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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HAUS SERIES: RUG LIFE

Good Morning!

I’m back with a new #hausseries all about the rug life! For those decor enthusiasts like myself, you’ll probably all agree that a rug can have a big impact on your space.

Whether its a flat rug, thick pile, shaggy, modern, traditional, abstract, oriental, vintage; a rug can be a statement maker, space filler, grubby carpet cover and overall killer item!

I didn’t choose the rug life, the rug life chose me. Here’s my top finds this season…

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HAUS Series: MODERN WESTERN

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2017 has got off to a great start for you all.

To kick things off for Kroma, I have been working on some new styling ideas for our home living space to give it a sophisticated lift. I don’t know whether it’s being married, starting a new year or just plain growing older but I have noticed my style taste changing dramatically over the last few months. My once rainbow world of white Scandinavian backdrops filled with an assortment of colourful decor and equally colourful patterns has been stripped back a little (well quite a lot actually) and I feel myself being drawn to calmer, cooler tones that are just as appealing yet a little more “liveable”.

Long gone are the vivid fluorescent hues of corals and yellow and this year I’m making way to a new home vibe. Now, I’m not quite there yet with the #styleitdark vibes and still like my white backdrop, but for Winter into Spring I’m taking inspiration from my love for Palm Springs style and mixing it with bohemian textures and western prints….So welcome Modern Western!

Think emerald green hues, soft nudes, powder blue skies, Cactus Plants, Desert Sands, Cow print fabrics, shaggy rugs, brushed gold metal, native prints, wall hangings, woven baskets, protea flowers and eucalyptus leaves.

Think Joshua Tree landscape, California sunshine and just plain cosy, chilled living!

Textures are all a go with soft suede, animal hide, velvet, faux fur, linen and wool!

I am also loving the idea of rug “layering” where you basically layer one rug over another to add more dimension and texture to your interior. This particularly works well if you have a large plain flat rug that can be layered with a smaller patterned rug.

So, here’s our room plan as well as product mood board. Some of the pieces we have already invested in for our space and the rest (or something very similar) are hopefully on their way into our space over the next few months.

I will be keeping you updated on the progress of our space as we go along! If you’re interested in any of the products, everything is listed below!

*TIP: Remember re-vamping doesn’t always mean spending loads. Opt for less expensive furniture by buying on ebay or second hand stores. Also, sell your unwanted pieces first!

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Flat Rug | White Wire Coffee Table | Grey Linen Sofa Bed | Green Velvet Cushion | Velvet Cow Hide Cushion | Marble Cushion | Taupe Velvet Cushions | Textured Linen Basket | Bamboo Basket | Vinyl Frames | Brushed Gold Lampshade | Desert Sands Print | Blush Footstool | Mountain Cushion.

 

 

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 15: Florals

Hello!

Today, I thought I’d share with you my inspiration towards my wedding flowers.

At first, I thought about creating my own bouquet made of artificial flowers but, since having a wander around my local Southsea florist Ultraviolet and looking for inspiration, I decided to ask their team of professionals to create my bridal and grooms party flowers leaving the decor bits to our creative hands.

So, when I say bridal and grooms party flowers, I mean mine and my bridesmaid’s bouquets, hair flowers, buttonholes, corsages and cake flowers.

I am not really one for a traditional bridal bouquet of “put- together” roses and much prefer the bigger, wilder bouquets with trailing ribbon and foliage with accents of colour. Choosing my focal flower was actually a lot easier than I thought and, by using Pinterest as always, it was a really lovely experience picking and putting together ideas for my bouquet.

My main bouquet will be made up of pink florals and green foliage. My girls will be matching with fewer florals and green foliage in their hair. The boys will have pink buttonholes and green foliage will sit on top of our cake. I have also opted for a floral hair crown which I cannot wait to wear!

So, for now, I thought I’d share with you some of the flowers that will be a part of my bouquet that the lovely Soraya and her team at Ultraviolet will be designing!

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Getting Hitched, Entry 14: War Paint!

Aloha!

Today I wanted to share with you my wedding makeup trial photos!

I’ve been back and fourth with my girls for months deciding whether we should have our hair and makeup professionally done for my wedding day and I have finally settled with my original idea of just doing it ourselves! After all, who knows your skin more than you right? You know what you like and dislike, how products work for your skin and hair, colours that suit you and looks that you love and hate.

I did go and have a couple of wedding hair trials with my hairdressers and, although beautiful, I felt that they just weren’t me. I know a lot of gals love to go for something different for their big day which I totally get, but I still want Joff to know it’s me walking towards him down that aisle and not someone else!

So, with all that in mind, we put together lots of different looks in my scrap book and got to work! The hair was easy so I know I’ll cope with doing that myself on the day.

The makeup, I needed a little help with! So my beautiful sister and maid of honour, who did my makeup for my brother’s wedding last September and is a total boss at it, gave me a little hand! It’s so nice to have familiar faces helping you out on your big day. That way I know I’ll feel relaxed and happy and we can have a little giggle along the way!

So, here are a few pics of my first bridal trial, which was also just a big excuse to drink prosecco and eat coconut ice cream [which was delicious!]

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Getting Hitched, Entry 13: Spa Day

Afternoon!

With the one month count down till our big day this week, I thought I’d share with you all today a few snaps taken from the last part of my bridal celebrations….Spa day with my mamma!

It was a lovely little day taken to relax and enjoy some quiet time before things start to get super busy [Which boy they are!]

For our spa day, we checked in at The Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton following a little train journey down [as well as flip flop shopping for mum!]

We started off the day with an afternoon tea which included tea [of course] as well as chilled lime water, a glass of prosecco as well as one fruit and one plain toasted scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream. It was delicious!  Of course, this all took place whilst we comfortably [or rather awkwardly at first] sat in the diner in our white towelling spa robes!

Once we adjusted a bit more to the relaxing, we went for our spa day treatments which included a massage and facial then had a swim in the pool for the afternoon.

This was my first ever spa experience and I can safely say I shall be planning in many more of these much needed days!

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