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Kitsch Robot Themed Wedding on a £5000 Budget

Charlie and Chris were married in Sheffield. The theme was robots and skulls and they had little nods to both of those things everywhere you looked.

“I’m not sure many weddings have quite so many robots included!” Charlie laughed. “They’re very important to both of us so needed to be a pretty big part of the wedding. We’ve always had an ongoing joke that he’s a robot. Unusually it was also me that proposed to Chris using a comic book called The Adventures of Robot Boy and Princess Kitty. Our engagement rings have robots with ‘Beep’ and ‘Boop’ on. We designed our wedding rings to have the same engravings on in our own handwriting and a hand drawn robot couple taken a card I’d made for Chris years ago.”

“We didn’t want to be too restricted”, she continued. “Our aim was to surround ourselves with things that made us smile which included tons of kitsch and colour with a healthy dose of robots, flamingos and sugar skulls. Chris constantly reassured me that if it didn’t give me the ‘eeeeee’ cute factor, then what was the point!? Our main aim was to have a really chilled out, fun and informal day so we could enjoy spending time with all our loved ones.”

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Snoopy & Peanuts Comic Themed Wedding

When the bride has a life long obsession with the Pennuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, there was only one wedding theme Amy and Alexander considered! They handmade almost all the decor and had a lot of fun coming up with creative ways to incorporate their favourite characters.

“The uniqueness of our wedding came from combining tradition with outrageous artistic licence in the shape of our unusual (yet ubiquitous!) theme”, said the bride. “You don’t get too many weddings where the bride puts on her Snoopy apron and conducts a pub quiz during the intermission either!”

“Our decorations were handmade mostly using cartoons from our favourite Peanuts strips, with bunting templates from ASDA and lanterns from Talking Tables. We were keen to avoid excessively flamboyant floral displays and I wanted a minimal look rather than engaging a florist. There was a lot of running around at the last minute, but potting some lavender (thank you mother-in-law!) and sticking with gypsophila for my bouquet gave some colour without overshadowing the other decorations.”

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Rock n Renovation: The Plans

Thank you for all your enthusiasm about this new series! My Instagram especially has BLOWN up ever since I started posting about the house and I don’t think I’ve ever had as many messages as I did when I asked if I should start blogging about the renovation.

Today I thought I’d talk you through our overall plans for the house.  Obviously there’s about a billion decor things I want to do (rainbow front door, pink sofa, fabulous wallpaper), but this post is about the more major plans. Build in 1906, it’s pretty damn old, and our survey brought up quite a few things that needed fixing immediately. Namely the joists on the ground floor that all need replacing (most of them are quite rotten) and the sagging lintel above the bay window in the snug which is making it look like it’s about to detach from the house. There are two slightly terrifying cracks next to it, one on either side. FUN!

We’ve already rewired downstairs, and the electrician who came to install the new consumer unit and smoke detectors said our upstairs wiring is actually really good. We’ll still replace it as it is old but its good to know that it’s not urgent.

We’ve also had some drain problems since we moved in. A few weeks ago there was a massive storm and the garage flooded, ARGH! Luckily we didn’t lose anything important, but its just another big job that Gareth now needs to figure out!

The ground floor


Apart from the things I’ve mentioned above our main plans for the ground floor are:

Knock a door (or maybe the entire wall) through from the dining room to the kitchen.

I really want to replace the window in the dining room with patio doors, but Gareth isn’t convinced because…

 Eventually we want to get rid of the lean to and extend out the back and create a huge kitchen/ diner. As you can see the kitchen is pretty small for the size of the house which isn’t ideal. We are planning to rip out and redo the current kitchen (on the cheap) as soon as because it’s incredibly ugly and badly laid out. In all honestly, I don’t think we’ll be able to afford any major building work for a good few years but there’s no way I can live with the kitchen as it is for longer then a few months (fingers crossed!)

Seriously, WTF

Get rid of the avocado bathroom under the stairs, replace with just a loo and knock through to the garage so we can access it from the house.

  Re-do the driveway, generally tidy up and repaint outside. Get into gardening.

The first floor

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1960s Working Man’s Club Meets a 1920s Speakeasy

The theme for Katie and Jimmy’s informal winter wedding was a mixture of a 1960s working man’s club with a 1920s speakeasy. They were married at Hackney Town Hall and hosted their reception at Earl Haig Hall, an old British Legion social club in Crouch End.

“We did it our way”, began the bride. “We met in the pub beforehand, we didn’t walk down the aisle and we had no music or readings at the ceremony. The ceremony was just for immediate family and close friends. There were just 20 of us there. At the reception there was no sit down dinner or table plan, we also had no posh cars and no bouquets. It was just informal and fun.”

The bride’s dress came from eBay and cost her £25! “It was purchased on a whim two weeks after getting engaged”, she said. “Wedding dress shopping wasn’t for me. I’m not very confident so found the whole process very stressful and I didn’t feel great in anything I tried. But I loved my eBay dress and was so pleased with it. I made my veil myself with materials that cost less than a fiver. I also bought some amazing leopard print shoes from Topshop.”

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Why Every Bride Should do a Boudoir Shoot

Boudoir shoots are nothing new. Hell, I had one when I was engaged in 2007 (and no I’m not going to show you them!) While lots of brides might consider doing them, I’d have to hasten a guess that a lot of you reading this might have dismissed the idea as something silly, vein and super embarrassing. While in 2007 the main marketing push for boudoir photos was an “a gift for your man” (vom) ten years later and I’d still like to encourage you to consider doing one, but as a gift for YOURSELF.

A boudoir shoot is a great way to celebrate what a gorgeous bad ass you are and to create some amazing photographs to reflect that. It’s often easy to get swept up with work, life and current insecurities and not celebrate who we are. It’s a cliche, but when you’re much older I guarantee you’ll look back at photos of yourself now and think “Wow what a babe I was back then!” This is your chance to take some photos for you, but also for future you!

I was submitted this gorgeous set of images by Italian wedding photographer Ludovica Lanzafami recently, and I thought as well as sharing them, I’d use this post to share some things to think about if you’re considering your own boudoir shoot.

Choose the right photographer

This is obviously really important. You want to find a photographer you feel happy with, who will make you feel comfortable. You also want someone who’s on the same wavelength, who understands the style of imagery you want to produce.

Meet them in advance

If possible, I think its always a good idea to meet any photographer before you hire them (whatever the shoot) but especially if you’re doing a boudoir session. It doesn’t matter if the shoot is going to be tame or risque, you’re going to be in a potentially vulnerable situation so you need to be sure you feel good about who you’re hiring.

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Modern & Minimal Wedding with Pops of Orange & a Jumpsuit Wearing Bride!

Célie and Jonathan’s French wedding is so damn stylish I don’t even know where to begin! The were hitched in Strasbourg at the city hall, followed by a reception at Le Villa Mathis.

“We were inspired by industrial style and the idea that we wanted to keep it simple”, began the bride. “I also loved looking at Pinterest and Solange Knowles’ wedding really inspired my outfit!”

The bride’s jumpsuit came from ASOS and she wore it with orange shoes to match their modern colour scheme. All the reception decor was homemade. “All the industrial details that we handmade by ourselves. The fact that I wore a jumpsuit was pretty unique. Also, we got dressed and prepared in front of each other and did everything together. It was also really special that we were able to have our son with us. We got married after eight years together and, above all, we wanted to celebrate our love story.”

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