Rainbowtastic Brighton Seafront Wedding: Steph & Harry

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Steph and Harry had a quintessential Brighton wedding. Their ceremony was on the famous Brighton bandstand, they had photographs taken on the iconic seafront and their reception was at the amazing Proud Cabaret.

“Our theme was a little bit mad”, laughed Steph. “We love the peacock colours so that became our colour palette. We were never going to have a traditional wedding in a church or hotel, we wanted something fun and memorable. Our wedding was all about having fun, getting our families together with things that we love such as the sea, fashion, textiles and creativity. We made most of our decorations and favours as well as the bouquets. It was a very hands on wedding and I enjoyed the prep as much as the actual day.”

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“The ceremony venue also made it unique. The bandstand is incredibly beautiful and it’s not everyday you get married on Brighton’s oldest landmark. It’s got such character and is stunning but it was always risky this our wonderful British weather!”

“We chose skulls instead of flowers for the buttonholes, we had a skull cake and our reception at a cabaret bar!” she continued. “We ended up having a sea theme on the tables with the octopus and the lobsters!! The lobsters were a personal joke – for anyone that watched Friends they’ll understand..! Harry was also brought up in Clacton on Sea, and is very much a seaside boy. It was also very appropriate. Our table plan was prints by my favourite tattoo artists, Angelique Hautkamp.”

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Win £1500 Worth of *Diamonds*!

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I mean, really, what else can I say? Diamonds, people, DIAMONDS! Oh yes, the amazing jewellers over at 77 Diamonds want to gift one of you incredibly lucky babes a earring and pendant set worth over £1500!!!

77 Diamonds have one crystal clear aim: to bring simplicity, clarity, choice and value to the process of buying the highest quality diamonds and bespoke jewellery. With unrivalled and direct access to over 70% of the world’s finest stones, they offer delicately crafted, high quality pieces. They take inspiration from all over; from classic vintage styles to bang up to date modern design influences.

With headquarters in the UK and a beautiful showroom in Mayfair London, you can order from them online, or go and see the pieces in person before you buy.

OK, OK, so I know you really just want to hear about that amazing prize! Here we go then:

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Budget Friendly Tattooed Tea Party Wedding at The Dome Cinema: Jess & Jordan

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One of the questions people always ask me when we meet is, “don’t you ever get bored of writing about weddings?” And I always say, with the utmost honestly, that if they saw all the amazing weddings I get to look at on a daily basis they, like me, would never get bored!

When wedding photographer Lisa Jane showed me just one sneak peek from Jess and Jordan’s Brighton wedding I got excited. I just knew that a couple as cool as these two would have had an amazing wedding – and I was right! This is what Rock n Roll weddings are all about!

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The day was held at The Dome Cinema in Worthing. West Sussex and this was a budget wedding to beat all budget weddings! The bride’s dress was from Modcloth, the bridesmaid’s dresses were from New Look and TX Maxx and everything for the reception – the cake (made by a friend), the stationery and the décor – were DIY. The groom wore clothes that he either already owned or that he found in vintage shops and they forgoed flowers completely. They spent less than £3000 in total.

“We met while in past relationships”, began Jess. “Hardships ensued and we found ourselves leaning on each other. We needed each other and became inseparable. My mum always says we were lost souls that finally found each other. Three years on we have a gorgeous daughter and we’ve never been stronger.”

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How To Stop Worrying About Your Wedding

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Whether it’s something big like stressing that your divorced parents will have an blazing mid-ceremony row, or as trivial as worrying that your flowers won’t match your perfectly planned colour scheme, having a mild pre-wedding freak out is completely normal.

Here’s the thing about worrying though: it’s completely pointless. All that negative energy only serves to emotionally drain you and distract you from more important things. Things like actually taking action and making choices. Worrying also sucks away your motivation to get things done because you’re constantly guessing and second guessing every possible outcome.

So just how do you kick that worry to the curb and tell it that it’s not invited to your wedding?

Realise that worrying is futile

However logical you might think your negative thoughts might be, they are completely unnecessary. It is also well within your power to change your attitude to them. You gain nothing by worrying, and in actual fact, by allowing those thought into your head you’re only adding to the problem because you’re giving them increasing weight. Don’t make decisions based on concern about something that may or may not even happen.

Think positive

If your anguish is over something more serious, like maybe a family member has health issues, then the best thing you can do is change your mindset and focus on sending out positive vibes instead.

You can’t help anyone by dwelling in the negative. If you’re finding it impossible then take a moment to acknowledge your concern, realise that it is valid, but then focus on the potential positive outcome, not the negative one. As I said before, you’re only hurting your own peace of mind by always assuming the worst.

Let the professionals do their jobs

If you have wedding suppliers that you trust implicitly then you’ll have no need to worry that your dress will turn out awful, your photos will be pants or your venue will cancel on you. This all comes down to research. Ask married friends and family who had great experiences, scour wedding blogs and magazines for vendor credits and have meetings with the people you want to book to make sure you’re on the same page. If you have a team behind you that you know are awesome, they’ll be no need to stress about something going wrong on the day.

Delegate!

You can not do everything yourself. I guarantee that most of your friends and family will be thrilled to help you on your big day too. Instead of stressing yourself out that you’ll never stitch those 300 metres of bunting on time, delegate it! Ask people to help you. It will make the whole process a million times less worrisome.

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Handmade and Homespun Colourful Camp Wedding: Ben & Roo

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Ben and Roo wanted their big day to feel like ‘them’. So they enlisted the help of friends and family to hand craft the wedding of their dreams! “Our theme was ‘nature meets colorful meets elegant meets comfortable!” began the bride. “I was a circus performer for ten years and Ben has been a rigger for his whole professional life. Our friends are eclectic and multi-skilled and they all pitched in. It made a blank slate of a venue become a colorful tapestry of strings of circus lights, people on stilts, colorful guests, chandeliers hanging from trees and an amazing electro-swing dance party!”

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“It was ALL DIY”, she continued. “We had a small team that helped make our visions a reality. We made close to 50 pennants, shopping for the fabric, cutting it and gluing each triangle to rope. We also sourced recycled wood and hand painted all the signs. My mother, Chris, planned all the flower arrangements and lead a team in cutting and arranging thousands of flowers around the expansive venue grounds. Even our Save the Date cards were designed by a friend and laser cut for free due to a friendly favor.”

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Detoxing: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

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If you’d asked me three years ago to do any kind of detox programme, I can tell you with 100% certainty that I would have screamed back “Oh hell no!” But since turning 30 and spending a large proportion of my time in America (where there is a juice bar on nearly every corner!) the way my body feels on a daily basis has been on the forefront of my mind.

However, let’s keep it real: alongside all those deliciously healthy juices, The Land Of The Free has streets lined with cheese, sugar and enough refined carbs to make even the most iron-stomached person winch in pain. Staying on-track and remaining healthy when you travel so much is bloody tough.

A little disclaimer before we begin: I know this is a sensitive subject for a lot of you. I’m right there with you. I am also massively opposed to any of the excess pressure and almost bullying tactics that so many wedding media outlets put on brides-to-be. I detest the idea of a company praying on the insecurities we have about or bodies (of which, let’s be honest, there are many!) to make money. Period.

There’s a fine balance between succumbing to the pre-wedding weightloss bullshit, and just really wanting to look your very best on your big day. If you want to lose a few pounds then awesome, a milestone like a wedding can be a great motivator to get you back on track to good health. What it shouldn’t provide though, is excess pressure surrounding how you’re supposed to look, act or feel. Pushing yourself to reach unattainable and unrealistic ideals is NOT what Rock n Roll Bride is about.

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However, giving your body a clean out and a kick start towards a healthier lifestyle is something to be encouraged. And although I would never, ever promote anything that pressurised brides (or any woman for that matter) to change their body for anyone else but themselves, if you do want to feel in tip top physical shape, then giving yourself a helping hand with short term detox programme before embarking on a more healthy way of life is a great place to begin.

Although I eat reasonably well on a day to day basis, when I’m travelling it’s really difficult to make healthy choices. I also know I drink too much – wine is my Achilles heel! I can give or take pretty much any sweet treat you might put in front of me, but offer me an ice cold glass of Pinot and it’s nearly impossible for me to resist.

Anyway, after a few weeks of gorging myself on pizza, bread and convenience foods in Canada last month, I was feeling awful. My energy was low, I was feelings sluggish and heavy and my skin was hating me! When I got home I felt like I really needed a health injection and so I signed up for Kaeng Raeng’s three-day natural detox cleanse immediately. Detox programmes seem to be the thing to do at the moment (green juice anyone?) so I thought I might as well give one a bash.

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