• Coco's Top 5 Modern Vintage Wedding Venues Coco's Top 5 Modern Vintage Wedding Venues
  • Laura & Kieran's Rock & Romance Wedding Laura & Kieran's Rock & Romance Wedding
  • Lavender & Honey: The Beauty Lavender & Honey: The Beauty
  • Countryside Charm at The Old Manor Hotel Countryside Charm at The Old Manor Hotel
  • "Kintsugi" Gold Crockery DIY "Kintsugi" Gold Crockery DIY
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Happy Thursday readers!  I can’t quite believe it’s already been a month since our resident wedding venues expert Emma joined us to share Coco Wedding Venues Top 5 Boho faves, August really has passed in a blur.  I’m sure there’s going to be  a lot of love for this month’s Top 5, as Emma shares venues with a Modern Vintage twist, so many pretty venues!  Over to Emma…
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Morning lovelies! I really do love sharing your sweet wedding stories, and today is a rather lovely one!  Laura and her groom-to-be Kieran met when they were just 8 years old… many years later their school yard crushes turned into a grown up romance.  She wore a classic Cymbeline dress with lace sleeves and simple silk sash, paired with the prettiest veil, teamed with boho plaits and hair vine from What Katie Did Next.  A pop of bright coral on her lips with a matching bouquet, all tumbling foliage and trailing ribbons, add the perfect amount of colour.  They had bottles and jars of more coral peonies and roses on the tables, with their favourite bands album artwork as decor, and plenty more DIY details lovingly created by the bride and her talented friends and family. The rock and romance was beautifully captured by photographer Natalie Pluck.

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Morning lovelies!  How did you spend the Bank Holiday? I popped over to visit Mr B in Dubai for a few days of sea, sand and sunshine, arriving back to a rather damp and miserable London. Brrr, Autumn’s here!  But before Summer dreams become a faded memory, we’ve got the last in our Lavender & Honey style guide to share with you today and hopefully our cheery pale yellow and lavender palette will coax the sunshine out! Our resident beauty expert Ana Ospina is back with the low-down on recreating these pretty looks for your own summery wedding day look.

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Country wedding venue near Bath

One of the best bits of my job is sharing hidden gems with you my gorgeous readers, and this one really is a beauty for any of you searching for the perfect country venue with heaps of charm.  The Old Manor Hotel is an historic former farmhouse nestled in the Wiltshire countryside near Bath.  This gorgeous venue dates back as far as the Doomsday book and it’s so easy to see why current owners Tudor & Lucy Hopkins (and Camber the dog!) fell in love with it!

A few weeks ago Mr B and I were invited to experience it for ourselves, a welcome trip out of the city to the stunning countryside on one of the hottest summer weekends!  A huge thank you to Rachel from Rachel Jane Photography for joining us to take these beautiful images.

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Afternoon lovelies! How much did you love this morning’s post? I adore the ‘Perfect Imperfections’ theme, it’s such a romantic yet honest look at love!  One of my favourite details from the shoot is the “Kintsugi” crockery, an old Japanese technique where gold is used to fix broken pottery, taking the scars and giving them beauty.  With the upcycling trend still going strong, I think this is a really beautiful way to incorporate old broken pieces of family crockery into your day.  Here stylist Lucia Sandaal has used plain matching pieces, but you could really have some fun mismatching different colours and patterns!

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Perfect Imperfections Romantic Styled Shoot by Alexandra Vonk Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

Words and lyrics can provide such beautiful inspiration for your wedding.  Today’s shoot from a creative team of Dutch suppliers coordinated by stylist & designer Lucia Sandaal and photographer Alexandra Vonk was inspired by words from two different sources (one of which happens to me my favourite song right now!) that both acknowledge the ‘imperfectness’ of true love, truthfully and honestly. I just love that! The soft blue, blush and peach palette with pops of yellow and gold capture the theme in a romantic, whimsical and totally beautiful way.  Get ready for some serious pinning action ladies!

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When the bride works for Ralph Lauren, you know her day is going to be full of contemporary-cool and classic style.  Sarah & Tim’s black-tie celebration at the stunning Nooitgedacht Estate in Cape Town simply oozes sophistication.  I adore their monochrome palette with pretty touches of blush in the prettiest bouquets and flowers, the groomsmen in traditional English morning suits for the ceremony and chic black-tie for the evening affair.  Sarah wore a bespoke dress from a local designer, I’m just loving the lace sleeves and back, I think Ralph would approve!  The whole thing was perfectly captured by Christine Meintjes, whose crisp contemporary style is the perfect match. Oh, I do love this one.

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Morning lovelies! I’m so excited to share the gorgeous fashion from our Lavender & Honey Style Guide! Isn’t this petal blossom dress from Luella’s Boudoir just SO insanely pretty?!  A custom design by Emma Tindley features hand-appliquéd blooms over a sheer bodice and boat neckline with a gently sweeping back for an oh-so elegant look.  The soft A-line skirt is made of the most divine floaty chiffon, making this the perfect dress for an outdoor summer wedding for pure romance and whimsy! Picking up on the chiffon detail, we completed the look with Victoria Fergusson’s ‘Moondance’ headpiece, a delicate beaded design on a tulle tie which looks gorgeous tied around a loose bun as we did here, or used as a sash on a plainer dress.  We love!

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Hello lovely readers!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend?  It’s coming to the end of a super busy wedding season, are there many 2014 brides left out there?!  I’m loving the variety of styles and colour palettes out there this year (less vintage pinks and sage more bold coral and mint, yay!) so for this week’s inspiration  board I’m going for something a bit different; terracotta & mint.  A shade between coral and red, terracotta is a fab choice for warming up on-trend mint!  This combo looks fresh enough for summer and cosy enough for winter (just add loads of candles), and is so versatile it would suit almost any venue! For a desert, beach or destination wedding add more succulents, air plants and natural tones.  In the Mediterranean pick a setting among the cobbles streets, string fairy lights and go for rustic wooden details.  For a sophisticated English country manor add pewter vases, and elegant tableware to really add some glamour! Oh, so much love for this versatile palette!

In other news, this weekend’s been all about recovering from a rather epic shoot for You & Your Wedding at the end of last week; teaming up with a dream team of suppliers to help a 2015 bride with a rather interesting design dilemma, so make sure you grab a copy when it hits the shelves at the end of September!

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Flourish & Prosper Inspirational Learning & Development for the wedding industry

Earlier this year Jessie from Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events and I met up for coffee and cake for a conversation that meant just a few month’s later we’d be launching Flourish & Prosper, a brand new and totally unique resource for the wedding industry!  If you’re a regular reader or follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have seen the tweets and updates but may still be wondering what it’s all about.  Well, today I’m spilling the beans and sharing the pics from our very pretty launch shoot with Ashlee from Taylor Barnes Photography and a tonne of pretty, pink and glittery props!

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