Wrap Up The Week

Posted by Emma ♥ - June 25th, 2011

Image Source: Pic 1 – Style Me Pretty Pic 2 – Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

 

First of all I’d like to start by wishing all UK Military Personnel and their families a very happy Armed Forces day!!

It’s been another week which has proved VERY difficult to pick just 10 blog posts to feature in our top picks but we have to limit ourselves as I can get a little bit carried away otherwise and before I know it, I would have included every post I have read this week which would be some SERIOUS reading!!

So, after hours of going back through my favourite blogs (gosh it’s a tough job but I guess someone has to do it eh lol!) I have whittled it down to these – MWD’s top 10 blog posts of the week…..

A Wedding at Frank Lloyd Wright HouseWedding Chicks

St Francis Barracks Officers Club Wedding by Kallima PhotographyStyle Me Pretty

Libby & Joshua’s Beautiful and Natural Outdoor Vineyard Wedding in VirginiaUnited With Love

Soft Grey and Purple Perfection – Under Stated Glamour and Lots of Children - Love My Dress

An Intimate Islington Vintage Chic WeddingWhimsical Wonderland Weddings

A Super Cool Camper Van Irish Wedding – Ivor & CJOMG I’m Getting Married

A Cultural ExtravaganzaRock My Wedding

South Carolina DIY WeddingRuffled

Club Continental Wedding by Dana Goodson PhotographyStyle Me Pretty

Our final post this week is a little off topic but felt it was such a well written post and something that alot of our readers can probably be relate to ..

Mums and Business: Why We Shouldn’t Have to Make the ChoicePlans & Presents

So that’s it again for this week. Hope you all have a lovely weekend (lets hope we get the sunshine as promised here in the UK!) and back again on Monday for tips on buying your wedding dress!

Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Wrap Up The Week

Posted by Emma ♥ - June 18th, 2011

Image Sources: Pic 1 – Whimsical Wonderland Weddings / Pic 2 – Style Me Pretty

 

Now, I know this is a little late yet again but this was because I was having so much trouble choosing just 10 of my favourite blog posts from this week! I have decided that the weekly – ‘Wrap up the Week’ post will now go live on a Saturday so as not to miss any fab posts from a Friday – they really do tend to save the best until last! So without further delay, here are our favourite 10 posts from this week……

Beach Boho Wedding Part 1 & Part 2Rock My Wedding

My Ibizan Wedding 2 Years On by the lovely Kelly from Boho Events

A Modern Bright and Pink Wedding at a Polo Club Part1 & Part 2Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

1950’s Peacock Inspired WeddingRuffled Blog

A beautiful Mess Wedding by Arrow & Apple Style Me Pretty

Vintage Meets Rustic for a Barn Wedding in the CotswoldsLove My Dress

Monica & Dave’s Traditional Portuguese Catholic Wedding in Washington DCUnited with Love

Festive Pink Wedding Ideas - Wedding Chicks

Santa Monica Wedding by Sarah Yates PhotographyStyle Me Pretty

Pretty Palm Springs Wedding: Karen & John100 Layer Cake

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Wrap Up The Week

Posted by Emma ♥ - May 28th, 2011

A round up of our favourite blog posts this week

Image credits – Style Me Pretty & 100 Layer Cake

Now, I know this is a little late but please forgive me – I was rather silly and thought I was a day ahead of myself and by the time I realised it seemed a bit too late in the day to post this round up of our favourite posts this week so thought I would wait until today instead! I promise to pay more attention to my calendar from now on (actually, buying one would be a good start!). So without further delay, here are our favourite posts from this week……

An Ely Cathedral Wedding, Velvet Suit + Pronovias Lace Dress – Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Oklahoma Rustic Barnyard Wedding – Ruffled

Fabulous Photos – Hannah Stevenson – Boho Events

Creative Colour – Raspberry Red – Polka Dot Bride

A New blog from the lovely Tiny Gems – Tiny Gems

Austin Wedding By The Nichols – Style Me Pretty

Jenny Packham Vintage Roses – Love My Dress

California Wedding – Wedding Chicks

Carrie & Matts Elegant Nautical Wedding In Baltimore – United With Love

The last post isn’t technically a wedding related post BUT it was too gorgeous not to feature –
An unbelievable Backyard Birthday Party

Well, I think that’s a nice way to end our first week!

Hope you all have a fantastic bank holiday weekend and Happy Memorial Day to all those in the USA!

Lots of love

Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Wedding Shoes on the High Street

Posted by Emma ♥ - May 23rd, 2011

Although majority of us lust over a gorgeous sparkly pair of Louboutins or Jimmy Choos to carry us down the aisle, the reality for most is that the £400-£600 could be used else where in the wedding budget than on a pair of shoes you will probably only wear the once (this is talking from experience!). So, I’ve scoured the high street (both UK & USA!) and have found some amazing alternatives at a fraction of the price….

UK High Street

From top left…

Anushka Wedding Shoes – £70.00 Monsoon
Caroline Vintage Shoe – £120.00  Monsoon
Elizabeth Corsage Heels – £70.00 Monsoon
Faith B-Lorna Heels – £56.25 (SALE!) Debenhams
Teatro Corsage Peep Toe – £38.00 Very
Nicolas Millington Pearl Bow Courts – £32.00 Very

USA High Street

From top left…

Badgley Mischka Lacie Pumps – $183.79 Bloomingdales
Steve Madden Partyy Pumps – $76.08 Bloomingdales
Aldo Imburgia Shoes – $80.00 Aldo
Dune Viva Rouched – $203.12 ASOS
Badgley Mischka Owen Pump – $125.00  ShoeBox
Badgley Mischka Xolani Pump – $125.00 ShoeBox

I could have picked HUNDREDS of shoes for this feature today but had to be very strict and limit myself. The high street has never been so on trend and some of these alternatives are actually nicer than the real mccoy so there’s really no need to compromise.

Military Wedding Discounts xx

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US Armed Forces Day 2011

Posted by Emma ♥ - May 21st, 2011

Image source: Defense

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

What do people do?

Many events across the United States take place on Armed Forces Day to honor Americans in uniform who served their country in times of war and peace. Those who are honored on this day include people who serve the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May because of their unique training schedules. Events and activities may include:

  • Multi-service military displays in areas open for the public.
  • Various educational activities that teach children about the armed forces.
  • “Support the Troops” themed motorcycle rides.
  • Large parades and other local celebrations.

Certain types of music are also played at Armed Forces Day events, including at memorials and at cemeteries, as a way to respect those in the armed forces who died for their country. For example, buglers have played a bugle call, known simply as Taps, on Armed Forces Day in recent years. Taps is usually sounded by the United States military at events such as flag ceremonies, memorial services and funerals.

Background

On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States’ Secretary of Defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under one department – the Department of Defense. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day too.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defense”, which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the day was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job was performed and the role of the military in civilian life.

Armed Forces Day was a day for the military to show “state-of-the-art” equipment to Americans. It was also a day to honor and acknowledge Americans in the armed forces. Parades, open houses, receptions and air shows were held at the inaugural Armed Forces Day.  Armed Forces Day is still celebrated nationwide today and is part of Armed Forces Week.

It’s very hard to end a post like this as I could just never find the words do it justice but I think this Armed Forces Day poem says it all perfectly….

Honor Our Military

Let’s honor our military,
The men and women who serve,
Whose dedication to our country
Does not falter, halt or swerve.

Let’s respect them for their courage;
They’re ready to do what’s right
To keep America safe,
So we can sleep better at night.

Let’s support and defend our soldiers,
Whose hardships are brutal and cruel,
Whose discipline we can’t imagine,
Who follow each order and rule.

Here’s to those who choose to be warrior,
And their helpers good and true;
They’re fighting for American values;
They’re fighting for me and you.

By Joanna Fuchs

Happy Armed Forces Day to all our American readers!

Military Wedding Discounts xx

(Information from Time and Date and Poem from Poem Source)

 

 

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Love on the Subway – Engagement Shoot

Posted by Emma ♥ - May 15th, 2011


I was sitting reading my favourite wedding blogs (I LOVE my job!) and came across this beautiful shoot on Fifties Wedding (fab site!) and I knew I HAD to feature this on the Military Wedding Discounts website.

After contacting Charlie she gave me the contact details for the lovely Suzi Lighten of TSL Photography who very kindly agreed to us posting this gorgeous story.
So grab a drink, sit back and enjoy the romantic story of Issy and Issac….

He was on his way home and so was I. For one whole month we did not even know each others names. We just called each other “Train Buddy.” It was about everyday at the same time and stop that we saw one another. So the habit became welcoming and we started to talk more and more as friends. Until one day I asked him his name and invited him to a party. Needless to say he showed up and was very interested, but I was taken at the time so we just remained good friends. He and I became best friend over the next 3 years.

He knew me like the back of his hand and he could always tell what I was going through. During our fourth year of our friendship the economy tanked, Issac lost his job and my old relationship ended. We decided to move in together as friends and he starting to take a huge liking towards my son (Matt) who was 9 at the time. I wanted to help Issac in any way I could. He found a job once again, but they let him go after 7months of training, so he wanted to do something better and worth while in his life. So he talked to the Army staff and of course they sucked him right away.


I was very supportive and was scared when he first told me, but then again, I know he wanted to accomplish something worth while in his life, so I was very happy that he wanted to support our nation. As he began to train for the army’s test (both physically and mentally) I began to change my outlook on life and about him. He was becoming something more than just a friend inside and I did not know how to take it. I was scared to feel something more for him because I cherished my wonderful relationship and I didn’t want to screw it up just because he would be gone. As the final days of all the paper work and physical test were said and done. I began to really feel my heart change. It was on May 12th 2010 when the recruiters said they would be on their way to pick up Issac at 3pm to head off the LAX airport to depart for boot camp.


We took off to grab our last lunch together before he left. In the middle of our friendly discussion, I asked him why he never asked me out and his response was he was he was afraid I was going to turn him down. I thought about his answer for a moment and told him to ask me. He did so we began our relationship from that point. He and I were so happy that I brought up the topic. As we finished our meal we headed home for the last hour to watch a movie together as a family. As the recruiter knocked, I started to tremble and feel scared. We opened the door and Issac gave me one long last kiss and hug before he said good bye. I remember closing that door and wishing we had more time, wishing why we he never asked, wishing I could of brought up the topic sooner, but it was meant to be the way it was.


As the first week flew by, I began to find myself alone and wanting his company. I wanted to hear his laughs and jokes. It wasn’t until the second week that I got to hear his voice. I told him that I missed him and tears of longing really came from the heart. I kept my phone on loud and with me 24/7. I couldn’t wait to hear from him again. I grabbed every call he ever made and no-matter what time of the day it was. I was just so glad to hear his voice. After nine weeks of intense mental & physical brain wash I was allowed to visit him. I took a few days off for vacation and flew all the way to SC in the middle of Summer. It was so hot and sticky and I didn’t care, I got to see Issac graduate from boot camp and spend one day in happy bliss, that I was eternally grateful.

After the graduation was over and I flew back home, Issac went onto the next part of his training. He began training for his job that he signed up for. This was supposed to be 2 or 3 months only, but they dragged it out for 5 long months. In between the training, Issac was aloud to come home four a day weekend in October. This was another two and half months that went by, but just before he arrived he had a little incident. He accidentally got his hand broken by another soldier, this was a little sad, but we said it was just another step we have jump over.


Issac arrived home on my birthday weekend, Friday October 8th 2010. My brother (Sam) and I picked Issac up from the airport and we went straight to the elementary school to pick -up Matt (my son). Matt has not seen him for 6 months since he took off to boot camp so the tiny tears burst-ed out my little 11year old eyes. Matt was to ex-tactic to see him. The following day was supposed to be a gathering of both of our families (Issac’s parents and my parents and my brothers and sister). We all arranged for a luncheon at a childhood restaurant that my parents always took me to as a little girl.


Issac had in mind to ask my parents if he could get their blessing to marry me. Of course I knew he would ask them, but I had no idea what was in store for me next. Of course my mother and father were extremely happy that their oldest daughter was going to tie the knot. I was so happy and full of joy that I finally was settled in my heart and was starting to expect the question somewhere down the line in our new future. A few minutes later Issac chimed the glassware and had another announcement that also caught me off guard. He bent down on one knee and with his injured hand and proposed in-front of both our families. I was so caught off guard, that it felt unreal and I thought it was one of his gimmic’s, but he had a ring and he meant every word as he struggled to get the words out and put the ring on my finger. I was so in shock that I forgot our families were there and my father yells out so what did you say? I turned around and said “Yes.”


The whole restaurant was in good cheer and it was a most magical moment of my life. After a joyful and splendid week, Issac flew back to finish his training. He flew back again for the Christmas and New Years Holidays and went back to the training camp for one last week. He came back to CA for three weeks of vacation before he got shipped to Germany on 2/1/2011.


I was already starting to research Photographers the weekend he left after the engagement. Issac and I wanted a classy modern look to our photos. With Issac being in the Army I thought about all the black and whites movies that we could interpret into our own vision. It was the classy army hero that won my heart over and over and that I wanted to reiterate into our photo scene. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was happy that I choose something that fit my us just right. I have always been attracted to the classy acts of women in the 50′s and I was always inspired by their beauty, kindness, and formality’s. You could say I wish we could of kept that custom in this time and age. One of the inspiring movies right after the holidays was ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Christmas in Connecticut.’ They really had me spining my wheels to recreate something like that but in the 2011 age. I have always been an Audrey Hepburn fan so I wanted to incorporate the classy, sassy with a twist of modern moments into our photo shoot and they came out perfect. I believe TSL Photography really turned those pictures into a gold mine for our families and friends to remember.

We are on the verge of making plans for a classy Wedding look but with more of a modern twist to incorporate the fun things in life that we both enjoy.


Well what a start to our Real Weddings page eh, how beautiful was that!

A big thanks once again to the lovely Suzi Lighten of TSL Photography – a hugely talented lady I’m sure you’ll agree.

As this post shows, although the page is called ‘Real Weddings’ we do love to feature an Engagement shoot too so please feel free to contact us if you would like us to feature your story!

Big Love

Military Day Discounts xx

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