{inspiration} watercolour | uk wedding blog

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Happy Sunday, another stunning mood board for you by Burnetts Boards.

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photo credits: table, plates, drinks, thank you cards, dress, candles, invitations, mason jar, hawaii map, escort cards, bouquet

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It is quite weird, I literally have just bought some watercolour paper and paint as I want to try and learn the skill. I doubt the outcome will be of any inspiration but I love the colours created through watercolour as opposed to other means. We shall see.

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bridal jewellery for under £20 | uk wedding blog

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The thing about weddings is that you spend a lot of money, quite often on things that may seldom be used again, if ever. It is best if you prioritise what is most important to you as a couple and purchase accordingly. Perhaps you don’t need a £100 pair of earrings? Perhaps because you have over-spent on flowers and you need to reconsider what bracelets to wear with your £1500 dress? The high street can offer a bride wonderful alternatives, from cheaper shoes to sparkly hair pieces. Today I have brought you some different ideas for bridal jewellery. All of these pieces are under £20 and most under £10. Not bad if you get to prance around in Louboutins?

And my pick…

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and my pick… think Friends…

…and my pick, one for you and your bridesmaids to wear? 

So would you, or are you going high street for parts of your day? Aside from that, you can wear these pieces any time. Whilst looking everything was ever so spikey or feathery. Was this a trend I missed?

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Mother Mae I? | uk wedding blog

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I contacted Johanna Hehir a while ago to feature on the blog. After some emails with her and her lovely team I can quite safely say I fell in love. Not only with her beautiful designs but with the whole essence of her company. She is exceptionally polite, welcoming and you can tell that she cares about every single bride that may wear one of her dresses. I received an invite to the launch of her new Mae collection which was taking place in London town, not most practical for moi so I send my resident London correspondent Nim. Her new designs are just exquisite and I too have fallen in love with Esme.

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On Wednesday night, Jenny (my partner in bridal crime) accompanied me to the launch of Mae by Johanna Hehir at her flagship studio on Chiltern Street. Chiltern Street is one of my new favourite places and the go to place for proper window shopping – beautifully crafted luxury wedding gowns and accessories in every window.

We were warmly invited to view Mae whilst sipping on pink bubbles and eating delicious treats by Crumbs Couture Cupcakes.  The new collection really does have it all – style, elegance, luxurious materials, exquisite Johanna Hehir tailoring and value for money – retailing between £1,000 and £1,500.  For me, the back of the dresses stole the show – no guest can complain of a boring view whilst watching the bride and groom say their vows.

My favourite was Esme – the vintage inspired lace and 1940s style buttons did it for me!

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Jenny’s took an even bigger shine to Ella – the cowl neck and bow backed is amazing – a real show stopper.

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The leading lady herself,Johanna, came to speak to us as we were closely examining the dress wondering what brassiere to wear with the dress. The answer was commando (or whatever the b00bie equivalent is) or those sticky cup things.  Johanna assured us that back was cut so it would adequately hold in your modesty. Phew.

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It is clear that Johanna really cares about the small details and her brides.  I think this is wonderful.

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Cupcakes by Crumbs Couture Cupcakes

The launch also showcased some other beautiful suppliers (see credits below).  I particularly loved Rose and Aster‘s new Ingenue collection…see official photos on her site.

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Victoria Mary Vintage‘s divine hair pieces, and Poppy Children‘s fabulous little girls dresses.

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Nim in Victoria Mary Vintage

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We all left with a lovely Alphabet Bags personalised goody bag – I knew Phoebe would be jealous!

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Johanna Hehir photo shoot credits:

Video – Big Block Pro

Photographer – Shaneen Rosewarne Cox

Headwear – Crystal DelicaVictoria Mary Vintage

Jewellery – Rose and Aster

Clothing – Mae by Johanna HehirPoppy ChildrenChris Kerr

Flowers – Sprig and Cecil

Hair Styling – Emma at Lifestyle Salons

MUA – Ana Ospina

{inspiration} coral & aqua | uk wedding blog

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Now a regular Sunday feature, mood boards from Burnetts Boards. Today, coral and aqua. Beautiful! Her first boards are here.

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 painted fabriccoral dressescort cardsbeach chairbouquetdrinkdoorwild and free printcakeflower.

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The cocktail above is a pamplemousse(one of my favourite French words) it is made of chilled white wine + grapefruit juice + rosemary garnish. Yum!!!

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Hope you have had a lovely weekend. Don’t forget that you can buy some pretty stationery and help I Am Nat out.

natasha jane bridal headpieces | uk wedding blog

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I am lucky enough this week to feature another wonderful designer of pretty headpieces, I was going to wait until Monday to publish this but what if you wanted to shop for some prettiness over the weekend? On Monday I can show you some pictures of the Mae launch by Johanna Hehir that the lovely Nim attended.

Natasha gave me the choice of shoots to feature on the blog, and although each one was stunning, I chose this one purely for the moustache. It is a great moustache. Only a discerning man can carry of a moustache. How many more times can I write moustache? Moustache. Anywho, on to Natasha’s lovely pieces.

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Go and have a look at the site for Natasha‘s full collection. Lots of beautiful pieces on there.

Photographer – Tatum Reidhttp://tatumreid.com/

Venue Styling – La Belle Amourhttp://labelleamour.co.uk/

Headwear – Natasha Janehttp://www.natashajane.co.uk/

Dresses – Charlotte Bridalhttp://www.charlottebridal.co.uk/

Flowers – Ali Calverhttp://www.alicalver.com/

Hair Styling – Flamingo Amyhttp://www.flamingoamy.co.uk/

MUA – Lovemoi Makeuphttp://www.lovemoimakeup.webs.com/

Models – Robyn, Hannah & Sean

happiness is…helping people | uk wedding blog

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Since meeting Nat, I have been introduced in to a world of paper prettiness. I love it when she comes round for a tea as I know that nestled in her car lay boxes of ribbon and thick paper with stunning designs on. Quite often, her banter is enough for a visit but I always love the opportunity to  feel up some gsm. This leads me on to today’s post, Nat is taking part in a new tv programme and produced some beautiful items to sell. No more can be disclosed, but there are some pretty things left over from a tea party she held and once they are gone they’re gone.

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Here is what’s for sale…

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Prices are:

Prints

£7 for an A4 print

£10 for an A3 print.

Kits

£5 each

Cards

£3 each.

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If you would like to purchase something and help Nat out then please fill in the form below! 

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Or you can email her natalie@iamnat.co.uk

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house of istria ~ bridal accessories | uk wedding blog

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Some beautiful head pieces on the blog for you this morning from House of Istria. Charlie’s designs are delicate, feminine, romantic and so utterly dreamy. Perfect for your wedding day.

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Accessories by House of Istria
Photography by Ali Lomas Photography
Make Up by Hayley Di Rito
Models Natasha Morris and Rachel Young
You can visit these stores to have a stroke of Charlie’s beautiful designs:
The White Rose Boutique – Chipping Campden, GL55 6AT
The White Room – Sheffield, S12PA
Charlotte Harley Bridal Couture – Brockhall, NN7 4LB
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dear evie stationery | uk wedding blog

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Good morning! Did you watch Made In Chelsea on Monday night? Oh my days. What a weird week it has been so far weather wise, one minute blistering sunshine, then torrential downpours, humid, cold, snow. Crazy. Miller had the day off yesterday to play a game he has been waiting three years for, its Diablo 3 and what I gathered from him as he crawled in to bed at 5am, is that it is pretty good. I treated him to a Just Good Juice smoothie which was delicious and a perfect boost on a dreary afternoon.

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Yesterday morning THE most beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived from Common Farm Flowers, I have waffled on about how fantastic Georgie is before, it is one of my most popular blog posts.I love supporting British growers, and Georgie grows wonderful flowers.

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.Today on the blog is some pretty paper by Kelly at Dear Evie. She says “as a relative newcomer to the UK wedding industry, we offer affordable, off-the-peg designs (with customisable inks and coloured envelopes as standard) as well as a fully bespoke design service”.

Your save the dates (or invites) are the first glimpse your guests have in to your wedding, time and consideration should be made because it gets your guests excited for what is yet to come and Kelly’s designs will definitely do that!

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You can see more designs on the Dear Evie website. You can also follow them on Twitter. What do you think? I think her design work and choice of colour is second to none. I am a major fan.

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monday mood | uk wedding blog

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Good morning!!! Did you have a lovely weekend? My sister and her other half came up on Friday with their dogs, we ate oysters, drank far too much champagne (at the Stew and Oyster), snacked on cake from Tasty, shopped for Maxmara and a Tux then bid them farewell on Saturday.

Instagram is my saviour when I feel I can’t whip out the Nikon. (still learning that I don’t look crazy walking round with a ‘huge’ camera)

Anywho, some colourful inspiration from Sara at Burnett’s Boards. I asked for something bright and cheerful  and that  is what we got! I like to think that she sat making these on a beach in Hawaii. She is actually from Hawaii, so this could be true.

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Photo credits for the citrus board: orange sorbetpeach flowerbird cardlittle bottlecakeboutonnieredrinksbottled drinks, citrus interiorlemon menuseating cardspenguinslime and lemon slices, bride.

Photo credits for the rainbow board: photo credits: cookiesorigami starssoda shopginghampancakesrainbow tableballoonsvintage prom dressesrainbow paper decorpancake bowls.
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Just what we needed. Did you have a lovely weekend? I think I did zero cooking so will be making up for it this week. I am also starting work on our very small garden. Not quite sure what we are going to do with it, but the weeds need to go that’s for sure.
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no.1 jenny packham | uk wedding blog

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Last Thursday was the launch of Jenny Packham’s new range for Debenhams, No. 1. It has been met with mixed reviews so I sent along head of So You’re Getting Married’s London division, Nimet (aka @lipstick_407) to investigate and report back with her thoughts…

The day after I learnt that Alice Temperley is to join forces with John Lewis, I attended the launch of another high end designer’s collaboration with a high street department store on behalf of Mrs Miller – the Debenhams launch of No. 1 Jenny Packham.  I took my friend and fellow bride to be, also called Jenny along with me.   I was a little apprehensive before the event as I knew the collection hasn’t received the best reception from many in the wedding industry.  But I decided to go anyway and see what I thought about it for myself – I am planning my wedding right now and I figured that girls like us are the target demographic.

On arrival, we were served bubbles and shown around the suite where the off the peg dresses and accessories were laid out.  The lovely Debenhams ladies explained that the majority of the line is aimed towards wedding guests rather than the bride.  We were only able to see the eight dresses and some of the shoes, headwear and jewellery  – the rest of the collection will be released throughout the summer.

Prices are budget-friendly which will be welcomed by a lot of ladies right now – they range from a tenner for a hair clip to £160 for a maxi dress. At these prices, you’ve probably correctly guessed that the collection is mass produced, so in quality terms, you’ll get what you pay for.  

Here are my favourite pieces from the evening:

Grey halo feather headband, £35, great for wedding guests.  

 Ivory feather stole, £100, I am looking for a nice wrap for the outdoor Thames-side first look portraits  at my November wedding… maybe a possibility?  Worried it swamps my 4’10” frame (yes, I am teeny weeny) and quite frankly it won’t actually keep me warm. 

Gold filigree collar necklace, £50 – I’d happily wear this to an Indian wedding with a saree.  

Silver meshed crystal clutch bag, £100 – a timeless piece for a bride or guest. 

All in all, it was a lovely evening playing dress up and talking to the lovely hosts.   I look forward to seeing more of the collection in real life as it’s released later on this year – especially the cute little girl bridesmaid dresses!

Nim xx

photograhs courtesy of Nimet and Jenny Packham 

So, what do you think??