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This month has literally flown by. But for a month that’s always a bit of a drag, this February has actually been quite a nice one:

Valentine's Day, baking and new accessories for the house

Redecorating, wedding styling and Sunday breakfast

1. I’m not normally a fan of fake flowers – however good they are. But seeing as my house is practically tropical all year round, fresh flowers never last very long. So when I spied these beauties in Dunelm Mill a few weeks ago I couldn’t resist – all year round flowers for £25 can’t be bad!

2. Adding more flowers to the bunch. I think I’ll keep chopping and changing the arrangement up as and when I get bored. So I might well end up spending the equivalent on fake flowers that I would real this year, but at least they won’t die!

3. Baking some mini Victoria sponges for my dad’s birthday. They didn’t quite turn out how I envisioned, so Mary Berry can sleep easy for a little while longer.

4. We finally got our wedding album back! Even though I’ve got all the images on disc, it’s nice to have a hard copy of all of our favourite images to look through whenever we want. Makes me sad to think this is officially the last part of the wedding, though.

5. More baking. Obligatory heart-shaped chocolate cookies for Valentine’s Day.

6. Lots of Valentine’s treats. Personally I’m a lover of V-Day; any excuse to get drunk on Prosecco and eat chocolate is good with me.

7. My mum’s gone a bit Annie Sloan mad. She’s repainting all of her furniture at the moment and I’ve got my eye on this little beauty. The stag handles are from eBay and I bought her the clock from a charity shop (coz I’m good like that).

8. It’s been a bit quiet on the wedding front this month, so my jaw hit the ground when we turned up to put some fairy lights up for a party…and discovered it was actually a FIRST wedding anniversary celebration. Admittedly the couple had got married in Turkey the year previously, meaning a lot of their friends and family missed out on the chance to celebrate with them, but still – if that’s how people celebrate their first anniversaries these days then I’m all over it!

9. My favourite breakfast of all time – pancakes and (very) crispy bacon.

10. I went out for bread. I came back with a work top protector, a craft magazine and a macaroon making kit. This is why I’m not trusted to do the food shop. Ever.

Gypsophila Love

It’s funny how your tastes change with age. I’m not talking about actual taste – although I have grown to love onions and brie in ways I never thought I would – but your preference for style; be it with fashion, interiors or weddings.

Planning my wedding brought home to me how much my taste has really changed over the last few years – and how it changes on an almost constant basis now that I’m influenced by so many things through work. One of the things that surprised me the most though, was when it came to picking my wedding flowers – and in particular, my bridesmaids’ bouquets. Surprisingly, although I faltered on just about every other decision (resulting in three – yes THREE – wedding dress), the bridesmaids bouquets were something that I was dead set on from day one. Even though, a couple of years prior, I absolutely detested the flower I picked – to the point where I’d pick it out of any bouquet I bought at the supermarket and, um, bin it (soz flower lovers, I know it’s a crime).

And it seems I’m not alone in my newfound love for this bloom – there’s one particular picture of it on one of my Pinterest boards that has steadily become one of my most pinned pins of all time. Not a week goes by where it isn’t repinned to another’s board (which I thereby stalk, obviously). So here it is in all it’s glory; gypsophila, I heart you…

gypsophila-wedding-bouquets

All images and their credits can be found via my Pinterest boards.

How to find your wedding suppliers

After the novelty of being engaged starts to fade (which, FYI, never actually happened to me. I still milk that one now), the reality is you’ll have a wedding to plan. And yes, that’s mega exciting, but it’s also actually kind of scary too.

You see, it’s one thing to sit and think about getting married, but actually planning it, well…that’s a whole other thing. And it can be quite daunting. Finding suppliers that not only you want on the date you want them (and you have to get in there quick people, I learnt that the hard way) but that you click with and who get your vision for the day is a long and time consuming process.

I was lucky enough that I was able to gain a majority of my suppliers through good old fashioned word of mouth. Having been to and seen so many weddings prior to mine, I already had a good idea of who I would contact when the time came. But if I hadn’t, then I’m not so sure it would have been that easy; I was working 3 jobs at the time I was planning my wedding and any spare time I had was seriously limited, meaning I had to make decisions quickly and rely on my gut instinct A LOT. Luckily, it all worked out pretty well for me and I can honestly say I was impressed with every single supplier I chose, many of whom surpassed themselves and went the extra mile to make our day so special.

So where am I going with this? Well, during that time of all work, no play and a whole lot of wedding planning, life would have been a million times easier had I been able to visit one website that listed all the wedding suppliers I was after in my area. There was no such thing back then. But now? Well now all East Sussex brides can breathe a sigh of relief – if you’re as pushed for time in planning your wedding as I was mine then all you need to do is visit this little gem of a website.

Weddings in Brighton

Images copyright of Ashdown Wedding Photography

Brighton Bandstand Weddings offers a comprehensive list of wedding suppliers in East Sussex, as well as information on wedding fairs, inspirational blog posts and lots of advice on how to go about choosing the right supplier for you.

Started by Mike Ashdown of Ashdown Wedding Photography – who spotted this gap in the market for a comprehensive supplier search – the site currently has 14 listed suppliers, ranging from photographers, florists, hair and make up artists, chair hire companies, stylists and caterers, although that list is constantly expanding and evolving.

If you’re wondering where to start with the whole wedding planning process then this is a great place to begin your search, or even to just get an idea of where to begin. If only it had been that easy two years ago!

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying you can’t escape it – Valentine’s Day just seems to get bigger and bigger every year.

Personally, I’m in the love camp – any excuse to bake something and drink champagne on a week day. And it’s not all about the grand gestures; sometimes the simple things are the best:

Valentine's Day inspiration

Valentine's Day moodboard

1. Getting hitched this V-Day? I LOVE this cute buttonhole idea for grooms or ushers. Something totally different.

2. How lovely would it be to receive a heart shaped pie in a box? I almost wouldn’t eat it (almost).

3. Heart print paper straws. Cheap, easy and pretty.

4. Simple V-Day manicure.

5. A Victoria sponge. Drizzled with pink icing. Covered in flowers. Oh YES.

6. Beautiful bouquet – it doesn’t have to be ALL about the red roses.

7.Champagne always tastes better in a vintage saucer. Especially when there’s a tiny flower floating in it (trust me).