moving house | uk wedding blog

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If you follow me on twitter, you already know what has happened this week (aside from my 25th birthday). On Wednesday we found out that the house we put an offer on had been accepted. Apparently that does not mean we have the house. We have to prove we can actually pay for it, and not with buttons or monopoly money. Bank meetings ensued and late on Friday we got the final all clear. I know there is more to go, things can go wrong but that doesnt mean I can’t start a “my new home” pinboard on pinterest. Feel free to follow! We also found out that stamp duty will come in to effect on March 24th so we need to have swapped contracts before then else we are whacked with a 1% fee. No thank you. That 1% can pay for this bed…Read More

Fitting in to the dress – By Rachel | UK Wedding Blog

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We are with Rachel today, who is talking cake, fitting in to the dress and whether it really matters. Over to Rachel…


You all got a litte bit of a break from me last week – you lucky things! Phoebe and I had a good chat over too much food and the most amazing brownie I’ve ever eaten…ooh brownie…so she didn’t quite escape me.
 
So darling ones, it’s now less than 5 months to go. I keep repeating that fact to myself in order to convince myself it’s true. No matter how many times I try and believe it, it doesn’t actually feel real. I’d expected to be at the stage where I’d be seriously thinking about our wedding day by now, right down to actually refusing treats in order to look reem (yes, I lifted that from Joey Essex) in my dress. But the thing is, that’s not happening. And to be honest, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. 
 
Four years ago I started on some medication that has made me put on over 3 stone. Before then I was the annoying girl who could wolf down a burger and fries with a side of chocolate cake whilst still slipping into my teeny tiny skinny jeans. Yes, I was the kind of girl that everyone quite likes to hate. I blame the medication because actually it’s very likely to be the main culprit but I’m pretty sure my complete inability to say no to cake and/or chips has something to do with it. So whilst I’m not big – even though I will constantly moan about myself for being so – I do worry about not looking like *me* on our wedding day.
 
Forget the fact I’m going to be dolled up to the nines with super shiny (we hope!) hair, makeup I’ve actually bothered to get done properly, a super swanky dress and the most amazing shoes – the thing I most worry about it is looking fat in my wedding photos. And as much as our photographer is a whiz with the ol’ gadgets, there’s only so much a little airbrushing and creative licence can do.
 
It’s a cliche that brides diet before their big day. My dressmaker told me that she has to make brides sign a piece of paper if they ask for their dress to be ordered in a size smaller because she’s had so many not manage it and kick up a fuss when it doesn’t fit. But why do we feel like we have to? Before we got engaged, I wouldn’t say I was happy with how I looked but I was quite content. 
 
What is it with the big shiny diamond and the promise of a big white dress to make you swear blind you’re never going to so much as look at a piece of chocolate for as long as you live? Or at least until the reception when you’re going to gorge yourself on wedding cake.
 
I have no idea what I’m trying to achieve with this blog. I have no wise words. I have no ‘hoorah for being you and that’s all that matters’ motivation. At the moment being me is a very fluid concept and just getting through every day one at a time is a massive high five – wowsers, that was a bit dramatic. But on the run up to your wedding day, being you and being comfortable with being you means you have to be comfortable with what you’ll see in those photos forever. Well, unless you hide them at the back of the wardrobe and that would just be a real shame.
 
And if hitting the gym and banning yourselves from the biscuits and crisps aisle at the supermarket suits you down to the ground, then go for it. Likewise, if pizza on the sofa is your thing then go for that too. Me? I’m a bit of both and I actually think that’s ok.
 
Just to be clear, I’m eating Jelly Babies as I write this. They help me be clear…



If you saw Rachel, you would know she hasn’t got anything to worry about. And you will look like you on your day, just a new you. A better you perhaps? 

Today, this is all you need to know | UK Wedding Blog

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Click Here and tell all your friends. If you have any. 


A wonderful collaboration of some of the industry’s youngest and finest: 


A brilliant idea hey? 

A Cheerful One Photo Friday | UK Wedding Blog

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Something colourful for another cold and grey day. View more of this wedding here. By Ella Bella. Of course it’s American. 


I wasn’t sure how yesterdays post was going to go down. I wouldn’t say I was a controversial tweeter/blogger although a few people have referred to me as it. I think I am just honest, frank and perhaps bloody minded. Your comments thankfully, more or less agreed. I wonder if the people we have all unfollowed have been the same? If you feel like telling me then do. 


On a side note from twitter. If you have an iphone, download Tweetbot. It is wonderful. And far superior than Twitter. 


I am not getting used to leaving the house at 8am to walk the dog. I long for it to be warm. I have never longed for it to be warm in my life. I like the cold. But I do not enjoy -2C and slipping pavement walking. I also see quite a lot of people, and all I have done is pulled my hair into a mini birds-nest and put on which ever of Millers jackets is closest. Probably should make more of an effort so my neighbours don’t think I am a tramp. 

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Too much? I thought not. Have you bought a valentines day card yet? If not, have a peruse through I Am Nat’s cards – they are funny. I of course have bought the one that Not On The High Street deemed too rude for their customers. It’s now selling on the valentines black market. If you’d like to know which, just ask. There are eyes here. 


Have a lovely Friday. 

Twetiquette | UK Wedding Blog

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Twitter – a wonderful medium connecting you with people across the globe that you may not have met otherwise. I love it. I truly do. The pros outweigh the cons. But it’s the cons that have been bugging me lately. 


You have 140 characters, so tell the world something wonderful. Just think about what you are writing. Yes, I can often tweet about the mundane things in my life, yes I can share my opinion on ghastly flowers. But there is never a malicious undertone. None of my tweets are secret codes aimed at someone. Yet a lot of people blatantly do this. Don’t bully. Don’t make your account private so you can bitch. 


You have 140 characters, be positive. Why spend those characters berating someone? Why waste your pre-determined tweet with poisonous intent. Don’t mock mental illness, don’t slander someone in the industry. Be nice


You have 140 characters – do not use this as your diary. I get you are having a hard time. But I don’t want my timeline constantly full of it. Use your actual blog, or even better, a professional. 

You have 140 characters and if you are boring, moaning and complaining I will unfollow you, what’s wrong with that? Don’t take it personally. Why can’t you unfollow someone on twitter without them calling you up on it? 



You have 140 characters to be original. I get it, you wrote a blog post. Why are you telling me every 10 minutes? Tell me things I don’t know about you, entice everyone in to your life. We are on there because we want to connect. We are not going to if all you tweet are links to your posts/business website every 2 seconds. 


You have 140 characters to change someone’s day for the better so go ahead and do it.  


Opinions please? Am I just being a grumpus? Perhaps I am using twitter wrong? 


Did you hear about my door saga yesterday? Did you see my blog business cards? Yes. Things are about to get kerrr-azy on here. So get involved

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Tweed Bridal Shoot | UK Wedding Blog

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The final images of the bridal shoot. I hope you enjoy. The first image is my favourite. Helena Christensen look alike right?

So there you have it. All of the images from the shoot. Thank you to everyone involved. It was a wonderful day and the results are truly stunning. Major thank you to Tux and Tales Photography


Love Phoebe 


Credits:

Styling: Phoebe Miller
Photography: Tux & Tales 
Dresses: Wedding Belles 
Tweed – Forbes and Maude by Holland Cooper

Fur coats – Stylist’s own
Props – Stylist’s own

Gold necklace – Rose and Aster
Tweed Hairpieces – Foxes & Pheasants
Accessories –  Victoria Mary Vintage
Flowers: Secret Garden, Leeds
Venue: Dine
Hair: Charisma Hairdressing
Make Up: Jo Bilham
Napkin rings, feather garlands, wine charms: Foxes & Pheasants

English Countryside Shoot | UK Wedding Blog

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You may have already read the inspiration behind the shoot on Love My Dress, if not; the concept for the shoot was borne out of my love of tweed, fur, and feathers. Mixing these with full skirted bridal gowns made absolute sense, and so the styling began. 

The team involved worked so hard, they were: 


Styling: Phoebe Miller
Photography: Tux & Tales 
Dresses: Wedding Belles 
Tweed – Forbes and Maude by Holland Cooper

Fur coats – Stylist’s own
Props – Stylist’s own

Gold necklace – Rose and Aster
Tweed Hairpieces – Foxes & Pheasants
Accessories –  Victoria Mary Vintage
Flowers: Secret Garden, Leeds
Venue: Dine
Hair: Charisma Hairdressing
Make Up: Jo Bilham
Napkin rings, feather garlands, wine charms: Foxes & Pheasants



More tomorrow. I would love to know your thoughts on the shoot so far? 

{Shoot the Shoot} Tweed Galore | UK Wedding Blog

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In a dramatic style, I will be bringing you the images in hopefully two parts. There are so many beautiful shots of the day and I couldn’t choose which to eliminate so you will be seeing them all. 


But for now, a shoot the shoot. 

Jaye at work photographing a Rose and Aster necklace
Kizzy creating a very regal hair style.
Kizzy working her magic


Jo Bilham at work






Steven at Forever Film in the corner! 


Accessory by Victoria Mary Vintage


Dress from Wedding Belles Otley

Pretty hey? 

More later! But here is the video filmed by the fantastic videographer Steven at Forever Film. Please hire someone to film your day, it is the one thing I regret not having. 

                      


                         Quintessentially British – Photo Shoot from Steven Smith on Vimeo.


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We now have a pinterest board for short hair styles as suggested by Victoria Mary Vintage. Read more by Rachel here on my blog, and then her extended story here. You can follow the board here. If you would like to be a contributor let me know and I will add you to it!

A Snowy Weekend | UK Wedding Blog

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So it snowed. A lot. Sometimes Leeds is lovely, especially in the snow. We took Atticus out for his first walk. The snow reached his little belly, it was mighty cold but he loved it. When he finished eating it, he bounded around happily until it was time to come home. We also let him off the lead for the first time, which was heart stopping.

 

What did you do with your weekend? I drank mulled wine, ate doughnuts, met with friends and watched the greatest Take Me Out ever. I also made fairy cakes, covered in glitter. I will now be adding glitter to everything we eat. Why does it have to stop at baked goods?

We watched Mr Brooks, seriously good film! Slipped under the radar but worth a watch. Add it to your Love Film.

I stayed up as long as I could to watch the Super Bowl. It was interesting. I learnt about downs, scrimmage and other such terms. In essence, it was a lot of stop-starting, men running around in tights and apparently some adverts. Is it the most popular sport in America? Give me rugby any day. (We shan’t mention Madonna’s half time performance)

There will be another post later on of the shoot I was involved in which was feature on Love My Dress last week. I will be showing you the rest of the photos and some details on the wonderfully talented team involved.

Oh, and this competition closes today. Did you see this amazing engagement shoot by Amy Lewin?

And no one has given the troubled Rachel any hair advice. Sad Face.


Hair Woes – By Rachel

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Later in the week than usual, but we are with Rachel again, and things aren’t going too well for her at the moment. I am sure she will talk about it in her own time but she needs some love. 


Bridal hairstyles get a bad rep. I always imagine the classic up do where the bride looks like her head is going to topple over with the weight of it and it’s been pulled so tight it’s like she’s been giving a facelift at the same time. I knew that I wouldn’t be comfortable having my hair up on my wedding day. Sometimes it can look impossibly glamorous but I hate looking at photos of myself with my hair tied back and I didn’t want to risk the same thing happening when I get my wedding pictures back.
 
After the Royal Wedding and my girl crush on Kate Middleton/Duchess of Cambridge/Princess Pretty, I knew I wanted to grow my hair and have some kind of curls/half up thing going on. So this became my go-to photo…

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And then there’s this smiley lady with a very similar style but a more ruffled look. 


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But then something happened this week that made me question this. It’s very personal and I won’t go into detail because this is a wedding blog so we’ll stick quite happily to the nice stuff. But I’ve since spent time looking at short bridal hairstyles and I’ll be honest, it’s not floating my boat.
 
I’m contemplating just chopping it all off and doing a Dianna Agron…
 





 
If you’ve got any great ideas for short bridal hair, leave a link in the comments box! I could really use your ideas.
 
Until next time, Loves xxxx



Come on then, bridal hair styles for short hair? I think Agron looks amazing, something I would never dare to wear.