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Attention Aussie Brides: Linzie Russo is Offering You Free Wedding Photography!

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It’s a sad day when such a talented photographer ups sticks from the UK and moves over to sunnier shores… well it is for us anyway, you guys down under are in for a treat! Wedding photographer Linzie Russo is a half Aussie, half Scot babe who was born in Iran and has spent most of her life travelling the world! For the past three years she’s called Glasgow home, but has recently made the decision to move back to Sydney in dire need of some nicer weather!

To celebrate, she wants to offer one very lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader in Australia completely free wedding photography. Oh my goodness!

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“My photography has been described as creative, natural, fresh and romantic”, she told me. “I have also been described as a ninja because I work alone, manage to get everywhere yet no one knows I am about! I am a lover of natural light and sunshine, which is often hard working in Scotland that doesn’t have much! I love the details of a wedding that has been created over many months to make their wedding personal to the couple.”

“My favourite part of the day is the morning watching the bride get ready. I love being creative in photographing the dresses, shoes, flowers and rings. After that the next best part of the day is the moment I have when the couple are alone and we get to play around with the portraits. I love a bride who isn’t afraid of getting a bit a sand on her dress or climbing fences to get into a field in order to get the ‘winning’ shot!”

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WIN Your Wedding Photography!

Linzie is moving back to Sydney in December. If you are getting married in Australia between December 20th 2014 and December 31st 2015, and are yet to have your photographer booked, this one’s for you!

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WIN 125 Mini Bottles and a Magnum of Freixenet Cava!

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When Freixenet, the Spanish cava producers, got in touch to ask if I wanted to have a party on them, and share the results on my blog, I nearly fell off my chair. Talk about my dream job! Then they told me they also wanted to include the chance for my readers to win enough cava to keep their wedding rocking well into the wee hours and I almost did a backflip!

Now I’m no wine snob, but I’m not going to lie to you, I initially thought there must be some kind of catch. When it comes to fizz I know what I like, and more importantly what I don’t like. What if it was horrible? Would I have to fib my way through this post and tell you otherwise..? But I need not have worried. When we cracked open the Cordon Negro, their flagship product, and took a sip, we were all suitably impressed.

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WIN A Personalised Hen Party Prize Pack from Banana Moon Clothing!

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Ahh the great British hen do… the chance for brides-to-be and their friends to blow off some pre-wedding steam, get royally sozzled and (most likely) cause a bit of harmless chaos in the process. I’ve always been a bit of a party girl, so far from something I frown upon, I can totally see the appeal of all of the above. In fact I totally did all of the above for my own!

Although I refused to play into the sash wearing, penis straw sucking stereotype, we sure did cause a riot that night out in central London. I don’r regret one second of it (OK, so I might regret my choice of shoes. Too high heels combined with too much wine meant I fell over a LOT). It really was just what I needed before finally becoming Mrs Williams.

WIN a Hen Party Kit!

If you’re not sure what your plans are for your own hen do yet, let me entice you with this idea. Banana Moon Clothing would like to give one lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader the perfect hen prize package. 

The booty includes ten personalised t-shirts of your own design, three bottles of pink champagne, enough chocolates and sweets to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth, hen party games, hen party dress-up items and a £600 restaurant voucher! Plus, with brands including American Apparel and Dickies in their arsenal, and organic cotton options available, personalised t-shirts no longer means one-size-fits-all poly monstrosities!

To enter you need to have your own blog. Simply create a post describing what your perfect hen party would consist of, and within it make sure you link to Banana Moon. Then, pop back here and leave a comment on this article sharing it with us. You have until 23.59 on Wednesday 7th May and our favourite entry will win the lot!

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Online Dating: Is Meeting Your Partner Online Still Taboo?

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I love a good proposal story. From viral videos of guys doing the most romantic and over the top gestures, right down to hearing that they just decided to get hitched over breakfast in bed one morning. However, sometimes even more than that, I love listening to a couple tell the story of how they first met, especially when they don’t agree! “No, you pursued me!”, “Whatever, it was you that eventually asked me out!”

Although I don’t always include it in the real weddings that I feature, I always ask everyone I interview for this blog those two questions. Firstly because it really helps to set up the story of their love, and usually helps to explain why they wanted to do certain things for their wedding. Most of all though I ask it because I’m just a bit nosy.

Gareth and I met young. I was only 16 and he was just 21. I remember as a teenager thinking I’d NEVER get a boyfriend and hating the fact that it was always my friends that guys seemed to like. In retrospect, I found my soulmate pretty darn early actually, although we didn’t start officially dating until I was 18 – it took him a while to persuade me, see!

We met over a crowded bar (shh, underage drinking is obviously not something I recommend!). One stolen cocktail later (me stealing his of course, although goodness knows why he was drinking something quite so girly) and the rest, as they say, is history.

So clearly, I’ve never ventured into the world of online dating. But I recently read that over a third of couples that were married between 2005 and 2012 met online. The report continues by saying that those who do meet online are not only more satisfied than their real-life meeting counterparts, but they are less likely to split up. REALLY!?

With claims like that, I couldn’t help but want to investigate further. So I took to my Facebook page to ask for some real life stories.

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Carmen Goodwin: “David added me on Facebook because he apparently “thought I was hot”. We had lots of mutual friends, though we’d never met. I didn’t know who he was but accepted his request thinking that we must’ve met previously but didn’t remember it!! At first I only responded to his messages as I didn’t want to be rude, but after messaging for a few months, I realised he was actually really funny and seemed like a lovely person. It took over 6 months and a bottle of wine before I finally agreed to go on a date with him mind you!

But it didn’t take long before I realised that he was ‘the one’. We’ve been together for over 2 years now and we are getting married in 14 weeks… I can’t wait! I honestly never would have tried ‘online dating’ but this just sort of happened that way, it was obviously meant to be! I still have a good laugh when people ask how we met and I tell them that David ‘Facebook stalked’ me for 6 months!”

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Kerry Dunn: “I believe myself to be a unicorn because my husband was the first person I met through online dating and I married him. I’d had many friends who went through years of frogs to find their prince, but I got lucky instantly. I think the stigma of online dating has been declining. So many people meet this way now! I’d recommend it to everyone. Just be honest about what you want and don’t be afraid!”

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Alternative Wedding Dresses for Rock n Roll Princesses

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Alfred Angelo, America’s oldest and largest family-owned and operated bridal company, was founded by Alfred Angelo Piccione in Philadelphia. Since 1933 they have been designing wedding attire for brides of all tastes, styles and budgets. So when they got in touch asking if I’d like to showcase some of their quirkier styles on my blog, I jumped at the chance. After all, that’s what I do best!

Their range is extensive (250 dresses and counting!) so it really wasn’t that difficult for me to find dresses that would please even the pickiest of alternative brides. Oh I do love my job.

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Even the most Rock n Roll amongst us do sometimes dream of being a princess for the day – there’s no shame in that! If a big beautiful ballgown is what you’re after then feast your eyes on these beauties. Add some Alexander McQueen skull suede pumps, a Butler and Wilson skull tiara and oddles of black leather jewellery and you’re ready to rock my friend.

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How To Make Your Own Wedding Rings

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I wouldn’t call myself particularly artistic. I love to write and I’m not bad at taking the odd photograph, but anything more fiddly and I’m all fingers and thumbs! So when Rachel Jeffrey got in touch asking if Gareth and I would like to visit her studio to make some rings, I was slightly apprehensive.

Despite my nerves, bright and early on Monday morning, we jumped in the car and headed up to Wheathampstead, just outside of St Albans, for a day of ring making. We were actually both super-excited about what was in store, neither of us had ever done anything like this before and we were intrigued as to what it would be like.

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