ULTIMATE NO-FUSS WEDDING IN A JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN

Julianna and Thaddaeus became husband and wife, surrounded by just their closest family and friends, at the beautiful Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It was enriched in cultural tradition and meaningful touches. Upon arrival guests could say a prayer over the bride and groom’s wedding rings. The couple’s unique guest book was a set of stones for guests to sign, as historically, stones are used as metaphors for strength, permanence, stability, and refuge- all characteristics we desire to emulate in our marriage. Once the ceremony began, couple exchanged vows and rings, as well as a hand fasting ceremony in honor of Julianna’s Irish heritage. To incorporate Thaddaeus’s French culture, he participated in a sabrage, which is basically cutting the end of a champagne bottle off WITH A SWORD. No, I’m not joking, but it sounds awesome!

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13 LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN IDEAS

With Halloween just around the corner, I am busy adding the last bits to my outfit, whilst Jess is finalizing the plans for her murder mystery party this weekend with some quirky pumpkin decorations and a freakishly good cocktail list that’s to die for! This year we have been surprisingly organised with all our Halloween plans, but I have to admit I usually leave it down to the wire and there’s nothing scarier than having to piece everything together at the last minute. So we have rounded up 13 of our favourite quick and easy Halloween ideas for you to try this weekend. So grab you pumpkins and lets get started…

Beginning with our sugar skull wreath, which would be a spook-tacular way to surprise your guests as your greet them at the door.

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HOW TO MAKE A MARBLE CAKE STAND FOR LESS THAN £20!

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year then you would know that marble is fast becoming one of the prettiest trends around, problem is it can sometimes be a little pricey. But we’ve got some good news for you! If you’re looking to include a little marble into your wedding or bridal shower then you can create this easy cake stand on a budget! This entire DIY costs less than £20 to make and the results really look anything but cheap…

YOU WILL NEED:

A round marble board (we used this one) // A glue gun or clear silicon (to be honest I would go for the silicon, it worked much better to secure everything together and was more sturdy // Gold spray paint (we used Rustoleum) // Something round and wide for the base (We used an Osma sewer connection! I know that sounds awful ha but it was brand new from a hard ware store and did the job perfectly!) //

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WEEKEND WEDDING PLANNING: TIME TO GET ORGANISED!

It’s been a while since we had a regular series on Bespoke Bride, so we are super excited to share a new one with you today. Inspired by the fact that once I started wedding planning I had no idea where to start I thought it would be useful to start a new series called weekend of wedding planning. Where I’ll be sharing some of the jobs that I’ve been tackling along with posts from around the blogosphere as inspiration. These will include helpful advice, how to’s for us DIY brides and some of the goings on around here.

I will also be sharing more of my planning journey over on my personal instagram, you can follow me @emilypettiford and I would love to see more from you guys, so snap a pic of what your getting up to this weekend ahead of the big day and use #BBwedPlans to share your pics with the rest of us!

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