*This post is sponsored by Maison Margiela REPLICA Fragrances*
Is there anything more powerful than the power of scent and how it can instantly transport you back to a certain place, time or scenario within moments?
I’ve always loved to attach scents to occasions, whether it’s buying a new perfume at the airport before boarding a flight to a sunny destination, a candle that is repurchased every autumn and always reminds us of our first flat, of cosy moments snuggled up in front of the sofa. The perfume I wore on our first date or even the familiar scent of a particular incense stick that was burning throughout those early days after Goldie was born; in fact George lit the same scent just last week and I was instantly back in those hazy, beautiful and magical newborn days.
Scent plays such an intense and important part of my nostalgia that it made absolute sense to ensure that our wedding had its very own scent; a fragrance that would forever remind us of our special day, a day filled with love, fun and lashings of colour.
A summer wedding that had been postponed and downsized for obvious reasons and in-turn was highly anticipated by both George and I, and also our friends and family. We wished for sunshine and got rain, yet nothing could dampen our spirit or our special day. It was our day, it was finally here and we were ready to get married and to celebrate with our loved ones, at long last.
I mentioned in my last post that the morning of our wedding was a beautiful and relaxed moment, a morning I will treasure for the rest of my life, surrounded by the most important ladies in my life, getting ready to marry the love of my life. Nothing will ever beat the feeling of those butterflies, those excitable nerves and the high pitched squeals that left my mouth every-so-often.
I expected things to be a little chaotic, with visions of myself and my bridesmaids manically rushing around, getting ready and adding the finishing touches to a number of different things; however, somehow, the exact opposite happened. I was calm, we had plenty of time, the champagne was flowing, classical music playing, Goldie sleeping in her travel cot next door and the room was filled with love, laughter and Springtime In a Park by Maison Margiela’s REPLICA.
I selected this fragrance for myself due to it’s floral, fresh and summery notes. It was the perfect scent for our wedding, a feminine fragrance that packs a punch with it’s musky base notes.
As with all REPLICA fragrances they are drawn on memories, which is why I personally relate so deeply with the collection of fragrances. Springtime in a park evokes a moment spent strolling amongst the trees, sunshine on your face, flowers coming into bloom through the grass. It connotes relaxing memories of spending those early spring days lounging in the park, listening to music, perhaps with a picnic and your love; to me, it’s a very romantic and flirty fragrance, it’s perfect for everyday wear yet significant enough to create memories that last a lifetime.
With top notes of pear accord, bergamot essence and blackcurrant accord, it’s ever so slightly fruity, however with middle notes of lily of the valley accord and rose damascene absolue, it’s more on the floral side of the scale, which is why it made for the perfect wedding day fragrance. Plus, both of those flowers featured within my wedding bouquet, which made it all the more special and perfect for our day. Base notes include warm notes of musk and vanilla accord so it’s a fragrance that so many people would find delightful I am sure, as it covers all bases.
I felt like I was surrounded by the fresh and vibrant scent of a blossom tree all day long, which is quite the magical place to be at anytime, but particularly on your wedding day, plus, the fragrance is the only pink coloured perfume within the REPLICA collection which was a very happy coincidence as the colour pink featured so highly throughout our day.
George opted for one of our favourite REPLICA scents By The Fireplace, a unisex fragrance that will forever remind us of our happy place, in the French Alps, cosied up together, listening to the comforting sound of the crackling fire, hot chocolates in hand as we recap over our day spent on the slopes. We both shared this scent on our recent ski trips over the last few years and each time we smell it we are both enveloped in love, transported back to the frosty white landscape where we had so many happy holidays.
By The Fireplace is such a comforting scent with such warmth to it, with top notes of pink pepper and clove that contrasts with notes of cashmeran and orange flower. Featuring chestnut accord in the heart notes and vanilla accord to the base, it’s a woody fragrance that is cosy, comforting and sexy. George selected this scent due to the nostalgia that it holds for us, reminding us both of happy times spent skiing but now also our wedding day too.
In addition to our personal fragrances we also opted to have the matching Springtime In a Park candle to scent our reception too, to really maximise on making those scent memories and to envelop our guests in our world. We brought home all of the used candles too, so every time I’m feeling sad that our day is over, I light a candle and I’m instantly transported back to that very special day!
Adding personal touches to your wedding day is something I am very passionate about and something we were lucky enough to really go to town with. As we had to downsize our 120 guest wedding to just 34, it meant we could go that extra mile in spoiling our guests. In addition to personalised and wearable name settings, (bibs for combatting any pesky spaghetti bolognese splashes) we presented each of our guests with their own REPLICA fragrance or candle to take home with them as a wedding favour, something I know was so greatly received by all of our guests, they absolutely loved it, and REPLICA have certainly gained some new fans since, our family are obsessed, and quite right too!
I know that I will always be so grateful that we were able to scent our wedding in this way and would highly recommend that you consider doing the same for your special days/occasions. Being such an advocate for memories evoked by the power of scent, to have the ability to be transported back to such a special time of my life is truly, so, so special and Springtime In a Park will forever do just that.
I hope you enjoyed this post and learning a little more about our special day.
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