Category Archives: Personal Rambles

Remember How I Published a Magazine?

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I’m sure most of you will already know this, but last Summer we published issue two of our print magazine. Since then, and every day with out fail, my poor suffering Gareth has been packing and shipping each copy that’s been ordered – by hand. There’s no fancy behind the scenes action in our operation believe you me. He’s become quite the regular feature in our local post office. I wonder if they take bets about what he’s sending out in those shiny pink envelopes with such regularity.

Other blogs may do online magazines, but we go at it proper old skool style. Sure, it’s more work (and a lot more expensive to produce) but even in this hyper-digital age, there’s something so special about getting a crisp print edition through your letterbox.

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London Calling!

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Image: Cargo Collective

I am SO EXCITED because Gala & Shauna fly into London this week. It seems like just a few short weeks ago we we’re all together in New York – this trip has come around so so quickly!

The agenda? Two very nearly sold out – we have ONE space left! – Blogcademy classes, talking about how to be famous online at The Photography Farm (tickets for this talk are only £100 if you want to come along) and four sure-to-be slightly chaotic days in Paris! Throw into the mix a little shopping (OK a lot of shopping), plenty of gallivanting around seeing the sights and oodles & oodles of giggles, self portraits and sparkly ear madness. Be sure to follow us all (Kat, GalaShauna) on Instagram if you want to be a part of it!

I LITERALLY CANNOT WAIT.

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Newly Engaged? Start Here!

Congratulations you’re engaged! If you’re new around these parts I’d like to say hi and to let you know how excited I am to meet you. This is going to be one of the most awesome/stressful/exciting/fulfilling/hair-tearing (delete as appropriate) rides of your life and I for one can’t wait for you to get started! In fact I loved planning my wedding so much that I made it into my career. Gareth & I were married in April 2008. I started this blog to document the journey and I haven’t stopped since!

I’m Kat by the way… I guess I should have said that first. This is me…

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Photography Credit: Made U Look Photography

And for some reason I pull that face a lot in photos.

So right now you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed and still quite shell-shocked about the whole ‘crap I’ve got to plan an actual wedding’ thing. I’d also imagine that you probably have no idea where to start. Well the very fabulous Veronica Dearly (she makes awesome wedding stationery) created this extra-ordinarily helpful introduction to planning a wedding and she’s kindly let me share it with you all…

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Cute huh?

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A Year in Instagram

I’m not gonna lie, one of my highlights of 2012 was when Instagram came to android in March. Sad? Yes – Embarrassed? No!

I’ve loved looking back at my year though the snapshots (over 1000 of them!) that I’ve taken. And if you don’t follow me already, whydontya?! I’m rocknrollbride (shocking!)

Las Vegas in February

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(stolen from Lisa, Gala & Shauna because I didn’t have Instagram then but I felt this trip needed to be included..!)

- Heart Attack Grill (so gross and no we didn’t eat here!) – Instax obsessed – meeting some readers who literally just got married! – kisses – welcome to fabulous Las Vegas – elevator dancing – Elton mouse – the holy trinity – #bloggerface -

New York in May

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2012, The Year That Was {Part Two: July – December}

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Photography Credit: Made U Look Photography

If anything, the second part of 2012 was even more insane than the first. So much happened in these six short months – it’s pretty crazy!

July

July saw another Photography Farm. Our models this time were my gorgeous sister Rachel and her boyfriend Jamie. Aww so damn beautiful. I think this was my Farm shoot of the year.

We also finally, FINALLY (!) released issue two of the Rock n Roll Bride print magazine! This was SUCH a labour of love and I was so relieved to get it out… FINALLY! (did I say finally enough?)

♥ Wedding of the Month: A Maryland farm wedding

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Photography Credit: Lydia Jane

♥ Notable Highlights:

Star Wars, video games & a geek chic themed wedding

A village hall, DIY & a beautiful bride with dreadlocks

Pink & leopard print themed DIY wedding

♥ Green Room greats:

Why you should be selfish

Facebook tips for wedding suppliers

Let’s be frenemies

August

We hosted TWO School of Rock workshops this month – both in Brighton – and Gala, Shauna & I launched The Blogcademy! The first NYC event sold out in less than a week and we were over the flippin’ moon.

♥ Wedding of the Month: Laid back vintage inspired East London wedding

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Photography Credit: Robbins Photographic

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2012, The Year That Was {Part One: January – June}

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Photography Credit: Made U Look Photography

2012 has been, without a shadow of a doubt, the best year of my life. Words can’t describe how immensely thankful I am for every amazing opportunity I’ve been given because of this blog and YOU LOT. So as this incredible 366 days draws to a close and we hurtle towards 2013 with the utmost vigour, I wanted to share with you some of the year’s highlights as well as some of my favourite weddings and blog posts.

What were your favourite weddings of the last year?

And I’ve got a bit of top secret exclusiveness for you too, dear reader. Rock n Roll Bride is getting a facelift on January 8th! Shauna, Gareth & I (OK so mainly Shuana & Gareth – but I’ve been overseeing!) have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to create something pretty darn special. I can’t WAIT to share it with you all! Raising the bar again? Oh yes we are!

So here we go, 2012 in review from January to June…

January

We launched the Green Room on January 3rd – something I’d been dreaming about doing for a long time. I really wanted to be able to use my blog to share some of my businessy tips, tricks and advice that I’d picked up over the years and was thrilled when Gareth came up with the concept of effectively splitting the blog in two. My work load basically doubled but, honestly, it’s been one of the most rewarding things I write about. The feedback from you guys has been nothing short of incredible.

♥ Wedding of the Month: Hearts, Love & DIY Heaven: Sarah & Gray

Photography Credit: Assassynation

♥ Notable Highlights:

Mrs X lifted the lid on why hiring a professional wedding photographer is so important. Cue one of my most popular blog posts EVER.

Do you have to invite +1s to your wedding?

A budget-friendly DIY wedding with the world’s cutest wedding video

♥ Green Room greats:

Finding your business mojo

How to get the best out of exhibiting at a wedding fair

Dealing with rejection and why it’s the best thing that will ever happen to you

February

Gareth & I started the month by being roped into a pretty epic ‘wedding circus’ shoot by Sassy & Jo. Gareth even got on a horse! It was bloody freeeezing but so worth it. I looked like I’d lost about 10lbs in Jo’s amazing corsets.

Lisa, David & I headed over to Las Vegas for WPPI and to hook up with Gala & Shauna for fun, frolics, mischief and of course and epic photo shoot! I don’t want to sound over-dramatic but this was a pretty life changing trip for me. I rediscovered why travel and new experiences are so good for the soul and made a pact with myself to do a hell of a lot more of it!

♥ Wedding of the Month: Indie Rock Winter Wedding

Photography Credit: Hannah Millard Photography

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