Intimate London Pub Wedding: Alex & Sophia

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Alex and Sophia were married at Stoke Newington Town Hall, followed by a reception at The Draper’s Arms pub in Islington, London. They day had a subtle vintage vibe – from Sophia’s Jenny Packham dress and Flo and Percy headpiece, to the retro photo booth and polaroid shots their photographer Lisa Jane took! Ultimately though, they wanted a local wedding that was intimate and enjoyable for their guests.

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“We wanted our day to be relaxed, informal and fun”, explained the bride. “Keeping it local to where we’ve lived for the last 10 years was important and we wanted to support local businesses whenever we could. We also wanted to showcase to friends and family how amazing London is which is why we stuck to a registry office and knees-up at one of our locals.”

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13 Things You’ll Wish You Did On Your Wedding Day

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Hindsight is a wonderful, if not mildly frustrating, thing. It’s all very well and good learning a lesson from an experience but most people don’t ever go back to have a second wedding! So here are 13 things from my own experience that I recommend prioritising on your wedding day.

1. Start the DIY early

We didn’t have a lot of DIY in our wedding (we did the stationery ourselves but that was about it) but even then I wish we’d started it much earlier than we did! These things always take longer than you anticipate so give yourself a fighting chance and get those craft supplies out sooner rather than later! I can’t think of anything worse than still having DIY to do the night before your wedding. That is so not fun!

2. Have your hair and make up done by a pro

I did my own make up, but looking back I really wish I’d had a professional make up artist to do it. I hadn’t yet discovered just how amazing make up done by someone who knows how to contour and properly blend eye shadow can be. I had a few trials in the run up to our wedding but I must have been going to the wrong people because I left each one thinking “Meh, I can do this myself, what’s the point?”

While, in the end, my make up was okaaaay, I would have looked, and felt, a million times more beautiful if I’d had it done by someone else.

I strongly advise having at least one trial before the wedding day (of both hair and make up) to make sure the person you book understands exactly what you want. Bring photographic examples with you to show how you want it to look, and afterwards have someone take photos of you from every angle. It might look great in person but you’ll want to know how it photographs too.

By the way, if you’re in the UK I love and recommend Elbie Van Eeden and Lipstick and Curls for hair and make up, and Allison Cameron for make up. Other artists that I’ve worked with and loved around the world are Regan Rabanal (make up), Kristen Jackson (hair) and Eryk Datura (make up) in New York, Your Beauty Call in Vegas (both), Lauren aka Queen of Blending in LA (make up) and Bernice in Melbourne (make up).

3. Delegate!

A lot of couples don’t seem to like asking for help, but believe me, most of your friends and family will be happy – thrilled in fact – to lend a hand. You can not do everything yourself, especially on the day, and especially if you are having a DIY wedding!

Its also a really good idea to have a specific person in charge of certain things, for example the playlist (if you’re not having a DJ or band), keeping the photo booth ticking over and riot-free, and for rounding up wayward family members for the group photos!

4. Have a ceremony rehearsal

We had a rehearsal the day before our wedding and at first I thought it was going to be weird, “Who needs to practice?? I thought, “surely I just walk down the aisle and say ‘I do’?”.

But there’s a lot that goes into some ceremonies (particularly religious ones) so it’s a really good idea to have a run through. In ours, we actually had to respond with “I will”, not “I do” so I would have got that wrong for starters..!

It’s also good to find out in advance things like what to do with your bouquet, who’s going to pass you your vows and when, and where you have to go to sign the marriage certificate.

You’ll also probably be really surprised just how poignant the ceremony is. I’m not a teary, emotional person but I burst into (happy!) tears when we were practising our vows. I’m glad I didn’t do it in front of a church packed with every single person I know!

Oh and practice your walk down the aisle. I practically sprinted down the thing I was so nervous and excited. I was at the bottom before the song had really even begun. Take your time!

5. Have a back up copy

…Of everything! The music, the group shot list, the seating plan… you just never know. Give one of each to a responsible bridesmaid or groomsman.

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Inexpensive Bridesmaid’s Gifts That You’ll Want to Keep For Yourself

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What are you getting your bridesmaid’s as thank you gifts? If you’re looking for something cute, inexpensive and thoughtful then look no further – I’ve done the browsing for you!

Statement jewellery

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For The Maids make loads of lovely bridesmaid’s jewellery sets. You can get them in squillions of different colour combos too!

Animal masks

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Silly masks aren’t just for the photo booth. Any kind of funny mask is sure to get a giggle out of your girls and they’ll look great in your photos. The most important question is… who gets the cow… or the pig!?

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Intimate and Spiritual Island Wedding: Emily & Bernard

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Emily and Bernard were married at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island in Washington. They wanted an intimate, special day and didn’t want to spend a lot of cash so they also thrifed wherever they could. Emily’s dress was by Free People, her shoes were from Goodwill and her jewellery was all vintage. Bernard’s outfit was also second-hand and all the flowers were picked from a nearby wood!

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“We wanted the ceremony to reflect our natural and spiritual beliefs”, wrote the bride. “We made an alter of little things that are special to us: our dog’s collar (who is no longer with us), dried rose buds from my Grandmother’s youth, and a photo of us and our daughter. I also made all the flower arrangements using plants and flowers from the area.”

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Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Actually Want to Wear!

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When it came to choosing what my best girls were going to wear on our wedding day I was adamant from the start that I wanted to let them choose. It actually never even crossed my mind that I might pick their dresses for them. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and we all have very different tastes, so who was I to tell them what they could or could not wear!?

While I might have got married over six years ago now (!) I’ve noticed this is one trend that continues to grow in popularity. It’s actually very rare that I see bridesmaids in perfectly matched gowns these days – and I love that! Whether they’re tied together in colour, style, or even just their accessories or bouquets, I think mismatched bridesmaid dresses look the best in photographs!

Which is why I was thrilled when For Her and For Him got in touch to share their beautiful 2014 collection with me. Not only do the majority of their gowns come in at under $200, but every style is available in a huge range of colours, with many of them also having the option to either be full or knee length.

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Sparkly Disco Ball and Foodie Wedding: Ben & Ashleigh

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Ben and Ashleigh wanted a wedding unlike any they’ve ever been to before. They wanted sparkle, they wanted drama and they wanted all their favourite food! They reception was held at The Lofts at Union Square, North Carolina.

“The overall vibe for the wedding was LOVE + some tradition + disco balls + glitter + music + sequins and sparkle + DANCING!” began the bride. “The inspiration was ourselves… we wanted guests to really feel the elements of each of us a person and hope that our essence came out in the details that people got to share with us.”

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“A lot of the food we served was a nod to our first dates. He took me to an Asian fusion restaurant on our first date so we had an Asian station that had take out boxes that they could mix and match the toppings and I had saved the exact fortune cookie from that date and had it reprinted into a cookie for everyone. The first thing I ever cooked him was scallops so we had large sea scallops as one of our passed appetizers. His favorite food is Mexican so we had a gourmet taco station and my favorite food is seafood so we had a killer raw bar.”

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