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  1. Ah, shoes. The most beautiful way to cover your feet.

    You are either a bag girl, or a shoe girl and I am most definitely a shoe girl. I love bags but find dragging everything out of one bag to move to another bag a massive chore. Plus, I always end up forgetting to move my favourite red lipstick from one bag or leave my glasses case in another bag. Before you know it, I’ve lost everything I need, and I have to be out of the house in 5 minutes – panic!


    Shoes, however, can be very easily swapped daily, twice daily, even three times a day as quickly as anything. My dream house includes a room dedicated to many pairs of shoes, all lovingly displayed side by side. Think Carrie’s walk in wardrobe. That. I want that.

    For my own wedding, I knew I wanted the most beautiful pair of shoes. My dress was 50’s style, so they would be on display the whole day. I fell in love for the second time when I saw a pair of platforms by the brilliant Benjamin Adams.


    Stunning ivory satin, 4.5 inch peep toe heels with a slight front platform and gorgeous crystal studded flower. A show stopping shoe, they were just what I had been looking for.

    If you are looking for your own show stopping shoe, it is definitely worth having a look at the range on offer by Benjamin Adams. From the current collection, I just love Saskia. The delicate pattern of the Austrian crystal will add a beautiful sparkle under any wedding dress.


    The backs of Holford make me go “Wow!”


    And, I just love the elegant shape of the side of the Valentina heels. Beautiful.


    After big day, as they are made from duchesse silk, why not dye the shoes a different colour, just like these gorgeous hot pink Dita heels? Ooh, I’m now very tempted to dye mine, I can just see them in a stunning emerald green…


    I recieved so many compliments about my shoes on the day and I still do whenever I wear them. My dream house with shoe closet definitely has a number of pairs of shoe by Benjamin Adams in there.


  2. There are many types of alternative bouquets (alternative to traditional real flower bouquets), from bouquets that echo real flower bouquets like fabric flower bouquets or button bouquets to bouquets that echo an important part of your life like a bouquet made from Lego.  It is of course your wedding day – you can take what you like down the aisle!

    I thought I would show my favourite examples of each of the main types.

    Fabric Flower Bouquets

    1000x982There are many types of fabric flowers, most of these involve the fabric being wrapped into a flat rose shape, or a couple of layers of fabric cut into circles and then heated up with an open flame to create a crinkle effect.

    I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t show one of my own bouquets for this type of bouquet!

    I love my flowers because they have a beautiful 3D shape. They are different to other fabric bouquets as they use many, many layers of knitted fabric and tulle that have been carefully manipulated into a 3D flower shape, then given a beaded stamen centre in each flower. I love the soft look of the bouquet and the beautiful sparkly crystals and pearls dotted around the flowers. For me it is the ultimate fabric flower bouquet, although I may be a little biased….  ;-)

    Brooch Bouquets


    I love brooch bouquets! I love the sparkle and the elegance of this type of bouquet. My favourite brooch bouquet maker is Debbie Carlisle. I love the quality of her bouquets and the teardrop shape she creates with the brooches.

    Debbie creates her bouquets with vintage jewellery, vintage buttons, crystals and pearls. They are the ultimate brooch bouquet!

    Part 2 featuring buttons bouquets and silk flower bouquets coming soon!

    Ali  x