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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.

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Credit: Anneli Marinovich Photography

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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 London Bridal Boutique Stockist of Claire Pettibone, Jenny Packham, Cymbeline, Catherine Deane, Charlotte Casadejus, Suzanne Neville, Clinton Lotter

Nestled among the cute cafe’s and independent boutiques of Blackheath High Street is one of those hidden gems of the wedding world.  Blackburn Bridal Couture stocks dresses from the very best International and local designers in the most beautiful space, run by a friendly and fashion-focussed team and boutique owner Russell Blackburn.  Light floods through the large front windows, illuminating rows and rows of lace, silk, chiffon and tulle dresses just begging to be sashayed down the aisle on your wedding day, alongside the prettiest shoes and sparkliest accessories.  If you’re dreaming of the perfect romantic, elegant, boho-inspired dress you’ll find it here.  Thank you Claire Graham Photography for the beautiful images.

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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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