Thursday Treats: Magazine Planning, Trade Show Hopping & Crown and Glory Finalising!

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Getting ready for the Bridal Buyer awards, wearing one of my favourite pieces from my new collection with Crown and Glory. My dress is Ted Baker.

It’s been a busy seven days! Last Friday Gareth and I hotfooted it down to the Giraffe Media offices in Taunton to start planning the first issue of the brand new magazine with my managing editor, Jade. She is the editor of Wedding Ideas magazine and really knows her stuff, so having her on my team is VERY exciting indeed!

We plotted out the features for the first issue and I came home that night and starting working on them right away. I’m a total nerd, it’s true. But with the first issue currently being planned to launch at the end of October, we really need to get a wriggle on!

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Rainbow prom dresses (which would totally make awesome wedding dresses too!) from Mori Lee

Then, on Monday, Gareth and I hit the road again, this time in the direction of Harrogate for the annual bridal trade show. This is the industry event of the year daaaarling, and the place where all the bridal designers show their latest collections to the press and bridal boutiques.

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House of Mooshki. FIT.

Again, I met up with my brand new Giraffe Media besties and we wondered through the event, scoping out the quirkiest dresses from the new collections. We were on a mission to find those really unique, totally bad ass gems that we can include in the new magazine and believe me when I say we found them in spades! I was pleasantly surprised that so many major designers are starting to realise that not all brides want a big poofy strapless meringues. There were some seriously gorgeous, really different beauties on show. Everyone was also very excited to hear about the new magazine, the buzz was actually quite incredible. EEEK!

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Kelsey Rose bridesmaid dresses… So so soooo pretty!

The rest of this week I’ve been ferociously pulling together magazine content and finalising things for the launch of my brand new collection with Crown and Glory on MONDAY! See, I told you I’ve been bloody busy…

I’ve still managed to steal a few moments here and there for seeing what else has been happening online though. Here are some of the best things that have graced my favourite blogs this week.

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Life Doesn’t Wait For You To ‘Get Thin’. Life Is Happening Right Now.

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Kerry Murray

Dear Kat
So, this cuts pretty close to the bone. I’m off to New York with my husband this Autumn and I was thinking about hiring a photographer for a shoot. I was thinking this earlier in the year, when I was also planning on dropping a couple of stone, and needless to say with a particularly stressful wedding season (I’m a wedding photographer myself) and one thing or another its almost time for the trip and I have not lost a pound.

My husband and I haven’t spoken about the prospect of a shoot for a while, and I’d been thinking I wouldn’t bother. But today I was photographing a slightly larger lady, and looking back at the images I was thinking, she looks so happy and so in love, and what beautiful eyes she has. Then I thought, why can’t I see myself that way in photos, rather than seeing chin/ tummy/ arms?

I know I’ll most likely not like myself in the images, which makes me think it would be a waste of time and money, but at the same time I do want the photos to record me and my husband in the city.

Do you or any of your readers feel the same about themselves in photos, and if so how do you tackle it? Should I just man up and realise I’ll never be a size 10? And, should I have photos or not? You’re in front of the camera a fair amount, any advice on being photographed?

Hey babe, first off… you are beautiful… and just in case you didn’t hear me the first time listen to me again: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

But I hear you, and I feel the same way 99% of the time. I constantly compare myself to my slimmer friends, and often catch myself thinking things like “If only I could lose a stone, I’d feel so much better”.

Deep down I know this isn’t true. That the shape and size of our bodies is no indication to how happy we are, how talented we might be, or how much we’re loved. It doesn’t mean squat, but it is still a constant battle for a lot of us. I’m always having to check myself when these feelings start to creep in. So I completely understand how you feel.

Here’s the thing though, photographs are not about being perfect. They’re about communicating a feeling, and freeze-framing a moment in our lives. It’s so important.

While at my parents’ house a few weeks ago my mum brought out all the old photo albums with photos of us all inside. Looking back and seeing those pictures of our whole family together was amazing. We laughed at my mother’s giant hair, our questionable fashion choices, and the fact that my dad looked about 12 when I was born. My grandparents looked young, happy, and full of life. It was amazing. It didn’t once cross my mind to focus on anybody’s ‘flaws’, I was too busy hearing the stories about trips I don’t remember, and reminiscing about how special those times were.

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Release Your Inner Flapper Girl with Foto Noir Photo Booths and Prangsta Vintage Costumiers

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Hands up if you love a photo booth. Yeah, me too. I can’t pass one by without quickly hopping in, it’s a compulsion! My favourite kind of booths are those genuinely old ones though. The ones where you don’t get a preview before the strips are printed out (the anticipation!) and the prints come out on lovely thick paper, in proper black and white ink.

Unfortunately these booths are unreliable and expensive to run, which is why they’re few and far between. But when I heard about Foto Noir, I paid attention. Although their booth is a free standing digital contraption, the quality of their images reflects that of those rare classic booths. They’re bringing the retro photo booth bang up to date.

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“Foto Noir is a London based booth company providing an elegant wooden photo booth for weddings and other special events”, writes Mark Angus, the man behind the booth. “This alternative take on the traditional photo booth is unobtrusive and open. It is designed to take flattering black and white pictures of you and your guests. Prints are provided on the day and we even include a framed photo display board.”

If this kind of thing floats your boat, then you’re going to love the collaboration they’ve just started up with Prangsta Costumiers. They specialise in collecting, restoring and customising vintage treasures. Are you seeking to release your inner forgotten showgirl? Feel the need to dress up as a burlesque troubadour? Wondering what should you wear to a boho courtesan or belle époque themed hen night? They’ve got you covered!

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DIY Brazilian Wedding: Bia & Kk

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Bia and Kk’s wedding in Brazil was inspired by the weddings they’d seen on this very blog! The couple were adamant that they wouldn’t follow tradition, and that they’d plan the wedding they really wanted.

“In Brazil wedding tend to be very traditional, so we decided to make it DIY and have things to really reflect who we are”, explained the bride. “My hair is turquoise hair, I wore my combat boots, and we bought all the flowers direct from the a supplier at dawn. It was important to us that we showed our personalities. I made my bouquet with old brooches that were my mothers. It was a way for her to be present as unfortunately she past away in 2008.”

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“Rock n Roll Bride inspired us so much. So many of the weddings I saw here were a great source of reference. Even our choice of an American-style ceremony was different from most weddings here. I’d describe our theme as ‘hipster rock vintage! We saved money with almost everything. We did a lot of DIY.”

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Retro Rockabilly Wedding in Australia: Shaun & Rikki

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There were two things that really captured my attention when I first saw Shaun and Rikki’s wedding photos – her amazing pink hair and those incredible custom wedding shoes. They came from Kukla Fashion Designs on Etsy and I just knew instantly that you’d love them just as much as I do.

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“We love heavy metal, tattoos and the rockabilly/ 1950s lifestyle, so when Shaun proposed there was no doubt about the theme”, wrote the bride. “We knew straight away what we wanted to do. We wanted our wedding to be furthest from traditional as possible, so we decided on cocktail style with no flowers. Instead e had guitars, records, lollipops and cupcakes. We wanted people to have fun! There were no planned speeches or formalities, we just wanted to celebrate the night with our friends sharing a drink and dancing the night away.”

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Win a Week’s Worth of Prizes with Flourish & Prosper and a Place at The F&P Wedding Academy!

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One of my favourite things to do is speaking at events. As someone who used to suffer from crippling stage fright (and would avoid public speaking at all costs in school) this has been nothing but a surprise to me, let me tell you! But once you get over the anxiety, it really is super fun!

Which is why I was thrilled when the babes at Flourish and Prosper asked me to be involved their workshop, The Wedding Academy. This is the first business workshop specifically aimed at people in the wedding industry, and I for one can’t wait to attend!

The idea was dreamt up by two wedding industry heavyweights; stylist and editor of the b.loved wedding blog Louise Beukes, and wedding planner Jessie Thomson. Their inaugural one-day workshop is being held on the 1st November at Icetank, in London.

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There will be speakers from all areas of the wedding industry. I’ll be chatting about how you can build a loyal audience of potential clients using your blog and social media, developers Swash and Fold will be discussing SEO, wedding planner Pocketful of Dreams will be covering marketing, and Sweetpea PR are talking about – what else – PR.

Erin from Ward Williams Creative, an expert in accounting for creative businesses, will be showing you simple ways to keep on top of your accounts, while business mentor Jenny Hyde, bridesmaid dress designer Maids to Measure and Emmy Shoes will be sharing business stories, lessons and advice!

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