Voodoo Doughnut Wedding: Mike & Ashley

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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.”

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“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.”

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Urban Wedding in Melbourne Planned in Just Seven Weeks: Andrea & Tristan

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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.

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“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.”

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Thursday Treats: The Glamorous Life of a Blogger

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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!

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Weddings & Weddingy Things

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♥ 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!

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Casual Cabin Wedding with the Bride Wearing Jeans: Cat & Paul

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If the thought of being the centre of attention on your wedding day fills you with nervous dread, then let me open up a world of new possibilities for you. Cat and Paul did things to suit them – completely. Not being a girly, girl or ever wearing dresses, two weeks before the wedding the bride decided to go with what made her feel comfortable. That meant wearing jeans, and not doing a ‘grand entrance’. She didn’t walk down the aisle at all, in fact there was no aisle. She and Paul greeted their guests together as they arrived.

“We really just wanted to have all our family and friends around us for the day and enjoy ourselves”, began Cat. “Neither of us were looking for anything more than that really, just throw a good party for everyone to enjoy. The little quirks all came via family and friends. I think there’s so much expectation around weddings these days, you have to have these favours and this dress etc. It started to get a bit like that for us, especially for me.”

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But Cat didn’t want to do what was expected and that meant she wore her favourite jeans! “I had a dress planned which was a big thing for me, I’m really not a dress kind of girl but I wanted to impress Paul and do something really special for him. About two weeks before when all the final bits of planning were getting done I had a bit of a mini moment about the whole thing, entering in a dress with everyone looking at me. After a chat with my mum and Paul they both told me just to be myself and wear what I was comfy in. So the jeans and the sparkly shoes were bought! I’m so thankful for the amazing support from Paul on this, I know he would have loved to have seen me in a dress but he knew it just wasn’t me and it was more important to him that I was comfortable and enjoying myself. So I didn’t make any big entrance or anything. I was there welcoming guests with Paul and the rest of our families which I really enjoyed. There was a few people who came in and thought they were late though I think as I was already in there! There’s nothing more Rock n Roll than just being yourself after all.”

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Extravagant Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Rachel & Raymon

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Rachel and Raymon based their wedding on Rachel’s favourite childhood book and film – Alice in Wonderland! They had oodles of personalised and special details including the mismatched chairs, the vintage door seating chart, having clocks as table numbers and their chequered dance floor.

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“I met Ray through my older sister”, began the bride. “Her husband had been close friends with Ray since high school.  We hung out as a group a few times then Ray finally asked me out for dinner. Being the protective older sister that Victoria is, she didn’t approve at first since Ray was three years older than me.  Long story short, everything worked out and we all couldn’t be happier that we can call each other family!”

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45 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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You’ll have to forgive me because this is nothing to do with weddings or business. But today I thought I’d draw back the curtains and share some of my secrets with you. I love finding out new things about the bloggers I read regularly, and I thought you might too. So here are 45 things you (probably) don’t know about me!

1. My favourite movie of all time is Back to the Future (closely followed by Back to the Future Part Two!)
2. My celebrity crush is Kiefer Sutherland.
3. I am obsessed with the Vampire Diaries and True Blood but I hate Twilight.
4. My first pet was a goldfish.
5. I once watched a whole season of The Hills in one sitting. I felt dumber afterwards.
6. Someone once genuinely asked me if pink was my natural hair colour…
7. …if you’re interested it’s actually dark brown.
8. I love me some pre-2007 Britney.
9. My cat, Rachel, is named after one of my sisters.
10. Gareth was my first serious boyfriend (aww!)

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11. I hate a messy house but I hate housework even more.
12. I have seen every season of 24 at least twice.
13. I hate chocolate! Yes, seriously. Most people don’t believe me but I literally can’t stand the stuff.
14. I used to love cross stitch. I once made my Nanny a little yellow duck picture and she still has it on top of her piano!
15. As a teenager I was obsessed, and I mean super-fangirl obsessed, with Boyzone. I saw them in concert eight times!
16. Ronan Keating? I still would…
17. I’m 5 foot 7 and I have size 7 feet.
18. I drink at least five cups of tea a day. Some days it’s actually closer to ten. Milk, no sugar please.
19. I can’t sing at all but when I’ve had one too many I will totally hog the karaoke.
20. I used to play the saxophone but I hated playing in public. I was forced to join the orchestra at school and so I used to just sit there pretending to play.

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