Saturday, 27 February 2010

Real Wedding: Ellie & Dave

Gorgeous organic detailing at this spectacular urban wedding. The happy couple, Ellie and Dave took a large open space and filled it with moss, stones and wood, with orchids jostling for space alongside aged wooden lanterns, grass table tops, nests, honey jars and statues. A veritable nature wonderland! Just goes to show that even an urban wedding can feel green. Looking through the pics, my favourite spots have to be Ellie's stunning vintage engagement ring, the square tiered cake, the muslin favour bags and the sculptural vases of twigs. Truly an inspirational big day - huge thanks to the team at Our Labour of Love for capturing all the details!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Postcard Allotment

Sometimes I'm staggered by the sheer level of creativity out there in the blogosphere world. There I was, taking a quiet stroll around some of my fav blogs, when I stumbled on these totally original postcards on Oh So Beautiful Paper. Combining gift and greeting card, they're called Postcarden, and they're pop-out cards that transform into a mini living cress garden. Designed by an independent company based in London called A Studio for Design, they come in three different models, all brilliant. Which one would you pick for your wedding invitation?

Sunday, 21 February 2010

We ♥ Offers

How are your walls looking? Could they do with an extra bit of a love? Check out these gorgeous screen prints from London artist Mengseldesign. Perfect as a wedding present, a momento for your bridesmaids and ushers, or even as a self-gift to celebrate your engagement, they now have 20% off, exclusively to Before the Big Day readers. Check out the Etsy shop here, and mention Big Day on check-out to have 20% refunded direct to your Paypal account.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Real Wedding: Lindsey & Scott

There's so many things I adore about Lindsey and Scott's big day, that I'm struggling to order them in my mind.  Lets start with the stunning lilac roses - I believe they're called Blue Moon, and they're just the most gorgeous starting-point for a truly romantic colour palette. Then the green-grey of the bridesmaids' dresses, which incidentally are cut just beautifully - no frilly flounces or bonnets here.  And then there's the bride's gown, which is the definition of elegant simplicity. I'm keen to copy everything! Many thanks, as always, to Karen Wise for her gorgeous photographs.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

We ♥ Boutiques

What's better than shopping for a beautiful wedding dress? Shopping for one on your boss' time!! Okay, maybe not, but if you were to have a spare moment in your working day, check out Net-a-Porter because they've just launched their super-duper, drool-worthy, dreamy online wedding boutique. They're flagging it as the one-stop shop for the chicest wedding yet, with gowns, veils, shoes and even honeymoon outfits on sale. Definitely worth a webrowse.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Valentine's Day Special

Made plans for Valentine's Day yet? You're cutting it pretty fine if you haven't booked a restaurant yet, although with the 14th falling on a Sunday this year, my money's on most couples celebrating on 13th February. If you haven't bought a card for your loved one, why not try one of these two lovelies? I've been checking out the stationery blogs, including the fabulous Oh So Beautiful Paper, and in my book, these are two of the most original. Check out Something's Hiding Here for the faux bois log, and Mister Rob for this exquisite paper cut and don't miss the special offers detailed below!

Product Credits: Knitted Heart Card: KichyKoo, Cross-stich Heart Pillow: Chocolate Creative, Green Leaf Heart Print: Mengseldesign, xoxo Valentine Pencils: Simple Song Designs, Cut Out Card: Storey Shop, Button Heart Print: Dig The Earth, Fortune Teller: Pop & Shorty, Heart Necklace: Bbel, Pop-up Cards: She's Batty Designs, Cheese Love Card: Storey Shop, Knitted Heart Card: KichyKoo, Miniature Leather Journal: Susan Green Books,  Love Tea-Towel: Chocolate Creative

We ♥ Offers
Susan Green Books is offering free worldwide shipping on Miniature Journals until 1st March - just mention Before the Big Day to the seller to claim your discount.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Real Wedding: Lindsey & Jeff

Plenty of popping colours in this fantastic Our Labour of Love wedding. Lindsey and Jeff tied the knot in a flurry of bright red petals and blue berries on the edge of a forest. Loving the turquoise in Lindsey's bouquet, and the crimson of Jeff's tie, plus the cute scallop-edged name tags. I'm also a big, big, fan of vintage signs, and the 'from this day forward' sentiment adds an edge of fairytale to the whole affair. Simply stunning!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Snippet & Ink Mood Board ♥2

A gorgeous citrus number for you for the start of this week. Kathryn over at Snippet & Ink has done wonders with this mood board, evoking the essence of sumer on a dreary winter's day. Get planning for those summer weddings, and check out Snippet & Ink for product credits and details. Don't forget you can make your own mood board over at the Style Me Pretty Style Circle, just add in all your fav pictures from this and other blogs, and set the tone for your wedding.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

♥ Real Weddings ♥

Before the Big Day has now featured over sixty real weddings, all for your inspiration-delectation! Don't miss a single idea, click here to see them all, or check out the theme list. A huge thank you to all the photographers, brides and grooms, who have happily let me publish their pictures! If you'd like your wedding to be featured on Before the Big Day, then please in touch here.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Man Friday

Traditionally on the morning of the wedding, the groom gives the bride a pearl necklace. Yup, on top of the engagement ring, paying for the honeymoon, and possibly even the wedding itself, grooms are expected to shell out once again. Now if you're a future bride reading this, I reckon it's time to turn the tide, and take a look a what gift you could give your future husband. After all, he's already donated the sparkler on your ring finger, and in the days of equality, it's only fair he should get something special! And as ever, don't miss details of the offers and discounts on these gorgeous items under the picture.

Product Credits (from top left) - Inital Cufflinks: Beads in the Belfry, Engraved Guitar Pick: JC Jewelry Design, Engraved Ring: BD Designs, Save the Date Key Ring: Punky Jane, (middle left) Collar Stiffener: The Silver Diva (bottom left) I Love You Cufflinks; Smashing, Heart Cufflinks: Ali Bali Jewellery, Monogrammed Beer Glass: Whitewash Sundries

We ♥ Offers
The Silver Diva and Whitewash Sundries are offering 10% off
BD Designs are offering free shipping with any purchase
Smashing is offering free shipping within the US or $5 off priority international shipping
With all the deals, just mention Before the Big Day to the seller to claim your discount.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Real Wedding: Emily & Ryan

If you're getting married in the UK, the one thing you can almost guarantee is that the sun will remain determindedly out of sight. But that doesn't mean that your photos need to be gloomy. Just check out Emily and Ryan's gorgeous winter wedding. Despite the sun refusing to shine, these fabulous pics from Our Labour of Love show that all you need is a big dollop of creativity, and your pictures can be super-special!

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