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Modern + Retro: Rock N Roll Bride features Forever & Ever (at a bowling alley)

As mentioned previously, the first part of the inspirational shoot featuring all things chic and understated Britishness was featured on 100 Layer Cake; for the second part, we wanted to be more offbeat and quirky, and teamed up with Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes for something modern and retro… which of course got us thinking that readers and diehard fans of Rock N’ Roll Bride would love it!  So, we approached the pink haired “brocker” (bride + rocker!) and were so thrilled she said YES!  You can see the full feature on Rock N’ Roll Bride HERE.

The inspiration was all modern elegance + retro fun.  For me, the focal points were Delphine Manivet’s “Cyrus Guipure” dress from her current collection, Edwina Ibbotson’s hats, and the bowling balls. ;-)  I absolutely love all the detail within Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes – all the light fixtures in the shape of bowling pins, the colorful retro diner, the pool tables – all of it sets the tone for the perfect laid-back party!  You can also hire out the entire place on an exclusive hire basis for a pre-wedding event or even your wedding reception – just think how much fun your guests would have!

Keeping the Britishness and retro bowling theme in mind, Abbey from House of Sugalily created the cutest invitations…

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

And we also got some modern calligraphy by Dear Darling

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Can we talk about how rad the interiors are?!

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Loved all the quirky details…

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Here are some of additional shots to complement what was featured on Rock N’ Roll Bride:

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Photo by Aneta Mak Photography

Special thanks again to the pink-haired “brocker” Rock N’ Roll Bride for featuring our work!  To see the full feature, go HERE.

And of course to the following inspirational people that I was privileged to work with on this feature:

♥ Aneta Mak Photography
♥ Bloomsbury Lanes Bowling Alley
♥ Delphine Manivet
♥ Edwina Ibbotson (all bespoke and made to order, email edwina.ibbotson@yahoo.co.uk)
♥ Amy Brandon for Claire Hanson Makeup & Hair Team
♥ House of Sugalily
♥ Dear Darling Calligraphy

{Incidentally, the knee-highs and socks were “stylist’s own” (i.e., mine) and were made by Tabio} :)

MLH x

Forever & Ever writes for Rock N Roll Bride: Venues in Manchester

My first Rock N’ Roll Venue Guide on London was so popular on Rock N’ Roll Bride that Kat asked me to write another one! – this time, a recommendation of 10 rock n’ roll venues in Manchester.  Can I just say: I was way flattered!  I completely heart Rock N’ Roll Bride – it continues to be one of the most influential and inspiring wedding publications out there on the web and I just love working with Kat.

Now, I won’t pretend to be a Mancunian.  But I did have a great time sourcing out the venues for the article and also have some great deals worked out with a few of the best venues in Manchester – which I always pass on to clients!

I got major help on this article from Anna Hardy, a wedding photographer based in Manchester.  Anna is such a talented photographer, with a keen eye for detail, and similar to me, has a background in English literature, is an avid appreciator of art + design and, of course, a dog lover. ;)  Here are some of my favorite photos from Anna

The Deaf Institute:

Image by Anna Hardy Photography

Belle Epoque:

Image by Anna Hardy Photography

The Bowdon Rooms:

Image by Anna Hardy Photography

Manchester Town Hall:

Image by Anna Hardy Photography

For the full article and more rock n’ roll wedding reception venues in Manchester, go HERE.

Thanks to Anna and Kat again!  Absolutely love working with these ladies!

MLH x

Our 70s-inspired Photo Shoot published on Rock N Roll Bride!

I planned and styled this ’70s-inspired photo shoot about a month ago and am so thrilled to see it published and gracing the hugely edgy and influential Rock N’ Roll Bride!  For the full post, click HERE.

So, how did this photo shoot come about?  Caro Hutchings and I had wine one night at a pub and thought we should collaborate together – within minutes we had come up with our theme and the rest, as they say, is history!

The vintage ’70s dress was purchased off eBay for £10 and with a few alterations made at a crazy clothing boutique in East London, the finished dress only cost about £18 in the end!  The most gorgeous element of the dress was definitely the tiered back – cascades of ruffled layers going all the way down the long train.  We got rid of the billowy Gunne-sax sleeves and the high neck line to create a romantic and current lace bodice and 3/4 sleeves that contemporized the dress but still left the original craftsmanship and vintage feel.  It’s all about being inspired by an era, with subtle nods, rather than going completely literal {otherwise, there is a risk of looking like a costume!}.

The other Forever Vendors involved in the shoot were:

Sugarplum Cupcakes, creators of the “Make Love Not War” cakes and the edible hot pink cupcake bouquet

Elbie Van Eeden, make-up and hair

Alexis Cuddyre, graphic design, who also runs the wonderful wedding blog, OMG I’m Getting Married

♥ Models were friends of Caro’s!  Check out the groom’s band on Myspace!

For the flowers, I wanted something extremely simple and natural, so I went with a bouquet of heather – it was perfect, beautiful and romantic.  All the other props were from my personal collection and Caro’s.

HUGE thanks for Caro for taking, as always, beautiful photographs and for being such an awesome partner in crime!

And of course to Kat at Rock N’ Roll Bride for publishing it!

MLH x

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