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Photography Friday – Jenga, Alice, Beer & Kittens

This week’s photography Friday is a bit of a ‘week in pictures’ kind of post. Here’s what yours truly got up to over the past 7 days…

Monday was my Dad’s birthday so we went over for a curry and played Jenga. How Rock n Roll is that!? It was ‘crazy Jenga’ we played though, does that make it cooler?!

Jamie, my sister Rachel’s boyfriend…he’s a bit of a Jenga geek.

And the lady herself. I’m not a huge fan of black & white usually, but I had a little play with this one. I kinda like it. Gritty…

On Wednesday I went Christmas shopping and met up with the Rock n Roll Intern, Alice. We had lunch, coffee, gossip and discussed our blog plans for 2011. I’m excited about what we have in store for you!

I loved her Urban Outfitters ring muchly.

Gareth enjoyed some ‘boys time’ with Henry and a few beers.

Rachel wasn’t quite as impressed.

However Rachel certainly wasn’t left out…She and Gareth had a bit of father/daughter time…Is anyone else a little concerned looking at these pictures? I can almost hear Gareth thinking, “aww I wish she was a baby…” Ahh crap!

Seriously cute though. Look at all the LOVE! Now, am I just being a crazy cat lady, or is Rachel actually smiling in this picture?

So, how was your week? Are we getting excited for Christmas yet?!

It’s Time to Celebrate… BIG Rock n Roll Bride News!

Credit: Shell de Mar Photography (sneak peek of a fabulous e-session I’ll be blogging really soon)

I just wanted start this week with a BANG and some seriously exciting news!  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you’ll know this already (I just couldn’t keep it in any longer) but I had to make the big announcement on the blog too. ..

As some of you may know, ever since launching Rock n Roll Bride waaay back in 2007, I have been living a bit of a double life. As well as running the number one wedding blog in the UK (yeah I’m a big show off!) I have been moonlighting as a TV Producer at the weekends. Hold your horses though, it’s not that exciting…I have been producing shopping tv!

I started the job straight out of University in 2006 when I thought I wanted to work in television. While I have enjoyed the job immensely and met and worked with some truly incredible, talented, driven and inspiring people, the time has now come to close that chapter in my life. I will be sad to leave all my friends but right now my allegiances have shifted from selling jacquard duvets and Royal Doulton figurines to bringing alternative wedding awesomeness to the world.

I went part time in May this year to focus more on Rock n Roll Bride. However since then, and because of you, my f-ing amazing readers, I am now in a position to be able to fully support myself with the blog alone. I couldn’t do this with out you and without my utterly incredible sponsors/advertisers. I literally have no words to express how grateful I am to every single one of you for making my dreams come true.

So here on in things are going to get seriously exciting. As soon as I’ve worked my notice, I will be officially a full time wedding blogger.

Pink champagne and Percy Pigs all round!

Photography Friday – Coffee Shop Break

This morning I went to meet my Mum and Sister for a coffee. Rachel (the sister not the kitten!) is so photogenic it’s unreal. Can you believe she doesn’t think she is? Plus she doesn’t even wear make up on her skin…Seriously, is this girl nuts!? She is utterly beeeautiful!

(ps I haven’t photoshopped her skin at ALL!)

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Photography Friday (Monday!) – Snow Day

Yeah..this is kinda late but I’m not going to apologise for wanting to stay in and keep warm last week! Minus 2 is not my idea of a fun time.

However I did want to share a few snowy pictures with you so this weekend I put on my faux fur coat and trusty Superdry boots (my current daily uniform of choice) and bravely wondered outside into the deep freeze. Our sprinkling of snow certainly isn’t as deep as many places in the UK right now, but the slightly frosted scenes did make for some super pretty pictures. Oh and how cute is freezy cold Gareth?!

We have some weird-ass ice action going on outside our back door too. I kinda like it though…

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Meet The Bloggers at The Designer Vintage Bridal Show in Birmingham!

2011 is looking like it’s going to shape up as the most exciting year for Rock n Roll Bride so far! Not only have I got top secret and super-bloomin’-exciting new projects that I’m already working on for the new year (watch this space!) but a few weeks ago I was emailed by a PR friend of mine asking if I’d like to be involved in the brand new Designer Vintage Bridal Show, which is happening in Birmingham, UK in February!

They asked if I’d like to attend as a special guest to come and meet…well…you lot – so I of course jumped at the chance! So, on February 19th and the 20th I will head up to Highbury Hall in Birmingham with my friend Annabel from Love my Dress to take part in the ‘Meet the Bloggers’ segment of the show.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled as I’ll be posting more about the show as I get more details, including letting you all know exactly how many of my awesome supplier friends are going to be there when they confirm…and from the whispers so far it’s going to be a totally awesome bunch of people!

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The Designer Vintage Wedding Show is a brand new bridal show, celebrating the creative, the incredible and the absolute hottest designers and suppliers of all things vintage, is making its debut in Birmingham next year.

With vintage influences making themselves very much at home in the fashion world, the Designer Vintage Bridal Show, organised by bridal shoe designer Rachel Simpson and Clare Guest, co-owner of The Wedding Club, a designer and vintage bridal boutique, will showcase exceptional talent within the bridal industry.

Highbury Hall, an impressive Victorian house, plays host to the 2-day event where guests can wander through an explosion of eras, each area dedicated to a decade of style, oozing with treasures and must-haves for the vintage loving bride-to-be.

From designer gowns to boudoir style underwear, from head to toe, from brand new to vintage originals, from fashion shows to afternoon tea and all nicely wrapped up with entertainment and a chance to meet and talk to the experts.

“Vintage fashion keeps on making a comeback and never more so than in the bridal market,” says Rachel. “With so much creative talent coming from the heart of the country, it made perfect sense to pull them all together under one roof, to create the Midlands’ first designer vintage bridal show. 

Clare added, “More and more frequently we are asked by brides, where they can find ideas for a truly vintage styled wedding.”

The show runs from 19th to 20th February 2011 at Highbury Hall in Birmingham. For further information and to be notified when tickets go on sale, log on to www.designervintagebridal.co.uk or email info@designervintagebridal.co.uk

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I look forward to seeing loads of you there!

At Home with the Rock n Roll Bride (and Groom!)

Over the summer I was contacted by Wedding Ideas Magazine who featured our wedding last year. They asked if we would like to take part in a ‘Where Are They Now?’ style feature, which we jumped at the chance to be involved with. One problem, they asked for some recent photographs of Me & Gareth…

Eeek. You see, when you work 8 days a week including doing lots of photo shoots, having nice photographs taken with your loved one isn’t something that regularly comes to mind – in fact believe me, without all that make up and styling I can often take a very bad photo! However luckily for us, my awesome friend Emma Case just happened to be visiting so I asked her if she’d be so kind as to take some shots of us. What lucky ducks we are.

When Emma and I discussed ideas for the shoot, I said how I didn’t want to do anything too styled or fancy. I just wanted some simple and sexy (well Gareth is pretty sexy if I do say so myself) photographs of the two of us. Doing them at home made sense as we could get the kittens involved too (although when it came to it, it was only Henry, the huge poser, who wanted to play model) and Emma’s laid back, fun style lent itself perfectly to what we had in mind.

So, we threw on some regular clothes, hung out in our slightly damp and overgrown autumnal garden and in our ‘lived in’ bedroom (Emma’s tactful way of saying ‘messy’ I think!) and snuggled and posed together. Gareth made out he was all nervous and didn’t really want to do it, but the sneaky boy totally got into it too (don’t believe him if he says otherwise!)

I hope you like these photos. These are without a doubt the photographs that show the ‘real me.’ No fancy make up artist or designer wedding dresses this time…oh and my hairband cost me £3 from Primark, loads of you have asked on Twitter where it was from! I only got it a few weeks ago, so if you hurry it may still be in there.

Our wedding will be re-visited in the January issue of  Wedding Ideas Magazine, and yes of course I’ll be posting it!

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Photography Friday – Rachel Goes 3D

Rachel had been feeling a little miffed that Henry was getting more blog/twitter love than her. The quieter and more reserved kitten, she was often pushed to the side in the fame stakes due to Henry’s ridiculous and hilarious daily antics. “I know,” she thought “I’ll slip on these 3D glasses Mummy got in the post last week from her friend Amma…that will get me some air time.”

She was right you know.

Photography Friday – Kat & Gareth = ♥

This is a bit of a cheat on my part this week as I didn’t actually take this photo myself. My friend Emma Case came to visit us this week and while she was here we did an impromptu photo shoot in our garden and bedroom. I can’t wait to see and share the rest, but to whet your appetite, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come really soon!

How sexy is my husband?!?

Photography Credit: Emma Case Photography

A Lot Can Happen in 3 Years…

I started Rock n Roll Bride in October 2007 and a lot has happened since then. For one thing I’m busy, really busy. My life is actually pretty mental…but I have ideas and I get to run with them and I like it that way.

I work 5 days a week on the blog, writing and publishing around 20 articles of unique content every week. At the weekends I still work at a shopping channel and produce 4 hours of live TV every night. I get home at 3.30am. I sleep. I get up. I neck approximately a litre of coffee.

I write.

I upload.

I download.

(Gareth moans at me for slowing down the internet)

I email email email…

Then there’s the magazine deadlines and of course the photo shoots – fabulous? Yes, uber hard work that takes months of organisation and a pretty knackering few days of execution? Oh YES!

Then there’s the plans for next year…and I have big plans!

I love my life right now. I’ve actually never been happier. I love that I’m busy and I love that my work helps to inspire so many people. However sometimes in amongst the slew of emails, obsessive tweeting and late night writing, I do stop and think how much my life really has changed over this relatively short space of time. 

When I started the blog there were no other professional UK wedding bloggers so I really didn’t have any idea of what to expect or anyone to emulate. By being true to who I am, I really have learnt SO MUCH and grown up in a big way. I’ve met so many amazing and talented people and made so many fabulous friends. It’s mental to think about it all actually. Mindblowing in fact.

While David and I were shooting in Paris, we set up a pose and unbeknown to us at the time, shot an image that really does show how far I’ve (we’ve!) come in this time…

Compare and contrast.

The Rock n Roll Bride, shot by her good friend and newbie wedding photographer David McNeil, just after her wedding in 2008.

The Rock n Roll Bride, shot by her good friend and stupidly successful, booked solid by Rock n Roll Bride readers wedding photographer David McNeil…in Paris!

 

Happy Birthday Rock n Roll Bride…

“Rock n Revolution” – Behind the Scenes Exclusive

I didn’t want to make a huge deal of this post because I don’t want to bore you with more stuff surrounding my shoot in Paris…however it was incredible so maybe just one more little post about it?!

First up, I must say a huge thank you to Love my Dress and The Wedding Chicks for both featuring some images from the shoot on their blogs last week (click the links to see their fab posts!) Also to every single one of you who commented, tweeted and emailed me to tell me how much you loved the shoot thank you SO MUCH! It really does mean the world to me that you all loved what we did.

When David McNeil & I invited photographer Shell De Mar to come along for the ride, I asked her if she wouldn’t mind taking some behind the scenes shots and a little bit of video too. The original plan was to share theese behind the scenes images with you last week and the final images this week…but quite frankly I just couldn’t wait to blog the final results and so I switched them at the last minute. However I wanted to share these backstage aspects of the shoot, because this is the bit you never see…and it just goes to show that it wasn’t all high end glamour!

Our hotel room was tiny and David spend most of the day hanging off walls and railings to get the shots…oh and getting myself plus those huge dresses into cabs was an interesting experience! I wish we had some shots of us carting all the stuff on and off the Eurostar too – that was fun too (not!)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking behind the scenes at our little Parisian adventure! (My favourite shots are David wearing all the jewellery – he loves it…haha sorry David!)

If you haven’t seen the final results yet (where have you been!?) then you can see them all right here.

And don’t forget about the video!!

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Rock n Roll Bride in Southern Weddings Magazine!

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I am a bit over excited that I got a mention in the newest issue of Southern Weddings Magazine. This publication is so utterly beautiful and in my opinion, features the very best real weddings and some of the coolest planning resources and ideas of all the print magazines out there, so I’m more than a little bit chuffed to be included in their ‘Top Blogs’ list.

Southern Weddings Magazine is available all across America and anyone on this side of the pond who wants a copy can order one online right here!

…and because I love this feature so much (and so many of my blog friends are listed too) I’ve included the full ‘Top Blogs’ feature for your viewing pleasure! (check it out after the ‘jump’)

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Ooh Laa Laa Paris!

Photography Credit: Marianne Taylor Photography

Bonjour mes petits amis!

Tomorrow I am heading over the channel to Paris (!) to embark on the photo shoot to end all photo shoots! This bad boy is seriously going to blow the lid off everything I’ve done before. I am a mixture of excited, elated and seriously nervous but I literally can not wait to stand under The Eiffel Tower and meander down The Champs-Elysées dressed in my finery…oh and what finery it is. I’m not really allowed to tell you anything else about it, but I do believe we’ve got some of the most exciting and well known industry experts and designers on board! You are literally going to die when you see what we’ve got up to.

Because of my mini-adventure, posting will be a bit light over the next few days (I do have a couple of awesome wedding scheduled to keep you going though) and I won’t be replying to emails until I return.

I’ll see you all when I get back mid next week.

Au Revoir!