Top tips for the newly engaged.

Top tips for the newly engaged.

I can’t quite believe I’ve not blogged since the New Year!!

Well it’s been a pretty fab year already, because back in March my wonderful charming and fabulous Mr proposed to me!

I wasn’t the cool calm collected girl I thought I would be, nope the poor guy didn’t have much of a chance to utter those 4 life changing words, I clocked the ring asked if this was what I thought it was and cried – I wasn’t expecting it in the slightest, I was in bed having a lazy Saturday and he had gone to get us breakfast from the lovely French franks, I took out my croissant and jam from the little bag and at the bottom there was a box, my mind rushed to thinking “ooh earrings”, a surprise birthday present – My birthday being on the Thursday just gone. And there it was a beautiful aquamarine and diamond ring. I looked at him and the look of the love in his eyes was unquestionable. Sitting there with this man who means the world to me I was overjoyed/content and just so, I was in this blissful bubble that I never wanted/want to pop – and it hasn’t. So here we are and I’m already planning like a mad woman.



Having blogged, posted and shared so much these past three years, that I’m so pleased to have done it all as it is going to be of so much help. But it is a hard quest! But one I’m enjoying very much.
So what have I picked up and want to share?
Well for starters set up a wedding only email, this is sooooo handy as when you start messaging companies/venues and all the other vendors it’s great to have them all in one place not getting lost or forgotten.

2. The budget, this is an important one, everyone loves a wedding and wants it to be memorable but don’t go into a marriage with debt. And this is where the email comes in handy, for all those quotes you’ll be after.

3. A drafting of the guest list, while your wedding may be a while off, when we did this ourselves it became clear that we need a venue to hold a biggish amount, so no dreams dashed once walking around and finding out that venue only holds x amount.

4. Picking a date, working out what month you want to wed will be handy as to when you really need to get on the ball with picking a venue, these and photographers tend to booked up well in advance especially for those summer months! – June July and August. Also prices go up a smidge more for peak times. So put that as a factor in your budget.

5. Always be on the same page. I’ve always believed that it’s the groom’s day as much as the bride. So when it comes to hosting one of the biggest events of your lives, be sure that its full of you both.

More blogs to come now i’m in the brides shoes!!


The Labyrinth.

“Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen”

Inspired by the news of The Labyrinth 2

And having just seen a fab dress that had me flashing back to watching Sarah dance around at the masquerade ball, I decided to create a board! –  Enjoy!

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Images from Pinterest
Cake  –  Black Cherry Cake Company
Dress –  Eternity Bridal

Josh Osmond film and photography

Joshua Osmond who currently resides in Southsea but originally from this beautiful Isle Of Wight, has spent these last few years studying and working hard at learning his trade, graduating in 2012 with a BA in media practice from the University Of The West in Bristol, he’s now out in the big media/arts world.

He takes alot his of inpsiration from whats around him, there are raw elements to his work that are true and honest, also quite urban but with a touch of the ethereal.

In recent months he’s been putting his skills to work- anything he can do to build his experience is no bad thing!, editing for a lovely videographer company and what’s more its wedding video cinematography!!
Having watched a few, those families really have something to treasure.

Most recently Josh was called in to shoot a wedding, his first and I have to say keep an eye out for this one! I’m very pleased to able to share it with you here!!!


I just love the lazy hazy romance that he’s captured.
For more about Josh and his work please check out

New hope for outdoor weddings!!

Last week i read some great news that weddings, might! just might be able to be held outside!! This is great news!!! I long to wed outside, my dream has always been to have the ground firmly under my feet, whether it be sand between my toes or the soft tickle of lush green grass. In the past while writing for a delightful magazine – full of fairy-tale/boho/folkies dreamers, I marvelled in the wonder of one couple getting married in a cave and another at the bottom of the Tor in Glastonbury, both amazing and equally romantic, the downside it wasn’t legal, that bit had to be down either on the day then rush to the magical place of your choosing or a different to when you actually had everyone with you, but now that this law may come to pass it will mean that won’t have to happen, and this goes i hope! for every faith or those that don’t hold one can choose a location most suited to them, a chance rejoice in marrying in the beauty that is our planet. I’ve long *hmphed* and *sighed* at trying to understand why it is that you have to marry in a building or at the very least have something overhead. Marriage is about two people. Two souls becoming one, there shouldn’t be limits to where you marry, as long as you are committed to one and another, support, protect, embrace and encourage one another…then lets have to stars be our roof, the caves our protection or the waves washing us into a life of wedded bliss.

So while my board isn’t in a cave or on a beach, i’ve opted for the ever so closer to home touch, the back garden. But i’m naming this board “An English Garden Wedding”

GardenThis is for those opting for low key, small, homespund and definitely an intermit affair.

Decoration/theme: On the lawn amongst beautiful flowers, buzzing of bees and chirping of the birds, soft fluttering of bunting hanging from trees, bushes and or along the fencing. And a perfect blue sky and the sun shining brightly making all natures colours bright and vibrant. Picnic tables with gingham patterned clothes, perhaps a BBQ or bring along buffet would be fitting.

The Invite: Flowers, flowers and more flowers!

The Shoes: These delightful shoe were found on Modcloth, I just love them! The sparkle and shimmer!

The dress: This lovely 50’s style dress I found at coast at £250, what a bargain!
I love the two tone fabrics, it’s slightly pleated so it adds a little something, a little more movement.

The Cake: No fuss and simple white cake, perhaps with a slightly rough frosting, but I really like the simplicity of it, a few flowers but not much more.

Added extras: What about using a wheelbarrow as a drinks cooler? Fill it up with ice and pop to any number of our local supermarkets with their deals on drinks, and there you go a very quick and easy storage for toasting drinks

Just to help you picture a wedding a garden, I stumbled across this fab post, which in turn happened to be Chris Cowley’s work!! Great stuff!! a really lovely blog too!

*Image found on:Boho-weddings
*Photography: Chris Cowley


This week Britain made history! Gay marriage is now legal! Something which I believe has been long overdue. Love is a thing we all crave, love lift us up, carry’s us through many of life’s problems and it comes in so many different forms. But when we find it in another person, it feels like you’ve finally found something for which you were searching but you didn’t even know it, when you find that person and they make everything make sense it is only natural to want to take it to the next step and for many that is marriage. Marriage about two people just two people coming together sharing their love and want to show to the other people who are important to them, so when that option hasn’t  been allowed purely on the bases of  the sex of who you have fallen for that’s upsetting. But this week! This week things finally have moved into clear view and chances are happening!

So here is my a celebration board!

Rainbow: A rainbow comes after the storm, when the sun breaks through those dark clouds and shines are bright as can be, it also creates a Rainbow!  Very apt!

Photography : Mr & Mr – Hudson River Photographer
                        Mrs & Mrs – Steph Grant Photography

Congratualtions!!! and good luck to all those getting hitched!! Love is Love.

Mandy Meadows Wedding Photography Advice – Children at weddings

I love having children at weddings, but not every wedding loves children!  I have been to some where they were woefully unprepared and one where they where so over prepared that the children where whisked away to the creche so quickly they missed all the photos!The only person less pleased about that than me was the bride (as you can expect!).   Beth & Lee -104-horz


However if its mummy and daddy getting married all of sudden this normally independent toddler that you cant cuddles for love nor money, suddenly becomes incredibly grumpy and stuck to mummy’s inside leg!  “Why, why today” I here disappearing brides say…… well I have a theory…….




How do we feel at weddings? We get emotional, we want to cry with happiness, we cant stop it but we can process it and laugh it off.  However for the child of the couple,  they know that they feel emotional but they don’t know why.  That child can feel the tension, they can feel the changed in atmosphere but they have don’t have any idea why it happening and so they act on those feelings.


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So my advice……  don’t get cross with them!  Give them a cuddle, tell them its an exciting day….. and then get someone (not the grand parents) to be there to take responsibility for the child for the duration of the day.  If you have a baby sitter or a nursery worker they may be a good option.  You need someone who wont be emotional attached to the proceedings, who can occupy the child just far enough away to keep them involved in the day, but not so involved it get too much for them.


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I personally would not suggest they are left at home as the ‘earth mother’ feels they should be there.  However for the sake of a days wages, your mind will be a rest that someone else is responsible for the child. Not only for the emotional care but the practical care too.  That responsible adult will be make sure  they eat properly, sleep when they need it and nurture them during the day so, the parents can enjoy a wedding day stress free.



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Best Mandy


Weddings on the Beach @ Priory Bay


Weddings on the Beach @ Priory Bay


 “You don’t have to get on a plane to find a slice of paradise”
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