• Mr & Mrs Smith's Sexiest Bedrooms in the World Mr & Mrs Smith's Sexiest Bedrooms in the World
  • Monica and Maurizio's Romantic Italian Lake Wedding Monica and Maurizio's Romantic Italian Lake Wedding
  • Zoe & Greg’s Autumnal Engagement Shoot Zoe & Greg’s Autumnal Engagement Shoot
  • Win Tickets to The London Foodie Wedding Fair Win Tickets to The London Foodie Wedding Fair
  • #169: Mid-Century Modern #169: Mid-Century Modern
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Mr & Mrs Smith's Top 5 Sexiest Bedrooms

If you’re looking for a romantic bolthole for your honeymoon, take a peek at boutique hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith – they know a thing or two about finding the perfect boudoir. In fact, they’ve done all the legwork for you by shortlisting the 20 Sexiest Bedrooms in the world for the Smith Hotel Awards 2014, the annual celebration of the world’s most stylish stays. I asked Smith honeymoon expert Fiona Bickmore for her top picks from those dreamy stays!

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Monica and Maurizio's Impossibly Romantic Italian Lake Wedding by Les Amis Photos (22)

They arrived in aboat. A rowing boat, you guys!!!

If this isn’t the most impossibly romantic wedding you’ve ever seen then my days as a wedding blogger are truly numbered.  The perfect palette of pretty spring pastels, a ceremony on the shores of the most beautiful Italian lake, a macaramé lace and tulle dress and possibly the prettiest every bouquet I’ve ever set eyes on (and I’ve seen a few).  This is probably the most loved up couple I’ve ever had the joy to feature on b.loved!  The beautiful photography is by Les Amis Photo.

Did I mention they arrived in a boat?

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Fall engagement shoot south africa

Well I’ve finally given in to the fact that Autumn is almost here, the boots are waiting for their first outing and I’ve been on more than one shopping spree to stock up on some cosy fall fashion (any excuse!)!  So it seems appropriate to share Zoe & Greg’s gorgeous engagement shoot today, we love how their navy blue outfits contrast perfectly with the seasonal yellow leaves and golden sunshine. Thank you to Cape Town photographer Dehan Engelbrecht for sharing!

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Wedding Show London Autumn 2014 Food Wedding Cake Favours Catering

Among the vows and the pretty flowers there’s one part of your day that your guests will always remember, food!  We use it to celebrate every special occasion, so whether banquet or buffet your wedding breakfast is one of the most memorable meals you (and your guests!) will ever eat.  More than three years later, I still have guests congratulation me on the amazing lamb cutlets we ate at our wedding, just imagine if it had been horrible?!!

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The London Foodie Wedding Fair, held at Skinners Hall on Sunday 21st September, 2014 brings together some of the best artisan food suppliers in the industry.   Exhibitors will be inspiring brides and grooms, champagne glass in hand, to plann a gourmet wedding day with everything you could dream of to celebrate from canapés to wedding cakes.

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Plum, navy & mad men 1950's wedding inspiration

I’m a sucker for mid-century furniture, it inspired me throughout my design degree and you’ll see influences of mid-century style throughout my styling work.  My ply-based Eames dining chairs are my favourite ever purchase!  This 1950′s design movement was characterised by clean simplicity and an integration with nature, so it’s easily translated into the world of weddings with bold graphics, rich jewel colours and plenty of polished timber furniture.  I think it’s perfect for an Autumnal celebration, the warm colours are so inviting and welcoming and contrasts perfectly with the golden landscape of the season.

Furniture is key, think chintzy styles contrasted with sleek button back sofas in tweedy fabrics and mid-century design classics from Eames, Saarinen and Bertoia mixed with ply and mahogany tables.  Of course a bar cart is a must for Mad Men-style cocktails!  This style of furniture is available to hire in the UK from suppliers like Inspire Hire, just ask if they don’t have exactly what you’re after!  Add rich plum coloured florals, a 50′s prom-style wedding dress with birdcage veil, retro-inspired stationery and some cheeky signage, and you’ve got it covered!

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Botanical Powder Blue & White Tuscany Wedding Invite

Happy Friday my loves!  This morning I’m delighted to share with you the newest collection from Knots & Kisses Wedding Stationery.  Nikki’s work is a firm favourite with us at b.loved HQ (with a customised version of her chevron design featuring in our Real Life Bride Danielle’s wedding earlier this week!).  Knots & Kisses launches new collections twice a year, and Nikki never fails to disappoint with fresh new designs proving popular with brides throughout the year.  This Autumn sees the introduction of four new designs inspired by the botanicals trend seen creeping in this year, with florals featuring strongly.  While there’s definitely a vintage influence in every range, the designs are pared back and simplified, making them perfect for the style-concious contemporary bride.

To celebrate the launch Nikki has an exclusive discount for b.loved brides.  Get 10% off any of the new ranges by quoting BLOVEDOFFER14 when ordering before 31st December 2014.

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Blush, gold & navy winter wedding table setting

Good morning my loves! It’s a double-wedding-whammy this week as I get to share the final chapter of our Real Life Bride Danielle’s story.  Yesterday she told us all her contemporary classic chevron & succulent-filled English wedding and today we get to see her South African blessing ceremony and celebration with family and their friends.  Being winter in their home town of Cape Town meant a colour palette change for this wintery day, using blush, gold and navy while fairy and candle lights added a cosy warm glow to the party.  Their utterly romantic day was captured perfectly by local photographer Yolande Marx.

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Maggie Sottero wedding dress

To say I’m excited to share today is a bit of an understatement!!  It’s FINALLY time to share the wedding(s!!!) of our gorgeous Real Life Bride Danielle to her fiancé Christiaan, captured by one of my very favourite fine art photographers, Holly at Belle & Beau Photography.  It’s been over a year since these two got engaged and started sharing their wedding planning journey on b.loved, from their hilarious engagement story (involving a pie!) to the difficulties of planning an overseas wedding and their gorgeous winter-y engagement shoot showcasing the groom’s obsession with Polaroid cameras!

The inspiration for their day started with this chevrons & succulents mood board which I created especially for Danni, and ended in not one but two magical celebrations in both the UK and South Africa.  Today I get to share their contemporary classic UK wedding on a stunning summer’s day at Coombe Lodge in the beautiful Somerset countryside.  They exchanged vows in the sunshine after sneaking in a first look with their photographer Holly from Belle & Beau (yay!!) and celebrated with friends and family in a stylish reception. There is just SO much to say about their day – from the chevron details that appeared throughout the stationery and framed prints incorporating their favourite romantic quotes by Knots & Kisses, classic clouds of white hydrangeas created by Liz at Blue Sky Flowers to the contemporary succulent favours (a sweet detail included in honour of my own South African wedding where Danni was a bridesmaid!) and DIY details.  Yet, for me this wedding is mega special, as not only did I get to share Danielle & Christiaan’s story right here on the blog, but also as their wedding stylist, guest and sister-in-law!!  But enough from me, here’s the lovely Danni with the story of their day…

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Larissa & John's Breakfast Engagement Shoot with Anna Pumer Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

I LOVE at home engagement shoots, there’s nothing more personal, cosy and romantic.  Larissa and John met when she moved into his house as a student, so home really is where the heart is for these two!  One Sunday morning their photographer Anna Pumer rocked up to catch these two doing what they love best – making a lazy breakfast in their PJ’s at their stylish London flat.  I absolutely adore these two…

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orange, navy and teal wedding colour palette inspiration board with modern prints and geometric patterns

Hi lovelies!  Well what a gorgeous weekend! Mr B headed up to the Welsh borders to visit the absolutely beautiful Iscoyd Park, a venue that’s been on my wishlist for a while now.  Oh my, we were not disappointed!  I’ll be writing up my review soon, so check back in a few weeks to find out more about our stay!

Autumn is slowly creeping up on us, so this week I’m sharing another colour combo that’s just perfect for this time of year, when we’re not yet settling into cosy jumpers and crunching golden leaves.  Shades of blue are always beautiful, but add a pop of orange and you’ve got a contemporary, and fun palette with just the right amount of warmth – a combination that’s hot in fashion this season too!  I’ve kept some subtle geometric themes running through this board, a contemporary take on ikat patterns, with on-trend chevrons and stripes in tones of blue, aqua, orange and tangerine.  As ever with modern schemes, less is more. I’d keep the flowers to the bouquets and buttonholes and create this fab DIY chevron backdrop from the Glitter Guide to create a focal point for your ceremony and behind the top table.  Keeping it simple, cover the tables with tall, elegant dinner candles in bold, bright shades which add a warm glow as the evening goes on, find the DIY on Martha Stewart.

Are you celebrating this Autumn? We’d love to hear what colours you’ve picked for this transitional time of year, leave a comment below!

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