Egg-cellent.

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Can you guess the confectionary inspiration for this mood board? Yes, ’twas some mini eggs. They are addictive. Also, there aren’t enough in a bag, I’m not being glutinous, I am just merely stating that they aren’t really are sharing (bingeing) bag. 

Did you all have a lovely weekend? Are you getting royal wedding fever? Bunting-a-go-go!


Natalie In Wonderland

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Holly Booth Photography

Her tag line says it all…”i make stuff look pretty“. And does she ever! The website is beautiful and her commissioned pieces are exquisite…so here she is.


Name: Natalie Ramsell
Twitter: @i_r_nat
Website: www.iamnat.co.uk




Bit of a background on you:


I’m from South Africa – I moved over to the UK when I was 11, so have unfortunately lost my accent now. Who knew it would be more acceptable later on in life to be different? I want my accent back.


I’m just about to finish my masters in graphic design at the University of Derby, I can’t WAIT! When I’m finished, I will be moving up to good old Yorkshire where I can make a proper start at my little business.



Background on your business:


I only launched iamnat.co.uk in January this year and the response has been overwhelming. The predominant style is retro/vintage inspired. I love all things quirky and really just want to offer a service with a difference.


I am absolutely loving the wedding industry, I have met some amazing people, including my brides! I design a whole range of products including all wedding stationery (invites, place cards, rsvps, order of service, seating plans etc) and I’m also doing quite a bit of design for wedding suppliers’
various businesses.

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Where do you get your inspiration from:


I lose hours on end of my life just looking at pretty stuff, mostly on the internet. Blogs, sites such as pintrest and so on. Literally hours of my life – gone – but not wasted! I am really inspired by people’s visions and passions too; seeing as all of my work is bespoke, this is probably my most important source of inspiration!



Most memorable creation you have done:


It has to be the wedding stationery I have done for a couple who are having an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding. Not only was it the first wedding I’ve worked on, but people seem to crazy about it too.




What’s the usual turnaround time on stationery? 


This is a really difficult question to answer as it depends solely on the intricacy of the design. I usually do a few designs and send them off to the couple who then choose which they like best and let me know if anything needs changing. I then need all the details to fit on to the invites, rsvps and any information cards, and if they are all being personalised, I need all of the guest names too. Once all of this has been done, everything gets sent over for the couple’s approval – once artwork is signed off, it goes to the printers who then send me proofs to send onto the couple to make sure they are completely satisfied with everything; once I get the go ahead, everything goes to print and then gets finished by hand. So, to answer the question, I’d say at least a few weeks for invites.

Cat Hepple Photography




Cat Hepple Photography / Flowers -Leafy Couture


A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour:

Eek! Probably some kind of purple…I love the colour of orchids.

Favourite Film:

This is a really hard one…my fave film of the moment is called The Fall. It’s beautiful.

Favourite Song:

Counting Crows – Mr. Jones and also Foo Fighters – Everlong

Favourite Month:

In South Africa it was November – my birthday, but here in the UK, I’m gunna go with…August, festivals month for me!

Favourite Drink:

Tea and also…Mojitos

Favourite Food:

Baked camembert with a crusty baguette and caramalised onion…or just cheese!

Favourite Word:

I say ‘actually’ far too often. I like the word treacle.

Favourite Perfume:

D&G Light Blue

Favourite Book:

The only book I’ve ever read more than once is Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella

Favourite Quote from a Film:

“I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.” – 10 Things I Hate About You.


Shall We Take Tea?

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Source – The Wedding Of My Dreams


Taking tea is ever so British. Along with our awful teeth and sense of irony, it is what we are known for. Incorporating it into a wedding is simple, whether its using tea cups with a single bloom, using old tea tins as vases or giving personalised tea as favours. Although it has been done, I don’t think we will ever tire of vintage china at a wedding. So shall we? 

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The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)
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The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)
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The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)

The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)
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The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)
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The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)

Source – SimplyBloom Photography
Who wouldn’t want to sit in a giant teacup at their wedding?!

Oh Mia!

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Name: Debbie Buck  – Mia Rose Tiaras & Jewellery
Twitter: @ Mia_Rose_Tiaras
Bit of a background on you:
I’m on the wrong side of 30, a happily married lady, a mum to 3 gorgeous children and I’ve come to realise that I’m a total wedding junkie!  It’s a good job I started my own business in an industry I absolutely adore!  I have been a sales manager and customer service manager for a number of years and feel that I can offer a personalised service to my brides, at a time when they are anxious about every last detail. 


Background on your business:
 I started Mia Rose because I am passionate about weddings, and I want to be able to provide brides with a service they can trust.  I have items ranging from £5.99 up to £100.00 and try my best to provide designs that are not only beautiful, but affordable – especially in this budget conscious climate.  My style ranges from contemporary to a truly vintage feel with a bespoke service available for brides who would like something creating totally unique to them.
What is your favourite piece?
Ooooh, it’s hard to choose!  I recently made a bespoke tiara band for a bride who is getting married in Greece and wanted a Grecian inspired design.  So she asked me to re-style her a double banded version of the ‘Leah’ tiara. It made me wonder why I designed it as a single band in the first place – it turned out beautifully and the lady I design it for loved it too!


Where does your inspiration come from? 
I am a typical Libran – I love the finer things in life….the beautiful things! Everybody loves a little sparkle from time to time, but I also am a firm believer in ‘Less is More’ – I try to design my items with a feel of understated elegance and so far this is proving very favourable with my clients.
Advice to brides about selecting their headpiece, any tips or things to remember?
I guess there are lots of things to bear in mind when choosing a tiara or hair accessory and I recently did an editorial on this subject which I hope helps prospective brides.  It’s here 
on my website.


Anything else you’d like to add?
I am constantly listening to what brides want and keeping my eyes on what styles are influencing the bridal industry.  Most recently, and in collaboration with my lovely friend Margaret of www.dream-veils.co.uk, I am and delighted and excited about the forthcoming launch of ‘Fusion’, a collection of beautiful vintage style veils, featuring birdcage designs with exquisite adornments.   2011 has already got off to a great start, and I am looking forward to what else the year and beyond has to bring.
I am committed to exceptional customer service and attention to detail.   I am thrilled to have 100% positive feedback from my brides and want to attain that feedback every single time I despatch an order.  What sets Mia Rose apart from its competitors?  That’s simple…..it’s the quality of our service and customer satisfaction – we specialise in making brides happy!

 
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Film: Forrest Gump
Favourite Song: The Forrest Gump Suite, Alan Silvestri
Favourite Month: June
Favourite Drink: A cool sparkling shandy (oh yes, I’m Charlie bigtime!)
Favourite Food: Cheese, Pate & a stick of French bread
Favourite Word: Fabulous!
Favourite Perfume: Miss Dior Cherie or Naughty Alice – Vivienne Westwood
Favourite Book: Many, many autobiography’s
Favourite Quote from a Film: “She makes me want to be a better person” – Jack Nicholson – As Good As It Gets



Such beautiful pieces by Debbie, pop on over to her website to view more photos and advice when choosing your headpiece.  What girl wouldn’t want some sparkle for her wedding day? (or any other day for that matter)

I Didn’t Know You Can Read

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The title is not meant to be facetious, it is a quote from one of my favourite films. Do you know which one? (Elizabeth if you are reading this you are not allowed to take part). An honourary mention in my next blog post if you get it right. 


I love books, I love the smell of new text books and the feel of old ones. I wish I had had some at my wedding, alas, I shall just throw this idea on to any discerning bride in the hope that she puts a literary note on her day. 


We have some exciting news in the Miller household as of this afternoon, I can’t share yet, but I shall, and it is worth the wait.


So what is your favourite book? And do you often have hydrangeas on your bedside table? 

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Sans Tra La La

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I have always been a more is   more kind of girl. But sometimes its wonderful to see the quieter side of the spectrum. Just sometimes. And besides, not everyone feels the need to embellish everything. I read the phrase ‘sans tra la la’ here, and I shall be investigating. But for now, images of wedding serenity.



Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty
Jenny Packham

Vintage Amethyst
Style Me Pretty

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Vintage Amethyst




So what do you think? Avec Tra La La ou Sans Tra La La?

O Live You

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Todays mood board was brought to you from the masterful skills of myself and the iPad. These colours are slightly outside of my comfort zone. I prefer muted pastels and flouncy hues of grey and brown. Not to blow my own trumpet but I am loving them. I have a new crush on olive green. And where did this inspiration come from? A torn up thank you card that Michael messed up. 

I am now trying to find a nail polish in each colour. So far I have this one

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with romantic candlelight and stolen moments. We went to Homebase…

Its Witching Hour | uk wedding blog

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Whilst Michael games quite happily, I am in bed reminiscing. Like any child I remember being sung nursery rhymes to help me sleep. However this child was brought up in bonnie Scotland (you win some, you lose some) and my nursery rhymes could have quite easily been conjured up on a grey dreary day in a gothic castle in the Highlands. They have the language of Burns but the nonsensical nature of Jedward.

I turn to Michael and ask him if he can remember any nursery rhymes (he grew up in Canada). There’s a delay as he is shooting people/aliens. He says no. Stopped that conversation dead.

We have such different backgrounds, we are very different, where I would chose a coffee Michael would choose a milkshake, I like awesome music, Michael likes lame American soft rock.We are totally different people yet for some reason we were both in a bar in Stirling looking for nothing more than a good night out. Coincidence? Fate? Who knows. I’m having a blast though.

Thought this post needed some colour…voila.

Does My Bum Look Big In This?

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How involved should the Groom be? After all, he is one half of the whole. I asked Michael to answer a few questions about our day and what his thoughts were. Perhaps I should have done this during our planning process? Quel domage.
How were you feeling leading up to the wedding day? How much input did you have?

Leading up to the day I wasn’t really worried, I knew everything was under control. I was very much looking forward to it. The only frustrations came from family members and money issues. As for input. It was rather minimal but I asked for it to be that way. I wanted to be more involved but rapidly realised that my contributions were a month behind where Phoebe was at. Due to working full time, I couldn’t give it as much attention that I would have liked.
What was the morning of the wedding like?

I was excited, I woke up before my alarm, and I was ready to get in to it. I had a lot to do in the morning. Organising my ushers, odd jobs at the church, making sure everyone knew their jobs for the rest of the day. It was hard graft and stressful, but as soon as I got to the church, and as soon as people started to arrive, I calmed down. Only to get worried again when Phoebe was ten minutes late…
What was your favourite part of the whole day?
It’s hard to choose one specific part but seeing Phoebe in her dress was indescribable.

The day after…

I was gutted it was all over. It was the best day of my life, I loved being the centre of attention and talking to so many people that I hadn’t seen in a long time. The morning after was bizarre, I felt excited. It was like the feelings I had when I first met Phoebe, I felt a new loyalty towards her, like we were our own team now.


So how much involvement do you think a groom should have?
They should be involved in the main things like the guest list, venue etc but a lot of men realise that a wedding it mainly run by the woman. This however doesn’t mean that we don’t want to be involved, we just don’t realise it until we are given choices. I had no opinion of flowers, ribbon and favours until Phoebe came to me and asked for it. So I guess just giving us more visibility and opportunities to be involved even if you think we may not care about it would be great. 
Because I was involved in the planning I could enjoy the day and see all the touches that Phoebe had put on it. But because I didn’t select everything there was the sense of discovery and seeing it all put together was so much better than I could have imagined. Phoebe did a fantastic job. 



Final tips for grooms?

Make sure you pay attention to what’s important to your fiancee. Because when you do get asked for your opinion and you say you don’t really mind it’s not helpful and an extra stress for her to deal with. Its the exact same answer you give to the “does my bum look big in this?” saying she looks “fine” will have the same impact as saying you don’t really mind.

Just keep calm and think of the wedding night…

A Quick Q & A


Favourite Colour – Blue


Favourite Film – Hard one…How to tame your dragon.


Favourite Song –  The Fray – Enough for now


Favourite Month – April


Favourite Drink – Mojito 


Favourite Food – Lobster Thermadore


Favourite Word – Amazing


Favourite Perfume – Ralph Lauren Black


Favourite Book – Shogun – James Clavell


Favourite Quote – Respect isn’t given, its earnt


See here for how well (cough) I did.

Knowing Me…Knowing You | uk wedding blog

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Mr Michael Miller

Tomorrow’s post will feature my other half. He will be expressing his views on marriage, his feelings before and after the wedding and things that he thinks the groom should (and should not!) be involved in when it comes to the planning.

As you know, I always do a “Quick Q & A” after guest posts. I shall endeavor to answer them how I think Michael will. As we have been together for over five years, you would think this would be easy…
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour – Blue
Favourite Film – He will find it hard to choose, but perhaps Lord of The Rings?

Favourite Song – Something lame by The Fray

Favourite Month – It better be November

Favourite Drink – Mojito

Favourite Food – Steak

Favourite Word – Awesome? He uses it a lot.

Favourite Perfume – Ralph Lauren Black

Favourite Book – The Japanese One, Shotgun or something

Favourite Quote – The one about respect. I don’t know it verbatim

Feel free to play this game at home, although you may not blame me for the consequences.