Pretty Pastel Artist’s Garden Wedding

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Did you ever see a wedding as pretty as this one?! From the paper poms, the delicate blooms, the pastel crockery and the flamingos, prepare to lose your shit just a little bit…

Monika and Mike were married in the Hazelbrook Gardens in the Blue Mountains, Australia. The bride wore a vintage dress, which she found in her friend’s attic!

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I am an artist and so wanted our wedding to reflect the style and palette of my work, said the bride. “I paint in a delicate and restricted pastel palette of translucent watercolours, and one of my main painting series’ was titled of lace and moss. It depicted delicate girls dressed in pastel silks with flowers in their hair, reclining in mansions lost in the woods, with vines and ivy creeping through abandoned windows.”

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Thursday Treats: LA or Bust!

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Hey beautiful! This update comes to you from a very sunny, very lovely Venice Beach. Try not to hate me too much, I am here working – I promise!

This weekend sees the first live Blogcademy workshop of the year and I can’t wait. We’ve got a cute venue, some awesome décor items (perfect for Instagrammin’) from Touch of Magic and 20 eager beavers ready to learn all about blogging. If you’re a bit of a last minute Larry and you’d like to come along we can still fit you in. This is our only US class until September so if you’re considering learning with us in-person, hop to it.

This week has been a BUSY one. I’ve been here there and everywhere (not to mention flying across the world!) so this week’s Thursday Treats is a bit on the lighter side. But everything in here is worth a click so I hope you enjoy it regardless!

Have a great weekend everyone. I love you all endlessly.

Weddings & Weddingy Things

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1950s Zombie Wedding!

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If you came to this blog today looking for some pretty or elegant wedding inspiration then you’re going to be sorely disappointed. For everyone else I have just two words for you – ZOMBIE WEDDING.

I’ve seen a ton of zombie wedding shoots in my time (they’ve actually been a pretty common occurrence in my inbox over the past few years) but I think this is the first time I’ve seen a fully themed real wedding with theatre make up, fake blood and all! It’s definitely not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but one thing’s for sure – Frankie and Phil look really bloody (excuse the pun!) happy and, really, that’s all that matters!

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“Anyone who has met us knew that it wouldn’t be a straight forward normal wedding”, the bride told me. “We both have a love for zombies and decided that it was the route we wanted to go. Normally when the blushing bride walks into the room there are looks in awe, instead at our wedding guests jaws dropped as a blood covered bride came walking down the aisle!”

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Stress-Free Wedding Planning with World of Wedmin!

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If you’re reading this it is very likely that you’re planning a wedding in the near future. Well, I don’t know about you, but when I organised my own big day, one of the most frustrating things was enquiring to tons of wedding suppliers either to not hear back, or to get a message weeks later only to be told they were already booked. “There must be an easier way!” I muttered on many occasions.

Well now, my friends, there is!  Launched in late 2013, World of Wedmin is as the result of founder Robin Weil’s experience in the wedding industry as a supplier. Also running a music agency, he similarly became increasingly frustrated at how much time he witnessed couples wasting by calling up suppliers who are unavailable, out of their budget or didn’t cover their area. World of Wedmin is designed to address this issue and provide a more efficient and stress-free planning experience for the busy bride and groom. Suppliers are listed by location, price and availability so you won’t end up wasting time contacting people who don’t fit your criteria.

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Brightly Coloured Indie Pop Italian Wedding

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Not wanting a super formal, traditional Italian wedding, Licia and Matteo decided that they wanted their day to be low key and fun. They also didn’t want to spent a lot of money so the bride bought her amazing dress from the Concious range at H&M and most of their décor items came from Etsy.

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“In Italy, weddings tend to be very formal and this was very scary for us”, said the bride. “We actually did think about eloping for a while! However eventually we decided that we really wanted a fun wedding day, with your friends and family, that could match our personalities. We tried to not panic and focused on what was important for us.”

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How to Ensure Your Wedding Make Up Lasts All Day

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If you’re doing your own wedding day make up, it’s worth taking some time to not only practice what you’re going to do, but invest in some really great products and tools.

While this article could be one of the longest I’ve ever written, I decided to keep it as simple as possible. After all, you only have to Google “make your make up last all day” and you’ll be presented with quite the rabbit-hole of guides and reviews on what products to use.

For me, it’s never really been about the actual products themselves though. Sure, some are way better than others and I certainly have my favourites, but for me, finding my make up mojo has really been about getting the techniques spot on.

Get your skin in it’s best shape

First things first, you have to take care of your skin. Whether you want to invest in fancy creams and treatments or not, having some kind of routine is super important. Even if it’s as simple and taking your make up off properly at night and slapping on a hydrating moisturiser, that’s better than relying on face wipes (which are apparently terrible for your skin – sob) and sleeping with yesterday’s mascara smeared down your face.

If your skin isn’t cared for, depending on your skin type, any make up you apply with either slip right off, or look caked on. I have dry skin and when I slack on my skincare routine, my foundation oxidises on my face, sits on the surface and clogs up my pores. Delightful.

I personally am I bit of a moisturiser floozy. I’m yet to find one I am completely devoted too but right now I’m using Dior Hydra Life and it’s pretty decent. At night time I also slather my face in glycolic serum which is apparently good for improving skin texture and evening the complexion. I also use No. 7 Perfect and Protect serum during the day which I adore. Oh, and by the way, I take my make up off with Coconut Oil! It’s cheap, plentiful and works a treat!

Having a round of pre-wedding salon treatments or facials might seem like an over indulgence, but my skin always feels a million times better, and my make up goes on like a dream, after I’ve had one. If I was a millionaire I’d totally be having facials at least once a month!

Invest in the right tools

The tools you use to put your make up on can make or break the result. While there are some great, cheap brushes and sponge options out there, for me, nothing can come close to the results you get with a Beauty Blender. I use mine to apply my foundation, concealer and powder and I bloody love it.

While £15 for a sponge might seem like a lot, but there really is nothing else that compares to the finish it gives. Even the cheaper but similar knocks off’s pale in comparison. Kandee Johnson did a great video about using a Beauty Blender and if you’re not already a convert, you definitely will be after watching it!

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