Love Rocks: Adorable and Alternative Valentines Bridal Shoot

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Happy day of LOVE! What could be a better way to start off this most romantic of celebrations than a Valentine’s inspired bridal shoot… with a twist (of course!)?

There are so many touches that I love in this set of photos – the hay bales with the hearts on, the colourful DIY fans or the heart garlands would make for incredible ceremony backdrops. There are some seriously sweet buffet table ideas and the gold and yellow tablescape is a really lovely and original take on the theme.

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Oh and let’s not forget all the gorgeous vintage dresses from Ooh Mrs James. The best bit? They’re all under £450!

“The idea for this shoot was ‘Love Rocks’, a less traditional Valentines wedding shoot”, explained stylist Jasmine Orchard. “We wanted to incorporate the love heart shape in mass (it is Valentines Day after all) but without it being over the top girly, taking a more fresh and edgy approach with a slight retro feel to it.”

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Thursday Treats: Well, That Was Eventful…

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I am writing this post while sat cross-legged on the floor in LAX airport. To say my journey home from Palm Springs has been tumultuous is literally the understatement of the millennium. Two cancelled flights, two missed connections, two very expensive flight changes, two unexpected nights in a random (but actually very lovely) hotel, three lost pieces of luggage and two very weary travellers and we’re still trying to get back to Blighty!

My travel companion, Richard, and I have been battered about from pillar to post. I’m not usually one to name and shame but for goodness sakes never fly with United Airlines. They have royally screwed us… twice. Literally the worst airline and customer service I have ever experienced…

However I’ve been trying my best to keep things positive, despite having to wear the same underwear for four days in a row!  We had a 15 hour layover in LA today which meant we were able to get out of the airport (and into some fresh air) and went to hang out with Shauna who just happened to be here! She took us out for delicious food, found us a store to buy new pants (!) and generally cheered us up no end. I love you Nubbles!

At least all these delays have meant one thing – plenty of time for scouring the interwebz for Thursday Treats… I’m always keeping things positive baby!

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I found my ridiculous sunglasses in a random design shop in Palm Springs. They were only $19 and I am obsessed… do you reckon I can get away with them in Reading?! Very Mrs Wonka don’t ya think?

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Did you see Kate Bosworth’s gorgeous boho wedding?
Garden Queensland wedding
Punk rock wedding in the woods
Colour pop beach wedding
Woodland Portland elopement

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Autumnal Norwegian Farm Wedding: Marthe & Fredrik

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Marthe and Fredrik were married in October on a farm in Horten, Norway. They used their favourite season as inspiration, with Autumnal touches throughout. “Our wedding was warm, intimate and down to earth”, wrote the newlyweds. “We both wanted the day to be low key and we didn’t want to have too many people there. We just invited our closest family and friends which ended up being just 35 guests in total.  This made the atmosphere really intimate, especially during the ceremony. There was so much love, laughter, and joy.”

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Their biggest expense was the food, because they wanted it to be really special. However they saved money by making their own stationery and arranging the flowers. One of their bridesmaids made their cake as a gift and they brought their own alcohol to the venue. Finally, Marthe made her own bouquet and headpiece which not only made them unique but cheaper too.

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Win Your Dream Wedding Dress from Sincerity Bridal and a Luxury Honeymoon to The Islands Of The Bahamas

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I’m sure, at some point, most brides have dreamt about getting away from it all. Let’s face it, planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful so who wouldn’t daydream about packing it all in and jetting off to elope in The Bahamas!? Well your fantasy might be a little closer than you think, with these two amazing competitions that I have for you today!

Sincerity Bridal, known worldwide for their gorgeous bridal and evening gowns, have just recently launched their Bahamas Collection of wedding dresses. The gorgeous new range boasts 16 beautiful gowns, each named after one of the 16 main islands of The Bahamas.

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To celebrate, Sincerity Bridal and the Bahamas Tourist Office have joined forces and are offering you the chance to win a luxury honeymoon in The Bahamas, staying at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, and the wedding dress of your dreams from the collection.

Entering both contests couldn’t be easier. For the opportunity to snag your wedding dress simply visit the Sincerity website and answer the stupidly easy question “How many dresses are there in the Sincerity Bahamas collection?” (Hint: I’ve answered it in this blog post!) Full competition Ts & Cs can be downloaded here.

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Intimate Retro Wedding Planned in Three Months: Dani & Liam

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Dani and Liam always wanted a small wedding. There was no grand proposal either, in fact they decided that they wanted to get hitched when they were driving to Reno last August. They chose 11/12/13 as their wedding date – just three months away!

“I knew I wanted a vintage-inspired, tea length dress, so we headed to San Francisco to begin our search2, began Dani. “My dress came from Bettie Page, a pin up clothing shop, and  it was love at first sight. It was the first and only dress I tried on! I purchased it immediately and brought it home that same day. I found a crinoline at a vintage thrift shop that perfectly matched the bottom of my Betsey Johnson heels.”

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“Once we found that dress, I knew the rest of the wedding had to have that vintage vibe. I found an awesome rockabilly salon and boutique where we got our hair and make up done in the morning. The last arrangement to be made was our venue. The date crept closer and we were still unsure as to where we’d hold the ceremony, until we found the wedding album belonging to my husbands’ parents. They had gotten married at a beautiful Swedish church in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco, which was built in the 1800s and has been named a Historical Landmark. My Mother in law passed away a few years back and we felt it would be a wonderful way to honor her memory. We were able to book the venue just one week before the ceremony!”

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The Festival Wedding to End All Festival Weddings: Charlie & Kane

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I’ve seen a lot of festival inspired weddings in my time, but I think it’s safe to say that none of them have been as so naturally cool as this one! Not only do Charlie and Kane both ooze awesome, but their dinner set up has to be one of the most beautiful ever. At their reception site, a field behind the bride’s parent’s house, they had a Bedouin tent and one huge, long table for their 150 guests to eat at. Thank goodness it didn’t rain!

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The couple met in London, Kane is from New Zealand and they now live in Australia but they wanted to get married back in the UK. “All I wanted was to eat at one single table in the middle of my favourite field, like a big family meal for our big extended worldwide family”, began the bride. “I also wanted everyone to come for the whole weekend since we’re not back in the UK very often and one afternoon was never going to be long enough to see everyone properly – hence the bell tents!”

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