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Lewis & Emma’s Relaxed Music Themed Wedding Day

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Today I have the wonderful privilege of posting a real life wedding blog for Ivy Ellen’s managing director Lewis and his music themed wedding day. Lewis and Emma tied the knot on the 27th May at the stunning location of Pangdean Barn in West Sussex. Of course many of the Ivy Ellen and Blue Eyed Sun team members attended the reception and loved celebrating with the newlyweds! Lewis and Emma chose to have a picturesque outdoor ceremony and their beautiful little boy, Jesse, stole everyones hearts as ring bearer. I asked the new Mrs Early a few questions about their big day and of course have shared some of their truly stunning photographs with you too…

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Who proposed and how did they propose? How did you meet?

We’d actually known each other on and off through the years, but never very well. It wasn’t until I joined Lewis’ band in 2011 that we became really good friends. The timing wasn’t right back then though, and we eventually got our act together 4 years ago and things went pretty quickly from there! Lewis proposed in early 2015 – the first weekend we’d moved into our new home. It was a proper ‘Friends’ moment, I came home to a house filled with candles everywhere and a very romantic dinner, and it went from there. Perfect.

…We had just started planning the wedding when we discovered I was pregnant though, so plans got delayed a while! Read the rest of this entry »


Royal Wedding Day Inspiration – A Right Royal Affair

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

As many of you will know there was a *sort of* royal wedding this last weekend! Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wed her long term boyfriend James Matthews. The ceremony was held at St Mark’s Church in Englefield. Of course the Duchess herself along with Prince William were both in attendance and keeping an eye on flower girl Princess Charlotte and page boy Prince George. After enjoying a wonderful champagne ­reception at Englefield House, guests then reassembled at Bucklebury village hall for security checks before being ushered to the Middleton family home for the evening festivities. A few pictures have been released of the wedding events and we just ADORE the classic and timeless theme. Of course William & Kate also chose a very elegant and classic wedding theme – so we figured lets get a little royal wedding inspiration…

Of course first is the dress. Both Catherine and Pippa chose very elegant and modest wedding dresses for the ceremony and a more modern and sleek style for the evening celebrations. Both formal dresses were embellished with stunning lace details, a sweeping veil and long train. Pippa’s gown was a custom-made, lace Giles Deacon design, which reportedly cost fourty thousand pounds. Kate wore a stunning gown by Alexander McQueen, which cost more than four-hundred thousand pounds.

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Wedding Thank You Card Etiquette

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Today we’re discussing wedding thank you card etiquette! We have made a brand new video for dedicated to this subject in our series of Youtube vlogs for wedding planning and advice, however we thought youmight also like to read all about it too.

Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life and part of what makes that day so special is being able to share it with your friends and family. Sending a wedding thank you card is a personal and proper way to thank your guests for not only their attendance but also their generosity in the gifts they give you.  So here are some pointers…

Be personal – Your guests would have put a lot of thought into your gift and how they presented themselves on the day. So make sure that you return the favour by mentioning how much you loved seeing them on the day and thank them specifically for their gift.

Send ASAP – Make sure you send yourguest their  wedding thank you card as soon as possible. Settling down as a newlyweds can be a busy time but it will make your guests feels really appreciated if you can send them within 2 months of the big day. Read the rest of this entry »


Should You Take Your Children on Your Honeymoon?

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

As more and more couples find themselves getting married and honeymooning once they already have children, the big question arises. Should you take your children on your honeymoon? Traditionally the honeymoon is a vacation that the newlyweds take together after the wedding, a romantic and fun get away to kick off married life. However would this be the same if you took a little person with you? Many companies are now advertising different types of honeymoon – the mini moon (few days away) and even the familymoon. So with that in mind we decided to ask someone who knows a little more about this situation. Ivy Ellen’s manager, Lewis, is soon to be wed to his lovely fiancé Emma and together they have their beautiful boy Jesse. Together they had to look at the decision of taking your children on your honeymoon.

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So, over to Emma…Should you take children on your honeymoon?

 

When we first got engaged one of the main talking points was the American road trip we were going to do for our honeymoon. 4 weeks off work (If Lew’s boss was nice enough), starting somewhere around Memphis and working our way round all the musical cities of the South. Epic. Then plans changed a little when we found out I was expecting Jesse (we put the wedding off for a year to start). Read the rest of this entry »


Wedding Planning – Top 5 Ed Sheeran First Dance Songs

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

There is no point trying to deny it, there are many good choices for Ed Sheeran first dance songs. The majority of his music is soft, romantic and oh so sweet. Of course this is no exception for his latest album release. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months you probably will have noticed that the new Ed Sheeran album is EVERYWHERE! Of course as someone who works in the wedding industry I can’t help but listen to songs and wonder how many people had this is as their first dance music, or even to walk down the aisle.

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So for a little bit of fun, in no particular order, I have put together the top 5 Ed Sheeran first dance songs, enjoy!

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RLW: Emma & Graham’s Stunning Winter Wonderland Wedding

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

On the 11th December 2016 Emma & Graham tied the knot in a stunning winter wonderland wedding. Their very special day was held at The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe, a beautiful location for such a momentous occasion. The bride and groom may have planned their winter wonderland wedding in just three months, but it was defintely worth it! Today we have Emma with us to chat about their big day and offer some tips too…

Who proposed? How did they propose?

I feel I might of taken the whole proposal thing away from Graham. I know he was going to do something and was waiting for the right moment to pop the question. Our relationship has never been a traditional one, very early on after meeting we went on an incredible ‘honeymoon’ type holiday to South America, soon after that our beautiful daughter arrived and then buying our dream home together. So it wasn’t unusual that we often talked about getting married it just seemed like the natural thing to do, question was when? I knew I wanted our venue as it was already very special to us so I rang to see when they had availability in the summer 2017 but of course a beautiful venue like that gets booked up years in advance! However chatting to the lovely Emma the wedding coordinator it came to light there was a special last minute seasonal offer, I immediately reserved it called Graham and said want to get married in three months? Next thing I know we’re  planning our wedding! Three weeks before the wedding Graham surprised me by whisking me away for a night to a very exclusive hotel just down the road from where we lived, he had arranged everything from a gorgeous suite to a pamper treatment for me. There were flowers waiting in our suite together with champagne he cracked open the bottle took me onto the balcony and got down on one knee and proposed. This close to the wedding he still had to do it all the traditional way! And that’s one of the reasons why I love him! Read the rest of this entry »


RLW: Our Sussex Bride’s Bonfire Night Wedding Day!

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

As many of you know, our team member Stephanie tied the knot with Liam in a beautiful bonfire night wedding. Childhood sweethearts and together for seven years, they said their vows at the stunning Arundel Town Hall in West Sussex. All of of us here at Ivy Ellen then joined them along with family and friends for celebrations at The Charmandean, Worthing. Today we have the happy couple answering lots of questions and giving some top advice for all your lovely brides and grooms.

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Who proposed and how did they propose? How did you meet?

We met seven years ago whilst at high school, through a mutual friend. We were complete opposites but fell in love instantly. Liam proposed to me five years later. We went for a late night walk down the seafront after dinner and he popped the question at the end of the pier in our hometown. It was a beautiful starry night and could not have been more perfect (even if I did laugh with nervousness and excitement before actually answering him). Our anniversary date is a little unsure but we usually celebrate on the 5th as this was the closest date we can remember – so it seemed only fitting g to have a bonfire night wedding really! Read the rest of this entry »


Top 10 Real Life Wedding Photographs from 2016

Monday, November 28th, 2016

As another year comes to an end we find ourselves looking back at wedding photographs from 2016. We love being able to blog about our customers wedding day’s and seeing their wedding photographs is such a privilege. Therefore we decided to have a quick roundup of some of our favourite images and give a little insight as to why…

First up is this divine wedding photograph from Charlotte & Henry’s big day – beautifully captured by Charlie Campey Photography.  The reason we love this image so much is because of how enchanting it is. The bride and groom look stunning, sharing a kiss on their wedding day underneath a wild and almost fairytale like canopy  – the chandelier just tops it off!

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Sussex Bride: 82 Days Till The Wedding Day

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Yes, you did read that right. It is now only 82 days until the wedding day! Time has absolutely flown by and I feel like everything is now a massive rush – oops! I got engaged over 2 years ago, however we only started planning in December of 2015. Now with the big day looming we are rushing around to get everything done, so here’s a little insight…

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This weekend I finally sorted the bridesmaid dresses – word of advice, do not be too relaxed about it! I thought that by being really easy going it would make the shopping experience easier. However as time went on I realised this gave the girls too much freedom and nothing was really getting done. So, I set more of a direct brief and between us all we found a dress that everyone liked. Originally priced at £65.99 I managed to bag all three together online in the sale for £120 – now lets hope they fit! (dress from Chi Chi London if anyone wants to know!) Read the rest of this entry »


Why Should You Choose A Mid-Week Wedding

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The majority of weddings are planned on a Saturday, often because most of your guests don’t have work in the morning = PARTY TIME! However, mid-week weddings are becoming increasingly popular due to their discounted suppliers and variety of choice. Many suppliers for Saturday weddings are booked way in advance, and can charge alot more than you might budget for. Peak wedding season is between April-September, this is when a wedding can cost the most to plan, imagine the savings on a mid-week wedding in March!

Of course there are pros and cons to having a mid-week wedding but here are a few pros for you to consider along with a word or two from a real mid-week bride to be!

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Everything is cheaper! We all know that weddings can become a very expensive affair so saving a penny or two is always a plus. As mid-week weddings are not as popular many suppliers will offer discounts to those wanting one. Venues will also be much cheaper mid-week as they won’t have so any bookings.

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