Pretty Boho Picnic Wedding in Belgium

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For Roxane and Pierre, a relaxed homespun wedding was perfect. Their small ceremony was held at city hall, and they hosted the reception in the bride’s house. “Pierre and I met in Qatar, where we both work as airline pilots”, the bride began. “Everything happened very fast and after eight months together we decided to move in together. The only problem was that you are not allowed to live together without being married in Qatar so we decided to get married!”

“We organised everything in 6 months”, wrote the bride. “We wanted to do a picnic in a field very close to my house in Belgium, because it’s a place that I love and we both love nature. For that reason, everything had to be simple, especially as we both live so far away. Our priorities were having our families and close friends there, and lots of cheese, wine and champagne!”

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Roxane wore two beautiful lace dresses, both super affordable. Her long sleeved ceremony dress was, unbelievably, from H&M and her reception one was from Lookbook Store. “I wanted a short dress that looked simple”, she said. “I found one in H&M that I liked, but at first it didn’t feel like ‘the one’, and then I found another one on Lookbook Store. I loved both of them and I didn’t know which one to wear so in the end I wore both!”

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Take Charge of Your Blog, Your Business & Your Life with The Blogcademy Online!

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Do you dream about being your own boss, calling the shots, and never being told what to do? Do you want to live and work wherever you please? Are you desperate to be creative, to speak your truth, to find your tribe, to create something meaningful… and to get paid for it?

I did too, and since starting Rock n Roll Bride my life has completely changed. I’ve won awards, been interviewed on television and radio, and been featured in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Grazia. I’ve been profiled by the BBC, flown to Australia on an all-expenses paid trip, and become editor in chief of my own magazine!

It might sound like I struck it extremely lucky, but that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, there have been joyous moments of serendipity (and lots of hard work!) in the past seven years, but the long and short of it is that anyone can do what I’ve done.

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Everyday my inbox is flooded with questions from budding bloggers and entrepreneurs. From not knowing where to start, to wondering how to earn money from their passion, and everything in between. In fact there probably isn’t a small business or blogging question I haven’t been asked!

It’s questions like these that were the catalyst for The Blogcademy in-person workshop. The idea was dreamt up by myself, Gala Darling and Shauna Haider over dinner in Las Vegas in early 2012 (and unbelievably this was the first time we’d all been in the same room together!) Our first class took place in October of that year and since then we’ve taught nearly 1000 people, all around the world, how to use the internet to take their businesses to the next level – and beyond!

However the more classes we did, the more cities we flew to, the quicker it dawned on us… We had to think BIGGER. With an in-person event, there’s just no possible way for us to reach every single person that wanted to attend. Everyday we’d get requests for classes in really small cities, or emails from people who couldn’t commit to two full days away from home. We’d receive desperate messages from people saying they missed the class in their town and would we come back. We physically couldn’t keep up.

This is precisely why we’ve created The Blogcademy Online.

You can now take the full Blogcademy workshop from the comfort of your very own home. The course is broken down into short videos of between 10 minutes and an hour each. You can either watch the whole lot in one weekend, or spread them out and dip in and out when your schedule allows. The course also includes accompanying worksheets, activities and a 300 page transcript of the entire thing!

So what exactly will you learn?

The internet is a crucial tool for building and sustaining a successful business. The fact of the matter is that if you don’t know exactly how to use it your bottom line will suffer. While there is no one-size-fits-all technique that will guarantee your that your idea will flourish, there are some very definite do’s and don’ts.

We’ll give you the essential formatting basics to make sure your blog looks its best, and then we move straight into creating a blogging business plan to help you work out exactly where you want to go. We’ll assist you in discovering your ideal reader, as well as writing a killer about page, and solidly defining your blog’s purpose. We cover everything you need to know to create killer content, discuss the importance of consistency, show you how to use social media for great results, teach you how to network (without feeling like a sleaze!), and give you a big branding rundown. We do a case study of The Blogcademy, answering the question, “How did you teach over 1000 people in just two years?”  We’ll show you how to compose and shoot great still life photographs, teach you all we know about blog advertising, give you the skinny on brand collaborations, show you some business documents you’ll need, discuss diversifying your income — with guest posts, media coverage, digital products, and publishing — and show you how (and where!) to find great images you can use on your blog.

Yes, it’s a lot of information but your purchase will give you life-time access to the course meaning you can watch and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like!

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Two-Day Willie Wonka Festival Wedding

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If you’re sad about the fact that your wedding day will be over in a flash, why not do what Mark and Alex did and have a two-day celebration?! They wanted both parts of their wedding to have their own unique personalities, so day one was a casual fancy dress festival party, and day two had a more glamorous, sparkly theme.

“We held our wedding over the August bank holiday”, began the bride, “with the fancy dress festival day on Saturday and the wedding on the Sunday. We hired Colehayes Park in Dartmoor for the whole week (oh yeah!) and over 25 family and friends stayed with us. We actually continued the celebrations until the following Friday. Greedy aren’t we?!”

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“We always knew that we wanted to drag the wedding celebrations out for as long as possible, so finding a venue where we could stay and party for longer than a day was our pre-requisite in choosing where we were going to get married. Our plan was to always have a festival day and wedding day, we decided to have the festival day first so that all the guests could mingle and were familiar with each other before the wedding. This worked out really well and we had an 12pm curfew so that people were still fresh the next day!”

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“The main thing we wanted was an incredibly relaxed, fun and friendly wedding”, she continued. “We’re not huge fans of serious, formal and traditional weddings as just not our style, and so wanted to go as far from that as we could while still ensuring we were getting legally married.”

“The festival day was an incredible, sunny day. The theme was Willy Wonka which meant that a lot of oompa loompas turned up! Mark went as Willy Wonka in lilac and purple suit, and I went as the golden ticket in a metallic sequin jumpsuit! Our friends made such an amazing effort with one group coming as confectionery – so we had the Milkybar kid, a Fried egg, a Fruit Salad, a Loveheart and Strawberry Shortcake. We had face paints, a lemonade stand where we served chilled cocktails. We also had someone dressed as a Jagermeister bottle, handing out shots of Jager!”

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Intimate and Glamorous Vintage Wedding in Cairns

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Jamie and Mat’s intimate wedding was held by the marina in Carins, a tropical paradise in the north of Queensland. Their ceremony was right by the water, and their reception was held at Salt House restaurant. “We met while I was working at the Cairns night markets airbrushing hats”, began the bride. “I noticed Mat walk into the markets and prayed he didn’t come to my booth as I was covered in paint… but over he came to order some hats. I stumbled through conversation with him, discovering we were both originally from the small rural town. It was definitely lust at first sight! Two weeks later we went on our first date and we haven’t spent a single night apart since! He proposed after just three months and we were married three months later!”

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“Our wedding theme vintage but with a touch of modern”, she continued. ” We had vintage chairs and teacups but also with glass skull centrepieces! Our wedding was small, just 30 guests. We haven’t regretted this decision for a second.”

The bride’s super glam dress and headpiece were by Aussie bridal designer Johanna Johnson. “We had no real budget as such, we just wanted things to be how we wanted them but without spending a fortune. Honestly, there isn’t a thing I’d change now. We had everything we wanted and more. Our main cash splash would have to be my headpiece actually! At $800 I definitely considered leaving it out, but I think our portray why I just couldn’t!”

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Retro, Foodie and Movie Themed Wedding

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Being big foodies, Billy & Laura knew they wanted to serve up an amazing feast at their wedding. But they wanted to do it in their own way, so a Full English Breakfast it was! “Overall we just wanted our wedding to be the best party anyone had ever been to”, wrote the bride. “We wanted great food, music and laughter. We definitely wanted our food to be different as we’d attended 8 or 9 weddings the year before and had (albeit very tasty) the same meal over and over.”

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“One of the reasons we chose Skipbridge as our reception venue was that we could hire our own caterers and we weren’t stuck with a cookie cutter hotel wedding menu. We really wanted a Full English for our wedding breakfast but I found it difficult to find a supplier that would do exactly what we wanted that wouldn’t charge us an extortionate amount. Eventually I contacted House of Hog and he delivered exactly what we wanted for a great price. We had a fruit starter, followed by a buffet of sausages, bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, hash browns, eggs and veggie alternatives. Dessert was a selection of pastries, pancakes and muffins.”

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But What if You’re Disappointed with the Proposal?

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There is a lot of pressure surrounding weddings. Pressure to have the most gorgeous celebration, to spend the most (or least!) money, to DIY up a storm and for everything to be utterly picture perfect. So it doesn’t come as a shock to me that proposal expectations can also be sky-high for the soon to be betrothed.

With viral proposal videos hitting the headlines on an almost daily basis, this is hardly surprising. It can be hard, if not impossible, for us normal folk to feel like we’ll ever measure up!

Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing the stories of the flash mobs, the sky-writing and the treasure hunts. I’m an old romantic after all. But the fact of the matter is that a proposal doesn’t have to go viral for it to be utterly incredible.

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