Our wedding featured!

I found out last night that our wedding has been featured on Brides Magazine!

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I hope it helps to inspire other brides to do something a bit different.

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Boudoir Beautifying….

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Since I haven’t had a wedding to plan, my thoughts have been turning to decor, particularly in the bedroom.

It could certainly use sprucing up a bit and I would like to make the wall behind our bed a feature wall. I immediately fell in love with this wallpaper. Our fitted wardrobe has purple door panels and our bedding is also purple damask themed.

For my birthday, my mother-in-law gave me a poster of one of my favourite wedding photos; me being tied into my corset.

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Once I’ve got this framed, I think it would work really well on the feature wall I have in my mind.

In the next couple of days, thanks to some Amazon vouchers, I will be getting a pair of black bedside drawers and shortly, I will also be getting a black “baby” bookcase, so naturally, I have been looking at things to decorate them both with.

For Christmas, I got three really pretty purple vases and we have two of the table decoration from our wedding.

I think this arrangement would also work really well:

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Other accessories that I have been “wish listing” include candle holders and photo frames….

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It’s nice to have a project!

Leather Roses

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching and my head being stuck back in weddings, what better way to acknowledge this than with the fabulous English Leather Rose Company.

They produce stunning leather roses in a variety of colours. Perfect for a Gothic wedding, alternative Valentine’s Day gift or just a stunning accent to any room….and being made from leather, you can keep them for always.

Back when my mother and I were helping to plan my sister’s wedding a few years ago, we bought some leather roses and they were beautiful. I’d encountered this company during my many daydreams about what my own wedding would be like, and I very nearly opted for the leather roses for my bouquet, but silk won out in the end.

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I love the bouquets, especially with the lace accents. Now that my wedding has been and gone, I can only daydream about what other people’s weddings could be like, or how to add accents to my house!

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift with a bit of an “edge”, then you’ll love the barbed wire roses! They’re made using real barbed wire so do be careful around children, pets and delicate garments. For those of you who don’t really do Valentine’s Day, then how about an “Anti-Valentine’s Day” gift?!

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If you’re more into the theatrical or burlesque, then Louise does some absolutely stunning burlesque themed roses, perfect for any burlesque themed wedding or party!

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They even have fun burlesque names.

Louise also offers a bespoke service so if you see a design that you like but would prefer it perhaps in a different colour or arrangement, I’m sure she can accommodate.

I might not be shopping for a bridal bouquet any more, but I’m already imagining some of these flowers dotted around my house!

Be sure to also check out her bridal roses site! http://www.leatherweddingroses.com/

Sundae Surprise

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It seems fitting to devote a post to the amazing Sundae Surprise since I recently found out that my hen party has been declared hen party of 2011.

My Maid of Honour was in charge of the hen weekend and kept the whole thing a secret. It was months in the planning and was more than I could have ever hoped for.

The venue was The Victoria in Birmingham where I was greeted by the gorgeous Cherry Sundae.

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The afternoon began with cocktails to loosen us up for our burlesque lesson with Miss Daisy Deluxe. It was great fun and such a good giggle.

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Our efforts were rewarded by the most splendid vintage tea party, beautifully presented by Cherry. It was a delicious spread of cakes and wraps, cute mini sandwiches and scones, and of course, tea!

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While we were making a start at decimating this delectable feast, we were further treated to a pin-up makeover to get further fabuloused up! It was such a nice treat and I loved being so spoilt!

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Our hair was done by the lovely Jennifer Brown and make-up by Sharrone Darley. We also had a fantastic photographer for the day, Terri Amos whose photos serve as a wonderful record of an amazing afternoon.

If you’re looking for a hen party with a vintage twist, I can’t recommend Cherry’s website enough. She was lovely to meet and I really felt special for an afternoon.

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Pink Corsage

The lovely Alison at Pink Corsage has updated her blog on her website about our wedding 🙂

http://www.pinkcorsage.co.uk/_blog/My_Blog/post/Gothic_Style_Fairytale_wedding_!/

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For anyone looking for Gothic accessories for their wedding, I can’t recommend this website enough.

There are some absolutely stunning bridal bouquets, posies, table decorations and buttonholes in a variety of lush dark colours. Alison also creates corsages and fascinators.

Alison is brilliant to deal with. Not only does she produce gorgeous silk flowers of exceptional quality, she’s very attentive to your needs.

Prices are very reasonable and all our flowers arrived in good time and beautifully packaged.

And we get to keep them as mementoes!

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Festive Fantasy Art

This festive season has been very busy, but in a good way. I’ve attended some wonderful concerts like Carols by Candlelight by the sublime Mozart Festival Orchestra. That certainly helped to get into the festive spirit.

At this time of year, I love the wonderful festive fantasy art around, particularly of dragons by the likes of Gothic artist Anne Stokes. If only this little fella could be found in my Christmas stocking!


I love depictions of cosy festive scenes, they make me feel safe and warm, and adding that fantastical element with mischievous dragons amidst the brightly coloured Christmas paper just adds to the whole magic of the season.

Anne Stokes also has a wonderful talent for presenting incredibly touching scenes of dragon companionship and she recently created this beautiful festive image that I immediately fell in love with the intimacy of the scene.

Magical snowy scenes are also beautifully rendered by Stokes, and they’re the kind of images that really make me feel nostalgic about fantasy lands like Narnia and trying to get there as a child by playing in the wardrobe.

For Christmas, I got a beautiful black porcelain cat from my sister-in-law. I’ve had some beautiful black cats over the years and it was the perfect gift for a black cat lover.

Since I recently discovered the delightful Fortuna the Cat by Ash Evans, I was obviously very pleased that the little critter was depicted in some festive images!

I’m hoping that this Christmas, I’ll be able to get some of these images as prints and add them to our festive decorations.

I hope 2012 is a good year for everyone. Best wishes!