A Cardiff City Engagement Shoot in the Morgan Quarter

Today I am delighted to share the Cardiff City Engagement Shoot of Alex and Jess captured in the Morgan Quarter.

The Morgan Quarter is a unique shopping environment with a host of well known prestige brands alongside a fascinating mix of independent retailers offering homewares, jewellery, fashion, technology and award winning culinary offerings.

Images are by Francesca Hill Photography.

 

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Francesca is an International Documentary Wedding Photographer with an outstanding reputation for producing unique, creative and natural looking images that really stand out from the crowd.

Relaxed and informal in style, Francesca combines contemporary wedding reportage with creative fine art photography.

Her aim is always to create a timeless and stunning visual narrative that really captures the spirit of your day; the laughter, the tears, the details you spent so long planning and a real sense of your style and personality as a couple.

Fran is available for commissions across the whole of the UK and will travel to any destination in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

 

She says of her style…

 

“There is no doubt that my documentary style of wedding photography stems from my own experiences of being photographed.”

“Now something of a joke among family and friends, I am the female version of Chandler Bing.”

“The minute I become aware of a camera in the vicinity, I become so tense and  awkward that I am almost guaranteed to look nothing short of hideous in the resulting photograph!”

“This has undoubtedly played a part in cultivating the natural, reportage style in which I shoot and I actively focus my attention on capturing my subjects off-guard.”

“The result; beautiful and natural-looking shots of you looking your absolute best. ”

 

She says of the couple…

 

“Alex and Jess are due to get married this coming New Years Eve at Llangoed Hall in South Wales.”

“We recently met up for a Pre- Wedding Session in The Morgan Quarter in Cardiff City Centre and I’ve got to say it’s one of my favourite Pre-wedding sessions I’ve done as I just love the look of the photos!”

“Despite some initial nerves I think both Alex and Jess did really well and we did manage to get some relaxed and natural looking shots, phew!”

“Their Wedding theme is elegant and winter navy and will have a nod to the Military as the Groom is in the Royal Navy and will be wearing his uniform.”

 

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Thank you so much to Francesca for sharing this lovely Cardiff city Engagement Shoot.

Such beautiful light which nearly matches in radiance to the couples smiles and happiness.

 

To Contact Francesca Hill Photography

Website: http://francescahillphotography.com

Email: francescahillphotography@hotmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Fran_Photograph

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/FlhPhotography/

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/francesca_hill_photography

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Flo & Percy – Vintage inspired Jewellery – October Discount

Today I am delighted to focus on recent work of Multi award winning company Flo & Percy who create hair accessories and Jewellery inspired by vintage jewellery, but with a modern twist.

I also want to highlight a fabulous October discount the Brand are running.

 

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I hand over to brand owner Kirstie….

 

“At Flo & Percy we love Autumn, in fact we have a whole new collection Indian summer dedicated to Autumn.”

“Warm autumn days, hazy sunshine and glowy colours have inspired this latest collection.”

“Brides can choose from hand painted flowers, jewelled gold’s and cool silvers in various on trend styles to adorn their hair.”

“All handmade to order in the UK, this collection brings together everything that is English and traditional blended with iconic design and the usual Flo & Percy modern twist.”

 

“Not only do Flo & Percy have a new collection this Autumn they also have a brand spanking new website which is now fully e-commerce.”

“Customers can now purchase their head piece or jewellery at the click of a button 24 hours a day whether they are in the UK or overseas.”

“Being interactive was key, and the new website now shows each piece and how they can be worn from product images, model shots as well as real life brides.”

“If the piece has been featured in the press, then this also shows.”

“Flo & Percy have introduced a lot more navigation allowing customers to sort by collection or category as well as having a “you may also like” section underneath every product.”

“Flo & Percy is still all about customer service and in order to maintain this we have links to our email address on every product page so brides can still contact us if they have any questions or would like advice about any of our products.”

“Our aim is to ensure each bride has the smoothest and pleasurable experience possible whilst picking the perfect accessory for their special day.”


Spirit of Summer – £155.00

Gold Lily of The Valley adorned with diamante, tiny ivory glass pearls and handpainted enamel buds.

Sits on a ribbon wrapped band to blend with your hair colour.

 

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Field of Dreams Headband  – £195.00

The Field of Dreams headband on ribbon wrapped band.

Designed and made in memory of Molly Field, all profits go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

 

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Whispering Breeze Wrap – £135.00 

Parchment ivory roses sit with silver leaves entwined with glass pearls and aurora borealis beads on a silver wrapped flexible band.

Can be worn across the forehead, as an alice band, or wrapped around a large bun. Tie ribbon to adjust. Also available in Gold.

 

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Rich Tapestry – £175.00

Gold leaf full headband encrusted with tiny ivory glass pearls and diamante.

 

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White Queen Comb – £155.00 

Beautiful diamante and silver centre piece sits on metallic curved German lace, mounted on metal comb.

 

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Black Label Combs – POA 

 

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Wilderness Forehead Band – £175.00 

The Wilderness forehead band on ivory glass pearl band, as seen on Una Healy from “The Saturdays”

 

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To celebrate all these changes Flo and Percy are offering their customers a very special discount during the month of October, a 15% discount on all our headpieces.

This offer is valid for the whole of October 2014.

All you need to do is enter OCT15% at checkout.

This offer is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

 

 

 To Contact Flo & Percy

Website: http://www.floandpercy.com/

Email: info@floandpercy.com

Phone: 01277 637143

Blog: http://floandpercy.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FloandPercy

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/floandpercy/

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Yellowstone Paperworks – Contemporary and unique Wedding Stationery

Today I am thrilled to spotlight 0n Hannah Storey of Yellowstone Paperworks who designs contemporary and unique stationery for every kind of wedding and special occasion.

With a First Class Honours in Fine Art under her belt and over four years industry experience her thriving Business currently based in Staffordshire.

 

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I had a wee chat to Hannah to find out more…

 

Who are you and what do you do?

“I’m Hannah Stoney and I run Yellowstone PaperWorks which is a Wedding Stationery Design business.”

“I am a watercolour painter and work with couples to create bespoke invitations to represent their fun Weddings.”

 

When and why did you start your company?

“Well it wasn’t actually a conscious decision so I can’t really answer that question!”

“I run a store in Staffordshire called Yellowstone Art Boutique which sells work by British designer/makers.”

“I sell lots of my own work there, and over the years, customers began to approach me about designing stationery for their Weddings.”

“I loved what they had planned so was thrilled to be involved. After the first, people just kept enquiring and I kept saying yes!”

“Lots of people start designing Wedding Stationery after designing their own but I’m not married so I think I look at it from an artists point of view rather than a ‘bridal’ point of view.”

“I think it gives me a fresh perspective and I like that I don’t know much about the Wedding Industry.”

“I’ve now done around 11 Weddings and finally launched a website to show people what I’ve been up to as well as having the shop and making my artwork.”

“The feedback has been amazing so far and I’ve got lots of exciting couples booked in for 2015 and 2016. I feel like fresh meat on the Wedding scene now so…wish me luck.”

 

What inspires you?

“My clients. I LOVE meeting them and finding out about them as a couple and what they have planned for their day.”

“My work usually reflects the vibe or ‘look’ they are going for so they totally inspire the whole process.”

 

Do trends influence your work?

“I’m fairly unaware of trends in the Wedding Industry but I’m obviously immersed into the art and design world every day so I’d say that styles and trends probably do influence me more than I realise.”

“I do try to reflect the couples rather than what’s on trend though, which means that I am creating fresh content for every Wedding.”

“I worked with a couple who got married in Vegas and wanted a very simplified design which was very different to what I’d done before.”

“I loved the challenge though and each pair of newlyweds makes me look at designing in a different way. Some of them are so amazing that I get sad when their Weddings are over!”

 

What is your greatest achievement?

“I feel very proud to have worked hard to keep all strands of my career running side by side.”

“Opening my shop at 22 seemed normal at the time but looking back it was such an achievement.”

“Four years on, I feel glad to manage to keep designing as well as running the business.”

“It keeps me sane to multitask. I think it balances out my brain! I think for my age, I have done a lot.”

“But I’m always striving to be better so who knows what’ll be next.”

“I feel like the Wedding Stationery design really fits with me perfectly though because I love working directly with clients to create. I have a feeling I’ll be doing this for a good while yet.”

 

What do you see as the future of your company?

“I’d love to have a shop big enough to have a Wedding Design Studio in the back of it so I can really combine my businesses.”

“I feel like they really feed in to each other and I’d love the brand of Yellowstone to be known for all aspects of art and design.”

 

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Thank you so much to Hannah for sharing her beautiful designs on the Blog.

I love how each invitation is like the couples own individual watercolour painting, and each one sent is like the gift of art to the guests, just amazing.

 

To Contact Yellowstone Paperworks

Website: http://www.yellowstonepaperworks.co.uk/

Email: yellowstonepaperworks@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yellowstonepaperworks

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/yellowstonepw

Pinerest: http://www.pinterest.com/YellowstoneAB

 

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Emily Wisher – Artisan Florist for Weddings or Events

Today I am thrilled to spotlight on the stunning work of Emily Wisher, an artisan florist and gardener based in Staffordshire.

Her botanic arrangements have a signature informality inspired by wild English meadows and woodland glades.

An Art History graduate, she brings a unique stylistic context to her tablescapes and posies, often incorporating decorative objects or natural materials gathered herself in the countryside surrounding her Whittington studio.

Emily grows her own flowers and works as a consultant on other cutting garden projects.

 

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I spoke to Emily to find out all about her blossoming Business…

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

“I am Emily Wisher and owner of Emily Wisher Artisan Florist.”

“I offer something a little different to a normal florist- I am a florist and a flower grower.”

“So my business has a huge empathsis on seasonality and I use English flowers (grown by us or local growers) in the majority of my work. My style is very naturalistic and loose with an untamed twist.”

 

When and why did you start your Company?

“I started my company earlier this year, though I had spent years doing freelance work and growing my own flowers.”

“It was growing my own that made me decided I wanted to do something a little different from the traditional style of floristry.”

“My work is inspired by nature and informed by sustainability and style.”

“We strive for a beautiful handmade aesthetic using blooms that reflect the season.”

“Where possible the flowers and foliages used are grown by us in our cutting garden, otherwise I use my established network of skilled British flower growers – we try to keep imported flower use to a minimum.”

“This is because I wanted to deliver flowers which colour an event with scent and a luminous beauty.”

“From jugs of Bluebells in the Spring to Summer Roses and Narcissi from the Scilly Isles through the midwinter months, brides and grooms have responded to the seasonal nature of the flowers and often the memories they evoke.”

 

What inspires you?

“The change in Seasons. As a flower grower, I’m obsessed by the weather!”

“At the close of each Season I often feel a little wistful, but it’s only momentary, before our cutting garden turns and sweeps me along into it’s next phase.”

 

Do trends influence your work?

“Nostalgia and Romance influence my work.”

“My work is rooted in a much more naturalistic style which is associated with the greatest of all florists (in my opinion!), Constance Spry.”

“Her work is a sonnet to each season and this is where we draw inspiration – no shimmery seed pod or clematis trail is safe when we are out cutting!”

“Neither do I reject plant and flower material for the slightest imperfection or a bendy stem, instead my work celebrates these variations and I hope what is created is spontaneous as a result – the garden guided gently into a vase.”

 

What is your greatest achievement?

“I am very proud of our workshop program.”

“The aim is to show people how to create something beautiful and understand how to incorporate material from their own garden, the aim is to make flowers something that are for the everyday not just a special occasion.”

“In the name of spreading the flowery love, we were recently featured in Wedding magazine for our ‘Grow your Own Wedding’ course.”

“On these days we show green fingered couples (and often as many helpers as they can lay their hands on!) how to grow their wedding flowers and a few basic arrangement techniques.”

“The results have so far been astonishing – it’s lovely to help bring people’s vision to life.”

 

What do you see as the future of your Company?

“I think our future is very much in line with our start. Keeping our focus on seasonality and singing the praises of English grown flowers to our couples.”

“I think there is a timelessness to country garden flowers – our mantra is loose and wild but always chic.”

“This Summer, we hosted our first Hen parties making floral crowns and they have been so popular!”

“They seem to be just what people have been looking for- something a bit different, sitting down with all your friends and creating something gorgeous – whilst drinking champers and having a homemade afternoon tea – I am always tempted to join in!”

 

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Thank you to Emily for sharing her incredible creativity and gorgeous designs.

I love the unstructured and rustic quality to the blooms as though just freshly picked.

Not fussy or overstyled but just so beautiful.

 

To Contact Emily Wisher Artisan Florist 

Website: http://www.emilywisherartisanflorist.co.uk/

Email: hello@emilywisher.co.uk

Phone: 07962 913 351

Blog: http://www.emilywisherartisanflorist.co.uk/category/hello/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilywisherartisanflorist

Twitter:  https://www.twitter.com/emywish

An incredible nautical theme wedding at the Crab and Lobster

Today I am excited to share this incredible nautical theme wedding at the very aptly named Crab and Lobster with a stunning navy meets brights colour scheme and lots of personal touches.

Images of the day were captured by Chris Thornton Photography.

 

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Chris Thornton is a Leeds based wedding photographer & lifestyle photographer.

His aim is to make each photography session fun and relaxed and to keep images modern, fresh and funky. Shoots whether corporate, personal or Wedding will be informal and spontaneous.

He likes to capture events as they happen with smiles, laughs and even tears.

 

He says of himself and his work…

 

“I live with my lovely wife and amazing son. He’s our World and changed everything about.”

“I love what i do. It’s such a fantastic job to have and I hope this shows in my work.”

“It’s such a privilege to photograph important moments in people’s lives and share those important moments with them too.”

“I’ve met so many amazing people along my journey. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

“As for a wee bit more about me, I love….Music (I used to play drums in a band), a cup of tea, my son, my wife and my family and friends.”

 

I hand over to gorgeous Bride Jenny…

 

Where did you meet ?

“We met at Dare Arts Cafe in Leeds on a sunny June evening.”

 

Tell us about the Proposal…

“Liam proposed in October 2013, in the kitchen it was so unexpected.

“He had to ask me twice as it didn’t register at first why he would buy me a ring the week before my Birthday.”

 

Tell us about your Wedding Planning journey…

“Our wedding venue The Crab and Lobster in Asenby was our main inspiration for our theme.”

“It has such eclectic decoration that we felt the theme was already created for us and we just wanted to emphasise their creativity with the place.”

“We both instantly loved the venue, Liam was sold with the one hole golf course and I fell in love with the Yeti!

“We chose the red and orange colour scheme to match the existing bunting in the pavilion where our reception was held and planned a subtle nautical theme with Navy to contrast the bright flowers.”

“We used shells and driftwood centre pieces.”

“This soon developed into a very nautical theme with our ‘sign the oar’ take on the guest book and my mum made our beach hut wedding cake!”

“We included elements that were really special to us, I had my favourite flower ‘bird of paradise’, Liam brought in two kegs of his favourite beer Saltaire Blonde from our local brewery.”

“Our wedding was as we wanted it be, a fun, relaxed and happy day with friends and family.”

 

What advice would you give to Couples getting married?

“Our advice would be to plan as much as you can up until the day, delegate jobs on the day to groomsmen and bridesmaids,take as much pressure away from yourselves as possible.”

“On the day relax and let other people take care of the details.”

 

What was your Favourite moment of the Wedding Day?

“It’s difficult to choose just one favourite moment I think we both smiled and laughed all day!”

“But the few brief times we did manage to spend together alone to reflect on the day were really special.”

 

Note: You may be wondering about Hugo, the  doll who makes an appearance. He was Jennys childhood toy that she took with her everywhere…

 

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Thank you so much to Chris for sharing this fabulous nautical theme wedding.

The venue is incredible in itself with so much decor tied into it already.

I love how the couple have used amazing props to go more on theme such as the lobster creel as a Wedding Card collector and the oar as a frankly inspired guestbook.

The Wedding Cake by the Brides mum is a work of art and there are no words for the epic table plan, so colourful, so suited to the day.

Mention must also be made of Hugo and the Yeti who managed to photobomb quite a few of the photos.

 

Wedding Suppliers

Venue – Crab and Lobster, Asenby

Photography – Chris Thornton Photography

Hair and Beauty – Merryweathers Hair and Beauty Northallerton

Wedding Dress – Platinum bridal boutique Yeadon

Bridal Accessories – Amanda Sutherland handmade hair accessories

Floristry – Sheila Danby Flowers

Guest Book (oar) – DIY

Wedding Cake – Brides mum

Wedding Favours – RNLI wedding favour

 

To Contact Chris Thornton Photography

Website: http://www.christhorntonphotography.com

Email: chris@christhorntonphotography.com

Phone: 07769 333810

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christhorntonphotography

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cthorntonphoto

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