Thursday Treats: Guess What Arrived This Week?!

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Tuesday morning was more exciting than usual, because my copies of issue 3 of the magazine arrived at my house!! Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn too much but it looks EPIC, AMAZING and is totally the best issue so far. It might mostly down to the incredible rainbow cover shot by Matt Miller – just wait until you see the full wedding inside!

The magazine is on sale NEXT THURSDAY, April 30th, so be sure to put a note in your diary. It will also be available for pre-order tomorrow – YAY!  Oh and I’ll post some of my favourite spreads from inside when I remind you that it’s in shops next week.

Edit: You can pre-order issue 3 right now meaning it will be delivered to your door on launch day, next Thursday!!

So let’s see what else has been keeping me entertained this past seven days shall we?

Weddings & Weddingy Things

♥ Crinoline, Coca-Cola and rockabilly wedding
Retro sixties wedding
Colourful handmade wedding
♥ Southern wedding with a gold sequin gown
Hippy chic festival shoot
♥ How I surrendered to a positive bridal body image
Gorgeous DIY backyard wedding

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Rainbow Punk Wedding!

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Zoe and Peter wanted an unconventional wedding… just like them! They had their reception at a tea room, wore what they felt comfortable in, and made everything they could themselves!

“In many ways, we don’t really consider ourselves to be ‘normal’,, so our wedding was never going to be conventional”, said Zoe. “Even P’s proposal wasn’t exactly usual: we were lying in bed and he asked me, ‘so when are we getting married then?’. I said something like ‘well you need to propose first’. So he did. And he called both my parents the following morning, which made it suddenly, very real!”

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“Having been together for so many years before deciding to get married, we believed that getting married was more of a formality than a declaration of commitment or anything like that. However we appreciated that there would always be certain expectations that would have to be met. Much though the idea of running off and eloping appealed, my mother would never have forgiven me if she couldn’t be there! As you can imagine, we saw no point in a prolonged engagement either, so we set the date for the soonest we could book with our local Registry Office and took it from there.”

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Mid-Century Elopement in Palm Springs

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Carolin and Benny, from Germany, eloped at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. They wanted their wedding to be completely on their own terms. The bride wore trousers from Topshop with a cropped top from Free People because she wanted to feel comfortable and like herself on the most important day of her life!

“Our wedding was very spontaneous and just for us”, said Carolin. “The day before we got married we chilled at the Ace Hotel pool and in the evening we met Sam and Josh, our photographer and videographer, for dinner and then Ron, our reverend, for a pre-wedding chat.”

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“We didn’t had any stress. The Ace was the perfect place for us, we really loved how relaxed and cool it was. We are really into mid-century style. We bungalows and clean furniture. Neither of us like to be the centre of attention so we didn’t want to have any guests because we wanted to have this special moment just for us. We love the vibe in California so it was the perfect place for us to have our very private ceremony.”

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Horror Themed Museum Wedding

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Teri and Carson planned their horror themed wedding completely by themselves. They also handmade everything from the bride’s accessories (including her Slayer garter!) to all the flowers, and the stationery to all the reception décor. The wedding was held at the Orlando Science Center with the ceremony on the rooftop and the reception down with the dinosaurs!

“Our inspiration was horror movies, and other things we both love like Freddy Krueger, Beetlejuice, Jaws, Godzilla and dinosaurs”, began the bride. “Our main goal was to make sure that the wedding had us written all over it.”

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“We choreographed the whole ceremony with lights, fog and music, and each bridal party member walked down to a different song. The groom walked down the aisle alone to Slayer’s Raining Blood and I walked in to a string quarter version of Sweet Child of Mine. Our officiant read our vows from the Recently Deceased book from Beetlejuice and our wedding arch, which we also made out of foam, was inspired by Beetlejuice wedding arch. The gargoyle pillars were also homemade.”

“We played a video during the ceremony that had a montage of clips of us over the years. It was projected onto the wall of the building behind our arch. We also had a video of bats flying and the moon projected on the building wall before the ceremony.”

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Fancy Up Your Wedding Welcome Drinks

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Have you decided what welcome drinks you’re going to serve at your wedding yet? Something lovely and fizzy or maybe you’re opting for a signature cocktail? Well, how about doing both?! I mean, what could be a better way to add a bit of sparkle to your wedding day than with delicious cocktails?!

A few weeks ago my friends Ronnie and Sophie came over, so I thought we’d have some fun and throw a mini cocktail party. We used Freixenet Spanish Cava which is not only affordable, but totally delicious and dangerously easy to drink!

I think these cocktails would make the perfect welcome drinks to serve at your wedding too.

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When it came to coming up with these recipes (I use this term very loosely, an expert food blogger I am not) it was important that they be easy to do and not use a ton of expensive ingredients. I hope you enjoy trying these for yourself.

If you make just one it should totally be the All That Glitters by the way. It really did taste just as good as it looks!

Fruity Fizzer

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You will need:

♥ A selection of fruit and berries, cut into small pieces (I used raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and kiwi!)
♥ Mint leaves
♥ Freixenet Cava
♥ An ice cube tray

Method:

Put your berries and torn up mint leaves in an ice cube tray. Every cube doesn’t need to have the same selection in it, in fact it looks better when they’re all a little different! Fill with water and freeze. When frozen, put the cubes in a tall glass, pour over your Cava, garnish and enjoy!

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Leopard Print and Tattoo Inspired Wedding

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They never wanted a big, extravagant wedding. In fact Jade didn’t think she’d ever get married at all! “I never pictured myself as the marrying type and it was a bolt out of the blue when Aaron asked me!” she laughed.

So they wanted something decidedly intimate for their March nuptials. They were married at Southampton Registry Office, and after a meal with just a few guests, hosted a large after party at The Talking Heads, a live music venue in the city.

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“We already had a daughter, Aurora, and we both felt that being married would really cement us as a proper family”, she continued. “Because I had never pictured being a bride, I had no real expectations or specific plans in mind. I think this made it a whole lot less stressful when it came to the planning. It was a very organic process, evolving naturally as we came up with more ideas and discussed our likes and dislikes. The theme wasn’t planned but our mutual love of leopard print came across pretty strongly with lots of little features. Our budget was small, just £3000, but we saw this as an exciting challenge rather than an obstacle and it didn’t stop us from having the DIY, intimate, personal wedding we were after. We both knew we didn’t want to spend a fortune and that cost wouldn’t detract from how beautiful it could be.”

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