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Win A Pair of Retro Inspired Shoes (& Matching Bag!) from Ruby Shoo

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Finding shoes that are cute, comfortable, quirky and affordable seems like a never-ending quest. That was, of course, until I discovered Ruby Shoo.

Known for their retro styles at a fantastic price point, these are the perfect shoes for Rock n Roll brides, Rock n Roll bridesmaids, Rock n Roll mother’s of the bride, Rock n Roll ‘I’m just popping down the shops and need something pretty on my feet’… You catch my drift, right?

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To celebrate the launch of their gorgeous new Spring/ Summer collection, one lucky reader is going to win a pair of shoes of their choice, and the matching handbag!

To enter, all you have to do is comment on this blog post and let us know which pair of shoes and bag you’d like and where you’d wear them first. YEP, IT’S THAT EASY!

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Lo-Fi & DIY Wedding in Berlin

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Fran and Timo are from London but now live in Berlin, which is where they hosted their September wedding. The low key day had a budget of less than £6000 and they saved the most money bu avoiding anything “too weddingy”.

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“We skipped having an officiant (it was Timo’s brother that shambled us through a ceremony), and we kept everything as simple and relaxed as possible”, the bride said. “The day started in a nearby park with cocktails made by Timo and one of his best men and then we stayed in the same venue until the end of the night. My hen do was at Fraülein Wild’s bakery, where we frosted our own wedding cake (it was so special for me to do it with my girlfriends!) and made about 100 mini cupcakes – rolling up the cost of the hen do with the wedding cake at the same time saved some money, and we had lots of tasters as we went!”

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A Colourful Pom Pom Extravaganza

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There’s nothing that adds instant colour and fun to a wedding as easily as rainbow pom poms! While is why when I saw this shoot I knew I had to feature it.

The thing I love the most about these photos is that there are lots of ideas of how you can incorporate pom poms into your day in a more creative way that just hanging them from the ceiling. What about a pom pom headband, having them hanging from your bouquet or all over your cake!? You could craft a pom pom covered chandelier or throw them instead of confetti!

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“This shoot was about us challenging ourselves to turn a pom-pom concept into something beautiful that translated into the wedding industry”, said stylist Janelle. “It was important to us that the style of the shoot always reflected the fun and excitement that we felt for it.”

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Rustic Minimalism… And Baby Goats!

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Bri and Kristian’s wedding had a subtle 1920s vibe with rustic minimalism, natural elements, animals and earth tones.

The bride wore two dresses, both very affordable. “The first was a Vintage 1920s, heavy silk gown with hand embroidery which I found through my friend at Trunk of Dresses. I wore this dress for my ceremony. The second was really special. A cotton crochet dress inspired by the 1920s as well. I wore it with a simple nude silk slip underneath, bought at Aritzia. I wore this for the photos and the reception.”

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“Our main inspiration for the day was these naturally shed antlers that we found and used as centrepieces”, she continued. “They were really the inspirational focal point for us. We basically started with ‘barn’, ‘1920s’ and ‘antlers’ and built everything else around that. We also wanted to ensure we didn’t spend money on anything unnecessary, and instead focused on the things that were really important to us.”

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On Love and Not Taking it for Granted

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We’re all guilty of taking our partners for granted sometimes. They drive you nuts, you argue, you forget just how special and magical it is to have found someone that you not only adore, but they feel the same way about you.

This all hit home for me last week when I received this email from Lucy.

“Hi Kat

I’ve ummed and ahh-ed about sending this in to you, as you will see it’s not something which you would normally publish.

My name is Lucy Pope and my fiance is Daniel Marshall, our wedding was booked for 22nd October this year and we were so excited. Unbelievably, because it feels like so much longer, I met Daniel on 6th June 2015 in a nightclub in Hereford. He always told people that as soon as he saw me he knew he needed to talk to me. Dan had recently moved back to Hereford following a short but intense bout of skin cancer. On Christmas Day last year Daniel proposed.

We had grand plans including a whole bunch of flamingos, multi-coloured balloons, balloons spelling ‘Fuck Yeah Dan & Lucy’ (in a nod to a flaming lips gig we went to last year), our dog (Baxter) dressed as Pikachu, general craziness… Daniel described it as ‘like a rainbow has thrown up everywhere’! We planned to have a humanist ceremony which our friend Rich wrote for us, it was going to be beautiful. I had found an amazing seventies style crochet/lace dress to wear with a leather jacket and boots, we were going to have a tropical flamingo fiesta. We were going to eat burritos, doughnuts and candy floss, and drink whisky and cider surrounded by hundreds of colourful balloons, and the odd comic and Pokemon reference thrown in for good measure.

In short, it was going to be a day of happiness and mentalness perfectly summing us up. Something we had both been looking forward to was submitting to you afterwards, as we were super confident that you would melt at it all and love us (modest I know, haha).”

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“On 24th May Daniel collapsed at home from a stroke, the next few hours are a blur, but we discovered that he had cancer in both his brain and his lungs. Two days later in the earlier hours of 26th May, one week after being given the all clear from cancer, Daniel passed away as I stroked his hair. He was 29.

Dan is my best friend and I love him more than he will ever know. I know it sounds trite but we complete each other and without him I don’t feel whole. We only got one year together, but it was the best year of our lives and I will always be grateful that we got that time, there are so many people in the world that will never get to experience anywhere near what we had.

I am so grateful that we managed to do this engagement session with the Costa Sisters, who’d we’d booked for the wedding.  We decided have the engagement shoot, mostly so that we would have a warm up before the wedding day. It involved eating burgers and breaking into an old ammunition factory near us, it was a lush day.

I really can not stress enough how important that shoot ended up being to me and I’m so thankful, not only that we got it done, but also that we chose Elena and Sofia because they have given me and many other people something so special to hold on to. I know that our story is the extreme and hopefully nothing like this will ever happen to any of you, but if we had settled for a cheaper option then we wouldn’t have these beautiful images and video to hold on to.”

“I know you don’t normally feature that many engagement shoots, particularly ones which in hindsight could be seen as a tad depressing but I figured ‘nothing ventured nothing gained’. The song in the video is Daniel singing and playing the guitar (he was so good, and was just building up his confidence again).”

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The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is BACK… & it’s Going to be Better Than Ever!

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I’m so excited to let you know that I’m partnering with the UK’s biggest wedding show for the second time for their Autumn season! The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is coming back to the National Wedding Show and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Not only will we have some of the coolest alternative wedding suppliers exhibiting with us, but after getting your feedback on the last shows, we’re planning to make the interactive workshops much better too. Sophie and I will even be doing a flower crown one (watch this space!)

But that’s not all, I am also super pumped that at every show you’ll be able to browse the Rock n Roll Bride Gallery, a carefully curated new section which will feature some of my personal favourite wedding suppliers. This section is going to be invite only, meaning I’ll be personally emailing the designers and makers that I’m obsessed with to ask them along.

The shows are taking place in London from 23-25th September, Birmingham from 30th September-2nd October and Manchester on 22nd & 23rd October and if you’re super keen you can snap up your tickets right now.

WEDDING SUPPLIERS, READ THIS!

Do you want to be there with me? Do want to put your product or service in front of upward of 16,000 brides and grooms that will attend each of these huge events?

The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is a carefully selected area of only the most awesome wedding suppliers. The area within the show is a place to showcase anything from outrageous bridal gowns, quirky wedding cakes, wacky stationery, rocking jewellery, flipping fantastic photography, and much, much, more! So if you do something a little bit weird, a little bit different and something definitely left-field, then we want to hear from you!

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