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Our Wedding Featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine (Again!)

Back in the Summer I was asked by Wedding Ideas Magazine, who originally featured Gareth & my wedding waaay back in 2008, if we would like to take part in a Real Life Weddings Revisited feature. Being a huge poser, I of course jumped at the chance (and Gareth came along for the ride – again – too!) I also thought it would be a nice opportunity to share our wedding with all the new readers of the blog who probably won’t have seen it before.

As you can see, our wedding certainly wasn’t the most Rock n Roll out there. The wedding industry in the UK was a very different place in 2008, and my disillusion with most of the choices that were offered to us at that time was actually the catalyst for starting this blog and campaigning for alternative weddings everywhere!

What a difference 3 years can make huh?

I loved our wedding. It was perfect for the 2008 Kat & Gareth and was no doubt the best day of my life. My dress was gorgeous, my husband was perfect and our photographer’s were the sweetest ever. My Mum made our gorgeous cake and I spent hours over our DIY stationery. However I hated my flowers and I felt the cheesy covers band were an utter waste of time (and money!) – but nothing’s perfect hey? And you know what, on the day the little details didn’t matter. I was just so excited to be getting married and seeing this article brings it all back!

Our article is out in the Feburary issue of Wedding Ideas, available nationwide from January 26th!

Wow. How different do we both look?! Gareth has long hair now and I’m a permanent pinky!

What happens after you say I do? We catch up with past real-life wedding stars as they reveal their best big day advice

Rock n Roll Bride Kat first caught our eye when her wedding came into the office back in June 2008. We loved her fun sense of style and her original touches, but looking back, there’s still a lot she would have changed. “If we were to get married again it’d be totally different,” says Kat. “I’d have a lot more DIY details, loads of colour, wear a short funky dress and have my hair pink!”

Kat and Gareth became Mr and Mrs Williams on the 12th April at Greyfriars church in Reading and held their reception at the The Elvetham, Hartley Witney. Incredibly, Kat originally struggled to fall in love with her Sottero and Midgley gown – “It was the first dress I didn’t hate” – but now has a wonderful working relationship with it. “It must be the most worn wedding dress ever! In my job as a wedding blogger, I’ve done so many photo shoots since the big day.” When it came to the budget, this contemporary couple kept costs down by having some of their friends perform rock versions of hymns during the service – a detail we particularly loved!

So has marriage made a difference? Married life hasn’t really changed us, but it’s the little details that have changed,” explains Kat. “Calling him my husband is amazing and being referred to as his wife is just adorable.”

“Marriage has made us feel like we can plan more of our future together,” adds Gareth, “without having to worry about the present so much.”

So what does the future hold? “Well I’m continuing to be obsessed and surrounded by all things weddings with my blog (rocknrollbride.com),” adds Kat. “And Gareth wants babies but that scares the life out of me! I’m happy with our two cats, thank you very much!”

My favourite photo from the day. This is sooo me (and so Gareth – looking at me with a confused expression!)

Our wedding photographs were taken by English Rose Weddings
Our recent ‘pink hair’ photos were taken by the fabulous Emma Case

You can see more on our wedding right here and the full photo shoot of Gareth & I here!

Who Loves Ya Baby?

I have a couple of bits of blog love to share with you. Firstly, myself and my gorgeous hubby Gareth were interviewed for Hot Pink Petticoat, go check it out if you fancy reading about life after the wedding! Also, after they featured our wedding in their last issue, I dropped the guys at Wedding Ideas magazine a little email to say thank you and gosh darn it, they only went and printed it!

Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for featuring our real wedding last month (Kat & Gareth). I picked up the magazine to flick through in the newsagents and was like ‘ooh that’s us!’ – it is very cool. Also I saw a letter from Verity in your letters page about her blog and I thought I would share mine too..it’s an alternative and kick-arse approach to weddings – rocknrollbride.com!

ps I can’t believe they actually printed the words kick-arse! hehe

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Rock n Roll Bride In Print.

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So about 6 months ago I received an email from Wedding Ideas Magazine saying our wedding had been submitted to them as a Real Wedding feature by our photographers English Rose and would we be happy for them to share them. Being the huge poser that I am, of course I said yes. So I picked up a copy of the magazine today and although some of the photographs they chose I don’t really like (I think my face looks huge in the main photograph for example!) and the article is beyond a cheese-fest, it is a little bit exciting to be in print…and can you believe they even called me  a Rock Chick…maybe they knew…

Just in case you can’t read the text, it reads as follows:
Kat & Gareth
Rock chick meets vintage combined with black and white chic for this big day…

The proposal
Kat and Gareth took a disposable barbecue and some wine to a local picnic spot on their fifth year anniversary. Gareth got down on one knee and co-insidentally fireworks went off nearby after Kat said yes! They decided straight away to get married exactly one year on.
The bride’s outfit
Kat looked fabulous in her Sottero and Midgley gown (www.sotteroandmidgley.co.uk) It originally had a pink sash but Kat had it changed to a black one to fit in with their black and white theme.
The accessories
Kat wore a tiara from John Lewis, pretty shoes from Topshop, a pearl bag from Monsoon (which I actually found a lot cheaper on ebay -they left that bit out though) , and pearl and diamond earrings,a gift from her parents. She also wore a Benjamin Roberts bolero (www.benjaminroberts.co.uk)
Steal her Style – Give your bridesmaids a theme and then let them choose their own dresses.
The groom’s outfit
Gareth, his dad, his best man and Kat’s dad had all their suits custom made at House of Fraser (www.houseoffraser.co.uk) “They were able to design their own suits” explains Kat, “and also chose their own lining and tie.”
Love this idea – Put together a goodie bag filled with special gifts for your maids.
The bridesmaids
Kat’s two sisters and best friend were bridesmaids. Kat gave them free reign to choose any black dress they wanted. Her Chief bridesmaid chose a dress from Coast, her sister Sarah wore a silky, strapped dress from Monsoon, while her sister Rachel chose a prom-style dress from Warehouse. “I also bought them pearl earrings and bracelets to add a vintage touch to their outfits” says Kat.
When I got the the end of the aisle, Gareth squeezed my hand and said “You look awesome”
The Flowers
Kat’s pretty bouquet was created by Cherubs Floral Design (www.cherubsfloraldesign.com) The ceremony flowers were supplied by the Church.
Love this idea – Write a poem to each other and have it printed in your order of service
The Ceremony
“My parents live next door to the vicar so it meant a lot to us to have him marry us” says Kat. Gareth’s grandad and a friend of Kat’s did readings, and some friends played in a band at the service, giving rock renditions of the hymns and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
The reception
Held at The Elvetham (www.elvethamhotel.co.uk) the guests had a delicious, three-course meal. “We head a band in the evening but no extra guests. Instead, we had a party in my parents’ garden two weeks later and I got to wear my dress again!” explains Kat.
Our table names were our favourite movie couples – we called the top table Romeo and Juliet…
The details
Instead of favours, Kat and Gareth put together an ice-breaker quiz about themselves. They even put together a goody bag for the winning table.
Groom’s tip – have your own opinion and don’t let your bride tell you what you want.
Most memorable moment
“I threw my bouquet with such vigor that it bounced off the back wall, hit someone on the head and landed in Carly’s (Chief bridesmaid) arms – everybody said it was a fix!” laughs Kat.
The honeymoon
The couple jetted off to Tokyo the next day and stayed in a traditional ryokan (a roll mat on the floor) “Very Rock n Roll” says Kat.
Bride’s beauty tip – “I went on  MAC and Bobbie Brown binge before the big day. I decided to do my make up myself because I know exactly how I like it and I didn’t want to feel overdone or not like myself. Make sure you have concealer and your lippie with you for touch ups on the day.”

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A Different Style

Also at our wedding was my good friend David Mcneil – at that time just toying with the idea of getting into wedding photography…he took some pretty wicked snaps too, in a totally different style to our official wedding photographers.  It was awesome to see the wedding in two completely different ways.  Here are a select few of his amazing pictures..

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Our Wedding

The time has come..I’m going to start the huge job of attempting to rebuild the old blog after my genuis skillz at deleted the blogspot site.  The posts will no doubt be briefer than before, as not only has the tempo and direction of Rock n Roll Bride moved on since these old posts but also it’s going to take hella long time – just the best of the best will make the new and improved Rock n Roll Bride!

Let’s start with the stuff surrounding our own wedding, back in April 2008 – shall I re-do the wedding report I wrote?  If you want it I can re-post it as I managed to recover a lot of the text on the old blog.  But right now I’ll just begin with some of our favourite photographs from the day taken by our fabulous wedding photographers English Rose Weddings.

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