48 Hours in Berlin

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After teaching The Blogcademy that weekend, Gala, Shauna and I had two free days to explore Berlin before heading to Amsterdam midweek. Although our time was limited, we didn’t let that stop us, in fact we really packed a lot in.

Everyone I spoke to before this trip that had visited Berlin before, told me just how amazing it was. I was expecting a lot but I’m pleased to report that even with those high hopes I wasn’t disappointed. Berlin is such an amazing place! If you’re in the UK, the flight is also less than two hours, making it the perfect inexpensive and relatively stress-free honeymoon location.

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From the outside Berlin is quite a derelict looking place, with seemingly abandoned graffiti covered buildings everywhere you look. However once you meander past the façades, there is so much amazing stuff to explore and uncover everywhere you look. Berlin has an awesome night life and a lively art scene.

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Pirate Themed Wedding: Jade & Dave

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While watching Pirates of the Caribbean one evening, Jade turned to her fiancé Dave and commented about just how fun it would be to have a pirate themed wedding. To her surprise, Dave agreed immediately, and so their wedding theme was decided!

“We are so glad we chose to have a themed wedding”, began the bride. ” Obviously it wasn’t with out it’s dramas, mainly from out guests not wanting to dress up for fear of looking silly, but in the end everyone put in so much effort and it really showed. They all looked great and we are so grateful to all of our friends and family for joining in with our madness for the day! The whole day was very funny and everyone was laughing and smiling all day long.”

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“A lot of our décor was DIY”, she continued. “We didn’t have any real flowers as I thought pirates and flowers don’t really mix, but I still wanted something pretty to carry. I came across bouquets made of buttons online and thought I’d try and make them myself. I added a few piratey brooches and charms to go with the theme too. The signs, stationary and guest book were also made by us.”

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Thursday Treats: Playing Dress Up and Getting Butterflies

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I just got back from a two night stay in London with Carly, my bestie from Uni, who I’m bridesmaid for next year. We had all manner of pre-wedding fun times, mostly drinking cocktails and DRESS SHOPPING. Oh yes!

We visited some of my favourite boutiques, Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon, Blackburn Bridal in Blackheath (which I’d actually never been to before, but their Claire Pettibone collection was too beautiful to skip) and finally Fur Coat No Knickers near London Bridge. Many glasses of the fizzy stuff were quaffed, and many, MANY beautiful dresses were tried on. There were definitely some stand outs, and maybe one that’s even going to be ‘the one’. We both got butterflies and couldn’t stop beaming from ear to ear so that’s a good sign, right?!

This might be the most obvious thing I’ve ever written, but MAN, I love weddings. I’m so excited to be involved in planning her big day next November, this is going to be the most fun year ever!

Have you started dress shopping? Any butterfly moments yet?

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The Addams Family At A Funeral Themed Wedding: Katie & Christopher

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Katie and Christopher dropped just $1000 on their amazing wedding. They hosted it in their own home, the bride bought her dress online and the reception décor was put together by the couple themselves. They had a bubble machine on the ceiling, costume accessories, creepy mannequins, sparklers and black silk petals. Their seating was all thrifted to save cash.

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“Our wedding theme was half The Addams Family, half a funeral”, explained Katie. “Chris and I are a modern day Tish and Gomez. We are extremely romantic with each other, and feed off of one another’s eccentric traits. We have similar taste and aesthetic, and we share a passion for the strange and macabre. So, we decided we need to match our special day with what makes us so in love with each other: our weirdness.”

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Eclectic and Colourful, Community Wedding: Paul & Fiona

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Paul and Fiona were married in a park in Sydney. They wanted a fuss-free wedding, one that was made a reality with help from all their friends and family members.

“Our wedding was an event that was the coming together of many creative people, both visual and entertainment which certainly gave it a feel that we wanted”, explained the couple. “Having been together for 12 years already, we were after a comfortable and informal feel, not a high pressured event. We didn’t have a theme but the feel although it was very much our special day, was a community event.”

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The couple ignored a lot of the wedding ‘extras’, opting for a relatively simple, yet quirky, event. The bride arrived on a self-decorated rickshaw, surrounded by about 20 children, and the ceremony arch, under which they were married, was decorated by her and a bunch of girlfriends. The cake was made by the mother of the groom, the flowers arranged by Fiona and friends.

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Building Your Audience, Setting Your Rates, Taking Great Still Life Shots & Dealing with Haters: Brand New The Blogcademy Home School Modules!

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While we were together in Europe last month, Gala, Shauna and I decided to film some brand new modules for The Blogcademy Home School. We now have four new modules available for your viewing pleasure; How to Build Your Audience, Setting Your Rates, Still Life 101 and Dealing with Negativity Online.

Each video comes with a downloadable overview, listing everything that’s covered in the lesson, and two activity worksheets to help you apply the teachings to your own blog or business.

Exactly how to built an audience for your blog is something we get asked about at every single in-person workshop. So we though it was only right that we put together a module on this very hot topic! There are so many things you can do to engage readers and make sure your content is reaching the right people, and in this video, you’ll learn all about the techniques that we used when we started our blogs. In fact, we still implement most of them every single day!

Knowing what to charge for your services can be tricky at the best of times, which is why Shauna and I sat down to talk through exactly how to set your rates. We cover this topic from the perspective of both a blogger figuring out how much to charge for sponsored posts, advertising or collaborations, and as a creative using your blog to sell your services.

Shauna is the master of taking the perfect still life photo. In this module she lets you in on all her secrets to nailing that perfect composition every time. Whether you’re a professional photographer wanting to know how to style those crucial detail photos better, or you simply want to take more beautiful Instagrams, this video is for you!

Another thing that we always get asked about is how to deal with negativity, trolls and ‘haters’. We think it’s really sad that the possibility of getting nasty comments or feedback stops a lot of people from sharing their true selves online, which is why we wanted to confront this head on! The three of us openly discuss some of the experiences we’ve had, how we deal with it and share some strategies for you to do the same!

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