Category Archives: Personal Rambles

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


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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Take THAT Prop 8!

Credit: David McNeil

I just wanted to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to say WOOOOHOOOOO to all you guys in California where the ridiculous Prop 8 was overturned and deemed unconstitutional. To all my LGBT readers and friends, go out and celebraaaate!

Now go get the hell married and send me the photographs afterwards! Love you all.

ps pop by next week to see this rest of Lindz & Amanda’s ass kickin’ wedding!

Rock n Roll Bride is Officially The Best Bridal Style Blog – Now Vote for me to Win Best Overall Bridal Blog!

I wanted to celebrate this announcement by sharing my newest and most favourite thing ever! It’s from Butler & Wilson and it’s totally flippin’ gorgeous.

First up a HUGE thank you to everybody who voted for me to win ‘Best Style Blog’ at The Wedding Channel’s bridal blog awards…can you believe I only bloomin’ won it (with nearly half of the votes – and out of 6 contestants that’s pretty cool so thank you for all your votes!)

All the finalists from each category are now pitted against each other in the ultimate bridal battle – who really is the best wedding blog out there? I’d love it if you’d vote for me for this award too…but if not vote for The Wedding Chicks or The Broke Ass Bride cos I’d like them to win it too. And if I don’t win I’m actually just totally bloomin’ chuffed to have been voted the most stylish!

Click here to vote for the Best Overall Bridal Blog
Vote for Me for the Bridal Blog Awards!

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Things are Looking a bit Sparkly New Around Here…

Oh hurrrrrh. I have mucho mucho excitement right now. I have been planning a website overhaul for a few months now but it was only when I went full time that I’ve really had the time to properly sort this out. I loved my old blog design but I just felt like after a year of the previous design, that Rock n Roll Bride deserved a little face lift.

So I contacted the amazing Nubby Twiglet. I’d fallen in love with her and her work when I discovered her though Gala Darling’s blog. I love her modern retro style, her bold monochrome look with pops of fabulous colour and I felt an instant affinity with her love of Michael Jackson! I was over the moon when Nubby agreed to re-design my website for me and she came up with a funky and fresh new look for me. I’m sorry but how cool is my new logo?!

Credit: K D Photography

But wait, there’s more! Over the past few weeks, as the regular design updates came through from Nubby, I have been tweeting my excitement like a mad thing. My excitement was read by Charlotte Gamble of Restoration Cake. She dropped me an email and asked if I’d like her to make me a custom cake to celebrate the launch. Ermm would I?! Yes Please! Isn’t it funny, you offer people cake and they’ll do anything for you!?

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