Do I have to lose weight for my wedding day?

Do I have to lose weight for my wedding day? We most of us have worried about our weight from time to time. Whether it’s because we feel under pressure from the media, or that we’re coming from a health angle, it happens. Add to this the pressure of a wedding day with all the expectations that surround that, and well you have yourself quite the perfect storm for pondering if you should lose weight in time for walking down the aisle.   I was a little over and above what I felt comfortable with weight wise in the months before my own wedding day, so I went running and to the gym. Not because I thought I was hideous, or that my husband-to-be thought I was (he didn’t and has always made me feel like a goddess no matter what the bathroom scales have said to me), but because my weight just didn’t make me feel like me. I feel like myself around a certain ballpark figure, so I aimed to get back to kind of near there. I didn’t really achieve the goal weight, and was heavier than I am now, but I felt more familiar and that was more than dandy! Basically, I was getting back to myself anyway and the wedding day just happened to be in the middle of that!   When the fabulous Karen Whybro from Rock the Frock Bridal sent me this piece on the losing weight for your wedding quandary, I snapped it up for you guys. It’s a brilliant word in your ear about how to navigate the pressure we can all feel over being a certain weight on your big day… Engaged? Great! Now, where do we start? If you...

Wow hearts – Wedding Blog Awards!!

Wow hearts – Wedding Blog Awards!! Image via Wedding Magazine This time last week, I was heading off to the Wedding Magazine Blog Awards at The Savoy! I was so, so nervous, and I didn’t know what to expect at all. When I got off the train in London, I found that I didn’t have a clue how to get to the Savoy, even though I lived and worked in London for 11 years and one of my employers has offices almost next door. Oh dear. Navigation was never one of my skills! I faffed around in Liberty for an age and picked up my loyalty card holder’s birthday gift. I was totally putting off going through sheer nerves!! When I got there, I got speaking to the absolutely lovely Lauren from The Natural Wedding Company – also up for the Best Alternative Wedding Blog award – and my nerves soon calmed because we were chit chatting away like old chums. I met in person for the first time a lot of gorgeous fellow bloggers and photographers who I’d only ever spoken to over email and social media before. It was fabulous, they were so friendly and warm, and I was a little star struck at first – so silly! However, there were so many more people that I didn’t get to speak to, which was disappointing, but next time for sure. There was a photobooth by Boothnation (with a wind machine!!), which I was hideously rubbish at – the only other one of these things I’ve ever been in was when I was getting serious passport photos done. I had no clue and hence have the expression of a...

Rustic Destination Wedding in Monte Gordo, Portugal: Frauke and David

Rustic Destination Wedding in Monte Gordo, Portugal: Frauke and David Frauke and David’s big day was meant to have been an elopement, but once the neighbourhood heard about the wedding, they all came out to celebrate and it turned into a party! You can see this relaxed, go-with-the-flow feeling trace its way throughout their whole day, and looking at the gorgeous photos will chill you out totally! I just love the vibe from this wedding. The couple and their children, Amelie and Nuno, often come to Portugal from Germany to holiday in Monte Gordo, where David’s family is originally from, so the place has a strong, sentimental meaning for them all. The bride says that the narrow, picturesque neighbourhood streets are super colourful with lots of washing lines blowing in the wind. It’s a ready-made romantic setting for a wedding celebration. The altar on the beach was put together on the morning of the wedding by David’s family and neighbours, who also attended the ceremony. After the ceremony and all the hugs and kisses, David took us to an old Monte Gordo train stain for some photographs. The train station is very sentimental for David as he used to play there as a child whenever he visited relatives. We went back to the beach for sunset, when the light was magical, and strolled amongst the fishermen’s boats. Eventually we made it down the boardwalk to the restaurant for the small reception. It was a quirky, colourful place with amazing food and atmosphere. Our rustic DIY day was just perfect, with Amelie’s rose hair...

WOW Hearts… #meatweddings, burnt orange wedding dresses, Spaced

WOW Hearts… #meatweddings, burnt orange wedding dresses, Spaced I went to the loveliest family wedding last Saturday. Everything about the day was beautiful. I write and think about weddings all the time, but actually being at one, especially a family one, is something even better again. Full of magic, love, fun, happiness. This is one of the only pictures I took during the day. I unplugged and enjoyed the atmosphere, letting the details be documented by the professional photographers. It was really interesting, actually, watching the photographer and her second shooter from the position of knowing much more now about what they do. And let me tell you, they do an absolute ton. Anyone wondering why you pay so much for them can stop wondering because they do so, so much, and it really is way more than ‘taking a few snaps’. I was fascinated watching them work! The dress I have on is from New Look, was a tenner in the sale, and was worn to my own hen do five years ago. It’s a fashion lifesaver! It did try to fall down when I was having a boogie with the best man, which was embarrassing, but it redeemed itself by having a baby weight hiding peplum. God bless the peplum. The Weddings, etc. Pole dancing and cult films wedding AirBnB rooftop wedding Loving the flower crowns in this sweet summer wedding Flamingo-themed Florida destination wedding Modern mint and peach wedding Southern California ranch wedding – that tree!! This is one cool bride in her burnt orange Collette Dinnigan wedding dress Photo by Fred + Hannah...

Yes I Do Photography

Yes I Do Photography I’ve featured a few real weddings now from Yes I Do Photography. Go right this instant to view the quirky cool Amsterdam wedding in the sloping pub, the hazy summer picnic wedding, and the wedding in a fortress. Amazing, right? Wouter van Twillert is the man with the camera who runs Yes I Do, and I am all sorts of in love with his photography and with the cool couples and incredibly stylish weddings he gets to shoot. They’re the weddings Pinterest loves. They totally jump out at me, and when I look on his website I think, “I must blog that immediately” about every single thing I see. Back in May of this year, Wouter won the Bruidsfoto Award in Dutch wedding magazine, Bruid. I love this image (below) – it’s like a scene from a movie! I thought rather than gush on a whole lot, I’d let the man behind the camera speak and tell us what drives him as a photographer, what his interests and influences are, and use the opportunity to show you a selection of his stunning images. You will thank me! What are your top tips for getting great wedding photos? Have fun, and relax! Be extra sweet and romantic to each other during the shoot. How should people go about choosing a photographer for their big day? Obviously choose one whose pictures you really like. Don’t tell him what you want him to do. He will only be the best if you fully trust him in rocking your wedding. What made you get into photography? Graphic design. I’ve studied...

Lexie the Rainbow Unicorn Styled Shoot

Lexie the Rainbow Unicorn Styled Shoot I have a visual inspiration post for you today! I saw a picture from this styled shoot on Millyjane Photography‘s Instagram feed and had to show you the magic. I love the model’s hair, her outfit, the beautiful light, all of it. I know you’ll love some of the cute details, so I thought I would do a kind of ‘Steal the Style’ post and add some links to similar items. Dress What grabs me most about the beautiful dress (by Damsel in this Dress) is the colour. A delicate and powdery blue skirt, with a faded pastel corset with turquoise laces, this dress is going to work with slightly left of traditional and also all-out alternative. If it’s the colour that does it for you, it’s worth getting yourself over to Oh My Honey and The Couture Company. Both these companies are unafraid to be bold and bright. If it’s the style that you love, you can actually recreate it with separates – look to Sparklewren for lace-up corsets and Etsy for blue tulle skirts. Hair I love, love, love rainbow-coloured hair. I don’t know if I could make the commitment to it myself (are those days behind me?!), plus I’m a die-hard blondie now, so my option would be temporary hair chalks or clip-in extensions. You can get these on Etsy really easily. Or you can grab some of the dyes from Bleach London with the amazing names like ‘Awkward Peach’ and ‘Violet Skies’. Or their hair crayons with the equally ace names like...

Betsey Johnson Prenup Spring 2015 Collection

Betsey Johnson Prenup Spring 2015 Collection I must’ve begun this post about a dozen times, looking for the words that would do Betsey Johnson‘s Spring 2015 collection justice. I can’t do it!! There are no words; you just have to see it. Bottom line is it’s an explosion of fun and colour and raucousness that looks like it shook New York Fashion Week all up in a big ball of fun and then effed off again like a cheeky urchin to watch from afar the shocked and happy faces. A little bit prom, a lot wedding, there’s plenty here to inspire the way out bride and groom. Photography by Dan Lecca The Gallery...

Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Sarah and Roger

Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Sarah and Roger Alice in Wonderland is such an attractive theme for a wedding. All the little quirks and touches from the book, such as the playing cards, the white rabbit, the potions, and the Mad Hatter, they’re so striking, memorable and completely lend themselves to wedding details. What I love about Sarah and Roger’s take on it is that the dark side of the tale is played up what with the groom’s black velvet jacket and bridesmaids’ black dresses (so perfectly pitched against the white bridal gown), the Queen of Hearts headless mannequin, and the fact that the reception was set in the Islington Metalworks: an alternative venue that is completely un-weddingy in the best possible way (see the black walls and Banksy-esque graffiti in its courtyard). Dark Alice? Oh, yes, yes. Although we didn’t initially want a theme, when we saw photos of an Alice in Wonderland wedding on the Metalworks website, we thought that it looked great, and we loved the idea of it being a wedding for people who are a little bit twisted! The atmosphere we were aiming for was warm and inclusive, hence we had big rows of tables, rather than small circular tables, and lots of different types of music throughout the day: Jazz band; a jukebox hour, where people’s own songs were played (choices were given in advance in order to avoid an organisational nightmare on the day); Moroccan band; and then House music DJ Ross Manthorpe to round off the night. We chose the Metalworks as we initially went to...

WOW Hearts…

WOW Hearts… Image by Jessica Oh Photography via Ruffled Last Friday was my birthday, so there was no roundup as I took the day off. I had a fab day, despite being horribly ill. But, I was determined to feel birthdayish and so I just cracked on. Mind over matter!! There was a small glass of ‘dammit I’m having it’ wine, and there was a posh curry that cost a (justified) fortune from the supermarket. Aces!! Apart from the birthday, the highlight of the week was clearing some fabulous wedding eye-candy for my upcoming print magazine. Seriously, these are some crackers. I cannot wait to see Way Out Wedding in tangible form. For a magazine superfan, this has been my dream since the beginning. It’ll be in amazing company, once it’s finally done, what with the new Elle Wedding (best thing I ever heard of) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride Magazine (phew it’s still going to be around – Kat had me fooled and disappointed saying no more mag!!). Someone asked me if I was intimidated or put off by the arrival of two utterly huge presences on the wedding mag scene, but I said no, I cannot wait to read them, and that even if no one reads my magazine but me, I would still have fulfilled a wee dream. I’ve always been at home pulling a magazine together, and now I get to do it with weddings. That is truly excellent!! The Weddings, etc. Red, white and retro wedding Texas Hill country wedding – the coolest bride and groom Joined by another totally...

Modern Rustic Styled Shoot With Touches of Pagan and Faerie at Cornish Camels

Modern Rustic Styled Shoot With Touches of Pagan and Faerie at Cornish Camels To ease you into September, and to reassure you that the summer need not be over just yet, here’s a gorgeous, gorgeous bridal inspiration shoot from Enchanted Brides. It was wonderful Claire from Rosey Posey Creations who gave me the heads up on this as it features her beautiful floral headbands. Not terribly brilliant at naming bridal shoot looks, I want to call this modern rustic. More woodland nymph than anything else, it has touches of pagan, what with the antlers, and of magical faerie tales when you see the brides all frolicking in the woods. I even get a Summerisle vibe, but a nice one where they had a kindly leader and not a weird one who meant all sorts of naughtiness and harm. If you’re a largely classic bride in your style, but you want to inject a shot of alternative interest into your look, you could absolutely look to this set of photos for your solution. There are the floral headpieces that are so on trend among brides at the moment, there are the origami roses, and there are the muted and darker tones of some of the bouquet flowers. There’s a lovely mix of classic and non-traditional here for brides who want something a little different from full-on traditional, but not so ‘way out’ that it’s no longer them. Roll Credits Photography – Enchanted Brides Floral Headbands – Rosey Posey Creations Venue – Cornish Camels Models – Katie Louise Mcloughlin & Aylssa Harris Dresses – Christine Trewinnard Styling – Design My Day...

Jurijn and Judith’s Modern Amsterdam Wedding at the Sluyswacht

Jurijn and Judith’s Modern Amsterdam Wedding at the Sluyswacht This wedding is super modern and as chilled and happy as they come. I love the quirky venue, and the reason they chose it. I love that some of the beautiful bits for their big day, like the bride’s dress and shoes, were bought on their world trip. And the best bit is that they had their awesome wedding rings made in an art shop in north New Zealand! It’s all just so easygoing and natural, and you can see that shine through in the pictures. The bride described their day to me as, “a no fuss wedding. Our day was about love. Love for each other, our families and our friends.” Jurijn and Judith married on June 7th, 2014, at their favourite pub the Sluyswacht, a strikingly lopsided building on the Oude Schans, which is right next to the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Cooler venues than this would be hard to find! Not only is it a brilliantly offbeat place in which to get hitched, but they first met there and have friends who work there, so it’s doubly dear to them. Without the Sluyswacht, we would probably never have met, so this was a very special place for us. It’s not a very regular wedding venue! But we wanted to get married there, because it’s an important place to us and our friends.   Jurijn proposed to Judith on their trip around the world. Before the trip, Jurijn followed tradition and romantically he went to Judith’s father to ask him for his daughter’s hand. Jurijn bought a ring when they were in New York and...

How to Sort Your Wedding Disco

How to Sort Your Wedding Disco Music at weddings: ah, my favourite subject! As I’ve spoken about before, Mr B. and I had an absolute blast drawing up our list for our awesome DJ. We sat in the pub and basically laughed all day as we remembered songs we loved as kids, adults, together, everything. We wondered if DJs even took immense lists such as ours and played a couple’s offbeat choices, or if they just played what they wanted. It was a bit of a worry as we are both TOTALLY into our music. I knew that left to their own devices, a DJ would never think to play Molly’s Lips the Nirvana version, or Love Like Blood by Killing Joke. No way. Why would they? That really would be odd considering they’re not exactly popular wedding disco songs. I wanted about a million Smiths/Morrissey songs, a Pulp marathon, a Yeah Yeah Yeahs discography. This was the stuff of bespoke playlists. We ended up with a fabulous DJ, who said ours was one of the best playlists he had ever had. He loved our choices; they mirrored his own tastes, and relieved him from having to play the same old cheesy stuff, he said. Towards the end of the night, it was just me left on the dancefloor (Hardcore? Sad?), and he played me Smiths and Morrissey until I thought a double-decker bus actually had crashed into me. He was a legend. I reflect on how cool all this was a lot. I wonder if we had a one-off ace DJ or if lots more would be amenable to a couple’s choices over and above a hackneyed wedding setlist. I wanted to...

WOW Hearts…

WOW Hearts… The end of August; the end of the summer. Aw! There have been so many wonderful summer weddings around the blogs; all that eye-candy! You lot are wedding style pros! As the temperature drops and the shops start to stock the warmer and cosier colours and clothing, I’m looking forward to seeing what you autumnal and wintry couples will be doing. I have no idea what the trends are in the wedding world, being all unconcerned with what we’re told we should be looking at, but I know there are loads more gorgeous details and fashions and styles of all kinds coming my way. Ace! Photography by Hailley Howard via 100 Layer Cake The Weddings, etc. A perfectly imperfect Sailor Jerry-inspired wedding The groom in this wedding on Hello May – that is how you do good groom!! Nouveau garden wedding inspiration – it’s all about the florals…and the blush dress…and her red hair. OK, I love it all. Southern California road trip elopement The Business When life gets crazy: 4 tips 5 ways to say no thanks to blogger opportunities The Fashion Erin Fetherston’s resort collection is all sorts of stunning – I can see a couple of these as bridesmaids’ dresses! With the Wedding Blog Awards coming up (eek!), the hunt is on to find a dress that makes me feel a million bucks. This Topshop one below could be a contender… Topshop A short and sweet ‘WOW Hearts…’ this week, folks. Things are hectic at Way Out Wedding HQ at the...

WOW Hearts…

WOW Hearts… Photography credit – my awesome husband!! When you get a bit further down the line in blogging, and you start making your media kit and whatnot, you realise that your grainy selfies aren’t going to cut the sauce in your branding any more. Me, I have zero time to jet off out on photo shoots just at the moment because I’m a mother and we don’t remember what spare time looks like, or if it’s even a thing (and we love it!), so the obvious choice was to get poncing about in the back garden with the iPhone, dressed up to the nines in my dress from Topshop Unique that’s a bit too mad to wear out in public, with a full face of make-up on that would be garish even on the stage, and ask my lovely husband to take some photos. We had such a laugh, and we got a few brilliant shots that I then tinkered with in VSCO to get them looking better. Lesson learned? Stop lamenting being able to get photos the way you want to, and get off your bum and do your best with what you’ve got. You may well be very pleasantly surprised at the results! Source – Vivienne Westwood Pinterest The Weddings, etc. I stopped breathing for a minute when I saw the Vivienne Westwood Bridal 2014 collection. This is what my wedding dreams look like. Revolution Hall wedding Sunroom mountain wedding inspiration Modern San Diego engagement Summertime engagement session with flamingos Steampunk pirate wedding inspiration shoot Gatsby meets Godfather wedding with killer gold...