In The Hotseat, Planning
Mr & Mrs Smith. Boutique Honeymoons. In the Hotseat.
01.09.2014

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The honeymoon is one wonderful way of having some R&R, enjoying your new married status and making memories. But it can be a total minefield, where to go? What to do? How much to spend? To relax or explore?

I asked Sarah Jackson, honeymoon expert at boutique travel company Mr & Mrs Smith, to tell us how she helps couples everywhere book their perfect honeymoon…

 

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Hi Sarah, could you tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

I’m on the Travel Team at Mr & Mrs Smith, an online collection of unique hotels perfect for romancing couples – and those who have just tied the knot. I’ve been here for two years, booking hotels and managing trips all over the world from start to finish, whether it’s a beautiful retreat in the Cotswolds or a dreamy overwater villa in the Maldives. I’m fluent in Spanish, which comes in handy with all the Iberian hotels we have in our collection, and, of course, I love to travel. I’m just back from a surfing trip in Devon and a jaunt in South America.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love helping people plan idyllic holidays: I like finding out their taste, what they want from a hotel in terms of style and design, and matchmaking them to the perfect property. It’s truly rewarding sending people to places where I know they’ll have a really special time. I recently booked a couple’s honeymoon to Bali, a twin-centre trip where they stayed at the breathtaking Alila Villas Uluwatu in the south, home to some of the island’s best surf beaches, and Alila Ubud, surrounded by forest on a peaceful hillside. They had such a great time they sent me a lovely thank-you email, which was very moving. There’s little I dislike, but it’s a real shame I can’t control the weather when it comes to honeymoons.

 

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How did you get into the travel and honeymoon industry?

 

I studied modern languages (Spanish and German) at university and got the taste for living and working abroad during a year out. Before starting my studies, I travelled around five continents on an incredible trip through New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Namibia and Costa Rica. I interned at Mr & Mrs Smith before joining the Travel Team and now specialise in Central and South America, adventure travel and honeymoons.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

At Mr & Mrs Smith, we’re all about the details: I want to snap up the best bedroom for my clients, not just the best hotel. I love to organise unusual or one-of-a-kind experiences that are bound to surprise them. At Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, for instance, a mule carries your luggage for the last part of your journey. It’s quirky details like that that really make a trip memorable. (more…)

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Alternative, Pretty, Real Weddings
Pink & Gold Marie Antoinette Inspired Wedding
01.09.2014

Marie Antoinette Pink Wedding http://www.annapumerphotography.com/

 

We are starting the week with pure opulence.

WWW readers Ben and Charlotte tied the knot on Saturday 7th June at Rectory Farm, Cambridgeshire. They envisioned a pink and gold Marie Antoinette inspired wedding day, with a fair dose of sparkle.

There was golden sunshine, pink sequin table cloths and blush roses.

Charlotte looked incredible in her ruffled Intuzuri dress, which she teamed with a floral crown from Rock n Rose and super pretty veil. The bridesmaids wore white frocks while Ben opted for a bowler hat, braces, cane and bow tie. Oh the style!!

Thanks goes to the totally fabulous Anna Pumer Photography for sharing her imagery today.

 

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Sunday Ramble. Instagram Catch Up August 2014
31.08.2014

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Finishing touches to the nursery.

August has been good to us.

We ticked off most of our to do list and managed to have some summer fun! From picking crops from our veggie and flower patch, to outings and family time, it’s been great :-)

Here is my month in images…

 

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Homegrown Dahlias.

 

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1. One of my favourite places. 2. John Lewis wedding goodies. 3. New changing bag. 4. New glasses. 5. Home-grown veggies. 6. Prints on the wall. 7. Lancaster Bombers. 8. Stained glass. 9. Finished blanket. 10. Squares. 11. Lovely Cambridge. 12. Pancake brekkie. 13. Harry Potter. 14. Dahlia. 15. Bump. 16. BBQ. 17. Lavender. 18. Pom poms.

 

Here’s to a gorgeous September.

Happy Sunday WWWers XOXO Lou

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Pretty, Real Weddings
Beautiful & Dreamy Texas Wedding
30.08.2014

Beautiful Dreamy Texas Wedding http://www.cassieloreephotography.com/

 

This week we are headed to the US for the Texas wedding of Joshua and Ashley who had the dreamiest most beautiful wedding day.

With a touching first look, whimsical details and super stylish attire there isn’t much not to adore about their gorgeous wedding. I am head over heels.

Thanks so much to the brilliant Cassie Loree Photography for sharing her wonderful images today.

 

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The Bride Diaries
The Bride Diaries. Introducing Bride to Be Holly
29.08.2014

Firstly a HUGE thank you to all of you that applied to be a real blogging bride/groom for WWW. It was wonderful to hear from so many of you about your wedding plans :-) I wish I had space for you all to blog for me.

This afternoon I am introducing you to the first of 4 brand new blogging brides joining the WWW family. I love the story of how Holly met Jim and the proposal…. thank you so much Holly for sharing your wedding planning journey with us. I cannot wait to read all about your plans over the coming months XOXO Lou

 

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Let me start by saying this: I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have found such a perfect match as Jim. I wish you could all meet him. He really is one of the good ones. I’m sure we all feel the same way about our husbands-to-be but I do feel a little bit mean and selfish that I’ve bagsied him all to myself. Everyone should have a Jim.

I’ve been reading WWW ever since we got engaged (and probably a little bit before – sshh!), so I’m super excited to share our planning with you. Whenever I read WWW, it always makes me marvel at the wonder of what it means to get married. Each and every couple are unique and have their own style and character. It makes me realise that there are no ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ to getting married – as long as you have a certificate and a smile on your face at the end of the day, it’s gone perfectly.

Jim and I met about 6 ½ years ago, and although I don’t believe in love at first sight, he is the only man I’ve ever really fancied from the off. He was a tall, dark and handsome friend-of-a-friend who came in for a drink at the pub where I worked just as I was knocking off my shift. We got chatting and afterwards, when my friend asked if he could give Jim my number, I tried to play it cool and act all nonchalant… but then checked my phone as often as I could to see if he’d gotten in touch! Luckily for me, he did (I remember the text well: “Hi Holly. This is Jim, Sean’s friend. How are you?”), we went for a drink and the rest, as they say, is history.

We’ve just moved into a lovely little house in the midlands, with our cat called Mouse. Jim’s an avid volunteer for the National Trust and loves cycling to work. We’ve been known to run a marathon (or two!) together, which makes it sound like we’re quite sporty, but more often than not, you’ll actually find us slobbing out watching a good TV box set or letting our bums go numb at the theatre.

 

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Jim proposed on my favourite day of the year: Boxing Day. Every year, all my Dad’s side of the family get together to go for a walk up a set of hills near us, followed by a hot meat sandwich in the pub afterwards and some party games and a buffet at someone’s house afterwards. The Clent Hills are just such a special place for me – it’s even where my parents got engaged!    (more…)

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