Rustic Vintage Wedding in Western Australia: Shae & Callum

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Over anything else Shae and Callum wanted their wedding to be enjoyable for their guests. They had a rustic vintage theme and an outdoor wedding at Chandeliers on Abbey in Yallingup Western Australia.

“From the start our biggest priority was making sure that whatever we did, we created a relaxed atmosphere”, explained the bride. “To us this meant an outdoor ceremony and reception (in the same spot to avoid having to leave) cocktail food, couches and plenty of drinks (including shots instead of champagne for the speeches!) We wanted to try and pay as much attention to the little details as we did the big details and as much DIY as (sanely) possible. Of course we couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of wedding blogs and Pinterest!! ”

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“Everything went great for most of the day but WE RAN OUT OF ALCOHOL BY 6:30PM!! The venue was BYO alcohol so we arranged drinks through a local bottle shop that caters for weddings and when going through numbers prior to the day I was assured by them that with the amount ordered we would have leftover… About 6:15pm rolled around (about an hour after the ceremony finishing) and my Mum came to let me know that we had just about run out!!! Luckily enough the venue coordinator was able to go and collect more before anyone really noticed! A big contributor to this was that we wanted the bar to be open when guests arrived at 3:30pm. It was important to us that everyone was relaxed and mingling with a drink (if they wanted one) while waiting for the ceremony to start!”

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: Barcelona or Bust!

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I wouldn’t say Gareth and I were particularly impulsive. My diary is usually pretty booked solid these days, and in the rare times when it’s not I spend most of my time glued to my computer screen, trying my hardest to power through my ever expanding ‘to do’ list. Gareth has also never, ever surprised me with a holiday before so its not something I’d ever expect him to do.

So you can imagine my complete astonishment when he popped into my office the day before my 30th, and said, “I was thinking that for your birthday I’d take you to Barcelona… in two days time!”

WHAT!?! Oh my God!

Never having done a mini break abroad before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I also had NO TIME to research or plan anything. Could we really see everything in just three days? Where were we staying? Was it in the right area? What clean clothes do I have? Where can I grab some Euros?!?

Luckily, my Dad travels to Barcelona a lot for work so Gareth has already grilled him on the best things to see and do. He came armed with a thorough and very packed itinerary!

If you’re after a honeymoon that offers you the best of both worlds then you really need to consider Barcelona. We stayed  in the centrally located Alma Hotel on Carrer de Mallorca which is just off Passeig de Gràcia, the high end shopping area. It was a 20 minute walk down to the gothic district and just four Metro stops right down to the beach. Perfect!

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As I said, we were only there for three short days but with Gareth’s packed schedule we really managed to see a lot! Here are my top ten Barcelona must sees, followed by a few other bonus tips to really get the best out of your time in this wonderful city.

I’d grab yourself a cuppa for this one, I have a lot to say!

1. Stare in awe at Sagrada Familia

One of the first things in Gareth’s plan was to visit Sagrada Familia, the awe-inspiring Gaudí cathedral. I’ll be honest when I say apart from knowing that construction started in the late 1800s and that it was still unfinished, I knew pretty much next to nothing about this iconic building.

As we turned the corner and saw it for the first time, we both audibly gasped. It was much much bigger than I expected (and it’s going to be even taller when it’s finished!) and completely incredible in real life.

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Off we went to find the queue to get in and we – eventually – found the end of it about 10 minutes later! It was going right around the block, and although I have to admit to having a bit of a moan at the prospect of waiting over an hour to get into some old building, I’m really glad that Gareth forced me too. It was totally worth it and, if possible, even more astonishing inside.

A trip to Barcelona won’t be complete without stopping off here. Make it top of your list of priorities!

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Check out the abseiling dude, working on the stained glass windows!

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Playful, Glittery & Kawaii Wedding at the Madonna Inn: Suzi & Spencer

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Suzi and Spencer’s Madonna Inn wedding was inspired by all the things they love, “Persian-American mod-podged in glitter and influenced by kawaii” was how they described it to me! A lot of things they made themselves included the glittery table numbers and escort cards and the brooch flowers used in with the real flowers in the bouquets and centrepieces!

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“I’m first-generation Iranian, so we decided to have a Persian wedding”, Suzi explained. “Spencer is from Washington, so we also wanted to include traditional wedding customs which we personalized. We started with a colorful and playful animated Save the Date film that poked fun at our differences. We had a hand in all of the design elements, including the invitations. Spencer designed an emblem of a cat and an orca, inspired by our personalities and Haida art from the Pacific Northwest.”

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Goth Club Dia de Los Muertos Wedding: Lauren & Ralf

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Lauren and Ralf had a Dia de Los Muertos themed wedding in a goth club. Both the bride and groom even wore face paint! “Our wedding was unique not only because of the theme, location and decorations, but because we went with a mixed wedding party. I did not have a maid-of-honor; I had a man-of-honor. Ralf had a best man and a groomswoman. Also, due to the small size of our wedding party, we all go ready together in the same space at our venue. I’m not superstitious, so it didn’t matter to me if I was seen in my dress before walking down the aisle. But getting ready together made things all the more fun.”

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“The visuals of everything defined the wedding. The lighting and the décor that the club already had meant we had very little to do when it came to decoration, and the things we did have were handmade. Also, the music was great. I came down the aisle to ‘Treasure’ by The Cure and for the recessional, we had ‘We Are The Champions’ by Queen.”

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On Wedding Trends

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One of the questions I hate the most, but I’m inevitably always asked whenever I’m interviewed, is “What are the big wedding trends for this season?” It seems to be the thing everyone wants to know about, but for me, it’s the one aspect of wedding planning that I’m least concerned about. In fact the whole notion of it kinda bothers me.

The way I reply to this question is always the same: that I don’t believe in or care about wedding trends and that the reason the weddings on my site are so awesome is because my readers are awesome and unique.

There is nothing wrong with picking up trends as they come along, if you like them. It is totally worth having a browse around blogs and mags to see what takes your fancy. You never know, something completely surprising and unexpected might end up being amazingly perfect for your wedding. This is how we craft our own unique style after all, by trying out new things. But there is a vast difference between following every trend passed down from You and Your Wedding Magazine, and picking and choosing what you like the look of. Don’t be the wedding equivalent of a fashion victim!

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Rockstar Wedding At The Duce in Phoenix: Adam & Meghan

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Adam and Meghan wanted to find a suitably Rock n Roll venue for their alternative wedding in Phoenix. After a long search they eventually came across The Duce which ticked all their boxes! “We wanted the wedding to let us shine through”, began the bride. “We didn’t want a particular theme. When we were looking at wedding venues, we wanted something that was already us. In Phoenix, there are tons of country clubs and botanical gardens. But none of that really fit who Adam and I are. It was to the point that it was bumming us out that we weren’t able to find something in our budget that fit us. We had heard about The Duce through a friend, so we went to check it out.”

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“The minute we walked in, we knew it would be perfect. There was Motown playing in the background, an outside bar, a boxing ring and a large indoor area that was filled with yard games – which is where the actual ceremony was held. It is a restaurant, but on the weeknights has swing lessons for the public. The boxing ring is actually used; the owner and some other boxers work out there!”

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