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Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding: Emily & Adam

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Emily and Adam were married in May in Hitchin. Their wedding had a vintage travel theme and was full of DIY details. The bride made her own dress from Nottingham lace and Indian silk which she wore with a DIY birdcage veil. Her bouquet was also made from around 50 antique fine bone china flower brooches, collected from various charity shops and car boot sales throughout the engagement.

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“We both love exploring new places, and Adam has done a great deal of travelling”, Emily began. “I have a love for the Winnie the Pooh quote ‘As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen’ too, and the idea that our marriage will be a grand adventure! We also both love antique globes and old maps, and somehow all this fell into place as a theme. We came up with the tagline ‘An Adventure Begins…’ and I drew up a little logo to go with it.”

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Are Brides Who Wear Glasses Any Less Beautiful?

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Watch any teen movie from the past ten years and you’ll recognise this cliché. In order to get the guy, the heroine, who starts off an ugly duckling, first needs to be transformed into a beautiful swan. Whatever the premise of the film might be, the classic movie makeover formula is tried, tested and invariable. Her hair is tamed, ‘sexy’ clothes are donned, make up applied, glasses removed… How exactly she’s going to see the man of her dreams without that vital accessory never seems to be a concern.

I started to ponder this phenomenon recently while watching The Princess Diaries (don’t judge, it was a rainy Sunday afternoon!) As Mia’s glasses are viciously snapped in two by her stylist, I wondered if that also meant she’d be frame-free if she ever got married. Well, of course she would, I reasoned, she’d be a princess by then, and princesses don’t wear glasses.

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If you wear specs yourself, then whether or not you’re going to have them on your face at your wedding will undoubtedly be discussed at some point. People will start to innocently ask you about contacts or laser treatment. Yet if it’s your groom that’s bespectacled I doubt he’ll get the same questions. When men wear glasses they’re considered dashing, smart and sexy. Girls, on the other hand, are always encouraged to remove their frames in order to look their most beautiful.

Wearing glasses does not make you quirky, geeky or nerdy, it just means your eyeballs do not work as well as other people’s. It’s not right to judge anyone, either positively or negatively, for this unavoidable deformity. Tattoos and piercings are considered by many as beautiful, and what we choose to wear says a lot about who we are. I expect that the majority of you would be in agreement with me that self expression is sexy.

So why is it so hard for the movie and wedding industries to find beauty in a girl’s choice to wear glasses instead of contacts?

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30 Unique Wedding Dresses You Won’t Believe Are Under £500

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One of the questions I get asked a lot by readers is where to find alternative and/ or affordable wedding dresses. While I’m always thrilled to recommend my favourite independent designers, I’m also aware than splashing upwards of £1000 on a gown is out of the questions for many of you.

So I hit the interwebs in search of some of the most beautiful and affordable wedding appropriate gowns, all of which I’m thrilled to report come in at under £500 a pop! Anyone that says the Great British high street isn’t the best in the world is grossly misinformed.

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Cherish feather dress, Coast, £250

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Gemolyn maxi dress, Coast, £495

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Lori Lee lace maxi, Coast, £175

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Darling dress, Coast, £195

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Iris dress, Monsoon, £299

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Fancy Dress Cowboy Wedding: Leanne & Kristian

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After a holiday to Nashville, Leanne and Kristian decided that a cowboy themed wedding would be right up their street. Their families weren’t convinced at first but on the day everyone really got in the spirit and eEvery guest wore fancy dress! This was a truly DIY wedding with the couple doing practically everything themselves. The bride made her own dress (at the cost of just £80!), all the flowers were bought from a supermarket and the cupcakes were baked by the bride’s sister.

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“We went to Nashville TN, and had an amazing time, and thought that the American theme would be hilarious, and stop guests getting bored, or predicting what would happen next”, began the bride. “The cowboy theme came from a joke about getting everyone to dress up fancy dress, and how many we thought would – turns out 110 people did, and only 1 came as James Bond. We wanted it to be really personal, and it certainly was. We are not religious, and we don’t have many beliefs in life, except we are best friends and love the pants off each other – and wanted to show all our friends how much.”

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Rainbow Wedding at the London Wetlands: Rosie & Robin

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If there’s one thing guaranteed to make me smile it’s a wedding featuring all the colours of the rainbow. It’s nearly impossible for me to turn them down, hence why I share so many of them on this blog! Rosie and Robin’s big day is no different. Held at the London Wetland Centre, a nature reserve in Richmond upon Thames, it boasts all the colours, amazing homemade decorations and a wedding dress made by the father of the groom!

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“We both love colour, colourful things and colourful clothing so it was an obvious choice to reflect this in our wedding”, began Robin. “It was amazingly colourful. We asked all our guests to dress in the most colourful thing they had in their wardrobe, that they usually felt was a bit too bold and showy for most occasions. Everyone looked fantastic. Even friends that usually look all cool and beatnik in permanent monochromes turned up in electric blue jumpsuits.”

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Surprise Austin Wedding: Steve & Katherine

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I bet you’ve never heard a wedding story quite like this one! The groom, Steve, decided to surprise his British girlfriend by asking her to marry him while on a road trip from Nashville to New Orleans. He proposed on the banks of the The Angelina River and they were married in Austin four days later. The bride knew nothing about what was going to happen on the day. With the help of wedding photographer Katherine O’Brien, Steve planned the entire wedding himself, his bride just had to show up!

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“This wedding was 16 years in the making”, explained wedding photographer Katherine. “Steve decided to surprise Katherine and asked her to marry him on their road trip this summer. All he needed was a place, some music a photographer and someone to marry them!”

“We suggested our favorites Roadhouse Relics for the space, Spike Gillespie for words, Unbridaled for a Nataya dress, a bouquet from Whole Foods, Nick Armstrong for music and Lenoir for dinner afterwards! Steve booked a house off South First and brought two custom made rings from Laura at Wood Goes Around.”

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