When the lovely Shell de Mar asked me if I’d like to come along and run the photobooth at a pretty tea-party-themed wedding, my answer was “heck yes!”, of course! While I didn’t attend the ceremony or couple shoot, I had plenty of time before the guests arrived to take photos of the decor, and when you see these pictures you’ll understand why I was so excited about that! Maryanne and her crew from Jam and Tea did an incredible job dressing up Orleans House’s stable reception room to within an inch of its life, with vintage teacups, bunting, and tasty treats coming together to create a tea party that would make the Mad Hatter proud. The whole event was just vintage girly chic, and when I saw Chloe in her 1950s-inspired dress with a full pink petticoat, and Emma in her elegant, Old Hollywood-inspired gown, I understood why. Two brides in wedding dresses = a doubly-excited Kat. And I get pretty excited about wedding dresses at the best of times.
So here are some pics of the swoonworthy prettiness:
I should hold competitions more often. The busiest day on my blog ever, in the history of time, was the first day of my “win your wedding photography” competition. It kind of warms my heart to see how many people voted for someone else to win something awesome. Thanks, everyone who voted!
So, without wasting any more time, the couple who wins their wedding photography free are……
CHARLIE and SIMON!
Whoohoo! Apparently you all loved their circus rock ‘n roll theme as much as I did, and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in October!
But wait, there’s more.
Second place went to Sarah and Carl’s humanist, super-DIY event, and I loved them so much that I’ve decided to offer them their wedding photography for free as well! Yay Sarah and Carl!
Spreading the wedding photography love, having just scoffed down the head of a Lindt Easter Bunny, and feeling all warm and cosy in my bed with my laptop…what a great long weekend.
So, a couple of weeks ago I had a competition through Rock ‘n Roll Bride, where one fabulous couple in the UK could win their wedding photography, as shot by me, for free. All they had to do was tell me (and show me, on a Pinterest board), how much awesome-sauce they were putting into their wedding.
The response was fantastic, and I’ve narrowed it down to three lovely couples, whose weddings sound full to the brim with awesomeness, just the way I like it. All YOU have to do now is vote for one of them to win on the poll at the bottom of this post! And share it around with everyone you know, cos I’m sure these guys will appreciate the love.
Let’s meet the finalists!
1) Becky and John
Becky owns a company called Swank jewellery, where she designs and makes seriously funky jewellery, and also works as a youth worker. John is training to be a surveyor, and on the side he makes booty bassline music and raps sleazy lyrics over the top.Ha! That’s bizarrely awesome. Here’s what Becky had to say about their wedding day:
“I’m getting hitched on the 1st of September 2012 in Rutland, the smallest county in England and the only county without a McDonalds! I am a pedigree Rutlander, both my parents families being from the county ( I prefer pedigree to inbred!). I now live in Devon with John who is from Leeds. We chose to tie the knot in Rutland as it is very special to me, being where I grew up and he also really likes it there, it’s a very beautiful place. We are doing the “proper” bit at Oakham registry office and then heading off to Ayston for the reception. Ayston is where I grew up, its a tiny village with 14 houses and a church, not even a pub or a shop. As you can imagine it was an amazing place to grow up, many dens to be made! I was lucky that there was a girl who lived next door who was the same age and totally brilliant, otherwise it could have been a bit lonely. She is my best mate now and we are having the reception in a marquee in her family’s field. It’s going to be a relaxed affair with a festival feel. In the afternoon there will be a pork pie wedding cake, buffet and speeches then later the rabble will turn up, we will have a hog roast and my brothers rave rap ska band, China Shop Bull, will play, there will be hip hop karaoke and djs into the night.
The wedding is going to be real fun, and very individual to us. We are going to get Louisa (my best mate) and Rob’s bad ass vintage car collection out to rev around in on the day which make ace props for photos. The location will be great, we are considering dressing the marquee in an under the sea theme (not decided as yet but I’m into the idea). My mum’s mate is going to make my wedding dress which will have a 50s vibe. I want a mahoosive petticoat! The most important thing to me is that our friends and family are all outside partying together. I’m not bothered about the ceremony as much as the party. I just think it’s going to be great to get friends that I have met from all different times in my life all together in one place to celebrate that I’ve found someone I want to stay with forever. Which is pretty impressive and I feel very lucky to have him, even if he does rap sleazy lyrics to me over breakfast!”
2) Charlie & Simon
Charlie and Simon are having a circusy Rock ‘n Roll themed wedding in a circus traiming school that used to be a church! Um, yes please! Here’s Charlie’s take on their wedding:
“We’re getting married on the 13th of October in Bristol. Our reception venue is a church that’s been converted into a circus training school, and it’s an amazing space. We’re having dramatic lighting up the beautiful pillars and planning a low key and relaxed rock and roll / circus theme. We’re getting married in Bristol Registry office at 3pm, which is a lovely place and then we’re planning on having photos done around St Nic’s market which is a covered market and food hall just next door. We’re going to have tea and cakes after the wedding for the family and then heading onwards to Circomedia to meet all our marvellous friends at 6pm. We’ll then be having a small show of some kind (big secret!) and serving international style canapes (mini boerewors rolls as a nod to my South Africaness, filo cones with goats cheese to look like ice creams, empanadas – as we both love Brazil), and then moving onto some excitingly presented dinner. And then there will be a rock band and 100% ridiculous dancing. We’re really keen that it’s really relaxed and untraditional affair – no big white dress, no hired suits for everyone, no ridiculous traditions that we aren’t keen on and basically lots of fun and happiness for everyone.”
3) Sarah and Carl
Sarah and her lovely boy ( her words) are having a super-DIY wedding in a tent in a small village, with loads of bunting, vintagey goodies, and a turquoise wedding dress! Ooooh. Just up my alley.
“Our wedding is going to be held in Long Sutton, a small village in Somerset, on July the 14th 2012. We are having a humanist ceremony, so it is all taking place in a big tent. The ceremony will be followed by (weather permitting) drinks on the village green, a tasty meal, and then a barn dance. My mum and sister are v. v. clever, and between us we are DIYing everything. My mum’s making my dress (which is going to be amazing and bright turquoise), my sister is making, among other things, all the stationery, the flower girl dresses, felt button holes for all the ushers and best ‘people’ (of whom there are 4), headdresses for me, the bridesmaids and flower girls, and a fascinator for my mum. We are all making yards of bunting and collecting unusual and wonderful objects from flea markets and charity shops with which to decorate the marquee. We are aiming for a non-traditional, eclectic, colourful, relaxed, fun and smiley day, full of love, imagination and laughter. We can’t wait to say our vows in front of everyone we love. Oh, and there is going to be lots of cake. “
They all sound awesome, right? So get your vote on below, and help one of them win!
Voting closes at midnight this Saturday the 7th of April. The winner will be announced on Monday the 9th of April.