Lego Bride Diaries: Part 2 – Peru

A little update from Ariane, my lego Bride who has moved on from Bolivia and is now adventuring through Peru. Click here for her Bolivia adventures.

I don’t know where to start with Peru. In such a small space of time I’ve managed to fit a lot in and seen some amazing sites as well as challenging myself  with hikes and heights I’ve never experienced before. I do have some sad news though. Our floral arch used in the salt flats didn’t quite make the journey across the border from Bolivia and it collapsed. However, the scenery in Peru has made the perfect replacement backdrop. I guess these things happen on a wedding day but as long as there is a back up plan, there’s nothing to worry about.

So Rodrigo and I continued our journey as bride and groom into Peru with the first venture been a place called Colca Canyon. Like many moments of wedding planning, it had its ups and downs which happened to be very steep ups and very steep downs. We began the hike down which was surprisingly ok in my dress and carrying my plastic bouquet of spindly flowers. (I wish I had a better one but this lego standard style will have to do). The path was so dusty but I kept telling myself it’ll brush off my dress and it will be perfect again. We stayed one night in the bottom of the canyon, relaxing by the pool and having a well deserved beer. The hike up the next day was the real challenge, the 5am start, managing my veil with my walking poles and trying to keep my tiara upright was a struggle. The sweat was deterimined to ruin my manufactured lego make-up but this was followed by tears of relief as I reached the top. The views and back-drop were incredible. Rodrigo was there encouraging me every step of the way, supplying me with gummy bears on demand. Like every couple planning a wedding, it’s about teamwork and supporting each other, and Colca Canyon symbolised just that.

After a couple of days composing myself, it was time again for another venture to find the perfect backdrop. This time it was Rainbow Mountain, a beautiful landscape at 5000m (yes that’s pretty high). However this was topped dramatically by the ever enchanting site of Machu Picchu. After 4 days of muscle aching hiking and sleeping on cold mountain tops in tents it really was worth it. The Inca trail hike to get there took us over high mountains passes reminiscent of Lord of The Ring and were truly magical and inspiring. The trail and ruins had everything – history, enchantment and an amazing unique character. What every bride aspires for in her dream venue (although maybe with fewer tourists!). I fell in love with the location straight away. My dress, veil, tiara and Rodrigo and I survived the Inca Trail. Everything was perfect!

After all the hiking and excitement of Peru I was ready, as every bride is after finding the perfect wedding back drop and location, to celebrate and rest. We did just that in the desert oasis of Huachacina. A pool, the sunshine, an extensive cocktail list, sand boarding and a Pisco tour. Perfect!

Pisco is a Peruvian spirit made from grapes. They use it to make a fab popular cocktail called a Pisco Sour which by the way is delicious. Here’s a recipe for one below. Maybe one to add to your wedding cocktail list.

Pisco Sour Recipe

50ml Pisco

50ml Lime Juice

1 egg white

Ice and a slice

2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Syrup to sweeten

Method

Blend or shake the Pisco, lime juice syrup and egg white until the egg white is nice and frothy. Serve over ice and add the bitters to taste. (Well that’s what the Peruvian bar tender did anyway).

Our next adventure is in the Galápagos Islands. A last minute 8 day catamaran cruise round the protected islands to see the wonderful wildlife and beautiful nature the world is lucky to have. David Attenborough, we hope to see you there!

Follow more of my adventure updates on Instagram.

Love, Ariane the Lego Bride x

 

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Autumn Romance in the Air

Autumn Inspiration
Image Credits
Floral Arch: via Rock My Wedding . Log stack: via The Pretty Blog . Gin Bar: via Rock My Wedding. Bride: via Amber Bridal. Woodland: Fox Tail Photography . Headpiece: via Etsy. Cake: via Rock My Wedding

It occurred to me the other day that I’m missing out on the lovely autumn vibes at home. I love Autumn! I know it’s probably many people’s least favourite but for me I love going for walks in rustling leaves, getting wrapped up and relaxing with a cosy coffee on the sofa. I also love Halloween and Bonfire night. Again, I know some people think these are so commercial now but come on, brighten up the Autumn by embracing the festivities.

Missing Autumn got me thinking about an inspiration board for an Autumn wedding. Most wedding venues get booked up first in the Spring and Summer months, however, if you’re a bride and groom with your hearts set on a certain venue, don’t let the season ruin your plans. Embrace the off season and create a cosy, autumn wedding full of golden tones and texture.

The colour palette for a true autumn style wedding obviously includes the golden and red tones inspired by the leaves. Teamed with a deep blue/ grey tone for an edge and soft natural tones for elegance and lightness. Don’t think that you have to choose one colour for your wedding style, don’t be defined by one colour. Think tonal and creative.

The florals on the board are organic and rustic representing the true nature of autumn. This is repeated in the headpiece which adds colour to the dress and a wild, bohemian texture. The flowing tulle dress has natural movement, again adding the organic free spirit of Autumn vibes.

The lighting and woodland location is soft and romantic. So romantic you are both whisked away when saying your ‘I do’s’. Lost in a moment with each other surrounded by candle light and nature.

The cake and gin bar are rustic focal points. Adorned with detail and foraged fruit. The semi naked cake makes a statement to Autumn and says it’s ok for the wild walks and lazy days. The gin bar in my opinion is always a must and this could adopt spiced gin flavours teamed with blackberries and wild herb garnishes – warming flavours of Autumn as opposed to those light summer blends.

The overall feel for this Autumn styled wedding is relaxed, romantic and intimate. So when your dream venue only has availability in October or November, don’t rule out an inspiring Autumn wedding day. It can be more magical than you expected. (And sometimes cheaper).

If you’re having Pinterest overload or just don’t know where to start with your wedding planning adventure, get in touch to arrange a FREE consultation and find out how I can help you with your dream day no matter how big or small your plans may be.
View my brochure here.

 

Emily x

Lego Bride Diaries: Part 1 – The Salt Flats

Have we really only been gone just over a week?! It feels like we’ve been travelling for ages as we’ve done so much already! We started our two month travel adventure in Bogota, Colombia for a day while we changed flight. Bogota was edgy, vibrant and bustling. We did a cycle tour of the city, visited flower and fruit markets and soaked in the atmosphere. We even played a traditional Bogota game that involved throwing a rock at a target loaded with dynamite. Good fun but I don’t think it’ll catch on in the UK.

Next stop was La Paz in Bolivia. Blimey is this place high! Highest lego bride ever possibly. We were only there for a couple of nights before our trip to the Bolivian Salt Flats, and man this did not disappoint!


I must admit that before I came to Bolivia I didn’t know much about the country, I can honestly say this country is naturally stunning. The tour to and around the salt flats was 3 days. Zooming over the salt flats into the middle of nowhere in a Toyota Land Cruiser was pretty sweet! My sparkly veil blowing in the wind from the car window. The vastness of the flats was breathtaking and of course we got some fab fun photos on the flats especially some of Rodrigo and I under our floral arch. What a place to say our vows.

 



We then stopped off at a place called Cactus Island. As the name suggests, it’s an island in the middle of the salt flats with loads of cactus plants. The views across the flats were stunning and as dusk approached we watched the sun come down. So romantic! The colours in the sky and across the landscape were so pretty! What a day. That night we stayed in a salt hotel – again, as the name suggests, an entire hotel made of salt! It was very basic but you can’t help wonder that if this was in East London it would be more than £200 a night. I think the Bolivians are on to something.

 

We were up and off early the next day, with my tiara and hair adjusted to the altitude I was ready for the day ahead. The desert’s rocky roads, clouded with dust lead us to the most beautiful lagoons. The most breathtaking one was crowded with flamingos. Rodrigo had promised me flamingos, and his promise was kept! This view was just like the one from a Mac screensaver. I didn’t think they were real. I wish I’d had flamingos somehow in our wedding. Even if it was the hen party. I just love them! Do lego make flamingos? Something I need to look in to.


After numerous vista stops, we came to the geysers. Bubbling away under the volcanic earth, they were enchanting. Smoke from the geysers filled the air. We got to the hotel to find a natural hot spring pool overlooking one of the lagoons. After dinner, we grabbed a few beers and watched the shooting stars within the Milky Way in the dark Bolivian sky. The only light pollution coming from our torches while we topped up our beers. I’ve never seen so many stars and as I sat in the hot water I felt like the luckiest lego bride ever to experience something as special as this.

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It was our last day of the tour and we started the journey back to civilisation and wifi. The salt flats are an absolute must if you’re visiting South America, not just for the flats but for everything else across the landscape. We did a tour with a company called Salty Desert and the bunch of people, drivers and tour guide were fab! Doing the YMCA with a Dutch couple and a Bolivian driver who spoke no English whilst driving through the desert was a surreal but amazing moment to treasure.

Onto the next part of our travelling adventure. Stay tuned for more.

 

Lego Bride, Ariane x

The Symbolism of a Wedding Ring

IMG_5424As I prepare for my travels, I decided to leave my wedding and engagement at home for safe keeping. I know that if anything had to happen to them whilst I’m away, I would be absolutely devastated.

So now my hand is bare and I feel a part of me missing. I’m hoping the constant motion of checking it’s there and panicking when it’s not will wear off soon. Leaving my ring behind made me think about the symbolism of a wedding ring and why do have this connection. Where did it all begin and what are the future trends for weddings rings. So here goes, a little about wedding rings and why they mean so much more than a sign that you’re already spoken for when at a bar.

The tradition of a wedding ring started way back in Egyptian times when they adopted a the circle symbolism for eternity, back then rings were made from rushes or papyrus. Old right? It then became more associated with weddings and marriage in Roman times. The earliest of rings were made from metals and developed into more precious items through time with embellished rocks. Rubies reflecting the heart, sapphires symbolising the heavens and then diamonds for integrity. I won’t bore you with more history.

There are a few analogies as to why we wear wedding rings on the third finger on the left hand and again these have changed and developed over time and traditions. My favourite and the one I like to think has the most meaning is that it is believed that the vein in this finger ran directly to the heart. ‘The vein of love’. Some might say that on a practical level, this is the finger that doesn’t get much wear and tear and therefore a ring won’t get damaged. However, where’s the romance in that?

When you say your vows you state something along the lines of “I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my covenant to learn and grow with you.” The ring right there and then has a whole new meaning to you, it plays such a big part of your marriage vows, it is the physical representation of your vows, your marriage and your new adventure together. It is already the most precious piece of jewellery you’ll ever own and the price on it is actually priceless. The ring seals the deal.

Nowadays, you can break traditions, create your path and opt for a more unusual wedding or engagement ring. A diamond is the classic rock to have and it has every right to be the go to engagement ring sparkle. Diamonds are timeless, powerful, last forever and full of sparkle. In fact they pretty much sum up what a marriage should be. However, there are some beautiful alternatives with sapphires, rubies or even birthstones. I think whatever means the most to you is special.

Take a look at Bloody Mary Metal for some alternative ideas and on the other end of the spectrum is London Victorian Ring Company for elegant vintage designs. For the blokes, I can’t recommend Iain Henderson enough, he designed and made my hubby’s ring with us and it is truly amazing and done with such lovely, friendly service.

If you have any other random questions or facts about wedding rings, I’d love to know them so please share away! Get in touch. 

Love Emily x

A bit of news…

Happy Monday Evening – A BIT OF NEWS.

I’m now counting down the days until my next adventure! The time has come to leave London after been here for 6 years and move back up to good old Yorkshire, Mirfield to be exact. However, before we do, my husband and I are going on a backpacking adventure around South America.

We’re taking the opportunity of doing it while we can, not questioning if we should but instead taking the leap and going for it. Life is too short not to grasp opportunities with both hands and to live your life as one big adventure.

I’ll still be taking bridal consultations whilst I’m away and answering emails as and when I get internet but bear with me. 

Come with me on my adventure, check out my blog posts and Instagram while I’m away for updates on all things weddings and travel style! Prepare yourselves for plenty of Alpaca pictures! 

Emily x

Oh So Tropical

Happy Monday!

I know spring feels like it’s here but I’m so longing for the heat of a tropical beach. Just to lay on the sand and feel the sun on my face is all I ask right now. I decided to channel these beach vibes into a summery, vibrant wedding colour scheme instead. It’s much more vibrant than my usual style I’ll admit, but I love the contrasting colours, the energy and most of all, the unique shapes from the foliage and details.

The large bridal bouquet is an instant wow factor for high impact. The feature flowers are almost sculptured rather than organic.

I love the ombré detail on the cake which mirrors a Hawaiian sunset setting over Waikiki beach. The soft orange complements the strong green and fun pink to add a romantic pastel tone to the scheme.

How could we forget the cocktails and canapés? The details just make these elements sing and are adorable.

Fun, quirky touches are incorporated through the ukulele guest book and the welcoming floral Leis which reflect the location perfectly.

Even if you aren’t jetting off to Hawaii for your beach wedding, why not incorporate some of these elements into your English wedding for a complete twist. You dream of your wedding day, have it your way no matter where you are in the world.

Oh I’m feeling more summery already. Have a look at my Inspiration Board page for more wedding design schemes and image credits or get in touch if you would like one making just for you. 

Have an amazing week everyone! Emily

 

 

 

Mood Board Image Credits
BRIDE BOUQUET:Photography by Rustic White Photography, Found via Weddings Online  COCKTAILS: Found Via: Wilkie Blog CAKE:By Studio Cake. Found Via Mod Wedding TABLE SETTING: Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Floral Design: Stem Events + Flowers by Anabelle Found Via Style Me Pretty CANAPES:Photography by Nato Welton. Found via Brides Magazine STATIONERY: Alexa Nelson Prints, via Etsy, Ukulele: Photography by Natalie Schutt Photography. Found via Wedding Chicks, SUIT: Found via Well Groomed Blog, Leis Display: Found via Pinterest

Jo Malone

Recently, I experienced the Jo Malone bridal consultation, which was absolutely amazing. It was such a treat to learn about the importance of scenting your wedding and how the layers of fragrance can add so much to your wedding day.

I have to admit, I’m no regular at Jo Malone, I obviously wish I was, I mean a girl can dream, but no, this experience was very special. I don’t want you to think I do this all time.

It was a rainy Saturday morning in London but that didn’t dampen my excitement as I walked into the Jo Malone store in Sloane Square. The immediate rush of pure loveliness hits you as soon as you walk in. The smell is just divine and the design of the store (prepare for an interior design rant) is just done to perfection! The level of detail in the joinery of the display cabinets is perfect and reflects the quality of the brand and service. The symmetry in the store layout is precise and created in such a way that perfume bottles stand proud as a decorative feature, looking so elegant in the glass bottles with beautifully branded labels. Enough about the interior, you get it, it was good.

emily-k-weddings-jo-malone-13We sat at the bridal consultation counter, greeted and served a glass of champagne. On the counter for each of us was a brochure, a little box of sugared almonds and a scented pillow. It all set the scene for a luxury experience.

Charley Ann, our consultant, started by asking us what type of smells we liked and focused on how we wanted a wedding day to feel like. Nicola, my friend who is getting married in October 2017, told her the type of perfume she currently uses and what she liked and doesn’t like. She also asked her about the style of wedding she is having, the flowers and the venue. Each of these elements combine together to reflect the choice of fragrance. For example, if you’re having peonies in your bouquet, your scent could be complimented with the Peony Blush & Suede cologne.

Charley Ann selected 3-4 scents to start with for us to try. They all smelt amazing but we each had our favourite. She then explained about layering scents and the art of Fragrance Combining. This would create something unique for you to wear on your wedding day. We learnt a lot during our consultation but most importantly learnt not to overlook the power of smell.

It’s not just about the perfume you wear, scenting your wedding can start from the moment of getting ready. Bath or shower in a fragrance to suit you and moisturise with a lotion that will enhance your perfume.

On the day, choose candles and room and linen sprays to create atmosphere. This will really set the tone to your wedding day. Again, use room fragrances that complement the scent you’re wearing.

The more I think about it, I realise the stranger our sense of smell actually is. It’s such a strong sense and reacts differently with everyone. It’s a key memory trigger and therefore is most important to get right for your wedding day. Imagine putting on your wedding day perfume 20 years from now and those memories flooding back to you. It would be like total magic. Don’t under estimate the power of smell on your wedding day. Book a free consultation at one of your Jo Malone stores to feel pampered and learn more about scenting your wedding in a luxury way.

Emily

 

A Spooky Romance

Hello. Happy Halloween (nearly) I love this time of year celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night. They’re such fun and cosy festivities without the commotion compared to Christmas. (I love Christmas too though, but you know what I mean). Halloween, as commercial as some people might think, is a fun time of year to be embraced. […]