Spring Soiree at the Lovely Millbridge Court

Spring Soiree at the Lovely Millbridge Court

How was your weekend? Mine was surrounded by GORGEOUSNESS from some fab suppliers at the Millbridge Court Spring Soiree, including Bubblegum Balloons, Kalm KitchenPaula Rooney Flowers, Gill Pike Florist, and Blush Floral Design.

It was a gorgeous and inspiring day, where the venue was set up for a wedding and all Millbridge Court bride and grooms to be came to wonder around and take in all the loveliness; helping them to imagine their day!

Millbridge Court was adorned with beautiful floral arrangements by all three fabulous and talented florists. The ceremony room looked super pretty with petals sprinkled down the aisles and swoon worth chair backs for the bride and groom. All beautifully decorated by Blush Floral.

Tablescapes and gorgeous centre pieces were set up in the main dining room, where Millbridge Court couples could get some wonderful ideas for their table looks and designs. Each table had a completely different look where each florist made their mark, showcasing their individual styles and amazing talent. From rustic urns and hessian from Gill Pike, to luxurious high arrangements surrounded by gold candlesticks by Paula Rooney, there was certainly something beautiful for every couple’s tastes

Blush Floral’s pretty pink and grey display.

 Gill Pike’s beautiful and earthy rustic display.

 Paula Rooney’s gorgeous and elegant display.
Not forgetting, the unveiling of three new food stations by Kalm Kitchen, the resident (and amazing) caterer at Millbridge Court. My favourite was the doughnut wall!! YES! A wall of doughnuts and it looked fab! Sneaky peek images below and full images to be released soon!

They also had a beautiful (and tasty) new Ice Cream Bar where couples could ask for as much ice cream as desired and could top with their most favourite of toppings (mine being oreo cookie crumble!).

Lastly (but not least), was their new 360 degree Canape grazing station, which made quite an impact.

To top it all off, the venue was decorated by Bubblegum Balloons (of which one GIANT balloon is now taking over the ceiling in my dining room, and the Siamese are worryingly intrigued!).

It was a gorgeous day, and it was lovely to meet so many nice Millbridge Court couples.
Thank you to Millbridge Court for your hospitality and inviting me to come along.
P xx
How To Accept That Not Everything Will Go To Plan – Part Four

How To Accept That Not Everything Will Go To Plan – Part Four

Here it is, the fourth and final part to my mini series on how to accept that not everything will go to plan on your wedding day. This week, I’m focussing on dealing with the feelings you may have AFTER your wedding when some things didn’t quite go to plan.

I’m not going to lie – I had a couple! As a creative and ridiculous perfectionist (OCD organisational freak) I am my worst critic and I like everything to be perfect. When you put that together with planning a wedding, it’s easy to go a bit ‘mental’.
SO, how to accept that not everything can ever be perfect? Well, that’s something I’m still learning myself to be honest but I’m happy to be open about the things that I personally felt didn’t go to plan and how I got around it in the hope that if you are only even half the organisational perfectionist maniac that I am, that this will help you…
1) The cake
Our cake was amazing – you cannot go wrong with Hummingbird Bakery! We deliberately went for a smaller size because from wedding guest and photographer experience, EVERYONE forgets the cake and it never gets eaten. A personal gripe of mine, is food wastage, so this was a big deal for me! So I kindly asked the caterers to walk it around like canapes once it was cut…. this unfortunately didn’t happen and all the cake was chopped and placed on a table at the back of the reception room, miiiilllles away from the dancing. People only saw it there if they walked past to go to the loo! I will admit, I never quite got over this, but, my advice to anyone with similar ‘food waste issues’ as me or if you simply want people to eat your cake, set a pretty display table up by the entrance/exit of your reception. Ask the caterers to box it up and put a pretty sign out saying ‘please take some cake’. Easy, simple, and after having too many glasses of wine every guest will love you forever if you feed them as they are staggering home… Win win!

3) Decor
You’ve dreamed of your wedding for ages, and had it all mapped out on Pinterest for months! But when it finally all came together, something wasn’t right. It was lovely, but it wasn’t quite how you imagined.
Sound familiar or sounds like something you are worried about happening? Please please don’t let it. Your wedding NOT turning out as it was on Pinterest is EXACTLY the type of wedding you want. It makes it yours and it makes it personal – it took me a while to realise this.
There was something on my wedding day that I didn’t dislike, but it definitely wasn’t what i had pictured in my head and I felt a little disappointed. Disappointed? I know – I felt GUILTY and so ungrateful for feeling that way because what was delivered was OUTSTANDING and beautiful. It just took me time to realise that, and it could definitely have been avoided if I hadn’t been so obsessed/confused with what i saw daily on Pinterest and at the weddings I was photographing (double whammy for a photographer!). If something wasn’t quite how you wanted it, try to accept it. By accepting it, you’ll start to see what WAS so lovely about it that was simply being clouded by that one Pinterest image you’ve had stuck in your head for months 😉

2) People
Generally speaking, people usually behaves themselves on the wedding day itself. If any secret dramas occur you normally hear about them after the wedding day. If you are unfortunate enough, to witness something, as I was, all I can truthfully say, is not matter how disappointed you feel, try your very very best to keep those feelings at bay. Don’t talk to anyone about it, don’t even let it all out to your bridesmaids. Keep it under wraps, because ‘not talking about it’ will help you to put those feelings aside for the rest of the day so that you can focus on enjoying yourself.
Something happened on our wedding day, and we managed to leave it where it was and not think about it until we were back from honeymoon, which is a huge triumph for me as I struggle to let go of things. If I can get past something and forget about it for the day, believe me when I say you can. Just remember to not allow yourself to give it any of your time and attention. You’ll very easily be distracted by something fun. After the wedding, well that’s something that can be a lot more tricky to deal with. Either you leave it where you left it (brushed under the carpet) or, you broach the subject if this is the best way for you to get closure and truly put it to bed. I can’t really give you complete advice on this, but you’ll know what to do if you have to. Just remember to be calm and only approach it one your emotions have settled and you’ll be in a place where you can think properly.

And there we have it! The end to my mini blog series. I do hope this will provide valuable advice and tips for all you lovely brides-to-be, whether you’re not engaged yet (but hoping to be), newly engaged, about to get married or just married!
I hope you enjoyed it 🙂
Philippa x
The Best Coffee In Budapest

The Best Coffee In Budapest

Some of you may or may not have seen, but I visited the lovely Budapest last week – a surprise 30th treat for my wonderful husband James.
I have lots of images and bits to share with you from the trip but I thought I’d start with talking about the amazing COFFEE! If you LOVE good coffee, and by ‘good coffee’ I don’t mean Starbucks and Costa, then you’ll love Budapest! (Although you couldn’t avoid seeing the mainstream chains around touristy spots!) So, I’m talking about beautiful independent coffee houses where the service is impeccable and coffee made with the upmost care. No coffee collars with incorrectly spelled names in sight!!

Through the very handy and well-respected advice of Rough Guides, we went to two coffee houses, both unbelievably different but extremely tasty. We still can’t work out which we preferred – both were outstanding in their own ways. Both had their own individual charm, tailoring to different types of people – modern and traditional locals and tourists.
The first, Central Kavehaz, feels like a step back in time as you enter. With beautiful dark wood and mirrored walls and its high ornate ceiling it’s described as ‘the grand café’.

It’s certainly one to visit, and we went TWICE we loved it so much! Originating back in 1887, they brew coffee in a more traditional way and offer an impeccable yet relaxed table service.

We both ordered the Peti Kávé, a traditional coffee from the former owner Mr Mészáros, served with whipped cream and a mini macaroon. YUM!

The second coffee house, was called Espresso Embassy; a young trendy place with an urban feel. Arched ceilings with exposed brick, industrial poles and pipes with low lit light bulbs, modern coffee machines that look like they could take off and a really chilled vibe.

The clientele was a lot younger and the coffee served was similar to varieties you’d find in a modern coffee shop. However, the taste and quality was outstanding, and the helpful, happy and award winning barista’s really knew their stuff.

We both ordered a latte and their ‘famous cheesecake’, which actually was the best cheesecake I’ve ever had!!
There were many others on our list to visit, but with only so much time we had to choose a couple – and they did NOT disappoint. So if you are planning a trip to Budapest, a mid morning coffee at either of these places will make your taste buds and soul very happy indeed 🙂
P xxx
Accepting That Not Everything Will Go To Plan – Part 3

Accepting That Not Everything Will Go To Plan – Part 3

 A little later than planned (sorry for the slacking!) but here’s part 3 of ‘How To Accept That Not Everything will go to plan ON your wedding day.

It’s so easy when planning your wedding to become quite OCD and particular on everything and anything with regards to the wedding. Understandably so, as it’s your wedding day and you are a bride who absolutely loves thought out detail and you want your guests to have just as good a time as you. It’s easy to get caught up on this, and sometimes, as with all things in life, things may not 100% go to plan, or may turn out differently to how you had imagined in your head or like your detailed Pinterest board. So I am sharing this post to try to help you prepare for dealing with things like this, especially coming from someone who is an organisational freak and so creative that the slightest thing out of place bugs them… Obviously I’m talking about me hehehe *monkey covering it’s eyes emoji* First things first, let’s talk about the dreaded ‘W’ word… WEATHER! I cannot even begin to remember how many people would say things like ‘oh let’s hope it’s a sunny day’ or ‘how bad was the weather today? Let’s hope it’s not like this on your wedding day’ etc etc etc. A countless number of people would want to talk or make a weather comment, even months before the wedding! There’s nothing wrong with what they’re saying, but it does start to create a feeling of anxiousness and worry for all couples. Of COURSE every couple wants a nice, warm, sunny (or at least not rainy) wedding day. That’s natural. But unless you’re going abroad, there is always a chance that the weather may be crap on your wedding day; we do live in the UK where the weather is becoming more and more unpredictable. So try, if you can, to not let all the weather comments, screen grabs of weather apps that are sent to you, or Aunties telling you they are praying for sun, get to you or stress you out. I mean, what will really happen if it rains? What’s the worst case? Ok, so your shoes and bottom/underside of your dress may get a little damp. Your schedule may change a little to be flexible with regards to photographs. But is it all that bad?? Photographically your photographs will still be beautiful. If it’s torrential all day (which is really rare) then group photographs will be taken indoors (not the end of the world). However 9/10 it stops at some point anyway and during any breaks in the weather will be when photographs happen.

At the end of your day, you will look back and think, that was the best day EVER and I wouldn’t want to change any part of it, as it’s what made our day unique. EVEN the rain! Trust me 🙂 The other thing that can happen on the day that may be unexpected and out of your control (apart from unruly guests of course which I covered in Part 2!) is managing other suppliers. Whether the driver of the car doesn’t turn up, to the hair stylist taking 40 minutes longer than she’s supposed to, to the venue manager not quite setting something up as you wanted. They are all things outside your control but absolutely CAN be managed. So let’s say, a supplier doesn’t turn up. What’s the worst that can happen? I photographed a wedding last year and the cars went to the wrong address which meant we were late to the church. Well the service won’t start until you get there, so try not to worry 😉 The venue manager hasn’t laid something out how you want it – well quite simply say, or set your bridesmaids onto it and it will all be sorted quickly and quietly. The hairdresser doesn’t turn up… It’s NOT ideal but I’m sure one of your bridal party has a hidden and absolutely brilliant talent for hair. Or kindly ask someone to drive you to your local hairdressers/beauty course in a department store and someone will absolutely be able to help you 🙂

The one that scares people the most, your wedding photographer has got the wrong day, or has a family emergency. I 100% promise you that there will be someone who will come to the rescue. If you have invested in a GREAT photographer where they offer an amazing service and are not cheap as chips, then they will never ever leave you in the lurch during a crisis. Photographers all know each other, and are there for each other when this sort of thing happens. A fab photographer will already have sorted out a replacement for them before they’ve even told you about the change so as to not panic you. So, the other nightmare, your photographers a no show and you can’t get hold of them – simply find wedding or photography groups on Facebook eg ‘The London Wedding Club’ or Facebook message as many photographers as you can to ask for help. If they are not free they will be able to put out an emergency request to other photographers in their network. Breath – it can be sorted don’t worry 🙂 This rarely happens, but just know there are solutions to all! The main thing, is everything will turn out just the way it was meant to, even if it’s not what you originally planned or how you imagined it. Relax, enjoy the day and remember this lovely quote, "you are not getting married to impress a room full of people, you are getting married to make the man you love your husband". P xxx