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RELAXED NEON RAVE WEDDING IN CAMDEN

Written by , Posted in City, Modern, Quirky, Real Weddings, UK WEDDING

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From the bunting on the ceiling and the glow-sticks in glasses, to the hand-written t-shirts that served as table plans, so much of the final flourishes for Katrina and Tom’s neon rave wedding came together in the final days and it is oh so completely their style!

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“Our wedding took place in the Prince Albert Pub in Camden, London. However, we both currently live in Australia – meaning we had to take a somewhat relaxed approach to organising the wedding. Perhaps one of the most important things we did was not worry about all the little details, and in fact this actually helped improve the end-result.” Katrina Began.

“We never wanted a traditional wedding, and this drove so many of the choices we made. Before we began planning, we agreed on a couple of key elements. The wedding must be fun, relaxed, colourful and personal. With help from some truly talented people, we created a truly magical, multi-coloured day.”

“The Prince Albert is a fantastic spot that managed to be both well organised but also very laid-back. Camden is a very alternative part of London, full of strange characters and odd sights. We knew we wanted to include the environment in our photos, and our photographer Anna Pumer was brilliant at capturing the mood of the day. She helped us get amongst the chaos and the colour of Camden Market to create a very unique set of pictures.”

“The Ceremony itself was another key place where we could show our own style. We were lucky to work with a very talented celebrant, Hannah Jones, who helped us create a unique and personal story that included Coffee Patron shots, party poppers, a candle ceremony and a traditional hand-fasting. These different parts allowed us to include our family in the proceedings and created a series of wow moments. In a break from tradition, we wrote each other’s vow’s – putting our words in their mouth – and making every word count.” She explained.

“Bright colours were the overriding theme, and came to life everywhere, from the lasers on the dance-floor to the Opal Wedding rings we both now wear (crafted from one Opal cut in half).”

Perhaps most obviously, it came to life in Katrina’s dress. The wedding dress sums up the essence of the wedding – sparking gold sequins that lit up the room like a million suns. Katrina danced down the aisle to the unmistakable sounds of DJ Fresh’s Gold dust – an up-tempo, high-energy dance floor anthem that got everyone on their feet cheering!

“Ultimately it was an incredible day because it was our day through and through – a day so bright and brilliant it can never fade in our memories.”

Super Suppliers: Dress: Topshop | Suit: Daniel Hechter | Florist: Gilly Flower | Cake: Hummingbird Bakery | DJ: Captain Kaos and the Two Blind Moose | Catering: Prince Albert pub | Lasers: LSH Events | Photographer: Anna Pumer | Hair: M16 Boutique Hairdressing & Jakob from Curl Up & Dye |

 

 

 

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LEARN HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY DIY BALLOON GARLAND

Written by , Posted in Decor, Garlands and Backdrops, How To...

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I am so excited to share this easy DIY balloon garland with you today even though it’s not very Valentines-ey! Although it totally could be if you used pink and red balloons??

Anyway I think today’s tutorial is the perfect statement decor to add to a sweet or cake table and you could even make it longer and use it as a table runner or a ceremonial arch! The delicate florals add a touch of class, whilst the balloons are the perfect amount of whimsy and best of all, it so incredibly easy to make!

I have always wanted to make a balloon table runner but always imagined you would need loads of special wires and stuff to make it happen. Well, it turns our I was totally wrong! All you need is string (you can also use fishing wire), a pair of scissors and balloons in the colours & sizes of your choice, this one was 5 1/2 ft and used 41 balloons all of the same standard balloon size, so you can use that as a basic guide.

I was totally inspired by the Eclectic Ski Lodge Shoot we featured here a couple of weeks back, so decided to use similar colours and loved the idea of adding flowers & foliage, making it the perfect decor for a wedding.  And if your wondering how long it took me to create this garland it was between 1-2 hours when you add in the fact that I kept stopping for tea breaks! Not bad eh!

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STEP 1:

Start by inflating your balloons.

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Tie a 3 inch piece of string around the knot of your balloon making sure it is secure.

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Now cut a piece a string a length of string to the size you would like your garland to be. You may find it easier to elevate your string off the ground somehow by tying it to the backs of two chairs but I found it just as easy working with the string flat on the table. It also helped to make sure there were no gaps underneath as I originally wanted this to be a table runner. (more…)

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SAY ‘I DO’ TO A FOOD PARK WEDDING WITH THESE CUTE VALENTINES INSPIRED IDEAS

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While I love using trends to inspire my creativity, I especially love it when an unexpected source of inspiration comes my way, rather like today’s Valentine’s Day shoot, which all started with a black and white stripe gold leaf settee that needed a face lift.

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HOW PRACTICING MINIMALISM HAS HELPED ME + MY NEW MINIMAL OFFICE REVEAL

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I’ll be honest, this post started out as something completely different,  It started out as a minimal office reveal  but I found myself writing more about my own journey with minimalism so far and now it’s out there, I felt like it would be a shame to remove it, so please accept my apologies if this isn’t quite what you were expecting. 

The true meaning of minimalism goes well beyond the things that we buy.

Until the 1st January 2017, I had no idea what ‘minimalism’ entailed. After seeing in the new year the night before, I decided to spend the first day of 2017 with a good old Netflix binge. Sat their scrolling through the endless list of things to watch, my attention landed upon a title called ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things’. I read through the description and thought it sounded like something good to pass the time and so I pressed play. One hour and nineteen minutes later, I felt like I had just had an epiphany! I had resonated with every single word that had been said in the documentary and I felt like ‘Minimalism’ was exactly what I needed in my life.

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This year was the first year, I had not made a new years resolution. I want to say it was because I don’t believe in resolutions and all the BS but in truth it was because I just didn’t know what I wanted anymore? I had wrote about how I had faced my own version of a midlife crisis last year and how I was going to make it my primary focus to find more enjoyment, but I have to be honest I was struggling. I was still so caught up in the past and everything that had happened in the last year or so. I felt like Minimalism could be exactly what I needed in order to start focusing on the future.

After watching the documentary I went straight to the Minimalists blog, scoured all their essays and was delighted to learn they had a podcast. I went on to spend hours and hours listening to their advice on how to de-clutter – both physically and mentally, setting goals and prioritizing. Minimalism to me wasn’t just about getting rid of stuff, it was more about getting rid of things that held me in the past and stopped me from moving forward. Yes it did mean, I got rid of a lot of thing, 6 car trips full of stuff that went straight to the charity shop to be exact (and I’m still not finished!) but I noticed a difference in my way of thinking almost immediately. I moved on to de-cluttering my phone, removing apps that served no purpose and clearing out my inbox.

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Within 31 days, my stress levels have reduced significantly, my anxiety is no longer waking me up at night and I am using my time so much more effectively. Removing pacifiers such as Facebook and resisting the urge to binge on even more Netflix has led me to work differently, making time for me to pursue my hobby of wildlife photography and blogging and I have even started yoga!

More importantly this clarity of mind has allowed me to focus more on my health. Today will mark 40 days of being Vegan (I have always been vegetarian), Gluten Free and sugar free, something I would never have had the strength or willpower to do before adopting a minimalist approach. This change has been the most beneficial to me, as a sufferer from Endometriosis, it was suggested that a dairy free, gluten free and sugar free diet might help to combat the chronic pain I was experiencing. Although the symptoms have not gone completely I am still noticing a difference, the pain is less frequent and more manageable, which is life changing for me. I’ve spent way less time this past month curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle than I did previously and I can finally think about moving forward rather than worrying that my illness might stop me in my tracks.

Of course, there is still a long way to go, but for now, I finally feel like I’m back in control and that makes me really really happy.

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Finally, a few words on my office. (more…)