Confidence. It’s something we all strive to have right? We want to feel comfortable in our own skin, we want to love ourselves, we want to be able to see what sassy, gorgeous goddesses we really are.
But we struggle. We look in the mirror and feel disappointed with our lot. We look at other people and think “Why is that not me?” Well you know what, today I want to remind you that YOU ARE FUCKING FIERCE. Yes, you reading this right now. You’re a total BABE. No matter what your outward appearance, no matter what kind of clothes you wear, no matter if you have “on fleek” eyebrows or insta-worthy make up skills. You are a one-of-a-kind powerful goddess. You have the potential to be whoever you want to be. YOU ARE FIERCE.
My friend and photographer of this most epic of magazines covers, Lisa Devlin, shared it a few days ago in a private Facebook group for wedding photographers and wrote the following… I know she won’t mind me sharing what she said because, without wanting to toot my own horn too much, it made me really, really happy.
“You know I was saying how I feel like it’s all work, work, work right now? It’s so easy to get absorbed into that feeling and not step back and see the bigger picture. I’ve just seen this, the next cover of Rock n Roll Bride magazine and I told Kat that it’s probably my favourite cover of the magazine yet. I can’t wait to see it on the shelves surrounded by vanilla same old, same old covers.
I fucking LOVE that she is a mixed race girl with a shaved head and yet that is nothing to do with why she was in this shoot or why this shot made the cover. She is there because she exudes confidence, joy and being your best self, loving life and wanting to include others in that.
To me that is what this magazine is all about and Kat’s philosophy to business. Most of us are in the ‘alternative’ market and could we just imagine for a second where we would be putting ourselves if her blog and magazine didn’t exist?
I’m going to do my best to keep my head above water for the next few weeks and remind myself to celebrate all the good things. I am so proud of this cover, proud of the team effort that goes into the shoots and chuffed to bits that I shot this. So, what if you think about it, are you chuffed to have achieved recently?”
Thank you Lara Elliott for coming along to the editorial shoot for this issue and sharing this behind the scenes peek for us. And yes, it really was as fun a day as it looks!
Nothing says ‘spring wedding’ quite like a pastel colour scheme, but the idea doesn’t have to result in something syrupy, wishy-washy or overly traditional. Those delicate, girly hues can still be Rock n Roll – all it takes is an injection of fun! So throw on a buttery soft biker jacket, some chunky accessories and your favourite kicks, but most importantly always remember to rock a carefree ‘this is my wedding and I’m going to have a damn good time!’ attitude!
I was so thrilled when the utterly beautiful Natalie AKA Style Me Sunday agreed to model for us for this shoot, which was first published inside issue 19. In fact we loved her and the shoot so much we put her on the cover. It ended up being our best selling issue EVER and I don’t think that’s at all a coincidence.
Natalie is beautiful (inside and out) and a truly genuine, inspiring, spunky, opinionated babe. If you don’t already you need to follow her on Instagram now! Her about page on her blog sums what she does up brilliantly:
“The aim of this blog is to inspire mums to celebrate their uniqueness, share their struggles and experiences, and to show that there’s no such thing as perfect and anyway perfect is boring. We love curves, wrinkles, realness, anything that doesn’t pretend to fit into a cookie cutter mould. You’ll never see any photoshopping here.”
Is planning your wedding turning out to be a massive drag? Are you struggling to choose your suppliers, arguing with your family over your ‘wacky’ ideas and tearing your hair out wondering how the hell you’re going to get all those DIY projects done on time?
No matter how chill you might be in everyday life, there’s just something about planning a wedding that makes even the coolest of babes have at least one meltdown. And it’s not your fault! It’s a stressful time anyway but the majority of wedding media only perpetuates that myth that this needs to be “the happiest day of your life” and that if it’s not perfect you’ll regret it forever.
This is exactly why I started Rock n Roll Bride in the first place – to cut through the bullshit and share ideas and advice that would actually help you plan your wedding.
Here’s what some of our readers have to say about Rock n Roll Bride magazine:
“I honestly wish I found this magazine sooner. I always knew my wedding would be different and that there were aspects of the traditional wedding that I wanted to reject and it’s been the best tool for inspiration in my planning process. Wedding magazines became my guilty pleasure once we started planning a wedding but so many magazines focus solely on white, heterosexual couples with massive budgets advertising everything from fancy fountain pens for your guests to sign your guest book to monogrammed suitcases for your honeymoon.
When I found Rock n Roll Bride, I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to find a magazine with quirky couples that focused more on the couple and what they wanted than the concept of spending so much to impress other people. My cousin is also planning a wedding and, since she’s the digital content editor for ELLE magazine I thought she’d be diving head first into the mainstream bridal magazines – however I found she was having the same experience as me. These mainstream bridal magazines just didn’t resonate with her either. Your magazine stands out in so many ways and is so refreshingly different from everything else on the stand. I’ve converted quite a few brides already!
It also honestly means so much to see queer representation in your magazine. For us, same sex marriage hasn’t been around long and other areas of the industry are still trying to catch up to this. So few magazines feature same sex couples and so I knew this was the magazine for me.
Thank you so much for all you do – from a fellow cat owner and renovator of a newly purchased house. Even when I’m a wife, I’ll still be picking up copies.”Gabrielle Leimon
“As a plus-size future bride, I struggled with trying to find wedding magazines that weren’t focused on thin brides, and there was always a guaranteed three-page spread on ‘shredding for the wedding’. That’s until I discovered this magazine! Not only does it include all body types, but the diversity in other areas is out of this world! I don’t think I ever could have felt accepted as a bride if it wasn’t for Rock n Roll Bride. I’d call it a ‘magazine’, but this is a movement. Thank you Kat, Gareth and the whole Rock n Roll Bride team!” Sam Leigh
“Rock n Roll Bride is definitely the best bridal magazine around! When I first got engaged, a friend bought me a couple of wedding mags and as much as I loved her for thinking of me, I HATED the mags with a passion. They weren’t me, there was nothing in them that excited me and I just felt so out of place, as if I wasn’t a real bride or I’m odd because I didn’t want to do certain things.
I then stumbled across Rock n Roll Bride, it’s completely changed my outlook on wedding mags! I’m always so excited to go out and buy my copy, and my fiancè loves it too! It’s great to find a mag that focuses on the grooms and same sex weddings too! Everything about it, from the colourful weddings to the hints and tips, even the ads, are brilliant! It really focuses on the fact that it’s your wedding – you do it your way.
Kat is wonderful, she asks opinions, and actually listens to the feedback that we offer. She’s on the same page as us, as she’s been in our position and it’s so refreshing. It’s completely changed my wedding planning experience and I’m so thankful I accidentally found this magazine.”Dannielle Robertson
“Rock n Roll Bride magazine has actually brought me and my fiancé closer together. He loves reading it too, and we find all sorts of great ideas. It also gives us a lot to think about after reading the real wedding articles. You grow up thinking weddings are a certain way, and that’s just how they are done, but reading Rock n Roll Bride has inspired us to discover that weddings can be whatever we want them to be! The thing I love about it the most is that there is something in there for the men too, as I feel they can be so excluded and removed from this side of marriage. I feel like part of a wider community with Rock n Roll Bride, it’s made wedding planning really fun!”Nicola Burke
I visited Dreamland, in all its kitsch, rainbow glory, for the first time on Sophie’s hen do last summer. As soon as we walked in Lisa (our photographer) and I both said we’d LOVE to shoot there one day. When coming up with the concept for our editorial shoot for issue 18, I remembered Dreamland and decided to contact them to ask if they’d be up for having us there – not only did they agree but they gave us total run of the place, allowing us to shoot when it was closed to the public!
The amusement park was popular in the 60s and 70s but entered into decline and closed in the early 2000s. After a public campaign to restore the park, it re-opened in June 2015 – they now even host weddings in their glamorous ballroom. Imagine getting married, then going on the UKs oldest rollercoaster (which first operated in 1920) to celebrate!
While the fun fair thing has kinda “been done” a lot in bridal, we really thought Dreamland would provide a brilliantly unique spin on the idea, especially with the addition of the heavily sequined outfits.
This shoot, as you can see, is all about the sparkle. You can cleverly use sequins as the main attraction or as a stylish accent in your wedding day look. So, whether you choose a glittering wedding dress, a statement jacket or just some sparkly jewellery, you can easily and effortlessly step outside what is expected and shine like the star that you are!
What’s up, babes!? Today’s the day that our brand new issue goes on pre-sale and as ever I’m so excited I could burst! Let’s get right down to it shall we? I know you’re just here for the previews!
Oh HELL yes, the texture on the masthead is meant to look holographic, how COOL are we? And don’t even get me started on this cover photo because, believe me, I could bang on for days and days about just how much I love it. The utterly beautiful Natalie of Style Me Sunday modelled for our editorial shoot this month and I knew as soon as I met her that I wanted her to be our cover star. She just SCREAMS Rock n Roll Bride and I adore her.
Here’s a little sneak of some of the real wedding pages inside too. We’ve got a super eclectic mix of styles this issue so whether you’re having a colourful summer bash, a fashion-forward urban adventure or a Halloween extravaganza I GUARANTEE you’ll find some much needed inspo for your own wedding within these pretty pages.
YAY! The first issue of 2018 is on general sale TODAY. So run down to your nearest WhSmiths, Smith’s Travel, Sainsbury’s or local newsagent to grab yours right now! Did you know that if your local newsie doesn’t stock the magazine (boo!) you can ask them to order it in for you (woo!)? Or you can cut the middle man out entirely and order one online, or subscribe so you never miss an issue! UK shipping is free and we ship worldwide.