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!
“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.”
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.
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.”
“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.”
This week I did my first solo livestream, was interviewed by BBC online for a feature on blogging and chatted to Anne Diamond on BBC Radio Berkshire! Phew!
Other than that I’ve really just been gearing up to hit the road with The Blogcademy again this month. Our first stop off is London (yay!) for two workshops and our mixer event before we head over to Europe to do workshops in Berlin and Amsterdam.
It’s all go, go, go as usual and I really couldn’t be happier. In fact I feel so incredibly lucky that this is my life right now.
OH! And happy 4th of July to my American readers for tomorrow. I hope you have a glorious one.
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Urban wedding in Melbourne
♥ Villa Paradiso wedding
♥ Spaghetti food fight engagement!
♥ Doctor Who inspired wedding
♥ Western ranch wedding
Found Creative Studio
Steph and Harry had a quintessential Brighton wedding. Their ceremony was on the famous Brighton bandstand, they had photographs taken on the iconic seafront and their reception was at the amazing Proud Cabaret.
“Our theme was a little bit mad”, laughed Steph. “We love the peacock colours so that became our colour palette. We were never going to have a traditional wedding in a church or hotel, we wanted something fun and memorable. Our wedding was all about having fun, getting our families together with things that we love such as the sea, fashion, textiles and creativity. We made most of our decorations and favours as well as the bouquets. It was a very hands on wedding and I enjoyed the prep as much as the actual day.”
“The ceremony venue also made it unique. The bandstand is incredibly beautiful and it’s not everyday you get married on Brighton’s oldest landmark. It’s got such character and is stunning but it was always risky this our wonderful British weather!”
“We chose skulls instead of flowers for the buttonholes, we had a skull cake and our reception at a cabaret bar!” she continued. “We ended up having a sea theme on the tables with the octopus and the lobsters!! The lobsters were a personal joke – for anyone that watched Friends they’ll understand..! Harry was also brought up in Clacton on Sea, and is very much a seaside boy. It was also very appropriate. Our table plan was prints by my favourite tattoo artists, Angelique Hautkamp.”
I mean, really, what else can I say? Diamonds, people, DIAMONDS! Oh yes, the amazing jewellers over at 77 Diamonds want to gift one of you incredibly lucky babes a earring and pendant set worth over £1500!!!
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With headquarters in the UK and a beautiful showroom in Mayfair London, you can order from them online, or go and see the pieces in person before you buy.
OK, OK, so I know you really just want to hear about that amazing prize! Here we go then: