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Real wedding: pink cupcakes, garden roses and a whole lotta love

19 Jul

Every now and then I come across a wedding too cute to ignore! And it should definitely win an award for the most creative use of jars in wedding history- fabulous stuff. And I’m a little bit in love with those cupcakes – anyone else?

Allison and Joseph Micali got married on the 29th of May 2011 after a year and a half engagement. The wedding took place at a Chapel at Sandy Hook, NJ, USA.  The venue was chosen not only for its rustic feel, but for the sentimental value to Allison, who grew up in Sandy Hook.

Allison knew she wanted pink flowers so, after researching different types of flowers, she decided on the beautiful peonies and the two different types of roses. The planner picked up flowers from a local wholesaler and decorated each table with mason jars filled with pink peonies, garden roses and spray roses.

She then scattered mason jars with candles all around the arrangements.  The top table was outlined by the mason jars and with 4 mugs (L O V E from Anthropologie) in the centre, next to the couple.

“Our wedding was very different in many ways,” says Allison. “I wanted to stay really far away from anything traditional. We had our ceremony outside overlooking Sandy Hook Bay. We then had our cocktail hour in a restored chapel that had beautiful golden lighting. Our reception was in a tent overlooking the bay. We had a front table with the wedding party decorated with LOVE mugs and a Sweet Love Banner. We had chalkboard table numbers, the planner wrote the menu on a full length mirror.  Our favours were mason jars with chalkboard decals and CDs filled with our favourite songs.”

As it turns out, Allison loved the planning process so much that she has decided to start up her own planning company – with a fab blog to kick start her new career (Skinny Love Designs).

Credits: The cupcake with hot pink frosting and the cupcake toppers were supplied by Pink Studios. The bride wore a strapless metal taffeta Nicole Miller gown. The wedding was captured by Kella MacPhee, in the bride’s words, an absolutely amazing and quirky photographer.  Merri-Makers caterers supplied the food. The “best DJ in the world” according to the lovely bride was DJNYC

Everything was put together beautifully by wedding planning service, Lulu’s Inspirations.


Shabby chic wedding decor – top touches

10 Jul

It’s been a week or so since I blogged about shabby chic weddings and in that time I’ve seen quite a few inspiring things. I’ll do a few of these shabby chic wedding decorations posts, but for now, here’s the first! Enjoy:

Wellies aren’t just for the rain

You may have seen my last real wedding, provided by the gorgeous Hannah Stevenson. She filled yellow wellies with flowers as a tribute to the footwear she was wearing when her groom proposed. But wellies don’t need to have a special meaning for you to incorporate them in your day. Filling wellies with flowers is a cute and quirky touch that everyone will notice! You can either leave it to a florist or re-pot a potted plant into the wellies yourself.

Vintage bird cages

Like this one from Wedding Direct at Amazon. There’s very little you can’t do with them! Fill them with flowers for your centrepieces, or hang them around the room at different heights to decorate the venue. Put a candle in them. Decorate them with clip on butterflies, do what you like with them. It’s very very difficult to make a bird cage look bad. If buying so many is a bit steep, you can rent them from many vintage crockery and decoration companies.

Bird cage by Weddings Direct at Amazon

Vintage luggage tags

Use them as place settings, hang them up to form a unique table plan, tie them to a vintage suitcase and let people write their honeymoon going away wishes instead of a guest book, tie them to favours, or even write a special message to each of your friends on them, if the wedding is small enough for you to do that! You can get 6 for £2.50 from The Wedding of my Dreams.

6 for £2.50 at The Wedding of my Dreams

More vintage decorative touches to come over the next week. Enjoy!

Top ten ways to make your summer wedding a little different

3 Jul

Sick of cookie cutter weddings? If traditional really isn’t your style and you’re a bit more laid back, then here are my top ten ways to personalise your summer wedding – in no particular order:

  1. Can’t afford champagne? Just don’t like the stuff? Serve Pimms and Lemonade instead! Perfect for an after-ceremony toast – top off with chopped fruit, ice, stirrers cocktail umbrellas, slices of lemon and serve in colourful jugs and glasses. A fraction of the cost of champagne and far more original.
  2. Does the thought of a seated wedding breakfast make you shudder? Pick up some cute picnic baskets, some pretty floral rugs and cushions and, weather allowing, have a wedding breakfast picnic instead. You’ll also massively cut costs by having a cold picnic buffet.
  3. If you want a hot meal without the sit down three course cliche, why not have a BBQ? Cut costs by buying the food in bulk and having friends takes turns in cooking.
  4. Ditch the Macarena and go for a barn dance! A folk band, some hay bales and well-placed bunting will create that old-fashioned feel.
  5. Hot day? Give out vintage fans as favours. It will help keep people cool and be a great gift for people to take home.
  6. Don’t like perfectly manicured flowers? Hand tie small bunches of wildflowers, put them in jam jars and place them around the venue. If you make enough, tie luggage tags with peoples’ names on them and let people take them home as favours at the end of the day. You could even go one further and use them as place settings.
  7. Hire a vintage style ice cream van, like this, from Vintage Scoops, for the day to cool your guests down – much more original than a traditional dessert table.
  8. Worried about your guests getting hot and tired feet? Make flip flops your favours – everyone will appreciate the opportunity to take off hot and uncomfortable heels.
  9. They say attention-to-detail is everything. If you want your venue to smell as summery as it looks, spray some Cath Kidston rose room spray around the venue before the guests arrive.
  10. Not sure what to do with kids (or big kids) at a wedding while photos are being taken? Why not invest in some giant board games to play outside? Giant connect four or even Twister for the more informal wedding will go down a treat.

Wedding tools #3 – The Wedding Community

1 Jul

I’m officially in love with The Wedding Community. It’s basically a case of “what can’t it do?” But that wouldn’t make a very good review. So here’s what it CAN do.

So when you sign up to The Wedding Community you get:

  • Budget Planner
  • To do list
  • Calendar
  • Guest List Manager
  • Scrapbook – to save, articles, suppliers, pictures and videos etc
  • Wedding Website with RSVP function
  • Table Planner

I’ve already blogged about two very worthy tools, one wedding website and guest list manager and one table planner. But this is a really awesome place for the super-organised bride to keep everything together. Because the guest list manager, wedding website and table planner are all linked together. Once you create and confirm your guest list this will update on your table plan – so you can simply choose the tables you need and drag and drop the names on to each table. The wedding website has built in RSVP so once a guest has replied, it will automatically update your guest list.

I also love love LOVE the budget tool. For someone who hates spreadsheets it’s a total godsend as it does all the complicated formulas for you.

All that for free. Perhaps my favourite thing is that The Wedding Community is also a social network, so if you and your partner register and link your wedding, you can both use the tools as it will update each profile.

Oh, and you can scroll through real weddings, join discussions, look at suppliers, wedding advice… the list goes on. So if you’re panicking about details, head over to The Wedding Community!!

A Sussex village shabby chic wedding

1 Jul The famous yellow wellies!

When Hannah Stevenson went on holiday to New York to visit a friend, she had no idea she was about meet her future husband! Jason Clark had a stopover in the city for a few days on his way back from a holiday in Peru – and happened to visit that same mutual friend.

Over six years later, Jason brought Hannah back to New York to propose at the place they first met. However, not everything went to plan. Jason had intended to propose in Central Park – but the park was evacuated due to adverse weather conditions before he had the chance. His plan B was to take her to the top of the Empire State Building – how very Sleepless in Seattle! Sadly, that plan was also scuppered by Hannah’s rather baffling reluctance to climb the building in New York’s worst blizzard in twenty years!

Third time lucky, Jason ended up getting the proposal really right – by proposing outside of Tiffany’s – echoing the classic movie and the first DVD Jason ever bought Hannah, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and making her feel like a real-life version of her all-time icon, Audrey Hepburn. Ahh!

After over a year’s engagement, the couple laughed in the face of superstition and married on Friday 13th May 2011 at St Marks Church in Staplefield, West Sussex.

Hannah and her father at the church

The beautiful bride

Lavender was a simple decoration that helped give the day it's vintage country feel

The reception was held in a marquee on Staplefield village common and was planned by the couple themselves. In true country village tradition, they wanted it to be a relaxed day, informal but still in-keeping with tradition. The picturesque Sussex village location provided the perfect setting for a shabby chic / vintage wedding.

The happy couple outside the marquee

The day was a real family affair. “We got married in the village where my parents live and where I was brought up,” explains Hannah, “Staplefield is a very small quaint picturesque Sussex village, with the common in the centre of village, the shabby chic theme just fitted the whole setting perfectly.” Hannah walked from her parents’ house to the church with her family (dad, mum, sister, oh and the family dog Winnie!) Winnie accompanied the mother of the bride down the aisle.

It was Hannah’s décor that made the day something truly special and unique. All 125 metres of bunting in the marquee was handmade by her best friend and family, giving it that extra special touch. Extra special was actually the order of the day. With the decorations hand-chosen by Hannah, many had a unique meaning to the couple. The tables were named after places in New York – the place it all started. A friend of the family created framed pictures rather than plain table numbers – which Hannah and Jason now keep as mementos of the day.

New York themed table numbers

For the favours, Hannah’s mum, sister and friend made homemade fudge, and Hannah tied luggage tags to them so they doubled up as place settings.

Perhaps the most quirky and personal touch was the flower-filled yellow wellies – Hannah happened to be wearing them the day she got engaged. In desperate need of snow shoes and lumped with the only colour left (bright yellow) “It became a bit of joke with friends that I was wearing yellow wellies in New York when we got engaged,” says Hannah, “I thought it would be fun to make a bit of a feature of them!”

The famous yellow wellies!


Hannah wore a gorgeous Jesus Peiro dress and was made even more beautiful by Jen Dodson, Hair and Make-Up. The flowers were by Bryony Billingham, a local independent florist, who was responsible for all the floral arrangements from lavender in the church, bouquets, table decorations and, of course, the famous wellies. The hog roast was provided by Three of a Kind Caterers.

All photo credits go to photographer, Carl Glancey, whose unobtrusive style helped the couple relax and take some fab photos.

Wedding Tools #2 – Zankyou

29 Jun

Time for part 2 of my wedding tools review! On today’s agenda is Zankyou. The only way I can really describe it is a haven for modern brides who want to manage their guest list, gift list, maps, photos, links, guest book and pretty much anything else you can think of!

I had a little play around on the site and it’s really quite easy – you sign up for an account and customise your profile so it’s more unique to you. From there you can organise your wedding from one online place (and you can password protect the whole thing). You can:

  • Create a gift list where your guests contribute to the items on your list (they can all be from different sites) and then Zankyou sends the full cash equivalent of the gifts to your bank account. You can put anything on there, from furniture, to new tech gear, even stages of your honeymoon and charitable contributions. The site has glowing reviews for privacy options so you don’t need to worry about your details going missing.
  • Put up maps so guests can get directions to your venue.
  • List all your recommended local hotels and link to pretty much anything you like.
  • Have people sign your guestbook with anything from a message to a funny video.
  • This is my personal favourite – share your photo albums after the wedding! That way people who don’t know each other outside of the wedding don’t have to awkwardly trawl through Facebook for other people’s albums.
  • Send invitations, update guests on wedding news, see who RSVPs etc.

One thing to be aware of is a small fee for the handling of gift contributions. This comes to 2.85% of the amount contributed. Guests can opt to pay for the fee instead when they pay for their gifts. This is still pretty much the lowest on the market and for the peace of mind it brings I reckon it’s worth the small percentage.

So that’s it in a nutshell – I’ve used it so far for general information and plan to use it to keep track of who’s coming and providing them with directions. I’m particularly excited about using the photo sharing function – it’s a nice way to keep everything together. Have any of you used Zankyou? What did you think?

Wedding tools #1 – Top Table Planner

28 Jun

This week I’ll be writing about some of the tools that have made my life easier while planning my wedding! The first is Top Table Planner. For just £10 for six months’ access or £15 for a year, this tool allows you to create your table plan and guest list. I have to say I absolutely love it – I use it to keep track of my guest list and it really helps me to carry on visualising the day.

To properly understand what I’m about to describe, take a look at an example plan on the website or have a glance at the above image. So in a nutshell what this net-based tool lets you do is:

  • Lay out all your tables / dancefloor / cake table etc. exactly how you’d like it to look on the day.
  • Choose the shape and size of your table – you can add and remove chairs once it’s up.
  • Name your table – so if you’re having a themed day you can see who would fit where.
  • Choose the gender of your guests, whether they’ve RSVP’d and whether they require a vegetarian meal. The gender thing is the most useful for me as it turns the seats pink or blue when they’re filled, so I can see the gender mix at any table at a glance.
  • Remove guests from the seating plan, but not from the list entirely. That means that you can still see evening guests if you have them or have people you want there ready should someone cancel or should you change your mind about the main guest list.
  • See at-a-glance stats of how many guests you have in total and how many are seated so you can keep track of numbers without any complicated spreadsheets.

The only thing I’d advise is keep clicking on “save plan” or you will lose your work, as there’s no autosave. I can see why this is, as people might just be experimenting with changes and then decide against them, but remember to save the latest version of your plan every time! Enjoy!