Creative and Colourful 1950s Inspired Wedding: Ryan & Connie

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With a budget of just £4000, Ryan and Connie planned a beautiful 1950s inspired wedding. The bride wore a dress made especially for her by Honeypie Boutique, shoes from Next and fun Tatty Divine jewellery. The bridesmaids’ vintage inspired dresses were by Vivien of Holloway.

“We love colours, patterns and prints so we wanted the wedding to reflect that”, said Connie. “All the bridesmaids chose their own coloured dress and I had a bright pink ice cream bag!! We wanted to use local suppliers as far as possible and keep costs low by making things ourselves. We also wanted the day to be colourful and bold but also relaxed.”

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The day was held at Kelham Island Museum and Little Mesters Bistro in Sheffield. “Our wedding was on the Tour de France weekend and Sheffield was crammed with people!” she continued. “Travelling to the venue with my bridesmaids in our vintage VW camper van was incredible! There were so many people, including lots of street performers on stilts, looking in and waving. It made it feel even more special.”

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Sparkle Motion: A Grungy Glittery Wedding Shoot

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My working title for this blog post was ‘Sparkle Motion’… because it’s the first thing that popped into my head when I started to write the feature. It stuck, because after thinking long and hard, I couldn’t imagine anything else being as apt. These glorious pictures were submitted by Utah based wedding photographer Natalie Wall.

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“I had been wanting to do a moody stylized bridal session for a while”, she wrote. “While I love working with clients, it can become creatively exhausting. Anytime you have a collaboration of people with different ideas, you tend to get multiple potential outcomes. As an artist, it can be very difficult to put aside your creative preferences to please those you are working with and/or for. This shoot was, essentially, to liberate myself from just that. I wanted to create something, using challenging lighting, to create a nontraditional mood – dark and romantic, edgy and beautiful. Something I could see out from start to finish, while remaining in artistic control.”

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Woodland Weekend Wedding in Yorkshire: Lorna & Liam

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Lorna and Liam were hitched at Camp Katur in Bedale, North Yorkshire. They hired the place for a whole weekend in August so they could have a nice, long celebration. “We both love nature and fell in love with the venue straight away. This had a massive influence over the whole wedding”, began the bride. “We wanted it to be informal, fun and a great reflection of our relationship and life.”

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“Our theme was definitely a rustic woodland theme. We love colour so had many colours around, we used swallows inspired from our tattoos, logs from Liam’s yard, sunflowers have always been my favourite flowers… We tried to keep it as ‘real’ as possible. We did loads of DIY. We had three main areas to fill and two nights worth of fun. We were very fortunate to have so many amazing people to help us. Liam’s friend made us a coconut shy, my sister made all the signs and Hannah, our wedding planner, did all the stationery. It really was a joint effort of DIY.

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Thursday Treats: Salutations from The USA!

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This update comes to you from one of my favourite places in the whole wide world, New York City! I’m currently sat in Gala’s beautiful apartment, sipping PG Tips and watching Dolly snoozing on my bed. Hank got in with me last night (he was SO FUNNY, trying to be all cute and sneaky, although when you’re a 60lb pitbull there’s nothing sneaky about you!) but when I woke up this morning, Dolly was spooning me. Oh puppies.

I’m in town for the next Blogcademy workshop which kicks off this weekend at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn. The class is basically sold out, but if you wanted to make a last minute booking, I’m sure we could find space for you! Then, after a week wondering around Manhattan we’re off to DC for another class. YAY!

I found plenty of time for internet surfing while waiting for my flight yesterday, enjoy!

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Don’t you just love this bride’s red dress?
Hip backyard wedding
Fun wedding décor from Typo
Bollywood beach party
Heart (er, amazing!!)

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Whimsical and Romantic Black Forest Wedding: Phillip & Elena

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If cute, quirky, outdoor weddings are your idea of heaven then prepare to stand at those pearly gates, because Phillip and Elena’s Colorado wedding is a beauty!

“Our inspiration was just love and our relationship”, said Elena. “All the things that brought us to that point. We had games instead of dancing because we got to know each other over UNO and Monopoly.”

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The bride wore a dress from BHLDN, the bridesmaids picked their out outfits and nearly everything else was handmade by the bride or thrifted. “We made the bunting, table runners and the stationery”, said the bride. “We arranged every flower ourselves and I also made the cake toppers, escort cards and signs. It was so worth it.”

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Win Jewellery Worth over £500 with Links of London!

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I’ve never been much of an expensive jewellery type. It’s not that I don’t love it, I just can’t afford to splash out, as much as I might want to! If you too have been drooling over all the pretties in the window of your local jewellery store from afar, then covet no longer. Today I’ve teamed up with Links of London to give one lucky reader four stunning pieces of jewellery worth over £500!

“The story of Links of London begins in 1990 with a request for a bespoke pair of fish-shaped cufflinks”, they say. “Almost 25 years later, the brand has become synonymous for quality craftsmanship and timeless style. Capturing the wit, spirit and heart of London, Links of London collections offer the full range of women’s and men’s jewellery, watches, gifts and accessories. Having established a loyal following, every new season promises connoisseurs fresh and intricate designs, fashion-forward colours and statement pieces unrivalled in elegance and sophistication.”

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