• Nicole & Hilton's Elegant Neutral Wedding Nicole & Hilton's Elegant Neutral Wedding
  • Hannah & Farlan's Colourful Garden Party Wedding Hannah & Farlan's Colourful Garden Party Wedding
  • Bright & Beautiful Bridesmaids from Belle & Bunty Bright & Beautiful Bridesmaids from Belle & Bunty
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With just a couple of days to go until we launch the new look b.loved, it seems appropriate to celebrate that exactly one year ago today we hosted the b.party!! Exactly one year ago today I stood in the very blank canvas of Trinity Buoy Wharf with a team of exceptionally talented and hard-working fellow wedding pro’s, and I’m proud to say friends, and took a deep breath considering the mammoth task ahead.   One year ago today we worked together to create something truly beautiful, wonderful and stylish.  One year ago today I put on my dress, walked under a canopy of streamers and welcomed nearly 150 of the wedding industry’s best to a party – celebrating not only the successes and growth of b.loved, but of the whole industry.  And one year on that seems like such a long time ago, yet only yesterday.  I am so very grateful to everyone who has made b.loved what it is today, and I am so very excited to show you what I’ve been working towards, not just over the past few months but every moment of the past four years.  I’m so very proud of what this little blog has achieved, but now it’s time for something new.

On Monday we will reveal the new b.loved… a brand new look, a brand new team, brand new content and a brand new home.  Join us from 9am at www.blovedblog.com for the next stage of the journey!

Thank you CKB Photography for the beautiful images

Elegant Neutral South African Wedding Photographed by Carolien & Ben Photography (41)

If you asked me what my all time favourite timeless wedding colour palette would be it would have to be sophisticated neutrals.  A mix of ivory, oyster, blush and the softest hint of gold will never, ever go out of fashion and is guaranteed to always look chic.  Nicole is one stylish bride, so it’s no wonder she chose this elegant combination to celebrate her marriage to outdoors-y groom Hilton.  Using shades of white and touches of hessian and twine, Nicole added interest and texture throughout the décor to ensure it’s anything but bland.  All white flowers, displayed in clear vases with pretty tableware finish the look.  Her dress is stunning, with a demure-yet-sexy sheer back and long cathedral veil, stylish maids in stone coloured maxi’s and the cutest flower girls and pageboys you ever did see, we’re loving their ballerina-inspired look!  Their day is so stylish it hurts, complimented beautifully by photography from Carolien & Ben.

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Colourful Garden Party Wedding Photographed by Anouschka Rokebrand on BLOVED Blog (13)

It’s no secret I love an intimate wedding, and all the better when it’s relaxed, fun and all about family!  Hannah & Farlan decided to celebrate their marriage with a chilled out summer garden party, their guests dressed in relaxed attire, sipping champagne and beer and enjoying an afternoon tea of sweet treats and wedding cake.  Hannah’s style is sweet and informal, with her pretty lace dress and braided hair accessorised simply with a few brightly coloured flowers.  She dressed her maids in colour-clashing red and pink and they carried wild and colourful bouquets by Dutch floral master, Don Florito who’s work I just adore.  Anouschka Rokebrand captured the whole day.

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Morning lovely ladies! Today we’re talking bridesmaids with Belle & Bunty.  Fashion forward Hannah & Alice are a definite favourite at b.loved HQ so we were super excited we heard this fab British brand, best known for their bridal and evening wear, had launched a brand new bridesmaids collection.  These ladies are super-stylish trend setters (seriously, check out their Instagram feed!), so they were always going to come up with something different for this new collection and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.  Stepping away from pretty pastels and chic classic shades, they’ve gone for a playful, modern and bright colour palette that’s sure to add a real wow factor to your day!

“We believe nowadays brides want something a bit different and colour plays a massive part in the look and feel of your wedding day. Bright, bold colours create a fun feel for those wanting their wedding to stand out from the crowd and really can show individual personalities. Vibrant shades are cheerful and punchy bringing a light, happy mood for a daring modern day bride” - Hannah & Alice, Belle & Bunty.

With 5 key styles, the collection has been designed with the woman’s natural shape in mind, using clean graphic lines to balance proportions and highlight your best bits – whatever your body shape.  Each style is available in 16 vibrant shades, a choice of lengths – maxi, midi or mini, and with or without sleeves so your maids can pick what suits them best.  Best of all, each style has been designed to compliment Belle & Bunty‘s bridal collection perfectly, combining vintage influences and modern style to create a timeless, chic and elegant look for your whole bridal party.  And with prices ranging from £350-450 they are the perfect ‘wear again’ dress too!

A visit to the Belle & Bunty boutique in trendy North London is a must for any fashion-conscious bride & her bridesmaids.  Visit www.belleandbunty.co.uk to book an appointment and for more information.

Modern plum & yellow Autumn wedding colour palette

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?

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Become A Wedding Planner or Stylist with the UKAWEP Photographed by Anneli Marinovich (2)

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!

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Coral and Peach Vintage School Styled Shoot for the UKAWEP by Anneli Marinovich Photography and Louise Beukes Styling (1)

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.

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Kallie & Ansu's Modern Organic South African Wedding with Yellow Painted Proteas by Blackframe Photography (63)

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!!

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Bloggers Beauty Masterclass with Tori Harris MUA at The Bingham

Morning lovelies!

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

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twobirds Girls Night Out with Brides Magazine & Breast Cancer UK

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]