Take the leap and the net will appear” is a phrase that’s been going around and around my head over the past few weeks. If I’m being honest, it’s been quite the roller coaster but I am so stupendously excited to finally be able to share what’s been occupying my mind 24/7!
We’re having a baby… haha only kidding, sorry! But we are having a ROCK N ROLL BRIDE BABY because we are becoming our own magazine publishing company!! The response to the first three issues of Rock n Roll Bride magazine has been phenomenal. We’ve been sold-out, and out-sold much more established bridal titles – I was blown away when we were told our little magazine was the fastest selling new publication the distributors have ever worked with. Rare copies of issue 1 have already been selling for over three times the cover price on places like eBay – and there’s even a dedicated hashtag in our Facebook group to help brides track down the remaining copies in the wild! Like I say, it’s phenomenal.
Those first three issues were produced under the invaluable guidance of the guys and girls at Giraffe Media. While working with them we learnt what it takes to consistently produce a top quality magazine and get it to market. We’re grateful for their stewardship, but from issue 4 we will be bringing all the production back under the Rock n Roll Bride umbrella. In other words, we’re doing the whole thing ourselves!
My babe Shauna of Branch is back on board doing all the design (yesssss!!) and Gareth is behind the scenes, dealing with print, distribution, legal and other fun ‘business stuff’. I’m obviously still doing all the editorial, and for now at least, dealing with the ad sales too.
So what does this mean for you? Well, the slightly bad news is that all this means there will be a delay on the next issue while we’re re-signing contracts and getting things organised at Rock n Roll Bride HQ. Issue 4 is now confirmed to hit the UK newsstands on Thursday September 3rd. I wish we could have made this transition more seamless for you guys, but I’m a firm believer that anything worth doing is worth doing properly.
If you have an outstanding subscription via Giraffe Media, don’t worry – we’ll be in touch with you really soon. But feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your subscription details and we’ll make sure you’re on our list!
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with plastic willies, L plates and strippers… in actual fact I’ve been to many hilariously awesome hen dos just like this and had an utter ball. But if you want to do something that’s more muddy than smutty, how about heading to a festival with your best girls!?
Set within the stunning Cotswolds landscape, Lakefest, and it’s eclectic atmosphere, is the ultimate hen do idea for music and festival lovers. Taking place from from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August 2015, already confirmed acts include Ash, Embrace, The Magic Numbers and Billy Bragg (with more to be announced soon!)
And if roughing it isn’t your bag, they also offer a wide choice of accommodation options. If you want to sleep under the stars then their well-equipped and scenic camping sites are top notch, or for those of you who prefer a more luxurious experience, their glamping options (including cabins, chalets, tipis and even a pod village for those that really want to live it up) are totally the way forwards!
Want to get a feel of how the festival goes down? Be sure to check out this video from last year!
Timo and Kriss were officially married on March 18th. They had an intimate ceremony, just a few of them, and then a bigger Cinco De Mayo inspired reception a couple of days later. The bride wore an amazingly colourful skirt made for her by a friend.
“I am allergic to anything white”, said the bride, “white plates, white cups…drives me insane. I live in colour and am surrounded by colour so we wanted our wedding gold and bright pink! I spray painted vases with gold glitter and ordered the biggest bunch of pink carnations from my favourite florist. I decided to make carnations cool again.”
“There was no other way than going with the Cinco de Mayo vibe. In November 2014 we both ran a race in Chile, and as soon as we got there and had dinner in a small café with plastic table cloths, mismatched cutlery and plastic flowers, I knew this was how I wanted our wedding one day!”
Well this is something new (well, actually very old!) – a groom in a suit of armour! As soon as I saw this wedding, I had to know more about it. Leen and Liron were married in March in Israel.
“The inspiration to the wedding was medieval times and fantasy literature”, explained the bride. “We also both LARP (live action role play) so a wedding full of magical characters in medieval style was a natural choice for us. We chose a venue that beautifully suited the theme and we chose the night of the Jewish holiday, Purim, to celebrate the wedding because it’s a masquerade holiday – and we knew people would enjoy dressing up! We asked the guests to dress in theme, and had some props for the ones who didn’t (we were so thrilled and our guests were beautiful).”
“Our wedding ceremony was officiated by my best friend”, she continued. “He was dressed as Lord Petyr Baelish, and wrote the whole ceremony by himself. We had a traditional vow exchange, and then a handfasting ceremony.”
I thought I’d quickly fill you in on what I have planned for the next few weeks. It’s going to be MENTAL.
First up, its the Blogcademy workshop this weekend (13th and 14th June) in London! I can’t wait because the UK workshops are always so fun and colourful. This time around we have the amazing babes at Bespoke Bride decorating the space and Anges de Sucre providing us with delicious treats. Her flavoured marshmallows are heaven in sugar form so believe me when I say it’s going to be an amazing class!
The workshop is technically full, but if you’d like to come along, I’m pretty sure we can make an exception squeeze you in. Have a read of our syllabus over on The Blogcademy website and feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions. Remember, this is the only European live date we are doing until at least this time next year, so book in now or forever hold your peace!
Then, after the class Gala, Shauna and I are going on a whistle-stop trip to Marrakesh, Rome, Florence and Venice. It’s going to be busy but so amazing, and I can’t wait!!! Have you been to any of those places? We have just have a couple of days in each city, so I’d love if you could let me know any must-sees and dos! Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you want to join in with my travel adventures.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. I have some seriously exciting news to share with you on Monday. It’s taken a while to get things organised enough to be able to finally reveal what’s been going on, BUT IT IS BIG. Be sure to pop by the blog first thing on 15th because you won’t want to miss it!
Oh, before I forget, have you joined the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group yet!? There’s over 2500 people in there and it’s so awesome. The girls and guys in there really are incredible. They’ve all be helping each other plan their weddings and it makes me feel all warm and glowy inside. You need to come and join the party!
Claire and Joe always wanted to have a fun and stress-free wedding. So when Claire found out that Joe was going to visit one of his favourite ever places, she decided this was the perfect time for them to elope. The real twist is that Joe had absolutely no idea!
“When I knew Joe would be in California on business and he’d be working at his favourite race track, I decided it would be fun to just do something totally unique and fun”, explained Claire. “We had no parents, friends or family members trying to tell us what to do because they don’t even know we were getting married!”
“Although Joe knew we’d be getting married at some point soon (because we needed to get a marriage license) he had no idea he was actually going to get married at the racetrack and on THAT day. I’d secretly been planning the pop-up wedding for three months!”
The day was a bit chaotic and overall just a really great time”, she continued. ” Watching Joe walk towards me super happy and in complete disbelief was the most amazing moment. He totally did not see it coming.”