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??

a real wedding in Liverpool by Lawson Photography {final part} | uk wedding blog

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Hope you loved the little bit of colour inspiration on the blog this morning. Now for the final instalment of this beautiful wedding by Lawson Photography. Sit back and enjoy. I love the speech bubble place cards, the flower girls look like they had the best time ever and the venue looks even more beautiful at night.


Photography – Lawson Photography

Brides Dress – Blue by Enzoani (Dayton) bought in Caritas Yu Bridal in Sydney

Bridesmaid’s dresses – Coast

Flower Girls – Next

Groom and Groomsmen’s suits – Marks & Spencer, shirts & shoes – Next.

Flowers- Flower Style by Laurie (Formby, Merseyside),

Styling – by Emma, she decorated all the jars and tins herself

Cake- made by sister-in-law made  as a wedding gift

The photo booth- The Big Booth, they were brilliant, such a highlight that got everyone involved. Click here to have a look.

Speech bubbles – also by The Big Booth and come highly recommended by Emma and Darren

The Band- Agent Smith

The Violinist – booked through function central, same as the band, Emma says she was amazing

Favours – also made by Emma.

cornflower and blush | uk wedding blog

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A beautiful pairing of colours. I can’t wait till I can buy some cornflowers, I adore this shade of blue. My personal preference would be to off set it with an antiquated white, or a grey. Obvs.

Chefchaouen, Juliet Ausgameson, Amber Gray, Blue & Blossom

Sim, Aceito, A girl in love, Cornflowers,

What do you think? The final instalment of the wedding is up later today. And Emma still looks flawless!

Oh and if you are a florist with cornflowers on the horizon, let me know. I want buckets of them.


a real wedding in Liverpool by Lawson Photography {part two} | uk wedding blog

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Merry Monday Tuesday! Did you have a lovely bank holiday? Do you remember where we got up to last time? Emma and Darren had just arrived at the stunning Isla Gladstone in Liverpool. Aside from the beautiful bride and groom, the flowers stole the show in this wedding. I am all about the flowers. Whilst some readers/bloggers/weddingaffectionados go straight to the “which dress”, I go to the “which flowers”. I love how fresh and clean the colour palette is. Like a mojito. Or something less alcoholic for a Tuesday morning.

So, part two. It features my favourite moment in a wedding; when the bride walks down the aisle and the groom sees her for the first time. Heart. Melts. This moment was captured to perfection by Lawson Photography. Oh, and Liverpool ladies dress immaculately for a wedding!

Here comes the bride!!

For those of you reading that are yet to get married, the moment pictured above is the greatest moment and feeling of your wedding day. Such relief, excitement and love going on that it really can not be described. The moment you hold hands and walk back down the aisle is the most wonderful feeling. Ever. Savour it. You then get covered in confetti and try not to slip on moss. Just my day?

Part Three coming up later this afternoon, the reception is just as beautiful as the rest. Credits to come also. Do you love it so far? You can see more of The Lawson’s weddings on their website.

planning ~ when it all gets too much | uk wedding blog

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I have been there. Too many opinions, too much choice, too much inspiration (pinterest) and far too much money to part with. The whole planning process can become so unbelievably overwhelming that it is mighty tempting to pack it all in and elope to Vegas. Though this wasn’t an option for me with my fear of flying outweighing anything I was tackling with the wedding.Read More

pinterest | uk wedding blog

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Good morning!

I think we need some more mutual pinterest love going on. And if you aren’t on pinterest, you are missing out. I promise.

Follow me and I will follow back so I can repin anything you pin containing glitter or puppies.



my weekend | uk wedding blog

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Well, it rained. A lot. The dog was not impressed. Neither was I having to walk him. This weekend Instagram was at hand.

I settled in with a copy of Ideal Home in which Stamford was featured.

The sun came out.

Bluebells, reminds me of this song

Saturday evening saw us venture out to a party, we had lovely tapas, paella and chocolate fudge cake, copious amounts of manchego, all washed down with sangria. I wore a lot of black, pretty standard.

It was hosted by my best friend. This was taken mid patatas bravas.

and her housemate made a chocolate fudge cake. Delish.

On Sunday, we wiled away the hours by the fire after a lovely roast dinner.

So how was your weekend? Did you eat tapas? Watch The Voice?

On the blog later, some exciting news from All Wrapped Up Events.

paper arrow press | uk wedding blog

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Good morning!! I have a day of painting and chasing up Royal Mail ahead so it is always nice to share something lovely before starting the day. Let me introduce you to a new stationer in town, Rachel Russell.

Paper Arrow Press – – a bespoke stationery service launches today. It offers super cool stationery for weddings and those other important events in life.

Aimed at design-conscious couples who are looking for something more than the usual hearts and flowers for their save the dates, birth announcements and party invitations, Paper Arrow Press works closely with each client to produce personal, stylish designs at an affordable price.

Paper Arrow Press was set up in 2012 by designer Rachel Russell, a Yorkshire girl living in East Dulwich, London. It came into being after Rachel designed her own wedding invitations. Paper Arrow Press offers two services: choose between a fully bespoke service, working with Rachel to design and create stationery to your specifications or, if you’re a couple on a tight budget, choose a pre-designed wedding collection which can be customised with your details. Two customisable design collections are currently available: Big Top and Bookish. The former inspired by old time circus posters and designed to add a carnival atmosphere to your day and the latter designed to help you get your geek on, inspired by librarian chic!

More pre-designed stationery collections are planned for later in the year. Recent bespoke projects have been fully inspired by the couples themselves, taking their style and interests and translating them into cool, modern print pieces. These include a laid back beach wedding, a multilingual wedding in the Swiss lakes and a vintage Canadian wedding.

At launch, designer Rachel Russell said:

“My other half and I had a clear idea of how we wanted our wedding to look but had a small budget. We were lucky that we could create print pieces just as we wanted them. Not everyone has the time, ability or inclination (!) to do this. With Paper Arrow Press I want to offer the next best option: creative, affordable design combined with a fun and stress-free process. As a freelance graphic designer and illustrator I want to bring the same design aesthetic and attention to detail to wedding and event stationery as to any other design project. Planning any big event is stressful but Paper Arrow Press can help you get one big tick on your list with a minimum level of fuss and maximum level of style.”

Please go and have a look at more of Rachel’s work on – what do you think? Lovely hey?

craft parties with chloe | uk wedding blog

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I try to be crafty, but it just doesn’t happen. Which is why I would pass any bride wanting to DIY over to Chloe who runs a wonderful blog dedicated to the ‘do it yourself’ bride. It is always brimming with ideas for saving money or adding a personal touch to your wedding day, or, well every day.

Want something a bit different for your hen party?

How about hosting a craft party? It’s the perfect daytime activity for hens that want a relaxed, fun and creative afternoon.

Run by Chloe from Adore, the UK’s leading crafty wedding blog, you’ll have a craft expert to teach you new skills, help you make something personal and give you lots of creative ideas and tips!

Choose to make one of the crafts below or Chloe can help your group design and make something totally bespoke, for example the bride’s wedding table numbers or some quirky string art signs!

♥       Handmade stationery

♥       Decorating rustic wedding or home decorations

♥      Glamorous fascinators and shoe accessories

♥      Fabric floristry

♥       Decorating personalised candles

Recent chief bridesmaid Laura, from Nottingham… “It’s such an enjoyable way of doing something together as a group, we had a lovely afternoon chatting, eating cake, crafting and did lots of laughing!”

How it works…

1)    Email Chloe with your preferred date, time and craft project. Once this is finalised a non-refundable £100 deposit is required to secure the booking.

2)    Invite your group along!

3)    Chloe will get in touch a few weeks before to confirm numbers and all the final details.

4)    On the day of the party Chloe will set up all the materials and equipment you need to get making and bring lots of examples to help inspire you!

Prices start at £15 per person (depending on the craft) for a minimum of 6 people. The parties can last up to 3 hours and be held anywhere in the East Midlands– at your home or a venue of your choice!

You can contact Chloe here…





a catch up | uk wedding blog

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Thanks to Miller having last week as a holiday it has felt somewhat like an extended weekend. Though my weekend wasn’t filled with the most jolly of events.

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