Thursday Treats: #IOWWANKERS

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Last weekend I packed up my hot pink suitcase, hopped in the car with Ronnie and Craig and drove down to Southampton to get the Ferry to the Isle of Wight! Alongside Sophie and Gareth (my Gareth was at home on kitty watch/ a DIY mission) we spent the weekend in The Scout Hall, an amazing converted – you guessed it – scout hut, pretty much in the middle of nowhere! It. Was. Amazing.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, #IOWWANKERS was our truly hilarious Instagram hashtag for the weekend. Aren’t we a hoot!?

I’ve never been to the Isle of Wight before, but we picked it for a little getaway because we wanted somewhere remote, and completely away from our everyday lives. Some of you might remember that our beautiful friend Jo passed away last February, and as awful as that was, the whole situation really shook us into action and made it realise how important it is to make time for your friends. Even when everyone is stupidly busy, it’s so vital. In fact I think it’s more crucial to do it when you’re busy. It can be so easy to assume that everyone knows how much you care about them, but unless you show and tell them, they might not.

So we did just that. We played board games, watched all three Back to the Future movies (my idea of heaven!), drank wine, cried a little, laughed a lot, took photos of the sunset, went for 2am walks in the pitch black, meandered down the beach and played mini golf on Sandown Pier. It was the perfect weekend away. So perfect in fact that I didn’t turn my laptop on once!!

I also made a little video. It’s silly and pointless, but I love it.

Today, I’d love to encourage you to plan that trip with your friends. The one you’ve been talking about for ages but have never found the time for. There is always time. Even if it’s just one night, one afternoon, one hour… please, make the time for your friends.

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Laid Back, Stylish & Fun-Filled Brighton Wedding: Michael & Gordon

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Michael and Gordon were married in Brighton. This super stylish pair both wore two amazing outfits each – Michael’s both from Burberry and Gordon’s, Reiss. They wanted their wedding to be laid back and fun for their guests and themselves. They had just 40 people there and did things that made them really happy. That included funfair rides at the end of Brighton Pier and a romantic sky message!

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“Our Inspiration for our wedding were our friends and family”, wrote Michael. “They are incredibly important to us. We wanted an intimate, fun filled day full of treats and heartfelt surprises. I guess our day was unique in many ways. We hired Drakes Hotel exclusively for our civil partnership. We had 40 guests all staying in the 20 amazing rooms. We covered the costs of the rooms and put welcome bags full of goodies in each room with an itinerary attached to it! We were there the morning of the big day greeting our guests while they were checking in, it was so lovely knowing they were checking in not really knowing how the day would unfold.”

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The Roost: London’s Coolest Wedding Venue

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The Roost is probably one of London’s coolest event spaces… and I don’t say that lightly! I was lucky enough to visit and experience it myself at The Blogcademy’s recent party, and I figured it would be a crime against alternative weddings to keep it to myself! If you’re having an unconventional wedding in our nation’s capital then you HAVE to consider The Roost as your venue!

Located in trendy Dalston, the four floor converted Victorian pub is decorated in a really fun, eclectic way with statement wallpaper, vintage furniture, quirky props and unique artwork. They also love to give their couples complete creative freedom when it comes to decorating the place with their own props too!

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Rustic and Autumnal Farm Wedding: Christina & Tamsen

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Christina and Tamsen were married at Spring Hills Farm in Dalton, PA last October. They wanted their day to have a laid back, rustic feel and to fit in with the gorgeous, Autumnal nature around them.

“The inspiration for our wedding was nature and romance”, they began. “We put a lot of love into making a great party for us and our family and friends. We got a lot of comments on the animal dance party… masks were hung in the tent by the DJ area and after the reception everyone grabbed a different animal mask and started dancing. It was a riot and everyone had a lot of fun with it.”

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“Almost the entire wedding was DIY. At the ceremony site we hung mason jars with twine from tree branches and put tea lights inside for a backdrop. Other decorations included bunting which was made from floral bedsheets that we tea-stained, cut into triangles and sewed together. The paper pouch circles were pages from old books sewed together, and the paper flag bunting was made from wallpaper samples! We thrifted beautiful vintage handkerchiefs, made tiny envelopes for them to go in and set them on a table leading into the ceremony for weepy guests to take.”

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Budget Friendly Day of the Dead Wedding: Ross & Amy

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Ross and Amy met at Download Festival in 2009, so obviously their wedding was going to be pretty Rock n Roll! They had just £4000 to spend, but that didn’t stop them planning a wedding that was beautiful. meaningful and fun for their guests.

“My grandma was always the main event at family parties but she passed away a few years ago”, began the bride. “I love that Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrates the life of people that have passed instead of mourning them. Ross had also lost his granddad around the same time so we thought this would be a good theme for our wedding.”

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“i made all the small skulls and painted the pots for the centrepiece”, she continued. “We set the room up ourselves and the masks and the sugar skull pictures were made by my best friend. Our whole day was awesome but I’ll never forget watching my Dad dancing to Limp Bizkit and the dance off between my bridesmaid Lucy and our good friend Mark!”

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Rainbow & Pride Wedding in Scotland: Lita & Carol

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After waiting 16 years to be allowed to legally married, Lita and Carol were ready for one hell of a celebration! They wanted to use their wedding to celebrate them, but also love – in all forms.

“We waited so long  to be allowed to legally marry!” began the girls. “So we were so excited to finally be able to do it. We love the island of Jura, off the coast of Scotland, and wanted a wedding at dawn on the beach. However our professionals and others were held up because of Hurricane Bertha, so we started in the afternoon rather than the morning, and compressed a full days worth of activities into half a day.”

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“We wanted a beautiful rainy weather option for our ceremony which is why we hired the tipis from Highland Tipis, we ended up having the ceremony in them so we’re glad we did! They were very good and ensured that we were safe from the gusting winds.”

“In terms of décor, we had hand painted lots of jars and bottles and put these around with candles and flowers in”, they continued. “We had lots of rustic candle holders dotted around, as well as second-hand saris weaving around the tipi walls. We wanted to recreate an authentic ‘love is happening’ feel to both tipis. We are both nearly 60 years old and so we wanted to share the ‘all you need is love’ experience of the 60s and 70s with our guests, some of whom, were too young to have been there first time around!”

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