Real Wedding: Meghan & Eric

We love a mix of classic chicness and rustic country, which is why we love Meghan and Eric’s big day.

Sometimes it’s nice to mix a little bit of classic chicness to a rustic, country wedding. Which is why we love Meghan and Eric’s big day, shot by the ever so talented, Nick Nguyen. Letting their venue, the Brodie Homestead, speak for itself this lovely couple kept things tasteful, laidback and full of emotion for their guests.

Meghan’s BHLDN dress set the tone for her wedding day…light, uncomplicated and completely effortless…much akin to the styling for the remainder of the event. The bridesmaids wore navy to complement the groomsmen, and the flowers were a mixture of lush greenery, white peonies and roses, and white scabiosa heads. Nikk, the photographer, explains more…

“Shooting Meghan and Eric’s wedding at Brodie Homestead was such a great experience for me. The Austin, Texas venue they chose was absolutely adorable! As a renovated barn turned wedding venue it had the perfect combination of rustic and elegance. But the venue wasn’t the best part by a long shot.

Getting the opportunity to work with Meghan and Eric and be a part of capturing their special day was by far my highlight! It’s wonderful people like these two that make it easy to forget you’re actually working. After witnessing their fun and playful interactions with each other you can’t help but feel relaxed and at ease. It was evident how perfect these two were for each other by how they were able to fully be themselves and how being themselves only encouraged the other to do the same.

This truly was an unforgettable experience for me and even though it was super hot, the temperature didn’t slow anyone down for a minute! If you take a look through my blog you’ll see that Meghan and Eric’s special day was a breath-taking day filled with a lot of tears and laughter.” Nikk Nguyen

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Photography by Nick Nguyen

 

The Waterfall

The wind may howl and the rain may pour, but my love for you will remain as constant as a waterfall…

“By night, by day, when it shines or lours, there lies intact that chalice of ours. And its presence adds to the rhyme of love, persistently sung by the fall above. No lip has touched it since his and mine, in turn therefrom sipped lovers’ wine.” Under The Waterfall, Thomas Hardy

Today’s shoot is a beauty. Forged in beautiful, wondrous nature, it tells the tale of two lovers in the forest and of the tumbling, rippling waters of Henrhyd Falls in Wales. With exquisite foraged greenery and striking flowers, a carefree bridal look and beautiful rustic styling, we hope you fall in love just as we have…

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Shot by Jessica Hill, the team hiked for hours to the falls, lugging their kit with them…including the huge wooden door which Laura from The Rustic Dresser built her striking, abundant tablescape on. It had been and was still raining, as the team made their way through trails littered with mud and loose rocks, amongst the ferns and trees of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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The models, both natural and undisturbed in their styling, shook off their shoes and braved the river and the waterfall. HMUA, Heather Alexandra, kept the bridal look simple with flowing tresses and a dewy, pared back face. The dress, from The Bridal Lounge was returned with mud on the train…a reminder of the journey the team took that day.

Don’t worry…the mud came out.

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The creative team, led by Laura and Jess, contributed some beautiful pieces for the styling of the shoot. Tessa, of The Little Flower Co, utilised gorgeous trailing greenery in both the abundant bouquet and table centrepiece, with pops of colour from roses, protea and delphiniums.

The stationery, provided by Wonderland Invites paid homage to the forests with pops of greens, with pale peaches, greys and nods of blue and white. To finish, the cake by Zaza Marcelle was a standout feature in a striking blue which juxtaposed effortlessly against the green of the woodlands. Laura’s styling was perfection, with flowing silks dipping into the waters edge and gorgeous peach and blue tableware, working effortlessly with the florals and stationery.

The whole shoot conjures up romanticism. If Thomas Hardy was still here today, we could be sure he was writing about this loved up couple beneath The Waterfall.

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Pinterest: Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

When it comes to weddings, there is one app which has changed the planning game more than any other…Pinterest.

When it comes to weddings, there is one app which has changed the wedding planning game more than any other…Pinterest. And we can understand why; it’s easy to use and it’s highly visual. But it also has it’s downsides…especially for the suppliers who might be working on your wedding or event.

Whilst it can be a great resource for pulling together mood boards, colour schemes and general styling ideas for your wedding, it is worth remembering that a multitude if different factors may mean that it may not be possible to replicate a particular image for your own wedding…cost, season, location to name a few.

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Louise Rodrigues from Beyond V explains more…

“when I’m working with a client who only wants on the day styling, I try to really instil in them how easy it is to have a Pinterest fail on their wedding day. When thinking about decor budgets and looking at aspirational images, its really important to think about your whole venue, not just that one photo you saw on the internet which is probably only one corner of a whole room of gorgeousness.”

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A really good point. Many images on Pinterest are taken from what we call in the industry a ‘styled photoshoot’, which is the pooling of wedding suppliers to create a conceptual shoot which showcases the talents and creativity of each supplier. A tablescape image may only be set for six whereas your wedding may require 80 place settings. Something which is all too familiar for Louise…

“I’m often sent pins of ceilings covered with balloons to re create on the day then when it comes to the day, I’ve been provided with thirty balloons to fill a whole barn… it is a Pinterest fail waiting to happen. And it goes for every aspect of styling; theres loads of images around with gorgeous vintage crates piled high with florals everywhere, then on the day Im left with two crates and a teeny bottle of stems”.

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Similarly, Cindy Lindsley of Peachy Keen Coordination is all too familiar with Pinterest faux pas. She tries to steer clear of Pinterest when mood-boarding with her clients…not least because she is driven by dreaming up new creations and ideas.

“I have to sometimes break their hearts by telling them the logistics/cost/reality of that one Pinterest photo. I almost think Pinterest needs a disclaimer”

She goes onto explain that ‘Pinterest-worthy’ images are super deceptive, and when planning for a real life event, typically on a couples budget things cannot always be closely replicated in the same way.

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Out top tips for avoiding Pinterest faux pas:

  1. Speak to your suppliers in advance – determine budgets required to replicate certain images
  2. Be prepared to use alternatives (especially when it comes to flowers) as seasonal growing may limit the flowers which are available
  3. Don’t rely solely on Pinterest for your inspiration – pick up a fashion or home decor magazine for fresh ideas and direction
  4. Set a realistic budget for all aspects of your wedding, and create a list of ‘must-have’ and ‘nice to have’ elements for your day
  5. Prioritise and work out what elements of your wedding are the most important to you – flowers may be your priority where a cake may not, etc

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