Shen and Eva’s wedding was inspired by Shen’s love of red hearts and how they’ve decorated their home. “After I purchased my dress (the red one), and as an extension of our home decor, we had lots of love hearts everywhere in the wedding”, said Shen. “The day had a little bit of us all over it – from Marvel to Minions with some vintage cameras (as a nod to my work) and music thrown in. Everyone said to us how personal it all was with all the little touches,”
“I think for me the main thing I loved about our wedding was probably our dresses”, explained Eva. “They really stood out! We originally both said we were going to go for fitted suits because neither of us are particularly girly, we are forever in jeans and shirts. Shen came across a limited edition dress online from Vivien Of Holloway, she showed me and I really liked it too. When I saw Shen in it, I was completely blown away, she looked stunning! At that point I was still thinking of wearing a suit but seeing her in it convinced me I should get a dress too.”
The bride wore gold sequined dress and the reception had a vintage woodland theme, yep Sarah and Olly’s wedding was truly one-of-a-kind! They were married in Brighton in August.
“Our wedding was a vintage woodland, and a mix of decadent and wild”, said the bride. “We didn’t set out to make our wedding different though, we just wanted to get our friends and family together and celebrate.”
“The day developed from us both adding creative touches which made it unique. I meticulously planned, designed and handmade the décor, decorated the cake and made props. I used ivy and ferns as table runners, wood, sprayed gold tea pots, flowers and mushrooms to decorate the tables. Olly utilised his graphic design skills designing the invites, the guest book and the place names.”
Kat and Halo both have pretty unconventional looks, so their wedding was going to be anything but boring! They brought lots of geeky elements into their May wedding.
“We honestly couldn’t pick just one thing as our theme, so we chose all the nerdy things we enjoyed and made sure they had their place”, said the bride. “We were inspired by our daily lives, and our desire to always find things fun or happy.”
They wanted their wedding to feel like them, but they also included some traditions to keep their families happy. “I think our wedding was pretty different in how we incorporated some traditional aspects for our conservative families but did it in a way which stayed true to ourselves. I think we blended alternative and conventional pretty well!”
Steve and McKenna’s wedding started out by with a Victorian hothouse theme but over time evolved to focus on dark and moody florals. The bride’s dress, made by Eve & Adam, played a big part in setting the overall look of the day.
“I’m a bit of an art history nerd and have always loved the Pre-Raphaelites so I would say that our general aesthetic was inspired by them”, said the bride. “The romantic revamping of classical and medieval imagery in a more modern, playful way, with intense colours and moody, dramatic scenes. Originally I had picked out a very classic, ivory ballgown for my dress but when I saw the dress I ended up with, I felt like it picked me.”
If someone had told me in October 2007 that the blog I had just started to share my ideas for my wedding would not only one day become the full time career of both me and (soon-to-be) husband, but would also be one of the most widely read wedding blogs in the world and would spawn a print magazine sold in stores up and down the country… well I would have told you to stop making up such nonsense! Even writing all that now, it feels totally crazy, like a dream.
I can’t believe I’ve been sharing on this space for nine years, how is that even possible?! Other than my relationship with Gareth I don’t think I’ve ever stuck at anything for so long!!
While the blogging industry has certainly changed a lot in that time, and many people might now lament that ‘blogging is dead!’ (I beg to differ) I don’t have plans to quit anytime soon. I can hand-on-my-heart say that every single exciting opportunity or friendship I’ve formed over the past almost-decade is because of this blog. I still love updating it every day and probably will until someone pries it from my cold dead hands!
The internet is changing fast (nothing new there) but I still feel there is a big place for blogs. Although I don’t read as many as I used to, and YouTube and Instagram are where all the ‘cool kids’ are these days, I still believe it’s really important to own your own content. After all, how can you make something your business when any moment YouTube or Instagram could change their policies and whip it out from under you!? No thank you!
I don’t know if I’ve ever featured photos from a bridal shower on the blog (except my sister’s hen do of course, does that count?) but I loved the photos and story behind Sarah’s so much that I’ve decided to share it.
“One of the most important things for me in the run up to our wedding was to ask my best friend if she wants to be my maid of honour” Sarah explained. “I was planning on sending her a special card which I’d had designed especially for her. What I didn’t know was that Manuela, the designer, told her and all my closest friends (who were to become my bridesmaids) about the idea! Together they then started to organise a whole party on a rooftop terrace to celebrate the occasion and our friendships. The whole decoration and details where in the same colour range as the cards!”