Eclectic and Colourful, Community Wedding: Paul & Fiona

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Paul and Fiona were married in a park in Sydney. They wanted a fuss-free wedding, one that was made a reality with help from all their friends and family members.

“Our wedding was an event that was the coming together of many creative people, both visual and entertainment which certainly gave it a feel that we wanted”, explained the couple. “Having been together for 12 years already, we were after a comfortable and informal feel, not a high pressured event. We didn’t have a theme but the feel although it was very much our special day, was a community event.”

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The couple ignored a lot of the wedding ‘extras’, opting for a relatively simple, yet quirky, event. The bride arrived on a self-decorated rickshaw, surrounded by about 20 children, and the ceremony arch, under which they were married, was decorated by her and a bunch of girlfriends. The cake was made by the mother of the groom, the flowers arranged by Fiona and friends.

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Building Your Audience, Setting Your Rates, Taking Great Still Life Shots & Dealing with Haters: Brand New The Blogcademy Home School Modules!

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While we were together in Europe last month, Gala, Shauna and I decided to film some brand new modules for The Blogcademy Home School. We now have four new modules available for your viewing pleasure; How to Build Your Audience, Setting Your Rates, Still Life 101 and Dealing with Negativity Online.

Each video comes with a downloadable overview, listing everything that’s covered in the lesson, and two activity worksheets to help you apply the teachings to your own blog or business.

Exactly how to built an audience for your blog is something we get asked about at every single in-person workshop. So we though it was only right that we put together a module on this very hot topic! There are so many things you can do to engage readers and make sure your content is reaching the right people, and in this video, you’ll learn all about the techniques that we used when we started our blogs. In fact, we still implement most of them every single day!

Knowing what to charge for your services can be tricky at the best of times, which is why Shauna and I sat down to talk through exactly how to set your rates. We cover this topic from the perspective of both a blogger figuring out how much to charge for sponsored posts, advertising or collaborations, and as a creative using your blog to sell your services.

Shauna is the master of taking the perfect still life photo. In this module she lets you in on all her secrets to nailing that perfect composition every time. Whether you’re a professional photographer wanting to know how to style those crucial detail photos better, or you simply want to take more beautiful Instagrams, this video is for you!

Another thing that we always get asked about is how to deal with negativity, trolls and ‘haters’. We think it’s really sad that the possibility of getting nasty comments or feedback stops a lot of people from sharing their true selves online, which is why we wanted to confront this head on! The three of us openly discuss some of the experiences we’ve had, how we deal with it and share some strategies for you to do the same!

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The Oscars Meets a Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sam & Hattie

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Sam and Hattie were married at the bride’s parents home, in a tipi set up in their extensive garden. But this wasn’t the usual laid back backyard affair. The wedding was strictly black tie and super duper glamorous. Their guests were invited to wear their most decadent outfits, the bride wore a stunning handmade black couture gown, and her bridesmaid’s were in incredibly sparkly custom made dresses.

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“I work in fashion and film and Sam works in advertising so we have a pretty eclectic and wonderful set of friends and family”, the bride began. “We wanted to make the most of this and knew that our lot would never pass up the opportunity to go all out glam. We made it clear from the beginning that this was not a ‘weddingy’ wedding, I even banned hats. We requested sparkly dresses for the ladies and black tie for the men. I wanted it to be a little surreal, like stumbling upon an elegant city party in the middle of the countryside. As it was the longest day of the year the sun was setting later, which we took advantage of by having an evening ceremony, this way nature complimented the fashion and the fashion complimented event.”

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Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding: Emily & Adam

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Emily and Adam were married in May in Hitchin. Their wedding had a vintage travel theme and was full of DIY details. The bride made her own dress from Nottingham lace and Indian silk which she wore with a DIY birdcage veil. Her bouquet was also made from around 50 antique fine bone china flower brooches, collected from various charity shops and car boot sales throughout the engagement.

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“We both love exploring new places, and Adam has done a great deal of travelling”, Emily began. “I have a love for the Winnie the Pooh quote ‘As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen’ too, and the idea that our marriage will be a grand adventure! We also both love antique globes and old maps, and somehow all this fell into place as a theme. We came up with the tagline ‘An Adventure Begins…’ and I drew up a little logo to go with it.”

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Are Brides Who Wear Glasses Any Less Beautiful?

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Watch any teen movie from the past ten years and you’ll recognise this cliché. In order to get the guy, the heroine, who starts off an ugly duckling, first needs to be transformed into a beautiful swan. Whatever the premise of the film might be, the classic movie makeover formula is tried, tested and invariable. Her hair is tamed, ‘sexy’ clothes are donned, make up applied, glasses removed… How exactly she’s going to see the man of her dreams without that vital accessory never seems to be a concern.

I started to ponder this phenomenon recently while watching The Princess Diaries (don’t judge, it was a rainy Sunday afternoon!) As Mia’s glasses are viciously snapped in two by her stylist, I wondered if that also meant she’d be frame-free if she ever got married. Well, of course she would, I reasoned, she’d be a princess by then, and princesses don’t wear glasses.

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If you wear specs yourself, then whether or not you’re going to have them on your face at your wedding will undoubtedly be discussed at some point. People will start to innocently ask you about contacts or laser treatment. Yet if it’s your groom that’s bespectacled I doubt he’ll get the same questions. When men wear glasses they’re considered dashing, smart and sexy. Girls, on the other hand, are always encouraged to remove their frames in order to look their most beautiful.

Wearing glasses does not make you quirky, geeky or nerdy, it just means your eyeballs do not work as well as other people’s. It’s not right to judge anyone, either positively or negatively, for this unavoidable deformity. Tattoos and piercings are considered by many as beautiful, and what we choose to wear says a lot about who we are. I expect that the majority of you would be in agreement with me that self expression is sexy.

So why is it so hard for the movie and wedding industries to find beauty in a girl’s choice to wear glasses instead of contacts?

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30 Unique Wedding Dresses You Won’t Believe Are Under £500

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One of the questions I get asked a lot by readers is where to find alternative and/ or affordable wedding dresses. While I’m always thrilled to recommend my favourite independent designers, I’m also aware than splashing upwards of £1000 on a gown is out of the questions for many of you.

So I hit the interwebs in search of some of the most beautiful and affordable wedding appropriate gowns, all of which I’m thrilled to report come in at under £500 a pop! Anyone that says the Great British high street isn’t the best in the world is grossly misinformed.

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Cherish feather dress, Coast, £250

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Gemolyn maxi dress, Coast, £495

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Lori Lee lace maxi, Coast, £175

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Darling dress, Coast, £195

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iris monsoon dress

Iris dress, Monsoon, £299

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