Top of the morning to you! With The Cheltenham Gold Cup starting today (a popular date on the calendar with the Irish) and St Patrick’s Day on Monday next week, it seemed only fitting to look to our neighbours across the Irish Sea for this month’s worldwide wedding inspiration.
Famous for St Patrick, countless castles and stunning churches, its beautiful wind-swept coastline and craggy cliffs, grey skies and gorgeous green countryside, a rich literary history, Irish dancing, horse racing, shamrocks, good luck, friendly locals, welcoming pubs, and of course Guinness! Whether you’re holding your nuptials in Ireland or simply want to inject the essence of The Emerald Isle into your big day style, the rich culture can create a beyond-beautiful theme.
Represent the spirit of Ireland with rich wintery shades of green or light heather hues, teamed with fabulous flower crowns, rustic bouquets and centerpieces, natural ethereal elements and Celtic cross details.
Krista & Joe ♥ Chicago, USA
Videographer: Something Blue Cinema
Krista and Joe chose the chic city of Chicago as their wedding destination and the Windy City provided them with the perfect urban backdrop to their delightfully dapper day.
Krista dazzled in her detailed headdress and glistening gown whilst the groom and the groomsmen wore black – tailored yet trendy – a cool choice for this fashionable city wedding.
Marriages made in a metropolis are always a suitably stylish affair and today’s real wedding is no exception.
Venue and suppliers:
Videography – Josh Stewart – Something Blue Cinema // Assistant Videographer — Bre Stewart // Copyright 2013 Something Blue, LLC // Music Licensed via The Music Bed: ”Celeste” by Les Enfants //
In recent years, the number of couples choosing to get married abroad has been steadily growing. A 2013 report published by LV= travel insurance found that one in six married British couples had tied the knot abroad in the past five years, which is a whole lot of worldwide weddings!
Last week’s Friday Five brought you the Top European Wedding Locations for 2014 to inspire you on your quest in finding the perfect place to say ‘I Do’.
This week the search has widened to include every worldwide wedding location but with a particular focus on far-flung beach venues for all you boho brides out there.
If you are looking for your big day to be totally unique, with guaranteed sunshiny skies and wow-factor white sands, then these are the destinations for you. Tropical destination weddings have never been hotter!
A further afield wedding trip can create a once in a lifetime holiday for you, your family and your friends, however do bear in mind that not all of your nearest and dearest will be able to make this type of long haul trip with you. It’s imperative to decide on what’s truly important to you and for your wedding day before definitely deciding on your destination.
Here’s a guide to the top five far-flung beach wedding locations for 2014….
Style the aisle your way with these creative and unique wedding altar ideas.
The wedding altar plays an important role in your big day – it’s where you finally get to say ‘I Do’ to your beau and officially become husband and wife, together with being the main focal point and a backdrop in the photographs of your ceremony.
These simple, yet unique wedding altar ideas will create impact, a fantastic focal point (as well as a talking point!) and are another way to stamp your personality as a couple on your wedding.
In full bloom
Flowers are the traditional way to dress the wedding aisle and altar, so take this idea to the next level and go oversized with your florals and create a pretty pagoda altar that’s in full bloom. This is a popular outdoor altar idea for destination weddings, which can easily be arranged with your wedding planner, florist, wedding venue or hotel.
Decorate your altar with love from above! Hanging single stem flowers, homemade paper pompoms, lanterns and lights at your altar is a cost effective way to create a delicate, yet delightful display.
Jessie & Elliot ♥ Lisbon, Portugal
Photographer: Piteira Photography
All of the pieces fell flawlessly into place for Jessie and Elliot’s destination wedding.
As they searched for somewhere to become husband and wife, they were drawn to picturesque Portugal where they had spent their first holiday together and where they truly fell in love. With such a special meaning to them both, this lovely locale appeared to be the perfect fit.
In pursuit of the ideal venue they discovered the dreamy Quinta de Sant’Ana (what a find!) and chose to hold their intimate reception in the wildly romantic, rolling vineyards surrounding this magnificent manor house.
The stunning location was infused with Jessie and Elliot’s personality with a delicately decorated ribbon alter, luscious lavender detailing and Jessie even made her own dress from the fabric of a vintage dress that she had found and with a little helping hand from a talented tailor.
This is the kind of wedding you wish you’d had an invite to, relaxed and informal and full of fun, yet oh-so-elegant, wonderfully whimsical and pretty as a picture all at the same time.
Jessie was right – Portugal really was the perfect fit.
“There are so many things that we loved about Jessie and Elliot’s wedding that it’s difficult to even know where to start… Right from the very first emails we knew that these guys had something special going on and Jessie’s efficiency and organisation skills are just out of this world… she kept in constant contact with us throughout the planning and when she asked us for suggestions as to what time the light would be best for the ceremony, and which way the altar should be positioned in relation to the sun, it was right there that we knew we had booked one of the most awesome brides ever.”
“Their ceremony was one of the most beautiful we have ever witnessed, not just because of the evening light (although that definitely helped!) but because Jessie and Elliot incorporated many little gestures and traditions from their collective family heritage…to honour Elliots Swedish roots they walked into the ceremony together, signifying equality in marriage; they passed their wedding rings around for their friends and family to bless before exchanging them with one another… and many other little traditions that made their day truly about them. It was everything we love in a wedding day and totally our style, from the preparations at the Aldeia de Mata Pequena (such a beautiful place!) to the intimate evening ceremony in the vineyards at the Quinta de Sant’Ana and we honestly loved every minute of it, thank you guys for choosing us to be a part of your amazing day and for your kind hearts and generous spirits, we wish you every happiness for the future.”
“People say that Paris is the most romantic city in Europe but our love story began in Portugal. Well technically it began in Ethiopia, where we were working, but Portugal was the destination of our first vacation and where we truly fell in love with each other. So when deciding on a wedding location, Portugal was the perfect fit.”
It’s Shrove Tuesday and for many of us that means Pancake Day. Get your frying pan at the ready!
These tasty sweet treats don’t have to be eaten just once a year – Pancake Tower’s are becoming an increasingly popular trend at weddings.
So if you flipping love pancakes, or maybe Shrove Tuesday holds a special meaning or memory to you and your hubby-to-be, or if you are tying the knot on Shrove Tuesday next year, why not pile these pretties high in a Pancake Tower as an alternative to a traditional wedding cake or as a different dessert idea?
A tower works equally well with the thin crepe-style pancakes we know and love in the UK as it does with the thicker breakfast-style pancakes we all enjoy in the US. Adorn your tower cake with fresh fruit or flowers, dowse in sugar or syrup, or set up a pancake station where guests can choose their own toppings.
Lisa & Alex ♥ Provence, France
Videographer: Pierre Abramovici
Lisa and Alex are wedding their way around the world, having a ceremony in every country they visit and blogging about it as 2People1Life.
Nuptials number 49 saw the cute couple say ‘I Do’ with a romantic rendezvous in picturesque Provence in France. Pierre Abramovici was on hand to film the day and capture all the of the highlights, giving you a little sneak peek into this wonderful wedding day.
Venue and suppliers:
- Videography – Pierre Abramovici
- Venue – Sainte Croix Abbaye
- Ceremony and decor – L’ Egerie du bonheur
- Dress –Le Fee Corsetee
- Make up – Vanessa