Thursday Treats: Vivienne Westwood and Heading Down Under!

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It’s that time again. It’s the week before I go away on a big Blogcademy trip and I’m trying desperately to write and pre-schedule three week’s worth of blog content before I hit the road. Something weird has happened to me this time though. Usually, I chain myself (metaphorically speaking!) to my desk, and bash them out easily. It takes a long time, sure, but I’m a nerd and I usually always get them all done with a few days to spare.

Yet this time I seem to have been sabotaging myself. I don’t know if it’s the time of year, and wanting to take things sloooow, but I’ve been procrastinating a bit and I ended up booking a lot of things in that took me away from my desk this week.

On Tuesday I was invited to the Vivienne Westwood 2015 press preview at their Davis Street store in London. I have been a MASSIVE Viv fan for years, and in fact the very first thing I ever bought when I earned some money from this blog was one of her necklaces, so it was pretty incredible to be invited into the inner circle.

If you have deep pockets for your wedding dress then you HAVE to go see them. Good God, they are too damn beautiful in real life (of course my photos do not do them justice!) The Princess dress (above) might have just taken the lead as my favourite wedding dress of all time. Can I please just own it to flounce around the house in?

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Before we crack on with the real reason you’re here today (Thursday Treats baby!) I wanted to give you a quick little update to let you know that on Monday I fly out to Australia for the final leg of our 2014 Blogcademy tour.

We’re teaching a class in Sydney on November 29th and 30, in Melbourne on December 3rd and 4th and in Auckland on December 6th and 7th. Yes, it’s going to be a full on trip but I’m so excited to see my babes again and to meet some brand new blogcadettes (by the way, if you’d like to come along, we can totally squeeze in another little one!)

Do you know we’ve taught close to 700 people at this point?! What the hell right? That is a LOT! We’re also planning something BIG which we’ll be launching in the new year. A lot of people have asked for it, and we’ve definitely listened… that’s all I can say for now!

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SO if you need me, I’ll be in a completely different time zone, and in SUMMER! I’m raiding my wardrobe and trying to remember what we wear when it’s not frigid outside.

I’ll see you on the other side!

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Fun-Filled ‘Kids Party’ Wedding: Laura & Tom

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Laura and Tom were married in Liverpool in September. They wanted a fun-filled wedding that everyone would enjoy. That meant ditching many of the traditions that they didn’t like the idea of, and only keeping the parts that they did!

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“When we first sat down to work out what we wanted from our wedding we realised that there were certain aspects of traditional weddings that, as guests, we found boring”, said Laura. “At the end of the day we just wanted to have fun at our wedding! So we skipped out the bits we didn’t like and picked the bits we did. We made a list of all our favourite things in the world and tried to see if we could incorporate them into our day. Most of all we just wanted to make sure that it was relaxed and laid-back, a lot like us.”

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Go Click Click Flash Flash Crazy with Showtime Photo Booth

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Look, it’s no massive secret that I am obsessed with photo booths. It’s a sickness. If I could have one in my house I would (maybe one day!) So when Showtime Photo Booth got in touch to introduce themselves I was more than happy to listen.

The thing I love most about their booths is just how customisable they are. They can create bespoke ‘skins’ to cover the outside to fit your wedding theme. How bad ass is that? They also offer a number of classic skins including this glamorous, retro inspired design.

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Pin Up Wedding in Croatia: Mia & Dražen

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Mia and Dražen were married in Croatia, a country that is used to very traditional weddings. They didn’t want anything traditional for their wedding and so picked a fun red pin up theme.

“In Croatia, weddings usually have a lot of guests and many traditions”, said the bride. “However, we are not fans of the norm, conventions and traditions, so we opted to have a small and intimate wedding with only close friends and family.”

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“Also, brides in Croatia usually have traditional wedding dresses – ball gowns or lace siren dresses and they are almost always completely white. The pin-up scene is not really big here but I love the style so the wedding theme was set in a heartbeat. All details of the wedding were red and white, with black elements and a lot of polka dots. We wanted our day to be relaxed and full of laughter and tears of joy.”

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Stunning Icelandic Pagan Wedding with Lots and Lots of Balloons: Hrefna & Björn

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Is there any landscape more beautiful than Iceland? I’ve never been but Hrefna & Björn’s amazing wedding is really making me want to! Their stunning wedding photographs by Nordica Photography and Fer Juaristi might just be some of the most breathtaking I’ve ever seen. And don’t even get me started on all those balloons. Epic!

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“We didn’t want a traditional wedding”, they began. “We just wanted to have a big party for all our friends and closest family. We got GUS GUS, the most popular dance music band here in Iceland, as a surprise for our guests at the wedding. After the band, the DJs played until morning. We also had light bacon and egg brunch for everybody the day after, before they have to drive back to Reykjavík.”

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Colourful, Toy Box Inspired Wedding: Elena & Paul

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Oh Elena and Paul’s wedding makes me so incredibly happy! Her vintage yellow wedding dress, those home made wooden flowers, the beautiful ceremony arch, that Californian sunshine… it’s just all so glorious!

The couple met at college when they were both studying toy design. They both now work for toy companies so I’m sure you can see where their wedding inspiration came from!

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“Both of us are artists and we wanted to do something that reflected our personalities and lifestyle”, wrote Elena. “We wanted to celebrate our love using bright colors and crafty designs. Were were inspired by Scandinavian folk art and vintage fashion. In fact, we avoided the use of the color black, instead choosing brown to keep the atmosphere softer and folkier!”

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