Friday, August 18, 2017

Bright and Colourful Tropical Wedding Styling

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Well, summer hasn’t really materialised, has it? The odd day of warm summer sun has left me longing for hotter climes, so I hope these bright, colourful, tropical wedding styling ideas make you feel warm and sunny inside.

This summer-inspired wedding shoot has a really fun vibe. The styling team created the most fabulous tablescape using vibrant flowers, glassware and crockery. Bright pink, blue, yellow and green make the table look so inviting. I love the use of palm leaves throughout, and they look great suspended in the windows.

Bride with colourful bouquet standing next to wedding table with tropical styling

Of course, any tropical styling should include pineapples, right? Gold pineapples feature as part of the tablescape, and also on top of the fabulous wedding cake with hand-painted palm leaf detail. The bouquet and flowers bring everything in this shoot to life – the look is so vibrant.

Big thanks to photographer Shot by Angel for capturing these tropical, fun wedding ideas. Please can we have a summer now?

Tropical Flare

“We wanted to create a wedding scene with tropical flare, so we incorporated a unique line of jewellery, pops of colour and a wonderfully summer-inspired table setting.

“The venue was ideal. It featured a beautiful wooden deck with bright, white walls and a Koi pond – adding to that destination wedding feel.”

Bride with pink flower in her hair

Fresh flower anklet

Bride with bright pink flower in her hair

Bride wearing Robyn Roberts wedding gown

Fresh flowers in bride's hair Back of bride's Robyn Roberts wedding gown

Bride with hand in pocket

Bride holding yellow bouquet

Ring on bride's finger Bride's round earrings

Bride's colourful ring and necklace

Bride holding tropical styled wedding save the date Bride holding tropical styled wedding invitation

Bride holding tropical styled wedding order of the day Bride holding tropical styled wedding menu

Tropical Fruits and Palm Trees

“Summer is our favourite time to soak up the sunshine and enjoy good times with friends and loved ones. We took inspiration from succulent, tropical fruits, palm trees swaying in the wind and a colour palette resembling a beach sunset.

“Layered with textures and colour, the flowers reminded us of tropical getaways with lush flora. We included accents of wood with our seating and table setting to create the feeling of a beachside gem. We also incorporated some delicate jewellery designs to complement the soft, flowing wedding dresses.”

Bright, colourful tropical styled wedding table

Bride sitting next to wedding table

Bright and colourful wedding table flowers

Wedding menu on bright blue plate

Wedding table flowers and pink grapefruit

Wedding name place card

Tropical wedding table number

Bright orange flowers and fruit on wedding table Blue and yellow coloured glasses

Tropical styled wedding table with palm leaves backdrop

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Gold pineapple on wedding table Gold votive on wedding table

Bright and colourful tropical wedding table styling

Bride twirling in wedding gown

Robyn Roberts wedding gown with gold detail

Pops of Colour

“We loved putting this look together and felt that adding fruits in the tablescape was a unique way of incorporating pops of colour, transforming it into a tropical setting. Palm leaves are so in style at the moment, and we found that we only needed a few to create a luscious backdrop of greenery.

“From the cake to the stationery, we managed to create a vision of summer days spent celebrating with loved ones.”

Tropical ice lollies

Tropical themed wedding cake

Palm leaves detail on tropical wedding cake

Tropical wedding cake topper Tropical fruit in blue bowl

Bride looking down at colourful shoes

Rings on bride's fingers Braided updo bridal hairstyle

Bride holding bright and colourful wedding bouquet

Detail on bride's dress

Bright and colourful bridal bouquet

Photography: Shot by Angel

Shoot Location: Bon Amis, Cape Town, South Africa

Styling: Bells and Whistles Wedding and Events Planner

Dresses: Robyn Roberts Bridal Studio

Flowers: Mabel M Florals

Furniture Hire: Urban Tonic

Stationery: Pretty in Stains

Cake: Sweetarts

Linen: Rosy’s Decor Hire

Jewellery: WHY Jewellery

Make-Up and Hair: LA Makeup Artistry

Model: Cassandra Brougham-Cook

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Picture of the Day – Nordica Photography

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Bride and groom kissing whilst sitting on a crescent moon with a face - Picture by Nordica Photography

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Outdoor Activities for Your Hen Weekend

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Forget cocktails in a dimly-lit bar and male strip shows (they’re for later…), and embrace the great outdoors on your hen weekend. The ‘typical’ hen party is no longer a drink, dance and pizza in the early hours. It’s a chance to take part in once-in-a-lifetime activities – guaranteed to provide you with plenty of likes for Instagram. Lauren of Last Night of Freedom has rounded up the best outdoor activities for the ultimate hen weekend.

British Airways i360 Champagne Flight, Brighton

Brighton’s British Airways i360 is the newest and most exciting building on the town’s skyline.

British Airways i360 in Brighton

This is the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and created by the same architects who designed our beloved London Eye. For those in the hen group with a strong stomach for heights, this glass capsule – 10 times the size of a pod on the Eye – will take you 450ft into the air, for stunning and unparalleled 360° views of Brighton.

It glides very slowly up the pole and has room for 175 visitors, along with a bar in the centre of the pod, licensed to serve all day and during the evening. Wine and views… bliss.

Water Wipeout, Bournemouth

This hugely popular activity is as challenging as it is hilarious, particularly after the bride-to-be takes a dunking.

Water Wipeout Hen Weekend Activity in Bournemouth

Our Water Wipeout outdoor hen weekend activity is for the brave and strong… and those who don’t mind getting wet. Reminiscent of Takeshi’s Castle, but set entirely on water, you’ll spend a couple of hours conquering two different lakes.

The ‘Action Loop’, located on the Castle Lake overlooking Corfe Castle, consists of 70 metres of inflatable obstacles and difficult crossings over the water. Your second destination, Woodland Lake, features several similar and exhilarating games. Action Tower, Gladiator Rings and Commando Rope will see you soaring above the water on trampolines and the like, ready for a well-deserved cocktail afterwards.

Geordie Games, Newcastle

You’ve a lot to thank us Geordies for; Ant and Dec, Byker Grove, Sting, and even Greggs. We can now add another string to that already impressive bow, with the creation of Geordie Games.

Geordie Games Outdoor Hen Ativity in Newcastle

Celebrating all things Newcastle, you’ll be ganning pure radge on various games. These belta games include Geordie Ale Run, Kebab Shop Duel (no further information required), On Ya Bike (attempt to knock the hens over on a bike) and Geet Massive Sumo Marras (fighting in sumo suits). That’s not to mention the Geordie Racing Walking Tubes (run whilst strapped to a giant tube), Sling Ya Hook (literally), Learn Yerself Geordie (Battleship-esque game using Geordie words as ships) and Ganna Get Clarty (Mastermind on ya lad). You’ll be a fluent Geordie by the end of your hen party.

Helicopter Tour, Barcelona

There’s no outdoor hen weekend activity more glamorous than a helicopter ride over beautiful Barcelona.


Sightsee in the most exclusive way possible and tour the city centre and Montserrat from above. You’ll spot the legendary La Rambla during your 35 minutes in the air, as well as Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, the palace of Montjuic and its impressive magic fountains and even Barcelona FC’s home ground, Camp Nou.

Your Spanish journey does not stop there. The helicopter also explores the picturesque and mountainous Montserrat region, with the tallest standing proud at 1,236 metres. Your Instagram just got good…

It’s a Knockout, Manchester

Inspired by one of our favourite TV shows, the It’s a Knockout hen activity is a test of your endurance.

It's a Knockout Hen Weekend Activity in Manchester

If you ever thought you could do better than the contestants on the show, it’s time to prove it. This outrageous, fun and memorable outdoor hen activity takes place in a huge field, with plenty of room for the obstacles and inflatable costumes.

There are various games to play during the day, such as Slippery Summit, Wacky Walters, Fools Gold and, our personal favourite, Penguin Pursuit. You’ll take on an opposing team and sport the original outfits worn by celebrity royalty – Keith Chegwin and the rest.

Ghost Bus Tour, Edinburgh

Step aboard the ghost bus on your Edinburgh hen party and conquer your deepest, darkest fears.

Ghost Bus Tour in Edinburgh Hen Activity Idea

This carcass coach is your window to the terrible past of Auld Reekie, telling you the tales of witches, grave robbers, the plague, ghouls and ghosts.

During the terrifying journey, you’ll visit the most famous sights of Edinburgh’s scary underbelly, stopping by Edinburgh Castle, The New Town, Grassmarket, Greyfriar’s Kirk, The Old Town, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. There’s not a stone left unturned during the tour, we hope you make it back to share the stories…

Guest post by Lauren Green of Last Night of Freedom

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Picture of the Day – York Place Studios

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Bride drinking straight from champagne bottle in back of wedding car with groom - Picture by York Place Studios

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Getting to Know – That Amazing Place

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Venue Name: That Amazing Place

Location: Old Harlow, Essex

What type of venue is That Amazing Place and how old is the building?

That Amazing Place is a beautiful country house that dates back to the 15th Century, but has been beautifully modernised. It’s Essex’s newest premier wedding venue and is ideally suited to couples seeking a blank canvas on which to create their dream wedding.

That Amazing Place Wedding Venue in Essex

Tell us a little about the history of this beautiful venue.

Nestled in the Essex countryside, That Amazing Place (also known as ‘Hubbards Hall’) was originally built in the 15th century as a monastery. For many years this grade II listed hidden gem was occupied as a residential property, until its current owners decided to renovate and re-open it as the beautifully elegant venue that it is today. It has been a wedding venue for two years now, hosting 50 to 70 weddings a year on average.

That Amazing Place Sign

Is That Amazing Place licensed for wedding ceremonies and how many guests can you accommodate?

Yes. That Amazing Place can accommodate 100 guests for civil ceremonies, with the capacity for up to 180 guests for a wedding reception.

That Amazing Place Wedding Ceremony Room

Can couples just use the manor house or are there other areas available for weddings?

Outdoor ceremonies can take place under our beautiful gazebo next to the lake and, available in 2018, couples can host their wedding breakfast in our marquee.

That Amazing Place Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Gazebo

Is catering provided for weddings or can couples bring in their own caterers?

Couples can enjoy fantastic food from one of our carefully selected preferred caterers. They can choose a three-course wedding breakfast, including tea, coffee and petit fours. We also have many alternatives such as barbecue, paella, hog roast etc, as well as many different cuisines. You can even select an afternoon tea for a less formal day.

Does That Amazing Place have a set price for weddings or is there a tiered pricing structure? What packages do you offer?

We have two packages, the more traditional ‘Classic Wedding Package’ and a later, less formal ‘Twilight Wedding Package’. The price depends on the month and day of the week required.

That Amazing Place Exterior

Does That Amazing Place have a wedding co-ordinator on site, are they available on the day of the wedding?

Yes, Angie and Hannah. The team at That Amazing Place are here to help you!

Does That Amazing Place have rooms for guest to stay?

Yes, our beautiful Manor House has 12 rooms and accommodates 25 people, and there also are several nearby hotels.

That Amazing Place Bedroom

What can a couple expect from having their wedding at That Amazing Place?

A seamless wedding day, run with a personal touch. That Amazing Place will be exclusively yours for the day and night of your wedding. Not only does this give you complete privacy on your special day, your family and friends can also relax and enjoy themselves without the hassle of having to worry about transport.

First Wedding Dance at That Amazing Place

What is the best thing about having your wedding at That Amazing Place?

Having your nearest and dearest all in one place for the day and night sharing your special day.

Bride and Groom in That Amazing Place Grounds

Describe That Amazing Place in three words.

Amazing, memorable, stunning.

What’s your top tip for choosing the perfect wedding venue?

When you know, you know, so stop looking.

Bride and Groom Sitting Next to That Amazing Place Fireplace

Where can I find out more about That Amazing Place?



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Friday, August 11, 2017

Win Tickets to Brides the Show Autumn 2017

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This year’s Brides the Show event will take place from Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. We have two pairs of tickets for each day of the show to give away in our latest competition…

I love this time of year and start to get really excited about the upcoming autumn bridal shows. Brides the Show is my favourite autumn bridal event as it’s THE place to find new wedding trends and styles. I really can’t wait!

Brides the Show Autumn 2017 Dates

Brides the Show is the UK’s leading luxury bridal show, with three days of unrivalled wedding planning inspiration. The autumn show is their sixth, and will be bigger and better than before, with over 150 luxury wedding suppliers showcase their services and products. Everything from wedding gown designers to florists, venues, photographers, stationery, food and drink, cakes, travel and jewellery.

Brides the Show Catwalk

There are many features of Brides the Show, with the catwalk one of the highlights. This season the catwalk theme is ‘Paris In Love’. Featuring the latest gowns from the best international designers, the show will take you on an evocative journey through the changing four seasons of a Parisian jardin.


Two brilliant areas at the show are the hen party zone and the wine tasting area (I’ll see you there). The dedicated hen party zone will have experts Cluck on-hand advising and offering master classes on hen activities, and the wine tasting workshops will be at The Sommeliers’ Table, in association with wine experts Corney and Barrow.

The Imagination Room at Brides the Show

During the show you’ll have access to top wedding planners, as well as the entire Brides magazine team who can help guide ticket-holders through every aspect of wedding organisation.

How to Enter

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to Brides the Show simply complete the form below, selecting which day you would like to win tickets for…


Competition Start and End Dates

This competition starts on 11th August 2017 and closes at 12noon on 11th September 2017.

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18
  2. By entering the competition you are accepting these terms and conditions
  3. The prize is one pair of standard tickets (not VIP tickets) to Brides the Show on your selected date: Friday 29th September, Saturday 30th September or Sunday 1st October
  4. Competition closes at 12noon on 11th September 2017
  5. The Wedding Community will choose one winner at random for each date from the eligible entries and notify them via the email addresses they used to enter
  6. If a winner fails to reply to the notification email within five days, The Wedding Community will select a new winner for that date from the eligible entries
  7. The Wedding Community will send a code to the winners via the email address they used to enter so they can order their tickets
  8. Only one entry allowed per person
  9. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-negotiable
  10. Information provided will only be used by The Wedding Community and Brides the Show
  11. The Wedding Community may contact you in the future via the email address provided with news and offers. All emails will include an opt-out option
  12. The Wedding Community’s decision is final

If you are not one of our lucky winners you can book tickets here

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Picture of the Day – Andy Hudson Photography

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Bridal party sitting watching someone pull a wheelie on a bicycle - Picture by Andy Hudson Photography

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Amethyst-Inspired Purple and Gold Wedding Styling

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I love, love, love this amethyst inspired wedding inspiration! It’s modern, sophisticated and, of course, includes the semiprecious violet-hued stone, amethyst.

We have seen a lot of purple tones feature in weddings over recent years, but this is now evolving, becoming more luxurious and definitely a lot more modern. Lavender tones are much more ‘now’ than bold purples, and with the popularity of geode and gemstones in wedding styling, amethyst is right on trend!

The creative team used gold and feathers to enhance the opulence of the styling details, creating such a visual delight. This really is styling for modern brides looking for something alternative, whilst still beautiful and feminine.

Bride with feather collar bridal neckpiece looking down at purple bouquet

The feathers and gold have been used so elegantly. Santos Costura designed this stunning feathered-top dress; and just wait until you see the gold lace dress! The amethyst watercolour and gold foil wedding stationery offers a luxurious, modern design, and the shoot also features one of the prettiest I have seen. The fabulous flowers in shades of purple, the gold cutlery and gold rimmed glasses create such opulence. Talking of opulence, the dessert table really is something special – I adore the amethyst geode cake.

Igualada Cemetery

The setting for this gemstone inspired shoot is Igualada Cemetery, or ‘Cementiri Nou’ (New Cemetery), in Barcelona, built between 1985 and 1994 to replace ‘Old Cemetery’. Highly regarded as one of the most poetic works of twentieth century Catalan architecture, this is such an incredible location for a shoot.

I’m sure these amethyst wedding styling ideas will blow you away. This really is gemstone inspiration like you have never seen before, and we have Nuria Cienfuegos Photography to thank for sharing these beautiful pictures.

Luxurious Elements

“Our initial inspiration for this shoot came from the semi-precious stone, Amethyst. As the idea started to mature we decided to bring the design to the next stage, introducing luxurious elements like gold and feathers, without forgetting the modern and sophisticated style we like to express.”

Gold and purple Amethyst inspired wedding stationery

Gold and purple wedding stationery

Purple bridal bouquet on Ghost chair

Bride wearing feather collar bridal neckpiece

Bride pulling up train on dress

Purple bridal bouquet

Bride looking down to ground

Bride's purple bouquet and gold shoes

Bride wearing feather collar bridal neckpiece and feather crown

Bride underground in Cementiri Nou

Bride holding purple bouquet

Bride standing on steps of Cementiri Nou

Wedding ceremony arch in Cementiri Nou

Bride wearing feather collar bridal neckpiece

Bride standing by table

Large purple floral display in gold trough

Wedding table with Ghost chairs

Amethyst inspired purple and gold wedding table styling

Amethyst on wedding table Glasses on wedding table

Wedding place setting with gold cutlery

Bride in gold wedding dress with hand on her hip

Bride in gold wedding dress with hands behind her back

Bride in gold wedding dress holding purple bouquet behind her back

Bride with ponytail hairstyle and feather collar bridal neckpiece

Bride in gold wedding dress holding purple bouquet

Bride's purple bracelet

Purple and gold geode wedding cake

Purple flowers on wedding cake

Purple and gold macarons

Purple leaves and iced biscuits


Glass case of iced biscuits

Pleasure is gold sign in gold feather heart frame

Photography: Nuria Cienfuegos Photography

Planning, Styling and Design: The Experialist

Shoot Location: Igualada Cemetery (Cementiri Nou), Igualada, Spain

Dresses: Santos Costura

Jewellery: Pia Jewels and Design

Flowers: Flowercap

Table Decor and Design: CaƱigueral Mesas con Esencia

Stationery: SupercaligrƔfica

Wedding Cake: Sweet Mama

Hair and Make-Up: Ribbon Art and Hairstyle

Model: Katharina Wolf

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