A Relaxed Wedding in a Former Prison Wing

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Adam and Mike’s wedding was the first legal ceremony to be held at Lancaster Castle. The ceremony was originally supposed to be at the registrar’s office, but when their reception venue contacted them two months before the wedding to tell them they could now perform ceremonies too, they jumped at the chance to be the first ever couple to be married there.

Their after party location was A-Wing, the former prison wing of the castle which was pretty unique! They didn’t really want a theme or anything complicated, they just wanted their day to bring their friends and families together and for everyone to have a great time.

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“There was no specific inspiration for our wedding, other than bringing everyone together for a big party”, Adam said. “Our biggest issue was finding somewhere big enough for all our friends and family in Lancaster. We had originally been looking for venues for us to have a joint party for our ‘big’ birthdays, as they are a few days apart. Then I proposed to Mike midnight on New Year’s Eve, so we decided to scrap the birthdays and plan a relaxed fun wedding, with an amazing party instead! The wedding was relaxed and Informal. It wasn’t just a wedding it was a party and celebration. We had some traditional elements, but we mostly wanted to do things our own way.”

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Win Your Dream Wedding Worth £40,000 With confetti.co.uk!!

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Planning a budget -friendly, DIY wedding might be awesome fun, but I’m sure you’ve all daydreamed about what you might do if money was no object. Well that fantasy is about to become a reality for one incredibly lucky reader because confetti.co.uk is giving away an ENTIRE WEDDING worth up to 40,000!!!

One engaged couple will win literally everything they could possibly need or want for their wedding. The reception venue… a designer wedding dress… bridesmaid outfits… the wedding rings… the stationery… the décor… the favours… the hen and stag dos… everything is included! They’re even throwing in a pre-wedding pampering spa trip, a one year anniversary mini break and a luxury honeymoon to Cyprus!!

Hold onto your knickers girls, this mammoth prize includes:

♥ A reception venue courtesy of Big Chief Tipi
♥ Wedding photography courtesy of Jenny Martin Photography
♥ Discounted wedding photography courtesy of Portobello Picture Co
♥ A boudoir photography session courtesy of Divine Divas
♥ Videography courtesy of Shoot it Yourself
♥ A photo booth courtesy of Picture Blast
♥ A wedding dress courtesy of Eternity Bridal
♥ Bridal make up courtesy of Made Up Makeup and Beauty
♥ Bridal headwear courtesy of Cata Vassalo
♥ Bridal lingerie courtesy of StephieAnn Design
♥ A fabric flower bouquet courtesy of Daphne Rosa
♥ Bridal shoes courtesy of Crystal Bridal Accessories
♥ Bridesmaid dresses courtesy of Alexia Designs
♥ Bridesmaid jewellery courtesy of Tigerlily Jewellery
♥ Flower Girl Dress courtesy of Poppy England
♥ Groom and usher suits courtesy of Stephen Bishop Suiting
♥ Reception entertainment courtesy of Warble Entertainment
♥ A spa break and beauty package for two courtesy of Ardencote Manor
♥ An all expenses paid honeymoon Cyprus courtesy of Kanika Hotels
♥ Caviar courtesy of Kings Fine Food
♥ A wedding album courtesy of Illustries
♥ Transportation courtesy of Transformer Cars
♥ Bridal dressing advice courtesy of Bridal Dressing by Angela
♥ Wedding stationery, a veil, wedding favours, ceremony accessories, table and venue decor, and venue styling courtesy of confetti.co.uk
♥ Thank you flowers for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom
♥ Wedding caricature entertainment courtesy of The Wedding Artist
♥ Three photo scarves courtesy of My Story Gifts
♥ A wedding celebration recipe book courtesy of Recipe Gift Book
♥ Speech writing services courtesy of Great Speech Writing
♥ Four male shaving hampers courtesy of Dalit Goods Co.
♥ A doodle duvet and pens bundle courtesy of Eat Sleep Doodle
♥ Wedding dress storage courtesy of Empty Box Company
♥ A bridal coaching hen party courtesy of The Bridal Coach
♥ Hen party courtesy of GoHen
♥ Stag party courtesy of StagWeb
♥ Silk flowers courtesy of Petals Polly
♥ Live band courtesy of earcandy
♥ Wedding bands courtesy of Beaverbrooks
♥ Wedding coordination courtesy of Black Pearl Weddings
♥ First anniversary short break courtesy of SuperBreak
♥ Mobile bar courtesy of Mambo Mobile Bars
♥ Table top love letter lights courtesy of The White Bulb
♥ A bespoke wedding memory book courtesy of Memeoirs
♥ Macaron favours courtesy of Anyonita Nibbles

PHEW! Talk about the prize pack of a LIFETIME!

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Thursday Treats: London to Marrakesh to Rome to Florence!

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London to Marrakesh to Rome to Florence. It’s been a busy few weeks of fun and adventure and even though our luggage got lost on the way back to London and I still don’t have it back (grr!) I couldn’t have had a better time if I tried! If you’ve been considering Morocco or Italy as honeymoon destinations you have to do it. I’ll be sharing all my top tips, including where we stayed, shopped, ate and visited, for both places really soon.

Taking a two weeks out when I have so much going on work-wise right now might have been a bit daunting (read: it was VERY daunting) but I’m so glad I did it. Work can always be caught up on, life can not!

I actually took a major break from being online while we were away too. I hardly replied to any emails and I pre-scheduled all my blog posts so I didn’t have to do anything pressing. I took the opportunity to soak up unfamiliar cities, to lie by pools, to take thousands of photos, to buy questionable gifts and to eat and drink nearly everything in sight – it was glorious! And I got to do it all with two of my very best friends. How lucky am I?

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Marrakesh really is as vibrant and colourful as you’d expect…

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And Italy is just as magical!

I’m back in the UK now and I’ve hit the ground running! Shauna and I are working full steam ahead on the magazine design for the next issue. We have some surprises up our sleeves too, I can’t wait for you all to see it! Remember, if you’d like to pre-order a copy you can do so right now. It costs £4.99 (including free postage if you’re in the UK) and we ship worldwide.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

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Citrus wedding inspiration
♥ DIY wedding fringe backdrop
♥ Golden hour wedding inspiration
Happy pink wedding ideas
Abandoned warehouse wedding in Spain
Flower heavy Sunshine Coast wedding
♥ An INCREDIBLE pink wedding dress and a wedding at the Madonna Inn

MADONNA INN WEDDING

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Intimate Doctor Who Wedding

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Sean and Kath were married in Maidstone, Kent. The biggest influence for their wedding was their mutual love of Doctor Who! Kath wore a dalek belt made for her by The Couture Company (who also made her stunning dress and headpiece), and their cake had a Tardis on top!

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“Doctor Who was the main influence for our wedding, though we did try to keep it a bit tongue-in-cheek”, Kath explained. “I knitted various projects throughout the wedding planning but they had absolutely nothing to do with the wedding and everything to do with my lack of an attention span!”

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Make Your Own Wedding Rings at Oldfield Forge Academy

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There is something so special about DIY weddings. Even if the final results aren’t as perfect as they might be if the couple had booked a professional, to me, DIY weddings are always way more amazing because of those extra personal touches.

Having a DIY wedding means you’re thinking about more than just that one day. The projects you do not only put your own stamp on your wedding, but they make this special occasion even more memorable. You’re putting a little piece of the two of you into everything you create. That’s priceless.

So you’re making your own décor, baking a cake, and picking and arranging the flowers… But what about the one thing you’ll wear forever, your wedding rings? Have you considered making those too?

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Based in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside, blacksmiths Nicky and Arron launched Oldfield Forge Academy in 2013. They now offer various courses, including one where couples can learn to make each other’s wedding rings! How would you like to escape the stresses of wedding planning and have a romantic trip away where you also get to design and make your very own rings?!

The best part is that the wedding rings package can be tailored to meet your own needs. This is not just a case of rocking up and making some rings, you can add on extra fun activities to your trip including ale tasting, river trips, picnics in the woods or evening dinner at one of the local pubs. They even offer luxury accommodation in a nearby cottage if you’d like to make a weekend of it!

The cost of a ring making course is just £174 per couple for a five hour lesson and two rings made of mild iron/ steel (which will be treated to be protected from rusting). The price also includes a bottle of bubbly to celebrate with when you’re done and a delicious lunch. Your experienced blacksmith teacher will guide you the whole way through from designing to forging, and will help you create your very own uniquely personal, one-of-a-kind rings. They will teach you a wide range of techniques and you can even etch your own message onto them if you like!

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Laid-Back London Wedding

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Blake and Ellen wanted their wedding to be as laid back as possible for their guests and themselves. They had their ceremony in a reconsecrated church and their reception at 06 St Chad’s Place in Kings Cross.

“The main idea for our wedding was to have it relaxed”, the bride explained. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time and for us not to be stressed out or worried about anything but still not lose some of the traditions. For example we had our ceremony in a church but as it was reconsecrated we could have drinks and nibbles when people arrived. It was a fun start and everyone was in a good mood right from the beginning.”

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“We also thought it would be fun, even though we were having a civil ceremony, to have some ‘hymns’, but instead of religious ones we had a couple of our favourite classic sing-alongs including Mandy by Barry Manilow and I love you baby by Frankie Valli. We didn’t know how it would go down with the congregation but everyone joined in and it was a particular highlight. it was such an unforgettable moment when everyone came together and it was the perfect start to the perfect day. It also put us both right at ease and settled our nerves and it really was the catalyst for everyone to get into the spirit and just have a great day.”

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