Well what a week it’s been! Another two lovely TNWC Real Bride posts, some pretty floral inspiration, and a personal blog post to share the news that I’m having a baby. Plus we’ve finally had some warm weather in the UK making us all cross our fingers that spring is finally making an appearance.
With that in mind I wanted to share this spectacular tiered chocolate wedding cake covered in summer berries. It seems almost more unusual to come across a fruit cake wedding cake these days online, with more and more couples being adventurous in their cake flavours and going for something they actually love to eat.
If you are planning to decorate your wedding cake with summer berries, there’s no excuse not to use seasonal, locally grown fruit. There are also so many fabulous local farm shops and outlets stocking excellent seasonal produce that you should search the area around your wedding venue and source them direct. They will be much fresher and, I bet, tastier.
I’m so delighted that we had an American bride-to-be amongst our TNWC Real Brides as although British and American weddings are similar in so many ways, there are little extras that I love hearing about. Stephanie is getting married this September at a beautiful farm in Rhode Island and her guest post today is all about the homemade gifts she made for her bridesmaids and Matron (or Maid) of Honour.
As well as making the gifts herself, she also sourced honey from her dad who is a beekeeper, so really keeping her wedding details in her family. Plus I am an absolute sucker for honey, always picking up locally produced jars whenever we are visiting new places. I’m sure you will find some lovely inspiration from Stephanie’s blog post today…
I was really excited about asking my sister and a few girlfriends to be in my wedding party, so I really wanted to do something a bit more personalized and special than simply asking them on the phone or over some coffee.
I’ve been in a dreamcatcher phase lately and have been making them from old scraps of fabric and other items around the house. They’re pretty basic, but my sister, Dayna, has loved every one; naturally, I decided to make her a dreamcatcher of her very own as a gift when I asked her to be my Matron of Honor. I also thought it made sense since I’ll be making a few for my reception… I need all the practice I can get!
Wow, where to follow on from a lovely day on the blog following the news that my husband Nick and I are expecting a baby! Thanks so much to everyone who’s left me a comment, or shared their good wishes on Facebook and Twitter.
I thought it would be nice to just share some pretty inspiration to finish off your working day and take you through to the evening. This cheerful image of a rather yummy yellow enamel teapot alongside an earthenware pot of purple and orange blooms seemed rather fitting for such a happy day.
On Monday evening I had a wonderful discussion on #britishflowers hour on Twitter with a number of British flower farmers and florists about what colours are popular with you brides-to-be this year. It was so interesting to hear what palettes and shades you are choosing, and that blush, peach and apricots are some of the most popular. I would love to see someone planning a late summer/early autumn wedding have this beautiful purple, yellow and orange combination!
How I have ummed and aahed about how to word this post, how to title it, how to share this exciting news with you. So I’ll try to cut out the waffle and just tell you…
My husband Nick and I are expecting our first baby!
This week I have reached 21 weeks and have a small bump (see below!) that hides a very active tiny person that regularly reminds me it’s there and growing.
Having run this business for 6 years now (happy birthday TNWC!) it has given me the opportunity to meet so many incredible people, both running wedding businesses, and brides- and grooms-to-be, and it is such a pleasure to be able to share this news with all of you lovely friends.
The countdown for TNWC Real Bride Caroline has really begun – her wedding is less than a month away now so preparations are going at full tilt! Caroline, and her Mr-to-be Gareth, are planning a very homemade wedding on their farm in Nottinghamshire with a picnic lunch full of local produce. On top of it all, this month Caroline has been busy making a wedding cake for her friends wedding!
Over to Caroline to tell you what she’s been up to in the lead-up to her wedding…
Well the most exciting news this month is that the cows are out of the barns and in the fields!!!
The clean up job has officially begun! This is the bit where I gracefully bow out (I have sooooooo much crafting to do so not possibly time to get up to my elbows in cow poo!!) and leave the mucking out, power hosing and yard sweeping to the boys.
A quick hello for the start of the week (and a very bright post to get you all feeling cheery!) and just to give you a head’s up of what’s coming up. I’ve got an exciting announcement to share with you on Wednesday that I alluded to on Facebook last week and over the weekend, plus two fab guest posts from TNWC Real Brides Caroline and Stephanie.
Wowzers! I was pretty blown away by this beautiful bouquet for a Texas Thanksgiving Wedding – I just couldn’t stop taking it all in. It is just a riot of oranges and pinks (who knew they could look so stunning together?!) and with those additions of interesting foliage and grasses it’s just pretty magical.
It has a very natural and effortless appeal to it as well, which I think it sometimes so hard to find in a wedding bouquet. I know a number of excellent florists who are experts at pulling together such kinds of wild bouquets, so if it’s the look you’re after for your wedding flowers do check out our fantastic Flowers category on the blog.
Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday! It’s been a while since I posted a New Wives Club feature, I’m really sorry about that but I do try to find ideas to share that I really love rather than any old crafting project – and as such, I don’t always find enough to do one a week at the moment.
Colourful masking tape (also know as washi tape) – don’t you just love it? What a wonderful invention, taking some that’s practical and mainly used by boys for DIY and transforming it into something so pretty. I recently bought myself a pack which contained a couple of different block colours, but there are so many designs out there with all kinds of patterns, spots, florals and so on that I would like to get a few more.
I must admit though, they are one of those things I find myself collecting and then wondering what I’m going to do with them. Well here’s one thing you could do with those lovely rolls of masking tape – turn them into magnets! My fridge is in desperate needs of being covered with some photos but I don’t have any magnets that I like…perhaps this is the solution?