11

Aug

2020

Ask The Experts: 5 Ways To Stay On Budget While Engagement Ring Shopping

Getting engaged is such an exciting time. I meet many of you when you have just been proposed to and I love to hear all about your wedding day ideas and of course all about your wedding planning journey. The first stop though is that all important proposal and of course the engagement ring. So much advice is given out about wedding planning, but what about actually choosing the engagement ring? Today I have invited wedding expert James back to the blog, as he gives us his 5 tips on engagement ring shopping and how to stay on budget while you make that all important life purchase.

5 Ways To Stay On Budget While Engagement Ring Shopping

5 Ways To Stay On Budget While Engagement Ring Shopping

More couples are trimming down their engagement ring budgets to funnel their savings toward their wedding and honeymoon. Some couples are even tightening up their spending to save for their first home. Keeping your engagement ring budget reasonable is not a statement on your love but rather a wise way to look at your overall spending.

Spending a fortune on an engagement ring can rob you of the opportunity to get everything you dreamed of for your big day. After all, your marriage isn’t about the ring but the bond that you share.

Having a realistic and clear idea of what you want when you are shopping for engagement ring settings and designs is a great way to find what you want without breaking the bank. Let’s discuss a few tips to help you find the perfect engagement ring for less.

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Ask The Experts: 5 Ways To Stay On Budget While Engagement Ring Shopping

photo by Courtney Looney Photography

There are thousands of rings out there, so you shouldn’t rush to buy the first ring that makes your heart flutter. It’s essential to understand the four C’s of diamond buying: cut, carat, clarity, and colour. When you know what to look for, you are more likely to get a high-quality ring at the best price.

It’s also a good idea to expand your shopping efforts beyond the local mall. Make sure to check out online sales, wholesale diamond dealers, and private artisans to help you design a unique ring on your budget.

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10

Aug

2020

Lauren and Nathan’s Handmade South Devon Yurt Wedding by Memories and Milestones

Happy Monday everyone I do hope you all had a good weekend, what did you get up to? Mine was lovely. A weekend of friends, food, fizz and time with my boy while Nik has been away for the weekend. It’s the first time we have been apart since the beginning of March, he normally works away 2-3 nights a week, so lock down has been very strange for us all. So this weekend it was just me and Dexter and it was lovely to spend some time with just him. On with today’s wedding and we are starting the week off with Lauren and Nathan’s yurt camp wedding. It’s a handmade affair, with lots of handcrafted projects, from the stationery to the favours to the signage and the decor. The venue is super fun, as it’s set in a yurt camp which meant that all the guests could stay over. It also gave them the added entertainment option of an on site assault course! A fun filled, relaxed day filled with so much pretty decoration and so many smiles. Big thanks to Memories and Milestones for the lovely photos.

A unique, magical day filled with fun and laughter.  A truly rustic experience that our friends and family still talk about today and describe as the best wedding they have been to.

Lauren and Nathan's Handmade South Devon Yurt Wedding by Memories and Milestones Lauren and Nathan's Handmade South Devon Yurt Wedding by Memories and Milestones

Lauren and Nathan were married on 1st at Yurt Camp, Liverton in South Devon. ‘We were looking for a different style wedding which was different from the traditional wedding.  A truly unique venue which included a dancefloor in a tipi and an open barn situated in the woodland, just sold it for us. An additional benefit was that all of our guests could have their own yurt situated in the woodland, with log burners and views of the stars. We had 50 guests and it took one year to plan.’

Lauren and Nathan's Handmade South Devon Yurt Wedding by Memories and Milestones Lauren and Nathan's Handmade South Devon Yurt Wedding by Memories and Milestones

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7

Aug

2020

Emelyn and Breck’s Crazy Mud Bath Wedding in Virginia by Sowing Clover Photography

Happy Friday everyone, I hope the sun is shining where you are? I’m of work today as I am looking after Dexter. I couldn’t have picked a better day as it is hot and sunny already here in Sheffield so the paddling pool is out and ready to go. Nik is away for the weekend, so I am meeting friends for dinner this evening, Dexter has a party tomorrow afternoon, then I have another friend coming over on Saturday night, then Dexter and I are out for the day on Sunday. Happy Days indeed! On with today’s wedding, and what a wedding it is. I have been so excited to share this one with you ever since it was submitted. Emelyn and Breck were married on 22nd September in Bedford, Virginia, on their family ranch. What started off as a calm garden wedding in the sunshine, soon turned into complete disarray as they experienced a whole lot of rain and a flash flood. The rain turned into mud and more mud and more mud! You have to see the pictures to appreciate just how much mud there was, as the dance floor turned into a mud sliding competition. Everyone was covered head to foot in mud! What a crazy day it was! Big thanks to Sowing Clover Photography for the fantastic photos.

Flash Flood Mud Sliding Virginia Wedding

Emelyn and Breck's Crazy Mud Bath Wedding in Virginia by Sowing Clover Photography Emelyn and Breck's Crazy Mud Bath Wedding in Virginia by Sowing Clover Photography Emelyn and Breck's Crazy Mud Bath Wedding in Virginia by Sowing Clover Photography Emelyn and Breck's Crazy Mud Bath Wedding in Virginia by Sowing Clover Photography

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6

Aug

2020

Photographers Show and Tell With Beyond the Frame Photography – Fun, Relaxed and Natural Wedding Photography

Finding the right wedding photographer in my opinion is one of, if not the, most important parts of your wedding planning. Once the wedding is over, all you will have is your memories and your wedding photos to look back on. That’s why finding a photographer who understands you, your vision for the day and that you get on with is such an important factor. Today I have Aaron Morris, owner and photographer at Beyond the Frame Photography to share with you some of his favourite photos and  tell you more about what he does and his work. Aaron is such a lovely guy. I have got to know him via email over the past few weeks and it has been a pleasure working with him. He is so enthusiastic about his work with an infectious love of what he does. He brings with him a fun, yet professional outlook and is ready to hear all about your wedding plans. One of the things I love about the way he works is that Aaron will send you a box of prints before you get to view your online gallery, what a lovely idea! Don’t take my word for it though, read on to find out all about Aaron and his work.  

No awkward cheesy poses! Just natural moments, A guest with a camera

Photographers Show and Tell With Beyond the Frame Photography - Fun, Relaxed and Natural Wedding Photography Photographers Show and Tell With Beyond the Frame Photography - Fun, Relaxed and Natural Wedding Photography Photographers Show and Tell With Beyond the Frame Photography - Fun, Relaxed and Natural Wedding Photography Photographers Show and Tell With Beyond the Frame Photography - Fun, Relaxed and Natural Wedding Photography

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6

Aug

2020

Steven and Yosra’s South of France Wedding by Studio Balzac

Happy Thursday everyone, anyone else got that Friday feeling? I am off work tomorrow looking after Dexter, so today is my last day in the office till Monday. Nik is away for the weekend, so I have lots of plans with my friends. I’m looking forward to lots of catch ups, wine, good food and of course lots of time with Dexter. Today I am taking you off to the gorgeous South of France for the wedding of Steven and Yosra. They held an elegant day which was filled with lots of emotion, laughter, tears and of course lots of love. Studio Balzac was there to capture the day for us.

This day was so intense and fast like a heart beating. And it was exactly like we could imagine and so much more.

Steven and Yosra's South of France Wedding by Studio Balzac Steven and Yosra's South of France Wedding by Studio Balzac

Steven and Yosra were married on 13th June 2019. ‘The ceremony took place at the Town Hall of Cannes, the city where we live. And the reception took place a bit far from there, 100km exactly, at Le Domaine du Castellet in the little town of le Castellet in the south of France. The location of the reception was obviousness for us. Since the second we put our feet out of the car we knew we want to celebrate our wedding there. The atmosphere was perfect we couldn’t explain why. It was like ‘love is in the air’. We had around 80 guests we started to plan the wedding one year in advance’

Steven and Yosra's South of France Wedding by Studio Balzac Steven and Yosra's South of France Wedding by Studio Balzac

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