WEDDINGS

our wedding: meet the suppliers

Happy happy Friday ladies!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend coming up, whether it’s wedding planning or relaxing with your other half!

So, what did you think of this week?  I’ve shared the best bits of our wedding, the inspiration, the details and the love!  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how we tackled our day, and I hope it’s given you some ideas for your own!

Planning a wedding abroad, no matter how big or small, is no mean feat.  Planning a wedding abroad in 5 months is a little insane.  I would never, ever, have been able to pull it off without the help of some absolutely fantastic, patient and talented local suppliers.  Nothing was too much trouble for these ladies, no matter how many emails I sent, or how many times I changed my mind (a brides’s prerogative, no?) they were the sweetest and calmest people to surround myself with.  Check out yesterday’s post for a full list of our suppliers.

I also came across some fantastic suppliers right here in the UK that deserve a mention and a big THANK YOU!!

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The beautiful Plum Pretty Sugar robe that I wore whilst getting ready, was from the fabulous girls at Glamorous Amorous, also a great place for bridal and honeymoon lingerie!  I really recommend finding something pretty to wear when you’re getting ready, you’re having photo’s taken that you want to share, so a pair of tatty tracksuit bottoms really don’t do the trick!

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I also really love the idea of buying matching robes for your bridesmaids gifts!  Such a cute idea!

I had a really specific idea of what I wanted to look like on my wedding day, and although that changed a little (remember just because something looks gorgeous in a glossy magazine, doesn’t mean the cut is for you) the friendly ladies at The Ivory Boutique in Farnham, Surrey helped to create something I really  love.  My Augusta Jones dress is still hanging in its cover on my wardrobe, and I just can’t resist having a peek every now and then :)

The gorgeous cuff I wore for the evening reception is ‘Clarice’ from Flo & Percy.  I had seen it months before the wedding, but just didn’t have the money left in my budget after customizing my dress.  About a week before we flew out to SA I got a surprise bonus from work, and the lovely ladies at Flo & Percy shipped my Clarice out to me with literally hours to spare!  I totally squealed when it arrived and I opened the box, I’m a sucker for anything sparkly!  With four different collections and original vintage jewellery, they really have something for every bride.

Under my dress I wore a sparkly Florrie Mitton garter available in the UK from Liberty in Love.  I am in love with it. Fact.

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We bought a lot of the small details in Ikea, and Not on the High Street.  I love NOTHS, probably the closest thing we have to Etsy in the UK, choc-full of super-creative suppliers.  Their range is growing every day, and every day I find something new I love!

Not only is NOTHS full of wonderful wedding decor and props, they have fantastic jewellery and gifts for both the ladies and gents involved in your big day. I bought my gorgeous peacock hair comb from one of their suppliers, Anusha.  Anusha stock lots of pretty little jewellery pieces and accessories as well as clothes, shoes and bags!

The straws were from Papermash, an online store full of quirky little details and paper goods, great for a DIY bride like me. I am currently in love with their japanese masking tape, so easy to make things pretty!  I also recently featured a cute little vintage project using these straws.

I am so lucky to have been able to find all these amazing people to help me create our perfect day, I hope you are as lucky finding yours!

Later today, I will be welcoming the lovely Gaby from CapClassique to chat about what makes the South African wedding industry different, and why you should really consider it as a destination for your big day!

{all images by the lovely chistine meintjes}

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Footnote: In 2015, I separated from my husband, Andre.  Now living alone in London, I’m enjoying life as a thirty-something single, running B.LOVED and travelling around the globe with friends.  I will always look back on my wedding day with fondness, without it I would never become a part of the amazing community of entrepreneurs I now get to call friends! Oh, and I’m still as in love with the love, romance and pretty of weddings as ever!

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Louise

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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