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Join Me At The Etsy Wedding Fair!

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I love Etsy. You love Etsy. We all bloody love Etsy! So when they got in touch to ask me if I wanted to attend the launch evening of their 2015 wedding fair, and bring 20 readers along with me, I was thrilled!

The Etsy Wedding Fair is taking place at Oui 2 Rooms in London on the weekend of May 16th and 17th, however Etsy have invited me and 20 of you to their exclusive launch event from 5-7.30pm on Thursday 14th! At this preview evening, as well as being the first to see the show, we’ll get some lovely bonus perks including a special discount on all items, free drinks and nibbles, live music, free admission to floral wedding hairpiece workshop and a special gift to go away with!

This is the perfect chance for you to see some of your favourites in person, meet the sellers and maybe even place a custom order! As you know Etsy is the place to buy beautiful, quirky and fun handmade items, so even if you don’t want to buy anything, you’re still going to leave with plenty of awesome ideas for your own big day. In short, this is one wedding event you do not want to miss!

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The event will be showcasing some of Etsy top wedding sellers from all over the UK including We Are ArrowComeuppanceHello Pops of ColourWolf and InkDebbie CarlisleMustard and PeachesMiss Sarah CakeCuriousme DesignHetty RoseGilly GrayMatchimony and The Lovely Drawer.

For your chance to win one of ten pairs of tickets to the launch event on May 14th (and meet me there) simply comment below, telling me what your favourite Etsy shop is. Easy!

You have until next Sunday, 26th April to enter, and winners will be contacted via email within a week of the closing date.

If you aren’t one of the winners for the event on the 14th, the fair is open for the general public on May 16th and 17th. Early Bird tickets cost a teeny tiny £7.50, and once these are sold they will be £12 each. All tickets also include a complimentary drink on arrival.

I CAN’T WAIT!

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Way Up North 2015

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In early December I received an email from Cole and Jakob of Nordica Photography, inviting me to speak at a wedding photography summit that they were putting on in Stockholm this coming October. It took me approximately 3.5 seconds to reply and say “OMG yes! Where do I sign?!”

Sworn to secrecy, I quietly and internally freaked out about travelling to Sweden to speak to a conference of 500 photographers all about blogging for business… but I was excited. Very goddamn excited.

Then, this month, they slowly started to drip feed their social media with the rest of the line up… and my quiet, internal freak-out became a whole lot louder and more vocal.

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10 Ways To Tell If You’re At a Hipster Wedding Fair

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Article by Becky Hoh-Hale

In a world saturated with wedding fairs it can be hard to know which one is right for you. There are even now a whole new breed of  ‘unique’ wedding shows, from alternative to vintage and everything in between, making the choice of which one to visit extra confusing!

Being dubbed the bridal event for hipsters, A Most Curious Wedding Fair is hitting Norwich this Sunday and London on 7-8 March, but what exactly is a hipster wedding fair? This is just a bit of fun, of course, but here is the ten most important things you should check to make sure you’re in the right place!

1. Look around you, do the majority of the visitors and exhibitors have any of the following? 
Male checklist: Beards, man buns (muns!), tattoos? Female checklist: Micro fringe, long bohemian hair, prominent eyebrows, aztec poncho? Unisex checklist: Bobble hats, NHS style glasses?

2. Is it taking place in an industrial warehouse space, on an uber cool London street?
Just to be sure there should be concrete floors, exposed pipes and white-washed brick walls as the backdrop. There should also be colour pop graphics, trendy typography, pineapples and naked bulbs!

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3. Can you sense a ‘theme’ to the styling of the show?
Does it involve Mid-Century furniture, cacti, makrame and/or wicker? Most Curious is themed around Palm Springs this year and will be incorporating all of the above, with plenty of crochet panels and foliage hanging from branches. There are also special installation spaces dedicated to the theme to give you ideas for all aspects of your wedding.

4. Is the in-house cafe service a hipster favourite?
At Most Curious this year the food station is being provided by the now infamous Cereal Killer Cafe! Nothing could be more on trend than nostalgia, particularly from the 80s and 90s, and Cereal Killer Cafe has received notable acclaim for their nod to this with their love of breakfast goods! The poster boys of Hipsterdom will be at the show serving their milky, crunchy goodness and damn good coffee all day long. And they can cater your wedding!

5. Is the show also billed as a ‘shopping experience’?
This year Most Curious is pioneering ‘Shop the Show’, highlighting the cool indie brands and makers who will have accessories, floral goodies, paper goods, sweet treats and décor items for sale on the day. Items will cost between £1 and £50 meaning you won’t have to break the bank either!

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Win a Week’s Worth of Prizes with Flourish & Prosper and a Place at The F&P Wedding Academy!

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One of my favourite things to do is speaking at events. As someone who used to suffer from crippling stage fright (and would avoid public speaking at all costs in school) this has been nothing but a surprise to me, let me tell you! But once you get over the anxiety, it really is super fun!

Which is why I was thrilled when the babes at Flourish and Prosper asked me to be involved their workshop, The Wedding Academy. This is the first business workshop specifically aimed at people in the wedding industry, and I for one can’t wait to attend!

The idea was dreamt up by two wedding industry heavyweights; stylist and editor of the b.loved wedding blog Louise Beukes, and wedding planner Jessie Thomson. Their inaugural one-day workshop is being held on the 1st November at Icetank, in London.

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There will be speakers from all areas of the wedding industry. I’ll be chatting about how you can build a loyal audience of potential clients using your blog and social media, developers Swash and Fold will be discussing SEO, wedding planner Pocketful of Dreams will be covering marketing, and Sweetpea PR are talking about – what else – PR.

Erin from Ward Williams Creative, an expert in accounting for creative businesses, will be showing you simple ways to keep on top of your accounts, while business mentor Jenny Hyde, bridesmaid dress designer Maids to Measure and Emmy Shoes will be sharing business stories, lessons and advice!

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Confetti Explosions at The Blogcademy, Chicago

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A little known fact about me is that I was a huge nerd at school. I think people assume that I must have been one of the rebellious ones, hanging out behind bike sheds and bunking off classes, but actually, I was super well behaved. It wasn’t until I hit 15, discovered rock music and boys that didn’t resemble pre-pubescent gremlins, that I became a bit more of a wild child!

Since then, I’ve pretty much exclusively attracted a more rebellious crowd, and that isn’t just limited to brides that read my wedding content. At The Blogcademy workshops, seemingly wherever we were in the world, the girls in attendance definitely err on the alternative and quirky side.

So you can imagine my surprise when, in Chicago, we were met with the most well behaved class we’ve ever experienced! They actually threw us off a bit at first. They were so quiet and polite I started to worry that they weren’t having a good time. But, after getting to know them all on a one-to-one basis throughout the weekend, I soon came to realise that they weren’t that different to our usual crowd. They were one of the sweetest, kindest bunch of babes we’ve ever had. In actual fact they were a lot more like me than I first realised: eager to learn and just wanting to soak up everything and anything that they could during our time together.

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Many, many, many notes were taken (SO STUDIOUS!)

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“Rusalka” Styled Wedding Shoot

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For the photo shoot at the latest Photography Farm workshop, photographer Lisa Devlin knew she needed to do something big. After all, at the last Farm Gareth and I got married again! After seeing Megan and Grant’s gorgeous wedding on Rock n Roll Bride, and reading how much Megan loves Disney (and just so happens to resemble a certain crimson haired mermaid) the ideas started bubbling away. She wanted to put a different twist on the mermaid idea though and eventually came across the story of Rusalka, from which The Little Mermaid movie was based. Luckily Megan and Grant also loved the idea and we’re thrilled to model for her!

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“Our shoot was based on the Slavic Myth of Rusalkas”, Lisa told me, “Water spirits or mermaids with long red hair, who had to come into the woods for one week each year where they whiled away the time longing for the sea and hanging out by streams and rivers trying to lure young men into the water. Our slight twist is that our Rusalka falls in love with a boy in the woods and decides to stay so she has to make do with the bathtub!”

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