Home Sweet Home

December 8, 2010 by  
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I’m in a pensive mood today, for this time next week I’ll be living back in Devon after nearly 11 years away and I can hardly believe the journey I’ve been on this last decade…

A week after my 18th Birthday I moved to London…rented a ‘man with a van’ and headed off to my tiny room (a lean-to that backed onto a car port, to be precise) in a student house in South Woodford. And now, ten years on, I’m not only returning to my home town, but moving into a house that’s been in my family for 70 years (Great Aunts)…a street away from my folks!

I’m feeling a strange mix of excitment and bewilderment at present, for I am returning a very different person to the teenager that left…and as you all know, a soon-to-be-married one at that.

I’d always vowed that I would never live back in Devon, that it was somewhere I could now only appreciate as a visitor – yet, since getting engaged, I’ve felt this deep yearning to return home. OK, I know it’s partly due to my Dads illness, but before he was even diagnosed there was this huge pull to be back in the place that helped shape me into the woman I am now.

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Ski Inspired Mood Board

December 7, 2010 by  
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This board is dedicated to my Twitter friend Lisa, who inspired me to create a theme based on the Ski Wedding she hopes to have next year. My aim was to create a scheme that included design elements, influenced by the natural surroundings of the impactful snowy landscape of a resort - as well as cheeky details prompted by a love of this thrilling sport. Enjoy!

Credits: Ceremony,  Keystone Resort; Cabin via Homestead Timbers; Fire via Ruffled; Scandinavian fabric via Nordic Pattern; Pine cones via CLM Weddings & Events; Vintage ski’s via The Knot; Pine cone arrangements by Sarah Winward via Utah Bride Blog; Ski Bride & Groom by Catherine Hall Photography; Ski Bride via Martha Stewart; Fabric via Quilt Woman

Inspiration – Winter Wedding Flowers

December 6, 2010 by  
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With the turn of the weather comes a new season of wedding decor. So I’ve put together some inspiration for winter wedding flowers, that differs from the classic red bouquets normally associated with a near Christmas wedding. Think texture – blousy flowers contrasting with delicate buds and the vast array of pale tones meets deep, rich colourways, for maximum impact!

Credits: Bouquet 1 Via Dog n Bird; bouquets 2,3,& 4 via Once Wed; bouquet 5 Matha Stewart; bouquet 6 via Ruffled

Sunday Best – Country Garden Wedding

December 5, 2010 by  
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My Sunday Best is this gorgeous image from Louise and James’ country wedding. Captured by N.Devon photographer Lucy Shergold, it’s fun, colourful and the perfect representation of a laid-back Summer celebration. You can see the full gallery of images here

Wizard of Oz Inspired Mood Board

December 3, 2010 by  
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Following yesterdays wonderfully quirky wedding, which featured table centre’s inspired by musicals – I decided to create a board inspired by The Wizard of Oz and those fabulous ruby slippers!

Credits: Shoes via Style Me Pretty; Poppy bouquet via Weddings at Soyuzivka; Table via Oz Table; Brollie images via Weddings On The French Riviera & I Am Not Resigned; Sign Bedlam County Crafts on Etsy; Charm, Charms 4 You, Etsy; Garter Peterene Design, Etsy; Doggie, Devin Wagner.

Catherine & Nicks Fun, Quirky and Colourful Wedding!

December 2, 2010 by  
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I’ve been spoilt with yet another wedding to feature from the enormously talented duo Gilbert and Evans! A huge thank you for letting me share your stunning images.

Catherine and Nick’s wedding is mesmerising. It’s brimming with creative and unique decor details that have my design alarm bells ringing  a happy tune! I love the ideas of creating centre-pieces inspired by songs…or in this Bride and Grooms case,  musicals!Here’s what Bride Catherine had to say…

Nick proposed half way through a fantastic road trip in the US last year.  We were in Yellowstone National Park, and were incredibly lucky to be some of the first people on the scene when a grizzly bear showed itself.  We were both so excited that Nick just seized the moment and proposed there.  Later on he bought me some giant ‘practice’ engagement rings in a shop in Washington, and also made me a paper ring in a diner, which I still have.

I didn’t think I’d end up with a traditional wedding dress, but I think a lot of girls say that, then fall in love with something!  I did get a bit nervous near the day that the whole white dress and veil thing didn’t really feel like me, so I added the black top hat for the reception.  We’d also encouraged our guests to wear big hats and it gave our Easter Saturday wedding a sort of Easter bonnet parade feel.

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Boho Groom – My Eight Year Wait to Propose

December 1, 2010 by  
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I can hardly believe I’m writing this, but my lovely fiance has actually agreed to write today’s post! OK, he owes me…the Autumn internationals have been on and I’ve cooked a lot of fry-ups and opened many beers for him these last few weeks, so it’s well deserved! I have been asked to state that this is the one and only time he will be blogging though…that’s me told.

The main reason why I agreed – well, actually offered, to write this post is due to the press (Grazia – Sarah left it open on said page…hint, hint) commenting on the royal wedding and questioning why it took so long for Prince William to propose to his Mrs. It’s made me feel the same kind of vein-popping-in-head-rage that I fell victim to, throughout our nine year relationship…

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