• KEL AND FRED’S FRENCH CHATEAU WEDDING

    Today we have a lovely wedding in a French chateau shot and shared with us by Lionel of Pholio Photographie

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    I would like to say it was great romantic story, but it was just an ordinary Friday night out 8 years ago that turned into something we both did not expect but embraced and loved till now.

  • Wedding planning: Alternatives to a classic confetti shot

    The blog post today is brought to you by Shropshire Petals who provides real biodegradable delphinium and wildflower petals handpicked and handpacked on their Shropshire Farm. Personally I believe there’s never too much confetti, and if you want to do something a bit different than just a classic shot leaving the ceremony, here’s a few alternative ideas.

    The confetti toss is a tradition we all know and love.  It’s that dreamy romantic moment on your wedding day, typically just after you have said, “I do” where friends and family shower you with beautiful, delicate confetti.  As you are an individual and unique couple, why not capture something a little more fun for your special day?  Natural petal confetti growers, Shropshire Petals share their alternatives to a classic confetti shot for your big day.

    A confetti shot with a bang

    The newest confetti trend has to be Confetti Cannons. They are fun and exciting to use; with a quick twist, out explodes a confetti blast to cover you during your confetti moment.  They are fun and exciting to use and can fire up to 10 metres.

    Set up a group shot with the bridal party and twist a few Confetti Cannons for a huge eruption of beautiful petals.  Filled with your choice of natural petal confetti, as petals are released, they will flutter down gently giving your photographer plenty of time to capture some fantastic photographs.  After the initial blast, have fun and be silly in the falling petals for a spectacular confetti moment.

    A group affair

    The confetti moment doesn’t have to be just for the newly married couple.  Add some of your own uniqueness and personality by including props and photo frames for some alternative and fun confetti shots.  Order plenty of confetti to ensure you have enough for several group shots to include different members of the bridal party and your guests.  Why not supply confetti alongside a photo booth and see how creative your guests can be!

  • PHIL AND DANIEL’S THE FAVERSHAM WEDDING

    Hello! Today we are travelling to Leeds to see modern stylish wedding in The Faversham. Phil and Daniel are such a fun couple, you can really feel their amazing spirit through photos by Matt Simm (and I seriously need to hear more about that note they sent to a friend!!).

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    The short version is we moved next door to each other. The long version is that we knew of one another at uni but ran with different crowds. We were both dating other people too. It wasn’t till after uni that both those relationships ended around the same time and that’s when we became neighbours by chance. We bonded over sending a mutual friend a threatening note made up of newspaper cuttings (see 1992’s The Bodyguard for the reference)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • BEVERLEY AND CHARLIE’S MANCHESTER ROOFTOP TERRACE WEDDING

    Today we have another cool city wedding – this time in Manchester. Beverley and Charlie’s day was photographed by Marcia’s Wedding Photography.

    HOW DID YOU MEET?

    Well, it’s a great one! We met at our annual Pride Breakfast that happens before Manchester Pride. I am the sister of one of Charlie’s friends, it was a warm sunny day, we spent the weekend together and then I travelled back home. After a number of years talking and becoming friends I travelled to Manchester to surprise Charlie on her birthday and well…the rest is history!

  • WEDDING PLANNING ADVICE: ALTERNATIVE WEDDING OUTFITS WITH HOUSE OF OLLICHON

    I’ve been obsessing over House of Ollichon‘s wedding jumpsuits on Instagram for ages! Their outfits are perfect for modern brides who don’t care much about traditions and want to do something other than a big white dress and still look gorgeous and sophisticated. I’m so excited to be sharing with you their advice on picking an alternative wedding outfit perfect for your figure. 

    The majority of our appointments start with brides telling me ‘I’m just not a fan of the big dress’, ‘I just want to feel like myself’ or ‘I’m a jeans and trainers kind of girl’. Although bridal trends have come a long way in recent years, we’re still scarred by the stereotypical expectation to wear a big white meringue!

    Two-pieces have been hot for a couple of years but we have really seen the jumpsuit take off in the last six months which, obviously we are thrilled about! I feel like finally, brides to be are proud to break the mould and be themselves.

    Our mantra at House of Ollichon is ‘Be a special version of your normal self’. That’s all our brides want!

    We are honoured to have lots of same-sex couples come to House of Ollichon, it’s such fun to style a couple together and it’s the biggest honour as a designer to dress both brides. It’s crucial for couples to be on the same page when it comes to what level of bridal they go for. Our clients often end up going for one jumpsuit and one two piece between them, they’re matching but not the same and there’s no guessing game on who wears the dress and who wears the suit!

    Best sellers and what works well for…

  • STEVE & ROB’S MINTERNE HOUSE DIY WEDDING

    Today’s wedding is truly a DYI event – even the flowers were grown by one of the grooms! They made sure their big day was as personal as possible and fun for their guests. It was photographed and shared with us by their photographer Linus Moran.

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    We met online. Things didn’t go to plan with the first few times we tried to meet. Rob cancelled at the last minute on the first few occasions due to work commitments but eventually managed to meet on the third attempt. Steve moved to Yeovil and moved in with Rob not long after meeting.

  • Wedding planning advice: Wedding stationery guide

    Claire from the printing company Lost Heritage wrote a fantastic piece about all the ways you can use stationery for your wedding and included some really good tips that will help you in the planning process. 

    Congrats on being newly engaged! Hope the wedding planning is going well, so much to think of hey! 

    Well, even if you say you are having a small do or you are totally going all out there is so much choice out there it can get a little overwhelming. 

    Hopefully to make life a little simpler we have put together a little guide about wedding stationery and what it means. You don’t have to send or have all of these for your big day but if you can’t go all out when getting hitched when can you hey?! 

    It’s your day so my advice is to incorporate you and your partners style into the design. A theme is essential and helps hugely as you have a intention and outline for all the bits and pieces needed. 

    BEFORE THE BIG DAY

    SAVE THE DATES – This is essentially a pre-invitation – you are asking people to reserve this date and not to make any other plans. It is sent to guests pretty much as soon as a wedding date is set. You don’t have to include any other information apart from the actual wedding date but really thats up to you- sometimes people may put a vague idea of location but that’s usually only if you are getting married aboard or you think guests may need to make special travel arrangements in advance. 

    DAY INVITES – These are the main invitations for guests who will be attending the full day- typically some sort of wedding ceremony and then wedding breakfast and or reception. Obviously every wedding is different but usually the day invites indicate that the guest or guests are there from the beginning till the end of the event. Essential information included would be date, location/locations and times. Other information added usually depends on the type of wedding you are having and/or the budget. For example if you are on a limited budget you may want to fit extra bits of instructions on the main part to save on cost – however beware as you don’t want the page to look too cluttered. Your stationer/designer are always happy to advice on this though. 

    RECEPTION/EVENING INVITES – This is usually in the same style as the day invites but just with a change of time and location (if applicable). Typically given to guests who are just attending the evening celebrations. A little handy tip: send out your day invites before your evening ones. That way you can see if you receive any regrets and upgrade some of the evening guests to day guest if needed!  

    RSVP’S – This card is basically your way of asking a potential guest to “please response”. It is essential to know how many guests will be coming to your wedding as a lot of planning and time is spend on table plans, seats, meals etc. The RSVP can also be a way of getting extra information from your guests if you feel this is necessary (such as food allergies/preferences) Some couples even ask for people to include a song of their choice on a RSVP.