DIY Vintage Shabby Chic Wedding: Erin & Jon

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I fell in love with Erin and Jon’s budget wedding as soon as I saw it – I loved the cute, affordable and easy-to-DIY details, the beautiful venue and the bride’s lilac dress (which was actually a bridesmaid’s dress from J Crew). The day was held at Shadowbrook Restaurant in Captiola, California on the bride’s birthday (!) and was planned, in the most part, by her mother. She did almost everything herself, from chalk painting the mason jars to making the dessert trays from using vintage plates and tea cups.

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“The overall theme for our wedding was vintage shabby chic”, explained Erin. “I have always looked up to my Nana and Papa and their marriage and I wanted our wedding to feel classic and vintage like an old love story. We had vintage photos of couples in our seating chart and lavender medicine bottles from 1900s in each centerpiece. Most of the décor was from antique stores and flea markets. I wanted the colors to reflect the season so we chose lavender and purples.”

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It’s Not a Party Without a Photo Booth!

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I am an unashamed photo booth hog. To me, there is nothing more exciting than walking into a party and discovering that there’s one present. I’ll be the first one in and the last one out. I JUST LOVE THEM. Silly props! Stupid poses! Click click snap snap! That is my idea of a damn good time.

I know you guys feel the same because the popularity of photo booths at weddings has sky-rocketed over the past few years. In fact I can’t remember the last time I went to one without one!

So when The Photo Booth Guys got in touch, wanting me to showcase their killer booths on my blog, I knew you would be just as excited to hear about them as I was.

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Epic Vow Renewal in Thailand: Sassy & Ian

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I think a lot of you will know Sassy already. She is an amazing wedding photographer and I’m really lucky because I get to share her incredible weddings all the time. A few years ago she also wrote an article for me about her own wedding photography experience which went kinda viral (read: it was one of my most popular articles of all time!)

So, when she told me that she and her gorgeous husband, Ian, were renewing their vows in Thailand I was really, really excited. Excited for them because they’d finally have the epic photographs they deserved, but extra excited for me and you because I knew she’d let me blog it!

Not only are these photos (by Emma Lucy and Neil Douglas), and the accompanying video (Chris Koch), some of the most incredible I’ve seen in a long time, but the love, emotion and THAT RAINBOW DRESS by The Couture Company (who else?) have completely blown me away!

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“I’m not going to dwell on the reason we first considered a vow renewal on our 5th wedding anniversary”, began Sassy. “Yes, people did raise an eyebrow as if to say ‘It’s only 5 years!!’ but hell, you know what, why shouldn’t we celebrate every year!?”

“We decide to renew our vows at the one place we both love equally. Ian and I are quite different people (as chalk and cheese!) and don’t often have the same opinions on anything, so when we both totally fell for Chieow Laan lake and Koh Sok national park I knew this was the perfect place for the renewal… after all it’s paradise! It’s hard to explain how this place gets in to your soul but when I haven’t been in a while I start feeling homesick. Its special and magical!”

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Presenting: The Blogcademy Home School

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The Blogcademy started as an in-person workshop. Bursting into the world in October 2012, we hosted our inaugural class in New York City. But when we flung open those metaphorical turquoise doors, we really had no idea if it would take off. We actually joked the day before that if no-one booked in we’d just have an elaborate sleepover in the space we’d hired and the internet would never know a thing about it. Luckily for us that didn’t happen! Sixteen classes later and we’ve now taught over 400 amazing people all over the world.

It’s been an incredible ride so far but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Ever since the launch we’ve been inundated with people asking if we would visit their town too… And as much as we would have loved to teach classes in every place that was requested, it is simply impossible. Each of us still have full-time careers, husbands, and demanding furry children to attend to! It also started to become very clear to us that not everyone who needed our help could afford to come to class, either because of the cost or they simply didn’t have the time.

And so came the idea for The Blogcademy Home School:

We wanted to create an online space that you could engage with any time, and keep learning from as often as you needed. We wanted to film videos so it felt like you were right there with us, and wouldn’t have to read a massive wall of text. We wanted to be able to update it regularly and add new content often. Most of all we wanted to make it accessible to everyone.

Home School is not simply an online version of the workshop, it is so much more than that. While the in-person class is an all-encompassing two-day blogging event, covering a massive range of subjects, Home School ‘Blog Boosters’ are bite-sized videos which cover one topic at a time. While some are taught in class, the majority are not!

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Lace and Home-Brewed Beer Themed Wedding: Mandy & Chris

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Mandy and Chris wanted their New Jersey wedding to be a reflection of the things they love, and so lace and home-brewed beer it was! The ceremony was held at a chapel in Allaire Park, officiated by their tattoo artist friend, the reception was at The Mill in Spring Lake.

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“We tried really hard to incorporate things we love and we knew everyone else would love”, began the bride. “We didn’t spend money on things to make it overly ‘showy’. We wanted to keep it fun for everyone but throw in a lot of things we love. Such as Chris’ homebrews, Uncle Doods doughnuts, and some fun music. We also had our favorite local brewery’s session beer available (we paid for it and brought it to the venue ourselves… Boat beer from carton brewing!)”

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Glamorous and Weird Wedding Inspiration

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Yep, that’s exactly what I thought when I saw this shoot – it’s super glam but, man, is it weird. Weird in a good way though… weird is always a compliment! The shoot consists of two parts. The first is more opulent, set in the incredible Gallery of Costume in Platt Hall, Manchester. The second part took place in the nearby woods.

“For this wedding shoot we wanted to add an air of whimsical decadence, suggestive of a provocative relationship and how that may work in the realm of modern weddings”, wrote florist David of Frog Flowers. “We used one bride and two male grooms as we wanted to evoke an edged romance mixed with an opulent wedding day. Is it a mischievous bride who wants her wedding cake and to eat it?”

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“The location was inside Platt Hall in Manchester, a charming listed Georgian building containing The Gallery of Costume (one of the most outstanding collections of clothing and accessories in Britain) was an elegant stage for the shoot to be conceived. For the bride, two dresses were used inside, one beautiful floral brocade corset top dress and a Victorian inspired long sleeved dress with plenty of tulle for an extravagant veil were used for different wedding looks for the day.”

“We took the shoot outside to the surrounding grounds of the costume gallery for a more playful, fantasy feel”, he continued. “This was suggestive of an otherworldly, mystical, nature inspired wedding with a flavour of the modern world, incorporating a handmade deer antler back pack designed by local artist, Norfolk Hawker, and a vintage leather briefcase covered in flowers from Frog Flowers!

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