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Rock n Renovation: The House Warming Party!

Is this the most ridiculous photo ever taken of me? Probably.

Skirt: Coast, Boots: YRU

You know those parties that are so much fun you forget entirely to take photos? That’s kinda how our house warming was! I apologise in advance that this post is a bit light on pictures, but there was too much wine and good times happening to get the camera out.

We decided to have our house warming less than a week after we moved in. We wanted it to be a way to thank everyone who had helped us get the house but also for everyone to get the chance to see it in it’s ‘before’ state! This was actually our first time ever hosting a party (well, except our wedding I guess) so we were quite nervous about it! I think it was a hit in the end though (the vodka watermelon probably helped).

What started off as quite a casual get together ended up being a pink vs tropics vs unicorn themed bash for our nearest and dearest. Our invites, designed by my babe Shauna, were totally based on the Coast skirt that I’ve been so obsessed with since I bought it.

I had them printed at printed.com, which was very reasonably priced. I got them in 400gsm and it cost about £12 for 25 invites (although I did have to print them twice because the first batch had the wrong bloody date on them. Whoops!)

As a theme was starting to emerge I was inspired to pick up some palm leaf napkins from H&M, some cactus covered balloons from Paperchase (neither of which seem to be on their websites, sorry!) and on the day I kind of tried to artfully arrange my succulents and cacti collection around the place. This massive bunch of flowers from Wildabout Flowers also went perfectly with the colour scheme.

The unicorn addition came when Skye from Whimsical Cake Company contacted me and asked if I’d like some treats for the party. Of course I couldn’t possibly say no! She sent us unicorn cake pops, biscuits and pink marshmallows with adorable faces on them. My mum surprised us on the day by bringing along these perfectly matched homemade mini cupcakes (if anyone’s interested the edible rainbow and unicorn cupcake toppers on the cupcakes came from Lakeland!)

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A Las Vegas Wedding with a Roller Skating Bride & A Hotel Room Pizza Party Reception

Maddie and Matt wanted to go away to get married to picked Las Vegas followed by a two week honeymoon in Nevada and California. The bride, who did roller derby, met her BMX-loving groom at a skate park and although they didn’t really care about having too much of a theme, they wanted the day to reflect both of their interests.

The bride wore a bohemian inspired dress from Blush Fashion and roller skates which she customised herself! The groom also customised a BMX for the day which he also rode down the aisle! “Not everyone rolls down the aisle on skates and on a BMX I guess”, laughed the bride. “Our ceremony was at The Artisan hotel and pretty short and sweet. My dad drove me to the ceremony in a Porsche and Matt was waiting nervously inside with our friends an family. The thing I was most nervous about was that I may forget how to skate and fall over or get my dress caught up in my wheels! Or that the online livestream wouldn’t work and people at home who had stayed up late to watch wouldn’t be able to tune in! All went without a hitch though and our officiant, Chad, gave us a lovely ceremony.”

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Art Deco Urban Wedding with an Indoor Meadow

Phoebe and Stephen wanted an city wedding in London, but for it to also have elements of nature. The were married at The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green but some clever ideas and flower installations brought the outside in!

“Stephen loves wild grasses and it was his idea to bring in all these wonderful grasses and meadow flowers into the council chamber where the ceremony was held”, explained Phoebe. “Charley at London Flower House created an installation where it looked like the plants were growing up from the floor around us. The Town Hall has such an elegant interior that barely needed additional decor, but it was important for us to make our mark on the space and this felt really personal to us. We extended this aesthetic by creating arches of grasses and branches around the door frames of the De Montfort suite where the drinks reception was held.”

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A Beautifully Romantic London Wedding with a Bride with a Shaved Head

Every wedding we publish is gorgeous, special and wonderful in it’s own unique way, but there are some weddings I see that I get SO EXCITED about sharing. Cat and Ade’s wedding is definitely one of those. And once you see their pictures and read their incredibly romantic story I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to tell why I love it so much.

They met through mutual friends when the groom was working on the set of a James Bond film! “I was lucky enough to become friends with an actress when filming Skyfall in Turkey”, explained Ade. “It so happened (without my knowing) that this actress believed I would be a good fit for her friend, Cat. I did subsequently see Cat at a party in London (she inevitably stuck out because of her height and continuous entertainment). There were no particular sparks as of yet, our paths didn’t quite cross at this party, however, the beauty of social media kept us connected. Wasn’t sure why we added each other on Facebook but I sure am glad we did! Anyway, months later we had a random, all-nighter with effortless banter through Facebook which made us curious enough to actually meet alone. We did… and finally it all made sense.”

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A Colourful Celebration of Love, Friendship and Joy

There is nothing I love more than a bright and colourful wedding theme. I’m pretty sure most of you feel the same so I just KNOW you’re all going to adore ogling over this insanely beautiful set of images. Stylist Alexis from Neon Event Productions told me all about their inspiration.

“Our vision for this shoot was a full on celebration of love, friendship and joy. What better way to celebrate winning at love than being surrounded by bright, bold, cheerful colour? We asked a real, engaged couple to be our models so that their love, affection and respect for each other would provide the backdrop for our fun, colourful style ideas. We asked all of our collaborators to think outside the box and channel their inspiration from as far flung influences as 70s rock album covers, contemporary fine art paintings with colour blocking, and Southern California terraces to name just a few.”

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Candy Shop Collection by Katya Katya Shehurina

It’s been a long time since I’ve published an article just about one designer and their latest launch, but that’s because it’s been a long time since I’ve loved a collection as much as this one! Latvian designer Katya Katya Shehurina is known for her bohemian inspired wedding dresses but this year she wanted to design something for wedding guests too.

I was so lucky to wear one of these stunning dresses to Helen’s wedding earlier this month. I don’t think I’ve had so many compliments on an outfit EVER.

Katya has continued her love affair with the softest lace and tulle for this collection, but the colours are what really make it stand out from the crowd. Each gown comes in a cotton candy colour palette, they’re sweet enough to give you a tooth ache!

Beautiful necklines, elegant and flattering silhouettes, the softest tulle… This collection will provide the perfect injection of girly colour to a wedding. While it’s officially an occasion-wear collection but that doesn’t mean bridesmaids or even a bride couldn’t wear one..!

Here’a a few of my favourites from the range.

Bounty

Smarties

Marshmallow

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