This weekend my husband and I celebrate our 5 and 15!
15 years of being together, and 5 years of marriage. So I thought it was about time I shared some of our wedding photos right?
We were married in Provence (our favourite place in the world) at the 18th century Chateau de Massillan. And it remains today our favourite day ever!
We found our chateau on a road trip around the south of France, and instantly fell in love with it. So when Tony proposed, we didn't even look at anything else, we both instantly knew that we would choose Chateau de Massillan. It was perfect in every way with just the right amount of glamour whilst also managing to be rustic at the same time! It had character and style in abundance.
It was also important to us that it wasn't actually a wedding venue, as we wanted the occasion to feel intimate and unique. It actually felt like we had hired someones very beautiful home for the weekend and we could celebrate privately with our closest friends.
As a keen photographer myself, choosing our wedding photographer was a high priority on our list of vendors to secure. Good wedding photographers typically get booked up way in advance so if you want the best options get in their quick.
Your wedding photos are going to carry the memory of your wedding for a long long time so in my opinion its in the top 3 in terms of importance.
When we found our photographer Ian Holmes I knew instantly he was perfect for us. His style was exactly what we were looking for and I absolutely adore our images to this day ( if you are getting married in either Paris or Provence I could not recommend Ian more, not only were his images gorgeous but he made everyone at our wedding feel comfortable and at ease with his fabulous sense of humour )
My dress was by Vera Wang, and totally inspired by the dress Kate hudson wore in bride wars. I remember watching the movie for the first time and instantly knowing if I ever got married it would be exactly the kind of dress I would want.
They say you truly chose the perfect dress if you love after your wedding, and I can say that I actually love it even more than I did on the day!
For wedding shoes, and this was another important one for me as i'm definitely a shoe gal I couldn't decide between two pairs from Christian Louboutin. Well, if you can't be bougie on your wedding day!
Our colour theme was naturally pink (if you've followed me for a while you'll know i'm crazy about it) and gold and totally Inspired by our favourite french patisserie Laduree who also did our wedding cakes and deserts.
My husband and I have always felt like the best weddings we have been to have been the ones filled with the couples personality and personal touches, which was exactly what we tried to achieve on our wedding day.
From our favourite colour (luckily, we both love pink!) to our favourite country, our favourite patisserie and many, many more favourites. We managed to create a wedding that had so much depth and meaning to us. What more could anyone want from their most special day.
Dressing gown HERE
Spoken like a true bride, there were so many photos I wanted to share with you that I couldn't quite fit them into one post so pop back over later this week for Part 2 of Our Wedding
So, I explained in my previous post that we had visited Madrid previously, and didn't come away loving it. So visit this was my second chance to love it, or at least like it a little more than I had!
Its certainly a different experience visiting it in the summer as opposed to the winter. Its a much nicer place to take a stroll about when the sun is out and city is definitely more alive at this time of year. So if you had the choice of time of year to visit, id definitely recommend summer over winter.
We found a new area on explore on this trip too.
El Retiro Park is a really lovely area, which also leads to one of my favourite discovery's from our Madrid trip...
The Palacio de Cristal! A stunning 18th century crystal conservatory full of Victorian (unusual for this part of the world) style and charm.
The way it reflects the light is incredible and definitely worthy of the gram
We stumbled upon the cutest little restaurant/ tea room whilst out shopping. Its located on the top floor of a shop (which was actually very cute too) with a roof garden called El Jardin secreto festooned with beautiful flowers and plants! It had some of the prettiest deserts iv seen in a long time, which naturally we couldn't say no to!
When it comes to wedding planning, dress shopping should be among the most enjoyable elements. But for many women, wedding dress shopping can fill you with a sense of dread.
Like buying jeans or swimwear, wedding dress shopping can knock your confidence. Dresses often come in just one or two sizes, and without a ‘perfect fit’, you might not always feel your best.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to make choosing your wedding dress more enjoyable. Take a look at these tips for boosting your confidence when choosing your wedding dress to help you find the dress of your dreams.
Surround yourself with positive people
You want to feel your best when trying on wedding dresses, and that’s made a lot easier by having supportive people around you. When it comes to going shopping, go with people who make you feel good about yourself. While you want people to be honest, you want them to be constructive rather than cutting. You can always do an initial session with your cheerleaders before going back to try them again with others.
Wear supportive, confidence-boosting underwear
Wearing supportive, confidence-boosting underwear will make your dress shopping experience much more enjoyable. You’ll feel more confident getting in and out of dresses for a start, and you’ll be able to see what a dress could look like on the day. Strapless and multiway bras are a good option, while supportive underwear will make even the tightest of styles more forgiving. Treat yourself to some bridal lingerie at https://www.somethingwicked.co.uk/collections/bridal to help you feel glamorous and gorgeous. You can even take multiple sets to help you account for different types of styles.
Try on everything
Wedding dress shopping can make you question everything you know about your own style, shape and tastes. The things you think you’ll like can be all wrong, while the things you haven’t considered could easily be the one. Make sure you try on everything to help you understand how different styles could look on you. While it helps to look at dress styles that suit your body shape, you should always choose what feels comfortable and helps you feel the most confident.
Make a whole day out of it
Dress shopping should be something to look forward to, but if you’re dreading the experience, then you need to do something to change your perception. Why not make a whole day of it? Focus your morning on pampering - a manicure or getting your makeup done will really help you look your best for dresses. Then you can follow up your appointment with an afternoon tea or boozy lunch to celebrate. Turn your whole day into one filled with positive experiences that you can get excited about.
Planning your wedding is full of ups and downs, but you should try to make the most of the fun bits to help you enjoy special memories of this time. Finding the perfect wedding dress is a different experience for everyone, but focusing on boosting your confidence will help make it a much better experience. Do some research, plan the day and get ready to find the dress of your wedding day dreams!
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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