Sparkle and Stardust – A Winter inspired Wedding shoot

Today I am really excited to share this stunning Winter inspired Wedding shoot, with incredible inspiration for your seasonal Big Day.

Images of the shoot were capture by Elizabeth Armitage Photography and and amazing collaborative team.


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This elegant winter inspiried styled shoot was the creation of Blue Fizz Events.

The team offer a bespoke service in all elements of wedding and venue styling bringing a unique and special quality to each and every wedding and event.

As well as styling, Blue Fizz Events offer a fabulous bespoke Wedding Planning Service to bring the complete look together on your special day.

They also offer workshops for DIY brides allowing them to create stunning decorations, wedding favours and buntings themselves.

They have developed a range of styling packages to hire, linked to themes of “old , new , borrowed and blue”.

Their styled and themed Wedding Fairs in the South West are highly regarded and easily recognisable through their strong style and identity.

They sourced each supplier from the South West and brought together an amazing team of creative professionals


They say of the shoot…


“The inspiration for this shoot is derived from classic story books and fairy tales. Being able to lose yourself in the fantasy of travelling to magical destinations, Narnia meets the Snow Queen, Rapunzel meets the Enchanted Forest, whilst cuddling up on the sofa keeping warm.”

“To create this vision, we focused on washes of candlelight with fire lit rooms, touches of frost and snow, accents of muted tones, warm chunky knits.”

“Winter brides can be indulgent and let their imaginations run wild in Winter. Relaxing by the fire, feasting on fabulous foods, dreaming of snow indoors, indulging all the senses and wrapping up in furs and throws”.


The stunning venue of Hallsannery in Bideford, North Devon has uninterupted views over the Devon countryside.

Think of the quintessential country house with lofty ceilings and a spiralling staircase, with sumptuous four poster bedrooms with luxurious linen and never ending views over water and parkland.

It is the perfect setting for a wedding, whatever the season.


Elizabeth Armitage Photography was totally immersed in the venue.

Growing up in a bookshop, fairy tales have always been a great love of hers.

“Hallsannery was the most perfect location. You can just feel the stories coming to life, flowing through the halls and lighting up the beautiful rooms and landscapes.”

“It is a magical time of year, when winter sets in and there is a nip in the air, filled with expectancy and anticipation.”

“The light changes colour and evenings are filled with the glow and warmth of artificial lighting. I wanted the blues of winter light to be mixed with the warmth of candle light”.

“We wanted to create elegance with a bit of a edge – and so my thoughts turned to the fierceness behind the fairytale, setting scenes that had the feeling of a story behind them was very satisfying – not to mention playing with fake snow, sparklers, and smoke bombs”.


Running with the fairytale theme, Steven and Laurent Hairdressers based in Bideford created a stunning Rapunzel inspired fishtail plait.

These talented stylists offer a friendly independent “London Boutique Style” salon that brings the latest trends alongside more traditional looks. Steven and Laurent and their team are bring many years of experience and knowledge, giving advice on what will bring out the very best in each and every client.

Their work includes tending to the needs of a celebrities and being featured in and on front covers of major magazines.

They say “The hair was set in rollers to give maximum volume, and then dry backcombed to create height, natural hair pieces were used in the plait (around 5 pieces) to add length to the hair. We wanted to give it a romantic, princess feel, with a touch of Narnia”.

“The ice blonde wig was first set, then lightly twisted and pinned into a loose bun on the side, we wanted the whole look again to be a Princess from Narnia”

“All styles were created using Bumble and Bumble Hair Products.”


The exquisite headdresses were created by Kye Tew Jewellery.

Kye creates bespoke Bridal Jewellery by incorporating and recycling vintage, antique and pre-loved items into unique, versatile and one off designs, exclusive to each customer.

Kye offers a fully bespoke service, working with brides to create that special piece for their wedding and the opportunity to even use for example …’granny’s old brooch’, to incorporate this into your piece for your Wedding Day.

“My headdresses are truly inspirational using the finest antique pieces to create ‘something old and new’.

The particular headdresses for this shoot, Rosealie and Bonnie, are both one off individual pieces which fitted the winter theme perfectly.”

“I pride myself on the individuality of my work, breathing new life into a wide array of beautiful pieces which might otherwise be lost for good”.


Makeup artist, Claire Bowring created an Ice Queen meets Fairy Princess look.

Claire specialises in bridal makeup and loves to create beautiful makeup using high end products to help you look and feel like a film star.

Calm and relaxed in her approach, but a true perfectionist, Claire will ensure you’ll never feel anything less than fabulous on your big day.

She says..“A flawless, dewy base was created using MAC and Bobbi Brown products.”

“A strong navy, smokey eye with a little silver glitter to really give that magical fairy feel. Lips were kept nude and glossy, keeping the main focus on the eyes”.

“To vamp up the look for the dusky outdoor shots, clusters of glitter were added around the eye are and a deep plum lipstick to add some glamour”.


And so to the magnificent cake by Cherry Blossom Cakes, an independent cake making and decorating business specialising in creating beautiful, bespoke Wedding Cakes, Celebration Cakes, Cup Cakes and Cookies.

Yvonne from Cherry Blossom says “We chose to showcase our natural and elegant cakes with the sugared fruit and soft peach and pink roses.”

“All our Cakes, Cupcakes and Cookies are hand-crafted, exclusively designed and perfected to suit every taste.”

“We use only the best and freshest quality ingredients and we pride ourselves in offering a friendly, professional service”.


Flowers to compliment the shoot were created by Laura Hingston Flowers.


The gorgeous gowns worn by by the winter Bride were from Frilly Frocks.


So to all you Winter brides, be indulgent and let your imagination run wild!

Relax by the fire, feast on fabulous foods, dream of a little romantic snow, indulge all your senses and wrap up in furs and throws – Enjoy!












































Thank you so much to all those involved for sharing this fabulous Winter Inspired Wedding shoot.

There is something magical about winter time with with the contrast and cool white snowfall against the warmth of  candle light.

The season literally sparkles and the team have really captured that with their fantastic collaborative work.


Photo Shoot Credits

Original feature – WED Magazine

Photography – Elizabeth Armitage Photography

Styling & Accessories – Blue Fizz Events

Venue – Hallsannery

Hair Design – Steve and Laurent

Hair accessories –  Kye Tew Jewellery

Make-up – Claire Bowring

Cakes – Cherry Blossom Cakes

Flowers – Laura Hingston Flowers

Bridal wear – Frilly Frocks

Outside Bridal Wear Eco Ethereal Dress by Bridget Scott at Blue Fizz Events

A gorgeous Loch Goil Wedding With an outdoor ceremony and Rockabilly vibe

Today I am really excited to share a gorgeous Loch Goil Wedding with an outdoor ceremony and Rockabilly vibe.

Images of the day were captured by Trevor Wilson of Silver Photography.


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Trevor is a Wedding Photographer capturing memories in both Edinburgh, Glasgow, the rest of Scotland and further afield in a natural, laid back, as it happens style.


Trevor says of the couples Big Day….


“Being asked to photograph any wedding at the beautiful Lodge on Loch Goil always excites the photographer within me and I just know that the day will be amazing.”

“Imagine how pleased I was that day, on the way to Thomas and Donna’s wedding, when I drove up into the mountains, and then back down again to the picturesque Loch itself to also finally meet the couple and find that not only were they extraordinarily nice people but they had a great vintage vibe running through their day too.”

“I knew it was gong to be fabulous!”

“They had a very laid back approach to their day and I only had one instruction – photograph everything as it happens.”

“Donna and Thomas took full advantage of the sunny weather and had their civil ceremony down by the shores of the loch underneath a huge old beech tree.”

“There was a lovely gentle breeze to keep the midges at bay and it was just perfect.”

“The marriage schedule was signed in the wonderful treehouse and, after that, the rest of the day was spent milling around outside in the sunshine.”


I now hand over to stunning Bride Donna to share the couples story…


How did you meet?

“We met onboard HMS BULWARK as we both were serving on there in June 2011.”

“We knew each other too through Boxing in the South West.”

“We had our first date in Plymouth on the 8 August 2011 and went to see Lee Evans live, it was fantastic and we never looked back.”


When did you get engaged?

“After Tom left the Royal Navy he got a job in the Oil & Gas Industry and works with a company that mainly operates in the Far East.”

“He works in 6 weeks rotations and was away for Christmas 2012.”

“By this time I had been drafted to Scotland and was based in Helensburgh. Tom flew home on the 2nd January 2013 and I had planned another full Christmas Day for me, him and our Daughter Lauren on the 3rd January.”

“We woke up on the 3rd and Tom took our dogs out first thing before we did our presents, unbeknown to me, he was actually phoning my Dad to ask for my hand in marriage and telling our best friends who lived close by.”

“When Tom got home we started doing presents, then he stood up from the tree and started going into a big speech about us, before getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. I can honestly say that was the first time in my life that I was speechless!”


Tell us about your wedding planning journey

“We decided that we would give ourselves plenty of time as we lead hectic lifestyles and wanted to make the day as special as possible.”

“Tom pretty much gave me free reign on everything so I got busy researching.”

“I stumbled upon an article in the Scottish Wedding Directory Magazine for our Venue – The Lodge on Loch Goil.”

“We visited it and booked it straight away, it was perfect in every way – relaxed, stunning, intimate all within a formal picturesque setting.”

“We’re not religious people so i opted against a church and religious ceremony, instead we had our mothers doing readings, our own & statutory vows and best of all one of my friends who is a registrar conducted the service.”

“I didn’t really have a colour or theme so i just went with what I liked, so it turned very 50’s pin up style complete with a mad cake, bridesmaids dresses from Rockabilly Pin Up, cupcake centre pieces and a handcrafted birdcage veil.”

“I am very OCD when it comes to planning so i wanted to make sure every detail was perfect.”

“The little touches went down a treat with our families so it was well worth the extra planning.”


When did you get married?

“We were married on Saturday 9th August 2014.”


What was the best bit of your day?

“Every bit! I truly loved every minute of the day, it was an emotional rollercoaster in which every guest were involved.”


What advice would you give to other couples getting married?

“Take 5 minutes time out with your partner to just take it all in.”

“I had heard so many stories of Brides missing lots of detail throughout the day or getting too drunk.”

“I took time out with Tom a few times in the day by having a walk next to the Loch and even had 5 minutes with my Bridesmaids in the main bedroom to powder my nose and relax.”

“You have just got to think that all the planning will be done and whatever happens on the day happens and there’s nothing you can do about it then, so just relax and enjoy every part of it.”


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Thank you so much to Trevor for sharing this stunning Loch Goil Wedding and to the couple for sharing their beautiful story.

What a jaw dropping location to capture beautiful memories, and so perfect for a lovely outdoor ceremony.

I love the subtle nods to rockabilly through the amazing cake, and the unusual bridesmaid dresses, and the fabulous button bouquet just adds to a fantastic overall look.


Wedding Suppliers

Photography: Silver Wedding Photography

Florist: Helensburgh Flowers

Wedding Cake: The McDonald Cake Company

Venue: The Lodge on Loch Goil

Bridesmaids Dresses: Rockabilly Pin Up

Suits: Moss Bros

Bridal Gown: Enzoani

Vintage bouquets: Button Bow Bouquet

Charity favours RSPCA/West Midlands Air Ambulance/Macmillan

Wedding Band: Echo State – Elite Bands, Glasgow

Officiant: Mrs Elaine Crichton – Argyll & Bute Registrar


To Contact Silver Photography 



Phone: 07958 696289




Autumnal Bridal Headwear Shoot – Seasonal Looks for the Alternative Bride

Today I am thrilled to share this incredible autumnal bridal headwear shoot.

Images were captured by Melanie Chadd Photography with a fantastic collaborative team.


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Melanie  shares her inspiration in bringing together the shoot and the 2 different but equally stunning looks….


“The inspiration for this shoot came from spending days on Mull back in March and see the Red Deer. Such beautiful and powerful animals.”

“I live in rural Herefordshire and regularly see roe deer and muntjac too.”

“With it now being Autumn I wanted to used the stunning tones – yellow, orange, gold, brown.”

“I specifically chose a red head to model for me too to compliment these colours.”

“Another inspiration came in the form of the Floral Crown trend that has played a huge part in 2014 weddings.”


“For the colourful headpiece I wanted it to be larger and bolder than a standard crown with pale make up but statement lips.”


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“The more Autumnal piece – I wanted it to look like a deer in the undergrowth. So it contains dried fungi, conkers and the cases along with pearls to add some glamour.”

“I just gave Kathryn, our florist, a brief idea of what I wanted and some of the ingredients and she created this amazing piece.”

“For make up I wanted statement eyes. Animal like and almost piercing.”

“Clare’s naturally curly hair was a dream as it allowed us to play with it and also held the pinned antlers in place.”


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“These styles were both quite heavy but show that you don’t have to have just flowers.”

“Dried items mixed with real flowers and something pretty work really well.”

“Any quality Florist would be able to transform ideas into reality and don’t be afraid to collect or make items to go into your headpiece or bouquet.”


Thank you so much to the team for sharing their collaborative talents in bringing together this quite outstanding autumnal bridal headwear shoot.

Its bold, colourful and eyecatching and perfect for the alternative bride wanting to make her own style statement.



Photography: Melanie Chadd Photography

Florist: Kathryn Griffiths – Bamboo The Flower Gallery

MUA: Maria Knight – Sprinkle Magic

Hair: Lisa Beavan

Model: Clare Murphy

Fur loaned – Vintage Tramp 

MrsPandPs Sunday Morning Cuppa Wedding Blog Catch up

Good Morning, and welcome to MrsPandPs Sunday Morning Cuppa Wedding Blog Catch up.

I am loving the Autumn colours just now,  gorgeous fiiery tones of the changing leaves and lovely long walks all snuggled up in jumpers, one of my favourite times of year.

Anyway back to Business and today I want to share a whole load of pretty  as we look back on the features of this past week…


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On Monday morning I was excited to kick off the week by sharing some gorgeous copper wedding theme styling with a beautiful Moodboard to inspire you for your Big Day.

I have a bit of a thing for metallics, and while silver and gold may take the limelight I am a particular fan of copper.

It lends itself well to both glamorous and elegant occasions as well as a more rustic style.


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Metallic Love – A Copper Wedding Theme, Styling and Moodboard


On Monday afternoon I was thrilled to shine the spotlight on Hannah Weeks who is a Freelance Illustrator specialising in Illustrated Wedding Stationery.

Based in Greengates – an area of Bradford in West Yorkshire she works from her home studio, providing Bespoke Wedding Stationery including everything from Save The Date Cards and Illustrated Invitations, to Seating Plans and Present Lists.


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Beautiful Illustrated Wedding Stationery from Hannah Weeks Illustration


On Tuesday I was thrilled to share a gorgeous Yorkshire Wedding filled with rainbow brights at the Hospitium.

Images of the day were captured by Georgina Harrison Photography.


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A Yorkshire Wedding with Rainbow Brights at the Hospitium


On Wednesday morning I was delighted to shine the spotlight on the beautifully designed wedding stationery of Swoon at The Moon.

Swoon at The Moon are Matthew and Leanne, a husband and wife team, and they live in a quiet market town on the edge of Dartmoor with their 1 year old daughter.

They previously worked within a small team at a leading wedding stationery company up until April 2014.

Then using their passion and experience, they decided to set up their own stationery company, offering unique, stylish and fun designs for all special occasions.


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Beautifully designed wedding stationery from Swoon at The Moon


On Wednesday afternoon I was delighted to share some great advice by The City Rooms.

Anybody that has planned a wedding will tell you that booking your Wedding Venue is a lovely but eye opening experience.

You walk in, are taken aback by its beauty and are practically chomping at the bit to sign on the dotted line and enter yourself into binding contract with the venue.

It’s then often the case after you’ve signed that you start to realise the venue might not be as perfect for you as it seemed on the face of it.


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Five Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue Before you Book 


On Thursday I was delighted to share a beautiful bicultural family centric Edinburgh Wedding with a strong Italian connection.

Images of the day were captured by Alan Snelling Photography.


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A Lovely Family Centric Edinburgh Wedding with an Italian Twist


On Friday I was delighted to spotlight on Bridal gown label Cross My Heart Bridal who have launched into the UK Bridal market.

The name Cross My Heart symbolises the team of designers’ origins from the Isle of Malta, a tiny island with a history worth its weight in gold.

A culmination of supreme fit with exquisite finishing, Cross My Heart brings meticulous attention to every detail that sets their dresses apart to make the bride’s day not just more comfortable, but even more special.


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Cross my Heart Bridal – Maltese Bridal Design


I hope you savoured your Cuppa, and this round up of the Week on the Wedding Blog Catch Up.

I look forward to sharing many more lazy Sunday Mornings with you.

Love MrsPandP x

Cross My Heart Bridal – Maltese Bridal Designs

Today I am delighted to spotlight on Bridal gown label Cross My Heart Bridal who have launched into the UK Bridal market.

The name Cross My Heart symbolises the team of designers’ origins from the Isle of Malta, a tiny island with a history worth its weight in gold.

A culmination of supreme fit with exquisite finishing, Cross My Heart brings meticulous attention to every detail that sets their dresses apart to make the bride’s day not just more comfortable, but even more special.


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The brand’s premiere collection – Mediterranea – was launched in September 2013 at the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate and is moving from strength to strength with another three gorgeous collections since then.

Their inspiration comes from picturesque and historical surroundings, and each gown has its own unique character.

The laid-back Mediterranean combined with its flamboyant lifestyle is ever-present in our design.

Their selection of Bridal wear is carefully thought-out and created by our team of designers to produce something special, beautiful and most of all different.

The focus of each Cross My Heart bridal gown is luxurious fabric, divine beading work and a unique cut.

The range provides a diverse collection of elegantly designed wedding dresses ranging from glamorous French chiffon to delicate, detailed laces.

Each of their gowns come with complete support within the construction of the bodice, featuring no less than 13 bones and exquisite finishing, whilst at the same time offering exceptional value for money.

The superior construction on all their gowns will ensure the bride’s complete confidence on her special day.

Their gowns do not compromise on quality but still offer superior value. Plus, with a range of finishing options, such as a lace or zip-up back, a bride can customise her gown to best suit her own taste.


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I spoke to Creative Director Steven Jones about the Brand….


Who created the Cross my Heart brand and when did the label first launch to retailers?

“The Brand Cross my heart was created by myself following work in the fashion and photography industry for over 15 years.”

“The premiere collection “The Meditteranea Collection”was launched in September 2013 at the British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate UK, the second collection “The Medina Collection” was launched in April 2014.”


How has the business evolved since this time?

“Despite it’s early entry into the international market we can proudly announce that the label has been a resounding success.”

“Our label is now available in Lithuania, The United States, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australia and of course in Malta. So that is 13 retailers in total in the last 9 months.”


Where are the gowns designed and made, and how integral is this to the identity of the brand?

“The gowns are designed in Malta, the fabrics and laces are hand-picked by our team of designers to create something unique that will give the label it’s true identity.”

“To offer a value for money proposition we have opted to have the gowns manufactured in China.”

“It was a painstaking process of trialling many manufacturers till we finally found manufacturers who not only interpreted our designs well but also understood the ethos and image we are trying to create.”


What prompted you to target the UK market and how have British retailers responded to the brand?

“The British and Maltese have always had a great affinity over many years, it seemed like the most natural progression outside our homeland to move into these markets.”

“We knew would be well received by the British retailers and ultimately brides, and this confidence in the label has been proven by the amazing result we have had in such a short period of time.”


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How would you describe Cross my Heart’s signature style?

“The focus of each Cross My Heart gown is luxurious fabric, divine beading work and a unique cut.”

“Each of our gowns come with complete support within the construction of the bodice, featuring no less than 13 bones and exquisite finishing, whilst at the same time offering exceptional value for money.”

“In a word “Mediterranean” would best sum up our inspiration.”


Which fabrics are used in the designs and why?

“The range is daring, with many of the gowns featuring Schiffli lace, using classic timeless designs with a modern feel.”

“This variety of lace is typical of the region and gives the designs a distinct look.”

“There is also a selection of satin gowns with touches of lace as well as free-flowing gowns with simple and elegant fabrics.”


Which gown from the collection do you predict will be the best-seller and why?

“Hmmm that’s like asking who your favourite child is!”

“We have had orders for the gown just based on its description and the Tea length version Lucia from the Mediterranea collection.”

“From the Santonia collection we believe that Paulina, Fidelita, Regina and Parrapetta will be winners with satin making a big come back in bridal.”


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Cross My Heart Bridal wedding gowns, which start from just over £800, are available from retailers throughout the UK and Ireland > Stockists.


For more information contact



Phone: (Malta HQ)  +356 7995 6766



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