2 Reasons This Weekend Is Special…

This weekend is special. Not just because it’s the weekend (although that always gives me cause to celebrate!) – it’s a special weekend for me for two very important reasons.

Firstly, Sunday is my wedding anniversary, and this year me and my hubby Darren will be celebrating two years of ‘Mr&Mrs–ness’. I don’t know where that time went, but I like to think it’s flown because we’ve been having so much fun… it certainly feels that way. So I wanted to take the opportunity to wish my Mr lots of love on this special weekend. I can’t wait to share more about things in my life through the blog this year, but I’m saving all the juicy bits for another day, as today I’ve got something else to talk about….

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It’s the second reason I wanted to tell you more about… this weekend is special because it marks A Whole Lot of Lovely’s first birthday! That’s right, one whole year!

**bring out the cake!!!!**

Well what an adventure it has been! For those of you who’ve been with me from the start, you’ll remember I chose to launch my website and business on the anniversary of my own wedding. You can go right back to my first blog post here if you want to reminisce.

I won’t lie, the first year in business has been hard graft… it’s particularly hard when you’ve got a full time job too that takes up a lot of your time. Despite some long hours over the past year building the foundation of my little empire, I am so glad I took the leap to create something of my own.

My first year in business has taught me so much, and continues to do so. I’ve made new friends, learnt tough lessons, bamboozled my mind with new software and website skills, and I’ve really stepped outside my comfort zone and taken risks to build my little business to where it is today.

One of my favourite bits though has been getting the opportunity to help and work with such amazing people. I’ve helped lots of people create something really special for one of the biggest days of their lives or for a really special celebration. I can honestly say it’s been a pleasure to work with each and every one of you <3.

But I haven’t just enjoyed creating things for people who’ve ordered from me. When I started A Whole Lot of Lovely, I wanted it to be for everyone. That’s why a lot of what I post on my Facebook page isn’t just about me and my business – it’s there for you. To brighten your day, inspire you, put a smile on your face – I like to share a little bit of lovely from all walks of life.

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If you’re reading this, I want you to know that all of that is for you. You see, you don’t have to have bought a product from me to be my customer. Of course one day I hope you’ll stop by and buy something from A Whole Lot of Lovely, but I get real pleasure from being able to inspire everyone who reads my blog and engaged with the business on Facebook. Your comments, your likes, when you share something I post… it all means you’ve found some value in it, and that makes me feel… well, really chuffed… so please don’t stop! :-)

So what’s in store for the next year I hear you ask? Well I am really excited about what’s round the corner. At the minute I am working with some truly inspiring people to help build more free quality content for you to get stuck into. Expect to see lots more inspiring stories, tips from real people who have been exactly where you are, more pretty image inspiration and of course plenty more new designs and products to capture your imagination and treat those you love.

As a HUGE thankyou for all your support over the last year, I have two treats for you lovely lot…

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Firstly as a birthday celebration A Whole Lot of Lovely is offering 15% off all stationery orders placed between 17th and 31st of March 2014, for anyone signing up to my A Whole Lot of Lovely email updates. Just use the Code BIRTHDAY when you place your order and sign up for updates using this link.

Secondly, over on A Whole Lot of Lovely’s facebook page I am running a competition to win a fabulous ÂŁ100 voucher to spend on wedding or celebration stationery – head over to my facebook page to find out more, the closing date is 31st March 2014.

If you’re interested in either of my ‘birthday treats’ get involved – you don’t have to be planning a wedding, all designs on the site can be tweaked for birthdays, anniversary celebrations, christenings, hen parties, baby showers… you name it, we can work it out!

If you know someone who’d benefit from this, don’t forget to share this with them using the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post.

All that’s left to say is a massive THANK YOU once again and a big “cheers!” to another year of A Whole Lot of Lovely!

Now let’s have a little champagne cocktail to celebrate! ;-)

Emma – Owner, Designer (& lover of all things pretty)
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{Image Credits: Cake via Pinterest; Invitations via A Whole Lot of Lovely; Champagne Cocktails via Pinterest}

Rustic Country Celebrations

After several scorching weeks of sunshine here in the UK, it feels we’ve been treated to a beautiful summer so far. What a better time of year than summer to celebrate a special occasion with some outdoor rustic country pretty?!

I absolutely love the idea of a country themed wedding or party. There is so much scope to bring fun into your day and really wow your guests with thoughtful little details that are sometimes more difficult to incorporate into a traditional hotel venue. A barn or outside marquee can be decorated with garlands or bunting, feature hanging test tubes with beautiful succulents in, be filled with pastel pompoms or bright honeycombs. There’s no end of options when thinking about how to style your seating and tables – beautiful burlap and pearls, lace table runners, and so many ways to bring rustic details into your table centres, seating plans and bar. And of course, what a great excuse for a fantastic band to get your guests up dancing!

With beautiful outdoor space, hay bales and the crescendo of a fun filled outdoor party knees up, a country styled event is a sure way to get create some lasting memories for all of your guests. One of my friends did just that a couple of weeks ago – with tractor rides for the guests from the church to her outdoor field wedding (watch this space as she’s on my list to nag for some pics to share with you all!)

A rustic, country celebration was very much in my mind when I developed my new Fields of Gold stationery collection. Here’s a sneak peak at the invitation for the collection… Fields-of-Gold-Invitation Inspired by fields of wheat, country bunting and ribbon details, this pretty invitation perfectly captures elements of a rustic outdoor summer celebration. Each of the elements in the invitation lend themselves to tie in with your event styling – the pretty floral bunting, the bunches of wheat set the scene for wheat inspired floral arrangements and bales of hay, and the ribbon and frame detail again are easily pulled into styling elements of the special day.

Sound like your cup of tea? Here’s a whole lot of lovely ideas as to how you can style and theme your rustic country celebration… Country-Rustic-Montage Image Credits: Country Bunting (photography by Rachael Connerton); Garland Barn Wedding Decoration; Wheat Table Centres (photography by Geneve Hoffman); Elegant Rustic Barn Setting; Beer Barrel Table; Wheat Ring Shoot; Country Bridal Couple Photography; Country Wheat Bouquet (photography by Amanda K Photography); Hay Bale Seating.

Fields of Gold will feature on my Wedding Stationery pages shortly with full collection details, but is available from today and can be tweaked to fit any special occasion you may have. Full matching stationery items are available – if you have an idea of how you’d like to use the Collection for your special occasion, please get in touch!

I’d love to hear how would you style your own rustic celebration… what special little details would you choose? Leave a comment and let me know!

Emma xoxo

Blossom Beautiful

Today I’m pleased to introduce you to another addition to A Whole Lot of Lovely’s stationery collections – Blossom Beautiful. This pretty invitation has been designed to capture seasonal influence from the first blooms in springtime. Perfect for a wedding or special occasion in spring or summertime, or just for people who want a little bit of blossom beautiful in their life!

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Just imagine how unique and pretty you can make your special day by pulling elements of the Blossom Beautiful design into your styling for the day itself. Here were some of the beautiful blossom themed details that were inspiration for my design – let them be inspiration for your big day too!

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Image Credits: Blossom Tea via Pinterest; Floral Headband via Pinterest from Etsy; Blossom Table Centres via Country Style Chic; Bride with falling blooms via Tumblr; Pink Cake; Blossom Buttonholes via Martha Stewart Weddings; pink and blue blossom palette via Urban Design on flickr; blue mason Jars with blossom; Blossom Cocktail via Delish.com; Floral Fan via Pinterest available on Amazon; Napkin Holders via stonegableblog; Blossom crown via Bride Chic; Blossom decorated cocktails; Blossom table centres via Brideorama; Blossom sprig on Teacups via The Preppy Yogini.

The Blossom Beautiful Collection will shortly appear on the Wedding Stationery section of my site, but can be personalised to fit all special occasions. Matching stationery is also available. The best bit… you don’t have to wait for it to feature on the site, all new design collections featured on the blog are available to order immediately!

I’d love to hear your thoughts – how would you style a special occasion around these pretty details to wow your guests?

Emma – xoxo

Introducing… A Whole Lot of Lovely

As my little business grows, I’m coming across more and more people who are looking to share something beautiful with the people they love. It is that very sentiment that lies at the heart of A Whole Lot of Lovely – creating something beautiful to wow your guests and treat those you love. In every design collection, my ultimate aim is to create something pretty that means something special to my customers – that will make their eyes open a little wider and their heart beat a little faster!

This week I created a little video to share some of what A Whole Lot of Lovely is all about – click on the icon below to take a peek!

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I hope you love it! The music is all about creating memories… that is exactly what my stationery can do for you and your guests.

Thanks for taking the time to watch my little video – if you too are as passionate as me about making the world a prettier place to be, please share my video with your friends and family… my business grows by word of mouth, and I’d love to bring some paper pretty into more people’s lives!

Emma xoxo

Image Credits: A Whole Lot of Lovely Product Photography by Holly Booth Photography; Inspiration Board images via my Pinterest Boards; Styling Prop Hire via Hansley Beard.

The Perfect Palette

After yet another glorious summers day, I have been dying to share some of the summer pretty I’ve come across out in the natural world and in the wedding world recently.

So whether you’re looking for inspiration for your forthcoming special occasion or you just want a dose of pretty to brighten your day, I hope you enjoy today’s Perfect Palette inspiration board!

Inspired by rich fig reds and beautifully striking oranges, this stunning colour palette is softened and freshened by the greens of the grass, rocket and foliage. The palette is a perfect way to inject beautiful vibrant colour whilst retaining a sophistication that can sometimes be lost with more traditional brights.

So enough of the words - take a look at this perfect palette in action…

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Mmmm… I hope the beautiful images give you a real feel for a stunningly summer palette ready to work with!

All of the images are taken from my Pinterest Inspiration Boards – if you love them then please take a peek… you’ll find a whole lot of lovely in there! There is some stunningly beautiful photography in today’s Perfect Palette too - you can find links to all source images below.

I’ll leave you to take a look and to daydream on how you can make this perfect palette work for you!

Emma

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Image Credits: Flowers on a Linen Cloth by David Meredith; Figs and Rocket; Field of Flowers; Candleabre Floral Centrepiece; Bridesmaids and hanging garlands; Floral Ice Cream; Floral Centrepiece; Fig & Thyme Cocktail.

Candy Carnival

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Where has that sunshine gone today?! It’s dull and grey outside, so today I thought I’d share a little bit of candy colour to brighten your day!

Looking for a twist on a traditional fairground or circus theme for your wedding or special event? Then take a look at these beautiful invitations designed recently for a carousel loving couple.

With a candy colourscheme, ribbon and floral feature, these pretty invitiations can also be complemented by matching placenames, menus, table names, seating plans and order of the day. Is your special day some time away yet? You can give your guests a taster of Candy Carnival with a Save the Date in a matching design.

Prices for this design match those in my other design ranges, so check out my price list for more details – options are available to suit all budgets. Candy Carnival will soon appear as a full collection on my website, but is available to personalise for your own stationery from today.

Drop me a line if you have any questions!

Emma

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