17 01, 2012

Jose Villa Mexico Workshop Featured on Rock My Wedding Images by Catherine Mead

By |2012-01-17T11:42:24-07:00January 17th, 2012|Featured|

And Then There Was Light.

January 17th, 2012 by Charlotte@rockmywedding Leave a reply »

There was. That perfect kind that seems to cast an almost undefinable glow upon everything and everyone within it.

And it fell into my inbox on a particularly grey and gloomy day… sunshine medicine if you will. Photographer Catherine Mead single handedly managed to switch on my inspiration light switch with the moments she captured whilst attending the Jose Villa Workshop in Mexico. And for that I will be eternally grateful.

The Claire Pettibone 2012 collection gowns are out-of-this-world , I want someone, anyone to wear a frock with just the faintest hint of a pale blue and then carry it through to their accessories and decor….just because….and I want someone to wear a veil hood because frankly, it’s the coolest thing I’ve seen since dresses with pockets.

And the bouquets?

Welcome to the new UBER rustic folks. 2011 saw the increasing popularity of hand-tied and hand-picked style and now we’re moving one step onwards – roadside chic. No I am not losing my mind, there is just something incredibly intriguing about a bunch of florals that look like they could have literally been swiped from the bank of a dual carriageway en route to the ceremony.

I want.

And I’m afraid these are not models but actual real couples that offered to participate in the workshop and yes, they really are that beautiful.

I die.

Catherine Mead: Photography is my greatest love, and it’s all I’ve ever been passionate about. After graduating from a degree in Photographic Arts when I was 21, I’ve worked as a photojournalist for the national broadsheets and magazines ever since.

My client list include The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Grazia Magazine and many more publications, and I’ve been sent around the world photographing a variety of assignments ranging from the slums in Kolkata and refugee camps, to London Fashion Week, Bonnie Tyler’s living room and various top celebrities’ plush homes.

I photographed my first wedding a few years ago, and immediately fell in love with wedding photography too. I’ve photographed a wide variety of lovely weddings, from being flown out to photograph a 400-guest wedding in Cairo, to a wedding in The Cotswolds with just the couple, and myself and the venue coordinator as their witnesses.

I bring a creative approach to photographing weddings, blending a mixture of portraiture, gorgeous details and relaxed, happy moments throughout the day, bringing together a unique and stylish account of a wedding.

I’ve been lucky enough to have my clients’ weddings featured in Brides and You & Your Wedding Magazine, and it’s always such an honour and a privilege to be hired by my clients and be invited to share their most important day together. In short, I’m totally in love with my job!

You can see more of Catherine’s work at www.photographybycatherine.co.uk

You want more? Yes? Ok then as you asked so nicely…….

Bouquets With Bracken: This (image below) is what I was referring to for “Roadside Chic”, the warm tones of copper and golden yellow would work well for an Autumnal affair or anything outdoorsy (I’m thinking vows in an enchanted forest, that type of thing…)

Sharp Grooms: I don’t think a slim fit black suit has to be restricted to an “evening dress” theme or indeed the winter months, this looks unbelivably stylish any time any place…especially with a contemporary skinny tie. And is it me or does the man donning said suit bear a remarkable resemblance to Mark Ruffalo…?

Oversized Accessories: I mentioned the hood (seriously – I am contemplating an occasion I can justify wearing one to) but how about the other head wear? I have loved a giant single flower forever (and if you are definitely going avec veil for W-day there is no reason you can’t swap to one of these beauties for the dancing) and now I am worshipping at the floor of the silvery sky-hued version complete with feathery bits….. Any takers?

Hair & Make-up: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup

Flowers: Flower Wild Design

Bridal Gowns: Claire Pettibone

Hair Accessories: Mignonne

Photography by Catherine Mead *All of the pictures taken during a Jose Villa Workshop*

With huge thanks to Catherine Mead for getting Rock My Weddings glow on.

And I want those that are opting for a Claire Pettibone, a groom in a sharp black suit or indeed a bouquet in the style of roadside chic* to leave a comment and let me know the exact details. Just so I can y’know, get all green eyed and girly.

Big I’m Keeping It Firmly Switched On Love

Charlotte xxx

16 11, 2011

Featured on Style Unveiled!

By |2011-11-16T16:34:37-07:00November 16th, 2011|Featured|

BHLDN Wedding

There is not a single word I adore more than COZY 🙂 I love being cozy, dressing cozy, and decorating my home in a cozy fashion. So, when I saw this cozy, wintery wedding styled shoot, I was super excited about featuring it on Style Unveiled. We’re talking gorgeous BHLDN shrugs, yarn details, spools of thread, cozy winter colors like grey, winter white, and lavender … each and every detail is planned with great thought and attention (when Jill La Fleur is leading the planning, you know it’s gonna be good!). And the fact that it was shot (by the master Jose Villa and his students) at a cozy mountain farmhouse? Makes it a complete success in my book. Love it all below!

XO ~ Heather

PS. Be sure to check out the awesome feature on Green Wedding Shoes, too … She always does such a brilliant job with her posts!! 🙂

Wedding vendors involved include: Photography: Jose Villa Coordination and Design: Jill La Fleur Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals Flowers: Flowerwild Dresses: BHLDN Hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade Invitation Suite: Ceci New York Beauty: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup Linens: La Tavola Linens Calligraphy: Chelsea Petaj

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7 11, 2011

Fall Inspiration Shoot Featured on: Green Wedding Shoes!

By |2011-11-07T14:30:22-07:00November 7th, 2011|Featured, Photo shoot|

This afternoon we are off to the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse – in reality as Jason and I are driving there to speak at workshop – AND in this gorgeous fall inspiration shoot captured by the one and only Jose Villa and designed by the talented Jill La Fleur. The inspiration for this shoot started with big rolls of fluffy ivory yarn. With the feeling of fall in the air, Jill wanted to create an environment where you would want to sit down, relax, snuggle up, and enjoy the beautiful outdoor views of the farmhouse. Filled with soft fabrics, tons of yarn, and fall colors of soft greys, creams, and lavenders, Jill collaborated with Found Vintage Rentals and Kate of Flowerwild to build some unique spaces. The beautiful dresses and soft wraps are from BHDLN (and some of my personal faves!) and the custom-made headpieces by Mignonne Handmade.


green and white bouquet


BHLDN wedding dress

bride with flower hair piece

bride in one shoulder wedding dress

mountain wedding

For the ceremony, Jill tied bunches of yarn that streamed from the white washed benches where guests would sit, and asymmetrically placed some large spool tables on either side of the “altar” area.

rustic spools

groom kissing bride

bride in flower hair piece

yarn basket

sewing inspired table

needlework circle

bride in BHLDN dress

white and green bouquet

spool yarn basket

black and white chairs

rustic yarn table decor

silverware molds, blue tablescape

white and green centerpiece

bride in blue knitted shawl

bride in blue knitted shawl

blue vintage paper goods

The beautiful invitation suite by Ceci New York brought knitting and yarn elements into the pattern that appeared on the envelope, table number, and address label. And keeping with the fall feel, they printed the actual invite and RSVP card on a light wood.

white and green bouquet

big rustic spools

yarn decor

Thanks so much to all these talented vendors for sharing some lovely fall wedding ideas with us today! I’m definitely ready to snuggle up with my sweetie outdoors this fall. 🙂 And if you love this venue (who wouldn’t!) check out this real wedding we shared a few weeks ago that took place there.

photography: Jose Villa // design + planning: Jill La Fleur // venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse // rentals: Vintage Found Rentals // floral design: Kate of Flowerwild // dress: BHLDN // hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade // invitations: Ceci New York // hair + makeup: Mar R. of TEAM Hair and Makeup // cake: Maggie Austin Cakes // napkins: La Tavola Linens // calligraphy: Chelsea Petaj

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