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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

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

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

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. It’s the end of October what else are you going to be doing!

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A Spooky Romance
IMAGE CREDITS
FEATHERS: DINA CHUMT PHOTOGRAPHY BRIDESMAIDS: ALISSA DINNEN PHOTOGRAPHY   BRIDE: LUNA DE MARE  INVITES:SHAUN MENARY PHOTOGRAPHY TABLE SETTING: WEDDING CONCEPTS AISLE:J. MESSER PHOTOGRAPHY PUMPKINS: MEGHAN CLOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE: ARTISAN CAKE COMPANY

 

Inspired by decorations in the shops, I’ve put together a mood board based on this time of year. Not quite as gimmicky as the pumpkins in the supermarket but quite the opposite. The mood board portrays an eerie elegance, a level of mystery and and the unknown (much like a marriage). The deep colours add drama to the scheme which are harmonised by soft whispy tones of bleached pumpkins and textured tulle. The word ’til death do us part’ echo in the background.

For more colour boards take a look over at my Inspiration Boards page. 

Happy Halloween, hope it’s a spooky one!

Emily

 

Pantone Pink Yarrow

Pantone Pink Yarrow

Hello.

Pantone released their top ten colours for Spring / Summer 2017. It seems a long way off but we all know it will come round quickly and we will be planning for weddings for next year over the next few months. The Wedding Academy have launched a competition to all students from all over the globe to submit a colour board based on one of Pantone’s top ten. Below is my interpretation of Pink Yarrow.

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Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2017

I decided to choose Pink Yarrow out of the colours above to challenge myself and put a design together using a bright colour. I’m naturally drawn to more subtle toned colours such as the Hazelnut or Pale Dogwood, but I thought, no, do something different. At first I thought the colour was too bright and screamed more Barbie pink, but then I thought actually, who doesn’t love Barbie pink and the ultimately girly colour!

The board represents just that, colourful, fun, vibrant and girly. It’s a strong colour not to be ignored and just lifts your spirits. Mixed with softer pinks and whites as shown on the bard, the pink yarrow really pops out as the focal colour without being overpowering. I’ve now fallen hard for this colour and will be braver when considering bolder, brighter colours in the future. Turns out their not as scary as I first thought!

For more colour boards take a look over at my Inspiration Boards page. 

Emily

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Brides The Show

Hello.

Autumn has well and truly fallen upon us and after shopping for a new cosy jumper this weekend, I am ready for it! The rustling leaves, shiny conkers and snug nights in make me feel a sense of humbleness inside. Saying that, I did venture out in the rain this weekend to visit Brides the Show at the design centre in Islington. I hadn’t been to this show before so didn’t know what to expect, but it was really amazing, not too big and very welcoming.

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The first real wow factor as soon as you stepped into the exhibition space were the show stopping cakes from various suppliers. The meringue rainbow was just so elegant and the unicorn was what every little girl dreams about. They looked too perfect to be real never mind to eat. There really are some very talented people out there in this fabulous industry.

The show on Saturday afternoon was bustling, but a squeeze to the right supplier meant a lovely conversation finding out about the services they have on offer and who they are as a company or person. We chatted to amazing photographers such as Alexandra Hall and Tupou Photography, whose work, beautifully displayed drew us right in to their space to find out more.

Gathering business cards, brochures and juggling free raspberry mojito samples can be tiring so a much needed sit down and a refuel was needed. This gave Nicola and I, my friend who is getting married next year, a chance to catch up and hear about how her wedding plans are going so far.

We continued to wonder round and be further inspired by stationery from Papier, and Br& new weddings. Calligraphy workshops from Quill got me hooked and made me set my New Year’s resolution already – learn calligraphy. Watch this space!

Just to wonder round the show and be surrounded by the inspiring wedding industry was amazing. It also helped me gain a small glimpse to what works at a show, what doesn’t, what were brides picking up, what were they bypassing? What were people captivated by and photographing? All a good experience to help me with my own wedding business for the future.

Next weekend I’m helping an amazing wedding planner and stylist, Pamella Dunn, at the Wedding Affair show at The Royal Hall in Harrogate. I’m very excited about helping out, and having my eyes opened to the back stage coordination that goes on to exhibit at one of Yorkshire’s best wedding shows. Tickets can be purchased online, click here for more information. Come along and say Hi!Emily

Teal Colour Inspiration

Teal Colour Inspiration
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Sensual Teal

 

Hello.

Hope you’ve had lovely weekend. It’s been a gorgeous sunny weekend here in London. It’s also been a rare weekend of little plans which has been great. We’ve been out with friends, caught up on house work (unfortunately) and even got my head back into my Wedding Course.  However, I hate to say it, but Autumn will soon be approaching. Although I love summer, there is something about Autumn that makes me excited, I’ve always found it fascinating and have so many fond memories of conker picking as child. The turn in colour and Autumn walks with crunchy leaves make the season so embracing. The rich colours of Autumn are what has inspired this colour board. The warm amber and copper tones teamed with teal is a perfect colour scheme for an October or November wedding. The Teal is deep and sensual. A thought evoking colour.

It is said that people who are drawn to Teal are confident, sophisticated and have a positive outlook on life. For Egyptians it is the colour of truth and faith. With these connotations, it is a perfect choice for a wedding theme.

The dip dyed concept is shown on the board through the draped fabric and the marble styled cake. It adds an organic element to the scheme which contrasts with the almost geometric shapes in the invites. I love the teal painted wall with vintage frames. Although this wasn’t taken from a wedding, this idea could be used to display the couple’s family photos, maybe wedding photos from parents and grandparents for the extra sentimental touch.

The shoes are simply divine and could be the bride’s something blue to wear with her dress for the ultimate elegant, vintage and classic look.

The bouquet of fiery amber tones and organic greens bounce off the teal bridesmaid dress to add that punch complimenting colour.

So when summer is over, don’t be down, just think of the visual inspiration to come in Autumn. For more colour boards take a look over at my Inspiration Boards page. 

Emily

Natasha and Craig’s Beach Stationery

Natasha and Craig’s Beach Stationery

Happy Sunday!

After been back a week from holiday I think it’s safe to day I’m officially back to reality. I can’t lie, been back at work this week has been tough but on the other hand I’m excited to get stuck in to my diploma course work and helping Pamella Dunn as much as I can.

We’ve been in Spain for a friend’s wedding. The lovely Natasha and Craig got married at the Hotel Marinas de Nerja, Spain two weeks ago today. The ceremony overlooking the beach was incredible and very special. I felt honoured to help with their wedding stationery for the their special day and was over the moon to see everything come together on the day. Both of them didn’t stop smiling the entire day, very sweet!

Here are a few images of the stationery I helped put together for them.

Natasha is Russian and Craig is American. They have friends and family from all over the world who travelled to make their wedding day in Spain. It was a real unity of cultures and traditions that made their day so unique and treasured.

Their invites needed to tell a story and include as much information for their guests to make plans as possible. The front cover was a simple watercolour background with a photo of them both. The inserts included accommodation details, menu options, etc. A postcard style RSVP was included for guests too send back with their menu preference and the all important song request.

The order of the day booklets were along the same simple watercolour theme with the starfish logo throughout. I love an order of the day. I think they are lovely to give your guests as they sit down for the ceremony. It informs them about the rest of the day and gets them excited for the things to come! It is also a little memento of the day for them to keep. Because some of their family didn’t speak English, some of the order of the days were in Russian. These were so fascinating to make as the Russian language is totally alien to me with ornate letters which are almost graphic like in themselves.

With the guests coming from all round the world, Natasha and Craig wanted a table plan to reflect this and their travels. A scratch map and postcards were displayed to guide guests where they were to be seated. The postcards were made up of collages of images from the places they had visited together and meant something to them.

 

I really enjoyed creating and making all these stationery elements, I love to see a design leap off the screen and into real life, adding to a couples special day is what it’s all about.

What an amazing day it was…as the invites say…

“The tans may fade, but the memories will last a lifetime”.

Emily

Copper meet Grey

Copper meet Grey

Copper and Grey

 

Hello.

It’s been a while since I last posted. Life has been pretty hectic with wedding season in full swing and trying to manage a full time job. I’m far from complaining as I’m loving getting involved as much as I can with wedding duties and hope to share my latest ventures with you all.

To kick off what I hope to be a more consistent return to my blog I have put together an inspiration board titled Copper meet Grey. Copper is very much on trend this year. The warm metallic accent makes a rich and elegant impact to a table setting or even as a luxury statement within a wedding invite. The contrasting cool shade of grey compliments the copper, each working together to sing each others praises.

The alternative grey wedding dress is deceiving. When you think of a grey wedding dress, a drab image comes to mind, this image however screams romance, elegance and is just outstandingly pretty. Noted not to underestimate the alternative but embrace it and be inspired.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday afternoon. I hope the sun is shining wherever you are.

Emily