I’ve been a Crown and Glory obsessive ever since I first saw her beautiful pieces on the pages of a glossy magazine. I distinctively remember being sat on a busy train flicking through Company and being stopped in my tracks (boom, boom!) as I saw her gorgeous flower crowns and glitter bows in one of their fashion editorials. So not to forget to check them out online later, I snapped a photo and tweeted “Note to self, check out @crownandglory_!”
After a few months of tweeting back and forth, Sophie and I finally met in real life at a workshop I was hosting. When she came in with that flash of purple hair, giant glitter bow plonked firmly on her head I knew we were kindred spirits.
So, about six months ago, when an email pinged into my inbox from her asking if I’d consider designing a range of headpieces with her… well, she didn’t have to ask me twice! She basically told me to let my imagination run wild and that she’d take care of making it a reality. Talk about my dream job!
I have been in my element with this project. An ombre glitter bow was my first idea… I’m obsessed with ombre anything and well, anyone who knows anything about me will be well aware of my infatuation with all things sparkly.
I love old film cameras. There’s something so innocently wonderful about having a tangible and imperfect photograph to hold in your hand. In this hyper digital age, I think we’ve all been so quick to forget that unadulterated joy of taking your rolls of 35mm to the developers and waiting with baited breath to get the prints. They didn’t always turn out, but that was weirdly part of the appeal. When you did get that one perfect shot, without previews on the back of the camera or Photoshop wizardry to help, it was utterly magnificent.
I wish I took more photographs. But when you’re working at home most of the time, with your main entertainment being your cats or a weekly trip to the supermarket (oh the glamour) it can be difficult to see fun or beautiful things that you might want to capture. However, when I was in the US recently I decided to indulge my passion and have a little play around with some new toys.
Film might be amazing, but combine it with rainbows and you’ve got me. Bad.
People always ask me about my own wedding. Sometimes it makes me cringe. There are so many things we’d do differently, the elusive “Oh if we only knew then what we do now…” But there is one thing I’d never change.
Gareth is my world, my life, my favourite, my reason for being… He supports me more than any husband should. He tidies and cleans our house from top to bottom as I’m chained to my computer and saying “Hey baby, takeaway for tea?” with frightening regularity.
Without Gareth, Rock n Roll Bride would be nothing but a dream… in fact not even that, I simply wouldn’t have ever imagined it. Words can’t express how much he puts into this little business of ours. I may be the ‘front of house’ but without him I wouldn’t even have a house to stand in front of…
I was so incredible honoured when blog reader Cécile sent me this drawing that she’d done of Gareth & me. As photographer Christine who took the original photograph said when I showed it to her, “It takes me straight back to that moment! It makes my heart smile so much! Wow such a talent that Cécile is”.
Thank you Cécile for the beautiful gift. You can see more of her gorgeous work via her own website La Belette Rose.
Congratulations you’re engaged! If you’re new around these parts I’d like to say hi and to let you know how excited I am to meet you. This is going to be one of the most awesome/stressful/exciting/fulfilling/hair-tearing (delete as appropriate) rides of your life and I for one can’t wait for you to get started! In fact I loved planning my wedding so much that I made it into my career. Gareth & I were married in April 2008. I started this blog to document the journey and I haven’t stopped since!
I’m Kat by the way… I guess I should have said that first. This is me…
Photography Credit: Made U Look Photography
And for some reason I pull that face a lot in photos.
So right now you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed and still quite shell-shocked about the whole ‘crap I’ve got to plan an actual wedding’ thing. I’d also imagine that you probably have no idea where to start. Well the very fabulous Veronica Dearly (she makes awesome wedding stationery) created this extra-ordinarily helpful introduction to planning a wedding and she’s kindly let me share it with you all…
I’m not gonna lie, one of my highlights of 2012 was when Instagram came to android in March. Sad? Yes – Embarrassed? No!
I’ve loved looking back at my year though the snapshots (over 1000 of them!) that I’ve taken. And if you don’t follow me already, whydontya?! I’m rocknrollbride (shocking!)
Las Vegas in February
(stolen from Lisa, Gala & Shauna because I didn’t have Instagram then but I felt this trip needed to be included..!)
- Heart Attack Grill (so gross and no we didn’t eat here!) – Instax obsessed – meeting some readers who literally just got married! – kisses – welcome to fabulous Las Vegas – elevator dancing – Elton mouse – the holy trinity – #bloggerface -
New York in May