Wednesday, 18 May 2011


If anyone is on the hunt for a very special wedding present, look no further! This limited edition bespoke typographic art (which was launched today, by the way) has to be a MUST on any wedding present list. But be warned, they have only produced 150 pieces, and I am sure they will sell out fast!
More Than Words‘the home of bespoke typographic art’, and Cutture, designers and creators of luxury laser cut stationery, have collaborated to launch a striking piece of limited edition laser cut typographic artwork : You Are Just My Type.
Consisting of the phrase ‘You are just my type’, laser cut from a luxurious leatherette card, with the representation of tiny metal type sorts spelling out ‘I Love You x’, scrolling like paper from a laser cut typewriter, cut and assembled in layers. This is then mounted onto textured card, using a bright teal background colour that really pops, before being framed to fine art standards in a 3” deep heavy dark wood. Its intricate work and the finished results are stunning. 
Each piece (Size: 18 x 29 inches) comes with a unique laser cut numbered tag. 
Priced at £295. Available to buy online from either:


More Than Words was launched in 2010 by creative designer Lisa Long. Lisa's lifetime love of interiors, graphic design and typography, combined with a search to find a piece of original artwork for her own home, led her to follow her creative passion.

2009 saw the launch of Cutture by husband and wife design team, Dominic and Helen Sharland. With over a decade of graphic design and interior architecture experience, their passion for graphic design and paper cut art led them to the luxury stationery industry. They are excited by the collaboration with Lisa, a natural progression for their laser cutting expertise and design experience.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Saturday, 14 May 2011


Vivian - Chiffon over satin with backless feature and corset closure

Ava - Douches Satin coat with feature collar and diamante clasp
Lana - Pencil slim gown with back feature bow
Vivian - Chiffon over satin with backless feature and corset closure
1950s glamour has arrived. The era can be remembered for two fashion silhouettes; the full skirt and the pencil slim. Both styles placed great emphasis on the narrowness of the waist and No9 Bridal Couture have taken this as their inspiration for their new 2011 Spring/Summer Vintage Collection.  Linda Davey who runs No 9 Bridal Couture has over seventeen years sales and dressmaking experience in the wedding sector. To see their website click HERE.

Photographs were taken by photographer Rob Booker. To see his website click HERE.

Friday, 6 May 2011


I have lovely childhood memories of our family camper van. My parents used to take our family of seven away in our 1958 Split screen Camper Van to travel around Europe and UK back in early 70’s. I remember that camper van drivers would honk and wave as they passed each other. Do they still do this now I wonder? 
My family camper van holiday in the early 1970's

It is becoming very popular for couples to incorporate camper vans into their weddings, either for the wedding itself or for the honeymoon. I thought I would look into what was available for the bride and groom and discovered a whole camper van world of possibles.

Vintage Camper 

Whilst researching Camper van hire I came across this fantastic website. Vintage Camper is a fantastic resource for camper van enthusiasts. The company was set up by husband and wife team who are camping fanatics that got fed up with not being able to find stylish and unique camping products.  Their website not only directs you to recommended companies offering top of the range camper van hire, but also to a list of campsites and camper van festivals, camping tips, camping food, etc. They have then searched high and low to feature a fantastic collection of the most stylish and cool camping accessories. Each product is hand selected for quality style and originality. 
Camper Van Accessory: Poppy Treffry Tea cosy
Camper Van Picnic Basket: Velvet Brown
Camper Van Festival: Plhymouth Volksfest

Strawberry Leisure specialise in Wedding hire camper vans in wonderful condition. So when you start planning your wedding why not think of hiring a camper van - stand out & do something different. Get the most out of your hire. Use it as the wedding car, decorate the van to suit the style of your wedding and use it as another room for your guests to sit in & relax.
Plus, Have your camper van in the wedding photos to add a quirky vintage twist. With a decorated camper van it can add to original wedding photos.

Have your Wedding photographs taken with the camper van
Decorate the inside of your camper van
Apart from the great selection in the Vintage Camper website, I found a great selection of websites offering camper van hire and I shall share a few: 

Thursday, 28 April 2011


White is the accepted traditional colour of the wedding dress, but wedding gowns have not always been white. The marriage of Queen Victoria to her cousin Albert in 1840 had more influence on weddings than any other.  Queen Victoria put the wheels in motion by marrying in a white dress. Though brides continued to wed in gowns of different colours, white was now set as the colour of choice for weddings and has continued ever since.  

Queen Victoria's wedding gown, 1840
Coco Chanel was a powerful force behind the change in women's fashions. She was the one who officially introduced the short wedding dress in the 1920s: a white knee length dress worn with a long train. This cemented white as the universal colour of the wedding dress.

Coco Chanel introduced the short wedding dress in the 1920s
Brides from wealthy families often wore rich colours and exclusive fabrics. It was common to see them wearing bold colours and layers of furs, beading, velvet and silk. The amount of material a wedding dress contained was a reflection of the bride's social standing and indicated to wedding guests the extent of the family's wealth. 

1930's Wedding Dress 

Today, there is a wide range of wedding dresses. Western traditions have relaxed to include a rainbow of colours and variety of lengths, all of which are now considered acceptable. 

Vera Wang colourful wedding dresses, 2010
The big question this week is: what will Kate Middleton wear on her wedding day?! All eyes will be on her, and dress companies will no doubt be designing similar style dresses and have them on sale in time for weddings taking place later this year. 

Queen Mother's Wedding Dress, 1923

The Queen's wedding dress was decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls in 1947
Princess Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, 1956
Lady Diana's Wedding Dress, 1982