Supplier Love | Retro Press

You might remember Retro Press from the Neon Hen Do shoot I recently shared here on the blog. Kate and I had a very similar introduction to the world of weddings – starting with a close friends and slowly growing the business. I love hearing about people taking the leap and striking out on their own to do something they love. It never fails to inspire me!

“My main goal with Retro Press is to combine my love of design, things and inspirations to make you, ‘the bride to be’, get as excited to receive your wedding stationery as you are about putting on that perfect dress for the first time. Incidentally, I do believe that the stationery is in fact just as important as the dress, the cake, the flowers, the venue et al, because all these little things come together to make that one day, that B I G day. If you think about it, the Save The Date’s or the invitations are the first things that your wedding guests receive, thus they totally set the tone for the day. It is essential to get these right and ensure that they create the same wonderful vibes as the wedding itself.”

As well as some really lovely stationery suites to choose from Kate offers a bespoke service and will work with you to create a design that’s completely unique. I love that the ‘off the peg’ designs are all named after types of tea. The suite below is called Sencha – so fun and summery!

And if you’re looking something a little different why not take a peak at these fun Letterpress Coasters – have them around the venue on the wedding itself or send them out to your nearest and dearest in place of a traditional Save the Date card.

Definitely keep an eye on what Kate is up to and consider Retro Press for your big day!

Melanie & Chris

I’m so excited to share the beautiful photos and video of Melanie and Chris tying the knot at Old Down Manor just a few weeks ago. 8 Wood Studios and Caroline Alexander did a fantastic job at capturing what was a really thoughtful celebration. I’m forever in love with those plum table cloths with the gold charger plates!

317We grouped candles around the base of the stairs and created height by sitting some on log slices. They looked beautiful next to the stunning floral garland created by Hilary’s Floral Design. The cake was made by Melanie’s very talented mum! The cat cake topper is so so cute! The cake table was dressed with sequinned table linens from Pudding Bridge and the stationary was created by Harriet de Winton. Keep an eye out for the place names on the table that Harriet hand wrote on slate – it looks amazing!

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Those stunning purple table linens were from 88 Events and added some drama and colour to the airy breakfast room at Old Down Manor. It felt so bright and summery during the day and glamorous by night – a perfect transition.

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Jordana & David

A New Years Eve wedding in the beautiful Kingscote Barn will always be a stylish affair so when Jordana and David asked me to help them with their special day I knew I had to say yes.  This beautiful couple opted for not one but TWO dessert tables – a classic table complete with wedding cake, cupcakes, macarons and cake pops but also a hot chocolate station perfect for keeping away the chill. And what’s more? Sequinned table linens. Lush!

The simple but stylish wreath added a festive nod without making the decor feel too themed. The gold calligraphy by Harriet de Winton made all the difference to the table set up; practical and pretty!

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We used lots of gold accessories and candlelight to make the venue feel warm and inviting – the selfie station looked fabulous with gold frames and plenty of props for guests to choose from. And those flowers? Becky from Bijoux Floral did a really beautiful job creating the centrepieces and bouquet! Such beautiful colours.

A huge thank you to Blooming Photography for capturing the details on the day!

Helen & Simon

Helen and Simon’s glamorous London wedding was beautiful from start to finish. The pair tied the knot in June last year and I still love looking back at the photos of their big day.

This wedding involved a lot of coordination and I was relieved to be in the capable hands Amore Star. This really left me free to work my styling magic on the reception at York House while the ceremony took place at the near by Orleans House Gallery. Both venues are these impressive historic buildings and were the perfect location!

The whimsical hot air balloon, along with all the other pretty arrangements on the day, was created by The Bloomery. And that ribbon backdrop? Designed and made by the bride herself! So clever.

I had my pick of props and furniture from Vintage Style Hire and felt like a child in a candy store on the day – especially setting up the sweet treats table with the antique scales.

The gorgeously atmospheric photos were taken by We Heart Pictures. I love that shot across the Thames and of the guests as they move from the ceremony to the reception. They really capture the spirit of fun on the day!

Happy 1 year anniversary Helen and Simon!

 

Not On The High Street Wedding Showcase

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Not On The High Street wedding showcase in London. All sorts of wedding bloggers and creatives were there to take part in inspiring workshops and see all the wedding deliciousness NOTHS has to offer.

Love this hanging paper flower wall by the very clever @comeuppanceuk #nothswedding

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Colour was definitely king – whether it was summer brights, pops of pastel, or glimmers of gold. Each area was styled beautifully by the team at Knot & Pop who totally transformed Clifton Nurseries for the day.

The gold dipped log slices showcase the jewellery beautifully…😍 #nothswedding @knotandpop

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Pastel gorgeousness! #nothswedding #wedding #weddingideas 💕

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The welcome drinks were displayed in a vintage cabinet styled by Palais Flowers with fresh blooms and foliage. Nothing like a glass of fresh juice to set you up for a day of Instagraming!

How amazing is this juice bar at #nothswedding event! Beautiful cupboard filled by @palaisflowers 💕

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It was particularly exciting for me because my close friend and business partner Helen Hopkins, of Pudding Bridge, had some of her own gorgeous creations on show including these alternative chair decorations.

I spot @puddingbridge at the @notonthehighstreet wedding showcase 😍 #nothswedding

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The day was broken up by two super fun and informative workshops. The first, hosted by Little Stamp Store, had us creating our own crafty wedding invitations. Perfect for couples who want to create their own stationery with a little DIY twist! The second workshop was on brush lettering and was led by The Lovely Drawer who made something very difficult look so easy! Definitely can’t wait to get my inks out and start practising this technique. So pretty!

Second workshop of the day with @thelovelydrawer Brush lettering! #nothswedding

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And of course there was food and drinks galore with the most fabulous lunch and tea laid out for us and a cocktail making session with Gin Tales!

Afternoon tea time with an amazing spread from @thequincetreeuk at @notonthehighstreet wedding showcase day! 😋

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Thanks so much for having me NOTHS! It was a wonderful day and I’m excited to see what other wedding loveliness your suppliers come up with in the future!

 

Neon Bright Hen Do

I had such a wonderful time planning and styling this neon bright hen party for Chosen Wedding Fair’s founder Kiki Sunshine, last summer. The venue, Bristols own industrial chic Paintworks, was a great location for a day that was part craft party, part makeover, and part photo shoot.

Makeup artist Grace Kingsley was set up and ready to receive our hens with a palette of pinks and blush tones. Love a bright lip! Stephanie Saunders, talented florist and friend, was next up with fun and informative crown and corsage workshop. They chose from buckets and buckets of blooms and created their own individual designs. The finished pieces were worn throughout the day and everyone had a fun new skill to take home with them.

 

We knew we’d need something bright to stand out amongst the wood and brick and summery neons were just the trick. Things By Laura provided the gorgeous paper flowers and pinwheels used to dress the walls and the light-up letters (a bit of a show-stopper, no?) were from Lighthaus Events.

Of course the day wouldn’t have been complete without refreshments and boy did Emma at Bake My Cake deliver. Those Bride To Be biscuits and that arrow cake topper? Perfection!  The stationery you can see dressing the table was by Retro Press and really helped bring the fun and humour to the sweet table.

One of my favourite things about this hen do is that it can easily be recreated at home or in a smaller venue with professionals coming in or with friends and family pooling their talents. Spending time with the people you love and being created – what’s not to enjoy!

This shoot was first shared on Bespoke Bride – you can read more about it and see the full gallery here.

Fiesta Fever

I’m thrilled to share another styling feature in Wed Magazine, this time we take a step away from French fancies and ramp up the fiesta spirit for this bright and beautiful shoot with World Inspired Tents. There were so many talented suppliers involved on the day and I loved being able to put my own stamp on such a blank canvas. Thanks to Sarah Lauren Photography for the fab photos!

We created the table plan using furniture and and that gorgeous yellow fiesta frame from Virginias Vintage Hire. Mixing and matching different colours and styles of furniture help to create interest in areas that might otherwise be overlooked. The stationery, courtesy of Hip Hip Hooray, carries through that fun festival feel and the colours? Perfection! If you want to add a little Mexican fusion to your own nuptials Hip Hip Hooray’s ‘Papel Picado’ collection is perfect for a summer ceremony. And last but by no means least we come to those amazing paper blooms, pin-wheels, and poms; handmade by Things By Laura. They’re the sort of extra touch that add plenty of punch to your decor!

Anyone else ready for a margarita?

 

 

Laura & Nick

Today I am sharing photos from Laura and Nick’s nature-filled wedding, captured in all its glory by Larissa J Photography and you can see a full gallery of images at Rock My Wedding.

The ceremony was held at Arnos Vale’s Underwood Centre, a venue I have worked with closely over the years. Being outdoors is really important to both Laura and Nick so the open sides of the barn and surrounding greenery were ideal. We dressed the space with bunting and lace curtains for a rustic and homespun feel that continued through into the reception decor. The incredible floral pieces, including the brides bouquet and table arrangements, were created by Emma Norton Flowers.

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The atmosphere at the reception, held at Yatton Rugby Club, was homely and welcoming. At dinner guests were treated to the British classic: pie and mash. “We envisioned a cosy family dinner where you pass around the plates of food to each other and serve yourself at the table.” The rugby club, by it’s nature, was a very masculine space with prized shirts and trophies on display so it was important to bring in softer elements like the bunting and hessian runners to balance this out. We made sure there were plenty of bright blooms to add that outdoor element. Even the cakes were decorated with petals and fresh fruit! Guests were invited to bring a sweet treat along with them on the day and we had great fun styling the Great British Bake Off table – a fun spin on the dessert course.

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A really unique detail on the day was the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. Each wore the same shade of blush as Laura, a bold move for any bride, but the results looked amazing. By continuing the themes of lace and tulle across the dresses but changing up details like the sweet cap sleeves and bow belt on Laura’s dress an elegant and flirty look was achieved. Make sure you visit Rock My Wedding for a full gallery and lots of lovely inspiration.

Winter Decadence at The Milk Thistle

Last month Mr & Mrs Unique shared our most recent shoot at Bristol’s Milk Thistle. I’m sharing a few of my favourite shots but if you want to see the full shoot then head over to Erica’s fantastic blog – there’s all sorts of real wedding and styled shoot goodness too!

“Every now and then my stylist senses start tingling and I know it’s time for a photoshoot. Luckily a team of talented and creative suppliers are just a Tweet away. So, on a rainy Thursday morning, we descended on Bristol’s exclusive Milk Thistle. A hidden gem of a venue right in the centre of Bristol.

 

In a space that is so atmospheric, we knew we’d have to create a look that was sultry and sophisticated. I decided on a textured look with silks and sequins, velvet and satin. We added touches of gold to bring in the festive spirit and the whole day was captured by the incredible Frances Taylor of Evoke Pictures. I just can’t get enough of these images. Is it wrong to say that at the end of the shoot we did a high five with each other as we loved it so much?

Our gorgeous model, Rachel, had her hair and makeup left to the expert hands of Grace Kingsley, hair and makeup artist extraordinaire. The dress, beaded and beautiful by Eliza Jane Howell was carefully chosen by Perfect Day Bridal for a look that was effortlessly glamorous. I especially love the navy bolero jacket from Liberty in Love – perfect for colder winter evenings. We finished off her outfit with sparkling accessories from Vintage Button Bridal

The stunning flowers, by Emma Norton, are a 17th century painting brought to life in a palette of creamy neutrals, frosty greens, and deep blues. We paired them with dreamy hand painted silk ribbons by Kate Cullen. The brass candle sticks and cutlery bring out the sparkle of our decadent sequinned table linens from Pudding Bridge.

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The Milk Thistle is full of amazing art deco details so of course reflecting that in our stationery was a must – The Old Market Printing Co did amazing work. All designed & screen printed by hand. How beautiful is that calligraphy? And last but definitely not least is the elegant and understated creation from ANNA Cake Couture.”

Photographer – Evoke Pictures

Venue – The Milk Thistle

Cake – ANNA Cake Couture

Flowers – Emma Norton Flowers

Stationery – The Old Market Printing Co

Hair & Makeup – Grace Kingsley

Dress – Perfect Day Bridal

Hair Accessories – Vintage Button Bridal

Bolero – Liberty in Love

Table Linens – Pudding Bridge

Silk Ribbon – Kate Cullen

The Wedding Sessions 2016

I’m so happy to say that The Wedding Sessions will be returning in thew new year with events planned across the country!

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“Intended to be more of an extended conversation than a detached presentation, The Wedding Sessions is a constantly evolving forum in which to plot the next chapter of your wedding business. Across all four events we’ve held so far, we found equally as much inspiration from the attendees as they took from us. As independent creative businesses, we wholeheartedly endorse making genuine connections with one another and hope that The Wedding Sessions provides a platform for our attendees to create a supportive network between themselves.”

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Here’s the lowdown on what it’s all about…

WHO: Kirsten Butler of The Little Wedding Helper & Emma Woodhouse of The Wedding Reporter

WHAT: An inspirational day-long workshop aimed at fledgling wedding entrepreneurs wondering where to start and established businesses that need a motivational spanking. There’ll be practical advice, anecdotal tips and lots of little lightbulb moments. We’ll be discussing how to develop your ideas, geeking out about social media, encouraging you to dive into marketing & networking, and much more expansive rambling that leaves you chomping at the bit to get on with implementing your new ideas.

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WHEN: Throughout 2016

WHY: This is the perfect opportunity to spend a day nurturing your business using the knowledge that we’ve accumulated and the pitfalls we’ve stumbled into to make you better, smarter and brighter. We’re passionate about changing our little corner of the world and we’re keen to make sure you stand out from the crowd too.

Fetcham Park

The next Wedding Sessions will be at the beautiful Fetcham Park on January 28th.

Tickets will be on sale soon! Other dates and venues will be announced throughout the year so keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and website or sign up to our newsletter for dates and details straight to your inbox!