Monday, 28 January 2019

Wedding Chat: Why We're Planning To Elope

Why We're Planning To Elope - ItsHollieAnn
Marriage is between two people. Whether you're planning your big day, if it's not on the cards yet or if you just wanted a little insight, I wanted to share our experience with planning to elope. 

I feel like you only need to utter the word 'elope' and everyone around you gasps in horror - That was my experience anyway. Everytime the word left my mouth, I was met with an expression of shock, disbelief and sometimes, pity. 

I'd never dreamed of the big white wedding and truthfully I'd never even dreamed of an engagement. This is why, when the subject of marriage came up between my partner and I, we both knew exactly what we wanted. To elope. 

Rather than dreaming of floral arrangements, songs we'd walk down the aisle to and the font we'd choose for place settings, we dreamed of heading somewhere far away, not telling a soul and spending the day as we intend to spend the rest of our lives, together.

Though we didn't originally plan on sharing our plans to elope, when the subject came up with my girlfriends following our engagement, I couldn't believe the responses I was met with. "But what about bridesmaids?", "What about a cake?" and "What will your parents say?" were among the first questions that sprung from them - Not one of which actually effected us but instead, our guests to-be.

In that very moment, they'd cemented what we'd been thinking all along. My partner and I want to be married but what we don't want is a wedding. Following our engagement on New Years Eve, despite my girlfriends concerns, we set out planning just that - To tie the knot during a trip we're taking in June. Of course, we want to celebrate with our friends and family when we're home but in a much more 'us' kind of way which is essentially more prosecco, less obligatory invites and thank heavens, no white dress. 

I completely appreciate that eloping is not for everyone and you might be reading these words not agreeing with a single word and that's okay, because you don't have to. Marriages are about two people and weddings can be too. Whether you want a traditional wedding, festival wedding, small wedding, big wedding, whatever your heart desires, as long as you and your partner are happy that's all that matters. 

And in case you're wondering, our friends came around after two glasses of wine and our parents were overjoyed that despite us wanting to get married alone, we want to celebrate  the second when we get home. 

I'd love to hear yours and your partners wedding stories.


Monday, 21 January 2019

5 Apps For Organisation & A Phone Case From Maison de Sabré

5 Apps For Planning & A Phone Case From Maison de Sabré
2019 is already a hectic year. First and foremost, with the help of the lovely Angelica, I'm organising an overseas wedding. Next, I'm putting together a wedding reception for when we're home, a dreamy honeymoon and of course, the original trip that sparked it all. Since my partner isn't quite as Type A as me, it means I am tasked with planning it all. Who am I kidding? I love it.

As much as I wish I was an on-paper planner, it's just not for me. I end up with endless lists spread across several notebooks to a point where I'm tearing my house apart trying to find flight details that I know I wrote on a post-it three weeks prior. Or did I?

My iPhone has always been the center of almost all of my plans and is my most worn accessory after my beloved Rockie. Everything from boarding passes, concert tickets, itineraries and to-do lists are all stored on my phone. 

Though the worlds population is trying limit their screen time, after Maison de Sabré sent me this gorgeous monogrammed phone case* in all it's real-leather glory, it reminded me that utilising my phone is nothing to be ashamed of. In light of that, here's a run-through of apps I use most to plan out my life and why they're so useful to me. 

Buffer & UMUN First up and two of my most used apps are Buffer and UMUN. Buffer is my go to for scheduling tweets about my latest blog posts - I'd say I fill this on a weekly basis, usually on a Sunday afternoon. UMUN is my go-to for planning Instagram posts. I don't tend to use this ahead of time like Buffer, it's more so for when I'm about to post and want to check a photo works well with my feed.

Calendar Self explanatory but I literally put every life event into my calendar. Appointments, social outings, hotel reservations, itineraries if I'm travelling - The lot. It helps me to see my day in a view I can process and see where there are gaps to schedule other events or when days are completely blocked out.

Instagram Recently, I've seen Instagram in a whole new light. I'm using it to find everything from wedding suppliers to breakfast spots in my local town right through to new bands, places I want to visit and home inspiration. I'm loving my new found use for it, especially after developing a love/hate relationship with it. Their save feature is my new jam and is catagorised into things like 'To-Try/To-Buy', 'Photo Inspiration' and 'Destinations'.

Google Drive Okay so I'm slightly cheating with this one. I use Google Drive practically everyday but within it I utilise four main things for planning and organising. Sheets for my monthly budget as well as trip and wedding planning - I've never loved a spreadsheet as much as my wedding planning sheet. When I'm travelling, I always use Maps to pin eateries, drinking spots and things to do which I also use for blog posts when I arrive home. I use Photos to organise my pictures into albums and have it auto-syncing with my iPhone whenever I'm connected to wi-fi and finally I use Docs for when I need to write out blog posts or make lists on the go. It's easily my most used app and I'd be 100% lost without it. 

Wallet A bonus sixth app but easily another go-to. I have my bank linked to Wallet for when I'm out and about in case I don't have, or don't want to reach for, my purse. I organise mobile tickets whether it's for concerts or boarding passes and along with that, hotel reservations. That way, everything is in one place. 

I'd love to know whether your phone is your most used accessory or whether you're trying to limit screen time and any apps you might use to help you plan or organise your life more easily!

Products marked with an * are PR samples.


Monday, 14 January 2019

Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina

Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Falling In Love With Folly Beach, South Carolina - ItsHollieAnn
Folly Beach. A charming beach town less than 3o minutes drive from downtown Charleston. It's known mostly for it's pier stretching out into the Atlantic but also for it's genuine seaside charm. 

We ventured to Folly Beach one Sunday and started our day strolling along the sand, in awe of the pastel beach-front houses. As we approached the pier, surfers were taking their boards into the ocean and families ran around with their dogs whilst children skimmed stones into the sea. We stood for a while taking in our surroundings, talking to fishermen on the pier and dreaming of what it'd be like to live in such a gorgeous place. 

After soaking up the sun and breathing in the sea air, we headed into town to explore. Immediately I was in love. There were streets lined with palmetto trees, shops with stalls on the pavements and the smell of delicious seafood coming out of every eatery we walked past. Though we were spoilt for choice, we headed into Snapper Jacks for calamari and mimosas - A meal I can't stop thinking about even today. A little further up Center Street, we were met with enough bars and restaurants to keep us excited for days if time would allow and the streets just off were quiet and laden with palms. Beautiful. 

Folly Beach was like something straight out of a movie and to this day, I genuinely can't believe somewhere like it exists - So cosmopolitan yet so untouched. I would return in an absolute heartbeat. If you're ever in Charleston or on the South Carolina coast it's worth a visit, even just for the afternoon. It's undeniably one of my favourite places I've ever visited and I hope I get to experience it again one day. 

I have fallen in love with Folly Beach, where have you fallen in love with? If you're looking for help with your next trip, drop me a comment, email or DM. 

Monday, 7 January 2019

We're Engaged

Never did I think this would be my first post of 2019 but yes, the news is out. My partner and I are engaged and we couldn't be more thrilled. 

When people mentioned the 'engagement bubble' I always thought it was a myth but I can confirm it's absolutely not. We haven't exactly shouted from the rooftops - or written the obligatory Facebook post - because honestly, it's not really our style. Instead, we told those nearest and dearest and popped a teaser on our personal Instagram accounts - Much more us. 

What now? We've not been engaged a week but we're already wedding planning. I've made the spreadsheet and we're totally on the same page with what we do and don't want so it seems to be coming together nicely. I don't know how much I'll be sharing about the process but eventually I'll make my Wedding Pinterest board public so be sure you're following if you want to see our inspiration. 

In case you're wondering, there isn't a 'ring on finger' photo as my ring needed to be re-sized. So, whilst it's away and I'm counting down until it's return I thought I'd share a photo of it in it's box, regardless of whether it's not the norm.

Be sure to throw any wedding planning tips my way and thank you to everyone that wished us well over on Instagram - It meant the world.

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