Good afternoon everyone – welcome to October! Where did the summer go?! To stay in...
Good afternoon everyone – can you believe its Thursday afternoon already? (You’re either like me and now panicking at where the week has gone, or excited that it’s Friday tomorrow!). Today I would like to whisk you away to an incredibly exotic shoot from Open The Door Events and shot by Serafin Castillo. This inspiration shoot held in Casa de Laila, Malaga, is full of gorgeous, rustic boho elements, jewel tones and exotic Indian styling. It’s something very different and I have to say it looks amazing!
I am an eco wedding planner and stylist and my partner a wedding photographer and we have many friends in the industry so when Serafin asked to shoot us, I though why not make a session out of it. I already had the location in mind as at the time I was looking for wedding venues for a couple of mine and I had come across Casa de Laila eco retreat. The venue usually has yurts onsite but they were in the middle of reconstruction and felt they weren’t ready for a session but when I spotted the bamboo and clay dome, I knew we could create a lot of magic there. There were also a lot of other suppliers I wanted to work with and a styled shoot is a great way to make new contacts in the industry.
Today we are in my favourite part of the world, Ibiza! As you know I got married in Ibiza over 8 years ago now, so when ever I get a wedding submission from Ibiza I always want to feature it! Today’s wedding was sent into my by the lovely Lucy at Mambo Weddings, who has been planning weddings in Ibiza for years now. Iris and Frank chose Ibiza as Frank owns a house out here, so it seemed natural to have their wedding there as well. They hired a private villa and planned a low-key relaxed wedding, with plenty of personal touches and lots of delicious food. With such a stunning backdrop, this wedding is filled with sunshine, smiles and has been captured beautifully by Summer Vows Photography.
Iris and Frank were married on the 27th May 2017 at Can Frare, Ibiza. ‘Since Frank and his best man Marc have bought a house in Cala Salada, very close to Can Frare, 3 years ago it was quite obvious to celebrate in Ibiza. We always knew that we wanted our wedding to be intimate and relaxed, we wanted it to take place in a sheltered space: only us and our guests. So we have decided to rent a private villa with a big garden and pool area. This was also the starting point of our planning. Frank is an architect, I have a brand for home textiles so we put ourselves under quite some pressure finding the perfect place. I did a lot of research on the Internet and made appointments for several villas. Can Frare was the first one we saw and we fell in love instantly. We had 50 guests and spent 8 months planning.’
Last month as you may remember I took a weeks holiday to Cornwall with Nik and Dexter. My mum lives down there still, so every year we take the 6-8 hour drive from Sheffield (depending on the weather and traffic) to visit here. A few weeks before we went I had a lovely email from The Headland Hotel, asking if I would like to come and view the hotel, and stay the night. Normally I would have to say no to such an invite, but as we were going down anyway, I managed to co-ordinate our holiday with a visit, and I’m so glad we did. Nik is going to tell you more about our stay, but what I will say is that we really did had a lovely time. We were looked after so well, had a delicious dinner, Dexter had a good splash around in the pool, Nik had an amazing massage that really sorted his back out, I got some quite time with some amazing views and the staff really made it a fantastic stay. I would highly recommend the Headland, wether it be for your wedding, elopement, hen weekend, a mini moon or a family get away.
I would like to take you all the way to Newquay in Cornwall, UK. Cornwall is one of only 2 counties in the UK not to have a motorway (the other being Norfolk) and you can very easily leave all the stresses of such travel at the M5, some 70 miles north of Newquay. We managed to do this with some gusto as we coincided our stay with a week’s holiday in a lodge on the opposite side of Cornwall. The lodge, lovely though it was, amplified the sound of the rain – yes, it was a holiday in the UK in mid-September – and so having a mid-holiday holiday was the perfect antidote to this!
Happy Wednesday everyone and well done for reaching the middle point of the week, not long and the weekend will be calling us to play! Today I am taking you to Stow-on-the-Wold for this beautiful barn wedding in the Cotswolds. Emma and João chose a green and botanical theme for their day and it looks gorgeous against the white walls of Hyde Barn. Hanging plants, succulents, and plenty of foliage and flowers all put together to create this beautifully dressed ceremony area and reception. With a hint of the movies for their sub theme, this wedding is classic and fun and filled with the most amazing bright, light photography from White Stag Photography.
Emma and João were married on the 11th August 2017 at Hyde Barn, Stow-on-the-Wold ‘n the Cotswolds. ‘We knew we wanted to have a barn-style venue and we didn’t have a specific area in mind, but as Emma’s family live in the Midlands, and we both work and have friends that live in London, we wanted somewhere easy to get to from these areas. We only went to see three venues, with this being the last one because as soon as we saw Hyde Barn we both knew instantly that it was the place for us. We loved the country-feel but with modern stylish finishes, and the beautiful garden area. The added bonus was having the large house for all our immediate family and wedding party to be able to stay in, as João’s family had all travelled from Portugal. We had 92 total guests, including us. All of our guests attended the entire day. We got engaged in March last year, and so the total planning time was around 17 months.’
This afternoon we are back with our regular feature ‘Advice from the Married Side,‘ real life wedding planning advice from all the lovely brides and grooms I have featured on the blog.
I get to feature so many amazing real weddings here on the blog and with each wedding I ask the couple to share with us their wedding planning knowledge and experiences. This post is a super useful collection of wedding wisdom from those who have just got married, to help you on your own wedding planning journey. I hope there will be something amongst these experiences that help you. Happy Planning!