Friday, 30 April 2010

That Friday Feeling ♥ 2

Welcome to my second Friday Feeling feature, where I share my favourite wedding-web spots of the week, so you can enjoy them too! Meanwhile, I'm off to Provence this weekend to try to find a venue for our wedding next May....wish me luck! {Pictures courtesy of Jen Huang Photography via Ruffled}

♥ Gorgeous heart-spotted wrapping paper via Oh So Beautiful Paper
♥ Help your photographer work out which guests are your best friends with handmade floral boutonnieres and fascinators from 100 Layer Cake
♥ Some of the best florals I've seen in years via Ruffled
♥ An amazing burleque-inspired big day via Rock 'n Roll Bride
♥ Prepare to drool....check out celebrity engagement rings care of Brides Magazine. Who needs a £100k rock, not me! {yes I am lying}
♥ I have fallen head-over-heels for this rose cake by Janet Mohapi Banks - it's too beautiful to eat!
♥ Advice for the men in your life {husband, ushers, father} on whether to buy or rent a suit for your big day thanks to the lovely boys over at I Am Staggered
♥ Finding it hard to pick a dress? Take a scroll-stroll through the gallery on Wedding Magazine for inspiration.

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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Real Wedding: Anna & Andrew

Using fruit as a motif in a wedding is a fantastic idea, as it represents a relationship coming to fruitition, the start of something new, and the sweetness of life. Anna and Andrew chose apples and blossom as their theme, and green as their colour, and it all tied together beautifully. The happy couple celebrated their big day at the gorgeous Layer Marney Tower in Colchester, with ceremony in the beautiful Church of St Mary the Virgin within the grounds. Since Andrew hails from Scotland there was an abundance of men in kilts, including the cutest little page-boys. I'm also loving Anna's kitten heels {so sensible on your wedding day}, the bridesmaids' bold silk dresses, and the sweet little mice cake-toppers. Stunning calligraphy on the place-markers, and such a clever idea to use pearl-topped pins to fasten them onto the apples. Many thanks to Marianne Taylor for her fabulous photographs.

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Monday, 26 April 2010

Twigs & Honey

Not keen on veils? Wondering what on earth to wear instead? Try one of these exquisite fascinators from Twigs & Honey. Chic, original and utterly romantic, they'll add a touch of pretty pastel to your big day, without breaking the bank. Self-taught, boutique designer Myra Callan creates every one from her studio in Oregon, and is more than happy to take on bespoke requests. Don't forget your bridesmaids, they'd look stunning in these feathered hats or corsages, and you could choose different colours according to their personality. Check out The Twigs and Honey website for Myra's whole collection.

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Before the Big Day Wedding Theme: Pinwheels

If you want to add a touch of childish whimsy to your wedding, why not use pinwheels? They're super-versatile, super-cheap, and come in every size, style or colour. If you made them right, they'll even spin in the breeze. Either as favours, placemarkers, as an alternative to bridesmaid bouquets, or lining the aisle, they're bound to spark smiles. Learn how to make your own at Style Me Pretty or Hello My Name is Heather, or if you're not the artistic type {nope me neither}, buy them from one of the lovely suppliers below. Don't miss the special discounts for BBD readers!

Inspiration photo credits all via Style Me Pretty {from top left} Jessica Moores, Kirsten Ellis {from bottom left: Kirsten Ellis, Rule 42, Lisa Lefkowitz

Product Credits - {from top left}Green Pinwheel: Twirlie Whirlies, Giant Bridesmaid Pinwheel: Rule 42, Invitation: Crossroads Cottage, Cupcake Pinwheels: Twirlie Whirlies {from middle left} Green Cupcake Pinwheels: Crossroads Cottage, Pinwheel Placemarks: Giggles Apu, {from top left} Spotty Cupcake & Blue Pinwheel: Twirlie Whirlies, Favour Bags: Crossroads Cottage, Peach Pinwheels: Twirlie Whirlies

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Rule 42 are offering 10% off their custom pinwheels wih the code "BTBD10"
Crossroads Cottage is offering 10% off an order of $100 or more with a mention of Before the Big Day.
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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Real Wedding: Ella & Sam

It's difficult to define romance, but for me, this gorgeous Greenwich wedding gets right to the heart of the matter. Ella and Sam celebrated their big day at Rangers House in the park, followed by a lovely dinner at Davy's Wine Vaults. Both of them looked totally fabulous, but I've falled head over heels for Sam's floral shirt and bow-tie. Super-original and lovely to see a groom looking fashionable - boys, be inspired! Violets and Velvet were responsible for the florals, and I'm loving the pink roses and eucalyptus in Ella's bouquet. Other stealworthy ideas have to be the bridesmaids' amazing sequinned jackets and patterned tights, plus the double-decker bus. Note sure why, but I've always had a soft spot for the Routemaster. Stunning pictures thanks to the lovely Chloe Browne from Caught the Light.

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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Do You Like Butter?

Sometimes something, or someone catches your eye, and you lose all rationale, and have to have it. That's exactly how I feel about this little buttercup ring. I want it, I have to have it, and I'm going to race you all to Kathi Roussel's online shop to buy it. Ready, steady.....go!

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Friday, 23 April 2010

That Friday Feeling ♥ 1

It's a brand new regular Friday feature! Each week, I'll share my favourite web spots of the week, so you can enjoy them too. What can I say? I'm a very generous person.....

♥ {In the pic} My new branding thanks to Jill Hamilton & fabulous bespoke wedding postmarks
♥ Gorgeous last-minute wedding with a pregnant bride from Snippet & Ink
♥ Cutesy, moi? I love pugs, especially on a wedding day
♥ Super-cool Hawaii wedding from 100 Layer Cake for surfer-dudes and dudettes
♥ Amazing Beatles inspired engagement session from Rock n' Roll Bride
A heart necklace that every boy should buy for his girl
♥ Would I look silly if I wore this flower headband from Rock n' Rose on my wedding day?
♥ Did you miss this Before the Big Day feature on gorgeous printables?

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♥ Real Weddings ♥

Newly engaged? Feeling the wedding fear? Not sure where to turn for ideas? There's nothing more inspiring than other couples' weddings, and that's why we feature hundreds here on Before the Big Day. Click here to see a list of them all, and pick and mix ideas. If you really love the pictures, take a note of the photographer, because the next wedding they work could be yours!

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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Real Wedding: Vicki & Leo

If you're looking to create a glamorous countryside wedding, prepare to be inspired by this gorgeous Sussex affair. Vicki and Leo picked royal blue and delicate lilac as their signature colours, and their florist did them proud, with extravagant table displays and stunning bouquets. Hate tents? Check out the unusual glass marquee which meant their guests could make the most of the beautiful weather, and star-gaze once the sun went down. Vicki looked fabulous on her big day, steal her boho style by choosing a necklace you love, and then wearing it as a circlet around your forehead. Don't miss the ushers' matching waistcoats and ties, which were all designed by Vicki's bespoke men's tailoring business, Ad Hominem. Gorgeous photographs as ever from the lovely Ken Buist.

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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Real Wedding: Jackie & Aaron

Jackie and Aaron's wedding was a riot of colour, with rich purples jostling alongside vibrant red, pink, turquoise and orange. The decadent-luxe theme continued with grand candelabra and drapes, plus Indian inspired drapes and incredible florals. The happy couple celebrated their big day in New York, but with that much detailing, they could have been anywhere in the world. Perfect inspiration for couples looking to create an international theme to their back-yard big day. Huge thanks to Karen Wise for her gorgeous pictures.

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