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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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What Starting To Exercise Has Taught Me About My Mental Health

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Denial and terror, what a joyful combination… but they’re things I’ve been dealing with for a very long time. Oh my goodness, what’s been going on? You might ask. Has something really bad and difficult happened? Are you trying to do something no-one else has done? Is it something completely revolutionary and new?

Well actually, no.

For the past 32 years I’ve been completely petrified of any form of exercise.

As a teenager I passionately resisted physical exercise as much as possible. I was always the girl in PE with a note from home, opting to do extra maths lessons (which I also hated!) instead. But ANYTHING would be better than having to run around a field or, horror of horror, do team sports. I’m not sure if it stemmed from being badly bullied or if I was just lazy, but ever since then I’ve had a complete mental block on breaking out in a sweat.

Over the past few years I’ve been in pretty bad shape. I was drinking way too regularly and for the most part, hardly leaving the house unless it was to go to the supermarket (working from home is awesome, but it does have a nasty habit of turning you into a hermit). I started to think that maybe, maaaaybe, I should start doing some exercise… but I was scared of EVERYTHING to do with it.

I was scared of trying, scared of failing, scared that people would judge me, scared that other people in the gym would think I looked stupid, scared that I wouldn’t know how to use the equipment, worried I’d look fat in workout gear… The list just went on and on.

People have been telling me for YEARS that exercise will make me feel better, but I kept pushing it away. “Yeah maybe it works for you”, I’d think, “But getting all sweaty and out of breath sounds like hell to me”. It was easier to self-medicate my moods with things like alcohol and shopping…

But then one day back in March something strange happened. I was feeling sluggish, depressed, and like I’d just spent too much time in front of my computer. Gareth was in the next room getting ready to go to the gym so I called through (I was too embarrassed to even look him in the eye) and I tentatively said, “Erm, hey, I think I might want to come to the gym with you today.” That’s the even sillier thing, Gareth has been a dedicated gym bunny for 5+ years. He loves it and he looks GREAT, yet still I was so anxious about even telling him I wanted to give it a try.

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No Dicks Allowed: A Hen Do Without The Penis Straws

This weekend was my sister’s hen do (bachelorette for my American readers!) We planned everything as a surprise for her, but were under strict instructions that there be nothing pink, fluffy or penis shaped!

After posting a few photos on social media, I’ve had lots of questions about where we were and what we did (apparently a lot of you also want a send off that doesn’t involve inflatable penises or matching tee-shirts!) so I thought I’d share what we got up to. I’ve also ended the post with a few bonus tips to make sure your own alternative hen do goes off without a hitch!

Renting a house though Airb&b

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There were 11 of us, so we decided that hiring a big house that we could all stay in would be the most fun and economical option. Rachel (my sister) didn’t really want to go ‘out out’ so we didn’t need to be near a big town or city.

I trawled Airbnb for weeks to find somewhere big enough to sleep everyone, that didn’t cost a thousand pounds plus a night, and if there was a hot tub or a pool, even better! Eventually we found Lower Tadmarton House, near Banbury. It was wonderful! The house slept up to 16 (although we had to share double beds, which no-one seemed to mind) and we had the option of hiring in a hot tub at an additional cost. It was PERFECT.

If you are wanting to do the same my advice would be to start looking way earlier than you might think you need to (especially if you’re doing it over a popular weekend, like the May Bank Holiday). I booked this place in January but even then a lot of the places I considered were already booked. Plus, some people did reject our booking when they found out we were a hen do! Mean!

Crown and Glory’s Candy Shop and a henna artist

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To My Husband on Our Anniversary

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To my computer game playing, gym going, kitty obsessing, sleepy head husband:
You are my rock, my biggest supporter and all of my happiest moments. I’m so proud to call you my husband.

When I try to think about what to write to you on our eight year wedding anniversary, I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a bit stumped. How can you adequately put into words a love that completely engulfs you, that makes you a better person, and that truly makes life worth living?

12th April 2008 feels like eight lifetimes ago, not just eight years. So much has changed, yet nothing has. On the outside our lives could not be more different, but inside everything is completely the same. I’m still insanely in love with you. I still get excited to see you every morning. I still want to cover you with kisses every night. You still drive me nuts with all of your ways. I still can’t load the dishwasher properly.

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Why I’m Quitting Rock n Roll Bride

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When I started this blog I had no idea just how far it could take me. From quitting a well paid full time job to all expenses paid trips to Australia! I co-founded a workshop that taught over 1000 people all over the planet and launched a print magazine!! It really has been a wild ride and I wouldn’t change anything that’s happened for the world.

Over the past 8+ years I’ve woken up excited to turn on my computer and crack on with work (and that’s something I thought I’d never have in my life)… that is until it started to get too difficult. It stopped being fun. It started feeling like more of a chore than a labour or love. And if you don’t love something any more, why would you torture yourself? Life is just too short.

So I’ve come to a big decision. Its been really hard to make but I hope you’ll understand. I’m quitting Rock n Roll Bride. I’m not sure what I’m going to do next but I know it won’t be anything to do with weddings.

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