We are excited to have Natasha from Pretty & Inked as today’s Spotlight. Pretty & Inked is a new wedding blog that focuses on the alternative couple who are looking for local inspiration for their big day. Our team has recently teamed up with Natasha to create a few stylized shoots that will soon be gracing the pages of Pretty & Inked debut magazine.
1. What drew you to the field of wedding blogging?
My fiancé and I met in London, UK where I had been living for the past three years until he proposed. Getting engaged and looking at our future life together we decided to move back to Canada, it was the perfect place to start our lives, eventually raise a family and of course have the wedding of our dreams…or so we thought. It is no secret that London has anything and everything for every taste. It is a place where design pushes boundaries, where every person walking down the street has their individual style, and where ‘unique-ness’ triumph’s over ‘cookie cutter’. Starting to plan our wedding we were looking for the same creative outlets we found in London, the one’s that cater to the ‘individual’ as opposed to the ‘masses’. Sadly, attending wedding show after wedding show, appointment after appointment, we have found no resources that that are happy to divulge the ‘alternative’ couple.
So, frustrated with the way things were I decided to fill the gap, be the resource that wasn’t there for me. Pretty & Inked provides a resource for all the creative, alternative, inked, vintage, out of the box couples who are looking to create their dream wedding within a carbon-copy-pink-puffy-cowgirl-boot wedding world. A go to for inspiration, venues, and vendors that are over joyed to help these of us who ‘aren’t in season’.
2. What is the most challenging part of planning an alternative wedding?
Finding the right vendors to work with. There will always be trends, and seasons to weddings, it’s how the industry works, and businesses cater to social culture and decades. However finding these vendors that also get just as excited to work with couples who don’t want just what’s in season can be difficult. You want those who you plan this amazing day with to be just as happy to help whether you want that traditional barn wedding or a steampunk soiree in a steam train museum, a traditional white ball gown, or a black lace gown with a top hat.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping other brides like myself, changing the view on tattooed women in society, and finding those perfect vendors who are genuinely happy to help any bride. The amount of amazing people I meet on a day to day basis is amazing. And having that perfect cup of coffee while writing the next post, or viewing the magazine’s sample edits doesn’t hurt either.
4. What is your favourite piece of décor?
My favourite piece of décor at the moment has to be chalkboard painted wine bottles. I’ve seen them used as centrepieces with flowers, table numbers, guest books, wedding games, the list goes on. And I’m sure I am a little bias as they may be one of our wedding centrepieces with some brilliant candles in them.
5. What is the most valuable piece of décor at a wedding/event?
Décor can always change dependent on taste, or the style of Bride and Groom, the most valuable necessity to every wedding has to be the photography. I have worked with too many Bride’s that decided to have a friend of a friend of a friend, or someone’s cousin take the photo’s at their wedding. To be nice, or because they are family, or to save money and now will forever regret the decision for the photos that are to last them the rest of their lives’? Look horrible. The colour is distorted, the resolution is too low, the angles are off, or just completely unusable.
You only get one day, one day to remember and cherish for the rest of your lives with no do-over’s so make sure that the pieces you have when the day is over? The Video, the Photos? The pieces that will last forever, are EXACTLY what you wanted, and look amazing. Never skimp on your photos, its one expense that is worth splurging on.
6. What is your favourite line of linen?
Anything with texture, I love linens and fabrics that are versatile. Geometric, Pintuck, and Striped fabrics can be used anywhere from Diner Rockabilly Weddings, to Black Tie Gala Events.
7. What is your favourite moment at a wedding?
Even though it may have been recited in a few movies, my favourite part is really, actually, all about the groom. The moment when the music starts, and the doors open to the beautiful bride ready to be walked down the aisle and everyone is starring at her, I really can’t help but watch the groom instead. The amount of love and adoration there is indescribable. I have been to a few friend’s wedding’s where the groom day-to-day seems so logical and reserved, but starring at his bride to be, can’t help but shed a little tear and a smile so wide, there is no denying just how much he loves his future wife.
8. What would you like to see more of at weddings/events?
More Bride and Grooms focusing on what they want and not what everybody else wants. Planning our wedding I will be the first to admit how easy it is to let your dreams fall to the side of those of your friends and family. Everyone will always have an opinion, about the guest list, your dress, your venue, the music. It’s just what people do. The trick is no matter what your bridesmaid’s say, your family, yes even your mum and mother in law, stay true to what you want. It’s YOUR day and you only get one, so plan it, design it, how YOU have always envisioned. What represents you and your fiancé, not you and your fiancé, and your bridal party, and your family, and your guests, and that random guy in Starbucks who say you looking at bridal magazines and somehow ALSO has an opinion.
9. What trends do you think are here to stay?
Creative Bridal Party Photos are definitely becoming more and more customary. Traditional Bridal Party photos in a garden or against a conservative serene background are not as common as they used to be. Bride and Grooms and getting more unique with where they want their memorable photos to be, and choosing places that represent them as a couple. Skateparks for those Skateboarders and BMXer’s, Graveyards for those Goth couple’s, even down to Tattoo shops for those couple addicted their ink.
Below are a few photos curtsey of Pretty & Inked.
Photo Credits: Editor-In-Chief, Natasha MacKenzie, Pretty & Inked Magzine / Photography: Milton Photography / Hair Adornments: Sugar Pie Girl / Make Up: Makeup by Nadya and The Art of Beauty