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Monday Pins

Another Monday, Another beautiful collection of sunny pictures from Pinterest! Hope these put a spring in your step and give you a little bit of prettiness to start your week off. And I think it’s going to be a great one, with the clocks going forward and the sun coming out everything seems brighter!

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Real Life Wedding, Emma and Andrew

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We head up to Bonnie Scotland today for this Real Life Cute Map Wedding; complete with a caller, bagpipes and a ceildidh. Everything you need for a good Scottish celebration! I love the classic, timeless quality of Emma and Andrews day and just wait until you get to the end, those dancing shots are ones to treasure.  It’s so nice to see everyone properly let their hair down after an amazing day! Let’s hear from the bride…

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Names: Emma and Andrew MacArthur (nee MacMillan)

Wedding Date: 26th October 2013

The vision for the day: We wanted a traditional Scottish wedding – church ceremony, piper, food from Scotland’s larder and of course a ceilidh! We live in London so wanted to make sure the day was about spending time with our favourite people as we don’t get to see them as much as we would like to since we moved away three years ago. Having been a couple since school our families and friends know each other well and we wanted to make them central to our plans. Our colour scheme was grey and navy and we used a lot of wooden touches in our decorations- I didn’t want to look back on my photos in 20 years time and regret my colour scheme and these seemed timeless – not that I don’t love the photos of my mum’s powder blue 80s bridesmaids!! I also love fresh flowers so was keen to have a lot of beautiful blooms on the big day.

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The Planning Process: We started planning as soon as we got engaged in paris in august 2012 so had 14 months – not as long as you think when you live 500 miles away from your venue and suppliers and work both long hours in The City! My mum was the biggest help in the planning of the day, she did a lot of the viewing and running around to suppliers for me. She has great taste so I trusted her judgement.

The Venue: Our ceremony was at Eastwood parish church in Glasgow, my childhood church. Our reception was in the beautiful Pollokshields burgh hall in leafy Maxwell park, also Glasgow. We had full use of the building so our guests could wander between rooms and the building itself is beautiful so we has a great canvas to decorate

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The Dress and Accessories: I wore Eden by Jenny Packham with a matching headdress – I knew it was the one as soon as I slipped it on during my first shopping trip with my mum who did the right thing and started crying! Only mum had seen the dress until the wedding day, it was great to share that with her and see the bridesmaids reaction. My shoes were by love art, wear art – one of only 150 pairs made and matched my dress perfectly. I wore diamond drop earrings, a present from my husband and my parents gave me an amazing art deco diamond necklace on the wedding morning which again matched my 20s style perfectly.

Grooms Attire: Andrew and his 3 groomsmen and 2 best men wore full highland dress – the dark grey tartan is ‘hebridean grantie’.

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The Readings: Andy’s grandfather John read ‘The Art of a good marriage’ by Wilfred Arlan Peterson. It was very fitting as he and Andy’s grandma Evelyn have been married for over 60 years so must be doing something right! Andy’s eldest sister Emma (now 2 Emma MacArthurs in the family!) read ‘What is Love’ (Anon). both were beautiful and we were so glad we could include family on the day.

Beautiful Bridesmaids: My 4 amazing bridesmaids – best friend Fiona, school friend Laura and university girls Steph and Lydia – although based in different cities around the uk were a fantastic support and help throughout. Steph and Fiona organised not one but two amazing hen parties for me in Ibiza and Glasgow and all were on hand with help or advice in the lead up to the big day. The girls wore dresses by Maids to Measure in London – all were dove grey and full length but were different styles to suit their shapes and tastes. Each wore different jewelry and had bun hairstyles. They looked amazing!

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The Details and Décor: The details are where I went slightly overboard – but looking back it was worth it as we had so many positive comments! We gave all our guests a decorated paper bag (etsy design) for the Ceremony with the bridal and groom party names on it, inside was a small pack of tissues for happy tears and dried flower confetti. We had personalised paper favour bags hand tied with ribbon. Inside was a personalised shot glass, charity pin badge, loveheart sweets and a miniture bottle of Limoncello inside (a token from our first holiday together). We also gave guests a hangover kit as they left – this included a bottle of irn bru, teapigs tea bags, chocolate, alka seltzer tablets and a ‘DO NOT DISTURB, RECOVING FROM THE MACARTHUR’S WEDDING’ door hanger. We made up bags of toys and puzzles for the children to keep them occupied during the speeches and dinner. For our décor, we used the amazing Supernova events who managed the process throughout. We had a sparkling dance floor, beautiful table linen, chairs and decorations, a mini postbox for cards and mood lighting in all rooms. Our wedding guest book was in fact a treated piece of wood which guests added their comments to and is now being made into a table for our home! Obviously our save the dates and invitations by Cute maps were talked about by all the guests – they had never seen anything as personal before.

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The Food: Our amazing caterers Scoop provided canapes, a four course meal and midnight munchies for our 115 guests. Our wedding breakfast included scallops and black pudding, pheasant salad, fillet of beef main and a trio of mini desserts. At 10pm the ‘midnight munchies’ were served; burgers and homemade relish and spicy lamb koftas which were needed as our caterers were also running our bar and everyone had enjoyed the selection of homemade cocktails! All the food was delicious and the staff were fantastic- they couldn’t have done any more to make the day run smoothly!

The cake: We had a 5 tier cake by liggys cakes. Each tier was a different flavour (fruit, chocolate, lemon, carrot and vanilla) and was topped with beautifully decorated icing and fresh flowers. We also had a 4 tier cheese cake decorated with pomegranate and oat cakes. This was perfect for guests who prefer a savory snack to sweet and was amazing to look at.

Your Photographer: Our family friend Ian Adam took photos for us from the morning through to the first dance – we didn’t need reminding of our bad dancing later in the evening and wanted to relax with our guests.

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The flowers: As I mentioned I love fresh flowers and wanted to have as many fresh flowers as possible – and I think I did a good job! We had flowers on all pew ends and windows in the church as well as a flowing centrepiece and my favourite – a cascading floral arch outside the church. Our venue was bursting with flowers – on every table, window ledge, nook and cranny! We used lots of pinks, creams and browns – perfect for lifting a grey autumn day.

Music and First Dance: I walked up the aisle with my dad to a string trio playing Elbow’s ‘one day like this’ and we signed the register to ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ – everyone sang along to the da-da-da-da-da part! our good friend Ciaran kindly played the organ for our ceremony hymns and of course we had a piper outside the church to greet our guests in the traditional Scottish way! Our first dance was The Proclaimers ‘Let’s get married’ and we closed the night with the old Scottish fave, ‘Loch Lomond’. Our band Ernest played a mixture of ceilidh and other music – from all decades which was great for getting everyone on the dance floor, which wasn’t empty all night!

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The Honeymoon: We spent 4 days exploring Singapore then flew to Phuket, Thailand to The Shore resort for 1 week – which I would highly recommend to recharge the batteries post wedding!!

Memorable Moments: Reaching Andy at the top of the aisle and seeing his face was my favourite moment. We were both shaking and had dreadful dry mouth but it was still great!

My dad’s speech was fantastic – he doesn’t enjoy public speaking and so we were both nervous but I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was the perfect combination of funny and touching and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room at the end. I will always be so grateful for those words sending me off into married life.

On a lighter note, the minister forgot to turn off his microphone when he came out to greet me and the bridal party as we arrived and his ‘oh HELLO’ comment rang through the church and everyone laughed – at least Andy knew I had scrubbed up Ok!

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Advice for other couples: Don’t get too bogged down in timings and detailed plans – on the day you won’t notice if things don’t go as expected. Our meal ran on for an extra hour but no one noticed – including us!

Credits

Supernova events – supernovaevents.co.uk

Scoop catering: scoopevents.co.uk

Ernest wedding band: ernestmusic.co.uk

Apollo string quartet: stringquartetglasgow.co.uk

Maids to Measure, London: maidstomeasure.com

St Clair Wedding Cars: www.stclairweddingcars.co.uk

Liggys Cakes: liggyscakes.co.uk

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Real Life Wedding, Ann-Claire and Gerard

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Happy Friday everyone! Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend ahead, definitely well deserved I think! I have a stunning wedding to share with you today, an absolute classic, filled to the brim with old style glamour. Ann-Claire and Gerard got married in December, and I love the festive touches they have incorporated into their day; it fits perfectly with the grandness of their theme. Their venue is simply stunning, complete with incredible Christmas tree; ideal for wedding photos! Enjoy these glorious images brought to you by Patrick Ryan Photography.  https://www.facebook.com/PatrickRyanPhotography  

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Names: Ann-Claire Rochford and Gerard Reynolds

Wedding Date: 20th December 2013

The vision for the day: Black and Gold elegance

The Planning Process: We got engaged in March 2013.once we found an available date for December 2013 from our church and venue it was straight into the planning process. I found etsy.com and pinterest great resources. I went with the black and gold theme based on a ball gown I had seen, this ended up being our bridesmaid dress. By May I had chosen our invites and my dress. During the summer months I met with my florist and” finesse weddings” to discuss church and ballroom decor.

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The Venue: The 5 star Heritage golf and spa resort Killenard, Co. Laois, Ireland. It is a distance of 10km from our church. We had to factor in December weather for guests and what it may be like to travel on the roads, therefore we choose a venue close by that we both were very familiar with.

The Dress and Accessories: I got the dress in May at Ronald Joyce, it was a “light gold Blanch” gown, from Amarra bridal,Co. Kildare,Ireland. My shoes -Jimmy choo “Vamp”- were a wedding gift from my sisters. As there was a lot of detail on my dress I just wore earrings and a hair piece under my veil. I wanted a vintage veil in a very off white colour to match the dress. I finally found one on etsy.com it was cathedral length “Juliet capped” champagne vintage veil.

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Grooms Attire; Gerard said from the start that he wanted no tails on his wedding attire so suits were the only option and the men looked really smart. Gerard’s suit was purchased locally (in Eamon Brackens menswear) while the other 8 were hired also in Eamon Brackens, Portarlington, Co. Laois. All 9 men wore black and gold cufflinks, brown shoes, white shirts, gold tie pins, black and gold ties and matching a matching black and gold handkerchief.

The Readings : I picked the readings myself from a book my sister had given me when she visited Knock, Co. Mayo during the summer of 2013. The first reading: A reading from the book of Genesis 2:18-24 was read by my brother Mark. The responsorial psalm was Ps 32:12. 18. 20-22. R v.5 read by my friend Annie.The second reading: A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 12:31- 13:8 was read by one of Gerards sisters, Sinéad. We had a selection of cousins and friends read the prayers of the faithful and Gerards sister Mary read the communion reflection “Perhaps love” by John Denver.

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Beautiful Bridesmaids; I ordered the first bridesmaid dress in April and once it matched the online version I went ahead and ordered the other girls dresses. I loved the black and gold polka dot corset and black gathered skirt.

Music ; My cousin Joseph sang in the church and was accompanied by the very talented musician Owen Lynch. A family friend sang A Capella after communion in the church. Arrivals music in the hotel was provided by the hotel; a pianist on a grand piano in the foyer. Our band were fantastic they were called the The Pearls, they had everyone out on the dance floor from the word go.

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Our First Dance; This was a Christmas song the “Fairytale of New York (Christy Moore version) it is a favourite of ours and reminded Gerard of absent friends. R.I.P.

The Food: The food was all provided by the Hotel and was plentiful and tasty. The arrival food was mini goats cheese tartlets, filo pastry prawns and spring rolls served with mulled wine and prosecco. The main meal consisted of : chicken and mushroom vol au vent, butternut squash soup, turkey and ham or beef or a vegetarian option, and a trio of desserts: pistachio Crème Brule, apple pie, meringue nest.

The cake: This was a fruit cake made by my Mum. It was almond iced and decorated with white icing that had been placed in a lace mould. . I also made Cadburys chocolate biscuit cake for the guest wedding cake boxes and for afters food on the night.

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The flowers: I wanted generous looking flowers everywhere and my florist certainly delivered. We had sweeping bouquets of red, orange, (arum lilies) hints of purple and lush green foliage.

Your Photographer: Our photographer was a local guy called Patrick Ryan, from Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Though only in his twenties Patrick has been practicing as a photographer for over ten years now. Starting out his career as an assistant to one of Ireland’s most renowned and highly decorated portrait and wedding photographers, Theresa and Brian Redmond AIPPA of Redmond’s of Roscrea.   https://www.facebook.com/PatrickRyanPhotography

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The Details and Décor: I was very interested in having small details at the wedding. For the wedding car we had personalised ribbons with our name and date on them. In the church we had tones of flowers, our aisle stands and lanterns were supplied by Finesse weddings. On arrival at the hotel we had black and gold cake boxes for guests with the date and event on front. My cousin Martin made a beautiful candy cart placed in the foyer of the hotel. It had personalised black and gold stickers on the sweet jars “AC and Gerard 20/12/13”. We also had a personalised “hot air balloon guest book” for guests to sign their name on, it was on an easel in the ballroom. In the ball room, provided by Finesse weddings we had purple and peach coloured up lighting and we also had a fairylight backdrop behind the top table. At each individuals seat we had black and gold picture frames as guest favours from etsy.com. After the main course we had a singing chef and waitress to entertain guests. During the band interval we had Irish dancers to entertain.

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The Honeymoon; We are saving again and planning on travelling in the summer of 2014 to around the world trip.

Memorable Moments: Seeing the congregation through my champagne coloured veil. Saying our vows.

Advice for other couples: We were lucky to have a short engagement and it added to the excitement of the year. Pinterest is incredible for DIY ideas. Keep track of gifts by writing in small writing on back of guest cards.

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Credits: All credit goes to Goldlink stationery for our fabulous invites, http://www.goldlinkstationery.com/. Cute Maps for the beautiful quirky maps, http://www.cutemaps.co.uk. Our families for all their support, Lena in The heritage golf and spa resort for her hard work, http://www.theheritage.com/. Mary at Finesse weddings for all the behind the scenes work,  http://www.finesseweddings.ie/home.php.  My florist Liz and the priests who helped make the ceremony beautiful.

Pastel Perfection

I remember the first time the pastel craze hit, walking into topshop and looking around, thinking finally the fashion gods have gone too far and no one is ever going to wear this crap. Maybe the high street will go bust and I’ll have to make my own clothes….Then a few months later I looked down at what I was wearing; the pastel bomb had hit. Now I have accepted my love, and with very good reason. Spring like, cool, easy to match and so refreshing in the spring time. Pastels rock, and can provide an inspired theme for your wedding, here’s a few ideas to get you started.

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Real Life Wedding, Jenny and Stuart

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A blissful, beautiful, sunny affair to share with you this morning. Enough to forget about the terrible rain that has descended today! Jen and Stuart got married in Ibiza, such a fantastic location and you can see all their family and friends basking in the sunshine looking so happy. Their day had definite holiday vibes and the beautiful scenery provided the perfect backdrop for some very romantic wedding shoots, taken by the super talented Ana from Ana Lui Photography.  http://www.analuiphotography.com.  Ah looks like a fantastic day, lets have a look at the loveliness…

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Names: Jenny and Stuart

Wedding date: 19th September 2013

The vision for the day: We wanted to use bright colours which would look nice in the sunshine and also wanted the day to have a relaxed fun vibe to allow everyone to enjoy the day.

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The planning process: We both knew pretty soon after our engagement that we wanted to go abroad to get married as we wanted to make a real holiday of our wedding. Ibiza was an easy choice as it is a special place for both of us and we have shared great times there.  After doing a bit of research we found a catering/wedding planning company called eat-ibiza who had so many great reviews. They offer a complimentary wedding planning service and Vickki, the organiser was absolutely fantastic throughout. She has so much experience she made us feel relaxed about the whole process, which I can imagine can be pretty stressful when you’re planning a wedding in a different country! We also used Ibiza Ceremonies who helped us organise everything to do with the church including an English speaking priest. We also planned a pool party at our villa for the day following the wedding which we organised ourselves.

Budget: We had a budget from the start and managed to stick to it (roughly!) It is easy to get carried away with every aspect so we felt it helped to record everything in a spreadsheet, which we updated on a regular basis.

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The venue: Es Cubells church then Elixir shore club, Ibiza. We wanted a relatively small church to allow our ceremony to feel intimate and Es Cubells was perfect, it also has the most stunning views over the ocean from the back of the church. Elixir was also exactly what we were looking for as it has stunning views, minimal chic décor and a great open area looking out to Es Vedra rock.

The dress and accessories: A customised Suzanne Neville dress from Eleganza Spoza in Glasgow, fresh flowers for hair, Vivienne Westwood shoes, vintage style gold jewellery including my Grandmother’s locket which my Mum also wore on her wedding day.

Grooms attire: Hugo Boss suit, white shirt, tan coloured belt and brogues and a tartan tie from Charles Tyrwhitt.

The readings: Poem called ‘These Hands’ read by my Uncle during the ceremony. We both love the poem and felt it was really appropriate.

Beautiful bridesmaids: My friend Pauline wore a dress by JLM in ‘candy apple’ with gold accessories.

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Music and first dance: Sam and Johnny (wedding ceremonies Ibiza) not only helped us organise everything for the church but provided the music for the ceremony too (piano and voice). Picking the music was fun and we were able to choose music and hymns which meant something to us both which included the Beatles ‘Here comes the Sun.’ We wanted to pick music that fitted in with the vibe of Ibiza so had a Spanish guitarist playing during our drinks reception and then Hed Kandi for the party at night which included DJ Ben Santiago, the Lovely Laura on the saxophone and an extremely cool and talented bongo player. They were fantastic and kept the dance floor full all night with classic dance hits. Our first dance was Chaka Khan, ‘Aint Nobody’.

The food: Tapas sharing platters to start, then a choice of fillet steak medallions with rosemary-rioja jus or local or local fish en papiotte with hand crushed tomato salsa verde for mains then a buffet dessert table for dessert. Eat-ibiza are known for their great food and they didn’t disappoint as all the food was delicious, in fact it was the best steak we’ve ever had!

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The flowers: I chose various wild flowers in bright pretty colours for our bouquets and white roses for the men’s button holes which were organised by eat-Ibiza.

The cake: We decided on a dessert buffet table rather than a large wedding cake, Vickki from eat-Ibiza is a talented pastry chef and all her desserts were absolutely delicious.

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Your photographer: Our photographer was the talented and lovely Ana Lui. I came across her website when I was browsing online and also noticed she had won photographer of the year on the white-ibiza website. We absolutely loved her style of photography so it was an easy decision and she didn’t disappoint as she captured our day beautifully.

The details and decor: We chose wild bright coloured flowers for the tables, lots of small candles dotted around the room and silk hanging lanterns which looked beautiful when the sun went down. Our tables were named after our favourite places in Ibiza, including space nightclub!

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The honeymoon: We both wanted to go away and have a bit of an adventure so we chose 3 weeks in South America in Brazil, Argentina and Peru with the highlight being our visit to Machu Picchu.

Memorable moments: Seeing Stuart for the first time when I walked down the isle and having all our friends and family dance the night away. To be honest, the whole day was so special that everything was memorable, from getting ready in the morning to getting the bus home at 2am-everything was perfect.

Advice for other couples: Planning a wedding can be stressful so try and keep it fun and don’t get too stressed with minor details..just enjoy it. We found that wine can be your best friend, and when there are major decisions to be made, sometimes taking time out and having a glass of wine can ease rising stress levels!!!

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Credits: Wedding planning and catering: Eat-Ibiza www.eat-ibiza.com

Photographer and videography: Ana Lui www.analuiphotography.com

Church organisation: Samantha and Johnny www.weddingceremoniesibiza.com

Cute maps stationary: www.cutemaps.co.uk

Wedding dress: Eleganza Sposa, Glasgow: www.eleganza.co.uk

Makeup was done by Carolina Svensson at Smack Ibiza: www.smackibiza.com She was fantastic and took her time to make sure we achieved the exact look I wanted.

Bridal Accessories

Once you’ve found ‘the’ dress, you might think your set for your walk down the aisle…however there is, as ever in wedding planning, a myriad of other things to think about it. Planning your accessories and make up of course! It’s where you can really break away from the tradition (if you’ve maybe preferred to be more conventional with the dress) and let your personality shine through. Be it with a modern style, a pop of colour of an unexpected statement piece, these little details can subtly make your wedding look more fashion forward gaining you mega style points.

Eyes: A real opportunity to make a statement and add a pop of colour, or to keep it simple You could even add a splash of colour just for the evening. Choose from bright purples, neutral tones or (for the very brave) this seasons blue.

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Nail polish: a nude pearly white can add a touch of elegance while a bright colour will make a statement. Either way, don’t forget about your nails on a day when all the focus will be on your ring!

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Lips: a sultry red or refreshing pink, statement orange or a classic nude. Whatever you decide, remember to keep it with you and top up during the day.

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Shoes, I’ve seen lots of real weddings recently where the bride has had amazing shoes. They really are a good way of showing your own style without overshadowing your bridal look. I adore these ones from Chloe, I never would have though yellow could look so good!

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