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Good morning my loves! Another month.. another post from the lovely Emma Hla of Coco Wedding Venues. This month she’s inspiring us with her favourite Autumn wedding venues, and we’ve spotted a few of our faves!

I should have been an Autumn Bride.

It’s without doubt my favourite season – the change in the air, the crunch underfoot and the back-to-school excitement sends me into a bit of a frenzy. Oh, and of course the dramatic and vibrant explosion of colour and richness is beauteous. Don’t you think…?  To celebrate this new season falling upon us, I wanted to share my Top 5 Autumnal Wedding Venues with you…

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Rustic meets classic in today’s wedding, and I simply adore how bride Julia combined the two cleverly throughout her day.  Monochrome stripes, structured florals and a classic dress gave their traditional church ceremony a formal feel, while their marquee reception gave way to rustic DIY details and informal styling to let the guests know it’s time to relax and party!  My favourite element of their entire day has to be these beautiful Jimmy Choo’s, doesn’t every bride need a pair of these to adorn her bridal toes?! Thank you Weddings by Nicola and Glen for the lovely pics!

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Today’s fresh and contemporary styled shoot from Kate Nielen Photography and Jemma- Jade Events provides a little light relief from the warm and cosy autumnal inspiration we’ve been sharing lately.  Inspired by the light, white interiors of One Horseguards, the newest addition to One Event’s stunning wedding venue portfolio, this talented team of London-based wedding suppliers used a bright canvas of white with a neutral palette of greens, taupe and grey to create this modern, yet still romantic, inspiration.  I love the balance of detail with minimalism, providing beautiful inspiration for all you modern brides looking for a touch of pretty.

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171 Industrial Elegance Vintage and Chemistry inspired wedding moodboard for You & Your Wedding Magazine by Louise Beukes Styling on www.blovedweddings.com

Good morning lovely ones! Something a little different for our Monday mood board this week, as I get to share the inspiration behind a recent shoot that I (aka Louise Beukes Styling) was commissioned to style for You & Your Wedding magazine. As the UK’s top selling bridal publication it was a real honour to be asked to create a brand new look inspired by a reader dilemma – how to combine the bride’s love of vintage with the groom’s background in chemistry.  I though an industrial setting would be the perfect way to marry these two ideas, contrasting masculine and feminine details throughout the scheme.  Exposed brick and industrial science-lab details, wire and metal paired with elegant florals in shades of plum and blush pink create a dramatic yet romantic effect.   You can see the finished shoot, and read more about the concept in the Nov/Dec issue of You & Your Wedding, plus I’ll be sharing the full shoot on b.loved very soon!

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Overlooking the banks of the River Thames in the elegant London suburb of Richmond, The Bingham is one of my favourite local wedding venues.  Renowned for it’s food, stylish interiors and excellent service The Bingham offers a flexible space to suit your style, along with 15 beautifully appointed bedrooms to accommodate guests.

The Garden Room’s classic contemporary interior offers the perfect canvas for a stylish wedding, with a stunning glass corridor bringing in heaps of natural light and access onto the beautifully manicured gardens.  Head Chef Mark Jarvis creates their award-winning menu, using the finest, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients that make this the perfect choice for a chic, gourmet wedding.

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Grecian Goddess Styled Shoot by Bowtie & Belle (15)

I daren’t count how many times I’ve revisited the beautiful images from this shoot.  Captured by fine art photographer Bowtie & Belle, and a team of creative suppliers from the Cotswolds, you’d never believe this shoot took place in the UK.  Yet it did, in the very beautiful grounds of Birtsmorton Court.  Filled with a light, dreamy airiness and elegant simplicity you’ll be transported to the olive groves of Greece in the blink of an eye…

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I love how the tiniest detail can spark your imagination, decide a whole colour palette and inspire a bride’s whole wedding day look.   Today’s bride Michelle fell in love with the beautiful and historic Hawksmoor House in the winelands of Cape Town, and the blue & white antique crockery which decorates the walls of this grand former home.  Having visited this beautiful venue myself on a previous trip to Cape Town I can totally understand Michelle’s infatuation, this place is homely, warm and welcoming, yet boasts an important heritage.  She used these classic colours and antique details throughout her day, from commissioning bespoke jewellery and making DIY magnets with the all important blue & white pattern, to sourcing French Chantilly lace to give her wedding day outfit an elegant, antique-inspired edge.  Cape Town favourite Yolande Marx captured all the beauty.

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Yellow, Black & Gold Jet Set Wedding Inspiraition by Shhivika Chauhan (18)

Just how cool would it be to jet off somewhere exotic for a romantic elopement?  Well, if it looked anything like this obscenely glamorous affair we could be very tempted indeed!  Taking the idea of a high-flying, jet-setting couple, photographer Shhivka Chauan decided to create a shoot to inspire a stylish elopement wedding with more than a hint of sparkle.  With a striking black, gold and yellow colour palette this look is a real statement.  Add in the backdrop of the Hiller Aviation Museum, and the feathered skirt of the brides dress and there’s more than a touch of modern Gatsby glamour!

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BLOVED READER SURVEY 2014

Good afternoon lovelies!

I can’t believe it’s been over 3 years since I began this blogging journey! It’s hard to remember a time when I didn’t spend my days, evenings and weekends writing, dreaming and planning content for b.loved, and yet it seems like only yesterday I wrote that very first post.  We’ve re-branded and updated the layout and design more than once, but this year we’ve got something even more exciting planned.

To make sure b.loved is the very best it can be, we need your help!  We’d love to hear what you love, and what you don’t love so much about b.loved to help us plan the right content to inspire you.

To say thank you for your time, we’ll be entering everyone who completes the survey into a prize draw to win a £50 Mr & Mrs Smith voucher and set of five Travel Guides.  The survey will close on 20th October 2014.

Click here to take part.

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Purple & plum protea wedding inspiration for a rustic autumn wedding

Aren’t these colours just gorgeous? Plummy shades are such a popular choice for this time of year, when temperatures begin to drop and the leaves begin to fall.  On those gorgeous golden Autumn days a woodland wedding, with crunching leaves underfoot and the sun still warm enough for your guests, is a wonderful way to embrace the season.

At this time of year, proteas are one of my favourite flowers.  They often get bad press, and admittedly they’re not the prettiest, most romantic of blooms, but with gorgeous textures from the architectural petals of the dusky pink ‘Pink Ice’ to soft and pretty ‘Blushing Brides’ and bold and beautiful ‘King Protea’ they make a striking Autumnal addition to any bouquet or centrepiece.  As the key ingredient of this week’s board, I’ve paired them with rich berry shades and added a bohemian twist, a seventies-style lace wedding dress and floral crown with strong geometric lights hanging in the trees to add a more contemporary element.  Keep a whimsical, romantic feel with trailing blush ribbons, soft pink linens and bridesmaids in dusky berry shades.  For a September celebration add a pop of brighter pink to make the whole look pop, or switch for a darker purple-black shade as we move deeper into October.

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