I’m totally obsessed with the spectacular location of Holly and Tom’s informal Welsh wedding. They were married in the lighthouse at Nash Point, on the coast of Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales. They chose the location because it was so naturally beautiful.
“We drew inspiration from our gorgeous surroundings, the beautiful beach and the stunning coastline”, said Holly. “Tom used to be a keen surfer so we instantly knew that we wanted the wedding to take place near the sea. We were so lucky that Nash Point has a breath-taking view. The fact that the lighthouse is the only working lighthouse in the country licensed for weddings sealed the deal.”
“We didn’t want anything too formal so I spent hours scouring Pinterest for casual wedding ideas”, she continued. “The first thing we wanted is for the wedding to be like one big party, like a festival, so we hired tipis and set them up in the field next to the lighthouse for our reception. The farmer we hired the field from also let us borrow his hay bales which made for great decoration and seating. We wanted to have a sweet table, a popcorn bar and s’more kits for our guests which we made ourselves the night before the wedding. The finishing touch had to be fairy lights and bunting because let’s be honest they make absolutely anything look pretty and magical!”
In September we’re rolling up the turquoise carpet and calling time on the current format of the live Blogcademy workshop. Since we launched the class in 2012, we’ve taught over 1000 people, all over the world. From LA to London and New York to New Zealand, we’ve travelled more than ever and met so many inspiring blogcadettes. However we’ve collectively decided that it’s time to refocus our energy and put it into coming up with something new!
On September 12 and 13th we will be in San Francisco and the weekend after, September 19th and 20th we’re in New York – where it all began!
To go out with a bang we have a very special offer for you. For one week only, anyone that books into these final classes will also receive The Blogcademy Online, the digital version of our course worth $497, absolutely free!!
While the teachings in this class are exactly the same (the video segments were recorded at a live class) you get extra worksheets and prompts, plus you get access FOREVER, meaning you can watch and re-watch the lessons and do the homework as many times as you like! You’ll receive the course after you’ve attended the live class meaning if you were too overwhelmed to take in all the info over the weekend, or you forgot to take notes on something important, you’ll be able to go back and watch the lesson again. Amazing right?
Lucy and Sean were married at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. A bright, white and modern interior, this venue was the perfect backdrop for them to put their own colourful stamp on.
“We’re both music lovers and our favourite bands influenced the table decorations and the music that shaped the day”, Lucy began. “There was nothing too formal or traditional, no pastels and no cutesy bridesmaid dresses! Whilst many venues do a lot of the work for you with their set wedding packages, Fazeley Studios let us run wild and create our perfect day.”
“I would describe our wedding theme as bright, fresh, bursting with clashing rainbow colours and a dose of rock n roll”, she continued. “We had gigantic helium balloons with brightly coloured ribbon lining the aisle – until one of them exploded just before the ceremony! It gave those already gathered a shock and it was a good job I didn’t hear it – I’m terrified of balloons popping! We decided to have them lining the room for the meal instead of in the centre of the tables after that!”
On Friday, I woke up in an unfamiliar place to a 5.30am alarm clock. Gareth and I were in Dublin because I’d been invited onto Ireland AM, Ireland’s version of This Morning!
I had such a lovely time. The hosts, Sinéad and Mark, were so friendly and genuinely interested in hearing all about my blog and magazine, both on-screen and off. After the show Mark and I even chatted about tattoos and cats! Needless to say, this blue haired weirdo fit right in. On air, we discussed alternative weddings and what makes them awesome, wedding trends, my sister’s upcoming nuptials and why my own wedding was actually rather traditional!
For those of you not on the emerald isle, here’s a video of the segment if you want to watch it. Enjoy!
Cherry and Marco had a pagan wedding at Furtho Manor Farm near Milton Keynes. The bride’s grandmother officiated the ceremony.
“All we really knew was that we wanted a handfasting ceremony and we wanted it outside”, began the bride. “We also wanted it to be personal and fun. The rest kind of just fell in to place. We love Mexican food, we love ice cream, and we love being outdoors – turns out so did all of our guests! We didn’t do a lot of the traditional wedding stuff, after the ceremony we just had a big party. It was awesome.”
“We didn’t consciously have a theme either, we just wanted to make the place look magical. I suppose it was sort of rainbow festival-y in a way, not sure how that happened, but it did! You won’t find colours anywhere in my wardrobe but our wedding was super colourful!”
“We also DIYed loads! Pretty much all of our décor was homemade or bought from Etsy. My bridesmaids were brilliant and we had a couple of really funny afternoons making paper pinwheels and other hilarious Pinterest bits. The day before the wedding we had a production line going of us six girls and Marco, all cutting and folding fabric to make covers for 60 hay bales. It was mental and I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. I highly recommend DIY’ing your wedding, it’s way more fun.”
Ollie and Emma ran away to Vegas to be married. The British couple wanted to do things completely on their own terms so that meant no guests and no fancy formality. They had a party for their friends and family back in the UK when they returned.
“We really wanted to escape and let off some steam after originally planning a very sensible wedding!”, the couple told me. “Vegas seemed the perfect playground and being free of guests meant we were able to do things exactly as we wanted. There was no pressure to please anyone other than ourselves.”