Milk Bath Bridal Boudoir

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I’ve got something a bit unusual to share with you today – milk bath boudoir shots! Photographer Melissa Mullins explains, “I was inspired to create a unique twist on bridal boudoir. Something different for an independent girl who wants to showcase her rebellious side, without being totally out-there. I wanted to create something soft and romantic but also a little edgy!”

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“I chose vintage lingerie straight from the 1950s and loved the delicate lace and flattering shape. To keep things simple and elegant, I used a white milk bath and brought in some natural elements – fall leaves and flowers in shades of pink – to add in bright pops of colour.”

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Gothic & 80s Movie-Inspired Wedding in Scotland

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Robert and Katy’s Scottish wedding was themed around lots of different things but skulls and 80s movies played a big part! “The wedding theme turned out to be a bit eclectic, with elements Robert loved like 80s films (they were our table names), a pork pie wedding cake and elements that had a slightly gothic feel such as a skull centrepiece at the head table and ’til death do us part’ favour boxes.”

“Overall we both wanted the wedding to have a relaxed feel and for everyone we love to have a good time. I’ve always loved the slightly darker, gothic side of life so that was the main inspiration for some of the décor. The venue was one of the oldest buildings in Glasgow and has a rich history, which added to the supernatural feel of the wedding too.”

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“It’s difficult to pick my favourite part of the wedding as I loved the whole day”, she continued. “However there are probably two parts that stand out. The first is the moment I got to the end of the aisle and Robert took my hand and looked at me. We were both so nervous and it just felt so special standing there with him in front of all our loved ones. The second was after the formalities of the day were over and we could finally let our hair down! I loved finally getting round the tables to speak to everyone (and kicking my shoes off and getting on the dance floor!)”

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Come Join Us at The National Wedding Show This Weekend!

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As you read this, I’ll be somewhere on the M6, driving up to Manchester for the first of three back-to-back National Wedding Shows. It’s going to be a busy few weeks but I can’t wait!

Gareth and I will be at Manchester Central all weekend on our stand that we’re sharing with Sophie and Gareth of Crown and Glory. I’d be over the moon if you’d come along and buy a magazine, or try on some of our veils! We even have some special treats in store for you.

Firstly, we’ve designed an exclusive piece which you will ONLY be able to order at the National Wedding Shows – it won’t ever be available to buy anywhere else.

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Best of all, it costs just £30 (including free shipping to UK addresses) and comes in countless colour combinations of glittery goodness! Plus, we’re also hosting a contest for one lucky bride-to-be to win £200 to spend on Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory pieces, and I’ll be doing a meet & greet and magazine signings all weekend!

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Colourful Woodland Festival Wedding

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Libby and Stephen were hitched in September at Tournerbury Woods Estate on the Hampshire/ West Sussex border. They didn’t set out to have a theme, but in throwing together all the things they liked it ended up being a super colourful, festival-esque day.

“Our wedding was an expression of our personalities and everything we love”, explained the bride. “We also had lots of colour! We wanted to create a day that was going to be fun for all our loved ones.”

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“We were true to ourselves and didn’t have a theme and we created our own ceremony from scratch with our friend Harry. At the venue, they had this beautiful black metal pagoda which we decorated with ribbon and brightly coloured pots with beautiful plants and pink flamingos. Our guests were all sat on hay bales with crochet blankets sourced from various car boots and charity shops. As I walked down the aisle with my Dad and bridesmaids ahead of me to James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Higher Love the sun came out and apparently dragonflies were flying around the guests! I was oblivious at this point as I must admit I was a little nervous.”

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Back to the Future Wedding on October 21st, 2015

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Any Back to the Future fan will know that October 21st, 2015 was a very special day. It’s the day that Doc and Marty went forward to in the second movie. As super-fans of the film, Sally and Jordan not only wanted to be married on this date, but they wanted their wedding to have a BTTF themed as well!

“We’re both massive fans of the film, and we always used to joke around saying if we ever got married that we’d get married on October 21st, 2015 and have a Back to the Future wedding”, said the bride. “So when Jordan proposed, it was automatically decided that it’s what we would do!”

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They had it all – a Delorean, a ‘Welcome to Hill Valley’ sign, a chalkboard table plan, and so much more! “Of course we had to have a Delorean, and the night ended with a band called Outatime playing! I walked down the aisle to a recording of the main theme tune played on string quartet.
When signing the register, Huey Lewis, Power of Love was playing.”

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How to Plan a Gift List That Keeps Everyone Happy

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Some of you might feel a bit weird about asking for wedding gifts (how frightfully British!) but actually, having a gift list really helps out your guests. These days, there are so many alternative gift list services available for those of you that want a more flexible registry, but one of my very favourites is Prezola (so much so that I’ve convinced my own sister to use them for her July wedding!)

The reason I rave about them so much is that they not only offer a range of 30,000 gorgeous gifts supplied by 300 top homeware and specialist boutique brands (including Portmeirion, The White Company, Cox & Cox and Jonathon Adler), but if you upgrade to a Premier Plus account, which costs just £39, you’re also able to add honeymoon funds, cash contributions, charity donations and custom gifts from stores not already represented on the service (which is awesome for those of you that love Etsy or want to support independent designers).

Here are some bonus tips to take the awkwardness out of asking for gifts, and to make sure you keep everyone happy!

Make sure you actually have a registry

Don’t be shy – you’re making things easier for your friends and family and it’s what your guests will expect. It may seem old-fashioned, and many of us have already set up home by the time we tie the knot, but your wedding is still marking the start of your life together. Older generations especially really appreciate being able to help you on your way with a traditional gift such as dinner sets, bed linen, glassware and quality oven ware. With established brands such as Denby, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton available at Prezola, you can make sure you include items from these time-honoured experts, that will last a lifetime. Choose carefully, and these gifts could be passed down to your children one day too.

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Give your guests plenty of choice

Prezola recommend adding twice as many products as invitations being sent to give your guests lots of choice, for every budget and sensibility, from traditional gifts to quirky items that reflect your personalities, experiences and cash gifts. Prezola treat you to 10% off everything still on the list after your wedding (it’s left open for a couple of weeks while you honeymoon) so you can complete a set here and make sure you get your favourites there, if you wish.

Make it about your home together

Don’t forget that your friends and family love to feel that they’re helping you establish your life together by buying you items you’ll share. See this as an opportunity to upgrade some items to really special pieces to treasure. When you compile your list, go around all the rooms of your house – think about the kitchen, tableware, bed and bath, home décor, electricals and outdoors. Prezola provide a handy check list for you when you create an account.

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