A wedding, castle and plenty of colour – all things that make me happy. Enjoy this wedding shared by the photographer Nick Church.
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We swiped right (haha!) and everything else is history (and they lived happily every after!)
NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION?
We opted for a colour selection that would fill a dull wintery day with brightness, and we wanted to incorporate lots of yellow. Yellow was the favourite colour of Aaron’s mum, and in some way we wanted it incorporated to make it feel that she’s a part of it.
We like eclectic but simple and I guess it worked out that way. We thought of and designed most of the decorations. Aaron has used his calligraphy to write every name placeholder, menu and table names.
Welcome back to the Supplier Spotlight series!! Today I’m introducing a wonderful person, fantastic and passionate wedding planner and, I’m not gonna lie, one of my favourite people – Olivia from the Nulyweds.
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My name is Olivia Santos and I am a destination wedding planner creating colourful wedding days in Portugal for adventurous couples!
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
I had been working in the UK for quite some time, with a mix of independent wedding planning and in-house venue coordination. But I felt very stuck living and working in London. I felt I couldn’t really make my mark in London with the style and scope of weddings I really wanted to create. Having lived in Portugal as a teenager, I knew the country well and felt truly enamoured with the potential here. Not only does Portugal have delicious cuisine, sunny summers and diverse landscapes, it is also home to some truly incredible creatives, who can do fantastic things. I saw the opportunity in Portugal to bring my English sense of customer service, my passion for all things colourful and my understanding of the Portuguese market to create a unique destination wedding planning service for couples from around the world!
HOW DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
I’m not going to lie to you and say I wake up at 5am, medidtate for half an hour, drink kombucha and write in a gratitude journal, before starting my work refreshed and serene, conquering every task with precision and grace. Entrepreneurship is rarely so simple and orderly. To tell you the truth, my days are very varied but typically I wake up quite late (around 10am) because most of my couples are overseas, and therefore hours behind. I get ready, and plonk myself in front of my laptop to tackle the inbox before moving on to any big projects. Most of a planner’s work is done behind the computer whether that is scheduling a weding day, researching supplier recommendations for couples, devising a budget, creating moodboards, booking appointments, having Skype calls with new potential clients or anything in between. I finish my work day at around midnight.
Today we’ve got a definitely not your typical wedding fair for you! Check this out!
Planning a unique wedding? On Sunday 15 September the Out of this World Wedding Fair returns to the National Space Centre, offering you the chance to meet suppliers, photographers, cake makers that will make your memorable day stand out from the rest.
More and more couples are looking for something different for their wedding day. Demand for the traditional hotel wedding venue is falling. Couples want something that stands out, matches their personalities or reflects something that they love.
The National Space Centre is one of these truly unique wedding venues. It boasts a variety of romantic locations for your civil ceremony, perfect for you to share your special day with friends and family. The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium is an awe-inspiring setting, taking you and up to 192 guests on a voyage to the edge of the universe in a spectacular 360-degree cinematic experience. In fact, where else could you get married under the stars with no risk of the British weather raining on your parade!
With over 30 different wedding suppliers at the wedding fair, you’re bound to find something different for your wedding day. Amongst the cake makers, photographers and bouquet makers, you might even spot the odd stormtrooper or two!
Every entrance comes with a complimentary Planetarium viewing and you can grab a venue tour too!
Tickets cost £2 per adult for standard entry if you book in advance (£4 on the day).
Why not upgrade yourself to a £10 VIP ticket? VIP tickets include a space cocktail, wedding planning Q&A, goody bags and more. It’s the perfect treat for the weekend.
National Space Centre
£2 standard & £10 VIP – BOOK HERE
Organised by The Unconventional Wedding Festival.
The Urban Wedding Company
invite you to the one and only
Urban Wedding Fayre.
Here at The Urban Wedding company we like to do things differently. If you are planning a non-traditional wedding or looking for some unique and quirky ideas then this is the fair for you. We are flying the flag for creative, local independent trusted suppliers that do not conform to the standard wedding industry traditions. Bringing you the best Manchester and the North West has to offer.
We will have live acts on throughout the day, downstairs we have our Urban Spa, the venue for this fayre is the amazing Comedy Store, a beautiful urban setting perfect for couples looking for something a bit different for their day.
Upgrade to our urban lounge, includes a free drink and canape’s this is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the fayre and relax, with comfy sofas, you can take in everything you have seen at the fair and make some of those important discussions. You will also have your own private viewing area of the live acts.
We hope to see you there, if you have any questions send us an email at: email@example.com
Check out our event on Facebook to keep up to date with all suppliers.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Adam Tranter and Project Valentine
7th of September 2019
The Comedy Store
3 and 4, Arches, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth St W,
Manchester M1 5LH
Tickets are £3 in advance or £5 on the day.
Use code ‘loveislove’ for free standard tickets and ‘loveislove50’ for 50% off the Urban Lounge tickets
This very special shoot with a real life couple Álvaro and Josechu was sent to us by a lovely Carolina – a wedding planner, who also tells us the story behind it. I love the intimacy and happiness of these pictures.
If you know me at all, you know the sustainability is a very important topic for me, and ecology is more and more talked about in the wedding industry. Today I have an invitation to a very special event.
The Cranbrook Eco & Wedding Fair aims to fill the gap in the wedding market for more eco-friendly and vegan weddings. Lots of people understand there is a lot of waste in weddings and many people are vegan for the animals and the planet.
The Fair will have around 18 stalls of wedding inspiration including vegan catering and cakes, eco florists, vegan friendly hats, hair and makeup. Plus photography, candles, wedding web resources, jewellery and more.
See Facebook @SEVeganEvents for updates and supplier bios. Being held in the grade II listed Vestry Hall, Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent. The Fat Carrot pop- up Cafe will be open for tea & vegan cake.
At 3pm there will be a pre-booked vegan catering tasting buffet in the cafe area with The Fat Carrot (£12.50 per head).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
NB There are stairs at the main entrance – to avoid these use the sloping path to the back door. Free parking nearby.
Photographer John Clark shared with us this romantic engagement shoot he did with Christopher and John.
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Christopher& I met on Grindr (we like to think we are proof it’s not always hopeless) lol we met in October 2013 and shared 10 dates in 2 weeks . We knew from the start it was the real deal.
I swear, this is heaven on earth and a perfect setting for the most romantic couple shoot!
Blake and Richard traveled from North Carolina to Moorea Island (which is in French Polynesia northwest of Tahiti) for their honeymoon, where they took tropical photos while enjoying the sun and sea. They got married at the courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina.
If you ask me there is no better place for a wedding full of sunshine and music than Spain! Andy and George aka GANDY organised a three day fest for their friends and family.
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We met the old fashioned way – in a bar on a night out, 7 years ago. There were two proposals – Andy proposed to George in New York, then George proposed to Andy back in London.
Wedding dress shopping can be an exciting and bewildering experience, particularly for the first-time bride. To make it less overwhelming, our friends at Andrea Hawkes put together an essential guide to wedding dress shopping, so you know where to start and what to consider.
Where do you start?
Before you start creating a mood board of all the dress designs you love, it’s important to put a plan in action. First things first, when should you start shopping for a wedding dress and how much should you budget for? Money and time frame are the two factors which will affect the rest of your wedding dress shopping experience, so figuring out the answer to these questions is a crucial first step.
Setting a price
Wedding dresses can vary a lot in price, depending on what is important to you. If you want to buy a simple white dress from a high-street retailer, then it can cost you as little as £70, but these types of dresses are not created with the same level of quality and attention to detail as professionally designed bridal dresses. For bespoke, specially-created gowns that are made just for you, you’re looking closer to £10,000. For expertly designed, ready-to-wear and made-to-measure dresses from bridal boutiques and designers, it’s more likely to be in the range of £1,500 to £4,000.
As there are a lot of other costs when it comes to planning a wedding aside from your dress, it’s a good idea to agree on a dress budget with your fiancé. This will help you decide whether you are going to go for a standard size dress, a made-to-measure gown or a completely bespoke design. Don’t forget to allow some wiggle room for dress alterations, your shoes, bridal lingerie and any wedding dress accessories that you might want to include in your bridal outfit. However, it is normal for brides to spend more than they had originally planned, so don’t worry if you slightly exceed your dress budget!
When should you start shopping for a wedding dress? You might be surprised to learn that finding your perfect dress can take almost as long as planning for the rest of your wedding! To complete an order, it normally takes bridal boutiques between six to eight months to make a dress, even if you are choosing a ready-to-wear gown. So once you know what time of year you are planning to have your special day, work the time backwards to create your wedding dress shopping timeline. However, a shorter turn around is possible, as many dresses are created for weddings less than six months away, so don’t worry if your big day is closer round the corner.
Keep in mind that a lot of boutiques and studios are appointments only, so it’s important to do your research into which stores you want to visit and make appointments within plenty of time. Normally, brides-to-be will have between two to five fittings, depending on whether you are going for a standard size dress, made-to-measure or a bespoke dress, and if you need any alterations made along the way.
For made-to-measure dresses, you should aim to have your first wedding dress fitting (when you first try on your dress) around five to six months before the wedding date. Whereas for standard size dresses, you can get away with scheduling your first fitting roughly two months before your big day. For dresses that are designed from scratch (a.k.a bespoke design), you’re looking at closer to the six to eight months mark.