Thursday, 19 August 2010

Wedding Reading: 'Gift of the Sea'

'Gift of the Sea' by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.

Image Courtesy of Marianne Taylor, here

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

DIY Wedding Table Numbers: Chalkboard Plant Pots

I saw this charming DIY project on Design*Sponge and thought it would be a lovely idea to use for wedding table numbers or names with a country garden feel and a cute gift for some of your guests too...

For full instructions and a template download by Bonnie from Going Home to Roost check out Design* Sponge here

Friday, 6 August 2010

Always Andri News

Well it’s August already, where did July go? It’s been busy here at Always Andri, working on weddings for this year and next. On Saturday we were there for a lovely vow renewal/baptism party we’d helped plan in North London. After the ceremony in Highgate guests were treated to a yummy 3 course meal at Bradley’s restaurant in Swiss Cottage. Whether you’re looking for a wedding venue or just a great place to eat in London I highly recommend Bradley’s, with great food and service it really is a hidden gem.

The above photos are just couple I took but I’ll be looking forward to seeing the full set by the photographers Studio Rouge and showing some here.

A few weeks ago I took a trip down to Tunbridge Wells to style a stationery shoot with photographers Tino & Pip. On a sunny day in lovely park surrounded by wildflowers, we even saw a deer at one point, we had great fun working together to style and shoot the beautiful stationery of Ananya Cards, you can see some more pics and read about the day at the Tino & Pip website here.

I’ll bring you more photos from the day soon with a little Q&A from Vaishali, the designer behind Ananya Cards.
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