Pat and Veronica’s Californian wedding was held at a private residence in Lake Sherwood. The bride rented her amazing Vera Wang dress from onenightaffair.com and wore it with epic Christian Louboutin boots and a homemade veil. She wanted her bridesmaids to look just as good as she did, so they wore sexy leather numbers from Alice and Olivia – there were no ill-fitting, unflattering bridesmaid dresses here!
“When it came to the theme of our wedding, I kept thinking about Maleficent”, Veronica said. “Although her wardrobe was dark, her surroundings were beautiful and earthy. Besides my dress being black, my bridesmaids wearing leather and Pat’s green hair, our wedding was quite pretty and rustic!”
My favourite wall ever, Shoreditch
I love London. Living just on it’s doorstep means I’m there quite a lot. While it’s known for being a very spendy city, there is hope for you my frugal honeymooning friends, as it also has a surprisingly high amount of free things to do. These are some of my favourites.
Although the tube in London is excellent, whenever I walk around I’m always super surprised at just how close together a lot of things are. We’re so used to travelling underground that we often fail to notice what’s right around the corner!
Walking around the Thames is a must do. Yes, it’s a tourist cliché but it really is gorgeous. If you start up by the The Houses of Parliament and walk all the way down to Waterloo, you’ll see a lot of the big sights including Big Ben, the London Eye and the Southbank. If you’re feet aren’t hurting too much after that, keep going and you’ll get to the Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge and St Pauls.
I also love walking around Notting Hill for all the pretty rows of colourful houses and vintage thrift shops, Covent Garden for window shopping and Shoreditch for graffiti snapping and hipster watching!
Notting Hill is so pretty
London is blessed with very high quality and yet completely free of charge museums. The National History Museum, The Science Museum, the Tate Modern and the V&A are all surprisingly fun. You can see a comprehensive list of free museums on the Time Out London website.
Green Park in the spring
Baby always wanted a Hello Kitty themed wedding but her fiancé, Simon, wasn’t so keen on the idea! Instead she added a few subtle touches (like her adorable bouquet) to their July wedding, while the rest of the styling suited both their tastes. “I think the idea we were going for was mainly rustic but with a few really cute touches, such as Hello Kitty, a candy buffet and animal balloons for the kids”, the groom explained. “Baby wanted just a Hello Kitty theme, but I wasn’t too chuffed about it, so it ended up as a mix!”
With the bride being from Hong Kong, and the groom from Poland, the wedding day was the first time their families actually met. “As everyone was coming a long way from Hong Kong and Poland, we decided to rent our venue for a full five days and have a mini holiday, while getting married on one of the days. It didn’t turn out to be much of a holiday, as me and Baby were especially busy, but it was still a blast for everyone and everybody got to know each other better.”
What I lack in DIY skills I certainly make up for in creative friends, so when HP got in touch asking if I’d like to partner with them to showcase their amazing new Sprout computer, I called in the reinforcements! Sophie, Ronnie and I then started brainstorming ideas for some cute greetings cards that we could create for you, although we actually spent most of the time laughing/ cringing at ourselves over all the silly puns we came up with!
So before we begin, what exactly is the HP Sprout? Well, it’s like living in the future that’s what! The whole time we were working on this we us kept saying to each other “This really is like magic you know!”
The HP Sprout is a high performance touch screen PC (so you can do all the usual computery stuff on it) with an overhead scanner attached to the top that enables you to capture 3D objects. They are quickly transformed into graphics, which you can then resize and replicate using the built-in software to create something fabulous! It sounds complicated, but it is super easy to use.
The attached touch mat also allows you add text, draw, write or even add your own images. You can see one I did here where I scanned glitter and wrote the text on top by hand, which I think turned out amazing! It’s basically a 3D object scanner meets a Wacom tablet meets Photoshop meets your home PC.
Like I said, MAGIC!
We started playing around and it was so fun to see what we could scan next. We tried flowers, donuts, lollipops, lipstick kisses, gems and goggly eyes.
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Julie and Stephen met in a Bakery where Julie was working. They bonded over their mutual taste in music and video games and their dislike of cheese! “He’s the only other person I’ve ever met who doesn’t like cheese”, Julie chuckled, “that’s how we knew we were made for each other!”
They were married in July, in British Columbia, and had a wedding that reflected their mutual nerddom! “Our wedding had a nerdy, retro theme”, the bride continued. “We wanted it to reflect us and to not be traditional! We’re both big nerds, and love the video game Portal (and the 1950s environment it takes place in) so a lot of the décor was based on that.”
“We had a Companion Cube wedding cake that Stephen’s mum beautifully made and instead of a guestbook, guests signed vinyl records so we could frame and hang them on the wall later. Each table also had a vinyl record centrepiece, which I made. I created pixel versions of us for the invitations, and made table numbers out of Lego because we love those pixel-style
retro video games.”
Diamonds… gems… all things sparkly. I mean, what’s not to love? Well, the price for one thing. Surely there must be a way to include nods to your obsession with bling without covering everything in sight in Swarovski crystals and chintz?
Oh girl, you know there is!
Diamond shaped jewellery