The inspiration for Eric and Gina’s wedding came from their mutual love of music and the 1980s in particular. “When we first sat down and started to plan it, the one thing we knew we wanted for sure was live music during the reception” began the bride. “Our first choice was Rewind, an ‘80s cover band from Seattle. We both wanted a fun, engaging celebration with friends and family. That led us to choose the ‘80s rock theme, which felt so right the minute Eric suggested it. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE the ‘80s?!”
“We tried to pull in aspects of the theme that we both love, including the music and bright colours. I incorporated as many cassette tapes and records into the décor as I could. We also tried to incorporate some ‘80s ideas into our attire, such as a blue tux for Eric and a ruffle-filled asymmetrical dress for me. We also put together a candy buffet with all of our favourite 1980s candy.”
Yay it’s my birthday! Although I do feel really bloody old now. I’m THIRRRRTYY freakin’ ONE! OMG I’m totally ancient.
Although this time last year I was definitely struggling with the thought of leaving my 20s behind, the past twelve months have been awesome (hello! I now have a magazine in actual shops!) Nothing actually really changes the older you get, does it? I mean, you’re still you. You still have complete control over what you wear, how you act, and what you do. I have no plans to dye my hair a more respectable colour or to stop dancing in sequins on beaches!
But I digress.
To celebrate the start of my thirty-second year, I wanted to give YOU all a gift by taking a whopping 50% off the price off The Blogcademy Online!
For those of you that don’t know, The Blogcademy is a blogging and business workshop that I’ve been running with Gala Darling and Shauna Haider since 2012. In January this year we launched an online version of the course which is perfect for those of you that can’t travel to an in-person class, or just prefer to learn at their own pace. You can read all about that topics that we cover on our website.
One Friendly Place in South London was the perfect venue for Anna and Mat’s colourful wedding. While they officially got married three months earlier at Islington Town Hall, they wanted to throw a fun celebration for their friends and family. The venue was decorated with the coolest props already, but they added their own personal touches with the LOVE sign (made by the groom!), flowers in beer bottles (which they collected themselves) and the multi coloured paper lanterns which they hung from the ceiling.
“Our inspiration was just the notion of all the things we loved and enjoyed”, Anna said. “We decided very early on there were literally no ‘rules’ we were going to follow, and we did exactly what we wanted! We had party bags, balloon animals, loads of live music and mountains of booze and food. Basically, we wanted it to be the best party we’d ever been to and not to be constrained by the notion of what a wedding reception ‘should’ be.”
“Our theme was just ‘fun’! We created our own website called ‘Lovefest’ to share all the details of the day that was very fairground/ circus themed but the day itself was just a mash up of everything we like, including Mat’s love of skulls which made it into the cake and some of the decorations.”
Have I got a set of photos that will make you go “awww!” today!? Photographer Jamie Allio told me the story of the real proposal that happened during this shoot! “I actually contacted this couple to do a shoot for my personal portfolio. I had been following Natalie for a while on Instagram and was obsessed with her style and her flawless features. Her boyfriend, Zach, was always making appearances on her feed and I couldn’t believe these two weren’t models!”
“I sent them an email along with a Pinterest board I had created for inspiration and within weeks we were meeting up for a shoot in my home, followed by a trip to Southern Arizona to visit some creepy abandoned domes. The night before the shoot Zach sent me a message telling me to call him as he had an emergency. As soon as he spoke he blurted out, ‘I’M GOING TO PROPOSE DURING OUR SHOOT!'”
Is it possible to get a beautiful wedding dress for less than £250? The answer is very much “Yes!” so long as you think outside the box a little bit. In fact there are plenty of options for budget savvy brides these days.
Firstly, you should check if any bridal boutiques near you are having sample sales. They will often sell end-of-line or their showroom samples for a lot less than the retail price. Places like Etsy and eBay are also great to browse through, and websites such as stillwhite.co.uk and preloved.co.uk (where brides can sell their pre-worn wedding dresses) can hide some real gems!
The high street is a really great place to look too. Most of the beauties below are from places like Coast, BHS, Monsoon and Phase Eight. All of them do amazing and inexpensive bridal ranges. I’m also loving ASOS right now. They are just killing it with their pretty spring/ summer offerings and so much of their occasion wear is totally wedding appropriate!
This pretty Great Gatsby inspired wedding shoot is the perfect way to ease you into the long weekend. I don’t really feature styled wedding shoots on the blog much any more (because, let’s face it, real weddings are usually way better!) but I loved the use of colour and the elegant, yet totally reproducible, details in this one so much.
Shot in Portland, Oregon, by a team of local suppliers, wedding photographer Meredith Bacon told me all about it. “This intimate scene is set on a quaint and lush forest in Portland. Crystals drip from the branches of evergreen and deciduous trees at a romantic alter, lavish flowers and candelabra decorate the 20s lounge-style reception.”