Thrifty, Bohemian Wedding in Northern Ireland: Amanda & James

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Amanda and James were married in Derry, Northern Ireland. The day started with the bride getting ready at her parents’ house and a catholic ceremony, but that’s where the tradition ended! Their reception, at Thatched Cottage in Craft Village, was a true reflection of them as a couple. Casual, laid back and thrifty. They spent just £1500 in total!

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“Our wedding was bohemian, handmade and vintage inspired”, began the bride. “We didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen (just two witnesses) and chose to keep thing as simple as possible. We wanted a low key wedding, something special and intimate to share with family and  friends… no fuss! We also wanted the wedding to reflect who we are and not get lured into the circus and stress that often surrounds weddings. We aimed to create an artistic, homemade, bohemian atmosphere.”

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Help! I’ve got Pre-Wedding Cold Feet

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Ive been with my fiancé for nearly 7 years and when we got engaged in October I was over the moon. Now we are planning the wedding and I keep having dreams about running away and going on adventures on my own. We’ve talked about it and he understands it doesn’t mean I don’t love him and I’ve spoken to a lot of people who’ve told me its very normal but I’m worried about it.” Lauren 

First off, your fiancé is right, being nervous before a massive, life changing event (like marriage!) is perfectly normal. In fact you’d be completely abnormal if you weren’t a little bit apprehensive about what the future might bring. But as someone who’s been married for six years, let me tell you something – nothing really changes and any subtle differences are TOTALLY for the better!

The safety and security you feel in your relationship when when you’re married is like nothing else. It’s difficult to explain it to someone who hasn’t yet taken the plunge, but just knowing that this person has chosen to be with you, and only you, for the rest of their life is a wonderful feeling. Fights don’t have the same devastating effect, and you can be yourself more. It’s unlikely that a little tiff or disagreement will end the relationship (which you might have always been worried about before) and although you drive each other crazy sometimes, it doesn’t matter because you love each other SO MUCH.

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Oh Canada!

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There’s so much I love about teaching The Blogcademy; meeting so many inspiring babes, travelling the world, talking about my favourite subject and getting paid for it… it’s a pretty sweet gig.

Now something you may or may not know about me is that I am frightfully organised – when it comes to my work at least! Gala and Shauna actually nicknamed me “The Secretary” because I’m the one who does all the email, speadsheets and admin for the business. I also organise all the photographers, venues and sponsors. It might sound like a sucky job but that’s seriously my idea of a good time!

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As well as furious bongo playing of course

Seeing my organisational skills pay off is so immensely satisfying, and no more so when we arrive at the class and finally get to rummage through the goodie bags. Eye balling the treats that our sponsors have sent for our lucky attendees is a super fun way to pass the time (it’s even better when they send a few extras so we can nick some too!)

Canada was no different, and our contributors really stepped it up for both our Vancouver and Calgary classes. In their custom, branded city tote bags those lucky, lucky Canucks all got to go home with:

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♥  Friendship bracelets from Abacus Row ♥ How to take the best selfie book from LA blogcadette Sarah Sloboda ♥ Gorgeous hand drawn cards from Purple and Blue Design Studio ♥ Awesome colour dipped pencils and felt notebooks from Moxie Makery ♥ Cute knitted cacti from Cacti You Can Cuddle ♥ Gorgeous organic cosmetics from San Francisco blogcadette Aquacures ♥ Beautiful jewellery from Eclectic EccentricityAroha Silhouettes and Wwillthebeast! ♥ And a pair of the now infamous glittery ears from Crown & Glory!  ♥

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Japanese Themed Wedding in Brazil: Fernanda & Rodrigo

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Being a fashion designer in Brasil, Fernanda and made her own wedding dress/ She also hand stitched the one’s her bridesmaid’s wore too. Her work is inspired by Japanese culture so that, and her architect husband’s love of clean lines, influenced the theme of the wedding.

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“Rodrigo came up with the whole architectural design of their venue, Fazenda Lageado“, wrote wedding photographer Marília. “He was responsible for creating specific places for the ceremony and the reception (they actually had a whole deck and set of stairs built for their ceremony), as well as designing and picking out materials and furniture used. They wanted everybody to appreciate the natural beauty of the place, so all of their décor was very minimalistic and their dance floor was under a big beautiful tree.”

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Win a Free Ticket to The Blogcademy Mixer in London!

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On Thursday 24th July I’m hosting a networking party for those that hate networking parties. My fellow Blogcademy headmistresses and 75 eager blogger babes will be swapping business cards, making friends, sipping cocktails, nibbling on macaroons and dominating the photo booth all night long! Gala, Shauna and I will also be doing a live Q&A session where we’ll answer as many blogging and business questions as we can live on stage. Finally, you’ll leave at the end of the night with an army of new blogging BFFs and a bulging goodie bag full of treats!

Now what could be better that that?!

The mixer is being held at the glorious The Roost in Dalston, London and goes from 6.30 – 9.30pm. This event is only open to those over 18. Tickets to this one-time extravaganza are priced at $100 (around £60) but today I’m giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets for you and a friend!

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New Orleans Wedding Inspired by Dutch Paintings: Heather & Adam

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Heather and Adam had their wedding at Race and Religious, a old house in New Orleans which is now rented out as a vacation house and quirky event space. Living quite far away from all their family, the wedding was always going to be a semi-destination wedding, and they picked New Orleans because they both just love it so much!

“During the planning process the location of the wedding was the most troublesome since we had to account for both of our families that are scattered all over the country”, explained the bride. “I have always loved New Orleans. For me, it’s a place that can feel so familiar even if you’re not from there. It’s close enough for a lot of our guests to drive to, which was SUPER helpful when carting all of our DIY items, and it’s almost impossible not to have the time of your life in that city.”

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“To keep it intimate and laid back we decided to have the wedding and reception in a vacation rental. We wanted a place our guests could feel at home and let loose in. While searching for vacation rentals I stumbled across Race and Religious. One look at this place and you feel the mystery and whimsy the property embodies. To borrow from Race and Religious, the home ‘is a love song to New Orleans’. And at the risk of sounding extremely sappy that’s exactly what we wanted! We wanted our wedding to be a love song to each other, to our loved ones, and to the city we are forever connected to. ”

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