Honeymoon Travel Guide: San Francisco

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Known for it’s steep rolling hills, cable cars and as the home of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is sure to be at the top of many of your honeymoon destination wish lists. Which is why, when I was there recently teaching a workshop, I took copious notes on all the awesome things we did and saw for this blog post!

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We really lucked out with our food selections in here, everything we ate was super yummy! Some of my favourites were Mission Picnic, Foreign Cinema (they play movies on a big screen in the outside seating area!), Kitchen Story, La Palma (best tacos ever, seriously) and Sidewalk Juice. Even the take-out was incredible. We ordered from Basil Thai TWICE while we were there because it was probably the best thai food I’ve EVER had.

If you’re a bit of a foodie, San Francisco certainly won’t disappoint you!

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If there’s one thing that defines San Francisco like nothing else, it’s the houses. Huge, foreboding Victorian buildings… painted all the colours of the rainbow! We had so much fun walking around and deciding who should live in which house. However Gala and I might have to share this one…

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Like, literally, my dream home.

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I mean, holy shit…

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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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