Embryolisse – A Review

I was sent the Embryolisse cream to review and was in all honesty a bit skeptical. I have quite dry sensitive skin and I am quite picky on the types of moisturiser I use. I had not heard of this brand of cream so I did my research, read the bio and reviews online and this helped me to decided giving the cream a try.

They say “Dubbed the Grand Dames of skincare, the legendary Lait-Crème Concentré £20 (the original miracle cream) and Lait-Crème Fluide £28 (a lighter version of the original formulation) are the amazing magic moisturisers that have become a staple in the make-up bags of celebrities, super models and make-up artists who love its skin perfecting, smoothing, plumping and softening benefits. The legendary cream works as a super-effective moisturiser, anti-ager, primer, cleanser, post-shaver and even baby balm and, as such, is often credited as the original multi-tasker and 24/7 miracle cream thanks to its ability to handle almost any skincare need in just one tube, with no more ingredients than absolutely necessary and at a price within everyone’s reach. Good news perhaps for British women who it is estimated will spend upwards of £8,000 in their lifetime trying different moisturisers, cleansers and make-up removers.”

The Review

Now my skin has changed as I have got older, my cheeks have developed red blotches and sometimes my forehead can be prone to outbreaks. I started using the cream 14 days ago, once a day usually in the morning. When I started applying the cream it was at the time of the month where my skin is prone to breakouts. You do not need to use a lot of the lotion as a little goes a long way so this will last a long while and I believe you will get your monies worth. After applying your skin feels really smooth to the touch.

7 days after I started to use the lotion on my skin the soft the red blotches started to calm down, 14 days later and they and this seems to still be the case which I am actually quite pleased about. My forehead is 80% blemish free, but I would like to add at this point that I have been eating a lot healthier have a good balance of vegetables and fruit in my diet and I do think this has helped massively. I have a tendency to have oily skin around my chin and my nose creased, this still seemed to be the case, but after 14 days this has become less so. I use minimal around those areas so as not to make it any worse.

To conclude:

  • Would I use it again ? Yes
  • Is it good value for money ? I would say at either £13 or £20 its a bargain. Don’t be put off by the 30ml size you only need to use a little bit.
  • What would I give out of 10? 9/10 as I still feel I need to give it more time to fully see a difference.
  • I would recommend using this product in the run up to your big day. I would say start using at least 2-3 months before hand to enable your skin to get used to the product.
  • Below in the more info part are the ingredients used. Always check them if you have prior history to allergies. Vist the website for more details.

 

In addition to using as a primer and moisturiser you can use as a:

Body lotion
After shave
Make-up remover
After sun
Face mask

Some bits of info…..

Effective: Rigorous selection of active ingredients with renowned benefits and clinically proven results. Shea butter, beeswax, aloe vera and soy are combined with cutting-edge dermatological active ingredients including hyaluronic acid and collagen to plump and smooth skin, minimise fine lines and wrinkles and help minimise sunspots and scars. Plus the velvety finish creates the perfect face base and grips foundation to help skin stay flawless for longer.

Natural: Embryolisse formulations make primary use of active ingredients from plants, flowers and fruits. Highly tolerant: Made under strict pharmaceutical supervision and tested by dermatologists. Formulations incorporate the right active ingredients in the right quantities making them suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.

In addition, they are paraben-free and not tested on animals. Easily absorbed to restore skin balance, treat dryness and protect against environmental damage, and suitable for use on all skin types and for all ages including babies from birth.

It’s the affordable French Wonder Cream used by celebrities, super models and makeup artists worldwide and now Embryolisse has lived up to its hype in UK sales. For the first time in its 65 year history, Embryolisse launched on the high street in Boots a week ago and within 24 hours the website and every store in the country had sold out. In fact it was so popular Boots were selling 1 every 23 seconds.

Embryolisse is available in all Boots stores nationwide and from Boots and www.boots.com now.

* This is a not a paid promotion I was sent the cream to review in a blog post. All opinions in the review are my own.

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Gothic Glastonbury Wedding Inspiration

Today on Marry Me Ink, I get to share with you this dark, gothic shoot from Swan Photography and Sarah of Photo Press. Sarah runs an Alternative Wedding Suppliers Facebook Group and asked who wanted to be involved. Choosing to make it as inclusive as possible, she included anyone who was happy to be involved. It was difficult to organise with so many people on board but it was worth it in the end, Sarah managed the whole thing and everyone involved pitched in where needed, it was very much an equal collaboration from everyone else.

It was at Glastonbury Wedding venue on a grey and rainy day in March meaning that the moodiness of the day contributed to the shoot. It was a shame we didn’t get more shots outside due to the rain, but some of the cloudy shots look really great and fit the theme perfectly. The venue is a de-consecrated church so they can hold any non religious wedding which is appealing to any type of couple, traditional or alternative, especially great as it’s so close to Glastonbury. The venue has lots of original features and has been recently restored. It is about two miles from Glastonbury and is surrounded by farmland with amazing views of Glastonbury Tor.

I wanted to create an alternative shoot and given the venue, I felt gothic was perfect. We wanted to go for dark colours, non-traditional dresses from Devlin Bridal Couture and Belle Of The Ball Bridal as well as alternative looks for the models hair and make up. The models also have piercings and tattoos and we chose a same sex shoot as we wanted to appeal to a wider audience because I feel that this is often overlooked.

I think all of the aspects of this shoot could apply to real life. All items are available to buy from established Wedding Suppliers so anyone wanting to have a dark or gothic theme to their wedding could easily recreate this look. I supply newspaper stationery for peoples weddings so I don’t get to try things at weddings as such, but I’d love to see more weddings with black dresses or cakes and those dark red and purple flowers were truly beautiful! 

How gorgeous are the colours? I am in love with the stationery from Apple and Bramble and those luscious florals from Dandy and the Lion – What’s your favourite part of the shoot? You can check out the full list of suppliers at the end of this post.

Co-ordination: Photo Press
Photographery: Daniel Swan Photography
Dresses: Devlin Bridal Couture, Belle of the Ball Bridal
Hair: Hepcats Barbershop and Beauty Parlour
Make up: Milly Johnson of Made up by Melissa
Button bouquet: I Heart Buttons
Real flowers: Dandy and the Lion
Props and furniture: The Prop Factory
Cake: Ice Maiden Cakes
Stationery: Apple and Bramble
Jewellery: Karasu and Anna Fine Jewellery
Hats and veil:  Karasu – Hats/Millinery and Madame B Boutique
Fabric flower crown: To Be Adorned
Metal headbands: Lucibelle
Gothic disco: Smile Entertainment

style file: rustic theme inspiration from shropshire petals

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If we’re talking buzz words in weddings right now, then ‘rustic’ most certainly has to be up there with barn and woodland weddings continuing to grow in popularity.

Favoured for having all the fresh and relaxed feels, a rustic wedding is largely centred around the idyllic beauty of the landscape and countryside, as well as natural materials in buildings, such as exposed stone walls and timber beams.

Of course, every wedding requires a little styling, and so such celebrations are often prettied up with floral and personal touches to further reflect those rustic feels, as well as the personalities of the happy couple.

Keen to inspire those of you currently piecing together a romantic rustic themed big day, we’ve enlisted the assistance of our fabulous Sponsor, natural confetti company, Shropshire Petals, who excel in this area of styling to share their top prop, décor and colour suggestions – prepare to take note!

Main post images by Henry Lowther Photography. Product imagery supplied by Shropshire Petals.

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What type of styling features would you suggest for each of the following elements of a wedding for those wanting to achieve a romantic rustic look:

The aisle  – Nothing says romance more than petals! Create a cute, rustic petal path to walk upon during your ceremony by scattering petals on the ground to form a path. Line the path with small jars of freshly picked garden flowers. If you’re looking to create a simpler petal path, scatter petals down either side of your aisle to walk between. Create some texture and add some rustic colour by tying bunches of wheat, lavender and dried delphiniums to your ceremony chairs. Complement the look by placing several glass bottles or jars filled with bunches on top old milk churns or barrels to suit your wedding theme.

Outdoor areas – Depending on how much space you have and the colours naturally occurring in your outdoor space will determine how much decoration you will need to use. For the romantic rustic look, less is more. Use simple items such as an old bike or wooden cart to display large bunches of wheat and lavender, which will not only add some subtle colour but a lovely scent too. Have your confetti moment in your outdoor space and create a confetti bar, which will look fantastic. Let guests have fun choosing confetti and when the time comes, enjoy your magical confetti moment.

Centrepieces – Style your tables to reflect your personalities and tastes. If you love bold and vibrant, add a simple rustic vase of fresh flowers to the centre of your table and scatter bright orange, pink, yellow or green rose or hydrangea petals around the flowers. This will create a colourful impact and enhance the rustic flowers in the centre of your tables. If you are using lots of wheat and dried flowers, continue to do so on your tables by reusing displays used during your ceremony and place them onto of rustic log slices. Add some details to match your theme, such as vintage photographs in rustic frames or even cute wooden crates filled with rustic bottles of soft drinks and wine.

Reception room – Natural petal confetti is perfect to use to decorate areas that need a bit of colour and décor such as window sills and on top of pieces of furniture. Scatter confetti in your chosen colours around candlesticks or small jars of flowers or tealights for a beautifully rustic look.

ShropshirePetals.com Lace theme Personalised Confetti Cones from £13

Can you suggest a fitting colour scheme for a rustic wedding in each of the seasons:

Spring – When it comes to spring, make the most of the naturally occurring colours and opt for yellows, greens and ivory.

Summer – Summer is all about sunshine and zest so choose vibrant colours that will really stand out, but that also complement a rustic wedding such as purple, blue, vintage pinks and white/ivory.

Autumn – Rustic themes tend to contain some brown shades such as hessian and natural wood. When it comes to choosing your colour scheme, browns, burgundy, yellow and greens are perfect for this time of year.

Winter – For an opulent rustic celebration in the cooler months of the year, use colours of the season such as silver, ivory, merlot shades and grey.

What props and products, indoors or out, could be used to help enhance a rustic wedding?

Baskets – Baskets are perfect for rustic weddings. Fill them with natural petal confetti and give them to your flower girls to carry during your ceremony ready for your confetti moment. Reuse baskets after the confetti throw for other aspects of your day such as filling with cosy blankets for your rustic chill out area or use them during your evening celebrations as an alternative guest book by asking guests to write a short note and place it in the basket for you to read after your big day.

Wheat Wreaths – Wheat Wreaths look stunning hung indoors or outside as additional décor. Suspend from the ceiling for a stylish ceiling decoration, attach to chairs or hang on posts and doors around your venue.

Confetti Cones – Adding personalised details to your wedding is a great way of adding charm and letting your personality as a couple lead your rustic theme. Personalised Confetti Cones are ideal as you can choose a rustic theme such as Shropshire Petals’ Lace, Cottage Garden or Vintage designs and choose the colour as well as adding your names and wedding date to your cones. You can also upload your own design to truly match your rustic wedding theme.

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Do Shropshire Petals have any new products that would be particularly fitting to a rustic wedding?

Flower Girl Wands – Make your flower girls feel like magical princesses as they carry an adorable wand during their moment in the limelight. Made from wheat and dried flowers, there are eight designs to choose from, all of which are perfect for a rustic wedding.

Vintage Set – The new Vintage Set is a collection of ten pastel vintage style confetti cones, which include floral and pretty patterns. These stunning new confetti cones are available on their own, in the Bo-peep basket package and with Shropshire Boxes.

Love Letters – The perfect addition to your rustic décor, this beautiful set of individual letters spelling ‘love’ can be used anywhere, such as props for photos, a feature behind the top table, attach them to chairs or place them outside your venue entrance as an attractive feature before guests enter.

In order to enable couples to put their own unique touch on their wedding day, Shropshire Petals offer a ‘Pick & Mix’ confetti tool, can you tell us a little about this and how it works?

Our confetti Pick & Mix selector is just like choosing pick n mix sweets. Simply choose from the fabulous range of petals and colours to create a confetti mix to match or contrast your wedding theme. You can select up to five petals for each mix, two of these can be larger petals. Once you choose your petals, you can preview what your mix will look like in the interactive petal. Have a play and see what confetti mix you can create.

ShropshirePetals.com Personalised Confetti Pops - Woodland theme with Enchanted Woods £26 pack of 10 (2)

Shropshire Petals have also introduced Personalised Packages – what options does this include?

The personalised packages are ideal for you to make your confetti moment unique and ensure you match your rustic wedding theme. You can choose Personalised Confetti Cones, Personalised Confetti Pops, Personalised Shropshire Boxes, Personalised Bo-Peep Basket and Personalised Confetti Pop Boxes. They all work the same in that you simply choose your confetti mix, select your preferred design, choose a pre-set or custom colour for the background, some designs allow you to choose the colour of the font used as well. Then add your names and wedding date, click preview and you will see what the inside and outside of your chosen design will look like.

How can readers find out more about Shropshire Petals and order their confetti?

Find out more and shop your confetti online at www.shropshirepetals.com. To keep up-to-date on special offers, competitions and news, follow Shropshire Petals on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. And don’t forget, Brides Up North readers get 10% off orders over £50*.

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Any other exciting news to share?

2018 is the year for launching exciting new products. From fun Confetti Cannons to cute and rustic Flower Girl Wands, we have already launched many new products. The second half of the year is set to be the same, so keep your eyes peeled for new packaging options, petal colours and more!

*T&Cs apply.

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ShropshirePetals.com Clementine petals £16.50 per litre
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ShropshirePetals.com Flower Girl Basket with Icing Sugar, Lady Grey, Burgundy Berry and Aubergine £18
ShropshirePetals.com Kraft Confetti Pops with Icing Sugar, Honey B, Envy and Golden Slumber £2.90 each (2)
ShropshirePetals.com Lace theme Personalised Confetti Cones from £13
ShropshirePetals.com Personalised Confetti Cones - Vintage theme - Pink colour examples from £13 (4)
ShropshirePetals.com Personalised Confetti Pops - Woodland theme with Enchanted Woods £26 pack of 10 (2)
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ShropshirePetals.com Table Decoration Lavender £5.50 per bunch and Cream Rose and Lavender Wheat Sheaf from £30 (4)
ShropshirePetals.com Vintage Bike Lavender and Wheat Bunches from £5 (4)
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ShropshirePetals.com Winters Morn Confetti Basket £68.50
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Planning A Wedding In France {The Final Week}

Planning a Wedding in France by Marine Marques

It’s the final week so I’m sure you can all imagine how busy we are! I’m managing to squeeze in a blog post though, so I must be somewhat on top of it (!)

When it came to preparing for our wedding, I always knew that I had another wedding beforehand so that took priority. 3 weeks ago was the wedding of Halle & Bryn, the first wedding I styled and planned for my destination wedding planning company French Bague-ette. I am thrilled with how it turned out! The sun shone brightly for the cliff top ceremony, the day ran smoothly, the party kicked off! It was such a pleasure to see the bride and groom and their families so happy. Halle wore the most amazing Rue de Seine gown and her bouquet was to die for. Both Halle & Bryn are total babes so I can’t wait to see the photos from Yoris, their photographer. There are a few pics already up on my French Bague-ette instagram so go check them out!

It took a little while to rest and recover after that and then we realised there were just two weeks left until our own wedding which kicked us back into action! I’m not going to hide it, these last few days have been a bit manic, mainly running around getting everything where it needs to be. I think that no matter how well you have planned there’s always a bit of running around in the last few days because some things you can’t actually do until the last minute.

WEDDING WEATHER!

We’ve been watching the weather forecast apps like hawks! Biarritz, where we live, is snuggled between the mountains and the ocean so it has a bit of a weird microclimate. The apps are never really that accurate around here, but it hasn’t stopped us checking and even buying add-ons so we can see further ahead! Silly us!

At the moment it looks good for next Friday but I just want to share this: Many of the venues I work with have told me that people always worry about what the weather is going to be like on their wedding day. Of course we all want abundant sunshine, not too hot, slightly breezy perfection. But, if you don’t get that, please don’t fret! There is no reason that bad weather should ruin your day. In fact, sometimes it can help bring people together for a more jovial atmosphere. If people have to huddle in under a tent, then so be it! they will get chatting and have new best buds in no time! On the flip side, too much sun can be uncomfortable, or it could mean that your guests spread out exploring the venue gardens, only to return and find out they missed the speeches.

Worth noting too, that a bit of cloud cover can make better photographs as you don’t get odd reflections and squinting bridesmaids! So I’m vowing to not worry about the weather anymore! Anyway, what’s worrying about it going to do?

LISTS & DELEGATION

I think that the best advice I can give at this time is LISTS and DELEGATION. I’ve been struggling a bit with the idea that it won’t actually be me doing the on the day set up and styling. That’s the bit I love and I want to be there to make sure my vision comes together as I imagined. The logistics of me being there just aren’t really possible though, especially as I don’t want to see Olivier the morning of the wedding. So I’ve delegated the final say to a creative friend that I trust. I’ll be opting instead for some morning yoga followed by ALL the pampering!

It’s not easy to delegate but you do also have to put your trust in your friends and especially your suppliers. Generally you have chosen your suppliers because you love their work. So explain clearly what you want and then let them do their job.

I’m not sure I would get through life generally without ‘to do’ lists! I find writing it down makes it all clearer and easier to manage. I even sleep better if I’ve written my ‘to do list!’ Having lists has helped with the delegation of tasks between Olivier and I and helped us to feel like we are making progress when we can tick things off. There are now just a few little things on the list to tackle before our friends and family start to arrive this weekend. Hopefully we’re organised enough that we can have a relatively calm week, relaxing with our guests before the big day!

So this time next week I will be a married woman! I can’t wait for the day and to share it with you all after!

Wish me luck!

Lou x {French Bague-ette}










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Amy and Mark’s relaxed, fun, colourful Coltsfoot Retreat wedding with Becky Harley Photography

Hey lovelies! How are you all this beautiful Thursday morning? I’m already planning the blog for August – it’s a crazy busy summer of weddings which is wonderful 🙂 If there are any photographers out there who’d love to see their favourite summer weddings on the blog, do get in touch! I also have a handful of sponsor slots available from today, which I’m offering a lovely saving on – so pop me an email over if you’d like to know more (info@english-wedding.com) But most importantly – Amy and Mark. These two are just gorgeous, and their day is full of individuality and character – it’s just perfect. Images are by lovely English Wedding sponsor and Hertfordshire wedding photographer Becky Harley – and they’re outstanding. Becky gets a glowing review from our happy couple, who have shared all the details of their day with us here. I hope you love this one as much as I do! 

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We got married at Coltsfoot Country Retreat, near Knebworth in Hertfordshire. It was the first venue we saw, and we instantly fell in love with the gorgeous surroundings, the intimate feel and the resident dog! It was really the view from the ceremony room that sold it to us. We loved the idea of saying our vows in front of the big window, which framed views of horses in the field opposite. The food was amazing too!

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We’ve been to a lot of weddings in recent years and wanted ours to feel uniquely ‘us’. We didn’t fancy a matching colour theme, so instead chose a palette of bright pastels, and geometric shapes, with metallic highlights such as terrariums dotted about the room. We tried to weave in some of our favourite things, including a fire pit and s’mores bar to remind us of our annual camping trips with friends, pictures of our parents and grandparents at their weddings, gin bottles and (my favourite touch!) little gold dogs to hold the place cards on the tables! We also had a yummy gelato bar instead of canapes as a nod to Mark’s Italian heritage. Most of our suppliers were local businesses – the florist is just down the road from our house, and the gelato came from a local Italian cafe.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

https://www.beckyharleyphotography.co.uk/

We’d looked at a few photographers’ websites and Becky’s stood out with the gorgeous light and colour of her work. We were visiting a wedding fair with some friends who are also getting married, and recognised her name and photos on one of the stands. We got talking, and immediately felt comfortable with Becky. We booked later that day when we got home.

We went for a drink with Becky shortly after booking to have another look through her albums and discuss our likes and dislikes – and we really clicked with her. She took the time to listen to our wedding plans, and right from the start we could see her mind ticking over with creative ideas about how to capture our day. We were a bit unsure about the idea of an engagement shoot, but Becky made us feel completely at ease, and we got some lovely images despite the weather not being so great.
On the day itself, Becky was friendly, fun and unobtrusive – but assertive enough to get our guests all looking smart (and in the right direction!) for the group shots.
Lots of our friends and family commented afterwards how lovely Becky and second shooter, Mike, were – and they even took a photo for our Polaroid dress-up guest book!
We’re so happy with our photos and our beautiful album – they really capture the fun, smiles and memories of the day. We would highly recommend Becky to any couple looking for a photographer who is patient, professional and creative – but also a fun, friendly and thoughtful person to have with you on your special day.

Becky put some stunning ‘sneak peeks’ up on Instagram shortly after the wedding, and we were so excited to receive the rest! She also sent us a cute slideshow of the highlights while working on the full album, which was great to share with friends and family. I (Amy) was at work when an email came through with our finished album, and it took all of my powers of restraint not to sneak a look before I got home. We hooked the computer up to the TV, sat back with a glass of wine and relived all the wonderful moments of our day together.

Contacts & booking – Becky Harley Photography (Herts.)

http://beckyharleyphotography.co.uk
www.facebook.com/beckyharleyphotography
Instagram: @beckyharleyphotog
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/BeckyHPhotog/

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Wedding month:

September

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

Relaxed, fun, colourful, full of wonderful memories and very ‘us’!

What’s your top tip for saving money?

Decide which elements are most important to you, and concentrate your budget there. Don’t feel you need to spend lots on things that you’re not so fussed about! If it’s not important to you, chances are it’s not important to your guests either!

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

We’re really glad we paid a little extra for a second photographer to work with Becky. Some of our favourite snaps in the albums are ones that would have been missed without an extra person snapping away, like our guests’ reactions to special moments in the ceremony, or snaps of the boys playing Mario Kart at the venue while the girls were getting ready elsewhere!

Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?

Mark’s sister, Rianna, is a product designer, and while graphic design isn’t her usual focus, she’s still pretty nifty with Photoshop. She kindly agreed to design our stationery for us and we were so happy with the finished result. She clearly has the patience of a saint, because we were terrible clients who knew exactly what we wanted, and simultaneously had no idea. We had a recommendation for a local printer, who turned it all around at a fraction of the cost of shop-bought stationery. Having our own personal designer also meant we could have a few unique touches. Rianna surprised us with a little wedding logo, which we had printed on stickers, transfer tattoos and even flags for the wedding car!

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I did, but then once I’d bought it, I had a bit of a crisis of confidence and panicked about whether I’d chosen the right one! It was the first dress I tried on in the boutique and despite it being nothing like what I’d imagined, I loved it, so I cancelled my appointment at the next place later that afternoon. The long wait for it to arrive was agonising, (is it too poofy? Do I look too ‘princessy’? Should I have tried on more before deciding?!) but once I put it on with all my hair and make up, I knew I’d made the right choice. I had so many compliments on the day, and looking back at the photos, I’m so glad I chose it!

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

‘Carrie’ by Rebecca Ingram (Maggie Sottero), from The Bridal Boutique in Aston Clinton

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I wore lilac shoes from Rebecca Simpson – originally I was looking for them to be my ‘something blue’ but the lilac ones were heavily discounted in the sale, and I loved them! I just wish more people had seen them under my dress!
Instead I borrowed a ring with a blue stone from my Nana (old, borrowed AND blue!). I had a hair piece full of little gold leaves in my hair.
I had two pieces of jewellery that were given to me on the day – a bracelet from my parents that fitted with our geometric theme, and a handmade silver necklace that my husband had designed with a friend who’s a jeweller, which included our wedding logo on the back.

And what did the groom wear?

Mark wore a blue tweed suit with a grey waistcoat, blue tie and brown shoes. The groomsmen’s suits were similar with a different waistcoat and tie. They were rented from Jack Bunneys – stunning quality, perfect fit and great service. The ties were made to order, so the boys got to keep them.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

We had a bit of a challenge finding dresses for the girls who all have different body shapes – particularly as my sister in law was eight months pregnant at the time of the wedding! In the end we found some gorgeous mint green dresses with a tulle skirt and sequin top from ASOS – and we even managed to find one in a maternity version.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

My usual hairdresser (Rebecca Wilcox) put my hair up, and also styled my three bridesmaids’ hair. It was great to have her there, because we’ve known each other a long time, and had plenty of time to plan and prepare (e.g. growing my hair and experimenting with colour). I also hired a great makeup lady called Cathryn Ayling who made me, the bridesmaids and both mums look radiant in a few short hours!

Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)

Shane at Maples Flowers (Hemel Hempstead) was incredibly patient as we showed him lots of photos of spring bouquets on Pinterest, despite it being an autumn wedding! He helped us find alternative flowers that would be in season in September, and in keeping with our colour palette. My bouquet had roses, stocks, yellow craspedia and lots of eucalyptus foliage.

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

Not a lot, no. I’d seen a picture of some hanging origami shapes on Pinterest and decided to dress part of the room that way myself. It proved quite fiddly and took a lot of time to make them all, but it added some pops of colour to the room and tied in with our geometric theme.

Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?

See above! Mark’s mum also made some pretty little bonbonieres of sugared almonds in another nod to Italian tradition.

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

Our amazing, talented mums made our stunning cake together. We’re so lucky! Mark’s mum, Gianna, spent weeks making beautiful sugar paste flowers that matched my bouquet (she paid several trips to the florist to study the blooms) and my mum made the cake itself, and little models of our family dogs, Dexter and Kaylah, to sit on top!

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

We booked a local band called The Honeymooners who were FAB! They kept us dancing all night, even when we were completely exhausted, and learned a number of songs for us including the first dance.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Having someone to share the important things in life with. And the not so important things too!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

http://www.maplesflowers.co.uk/
www.facebook.com/mariosberko
http://www.thebridalhousebuckinghamshire.co.uk
https://www.coltsfoot.com/

Peach Hues + Modern Vibes for This Santorini Wedding

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When Photographer Antonis Prodromou sent us this Santorini wedding inspiration from The Secret Owl workshop, we just could not wait to share it with you! We love this contemporary colour palette of peach hues mixed with golden tones, and muted mauve – such a contemporary unique collection of colours which we’re seeing more and more – and also something… Read more »

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The Stylish, Intimate Wedding of Doris + Daniel at The Bothy, Glasgow…

Small, Intimate Wedding in Glasgow…

Happy Thursday all.

What’s not to love about todays wedding!

Doris and Daniel flew into to Glasgow from Japan to hold an intimate wedding reception at The Bothy with just 20 of their closed friends and family.

With only 3 months to plan the day, bride Doris found many of her suppliers through Instagram, including their wedding photographer Elaine Williams.

What a gorgeous relaxed affair surrounded by their loved ones…

Elaine Williams Photography…

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What was your favourite part of the day?

It’s so hard to pick just one! The whole day was so joy-filled and family orientated. One of my favourite parts of the day is getting ready in the morning, and the AirBNB chosen for Daniel & Doris at Park Circus was amazing with huge windows and great light! The intimate ceremony at The Bothy Restaurant was super sweet. Most of all, I loved being made to feel like a good friend on the day by both Daniel & Doris, and their families. It makes such a difference to be seen this way as family and friends are less conscious of having their photo taken.

What was your favourite shot of the day, and why?

It’s so hard to choose just one but I adore the relaxed portrait by the graffiti outside Grovesnor …

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Magical Winter Woodland Wedding

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It might be summertime but it’s time to wrap up and step into WWW readers Geraldine and Conleth’s beautiful winter woodland wedding. This gorgeous couple tied the knot in magical style on 17th November 2017 at Orange Tree House in Northern Ireland.

Their engagement began at Disneyland Paris, so it was only natural that Disney formed the basis of their wedding. From the table names and music choices to the cake topper, all you Disney fans will absolutely love all the pretty touches. The twinkling gold trees at the top of the aisle are just other-worldly and I can’t get enough of the fabulously decorated fireplace. They also included their four legged friends in fantastic style!

Geraldine chose a sparkling, celestial Jenny Packham gown and her bridesmaids complimented her perfectly in their dusky purple. The ethereal feel continues with tumbling foliage laden bouquets and greenery garlands adorning the venue. Make sure you drink it all in WWWers!

You Them Us have captured every last magical detail of Geraldine and Conleth’s wedding and we’re ever so grateful for these wonderful images.

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THE PROPOSAL

Disneyland Paris 23/11/14. After a magical evening watching the fireworks at the Disney castle he proposed in our hotel room which he had specially decorated for Christmas.

THE VISION

A magical winter woodland sprinkled with hints of both are personalities and quirks.

THE PLANNING PROCESS

It was important that the wedding day reflected us and it would be remembered as our day and not just another wedding. From the decorations to the music and most importantly the dress, it all had to be personal and of course include are littlest family members the flower dogs Remy (small white dog) and Willow (black dog).

THE VENUE

Orange Tree House, Greyabbey, Northern Ireland

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES

The dress was Lucky from Jenny Packham 2017 collection, the head piece was Jenny Packham Wonderland and the shoes were Jimmy Choo. My mother presented me with a Swarovski Crystal bracelet that was themed around stars and had a blue stone for my something blue of the day. The dress and head piece were purchased from Castle Couture, Ballymena.

FINDING THE DRESS

When I saw Jenny Packham’s bridal collections I knew that my dress was going to be a Jenny Packham dress. I first tried on some of Jenny’s 2016 collection but I just had a gut feeling that I should wait until her 2017 collection was launched.   I was right to do so but the only problem was is that I fell in love with 2 of them and both were very different. With the help of my family I chose lucky and know I made the right decision again as I couldn’t imagine myself in another dress now on my wedding day.

GROOM’S ATTIRE

The groom wore a dark grey Paul Smith suit and tie. The tie added a bit of the groom’s personality and adorned something he loves as it had a T-Rex on it. The cuffs were a Christmas gift from his now mother in-law were acorns a symbol of his favourite film trilogy Lord of the Rings.

THE READINGS & MUSIC

The ceremony music was performed by the very talented violinist Éimear Bradley. The bride walked up the isle to a Violin solo of ‘can you feel the love tonight’ from the her favourite movie the Lion King. The readings were The Ent and the Ent wife and Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare. On the way down the aisle we let a bit of both of the personalities of the bride and groom show with another violin solo of The Jungle Book’s The Bear Necessities.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS

Sarah Faye (sister and MOH), Samantha Palmer (cousin), Yasmin Faye (cousin) and Aoife McBride (cousin of groom). As my dress was a champagne/barley colour I had to be careful with the colour of my bridesmaid dresses. I chose purple as it is was a warm colour to go with my theme. The dresses were Hayley Paige and were also from Castle Couture.

THE FLOWERS

The flowers were created by the extremely talented and lovely Marie Cafolla Flowers. Marie took our ideas, embraced them and brought them to life in a way that blew us away.

THE CAKE

Relax Cakes, Newtownards. The cake topper was Disney Robin Hood and Maid Marion by Precious Moments and the flower decorations were by Maria Cafolla.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Our photographer was ‘You Them Us’. We discovered them while attending the Quirky wedding fair in Belfast and instantly fell in love with the style of photography and their ability to capture even the smallest moments. They were amazing on the day and made everyone including the more camera shy family members comfortable and relaxed. I am still stunned at how beautiful their photos were and how they were able to capture all the little magical details and emotions throughout the entire day. I will treasure every last picture forever.

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR

The wedding décor started with our wedding invites that were designed by Ben from Paperbark Stationary. We wanted our guests to get a small glimpse of the wedding theme. As well as our woodland theme we chose our venue decorations around the wedding dress. We went to local garden centres and shopped online for decorations. We wanted our venue to feel warm and welcoming using soft warm lighting from candles and copper string lighting. To bring some woodland in we bought 2 glittery gold trees for the start of the aisle and a large snow frosted tree for the top of the aisle and added decorative clip on birds to bring in some woodland creatures. The candle holders were gold and some had stars and other decoration were twig/wood effect.

Paperbark also designed and made the seating plan and table names. The groom’s family sat at tables named after his favourite films/ TV shows and the bride’s family sat at tables named after her favourite films with the head table being called Pride Rock (bride’s choice of course). The art on these was something special.

One of our favourite decorations was the signpost with the table names on it. The actual post was made by a local joiner Bernard Byers from large tree branches and we purchased the signs from a shop on Etsy called Signsatsimplywood.

THE HONEYMOON

Paris is a very special place for us so naturally it was going to be our honeymoon destination and we tried to align it so that we were there on our engagement anniversary. We spent the first two nights in Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Which is in the actual grounds of the Versaille Palace. We then spent a night in Hotel Splendid Etoile in an amazing room overlooking the Arc de Triomphe. And finally we finished off with four nights in the magical Disneyland hotel.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

Hearing ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ on the violin just as I was about to walk up the aisle.

Hearing ‘ The Bear Necessities’ as we were announced Mr and Mrs Mullan.

Seeing Conleth (husband) and Willow (dog) at the top of the aisle.

My brother’s and Conleth’s speeches.

The general atmosphere of the entire day made everything memorable and completely magical.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES

Make sure you have an awesome and super organised maid of honour/sister and an amazing mother who knows what you like better than you do. Make sure to keep your personality in even the smallest details because it’s so easy to lose that throughout all the organising. Always remember it’s your day and not the guests’, choose the things that you like and love. And last but not least.. Include your furry four legged family members because they make the day even more special.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Violinist
Eimear Bradley

Signpost
Signsatsimplywood

Stationery
Paper Bark

Bridal Boutique
Castle Couture

What a simply magical day you both had! Geraldine and Conleth, thank you for sharing all the beautiful details with us. Rachel x

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