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My One Wedding Day Regret…(Don’t Make it Yours!)

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Looking back at my own wedding day, there’s only one thing missing. The day was, for all intents and purposes, completely perfect, and while there might be a few stylistic things we’d do differently now, the day went off without a hitch.

My only real regret about our wedding is that we didn’t have a videographer. As the memories of that amazing day started to fade, I wished there was some footage I could look back on to relive those precious and fleeting moments. Unfortunately it just wasn’t in our budget. However, if we’d known of a company like this one, who offer photo AND video packages, things might be very different.

This one one specifically for my Canadian readers (holla!) If you’re still looking for a photographer and/or videographer for your wedding, then why not book a company who can do both?! Toronto wedding photographer‘s Focus Productions offer photo and video packages so there’s no need to fuss about looking elsewhere!

Their team of talented photographers and film makers are available to shoot weddings all over Canada (and beyond, they do also do the odd destination wedding!) and pride themselves on their easy going and non-invasive style. If you’re nervous about being on camera, or worried they might get in the way, you needn’t! These guys have been in the business for five years, so they really know their stuff.

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The Wedding Garter: Outdated Tradition or Sexy Addition to Your Wedding Day Look?

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Garters first came into fashion in the 1930s. Traditionally they were used to hold up stockings, and later as sneaky places for women to hide untoward things (like flasks of whiskey!) or small valuables, instead of carrying a purse. These days it’s more of an obscure wedding tradition, the removal and tossing of which allegedly symbolises the deflowering of the bride. Others prefer to believe in the superstition that taking a piece of the bride’s clothing will bring good luck.

Whatever your opinion on the polarising ‘garter toss’, wearing something beautiful, silky and a little bit sexy under your wedding dress is something that I love the idea of. While I had no clue why I should be wearing one myself (the thought to research said tradition obviously never occurred to me!) I wore a black silk one with a massive bow on it for my own wedding, ooh la la! Needless to say, Gareth approved.

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If you’re looking for a garter for your own wedding, then you should call off the search party because The Wedding Garter Co. are the place to get gartered-up! They pride themselves on their handmade and beautiful pieces made right here in the UK. They work in lace, silk and tulle and every single bead, crystal and pearl you see on their items has been sewn by hand in their workshop near Bath.

They sell their items direct to their customers via their own online boutique. The garters range from £45-£98, and include free delivery to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union!

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Win Jewellery Worth over £500 with Links of London!

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I’ve never been much of an expensive jewellery type. It’s not that I don’t love it, I just can’t afford to splash out, as much as I might want to! If you too have been drooling over all the pretties in the window of your local jewellery store from afar, then covet no longer. Today I’ve teamed up with Links of London to give one lucky reader four stunning pieces of jewellery worth over £500!

“The story of Links of London begins in 1990 with a request for a bespoke pair of fish-shaped cufflinks”, they say. “Almost 25 years later, the brand has become synonymous for quality craftsmanship and timeless style. Capturing the wit, spirit and heart of London, Links of London collections offer the full range of women’s and men’s jewellery, watches, gifts and accessories. Having established a loyal following, every new season promises connoisseurs fresh and intricate designs, fashion-forward colours and statement pieces unrivalled in elegance and sophistication.”

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Win Your Wedding Photography with We Heart Pictures

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, hopefully you’ll realise just how passionate I am about investing in really great wedding photographs. The beautiful imagery on this site doesn’t just appear out of thin air after all! However I am also acutely aware that the expense of it can be too much for some of you. Which is why I’m thrilled when I get to host contests like this one!

Today’s contest is in collaboration with the amazing We Heart Pictures, who’s work you may have seen gracing the pages of this blog many times before. Husband and wife team Hector and Charlie, are based in London but love to document weddings all around the UK and even abroad.

“We could say we are the antithesis to traditional wedding photography”, they write. “We are more about capturing the vibe from the day than posed photographs.”

“We get to witness the good times, the happiness of couples, families and friends. That feeling is infectious and that is a super plus to what we do. We make honest and creative photography of the best time in people’s life.”

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Release Your Inner Flapper Girl with Foto Noir Photo Booths and Prangsta Vintage Costumiers

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Hands up if you love a photo booth. Yeah, me too. I can’t pass one by without quickly hopping in, it’s a compulsion! My favourite kind of booths are those genuinely old ones though. The ones where you don’t get a preview before the strips are printed out (the anticipation!) and the prints come out on lovely thick paper, in proper black and white ink.

Unfortunately these booths are unreliable and expensive to run, which is why they’re few and far between. But when I heard about Foto Noir, I paid attention. Although their booth is a free standing digital contraption, the quality of their images reflects that of those rare classic booths. They’re bringing the retro photo booth bang up to date.

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“Foto Noir is a London based booth company providing an elegant wooden photo booth for weddings and other special events”, writes Mark Angus, the man behind the booth. “This alternative take on the traditional photo booth is unobtrusive and open. It is designed to take flattering black and white pictures of you and your guests. Prints are provided on the day and we even include a framed photo display board.”

If this kind of thing floats your boat, then you’re going to love the collaboration they’ve just started up with Prangsta Costumiers. They specialise in collecting, restoring and customising vintage treasures. Are you seeking to release your inner forgotten showgirl? Feel the need to dress up as a burlesque troubadour? Wondering what should you wear to a boho courtesan or belle époque themed hen night? They’ve got you covered!

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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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