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Okay, I need to come clean straight away. Despite my heading, this isn't actually a real wedding. It's a rehearsal dinner held by the bride and groom to welcome their guests to Bali, but it's so gorgeous, I couldn't resist publishing. Sherry and Ben hosted their dinner on a private beach a mile from their wedding resort, and if you've ever thought of having a destination wedding, this one is enough to make you book your ticket pronto. Event designer, Lisa Vorce, created this effect with local products sourced from local markets, which is why I love shopping in Bali - it's so colourful and so cheap! When Sherry and Ben arrived they were greeted by traditional Balinese flower girls, and they even hired a traditional rain stopper {the serious-looking chap in the last picture} to scare away the showers. More favourite stealworthy ideas? The tropical fruit, woven palms, comfortable cushions for lounging, colourful petals and bamboo flags. But the best feature is the turquoise sea and white sand - beach weddings are the best. Heavenly pictures published with thanks to Aaron Delesie Photography.

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Add a bit of colour to your big day with a fabulous rainbow wedding theme. From cakes to favours, flowers and bridesmaids dresses, there's nothing in a wedding that can't benefit from a splash of colour. Take a look at the wedding inspiration board below for plenty of DIY ideas. Use paint testers as place markers, string up multi-coloured ribbons in doorways and on chairs, and fill muslin bags with rainbow jelly beans. For more rainbow wedding inspiration check out my Pinterest pages.


{Photo Credit} Laura Murray Photography


Product & Photo Credits: {clockwise from top left} - 1. My Hayley Girl, 2. Craftzine Blog, 3. via Suzie Beezie, 4. No credit yet, 5. via You Are My Fav, 6. Peter Carlsson, 7. Jelly-bean crayons from Spoon Sisters, 8. Paint strips tutorial from Grace & Light Studio



{Photo Credit} Laura Murray Photography

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If you're thinking of a shabby chic wedding with a touch of glamour, you're going to fall head-over-heels for this exquisite summer wedding. Liz and Chris celebrated their big day at The Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse in the wine country near Santa Barbara, with a flurry of gorgeous details. I'm loving the outdoor chandeliers, the peach and silver florals, blackboard menu and the old-fashioned striped straws. Don't miss their gorgeous stationery - complete with elegant calligraphy, personalised stamps and a hand-drawn map. I've always thought truly exceptional wedding stationery is the secret to getting your guests excited about your big day, and this suite proves it! Huge thanks to Aaron Delesie for his stunning photographs. He's new to Before the Big Day, but we've got plenty more gorgeous weddings from his portfolio coming soon!


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When my husband went down on one knee in the snow, he wasn't holding the elegant diamond solitaire I now wear every day, but a giant comedy ring with a rock-shaped stone! He was too nervous to buy my actual ring without me. But then choosing an engagement ring can be an overwhelming business. After a house and a car, it's going to be the third biggest purchase your boyfriend ever makes! Then add in the fact you're going to wear it for the rest of your life..... It's not surprising more and more men are proposing with a temporary fun ring {like my husband!}, and making the trip to the jewellers a joint project. Luckily award-winning jewellers, 77 Diamonds, are here to help.


They've introduced an easy-to-understand Diamond Buying Guide {click on the pic to zoom}, so you can get all the info at home, without the pressure of an over-enthusiastic sales-person. With seven C's to consider, this is definitely a page to accidentally-deliberately leave open on your computer!!

Their brilliant website will help you choose the ring of your dreams, whatever your budget. Now all you need is the Ring Size Chart, and you're good to go! Look out for the vintage-style rings - they're my favourites!!

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Les Trois Soeurs has got to be one of London's best designer wedding dress boutiques, so you can imagine how excited I am to discover the dates of their sample sale. It's taking place at their Beaufort Court boutique in Canary Wharf, on the 5th September. With a selection of over 70 sample wedding gowns and bridal accessories with up to 70 per cent off, it's definitely not one to miss! They're promising a fantastic selection of dresses from top designers, including David Fielden, Amanda Wakeley, Temperley Bridal and many more. There's no appointment required but they recommend you get down early for the full selection.


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Wow wow wow! Now we're talking some serious glamour. Just take a look at this di-vine wedding dress created entirely out of sequins. I'm in love! The gowns are created by Gibson Bespoke, and each one is tailored specifically for you. They're the perfect wedding dress for brides wanting to stand out from the crowd. Choose from silver, rose gold, champagne and even rich purple, plus a selection of patterns. Each one is designed with a show-stopping 20" train, and a guarantee to make you feel like a vintage a screen sirens.






{Picture Credit} First image by Catherine Farquharson, others from Gibson Bespoke

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Take the prettiest of pink details, gorgeous Art Deco bridesmaids gowns, and a stunning English rose bride, and you've got wedding heaven. Lovely Nicola and James celebrated their wedding day at Dulwich College, and I've fallen for its stunning historic rooms, and lovely grand staircase. Nicola chose a pretty vintage feel for her big day, and spent months planning DIY ideas and creative projects on Pinterest. The end result is a gorgeous wedding day with tonnes of stealworthy wedding ideas. My favourite details? Nicola's elegant chignon and veil combo, her beautiful Sarah Seven gown with its lace back, and the white taxi transport! Beautiful pictures by Lily Sawyer Photography. Be sure to check out Lily's blog - I'm a huge fan of her work. Don't miss the wedding reception pictures - coming later today.


We celebrated our wedding at Dulwich College on the 23rd May, which was just around the corner from James and my first home. We'd always thought it to be a beautiful place, whenever we walked past on a sunny afternoon. 


The ceremony was in the old library and our reception was in the Barry Buildings at the college which have some amazing features. 


My wedding dress was made by an American designer called Sarah Seven that is stocked at Frou Frou Brides in Tunbridge Wells. The dress was the biggest challenge of my wedding planning as nobody tells you that a bespoke dress has at least a six month lead time and I was searching for a dress only four months before our big day.


Short of time, I took advice from a friend that was already married, and started in the shop where she bought her dress. It turned out I actually bought one of the dresses I first tried on, but I did have a few more appointments at different boutiques just to make sure it was the one! 


I also made some small changes to my wedding dress - adding a cap sleeve and swapping the lace design, to one from another dress from the same designer. So if you're looking for a wedding dress, it's always worth asking if something isn't quite right.


The shoe choice was easy - my 21st birthday present was a pair of Manolo Blahniks so they were my something old. That left me with budget for a sparkly pair of French Sole flats for dancing!


My bridesmaids dresses were from Adrianna Papell, a designer stocked at House of Fraser. I wanted the dresses to be beaded, and these were perfect. I let them all pick the shoes they felt most comfortable in, so they were a mix of Dune and Kurt Geiger. We choose feather boleros from Coast but it was warm enough that they didn't need them.


My wedding florist was the The Fresh Flower Company in East Dulwich. They did an amazing job and really listened. The shop is just lovely and they have great taste. I had a fifteen minute consultation with them to discuss what I wanted, which was great fun. They were happy to look at my ideas from Pinterest and elsewhere, and then mock up a few ideas.


I was quite relaxed about the flowers chosen to create the look I wanted and put my trust in them as experts. We agreed on Sweet Avalanche roses and gypsophila for the bridesmaids and button holes, but my bouquet changed the day before the wedding, as they called me and said the most amazing peonies have just arrived, and would I like to use them? I did, and the bouquet was perfect.


I lucked in with my veil as it was a friends, so that was my something borrowed. For jewellery my maid of honour bought me a beautiful silver bracelet, and I wore earrings that were a present from James. I was really lucky, as not only were these things sentimental, it also meant I didn't blow the budget on accessories.


My husband chose a smart navy linen mix trouser and a grey linen jacket with brown brogues all from Marks and Spencer. We then picked the accessories together, so that they complemented the colours I had chosen for the bridesmaids and flowers.


The pink pocket squares were from Reiss and the grey and white ties from John Lewis. James loves pink, so he also picked pink socks from Charles Tywritt.



For our wedding decorations, I was keen to a have theme that complimented the venue which is why I opted for a pretty vintage feel. It all just sort of evolved as I planned. I didn't have anything in mind at all, so headed straight to Pinterest as soon as the venue was booked, and started my own wedding pinboard. 


The colour scheme came from the bridesmaids dresses which were the first things I bought after seeing them on Pinterest, and madly dashing around London to find the right sizes.


I had key ideas like I knew I wanted to wear lace, so with that, and my venue I started building up a picture of a vintage wedding with typically British elements such as jam jars and tea cups. 


Our wedding photographer was Lily Sawyer. We choose her from looking at her shots online, we didn't want the photos to be cheesy or too arty and she got it just right. 













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