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For those of you keenly following the TNWC Real Brides feature you may have noticed we skipped a week last week.  That’s my fault as I had become a bit disorganised following a rather nasty cold over Easter, and as such didn’t get ready in time – so apologies!  I am delighted that we are back on schedule this week and have two lovely guest posts from Myfawny and Sarah.

I’ve also made it easier for you to track down all your favourite TNWC Real Brides stories, simply click on their names and you’ll be taken through to all their guest blog posts: EmmaNik, Myfawny, Sarah, Caroline and Stephanie.

Today Myfawny is sharing details about the designs for their tea towel invitations (how great do they sound!) and making confetti – the picture of Arthur their dog helping them stamp out confetti from old books is not to be missed!  Happy reading…

Easter has come and gone the season is upon us and our shop is now open six days a week until July and then seven days a week until we close five days before the wedding.  The realisation that we may have bitten off more than we can chew is slowly sinking in but we are not to be defeated!  So during the last month we have concentrated on invites and confetti.

Tea Towel Invitations

We wanted some unique invites – we had been lucky enough to win the TNWC competition for a personalised hand painted map of our day by the wonderful Pigeon & Quill.  Alex really was a pleasure to work with and the map is truly fantastic and incorporates all the elements of our day.

Pigeon & Quill illustrated wedding map

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Pigeon & Quill illustrated wedding map

Earlier in the week you might have seen the beautiful illustrated wedding map created for our competition winner Myfanwy and Tom (I loved the mini Daschshunds!) – well today I have our other winners map to share.  Alexandra from Pigeon & Quill, was moved by Shelia and Bruce’s story and wanted to offer them a wedding map as a gift.

Shelia and Bruce are getting married next May in Somerset – 10 years to the day after their first date!  Shelia told me, “We were very touched and grateful that Alex decided to make us a map – she asked for so much information so that she could really create a map personal to us including key elements to give a ‘feel’ of what the day was about.”  

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Pigeon & Quill illustrated wedding map

Regular readers might remember this fantastic competition I ran recently to win an illustrated wedding map from Pigeon & Quill.  Well, this week I get to share the two maps from the lucky winners!  Alexandra from Pigeon & Quill has certainly been busy, and the maps are just beautiful. Do check back later this week to see the other map she created.

The winner of the competition was Myfanwy and Tom, who are getting married next October – Myfanwy and Tom run Pethau Melys, a cafe and craft shop in North Wales – you might remember I featured Tom’s lovely clay tealight holders inspired by vintage jelly moulds.

Competition winners
Myfanwy and Tom in their cafe and craft shop with Arthur their mini Dachshund

Myfanwy kindly told me her reaction when she found out they’d won:

“On the day the competition was announced we were at work and had a queue come 5pm – I opened the blog quickly just to see who’d won, I couldn’t believe it when I saw our names!  I said to Tom ‘oh my god we won!'”  

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Illustrated wedding map

*Please note this competition is now closed 01/08/12*

Today I have a very exciting competition to share with you my lovely readers – one lucky couple will win a handpainted illustrated map of their wedding day.  Alexandra Mannion is an illustrator currently setting up a new business called Pigeon & Quill to document weddings in the form of beautifully illustrated maps, capturing those unique moments that come together to shape your day.

Alexandra got in touch with me to offer one of her personalised handpainted maps to one lucky bride- and groom-to-be (I’m just a little bit jealous!).  As the winning couple, you will work with Alexandra to detail your wedding day plans, which she will then transform into a beautifully illustrated A3 sized map – the one below is the map she created for her own wedding…

Painted wedding map

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