Space Themed Wedding: Galit & Liron

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Both being massive sci-fi geeks, a space theme was quickly decided on for Galit and Liron’s February wedding. The Jewish wedding took place in a huge greenhouse in Israel, and they DIYed nearly everything themselves.

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“We love sci-fi, and so we decided to follow that in all the design aspects, and introduce to our guests that world”, wrote the bride. “We did all the design ourselves. For favours we gave each guest a small LED light connected to a small battery, the idea was that each guest is a star in our galaxy. We loved that everyone seemed to find a unique and creative way to hook it to themselves!”

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Thursday Treats: Phew!!

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Phew – what a week! In case you missed the memo, on Tuesday The Blogcademy launched Home School, online video tutorials covering lots of lovely blogging subjects. I spent most of the day glued to Twitter and my email, squealing with delight every time a new order came in. Thank you everyone for so much amazingly positive feedback. It was a long time coming, so it really is a thrill to see them being enjoyed!

In other news, I’m zipping over to Canada for two workshops next week! We’re teaching in Vancouver on June 7th & 8th and Calgary on 14th & 15th. We still have a couple of spots open for both classes, so if you’d like to come along, we’d welcome you with open arms!

We’re also going to be spending a few days exploring both cities – any recommendations of things to see and do? I just found out that Vancouver has rainbow crosswalks, and am feeling PRETTY DAMN EXCITED about that!

Weddings & Weddingy Things

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Flower power backdrop how to!

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DIY Vintage Shabby Chic Wedding: Erin & Jon

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I fell in love with Erin and Jon’s budget wedding as soon as I saw it – I loved the cute, affordable and easy-to-DIY details, the beautiful venue and the bride’s lilac dress (which was actually a bridesmaid’s dress from J Crew). The day was held at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Captiola, California on the bride’s birthday (!) and was planned, in the most part, by her mother. She did almost everything herself, from chalk painting the mason jars to making the dessert trays from using vintage plates and tea cups.

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“The overall theme for our wedding was vintage shabby chic”, explained Erin. “I have always looked up to my Nana and Papa and their marriage and I wanted our wedding to feel classic and vintage like an old love story. We had vintage photos of couples in our seating chart and lavender medicine bottles from 1900s in each centerpiece. Most of the décor was from antique stores and flea markets. I wanted the colors to reflect the season so we chose lavender and purples.”

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It’s Not a Party Without a Photo Booth!

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I am an unashamed photo booth hog. To me, there is nothing more exciting than walking into a party and discovering that there’s one present. I’ll be the first one in and the last one out. I JUST LOVE THEM. Silly props! Stupid poses! Click click snap snap! That is my idea of a damn good time.

I know you guys feel the same because the popularity of photo booths at weddings has sky-rocketed over the past few years. In fact I can’t remember the last time I went to one without one!

So when The Photo Booth Guys got in touch, wanting me to showcase their killer booths on my blog, I knew you would be just as excited to hear about them as I was.

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Epic Vow Renewal in Thailand: Sassy & Ian

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I think a lot of you will know Sassy already. She is an amazing wedding photographer and I’m really lucky because I get to share her incredible weddings all the time. A few years ago she also wrote an article for me about her own wedding photography experience which went kinda viral (read: it was one of my most popular articles of all time!)

So, when she told me that she and her gorgeous husband, Ian, were renewing their vows in Thailand I was really, really excited. Excited for them because they’d finally have the epic photographs they deserved, but extra excited for me and you because I knew she’d let me blog it!

Not only are these photos (by Emma Lucy and Neil Douglas), and the accompanying video (Chris Koch), some of the most incredible I’ve seen in a long time, but the love, emotion and THAT RAINBOW DRESS by The Couture Company (who else?) have completely blown me away!

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“I’m not going to dwell on the reason we first considered a vow renewal on our 5th wedding anniversary”, began Sassy. “Yes, people did raise an eyebrow as if to say ‘It’s only 5 years!!’ but hell, you know what, why shouldn’t we celebrate every year!?”

“We decide to renew our vows at the one place we both love equally. Ian and I are quite different people (as chalk and cheese!) and don’t often have the same opinions on anything, so when we both totally fell for Chieow Laan lake and Koh Sok national park I knew this was the perfect place for the renewal… after all it’s paradise! It’s hard to explain how this place gets in to your soul but when I haven’t been in a while I start feeling homesick. Its special and magical!”

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Presenting: The Blogcademy Home School

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The Blogcademy started as an in-person workshop. Bursting into the world in October 2012, we hosted our inaugural class in New York City. But when we flung open those metaphorical turquoise doors, we really had no idea if it would take off. We actually joked the day before that if no-one booked in we’d just have an elaborate sleepover in the space we’d hired and the internet would never know a thing about it. Luckily for us that didn’t happen! Sixteen classes later and we’ve now taught over 400 amazing people all over the world.

It’s been an incredible ride so far but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Ever since the launch we’ve been inundated with people asking if we would visit their town too… And as much as we would have loved to teach classes in every place that was requested, it is simply impossible. Each of us still have full-time careers, husbands, and demanding furry children to attend to! It also started to become very clear to us that not everyone who needed our help could afford to come to class, either because of the cost or they simply didn’t have the time.

And so came the idea for The Blogcademy Home School:

We wanted to create an online space that you could engage with any time, and keep learning from as often as you needed. We wanted to film videos so it felt like you were right there with us, and wouldn’t have to read a massive wall of text. We wanted to be able to update it regularly and add new content often. Most of all we wanted to make it accessible to everyone.

Home School is not simply an online version of the workshop, it is so much more than that. While the in-person class is an all-encompassing two-day blogging event, covering a massive range of subjects, Home School ‘Blog Boosters’ are bite-sized videos which cover one topic at a time. While some are taught in class, the majority are not!

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