Shoshy Cadoodle

Shoshy Cadoodle is an illustrator & artist. Here you'll find her work plus other interesting bits & bobs.


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Micklefield Hall Wedding Venue Open Day

On Sunday 10th April, 2016, Shoshy Cadoodle will be paying a visit to the Micklefield Hall Wedding Venue’s open day. I’ll be exhibiting there from 11am – 3pm.

Micklefield Hall is a dream venue, with the most stunning views of the English countryside, yet it’s close to London. One of my favourite things about Micklefield is the fact that you can get married by a gorgeous little pond with all your friends and family seated around it in a kind of arc. It’s such a special feature of the venue, but I also adore the great barn with its immensely high ceilings. Despite the extremely well kept, pretty gardens and beautifully restored interiors of the venue, a place with a rich, colourful history; Micklefield feels like the kind of place you can fully relax and feel at home.

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Photograph by Jack Ladenburg

At this Spring’s open day, I will be showcasing a selection of Shoshy Cadoodle wedding stationery and hosting a competition where you can win up to 100 bespoke save-the-dates! Do come and say hello to me if you’re there, I’d love to meet you and I’d also love for you to have a chance to win the competition!

There’s also going to be lots of other wonderful people at the open day, so I thought it would be helpful to give you a quick introduction to a few of them.

Kalm Kitchen

Their food is just as beautiful as it tastes. And believe me, it’s stunning! Have a look at their gallery for a sneak peek at the amazing yuminess.

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Kalm Kitchen creations photographed by Jackson & Co

West 1 Executive

They do classic and modern wedding cars. I have to admit, I don’t know much about cars at all but even I am in love with their vintage cars! I’m not a “car person”, but I love them all, especially those 1960s Jaguars!

Revival Rooms

Stephanie and Sian are the luxury wedding planners behind Revival Rooms and they do floristry too – how handy is that?

John Bulleid

John’s a magician and part of the Magic Circle, an exclusive, members-only association for the very best magicians in the world. I bet he’d be an amazing addition to your wedding reception to surprise your friends and family.

The Cake House

Sherry Hostler is a true creative and makes totally bespoke cakes, so you can let your imagination run wild and have the cake of your dreams created.

Andre Catering

Andre will be hosting a barbeque at the open day, which I am very excited about!

Titanium String Quartet

This quartet have performed with Beyoncé, Kanye West, at Buckingham Palace, The Ritz and The Royal Albert Hall. WOW. They can do chart music and film soundtracks as well as classical music.

Others that will be there, not to be missed, will be:

You can read more information about the event on Micklefield Hall’s website and book your tickets by emailing Abby abby@micklefieldhall.com or Julie julie@micklefieldhall.com or call them on 01923 778 898

The address of the event is:

Micklefield Hall, Sarratt Road, Sarratt, Nr Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 6AQ

Look forward to meeting you there!

Shoshy xo

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Gay Wedding Planning: 3 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Manly and Maculine

Weddings are beautiful, happy events. And while some grooms may relish in rose-covered-cakes and lace encompassing every corner, for many, this look simply won’t cut it. This post is for all the grooms out there who want to keep their wedding stylish and masculine.

Gay Wedding Planning: 3 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Manly and Maculine

1. Skip the Flowers

Instead focus on foliage. Greenery can give your wedding a chic and modern edge, incorporating nature into your big day without going waaaay overboard on pink peonies and frilly lilies.

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Photography by Christian Oth via Adorn Magazine.

2. Put Your Own Twist On Tradition

We LOVE this cake inspired by a Mark Rothko painting, brought to life by The Whipped Bakeshop in Philadelphia.

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Gorgeous Mark Rothko Wedding Cake by Whipped Bakeshop, Philadelphia

We also love the idea of not having a cake at all and instead having a stack of delicious artisan cheeses!

This one is beautifully presented and by The Cheese Market.

Artisan Cheese

Those are just two examples of how you can take a tradition and put your own twist (and personality) onto it.

3. Invitations + Stationery

Whether you go clean and minimalist or add a bit more colour into your stationery, invitations and stationery are always a great way to set the tone of the day and show off your own styles.

Shoshy Cadoodle does stationery that is either ready-designed and customisable or can be totally bespoke and unique to you.

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Minimalist, monogram, monochrome wedding stationery invitation set by Shoshy Cadoodle

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Wedding Stationery / Invitations by Shoshy Cadoodle. Natural Henna Design Inspired

What do you think of these ideas? Would you incorporate any of them into your big day?

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Gay / Lesbian Wedding Planning Tips | Love Wins

When same-sex marriage finally became legal in the whole of America (thank you Supreme Court!) on June 26th 2015, my wife and I decided to make a video to celebrate the amazing news. In this video we share three essential wedding planning tips for any engaged gay or lesbian couple.

Do you have any wedding planning tips to share? Share them in the comments!

Shoshy Cadoodle

xo


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Lesbian Wedding Planning: 3 Reasons To Have Separate Hen dos/Bachelorette Parties

Lesbian Wedding Planning: 3 Reasons To Have Separate Hen dos/Bachelorette Parties

So as many of you know, Meredith and I got married last year. It was the best day ever and yet we continue to have amazing days together and are filled to the brim with excitement about our future.

Wedding planning can be overwhelming at times for anyone and there are lots of blogs out there to help. I absolutely love wedding blogs myself and especially loved them when we were planning our wedding. I’m a sucker for pretty things and romance… However, there aren’t too many lesbian, gay or LGBT wedding blogs around, so I thought I’d start a new series, still within the Shoshy Cadoodle blog. I hope this series can help others but I’d love to hear your thoughts and learn from you too. So, please always feel free to chime in, down in the comments section.

To start with, I’m going to dive right in and hit you with 3 reasons why you should have a seperate hen do (or bachelorette party) from your bride-to-be. It seems to be a bit of a lesbian trend to have joint bachelorettes / hens. While I’m all for creating new traditions and going against heteronormativity, I think there may be something to be said for two lesbian hen dos, one each!

3 Reasons For a Lesbian Couple To Have Separate Hen dos/Bachelorette Parties:

  1. You’re both two separate, individual people.
    Yes, it is tempting to want to do everything together… after all, you adore spending time with your fiancée – that’s one of the many reasons you’re marrying her! However, it is healthy not only for yourselves, but for your relationship, to maintain your separate personal identities. You are each beautiful in your uniqueness – hold on to that, cherish it and nurture it with some independence every now and again. What better time to celebrate your individuality then on your hen do / bachelorette?

    I was lucky enough to have a surprise 1920s themed hen night out as a part of an incredible hen weekend. My girls also surprised me by taking me out for a gorgeous afternoon tea the next day. What lovely and kind friends and family I have!

  2. You have different friends.
    Old friends, new friends, maybe family members you consider friends too… While you’re bound to have a good handful of mutual friends between you; your individual friendships are very important too. Hen parties and bachelorettes are wonderful times for your different circles of friends to come together and get to know each other better. Granted – it is fantastic to be friends with your fiancée’s friends. However, just because you’re in a lesbian relationship, doesn’t mean you have to have one big giant united bachelorette party! There’s something tremendously special about hen partying individually amongst your very closest and oldest friends… it’s that all about feeling the amazingly strong bonds you’ve created over the years, and celebrating you and the huge life step and journey you are about to take.

    My wife, Meredith, has a wonderful personality, set of talents and friends that adore her. We're both creative, but we're both different and I love that about us!

    My wife, Meredith. She has a wonderfully bright and bubbly personality; her own personal set of talents, (including her amazing ability to make people giggle) and friends that adore her. We’re both creative, but we’re also both very different and I love that about us. Her bachelorette was a super relaxed, fun night out with her favourite food and some very silly costumes!

  3. You’re about to start a life together.
    While you’ll still do things separately at times in the future, marriage really turns you into one little super team. Why not take this chance you have to celebrate that in your own separate ways? Aren’t you interested to hear what kind bachelorette party she had? And aren’t you excited to be able to create your own memory with a unique-to-you hen do?

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    Having separate hen dos doesn’t mean you won’t share twenty million, billion, gazillion smiles with your wifey before and after (and of course during) the wedding!

    Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of these 3 reasons, whether you agree or disagree. Maybe you’re planning a joint hen do right now… I’d love to hear the flip-side to all this, whether you’re lesbian, gay, bi or straight; don’t be shy!


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NEW WORK: Mini Masterpiece Placecards

When placecards are needed, sometimes it’s fun to do something different. So I decided to make 60 individual placecards – all with a unique design. I think they look so cute on these mini easels!

I haven’t yet photographed every single one, but here are a few to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to…

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mr evans

jessica

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isabelle

chloe

ella

grace

liam

ryan

The fun thing about them is they can double up as favours for your guests to take home and keep… A friend of mine told me he’s put his on his desk at work, I thought that was such a cute idea and a way for them to live on beyond your party/wedding/bar mitzvah/dinner etc!

Which one is your favourite? (I’m finding it hard to choose…)


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DIY BEAUTIFY: Copper Vessel Centrepieces

DIY BEAUTIFY: Pretty Copper Party Centrepieces

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Today I’m sharing a little DIY trick I did for a party recently, to beautify an event and make it special… without going overboard by hiring florists or stylists… something easy enough that you can create at home!

What you’ll need:

  • Spray paint (I used the copper chrome colour from the Montana Gold collection. You can find it at the London Graphic Centre.)
  • Clean empty glass bottles and jars (you can reuse beer bottles, wine bottles, jam jars etc…)
  • Something to protect the area you’re spray painting on
  • tea cups + saucers (or espresso cups as I used)
  • A bunch of pretty flowers bought or cut on the day of the event
  • Tea lights + tea light containers (I reused shallow glass pots)

A few weeks before the event:

  1. Start collecting the bottles, jars and tea light containers.
  2. Ask friends to help if you like, your collection will increase and vary more!
  3. Containers in a variety of shapes and heights will be more interesting for centerpieces than all of the same type.

What to do a few days before the event:

  1. Cover the surface you’re spraying on… (which should be an outside space.)
  2. After shaking your spray paint can vigorously, spray all of your clean bottles.
  3. Leave to dry for about 30minutes, then repeat, adding another layer.
  4. Repeat step 3 two or three more times.
  5. Leave to dry as long as possible, if you have to take them indoors, be careful transporting them… use tissue paper if you’re worried your fingerprints will show. I’d recommend letting them air dry for at least 24-48hours. When transporting the containers to the venue, wrap them up carefully in tissue paper, because as well as the chance of them breaking, you don’t want them to scratch the paint off each other!

On the day:

  1. Choose your flowers. I bought a generous sized bouquet which was plenty for three tables. You really don’t need a huge amount though and it will depend on what containers you’re using. For example, I only put one stem in the bottles with very narrow lips, but I put about five or six stems in the mini mason jars which had a wider lip. So if you have less budget for flowers, perhaps you’ll want to collect bottles with small lips, to make them go further!
  2. Remember to keep those blooms happy and hydrated! Fill all your containers with water. It sounds obvious, but in the heat of the moment, it could be something you forget, unless of course you’re a florist and this step would be almost blasphemous to skip.
  3. Have fun arranging! For the espresso cups I bought very small, dainty potted plants, but for the painted containers I used a varied mix of cut flowers with interesting shapes and colours, cutting them to appropriate heights.
  4. Don’t forget to light your tealights if you’re using them! (Also, word to the wise: don’t use the highly flammable spray paint on the tealight containers.)
  5. I added Shoshy Cadoodle menus and place cards for each place setting, with a pretty floral theme to match!

Extra tips:

  • You can have a lot of fun with masking tape! If you use it to wrap around a mid-section of a bottle before you start the spray painting, you will be left with a “naked” area of the bottle. This can look quite pretty as you’ll be able to see the stem showing, through the beautiful bottle in a really clean, precise way.
  • I used a copper colour, but you could create whatever colour theme you like. You just need to find the right spray paint! I bet pretty pastels for a outdoor spring wedding would be gorgeous.
  • So, I did do this for a party… but you know what? They’re also lovely little vases you could make for your home, either with flowers in or without… They might even make a nice homemade gift!

Here are some photos of the event I did, so you can see how it turned out. Hope this leaves you feeling some inspiration:

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This mini mason jar is one I applied masking tape to, for that peekaboo stem trick I talked about!

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The tealights really add a nice warm glow to the copper jars.

espresso cup saucer

I fell in love with these adorable little espresso cups, but vintage tea cups and saucers could look super pretty too.

Hope you enjoyed this post, it’s the first DIY post I’ve ever done, so let me know if I should post more like this!

Also, let me know if you’d find photos documenting the process along the way helpful. I tend to be a visual learner, perhaps you are too? Maybe even a video could work too for these types of posts, for you audio (and visual) learners? Feedback is always welcome, so leave a comment on this post with your thoughts.

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SNEAK PREVIEW: Whimsical Wedding Invites

I’ve yet to design the RSVP cards to match, and have the set printed, but I couldn’t resist giving you a little sneak preview of some new Wedding invitation designs I’ve been busy painting and creating!

Voilà.

Alex and Josie

I’m looking forward to continuing work on this cute little package and can’t wait ’till the day I get to photograph the final set together.

The plan with all my invitations, is that, if the couple wants, they can be customised to match their personality and style… for example, change the wording, the typography… add more or alter the illustrative designs. I also plan to offer a service, where the couple can order me to make completely bespoke designs to fit perfectly with their vision.

For now, though, I am thoroughly enjoying the creative process!