12

Nov

2020

Ask The Experts: Why Covid Weddings Aren’t Such a Bad Thing and How To Make The Most of Your Micro Wedding

This year has been a shocking one, I think we can all agree on that. Even more so if you had planned a wedding in 2020. This has been the year of postponements, cancellations and a whole lot of re-arranging. However, there have been a few couples who have stuck to their plans and decided to get married despite the pandemic. Many of these couples have had their plans changed, re-arranged and moved about, with new restrictions coming in each week. A Covid wedding couple have had to be adaptable, resilient and determined. But you know what?  Loves does conquer all! Weddings have happened this year, all be it a fraction of the amount we normally see, but those that have happened have been joyous affairs, a celebration of love and a HUGE finger up to Covid!

On the blog today I have invited wedding hair specialist Jennie. She is here to tell us her experience with the whole lockdown, how her business has been effected and how the lovely brides she has worked with this year got on with their wedding and what amazing celebrations they have been. With her experience she is also here to give us some top tips for a lockdown micro wedding and to reassure you that Covid weddings really can be as amazing as a normal wedding.

Ask The Experts: Why Covid Weddings Aren't Such a Bad Thing and How To Make The Most of Your Micro Wedding

I’ll pass you over to Jennie

Back in March when the government rolled out the new regulations many Brides started scrambling to change their weddings to new dates in 2021 before too many of these were snapped by other couples wanting to marry next year.
Couples were panicking and wondering what to do. However some had decided to hold on in there, in hope that they’d still be able to wed in 2020, and were eagerly awaiting the governments next moves.

I’m here to tell you about the Brides that stayed with their 2020 wedding dates, the Brides that went with the “covid lockdown wedding” and how they still managed to have an amazing day even after all the stress they were under.

Ask The Experts: Why Covid Weddings Aren't Such a Bad Thing and How To Make The Most of Your Micro Wedding

This is the story of July/August 2020 weddings.

So obviously when the government brought out the new regulations I reached out to all my Brides with “how can I help you” and “what do you need from me?” The cry of “can you please book me into 2021” was thunderous and many suppliers found themselves in situations were they were being stretched to accommodate each and every one of their couples as best they could but 20221 dates were filling up very fast especially with double & triple bookings.

Legally we weren’t allowed any weddings in the UK until the 4th July. I had a bride potentially going through with their wedding day on 4th July  but in the end it was the venue that made the decision to postpone.

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12

Nov

2020

‘Transformation, Nature and Love’ A Cancelled Wedding Shoot on the Brighton Rooftops

2020 has seen so many cancelled weddings, so many weddings put on hold and so many weddings postponed to next year. It really hasn’t been the best year for getting married. So when I got sent this shoot a few months ago I knew I had to share it with you. Becci and Mike should have got married on 23rd May, however Covid and the national lockdown put an end to their plans. Instead of getting upset about it though, they decided to celebrate their wedding anyway with this amazing ‘cancelled wedding shoot’. The shoot took place on a private rooftop in Brighton, and it is just perfect. Gemma from The Bloominati Florist put together an expert team of suppliers and came up with the concept for this beautiful rooftop celebration. Filling the space with deep, rich tones, a plethora of gorgeous flowers,  foliage, rugs and vintage boho props, this shoot is just breathtaking. Good luck to Becci and Mike for their wedding next year, at least you have these fabulous images till then.

A space transformed entirely into a secret garden bohemian haven for two people to celebrate their love above the rooftops of the bustling Brighton seafront.

'Transformation, Nature and Love' A Cancelled Wedding Shoot on the Brighton Rooftops 'Transformation, Nature and Love' A Cancelled Wedding Shoot on the Brighton Rooftops 'Transformation, Nature and Love' A Cancelled Wedding Shoot on the Brighton Rooftops

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11

Nov

2020

Melissa and Nathaniel’s Relaxed Countryside Chic Wedding with a Touch of Boho

Hello you lovely people, how are you all? Today I have a super pretty wedding for you sent into me by the lovely Lynette from Boho Bride Boutique in Stratford upon Avon. Lynette runs the most gorgeous bridal boutique where she not only stocks a huge range of beautiful wedding dresses, but a tailor made service too. Brides can work with the in-house designers to design their own dress. Lynette sent me this glorious wedding of Melissa and Nathaniel and I was quick to accept it and feature it today. This gorgeous couple hired Garthmyl Hall so they could host their wedding exclusively and let it run for the whole weekend. They had a relaxed countryside feel to their day with beautiful flowers and rustic touches, alongside accents of Boho. The whole day is super sweet and has a real charming feel to it. Big thanks to Matt Willis Photography for the lovely images.

The weekend that made our hearts burst! The most magical weekend filled with so much love and support from our amazing family, friends and suppliers.

Melissa and Nathaniel's Relaxed Countryside Chic Wedding with a Touch of Boho Melissa and Nathaniel's Relaxed Countryside Chic Wedding with a Touch of Boho

Melissa and Nathaniel were married on 18th May 2019, the ceremony was at St Beuno’s Church, Berriew, with the reception at Garthmyl Hall. ‘Our venue was an exclusive hire wedding venue on the Wales/Shropshire border called Garthmyl Hall. It’s a beautiful Georgian house that is owned and ran by an amazing lady called Julia Pugh. It has a stunning walled garden and beautifully decorated grand rooms including 10 x bedrooms and additional accommodation on site so we could stay there along with close friends and family (and our dogs). We wanted a venue that didn’t feel like they offered a conveyor belt wedding and Garthmyl Hall lets you hire it out for the whole weekend so it felt like a little holiday instead of it all being over in one day. Garthmyl was also perfect as it wasn’t too corporate and the whole vibe there is very relaxed. Julia and the team there are like one big family that make you feel so welcome. You can get married at Garthmly Hall however we were keen to have a church wedding so our ceremony was in a lovely little church just 2 minutes from Garthmyl. We had 97 day guests with 21 evening guests, it took about a year and a half / two years to plan.’

Melissa and Nathaniel's Relaxed Countryside Chic Wedding with a Touch of Boho Melissa and Nathaniel's Relaxed Countryside Chic Wedding with a Touch of Boho

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10

Nov

2020

Ask The Experts: The Best Mediterranean Honeymoon Destinations to Look Forward in 2021

Yesterday we were given the amazing news that we now have a vaccine for Covid! Thank the Lord!!! Obviously it won’t happen straight away BUT it does mean that we can now look forward and think about things like Honeymoons. Travel has been off the cards now for a while, so the prospect of being able to plan trips away again is such good news. Today we are looking forward to 2021 and giving you some fab ideas for The Best Mediterranean Honeymoon Destinations. If you are wanting to stay local to Europe these Mediterranean options are perfect for you. Only a few hours on a flight and you are there, whether you go for a long weekend of a couple of weeks, these honeymoon ideas are the perfect place to put 2020 behind you and crack on with the rest of your married life!

The Best Mediterranean Honeymoon Destinations to Look Forward in 2021 

Ask The Experts: The Best Mediterranean Honeymoon Destinations to Look Forward in 2021

Whoever invented honeymoons needs a statue. They are the perfect time for couples to adjust, celebrate, explore, relax, be intimate, and plan for the future. But do you know how honeymoons came to be? The tradition’s origin is shrouded in mystery. Even historians can’t make up their minds. Did honeymoons originate from the ritual of drinking fermented honey on the couple’s first moon (a.k.a. month) together? Or is it a relic of marriage by capture, wherein a man abducted the woman he wished to marry and hid with her until she became pregnant?

Some historians theorize the custom stemmed from bridal tours in Britain during the 19th century when upper-class newlyweds traveled to visit friends and family who were unable to attend the wedding ceremony.  It wasn’t until around 1880 when the term honeymoon came to mean a holiday enjoyed by a couple.

Whether you are planning your honeymoon for real or just daydreaming, here is a list of the top achingly idyllic destinations in the Mediterranean that are guaranteed to make you and your beloved fall in love over again.

Santorini

Ask The Experts: The Best Mediterranean Honeymoon Destinations to Look Forward in 2021

Undeniably the queen of honeymoon destinations in Greece, Santorini is beyond magical; it is sublime.  This crescent-shaped island in the middle of the Aegean Sea has one of the most recognizable features in the world: clusters of bright whitewashed buildings clinging at dizzying heights on craggy cliff sides and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding cobalt blue seas.

But Santorini packs in so much more than its iconic alabaster villages.  Beyond the bustle of Fira, the island’s capital, are incredible sceneries and enthralling experiences suited for bold travelers.  Take a scooter to the volcanic Red Beach, explore the Akrotiri Archeological Site, visit the castles and windmills in Emporio, then head to Oia for a gasp-inducing sunset view.  And did we mention that Santorini produces some of the best wines in Greece?  Don’t leave the island without sampling the iconic Assyrtiko wine.

Whatever you do and no matter how long you stay, Santorini is sure to give every couple an unforgettable Mediterranean holiday.

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10

Nov

2020

Trista and Sam’s ‘Bohemain Dream’ Outdoor Autumnal Wedding by Alder and Root Photography

Hello you lovely lot! I have got the most gorgeous wedding to share with you today. It only happened last month and it is FULL of autumnal goodness. Trista and Sam were married on 3rd October this year at The Greenhouse at Bittersweet Flower Market in La Crosse, a city on the Mississippi River, in western Wisconsin. The whole wedding is full of the most gorgeous colours, deep oranges, browns and greens and the most adorable macrame detailing. Trista collected lots of 2nd hand items to enhance the bohemian theme, so the whole day really does look like a Bohemian dream. Big thanks to Alder & Root Photography for the beautiful images.

Trista and Sam's 'Bohemain Dream' Outdoor Autumnal Wedding by Alder and Root Photography Trista and Sam's 'Bohemain Dream' Outdoor Autumnal Wedding by Alder and Root Photography Trista and Sam's 'Bohemain Dream' Outdoor Autumnal Wedding by Alder and Root Photography Trista and Sam's 'Bohemain Dream' Outdoor Autumnal Wedding by Alder and Root Photography

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