January can be such a dreary time of year but not at Rock n Roll Bride magazine, oh no! We were determined to start the new year off with a positive bang and what could be more positive than a magazine cover like this!? We’ve done a complete 180 on the last issue – going from all things dark and gothic to all the colours of the rainbow!
And guess what? This is also a BUMPER ISSUE which means it has more pages and more content than usual, all for the same bargain price of less than £6! YAY!
Our starting off point for putting the content for this together was the shoot, and we’re beyond stoked to share our first ever male cover star with you! We’ve had the idea of playing with colour and gender norms for a while so we were thrilled to finally be able to make it happen. Our model, Kit, was the perfect person to bring our vision to life. He loved playing dress up and seeing his face light up when we told him he was in big colourful dresses was just so wonderful!
The super-saturated colour palettes were so fun to put together and after such a tough, dreary few years, we can’t think of anything better – anything more needed – than going into 2022 making a bold and bright statement.
When Julia and Jackson decided to get hitched, they just wanted a day which felt unique to them and had lots of colour. They chose Valentine, a large event space in Downtown LA as their venue. The greenhouse courtyard was the perfect setting for the ceremony and their reception was held in a connecting space which has a stunning sunset mural on the wall and unique hexagonal doorways.
Julia’s look was also anything but traditional! She wore the Orion dress by Willowby by Watters, bright blue ankle boots, a Carbickova Crowns headpiece and a tinsel jacket made by Rachel Burke. The bridesmaids were in yellow and orange to match the tropical/ sun set colour scheme.
With its sparkling white sand beaches, snorkel-worthy crystal-clear waters and perfect weather the Maldives, in our humble opinion, has got to be most beautiful destination in the world for your honeymoon or once in a lifetime vacation.
The Maldives is a really unique country, an island nation made up of nearly 1200 islands, approximately 120 of which have resorts on them. If you’re dreaming of a relaxing post-wedding get away with unadulterated seclusion then this is the spot for you. The Maldives is one of the few places in the world where the reality will outlive your expectations. No picture can quite do justice to the colour of the sea, the beauty of the lush tropical greenery and the softness of the sand.
You can expect a 10-hour direct or 12-plus hour indirect flight from the UK followed by a speedboat (15-30 mins), seaplane (20-40 mins) or internal flight (30 mins – 2 hours) transfer depending on your chosen resort. We stayed at lti Maafushivaru, a quick 25-minute sea plane transfer from Malé; and don’t worry, the resort sorts it all out for you when you book! Transfers are an additional cost though, so do check the prices in advance.
At the time of writing the Maldivian government guidelines are that all guests entering the country (regardless of vaccination status) are required to take a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure. Your negative test will form part of the Traveller Health Declaration form (which can be found at imuga.immigration.gov.mv) which must be filled in within 24 hours of your arrival to the country. You must fill out this form before you return home too.
Jennifer Rollin is an eating disorder therapist and founder of The Eating Disorder Center, which provides eating disorder therapy in MD, VA, DC, NY, PA, FL, and CA. Recently married, she shares her experience of navigating diet culture and anti-fat bias during her planning process.
One of the best days of my life was when (my now husband) Mark, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him at the same park where I first saw him.
I began wedding planning fairly quickly after and saw first-hand the toxic diet culture and anti-fat bias which is abundant in the wedding industry.
It’s important to note that I have privilege in a variety of areas-including thin privilege (for example, I was able to find a wedding dress in my size in stores) and that navigating the wedding industry is far more challenging for those who are more marginalised.
From seamstresses who ask if you are planning to lose weight before the wedding, to wedding dress stores not carrying sizes for folks in larger bodies, to TikTok videos talking about ‘shredding for the wedding,’ to some brides buying wedding dresses in sizes that are too small for their current body, diet culture and anti-fat bias is everywhere in the wedding industry.
As an eating disorder therapist and someone who personally recovered from my own eating disorder, I knew going into the wedding planning process that I had no plans to diet or try to lose weight leading up to my wedding. This honestly felt relieving as I didn’t put any pressure on myself to try to change my body leading up to the wedding (nor do I put this kind of pressure on myself in my life in general). I also ended up having my wedding dress taken out and was totally cool with that.
It was so nice to be able to fully enjoy the time leading up to the wedding-including an incredible tasting of our wedding food and desserts.
Sanne and Asger planned everything themselves for their October wedding. It took a long time, but they wouldn’t have had it any other way. The groom’s love of biking and bicycles and the bride’s love of autumnal colours and flowers set the theme for the day, which was held at Kasmoselund, a farm and coffee roastery. The groom and best man even arrived to the ceremony by bicycle!
“We started with the reception at 2pm with bubbles and cake from an award-winning local chocolatier”, Sanne told us. “After the reception, Asger and I changed outfits for the ceremony, which took place in the garden. At 5:30pm we gathered up by tall, round tables and stood up for the starter. We ate hardboiled eggs with our fingers, drank beer from the bottles and our guests were offered different schnapps – heather, dill, seabuckthorn.”
We may kinda be late to the party, but if you’re anything like us then you probably haven’t even started your Christmas shopping yet! But wait – before you add yet another 3-4-2 gift set from Boots to your basket then you might want to have a little peek at our small business gift guide. Buying from small businesses this festive season makes you 100% sexier too so win-win, right?
If the person you’re buying for is an alternative loving bride-to-be, pending bridesmaid or a closet “I’m-not-at-all-engaged-but-I-just-love-Rock n Roll Bride” kinda person (no judgement!) here’s some of the coolest things, from the coolest small businesses which we think they’ll absolutely adore.
Birthstone necklace from Ruby and Oscar
Ruby & Oscar was established by passionate jewellery and fashion purveyors here in the UK and brings you a dynamic collection of the finest wearable art. Their collection of birthstone necklaces would make the perfect thoughtful gift!
Dried Flowers from Happy Blossoms
Warm up their home with bold colour this Christmas! This Hurry Down the Chimney bouquet is inspired by a roaring and warm fire on a cosy evening. The bunches feature a mixture of dried and preserved flowers that have been painted, dyed or are natural in colour.
Nature inspired ring from Vinny and Charles
This husband and wife run jewellery business are inspired by nature in their designs. Their handcrafted flower and leaf bands would make a particularly special gift. This one-of-a-kind ring features two Poppy flowers in an intricate leaf pattern in a gold band.