DIY Camping and Festival Wedding

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Georgia and Mark did everything themselves for their festival inspired August wedding. They budget was just £4000 and the day was held in a field in the Lake District.

“It didn’t feel like there was a theme to the wedding”, the bride explained. “It just reminded me of the parties that my parents have been throwing since I can remember. Our inspiration was to have nice people, having a nice time. Nothing too structured and very chilled out.”

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“Instead of gifts, each guest gave us £20 towards the cost of the field, alcohol and food”, she continued. “We compared it to having a bar and having to pay for a hotel. This helped a lot and we are still very grateful. Our guests set up tents on the afternoon of the wedding then got ready for things to kick off. Everyone camped overnight, even people that have never slept in tents or visited the countryside. There were no strangers involved in the wedding. We knew every single person that was there.”

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Origami Wedding at a Waterfall

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Crystal and Evan’s October wedding took place in Seattle. They had an origami theme and they made it all themselves! “When we lived in our first apartment together in Napa, we hung paper boxes onto Christmas lights that we wanted to leave up for the rest of the year”, the bride began. “We had been making these origami boxes since we were kids, and wanted to represent the meaning of them in our wedding with many things made of paper.”

“We focused all of our attention three weeks prior to work on making paper flower bouquets and boutonnières. We also created origami box lanterns with string lights, altar decorations of paper fans and flowers, and treats as favours.”

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“Our ceremony space was intimate and packed with about 100 guests, all focused toward our paper altar”, she continued. “We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time seeing each other that day. My favourite moment of the whole day was walking down the stairs and seeing my husband-to-be for the first time. It was very surreal for both of us because no amount of imaging that moment compares to the real life energy, love, and happiness that was filled in the air that day. The ceremony itself was very emotional, yet very entertaining because my cousin officiated and she’s really goofy!”

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Alice in Wonderland Wedding on Friday 13th

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House of Mooshki wedding dress, Irregular Choice shoes, and an Alice in Wonderland theme… Yep, I’m pretty sure you’re all going to adore Craig and Alice’s wedding! They were married on Friday 13th November in Northern Ireland.

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The couple met on a Christian dating website, and both being religious, the ceremony was the highlight of the day for them. “Having a religious ceremony was important to us”, they began. “However we didn’t let this stop us from injecting our own brand of quirkiness to it. We didn’t have any seating plan and our vows were much more relaxed. I entered the church to The Luckiest by Ben Folds and we danced out to Kiss Me by New Found Glory.”

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Are Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks Worth the Hype?

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I’m wearing Rio by Anastasia Beverly Hills in these photos

I’m really into watching beauty reviews on YouTube right now. I know, I’m about 5 years late to the party and probably about 10 years older than their average viewer but it’s SO FASCINATING. I did actually momentarily consider filming this post rather than writing it, but then I decided to stick with what I know because being on camera is the cringiest thing ever (I just joined Snapchat and I’m trying to get better at it though, My username is kat_rocknroll if you want to follow me!)

Aaaaanyway… Apart from YouTube, the other thing I am unashamedly obsessed with right now is liquid lipsticks. I swear to God buying them is such a compulsion and I literally can not stop. I really wish they’d been around when I got married too because something with staying power that’s also kiss proof is ideal to wear on your wedding day.

There is always a lot of chat about the best long lasting lipsticks in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group, and as I’ve now amassed quite the collection of brands and colours, I thought I’d put together a little side by side review for you.

I’m rating each brand on overall pros and cons, how long they last, if they come off when you kiss someone (thanks for being the guinea pig Gareth!) how drying they are (1 being the sahara desert, 10 being as moisturising as anything) and the cost.

Lime Crime Velvetines

♥ Loads of colour options.
♥ New colours released all the time.
♥ One of the longest lasting.

♥ Lime Crime don’t have a great reputation.
♥ The swatches online are often quite inaccurate.
♥ You have to order them from the US which can be expensive, especially if you’re stung with customs.
♥ They have a weird kind of a chemically, fake sweet smell.

Lasting power: 9/10
Kiss proof factor: 10/10
Dryness: 8/10
Cost: £14 + £8 shipping + £8 customs. Total: £30 (approx)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick

♥ The wand is super easy to use, flexible and very accurate. It’s definitely the best one of all the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried.
♥ Really, really long lasting.
♥ Creamy consistency.
♥ You can mix these really easily to create your own colours (I use the nudes all the time to lighten up other ones).
♥ Allegedly you can also use them as eye liners, but I haven’t tried that myself.

♥ The most popular colours always seem to be out of stock.
♥ The colour choices that I’d actually wear are a bit limited. I love you Jeffree but I have no desire for white, blue or green lips.
♥ While there are some UK stockist, they never seem to have many colours available.
♥ Shipping/ customs from the US makes these pretty expensive.

Lasting power: 10/10
Kiss proof factor: 10/10
Dryness: 9/10
Cost: £13 + £8 shipping + £8 customs. Total: £29 (approx)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

♥ Shipping from the USA is super fast (within 2 days!)
♥ The colours are super bright and the swatches on their site are very accurate.
♥ They last almost all day with no need to reapply.

♥ There are no UK stockists. You have to order them from the US which is expensive.
♥ Flakes a little after a few hours.

Lasting power: 8/10
Kiss proof factor: 10/10
Dryness: 7/10
Cost: £14 + £13 shipping + £8 customs. Total: £35 (approx)

LASplash Cosmetics Lip Couture

♥ Loads of colour options.

♥ The colour doesn’t go on very evenly. I generally need to apply two coats and then it feels really thick and heavy on my lips.
♥ They flake really badly after wearing for just few hours.
♥ Shipping to the UK is ridiculously expensive.

Lasting power: 2/10
Kiss proof factor: 7/10
Dryness: 8/10
Cost: £10 + £20 shipping + £8 customs. Total: £38 (approx)

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

♥ Available to buy in the UK.
♥ Super bright colours and the online swatches are very accurate.
♥ Lighter weight than a lot of the others.
♥ I love the packaging, very simple but very ‘MAC’.

♥ One of the most expensive ones (but if you’re in the UK, once you’ve paid shipping and customs on the ones from America, they’ll actually work out about £10 cheaper!)
♥ A lot of the colours are sold out right now.
♥ Not as budge-proof as some of the other brands and I had to reapply after I ate. However when it starts to fade it does so evenly, rather than flaking.

Lasting power: 8/10
Kiss proof factor: 9/10
Dryness: 10/10
Cost: £21

There’s no such thing as too many pink lipsticks

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DIY Disney Themed Wedding

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Those eagle eyed amongst you might recognise the bride in this wedding, Kirsty was one of our models for my veil collab with Crown and Glory! When I met her, saw her amazing Disney tattoos and heard all about their Disney themed wedding, I was SO EXCITED. Now the time has finally come for me feature it and I’m pretty sure you’re all going to flip out over it too. The best part is they pulled the wedding off with a budget of just £2,500!

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“Our inspiration was basically all the things we both love, and for me that meant Disney!” she said. “Although I’m the bigger Disney fan of the two of us (I’ve spent the last five years successfully converting him) George was more than happy to let me add all the fairytale touches I wanted. We got engaged at Disneyland Paris so it’s played a special part in our relationship. We both knew from the start that we didn’t want a big wedding and loved the look of more intimate, village hall style weddings so that’s what we went for.”

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: Hiroshima

For most people, only one thing springs to mind when they hear the name ‘Hiroshima’. As the first ever city to suffer a nuclear attack, it has a sad history for sure, but today’s Hiroshima is far from a depressing place.

I had no idea what to expect when we hopped on the 90 minute train from Osaka, but what greeted us was a lively city with some of the friendliest people (and wildlife!) ever. They also have great food (make sure you try Okinomiyaki, a local speciality which is a fried cabbage, egg, meat and noodle dish) and fantastic scenery. We spent 48 hours here at the end of our time in Japan.

Here’s how we filled it:

The Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial

Our first stop was the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of very few structures left standing after the nuclear attack. The iconic ruin is a natural place to start your visit as from here you can walk down the river to the Peace Memorial Park and museum.

This was an emotional morning, especially because we’d both completely fallen in love with Japan and the people who live here. Just the thought of what it must have been like during the aftermath of the bombing is unfathomable.

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