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2012, The Year That Was {Part Two: July – December}

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Photography Credit: Made U Look Photography

If anything, the second part of 2012 was even more insane than the first. So much happened in these six short months – it’s pretty crazy!

July

July saw another Photography Farm. Our models this time were my gorgeous sister Rachel and her boyfriend Jamie. Aww so damn beautiful. I think this was my Farm shoot of the year.

We also finally, FINALLY (!) released issue two of the Rock n Roll Bride print magazine! This was SUCH a labour of love and I was so relieved to get it out… FINALLY! (did I say finally enough?)

♥ Wedding of the Month: A Maryland farm wedding

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Photography Credit: Lydia Jane

♥ Notable Highlights:

Star Wars, video games & a geek chic themed wedding

A village hall, DIY & a beautiful bride with dreadlocks

Pink & leopard print themed DIY wedding

♥ Green Room greats:

Why you should be selfish

Facebook tips for wedding suppliers

Let’s be frenemies

August

We hosted TWO School of Rock workshops this month – both in Brighton – and Gala, Shauna & I launched The Blogcademy! The first NYC event sold out in less than a week and we were over the flippin’ moon.

♥ Wedding of the Month: Laid back vintage inspired East London wedding

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Photography Credit: Robbins Photographic

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2012, The Year That Was {Part One: January – June}

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Photography Credit: Made U Look Photography

2012 has been, without a shadow of a doubt, the best year of my life. Words can’t describe how immensely thankful I am for every amazing opportunity I’ve been given because of this blog and YOU LOT. So as this incredible 366 days draws to a close and we hurtle towards 2013 with the utmost vigour, I wanted to share with you some of the year’s highlights as well as some of my favourite weddings and blog posts.

What were your favourite weddings of the last year?

And I’ve got a bit of top secret exclusiveness for you too, dear reader. Rock n Roll Bride is getting a facelift on January 8th! Shauna, Gareth & I (OK so mainly Shuana & Gareth – but I’ve been overseeing!) have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to create something pretty darn special. I can’t WAIT to share it with you all! Raising the bar again? Oh yes we are!

So here we go, 2012 in review from January to June…

January

We launched the Green Room on January 3rd – something I’d been dreaming about doing for a long time. I really wanted to be able to use my blog to share some of my businessy tips, tricks and advice that I’d picked up over the years and was thrilled when Gareth came up with the concept of effectively splitting the blog in two. My work load basically doubled but, honestly, it’s been one of the most rewarding things I write about. The feedback from you guys has been nothing short of incredible.

♥ Wedding of the Month: Hearts, Love & DIY Heaven: Sarah & Gray

Photography Credit: Assassynation

♥ Notable Highlights:

Mrs X lifted the lid on why hiring a professional wedding photographer is so important. Cue one of my most popular blog posts EVER.

Do you have to invite +1s to your wedding?

A budget-friendly DIY wedding with the world’s cutest wedding video

♥ Green Room greats:

Finding your business mojo

How to get the best out of exhibiting at a wedding fair

Dealing with rejection and why it’s the best thing that will ever happen to you

February

Gareth & I started the month by being roped into a pretty epic ‘wedding circus’ shoot by Sassy & Jo. Gareth even got on a horse! It was bloody freeeezing but so worth it. I looked like I’d lost about 10lbs in Jo’s amazing corsets.

Lisa, David & I headed over to Las Vegas for WPPI and to hook up with Gala & Shauna for fun, frolics, mischief and of course and epic photo shoot! I don’t want to sound over-dramatic but this was a pretty life changing trip for me. I rediscovered why travel and new experiences are so good for the soul and made a pact with myself to do a hell of a lot more of it!

♥ Wedding of the Month: Indie Rock Winter Wedding

Photography Credit: Hannah Millard Photography

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2011, The Year That Was {Part Two: July – December}

Here it comes, my round-up of the second half of the year. Looking back at everything that’s happened in 2011 makes me feel totally exhausted but incredibly proud all at the same time. I literally have no words to describe how thankful I am to every single one of you for your support. Without you NONE OF THIS would have been possible. I am forever in your debt.

July

I met and worked with the incredible Jasmine Star in her first London workshop. This was a huge deal for me. I am unashamedly a Jasmine Star superfan and the whole experience was a total whirlwind. Meeting her was definitely one of my highlights of the year.

I was also featured in Marie Claire Magazine here in the UK in their article on ‘super-bloggers’. Since then, the piece has also been published in the Greek, Indian and Australian editions of the magazine!

I chose (with your help) the new Rock n Roll Bride intern, Roo!

Gareth & I were interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire (listen here)

Wedding of the Month – Regula & Bruno’s Creative, Spooky & Wonderful Wedding

Photography Credit: Assassynation

Other notable Blog Posts:

July press round-up
How to…Dress as a Wedding Guest
Jachen & Monica’s Travel Themed, Whimsical Woodland-Inspired Wedding 
Being Happy
How to…Dress as a Wedding Photographer
Wedding Fashion for Plus Sized Brides 

August

Gareth and I headed stateside as I was invited by one of my internet idols, Princess Lasertron to walk the catwalk for her at Omaha Fashion Week. We also did an awesome promotion shoot for the Rock n Roll Bride dress which she designed (you can purchase it here), hung out with Mondo Guerra of Project Runway fame and we appeared on Breakfast television! Phew. We made some friends for life in Omaha and we miss them and their big-small town everyday.

After all that excitement Gareth and I hopped over to LA for a holiday. During our trip we also got to met many more of my internet stalkees including Bowie Bride, Broke Ass Bride, Miss Dee AhoyErica Adams Photography, the ladies of AriaDress, Holly Steen of Cakes & Kisses Photography, Jasmine Star (again! See, once you become real life friends with me I stalk you for life…), Tinywater Photography and Gala Darling! Meeting Gala was a particularly massive highlight for me. Again, I am an unashamed uber fan and I so I was both nervous and ridiculously excited when we arranged to meet for dinner. I’m pleased to report that she’s just as wonderful in real life as she is online and if possible, even more beautiful.

I was even recognised a few times in LA (including once at the airport when I had a monster hangover, brilliant!) All in all though, it seemed America loved the pink one and I can’t wait to go back. I have plans for at least two trips next year.

I paid a visit to Candy Anthony, one of the favourite wedding dress designers of you Rock n Roll Brides. I even got to try them all on!

I designed my own shoes with Upper Street (watch this space, because they’ve just launched their ballet flats range, and I got to design some of those too!)

Wedding of the Month - A CMYK Themed Wedding: Rebekah & David

Photography Credit: Depict Photography

Other notable Blog Posts:

August press round-up
The Barbie & Ken wedding was SO POPULAR it crashed the website a number of times and the blog had over SEVEN times the usual daily traffic for three days straight…
A Weekend-Long Family Festival Wedding: Emily & Stef
Candy Coloured Cuteness: Lucy & Michael
A Beer-Swilling, Handfasting, Freak Show Wedding: Heather & Tyler
A Zombie Attack Engagement Shoot

September

Within just two days of returning from the US I was attending the Feather Love Artist’s Workshop in London which I’d helped to organise with Emma Case. Roo even modeled for the photo shoot portion if the day (full shoot here).

My third photography workshop of the year was The Photography Farm, a three day epic organised by Lisa Devlin. I dressed up as Dorothy for the styled shoot and spoke to the students about how to get featured on wedding blogs.

Gareth & I partied on the pier with Choccywoccydoodah.

Wedding of the Month - A Wedding in the Woods & A Bride Wearing Antlers: Ian & Jo

Photography Credit: Emma Case Photography

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2011, The Year That Was {Part One: January – June}

Two full time jobs quit, 795 blog posts written, internet idols met and a mammoth trip to America under our belts – phew we’ve made it to the end of 2011. Oh what a year it’s been, where do I even begin?!

As we hurtle towards 2012 with open arms, I thought I’d go back through the blog and share my top 12 weddings of the year, by month, as well as a few personal highlights that I’ve hit along the way. 2011 has been a HUGE year for Rock n Roll Bride but here’s to making 2012 even bigger!

Boy oh boy I feel giddy just thinking about what’s round the corner (one HUGE ASS thing in particular, I’m sworn to secrecy but I’ll be able to share it soon I promise).

Be sure to pop back tomorrow for part deux, July – December. I’d also love to know what your weddings of the year were and why in the comments section below. Happy New year lovers!

January

I left my job as a TV producer to run the blog full time (you can see a video of my farewell here, oh how we cried!) I also launched Rock n Roll Bride TV. I wanted to do some video blog posts as I love watching other people’s myself. Gosh though, this year has been so mental I really haven’t done as many as I wanted to. I’m going to try to resurrect this idea next year if you fancy it? You can see all the Rock n Roll Bride TV episodes here.

Our wedding was also featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine for a second time (!) and I tried my hand at floristry.

Wedding of the Month - Debs & Richie’s Budget Friendly, Crafty & Vintage Wedding

Photography Credit: Emma Case Photography

Other notable Blog Posts:

January press round-up
Online Negativity & Comment Policy 
Help Me Find a Rockabilly Style Wedding Dress
Vegan Shoe Ideas 

February

I modeled for the incredible Magpie Vintage for their brand new vintage clothing line… I even got on a horse! (full shoot here)

I came up with the concept for and organised the Big Fat Wedding Bloggers photo shoot, a collaborative project to show just what the UK wedding blogging industry has to offer. It went down incredibly and was featured in at least two mainstream media magazines. I also attended Mark Niemierko’s infamous Valentines Party at Browns Bride.

I exhibited as a special guest at the first Designer Vintage Bridal Show and I got to meet so many of my readers in two days, it was faaaabulous!

Wedding of the Month - Lisa & Theis’ Intimate Malibu Pier Wedding

Photography Credit: Feather Love Photography

Other notable Blog Posts:

February press round-up
How to dress your flowergirls

Make Your Wedding Day About You 

March

I walked the catwalk at Luella’s Boudoir Bridal Show (my first ever catwalk experience, oh Lord it was terrifying… even more terrifying when I found out someone was videoing it!) and I went to the By Appointment Only party in Mayfair which was waaay too posh for me. They did light the whole building pink though. Win.

I admitted defeat and gave up my Photography Friday posts. You know, sometimes it’s much better to admit something is not working and think about what else you can do. It’s a good job I did too, because on a Friday I now blog my Post It Notes which have been incredibly popular. Hurray!

Gareth & I did a ‘Beloved’ photo shoot with Marianne Taylor. These are definitely my favourite photos of us together.

Emma & Pete got married. Their surprise wedding was amazing. Even I cried…and I never cry at soppy stuff!

I was also interviewed by Photo Night Live, a web-based show about wedding photography.

Wedding of the Month - Margaret & Edi’s INCREDIBLE “Blows-Everything-Else-Out-of-the-Water” Gothic Alice in Wonderland Wedding

Photography Credit: Freyja Photography

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2010 – The Year that Was {Part Two}

My plan was to have my top 5 posts from each month in this list, however after going through the archives I realised there was some stuff I simply couldn’t leave out…so I broke my own rule and added in some extras. Seriously, if you’re bored during this weird Crimbo Limbo week (what is it with the week between Christmas and new year? Time just seems to sloooow down) then go check out August – October’s blog posts in particular. There is so many awesome weddings over there (if I do say so myself.)

July to December all up in your area…

July

A Sunday Kind of Love – Unveiled

In July I was asked to speak at Unveiled - a conference for photographers - all about blogging, social media and doing things ‘differently’ in business. To say I was terrified is an understatement. I’d never done public speaking before and I was scared! However everyone there was super lovely and interested in what I had to say – plus I made some new friends while I was there! Bonus.

Mad Hatter Rock n Roll Bride ~ Candy Floss, Beach Huts & The Great British Seaside

For my summer photo shoot I enlisted the help of some girlfriends and we headed to Whitstable beach for a day of frolicking in the sun! The shoot was even published in Photo Pro Magazine - the power of working together and networking huh?! (pictured above)

Roll Up, Roll Up for Vishaka & Dean’s Incredible Circus-Inspired Wedding!

Vishaka & Dean had a fabulously styled circus wedding. The decor and detail ideas really made this day stand out.

The MOST INCREDIBLE Alice in Wonderland Wedding Ever. FACT.

The title speaks for itself on this one. Alice weddings went mental this year and this one was my favourite of them all.

“I Can Make That!” – Roni & Dave’s Awesome, Diy, Homespun Cute-Fest Wedding

The power of DIY! Do it yourself weddings are more common place than ever, however Roni & Dave’s homespun, homemade wedding was one of the most beautiful.

August

How to… Get the Best from your Wedding Photographer

Photographer David McNeil popped by to give you all some tips on how to get the very best wedding photographs out there.

What Exactly IS a Rock n Roll Wedding?

I often get asked how I choose the weddings to publish on Rock n Roll Bride. I have always stood by the fact that being a Rock n Roll Bride is not about having the most alternative or out-there wedding in the world. It’s about planning a wedding that is a reflection of you and your partner and not what the wedding industry tells you to! In this post I explained my ideas a little further.

An Alexander McQueen Inspiration

This utterly stunning Mormon, South African wedding blew me away. (pictured above)

A Cotton Candy Sweet, Truly Scrumptious Brighton Wedding

Ant & Clare’s sugary sweet Brighton elopement made my heart a-flutter…and Clare’s  customised vintage dress and DIY shoes were like no other!

Rock n Roll Hearts & Paper Cranes – Lauren & JP’s Perfectly Rockin’ Wedding

Lauren & Jp’s wedding and wedding video caused a bit on controversy over on her own blog (seriously, have people got nothing better to do?)  but their wedding was certainly one of my favourites of the year.

Rock n Roll Party Report

The first of many! I’ve organised industry get together’s in the past but this party was noting short of epic! So popular was my little meet in fact that I had to start turning people away because the venue wasn’t big enough! Over 100 of you turned up to eat cupcakes, drink cocktails and mingle with the Rock n Roll glitterati…and yes there will be another next year…with a bigger venue!

How to…Have a Perfectly Imperfect Wedding/Life

One of my favourite and most honest personal posts of the year. Sick of feeling like a failure as a person because my life didn’t reflect the lives I saw of others online, I wanted to lay my heart of the line and share my feeling with you. I was more than thrilled with the response from you lot, a the fact that I’m actually not alone in feeling like this!

September

Have a Wedding that is Perfect for YOU – Greg & Michelle’s Low Key, Homespun & Family-Focused Wedding

Greg & Michelle had their reception at Greg’s Grandmother’s house. There was no sit down meal, no dancing, no cake cutting…but it was perfect for them. THAT is what makes them one of my Rock n Roll weddings of the year.

Kaori & Alex’s Multi-Cultural, DIY-Fabulous, Vintage Bohemian Wedding

Incredible fashion, style and awesome tattoos made Kaori & Alex’s wedding an absolute joy to publish. (pictured above)

We got married after spending just 12 days with each other…”

An inspiring story of love at first sight and an awesome Vegas wedding.

A Kitschy, Quirky, Vintage Wedding

Vintage weddings were everywhere in 2010, but Lindsey & Adriano’s was the best of the bunch.

Yes, You CAN have a Rock n Roll Wedding!”

A guest post written by The Bowie Bride addressing the issue, “Will my wedding be Rock n Roll enough?” Simple answer – YES!

October

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2010 – The Year that Was {Part One}

In the last 12 months I have published 858 posts on Rock n Roll Bride…that’s a lot of weddings, a lot of photo shoots and a lot of personal rambles! As is customary at this time of year, I wanted to take the time reflect on the past 365 days by sharing some of my all time favourite blog posts. So here’s part 1, January to June. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for part 2!

January

How to…Plan a Wedding in No Time at all 

At the beginning of the year I launched my ‘How to…’ series, where I aimed to impart some of my (ahem) wedding and blogging wisdom where I could. In this first installment I wanted to help a reader plan her wedding as in just a few months.

A Most Curious Party

One of my favourite weddings of the year belonged to Rebecca & John, who had a quintessentially British wedding with lots of fabulous quirky twists, Rebecca enjoyed planning her wedding so much that she set up her own vintage wedding styling company, aptly named A Most Curious Party, soon after.

Fairy Lights, Scrabble & English Heritage

Ella & Sam’s London wedding was one of enviable vintage glamour and sophistication. It was an honour sharing such gorgeousness on these pages.

Rock n Roll Bride ♥ Vintage Boudoir

My first photo shoot of the year was with photographic legend Julia Boggio. Not only was this shoot super fun (even braving the snow to get there and back!) but doing it put me in touch with some fabulous industry peeps that I’ve worked with since…and have plans to work with again very soon! Watch this space… (pictured above)

How to…Deal with Uncooperative Relatives

Planning a wedding can be stressful at the best of times, but what should you do if your relatives disapprove of your wedding choices? I tried to help Allison out with just this dilemma.

February

So Punk Rock it HURTS!

I loved Matt & Danielle’s wedding so much that I blogged it in two parts. Their tattoos and their awesome style really did make for one of my most memorable weddings of the year. (pictured above)

Latex, Tattoos, Piercings & Fancy Dress Make a FABULOUS UK Wedding!

Ever seen a bride wearing a latex wedding dress? Well I have and it was utterly fabulous!

Modern Marie Antoinette

Simone’s incredible Monique Lhuillier dress and Christian Louboutin shoes gave me some serious bride-style envy.

I Love…

I wanted to share some love for Valentine’s day with some personal pictures.

Woodland Nymphs

Samuel & Jessica’s Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding not only graced the pages of Rock n Roll Bride, but was featured on a WEtv reality show called “Girl Meets Dress.” Their emotionally charged ceremony made my heart melt.

March

Edward Scissorhands ‘Winter in Summer’ Wedding

Karri & Ian’s glam goth Scissorhand’s inspired wedding certainly made an impact, and their ‘winter in summer’ theme was totally dramatic and gorgeous!

Perfect Picnic Wedding

Sarah & Kevin didn’t have a huge budget, so chose to get married in front of a few close friends in one of their back garden’s, followed by a casual picnic reception.

Classic Vintage with a Twist of Awesome

Elodie & Greg’s Australian wedding was everything I adore in weddings – close, personal, quirky and beautiful. This rockstar couple really knew how to wed in style. (pictured above)

Rock n Roll Bride in the Daily Express!

One of my proudest moments of the year! My first big newspaper feature. To say I was a little bit excited to get the call about this is an understatement of epic proportions!

I Love Rock n Roll (Bride) – The Movie!

Richard from FX Films asked if he could make a little film about me. Now, while my day to day life is anything but glamorous (does spending 18 hours in front of a computer sound glam to you!?) I was more than excited to be involved…and to introduce him to Henry & Rachel of course!

April

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