It doesn’t get tired seeing your name in real-life print! I am loving writing my monthly article for Photo Pro Magazine and being able to share some of my favourite photographers with the world. This month I not only shared a magazine with Katie Price who is on the front cover (she’s a big deal here in the UK – unfortunately!) but I was able to write about the amazing MangoRED. Long term readers of Rock n Roll Bride will know how fanatical I am about Ryan & Randall’s work. I love them! Ok…so, without further ado let’s get on with this show… Continue reading
Happieeee New Year!
As you nurse your sore heads I have some very exciting news to share…and what a fantastic end to 2009/start to 2010 it is. I have been featured in what is undoubtedly the best bridal magazine in the UK – Cosmopolitan Bride! Oh the excitement. I hope you Enjoy my tidbits of advice and words of wisdom all about how to plan the perfect Rock n Roll wedding. I just have to say a huge ass thank you to Gemma & Miranda at the magazine for asking me to take part and to every single reader of my little blog for believing in me because after all without you coming here to read my incessant ramblings none of this would be possible. You are all literally making my dreams come true.
So go get a strong coffee, a diet coke, a litre of water and a fry up (or whatever so need to sort your post NYE hangover out) and have a little delve into my wedding obsessed mind.
Wedding Wisdom – The Blogger
Kat Williams, 25, from Reading, started Rock n Roll Bride (rocknrollbride.com) as an online mood board of ideas for her wedding on 12 April 2008. Since then, what she describes as her mix of “quirky real-life weddings and cool photography” has rocked the wedding scene, attracting more than 60,000 visitors a month and 2000 followers on Twitter. Thanks to her experience as a bride, and seeing at least 20 wedding albums a day, Kat empowers bride to say “I do” in a so-you way.
I didn’t realise you could do things differently
When I started planning my wedding I thought you had to do the church-then-a-nice-hotel-reception thing. If I did it again I’d keep the church, as this means a lot to us, but I’d go less formal and more personal. I’ve had pink hair since I was 16 – I had pink hair when I met my husband and it was pink when we got engaged, but I went brown for the wedding to keep people happy. Looking back, I wish I’d kept it pink, because it’s pink again now and probably will be for the new few years. Brides often tell me: “I thought my ideas were weird, but now I’ve seen weddings that do things differently, it makes me feel more comfortable about having what I want.”
If a supplier doesn’t get your vision, DIY
I asked my florist for pale vintage colours. The reality? Bright Purple. It didn’t matter on the day, as I was so excited about getting married, but looking back I think, “Urgh, they’re not what I wanted,” and I wish we’d done them ourselves. Consider sourcing your own wine, too – it’s often cheaper to buy it and pay corkage, plus you get nicer stuff – and bringing in caterers if the hotel food isn’t great. It’s extra work, but so worth it.
It’s who you’re marrying – not where – that matters
When the venue cancelled three months before our day, I just thought “I want to marry Gareth. If we get married in our parents’ garden it really doesn’t matter.” After phoning lots of places, we found an amazing venue that was available, but twice the price. So my Dad (who can be scary!) rang the old venue and made them pay the difference as compensation, so we got a much better place for the same price.
Horrible bridesmaid dresses are a crime against humanity
No one should be forced into an ill-fitting frock. Our bridesmaids chose their own nice LBDs and shoes - but often it’s the boys who let the side down. The bride spends hours (days, even) choosing a dress she feels gorgeous in, while the groom wears a hired morning suit. Get him to wear what he wants to wear, not what he thinks he should. Gareth wore a sharp custom made suit and skinny tie costing £450 and looked fab, plus he got to keep it.
Bring a Rock n Roll Bride isn’t about rock and roll
She’s someone who doesn’t conform to what other people expect of her. So if you’re really into punk rock and tattoos or deep-sea diving, then put that into your day. A wedding’s not about being cool or copying someone else 0 it’s about doing what’s right for you.
What’s new for ‘I do’? – Turn your back on tradition with 2010’s so-now W-day crazes
1. Outdoor ceremomies
2. Photo booths
3. Cupcakes (still!)
5. Personal details
6. Centrepieces instead of flowers
7. No receiving line
8. Chalkboard signs
9. Bright shoes with a white dress
10. Engagement photo shoots
11. Grooms in Converse trainers
12. Short dresses worn with birdcage veils
13. Mismatched bridesmaid dresses
14. Dogs at weddings
15. Fake moustaches for fun photos
Credit: The Rockstar Diaries
With Christmas literally hours away (eeek) you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d be winding down for the year and blog land would slowly have become a lonely little place. Naaahh my darlings! I have found a bumper number of awesomeness to share with you, to round off your pre-Crimbo week with a BANG. This may actually be the biggest Thursday Treat ever. I’ll be talking a few days off for Christmas but will be back early next week as usual. The posts may come a bit for sparsely but I will certainly be here. I hope you enjoy perusing these little gems and I’ll see you on the other side. Happiieee Chrrrismas…
♥ I might have to start this Thursday Treats with a bit of a brag. Over the last 7 days I have had not one, not two but three aaamazing write ups on blogs I love, admire and regularly lust over. Go check out Underneath the Petticoat, Clarabow’s Blog and (squeeeel) Gala Darling’s iCiNG blog. I friggin’ love blog land!
♥ Jane Taylor Millinery creates bespoke vintage style head wear in South West London. Her head wear has been features in Cosmopolitan Bride, You & Your Wedding, Harpers Bazaar, Tatler, Glamour, Asiana Magazine, Vogue and many many more! Check out these beautiful pieces and you’ll see why….
♥ My Mummy & Daddy have bought me a Fuji Instax mini 7 for Christmas. This is what I’m going to do with all the shots I take.
♥ Speaking of the Instax – the photos make great props for engagement shoots!
♥ Classic and elegant with a nice bit of quirk
♥ PS I love you. Adorable wall decor
♥ Love Hey Lola is rocking my Christmas spirit right now. I am so in love with this ‘Edie’ necklace. I want! All tangled and twisted with vintage tones and accents…would be a perfect present.
♥ Flashdance Xmas mix. Hello awesome
♥ Walking in a winter wonderland - wonderful UK wedding in the SNOW!
♥ Lolcats rules my world! Heheheeee….happieeee criiizzmaaas
Credit: via .la douleur exquise. (photographer unknown)
Nom nom nom…yum yum yum…and all that. I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to. Savour and enjoy
♥ ‘Love pops up’ in this cute Vegas-style temporary chapel
♥ Blogging: A Community or a Business?
♥ Beards are Epic
♥ She’s so damn inspirational it hurts
♥ Two beautiful brides and two beeeautiful dresses!
♥ Genuine vintage wedding finds
♥ Mel of Milena Organic Hair Studios in Newtown Australia specializes in amazing retro, pin up, rockabilly, rock n roll and generally amazing hair styling! She is offering one lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader a $100 voucher at her uber cool salon. Go check out her website then just drop her an email mentioning Rock n Roll Bride for your chance to snag it!
♥ The lovely lovely Abbey of Sugalily sent me a little gift of love in the post this week! It’s a custom ‘Kat’ necklace from her new range of ‘Tattoo my Heart’ stationary which is launching soon. How cute! I am so excited to have a sneak peak. Thank you Abbey!
Woohoo! It’s my favourite time of the month again…Photo Pro time! I’m still not over the fact that I get to be in a real life magazine. Excitement overload. This month I got to write about one of my favourite types of photography and one of the first photographers I became blogging friends with – Tara Kneiser and the joy that is Holga!
Woooooooo my favourite time of the week – it’s Thursday Treats time (cue cheesy big band fanfare). I’m getting straight into this bad boy…
♥ OK this is exciting. I just received and email from none other than Jimmy Choo to tell me about their new contest where you could win an amazing Jimmy Choo experience PLUS lots of lovely shoes and handbags all in the name of charity!
♥ Modern. Funky. Fabulous
♥ I’m a fan of these dresses – especially the beautiful tulle creation
♥ Crazy about this cake topper – gothic Hello Kitty!
♥ Californian campfire wedding
♥ Darkness and black magic
♥ Vintage swooning
♥ A finishing touch
♥ All brides can now be bloggers
♥ Vow renewal - yay or neigh?
♥ Big WHOA required for this uber glam purple dress!
♥ Awesome shoes and massive feathered earrings!
♥ Baby pink and blue - I have more shoe love right here
♥ Fabulous red and blue details
♥ Creative backdrop ideas
♥ Yellow pages flowers?
♥ A classic vintage wedding. I swoon.
♥ More vintage glam! A love shoot to die for
♥ With it’s wide purple sash and high neckline, this dress has an almost kimono feel. Loves it.
Check out Claire & Tim’s amazing amazing zoo wedding on Polkadot Bride. love that dress and love the ice cream truck!
♥ My friend Rhiannon who makes beautiful wedding stationary and general wedding flippery (and who designed the goorrrgeous header for my site) was featured in Company magazine this month. Woop woop you go girl! Edit: her site is currently under construction but I will be sure to let you know when it’s all up and gorgeous for you to visit it.
♥ Rockstar Diaries writer and general internet celebrity Taza (aka Naomi) has fiiinally put some more of her beautiful headband creations up for sale. Snap them up while you still can! EDIT: ok so it would appear these all actually sold out before I was even able to get the post up! But I still had to include it – stand by for more headbands in the shop soon (we all hope!)
♥ Talking of internet celebrities – blog land favourite Max Wanger has done it again with this fabulous engagement shoot.
♥ CNNgo article by the fabulous La Carmina called My Big Fat Asian Wedding – check out the wacky wonderfulness!
♥ So we’re all either married or planning to be getting married right? Well that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t lust over a few hot indie boys (apologies to my male readers for this one!)
♥ Sugarlily and Pretty Lovely are giving away some gorgeous custom stationary. I want!
♥ If you have approximately 2 seconds, please head over to Bride Tide and vote you ass off for Rock n Roll Bride as best wedding blog. I’ll love you forever. Promise.
♥ Our video stars this week are…
♥ It’s shout out city up in here…
♥ For those of you who don’t follow me on facebook or twitter, I was featured in Cosmopolitan Bride magazine this month! I didn’t know Miranda the lovely Editor was planning on mentioning me so I got way too over excited to see myself in there! To celebrate this quite frankly amazing issue – the best I’ve ever seen from them – and with the magazine’s consent, I’ll be scanning and sharing some of my favourite pages from the mag sometime over the weekend so that all of my lovely American readers can see what they’re missing out on! Thanks again to Miranda and her fabulous team!
♥ Aaand Woo! the Maggie Sottero website used a photo and bio of me in my dress! I submitted it thinking it may be a bit too ‘out-there’ for them but seems I doubted them wrongly – Maggie you rock!
Photo Credit: Segerius Bruce Photography