Archive for October, 2011
31 Oct 2011
On the floating, shipless, oceans I did all my best to smile til your singing eyes and fingers drew me…
28 Oct 2011
It was with a healthy dose of excitement (and a smidge of trepidation) that I accompanied Laura Caudery of Fetcham Park to a brand new bridal event called VOWS earlier this month. Billed as a strictly non-selling event, VOWS was intended to be "more an opportunity for brides and couples to meet some of the country's top wedding experts, chat informally and receive exclusive advice and hints." Organised by Chelsea Bidwell and Sarah Ducker, and set against the backdrop of opulent Knightsbridge luxury, the visualisation of their wedding secrets certainly appealed to brides with large rocks on their fingers.
26 Oct 2011
“I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am tonight.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
24 Oct 2011
Somewhere between the 18th century architecture of Fetcham Park and the art deco design of the super contemporary Brooklands Hotel, I found myself wrapped up in a world of sensory delights. Despite their vast stylistic differences, the two venues compliment each other with a natural ease, elegance and grace. Wedding guests from Fetcham Park will find themselves feeling especially spoiled as they check in to their digs for the night.
21 Oct 2011
The epic soaring sound of strings signalled that moment at a wedding when everyone realises that they’re in love. Husbands nestled their faces in the nape of their wives’ necks; the oldest of school friends faced each other with a communal shared history welling up between them; relatives looked knowingly at each other over the heads of swaying couples. Beneath an inky night sky, the notes of the song sailed upwards as arms were flung into the air in adoration of each other, of Jonny and Thea, and of love. Through the course of the day they had been joined by friends and family from around the world, read to and sung at. Glowing expectant mothers and recently born babies accompanied weary new parents to this wedding, because no circumstance would keep them from sharing in their friends’ celebration.
19 Oct 2011
“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.” - Elizabeth Gilbert
17 Oct 2011
Repeating the words slowly, strongly and lovingly, Jonny promised to care for Thea, to love her and to be true to her and in return Thea promised to do just the same, her fingers gripping tighter to his hand as she spoke. A smile spread from the depths of Jonny’s heart to the corners of his mouth as he listened to Thea say her vows. Tears welled unbidden between the two, as the magnitude and surrealism of the moment washed over them.
14 Oct 2011
I met Lucy this weekend at the Designer Vintage Bridal Show and her beautifully styled stall was a testament to all of her hard work. Her big beaming face was testament to how much she loves what she does. My bashful praise and major fangirl moment was testament to what an inspiration her journey has been to me - a journey which Lucy chronicled earlier this week in her Diary of a Designer post. With very little prompting at all, here's how it went down for me...
12 Oct 2011
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.” - Alan Bennett
07 Oct 2011
You may not realise this, but I got married once. And the thing that struck me when I was planning said wedding is that the wedding industry was a bit of a marvel. Alongside the multimillion pound economy that this industry generates, there are small, independent creative pixies who are ploughing every bit of their hearts and souls into creating beautiful things for soon-to-be-wed couples. I'm now one of those pixies. One of my former colleagues asked me whether I was worried about silo working and not seeing other people anymore. I looked at her blankly. I'm not working alone, I told her, I've got thousands of colleagues and a massive support network. Admittedly, they're not in the same room as me, but they're not far away. They are in a little box in the corner of my screen, twittering away. They are in floods of emails in my inbox. They are in amazing blog posts like this one by Tattybojangles and this super leaving card from the lovely Leah at Golden Apple Designs. With coworkers like this, who needs to leave the house anyway?