I must admit, I am a sucker for all things sweet. I even have breakfast pudding. I know it’s not good but I can’t help it. So it comes as no surprise, I love Pancake Day! A breakfast pudding with purpose. So today’s blog is all about pancakes and more importantly, how you can eat them on your wedding day and not just on Shrove Tuesday. So here are a few ideas and images for some flipping wedding inspiration. (Do you like what I did there?!)
1. Eat them for Breakfast
An obvious choice but a mighty good one. It’s so important to eat breakfast on the morning of your wedding day. Even if you’re nervous, try to eat a bit of something. You need energy for the exciting day ahead! Check out these pretty floral ones by clicking the link below. A cute photo to capture during your bridal prep, with your hair in rollers tucking into a pretty pancake. Those are the little moments from the day to remember too.
Throwing in a sweet canapé can be a good way to mix things up during your drinks reception. Pancakes can be small stacks with berries and maple syrup. A little something different to wow your wedding guests and let’s face it, who doesn’t love an adorable bitesize pancake?
3. An Alternative Wedding Cake
Instead of cutting a traditional wedding cake, drizzle maple syrup over a huge stack of pancakes. From talking to couples lately, fewer people seem to be bothered about the whole cake cutting ceremony, so why not go for something alternative like this instead? Keep it unique and interesting.
4. Pancake Mix Wedding Favours
Such a cute homemade idea for guests to take away with them. I’m a huge fan of a favour and the more unique and out there they are, the better. Also, this is such a sweet idea for guests to make the morning after and reminisce about what an amazing day it was.
5. Pancake Station
Pancakes in the evening, wild I know, but great interactive food that guests will love as a surprise supper. Set up a pancake station with a display of the best toppings. They’ll give your guests that sugar rush they need to carry on dancing, keeping your dance floor full all night!
So there you have it, 5 ways to make pancakes part of your wedding day! The ultimate question though…what’s your go-to topping?
A key factor of your wedding will no doubt be your wedding stationery. With so many creative ideas out there to buy or make yourselves, it can be a little overwhelming. So to break it down I’ve popped together a little go to blog post for a quick low down on wedding stationery.
You’ll notice that throughout your wedding planning you create so many lists! So here’s one already prepared for you – a stationery checklist. You are welcome! Click here to download the PDF.
So let’s talk about each wedding stationery element.
1. Bridal Party Proposal Cards.
Make your bridesmaids and ushers feel that extra special by putting together a little gift hamper. It could be full of their favourite foods or a nice candle, whatever, you know what I mean, general niceness. A proposal card is a complimentary note to ask your nearest and dearest to be part of your wedding day.
2. Save the Dates.
Save the dates are typically sent as soon as the venue and date have been confirmed. They are usually only sent to wedding day guests rather than evening. Make sure you have a confirmed guest list when sending these out as they are the heads up for guests not to make plans for that date. You could make your save the dates memorable by designing either a fridge magnet, coaster or even a jigsaw, the ideas are endless. They are the first impression you give to your guests about your wedding, therefore, consider the style and detail. The information is usually kept simple with just the date and location stated and further information to follow on the full official invite.
3. Full invitations.
Information to include will be all the details of the ceremony, date, time, location. Other information to include might be directions to the ceremony and reception venues, gift details, social media or website details, accommodation details, etc. RSVP. Maybe even include a song request for the evening party to get the dance floor full! Request that they let you know any dietary requirements on the RSVP too!
If you want to keep the information simple and a single page invite, include the main details and then direct guests to a wedding website.
Don’t forget the evening invites too!
Photography by Nicola Thompson
Photography by Nicola Thompson
Photography by Nicola Thompson
4. Order of the days.
These are given to guests as they arrive at the ceremony. They act as a guide for the day and also a keepsake of the day. Usually one per couple is enough. Information to include could be introductions to the wedding party (handy to know in case people forget), the order of the day’s events (people like to know when they’re eating) and even fun things like hashtags or a quiz. If you don’t want guests to share your wedding on social media until you do, a note in here would be a good idea too. A printed booklet is a lovely keepsake for guests as well. Alternatively, the order of day could be on a board and displayed at the entrance of the ceremony. My personal preferred option is a booklet, I’m more tactile and love to keep these little sentiments from a wedding. Also, the info is all there for guests to refer easily. Up to you though, it’s your wedding, do what you want!
5. The Table Plan.
The information on the table plan should be displayed clearly for guests to locate their seats efficiently, no one likes to see a wondering guest with a lost expression on their face. Ok, funny to watch at times, but not ideal. If you’re having long tables, break them up so people still have an idea of the area where they will be sitting.
Get creative with the table plan, style it up in a quirky way to suit the rest of your wedding style. I love coming up with ideas for table plans so get in touch and let’s brainstorm together.
6. Directions and those little extras.
Those extra bits to communicate other details to guests are key. It can be as simple as a sign for the card and gift table, sparkler send-off or directions to the loos. Again, make these tie in with the rest of your stationery and venue.
A welcome sign is also a key bit of stationery, especially if you have a hidden or remote venue. A welcome sign could go on the roadside so guests don’t miss the turning or at the front of the church to welcome guests to your wedding.
7. Table Names.
These form part of the table decor so should also be lovely like everything else! Again, make them clear and easy for guests to spot as they’re wandering around trying to find their seats.
8. Name cards.
You’ve worked hard on that table plan making sure conversation flows on every table, therefore, you need people to sit where they’re told (in a bossy bride kinda way!). Again, these can be beautiful details to add to the table. Tent folded calligraphy cards, laser cut names, the ideas go on. You could even double up the place cards with favours, they could be mini sloe gin favours with a name label. Those little details make me happy, you might think they’re not important, but trust me, they really are! They make your wedding that bit more special.
If you have a menu choice and guests have pre-ordered their food, it’s guaranteed that your guests will have forgotten what they ordered or get food envy when the food comes and demand something else. Trust me, it happens, and the caterer usually bends over backwards to accommodate. However, this can all be avoided by having menus on the table. If you have menu options, a personal menu can be printed for each guest and slotted into their napkin. If you just have one menu for all (apart from dietary requirements), you could have a couple of menus on each table. It’s a talking point for guests when they sit down and people get excited about the food coming before it’s even arrived. I am one of those people who get excited when the food arrives in a restaurant, I’m not the only one – at least I hope not!
10. Thank You Cards.
Do not print a generic thank you card message. Eugh, that’s terrible and your parents should’ve taught you better. A thank you card should be handwritten or at least individually typed to each guest thanking them for their presence on your wedding day and their generous gift. If they gave you money towards your honeymoon fund then let them know what you did with their money. For example ‘Thank you for your generous honeymoon contribution, we used it towards going scuba diving where we saw the most amazing fish and even a sea turtle’. They will appreciate knowing it had a lot more value than just the £50 in a card.
Final Tip: Ask your photographer to send a preview of photos, maybe even a group shot, from your wedding to use for your wedding thank you cards.
I hope that gives you a little background info for your wedding stationery. Just ask if you have any more questions or need help with finding the perfect stationery. There’s the whole etiquette saga and how to address and word stationery but that’s a blog post all in itself. We’ve got Christmas coming up so I won’t keep you that long!
This weekend I turn 30. I’m not sure how I feel about it if I’m being totally honest. Part of me is panicking that I’m now getting old and the other part of me is glad to not have uncertainty and lack of confidence I had in my early twenties when I was learning who I was.
Someone once said to me, your twenties are your selfish years, you do what you want, live freely and don’t have too many responsibilities. This was the approach I adopted and don’t regret it.
I thought I’d do this post so you know a little more about me. I am a human wedding planner and stylist after all. I like to get to know my couples and genuinely get excited to hear about your wedding plans. I’m married and I know it’s such an amazing time of your lives and you should totally enjoy it all. That’s why I love to help!
Without sounding like a cringe-worthy CV bio or dating profile, here I go!
I’ve always been a creative, I loved the usual art and design at school and it then took me onto the path of Interior Design that I studied at Uni and worked in the industry for the past few years. I love design! I love seeing that idea from your head come to life. I’ll be honest, I suck at words, English writing and talking isn’t my strong point so if you can make sense of what I’m talking about, you’re doing well!
So ye, I love design and being an Interior Designer has taught me so much. I designed pubs, bars and restaurants so I was lucky enough to meet such a variety of people, from investors to pub landlords. (I love a good pub by the way!). The thing I really loved most though was standing there on a building site with my hard hat and safety boots on and seeing all the ideas become a finished space and working with the best suppliers to do a great job. Very similar to wedding planning!
After getting married in 2015 and driving my, now husband, and family mad with wedding ideas and meticulous planning, it seemed the wedding bug sparked within me and I really found my passion. The plans I put together for our wedding were concrete. The decor was scheduled out, boxed and labelled so everyone knew what to do on the morning of the wedding. It took hours, but I loved it. The set up on the morning was pretty stressful for my mum and family as they rushed round to get things done. This was my one wedding regret. I wish I’d got someone to do it for me. That’s why I offer this to my couples. Please don’t miss out on that morning getting ready with mum.
Photography by Charlotte Wise, Soul Images
It’s going to be OK!
I never thought, when in my early twenties, that I’d be running my own business one day. I didn’t really know what I’d be doing, I assumed just carrying on doing Interior Design in a company. There’s a quote that I love, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”― Farrah Gray. I can’t tell you how inspiring this quote was for me and it truly relates. So I decided to go for it. Life is too short not to give it go. So hence, after gaining a Diploma with the Wedding Academy, Emily K Weddings was launched.
I did, however, set myself one goal in life when I was younger and that was to own a vintage VW camper van by the time I was 30. Well, that hasn’t happened but I do have my Emily K Weddings van and that’s totally fine for me. It’s not quite the soft top Mini you assume most wedding planners and stylist have but practically, it’s the dream. How else do you think I transport all the styling magic. Although you might set these little silly goals in life and they might not turn out how you want, sometimes the alternative is simply a better fit.
Another thing that no one tells you about wedding planning, is how fit you need to be! This has been a shock to my system. Heavy lifting and running around is all part of it, so if you see me with a messy bun and trainers on while I’m setting up, I may look scruffy but I’ll look sharp eventually.
It also dawned on me the other day that I have never done anything radical with my hair. Feeling a little mainstream. Therefore, I’ve decided that, for my 30th, I’m getting my hair dyed pink (don’t worry mum, no tattoos or piercing. I’ll save them for my 40th!). I’m not sure what I’ll look like and I’m most definitely not cool enough to pull it off but I’m doing it anyway! If you do see me about with pink hair, just say it looks nice please even if it doesn’t. Fab, got that out of the way to avoid any awkward glances.
One more thing about turning 30 is how different my life is now I’ve moved back to Mirfield, a small town in West Yorkshire after living in London for 6 years. We now have an actual house (with stairs!) and dog and, dare I say this, those god-awful garden shoes that are like crocs but Lidls own (it’s not a good look at all and every time I put them on I question my life, but they’re handy). I miss London, I miss our friends and going out for drinks and dinner during the week, but it never quite felt like home for me. It was a natural move back Up North where I genuinely have noticed, people are a lot more friendly. I’m so glad I experienced London life and it was amazing, but at the same time, it’s nice to be home. Although, I do miss being the token Northerner in the office and a bloody good brunch!
I think that’s enough of my ramblings, I could go on, maybe that’s what turning 30 does to you, makes you ramble like a crazy old person. I just wanted to share with you a personal post so you can see I am just a girl (a 30 year old one) behind the brand, not pretentious but down to earth and working hard to make unique, beautiful weddings for you!
Speak to you soon. By then I’ll be a woman in her 30’s! Eeks! As if, I still feel 23!
A wedding stylist isn’t necessarily a key ingredient to the wedding planning recipe, more like the garnish on the top making everything that bit better and taste even more yummy.
Here’s why that garnish is so much more than just a cherry on the top…
5 reasons you need a wedding stylist…
1. Save Money
Save money by hiring decor rather than buying it. Hiring a wedding stylist can be cheaper than doing everything yourselves. Stylists know where to get props and decor to help you make your wedding day even more amazing.
2. Save Time
No one wants to be stressed or under pressure on their wedding day. A wedding stylist can set it all up for you before or on the morning of your wedding. Therefore, you have time to relax, get ready with mum and your bridesmaids, sip prosecco and just enjoy! Trust me, I’ve experienced this first hand on my own wedding day. On the morning of my wedding day, my parents and husband-to-be were frantically running around decorating the venue, they came back so stressed and had to rush to get ready. I felt so bad for doing that to them and I missed enjoying my morning with my mum. So please don’t have the same regret I did!
A stylist can also save you time before the day itself. I will help source decor so you don’t have to and if you have those extra bits you want to do yourself, just let me know and I’ll style them for you on the day. I totally understand if you want to use those Gin bottles you’ve been saving for table names!
3. Less Effort
It’s a lot more effort than you anticipate doing the styling yourself. Doing all the DIY elements, packing them up the day before then collecting the morning after your wedding is so much effort. The last thing you want to do after your first breakfast as husband and wife is clear up at the venue! A stylist does all that for you. Get yourselves off onto that honeymoon!
4. Better Design
When you’ve got a Pinterest board bursting at the seams with ideas that have evolved and changed so much, you don’t know what you want anymore! A wedding stylist can help you refine your wedding style and put together a more cohesive wedding design for you. My Story of Your Day pack does just that. Aimed at couples who have been bombarded with ideas and worried about which direction to take their wedding style, the pack clarifies those details and ideas to bring your day to life in a narrative. After reading through it, I guarantee, it’ll make you even more excited about your wedding day, maybe even a tear to your eye. My job as a wedding stylist is to then bring the Story of Your Day to life by sourcing, design decor and working with the best suppliers.
5. Higher Quality
Chances are you might be able to get cheaper props from the high street, but you know what, if I’m being honest, they’ll look cheap. Quality is so important on your wedding day, those little details matter and if you hire a wedding stylist, they will have more high quality or specialised decor to set your wedding apart and elevate your wedding design. The quality of service for a stylist is important too. I communicate with you throughout your wedding planning and draw up a layout plan so your wedding design is exactly how you want!
I love the fact that your wedding day can be styled exactly how you want and done so that it totally reflects you. What I really don’t like is when people say their wedding style is a colour, a shade of blue or Cadbury purple. How can picking a single colour define your style and reflect any part of your personality?!
Na ah, not under my watch, your wedding deserves better than that. I thought I’d share with you a recent table styling so you can see there is so much more to styling your wedding day.
Photography by Jo Greenfield
Photography by Jo Greenfield
Photography by Jo Greenfield
Photography by Jo Greenfield
Photography by Jo Greenfield
WHITE ELEGANCE at Jervaulx Abbey
My favourite styling so far took place this month with The Alternatives photography workshop. Inspired by the Grecian hanging gardens of Babylon, and set in the beautiful setting of Jervaulx Abbey ruins, I wasn’t totally confident about the different white tones coming together if I’m being honest. My concern was that it would look too plain and lack colour and interest. However, the end result was elegant, modern and most of all, fresh.
The white tones layered together worked perfectly with the lush greenery from All Bunched Up which gave it more textured detail and colour. The gold cutlery and boxes added a beautifully warm metallic tone. Stationery from A Little Pigment, ribbons from Bertie and Fred and macaroons from Where the Ribbon Ends all added those little details I just adore on a wedding table. Those are the bits that make guests go ooooh and ahhh.
A NOTE FROM BYRON…
There’s a new company in town, Bow, Wow, Vow! They take care of dogs at weddings so you can bring your pooch along knowing they’re looked after during and after the vows. Because us dogs love a wedding too you know! Thank you Bow, Wow, Vow for making it possible to be part of our Human’s wedding day.
HOW TO FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE?
Some key questions to help you define your wedding style…
How do you imagine your wedding day? Relaxed, outside, romantic, quirky, fun, casual…
What’s your personal style like? Clothes, home, accessories…
Is there anything about you as a couple that makes you unique? You got engaged on the beach, you both love Star Wars…
What is the venue like? This can often denote the style initially. Barn wedding – rustic. Castle Wedding – opulent, etc.
Is there anything that must be included in your wedding that you’ve always thought you’d have when you got married?
What makes you cringe or you absolutely hate? It’s always good to rule things out.
Hello! Welcome to the first Emily K Weddings Newsletter!
I’ve been in two minds whether to do a monthly newsletter for a while now and you know what, I’m just going to blooming well do it! So welcome to Emily K Weddings. For those of you whom I’ve just met, I’m Emily, a wedding planner and stylist based in West Yorkshire but I happily travel everywhere. My services are bespoke and tailored to your exact wedding needs. I’m your go-to gal for any wedding questions, styling help and or the running around on the day of your wedding. Please don’t be stressed or worried about your wedding, that’s what I’m here for.
So this month has a been busy one and I’ve loved it! Here’s a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to.
Hello. I’m back in the UK now but I wanted to complete my lego bride adventure blog posts so this is part 3, the Galapagos.
From Peru our travels took us through mainland Ecuador and over to the Galapagos Islands which was an absolutely breathtaking place. I’d only heard about the Galapagos from the national treasure that is Sir David Attenborough and the iconic documentary series that brought this place to my attention. It really was as fascinating as the TV series, they hadn’t exaggerated one little bit.
The first encounter of the magic of Galapagos was when we were on a walk to the beach and we spotted a marine iguana surfing in the waves and then casually strolling into shore. As Rodrigo and I were sunbathing, we would look to the side to see one approaching, not scared of us and us not of him. A peaceful dinosaur on the beach, that seems to be pretty much standard encounter on the Galapagos.
We boarded a catamaran cruise which was to be our home for 7 nights. Lovely to finally unpack, take off my tiara and veil to feel the sea breeze against my plastic moulded hair. The catamaran was incredible and the crew so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The cruise took us round the islands stopping each day to snorkel with sharks and turtles. We walked on lava rock and spotted sea lions, penguins, birds, more iguanas and met the giant tortoises. The animals, no fear of humans, allowed us to get so close they were amazing to see their character and expressions. Our guide, not quite Sir David, was knowledgable and had such a passion for the animals which was clear to see and understand why this is such a sacred place to explore. This reiterated just how lucky we were to be there. Am I possibly the first lego bride to step foot on the Galapagos I wonder?
We were sad to leave the Galapagos and the boat lifestyle that felt like home, but, without sounding like a coffee snob and a mad woman needing to feel connected to the world, we were ready for a good cup of coffee from Colombia and internet! So that was our next country to explore. Stay tuned for the Colombian blog post, but for now here are some more (unedited) Galapagos animal photos. Yes, there are lots…
Take a look at my other travel blogs from Bolivia and Peru to see how my Lego Bride, Ariane explored the Salt Flats and Inca Trail.
I loved our travel adventures, but it’s good to be back! If you’re getting married in 2018 and starting to feel the stress, don’t worry, get in touch for a FREE consultation. Find out how I can help you make your dream wedding run smoothly, styled to perfection and reflect your personality, love story and own creative touch.
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 Lime Juice
1 egg white
Ice and a slice
2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Syrup to sweeten
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!
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.
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.
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.