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Detoxing: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

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If you’d asked me three years ago to do any kind of detox programme, I can tell you with 100% certainty that I would have screamed back “Oh hell no!” But since turning 30 and spending a large proportion of my time in America (where there is a juice bar on nearly every corner!) the way my body feels on a daily basis has been on the forefront of my mind.

However, let’s keep it real: alongside all those deliciously healthy juices, The Land Of The Free has streets lined with cheese, sugar and enough refined carbs to make even the most iron-stomached person winch in pain. Staying on-track and remaining healthy when you travel so much is bloody tough.

A little disclaimer before we begin: I know this is a sensitive subject for a lot of you. I’m right there with you. I am also massively opposed to any of the excess pressure and almost bullying tactics that so many wedding media outlets put on brides-to-be. I detest the idea of a company praying on the insecurities we have about or bodies (of which, let’s be honest, there are many!) to make money. Period.

There’s a fine balance between succumbing to the pre-wedding weightloss bullshit, and just really wanting to look your very best on your big day. If you want to lose a few pounds then awesome, a milestone like a wedding can be a great motivator to get you back on track to good health. What it shouldn’t provide though, is excess pressure surrounding how you’re supposed to look, act or feel. Pushing yourself to reach unattainable and unrealistic ideals is NOT what Rock n Roll Bride is about.

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However, giving your body a clean out and a kick start towards a healthier lifestyle is something to be encouraged. And although I would never, ever promote anything that pressurised brides (or any woman for that matter) to change their body for anyone else but themselves, if you do want to feel in tip top physical shape, then giving yourself a helping hand with short term detox programme before embarking on a more healthy way of life is a great place to begin.

Although I eat reasonably well on a day to day basis, when I’m travelling it’s really difficult to make healthy choices. I also know I drink too much – wine is my Achilles heel! I can give or take pretty much any sweet treat you might put in front of me, but offer me an ice cold glass of Pinot and it’s nearly impossible for me to resist.

Anyway, after a few weeks of gorging myself on pizza, bread and convenience foods in Canada last month, I was feeling awful. My energy was low, I was feelings sluggish and heavy and my skin was hating me! When I got home I felt like I really needed a health injection and so I signed up for Kaeng Raeng’s three-day natural detox cleanse immediately. Detox programmes seem to be the thing to do at the moment (green juice anyone?) so I thought I might as well give one a bash.

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Join Rocker in Love On Their US Wedding Tour!

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If you’re getting married in America during 2015 then you’re going to want to pay attention to this! Brazilian photographers Grasi and Dani of Rocker in Love have spent the last eight years conquering the Southern American market, but have recently decided they want to expand and have a play north of the border. So, they’ve decided to embark on an epic year-long tour, around the United States, shooting weddings as they go!

The reason I’m so excited to share this with you today is because they particularly love working with alternative couples who want to have fun with their wedding photographs. They love pushing themselves to be as creative as possible, they’ve even recently started creating amazing cinemagraphs for each of their lucky couples. Like, whoa:

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Starting in Florida in January, Grasi and Dani are going to travel all around the US for the whole year, wrapping up in Alabama in December. Although they have a rough itinerary of where they want to go and when, their dates are completely flexible. They’re travelling around in a motor home and so are more than willing to make a quick detour if your dates don’t exactly match up. 

At the end of the tour, they plan to publish photos from each wedding in a book about American weddings. Amazing!

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Introducing: Couple, The Social Network For Two

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No one can deny that social networking has changed the way we interact. More and more of us now speak to one another through a computer better, and much more often, than we do face to face. We’re more likely to set up a Facebook event for our party than actually call our friends and invite them; we’d probably all send someone a birthday tweet quicker than posting them an actual card; liking someone’s Instagram is easy, but telling them to their face that you loved something they did? Oh no, that’s kinda awkward, and really, who’s got the time?

It’s pretty sad really, which is why my interest was piqued when the designers of Couple got in touch. Yes, it’s a social networking, but not as you know it. Based on personal connections, this app is made for communicating only with your favourite person.

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Free Wedding Photos For Alternative Couples with A Muse Photography!

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Washington DC based wedding photographer Rachel Couch of A Muse Photography loves nothing more than working with couples on their wedding day. “I also do a fair amount of fashion and lifestyle work”, she writes, “and I really value my ability to shoot within several different genres since it makes me look at everything with fresh eyes. ‘Magical realism’ is the name of the game — I try to create photographs that are both epic and cinematic, but also honest and intimate.”

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“Ever since I stumbled upon Rock n Roll Bride I’ve loved it! I’m a nerd at heart and love most things that have even the least bit of quirk. The weddings featured here not only celebrate love, they do it fearlessly and with panache. Here’s what I’m most excited about: getting to know two amazing people and being a part of the world they’ve created for their wedding day. I’m ready for anything!”

Think she sounds like your kinda wedding photographer? Well, you’re in LUCK because she would like to give one lucky Rock n Roll Bride reader FREE wedding photography!! Prize includes 8 hours of wedding day coverage, 500+ fully edited images on USB and a 50 page wedding album!

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Sack the Cheesy Wedding DJ

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I’m not a big dancer (well, in public) but one thing I am a super fan of is some seriously good music to get a party started. While having dancing at your wedding may or may not be top at the list of your priorities, having some damn fine entertainment certainly should be.

But knowing where to start on your wedding entertainment hunt can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re not one of those people who goes to see live bands a lot. Which is why I’m so thrilled that companies like Function Central exist. They list a plethora of awesome entertainers all in one place, making it easy as pie to search for, and find, the perfect performers for your wedding.

Dancing completely optional of course.

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It’s Not a Party Without a Photo Booth!

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I am an unashamed photo booth hog. To me, there is nothing more exciting than walking into a party and discovering that there’s one present. I’ll be the first one in and the last one out. I JUST LOVE THEM. Silly props! Stupid poses! Click click snap snap! That is my idea of a damn good time.

I know you guys feel the same because the popularity of photo booths at weddings has sky-rocketed over the past few years. In fact I can’t remember the last time I went to one without one!

So when The Photo Booth Guys got in touch, wanting me to showcase their killer booths on my blog, I knew you would be just as excited to hear about them as I was.

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