Goodbye & Thank You 2019

What a year 2019 has been! I’ve had the best year of weddings! I’ve worked with some absolutely amazing couples who I’ll miss being in touch with but feel so honored to have been part of their wedding day. If this is you, please keep in touch! 

I’ve met and worked alongside some really fab suppliers this year too. A huge thank you to all the caterers who have fed me. The bar staff who have kept me hydrated on those long, tiring wedding coordination days. Seriously, whoever thinks working by yourself in your business is lonely has not worked in the wedding industry. We’re a lovely bunch, supporting each other any way we can. I have a strong ethos of only working with nice people and luckily there are so many in the wedding industry. 

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One absolute highlight of the year has been winning The Wedding Industry Award for Yorkshire and the North East Venue Stylist. This really was a grateful win. It meant so much to me that the couple’s I’d worked with this year made it happen by voting. So a huge thank you to them. I’m going to the Nationals in January so wish me luck! I’m up against some amazing competition so I’m not at all hopeful but just thankful to be there!

When I started Emily K Weddings I remember looking at the winners of those awards and thinking it must be amazing to get to that level, to say I’m there, really makes me happy and yes really proud of myself. I feel like I work so hard in my business like literally my husband has to tell me to have a day off from time to time. I get wrapped up in the wedding whirlwind for each of my clients and just love that I get to help people create their dream wedding.

Cheesy but it’s really true. I’m a true believer that when you’re passionate about doing something and you give it all your hustle and heart, the results shine through. 

Emily K Weddings has grown so much this year as in physically as well. I’ve recently got a small warehouse space to house all my lovely decor which is a forever growing collection so if it’s not on the hire collection page it doesn’t mean I don’t have it. The collection is forever growing and it’s difficult to keep it updated all the time, so if there is something specific, get in touch. I’m hoping the warehouse space will one day it will develop into a space where couples can view styling setups for tables, etc. However, there is a lot of hard work to do well before that but stay tuned. 

I’ve learned lots along the way this year, mainly to not underestimate the time and skill it takes to clean glass candle holders. Haha. There are many New Year goals I’ve set myself to keep Emily K Weddings moving onwards and upwards, some I know I’ll stick to, others if I’m been honest might not happen, I mean blogging, realistically, keeping up a regular blog schedule is a pipedream! I’m not a natural writer, I tend to type as I talk which sometimes doesn’t make sense. I’ve accepted now that that’s ok, my brain just isn’t wired in a wordy way, I’m much more about the visual. In other words, if you’ve read to this point, you’re doing well! One other New Year’s resolution is to accept that I am only one person and can’t do it all so to accept help when offered. Let’s see how it goes!

Group photo with the lovely Where the Ribbon Ends, Garden Studio and M & G Photographic. Photo by the lovely M & G Photographic too!

Happy New Year Everyone! I can’t wait for an even more exciting and challenging 2020. More weddings, more couples and creating more beautiful bespoke weddings. 

If you’re recently engaged and looking for help with wedding planning, styling, coordination or set up, get in touch. 2021 is almost full but the 2022 calendar is open. It’s not too early to book!

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

5 Reasons You Need a Wedding Stylist

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! 

Get in touch to arrange your free consultation and let’s get creative with your wedding styling.

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Photography by Boho Chic Weddings

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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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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