Romantic, Boho & Beachy Elopement

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Brooke and Jamie were married on a beach in Florida. They had a reception for their loved ones two weeks after. “Jamie said he wanted to get married on the beach and I ran with it”, the bride said. “Our theme was romantic, boho, beachy and casual but with our individual fashion flares.”

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The bride’s dress came from Forever 21 and it was $30! “We always coordinate our outfits even at home in our PJs so our outfits ended up being the inspiration and feel for the day. We didn’t have a wedding party or any guests. We wanted it to be just the two of us and I’m so glad we did. It was extremely intimate and not at all intimidating. We knew we would both get emotional and we didn’t want to do so in front of a bunch of people. It was like there was no one else but us there that day. Perfect in every way.”

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Intimate Lakeside Wedding in New Zealand

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Heather and Iggy’s wedding took place in St Omer Park, Queenstown. Their lakeside ceremony was intimate and perfect for them. “We chose to have a short ceremony in a Queenstown park on the edge of Lake Wakatipu ($35 hire fee to the council – yeah!) We narrowed down the precise location the day before, and then updated everyone via our prepared contact lists. The set-up was easy – a few chairs for those that needed it, strings of cranes placed in the willow trees by the best man and Iggy, and a few well-coordinated meet-ups with the celebrant and my brother that played our music from a portable speaker.”

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“We had prepared the ceremony format weeks before, and it ran for 10-15 minutes. The weather was great on the day, which was lucky as our wet weather alternative wasn’t really feasible. As the ceremony location was in public, the wedding party consisting of me, my bridesmaid and my father found a way to subtly sneak up behind a huge oak tree (me with a sheet around my dress!) and emerge without being seen.”

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Great Gatsby Wedding on a Budget

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Natalie and Lewis not only planned their wedding very quickly, but they did so with a small budget and grand ideas! Not really liking traditional wedding colours or themes, they pulled together a Great Gatsby inspired day with a budget of £6000.

“I love the Great Gatsby and the 1920s so we based the wedding loosely on that”, said the bride. “Lots of lighting, peacock feathers and sparkly things. I don’t particularly like ‘wedding colours’ so I dressed my bridal party in metallics and kept our bouquets white with greenery and peacock feathers to break them up a bit. The chairs at the village hall were black and gold with a shell pattern which matched perfectly, which was lucky as I hate chair covers with a passion. We also had some Thai influences as my friend Joy is so talented at fruit carving and we love Thai food.”

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“We planned the entire wedding very quickly but we were pretty laid back about the whole thing. The only time I was actually properly stressed was the day before, as I was on a course for work and my phone rang constantly for four hours! We were lucky in that we got all of the suppliers we wanted at short notice, I think having a January wedding helped! I think I booked the caterers two weeks beforehand.”

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Two Wonderful Days in Paris

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I am very, very bad at keeping secrets, especially exciting ones! So when Sophie and I planned months ago, to take Ronnie to Paris for her birthday, I was sure I would accidentally blab. BUT I DIDN’T AND I’M SO PROUD.

We had the most wonderful two days in the City of Light (as you will have seen if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat), and I decided to make a little video to bring you along with us. We meandered around the beautiful cobbled streets (Monmartre is my favourite!) marvelling at the architecture, eating croissants, crepes and macarons, and spilling Prosecco nearly everytime we ordered some!

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Vegas or Bust!

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while you probably won’t have failed to notice that I have a not-so-secret obsession with a particular city… Las Vegas! I’ve been three times before and next week I’m off for my forth adventure with Gala and Shauna. Its nice to have friends who are just as in love with a place as you are!

Not everybody ‘gets’ Vegas, but to me nothing beats being in a place where wearing false eyelashes and sequins at 9am is totally normal, you can lie by a pool all day, party all night and shop with a margarita in your hand.

It’s not all playtime though, we’re actually getting together to start work on a brand new project. So many of you have asked us if we have anything else in the pipeline since we’ve stopped doing the in-person Blogcademy classes, and the answer is YES! It’s nothing to do with blogging or business though – its completely new – and something I think a lot of you will be pretty darn excited about. I’m just busting to get started with it!

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Animated Video Invitations from Mini Epic

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Organising hen and stag parties is getting harder and harder. Is it just me or do they all seemed to be way bigger and more complicated than they used to be? When I got hitched we just went for a night out in London, these days most hen dos seem to span over an entire weekend with multiple activities planned, and so many stag dos involve hopping on a plane!

This post is for those of you tasked with organising a hen or stag do in the near future. I’ve just done it for my sister, and believe me I feel your pain. Having to organise 10+ girls to not only agree on something to do, but making sure they’re all available on the same date and they can all afford it was like herding kittens at times!

When it came to inviting people along, I’ll admit, I took the easy route and started a private Facebook group, but what if there was a more fun and creative way to get people really excited about it, just like you might do with your wedding invitations?

Well, the answer is finally here and its a truly 21st century solution to the problem! Mini Epic is a dynamic new online invitation service which raises the bar with their range of highly entertaining, professionally designed, animated template invitations for hen and stag parties.

Launched by Jonathan Shine, an established motion graphics artist, he came up with the idea when he was best man a few years ago. With the daunting task of having to convince 15 guys to fork out for a stag do in Vegas, he wanted to create an invitation that featured the groom and would hint at where and what kind of do they were aiming for. He wanted to get everyone excited and usher them towards accepting the invite and what he came up with certainly did that!

“I thought of creating a Hollywood-style cinematic teaser trailer as the invitation”, he said. “The guys loved the invitation, it set the tone for the stag do and made everyone feel as though this was going to be an epic party. And that’s how the idea for Mini-Epic came about.”

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