If someone had told me in October 2007 that the blog I had just started to share my ideas for my wedding would not only one day become the full time career of both me and (soon-to-be) husband, but would also be one of the most widely read wedding blogs in the world and would spawn a print magazine sold in stores up and down the country… well I would have told you to stop making up such nonsense! Even writing all that now, it feels totally crazy, like a dream.
I can’t believe I’ve been sharing on this space for nine years, how is that even possible?! Other than my relationship with Gareth I don’t think I’ve ever stuck at anything for so long!!
While the blogging industry has certainly changed a lot in that time, and many people might now lament that ‘blogging is dead!’ (I beg to differ) I don’t have plans to quit anytime soon. I can hand-on-my-heart say that every single exciting opportunity or friendship I’ve formed over the past almost-decade is because of this blog. I still love updating it every day and probably will until someone pries it from my cold dead hands!
The internet is changing fast (nothing new there) but I still feel there is a big place for blogs. Although I don’t read as many as I used to, and YouTube and Instagram are where all the ‘cool kids’ are these days, I still believe it’s really important to own your own content. After all, how can you make something your business when any moment YouTube or Instagram could change their policies and whip it out from under you!? No thank you!
“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that is is” – Mandy Hale
I still haven’t unpacked from my recent trip, the house is full of boxes of magazines, the bathroom needs a clean, my inbox is bursting, I’m feeling overwhelmed with everything I have to do… but right now I am happy.
Things have been pretty full-on of late. Not only have I been travelling a lot (I’ve been away more than I’ve been home over month – Vienna, Paris AND Vegas all within three weeks!) but I’ve been working on issue 10, multiple new collaborations and preparing for the National Wedding Shows which are taking place in September/ October – wah!
In fact things have been so busy that we’ve decided to bring on our first employee! My sister Rachel (yes, the one that got married!) is coming on board part time to help us with social media (to begin with, then probably a lot more stuff once she finds her feet). It’s very exciting yet scary to think about employing someone for the first time. Up until now we’ve always worked with freelancers when we’ve needed things done that we can’t do ourselves. It feels like a very big responsibility even though she’ll only be doing a few hours work a week!
Most other wedding bloggers have large teams these days, but I’ve always liked not having the responsibility of anyone else, and having complete control. However its just got to that stage now where Gareth and I physically can not keep up with everything we need and want to do, so it finally feels like the right time.
As well as the usual shell scheme for exhibitors, I had the idea to create the Rock n Roll Bride Gallery, which will be an area that will feature some of the very best alternative wedding suppliers. The difference between this and the rest of the show is that each supplier will get a plinth to display just a couple of their products, rather than a full stand. I almost want it to be like a little Rock n Roll Bride boutique and its going to be rad!
The Gallery is for those suppliers that maybe aren’t quite at the stage in their business where they’re able to afford a ‘proper’ stand just yet. The section is also by application only (aka not everyone who applies will be accepted) and I’ll be personally vetting each and every one. I want to make sure the Gallery is a killer selection of suppliers that I would genuinely recommend to my followers.
I am very, very bad at keeping secrets, especially exciting ones! So when Sophie and I planned months ago, to take Ronnie to Paris for her birthday, I was sure I would accidentally blab. BUT I DIDN’T AND I’M SO PROUD.
We had the most wonderful two days in the City of Light (as you will have seen if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat), and I decided to make a little video to bring you along with us. We meandered around the beautiful cobbled streets (Monmartre is my favourite!) marvelling at the architecture, eating croissants, crepes and macarons, and spilling Prosecco nearly everytime we ordered some!
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you probably won’t have failed to notice that I have a not-so-secret obsession with a particular city… Las Vegas! I’ve been three times before and next week I’m off for my forth adventure with Gala and Shauna. Its nice to have friends who are just as in love with a place as you are!
Not everybody ‘gets’ Vegas, but to me nothing beats being in a place where wearing false eyelashes and sequins at 9am is totally normal, you can lie by a pool all day, party all night and shop with a margarita in your hand.
It’s not all playtime though, we’re actually getting together to start work on a brand new project. So many of you have asked us if we have anything else in the pipeline since we’ve stopped doing the in-person Blogcademy classes, and the answer is YES! It’s nothing to do with blogging or business though – its completely new – and something I think a lot of you will be pretty darn excited about. I’m just busting to get started with it!
To my computer game playing, gym going, kitty obsessing, sleepy head husband:
You are my rock, my biggest supporter and all of my happiest moments. I’m so proud to call you my husband.
When I try to think about what to write to you on our eight year wedding anniversary, I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a bit stumped. How can you adequately put into words a love that completely engulfs you, that makes you a better person, and that truly makes life worth living?
12th April 2008 feels like eight lifetimes ago, not just eight years. So much has changed, yet nothing has. On the outside our lives could not be more different, but inside everything is completely the same. I’m still insanely in love with you. I still get excited to see you every morning. I still want to cover you with kisses every night. You still drive me nuts with all of your ways. I still can’t load the dishwasher properly.