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Issue 25 is Now Available for Pre-Order!

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OK friends, we need to talk about this cover because it fills my heart with so much joy I CAN NOT contain myself! Shot as part of the Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress campaign (which launches on March 11th!) this may just be my favourite cover ever. I am just obsessed with the juxtaposition of the softness of the image but with our babing model Elisabetta looking fierce as hell. If you have a copy of my book we actually used her for the gothic bride images in that too, but I loved working with her so much I had to book her again!

Oh, and that bow? That was a random scrap of tulle that we tied around her head for the very last shot of the day. We’d shot everything we needed to and we we’re basically just dicking about. Apparently, playtime is when the real magic happens!

The full Rock n Roll Bride x Little Mistress campaign images are featured inside this brand-new issue and I’ll be sharing ALL the details and links to buy the dresses when they drop on 11th. Eeek, I can’t wait!

So what else will you find inside issue 25? We always try to show a really diverse collection of wedding styles so whatever kind of wedding you’re having I hope you’ll find something to inspire you. Here’s a few teases…

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Rainbows & Daydreams: The Brand-New Veil & Cape (!) Collection from Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory

Attention brides-to-be with a flair for colour, drama and sparkle! The brand-new veil (and cape!) collection from Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory is here and YOU. ARE. NOT. READY for what your eyeballs are about to witness.

My longest running brand collaboration, this is our SIXTH annual collection and I think it may just be our best one yet. Inspired by Sophie and my mutual appreciation for rainbows, pastels, and being just a little bit extra, we wanted to create a collection that would make other colour-loving, sparkle-obsessive, OTT life-living babes squeal with glee. And, you know what, I think we may have just achieved it.

Just like all of our past collections, each piece has been designed to be customised, meaning you can alter many of the colours and embellishments to suit your own, distinctive style as well. After all, being a Rock n Roll bride isn’t about being a bridal clone, it’s about having a wedding that suits YOU and rocking whatever makes you feel like your most bad ass self down the aisle.

Oh and BIG NEWS, this is our first collection that includes CAPES! They’re not just for superheroes anymore baby, bridal capes are the way of the future and I for one am here for it! So, even if you didn’t think you’d wear a veil, read on, maybe one them will persuade you otherwise.

Before we move on to swooning over each piece and giving them the love they deserve, here’s what went down on our look book shoot day, courtesy of the ever fabulous Lara Elliott.

Over the Rainbow

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So You Want to Write a Book..?

I got my book deal in April 2018. It was a big moment of celebration for me as it’s something I’d been thinking about wanting to do for over five years. I caution my use of words here – THINKING ABOUT – because that’s really all I’d been doing. I hadn’t actively been working towards getting a deal or writing a book at all. Because of this my experience of this whole process is probably quite different to that of someone ardently pursuing it. However, I hope sharing the things I’ve learnt throughout the process will still be interesting and useful to some of you.

Did you have a literary agent? How do you go about getting an agent? What does an agent do?

I started working with my manager, Sharon, in June 2017. She approached me (we already knew each other because of her background in PR) and I signed with her to have her manage my bigger brand projects and collaborations. As soon as we started working together, she mentioned how she’d love for me to write a book. I told her it’s something I’d been thinking about but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. We had a lot of other projects on the go back then so we put the idea on the back-burner for a while.

Although not solely a literary agent, Sharon acts as the middle (wo)man between me and whichever business or brand I’m working with. In other words, she does all the negotiations/ deals with the contracts etc and SHE IS A GODSEND. Of course, I check everything over myself too, but it is fantastic having someone who can speak on my behalf and who understands more about that stuff than I do. Also, let’s be honest, it’s much easier for someone else to sell you than for you to sell yourself and for them to ask for more money or a better percentage because you’re British and a creative and generally very awkward about that stuff.

So, when Ryland, Peters and Small approached me at the end of 2017, Sharon was involved in every step. She was in every email chain, at every meeting, and she was the one that checked and double checked the contract, renegotiating parts if necessary and making sure everything was in order.

What was your initial pitch/ meeting with the publishers like? Did you have to go in with sample chapters and all your ideas laid out?

Because my publisher approached me, our first meeting was quite casual. I went in with some copies of our magazine but they already had a pretty good idea of who I was and what they wanted the book to be about.

I’d jotted down a few sample chapter ideas to present them with and I mentioned some things I thought wouldn’t work and why. Luckily, we were completely on the same page and they loved all my ideas! After this, I started working with my editor, Alice, and we came up with the chapter outline, word count and flatplan.

How did you get from having an idea for a book to knowing where to start with writing it?

The flatplan was invaluable and is something we use for the magazine too. It’s basically a document that lays out every page and shows where each chapter will go and in what order (and in the case of the magazine, where the adverts will be). Once we had this decided we were able to work out how many words each chapter had to be based on how many pages it had been assigned and how many images we’d need to source or shoot to fill the allocated space.

Having this break down made the whole process much less scary. I was basically working chapter by chapter rather than trying to think of the book as a whole. Unlike fiction, each chapter was a self-contained entity, and from my point of view they were like writing individual blog posts or long magazine articles. The whole process then felt much less overwhelming because I’d basically be practising doing that for the past decade!

Publisher vs self-publishing – how did you decide?

As someone who self-publishes a magazine you might have been surprised to find out that I went with a publisher for my first book. I’ve also have friends who have self-published books with massive success, so I guess I always thought this might be the route I’d take one day too.

However, the thing that put me off and ultimately made me procrastinate on writing a book for so long was just how much extra STUFF I’d have to do (on top of actually writing it) in order to self-publish. Things such as hiring an editor, hiring my own designer to put it together, researching printers, working out what kind of print stock to use, paying for the books to be printed, figuring out how to get the book on Amazon as well as all the costs involved in producing the photo shoot!

In the end, it actually felt like a huge relief to be working with a publisher who not only took care of all of those things but already had the expertise. If I’ve learnt one thing throughout this process it’s that publishing a book is VERY different to publishing a magazine!

Also, let’s not forget, I got paid upfront too by way of my advance. If I was entirely self-publishing, I’d effectively had been working for nothing until the book was released. I’m so happy I decided to work with Ryland, Peters and Small on this book. They were fantastic from start to finish.

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Oh, What a Night: The Rock n Roll Book Launch Party!

I’m not gonna lie, one of the first things I thought about after getting my book deal last year was organising a kick ass party to celebrate its eventual release (#priorities). I really just wanted an excuse for a good old knee’s up and to get all of my favourite people in one room to drink and dance the night away. And oh boy, did we!

I decided on Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green as the location (if you’ve picked yourself up a copy of issue 24 of the magazine, you may recognise it from the fashion editorial inside) because not only is it a stunning space with so many gorgeous original features, but the staff there are some of the loveliest I’ve ever met. Nothing was too much trouble and they went above and beyond to make the party wonderful (even so far as dismantling the enormous balloon display at the end of the night when I know all they really wanted to do was get home!)

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My Book Goes On Sale Today!!!

January 8th 2019 has been highlighted in my calendar for the past 10 months, circled in a hot pink Sharpie and covered in gold star stickers. Why? Because today’s the day that my book finally comes out!

The build up to this has been such an exciting few months, teasing bits and pieces on my social media and seeing all those pre-orders come in. Between announcing and now we actually sold out of the stock we ordered from the publishers (TWICE!), which is quite frankly AMAZING (don’t worry we ordered more right away so you can still grab one!) I can’t believe how many of you have pre-ordered a signed copy from us, thank you SO MUCH.

If you did pre-order and you are in the UK then your copy should arrive with you in the next few days (check your email for a dispatch notification) or in a week or so if you’re abroad.

So, what exactly is the book about?

Rock n Roll Bride: The Ultimate Guide for Alternative Brides is everything I know about planning a wedding, extracted from my brain and beautifully presented in a completely gorgeous, hardback coffee table book. I’ve answered pretty much every question I’ve ever been asked about creating an alternative wedding within these 208 full-colour pages.

This book will help you navigate the muddy waters of planning a wedding that goes against the grain. It’ll help you with everything from figuring out timelines and budgeting, setting your theme, choosing your dress, finding suppliers who ‘get’ you, dealing with difficult family dynamics and coping with the post-wedding blues. This book features gorgeous imagery to inspire you, but most importantly, it’s packed with practical advice that will help you plan your wedding in your own unique way.

This book is for everyone who’s ever considered themselves an outsider, a weirdo, someone who doesn’t quite fit in. Being Rock n Roll is not about being rebellious or even thinking of the
most out-there ideas that you can, it’s simply about planning a wedding that reflects you, your partner and your love.

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Issue 24 On Sale Today!

Happy New year lovers! I hope you had the most joy-filled, relaxing festive period. Ours was super chilled. We did Christmas day with my family, New Year’s with our besties at their house and that was pretty much it! It was actually really nice to lay around, watch all the movies and have no responsibilities or major plans for two weeks! It’s certainly rested us (which we both needed) and has us sooo ready to attack 2019 with gusto!

First order of the year is that issue 24 is now on sale! Of course many of you have already pre-ordered and had your magazine delivered straight to your door (in fact so many of you do this now that Royal Mail have to send a van especially to us to pick them all up!) but if you haven’t, we’re also 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 over here.

This issue is also our first ever BUMPER ISSUE meaning there’s more pages, more real weddings, more advice and more inspiration than ever before! And it’s still just £4,99! What a bloody bargain.

If you’d like to order this single issue you can do so here, or you can subscribe below. We ship worldwide and UK postage is free!

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