Dessert Table Trend

The Barn BakeryWoolas Barn – Photography by Caitlin + Jones

One wedding trend I really hope is here to stay is the Dessert Table!

The main reason, because I’m a huge dessert fan, especially when it comes to the concept of multiple desserts. This comes from the girl who has breakfast pudding and is well known throughout her family for bringing back an array of desserts from an all you can eat buffet on holiday! So yeah, die hard dessert fan right here for sure! 

Another reason I love a dessert table is that they look amazing! They’re a real statement piece for your wedding breakfast and a wow factor amongst guests. This one here from The Barn Bakery was incredible. The detail, the presentation, and the taste were just insanely yummy! The Barn Bakery specialises in feasting and grazing tables and you can totally see why. The time and skill that goes into them is amazing. Get in touch with them for details. 

It also makes the decision of choosing a dessert a lot easier as you can have so many yummy things to suit everyone’s tastes. It also gets guests out of their seats after a big main course and goes well with a lovely cuppa as a postmeal treat. Guests don’t always want a huge pudding so a small selection for them to graze over is perfect and means you won’t have people feeling sluggish later, they’ll be up dancing instead of crashing on lots of sugar!

The Barn BakeryWoolas Barn – Photography by Caitlin + Jones

So happy dessert day! Treat yourself!

Happy Pancake Day

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. 

 

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Image via Unicorn Super Foods 

2. Canapes 

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?

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Image via Kara Party Ideas 

 

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. 

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Image via Wedding Chicks 

 

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.

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Image via Hitched 

 

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!

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Image Credit: https://junebugweddings.com/wedding-blog/classy-colorful-south-african-wedding-talloula/

 

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? 

If you need help with planning, coordinating or styling your wedding day, get in touch to arrange a free consultation and find out how I can take any stress away!

Emily x

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

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

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

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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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