Vicky & Matt ♥ Hertfordshire, England
Photographer: Bohemian Weddings
It’s St George’s Day today and what better way to celebrate England’s national day than with a garden party wedding?
Vicky and Matt tied the knot in a quaint countryside village church in Hertfordshire, before celebrating in the garden, enjoying the late summer sun and some bubbles (in the form of champagne and blowing bubbles!). An impressive tipi was filled with fairy lights to create a unique venue for the wedding breakfast.
From the blackberry-filled bridal bouquet and buttonholes, to the white cab wedding transport and the bright red post box for the wedding cards, today’s back garden wedding was intimate, sweet and oh-so-English.
“Vicky and Matt’s wedding was a small English country wedding, set in the lovely Hertfordshire countryside. They held their ceremony in St Mary’s Church in Rickmansworth, as Vicky grew up in a nearby village, where her mum still lives.”
“Vicky and Matt opted for a simple but elegant white cab to be transported in and their reception was held in Vicky’s mum’s garden – the perfect venue!”
Brittiany & Colin ♥ Georgia, USA
The Easter weekend might be over, but this romantic woodland picnic engagement shoot will keep you in the Bank Holiday state of mind.
Armed with a picnic basket, plenty of treats and a pretty patchwork quilt that was made by the bride-to-be’s grandmother and given to her as a gift for her bridal shower, they headed out to the ponds to create a rustic love shoot ahead of their wedding next month.
It’s Good Friday! And what a sunshiny Friday it is too – yeay!
With that in mind, this week’s Friday Five is all about looking after your wedding guests if you’re jetting off for your destination wedding day in the sunshine. These simple destination wedding tips will ensure you plan your big day with your guests comfort in mind.
Be our guest
If you’re getting married abroad, let your guests know how formal or informal to dress for your special day by putting a dress code or a hint towards the level of formality you expect in the wedding invitation.
Be sure to inform your guests within your invitation as to where the wedding will be held too. If you’re saying ‘I Do’ on the beach let your guests know that they might be best in bare feet during the ceremony rather than their high heels or inform your guests if you’re tying the knot in a church so that people know what to wear.
You could go one step further and have flip-flops at your beach altar as wedding favours. Take a look at this destination wedding favour feature for more unique ideas if you’re getting married abroad.
Image: via Simplicity In The South
Easter weekend is a glorious time for a spring wedding, a hen party, a baby shower, or simply a get together with friends or family. With longer, brighter, sunnier days on the horizon, bright flowers in full bloom and of course a long weekend off work, it can be a joyous holiday choice for tying the knot. So here’s a few Easter wedding theme ideas for inspiration…
Whatever occasion you might be celebrating at Easter be sure to add an injection of heavenly pastel hues, some cheerful springtime stems, a plentiful supply of delicious and festive food and of course it wouldn’t be complete without a cute chick or two and a visit from the Easter bunny!
Image: Fairyfolk via Etsy
Missy & Murray ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
Missy and Murray both had Bali in mind as their perfect destination wedding location long before they were even engaged, proving that they were made for each other and that Bali was the perfect fit.
After travelling the island of Bali together on holiday, the couple chose the tropical paradise (and surfing hotspot) of Bingin Beach for their nuptials. Mick’s Place was the venue of choice as it offers the ultimate Bali getaway; secluded bungalow accommodations with infinity pools are situated on top of a cliff with uninterrupted vistas of the vast Indian Ocean – amazing!
They kept their wedding theme simple and let the venue and the views do the talking – one of the distinct advantages of getting married abroad is that the location delivers the ‘wow’ factor.
“We chose Bali as both of us had been there separately. When we were first dating, we had a conversation that started with, Bride: ‘I’m not thinking of getting married, but IF we did, I have a place in mind.’ Groom: ‘Oh really…I actually have a place in mind too…if we ever got married.’ We both thought of Bali. Then we vacationed there a year later, touring the island by scooter and living out of a small backpack. It was there that we planted the seed. Bali was the perfect place for us because the people are so genuine, with deep smiles that come from their souls. Of course it’s beautiful offering diving, hiking, and many picturesque activities as well.”
“We both were inspired by the culture and people of Bali. We knew in this place with such acceptance and love of others we could truly be ourselves. We had Balinese Prince Dewa and his wife Kartika help officiate our most beautiful ceremony. We wanted our guests to feel the culture of Bali and they did. The Prince brought a native Hawaiian flute, an African horn, his amazing chanting and grounding voice, and special offerings as a symbol of our ceremony. It took place on a 300foot cliff-side overlooking an amazing surfers playground (the Indian Ocean) with the most killer sunset.”
Planning a hen party is the most fun part of being a bridesmaid and girlie games are usually a popular part of any bridal shower. If you have a bride-to-be soiree to organise then a classic ‘Mr and Mrs Quiz’ always goes down a treat.
So, here’s some question suggestions to get you started with planning this quick-fire quiz.
Replace the ‘bride-to-be’ and ‘groom-to-be’ with the actual names of the couple and send the questions to the groom-to-be to answer. At the hen-party, gather the girls around and see how many of the answers the groom gave, that the bride-to-be can get right. Maybe you can arrange a forfeit for every question she gets wrong!
It has become really important to many soon-to-be married couples to add unique elements to their wedding day in order to truly let their personality shine through at their special event.
Creating bespoke engagement and wedding rings is one way to give you a one of a kind design that is distinctive and personal to you as a couple and something you of course will treasure forever after the big day.
The engagement and wedding ring experts from Wedding Rings Direct are on hand to give you some advice on creating bespoke rings and to share some exciting examples of designs that brides and grooms-to-be have conjured up themselves….
Adopting an individual style to your wedding day has become extremely popular over the last couple of years, which has come hand in hand with a trend towards bespoke engagement and wedding rings. Bespoke rings are a brilliant way of setting your wedding apart from any other one that has taken place. You might have a similar dress, venue and car to someone else, but nobody will ever have the same wedding ring as you if you opt for bespoke wedding rings. This is why so many couples are choosing unique rings, instead of opting for traditional rings.
You would probably expect to pay celebrity wedding prices for such creative, modern and individual pieces of jewellery, but a lot of jewellers offer a free design; using your ideas to create something especially for you.
Bespoke rings can start from a sketch, picture or just an idea in your head which can then lead onto a design and the rings being handcrafted in the jeweller’s workshop. Bespoke can also be modifications on existing designs or amalgamating parts of different ring designs*. Some brides also require a shaped wedding ring to fit around their engagement ring for them both to sit perfectly next to each other; depending on the shape this can also be treated as a bespoke design.
You need to bear in mind that creating a bespoke design from start to finish may take a little longer than the non-bespoke route and you should always get a quote from the jeweller prior to them starting work on making the rings.
Below are some examples of bespoke rings:
- This lovely customer wanted to frame their pretty vintage style engagement ring. As the cluster setting was quite large we needed to take some of the material away from the edge of the wedding band to make for a snug fit. The customer was keen to keep the vintage feel going so small diamonds were grain set along the edge to echo those along the engagement ring. This gave a really nice contrast and framed the ring perfectly.