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!



A Styled Woodland Blush Pink Bridal Shoot with Emily

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Some of you readers may not know this but I studied photography when I was younger and for the past few years I shadowed wedding photographers until I felt confident enough to go out and shoot by myself! So far I’ve photographed 6 weddings alone and absolutely love it! However a┬ácouple of weeks ago I clicked on my photography website and honestly thought it looked terrible! It wasn’t clean and it wasn’t easy to navigate. Time for a revamp!! As I started to clear up my site I decided I wanted some new material on it, I have two weddings booked this month but just couldn’t wait for those so I dragged Emily out into the woods to pose as a bride for me! We pulled together the dress from a beautiful long bridal skirt I bought off Ebay and the top half is actually a lace dress out of my mums cupboard! Then Em did her own hair and makeup and voila! We were ready!

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Lucky for me, Em is so bloody photogenic and literally turns into a model when a camera is in front of her! We were joking that we should call her alter ego Matilda Smise and she should break out ‘The Blue Steel’ whenever she’s in model mode! (Oh god did I just make a Zoolander reference)