Wes Anderson Wedding Inspiration at The Barn at Avington

Colourful Wes Anderson Wedding Inspiration…

Love Wes Anderson films? Well we have a treat fro you today!

Taking inspiration from his films The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom; photographer Kirsty Mackensie wanted to create a bridal shoot that reflected Wes Anderson’s colourful, quirky visual film style with a nod towards his offbeat humour. 

Together with wedding stylists The Wedding Spark, they created the perfect combination of colour, fun and cinematic style.

Over to the team to tell us more…

The Wedding Spark…

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When Kirsty Mackenzie got in touch about organising a Wes Anderson inspired shoot, we leapt at the idea! Wes Anderson movies are just so iconic; the design, the detail, the off-the-wall atmosphere, and don’t get us started on the colours!  

Together we brainstormed our ideas and two films kept coming up, so we quickly decided we wanted to focus on the quirky romance of Moonrise Kingdom along with the colourful glamour of The Grand Budapest Hotel 

We’re not the only Wes Anderson fans in the wedding industry – far from it in fact! As we started approaching people about this shoot, we were met with a huge amount of enthusiasm, and the final team of suppliers shared our levels of excitement about all the little extra touches we had planned. The shoot was a total delight to work on as everyone

How to deal with family issues and drama at your wedding

Avoiding family issues and drama on your wedding day…

Weddings are a super emotional time for everyone – of course they are, you’re GETTING MARRIED! EEP – and this includes your family.

Family, however you define that word, carry with them a very specific set of emotions and behaviours as they’re a totally unique idea: as the saying goes, you can’t choose them, but you wouldn’t choose anyone else either. (Well, actually, you may have done, and that’s totally fine too – there is no judgement here.)

If you’re worried about managing family tensions in the run-up to your wedding and on the day itself, don’t panic! We’ve asked our crack squad of talented, experienced suppliers for their advice to minimise and eliminate any worries. Your main focus is your own happiness, and making sure the day is everything you wanted it to be!

Talk to your support team

The team at Upton Barn and the Walled Garden say the number one thing is to talk to your support team. “It’s corny but it’s true – a problem shared is a problem halved! Express your concerns with your trusted entourage. Task a bridesmaid or usher with keeping an eye on potential culprits.” This may seem like a heavy  job to give them, but remember that this was actually the original point of having …

Happy National Margarita Day!!! Cocktail recipe by The Lucky Pineapple!

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Cocktail of The Month – Classic Margarita…

Cocktail recipe by Hayley from The Lucky Pineapple

Happy National Margarita Day gang – not that I ever need an excuse to knock up (or knock back!) a cocktail or two…

When it comes to margaritas, my one piece of advice is to always, ALWAYS, choose a good quality tequila if you don’t want it tasting like the naff 2 for 1 you used to get down at the student union back in the day!

I love Don Julio or Herradura tequilas and in fact, I would be happy to sip these neat over the course of an evening, they are that delicious.

A good drink should have you feeling all kinds of fabulous (at least until the morning after!), so it’s quite fitting that the classic margarita was apparently invented by a bartender back in 1938, in honour of Mexican showgirl Rita de la Rosa.

My inner showgirl definitely makes an appearance after a few of these…

To make your own at home:

1. Pour the Tequila, Cointreau or triple sec, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker.

2. Add a handful of ice cubes and shake hard for 10-15 seconds.

3.Strain into a Martini glass with half the rim damped with water, then dipped in salt.

4. Garnish with lime wheel

Now that you’ve mastered the

Asking for help with your wedding planning… Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding planning is stressful, and your friends are there to help.

Advice from Ellie at The Wedding Enthusiast

We say this as a friendly face: you can’t do everything on your wedding day, and nor should you have to. It’s the sign of your lovely disposition and kind heart that you don’t want anyone else to do anything on the day either and you want them to just relax, but you’re only shooting yourself in your beautiful glittery-heeled foot. Chances are, they probably actually want to help too!

If you’re still feeling a bit guilty about asking your bridal party to do some ‘work’ (and I say that as a loose term) on your wedding day, there’s a few ways you can minimise it in the run-up:

Firstly, make sure you play to people’s strengths. A job you may think is a rubbish task may set someone’s heart alight – I, for example, love the post office and wish I worked in one in a different life. That means I’d love packing envelopes, which is something that would make other people want to gouge their eyes out. (Not that I’m inviting myself to be part of your bridal party but hey, if you’ve got an opening – I make great cups of tea on the morning and will lead a dancefloor for the nighttime). Point …

Cool UK Wedding Venues: How To Pick Your Perfect Wedding Venue

How to choose your UK wedding venue…

One of the most important parts of your wedding planning is the venue. It sets the tone for a lot of your wedding: not only does it affect the vibe of the day and the aesthetic theme you’re going for, but it also dictates more logistical bits like timings and the number of guests you can have. But that also makes it one of the most exciting parts – once you find your venue, you can really start visualising the big day itself and piecing together the bits to make it happen!

There’s so many beautiful venue options that you’ll be sure to find the perfect one, but being faced with these options can be overwhelming. As the old adage goes, when it looks bleak think of Mr & Mrs Unique…no, but in all seriousness, we pride ourselves on having shit hot knowledge of the all of the coolest UK wedding venues, so we’ve compiled the different types you might be exploring below.

But before that, the first thing to do when looking for a venue is to complete this little checklist of initial questions about your wedding and your ideal venue, and then see what kind of venue matches up:

• How many guests do you have? You may not have an exact number yet and …