“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.
Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear Kathryn, happy birthday to me!
I don’t usually plan anything too extravagant to mark getting a year older any more. Although I love the idea of taking an exotic trip somewhere, or having a huge party, I always leave things until the last minute and end up doing something really low key – which actually suits me perfectly. Sweatpants and wine party for the win!
Today though, I’m going on an adventure. Gareth is away snowboarding right now, so my babe Sophie has planned a day of fun in London! I have no idea what she’s got store and I’m pretty excited I have to say. Love you Soph!
I wanted to celebrate my birthday with you guys too so my Blogcademy babes and I have decided that for today only, we’re giving you the gift of The Blogcademy Online for just $200! That’s nearly 60% off the usual price! This is the biggest discount deal we’ve EVER DONE on this course so if you’ve been aching to take your blogging up a gear, then listen up!
For those of you not in the know, The Blogcademy is a blogging and business workshop that I co-founded with Gala Darling and Shauna Haider in 2012. After teaching in-person classes for three years solid, in early 2015 we decided to take the course and create an online version. The idea was that if someone couldn’t travel to an in-person class, or just preferred to learn at their own pace, at home, then we could still help them. While we don’t have any plans for any more in-person classes right now, the online class is still going strong and we’d love for you to take part. You can read all about that topics that we cover on our dedicated website.