Simple Craft Paper Placemats

Friday’s Loveliness – DIY Funsies

I am all about DIY’ing weddings. Weddings are expensive enough as it it – why waste more money on freshly pressed flower petals that will be thrown and then forgotten or favours that will be pushed to the side once your guests sit down and forgotten or expensive decor that will be oooohed at and then forgotten?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure if we had won the lottery we’d go all out but the Boy and I didn’t want to spend all those additional hard earned pounds when we knew we could make these little touches ourselves.

And so we did. We made signs for the venue – cost all of £0. The Boy got offcuts from work, cut them up himself and painted them. I made my Bridesmaids robes – cost £45 for the material, I made 5 robes and have enough material left over to make another 5 more. We handcut the confetti and I sewed the tracing paper bags – £5 for tissue paper and tracing paper. The list goes on and I promise I’ll go into more detail in further posts. I won’t lie, yes creating all these little special touches took time. We had a 18 months of time so with planning it’s all possible.

Anyway I saw this post pop up from Buzzfeed and thought it was perfect to share – 37 Things to DIY Instead of Buy for Your Wedding. Check out some of these beautiful things to make:

Floral Table Centerpiece

Floral Table Centerpiece

Chair Seating Cards

Chair Seating Cards

Dip-Dyed Thrifted Silverware

Dip-Dyed Thrifted Silverware

Simple Craft Paper Placemats

Simple Craft Paper Placemats

Freestanding Giant Star Lights

Freestanding Giant Star Lights

LOVING the giant star light – I think might make some for my new flat!

Are you Brides planning any on getting your DIY skills on in the run up to the big day?

Love lots xx

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Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Irresistiable Inbal Dror – 2015 collection

Happy Monday morning lovely lot!

If you’ve got the “Monday morning back to work after an epic weekend” comedown then fear not. I have some rather spectacular wedding dress inspiration coming right up.

If you’re one of my regular readers, you’ll know that I have a serious Love Love relationship with many of the talented wedding dress designers from Tel-Aviv. It’s like they were all born with the exact knowledge of how a dress should fit a woman. I’ve written many an article these incred designers –  Lihi Hod, Zahavit Tshuba and Julie Vino to name a few – definitely take a look at if you’ve got a spare 5.

And today I bring you the devastatingly gorgeous designs from Inbal Dror. Her 2015 collection shows off how a Bride can be wonderfully romantic with a hint of graceful sexiness alluding to the Groom of what’s to come.

So feast your little peepers on the heavenly textures of lace, tulle and embellishments, open back creations and show stopping trains – everything I love in a dress. LOVE.

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Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

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Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Complete utter beauties aren’t they? You can view the whole collection here. I’ve decided that I’m just going to have an annual wedding renewal ceremony and buy a new wedding dress every year.  *Lives in dreamworld*.

Xxx

Sharing the LOVE on Valentines Day

*Sheepishly waves hello*

I deserve a rapped knuckle don’t I? It’s been far too long since I’ve posted.

I’ve had a heavy heart every time I’ve come across a stunning wedding dress or beautiful table setting or if a song comes on the radio that reminds me of that magical day 8 months ago because I’ve wanted to write all about it. And I will don’t you worry!

I have no excuse for my tardiness but I feel I should explain that my lack of communication boils down to my crazy life which has consisted of:

  • Three different jobs in the last 8 months – my marketing agency got bought out by another agency, new job added an extra two hours a day of commuting, I quit and found a new role in the centre of Brighton town. Awesome.
  • Selling of our flat and viewing approximately 50 properties over the last few months.  I’m not even exaggerating – there were weekends where we seeing seven flats in one day. We finally found a beautiful property and hope to move in in April. Fingers crossed.
  • Moving out of our lovely first home. Cried a little.
  • Moving in with In-laws. Cried a little more.

Add in my 30th birthday, a surprise trip to Budapest courtesy of the handsome Boy, Christmas, New Year and various other engagements you could say it’s been an eventful few months of married life!

Oh and I’ve given the blog a little refresh too – you like?

Well enough of me – how are you all? Some of you have been emailing me and letting me know how wedding plans are going which is so amazing to hear.  How is planning coming along? Decided on the venues yet? Guest list sorted yet? Wedding dress found? Tell me all!

I remember this time last year I was getting a little antsy knowing that the big day was looming.  I might have shouted (just a little bit) at the Boy about some minor trivial non detail. Which leads me onto the point of this post.

It’s so important that you take some time out of wedding planning!

And with the dreaded Valentines Day tomorrow, take the chance just to go out, have a few drinks and talk about anything and everything EXCEPT your big day.

Yes I know it’s going to be hard but it will do you good – I promise!

Enjoy reminding yourself why you’re marrying each other, be loved up, make other couples sick with your puppy love eyes and generally enjoy the cheesiness of Valentines Day.

Get dressed up and remind him the hot stuff of a fiancee that your Boy will be marrying. I love any chance to don a short skirt and high heels so I don’t need much persuading but if your stuck on what to wear how about some of these pretty red ensembles?

American Apparell

Pic credit – American Apparel

Bride by the beach - Sincerely Jules

Pic credit – Sincerely Jules

Red Dress - Selena Gomez

Pic credit – WhoWhatWear

Bride by the Beach - Style Estate

Pic credit – Style Estate

Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Unknown

Sometimes all you need is a slick of red lipstick and a pair of red heels a la Miss Delevingne.

Bride by the Beach - Cara Delevingne

Pic credit – Vogue

Or forget the outfits – sauce up the night with this little number – I have serious For Love & Lemons lust.

HOT riiigghht?

So I double promise I’m back and will be sharing the deets of all things of our wedding and exquisite inspiration I see along the way.

And if you’re struggling of what to buy the Boy for V-day how about one of these?! Click on the link – number 10 is my particular fave (!).

Love lots xx

Crazy underwear

Pic credit – Buzzfeed

A self imposed hiatus….

Have you missed me?!

So sorry but yes, I took a little break from the online world for a few months to spend some quality time with my new husband (eeek! That still sounds so strange to me.)

And jolly gosh, how crazy the last four months have been! It’s literally turned my world upside down. We’ve returned from our incredible honeymoon, picked up a new job and and now currently homeless, (well not technically homeless –  we sold our beautiful flat by the beach and haven’t yet found the “one” yet so will be soon moving in with the in-laws on a temporary basis.) So it’s fair to say I’ve been busy.

However, I can’t stop looking at beautiful weddings and I’m well aware I’ve not given my lovely readers the D’low on our perfect wedding. Do not worry your pretty little heads! It’s all stored up in my noggings and I will be uploading plenty of posts in the very near future so keep your eyes peeled!

But for now – do you want a gander at a few of my honeymoon pics? Well it was certainly a trip to remember, we volunteered for a week in Iringa, Tanzania and then spent a week in Zanzibar and every singly moment was incredible.  In fact both the Boy and I found that we actually preferred the volunteering week more than cliche honeymoon beach part. Now don’t get me wrong, Zanzibar was absolutely stunning but we found the volunteering experience incredibly rewarding.  Would totally recommend it to anyone.

Iringa, Tanzania

Iringa, Tanzania

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We had a blast and it’s so sad that it all feels like such a long time ago now. Oh well, onwards and upwards eh?! Let’s see what this married life malarkey is all about!!

Lots of love xxx

A Bride in Capri

This wedding is just all round incredible. The dresses, the locations, the styling, the photos. INCRED.

It’s the wedding day of  Erica Pelosini and Louis Leeman. I hold up my hands, I had no idea who they were but I really want to be their friend. Come on now, who has Olivia Palermo as a guest to their wedding?! They did!

So Erica is a beautiful Italian stylist / Mens fashion design for her now Husband’s Louis footwear line  / all round hottie and this is her wedding day. Her Bridesmaids wore matching Pucci dress, she was in a one off Peter Dundas work of art and arrived on seated on a chair strapped to the back of a little Italian truck. Say what?!

You can see the full run up, wedding and after party here from The Coveteur. (You must take 5 minutes of your life to see these other pictures – I beg of thee.) Be warned, waunderlust may take over – Capri looks glorious. xxx

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*All pictures taken from The Coveteur.

Friday’s Lovelieness – Let’s run away and get married….

Elopeverb. to run away secretly with a lover in order to marry.

Are you in the midst of planning your wedding right now? Pulling your hair out over guestlists, flowers, table arrangements, sore fingers form cutting out 100 of tissue paper pom poms? Have you secretly thought about saying “Fuck this, lets run away and get married now”?

Yep well I did. Halfway through  planning our beautiful wedding, there was a point where costs were spiralling, guestlists were shaky and accommodation was non existent that I voiced out to the Boy and said “screw it, let’s jump on a plane and get married right now.”

We seriously contemplated it for like 30 seconds and then thought that the wrath of the mother in law, plus the missed opportunity to party it up with loved ones was worth sleepless nights and continual budget checking. And our day was perfect, in every single way. Wouldn’t change it for the world.

However it did get me thinking about Elopements and how perfect they can be for those couples brave enough to take that step. I’m seeing more and more intimate weddings, where guests are limited to 10 people and those weddings are beautiful.  We had 39 guests at our wedding and it was, for us, spectacular. We were able to speak to everyone – actually hold conversations with them and thank them personally for coming. We got a picture of us with every single guest. We were able to have a little boogie with them all on the dancefloor and even do shots with them at the bar. We were able to say goodbye to everyone and thank them again and when everyone circled us and danced around us at the end to our final song it was magical. We struggled to speak to everyone at our Brighton reception the following week and that made me pretty sad.

So are you thinking of Eloping? If you are then check out these stunning shots of the Bride and Groom for some inspiration.

Pic credit - 100 Layer Cake

Pic credit – 100 Layer Cake

Pic Credit - 100 Layer Cake

Pic Credit – Refinery 29

Pic Credit - Refinery 29

Pic Credit – Refinery 29

 

Pic credit - Refinery 29

Pic credit – Refinery 29

Can you believe it – the Bride hiked up the mountain for an hour whilst holding her dress. Legend. I absolutely love this shot below – j’adore. Yes I know it’s a shoot, but click on the link and it has some great tips on eloping to Paris. Tres Bien!

Picture credit - Wedding Chicks

Picture credit – Wedding Chicks

And this might be my favourite elopment of the day. The dress is stunning, the back drop is breath taking and you can FEEL the love radiating from the pictures.  What?! There’s a video?! Yes – stop what you’re doing and watch this now. It is truly wonderful. Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you can’t have that first look, the excitement of getting ready, the nerves of saying your vows. It will still be as just emotional in front of just your officiant as it would be in front of 100 people. Even more so I think as you are both really focussed on each other and what this means to you right now, in that moment. Eeek – I’m gushing. Just watch the video. And make sure you have some tissues.

Pic credit - Green Wedding Shoes

Pic credit – Green Wedding Shoes

Pic credit - Green Wedding Shoes

Pic credit – Green Wedding Shoes

Directed by Janssen Powers –  janssenpowers.tv  2nd Shot by Zach Wingfield –  facebook.com/zwingfilms

Gorgeous riiggghhhttt?

Anywho, must dash and wipe those tears away. I’ve still got some more thank you cards I need to write. The fun never ends. xxxx

My Favourites…

Oh yes. All of our wedding photos are now in my grubby little hands!

And I love every single one of them.

I’m sure I’m like most Brides and I’ve flicked through them over and over again. To the point where I’m starting to get Repetitive Strain Injury in my wrist.

But I can’t help it. To work on something for 18 months and see all your hard work pay off and all your crazy ideas come together, and see the raw emotion on your husband’s face when you speak your vows, and the tears and laughs on your friends and family’s faces are something that will be etched in my heart forever but will always be so beautiful to see them again and again.

I’ve got so much I want to write about so I will be breaking it all down for you but for the moment, here are my just a few of my favourites. I hope you like them as much as I love them.

xxx

Photo Credit - AJG Photography

Photo Credit – AJG Photography

Photo Credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo Credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - AJG Photography

Photo credit – AJG Photography

Photo credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

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Phot Credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo Credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo Credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo Credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo Credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit – Gabriel Escalofrios

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

Photo credit - Manon Pauffin

Photo credit – Manon Pauffin

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