Lille adventures!

Bonjour!
On Friday I went on my first holiday in FOUR years. Yep that’s right, 4 years! And only my second ever holiday overseas – I still have yet to go on a plane!

As you can imagine Thursday was pretty hectic, as I frantically tried to finish all of my work before leaving. I did not succeed, and at 2.30am on Friday morning I decided that we weren’t going anymore and retired to bed, feeling sad and majorly disappointed with myself. Two hours later I sat up in bed and declared “We’re GOING!” and jumped up to finish off the most important piece of work at light speed before packing, showering, and blow drying in record time. Joe’s lovely Dad came and picked up Scratch at 7am and dropped us at the train station – thank you Mike! :) And so we were on our way! At 7.20am we were at Leicester train station ready to board the train to London St Pancras.

I’m so glad we went in the end – I was exhausted and went to bed as soon as we arrived, and much of the first evening was spent asleep (after forcing down the most revolting bottle of wine from the hotel!) but we ended up having a great weekend!

I was amazed at how ‘French’ everything was – I wasn’t really expecting there to be accordion players in the street, women wearing berets or people cycling around on bicycles with baguettes in baskets, but there were!! I spent a lot of my time pointing at things exclaiming “that’s SO french!”


There was tons of beautiful architecture that we just came upon by accident when walking around! Every corner we turned revealed another beautiful building.


On our first full day we visited the Palais Des Beaux Arts; I especially wanted to see this beautiful piece by Monet, which I studied at college, and it was stunning in real life.


The museum itself was breathtaking too! We spent almost three hours in there.


On the second day we explored the old part of town, which was beautiful! There were lovely little cobbled streets filled with patisseries, little cafes and cute shops, and it was a gorgeous day. We visited an old nuns hospital, which had a beautiful and fragrant little herb garden, and we also made it our mission to find every church in the city! I think there were about 8 of them in total, and each one was stunning in it’s own way.


It was a lovely weekend, and so good to get away, at last! On the last night we drank pints of beer at ‘Le Napoleon’, and finished the night with a platter of cheese, bread and pate at the hotel bar, washed down with a Kir Royal for me and a Lagavulin for Joe.

Four days was more than enough though – whilst Lille is beautiful, we ran out of things to do quite quickly, so I ended up reading two books over the weekend! Luckily we found an Oxfam shop which had an ‘English Books’ section!

Scroll down to view a gallery of the rest of my holiday snaps!
Leah xx

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VOTE SPICER!

Hello hello!
I am back from the land of France, and have been tackling my rammed inbox for the past few days! I’ll share some of my lovely holiday snaps with you later on :)

Firstly though, and more importantly, I’ve been shortlisted to win an award.
ME! An Award! Eeek :)

The breakthrough awards is an award scheme which recognises the creativity and talent of newcomers to the wedding market using expert judges and a transparent voting system to identify the best new work of 2012, and a panel of judges choose little old me as one of the 10 suppliers in the Wedding Stationery category! Woop!

So, the main question… will you vote for me pretty please?!

If yes, please click here to cast your vote for Leah Spicer in the best Wedding Stationery category!

I can also recommend some super lovely ladies who deserve your vote in some of the other categories…

PHOTOGRAPHER – LAURA BABB
The babbilicious Laura Babb, who I have worked with numerous times, who is full of creativity, so in love with what she does and takes the most amazing photographs… like these ones, which I just can’t get enough of!


(images by Laura Babb)

FLORIST – GAYLE EVANS OR JAY ARCHER
I’m going to have to recommend two lovely ladies here, as they both create such beautiful work and I just can’t choose!
So that’s up to you! :)

Gayle Evans from Bloomin’Gayles who is super lovely and created stunning floral displays for Miss Bush Bridal‘s Postcard from New York Shoot earlier this year.

(Image by Juliet McKee Photography)

Jay Archer from Jay Archer Floral Design who created the most beautiful flowers for Laura Babb’s wedding last month, including the most gorgeous floral crown! The images by Hannah Millard are just stunning!

(image by Hannah Millard Photography )

Thank you so much for taking the time to vote! After so much hard work over the last year and a half it would mean the world to me if I won this award!

Leah xx
@leahgoldenapple

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The Fetcham Collection {new illustrated stationery design}

This afternoon I am thrilled to share a very special new design range with you; an invitation set created exclusively for Fetcham Park in Surrey.

Fetcham Park is a seriously stunning venue, steeped in grandeur and history – the perfect backdrop for a stylish and elegant wedding. I fell in love with this beautiful venue and after visiting on a sunny afternoon in July and I just couldn’t wait to draw it!

The invitation design features an intricate illustration of the Grade II listed building, and is available in two different formats…

THE ELEGANT ONE
A monochrome take on the design, featuring a striking font complemented by classic script and simple black satin ribbon.

THE PRETTY ONE
The same design, but finished in pretty pastel colours, complemented by a duo of quirky fonts for a softer, more feminine look.

For more information about this design, please click here to visit the website.

Also be sure to head over to the Fetcham Park website to find out more about this magnigicent venue.

Leah xx
@leahgoldenapple

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The LoveLuxe Launch, Part 2 – Table Ten

For the second part of my Love Luxe Blog launch  series, I’m showing off the stationery that I created for the outdoor area of Little Wedding Helper‘s stlying.

The main focus of this area was the stunning selection of beautiful cakes created by Anna Tyler Cakes.

All of the images below are courtesy of Sarah Vivienne Photography and you can see even more photographs from the event on Sarah’s blog, here.

I was absolutely blown away by Anna‘s main cake, an amazing tiered creation featuring beautiful handcrafted flowers and the Love Luxe logo emblazoned on the front in delicate gold.

Little scrolls to advertise the treats on offer were nestled into a bed of beautiful flowers from Emma Norton Wedding Flowers

I also created an invitation set to complement the theme, which featured a delicate quilted pattern with an elegant font.

Thank you to Sarah for these beautiful images!

This design is now also available to order on my website – click here to find out more.

Look out for Part III of the Love Luxe Blog launch series later this week.

Leah xx
@leahgoldenapple

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A fantastic offer from Leicester Wedding DJs, the Wedding Spinners!

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Leah Spicer, Golden Apple Designs:

A fab post from Ali Lovegrove, showing off the pics from Golden Apple’s birthday party back in January – enjoy! :)
Leah xx

Originally posted on Ali Lovegrove Photography Blog:

Shoot date – January 2012

If you missed my post earlier, this is the second part so feel free to go have a catch up. This post is all about the first birthday party of the fabulous Golden Apple, run beautifully by Leah Spicer. I have gushed about Leah’s design work for a long time now, her hand drawn illustrations are amazing. She has a gorgeous range of designs for wedding stationery as well as a bespoke line, her predesigned range currently has a 15% discount if you place your order by September 7th – why would you wait?!

Leah threw a fantastic kid’s themed birthday party for her friends, family and industry colleagues and we had a fantastic time!

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A little peek into the workspace of Golden Apple…

Lincolnshire portrait photography | Creative female portrait photographer

Leah had set up stations all over the venue for various activities, great fun for adults who think they are…

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