When blog land favourite, Amelia Lyon, posted Sam & Nikki’s amazing looking wedding on her blog yesterday I was sure some other, high flying, blogger would have snapped them up for a feature. Never one to give up without a fight, I emailed Amelia on the off-chance they were available…and guess who got lucky?!

Sam is actually Amelia’s cousin. He married his sweetheart in January and luckily for us Amelia was first on hand to take these amazing shots. Nikki wore her Grandmother’s dress (sweet) and stunning cobalt blue shoes from DSW.

Be sure to check out their amazing love story/ same day edit video by Shade Tree Films after the ‘jump’!


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Chic, Intimate, Library Wedding

I am literally dying over Steve and Caitlin’s personal, intimate wedding.  The wedding took place at The Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, Illinois, which at one point, used to be the Elmhurst Library. Steve & Caitlin drew from this (and their love of books) for some of
the detail themes. They made library catalogue cards as their escort cards and each table was named after a different book. They had old photos of their families going back generations scattered throughout the mansion, and also had a room full of antique
games for guests to play.

They decided to save money was by creating their own bouquets and they actually used fake flowers! Caitlin’s dress was from J.Crew and the bridesmaids each chose their own black dress.


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Art Deco Inspired Fashion Shoot

This Art Deco bridal shoot took place at Eltham Palace in London. The fabulous dresses including  Valerie’ by Sarah Arnett, ‘Kristine’ by Claire Pettibone and two dresses by Olivia Couture were provided by Blackburn Bridal and were all chosen to reflect the Art Deco nature of the building and the shoot. The flowers were sent by  Veevers Carter. Photographer Sarah wanted to tell me all about her vision.

There were a few motivations for the shoot. I wanted to show off the Art Deco design of the Eltham Palace and I felt that our model, Victoria’s look really encapsulated the decadent spirit of the 1920’s which was perfect. The dresses were also chosen according to the venue with the exception of the the Olivia Couture swirl dress which was shot in an Italian style room adjacent to the iconic circular entrance hall. The soft, vintage styled bouquet worked well with all the dresses and the final shots with the black bobbed wig were an unashamed homage to Louise Brooks, the Art Deco pin up herself!”



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Sugabilly Bridal

There’s a little bit of a story behind the finding of this fabulous shoot and I thought in sharing it’s gorgeousness I could also explain how it came to land in my inbox.

As many of you know, my husband Gareth is an IT wizz and works from home. As sad as it may be, we love to watch Working Lunch together when I’m not at ‘the day job’. One such afternoon there was a feature on Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation who works with 5-9 ers – ie people who are mad like me, work a full time job and run their own business from home too. So Gareth turns to me and says “You should drop her an email” and so I did.  Making this connection has been fabulous for me as not only have I been featured on her site, am being used a case study in her upcoming book (hell to the yeah!) but she sends me regular updates on awesome other 5-9 ers that she thinks I need to know.  LeKeux Events was one of these companies. As soon as I landed on their website I knew we’d be a perfect match and after speaking to Lyndsey over email it turned out that she already reads my blog!

Sugabilly LeKeux Events9

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Floral Punk Rocker Bride

Lizz & Will tied the knot at Houston Mill House in Atlanta, GA. The wedding had a great floral, spring-like feel but with touches of punk rock throughout – just the way I like it! Lizz found her dress at Bridals by Elena in Glen Burnie MD. isn’t it beautiful? Lizz told me

“I had done some dress shopping for about a month, and nothing seemed to STAND OUT. Until I walked into Elena’s.  I had about 4 dresses I wanted to try on and was on my way to the fitting room when I saw my dress on a Mannequin.  I instantly knew that was my dress.  It was the first one I tried on and it was the last.  Later that day I found the perfect shoes I was looking for, and when Elena saw them she thought it would be a spunky idea to die them the color of the purple sash on my dress.  I was a great experience, and Elena and her daughter are amazing seamstresses”


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Tiffany & Mitch’s rocker wedding was captured by newcomer to the photography scene Jason Grover. The pair love music and I think Jason perfectly captured that in their day!


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