One Photo Friday

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My first ‘takeover’ post and as it’s nice and sunny out there, I won’t bore you with words – it’s ‘One Photo Friday’.

It’s from the Marchesa Autumn 2011 collection.

I’m having grey as one of my wedding theme colours. I want this…

Loves,
Rachel

DIY – Fruit Ice Cubes

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As an addition to this post, fruit in ice-cubes. Not novel but a great accompaniment to the flowers. Drinks have never been so colourful!


I think the how to is rather simple, don’t you? 

Guest bloggers are the new black…

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Just so you know, I’m wearing my best dress and new shoes while I write this – it feels like my first day at a new job and I have to impress the boss!

I’m Rachel and I’ll be blogging from Leeds on behalf of Phoebe next week while she goes off on her travels. Every blogger deserves a holiday so I will be stepping into her (high heeled) shoes and making sure you don’t miss out on wonderful wedding pretty in her absence.

So a bit about me – I’m getting married next July and currently in full ‘planning’ flow. That’s if you call ‘having loads of plans but not quite sure how to put them into action’, full flow! I am a sucker for ideas. I am an advertiser’s dream. Show me something pretty, classic and unique and the chances are I’ll want it. I’m going to end up with so many ideas for my wedding, I might as well get married in a circus. It’s (usually) Phoebe’s job to give me a kick to either a) concentrate or b) start doing things! I have to confess that I don’t always listen. Goodness only knows why she’s letting me loose on her blog. But this week, I will try to be logical and reign in my thoughts but sometimes the best ideas come from the most random of beginnings so come along, pour yourself a cocktail, grab a slice of cake and join in.

I’d love to read your comments, see your suggestions or say hi on twitter – I’m @rachelswedding. You can also read about more of my wedding planning over on my blog ‘The White Diary’.

And, of course, in true ‘So You’re Getting Married Style’ style, here’s a few fun facts about me:

A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour: Yellow

Favourite Film: Breakfast At Tiffanys

Favourite Song: Michael Buble – Some Kind Of Wonderful

Favourite Month: July

Favourite Drink: Chocolate milk

Favourite Food: Cake

Favourite Perfume: SJP – Lovely

Favourite Book: David Nicholls – One Day

Loves,
Rachel xx


DIY – Flower Ice Cubes

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Pretty and practical. Perfect for a summer wedding or cocktails on the veranda. Here’s the how-to…

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Do your research, you cant just eat any old flower…

Wash the flower, submerge it in the water in your ice cube tray and voila! Easy. Personal favourites are Lavender, Borage, Elderberry and Sugar snaps. 

Do The Birds A Favour

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Whilst perusing Pinterest I came across these bird seed favours. They are easy to make, inexpensive AND eco-friendly. Not only do they thank your guests, they can put them in the garden for the birds. Wonderful!

Heres what you need:

(Makes approximately 21 two-inch hearts)

– 96g  flour
– 125ml water
– 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
– 3 tbsp corn syrup
– 350g  birdseed

You will also need:

– large mixing bowl
– heart shaped cookie cutter
– nonstick spray
– chopstick or bamboo skewer for making a hole
– parchment paper
– cookie sheet
– jute or raffia
– card stock
– rubber stamp
 ink
– rounded corner punch
– hole punch



Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup. Add birdseed and stir well.
Spray the inside of a heart cookie cutter with vegetable cooking spray. (You could also wipe it down with veg. oil.)
Place cookie cutter on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Spoon mixture inside of cookie cutter, pressing mixture firmly with greased fingers. (The more you press it down, the less shedding of seeds you will have.)


Using a chopstick or bamboo skewer, make a hole near the top of the heart


Carefully pull cookie cutter away from birdseed heart.  Repeat until all the mixture is used up. (Spray the cookie cutter after every six hearts, that way it won’t stick.)


Let dry 6-8 hours. (the lady let hers sit overnight.) Cut 10-12 inches of jute for each heart. String jute through heart and add a tag. 



The woman behind the idea says:

“I created my thank you tags by using a rubber stamp, card stock and a rounded corner punch.  Tie the jute in a knot after you have added the tag. (You can tuck the knot inside the hole so it doesn’t show.) You can hang these from branches at your wedding, or place inside bags or boxes”.


All credits to here

Flat Out

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After writing this post, I realised that not every bride would want to wear heels. Below are a selection of flats. Nude, comfy flats may be more appealing to a tall, or non heel wearing bride or bridesmaid. Enjoy!

Jimmy Choo

Christian Louboutin

BHLDN

French Sole

French Sole

Asos

Asos

Asos

DIY

A Walk To Remember

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I reckon it is probably the shortest most important walk you will ever do. And it is set to music. Parfait? Non. I spent ages thinking about what I wanted my entrance music to be. When the vicar told me it could be anything in the whole world I knew exactly what it was…


This song. 

My cue to enter the church was at 1.31 seconds in. I missed it due to dress fluffing and bouquet arranging, hence a speedy walk down the aisle to reach Michael on time. 

It still gives me goosebumps. 

This was our other option, my parents said no. It would have been my genius moment that everyone would be talking about for years to come…sigh.



Tell me what you will/did have as your entrance music? Did you make your cue?

Why You Dont Always Have To Buy Louboutins

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We all want them. Just look at them. They are beautiful. But quite often the wedding budget has to be spent on major things like; a venue, marriage certificate, a dress…ya know, the things that make a wedding. 

I believe that brides value certain parts of their wedding differently. For example, one bride may spend £1000 on flowers but £4000 on a dress, whereas another bride may spend £5000 on flowers and £900 on a dress. 

If shoes are your thing, then do it. Buy the most expensive ones for your day, you will wear them more than once, and they will make your day complete. 

If you can’t afford the sparkly Loubs, then Laura Popplewell added her own sparkle to her shoes. It’s quite a genius idea for a bride that still wants the alluring flash of sparkle whilst kneeling at the altar, but actually has to spend the wedding fund else where.

She bought these from Schuh


Added these crystals from here in sizes 2,3, and 4mm



After months of hard work and determination (re:a few bits now and then whilst watching television) they were done…


Beautiful. Simple. Elegant. 



And, even if Laura never wears them again, at least she didn’t spend a fortune. 


Will you be spending hours sticking crystals on your shoes or will you be sporting red soles? 

Supplier Spotlight – Nicky Chadwick

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Name: Nicky Chadwick

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@nickychadwick

Website: www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

Mini Biography: I am a relaxed, contemporary photographer specialising in photographing weddings. I love weddings and feel very privileged to have the job I do!


Background on your business: I shoot mainly weddings for which I have a very relaxed style. I don’t have set packages so I am able to work with my couples to be able to offer them a bespoke service that works for them. If they want 10 hours coverage and a stunning album then they can have it, but equally, some couples only require a few hours coverage and a small coffee table book. Basically this means that they only pay for the elements that they want.

I also take on select commissions and commercial work and have recently been working with several music students to help them get portfolios together for their websites.


What has been your most favourite place that you have had the opportunity to photograph?

I’m not sure I have a favourite place although there are plenty of places I’d like to have the opportunity to go back to for more shoots!

I loved the whole of the Algarve for it’s beautiful beaches, Dubai for it’s stunning skyline and closer to home, Kirkstall Abbey is a firm favourite for my portfolio shoots and The Ashes wedding venue in Staffordshire was just amazing!


What advice can you give nervouse brides about having their photograph taken all day?

I offer a pre-wedding shoot with every wedding so that the bride and groom can get used to being photographed. This helps to alleviate any nervousness that they may feel as they have got used to me before hand. I also take time to get to know my couples so that if there is anything they are worried about we can talk about it before the wedding day. In my experience most of my couples don’t like the thought of being photographed but once they have had some fun on the pre-wedding shoot and realise I don’t have two heads they do relax more!



A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour: Red

Favourite Film:  PS. I love you

Favourite Song:  Adele – Make you feel my love

Favourite Month:  May

Favourite Drink:  Fresh Orange Juice

Favourite Food:  Fish and Chips


Favourite Perfume:  Varies but at the moment the new Issey Miyake

Favourite Book:  The Secret Garden


Stationery Week – Sweet Word Stationery

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Name: Ruth Coe
Website: www.sweetwordsstationery.co.uk
Stationery style/what you can offer?
I would say my design style is a mix of modern and retro styles, however a lot of the designs are bespoke from brides’ wanting something in particular. I offer a graphic design service and also foil printing so there are a number of services available.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I love anything arts and crafts, shiny bits and pieces so am always looking about for anything I could use in a designs. I also follow wedding trends and love interiors and styling.

Any tips on wording etiquette?
The main thing I have noticed is that couples want wording quite fun and funky, with plays on words and fonts and how this fits into the design.

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery
Get everyone involved. Keep designs simple as you will be making a lot! Think about the tools you will need and be realistic on what you know and the time you have.

How far in advance should you order?
It depends on the couple and the style of wedding. Allow 4-6 months for sending and return of RSVP and at least 4 weeks for design and production.

Trends for 2011?
I see the floral vintage style continuing for a while as it is so pretty, and also the Rule Britannia designs with the mix of red blue and white. However I am doing all sorts of designs in all manner of themes. From vintage postcards to gothic  to modern..