Monday 31 August 2015

A Rainbow Wedding Theme

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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Friday 28 August 2015

A Colourful Bali Destination Wedding

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.

Tuesday 25 August 2015

A Fun-Loving Wedding featuring a Tractor & Space Hoppers

You can't help but fall for this fun-loving couple. Tasha and Niall DIY'd their wedding from the ceremony up, and their personalities shine through every brilliant detail. I love their handmade marquee decorations - the bunting, ribbon chandeliers and burlap table runners, and their genius idea to ask all their friends to make cupcakes for their wedding cake. They hosted their reception in Tasha's parent's orchard, and filled it with lawn games, giant jenga, a child-out area, and even a calypso bar. Amazing! Enjoy these pictures by Michael from My Beautiful Bride - he's really captured the spirit of the occasion.

It was an easy choice to have the wedding reception in the garden of my family home where I grew up, as it's so beautiful there. 

Monday 24 August 2015

A Fabulous Festival-Style Marquee Wedding

This incredible boho wedding features a folly, a tractor, and a trio of Space Hoppers. It's pretty special!  Tasha chose her family home for her marquee reception, but took a chance on the weather, and picked an outdoor folly on the edge for a corn field for her wedding ceremony to Niall. Luckily the sun shone, and all the guests loved their personalised vows. Other DIY details include all the wedding flowers, which were arranged by the mothers of the bride and groom, the design of Tasha's wedding dress, and most of the marquee decorations. They even managed to persuade a local farmer to lend them a tractor and trailer for wedding transport. Love it! Don't miss the reception pictures in my second post of today - brilliant wedding photographer Michael, from My Beautiful Bride has done us proud!

It was an easy choice to have the wedding reception in the garden of my family home where I grew up, as it's so beautiful there. However it was harder to decided where to host our ceremony.

My husband's three-piece suit was by Duchamp London. He teamed it with a purple tie and simple white handkerchief and shirt.

Monday 17 August 2015

An Outdoor Wedding with Chandeliers & Tea-Cups

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!

Friday 7 August 2015

Introducing 77 Diamonds Engagement Rings

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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Thursday 6 August 2015

Les Trois Soeurs Designer Wedding Dress Sample Sale

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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Wednesday 5 August 2015

And the Bride wore..... Sequins

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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Tuesday 4 August 2015

A Pretty Vintage Wedding with a Brownie Wedding Cake

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. 

Sunday 2 August 2015

Introducing Ada's Bridal Reasonable Wedding Dresses

Regular readers of this blog will know I'm passionate about finding reasonable wedding dresses. I'm always slightly outraged by how much designers charge for their gowns - they know we want to look extra special on our wedding day, and they capitalise on that by upping their prices. So that's why I'm thrilled to introduce Ada's Bridal Wedding Dresses. This fantastic online store is chock-a-block with cheap wedding dresses you'll love! With gowns of every style and shape, you're sure to find a bargain. I'm loving short flirty dresses this season, and I was thrilled to find one for only £80!! Brides looking for Princess-style ball gown wedding dresses will love their range - you can even buy extra petticoats for a fuller skirt. Take a look at their fabulous range of bridesmaid dresses and wedding accessories - I was really impressed with their stunning Grecian style gowns.

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