I had the pleasure of visiting White Gallery London last week during bridal fashion week in London, to get an exclusive snoop from some of the […]
Well my darling, please allow me to interrupt your day to share this delicious shoot with you featured in the latest issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine out now!
I received this comment from a Nu Bride reader in response to an article I wrote and the front cover of issue four of Rock N Roll Bride Magazine.
I have been meaning to comment on this all week but with the wedding a few days a way (hooray!! I am so excited) it keeps slipping my mind. As a woman of color who loves weddings and all things pretty, this cover of Rock n Roll bride is just heart warming to see and it is encouraging. Of course, I want to see people that look like me on wedding magazine covers. And it is nice to see a blog and person I respect featured in the magazine. Kudos to Nova and Rock N Roll Bride. Keep up the good work!” Heather
It wasn’t long after sharing this comment with Kat, the editor and founder of legendary Rock N Roll Bride that I was asked if I would be interested in styling a shoot for Rock N Roll Bride magazine to create something contemporary, inspiring and to showcase another type of bridal beauty.
Of course after composing my ridiculously excited self, I said yes…quickly followed by “Are you sure? I’m not sure I’m very Rock N Roll Bride, you know Kat”. lol!
I’ve always wanted to show a diverse range of weddings on my blog, from punks, to boho and various other styles. But when I started Rock N Roll Bride Magazine last year and I was receiving submissions for lots of editorials, I started noticing that I wanted to feature more diverse types of people; black women, hispanic women, Asian women etc.
You don’t really notice that their isn’t inclusion [in wedding magazines] of different cultures and different looks until you realise it; and then you notice it all the time!
I genuinely think that you are more likely to buy something if you see yourself represented.
Magazines indeed have to be aspirational, but I think they also have a responsibility and should resonate with and be reflective of society, of readers from different backgrounds and getting the right balance between the two is a great place to start. Kat at Rock N Roll Bride has never been one to follow the crowd, but she’s a leader, deliciously inclusive and a serious trend setter and I hope our shoot, Skin Deep goes some way to inspire you and keep things moving in my quest to encourage the industry to be more visually inclusive.
Putting it together
Once we had decided on the venue, putting the team and shoot together was a dream. For me, the favourite part is picking models and suppliers, it is such a pleasure putting great suppliers in touch with each other, they raise each-others game to pull off the magic on the day!
Lisa Devlin, of Devlin Photos is quite possibly one of the coolest and calmest photographers I’ve met. She was a delight to work with and a delight to watch. Creatively marrying styles and colours together with Kat, discovering hidden coves, using every gorgeous corner and crevice of the hotel from the deepest of mahogany to bright white marble walls to capture our models in different settings and create gorgeous images. It was one of the calmest shoots I’ve worked on AND we finished early!
We also had Urban Cinematography on hand, they were like Ninja’s, you barely knew they were there, creating a brilliant behind the scenes documentary for Nu Bride Live that captures the essence of putting the shoot together, (the glamour as well as the hard grafting and the steamer that burnt me, several times…) and the reason behind the shoot, beautifully.
We knew we wanted a flower wall with a difference with a rainbow influence and of course none other than Amie Bone Flowers came to mind and boy did we get a flower wall. ‘Go big or go home’ Amie said! I persuaded Team Amie Bone to also produce a gorgeous ‘Rock N Roll Bride pink’ ombré petal aisle, for good measure.
We DEFINITELY wanted bright, bold, but gorgeous make up, moving away from traditional bridal nudes, with elegant and sleek hairstyles to offset the overall look. Our brave beauty looks were executed with creativity and delicious precision by the brilliant duo Joyce Connor and Hayley King at Brides and Beauty. We are particular fans of the rainbow eye make up on Cleopatra! Amazing!
From the offset Kat and I knew we wanted to use contemporary wedding fashion. So we complemented our models with simple and fashionable pieces from Elizabeth Stuart Bride and Charlotte Mills Bridal shoes. We wanted to keep the fashionable theme going throughout the accessories and chose ethical fair trade jewellery from the team at Cred Jewellery. Along with unique pieces from talented independent designers Fei Liu and Sif Jakobs Jewellery.
To finish things off, we also added a fun dynamic with hair veils with a twist from the Rock N Roll Bride collection at Crown and Glory.
Enough from me, let the brilliant images and behind the scenes video from our editorial shoot; Skin Deep do the talking, I’m so proud to have styled this shoot and how beautifully it came together. Be inspired!
We have partnered up with Nova Reid of nubride.com to put together a colourful, contemporary shoot—dedicated to inspire whilst showcasing more diverse bridal beauty. Rock n Roll Bride
CONCEPT & PRODUCTION: Kat Williams | Rock N Roll Bride
STYLING: Nova Reid | Nu Bride
PHOTOGRAPHY: Devlin Photos
FILM: Urban Cinematography
DRESSES: Elizabeth Stuart Bride
HAIR & MAKE UP: Brides and Beauty
FLOWERS: Amie Bone Flowers
SHOES: Charlotte Mills Bridal
VENUE: Town Hall Hotel
To grab your copy of the current issue of Rock N Roll Bride please visit your local WH SMITH or Sainsbury’s stockist or grab a copy online.