Crystal Wedding Accessories – Perfect Weddings by Susan Wilde

Today I am delighted to share the lovely Crystal Wedding Accessories of Perfect Weddings by Susan Wilde.

The company is based in Stockport.

 

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I had a wee chat to Susan about her work…

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

“I am Susan Wilde and I create bespoke Swarovski Crystal Wedding Accessories such as Tiaras, Crowns, Bouquets, Jewellery, Sash Belts and Shoes.”

 

When and why did you start your Company?

“I started making accessories over ten years ago but had to give up when my mum became very poorly.”

“Luckily she is well again and I commercially re-launched in 2013.”

“Initially I had started purely because there was nothing available for my own wedding that I liked and started to create pieces for family and friends from there.”

 

What inspires you?

“I love watching the latest designers especially people like Ian Stuart who inspire me to create new and exciting pieces but also I work individually with brides to create their own bespoke look in accordance to their theme.”

 

Do trends influence your work?

“Definitely, it is essential to keep a good selection of all types of pieces and make sure current favourites are in the collection for example lace pieces and brow bands are very popular for 2014/15.”

 

What is your greatest achievement?

“I was delighted to have several of my collection exhibited on the catwalk at The National Wedding Show, Manchester Spring 2014.”

 

What do you see as the future of your Company?

“I hope to eventually become a household name in the Wedding Industry for a bespoke and quality service.”

“I have recently been approached by a Wedding Boutique as their premier supplier and this will be launched in September 2014.”

“Adding a couple of further stockists would be great whilst I wish to remain small and independent enough to complete each piece myself.”

“I would also like to open a viewing studio by the close of 2015.”

“I absolutely love what I do and I only work with the finest materials. I am currently working on some weddings gowns that are being adorned with hand stitched Swarovski.”

“I would particularly like to keep this service for the curvier bride as I feel she can often be overlooked.”

 

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Thank you so much to Susan for sharing her very pretty crystal wedding accessories with us today.

 

To Contact Perfect Weddings by Susan Wilde

Website: http://www.perfectweddingsuk.com/

Email: info@perfectweddingsuk.com

Phone: 07925 300282

Twitter: http://twitter.com/perfweddingsuk

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Beautiful nature and typography inspired Wedding Stationery Collection from Alfie Winn Designs

Today I am thrilled to share the amazing new nature and typography inspired Wedding Stationery collections from illustrator Maria Ingram of Alfie Winn Designs.

I was fortunate enough to feature Maria before when I spotlighted on her fantastic illustration and prints but she now takes a step further with gorgeous wedding invitations, and on the days stationer and and accessories.

Maria draws all her designs by hand, and loves to incorporate other elements, such as collage, into them as much as possible.

She finds it adds depth and interest, and also helps to ensure that each one is truly unique.

 

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Maria says of this recent work

 

“The new range is very inspired by nature and beautiful typography.”

“I’ve included a lot more fluid calligraphy in my work this season and enjoyed hand painting it for that authentic feel.”

“I also wanted to create something for the more modern bride too, which was the inspiration behind ‘he said, she said’, its a quirky design which although hand drawn, feels fresh and modern, it can also be personalised to fit their proposal if required.”

 

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“I’m also really pleased to launch my own range of hand illustrated guest books and guest book alternatives too.”

“I think its lovely to encourage guests to write messages to the bride and groom, but sometimes a plain paper guest book can be a little intimidating for them.”

“My alternatives include a poster for them to sign, which the newlyweds can frame and display in their home later; and a series of postcards that offer prompts to the
guests to help them pass on tips or advice, or talk about their memories of the couple too.”

 

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“To conclude I have created some on the day wedding stationery too to include table numbers, and hand drawn Card banners.

 

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Thank you so much to Maria for sharing her exquisite new Wedding Stationery collection.

I adore both the simplicity but also incredible artistry and creativity of the designs.

From the invitation suite through to the on the day stationery the collection has such an elegant flow and I love it!

 

 

 

To Contact Alfie Winn Designs

Website: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AlfieWinn

Email: hello@alfiewinn.co.uk

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alfie_Winn

Charlotte Mills Bridal – New luxury Bridal Shoe Designs

Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Charlotte Mills Bridal, one of the latest luxury bridal shoe brands to the hit the market in 2014, and some beautiful new styles just added to her Collection.

Since launching in April 2014, the Charlotte Mills Bridal brand is going from strength to strength, with Charlotte’s debut collection receiving a great response from the Wedding Industry.

I first featured Charlotte prior to her launch way back in February – Spotlight.

 

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As the collection continues to grow, Charlotte is staying true to the brand ensuring that all of her new styles feature the signature love heart design.

Each style incorporating this in an individual and unique way. Charlotte has also added some colour to the collection, for Brides who want something a bit different to the traditional wedding shoe.

All Charlotte Mills styles are all hand finished with a silver sixpence in the left shoe and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase “Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”

Charlotte has incorporated each of these traditions in to every pair of her shoes.

The Sixpence is also the something Old, The Something New is the shoe, the Something Blue is detailed on the insock and beautiful packaging.

Not forgetting the Something borrowed which is inside the shoebox.

Brides love this old tradition and his detailing is unique to Charlotte Mills Bridal shoes.

Charlotte Mills Bridal now offers a bespoke service which means brides can order any of the styles available in different colours and materials to suit their wedding theme.

To enquire about Charlotte’s bespoke service please email charlotte@charlottemillsbridal.com

She also now has 14 stockists all over the UK as well as being available to buy online from www.charlottemillsbridal.com

The latest collection of styles are launching in October/November 2014.

 

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Anabel (in Blue, Gold and Red Heart)

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Andrea (with Gold Heart)

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Thank you so much to Charlotte for sharing her stunning new styles.

I love a bit of colour in a Bridal shoe and these beautiful designs will have you making a statement with every stride.

 

To Contact Charlotte Mills Bridal 

Website: http://charlottemillsbridal.co.uk/

Email: charlotte@charlottemillsbridal.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlottemillsb

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/charlottemills3/wedding-shoes/

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Nic and Ali – A beautiful Oran Mor Wedding

Today I am excited to share the beautiful Oran Mor Wedding of Nic and Ali, with some personal elements and a touch of the Botanics.

Images of the couples Big Day were captured by Jill Cherry Porter Photography.

 

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Jill Cherry Porter specialises in Fine Art Creative Wedding & Lifestyle Photography.

Originally hailing from Ayrshire, she now lives in the beautiful Fife coastal town of Dalgety Bay, which is literally just over the water from Scotland’s amazing capital, Edinburgh.

She is a hopeless romantic who loves what she does and creating beautiful photography featuring real people is such a joy for her.

She works all around Scotland & the UK as well as Destination celebrations too.

 

I now hand over to beautiful Bride Nic…

 

How did you meet?

“We met through a mutual friend, when I first moved to London in October 2007.”

 

When did you get engaged?

“Ali was originally planning to propose whilst we were holidaying in Antigua in April 2012… Unfortunately the ring didn’t arrive in time.”

“So on Saturday 5th May 2012 after a lovely meal at Loch Lomond and on the drive back to Stirling, Ali suddenly stopped the car in a lay-by announcing he wanted to take pictures of Stirling Castle.”

“He then dropped to his knee and produced a gorgeous ring.”

 

Tell us about your wedding planning journey

“Ali is originally from Stirling, I’m originally from Nottingham. ”

“My family is quite small and having quite a few friends who love a weekend away, it made sense to hold it in Scotland and plan from afar. ”

“Before we booked anything, we tried to understand what parts of the day were most important to us and what we wanted to focus on.”

“For us, it was having a relaxed unique venue, great live music and fantastic photos. Our venue Oran Mor, fit the bill straight away.”

“It’s centrally located, offers amazing food, unpretentious service and Louise our Event Co-Ordinator was great throughout the whole process.”

“Music for the ceremony and drinks reception was provided by Cappella String Quartet who played some great versions of modern songs.”

“Ernest were our band for the evening, who were awesome. They played a few Celidih songs at our request and somehow just knew what songs would work for the audience.”

“Both Ali and myself are natural planners and organising the Wedding 400 miles away from the venue, meant we needed to be super organised.”

“We started our collection of Wedding bits & bobs at Ali’s parents’ house about a year before and practically filled their spare room.

“There was no theme and no set colours, we just wanted to incorporate elements of our personalities into the day such.”

The simple touches we used were a Wooden Surfboard (purchased off ebay and spray painted with a stencil of our names and the date).”

“Guests signed and left messages and is now hanging in our spare room at home.”

-”Wealso had an American style post-box (using the same stencil) which was used as our post box for Wedding Cards.”

“We used jenga blocks as placecards  and the table numbers were significant numbers to us, each guest then had a postcard asking them to guess the meanings.”

“We used the Botanic Gardens across the road for photographs. Jill did such an impressive job on the day and we’re so thrilled with the photos she produced.”

 

When did you get married?

“We were married on Saturday 21st September 2013 at Oran Mor, Glasgow.”

 

What was the best bit of your day?

“Just having our closest friends and family in one room was pretty awesome and enjoying celebrating with them.”

“The first and last songs of the reception. Ernest played a version of ‘Mae’ by The Gaslight Anthem for our first dance, which we loved.”

“Their last song (although not so much of a dance, more of a sway) was ‘Good Riddance’ by Green Day.”

“Having a truly personal ceremony was really important. We created our own vows (with a little help), found our own readings and with assistance from Sheena (our Humanist) we managed to create a unique ceremony.”

 

What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

We do have loads, but to name just a few…

“If you’re in doubt about hiring a videographer – don’t be, just do it!”

“We debated about it for a long time and it was one of the best decisions we made for the Wedding.”

“There is so much going on during the day that you either won’t remember or won’t see it. Steven from Gryffe Weddings did a fab job for us.”

“Brides don’t walk too quickly down the aisle.  I panicked when everyone turned around to look at me and practically sprinted down the aisle in my Choo’s.”

“I left my poor Bridesmaids behind me, almost in the doorway and they can’t be seen on the DVD!”

“Don’t feel like you need to take loads of time off before the Wedding, if you don’t have much annual leave.”

“We only had the Friday and Monday off that weekend and then went on Honeymoon a week later.”

“We made a few trips to Scotland over the 18 months where we tried to cram in as much as possible in terms of meeting suppliers etc.”

“A lot of tasks for us were completed a lot earlier in the year than most couples, so that we weren’t rushing around near the day. ”

“Get a nice notebook and/or whiteboard and list, list, list!”

 

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Thank you so much to Jill for sharing thsi fantastic Oran Mor Wedding.

I love how the couple didn’t feel they had to be confined to a theme or colour scheme, instead making it about what was personal to them, such as the numbers in the table numbers and table plan.

Oran Mor is so lovely already, everything in addition would just to compliment its natural uniqueness.

I also love the very elegant Wedding Cake and the very clever Surfboard Guest book, you don’t often see that.

 

Wedding Suppliers

Venue: Oran Mor

Photography: Jill Cherry Porter Photography

Celebrant: Sheena Johnston

Decor – Diy – Surfboard for Guestbook – Ebay, Jenga Blocks for place settings

Videography: Gryffe Weddings

Ceremony and Drinks Reception Music: Cappella String Quartet

Wedding Band: Ernest

Hair: Divine Hair by Karen Rider

 

 

To Contact Jill Cherry Porter Photography

Website: http://www.jillcherryporterphotography.com/

Email: jillcherryphoto@hotmail.co.uk​

Phone: 07813 608 896

Blog: http://www.jillcherryporterphotographyblog.com/

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

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

Rock your Wedding with Buns and Roses – Wedding Cake & Floral Design

Today I am delighted to kick off the week by showing you how to Rock your Wedding with Buns and Roses.

They are cake and flower designers specialising in weddings and celebrations, and are based in St.Ives in Cambridgeshire.

 

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I had a chat with Lisa, one half of the duo about the blossoming brand…

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

“Buns and Roses are myself (Lisa) and Katie; and we are two friends from Cambridgeshire.”

“We provide cakes and flowers for weddings and special occasions.”

“I am the cake creator extraordinaire (Buns!) while Katie (Rose) has a talent for arranging beautiful flowers.”

“We love working with brides, helping to create a wedding that suits their style and personality.”

 

When and why did you start your Company?

“We actually started Buns and Roses this year; and we just  launched our Facebook page in May!”

“Buns and Roses has been an idea for a few years now.”

“We met and became good friends at baby groups when our sons were tiny when I was just starting my own celebration cake company.”

“Katie has a long-term love of flower arranging after creating all the flowers at her wedding 6 years ago, and went on to do the flowers at various family’s and friends weddings (including mine).”

“One evening, the idea came up after a bottle of wine that we should combine our talents. It just made perfect sense!”

 

What inspires you?

“As we are creating cakes and flowers for individuals, the bride’s own style and ideas is a major source of inspiration for us, and we take our lead from them.”

“Even those brides who don’t have a clear vision of their wedding will always have preferences on colours, size and how extravagant they want to be!”

“Another massive inspiration source has to be Pinterest; there are ideas on there for just about every setting, colour scheme, theme you can think of. Its like wedding planning heaven!”

 

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Do trends influence your work?

“Our work is definitely influenced by trends as our brides are influenced by trends. And its so important to stay current with our cakes and wedding flowers.”

“Brides have so much choice now, and so many ideas at their fingertips through the internet.”

“They need their suppliers to have their fingers on the pulse to help create their vision.”

“This is even more true with the wedding cake and flowers as they are so visual and have a big impact on the overall scheme.”

 

What is your greatest achievement?

“For us, our greatest achievement is creating and launching Buns and Roses!”

“It is still such a new company but so far we have had an amazing response to us, our portfolio, our website and our branding!”

“We already have several weddings booked in for this year and next; its the best start we could have hoped for!”

 

What do you see as the future of your Company?

“Our dream would be to have premises on the outskirts of Cambridge, with a coffee shop out the front and a separate bakery &  a flower workshop at the back.”

“We want to go the distance with Buns and Roses, and be recognised for our work.”

“We would love to be a key player in the local wedding market - the company you recommend to your friend as soon as they get engaged.”

 

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Thank you so much to Lisa and Katie for sharing their beautiful work with us.

I think this is an inspired pairing as cakes and flowers are so often interlinked in the styling of the day.

 

To Contact Buns and Roses 

Website: http://www.buns-and-roses.co.uk

Email: hello@buns-and-roses.co.uk

Phone: Cakes – 07590 318518, Flowers – 07940 554193

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

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

Pinterest: http://uk.pinterest.com/Bunsandroses/

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