A name change isn’t a game changer – How Grief made me cherish my maiden name and why it’s here to stay…for now!

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More and more people are opting for a name change after marriage with a record 85,000 new names registered in 2015 by  deed poll in the UK. With the cost of weddings only increasing, couples are taking on each others names to mark their love and commitment as an alternative to walking down the expensive aisle!  As an excited B2B, one of the things I looked forward to the most was to stand side by side with my Dad as I took my final steps as a unmarried woman, embarking on my new life with my gorgeous Husband to be. But sadly just four months before our wedding, the Father of the Bride was handed a new role from […]

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AVERIE + MEL: Photography, Love & Hip Hop – A Hawaiian elopement in pictures

ELOPEMENT- A term often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one’s place of residence together with one’s beloved with the intention of getting married. What do you get when 2 photographers meet, fall in love & step in front of the camera for a change? You get a world-wind romance that leads to a breathtakingly beautiful Hawaiian Elopement! Say Aloha to this weeks Real Wedding of Averie + Mel as they share their love story in pictures…. Mel from NYC and Averie from Sydney had never met but shared one thing in common – they were both hip hop photographers…but they lived on the opposite side of the world. […]

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TREND SPOT: Pulling shapes – Geometric wedding decor

We at Wendy + Peter have noticed that there’s been some serious shapes being pulled at weddings recently…and their not just coming from the dance floor! Yes people, Geometric wedding decor is THE 2017 wedding styling trend to watch! And judging by our Instagram & Pinterest feeds, it looks like this new trend is going to stand the bridal test of time! In our shape quest we stumbled across the South African wedding of Phumzile & Stian. We were in awe as we explored their reception space, where minimalist patterns & symmetric shapes blended foliage & greenery. Softened by nature & complimented by subtle pops of colour, this wedding created the perfect styled marriage of breathtaking naturalist elegance. THE […]

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An unconventional bride & her 3 dresses – Top wedding gown buying tips in collaboration with MaudiKa

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been obsessed with wedding dress shops. To my 5 year old brain, it was THE place you became a Princess. But for this head strong budding shopaholic to be told that those doors were shut until a ring was put on my finger….was a concept I was SOOO not down with. But alas I waited patiently and when the time finally came, I loved the experience so much I found ‘the one’ not once, but three times! With a few bumps and exciting hurdles along the way, I soon realised that my experience was shaping up to involve more ‘unconventional bride’ moments than childhood princess fantasies. So it was important that I […]

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CATHERINE & SARAH: Black cabs & Soho lights – An intimate London winter wedding

As we reflect on the last week’s tragic events that took place in our beloved city of London, the messages that that seem to cut through our heartbreak are ones of solidarity and love. So we feel there’s  no greater time to introduce our readers to this week’s Real Wedding of Catherine and Sarah. Who, with the help of some famous London backdrops, black cabs and the fabulous community of Soho take us on a ride as we explore their stunning intimate London winter wedding attended by only 5 guests! Catherine a freelancer working in the Film industry and Sarah, an Engagement manager for a Headhunting search firm first met online in 2009. Catherine a Northern lass who was new to London, decided […]

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Been too busy planning to go? Here’s the best London wedding supplier picks from this year’s National Wedding Show

Wedding shows are a fantastic way to bring your squad together while getting to know an array of suppliers (and inevitably their discounts!) in one conveniently, pimped up decorated booth location. But their not for everyone! ‘The crowds are too big’, ‘You’re not paying attention’, ‘That’s it I’ve had enough i’m coming back with your mother!‘ Those were the passing comments Annie from W+P picked up before she had even walked through the London NWS’s main doors! So we’ve taken a hit for the team & done the hard work for you sifting through the aisle’s of over 250 stalls to find the best London wedding suppliers so you don’t have to! So if your natural habitat is […]

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GRACE & HUGH: A stunning Yorkshire wedding inspired by the Peak District…on a budget of £4000!

W+P are thrilled to be introducing our first real wedding couple Grace and Hugh! This dream team hail from a place that Annie from W+P likes to call ‘our city of love’ but to others, it’s known affectionately as steel city… Sheffield Sth Yorkshire! Grace was introduced to Hugh by a friend who worked with him at a bar in their hometown of Sheffield. Friendship quickly turned into romance, as Hugh asked Grace out on a date on the king of all days- Valentine’s Day. Remembering a passing comment made by Grace as she reminisced about the awesome times she had in Scarborough as a child, Hugh was determined to recreate those memories on their first date. Fast […]

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We’re engaged! So what do we do now? The first 10 steps to planning a wedding

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If you’re reading this you’ve probably recently added a new word to your vocab and for some of you, there’s a new sparkle in your eye that’s not just from your ring finger…so let me firstly start by saying CONGRATULATIONS! Getting engaged is one of the most exciting and loved up periods of your life, but with everyone being equally excited around you, it can be overwhelming at times. All the questions and wedding planning shifts your brain into overdrive and you find yourself in a panic asking ‘what the hell do I do now’? But don’t fear! Planning a wedding is a fantastic & fun adventure…with the right information to help you along the way! So let […]

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Welcome to Wendy and Peter! The new wedding, love & lifestyle blog for the free spirited

Hello Wendy and Peter readers, If you’ve found this, then you’ve just discovered the latest blog for weddings, life and love stories for the free-spirited…welcome! I’m Annie, a 30+ advertising sales manager originating from shores of Bondi Beach in Sydney Australia, currently living in London with my proud Yorkshire husband Paul. So why is this Media wanker writing a wedding blog? Well it all began when I was faced with the challenge of planning my own 2 x destination weddings-one in Sydney and one in Sheffield- in under a year and on a stretched budget. At times I found this new experience to be at times like a Disney fairy-tale and at others like bungee jumping with a […]

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