Category: Marriage

The Mother of all Weddings at Wilderness Festival

The Mother of all Weddings was held at Wilderness festival last summer. It was a very special gathering and today we have an interview with organiser Stephanie Pollard from Sunday Assembly. Q. Can you tell us about Sunday Assembly? A. Sunday Assembly is a global network of secular communities that celebrate life following the motto “Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More”. There’s a basic format to our assemblies, which includes meaningful themes, sing-alongs to pop and rock tunes (we put the lyrics up on a screen like karaoke), a main speaker giving a TED-style talk, poetry, and members of the…

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Holly & Ed’s Wedding at Botley Hill Barn

Today we’ve featured a classic, timeless wedding featuring some of the best wedding suppliers in Surrey. We LOVE Holly’s wide leg jumpsuit, and we like how they kept things simple but bucked traditions to make the day their own… Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. It was really important to us to keep the day as relaxed and as true to us as possible. We leant heavily on our suppliers and their knowledge of the venue to pull together a simple and cosy look that worked well for the time of year, but also didn’t cost…

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Dolly Alderton Talks Weddings in Sunday Times Style

May 6, 2021 | Love, Marriage, Party, Wedding

I always get the Sunday Times and it usually takes me the whole week to work my way through the supplements. A couple of weeks ago they featured I Do! The Cool Bride Guide in The Sunday Times style. I really enjoyed Dolly Alderton‘s piece and wanted to share some snippets with you because her writing is just so evocative… and I think we all need to be transported back to BC weddings, even if only in a literary sense for now. Nothing represents the freedom of life before Covid more than a wedding: train journeys, tightly packed churches, hundreds…

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Supplier Spotlight – Family Tree Ceremonies

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Southampton-based celebrant Diane Bell. We met at Salt Cafe in front of The Boat Shed for a cuppa and a chit chat… and we covered a lot of ground! I loved finding out about Diane’s life and the recent path that led her to become a celebrant. In a former life Diane lived on the Isle of Wight and worked for the prison service. On returning to the mainland she worked in student well-being at Southampton University. It stuck me that Diane’s career has seen her working in very people-focused roles, and…

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Marriage, weddings, love, hugs, French kisses and closeness…

The Coronavirus pandemic has left the wedding industry hanging in the air. When can we have weddings again? Is 2020 a complete write off? Can we have a small wedding? Will next year be ‘back to normal’? Will we still have to social distance? How will that work in practice? This got me thinking back to last August when my best friend got married in France. How lucky they were it was last year not this year, how much ‘closeness’ there is at weddings, how much we took for granted. Flying High I wrote my ‘best woman’ speech on the…

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Back Garden Wedding – Nicki and Joel

Recently, Hampshire-based wedding photographer Jason Williams provided a guest blog post for us. His Top Five Wedding Venues in Hampshire. His curve ball suggestion was ‘your own back garden’. “Let’s be real” says Jason, “weddings cost an awful lot, so it’s a great way to save serious moolah”. Jason is booked for three back garden weddings this year and these photos of Nicki and Joel’s back garden wedding last summer demonstrate what you cam acheive. Over to bride, Nicki… Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. A ‘summer garden party’. After the ceremony, we held our reception…

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Freya & Matt – If the Shoe fits…

Celebrity shoe designer Freya Rose is based in our hometown of Southsea, Hampshire. She has recently launched ‘The Station at Freya Rose’ which is a one-stop-shop for occasions located at Freya Rose HQ. They’re stocking beautiful fashion brands as well as flowers and chocolates, and the best local hair stylists and make up artists are there to offer express services. The perfect solution if you’ve got a fancy event to go to… Freya married lawyer Matt Archer this year at the picturesque St Hubert’s Church in Idsworth, one of the oldest churches in the country. Freya’s own grandfather had been…

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Lisa Pascoe – On Love

Lisa Pascoe is a qualified NLP Master Practitioner with over five years’ experience, and is the host of Bravehearts Rising, a podcast for deep feelers, dreamers and empaths. As Lisa prepares to marry Bekky (very soon!) we asked her to contribute a piece on LOVE. Over to Lisa… While I loved the Little Mermaid as a child, I never grew up wanting the fairy tale romance. I didn’t dream of a big wedding and never wanted to be rescued. What I did crave, however, was marriage, Marks and Spencers and a mortgage. It sounds funny now but as an only…

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Q&A with Celebrant Rachael Thompson

Being a wedding celebrant is such a personal, emotional job. Today we hear how self confessed ‘life lover’ Rachael Thompson got into the professional, and how she loves to spend her days when she’s not working… Q. How did you become a wedding celebrant? A. When my father died 10 years ago I found myself organising the funeral and we had a celebrant to officiate. I found the whole process cathartic and comforting. It was during the ceremony itself when I had my light bulb moment and realised this was something I could do. At the time I had been…

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Sophie & Nick’s Midsummer Feastival

What a beauty we have for you today! Sophie and Nick perfectly mixed rustic farm vibes with lavish, indulgent treats for their guests. Over to the happy couple to tell you more… Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. When it came to the style of our wedding, we were led first of all by the date. As it was the day after the longest day, we envisaged a midsummer vibe; festival, feasting, singing and dancing. The idea then developed to include meadow flowers, prairie ribbons, floral patterns and celestial touches. Sophie grew up on a farm,…

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