WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO EAT & WHAT TO SEE IN ZADAR & SPLIT, CROATIA

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I can’t believe it’s been over two weeks since I came back from Croatia, I spent a week in this beautiful country and ticked a couple of places of my ‘to see’ list whilst I was there! If you’re planning a trip here anytime soon, or maybe you’re thinking of visiting Croatia for your honeymoon or are simply dreaming up new pretty place to explore in the future then be sure to pin this page to your travel board for future use! I’m going to be sharing places to visit, where we stayed, what to eat, my favourite moments and a few helpful tips and tricks!

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VISIT IN SPLIT

Hands down my favourite day of the whole trip was when we took a day trip to Krka national park. This park is full of these insanely gorgeous natural waterfalls that you can gawk over! (Actually if you go in the summer months you can swim in them!) we booked our tour with a company called Splitlicious and I couldn’t recommend them enough! We got picked up in a mini bus around 8am in the morning and headed to Krka, it takes about 40 minutes to walk around the entire park and there’s a lovely little restaurant that over looks the waterfalls where we ate lunch.

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A GUIDE TO PHUKET (IF YOU’RE AVOIDING BANGLA ROAD)

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Happy hump day guys! I’m so excited to share some tips and advice on my recent trip to Phuket with you today, if you’re planning a trip to Thailand soon, considering it for your honeymoon or are simply dreaming up new places to visit in the future then be sure to pin this page to your travel board for future use! I’m going to be sharing places to visit, where we stayed, what to eat, my favourite moments and what you should pack!

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Obviously one of the best things to do if you’re staying in Phuket is to visit Phi Phi Islands, they’re a set of 6 beautiful islands each with their own unique qualities! The most famous of the bunch is the uninhabited Phi Phi Leh since that classic scene with Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Beach’ was filmed there. Beware though it can get RIDICULOUSLY busy! We visited Phi Phi with a tour called Simba Sea Trips which got us to Phi Phi Leh for about 6:30am, the sun had just rose and we ate breakfast on the beach which was beautiful. When we arrived there was maybe less than 30 people there but our tour guide informed us that by lunch time there’s normally around 1000 people! And let me tell you, it’s a small beach. So get there as early as you can if you want to get some nice photos and really soak up the atmosphere undisturbed.

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EMILY’S SURPRISE 30TH BIRTHDAY TEA PARTY

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Ooh I do love surprises! And I love planning surprises even more! For a few weeks I’ve been harbouring the secret that some of our best gal pals was heading down to my place to surprise Em with a tea party for her 30th Birthday! The plan was all set in motion, Emily would think that she was coming over for us to create and photograph our DIYs for the week (but little did she know that I had already done them muhahaha) so when she walked through my front door she was greeted with loud screams of SURPISE!!!

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She was of course very surprised and shocked to see me, Emily from Mermaid Gossip and Sofia and Elena from The Costa Sisters all crouching on the floor hiding behind the kitchen worktop! And I’m pretty sure that she shed a little tear when she turned around and saw that epic cat cake! We had to get a cat cake made because Emily loves cats so much! Oh and if you happen to be wondering about where that cute candy wreath is from, the DIY is coming to the blog next week! Yay!

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The wonderful Oliver Bonas also supplied some insanely gorgeous tea party essentials like that marble cake stand, and the super pretty tea cups and saucers! We even had a matching tea pot too and let me tell ya…we drank a lot of tea! We spent the afternoon eating yummy cupcakes and sandwiches and munching on other sweet treats too!

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT BESPOKE BRIDE: AUTUMN 2016

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Phew! It’s been a crazy couple of months for us behind the scenes at Bespoke Bride! If you follow us on Instagram (and watch our Instagram stories) you would have seen quite a bit of BTS action already but today we thought it would be fun to share a little video showing what we’ve been up to and how certain projects we’ve worked on have come together!

From styling a tropical shoot for Shutterfly, creating decorations for the Cricut Stand at The Handmade Fair, Emily doing a spot of modelling for Tilly and The Button’s new line as well as creating lots of spooky DIYS to share on the blog it certainly has been a fun couple of months!

Our first big project was creating a styled shoot for Shutterfly promoting their awesome personalised products and how fab they are to style a tropical themed bridal shower! We carefully chose our items for the shoot, from watermelon plates to ombré place mats and fun wine glasses! Then, we used lots of fresh fruit and beautiful flowers to add a little more colour to the table.

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Next we attended The Handmade Fair with Cricut and if you’ve been reading Bespoke Bride for a while then you’ll know that we are obsessed with these craft machines! We created and styled a bunch of decorations and products for the Cricut Stand including one of our favourite DIYs ever…The cascading flower backdrop! We also loved making this embellished dress for the mannequin and these fun floral cake toppers made out of card! We spent the entire weekend meeting tons of lovely fellow craft obsessives and demonstrating the machines! It was so much fun!

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#BBWEDCHALLENGE : WE’RE KICKING OFF AUGUST WITH AN INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE!

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I mean wowzers, it’s August already?! How did that happen?! We thought we would kick off the month with a super fun Instagram challenge because we absolutely love the community that we have here at Bespoke Bride and love love love seeing our reader’s snaps so we CAN’T WAIT to get this challenge started!!

Never been part of an an Instagram challenge? No worries! It’s super easy! All you need to do is save the below image (just so you can check back), and — if you like — upload it to your Instagram account with the hashtag #BBWEDCHALLENGE . Then, you just upload photos that match the challenge on the day using the same hashtag! We would love it if you tagged us in the photos too! We’re @BESPOKEBRIDE on Instagram!

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The best part about this challenge is that you can browse the #BBWEDCHALLENGE regularly and see your fellow BB readers joining in and connect with them! You never know what wedding inspiration you’ll discover, what suppliers you may find or who you’ll connect with!

We’re also going to be sharing photos that we absolutely LOVE so don’t be afraid to get creative! Here’s a breakdown of each of the challenges in case you need a little more inspiration…

AUGUST 1: TRUE LOVE SELFIE

We want to start the challenge by seeing yours and your partners beautiful smiley happy faces! Share a cute selfie of the two of you!

AUGUST 2: FAVE FLOWER

Flowers are the bomb! Show us your favourite flower or the flowers you’ve chosen for your W-Day!

AUGUST 3: STYLIN’

Are you having a specific theme to your wedding? Maybe you’re going boho, or festival, rustic or Mexican! Whatever the style, share with us a photo of some super styling you love! Don’t forget to tag where the photo was from!

AUGUST 4: LOVE LIPPY

We want to see your favourite shade of lipstick! It’s always so handy finding new lipstick colours am I right?! You may find a new favourite shade from another bride to be!

AUGUST 5: WALK THIS WAY

What shoes are you going to wear on your wedding day? Do you have them already? Or if your’e dreaming of a certain special pair then we want to see those too! Don’t forget to tag the designers of the shoes as well so other brides or grooms to be can grab a pair if they love them!

AUGUST 6: PASSION

Do you and your other half share a joint passion or hobby? Share a photo of you guys doing something you enjoy!

AUGUST 7: RING BLING

Show us those engagement rings! We love how many different styles, sizes, shapes and colours there are!

AUGUST 8: MORNING BREW

It’s Monday morning so let’s share what starts the day off! Are you a tea obsessive like me? Or do you kick off the day with a smoothie like Em? Or perhaps you’re a coffee lover!

AUGUST 9: ULTIMATE INSPO

Got a favourite wedding magazine that’s your absolutely bible right now? Or a blog you’re totally in love with?! Share something of theirs and tag and tell them why you love them!

AUGUST 10: CHILL

Planning a wedding can be stressful and it’s important to take down time and relax during the planning process! Show us what you do to relax! (For me, it’s all about reading a book in a long hot bath with a gorgeous bath bomb!)

AUGUST 11: #TBT

Share a throwback of you and your other half! Maybe even a favourite memory of the two of you!

AUGUST 12: GAL PALS

We all need our gal pals and nothing is as fun as a girls night!! We want to see you and your bridesmaids or gal pals having a fab time!

AUGUST 13: LOCK YOU LOVE

Know how you’re going to have your hair styled on the big day? Or have you seen a style that you think would be perfect?

AUGUST 14: THE SHOWER

Did you have a bridal shower? Or seen one online that you fell in love with?

AUGUST 15: DRESS TO IMPRESS

Do you have the dress? You may not want to share the whole thing but how about a sneaky peek?! Maybe a super close up! Or share with us a dress from a designer that you love love love!

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