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Styled Wedding: All the fun of the fair

Circus, carnival and fair wedding themes are bang on-trend amongst brides right now and work really well with a less formal venue (good news for brides on a budget!). If you fancy yourself as a vintage circus bride, a la Reese Witherspoon in the beautiful film Water for Elephants, take a look at Jenny Packham’s wedding dresses and accessories for lustful inspiration.
The good news about this theme is that a little styling goes a long way, keeping it healthy for your budget and your time. Think bright and fun accessories with a palette of reds, blues and creams. Stationary, table plans and place cards can be tied in with the use of letterpress fonts (as seen in today’s style board).
For those who really want to bring the fun of the carnival to their big day, go the whole hog and hire some real sideshows and games such as a coconut shy, tin can ally and hook-a-duck! (Try http://www.irvinleisure.co.uk for an idea of what stalls and rides are available). Enjoy today’s style board and feel free to get in touch with any requests for themes or features ūüôā

A: Carnival invitations, £POA, www.royalsteamline.com

B/J: Dress and head piece, £Dresses start around £1300, www.jennypackham.com

C: Circus art print, £15.00, www.notonthehighstreet.com

D: Favour lolipops, £6.99 for 30, www.confetti.co.uk

E: Embellished nude bridesmaid dress, £70.00, www.missselfridge.com

F: Candy stripped cupcake cases, £7.95 for 12, www.prettywittycakeshop.co.uk

Wedding Trend: Cookie Favours

Sticking with the foodie theme today, I have been thinking about the concept of wedding favours. Like most brides, I want to give my guests a favour that says ‘thank you’ and is also something they will want to take home with them rather than leave on the tables at the end of the evening. One of my favourite options is the wedding cookie. These little goodies are both a versatile and stylish way to say thank you to family and friends and are always a talking point among guests.

It is often worth sourcing smaller businesses for items such as wedding cookie favours, they are often less expensive and, because they value your potential recommendation, their attention to detail is spot on. Today’s board contains some beautiful examples from both large and small bakeries. Shop around and be sure to post any of your own recommendations for other brides.

A: Butterfly cookies, from £1.50 each, www.thewonderfulcakecompany.co.uk

B/H: Blue shaped cookies, £2.25-2.45 each, www.smallthingsiced.co.uk

C/D: Bride and groom cookies, £2.60 each (including customisation), www.customcookieco.co.uk

E/F: Cake and heart cookies, £3.50 & £2.75 respectively, www.ediblehandmadegifts.co.uk

G: Glitter heart cookies, £1.50 each, www.whiteorchidcakes.co.uk

I: Bride & groom heart cookies, £2.50 each, www.boutiquekitchen.co.uk

Wedding Trend: Cake Pops

One of the prettiest, most inspiring trends to emerge on the wedding catering scene in recent years has been the Cake Pop (also known as Cake Balls…slighly less quaint me thinks!?). These gorgeous little specimens are the result of combining two of my favourite pastimes…cake and sweets!

Today’s board showcases a mouthwatering sample of what some of the UK’s finest cake makers are offering brides, but, for those who, like me, are working within a tight budget, the good news is that they are suprisingly simple to make yourself! I have to confess that I am currently a little bit obsessed with amazing baking blog, Bakerella, where you can find endless ideas for your own cake pops and a rather nifty tutorial www.bakerella.com. For a more generic tutorial and some beautiful British cakespiration, take a look at www.rhubarbandrose.co.uk

Need some inspiration for your own Cake Pops or looking to order ready made? Look no further, grab a brew ( and a slice of cake!) and enjoy today’s board (suppliers and prices listed below):

A: Red & ivory glitter pops, from £2.00 each, www.lollicakes.co.uk

B, C, D: All £2.00 each, www.mollybakes.co.uk

E: Pink glitter pops, £1.00 each, www.thetravellingteashop.com

F: Chocolate pops, £11.30 for 12, www.littlecakefactory.co.uk

G: Pink piped pop, £5.50 each, www.sarahjaneweddingcakesandevents.co.uk

Our Rustic Venue

Locally to us, The Old Mill at Aldermaston can’t be beaten for good old fashioned rustic charm. Set on the riverside, the building is a stunning blank canvas of oak floors, wooden beam ceilings and exposed brick work. It features a working water wheel and beautifully landscaped ‘English garden’ grounds.¬† Coupled with our ceremony at my parent’s local church, I think The Old Mill will be the ideal canvas for our rustic countryside wedding!

The choice of venue¬†can be considered the foundation to a wedding day and¬†can be used to reflect the personalities of the couple, from a chic and sophisticated hotel to quirky pubs and rustic barns, your venue is your canvas…

Pretty Pastels Mood Board

One of the most common questions asked by new brides-to-be is ‘where do I start with the planning process?’ Obviously, we all want our wedding to be beautiful and memorable and I am no exception. But when faced with what seems like an endless to do list, bursting with suppliers to source and services to secure before they book up, it can be easy to forget to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it all!

As they say, it is always best to start at the beginning, and I found my beginning with a mood board, trying to caputure the look and feel of the day we were trying to create…

Let the fun begin…

You would think that, as an ex wedding planner turned photographer, planning and styling my own big day would have been a breeze…something to take in my stride and work through like the organised, creative and self empowered woman I proclaim to be.

Hmm. It would seem this is, in fact, not the case at all. Instead, since Chris proposed last April, I found my head swimming! Rather than basking in the glow of my newly engaged status I found myself losing sleep and struggling to concentrate as images of seating plans, Mantilla veils and vintage teacups danced before my heavy lids!

As a result, I found the only way to pin myself down to the detail of a wedding that truly replected ‘us’ was to immerse myself in all things bridal and this blog is the culmintaion of over a year’s worth of planning, researching and mind changing.¬† More so than during my time as a wedding planner, I have loved every minute of planning and now, with our big day just weeks away, it is with great happiness that I turn my energies to sharing my passion with anyone kind enough to stop by.

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