Humanist Elopement in Scotland: Jessica & Dashiell

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Jessica and Dashiell eloped in June at Migdale Water Mill Cottage in Migdale, Scotland. The bride wore a gorgeous vintage dress from the 1930s. “After calculating the cost of a big wedding for family and friends, we agreed that we’d be much happier spending 1/3 of the cost for a small ceremony in the Highlands”, she said. “It was simpler and more appropriate to find a beautiful location rather than to attempt to make a location beautiful.”

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“We wanted an outdoor ceremony, surrounded by greens and grey, attended by wind and drizzle; very nature inspired, it was perfect! The ceremony was amazing. It was lovely to have a celebrant who outwardly enjoyed the experience as much as we did. We were married by Penelope Hamilton from the Humanist Society of Scotland.

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Bohemian Festival Wedding with Entertainment A-Plenty: Chris & Emmy

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Chris and Emmy were married early in the day, so they wanted to lay on lots of entertainment for their guests. “We wanted a day that was relaxed, fun and family-friendly”, wrote the bride. “We had our humanist hand fasting ceremony at 10:30 in the morning, so we wanted to make sure there was plenty for our guests to do throughout the day. We go to a lot of festivals and run a dance tent with my family called the Griffin Tent, so we used that as a starting point, using the marquee and having a pub quiz and live bands in the afternoon.”

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“The river running through Loudwater Farm is the same river we both played in as children (we’ve known each other since we were 11!), so we had fishing nets and wellies for everyone to paddle. We added archery, circus toys, dreamcatcher making and an art and crafts den, and finished up with a silent disco.”

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Glitter Themed Australian Wedding : Dave & Swan

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You know those couples that you see and instantly think, “Damn, I’ll never be that cool”? Well that’s exactly what I first thought when I laid eyes on Dave and Swan’s beautiful Australian wedding. Their ceremony was at the stunning Newman College Chapel in Melbourne University, and their low key reception hosted at Encore St. Kilda, right on the beach.

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Swan wore an INCREDIBLE two-piece wedding ‘dress’, a skirt and lace top combo made by an Italian seamstress. Her headpiece was by Veiled Beauty and her jewellery from Atelier of Love.

“Our wedding theme was ‘us’… with a hint of glitter!” began the bride. “I also (accidentally!) fell pregnant 9 weeks before the wedding…whoops!!! In true Rock n Roll style I had to have my dress altered to fit my new baby body the night before the wedding!”

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Thursday Treats: Magazine Planning, Trade Show Hopping & Crown and Glory Finalising!

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Getting ready for the Bridal Buyer awards, wearing one of my favourite pieces from my new collection with Crown and Glory. My dress is Ted Baker.

It’s been a busy seven days! Last Friday Gareth and I hotfooted it down to the Giraffe Media offices in Taunton to start planning the first issue of the brand new magazine with my managing editor, Jade. She is the editor of Wedding Ideas magazine and really knows her stuff, so having her on my team is VERY exciting indeed!

We plotted out the features for the first issue and I came home that night and starting working on them right away. I’m a total nerd, it’s true. But with the first issue currently being planned to launch at the end of October, we really need to get a wriggle on!

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Rainbow prom dresses (which would totally make awesome wedding dresses too!) from Mori Lee

Then, on Monday, Gareth and I hit the road again, this time in the direction of Harrogate for the annual bridal trade show. This is the industry event of the year daaaarling, and the place where all the bridal designers show their latest collections to the press and bridal boutiques.

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House of Mooshki. FIT.

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Life Doesn’t Wait For You To ‘Get Thin’. Life Is Happening Right Now.

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Kerry Murray

Dear Kat
So, this cuts pretty close to the bone. I’m off to New York with my husband this Autumn and I was thinking about hiring a photographer for a shoot. I was thinking this earlier in the year, when I was also planning on dropping a couple of stone, and needless to say with a particularly stressful wedding season (I’m a wedding photographer myself) and one thing or another its almost time for the trip and I have not lost a pound.

My husband and I haven’t spoken about the prospect of a shoot for a while, and I’d been thinking I wouldn’t bother. But today I was photographing a slightly larger lady, and looking back at the images I was thinking, she looks so happy and so in love, and what beautiful eyes she has. Then I thought, why can’t I see myself that way in photos, rather than seeing chin/ tummy/ arms?

I know I’ll most likely not like myself in the images, which makes me think it would be a waste of time and money, but at the same time I do want the photos to record me and my husband in the city.

Do you or any of your readers feel the same about themselves in photos, and if so how do you tackle it? Should I just man up and realise I’ll never be a size 10? And, should I have photos or not? You’re in front of the camera a fair amount, any advice on being photographed?

Hey babe, first off… you are beautiful… and just in case you didn’t hear me the first time listen to me again: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

But I hear you, and I feel the same way 99% of the time. I constantly compare myself to my slimmer friends, and often catch myself thinking things like “If only I could lose a stone, I’d feel so much better”.

Deep down I know this isn’t true. That the shape and size of our bodies is no indication to how happy we are, how talented we might be, or how much we’re loved. It doesn’t mean squat, but it is still a constant battle for a lot of us. I’m always having to check myself when these feelings start to creep in. So I completely understand how you feel.

Here’s the thing though, photographs are not about being perfect. They’re about communicating a feeling, and freeze-framing a moment in our lives. It’s so important.

While at my parents’ house a few weeks ago my mum brought out all the old photo albums with photos of us all inside. Looking back and seeing those pictures of our whole family together was amazing. We laughed at my mother’s giant hair, our questionable fashion choices, and the fact that my dad looked about 12 when I was born. My grandparents looked young, happy, and full of life. It was amazing. It didn’t once cross my mind to focus on anybody’s ‘flaws’, I was too busy hearing the stories about trips I don’t remember, and reminiscing about how special those times were.

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Release Your Inner Flapper Girl with Foto Noir Photo Booths and Prangsta Vintage Costumiers

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Hands up if you love a photo booth. Yeah, me too. I can’t pass one by without quickly hopping in, it’s a compulsion! My favourite kind of booths are those genuinely old ones though. The ones where you don’t get a preview before the strips are printed out (the anticipation!) and the prints come out on lovely thick paper, in proper black and white ink.

Unfortunately these booths are unreliable and expensive to run, which is why they’re few and far between. But when I heard about Foto Noir, I paid attention. Although their booth is a free standing digital contraption, the quality of their images reflects that of those rare classic booths. They’re bringing the retro photo booth bang up to date.

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“Foto Noir is a London based booth company providing an elegant wooden photo booth for weddings and other special events”, writes Mark Angus, the man behind the booth. “This alternative take on the traditional photo booth is unobtrusive and open. It is designed to take flattering black and white pictures of you and your guests. Prints are provided on the day and we even include a framed photo display board.”

If this kind of thing floats your boat, then you’re going to love the collaboration they’ve just started up with Prangsta Costumiers. They specialise in collecting, restoring and customising vintage treasures. Are you seeking to release your inner forgotten showgirl? Feel the need to dress up as a burlesque troubadour? Wondering what should you wear to a boho courtesan or belle époque themed hen night? They’ve got you covered!

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