Hello and welcome to a brand new week! How was your weekend? I hope you had a good one! I have a week jam-packed with beautiful weddings for you this week and lots of fab inspirational articles to share with you, so let’s get the ball rolling with this superb wedding which has been sent into me by blog regular Rebecca Douglas. Rebecca has captured this beautiful garden party themed wedding perfectly! Such a relaxed, chilled out summer wedding which has a fun happy feel to it. Victoria and Paddy have really pulled off a chilled out day full of smiling guests and so much love and laughter, the perfect way to start the week!
‘An intimate ceremony in a country chapel followed by champagne afternoon tea, lawn games and dancing. A relaxed and rustic garden party.’
Victoria and Paddy were married on Saturday 26th July 2014 at Ashdown House School, East Sussex. ‘Ashdown House is the wonderful boarding Prep school where we both teach. Paddy has worked there for over 13 years. It’s where we met and it’s where we live. The little chapel is charming, the sprawling grounds rival those of any popular wedding venue and the views of the Ashdown Forest are simply glorious. Ashdown occupies a special place in our hearts and we could never imagine being married anywhere else. We had a small wedding for 90 of our closest friends and family – including 16 little girls, 5 little boys and 3 babies. As we are teachers and so many of our guests have young children, we wanted to include even the tiniest people in our day. No one loves a wedding more than a little girl wearing a princess dress! We planned the wedding in fits and starts. During the term, we can work seven days a week and so we made sure to use the holidays wisely. We made our major bookings 18 months in advance – the marquee, band, flowers – all of the important suppliers. And of course, the dress! We then took a long pause before ramping up the organisation about 3 months before with other outfits, invitations, favours etc. In honesty, we really kept planning right up until the day itself. All along the way, we had help from the lovely Jenny at Bellaboo and Beau which was a great relief!’
Happy Sunday everyone and how are you all today? I hope you are enjoying the weekend and making the most of this lovely warm weather! Who knew October could be so glorious! Its been a quiet weekend for me, we got back from Cornwall late Tuesday afternoon so all week has been spent catching up with my work, yesterday I was in the office all day and today I have a bit more work to do. Other than that, today will be a day of getting stuff done around the house and then taking Dexter for a walk and a bit of a late Sunday lunch. We will also be celebrating Dexter being 4 months old today!! Time sure does fly! We are at a wedding next weekend so I am trying to make the most of some quiet time and get those ‘jobs’ done that really need doing around the house! Boring but necessary! How about you? what have you got panned? I am really looking forward to the upcoming months though, halloween, bonfire night and then Christmas……I can’t wait! Now we have Dexter these holidays have so much more meaning, and excitement behind them!
Now though why not take a few minutes out of your busy day and make the most of this wonderful collection of wedding pretty that I have collected together for you from across the internet, My Best Bits – The best the wedding word has to offer!
This wedding is just awesome, so much to look at, a wonderful venue, great design, fantastic decoration and a super stylish bride and groom, I just love it! Thanks to Jen at Green Wedding Shoes for posting it and to EP Love for the photography
Stylish Los Angeles House Wedding – From Green Wedding Shoes
26 DIY Halloween Costumes – From Style me Pretty Living
Rainbow Cake – From Rock my Style
DIY Hanging Pumpkins – From Style me Pretty Living
Make a Family Photo Book – From A Beautiful Mess
DIY Paper Flower Backdrop – From DIY Weddings Magazine
DIY Geometric Runner – From Green Wedding Shoes
DIY Wedding Favours, Flavoured Salts – From Polka Dot Bride
Green Confetti Packs – From The Pretty Blog
Keswick Lake District Wedding – From Tux and Tales
Sylvie and Annik Elop – From Carl Zoch
Cheshire Wedding at Haslington Hall – From Anna Hardy
Kimbeley and Richard – From Matt Parry
Town Hall Wedding – From Emma Lucy Photography
Shoredith Wedding – By Babb Photo
Wood Lane Countryside Wedding in Sheffield – From Tierney Photography
Quirky Vintage Style Wedding – From Toast of Leeds
Favourites from Ibiza Weddings 2014 – From Gypsy Westwood
Last Saturday I started a new weekly feature where I share with you a pre wedding shoot, engagement shoot or love shoot. Last week was this absolutely beautiful shoot from Rome, which showed off some of the city’s amazing sites. Today, courtesy of Paul Underhill I have this gorgeous beach pre wedding shoot, full of low sun light and wonderful views. The lovely couple are Katie and Niall who’s shoot took part on 18th August at Purbecks, Middle Beach.
‘Paul made us feel so comfortable it ended up being so much fun!’
How they met
We met whilst at school, we will have been together for 10 years on the day we get married 22nd october
He did it at home after a week away with work. He arranged for my best friend to visit. It was such a surprise and so romantic.
Tell me one the thing you love most about each other
I love how honest Niall is and he loves how giving I am.
Your Future Wedding
22nd October 2014 Poole registry offer then lunch at the guildhall tavern restaurant. We chose to have a very small intimate wedding so have kept the colours very neutral cream/white. We are most looking forward to the speeches and speeding time with our closet friends and family (more…)
Happy Friday afternoon to everyone. Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. I certainly am! Today we have another instalment of a diary of a Boho bride and today it’s the turn of Emily & Jonny. Last time Emily talked about the Save the dates and today she is telling us all about the National Wedding Show.
I’ll pass you over to Emily………
This month the collection of wedding literature has more than doubled. Partly because I cannot resist a glossy wedding magazine and also because of my visit to the National Wedding Show. As promised in my last post about Save the Dates, please see a picture of a final finished thing. I’m now looking forward to designing the invites and experimenting more with laser cutting.
On with the show…
I had always wanted to go to The National Wedding Show, even before I was engaged! It looked like an amazing, girly day out, showcasing plenty of pretty things. Finally it was my turn to go, as a bride to be! I was counting down the days.
I booked tickets for my Mum, Jonny’s mum and my Bridesmaids. Because I live in London and all my family live back up in Yorkshire, I sometimes feel isolated in our wedding planning. For example the other day when I was cutting labels out for our save the dates, I really could’ve done with my mum’s help or even just a cuppa and a chat about shoes or dresses. So when I do go home for my almost monthly visit it’s nice to talk about nothing but weddings to get it out of system. Also, it is nice to share things with the family and get them involved. It all adds to the excitement.
So we drove over to Manchester Gmex for the show on Saturday. It opened at 10am. Obviously we were prompt and ready for the day ahead. It wasn’t that I was on a mission to get anything in particular – I’ve already got my venue, dress and photographer booked – but I was more excited about browsing and absorbing the buzzing bridal atmosphere.
On arrival we each got given our little guides and bag of info, and off we went.
The stalls were packed with stunning wedding dresses and the girls that were trying them on looked lovely. I almost wanted to try some on just for fun, but thought it was too risky given that I’d already got mine! Must resist looking!
It soon got round to the first catwalk of the day so we made our way to the theatre. I loved it!
A girls’ day out wouldn’t be complete without afternoon tea, which was set up in a cute little area decorated with bunting and vintage cake stands. (more…)
Today we are back with Lisa and Alex from 2 people 1 life for wedding number 56 in Austria. Last time Lisa and Alex were in Transylvania with a traditional Romanian ceremony. This time we see them surrounded with some absolutely amazing scenery, with forests and superb views a plenty! It does look like something out of the sound of music, I can just see the Von Trapp family running over the hills!
(In case you have missed the whole story, Lisa and Alex have spent the last two years travelling round the world getting married in every country they visit, you can read more about their adventures HERE.)
Todays wedding is a real beauty! A rustic outdoor wedding, with a barn reception which is just brimming with gorgeous colours, great decoration and a very happy couple. Laura and Jay wanted to create as much of an outdoors wedding as they could, so they held a beautiful outdoor ceremony and then brought the outdoors indoors for the stunning barn reception. With Wellington boots filled with flowers, moss letters and hay bales as sofas this wedding is full of rustic details that I just love and I’m sure you will to! Big thanks to Anja Poehlmann for the fab images.
‘The most exciting and amazing day of our lives so far sharing love, joy, memories, food and lots of drink with our nearest and dearest!’
Laura and Jay were married on 16th August 2014 at Dewsall Court, Callow in Hereford. ‘Jay and I are both outdoor people therefore wanted our wedding as outside as possible! Jay being a very keen mountain biker spends a lot of time in Wales and loved the views of the fields and mountains that the venue provided. We could fit most of our close family and friends we wanted to enjoy the whole weekend with and the grounds are beautiful. We had 64 guests to the wedding and it took 9 months to plan’