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Stalking the Prettiest of Pretties
One of my favourite books is Pride & Prejudice. It is absolutely swoon-worthy, and I try to limit terms like swoon-worthy as much as possible. It’s such a perfect love story and I only end up hating the bad guys. It’s still as relevant today as it was almost 200 years ago. And the 2005 film is almost as good as the original novel, despite starring Kiera Knightley! Just a heads up – Matthew MacFadyen makes my heart beat fast. I hope this inspiration board has the same effect on you:
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Pride and Prejudice was written during the Regency era and is all about bucolic simplicity. You do not need a carbon copy Jane Austen themed wedding to draw inspiration from this masterpiece.
Bring literature into the mix with some gorgeously bound books acting as centrepieces. Pair with jars filled with roses (real, dried or high-quality fakes) and a still-burning candlestick on meticulously well-laid tables.
And where should these tables be? Although Chatsworth House was one of the great houses that Pemberley was based on, we have some great Big Houses closer to home. Belvedere House and Gardens in Mullingar offers a stunning venue. Make sure you get out in the open in the early morning dew for a first look.
Johanna Hehir has some gorgeous empire-line dresses for the Regency inspired bride. Make sure your man has a tied neck-scarf (and this fabulous velvet jacket!)
I have seen confetti made of hearts cut pages of the book, but I hate to think of any book being destroyed. Instead, copy some of your favourite passages (and those from some other romances) onto a document. Print several copies (by several I mean LOTS.) Stain with tea, or a watery mix with food dye if you wish to give a colour. Once dry, stick on a movie, and use a heart punch like this one to absent-mindedly create lots of romantic sprinkles.
Finally, the soundtrack to the movie has some wonderful classical music, perfect if the only classical you know is the theme tune to the Antiques Roadshow!
What’s your favourite film or book? Do you think you would like to be Miss Bennett?