I love all things orange right now and having just returned from an autumnal walk in my new orange coat I got to thinking about how incredible a retro orange theme could be for a wedding or engagement party. I would so enjoy finding myself some orange accent crockery, I love pieces like this ‘Meakin Poppy‘ jug that Nook & Granny are selling right now over on their Etsy page and of course I would have to chill the bubbles in...

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Here we are at the final Sophie’s choice; it was a brief but enjoyable month or two, however we have decided to bring it to an end before it outstays its welcome. Ever the optimist some highs have seen the mentioning of Belle’s traders like in #9 Victoria Lily Vintage was given the limelight with her vintage crockery, professional planning and not to be forgotten the photo booth of bygone eras. We also had the genius entertainment that is ‘Doris...

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Belle and I arrived at The Horseguards Inn, Tilington with time enough for me to have a coffee while waiting for our bride and her father. I had a great chat with the lady behind the bar too about our stay at the pub which resulted in us buying Belle, over 3 years ago. I really do love seeing little quirky touches at the weddings I get to be part of, I would love to know about said crayfish wouldn’t you!?...

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It’s safe to say after an un-expectantly dry September we are now well on our way into autumnal grounds, my favourite time of the year; with conkers, fireworks, bonfires, and baked potatoes at the ready its now the time to start wrapping up, saving pennies for Christmas and losing a few pounds to get into that LBD before putting it all back on thanks to breakfasts of Quality Streets and intervals of stuffing and spuds. So in homage to all things cold weather related and as mentioned above this...

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Right now, my out of office reads; ‘Thanks for contacting Belle’s Events. I will out of the office from Saturday 11th of October until Monday 20th October to eat cake, watch films, read books and do some research’ But it’s not really worked out like that. In fact quite the opposite. I spent yesterday morning at the gym, followed by a lovely coffee with Jayne of Sacco & Sacco Photography at a beautiful little new cafe in Worthing called Baked (check...

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After the end of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ I need something to fuel my addiction to all things sugar and decadent, I particularly need something to fill my Wednesday night now left with a hole after Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are no longer gracing the screen. But for the time being until 2015, (by then I might have even applied myself… imagine the thought), I will be drooling over social media sites like Instagram, pinterest and facebook to feed...

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This week I am absolutely crushing on these leopard beauties from Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2015 collection. The weather is surprisingly warm for this time of year; making it acceptable to be looking forward to Spring15 highs from the Catwalks; slightly tinged with high hopes and the disappointment of knowing you will not see or hear after them till February/ March 2015. You can though, dream in anticipation over how gorgeous they will look and how that will override the pain caused while wearing them. If like me you are a bit of...

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I have been running Belle’s Events for three years now and I feel the time has come to ‘let it grow‘ (to the tune of that Frozen tune!)… So many people, say to me ‘you have a lovely job, I’d love to do what you do but wouldn’t know where to begin’. Well guess what, neither did I. It’s taken months of writing and re writing, decision making, google searching and generally thinking but I am now ready to share...

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Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair returns to Hove on October 25th. When you are planning a vintage wedding where on earth do you start? Well luckily we have Madame B exhibiting on the day and she’s one helpful broad! Designer-maker, fashion history nerd & incorrigible magpie. Unapologetic, gin-swilling feminist. Likes : bright colours, pin-up style, gin cocktails, strong coffee. Dislikes : early mornings, spiders, beige. She’s my kinda gal and not only does she create stunning vintage and alternative wedding accessories but has also written...

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This week’s Sophie’s choice I wanted to explore the world of ‘Victoria Lily Vintage’ aside the fact I will be meeting her in my hometown of Worthing next week at ‘The Seaside Vintage Wedding Fair’ I was drawn to her eclectic mix up of boho, brights and vintage props. As a vintage tea cup and plate collector myself I know how difficult it is to find quirky and unique table ware as so many of these resources have been bought up. I...

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I didn’t realise how few photos we have of the four of us. Joss and I married 10 years ago this year and what a whirlwind of a decade it’s been. When Jayne of Sacco & Sacco Photography mentioned that she would like to do a family shoot with us I more of less bit of her beautifully talented hand. Here are just a few of my favourites, I can’t look at them without welling up and if I could...

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I LOVE hair flowers. Being lazy but also vain I like that you can wear any old outfit if you pop a massive flower thing in your hair. This weekend I’ll be making some Frida Khalo crowns with a group of fabulous ladies at a Mexican themed hen do. It’s always a fun hen party workshop: everyone gets really into the making then they have something better than the classic Saturday-night-in-Brighton-hen-do deely boppers to wear out in the evening. There are a...

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Taking pictures for me has always been a nightmare; for ages I ended up with albums of headless friends and family, bodies of dogs and cats and an array of dusty pavements and cobbles. Even when the digital camera came out they didn’t get much better. Too many buttons for my liking; I am not saying I am a simple person I just enjoy things more when you don’t need to think so much: Is the colour setting correct? Do I...

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Back in June after 5 years, 2 children, 2 houses and a rapscallion cat my man friend got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Considering all of the above (and the fact that I utterly adore the guy!) it won’t come as much of a surprise when I say I said yes! I’d been harbouring a tiny secret though, this wedding was already planned! From around our 2 year anniversary I was secretly squirrelling away...

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Calling all brides looking for flawless, lightweight, long lasting vintage style wedding makeup…have you heard of or seen Airbrush Makeup?I hadn’t until Ingrid of Fine to Fabulous came to do make-up at a party we threw with Doily Days. I sat down to have my make-up done and I swear, I looked at least 7 years younger, I am not one to gush over products but this is something else. This Sunday we are lucky enough to have Ingrid offering...

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My name is India and I love wine. It’s my passion and I’m lucky enough for it to be my work too. It was after university when I did a round the world trip and visited my first winery in Australia when I fell head over heels for the humble grape. Since that first encounter in Oz I’ve worked in the wine trade for more than 8 years, supplying wine to some of London’s top restaurants, hotels and gastropubs. I’ve...

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When deciding your perfect ‘wedding guest’ outfit every little detail counts, from your under wear (non-matching in my case), to what coloured tights you wear, to the jewellery you have hung around your neck, every little detail takes up bundles of your time and if you are anything like me lots of little purchases on EBay to fuel your web shop addiction. I find for every good buy, follows two or three ‘what were you thinking’… hence the lots of little purchases. Thinking about...

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When I saw Chocadyllic on Facebook I contacted Evelyn and told her she was right up my street. Obviously I wanted her to exhibit her creations at The Quirky Boutique Wedding Fair and was willing to beg, luckily I didn’t have to and she agreed that her quirky, magical designs would fit right in. I must say that I am truly in awe of this lady, I can barely make a flapjack look nice! You can meet Evelyn and see some...

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  Apologies for the late arrival of blog number 6, usually they make an appearance on Saturday morning while I am watching ‘weekend kitchen’ but this weekend has been one filled with all things love, flowers, cake and romance; signs of  a successful wedding. On that note of apology lets indulge in the quirky, humour of Doris Loves… At present all I seem to be talking about, listening to and planning is weddings. Wedding talk at work as another two girls in the office...

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This time 10 years ago, to the minute, I was having my make-up done, my beautiful bridesmaids, Ruth my besty, Emily and Beth my nieces and Molly my step daughter were in the lounge doing each others hair and my ‘boyfriend‘ Joss was with his best mate, trying to calm him down about doing his best mans speech later that day. I was still Kelly Tobin. Guests were at their homes ironing shirts and taking tags off new dresses, the ladies were...

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