Thursday, October 19, 2017

Picture of the Day – Forester Fotógrafos

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Bride and groom standing on Brooklyn Bridge - Picture by Forester Fotógrafos

Image © Forester Fotógrafos

Website: foresterfotografos.com

Blog: foresterfotografos.com/blog

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A Beautiful Elopement in Santorini

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Oh how I long to visit Santorini; it has long been one of my dream places to visit (hopefully when my children are a little older I can fulfil this dream). When I saw the beautiful pictures of Katie and Brian’s elopement in Santorini I knew we had to feature it.

Brian and Katie went all the way from Florida to marry in beautiful Satorini. No guests, no bridal party, no fuss… just them, the sunshine and the beautiful scenery – perfect!

Bride and groom in Santorini

After the official ceremony they had incredible pictures taken against the fabulous backdrop of Santorini, followed by an intimate meal together overlooking the Aegean sea. The table styling was simple and elegant, with a beautiful floral arrangement, pretty floral napkins, cute personalised cutlery and gorgeous floral wreath chair adornments.

This incredible elopement in Santorini is simple, stylish and hugely romantic. It shows that you don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles – just you, your partner and the perfect location.

I hope you enjoy these magical pictures taken by Sotiris Tsakanikas.

Intimately Celebrate Their Love

“Everything fell right into place in this chic destination elopement in Santorini. Each one of their details was effortlessly elegant, from the beautiful bride’s moments of prep (she couldn’t go wrong in monogrammed silk) to the perfect amount of intimate wedding decor. This affirmed there is so much graceful people like Katie and Brian can do with the assistance of an amazingly creative design team such as Stella and Moscha. Grandeur may be often well exhibited in amplitude, but this clean and quiet take on the couple’s organic penchant had splendour revised.

“Calling to mind all our moments together and Katie’s honest tears of joy, I can only feel overly honoured to witness how a couple decided to travel to this blessed isle to intimately celebrate their love.” – Sotiris Tsakanikas

Santorini

Wedding dress hanging outside apartment in Santorini

Wedding shoes hanging on door

Wedding rings

Bride sitting with bouquet before getting dressed

Bride taking wedding dress down off door Bride's face under veil

Bride putting on wedding shoes

Bride putting on earrings

Bride practising vows

Bride looking down at pink bouquet 10b - Beautiful Elopement in Santorini

I Cannot Believe It Was Real

“Brian and I married just before sunset at the Sun Rocks resort in Santorini, Greece. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Santorini we were in awe. Everything exceeded our expectations and even now I cannot believe it was real.

“We live in Florida, and planning a wedding from nearly 6,000 miles away may sound intimidating, even crazy. But with the help of our fabulous wedding planner and the team she assembled, Brian and I didn’t have to worry about a thing.”

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Bride on balcony in Santorini

Groom's brown shoes

Groom's suit jacket hanging from canopy

Groom's tie on top of vows

Groom doing up tie

Groom looking out of window

Groom sitting reading wedding vowsWedding vows written in notebook

Groom with hands in pocket

Groom waiting for bride before elopement in Santorini

Unparalleled Views

“We had a private ceremony followed by dinner overlooking the Aegean Sea. The whole experience was like one big fairytale! We are already planning our next trip over to Santorini.

“One of the reasons that we chose an elopement in Santorini was for the unparalleled views. We didn’t want to go overboard with a theme or decorations. Instead we chose every aspect based on how it would complement the scenery, without taking anything away from it or being distracting.

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Groom standing with sea in background

Bride about to see groom

Groom waiting for bride

Bride walking up stairs to wedding ceremony

Bride arriving at wedding ceremony in Santorini

Wedding ceremony table

Bride and groom saying wedding vows

Groom putting ring on bride's finger

Groom putting ring on bride's finger Bride and groom kiss

Bride and groom leaving wedding ceremony

“We wanted to create a classic, understated but elegant atmosphere for our ceremony and dinner. The many candles and lanterns adorning the dinner area were key to creating this vibe. The candlelight against the setting sun over the caldera was just perfection. Another favourite detail was the olive branch wreathes that adorned the back of our chairs.

“Brian created a playlist of songs that were meaningful in our relationship, which served as the background music for our dinner.”

Animal figure on wall in Santorini

Bride and groom after just getting married

Bride and groom in Santorini

Bride and groom with Santorini street in background

Bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom standing in front of old door in Santorini

Bride and groom walking holding hands Bride and groom walking holding hands

Bride outside house in Santorini

Bride and groom with sea in background

Bride in Santorini

Special Details

“With all the white surrounding us in Santorini we used flowers to insert a pop of colour, while still maintaining a traditional and classic feel. My bouquet consisted of pink peonies, hydrangeas and roses. Brian’s buttonhole was a white peony with olive branches and rosemary.

“Even though our elopement in Santorini was a private celebration, I still wanted to incorporate some special details for the two of us. Wedding Wish printed our dinner menus and we ordered cake forks from Etsy engraved with ‘Mr. & Mrs.’, along with the date.”

Bride and groom drinking beer

Santorini and sea

Bride and groom in front of view of Santorini

Bride and groom about to kiss Bride and groom resting heads on each other

Bride and groom walking down street in Santorini

Bride and groom sitting on wall in Santorini

Bride and groom in front of sea

Pure Happiness

“Since we were eloping it was important to have great photos to show our friends and family back home. We researched several photographers but were both drawn to Sotiris’ effortless style. We met him for the first time on Skype and it was like we were talking to an old friend. Working with Sotiris was one of the highlights of our experience.”

“Our memories from the day are an all encompassing feeling of pure happiness. There was something magical about it being just the two of us. We could focus on each other as we read our vows and started this new chapter of our lives together.”

“It’s important to enjoy your engagement and the wedding planning process. Choosing to elope doesn’t mean you have to miss out on elements of a traditional wedding. Do what is best for you and your fiancé.”

Small table for dinner after elopement in Santorini

Small wedding cake Personalised cake forks

Simple, elegant wedding place setting

Bride and groom cutting wedding cake

Groom about to eat cake off bride's thumb

Couple having dinner after elopement in Santorini

Santorini at sunset

Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas

Venue and Catering: Sun Rocks Hotel, Santorini

Planning and Styling: Stella and Moscha

Wedding Dress: Watters

Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade

Bride’s Jewellery: Tiffany

Groom’s Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt

Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds

Flowers and Stationery: Wedding Wish

Cake: Alexandra’s Cakes

Make-Up: Renia Bledaki

Hair: Hair Shop Santorini

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Picture of the Day – Katie Grant Photography

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Bride standing on rocks in front of sea - Picture by Katie Grant Photography

Image © Katie Grant Photography

Website: www.katiegrantphoto.com

Blog: www.katiegrantphoto.com/blog

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Lavender Boho Luxe Wedding Inspiration

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This dreamy fairytale of a styled wedding shoot did not turn out as originally planned! At first the team filled their mood board with dark and brooding influences and rich shades of oxblood and cherry. As you can see, the end result was a feminine and romantic boho luxe wedding wonderland of lavender, blush and metallics.

The styled shoot embodies a sense of enchantment that captivates you with its luxe bohemian appeal married with a strong lavender palette – a true yet unpredictable match made in heaven. The team wanted to give the lavender colour palette a modern, chic and elegant appeal, which I think they achieved!

Boho bride in field of lavender

The contemporary touches of ivory and metallics against the pastel lavender shade, set amongst an enchanting lavender field, created just the right balance.

Adorn Invitations told us how they put together these amazing lavender boho luxe wedding ideas, which Sephory Photography captured so perfectly…

Luxury and Glamour

“Though the vibe and theme for the day was quite relaxed, we wanted to entice our ‘guests’ with luxury and glamour. We created several stationery styles for the shoot including lavish features like intricate laser cut panelling and gilded foiling. Our head digital designer used a relaxed scripted font for that boho-chic element.

“We wrapped gold kitchenware tightly with satin ribbon and scripted name holders for the boho luxe wedding look. However, our showstopper was definitely our embellished cow skull centrepiece!”

Boho luxe wedding stationery with gold detailing

Boho luxe wedding stationery with gold detailing

Large timber table with lavender wedding styling

Cake stand of treats

Outdoor wedding table display with cushion seating

Beautiful and Delicious

“We had the most delectable spread of sweet treats for our outdoor reception. A favourite from the day were the breathtaking macarons in shades of lilac and lavender, garnished with gold flakes and sprigs of lavender. Summery berry tarts complemented the colours in the floral arrangements, and the purple toned drinks were as beautiful as they were delicious.”

Pink drink Lavender macarons

Lavender macarons on edge of wedding table

Wedding table with lavender styling details

Cow skull table centrepiece

Bride looking out of window Groom looking out of window

Free-Spirited Boho Traveller

“Our lovely bride Jasmine was the epitome of a free-spirited, carefree boho traveller. Wandering barefoot through the lavender field, we wanted to make sure that her look represented her personality.

Bride standing looking out of window

Detail on bride's wedding dress Bride with pattern painted on hand

Bride sitting on chair

Pageboy holding wedding sign Pageboy holding 'here comes the bride' sign Pageboy holding wedding sign

Boho bride and groom

Bride and groom touching heads Bride with open back dress hugging groom from behind

“Brides shouldn’t feel restricted as to the silhouette of their dress. We actually had three looks with very different shapes – all beautifully suited our boho luxe wedding vibe. The intricate lace detail on the unique, embellished back of our low-fi Maggie Sottero gown – stunning!

“For beauty we kept everything lightweight and natural. The heavy, contoured look may be taking over Instagram, but you don’t want any heavy trend-based looks. For our bride we used a shimmering rose gold for her eyes, paired with a taupe matte lip for balance. With a shimmer based primer and highlight on her skin she truly glowed from within. Long, wavy hair with florals added an enchanting, feminine twist that didn’t look too over the top.”

Bride walking through lavender field

Groom kissing boho bride on head

Bride holding lilac and lavender bouquet

Boho bride with pattern painted on hand

Boho bride holding up cow skull

Wild and Effortless Look

“Our floral arrangements could have acted as the only décor piece throughout the shoot – they were that impressive. We relied heavily on greenery in the arrangements to break up the colours whilst portraying a wild and effortless look.

“Greenery paired with roses gave a romantic touch, and blush and purple-toned wild flowers adhered to the lilac colour palette. Succulents were also an important element in this theme – a match made in heaven when paired with geodes and stones. They also bring on a more modern and minimal feel amongst the provincial roses.”

Flower girl holding bride's hand

Boho bride holding out skirt on wedding dress

Bride, groom and flower girl

Bride and groom walking through field of lavender

Succulent buttonhole Flower girl running

Bride and groom walking barefoot

Bride and groom laying on cushions by outdoor wedding table

Bride sitting by outdoor wedding table

Natural Décor

“The purpose of our indoor tablescape was to show brides how you can inject alternative and boho styled elements and yet still fashion an elegant and conventional look. The large timber tables beautifully suited the natural décor in our tablescape. Amethyst crystals, rose and clear quartz strewn around the table surface projected an ethereal boho influence. If you’re a little thrown off by the eccentric nature of geodes, pair them with geometric vases with art-deco nuances for a more modern twist. We again used the metallic gold cutlery and kitchenware with sleek lines which contrasted the chaos of our wild greenery and roughly outlined stones.

Wedding table with purple and lavender styling

Purple wedding place setting with large floral centrepiece

Wedding table number Succulent, clear quartz and purple glass on wedding table

Wedding place setting with purple and lavender styling

Black wedding stationery on purple plate

Wedding stationery with seal, ribbon and lavender on purple plate

Art-Deco style wedding stationery on purple plate

Gold laser-cut wedding stationery

“Look at incorporating a monogram or a hot wax seal with your initials to personalise your own stationery set. Finish with a satin ribbon and you’ll have a beautifully detailed set that will be sure to impress.”

Wedding stationery with lavender and lilac ribbon

Natural effect wedding stationery

Amethyst crystal

Cow skull with wedding invitation

Tree in lavender field

Lavender field

Wedding table under tree in evening

Glass baubles with tea lights hanging from tree

Photography: Sephory Photography

Styling: Adorn Invitations

Wedding Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca

Headpiece and Jewellery: Loveon Jewellery

Flowers: Babylon Flowers

Stationery: B Wedding Invitations

Sweet Treats: Mary Eats Cake

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Picture of the Day – Fiona Forwood Photography

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Sihouette of bride and groom in dark room with blue light behind them - Picture by Fiona Forwood Photography

Image © Fiona Forwood Photography

Website: www.fionaforwood.co.uk

Blog: www.fionaforwood.co.uk/blog

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Top Halloween Hen Party and Stag Do Ideas

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The majority of stag and hen parties occur in the summer months, but if you’re fortunate enough to have yours over Halloween, you’re in for a treat. Sarah of Last Night of Freedom has rounded up her top ways to celebrate a Halloween hen party or stag do, spooky style…

Edinburgh Ghost Tour

As far as scary activities go, prepare for the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end with an Edinburgh Ghost Tour.

Ghost Bus Tour in Edinburgh Halloween Hen Party or Stag Do Idea

The world-famous Edinburgh Ghost Tour takes you on a mysterious and frightening trail around the darker side of the Scottish capital. On board the 1960’s Routemaster bus you will have your very own creepy conductor, as you experience the scary corners and hidden alleyways of Edinburgh whilst learning about the witches, grave robbers and ghosts that plague this city.

Not only will you take a journey into the horrifying history of Edinburgh, you’ll also visit some of the city’s most iconic attractions. The route includes Edinburgh Castle, The New Town and the notorious bar-lined Grassmarket, ideal for for a spot of Dutch courage to get you through. Some spine-chilling surprises await as you step on board…

Amsterdam Dungeons

Another classic Halloween activity is the Amsterdam Dungeons; where better to head on All Hallows’ Eve than down into the bowels of the ancient city?

The Amsterdam Dungeon Halloween Hen Party or Stag Do Idea

The Amsterdam Dungeons are a must-see on your send-off in the Dutch capital, taking you on a trip through 500 years of the city’s sinister history. As you begin your journey you’ll descend in the medieval lift, then hear the spine-tingling footsteps of the torturer come ever closer as you enter the torture chamber.

This tour is bigger, better and bolder than any you’ll have seen. With 11 shows taking place over 80 minutes, there’ll be shocks at every turn.

Bucharest Dracula Castle and Transylvania Tour

We can’t go any further without a shout out to the ‘Big Daddy’ of Halloween, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Bran Castle in Bucharest Halloween Hen Party or Stag Do Idea

Bucharest, the dynamic capital of Romania, is home to the seriously spine-chilling Bran Castle, aka Dracula’s home. It’s certainly worth paying a visit to on your Halloween hen party or stag weekend, but, word to the wise, don’t forget to pack your crucifix and garlic cloves. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Riga Prison Experience

Shockingly realistic, if you’re seriously brave, take your Halloween hen party or stag do to a disused Russian military prison for a night you’ll never forget.

Stag in Handcuffs

Used by the Russian army to detain sailors for various crimes committed during their active service, this prison still has all its original facilities, which you will get to know very well during your overnight stay.

Upon arrival you’ll undergo a search and a medical assessment, take a mugshot and even receive your own prisoner registration cards. The staff, who actually used to work at the prison, will make your life hell – shouting, screaming and generally torturing you. Whether you choose to stay in your cell overnight, or aimlessly wander the eerie corridors, you’re definitely not getting any sleep with this one…

Halloween Hen/Stag Accessories

If you’re having a DIY Halloween hen party or stag do, you must make sure that you’ve accessorised it right.

Test Tube Shot Glasses

Of course, you’ll have already carved your pumpkins and draped cobwebs across every surface in your venue, but have you got your glow stick bracelets and necklaces to turn any darkened room into a neon rave? And what about drinks? Have you got your shots in test tubes and jello syringes? If not, it’s really not a Halloween hen or stag do at all.

Guest Post by Sarah Main of Last Night of Freedom

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