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School of Rock (n Roll Bride): A Review

Last Friday was my first School of Rock (n Roll Bride), organised by Cherry Sorbet. I was asked if I’d take part in their Cyber Savvy series and host a workshop all about blogging. So, still slightly full of flu, I got myself to the gorgeous Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross with photographer Shell de Mar in tow to document the event for me.

I’ll be honest I was seriously nervous beforehand (the thought of public speaking brings me out in cold sweats), but I needn’t have been. The 20 attendees were all gorgeous and wonderful and lovely. It was just like hanging out and chatting with a big bunch of mates over tea and cake. I loved it!

I’ve also realised that I talk with my hands a lot. I’m surprised I didn’t smack anyone in the face…

The workshop is primarily aimed at people who want to blog as a business (i.e. how to have a blog that is your sole income) however we had attendees at this one who wanted to blog to support another business (i.e wedding photographers/stationers/designers) as well as some who just wanted to blog for fun!

The topics covered included how I got started as a wedding blogger, finding your voice, being yourself & knowing what to blog about, building readership, leveraging social media, keeping on top of your workload and creating a schedule, image use and copyright, building a brand, making money & taking on advertisers and dealing with the not so nice bits…

As you can see it was quite a lot to pack into a two hour workshop but we managed it! All the attendees asked some great questions and I hope they all left feeling as inspired as I did after chatting to them all.

Some tweets and feedback from the attendees:

@biffyarespiffy “I was tickled pink (literally!) to meet Rock n Roll Bride and all the other lurvly workshoppers yesterday…the room was bursting with inspiration! I’ve definitely got my writing-mojo back”

@shelldemar “I know I talk to Rock n Roll Bride pretty much everyday but I was genuinely inspired by her talk today. Love you missus you did so well!”

Claire Jackson (via facebook) “You saying how you felt when you met Gala Darling was like me meeting you Kat…I was totally in awe, so apologies if I seemed…errmm…flustered at any point. You’re just a normal, lovely down to earth gal like the rest of us tho so there was absolutely no need to be nervous!”

Charlie Loves Lucy via email “I just wanted to email to say a massive thank you! I just got in from School of Rock (n Roll Bride) and you were brilliant. Wise, funny, lovely and best of all very honest. I’ve come away with much more of a sense of direction as to how I should go about deciding what to post on my little site’s blog, as well as more consideration of the feel I’d like to put across.”

Awww! Thank you all of you. Now stop it, you’ll give me a big head!

The December School of Rock (n Roll Bride) is sold out but fret not, Gareth & I have been scheming and dreaming up plans for expanding the workshops for 2012…and maybe even doing a mini UK tour (!) We don’t have anything concrete in place yet but be rest assured doing more of these events is one of my 2012 goals!

I’d love to know where you think I should take this little tour and if you’d be interesting in attending a School of Rock (n Roll Bride). Let me know in the comments that this isn’t a totally cray cray idea would ya? If we did take the workshop nationwide I might need help finding venues and stuff… if any of you fancy hooking me up then drop me an email. Let’s make this happen!

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Giant Nests, Smoke Machines & A Bath of Feathers – An Advanced Flash Workshop at The Photography Farm

The second Photography Farm (remember the first one which I took part in?) took place earlier this month. The subject was advanced flash techniques and using off-camera flash. Organiser Lisa Devlin invited Adam Bronkhorst of Viva Photography, an expert in the field, to teach the latest ‘farmers’ all about using it in their own work.

As part of the experience the students were treated to another amazing styled shoot set up by Hannah of The Tea Set. The inspiration for the shoot was a dark gothic winter vibe, as Lisa explained, “We always knew this Farm was going to have a very different feel to the last one. This time we were exploring advanced flash techniques as opposed to working with available light and it would be a night shoot in the winter. So I got to thinking gothic and got to pinning.”

“The look also started with our couple, the beautiful Martina and Leslie. Martina has great strong features and hair the colour of swan feathers. Once we found the right dresses from the amazing Hope and Harlequin the direction started to be winter/gothic/nordic/gypsy/feathers.”

“We went to The Farm with our awesome stylist Hannah from The Tea Set and after discussing shooting down with the couple laying on the floor, the idea of a big giant nest out in the woods was born. When I saw the Bird of Paradise Hat from Jane Taylor Millinery it was the perfect finishing touch, it is a work of art. Hannah and Jayne once again worked their magic and came up with sets that translated the theme through antique taxidermy, fire, food and a brace of pheasants.”

Isn’t the vibe of these shots just incredible? If you are interested in taking part in the next Advanced Flash workshop at The Photography Farm, it will be taking place between 3st January and 2nd February 2012 and the next Engagement & Wedding farm will be taking place between the 13th-15th March (which I’ll be speaking at).

The price for both two & a half day workshops is just £950 and accommodation and all meals are included. For further info or to book your place, Lisa can be contacted via email or by phone on 01273 231047.

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And the Cosmopolitan Magazine Award for Best Wedding Blog goes to…

Erm…ME!

Wow, I feel like I should be doing an over-indulgent Oscar-worthy speech right now but I literally can’t find the right words… So I’ll just say thank you a million times. Thank you for voting for me, thank you for believing in Rock n Roll Bride, thank you for your support…you get the idea.

Seriously, there are not enough thanks in the world.

Before the awards I met with photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre for a coffee and he asked if he could take a few photos of me…which was pretty handy because now I can show you what I wore to the event.

Ashton is, like, beyond amazing and his film photography makes me weak at the knees (plus he had the photos to me before I even got home – now that’s impressive!)

Ashton, these photos are beautiful. You are a god of film photography.

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The Luxury Wedding Show, London – A Review

I honestly wasn’t 100% sure if I’d enjoy The Luxury Wedding Show, London, that was held at The Saatchi Gallery over weekend. I’m not really a luxury or posh kinda gal so I wondered if I’d walk in feeling a) out of my comfort zone b) snubbed by snooty designers or c) bored of seeing the same old same old ‘pretty white dresses’.

Oh how wrong I was!

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Firstly there was zero snootiness despite it’s ‘high end’ location. The organisers were sweet and accommodating and the exhibitors I chatted to were excited to see me and eager to chat about what they did. A lot of them were debuting their 2012 collections at the show, so it was really awesome to see all the new designs and trends coming through for next year. I thoroughly enjoyed meandering around the white hallways looking at all the wedding pretty.

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Wedding bloggers can’t stay off twitter. Fact…

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The catwalk show was also, no joke, the best I’ve ever seen. I’ve often said that I find catwalks shows a little on the dull side, but not this one! The show started with a crash of dramatic music and flashing lights. As I sat in the front row (‘FROW’ daaarling) with some of my fellow wedding bloggers, we swit and swooed as stunning designs by David Fielden, Luella’s Boudoir, Candy Anthony, Charlotte Casadejus, Vera WangTemperley and (OMG) Vivienne Westwood (to name a few) sauntered down the runway.

David Fielden

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Charlotte Casadejus

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State of Grace

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The designs were inventive and elegant, unique and original. There was not a boring strapless taffeta monstrosity in sight. This was wedding couture at it’s very best and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Silver accents, unusual hemlines and necklines, bold colour statements, textured fabrics and multi-layered skirts played a big role.

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Vivienne Westwood certainly didn’t disappoint

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Charlotte Casadejus‘ Isabella gown is made for a Rock n Roll Bride! The tulle and silver paint splattered skirt is to die for! I must borrow this for one of my photo shoots soon. Easily my favourite gown of the entire show.

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The Designer Vintage Bridal Show – Official Photos and Show Report

So you’re probably sick of hearing about The Designer Vintage Bridal Show (I have banged on about it somewhat) but I’ve just received the official show photographs from my bestie Emma Case and I wanted to share them soon as… I know some of you will want to see my tutu at least!

You’ve read all about the Rock n Roll Bride Magazine that we were handing out, but I thought you might like to see our stand too…cute huh?

(and no I’m not just talking about my husband…although he totally is) 

All the love and adoration must go to Gareth who organised most of it, Ava Event Styling who helped me source my ‘props’, Sugalily for the little price tags and the incredible Cutture who made our logo into a beautiful perspex creation. I love it!

Photo by Cutture

As promised, I wore a massive tutu all weekend. You could always spot me coming! Thanks to the AMAZING Monique of Ouma Cothing who made it for me. It was perfect.

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Vivienne Westwood 2012 Bridal Collection – Exclusive First Look & Win Tickets to The Luxury Wedding Show London

I’m pretty sure by now that you’re aware of what a HUGE Vivienne Westwood lover I am, so when they guys at The Luxury Wedding Show, London called me as asked if I wanted to share the exclusive first showing of Vivienne’s latest bridal collection…well I just about died.

They say of the collection, “For this latest bespoke Couture and Bridal Collection, Vivienne Westwood has extended the collection up to 20 styles, whilst remaining faithful to her strong belief that femininity ought to be celebrated. The tailoring, corsetry, crinoline, and soft lines of this collection all enhance the feminine silhouette. There are silk satins, georgette and chiffon for the draped and slinky styles, silk duchess and taffetas for the gowns, and embroidery, lace, tulle and sequins all to enhance the couture styles. The collection is romantic yet strong with the colour palette ranging from  white, soft ivories, champagne, dusty pinks, gold, to a sumptuous red. The Westwood bride is an independent woman and this is reflected in the collection.”

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