Archive for March 2010

Photo Booths

March 31st, 2010 — 4:07pm

Photos are a huge deal to me, growing up I had an entire wall in my bedroom covered in photos I had taken.  Before digital cameras I would save up my money to buy film and then to have the pictures developed, often opting for the more expensive option of an hours processing because I was too impatient to wait 24 hours.
I love taking pictures (especially with my new camera) and I love to be surrounded my pictures of people and places I love.

Picking our wedding photographer, as I’m sure you can imagine, was a major job for us.  Luckily Has and I were on the same page when it came how we wanted our wedding to be captured.  We are confident that the photographer we have chosen, Deborah Stott, will match if not beat our expectations.

We want to place disposable cameras on each of our dining tables for our guests to take their own candid shots of the day.  (There are a few taken on Suzie’s wedding day that make me look naked!  Not intended I can assure you, let’s hope they never make it on Facebook!)
Having spoken to friends who did this a lot of photos end up being either unusable (turn the flash on!) not printable (Who does that belong to!) or of very similar things (I believe Suzie has around 12 photos of the lamb shank we all ate for our main course!)  But some of them really do turn out good.  People pull funny faces or poses because they know they don’t have to be on their best behaviour, it’s not like when the professional photographer is shooting you, disposable cameras give you the licence to be silly.  That’s what I want!

So how do you get good quality silly and fun photographs of your guests?  No. I don’t mean plying them with alcohol, although I’m sure that helps!  I’m talking about a photo booth.

People “in the know” are predicting photo booths as the big trend of 2010 and I can see why.  A private space for your guests to leave you with a funny reminder of them on your day.  Most packages come with the option of your guests being able to print two sets.  One they can keep and another for them to stick in your guest book along with a note.  It’s such a simple yet great idea!

Photo from Jasmine Star
Of course these don’t come cheap, the cheapest quote I’ve found so far is around £500 for 3 hours. Yikes!  A definite on our “nice to have” list!
Of course there is always the do it yourself approach.  You’d need to ask your photographer or friend if they mind helping out but the results can be fabulous!
Photo from Ben Godkin
These photos from Emma Case prove my point.

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I’ve got the Baking Bug!

March 31st, 2010 — 8:32am

Last night Has and I made what we are called “Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes”

The surprise being that they are filled with cream!

We scooped out the middle part of the cake and filled it with cream, then put the little lids back on top.
However this meant we were left with quite a bit of excess chocolate sponge… not wanting to waste any we gobbled it up with the left over cream!  Yum!
We sat down to enjoy these bad boys with a cup of tea and an episode of “Come Dine With Me”

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What way is the right way?

March 30th, 2010 — 1:24pm

Before I started to plan a wedding I always imagined I would walk down the aisle with my dad followed by my bridesmaids and never really gave much thought to it.  This is how it has happened at all of the weddings I have ever been to, so never imagined there would be another order to the entrance of the wedding party.

At Suzie and Rob’s wedding her Mom was escorted down the aisle first by Suzie’s brother James, then the bridesmaids and finally Suzie and her Dad.  Having seen it played out this way, I can’t imagine it being any other way at our wedding.

I would love my brother and usher Paul to escort my Mom down the aisle, followed by our 4 bridesmaids and then me on my Dad’s arm.  I think it makes sense for the bride to be the last person in the room.

Amelia Lyon Photography via Junebug Weddings

Other things I’ve come across whilst planning this wedding is whether or not the bride and groom should see each other on the morning of the wedding.  Again I’d always taken it to be bad luck if the groom saw the bride before she walked down the aisle.  However I’ve found at some weddings in America the bride and groom share a private moment and come together before the ceremony in a “first look” meeting.  This must be such a precious and emotional time.  I can imagine the rush of happiness, nerves and love, sharing that “We’re getting married in a few minutes” feeling.  When you walk down the aisle towards your groom you have all eyes on you, so this private meeting must be something special.

Saying that, I don’t think we will be breaking “tradition.” The first time I see Has on the 5th November will be as I walk down the aisle.  I can be a little superstitious (I’m one of those crazy people who salute magpies!) so although a private encounter with Has before our vows would be sacred it would be on my mind that it’s bad luck!

A Cup of Jo

Which brings me to another point.  At a couple of the weddings I have been to, the groom has not turned to watch his bride walk down the aisle.  He has waited until she’s reached him before looking at her.  In fact at my cousins wedding, when her groom tried to turn to look at her, the registrar told him he wasn’t allowed!  When Has and I spoke about this he told me that nothing would stop him watching me walk down the aisle.  In fact I know when I begin my walk, I’ll catch his eye and won’t be able to look elsewhere.  Everyone else watches as the bride makes her entrance so why shouldn’t the groom?!

Mille Holloman
I’ve learnt so much during my time as an engaged lady.  I’ve come to realise that there is no right or wrong when it comes to weddings.  What ever YOU want to happen on YOUR day goes.  Just because it’s the “norm” or “that’s how it’s always happened” doesn’t mean it has to be that way for you.  
At my best friend Suzie’s wedding she broke tradition and totally rocked a stunning midnight blue dress because it was her.
Just because ever woman in my family before me wore a veil, doesn’t mean I have to.  If I want to wear purple shoes or wellies on my wedding day then I will!
I’m not saying our wedding will be a million miles away from “traditional” but we will be personalising our wedding to suit us.  In my opinion I think that is what helps make a perfect wedding.

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March 29th, 2010 — 1:19pm

Ever since I started trying on wedding dresses and I was forced to try on tiaras and veils with the dress to “complete the look” I realised I didn’t want one.

I’m 99.9% sure I won’t be wearing either a veil or tiara on my wedding day.
It’s just not me.

As stupid as it sounds, wearing a veil and tiara conjures up images in my head of me as a little girl playing dress up.

Therefore, I want a headband that makes a statement.  I love the headbands which have the detailing on the side.  Flo and Percy have gorgeous accessories.  Suzie wore their Clarice headband from the Gatsby collection during the evening at her wedding, which is absolutely gorgeous!

I really like their Chesire headband from their Wonderland collection

(model is a bit scary looking though!)

I’m having a real struggle at the moment finding something I’m in love with.  Don’t get me wrong there are loads of gorgeous headbands out there, I just have trouble picturing them being worn.  A lot of websites provide photos of the headband, but I think it really helps to have one of a model wearing it.

They have quite a few cute ones on Etsy.

This Rhinestone Headband is from TessaKim

Swarovski Rhinestone Headband from Brenda’s Bridal Veils

I like the pearls in this Heirloom side tiara headband from Glitzy Secrets
I found the Jennifer Behr website a while ago.. she tempts me with her stunning headbands.  Especially Dahlia
Want to know a secret…?  I haven’t actually tried on a side headband!  Yes, I could be fantasising on something that will look completely pants on.  Only one thing for it, mass headband trying on session is in order!

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How was your weekend?

March 28th, 2010 — 4:17pm

I’ve had a lovely relaxing and quiet weekend filled with my favourite things.  Baking, crafting, visiting Hobby Crafts and watching films in bed with Has.

First of all my ring from Oh, hello, friend came.

It’s gorgeous and I love it!
Saturday I visited Hobby Craft and picked up some ribbon so I can make a start on the invitations.  I also picked up some purple sample paint pots for a separate project I’ll start soon.
Has’ Mom Sue found her wedding outfit yesterday too!  A complete bargain and it’s gorgeous!  Not only did Sue manage to find her outfit she also walked straight into Next and found the perfect shoes to match… extra bonus, they were on sale!!
We’ve spent most of the day in the kitchen  Has made his famous meatballs and spaghetti and I made a chocolate sponge cake.  The frosting didn’t turn out as chocolatey looking as I had intended but our local shop only had milk chocolate rather than dark  Oh well it tasted yummy!!

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Some Things for the Weekend

March 26th, 2010 — 1:20pm

I’ve decided to expand my Friday Photo feature into “Some Things for the Weekend”

I read so many great blogs, forums, articles and tweets daily about weddings, crafts, design and a hole host of other things that I want to share and remember.   I thought instead of dedicating a post to each I’ll collect them up and post them at the end of the week.  So without further ado… Some Things for the Weekend!

I have those purple shoes!

What do you think? Some Things for the Weekend better that Friday Photo?
Happy Weekend xxx

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Amazing Animation

March 26th, 2010 — 11:11am

Such a cute, cute video!

A Toronto animator made this video to play for his wife during their wedding reception.  Enjoy

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Engagement Shoot Style

March 25th, 2010 — 4:20pm

I’ve had a couple of ideas for our engagement shoot.

I’d love to be able to carry a small bouquet of tulips in some photos.  They are my favourite flower and seeing as I can’t afford to include them in the wedding it would be nice to have a few shots of them.

Green Wedding Shoes
My other thought was related to our “Thank You” cards.  We won’t have the opportunity to write these out before we go on honeymoon, so I wanted to prepare as much as I could for when we get back.  We’ll be away for 3 weeks and I don’t want to leave people too long without a proper thank you.
I have been thinking about having a few photos taken during our shoot specifically for our “Thank You” cards  so I can make these us ready for us to write out when we get back.  I love the idea of having the words “Thank You” written out and held by us.  Something like this…
It’s really different and cute!  As chalkboards seem to be featuring quite heavily in our wedding, I had thought about using the boards we are having for our menus.
We can also have a lot of fun with other different messages
Polka Dot Bride

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Choices, choices!

March 24th, 2010 — 2:26pm
A few of the dresses I like at the moment.  I think the style we’re going for is definitely swooshy! 

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30 Before 30

March 23rd, 2010 — 1:13pm

I came across this article today from The 30 Skills Every Woman Should Have Before Turning 30

It got me thinking.  When I was at school we were set writing assignments with questions like “Where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years time?”  At the age of 15 I would always say “In 5 years I will almost certainly have a successful career, be living in my own home and be with someone I care about.  In 10 years I expect I will be married with children”  Well 10 years have past.  I don’t own my own home, I do not have a successful career and I do not have any children.  I am however very much in love and will be marrying my best friend in just over 7 months.

For some reason growing up I always imagined I would settle down early.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that my Mom was married at 19 and had me when she was 21.  When I was 15, 21 seemed an age away and everything I thought I could do in 5 years felt within my reach.  As it happens at the age of 21 Has had just left University, we both had very little money and the idea of owning our own home was laughable.

When I was 21, 30 seemed even longer away – even though people couldn’t help but point out to me that my “next big birthday was 30!

I’m now 25, very nearly 26.  30 really doesn’t feel that long away!  I’ve made a new realistic list of things I hope to achieve before I’m 30.  (Some of them, you’ll see have already be set in motion)  In no particular order…

  1. Get married!
  2. Move in with Has before our wedding (We’ll be renting to start with)
  3. Own our first home together.
  4. Start to think about a family
  5. Visit Alaska
  6. Learn how to knit
  7. Do something I love for a living.
  8. Decorate my house in a style to suit me and Has.
  9. Teach Has how to drive.
  10. Create a “places we have been map
  11. Become confident in the kitchen and be able to cook edible meals!
  12. Visit Harry Potter World
  13. Run/Walk the Breast Cancer Race For Life
  14. Learn how to sew
  15. Watch all the first (last?) 3 Star Wars films (I get flamed for not seeing the originals!)
  16. See the New York Giants play at home
  17. Perfect the art of cupcake making
  18. Host a dinner party
  19. Buy a pair of designer shoes
  20. Get a professional massage
  21. Get a professional facial
  22. See the Macy’s Parade on Thanks Giving 
  23. Host Christmas dinner.
  24. Have a garden
  25. Be a comfortable size 10
  26. Go to Iceland
  27. Climb a Volcano (Extinct!)
  28. Trace my family tree
  29. Learn to play the Bass
  30. See Poison play live.

Does anyone else have a 30 before 30 list?

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