DIY Rainbow Farm Wedding: Helen & Toby

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Helen and Toby’s rainbow wedding took place at Coombes Farm in Lancing. The didn’t have a huge budget, £8000, but they made it go far with plenty of personal touches and DIY projects. The cakes, flowers and stationery were all done by friends and they didn’t hire a fancy caterer to feed their guests. Instead of gifts they asked their guests to each bring their favourite dish!

“We deliberately chose to get married on Friday 13th September 2013, as we liked the idea of choosing a date that is not usually chosen by couples planning a wedding”, Helen explained. “It also meant that it would be unlikely to clash with any other weddings and Toby won’t be able to forget our anniversary!”

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“We chose Coombes Farm due to its relaxed vibe, it is very much a working farm and therefore doesn’t feel like the average wedding venue, which can feel very polished and formal. We also wanted somewhere where we could stay in the camper van and for our guests to have the option to camp, which made it feel like a mini festival. We basically treated planning our wedding like planning a party and wanted to ensure that everybody enjoyed themselves! Key ingredients included a tractor ride and of course, a bouncy castle!”

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DIY Tutorial: Half Up, Half Down, Hidden Hair Braid

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Today I’m sharing the second hair tutorial from my collaboration with Your Cloud Parade and 10.11 Make Up (you can see last week’s faux hawk here!) This is a elegant and ethereal a half up, half down hidden braid style would be perfect for boho or casual brides. And I promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds!

The best bit? It uses all the same supplies and products as last week’s tutorial so if you tooled up for that one you can now give this one a bash too!

Supplies Needed

♥ Hairspray (we used Kenra Volume Spray)
♥ Bobby and hair pins
♥ Curling iron (we used Hot Tools - barrel size may vary based on length of hair, just for adding texture)
♥ Texture spray (we used Kevin Murphy Resort Spray) or spray wax (we love KMS Hair Play spray wax)
♥ Backcomber (we used Tool Structure Tortoise Backcomber)

Method

Step one: Add some texture to the hair by adding some curl. Spray with some texturizing spray or spray wax.

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Step two: Add volume by sectioning out the hair around the crown of your head, leaving out the front and sides. You will want enough hair on each side for braids, as well as any hair you want framing your face based on the desired finished look you would like.

Backcomb or tease the hair you have gathered at the back of the crown. Start the backcomb about 3 1/2 inches from the scalp, pressing the hair down towards your scalp to create a cushion.

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Thursday Treats: Thank You

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This week has been hard, one of the most emotionally draining I’ve had in a long time. I’ve cried a lot, I’ve stared at my computer screen not knowing what to do, I’ve told people I love them more than I ever have before.

Thank you all so much for your outpouring of support. It’s been very much appreciated. I’ve had so many amazing messages and I’ll be passing them on to Chris and Jo’s family in due course. For those of you also suffering I applaud you for being so brave to reach out to me, via public comments or private email. It really is the first step to recovery and I’m so proud of you for vocalising your desire to get help.

It’s been a lot to take in, but ultimately it’s been so worth it. I’m sending you all so much love. Thank you, thank you x a million.

I’m about to head off on a family holiday to Whistler so I’ll be taking some much needed time away from the internet. There won’t be a Thursday Treats next week but I have some great content scheduled to go up in my absence so be sure to keep popping by.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Backyard wedding
Beautiful pink dress bride
Homemade succulent wedding
♥ Free People’s march 2014 lookbook is Vegas wedding fabulous!
Comic book wedding cake
60s inspired smog shoppe wedding

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Doctor Who and Chester Zoo Wedding: Diana & Ben

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When my favourite vintage wedding dress shop launched their own, self designed, collection based on vintage styles (but able to be sized up to a Uk size 22!) I was super excited to be able to host an exclusive competition for one of my readers to win one. Alongside Fur Coat No Knickers founders and designers Emma and Laura, I read every single entry, eventually picking the gorgeous Diana as our winner.  Her story touched our hearts and we were all so honoured to be able to fulfil her dream to feel beautiful on her wedding day.

I am utterly thrilled to be sharing that wedding with you all today! It was held at Chester Zoo.

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“Our wedding was us. It was just us”, Diana began. “It was the most laidback, chilled out event ever. Everyone commented on how impressed they were that we’d managed to instil a sense of ourselves through proceedings. Neither of us wanted a big fancy event. We just wanted to get married and have a kickass party and that’s what we did. The Doctor Who stuff was more me than Ben but I loved it and so did the kids.”

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Alternative Wedding Dresses for Rock n Roll Princesses

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Alfred Angelo, America’s oldest and largest family-owned and operated bridal company, was founded by Alfred Angelo Piccione in Philadelphia. Since 1933 they have been designing wedding attire for brides of all tastes, styles and budgets. So when they got in touch asking if I’d like to showcase some of their quirkier styles on my blog, I jumped at the chance. After all, that’s what I do best!

Their range is extensive (250 dresses and counting!) so it really wasn’t that difficult for me to find dresses that would please even the pickiest of alternative brides. Oh I do love my job.

Rock Princess

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Even the most Rock n Roll amongst us do sometimes dream of being a princess for the day – there’s no shame in that! If a big beautiful ballgown is what you’re after then feast your eyes on these beauties. Add some Alexander McQueen skull suede pumps, a Butler and Wilson skull tiara and oddles of black leather jewellery and you’re ready to rock my friend.

Boho Babe

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Doctor Who Inspired Woodland Wedding: Justin & Annie

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Justin and Annie were married at the groom’s mother’s house. They didn’t have a massive budget for their wedding, just $5000, but made it go really far by DIYing a lot of things including all the reception décor and props. They wanted their day to have a lovebirds theme but with references to the other things that they enjoy, namely  Doctor Who!

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“Our wedding was homemade and we tried to have lovebirds as a recurring theme as I have a lovebirds tattoo”, began Annie. “We also wanted to include other things we loved such as the tardis from Doctor Who on the cake, the photo set-up, the zombie cake, and even the Star Wars lightsaber cake cutters! We really focused in the small details.”

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