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12Apr

Village Hall Real Wedding: Alicia & Luke

Village Hall Real Wedding: Alicia & Luke

Alicia & Luke married on Saturday 10th September 2016. I'm really excited about this wedding as it's in a village hall just down the road from Creative Brides HQ and will (hopefully) be the venue for our 'wedding party' next year.

Alicia & Luke have given me lots of inspiration, and it's lovely to see that a village hall can look so stunning, food looks amazing and checkout that beautiful cake. I'm extra excited that the pictures were taken by Livvy Hukins Photography, who also captured our wedding in Nov!

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20Mar

Mini-Moon: Safari Campers

Mini-Moon: Safari Campers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had one, so did Kate and Andy Murray. As lives have become busier, mini-moons have become popular; the chance to get away and be together after all the wedding whirl.

At New Forest Safari Campers you can hire your own classic VW Camper for two; no restrictions, no meal-times, no interruptions and no screen-time (because our vans don’t do Wi-Fi). Just the two of you; going where you want, when you want and staying as long as you want.

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16Mar

VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Bassmead Manor Barns

VENUE SPOTLIGHT: Bassmead Manor Barns

Tell us about Bassmead Manor Barns venue: Bassmead Manor Barns has been owned by the Squire Family since 1845 and is a large moated farmstead containing a Grade II Listed farmhouse and numerous barns. A setting of choice for wedding ceremonies, the wonderful Rickety Barn is 300 years old, and has the capacity for 150 guests underneath its exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers. Wedding breakfasts take place in the open plan space of the timber-framed Bridge Barn which overlooks the picturesque gardens. The setting provides a delightful contemporary feel and is a warm and welcoming area where guests can be served reception drinks and canapés.

Dove Cottage is an idyllic honeymoon suite and is located at the eastern end of the long barn and boasts a secluded patio area which benefits from views of the moat and morning sunshine.

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15Mar

Real Wedding: Charlotte & Alex

Real Wedding: Charlotte & Alex

Charlotte and Alex added a few little touches to their wedding venue and it lookes lovely. Sometimes you don't need a van packed with items; simple touches can also change the venue to make it more personal to you.

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03Mar

Latest Trend: Pajaki

Latest Trend: Pajaki

These wonderful "paper chandeliers", called "Pajaki", are one of the brightest gems in Polish folk art. Originating in the rural Lowicz region in the eighteenth century, the chandeliers or mobiles were traditionally made by women during winter months when outdoor work was suspended. Literally translated as ‘spiders of straw,’ the ornate hanging decorations were crafted from humble and easily accessible materials including paper, feathers, yarn, scraps of ribbon and string and brightened Polish homes during long, cold winters. A favourite decoration for Christmas, Easter, christenings and of course weddings, we suggest keeping yours up all year long… 

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02Mar

Embroidery obsession

Embroidery obsession

My latest obsession is embroidery. Especially embroidery flowers, and it seems that where ever I look, it's popping up in all manners of products or wearable items. Next week I will share some ways of including embroidery in your wedding, but here are some high street finds (possible honeymoon attire?) that I just love (I've put the trainers on my Birthday list!)

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01Mar

Real Wedding: Sue & Jon

Real Wedding: Sue & Jon

Today we have Sue and Jon’s wedding at The East Quay, Whitstable on the blog. Photographed by Livvy Hukins Photography (who captured my day too!). If you like Ice cream, fun egg races and the seaside then this wedding is for you!

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23Feb

Real Wedding: Hannah & Russell

Real Wedding: Hannah & Russell

Today on the blog I'm featuring Hannah & Russells real wedding. Hannah and Russell tied the knot at St Mildred’s Church in Tenterden where Hannah’s Parents, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents also got married! It's a lovley wedding that also includes some of our fab suppliers James Grist Photography & Rusty the VW from Chic'n'Cheerful.

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20Feb

Win a Wedding Planning Notebook

Win a Wedding Planning Notebook
Win a Wedding Planning Notebook
 
When I was planning my wedding last year, I had a little book in my bag that became a place where I would scribble down ideas. It actually became a really good resource for my/our plans over the year. When I was shopping the other day I came across this little notebook, which I thought was a great size to keep in your handbag and do the same – so I purchased one to give away!
 
For the chance to win a this notebook, simply comment on one of our social media pages (Facebook or Instagram) and let us know one piece of planning advice you would give future Brides.
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14Feb

Chinoiserie Romance

Chinoiserie Romance

The idea for the shoot was pretty simple, set out to show that weddings in rustic situations such as farms and barns don’t need to be rustic, so stylist Rachael Yorke (Hire Love) put together an inspirational shoot based on maximising the luxe and minimising the rustic.

Beautifully captured by Malitda Delves Wedding Photography The first piece of inspiration was Pantone Colours of the Year “Rose Quatrz and Serenity Blue” then taking a look at French interpretations of asian art in the form of Chinoiserie.

This came together on mood boards and collaborating with Caroline at Wild Rubus the pair collected various Ginger Jars and Bristol Blue glass vessels to set off against the pale key colours, Caroline kept the palette very pale too, beautiful Peonies, Runculas and tea roses in dusty pastel shades. Accents of gold cutlery, brass candle sticks, and pale cream ostrich feather hangings.

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30Jan

Monday Must-Haves – Bridesmaid Dresses

Monday Must-Haves – Bridesmaid Dresses

Monday Must-Haves – Bridesmaid Dresses

When I was planning my wedding to Mr CB back in November 2016, I found it really hard to find bridesmaid dresses that were the correct colour, fitted my bridesmaids (who were different shapes and sizes) and more importantly in stock! I will share my bridesmaid story soon, but after the trouble we had finding lovely dresses I’ve picked out a few that might work for your bridesmaids – not all ‘traditional’ and could also be worn again for a party, which I think is an extra bonus!

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28Dec

Congratulations on your engagement!

Congratulations on your engagement!

A MASSIVE congratulations to everyone that got engaged over the Christmas break and in 2016. We want to hear your stories so email us at hello@creativebrides.co.uk

How did they propose?

Where did they propose?

Include a picture with the email that we can share on our blog and through social media.

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13Dec

Bright & Bold 60s Bridal Shoot

Bright & Bold 60s Bridal Shoot

Flashback to 2013... Three years ago, but still a popular wedding theme

Perfect timing...just as I was grumbling about the grey and foggy day outside my office window, some sunshine was delivered into my inbox. Gwenda from The Vintage Floral Design Co. and a team of like minded suppliers braved a chilly day in Brighton to collaborate on a 60s inspired bridal styled shoot. And we are lucky enough to feature the bright, bold inspiration that will make your day a sunny one too!

"There was no luck finding 60s styled dresses, so we hit eBay and pulled the look together ourselves" says Gwenda from The Vintage Floral Design Co

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06Dec

DIY Nails: Glitter Glam

DIY Nails: Glitter Glam

DIY Nails: Glitter Glam

With many of the big nail brands launching nude colours recently, including Revlon having a shade to suit every skin tone! We look at some quirky ways to add something glam to this very pure colour. 

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05Dec

DIY Wedding on a shoestring

DIY Wedding on a shoestring

Flash Back to 2014 when we featured Joy and Adam's wedding that was captured by Carly @ Kooky Weddings.

DIY Wedding on a shoestring 

A DIY wedding is always a winner for me, but when it's done on a shoestring budget it gets a extra thumbs up. Joy and Adam's wedding (beautifully captured by Carly from Kooky Weddings) in St Ives, Cornwall was a joint effort between family and firends and to me that makes the day extra special. 

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