Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Curiosity Project: Last Chance To Enter!

A short video from me about  The Curiosity Project, the world's biggest gifting project. The low down is this-you email in your details, then take a box and fill it with curiosities or trinkets or whatever you feel says something about you. The limit is £20. You can also decorate the box if you like. Then, pop in it the post to your secret recipient whose details you'll receive by Sept 10th, and wait for yours to arrive on your door step. Once you've received your box, take a picture of the contents and email it in to me with a response and it'll be featured on the blog. Eventually we'll match everyone up!

For the full details, click here.

If you want to tweet about it, please use the hashtag #thecuriosityproject and spread the love!

Happy Gifting!

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Real Weddings: Dreamboats & Petticoats

I first met Sarah and Ben over a year ago now, bright eyed and bushy tailed and very ready to start their planning. They knew they wanted a relaxed, family affair with a 50s feel but beyond that they were open to suggestions. I never knew that over the course of the year this lovely couple, who met on a internet dating site, would become such wonderful friends. 

So this post is a little extra special for me, hence the abundance of images I've got to share with you, courtesy of the incredible Emma Case and her legendary husband Pete 'I Bring The Party' Smyth. The wedding took place at what is without doubt my favourite wedding venue, Preston Court with a dream team of local and national suppliers. Sit back, brew yourself a cuppa and enjoy...

Sarah, the Bride
No 1950s wedding is complete without the caddy
Just one of the incredible organs the venue boasts.

Ben the Groom
The arrival

The First Look

This trend, from the US and spreading like wildfire across the UK is such an intimate moment, when the bride and groom see each other for the first time before the ceremony. I highly recommend it.

Oh and it was wet. Reeeeeeeally wet. It rained pretty much all day, so instead of our beautiful island ceremony we had to set up inside the 17th century barn instead...which was such a hardship, I mean.

The beautiful bridesmaids

Sarah's Family

Ben's Family

The Vows

Watching them get married just filled me with pride, it was wonderful sending two of the loveliest people off down the aisle with their parents-they're just so perfect for each other. And did I mention we all sang an alternative hymn part way through? 'All You Need Is Love', The Beatles.

Yes! We're married!

A shower of star confetti

And a post-ceremony spin in the caddy

Our creator-maker Harriet made these card flowers

I surprised them with a screen printed banner

Summer punch for the guests

One of the world's oldest swing-out carousels provided the entertainment

The island gazebo

Machine stitched and hand stamped escort cards

'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' cupcakes and cakepops

I made every single one of those table overlays. 

Pinata for the kids. 

Custom 'Team Wallis' Converse

 Photo Booth!

Before the band got the evening going in full swing, Emma & Pete treated us all to the photo booth, aided of course by alcohol for the adults and a rather large amount of sweets for the kids...

Well, I couldn't not have a go now, could I?

Thank you to Sarah and Ben for choosing me for their day, I shall miss you both very much as clients but look forward to a good friendship. Here's to a long and happy marriage!


Bride's dress: Candy Anthony
Bridesmaid's dresses: Vivien of Holloway
Groom's suit: Hugo Boss
Flowers: Lara Haynes at Darling & Wild
Cupcakes: Natalie Seldon at Estella Cupcakes (the best cupcakes in the South East!)
Cake Pops: Pop Bakery
Catering: Chef Scott Anderson
Banner: Gabrielle Louise
Table fabric: Fabric Rehab

Image Credits: Emma Case Photography

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