Category Archives: Weddings

Oh La La Livia’s Weekend

J’s best friend got hitched on Saturday. It was a lovely day, and everybody had a good dance and laugh. After all that champagne I’m excited to get back into my healthy routine with kale this week and lots of Supergreens.

Winter is nearly here so I am starting to adjust our diet. It’s important to have warming slow-cooked foods that are easy to digest and soups, avoiding too many raw vegetables especially at night time.

I’ve been enjoying lots of salmon and avocado lately. Must be craving my Omega 3’s!

How do you get ready for Winter?

I wish you all a beautiful Monday and a lovely week! xx

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Blush Wedding Flowers, New Zealand

I fell upon the Blush Flowers website a few weeks ago. I really adore flowers so this site caught my eye. I am the kind of person that would almost prefer getting given a bunch of flowers than a present for my birthday. I think they are appropriate for any event, to express so many emotions and they are can articulate feelings that sometimes words cant.

I had a chat about Blush Flowers with Kelly, the founder, which gave me an insight into the philosophy of this family business.

During studing fashion design Kelly saw an amazing bouquet of flowers in a magazine created by a local florist and decided that she would like to try floristry. Kelly is a girl who knows what she wants; she called that florist and a week later she was working there full time (what a woman!). Arranging flowers had never crossed Kelly’s mind and she didn’t feel as though knew she very much about it.  Around a year later she began a business supplying corporate companies with weekly flower displays and this led to designing flowers for hotels and doing events. Kelly has now been a florist for about 14 years (yikes!).

Kelly created Blush to focus purely on weddings. These aren’t just any flower arrangements, they are enchanting and original, almost other-worldly.

Kelly loves to make things with her hands, to create, to harvest, to give. She has the sensitive and inventive soul that we would trust to take on our wedding flower arrangements.

As one can imagine, creating flower arrangements for weddings offers many lovely memories. Kelly stressed the fact that all weddings are memorable, and that it’s always rewarding to see a bride’s face light up when she sees her bridal bouquet for the first time! She did a wedding were hundreds of roses were threaded onto nylon under a waterfall. That is certainly something Kelly won’t forget.

I asked Kelly where the ideal place to get married is. She adores outdoor weddings, loves vineyards, like Lavender Hill or Mudbrick cafe on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

On Kelly’s wedding day she had “bowl of cream” Peonies, Hydrangeas and sweet peas. Peonies are a favorite of hers.

According to Blush Wedding Flowers’ experience, hydrangeas, peonies, dahlias, and roses are the most popular flowers chosen. It’s very fashionable to combine many varieties along with pretty foliage, berries, succulents not forgetting to combine many colours too.

New Zealand really is a stunning country, crisp and natural; I think it would be the perfect place to get married.

To get in touch with Kelly you can click here to see her charming work for yourself and to potentially organise a dreamy bunch of flowers for your Big Day.

First 6 images by Amanda Amundsen Photography, last 3  by I Do Photography.

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The joys of booth photos

I am such a photo booth fan. I just bought a great frame from Habitat which I am gradually filling up with photo booth strips and it will go on the wall in our newly renovated apartment.

Below are 3 strips of photos with J’s three lovely sister’s that we took at the Palais de Tokyo last year. I adore these photos.

My ultimate idea of heaven is to have a photo booth machine set up for my wedding. Yes, I’m a dreamer. But seriously, can you just imagine how great that would be?!

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a DIY wedding in the pretty English countryside

Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts.
William Shakespeare

She is a singer, he a songwriter. (isn’t that perfect?)
She, English, he, Australian, met in the French Alps in the ski season. Their love blossomed from there and now the rest is history.

They are now married.

The day was absolutely lovely. They were both glowing all day long and exchanged adorable smitten looks with each other while they said their vows.

I was blown away at the cuteness of this wedding and the fact that it was pretty much all DIY. Genius!

The wedding took place in Oakham Castle. It was constructed between 1180 and 1190, in the reign of Henry II. The Castle is well known for its collection of massive horseshoes and is also recognised as one of the best examples of domestic Norman architecture in England.

The weather was simply divine, we couldn’t have been more lucky!

Everything about the venue was quaint, pretty and oh-so-English.

Two hundred and thirty horseshoes currently decorate the walls of Oakham Castle. It is thought that this tradition is linked to the ‘de Ferrers’ family name. Ferrier was the Norman French word for farrier and the horseshoe has been a symbol of the de Ferrers family since Henry de Ferrers arrived in England in 1066.
Said simply, each time Royalty stopped by in this village, a horseshoe was mounted in their honor.

The oldest surviving horseshoe in the collection is one that was presented by Edward IV in 1470 after his victory at the Battle of Losecoat Field. The newest addition to the collection is the horseshoe presented by Princess Alexandra in 2005.

Isn’t that incredible?

Here she comes…

The bridesmaides were dressed in yellow, it suited the Spring weather so well

My dear friend Brooke flew all the way from Australia for the wedding

They are glowing!

The family.

J and I all dolled up.

And off to the reception….

There was such attention to detail. Mary and David had found an antique key for each guest. They were on a little table at the entrance of the reception so that we had the “key” to our table. We were on the Bon Jovi table (must be because of Dave and his love for rock music).

Even the cake was DIY

The first dance.

We stayed in a gorgeous house just down the road from where the reception took place. It was so refreshing to wake up and see this outside of our window.

And back to Paris we go…

Each guest was even given a cupcake to take away for their journey home.

Congratulations, friends, I wish you a long and happy life together… xxxx