ROCK N ROLL BRIDE

It all started with an excited comment on Kat William’s instagram page when she was holidaying in a beautiful tropical paradise last year.

I’d recently come back from my honeymoon and had major wedding blues. So, seeing those tropical photographs just threw me straight back to our big day again.

Thankfully, great timing meant that Kat saw my comment and checked out my account in response. Having already posted a few of our professional couple shots from our big day on there, Kat commented on a few of my pics and asked me to submit to her beaut of a wedding mag.

If you haven’t come across Rock n Roll bride before, which I doubt, then let me explain…

Rock n roll bride is a wedding magazine and online blog filled with inspiration for current alternative brides to be and includes a whole bunch of creative inspo from real weddings through to suppliers, DIY’S and ideas towards your big day.

The main difference this mag has above the rest on the high street is its celebration of unique wedding design for those who truly want to be themselves and have fun with their day.

Rock n roll doesn’t just mean crazy cool rock chick! It’s for anyone who dares to be different and that’s why I love it!

So, a few months have now passed since that initial invitation to submit and I can proudly say that our tropical DIY wedding now sits proudly in Issue 13 which is out in stores and online NOW!

A massive thank you to Kat and her team for featuring us and for anyone who is pondering whether to submit to a magazine, read the submission details and GO FOR IT!!

While I’m here, I just want to thank all our wonderful suppliers again from our big day….

Ami Lowman of Lo & Behold– Who did all our Wedding Styling & Styling Photography!

Oana Damir – Who photographed our big day!

Karen at Vinnies Vintage Vehicles– Who drove us round in her powder blue beetle.

Carl at Carl Christian Cakes– Who made us the most beautiful 3 tier marble cake ever!

Soraya and her team at Ultraviolet- Who bought my wild protea bouquet to life!

Sarah at Rosies Vineyard– Who did all our catering and reception details!

 

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Festive Fun

Hey Guys! We’ve been busy decking out our apartment ready for Christmas 2016! Our first Christmas as Husband and Wife..Cute huh!

As always, I tend not to go down the “traditional” festive route when it comes to decor so, if you’re into something a little different then hopefully this might give you a bit of inspiration.

This year consisted mainly of pink, green and gold hues with a tropical vibe that we seemed to have permanently  adopted ever since our wedding and I’m still loving! Emerald Green is HUGE this year for interiors so that might also be a reason why I just can’t seem to shake off having some shade of green within our home.

As with decor, our gift wrap is also never traditional and this year we picked up some tropical flamingo and pineapple print gift wrap from John Lewis as well as some velvet ribbons and gold speckled wrap to partner it.

Alot of our new decorations are also from John Lewis this year, including the gold palm leaf ones which I adore! (These could totally stay up all year round.) I also got gifted a pink pineapple decoration from my beautiful gal pal Tassie which she picked up in Oliver Bonas..I think it’s my fav!

Anyway….Here’s a few snaps of this years decs. I hope you all have a truly wonderful Christmas and we’ll be back with more design and interior inspo in the new year! kroma_xmasdecor_1

 

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HITCHED!

 

Our Tropical Inspired DIY Wedding

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So, we got hitched! And it really was the best day ever. From the little details that we worked endlessly on, to the most important part of promising our love for one another, everything was perfect.

On the morning of our big day and with some sleep, I arised early in my old childhood loft room back home that my mumma and I had styled with all my favourite things. Joined firstly by my mum with a warm cup of tea, then my sister and two best friends. Feeling excited and weirdly calm, we had a little natter then headed downstairs for croissants and bucks fizz to kick off the celebrations.

We all styled our own long locks and did our own makeup so getting ready was lots of fun with music playing from my mum’s little green radio and strawberries on hand for a light snack along the way!

Seeing my floral designs for the first time was so lovely and made everything a little bit more real! Soraya at ultraviolet bought my oversized bouquet to life with a beautiful bold protea as my focal flower and lots of eucalyptus to create a fresh and wild bouquet. Soraya and her team also created a head piece made from blushing bride proteas (absolutely love this name!) as well as pretty pink astilbe and a little more foliage.

Seeing my girl gang (I bought all my girls a little girl gang pin from Cutesy Huge on etsy!) all dolled up and ready to roll was so exciting. We loved that my mum’s dress was called “The Kate dress” and my Dad looked so dapper in his suit and braces. My little flower girl Holly matched me in ivory with a pleated flowing shift dress with 3D floral embellishments and a floral crown.

Time seemed to fly by and before I knew it, we were rushing my shoes on and jumping in the car for a quick dash to Milldam House.

With the previous wedding running slightly late, I had a little time to compose myself and let the nerves settle. (Plus my sister and I did a few breathing exercises in the toilet just before!) Everything felt a little strange, a little exciting, a little nerve racking and a little surreal. I just couldn’t wait to see Joff’s face.

Our ceremony was a simple service that lasted ten minutes and was just what we wanted. It was simple but oh so very special. The main thing I can remember is my right leg shaking at what felt like 100 times per second. I’m just glad my crochet trailing gown seemed to distract from this and no one seemed to notice!

We exchanged rings, declared our love for one another and we had officially made it to married life! With a few family snaps in the house garden, we then took a little drive in our hired powder blue beetle to a butterfly house to hide from the drizzle and get some couple shots together.

Sheltering from the rain, we used our super fun tiki umbrellas from Sunny in Soho who so very kindly sent us a few for our day. The pineapple print tied in so well with our theme and we were so impressed with the design, we have been using these repeatedly since coming back from our honeymoon to the British weather!

The staff at the museum were so lovely and welcoming, sectioning off the butterfly house for us to have some privacy as well as gifting us some beautiful butterflies to take away. The whole shoot felt so special and was one of my favourite parts of the day. I had so much happiness and adrenaline running through me, I just felt so very blessed.

After our twenty minute shoot, we then headed onto to catch up with our guests at Rosie’s vineyard where my amazing friend Ami had set up all our tropical inspired wedding decor that morning!. Now, Ami deserves a special mention here, as she was one of a few friends who offered her time, free of charge to help us out. Ami did all our styling from table decor and menus through to our garden layout and it was incredible! [Ami also has a blog called Lotales and is getting married next year to her lovely partner Maxwell who also came to help! So go check out her page as I can’t wait for their big day!]

After we had managed to take it all in, we all sat down for some bbq grub and prepared ourselves for the speeches! Now, I hadn’t planned on saying anything on our big day in terms of speeches but, for some reason, a few days before I picked up the courage to type something up just in case I was feeling confident enough and I did it! This was a big thing for me and another moment I will always remember and be proud of. I really don’t like speaking in front of large groups but there were so many people who I wanted to thank and I also wanted to be a bit fierce [I don’t think I’ll ever be fierce! ] and fight tradition.

After food and a little tipple, we could relax and take in the evening reception starting with cutting our amazing three tier marble cake by Carl Christian ! The cake consisted of Victoria sponge, coffee and carrot and was oh so delicious!

With our evening guests beginning to arrive, the staff at Rosies bought out the bacon baps, pink donuts and we played our music playlist which consisted of our favourite tunes including September by Earth Wind and Fire.

And we danced and danced and danced and I changed into my gold Dr Martens and then we danced some more!

Our whole day was photographed by another extremely talented friend of mine, Oana Damir, who got some incredible shots of us and knew just what we were after. Another talented friend, Matthew Tiller, also filmed our wedding video which we are so grateful for! We have so many creative folk here in Southsea, it was great to keep things local from flowers and cake through to photography and styling.

Other thanks include Max and Rob for the PA System.

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VIDEOGRAPHER: Matthew Tiller

DECOR, SIGNAGE & STATIONARY: ALL OURS!

Getting Hitched: Entry 3, D.I.Y Wedding Shoes

Morning guys! I hope you’re all having a beautiful weekend!

For those who follow my Instagram feed, you’ll know that a couple of weeks back I posted a photograph of the incredibly beautiful white Bijoux Boots created by shoe designer Paul Andrew that the very gorgeous bride Whitney Port wore on her wedding day.

These incredibly modern booties have a sophisticated open toe in ivory satin and blush mesh, featuring hand-embroidered organza flowers and 105mm lucite block heel and are also available in black.

Obviously, when I initially saw these worn as bridal shoes I was so excited! Embellishment is something I’m raving on about all the time at the moment and shoes like this would fit my style perfectly. The ONLY bad thing…….the price!!! With a budget wedding slowly creeping in quickly (it’s now less than 4 months!) paying big bucks for shoes is a big fat NO!

So, in order to re-create something similar to those dreams shoes, I thought I’d do a little D.Y.I .- I have to say, the shoes I customised haven’t made the cut into our wedding mainly because, after trying them on with my dress, they just didn’t quite look right! (That’s another story to go with my 3 wedding dresses! I’ll be talking more about that very soon!)

So, to give you an idea of how to create something designer on a VERY small budget, I firstly purchased some white mesh shoe boots from ebay for £14.99! I then purchased some white crepe flowers from hobby craft. I opted for two packs but you could have more or less depending on the look you want to achieve.

After a little pinning and arranging, I glue gunned the flowers onto the shoes and  TADAH!! Designer looking embellished shoes for just £30!!!

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DIY: Gold & Marble.

For this week’s post, I thought I’d try out a “Do it Yourself” that I found on Pinterest recently.

Since moving to a new studio space, I’ve wanted to change up my furniture a bit. As my brand is developing more, so is my style and I am slowly moving away from the fun and playful look and into something a bit more sophisticated.

Of course, changing up your furniture doesn’t necessarily mean going out and spending loads of pennies on new things and I wanted to try and make something of my existing pieces.

Some of you may have seen in my previous studio photos, that I have a lot of self standing shelving units that I purchased very cheaply from Ikea. Two of these units are identical and just plain silver metal so I thought that these would be a good start to trying out something new.

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I trailed through pinterest for some ideas and came across this really easy tutorial from Style me Pretty to up cycle Ikea shelving into a “Gilded Bookshelf” . Obviously, you could choose whatever colours and patterns you like, but since I am in LOVE with marble and wanted something luxurious, I kept with Gold spray paint and grey self adhesive marble vinyl.

To do this at home, you’ll need:

Shelving Unit

Dust Sheets/ Well ventilated Space

Marble Self Adhesive Vinyl

Spray Paint (I used 1 can per unit)

Scissors

Ruler

Pencil

 

Having two shelving units, I tried spray painting one after taking it apart and then tried out the second while it was still standing. I must say that, if you have the space, it is a lot easier to do it when it’s already been put together as it saves on spray paint and the unit supports itself so you can basically spray the whole thing without having to wait for pieces to dry.

The marble part is also very easy. I purchased my self adhesive from amazon and two rolls covered both units. The back of the adhesive is in cm grid format so is really easy to measure and cut.

I thought that the sticking part may be tricky but the adhesive peels off from it’s backing very easily and can be re-stuck if you’ve made a little error. Any air bubbles can be removed by simply smoothing over the surface from one end to the other. (I just used a dry cloth to rub out any air bubbles)

I would definitely recommend this to any marble lover or anyone who is wanting to create something luxurious on a low budget.

 

Here are my results. Enjoy! …..

 

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