Vaudeville Meets A 1920s Circus Wedding


Chip and Elle’s inspiration for their wedding was Vaudeville meets a 1920s circus sideshow. They wanted their “weird sense of style and the idea that we can do whatever we want” to come through in everything they did. The wedding took place at The Loft in Long Beach on Friday 13th of June during a full moon.


“Our wedding had a circus theme but we wanted EVERYTHING to be different to a normal wedding”, the bride explained. “Our ceremony was funny and referenced the circus. All the décor was DIY from the favours to the circus cut outs, and the centrepieces to the stationery. We had a magician as entertainment which was one of my favourite things of the whole day!”


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How To Get The Most Awesome Engagement Photos


As wedding season winds down for yet another year, we’re going into a time where, traditionally, most people get engaged. From now until Valentine’s Day expect to be inundated with friends announcing their upcoming nuptials. It’s all very exciting! If you’ve just got engaged, firstly CONGRATULATIONS, I’m so thrilled that you’ve found this blog! Have you started to think about your engagement shoot yet? Do you even know what an engagement shoot is!?

While certainly not compulsory, an engagement shoot is a great thing to do while you’re planning your wedding. Not only does it give you the chance to practice in front of the camera, they’re a great way to get to know your photographer and for your photographer to get to know you. Having a relative stranger at your wedding can be a bit daunting, but if you shoot with them beforehand you’ll not only be able to figure out whether you get along, but you’ll also get to see how they photograph you before the wedding. If you don’t love the photos you get back from your engagement shoot, it is perfectly acceptable to cancel the wedding booking and find someone else. Of course I hope this doesn’t happen for you, but it’s better to know that now rather than get your actual wedding pictures back and not like them!


So how do you make sure you get the very best out of your engagement shoot?

1. Wear something that makes you feel fabulous

This is the perfect excuse to buy something new, or pull that dress you love but never have the chance to wear out of the back of your wardrobe! If you’re more of a jeans and tee-shirt kinda gal, it’s OK too, but I always think engagement shoots look so much more fun when the couple go to town on what they’re wearing!

Think about how your outfits work together too. While you don’t have to go completely ‘matchy-matchy’ (unless you want to!) the photos will turn out much better if your outfits compliment each other. If you were wearing a ball gown and he was in a tracksuit it might looks a bit weird! Think about colours, patterns and styling, and just wear outfits that look great together.

This is also the perfect chance to have your hair and make up trial for your wedding. You’ll feel really good having your hair and make up done, but it’s also a really great way to test how it will photograph on the wedding day.

2. Have an idea of theme or location and communicate it to your photographer

It’s always better to have some kind of idea about where you’d like to shoot or how you’d like the photos to turn out rather than winging it on the day and hoping for the best. After all, a photographer can only shoot what’s in front of them!

If you’re stumped, a good way to start is to think of somewhere meaningful to you as a couple. Maybe the bar you first met in, the area where you had your first date, or the place they proposed!? A variety of backdrops will always result in more interesting pictures so think of places that offer more than just plain brick walls.

Think seasonally too. If your shoot is taking place in autumn, why not take advantage of the changing leaves and shoot in a woodland? If it’s winter why not wrap up warm and take pictures in the snow?


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Dry Lake Bed Elopement

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Sarah and Adam really just wanted to marry on their own terms, so an elopement it was! They flew from New Zealand to Vegas and on 16th April were married on the El Dorado Dry Lake Bed in Nevada.

“We can happily say that we did our wedding our way, and we clearly did it simply for us”, said Sarah. “We both absolutely love the desert and big open spaces and we wanted that to be a big part of our ceremony. We both appreciate the minimal, and you don’t get much more minimal than a dry lake bed on the outskirts of Nevada. We also love mid-century architecture and retro design so we had a retrofitted teardrop trailer provided by Flora-Pop. They also brought along a pair of vintage champagne saucers and a pair of mismatched chairs – that’s all we needed and we wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Sarah wore a dress from Forever 21 and she did her own hair and make up. Adam dressed in Topman from head-to-toe. This wedding wasn’t about buying lots of stuff or spending money, it was simply about them saying “We do”.

“Upon arrival in the US for our wedding we found out that my luggage had been accidentally taken by another traveller who had passed through the transit, leaving me with only the clothes I was wearing less than two days from the wedding. Thankfully the rings were safely in my carry-on bag! So I ended up buying a dress from Forever 21 and calling it a day.”

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San Francisco, DisneyWorld and the Last Ever Blogcademy Workshop in New York

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Phew, what a whirlwind. I feel like I’ve been living life on an constantly speeding-up treadmill this past couple of weeks! I really haven’t done a personal life update on the blog in forever, so I figured today I’d quickly fill you in on what’s been going on.

After our Blogcademy workshop in San Francisco, Gala, Shauna and I had a week free before our last ever class in New York. So what do three slightly deranged friends decide to do to fill the void? Go to Disneyworld of course! I’m not going to lie, visiting The Happiest Place on Earth has always been a childhood dream of mine, so finally being in the position to be able to do it was literally more exciting to me that any other trip we’ve taken. I am an unashamed Disney NUT. I’ve seen every movie from Snow White to Inside Out and I’m not even embarrassed to admit that I think Frozen is one of the most amazing movies (and soundtracks) of all time. Yep, I’m super cool.

There’s so much I could tell you about it’s hard to know where to start, but let’s just say my highlights were the Halloween fireworks, the live Hocus Pocus show, riding Space Mountain at midnight, taking photos with Donald Duck, Chip and Dale and Goofy, buying the best souvenirs (Mickey hat with my name on it, a half pink half blue Aurora mug, Maleficent pill box, too many enamel pins for life) and visiting 11 counties in one day at Epcot! If you ever have the chance to go to Disney, JUST DO IT. You will not regret it.

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After our Disney adventure it was time to head to NYC for our last ever in-person Blogcademy workshop. It’s so funny that this ended up being our last class, because it’s also where we held our very first class in 2012, and one of the girls that attended that first class was our assistant for the weekend! Talk about coming a full circle.

People have asked us a lot why we’re ending The Blogcademy and I’m sorry to disappoint you but there’s no big conspiracy and we all still love each other – ha! It’s just time to refocus our energy on to other things. After all I now have a magazine to produce every other month. I can’t be leaving the country for two weeks at a time any more! For those of you that didn’t make an in-person class, remember The Blogcademy Online workshop is still available if you want to learn the blogging ropes from us. The content of the online course is exactly the same as the live one, only it’s kinda better because you get to learn from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

The past fortnight has been wonderful, but as nerdy as it sounds, I’m so happy to be home and getting back to work. I hit the ground running on my return to the UK when I attended the National Wedding Show in London yesterday. I’ll admit, when NWS initially approached to speak at the The Wedding Theatre, I was a little sceptical. Undoubtedly each of us caters to very different ends of the wedding market – they’re all about the very traditional, mainstream wedding world and as you well know, that really isn’t my thing. While most of what was on display there didn’t interest me in the slightest (the Slimfast food cart made me cringe and angry in equal measure!) I was thrilled to meet some really cool suppliers who were exhibiting including Fur Coat No KnickersPrezola, Jason Charles Jewellery and Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos to name a few. The organisers were so super duper lovely too and made me feel right at home.

To everyone that came along to hear me speak and get their magazines signed I LOVE YOU! It was wonderful to meet, hug and chat to you all. You really are the BEST!

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Industrial Warehouse Wedding in Auckland

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Jen and Luke we’re inspired by lots of different things for their Auckland wedding. They wanted their day to be bohemian but luxe, industrial but in the city.

Their ceremony was held at Edge Kingsland, a warehouse space and their reception on the roof of Auckland District Law Society. “We didn’t play by the rules or stick with the same old template wedding”, said the bride. “This meant more work for us but also meant we loved every part of our day because it was a unique reflection of us. We researched a lot of venues around Auckland and nothing really fit so decided to do it ourselves in exactly the way we wanted to do it.”

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“Because of the size of the rooftop, our reception numbers were quite limited”, she continued. “Because of this we had a semi-open invite to our ceremony. We chose to cut our cake during our ceremony so all our friends and family could be a part of that moment. It wasn’t perfect – we forgot to put the flowers on top of the cake (something I always wanted) so I told my bridesmaids to find me some flowers ASAP and basically ripped the heads off them and stuck them on the cake, in front of everyone! The cake knife was also nowhere to be found so one of the groomsmen ran off stage and found the first cutting utensil which happened to be a small bread and butter knife!”

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Upcycled, Abstract and Colourful Wedding Shoot

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Centred around some seriously impressive tipis that were set up in the heart of the picturesque Derbyshire Peak District, this shoot was created to showcase colourful, fun and more abstract wedding styling ideas.

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“The inspiration behind the shoot involved tapping into the emerging trend for paint splashes and abstract art and combining this with the concept of upcycling”, said Kimberley of Peaktipis. “We wanted to re-purpose everyday items to give them a new found use and beauty. The palette was fun, springtime, and candy sweet to contrast with the upcycled elements and also keep a romantic, feminine theme. We also incorporated neon signage as a statement.”

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