Category Archives: Plan & Prep

Wedding Day Drinks with Cin Cin.


This afternoon we’re handing the blog over to awesome Love Lust List members Cin Cin. If you haven’t come across Cin Cin before, they are based in the South East and offer a mobile Italian catering service to weddings and events, serving bubbles & nibbles from their super cute vintage Fiat van.

Being connoisseurs of good food and wine, we’ve asked them to create an awesome guide to selecting and ordering drinks for your big day – as well as advice on taste combinations and different options for every budget. Cin Cin have also included some really useful information on how to order alcohol in bulk for your wedding day.

If your choice of wedding venue means that you are in charge of ordering drinks for your big day, you really will find this guide useful and if there is anything else you’d like to ask please leave us a comment.

Cin Cin are also hosting their first ever supper club in Brighton this Thursday 11th September. The Autumn Feast menu will feature signature Cin Cin antipasti and Prosecco, followed by a three course Italian feast prepared by top chef Jamie Halsall.

My mouth is watering after reading the menu…honey glazed figs with goat’s cheese & late summer truffle…heirloom tomatoes & burrata served with fresh basil and sherry vinaigrette…roasted damsons with zabaglione and crushed amoretti biscuits…YUM.

For more details and to purchase tickets, see here and for their guide to matching wines & cocktails to food & canapés read on…

A Guide To Matching Wine To Your Food On Your Wedding Day And Tips On How Much Alcohol To Order From The Wholesaler For Your Guests From Cin Cin Mobile Italian Catering Serving Nibbles And Bubbles 1

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Ask The Experts – Mr & Mrs Smith on Winter Sun Escapes

Mr & Mrs Smith was dreamt up after co-founders James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy booked a romantic weekend only to find their room far less amour-inspiring than expected. Launched as a guidebook publisher 10 years ago, Smith’s now an online booking service with a curated collection of more than 900 hotels – from low-cost boutique stays, to top-of-the-range retreats, all with stand-out attention to detail – and a team of travel experts dedicated to ensuring honeymoons will never disappoint…

Charlie Craig, executive travel consultant and honeymoon expert at Mr & Mrs Smith has tried and tested romantic getaways around the globe. We asked her to share her favourite destinations for out-of-season sun and luxe love nests with us. Charlie is on the blog between 9am and 1pm today answering all of your honeymoon questions or holiday questions, so please use our comment box to ask Charlie anything you like about planning a winter honeymoon or romantic break. Over to Charlie:


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Romance On The Mountains.


You know when images are just beautiful? that. This scenic inspiration shoot was set in the French mountains, I mean seriously – could it get any more atmospheric than that?

There is a whiskey bar, urban-esque floral accents and some unique yet contemporary fashion choices, I would definitely like to see a bride pair some biker boots with her gown some day soon. Did I mention how gorgeous the couple, Blanche and Juliann are?! Super HOT.

If I was to describe this shoot in one word? FIT.

Enjoy folks.

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Irish Beauty.


This afternoon we’re off to the rugged West of Ireland for a truly atmospheric engagement shoot.

Alexis and Emmanuelle braved four seasons in a day, rugged landscapes and secluded beaches allowing Thierry from Pretty Days to capture some magnificent images of the lovely pair.

The wilderness suits them too; they both look very at home amongst the greenery.

The images of them getting ready together are very touching too, there is a tenderness between the pair which shines through in every image.

Atmospheric Engagement Shoot From Connemara In West Ireland With Images From Thierry Joubert At Pretty Days Photography_0001

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Magical Light On The Jurassic Coast.


There is something very ‘other worldly’ about Julia and Grant’s engagement shoot. It’s like they’ve disappeared to another planet – honestly, it sounds crazy, but when you look at the images, you’ll see exactly what I mean!

The light and colour captured in the images is incredible – soft golds, bright yellows and azure blues.

The scenery is also magnificent, I mean how can you beat a coast line that records 185 million years of the Earth’s history?! It’s truly spectacular.

I’m also really hoping that we get to see the wedding photos so we can see how Julia styles her cute bob…and judging by her outfit for the shoot – I’m pretty sure she’ll be wearing something delicious for her wedding day too.

The whole shoot really is dreamy, so I’ll stop waffling and let the pictures from James Green do the talking.

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Destination Lisbon.

I’m going to be totally honest here, I’ve always thought of Portugal as being a bit… Dull. The straight laced older sibling of crazy young tear-away Spain… With it’s Algarve – favoured destination of the moderately affluent over tanned middle aged sun-seeker. I found out how wrong I was last month when I had the opportunity to stay for a few days at Four Seasons, Lisbon.

As it turned out Lisbon is one of the coolest and most vibrant cities I’ve visited in a long time and is the perfect curve ball choice for a wedding abroad, honeymoon or even high class hen or stag do holiday.

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Lovers In The London Sunshine.


We’re back in London this afternoon with an gorgeous engagement shoot from Hayley Savage Photography. Rebecca and Fang are a truly well travelled couple and having lived in Melbourne and travelled across Europe, they decided on their home, London, as the backdrop to their shoot.

And I have to say it looks lovely, very smart and grand – a city to be proud of.

Rebecca and Fang have certainly dressed for the occasion too. I have no doubt that you’ll be coveting some of Rebecca’s wardrobe after you’ve looked at these images.

I’m lusting after that pretty green skirt and those sparkly silver shoes. Those Chanel earrings would probably come in handy too…

London Engagement Shoot Featuring The Houses Of Parliament, The London Eye And Peggy Porschen Cakes 1


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Just Love.


Ashleigh and Fergus decided to elope to London for their wedding. Eloping is something which many people toy with at some point during the deepest, darkest days of their wedding planning – but few actually go ahead with it.

We talked about it a few weeks ago in an Ask Lolly post and generally the reaction was mixed, some people felt that it wouldn’t be fair to family members and others were themselves eloping to wonderful distant lands – but the one thing which stood out was the fact that eloping actually removes everything unnecessary from the day.

Essentially a wedding is about two people promising themselves to each other for the rest of time. That’s it. As pretty and fun as everything else is…at the heart of it, it’s just about your love for each other.

And while it might not be something you would consider, there is no denying the love and joy that radiates from Ashleigh and Fergus at their London elopement. Have a good read of Ashleigh’s report too – she’s a wise soul.

London Elopement Of Canadian Couple With Bride In Elegant Gown And Groom In Mint Shirt With Images In Regents Park 1


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Ask Lolly – Elope or cantelope?


Bonjour my pretties! How has your Monday treated you so far? Did you spend the summer solstice weekend sunning yourselves in the glorious weather for a change? Or perhaps you ticked off some items from the wedmin list…

This afternoon sees another ‘Ask Lolly’ post where I try my very best to try to solve the wedding trials and tribulations of you lovely lot by offering my thoughts and nuggets of advice on your big day dilemmas.

This is also an opportunity for you folks to weigh in with your thoughts and opinions too – after all we love to hear what you have to say on wedding matters and I’m sure there’s more than one of you in a similar predicament.

So without further ado let’s hear what our latest bride in distress has to say. It’s something a little more unusual this month…


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A Pink Blossom Engagement Shoot.


This afternoon’s engagement shoot is lovely. It gets right to the heart of what I think an engagement shoot should be about. And that’s just the two of you – no fussy venues or props…no fancy outfits and styling…

They are simply just two people in love. Which is exactly what it’s all about.

And Lucy and Danny look so comfortable with each other. They both just look so happy – it positively radiates from them.

I also love that Lucy’s pink jumper echoes the blossom and Danny’s shirt is as blue as the sky.

And there’s nothing more romantic than kissing under a cherry blossom tree.

A Pretty Spring Engagement Shoot Under The Cherry Blossom Trees In Rochester Kent With Images By Lemonade Pictures 1


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