Category Archives: Personal Rambles

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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Christmas Love & Sparkle

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Whatever you’re up to tomorrow I hope you have a fantastic day full of love and laughter. We’re off to my parent’s house tonight (I’m making cocktails – yey!) and tomorrow we’re back there for all the traditional fare. I’m particularly looking forward to the homemade cracker game that Gareth had put together (!) Who knew I married someone so creative?!

Henry & Rachel will be doing their usual excited antics of playing with wrapping paper, sitting in boxes and knocking as many baubles (yes I have glitter skull ones obviously) off the tree as possible.

Lots of love & Christmas sparkle

Kat, Gareth, Henry & Rachel

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The Underwoods

My Mum hates having her photo taken, so for Christmas last year I did what any loving daughter would and bought her a photo shoot with Lisa! Although I know she was grateful for the gesture I also know she was ridiculously nervous about the whole thing… which is probably why, after much persuasion and coercion from yours truly, they only just got around to booking it.

But photographs are important. Memories are important. And I wanted my parents to have some really great photographs and memories of the two of them as they are right now – happy, totally in love and really really great parents.

Yep prepare yourself, dear reader, this blog post is about to get a little bit gushy…

I love my parents with all my heart, and although I know my Mum really didn’t enjoy being in front of the camera (turns out my Dad on the other hand is a massive poser – he’s clearly who I get that from!) I really hope they can look at these photographs for years to come and realise how great they look and how in love they are – yep, even after 30 years of marriage!

I’m a bit rubbish at saying it sometimes, but I really do love you Mum & Dad. You are the best parents ever. Thank you both for everything you do for me and my sisters. Thank you for the constant support and love. I always know how proud you are of me and I really do appreciate it, it’s just hard to find those words sometimes.

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