Barefoot on the beach

Tonight we’re heading to one of our favourite Scottish beaches, St Cyrus in Aberdeenshire where Julia and Charlie celebrated their engagement with a beautiful and romantic shoot. They were joined by their springer spaniel, Knox who loved getting in on the action.

Love at first sight or gradual attraction?

We met in the Opal Lounge in Edinburgh on a night out in November 2013 after a Scotland Rugby Autumn Test game against Australia. I was working at Murrayfield Rugby Stadium as the Conference & Events Sales Manager as part of the match day hospitality team and living the single life in Edinburgh. Sadly, we were defeated by Australia so all us events girls decided to head out into George Street to drown our sorrows and party the night away.

Little did I know that Charlie had been at the game with his friends and regularly attended the Six Nations and Autumn Test matches at Murrayfield Staduim.

Our first impressions of each other were ‘Wow, who is this that?’. In a crowded club we couldn’t take our eyes off each other and simply had to find out more. Charlie looked devilishly dapper and I was all glammed up.

And how was the big question popped?

Charlie and I had been together for three years and in October 2016 he whisked me away to London for a surprise long weekend. He organised a suite at beautiful The Kensington Hotel, we took in a show (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) and visited all the must-see sites in London and we dined in Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden.

The restaurant was so intimate, ultra romantic and stylish, influenced by Provence and Tuscany. The restaurant is adorned by cherry trees and candlelight, Charlie booked the exclusive table for two in the centre of the restaurant which even has a waiting list! He then took me to Ladurée, the Parisian style bakery famed for its macarons.

Little did I know that Charlie was planning to propose but the ring couldn’t be delivered to the hotel!

So after a fabulous luxury weekend away, on our way home we went to collect our much loved English Springer Spaniel dog, Knox who was being looked after my his parents. We took Knox for a walk on a local country estate, which features handcarved wooden statues of two hearts. Charlie got down on bended knee with Knox by his side and proposed and asked me to be his wife and Knox’s mummy.

Why did you choose St Cyrus beach for your engagement shoot?

We wanted a different look from our wedding photographs as we knew they would feature a lot of woodland scenery on the estate and formal photographs. We loved the idea of a barefoot beach engagement session which would offer us completely different light, colours and scenery. I love soft, romantic, glowy and modern photography and our photographers, The Gibsons really delivered.

We ventured to the lesser known side of St Cyrus beach with its magnificent black rock cliffs and sand dunes, you can stroll along the beautiful sand and enjoy the breathtaking rugged scenery. We were totally undisturbed during our shoot, having the beach all to ourselves was a real treat! Engagement shoots should be simple, romantic and above all the love should shine through in every photograph.

I searched all over Scotland for a specific style of contemporary, stylish and light fine art photographers. I came across The Gibsons work on various bridal blogs and magazines and I was delighted I found them!

The Gibsons delivered incredibly dreamy, soft light and classically stylish images. They managed to capture images which are full of emotion, intimacy and fun and captured the moments as they happened to tell our wedding day story. After all, moments pass and memories fade but a photo lasts forever!

Our styling was tweed, white tops and dark blue jeans… a little matchy-matchy! Oh and Knox had a bath! I brought candles and an oatmeal cashmere fringe blanket with me as the wind would capture the moment beautifully. Little did I realise that my hair would totally work it on the day!

And what inspired your wedding plans?

Charlie found Drumtochty Castle and it was the only venue we ended up viewing as it ticked all the boxes. We wanted a sumptuous stately home that was in a dramatic setting with endless photo opportunities. It is beautifully decorated in a neutral palette with fresh colours and glamourous golden hues. It was exclusively ours Friday to Sunday to ensure our guests could arrive in style, relax and enjoy the surroundings.

My wedding inspiration board was one of the first things I created before booking any suppliers or appointments as it was key to the overall styling. My fall wedding inspiration board was modern autumnal opulent, ultra-chic and romantic with an enchanted dream forest. The colour scheme was white, ivory, blush tones and golden hues.

I purchased ‘The Wedding Bible’ by Sarah Haywood which was fabulous in giving me a step-by-step guide on planning our perfect wedding. I brought this with me to planning and bridal appointments, it kept me super organised and gives great hints and tips along the way.

What a setting! If you would like to see Julia & Charlie’s wedding then you can head over to the fantastic Want The Wedding to read more about their day. x

Location – St Cyrus beach, Aberdeenshire
PhotographerThe Gibsons

hot heels: charlotte mills 2018 collection

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We’re turning the temperature up a notch on this super sunny Tuesday afternoon by showcasing the gorgeous new bridal shoe designs that have just landed in the 2018 Collection from our insanely talented Sponsor Charlotte Mills.

We love to see brides reflect their personal style on their big day and the footwear is an easy element of the attire through which ladies can let their personality run free.

We’ve seen brides don ankle boots, sneakers and even wellies, but the majority choose to stick with a heel for that extra confidence, height and poker posture.

With a style, heel height and hue to suit all brides, from the traditional to the fierce, we’re sure there will be perfect pair of Charlotte Mills shoes to complete your big day look. So, let’s waste no time in handing over the blog to the creator herself to tell us more about these absolute showstoppers.

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What was your inspiration behind the 2018 collection? Does it have an overall theme?

charlotte says: I wanted to create a collection that suited a range of different style types. Whether you’re a modern, traditional, retro, super glam or vintage bride. I wanted to ensure we offered styles to suit everyone as well as incorporating the Charlotte Mills aesthetic.

What new shoe styles can brides find within the 2018 collection and which stand out for you?

Our new styles for 2018 are Meghan, Farah, Esmeralda Blue, Jane, George Pearl, George Silver, Frankie, Francesca and Blossom Pearl.

One of the most exciting new styles is the Meghan shoe, which was designed in preparation for the royal wedding. We love every wedding here at Charlotte Mills, but we particularly couldn’t wait to see Meghan Markle’s bridal style. Hence the production of the limited-edition Meghan shoe. This design features a pointed toe, pearlescent leather and pearl glitter details with a block heel. Not too dissimilar from Meghan’s shoes on the day! Each pair includes a specially dated sixpence in collaboration with the Royal Mint UK for an extra special touch.

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What are your main considerations when designing a new collection?

Producing fashion forward styles which are elegant and reflect the Charlotte Mills brand image. All shoes are designed with comfort in mind! Fun and girly details are key!

How would you sum up the 2018 collection in three words?

Elegant, modern and unique.

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What main colours and details are featured in the latest collection?

Ivory, blue, pearlescent leather, pearl glitter details and silver art deco piping.

Which shoes style from the collection would you suggest for the daring, fashion forward bride and which for the elegant, traditional bride?

For a daring bride it would have to be Francesca, while Anastasia would be perfectly suited to more traditional weddings.

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What are your top three tips for picking the right wedding shoes?

Stick with a heel height that you’re used to; pick something you can wear again so you can re-live your special day all over again and break them in ahead of the big day

What bridal fashion trends are you enjoying right now, and can you predict any big trends to come?

It’s all been about the royal wedding, and I expect a lot of brides will want to mirror Meghan’s look for their own big days to come.

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Where are Charlotte Mills shoes available to buy?

At our boutique in Saddleworth, Oldham and via our online boutique. We also have several stockists around the world, the details of which can be found here.

And what is the size range and price point?

Sizes range from UK 2 to UK 9. Prices range from £120 to £260.

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Any other exciting news to share?

Charlotte Mills is going on a road trip! We will be doing pop ups around the UK during the summer and later this year. Details to be confirmed!

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So now that we’ve heard from the creator herself, here’s a little more detail on the latest designs to join the Charlotte Mills 2018 Collection – all you have to do is decide which pretty pair (or two!) will best complete your big day get-up!

Meghan – A limited-edition, sleek and stylish point toe d’orsay court shoe in pearl ivory leather and matching glitter with a delicate ankle strap creating a heart design on the back of the shoe.

Farah – A block heel d’orsay designed with hearts in mind. This style in ivory leather and mesh peep with a subtle heart design at the back and cross over ankle straps makes the perfect wedding shoe.

Esmeralda Blue – The perfect low block heeled blue wedding sandal. This style consists of pale blue soft leather with metallic blue heart detailing on the front strap.

Jane – A Mary Jane block heel d’orsay in ivory with silver geometric detailing.

George Pearl & George Silver – A cross vamp sandal with delicate piping and block heel. Ideal for dancing the night away perfect to wear again and again after your wedding day.

Frankie – A flat style with beautiful cross over ankle straps and pretty heart detailing on the back. Frankie is made in a shade of glitter that is in between gold and silver so complements both accents perfectly.

Francesca – A stylish point toe court shoe in pearl ivory with matching pearl glitter block heel.

Blossom Pearl – A delicate flat sandal with heart details and wrap around ankle tie. Pearl leather upper with pearl glitter heart inlays.

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Editorial Bridal Beauty Looks Inspired By High Fashion

When it comes to beauty for your big day, we’re loving this inspiration from The List member, House Of Bendy. It’s bold, it’s beautiful and more importantly, celebrates the beauty of each model’s individualism to perfection. I love a red lip or thick winged eyeliner and if these are your favourite day to day looks, then why forgo them on your wedding day?! You won’t feel like you – and that’s the most important thing in feeling confident, trust me.

I love the fact that brides are feeling more comfortable in wearing whatever outfits suit their personalities, rather than always sticking to the white dress, so it’s great that bridal make up looks are following suit. Bridal beauty with an editorial edge? What’s not to love?

Winged Eyeliner, Bold Red Lip & Gold Eye Shadow – Bridal Beauty With An Editorial Edge

Good things come in pairs…so on this shoot we wanted to celebrate the pairing of different styles, textures and colours. Delicate vintage gowns partnered with bold modern beauty set the tone on a classic English farmhouse enhanced by warm Mexican colours.

This shoot was dreamt up by Clairelouise B of House of Bendy after wanting to create a series of Bridal looks that delivered more of a fashion feel. The aisle is surely the ultimate runway, So why not have fun with it?

Taking inspiration from Frida Kahlo, her eternal muse and wanting to incorporate this into a great British setting ‘Two’s Company’ was developed. A showcase of local suppliers that created a series of beauty led shots to share & inspire.

The Best Make Up Artists For Your Big Day

If you’re still searching for a hair or make up artist for your wedding day, then make sure you visit The List. We promise every member will make you feel like YOU, choosing products and a look you’re 100% comfortable with. Whether you’re a make up junkie or the thought of wearing too much leaves you in a cold sweat, our List hair and make up artists have got you covered.

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Marrying the One You Love (Same Sex Weddings)

It’s never really occurred to me to talk about same sex weddings on the blog any more than I would announce ‘Helen and John’s beautiful straight wedding in Devon’ as a title. A wedding is a wedding, with two people in love… and that aside, no two are the same, and they’re all beautiful and captivating for their own individual reasons. I find it genuinely odd that within the wedding industry there are people who expect ‘gay weddings’ to be different. I would love to see this change across the board, and particularly so for those couples who might not fit the too-often-expected ‘boy meets girl’ stereotype, and who have to experience suppliers’ well-meant but sometimes cringeworthy comments about what a same sex wedding ‘should’ be.

This is a guest article by Ross Willsher Photography

Ross Willsher is a professional wedding photographer, published author and lover of making couples feel fab in front of the camera. “My relaxed approach to creatively capturing your day allows you to be yourself at all times and enables me to capture images as individual as you are.” Ross is so passionate about helping you celebrate your special day in your own unique way, he’s published a book to guide you through the process. Find out more about Ross’s brilliant book, “How to have a wedding as individual as you are” (available on Amazon).

There are many reasons why I love photographing same sex weddings. Firstly, the absence of pressure to conform to age-old traditions often allows for more creative and personalised approaches to the wedding day. I also love that photographing same sex couples makes it easier to break away from overused and generic wedding poses that you often see time and again in straight wedding images, and allows me to think outside the box a little (which I then apply to all couple shoots, regardless of sexuality). However, more than anything, I love being a photographer in a time when love between two members of the same sex is legally recognised and increasingly accepted as no big deal.

I truly hope that in no time at all, same sex weddings will be known simply as “weddings” and the need to differentiate when talking about a gay wedding will become obsolete. However, I understand that currently there are still some challenges facing gay couples planning a wedding in what is still a very straight- orientated industry.

Regardless of whether you are engaged to someone of the same sex or not, both the challenges and advantages of same sex weddings can apply just as much to any couple who are passionate about having the wedding day that they dream of and not simply adhering to what certain sectors of society expect.

Whilst marriage equality has been a fantastic step forward towards a more inclusive society that embraces diversity and values our freedom to marry whoever we so happen to fall in love with, same sex weddings can often still be seen by some as a novelty event or as not having the gravitas of straight weddings. Indeed, I have had friends ask me when my partner and I are getting married as they would “love to go to a gay wedding”. Similarly, I have chatted with suppliers who would “love to get a gay wedding in their portfolio.” Gay weddings are – like every wedding – about two individuals in love and making a lifelong commitment to each other. To treat a gay wedding as a bucket-list item or a token piece of diversity for your business is – in my opinion – to not see beyond a person’s sexuality or respect them as an individual.

Unfortunately, there are still suppliers who prefer not to cater to same sex couples and others who – although probably viewing themselves as inclusive – have difficulty in catering to same sex couples without making assumptions or jumping to conclusions.

Avoid Assumption Makers

We are all guilty of making assumptions about people from time to time, but as a wedding supplier I feel it is important to take the time to get to know couples and ask lots of questions rather than to presume that particular aspects of their wedding will be dictated by their sexuality (or religion, age or waistline etc.).

When meeting wedding suppliers, listen carefully to the language that they use. Phrases that begin with “I expect you will be…”, “I bet you are having…” or “I photographed a similar couple to you and they had…” are small signs that suppliers are making presumptions based on their preconceived ideas and beliefs. This is particularly true if you hear these phrases when talking to potential suppliers for the first time. I have had all of these phrases said to me in both my personal and professional life, and I know how frustrating it can be to feel that people have jumped to conclusions without taking the time to understand and get to know me first. Yes, some gay couples do want to proudly incorporate the rainbow flag into their wedding theme or have a wedding reception to the sound of camp disco classics, many of us do not. We are not all one and the same and it should not be presumed that we are! I actually viewed a blog recently that was all about gay wedding ideas and it was simply a list of items that incorporated the rainbow theme. It really showed a lack of creativity or effort in understanding same sex weddings.

Also, take note of the language used by suppliers online and in print and have a close look at the images that they have used. Does their marketing constantly only make reference to a bride and groom? For example, many photographer packages include “Bridal prep to first dance” coverage and often, suppliers of light up love letters for the dance floor only have images of “Mr and Mrs” on their website. Whilst these suppliers may indeed be ‘gay-friendly’ (for want of a better term), it does show that they have not actively considered the needs of same sex couples or demonstrated that they value the custom of gay clients.

I was once told that as a gay man I would get lots of same sex clients because I would be able to ‘speak their language’. I politely informed the ignorant individual that we are not an alien race and that simple open-mindedness and an assumption-free consultation process is all that is needed to be a fantastic same sex wedding supplier. It’s surprising how many wedding industry experts still fail in this simple approach. It is my experience of people, products and services often not catering to my sexuality that helps me to understand and meet the needs of gay couples, rather than an innate ability to speak a secret language!


What is a wedding without its traditions? Well…still a perfectly beautiful wedding actually.

Due to same sex weddings being a relatively recent development, there is obviously not the long history of tradition that so often shapes (if not dictates) straight weddings. At first this can seem a challenge – to plan a wedding with very few protocols that guide decisions and help sort timings for the day can seem daunting. However, it can actually be hugely liberating to not have to worry about following traditions that may or may not be relevant to you and your partner and you will soon enjoy putting your own unique stamp on proceedings. As long as the ceremony itself is legally binding, your imagination can run wild.

It is good to question each wedding tradition and identify whether you are adhering to it because it is relevant and meaningful to you or simply because it’s “always done like that at weddings”. More and more couples (both gay and straight) are straying from traditions that are not meaningful to them. I have photographed weddings where the bride made a speech, weddings where there was no first dance, weddings where there were 5 best men and weddings where there wasn’t a best man at all. More importantly at each of these weddings, no one batted an eye! Aunt Maud didn’t keel over in horror, university friends didn’t jeer in disapproval and the registrars didn’t refuse to sign the register. So don’t stick to tradition to please others, it’s your day not theirs and chances are they won’t care a jot anyway!

For same sex couples there are three options when it to comes to dealing with wedding traditions that stem from centuries of straight weddings.

1.Stick to the script. If there are particular traditions of a wedding day that you really want to keep, do it! You can still have bridesmaids and best men, have your father give you away and deliver speeches that bore and titillate in equal measure!

2. Put your spin on a time-honoured tradition. You may like the idea of certain traditions but want to make it your own or for obvious reasons need to alter it to suit your same sex wedding. For example, you may wish to walk down the aisle together instead of a with a parent or loved one, or both walk down the aisle but separately one after the other.

3. Ignore the traditions completely. An elopement to Gretna Green with two strangers as witnesses is just as legally binding as a wedding with 10 bridesmaids, 4 best men and a congregation of 500 guests. My point? Your commitment to each other is what makes a wedding – not the traditions. Think outside the box and do it your way if there is no aspect of a traditional wedding that resonates with you.

Dressing to Impress (yourself )

Outfit colours and styles are probably one of the biggest traditions associated with a wedding. Once again, as a same sex couple you can choose to embrace the black and white traditional look or ignore it completely. What you wear is probably the most personal choice you will make with regards to your wedding and only you will know what you will feel comfortable and yourself in. This is the single most important factor when choosing what to wear – do you look and feel yourself in the outfit? I know all too well how couples often struggle to relax and be themselves in photos when they are wearing clothes that don’t really suit them. Personally, I don’t feel 100% myself in a dinner jacket and bow tie and never see any images of me wearing this as truly reflective of who I am. However, for other guys it’s a fantastic look.

Looking online for style inspiration is a great start, but nothing can replicate going into a store and trying on outfits until you find the one that feels just right. Don’t be too set in your ideas either – be willing to try on outfits that you may never have considered before and make suggestions based on what you think your partner looks good in. You may be pleasantly surprised. I’m a stickler for blacks, greys and muted tones but my partner loves me in bright colours which I would never have even considered had it not been for his onslaught of compliments!

Have fun experimenting with styles together and deciding how you want to appear on your special day. Having said that, stay true to yourself; wearing something that looks good on you will look far better than simply choosing what is in vogue this season. Lesbian couples can both wear a dress, both wear a suit or have one in one and one in the other – there is no set rule and it goes without saying that you shouldn’t feel pressure to dress in a way that either fits or actively avoids any stereotypes.

From a photographer’s point of view, I always feel that images of couples are stronger when there is some commonality between the outfits, but rules are there to be broken and if you are happy and relaxed your love will shine through the lens beautifully. This leads me on perfectly to the next topic.

Same sex photographers

One of the problems some straight photographers encounter when photographing gay couples is knowing how to direct and pose them. Most photographers (myself included) were taught using straight couples as models and so when directing shoots, there is a predisposition to instruct couples to stand in gender-specific poses. Photographing same sex couples actually provides more opportunities for photographs as both individuals are not restricted by the traditional male / female configurations.

A photographer who is at ease with photographing same sex couples will make subtle changes to the language they use when posing you. For example, “Now one of you kiss the other on their forehead” rather than“Groomgiveyourbrideakissonherforehead”. Once again, it avoids assumptions – especially with regards to the idea that one of you is the more masculine or feminine in the relationship: a personal irritation of mine! If any supplier – photographer or otherwise – asks you who is the man and who is the woman in your relationship, you have my permission to scream blue murder and run for your sanity!!

However, just because a photographer has not photographed a gay couple before, it does not automatically mean that he or she is not the right photographer for you (especially if you are not looking for many – if any – posed shots). By taking a look at their portfolio you will likely be able to identify whether their approach to photographing couples is varied and personalised to each couple, or whether they use the same generic poses for every shoot. Whilst a consistent look in terms of style and composition is a positive sign of professionalism, placing every couple in the same positions doesn’t show much thought for actively trying to reflect the individuality of the couples they are shooting.

Planning a same sex wedding need not be any more complicated or stressful than planning a straight wedding. Yes, you may have a few suppliers who don’t really wish to offer their services to you but this is less and less of a problem and you will easily get a sense of who is passionate about working alongside you and who is begrudgingly doing it for the money. Having read this chapter, you now know what to look out for when choosing your preferred suppliers and will spot the warning signs straight away when engaging with someone who isn’t demonstrating the respect and genuine interest you deserve to receive.

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Get your copy of Ross’s brilliant book, “How to have a wedding as individual as you are” (available on Amazon).

Beautiful Autumn Wedding with a First Look

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I think you’re simply going to love Catherine and Tom’s nuptials today. They tied the knot on 29th October 2016 at Le Petit Chateau in Northumberland. Elegant and pretty; this gorgeous day starts with an emotional first look and ends with what sounds like plenty of fun on the dance floor, featuring absolutely loads of beautiful details in between.

Chris Randle Photography was on hand to document the day, thank you so much for sharing these brilliant images with us today Chris.

I hope you really enjoy the lovely story of how Catherine found her dress, and I so relished reading every detail of the short planning process. Our pair got right down to business with a great combination of excellent organisation and design style, I think the results really speak for themselves.

The florals are something quite special and the roses just look perfect in the Chateau setting, just look at that top table arrangement. Enjoy WWWers!

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New Year’s Eve 2015 – Tom got down on one knee in our kitchen in front of only our puppy Buddy and surprised Catherine whilst we were cleaning up after dinner whilst our friends were in the living room. We then opened a bottle of champagne.


A relaxed day surrounded by friends and family, with a big party on the evening and LOTS of food!


Tom may as well be an ambassador for Excel so 24 hours after the proposal there was a three page spreadsheet outlining budget and guest lists! We made a list of everything we could think of and highlighted the things we were most interested in (Tom had to be in charge of music/ Catherine needed to be in charge of colour scheme!) Planning a wedding in less than 10 months sounds stressful – but it really wasn’t! It just meant we made decisions quick and stuck with them! Plus, planning last minute meant there was always wriggle room for haggling!


We were so lucky to have engagement gifts of wedding budget donations from all our parents which really helped. Tom’s main brag after the big day is that we actually came in 1% within budget.


Le Petit Chateau – Otterburn. After attending a wedding 4 years ago at Newton Hall we came away both wanting the same relaxed approach to a wedding. So when we heard in January 2016 that the Apartment Group were building a new sister venue we knew it would be the one! We booked it on artist’s impressions alone! We only saw it in the flesh four months before the big day and it was even better than expected!


Dress was from Amore Bridal Boutique – a local dress shop that was the first and last shop in my search! Shoes were Irregular Choice and were the comfiest things ever! Big Plus! Head piece was from Liberty in Love, the only bit of bling Catherine allowed!


Dress shopping was so easy, and a bit spooky! After attending one shop and trying on six dresses in different styles, the seventh mermaid cut gown made one bridesmaid cry so it had to be the one! Small world theory occurred when later in the evening the dress shop messaged Catherine to reveal the owner was actually her and Tom’s neighbour and was happy to give them a discount! One week later Mother of the Bride was brought along to give the seal of approval and shocked everyone by pulling up outside and revealing that the shop was the same dress shop she had got her dress from when she had married Catherine’s dad. Meant to be!


The groom, groomsmen and dads were kitted out by the awesome Mal Searle at Changes Menswear in Middlesbrough. He picked out a gorgeous royal blue three piece suit by Remus Uomo which complemented the colour scheme perfectly.


Tom pretty much scored the entire day. The entrance music that Catherine walked in to was a beautiful version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps. Still gives us both goose bumps listening to it.

The readings were done by Catherine’s brothers Robert and Chris, Chris took his own slant on what a reading should be and made a short speech. Robert found and read one of Edward Monkton’s short stories; A Lovely Love Story. A gorgeous tale of two dinosaurs that bore striking resemblances to Tom and Catherine’s own love story.


The bridesmaids dresses were also from Amore Bridal. Being made for proms they were show stoppers that made princesses out of the bridal party.


Holly at Fleur Couture was a dream come true! She understood everything we wanted and even suggested things that we hadn’t even thought about. Getting Tom to even show an interest in flowers was no mean feat!


We had decided pretty early on that, as we both weren’t that keen on icing, we would be better with a naked cake. Judy, Catherine’s step mum stepped up and blew everyone’s expectations away! The four tier cake with three different flavours went down a storm. The photos of it look like something from a wedding magazine!


We actually started with the unconventional method of booking our videographer before almost anything else! Michael Sreenan of Moon River Films was a friend of a friend and as soon as we both met him we knew he was the one for us. Relaxed and friendly, plus a big dog lover which always adds brownie points! His videos of the day (we received a three minute version, 20 minutes and unedited footage of the ceremony and speeches) are beautiful. On the day he blended into the background and we have actually had guests comment afterwards on what a professional he was! I cannot count the amount of times we have raved about him to engaged couples we know! We should be on commission!

Chris Randle actually came as a recommendation from Mike! It was important to the both of us that the videographer and photographer could work well together. Chris’ website won us over instantly, his style of photography was so different and arty. And as Catherine isn’t the most confident person in front of the camera it was lovely to see wedding albums so full of relaxed natural photos. As part of Chris’ contract, we were asked if we would like a second shooter. We agreed as Tom always commented how on the important moment when the bride walks down the aisle is always captured from only the groom’s point of view and we thought it would be lovely to get a different perspective of the day with a second photographer.

We hit the jackpot when Chris told us he would be bringing Katie Byram into the team! Hers and Chris’ photography go together like treacle sponge and custard! Just perfect. She made Catherine feel so comfortable, even as Katie snapped her getting corseted into her dress and coping with last minute nerves. Both photographers really just blended in to the day, all the while keeping us up to date where needed. We even stole away for another impromptu shoot later in the night in the chapel room! From a camera shy bride the ability to make Catherine want to do that speaks volumes for how Chris and Katie made her feel on the day, it was like we had known both of them for years!

The final set of images produced blew us away. We knew we wanted to do a ‘first look’ and we were not disappointed with the results. It also enabled us to involve our lab Buddy in some pictures as he was able to be snook in before any guests arrived for some ‘family portraits’


To try and keep things as in budget as possible Catherine’s skills in art and design were called into play. The chalkboards used for the order of the day and the table plan were painted up on our dining room table with a glass of wine. The place settings were written by hand on small parcel tags and on the night before the wedding Catherine and the bridesmaids individually tied together a napkin, menu and name tag to nearly 100 place settings! The menus were all personalised to include each person’s dietary requirements for the seven course feast put on!

The invites were designed by our good friend and witness Adam Bligh; they were printed on a printing press from the 1800’s based at a museum he works at so they were completely unique!

On the day we employed the amazing Coco Luminaire to light up our initials for the dancefloor, they made our first dance photos really special. We also used Snaparazzi photobooths to create an alternative guest book, the alcohol infused photos and messages still make us laugh!

All of our guests were so generous with their gifts of honeymoon donations. Due to having such a short engagement we thought we would try and stretch out the excitement for a while longer and plan to book our honeymoon for our first anniversary, so hopefully we can celebrate with a cocktail overlooking a beachy sunset somewhere warm ☺


Our first look, seeing each other for the first time without an audience was such an intimate and beautiful moment.

The ceremony! We didn’t think we would love it as much as we did but it was full of laughter and jokes and love. What a wedding ceremony should be in our book.


Videographer! Get one! You will not regret it!

Always remember – it is your day! Be clear and blunt about what you want, you write the rules.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Chris Randle Photography

Dress & Veil
Amore Bridal

Wendy at the Fitting Room

Changes Menswear

Fleur Couture

Brides Shoes
Irregular Choice

Kayleigh King

Judy Armstrong – Catherine’s amazing step mum

Heather Francesca Searle

Hair piece
Liberty in Love

Evening Music
Johnathon Booth

Light Up Initials
Coco Luminaire


Beauty Treatments
Fresh Face Salon Guisborough

Matt Horton

Le Petit Chateau

Simply gorgeous, thank you ever so much Catherine and Tom for sharing all the special moments of your big day with us. Rachel x

A Fairytale Phuket Wedding Full of Romance

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Today’s fairytale wedding takes us all the way to Phuket, Thailand. Tammy & Kenneth’s beautiful celebration at Paresa Phuket is an elegant, and oh-so-romantic, floral filled affair that shows an exotic destination wedding doesn’t have to mean beaches and palm trees….. oh and the palette of soft purples and pinks couldn’t be any prettier!

Romantic Phuket Wedding

I always say choosing your venue is the most important (and should be the first!) decision to make when planning your wedding. But a destination wedding is probably the one exception to this rule, because when you’re marrying abroad, finding the perfect local planner is key! As Tammy explains…. “Most important was the choice of a creative and trustable wedding planner! When Kenneth and I started out looking for a wedding planner in Phuket, we weren’t aiming  for a company with a track record of throwing hundreds of extravagant weddings, but someone who really understood our vision and someone who was truly dedicated to making our wedding unique to us. Ilaire of Wedding Boutique Phuket stood out from all the planners we met. Her tenacity, high standards, personality and passion for creating beautiful things, showed through during our first meeting. Ilaire did not opt for the easy way out for things, she really went the extra extra mile to ensure the best results. Ilaire is an artist and her artist’s persistence defines her work. That’s why there’s so much personality in everything she does. She truly went above and beyond our expectations.”

Romantic Vintage Phuket Wedding Bride in Lace Robe & Veil Lace Bridal Robe Diamond Engagement Ring Bride & Bridesmaids in Floral Robes

“I felt in love at 1st sight with a mermaid cut gown from Crystal Design, simply perfect for my body shape. I also chose a Vintage hair piece to match with the design theme and of course… a long veil that blown with the wind. On top of that… Look at my Sergio Rossi’s design shoes, simply unique that I couldn’t resist!”

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Wedding Boutique Phuket selected for us unusual and unique flowers in the colours of purple shades. At the centre of the cascading bridal bouquet was a purple Japanese cabbage, surrounded by lilac hydrangea, cream and dusty pink roses, purple allium blossoms, Eucalyptus leaves and a cascade of ivy.”

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“Kenneth and Boys were wearing a tailor made grey suit by Gary & Joe, a famous tailor in Hong Kong. Elegant and classic shoes by Magnanni.”

Groom's Bow Tie Groom & Groomsmen

“The same flowers as the bridal bouquet were used for the altar and ceremony backdrop. A wonderful dramatic effect has been given by the wild flowers along the aisle with plenty of candles.”

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“As we both come from the fashion industry, and being fashion victims, we decided to order personalized sunglasses as favors for our guests, we wanted something really cool! Such a unique and useful gift for a sunny day wedding in Thailand! We ordered 2 different models for girls and for boys, all the guests really enjoyed this present!

Another special treat for all the guests were the “Floral Tea Corner” for girls, decorated with unique vintage english teapots and cups, and the “Gentleman Bar” with cigars and selected liquors for the boys. We wanted everybody to feel “treated” on our day :)”

Vintage Wedding Decor Vintage Suitcase Wedding Cards Pink & Purple Vintage Wedding Decor

“When the guests entered the dinner restaurant, which had been decorated with a fairy light cascade, candles, candelabras, floral runners, and hanging bird cages with lights they all said: “Wow, this is really Tammy’s fairy tale!” I can’t forget it!”

Phuket Wedding Table Place Setting Phuket Wedding Tablescape Phuket Wedding Tablescape Phuket Wedding Tablescape

“Our wedding cake was the Best Cake Ever! A 3 tiers chocolate cake covered with white cream frosting and decorated with lots of fresh flowers in purple shades and a magical giant vintage clock made of sugar paste.We really wanted to have the cake hanging from a tree, for a more fairytale effect and to wow all our Guests. It looked so magical!” 

Floral Topped Wedding Cake on a Swing Floral Topped Wedding Cake Cutting the Wedding Cake Phuket Wedding Phuket Wedding Fireworks

Tell us a little bit about your photographer….

Obviously last but not least… Darin is simply great! We had already been very impressed by Darin Images photo galleries on her website, but when Ilaire recommended the same photographer for our wedding we suddenly knew we didn’t have any other choice! Must be her, with her unique eye for details, and candid unforgettable shots. We have to thank her so much for having such great memories of our Wedding Day!

Romantic Phuket Wedding


Such a beautiful day! Aren’t the florals just incredible?? Huge congratulations to the happy couple Tammy & Kenneth, and a big thankyou to them as well as their wonderful photographer Darin Images for capturing it all so perfectly and allowing me to share it with you here. If you love Darin’s photography and would like to see more of her work then be sure to pop across to her website – and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Or if you love this super romantic vintage wedding, and are looking for more inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Alex & Ian’s gorgous green wedding at Salisbury HouseSarah & Nick’s fall affair at Hidden Lake Winery, or Jenn & Teagues earthy yet elegant celebration at Rigmor House! And Samantha & Steven’s honey themed wedding is oh-so-sweet!




Contributors & Credits

Photography – Darin Images // Venue – Paresa Phuket // Event Planning – Wedding Boutique Phuket // Floral Design – Wedding Boutique Phuket // Videography – Tichakorn Cinematography // Wedding Cake – Le Petit Prince Phuket // Rentals – Wedding Boutique Phuket // Hair & Makeup – Lisa Allen MUA Phuket // Wedding Dress – Crystal Design // Bridesmaids Dresses – JM Couture // Groom’s Attire – Gary & Joe Tailor // Bride’s Shoes – Sergio Rossi // Groom’s Shoes – Magnanni // Entertainment – Plug & Play Live Band & Fireworks

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Beautiful Creme, Beige & Blush Wedding in Tuscany: Katherine & Howard

Rustic-Chic Destination Wedding in Tuscany - facibeni fotografia-173Given the beautiful scenery of Val D’ Orcia, Katherine and Howard did not want to take away from the stunning surroundings by choosing bright colours for their wedding day. Katherine’s favourite colours are natural creme and beige so they opted for a classic warm touch of blush for an additional pop of pretty colour. The general floral design for the reception consisted of olive leaves, candlelights and creme, peach and blush flowers Wedding favours were sweet ‘perfectly blended’ wedding herb favours that looked absolutely adorable and fit in with the Tuscan theme. Words by Katherine. Images by Facibeni Fotografia.

Saturday 7th July: Wedding Hair Fair with Number 8 Hairdressing

Get the low down on perfect locks for your big day with Number 8 Hairdressing in Truro, who are hosting a Hair Fair in the salon this Saturday.


Pop along from 2pm to discover all things wedding hair, including…



  • Free of charge 20 min express hair trials to help you choose a style that compliments your gown and theme.


  • Demos with live models to see the stylists in action, and to hear all about each look.


  • Pre-wedding hair boot camp packages to make sure your hair is in the best condition possible.


  • Product prescription service to help you find the right products for your hair type.


  • Advice on veils that suit your hair, or styling hair accessories.



The salon’s experienced stylists will all be on hand with professional advice.


Pop along to the day, or get in touch with Number 8 to find out more.

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Sarah & Josh

This gorgeous affair makes me want to go to a Summer wedding right now!

The delicious use of blush pink and white mixed with crisp green is heavenly, especially the hanging floral installation in the marquee. And how utterly fabulous is the aisle and alter with fairy lights, giant light up letters and floral arch. Honestly folks your pinning fingers won’t know what’s hit them.

This adorable couple have made my heart swell, dressed in fierce fashion and smiling from ear to ear. The talented Dan Ward Photography made sure ALL the happiness and love poured into this rustic luxe wedding was captured to perfection, so get comfortable and enjoy.


Sarah the Bride: Josh and I wanted a modest sized wedding with a relaxed, intimate feel to it and within minutes of arriving at Ever After with our families, we knew that it was the venue for us. We felt like we were wandering through a secret garden and absolutely LOVED the river walk set-up with the gorgeous willow tree, fire-pits and seating area. As well as the outdoor space, what really sold the venue to us was the terrace area, with the fabulous indoor garden, log fire and lots of comfortable seating. Being able to hold both the ceremony and the reception on-site was also a huge positive for us – we knew that we didn’t want to get married in a church or a registry office and the barn was the perfect alternative, with its rustic, romantic feel – Ever After seemed to be the closest we would ever get to having our wedding in our own garden. In the evening, Ever After transforms as all of the fairy lights, fire pits and lanterns set a relaxed, romantic atmosphere, which we absolutely loved.

Nicola, Steve and the team were absolutely wonderful during the lead-up to, and on the Wedding Day itself. Nicola was incredibly responsive to all of our queries and offered lots of help and advice along the way. We chose a dream team of local suppliers that were recommended by Nicola – which really gave us the confidence that our day was in (many pairs of!) safe hands.


Our wonderful florist, Deborah from Dartmoor Flowers, took the time to review my ‘wedding flowers’ Pinterest board and watched it evolve (into something completely different to what I had originally shown her!) in the year leading up to the wedding. She really understood the ‘look’ that we wanted for the day and, when we mentioned that we wanted to create a ‘wow factor’ when our guests entered the marquee for the wedding breakfast, she was full of ideas and came-up with the idea of two large hanging floral arrangements – something that had never been done at Ever After before. With the help of our lovely carpenter friend, Tom, who created the wooden structures for us, Deborah managed to create two spectacular hanging floral arrangements that really wowed our guests. We really appreciated Deborah’s enthusiasm for all of our ideas, her attention to detail (having spent a lot of time reviewing various different types of flower with us, to ensure that she did not include any flowers in our arrangements that we did not like) and her patience with a bride who was prone to changing her mind!


In terms of other décor, we kept things to a minimum, mostly using all of the beautiful metallic candle holders and jars to compliment the greenery and wonderful floral arrangements by Deborah. We sourced some fabulous 4ft ‘LOVE’ letters that really complimented the Ever After style – having originally planned to use them on the dancefloor later on in the day, they actually became a key piece of our ceremony backdrop when the wet weather forecast scuppered our best laid plans to get married outside the barn (actually one of our favourite photos is of us ‘just married’ in front the letters, so it all worked out perfectly in the end!). With the help of my Grandad, we also made our own table plan using a wooden frame and twine to hang the beautiful handwritten name cards by Poppy & Pipkin with little wooden pegs. With some gorgeous floral detail added by Deborah and its perfect placing near the indoor waterfall, it really fitted in well.

Our wonderful bridesmaids hand tied twine around all of the menu cards (from Russet & Gray) which had each individual’s menu choices on them, personalising them by tying on little name cards made by LaPommeEtLaPipe. We wanted to pick-up the twine theme as we had used it on our save the dates and on our invitations (also from Russet & Gray) – whilst the invitations were already beautiful, Sarah wanted to really finish them off by adding the twine around the belly band and Josh spent many hours tying perfect knots before they were sent to guests! We also sourced a very different style of guestbook from the Little Dusty Shed – a board made from wooden pallets, personalised with our names and wedding date on, which all of guests could sign.


It was very important to us that our guests were well fed and watered throughout the day and Outside Inn did not disappoint with the food. Our guests were served four different types of canape (honey & mustard sausages, mini cottage pie fritters, chicken satay, and parmesan and red onion croutes) before sitting down to a delicious three course meal. We gave our guests a choice of three starters and three main courses, with the slow-cooked beef rib tip being by far the most popular choice. Not only did the dish look incredibly impressive being served up on the bone, but it also tasted amazing.
We couldn’t choose just one dessert and so opted for a selection of mini desserts (summer trifle with honeycomb, chocolate brownie with clotted cream, crème brulee with lavender biscuits, edible flower petal jellies and lemon tart). In addition to wine and fizz, we provided ‘His & Hers’ cocktails – an English Garden for the ladies and Dark & Stormy for the men and hired in some gorgeous vintage glassware to serve them in. We had so many compliments from our guests on how great the catering were at ensuring the canapes made it through the crowd so that everyone was able to get some and also ensuring that cocktails were free-flowing and that everyone’s glasses were always topped up. Very happy guests indeed!

Joanne, also handmade pretty pink wands for every single guest to wave us down the aisle following the ceremony. All of the guests (including all of the men!) loved them so much, they feature in almost every photo!


We knew that we wanted to incorporate fresh flowers into the design of our wedding cake and when Jenny at Edible Essence produced a sketch of the design, it was as-if she had read my mind. Using gorgeous fresh flowers provided by Deborah, Jenny created an absolute showstopper – some of our guests were shocked when we finally cut the cake, as they thought it was a fake it was so perfectly made. It did not disappoint on taste either – each tier was a different flavour (lemon, strawberry and champagne, carrot cake and fruit cake) and Jenny’s white chocolate ganache tasted amazing!


My wedding dress was by Mikaella and the lovely ladies at London Bride Couture were absolutely fantastic in helping me pick it out, with just 10 weeks to go before the day! Having originally purchased a dress 7 months earlier elsewhere, I changed my mind (bride’s prerogative!) and decided that it was not the dress for me. The lovely ladies listened to my criteria and picked out a selection of dresses for me to try – having initially said ‘no’ to anything lace, this dress fitted me like a glove and I knew it was the right one for me.
Jimmy Choos were an essential bridal item, I had always wanted a pair of designer shoes and my wedding was the perfect time to pick up a pair that I know I will wear again and again.


I was really pleased with the bridesmaid dresses. Having chosen four wonderful bridesmaids, all with very different personalities and body shapes, I knew that they would not look right to me if they all wore the same dress. After many months of searching, Maids to Measure in Chelsea saved the day. We were able to choose four different dress styles which were then all made from the same batch of fabric, ensuring that they were a perfect colour match. They all looked gorgeous and the blush pink really complimented the venue.


Our photographer, Dan Ward, did such an incredible job of capturing so many special moments throughout the day and in most cases, we were not even aware that he was taking a photo. Exactly as we had wanted, Dan blended in with our guests and we felt happy and comfortable all day, without spending a long time doing ‘posed’ shots.
We have a couple of pieces of advice for other couples planning their wedding:

  • Don’t think you have to do everything that you see on Pinterest! Wedding venues, like Ever After, are beautiful already, but if you want to add to that, choose a couple of DIY projects that you can easily execute within the time you have – your time is precious and we found that too many DIY project can be a little stressful!
  • Remember to take some time out together during the day, just for a couple of minutes to take it all in because, as everyone says, it really is over in the blink of an eye!
{Watch the Film}

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