Thanks so much to so many of you that took this survey to tell me what you like and want from Oh Lovely Day.  You told me, and I listened, and I’m changing things up a bit.  While many of your favorite features will continue: Real Weddings, It’s in the Details, DIY, Behind the Veil, & Inspiration Boards to name a few, others will be getting phased out.  I will no longer be accepting real engagements or styled shoots, and I will also feature them infrequently and mostly on the weekends.  This is because most of you said you want to see less of those two features, with a focus more on the others.  You also asked for more DIY.  Now that my little guy is a bit older and we have a consistent routine, I will be featuring DIY projects that I create as well.  I have some fun ones in mind!  So the new blog schedule here will look something like this:

{monday}      Behind the Veil or an Inspiration Board
{tuesday}        It’s in the Details or DIY
{wednesday} Real Wedding Wednesday
{thursday}      By reader request, I’ll be featuring a weekly wedding planning tips feature, and
                          will answer reader questions
{friday}           Friday Favorites, which will include the usual weekly wrap up, plus my favorite
                           pins of the week, and anything else fun I’d like to share like a giveaway
{saturday}      Sponsored Post Saturday: introducing you to my Lovely Sponsors that make
                           this blog possible!
{sunday}         E-session or Styled Shoot Sunday: this may not happen every week, but on the
                           weeks I have my you-know-what together, I’ll share a 7th post!

Now what I need from you is your continued submissions of fabulous real weddings, email or comment below any planning questions you have or topics you’d like me to cover, inspiration board requests, and your continued readership & comment love.  If you know any planning brides, or anyone who just likes weddings, send them my way.  You can follow me on twitter, facebook, pinterest too for lots more inspiration that you don’t see on this blog (especially twitter and pinterest).  And if you want to give me more imput and haven’t yet filled out the survey, you can do that too.  I’m still reading your responses.

Also, Oh Lovely Day is going to be getting a facelift with some added features by 2013!  I’m very excited!

So, now that I got all of that out of the way, let’s get to today’s Behind the Veil feature!  Louise, from B.Loved is sharing a glimpse into her wedding and some planning advice.

behind the veil of b.loved | tips and inspiration from blogger brides on oh lovely day
As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?

I am all about the details! I love to see the way couples bring their personalities to their wedding day, with stylish and heartfelt details.  Quirky stationery, pretty place settings, decor and flower arrangements are my weaknesses!

What was your favorite part of your wedding?

Saying our vows.  We spent a lot of time making our wedding look the way we wanted, but our vows were chosen by my husband and the most heartfelt part of our day.  I also loved walking into the reception and seeing all my ideas brought to life by the talented team of suppliers we hired!

behind the veil of b.loved | tips and inspiration from blogger brides on oh lovely day
What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?

The first thing we did was book our photographer (Christine Meintjes). We had followed her work for at least a couple of years before we got engaged, and chose our wedding date around her availability.  Photography was the most important thing to us, to have all our memories captured professionally and beautifully.

In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?

A great photographer!

behind the veil of b.loved | tips and inspiration from blogger brides on oh lovely day

In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?

Think carefully about how much food and drink you need.  If you’re having a champagne & canapé hour, you might not need a starter as well.  Likewise, your wedding cake can make a pretty awesome dessert (ours was finished with a drizzle of syrup!) rather than dessert and cake.  Another alternative is dessert canape’s, or a dessert bar!  Also, a signature drink or cocktail is a great way to limit your drinks budget, and personalise your wedding, leaving you more to spend on things that are really important to you (like a designer pair of shoes you can wear after the big day)

What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?

I was (still am!) addicted to a lot of wedding blogs! My absolute favourite has to be Martha Stewart Weddings, just for always being so ahead of the curve.  Getting married in South Africa, I relied on a lot of the top planners blogs for ideas and suppliers that would work for our wedding, Wedding Concepts being my favourite.  I’m lucky that now I have a great working relationship with them, and get to feature their work on b.loved!

Do you do an inspiration board?   
I did.

behind the veil of b.loved | tips and inspiration from blogger brides on oh lovely day

{go here for photo sources} 

Your favorite wedding memory?

So many, but the overwhelming memory is a feeling of love and happiness!  We had an intimate wedding with just 45 guests, so being able to catch up and talk to everyone was perfect.

Your favorite wedding detail?

My bouquet.  It was amazing!

behind the veil of b.loved | tips and inspiration from blogger brides on oh lovely day

Were you a DIY bride?  If so, what did you DIY?  

I designed a lot of the details and elements of our day, but left the most important parts to the professionals! I designed the save the dates and invites, and had them letterpressed.  Then I designed the rest of the papergoods, menu’s, signs, table plan, guest book postcards and had them printed.  I planned a candy bar and cigar & whisky bar instead of wedding favours, which our guests loved!  As a nod to my interior design background, I made wallpanels out of wallpaper samples which were hung on the walls of the terrace where we held the evening reception. 

behind the veil of b.loved | tips and inspiration from blogger brides on oh lovely day

Describe your wedding style.

Contemporary & relaxed elegance

If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?

Read blogs, lots of them, to get as much inspiration as possible.  Open your mind, forget traditions and think about what you really want.

behind the veil of b.loved | tips and inspiration from blogger brides on oh lovely day

How did you make your wedding YOU?
As I’m English, and my husband is South African our wedding was all about the marriage of two cultures.  We got married on the most beautiful wine estate in the mountains near Cape Town, close to the farm where my husband grew up.  When looking for a venue we wanted something that was typically South African with beautiful Cape Dutch architecture and our venue, Morgansvlei, had all of that and more!  The orange & grey palette became affectionately known as ‘African sun & London fog’, our whole day was a mix of South African & English culture, with our vows read in both English and Afrikaans, signs and stationery in both languages too.  We included English wedding traditions and South African ones too.  Even the wine was produced by an English-South African company called Brit & Boer (a nod to their ancestors who were among the first Brits and the first Dutch farmers to settle in South Africa!)

behind the veil of b.loved | tips and inspiration from blogger brides on oh lovely day
{all photos by Christine Meintjes}

What a gorgeous wedding!  Isn’t that first photo of Louise stunning?  Thanks for sharing, Louise!  xx