A Beautifully Romantic London Wedding with a Bride with a Shaved Head

Every wedding we publish is gorgeous, special and wonderful in it’s own unique way, but there are some weddings I see that I get SO EXCITED about sharing. Cat and Ade’s wedding is definitely one of those. And once you see their pictures and read their incredibly romantic story I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to tell why I love it so much.

They met through mutual friends when the groom was working on the set of a James Bond film! “I was lucky enough to become friends with an actress when filming Skyfall in Turkey”, explained Ade. “It so happened (without my knowing) that this actress believed I would be a good fit for her friend, Cat. I did subsequently see Cat at a party in London (she inevitably stuck out because of her height and continuous entertainment). There were no particular sparks as of yet, our paths didn’t quite cross at this party, however, the beauty of social media kept us connected. Wasn’t sure why we added each other on Facebook but I sure am glad we did! Anyway, months later we had a random, all-nighter with effortless banter through Facebook which made us curious enough to actually meet alone. We did… and finally it all made sense.”

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Bohemian Cactus Farm Wedding in Palm Springs

Courtney and Sanford met at work ten years ago when Stanford came in to cover a shift. They were both wearing the same black women’s jeans and spent the whole time shamelessly flirting and laughing together. During their decade long romance they lived in different places (him in Arizona and her in Southern California) so would often meet up halfway in Palm Springs. When they came to planning their wedding they knew it had to happen there. Their theme was a groovy Palm Springs, classic rock, boho and Halloween mash up!

They had a budget of $14,000. “We definitely had a vision from the start,” began Courtney. “It’s challenging working with a tight budget in Southern California but we both have an eye for good design and details, and with that we were able to be really creative and resourceful! More than anything we wanted it to be warm, fun and very us!”

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A Colourful Celebration of Love, Friendship and Joy

There is nothing I love more than a bright and colourful wedding theme. I’m pretty sure most of you feel the same so I just KNOW you’re all going to adore ogling over this insanely beautiful set of images. Stylist Alexis from Neon Event Productions told me all about their inspiration.

“Our vision for this shoot was a full on celebration of love, friendship and joy. What better way to celebrate winning at love than being surrounded by bright, bold, cheerful colour? We asked a real, engaged couple to be our models so that their love, affection and respect for each other would provide the backdrop for our fun, colourful style ideas. We asked all of our collaborators to think outside the box and channel their inspiration from as far flung influences as 70s rock album covers, contemporary fine art paintings with colour blocking, and Southern California terraces to name just a few.”

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Candy Shop Collection by Katya Katya Shehurina

It’s been a long time since I’ve published an article just about one designer and their latest launch, but that’s because it’s been a long time since I’ve loved a collection as much as this one! Latvian designer Katya Katya Shehurina is known for her bohemian inspired wedding dresses but this year she wanted to design something for wedding guests too.

I was so lucky to wear one of these stunning dresses to Helen’s wedding earlier this month. I don’t think I’ve had so many compliments on an outfit EVER.

Katya has continued her love affair with the softest lace and tulle for this collection, but the colours are what really make it stand out from the crowd. Each gown comes in a cotton candy colour palette, they’re sweet enough to give you a tooth ache!

Beautiful necklines, elegant and flattering silhouettes, the softest tulle… This collection will provide the perfect injection of girly colour to a wedding. While it’s officially an occasion-wear collection but that doesn’t mean bridesmaids or even a bride couldn’t wear one..!

Here’a a few of my favourites from the range.

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Family-Focused Carnival Wedding in Venice

Elisa and Stefano wanted their wedding to be a party with old-style animated games for both adults and children. They were inspired by the idea of a village carnival with lights, flags and a band playing popular music.

However in the run up to the wedding their expectant child, Biagio, was born prematurely causing them to have to delay their day. “The worst thing about planning our wedding was the rescheduling of it due to the early birth of our child Biagio,” explained Elisa. “However, after we knew he was going to be OK wedding planning became so much fun and full of happiness in contrast to the months spent suffering for fear of losing our son.”

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Introducing: Rock n Renovation!

Cardigan by Lazy Oaf

Gosh, thank you so much for all your lovely comments after my I Need to be Honest with You blog post a few weeks ago. I was so touched by how many of you reached out with love, support and compliments for the blog, it made my heart so happy! It’s really difficult when you work for yourself and don’t get much feedback. Sometimes it can feel like you’re just spinning on an endless hamster wheel with no end in sight, not even knowing if anyone bloody cares. It was so amazing to hear back from you all.

I was also OVERWHELMED by the response from other bloggers and people who run their own businesses, telling me they’d been feeling the exact same yet were too nervous to admit it (publicly or to themselves). I quickly realised that, honestly, it’s not a bad thing to finally say out loud “Yeah, actually I feel a bit shit”. It doesn’t mean you hate your business, it doesn’t mean you want to quit, it just means you’re feeling a bit burnt out.

I’m going to give myself a mental break for a bit. I need to take some time to focus on me and to re-find my wedding blogging mojo. I’m still very much obsessed with weddings, I still very much love blogging and sharing them online, I just need to give myself some time and realise that it’s normal (and perfectly OK) to not feel 100% all of the time.

I also REALLY want to get back into blogging FOR ME again. While I will always love sharing amazing weddings, it is a bit weird to only write about a subject that you’re a bit removed from. Although I never wanted to do it myself, I always envied my friends that were fashion and lifestyle bloggers in that respect. After all, I haven’t been a bride for a VERY long time and sometimes I just want to be able to share the cute shit I bought and call it a day!

Some of you may have seen on my various social media platforms that I promised you a house renovation blog. Well, I’ve decided that instead of starting another site right now, I’m going to test the waters with a weekly column on Rock n Roll Bride. Maybe it will morph into it’s own ‘thing’ eventually, or maybe you’ll all hate it and yell at me to JUST POST MORE GODDAMN WEDDINGS PLEASE (ha!) But as I said, I want to get back to blogging FOR ME, so I’m going to try this thing out.

So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my new blog series: Rock n Renovation!

In case you don’t follow me on social media, and you have no idea what I’m talking about – we bought a house! And in the words of those troll things from Frozen, she’s a bit of a fixer upper (LOL). Every Sunday I’m going to share updates on the renovations, as well as probably a few personal stories AND I’M SO EXCITED. I’ll still be posting just as much wedding content, this will be an extra weekly post, so if you have no interest in our house or hearing about my life you are more than welcome to just skip right over it!

So I guess I should start from the beginning and tell the tale of how we found and bought the house because, oh boy, it is a doozy!

We bought our first home in 2007 so we’d been there for a decade and had outgrown it probably about five years ago. It was an end of terrace 1930s two bed, which although we loved and had completely made it our own, was way too small. Running a publishing empire from home and accumulating way too much stuff, meant we were bursting at the seams! By mid-2016 we’d finally got the business to the stage where we could not only afford to move to something bigger, but where we weren’t both working all hours of the day and night just to keep it going. The original plan was to officially start looking for a new house in January of this year but once we’d had this discussion I, of course, immediately become obsessed with Rightmove!

We always wanted an older house, and one we could put our own stamp on. While we’d never had to do any major works on the last place, Gareth had somewhat become obsessed with all those home renovation TV shows (Homes Under the Hammer and Grand Designs I’m looking at you!) over he past few years and so he, in particular, really wanted a big project.

Then, one day in November, we were driving home from a family wedding and I was casually browsing the app when I saw the house come up. I almost yelled at Gareth to STOP THE CAR so he could see it too! Once we pulled over at the services he looked at it and told me we should arrange a viewing. Built in 1906, it was like nothing else I’d seen available and was just within what we’d (estimated) we could probably afford.

We didn’t have our mortgage in place, we hadn’t researched the market properly or figured anything out, but we knew we had to go and see it.

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