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Prague Wedding Guest: Outfit Of The Day

July 26, 2017

Wedding season is in full swing and so I thought I would share with you what I wore to our friends’ wedding in Prague.

Our friends Vanja and Rob got married at the beautiful Pachtuv Palace in Prague and it was the most romantic wedding that I have ever seen. There was an abundance of blooms, trailing ivy and eucalyptus framing the Palace as the string quartet played. Vanja’s dress was a fishtail of layered organza. She took my breath away. Nick has been best friends with Rob since school and was a groomsman. Our wedding (which takes place in a month) will be the last stop of their honeymoon, so it was a really special day for us.

Both of the newlyweds are absolutely fabulous which made their wedding the perfect opportunity to wear a bright prom dress and gold shoes! My dress is the Embroidered Salon Dress from ASOS , which is perfect for dancing and twirling in. My shoes are the Rio by Maguba. I have always wanted a pair of gold clogs, I actually bought these for my honeymoon but couldn’t resist wearing them for the wedding.

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Top Tips For Organising A Hen Party

July 19, 2017

My hen party was organised entirely by my Maid of Honour and sister, Rachael, with the help of my bridesmaids, as a surprise for me. I didn’t lift a single finger! I was completely blown away by it all. Everyone that attended commented on not only how much fun they had at the party, but also how well organised and thoughtful Rachael was. That girl possesses party planning skills to rival a professional.

So this week I thought I would hand over to Rachael and get her top tips on organising a hen party…

Gather The Key Info: If you are doing a surprise then get the guest list, date and budget from the bride first plus any important requests, then keep her out of the loop completely. Lucy had no idea about any of our plans. She just asked that it was in the UK because her guests would be traveling for the wedding.

Set The Date In Good Time: Get the guests to save the date well in advance, even if you don’t know the finer details or have a set plan. That can all be done at a later date. But getting a big group of busy girls together on the same date can be tricky if you don’t leave enough time. Lucy’s hen party was in June but we set the date way back in October, which meant almost everyone invited was able to attend.

Plan Via E-mail: Whatsapp groups or FB events just mean every guest has to see the comments from everyone else. This can just be annoying and information can get lost in a long thread. Keep people informed but don’t send hundreds of short emails. Just a small number of emails including the facts and important info. Everyone is busy…if you have been tasked with planning the hen be prepared to be very busy but take responsibility. The guests just want it to be planned for them!

Break The Ice– Try and arrange an “ice breaker” activity early on in the day/weekend. This is a great way of making everyone feel at ease, ready to relax and have fun. We played pin the junk on the hunk while our Grandma was there and it had everyone in stitches.

Pace The Drinks – Plan a non- alcohol activity for the daytime. If you start day drinking too early some people are not used to it, get excited, end up too drunk, and can’t handle the evening activity. We went quad biking during the day then opened up the bottomless tiki-bar in the evening, which worked nicely.

Food– Plan LOTS OF FOOD and check dietary requirements in advance to make everyone feel well looked after and welcome. If there are leftovers people can always take it home with them after the weekend, but there is nothing worse than being hungry when you want lots of energy to celebrate!

You can find out more about my hen party in this blog post here: My Luau Hen Party

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My Luau Hen Party!

June 18, 2017

Last weekend my bridesmaids threw me a hen party and I’ve been bursting with gratitude and happiness ever since. The whole thing was a complete surprise and turned out better than anything I could have imagined or dreamed of.

Right after Nick and I booked our wedding, my super organised and thoughtful bridesmaids asked if I would like them to take care of the hen. I LOVE surprises and of course agreed and so off they went, led by my Maid of Honour and sister Rachael- who just happens to have the planning skills to rival a professional event planner. My one request was that costs for the hens were kept to a minimum, as our wedding is taking place in a land far away and I wanted them to enjoy everything without needing to spend much. And apart from that, I didn’t know a single thing.

On the week of the hen I flew into the UK from Germany and was picked up by a car full of excited bridesmaids. We drove to my Mum’s house in Chester. Her house is perfect for parties as she has a big garden and lot’s of room for guests. We put on the Practical Magic soundtrack (my favourite) whilst dancing around the island in the kitchen and preparing for our guests arrival. We cooked up huge batches of cookies, chilli, soups and all-sorts. They are all fantastic cooks and so thoughtful, they made sure that there were lots of options for our vegan and vegetarian guests. I still had no idea what was happening and could’t really sleep that night as I was so excited to see the rest of my friends the next day.

In the morning I was told to put on scruffy clothes and not to bother doing my hair or make-up. My hens began to arrive, along with my gorgeous Grandma who joined us for a delicious brunch and some hilarious games supplied by my younger sister Josie before the ‘top secret activity’. Everyone was looking super casual and I was trying to guess what we might be doing?

We all piled into cars and set off driving into the countryside. My friend LuLu told me to close my eyes towards the end of the journey and when I opened them we were in the middle of a muddy field…that explained the scruffy clothes then. We went into a little shed and were given camouflage overalls and helmets…Quad Biking! My sister explained to us that growing up I’ve never really been confident with driving or extreme sports. I just didn’t think I could do it and would watch my sisters but avoid it myself. Until last year when we went to Florida and my sister encouraged me to try jet skiing and then driving a jeep though the swamps in the country- both of which I ended up loving. Quad biking was another thing I would usually shy away from, but she knew I could do it and would enjoy it if I tried.

So off we went. Zooming through the mud and splattering it all over each other, we zipped through sunny fields of wheat (lot’s of Theresa May jokes) and bounced over/under obstacles along the way. We were all laughing so much as we got stuck in ditches or crashed into each other. It was amazing and it’s such a great feeling to go out of your comfort zone. Oh, and then Lola made the farmer hose me down with a power washer, another delightful suprise. Cheers for that, Lola.

We got back to the house and everyone began to shower and get ready for the Luau party.  I put my canary yellow prom dress on, after getting preened and pampered by two of my talented friends Sophie and Lulu (that just happen to be hair and beauty professionals), then my sister Rachael presented me with a stunning daisy veil which matched perfectly. She made it herself and my heart nearly bust at how much effort and love she’d put into it for me. I felt like Pricilla Presley and Lana Del Rey’s love child and didn’t take it off all night.

The hen party began. The garden was beautifully decorated with flamingos, everyone was drinking out of coconuts and we even had a tiki bar! We played some games which made me laugh so much my abs hurt the next day, the funniest was when we played the memory game. It was hilarious to remember some of the wild and ridiculous times that we’ve shared together over the years.

I was looking around at everyone and thinking how lucky I am to have acquired such beautiful, interesting and special women in my life.

We then went to Church, a beautiful old church which has been converted into a live music venue. The band played all of my favourite songs and changed all of the names in the songs to ‘Lucy’ while we danced the night away- I totally felt like we were in an American film. When we got back home we put more music on and ate the rest of the food that was left over!

The next morning we had a huge breakfast and some of the girls put on face-masks as we de-briefed, reminding each other of our funny antics from the night before. Such as Josie strumming the bass while Vanisha took over the mic. Everyone gave me presents too, they were so thoughtful: water from Glastonbury’s Chalice well (which is believed to have healing powers) and a mix tape of all of my favourite songs to dance to when I was 17.

I couldn’t ask for better friends and family, I was feeling pretty teary by the end of it all. They made me feel so loved and special. Thank you to everyone involved in making those memories that will last forever.

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ENGAGEMENT SHOOT PART ONE

May 4, 2017

It is with great pleasure that I share with you our engagement photos. Nick won’t mind me telling you that an engagement shoot hasn’t previously been at the top of his list of fun things to do. But as soon as he met our photographer Viktor Pravdica in the flesh they got on like a house on fire. Any reservations about feeling awkward in front of a camera melted away instantly. The two of them bonded over third-wave coffee and Sophia Coppola movies and we laughed all day with smiles from ear to ear. Both of us truly enjoyed the experience. Now, every-time I catch a glimpse of the images I can’t help but do that same smile. If you are considering having an engagement shoot done before your wedding I would strongly recommend it. It helps you to feel comfortable in your photographers presence, and helps your photographer to get to know you better, so they can capture your vibe perfectly on the big day.

We took pictures in Berlin’s landmark photo-booths and drank coffee at Nick’s favourite roasters. In Berlin the streets are full of old cars, mopeds and vans that would have been taken off the roads years ago in the UK. I love that these little details are included and how they reflect our current lifestyle as we explore and fall in love with a new city. Viktor has captured our lifestyle and relationship so well, we are happy and in love and will treasure these pictures of this special moment in our lives, forever.

Photo Credit: Viktor Pravdica

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Our Engagement Story

May 1, 2017

lucys faveI was about to share our official engagement photos with you when it occurred to me that I am yet to share our engagement story with you, so here it is. Due to the excitement (and bubbles) that accompanied our special moment you will see in these pictures that faces are blurred and heads are cut off. But I love them because they are so real and preserve the excitement of our special moment forever. We had a professional engagement shoot taken by Viktor Pravdica which I love equally and can’t wait to share with you soon.

But first, here’s a little backstory about how we met. We met in our university campus art gallery, while Nick was doing a Masters in music and I was doing a degree in contemporary art. Nick asked me if I’d like to work with him on a project. I agreed and together we created a contemporary opera ‘The Life and Times of Virgil Edicere’. The music was composed by Nick and the visuals created by me. It was during that creative process that we began to adore each other. I went travelling around California for the summer, whilst I was there I had my fortune told, the cards said that love, sweet love was coming my way. As soon as I stepped off the plane Nick came to visit me, we did indeed fall in love, sweet love.

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 Popping The Question:

It was a completely normal and unsuspecting Thursday in Berlin, our new home city, having moved there from the UK one year ago. I was busy working on a photography project when Nick asked me if I was up for an adventure. I (of course) agreed, and he told me that I had 1.5 hours to pack an overnight bag as he had a series of surprises planned!

We got in a cab and first he took me to Paris Bar, David Bowie’s favourite place in Berlin which I had been longing to visit. There are legendary tales of Bowie and Iggy Pop’s nights spent in this authentic little venue. We ate steak and crème brûlée whilst sipping red wine surrounded by original artwork and eccentric creatives.

Then we went to the most beautiful hotel in Berlin, it was built in the 1930s, completely marble and with views of the zoo (we could see ostriches from our window) and Tiergarten the biggest park in Berlin. When we went up to our room I saw that it was full of roses, strawberries and my favourite Marina and The Diamonds song was playing. He took me out onto the balcony with a glass of bubbly in the snow and got down on one knee. He presented me with a stunning 1930’s diamond trilogy ring and I said Yes!

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WEDDING PLANNING PART 2: OUR DREAMY AND ROMANTIC WEDDING INVITES

October 18, 2016

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I am so excited (and a little nervous) to share my wedding invitations here. They are the first impression that my guests (and now my readers) will get of my wedding. So they are kind of a big deal.

I looked at loads of different designs and, like wedding dresses, there are lots of beautiful options. So how do you choose? I picked out a trendy design with botanical prints on a blush pink background and wondered if I should go ahead and order them. But then I discovered the the Fairy Tale Romance collection. And my heart sang out “this is it”. I feel as though they are timelessly to my taste and I totally adore them. People often tell you that when selecting a wedding dress you ‘just know’ when you try the one, I haven’t felt like that when dress shopping yet, but I did feel it when picking these invitations.

I have them stored in a little box in our office and I keep peeking in to see how pretty they are. I’m thinking of having them framed after the wedding along with a few other keepsakes, and perhaps having them feature in the wedding album too.

I adore how dreamy and romantic they are. The design reminds me of the location for our ceremony. Friends have been so sweet and commented that they are ‘so Lucy and Nick’.

They are from Wedding Paper Divas. I worked with the designers there and changed several different aspects to make them perfect for us and to suit our needs.

I really need to find a wedding dress that jumps out at me the way my invitations did!

Photo Credit: Images of the island by the talented Someday Today and photos of invitations by me

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WEDDING PLANNING PART 1

August 17, 2016

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 Wow! I haven’t filled you in on any of the wedding planning process yet. We are well underway with it all now, the venue is booked (we went for the wild card option), the Pinterest boards are blossoming and the invites are ready.

Brainstorming together and aligning our visions has been really special. Nick and I met working on a contemporary opera together, so it’s fun to apply that creative thinking and collaborative process to our wedding.

We decided to go back to the place where Nick proposed to make all of the initial important decisions. We set up camp in the amazing Mad Men styled library there. We ordered champagne, spread out our wedding magazines and got the Pinterest boards at the ready. I would recommend doing something like this if you are planning your own wedding. It turned the process into a really special moment that we will remember forever.

But I must admit… there was a pretty stressful situation that we came up-against later on down the line. Something that I obviously hadn’t scheduled into my wedmin planner,  drama free and full of love was more what I had in mind. For us the issue was thankfully not with family, guests or loved ones, but with a vendor that we hired. Nightmare.

One thing that we have learned from that particular experience is to work with positive people that you enjoy spending time with and that will make their contribution to your big day a pleasurable experience. Don’t be fooled by fancy websites and impressive presentation packages. Sometimes independent vendors with a bit of heart are the best. But we haven’t let that bump in the road spoil anything for us. It’s ultimately led us to better things.

Let me know if you have any tips or advice in the comments. Particularly on finding a wedding dress, that is the next step ahead of me. I am looking forward to sharing more of our wedding planning story with you. A post on the invitations is coming up soon, which I am so excited about!

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SAVE THE DATES: FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

June 12, 2016
 Selecting my save the dates was the first moment that the whole idea of our wedding suddenly felt like a reality, rather than a lovely day dream. It’s a really exciting moment. It’s also the first impression that guests will have of the big day, so I wanted to get it right.
I spent ages scrolling through beautiful designs, and even made a Pinterest board of the most inspiring. Here are some of my favourites from the company that I chose to make mine, Wedding Paper Divas followed by my top tips on selecting yours. I won’t share my final choice just yet as I haven’t sent them to my guests and I don’t want to spoil their surprise. But I will soon, promise.
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Botanicals on Blush by Justina Blakeney for Wedding Paper Divas
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Gorgeous Gleam Save The Dates by Magnolia Press at Wedding Paper Divas
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A few tips for selecting your save the dates:
1. If you have no idea what kind of wedding you want at this stage in the game, and the only information that you have is a date. Perhaps go for one of the photo designs and use a really special pic of you and your partner.
2. Look at the photos on the Wedding Paper Diva blog and social media as well as browsing through the website. They have so many designs you may not find them all on the website. On the Instagram & blog they post pictures submitted by real brides, often presenting the designs in a beautiful lifestyle setting which always helps me to get a better idea of the product.
3. If you see a design that you love which isn’t quite right then use the instant chat service for advice, the in-house design team may be able to tweak a few things to suit your needs.
4. Take a few days to decide on your design, send screen shots to bridesmaids and family for their thoughts before selecting.
I’ll let you know soon which ones I picked soon!
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ENGAGEMENT PARTY DRESS: WEARING WHITE

March 22, 2016

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I knew that I wanted to wear white. Newlywed brides are constantly telling me that the big day is over in a flash. So I figured I wanted to make the most of my opportunity to wear white. I searched far and wide to find the right dress before deciding upon this one. I wanted something unusual in design that would be perfect for dancing in, and this ticked all of the boxes.

As I was heading out of the house I grabbed a pair of gold balerina pumps just in case my feet hurt from dancing later in the evening, and I’m so glad I did. They certainly came in handy.

Keep your eyes peeled for more posts on the party, I’ll be sharing details on the party location and decorations soon.

Wearing: Love Triangle High Neck Midi Dress

Location: Bocci 79 Showroom, if you are in Berlin you must visit. It is a totally beautiful showroom filled with contemporary light designs. This wasn’t the venue for our party, but it was perfect for capturing these shots of my dress. As you would expect at Bocci, the lighting is perfect

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Photo Credit: With special thanks to the talented  Berliner Post for taking these photographs

 

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WEDDING SEASON = SISTER SEASON

September 3, 2015

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Just two years ago my sisters and I all lived in the same city together. We absolutely loved it. We could all see each other at the drop of a hat. We partied, swapped clothes, ate out, cooked in and watched films together all of the time.

Now we live all over the place, in different cities and countries. This just means that our get-togethers are super special and have taken on a whole new meaning now.

Our lovely step-sister recently got married in Guernsey and we all flew out to celebrate. We were so excited to see each other. She looked absolutely stunning, it was such a happy day. We played boules and croquet on the lawn and danced until the early hours of the morning.

Whenever there is a party I always love decorating. For Charlotte’s gift I had a Hello Party bundle made for her.

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She had gorgeous engagement photographs taken and I knew I wanted to incorporate them into her gift somehow. With Hello Party I had personalised posters, banners, bunting and keepsakes made. I picked the ‘rustic watercolour‘ theme then personalised it with colours to match the bouquet.  I presented her with the bundle a few days before the wedding and she had them all on display on the big day.

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I love a good wedding. They bring everyone together to celebrate. The day after we hired mountain bikes and rode all around the coastline. Gurnsey is a picturesque little island and we were lucky enough to have sunshine for the whole time we were there.

We had the wedding blues when the party was over and we all went our separate ways, but it just makes us all the more excited for our next get together.

I hope that you guys have had some good weddings and parties to go to with your loved ones this season too.

Photo credit: First two and last one by PhotoToasty (the others are my own)

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Wearing Wedding Dresses at Melanie James

March 5, 2014

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My friend owns Melanie James, a beautiful bridal boutique in Chorlton which champions the work of independent designers. She asked me if I would help out and model the new range of Eliza Jane Howell dresses at an open day.

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I felt like a starlet with my 1930s inspired up-do thanks to the handy-work of the stylists at Bethany Jane Davies.

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The most difficult part of the day was answering the questions of budding brides to be. They all wanted to know which dress was my favorite and I was spoiled for choice!

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My mum didn’t know that I’d agreed to model for Melanie that day so I sent her this picture with the caption ‘we decided to get married, sorry that we didn’t invite you’. My phone rang immediately. Sorry Mum!

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The photographs with a signature in the corner in were taken by Craige Barker and those without are by Jo Gendle. They are so talented, you can click on the names to visit their websites.

Jo specialises in wedding videos and footage from the event features in this exquisite short film.

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