Author Archives: Kat

Birds, Bicycles, Skulls & Air Plants (and the Most Stunning Chotronette Dress!)

Paula and Darryl were legally married in Chippenham in May but also decided to have a second wedding for their South African contingent in September. They had a beautiful (yet freezing!) outdoor ceremony officiated by a friend at Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate in Dulstroom.

“Our original plan was a wedding theme was bicycles, birds, skulls and succulents”, explained Paula. “Birds and bicycles for Darryl as he’s a cyclist who loves birds, and skulls and succulents for me. I incorporated birds into my dress, I wore beautiful hummingbird earrings and we used birdcages for the centrepieces. I’m a biologist and I love the cycle of life. I didn’t want to have cut flowers – I don’t like them I think it’s freakish to kill these beautiful things and then watch them wither… Skulls are okay though, haha! During the course of planning succulents turned in to air plants.”

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Oh, What a Night: The Rock n Roll Book Launch Party!

I’m not gonna lie, one of the first things I thought about after getting my book deal last year was organising a kick ass party to celebrate its eventual release (#priorities). I really just wanted an excuse for a good old knee’s up and to get all of my favourite people in one room to drink and dance the night away. And oh boy, did we!

I decided on Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green as the location (if you’ve picked yourself up a copy of issue 24 of the magazine, you may recognise it from the fashion editorial inside) because not only is it a stunning space with so many gorgeous original features, but the staff there are some of the loveliest I’ve ever met. Nothing was too much trouble and they went above and beyond to make the party wonderful (even so far as dismantling the enormous balloon display at the end of the night when I know all they really wanted to do was get home!)

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Las Vegas Vow Renewal with a Pink Princess Dress & Photos at the Seven Magic Mountains

Colour. Laughter. Desert Magic. These are just a few ways to describe today’s gorgeous vow renewal in Las Vegas! Brighton based photographer Lisa Devlin was travelling around LA and Vegas on a family holiday in October and Rebecca and Johnathan, also from the UK, decided it was an opportunity too good to miss and booked her to shoot their vow renewal at the same time! Talk about winning the jackpot!

They had their fun-filled ceremony at A Little White Wedding Chapel in their infamous Tunnel of Love. “Elvis was in full character the minute we arrived and made a fuss of us,” began Rebecca, “from helping with my shoes and asking what song we wanted him to sing, to going crazy when our photographer said she was called Lisa Marie!”

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How to Book the Perfect Marquee For Your Wedding

If you’re dreaming of an outdoor, woodland or festival style wedding, the likelihood is you’re going to need to hire a marquee. Your venue tends to be one of the most costly parts of a wedding and doing things al fresco is no different. In fact doing the casual, laid back, outdoorsy thing can actually end up being even MORE stressful and costly than going for an indoor space as you’ll need to think about things like electricity, loos and access.

However, marquees are the perfect blank canvas to express your individuality and personal style with decor and location so it’s no wonder they continue to be such a popular option for Rock n Roll brides and grooms!

Before you decide which company to book your marquee with, here are some questions to ask your each company you enquire with to make sure you pick the one right for you:

♥ Are they available on your date?
♥ Can they work with your location?
♥ Do they carry out no obligation site visits?
♥ Can they show you photos of previous weddings they’ve worked on?
♥ How do the rates work – it is one price for everything or do you need to pay for extra things on top?
♥ What style of marquees do they have?
♥ What kind of flooring does the marquee have?
♥ Can they provided a floor plan?

♥ How long do they need to set up the marquee and when will they take it down?
♥ Do they have insurance?
♥ Can they also provide services such as toilets and power and if so what are the costs?
♥ Can they also provide tables, chairs, heating, lighting?
♥ Is VAT included in the price?
♥ How much deposit is required to secure a booking and how can we pay?
♥ When is the final balance due?

To make the whole marquee process so much easier you need to check out Marqueebookings.co.uk. They act as the wedding planner between you and the marquee companies and they have ALL THE INFORMATION YOU MIGHT NEED in one, easy to navigate website – think of them like the AirBnB or GoCompare of marquee hire. They take all the hard work out of the research and all the stress out of managing your booking.

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Hong Kong Meets London: Guitar Shops, NOLA Jazz & Kilts!

Lottie and Dave were married at the Union Club in Soho, London. As they planned everything from Hong Kong, where they now live, they didn’t see it until two days before the wedding but it ended up being completely perfect for what they wanted. They didn’t want a specific theme, just for it to feel like them. That meant photos in guitar shops, Chinese Lucky Cats, the men in kilts, NOLA jazz and a live jam session.

“Soho played a major part in our relationship”, began Lottie, “we hung out in Denmark Street’s music shops and drinking holes, and my first apartment was in a mouse infested studio above the 12 Bar. Eclectic flamboyance, Rock n Roll, neon lights and vibrant diversity sum up our home from home. The most important thing was that there was more party than formality! We kept the traditions we genuinely loved, and threw caution to the wind with everything else.”

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My Book Goes On Sale Today!!!

January 8th 2019 has been highlighted in my calendar for the past 10 months, circled in a hot pink Sharpie and covered in gold star stickers. Why? Because today’s the day that my book finally comes out!

The build up to this has been such an exciting few months, teasing bits and pieces on my social media and seeing all those pre-orders come in. Between announcing and now we actually sold out of the stock we ordered from the publishers (TWICE!), which is quite frankly AMAZING (don’t worry we ordered more right away so you can still grab one!) I can’t believe how many of you have pre-ordered a signed copy from us, thank you SO MUCH.

If you did pre-order and you are in the UK then your copy should arrive with you in the next few days (check your email for a dispatch notification) or in a week or so if you’re abroad.

So, what exactly is the book about?

Rock n Roll Bride: The Ultimate Guide for Alternative Brides is everything I know about planning a wedding, extracted from my brain and beautifully presented in a completely gorgeous, hardback coffee table book. I’ve answered pretty much every question I’ve ever been asked about creating an alternative wedding within these 208 full-colour pages.

This book will help you navigate the muddy waters of planning a wedding that goes against the grain. It’ll help you with everything from figuring out timelines and budgeting, setting your theme, choosing your dress, finding suppliers who ‘get’ you, dealing with difficult family dynamics and coping with the post-wedding blues. This book features gorgeous imagery to inspire you, but most importantly, it’s packed with practical advice that will help you plan your wedding in your own unique way.

This book is for everyone who’s ever considered themselves an outsider, a weirdo, someone who doesn’t quite fit in. Being Rock n Roll is not about being rebellious or even thinking of the
most out-there ideas that you can, it’s simply about planning a wedding that reflects you, your partner and your love.

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