Did you choose to include black and white frames in your wedding photos? We'd love to hear from you at email@example.com.
To us, our recommended photographers are artists highly skilled in their craft. Richard Galloway is certainly no exception. Reigning supreme in documentary photography, Richard captures pure and natural images, harnessing emotion and focussing on moments.
Although posed images of course have their place and documentary photographers will still capture those all important bride and groom portraits, there is something magical about a photographer who floats among the guests virtually unseen, reproducing again those moments you thought had gone in an instant. A groom's stray tear he hoped had gone unnoticed, a look between sisters and bridesmaids or the look of quiet relief in a bride's father's eye as he realises his daughter is in the safest hands.
For us, nothing reproduces these moments quite like a black and white frame. There is always room for colour, capturing your bridesmaids coloured uniformity and the vivid masterpieces your florist has created, but with black and white there is no where to hide. With black and white frames the photographer's use of light and the moment dominate, with the passion felt stronger by the viewer.
We adore how Richard seeks unique views and angles to tell your story in a captivating and artistic way, and black and white images let us appreciate this all the more.
Did you choose to include black and white frames in your wedding photos? We'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The wonderful Victoria from Extremely Lovely Weddings has put together some helpful tips on all things DIY wedding!
Hi! I’m Victoria from Extremely Lovely Weddings and I’m all about helping couples create an amazing wedding day. A day that feels like one huge celebration of not only your love for each other, but all the things you enjoy doing, the adventures you’ve been on, your favourite things in life - and sharing it all with your nearest and dearest.
If you’re feeling a little daunted by the task ahead, here are our top tips for creating a DIY wedding that’s like no other!
1. Style over theme!
I want to help you create a wedding day that’s all about you as a couple and one that reflects both your personalities, so for starters I always suggest trying to steer away from a ‘theme’ and set about finding your own ‘style’ instead.
You may have thought about having a rustic wedding for example, but without including little touches of ‘you’ as a couple it’s hard not to end up with a rustic-themed wedding that isn't much different to any other your guests have been to (or that you’ve already seen online!)
Rather than thinking of them as themes, think of styles you are drawn to – rustic, bohemian, modern or maybe Hollywood glam (or a combination of these) are more about style than anything else. As you put all your elements together, such as flowers, cake, décor etc., you’re more likely to create a wedding that has the rustic feel you want but will feel like completely your own style. Your guests love to be wowed and surprised on your wedding day and having your own wedding day style will make it a unique experience for them.
2. A few of your favourite things...
Next, make a list of all the things you both love. Simple things like your favourite colours, things you like to do in your spare time, places you've visited together that you fell in love with and even where you were born, or your heritage - any details that make you, you! Then all you have to do is work out how to bring touches of these things into your day through your centrepieces, table plan, venue decor, even your cake and flowers! The end result will be a wedding day that really shows off your personalities.
3. Adding touches of you!
Adding little touches of you will make your wedding even more special. Having a rustic style wedding doesn’t mean you have to stick to plain log slice centrepieces with jam jars of flowers. Log slices always look great but add little trinkets or items to them that mean something to you - perhaps show off your love of antiques and collectables with vintage brooches and necklaces found in charity shops or markets, or little treasures that you collected on your travels together, or maybe some gorgeous shells or starfish to show off your love of the beach or little Harry Potter figures because you’re both mad Harry Potter fans! Incorporate these things you love across all your venue décor including table plans, backdrops and wedding signage for a really unique day.
4. Switch it up
How about switching things up a little and replacing that log slice with another natural centrepiece base like one of our lovely couples who used some lovely wood native to the groom’s birthplace, or use some other natural product like a square of moss as a base for your centrepiece collection. If you really love log slices, try switching it up another gear with our new glitter log slices which are gorgeous!
Rather than having hessian decorated jam jars to display your flowers in, how about decorating your jars with something more personal, like our crafty-minded bride whose family crocheted little jar cosies, or fill that centrepiece lantern you like with flowers instead of candles for something a little more special. When it comes to table numbers, switch them up for something a bit more you. Use a mini chalkboard with your favourite song lyrics on it so each table is a song name instead of a number (this will then help you create a unique table plan). How about a little potted chalkboard heart on a stick as a table number to represent your love of gardening, or maybe a little 45” vinyl to show off your love of music.?
5. Mix it up!
If you are drawn to a couple of styles, don’t be scared to mix it up a bit. A simple collection of glassware and candlelight on a log slice or mossy base will add a modern twist to a rustic style, or try a collection of little jugs from charity shops, or your nan’s cupboard, to add a touch of vintage. You might want to add a bit of Hollywood glam, so try a big glittery oversized table number which will look great amongst rustic surroundings.
Often couples have completely different visions for their wedding day, but it’s all about compromise and there’s always a way to blend your ideas and different styles together. It just takes a bit of thought, and maybe some help or inspiration from a venue stylist, to end up with a wedding that tells you own little story.
These extra touches will turn a beautiful wedding into an amazing wedding... and a memorable one at that!
I hope this gets you excited about putting together your own DIY wedding. If you feel like you need a helping hand then ask us about our DIY Wedding Workshops and Venue Styling sessions where you’ll learn loads of tricks of the trade and more top tips.
Check out our instagram for inspiration and ideas too. Get in touch and mention you’ve seen us on Wedding Shed and we’ll email you a voucher or, better still, come and say hi at the upcoming Ufton Court Wedding Fayre. We’re always more than happy to offer a free consultation and have a chat about how we can help you create your own amazing DIY wedding day. Happy planning!
Whether honeymooning or looking for the ultimate tropical get-away, we thought we would put together a little inspiration from a recent trip Jasmine embarked on, to the Seychelles.
About to begin the interesting and stressful journey of buying my first home and with the prospect of being strapped for cash for what will feel like an eternity, I decided last year would be the year of a holiday of a life-time. Somewhere I could squeeze out every drop of paradise yearning.. I remembered the tales my grandparents told of a magical holiday to the Seychelles, tales of whimsical giant tortoises appearing on doorsteps of beach huts, of talcum powder sand and colourful corals and after that, I set my sights, we were going.
Choosing a base.
Whether you're the travel-hungry, planning to island hop and see as much as possible (like us!) or a beach-loving babe hoping to soak the rays up and chillax to the max within the height of luxury, it's still good planning to research your 'base' or 'bases'. You might be surprised to hear that the Seychelles are made up of 115(!!) islands off of East Africa and although not all are habitable, you'll be spoilt for choice.
If you're the pre-mentioned person looking to do minimal travel and maximum ray-soaking, a private island might be your thang. Fregate Island boasts 16 private villas with swimmings pools and 7 beaches (some of which you can book to yourself!). Eden Island is another popular with the luxury-seekers; this man-made island includes penthouses inhabited by the richest, littered with yachts. Bird and Sillhouette Island are also fab bases for those looking to stay-put and enjoy the resort.
Looking for an island-hopping adventure? Praslin or La Digue are smart places to start. Great destinations for the ferry (which is actually quite easy once you get the hang of the fact there are two services!), these islands provide a great base for excursions to close-by islands such as Cousin Island Nature reserve.
Getting hung-up on the weather.
The internet is filled with images of the still-as-glass sea and cloudless sky you associate with the Seychelles but although the temperature stays steady, some seasons bring temperamental seas and impressive storms. This is due to 'trade winds' which affect certain coasts; the southeast monsoon between May & September might mean it's best to book accommodation on the western side of the island you're visiting and during the northwest monsoon from October to March you might want to stay on the eastern side. Do a little digging and you'll find lots of 'do's and don'ts' regarding the weather, rain and storms, but it's a tropical destination and if you expect some downpours alongside the impressive sunshine, you won't be disappointed. We visited in April, and it was splendid; mainly blue skies, with a few angry storms here and there to keep the rainforest lush and green.
We chose Mahé as our base and stayed at the Hilton Allamanda. The diversity of lush rainforest and vibrant traditional towns stole our hearts. We would recommend hiring a car and travelling around the entire island to witness it's true charm.
You can hike in the rainforests surrounded by impressive flying foxes, sip traditional Seychellois rum and enjoy the finest dining at the Takamaka Distillery, or snorkel the many nature reserves dubbed some of the best in the world for seeing an array of wildlife, such as Port Launay. We found some of the most amazing fish on the reef just outside of our hotel.
In hindsight, visiting La Digue and Praslin in one day was a mistake. If we were to ever return to the tropical paradise, we would break up our trip and stay at one of these breath-taking islands. Not as built-up (although nowhere in the Seychelles is really built up!) as Mahé, both Praslin & La Digue show true island-living. Whizzing around on bicycles was the best way to explore La Digue; we started at the world-famous Anse Source D'Argent (the most amazing beach you will ever see in your life..) and ended at Grande Anse, where huge waves pummelled the intriguing granite rocks. Unfortunately due to our poor planning, we only caught a glimpse of Praslin, but my grandma insists this was her favourite island, home to Valee de Mai, a breathtaking UNESCO park famous for the coco de mer which is native only to the Seychelles.
I could honestly waffle on about this island forever, rarely a day passes where I don't think about the Seychelles. I thought I would pop down some quick and random notes that you might find useful for your visit.
We've been very excited to share these beautiful table plans from Lulabee with you all! Founder, Laura has kindly shared her top tips and ideas for creating a plan that not only looks amazing, but is personal to you as a couple.
Your table plan is almost certainly going to be a labour of love. Countless hours can be spent working out who sits where and who should be placed next to who, which is one of the reasons the final piece should be a bit of a show stopper. It’s also the first thing your guests are going to see after the ceremony, and drinks reception as they walk into the wedding breakfast.
However we do agree that sometimes less is more, and love the simplicity of a printed table plan too. If you are having a lot of elaborate details this may be the best choice.
At lulabee we offer a vast array of hired table plans, which are all personalised and adapted to fit in with your wedding day. A good tip, whether you are making the table plan yourself, or getting someone (like Lulabee!) to help is to try and bring elements of your wedding into the design. If you are getting married in a rural setting, in a barn or having a rustic themed wedding then a wood based table plan could be the one for you! If you are getting married in a stately home or having a more traditional affair, then something fitting like a framed table plan would compliment its surroundings. One of our most popular table plans (that Laura actually used at her own wedding) is a simple free standing wooden board. The stationery prints can really help bring texture and colour to the design, and a plain board like this lets the stationery (and maybe a foliage garland) do the talking.
If you want to add further textures and dimensions to your seating plan, pallets and crate displays are a lovely way to create a bit of a statement. We love putting crate display table plans together as no two are ever the same. The flowers will always be created in keeping to your colour tones and pallets and any little extras you want to include can easily be incorporated.
Another popular, but bespoke table plan we love to create is a world map. If you and your partner love to travel, why not consider naming your tables after these places? The maps create a beautiful and unique backdrop and I always tie the country in with the table lists using twine. A great option too if you are having a travel themed wedding.
Christmas, New Years and an Engagement. Some of you lucky lot will be emerging from one of the most special Christmases of your lives, after being proposed to by the one you love.
Whilst most of us are poking are heads out of our Christmas bubble wondering how in God's name we're going to motivate ourselves to get back into the office or the gym, others of you will have the added bonus of the internet filled with Engagement Do's and Don'ts amounting to another realm of post-Christmas panic you didn't even know existed. "Don't forget to tell Aunt Bettie before you Instagram your ring", "Don't start dress shopping right away", "Hire a photographer for your engagement party", "Don't forget an engagement shoot".
The internet is filled with people giving advice, and although Wedding professionals have extremely helpful ideas, hints and tips, take your time and love every minute. Your engagement is personal and there's no right way to enjoy it. So, with that in mind here's our non-advisory advice:
1) If you want to throw an Engagement Party, do it!
Or if you don't, don't. Some of you (like us!) will think HELL YES any excuse for Prosecco and gathering your favourite people. Others will want to bask in their engagement as a couple and won't feel the need for yet another party (seeing your Great Aunt 3 times already in the last month is more than enough), that's ok too.
2) Instagram the heck out of your Engagement
Or just tell your nearest and dearest.. You're getting engaged to the man or woman of your dreams, and you might want to shout it from the rooftop (or from your Instagram grid)... If your parents are the first people you want to tell, tell them first. If your best friend is more like your sibling and closer than anyone else in your life, tell them first. If your neighbours cat that sneaks in for a saucer of milk is the first person you want to tell.... you might be mad. Do what feels right. If you're not one for sharing too much personal content on Instagram, fab, no one's going to lose any sleep over not seeing your ring on their feed. You'll see hundreds of posts telling you to make sure you tell every single person face to face before spreading the news in the world of social media, but if you accidentally forget someone along the way don't freak out, they really WONT hate you.
3) Book an Engagement Shoot!
Or don't book an engagement shoot... We know plenty of photography gurus who will help guide you on choosing your location and will make the process super friendly and fun. You can read about it here actually. Although we know you'd be in the best hands, some of you just won't be into the idea of an Engagement Shoot. Don't force it, you'll have plenty of your own photographs and memories of the occasion so there's no need for FOMO.
4) Create a mood board
Or just make it up as you go along? Some of us are super-organised planning freaks, it's in our blood. We love lists, mood boards, flowcharts and all sorts of stationery that promises to make our planning easier (and more colourful with pointless stickers and tick boxes)... The idea of creating a mood board two days after we get engaged is totally normal and that's what we'll do. Of course, Pinterest is a popular place to start and we have plenty of boards to inspire. Others of us might not know where to start and the thought of Pinterest makes us want to hide in a cave, so chatting to wedding professionals for ideas and going with the flow is completely ok! Once you start chatting with your friends and visiting venues, things will fall into place.
5) Set a date
Or if you have no bloody clue, that's cool. Everybody loves a wedding, and so it's only natural that they're going to ask when the big day is. If you're one of those super-organised folk mentioned earlier, you might have already decided this. Great! People can get the date in the diary and pray for an invite. Some couples might have a mutual favourite time of year, so you can bat away the questions with 'we love the idea of a summer wedding' or 'winter weddings are lovely'! Other couples simply won't know, and if the pressure of choosing a date or time of year is too much then don't worry. Take your time and once you're ready you'll have an answer for those nagging family members! In the mean time, shove in some ear plugs or come back with a simple 'we'll keep you posted!'
Relax. There is no right, wrong, early or late way to enjoy an engagement and plan a wedding. Soak up the excitement, do it your way and take your time... and if you have any questions, just ask!
Image Credit - Michael & Roxalynn by Benjamin Stuart Photography
You'll be forgiven if, like us, you hadn't heard of a preserved rose until now. Looking simply like a freshly cut rose, a preserved rose starts life soaking in a sugar solution for up to 20 days. This sugary liquid replaces the natural sap and after being rinsed and dried these blooms become preserved.
These fine real roses last up to 3 years in the home when cared for properly and don't require any watering. Not only are they a stunning floral arrangement to add to your home, but make the most unique and thoughtful gift for your bridesmaids. What says thank you better than the scent of roses, preserved for years to come?
As well as soft and elegant white, Victoria offers a variety of colours and designs all within her bespoke service. This hot pink look has us swooning, you too?
Why not extend the floral love beyond your bridesmaids? Perfect for all the lovely ladies at your big day, the single preserved rose is the perfect choice for your wedding favours. Presented in an adorable gift box you can even transform them into your place names.
If you're loving what you see, why not check out Victoria's online shop or get in touch for bespoke options. We're lucky enough to have been gifted one of the glorious single roses, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media to see this beauty up close and personal!
There is no doubt that you will be wowed by wonderful winter wedding inspiration on the internet; fur stoles to team with your wedding dress, glistening tableware and festive favours. But what about food?
We've been chatting to the Total Hospitality team, who have told us their favourite canapés for a winter wedding.
Wild Mushroom Ragout Pastry Spoons
There's nothing quite like the earthy taste of wild mushrooms. Total Hospitality have presented their rich and luxurious ragout on handy little pastry spoons for a mess-free mouthful!
Seared Scallops, Pea & Mint Purée
The classic combination of scallops and peas will never go out of fashion. A light and delicious canapé with vibrant colour, this is the perfect choice for your guests before a large wedding feast!
Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Beef & Horseradish
These bites of Sunday roast in miniature will have your guests going wild. We can say from experience that a mini yorkie with rare beef is a favourite amongst wedding guests, we can just hear that crunch of the Yorkshire pudding, can you?
Mature Stilton & Fig on Walnut Bread
Walnuts, one of the warming tastes of Winter and topped with a festive fig there's no way you could miss these from your December wedding canapé line up. These bad boys were captured by the wonderful Benjamin Stuart Photography and we just adore the rustic service style!
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Crostini
Crisp crostini meets mellow roasted vegetables. Vegetarian canapés can be the star of the show too dressed with brightly coloured micro leaves to finish.
Before your guests let their hair down on the dance floor, it's your time to shine with your first dance! If you're thinking of opting for something a little slower-paced to tug at your loved one's heart strings, you'll want to check out these beautifully romantic options from Entertainment Nation!
Acoustic folk songs are a popular choice when it comes to weddings, and it’s easy to see why. With their dreamy chords and heartfelt lyrics, they are a perfect choice for your first dance as a married couple. What makes these songs even more perfect for a first dance is how easily an accomplished acoustic singer-guitarist or an acoustic wedding band can deliver a breathtaking live rendition to sweep you off your feet.
We know these songs will create a special moment for you and your partner on your big day, leaving no dry eyes in the house. They have been tried and tested by our amazing musicians who have seen first-hand how effective they are, so you can rest assured knowing your first dance will be truly magical if you pick a song from our list (also, being chilled and romantic, these songs are great as wedding processional songs for your ceremony).
1. If I Say - Mumford & Sons
2. Better Together - Jack Johnson
3. Shape of Love - Passenger
4. Only Love - Ben Howard
5. Flowers in Your Hair - The Lumineers
6. Skinny Love - Bon Iver
7. Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
8. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
9. Hold my Girl - George Ezra
10. Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Our bands love to perform these songs for first dances due to the romantic and dreamy atmosphere they create. Acoustic folk songs radiate a sense of love and emotion, making them a perfect choice for your first dance as a married couple, creating a moment that you and your loved ones will remember forever.
Acoustic wedding musicians perform using beautiful and vibrant instruments like the double bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, cajon and drums, creating a rich, full sound that forms a fun yet elegant background to your wedding reception. Alternatively, having an authentic acoustic guitarist or acoustic duo perform your first dance will be just as effective, with their stunning sound and radiant vocals making them ideally suited to the task.
Whatever the line-up, acoustic acts work particularly well if you’re are a big Mumford & Sons fan, if you’re hosting a festival styled wedding reception or if you’re following an authentic rustic theme for your special day. Guaranteed to create a romantic atmosphere and be performed with passion and emotion, your first dance will be unforgettable when it’s performed by a breath-taking live musician.
Visit Entertainment Nation today to discover the best folk bands and acoustic guitarists. We're open from 10am until 10pm every day and our friendly team are always happy to help you find and book your dream wedding entertainment.
When it comes to planning your wedding décor, it can be difficult to imagine each little element coming together. You may want to incorporate a holiday you've had together, family traditions or perhaps the colours synonymous with your wedding season. Nancy & Tim's special day at Ufton Court is the perfect example of how all your personal touches and unique ideas can work together in harmony.
Nancy & Tim opted for a subtle skiing theme as they got engaged whilst on a skiing trip together. You'll see in their beautiful images that there were little nods to this trip throughout their décor, with snow-filled baubles and a piste map as the table plan. Their table plan actually highlighted where they got engaged and they even had faux snow instead of petals as confetti.
As well as having a skiing theme, Nancy & Tim also subtly incorporated 1920s style into their wedding day as a nod to Nancy's wedding dress designer. Eliza Jane Howell is well known for her stunning designs inspired by the early 1900's. Nancy & Tim used peacock and ostrich feathers to tie in the 1920s theme, with Birds of Paradise in the table centrepieces.
Hues of orange and peach represented the season in Nancy's bouquets and floral arrangements offering a striking contrast against the groomsmen's suits and bridesmaid's dresses.
We hope you enjoy scrolling through Nancy & Tim's photos as much as we did, Josh of JTP Images has perfectly captured every aspect of their special day. For the full list of wonderful suppliers involved, please head to the bottom of the page.
Venue: Ufton Court
Photographer: JTP Images
Hair: Vicky Taylor
Make up: Phoebe Hayter
Flowers: Willow Tree Flower Design
Caterers: Total Hospitality
The wedding world can seem a little daunting when you set out on your quest to plan your dream day. With hundreds and thousands of suppliers to choose from it can be hard to understand which is best for you without a little helping hand. Although wedding directories exist to make this a little easier, the industry was lacking something intimate and tailored, to make wedding beauty a stress-free and personal experience. This is why Melissa Morris founded the wonderful Make Me Bridal. Helping brides discover local expert hair and make up artists with just one enquiry!
Melissa is a hair and makeup artist herself, creating dream wedding looks for over 200 brides throughout her journey. She felt that brides are owed a dedicated search tool to make them feel at ease throughout the search for their beauty expert.
Rather than offering a list of artists who have paid to be part of a directory, Make Me Bridal is bespoke and unique, tailoring your enquiry to ensure you have the choice of high quality and trusted beauty experts within your area.
With artist profiles complete with bios, portfolios, pricing and FAQs brides can breathe a sigh of relief when making their beauty choices. Not sure what look you're after? Not to worry, the inspiration page will ensure you're wowed by the most stunning looks, whether a cascading loose plait or an autumnal deep red lip pallette. This is the 'go to' for brides looking for the perfect wedding day look. Have a look below to browse some killer looks we're seeing on the beauty scene!
Laid back and free flowing natural waves. This cascading look from Eden B Studio's look book is created by Hero Hairstylist. Oozing bohemian chic this combines tousled and relaxed waves with dainty floral hairpieces from the wonderful Eden B Studio. To bring out that inner boho fire, little pops of colour are added for a touch of drama by the wonderful Aston's Makeup. Photography from the hugely talented Nicola Dixon.
An outdoor elopement
Can you smell the late summer blooms? This look screams summer romance. Whilst keeping the hair from the face, Gustav Fouche creates an impressive chunky plait with a delicate floral hair vine. This look is perfect for those looking for a veil alternative. Team this look with natural hues on the eyes; Quelle Bester chose this dreamy taupe shade to enhance the overall look. Photography by Especially Amy.
Glitz & Glow
Dewy complexions are taking the beauty scene by storm! A fresh bridal look created by a luxurious skincare routine is something that Melissa Clare Makeup & Hair strongly believes in. With a soft glow to the cheeks and a kiss of pink, this look will emanate through your wedding photos. Photography by Lucie Watson & hair accessories from the fab Atelier Wilde.
An injection of colour can enhance your best features. Katy Djokic combines a soft high bun, bold pink lips and a dusting of pink on the cheeks, focussing on enhancing the cheek bones. This image was captured by Charlotte Wise Photography and the gorgeous slinky strapped dress is from Heart Aflutter Bridal.
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