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Upcoming Wedding Shows, Workshops & Conferences

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Hey guys! It’s been a longggg while since I’ve written a more personal post (where does the time go!?) so today I thought I’d break that drought to let you know about some events I’ve got coming up. I’d love for you to come and spend some time with me, new braces and all (!)

Most Curious Wedding Fair

March 18th & 19th: London. 

This weekend my team and I are packing our bags and heading just up the road to the Most Curious Wedding Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. This is the wedding fair for non-traditional babes with discerning taste.

Inspired more by fashion and the hipster-cool vibes of it’s location than the wedding industry itself, this is one of my favourite shows and I’m super excited to be taking part!

Tickets can be bought in advance from just £2.50 or £3 on the door.

FarmShop

March 27th & 30th: Brighton & Glasgow. 

After a few days to recover I’ll be hitting the road solo to speak at Photography Farm’s first ever FarmShop in both Brighton (27th) and Glasgow (30th). Billed as an all star wedding photography workshop where each mentor will lead a section that plays to their strengths (as well as contributing to each other’s to bring a huge pool of knowledge), it’s going to be super fun and really informative.

Specifically I’ll be speaking about harnessing the power of wedding blogs and magazines to book your dream clients as well as sharing some tricks for getting on the radar of editors and (almost most importantly) sharing the things that people do wrong over and over again so that you can avoid them!

You can read about the workshop in more detail on the Photography Farm website. Tickets are currently available at the discounted rate of £300.

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Come Join Us at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza!

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What are you doing on April 1st or 2nd? If you have no plans then let me be the one to fill your diary because it’s Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza time and this is one wedding fair you are NOT going to want to miss!

Organised by two of my favourite alternative suppliers, Sassy of Assassynation Photography and Jo of The Couture Company, this is the wedding fair for you if the idea of a big traditional wedding brings you out in a cold sweat.

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The show is taking place at The Bond in Birmingham and runs from 11am – 4pm on both days.

The premise for the show is simple: To encourage couples to shake off the shackles of wedding conformity and discover the very best of UK alternative wedding industry suppliers. If you want to find suppliers who offer a diverse and eclectic feast of all things wedding in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment, the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is the wedding show for you!

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Win A Pair of Tickets to The National Wedding Show!

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For the third season running, the Rock n Roll Bride Collection is coming to The National Wedding Show and today I want to tell you all about it!

For those of you that don’t know, last year we partnered with the UKs largest wedding fair to bring something altogether more alternative and eclectic into the mix. Not only is a visit to the show a rite of passage for any discerning bride-to-be, but now even alt babes can find ideas and suppliers that they’ll want to use for their wedding!

This season we’ll be joined in London by Crown and Glory, Nichola Ruby, Patchwork, Oh Snap UK, Poppy Dover, Gin Fizz Photography, Stargem Bridal, Twisted Glamour, Artcuts, Claire Louise Creates, Jigsaw Photography and Wishheart Tiara Design. In Birmingham we’ll be exhibiting alongside Lees Ice Dreams, Kevin Fern Photography, Crown and Glory, Artcuts and Jigsaw Photography and in Manchester you will be able to see Beetle Juice Cocktail Bar, Crown and Glory and Stella Photography!

This is just for starters too, with new exhibitors being added every day (do get in touch if you’re a wedding supplier and you’d like to join us) and over 500 exhibitors to see overall!

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Brides do Good and Bicester Village’s Exclusive Bridal Event

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As you may have seen, two lucky Rock n Roll Bride readers recently won £2000 to spend at Bicester Village, and now it’s your chance to experience the village for yourself! From February 9th to 19th they are hosted a very special bridal event and it’s one you bargain hunters are not going to want to miss!

Home to more than 130 boutiques of leading brands, during this time the village will be bursting with exclusive bridal collections and offers, at the rock bottom prices that Bicester Village is famous for.

Not only will there be 20 newly arrived bridal dress styles at Oscar de la Renta, the boys will be able to receive a free shirt when they purchase a suit at Paul Smith. Anya Hindmarch will be bringing in some of the key pieces from her ‘I love you’ range as well as her ‘Hell yes’ collection, ideal for the more forthright bride. You’ll be able to find your dream dress at Temperley London, bridal shoes from Rupert Sanderson or signature styles at Sergio Rossi, which is offering a further 30% off the Village price! Award-winning botanical beauty brand Liz Earle will be available and there will even be special deals on luggage for the honeymoon, with Samsonite offering three for the price of two on selected pieces!

But this event isn’t just about bargains because you’ll be treated like superstars too. Not only will champagne be being served in the Oscar de la Renta boutique, but there is on-site tailoring available every Friday and Saturday and as free home delivery for all of your purchases!

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How to Get the Most Out of Attending Wedding Fairs

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It is looking like February and March this year are shaping up to be some of the busiest two months I’ve ever had because we are hitting the road and exhibiting at no less than FIVE wedding fairs in seven weeks! Oh lord, please help me.

Wedding fairs can be quite intimidating, but if you go into them with an idea of what you want to achieve and an open mind then they can be really fun and enable you to tick a lot of things off your list all in one day.

Do your research beforehand

When deciding which show to visit, have a look on their website at who the exhibitors are going to be. Then, make a shortlist of the people you really want to see and go to them first when you arrive. This will save you wandering around aimlessly feeling lost and confused!

Buy your tickets in advance

Most shows will offer significant discounts on tickets if you buy them in advance rather than on the door.

I have some exclusive discount codes at the bottom of this post for you too which will give you further savings on tickets for the shows we’re doing to be at this year. You’re welcome!

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Think about who you want to bring with you

Try to limit the number of people you take with you. It can be tempting to make it a big day out with your mum, your future mother-in-law and all your bridesmaids, but if you have too many people with too many opinions it may end up confusing you or even making you question what it is you actually want.

Its also really easy to lose people in wedding fairs as the layouts are often designed to encourage you to wander around aimlessly rather than follow a direct route. I’ve lost count of the number of people who come up to me at shows asking if they know where such-and-such a stand is because their friend spotted something shiny and meandered off!

Go along early

Most shows start at 10 or 11am and going early is a really good idea. They get the busiest around the early afternoon and by the end of the day most of the exhibitors will be exhausted! Especially if you have someone you really want to see, get there early so you’re not fighting your way through the crowds to get to their stand.

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A Hammam in Harrods!

Last week Gareth and I were invited to Urban Retreat, the spa in Harrods, to have their unique hammam experience and it was so weird/ awesome/ relaxing/ fun that I thought I’d share it with you! I also think it would be a super fun pre-wedding treat for either you and your fiance, or with a gaggle of hens. They even offer bridal and hen do packages.

I’ve been to Morocco three times but I’ve never actually done a hammam. For those of you that don’t know, its kind of the Islamic version of a roman bath. It’s something most locals do least weekly, and if you want to sweat away your troubles and get the scrubbing of a lifetime then you’ll love it!

Harrods have partnered with the Royal Mansour in Marrakech to bring the experience to London and all their therapists trained by people who actually perform hammams in Morocco. The princess of Morocco has even visited the Harrods version and gave it her seal of approval! Although definitely a more luxurious interpretation than you might find in the Marrakech Medina, the experience is very authentic.

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Genders are usually separated but on Thursday afternoons Urban Retreat offer a mixed session, which is when Gareth and I went. There was actually no-one else there at the same time, but just be aware if you do go to a mixed session someone of the opposite sex may see you in a robe and or some very skimpy pants!

After changing into aforementioned skimpy pants and a snugly robe, we were led through the relaxation area and into the ‘warm room’, which is set at 30ºC. We put argan oil in our hair to protect it and were left to acclimatise to the heat for about ten minutes. Our therapists then arrived and lead us into the ‘hot room’ which is marble from floor to ceiling with a bubbling fountain in the middle… oh and is set at 45ºC! We were told to take our robes off and then taken into separate private marble ‘booths’ and asked to lie on the floor.

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What happens next I can only describe as being bathed like a baby! My lady threw warm water on me, washed (almost) every inch of my body with traditional black soap, scrubbed my skin with a kessa glove to within an inch of it’s life (a kessa glove is a traditional and natural exfoliating mitt which removes dead skin and bacteria), exfoliated my entire body, washed my hair, performed some traditional stretching exercises (aka pulled my arms and legs about a bit!) and then finishes off with a full body massage!

Yep, she even scrubbed my butt and massaged my boobs. Apart from the tiny pants you are basically completely starkers so they do see everything, but weirdly, I actually didn’t feel self-conscious or awkward at all. My woman was super lovely, explaining what she was doing the whole time and making sure I was comfortable. Being sat on a hot marble floor, pretty much completely naked, while someone else washed my hair is an experience I don’t think I’ll ever forget!

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Join us at Most Curious Wedding Fair, 2017!

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We’ve done a lot of wedding shows this past year and its one of my favourite things. I love getting out of the office, meeting you guys, seeing what other wedding suppliers are offering, swooning over pretty dresses… I mean it’s exhausting, sure, but what’s not to love about all that?

Which is why I am thrilled to let you all know that Rock n Roll Bride and Crown and Glory (we come as a package deal now it would seem!) will be taking part in the London A Most Curious Wedding Fair next Spring!

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An Action-Packed Hen Weekend Experience with Dar Jaguar, Marrakech

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This post is enormous because I have so many photos from this trip that I want to share. So grab an extra large beverage and prepare yourself for a kaleidoscopic visual assault!

As much as I adore Marrakech (this recent trip was my third in two years!) it can be a very intimating and intense place. People yelling at you, motorbikes whizzing past you in narrow alleyways, donkeys pulling carts that look way too heavy for them, old men pushing enormous trailers full of everything imaginable… and all in 40°C+ heat! It’s chaotic and buzzing all day and all night which is why having a calm oasis to retreat back to at the end of a long day isn’t just advisable, it’s a necessity!

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My Only Speaking Event of the Year: FarmShop 2017

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From 2012 to 2015 I did a LOT of public speaking. And for someone who would actively avoid it at all costs while at school (even so much as faking illnesses – sorry mum!) this was no mean feat. I wouldn’t say I’m a natural public speaker, but when I stand up on stage, I do end up really loving it!

Although I still get incredibly nervous, I enjoy teaching. I love sharing what I’ve learnt over the years with other people. I like to be able to use my position (even though that phrase makes me cringe) to help other people make waves in their own lives and businesses.

Which is why I am thrilled to let you know what I will be speaking at the Photography Farm’s FarmShop in Brighton and Glasgow in March. I haven’t spoken at a wedding photography event since October 2015 and this is most likely going to be my only one for 2017 too!

So what is FarmShop?

For the past four years, the Photography Farm have hosted an annual ‘Farm Week’, offering individual classes for wedding photographers hosted on a real life farm in Sussex.

For 2017, they’ve decided to shake things up a bit with a much larger, conference style event (don’t let that word put you off, it’s going to be really fun, I promise!) where rather than booking into individual classes, attendees will be able to listen to every single speaker all for the one price.

It’s a super international event too, and if you come along you’ll be able to learn from Sara K Byrne (USA), Mark Pacura (UK) Todd Hunter McGaw (Australia), Jim Pollard (New Zealand), Janneke Storm (Australia), Lisa Jane (UK), Phil Chester (USA), James Frost (UK) and, of course, yours truly!

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How is this event different from all the other photography workshops and conferences?

Let’s be real here – there are a lot of workshops for wedding photographers to spend their hard-earned cash on. Even as a non-photographer I’ve attended a lot of them (as a speaker and an attendee) and, as these things usually go, some are much better than others.

I have been to too many workshops where the speaker simply tells their story, with a few easily Googleable (is that a word?) lessons thrown into the mix. That’s all fine if you particularly love that speaker or you just want a few actionable pieces of advice to go home with, but what if you want to learn the real nuts and bolts of it all?

FarmShop will be different because the format is completely new. Instead of each speaker standing at the front on their own, lamenting about how they got started in wedding photography and telling the audience to ‘be authentic’ (or whatever buzz-phrase is popular right now!) the format has been set up so each speaker’s section seamlessly leads onto the next.

Each lesson will build on the next meaning we’ll be taking you through step-by-step with everything you need to know as a wedding photographer – from launching your business to branding to working with clients to marketing and beyond. Speakers will stay on stage to chip in on each other’s sections so not only will you get access to an enormous amount of experience, but you will be encouraged to take part, workshop style, not just sit and passively listen to the talks.

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National Wedding Show Ticket Giveaway & Exclusive Sneak Peek of Our New Veil Collection!!

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Can you believe that the first National Wedding Show of the autumn season is next weekend? Me either! It seems like it was only about a month ago that we were doing the spring shows. I am super excited to get back on the road though, meet as many of you as possible and of course, launch my brand new veil collection that I’ve designed in collaboration with Crown and Glory!

Today I wanted to get you a little bit excited about the new range with a cheeky sneak peek of the lookbook shoot we did last week. Plus I’m hosting a contest to give away 25 pairs of tickets to the shows so you can come and see them in person! Keep reading until the end to find out how to enter.

The new collection is a bit more grown up that the last one, but still girly, glittery and super fun…

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And even we’ve created our first full length veil! Yes those are holographic stars at the bottom!

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As always, each piece will be fully customisable meaning you can select your preferred choice of embellishments. This is just a tiny preview, to be the first to see and order from the full collection then you’ll have to come along to one of the shows where the collection is being launched.

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40% off Tickets for The National Wedding Show!

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I am so proud to be partnering with the National Wedding Show for the second season running. The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is going to be bigger and better than ever with more alternative exhibitors, better workshops and the addition of the Rock n Roll Gallery to introduce you to some brand new suppliers!

Today I wanted to pop by and let you know just a small selection of the suppliers being showcased. There will be more added in the coming weeks too (if you have an alternative wedding business and you’d like to get in involved, it’s not to late. Get in touch!) so watch this space.

London: 23-25th September

At Olympia we’ll be joined by Bloody Mary Metal, Hannah Martin, The Whimsical Cake Company, Choccywoccydoodah, Boho Vintage, Clare Tam-in Photography, Nichola Ruby, Gin Fizz Photography, Patchwork, Craig and Kate Photography, Black Diamond Weddings, Caroline Arthur, Kitty & Dulcie and Crown and Glory – phew!

Birmingham: 30th September-2nd October

The brummy show takes place at the NEC and we’ll be there alongside Madame B’s Boutique, Miss Lola’s Bakehouse, Swizzle’s Matlow, Frock & Frill, Imagine Invites, Boutique Chic Unique, Green Button, Funkin Cocktails, Wish Upon A Sparkle, Flowers Forever, Amanda Cordine, Event in a Tent, Simply Flowers By Catherine, Daisy Dresses and again, Crown and Glory!

Manchester: 22nd & 23rd October

Finally the slightly smaller (but still mighty) show at Manchester Central will play host to Jane Bowler Studio, Mademoiselle, Event in a Tent, Jade Doherty, Magno Franco, Paper-Rose… oh yeah and Crown and Glory!

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of wedding fairs to choose from but the National Wedding Show is undoubtedly the biggest (there are over 300 exhibitors at each show!) and er, I’m going to be there so that has to count for something right? Ha!

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The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is BACK… & it’s Going to be Better Than Ever!

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I’m so excited to let you know that I’m partnering with the UK’s biggest wedding show for the second time for their Autumn season! The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is coming back to the National Wedding Show and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Not only will we have some of the coolest alternative wedding suppliers exhibiting with us, but after getting your feedback on the last shows, we’re planning to make the interactive workshops much better too. Sophie and I will even be doing a flower crown one (watch this space!)

But that’s not all, I am also super pumped that at every show you’ll be able to browse the Rock n Roll Bride Gallery, a carefully curated new section which will feature some of my personal favourite wedding suppliers. This section is going to be invite only, meaning I’ll be personally emailing the designers and makers that I’m obsessed with to ask them along.

The shows are taking place in London from 23-25th September, Birmingham from 30th September-2nd October and Manchester on 22nd & 23rd October and if you’re super keen you can snap up your tickets right now.

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Do you want to be there with me? Do want to put your product or service in front of upward of 16,000 brides and grooms that will attend each of these huge events?

The Rock n Roll Bride Collection is a carefully selected area of only the most awesome wedding suppliers. The area within the show is a place to showcase anything from outrageous bridal gowns, quirky wedding cakes, wacky stationery, rocking jewellery, flipping fantastic photography, and much, much, more! So if you do something a little bit weird, a little bit different and something definitely left-field, then we want to hear from you!

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How to Get the Perfect Fit for your Wedding Dress

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A few weeks ago I was invited by wedding dress designer Caroline Arthur to attend her Perfect Fit Event at the picturesque Gate Street Barn near Guildford. The day was put on, not just to promote the amazing suppliers involved, but to share information to help educate brides about how to get the right fit for their wedding dress. This is something Caroline is super passionate about so it was so inspiring to see her in action. We even made a short film about it. I learnt so much too!

The room was set up like an enchanted garden, with spectacular flowers from Hannah Martin.

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Caroline’s British-made CoutureKit dresses and fabrics were set up at one end, and at the other was gorgeous lingerie from Guilt Lingerie, who were on hand to give brides great advice about what to wear under their wedding dress.

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