29th August 2014

You didn’t think we were going to let Friday slip by without sharing an actual wedding did you? Ooohhhh no.  In fact, we’ve been saving something rather a little extra special and different for you today.  Diana, who is Marketing Assistant for Marc Jacobs in the Asia Pacific region, married her beau Renaud, a Wealth Risk Manager at HSBC on 10th May this year at the beautiful Manoir D’Aulnay in Saint Sebastien de Morsent, France.

Of course, it was a certain dress (Diana wore two, as you will see) that stole my heart when I received this particular submission.  I was so keen to learn more about that incredible purple ombre design with flowers…

“Our wedding was very much inspired by our favorite fashion designers.  We  wanted a Spring wedding, an English inspired ceremony and a very elegant Gatsby/Ralph Lauren feel throughout the reception.  Once this was established, we started researching dresses and flowers.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Thao Vu Archey

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“I wore a bespoke dress by designer Thai Nguyen - the inspiration for which came from Dior’s Fall 2012 campaign, in which actress Natalie Portman wore a similar gown.  I was also inspired by my very favorite designer Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2007 floral dress.”

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“We tried to add gentle Art Déco touches throughout the day, such as our seating plan, produced by Red Line Studio on Etsy.  Our menu cards were produced by FiraPrintables on Etsy.”

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“We were unsure about having wedding favors until we found the right idea! Sticky supply bright coloured candies that you can personalise with small designs, words or letters. We ordered 4kg, and got personalised stickers via OrangeUmbrellaCo. on Etsy. The tricky part was transporting them from Hong Kong – 120 jars are rather heavy!”

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“Our photographer Thao Vu Archey is the definition of a professional. She is so patient and knew exactly how to capture the love and atmosphere during our wedding day. Thanks to her magic, we are now able to re-live all those special moments throughout our wedding every time we view our picture.  It really was a dream to be working with a photographer that knew exactly what she wanted before she even spoke about it!”

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29th August 2014

I must admit that I’m a little out of practice when it comes to shopping for myself, particularly with two children to look after and a home needing some decorative attention, I always come last! So, when Annabel asked if I’d write this little feature and up a wish list of my most covetable items I was completely stumped. Then I started to turn my thoughts towards autumn which I’ve been doing a lot of lately, it’s my favourite season – I can’t wait to see the burnished bronze of the trees, smell the wood smoke in the air and whip up a cozy casserole or two. Let’s not be forgetting the beginning of Season 5 of Downton Abbey either! And quite suddenly, a warm, snuggly and tactile wish list was written. Hope you enjoy my selection and find a gem or two for yourself!

1. I’ve just painted my workspace a glorious, crisp white from rather boring magnolia and whilst I’ve still got the shelves to install and my desk to complete (I gave it a make-over) I’ve been turning my thoughts to soft furnishings to keep it cosy in the colder months. Loaf are producing some gorgeously stylish homewares at the moment and I particularly love their embroidered ‘Hiccup’ cushion from their Rhubarb & Custard collection. Soft, muted colours (I love the addition of the dusky pink) and intricate stitches. Mine.

2. Working as a stylist, I’m very lucky to be able to meet some incredible designer-makers and Mourne Textiles are close to my heart as they’re a traditional, family run workshop. Based at the foot of the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland they hand weave these incredible textiles from local yarns and turn them into the most beautiful throws and cushions I’ve ever seen. As I’m an autumn/winter girl who loves to hibernate, a mound of their soft cushions and snuggly throws to bury myself under for the afternoon with a hot chocolate would be heavenly.

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29th August 2014

Hello you lovely lot!  It’s the Pocketful of Dreams girls here again this morning, sharing with you the design and styling guide from a stunning garden wedding we had the recent pleasure to plan, design and style for our clients.  With the end of a glorious summer starting to approach, what better time to reflect back on the gorgeous sunny days and weeks we’ve enjoyed, and for us, 2014 as really been the year of the outside wedding.

We’ve had the great pleasure of working with a range of outdoor settings from low-fi woodlands to farm estates, manicured gardens to rustic fields and most recently, the most beautiful of family gardens; a secret gem that unfolded to reveal mature trees and shrubbery, wild flowers and secret nooks and crannies.  It really was a dream come true for us to have the opportunity to design and plan a wedding in such a beautiful – and personal – setting and today we’re sharing with you  a small sample of the outdoor garden wedding concept that we executed.



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28th August 2014

It’s a feel good day for me today, not only have we got to share the most beautiful Scottish farm wedding, we also get to showcase and shout about two brilliant British designers. This morning, we featured an interview with designer Nicki Macfarlane, who creates the most beautiful outfits for children to wear at weddings.  This afternoon, we’re turning our focus to Tobi Hannah of the modern contemporary bridal wear label, Tobi Hannah Bridal.

“I truly believe that perfection is achieved when there is nothing more to take away. I like to keep it simple. Simple is sophistication and so I prefer clean lines. I have a bias towards 1950s and 1960s silhouettes but my goal when designing is never to rehash the same old clichéd full skirt and colourful petticoat look.

Instead I like to experiment with unusual fabrics, make modern modifications to vintage silhouettes whilst creating short and tea length wedding dresses that appear slightly unconventional yet very sophisticated.”

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London based Tobi Hannah, is best known for her short dress wedding dress designs – such an expert is she at having honed the short wedding dress design, she has even written her own book about it.

Today, I want to introduce you to Tobi’s brand new collection of short wedding dresses.  I caught up with Tobi recently and she told me all about this new collection, which I think could well appeal to those of our readers who appreciate sassy, vintage designs created with the modern bride in mind.

“My designs dresses are made for real people and are cut beautifully to flatter the female form in its natural state. I am so grateful to work with an amazing team of people who also believe in individuality and we work in harmony to help brides get their perfect wedding dress every year and we have SO much fun doing it!”

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“From vintage and modern to the flintstones, degas ballerinas and book covers, I take inspiration from anywhere that resonates with me and fuels my imagination. I am in love with art and music (from jazz to heavy metal), I have more books than clothes and every single thing I love finds its way onto the dresses in a small or big way.

My new ‘Adventure’ collection owes its name to quote by Helen Keller. She is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds. (She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree) Her story inspired me to create a collection that reflects my own interpretation of Helen Keller’s quote about life and adventure. Life is both beautiful and fragile - and personally, I believe that every bride should strive to be her own authentic self on her wedding day.”

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Each wedding dress in the adventure collection has it’s own unique creation journey. The Affection Tea length wedding dress takes inspiration from an amazing painting by Leon Comerre of famous ballerina, Rosita Mauri.

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28th August 2014

There is something about these images – the light, the texture – their artistic interpretation and way those otherwise everyday and unceremonious style moments (putting on a tie, tieing a shoe lace) have been captured to feel so special. Yes, there is something wonderful about the way The Kitcheners have recorded these moments in time and I feel especially lucky that we get to enjoy and share them with you today.

Graphic Designer Emilie married Engineer Julien on 30th May this year at Dalduff Farm in Crosshill, Scotland. Their Spring wedding day was full of rustic charm.  Located on a farm, which provided a completely blank canvass for them to style and decorate, the couple were very ably assisted by the Be Eventful team in bringing the space to life. I adore all the little touches and that modern wedding dress that so beautifully replicates the Edwardian lawn dress style of a by-gone era.  These really are very beautiful wedding photographs and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

“Julien and I love to travel and we wanted to highlight our experience in travel and adventure. What we like most of all are beautiful evenings, movies under the stars, barbecues in the garden, laughter and good times with friends, so the keywords in designing our wedding were travel, botany, enjoy, barbecue and bonfire! We wanted something simple, but with lots of love.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Kitchener Photography

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“Julien and I met eight years ago. We never really talked about marriage, except once during a trip to Scotland (we live in France). When one day, nine months before the wedding we decided to marry and remembered this conversation in Scotland and immediately chose it as the place for our wedding.  It was a challenge to arrange everything from a distance in just nine months, but at the same time very exciting too.

We wanted for our wedding to take place in an unusual place, a farm in the middle of nature. Dalduff Farm really was the perfect place for us because of the old farmhouse which was ideal for outdoor cocktail, and an interior wooden space for the meal and celebrations. In addition, the owner (James) was a pleasure to work with and allowed us to decorate the venue to our heart’s content, it was fantastic! He also provided the catering and the food he offered was excellent! Dalduff was the perfect 

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“My dress was by Laure de Sagazan, a French designer. I already loved the delicate work of Laura, but this dress was something else. I tried ten beautiful dresses and this particular gown was hanging in a corner on it’s own. I asked if I could try it on but the designer warned me that it might not fit as it wasn’t customised.

I tried it on anyway and it became immediately obvious – this was ‘the one’!”

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“The table plan was an old world map, each table named after a country we visited. Above each table, I made a wreath with hoops of steel brought from France, on which were placed the name of each country. The marks were small places “Polaroids” of photos I had taken in each country.

We had prepared postcards and a mailbox, tattoos, candy bar and a whiskey bar, with different types of Scotch whiskey for people to “become familiar with”

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“We love the work of Three Sisters Bake, and I wanted a Naked Cake! We also had some really delicious giant meringues! We also provided cream and berries and people were able to make a DIY pavlova.”

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“We hired Kitchener Photography to shoot our wedding. The Kitchener’s work is indescribable – they sublimate the marriage by their presence and their work – we couldn’t have dreamt of better.  They knew perfectly how to capture the atmosphere of the marriage, the looks, the people, the laughter, the warmth of the fire!

We had a wonderful meeting with Joanne and Dylan who we found to be a great couple. We have so many beautiful photos that we cannot thank them enough – I simply cannot recommend them more highly.”

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