Colourful Seaside Festival Wedding: Rich & Rhian

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With the bride wearing vintage, the reception at Rich’s grandmother’s home, and music playing a huge part, this July wedding has all the makings of the perfect Rock n Roll celebration. The day was also a real DIY effort, with everyone pitching in to make it perfect.

A friend of the bride made her flower crown, all the flowers for the day were grown by friends and family and the stationery was made by the bride’s brother. The cakes were brought by the guests. They had a ‘bake-off’ competition and the everyone won comedy prizes!

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“The flowers were styled by me and my good friend Blythe Bruckner”, began Rhian, “while the church flowers were arranged by Rich’s aunt Jo. The bar was made by my dad out of two old pallets from Rich’s uncle’s farm up the road. My brother made the ‘R&R’ sign out of the off cuts. My mum and I collected vintage salad bowls and cake plates from car boot sales and we painted the vintage glass vases with tester pot colours. The concrete cobbles that the vases sat on were also painted in tester pot colours by me! Using tester pots to paint everything was a revelation to making our colour scheme work! It also saved us a lot of money.”

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Italian Fashion & Music Inspired Wedding: Zaira & Vinicio

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Zaira and Vinicio’s wedding took place in Italy during September. The theme was fashion and music,  things they both love, and the atmosphere was laid back and fun. They kept thing casual with no dress code, live music playing constantly and the free-flowing alcohol!

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“Just be yourself”, Zaira advises future brides and grooms. “We loved the theme of our wedding because it was ‘us’! We wanted the day to be a combination of both our styles in everyday life.”

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Winter Forest Bridal Shoot

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Are you planning to have a bridal shoot? It’s actually something I’m seeing less and less of these days, but if you’re so inclined, I think they’re so much fun! Hell, I loved doing them so much that I started a blog so I had somewhere to publish them!

These photos, sent over by Italian wedding photographer Cinzia Bruschini are so beautiful. I adore the woodland setting, the flower crown, the vintage dresses and the gorgeous autumnal light.

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“We wanted to celebrate the arrival of Winter in a splendid beech wood, near a small abandoned village about an hour from our house”, wrote Cinzia. “It’s an extraordinary place and the colours mixing with the sun’s rays at sunset created a magical look.”

“Margherita was a wonderful and unique model. She is very expressive and was able to communicate a great deal, even though we only had a little time available.”

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My Love

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With today being the international day of love and all, I thought I’d interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to share some of my favourite photos from the short session with had with my friend Emma Case recently. These were taken at one of her London wedding photography workshops.

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We’re not really the kind of couple that goes all out on the 14th February. We don’t buy each other gifts and Gareth doesn’t spend £50 on an overpriced bunch of flowers. To me it’s much more special when he comes home on a random day with a £3 bunch of pink carnations from the supermarket because he saw them while he was shopping and thought of me.

Our idea of the perfect date is snuggling on the sofa with a takeaway, a movie and lashings of wine, so that’s probably what we do tonight too. And, after being away from each other for much longer than we expected due to my travel chaos trying to get home from Palm Springs (those extra 48 hours really did make a difference!) just being together today is all that matters.

I was so happy to wake up beside him this morning.

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Love Rocks: Adorable and Alternative Valentines Bridal Shoot

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Happy day of LOVE! What could be a better way to start off this most romantic of celebrations than a Valentine’s inspired bridal shoot… with a twist (of course!)?

There are so many touches that I love in this set of photos – the hay bales with the hearts on, the colourful DIY fans or the heart garlands would make for incredible ceremony backdrops. There are some seriously sweet buffet table ideas and the gold and yellow tablescape is a really lovely and original take on the theme.

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Oh and let’s not forget all the gorgeous vintage dresses from Ooh Mrs James. The best bit? They’re all under £450!

“The idea for this shoot was ‘Love Rocks’, a less traditional Valentines wedding shoot”, explained stylist Jasmine Orchard. “We wanted to incorporate the love heart shape in mass (it is Valentines Day after all) but without it being over the top girly, taking a more fresh and edgy approach with a slight retro feel to it.”

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Thursday Treats: Well, That Was Eventful…

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I am writing this post while sat cross-legged on the floor in LAX airport. To say my journey home from Palm Springs has been tumultuous is literally the understatement of the millennium. Two cancelled flights, two missed connections, two very expensive flight changes, two unexpected nights in a random (but actually very lovely) hotel, three lost pieces of luggage and two very weary travellers and we’re still trying to get back to Blighty!

My travel companion, Richard, and I have been battered about from pillar to post. I’m not usually one to name and shame but for goodness sakes never fly with United Airlines. They have royally screwed us… twice. Literally the worst airline and customer service I have ever experienced…

However I’ve been trying my best to keep things positive, despite having to wear the same underwear for four days in a row!  We had a 15 hour layover in LA today which meant we were able to get out of the airport (and into some fresh air) and went to hang out with Shauna who just happened to be here! She took us out for delicious food, found us a store to buy new pants (!) and generally cheered us up no end. I love you Nubbles!

At least all these delays have meant one thing – plenty of time for scouring the interwebz for Thursday Treats… I’m always keeping things positive baby!

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I found my ridiculous sunglasses in a random design shop in Palm Springs. They were only $19 and I am obsessed… do you reckon I can get away with them in Reading?! Very Mrs Wonka don’t ya think?

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Did you see Kate Bosworth’s gorgeous boho wedding?
Garden Queensland wedding
Punk rock wedding in the woods
Colour pop beach wedding
Woodland Portland elopement

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