Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day!!! Now when you’re all full of love and chocolate, we wanted to share something really beautiful with you. Photographer Kirsty Mackenzie sent us this gorgeous shoot she shot, styled by Bow & Beau. The stylist tells us about the inspiration behind this shoot and wedding suppliers involved.
Our aim for the shoot was to bring in quirky and unconventional features to an otherwise relaxed, outdoorsy, woodland wedding setting: a cool whimsical shoot for the alternative bride. We also wanted to promote a same sex, quite relaxed and natural shoot.
My name is Carolina and I am starting my business as an alternative and LGBTQ Wedding Planner in Madrid and Gran Canaria.
Everything bridal related is still quite traditional here, and a lot of people think that getting married means being the center of attention of a very formal event that has nothing to do with them. For most of them the first image that crosses their mind is a Catholic Church Wedding so they kind of get scared off. This makes me sad, because they think they can’t have a special day.
What really gets me excited is the change in their faces when I explain that getting married doesn’t have to be like that.
I believe a wedding is about a couple that love each other, that have a unique relationship and deserve a unique celebration. I ask them what they’re passionate about, how they met, what it is that they reallly love and have in common and start designing from there.
This wedding was shared with us by Kate and Becky’s amazing photographer – Anete Lusina of Lusina photography. The details of this wedding are amazing – we absolutely love the typing machines, seating plan and all the foliage! Such a wonderful day.
Kate and Becky met in Beijing, currently live in Cambodia and got married in Nottinghamshire.
We got married at The Pumping House, which is a beautiful converted pumping station on the edge of Sherwood Forest.
Jo (the Venue Manager) was incredible. Very organized and just lovely.
With more than 15 years stage management experience in the West End, Ever Ever After’s husband and husband team, James & Sam Hayden-Harler, have a unique and unparalleled attention to detail, experience of making everything run smoothly and of course, the eye to make your wedding day uniquely memorable. Today they are sharing some golden tips for planning your wedding.
Top 5 tips for planning your wedding
Planning your dream wedding takes lots of time, effort and organisation. If you’re not sure where to start or are struggling for inspiration, here are our top five tips you’ll need to consider when planning your wedding.
1. Budget and allow 10-15% extra for little surprises
Setting a budget may be boring, but it is an essential that you set this first, as this will influence every decision you make for your wedding. Do plenty of research and set a rough budget before you start planning. It can be quite daunting when you make a list of everything you need and you’ll be surprised how quickly it all adds up. When shopping around for quotes confirm with the retailer or supplier whether they include VAT. If not, you may find you’ll be hit with an invoice for more than originally quoted. If you are finding your budget is going over, make a list of priority items you must have, as well as another list for ‘would like to have’. This will make sticking to your budget much easier!
2. The Personal Touch
Use the skills of your friends and family to help you make your day individual and special for you. Once the big things are sorted, think about the details that will make your day special. What do you enjoy doing as a couple? How did you meet? Where were your first dates? Let the inspiration for your day come from the journey you have already taken together. Guests love a wedding that has a really personal touch. For instance, you may have a mutual love of a particular band or holiday destination.
Jo and marina got married on a sunny day at the Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells.
”We just wanted a nice relaxed wedding. The VW camper was our biggest extravagance” they said. We think the ladies’ huge smiles are the best most beautiful part of this wedding at this wedding, beaming with happiness.
Today we’d like to share with you a lovely styled shoot sent to us by MODE Bridal Shop in Hove. They organised a lovely shoot embracing Brighton. Just look at these lovely brides!
Brighton is known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and openness to same sex couples. As such we wanted to create something that embraces Brighton’s vibe and inspires our brides to celebrate their love in style whilst having lots of fun. It was very important for the shoot to have a young, fun and vibrant feel, whilst still retaining opulent touches.
We chose Brighton Harbour Hotel which is one of Brighton’s most luxury wedding venues right on the seafront with young and quirky feel. The brides wore gorgeous bridal separates by Lambert Creations from our boutique MODE Bridal. These were a great reflection of girls’ personalities and show that you can look gorgeous and have a comfortable stroll on the beach in your dress. Hair (Cove Hair Brigton) and make up (Louise Medhurst) were all about highlighting the natural beauty of our brides; and real flowers seemed a perfect choice for the theme. We chose some fun colours for our stationary provided by Lisa Loves Design depicting Brighton’s most iconic sights of course. The vintage candle holders and glass jars provided by Sorrell and Steve were a perfect alternative to the traditional floral décor. Bridal bouquets were created by the very talented Bettie Rose Flowers and were all about a play with bold colours and shapes. The cake by Tarnya Senior was a delicious masterpiece showcasing famous Bridgton Bandstand. All of this was brought together by a fabulous photographer Charlotte Rawles, who captured the spirit of the shoot beautifully. We had so much fun working together and hope that you enjoy the photos as much as we do.
We are so excited to share with you the first real wedding on this blog!! It was sent to us by fabulous photographer Toni Larsen from New Zealand.
So guys, meet Toni and Laura!
They first met when Toni was hosting a farewell for Laura’s ex girlfriend. After a long (and weird) night out, they ended up catching up literally only once every year following that, until one evening after a few too many bourbons and a few years had passed, their faces collided on a busy city street. Toni then moved herself into Laura’s apartment the week following, and that, was pretty much that.