Science and History Themed Museum Wedding: David & David

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David and David met online in 2006. They chatted for a few days and then had their first date at a local tapas restaurant. They both studied at the University of Manchester, so they chose the Museum at the university for their wedding venue. It is an amazing Victorian gothic building, and whilst they didn’t really want a ‘theme’ per-se, there was definitely a scientific and national history thread running throughout the celebration.

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“The venue was the inspiration”, they began. “We had some great spaces to fill – not to mention a T Rex threatening to upstage us during the ceremony – so we placed a big emphasis on using lighting to set the scene and add ambiance during our reception. A real highlight was the use of dry ice in our table centrepieces – a great effect which surprised our guests.”

“Fortunately the whole thing went off very well – no disasters! The readings during our ceremony were all excellent, but our friend Judith really stood out with her reading of ‘Us Two’ by A. A. Milne. It was nice to be told by guests who were recently married that our day was better than their own weddings!”

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: 10 Essentials for a Long Haul Flight

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If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from doing so much travel, its that packing the right things can make or break the flight. Even the longest journey in cramped economy can be much more bearable if you go into it prepared. I wouldn’t dream of hopping onto a plane without any of these things now!

1. Headphones. The more noise cancelling the better! Screaming children, clattering trolleys and general aeroplane commotion can make even the most serene of travellers have a meltdown. Gareth has these Bose QuietComfort headphones and the more I travel the more I think I need to invest in a pair too. But whatever headphones you have, bring them. Goodness knows they’re probably going to be better than the crappy ones they give you on the plane!

2 A good hydrating moisturiser. Finding the best one has actually become a bit of an obsession for me! I bought this Clarins HydraQuench recently and its definitely the current front-runner. They also do a mask in the same range which would be great as a post-flight treat for your skin.

I adore this Hydraluron Moisture Booster stuff too. I wasn’t convinced when I first tried it, but a couple of days in and I was completely converted. It makes my normal-dry skin soft, smooth and just generally lovely.

I also just nabbed myself a Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hydra-Pure Smart Spray to try the next time I fly. It looks great because you can actually use it on top of make up! See, I told you it was an obsession. Dry aeroplane skin is the worst!

3. I am 100% fanatical about Dr. Bronner’s Castile SoapThis shit is actually amazing. You can use it for everything from washing your face and body, to cleaning your clothes, washing your hair, and even cleaning your teeth! Now, instead of packing a million different products when I go away this is pretty much all I need (although in all honestly I haven’t quite been brave enough to try the teeth cleaning yet!) I like the peppermint one, although to be fair it’s the only scent I’ve tried so far. Remember to grab yourself a 2oz travel sized one if you’re going to bring it on the plane with you.

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Retro Day After Photo Session at Home: Chelsea & Randy

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Chelsea and Randy eloped and so didn’t have professional photographs taken. But they wanted something to remember this special time in their lives so they booked Joan and Jon of BellowBlue Photography for a photo session that completely optimised them. This was not a styled shoot, it took place at their own home, decked out in all it’s retro finery. They used their own car that they drive every day. The barber shop is where Randy works.

Chelsea had her wedding dress custom made by a close friend. She also did her own hair and make up and wore her own cat eye glasses. She bought them on eBay and they are 1950s vintage.

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“Before Randy and I met, I had seen him play his upright bass at a few local shows and I was totally captivated by him”, began Chelsea. “He is the best upright slap bass player that I have ever seen. I finally got the chance to meet him at a mutual friends house in the summer of 2011. He showed up with a washtub bass that he had made himself. That night he also played clawhammer banjo and I was just blown away, I thought ‘I want to hang out with this guy more!’.”

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Roadkill Taxidermy Wedding Shoot

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Who knew roadkill could be quite so glamorous?! Put together by photographer Lucy Davenport and taxidermist Eaton Nott, this elegant and editorial wedding shoot really caught my eye when it landed it my inbox.

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“I wanted to create a shoot that was beautiful, yet alternative”, wrote Lucy. “I wanted to create images that the viewer would look at and think was a beautiful shot, then look closer and see the alternative wardrobe we’d used. I want people to be inquisitive about the images and what they show.”

“Taxidermy is a very niche industry, I approached Jess Eaton at Eaton Nott, one of the UK’s finest. We were so lucky to have her on board and allow us the freedom to use the pieces and interpret them in our own way.”

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Welsh Rugby and Rock n Roll Wedding: Ange & Glen

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Ange and Glen’s wedding day started with an intimate ceremony with just 25 guests at Cardiff City Hall. They then moved on to The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for a Wales vs Argentina rugby match! The day concluded with a massive party blow out in a marquee in the back garden of the pub where they had their first date.

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“We are totally and utterly the kind of couple that Rock n Roll Bride is all about”, Ange began. “We’re not traditional in the slightest, we kind of like to be a bit different, we’re both a bit silly and a bit risqué, and we are head over heels in love! We’ve both been married before and we succumbed to the traditional, hearts and flowers, big white wedding thing then. It was totally wrong for both of us too. We found each other though, and in doing so, we have also found ourselves. Neither of us knew who we were truly until we came together – we’ve allowed the other to truly grow and become the real us.”

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DIY Tutorial: Glitter Gel Manicure

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I’m slightly obsessed with gel manicures. I find nothing more annoying than nail varnish that chips the first time I wear it, so I love that gels last up to 4 weeks and without damaging your nails underneath. However getting them done professionally all the time can be really blooming expensive. After realising what a dent in my bank balance my love affair was having, I decided to see if there was a DIY option. And so I uncovered a brand new obsession.

Unfortunately I quickly found out that the gel brands used by the professionals (Gelish, Shellac etc) aren’t available for purchase by us mere mortals. Everywhere I looked you needed a trade card to be allowed to buy them. BOO to that!

Refusing to be beaten I kept on searching high and low, and I think that I’ve now not only finally uncovered my perfect formula, but I’ve figured out how to do a DIY glitter manicure too! Even the professional manicurist I went too didn’t have glitter options with as much coverage as this method gave me.

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The first thing that you’ll need is a UV LED lamp, which cures (hardens) the gel. I did a little test to see if it was possible to do it without one and it’s just not. I left some gel polish on a piece of paper and 24 hours later it was still sticky.

I bought the SensatioNAIL Starter Set from Boots. It comes with the lamp, nail primer, cleanser, base and top coat, and your choice of colour polish. While the lamp does the trick I was disappointed with the colours available. I bought ‘Rose’ which was the brightest pink they had in stock but the results were baby pink, almost nude finish nails. That simply would not do! I also found the top coat to not be very effective. The first time I did it my nails started to peel within 2 – 3 days.

The starter set costs £69.99, which may seem like a lot initially, but when consider that getting them done professionally costs upward of £30, it pays for itself after just a few uses.

In terms of the colours, Bluesky is the best non-professional brand I’ve found so far. You can buy them on Amazon, they’re only £5 a pop and there are literally hundreds of colours to choose from. There are so many in fact that it’s a little overwhelming. The one I’m using in this tutorial is Neon Cherise, a super hot neon pink. Love it!

OK, so enough gassing, on with the tutorial!

Supplies Needed

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♥ UV LED lamp
♥ Gel nail primer
♥ Gel nail cleanser
♥ Gel base coat and top coat
♥ Gel polish colour of your choice
♥ Pot of glitter, mine was from Hobbycraft
♥ Tissue/ cotton pads
♥ Orange stick
♥ Nail file

Method

Step one: Trim and file your nails to the desired length. Prep the nails by wiping with the gel cleanser and then apply a thin coat of the pre-gel primer. Leave to air dry for 30 seconds.

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