Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Real Elegant Monochrome Wedding - Geri & Zach

If you're looking for wedding detail inspiration, then this stunning, monochrome wedding is going to blow your socks off! It's filled to the brim with fabulous details and wedding ideas - wedding coordinator, Ashley Baber, is clearly a genius. Geri and Zach chose The Inn at Serenbe for their wedding location, and elegant black and white as their colour palette. I'm loving everything, from Geri's Miu Miu shoes, to the four-tier extravagent wedding cake, Geri's anenome bouquet and the lavender bag favours. A touch of whimsy was added with carnival-themed stationery and moustache photo-props, while the mossy and apothecary jar table decorations created a woodland feel. They even gave their cute little dog a make-over with a black bow-tie. Brilliant! Huge thanks to the ladies at Simply Bloom Photography for their fabulous photographs.

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Monday, 15 August 2011

Kate Moss' Incredible English Fête Rock n' Roll Wedding

It's taken a few months, but we can now see the incredible Mario Testino pictures from Kate Moss' wedding to Jamie Hince. They're just as wistful and romantic as you would hope them to be, with a good dollop of vintage glamour thrown in for luck. There's a definite Midsummer Night's Dream feel to them - and I'm loving Kate's entire wedding outfit - everything is exquisite, from her divine John Galliano dress, to her daisy-embroidered veil and her simple tennis bracelet. The best thing is that it almost looks like a normal English wedding - minus the supermodel element! I'm loving that Kate held her reception in an English marquee and chose daisies as her signature flowers - so light-hearted and non-showy. Also loving the flower girls' French Bonpoint dresses and the fleet of vintage Rolls Royces for the bridal party. Check out the rest of the pictures in American Vogue - there are some amazing shots of Kate's famous friends.

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Saturday, 13 August 2011

All the Autumn Wedding Fairs

Stuck for ideas? Never fear, the Wedding Fair is here! Targeted at brides and grooms who are planning their weddings, they're a great way to spot all the latest trends for 2012. And the best news? There's usually one happening every weekend! Listed below are the details of the big events, although there will be local fairs unique to your area - just search online.

{Product Credit} Rachel Simpson Shoes

♥  The National Wedding Show will once again be returning to London's Earls Court and Birmingham's NEC this Autumn, bringing with it over 300 exhibitors featuring everything from confetti to cakes, dresses to DJs and everything in between. The show runs from 30th September - 2nd October in London, and from 7th-9th October in Birmingham.

♥ For brides with a bigger budget, or those looking for luxe inspiration, don't miss the Luxury Wedding Show London at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea from the 22-23rd of October 2011. It will play host to the crème de la crème of wedding experts, with bridal designers including Temperley and Browns Brides, and premium wedding planner Mark Niemerko is setting up a consultation area offering one-to-one appointments {woohoo!}.

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Friday, 12 August 2011

Real DIY English Fête-Style Wedding: Ailsa & Jono

DIY brides are going to die and go to heaven over this incredible English fete-style garden wedding. Don't miss Ailsa's answers to the Before the Big Day questionnaire, because you're going to feel inspired by every word. It sounds like nearly everyone in Ailsa and Jono's family got involved with making their wedding perfect, and they DIY'd almost everything, from the stationery, to the signs, the table flowers, the musical entertainment, the homemade jam favours, and even a bar for the boys. Jono even grew the berries that went into the jam, and they used homegrown allotment vegetables in their table displays. Other stealworthy ideas include the bridesmaids' pretty Coast dresses, the seriously cool Scandinavian-style yurt marquee, the button badges and the amazing vintage tea-cup topped cake. Whew! That's some serious wedding details! Gorgeous pictures published with thanks to the lovely bride and groom, and the very patient {!} and hugely talented Lee Waymont.

The Before the Big Day Bridal Q&A - Ailsa 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?
We got married on 18th June 2011. We had our ceremony at Creeksea Place in Essex followed by a reception at my Dad's house just down the road.

What was your thinking behind choosing the venue and the decoration of the reception?
I wanted somewhere where I would have freedom to really personalise the venue. I was really lucky in that my Dad had just moved into a beautiful old farmhouse and it seemed like the obvious choice for what we wanted. We were looking for something a bit different to help make our day unique and I'd originally wanted Mongolian yurts rather than a marquee. But then I discovered Giant Hat Katas – a Scandinavian style tent with a wonderful outdoorsy feel, that come complete with a fire and lifting sides making them adaptable for all weathers.

Did you have a theme, colour or motif in mind? (e.g. green ivy leaves)
We wanted a kind of vintage garden party feel, but with as many of our own personal touches as possible. I play folk fiddle with Jono's Dad at the local pub, so I invited some of my folk friends down to play for a few hours in the afternoon. My sister also plays acoustic guitar and Jono's brother is in a band, so we basically took advantage of everyone!

Who made your wedding outfit and how did you come to that decision?
My dress was made by Suzanne Glenton, a wedding dressmaker who lives locally. I wanted to feel like a bride, but also have something that I felt relaxed and at ease in. I chose a simple bias-cut dress made from satin, with a chiffon layer on the back. The finishing touch was a pair of antique marcasite brooches and a headband which I bought online from Lovebirds bridal jewellery.

What about your husband’s outfit? Where was it from?
It was rented from Moss Bros.

And how about your bridesmaids’ outfits?
I bought dresses from Coast and accessorized them with pearl jewellery and a light pink rose hair piece.

What type of cake did you go for, and how did you come to that decision?
I wanted to cake to reflect the vintage theme so I chose a three tier cake with floral patterns and topped it with a teacup filled with flowers.

Did you have any favours? What were they? Was there any particular reason why you picked them?
My other half loves his allotment so we made homemade jam using fruit harvested from the plot. We also named the tables after seasonal vegetables, and created table centres from vegetables, also from our allotment.

Who was your florist, what flowers did you choose, and how did you come to that decision?
Our florist was Sam from Jacaranda in Burnham-on-Crouch. It was important to us that we supported local businesses, and as old family friend she was the ideal choice for us. Sam made the bouquets and buttonholes. The tables we did ourselves using flowers bought flowers from a wholesaler in Marks Tey.

Who was your photographer and how did you choose them?
Our photographer Lee Waymont was recommended by a friend.

Did you enjoy planning your wedding?
Yes I loved it! It does take over your life for almost a whole year, but the planning is a big part of the whole process and I wanted to have as much input as possible.

Did you have any DIY projects?
My Dad and his girlfriend cleared out one of the out buildings and created a beautiful vintage bar area with hops and dried flowers hanging from the rafters. My Dad's girlfriend also made the napkins, and my mother-in-law grew hanging baskets and troughs to help decorate the garden. Jono is a big fan of Norwich football club and so he collected football photos and posters to create a Norwich FC themed beer tent for the boys.

Who designed your stationery? What did it look like and how did you come to that decision?
One of my bridesmaids is very creative and helped me design the invitations. She also made all the signs at the reception.

What advice do you have for brides planning their big day?
Try and add as many personal touches as possible and just be yourself on the day!

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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Real Simple & Chic Russet-Themed Wedding: Sarah & Marlon

I love the simplicity of this wedding.  The bride's pearls, the chunky church candles, the white globe lanterns and the flash of colour from the bridesmaids' dresses. Sarah & Marlon tied the knot a couple of weeks ago in the company of their family and friends, and one of our favourite photographers Christine Chang was there to capture their big day.  Huge thanks go to her for these stunning, almost luminous, shots. Gorgeous!

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Wedding Theme Idea: Happily Ever After

Did you know that you can actually get married at DisneyWorld?  I know that every girl is supposed to want a Fairy Tale wedding, but isn't that taking it a bit too far? I can't think of anything more likely to ruin the mood than a pair of Mickey ears. On the other hand, there's nothing wrong with addding a few whimsical details to your big day, to add to the atmosphere of romance. Just make sure it's more along the lines of Cinderella's slippers rather than her pumpkin coach.

{Picture Credits} - Shoes & Flowers by Nikole Ramsay {Product Credits} - Tags: Seasonal Delights, Place Cards & Crown: Melker, Dress: John Galliano
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Monday, 8 August 2011

Real Lemon & Lime Themed Texas Wedding - Liz & Del

You're going to love this lemon and lime themed wedding fresh from the US state of Texas. It's chock-full of inspirational wedding details - many of them cheap and easy to copy for your own big day. If you're looking for Texas wedding ideas, you could also try My Wedding Austin. I'm loving the antique books, the chequered table cloths, vintage lime pop drinks and the homemade wedding cakes. Lovely bride, Liz chose gorgeous green and white for her wedding bouquet, and I'm particularly keen on the giant poppy-seed cases, which conjure up the changing seasons. Most of all I'm head-over-heels with the outdoor wedding venue, set under the sprawling branches with a river nearby. Texans sure know how to throw a party, so if you're considering a destination wedding, check out My Wedding Austin for suppliers and ideas. Huge thanks to photographer Jen Huang for these stunning, golden-lit pictures.

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