cute cartography | uk wedding blog

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Today I bring you two completely different styles of wedding maps. A way to show your guests where to go on your big day, beautifully depicted so you can pop them in with the invites. Quite often invites are received with a novella of location, directions, instructions, recommendations then a map added as an appendix. Why not turn it in to something beautiful? They would look wonderful framed afterwards as a keepsake of your wedding location.

Sheree Hutchinson – Cute Maps

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Favourite Colour – Duck Egg Blue

Favourite Film – Mulholland Drive

Favourite Song – Aerodyamic, Daft Punk

Favourite Month – May – Birthday & Sunshine!

Favourite Flower – Amnesia Rose

Favourite Drink – Strawberry Daquiri

Favourite Food – Roast Lamb Chops with Mint & all the trimmings!

Favourite Word – Cute!

Favourite Perfume – Chloe

Favourite Book – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Favourite Quote from a Film – Kiss Me. Kiss me as if it were the last time – Casablanca

Best piece of advice you have ever been given – Life starts working for you rather than against you when you stay in the present & live in the now

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Alice Peto – London Illustrator

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Favourite Colour – lucite green

Favourite Film – Gigi

Favourite Song – lola/kinks

Favourite Month – January, it’s my birthday and beginning of the new year.

Favourite Flower – hydrangeas, pink and blue

Favourite Drink – expresso martini/hot Ribena

Favourite Food – Twice baked cheese souffle

Favourite Word – supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Favourite Perfume – bvlgari-BVL

Favourite Book – Nancy Mitford-love in a cold climate

Favourite Quote from a Film – nobody puts baby in the corner

Best piece of advice you have ever been given – One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.

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Have a look at Sheree’s work and Alice’s. Alice has some beautiful illustrations as well. Pineapples and penguins. You can also follow them on twitter @cutemaps and @alicespalace

alice in a wilde wonderland | uk wedding blog

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Good afternoon! I hope you all had a lovely weekend? I have been waiting to blog this shoot for a while, when my Dropbox invite arrived I was exceptionally excited. The images are wonderful, and it is all for a good cause as the dress featured will be going up for auction. All you vintage loving brides will be able to bag a bargain!

‘Do it Wilde’ is an exciting new photographic wedding inspired collaboration between Elizabeth Haines of ‘Shoot It Photography’ and Helen Wilde of ‘From the Wilde’. The images are perfect for this grey, rainy day.

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The  auction goes live tomorrow – you can find information here.

About Sue Ryder: With over 50 years’ experience providing health and social care, Sue Ryder supports people with complex needs and life-limiting illnessesincluding cancer, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, acquired brain injury and motor neurone disease across the UK. In line with many people’s preference to be cared for at home, Sue Ryder is increasingly focussing on developing more community-based services that support people to remain independent and live well in their own homes for as long as possible.

CREDIT FOR DRESS & AUCTION: Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro Shop Peterborough

Wonderland Credit List
From the Wilde Products – http://www.fromthewilde.com
Shoot It Photography – http://shootit.doitmomma.co.uk/
Hair – Jennifer Chase http://www.hairandbooty.com
Makeup – Kate Knifton
Floristry – Helen & Jo http://www.stems-flowers.com/
Cake – Seema Patel http://www.cocominx.com
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Please leave a little comment if you loved this collaboration! And look out for the dress going to auction tomorrow, perfect for all those vintage brides!
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{inspiration} – hawaii | uk wedding blog

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As it is Sunday, we turn to Sara of Burnett’s Boards to bring us a weekly dose of something pretty. As she is still off on her travels, she has given us a Hawaiian themed board. I don’t think it was meant to tease us, it’s just what she’s used to. Sigh.

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shoe valetgrey strawsbeach tablepopsiclessave the date cardbeach shotchandelierspineapple drinks, fans,Waialua bottle drinkssailboatpoolinvitationcoconuts.

Did you see the prettiness I got from Rowen and Wren?

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There are 2 competitions currently running on the blog. You can win shoes from Rainbow Club and a headpiece from Lobster Love. Click on the WIN WIN WIN!

I hope you enjoy the final day of the weekend. Another blogging week ahead! If you ever have any suggestions about what to blog about, or want to give general feedback, my email is always ready and waiting. phoebe@millerweddings.co.uk

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win a headpiece with Lobster Love | uk wedding blog

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I do love receiving emails that say “let’s do a competition”. I love giving something back to you all. A little way of saying thank you for taking the time to read, comment and help the blog become even better!

Today, you can win a headpiece by Lobster Love. Laura’s designs are influenced by the sea as she grew up in Cornwall. They are simple and elegant. I think they would also work for the chief bridesmaid as well as a bridal headpiece.

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Ella-Rose

Gilly

Leila

Madeleine

Marie

Tabitha

So what do you have to do to enter?

Follow Laura on Twitter

and/or

Follow Laura on Facebook

Make sure you also follow this blog via email (see the main page in the top right corner) and if you’re on twitter I am @phoebewedding

Then, just let me know which you would like!

Winners will be chosen. Competition closes at 19.00 on the 11th July 2012. Winners announced on the 12th of July 2012. No cash alternative. The band will take 6-8 weeks to arrive once the competition is finished and the winner has selected the band of their choice

Good Luck!

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foraging flowers | uk wedding blog

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Can you pick a beautiful bouquet within half a mile of your house? 

If you are a regular reader you will know that I adore flowers. If you aren’t a regular reader then my goodness you have been missing out.

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After a few emails with Tracey Cambpell of Campbells Flowers, I told her about my interest in sourcing local flowers where possible. Just as we now try and do with our food. I have touched on this topic here. Tracey said: 

A couple of weeks ago, I answered a ‘call to arms’ from one of the wedding magazines to send in photos of an all white bridal bouquet and the editor would choose her five favourites for publication.  As luck would have it, my car broke down the day I was heading to the market for white flowers, so I thought laterally and decided to showcase my ‘just picked’ design style.  I used materials which were either from my garden or picked within a half-mile radius of where I live.  I took inspiration from hedgerows, grass verges and cadged flowers from my neighbours.

 The bouquet wasn’t chosen, sadly, but I do think that perhaps the glossies are missing a bit of a trick here.  Not everyone wants ‘corporate’ looking flowers and certainly I’m finding that I have a very loyal and fast-growing following of Brides who are looking for pretty, delicate, seasonal flowers which evoke a sense of the English countryside and reflect their more relaxed styling.

 I have an absolute passion for seasonal flowers and, as a keen gardener, love the idea of growing your own or gathering flowers for your wedding.  With brides generally setting the date, booking their venue and organising the styling of their day around a year in advance – this really can be quite achievable. 

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 A word of caution though, as we’ve seen this year, the British weather is notoriously fickle so I’d advise always having a back-up plan.  I had a Bride, who is herself a wedding supplier, get in touch for some help a couple of weeks ago – she had been growing sweet peas for her wedding and they were still in bud with under a week to go and no prospect of the sunshine they needed.  We managed to find her some and, happily they were English, but it really helped that she’s a very chilled lady and wasn’t too stressed at the immediate prospect of no flowers!

 If you are going to grow your own flowers in your garden and put them together yourself for your wedding, there are a few things you need to think carefully about first.  Achieving a ‘just picked’ look does require a little bit of understanding, creativity and oddly enough, artifice!

 Tip: Decide exactly which flowers you want in your bouquet well in advance.  A good bouquet contains flowers of different colours, tones, shapes, forms, sizes and textures.  Think opposites next to each other ie fluffy next to smooth, pointy next to round, pale next to bright, tiny next to intermediate or big flowers.  Most of my bouquets have at least 5 different types of flower in them, this helps achieve a good visual balance and that soft, delicate style you’re looking for.

 Tip: Think about the count-down to your wedding and where you’re going to be on the days leading up to it. Making your own bouquet requires quite a lot of planning and commitment.  You will need to cut your flowers two to three days before your wedding and they will need to sit in water to drink properly for at least 24 hours before you work with them. I usually make up my Bridal designs the afternoon before the wedding – but some things like wrist corsages or buttonholes can benefit from being made at the last minute.  Bear in mind that freshly manicured nails and floristry don’t mix.  I made my own bouquet when I got married a couple of years ago, but once I’d had my nails done the afternoon before my wedding, didn’t go near a flower again!  

 Tip: Consider getting a bit of help in advance, most florists offer workshops and one-to-one training classes these days.  If you’re really confident, that’s great but you might want to think about having an experienced florist show you how beforehand.  I offer some tutorials on my YouTube channel but always recommend a practice run – most people wouldn’t consider making their own wedding cake a couple of days before their big day, especially if they hadn’t ever baked before!

 Enjoy all that your garden can give you but be sure you know which flowers you can safely pick from hedgerows and grass verges – we have quite a number of endangered flowers in this country which are protected and it’s essential that their habitat is retained.  If you’d like any advice with putting together your own wedding designs, don’t hesitate to get in touch, I’d be more than happy to help. 

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The answer to the first question, is yes you can. So off we go? Trug in hand. This approach to wedding flowers is perfect for the DIY bride but as Tracey said, a workshop or two would help. 

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Main Image Credit – Have a look at this meadow! 

monday catch up | uk wedding blog

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Another weekend been and gone. This time it was filled with food, friends and far too much drink. One of my dinner guests was Rosina who won a love shoot competition through the blog with Amy Lewin. It turned in to a full blown engagement shoot when her boyfriend got down on one knee half way through. Tears all round!

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We ate: 

Lemon and aspargus risotto – we add prawns as the thought of a voluntary meat free meal makes me panicked. From Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries.

If you don’t want to use chicken stock, you can, of course, use a vegetable version. It will taste similar, but the risotto will lack the silky texture that can only be achieved with a fine, gelatinous chicken stock. Serves 2.

50g butter
a small onion
200g arborio rice
a glass of white wine (I used Noilly Prat)
400g asparagus
1 litre hot chicken stock
2 lemons
3 tbsp grated Parmesan

Melt the butter in a wide, high-sided pan over a very low heat. Peel the onion and chop it finely. If your onion is larger than a golf ball you will only need half of it. Let it soften in the butter, stirring it from time to time so that it does not colour.

Stir in the rice, folding the grains over in the butter with a wooden spoon. Then pour in the wine or vermouth. Let it bubble down until the liquid has pretty much disappeared, then chop the asparagus into short lengths as it does so. Add a hefty ladleful of hot stock, turn the heat up a bit, then let the liquid almost disappear, before adding the pieces of asparagus and a second ladle of stock. Continue adding the stock as it boils down to almost nothing, until it has all gone. Stir the rice often, grating and squeezing the lemons as you go.

Season with salt, pepper, the lemon zest and juice, and continue cooking till the rice is creamy but has a little bite left in it. Stir in the cheese and eat immediately.

Rose and pistachio cake with lemon frosting – so very easy to make and utterly delicious – another Nigel Slater gem.

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250g butter
50g caster sugar
3 eggs
100g shelled pistachios
100g ground almonds
an orange
1 tsp rosewater
60g plain flour

Preheat the oven to 160C.  Line a non-stick 22cm cake pan with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer until very light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between additions.  Blitz the pistachios in a processor, and add them and the almond meal to the butter and sugar mixture.  Finely grate and squeeze an orange and add into the mixture along with the rosewater.  Fold in the flour with a large metal spoon.

Scoop mixture into the lined baking tin and bake for 50 minutes and cover with foil for the last ten minutes.  Note that the two I made actually took a lot longer than this to cook, but anyway, cook until a skewer in the centre comes out fairly clean.  Cool in the tin.

Mix 100gm icing sugar and 2 Tbspns freshly squeezed lemon juice together until smooth and pour over the cake.  Decorate with whatever you like – shelled pistachios, cystallised rose petals or whatever takes your fancy.

We drank: 

Champagne

Prosecco

Ginger Von Tease (Vanessa Kimbell) – 1 part gin, 1 part elderflower cordial 4 parts ginger beer

Sloegasm – prosecco and sloe gin

I always go in to a dinner party with the intention to take lots of photos. But I always forget. So this will have to suffice.

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I also enjoy it when guests come for supper because it means I  can buy flowers and top up on scented candles. This time Orange Blossom. Delicious. Stocks in the guest bathroom and the ever so beautiful peonies at the dining table.

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On Sunday I died a little. Fry up, formula 1, thai food and football. I felt slightly better around 10pm. Just in time to write this. Oh, and Atticus had a bath and brush…

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Coming up on the blog this week; pretty flowers, real mood-board, maps, an upset bride and you can WIN some wedding shoes AND wedding jewellery!!

SO, how was your weekend?

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{inspiration} ~ parisian pinks | uk wedding blog

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Beautiful hey?

Another board put together by the wonderful Burnett’s Boards, who is currently sunning herself in Cuba. Sigh.

Parisian pinks:  pink feather dresspink and cream drinksParis cafeescort tagspeonieschampagne bottleballoonspink ruffle cake,succulent wedding favor.

how to ~ cardamom sugar | uk wedding blog

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It is very easy. I have popped a spoonful in to my daily coffee as it makes it semi-Chai like. In to a tomato pasta sauce. And in baking. Inspiration was taken from the wonderful Vanessa Kimble.

You will need 

♥ A vessel ( I used an old jam jar just to test it out but will be making a larger batch soon)

♥ Cardamom pods ( I used about 15 for a jam jar, use more or less depending on how strong you’d like it to taste)

♥ Sugar ( I used golden caster as I prefer the taste in coffee, but any can be used)

Method 

Crush pods with the side of a knife blade. Pour some sugar into the jar, pop in a few pods then cover with a layer of sugar. Repeat until the jar is full. Seal and leave overnight.

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Pretentious ribbon and label – optional.

Will you make some this weekend? Next on my list is lavender sugar.

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pretty little things | uk wedding blog

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Introducing Charlotte from Pretty Little Things Event Hire. New sponsor and wonderful lady.

You can hire beautiful items from them and they will set up and take down as part of the cost. A very good idea for the time pressed bride.

 

A quick Q & A

Favourite Colour: I have a few… peach, grey, pink.

 Favourite Film: Erm… The Sweetest Thing….

 Favourite Song: ‘Wherever you will go’ Charlene Soraia

 Favourite Month: June! (my birthday month)

Favourite Flower: Peonies

 Favourite Drink: Fizzy (on a Friday night)

Favourite Food: CHOCOLATE!!!

 Favourite Word: LOVE it’s just so, lovely….

 Favourite Perfume: Elie Saab

Favourite Book: I am currently hooked on Mr Grey and his Fifty shades….

Favourite Quote from a Film:  ‘I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her’ *sigh*

Best piece of advice you have ever been given: Don’t cry because it’s over…. Smile because it happened…

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Find Charlotte on Facebook and Twitter. Have a look at her site for other unique items available for your wedding or event.

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For advertising opportunities please email me phoebe@millerweddings.co.uk

confetti | uk wedding blog

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Image credits to Cat Hepple Photography

It is customary to throw something over the bride and groom when they leave the church. Apparently the retro boxes brimming with pastel coloured horseshoes and hearts for 99p won’t do any more. Something a little more luxurious then perhaps? Don’t do the bubble thing.  It’s lame.

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By The Wedding of My Dreams

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By Le Trousseau 

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It is also possible for your stationer to do confetti, this is by Dotty Pink a Yorkshire based stationer.

I know that the amazing Higgledy Garden will be doing dried cornflower heads – yes please! And other dried flora. Personally, I would like to spend the whole day chucking glitter at the bride and groom.

Attach whatever you chose to be pelted with to the order of service. It makes it handy. Guests like handy.

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I wish we still threw sweets, do they still do that in Italy? Also, make sure you double check with the vicar about confetti, some of them don’t like it within the church grounds. No confetti, restricted photos, anyone would think they didn’t want you to get married.

It is a moment you can’t prepare yourself for. Leaving the church after saying your vows is full of such relief that you forget that you are about to enter a hurricane of pastel prettiness. It always makes for wonderful photos. Always.

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.Image credit to Rachel Tweeddale