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Olympic swimmers Dominik Meichtry and Jessica Hardy take the plunge with underwater wedding

By shinychris on October 7th, 2013
Married Olympic swimmers wearing their matching Speedo caps.

Married Olympic swimmers wearing their matching Speedo caps.

When Olympic Swimmers Dominik Meichtry and Jessica Hardy (right) decided to take the plunge and get married they thought they’d do things a little differently.

Rather than having their photos taken outside a boring church they stripped out of their wedding togs and headed straight to the pool to show off their matching ‘Just Married’ swimsuits and ‘Mr and Mrs’ Speedo caps.

Pool wedding


Not sure if the vows were read under water or if the bride swam up the lane rather than walk down the aisle.

But hopefully things went a little better than the engagement when Swiss Olympic swimmer Dominik left the engagement ring in Jessica’s backpack at the World Championships in Barcelona and she unwittingly gave the backpack away to one of the volunteers to say thankyou.

Luckily she was able to get it back after putting out a message on Twitter – see below

Jessica engagement tweet

1920s Themed Wedding, Feature, Get the Look, Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes

How to plan your own Downton Abbey wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 19th, 2012

We have finally managed to catch up on the latest episode of Downton Abbey, the hit TV series that follows the Crawley family and their servants as they go through romance, ambition, desire, shocks and heartbreak.

As those who follow the show knew, the third series would start with the planning of the wedding of Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley (apparently they’re related way down the line), who after an on-off romance in the previous seasons would finally get their fairytale wedding.

As viewers finally got to see Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) walk down the aisle to meet her husband-to-be, played by Dan Stevens, all we could think of: how could you have a Downton Abbey wedding yourself?

The venue

If you’re after a true Downton Abbey wedding this is your first port of call. The home of the Crawley’s is actually the sumptuous Highclere Castle, which is within easy reach of London, Bristol and Southampton. The Castle is licenced to hold civil ceremonies and will provide a out-of-this-world backdrop to your wedding photographs.

Whether you’re after an intimate wedding or a celebration extravaganza, the wedding co-ordinators are on hand to help you plan your perfect day, right through from ceremony to reception.

The only thing that could cast at shadow over your 1920’s style wedding location is the cost.. The venue fee ranges from £12,000 to £15,000 (+VAT) depending on season. But that’s worth it for the ultimate Downton wedding, right?!

 The wedding dress

Lady Mary looked every part the 1920’s bride as she came down the stairs, revealing her wedding gown to her father – and the world. As was the norm in this era, she wore a simple ivory column dress, with a satin sash drawing in below the waist and sheer, long sleeves. The look was completed with a jewelled headband and a cathedral length veil. Gorgeous!

There are a lot of wedding designers who specialise in this style of gowns, but we’d recommend taking a look at The Vintage Wedding Dress Company or Jenny Packham.

The hair and make-up

While Mary sported a rather demure look, for roaring twenties hairstyles think waves and Hollywood Glamour- and a feather or two – or a shiny bejewelled headband. When it comes to make-up it is all about bold lips and dramatic eyes . Take your time to research hair and make-up artists in your area to ensure you find the right person for the job. And look to celebsville for inspiration. More than one beauty has graced the red carpet in a 20’s style.

The groom’s attire

Your husband-to-be needs a morning suit with a matching waistcoat, no doubt about that. Add a top hat to the look for the ultimate 1920’s groom.

The guests

Now this is where it gets tricky. For the perfect replica of the Downton Abbey wedding, you’d need an eccentric American grandmother, a quirky and traditional English grandmother, a sister who married the chauffeur and lots – and we mean LOTS – of servants. Oh and a healthy dose of drama just before the ceremony…

The best solution: simply invite everyone dear to you and your future husband, and it will be a blast!

There you have it, the basic elements of planning your very own Downton Abbey wedding.

Wedding Fun, Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes

Inject some childish fun into your wedding with a portable crazy golf course

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 29th, 2012

If you’re after a wedding reception that’s a bit out of the ordinary, a lot of fun and guaranteed to make your wedding day be a memory for keeps, then why not hire a portable crazy golf course…

UrbanCrazy will provide a portable course that can be tailored to reflect the theme and style of your wedding with unique obstacles, added artwork and designs. And if you’re not a big fan of yellow (as seen on the photos here), don’t worry the golf courses come in a selection of colours.

Now all you need is a bouncy castle and it’s a wedding FTW!

Visit for more info.


Accessories, Feature, Gallery, Wedding decorations, Wedding Idea, Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes

Mood board: Winter wedding wonderland

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 8th, 2011

I recently wrote about the top trends for winter brides, so I thought it would be fun to put together a winter wedding wonderland mood board for inspiration to anyone who is tying the knot this magical season.

To be a real Snow Queen bride, think frosty shades of icy blue and perhaps a dash of red for a warmer touch, lots of lace, pearls and delicate jewels, and even some feathers and faux fur.

What are your winter wedding essentials?

1: Maggie Sottero, Swarovski embellished ball gown wedding dress, Nikkita

2: Lapin & Me Rabbit Snow globe, £10

3: Jenny Packham, wedding dress

4: Gisela Graham twig heart wreath (£7.95) and frosted acorn (3.95) at Selfridges

5: Victorian hanging glass tea light holder by Belle & Thistle via, £4.50

6: Jane Taylor Millinery Beaded tear with birdcage veil, £350

7: Beaded cake necklace by Cat’s Whiskers Cake Design via, £45

8: Snowflake wedding invite by Trendy Treasure via, USD$2.50

9: Christian Louboutin Fifi glitter heels, USD$625


Wedding Cake, Wedding Themes

Vibrant Autumn wedding cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 14th, 2011

It might be a bit too late for this season, but if you’ve just got that ring on your finger and you’re planning a 2012 autumn wedding you need to think vibrant colours; rich red, yellow and orange hues. This gorgeous autumnal wedding cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium embodies everything this season has to offer and is decorated with sugar roses, Chinese lanterns, hydrangeas, berries and calla lilies. The ivory frosting certainly accentuates the vibrant and warm autumn tones.

Photography, Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes

Wedding inspiration: French elegance

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 10th, 2011

I know we go on a lot about Italian weddings and La Dolce Vita, but what about weddings with French elegance? If you don’t know where to start to get a certain je ne sais quoi for your wedding, check out the lovely images of SGA Events’ recent Marie Antoinette inspired photo shoot.

Set in the beautiful locations of Château de Dangu in France, the bride wore a stunning Vera Wang wedding dress as she was captured in feminine and glamorous surroundings.


Photography: Emilie Gerard, Amy Punky Photography
Wedding dress: Vera Wang, lent by Metal Flaque, Paris
Decorations: The Wedding Tea Room
Cupcakes: Synie’s Cupcakes
Model: Melissa Ladd

Feature, Gallery, Photography, Wedding Themes

Halloween wedding: The Anti-Bride [photos]

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 19th, 2011

If pretty white dresses, girly pink roses and sparkly confetti aren’t really your thing and you’d rather get married in a less ‘traditional’ way perhaps being an anti-bride is your calling. Just in time for Halloween the story of anti-bride Ophelia’s wedding landed on our desk this morning and – to our delight – there were images too!

What does the anti-bride need? A red dress, lots of black lace, gothic make-up, silver jewellery, blood red roses, a devilish chocolate wedding cake…

A result of the imagination of make-up artist Joyce Connor from Brides and Beauty, the photos convey her liking of Hammer House of Horror and B movies, Gothic, Edwardian and quirky, and tell the story of love and heartbreak. Joyce teamed up with Ruby Weddings and Choccywoccydoodah to make it come to life, and if you want to see the story unfold further you can see it on Choccywoccydoodah’s TV show on The Good Food Channel this Thursday, 20th October, at 9pm.

A tale of love and heartbreak

(If you want to see more check out the gallery at the end!)

The Anti-Bride

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Hair & Make-up: Brides & Beauty

Flowers: Paula Rooney Wedding & Events

Photography: Tino & Pip Photography

Bride’s dress: Veromia

Bridesmaids dresses: Fairy Godmother

Groom’s outfit: Angels The Costumiers

Fascinators/hats: Esemee Fascinators

Jewellery: Kloof & Kandy

Celebrity Weddings, Feature, Gallery, News, Wedding Themes

Exclusive photos of Kim Kardashian’s wedding reception

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 24th, 2011

More photos below…

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphires’ wedding last weekend was as lavish as Kim wanted it to be. I’m not sure she outdid Kate Middleton’s royal wedding, but the black and white theme certainly gave the wedding ceremony and reception a bit of the old-Hollywood feel. What else would you expect from someone who certainly considers herself to be part of America’s royalty?

We have to wait until October to see the full show on Kim’s wedding, but E! has released some teaser videos ahead of the ‘hottest TV party of the year’ Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event.

Still no sign of Kim’s rumoured second… and third wedding dress though.

Anyone else planning a black and white theme for their wedding?

(via E! online)

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Couple say ‘I do’ with Marmite themed wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 13th, 2011

Either you love or hate this wedding theme.

British couple Terry and Jennifer Constant are apparently so massive fans of Marmite that they themed their whole wedding around the food spread. As the pictures revealed the wedding cake was Marmite inspired, and the lucky wedding guests could indulge in the yeast extract as mini pots of the spread were dotted around the reception area.

The couple met at university over a cheese and Marmite sandwich and love grew from there, bonding over how much the both loved Marmite.

And of course Marmite have been included in their honeymoon snaps – the couple is currently on honeymoon in Indonesia.

Now we can hear you scream “blatant PR-story” – which it very much is. We’re just wondering how Marmite managed to find this couple… And how posed is that wedding photo!

Images: SWNS via

Know How, Wedding Themes

How to have a festival style wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on June 9th, 2011

Festival season is soon upon us, Glastonbury opens its gates in 13 days – it’s where Lily Allen will spend her honeymoon according to reports – and people are packing their camping gear for a summer of music and fun.

So we thought: how can you have a festival style wedding?

First things first, find (well hire) a big field – or an actual festival – and make sure you can get married there. This will also double as your reception area so keep in mind to hire in marquees or tepees that guests can hide in should that dreaded summer rain make an appearance.

Photo: SLR Photography

On the subject of tepees. No festival is complete without a camping area or tepees scattered around to add to the atmosphere. Or why not hire a massive tepee to hold your reception in! Imagine the scene: a large field in the middle of nowhere, guests are met by a gigantic, beautifully decorated tepee that creates a magical setting for your special day – or night. PapaKåta is a great place to start looking as they specialise in hiring out Kåta tents – tepee style tents pioneered by the Sami people of Lapland. Build yourself a little campsite by having smaller tents around the ‘main stage’, so that your guests can stay overnight and the party can continue till sunrise. (

Photo: PapaKåta

Photo: PapaKåta

Next on the list should be to invest in some proper wellies. British summers are very unreliable and big fields often leading to muddy shoes. Ivory heels have no place at a festival wedding, so invest in wedding wellies. Perdita’s Wedding Shoes have just launched a range of pearl Wellington boots, which can be personalised with diamante words if you so desire. Prices start at £42.99 (

Photo: Perdita’s Wedding Shoes

Festival grub is all about easy-to-eat food that isn’t complicated or OTT. Forget about the fanciness and opt for some proper British dishes. Pieminster is a solution, as they create top-notch handmade pies that are served with mash and mushy peas. Works well for carnivores and vegetarians alike! (

Photo: Pieminster

And for drinks: nothing says festival to us more than cider. We love Friel’s Cider, which has no added colourings, sugar or sweeteners, just 100% pure apple cider! OK, we admit it we love it the most because of the label. Available from most supermarkets (

Photo: Friel’s Cider

Finally, the music. Unless you know the bands and artists that usually frequent festivals – like Kate Moss – a local DJ or band will do the trick. Just ensure that the music matches the festival feel you’re trying to create. In other words don’t go for the cheesy-been-played-at-millions-of-weddings-before music. Show your music knowledge.

There you have it, some ideas to get your festival wedding on its way. Please leave a comment below with your suggestions of what will make an amazing festival wedding.

Designer Dresses, Feature, Gallery, Gowns, Royal weddings, Wedding Cake, Wedding Themes

A Norwegian wedding – Happy Norwegian Constitution Day!

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 17th, 2011

As a born and raised Norwegian today on 17th May I am celebrating Norway’s National Day (along with many other expats around the globe I’m sure). As we’re not in Norway to take part in the festivities (it’s a day for waving flags, dressing like milk maids – check out the photos below – eating as much ice cream you want and show off that national pride) I though  I’d put together a little article on how you can inject some Norwegian into your wedding day.

A Norwegian wedding (bryllup) is usually like most Scandinavian things, a simple, elegant and lovely event. Starting off with the wedding dress, let’s take inspiration from Norway’s Crown Princess, Mette-Marit who tied the knot with Crown Prince Haakon Magnus in 2001. Since then the Norwegian Royal family has grown with Princess Ingrid Alexandra – who will one day be Queen – and Prince Sverre Magnus.

Photo: PA/Antony Jones

Mette-Marit wore an ecru-coloured silk crepe gown with a two-metre long train designed by Ove Harder Finseth and Anna Bratland, with a beautiful yet unusual bridal bouquet worn as a muff.  The bouquet, designed by Mette-Marit and Aina Nyberget Kleppe, was made up with rosary vine, Wanda orchids, and hydrangeas, roses in pink and mauve tones, fescue, beads and metal threads. The bride also wore a six-metre long veil of silk tulle fixed on the back of her head, while an antique diamond tiara adorned her head. If you can’t afford to commission a wedding dress, we quite like these romantic creations by Norwegian designer Cecilie Melli.

The Royal Wedding itself took place on a rainy day but as us Norwegians say: “Rain on your wedding day brings good luck.” It’s a nice saying and most Norwegians try to stay positive despite horrible weather. Perhaps it’s because the weather is very unstable and if you can’t look at the bright side you’re in trouble!

When I think of Norway and weddings, the old fairytales spring to mind: an event where nature takes centre stage – snow-capped mountains and fjords; old Stav churches – most modern brides settle for a more common wooden church; traditional national costumes; perhaps a troll or two; and fele music (that’s fiddle for non-Norwegian speakers).

Many grooms will choose to get married in a national folk costume called Bunad, which signifies where in the country you or your ancestors are from. Some brides will also opt for this over a white wedding dress, and you are bound to see one or more of the wedding guests to arrive in this colourful costume. Considering there are around 200 different types of bunads it can become quite a vibrant wedding – and gorgeous photos! Personally I have a blue Nordlandsbunad, which makes me look like a milk maid more than anything else. An outfit of celebration, bunads are also worn on Norway’s Constitution Day, and are adorned with silver and gold that dangle when you move, creating a melodic sound. According to Norwegian tradition bridesmaids wear similar costumes to the bride – but not identical! – to protect her from evil spirits.

Photo: AP Photo/Patrick van Katwijk

For food we have many options. While some opt for a sit-down dinner a popular choice is koldtbord which is a selection of cold and warm nibbles with bread, fruit, prawns, salmon, and various types on meat, herring and whatever you may desire. Check out London’s Scandinavian Kitchen to source Norwegian and other Scandinavian food items.

Salmon for the koldtbord

For wedding cakes many will go with a traditional blotkake (a layered, cream filled sponge cake) – here’s the recipe for one I made earlier! – or a kransekake (an almond wreath cake) which is hard to touch yet soft and chewy – kind of like a macaroon. Some will serve the kransekake with cloudberry cream and decorate it with tiny Norwegian flags. Another name for the cake is Tower Cake, which makes me believe it dates back to the Viking days.

Blotkake decorated for 17th May


If you’re dreaming about getting married among Norwegian mountains and fjords, go to which is the largest Norwegian wedding venue directory. Winter and summer are two VERY different seasons in Norway, so choose wisely when deciding on the time of your wedding; and most importantly have fun and be merry like the modern day Vikings are!!

Gratulerer med dagen Norge!

Celebrity Weddings, Engagement, Gallery, Get the Look, News, The Royal Wedding, Wedding Themes

McFly’s Tom Fletcher tweets about engagement – but won’t get a Star Wars themed wedding [gallery]

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 20th, 2011

Twitter is a popular platform to make announcements on. Clarence House even announced the royal engagement between Kate Middleton and Prince William on the social information site. OK, they might have sent out a press release around the same time, but the service went haywire shortly after CH sent out a 132 character tweet last November that read:

“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton –

Now, 25-year-old McFly member Tom Fletcher has followed suit. Tom has popped the question to long-term girlfriend Giovanna Falcone, who he’s been dating for seven years, and decided to share the news on Twitter.

Tom wrote: “Ok, you’d find out from someone else sooner or later so I thought I’d be the first one to tell you………

“I proposed to @giovannafalcone earlier tonight…and she said YES! We are now officially engaged! 😀

“My fiance and I would like to say thanks for all the lovely engagement messages. ;)”

Not long after, he added: “She’s not digging the Star Wars wedding idea … I want the ring back.”

We’re not sure about a Star Wars wedding theme either Tom but for anyone interested in looking like Han Solo and Princess Leia on their wedding day here are a few photos to inspire you.

Star Wars Wedding

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Not the traditional groom's attire, but handsome nonetheless. Image: UK Movies

Feature, Gallery, The Royal Wedding, Wedding Themes

How to add some Cool Britannia to your wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 13th, 2011

The royal wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton is only two weeks away and we expect the world to go a bit wedding crazy over the next month. Actually it already has come to think of it… We also predict that many brides and grooms will want to add a hint of Cool Britannia to their own weddings in the future as a result.

With this in mind we’ve had a look around to find bits and bobs that will help add a sprinkle of British cool to any wedding. These decorations can also be used for any royal wedding celebration parties you might be planning.

Cool Britannia Wedding Cake Pops

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Want something different at your wedding? Opt for cake pops as individual treats for your guests.
Image courtesy of

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Wedding trends: Butterflies

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 31st, 2011

With summer just around the corner – hey we can but dream! – we’ve been thinking about what the next theme for weddings will be. Many will choose to keep the theme around a particular colour, a motif or dress code, while some go all out and opt for fairytale characters or just all gone crazy Big Fat Gypsy Wedding style.

According to The Last Detail, one of the most popular motifs in recent times is that of the butterfly, with some couples even choosing to release live butterflies at their wedding as an alternative to the traditional white doves as a symbol of love.

If butterflies will be the hottest must-have wedding theme for 2011 remains to be seen, but these wedding decorations are adorable. The Last Detail has even created a Butterfly Wishing Line where guests can write promises, hopes and dreams for the newlywed couple, creating a magical line of butterflies that can adorn a tree or along the aisle of an outdoor wedding. What a wonderful keepsake too!

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