Today I went into mild panic mode as I’ve been so busy with my head buried in planning weddings these last few weeks that it feels like I’m the last person to realise Christmas is just a couple of weeks away. Cue a few hours online trawling for gift inspiration for him, for her, for them and of course… for moi. I thought I’d join in the blogger cliche fun and share what’s on my wish list…
Since I hit my thirties I seem to find much more pleasure in simple but luxurious items that are a treasure to receive and the apparent theme theme of my selection is a touch of gold [rose or yellow, I'm partial to both], a floral scent and something that beholds my initials. So here’s hoping i’ve been a good girl this year…
ONE 16 Piece Gold Cutlery Set / TWO Jo Malone Rose Gold Edition Pomegranate Noir / THREE Rose Gold Monogram Necklace / FOUR Tom Ford Make Up Brushes / FIVE Personalised Leather iPad Air Case / SIX NEOM Sumptuous Reed Diffuser / SEVEN St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Chris and Laragh were engaged in March this year and decided to get married just a few months later in July. The whole wedding was planned in a matter of weeks, and once the date was set, they booked the registry office at Chelsea Town Hall for the ceremony and then found the beautiful Petersham Nurseries in Richmond for their wedding reception venue. “We wanted a small London summer wedding that would be casual and fun without being overly formal with just close friends and family.”
Beautiful atmospheric photography from Si Quinn.
They chose to hold their ceremony at the Brydon Room at Chelsea Old Town Hall, a beautiful room full of atmosphere for their intimate wedding of just 40 guests. Laragh chose a stylish modern gown by Amen from their Spring Summer collection, not overly fussy but she looks every inch a very chic bride. She teamed her dress with pretty pearl drop earrings, and a bouquet of oyster pink roses and peonies.
Petersham Nurseries is one of those places that is just such a treat to visit, and you absolutely wouldn’t know you were in the suburbs of a bustling city. The couple were incredibly lucky with the bright blue skies and warm summer air for their meal on the beautiful covered terrace as they tucked into gastro delights such as scallops, duck, melon parfait and cheeses. They also had a delicious sounding cake by Nina Lomax which was pistachio and rosewater adorned with fresh peonies.
Congratulations to Chris and Laragh on a beautiful wedding, especially in such a short time, an inspiring story for those planning a London wedding in a short period of time! Thanks also to photographer Si Quinn for sharing his lovely work on the blog.
Photography: Si Quinn / Ceremony: Chelsea Town Hall / Reception Venue: Petersham Nurseries / Bride’s Dress: Amen / Hair: Goges Hair / Make-Up: Madonna McNamee
Today I wanted to introduce you to a fabulous resource for further wedding inspiration. Amma, is the rather awesome lady behind the bees knees wedding blog that is Beyond Beyond and she’s also a pretty talented graphic designer. Clearly this girl likes a challenge as she’s taken things to the next level and designed and developed the first UK wedding magazine app specifically for the iPad – ‘Beyond The Magazine’, which you can download from iTunes right HERE.
From my Dashing Magazine editor days I know how much damn hard work putting together, designing, creating and writing a magazine is, so I can but bow down to her for managing single handedly to put together such an ace publication especially with all that technical jiggery pokery! It’s a fun read with it’s interactive nature and full of real wedding features, interviews with wedding industry folk, beautiful photography and fashion inspiration. You may also even spot a little feature with me in there…!
This is a sneaky look at issue 2 of Beyond – The Magazine and you can also download the first issue if you want further inspiration, oh and did I mention it’s totally FREE, so you can save more of those pennies on the big day itself!
Beyond The Magazine / Beyond Beyond The Blog