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Finding Your Style with Prezola: Matt Black

I have two very distinct sides to my personality: A rainbow loving, magpie emulating, glitter obsessive, ‘Disney is everything!’ side and an all-black-all-the-time, metal music listening, ‘forever looking for the perfect nude lipstick’ side. I am nothing if not a contradiction but for some reason it makes total sense to me. One day I want to roll myself in glitter, dress head to toe in rainbows and slick on some hot pink lipstick, and the next I only want to wear black and for everything to be clean and very neatly organised.

I feel like our home is a bit like this too. Our style has very much always been white walls with pops of colour in each room, but when we started to plan our next big project (the bathroom) we both agreed that we wanted to go the other way entirely and to experiment with a more masculine approach. We’re going for the darkest blue walls, black accents and lots of leafy plants.

When it comes to finding your own style (with what you wear or how to decorate your home) I am all for absorbing as much inspiration as possible, then picking and choosing the things that appeal. So what if it doesn’t make sense to other people that one room is painted royal purple and the next is entirely monochrome!? Like with everything in this life you have to do what makes YOU happy.

I have been trying to convince Gareth that matt black taps are the way to go for the bathroom too, unfortunately he’s having none of it but that hasn’t stopped me looking around for matt blank inspiration regardless. According to the people that know way more about this stuff than I do, matt black is a huge interior’s trend for 2019. Featured at the top of this post are some of my favourite recent finds, which are all available to add to a Prezola gift list. I certainly plan to incorporate some of these kind of details into the bathroom.

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A Delightfully Disney Summer Wedding

I’m not going to lie, I have a bit of a soft spot for Disney weddings and I’m pretty sure you’re all going to love this just as much as I do! That cake, the Mickey and Minnie balloons, the perfectly executed themed tables and, of course, the bride’s Cinderella shoes… I mean, there’s just SO much to love!

Shaun proposed to Roxie at Disneyland Paris (where else!?) and almost immediately she set about planning their dream day. “Shaun asked me in the Magic Kingdom during the Wishes (the fireworks and projection on the castle that happens at the end of every day)”, she explained. “He had taken the time to watch the show on YouTube beforehand so he could pick the right moment. He went with the part when When You Wish Upon a Star started to play and it just had me in tears. I was so happy and that song will forever mean a lot to me. This is why I walked down the aisle to it.”

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Stress-Free Marquee Hire for your Festival Wedding (It Is Possible!)

Choosing a venue has got to be, in my opinion anyway, one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding. Not only is it usually one of the first things you have to do (you can’t really organise anything else until you know where the day will be taking place!) but its hugely time consuming. Narrowing down your search by venue type, location and budget… then comparing packages and prices to make sure you get the best deal and that everything you need is included with no hidden surprises is, quite frankly, a bloody nightmare.

Now for Rock n Roll brides, an outdoorsy, festival vibes wedding is one of the most popular theme ideas, but your dream of a laid back, casual planning experience could very well be thrown out the window when it comes to finding the right company to supply the vitally important marquee. You know what I discovered when helping my sister plan her festival wedding a few years ago? The quality and price of marquees vary ENORMOUSLY from company to company and it can be really difficult to know which is the best option to go for.

Some offer all-inclusive packages, others break everything down for you. Some are lined and water-tight, others aren’t. Some include electricity, bathrooms and décor, others literally just provide the canvas and you have to bring everything else in yourself. There’s a lot more to think about than just Googling to find the company based closest to you.

I spent literally hours researching different marquee companies, sending out hundreds of email enquiries and asking the same questions over and over again. It would have been SO MUCH EASIER if there was one website that listed all the marquee companies in our area and easily broke down what each one offered as well as the prices, so I could quickly find what I was looking for without falling into admin hell.

Which is why my interest was very much piqued when I discovered Marqueebookings.co.uk. Launched in January last year by people who actually have a marquee hire background, they have since helped hundreds of couples find their wedding marquee with minimal stress. They do EXACTLY what I was hoping existed when I needed them!

The fantastic thing about Marqueebookings.co.uk is that 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, or one of those travel websites where you can book your flights and hotel in one easy step. They take all the hard work out of the research and all the stress out of managing your booking.

Simply use their site to search via location, budget or tent type any they’ll instantly show you a list of companies and marquees that fit the bill. With over 180 marquee companies, and 650+ bookable marquees available, from tipis to big tops and stretch tents to yurts, you are sure you find what you’re looking for.

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Issue 23 on Sale Today!

Hey beauties! The brand new issue of Rock n Roll Bride magazine in stores today! We’re stocked in WhSmiths, Sainsburys and independent newsagents up and down the UK. If you’d like a bonus sneaky peek inside the issue you can catch some previews here.

This issue is packed with 165 pages of exclusive  weddings, planning advice, decor and style ideas and oodles of inspiration to help you pull off your perfect wedding day.

If you are based outside of the UK, or you’d prefer to have your copy delivered direct to your door, then you can subscribe below or order a single issue here.

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Glitter, Skulls, Flamingos & Sombreros: A DIY Day of the Dead Wedding

Claire and Tom went for a Mexican/Day of the Dead theme for their July wedding. Complete with sugar skulls, piñatas, flamingos and sombreros, they planned their day with a £5000 budget. They also had a few geeky video game touches (particularly on their cake) such as Fallout and zombies and some Lego used in the terrariums!

“We wanted our wedding to be fun and colourful and to represent us as a couple”, said Claire. “The whites, creams, and pale colours often used in more traditional weddings just aren’t us. Our home decor mainly consists of skulls so we started from there and incorporated more and more things we love. It then just became a crazy fiesta as I wanted to use so many skulls but also have lots of colour.”

Claire wanted her outfit to feel similarly like ‘her’. She decided to wear black from Simply Be (that she customised) and in a shape and style that she fells most comfortable in. The best part was it only cost her £50! Her necklace was a custom made piece from Bete Noire Jewellery.

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Intimate Elopement with a Wu-tang Clan Jacket

Brides wearing leather or denim jackets is nothing new (in fact I’d say it’s probably one of the ‘trends’ I see more than anything else these days!) So, when a bride is able to take something we see a lot, twist it on it’s head and make it 100% her own, well we are DOWN. That’s precisely what Gia did when she married Adam in August. She wore a quite traditional dress but added a twist of ‘her’ with her custom made jacket by Charlotte Hudson.

They decided that they wanted to elope and to take an epic Pacific Northwest road trip at the same time. They had their friend Yuriko Warden officiate the ceremony for them. It was just the three of them and their photographers there as witnesses.  “Our good friend Yuriko lives in Trinidad, CA, near the Redwoods, and she has officiated ceremonies for a few of our friends, so it just happened organically”, Gia explained. “We were very inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Northern California. Getting married in the middle of a Redwood Forest, just the two of us, was amazing. So many couples get pressured into having a wedding that they never envisioned for themselves, and we were able to do it the way we wanted.”

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