Something different, but still cute

It’s been a wonderful few months filled with some out of the ordinary maps and requests. Amongst many wonderful ideas were a Cute Path version of a table plan, a wedding map inside the fascinating Eden Project biomes and a table plan full of pubs…

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Real Life Wedding, Tina and Bruno

We had the pleasure of creating a beautiful range of wedding stationary for the lovely couple, Tina and Bruno as they were married in Provence, France.

Tina commissioned a fab range and we always love seeing pics of our designs used on the day, including one of our super-bespoke Cute Paths, signed by guests that the happy couple can take home to remember the day! How fun!

Have a read of Tina’s memories of their Wedding day and advice for other brides-to-be!

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Names: Tina & Bruno

Wedding Date: 10 September 2016

The Venue: Le Mas De La Rose, Provence, France

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The vision for the day: 

To have…

  • Intimate day, just with our very best friends and immediate family.  We kept our numbers down to 70 guests.
  • Bring the best of British and French cultures to make things a bit different for everyone, for example by mixing languages in our readings at the church, speeches and music selections.
  • Provence wedding – it had been our dream for many years to get married in the South of France. We fell in love with our venue many years before, while visiting the region.
  • Amazing setting, amazing food, great wine – we chose a venue that had their own restaurant – with fresh fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden and local products.

The Planning Process:

  • Pinterest wedding board to gather ideas was pretty key.
  • Plotted decisions and kept to a rough timeline.
  • Visited region twice for church preparations and to meet local suppliers.
  • Gave many people roles in advance (helping with signage and decor on the day) – family and friends played a role in our day.
  • Took 12 months from start to finish.

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The Dress and Accessories:

Dress: Delphine Manivet

Shoes: Sergio Rossi

Headband: Les cerises de mars

Grooms Attire:

Suit and waistcoat: tailored by Faubourg Saint Sulpice

Shoes: Weston

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The Details and Decor:

Theme Casual Chic – touches of bunting, decorated trees with paper flowers, fresh flowers

The Flowers: pink roses and olive leaves

Music and First Dance: A Rhumba to Let’s Marvin Gaye and Get in On – Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor

Entertainment and activities:

Pâte à Swing, Avignon.

Giant wooden garden games and vintage photo booth provided lots of fun throughout the day

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The Food:

Starter : Tartare of cooked and raw vegetables with smoked salmon “macedonia“ way, roasted prawns, fresh herb emulsified vinaigrette

Main Course : Veal with potatoes, homemade olive oil, mushrooms, vegetables from the garden

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The Cake: Macaron Tower – cut to Let There Be Love, by Nat King Cole, along with sparklers for guests.

Stationary: Cute Maps.

Cute Path – timeline of the story of our first years – that our guests were able to sign

Table plan themed in the style of our invites. Table names represented the 8 cities we visited while dating.

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Your Photographer: Artaïs Studio

The Honeymoon: Tullum, Mexico – Jan 2017

Memorable Moments: Driving back from the church in our 1960s Fiat 500

The Best Man’s speech: the Sketch Show meets Euro Trash – portraying the life of the groom and all the English influences that led him to eventually marry an English woman.

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Advice for Other Couples: You can’t plan the best moments but if you fill you day with the people you love dearly then it will be magical. Be prepared to make lots of decisions, it’s very hard in reality to make things simple.

Credits:

The venue: Le Mas De La Rose www.mas-rose.com/fr/hotel-luxe-provence

The car: Fiat 500 Classic www.mariage-en-500.com

Photography: The talented team at www.artais.com

The videographer: Les Films Super vimeo.com/nicolasgodtschalck

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Real Life Wedding, Natasha and Dominic

Oh what a lovely wedding! We love the vibe from Natasha and Dominics fabulous day here at Cute Maps. The theme? Laughter and fun! Below you can read all about their wonderful day and pick up on some great tips preparing for your own. These photos also really highlight the importance and skill of good timing, they really encapsulate the happiness of the day and document the fun moments very well indeed. We hope reading their story make you smile as much as we did!

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Names: Dominic & Natasha

Wedding Date: 10.08.16

The vision for the day: We didn’t really have a particular theme or idea of the exact style we wanted. Honestly, all we wanted was a happy, fun and exciting day filled with laughter. We wanted fun and laughter to be at the forefront of the whole day.

The Planning Process: We decided to have a 2 year engagement and if I were to do it again I would definitely do the same! It gave us a chance to enjoy being engaged and choose suppliers and venues without the need to rush. We loved the process of planning and having friends and family join in with making favours and goodie bags. Obviously it wasn’t all roses and rainbows but even when things went wrong I could see the funny side of it…eventually!

The Venue: We were married at St. Peter’s church in Bridge and then had our reception at Winters Barns in Canterbury.

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The Dress and Accessories: I had a beautiful dress from Teokath in Canterbury, it was gorgeous lace with an Art Deco inspired belt. My favourite detail was the buttons that lined from top to bottom of the dress. I also had a headband that matched my belt which I adored both by Jenny Peckham. Then there were my shoes, gorgeous ivory and gold with a big bow! Irregular choice shoes are always a win in my book!

Grooms Attire: Dom had a gorgeous charcoal grey 3 piece suit by Ted Baker. And because I had vetoed red for the wedding Dom found a way to include it…his shoes!

Beautiful Bridesmaids: My gorgeous girls wore mint green knee length chiffon dresses with a lace bodice and key hole back. I wanted something elegant…but also something they wouldn’t get too hot in for dancing the night away. They had a messy bun to the side, to accent the key hole back.

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Music and First Dance: The incorporation of music in our wedding didn’t just start with our first dance. We had the bridesmaids walk down the aisle to ‘I Can Go The Distance’ from Hercules, I then followed with ‘Tale As Old As Time’ from Beauty and the Beast. While signing the register Dom’s brother played a medley on the piano which included scores from; The Godfather, Game of Thrones, Aladdin and the Lion King. When we left the church we had ‘Accidentally In Love’ ringing out. For our first dance, trying to avoid the overly romantic or teary song choices, we decided on ‘I Wouldn’t Have Nothing If I Didn’t Have You’, but the John Goodman and Billy Crystal version! All these songs, and a few more culminated in a cd for our favour to guests.

The Details and Decor: Other little details we had at the wedding were a photo guest book, pots of sweets, confetti made out of unused invitations which looked great on the tables.

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The Food: Dom wanted everyone to come away full from our wedding, so food was mainly on his planning list! We had a selection of canapés, some of which were chocolate covered strawberries and Dom’s favourite rare roast beef in mini Yorkshire puddings! We then had a 3 course sit down meal, with a Greek mezzo starter as a nod to my dad’s side of the family, followed by roast duck, vegetables and dauphinois potato. My favourite course was dessert, a trio of chocolate brownie, mini cream puff and creme brûlée (divine!). The one thing Dom said we HAD to have was a hog roast in the evening, he wasn’t wrong! Mama Feelgoods were amazing caterers and couldn’t do enough for us.

The Flowers: For our flowers we had an amazing supplier, Louise from confetti connections, who went out of her way to ensure I could have succulents in the bouquets and button holes! We also had roses with them but the whole effect was something natural and countryfied! For our centre pieces we wanted to keep it simple with fishbowls, pillar candles and dusky pink calalillies.

The Cake: The cake is where we had some fun, a little something that had meaning for Dom and myself, but would also be a bit of fun for our guests. With a link to Hawaii and our first date film…Lilo and Stitch, we couldn’t have asked for more from Mama Feelgoods again in this creation.

Your Photographer: Dom and I had emphatically agreed on one thing when it came to our photographer, we didn’t want loads of posed and stiff pictures. We very much liked the style of journalistic, candid pictures. Olly Knight was our perfect match, he was so easy to work with, was incredibly friendly and brilliant to have on the day.

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The Honeymoon: Due to the incredible generosity of our friends and family we have managed to book our honeymoon for Easter 2017. We are heading to San Francisco and Hawaii. We are so excited!

Memorable Moments: There are so many memorable moments from the day, from being hugged so forcefully by my flower girl I landed on the floor, receiving a video when getting ready of the boys jump starting the wedding car, to saying the priests lines as well as my own during the ceremony or when walking in to dinner…tripping on my dress while Dom walked in fist bumping the air! Dom’s most memorable moment was his best man’s speech, he was so nervous and not one for public speaking but everyone was floored, no one more than Dom.

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Advice for Other Couples: The best advice we could give to other couples would be; don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy every moment of your day and have fun with planning, it doesn’t need to be a stressful affair. Finally if the grooms nervous about giving his speech, do it before dinner, so he can enjoy his wedding meal.

Credits:

Olly Knight (photography) www.ollyknightphotography.co.uk

Confetti Connections (flowers and decor) www.confetticonnections.co.uk

Mama Feelgoods (food and cake) www.mamafeelgoods.com

Late Summer Wedding

I know when people think of Summer Weddings, thoughts usually turn to pretty pastels and fresh clean hues, hay bales, bunting, wildflowers and photographs in glowing cornfields. I love it too, but what about another direction? I’m thinking a lush romantic jewel-tone vibe; deep reds, rich purples, golden greens. I imagine that time of year when balmy Summers first ease into Autumn. Leafy forests with dappled light and a cool breeze, the sunshine glistening from the canopy above and the leaves starting to turn from green to gold. With a little moody lighting, colourful prints, comfy cushy seating, you could make a fab romantic magical vibe in the depths of a secluded forest.

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Gold!

Winter is fast approaching, dark mornings, dark nights, sub-zero times, blah! But there’s something truly romantic about winter weddings isn’t there? Cosy, warm and sparkly, so a hint of gold would be quite the welcome guest at a winter wedding to add some extra glam.

I actually happen to like dark evenings (not a fan of the morning though) and I think that the best advantage of a winter wedding is the fact that you can start the evening do a little earlier, therefore more time to party! You can really make the most of using sparkly fairy lights on outdoor trees, and go wild with lanterns and tea-lights making the scene magical and the whole experience more intimate and cosy, which also lends itself well to smaller parties.

A friend of mine is getting married mid-November, she’s going for gold nails, gold glitter on her cake, sparklers and a firework display. I think this will all bode very well for a creative and interesting bunch of photos too!

Here are some gorgeous low cost DIY ideas that we have found to introduce extra decadence to your day… It doesn’t have to be showy or over the top though, just a hint of gold is plenty and goes hand in hand perfectly with the winter months ahead.

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Halloween Wedding, if you dare…

So, Halloween weddings? This has to be the King of themed weddings, right? I think it’s a pretty cool idea, you’re not going to be disappointed by bad weather, as we already expect it in autumn, and if your tendencies veer towards the quirky anyway it’s a perfect opportunity to go a little bit wild, and get your guests involved too! No pastels allowed! It doesn’t have to be all blood and gore though, oh no. We’ve found some fabulous classy and fun ideas for a sophisticated Halloween wedding. Personally I love the idea of lots of black in a wedding theme, how do you like the look of these stunning black wedding gowns? The black gold and diamond ring would be something I absolutely could not say no to! How about experimenting with fun treats, showstopping dessert tables, smoky cocktails, deep red flowers and a hint of gothic font? There are so many great ideas for a Halloween wedding, it by no means needs to be tacky or unoriginal, question is, do you dare?

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