I’ve been dreading it for months, but today I woke up a thirty year old. I almost can’t believe it! It’s true what they say though, time sure does fly when you’re having fun!
It feels like just yesterday that I met Gareth (aged 17), we started dating (aged 18), we got married (24), I started this blog (24), I produced a print magazine (27), we launched The Blogcademy (28) and I designed my first headpiece collection (29) ..! Needless to say I’m pretty damn proud of how much I’ve achieved so far.
Talking of achievements, a lot of you have been asking how I got on with my 30 before 30 list. Well I actually nearly did them all (OK so I didn’t read a book or manage to launch my digital product just yet… it’s coming soon!) But today Gareth and I are going on a spa day AND he just surprised me with a birthday trip to Barcelona TOMORROW so I will have achieved my “go on a random adventure” wish too!!
Now, I certainly couldn’t let this momentous occasion go by without a little gift for you guys as well. So, for 24 hours only, you can get any headpiece from my collection with Crown and Glory at a whopping 30% discount! Simply enter discount code ‘happybirthdaykat’ at the checkout. Valid until 7.59 am GMT tomorrow, (Wednesday 8th April).
Jane and Andrew were married in Lissanoure Castle in Loughguile, Northern Ireland. Their day was eclectic from the start which began with the most unusual, but weirdly perfect, inspiration! “Jane found a couple of starting points for the visual style of the wedding early on”, Andrew explained.
“Firstly this photo of Gram Parsons wearing his amazing white cowboy suit with bold coloured leaves and flowers, and an Alice Temperley dress called the Long Eliah Flower Show Dress. Things evolved a long way from there. We used Pinterest to develop ideas with Jane’s sisters and our lovely designer friend Kat Flint. In the end we had a lovely jumble of different bold colours, with some white and neutral tones from brown paper and hessian.”
“The main thing we wanted was for the whole thing to feel relaxed, friendly and personal”, they continued. “We tried to keep it all quite informal with lots of friends and family helping with different parts of the wedding. Music is really important to us too. Andrew spent a lot of time planning all the different musical elements of the wedding (and sang a song at our afternoon open mic).”
An usual wedding theme perhaps, but Antanas and Kristina knew exactly what they wanted for their Lithuanian wedding. “The first part of our theme was cherries”, explained the bride. “Two red ripe cherries joined together, what better symbol of partnership? Red also means strong and passionate love. The sweetness symbolises happiness and the joined top symbolised commitment and togetherness. It became our logo for all of our stationery and guest favors. It was the background detail for the whole event.”
“Secondly, we had jazz. The feel that we wanted to create for our wedding was informal, relaxed, improvised and spontaneous! We asked guests not to wear black, for the guys not to wear suits, and instead for the whole thing to be less formal! Antanas wore a black and white chequered suit with an oversized hand made bow tie and I wore a tea-length dress with fascinator, but no veil. We had no bridesmaids, only five kids that were our companions in the church ceremony. The boys had bow ties made in the shape of our signature cherries and the girls wore them as belt pins on their dresses. So cute.”
Mike and Ashley spent just $1200 on their amazing wedding. To do this, they forgot about anything traditional, instead opting to say ‘I do’ at their favourite place in their hometown of Portland - Voodoo Doughnut! Cat Daddy, the owner, even officiated the ceremony!
Of course they had doughnuts instead of a wedding cake. They had a large one with ‘forever’ on it, and even ones shaped like a bride and groom. “Our wedding was a celebration of us”, wrote Ashley. “We added as much personal detail as possible. I wore jewellery from both my grandmothers, our dog Lola was there and Mike wore a special slap bracelet I had bought him the year before that said WINNER. Our flowers were also so much more special because they were a handmade gift to us from a close family friend, and we were lucky to get married in a special place in our favorite city.”
“We chose Voodoo Doughnuts as our wedding location because when we first met and fell in love, we would go there every Sunday night at midnight and have a date”, she continued. “The location was another part of our wedding telling our story, and if it seems quirky or alternative, it’s probably because we are!”
“We had originally planned a larger, more traditional ceremony, but that ended up not working out”, she continued. “Once we decided to shift gears to a small ceremony, we ended up planning our wedding in about a month, and we kept it secret from most people (the morning we got married, less than 20 people knew it was happening). An hour before the ceremony, we sent a message to our close friends letting them know what we were doing, and a few hours after we put on Facebook that we’d eloped. The outpouring of love and support we received from people was the perfect cherry on top to an amazing day.”
Andrea and Tristan wanted a simple, urban wedding that reflected their love of their local area and each other. They chose Hobba has their venue, a super cool event space in Prahran, Melbourne, a stone’s throw from where they live. The day started with them getting ready together at their own home.
“Well first of all, we did it in 7 weeks!” began Andrea when I asked her what made their wedding different. “That is 7 weeks from our very first discussion about where, what, and how, to the actual day! We had originally told everyone we would do it at the end of 2014 (just to give them something) but then thought why wait – especially if it would make it easier to do something super low-key and non-traditional, and avoid having a year to over-plan an extravagant event. It did shock everyone to begin with, but then people told us that because we’d been saying that we were never going to get married, if we ever decided to, they thought we would just do it – which we did.”
You know, I often think people are a little disappointed when they find out that my life isn’t all that glamorous. I’d imagine people think bloggers are always being whisked off to fabulous parties and that we spend most of our time snapping our perfect instagram-worthy lives. But my everyday life couldn’t be further from that fantasy (case in point, taking the above photo was anything but professional!)
In reality, I spend the majority of my time in front of my computer, wearing sweatpants, writing emails, compiling wedding posts, doing admin for The Blogcademy and drinking copious cups of tea.
That’s not to say that I don’t love my job, and my life. In fact I’ve never been happier. While I do get invited to lots of parties and events, these days I turn 99% of them down. I much prefer being at home with my husband and our cats, or going out with my (real life!) friends.
This week has been another one of those not-very-exciting ones. And it’s been wonderful. Things are going to be cranked up about 685 notches when May hits and I get back on the road with The Blogcademy. I love travelling though, and spending all that time with Gala and Shauna is the best fun ever, but for now, I’m pretty happy to be permanently attached to my lounge wear.
HOWEVER, in saying all that, I am off to the Most Curious Wedding Fair in London this weekend. I’ll be there with Sophie selling headpieces and magazines on Friday night and all day Saturday. If you’re around be sure to come and say hello. I’d love to meet you!
Damn, can I wear sequinned sweatpants to a wedding show?
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Beautiful Queensland wedding
♥ Manhattan loft wedding
♥ Colourful New York wedding
♥ Wedding rave up at the George Tavern
♥ Eco-friendly label Reformation has launched a bridal line of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses all made using repurposed vintage and surplus material. Prices start from $518 for wedding dresses and $198 for bridesmaid ones. I am SO into this!