This week we are off to one of my favourite places in the world... Provence! After an intentional 5 year absence in fact.
Provence is such a favourite, my husband and I were married there and haven't returned since. We have since been totally pleasure delaying. But this year marks our 5 year wedding anniversary, so it was time to re visit this gorgeous region, which hold an incredibly special place in our hearts.
So I thought id share some photos from one of our last trips there. Taken before my blog even existed, these are a bit of a blast from the past. Its interesting to me to see how far my photography has come!
Dress is an old one from ASOS but I found some alternatives below
One of our favourite towns and arguably the most beautiful in Provence is Gordes and I cannot wait to revisit. I'll never forget the first time I say this epic town into the mountains. I literally could not believe my eyes, and I totally fell in love.
Hand bag HERE
And once you make it inside the little town, it does not disappoint with its painted shutters and cute cafes.
On this trip we stayed at a lovely little Gite, just outside of Avignon. La Tour Vaucros is made up of a large Chateau and 4 former out buildings now made into quaint gites. We chose La Restanque des oliviers.
It great to have a base in Provence, at least for a few days so that yo can get out and explore the area without having to unpack and re pack when changing hotels. It also means that you can make full use of the amazing markets Provence has to offer. I think our ideal is a mixture of both, as there are also some amazing hotels to discover.
But where possible, its always a great idea to find something with a pool. You'll literally want to throw yourself in it after a day exploring in the summer heat.
You can follow along with our week in Provence next week on Instagram stories if you like :-)
A wedding is an event that often takes over a year of planning. This is because there are just so many factors involved such as hiring a venue that could be booked for well over a year, ensuring that the catering services are up to your standards and even giving your guests plenty of time to book off the dates so that they can make it.
However, not everyone wants to get involved with the wedding planning process and some people don’t want to make a huge deal out of their big day. Others just want to save on their wedding planning and would prefer for the process to be quicker, so there is some appeal to planning a wedding in a shorter amount of time.
Whether you’re looking to get married as soon as possible or if you want to quickly plan your big day so that you and your partner can get back to work as soon as possible, we’ve put together a couple of tips to help you put together a fantastic wedding in just a few short months.
Start with the simple things
There are a couple of important things that you need to consider first such as the wedding date and your budget. Once you’ve got these down, you’ll have a much easier time planning the event and also writing up invitations to friends and family members.
Get in touch with a wedding organiser
Whether it’s a planner that can handle the entire thing or a leading wedding show organiser to help you plan your entertainment, it’s vital that you rely on outside services to help you out. You don’t need to hire a dozen or more people to give you a hand, but it certainly does help to have a few helping hands. If you have relatives or friends that have planning experience then you can also ask them for help as well.
Don’t plan your wedding to last the entire day
The less you have to plan, the less time it will take. If your wedding doesn’t last the entire day then it’s more likely that your guests will be able to come if they treat it like a day out instead of a huge occasion that they need to prepare in advance for.
Don’t pick a venue that’s in the middle of nowhere
Although there are plenty of fantastic venues that you can book last minute, you ideally don’t want to book a venue that’s difficult to reach because it’s less likely that all of your guests will come. If you book a location in a city or on the outskirts then it’s far more accessible and travel arrangements will be much easier to make.
Consider what venues and services you want to include
Since you won’t be able to include some of the top venues and restaurants, you may need to think outside of the box. This includes asking restaurants if they can serve large buffet-style meals or considering a church as your wedding venue if they have availability. You want to write down a list of all the places that you want to include and then contact them one by one to see if they’re available.
What do you do when you stay at a super cute, and incredibly relaxing interior design oasis in the middle of august when it literally sweltering (Note to self, Marrakesh in August is not for the faint hearted)
You take it easy and take it all in, thats what.
When booking the trip, we knew it might be a little too hot for us so we made sure we booked somewhere we wouldn't tire of and that would keep us entertained on the too hot to go out afternoons (it was 43 degrees at some points)
I really couldn't imagine how anyone could get bored here. There are so many areas to explore, and when your done exploring you can sit back and enjoy.
The rooftop is the place to head to if you fancy being a little more social. It had changed vastly since the last time we were here (see the post here) which is once of the things I love about El Fenn, its always evolving.
And heres another thing I adore. The deserts.
They really are incredible! All of the food here is fantastic, but the deserts really are stand out. So much so, we found ourselves shamelessly heading to the roof in late afternoon for something sweet, indulgent and totally calorific!
This is my final post from our trip to Marrakech, one of my favourite places in the world to visit. So much so, we've just booked another trip...
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