Of all the projects and various off-shoots that I’ve taken on, none of them are as close to my heart as the print magazine. What started life as a 14 page brochure to hand out at a wedding show has now become an annually produced 84 page beast and a massive part of Rock n Roll Bride. In interviews, it’s always the first thing people want to know about – How did it come about? What’s inside? Where do I find the time to do it?
But this magazine has never been about me, it’s all about you and helping you to plan a wedding that truly encompasses you and your partner. From the pretty to the practical, the crazy to the creative, wedding planning can be a scary and daunting time. That’s why I wanted to produce something that is not only crammed with gorgeous, alternative inspiration and wedding planning advice but is something that you can keep and refer back to again and again.
This year’s bumper edition boasts 84 pages of 100% exclusive content. Nothing inside has been shared anywhere online. There are five utterly gorgeous real weddings, a 14 page fashion editorial spread illustrating how you can have a beautiful and alternative wedding on a tiny budget, and three amazing but super simple (enough that even I could do them!) DIY tutorials contributed by some of the most creative babes in the business. Get ready to get your craft on!
Alongside all the pretty images and inspiration, this magazine is also overflowing with the advice I wish I’d heard when planning my own wedding. I’ve written a step by step action plan laying out the first things you need to do when you get engaged and an idiot-proof guide to choosing your perfect wedding suppliers. There’s an article that bulldozes through the crap that the wedding industry spouts about how brides ‘should’ look on their wedding day (and believe me, I haven’t held back!) and I share the best thing Gareth and I did before we walked down the aisle to really help nurture our relationship.
Photography: Shell De Mar Photography
Oh my God, I’m BACK! I know it’s a terrible cliché but these past two weeks have been a whirlwind of epic proportions. From Reading to Santorini to Mykonos to London (where we taught two back-to-back workshops no less, what were we thinking?!) Gala, Shauna and I haven’t had much time to rest, but we’ve had the time of our lives in the process.
It already feels like a million years ago but on the flight to Greece Gala informed us that she wanted to make some home videos to commemorate our trip (yey!) What ensued was a mix of stupidity, sailing and a mammoth sunglasses trying on session…
After three days in Oia (the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited – by far!) we hopped on a ferry to Mykonos for some much needed R&R. We stayed at the utterly beautiful Grace Hotel (AKA paradise) and believe me when I say I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in a hotel so fabulous. The pool alone made it worth the terrible (and rocky) four hour boat trip!
Most of our fellow hotel guests were honeymooners. If you fancy the Greek Islands for your honeymoon you have to stay here, just tell them the girl with the pink hair sent you. I do wonder what the staff and other guests made of us though. The three excitable girls who rocked up all sequins and tattoos certainly made an impression!
We also had an unexplainable obsession with Club Tropicana during this part of the holiday, hence why it ended up being the song in this video. Warning: it will be in your head all day after watching this. Sorry in advance…
But on to the real reason why you popped by today – Thursday Treats. Prepare yourself for a bumper edition…! I mean, I did promise you one didn’t I?!
So, did you miss me?
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Intimate touch of vintage wedding
♥ Confetti-filled Cali wedding
♥ Superhero inspired engagement ring
♥ Black and white Italian wedding
♥ Handmade Californian ranch wedding
Photography: Matthew Morgan Photography
Happy Sunday you beautiful creatures! I wanted to pop by today to just say a huge thank you and to share some love for everyone who’s ordered, instagrammed or blogged about my little headpiece collection. Sophie and I have been BLOWN AWAY by the response – so much so that the day we launched was Crown and Glory’s biggest day for orders EVER and in the first few days alone she used over 12,000 gems making all the pieces that had been purchased. WHOA!
Thank you to all these babeing bloggers who’ve mentioned or featured the collection. I love you!
♥ Boho Weddings ♥ Twinkie Chan ♥ Gala Darling ♥ Fishee Designs ♥ Wrapped Up in Weddings ♥ Fete ♥ Whimsical Wonderland Weddings ♥ Want that Wedding ♥ Head Full of Feathers (the rainbow necklace I wore in the lookbook was by her – a lot of you have asked me about it)! ♥ Little Purple Stocking ♥ Goat + Wolf ♥ Devlin Photos ♥ Ruby Weddings ♥ Little Capulet ♥ Beyond Beyond ♥
And to everyone that sent me photos using the #rockglory tag – you all look amazing!
I’ve been a Crown and Glory obsessive ever since I first saw her beautiful pieces on the pages of a glossy magazine. I distinctively remember being sat on a busy train flicking through Company and being stopped in my tracks (boom, boom!) as I saw her gorgeous flower crowns and glitter bows in one of their fashion editorials. So not to forget to check them out online later, I snapped a photo and tweeted “Note to self, check out @crownandglory_!”
After a few months of tweeting back and forth, Sophie and I finally met in real life at a workshop I was hosting. When she came in with that flash of purple hair, giant glitter bow plonked firmly on her head I knew we were kindred spirits.
So, about six months ago, when an email pinged into my inbox from her asking if I’d consider designing a range of headpieces with her… well, she didn’t have to ask me twice! She basically told me to let my imagination run wild and that she’d take care of making it a reality. Talk about my dream job!
I have been in my element with this project. An ombre glitter bow was my first idea… I’m obsessed with ombre anything and well, anyone who knows anything about me will be well aware of my infatuation with all things sparkly.
Goodness! Who would have thought that launching a magazine to compliment this little blog of mine would have been such a runaway success? Ever since we published issue 2 of this yearly magazine, waaaaay back in August last year, the orders have been coming in daily. Gareth, who packs and ships every single one by hand, has been a busy bee for sure, and a regular fixture at our local Post Office! He’s obviously been doing his job pretty damn well too, because he told me this week that issue two is now officially sold out. Whoa.
However if you missed out and you’re now kicking yourself for it, don’t fret because we have a small batch of seconds (mags that aren’t 100% perfect) which we’d like to offer to you, with a massive third slashed off the original price. The imperfections are minimal, nothing more than a few lines of smudged text on the last page, but we were not prepared to ship them in less-than-perfect condition at full price. So, rather than wastefully destroying these slightly flawed magazines we agreed a massive price-cut is the best option for everbody concerned!
I love old film cameras. There’s something so innocently wonderful about having a tangible and imperfect photograph to hold in your hand. In this hyper digital age, I think we’ve all been so quick to forget that unadulterated joy of taking your rolls of 35mm to the developers and waiting with baited breath to get the prints. They didn’t always turn out, but that was weirdly part of the appeal. When you did get that one perfect shot, without previews on the back of the camera or Photoshop wizardry to help, it was utterly magnificent.
I wish I took more photographs. But when you’re working at home most of the time, with your main entertainment being your cats or a weekly trip to the supermarket (oh the glamour) it can be difficult to see fun or beautiful things that you might want to capture. However, when I was in the US recently I decided to indulge my passion and have a little play around with some new toys.
Film might be amazing, but combine it with rainbows and you’ve got me. Bad.