Informal Alternative Wedding in Cork: Jacinta & Paschal

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The gorgeous, heavily tattooed Jacinta married Paschal in July in Ireland. “We met through music and going to festivals”, wrote the bride. “This is where the inspiration for the cake topper came from as we were known as ‘two peas in a pod’ because we were so similar. It was more about our mutual love for music at that stage, but soon a fabulous romance blossomed.”

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“My wedding dress was always going to be alternative”, she continued, “and I wanted Bonzie at Willow and Wild to make it. After an initial meeting I fell in love with her vision, passion, friendliness and attention to detail. She blew me away and I could feel the love that she had put into my dress at each fitting.”

The wedding was held at Barnabrow Country House in Cork. “It was a dream venue”, Jacinta said, “the perfect romantic setting and not very formal. We only had a guest list of  26 adults and 7 children, so we wanted to keep things casual. It was a magic rural experience. We all sat at one banquet table and the laughter filled the room, it was like a giant family dinner. The food was divine and the wine glasses magically never emptied. Each room had a different décor which added to the magic.”

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Retro & Colourful Wedding in Hackney: Toni & Christopher

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It’s no secret that I love a colourful wedding and Toni and Christopher’s really fits the bill! They chose Hackney Town Hall and St John at Hackney Church for their July wedding, only it was their reception that was held in the church!

Their day had a retro 1950s theme. “We hired lots of vintage sofas and standard lamps to make a ‘drawing room’ area”, Christopher explained. “We covered each table with bizarre kitschy little ornaments bought from eBay. Our friend created signs out of flexible neon wire and chalk board and we had custom made bunting from Yo Yo Cottage.”

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“We wanted our wedding to be exactly like as if you were coming around to our flat for dinner”, he continued. “We wanted our guests to be completely happy and comfortable, and we loaded our wedding with both our personalities. We did away with a lot of traditional stuff – we both walked down the aisle together, we didn’t have a first dance, or cake cutting. It was just all about fun, chatting, music, dancing and eating… and boozing.”

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The Blogcademy Online is Coming!!

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Ever since we launched The Blogcademy workshop, we’ve had people asking – no begging! – us to offer an online version. So many of you are unable to travel to attend an in-person event but that doesn’t mean you didn’t want in on the action.

At first we weren’t sure if it would work – one of the most magical parts of the class is connecting with other business owners and working together over those two days. But two years and over 700 attendees later, we’ve realised that there is so much to still learn from taking the course digitally, and absorbing the info at your own pace.

On Monday 1st December Gala, Shauna and I will be doing a FREE livestream to tell you all the details on The Blogcademy Online. If you have questions, we’ve got answers! We may even have time to answer some more general blogging and business queries too.

The livestream will be taking place on Monday at 10pm UK time (2pm in LA, 5pm in NYC, and 9am Tuesday in Melbourne).

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Colourful Norwegian Wedding with a Bride in a Moomin Valley Wedding Dress: Ina & Åsmund

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As soon as I saw just one photo of Ina‘s incredible handmade Moomin Valley (!!) wedding dress, I knew this was a wedding that I HAD to feature. There really are no words! The couple were married in Risør, a small town in the south of Norway. The day took place at the groom’s parent’s home, a yellow house on the countryside, with a big garden full of fruit trees.

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“We wanted our wedding to be like us; fun, colourful, non formal, friendly and outside the box,” wrote the bride. “We didn’t want to go by the book, and didn’t want the wedding to be ‘just another wedding’. We wanted a summer party with great friends and family, feeling relaxed and happy, and that’s just what we got.”

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Get Merry with Pigs Bladder And Petticoat

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When organising our Blogcademy party in London this summer, top of my list of things to get right was a killer bar. I mean, it’s not a celebration without cocktails is it?!

When I discovered Pigs Bladder And Petticoat I knew I’d found the babes for us. Rhubarb and Rosemary Fizzes (rosemary-infused vodka, homemade rhubarb syrup and lemon juice, topped with sparkling water and garnished with a sprig of rosemary), and Pear and Cardamon Twists (gin, homemade pear syrup, lemon juice and crushed cardamon, topped with ginger ale) COME TO MAMA!

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India Themed Wedding in the Peak District: Lyndsay & Joseph

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Lyndsay and Joseph went travelled for four months in India and completely fell in love with the country –  the sights, the sounds, and even the smells. When they got engaged they initially decided that they wanted to go back there to get married. Although this couldn’t happen in the end, it did make picking a theme for their UK wedding a lot easier!

Lyndsay explains, “We wanted to get married in India but unfortunately Joseph’s grandma became ill and we realised we would never be able to get her out there. We then decided we would bring India to the Peak District, which is near where we’re from. We wanted to bring everything that we love about India to our wedding, including the relaxed atmosphere, the food and especially the colours.”

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They were married at Standlow Farm in. They chose it because they could hire it for the entire venue for the weekend. “We wanted to have all of our guests there for the whole weekend”, she said. “The venue is just holiday cottages with no staff and more importantly no curfew!! We hired a capri marquee for the party.”

“Our ceremony was officiated by our best friend Coops. We went to the registry office with our parents the morning of the wedding and did the legal bit in jeans and T-shirts, then went back and got ready for the real (okay, not legal) wedding to start.”

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