Once upon a time…

…just over 6 years ago, I started this wedding blog and since then have shared 964 posts about weddings! You may have noticed, however, that the posts have become far less frequent over the last year and now I’m married I think it’s the right time to move on.

It’s been fun and I’ve met some amazing people – I wouldn’t have met my own wedding photographer and friend Taylor if it wasn’t for this blog, and that reason alone makes it all worth it! The amazing photos she took for us are now 
featured on Green Wedding Shoes if you’d like to have a look.

Next up for me is focusing on my business 
of Alp & Ash and renovating a house which I will actually be launching a new blog on soon called 
A Northern Nest. So the blogging hasn’t stopped entirely, it’s just changing course, like life does.

Thanks to everybody that read this blog, and everybody that shared their wedding or work with Belle Amour. And most importantly thank you to my husband Anthony, because of him I got to have the wedding of my dreams…

Anthony & Debbie
Anthony & Debbie

… so I guess all that’s left is for us to go and live happily ever after.

Debs

Anthony & Debbie

Our awesome wedding suppliers:
Photography: 
Taylor Roades
Venue: 
Llyn Gwynant Barns, Wales
Florals: Petals
Dress: 
Jack Sullivan
Dress retailer: 
Emma Hartley
Bridesmaid dresses: Mimetik
Shoes: Agnes & Norman
Garter: The Wedding Garter Co.
Catering: Amber’s Woodfired Kitchen
Confetti: Shropshire Petals

My very own wedding: The Wedding Garter Co.

One of the first ever posts I wrote on this blog was about garters and the tradition behind them. Five years later I wore one myself on my wedding day. I didn’t do a garter toss, my feelings haven’t changed on that particular tradition, but wearing a garter did feel like a lovely additional step in preparing for the big day. Here are a couple of photos of the beautifully elegant garter I was gifted by The Wedding Garter Co.

Florence garter from The Wedding Garter Co.
Florence garter from The Wedding Garter Co.

All awesome wedding images are courtesy of Taylor Roades Photography

To see Florence and other gorgeous garters head over to The Wedding Garter Co.

Debs

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My very own wedding: confetti from Shropshire Petals

I’m going to be completely honest and admit that confetti wasn’t high up the priority list for me when it came to purchasing bits and pieces for our wedding last September. So I am just really grateful that Shropshire Petals offered to send me some, as without it I would never have got the beautiful confetti pictures that are some of my favourites from the big day. I’m definitely a confetti convert now and believe it should be way up there on the priority list, particularly when it’s not a huge investment and is a really lovely way to involve your guests.

The venue we were marrying at, like so many these days, didn’t allow paper confetti so Shropshire Petals‘ offerings of biodegradable dried flower petals was perfect for us. I had no idea how beautifully packaged the confetti would be though until it arrived!

Confetti cones

I opted for ‘Sunshine Kisses’, a gorgeous mix of golden yellow marigold petals and white delphinium petals with 2 Shropshire Boxes to display the confetti in. A Shropshire box is a sturdy cream box that comes with 25 floral embossed paper cones and a card insert to sit the cones in. It all looks so special and the box is beautiful enough for all those wedding keepsakes after the big day too.

Biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals

After our ceremony all our guests congregated outside and we ran the confetti gauntlet whilst our wonderful photographer, Taylor Roades, snapped pictures…

Biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals
Biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals
Biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals
Biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals
Biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals
Biodegradable petal confetti from Shropshire Petals

All awesome wedding images are courtesy of Taylor Roades Photography

If you’re after confetti for your own wedding, I’d definitely recommend checking out Shropshire Petals; they have a range of flowers and colours available as well as wheat sheaves that make lovely, rustic centrepieces.

Debs

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My very own wedding : the bridesmaids

Bridesmaid dress shopping was something I left until the last minute as there was a good chance two of my three bridesmaids could well be pregnant by the time we wed. And it’s lucky I did wait as, sure enough, they were! So when it finally came to bridesmaid dress shopping I had two criteria: dresses that would suit all my maids (bump or no bump), and the colour mustard.

Mustard is my favourite colour, I teamed it with teal and mint when designing all the details for our wedding, but when it came to bridesmaid dress shopping could I find a mustard dress? Nope! Me and my bridesmaid Becky trawled the entire Trafford Centre and couldn’t find anything. Perhaps it’s more of an autumn colour and we were looking in summer. Regardless, even if we had found a lovely mustard dress it’s doubtful it would have worked over pregnant bellies.

The Infinity Dress

The only solution I could think of was to go down the infinity dress route. I’m sure you’ll have seen these dresses, they’re the ones that have a skirt attached to two really long straps that you can tie a number of ways…

Infinity bridesmaid and wedding dresses

Rumour has it that Donna Karan came up with the first infinity wrap dress, but with few people able to shell out hundreds of pounds, lots of people started making their own versions. And now there are numerous companies marketing these dresses to bridesmaids, due to it being an ideal way for every girl to wear the same dress but in a way that suits them and their body shape.

So now I knew the kind of dress to go for it was just a case of finding the right colour. I got on Etsy and after ordering some samples Mimetik was who I decided to order from.

Mimetik

Mimetik is owned by Mireia Solsona and is based in Barcelona (a plus for shipping times). She’s made well over a thousand sales on Etsy and has so many positive reviews which is always something I look for in an Etsy seller. Plus, all the dresses she’s made look gorgeous…

Mimetik infinity bridesmaid and wedding dresses

It’s always risky buying clothing from the internet but luckily it was a gamble that paid off. I ordered three dresses and tube tops to go underneath the dresses and they all looked amazing on my bridesmaids! They all wore them in a similar way with the only exception being the straps: Stacey wore hers as sleeves, Becky wore them as wide straps, and Verity twisted them to make them thinner. Here’s a look at just how lovely they were…

Mimetik infinity bridesmaid and wedding dresses

Mimetik infinity bridesmaid and wedding dresses

Mimetik infinity bridesmaid and wedding dresses

Mimetik infinity bridesmaid and wedding dresses

All awesome wedding images are courtesy of Taylor Roades Photography

I would definitely recommend infinity dresses, and Mimetik especially, to anybody looking for bridesmaid dresses to suit all their girls. There are loads of colours to choose from and they’re super flattering. I’ll have to tell you more about my dress at a later date :)

Debs

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My very own wedding : the venue & the stationery

After years of writing this wedding blog, and just over a month ago, on the 12th September, I finally got to be the bride. And it was amazing!

The plan was to blog about all the different details of the day and the planning process in the run up but, to be honest, I was so busy I just didn’t have time! And so I’m blogging it all now, in several posts over the next few weeks/months, starting with the venue & the wedding stationery…

A camping wedding

We decided early on that we wanted our wedding to be set over a weekend, with the option of camping for our guests. I say ‘we’ but I’d actually decided years ago that a camping weekend wedding was for me and just had to convince Ant that’s what we should do… luckily he was all for it!

So the weekend we got engaged I got on Google and started the search for a wedding venue that allowed camping. I found several venues that could work but some of them were just so insanely expensive and were written off immediately. And then I came across a venue that I hadn’t seen in all my years of blogging and reading wedding blogs.

Less than two weeks after getting engaged we drove to Wales, viewed just that one venue and knew that there wouldn’t be any point in wasting time looking at others. By the next day it was booked for the 10th-14th September, a date of 12th September 2015 was decided on for our ceremony, and I could crack on with the rest of the planning!

Llyn Gwynant Barns

The Llyn Gwynant Barns are set in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales, aside a lake and against a backdrop of mountains. The scenery is stunning, and hiring the barns also comes with the use of two private camping fields for wedding guests. Now we just had to convince our guests to camp over!

We decided to hire bell tents from The Tipi Hire Company as most guests didn’t own tents and we wanted to make their camping experience as pleasant as possible. The other way I wanted to persuade them was with the wedding stationery…

The invites

My main aim for the stationery was to get guests excited about the weekend, along with (of course) giving them all the info they needed to know. I designed them with camping in mind and some guests said they reminded them of Scouts & Girl Guides which I liked! I really wanted them to feature an embroidered patch and found an awesome UK company called e-patches that could make them for me. I got to work designing and ended up with this…

The heart, mountain and trees are there for obvious reasons, the bee and ant are due to my name Debbie meaning ‘bee’ and Ant… well he’s an ‘ant’! I thought it was a cute idea, especially as the insects fitted in with the natural setting and I kind of liked the idea of a logo for the wedding so that’s what the patch eventually ended up being, with the bee and ant details taken throughout other details too.

e-patches were amazing and helped me edit my design so that it would work as a patch. The font I’d picked couldn’t be used as it was too fine but we were still thrilled with the end patches…

Now we just had to decide what to do with them…

I decided on a felt booklet that contained two pockets to hold all the stationery elements and was stitched together with blanket stitch. The embroidered patches were ironed on the front with Bondaweb and looked really rather cute if I do say so myself!

An invite was needed to go in these felt booklets. I took certain elements from the patch/wedding logo and created a two-colour design…

This was then separated into two plates…

… and printed on my letterpress printer…

Wedding stationery

As well as the invite I also included an RSVP form for guests to fill in and a pre-printed envelope to mail it back to us. For all the information guests would need to know for the weekend, I created a ‘Wedding Weekend Pocket Handbook’ with a fold-out map of the Llyn Gwynant Barns & campsite in the back…

The result

Finally I popped the felt booklet, with all it’s stationery parts nestled inside, into a kraft envelope, added a belly band that had the floral design from the embroidered patch on it, and finished it off with natural twine and a personalised laser-etched wooden tag. Here it is…

The two awesome images above are courtesy of Taylor Roades Photography

It was a hell of a lot of work, turns out these ideas are always way easier to come up with than they are to execute! And of course I didn’t just have to make one, I had to make 50! But I was really pleased with the final outcome, and luckily our guests were too :)

Debs

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Awesome embroidered patches from e-patches


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