April 18th, 2013
Well Easter is over and Spring is finally here, which is great as Spring is always seen as the start of new beginnings and of course sunshine. Whilst many of you prepare to tie the knot this year for the start of your new beginning, its nice to see older relationships still being valued. Celebrity Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barrosso renewed their vows on April 13th at the Sugar Beach Resort in St Lucia. The pair were married in 2005 in a civil ceremony so didn’t have a large celebration at the time. But with their renewal they rented out the entire resort to make sure they had all their friends and love ones around them to help celebrate their union. Nice!
April 4th, 2013
I hope you had a great Easter? Just couldn’t help posting some more Easter inspiration photos for you this week with another little chick. Hope you like?
Credit: Red White and Green Photography
March 28th, 2013
Happy Easter. I just wanted to inspire you with these lovely pictures and I couldn’t help but post this cute chick which symbolises the start of Spring.
Easter is a great time to show off colour so don’t be afraid at looking at a variety, it really can work. These spring florals, macaroons and bridal party outfits really work together.
Credits: Wedding Chicks, One Wed
March 21st, 2013
Last month I promoted and was excited at being involved in The Wedding Sanctuary, a wedding event organised by UKAWP planners to meet the needs of today’s modern couple. Unfortunately this show had to be cancelled due to poor sales. That same month The Designer Wedding Show a UK industry staple also cancelled their February event so I have been wondering is it just down to the recession or is there something else going on?
Looking at The Designer Wedding Show and the idea that it could just be the death of the large wedding shows, many would disagree as another event the National Wedding Show is the UK’s biggest covering London and Birmingham and is thriving. However I would say that what has helped them is the fact the NWS has evolved to appeal to a wider audience including the luxury market, showing they have something for everyone.
Also the cost of attending this show isn’t that much of an outlay so people are happy to part with their money. The Designer Wedding Show was more expensive and set up to give the bride and groom a taste of luxury by vetting the suppliers it housed and being set up in such a way that you didn’t feel that you were entering an exhibition at all. But they didn’t feel that they had to change their format and despite all this luxury in the end Foxglove events the company behind the show still suspended trading and cancelled.
The price of the ticket and offering something that appeals to all new brides I believe are definitely factors and perhaps that is why we have seen the rise of more local independent shows offering a more personal touch than the big ones. But that still doesn’t explain why the Wedding Sanctuary cancelled, as they were small and reasonably priced.
Most of my fellow wedding planners in the UK don’t exhibit at shows period purely because most brides tend to go to an event or show to get ideas and then go about sourcing who they want to use from the internet or recommendations. So the Wedding Sanctuary I thought was a great opportunity for brides to talk to planners about their event without the sales pitch. Most people I spoke to agreed but just not enough to buy a ticket which was a shame.
March 7th, 2013
Well last year Tangerine Tango was the colour of the year. This year we welcome Emerald Green a ‘lively, radiant lush colour that oozes elegant and beauty’ says Pantone. In this post I want to show how you can incorporate this colour naturally into your wedding using plants such as succulents (which I have fallen in love with) to make a beautiful emerald medley.
This large succulent wall was created by a bride for her ceremony backdrop. All the plants were home grown for a year which includes succulents and aloe vera and were attached to a grid. After the wedding everything was able to be replanted. Nice!
Other ways this great plant can be used to create subtle emerald green touches can be seen here. Hope you like.
Credits: First Row: Easton Events, Second to Fourth Row: Green Wedding Shoes
Bottom Row: L to R: love.ly, The Knot, The Bride’s Cafe, Cakes Decor
February 28th, 2013
Oh I do love the Oscars with all the glitz and glamour it brings and this year was no exception as a lot of the actresses seemed to have taken their style directly from the Bridal catwalks.
Bridal Trend 2013: Big is Beautiful and Silver Linings star Jennifer Lawrence showed this off well in Dior Haute Couture.
Bridal Trend 2013: Exit Dressing
Anne Hathaway wearing Prada turned heads literally with her sexy back and plain front.
Bridal Trend 2013: Sparkles
Razzle, dazzle and embellish is exactly what Halle Berry did in Versace along with Jessica Chastian in Armane Prive. Both women symbolized a decade and worked it well.
And I couldn’t not mention Amy Adams who also wore a beautiful soft statement dress by Oscar de la Renta. So if you are after the Princess look for this year don’t be scared it’s very much in.
February 21st, 2013
Photography by Robert Evans
A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting event designer extraordinaire Preston Bailey, a man whose work I have admired since I started my own business a few years ago. Well known for his elaborate designs I was very excited to hear that he was tying the knot and eager to find out what he and his partner would come up with for their own special event.
On the top floor of the Empire State Building at the stroke of midnight Preston did not disappoint making a jaw stopping entrance under a 12 ft tall sculpture of a bridal gown that had been custom created by designer and guest Reem Acra.
With King Kong as the main theme guests were greeted by a king kong statue and scenes of King Kong climbing skycrapers on video projection screens as well as thousand upon thousands of white flowers.
Photography by Robert Evans
Congratulations Preston & Theo!
February 7th, 2013
Last week I had the pleasure of exhibiting at 1 Marylebone and it just wouldn’t be right to not show the stand we created for the event.
For any wedding the ceremony décor is a real opportunity to wow your guests, so I decided to show off a real eye catching bamboo canopy (popular for destination weddings) with one of my favourite flowers gypsophila.
A structure like this really can give your guests something beautiful to focus their eyes on when you say ‘I do’, and is one of a number of structures that would be available to you for a destination wedding.
However if you are having a wedding in the UK why not look out for venues with a licensed outdoor structure or enlist the help of a good florist who will create a structure for you to have your outside wedding done by a celebrant.
January 31st, 2013
This week I had the busy task of exhibiting at 1 Marylebone in London which was a sponsored event by Wedding Magazine, and as always I took this opportunity to meet other suppliers exhibiting as well as meeting lovely couples.
On my adventure I had the pleasure in meeting Emma from Illustries who provides alternative memorable ways to capture your wedding photographs.
Their Celeb magazine idea was the one item that stood out for me. So if you love to read celebrity gossip magazines why not use your wedding images to make your very own Celeb magazine that you can send to your guests as a little thank you after the wedding? It comes in a handy handbag size and it’s a great way of sharing the best bits of your day in a magazine format. Nice!
Another great find was to bump into Borrowed Blue who no longer do stationery but are solely concentrating on lovely items that can make your wedding unique. These lovely plates can be used to make a highly original table plan. Just write guest names on each plate , thread with ribbon to coordinate with your reception and display for all your guests to admire. After the wedding simply wash and enjoy for many years to come.