With Christmas literally just around the festive corner (I know…how did that happen?!) it feels like an appropriate time to start looking back over the fabulous year that has been 2014 and all of the destination wedding pretty that has graced the online pages of You Mean The World To Me!
First up, for this week’s Friday Five, we take a walk down memory lane together and a look at the features that have been the most popular on the blog this year.
You lovely lot have read these five pages more times than anything else on the blog throughout 2014, so this is your chance to be inspired by reading these top pages again or if you missed them the first time around here’s your opportunity to read through these well-liked web pages for the first time.
Top European Wedding Locations 2014
This royal blush wedding inspiration shoot is as pretty as a picture.
Regal navy hues were teamed with delicate pops of pink and antique gold to create a sweet ceremonial palette fit for a princess. Elegant vintage pieces are seamlessly combined with modern touches to deliver a luxurious contemporary feel. These majestic ideas are not only seriously steal-worthy but they will really give your wedding the stately ambience it deserves!
Here’s the artistic shoot team to tell you more about the ideas behind the inspiration and how to add some royal blush into your own big day…
“This unique and fun wedding inspiration shoot with planning, details and styling conjured up from royal flush influences by Sasha at Oh So Classy Events, and gorgeous images from the very talented Ailyn La Torre Photography, who inspired the wonderfully balanced color palette of royal blue, blush pink and gold for this beauty. And so, the fun finesse of Royal Blush was born!”
Cynthia & Jason ♥ California, USA
Photographer: Kiel Rucker Photography
Sometimes you visit somewhere and not only do you fall in love with the place, the people and the ambience, but you just instantly feel at home; you can imagine yourself living there with ease, everything just feels right.
Santa Barbara is one of those locations for me. Although it is almost 10 years since I visited this lovely coastal corner of California, its positive impression has never left me.
Maybe it was because I was staying with friends who could show me what it was truly like to live in this picturesque part of the world, it could have been the love I found of living so close to the ocean yet still surrounded by imposing mountain ranges, or possibly it was the laid-back Cali atmosphere and the clean stylish streets. Whatever it was all those years ago, Santa Barbara most certainly won me over and I’d even go so far as saying that I left a little piece of my heart there.
I would love to go back one day (or to have the opportunity to live there) and if you haven’t had the pleasure of taking a trip to the sunny shores of Santa Barbara, I’m sure that these stunning photographs from Kiel Rucker Photography will inspire you to take a trip there.
Cynthia and Jason headed to the hills for a splendid sunset engagement session. With Knapp’s Castle – a landmark, ruined mansion in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara – as a backdrop and a wonderfully romantic soft light, this couple’s shoot is pure dreamy Santa Barbara bliss.
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If you’re like millions of us who tend to leave Christmas shopping until December or the last minute (sometimes you just need the pressure right?!) then take comfort in knowing you are not alone!
It’s always the hard to buy for folks who get left on the Christmas list until the very end too. So to give you a helping hand with getting your present list ticked off, today’s gift list has some lovely luxury presents that are perfect for the travel lovers in your life. You don’t even have to leave the warmth of your home and brave the crowds of shoppers either, you can buy these little beauties online and have them delivered direct to your door. Simples!
Image: via Pantone
If you haven’t already heard, the peeps over at Pantone (the official authority on all things colour) have announced the 2015 colour of the year.
Drum roll please… And the Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 goes to… Marsala!
Rich, earthy and vino-inspired, the rusty red wine colour of Marsala has undertones of brown and at first glance it can take some warming to. However, once you delve a little deeper this full-bodied beauty really comes to life.
“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” – Pantone Colour Institute.
When it comes to weddings, Pantone’s Marsala instantly feels like an obvious autumn/winter wedding colour palette, however teamed with brighter pops of pink and against the white of a wedding, Marsala can really make a year-round statement.
So this week’s Friday Five introduces this seductive colour to you and shows you five areas of your wedding where Marsala could add impact.
“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” – Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute.
Marsala wedding flowers