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Issue 17 in Stores Today!

Issue 17 is now available in WhSmiths, Smith’s Travel, Sainbury’s and selected independent newsagents, so go get one!

Want a sneak peek of what’s inside? Head over to this post, and remember you can always order your copy online (or subscribe so you never miss an issue) from our online shop. UK postage is free, we ship worldwide and it’ll be delivered to your door in a fancy shiny pink envelope. Doesn’t get better than that now does it!?

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Super Chilled Swedish & British Backyard Wedding

Nina and Zakk were legally married in Sweden, where the bride is from and the groom works as a tattoo artist, but also wanted to have a celebration in the UK, where the groom grew up. Despite living in Sweden for the last few years Zakk has a lot of family and friends in the UK so having a second celebration on Zakk’s parents’ property made a lot of sense. The location was a sprawling, beautifully maintained stretch of land that boasts a duck pond, tree house and playground¬† – perfect!

“Our wedding theme was ‘Summer Chill'”, said Nina. “The inspiration for the wedding was really just us being us, and letting¬†friends and family to be a part of our love for one day.”

As they were already legally married, they could do whatever they liked for the ceremony. “We wrote the ceremony ourselves. Our crew walked down the aisle to Nothing Else Matters¬†by Matt Johnson, I walked in with my dad to What a Wonderful World¬†by Louis Armstrong. Ethan, who led the ceremony, welcomed everyone and then he read a poem that we both liked. Then Zakk played ‘his song You’re Welcome¬†by Dwayne Johnson from Moana for me.¬†Then we read our vows, had the ring exchange and then I played my song to Zakk which was¬†Video Games¬†by Lana del Rey. Afterwards the Zakk picked me up and carried me back down the aisle to Happy Together by The Turtles!”

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The Life Changing Power of Amazing Eyebrows: Getting Microbladed by Sian Dellar

By now you’ve probably already heard of, or even considered, having your eyebrows microbladed. A few of my friends have had it done and always raved about it, but I’d honestly never really considered it for myself.

I’ve always been pretty proud of my brows. Thankfully, I managed to swerve the over-plucked trend of the late 90s (due mostly to laziness than anything else!) so I didn’t think I really need it done. However when I was invited by Sian Dellar¬†to try it out, I thought it would be a really interesting experiment.

Here’s what my browns looked like before, photographed with no extra brow products or make up…

My right brow was a little off-centre compared to my left making them look slightly asymmetrical, and they were a little far apart, but neither of these things massively bothered me. After all, they’re only brows right? Wrong! Since having this treatment done I can tell you that¬†‘on fleek’*¬†brows make all the difference!

*OMG did I really just say that?

Here they are before with my eyebrows filled in. If you’re curious I use either the¬†Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz¬†or the¬†NYX Tame and Frame Pomade, which one depends how much brow-effort I want to make (ha!)

I arrived at Sian Dellar’s clinic, located at 1 Harley Street, and was met by the lovely Carrina, who was doing my treatment. After a quick patch test (a little scratch behind the ear, left for 15 minutes to see if there was any reaction) and we were ready to go.

I told Carrina I didn’t want anything too extreme, “Insta-brows” were definitely not my goal. I just wanted to see what difference a more subtle treatment might make. She then did all kinds of measurements before drawing a template on so I could see the shape she was aiming for to make sure I was happy with it. She suggested bringing them inwards a little, raising my arch slightly and extending them just a touch at the ends.

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Steampunk Wedding in Austria with Homemade Details

Sarah and Benjamin’s Austrian wedding was inspired by the 19th century science fiction theme of steampunk! The day was held at¬†Schlo√ü¬†Weinberg¬†(Weinberg Castle) in¬†Kefermarkt. The ceremony took place outside, in the castle’s grounds.

The bride wore a dress and cape from by Sincerity. Her whole outfit was based around her accessories (headpiece, necklace, bracelet)¬†which she made herself. She also decorated her shoes using cogs and steampunk embellishments. “Originally I really wanted to wear black as I am part of the gothic scene”, said Sarah, “but my mother was fiercely against this idea. As an alternative we came up with steampunk as a theme. ‘Steampunk is goths wearing brown’ is a popular saying.”

“In the german-speaking area of where we live, steampunk is not very well known. So our whole theme made it stand out. For us it was all the details. We paid so much attention to them that made it extra special. We think our wedding looked really authentic, and just like we are.”

As well as her outfit, the bride designed the stationery and they came up with all ideas for the decor themselves. “Except the cake and flowers, most of the details were home made. I also made 200 paper roses to go around all the decorations. These took the longest to make. They were all made of old books and it took about two months.”

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Paint it Black: A Gothic Bridal Shoot for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

As the brand new issue is now available for pre-order, I thought today would be the perfect time to share this photo shoot, which was originally featured in the September/October edition the magazine. Creating the fashion editorials for the magazine is one of my favourite parts of my job. I have a fantastic team of incredible talented babes behind me and we have SO MUCH FUN doing them.

I’ve wanted to do an all-black, gothic bridal shoot for a while, but one that avoided cliches and anything airing on the side of tackiness. I wanted it to feel high end yet achievable, glamorous and gorgeous yet featuring clothing that a real Rock n Roll bride might want to wear. I love how it turned out so I really hope you love it too!

With print of course we can’t always share as many images as I might like (damn not having unlimited pages to play with!) so I’m really happy to be able to share some shots that I really loved, but didn’t quite make the cut.

If you love lace, skulls and black nail polish… If you have a penchant for the dramatic… If you would rather wear a studded choker than pearls and diamonds… If you’d never be seen dead in a white wedding dress…. Then it’s time for you to embrace your inner goth and paint it black!

Just because you’re walking down the aisle, doesn’t mean you have to abandon your gothic heart. A dark, dramatic colour palette can be just as romantic and stunning as a pretty, pale one.

Dress: Lesley de Freitas

Dress: Sophia Kah

Dress: Sophia Kah

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Rock n Renovation: Wallpaper, An Apologue

Wallpaper has become quite the divisive factor in the Rock n Roll Bride¬†household. It began when we lived in our old¬†place and I fell head over heels for a limited edition Cole & Son’s paper which was designed by Vivienne Westwood. At the time we definitely couldn’t afford it, I think it was about ¬£80 a roll, and Gareth insisted we could find something similar for less than half the price.¬†Fast forward through over 18 months of searching literally everywhere for something in any way similar (that we both also liked!) and Gareth finally admitted defeat and told me I could order it.

Of course, by then it was sold out EVERYWHERE and impossible to get hold of. I promised myself then and there that if I ever loved something as much as I loved that damn wallpaper I would buy now, think later and never live under such a shadow of regret ever again.

So here we are, in our new home, and although picking wallpapers is a long way off (we kinda need all our floors first, right?) I have started sneakily keeping my eye on what’s available. I came across¬†Woodchip & Magnolia on Instagram (where else!?) and I am smitten!

Like most¬†UK produced wallpaper, all their papers are designed, printed and manufactured in¬†Lancashire. But what makes Woodchip & Magnolia really special is that they digitally print their designs themselves in their own studio on the Pennine Moors. Each roll is then individually and loving wrapped by hand. By choosing to take a more hands-on artisan approach, their papers have a really high quality feel. In short, they’re really, really special¬†and there’s nothing mass-produced about them!

I was lucky enough to be sent some samples by Nina, who runs the company, and their¬†Monstera Green wallpaper with the blush background is my everything. I’m already 99% sure this is the paper that we’ll be using in our downstairs¬†bathroom when it’s converted.

WIN WALLPAPER WORTH £225!

Because everybody deserves the most fabulous wallpaper in their home, this week I am partnering with Woodchip & Magnolia to give one Rock n Roll Bride reader £225 to spend on their website. That could get you two rolls of their fabulous wallcoverings, or one amazing wall mural Рperfect for making a major statement in the room of your choice!

All you have to do to enter is visit their website, choose the paper or mural you’d buy if you won and share a photo of it on Instagram. You must also follow both @rocknrollbride and @woodchipandmagnolia¬†and use the hashtag #rocknwallpaper when you post. Finally, your account must be public for us to see and count your entry.

You have one week, until midnight on Saturday 4th November, to enter. Good luck everyone!

Ts & Cs

♥ Prize includes a £225 voucher for the winner to spend on the wallcovering or wall mural of their choice from woodchipandmagnolia.co.uk.
‚ô• Closing date for entries is 04/11/2017. The winner will chosen at random, contacted via Instagram after that date and emailed a voucher.
‚ô• Voucher expires on three months after it is issued and must be used before that date.
‚ô• Contest open to all readers of Rock n Roll Bride, regardless of location, over the age of 18.
♥ UK or international shipping is included, however if the winner is outside of the UK they may need to pay customs charges to receive their prize.
‚ô• Additional voucher terms and conditions may apply.
♥ If for any reason the chosen winning wallpaper is unavailable, you will be made aware before placing your order. The voucher may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered.
‚ô• By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
‚ô• Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties.
‚ô• Woodchip & Magnolia’s decision and any decision taken by the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
‚ô• No purchase necessary.