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Emotional Tattoo Artists’ Festive Wedding

Lydia and Mike, who met in a tattoo shop and now work together as tattoo artists, were married on December 7th in Leicester. They wanted their day to reflect the season so they picked lots of Christmassy and winter-inspired details. The bride in particular loves Christmas and history which also influenced their venue choices.

“Our wedding was themed around the winter season and elegance”, said the bride. “Our ceremony venue, The Guildhall of Leicester, is so atmospheric by itself, especially with the fire roaring. Our ceremony was conducted by our city council registrars, this was perfect for us as we aren’t religious. The addition of personal vows and a reading from my grandma made the ceremony very special to us. We absolutely love the Guildhall as our ceremony venue as it has so much history (Shakespeare performed there!) and felt honoured that we could have our ceremony in such an important building for our city.”

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Rock n Roll Las Vegas Elopement with a Discount Universe Dress & a Ring Bear-er!

A lot of weddings follow the same format… Even non-traditional weddings can end up looking quite similar. But I think we can safely say that Pati and Francesco (aka Salsa and Disco Jesus – yes, really!) completely tore up the rule book for their Vegas elopement! Apart from the ceremony, where they were married by Elvis (arguably one of the biggest Vegas traditions there is!), everything else was one-of-a-kind and completely and utterly them.

Starting with their outfits. The bride’s dress came from Discount Universe and she wore it with United Nude shoes. They both had custom panted jackets by Bobby Coyote. “Our outfits were definitely unique because they were custom made!” said Pati. “We brainstormed them ourselves based on our lifestyle and weird interests. We have this whole thing about aliens… He proposed on the Burning Man Playa in 2018 with a beautiful UFO-shaped ring (it even spins!) so we really wanted our jackets to be about us and our story. We brainstormed the designs in this moodboard that we put together and sent to super talented LA artist Bobby Coyote. She really worked her magic and painted them for us! In typical Disco Jesus fashion, Francesco wasn’t even wearing a shirt underneath!”

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Rock n Renovation: Our Bathroom Reveal (Kinda) and Win £200 to Spend with Soak.com!

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. I don’t think I truly understood the poignancy of this quote until we started our home renovations. EVERYTHING takes longer than you expect. EVERYTHING costs more, EVERYTHING is more complicated than you think it’ll be and every time you feel like you’re making significant progress life throws a curve ball or another challenge at you and oh look, the bathroom is still not finished!

Here you can see what the room looked like in October, before we started the work. Now, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve been able to share any updates because, quite frankly, there’s been nothing to show. Progress has been slower than a sloth at a spa day, but finally, FINALLY we’re very nearly there. Nearly there enough to show you some photos of how it’s looking anyway!

At first, I really wanted to hold out until it was actually finished/ perfect/ Insta-worthy but HONESTLY, I actually feel like it’ll be much more interesting for you guys to hear about the realities of doing a project like this completely DIY and when you have a business to run at the same time!

IT IS A LOT.

For those of you who don’t know, we’re attempting to renovate our house with as little outside help as possible. Unless we physically (or legally!) HAVE to hire tradesmen, we (read: Gareth) want to do it entirely by ourselves. This isn’t just because of the money we’ll save but for the satisfaction of doing it! Gareth in particular is super handy with DIY stuff, and a brilliant YouTube learner (seriously, he’s taught himself to plaster, plumb, replace joists and fit a kitchen just with Google and YouTube as his guides). I’m now a most excellent painter and decorator, although I’m yet to master wallpapering. Maybe next year!

Obviously, this has its downsides. Things take a long time and sometimes things have to get put on hold while life happens… but, for us anyway, we know it’s going to be totally worth it.

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Relaxed Battersea Arts Centre Wedding with a 90s Cover Band

Viki and Stef wanted to take the traditional wedding format and put their own spin on it. They were married at Asylum Chapel in Peckham, London followed by a reception at the Battersea Arts Centre complete with a 90s cover band!

“We wanted to make the wedding as fun as possible, with lots of personal touches”, Viki began. “Stef’s best friend and usher Sam played keys as I walked down the aisle. We were lucky enough to be assigned the most amazing registrar, Ricardo, who created a super relaxed atmosphere from the get go. As we are both performers, we couldn’t resist throwing in a Grease sing-a-long in the mix too! Honestly, the ceremony was probably the part we were both the most nervous about, as it felt like the most serious part of the day, but we had SO much fun actually getting married! After the ceremony we served sausage roll snack packs and had a pimp your prosecco stand, before loading everyone onto two Routemaster buses to take them to Battersea Arts Centre for the reception.”

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: The Maldives Part 1- Kurumba

I’ve been sat, staring at a blank Word document for a good half hour or so wondering how I can put into words the experience of our recent adventure in the Maldives. Writer’s block is REAL when you have so much to say but you’re not quite sure how to adequately put such an incredible experience into words… The Maldives has been on my vision board for years so actually being able to go there… I mean wow, how did we get so damn lucky!? The whole trip was so magical, so perfect, and so relaxing that it almost feels like it was a goddamn wonderful dream.

Gareth and I were invited by Universal Resorts to experience two of their locations, Kurumba and Faarufushi. Completely different from each other but both equally amazing, Kurumba was actually the very first resort to open in the Maldives (47 years ago!) and Faarufushi opened just a month ago, so we really did get to have two very different experiences.

This holiday was a real once in a lifetime experience for us (although I really hope we get to experience something like it again!) The Maldives is the PERFECT place to escape to after you’ve had a busy or stressful time, making it the ideal honeymoon spot for those of you who just want to kick back and relax… in the most stunningly beautiful and luxurious surroundings!

Today I’m going to start by sharing Kurumba with you. Later, I’ll be covering Faarufushi and after that I’ll be doing a more general post about the Maldives to answer all the questions I’ve received during this trip – things such as transport and transfers, food, activities/things to do, and of course, the big one everyone wanted to know – the cost!

We arrived at Male airport after a long journey from the UK (seven hours to Dubai then four down to Male) and were greeted by a Kurumba team member at the airport. Other than being told “They’ll arrange everything for you” we really didn’t know exactly what the transfers between resorts would entail, but I’m pleased to report everything was smooth sailing! The great thing about Kurumba is that it’s just a ten-minute speed boat ride from Male airport, which is perfect if you’re exhausted from your long-haul journey. The idea of getting on yet another flight as soon as we arrived was not something I would have been too thrilled about! The location also makes it great for anyone travelling with kids. If, like us, you’d like to visit a couple of different resorts on your trip, Kurumba really is the ideal place to start due to its location and the fact that so much is included for you, so you really don’t have to think about or organise anything before you arrive (more on this below). We were greeted with coconut sorbet and cold flannels at check in, and after a short lounge by the pool while we waited for our room to be ready, we were golf-buggied to our villa.

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