Hi lovelies! Today we welcome back Megan, our Autumn real-life bride who’s sharing her hunt for the perfect venue. Once you’ve picked your venue, all the other ideas and details start coming together (I promise, they really do!), so we know it’s a tough one! Megan’s search involved satisfying hubby-to-be Olly’s foodie cravings, her own (imagined!) dream venue, a change of date and a cross-Europe move. So if she can do it, I know you can too!
I’ve had the image of the perfect wedding location in my mind for as long as I can remember. The big problem with the image in my head is that it’s not a real place. It was constructed entirely in my (very detail-specific) imagination, bit by bit, over my entire life. And the place I created set some very high standards for any real location I would come upon. I am Catholic, and knew from the beginning that the ceremony would be in a church. The reception venue, however, was an entirely different matter. I have officially banned myself from Pinterest because, after years of knowing I wanted an elegant, traditional location, I found myself thinking, “Maybe a shabby chic farm party is the way to go…! Ahhhh, but this penthouse loft with panoramic city views is sooooo cool!”. It’s great to explore the options, but I came back to what I knew I wanted from the start.
Sometimes I receive submissions so breathtakingly beautiful that I have to actually pinch myself to check that it’s real and not some figment of my imagination. One of the biggest blessings for any blogger is to share the most beautiful inspiration out there, and inspire you to incorporate some of the ideas into your own big day. As the Spring blossom holds on to the branches here in the UK for just a few more days, I hope this shoot inspires to you get out there and make the most of this, surely the prettiest, season!
Submitted by Darya, of Organic Album, and Victoria of NW Luxury Events, this purely romantic elopement shoot was set in a beautiful blossoming orchard, under branches laden with the prettiest pink petals of Spring. It’s dreamy, it’s inspiring, and my words simply do it no justice. This is one where the pictures need to do the talking…
Tuesday morning means it’s Style Guide time, and if you’ve already been swooning over this month’s New Romantic styling you’re in for a treat as we share the absolutely stunning looks created from our b.team fashion team today!
Pared back luxury – one of 2014′s biggest trends – is a move away from lots of hand-crafted, personalised details and towards a few beautiful, luxurious ones with just as much sentiment. We saw a touch of this last week in the Frambroise et Menthe board I created for bride-to-be Stephanie, and in Chenel & Pieter’s deconstructed-elegance wedding. It’s based on one of my favourite principles ‘less is more’, so while there may be less details it’s even more important that every single one is perfect.
A powder blue and nude palette is soft, romantic and timeless, so a great choice for this look. It suits a rustic, organic style venue, perhaps a barn, or even a beautiful covered terrace with uncovered wooden tables and chairs, a simple lace or linen runner and a selection of carefully placed loose and organic table arrangements. Flowers should be delicate and pale in colour – barely there in fact – with soft silvery trailing foliage adding to the rustic effect. Add a touch of luxury with elegant drapes, at windows, as a backdrop to your head table (or sweetheart table!), or gently draped along a terrace to frame a wonderful view. Stationery should be beautifully simple; calligraphy is perfect, with touches of kraft and powder blue papers tied with the softest silk ribbons or raw edged cotton. Bridal styling is soft and loose, you can still go for a big gown if you like with bouncy layers of tulle, perhaps in a subtle shade of nude or silvery blue, but definitely keep the rest of your look simple with an elegant slightly undone up-do, minimal jewellery and a beautiful but simple hand tied bouquet.
Just before Christmas I received an email from the team behind Brides The Show, asking if I wanted to get involved as an ‘Official Blogger Ambassador’. Of course to be associated with one of the UK’s top wedding shows is a complete honour, but Brides is just another level! I love that they pick only the most stylish, dedicated suppliers to exhibit, and partner with incredible brands (Laurent Perrier, anyone?!) to offer their brides something different. Brides The Show is more than just a room filled with (very beautiful) exhibitor stands, but wants you to get involved too, with live demonstrations in the Imagination Room, chats with the experts On the Sofa and a not-to-be-missed catwalk curated by Brides very own Fashion Editor. Last year’s inaugral show created such a buzz, so needless to say Maxeen and I were excited to see what they had in store this year!
Here’s our top picks and fab finds (and thank you Maxeen for the pics!)
I know you’ve all dreamed of being a modern day Princess. And if there’s one chance to really go for it, it has to be on your wedding day! Alongside a team of creative wedding professionals, UK photographer Tatum Reid had a vision to bring to life her dream fairytale wedding, and to inspire you to do the same. The result is a romantic and playful shoot with more than a hint of dreaminess… the perfect recipe for a love-filled day if you ask me!