Edgy, Alternative Rock Bridal Shoot - Juno and Joy

Edgy, Alternative Rock Bridal Shoot

Jay Kowalik Photo

Happy Friday! Hope you’re looking forward to the bank holiday weekend…any plans? Well we’re going out on a high today for this shoot is beyond awesome. Directional, edgy and inspiring it goes to show you needn’t be a traditionalist, classic or even bohemian babe to channel “beautiful bride”. Today’s snippet of inspiration comes courtesy of Jay Kowalik Photography who along with her creative came came up with this concept to showcase an alternative bridal style and by doing so give planning brides the confidence to celebrate their personal style within their wedding look, irrespective of whether it’s “cookie cutter” – or not…

From photographer Jay: We wanted to create a series of bridal shoots for couples looking to do something different for their special day and encourage them to think outside of the box. We’ve wanted to pull together something to showcase our work and something which could serve as inspiration for brides looking for different and more edgy styling. As an alternative wedding photographers we love that quirky look and less traditional approach to bridal gowns. Leather jacket, converse and chains + incredible make-up and hair styling by talented Donna Chatsatrian, did the trick perfectly.

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We also found inspiration within our venue – shoot’s colour scheme was inspired by black and white conservatory at The Milestone Hotel – a boutique, Victorian style venue located in London, recently voted and awarded as No.1 hotel in UK.
We wanted to mesh the elegance of the interior with the edgy bridal styling to achieve that quirky and alternative final look.

With special thanks to an outstanding team!

Get the look

MUA & hair stylist Donna takes us through the three looks: The Goth glam look was created using influences from the 60’s Vogue along with the edgy, yet glamorous look we may see today, whilst using extra lift of the roots with a paddle brush, I then created curls by using classic ghd’s and redesigned the vintage feel by back-combing the curls created messy textured modern finish. The same look was applied for the make up by creating a smokey eye and dark lipstick for a Gothic look, by using Mac, Guerlain, Shu Uemura products, I gave the rest natural and overall mat velvet finish.

Rock Glam is a mix of past & present fashion. It remains a popular hairstyle for weddings and social events, on the catwalk, and even as an every day style for some. I created the style by lifting up the roots giving out more volume on the hair and curled with ghd’s , twisted the back part of the hair Creating French roll and for extra height and volume I back-combed the top part , pulled the hair forward and gave messy texture and pinned some parts of the fringe and made the look more edgy and modern. For the makeup I used Mac, Guerlain, Shu Uemura products created cut crease dramatic smokey glittery eyes and nude lips and gave overall mat finish.

Rock Star: I started create the rocky look by lifting up the hair giving volume and then used ghd’s curling iron on completely dry hair by curling and shaping the hair, after back-combed to give the messy look and then pinned up half of the hair left the fringe to create a small quiff pinning separately the top part. For the make-up used Mac, Shu Uemura , Guarlian products . I created smokey eyes with silvery glitter in a middle of eye make up giving edgy look , I used nude lipstick and gave overall mat finish. I really enjoyed creating the glam rock style in this photo shoot!

//Credits: Jay Kowalik Photography//Model: Marta Stepien//Make-up and Hair Styling: Donna Chatsatrian//Wedding Cake: Patricia’s Bakery// Venue, food and hospitality: The Milestone Hotel

Love it! “Rock Glam” gets my personal vote – it’s cool, attainable but really pretty too…which is your favourite?

♥ Sarah


  1. I love this! It’s so nice to see bridal style with a little edge!

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