Tuesday, 19 August 2014


This is the seventh edition in the 'photography inspiration' series and this post is focusing on the stunning flowers at weddings. Not only are there some beautiful flower displays below but also the sheer range of flowers is incredible. I love having fresh flowers, there's just something about the smell of fresh flowers paired with the summer that just makes me happy. 

The Flower Edition...
Could easily DIY this. Love just the lace and ribbon around the jar. With royal blue and gray/silver ribbon. Lace mason jar vases - large quart size - set of 12. $60.00, via Etsy.
The Bride's Diary - DIY: Teapot Flower Arrangement How-To
Bushels of Spring Flowers - on #SMP here: http://www.StyleMePretty.com/2014/04/08/romantic-french-chateau-wedding/ Erich McVey Photography - erichmcvey.com

Wedding table styling
Vintage-garden chic Wedding Decor  Wedding Photos by Revival Photography Shuford House and Garden Weddings in Hickory North Carolina Photos Arrangements by Kahly Antal
Outside wedding
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DIY Wedding Centerpiece..love the queen anne's lace.  I thought a wild flower bouquet would be awesome.
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Ooooh love this!! Better start makin brad drink his beer from bottles!
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Baby's breath in blue mason jars -- super cute and inexpensive centerpieces for a rustic wedding baby shower or bridal shower!
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Vintage Wedding Decor; the blue vases is what makes is
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Which are your favourite flowers?

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

RECIPE: Chicken Jambalaya

Now that I'm on holiday I really wanted to start cooking again, long days at work just mean it's impossible to cook complicated dishes. We have freshly cooked meals most evenings but nothing too complicated, so I was looking forward to cooking more. Having said this, Chicken Jambalaya isn't actually all that complicated and it was a 'oh we have chicken that needs using up' meal. As a vegetarian, I clearly didn't eat this meal but I don't mind (too much) cooking the meat for Tom. I just try not to touch it! Tom has assured me that this was really tasty (and a nice change from pasta!)

Most chicken jambalaya recipes have chorizo in too but as I didn't think (I say think because I searched the fridge, couldn't find any, then Tom came home and found some - doh!) we had any chorizo I increased the amount of paprika to get that flavour. You could of course add 70g chorizo to this recipe and reduce the paprika to 1 tsp.
What you'll need:
1x Can of Chopped Tomatoes
2 Garlic Gloves, crushed (I used Very Lazy Crushed Garlic)
2 Chicken Breasts, cut into chunks (I use scissors to do this)
1 Red Onion, sliced
1 Red Pepper, sliced
1tbsp Olive Oil
250g Long Grain Rice
350ml Chicken Stock
2-3 heaped teaspoons of Smoked Paprika
Black Pepper
Pinch of Dried Chilli Flakes
What to do:
1) Heat the oil in a frying pan (with a lid) and brown the chicken breast pieces for around 8 minutes. Remove from the saucepan and set aside.
2) Add the onion to the already hot frying pan and cook until partially softened. Add the red pepper, paprika, black pepper, chilli flakes and cook for a further 8 minutes or until the peppers are mostly cooked.
3) Add the chicken back into the onion/pepper mix, stir in the rice, chopped tomatoes and chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or when the rice is cooked.
5) Serve with crusty bread or just by itself.
Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Helen x  

Thursday, 14 August 2014


This is the sixth in the 'photograph inspiration' series and this post is focusing on the Groom's party. The Groom is clearly a very important person on the day of their wedding and it's often very important to them to have their closest friends around them. It's interesting when you look for Groom's party photo's because they are often a lot more humorous than the bridal party - not really sure why?!

The Groom's Party Edition...
Vow To Be True     ~     An interesting way to get the entire bridal party's reaction, not just the groom's/bride's, as he recites his vows.
Fun Bridal Party Photos - Bridesmaids and Groomsmen by Janne Photography - www.jannephoto.com

Tres Chic Affairs featured on Wedding Chicks by John Schnack Photography Orfila Vineyards, Winery Wedding, Vintage, Lace, DIY, Bridal Party, photos
Bridal Party Photos - Bridesmaids Pictures | Wedding Planning, Ideas  Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine
haha such a cute bridal party photo! Love this because our reception site has 2 elevators!
Beautiful Wedding Photography #boutonniere #wedding #groom
groomsmen cool gift: Custom superhero cufflinks!
My grooms party will be wearing grey suits
Very cool idea for dressing rooms. Except at mine it'll be in the girls room and the boys will ha e chocolate milk because that's how it works in our house lol
Cool photo idea... should probably do something like this for the groom's party and for the bride's party, especially if we're able to get a beautiful, scenic venue :-)
cute picture - i love nontraditional groomsmen attire
Adorable ♡
Groom Style: 2013 is the year of dapper, daring patterns
Grooms getting ready for wedding ceremony ... Groomsmen ... Wedding party and best man ... Tuxedos and shined shoes ... Photo ops photos photography pics pictures ... Rustic glamorous, country elegance, shabby chic, vintage, whimsical, boho, best day ever
I love these! I really like the old fashioned mismatched groomsmen, and the bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous!

Did you pre plan your wedding photo's or do you plan to?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)

Monday, 11 August 2014

PHOTO A DAY: Day 221

^And just like that it's all over - we tidied up the tipi and went home - as a married couple :)^

PHOTO A DAY: Day 220

^We only went and GOT MARRIED!! It was such an overwhelming, exciting, nerve wracking, surreal and happy day. It passed in a blur.^

PHOTO A DAY: Day 219

^All of those plans we've spent the last year making came together today, as we decorated the Tipi's and made final preparations for our big day tomorrow!^