It’s just 1 week or 7 days or 168 hours (yikes!!) until we launch the new b.loved, and I literally can NOT wait to show you what we’ve been working on over the past few months. In fact, if I could show you right now I would but I think my web designers Ashley & Malone may just have a mini panic attack! But while we’re busy testing, tweaking and making the new look blog utterly beautiful, there will still be a week of stunning inspiration right here, every day this week.
Perhaps it’s the cooler weather, or perhaps is the tension of building a new site, but this autumn I’ve found myself craving a juicy glass of red wine in the evening, something I never thought I would! So I’m kicking off our final week in our current guise with some warm and cosy inspiration using rich merlot shades. I’ve paired it with a colour that so often gets overlooked at this time of year, a muted yellow or mustard tone adds a much needed pop of colour and adds some contrast to all those warm berry colours. I’m head over heels for these bold & beautiful dresses – but if you want to stick to bridal white why not dress your bridesmaids in a mix of these two shades? Add an autumnal touch to flowers and bouquets with ripe juicy berries mixed into wild flower bouquets for a relaxed and slightly boho vibe. Add warm blankets and chunky knits to keep you and your guests warm and make for cute and cosy wedding pics too!
Don’t you just love autumn weddings?
It’s a fact that many wedding industry businesses started out with a newly wed falling in love with weddings, and wanting to make a career out of their new-found interests. I’m guessing there’s a few of you reading this post right now, mid wedding-planning frenzy, wondering if you could do it too? It’s how I started, and though I wouldn’t change my journey so far for the world, I could never have imagined how hard I would have to work (bye bye weekends) or the achievements I could have made (hello Wedding Blog Award!). One thing is for sure, I could not have got this far without an amazing support network, and as a blogger this has been easier for me to build than perhaps some other businesses.
Yesterday I shared a shoot I styled for the UK Academy of Wedding & Event Planning, a fantastic organisation that was founded to support new wedding planners and stylists with recognised qualifications, a professional team with experience of the industry and a panel of current industry expert advisors, ensuring their content and outlook remains fresh. Today I’m delighted to welcome founder Kylie Carson to b.loved to tell us more about the UKAWEP, how it can help you, and more about their bold new re-brand and shoot!
Combining my love of the wedding industry, sharing knowledge and styling is my ultimate aim. So when the UK Academy of Wedding & Event Planning asked me to get involved with coordinating and styling a shoot to reflect their new branding, it wasn’t hard to say yes. The UKAWEP provides the only course in the UK specifically for wedding stylists, which is why I’m also a member of their Advisory Board, helping them stay current and fresh in the fast moving world of wedding trends! We’ll be finding out more about the UKAWEP tomorrow as Director Kylie Carson joins us to tell us more about starting your own wedding business and reasons behind their rebrand. But today’ it’s ALL about the pretty, styled by me, photographed by Anneli Marinovich, and brought to life with the help of an amazing local team of wedding pro’s who also believe in my ethos of sharing, learning and growing together.
This wedding makes me want to dance around my office singing Pharell William’s ‘Happy‘ – if it’s not already Kallie & Ansu’s anthem it definitely should be! They are possibly the coolest, most perfect loved-up couple we’ve ever shared on b.loved. There is just so much to love about their day, from the sunshine yellow colour palette and modern organic décor, to the heartfelt details and happy smiling faces all day long. Kallie is such a pretty bride, I’m totally in love with her wedding day style from the big tulle dress to the simple side bun and minimal jewellery. Ansu isn’t far behind in the fashion stakes rocking a pretty cool outfit complete with braces, bowtie and a DIY wooden buttonhole. Although, his coolest accessory has to be his groomswoman. Yes, you read that right. And she totally rocked it.
Their venue, the aptly named Cowshed, is nestled in the north South African countryside near the renowned Kruger park, and hints of their South African roots are everywhere from the relaxed farm style, to yellow painted proteas (LOVE!!), and animal motifs. This couple and their family are seriously creative too, practically DIY-ing the whole day from scratch, but if I hadn’t told you I bet you’d never have guessed! This is DIY done so right. Of course to capture it they needed a seriously cool photographer, who they found in Andre from Black Frame Photography.
Is there such a thing as too many photos? I’m not sure I care… enjoy this one my loves!!
A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to The Bingham hotel in Richmond for a bloggers beauty session with makeup artist & hair stylist Tori Harris. It was a really fun day with some of my fave fellow bloggers, where we were taught Tori’s makeup tips and tricks for flattering everyday makeup looks and how to pump up the glamour for an evening event. I’ve never been that good at doing my own makeup, learning mostly from magazine tutorials and makeup packaging and never really knowing what suited my skin, face shape and eyes. Tori quickly helped with some easy do’s and don’ts as well as some fab product recommendations (which are slowly working their way into my makeup bag!)
Tori herself is one of the loveliest people in the wedding industry. With wedding mornings often a sort of organised chaos, she’s the perfect calming influence, and immediately makes you feel comfortable, making sure everything is organised and on schedule so you can relax and enjoy the time with your girlfriends before the ceremony. I’m delighted to welcome Tori to b.loved today to tell you a bit more, and share some of her top tips for looking your very best on your wedding day
What better way to spend an evening than with your girlfriends getting pampered and inspired by some of the UK’s best wedding suppliers? Join twobirds Bridesmaid and Conde Nast Brides magazine at the ultimate Girls Night Out on Tuesday 21st October from 6.30-8.30pm at Cafe Royale.
Promising an evening of bridesmaid styling, wedding inspiration and pampering treatments and a fantastic line up of suppliers including Emmy, Larry Walshe, Maisie Fantaisie, Cutture, Sapphire Pink, Joseph Koniak and Naomi Neoh. What’s more, there’s the chance to win some incredible prizes in the raffle including twobirds Bridesmaid dresses (and a never-before-seen dress), Emmy shoes, Naomi Neoh accessories, a Raimon Bundo ‘Diana’ wedding dress and much more. It’s an event not to be missed, after all who doesn’t love a girl’s night out?!
Tickets cost £5 (incl one raffle ticket) or £10 (including three raffle tickets) and all proceeds go to Breast Cancer UK.
To book call 020 7836 3222 or email [email protected]
Wow, what a weekend!
On Friday night I was invited to The Wedding Blog Awards 2014, hosted by Wedding Magazine at the gorgeous and rather swanky Savoy. I got to spend an afternoon being pampered in preparation with the lovely Gabi from Sweetpea PR, wear a fabulous frock from Maids to Measure, with the most stunning sparkly Vintage Styler necklace and Jimmy Choos (yes Choos!!) from Cindy’s Choos. We were welcomed in to the ceremony room with champagne and plenty of smiles from the Wedding Magazine team and thoroughly spoilt with free-flowing champagne all evening. This year b.loved was nominated in two categories; Best Big Day Inspiration and Best Wedding DIY. Sadly we didn’t win in either category, but are so proud and happy for the the very worth winners Nu Bride (who had everyone in awe with her truly inspiring thank you speech) and Bespoke Bride.
As Wedding Magazine Editor Claire took to the stand to present her Editor’s Choice Award I remember just being so glad to be a part of this wonderful industry, enjoying an evening with some incredible inspiring industry colleagues and friends. So it was a complete an utter shock when she announced b.loved as the winner of this incredibly special prize!! I may have actually squealed. It still hasn’t really sunk in, so today we’re taking a day off to enjoy and celebrate, but not before thanking some incredible people for their support, commitment and love for b.loved… you!!! Thank you to all of my wonderful, stylish and gorgeous readers, contributors, friends and family who are always there helping me achieve my dreams – whether you’re reading the blog, submitting your work, supporting the team or just recommending b.loved to your engaged friends. A huge thank you too the Claire and the team at Wedding Magazine for their recognition of b.loved as a stylish, forward-thinking blog. As we head towards our relaunch in just two weeks time, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of the new b.loved…
A few weeks ago, on a sunny Friday afternoon Mr B and I made the trip from London to the beautiful Shropshire countryside to spend a night at Iscoyd Park. One of the UK’s most beautiful wedding venues, this delightful venue has been on my must-see list for quite some time, so needless to say I was more than happy to be invited along for an evening of relaxation and luxury.
Wining and dining requires more than a few hand-fed oysters; unique foodie experiences have taken centre stage in honeymoons, and newlyweds are hunting down regional delicacies, signing up for cookery classes and securing tables in Michelin-star-bearing eateries. We asked Sarah Jackson, honeymoon expert and travel consultant at boutique hotel booking service Mr & Mrs Smith, for her top three gourmet honeymoon destinations.
Shannon & Matt’s wedding is the perfect vision romance and classic style, filled with roses, gold and touches of glitter it’s the grown-up reality of every little girl’s dream celebration. Shannon’s getting ready style is definitely worth a look at – I just adore her lace-edged robe – but it doesn’t stop there! The groom looked dashing in his black suit & tie, while the bride mixed modern and whimsy with her dramatic fishtail gown and veil. There’s even a first look, captured perfectly by photographer Melissa Vossler. I could go on, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking…