Monday, 13 June 2011


How would you / did you propose? 
We would love to hear about your proposal.
If you could do it all again, how would you do it? 
Let us know in the comments below.

2 Green Monkeys

I have just discovered this company, 2 Green Monkies,  who make a unique handmade fabric "Will you Marry Me" fortune cookie. Each cookie comes loosely hand stitched with thread that pulls open to view the fortune inside. The "Marry Me" cookie comes with a fortune message reading "Will you marry me" inserted inside a fabric cookie. You can also choose a ring tie option (the cookie will be loosely open, ready for you to attach the engagement ring and tie the cookie shut) for the ultimate proposal. They offer a selection of fabric colour schemes to choose from. Send them your details and they will stitch your wording to the outside of your fortune cookie. To see the fortune cookies on 2 Green Monkeys' website click HERE.

Will you marry me? fortune cookie
These fortune cookie also make wonderful wedding favours
Beautifully stitched with your personal message

Friday, 10 June 2011


Audrey Hepburn in a Breton tee shirt

Here's a crazy idea that came to me last night. So there I was sipping the wine we brought back from France and looking through my photographs of our Normandy trip. Why did I take so many photos of Breton shirts? I think it is because I have always loved them. Memories of our family holidays as a child in France maybe. Then I got thinking, why don't women wear striped wedding dresses? Why are they mostly solid in colour? Spots and flowers seems to be acceptable, but stripes? I then decided to have a hunt around and see what I could find.

CoCo Chanel in a Breton tee shirt

The Breton shirt was officially created by the 27th March 1858 Act which introduced this blue and white striped knitted shirt in the uniform list of the French seaman. It was said that this stripe allowed to locate more easily a man fallen into the sea. In 1923 Coco Chanel saw the crisp appeal of the Breton shirt and was then later to be an inspiration for her collection, plus she often wore the Breton  shirt herself. Stripes came into her designs over the years that followed as did the simplicity of the black/blue with white as a design.
Coco Chanel in one of her striped design jackets

Over the years many women have been photographed in the breton shirt:  Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Jean Seberg and Audrey Hepburn, to name but a few. The love of this simple design is still very much in vogue, after all these years. 

Marilyn Monroe

Bridget Bardot
Jean Seberg

Natalie Wood

For those of you that like the idea of not sticking to the traditional wedding dress style, have you thought about stripes? If you already have, tell me about it. I would love to hear. Below are some dresses on the striped theme. 

Giorgio Amani
Harvey Nichols
Karen MIllen

Phase Eight

Selfridges & Co

Fashion Auctions
Roman Originals

Forever Unique
Ye Old Fashion

Ministry of Fashion

Before you start thinking the Breton shirt is just for the ladies, think again..

Pablo Picasso
James Dean
Cary Grant
It is astonishing that the Breton shirt that originated in 1858, and worn consistently during that time, is still so popular today as a fashion item for both men and women. Do you own a Breton shirt? Or, I should say, "Do you own a Breton shirt that you wear?"

John Paul Gaultier

Thursday, 9 June 2011


The Perfect wedding gift

Kyleigh's Papercuts are all originally designed and hand-cut by Kyleigh herself. Each piece is unique and can be personalised to suit your requirements: a personal song, a lyric or sentiment, a poem, etc. Once finished, they are framed using beautiful glass aperture frames, meaning the papercut itself is sandwiched between two sheets of glass with a frame surrounding the glass. This has the added bonus of going with any decor, and they cast beautiful shadows in the right light. As you can see they would make beautiful & original wedding presents. If you would like to buy a piece of Lyleigh's artwork see her website by clicking HERE. Or you can also visit her shop on Not on The Hight Street by clicking HERE.

Friday, 27 May 2011



Bristol Vintage is a vintage crockery hire and boutique event planner. They have everything you need from crockery, bunting, jugs of wild flowers and even wind up gramophones to make your day to day to remember. Co-owners Ali Cook and Kate Daniels have over 10 years experience organising boutique events, weddings, parties and film premiers. Inspired by their love of tea-cups and cupcakes, Bristol Vintage was born.  At Bristol Vintage they scour the land so they can provide you with the most unique collection of vintage and mismatched crockery in the country. They take pride in delivering you the best service at the best price. To see their website click HERE.



Chocolate Delores is a cake designer who creates wonderfully delicious, visually stunning chocolate cakes for weddings, birthdays and tea parties. Her cakes are fun, funky, very luxurious, and extremely delicious. Chocolate Delores cakes are handmade to order using Fairtrade, Organic and locally sourced ingredients. She started ten years ago when she became the chief designer and chocolatier at one of Britain's leading Organic Chocolate Cake Companies. She then went on to launch her own Chocolate Delores company. To see their website click HERE.


Lucy Ledger Designs is an illustrator who specialises in designing vintage scrapbook inspired stationery. Lucy designs a range of beautiful bespoke wedding invitations with a complete personal service. The stationery can be altered to suit any colour scheme and text that can be personalised to your specifications for no added cost. The final designs will be printed and finished with care on high quality card. The company was started after Lucy had problems trying to find an invitation design that she liked for her own wedding. Her work was also was highly commended at the wedding ideas Awards in 2011. To see her website click HERE.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011


The little Wedding Helper, true to her name, helped get things together so that last week all of the Wedding Mafia of Bristol could meet up for a networking evening. Most of us had already met via twitter and some of us had already met at various Wedding events in the South West, but it was great to meet up in person in a social setting. The Little wedding Helper is a bespoke event and marquee stylist and with her help we all had a grand evening with business cards changing hands every few minutes.

Goldbrick House

Goldbrick House was the venue, and considering I live in Bristol, I was surprised that I had never actually been inside the venue before. Goldbrick is a bit of a gem hidden away in two large georgian buildings and over four floors on bustling Park Street. I was taken on a tour of the various rooms they offer for hire within the venue and loved the decor of georgian and contemporary. The roof terrace had a stunning view over the City of Bristol. The tweet-up was situated in the champagne and cocktail bar on the first floor. There were glasses of sparkly being passed around all evening and wonderful platters of yummy foods. Goldbrick is a beautiful venue and well worth a look around. If you would like more information about Goldbrick House as a wedding venue then Kate Minton is the wedding planner there and can answer any questions.

The champagne and cocktail bar
One of the Many rooms available for hire at Goldbrick
The Restaurant

Lizzie (Chocolate Delores) arrived with a box of her homemade chocolates. Lizzie (Lizzie-May Photography) arrived with her 6 week old baby girl who was simply gorgeous! Kirsty (the Little Wedding Helper) acted as the host and ran a competition with McQueens hairdressers, which was won by Stephanie Allison (How 2 Do I). I had a lovely catch up with Sue (Aunties Vintage China) who used to live next door to me years ago. There were many wedding photographers in the room and yet no one had actually bought a good camera with them! I also enjoyed hearing about Pete's (Proof Photography) wedding which takes place in a few weeks. Finally, it was great to meet the lovely Michele (My Wedding Workshop), Abi and Lisa (Marry me in Somerset), plus Holly form Perfect Wedding Magazine.

Kirsty (Little Wedding Helper) announcing the competition winner
A HUGE thank you to Kirsty of The Little Wedding Helper for organising the event. I stayed until the end of the evening and came away with a large pile of business cards of some great local (South West) wedding companies. I thought that I would share them with you in case you may be looking for such a thing? Below you will find links to the companies present:

The Little Wedding Helper

Perfect Wedding Magazine

Lizzie-May Photography

Marry me in Somerset

West Weddings