Oh August and your Gladiolus and Peridot 💚

Hi my lovelies,

How are you all? So I’m back from my holidays and already feeling sad about summer ending.. It’s August already! This year has went sooo fast, don’t ya think?

So true… 👏🏼 I particularly love that saying…I had never thought of it that way before. It’s a good one…

But anyway, it’s August- summer holidays are nearly over and it’s back to the daily grind for most of us butttt I for one am looking forward to the next few months! Not only because I love the dark evenings and all that comes with them- candles, cozy blankets, hot water bottles etc BUT also because I’m being whisked off to Paris for my birthday 👫🥂🛍🍻😁 I literally can’t wait!! If any of you want to hit me up with some recommendations on restaurants, bars, must see places please do get in touch! I’d love to check out some of your recommended places…🤗

But enough of that and onto other beautiful things – It’s August and that means we have a new featured birthstone and birthflower!

Gladiolus and Peridot are Augusts symbol stone and flower as featured on my insta https://www.instagram.com/everafterbynlt/ and they are just stunning- wait to you seeee!

 

Gladiolus

Augusts birth-flower is the beautiful Gladiolus, this bright, showy flower captures the essence of sunny, late summer days perfectly…

The gladiolus represents remembrance, calm, integrity and infatuation.  It is a truly beautiful flower, names aptly to indicate that the heart is being ‘pierced with love’, how fitting is that for a wedding?

The impressive flower spikes of Gladioli come in a wide variety of colours, which again is totally ideal for use as wedding flowers.

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Although a relatively inexpensive flower, gladioli are a actually quite a tall flower which means they can be used to create the most prettiest floral arrangements…

Of course, gladiolus go well as can be seen above, with other flowers in the arrangements- But my favourite has to be this…

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How stunning!!

Gladiolus has became quite popular in weddings, especially as ceremony flowers, but also in bridal bouquets…

I’m sure you will agree that they are indeed a beautiful flower…💐


Peridot

Peridot is the offical birthstone for the month of August.  It is actually also the stone for the zodiac sign of Libra.

Isn’t it stunning?? What girl wouldn’t want a Peridot engagement ring! It is thought to bring the wearer good luck, peace and good fortune.  Its crystal healing powers include health and protection.

The characteristics of Peridot are said to attract love, calm anger while also soothing nerves. It is also said to be Cleopatra’s favourite stone…and we can see why!! It’s beautiful…

Peridot jewellery is actually extremely popular- I wouldn’t be a lover of the colour green, but seeing that glimmering Peridot set on gold tones is just breathtaking. Not to leave the men out below we can see some Peridot cuff-links…

A perfect accessory for your August born husband to be!

Your guests will be green with envy with this stone around…and you can go as subtle or a grand as you like in keeping with the green theme a bit like this…

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After all Peridot is a nuance of green…and we know greenery is totally in for next season so it’s a winner!!👏🏼


So there we have it- August the month of the Gladiolus and the precious Peridot!

Stunning- right?

Be sure to tell me what you think…😊

As always you can find me on Instagram and Facebook !! Come check us out for your ‘all things wedding’ related inspo and ideas 🥂✨💁🏻

Lots of love,

NLT

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July brings us Rubies and Delphiniums (Larkspur)…

Hi my lovelies,

How are you all? Enjoying the Summer sun- I know I am! Countdown until hols is well and truly on… 5 more days ☀️🥂✈️🌎🍹 SUPERB!

Anyways, I’ve been busy getting ready for hols and need to get this months birthstone and birthflower post uploaded as it’s nearly the end of July already (time is flying).

So today’s post is of course all about the Ruby and the beautiful Delphiniums as seen on my insta https://www.instagram.com/everafterbynlt/ and aren’t they stunning… ✨ This post though will be a little bit more detailed for all your July born brides and grooms or just for the July brides who want to add a little bit of their wedding month into their big day.

 

Delphiniums (Larkspur)

Julys birth-flower is referred to as Delphinium on some websites and on others as Larkspur 🤔 I’m no florist but they look super similar, so for the sake of common ground I will refer to this particular plant as Delphinium or Delph for short…

The meaning of the birth-flower is an open heart, which is quite lovely if considering having it in your wedding day. As you can see this flower comes in a variety of colours, similar with June’s birth flower the rose, Delphs too have corresponding meanings for their colours…

White- Joyful, happy go lucky

Pink- Fondness

Blue- Innocence

Purple- First love

 

Delphs are members of the buttercup family and are truly stunning as centrepieces as they are quite tall…

My favourite is the classic blue tones-if you need a something blue then look no further than blue delphiniums…

 

Just like this beautiful blue bouquet, this flower also looks spectacular in floral arrangements mixed with other flowers…

Pretty in pink also…

And also grown in many public gardens, which so happen to be available for wedding services! Just look at this…

Imagine getting married here, so beautiful!😊

So there you have it, Delphiniums – an uncommon flower but definitely a pretty one which I just love!


The Ruby

Julys birthstone is oh so magnificent- it is of course the glorious red ruby, otherwise known as ‘The King of Precious Gemstones’.  The Ruby has been one of the most prized gemstones, even preferred over diamonds.  It is of course, the gem of choice for royalty throughout the ages, receiving a place of honour in royal crowns, insignia’s and jewels.

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“The gleaming Ruby should adorn

All those who in July are born,

For thus they’ll be exempt and free,

From lover’s doubts and anxiety.”

The July birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Ruby is associated – devotion, integrity, courage, happiness, vitality, confidence and strength. The Ruby is also used to enhance energy, generosity and to bring prosperity and success.

But above all else, the ruby is strikingly stunning… Just look at this cushion set ruby!

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A wonderful engagement ring for you lucky July born ladies… So beautiful!

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Rubies are used to create distinctive jewellery, including rings, earrings and necklaces.  Dress in rubies to show off your passionate side…

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A symbol of wealth, vitality and love- perfect for your wedding day! Gentlemen can opt for a ruby cuff link to include the gemstone into the days proceedings…

Designers love rubies and all things ruby red too…

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But lets face it… these things are lovely to look at…

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BUT…they are way out of our budget!

What we can afford to do though, is go all out with a red theme…

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Who doesn’t LOVE a ruby red nail colour and lip…💄

I know I do!! 💋

 

So there we go Julys blog post on birthstones and birthflowers is finally up- Hope you like it!!

 

Lots of love,

NLT xx

June is full of pearls and roses…

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Hi my lovelies,
We are getting closer to Summer as today is the start of June… and I am just counting down the days until my holidays in July ☀️🙋🏻🍉🍹🏖

But before that we have wonderful June… June brings us the start of the summer holidays, long sunny evenings, the smell of flowers, the fresh air, the sound of the ice cream van, heavens trail and not to mention many dreamy June weddings.

In May I became somewhat obsessed with birth flowers and stones on my instagram feed obviously because May brought with it the gorgeous emerald birthstone and the classic Lily of the Valley flowers… Perfect for those getting married in May or for those lucky enough to have been born in May.

But… I’ve been waiting patiently for June to arrive to write all about its birthstone and flower… because let’s face it- they are bridal classics!

First let me set the record straight…

1.  Birthstones are of course a gemstone which represent a persons month of birth

And

2. Birth-flowers are a flower which represent a persons month of birth

I feature these posts on my blog, instagram and Facebook pages NOT EXCLUSIVELY for those born in that month!

If you are getting married in June…

-and are born in June then it’s a plus for you…

But…

-if you are born in a different month, it doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate the June birth flower into your wedding- of course you can it’s still a flower that represents that month, as well as, symbolising other things (I’ll explain that further below)

TBH- it’s pretty difficult to avoid June’s birthstone and birth flower as they feature a lot in weddings and all things romantic…



WHAT IS THE FEATURED FLOWER FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE?

The Rose 🌹

There’s a reason why this is a romantic event staple and certainly a very popular wedding flower. Available in a virtual rainbow of colors, the rose pairs well with any other flower and can help create luscious, full wedding centerpieces. It also is a bit sturdier than some blooms, so they do very well in boutonnieres, corsages, and highly-sculptured arrangements. Thought to symbolize love, roses make not just a beautiful statement, but also a meaningful one

All brides should not only think seasonal, cost, colour palette and venue when choosing their wedding blooms, but also sentiment.

What is great about June’s birth flowers is that with every colour comes a different meaning. The rose actually has more meanings than one can count!

A pink rose means perfect happiness, while a red rose means “I love you.”  A white rose signifies innocence and purity, while a yellow rose conveys joy and friendship.

A bouquet of roses means sincere gratitude, whereas a single rose amplifies the meaning of the color.  My favourite is a single red rose which of course means eternal love ❤️

But just look at this one… it’s beautifully unusual…

Masterminded by a subsidiary of a Japanese company in Australia- what was thought impossible became possible.  Of course we have seen blue roses in florists before, but they were stained whereas, these creations have been genetically modified and they make for a spectacular scene perfect for your ‘Something blue’…💙

A blue rose has long been synonymous with the unattainable, from signifying unrequited love in Chinese folklore to its Victorian era connotations of symbolising a quest for something impossible.

I love roses- they are delicate, beautiful and give off the most sensuous aroma.  These ones below are simply a work of art and remind us that nature is everything…

Nostalgie is a rose with a distinctive shape, fragrance and a rare colour combination of creamy-white with cherry-red.   A highly remarkable rose in a unique colour…I think they are visually stunning.

WHAT IS THE FEATURED STONE FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE?

The pearl ✨

Prior to the 1900s and the advent of cultured pearl farming, the only way to get a pearl was to dive for oysters. Not every oyster has a pearl and not every pearl was round…so you can imagine how long it might take and how much it would cost for a perfectly matched or graduated strand of pearls.  Pearls were only available to the royalty or the rich.  They still bring that history of being special and reserved for only the most important occasions…so it’s safe to say that pearls are perfect for weddings.

Pearls have always been highly valued as gemstones, their allure and beauty was magnified by the difficulty in obtaining them in early times.    Unlike many other gemstones which are minerals, pearls are organic and come in many forms and colours.

Whenever we think of pearls, we think of a shining pearl inside an oyster.  However, not all pearls come from pearl oysters that are found in saltwater.  You can also find freshwater pearls that are formed inside certain mussels found in rivers, lakes and other freshwater bodies.

It is very difficult to tell the difference between saltwater and freshwater pearls as they all look the same, but saltwater pearls are much more expensive.  The simple reason being that most of our freshwater pearls are not naturally occurring but cultured.    In saying this, freshwater pearls are more popular because of the wide arrange of colours and shapes available.

Natural freshwater pearls occur in only 3 colours: pink, white and lavender…

 

Saltwater pearls are classified into three main types: Akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls (black pearls) and South Sea pearls. Each of these pearls come in different colours, where the colour depends on the species of pearl oyster that produces the pearl.

Natural saltwater pearls occur in cream, silver, pink, white, dark gray, tan, yellow or golden…

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Some pearls are dyed to give them the desired colours such as green, blue, red etc…

 

Timelessness- the best thing about pearls! No matter the design or form they are a classic and beautiful…

 

They truly are a natural beauty of the world…

 


Wedding Inspo

Not surprising really that Junes birthstone and birth flower are so widely used in weddings today…

Take the rose- it is a symbol of love and all things romantic, it is beauty and grace, it is style and charm and it is clean and classic.  It is a versatile flower which looks great in combination with other flowers, it is resilient which is why its used in button holes, decorations and corsages and its simply a beautiful flower…

Rose Bouquets

 

Rose Buttonholes/ Corsage

 

Rose Inspired Cakes

 

Rose Centerpieces

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Rose- Decorative ideas

 

Single rose ideas

I absolutely adore a single rose… the ultimate ‘Enchanted Rose’ from Beauty and the Beast springs to mind for many, but there is just something simply beautiful about them.

 

Rose Petals

Another beautiful idea which is affordable, chic and oh so pretty is using rose petals…there is something so beautifully romantic about rose petal aisles!

 

 

Let’s not forget about pearls-timeless, elegance, classic, traditional and gorgeous… A bridal piece which is adored by designers alike.  It is no wonder pearls are used in creating bridal gowns, veils and even shoes and accessories…they are a natural beauty.

Pearl Gowns/ Veils

 

Pearl Shoes/Accessories

 

Pearl Decorated Cakes

 

Pearl Tiaras/Hairpieces

 

Pearl Rings

 

Pearls are my favourite and you can see why… they can be used on your wedding invitations, your table numbers, your decorations, you can wear them and they are syre to create that WOW look that we all love…

 


What a month to get married!!

June is a wonderful month just bursting with inspiration and ideas of all things pretty and romantic…

I simply adore roses and pearls 🙂 🙂

 

Lots of love,

NLT

 

Wine inspired weddings…

Hi my lovelies,

 

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So today is thee day…

Its National Wine day!!!  And that calls for two things…

First things first- Its only right to drink wine on a day like this… so I have got my glass of wine right here 🍷

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And you guessed it…

Wine themed weddings are the agenda for today.

Its only fitting after all…;)

 

For our love of wine…

If you are a lover of wine, enjoy wine tasting and all things wine related a wine themed wedding is totally for you.  Why not incorporate your favorite drink into your big day?

You can of course, go all out over the top with a themed location (think vineyard), themed decor, themed invitations, themed seating chart,  themed everything…

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Or… you can opt for something more subtle which you can do with wedding favours-from wine flavoured chocolates to little corkscrew keep sakes…

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There are so many options for wine themed weddings- from the favours to cork art to vineyard venues and I just love them all 💁🏻… so of course I waited to National Wine Day to share them all with you.
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Wine weddings are the way forward!

 


Wedding Venue

The ideal location for a wine themed wedding is of course set at a beautiful vineyard. Vineyard weddings are becoming increasingly popular for modern brides and grooms who want to celebrate their special day of union, together with family and friends, whilst sampling the finer things in life. Wine and fine dining come hand in hand, nestled with an enchanting location, hint of sunshine and that truly is a day for everyone to remember.  Definitely my kinda wedding for sure…

Of course when I think vineyard, I think of beautiful landscapes with acres and acres of vineyards at every angle…Really there is nothing more romantic than an Italian vineyard wedding…

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Image courtesy of Villa Baroncino

This stunning 5* villa near Tuscany, Italy is the dream wedding destination for wine lovers alike.  Villa Baroncino is an exclusive wedding venue in Italy close to Cortona providing private accommodations centrally located between Florence and Rome, in Umbria close to Tuscany.

“Envisage the delightful Villa Baroncino located in the Tuscan countryside and surrounded by the greenery of the Italian landscapes, the crystal clear pool and the magnificent garden. Image your guests chatting during the cocktail hour served around the pool area and enjoying the cold cocktail drinks and the delicious finger food…Picture yourself while you declare your love for each other amongst the vines and surrounded by your closest family and friends. Imagine yourself as a newly married couple walking side by side along the rows of grape vines, while photos are taken in the magnificent and lush villa garden…”

Sounds delightful… right?

If a destination wine wedding is something you would be interested in, check out Villa Baroncino- you will not be disappointed.  In fact, they offer multiple wine wedding packages which I’m sure you will love…They are great at selling the week long wedding package, and who wouldn’t want a week long wedding with lots of wine, I know I would!

Just follow this link

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If from the  UK, you need not travel far to create the same vineyard wedding in essence.  There are plenty of stunning vineyard venues right on your doorstep…

 

ALTERNATIVELY…

If a vineyard wedding is not for you, but you like the concept of wine themed weddings you can opt for one of the finest wine hotels to hold your wedding.   There is one stand out hotel I can think of which is exactly that… A 5* wine hotel 🙂 🙂

They literally…

“Eat.  Sleep.  And Drink Wine” 

It is of course, The Vineyard…  The Vineyard is a 5 star hotel and spa, renowned for its impeccable service, 3 AA Rosette restaurant and award winning 30,000 bottle wine cellar.  The Vineyard hotel is located in Stockcross, just off the borders of Newbury, Berkshire.

They make you feel special every time you visit, no matter the occasion.  Weddings are particularly special here as they are catered for you, and your every need.

 

Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a wine novice or simply love a fine wine with your dinner, the Vineyard hotel is the perfect destination for you.


Wedding Decor

You can go as big or as small as you want with your wedding decor, no matter what the theme.  Wine weddings allow you to go big, without going tacky- how can champagne be tacky after all?

Wine bottles are a versatile object which you can dress up and design any way you like… also very affordable for the DIY people out there…

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You can visit your local off license/ recycle unit and ask if you can have a few cases of the bottles- I’m sure they would happily part with them…

Add beads, lace and other materials to create a pretty neat look which guests will love…

 

 

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You can hang them on string and place some pretty flowers inside to create a wow look…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Or you can simply place some dinner candles in them to create that beautifully romatic look…

 

STUNNING!

 

 

 

Not only do wine bottles make fantastic decorations- You can also create bigger decorative displays by simply adding some wine barrels, flowers, crates and other lovely things (candles, sparkly things etc) into one big feature on your wedding day…

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Asides from the bottles, cork screws can also create stunning visual displays…

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How original is this?  I totally love cork screws, I even collect them… Yes I am a crazy cork screw collector…

But they really do make eye catching displays- again very DIY! 🙂

 

Cork screw art is a thing… and I truly adore it! Super quirky and cool… Say goodbye to the light up letters and hello to the cork screws for your wine inspired wedding…

 

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You can even use them as your table numbers…

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“Here’s to the corkscrew, a useful key to unlock the storehouse of wit, the treasury of laughter, the front door of fellowship and the gate of pleasant folly.” WEB Frenchz


 

Can we just appreciate this seating chart?  WOW WOW WOW!!!! 👌  Such a visually stunning seating chart which is so unique, creative and beautiful!

 

And these lovely little name cards for the reception tables with the corkscrew detailing…Adorable!
But just look at these wedding invitations, intricately crafted for the wow affect!  I just love the calligraphy and the wine circles…   Intricate simplicity at its finest 💕

Wedding Favours

The most obvious wine inspired wedding favour is of course wine itself, like the little mini bottles you can pick up.  Yes, some of them can be pricey especially if you opt for the finer things in life like little minis of prosecco or champagne, but you can opt for a variety of mini’s online with personalised wedding labels which is a cute idea…

 

Or to save funds- you can go for a little empty bottle and personalise it with personal touches, such as a pic of the newlyweds in it with some sugared almonds and other nice things… The sentimental touch if you like.

What goes hand in hand with wine? Food of course…

Totally in love with the wine inspired edible favours… From champagne and strawberry infused lollies to rose flavoured chocolate, to the little cute bags of grapes, to the prosecco gummies… I love them all!

 


Wedding Cake

Its only fitting if you are opting for a wine inspired wedding to go for a champagne flavoured cream with your sponge cake or something similar.   BUTTT… with wine you gotta have cheese.  Yes, I totally mean a huge cheese wheel cake…                                              92b04a25a12040dde8dfcc4cfa6e24d9

 

 

Like how fab is this????

I would so rather have a cheese cake than a normal wedding cake…  Look at the detail- I love the little mice 🧀

Of course, a cheese cake isn’t for everyone and I appreciate that…but for those who want a more subtle approach at the evening buffet or the drinks receptions you could provide a cheeseboard for your guests to enjoy instead of the usual tea/coffee shortcake…

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And of course, the cheesy classic quote makes it! 😉


Wedding Guestbook

Wine inspired guestbooks are a subtle way of adding your theme into your mementos…again there are many options.   The most popular one is signing a magnum bottle for the newlyweds which they will open on a certain wedding anniversary but there are others which are much more unique.    I particularly love the cork screw options, so very creative especially the message in a bottle option…

Super sweet…best of all is they make great decorations in your home 🙂


Wine inspired

There are countless ways in which you can incorporate your wine theme into your wedding day… and I have collected some others just for you…

 

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Oh and remember…

 

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Hope you have a fab National Wine Day today, tomorrow…and the next and next and next…. Cos isn’t every day national wine day 😉

 

Much love,

NLT xx