12 TIMES 2015 TOTALLY ROCKED!

Best of 2015 I have to admit I am a little sad to be waving goodbye to 2015. It has been a tremendous year for us, full of exciting new projects and milestones and one or two challenges along the way. We started the year with big ideas, we wanted to continue to grow our brand and came up with a list of things we would like to achieve by the end of the year. It was June before we realised we hadn’t really even come close to achieving any of our goals and it was time to make a few changes. Fast forward 6 months and we have all but achieved one of our goals but that is a story for another time.

2015 has been the biggest year for Bespoke Bride yet and with the launch of BB boutique, 2016 promises to be even bigger. I honestly cannot wait to get started and continue growing this amazing community of ours. For now here is a look at some of the things we are most proud of…

1.We fell in love with Instagram all over again! Instagram has long been our favourite social media platform but up until this year, we never really felt like we were using it to its full advantage. As our Instagram is an attachment of our blog, we thought it only made sense to share wedding related content however, we never really felt like it was a true reflection of our brand and we were falling in love with Instagram accounts that were wonderfully curated and colourful. We longed to make ours a creative outlet and it has since been the best thing we have done. Not only has it become a place to share our own creativity but we have been introduced to the most amazing community of Instagrammers, many of which we  have since welcomed to our blog.

You can see some of their DIY’s here: Cute Edible Donut Necklaces by Aww Sam, Christmas Light Cookies by Obsessive Cookie Designer, Autumn Leaf Pinatas by Sugar & Bash, Bird Cage Veil by Wear the Canvas, Celebrate Tassel Cake Topper by Bright Bold Design, Pastel Pumpkin Cookies by Obsessive Cookie Designer, Free Printable Fruity Cards for Well Wishes by The Lovely Drawer, Floral Envelope Table Plan by The Lovely Drawer.

DIY-Watercolour-Paint-Headband-Hairband-Hair-Scarf-Tie-6 2. Meanwhile we taught you how to create a watercolour headscarf and the Mollie Makes team liked it so much they featured it on their blog too!

Festival-Wedding-Styling-with-Bespoke-Bride-Free-People-Fashion-66 3.  We had a ball collaborating with Free People to create this festival styled wedding shoot and got to work with so many fabulous wedding industry peeps.

Bespoke Bride styles the Blogcademy 4. Of all the projects we took on this year, styling the last ever Blogcademy was the most fun! We are used to styling small areas for our own DIY’s and photoshoots but never have we had to style an event. It was a challenge to say the least, but we had so much fun doing it and it has inspired us to do a little a more styling in the future. You can see more from the event here.

Emily & Matt's big news colourful engagement announcement shoot-21 5. I never imagined we would be sharing news of an engagement with you this year and I never in a million years thought it would my own, but I am over the moon that it is and I cannot wait to start sharing our wedding planning journey with you! You can read our proposal story here.

BB-Crafty-Club-Join-Now1 6. A particular highlight was launching our new subscription service, BB Crafty Club. This was one of those projects that we had been sitting on for a while and we were so excited to get it off the ground. Unfortunately after 4 months we have now decided to cancel the service as being completely honest the numbers just weren’t adding up, but the support for the boxes has been so fantastic. So we will be using this feedback to rethink the boxes and how we can improve them and they will be back with a bang in 2016!

Dominican-Republic-La-Romana-Travel-Guide-Visit-honeymoon-holiday-199 7. Jess travelled to the Dominican Republic! Actually Jess travelled quite a bit this year. Here is her Dominican Travel Guide & check out her Travel Diary to!

Santorini-Oia-Travel-Guide-Reccomendations-Honeymoon-Colourful-Place-Greece_-61 She also went to Santorini, which looked like the most beautiful vacation! Check out her Santorini Travel Guide & Video Diary here.

We also got to spend a very festive two days in Copenhagen, which we will be sharing with you in the New Year.

Rock N Roll Bride Magazine Issue 4 Bespoke Bride Ombre Tulle Skirt DIY Tutorial8. Our Ombre Tulle Skirts featured in Issue 4 of Rock N Roll Bride Magazine and we couldn’t have been anymore excited. There is just something about seeing your work in print! If you missed the magazine you can see the tutorial here.

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OFF THE RECORD: A MOST MAGICAL MONTH!

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Eek! Halloween is on our doorsteps and I am so god dam excited! I LOVE halloween! This year me and Em are heading to one of our favourite bars to end this month with plenty of cocktails! It certainly has been an epic October for us with the launch of BB Boutique, winning the award for Best DIY Wedding Blog & starting our pre crowd funding campaign so there’s PLENTY of reasons to celebrate! Here’s what else we’ve been loving this month…

JESS LOVES…

My sister coming home!! She’s been in the US for 5 months working and travelling and basically having the time of her life but I am SO happy to have her back! We surprised all of the family with her return and it was so amazing seeing their reactions! Needless to say there was lots of tears! 

Winning Best DIY wedding blog for the second year in a  row! EEEEEK! We are so so so thankful to everyone that voted for us, we work really hard on our tutorials and it’s so amazing to see the love return and know that you guys enjoy them as much as we do!

Catching up with our fellow wedding bloggers & industry faves at the awards! We had so much with Festival Brides, Mr & Mrs Unique, The Wedding Bazaar, Choccy Woccy Doodah, Binky Nixon, The Bijou Bride, the list goes on! It’s always so fun getting all dressed up and celebrating each others success! 

The launch of the boutique!! I couldn’t not include this could I?! After years of hard work it finally went live filled to the brim with amazing suppliers and we couldn’t be happier! There are more and more suppliers being added every week so be sure to keep your eye out!

Spending a few days in Wales with James, we went to Snowdon a couple of years ago and had such a lovely time that we thought it would be cute to head back to the same place! So we took the road trip down and stayed in a lovely little pub with a roaring fire! It was the perfect little autumn/winter getaway.

Watching Years and Years! We saw them at Birmingham and they were bloody brilliant! I am so obsessed with their album and it’s so good to see someone local to us doing so well in the music industry! 

EMILY LOVES…

Ahhhh!! There are so many things to talk about! Firstly we launched BB boutique and it has been epic!! The site had thousands of visits on its first day and the response was phenomenal! How can we ever thank you for your support? I can’t wait to see where this little venture of ours takes us next!

As if we hadn’t shouted about it enough! We won ‘Best Wedding DIY Blog’ at the Wedding Blog Awards. As Jess said, we absolutely love working on our tutorials and we are just so thrilled to hear you love them just as much!

♥ In other news we launched a pre-crowdfunding campaign! If you haven’t shown your support yet please click here, set up your account then click here to show your support! Thank you!!

Getting ready for Halloween! I have made giant spiders out of balloons and streamers and gone a little overboard with the fake cobweb stuff. Next up are the pumpkins!

Movie night with my little bro in his new house!

Pub Grub, wine and gossiping with old friends! We might not see each other as often as we would all like, but when we get together it’s just like old times! 

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

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Pun-Kins!! I am so obsessed with these! (Photos by Jeff Mindel via Studio DIY)

Gold Foil Wall Art & Printables

Seahorse Unicorn Piñata! (OH MY GOD!) 

Ice Cream Pumpkins

Graphic Print Memo Board

Printable Unicorn Gift Tags

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Off the Record: Money Love, Making Plans & Much More!

PHEW!! Do you ever get that feeling that you wish you had more pairs of hands?? Thats the feeling we have been getting this week. I honestly don’t know how other people manage to get so much done in such a short space of time – if anyone has the secret kindly pass it on…

So October is finally upon us and I have to admit I am little bit excited! This part of the year is so fun with halloween, Bonfire Night, my birthday, Sweden and christmas to look forward too, before you know it will soon be the end of 2013. Lets not forget we also have a 2nd Bespoke birthday party to organise which I am highly looking forward to, more details on that later!

Anywho lets get on with what we have been loving this week…

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