Both being lovers of all things Mexican (particularly the food!) the theme for Hev and Gaz’ wedding was a natural choice. They were hitched in September at Grendon Lakes, Northamptonshire.
“We both LOVE food, and in particular Mexican food, so we decided to loosely base our wedding on a Mexican theme”, began the bride. “It was pretty unique and a lot of people, including our suppliers, said it was one of the most enjoyable weddings they’d ever been to. We made and designed everything ourselves, and then this was supported by Beau Bright, our event designers. They were AMAZING.”
“We made everything ourselves except the lanterns. Gaz is a graphic designer so he did all the paper goods and I sat and cut out miles of Papel Picado (Mexican bunting) and all the pom poms. We also did labels on tins, the pinatas (which we forgot to do!) We also made chilli cupcakes with chilli powder in them!”
Childhood sweethearts Lisa and Damien met in school. They then attended the same 6th form, college and university! Being together so long, they really wanted their wedding to represent them as a couple.
“We wanted our wedding to be laid back, intimate, family orientated, and where possible, hand made”, explained Lisa. “Our ceremony venue turned out to be a bit of nightmare and at the last minute so we had to quickly find an alternative. We both knew from the beginning that we wanted to get married in a church, and even though we had to change churches last minute, we didn’t regret it one bit as St Mary’s was beautiful and was a perfect start to our day.”
“We also knew we wanted a small, relaxed reception venue somewhere in the countryside so we decided to book the beautiful old pub The Black Horse in Beamish, County Durham. Our reception was held in the oldest part of the pub with original fireplaces and beams, and had a roof terrace that overlooked the beautiful countryside. This was the perfect back drop for our handmade wedding.”
The bride wore a Cymbeline dress which she wore with a yellow flower crown (made from real flowers). Her bridesmaids were in floral dresses from Topshop.
Your favourite holiday is just days away, so what could be a better distraction on this lovely Sunday than oodles of inspiration for a Halloween wedding? Nothing, that’s what!
1. Pumpkin bouquets
Source: Butterflies, pumpkins and candy corn
2. Glitter skull centrepieces
Source: Rock music, Halloween & New Orleans
So many things have changed about The Blogcademy since our first class in October 2012. The in-person syllabus has been improved and refined, we’ve added our Home School offerings and we’ve launched a Level 2 workshop!
Despite all these additions and changes, there’s always been one thing that’s remained a constant: our attendees are just as wonderful now as they were in that very first class.
The thing I love the most about teaching The Blogcademy, as clichéd as it sounds, is meeting our ‘blogcadettes’. Each person has their own path, their own unique story, and their very specific goals for their blog and businesses. They’re passionate. They’re individual. They’re weird and they’re wonderful in equal (glorious!) measure. I’m so grateful that this venture has pushed me out of my comfort zone, got me travelling the world and meeting so many phenomenal people along the way.
Our most recent classes were in New York and Washington DC.
We were so lucky in our New York class to have Latanya as our assistant. She attended our first ever workshop in 2012 and it was so amazing to catch up with her and find out how far her blog and business has come.
In this New York workshop we were thrilled to have The Color Condition on board who provided us with these EPIC streamer backdrops. Our friends and Rent Patina also loaned us some amazing vintage furniture. They do rentals for weddings too so if you’re in the New York area you totally have to check them out!
Vera and Damián were married in their own attic flat in Barcelona. Vera’s dad officiated the ceremony and they decorated the space themselves with things they already had, and items bought from flea markets. This was a truly DIY wedding with the focus on the ceremony and the meaning it held for them and their families.
“We wanted to have a very small wedding, very cosy and intimate, surrounded by our dearest friends and family”, wrote the bride. “The idea was to celebrate and to have a great party. We looked into venues but everything was geared towards huge gatherings and large amounts of money, which we didn’t feel comfortable with. We decided to celebrate our wedding at home, on our terrace. It was unique in the sense that it was extremely relaxed, the idea was to have fun.”
Alex and Alana were married at Asylum Chapel in Peckham, London. I’ve featured weddings in this amazing space before, but it’s hard to me to resist it’s charms! After their ceremony and main reception at the chapel, they invited their guests to East Dulwich Tavern for a low-key after party.
“The inspiration for the wedding was our venue”, began the bride. “We visited a few other places in south east London the same day, but we wanted this one as soon as we saw it. The history and rawness of the space was inspiring, and we liked the fact that the artists who run the space use the weddings to fund community art exhibitions.”
Six-month pregnant Alana wore a beautiful Alice Temperley gown with a homemade flower crown. All the flowers in the wedding were grown by the bride and the groom’s mother and stepfather, which not only saved money but made them extra special.