It’s Christmas Time (well nearly!)

Category : Uncategorized

Wooden fence wih Wreath

As it is almost time to switch off my work computer for the last time this year, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

A crazy year it has been. Deciding to move jobs and go back full time after having lil C (well, kinda it did take me two years to take the plunge,) it has certainly been challeging juggling my time between work and home life with a toddler. Throw in planning the wedding and it got a whole lotta crazy.

Then, out of the blue one sunny day in June, I started the blog, who would have thought this little ole blog of mine would have taken off quite in the way it has. Thanks again to all my readers, sponsors and everyone who has written for or provided images for the site and to all the people I now chat with regularly via Twitter – I am indeed very grateful and look forward to working with you all again in 2011 – the year I get married (wayhey) and enter the “proper” plannin phase (where I get to don my arts and craft hat and get into all the finer details).

But for now, my last post of 2010, and my last Christmas as a little Miss, all that remains to be said is;


Have a great time and fingers crossed we are all on the nice list getting lots of pressies tomorrow surround by those we love!


Sunday Stumbles – Regal Red Wedding Theme

Category : Stumble on Sundays

With Christmas almost upon us, red is everywhere! Rich, deep, luxurious red. An amazing colour scheme for a wedding. Here are some fabulous wedding decorations and other bits and pieces to help you on your way;

  • Little red keepsakes for you to remember your day by, and a lovely little bok for all the trinkets you want to keep!

wedding heartred keepsake box

  • Flowers, with christmas around the corner – how about some big and bold wreaths, or even some scented wedding favours?

roses wreathred wedding favours

  • Let everyone know it will be a colourful affair from the offset with some bold wedding stationery – love these;

red heart stationerycircus stationery

  • Bunting is everywhere – how lovely is this gingham lot? Or you could even try making your own! And if you are having cupcakes – then this stand is perfect!

red buntingred spotted cake stand

  • How about a wedding post box at your venue? Helps keep all those cards in one place and makes it a lot easier when it comes to sending out the thank you cards!

wedding post boxthank you tags

There really are some fabulous finds in there!

Hope you are all having a good weekend – X-factor final tonight. Will you be voting?

Simple Vintage Style Wedding Ideas by The Green Cockatoo


Category : Wedding Decorations

Vintage themed weddings are becoming very popular nowadays, with many couples deciding that they would like something a little more personal than the traditional package offered by many hotels and venues. It is easy to add a vintage twist with a little time and imagination, so to begin, look at your theme or colour scheme and then relate this to your venue. What existing features can you use – maybe a pretty fireplace that could be decorated, or a lovely mirror that could be turned in to a focal point? Do the existing colours give you a head start with the decorating? Would pretty vintage style bunting look good around the walls or across the hall? Now is the time to discuss ideas with your partner, and enlist the help and enthusiasm of your best friends and bridesmaids.

tea cup and saucervintage table decorations

For a simple vintage table, start with a lovely embroidered top cover, then use accents such as pretty china teacups & saucers to hold a single bloom or tea light. Buy some good old fashioned luggage tags (or make them yourself), decorate them and tie them to the handles as quirky place name holders. For table centres – buy or hire tiered china or glass cake stands, candlesticks & vases or white birdcages, and use them to set the scene. Remember cake stands don’t always have to hold cake – place a beautifully wrapped favour for each guest on the tiers, mixed with some lovely flowers & strings of pearls. Bird cages are really adaptable too – fill them with feather butterflies, a floral arrangement, or battery operated fairy lights with some matching feathers or baubles – use your imagination!

vintage bird cage

In place of traditional favours, another unusual idea is the good old fashioned sweet shop, sometimes known as a ‘Candy Bar’. Think back to the corner shop with the penny sweeties when you were young – this can be recreated on a side table at your venue with glass jars and bowls, metal scoops and spoons, and a stack of striped paper bags, cones or favour boxes – all ready for your guests to help themselves to a selection of sweeties (find them in your local supermarket or cash & carry). This is just as popular with the adults as the children and to finish off, you can hire a traditional ice-cream tricycle to impress your guests and make the day even more memorable!

vintage candy bar

Choosing a vintage theme will also allow you to involve older relatives and your future family-in-law in the planning for your big day – ask around for help with sourcing china and teapots, table covers and napkins. You will be astounded at the goodies that emerge from sideboards and china cabinets – and will lose track of how many times that you are told that ‘tea always tastes better out of a proper china cup’!

vintage tea set

Enjoy your planning, and remember that when you create your own vintage style, you are making your day unique, special and very personal to you.

A big thanks to Fiona Hogwood at the Green Cockatoo for her fabulous guest post! Good luck creating your vintage theme – if you need any more info or suggestions then please visit or become a fan on her facebook page!

The lady behind the lens – Lyndsey Goddard

Category : Wedding Photographer

As a regular reader of Wedding-Inspiration, you will have undoubtedly seen some of Lyndsey Goddard’s work and for those stumbling across the site for the first time – check out the real weddings section to see some!

I love Lyndsey’s style of photography. From he unobtrusive shots she manages to capture of the happy couple, to the small details that may be forgotten about after the wedding day itself, each shot seems to be taken at precisely the right moment.

And so, I thought it would be a nice great idea – to get to know more about the lady behind the lens. Lyndsey Goddard.

lyndsey goddard

“I live in London with my husband, a wonderful Scottish man, who I was lucky enough to marry last year. After documenting other people’s big day it was fantastic to be on the other side of the camera.  It truly was the best day of my life. As a recently married female wedding photographer, I can put myself completely in another bride’s (diamond encrusted, blown the budget on them, but what-the-hell-it’s-my-wedding-day) shoes.

I do think being female helps in my line of work; I know when to shoot and what not to shoot when the girls are getting ready, how to calm the wedding morning jitters, and the importance of keeping a pair of ‘party feet’, an emery board and other necessities in my camera bag. I have helped brides reapply mascara after a tearful walk down the aisle, negotiate a dress on a toilet trip and stitch up a hemline which has got caught in a (said diamond encrusted, blow the budget..) heel.

For me a wedding day is the culmination of every emotion going; excitement, joy, nerves, happiness, satisfaction, nostalgia and of course love. To capture all of these in my photography is what I strive to achieve.

Lyndsey Goddard

I studied Fine Art which I am often told shows in my work. A lot of my photography is about detail; a vintage necklace, a blue ribbon sewn discreetly inside a wedding dress, handmade wedding favours. The small things which tell the story of a wedding day.

Although I shoot digital now, I started out in the days of film, and spent many a happy hour in the darkroom, seeing images come to life. I love photography for its ability to catch a moment in time which can otherwise pass by unnoticed. A look, a touch, a feeling.

Photography can tell a story in years to come when the memory has gone from our minds. This is why I work in the way I do; documentary coverage tells a story and captures all the personality of the day. It isn’t just a record of who was there, what they wore, and what they ate. It’s a record of how they felt. If you can look at a photograph and imagine what it was like to be there, then the photographer has achieved their goal.

When I am photographing a wedding I like to arrive at the bride’s a couple of hours before she leaves for the ceremony. For me this is a hugely important time, whether it is just the bride by herself, slicking on her lipstick before she heads out the door, or a house full of 4 bridesmaids, 6 flower girls, two makeup artists and a frazzled dad; the madness or the quiet time before the ceremony is a special time of the wedding day.

I photograph the journey to the ceremony, the ceremony, the drinks reception, the speeches, the first dance and the party, usually leaving about half an hour into the evening celebrations. The majority of the day, I work as a quiet presence, and this allows me to achieve the photographs I do, and fully capture the spirit of the day. However, I do like to take a short amount of time with the couple, away from the crowds, to take some portraits of just the two of them. This usually takes about 15 minutes; any longer than this is too long away from their guests in my opinion, and they should be drinking champagne, getting congratulated and soaking up the atmosphere, not posing for photographs. It’s their day, not mine.

Lyndsey Goddard

My aim is that my couples have complete faith in me to document the most important day of their lives artistically, creatively and honestly. I want them to relive their day every time they look at the photographs. And if when looking at the photographs, their guests can say, “Did you have a photographer there? We didn’t notice” then I feel i have done my job. ”

Doesn’t Lyndsey sound fab?! Based in London, but covering all of the UK – if you would like to check out more of Lyndsey’s work please visit her website, or become a fan on her Facebook page.

A Snow filled, Christmas Themed Wedding?


Category : Wedding Help

The snow is indeed falling, all the trees are covered, the heating is on high and the snowmen (yep, we built a family) are expanding in the back garden. Christmas is most definately just around the corner!

So, if like me, you love this time of year and are considering a christmas themed wedding, here are a few ideas to help you on your merry way;

  • For your hair, pretty hair combs are everywhere at the moment – keep your colour scheme included in your accessories with this;

christmas hair comb


  • Make sure you continue the theme all the way through to your table decorations and seating plan;

christmas table numbers


  • Leaning towards the cheesy side – but “cute” is the only way to describe this wedding cake topper;

christmas wedding cake topper


  • Set the tone before you wedding day, with these Christmas themed save the date cards. You could even go all out and add some glitter!

christmas save the dates


  • Get everyone included in your theme – how about this great knitted ring pillow;

snowflake ring pillow


  • And instead of a traditional wedding cake and favours how about some christmas cupcakes and biscuits;

Gingerbread cupcakechristmas tree biscuit


  • And brides, keep yourself that little bit toastier with this;

feather cape monsoon


Some fantastic finds in amongst that lot! Now time to look out those christmas decorations.

Hope you are all having fun in the snow.

Enjoy x

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