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
My Mum hates having her photo taken, so for Christmas last year I did what any loving daughter would and bought her a photo shoot with Lisa! Although I know she was grateful for the gesture I also know she was ridiculously nervous about the whole thing… which is probably why, after much persuasion and coercion from yours truly, they only just got around to booking it.
But photographs are important. Memories are important. And I wanted my parents to have some really great photographs and memories of the two of them as they are right now – happy, totally in love and really really great parents.
Yep prepare yourself, dear reader, this blog post is about to get a little bit gushy…
I love my parents with all my heart, and although I know my Mum really didn’t enjoy being in front of the camera (turns out my Dad on the other hand is a massive poser – he’s clearly who I get that from!) I really hope they can look at these photographs for years to come and realise how great they look and how in love they are – yep, even after 30 years of marriage!
I’m a bit rubbish at saying it sometimes, but I really do love you Mum & Dad. You are the best parents ever. Thank you both for everything you do for me and my sisters. Thank you for the constant support and love. I always know how proud you are of me and I really do appreciate it, it’s just hard to find those words sometimes.
In 2007 I started a wedding blog, called it Rock n Roll Bride and began sharing alternative weddings and inspiration – wedding inspiration for girls like me. Girls that were planning their weddings but felt disillusioned and disheartened by the frou frou, fluffy, cookie cutter industry and limited choices they were offered for ‘their’ big day.
Skip forward a few years, to January 2012, and this little wedding blog of mine has grown to be amongst the most popular in the world (OK it feels utterly ludicrous typing that but I guess it is true…) Needless to say, the girl with the silly neon hair and big dreams did good. This wedding blog is now not only my full time job, but my husband Gareth’s. We have an incredibly chaotic and happy home and we couldn’t be more grateful for where Rock n Roll Bride, and the people who’ve supported it, has brought us.
I love alternative weddings. I love the girls (and the few boys!) who read my blog, who comment, who email and who keep me sane – but similarly I love the connections I’ve made within the industry. The genuine friendships that have formed with like-minded wedding industry folk, who want to do things their own way and show the big boys who’s rocking the wedding world right now. Starting out as a nobody in this outwardly daunting industry, you quickly work out who the good guys are, and who the bigwigs who’ll turn away when you walk towards them are!
I guess what I’m trying to say in my usual roundabout way, is that looking back (and trying not to be blush) I have actually come pretty darn far in the last 4+ years and I now really want to use my blog to share more of the lessons I’ve learnt and experiences I’ve had along the way. I guess I want to give something back.