Blogaholic

I’m only slightly ashamed to admit it, but I am a hands down, can’t deny it, 100% bonafide wedding blogaholic.

I love them.  I read them every day.  Google Reader is my friend, and keeping abreast of what’s going on in the wonderful world of weddings is of utmost importance to me both as an aspiring wedding planner, and as a bride-to-be.  Not to mention the fact that I just dig weddings.

It’s all about the Real Weddings for me, but my satisfaction from the blogs comes in peaks and troughs.  Seeing so many weddings on a daily basis means you can become pretty immune to ‘the pretty’ unless something truly sensational comes along.  You start to notice the same shots, the same group poses, the same flower-in-a-vintage-teacup thing.  Absolutely nothing wrong with the flower-in-a-vintage-teacup thing (we did it for my step-sister’s wedding and it was beautiful), but as a blogaholic you can’t help but seek inspiration from the unique and the creative… and get excited when a totally awesome wedding comes along.

I don’t know if it’s that time of the month or if I’m coming out of a wedding lull, but the wedding blogs have been on fire this week, with some weddings that have got me reading, re-reading, zooming in and pinning like a mad woman.  So today I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.  And the best news of all? They’re all UK weddings!

Here’s how a wedding blogaholic seeks inspiration for her own big day and beyond:

It’s all in the name…

Every blogger has to give their post a title, and there are certain words or phrases that will get my ears pricked and my senses tingling before I’ve even seen the first shot.  Words such as bohemian, colourful, whimsical, DIY, festival, eclectic, mis-matched, barn and glitter are bound to get me going, so when I saw a recent post from Boho Weddings called James and Jade’s Magical Woodland WeddingI was interested from the off.

What I particularly love about this wedding is the styling, both in Jade’s look (will you check out that beautiful head piece??), and the fabulous teepee which was just full of colour and life.

In the image above alone you have wooden crates, Moroccan style lamps, bunting, a basket full of flowers, fairy lights, pompoms and uplighters creating a fabulously colourful and eclectic backdrop.  It’s mis-matched, it’s festive, it’s full of life and I love it.

Inside the teepee, the couple decided to have a classic, more elegant eating area as opposed to picnic-style tables that are more commonly used in teepee weddings.  Perhaps it was to go with the ‘posh barbecue’ they enjoyed for their wedding breakfast, but the juxtaposition really works.

A seating area to die for (puts my one leather sofa to shame) and thoughtful details right the way out to the walkway; if I was to take anything from this wedding for my own, it’s that less is definitely not more!

To view this beaut of a wedding in full, click here.

The Art of Execution…

Rightly or wrongly, the word ‘theme’ has a bit of a bad reputation in the wedding world.  I happen to actually really like themed weddings… when executed to perfection.  What makes a well-executed ‘theme’?  I think choosing something that you are truly passionate about , keeping it subtle and, most importantly, being consistent.

Or, for a first class example, we can take a peek at A Gypsophilia Flower Crown for a Flower Fairy Inspired Bride from one of my favourite wedding blogs, Love My Dress.

Ok, so she totally had me at the flower crown and perfect boho wedding hair, but this girl knows how to ‘theme’ a wedding without making me want to vomit in my own mouth.

From the pretty maids and rustic dessert table, to the playing card place-names, wild flowers and giant, over-sized LOVE sign, this wedding is part bohemian decadence, part Alice in Wonderland, and a whole lot of romance and effortless pretty.

And a prize to the person who can spot the there-but-not-in-your-face toadstool?

I had to squeeze this shot in as well.  Who can’t resist a dog in a dress?  For more of this gorgeous wedding, including lots more DIY touches and a great write-up, click here.

A Humdinger of a Dress…

But my most favourite wedding of the week belongs to this Colourful DIY Party Wedding courtesy of Whimsical Wonderland Weddings.  Not only does the post title describe my own wedding (erm… I hope), but the bride is wearing a one-shouldered gold sequinned wedding dress, ladies and gentlemen.  Oh yes.  Now who doesn’t get excited by this opening shot?

Cool save-the-date, cool tea towel wedding invite… this couple are Cool with a capital ‘C’, creative and oh-so unique.

“I couldn’t possibly wear a gold wedding dress- what would my bridesmaids wear?” Erm… ivory, of course!  And let’s not forget the dapper and equally as colourful groom with his DIY buttonhole made from feathers, buttons, gold sequins and scrabble letters no less. Amazeballs.

implore you to go and ogle over the whole day which was full to the brim with colour, love, crafty details, and possibly the best guest RSVPs I have ever seen.  (This is where you may need to zoom in!)

Click here and enjoy.

So there you have it- a round-up of this week’s most inspiring real weddings.  And the fact that they’re all from the UK is just the cherry on top.

Which is your favourite?  What is your idea of a perfect real wedding?  And would anyone else out there call themselves a blogaholic, or is it just me??

Have a fab weekend one and all. And wish me luck for tomorrow… it’s Dress Decision Day, eek!

Sama xxx

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Claire Pettibone Trunk Show at Blackburn Bridal Couture

Oh hello weekend! And hello dearest Uttersons…

I’m slipping in a cheeky little post today to publicize an extra-special event taking place at the boutique I work at next weekend.  Claire Pettibone is one of my favourite bridal designers, and I’m so lucky to work somewhere that not only stocks her beautiful creations, but is also her main UK stockist (and exclusive in London!).

The beautiful ‘Toulouse’ by Claire Pettibone

Claire’s bridal designs are the epitome of bohemian romance.  Soft, fluid, colourful, intricate, whimsical, delicately embellished and as light as a feather; season after season she brings out a collection that is a cut above the rest in terms of quality and originality… in my humble opinion, of course 😉

Queen Anne’s Lace by Claire Pettibone. Image by Sarah Gawler

Mystere by Claire Pettibone. Image by Gia Canali

Midnight by Claire Pettibone

Ok ok, so she does stunning dresses, but what’s this Trunk Show all about then?

Well, next weekend (Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October), Blackburn Bridal Couture will be hosting an event to showcase all three of her stunning collections: the Continuing Collection (with favourites such as Queen Anne’s Lace, Kristene and Willow), the 2012 french-inspired Beau Monde Collection, and her brand spanking new 2013 Windsor Rose China Collection.

Not only will there be over 40 dresses of hers to coo over and try on, but there are some fantastic suppliers coming along on the Saturday to bring a little extra je ne sais quoi.  Ana Ospina will be in store giving mini-makovers, Kate Ruth Romey will be showcasing her bespoke stationery creations, Rosalind Miller will be providing the cake (Claire Pettibone inspired of course), and Jay Archer will be on hand to talk boho blooms.

So this is a last call for all you discerning brides out there still searching for The Dress, as there are only a few Saturday slots left!  Got your dress already?  I bet you know someone who hasn’t… so spread the word and pass this post on.

Want more pretty? Oh go on then- here are some of our beautiful Claire Pettibone brides looking simply resplendent…

Rosie in ‘Juliet’- via Love My Dress

A high-fiving Rebecca in ‘Orange Blossom’- via Whimsical Wonderland Wedding

Laura in ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’- via Love My Dress

Gemma in ‘Mystere’- via Pocketful of Dreams

Katie Melua in ‘Arwen’- via OK Magazine

Yeah, that’s right. I just casually threw a celebrity in there. (And quite possibly the nicest I’ve ever met.)

There are only a few Saturday slots left, so to book your place at the Claire Pettibone Trunk Show next weekend (and spend an hour of your day with me, yay!) simply get in touch.

Enjoy the weekend, oh wonderful ones.

Sama xxx