Intimate Lakeside Vow Renewal: Hannah & James

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Hannah, a wedding photographer, and her husband James decided while on holiday in 2013 that they wanted to renew their vows. They decided to do it in France in July this year. They only brought their two children with them as witnesses, but having a great photographer was also really important to them. They booked  Jordanna Marston to go out with them from the UK. The ceremony took place on the banks of Biscarrosse Lac.

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“We had talked about renewing our vows when we were on holiday in Slovakia in 2013″, began Hannah. “It was such a beautiful place, we were sat by a stunning lake surrounded by mountains, I knew then that I wanted to do our vows by the water somewhere gorgeous! We didn’t want a massive fuss or a party, it was more about us and how we felt about each other and of course our kids. I had a client tell me last year she was having a handfasting ceremony, so after looking it up I thought it was a lovely symbolism and we had Jake and Erin tie ribbons around mine and James’ hands.”

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The Blogcademy 2015

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If you’ve been wondering when The Blogcademy‘s 2015 dates were going to be announced, then wonder no longer because I’m pleased as punch to be able to spill the beans today!

To find out more about the class, including what topics we’ll be covering, how much the classes cost, payment options, and answers to your most commonly asked questions, head to The Blogcademy FAQ page. If you still have queries after reading all that, feel free to drop us an email.

 

The Dates

So here’s where Team Blogcademy is jetting off to next year. To book into any of these classes simply visit our Shop page! 

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A DIY Whovian Wedding: Lua & Pedro

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Being huge Doctor Who fans, Lua and Pedro knew as soon as they were engaged what their wedding theme would be. The celebration was held at Solar das Palmeiras in Rio de Janeiro.”

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“As we are both geeks and great fans of TV shows, we thought our wedding couldn’t be a regular wedding”, began the bride. “We had to choose something that would look like us. We chose the British TV show Doctor Who for our inspiration. With the help of Pinterest, we collected ideas of how to make our special night even more special. I tried to spend as much time as I could making props and decoration items we could use, and the result was awesome. People at the wedding couldn’t really tell it was a themed wedding, but everybody agreed it looked just like us. They said they felt as if they were celebrating at our own house.

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A Rock n Roll Blogiversary & Five Little Lessons for Aspiring Bloggers

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I don’t remember the exact date I started blogging. My first site got deleted in a moment of technical clumsiness sometime late in 2008, so my earliest posts are no longer on the internet. I’m actually rather pleased that my initial foray into writing about weddings is gone forever though because, man, that shit was embarrassingly bad! I do know that it was sometime during October 2007 that I registered my domain, which makes Rock n Roll Bride SEVEN years old this month and a relative dinosaur in the wedding blogging world!

While looking back is hilarious and mortifying in equal measure, it’s also a wonderful time capsule and a reminder of how far I’ve come. The (lack of) writing skill, the questionable photo choices, the terrible formatting and attempts at ‘branding’. But it’s all part of what got me to where I am today. Not having a clue, bumbling through, excitedly posting things at all hours of the day and night because I was just so damn enthusiastic about weddings!

While condensing everything I’ve discovered about blogging into one article would be impossible, here are five little lessons that I hope will inspire aspiring bloggers.

1. You have to be yourself

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken”. That overly quoted line by Oscar Wilde is a cliché for a reason. As with everything in life, you have to be yourself when it comes to blogging. Forget about trying to be the next whoever, be loud and proud and focus on being you!

People will love you for it. OK so some people might not, but screw them! Trying to be something you’re not is bloody exhausting, it’s much more fun to be unashamedly weird. Plus, the people who think like you do will powerfully connect with your blog because it speaks to them specifically. It’s much easier to write about things you genuinely like, and for people that feel the same way you do. Never try to be all things to all people, its a recipe for disaster.

2. Focus on your readers

Last week I was named Best Alternative Wedding Blog at the Wedding Blog Awards in London. In my unrehearsed, champagne-fuelled speech, I thanked the industry for embracing me, but most of all I wanted to have a massive gush about my readers. “Without them”, I said, “I’d be working in McDonalds”.

Without readers you don’t have a blog at all, so they should be your top priority. When you start to write something, always ask yourself if your readers will get something out of it. Is it helpful or entertaining (preferably both), or is it just something that’s promoting you?

If your content helps people they won’t be able to stop themselves coming back for more.

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A Corpse Bride Wedding: Steph & Lee

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With Halloween just a few weeks away, what could be a better wedding to share with you than Steph and Lee’s epic Corpse Bride inspired day!? You are going to LOVE this one!

They were married in Birmingham, with their ceremony at St Johns church and their reception at Hamstead Social Club. The church setting also offered the most perfect place for their spooky couple portraits – a graveyard!

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“Lee proposed in the pub where I work!” began the bride. “It was our first valentine’s day and we had been out for a posh meal and thought we’d pop in the pub for a few pints to end the night. When we got there, there was a duet singing, so after some dutch courage, Lee wandered over to the singers, snatched a mic (whilst they were mid song) drops to one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes! That was six years ago and now we have our two daughters together. We have four gorgeous kids between us!”

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The Wedding Garter: Outdated Tradition or Sexy Addition to Your Wedding Day Look?

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Garters first came into fashion in the 1930s. Traditionally they were used to hold up stockings, and later as sneaky places for women to hide untoward things (like flasks of whiskey!) or small valuables, instead of carrying a purse. These days it’s more of an obscure wedding tradition, the removal and tossing of which allegedly symbolises the deflowering of the bride. Others prefer to believe in the superstition that taking a piece of the bride’s clothing will bring good luck.

Whatever your opinion on the polarising ‘garter toss’, wearing something beautiful, silky and a little bit sexy under your wedding dress is something that I love the idea of. While I had no clue why I should be wearing one myself (the thought to research said tradition obviously never occurred to me!) I wore a black silk one with a massive bow on it for my own wedding, ooh la la! Needless to say, Gareth approved.

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