Wednesday, 29 December 2010

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Thursday, 10 June 2010

If this image doesn't grab you...

... nothing will.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Wedding Wednesday

As you read this, I will more than likely be struggling with my tent (hopefully it's sunny or at least dry!), blowing up my air bed, or if I'm really lucky relaxing in my camping chair with a can of something cold-ish and alcoholic!

Today is the first day of the Download Festival.  We'll be here until after the weekend, but fear not I have scheduled a few posts to go live in my absence, so on the off chance that someone actually reads this blog - you won't be left disappointed!

On with Wedding Wednesday!

Let me tell you about Caroline's Cake Company. Cakes that will literally take your breathe away.  Cakes that are more like works of art, I'd never be able to cut into one as I wouldn't want to spoil it!  Don't just take my word for it either, Caroline has been recognised in the press for her amazing cakes including Wedding Ideas Magazine.

Seriously I want the Gruffalo cake!!  You can see more of Caroline's cakes on her blog or on her Flickr

One of my habits is mooching through photographers blogs.  I adore looking at other people's wedding and the way they have been captured.  Matt Davis is based in Cheltenham Gloucestershire and not only are his photos amazing I love reading how he describes the day from his own point of view on his blog.  Matt was kind enough to comment on one of my posts ages ago about purple cocktails as he had shot a wedding where the guests were served them as welcome drinks.  

He really does have an eye for detail, and not only does Matt share the photos from the weddings he shoots he also gives you an insight to his personal life.  I think this is really important - I think it helps to know your photographer after all they're going to be sharing with you one of the most important days of your life.

To see more of Matt's work check out his blog or website.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Glorious Treats Indeed!

How adorable is this Sweet Strawberry Party from Glorious Treats?!

I love a good buffet table but this is too cute!!  Need to see more pictures?  Thought you might!

Hello Monday

Hello Monday Morning, you've come around far too fast and I could have done with a few more hours in bed but since you're here I may as well make the most of you!

Weekend was very good.  Sex and the City 2 not so good... I won't rant but all I'll say is that I was very disappointed.

Rage Against the Machine in Finsbury Park were very, very good!

I managed to print out 88 Chrysler Buildings ready to be cut out for our order of services, as well as most of our evening invitations and I've guillotined around half of them.

I'm going to be making the most of my cupcake kit I got from the workshop at Blue Door Bakery tonight and make decorations for some cupcakes I'm taking to the festival on Wednesday.

Also.... BIG news for me.  My friend and web developer extraordinaire Steven has been working on a brand new Purple and Pearls which should be going live this week.  Exciting times!

That's pretty much all I've been or will be up to, what about you?  How was your weekend? Any plans for the week ahead?

Friday, 4 June 2010

Some Things for the Weekend

Happy Friday!  I have a monster of a weekend this week.  We're going to the Download Festival next Wednesday so we're busy trying to shop and pack for that - as well as buying new poles for our tent, pretty important eh!  We're also going to the free Rage Against the Machine gig in Finsbury Park on Sunday and I'm seeing Sex and the City 2 with Suzie tomorrow. Can.Not.Wait!

  • I'm hooked at looking at engagement shoots at the moment after booking our own and I'm in love with this one.
  • Another delicious engagement shoot with uber cute details.
  • My ideal destination for our shoot.
  • A.Mazing circus inspired invitations
  • The details, the dress, the shoes!  I adore the work of Brandon Kidd but this wedding is something extra special!
  • I'm sure you've all seen this wedding, but seriously - they thought of everything, right down to the "Just Married" sash the bride let loose on her wedding dress!
  • Alice in Wonderland inspired weddings and hen parties are huge right now, they're everywhere - but I couldn't help but fall in love with these invitations.  They reminded me of something  I fell in love with on Etsy a while back
  • This looks like one fun and colourful wedding!
  • Just to toot my own horn a little and to say thank you, two very lovely ladies have mentioned me on their blogs.  The Wedding Genie and Caroline's Cake Company.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Enjoy your weekends in the sunshine!

Wedding Weight Loss

Imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scales last night to hear "Well done! That's 3½ lbs off" ...Erm sorry can you repeat that!  She wasn't fibbing or playing a cruel joke the scales really did show a loss of 3½ lbs!

That means I've now lost a total of 8½ lbs in 5 weeks.

I set myself a mini target of losing half a stone before I went to the Download Festival next week and I've done it... plus some!

I'm going to find it hard to be good at the festival next week, there isn't a lot of tasty healthy options amongst the burger vans plus the cider will be calling me.  I'm fully expecting to gain a few pounds but at least I've lost more than I expected to this week so it won't be too bad!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

On a day like today a seaside wedding with ice creams would be perfect!

Pre-Wedding Shoot

We've booked it!! On July 4th we'll be striking poses all over Nailcote Hall!

I contacted Deborah Stott this week to see how she was and to find out when we were due to speak with her next and she offered us a few dates to choose from for our engagement/pre-wedding shoot.

Excited much?!

Obviously now I have less time to think about what I'm going to wear, how I'm going to have my hair and what, if any props am I going to take?!

We started talking about it last night and I said I really want this shoot to be about us.  If Has wants to wear a Metallica T-shirt then he should, because that's him!  We laughed about how we should take our patch jackets or our American Football shirts for a few fun photos.

I still really want to have a bouquet of tulips and to take a blanket for us to have a few pictures on.

I also thought it would be really cute for us to bake and decorate a few cupcakes, not only can they feature in our pictures but we can eat them afterwards! Yum!  With the blanket it could almost look like a picnic.

Although the shoot is happening in what is supposed to be the height of summer you really can't trust the British weather, knowing our luck it'll be rainy and drizzly.  I thought it might be a good idea to get a large colourful umbrella just in case!  Plus it can make for some gorgeous pictures.

Expect many "What do you think of this dress?" and "How should I have my hair" posts from me over the next few weeks!

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