Festival Brides go to Shambala 2015

4 Sep

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 14.34.49 Good afternoon, lovely people and a happy Friday to you too!

So, to say that it’s taken me the best part of this week to recover from the Bank Holiday weekend would be no understatement, as I was was lucky enough to spend the weekend at Shambala! A smaller, family-friendly festival, set in a beautiful (and I mean BEAUTIFUL) secret country house location in Northamptonshire, Shambala was the perfect size and most certainly perfectly formed festival. We’re talking over 200 diverse acts across 12 live stages, not to mention the awesome workshops, inspiring talks and debates, stand-up comedy, interactive theatre and nationally acclaimed poetry, oh and the circus and acrobatics… Because, why the hell not?!

In a very concise nutshell, Shambala was a haven; ticking both the ‘legendary party’ box and, in their own words, ‘perfectly blending creativity and participation’… Let’s call a spade of spades here, Festival Brides LOVED.

So, we thought we’d bring you the highlights from our brief visit (we were only there Saturday and part of Sunday, boo!) through the eyes of Instagram, from our own personal photos and those of the good Shambalians we shared it with! Please, click the images for credits and let’s do what we do best: let’s talk festivals!

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Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 14.34.24 Come on, it’s me we’re talking about, like I was gonna pass up the opportunity to plaster my face in glitter and get a hair braid from the lovely Face Box Boutique (FYI, the gal does weddings and has a photobooth too!)


Now, without disclosing the secret venue, let me tell you, this countryside spot is just GORGEOUS.

A lake, an enchanted woodland, oodles of green space (ok, so it was brown by Sunday, but hey!) and a stately home on the horizon, it’s just the perfect location for a bunch of festival-loving hippies to chill, admire the view and love on the music!


instagram.com:chelsearobot: I gotta tell you, and my beau can testify to this, I pretty much lost my mind when I saw the main Shambala Stage… It was totally decked out in Tibetan Prayer Flag bunting (remember that post we wrote, back in September 2014?!) and looked so rad, I can’t even! Add to that a ridiculously awesome performance from Orkestra Del Sol and I was swoonin’ pretty dang hard!

Then there were the food vans. Out in full force, as you’d expect at any good festival, but we were next-level stoked to get to sample the Mac ‘n Cheese HEAVEN that is Anna-Mae’s. Three things about you should know about Anna-Mae’s

1.   The Don Macaroni is the absolute BOMB. Their original mac ‘n cheese recipe, plus basil infused oil, plus fresh basil, PLUS crispy bacon! I MEAN.

2.   It’s the raddest looking food van ever. The vintage US vibe is strong and we’re ALL over it. Hearts for eyes.

3.   They. Cater. Weddings. #justsayin’

Prepare to drool…

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2 www.cfaruolo.com: …Oh, and then follow that little indulgence up with a trip to the beautiful Healing Meadows or one of the abundant yoga sessions…

No really,  Ashtanga, Power Ballad, Laughter Yoga… There was a practice for everyone!


‘Like an open-air gallery’, everywhere you turned there was something beautiful to behold at Shambala! From giant tulips (which you better believe lit up at night)…

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instagram.com:nourish_meme: Or of course, you could do as we did and study that naturally made mandala over at the Healing Meadows (so beautiful and tranquil).

Or marvel at the giant (no really, they were huge!) willow-sculpted figures dotted around the site…

instagram.com:badgeraz: Not to mention the incredible umbrella installation (apologies, I’m not sure what it was officially called/who’d coordinated it), but in a happy coincidence we stumbled upon it: a mass of festival goers, all holding led lit umbrellas, which were gradually fading from colour to colour, and my goodness did it look beautiful as the group wandered around site…


instagram.com:nikulback: Seriously though, as beautiful as they are, the photos don’t do it justice!



It has to be said, that another highlight (I think probably for most Shambalians) was Mother Nature doing her thang! On Saturday night especially, the she really showed off with the most incredible sunset, which made for amazingly good vibes for the rest of the night.

Would you just look at that sunlight through the prayer flags at main stage, just gorgeous.

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instagram.com:blackstarlabsuk: Seriously though, some of these instagrammers have sheer talent!

That shot really captures the warm feel of Saturday night.


Ha, so Shambala comes to LIFE at night. Between the big lights of the ferris wheel, the nostalgic bass of Roni Size and grand finale of fireworks on Sunday night, the festival was a hub of activity at night, and everyone was out to play!



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And finally, it wouldn’t be Festival Brides if we didn’t talk about the insane festival fashion we saw at Shambala.

I’m talking all the glitter and the most brightly coloured hair you’ve ever seen. SWOON.

Ok ok, so there was a cosmic fancy dress carnival on the Saturday, so that *might* have had a little something to do with it, but we were head over heels for the scattering of sequin stars on everyone’s cheeks and the Leeloo Dallas style neon bob wigs.



Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 14.32.31 Yes, of course I went in hard.

And yes, of course I came away wishing I could rock this look every damn day!

That cosmic carnival parade I mentioned? Here are just a couple of highlights, but you really should check out the gallery on Shambala’s website, the level of ingenuity, humour and sheer effort was beyond!

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instagram.com:thebrekkyclub: Amazing, amazing times!
Thanks for having us Shambala, I can say, without a doubt, we’ll be seeing you next year!

Peace + Love

Clare X

Festival Brides Love: Doris Loves’ Tattoo Station in a Box

3 Sep

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Today we’ve got one of the coolest little products in the wedding entertainment business to show you and I’d hedge my bets you guys are gonna fall head of heels for it (I know I did!). Brought to you by the uh-MAZING people at Doris Loves, their brand new Tattoo Station in a Box is all kinds of cool.

Break the ice amongst guests, keep them entertained and have all kinds of laughs with this amazing kit… Simply add water! Wanna hear more from the lady and inspiration behind this ace concept and where to get your keen little mitts on it? Keep scrollin’ babes!

Thanks go to the wonderful Lexi from Fleming Photo for the rad photos!

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Tell us a little about yourself…

Well hello! My name’s Amanda and I created Doris Loves after our wedding in 2012 (I know, I know wedding business cliché 101). I live in the lovely quiet town of Polegate with my husband Darren, our one year old daughter Mila Poppy Danger Kent (yes her middle name really is Danger!) our fluffy diva cat Doris (and yes, I used her name for the business!) and our three chickens, The Frizzle, Scrufbox and the other one (I know it’s kind of mean for her not to have a name but nothing seems to stick!).

I quit teaching in January to concentrate on Doris Loves whilst bringing up our daughter and haven’t looked back. I love all things design and have an unhealthy addiction to Instagram and Pinterest.

As for Doris Loves, we’re building up quite an awesome team. We have Charlie who sorts all the admin and basically makes sure everyone gets the right letters on the right days. Holly, my lovely little sister who takes over from Charlie on a Thursday and is in charge of shipping all our BRAND NEW Tattoo Station in a Box (more on that later!). Dave our in-house Mr Fix-it who makes sure all the letters are in top condition and ready to ship and Henry, my little brother, is currently our letter packer!

Of course, we can’t forget Darren! Although not on the pay-role, he attends every wedding fair with me and is always there for design advice and support; couldn’t do it all without him!

Oh a major kudos to the lovely Lib from Bettie Rose for the gorgeous flower wall in the next few shots – so pretty!

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If you had a chance to go to any music festival, which one would it be?

Oops, this could get me in a bit of trouble: I’ve never actually been to a music festival! The Isle of Wight festival has tempted me a few times, but the festival I’d absolutely LOVE to attend would have to be a festival style wedding!

The thought of a festival filled with friends and family all coming together to celebrate a wedding sounds like the best fun ever, plus I’ve always loved the idea of everyone getting up the next morning for a big sleepy camp fire breakfast. (Yeah, obviously I’ve already planned this in my head! Much!)

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What made you decide to start Doris Loves?

As I mentioned, I started Doris Loves after getting married myself. I was lucky enough to be one of Rock My Wedding’s real brides, blogging all about our wedding planning. After the final posts of our big day went live I had serval other brides asking to hire the Floral Chair Covers that I had handmade for our wedding. So that’s how we initially started.

We quickly followed our Chair Covers with a Temporary Tattoo Station as we had created one at our own wedding and knew it would be so much fun to offer to other people’s weddings.

Back then, we didn’t even have the idea of making Light-Up Letters, that actually came from our customers! We had made lots of light-up signs for our own wedding and we kept being asked if we had any letters. Eventually, we came up with a design we liked and a system that worked with just batteries a UPS that I was insistent upon.

I wanted to make sure that a) we could courier our letters, so that we could get to as many couples as possible, even those getting married in fields! And b) that the letters were battery powered so couples could move them easily without having to hide any ugly wires!!!

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Tell us a little bit more about your brand new Tattoo Station in a Box

So the Tattoo Station in a Box, contains everything you’d need to create your very own Temporary Tattoo Station. All you need to do is simply add water!

Each box contains 100 temporary tattoos, you can choose any two of our eight collections of designs. We have anything from a flamingo to a unicycle, from an anchor to a Lego brick and from a typewriter to a classic rose… There really is something for everyone.

Of course, you need more than just Tattoos to make a truly awesome Temporary Tattoo Station. We’ve included this little lot:

  • a beautiful enamel bowl to put said water in
  • two sponges
  • a kraft box tray to display all your lovely designs to your guests
  • a beautifully illustrated sign to explain what the Station is for
  • beautifully illustrated instructions, so everyone applies perfectly first time
  • a hand printed and sewn canvas banner with the ever so important message: ‘Please Help Yourself’.

Once all of this is displayed at your wedding your guests will have no option but to get excited and get involved!

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What inspired you to create Tattoo Station in a Box?

So our new Tattoo Station in a Box is our Temporary Tattoo Station’s little sister!!! We’ve had our trusty Tattoo Station from the start and I always felt sad saying ‘no’ to those couples that lived too far away for us to reach them. So finally I found the solution and the Tattoo Station in a Box idea was born!

If our readers order a Tattoo Station in a Box for their wedding, what can they expect?

Apart from a box filled with goodness, on the night it’ll supply a lot of laughs: every time I’ve attended a wedding with the Temporary Tattoo Station, it always fills me with joy watching how much it makes everyone interact. It’s such an ice-breaker and it never ceases to amaze me how many people love to get inked! Obviously you get the kids and the big kids, but every wedding I’ve been to all the parents and grandparents, uncles and aunties have always got involved too! Temporary Tattoos really are fun for everyone!!!

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How do you know if Tattoo Station in a Box is right for your wedding?

Easy! If you love a bit of nostalgia, or just temporary tattoos (or even real ones!) in general, and you want your guests to have fun then for £55 this is entertainment you simply shouldn’t miss out on!!!

Finally, what’s your life quote/motto?

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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Is this not the most fun idea you’ve seen hit the world of weddings this year?! I’m utterly besotted! Like, I just want one of each design, on my face, while I dance merrily around my new tattoo station… SO RAD.

Inject fun, creativity, super cool entertainment into your wedding day with this ingenious little box from Doris Loves!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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