Showing posts with label Bright. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bright. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Real French Vintage Wedding: Melanie & Matt

It's always pretty special when a bride gets in touch with a Before the Big Day inspired wedding! Lovely Melanie regularly read Before the Big Day for wedding ideas ahead of her incredible Provence wedding last June. Inspired by my wedding mood board of natural linen, lavender and olive sprigs, Before the Big Day also inspired her to DIY her wedding details, and create a special, individual atmosphere without spending a fortune. One thing they did splash out on was their incredible wedding photographer - W Scott Chester, who flew all the way out to France to take some truly fabulous pictures. I've divided this wedding in two, because there are just so many pictures to show you - take a look at the ceremony and portrait pictures here, and I'll publish the wedding details {so many} tomorrow. My favourite details? Melanie's gorgeous lace wedding dress, the lavender confetti, Matt's colour-pop wedding tie, and the super cool vintage Ferrari. It's the best wedding photo prop I've ever seen! Don't miss Melanie's fantastic website Belle Pom-Pom. She started making fabric poms for her own wedding decorations, and now she sells and hires them to other brides and grooms. We love a wedding inspired business!

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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Real Destination Moroccan Wedding: Claire & Richard

If you're wondering how to make your wedding stand out from the crowd, have you considered a destination wedding? I've fallen for the idea of a wedding in Morocco - the flights are cheap, the wedding costs reasonable, and you're pretty much guaranteed good weather. Gorgeous couple Claire and Richard celebrated their wedding in an exquisite tropical garden in the Palmeraie area of Marrakech. I'm loving their fuchsia pink theme, the exotic birdcages {echoed in their wedding stationery} and the Moroccan decorations. With lanterns, rose petals, orange trees, billowing curtains and giant candelabra, it all looks so romantic. Guests drank traditional mint tea {yum!} and enjoyed a surprise performance of local 'Gnawa' musicians and acrobats, including some very spectacular fire-breathing. Huge thanks to Andreas Holm for taking such beautiful pictures, and to Boutique Souk for their fantastic wedding planning and design ideas.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Real Cornflower Blue-Themed Barn Wedding: Lisa & Alan

Barn weddings are something Britain does best. The countryside is bursting with gorgeous, lofty barn conversions that make the perfect setting for a shabby-chic wedding, or a vintage wedding, or in this case, a glamorous winter wedding. I'm loving all the details in Lisa and Alan's wedding, from the colour-popping cornflower flower blue, bridesmaids' dresses, to the Thornton's chocolate wedding favours, and the cute white postbox for guests' messages. Fabulous pictures published with thanks to James from Funky Pixel Photography, and don't miss Lisa's answers to the Before the Big Day Brides' Questionnaire below the pics.

The Before the Big Day Brides' Q&A - Lisa was kind enough to fill in our bridal questionnaire, aimed at helping other brides with their planning process. Feast your eyes on her answers for helpful hints and tips from someone on the other side of her big day!

Where and when did you get married?
Cooling Castle Barn in Rochester on 9th February 2012

What was your thinking behind choosing the venue and the decoration of the reception?
We both fell in love with the venue, it was unique and within our budget. We chose simple and elegant decorations, with a colour scheme of cornflower blue and ivory.

 Who made your wedding outfit (dress, veil, shoes and accessories), and how did you come to that decision?
My wedding dress was made by Maggie Sottero, the dress was simply stunning & it was everything that I had always imagined wearing. My shoes were bought from John Lewis and my hair accessories were from Oriental Pearl.

What about your husband’s outfit? Where was it from?
We hired the suits from a place in Wales, called Oh Suit Hire

And how about your bridesmaids’ outfits?
Our bridesmaid dresses were bought from a family-run bridal shop called Jacqueline's House of Brides.

Did you have any favours? What were they? Was there any particular reason why you picked them?
We had our favours made by Thorntons, they contained three chocolate truffles with our first initials printed on them. We liked them because they added a little personal touch, and they were reasonably in priced.

Who was your florist, what flowers did you choose, and how did you come to that decision?
We used a family-run florist based in Kent, called The Darling Buds of Kent. The flowers we used for all of our bouquets are called Norma Jeane Roses. Our button holes were Avalanche Roses. I've always loved roses, so it was an easy decision!

Who was your photographer and how did you choose them?
Our photographer was James of Funky Pixel Photography. We actually won James' services in a competition! We were quite nervous of this to begin with, but after his viewing his work and meeting him in person, we were absolutely delighted to have won & couldn't have picked a better photographer.

Did you enjoy planning your wedding?
I loved every minute of planning our wedding, although like every bride I had days that were stressful.

Who designed your stationery? What did it look like and how did you come to that decision?
Our stationery was designed by a lady I had met on a Facebook wedding swap shop, she listened to my opinion and designed what I had described.

What advice do you have for brides planning their big day?
Try not to stress out and delegate simple tasks your maid of honour and bridesmaids - after all, they're there to help you. Enjoy and embrace every moment from the planning, to the actual big day. And don't let others opinions deter you from having what you want, as this your special day. 

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Wedding Flowers - Brights vs Whites

When it came to choosing my wedding flowers, I found it impossible to pick between simple white, or a riot of brights. My overall wedding colour theme was white and grey, so there was plenty of scope for making a real statement with my wedding flowers. The splash of colour would have looked fabulous against my white dress, and the white tablecloths at my wedding reception, but in the end I bottled it, and chose simple white blooms. What are you planning for your wedding flowers and wedding tablescapes? Check out these pictures for some inspirational designer flowers for your wedding, and don't miss my Pinterest page for more fabulous wedding details.

{Photo Credit} Aaron Delesie

{Photo Credit} Green Wedding Shoes

{Photo Credit} Rachel Thurston via Green Wedding Shoes

{Photo Credit} Sarah Yates at Birds of a Feather via Once Wed

And now for the white wedding flower inspiration....

{Photo Credit} My wedding by Caught the Light

{Photo Credit} This Modern Romance

{Photo Credit} We Love Pictures

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