Our travel themed wedding
Ever since our first trip as a couple only 2 months after we had ‘officially’ met, we have had a bit of thing for going away – city breaks, diving holidays, beach escapes…anything we can get booked in really. It quickly became a huge part of our relationship that we really treasure; the quality time together sharing experiences we both love and for me the planning beforehand is particularly exciting. So when Chris proposed on an Ibizan beach at sunset I knew that if we didn’t get married abroad we would have to have some aspects of a travel themed wedding.
I had so many ideas during the planning stages of the wedding and found Pinterest to be an amazing source of inspiration. The biggest headache throughout the whole planning process however was one of the earliest things we had to do, the stationary. We spent well over 6 months looking at various different options and I ended up getting in a bit of a state over it all as there were so many designs to choose from but none that really seemed to fit our style. Luckily, Chris’s sister put us in touch with her friend Michelle Mckinley a designer and illustrator and together we managed to come up with our designs for all the stationary. This meant we could match everything from the Save the Dates to the Table name cards and as it was designed just for us matched what we wanted perfectly. Each table was named after a place we have visited together and Michelle designed a different illustration for each table name card that matched the overall stationary design.
As our wedding was in the middle of the Summer I wanted it to feel bright and colourful, and opted for the colours coral and purple. I wanted to incorporate tropical flowers to link into the overall travel theme and our florists Blomster Designs and the fabulous Russell New were able to capture exactly what I wanted without too much guidance and just showing them my Pinterest board. We ended up with a mixture of orchids and roses in all the bouquets which looked so beautiful on the day and the men had Orchid buttonholes.
We both knew we wanted a suitcase wedding cake and found some great pictures on Pinterest to help the cake designs take shape. I still wanted the cake to be elegant and not look tacky and enlisted the help of my Mum to find someone who could make this happen. We feel really lucky that my Mum found Elizabeth Finch because as soon as we saw the style and standard of cakes she had put her name to we knew this was the lady for us. Liz not only makes the most delicious cakes with amazing flavours, she also sugar crafts the flowers that provide the decorations to the cakes herself completely by hand. Stunning – at first glance I thought they were real. Liz had never made a suitcase cake before but really got into the design and suggested some lovely ideas such as the Balinese style embossing on the middle layer.
The rest of the planning centred around all the finishing touches that you inevitably spend ages thinking about and panicking over but wouldn’t be missed by the guests if they weren’t actually there such as the guest book, table plan and card table. I got a little bit crafty and bought some Mr and Mrs letters and decoupage paper from Hobby Craft and set about covering them in travel stamps. I also used this to cover the inside of a wooden suitcase I had bought on Ebay which became somewhere for our guests to leave cards. Our map table plan came from the very lovely people at Ditsy Chic whom we found on Not on the High Street, I had wanted to create this myself but felt that for all the hassle it would have caused it would be better to just get someone else to do it and for it to look professional and beautiful which it absolutely does, we also found the people who designed our guestbook on NOTHS too (can’t remember the name of the company however!)
We were of course thrilled with how beautiful our day was and really couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day surrounded by family and friends. I look back on the professional photos (some embedded in the post others are my own) and fondly remember all the amazing moments of the day, I just wish we could do it all again this year!
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