A sea inspired wedding at Seattle Aquarium | by Crozier Photography

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I am by far one of the biggest sea fans out there! Seriously, if such a thing as a competition for who loves the sea the most existed, I’d win. Show me a wedding where the couple has celebrated their wedding in a fish tank, and you’ll have me hooked! Allison and Justin did just that. They tied the knot with a beautiful outdoor ceremony and celebrated their wedding day with their closest in Seattle Aquarium. Using white, navy blue and hints of silver, plus lots of personalised details, this sea themed wedding and the couple’s sense of humour, has put a big smile on my face!

Thank you Crozier Photography for sharing Allison and Justin’s wedding with us!

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Lots of love to this gorgeous couple!

xx Betta

Credits:

Photographer: Crozier Photography //Reception Venue: Seattle Aquarium

WIN £100 voucher with Wedding Rings Direct

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Picking your wedding rings can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. For some it’s just a simple find-two-matching-bands exercise. But if you are anything like me, you’ll probably search all over for the perfect shape, design, number of diamonds, to then get completely confused on what the options are. And believe it or not, while I ended up designing mine, picking and agreeing on his wedding band turned out to be even harder – shape? should it have a design on it? should it match mine? what about engraving? perhaps a diamond? what’s going to be comfortable and what material is not going to get damaged that easily if he wears it daily at work?

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To win all you need to do is leave a comment by Sunday telling us why you’d like to win and we’ll select our favourite, which will be announced on the blog on Tuesday 15th April*.

Below is Wedding Rings Direct‘s helpful advice on groom’s wedding rings, alternative materials and trends. Linen and Silk Weddings, Wedding ring, Wedding band, Wedding Rings Direct, WIN, Wedding competition, Wedding ring competition, Titanium wedding ring, Zirconium wedding ring, Groom wedding ring (1)What do men tend to look for in a wedding ring compared to women?

Men tend to be more open to the option of alternative alloys for their wedding rings, such as titanium and zirconium, whereas women will usually opt for more traditional precious metals such as platinum and white gold. These alternative alloys are harder-wearing and cheaper, so they will often suit men who aren’t used to wearing jewellery. We speak to plenty of grooms who’ve never worn a ring before and we often hear: “Wow, that feels weird” when they try a wedding ring on for the first time!

Do you find that grooms tend to want wedding rings that match their bride’s?

Some do, but most often it’s the brides who would like the rings to match in some way – for example, the same metal or shape (profile) of ring. We do have a matching sets collection, which are decorative wedding rings where one of the pair is set with one or more diamonds, but they come in the same metal and design. 

Which are the most popular metals for men’s wedding rings and why?

Titanium is becoming increasingly popular with grooms due to it being lightweight and hard-wearing. Palladium as an alternative to platinum is also a precious metal which men are purchasing more often, due to the fact that it’s cheaper and doesn’t require rhodium-plating like white gold. Obviously, platinum as the most prestigious metal is still extremely popular.

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Both titanium and zirconium are cost-effective, hard-wearing and lightweight – titanium is also hypoallergenic. Tungsten is heavier and scratch-resistant, but it can also be very brittle. None of these metals will be hallmarked either, as they aren’t classed as “precious metals”.

What different shapes are available for men’s wedding rings?

Women often have an engagement ring that they want to match their wedding ring to in terms of shape (profile) and metal. We have various different profiles available including court, double comfort (our own design) and flat profiles. We also offer a variety of unique rings including sandcast, rock rings, ceramic, moving block and wooden rings which are very popular with grooms-to-be.

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Our sample service is used by both brides and grooms, but we do tend to re-size more men’s rings – so the answer to this is that men probably should use sample service more! It tends to be women who encourage their husbands-to-be to use our sample service, to ensure that they select the right size as well as their preferred width and profile.

What’s the most memorable bespoke men’s ring you’ve made?

It’s definitely a Dalek-inspired ring we recently made for a lifelong ‘Doctor Who’ fan. He initially considered designs that incorporated the Tardis Console, The Seal of Rassilon and Cybermen icons (all things that I’m sure die-hard Doctor Who fans will know about!) Eventually, he settled on an idea that incorporated the neck ring of a mark one Dalek. The customer sent our bespoke team a collection of images that had inspired him, along with some sketches of how he envisaged the ring looking. Our bespoke team then got to work turning his sketches into a design for a wedding ring, producing a series of 3D photo-realistic, CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawings which demonstrated how the final ring would look. Once the customer had approved the final drawings we got to work making the ring. This was definitely a design process that stood out for us!

Looking forward to receiving your entries to WIN Wedding Rings Direct’s prize! But as usual, don’t forget to check the T&Cs!

xx Betta

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- One winning entry per giveaway

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- The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered

- Voucher much be redeemed within 12 months

- You have until 11.59pm Sunday 13th April 2014 GMT to enter. Winner will be notified on Monday 14th April via email and announced on the blog on Tuesday 15th April. You will have one week to email me back to to claim your prize

- Your details will be passed on to Wedding Rings Direct only in order for you to receive your prize

Introducing Couture Hayez’ new bridal gowns from the Royal Collection

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Today I’d like to introduce you to Couture Hayez‘ new bridal gowns from the Royal Collection.

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Beautifully captured by Marian Bader Duven, the Royal Collection has been shot it the magical Venice and specifically at the Hotel Centurion Palace - a perfect setting to bring the aristocratic elegance of these gowns to life.

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For info, contact Couture Hayez Atelier (Via Francesco Hayez 14, Milan) call 0039 02 20241665, email info@couturehayez.com, visit www.couturehayez.com or follow their blog or Facebook page.

xoxo Betta
 
Credits:
Photography: Marian Bader Duven
 // Location: Hotel Centurion Palace
 // Hair stylist and Make-up: Marco Cazzaro Hair Tek

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E’ ispirata alle Regine la nuova collezione Couture Hayez, il brand di abiti da sposa che ha fatto della ricerca stilistica e della tradizione sartoriale il proprio tratto distintivo.

Cura artigianale e materiali preziosi da sempre contraddistinguono le creazioni dell’Atelier milanese, che realizza su misura il sogno di ogni sposa come quello di essere regina per un giorno. Ecco allora che ogni abito della nuova “Royal Collection” prende il nome di una regina, sei modelli per una collezione leggera e quasi evanescente, ricercata nei dettagli.

 Marie Antoniette è un abito dai volumi ampi realizzato in vaporoso tulle color cipria e impreziosito da dettagli delux.

 Elisabeth vede protagoniste le spalle, valorizzate da sapienti giochi di pizzo intagliato e applicato a mano su tulle a creare un effetto illusion.

 Tulle ricamato a motivi stilizzati sul corpetto anche nel modello Elenoire, realizzato in un particolare tulle mano seta, morbidissimo e dalla caduta perfetta.

 Catherine con morbida scollatura a barchetta, una serie di bottoncini che decorano la schiena e un prezioso dettaglio gioiello nel punto vita, è realizzato in tulle ricamato da micro paillettes.

 Victoria dalla linea mezza sirena, vede protagonista il pizzo rebrodè, con il vezzo di una cintura gioiello nel punto vita applicata su organza che decora anche il dietro con un voluttuoso strascico.

 Beatrice è un trionfo di tulle ricamato, con sottili impercettibili drappeggi. E’ essenziale nella linea ed estremamente elegante, per una semplicità quasi regale.

Una collezione ricercata ed elegante che ha trovato la sua scenografia ideale nella magica atmosfera della città di Venezia. In particolare è stato l’esclusivo Hotel Centurion Palace la location scelta dall’Atelier milanese per lo shooting dei modelli della nuova collezione, la cornice perfetta in cui mettere in scena e dare vita all’eleganza aristocratica delle regine Couture Hayez grazie anche alla bravura della fotografa Marian Bader Duven.

A Swedish summer wedding | by Sara Norrehed Photography

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Sunny, bright, timeless and sweet! This Swedish summer wedding ticks all the boxes! And if you love pets, you’ll love it even more, as Niklas and Madelene had their dog Anki (look at those sweet eyes!) with them for the day!

This wedding is full of understated elegant details, and Sara Norrehed Photography was there to capture them all.

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I love the crisp, white theme in the venue decor. Simplicity sometimes is just perfect. Even those chair covers (something I’m not usually a fan of), look great on those square chairs – they are fresh and add a lovely contemporary feel.

Congrats to Niklas and Madelene!

xoxo Betta

Credits

Photographer: Sara Norrehed Photography // Ceremony Location: Låssa Church // Dress Designer: Sincerity Bridal // Jewellery: Sophie by Sophie // Reception Venue: Tammsvik Mansion // Shoes: Wildflower

Event Alert: The Bridal Day Out sample sale, Wednesday 30th April (5-9pm)

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Feels so good to be back to my precious little blog! As you might have notice, I took a little break. It’s been a busy few weeks here at L&SW HQ – we’ve booked a couple of lovely clients, one for a destination wedding in Puglia and one for a fab music inspired wedding in London, and worked hard on the first inspiration shoot of the year. I really missed writing the blog, so now that the shoot is done, I will start blogging more and more :)

Today I  wanted to alert you to an event that you can’t miss! The Bridal Day Out sample sale held at The Proud Archivist on Wed 30th April (5-9pm) is a one off event where fabulous wedding suppliers and boutiques offer special discounts on their products and/or services.

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What should you expect from the Bridal Day Out?

Elegant Sabina Motasem dresses, exquisitely designed Kelly Spence accessories and Freya Rose shoes, Maids to Measure bridesmaid dresses with incredible discounts from each hand selected boutique, including an exclusive first look at the new 2014 collections. You will receive advice on hair/make-up from Antonia at Elle au Naturel and stunning photography from Anneli Marinovich, and you’ll have a chance to indulge in a mini-spa treatment from Boudoir Beauty Parlour, with a girlie cocktail. Held at The Proud Archivist, an East London gallery, bar, restaurant, café and wedding reception venue. You’ll find everything you need to style your look in one beautiful setting!

The first 100 brides will get a goody bag: discount vouchers for bridal Tallulah Lingerie, Go Banya spa treatments, gift list promo cards on cutting edge Aria home furnishings, luxury Emmy Shoes, sparkling gold Blue Nun Wines miniatures and many more to confirm.

Tickets are £7 on eventbrite and include a cocktail.

Address: The Proud Archivist,  2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET

Who are the suppliers at the Bridal Day Out?

Sabina Motasem dresses blends the glamour and sophistication of old and new Hollywood, with geometry and simplicity combined in simple shapes, made with the finest couture silks and a superior cut and is fast becoming the choice for stylish women. On offer are huge discounts up to 70% on sample dresses and 15% off the brand new collection which will be launched at the sale.

Kelly Spence Bridal Accessory Design creates elegant touches for the bride and is renowned for attention to detail. Kelly’s designs can often be seen gracing the pages of the top British bridal magazines and has designed pieces for celebrities and the aristocracy. Sample veils will be for sale and a discount offered on all orders placed on the day.

Elle au Naturel is one of the leading and highly trained bridal hair and make-up companies in the South East. With many years’ experience, we specialise in hair and make-up for brides looking for a natural but stunning look. From the initial consultation, discussing styles and colours to create that perfect look, to the big day. Offers include free touch up make up products up to £30.

Freya Rose is a multi-award winning shoe designer who will have a limited number of sample shoes up for grabs on at the sale. They will be offering 40 – 70% off on the day, There will also be a voucher for 10% discount on full price shoes in the goody bags.

Maids to Measure was created after too many brides complained about trying to find bridesmaid dresses and fills a gap offering a unique dressmaking service online or by appointment. Brides will have fun designing their bridesmaid dresses with their maids.

Boudoir Beauty Parlour and Boudoir Medical is based in the heart of Shoreditch offering everything you need to feel and look beautiful from the inside out. Sisters Asma and Ayesha are offering manicures, lash extensions on the day and so much more.

Anneli Marinovich is an international wedding photographer based in London. Her beautiful wedding photography has been featured in various wedding magazines such as You & Your Wedding and Wedding Magazine, and on wedding blogs including Style Me Pretty, Rock My Wedding and Love My Dress. Win a 1- hour couple shoot and get a 10% discount to photograph your 2014/2015 wedding.

The Proud Archivist brings together a simple café and bistro within a gallery and library aesthetic, ideal for weddings in a sophisticated yet romantic setting, available catered or dry hire, accommodates 100 seated or 200 standing. Showcases some of the most interesting and exciting art around, whilst the kitchen serves modern British cuisine with seasonality and sustainability.

For more information and to book a place, visit motasem.co.uk/bridalsamplesale.htm

Blue, silver and blush inspiration mood board for a dreamy summer wedding

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Happy Wednesday gorgeous brides! Today’s mood board is one that makes me happy, like REALLY happy. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from one of Linen and Silk Weddings readers who asked for some help with her wedding theme. This beautiful bride has her wedding dress (a beautiful icy white, lace number) and her venue (elegant, yet not pretentious) sorted; however, she is at that stage where she needs some help with colours and style. I’m so glad she got in touch with me to help her put together a style and colour mood board.

Icy white (or silver) is an extremely versatile colour to work with. It’s elegant and lends itself to multiple colour combinations. One of my favourites and most elegant is silver + deep blue (I’m not going to say ‘navy’ because I feel that you can actually play with various shades of blue as long as they’re ‘deep’) and blush (pink, coral or peach).

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Use blue in your table decor. If you just want subtle accents, use blue napkins matched to a silver / grey table cloth. Based on the description of her wedding, I would also suggest to my lovely bride to keep it elegant by alternating silver and crystal vases for the larger flower arrangements to smaller blue vases for smaller one.

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This is a colour combination that is elegant, and, done the right way, is fun, fresh and summery too!

I hope this helps, my lovely reader!

Wishing you a fab day. xoxo

Betta

Credits (top to bottom, left to right):

Top mood board: unknown – via Love Wed Bliss // Greentree Photography // Troy Grover Photographers via SMP // Elizabeth Ann Designs // unknown via Pinterest // Ethereal Designs on Etsy // Coco Paloma Desserts via Brides
Bottom mood board: Shannon Lee Images // via Society Bride // Soms Studio on Etsy // Hukkstar // Emily Wren Photography, flowers by Sullivan Owen // Ellis Bridals via Morgan Davies London