31st August 2016

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s completely in shock that we’re now at the end of August. How did that even happen? But, whilst I’m certainly sad that summer is behind us, I couldn’t be happier to have autumn and winter waiting just around the corner. If you love these seasons as much as I do and if the prospect of an autumn or winter wedding makes your heart sing then read on because one of our favourite venues (and fabulous Little Book For Brides members) the Bingham in Richmond-upon-Thames, has just released details of their seasonal wedding packages and their upcoming open day.

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31st August 2016

If you’re wishing it were Bank Holiday Monday again, then now is time to take a break from your work over a hot cup of tea as you peruse this delightful couple’s sweet tale and their relaxed Spring wedding. Sophie works in fundraising, whilst Simon is an intensive family support worker, and the couple married on 28th May 2016 at Hythe Town Hall, Kent, then held their reception at the chapel-like Tin Tabernacle that was only a short walk away along the canal.

We absolutely adore this wedding and it’s elegant 1930’s influences – from the delightful gold stars that rest on Sophie’s headpiece to the sublime shape and pattern of her era inspired gown. Just beautiful – we hope you enjoy it too. We’re also delighted to let you know that these photographs were taken by our Little Book For Brides member, Matilda Delves.

“When we started the planning process, our number one priority was for it to feel very personal and ‘us’. Throughout our engagement people kept asking us about colour schemes or themes, but I’m glad we stayed strong and didn’t pigeonhole ourselves to something too specific. It’s so easy to get sucked down a Pinterest black hole though – in the end I choose a few ideas that I loved and kept trying to repeat the mantra that less in more.”

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Sophie wore a Ghost dress for her elegant Spring wedding. Her bridesmaids wore mint green. Photography by Matilda Delves. Continue reading…

30th August 2016

If you’re anything like me, you don’t ever really need to find an excuse to treat yourself to some new accessories so when it comes to the accessories for your wedding day, the world really is your oyster! Today, we’re taking you around the globe to Australia and into the studio of La Belle so that we can take a peek at their delightful new collection of exquisite bridal adornments.

Designer Hannah has been creating accessories for her own label for more than five years and she’s absolutely head over heels with La Belle. She handcrafts every single veil, headpiece, comb, garter or lace robe in her Canberra wedding accessory studio and so each La Belle piece is truly heirloom quality.

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30th August 2016

Ciao tutti! I’m writing to you this fine Tuesday morning from the hills of Tuscany and I so wish I could share the beautiful view I’m looking out on with you all. I’m sure it’s because I’m currently sitting in the beautiful environs of my impending Italian wedding (nine and a bit months to go) that I’m feeling especially loved up right now. Allow me to introduce you to the lovely Georgie, who works in retail, her husband David, an operations manager, and their gorgeous little girl, Winnie.

This beautiful little family celebrated Georgie and David’s wedding on 1st August 2015 in laid-back, rustic style on  in Somerset. Their family-focussed day incorporated soft pastel shades and plenty of DIY.

“We’re really not formal people, we enjoy simple pleasures and what makes us happy. The year before the wedding we had a baby, Winnie, and relocated from London to Bristol, as well as David changing jobs. Due to this we needed to keep costs low as well as making sure we were able to invite everyone who meant so much to us. We chose pastel colours, mainly focusing on blue as cornflower blue is my favourite colour, and as we wanted to create our own wedding, we made all of our decorations ourselves with help from family members.”

Photography by Naomi Jane Photography

Georgie wore a 1950's inspired Essense of Australia gown for her rustic and rural Somerset barn wedding. Photography by Naomi Jane. Continue reading…

29th August 2016

Good morning and happy bank holiday Monday wedding blog lovers. I’m hoping you won’t be up too early on this day of required rest, but for those who are watching the sunrise, like myself, this is for you. And this particular wedding is one for all of you working on something altogether more intimate in style. Fashion Designer Laura tied the knot with Engineer Michael on 28th May this year. Their wedding was a sweet yet very stylish affair – the couple tied the knot in a completely fuss free and intimate ceremony at West Sands beach, St Andrew, chosen for it being the same location the couple shared their first date.

Following the ceremony, an intimate reception was held at the Newport Hotel over looking the River Tay, where the couple both grew up. Sometimes, less is more – and on this occasion, I adore the relaxed and lovely vibe of this day. I particularly adore Laura’s incredible Stone Cold Fox wedding dress (that slit at the front is sensational!). Enjoy all.

“We both wanted something laid back and organic, something that suited our personalities. I wouldn’t really call it a ‘theme’ but we were going for a relaxed, boho, natural vibe that wasn’t too overbearing. The focus was really on being able to enjoy the intimacy of the day whilst surrounded with our closest loved ones.”

Photography by Tino & Pip

Laura wears a 1970's inspired Stone Cold Fox wedding dress for her laid back and organic beach wedding in Scotland. Photography by Tino and Pip. Continue reading…

28th August 2016

I’ve been tasked lately with getting your weekends started with a bang, little lovelies, as I’ve shared such gorgeous weddings on Saturdays. Did you see this desert wedding or this wonderful outdoor wedding? Both gave me serious location envy, so just you wait until you see this couple’s choice of venue and these joy-filled images with a grinning boho bride by the talented Emma from Freckle Photography.

Gemma and Steve tied the knot on 14th May 2016 and chose the gloriously decadent Ash Barton Estate in Braunton, North Devon for their spring weekend-long celebrations.

“We wanted to have a place we could rent out for the whole weekend because weddings go by far too quickly. We also didn’t want a curfew with the option to party as long as we liked and a place where we were able to get married on site and choose our own caterers – Ash Barton ticked all our boxes! We were keen for a very informal affair, whilst keeping many of the traditions, and due to the venue we wanted to go for a boho, country chic feel.”

Photography by Freckle Photography

Gemma wore a boho inspired wedding dress by Wilden bride for her lovely Spring country house wedding in Devon. Images by Freckle Photography. Continue reading…

28th August 2016

I’ve read so many wonderful From the Heart features which helped me plan my own wedding. Whilst, as you will read, this isn’t an advice piece so much as me sharing my experience, I hope it helps those other brides-to-be who may be able to relate in their own way. Traditionally speaking, amongst all the parents, it’s the mother-of-the groom who ends up being the planning nightmare, right?!

I wanted to share with you all about how I coped with a different family difficulty: my mother. One of those incredibly hard and seemingly unspoken topics that some of us face, and not just in relation to planning a wedding. I’ve focused on what I felt were the two most important and prominent issues during planning our wedding, though my husband and I experienced many other problems that we were constantly firefighting against.

I remember sitting at my in-laws table with my recently engaged sister-in-law and me saying; “If me and K ever decided to get married, my mum will not be interested or excited.” I was right and wrong at the same time. She managed to be both disinterested, and too interested and critical at the same time.Dealing with a difficult mum when planning a wedding

We got engaged last year and married this summer, and from the get-go my mother did not really want to be involved or got excited. To put this in perspective, her reaction when we got engaged was: “Well, it isn’t a surprise is it?” If she was going to be involved in the planning, it had to be her way. She thought I was doing it all wrong, as it was not what she wanted. At first, we let this pass by ignoring things, or we tried to resolve the issues as they arose.

However, it progressively worsened to the point that I had to disinvite my own parents from our wedding in an awful, traumatic phone conversation with my father over Christmas. Continue reading…

26th August 2016

Happy Friday lovelies! I can’t believe September is hurtling towards us at such an alarming rate, does anyone else feel like this ‘summer’ has just vanished in the blink of an eye? Well today on this most gorgeous of wedding blogs, I’m going to rewind back to the start of May (when we actually enjoyed something resembling a summer) for the pastel-hued and handmade wedding of the lovely Stephanie and Neil.

Neil, Art Director at Iris Worldwide and a Blues and rock n’ roll drummer in his spare time, wed his beautiful bride, Stephanie, who works in regional sales at Concur, on 8th May. They filled their day with thoughtful handmade details and worked from a romantic, soft colour palette.

“We wanted to keep things as simple as possible but at the same time inject our personalities into the day. Getting married was about working together to make the best day possible. I am very much a girly girl and love pastels, pinks and sparkle, and with Neil’s drumming hobby we wanted a balanced mix of us both.”

Photography by White Stag Wedding Photography

Stephanie wore a backless lace dress for her outdoor Spring wedding held at Hyde House country house hotel. Images by White Stag Photography. Continue reading…