Our wedding is now just a few months away (finally!) and Marc and I thought it would be a sensible idea to have a pre-wedding photo shoot to get us used to being photographed together and avoid us looking like Chandler Bing when he attempts to smile.

It turned out to be a very good idea as it took us a while to get used to being coupley together in front of the camera! Luckily our photographer Joe was super friendly and easygoing and said that it can take even the best of them a while to warm up.

We decided to keep it local and relaxed so headed to nearby Greenwich park for a few spring pics and I thought I would share a few of them with you below!

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I have spent lots of time researching rustic wedding prop hire companies for our wedding and have stumbled across some awesome suppliers that I wanted to share in case anyone else needed help with this!

We are specifically after a vintage whisky/wine barrel bar (the type you constantly see floating around on Pinterest) and some beautiful thin gold or mercury tapered candlesticks and it has turned out to be very hard to find a company that offers both or that is close to our Surrey/Hampshire wedding venue.

I think we will have to go with two separate companies but while we decide, why not check out my favourite rustic/vintage props suppliers who made the shortlist…

Nerissa Eve

I defy you to look through the Nerissa Eve wedding prop brochure and not want everything listed on there! I visited her studio in Market Harborough and it was like going into Aladdin’s treasure cave – there were stacks of wine/whisky barrels, wooden logs, crates, vintage bikes and wheelbarrows downstairs with candlesticks, votives, glasswear, crockery, cake stands and frames upstairs.
Friendly owner Nadine is an artist so can also create table plans, menus and pretty much anything else too. A great all round props company run by a lovely lady!

Bath Vintage Hire

Bath Vintage Hire oozes laid-back cool and would be especially great if you are doing a rustic DIY wedding. I love their reclaimed wooden trestle tables and mis-matched folding wood chairs, their barrel bar, vintage props and the fact that they have a gipsy caravan for hire!

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The Little Lending Company

Norfolk based The Little Lending Company is one of the most unique prop hire suppliers that I have come across, with not just the usual crockery, votives and kilner jars but some cool arches for outdoor weddings, statement furniture and antler decorations for the hipsters amongst us. Their website is great for general wedding inspiration too!

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I Do Devoted Dreams

I loved I Do Devoted Dreams but sadly can’t order with them as they are based in Kent, the wrong side of London for us. They have props for both vintage and modern weddings, offering some really pretty vintage lawn games, a rose gold wheelbarrow (who knew there was such a thing), rose gold candlesticks (dreamy!), handmade bunting and extras like fairy light backdrops, kilner jars and galvanised watering cans. Their website is really cute too!

Classic Crockery

Based in West London, Classic Crockery specialise in – you guessed it – vintage crockery! They have some beautiful mismatched vintage cups and saucers as well as enamel crockery, furniture, stepladders and vintage style candle holders (including tapered gold ones which are so hard to find)!

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This April I will be attending the wedding of one of my old school friends and I am so excited! Lucy is one of the first of my good friends to get married and only the second wedding that I have been to as an adult, so I’m really looking forward to dancing, celebrating and of course, dressing up.

This Topshop v-neck dress is the perfect wedding guest dress, especially for a spring wedding where the weather can be mixed. The 3/4 sleeves and mid-length dress are modest and will keep you warm if there is a breeze but the delicate blush colour and soft pattern make it pretty and summery. (Oh, and it’s nice and loose for any Prosecco bellies too).

I wore this Topshop dress to work the other day and received so many compliments on it (probably also because I usually only wear black all day, errday). I toughened it up with a leather jacket, boots and relaxed hair but equally you could throw a silver clutch and heeled sandals with it and it becomes way more girly and summery.

Let me know if you have found any other great outfits for weddings in the comments below!

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Wedding guest dress ideas

Dress – Topshop

Leather look jacket – New Look (old)

Boots – New Look (last year)

Bag – Bershka (just £10!)

It’s crazy to think that this time next year I will be waking up as a newly-wed.

Suddenly our engagement doesn’t seem so long as it did when Marc proposed back in Christmas 2014 and now the time has come for us to properly start our preparations.

Starting with the wedding venue. As we had only seen it once in the winter, we decided it would make sense to visit around the time of our September wedding, so on Wednesday we both took the day off work, packed up a picnic and headed out of London to the Surrey countryside for another look.

Though the weather was mixed, we managed to pitch up at the quiet Farnham park just as the sun was breaking through. We carried our picnic basket (a bargain from BHS, RIP) through to a field and settled down to refresh ourselves after our slow journey through South London.

Where to picnic in FarnhamPicnic in Fanrham park

We had bubbly, fresh Prosecco courtesy of Premier Estates wine, homemade mini avocado & salmon on crusty brown toast and our own crunchy courgetti with sweet potato, endmame beans and falafel…

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It was our first picnic of the summer and probably also the last, as the rain started just as we finished. No need for that sun hat really then.

Once we packed up we headed over to the venue and as we don’t want to reveal the full picture just yet, here are just a few teaser pics…

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Then it was time to meet our caterers at their tasting evening at the nearby Froyle Park. After a fab 4 course meal paired with more delicious wines, it was time to waddle our way back to the night lights of London.

Not a bad day of wedding planning at all.

For more posts on our wedding plans, you can check out the below!

Mine and Marc’s story 

Our Save the Dates

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As I mentioned in my Country Wedding inspiration post, we love the idea of a relaxed, informal summer wedding and wanted our table settings to match.

Instead of highly controlled bouquets we liked wreaths of eucalyptus entwined with candles, instead of a three course sit-down meal we liked family style dining on wooden platters and instead of silver service cutlery we liked mismatching crockery.

So as my Wedding Pinterest board is looking pretty full right now, I thought I’d share some of my favourite rustic wedding table inspiration from Pinterest below!

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Rustic save the date inspiration

Weddings are notoriously expensive so I am always searching for ways to keep costs down for ours.

As we have a long engagement (we don’t get married until September 2017), we had to send Save the Dates to keep people in the loop yet both wanted to keep it cheap so that we could save our money for the proper full invitations.

So it was time to get creative. After looking for examples of country, kraft style rustic save the dates to fit our wedding theme, we ordered some A5 Kraft card from Amazon for £7 and downloaded a bunch of free fonts from Dafont.com. The ones we ended up using were:

free fonts save the dates

 

I then saved down cute images from Google, like illustrations of lovebirds and flowers, as well as arrows, borders and other designs, to create the rustic, country effect.

Armed with all of these, I went round to my brother’s house after work one evening to create a design. Gaz works in media/film so not only has a big MAC but is also well used to working on Photoshop and Adobe After Effects – bonus for me! (N.B. If you don’t have this software already, you can normally download a free trial).

Free save the date templates

We spent a couple of hours trialling different fonts, spaces and images until we were left with this:

Kraft save the date

They printed pretty cheaply as we only used black ink and no colour and to save the costs on postage we handed them out when meeting up with friends and family.

I am SO happy with them and so proud of how they turned out! (Thanks again for your help Gaz!)

Has anyone else ever made their own invitations or Save the Dates? What resources did you use?