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Enchanted Middle Earth Inspired Backyard Wedding in Portland

Both lovers off Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Hannah and Derek wanted their Portland wedding to transport their guests to Middle Earth. The theme was a botanical woodland and the day was unique, intimate, and moody, while reflecting their Oregon roots.

“We wanted a wedding fit for hobbits and elves”, began the bride. “We wanted it to reflect our love for fantasy, but also be elegant and not blatantly obvious. In the end, I think it was exactly how we imagined it would be.”

They met on OKCupid and with both of them being card carrying introverts, it was important to them that they both felt their most comfortable on the day. They opted for Hannah’s parent’s back garden as the venue. “We wanted to keep the ceremony short and sweet”, Hannah continued. “I came from the deck and walked through the garden to Derek. I walked down the aisle on my own to Iron & Wine’s cover of Time After Time. We had done a first look and photos before, so he wasn’t totally surprised seeing me, though he is a softy and cried. Our officiant went through his speech, which included a quote from Bilbo Baggins. We saved our vows for the honeymoon, as we both have a hard time talking in front of crowds. After kissing and being announced we exited to the song All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar.”

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Think Beyond the Wedding Favour: Personalise Your Wedding with My M&M’s®

Wedding favours get a bad rap but they are a great way to personalise your wedding tables. My M&M’s® offer an amazing personalisation service, where you can choose the colours of the chocolates to match your theme and then add a logo, phrase or even a photo to the top of them! I obviously had to try it out and I think our logo looks so cute on the pink M&Ms. Even Gareth was like “Oooh these have our logo on them!” when he saw them. Crowd pleaser all round.

However M&Ms don’t have to just be for wedding favours and so I wanted to share some alternative ideas for how you can use them in your wedding in a more creative way.

Decorate your wedding cake

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Rock n Renovation: A Sexy Kitchen Sink?

If there’s one thing that got the most comments when I shared our new kitchen, it was our copper sink. Someone even said they’d be HONOURED to wash up in such a beautiful thing and you know what, I think I agree with them. I would leave my husband for this sink and tap combo, they’re just that beautiful (not really Gareth I love you forever).

You know me, I’m not ever one to just go for a standard option and finding them was no mean feat, but oh my goodness was it worth it. The combination of the quartz worktops with the copper is just completely SEXUAL. My late night Google and Pinterest binges introduced me to Olif and it was love at first sight. Initially I thought we might go for a copper tap with a porcelain sink, but when I found they did sinks in metal finishes too, well, that idea went right out of the window.

Now I’m no expert, but to me Olif seem to be light years ahead of the game when it comes to the finishes and styles of their products. After drooling over their website for a few hours I decided to do what any good home renovator would do and look into other options and to see if I could find them cheaper elsewhere. Let me tell you right now, you can not.

Most of the usual high street DIY store suspects had exactly zero options that were anything but chrome. I did see a gold coloured tap in one place (not copper though) but it was horrible and cheap looking. The great thing about Olif’s designs is that they’re contemporary and perfect for a modern home.

I am so so SO happy with our Alveus Monarch Variant 40 Copper undermount sink and Nivito RH 350 Brushed Copper, kitchen mixer tap. They might just be the most beautiful things I’ve ever laid my eyes on, let alone owned. I was initially worried that they might discolour, or that the sink would be a nightmare to clean (like my copper pans which discoloured the first time I used them – sad face!) but being as they’re actually made of premium 18/10 stainless steel and coated in copper finish, clean up is a total breeze. You literally just need to use a kitchen spray on the sink and then wipe it down to get rid of any smears and voila! I don’t think I’ve ever cleaned something so well in my life actually. I want to preserve their beauty for as long as possible.

You’ll find a utterly beaut selection of products from Olif including finishes in gold, copper, bronze, anthracite, matt black and brass. They even do one with a glass surround which is available in pink!! If like me you want something a bit more unusual for your kitchen then, my friends, you NEED to check them out.

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Styling Your Wedding Your Way with Etsy + Win a £500 Gift Card!

Cake topper from Rachel Emma Studio

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to convince you of the fact that Etsy is one of the best places to look for stuff for your wedding. Whatever your theme, style or budget you are definitely going to find things you love and want to incorporate into your day on their site.

I’ve been buying from Etsy for as long as I can remember. I’ve bought everything from jewellery, homewares and clothing, and it’s one of the first places I look when I need to buy someone a gift. Gareth even got in on the action and ordered some art for his office recently! They really do have something for everyone.

Customised ‘Kat’ sign & holographic star wand from Rachel Emma Studio
Veil from Crown and Glory

Flower lollipops from Flower Lolly
Confetti from Hello Pops of Colour

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Rock n Renovation: Worktop of Dreams

When it came to my choice of kitchen worktop, I’m not ashamed to admit to being a bit of a cliché. I wanted Carrara marble and I wanted it now. It was my dream before we’d even bought the house. Even Gareth was in complete agreement without me having to put up a fight… and that never happens!

But then we found out the price – OUCH – and after a little bit of research discovered that unless you’re the kind of person who tirelessly cleans and polishes your surfaces on the daily then it’s probably not the wisest investment. Real marble is porous (so it stains) and unless you seal it and are very careful it can also scratch easily – bummer. We were back to the drawing board.

Now here’s the thing about making over a kitchen in just four weeks – there’s so much to do that sometimes you drop a few balls. We had decided that quartz would be a great alternative as its much tougher than marble, just as beautiful, and slightly cheaper too. So we started talking to some companies, booking in appointments, costing it up and planning the kitchen layout. It was still going to be pretty pricey but, in our opinion, totally worth it.

And then, at the eleventh hour (AKA the end of week 3 of 4!) the company who we’d assumed were a sure thing turned around and told us they couldn’t deliver it on time.

Fuck.

We considered all the other options but none of them felt very appealing – wood isn’t our thing, concrete would be too much effort with just a week to go and we really didn’t like the idea of stainless steel. Thinking we’d have to resign ourselves to a laminate (that we’d change at a later date – yeah right!) I decided to try one last ditch attempt and took to my Instagram Stories to ask if anyone had any other bright ideas. Kate of Mad About the House reached out, telling me I should get in touch with Caesarstone. She warned me that a week turnaround was likely completely impossible but if anyone could help, it would be them.

So, I dropped them an email, assuming they’d laugh me out of their inbox but within 20 minutes their press contact had not only replied but she told me they’d love to help – so long as we could find a local fabricator who’d be able to template, cut and fit it within the time frame.

And they delivered! About two hours later I was taking a call from Brian from Roktops, based in Arborfield, and we were arranging for me to pop down to their showroom the next morning to make my selection!

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Rock n Roll Boho Bridals in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is one of those places that you fall in love with as soon as you step off the plane. The weather, the mid-century modern architecture and, of course, the laid back attitude of the whole city. When British photographer Annabeth paid it a visit last autumn, she loved it so much she decided to put together this shoot.

“Having always wanted to road trip in America, I finally saved up, booked a flight and rented a car to travel around the West Coast”, she began. “I organised a total of nine boho-inspired shoots and asked locals to model for me. I also contacted local businesses to be involved.”

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