Photography: Katherina Andreeva
Probably one of the biggest – and toughest – lessons I’ve learnt through running my own business is that things are never as straight forward as you think they’ll be. Last week, after returning from a fortnight away from the office, I was met with the news that there was a complication (which was our fault) with the printing of the magazine. It was looking like we’d have to redesign a whole section, rearrange a bunch of stuff and then resubmit the whole document for proofing and printing again. This was not only looking to be a pretty costly mistake but one that was going to delay the release date of the mag by at least a month.
I’m not gonna lie, I flipped out. I wasn’t angry with anyone, more frustrated that this had happened. I’m meticulous to a fault when it comes to keeping things on track and everyone organised so I was annoyed with myself that I’d let something so simple but crucial slip through the net.
After fighting off the tears and thumping the floor for a while, Gareth, Shauna and I were able to work through a solution that was not only much less labour (and cost!) intensive than we initially thought it might be, but one that was actually going to make the magazine much better. Plus it was only going to delay printing by a couple of days!
I’d also already sneak peeked the cover on Instagram!
Goodness! Who would have thought that launching a magazine to compliment this little blog of mine would have been such a runaway success? Ever since we published issue 2 of this yearly magazine, waaaaay back in August last year, the orders have been coming in daily. Gareth, who packs and ships every single one by hand, has been a busy bee for sure, and a regular fixture at our local Post Office! He’s obviously been doing his job pretty damn well too, because he told me this week that issue two is now officially sold out. Whoa.
However if you missed out and you’re now kicking yourself for it, don’t fret because we have a small batch of seconds (mags that aren’t 100% perfect) which we’d like to offer to you, with a massive third slashed off the original price. The imperfections are minimal, nothing more than a few lines of smudged text on the last page, but we were not prepared to ship them in less-than-perfect condition at full price. So, rather than wastefully destroying these slightly flawed magazines we agreed a massive price-cut is the best option for everbody concerned!
I’m sure most of you will already know this, but last Summer we published issue two of our print magazine. Since then, and every day with out fail, my poor suffering Gareth has been packing and shipping each copy that’s been ordered – by hand. There’s no fancy behind the scenes action in our operation believe you me. He’s become quite the regular feature in our local post office. I wonder if they take bets about what he’s sending out in those shiny pink envelopes with such regularity.
Other blogs may do online magazines, but we go at it proper old skool style. Sure, it’s more work (and a lot more expensive to produce) but even in this hyper-digital age, there’s something so special about getting a crisp print edition through your letterbox.
It’s been such an exciting week, not least of all because the photos of you lot with your Rock n Roll Bride magazines have been coming in thick and fast! I know not everyone will have got their’s yet (we’re packing and shipping every single one ourselves – eeek – we are getting through the orders as fast as we can) but my inbox and twitter stream have been awash with Rock n Roll awesomeness all week! Keep your photos coming in, I’ll share some more of them over the coming weeks. Here are some of my favourites from the last 7 days…
PS. If you haven’t nabbed your copy yet, you can still grab one!
It’s here! It’s finally here! To say creating issue 2 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine has been a labour of love would be an understatement of epic proportions. When Gareth & I made the decision late last year to create a second edition of the magazine after the unanticipated appreciation over issue 1 (which was initially conceived to just be a free handout at a wedding show), not in a million years did we think it would take so long… and take so much out of us. Dear God, I have a new found respect for everyone who works in the print industry. I won’t bore you with the trials and tribulations we’ve had along the way, but rest assured that magazines are hard work. But when 50-odd boxes of something we created were delivered to our house on Friday, it all suddenly felt worth it. I have never been so proud!
The result is six months worth of blood, sweat and many, many tears. I’m not gonna lie, there were moments when I just wanted to throw in the towel and there were moments I thought we’d never get here. Words can’t describe the debt of gratitude I owe my long suffering graphic designer, Nubby Twiglet, who took my words and ideas and crafted them into something so beautiful. And to Gareth who negotiated his way through print orders, proof sheets and proof reading over and over and over. He’s also chief magazine packer and shipper – ie vital to this operation!
So you’re probably sick of hearing about The Designer Vintage Bridal Show (I have banged on about it somewhat) but I’ve just received the official show photographs from my bestie Emma Case and I wanted to share them soon as… I know some of you will want to see my tutu at least!
You’ve read all about the Rock n Roll Bride Magazine that we were handing out, but I thought you might like to see our stand too…cute huh?
(and no I’m not just talking about my husband…although he totally is)
All the love and adoration must go to Gareth who organised most of it, Ava Event Styling who helped me source my ‘props’, Sugalily for the little price tags and the incredible Cutture who made our logo into a beautiful perspex creation. I love it!
Photo by Cutture
As promised, I wore a massive tutu all weekend. You could always spot me coming! Thanks to the AMAZING Monique of Ouma Cothing who made it for me. It was perfect.