The Ramblings of Turning 30

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!

 

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Image via Pinterest. Very true!

 

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. 

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!
Click here to get in touch to arrange a consultation over a cuppa and let’s ramble away about weddings together.

 

 

 

Lego Bride Diaries: Part 3 – The Galapagos

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.

Emily

 

 

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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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