Bride By The Beach

Costa Rica Beaut of a Wedding

So my poor old Mac is pretty crippled at the moment and is need of some defragging love so this post is going to have to be short and sweet as it’s running at that kinda slow pace where I just want to chuck it out of the window!

Spotted this absolutely gorgeous beach wedding shoot on CeciStyle couldn’t get enough of the colours! Some serious beach wedding inspiration right here to brighten up your Wednesday. JUST LOOK AT THAT OCEAN! I want to be there right now.

Bride By The Beach

Bride By The Beach

Bride By The Beach

Bride By The Beach

Bride By The Beach

Bride By The Beach

Bride By The Beach

All images taken from CeciStyle

That driftwood archway is incredible. And that blue sky and shimmering sea. Lush. Summer can’t come quick enough.

xx

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Friday’s Loveliness – Our First Song.

Apologies – I’ve been ill as a dog the last 2 weeks and been struggling to pass off as a human let alone be able to write.

Today I’ve wanted to write something a little more sentimental and mushy. Me and The Boy have gone through alot of change in first nine months of our marriage – new jobs, new house, a few health scares and living together as man and wife. Not that it feels any different, it feels exactly like how it should do. We know that whatever life throws at us, as long as we’re together it will all work out fine.

So today I wanted to share our first dance song. As soon as we heard this we knew it was         The One.

It’s by The Lumineers and it’s untitled but I think it’s called “Falling.” We heard it at Glastonbury and when this started, the crowds went silent. It was a beautiful moment. I just turned to Will and he knew exactly what I was going to say.

I love the lyrics – they’re just us. And when Neyla sings – goosebumps. Every time I hear this song it holds nothing but amazing memories for us.

Heart full of love.

xxx

PS – If you want the lyrics, you can find them here.

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

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

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

Friday’s Loveliness – Stars and Stripes

Happy Independence Day USA!

I’m not American but any public holiday that allows anyone to eat, drink and be merry is a winner in my eyes. So today’s Loveliness is focussing on…can you guess it? Yup Stars and Stripes! Geddit?! See what I did there? I’m so cool aren’t I.

Anywho, there’s lots of ways you can add stars or stripes into your beautiful day.  I personally think they make great touches.  What do you think?

Pic Credit - ScoutMob

Pic Credit – ScoutMob

Pic credit - PhoenixBrideandGroom

Pic credit – PhoenixBrideandGroom

Pic Credit - Brides Magazine

Pic credit – Brides Magazine

Pic credit - One Fab Day

Pic credit – One Fab Day

Pic credit - Brides Magazine

Pic credit – Brides Magazine

Pic credit - HipInk

Pic credit – HipInk

Pic credit - Style Me Pretty

Pic credit – Style Me Pretty

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Pic credit – Elizabeth Anne Designs

Stripes are definitely nautical so will work beautifully on a beach wedding. I am LOVING those stripy Bridesmaids dress – how cute are they? And star fairy lights? Yes please! Just imagine them draped over the canopy of you beach wedding. Lush.

We’re taking out our lovely photographer Manon and her other half Stephen tonight to say thank you for all her hard work helping us out on W-day and taking those amazing photos. Fingers crossed we’ll be seeing the edited ones very soon. Excited much?

Have a good 4th July y’all!

xxx

 

Boudoir Photography – to do or not to do?

Why hello there.

I’ve got a bit of a saucy one for you today. Yep, let’s talk about getting your kit off. In front of a camera. And posing in a somewhat seductive manner. Without feeling and looking like an absolute idiot.

I’m not too sure if you know what I’m talking about but Boudoir Photography has somewhat become very popular in the last couple of years and I’ve seen plenty o’ pins on good old Pinterest.  Some not all good though I must hasten to add. Essentially, Boudoir shots involve taking your clothes off, looking hot whilst having your photo taken. Why put yourself through that I hear you ask?  Well sometimes you might feel like giving yourself some self-love, or perhaps you’ve worked hard to get your body into an incredible shape and would like to document it or perhaps it makes a good wedding present for the other half.

I went for the latter.

The Boy loves confident women and I’d say I’m not shy in front of the camera (thanks to my younger years as a amateur model and Beauty pageant contestant. Yes I know. The SHAME of it!). I had shifted some pounds and was probably physically fitter than ever and was really struggling what to get the Boy as his wedding present. I wanted something special. Something that he / we could look back in 40 years and for him to remember the woman he married. Also I have a fantastic friend Manon – check her out her website here   (FYI – Manon took our incred Engagement photos here) who wanted to add to her portfolio. Bonus!

So we put our heads together in secret squirrel meetings, pinned like crazy and set a date. I was adamant that I did not want any cheesy, over the top, trying too hard sexy shots. I just wanted to look like me but hotter. Luckily Manon’s bedroom had incredible light. Double bonus.

Here are a few shots that we sort of used as inspiration:

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the beach

Pic Credit – Unknown

2. Apostriphe9

Pic credit – Apostrophe 9

Boudoir Photography

Pic credit – Unknown

Boudoir Photography

Pic credit – O-la-la-mademoiselle

 

Boudoir Photography - Bride By the Beach

Pic credit – Tumblr

Pretty hot right? Without being too overtly sexy we thought. So that’s what we tried to envisage. So armed with some pretty pants and make up, I gave it my best shot. I thought about getting pretty drunk beforehand but I tend to get a bit blotchy so that was a no-no. However, as Manon is close friend, getting my kit off and posing wasn’t as scary as first thought. She was amazing and put me right as ease, getting the right poses for me and the best light.

*Deep breath* So here are a few of the photos that’m happy to share.  The “Hot Hot” ones are for The Boy’s eyes only mind.

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

 

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

I was and am  really pleased with the final pictures. And once I had made a little black book for the Hubby to be with the chosen photos to open on the morning of the wedding, I think he was pretty pleased with his present too.

So, thoughts on Boudoir pics for you or your other half? Is it a hell yeah? Or a hmmmm not too sure?  Well this little article here from Theknot.com might answer questions. Or feel free to drop me a line!

Until next time lovelies!

PS. I asked Manon to Photoshop on a 6-pac. She said no.

xxx