Hello everyone! I’m still feeling full of beans and totally inspired by the creative day I had at my favourite Lake District wedding venue on Monday – and I thought you’d like to see what it was all about! I’ll warn you my iPhone camera skills are as wobbly as can be, but I do love to tease and this is a very rough kind of ‘sneak peek’ at what me and my new friends got up to earlier this week!
Think package deal and what usually springs to mind is a cheap holiday with free drinks and ‘guaranteed to give you food poisoning’ seafood buffets… this is a package deal with a difference though, made especially for you to save money on your bridal jewellery and your bridesmaids’ jewellery too!
A lot of brides like a matching set of necklace, bracelet and earrings, with the bridesmaids wearing smaller, daintier versions of the bride’s jewellery and this is where the packages from Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery come into their own.
You can buy matching sets of all the best selling designs including the Adore and Allure at a lower price than it would be buying the items separately, plus if you buy more than one set (perhaps as gifts for your bridesmaids) you save an extra 10% too!
Hello everyone! I promised you a real wedding yesterday and I’m so pleased it’s this one… gorgeous Natasha and Amit were married at Longleat in Wiltshire in September. Their ceremony was in the stunning orangery at Longleat – a beautiful setting with murals and wonderful light for the romantic occasion.
They opted for a vintage world travel theme with table names and accessories, and Natasha’s bridesmaids wore accents of teal while the bride carried a bouquet of hot pink gerberas. All in all it’s a beautiful wedding with plenty of ideas and one I’ve been excited to show you!
Huge thanks to lovely Joseph Hall Photography for the feature. Do visit his website and find out more about his work – especially if you’re looking for a Wiltshire wedding photographer!
Morning everyone! Did you have a lovely weekend? I hope so – and I hope you managed to escape from the rain just a little… luckily for me I’ve been busy inside making lots of paper flowers, calligraphy decorations and plans because today I’m on a styled shoot at Broadoaks Country House in the Lake District. It’s been far too long since I’ve had a play day at work, so I’ve gathered together some of the most talented and creative people I know to bring you an inspiring and fun shoot… which you’ll see sneak peeks of very soon indeed!
This morning we’re styling a display table and a backdrop to show you alternatives to decorating every single table at your wedding… we’re starting with a very pretty vintage and handcrafted setup, and then we’re going to trash it just for fun and show you some more ideas for alternative, statement wedding styling.
Has anyone else seen Grimm? The last week of my life has been spent working 16 hour days with an hour of dark fairytales from Amazon Prime before bed – I love it! I’ve also been reading a collection of Irish myths and legends picked up at the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin (highly recommended!) so what could be better to share with all of you than a bridal collection introduced with a proper fairy story – the kind I love! This is from Legend Bridal – I love it and I hope you do too! Gorgeous gowns, creative designs and something really different and beautifully alternative to set hearts racing…
Morning lovely! I’m so pleased to be able to share this with you today – exciting news for a friend of mine, and brilliant news for you as well! Wedding Planning for Dummies… it’s difficult to write an intro for two reasons:
1. I have a ridiculous amount of respect for anyone who can plan a wedding – either their own, or to move on to becoming a professional wedding planner. It’s the most time consuming, frazzling, stressful thing I can imagine! I think you’re all amazing.
2. I also think you’re crazy. In my mind professional wedding planners must be mad to do this for a living! Planning one wedding seems like the challenge of a lifetime… planning two or three at a time – my little imagination can’t even cope with the thought. Yeeeeeikes!!
Having spent yesterday making paper flowers, and seeing all the bluebells flowering this month I’m feeling very floral and summery. The English country garden wedding is massive this year if my calligraphy enquiries are anything to go by (crazy times!) and flowers are most definitely the most exciting thing happening in weddings right now – so with no further waffling I bring you some delicious-looking new designer wedding cakes by Rosalind Miller. The Floral Couture Collection – stunning. Enjoy!
The Floral Couture Collection by Rosalind Miller Cakes
Morning! Today’s wedding is a little special – it’s not the first time gorgeous bride Sarah has featured on a wedding blog… in fact she’s been on the English Wedding Blog very recently! As a wedding photographer Sarah sees so many weddings – and like many in the wedding industry she chose to do things differently. Her dress was made for her, and inspired by a genuine vintage dress she’d found on Pinterest. Stuart wore jeans, which I think is the best thing ever (Sarah adds that they had to be nice jeans!) and their florist Sarah Jones came up with the vintage medical theme incorporating lots of wonderful little glass bottles with flowers!
There’s so much to this wedding that makes me smile: the gorgeous images and Sarah’s beautiful smile – the portrait photos of today’s lovely couple are just wonderful. Then there’s the vintage medical theme, which is genius! Stuart and Sarah had vintage medical equipment (yes!), those lovely bottles and also lots of books… and who wouldn’t enjoy sitting down at a wedding reception and dipping into 1950s books about anatomy for nurses?! Brilliant!
Hello lovely! Today’s wedding is full of home made details by the gorgeous bride and her mum. Jamie and Geoff planned a vintage tea party theme for their day and as they were saving up for a house they needed to keep their wedding costs down. So while Geoff played cricket every Saturday during the summer, Jamie and her mum spent countless hours making everything from stationery to bunting.
The wonderfully couple only spent money on the things which couldn’t be made: the wedding cake, entertainment, venue and of course their lovely photographer! Jamie shares some very wise advice, and I really have to highlight this: “If you want to save money, making your own things is a great idea but it takes hours… we spent every Saturday for a year and only finished a few days before the wedding.”
The homespun look is big at the moment, but don’t underestimate the time it takes! Remember there’s a difference between home made and handcrafted, and there are many wonderful independent craft businesses who can save you time instead!
Cathy and Alan were married at Great Fosters in Surrey – a spectacular venue with so many gorgeous locations for beautiful photographs. Great Fosters dates from the 16th century and has so much character with its grand rooms and portraits, wood panelling and extensive landscaped gardens.
Cathy’s wedding dress is beautiful and comes all the way from a bridal boutique in San Francisco! She told me, “it was one of the most beautiful shops I have ever seen and I could have purchased all of the dresses. My dress was so unique and special, I could not wait to wear it and loved it on the day!”
Today’s wedding is one of those lovely classic English weddings with a focus on the celebration itself rather than all the little details. When I asked Cathy to describe their wedding day in a single sentence she said it was about “love, friends, family, laughter, well wishes, great food, drink, dancing & fun.”
Good morning everyone! How are you today? I have a treat for you – feast your eyes on these delectable wedding cakes by Fiona Cairns. Fiona designed and made a pretty famous cake for a fairly well known couple called William and Kate – and now crafts cakes on a major scale from her bakery in Leicestershire. As well as supplying cakes to Waitrose, Harrods and Selfridges Fiona makes bespoke wedding cakes which start at £500.
The team at Fiona Cairns ensure that each Wedding Cake is a beautiful centre piece that reflects your individual style and personality. To achieve this, the design team work very closely with every bride to create a truly spectacular cake.
Delicate piping and exquisite sugar flowers that match your bouquet are the main areas of specialism, as well as the ability to recreate the lace detailing of your dress on the cake itself. The style can be traditional, contemporary, monochrome or bright and fresh. You could even decide on a collection of smaller cakes, each in a different but complementary design, or a “Naked” cake with fresh fruits and crystallised flowers.
Jenna told me all her nightmares about falling down the aisle disappeared the moment she saw Jak there waiting for her: “although I knew the room was full, it was like no one else was in the room.” Isn’t that beautiful?
Their wedding was a vintage glam affair, liberally decorated with gypsophila which looks gorgeous. Jenna wore a silk wedding dress and Jenny Packham jewellery. The venue – wonderful Blackbrook House in Derbyshire – needed little decoration and was the perfect setting for a glamorous, vintage-inspired wedding.
I really love this wedding for its creative little touches. Jak and Jenna have designer friends whose skills came in handy for everything from the invitations to hairdressing on the day! They chose Nottinghamshire wedding photographer Pete Henderson to capture their day and his images are just lovely.