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Real elopement; Amber and Dan

Real Elopement; Amber and Dan   Last week, our elopement photographer, Clare Kinchin, wrote a blog post about our very own real elopement couple, Amber and Dan, which you can read here. This inspired me to tie-in with Clare’s post and give a 3-part breakdown of Amber and Dan’s real elopement wedding…   The outfits… I love a wedding dress (have you guessed that yet?) and I especially love a bespoke handmade one. Amber made her wedding dress (yes, really!) and this fantastic two-piece wonder was the result. And to accessorise, Amber had some super cute unicorn shoes and a sparkly silver starry headpiece… Gorgeous! And it wasn’t just Amber who was sporting the silver sparkles at this real elopement… Her daughter wore the daintiest little silver shoes and a sparkly headband to match. Plus super fabulous silver sparkly tights! (Are you starting to notice a theme here…?). And I loved her ivory dress with the super snug fluffy cardigan! So cute! Dan avoided the silver sparkles and … Continue reading

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elopement wedding breakdown; why elope?

elopement wedding breakdown; why elope?   So we’ve covered the elopement wedding styling, ideas and inspiration, the elopement wedding outfits, and the elopement wedding cake, but we’ve not actually covered why you might want to elope. To keep things simple, I’ve broken it down into 4 simple reasons. Undecided about whether you want to elope or not? Well, you’re in the right place!   Counting those pennies Justifying spending huge amounts of money on a wedding can be difficult, am I right? There’s always something else the money could go towards. Would you rather buy that perfect house, or have a big elaborate wedding? It’s kind of a no-brainer for most. But instead of just not getting married, you could have an elopement wedding! And any money you do spend on your intimate elopement wedding you can spend on the things you really want to spend it on, like shoes! perhaps your elopement wedding dress…? Or maybe just the food and drink?! One groom once said to … Continue reading

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elopement wedding cake inspiration

elopement wedding cake inspiration; little & delicious   Wedding cakes are a big focus for any wedding, and there’s no reason for you to miss out on that if you’re having an elopement wedding! Just because it’s small, it doesn’t make it any less important (trust me on this one, I’m 5ft3…). Where to start…? Luckily, our elopement wedding chef, Harrie, has got you covered (and your cake!). Harrie is responsible for all of our elopement wedding cakes and she is fab. Working together with our elopement florist, Amanda, she creates beautiful miniature masterpieces in cake form which are in-keeping with your overall elopement wedding style. the naked cake The oh-so popular wedding cake trend has been shrunk into an elopement wedding cake trend and they are so cute! Just when you thought naked cakes couldn’t get any better, then you see a chocolate naked cake! (insert love-eyed emoji) Feel free to add your own finishing touch to your elopement wedding cake with personalised decor items… … Continue reading

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Walking in a winter wonderland; elopement wedding ideas

Elopement wedding ideas Part 3; walking in a winter wonderland   I don’t know what it is, but there is something particularly romantic about a winter wedding, wouldn’t you agree? Add that to the already existing romance of our elopement weddings and, voila, you’ve got yourself a wedding more (can you guess?) yep, romantic than when Harry met Sally… Plus, what a great theme! As we are all about the elopement weddings ideas, I just couldn’t resist showcasing this fab winter wedding! And before you say ‘but it’s summer’, I know, and it seems a tad strange writing about frosty mornings when the sun is blazing outside (okay, not blazing, but let’s at least pretend Britain knows how to summer…) but, there is still time to book a winter wedding for the end of 2017, so get your creative juices flowing and be inspired by Kay and Andrew’s wintery style. Kay wore this fabulous tea-length dress with frosted lace, adding to their December style… What a … Continue reading

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Precious wedding moments

Precious wedding moments.   I love them!   I think I get just as excited as our wedding couples when the photos first come through after the wedding.  I’ve got the wedding photos from previous weddings as a screen saver for my computer.   When I’m sat at my desk the photos swim past as a great reminder of the lovely weddings we’ve had here. This morning the photos from Philippa and John’s wedding were floating past and were a perfect reminder of why a great wedding photographer is so important.   I’ve picked some photos from what will actually be only a few minutes from the whole wedding day but they’re some of my favourites from this wedding. The photos of John at the church waiting for the wedding party, first his daughters as flower girl and bridesmaid and finally his bride, Philippa.  Precious wedding moments indeed. This is John waiting for the bridal party to arrive – can … Continue reading

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Vintage meets intimate; elopement wedding ideas Part 2

Elopement wedding ideas Part 2; vintage meets intimate at a gorgeous afternoon tea Vintage? Tick! This week’s focus is entirely vintage, and thanks to Marianne and Rob, we’ve got some fab inspirational photos for you. Before we get started, here’s something to remember… There is (unfortunately) always a time and place for compromise, but your Elopement Wedding at Ever After is definitely not one of those times or places, trust me (unless you’re the groom, in which case there will inevitably be some compromising for you…sorry!). Who doesn’t love lace? Marianne had the vintage lace sorted with her co-ordinating shoes and dress. (Couldn’t resist an image of Marianne showcasing her elegant style!) And thanks to Amanda Randell, our elopement wedding florist, Marianne’s natural bouquet emphasised the theme with the neutral colours and a mix of different foliage. Plus, it looked great on the wedding breakfast table atop the silver-grey tablecloths and white napkins… What would your elopement wedding bouquet look like? Now for … Continue reading

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Elopement wedding ideas; Part 1 Sophie, Pepe & the paper cranes

Elopement wedding ideas Part 1; Sophie, Pepe and the paper cranes   There is something extraordinarily magical about an intimate elopement wedding, and they are becoming increasingly popular.   If you think you can’t have all the finishing touches as with a traditional larger wedding; you couldn’t be more wrong. Here at Ever After, our elopement weddings are different and unique to every couple who bring their own individual style. What would yours be? Follow our 3-part blog post series for elopement wedding ideas and inspiration, aiming to inspire you for your own wedding and prove that less guest numbers doesn’t have to mean less style!              Sophie and Pepe decorated their ceremony barn and reception space with these gorgeously colourful paper cranes all of which Sophie (and a few handy friends!) painstakingly hand-made… From their chosen flower colours of blue and yellow, we picked out our powder blue napkins to compliment the buttercream tablecloths… Not forgetting more of the all-important … Continue reading

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Pop up lounges – it’s a thing…

As I sent the skinny to all our booked couples yesterday on our new pop up lounges, I can give the lounges a big shout out here. The lovely S and I lay under a palm tree in February, we were musing about what we could bring our couples that would get them leaping out their chairs with excitement.  After a while we suddenly came up with the idea of pop up lounges.  Of course!   They’re a great add on that you can choose if you want to or not if you don’t.   They’re a fab way to surprise your guests when they’ve already wined and dined in style throughout your day. Soooo, there are two different lounges, you can hire them together or separately.   The whiskey & cigar lounge comes with all the furnishings to create an old style club feel.  So a vintage leather chesterfield, leather and aluminium club chairs, persian rug, art deco drinks … Continue reading

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Elopement flowers…

I’m getting excited about our Spring elopements coming up next month.  We’re fully booked for March and April which is fab!  All our elopement flowers are provided by Amanda Randell  super Master (mistress!) florist.  We are so lucky to have her as our resident elopement florist.    To go all M&S ad for a moment, this is not just any florist, this is a Chelsea Gold Medal winning florist who creates beautiful, breathtaking elopement flowers for each of our couples. Today we’re looking at the elopement flowers from some of our recent elopement weddings.    As you’ll see they’re all very different.   Amanda creates flowers just for YOUR wedding and to YOUR specification.   If you know exactly what you want, let Amanda know and she’ll create something even more beautiful.   If you think you don’t know anything about flowers, don’t worry!  Just give Amanda the vaguest idea about what you might like and she’ll put together something … Continue reading

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Spotlight on one of our 2016 weddings…

We’re moving into June for our spotlight this week, a time in the garden where you seem to have the best of both worlds with the spring rhododendrons still in full bloom but also the start of the roses and a real sense of summer on its way. Johanna and Andy lived in Hull at the time of their booking and Tavistock definitely took on a Yorkshire flavour for the weekend of their wedding with their guests filling the local accommodation.    The venue was booked 14 months before the wedding.  After the booking came the lovely news that there would be an additional guest at the wedding, Johanna was pregnant and the baby would be 5 months old by the time of the wedding day.   So as if Johanna didn’t have enough to do organising the wedding, she was also dealing with her pregnancy and a lively toddler, the gorgeously named Amber Lily who was going to be … Continue reading

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Our look at 2017 wedding trends – part 3…

Continuing our look at the most talked-about 2017 wedding trends (for part 1 click here and for part 2 click here).   This week we thought we’d highlight one of the other trend forecast by our friends over at Coco Wedding Venues. Minimalist Luxe. Katrina Otter describes this on the Coco Wedding trend report as “stripping things back without scrimping on luxury or the overall style and vibe.”   Yep, love that.   Here we often add to the natural elements and surroundings with metallic vases and candle holders to keep things simple but luxurious as in this cake table display where the simplicity of the cake design is complemented by the sparkling touches of the tea lights and flowers. This cheese cake arrangement on one of our log slices uses an abundance of fruit with oversized lanterns and a bridesmaid’s bouquet, all against a foliage backdrop to create a feeling of luxe with simplicity. And this semi-naked cake, simply decorated … Continue reading

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Elopements are a 2017 trend…

…yep, according to the lovely Emma at Coco Wedding Venues, elopements are a continuing trend.   We can vouch for that here at Ever After, since we launched our elopements last year we have been thrilled with the enthusiasm of couples for our bespoke luxury elopement package. Emma said on her blog this week: “In 2016 I predicted the elopement would be a serious option for couples. Well I can only see the intimate wedding getting bigger for 2017. The trend for micro nuptials with maximum style is HOT and the expert in this area is Ever After in Devon. They’ve put together everything a couple might need for a luxury micro wedding including the venue, the bouquet, the photographer, the champagne and canapés and the wedding breakfast prepared by a private chef, plus overnight accommodation in their 18th Century honeymoon cottage!”   Thanks for the shout out Emma! Ours is not a ‘package’ with a standard bouquet and cake … Continue reading

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Our look at 2017 wedding trends – part 2

Last week we started our look at the most talked-about 2017 wedding trends (for part 1 click here).   This week we thought we’d highlight a few of the other trends forecast by our friends over at Coco Wedding Venues. Starting with shades of nude.   We saw some of these here last year in bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, flowers, cakes and table settings.  Carrying over a colour into all aspects of the wedding style creates a coherent look that seems effortless (but isn’t!). These nude bridesmaids’ gown from Georgia & Lee’s wedding make a big contribution to the colour.   And don’t forget the groom and his guys, the pale grey groomsmen’s suits from Charlotte & Luke’s wedding make an impact too. Nudes and neutrals can be carried through from dress through to flowers and other accessories such as shoes and sandles.    Mis-matched bridesmaids’ and flower girl dresses give you a wide choice of colours and textures and … Continue reading

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See one of our real weddings on Wedding Planner today…

Wedding Planner is the only wedding planning platform supported by  John Lewis and we’re happy to be one of their 1,000 listed suppliers. We’re also thrilled to have one of our lovely weddings featured on their weddings inspiration page today.  Charlotte and Luke’s wedding took place here last August and featured gorgeous flowers by Dartmoor Flowers, a fabulous beaded Jenny Packham dress, the bride and groom’s cute-as-a-button daughter as flower girl and some swoon-worthy photos in the woods. Click on the photo below to check out some of these not-seen-before pics on Wedding Planner: If you’d like a copy of our digital brochure just drop me an email at nicola@lowergrenofen.co.uk with the date (or year) of your wedding and an estimate of your guest numbers and we can talk about your plans for your own wedding.    

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Our look at the 2017 wedding trends – part 1

I thought we’d take a look at some of the predicted 2017 wedding trends that are being talked about right now.   I mentioned Coco Wedding Venues 2017 wedding trend report which you can see over on their website and we’re getting a lot of reports and predictions in our inbox now about what’s coming up. I look at the trends, of course I do, I’m in the wedding business.   I’m also interested in trends and fashion generally, I like to keep up with new things.   But with interior and fashion trends, if I don’t like the look of it or I don’t think it will suit me or my home, I pass over it, no biggie.   It’s the same with wedding trends, there are some I just don’t get so I don’t adopt them.   Last year a number of trends mentioned tropical colours and flowers, I didn’t see how that would fit with the venue and … Continue reading

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Wedding ceremony arches…

I had a question in my inbox today from one of our 2017 brides asking about our wooden arches available for use in your wedding ceremony.    As I was emailing the info over to Lisa I thought it would be a good topic for a blog post so here we are – thanks for the inspiration Lisa! We have a couple of wooden arches, made by previous couples and kindly donated to us for use by future couples getting married here at Ever After – our couples are super generous! The first one we have is a simple wooden arch which can be decorated with flowers and with or without fabric which we have here, the fabric was donated at the end of August by another couple (thanks Lowri and Geoff!). Alex and Danny decorated the arch with flowers and foliage by Amanda Randell: Johanna and Andy had a fuller half height floral arch on the same structure this … Continue reading

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Coco Wedding Venues 2017 wedding trend predictions…

We’re proud to feature on the directory of Coco Wedding Venues, the uber stylish wedding venue finder run by the lovely Emma, we’ve been listed with Coco since they first started 3 years ago and we’ve been featured a number of times, including just yesterday with our elopement weddings.    You can read some of the pieces here and here. In this year’s annual wedding 2017 trend report featured on her blog, Emma talks about what you might be seeing for next year’s weddings.    I am totally with Emma that the point of wedding trends is not to blindly follow fashion but of course weddings are influenced by fashions of the day.  I think it’s part of the charm of wedding photos that when you look at most of them you can tell which decade it took place.   A 1940’s wedding looks of its time as does one from the 1960’s or 70’s.   So trends and fashions … Continue reading

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A mini wedding film by Foster Films…

Yesterday I received the mini film which Ben from Foster Filming put together for Hannah & Kevin who got married here back in July 2016.   Couples who book their wedding film with Ben get a longer version of the film, this is just a taster. Hannah & Kevin created and brought along all their own signage plus Kevin made the rustic arch you see in the wedding barn which was dressed with foliage and flowers for the ceremony backdrop.   Kevin and Hannah very kindly donated the arch for use by others – we have such lovely wedding couples here! Hannah & Kevin had the most amazing foliage chandeliers in the wedding marquee which along with the foliage hoops, table centrepieces and fabulous bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets were all put together by Dartmoor Flowers.   You’ll notice the foliage hoops behind the top table in the wedding marquee for the wedding breakfast.   The Ever After team moved those down … Continue reading

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A new mini real wedding film…

The lovely team of real life couple Caroline and Chris who are Baxter + Ted film makers were engaged by groom Andy as a wedding gift for his bride Johanna – I know, how romantic is that?! Take a few minutes to watch this 4.5 min film which beautifully captures the family wedding Johanna and Andy hosted here back in June this year. Johanna + Andy | Wedding Film in Devon from Baxter and Ted Films on Vimeo. And if you didn’t guess that bride Johanna gave birth to little Jack 6 months previously, you’re not alone!   She does not look to me like a woman who got no sleep the night before the wedding due to a teething baby… Click here and here for more mini wedding films at Ever After by Baxter + Ted. Click here to go to Baxter + Ted’s website and ask them about filming your wedding here.

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Winter elopement photo shoots up on the website…

I got on a roll putting up the photos from the Magnolia Rouge shoot this morning so thought I would get on and do the winter elopement shoots we did here last year with our elopement photographer Clare Kinchin, our elopement florist Amanda Randell and our preferred elopement hair and make up duo, Jodie and Chloe from The Hair Lounge Tavistock and Jess from Visage Aesthetics. The lovely Kayleigh and Ben were our local, real life models who had got married in real life a few months earlier.   They’re just so lovely together, it was like being at a real wedding! I wanted to do a shoot here in December because I wanted to give couples a realistic view of what the garden looks like here in the winter.   There are no leaves on the trees and nothing is in flower but the venue still has its own natural beauty as you can see from the photos. We … Continue reading

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Let there be light(ing)…

The gardens and grounds here at Ever After make this a beautiful place to be married.   And then it gets dark.   And when the lights come up, the venue is transformed. We have lots of different forms of lighting from festoon lights, fairy light canopies, steel lanterns, garden uplighters, light up furniture to tea lights and candles. This year we’ve purchased a new fairy light canopy for the wedding barn and we’ve also bought our own fairy light canopy for the marquee which previously couples used to hire in.    We’ve always had the disco lights for the marquee and our white starlight dance floor which are great for evening music and dancing.   I’ll post some pics of the wedding barn canopy as soon as it goes up. We’ve also bought some new festoon lights with white lanterns which again couples used to hire in.  They’re now available free of charge so there’ll be plenty of opportunity … Continue reading

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Have you seen our new elopement brochure?

Up on the website today our brand new 2016 winter elopement wedding brochure. You can Click Here to download a copy. With new photographs from our photo shoot here last month and a great team: Clare Kinchin – still photography Baxter & Ted – film Amanda Randell – flowers Jodie from Tavistock Hair Lounge – hair Jess from Visage Aesthetics – make up Harrie from Boo To A Goose – macarons Kayliegh & Ben – our real life couple the brochure will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about how to have an elopement here at Ever After. So if you’re looking for laid back luxe for an elopement wedding in Autumn, Winter or Spring – get in touch! 

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Part 2 of our interview with Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers…

Today in part 2 of our interview with Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers, (you can read part 1 here), we’re looking at the beautiful bouquets Deborah created for Fiona and James’s wedding here in June 2015. Of course it also helps to have a great photographer to capture the beauty of the flowers but that’s another post! Fiona and James engaged local photographer Nick Walker who took all these great photos of the wedding flowers. Fiona’s bridal bouquet created by Deborah contained the flowers we talked about yesterday, pale pink peonies, cream and lilac stocks, blue cornflowers, ammi (lace flower), pale pink astilbe and in an echo of the wedding flower arch in the wedding barn, the hanging green amaranthus, all of which you can identify in the photos above. These photos of Fiona and James show that Deborah perfectly created the feel that Fiona wanted – spring pastel colours, looking natural and hand-picked. Deborah told me that the pinterest page she … Continue reading

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An in-depth behind-the-scenes look at a real life Ever After wedding flowers story…

As we’ve finished our summer wedding season I thought I’d look back at the detail of some of the weddings we’ve had here at Ever After in 2015.  I’m thrilled to be able to share this behind the scenes look at the wedding flowers from one of our early weddings this year.   Fiona and James were married here at Ever After in the first week of June and after asking me for recommendations for local florists, they engaged one of our favourites, Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers to create their wedding flowers. Fiona and James made arrangements to meet Deborah here at the venue.   They had some ideas about floral decor and wanted to meet on site to see whether their ideas were practical.  I asked Deborah to take us through the process with couples, using Fiona and James as an example, how to choose which arrangements to have and how to pick which flowers to use.   Deborah created a … Continue reading

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Flowers in your hair on your wedding day…

This gorgeous slide show from Style Me Pretty of fresh flowers for wedding hair caught my eye this morning on my newsfeed.   Some of those have definitely gone on my Hair Inspiration Pinterest board so do pop over and take a look. Follow Ever After’s board hair inspiration on Pinterest. It got me thinking about some of our brides this summer who totally rocked this style, which is perfect for an English summer garden wedding.    Three of our brides had the lovely Deborah of Dartmoor Flowers for their wedding flowers.   Deborah created all the bouquets for each wedding and also provided the flowers for the brides’ hair.   Jenny & Shaun got married here at the end of July.  Jenny’s hair was styled by local wedding hair and make up specialist Gem Ryder.   Gem tells me “Jenny wanted to keep her hair simple, relaxed and romantic so I added some gentle waves to her short hair, pulling back … Continue reading

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50 shades of green…

The lawns look so inviting when they’re newly mown. They’re at their peak 2 days after mowing so that’s when they get mown – 2 days before each wedding.  Here are my (amateur!) photos of the lawns today after their recent mowing. This year guests have enjoyed arrival drinks on the top lawns by the ponds and the new waterfall garden. For post wedding receptions, a drinks station on the lower lawns with the table set up under the shade of the acer and lawn games for guests to enjoy are a highlight of the venue. Champagne anyone…? Or a game of giant jenga or connect 4…? Perhaps an afternoon tea picnic? We love to hear ideas from our couples for how they’ll use the lawns for their wedding here at Lower Grenofen.  

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Wedding trends 2015 part 7 – bouquet ribbons

I loved this post from the lovely Rona of Flowerona the moment I saw it. Ribbons on bridal bouquets don’t sound like a big deal but when you see these, they are so gorgeous! Brides magazine also featured this trend a couple of months ago: The ribbons can be different lengths, widths and colours.   They make such an impact and are a fab way of tying in and bringing your wedding colours together. If you’re into DIY there are various great online tutorials you can use to dye your own ribbons, I like this one here from Green Wedding Shoes. And this tutorial from Botanical Brouhaha uses avocado skins and elderberries to create subtle organic colours and just look at those finished results. If you want to buy in your ribbons there’s the amazing US based Silk & Willow which supply plant dyed silk ribbons and is used by a lot of UK florists.  The subtle colours on their website are super … Continue reading

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Wedding trends 2015 part 5: sequins

 Love My Dress, Sarah Dawson of Perfect Wedding, The Cake Blog and The Knot are all talking about sequins as a wedding trend for 2015. Sequins are a great way of adding a touch of glamour and sparkle to any wedding and you can use as much or as little as you like according to your own taste. Adding sequins to your bridesmaids dresses is an easy way of bringing in the sequins and will certainly let your bridesmaids stand out on the day. I particularly loved the bridesmaids in the mix and match skirts and sequin tops above, they bring in two trends in one, metallics AND sequins. You can also use sequins in other aspects of your wedding decor, table cloths or table runners are a way of bringing the sparkle to your table settings.   And of course there’s the bridal frock to scatter with sequins.   With designers such as Jenny Packham and Temperley Bridal having sequins as part … Continue reading

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Wedding trends 2015 – part 4: Colours

In our continuing look at the predicted wedding trends of 2015 (you can read part 1, part 2 and part 3 here), today we’re looking at trending colours. When it comes to picking colours for your wedding, start with what you love.   If there’s a colour you’ve always favoured, use it whether it’s in vogue or not, it’s your wedding and you should use the colours you feel good in and comfortable with. Looking at trends can help bring a bit of extra style and freshness to your day, you could use the trend colour as an accent rather than a main colour if you prefer. Quite a few spotters are talking about metallics and in particular copper when it comes to 2015 wedding trends.  Using silver and gold accents is a great way to add a touch of luxe to your wedding look and has been used in all kinds of ways from dress embellishments to table decorations … Continue reading

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2015 Wedding Trends – part 2

In my last post I looked at the point of wedding trends.   One benefit of wedding trend chatter is it can provide a focus when you’re feeling overwhelmed by so much PRETTY STUFF and you want to have it all but then what would that look like..? I’m not talking about wedding themes although they can be great fun if you have something personal to you as a couple.  I’m talking about trying to nail down the overall look and feel of the day, the style.   Because style isn’t just there for it’s own sake, it creates an atmosphere, it affects the mood of your guests, it’s the thing that makes guests say, ‘oh it just fitted you perfectly as a couple’ – that’s what you’re looking for when you’re seeking out your wedding style. So in trawling through all the various ideas and trends, you’re looking for what speaks to YOU, what do you love and why … Continue reading

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