[D.I.Y. FEATURE] Scandi-inspired cork placemats

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Hi guys! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and that your Monday has kicked off well for you.

Well, I just wanted to share with you a recent DIY tutorial I did for the gorgeous B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle blog as part of being their contributors team. It’s a simple Scandi-inspired set of cork placemats that would, in fact, go really well with most tableware and dining interior style you have. You’ll find the full tutorial HERE, if you fancy giving it a go. The whole things takes roughly 30-40 mins (if you have 6 mats to do) and around 15 minutes to air dry.

Hope you like it! xx

 

**This is not a sponsored post but a collaboration with B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle. All words and opinions, including images, are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[In the Press] Wedding styled shoot: A Touch of the Orient

YYW_mayjune14I’m so terribly sorry it’s been over 10 days since I’ve been active on here but I’m glad to say that I’ve come back refreshed after a much-needed break with my family….especially when we’re a million miles from each other. Saying ‘goodbyes’ gets harder and harder each passing year but I’m sooooo grateful that I’m able to see them once or even twice a year!

Anyhooo….I have some exciting news to share with you, which I hope will make up for my absence!! Well, last September, I had the most awesome experience working alongside some über talented people within the wedding industry on a wedding styled shoot that recently got featured in You & Your Wedding magazine!!!! This is the second styled shoot I got to be a part of last year……however, with this one…..I was involved from a much different perspective! ;)

The first time I heard about this shoot was when Elisabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings reposted an ad that wedding stylists and planners, Pocketful of Dreams had featured on their Instagram. They were looking for a ‘real couple’ to work on a shoot they had in mind…………and what do you think I did? Yep, I applied for it….after an afternoon of intense deliberation, of course! I even asked Elisabetta whether if it was a delusional idea to sign up for it and she encouraged me to do so! I’ve been big fans of Michelle and Vicki of PoD and although this wasn’t quite the conventional way of getting involved on a shoot, I thought it would be fun regardless. Besides, B and I were approaching our 1st wedding anniversary and I felt this would be a rather different yet exciting way to celebrate it! I mean….who wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to wear beautiful dresses, get made up and relive the entire wedding madness, one year on? ;)

So I applied, and I was taken by complete surprise when they got back to me saying they would be interested!! (Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be picked!) Anyway, I was so giddy with excitement (and nerves!!) that I TOTALLY forgot…….. I never quite told my hubby about what I had just signed us up for! So, I decided I’d keep it as a little surprise and break the news nearer the time but as I expected he wasn’t all to pleased at first simply because he’s not a huge fan of being in the limelight….or being photographed for that matter! However, when he saw how excited I was about it and the potential it had for me by meeting creative people in the wedding industry (albeit in a much different way) he soon came around to my so-called “crazy adventure”! (And that’s why I married him!)

Touch of Orient_Shoot 1[Image credit: ©Weddings by Nicola & Glen]

The shoot took place at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons (I know!!!) where the Pocketful Of Dreams girls put together a marvellous set up for their East-meets-West inspired shoot (you can see their brainstorming ideas here) with the help of other talented collaborators; Krishanti who provided the staggeringly beautiful cakes and treats, vintage furniture by Kate, hand-written stationery by Gemma Milly, decadent flowers by Euphoric Flowers and finally, hair and make up by Sarah. It was a real honour to be a part of this beautifully executed shoot (everything from start to finish was utter perfection!) and to get to know such an amazingly talented team of creative individuals! For that I’m sooooooo grateful!! :)

Anyway, without further adieu, here are more breathtaking photos from that day and all credit goes to the talented duo, Nicola & Glen for capturing it perfectly….I wish I could put them all up on here but you’ll have to swoon over these for now.

Stunning right? I just love how they’ve combined elements of the two cultures beautifully where luxury can be achieved in an elegant, stylish and tasteful way. Coming from a middle-eastern and Indian background, I’ve seen many occasions where luxury and opulence verges on the lines of garish and OTT, so this shoot shows you exactly how it is done! I’m super chuffed for the team because they worked so hard to bring this shoot to life….as you can in these images.

Touch-of-Orient_Tablescape-2[Image credit: ©Weddings by Nicola & Glen]

As for us….we had a ball of a time…..and you know what still amuses me to this day……how much the hubby enjoyed the shoot in the end, strutting about in his October House suit! He actually envied me for having two outfits….Ah, the irony!! ;) And annoyingly….he looked far better than me!! ;) But hey – I got to meet Mr. Raymond Blanc in person and got a cheeky kiss from him! So it’s all good ;) I guess being ballsy and signing up to something I thought was ludicrous at the time turned out to be one of the most fun things we’ve done! Here’s to many more of my “crazy adventures”! ;)

Touch-of-Orient_Mr Blanc[Image credit: ©Weddings by Nicola & Glen]

Well I hope you guys enjoyed these images. You can get the hard copy of next month’s issue in store now where there are lots of tips and advice by the PoD girls on how to achieve this look. And, if you’d like to look up the fabulous team of collaborators, I’ve listed their links below……I seriously couldn’t recommend them enough!

Design & Stylists – Pocketful of Dreams

Photography – Weddings by Nicola and Glen

Furniture – Vintage Style Hire

Bridal Dress & Accessories – Kate Halfpenny

Grooms suit – October House

Floral design – Euphoric Flowers

Cakes and sweet treats – Cakes by Krishanti 

Stationery – Gemma Milly

Hair & Make up – Sarah Elizabeth for Claire Hanson Make Up

Décor and Props – Amara / Brollies Galore / Farley Prop Hire

 

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a wonderful weekend folks!!! Much love, x x x