Category Archives: Personal Rambles

Scaring The Shit Out of Myself in Sweden

anything worth doing is always scary

There are certain things that come up in my line of work that I think “You know what, I really should do this, but I’m terrified.” It happened when I quit my full time job, when I first travelled across the world on my own and when we decided to start our own publishing company… And it happened again when I was invited to speak at Way Up North, Europe’s first wedding photography summit being held in Stockholm. Although I was scared, I found myself saying yes. I mean being asked to be in a line-up with some of the most amazing wedding photographers on the planet is kind of a big deal. I would have been a fool to turn it down.

I’ve been in a prolonged state of panic ever since I signed up (am I REALLY going to do this!?) and next week it’s finally here. It’s happening. I’m flying to Sweden next Monday to speak in front of 500 wedding photographers about why they should be blogging. AND I AM TERRIFIED.

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San Francisco, DisneyWorld and the Last Ever Blogcademy Workshop in New York

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Phew, what a whirlwind. I feel like I’ve been living life on an constantly speeding-up treadmill this past couple of weeks! I really haven’t done a personal life update on the blog in forever, so I figured today I’d quickly fill you in on what’s been going on.

After our Blogcademy workshop in San Francisco, Gala, Shauna and I had a week free before our last ever class in New York. So what do three slightly deranged friends decide to do to fill the void? Go to Disneyworld of course! I’m not going to lie, visiting The Happiest Place on Earth has always been a childhood dream of mine, so finally being in the position to be able to do it was literally more exciting to me that any other trip we’ve taken. I am an unashamed Disney NUT. I’ve seen every movie from Snow White to Inside Out and I’m not even embarrassed to admit that I think Frozen is one of the most amazing movies (and soundtracks) of all time. Yep, I’m super cool.

There’s so much I could tell you about it’s hard to know where to start, but let’s just say my highlights were the Halloween fireworks, the live Hocus Pocus show, riding Space Mountain at midnight, taking photos with Donald Duck, Chip and Dale and Goofy, buying the best souvenirs (Mickey hat with my name on it, a half pink half blue Aurora mug, Maleficent pill box, too many enamel pins for life) and visiting 11 counties in one day at Epcot! If you ever have the chance to go to Disney, JUST DO IT. You will not regret it.

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After our Disney adventure it was time to head to NYC for our last ever in-person Blogcademy workshop. It’s so funny that this ended up being our last class, because it’s also where we held our very first class in 2012, and one of the girls that attended that first class was our assistant for the weekend! Talk about coming a full circle.

People have asked us a lot why we’re ending The Blogcademy and I’m sorry to disappoint you but there’s no big conspiracy and we all still love each other – ha! It’s just time to refocus our energy on to other things. After all I now have a magazine to produce every other month. I can’t be leaving the country for two weeks at a time any more! For those of you that didn’t make an in-person class, remember The Blogcademy Online workshop is still available if you want to learn the blogging ropes from us. The content of the online course is exactly the same as the live one, only it’s kinda better because you get to learn from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

The past fortnight has been wonderful, but as nerdy as it sounds, I’m so happy to be home and getting back to work. I hit the ground running on my return to the UK when I attended the National Wedding Show in London yesterday. I’ll admit, when NWS initially approached to speak at the The Wedding Theatre, I was a little sceptical. Undoubtedly each of us caters to very different ends of the wedding market – they’re all about the very traditional, mainstream wedding world and as you well know, that really isn’t my thing. While most of what was on display there didn’t interest me in the slightest (the Slimfast food cart made me cringe and angry in equal measure!) I was thrilled to meet some really cool suppliers who were exhibiting including Fur Coat No KnickersPrezola, Jason Charles Jewellery and Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos to name a few. The organisers were so super duper lovely too and made me feel right at home.

To everyone that came along to hear me speak and get their magazines signed I LOVE YOU! It was wonderful to meet, hug and chat to you all. You really are the BEST!

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New Look, New Adventures

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Oh the excitement! There has been a lot going on behind the scenes at Rock n Roll Bride HQ over the past few months. Not only have we taken the magazine back completely in-house, but we’ve secretly been squirreling away to re-brand too! Its been a non-stop party of design, logistics and approximately sixty squillion emails coming and going each day.

If you have your own business, nothing feels better than a re-brand. We’d been rocking the old look for more than five years, so it felt like the perfect time have a little facelift. The business has changed so much since the old design was rolled out so it felt only right to reflect our new developments with a more grown up appearance.

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I worked with my babe Shauna of We Are Branch (the best designer and friend I could ever ask for – FACT) and to say I’m thrilled would be the understatement of the year. The new design is much more editorial, feminine and modern. I LOVE IT SO MUCH, especially the new blog header. Isn’t it sooo pretty!?

The layout of the website was still working well for us so the functionality is still mostly the same. Apart from the logo, the only other major change is that we’ve relocated the main navigation to the very top of the page. On mobile devices we now have a five simple icons pinned to the top of the screen which you can use to move between the main sections of the site.

You can still find the content where it always was, the most popular articles at the bottom of the page and the ‘rockstar vendors’* (aka wedding suppliers that I think are rad) listed down the right hand side. From the front page you can also still click through to see the full gallery of images for each featured wedding. Easy!


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This is Not a Blog Post


… Not a real one anyway. I just thought I’d stop by and share with you that the new look will be launching tomorrow! I’m so excited for you to see what we (and by ‘we’ I mean Shauna and Gareth!) have been working on. It’s looking incredible!

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Rock n Roll Bride on Ireland AM!

On Friday, I woke up in an unfamiliar place to a 5.30am alarm clock. Gareth and I were in Dublin because I’d been invited onto Ireland AM, Ireland’s version of This Morning!

I had such a lovely time. The hosts, Sinéad and Mark, were so friendly and genuinely interested in hearing all about my blog and magazine, both on-screen and off. After the show Mark and I even chatted about tattoos and cats! Needless to say, this blue haired weirdo fit right in. On air, we discussed alternative weddings and what makes them awesome, wedding trends, my sister’s upcoming nuptials and why my own wedding was actually rather traditional!

For those of you not on the emerald isle, here’s a video of the segment if you want to watch it. Enjoy!

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The Salvage Project

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Last year, my beautiful friend Jo lost her battle with depression. I miss her so much and not a day goes past when I don’t think about her. Once the dust settled after her death, her boyfriend Chris and I had long chats about him doing an project in her memory, with proceeds going to charity. On Thursday, what would have been Jo’s 31st birthday, he launched The Salvage Project.

Chris explains the project better than I ever could. The ‘About Jo’ section of the website reads, “I refuse to dwell on her illness as it simply didn’t define who she was to anyone. Jo struggled with a variety of mental health issues throughout my time with her. She hid it from everyone with the exception her closest family and I.

For the purpose of narrative and facts, only: Jo took her own life in February 2014.

I saw this project develop whilst she was alive and, for Jo, ‘The Salvage Project’ was an escape. It was a ‘place’ she felt like she had a real purpose and somewhere that she saw a future. I’ll always remember her face when we’d finish a certain part of a logo or website. She’d bounce and clap and squeal with excitement. I remember, she used to uncontrollably waddle around like a penguin when she was excited.”


“It was ‘her’ project. The Salvage Project gave her a sense of independence and a feeling of self worth. She’d learned to use side effects of her illness, such as attention to detail and perfectionism to create one of the few things she was genuinely proud of. This project contributed to moments where she was truly herself and I’m so grateful I was around to see how it made her feel.

From the start, we always referred to this as ‘The Salvage Project’. The word ‘Salvage’ took a much deeper interpretation when I started revisiting the project, after she passed away. Jo left behind mountains of her work including chests of beautiful jewellery and notes on the direction she wanted to take with business ideas and branding. Stepping into her office at our home was like stepping into a time capsule of her ‘happiest’ times.

To me, ‘Salvage’ refers to the act of scrambling through the aftermath of devastation to find, develop and launch a project she’d worked so hard towards. I wanted to ‘salvage’ my positive memories of her instead of ‘moving on’. I told myself that ‘If I can’t say goodbye to Jo, I want my memories of her to be from when she was at her happiest’.”

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