This week I’m looking at pictures of friends weddings and trying to get inspired. I didn’t even need to try after looking through photos of my colleague and friend, Kate’s wedding. Kate planned her wedding in just 6 months! Amazing!

I wanted to share these photos with you so that you can be inspired by her theme, her gown and her amazing cake!! Made especially for Kate by her lovely Grandma <3
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What a dramatic gown! And cake!! I love the rustic theme of the wedding. Kate’s wedding was held during the Christmas period so the candles and flowers created a very cosy, intimate setting.
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P.s if you think your wedding pics can inspire others, be sure to send them to me @ STBbride@yahoo.co.uk
Happy planning! <3

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Two of the most important decisions in the whole wedding planning process are choosing the right photographer and the right videographer to capture eternal memories of your big day. Now that I’m in the early stages of planning, I have both my eyes and my ears open for recommendations/referrals! Photography by Melo NS In my first post I talked about our engagement party being like a mini-wedding. So many things happened that day- so many memories and events- that it was literally a whirlwind of a day. One of our friends captured our first dance and I’m so grateful because watching the film back allowed me to- virtually, at least- go back in time and relive that moment. I want to remember our wedding day for the rest of my life and I want to be able to share our memories with our kids one day. I came across this wedding video this week- Dan and Milly Smithard. Milly and I went to Sixth form together and actually got engaged around the same time. I’m so impressed that they were able to plan such a beautiful wedding in just a year. The video was shot by photographer/videographer Melo Ns. His brand is called Media Evolution. Enjoy and be inspired Melo NS’s Facebook page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/melo.ns.photography More pictures from the big day; taken by Melo NS.

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I was lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful wedding of a bride called Yvonne and a groom called Rotimi. What a beautiful wedding it was!

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A lot of planning must have gone in to making this wedding as beautiful as it was. On arrival at the church we were met with a sweeping staircase lovingly wrapped with gold organza. There was a mini tree on each side of the staircase. The theme of the wedding was present right from the start.

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Once inside the church the theme continued. On the outside of every bench, leading right down the aisle, there was gold organza. The church itself was a lovely venue. Nice and bright due to it’s cream walls, high ceilings, and tall windows. There were no obstructions caused by pillars meaning every guest could see what was happening at the front of the church. Seeing the presentation of the church I knew this would be a good wedding.

On arrival to the venue, the Hilton Hotel, Docklands, we were met by very polite staff. The only negative being that a central London hotel usually means there is very limited parking. The free parking had gone quickly and there were loads of guests driving around trying to find parking. It was all good in the end as we managed to find a road a few minutes around the corner with parking. That road soon became the hot spot! Parking went fast. Back to the venue- the reception was on the first floor in a really lovely Suite. The seating plan was located at the entrance of the suite and invitations had to be presented on the way in. As soon as I entered the suite I was blown away by the table dressings. From the vases that held the white flowers, to the light gold table cloth with brown porcelain plates, to the frames that had our names on (a gift from the bride and groom), to the mini cakes each guest had at their place on the table, the attention to detail was spectacular.

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It definitely made me realise that it’s the small things that matter. Yes, they could have stopped at the fancy venue and the fancy food, but it was clear the couple wanted all their guests to feel as if they were really wanted there. I had been invited as a plus one by one of my close friends who is distantly related to the groom, so imagine my surprise when I saw all these beautiful little gifts from the couple.

I wanted to share these pictures with you all. In the manic planning of the big day it is easy to forget the little things that matter- like thanking your guests!

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Happy planning <3

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