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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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

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