North vs South, A London Pub Wedding

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With gay marriage becoming legal across the whole of The United States and London Pride taking place this past weekend, this has to be the perfect time to share Chris and Russ’ fun-filled London wedding! They were married in February at Islington Town Hall, followed by a meal at St John’s Tavern and an evening reception at The Star.

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“We met in a pub in Camden in 2008″, they told me. “Russ is a Londoner and Chris, a Hullensian. Russ said, ‘You can tell you’re not a Londoner, because you’re smiling.’ The next night we met up in St John’s Tavern in Archway. It is a fantastic pub that really looks after its customers. As the place of our first sober encounter, we have a deep personal connection with it, and it had to have a key role in our wedding.”

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Casual & Beautiful New Zealand Wedding

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Hayley and Marty were married at the historic Mcleod Bay Church in Whangarei Heads, New Zealand. It is the church of the early settlers of the small coastal area where Marty grew up.

“We are both creative people so this is really what influenced our wedding”, the bride began. “We wanted too execute our own ideas and make our wedding unique. Everything there was made by us, for us. This meant nothing was over the top or tacky. Nothing about it was traditional.”

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“All the décor was DIY”, she continued. “Living in Australia and flying home for the wedding meant we only had a week prior to organise and create everything. We had a clear plan of what we liked and this meant we wanted everything to be personal. We didn’t just want to have things you could buy in a store. That’s not what we are about and we wanted to have our wedding reflect that.”

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Win The Glitter Encrusted Wedding Shoes of Your Dreams with Agnes & Norman!

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Finding the perfect pair of shoes for your wedding day can, for some brides, be way more difficult that finding the dress! You want something comfortable and beautiful, and if they didn’t cost a million quid that would be lovely too.

Enter Agnes & Norman, sister company of the wildly popular Rachel Simpson Shoes. Wanting to make shoes inspired by the past, creative director Rachel designed each pair while taking her cues from a bygone era (in fact the company is named after her own grandparents!) The combination of this with up to date shapes and wearable heels results in a truly unique collection.

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I can lay testament to how comfortable they are too because I have three pairs myself (obsessed? moi?!) The heels are low meaning no pain at the end of the night, and the fit is generous.

Win a Pair of Agnes & Norman Shoes!

If you love these vintage styles (and glitter) just as much as I do then you are going to go completely crazy for today’s competition. Five lucky readers will win their choice of the following shoes – the only difficult part will be choosing which pair to have!

Pandora in Star Dust & Night Sky

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Maia in Teal & Rioja

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Portia in Sunset Gold & Night Sky

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Self Esteem, Body Confidence and Learning to Love Yourself

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If you’ve been reading my blog (or following me on Instagram!) for a while you’ll probably have already heard of Gala Darling. Not only is she one of my best friends, but I’ve been raving about her, and her message of Radical Self Love, for quite some time!

I first discovered her blog in early 2009 (check out my adorable fangirling) but it wasn’t until happenstance enabled us to meet IRL a few years later that I knew we were kindred spirits. There are just some people you meet who instantly light up your life and make the world seem like a more positive, happier place. Gala does this for me every single day and I’m so honoured to call her my friend.

If you too want to live a more magical, happy life then Gala’s brand new book will show you exactly how to do it. In Radical Self Love: A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dream you’ll begin to discover exactly what makes you so magnificent, and you’ll uncover a litany of tools and techniques to help you manifest a life that bursts with magic, bliss and adventure. I only wish this book was around when I was a depressed young adult consumed by my eating disorder. I really do feel like it should be mandatory reading for every single woman on the planet.

I could not be prouder of my girl for following her dream to becoming a best selling author. So to celebrate the release (and the fact that it hit the #1 spot in the self help category on Amazon!) I asked her if she’d like to share some tips for brides that might be struggling with their self esteem or body confidence. Of course she enthusiastically obliged.

1. Learn to love your body

Obsessing about the way we look can be one of the worst parts of getting married. Instead of freaking out, going on a crash diet that makes you feel like shit, and going on punishing runs, choose to be kind to your body instead. One of the best ways to do this is to take a burlesque class! (In New York City, Jo Weldon’s School of Burlesque is an awesome place to start, but there are classes all around the world.) In addition to learning a simple striptease — sure to delight your partner on your wedding night — you’ll discover the beauty, power, and agency of your own body. Few things are more liberating. Hell YES!

2. Remember that what other people think of you – or your wedding – is not your business!

When you’re looking at blogs like Rock n Roll Bride, which showcase the coolest weddings on the planet, it’s totally normal to feel intimidated and worry about whether your wedding will “measure up”. Will it be cool enough? Will it be Instagrammable? Will your wedding’s hashtag look as good as you hope?

Don’t get caught up in appearances. As much as we’d all love to have beautiful photos to look back on, ask yourself, what’s more important? Marrying someone you truly adore and having a magical day, or fussing with place-settings and obsessing about how many likes the photos get on Instagram?

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Fun and Easy-Going Back Garden Wedding

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Emi and Phil were married in their own back garden. They had a relatively small budget, so they wanted to do as much as they could themselves. They didn’t have a theme, they just wanted it to be laid back and fun for everyone.

“Phil and I had a brainstorming session where we sat down and wrote a few words we wanted to describe our wedding”. said Emi. “The words were fun, easy, comfortable, Mariachi band, simple décor, cupcakes, unique, and awesome. Then we had a list of words that we DIDN’T like which were rules, stuffiness, formality, show-offy, pretentious, themed, boring, and fancy. Then we tried to follow that loose rubric when doing our planning.”

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The bride wore an amazing emerald silk dress made Cargill Custom Costumes. She made her own headpiece from gilded copper and attached glass blackberries by Elizabeth Johnson to it!

“So much of our wedding was created by our talented loved ones”, the bride continued. “My dad, Jim, built the AMAZING outdoor bar. Our friend Michael constructed our dance floor while Collin and Tristen applied the glitter (very enthusiastically, may I add; Tristen fashioned a ‘glitter application tool’ by strapping a bottle of glitter onto a large bamboo pole). Phil’s mom made the outdoor linen curtains, and Phil’s dad grew the succulent gardens for the table décor.”

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