Be More Danish

Feb 23, 2017

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Hello, Possums!

After the most spectacular b&g blog hibernation, it was going to take something pretty bigly to dust off the imaginary fountain pen and take to the page again. I guess that’s what I get for booking 70 weddings in 30 months – something had to give, and in my case, life was more ruled by ops files and wedding preps than trying to be witty and charming on virtual paper.

But what could possibly be so important that it’s publish-worthy after all these months?

The b&g family is packing up and moving to Denmark. Hurrah!

Mr b&g has been working in Copenhagen for the last two years, commuting back and forth on Mondays and Fridays courtesy of Easy Jet (which, oh so ironically, has been cheaper than taking a train into London – go figure). So far, so very 21st Century. It’s what you do for the right job, no?

But then here comes the snag: with me working at least 30 weekends of the year, not just weddings but site visits, couple planning meetings and all that snazzy stuff, we’ve seen each other on average about a day and a half per week. And, much as I worship my job, my whimsical little furry family comes first and that, Ducklings, simply ain’t enough time to spend together. We realised just how much of the ‘normal’ day-to-day things we were missing out on when I spent a few weeks over there in October. Two bottles of wine and some toing &froing later and the Danish plot started to thicken.

So we’ll be renting out the Chapel, packing up the dawgs and going on a ‘Living Danishly’ adventure for a wee while. Squeeeeeee! If all goes to plan, we should be heading over come 1st May.

But what about b&g? The good news is that, thanks to bargain flights and a shared office base at the B.LOVED.HIVE in London, I’ll still be running bride&glory, albeit from Denmark not Bucks, which I promise you’ll barely notice.

There are some other exciting potions brewing in my weird and wonderful wedding cauldron though. Wedding Day Coordination has become practically part of my DNA and I’ll keep working with couples, but on a reduced scale. It will help me ‘liberate’ some of the weekends I’d otherwise spend fixing portaloos, talking cantankerous Israeli chefs off the ‘thatchickenthighaintcooked’ ledge and stopping marquee-chandeliers from having lift off in gale force winds.

Instead, I will dedicate all that spare time I’ll have (yeah, right) to offering a wider range of workshops for budding wedding planners and couples getting married. We made another mini-film to explain a little more, have a look? There’ll be workshops run from the b.loved hive in London, perhaps even the odd one from Copenhagen. Scandi Mini-Break, anyone? I’m also plotting webinars based on some of my experiences over the last couple of years. Not to go all Mystic Meg on you – it would be too much to tackle here but let’s just say some serious small business owner lessons have been learned and I’d love to pass them on.

And then there’s the writing. Oh, how I’ve missed it! Give me just a little bit of time, and I’ll be able to re-commit to writing features for wedding blogs and so much more. Possibly even a blog chronicling our “Be More Danish” adventure? Because frankly, my Dear, we could all do with being a little more Danish.

Oh, and if you need a Scandi Correspondent, I’ll be your gal. Ducklings, I’m simply brimming with ideas and excitement!

If you want to see where this story takes us, hop over to Instagram and find us as “Be More Danish”, right on time for our very first Danish house hunting trip tomorrow.

And because life is always team work: Thank you Tarah Coonan, you scrumptious marvel, for the pictures. Thank you, Debbie at Red Hound for Dogs for the beastly bandanas. Thank you B at Poppoppapier for our Danish balloon.

Toodles and love from an unexpectedly (guess who brought the wrong shoes again) snowy Copenhagen,

— Mr & Mrs b&g

 

Ducklings!

So – let’s just politely ignore the fact that I haven’t written a blog post for well over a year and dive right in, shall we? Oh noodles! It’s a shameful excuse, right up there with ‘the dog ate my homework’, but bride&glory has made a few leaps and bounds over the past 15-odd months and, with 22 weddings in 2014 alone, my b&g baby has kept me busy.

I’m back (tadah!) and have made it a priority to revive the blog though so please keep on checking in, not least so you can give me the mother of all telling-offs if I fall short of my best laid weekly blogging plans.

There’s a reason I’ve felt inspired to write now, and it’s that I’ve recently had the privilege to work with a fantastically kind couple and a team of suppliers that made a pretty darn big day feel like it was barely hard work at all. It has shone a simply blinding light on the importance of surrounding yourself with the right team, it really can make or break your wedding day.

You know I’m prone to hyperbole so prepare for the saccharine overload I’m about to serve.

Kalm Kitchen
One of my longstanding love affairs, virtually unbeatable in pretty much all areas, from Jen’s inspired styling to James’ unparalleled culinary skills. KK have managed to pull together a team of outstandingly hard-working people who share one priority: to surpass any client’s expectations of their wedding day, no matter what it takes. Which makes working with them such bliss – it’s never a question of fighting over who gets the glory, just working together as one happy-clappy team to get the job done. If I didn’t come in a pack with a husband and a hound, I’d ask them to adopt me right now.

Micklefield Hall
Oh the lovely Anna and Jamie. Not only are Micklefield’s grounds the most beautiful setting for a wedding day (that ceremony by the temple – I rest my case), they welcomed me into their midst with open arms and an impromptu wedding day porridge breakfast. They have finely honed their venue running skills over 16 years, and it shows. Nothing can faze them, nothing is ever too much to ask, and the way they quietly look out for your needs, being in the right place at the right time without ever intruding on your event, couldn’t be more perfectly balanced. And best of all, you can tell they truly care about their couples, which I’m afraid isn’t something that can be said of all venues.

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Sarah Legge Photography
Working in weddings, you’d expect for there to be quite a bit of love in the air, but with Sarah it was literally love at first sight when she pounced into my life on that wedding day. In my mind, there are two elements that make for a good wedding photographer: the mad skills (technically, artistically and in terms of handling a bunch of over-excitable wedding guests) and a personality that’s so lovely, it makes you want to hug them. Sarah rocks all of the above, and then some. I wish I could tell you I haven’t developed yet another girl-crush, but I’m afraid that’d be a lie. This job really should come with a health warning…
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Fleurs, pretty fleurs. I’ve got such a treat in store for you today. May I introduce, the totally amazing Rebecca Marsala of Gingerlily Flowers. And yes, she’s actually ginger – with the prettiest hair and the most perfect complexion.

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Rebecca at work.

I met Rebecca a couple of years ago now (sounding like my grandmother: my oh my how time flies) and it was literally love at first sight. She is one green-fingered-floral-goddess who can turn her hand to anything.  She also taught me how to pin on a buttonhole properly – something for which I’ll love her forever. → read more…

We’re counting down the days to the Bridal Masterclass and I know one gorgeous girl who’s busy getting those brushes ready for you in anticipation. Meet Holly Preston, make-up artist par excellence, always on a mission to beautify the world around her.

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Holly working her bridal prep magic | Photo by Edward Tyler

Hi I’m Holly.

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I’ll get out of the way and leave the floor to Karen but before I do, I just had to tell you that Karen is a seriously rare find: aside from being utterly gorgeous with a fabulous sense of humour, Karen manages to not just make her cakes look divine but taste heavenly too. And take it from this wedding planner, that’s not always a given. Please don’t be mad Karen but here’s a confession: I’m just a bit ‘over’ cupcakes but even I couldn’t resist the world’s fluffiest cake and lightest ever buttercream icing at our tasting last week. Needless to say, Karen and her luscious cakes will be there to spoil you on Sunday and let you in on all things cake. Could you possibly need another reason to book your space?

The floor’s yours, Darling Caketress.

Karenanna – a bespoke cake company based in Bedfordshire, creating cakes that are admired and devoured.

My maiden name is Baker, yes I know Baker! I’m now a Dickson with two little Dickson’s to boot, one Dude and one Chick. My family are obviously the most important part of my life but cake does come a close second and is always in my thoughts.

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