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Merry Kitschmas! Tasty Sweet Christmas Wedding Inspiration

It’s December!! And in three weeks time will be one of my favourite times of the year – Christmas!

Today on Marry Me Ink I get to share with you this amazing styled shoot from Chloe Lee Photography and Michaela at Clear Hearts – THE Rock and Roll events planner for the UK.. Imagine all your favourite things about Christmas all in one place – That’s what this shoot is about. I love it when my house looks like Christmas threw up in it and this is why I love this shoot – full of all the vintage and kitsch wonders you can find!

The idea was born of my love of “more is more,” Bjork and artists like Paul Yore, this mixed with Chloe Lee’s love of all things kitsch, Disney and O.T.T. Meant the cuteness flowed. She is the perfect pick for photographer as she knows how to make everything look adorable. 

I (Michaela, Clear Hearts) got all of us involved in bringing the kitsch, even though we all had different jobs on this shoot the team bought some of their fave Christmas Kitsch items for me to add into the styling. It made for such a great selection and made the van so full of fun. Kayleigh K our MUA bought her personal style of flawless bright skin and she added some beautiful sparkle to fit our theme. 

The cake with biscuits hanging from it was the genius idea of Malarkey cakes who also made the sparkly doughnuts hanging on the DIY mini doughnut wall made by Clear Hearts. They created the adorable biscuit pops which eliminated any sticky finger problems as the bride and groom tucked in enthusiastically.

Looking at the models  (makeup artist Yazz and tattoo artist Chris) you can see why Paper Hearts paintings was so keen to illustrate their likeness, she did a beautiful job and it turned out the couple were already big fans of her work! What a lovely Christmas gift that they got to keep after the fun day of shooting.

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Get Your Wedding Music Search Underway With Bands For Hire

Meet Bands For Hire, a nationwide music agency offering some of the biggest and best wedding bands and musicians across the country.

Music is an essential addition to any wedding, and whilst an experienced wedding DJ is certain to get the party started, nothing quite compares to the thrill of watching a group of live musicians rockin’ out on stage.

Whether it’s a live band for your evening celebration, or perhaps something more subtle earlier on in the day, there are literally hundreds of options to consider.

Daytime Wedding Music

If you’re opting for a traditional English wedding with all the trimmings, then a string ensemble to start the proceedings should certainly be on the cards. Looking through the Bands For Hire site, you’ll come across a range of string duos, trios and quartets, all offering various options to cater for your budget. With what seems to be a never-ending repertoire of music from every era imaginable, you won’t find yourself stumped when it comes to picking those all important ceremony songs.

If a string quartet isn’t quite your thing, then a talented solo harpist or guitarist is equally qualified to get those hairs standing on end. From classical to contemporary, the choice is yours!

Jazz and Swing Band Hire

If you’re thinking about live music for your drinks reception but are struggling for ideas, jazz and swing is a great choice, both musically and visually.

With the roaring twenties at its roots, jazz is a genre of music that simply screams ‘cool’, and when it comes to live wedding music, it’s more popular than ever – especially for those brides and grooms aiming for a vintage themed, Gatsby style extravaganza!

Whether you’re new to jazz or a veteran of The Great American Songbook, you’ll know just how vast the options are when it comes to hiring a band. From New Orleans trad jazz to Parisian gypsy swing; instrumental dinner jazz to a 1940s style big band, ala Frank Sinatra.

The tone of your wedding will most likely dictate the style of band you opt for. For background music, a solo jazz pianist will certainly do the trick, but for something more attention grabbing, a full band with lead vocals and brass are the perfect combination to get those toes tapping.

Live Evening Bands

The formalities are over and it’s now time to get the evening party underway. If it’s a full-on dance off you’re after, a live wedding band could be right up your street.

On the Bands For Hire website you’ll find an extensive roster of wedding bands that cover a broad range of genres. With such a diverse mixture of age groups, this often proves to be the most popular choice for weddings, ensuring there’s something for the grandparents as well as the younger generation. So whether it’s pop, rock, soul or indie that takes your fancy, an all round function band will have the goods to get the party moving!

 

Gifts For The Guys – Jack Daniels

With just a year to go until our big day (I know, right?! It’s coming around so quickly), I’ve been looking into gifts for our bridesmaids and groomsmen to say thank you for all the group chats they’re having to put up with about dresses, suits and hotel stays for the wedding.

One type of gift I’ve been looking into is one that can be personalised (and alcoholic to calm themselves once the wedding is over!). Rob and one of his groomsmen loves Jack Daniels and is a common and easiest present to gift either of them when Christmas and birthdays come around.

Now, Jack Daniels have different batches at their distillery and I’ve sampled a couple myself – the one they gifted me with in their hamper was their Single Barrel Select. 

“Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is finely crafted from one specially selected barrel at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Not just any Jack Daniel’s Barrel is granted the status of Single Barrel – with only one out of every 100 barrels being hand-selected by the Jack Daniel’s Master Tasting Panel having met the standard. Sent to mature in the highest reaches of the barrelhouse, the extremes in temperature across the seasons creates the bold and robust flavours of the whiskey inside.

With every individual bottle imparting its own exclusive taste, each is hand-labelled and marked with a unique rick number and bottling date.

Single Barrel Select offers a distinctive, full-bodied taste with notes of vanilla, toasted oak and caramel. Harbouring less sweetness and more power than the original Old No.7, the Single Barrel Select offers a much richer variation. With no two barrels producing the same whiskey, Jack Daniel’s delivers a one-of-a-kind gift.”

Thanks to Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, picking a gift for your groomsmen (or bridesmaid if they’re a Whiskey fan!) is one less thing to worry about! As well as being able to purchase such a one-of-a-kind flavoursome spirit, they can also help by personalising the bottle at the Jack Daniel’s Store.

I’m looking forward to opening this bottle and making myself a Whiskey Sour – What’s your favourite way to drink Whiskey?

Rubies, Opals & Diamonds – Art Deco Rings from Browns Family Jewellers

For those who don’t know, I’m currently in the stages of planning my own wedding for 2018. The major stuff is all covered (Venue, dress, photographer, flowers etc.) and with just over 12 months to go until the big day, I’ve started looking at unique wedding rings. Rob proposed last year whilst we were on holiday in Rhodes with a beautiful vintage ring with rubies and diamonds that he purchased of Etsy. I’ve been looking into vintage looking rings to compliment it and I cam across Browns Family Jewellers – A high street jewellers in Yorkshire who have over 25 years in the industry. They specialise is pre-owned and vintage jewellery which is perfect for what I’m looking for. If you’re looking for your own vintage or art deco engagement ring – here are a few of my favourites:

18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND DRESS RING

This stunning 18ct white gold 0.55ct diamond dress ring has a gorgeous Art Deco design set with bright white diamonds – I love the shapes and setting of them.

DIAMOND & OPAL CLUSTER RING

The ring features an oval cut opal claw set to the centre surrounded by bright white, brilliant cut diamonds set within the elevated pierced decorated ring setting. Opals has a wonderful play on colour that captures the light perfectly when worn.

DIAMOND AND RUBY CLUSTER RING

The vibrant reddy pink hue of this ruby is offset fantastically by the impressive brilliant cut diamonds – I am in love with the diamonds on the shoulders of this ring.  Continue reading