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Candy Shop Collection by Katya Katya Shehurina

It’s been a long time since I’ve published an article just about one designer and their latest launch, but that’s because it’s been a long time since I’ve loved a collection as much as this one! Latvian designer Katya Katya Shehurina is known for her bohemian inspired wedding dresses but this year she wanted to design something for wedding guests too.

I was so lucky to wear one of these stunning dresses to Helen’s wedding earlier this month. I don’t think I’ve had so many compliments on an outfit EVER.

Katya has continued her love affair with the softest lace and tulle for this collection, but the colours are what really make it stand out from the crowd. Each gown comes in a cotton candy colour palette, they’re sweet enough to give you a tooth ache!

Beautiful necklines, elegant and flattering silhouettes, the softest tulle… This collection will provide the perfect injection of girly colour to a wedding. While it’s officially an occasion-wear collection but that doesn’t mean bridesmaids or even a bride couldn’t wear one..!

Here’a a few of my favourites from the range.

Bounty

Smarties

Marshmallow

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Introducing: Rock n Renovation!

Cardigan by Lazy Oaf

Gosh, thank you so much for all your lovely comments after my I Need to be Honest with You blog post a few weeks ago. I was so touched by how many of you reached out with love, support and compliments for the blog, it made my heart so happy! It’s really difficult when you work for yourself and don’t get much feedback. Sometimes it can feel like you’re just spinning on an endless hamster wheel with no end in sight, not even knowing if anyone bloody cares. It was so amazing to hear back from you all.

I was also OVERWHELMED by the response from other bloggers and people who run their own businesses, telling me they’d been feeling the exact same yet were too nervous to admit it (publicly or to themselves). I quickly realised that, honestly, it’s not a bad thing to finally say out loud “Yeah, actually I feel a bit shit”. It doesn’t mean you hate your business, it doesn’t mean you want to quit, it just means you’re feeling a bit burnt out.

I’m going to give myself a mental break for a bit. I need to take some time to focus on me and to re-find my wedding blogging mojo. I’m still very much obsessed with weddings, I still very much love blogging and sharing them online, I just need to give myself some time and realise that it’s normal (and perfectly OK) to not feel 100% all of the time.

I also REALLY want to get back into blogging FOR ME again. While I will always love sharing amazing weddings, it is a bit weird to only write about a subject that you’re a bit removed from. Although I never wanted to do it myself, I always envied my friends that were fashion and lifestyle bloggers in that respect. After all, I haven’t been a bride for a VERY long time and sometimes I just want to be able to share the cute shit I bought and call it a day!

Some of you may have seen on my various social media platforms that I promised you a house renovation blog. Well, I’ve decided that instead of starting another site right now, I’m going to test the waters with a weekly column on Rock n Roll Bride. Maybe it will morph into it’s own ‘thing’ eventually, or maybe you’ll all hate it and yell at me to JUST POST MORE GODDAMN WEDDINGS PLEASE (ha!) But as I said, I want to get back to blogging FOR ME, so I’m going to try this thing out.

So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my new blog series: Rock n Renovation!

In case you don’t follow me on social media, and you have no idea what I’m talking about – we bought a house! And in the words of those troll things from Frozen, she’s a bit of a fixer upper (LOL). Every Sunday I’m going to share updates on the renovations, as well as probably a few personal stories AND I’M SO EXCITED. I’ll still be posting just as much wedding content, this will be an extra weekly post, so if you have no interest in our house or hearing about my life you are more than welcome to just skip right over it!

So I guess I should start from the beginning and tell the tale of how we found and bought the house because, oh boy, it is a doozy!

We bought our first home in 2007 so we’d been there for a decade and had outgrown it probably about five years ago. It was an end of terrace 1930s two bed, which although we loved and had completely made it our own, was way too small. Running a publishing empire from home and accumulating way too much stuff, meant we were bursting at the seams! By mid-2016 we’d finally got the business to the stage where we could not only afford to move to something bigger, but where we weren’t both working all hours of the day and night just to keep it going. The original plan was to officially start looking for a new house in January of this year but once we’d had this discussion I, of course, immediately become obsessed with Rightmove!

We always wanted an older house, and one we could put our own stamp on. While we’d never had to do any major works on the last place, Gareth had somewhat become obsessed with all those home renovation TV shows (Homes Under the Hammer and Grand Designs I’m looking at you!) over he past few years and so he, in particular, really wanted a big project.

Then, one day in November, we were driving home from a family wedding and I was casually browsing the app when I saw the house come up. I almost yelled at Gareth to STOP THE CAR so he could see it too! Once we pulled over at the services he looked at it and told me we should arrange a viewing. Built in 1906, it was like nothing else I’d seen available and was just within what we’d (estimated) we could probably afford.

We didn’t have our mortgage in place, we hadn’t researched the market properly or figured anything out, but we knew we had to go and see it.

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Three Cultures Bridal Shoot

Noticing a distinct lack of diversity in the wedding industry, Spanish wedding planners El Día de la Novia wanted to put together a shoot to showcase how different cultures get married. Working with local suppliers, they pulled together very different bridal looks, and I just know you’re going to love these!

“We wanted to do a shoot that was faithful to the personality and culture of three different brides”, they said. “We’d noticed there were many brides who were ‘disguising’ who they really are for their wedding and we wanted to prove that the opposite was possible, and beautiful. Don’t be let down by social pressures, be who you are!”

They shot in El Molino la Flor, a magical estate located in Jimera de Líbar, Málaga. “We wanted to call this shoot THREE CULTURES because it shows African culture, Cuban culture and Celtic culture.”, they continued. “We chose a minimalist and simple decoration but lots of colour.”

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Sparkle & Smoke Bombs: A New Year’s Eve Wedding in Northern Ireland

Laura and Al grew up in the same town, went to the same school and the same art college! They were always ‘aware’ of each other growing up but only met properly at a party when they were 17. After that they were inseparable and the rest is history!

They were married on New Year’s Eve, but wanted to avoid the cliches. The wedding was held at The Arcadia in Portrush. The chintzy lampshades, napkins, and mismatched chairs made the venue feel more ‘homely’ to us,” explained Laura, “everyone we know and love contributed to our day in some way so the whole thing felt like a community effort. We loved that.”

Laura and Al decided to get married on New Year’s Eve as a tribute to Al’s grandparents. Al sadly lost his grandfather a few days after they engaged so they decided on their anniversary date quite quickly as a tribute to them. “It actually turned out to be a great date to pick as everyone was in the mood for a party and a laugh which is how we tried to plan the day. We also decided to have all our photographs done first so we could go straight from the ceremony at 4pm, to dinner, to the party so there was no waiting around for guests.”

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The Rock n Roll Art of the Wedding Speech

Heidi Ellert-McDermott of Speechy, who help craft bespoke (and brilliant) wedding speeches, is here today to encourage you to think outside the box for the words that will be said at your wedding.

Too many brides are missing the Rock n Roll potential of their wedding speeches. It’s not about etiquette books, a long list of thank yous or ‘his job’ anymore, it’s about dropping a lovebomb on the party and kick-starting your marriage with a bang.

As a ballsy bride you might be thinking traditional speeches aren’t for you and you’re right, traditional ones don’t have to be. So burn the etiquette books, kill off those cut-and-paste templates, run a mile at a pun and you’re half way there.

This is your opportunity to welcome your guests, make them feel loved and get them in the mood to party. It’s also an once-in-a-lifetime chance to shout about what a sublime example of gorgeousness you’ve married without being considered a little bit smug.

Promise, the words are your wedding can be just as cool as anything you find on Pinterest or Etsy – only cheaper, unique and a whole lot more memorable.

Here’s some of our favourite ideas of doing speeches a bit differently.

Get involved

Controversial we know. Even in 2017 the vast majority of brides want to sit back, sip the Champers and let the boys do the speeches. Fair enough, you deserve a break and maybe your partner is more comfortable speaking in front of an audience. But have a think about it.
Are you cool having someone ‘speak on behalf of you’ when you’re not drunk and they’re not helping you into a taxi? Wouldn’t your friends and family love to hear from you on the day? And wouldn’t you actually enjoy being really bloody nice about the person who’s just married you?

Of the hundreds of women we met at a wedding show recently only a handful said they were planning on giving a speech. We’re still not sure why us girls go mute when it comes to getting married, but this isn’t really about feminism; it’s about doing something different, feeling like a rockstar and increasing your level of coolness by a zillion.

The not-a-speech speech

Whether it’s you or your partner, the speech will stand out if it doesn’t sound like a speech.
Don’t get tied down by all the usual ‘to dos’ and make sure it doesn’t become a roll call of thank yous. Instead, tell a story.

Tell everyone in the room why you two decided to tolerate each other’s quirks and individual madness for the rest of your lives. Remind people why no other nutter would do.

Get creative. If you’re planning a festival style wedding then maybe chronicle your relationship through your shared love of music and the debates you’ve had over the vinyl collection. If you’re both bookworms compare yourselves to your favourite literary characters and their qualities; Holden Caulfield’s innocence, Patrick Bateman’s humour?!

Something else a bit different; a joint Mr & Mrs Speech. Delivering a speech together shows you’re an equal partnership; one that can quickly establish a comedy double act and get the guests laughing. It’s also a lot of fun.

Spontaneous speeches

Admittedly the politics of speeches can get a bit tiresome. Dad versus step dad, best woman versus best man, your funny mate versus your old friend from school. One way to avoid this is to have ‘spontaneous speeches’. The idea is stolen from the continent where it’s not unusual for everyone to propose a toast to the newlyweds. 

Basically there are no formal speeches but invites encourage guests to ‘feel free to call for silence and say something (nice!) or read a verse, or just say Hooray or raise a toast’ throughout the wedding meal (usually between courses). This totally works for boho weddings because it’s casual, cool and generally gets more fun the more wine has been consumed.

Tequila Toasts

Gone are the days when we need to toast the ‘health and happiness of the happy couple’ with a glass of Champagne. Toasts should reflect you as a couple whether that’s a shot of tequila, a glug of bourbon or a sip of Indian chai. Be inventive but equally don’t be insulted in Nan rejects the Jack Daniels option.

Also forget the tired clichés and make sure you toast something that’s meaningful to you. Perhaps ‘decades of dancing on tables and inspiring each other’s tattoos’.

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When This Couple’s Wedding Photos Sucked, They Did This…

Couple’s boudoir is nothing new, but what I love the most about Taryn and Adam’s photo session is the story behind it. The fact that they’re a totally babing tattooed couple doesn’t hurt either does it?!

Photographer Tanya told me all about the shoot. “I like boudoir but hate how it often takes a human (often female) body and chops it into pieces. Bum, boobs, arched back… There’s nothing wrong with these gorgeous body parts but for me there is no connection and humanity in this expression. I wanted do make this shoot moody, a bit gritty and deeply focused on the connection between two people.”

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