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The Week of Readings Part Three…

If you are getting married in a church or chapel, or are being married by a priest or minister, you will more than likely have to include a reading or passage from the bible (speaking from experience). It can be quite challenging to find an appropriate bible reading that is still lovely and you feel happy about using (again, speaking from experience!). Today, I have some readings from the bible that you may be able to use in your ceremony!

Happy hunting, brides!

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Chapel Wedding

A Reading from the Book of Ruth

“Wherever you go, I will go
Wherever you live, I will live
Your people will be my people
And your God will be my God too.
Wherever you die, I will die
And there I shall be buried beside you
We shall be together forever
And our love shall be the gift of our lives.
This is the word of the Lord “

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Song of Songs 8:6-7

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm,

for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.

It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away.

If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love,

it would be judged a price not great enough.”

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I Corinthians 13:1-13

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

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Colossians 3:12-19 

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,  bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

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The Week of Readings Part Two…

And so continues my week of beautiful words…

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Type Writer

A letter from Ludwig von Beethoven to his beloved… 

“My angel, my all, my very self

My heart is full of so many things to say to you. there are moments when I feel that speech amounts to nothing at all Cheer up – remain my true, my only treasure, my all as I am yours.

Ah, wherever I am, there you are also

Much as you love me – I love you more

Is not our love truly a heavenly structure, and also as firm as the vault of heaven?

my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us –

I can live only wholly with you or not at all

No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never –

Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together –

Be calm – love me – today – yesterday – what tearful longings for you – my life – my all.

Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

ever thine

ever mine

ever ours…”

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Another excerpt from “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”

 Louis de Bernieres

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love have roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from their branches they found that we were one tree and not two.”

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An excerpt from “Adam Bede”

George Elliot

“What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life–to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”

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An excerpt from “A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters”

Julian Barnes

“Love and truth, that’s the vital connection, love and truth. Have you ever told so much truth as when you were first in love? Have you ever seen the world so clearly? Love makes us see the truth, makes it our duty to tell the truth….

We must believe in it, or we’re lost. We may not obtain it, or we may obtain it and find it renders us unhappy; we must still believe in it. If we don’t, then we merely surrender to the history of the world and to someone else’s truth.”

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The Week of Readings…

Readings during the ceremony of a wedding… Do guests really pay attention? In my opinion, I don’t think it matters if they do or not – readings are for you. Little inspirations about love and marriage; about soul mates and romance. I love readings at weddings, however finding the right ones for your ceremony can be really difficult! I have dedicated this week of posts to readings that you can have at your wedding, or little sayings to use in your vows.

Enjoy my week of readings, my dear, busy little brides…

Boat 1

  From “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”

Louis de Bernieres

The garden where you sit

Has never a need of flowers,

For you are the blossoms

And only a fool or the blind

Would fail to know it…”

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 “Sonnext XVII”

Pablo Neruda

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or where from.

I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;

So I love you because I know no other way that this:

Where I does not exist, nor you,

So close that your hand on my chest is my hand,

So close that your eyes close as I fall asleep…”

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“I Carry Your Heart With Me”

E.E. Cummings

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)

I am never without you (anywhere I go, you go my dear;

and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)

I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)

I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you.

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root oft he root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;

which grows higher than sould can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)….”

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D.I.Y Pom Poms…

Tell me these aren’t seriously stunning and easy, and I will tell you you’re crazy! Perfect for a bridal shower, wedding decor, or just for a special occasion (one of my sisters even has these hanging in her daughter’s room)! So easy to make – hang them, put them on the backs of chairs, or even just in the middle of a table.

I found this tutorial on Polka Dot Bride, and thank goodness for you (and for me!) that I did!

I have posted it exactly how I found it, as I do with all recipes and D.I.Y’s!

Pom Pom 1

Tissue paper pom poms (originally designed by who else but Martha Stewart) have to be the easiest, cheapest and most effective decoration for a party, wedding or bridal shower and I thought, after seeing them used so often that I would try my hand at making them myself and devise a tutorial for you, based on the Polka Dot Principle of keeping it easy but fun!

What you’ll need:

Tissue Paper – I used one pack per pom pom (each pack contained five sheets at 500x750mm)

18 inch lengths of floral wire (or if you’re cheating and time poor, a stapler will do!)

String to hang

Pom Pom 2

Pom Pom 3

Step One:

Martha’s tutorial recommends eight sheets of tissue paper for this, but I could only find tissue paper in packs of five sheets (maybe it’s an Australian thing?) so instead, I opened out the sheets and cut them in half and then stacked them. I love the extra fluff of a ten sheet pom pom, and I found this size really good to work with. They ended up making pom poms about the size of a dinner plate.

Pom Pom 4

Step Two:

Accordian fold the tissue paper (I did this on the shorter side of my paper knowing that I didn’t want huge pom poms). Each fold should be around one and a half inches and it helps if you get your folds really tight and nicely creased.

Pom Pom 5

Keep folding until it looks like this. One fold width.

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Step Three:

Bring your floral wire around the centre of your paper and twist off. If you’re lazy or run out of wire, I found stapling the centre worked really well. If you’re using long lengths of string you can still easily tie around the middle. (Plus I managed to avoid poking my eye out this way too!)

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Step Four:

Cut the ends of your strip into a rounded or triangle shape. It’s recommended to do sharp points for a dahlia ball, but I loved the softness of rounded edges. Accuracy doesn’t matter a great deal here (because cutting that many pieces of tissue perfectly is really hard!)

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Step Five:

Start to separate out your folds by pulling gently so it opens out like a butterfly. Do one side at a time and be as careful as possible.

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Step Six:

Here’s where it gets tricky! Start separating each piece of tissue. Pull the pieces towards you (as shown in the photo). When you’re feeling comfortable, it’s easier to hold the pompom with two fingers in the middle (pinching it) while you pull half the sheets out towards the top and half the sheets out towards the bottom. To get lots of fluff, make sure the centre of your sheets towards the wire is completely separated too.

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Don’t worry too much about your shape, just keep carefully separating the layers.

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Step Seven:

Voila! Behold your beautiful tissue paper pom pom! Now is the time to tie on your string and do the final fluffing to get your pom pom shape. The tissue paper is so easy to manipulate to get the shape and fluffiness that you desire. The more sheets you separate and arrange, the better, fluffier result you will have!

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Pinning…

So, back to my very first post about Pinterest – have you got your account yet???

Want to see what I have been pinning lately…??

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Bo and Luca…

I just came across this gorgeous boutique while online looking for inspiration. It is perfectly whimsical and bohemian. Bo and Luca  are new to the bridal scene, and are in the Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. Very well worth a stop by online or in store!

How “Moon Child” are the headpieces?!?!

(Anyone else digging that “Never Ending Story” ref??)

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Derby Shoot…

Just a little trivia about moi… I’m a little obsessed with horses. Ok, obsessed is such a strong word. Basically, put anything equestrian themed in front me and I’m sure to love it. So it’s no surprise that I love this Kentucky Derby inspired shoot by Jessica Parks Rourke, featured in Smitten Magazine. The photography is beautiful, and the styling is whimsical with a touch of Derby glam.

What’s not to love?!

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Design + Styling: Jessica Parks Rourke of Parkside Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Sarah Shell of Fern Floral & Event Design | Photographer: Jordan Thompson of Landon Jacob | Invitations & Stationery: Lady Letterpress | Custom Wood Sign: Lady Letterpress | Calligraphy: The Pretty Paperie Shop | Hair & Makeup: MiKel Rumsey of Bombshell Beauty Studio | Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone | Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate | Groom’s Attire: Charleston Tuxedo | Bowtie: Handmade by Emy | Custom Wax Seal: Stamp Worx 2000 | Linens: Home Goods a La Carte | Silverware: The Borrowed Heirloom | Rentals: Bear Creek Gardens | Parasol, Shoes, Book, Confetti + Bracelet: BHLDN | Cake Baker: Ally & Elloise | Venue: Three Fox Farm | Fashion Editor: Lindsey Nowak | Beauty Editor: Pamela Lesch

Wedding Film: Robb and Jess…

This is a fabulous wedding film by Ryan Southwell Films, featured on Style Me Pretty. I know I am kind of teasing you by posting about a vendor in America (he does say he films worldwide!!), but I couldn’t not share this video. I literally had goosebumps watching this. Perfectly timed shots of the bride and groom, who are obviously enthralled with each other! I know that is basically the idea of a wedding film, but take a look and you’ll see what I mean. Plus look how fun they are… Don’t they look fun?!

(It doesn’t hurt that the song used is a fave of mine by City and Colour…)

Robb and Jess…

J Crew… The Men…

I love J Crew. Really simple, and very real statement. For clothes in general, but also for bridal attire. J Crew is the fabulous blend of beautifully made and styled gowns and suits, without the massive price tag. Today I’m sharing some groom/groomsmen styles for you. These are featured on the J Crew shop at the moment, but their styles are always updating as well, so you can always be sure of something fresh and current. Don’t you just love these men in their suits?

(There is really nothing better than a man in a suit!)

J Crew Groom 1

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J Crew Groom 5

J Crew Groom 4

J Crew Groom 2

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J Crew Groom 6

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Lace in Springtime by Eric Kelley…

I came across this stunning shoot on Once Wed and wanted to share it with you! I adore anything whimsical and pretty, so this was absolutely perfect. The flowers are divine, as is the “bride’s” attire. There is something so “Downton” about it! (“Downton” is now an adjective, in case you didn’t know!). Thank you, once again, Once Wed!

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Photography: Eric Kelley // Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard // Skirt: Lanvin // Top: custom made by Joy Thigpen // Flowers: Joy Thigpen // Rentals: Festive Fare // Hair and make-up: Lora Kelley // Paper Suite: Black Bird Press + Holly Hollon // Jewels: Tiffany + Co // Flowers: Fifty Flowers // Arch: Lowes

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