Greetings from hangover HQ! Last night I was in Brighton on my first Christmas party of the year with the Photography Farm crew. There was a photo booth, karaoke and wine… oh so much wine. It was an utter blast but of course I’m suffering for it today. In fact all I’m really capable of is lounging on the sofa and indulging in some lovely internet procrastination – won’t you join me?
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Giant paper flowers!
♥ Whimsical and colourful Michigan wedding
♥ Beautiful woodland wedding
♥ Loving this bride’s fabulous pink hair!
♥ Vintage hire wedding
Photography: Naomi V Photography
Cameron and Lizzy chose a red, white and blue colour palette for their August wedding. Starting with the bride’s stunning bespoke gown and the groom’s three-piece suit, it then filtering though to the hydrangeas and rose arrangements, and finally the attendant’s clothes.
“There was no single theme for the wedding, but rather a sense that we wanted people to be wowed all over again as they moved from space to space”, began the bride. “The ceremony was all red, white and blue – very British. We had big hydrangeas and red roses in crates and flowerpots, and the bridal party and groomsmen all decked out in the same. For the afternoon tea in the ballroom, we took Brympton‘s 2,000-piece tea set as a starting point and created a very eclectic and vintage-y look. Then, for the evening reception in the orangery, we went for a gentleman’s club feel – lots of jewel colours, plush furnishings and bits and bobs raided from my parent’s house.”
I’ve known dress designer Tobi Hannah for years. We met at a wedding show and hit it off instantly. She’s one of those incredibly inspirational, self-made business women who, as soon as you meet, you want to be her best friend.
I’ve followed her journey eagerly since then. From designing dresses for celebrities and custom crafting beautiful gowns for brides up and down the country from her Marble Arch studio. But Tobi really found her passion when she started specialising in short wedding dresses. While she loved designing the longer gowns, it was the knee skimming ones that really got her creative juices flowing.
This year, Tobi has decided to take that passion and share it with as many people as possible – through her self-penned book, The Short Wedding Dress. This hardcover beauty is fit to bursting with wedding ideas, dress inspiration and eye candy galore!
The book takes it’s reader on a journey, starting with the inspiration that fuelled her passion (from the 1920s right up to the present day). There are profiles of celebrity short wedding dress fans and the book finishes by showcasing some utterly beautiful real life brides.
I’ve featured a few weddings at Asylum Arts in Peckham before, but I couldn’t resist sharing another with you today. Melissa and Yoni took that crumbling chapel and made it come alive with colour! They used the de-consecrated church as the venue for their ceremony and wedding breakfast, and moved to The Big Red Pizza Bus in Deptford for their after party.
“We moved to Mexico for a year to teach English ten days after the wedding so we tried to tie in travel and Mexico”, Melissa replied when I asked about their theme. “Our cake was Day of the Dead themed, the place names were glider planes, the orders of service were paper planes, and each table placename was a scene of a place we’ve travelled to so far. Yoni’s family also surprised us with a mariachi band performance during the speeches which was fantastic!”
Whenever I travel I always prefer to stay in an apartment or house rather than a hotel. Don’t get me wrong, I love a boutique hotel as much as the next person but you really get a lot more for your money when you go self-catering.
After saying goodbye to the Gold Coast, Gala, Shauna and I hopped on a plane with Celeste from Tourism and Events Queensland, our photographer Janneke Storm and headed up to Cairns. We’d had such an amazing time so far that we weren’t sure how anything was going to top it – oh how wrong we were!
After a short flight we landed in tropical North Queensland and took a car up the coastal road to Port Douglas. As we’d had such a non-stop trip so far I really hadn’t had any time to do any research on where we were staying so needless to say I got the shock of my life when we pulled up here.
We were hosted by Executive Retreats (this is the house we stayed in) who specialise in luxury accommodation in Port Douglas and the surrounding areas. If you’re considering Australia for a honeymoon destination, then you need to put it on your must-visit list. No question.
Not only is it as close to paradise as you can possibly get, but all my favourite activities happened while we were here – snorkelling on the great barrier reef (which I’ll be writing about next week), a sunset boat ride and jungle surfing in the Daintree Rainforest!
Shauna and I shared the master bedroom (it was too good for one of us to have it on our own). The en suite bathroom alone was bigger than my living room at home!
It’s unavoidable. Christmas is well and truly around the corner. Soon enough we’ll be knee deep in baubles, festive jumpers and mistletoe and wine. And as the party invites start to come in, the usual panic starts to set in: “Oh my God, what am I gonna wear?”
If a brand new sparkly outfit is out of the question, how about adding some much needed shimmer with this easy as (mince) pie mirrorball necklace DIY. It’s so simple, even I could do it!
♥ Bag of small glass mirror tiles
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Strong glue (I like E6000 multi purpose adhesive)
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Silver chain and fastenings
Step One: Decide how wide you want your mirrorball necklace pendant to be. I like my jewellery chunky so have gone for 10 cm across.
Draw a chalk line 10 cm across the felt. At the centre (5 cm) mark a line 1 cm down. Then connect those markings to form a shallow ‘V’ shape. Extend the centre line down approximately 10 cm.