EVENTS: WEDDING SHOWCASE AT THE KENSINGTON PALACE

In November Gay Wedding Blog got invited to attend the Historic Royal Palaces’ annual Wedding Showcase at the Kensington Palace. Due to work commitments I couldn’t attend this very special event but lovely Olivia of Nulyweds agreed to represent the blog and also write about the night to share it with you all. 

On a bitterly cold, breath-I-see-you night in November, Kensington Palace opened its doors to wedding planners, major industry influencers and press (that’s us). I went with Nina Beer from Occasion Queens, dressed in our finest to keep to the “lounge suits” dress code. We walked along the twinkly pathway, passed the pavilion, through the glittering archway and down the stairs to the palace entrance. These guys are serious fairy light fans. As you walked into the main entrance and round to the cloakroom, you are immediately in awe of the spaciousness and finery this venue has to offer.

Through to the staircase, with royal red walls and paintings of the land and gentry, we walked to the reception room for a cocktail reception with the industry’s finest. This is where we could really get a feel for the venue. Think pure, unadulterated tradition and royalty. You feel like royalty in there which is either intimidating as a prospect or what you’ve always dreamed of – really depends on what floats your boat. Treated to orange and elderflower mocktails and more-ish canapes from Blue Strawberry Catering, it was easy to feel spoilt.

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FASHION: NEW COLLECTION FROM SANYUKTA SHRESTHA

That is definitely something new on this blog – a fashion feature. But when I saw this shoot and stunning dresses and then read the press release for the new collection from Sanyukta Shrestha, I couldn’t help myself. You can read all about it below. 

Following her 2016 Hers and Hers Collection, Sustainable luxury designer, Sanyukta Shrestha, extends her support to gay marriage with the launch of her 2019 collection, where two brides, need not mean a sacrifice in style choices, but an array of choices to match, clash or even replicate one another. Entwined Love gave a whimsical take on romance in her past collection. Entwined Love: Chapter 2 is the collection for the modern bride, where Sanyukta Shrestha brides inspire subtle innovation.

“I am thrilled to introduce this collection which gives brides the opportunity to match their bridal attire with their partners’. Every bride has her very own style and personality and just like you would match the colour scheme to your groom’s outfit, brides can now match their bridal style with the one of her partner without wearing the same dress or style but rather helping to highlight their individuality”.Sanyukta Shrestha

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STYLED SHOOT: MODERN SHOREDITCH ELOPEMENT

I’m seriously excited to share with you a shoot that is absolutely up my street! Gorgeous modern styling by Chenai, photography by uber talented Jo of Joasis Photography and some of the best locations in Shoreditch. 
Check out the story and read the story behind the shoot from Chenai.

Tim and Ben are a real life couple who I chose to give this elopement inspiration shoot real warmth and intimacy. Jo from Joasis Photography helped us tell the full story of a city elopement, starting from the beautiful images of the the couple getting ready and having their ‘ceremony shots’ outside East London’s Shoreditch Town Hall and Clove Club – we then circled back to Callooh Callay Bar for what would be a small reception celebration.


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DALE & MARC’S BARN WEDDING

This lovely happy barn wedding was shared with us by Sheryl of Oobaloos Photography. Take a look and read what Dale and Marc told us about the planning.

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

To be honest, our relationship started out as simple as messaging through a dating app. It was when we decided to meet up that the nerves really set in. Although they were short lived as we seemed to hit it off from the moment we met. We had a simple day date to get to know each other more face to face, then we decided to meet up later that evening to go out for a meal and watch a movie. From there we have been best friends and enjoyed getting to know each other whilst growing and building a life together.

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STYLED SHOOT: HEAVY METAL WEDDING INSPIRATION

After Australian sun, cliffs of Cornwall, sunny barn weddings today something totally different. A wonderfully styled, kick ass, heavy metal inspired shoot styled by Michaela of Clear Hearts and photographed by Paola de Paola.

This couple are strong, daring, madly in love and blissfully married. They’re ready to rock, do shots and dance the night away into eternity.

Their colour choices are a gorgeous winter palette of black and purple, with a hint of silver from intricate patterns of piercing studs.

From a tattoo artist creating matching tattoos, to synchronised headbanging to their favourite song, this shoot is a kick-ass statement that women don’t have to be sugar-sweet to be bridal. Your day is your day, and love is love!

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HARRIET AND DJ’S NAUTICAL THEMED WINTER WEDDING

This lovely wedding was send by Harriet and DJ’s photographer – Corina. There might have been winter outside but they had a fun seaside themed wedding complete with a surfboard as a guest book! Take a look and read what brides said about their big day.

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

We met 10 years ago outside my (DJ) friends’ salon in south London. I had popped out for a cigarette and Harriet happened to be strolling past the shop and bravely started a conversation with me about my t-shirt and then followed that by asking for my number. At the time she was only 17 and I was 28 so we decided to go our separate ways after a while. Until we got in contact again and got back together nearly 4 years ago.

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STYLED SHOOT: TWO BLUSHING BRIDES

Today I’m taking you for a trip all the way to Australia with this lovely styled shoot from Brisbane. 

This light filled romantic styled shoot took place on the banks of the Brisbane river with real couple Fiona and Megan playing brides for the day. Created to showcase the contrast of simple pure white daytime styling and warm blush tones for the evening, in celebration of marriage equality in Australia.

Despite being new to being professionally captured, real couple Fiona and Megan shared the most beautiful love filled connection, with plenty of giggles.

The girls looked absolutely stunning with professional hair stylist Kaila from Laa Hair Boutique, creating elegant up styles, and make-up artist Helena Donaldson providing a natural soft romantic look.

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MARTA AND ZOE’S SOULFUL BOHO ELOPEMENT IN CORNWALL

Two gorgeous brides on the wild coast of Cornwall – just dreamy!! Photographer Verity Westcott shared this wonderful story and I’m excited to show it to you!

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

We met for the first time in Paddington station London in March 2010, after chatting for some time online.
As soon as we met, we were head over heels in love and have been ever since. We can’t imagine life without each other & the love grows stronger every day!!

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Wedding planning advice: 10 Bizarre & unusual wedding entertainment ideas

If you are looking for something more to entertain your guests but have no idea what to do so it’s not boring, definitely read this advice from Joey of Warble Entertainment. They offer a variety of amazing artists and will help you find a perfect one for your big day! (And are one of our amazing suppliers too!)

Get unique. Bring a touch bizarre to your wedding day and create something memorable in an instant.

For a long time now the staple for a wedding has been great music, food and friends. Wedding entertainment however is now branching out to the world of weird, wonderful and wow. It is now entirely possible (and incredibly easy!) to bring something fun to your big day that guests will have never seen before.

Check out these 10 creative wedding entertainment ideas for your big day.

Lookalikes

This is one of our favourite ideas and is always something to be remembered. Whether it’s Gordon Ramsay, Jack Sparrow or Del Boy, these celebrity characters are sure to create a stir at your wedding.

Jack Sparrow Lookalike

Mirror People

Mirror, mirror, on the wall… let your entertainment shine with these eye catching performers. They will cast spectacular reflections whilst dancing and mingling with your guests.

Mirror People

Paparazzi Photographers

You’re supposed to feel special on your wedding day, but why not feel like an actual celebrity on the red carpet? You can hire your very own Paparazzi Photographers to snap those lucrative shots as your guests enter the room.

Paparazzi Entertainers

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TRACY AND LINDA’S LOW KEY GLASGOW WEDDING

Today we have a very stylish wedding in Glasgow. Tracy and Linda were photographed by the fantastic Jo Donaldson Photography (one of our fab suppliers!!)

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

We both strongly believe that it is in your moments of decision making that you create your destiny. It is by the decisions that we made throughout our lives that our paths crossed initially in 1999 when, after one too many vodkas in the Polo Lounge led to Linda feeling bold, she asked Tracy if she could buy her a drink. After dating for a few months our lives took us in different directions. Our paths then crossed again in 2013 while Linda was living in Australia (and Tracy’s Facebook stalking really took hold). On Linda’s return from Australia in August 2015 they finally met up again in person and it was clear we were meant to be.

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