The List – The Writing’s On The Wall

It’s been a little while since the last post from guest writer Charley of London Bride, so I thought it was high time to get her back into the fold and sharing her gorgeous finds with us. This week, she shares her obsession with all thing typography…

The Writing’s On The Wall

Nothing says personalised quite like initials, so where possible add your touch with cute letter forms, written details or monograms.

♥ Lollipops are the new cakepops. Use these delicious looking lolly letters for place names tied with a bit of ribbon.
Letter Lollipops – VintageConfessions on Etsy

♥ You can never have enough tags! Use these initial tags as escort cards or add them to your honeymoon luggage so you don’t lose them!
Letter Tag – Temptation Gifts

♥ Add these soft fabric Bride and Groom tags to your chairs for the meal. Then hang them up in your flat after the wedding!
Bride & Groom Fabric Tag – 30one on Etsy

♥ Give this small and pretty initial heart necklace as a gift to your bridesmaids to wear on the day. The same, but different.
Initial Heart Giftcard – Urban Outfitters

♥ Initials inscribed on cute heart pins make the most romantic statement as a boutonierre.
Birch Bark Heart Pin/Boutonniere – AprilHilerDesigns on Etsy

♥ You’ll have some happy hens if each of the girls has an initial tote bag!
Initial Tote Bag – Alphabet Bags

♥  Say it with a statement – this Mr & Mrs mini bunting is the perfect decoration to top the cake.
Mr & Mrs Bunting – atcompanyb on Etsy

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Thursday Treats – 21st April 2011

Photography Credit: Alexander The Great by Steven Meisel for Vogue US May 2011 via Fashion Gone Rogue

So, the long Easter weekend is nearly upon us. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly looking forward to  turning my computer off (well trying to) and enjoying some April sun. Over the next 4 days, posts will be lighter but be rest assured, they’ll still be some daily eye candy to pop by and check out if your relatives start to drive you mad!

In other news, this week I was invited by WEDDING Magazine to attend their cover shoot. It was a really fabulous day and I was thrilled to be involved with such an exciting project. My behind the scenes report and photos will be on the blog next week!

Mmm tasty…I trust these treats will get you right in the mood for scoffing lots of Easter eggs this weekend?

♥ Shoe Haiku & Love Letters To My Favourite Kicks shoe porn!
♥ 10 Things TV Shopping Networks Can Teach You About Making Money Bloggingas an ex-shopping tv producer, I found this article particularly interesting..and truthful!
♥ Spring Inspired Photo Shoot by Wednesday, Inc.
Tori and Austin : Sayulita Wedding
♥ 1920′s Style Engagement Shoot
♥ Maxine and Jason’s Jenolan Caves Wedding
Simply Loveloving this bride’s beautiful & cute shift dress
♥ Bouquets Fit For a Foodie !!!!!
♥ Sonoma County DIY Wedding
Lizzy + Noah’s Hip Brooklyn Wedding

Photography Credit: Amaranth Wedding Photography

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Ilka & Mars’ Early 20th Century-Inspired Wedding

“Circa 1991, and like most 9 year old girls at the time, my dream wedding typically consisted of getting married in a castle, having a horse-drawn carriage at midnight and saying ‘I Do’ to Jason Priestly. So fast-forward 20 years…our castle was in busy Tooting Broadway, wedged in between a Mecca Bingo Hall and a McDonalds, with a KFC conveniently across the road. Our horse-drawn carriage was a local taxi, well beyond midnight. And Jason Priestly? He got bumped for my love and best friend, Mars. It was completely perfect for us. Sad to say, Brandon had been banished to the Peach Pit forever.”

I love Ilka & Mars already. How about you?

Mar’s proposed at the airport, just before Ilka was about to fly home to Australia, with her Grandmother’s engagement ring. She explained, “So after a couple of years of living together and rarely talking ‘seriously’ about getting married, I was waiting in the busy security line at Heathrow, about to spend 3 weeks back home in Australia for a Christmas apart, when Mars popped the question. After unknowingly foiling an attempted romantic proposal during a holiday in New York a few months earlier, it was a perfect chance to catch me unawares while I was unsuccessfully trying to stuff the contents of my entire handbag into a tiny clear zip-lock bag, and rush off to board the plane. It was simple and just perfect. After a quick, teary goodbye and my grandmother’s beautiful engagement ring now firmly on my finger, I was herded through security and onto the plane. Needless to say, the next 24hours consisted of me taking full advantage of the onboard trolley service, trying to come to terms with what had just happened!”

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Ilka & Mars’ Early 20th Century-Inspired Wedding

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"Circa 1991, and like most 9 year old girls at the time, my dream wedding typically consisted of getting married in a castle, having a horse-drawn carriage at midnight and saying 'I Do' to Jason Priestly. So fast-forward 20 years...our castle was in busy Tooting Broadway, wedged in between a Mecca Bingo Hall and a McDonalds, with a KFC conveniently across the road. Our horse-drawn carriage was a local taxi, well beyond midnight. And Jason Priestly? He got bumped for my love and best friend, Mars. It was completely perfect for us. Sad to say, Brandon had been banished to the Peach Pit forever." I love Ilka & Mars already. How about you? Mar's proposed at the airport, just before Ilka was about to fly home to Australia, with her Grandmother's engagement ring. She explained, "So after a couple of years of living together and rarely talking 'seriously' about getting married, I was waiting in the busy security line at Heathrow, about to spend 3 weeks back home in Australia for a Christmas apart, when Mars popped the question. After unknowingly foiling an attempted romantic proposal during a holiday in New York a few months earlier, it was a perfect chance to catch me unawares while I was unsuccessfully trying to stuff the contents of my entire handbag into a tiny clear zip-lock bag, and rush off to board the plane. It was simple and just perfect. After a quick, teary goodbye and my grandmother's beautiful engagement ring now firmly on my finger, I was herded through security and onto the plane. Needless to say, the next 24hours consisted of me taking full advantage of the onboard trolley service, trying to come to terms with what had just happened!"

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Sandra & Colin’s Budget, DIY, Bicycle Ride Wedding

Sandra & Colin’s were married on 10.10.10 at The Franklin House, a private mansion in Tucson, Az. Their wedding was a super budget affair and 99% DIY. The couple did it their way and Sandra even had her dog walk her down the aisle (after some family disagreements.)

“Our wedding was 99% D.I.Y. and very low budget,” the bride told me. “We did get our wedding cake as a gift made by Busy B’s Bakery. Colin designed all the programs and invitations and printed them at Vistaprint. We used all biodegradable bamboo utensils (that were wrapped with recycled fabric napkins I made) and sugar cane plates we found online pretty inexpensive Green Party Goods. At the time I was teaching a recycled art class in a middle school. For one of the classes I had the students decorate the plates with edible markers.”

“All the food we prepped and made the day before the wedding as well as that morning by the wedding party and us both. We wanted to keep it really simple and picnic style since it was outside, so we had bread, crackers, spinach dips, bean dip, cheeses galore, pasta salads and sandwiches.  I baked our favors which consisted of vegan banana bread, oatmeal raisin cookies and we got maple leaf cookies from Canada. My husband is Canadian and we wanted to pull in that a little to the mix, as well as the fall theme. From the start of us dating I always baked for him. His favorites were the banana bread and oatmeal cookies. Somehow I think that is how I won over his heart, with sweets. I packaged them in brown bags and tags made on moo.com of our engagement shoot.”

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Teaser: A Sense of Culture – A Photography Exhibition for the Museum of Reading

Not that many people realise this but I’m from Reading, a town about 40 miles out of London. I’ve never really done that much ‘stuff’ in my home town as to be honest, pretty much everything happens in London and that’s where about 90% of my contacts are. However when local photographer Neil Horne of Eye Imagine Photography called me and asked if I’d like to be included in an exhibition he was putting together for the Museum of Reading entitled ‘A Sense of Culture’, where he’d be photographing a selection of artists in the town…well I jumped at the chance. Hell, I went to this museum on primary school trips!

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