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If you’re after wedding inspiration or just need to have a good cry over a beautiful love story, this is a real wedding not to be missed!
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As fast as July came and went, so did Christchurch Wedding’s first-ever community event! With the insanely talented line up of 18 contributing vendors, we entered the Backstage Social Club on Friday morning and with lead stylist Lucy Chappell of Bleu studio on board, transformed its historic, yet modern industrial bones over one day into a space Canterbury has not ever witnessed before to showcase an Open Day concept that the region has never laid its eyes on - A venue fully set up for the real, live wedding reception that was to follow that same afternoon for the ultimate wedding inspiration experience.
We’ve seen what I often reference as the ‘traditional Canterbury wedding’ and as much as I try my best to avoid speaking it, the word ‘rustic’ tends to sum it up. I’m combining my planning wish list with my craziest creative styling dreams for today’s little journal and sharing with you some of the things I’m literally waiting on the edge of my seat to see play out in the realm of real weddings.
Hey Bride Babe,
I hear you’re something along the lines of a self confessed ‘control freak’ and that it’s making you a little heavy hearted about your wedding day. Am I right? Well, I’ve been there. That was me three years ago and I’m not about to let you take the same downfall!
While you wouldn’t whip it out mid-ceremony (get your mind out the gutter), phones can play a huge part in a wedding day! Let’s talk music for instance, and my hot tips when you combine a bit of modern tech with some sweet sweet sound.
If you're having wedding problems I feel bad for you son, I got ninety nine problems but an In-Law ain't one!
I love a good date night and better yet - one I don’t have to organise (I know you’re with me!). Today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite local haunts where you can find me enjoying a meal, a coffee or a drink (read: drannnks) with my other half, my girlfriends or just a big group of us on a night out! After all, dates don’t just have to be reserved for our partners.
One of those lightbulb moments struck me last week and I really don’t know why it took me so long. The most common question I get asked about wedding venues is if I have a list of venues around Christchurch and Canterbury? Well, in short, the answer is yes.
With a brand spanking refresh to her directory listing it was time we put the incredible Tegan Clark of <insert name here> photography in the hot seat and got to know her a bit better. These interviews are one of my favourite things to do with any vendor that you are likely to spend a massive chunk of your wedding day with and at the top of those lists are always photographers! So, without further ado, here is a little insight into Tegan and how she spins!
In this online world, we have information literally thrown at us from all angles, every single day and it’s brought up what I think is a really vital conversation - What is your ‘Why’ in this virtual space that can so deeply affect your real, daily life? I thought it would be the perfect chance to take a break from ‘How to plan your wedding 101’ blog posts and just strip things back a bit to show you what my ‘Why’ is and ultimately how I hope to help you when it comes to bringing together one of the most important days of your lives - Your wedding.
Choosing your wedding songs can be one of the longest, most drawn out processes to settle on your perfect few tunes! I’ve put my fingers to the keyboard with the only advice you will need to simplify your decision making and have thrown in some of my favourite country bangers to get that mind ticking!
For those of you that have been following along with CW for a while now, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I love my hair and traditionally I have had major trust issues with who touches it! For those of you that are new - Hello, I’m Lucy, and I love my hair.
Nobody ever regrets having a smaller wedding. But for those, like me, who had the big ordeal - Here’s a few things I’d do differently if time travel was a thing.
As with any special occasion, at the end of the day all we have is memories to reminisce on which is why I personally believe that photography and videography are so important to prioritise on your wedding day. Like with any vendor involved, there are certain things to check out so today I want to touch on those things to help you get your dream boat photography extraordinaire to capture your day.
Surprisingly, when you think about it, weddings are relatively sustainable occasions. What we’re not hiring and returning, we’re often selling, regifting or reusing the items we no longer need. The ‘Three R’s’ (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) came to mind immediately when I caught up with Danni from The Mustard Jumper recently to talk about the topic and put together some ideas for you to really think about how you can make a step towards a more sustainable wedding day.
It’s a pretty easy claim for The Little Hire Company to own that they are at the most Canterbury weddings out of the hire joints around the region and it’s so easy to see why! Fallon and Tom, the husband and wife team behind the brand have an incredible approach to their business and have grown considerably over the last year especially, with so much more to come in the new year!
Your wedding day is one-of-a-kind and although it’s not for some, your vows can be too. Today, I want to take a lot of the guess work out of the equation for you - Because let’s face it, we’re all a bit time poor, especially at this time of year!
Prepare yourselves for MAJOR Coachella vibes, people! Sharne’s hens, dubbed ‘Sharnechella’ seriously reached Bridesmaid level = 1,000,000. These gals sure know how to throw a party!
If there’s one thing I love about our city coming back to life, it’s the fact everything is spread out just that little bit further. The cool kids will tell you going out to small towns framing Christchurch for the day is all the rage and one of those special little places is Rangiora.
Cue. Gather and You.
Cara and Jamie headed to Mt Cook with one of our absolute favourites, Johanna Macdonald for the most incredible engagement shoot I have seen in a while. How stunning is this landscape - and that light is pure magic! Below I got the chance to talk to Cara about their love story, and the all important wedding plans.
While I don’t regret having the amazing wedding we had, there’s definitely a few things I would do differently if we could go back in time and do it all over again. Below you’re going to find some of the things I’m glad we did, and of course the all important ‘regrets’ - because we don’t often get a second round at this wedding gig!
Those warm, balmy nights are literally just around the corner and what better way to toast the season with a little bit of Sangria! Today on the blog, I’ve partnered with one of our favourites Cocktail Mail to bring you a concoction you can try for yourself at home.
Last night one of my girlfriends sought out my advice. She’d seen on one of my recent wedding related stories that a biggest regret of mine was around a certain gal in my bridal party and that she was having issues - Problems that turned out to be far too similar to mine and oh boy, a whole lot of not so great memories were brought up! It’s not something I’ve touched on a lot on here as I prefer to leave things in the past, but I think it’s time to talk and hopefully help those of you finding yourselves in a sticky situation.
Wedding planning can be so stressful, am I right? One slight difference in opinion with a family member or friend and you can be sent on a downward spiral of sleepless nights festering over how you’re going to broach the subject next time around. Aside from a s**t tonne of deep breaths, there are plenty of natural remedies that can help you relax and put the emotional and physical tension at bay.
One of my most requested questions is around how to work your order of events, especially when you're wanting to do something out of the traditional 'norm'.
The fact of the matter is that for probably 99.99% of us, the dreaded word budget is going to be thrown around a lot in the lead up to our wedding day - or really any event we plan! Whether your wedding budget is $1,000 or $100,000 there are some things to consider that will help you determine where to put your pennies without blowing things.
Here lies the tale of two runaway lovers eloping in the beautiful region of Canterbury, New Zealand. Driving by Kombi with few belongings and trekking through New Zealand's rugged terrain to uncover the spellbinding magic of a hidden waterfall, these two lovers declared their most pure love for each other, with only each other.
So, it's finally happening - you're getting married WOOHOO!! But, how do you let everyone know the details of your big day, and of course how do you go about inviting them? And what details do you need? So many questions, but luckily for you I've given you some time back in today's post.
You may look at this image and think wow, those really are the perfect waves! But, today’s post is about going so much further than what’s on the outside. Take a look and see.
She’s finally here! Introducing to you Notes from the Heart and how she came to be.
If you're anything like my dear friend Petrina, you'll rock up prepared for any occasion. And when that comes to weddings, in tow is a giant bag filled with every possible item you may find yourself in need of should things take a turn, big or small. Ready to make a shopping list? Let’s go!