Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Colour me Happy Wednesdays

I am not entirely sure on Bridesmaids, I don't think I want any. I have 4 sisters and 4 close girl friends and don't want 8 and also don't want to have to choose so I am having none! T and I decided that we are going to try and get people to dress as our colour scheme. Which is at the moment - Blues with Green & Yellow.

I have had a scout about for some outfit ideas today for what I would wear as a guest to my wedding...perhaps:
Clockwise from Top:
Them there green booby dazzlers are lush!
x a bride named smith x

Sin-spiration: Beautiful Wedding post at 100 Layer Cake

Check out these gorgeous shots via 100 Layer Cake.
Photos from: Max Wagner. Planning from: Duet Weddings. Venue:Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. Flowers by: Modern Day Design


All American suppliers etc. I am sure in the Great British Isles we can do something similar! Heads together Britain - Hey ho! Lets go!

x a bride named smith x

Venues - Home or Away?

When we got engaged in Dubrovnik in May we sat by the harbour and dipped our tootsies in the Adriatic Sea and talked about our wedding! We decided it would be about 4 years away (to the day - fingers x'd) and we thought about doing it abroad. A good friend of T's (now mine too) went to Sorrento earlier in the year and it looked stunning so we set about looking up Sorrento... And then I got my self in a bit of a tis-was. What about my vintage inspired-fest I want? How can I do that abroad? How about a BBQ? Why's everything so formal? How can I convey my hopes and dreams to someone I don't know! (I am a controller - I NEED to be hands on!). And our ideas for destination weddings were getting further afield - Africa, New York, New Zealand.... I was having a panic.

Then we found Trevenna

Its in Cornwall - just over the border from Devon, it is beautiful and I think the all inclusive deal is a steal as it includes so much! Check it out!

Image from Trevenna

The thing is now we have almost decided on this here venue (we are going to try and visit this one and a few other cornish ones towards the end of next year) we are having ideas like crazy about things we can do at home to make the wedding ours and to be honest I feel somewhat relieved.

x a bride named smith x

Wedding thought of the day - 1347 days to go

Good morning! My thought today is about my holiday! Whoop! Me and the Mr are off to Northumberland and all the delights that it shall hold on Saturday and I only have today and tomorrow at work and I AM EXCITED!

x a bride named smith x

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Sin-spiration: Cake Toppers by Goose Grease

Photo from Goose Grease who make the lovely cake Toppers

We have decided that we are going to make our own wedding cake. I want to give it a shot. We're not fabulous bakers but we have pleanty of time to practice! However, I don't think we will make the cake topper since I spied these awesome fabulous cake toppers on etsy! Goose Grease sell an array of wooden goods from the Cake Toppers above to Cupcake toppers and even yo-yo's... Makes me happy.

x a bride named smith x

Sin-spiration: Vintage Retro Awesome House

Diana and Chris from Red Hook Anthemvia Design*Sponge 24.08.09

Design*Sponge (another of my fave websites) have featured many beautiful, aspirational houses and homes but this one this morning is extra delicious and has all that mixed up retro chaos I want to bring to my wedding. Diana and Chris, who live there also run an awesome vintage shop in Brooklyn, Red Hook Anthem. Enjoy.

Wedding thought of the day - 1348 days to go

After yesterday's post on Honeymoons and that fabulous place in Colorado we have been-a-thinking. We always intended to go to Australia & the Cook Islands or perhaps Peru for our Honeymoon but now we're thinking a mini tour of the USA. Near (ish) to this ranch is Niagra Falls, San Fransisco, Las Vegas & Los Angeles. Not that we'll do all that in 2 weeks but who knows!

We also watched 4 Weddings on Living last night and saw another 4 ways we don't want our wedding to be like. Don't get me wrong they were all very nice and happy affairs but I'm not interested in chair covers and bow's and MASSIVE table centre pieces and least of all favours. I know that people like to give their guests a gift but I don't see the point. We aren't asking for any gifts. At all. We just want people to show up - in return we'll feed them and house them for 2 nights and show them a good time. That's better than sugared almonds, right?

I will reveal our chosen venue tomorrow - if anyone is interested? Whoop whoop! I'm excited.

x a bride named smith x

Monday, 24 August 2009

Honeymoons - Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

So the Hill-Smith wedding is drowning in pre planning and with nearly 4 years to go some may think this a little extreme but I can't help it. We have been talking about the honeymoon a lot. We love to travel. We don't like beaches. We love cities. Not too bothered about nightlife. We love nature at its rawest. We don't like camping resorts with cabaret clubs (although I had some great childhood holidays in places like that). For our honeymoon we would like to have an adventure. Drive across the states in a chevy/caddy/mustang? Yes! Diving in the cook Islands and a week in New York? Hell yeahs! Camping in Colorado? Hadn't crossed my mind. At all. Until....Apartment Therapy (one of my top 5 favourite webistes) posted a piece about Dunton Hot Springs. Here's the first 2 paragraphs of their About Dunton bit:
"Dunton Hot Springs is a small and exclusive resort nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies. This perfectly restored ghost town thrives on contradictions; hand-hewn log cabins exquisitely furnished, a life-worn saloon serving food of startling quality, lung torturing trails followed by pampering massages, sensuous hot springs beneath shimmering snow banks. Free of cell phones, this romantic old mining town still provides high speed wireless internet access and video conferencing to the comforting sound of a tumbling waterfall."
And you can get married there. Mmmm....

Sin-spiration: Perks of Being a Wallflower

I love to read. I love the look of books and the smell and the delights inside? Wow. Mostly.

Stephern Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower is a great book. A GREAT BOOK. It is heart-wrenching and sweet and I could (and have) read it over and over. The lime cover is great too, I love lime green. Fact.

But this post is about something else. Wall-frames. I will think this through and I will find a way to get this into my wedding (or home). Love it.

x a bride named smith x

from the via Oh Joy!
Also, while looking at  Oh Joy! this morning I noticed these ethereal beatuties hanging in a row
  via Oh Joy! from Store 518 Photo credit Lee Clower

Sin-spiration: Hygge & West Daydream Wallpaper

I like to look for my inspiration in all manner of places and being a keen interiors freak it is often that I will find some gorgeous home scenes that scream wedding to me. I like to think you can get inspiration from anywhere and this wallpaper proves it.

Its beautiful, vintage and graphically pleasing and has dreamy colours.
Hygge and West Daydream Wallpaper

(nb. I am trying to work out the in's and out's of blogging law regarding posting other peoples products and will remove any posts immediately if they are breaking the rules...)

Wedding thought of the day - 1349 days to go

My wedding is a long way off - we have buying our home to thank for this but I think a long engagement can be a wonderful thing. Take H2B for example, he is a strapping young man, bright eyed and bushy tailed at 22 and haggard ole me being 28 is bursting to get married. The long engagement will mean by the time that special day comes my man will be 26 and our relationship nearing 8 years. I think the bonuses of our engagement were that its length means H2B will have time to get used to the idea of marriage by living as married before the event meaning that most doubts he may have will be gone, and in the mean time me being engaged rather than just another girlfriend makes me feel wanted and secure, which by 28 is what I want and as I get older I will want it more!

All the same, seeing beautiful weddings and pretty things everywhere drives me nuts! Which is why I started this blog, to track my wedding thoughts and inspirations and to keep me sane in my 1349 day wait!

x a bride named Smith x