, pin and share until you are all something blue in the face.
The words and details below have been compiled from everyone who was involved in the shoot and it is really interesting to hear everyones ideas and inspirations and how it all came together on the day. Add in a bunch or pretty, pretty pictures and you have yourselves a perfect RMW Tuesday afternoon…
Truly madly dottie: We just love cliff barns and the colour yellow, we have also known the guys there for a few years and they have perviously let us use their fab venues for lovely shoots, the interior is quite wacky and mad, so we feel quite a home. Paul at Cliff barns called us out of the blue and asked us if we could come and photograph their marquee and do something pretty with it too… but we had to do it the following Wednesday. We love a challenge so just could not wait to get everything organised… it was a bit like organising a wedding but in a lot less time and with a lot less money.… View the full post.
Long gone are the days of over posed W-day photography and stuffy “group” line-ups. Any photographer worth their salt knows it’s all about capturing the most important moments in all of their natural and effortless glory, the joy, the laughter the love….*sigh*
But there’s one little niggling doubt in the back of my Blog Queen brain that I need to um…address with you all.
And that’s your portrait shots, i.e. just you, your boy, some time out from the day’s fun-filled delights and the opportunity for your photographer to produce something really “Wow”.
You see, last year I received some feedback that brides and grooms are making the decision to not have any portraits done of them specifically together at all….and this makes me sad.
Now then, we are the last people to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do and I know that there are folks out there who shudder at the thought of having their pictures taken at all, let alone purposefully pouting at a camera lens. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to pout at all, you can just take five to have a chat, meander around your venue, kiss under a tree or sit down and have a rest for five minutes before the evening’s frivolities ensue. Just as long as you are both together in a situation where your photographer can focus purely on YOU…..I promise there will be a gorgeous image (or 15) that you will want to treasure forever.
If you have never liked a picture of yourself in your life or there is a particular angle/side/type of pose that you feel prettiest then I’d recommend a pre-shoot or an “engagement” shoot as they are so often called, offered by most wedding photographers and more often than not as part of your overall package.… View the full post.
Anyone watch “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”?
Anyone wonder if the show is actually representative of the traditional Gypsy culture and W-day styling?
I have. And so did Rock My Wedding sponsors Christian and Erica from Christian Ward Photography. So much so in fact that they researched the subject to create a beautiful inspiration shoot based around original Romany traditions and recommendations from real-life travellers themselves.
This is truly a fascinating read as well as a deliciously whimsical dose of pretty, not to mention offering a plethora of ideas for your own Big Day. These are without doubt some of the most delectable vintage-inspired accessories and gowns I have ever seen. And it makes a nice change to feature some gorgeous ideas for your Groom too.
You may have seen a selection of these images in a recent edition of YAYW magazine, congratulations to the team behind the shoot for going all out glossy – you deserve it.
Christian and Erica: We’d been looking to carry out a creative shoot for some time, though we were wanting to create something based on an original theme where there would be a story. We admit to having watched a few episodes of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and for me that was the spark that set light to the idea of a creative shoot inspired by a gypsy theme.
I had always thought that the picture painted by the TV show was most likely far-fetched and not representative of the gypsy culture, and so I began to research gypsy weddings not of the Big Fat type but of times gone by.… View the full post.
Sometimes there is a RMW inbox drop that just exudes sunshine, love and laughter…..and this folks is one of those drops.
Lucy and Michael are ridiculously cute, she all big eyes and shiny beehive, he curly mop, rolled up denim and braces ( at this point I am *waving* to you all in a semi frantic manner as I am so having a moment over braces right now!)
And their engagement story? Well. Let me tell you lovelies, Michael put a message in a bottle on the beach and then got down on one knee. And the message? MARRY ME.
I know. One of the most romantic proposals I’ve ever heard of.
For their pre-wed shoot Michael and Lucy went back to the locations where it all happened with photographer Shell De Mar including the eclectic and delicious Belvidere place… which makes me want to completely re-decorate my entire home.
Who knew a basket full of satsuma’s could look so cool?
Lucy: Michael proposed on the beach on a weekend away at the seaside in Broadstairs with a message in a bottle which read “Marry me”. He distracted me by pointing out something in the distance while he hid the bottle in the sand, and as I read the message he got down on one knee. We drew quite a crowd!
For our engagement shoot, we decided to go back to the seaside. When we met up with Shell before the shoot to talk over ideas, she suggested that as we were going back to the scene of the crime we could do a storyboard photo shoot recreating the proposal itself and with shots to represent each stage of our relationship up to that point.… View the full post.
Are there any of you that have a) recently got married b) recently bought your W-day dress c) at the point of at least choosing your gown?
I’m guessing the vast majority of you must come under at least one of the above. And that would also mean that the vast majority of you are wondering what to do next, right?
Are you thinking of selling it? Having it professionally dry-cleaned and put in a pretty box so you can admire it on your anniversary/pass it on to future generations?
Well then. How about trashing it/rocking it/having some lovely pictures of yourself looking truly fabulous in various guises and locations?
Yup. I’m talking about the ever popular “Rock The Frock” which up until this afternoon, we haven’t really touched on (and certainly not featured) before. And who better to demonstrate a Rock My Wedding first than a true RMW bride? Victoria’s beautiful Old School Glamour inspired Big Day was featured way back when in 2009 and now she’s back, just as witty and equally as gorgeous (if not more so to be honest – check out the movie goddess-esque black and white images….)
All of the “make you look utterly lovely” photography is courtesy of Jasmine Jade Photography.
Victoria: So, 18 months after my wedding day I put The Dress back on again… and I trashed it.
The story began a few months after my wedding in 2009 when I recommended the lovely Jasmine to a friend, and then another and then another, and then a few more.… View the full post.
(Takes a deep breath before even beginning this introduction…..)
Sometimes lovelies your wedding day will not go exactly as you anticipated. That’s not to say you will regret at any point saying “I Do”, just that for some there will be certain aspects that you don’t look back on with complete affection.
Rock My Wedding reader Ariel doesn’t look back on her W-day photo’s with complete affection, and I know if you’re anything like me, reading that is pretty heart-breaking.
However this is not a sad story, this is a brave, honest and beautifully written account of finding peace with the past and heading towards a bright and optimistic future with the one you love.
Reflecting The Compromise
Ariel: Over the past year I tried, numerous times, to look back at our wedding with a wistful sigh. These attempts usually left me in tears. Not the good kind. Most of what I remember from our wedding is jet lag and stress. As our first wedding anniversary approached, Pete and I began to get a bit testy about how we should celebrate. Our friends started making and broadcasting their plans for first anniversary celebrations and we extended congratulations and looked in dread at the calendar as our anniversary crept closer and closer. Not because we were dreading the occasion, but because we knew we would feel pressure to go back and reminisce over our wedding photos and video and eat that top layer of cake, etc.… View the full post.