Category Archives: Personal Rambles

Deck the Halls – Happy Christmas Everybody!

Merry Christmas to one and all. I’m going to take a few days off blogging over the festive season, but rest assured I’ll be back with more Rock n Roll Wedding goodness next week…I can’t stay away too long! 

I’ll see you on the other side. Until then…

Thanks to Emma for sharing this. MWAH!

{Personal Posting} New Handbag Eye Candy

I couldn’t resist adding a little bonus personal post this morning…because look what I just became the proud owner of! I think every girl needs a Vivienne Westwood handbag for Christmas. My wonderful friend Peter bought it for me (yeah, I opened it early, whoops) I must have been a very good girl this year!

Gareth said it’s hideous and that I’m a big loser for asking him to take photos of me flashing it. However I think it suits my hair quite perfectly and that anyone who thought I was strange as I posed in front of the random Christmas shed is clearly just jealous of my fabulous new bag.

Happy Christmas to me. Thank you to Peter and Vivienne. I love you both!

It’s Time to Celebrate… BIG Rock n Roll Bride News!

Credit: Shell de Mar Photography (sneak peek of a fabulous e-session I’ll be blogging really soon)

I just wanted start this week with a BANG and some seriously exciting news!  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you’ll know this already (I just couldn’t keep it in any longer) but I had to make the big announcement on the blog too. ..

As some of you may know, ever since launching Rock n Roll Bride waaay back in 2007, I have been living a bit of a double life. As well as running the number one wedding blog in the UK (yeah I’m a big show off!) I have been moonlighting as a TV Producer at the weekends. Hold your horses though, it’s not that exciting…I have been producing shopping tv!

I started the job straight out of University in 2006 when I thought I wanted to work in television. While I have enjoyed the job immensely and met and worked with some truly incredible, talented, driven and inspiring people, the time has now come to close that chapter in my life. I will be sad to leave all my friends but right now my allegiances have shifted from selling jacquard duvets and Royal Doulton figurines to bringing alternative wedding awesomeness to the world.

I went part time in May this year to focus more on Rock n Roll Bride. However since then, and because of you, my f-ing amazing readers, I am now in a position to be able to fully support myself with the blog alone. I couldn’t do this with out you and without my utterly incredible sponsors/advertisers. I literally have no words to express how grateful I am to every single one of you for making my dreams come true.

So here on in things are going to get seriously exciting. As soon as I’ve worked my notice, I will be officially a full time wedding blogger.

Pink champagne and Percy Pigs all round!

The Perfect Christmas Present to Yourself – A Limited Edition Rock n Roll Bride Wall Planner!

Shameless self-promotion alert!

A few months ago I was talking to some photographer friends of mine who were looking to buy their 2011 wall planners – a vital organisational tool when you run your own business. However the moans came that all the planners available were so boring!  Why should such a creative bunch look at a plain and uninspiring sight all year?!

So, to cut a long story short, I got chatting to Abbey of Sugalily who kindly offered to design me a custom Rock n Roll Bride wall planner of my very own – the perfect use for all those photo shoot photos I have cluttering up my hard drive ha! Check it out – awesome huh!?

After I saw it, I started thinking, maybe some of my readers might like one too? Brides-to-be planning their weddings always need to write down when all their appointments are, and my photographer friends always need to easily see when they’re booked for photo shoots or weddings. In fact everyone needs a bit of planning some days, so why not do so in (pink) style?!

The price for a Rock n Roll Bride 2011 wall planner (size A2) is just £19.95 (including postage) and we can ship worldwide! To order, click the logo below or right here

The Rock n Roll Bride wall planners are available for a limited period only! You must place your order buy Monday 6th December 2010 to get yours in time for Christmas!

Go go go!

A Lot Can Happen in 3 Years…

I started Rock n Roll Bride in October 2007 and a lot has happened since then. For one thing I’m busy, really busy. My life is actually pretty mental…but I have ideas and I get to run with them and I like it that way.

I work 5 days a week on the blog, writing and publishing around 20 articles of unique content every week. At the weekends I still work at a shopping channel and produce 4 hours of live TV every night. I get home at 3.30am. I sleep. I get up. I neck approximately a litre of coffee.

I write.

I upload.

I download.

(Gareth moans at me for slowing down the internet)

I email email email…

Then there’s the magazine deadlines and of course the photo shoots – fabulous? Yes, uber hard work that takes months of organisation and a pretty knackering few days of execution? Oh YES!

Then there’s the plans for next year…and I have big plans!

I love my life right now. I’ve actually never been happier. I love that I’m busy and I love that my work helps to inspire so many people. However sometimes in amongst the slew of emails, obsessive tweeting and late night writing, I do stop and think how much my life really has changed over this relatively short space of time. 

When I started the blog there were no other professional UK wedding bloggers so I really didn’t have any idea of what to expect or anyone to emulate. By being true to who I am, I really have learnt SO MUCH and grown up in a big way. I’ve met so many amazing and talented people and made so many fabulous friends. It’s mental to think about it all actually. Mindblowing in fact.

While David and I were shooting in Paris, we set up a pose and unbeknown to us at the time, shot an image that really does show how far I’ve (we’ve!) come in this time…

Compare and contrast.

The Rock n Roll Bride, shot by her good friend and newbie wedding photographer David McNeil, just after her wedding in 2008.

The Rock n Roll Bride, shot by her good friend and stupidly successful, booked solid by Rock n Roll Bride readers wedding photographer David McNeil…in Paris!

 

Happy Birthday Rock n Roll Bride…

2010 Readers Survey Results

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I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, thank you SO MUCH to everyone that took the time to fill in the 2010 Rock n Roll Bride readers survey. As always, I was blown away by your responses and even though some of the things brought up were ideas I’d already thought of and changes I already wanted to make, a lot of new thoughts and criticisms where also expressed. Hard to read sometimes, but necessary! I certainly have a lot of work to be getting on with (well, my poor web-designing husband does!) but rest assured that I will be making some really positive changes to the site as soon as physically possible.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share the overall results with you all as well as share our overall winner of that amazing bootie of prizes with you. The gorgeous ‘Pie’ won over £900 worth of wonderfulness and I have to say, I was totally sad to post it all away! Check her out:

And her 10 year old daughter particularly enjoyed the Manic Panic hair dye – so much so that she now wants pink her for her Mum’s wedding! Starting them off young, I like that!

Anyway…on with the results. Huge thanks to Alexis of OMG I’m Getting Married who created these wonderful graphics for me.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest group of readers are brides to be, however I really wanted to know the ratio between you brides and other wedding professionals/bloggers who read the site. I was pleasantly surprised at exactly how many of you were brides planning weddings, a whopping 63% of you.

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