50’s Inspired Romance In Rome – City Wedding

50’s inspired but full of modern romance this styled shoot, a concept by photographers Sabrina Rossi & Lina Arvidsson is the perfect mix of vintage meets contemporary wedding style – which in my mind is the only way to pay “homage” to a bygone age!

Brimming with style and sass there’s plenty of pin-able ideas for all you city chic planning brides. Here’s what inspired this talented team of wedding professionals…

From Sabrina: Me & You, our wedding In Rome Grey stones, narrow streets, Italian taste and a poetic idea of Rome during the Dolce Vita time. A romantic escape in a city full of history: getting married in a old Roman Church, while the streets outside are crowded of people. Finding small restaurant in quite corner in Trastevere, one of the most typical and romantic neighborhood in Rome, where to enjoy seafood and a blessed, refreshing white glass of wine. Red details in perfect harmony with all vintage details. This is what we were imaging, first good friends and then photographers, Me and Lina where dreaming this shooting in my city, my Rome, from the moment I moved back Sweden, where we could work together some years ago. To do so we asked for help to the wonderful Cristina and Camilla, wedding and event planner of Rosenvoile Wedding | Party | Style.

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We met with all the crew in Trastevere and we started to shoot. We were followed by curios people enchanted from the idea of a bride and a groom going around on a Vespa. It was fun, it was difficult but we have been inspired from Rome, with its San Pietrino streets and beautiful corners full of flowers.

There is something so utterly appealing about getting married in such a small and stylish way…don’t you think? Love a city wedding!

Sarah x

//Credits: Concept, planning & styling: Rosenvoile Wedding | Party | Style//Photo: Sabrina Rossi & Lina Arvidsson//Flowers: Farfalle Rare//Stationery: Suze Studio Design //Bride dress: Nadia Manzato Wedding couture//Abiti lui: Fabbi Roma//Vintage Vespa: Maurizio Annessi//Venue: Meridionale//Modelli: Caterina Lucrezia, Mauro Melis

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The Gina Bacconi Mother Of The Bride 2016 Competition

Oh, have I got news for all you Mother of the Bride’s-to-be out there. Gina Bacconi are hosting a rather wonderful competition – The Gina Bacconi Mother of the Bride 2016. Couples are encouraged to share some of their favourite stories about their mums, entries are then put forward for a public vote, and the mum with the most votes wins.

The lucky lady will be crowned Mother of the Bride 2016 and treated to a styling day at the London showroom of Gina Bacconi including a choice of outfit from the current collection. As if that wasn’t enough, she will also get a gift bag full of lovely things!

The Gina Bacconi Mother Of The Bride 2016 Competition

I must admit I’m rather envious! My daughter being freshly engaged has given me the excuse to go virtual shopping for a mother of the bride outfit, and I’ve got my eye on quite a few things. All I need now is a date :)

Good luck to you all, let me know who wins.

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This post was written in collaboration with Gina Bacconi. All opinions remain my own.

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Leeds The Big Day – 14 Wedding Fairs In One Day!

There’s a bit of a buzz in the air around Leeds, and it’s all down to The Big Day which will be held on Sunday 28th February. Organised by the Leeds Hotel & Venue Association, 14 venues across the city will be hosting wedding fairs and open days. Couples will be able to visit a number of venue making it just that bit easier to find their perfect wedding venue.

Leeds Becket University

One of the venues taking part, Leeds Beckett University, has just re-launched their wedding package. To celebrate they will be throwing open their doors and treating couples to a complimentary glass of presecco on arrival. Couples will then get to sample the catering on offer by munching their way through a few canapés and meeting the Executive Chef, David Parker. The treats don’t end there, music from resident band, the Metrognomes, a chance to tour the venue and grounds and a bridal catwalk by Louise Perry and a selection of stands by local suppliers all lie in store.

I’ve been to quite a few wedding fairs in my time, but 14 in one day – now that takes some beating. Have fun!

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DIY Shabby Chic Roses

I absolutely love great DIY’s, and they don’t get much better than this.

Anj over at Snowy Bliss has put together a brilliant tutorial to make these wonderful DIY shabby chic roses.

DIY shabby chic roses in a corn field.
Aren’t they fab?!

Close up of multi-coloured DIY shabby chic roses.
If the shabby chic look doesn’t go with your wedding theme then how about making these from ivory material? Or pick out a colour from your wedding?

Shabby chic roses in a vase and on a desk.
Anj also has this DIY tutorial for making these roses without the stems. I can think of dozens of uses for them – pew ends, chair cover adornments, hair accessories, centrepieces, table decorations…….the list goes on.

Although not a wedding blog, Snowy Bliss has lots of ideas and DIY’s that you could adapt for your big day.

“I’ve found my bliss. It came by way of sticky silly giggling kids, a good man and things I create. I don’t want to forget what gives me such a happy heart. That’s why I blog.”

I, for one, am really glad she does.

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Curious Wedding Shortlisted For UK Blog Award 2016 #UKBA16

If you’re a regular reader (thank you muchly kind person) you may remember that A Very Curious Wedding was shortlisted for a UK Blog Award last year. I didn’t leave clutching an award, but I did have one heck of a time and vowed to enter again this year. And, I am more than gobsmacked to say, I got through!

Curious Wedding hoping to win a UK Blog Award in 2015.

Me getting up close and personal with The Cheshire Cat at The Blog Awards 2015

That’s right, my lovely readers, A Very Curious Wedding has been shortlisted for a 2016 UK Blog Award!

After a round of public voting, A Very Curious Wedding  has been shortlisted as one of the ‘Individual Finalists’ in the ‘Wedding’ category of the UK Blog Awards 2016.

The next round is down to the judges, and I see much consumption of chamomile tea in the run up to the award ceremony on the 29th April. Or wine, wine would work too :)

I know everyone says this, but I want to take the time to thank everyone who voted for me – I’ve only been shortlisted because of you lot.

I also want to give a shout out to the other blogs shortlisted in the wedding category. So good luck to: Bewildered Bride, Flowerona, Hanami Dream, Pink Wedding Days, Plans And Presents, Save The Date Wedding Podcast, The Ebury Collection, Way Out Wedding and Whisper And Blush.

I hope to see you all at the award ceremony.

Oh, and beware the cocktails. They are delicious but lethal! :)

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We All Need To Spread A Little Love around

We’ve all seen the devastation that the recent floods have wreaked across the country. Yes, I’ve watched and I’ve donated but neither myself or anyone I know has been affected – until now.

I met Chrissie King, all round good egg and milliner extraordinaire, at the wonder that is The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. Chrissie has a boutique in Hebdon Bridge, Yorkshire where she creates the most wonderful hats and accessories.

Woman in a black and white hat.

One of Chrissie’s amazing creations

So imagine how she felt when, after closing up her beloved store for the Christmas holidays, this happened on Boxing Day:

Flooding at Hebdon Bridge boutique.

“We were spending Christmas in North Yorkshire in a very small rural location. Internet and phone coverage was very patch so I didn’t find out until Boxing Day that my boutique had been flooded. I couldn’t make my way back to Hebdon Bridge as all the roads were closed. I started calling and texting everyone I know, desperately trying to find someone, anyone, who could save my stock.

 Try as I might, I couldn’t get a signal. I had just about given up hope when I went to the bathroom and my phone lit up with messages and texts – then my battery died! I managed to get a signal on a lap top, and luckily Ed Chadwick of Snug Gallery on Market Street rushed to the rescue and saved my stock. Thank goodness for a close knit shopping community!!” – Chrissie King

Chrissie lives above her premises so it was a bit of a double whammy. Amazingly enough, she is still trading from her tiny work room, which can be found at the back of her store.

“……… I can’t see out to the street and feel very cut off from the public.” – Chrissie King

Chrissie’s has cleaned up as best she can, but it’s going to take a long time before her store is back to normal. She’s keeping her chin up, but it’s a difficult time. To see her through the tough times ahead, her good friend Rachel Lucie Johns has set up a Crowd Funding page. You can donate here.

I have a huge respect for small business, and a particular soft spot for the handmade industry. So, as one human being to another, please pop over and donate. Because we all need to spread a little love around :)

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