I would describe my interior design style as very eclectic. I like a lot of things in a lot of different colours and styles; not much really ‘matches’ or follows a theme. However, looking around the other day I noticed that without really realising it I have build up quite a collection of wildlife inspired decor. I love animals, so I suppose it is only right that they have began to invade my home. And since we are in rented and not able to have any pets really these little buddies are the best I can do for now.

I thought I’d introduce a few of my animal influences and how I came to own them:

Rubber Duck Collection – Various shops 

Bathroom

I really love these guys – they make me smile every time I catch sight of them when I’m brushing my teeth! I went through a phase of collecting them for a while. I love how colourful they are and they really jazz up our white bathroom. I can’t remember where I got all of them individually but the far right one is from Harrods! So he certainly wasn’t cheap! They are a really good fun decoration though.

Crystal Bird Bedside Lamp -Wilkinson

Bedroom 

Again, I bought this when I moved into my place for the first time. It’s sooo pretty,  the crystals are beautiful and it really goes with my vintage theme in the bedroom. Wilko are really good for home and interiors – I seem to remember I picked this up for about £20 and I’ve had it a good few years. It’s really lovely as a bedside lamp too because it gives out a really soft level of lighting, perfect for reading before bed.

Turtle Incense Stick Burner – Gift

Living Room

This was a gift from my mum and I’ve know idea where she got it from but I had to include it in this because it’s just gorgeous. Our living room is majority white and minimalistic (the joys of rented property) but I like to add pops of strong, bright colours to liven it up a bit – see my post on this here. This turtle is perfect because it’s a really nice bright turquoise colour which looks really striking on my white surfaces. I love the turtle too, I’ve been lucky enough to dive with giant sea turtles 3 times in the wild so they are very special to me.

Black and White Ornamental Elephant – Habitat

Living Room

Elephants are a big part of our lives and hold a special place in our hearts and our relationship. Elephants have always been my favourite animal – I spent time in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand with them and have always loved them. I also love what they represent; strength, wisdom and peacefulness. They are such amazing animals. A few years ago, long before we got engaged, Paul and I decided to get a matching tattoo as a symbol of our ‘forever’ commitment and we decided on a beautiful elephant design. So elephants have become an important symbol for us. We got this as a housewarming gift when we moved into our apartment and it’s gorgeous. I love the cream and grey colours, and it makes me smile everytime I look at it.

Elephant and Turtle Cuddly Toys! – Gifts

Living Room

Yes – I’m still a child inside and I still have cuddly toys on display! But these arnt worn out teddies they are ‘luxury’ toys which I have taken really good care of and are used for decorative purposes. They were both gifts – and are my favourite animals! I love the turtle particularly because it’s so colourful and my brother bought it back from Sri Lanka for me.

What kind of home decor style do you like? Do you have much wildlife influence in your home?

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If you are getting married abroad or having a beach wedding a San Unity Ceremony is a real cute and popular addition to the ceremony. We didn’t have a religious ceremony and the civil ceremonies in Greece are very short, just a few lines and the exchanging of the rings; it would be over in a few minutes! The Sand Ceremony was an add on that our planners offered and as Paul and I are total beach bums we thought it would be a nice touch and was very ‘us’.

The couple are given a vial of sand each, and take it in turns to pour it into a larger, decorative vase. It’s actually very symbolic and as your pour the sand the registrar reads words explaining how your sand is now mixed together forever, as one, never to be separated, which represents how you have become one person in your marriage and will be bound together forever. The words meant a lot to us and we were so glad we decided to have it.

If your planner doesn’t do it or you’re not using a planner you can get the vials of sand easily online, or more mean fully you could easily collect the sand yourself. If your weddings isn’t beachy I really like the idea of doing it privately on the honeymoon, like some people plant love trees, to cement your bond and you can use sand from that special place and remember your honeymoon forever.

Plus you get to keep the vase as well which is a lovely memento and looks cute in our living room.

xox

From my experience, and I would guess that this is the same for many beach brides, one of the most challenging elements of planning a wedding abroad is choosing a suitable outfit for the groom! If, like mine, he does not really have a fixed idea in his head what his wedding ‘suit’ will look like it can prove very difficult finding something which is smart, cooling, comfortable and in-keeping with the ‘beach’ theme all in equal measure. Throw in the fact that our wedding was in early summer and so we had the British Winter and Spring to search for an outfit – impossible.

We ended up leaving it until the last minute and choosing something in mid May so that we could find some summery things in the shops. Paul decided he didn’t want a jacket, which I was completely fine with; firstly because it would be very hot in Greece for our wedding and secondly because the whole wedding had a really casual feel. As an example – I suggested shorts and flip flops to all the male guests and the Best Man was wearing linen shorts and a shirt so Paul would have looked a bit odd in a three piece suit! It’s not his style anyway. With his long hair and tattoos a much more relaxed and toned down look suited him and the venue much better.

Looking back on the pictures I’m really pleased with what we chose. The trousers and shirt make it smart enough for a wedding, with the lack of jacket keeping it cool and dressed down and the pink bow tie (his idea!) and braces giving the outfit a bit of personality! He looked like himself and I was very pleased about that.  The only thing he would change would be the shoes! They were leather and quite uncomfortable on the day, I think he wished he went for flip flops! The pocket watch was a gift from me to open on the morning of the wedding and I was really chuffed that he decided to wear it on the day.

What he wore:

Shirt: Ted Baker

Trousers: John Lewis

Braces & Belt: H&M

Bow Tie: Mrs Bow Tie

Shoes: Bertie

Pocket Watch: notonthehighstreet.com

xox

It was my hen party on Saturday! Last fling before the ring etc etc!!! I am now officially on the countdown to becoming a Mrs.

Planning a hen party is difficult. There seems to be huge expectations attached to it and the celebrations often involve a whole weekend (sometimes even a week!), sometimes abroad and usually involve quite a lot of money from all those invited. I was adamant that I wanted something simple, nothing tacky and nothing that involved my friends and family having to pay loads of cash up front and, more importantly, involved my bridesmaids having to spend hours chasing up payments and organizing! And nothing cringe – no strippers allowed!

My five bridesmaids with help from my mum did an amazing job of planning and setting up a stunning picnic in Greenwich Park with a ‘festival’ theme (I love my festivals!) and it was absolutely perfect! They went to a lot of trouble and there were a lot of extra touches which I wasn’t expecting like my mum made a flower photo booth for us to use to take our selfies and homemade personalized cupcakes with little pictures of me and Paul on them! So cute.  It was the little details that made it so special for me, instead of a sash or tiara my cousin made me a ‘bride-to-be’ badge to wear, we had bunches of gypsophelia on the table and all the food was homemade. It was perfect for me 🙂

How lucky we were with the weather! In the weeks leading up to it I was terrified that our garden party would be ruined by rain or a freezing wind but thank goodness the UK decided to bust out a heatwave and we were blessed with a balmy 23 degrees!

After a few hours of champagne and cake in the park we engaged in some hilarious ‘school sports day’ games (even more hilarious with a few drinks having been consumed) like the sack race, egg and spoon and the 3-legged race and I managed to lead my team to a convincing victory! We also provided some good entertainment for the other park-goers that day and became a bit of a tourist attraction!!!

In the evening we went out to Shoreditch to ‘Trapeze Bar’ which is a circus themes bar with yummy cocktails for a bit of a dance. As we had been celebrating for most of the afternoon we didn’t last much longer than midnight but it was still enough time to hit the dance floor and get a few drinks in.

The best thing about the day was seeing all my (female) friends and family and the girls that I love in one place all getting on and getting to know each other before my wedding. I feel truly blessed to have such lovely ladies in my life.

xox