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Thoughts On Wedding Planning for White Magazine

Posted on: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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For the latest issue of White Magazine I got asked to share my thoughts on wedding planning,
as an insider in the wedding world. It was really fun sitting down, pondering about it all and writing down my thoughts. You can read my final article below: And don’t forget to buy the issue
with many more amazing articles and beautiful imgages, as always completely honest and inspiring!

How did we handle the flood of over-inspiration that blogs, pinterest & co deliver?

Planning a wedding in the age of Pinterest & CO

Have you set a date yet? What is your dress going to look like? What sort of flowers were you thinking of getting? – Immediately after getting engaged well meaning friends and family bombarded us with questions, even before we had a chance to decide if we wanted a wedding or simply elope.
We just wanted to be married and live happily ever after, we hadn’t thought about a wedding.It seemed like everyone around us had pretty high expectations of what our wedding day would look like, maybe because we are both working in creative jobs and are surrounded by wonderful vendors all the time.
We dived right into the abundance of inspiration, hoping to feel the same excitement about this event than everyone around us. Looking at beautiful blogs, magazines and of course Instagram and
Pinterest, there was all this deliciousness from amazing fellow vendors, beautifully photographed.Lost in a picture perfect Pinterest wedding world filled with DIY projects, services and products we felt that most of it was meaningless and irrelevant to us personally. Were we over-inspired? Was all the goodness just too much to take and overwhelming? Ok, back to the drawing board…we took a deep breath, pen and paper and made notes about the
things that really mattered to us. We focused on why we wanted a wedding in the first place and who we really wanted to share this special day with. We made a must-have and nice-to-have list to
keep us on track and stick to our own ideas. The outcome was a clear feeling and a blurry vision of a small, intimate wedding, with our nearest and dearest including our puppy Dalston, a “on-holiday-
feel” with lot’s of fun, eating and dancing. We wanted it to be low key and high fun. We strongly felt less is more. No need for a theme or a colour scheme. What we DID need was a place that made us and our guests feel welcome, plenty of food, good music, drinks and some simple off-the-rack outfits. Easier said than done… Many of the “alternative” venues we contacted seemed to be colder than expected and replied with way too many rules, regulations and restrictions than my free spirited self could digest. Our must have list quickly ruled out pretty much any venue within NSW and it seemed like the only option left was camping- no wait, even the campsite did not allow dogs. (Besides that my lovely future mother in law would possibly be mad at me forever if I make her camp on our wedding.) While we really stuck to our guns with the venue and overall feel, we gave in at other points of planning. The “don’t-care-ready-to-wear” dress idea turned into a custom design couture gown (whoops…). As my former fashion designer self took over and I rediscovered how much fun the process of creating it from scratch would be, there was no turning back from the quality fabrics and great craftsmanship.
Turned out that overall trying to keeping it simple and real is sometimes harder than just going with a more traditional option. Letting the magic of wedding planning take over from time to time actually feels good. Now we can’t wait.

… if you are planning a wedding too: Grab yourself an issue of White Magazine!

Wonderful quotes on marriage

Posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am not married myself, but I love the whole philosophy behind it from a yogic point of view. I find it very inspiring.
The following quotes are taken from Yogi Bhajan Lecture Archive

“The one act to perform is for a man and a woman to merge as one.
If from this minute they merge as one, they amalgamate now, they shall succeed.

To make an alloy, you take two elements and put them together. The alloy cannot be separated. You can boil it, you can
form the alloy into a liquid, you can totally burn it, but once it becomes an alloy, it will totally keep its own quality, own
quantity, own weight, own molecules, own electrons, protons and neutrons, and own combination. Whatever made brass
doesn’t matter. Brass has its own faculty, own quality, own weight and own property.

Marriage brings happiness. It’s an amalgamation of two psyches. And when these two psyches are amalgamated, neither one
is an individual. There is no question of he and she. That’s it. There is no loss, there is no gain and there is no bank account.

And that is what love is, that is what marriage is, that is what life is, that is what good luck is. There are no two opinions about
it; when a male and a female merge together. That’s why we do it before God. ”

© Yogi Bhajan 2002

London in Love and the Royal Wedding Mood

Posted on: Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann: Image via Maimouselle

This dress is a dream, right?
And so is the whole picture.
Speaking of beautiful brides: I did enjoy the royal wedding a lot.
Champagne for breakfast and attending the Wilton Way Street Party, here in our neighborhood in East London, it was the first real summer feeling day.
And the princess did look stunning- no doubt.

And yes! It did get me in a real wedding mood. I wonder if there were more engagements than usually lately!? I was close to purpose…(was it the champagne for breakfast?)
I mean my man is fantastic at all times and I don’t need a royal wedding to remind me of that, but the kitschy and great festival atmosphere here in London would have made a great setting.
If I had only prepared better and organized a ring ; )

However: I am feeling back to my sparkling best and full of power for upcoming projects.

thoughts about valentines day

Posted on: Wednesday, February 16, 2011


photo by uloni

“I love you but you didn’t bring me flowers.” Your love is hanging on flowers! You are seasonal, conditional, demanding and bargaining. Love is not a bargain. Love is not a business. It cannot be bought and sold. It has no condition. When you put a condition on love, it evaporates.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 16, 1982

Yes I am a day late.
But that doesn’t really matter, because my thoughts about Valentines Day totally agree with this wonderful quote of Yogi Bhajan.
I heard some ladies complaining during the day of the 15th of February, that their beloved man hasn’t send a message yet and saw some other girls stressing about gifts and buying tasteless cards.
Not enough of this silliness: They had to ask me what we will be doing on Valentines Day.
Uhm!? We just came back from a 3 week uber-romantic holiday to Australia, we went for a delicious SPONTANEOUS dinner out on friday night and yes:
We don’t do Valentines Day. Not in general. But only when we want to do it.
And that is far more often than once a year.

L’amour Fou & Happy Christmas

Posted on: Thursday, December 23, 2010


image via moviepostershop.com
It’s Christmas time. Time for big love stories. Time for movies.
Time for fashion inspiration.
The documentary about Yves Saint Laurent tells the story about
the love of his life Pierre Bergé.
It’s always good to have a creative partner in crime.
They have been a couple for 50 (!) years building their business,
sharing their creativity and supporting each other with love.
A documentary I am really looking forward to watching.
May you all have a wonderful Christmas time!
And here comes the trailer:

The smell of a Love Song

Posted on: Sunday, November 28, 2010


Tiempe Passate by Antonias Flowers is my favorite fragrance at the moment.
It was named for a love song written by her grandfather in the 1920s.
I tried to figure out more about the song but couldn’t find any lyrics.
Anyway it’s an incredible unique sent with notes of bergamot, clementine, sage, mimosa, cyclamen, Montauk rose, white orris, cedar, vetiver and amber.

the song in my head…

Posted on: Monday, November 22, 2010


I don’t know why but this song is playing in my head for a while.
Maybe it’s the cozy winter atmosphere that is coming up.
And because this is a beautiful classic love song I felt like sharing it.
And I never give up and I never give in and I am just changing my mind…

marriage is the highest yoga

Posted on: Saturday, July 31, 2010


photos of Marina Abramovic and Ulays art project Rest Energy (1980)
found here and here

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there is no greater risk than matrimony.
but there is nothing happier than a happy marriage.*

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Its the greatest challenge one can face, the highest risk... But that is what keeps it interesting right? If you need more reasons check out ESB’s guest post with
10 reasons why being married is just better.

This best answer for sceptical persons EVER I’ve found at
A Practical Wedding:
Me: D. and I got engaged! Yayyyyy!!!
Her: Oh. That’s nice. I don’t believe in marriage.
Me: ……….
Me: Um. It’s not fairies. You don’t have to DO it, but it does exist.


Great tipps to stay happy you can find at the guest post series Secrets To A Happy Marriage

* quote by benjamin disraeli, 1870 in a letter to queen victoria’s daughter louise,congratulating her on her engagement.

alternatives to wedding bands

Posted on: Friday, July 23, 2010



photos found here and here
I did some wedding tattoo research, though I am not totally into the idea.
I love real jewelry too much and also love the traditonal idea of exchanging the rings.
That would obviously not work with tatoos.
Anna And the Ring is on wedding band hunt.
As a doctor she has to wash her hands all the time and is not a massive fan of loads of bling on her hands. She already “has to” wear this stunning engagement ring.

For all the tatoo lovers among you or as an additional idea, ON TOP OF A RING ; ) , you can find my favorites above! As well as HERE & HERE

More wedding band inspiration from my blog this way.

i like the concept…

Posted on: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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Recently someone said something nice about marriages that I strongly agree with:

I LOVE THE CONCEPT- THE IDEA THAT YOU COMMIT TO SOMEONE AND HAVE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A BEST MATE WHERE YOU GO THROUGH THINGS TOGETHER AND IT GETS BETTER AND STRONGER.

Celia as well introduced herself on her blog by saying she recently married her best friend.
Lover and Best Friend in one person?
-Sounds like the right one to marry.

love letters, wooden crates & wine

Posted on: Sunday, April 25, 2010

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image via Le Love via unefille1
For their wedding ceremony Cori & Z of hat & feathers created a wonderful version of an old tradition:

“We put a bottle of wine, two glasses, & a set of love letters (written in secret & unshared) into a wooden crate and then sealed it with nails (each nail was hammered by a family member to show their commitment to supporting our marriage & then finally by us). The crate is meant as an act of reassurance, a romantic gesture–if ever our relationship is in peril, we are to open the crate, drink the wine, & read the letters before we make any decisions about our future.”

Oh yeah, I love it!

let love and friendship reign forever

Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2009

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image via wikipedia
The Irish are well known for their rich tradtions.
One of their really nice wedding customs is the Claddagh ring.
The Claddagh Ring has remained very popular as an engagement and/or wedding ring. The symbolism is quite lovely. The heart in the design symbolizes love longed to be shared with one’s true love. The crown symbolizes undying loyalty and the hands symbolize friendship, which is, after all, the very foundation of love, with loyalty holding the two hands together.
“With my two hands I give you my heart, and crown it with my loyalty” and
“Let love and friendship reign forever” can be both found as meanings for the symbols together in this ring.
There are many legends about the origin of the Claddagh ring and true or not, the Claddagh has become an everlasting symbol of love and marriage.
Liv likes this story:

It starts with the likes of a fisherman who was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery before he could marry his true love that remained behind in the Irish village of Claddagh. The fisherman ended up indentured to a goldsmith who taught him his trade. Thinking every day of the true love he left behind in the village of Claddagh, he decided to make a special ring for her should they ever be united again. He crafted a ring with two hands holding a heart, which had a crown above it. It was meant to represent love and friendship.
Eventually, the fisherman (now goldsmith) was released and he returned to his village. To his great joy, he found that his true love had waited for him to return and then he presented her with the ring, which became the betrothal ring. The ring then became synonymous with faithfulness too, as they both remained faithful to each other even when separated by adversity and distance.

awww! …and they lived happy ever after… Liv loves happy endings.

You might also like this World Wedding Tradition Posts: the return of happiness, Henna and the prince on the white horse, thats how people role in Iceland

love is the ultimate outlaw

Posted on: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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photo of Liv and Lav London November 2009 by GT

Love is also the ultimate outlaw!
Did you know?

Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words “make” and “stay” become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.

This quote is out of one of my favorite books Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.

You Got The Love

Posted on: Friday, December 11, 2009

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images via das rohmaterial and keepreal
Liv loves this song by Florence And The Machine.
Especially the Remix by XX.
I am listening to it a lot right now and think its really inspiring.
I am also in love with the style of Florence Welch.
Florence is of my new muses for the current collection
florence_and_the_machine_viakeeprealorg

I want to be with you…

Posted on: Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Image via designsponge

These could totally be Liv’s favorite flower.
When I saw this picture I really fell in love with its beauty,
and as I have told you before I am not a big flower expert.
I was excited to see a flower that really gets me excited,
so I started googling the name and the meaning. Crown Anemone:
“forsaken” and also “a dying hope”
Who the f*ck did this to such a beautiful flower?!
I decided that this couldn’t be right, so I did a little bit more research and
voilà: “I want to be with you!”
Ha! Much better. I guess the others were mistaken ; )

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