Joyful 1920s Inspired Wedding in Berlin

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Have you ever seen a wedding with so many smiles?! I’m not sure it’s possible, every single face in every single photo of Jessica and Melissa’s wedding is beaming! The couple live in Shanghai but were married in Berlin, where Jessica is originally from.

“We met in Shanghai in 2007″, said Jessica. “Melissa enrolled into seven month diploma course and I was teaching it! There was flirting and I thought she is so beautiful! However I was actually really shy so it took five months for us to become a couple. We married 10 days after our seven year anniversary.”

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“We initially dreamt of a garden wedding very rustic bohemian style”, she continued, “with open fire bowls, lots of paper, balloons and candles. However we couldn’t go through with it because we don’t have a garden! Instead we had our ceremony at Gruenderzeitmuseum, which my dad chose because it was founded by a transvestite, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf! He thought that it would be suitable haha! Our reception was at Bar Anhalt and was recommended by my best friend after our original venue cancelled on us five days before the wedding! We almost had a nervous breakdown but it turned out even better because Anhalt was much more us!”

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Rustic, Wintery and Super Freaking Cool Wedding

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I feature many, many weddings on this blog of mine, but every so often a wedding lands in my inbox that literally stops me in my tracks. That’s exactly what Jamie and Sarah’s amazing day did to me! They were married in December and so wanted a wintery Christmas theme, but without the cheese. It had to also feel like ‘them’, and oh boy did it!

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The day was held at Fonmon Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. “We both wanted the wedding to be in-keeping with the castle and keep to a winter theme”, said Sarah. “We didn’t want it to seem stuffy, so our main aim was to make it feel like a big family gathering. Luckily with it being so close to Christmas the castle was already decorated beautifully, so we just added our own touches with things like the antlers, pine cones, teacup and saucers and lots of bell jars!”

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12 Surprising Ways to Make Your Wedding Budget Stretch Further

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With the average cost of a wedding in the UK allegedly being upwards of £18,000, it’s no surprise that more and more alternative brides and grooms are looking for ways to cut costs.

But how can you create a stunning wedding, on a budget, whilst still having the best day possible? Here are my best wedding budgeting tips!

1. Look beyond the traditional

You need a wedding dress, so you go to a bridal boutique… you need a wedding cake so you go to a bakery… you need flowers… well, you get the idea.

This doesn’t have to be the case though. The British high street has so much to offer! From clothing stores like Coast and Monsoon offering wedding dress lines, Marks and Spencer and Asda doing wedding cakes and cut flowers being available in nearly every supermarket, looking outside the wedding industry bubble for these things can really save you thousands!

2. Buy secondhand

There are lots of websites that are great resources for secondhand wedding bargains. Look on for-sale.co.uk, eBay and preownedweddingdresses.com for pre-used items, many of which are complete steals!

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3. Enter competitions

You’ll be amazed what you could end up with. Wedding photography, wedding planning, cakes, dresses, décor, the works! Wedding blogs and magazines often host contests so make sure you enter as many as you can. Remember someone always has to win!

4. Shop out of season

When looking décor particularly, shop in the sales. After Christmas is a great time to get sparkly, kitschy items and post Halloween is the perfect opportunity to really score black vases and table wear, skull candles and themed candy! Don’t forget about Valentines Day sales too, especially if you want things pink, red or love themed!

5. Buy in bulk

Especially when it comes to the booze! Instead of using a normal bar service where you have to pay per drink, why not stock up at somewhere like Majestic or Costco? Some of these places will also buy back any alcohol that’s not used, and will throw in free glasswear hire for big orders. They always have massive sales after major holidays too.

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Thursday Treats: Guess What Arrived This Week?!

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Tuesday morning was more exciting than usual, because my copies of issue 3 of the magazine arrived at my house!! Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn too much but it looks EPIC, AMAZING and is totally the best issue so far. It might mostly down to the incredible rainbow cover shot by Matt Miller – just wait until you see the full wedding inside!

The magazine is on sale NEXT THURSDAY, April 30th, so be sure to put a note in your diary. It will also be available for pre-order tomorrow – YAY!  Oh and I’ll post some of my favourite spreads from inside when I remind you that it’s in shops next week.

Edit: You can pre-order issue 3 right now meaning it will be delivered to your door on launch day, next Thursday!!

So let’s see what else has been keeping me entertained this past seven days shall we?

Weddings & Weddingy Things

♥ Crinoline, Coca-Cola and rockabilly wedding
Retro sixties wedding
Colourful handmade wedding
♥ Southern wedding with a gold sequin gown
Hippy chic festival shoot
♥ How I surrendered to a positive bridal body image
Gorgeous DIY backyard wedding

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Rainbow Punk Wedding!

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Zoe and Peter wanted an unconventional wedding… just like them! They had their reception at a tea room, wore what they felt comfortable in, and made everything they could themselves!

“In many ways, we don’t really consider ourselves to be ‘normal’,, so our wedding was never going to be conventional”, said Zoe. “Even P’s proposal wasn’t exactly usual: we were lying in bed and he asked me, ‘so when are we getting married then?’. I said something like ‘well you need to propose first’. So he did. And he called both my parents the following morning, which made it suddenly, very real!”

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“Having been together for so many years before deciding to get married, we believed that getting married was more of a formality than a declaration of commitment or anything like that. However we appreciated that there would always be certain expectations that would have to be met. Much though the idea of running off and eloping appealed, my mother would never have forgiven me if she couldn’t be there! As you can imagine, we saw no point in a prolonged engagement either, so we set the date for the soonest we could book with our local Registry Office and took it from there.”

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Mid-Century Elopement in Palm Springs

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Carolin and Benny, from Germany, eloped at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. They wanted their wedding to be completely on their own terms. The bride wore trousers from Topshop with a cropped top from Free People because she wanted to feel comfortable and like herself on the most important day of her life!

“Our wedding was very spontaneous and just for us”, said Carolin. “The day before we got married we chilled at the Ace Hotel pool and in the evening we met Sam and Josh, our photographer and videographer, for dinner and then Ron, our reverend, for a pre-wedding chat.”

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“We didn’t had any stress. The Ace was the perfect place for us, we really loved how relaxed and cool it was. We are really into mid-century style. We bungalows and clean furniture. Neither of us like to be the centre of attention so we didn’t want to have any guests because we wanted to have this special moment just for us. We love the vibe in California so it was the perfect place for us to have our very private ceremony.”

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