Dropping Hints

I’ve been dropping clues all week but Friday’s Instagram video might be the biggest one yet (I told you I was rubbish at keeping secrets). Be here tomorrow morning at 8am sharp (GMT) to find out for sure what I’ve been plotting. Although if you haven’t guessed it by now I don’t know how much more obvious I can be!

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Summer of Love: Veronica & Craig at The Photography Farm

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Veronica and Craig are pretty much obsessed with their camper van, so when wedding photographer Lisa Devlin asked them if they’d like to model for her upcoming Photography Farm, a 3-day residential photography workshop in the heart of Sussex, they asked if it could get in on the action too! From there an idea started to form for the shoot and Lisa, alongside florist and stylist extraordinaire Hannah of The Tea Set, came up with the concept of a Summer of Love theme.

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“The weather was amazing for our shoot” explains Lisa. “These two have just had their second wedding anniversary and when we sent over some questions to get to know them a little better, they came back saying the only thing interesting about them was their VW Camper van. Well, we can certainly work with that and so our hippy flower power theme developed. When we do these shoots, I hand over the styling to the utterly brilliant Hannah at The Tea Set who not only creatively directs the shoot but also puts together all the gorgeous flowers. She collaborated with the wonderful Elbie Van Eeden on getting the right look for Ronnie and made the flower headpiece.”

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Eco-Friendly Brighton Wedding : Matt & Brig

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Matt and Brig wanted their Brighton wedding to have a real community feel. It was also super important to them that it was eco-friendly and they used local suppliers as much as possible. “We met 15 years ago but at the time we were both with other partners”, Brig explained. “Matt was the carpenter on an eco self build house that I was about to live in. Our kids were the same ages. We lost contact for about 10 years and then bumped into each other at Patchfest and we hung out for a while…4 years later we were married. Matt proposed on the Brighton Wheel on November 5th 2012.”

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“Everyone contributed to our wedding”, she continued. “It all came together really well. All our lovely friends made it work so well. We asked everyone to bring food, decorations and love and they all did. It was amazing to see how much our friends love us. After our ceremony at the Brighton Registry office we had a traditional handfasting ceremony at our local community church. Handfasting is a pagan ritual and we celebrated the four elements and promised personal vows to each other with our four children as our witnesses with a wonderful humanist celebrant called River. Instead of rings, we exchanged silver bracelets which signify that our hands are fasted together forever.”

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Thursday Treats: I’m Rubbish at Keeping Secrets

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I’m not a blabber mouth or in anyway malicious about it, but I’m not really the best girl to call up if you have a piece of seriously juicy gossip that can’t go any further. I literally can’t keep those kinds of things myself…! So as you can imagine, it’s been really bloody difficult to keep this latest project a secret from you all. I have been literally bursting to tell you what I’ve been up to.

But – hurrah! – the time is nearly here to let the cat completely out of the bag. On Monday morning I’ll be sharing what I’ve been plotting, planning and designing (!!) as well as letting you know how you can get your mitts on them. The photo above will probably give you a big stinking clue though. OMG I’m soooo excited to finally show you. EEEEK!

Weddings & Weddingy Things

♥ Totally obsessed with the wedding day portraits of Emma from A Beautiful Mess
Let them eat donuts… yes please!
Railroad museum wedding
Adorable summer camp wedding
Colourful glitter unicorn wedding (& part two) – WHAAAT!?! THIS WEDDING WINS EVERYTHING.

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Photography: Kelly Braman Photography

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Palm Springs DIY Desert Wedding: Rob & Diana

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Rob and Diana chose the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs to host their wedding back in March. Their day was simple and elegant but with an added dash of sparkle! “Our wedding had a desert chic theme!” wrote the bride. “The otherworldly modern feel of the natural desert offset by a palette of mixed metallics. We did a lot of DIY. I had a serious staff of dedicated friends – we crafted every weekend for four months! I even flew my future mother-in-law out from New York to help – she had great handwriting for all the personalized gift bags from her days teaching kindergarten. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know exactly what its going to look like when you are done, if you can dream it do it!”

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“We made everything very personal – from integrating graphic design from my mom to having our friends help design the altar and flowers and do the DJing. Let’s just say any wedding that requires a roll of chicken wire, eight cans of spray paint, a mosh pit, and my father-in-law dropping it to Wu Tang Clan is not the norm.  It was what we know of the music scene we grew up in: community, loyalty, and never taking ourselves too seriously.”

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5 Things You Must Do To Ensure Your Wedding Goes Off Without a Hitch

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It’s not something we ever want to think about, but the likelihood is that everything won’t go perfectly to plan on your wedding day. A couple of weeks ago I actually asked via my Facebook page if anyone had anything go wrong and I was blown away by the response. I even had people emailing me separately to tell me their stories of woe! While I was at first a little nervous that all those comments would be scaring the bejebus out of you brides-to-be, I think it is important to realise that while things may not always go to plan, it will all be OK in the end. Whatever happens your wedding will still be awesome. Pinky swear.

Some of these hiccups will be minor, others could be quite major, but instead of trying to second-guess the future and stressing yourself out about it, here are five tips on how to handle anything that might go a little pear shaped.

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1. Accept that things might go wrong… and be OK with it

If I learnt anything from reading all those Facebook comments it was that more often than not something does goes wrong. Accepting that fact and being OK with it is ultimately going to be a lot less stressful than worrying about something you can’t control the whole time. Realise that for most people (well, maybe except Bridezillas but I haven’t got any of those reading my blog do I?!) it’s the little hiccups actually end up making for a great story after the wedding.

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