What Lottie Loves This Week // Winter Brides in Cardigans

Images: Haley Sheffield {via Ruffled} // Wren Photography {via The Bridal Detective} // Honey and the Moon Photography {via One Fab Day} // Lauren Fair Photography {via Ruffled}

This week I am loving winter brides and their cardigans! I just think they are so adorable, and what better way of keeping the chilly winter air off your bare shoulders and arms then by popping a brightly coloured cardigan over your pristine white dress. Too cute!

Including a soft and fluffy cardigan within your wedding ensemble not only provides you with the opportunity to add interest and texture to your outfit, it also gives you the option of brightening your look a little by incorporating a colour from your wedding day palette. White or pastel shades also work well if you’re looking to keep everything a little more elegant and traditional.

As well as being uber-chic, wearing a cardigan with your dress will also keep you cosy as you travel from the hotel or your home to your church or venue. This could be particularly useful if you are to be married in a beautiful, but draft old church or stately home. Plus, cardigans are so easy to remove that you could quickly slip it off at almost any time and hand it to your maid of honour for safe keeping. Can you tell I’m a fan yet!

--Lottie ♥

What Lottie Loves This Week // Hanging Glass Bubbles

Images: Colin Cowie Weddings // Lisa Lefringhouse {via Junebug Weddings} // Apertura {via Style Me Pretty}

This week I am loving those very cute hanging glass bubbles that you may have spotted on wedding blogs, Pinterest and in wedding magazines over the past couple of months. If you aren’t sure what I’m referring to, take a closer look at the images above. Aren’t they sweet!

Perhaps it’s the fact that the festive season is drawing closer (attracting me towards anything bauble shaped!), or perhaps I’ve just been taken by the sheer beauty and simplicity of these bubbles… I just think they are perfection.

These little bubbles are very budget friendly too, selling for between £1 and £5 depending on where you look, and most feature a small window on one side through which you can place small decorations, plants, tea lights or even macarons or mini cupcake!

They can be hung from ceiling lights, floral arrangements, tree branches or your wishing tree.

--Lottie ♥

What Lottie Loves this Week // Potted Plants as Wedding Décor

Images: M&J Photography {via Love My Dress} // Megan Braemore Photography {via Style Me Pretty} // Hannah May {via Rock My Wedding} // Samantha Jane Photography {via Boho Weddings} // The Nichols {via Style Me Pretty} // Lisa Dawn Photography {via Ruffled}

This week I am loving weddings which use potted plants rather than cut flowers as décor. While cut floral arrangements and accessories are very beautiful, using potted plants instead is both better for your budget and better for the earth.

Once your wedding is over your floral arrangements, bouquets, floral headpieces and buttonholes will more than likely end up in in the bin as they begin to fade quite quickly. Some brides choose to dry their bouquets (myself included) and offer the floral arrangements to their families as gifts, however most will see left over flowers as a bit of a burden.  Swapping out cut flowers for potted plants where possible will reduce this sense of waste and can save you a small fortune on imported flowers.

Potted plants can be used to line your aisle and decorate your tables, and will bring a sense of life and energy to a wedding. I’ve even seen a few examples of potted bouquets! It may sound a bit hippy, but living flowers have a different ‘feel’ to cut flowers which lends itself particularly well to the abundant and celebratory atmosphere of a wedding. My fellow garden enthusiasts will know what I mean.

Potted plants also make fantastic favours for your guests to take home, and once the wedding is over you can give all of your potted arrangements away to friends and family to plant in their own gardens or to keep inside as house plants, depending on the season of course. I cannot think of a better way of celebrating a wedding than continuing to nurture a beautiful plant as it flourishes.

To take this even further you could use potted trees as decor just as the Duchess of Cambridge did at her own wedding. Once the wedding has taken place your trees can be planted in a local woodland (with the landowner’s permission of course!) or on your own land if you are lucky enough to have a large garden or smallholding.

Potted plants are an excellent option for most weddings and I urge you to consider this very eco-friendly alternative.

--Lottie ♥

What Lottie Loves This Week // My New Facebook Page

This week I am loving my brand new Facebook page, dedicated to the Lace & Love Hearts blog! After much deliberating and a bit of reluctance I have finally decided to embrace Facebook in much the same way as I have Twitter. Facebook provides such a fantastic platform for conversation with brides and grooms who are looking for a bit of straightforward planning advice, inspiration and easy access to reliable suppliers, it really would be silly not to get involved!

Right now I am just getting to grips with how a Facebook page works, however I can already feel an obsessive relationship coming on! Here’s to hoping that via Facebook I can assist lots of DIY couples in the creation of their big day, just as I have via Twitter.

It would be lovely to connect with all of my wonderful readers on my new Facebook page, so please don’t be shy and click ‘like’.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far despite the tail end of ex-hurricane Gonzalo giving us a bit of a battering!

--Lottie ♥

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