Hello again BLOVED readers! This month it’s been a whole year since we got engaged, I can’t believe how quickly that has gone! We are now fully in ‘wedmin’ mode… I am really enjoying collecting little bits and bobs as and when I see them; eBay and Paperchase have been a great source of materials and craft as well as where I have brought some lovely personalised things from.

For this month’s post I wanted to share with you my hopes, ideas and inspiration for the big day! As soon as we got the date in the diary I had a very good idea of how we wanted the day to look and feel. If your imagination is just as crazy as mine you’ll know how easy it is to get carried away thinking about all the lovely things you could do! The great thing about The Bell in Ticehurst is that it very much has its own character – I wanted to play on that and use colours, shapes and textures which not only compliment but also adds a bit of a personal stamp. I love The Bell’s rich reds against the warmth of all the wood, with hints of classic gold and juxtaposition neon industrial finishes, so decided on a matching red colour scheme with clashing pinks to add a little spin…. Plus red is the colour of love after all!!

I don’t know how people did anything before Pinterest! It has been an amazing tool in searching for ideas and images to put together a wedding mood board – and I have even managed to get Nick to join a private board for us both to pin ideas to! I think it is a really nice way for you both to be involved in the planning, combining inspiration – plus it is very exciting when you get a notification of a new pin! My other inspiration for our red colour theme was after the poppy flower – I have always loved poppies after my nan and as we wanted the feel of the day to be very relaxed, the idea of having wild flowers seemed perfect.

I’ve had the absolute honour of meeting Joanne Truby from JT Floral Design, who I found after spotting some images of a previous shoot she did at The Bell. She is totally lovely – we had a good old natter and giggle (nice to meet someone who giggles just as much as me!) about our ideas and she was great at suggesting ways to pull them all together. The sad news was that September is actually the wrong time of the year for poppies but, thankfully Joanne pointed out that all the images I have been pinning were actually Anemone’s, which are in season and look identical to poppies… yay!!

Planning our wedding has been such a fun opportunity to let out all my creative urges, I really hope for the day to show a bit about who we are as a couple and I can’t wait to see it all come together…

Gemma x



After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.


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