The heavens opened halfway through Mila and Paul’s outdoor ceremony… but this amazing couple grinned and got hitched and their day is absolutely beautiful. I love the location – Casa Grande is a historic house with guest accommodation set high above the beautiful twin lakes of Lagoa des Sete Cidades in Portugal – an unforgettable location for a beautiful destination wedding. Mila and Paul booked our friend and top UK destination wedding photographer Damion Mower to capture their day, and the review they left for him (see below) says. it. ALL.

Mila & Paul's beautiful - if rainy - Azores wedding, with Damion Mower Photography (29)

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How did you choose your photographer?

Google was a great help! We knew the kind of style we wanted and then it was jut a case of going through peoples portfolios and reviews and working out who we thought we’d work well with and who would really get us and our wedding.


Sometimes it’s easy to find a wedding stationery collection which stands out from the crowd… Something about Lilac & White takes my breath away: perhaps because I love a landscape and sunset, perhaps because I adore minimal, elegant design with beautifully considered typography and spacing. There isn’t a single invitation here I don’t love – and I hope you will too!

UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (15)
UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (16)

Lilac & White design personalised wedding stationery and aim to build inspired connections with wedding parties and their guests. Their designs are simple and clear with muted colours and illustrative details to form a bohemian sophisticated style.

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UK wedding stationery by Lilac and White for boho luxe weddings (18)

L&W’s founder Paula Pidgeon says “It’s easy to have lots of different ideas and to try and jam them all on one invite. This can ruin the overall design and elegance a couple is trying to achieve.” This is where wedding branding comes in. What is this? It’s a set of design ideas used consistently across a wedding day. It’s using the same colours, fonts and illustrations in all your stationery and feature graphics. These might be used on signs, wedding favours, table numbers, flowers etc. L&W recommend selecting these elements carefully and use them consistently to achieve a unique and steady style for the day. Consistency is the key.


How DIY are you, really? If you’ve felt the pressure to make your own wedding… [fill in the blank with pretty much anything here] – and your fingers aren’t buzzing with craftitude – then I’m here to show you there are plenty of other options out there.

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Yay! wedding invitation by Style & Joy

Contrary to popular belief, making your own wedding invitations won’t necessarily save you money. If you’re photoshopping, printing at home, buying card, trimming, sticking bits on, tying with ribbon etc. you will be spending more than you think and fizzling time away as if you were never that bothered about having a social life in the first place 😉

So stop and reconsider. There are options. Affordable wedding invitations can be fab – oh, and we’re not talking cheap eBay invites here either. Here’s a collection of beautifully designed, nicely printed, good quality wedding invitations which won’t break the bank or indeed you, your nails or your plans for the weekend. Enjoy!