‘Inspirational images’ posts

Review & Competition : The Inspired Wedding

When it comes to planning your wedding I do believe that you’ll find pretty much all the inspiration you need online BUT I don’t believe that’s always the nicest way to plan…

Wedding blogs and Pinterest offer millions of wedding-related images and ideas to help you achieve a beautiful big day but there’s actually so much inspiration it can become overwhelming!

On top of that is the fact that being online all the time can just become too much and it’s sometimes nice to step away from the computer, grab a book or magazine and enjoy it with a cuppa. It’s a much more relaxing way to plan what can be a rather stressful event when faced with too much choice.

The Inspired Wedding

And that’s where books like The Inspired Wedding come in. I was sent a copy to review and it allowed me the chance to take a break and flick through actual paper pages and see wedding photographs in print – wonderful!

The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski

Seven handcrafted themes

It’s a lovely book, written by Emmaline Bride founder Emma Arendoski, that focuses on achieving your big day the handcrafted way. It’s separated into 7 different themes: romantically vintage, farmhouse rustic, beach bliss, urban chic, free spirit, traditional and boho style.

The Inspired Wedding is perfect for those planning their wedding that have a vision in their head of their perfect wedding day, but no real idea on where to start. This book not only breaks it down into themes but also into the different elements of the day such as ‘The Attire’, ‘The Flowers’ and ‘The Reception’.

Even if you don’t completely fall into one category you’ll probably find elements you love across several themes, and I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy adoring the gorgeous photographs this book is filled with!

Here are a few spreads to give you a taster…

The Inspired Wedding by Emma Arendoski

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And here’s how to win your very own copy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So to all you brides, friends of brides-to-be and even wedding planners – get your entries in now!

Debs

Where to buy The Inspired Wedding:
For UK customers click here
For US customers click here

Hotel Bristol Beach Wedding Inspiration

Stylist Sue Fyfe-Williams and photographer Venetia, of Firetop Photography, recently gathered a team of experts to create a wonderful wedding inspiration shoot. Taking their inspiration from the beach, they perfectly showcase the fantastic location of The Hotel Bristol, which overlooks a great surfing spot…

The colour palette was aqua and white which featured in the table setting in the vintage crockery, the white lanterns, the oyster shell candle favours and the nautical stationery. The beautiful wild flowers were displayed in a multitude of aqua glass bottles and the colour was also picked up in the bows on the chairs.

The beach theme was emphasized with the wonderful seashell cake, using a surf board as a guest book and the classic VW camper van. The bride wore a blue dress and the groom a cream linen suit. We also took the opportunity of shooting some relaxing post wedding scenes on the beach itself.

Hotel Bristol Beach Wedding Inspiration

♥ Debs

Details:
Stylist: 
Sue Fyfe-Williams

Photographer: Firetop Photography

Dress: Annalise Harvey
Stationery: 
Handmade by Hilly
Cake: 
Chocolate Delores
Flowers: 
The Blue Carrot

Bridal accessories: Julie Haslam
Hair: Number 8 Hairdressers Truro
Make-up: 
Ella Butler
Chair covers:
Campervan: Fistral Bays VW Camper Hire
Oyster candle favours: 
Inspire Hire
Surf board: from Tom Fox
Seaside biscuits: Cookies With Love
Bunting: Devon Bunting Hire
Ice cream cone and vintage crockery: Auntie’s Vintage China

Enchanted Woodland Wedding Inspiration

When I wed, I would absolutely love my big day to take place in a woodland setting, and so I’m really excited to be sharing today’s shoot with you!

Set in the magical grounds of 
Escot House, Venetia of 
Firetop Photography and Elle of 
Inspire Hire have created a stunning shoot that is sure to inspire any bride wanting a woodland wedding.

Enchanted Escot House

Elle says…

The grounds at Escot are mysterious and romantic, and we wanted to create a magical intimate party light by twinkly candle light in the ancient woodland.

The tablescape is designed to look as if the table has simply grown from the ground.  The rich emerald green seeps from the woodland floor up onto the table and, across the plates, up the stems of the glasses, and even into the napkins. Little favours of crystallised edible petals grace each place setting, and candle light hangs from the magical old trees.

The uber talented Emily Hankins designed a beautiful hand painted cake with fabulous ombre emerald colour dripping with opulent copper and finished with edible flowers.

A radiant amethyst purple was used to dip dye one of the fabulous dresses for our bride. The boys are dressed as the surroundings require in beautiful tweeds and country attire from Lugets of Exeter.

Florist 
Laura Hingston Flowers, created some floral arrangements and a bouquet that were natural with a wild feel, and an abandoned style. The dainty and delicious bouquet and a fanciful floral headresses and necklaces for our girls were truly jewels of nature…

Enchanted Woodland Wedding Inspiration by Firetop Photography

So bloomin’ beautiful! I actually created an inspiration board on the dipped trend a while back now; it’s awesome to see it in a real life shoot!

Congrats to everybody involved :D

Debs

Details:
Photography: 
Firetop Photography
Venue: 
Escot House
Stylist: 
Inspire Hire
Flowers: 
Laura Hingston Flowers
Cake: 
Emily Hankins

Guest post: wedding trends & inspiration

Today, I have a fantastic guest post from Lianne of Adore Weddings to share with you. Thanks Lianne!

This year’s wedding theme trends are very exciting and they allow for lots of creative ideas & DIY projects. Planning a wedding is a bit like setting a stage; a stage that is used only once, so dressing that stage is a major task for any bride & groom to carry out as it may be the most important performance of your lives.

Choosing the right theme is one of the most important things to do before anything, every detail depends on your chosen theme; the invitations, flowers, décor and even the dress.

Here we share the most stylish wedding themes to help you decide how you want your dream day to be remembered, how you yourselves want to remember it and inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

Geometric Theme

The geometric style is making a massive statement in the wedding world; geometric patterns are all about shapes, straight lines, curves, circles and uniquely odd shapes with a point.

Geometric Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images: Amanda Megan Miller

This theme gives you lots of opportunities to create your own DIY décor detailing, because hanging garlands are so popular at the moment. Why not take some fairy lights? Use this template to cut out geometric shapes in any colour you wish and hang them from the ceilings of the venue for a fiendishly fabulous effect.

Geometric Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images: Hello Hydrangea

Using the same template you could make your own wedding favours, adding sweets or anything else you may like in the middle. Your guests will be thrilled with such a unique and modern gift.

Geometric Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images: Ruffled

For dramatic effect you could hire the most amazing geometric backdrops and shelving to really jazz up the geometric style. There is no rule about having a traditional dress with this theme either, the more futuristic and adventurous the better!

Geometric Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images (from top to bottom & left to right): Papered Heart, Jihan Cerda Photography & Papered Heart

The Great Gatsby Inspired Styles

First of all if you haven’t seen the Oscar winning movie ‘The Great Gatsby ‘then you are seriously missing out, the glorious 1920’s costumes and art deco sets make for the best wedding inspirations.

A great Gatsby style wedding dress should be a glamorous and elegant gown, the most amazing headpieces and jewellery ideas come from 1920’s styling.

Great Gatbsy Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images (from top to bottom & left to right): Flora & Fauna, Lauren Scotti & EFC Photography

Adding iconic details from this era will make for a very classy affair, the table settings should be like something out of an old black and white movie. Keep that in mind when thinking about your place settings and centrepieces, it might be fun to create your own place settings using gold as your main colour. Spray paint is a wonderful tool if you know how to use it.

You can even add aspects of glamour with Gatsby styled cocktails for your guests!

Great Gatbsy Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images: Lauren Scotti via 100 Layer Cake

Whimsical Woodland Weddings

Nature is a major player in the wedding theme stakes, marrying in the great outdoors surrounded by trees and sounds of the nature is what it’s all about this summer. Incorporating wildlife into your wedding is the most fun task, especially when you are taking the time do it yourself.

Real wood is easy to come by so why not used chopped wood, rustic wood chippings and birch bark to create your centrepieces. Create an amazing wood effect, covered in the most beautiful wild flowers. You can find lots of these wooden and flowery materials on Etsy.

Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images (from left to right): Laura Goldenberger Photography & Anthony Barlich Photography

I am really excited to tell you about the really fun animal mask craze that is becoming really popular at the moment; photographers are going all out with animal masks being worn by all members of the wedding party for a really quirky effect.

Giving favours is like giving a little gift of love, so put some effort into it! When it comes to nature, what better gift to give than seeds? But not any old seeds, you can make colourful seedy ‘bath bombs’; here is how to make them yourself.

Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images (from top to bottom & left to right): Maxine’s Catering, Rachael Kelly & Intimate Weddings

Magnificent Metallic

When you think metallic you might think dull greys and general metallic colours, but oh no; this is certainly not the case. Metallic is anything from gracious gold to seductive silver. Anything glittery goes with almost every wedding, just take a look at our mood board for some inspiration.

Adding metallic details to your big day can vary from a pair of statement bridal shoes to table clothes and stationery for the tables. There are lots of different ways to incorporate metallic in to your day, like I said before; when it comes to doing it yourself gold, silver or glittery sprays shall be your best friend.
Table numbers or frames can be painted or made glittery for a glamorous effect, use bottles, jars and any other vase type’s and use glass to put flower arrangements in.

Metallic Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images (from top to bottom & left to right): Jessmy, The Abigail Bloom Cake Company, Thatch & Thistle Co. & Brookelyn Photography

If you want your wedding photos to really stand out then have your bridesmaids in the most dazzling metallic you can find for a sophisticated appearance.

Metallic Wedding Inspiration

Awesome images (from top to bottom & left to right): Hatch Creative Studio, A Picture Life, Ruffled Blooms & The Chriselle Factor

No matter what wedding theme you choose just remember it is your day, nothing is ever too much with these creative themes. You do not necessarily have to be the most creative person to do it all yourself, all you need is the time and vision when planning the wedding of your dreams.

Debs

Lianne is a freelance writer, creating web content for websites specialising in the wedding industry, when it comes to weddings there isn’t anything she doesn’t love to write about. She enjoys researching beautiful and creative ideas to inspire any bride to be and also has her own wedding blog. Follow her on Twitter

Wedding ideas : marshmallow ideas (that aren’t s’mores!)

Fluffy and squishy and sweet and delicious.

I’m taking about marshmallows, but the soppy romantics amongst you could easily get all confused and think I’m taking about love!

And because of that marshmallows could just be the perfect complement to your big day…

Marshmallow wedding ideas

Awesome images (from top to bottom & left to right):

Fluffy photos

And for those of you that love marshmallows but aren’t swept up in that ‘romantic nonsense’, here’s a really cool way to incorporate them into your wedding day: mallows printed with your own instagram photos!

Marshmallow wedding ideas from Boomf

From Boomf these would make such awesome favours!

Debs
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