Hand-Painted Wedding Shoes for Brides that Demand Something Different!

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Attention shoe-addicts! I’ve got something today that you are not going to want to miss. If you’re struggling with finding the perfect wedding shoes, and you’re bored of seeing the same old options everywhere, how about having something completely one-of-a-kind created just for you!?

Gemma Kenward hand-paints beautiful shoes, making them perfect for alternative brides that want something truly unique on their feet as they saunter down the aisle. The only design limitation is your imagination! Gemma works with every style of shoe imaginable, so whether you’d like to rock a pair of elegant courts, funky boots, or go super comfy and casual with a pair of Converse or Toms, she’s got you covered!

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Happy Back to the Future Day! 15 Ideas for Your BTTF Themed Wedding

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I’ve had October 21st 2015 noted in my diary for a while now… why? Because it’s Back to the Future day! Yep, today is the actual day that Marty goes forward to in Back to the Future Part 2. Where the hell my flying cars at?

The Back to the Future series are my favourite movies of ALL TIME. One of the first gifts Gareth ever bought me was a diecast Delorean, the recessional song at our wedding was The Power of Love and I’m pretty sure can quote all three movies word for word.

So of course I couldn’t let this momentous day go by without a nod to the greatest movies ever made. Here are 15 awesome BTTF inspired wedding ideas from me to you!

You’ve got to start with a creative way to announce your engagement

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Followed by a Delorean engagement shoot

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When this baby hits 88MPH…

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Solve These Three Common Bleach Damaged Hair Problems FAST!

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When I published an article 18 months ago about how I rescued my bleach ravaged hair, I never knew it would be so popular! In fact it still gets traffic and comments every single day from people struggling to fix what constant bleaching has done to their tresses. While everything I wrote in that post still stands, I have discovered a few new wonder-products recently so I thought it was high time for an update.

The three most common gripes with dyed hair seems to be damage, colour fade and thinning, and I’m pleased as punch to tell you that I’ve found ways to combat all of these problems. I kid you not!

If your hair is damaged: Olaplex

I don’t think I can properly express how amazing this miracle product is. And yes I said MIRACLE. From the first treatment my hair felt AMAZING, like virgin hair. For serrrrrrrrrrious.

Olaplex is a salon product meaning you need to go to a hairdressers that carries it to have it done. While I have heard of people buying it online (but not from Olaplex directly) and doing it themselves at home, this is not something I would ever recommend. Ever since Kim Kardashian reportedly used it to go from dark brunette to bright blonde, the demand and publicity around this product has been astronomical, and with that comes a slew of knock offs. That’s not to say that every bottle of the stuff on Amazon is fake, but you just never know.

So how does it work? OK let’s get a bit sciency for a second. According to their website,

“Olaplex is an additive that eliminates the bad reaction oxygen has with broken sulphite bonds in chemically treated hair that leads to breakage. For hair that has been compromised chemically or thermally, this should be your first step. The Bond Multiplying System can be used as a reset button for your client’s hair and by doing so allows you to rebuild the strength, structure and integrity to the point where a colour or chemical service would then be feasible once again. This treatment may be done before and/or after a chemical service and may be applied in the salon once a week or more. Compatible with all hair types from virgin to extremely compromised chemically treated hair.”

In layman’s terms this means that when Olaplex is added to the bleach, it not only protects your locks from being further damaged by the process, but it also repairs the already broken disulfide bonds (which are what give our hair its elasticity and strength) in the hair. My hair now feels as healthy and silky as was before it ever saw any bleach (not that I can really remember back that far, mind!)

Olaplex is a three-step process. Your colourist adds No. 1 to the bleach before they put it on your hair and then washes through No. 2 after the bleach/ colour is rinsed. You then take No. 3 home with you and use it once a week for at least 10 minutes on unwashed, wet hair (so wet your hair, apply it, leave for at least 10 minutes, rinse and then wash hair as normal).

Olaplex isn’t cheap. The treatment on hair my length was £50 (its cheaper if your hair is shorter and more expensive if its longer or they have to use more product) on top of the usual cost of having my hair dyed, and a 100ml bottle of No. 3 to take away was £37. I know this sounds like an expensive fad but believe me IT IS NOT. The instant my hairdresser used Olaplex on my hair it felt softer, smoother and unbelievably silky – and it’s stayed like that ever since!

If you’re interested in trying it for yourself, I get my hair done by Elbie at Blue Mango Salon in London. Just check out this before and after if you still don’t believe just how amazing it is!


If your colour fades too quickly: oVertone

I discovered oVertone a few months ago and I have been OB-SESSED ever since. They offer a range of colour depositing conditioners in unnatural colours (red, blue, teal, pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, silver) that are made to fight the fade.

For the past eight or so years I have been washing my hair in cold water (to fight fading) and having to re-dye it every couple of weeks. Not fun. So when I found out I could just use this conditioner every day and my hair colour would never fade, I was totally sold!

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Traditional Meets Modern Rock n Roll Wedding

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There were parts of Becky and Stewart’s wedding that were traditional – the grand manor house, the toastmaster, the order of the day, and others that couldn’t have been more Rock n Roll. The bride wore an incredible blush pink wedding dress and veil, their portraits featured smoke bombs, and there were nods to their mutual love of music throughout. This wedding goes to prove that you can intertwine the wedding traditions that you like with the alternative elements that you crave and it will still totally work!

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The day was held at Wrenbury Hall, Cheshire. “The inspiration for our wedding was our favourite artists”, said the bride. “Our wedding was also truly about us! My sister Hannah is a DIY Queen and she made the table plan themed around records and our favourite artists including the Chemical Brothers, David Bowie and Kasabian. We used vinyl LPs from a charity shop instead of a guest book and on the Blondie one we’d swapped Debbie Harry’s head with mine and the other heads with Stew!”

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Terrarium & Desert Glam Wedding

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Carmen and Doug were initially dreading the wedding planning process, but when they realised that didn’t have to do the traditional stuff, it became so much fun! “I had these images in my mind of priests, Hilton convention centres, big shiny bridesmaid dresses and drunk cousins”, Carmen said. “Then I realised that our wedding could be whatever we wanted it to be, and I found the whole process really fun. Drunk cousins made an appearance, of course, but it was still fun!”

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Their ceremony was officiated by the groom’s brother at Mercury Hall, Austin. “He has a really witty, dry, irreverent sense of humour and we told him to do whatever he wanted, knowing we wouldn’t be disappointed”, she continued. “He put together a hilarious little diddy with references to my beauty pageant past, Doug’s video game addiction, and some really funny ancient and biblical wedding traditions. We did the ceremony under a big live oak tree. At some point in the planning process I found some pictures of a couple who made a succulent wall to get married in front of. I sent it to my mom and asked if she be interested in making one herself, and much to my surprise she said yes. It ended up being A LOT of work on her part, but it was really gorgeous. Thanks mom!”

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Eclectic & Bohemian Tipi Wedding on a Farm

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Andrew and Caroline had an eclectic themed wedding in a tipi on a farm. They knew exactly the kind of wedding they wanted and they hired fantastic suppliers to bring their ideas to life! “Our wedding was a gorgeously unique quirky vintage wedding with boho vibes and laidback funkiness!” explained the groom, “After our church ceremony we had our reception in a tipi at Bassettwood Farm in Tissington. We looked at many venues but the farm was perfect for the kind of wedding we wanted. We wanted a relaxed day that flowed without stress or forced constriction and that is exactly what happened.”

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One of the best things the couple did was start their planning early. “To be honest the whole planning process went very smoothly and was very relaxed”, Andrew continued. “We started planning the wedding very early, two years in fact. This early start combined with great suppliers gave for a trouble-free operation. Any issues were met by the suppliers with the ‘no problem’ attitude making the experience very pleasurable. The team at Peak Tipis were a dream to work with as was everyone else. We loved our flower arrangements and our naked cake. With very little guidance our suppliers took our initial brief instruction and wowed us on the day.”

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