Phew, What a Trip!

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Photography Credit: Devlin Photos

Bonjour mes petits amis!

Well I’m finally back at my desk after two weeks of non-stop craziness with The Blogcademy gang. And although I’m missing my girls like crazy, I have to say it’s pretty damn good to be home. My head is spinning with everything that’s happened over the past fortnight. In fact it’s whirring so much that I’m struggling to even form sentences…

From epic London adventures to two sold out Blogcademys and a talk at Farm Week…. From a whirlwind Parisian jaunt to shooting with the incredible Brooke Davis, the adorable Juliane Berry, the supreme Lisa Devlin and the vivacious and infectiously upbeat Shell De Mar (sheesh what a bunch of posers!) I am SPENT. Completely and utterly beat.

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Snowdrifts & Sequins: London Blogcademy Video Insanity

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I’ve been playing with my Holga DSLR lens – so fun!

The London Blogcademys were nothing short of incredible. Like, seriously mind-blowing. I am forever in debt to the 60 (!) guys & gals who spent two whole days with us, each of them battling sleet, snow and precarious public transport to make it to the beautiful Curtain Road Studios in Shoreditch.

I am so immensely grateful to the ridiculously talented Richard Wakefield of FX Media for being there to capture the magic on film, to Lisa Devlin Emily Quinton for guest teaching and to Shell de Mar for snapping away mercilessly.

I’ll be sharing much more about what went on at both events over the coming weeks, but I couldn’t resist posting Richard’s amazing video today…

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Intimate London Wetlands Wedding: Randa & Jimi

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Randa & Jimi’s London wedding started with a ride on a 1960s London double decker bus. The bride and her family used it to travel to the ceremony site, The London Wetlands Centre in Barnes, all together. The ceremony took place inside the centre, and the surrounding gardens made the perfect backdrop for photographs. After pictures and mingling, the entire wedding party loaded back onto the bus for the journey across the river to The Old Stationhouse pub in Chiswick.

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“I am half Palestinian and half Belgian and my husband is English”, began the bride “Turns out there is no easy way to combine all those cultures and cultural expectations, so instead we completely abandoned tradition and what might have been expected. We didn’t have a church, a sit down dinner, a first dance, three part speeches – all the things we never much liked about weddings anyway. I never was a ‘wedding person’ before getting married and never thought once about what kind of wedding I was going to have. I had no preconceived ideas about what sort of colour scheme or theme we were going to go for. Luckily, my husband was happy with whatever I chose and decided to do!”

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‘Food & Tunes’ – A Laid Back Sydney Wedding: Jessica & Anand

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Jessica & Anand’s November wedding took place in Sydney, Australia. The outdoor ceremony was held at The Herb Garden & Pavilion at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and their reception was at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. Before the couple even started to plan their wedding, they knew they had to include their two main passions in the day – food and music.

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“We both work in the music industry (me in A&R at EMI and Anand is an Agent and Touring Manager representing a bunch of electronic artists like Miami Horror and The Aston Shuffle) and our two passions are food and music,” explained the bride. “We write a blog called Food & Tunes so for us everything had to start and finish with those key things. We picked an award winning restaurant for our reception venue. We opted for a standing up/canapé type function and we worked with the chef to create a delicious and filling menu that had everything from an oyster bar to pork belly sliders and their famous snapper and black truffle pie. Then for the music component, we wanted something really different so we had an incredible soul singer from Brooklyn come all the way out to perform, then we had our friend (and Australia’s most talented female DJ) Alison Wonderland.”

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Jessica wore a Carolina Herrera wedding dress with Vera Wang shoes, and Anand wore a suit by Vanishing Elephant, their friend’s label. “My favourite thing about our wedding was the laid back feel, the love in the room, the epic dance offs!” concluded the bride. “We wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding – the whole day was perfect!”

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DIY Irish Wedding with an Outdoor Woodland Ceremony: Noel & Dee

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Noel & Dee’s Cork wedding had a laid back, bohemian vibe and was held at Ballyvolane House. The ceremony was held outside in the woods. “The owners of Ballyvolane House, Justin & Jenny Green and their wedding coordinator Breffne McKenna organised our ceremony and reception flawlessly”, began the bride. “We didn’t have to worry or think about anything on the day as everything went so smoothly. Even when our celebrant didn’t show up, there was no issue as Justin stood in to conduct our ceremony in the woods. This made it even more special. Our guests didn’t know any different, and just assumed Justin was the celebrant until he came around during the reception with a tray of champagne. Some of the guests commented that we were really getting our money’s worth out of him! We can’t thank them enough for going above and beyond in every way.”

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The ceremony was made even more personal by the musicians who performed, “Music for the ceremony was by my husband’s extremely talented musician friends, Craig O’Neill, Grainne Gormley, Sandra O’Halloran and Karen Jordan”, Dee explained. “They chose the music and I walked up the aisle to ‘Scarborough Fair’. During the hand tying they sang a very old Irish love song called ‘Eileen Aroon’ and we walked back down the aisle to Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’. All of these songs were so beautiful and haunting, it was so special to have them sing for us and we are eternally grateful. As Karen lives in Buenos Aires many a Skype practice session getting their harmonies right happened in preparation.”

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