MARIAH CAREY:THANKS FOR LOVING ME, NICK BYE BYE

TMZ confirms the separation of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon.

The end of a divine romance. After three months of rumor, the site often well informedTMZ confirms the sad news Thursday: separation of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon.The singer and host of “America’s Got Talent” will be well separated in May, and it would live at the hotel. And it would not be a simple and mundane domestic dispute: they would consider divorce and their lawyers are negotiating a settlement agreement, including regarding the custody of their twins, aged three.

The same source, the origin of the crisis would be made by Mr. confidences during his time in a radio broadcast in March, in which he admitted to having sex with … Kim Kardashian. He had indeed been asked to mention four personalities with whom he had relations; and rapper quote also his wife, Christina Milian, Nicole Scherzinger, Selita Ebanks and.

There is still some time, yet everything seemed to be going well in the best of worlds for the diva of 44 years and her boyfriend of eleven years his junior. The latter took advantage of every opportunity to shout him his love. In May, again, a few days after the magazine “OK!” Was titled “It’s over,” the producer seemed to deny the rumors on the occasion of Mother’s Day. Besides a family photo, taken last year at Disneyland, he had in fact written on his twitter page: “The Girl of My Dreams, My Angel, My Queen, My Wife, Mother of My Children. Thank you to bless me … “

On the occasion of Father’s Day, June 15, the photo published on social networks yet seemed to show a happy family.© ALEXBUY.COM

Moroccan and Monroe were born April 30, 2011 their son’s first name was chosen nod to the story of his parents, because it is in the “Moroccan Room” (Moroccan room), room to room Eastern atmosphere, located on the top floor of their apartment in New York – with views across Manhattan-, Nic Cannon asked the star to marry him. As for their little girl, she was named as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, is “an inspiration” for Mariah Carey forever. This double-happy event had sealed their happiness, three years to the day after their wedding in the Bahamas -qu’ils symbolically renewed each year- and devastating miscarriage which was followed.

LeBron James’ weight loss shocks NBA fans

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LeBron James has undergone a radical transformation. Source: Emily from ALEXBUY.COM

LEBRON James is a beast no more.

The NBA superstar has shed his substantial bulk over the offseason, stunning fans.

Since making global headlines with his shift from the Miami Heat back to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, James has been on a low-carb diet.

While there has been some concern over the gaunt appearance of one of the world’s greatest athletes, health experts say his leaner frame will prove beneficial.

“It does take at least four weeks to adapt to the diet but almost anyone can do it and it’s something they can maintain through competition.”

James isn’t the only player undergoing a dramatic transformation, either, with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony turning heads with his slimming summer of no carbs. Anthony’s trainer Idan Ravin told  Emily it’s too early to tell whether either James or Anthony will want to play all season this thin.

Move over Sharon, Louis and Nicole!

Move over Sharon, Louis and Nicole! Meet the judges in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2014

The Wedding Ideas Awards 2014 have started with a bang – so who are the people who decide on the final winners?

Giving wedding companies, large and small, the chance to be recognised for all their hard work throughout the year, the Wedding Ideas Awards 2014 have two stages of voting. Stage one is all about the real brides, but stage two is all about the pros! Experts in their chosen fields, our judges whittle the real brides’ top five companies down to a final winner. It’s a tough job but hey, someone’s got to do it. And who better than these respected industry pros… Let’s find out a little bit more about them.

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Kat Williams,  rocknrollbride.com

Blogging about weddings since 2007, Kat has become a respected name within the industry thanks to rocknrollbride.com.” In that time I’ve certainly seen the good, the bad and the very, very ugly,” she says. “I also receive between 50 and 100 real wedding submissions a day so I know what makes an awesome wedding supplier and what certainly does not!

” So what will Kat be looking for in this year’s nominees? “Someone who listens to their client, understands their vision and gets creative with it!” Kat’s top planning tip for real brides? 
”Spend as much as you can on a wedding photographer – after the wedding day you’ll regret it if you have terrible photos.”

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Damien Lovegrove, lovegrovephotography.com

Having photographed over 400 weddings, top UK photographer Damien Lovegrove joins the panel for the second year in a row. “I work with the best suppliers and work for a client base that understands and expects quality. I know what it is to deliver a fabulous customer experience and how to recognise that wow factor in suppliers,” he says. So what makes a good supplier? “Someone that exceeds expectations on all levels and delivers the wow factor to make their customers day all the more special.” When it comes to weddings in general, Damien would like to see more brides and bridesmaids doing speeches on the big day. “I’d also like to see the wedding being planned from the guest’s perspective. Brides should consider their experience at each stage of the day.”

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Susi Rogol, Bridal Buyer magazine

Editor of industry magazines Bridal Buyer, Bridal Buyer Europe and bridalbuyer.com, Susi understands the wedding market, its intricacies and has worked with wedding suppliers and retailers on every level. Why has she decided to be a judge again this year? “The Wedding Ideas Awards not only highlight the very best, but importantly, focus on those who are achieving and moving up the scale, so being in the final line up of nominations is of huge value.” What would Susi’s advice be for buying your wedding details? “Falling in love is vital – never settle for anything you do not feel passionate about. A considered ‘no’ is better than a regretted ‘yes’– and that goes from finding your dream dress, to choosing the music.”

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Darren Noel, hitched.co.uk

A part of the wedding industry since 1999, the Commercial Director of hitched.co.uk has plenty of experience when it comes to suppliers, venues and bridalwear designers. “The Wedding Ideas Awards highlight and recognise the very best in the industry, making it easy to pin point who we’d love to work with and feature on our own website,” says Darren. “In my eyes a great wedding supplier knows how to promote themselves! As the world has become so visual with the likes of Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus, it’s important to have amazing images to represent your brand and what you do.”

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Jessica Brown, showbiz, entertainment and lifestyle journalist

After starring as a real-life bride in the magazine herself last year, former Showbiz Editor of the Daily Star Jess has written numerous articles for Wedding Ideas. She’s covered everything from health and beauty to fashion and celebs. Jess’s idea of a perfect wedding supplier? “Someone who comes highly recommended and proves themselves to be friendly and reliable. A person who is proud of their service and holds customer satisfaction higher than money exchanged.” Any newlywed tips for us, Jess? Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family to help – most are itching to get involved; Have fun, it’s suppose to be a day filled with happiness and love; and prioritize your budget and work out what’s the most important thing early on.”

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Alison Tinlin, blogger and owner of Plans and Presents

More commonly known as wedding blogger MrsPandP.com, Alison is the UK’s number one wedding tweeter and owner of wedding planning company Plans and Presents. “I see myself as an advocate for new Bridal Businesses and see myself as a bit of a mum nurturing their inherent fabulousness and helping them fly,” she says. “A good wedding supplier is someone who has great attention to detail – someone that gets YOU, takes your vision and makes it come alive.” What’s this wedding planner’s top tip? “Always, always, always get wedding insurance.  It will be the best money you will ever spend, especially in this economic climate.”

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Jayne Bransby, elegantsteps.co.uk

Self-confessed shoe-aholic Jayne is one of our favourites in the wedding industry. She created Elegant Steps back in 2003, specialising in wedding shoes and shoe dyeing. Now the leading retailer of wedding shoes in the UK, Elegant Steps have an extensive range of bridal, bridesmaid and mother of the bride designs, as well as a selection of wide-fitting wedding shoes. “The Wedding Ideas Awards recognises real talent in the industry,” she says. “Plus you don’t have to pay to be involved and real brides get the chance to nominate their favourite brands.”

Haven’t voted yet? Have your say now! It takes just a couple of minutes and you could win a romantic getaway for two at this year’s Wedding Ideas Awards venue, The Tower Hotel in London.

Vera Wang wedding dresses fall 2014

A bride princess, but with a style evocative of the 80s: we discover together the pink cloud of Wang, who presents the new bridal collection

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The wedding day is tinged with pink, at least this is what happens in the new collection of wedding dresses Vera Wang sexy wedding dresses . The bridal line for autumn winter 2014, in fact, focuses on colors “candy” pink, but also on the coral and fuchsia. L ‘ wedding dress is worn only once , so why not venture a little ‘? Could this be the philosophy behind the new creations of Vera Wang. The New York designer has shocked the audience at his show with a riot of pink, for a bride who is not afraid to dare. Marriage in pink evokes a bit ‘the whimsical style of the 80s Cindy Lauper, when the movement and gave tulle fabrics were combined to create spectacular volumes. shapes trend for the simple wedding dresses uk in Vera Wang  on are not at all simple . Femininity is ensured by the cuts that wrap around the waist and fall with large and princely skirts. In addition to the silhouette that mark the life we find a large selection of mermaid dresses, which are amplitudes and reinvented with impressive facilities and scenic.Ready to be consumed by the blaze of pink Pink collection of Vera Wang? Find all the models more details in the rich photo gallery, selected for you by Veraclasse.

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Heavenly Headpieces

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Headpieces seem to be THE THING at the moment.

Every time we feature a Bride sporting one you lot go crazy for it! Whether it’s vintage, boho or out-and-out Princess style…RMW Brides love headpieces.

Well today we’ve got an absolute feast for your headpiece loving eyes…the latest collection from Donna Crain, styled with gorgeous make up, delicious bouquets and luxurious gowns to show you their true potential.

Personally, I tend to lean towards the boho vibe – I’m coveting the Amelia, made with Swarovski crystals, pearls and a delicate vintage inspired chain that trails beautifully down the back of the head.

And not only do we have loads of accessory pretty for you, but make up artist Adele Rosie has details of all of the products used on the shoot too. We do spoil you lovely lot sometimes don’t we? Enjoy!

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Keep It Simple And Natural

Adele Rosie The MUA: It’s so important to get bridal make-up right. From the preparation, product quality, colours and finish – it’s a lot for a bride to think about. So, keep it simple and natural. There’s a fantastic range of products out there to suit all complexions and budgets.

Davinia and Isabella were our models for the day and I created two different looks with each girl, to suit the dresses and Donna’s beautiful accessories.

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Statement Eye Colour

With Davinia, I used a statement lilac eyeshadow by Shu Uemera to pick out the gorgeous tone of the flowers (alliums), which also worked well with Davinia’s olive skin tone. To set a good base, I used a Laura Mercier primer followed by a Dior foundation – Diorskin Forever which gives a lovely light but flawless finish.

Any imperfections can be evened out with Vichy Dermablend corrective foundation which should be applied with a very light dab over the foundation base and blended with a brush.

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Change The Lips To Change The Look

Cheeks were bronzed with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish pressed powder. This product is great for a matt finish over key areas, but go a couple of shades darker than your skintone and it acts as a wonderful cheek colour. Highlight cheekbones with a pop of colour on the apples of your cheeks on top of the powder in either a pink or peach tone. My favourite blush for brides is MAC Powder Blush in Melba. It suits almost all skin tones. Try a cream blush if you want more of an unfinished natural glow.

To change Davinia’s look, I simply darkened her lips with a lovely rich plum colour to keep the palette on tone, and added a heavier kohl line to her pretty eyes with NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in black.

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The Smell Of Summer

Isabella’s look was so easy to work with and could easily take a simple soft bridal make-up, but I wanted her to look a little more edgy for the second look. So I took the shadow out to the corners of her eyes to create a bolder look, but kept her complexion soft and dewy, with a soft slightly glossy lip.

I love Clarins Natural Lip Perfector which is a glossy tube and comes in the prettiest of neutral pinks and peachy tones – I’m using them on all of my brides at the moment. They’re not sticky or gooey, and leave a lovely polished finish, with a gorgeous smell of summer. Just a dab in the middle after your colour application.

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Tricks Of The Trade

Always use a primer on your eye lids, it will help keep the shadow in place all day – whether you choose powder or cream. I used NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base.

Also, stay clear of shimmery and glitter shadows – they’re ageing and they don’t work well in photographs. Keep the tone natural with a matte finish in a buttercream colour and a wash of something lighter under the eyebrows to really open the eyes. I like Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Ivory as a base.

Soft greys and brown tones work well for brides depending on eye colour. I used a Dior palette – 734 which is a brilliant colour combination for brides.

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Lash Fabulous

Build lashes with DiorShow Black Out mascara or Max Factor Masterpiece and go for the waterproof just in case of a few tears! For the big day, I would advise having semi permanent lashes as they look great in photographs, and if done properly can look lovely and natural.

A cheaper alternative is individual lashes applied at the corners for a fresh wide-eyed look. Always apply a fine line over the lashes to build the overall look. It will also conceal any little mascara mistakes. I use gel pots – Bobbi Brown and MACdo great versions. If your hand isn’t so steady, use a pen. I like Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner.

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Make Up Longevity

For the lips, I used Lipstick Queen in Medieval which is a super light red that builds with application. It’s easy for brides to wear if they want something a little darker, but won’t leave that red stain behind when the lipstick has worn off -not a good look!

To make sure make-up stays, use a finishing spray. Good old MAC do their version in Fix And Spray. It will hydrate your skin, as well as helping to keep your make-up in place all day.

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Vintage Chic

Cecelina The Photographer: As every dedicated fashionista knows, vintage chic is huge at the moment. And Donna Crain has a particularly fine appreciation of the luxurious vintage styling loved so much by contemporary blushing brides.

At a recent photo shoot at the delightful, historic Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire, Donna revealed the inspiration for – and reasoning behind – the event.

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Delicate Intricate Detail

Images are everything, so part one of the shoot was dedicated to taking stunning shots of Donna’s gorgeous new creations, the latest additions to her popular boho chic collection. And her exquisite, beautifully-crafted Niamh collection deserved professional photoshoot treatment too, bringing it to vibrant life in all its delicious, rich, intricate detail and revealing how to wear the pieces to their best, most magical effect.

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Beauty In All It’s Guises

Donna Crain: I’m shamelessly seduced by beauty in all its guises. I just can’t help myself. Creating beautiful objects inspired by the glittering, sophisticated past – whether it’s the 1970s or 1920s – lets me indulge myself and, at the same time, play a part in transforming already outstanding wedding outfits into something absolutely perfect.

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The Flowers And Décor

Cecelina: Donna also brought the lovely work of local floral designer Nicci-G’s studio into play to enhance the presentation of her wedding accessories. And The Finer Details provided outstanding craftsman-made invitations for the shoot.

The end results are well worth Donna’s dedication and hard work, a series of images so mouth-wateringly pretty and feminine they make you want to buy her creations lock, stock and barrel before someone else snaps them up… whether or not there’s a wedding on the horizon. The ultimate in temptation!

Words of Wedded Wisdom

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“If I could give brides to be any advice it would be pick out the things that are really important for you to achieve or get right and focus on those things. For us, we wanted as many of our family and friends as possible to be there, great food, great music and flowing drinks. So we concentrated on making that happen. I think also focusing on things that are realistic to achieve according to your timeframes and capabilities is really important.  

With fantastic blogs like Love My Dress and other inspirational tools like Pinterest, it’s easy to think ‘ooh that’s a great idea, I want to do that!’,  and I am definitely guilty of starting lots of wedding projects that never came to fruition. It’s easy to get swept away with the whole thing so I think the important thing to do is focus on the bigger picture - why you’re doing it in the first place and that really helps to keep you sane and not sweat the small stuff! Ultimately be true to yourself and who you are as a couple, it’s the little personal touches that make it your own that people love and appreciate.

Also, just remember, the whole reason why everyone’s there is to celebrate your marriage and be happy for you so just enjoy it!”

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“I loved visiting Love My Dress – I looked to this blog a lot for inspiration and ideas as it covered a wide range of topics. I really like it because it encompasses my love of vintage and elegant styling.   In terms of my own personal style and how I wanted the wedding to look and feel, I think this Love My Dress reflected that best. Everything that’s featured is so beautiful and the topics covered are wide and varied. It’s also really well written and presented. I personally didn’t feel that there was anything missing that I would have liked to gain from the blog.”

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Congratulations Jess and Chris, thank you for sharing your elegant wedding day, and thank you so much Jess for your kind words about Love My Dress.

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Bridesmaid Dresses + Wedding Flowers + Hair Tips

The bridesmaid Dresses

“The bridesmaid’s dresses were another bargain, this time from Alexon and then altered by my Mum. I thought I was going to struggle finding bridesmaids dresses in the cornflower blue colour I wanted and then came across these during some cheeky lunchtime internet shopping.” 

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Flowers

“We ordered our flowers wholesale from Triangle Nursery.  The ladies at Triangle Nursery were really helpful, they gave us so much advice about quantities, varieties and care instructions. We wanted to do the flowers ourselves because we really just wanted them to look freshly-picked and natural.

My mum and Grandma had spent months collecting jam jars and raiding charity shops for china tea sets but it was well worth it! With some enthusiastic wedding party helpers, we did all the flower arranging the day before the wedding and the result was rustic, relaxed and exactly how we wanted it.”

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“I rather ill-advisedly decided to make my own cake; being a huge baking fan I just couldn’t imagine asking anyone else to do it. This involved months of scouring websites (with a lot of help from pinterest) to find a design I wanted to attempt. Luckily, the recipe was never in doubt – my Grandma’s fruit cake recipe is second to none. As it was fruit cake, I could make this well in advance (and subsequently load the cakes with brandy!) but the decoration all had to be done in the few days before the wedding.

Given how much time I had spent toiling over the cake, I did not want into to fall into the ether of things to do after the meal. So, we decided to have the cake displayed pride of place during the drinks reception and then we cut it and had it served with the canapés.”

How to choose accessories to suit your hair colour

Believe it or not, your hair colour is one of the most important things to consider when choosing your wedding hair accessories.

So here, we’ve asked some of the UK’s top accessory experts to reveal which designs will work best for you. Blonde, black, brunette or red, read on for some essential accessory tips!

Black hair tips from chezbec.com

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Ivory freshwater pearls look sensational in dark hair and really complement the hair’s natural tones.

Hair flowers look gorgeous in really dark hair. Whether ivory, white or coloured, they’re perfect for a spring or summer wedding, home or abroad.

Vintage-inspired sparkly hair combs are bang on trend at the moment and make a real statement in black hair. Read more ….

 

Wedding and wedding dress shopping

The National Vintage Wedding Fair, Sunday 22nd September, The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

A leading light in all things vintage, the Discover Vintage Wedding Fairs have welcomed many vintage loving couples to their Vintage Wedding fairs over the past three years, as the demand for vintage themed weddings has grown. With an emphasis on picking up a unique vintage wedding dress, founder Keeley Harris at her team have helped hundreds of brides find that special piece of history.

Recently being judged Best Vintage Wedding Fair at the National Vintage Awards, the fair took its first footsteps in Harrogate back in 2010 and now intends to prove it’s the best fair in it’s genre, with its next fair in Harrogate 22nd September.

And I’m going to be there – and I’m really rather excited about that!

The National Vintage Wedding Fair

Photography Copyright (c) 2013, Andy Gaines for Vintage Bridal Millinery

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The dos and don’ts of wedding dress shopping

So you’re looking for The One. The wedding dress that’s been in your dreams ever since you were a little girl. A frock that’s going to make you look your most beautiful ever and make your fiancé gasp when he first sees you in it.

With all that pressure, it’s not surprising that you might feel a little bit nervous before you embark on wedding dress shopping. Also, you’re likely to be investing quite a bit of your wedding budget on ‘The Dress’ and so you want to know you’re getting it right.

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We’ve all heard horror stories of brides buying dresses online that never turned up and shops going out of business before the all-important gown was delivered. That’s something we never want any of our Wedding Ideas brides to experience, so we’ve put together a checklist we’d advise you study before you set out on the dress hunt.

If it’s too good to be true…

We’re not fans of shopping online (unless you go to a very reputable company like Kitty & Dulcie). Okay, we understand that you want to save money and that there may be some amazing bargains on eBay but you won’t really know what you’re getting until it arrives. An eBay dress could turn up with rips, mends or cigarette burns that you haven’t been told about.

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A dress you buy from an online boutique that’s an amazing price may be shoddily made and in a cheap and nasty fabric. Finally, your wedding dress needs to fit you perfectly and that’s not going to happen with an online dress – even standard sizes may come up oddly. You have been warned.

Take your best friend, your mother, your auntie or your sister with you when you go wedding dress shopping but don’t take them all! They’ll have different opinions (which you’ll find confusing) and being surrounded by a gaggle of companions will up the stress factor. Just take one or two trusted members of your family, or friends.

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If you’re allowed, take some pictures on your phone of you in the dress in case you want to think about things afterwards. Always check with the boutique before doing this though – many will not allow it because of the risk of fakes being produced.

Don’t have a fixed idea of what you want when you start out wedding dress shopping (although you should have a fairly fixed budget!). Keep an open mind, listen to what the salesperson suggests and try on some frocks you never thought you’d wear. You could be surprised.

Also an experienced assistant will be able to pick out your good points and show you the right style of frock to flatter you best.

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Wedding planner Alison Tinlin of Plans & Presents agrees: “Do keep your mind open to trying new things – you might just find something you love that wasn’t what you thought you would like. Don’t worry about the size. Wedding dress sizing can be totally different to what you’d expect. It’s about the FIT and your normal high street size can differ from gown size.”

 

You are my sunshine

Champagne In The Sunshine

by Fern via Rock My Wedding

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There is SO MUCH GORGEOUSNESS in today’s wedding my head almost exploded putting it together.

The gold accents throughout the marquee, the wild flowers, the cuter-than-cute flower girl and page boys, Hannah’s earrings and hair slides, the Vintage Land Rover covered in roses…I could go on and on.

The wedding party look very Kate-Moss-and-Jamie-Hince-Wedding inspired and the images of everyone basking in the setting sun are literally idyllic. Get ready for some serious inspiration!

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Enjoying the views

My parents live on a farm in Hertfordshire, so there was never any doubt where we would hold our reception. We never wanted a particularly traditional wedding, more a relaxed summer garden party so the farm really was the most perfect location for this. My parents are lucky enough to have quite a large garden to hold a marquee, with enough space for people to stand around sipping champers and enjoy the views.

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Natural And Relaxed

I don’t tend to wear a lot of make up and always wear my hair up and out of the way but I wanted a casual and relaxed hair style so I opted to wear it down. I’ve been going to the same hair dresser for about eight years, where we’d constantly discuss each others love lives so I always knew I’d ask the lovely Dino to do my hair on the day.

He was so calming and I was thrilled with my natural tousled look. My make up was done by the amazing make up artist Emma who is a friend of one of my best mates. She did a fantastic job in making me look half decent and without the caked effect!

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An Easy Dress Hunt

I’m a womenswear buyer for a UK retailer so I always though finding a dress would be quite stressful. In actual fact it was a breeze! I lined up three appointments in London about eight months before the wedding and took both Mums, my Sister and Sister in law with me to help me make a decision.

At my second appointment I fell in love with Jenny Packham Eden dress in platinum, it was exactly what I’d dreamed of wearing – unconventional and with a bit of bling. I’ve never felt more amazing in a dress before and I’m sure I’ll be able to wear it again one day.

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The Only Chance To Wear A Veil

I only decided on the shoes I was going to wear as I was putting on the dress. For me, shoes weren’t hugely important – no one even sees them! I ended up wearing a pair I’d worn as a bridesmaid for my friends wedding, I’d only worn them once before and they were a perfect match to the dress. I bought some pretty hair clips from Anthropologie and borrowed some gorgeous earrings from my sister which she’d wore on her wedding day. I wore a veil too because I knew it would be my only chance!

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Bespoke Dresses

My job takes me to India regularly and it was on a trip there to see one of my suppliers that I saw a beautiful dress that I knew would be perfect for my three grown up bridesmaids to wear. They very kindly said they would make the dresses for me, so I changed the colour and embroidery so the dresses were off white with a tarnished gold hand embroidery. They only arrived a week before the wedding, luckily they were fab and only needed a few tweaks.

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Boys In Blue

The flower girls wore white cotton broderie dresses and the page boys bright blue chinos, stripy shirts and converse style trainers, all from Gap and John Lewis. Despite not wanting a too traditional wedding, James, his best men and ushers all wore morning suits which I loved and James bought the ties himself. An avid fan of the Wimbledon football team he wanted a blue and yellow combo which was fine by me.

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Gold Accents

I didn’t have a particular colour scheme but if i had to pin point it then I guess it was neutral and gold with accents of all colors! The theme was rural, rustic and fuss free.

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Informal And Pretty Flowers

My gorgeous Aunt has always been interested in flowers and flower arranging so it was only natural that I would call on her for help! I found a few images of what I wanted and she helped me to create that natural, ‘just picked’ look I was after. The table arrangements were colorful, informal and pretty in simple Kilner jars.

She did various other arrangements with the help of my Mum, other Aunt and Mother in law – a large pedestal in the church and a gorgeous one in an old metal milk churn. The bouquets were done through a recommendation, the very lovely Ellie. She came to meet with me to go through my ideas and I was so thrilled with what she did for us. They smelt just as good as they looked!

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Family History

Many generations of my family have been married at one particular church near home so it really was the only place we had in mind. Everyone says the most nerve racking bit is walking down the aisle but I really loved it, seeing all my family and friends with my father by my side and most importantly James waiting for me at the front. We had two readings read by close friends and family and pretty lively hymns to get everyone in the mood.

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Sun Shining Down

We’d had such a cold and miserable summer so far this year and I was so amazed and happy that the sun shone and it was warm, everyone could stand outside and enjoy the views and our homemade coconut shy! I always wanted an interesting and different marquee and was very excited to find The Raj Tent Club on-line which had traditional pole, Indian inspired tents with pretty linings.

We chose a duck egg blue lining with tiny gold stars and in the dance floor and bar area the lining was navy blue with gold stars which gave you this nightclub feel. James and I love Snow Patrol and chose their more up beat and well known track ‘Just Say Yes’ for our first dance. This got everyone in the mood for a boogie and the dance floor remained packed until the bitter end. We chose a DJ because there’s more choice of the different types of music you can have. Our friend Richard did an amazing job of the music and lighting, everyone commented on the brilliant playlist.

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Steak And Chips

We always wanted simple food done really well. My parents are farmers as our most of their friends so steak & chips was a natural choice. Our caterer was a lovely local lady called Sarah who created the most amazing menu for us. A large selection of yummy canapés, tender and delicious medium-rare fillet steak served with chunky chips and a green salad. This followed with treacle tart and whiskey cream.

My mum had made raspberry gin for all the tables and this was perfect to wash it all down and get you in the mood for a dance! It probably made the hangovers even worse the next day though!! Our table names were large Kilner jars full of old school type sweets which also helped when people got a bit peckish later.

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Homemade Décor

My sister in law is a saint for saying she would design our invites and order of service, she’s a graphic designer and did an amazing job. The invites were unconventional and fitted with the theme perfectly. We used large slate hearts to write the table plan on. These were made by a friend of ours. Each table was named after a sweet and to find your table you had to find the Kilner jar of sweets. I bought wooden stamps in India and stamped brown luggage labels with birds and elephants. My amazing friend Henny has lovely handwriting and she wrote them for me.

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The luggage labels were wrapped round the napkins with brown string and we popped a sprig of rosemary and lavender on them. We didn’t do favors as such but we hired a photo booth through Say Fromage which allows you to print your photos, either in singles or fours. This went down really well and whenever we see our friends we notice the pics stuck on their fridges or propped up on their fireplaces. The company also sends you the photos on a USB stick so you can arrange a collage.

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Embrace The Spread Sheets

I have to say that we found planning the wedding pretty stress free. You need to sort out all the big and most important things first – venue, photographer, caterer and dress. If you’re particularly keen on a specific caterer or photographer then check what dates they are free before you confirm your date – that way you won’t be disappointed if you can’t get them. Planning a wedding goes in peaks and troughs, one minute you’re really busy trying to confirm things, the next you’re not really doing much until a few months before the wedding – that’s completely normal.

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Set up a spread sheet to track your spending against your budget. I’m really not into spreadsheets but it’s a must if you want to keep your spending under control and your stress levels low. Shop around and negotiate early on because nearer the time you won’t have the time or the will to do it. Delegate as much as you can, everyone will be happy to help and if the going gets tough try not to argue with those closest to you – this is the happiest, best day of your life and everyone’s there to make it perfect for you both.

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Capturing The Most Precious Day

Last but by no means least, a huge, huge thank you to the amazingly talented Annamarie. Anna was recommended to us by my friend at work who had used her for her wedding a few years ago. My friends photos were exquisite – they both looked so happy and loved-up plus the colour of the photos was amazing. You really want to like your photographer and get on well with them as you will spend a lot of time with them and they will be capturing the most precious day of your life.

Anna was kind, considerate, caring and genuinely happy to share in our day. We did an engagement shoot with her first – which was a great way to get to know Anna and try to relax in front of the camera. Thinking about it, it would have been so weird for her to just turn up on the day, take some photos and not know anything about each other. Other special mentions go to my family, James family, the Bridesmaids, Best Men and Ushers – we couldn’t have done it without you!!!

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Dress and Veil – Jenny Packham
Hair Clips – Anthropologie
Make-up artist – Emma White Turle
Bouquets, Button holes and Flower girls Headdress – Ellie Goode
Flower Girls Dresses – John Lewis and Baby Gap
Catering – Sarah Williams
Marquee Hire – Raj Tent Club
DJ / Lighting – Richard Bowden
Photo Booth – Say Fromage
Videographer – Ral Gilmour at Sugar and Rose
Photographer – Annamarie Stepney

See what I mean about Kate Moss-esque?

I love Bridesmaids in white and those gold embroidered gowns are particularly lovely.

Brilliant planning advice from Hannah as well – spread sheets are definitely where it’s at.

Lots of love,

Wedding flower child

Flower child has always been a very important role in the wedding. At the ceremony, walking in front of the bride, carrying a small basket filled with petals, they cast fragrant petals all the way. They wear mini Corset Prom Dress, like a bride in miniature. The little boy with her peers also wears the little suit and holds the exchange rings. They just like a pair of young lovers. They exude an innocent breath and their every step forward melts our hearts. The little angels shoulder the many blessings and mission on the wedding day.

They represent the purity pledge angels.

For hundreds of thousands of years, the wedding trend is changing and the wedding style is changing, but the role of the flower girl has been retained for a long time. They are always the image of a more angelic cute little girl. According to Christian allusions, the flower girl is Cupid, the little angel on the wedding and came around the bride with the blessing of joy. The Cute little angel symbolizes pure love of the newcomers, meaning future generations’ stretches, and add Smart feelings for the wedding. For the bride, the wedding means the transformation from girl to woman – From that day, she has to say goodbye to the carefree innocence and takes up the task of housekeeping and becomes a competent wife and mother. So an innocent little flower girl leads the bride forward. It also implies the fresh buds going to be gorgeous flowers in full bloom.

As a symbol of angel to deceive the devil, the little flower girl will throw petals before admission of the bride blessing her and her lover on the road to happiness. As early as in ancient Rome and ancient Greece, things that the girl sprinkles is herbs and grains selected carefully, meaning rich and fertile. In medieval Europe, the thing in the hands of the flower girl became the wheat sheaths. And at that time people think that garlic may be expelled evil and protect the bride, so in the flower girl’s baskets, there were still some garlic. Disperse devil ghost, further including the small flower girl hand bells leading the way for the couple. During Elizabethan period, the flower girl would hold the rosemary flowers and a silver cup of bride sculptures decorated with ribbons entering the hall.

The “couple” to dub these little girls is the boy wearing a mini-suit. They first appeared in the British Royal wedding. Most of them are responsible pulling skirt for the bride wearing long trailing wedding dress and because this work has a certain degree of difficulty, their age is no less than 7 years old. In some formal, traditional weddings, this little bridesmaid’s tasks are to custody and send the wedding rings for the couple to exchange.

Today, the flower girl’s age increasingly tend young and even toddler baby plays this role. They may also not be able to hold baskets filled with flower petals, but the emergence of these small figures calls the guest’s heartfelt praise. Some brides choose different ages of girls walking the red carpet one by one, on their own behalf from toddler little guy growing as innocent children, through the girl’s ignorant, eventually becoming an independent woman.