Groovy (gluten free) Wedding Cakes

“A party without cake is just a meeting” – a quote you will find on the wonderfully colourful and eclectic site of gluten-free bakery taking the world by storm. If you want to consider a different, healthy OR gluten-free wedding cake idea then get lost in the magical wonderland of Pearl & Groove and delve into the flavour explosions of Rose Water & Pistachio, Banana & Peanut Butter, Earl Grey Tea Cake & Dark Chocolate and Stem Ginger.

Pearl & Groove Bakery’s Top 5 Rules
1. FRESH AND SEASONAL
2. MINIMAL INGREDIENTS (USUALLY NO MORE THAN 5)
3. NO WHITE FLOUR ALLOWED
4. EACH INGREDIENT HAS A PURPOSE AND STORY TO TELL
5. DELICIOUS, YUMMY, MORE-ISH AND VIRTUALLY GUILT FREE!

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Spring Wedding – Coastal & Creative

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The bride painted her own incredible seating plan and table names and hand-stamped all the name places (which can be ordered).

Handmade bunting and spring flowers decorate the marquee.

Photographs from Jim Pascoe Photography and for any questions regarding Name Place orders please contact us for Caroline’s details.

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Beautiful map table plan

A sneak preview to a beautiful wedding we’ve got coming soon….this incredible table plan was lovingly created and painted by the Bride herself – so impressed! An inspiring way to bring maps and your favourite place into your decorating…

For more Table plan ideas see here

Table Plan

Rustic Country Wedding

We’re delighted that this incredibly beautiful wedding is gracing Butterflies & Bells. It has a wonderful sense of creativity and romance as a traditional style wedding without the formal boundaries. All food and drink was sourced locally from the New Forest and the stunning yet informal flowers are from Pippa Stoddart at Tussey Mussey Flowers; we love the milk bottles and jam jars they’re arranged in. Look out for the table tags, the Hen-made cakes, the swing and the horses. Beautiful photography by Tori Hancock; dress by Ellie Lowe and horses from Mouland Belgians.
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Beautiful Handwritten Wedding Stationery | Fleming and Sell

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There’s something extremely satisfying about leaving a large town like London for a small town like Topsham and finding a truly hidden gem for the world of weddings tucked along those cobbled streets.

Fleming and Sell offer beautiful handwritten wedding stationery. Charlotte can do your InvitationsSave the Date cardsRSVP cards and Name Places and stationery starts from £1 per item. Each piece of stationery is handwritten in ink on hand torn watercolour paper (in off white).

Contact Charlotte Fleming here for more information

Winter Weddings | Ways to keep warm

Winter Wedding Ideas

Blankets for your guests, mince pies, candles by the dozen, mulled cider…just some of the wonderfully romantic and creative ways to add something special (and warm to your winter wedding).

Mulled Cider is a lovely, warming post church drink that won’t cause a threat to the bride’s dress like Mulled Wine does! See a very simple and delicious recipe below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

3½pts/2L dry cider or fresh apple juice
2 apples studded with cloves
4-6 cinnamon sticks
5-6 allspice berries
zest of 1 orange
dark rum (optional)
slices of apple for garnish

Preparation method

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer gently for 30 minutes – do not boil.
Transfer to a heatproof bowl and ladle into glass mugs or paper cups. Garnish with apple slices to serve.
This serves 8-10

Candles

If you are looking to buy lots of small pillar candles, Ikea are selling a 4 pack for £1.75 with a burn time of 15 hours.

Cold Hands Warm hearts photo: www.weddingpartyapp.com
Mulled Cider photo: www.mydaily.co.uk
Mulled Cider Recipe: www.bbc.co.uk/food

London Caterers with a magical touch

There is nothing more exciting than coming across a wonderful and inspiring company like Social Pantry caterers. They recently interviewed Butterflies & Bells to find out more about us and we couldn’t recommend what they do highly enough; read our interview here and indulge in a peruse through their magical photos on Facebook.

If you are looking for a caterer for your wedding do get in touch with Alex and see what she can help you with.

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Christmas Weddings | Magical Touches

Christmas weddings

1. Beautifully cut star paper lanterns from £5….hung from a ceiling would look magical. From Etsy

2. Wine glass or wine bottle christmas tree tags by Sophia Victoria Joy

3. We LOVE these knitted candle cosies from Henry’s Future

4. Crackers! A fun, interactive and icebreaking touch to your table – we love these designs by Nancy & Betty Studio

Conker name places and autumnal flowers

THINGS THAT INSPIRED US THIS WEEK….

Autumn wedding

1. Conkers

Tied to a luggage tag for an autumnal name place

2. Autumnal flowers

Dahlias and alstromeria in vibrant maroons, yellows and oranges

3. Decorative Letters

To spell out a message, LOVE, or your names (and handy boxes to use after the wedding). Buy here

4. Gorgeous Lanterns

For a cosy glow from Nkuku

Swedish Fire Torches

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Swedish Fire Torches (or Swedish Candles) are designed in a way that can bring warmth, light and decoration to a party.

A path of them leading up to a marquee or a gathering of them outside, they create a cosy place to huddle on a cool English evening.

Buy them here or browse the internet on how to make your own.

Sloe Gin Wedding Favours

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The sloes are out and those with a winter wedding on the horizon might be searching for some interesting ideas for your wedding favours. Well, if you have at least 2 months to go, then get picking and shaking and treat your guests to a delicious bottle of homemade sloe gin.

Use this simple and quick recipe below or for a more detailed and intricate brew then have a read of Sipsmith’s suggestions here.

Sloe Gin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 450g/1lb sloes
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 1 litre/1¾ pint gin (USE GOOD GIN!)

Preparation method

  1. Prick the tough skin of the sloes all over with a clean needle and put in a large sterilised jar.
  2. Pour in the sugar and the gin, seal tightly and shake well.
  3. Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for a week. Then shake once a week for at least two months.
  4. Strain the sloe gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle.

A country wedding with colour

Another beautiful wedding photographed by Marcus Dodridge, at Bignor Park.

Think English country garden with Indian block prints.

We love the turquoise Kew Garden Flower pots with white hydrangeas and the gorgeous bridesmaid dresses.

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Barn Wedding | Ideas and Inspiration

A real wedding oozing with creativity and special touches. So many original ideas, the flowers are beautiful and note the photobooth, cake table, seating plan and message box!

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Thanks to inspiring photographer Marcus Dodridge for many of the shots of this beautiful wedding. Have a look at Marcus’ website for more inspiration, he really does capture some incredibly special shots.

10 original Wedding Favour ideas

Wedding favours are the perfect excuse for your creativity and personal stamp on your wedding to shine through. They can be homemade, inexpensive and part of the decoration.  We have seen so many amazing ideas we’ve created a Wedding Favour Pinterest page. In fact there are so many imaginative and wonderful ideas out there that perhaps the good old fashioned Sugared Almonds would actually be a novel idea?

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Mini champagne bottles (instead of a glass refill) to toast the speeches

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Packets of seeds for guests to take home and grow their own flowers/produce from your wedding

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A homemade jar of jam/chutney/honey

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Tubes/jars/bundles of loose tea

Wedding favours tea

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Lavender cushions for the ladies

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Homemade sloe gin

Wedding favours sloe gin

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Cotton stitched handkerchiefs to catch the tears of joy

Wedding favours handkerchief

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A macaroon or other delicious sweet to have with your coffee

Weding favours macaroons

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A drink… (alcoholic or not)

Wedding favours lemonade

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A collection of songs from the wedding

Wedding favours cd

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Photos (via Pinterest) from
1. Gala Darling 2.Wedgwood UK 3. Lace in the desert 4. One fab day 5. Dorset barn 
6. Salcombe beach 7. Sunflowers in Seville 8. BridalIntoxication 9. Sarah Blackwell 
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Beautiful wedding flowers | Maison Des Roses

The most romantic florist in London?

The most romantic florist in London?

After another bunch of incredibly beautiful flowers received from Maison Des Roses, an SW London based florist (and they really have blown all others out of the water), I decided to delve into whether they offer wedding flowers. Not only do they offer their floristry for weddings, but they have an extremely comprehensive website for a bride with limited time on her hands and you could order your full wedding’s worth of flowers with a few clicks on their Wedding Flowers Online service (for London brides, but they will travel). With Buttonholes starting at £6 and Table Centrepieces from £55 and 4 design sections – Contemporary, Country, Romantic and Vintage – they offer incredibly beautiful flowers easily and reasonably. If I was doing it all over again I’d be even more excited by them than I currently am!

Also to note the beautiful label that came with the flowers; inspiration for Name Places perhaps?