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For the first time in my life
– so unbelievable –
I became a member of the local Public Library.

I know! I know!
Nearly 44 years and never borrowed a book
from the local library.

In my defence, I was a High School Librarian for 15 years
so I did sort of have books-on-tap for an age.

So what did I borrow on my first spin with my Library Card?
Have a goosey gander at this gorgeous bridal magazine,
Hello May“.

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They do wonderful write ups on real couples
with stacks of photos,
and articles on unusual and individual ideas for a truly unique wedding
for you.

This month there is also an article on New Zealand jewellers,
Greg & Claire Fromont from Meadowlark.

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And,
there is a focus on the simply sublime Babushka Ballerina dresses.
Swoon!

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Just a little collage of images from this month’s issue.
So in love!

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Buy a copy at your local newsagent.
You’ll never regret it.

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I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict.

I guess you can’t be a bride or be involved in the Wedding Industry
and not be totally in love with Pinterest.

It’s AWESOME!!!

My current little dabble into the wonderful world that is Pinterest,
brought into the divine and imaginative world of Bridal Bouquets.

There is so much variety and colour and originality.
Succulents, fruit, broaches, herbs, vines, vegetables and so much more.

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Here is an example of just four amazing Pinterest Boards highlighting Bridal Bouquets.

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1.  Pretty Wedding Bouquets by Coast To Country Weddings
2.  Wedding Bouquets by The Knot
3.  Bouquets by Janet Siemsen
4.  Bouquets by Julianne Smith

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And here is my own meagre board.
I have to admit, I’m pretty fussy about what I ‘pin’ onto it.

All my ‘pins’ are of bouquets
that I would be happy to carry as I walk down the aisle.

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Hi Peeps

It’s been a hassle trying to update one of my old posts,

– and my most popular –

that gave Brides a fantastic link and instructions
to make perfect place cards for their Big Day.

But now it’s done. Phewww!

Go here, and get all the FREE goodness 😀


Pia xxx

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I came across this really fantastic article written by photographer Corey Ann,
discussing the etiquette for an
“Unplugged Wedding”

I discovered the article while checking out
a local photographer on FB
Amare Images.

A seriously awesome idea
in this new age of instant access to images
via phone cameras and social media.

Here’s the message that was shared with guests,
that prompted Corey Ann’s article.

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The request from the Bride and Groom

The request from the Bride and Groom

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The article basically argues that guests who take photos throughout
the wedding ceremony and reception,
are in fact hampering the professional photographer
and in turn ‘ruining’ the shots for the Bride & Groom.

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I hope you got a good 'shot' mate!

I hope you got a good ‘shot’ mate!

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So what do you think?

Would you do this at your own wedding?

Can you sympathise with the photographer
trying to get the best possible images
for the Bride & Groom?

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This post took me SEVEN days to research and link-up.
Phew.

But on the way, I found some seriously AWESOME wedding porn
that I will share in the coming months.
So many wicked ideas!!!

Now check it all out . . .

Rustic Chic . . . .

Think of a wedding in an old building; with candles, chandeliers, burlap & calico, succulents in tin cans, wooden signposts, mis-matched crockery, old glass bottles and small bunches of lavender tied with raffia string . . . here’s a visual sample . . .

Vintage . . . .

Imagine a group of wooden tables out on the grass, under the trees with; your grandmother’s linen, lots of lace, cut crystal glassware, candelabras, ivory roses, glass jars with votive candles hung in the trees and a bridal bouquet made from broaches . . . here’s a visual sample . . .

Retro . . . .

The theme that at another time would be labelled kitsch this wedding trend is now uber cool; a juke box in the corner,  cake tins with cherry pies in them, fabric bunting, giant paper flowers, small vases filled with individual flowers . . . here’s a visual sample . . .

Classic Country . . . .

The sounds and smells of the countryside; you need hay bales with wool blankets on top, old baskets full of wildflowers, posies of wheat tied to the seats along the aisle, rusty corrugated tin, cake stands with scones, jam & cream, a horse/cow/dog with a bowtie, old fencing pales as place cards and soft bunting of cheesecloth on the tables. . . . here’s a visual sample . . .

DIY/Handmade . . . .

With personal touches at every turn, this is obviously my favourite wedding theme; tissue pompoms hanging from the rafters, a Photo Booth, fabric flowers in the flowergirls’ hair, flower covered arbour behind the bride and groom, handmade stationery for the ceremony & reception, a simple posie of flowers for the girls, a Thank You sign for the formal photographs. . . . here’s a visual sample . . .

Circus & Carnival . . . Superheroes . . . Sci-Fi . . . Steampunk . . . . Wood-sy

Seriously fun & seriously individual, these weddings represent a big new trend in weddings. Here are a few weddings to get some idea of these geek chic wedding styles:

. . . here’s some visual samples
. . . Circus . . . Superheroes . . . Steampunk . . . Wood-sy

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These photos have come from all over the world.

If you are looking for something specific,
let me know before I post the in-depth articles
on each wedding style and the DIY projects for each one!

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When I get married, there are a few things that I will spend ‘the’ money on.
One of them is the photographer.

A good photographer will memorise the wonderful day on film.
A great photographer will make the day even more memorable.

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Later this afternoon I will post some links of my favourite photographers
so you see what I mean,
however in the meantime I want to show you a fabulous idea.

I’m sure you’ve seen something similar before,
however making it look FUN! may be the difference between making the suggestion
and getting the actual photographs.

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Would you include something similar on your guests’ tables?

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You know how we depend on technology, and we love it?

We tweet, we blog, we text, we utube, we FB, we chat, we qwerty.

So what happens when that ability is taken from you?

Bloody chaos! That’s what happens.

For three full weeks, I have

* had my old iMac go into convulsions

* had to research and find funding for a new computer

* leased a new iMac + an iPad (with which I am doing this post)

* ordered a new mobile phone (the iPhone 4, no less)

* had to return my new iMac as it kept shutting down unexpectedly

* not been able to blog, online bank, check emails and chat on my forum.

Aaaaaaahh hhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I find it terrifying that so much of our existence relies on technology . . .

. . .Because technology can really suck!

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