Category Archives: Personal Rambles

Nine Years of Rock n Roll Bride!


If someone had told me in October 2007 that the blog I had just started to share my ideas for my wedding would not only one day become the full time career of both me and (soon-to-be) husband, but would also be one of the most widely read wedding blogs in the world and would spawn a print magazine sold in stores up and down the country… well I would have told you to stop making up such nonsense! Even writing all that now, it feels totally crazy, like a dream.

I can’t believe I’ve been sharing on this space for nine years, how is that even possible?! Other than my relationship with Gareth I don’t think I’ve ever stuck at anything for so long!!

While the blogging industry has certainly changed a lot in that time, and many people might now lament that ‘blogging is dead!’ (I beg to differ) I don’t have plans to quit anytime soon. I can hand-on-my-heart say that every single exciting opportunity or friendship I’ve formed over the past almost-decade is because of this blog.  I still love updating it every day and probably will until someone pries it from my cold dead hands!

The internet is changing fast (nothing new there) but I still feel there is a big place for blogs. Although I don’t read as many as I used to, and YouTube and Instagram are where all the ‘cool kids’ are these days, I still believe it’s really important to own your own content. After all, how can you make something your business when any moment YouTube or Instagram could change their policies and whip it out from under you!? No thank you!

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I’m Happy

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“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that is is” – Mandy Hale

I still haven’t unpacked from my recent trip, the house is full of boxes of magazines, the bathroom needs a clean, my inbox is bursting, I’m feeling overwhelmed with everything I have to do… but right now I am happy.

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Life Update, Our First Employee, and A Call for National Wedding Show Exhibitors!

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Things have been pretty full-on of late. Not only have I been travelling a lot (I’ve been away more than I’ve been home over month – Vienna, Paris AND Vegas all within three weeks!) but I’ve been working on issue 10, multiple new collaborations and preparing for the National Wedding Shows which are taking place in September/ October – wah!

In fact things have been so busy that we’ve decided to bring on our first employee! My sister Rachel (yes, the one that got married!) is coming on board part time to help us with social media (to begin with, then probably a lot more stuff once she finds her feet). It’s very exciting yet scary to think about employing someone for the first time. Up until now we’ve always worked with freelancers when we’ve needed things done that we can’t do ourselves. It feels like a very big responsibility even though she’ll only be doing a few hours work a week!

Most other wedding bloggers have large teams these days, but I’ve always liked not having the responsibility of anyone else, and having complete control. However its just got to that stage now where Gareth and I physically can not keep up with everything we need and want to do, so it finally feels like the right time.

The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is BACK

Aaaanyway, in other news, I wanted to remind those wedding suppliers reading this that the Rock n Roll Bride Collection is coming back to the National Wedding Show and WE NEED YOU to make it as awesome as possible! Things have changed a bit this season too.

As well as the usual shell scheme for exhibitors, I had the idea to create the Rock n Roll Bride Gallery, which will be an area that will feature some of the very best alternative wedding suppliers. The difference between this and the rest of the show is that each supplier will get a plinth to display just a couple of their products, rather than a full stand. I almost want it to be like a little Rock n Roll Bride boutique and its going to be rad!

The Gallery is for those suppliers that maybe aren’t quite at the stage in their business where they’re able to afford a ‘proper’ stand just yet. The section is also by application only (aka not everyone who applies will be accepted) and I’ll be personally vetting each and every one. I want to make sure the Gallery is a killer selection of suppliers that I would genuinely recommend to my followers.

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Two Wonderful Days in Paris

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I am very, very bad at keeping secrets, especially exciting ones! So when Sophie and I planned months ago, to take Ronnie to Paris for her birthday, I was sure I would accidentally blab. BUT I DIDN’T AND I’M SO PROUD.

We had the most wonderful two days in the City of Light (as you will have seen if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat), and I decided to make a little video to bring you along with us. We meandered around the beautiful cobbled streets (Monmartre is my favourite!) marvelling at the architecture, eating croissants, crepes and macarons, and spilling Prosecco nearly everytime we ordered some!

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Vegas or Bust!

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while you probably won’t have failed to notice that I have a not-so-secret obsession with a particular city… Las Vegas! I’ve been three times before and next week I’m off for my forth adventure with Gala and Shauna. Its nice to have friends who are just as in love with a place as you are!

Not everybody ‘gets’ Vegas, but to me nothing beats being in a place where wearing false eyelashes and sequins at 9am is totally normal, you can lie by a pool all day, party all night and shop with a margarita in your hand.

It’s not all playtime though, we’re actually getting together to start work on a brand new project. So many of you have asked us if we have anything else in the pipeline since we’ve stopped doing the in-person Blogcademy classes, and the answer is YES! It’s nothing to do with blogging or business though – its completely new – and something I think a lot of you will be pretty darn excited about. I’m just busting to get started with it!

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My Sister Got Married Yesterday!

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Yesterday Rachel and Jamie got married. It was the most INCREDIBLE day. Obviously I’m biased but I definitely think it’s one of (if not the) best wedding I’ve ever seen, let alone been to.

I will, of course, be sharing their wedding in full soon (the video will be on the blog when it’s ready and the full story will be in a future edition of the print magazine!) but I had to stop by today to share a few sneak peek photos and leave some words of thanks to all the amazing suppliers that made it such a magical day.

Camera Hannah took the official photographs and filmed the video. She made us all feel so comfortable in front of the camera but she also helped calm everyone’s nerves and kept the day moving smoothly. She is a truly wonderful human and she takes AMAZING photos to boot!

Olivia from Nitty Gritty Events was our day-of coordinator. She went above and beyond to not only making sure that the day went off without a hitch, but helping to keep us sane in the few weeks before the day. We could not have done this without her!

Choccywoccydoodah made the most spectacular wedding cake ever! I mean, any wedding cake with sloths and monkeys hidden in it is all good in my book.

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Rachel found her incredible Rue de Seine dress at Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton. The bridesmaids all wore this dress from For Him and For Her. We all had henna done by Henna Art 4 U and wore metallic and white temporary tattoos from Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos.

The marquee and other rentals all came from Redcrest Events and Green Parlour created the most spectacular flower arrangements.

Their woodland ceremony was officiated by a friend, Nye, and Rachel and Jamie walked back up the makeshift aisle while the guests showered when with real flower confetti from Shropshire Petals.

Sausage and Pear kept us fed with delicious food all day and Amy Brandon and her assistant Emma made us all feel beautiful with her amazing make up skills.

We were entertained endlessly by Belle Studio‘s airstream photo booth and Rachel and Jamie spent their first night as husband and wife (!!) in a bell tent hired from The Original Pop Up Festival Company.

Crown and Glory came along to do a Candy Shop and all the guests that wanted one got a flower crown or hair clip to wear! All the bridesmaid and Rachel’s flower crown were also made by Sophie and Gareth. These were SUCH a hit! Even all the men were wearing them at dinner and everyone looked so beautiful and colourful!

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