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Happy Wedding Wednesday! As briefly mentioned we (partner in wedding planning crime Svetlana & I) had a bit of a soiree at The Savoy in London recently and I wanted to share some of the photos with you as it was such a fabulous night. The party was to celebrate our re-brand and sparkly new website of our luxury wedding & events business Temple Gregory.
Thank you to everyone involved and thank you to Chanelle and Craig from Segerius Bruce Photography who took these beautiful photos.
A party would not be a party without cocktails and in keeping with our pink colours we had Pink Lady and Strawberry Daiquiri cocktails, which needless to say went down with everyone rather well!
The beautiful flowers and light colours in their golden urns went with the Savoy Ballroom and our overall scheme so well – fabulous!
We were lucky enough to have this gorgeous dessert table created by the fabulous Crumbs! Couture. Everything was gone by the end of the evening… that says it all!
Harri from Crumbs! Couture is a very clever lady and put together these tasty delights for our guests. We had an array of cupcakes, home-made marshmallow, sumptuous ruffle cake and all kinds of other goodies!
As guests arrived they were greeted by the beautiful sound of Harpist Rebecca McGrath. I just love the sound of a harp – perfect for weddings too. A bit later singer Kevin Fitzsimmons took to the stage and entertained guests with his fabulous voice.
We also had special guests Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor from Strictly Come Dancing at the party and after a cocktail and a bit of mingling, they surprised guests by performing a Rumba!
I love strictly so it was fabulous to have Kristina and Robin there – who were both so lovely. You can see a video of their Rumba on our Facebook page.
This is Svetlana and I doing our little speech – look at my fabulous sparkly Olivier Laudus hairband! I did not want to take it off and cannot wait for an excuse to wear it again!
Our dress code was Gorgeous & Glamorous and our guests did not disappoint! Look at the beautiful Anna from wedding blog Far From The Wedding Crowd – very glam indeed.
We were delighted to have the lovely ladies from Wedding Magazine joining us at the party.
We had a photo booth at the party, thanks to Hello Foto Booths, and it was a huge hit – constantly full with a que throughout the night!
Svetlana and I were so busy chatting that we almost missed it! Thankfully though we had a quick go at the end and you can see all of the photo booth photos here.
Have a lovely Wedding Wednesday and I shall be back soon xx
Afternoon all and Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today is a bit of shameless plugging for my wedding planning and design company Temple Gregory!
It has been around for a while, but we have recently undergone a re-brand and have a sparkly new website, so just thought I would share this with you today.
We plan and design luxury weddings and events ensuring that every last detail is meticulously organised and utterly fabulous, without taking any of the choices or decisions away from you – we are merely here to advise, sort and facilitate – not to take over.
We are based in London and Hampshire but cover weddings across the whole of the south and abroad.
There is also a wedding blog as part of the site, so if you are interested please have a look. The blog has been going for a good while, but now the new website is finished it will be a daily blog going forward, rather than just random postings!
Hope you like the new website?! Have a lovely afternoon and I shall be back soon xx
Happy Wedding Wednesday! How did it get to Wednesday again already?!
I thought we could have a look at some pretty wedding details today for Wedding Wednesday – table plans. As people need to wait until they have finalised their guest list, the table plan will usually be left until fairly late in the planning process – this is fine, just don’t forget to think about it and decide what you want. A few lovely ideas below –
1 – Gorgeous mirror table plan from fab photographer Nikole Ramsay 2 – English Country Garden, seen on Natural Wedding Company 3 – Different take on the table plan, photographed by Caroline Alexander 4 – Blackboard seen on This Chateau Life 5 – Cath Kidston style table plan, seen on Little Miss Wedding
An alternative to the traditional table plan are ‘escort cards’. These are cards with the guests name and table details printed on them and are usually arranged near the entrance of the wedding breakfast room. Depending on what you use, they could also double up as favours.
1 & 2 – Tags on bottles and lovely lollipops, both seen on Tried and True 3 – Wine corks on a bed of wheat grass John Arcara Photography 4 – Crystals seen on White Lace Wedding 5 – Escort Stones seen on HGTV
Escort card trees also look great and can be seen below. However you decide to do it you can make a real feature of arranging your escort cards, and here are a few more pretty ideas –
1 – White rose feature table seen on Tried and True 2 – Chandelier feature table seen on The Knot 3 & 4 – Pomegranates & a bed of blooming pink carnations both from Absolutely Charmed 5 – Paper flower escort cards seen on The Observatory 6 – Pink rose tree seen on – DC Wedding Spot
I want to get married again! At least I am a wedding planner (as well as a blogger) so I get to swoon over this kind of stuff regularly!
Have a lovely afternoon and I shall be back soon xx
Morning all and happy Wedding Wednesday I am delighted to be featuring new wedding stationery brand The Little Peach today. Owner and illustrator Sally Leach illustrates your love story on to each and every design by hand.
Choosing to be illustrated into one of the ready-to-go backdrops from the Sweetheart Collection or starting the process completely from scratch with a bespoke setting, the invitations are then individually printed by Sally, using a technique called Screen Printing.
Sally explains Screen Printing as a technique where you hand pull ink through a piece of stretched fabric meaning each invitation is effectively a limited edition piece of art. I have had clients tell me that their guests loved displaying the invite afterwards, making the invites a wonderful lasting token of the big day.
Sally’s illustrations, whilst trying to be descriptive tend to be light-hearted in style, and after researching what was out there she was enthused to set up The Little Peach, confident that she could offer a style of invitation that is truly unique to the wedding market.
Always known for making people giggle with her character illustrations, Sally found that putting the couple’s story into their own design meant conveying something much more personal and touching than traditional font-based invitations.
You can choose from a number of extra customisable options to create your perfect invitation bundle, including paper and ink choices, matching envelope inserts, badges and other favours.
There is also the option to add on other matching stationery such as order of service, seating plans and place names, venue signs and even super cute cake toppers!
Sally endeavours to work closely with each and every couple to really capture their individuality; composing each element to the highest standard and producing the perfect invitation sets that they are sure to cherish for years to come.
Have a lovely Wedding Wednesday and I shall be back soon xx
Happy Wedding Wednesday my delightful lot and I hope that the first few days back at work are going well? Already half way through the week at least!
I posted these ideas on my wedding blog a good while back now, but wanted share here too as it was such as popular post and just because I like to talk about, and look at, pretty shoes! We don’t need to be getting married to appreciate these babies.
A bride is usually going to wear a white or ivory dress and I think there is nothing more fabulous than a pair of brightly coloured shoes underneath.
Many brides complain of their grooms not seeing the importance of wedding shoes as “you can’t see them under the dress”. This is just not true and believe me – you will know, as will everyone you flash them to!
Knowing you have gorgeous shoes on will add something extra special to the day and so just tell H2B that those must have wedding Louboutin’s are an investment and a must for his future wife’s happiness! Hehe
As you know, I love anything that sparkles. These beauties were made by the fabulous Rainbow Club for the Dorothy’s on ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ (TV programme to find the Dorothy for the West End production of Wizard of Oz). Perfect for a bride, bridesmaid or (if you are me) just every day wear!
Don’t feel like you must stop with the bride, as your bridesmaids would also look fab in stunning colourful shoes. Or if you are not planning a wedding but going to a party – then it works for you too!
What do you think – would you or have you worn coloured shoes for your wedding?
I am already married, but love my coloured shoes – they can really make an outfit, bridal or otherwise.
Have a lovely morning and I shall be back soon xx
Happy Wedding Wednesday – hope you are all well and looking forward to Christmas?! I am delighted to feature the new Chez Bec 2012 collection on the blog today. The lovely Rebecca Doyle is the brains behind Chez Bec – who are leading and award winning designers of very special wedding jewellery and accessories.
To showcase the new collection Rebecca organised a collection shoot at the fabulous Gosfield Hall – and as well as the beautiful photos (by Claudine Hartzel) shown below, the shoot was also captured on video (by The Dreamcatchers) – a lovely touch.
Ultra feminine, romantic pieces with a gentle vintage twist form the body of the latest collection – with beautiful bows, vintage-inspired lace and lashings of chiffon combined with divine appliqués and a delicate dusting of sparkle.
Featuring an abundance of shimmering freshwater pearls, sparkling Swarovski crystals and diamantes, Chez Bec’s 2012 Collection is a sure delight for any lucky lady.
Although obviously perfect for your wedding day – I think many of the pieces you can wear for any special party or occasion. So don’t worry, even if you are already married, you can still be seen in these lovely sparkly gems! My Temple Gregory brides have worn Chez Bec, as have I to several parties!
To see more or to purchase your own sparkly delights, please visit the Chez Bec website.
Have a lovely Wedding Wednesday and I shall be back soon xx
Happy Wedding Wednesday
I am not usually one for anything too overly modern looking, but I am actually rather loving these Ghost style chairs when used at weddings or parties. We will be looking at them for the home and office too.
Ghost chairs come from French designer Philippe Starck, who has been referred to as “the most cherished designer in the world”.
We had Ghost chairs at one of my November weddings this year and they went perfectly with the venue and the overall design concept – glass ceiling with massive sparkly chandeliers – beautiful.
This type of chair would not suit all venues, but I think that will be obvious. It may be that they would suit your ceremony location but not your wedding breakfast room, or vice versa?
Home and Office
As well as for weddings and for parties I think ghost chairs look pretty in the home and office too. How pretty is this living room shown below – fab mirror too!
This office with the faux fur covered ghost chair looks cool and is something I would like for me. The obvious problem with a hard plastic chair is comfort, but a cosy faux fur throw would solve this issue perfectly.
I want this dining room! I love the different coloured ghost chairs with the French style dining table and the bright bottles – it sounds like it should not work, but it so does. Another fab mirror too!
So what do you think? Would you have these at your wedding or party – or even in your house or office?
Happy Wedding Wednesday and I shall be back soon xx
Happy Wedding Wednesday and I hope you are all well? Already half way through the week! I apologise now for this post as it is sure to get bellies rumbling way before it is even time for elevensies!
As many of you know, as well as writing this blog, I also plan weddings (Temple Gregory) and one fabulous wedding cake supplier that I have had the pleasure of working with several times is Rachel of the newly launched Rachelles.
Some of you may already know her as Planet Cake which has been around for a while building up a strong reputation within the Wedding Industry, with her work featuring regularly within many of the leading Bridal titles.
There is now a new name (Rachelles), a pretty website and a blog on its way. I LOVE that Rachelles eggs come from their own hens! I would love my own hens – hope to eventually rescue a few from a battery!
Rachels thoughts on cake, which I love – “Cake. It can be wicked, a food lovers heaven and a dieters hell. We should eat it in moderation, but never do. I love it, I think about it, dream about it, not just eating it, but cooking it, creating it and my favourite part of all….decorating it.”
Consultations and tasters can be arranged at the Rachelle South London studio (by appointment) and there you can get a feel for the style and theme of the occasion – Rachel will also sketch up an example of your perfect cake.
As well as beautiful wedding cakes, Rachelles also make cakes, mini cakes, cupcakes and cookies for other occasions (parties, events etc) and even supplies some of London’s top hotels with pretty cakes.
If you would like to arrange an appointment to book your wedding or other celebration cake then please click here for contact details. Please also follow the new Rachelle Twitter account – @Rachellescakes
So who has a rumbling belly now?! No… 9am is not too early for cake – go for it, you only live once!
Have a good morning and I shall be back this afternoon xx
As you know, its Halloween Week on the blog and what better on Wedding Wednesday than a spooky Harry Potter themed wedding?!
I love Harry Potter so think some of the details from this wedding are wonderful! Although, perhaps a bit weird and maybe a step too far to theme your wedding around it?! Fun to look at though
Love the Sorting Hat and Wand escort cards shown above! Would also love to get my hands on some of that Felix Felicis – if only it were real…
So, perhaps themeing your wedding is a bit OTT – but fab photos if you are a Harry Potter fan. What other crazy wedding themes have you seen?!
So I hope you have enjoyed Wedding Wednesday on the blog? Did you see the Sassi Holford post this morning? Have a good one and I will be back in the morrow xx
Images via Trendhunter
Happy Wedding Wednesday and I hope you are all well?
Today I am delighted to be featuring the new 2012 collection from leading English designer Sassi Holford. I was super excited to meet her at a party during the Summer and then again in her London store with one of my Temple Gregory brides – she is ridiculously good at what she does, and lovely with it!
Sassi is very much a “less is more” designer letting the flattering lines of her fabulous gowns speak for themselves, and all of the gowns are handmade by her team in her Somerset studios. This first dress shown below is called Catherine and is just beautiful – I love the sumptuous Duchesse satin.
Sassi gets her inspiration from all around – fashion, textiles and interior design (a few of my favourite things!) but also from her brides and her desire to create their dream dress. This fab dress below is called the Dorothea – satin spot silk organza lays over dupion silk with a detachable cap sleeved shrug – love!
For this collection Sassi returned to the 1950’s and sourced textured fabrics, such as poult taffeta, giving the designs a real presence and feeling of luxury. This next dress is Saffron – a duchesse satin bodice with a pleated tulle overlay, a gathered tulle skirt and a pretty hand beaded satin belt.
The re-emergence of the statement fashion accessory, such as hair pieces and costume jewellery, has been translated by Sassi into accent detailing – using belts, bows, tails, diamanté appliqué and brooches. This lace beauty below is the Mia – with an elegant bateau neckline, luxurious guipure lace overlays satin crepe.
In terms of key trends for 2012, Sassi says that the return of old fashioned values and modesty will make sleeves an important design focus, but with the ability to convert the gown into a glamorous dress for the evening celebrations. The beautiful full skirted Marianne, shown below, is a great example of this with its detachable pleated tulle straps.
Sassi also says that the sweetheart neckline is key, with eye catching straps and flattering, fitted bodices to create impact. Dramatic skirt shapes are also important with the very full flare, fishtail and ballgown all emphasising the beauty of the female figure. This satin organza Florence dress is probably one of my favourites, with its fabulous shape and lace ribbon detail tied at the waist.
I so wish I could get married again – I know where I would be going for my dress! What do you think – any of you go/going for a Sassi Holford? Which is your favourite?
To view the whole collection please go to the Signature collection on the website.
Have a lovely morning and I will be back soon xx
All images via Sassi Holford.