• STYLED SHOOT: Magical Rainbow Babe

    The editorial of the Magical Rainbow Babe was dreamed by me, Lea of Leuska Design. I pulled together a team from UK and Hungary to organize a styled shoot. The vision of the shoot was to highlight something not traditional. As a lesbian, I wanted to make something for the LGBTQ+ family.

    With this photoshoot, we wanted to show to couples, that they donʼt have to fit in with societyʼs wedding expectations. The wedding is all about the couple. If they donʼt feel that they need to have a big wedding and they just want to elope than that’s fine. If the bride/brides donʼt want to have a white dress then they don’t have to. The most important thing is that they love each other. Some of my couples changed their wedding invitation designs, decoration, dresses etc. because they were afraid of what others would say. Or precisely because the family members wanted to design their wedding. But there is one thing I always try to tell to couples. The wedding is about them, not about friends and family members. I know and I understand that telling your loved ones to “Back off it’s my wedding!” is not easy at all.

  • BEN AND PAUL’S MODERN GEOMETRIC WEDDING

    Today we are joining Ben and Paul and their super stylish wedding photographed and shared with us by Mini & Me Photography.

    TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

    I (Paul) saw Ben on a mutual friends Facebook page, casually mentioned to our friend that I thought Ben was good looking and was he single?.. Then our friend put us in touch and the rest is history. 

    NOW ABOUT THE BIG DAY! WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION? HOW DID THE DAY LOOK LIKE? DID YOU STYLE IT YOURSELF?

    We were keen to have a masculine wedding, something different and modern. We didn’t start with a plan nor theme it developed in time looking at Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. I (Paul) started buying ‘stuff’ I’d see something that fitted into the 5 colours we’d chosen; Navy, Black, White, Grey and Silver (a lot of colours really) anyway every month I’d add to the collection which then started to take on a geometric theme, which started from our stationary. Somehow it all came together on the day and looked amazing we received so many lovely comments about the details.

  • STYLED SHOOT: EARTHY AND ETHEREAL WEDDING INSPIRATION

    Today we are giving you the most beautiful styled shoot that came to us from Greece. It was planned and styled by Fondo Special Occasions who shared the inspiration behind the shoot. Wonderful photography is by Polka Dot Photojournalism.

    “Her eyes are pure stars, and her fingers, if they touch you, freeze you to the bone” – Virginia Woolf

    The concept of love is something universal. The people we choose to love and create memories with, do not understand borders, forms and social conventions. Love is love. 

    Fondo Special Occasions underlines how the choices and manifestations of love can be elegant, beautiful and memorable. This editorial photoshoot takes inspiration from the love story of two historic women, Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West. The whole set up and art direction, has a vintage feeling, a ghostlike aesthetic, it’s an ode to the romantic past with a modern twist.

  • WEDDING TRENDS 2020/2021

    It’s been a while since we wrote about wedding trends and I think it’s a great moment to take a look at what is in right now. The wonderful wedding planner and stylist Valentina of The Stars Inside who’s got an impeccable taste and gorgeous style dives deep into wedding trends that emerge in the industry this season. Pictures are form a shoot that was styled by Valentina and beautifully photographed by Maja Tsolo.

    Bride holding tan shoes - Wedding Trends analysis by The Stars Inside
    Dried wedding flowers on a chair - Wedding Trends analysis by The Stars Inside

    Hello friends! Thank you for taking the time to join me for this blog post – today I want to talk about wedding trends, including what I’m seeing for this new decade and advice on how to embrace (or let go of) trends in a mindful way.

    I always encourage my couples to start from a blank canvas – and to use their own personal passions, quirks, and experiences as the palette to bring their own design concept to life. I send them a questionnaire that helps me to get to know their style and their vibe, and which also encourages them to think about ways to make their celebrations luxurious in a way that is meaningful and unique to them. I’m all for surrounding ourselves with beauty, all day, every day – but I also believe in doing it with intention, and bringing together spaces and people with thoughtfulness. 

    Bride in a veil - Wedding Trends analysis by The Stars Inside
    Bride holding fried flowers - Wedding Trends analysis by The Stars Inside

    So where do trends fit within that framework? For me, trends can be helpful inasmuch as they give couples a vocabulary for describing the things they love, and inspire them to think of new, creative ways to express themselves. I love the way ideas from fashion, interior decor, and art echo through wedding design, and it’s awesome to see those movements get reinvented by couples with big imaginations and an epic vision.

    On the other hand, wedding trends can sometimes feel a bit restrictive for couples that feel like their own visual identity isn’t “in” or “trendy”. I never want brides or grooms to think they need to fit within the boxes of what’s currently on Pinterest or on social media, or that the ideas they are so lovingly excited about might be wrong or outdated. That’s why I never like to talk about wedding trends that are “in” or “out” – it doesn’t feel right, to me, to pass judgement on what couples do or don’t want for their celebration.

    Ultimately, it’s all about telling their story in the way that feels most personal, unique, and meaningful to them, and I will always champion their right to do that whether their aesthetic is in fashion or not. I am here to help them elevate, modernise, and embrace whatever it is that they resonate with, and make it authentic to them – I want them to feel like their wedding venue was made for them, and I want the styling to make their guests walk away at the end of the night feeling like they know and love the couple even more deeply than they already did. 

    OK! So with those caveats in place, let’s talk about what I’m excited to see more couples exploring in this new decade. Here is a pick of my favourite things that have been lighting up the wedding world in a thoroughly modern way.

    Bride and a wedding cake - Wedding Trends analysis by The Stars Inside
  • COVID-19 WEDDING ADVICE FOR COUPLES

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    Hello dear friends!
    We all might be totally sick of this topic, but I couldn’t just go on and post weddings and shoots without mentioning it. This pandemic changed our lives, and weddings might be just one part of it, but so important especially for couples that are in the process of planning their big day. And that is most of you visiting this blog.

    It also caused a total chaos in the industry, however also showed how amazing and united it is, and how much love and compassion is there. Wedding suppliers are all actively working to help couples and each other to make sure weddings go ahead when are allowed to again, and to minimise stress for their couples in the time of transition.

  • HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE

    Hello! Today I have something for wedding suppliers. And really all the businesses out there. 
    Spring is the time when we all work on our businesses, update websites, prepare new offers for clients. I thought it would be a perfect moment to share some tips on how to make your wedding business more inclusive. Hope this helps!


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    As times change, so do our couples, and all of us business owners in the wedding industry have the duty, and joy, of ensuring everyone feels welcome, represented, and understood. Every photo, video, caption, or snippet we share on our online platforms tells the story of our brand – and the customers we hope to reach through it. Being an awesome LGBT-allied vendor is more than just a badge or a token photo – it’s about making your business truly aware of everyone, and thinking of it as more people to welcome, rather than a larger market to tap.

    Here are some guidelines on how to take an open-minded and conscientious approach to business inclusivity:

    Brand name and logo.
    If your brand name or logo includes a reference to heterosexual partnership, it may be time to think of modernising it to something more inclusive. For example, if you use ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs’, or perhaps have a silhouette of a bride and groom, this may cause you to unknowingly exclude some of your audience.

    Brand language.
    When choosing pronouns and descriptors for any blog posts or social media captions, try to use welcoming and accepting language – by using terms like ‘the couple’, ‘the wedding party’ or ‘your partner’, you can subtly ensure all your readers feel addressed equally. There may be two, one, or no ‘brides’ – and similarly for ‘grooms’. Think about whether you need to modify your website’s contact form or your contract documents to use gender neutral language as well. Don’t forget to include in your posts the keyword phrases these couples might be searching for, like ‘gay friendly wedding vendors in London’, and to use relevant hashtags on Facebook and Instagram (if sharing a real wedding, consider asking your couple which tag they’re comfortable with).