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A Sunday Kind of Love – Angelberry Organics (Enter to Win)

♥ Fashion collaborations ♥ Russell Brand’s Tribute ♥ lightbulb moments ♥ picnics with friends ♥ mini shopping trolleys ♥ strawberry punch ♥ gossiping until way after bedtime ♥ marriage equality ♥ lunchtime celebrations ♥ new box sets ♥ proud friends (and making them cry) ♥ yellow microphones ♥ bad taste in music ♥ remembering that I used to have good taste in music ♥ watching terrible movies with the one you love ♥

This week a lovely package came in the post for me from my friend Christine at Angelberry Organics. They specialise in beautiful, organic and cruelty-free make up and quite frankly I’m smitten. They even have a whole range of mineral based make up which is said to be brilliant for troublesome skin. Needless to say I can’t wait to give it a whirl!

“Our mission at Angelberry Organics is to bring you mineral cosmetics and body care products that leave you feeling completely divine,” they say. “Formulated using the highest quality natural ingredients, our heavenly treats are luxurious, fun, and made to enhance your natural beauty. Angelberry Organics products are not tested on animals and 100% free from all synthetic chemicals, paraben preservatives, dyes, and bismuth oxychloride.”

“We’re inspired by all of the deliciousness of life, gratitude for each day, and the beauty that surrounds us. We believe that every person should be empowered to live a clean, healthy, balanced life. Our hope is that our products will provide you with a moment to pause from your day, care for yourselves and your loved ones, and celebrate being you.”

Within the package of goodies was this fab lipstick that I’m wearing in these photos. Its a beautiful deep pink and is going to be perfect for me when I’m feeling less conspicuous (I can usually be spotted sporting the brightest of bright pink lipsticks!)

Christine would like to name this fabulous lippy after Rock n Roll Bride and so has asked if the readers of the blog would be able to come up with a suitably fabulous name.

To enter, simply comment below by next Saturday (6th August) with your ideas. You can enter as many times, and with as many different ideas as you wish. The winner will not only have the pride of naming the lippy, but will also win a full size tube of the stuff for flaunting around town.

The winner will be announced on the blog next Sunday.

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Rock n Roll Bride Radio…Catch Me Today at 12pm!

Photography Credit: O&C Photography

AHHHHH!

Yes “Ahhhh” is pretty much all I can say right now because I’m still kind of in shock at what I’m doing today. Last week I was invited by the BBC to visit BBC Radio Berkshire to be interviewed by Anne Diamond on her radio show! Anne talks about “Real lives and compelling stories with a human touch” and I guess they thought that meant me.

Oh crap.

You can listen to this interview live on BBC Radio Berkshire – 95.4 FM or 104.1 FM or on the BBC iPlayer. I’ll be on with Anne from 12:00 – 12:45 today. If you miss it you can ‘listen again’, also through the iPlayer.

Must not swear….must not swear….must not swear….must not swear….must not swear….(my Mother would be mortified.)

I’ll see you on the other side. Eeeep.

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The Jasmine Star London Workshop – A Review

A few months ago I approached wedding photographer Jasmine Star to ask if she’d be at all interested in coming to London to teach a workshop for photographers and if so could I help her to organise it.

My motives were entirely selfish. She has inspired me and the way I run my business ever since I was first introduced to her by a friend… and I wanted to meet her!

At the beginning of the year I set myself three goals. One of them was to meet Jasmine Star. I’ve learnt that nothing ever falls in your lap, and with her being based in Orange County and me (just outside of) London, it was unlikely I was ever just going to ‘bump into her.’ So I decided that if I wanted it to happen I better bloomin’ well try and do something about it. Jasmine and I have spoken over email a few times in the past, but to try to persuade her to fly half way across the world to a country she’s never been to…was I thinking too big?

Fast forward a few months and I’m waiting in the reception of The Rookery Hotel waiting for Jasmine and her husband JD to come down and meet me. I’m nervous as hell.

I heard Jasmine before I saw her. Whispering (!) to JD as they walked down the stairs, wondering if I’d be waiting (erm of course I was! I was in fact 45 minutes early, this was not a meeting I wanted to be late for.) However as soon as they walked in my nerves dissolved. Their smiles lit up the room. We hugged and squealed. A bundle of energy and excitement, Jasmine was even wearing a bright yellow dress like me. That means we’re destined to be Best Friends Forever right?

Alicia of One Marylebone, Jasmine & I (both rocking the yellow), taken by a guy who had apparently “never used one of these iPhone things”(WTF?!)

The day before the workshop Jasmine and I planned to hang out, explore London and get to know each other. We went to check out the beautiful One Marylebone where the workshop was being held. Jasmine actually thought I was joking that it was the real venue when we stepped out of Great Portland Street tube! It’s a pretty impressive building.

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How to…Pose in Your Wedding Photographs – What to Do (& What Not to Do)

kathownottopose1010Before I start, I just want to say one thing…ARGGGH!

Yeah that’s right, I’m posting some pretty hideous (and ahem hilarious) photographs of myself today. I hope you’ll find this slightly scary post both helpful and funny…that’s the idea anyway! So, ready to see me looking haaawt!?

Looking naturally beautiful on your wedding day is something that’s often referred to by some as a bit of a given. “On your wedding day you’ll be so glowingly happy that you will look as stunning and radiant in the photographs as you did when they were taken” they say…and they’re right…right!?

Well yes and no. I’m sure you’re all with me in some degree on this one, that there are certain areas of your body that you’re never going to be happy with. No matter how often your fiancé says you’re beautiful, when you look at a photograph of yourself your eyes are always first drawn to your arms/nose/chin/stomach aren’t they? Yeah me too…

Let’s be honest with ourselves here and say that we are all a little bit worried about how we’re going to look in our wedding photographs. Looking at yourself in a photo can be seriously HARD if you have a hold ups about how you look, and actually even if you don’t. There isn’t a person in the world who hasn’t taken a bad photograph, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be praying that the happiest day of your life will be reflected as such in the photographs. Not to freak you out any more, but after all these are the photos that will remain on your parents’ and grandparents’ mantelpieces forever.

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“Now come on…!” I hear you cry “Kat Williams we’ve seen you in hundreds of photo shoots and you always take a good picture.” Well I’m here to burst that little bubble for ya right now ladies (and gents.) If you could see the photos that end up on the proverbial cutting room floor after one of my shoots…well…you certainly wouldn’t be saying that! And before you say so, no I’m not just being modest. I can take a seriously BAD picture. Just ask all the photographer’s I’ve worked with!

However what I have learnt over the past few years of prancing about in front of the camera, is how to pose (and be posed) correctly. I now know how to position and angle my body to accentuate my good bits and hide my wobbly bits. Today I want to pass that knowledge onto you. The point of this post is not to make you dwell in the parts of yourselves that you dislike, but to celebrate the parts you do like and to learn how to look the very best you can. I am a firm believer that everyone can take a beautiful photograph – all it takes it the right photographer (for you) and some clever posing. I seriously hope you will thank me for it too, because sharing some photos of me looking well…awful…is quite a momentous thing for me!

So last week I met with my friend, photographer David McNeil to take some good and badly posed shots in order to show you what to do and of course not what to do in your wedding pictures or bridal/engagement/trash the dress shoot. Thank you so much for all your comments on last Friday’s post about this subject – we’ve tried to cover all the areas you asked for so I hope you get some ideas of how to look as smokin’ as you feel in your wedding photographs.

OK, deep breath…

Chin / Neck

I was both surprised and comforted that so many of you seemed to have the same most hated area as me! I detest my chin and neck area (what is it with my fat neck!?) It’s so easy to get that awful double and/or dimply chin look in photographs too… argh!

Bad

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In order to combat this, raise your chin by a few degrees and twist your head slightly away from the camera. Then, either focus your eyes a point above your natural eye line or look back down the lens. Tilting your chin upwards will elongate the neck, pull the skin tight and smooth out any wrinkles/folds. Even if your photographer is shooting from a low angle (argh scary!) or straight on, this pose will look a million times better than looking straight at and directly down the camera. See…?

Good

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Meet the Bloggers at The Designer Vintage Bridal Show – 8th & 9th October 2011

In February I was invited to take part in the very first Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham. I was not only excited and honoured to be asked, but when I got there I had an utter blast. I basically got to hang out with a whole host of awesome wedding suppliers and meet many many of you, my darling readers…and call it work!

So when the team behind the show asked if I’d like to be involved in the next event, I jumped at the chance! The next show will be taking place on Saturday 8th October and Sunday 9th October at Berrow Court, Birmingham (UK).

“The October show is going to be bigger, better, more interactive and will give brides and grooms-to-be the chance to meet with the most talented bridal designers and suppliers to the wedding industry,” the organisers told me. “The event will include catwalk shows, workshops, demonstrations, live music and the opportunity to meet with some of the biggest and most followed bridal bloggers in the UK.”

I’ll be overseeing the ‘blogger’s room’ and exhibiting alongside some of the UK’s very best wedding bloggers (the girls that took part in the Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Shoot in fact!) So if you’ve ever wanted to meet the girls that inspire your wedding planning then this is the show for you!

Some of the already confirmed exhibitors include Rachel Simpson Shoes, The Wedding Club, Emma Case PhotographyLeona Seymour Make Up, Natasha Jane, Terry Terry Accessories, Vintage Frocks ‘n’ Crocks, Little ‘A’ Interiors & Florist and Tallulah’s Trinkets…and of course more will be added closer to the time (I’ll keep you in the loop.)

Tickets are available now for just £8 when bought in advance (or £12 on the door) and if you purchase your ticket online there are group booking discounts too. To purchase, or read more about the show, be sure to check out the Designer Vintage Bridal Show website.

You can see my report on February’s Designer Vintage Bridal Show right here.

Photography Credit: Emma Case Photography

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Rock n Roll Bride TV – Rock n Roll Bride meets Ali Lovegrove ~ Part 4 of 4: Using Other Blogs to Sustain Your Business

So here we are, at the final instalment of the Rock n Roll Bride meets Ali Lovegrove series. I really hope you’ve enjoyed these videos and that some of you have found them useful. In the next few weeks I’ll be working on my next vlog ideas so stay tuned (and as always, please comment below if you have any suggestions of topics you’d like me to cover or questions you’d like me to answer.)

Again, much love to Richard of FX Films for filming this for us. Also sorry for the massive amount of wind in this video. We were pretty much against the clock when we filmed this last video and had no other choice but to brave the cold!

In this video we discuss:
♥ Deciding which wedding blogs to to submit your weddings to
♥ Tips on how to get your work published on a wedding blog
♥ How to get the best out of your wedding blog feature
♥ Tips on becoming a sponsor of a wedding blog

Thanks for all your great feedback on this series and please do let me know how you’d like Rock n Roll Bride TV to progress…

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Teaser: A Sense of Culture – A Photography Exhibition for the Museum of Reading

Not that many people realise this but I’m from Reading, a town about 40 miles out of London. I’ve never really done that much ‘stuff’ in my home town as to be honest, pretty much everything happens in London and that’s where about 90% of my contacts are. However when local photographer Neil Horne of Eye Imagine Photography called me and asked if I’d like to be included in an exhibition he was putting together for the Museum of Reading entitled ‘A Sense of Culture’, where he’d be photographing a selection of artists in the town…well I jumped at the chance. Hell, I went to this museum on primary school trips!

The shoot took place yesterday and here are just a few teaser pictures of what we got up to.

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Rock n Roll Bride TV – Rock n Roll Bride meets Ali Lovegrove ~ Part 3 of 4: Sustaining Your Blog & Gaining Momentum

For the third part of this video blogging series, photographer Ali Lovegrove wanted to ask me some questions about building momentum after your blog has been going for a while.

Ps…yes we were cold. We had to move outside for the final two videos and it was freeeezing!

Again, Big thanks to Richard of FX Films for filming this for us. Be sure to check him out if your interested in having any videos made for your own businesses…or of course for your wedding video!

In this video we discuss:
♥ How & why I started taking on blog sponsors
♥ Focusing on other avenues and evolving new ideas within in your business
♥ My working process & how I promote myself/the blog
♥ Ideas that have benefited my business and getting feedback
♥ Why to have regular posts

Pop back Wednesday at 9am  for the forth and final episode in this series, ‘Using other blogs to sustain your business.’

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Rock n Roll Bride Party Report – Tasty Teaser

I have so much love for everyone who made the effort to come party with me on Thursday. Here’s a little preview of what we got up to. Pop back here on Monday for more…(lots more!)

Thanks to Richard for the awesome video…shot on his iPhone!!!

Video Credit: FX Films

There was some pre-party posing…

Photography Credit: Jayne of Sacco & Sacco Photography

…And a little photo booth silliness…

Photography Credit: Lisa Jane Photography

I’m seriously loving my Fur Coat No Knickers dress aren’t you? And yes, the rainbow hair is back!

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Rock n Roll Bride TV – Rock n Roll Bride meets Ali Lovegrove ~ Part 2 of 4: The First Few Months of Your Blog

First off, huge thanks for all the positive feedback on last week’s ‘blogging basics’ video. I am so pleased that so many of you found it interesting and useful. In this second part of our four-part mini series, photographer Ali Lovegrove and I discuss what to do in the first few months that your blog is up and running.

Big thanks to Richard of FX Films for filming this for us. If you have your own business and would like to create your own promotion videos, I can’t recommend his services enough!

In this video we discuss:
♥ Whether to put personal information on your blog and finding a balance between professional and personal blogging
♥ Finding your voice and defining your blog through your style of writing
♥ Using images to make your blog stand out
♥ Using social media to get your blog noticed
♥ Getting comments on your blog
♥ How to find out who your readers are and what they want

Be sure to come back next Wednesday for Part 3- ‘Sustaining your blog & gaining momentum’.

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Three Year Marriversary Love

Photography Credit: English Rose Weddings

Today is Gareth’s & my ‘marriversary.’ We were married 3 years ago on our 6 year anniversary (yeah, we kept the date the same…so much easier to only have to remember one date!)

Happy 3 year marriversay/9 year anniversary baby. I love you all of it and I couldn’t do this without you.

Best friend

Soul-mate

Lover

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♥  ♥  ♥

When we first started dating, 2002

A ski holiday, 2006

The night Gareth proposed, 2007

Our Engagement Shoot, 2008 (full set here)

Photography Credit: David McNeil Photography

Our Wedding, 2008 (full set here)

Photography Credit: English Rose Weddings

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Rock n Roll Bride TV – Rock n Roll Bride meets Ali Lovegrove ~ Part 1 of 4: Blogging Basics

After our Photo Night Live Skype interview a couple of weeks ago, photographer Ali Lovegrove spoke to me and said she still had loads of blogging questions that she’d like to ask me, so wondered if we could meet.

Brainwave time!

I’ve been meaning to do some more video blogs but finding the time to do so has been pretty difficult at the moment but Ali’s idea seemed like the perfect new mini-series for the blog.

Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll be sharing the 4 videos that we filmed, all covering different aspects of blogging. I hope you find some of my tips useful. We were both pretty nervous, I was sick (brilliant!), my hair looks…erm…windswept… and we had to rush a little bit due to unhelpful staff at the bar we were in. Self-deprecation over, I hope the content will be useful for all you budding bloggers and the whole (slightly traumatic) experience will have been worthwhile in the end.

Big thanks to Richard of FX Films for filming this for us.

In this first video we discuss:
♥ How to start your blog –  the set up basics
♥ Finding your voice online & knowing what to write about
♥ Thinking about the ‘look’ of your blog and branding
♥ What information to include on your blog and how to write your About Me page

Thoughts please?!

Be sure to come back next Wednesday for Part 2 – ‘The First Few Months of Your Blog’.

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Photo Night Live

This week I was asked to take part in Photo Night Live, a weekly web show all about photography (duh..) and making your business work for you. This week’s topic was ‘Blogging 101 – Showcasing your life online’ and I was interviewed by Ross Dean, alongside emerging photographer Ali Lovegrove, about our experiences.

I really hope some of the things I say can help you. Looking back, I do wonder if what I’m saying actually makes any sense (!) but I really do love sharing my knowledge of the medium that I adore so much.

You can check out Photo Night Live every Friday from 7pm (GMT). If you would like to be considered for a future show, please drop an email to info@rossdeanphotography.com

Ali & I will be doing a part two to this interview as my next video blog. So if you have any further blogging questions then send them my way by next Thursday (31st March) and we’ll try and include as may as possible when we meet (in real life this time).