Wedding Reception Lounge Area Inspiration

Apologies!!! We didn’t share last week’s wedding inspiration mood board on Ishari De Silva Weddings so here it is full of Wedding Reception Lounge Area Inspiration.
Wedding Lounge Area Inspiration - Ishari De Silva Weddings - Wedding Planning and Designing London, UK
*Image Credits: First row (L-R) Mirrored, Laid Back Luxe (Pink & Orange Cushions with Crystal Candelabras), Shimmering Pink & White.
Second Row (L-R) Country Chic – Barn Lounge, Moroccan Lounge, All white Outdoor Lounge.
Third Row (L-R) Colourful Lounge with Chinese Lanterns, French Furniture with Crystal Chandeliers Outdoor Lounge, Monochrome (source not listed on Pinterest).

Not the most popular trend in England but it is slowly trickling in from America. I personally love lounge areas at weddings. Not only does it add more character to a wedding but it is also practical and somewhat necessary. At the reception it is vital to have a seating area for your guests if the dancing is in a separate room/marquee to the wedding breakfast. It is also more interesting for your guest to walk in to another beautifully designed and styled room for the evening reception if your budget permits. A Moroccan/Eastern inspired wedding would be far more interesting with a shisha/hookah (which ever name you use) lounge for your evening guests or as seen on our Magical Moroccan Wedding Inspiration Board you can create a a very romantic lounge area with lots of Moroccan light and lanterns!

Outdoor lounge areas under a canopy is also brilliant to keep your guests cool and aways from the sun during drinks after the ceremony. Using light fabrics can create a very romantic whimsical feel and you can always add lots of candles to update the look for the evening reception. Whatever your colour scheme, design, theme or feel of your wedding creating a complimenting lounge area will be a wow factor for your guest but most importantly it is a great way to mix & mingle while giving your tired little feet a break from all that dancing!

You can find Wedding Lounge Area Inspiration and more on our Pinterest and website Ishari De Silva Weddings.

Happy wedding planning!

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Happy National Lipstick Day!

So here is my all time favourite lipstick ladies, Chanel Rouge Coco 19 “Gabrielle”.

Happy Lipstick Day! Chanel Rouge Coco "Gabrielle" - Ishari De Silva - Live beautifully! - UK Wedding and Lifestyle Blog
Happy Lipstick Day! Chanel Rouge Coco "Gabrielle" - Ishari De Silva - Live beautifully! - UK Wedding and Lifestyle Blog
AND…… this is the last time I wore this lipstick! I try to keep my eye make up very natural using natural eyeshadow on the lids but use a lot of liner and mascara and then let my fav Lipstick be the star of the show! (Image via my personal Instagram hence the filter)

Happy Lipstick Day! Chanel Rouge Coco "Gabrielle" - Ishari De Silva - Live beautifully! - UK Wedding and Lifestyle Blog

What’s your fav lipstick?

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Bridal Juice Cleanse!

Want to feel FIT, FRESH and ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS for your special day ladies? Purifyne Cleanse have an amazing offer for brides!!!
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Having already completed a 3 day cleanse with Purifyne, I can honestly say it was worth every penny. I felt my body had reset to an alkaline state, my skin was clearer, my body felt cleansed and I certainly had a flatter stomach. Read more about my Juice Cleanse Journey!!

A cleanse is perfect for a pre/post holiday detox, a run up to a birthday, big affair or of course, YOUR WEDDING DAY.
Purifyne’s customer service is of a very high quality, answering any personal health questions or requests and being extremely convenient, delivered straight to your front door. Each day is mapped out for you with pre/post cleanse guidance including meal options.

Brides to be or anyone that is simply interested in giving it a go or needing that little motivation to start your health and fitness journey, I promise, you will not be disappointed.

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Beauty Pick of the Week – EOS Lip Balm

EOS, one of my handbag staples. I have tried and tested many different lip balms over the years and I have to say this one pretty much ticks all my boxes from the lip balm to the case design. I use the Strawberry Sorbet as seen below, partly because of the pink design and partly for the flavour :)

Beauty Pick of the Week EOS Lip Balm - Ishari De Silva - Live beautifully! - UK Wedding and Lifestyle Blog

As EOS States; lip balm in Strawberry Sorbet is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.

Long-lasting moisture
Shea butter & vitamin E
Smoothes on clear
Precisely glides on lips
Twist-off top
Gluten-free
Paraben-free
Petrolatum-free
Phthalate-free

Firstly, Shea butter and Vitamin E is a must for me in lip balms and other beauty products for deep moisturising. Also, the design is genius! I hate using my finger to apply lip balms when I’m out and about and carrying cotton buds is not an option (I don’t carry a make up bag, if I’m wearing make up I never need to reapply, just carry powder). Especially, as I use tubes and taxis a lot to get around London the EOS design is my favourite as I can apply the balm directly without touching my lips with my fingers. The rubber case doesn’t get damaged and look ugly/old which is another thing I hate (remember Vasline pots!) and it doesn’t damage or scratch anything in your handbag either.

The consistency is not everyone’s favourite but I like it, you can control how much you put on (layer on the balm, it glides on better as the balm warms up) and also you are not left with excess balm on your lips or fingers. The smell is divine, I did smell all of them and my favourite was the Strawberry Sorbet and the Summer Fruit ones but I just saw that they have two new flavours out, can’t wait to try the Coconut Lip Balm!

Beauty Pick of the Week EOS Lip Balm - Ishari De Silva - Live beautifully! - UK Wedding and Lifestyle Blog

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Crispy Oysters with Bloody Marys And 7 More Pairings For Cocktail Hour

Originally posted on The Knot Blog:

One of the hottest wedding food trends is to pair a small glass of wine or cocktail alongside an appetizer at cocktail hour. We’re talking tacos and tequila to sliders and beer. See some of our favorites below!

1. Brie Topped Pear Slices with Chablis

2. Fried Chicken Bites with Mini Rum and Cokes 

Catering by Peter Callahan

3. Mini Tacos and Margaritas 

4. Mini Lemon Cakes with Rosé

5. Crispy Oysters with Bloody Marys 

Catering by Peter Callahan

6. Burgers and Beer Steins 

7. Tuna Tartare in Plantain Cones with Red Wine 

Catering by Peter Callahan

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Superfood & Their Benefits!

Let’s talk Superfood in heart shaped bowls!

Superfood and their Benefits - Ishari De Silva - Live beautifully! - UK Wedding and Lifestyle Blog
Top – Bottom: Acai Powder, Matcha Green Tea Powder, Hemp Seed

Hemp Seeds
– Jammed packed with Protein, Omega 3 and Essential Amino Acids.
– Great source of your vital minerals – Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and Phosphorus.
– Anti-inflammatory.
– Immune system booster.
– Lower blood pressure.
– Regulate hormones and the list goes on.

Matcha Green Tea Powder
– Full of Antioxidants.
– Helps aid weight loss if you are partaking in a healthy eating regime and fitness programme.
– All day energy.
– Improves skin health.

Acai Powder
– A rich source of Antioxidants, Amino Acids and Omega Fats.
– Aids digestion.
– Promotes skin health.
– Energy and immune system booster.

Superfood benefitis
Top – Bottom: Bee Pollen, Chai Seed, Goji Berries.

Goji Berries
– Bursting with Antioxidants.
– Maintains healthy blood pressure.
– Enhances exual function.
– Treats menopausal symptoms.
– Improves fertility.
– Alleviates anxiety and stress.

Chai Seed
– A super source of Protein, Omega 3, Dietary Fibre and Antioxidants.
– Helps control appetite and blood sugar levels.
– Controls sugar cravings and aids weight loss (within a healthy eating and fitness programme).
– Improves memory, mood and overall energy.
… And many more health benefits.

Bee Pollen
– Rich in Vitamin B and Antioxidants.
– Containing an array of Vitamins, Minerals and Essential Amino Acids.
– Aids digestion.
– Immunity booster.
– Helps restore the ovarian function.
– Energy booster.
– and great for the skin.

Add the above Superfoods to smoothies, juices, yogurt, your breakfast bowl, soups and salads and a sprinkle on your evening meal.
These products can be found in Wholefoods, your local health food shop and the internet. I will admit, they can be a little pricey but remember folks. Healthy eating and fitness isn’t just short term. It’s a lifestyle change for the long run. Start making those little changes now. Invest in your body – You only have one for the rest of your life so look after it.

Enjoy :) x

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Magical Moroccan Wedding Inspiration

This week’s wedding inspiration mood board on Ishari De Silva Weddings is Magical Moroccan Wedding Inspiration.
Magical Moroccon
*Image Credits: Lounge Setting, Cake, Tablescape, Moroccan Lanterns, Ceremony Set-up.

I usually do a write up as to how you can achieve the look on mood boards but during my research I stumbled upon a great article which talks about creating you own Moroccan wedding in great detail so check it out here: Moroccan Wedding Theme. Hope you find this article useful!

You can find Magical Morrocan Wedding Inspiration and more on our Pinterest and website Ishari De Silva Weddings.

Happy wedding planning!

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