Its that time of year again when the air is thick with the heady scent that is Lavender. Lavandre, derived form Old French means Lavender. This botanical plant with its natural perfume (a fav of your grannys i’m guessing) is as English as it gets. But does the inclusion of Lavender in your celebrations mean your old before your time? Modern meanings for lavender include purity, calmness, devotion and serenity – nothing could be more fitting for a celebration of love.
We are so fortunate in the Cotswolds to have access to some pretty spectacular Lavender fields, rows upon rows of vibrant colour ranging from the palest lilac to rich purple as they stretch across the Cotswold landscape.
All the way back when in Greek and Roman times the Lavender plant was used for its medicinal properties as a complete first aid kit and today we predominately use it to relieve stress and soothe irritation – just imagine how relaxed and carefree your wedding day will be if you use lavender! So why am I telling you this? Because scent is as important as the dress – an often forgotten element in wedding planning coming last after visual elements such as colour, styling and location. More on this under utilized sense later.
So how do you incorporate lavender into your celebrations? From sprigs here and t.here to scented confetti or inclusion with its delicate flavour into cakes or cookies as favours. Why not use the distinctive flower heads as adornments to cocktails or place cards?
Although not set in the Cotswolds here’s a luxury wedding in France exclusively shot at the lavender fields at Sault, in Provence.
For an experience closer to home why not check out these local Cotswold Lavender Farms and Fields:
Cotswold Lavender Hill Barn Farm Cottage, Snowshill WR12 7JY
Somerset Lavender, Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset BA3 5WA
If your using or have used this wonderful botanical we’d love to hear how, why not drop us a comment below.
As far as trends go Wedding colour’s are up there, the slightest shade variance determining whats in, whats out. Blush tones have been the colours of choice for the last few years but is that all set to change?
Greenery is set to be huge this year as its Pantone Colour of 2017. But what else is proving popular? Trending on Pinterest right now is Mauve and its official….. Mauve IS the new pink.
The boring bit…… Mauve is a pale purple colour that contains more grey and blue than straight purple, not dissimiliar to the tone of a dusky pink (and how popular was that trend) according to good ol’ google.
Just think of it as a dusky lilac and your somewhere handy!
The versatility of the shade means the lighter tones are perfect for spring and summer providing a wistful and romantic twist, think #wisteriahysteria; whilst the darker aspects of the colour add dimensions for depth to autumnal and winter weddings, working well when paired with green/silver/grey toned foliage alongside other colours such as white, cream, pink, lilac & purple.
Here’s some mauve inspiration to get your juices flowing:
Weddings are a source of excitement and enjoy, admittedly there may be tense moments, families are a rich and diverse collection of people and on occasion may not blend together, but on the whole its against the grain to think that for some their wedding day just doesn’t conjure up quite the same thoughts of eternal elation.
The thought of posing in countless positions for photographs, to speaking in public about their undying love is enough to bring about a cold sweat and thoughts of eloping or in extreme conditions ‘calling it off’! Even the most confident bride can experience a wobble and may need alittle help to channel the beauty from within, because yes brides to be… you are all beautiful.
So whether you need a pep talk to get you going or to talk through how to stand or pose for the best pictures we have the experts on hand to help.
Two such ladies who understand the pressures of wedding planning and more importantly women are Susie Mackie and Dawn Swinley.
Susie Mackie is a wedding photographer who is passionate about photographing people. However Susie’s passionate goes deeper than just capturing your perfect day. Recognizing a need that some Brides needed a little boost she created My Sensuality – a boudoir experience that she originally created for brides to be which revealed the beauty within, whilst giving brides an experience that they found liberating, confidence building, empowering and fun! For some it has changed their lives forever, and for others they simply see themselves as others do – beautiful.
My style is timeless, emotional, and genuine; I capture your natural sensuality revealed through your eyes and body language, talking you through your poses and enabling you to feel truly liberated. To me, people are unique “living art” – the texture and tone, character and curve – and I celebrate this through my imagery.
My mission is to give you the confidence to feel good about all of you – from the inside out! If a very brief encounter with Penny and me at a My Sensuality shoot can empower you to feel good about yourself and love your images, then we have achieved what we set out to do!
Dawn Swinly is a nutrition and wellness coach , her business Mode-De-Vie provides a variety of solution’s to today’s modern women’s issues and her aim is to help you enjoy all that life can offer without you being burdened with unattractive and unnecessary body fat or health issues that drain your energy, ruin your looks and diminish your self-confidence.
‘Many people don’t understand the power of nutrition and its impact on their mind, body and spirit. Or they think to be healthy, you have to live on rabbit food or starve yourself or not enjoy any treats. No Faddy Diets or Finger Pointing Here. What you will get is someone who is a qualified Nutritionist who understands what you need to feel amazing and it’s not starving yourself, being scolded or trying to sell you the next “Magic Bullet” to being slim.
So what have these two fabulous ladies who understand women been up to? and more importantly how can they help you!
They bring you – Complete Bridal Confidence
The ultimate in boosting your Bridal confidence by dedicated experts in a relaxed, warm environment with of course complementary fizz. Helping you to look and feel fabulous both inside and out and allow the best possible version of you shine.
Susie and Dawn will be introducing their amazing new concept CBC – Complete Bridal Confidence on 8th May 2017 at The Greenway Hotel and Spa, Cheltenham.
There support network includes a private Facebook group called Brides United, you can join it HERE. This is a place of sanctuary where you can ask questions, find out information and discuss your wedding with other contributors.
Be sure to join them and enjoy a glass of fizz, soak up invaluable information, ask our experts for advice, and enjoy our short but enlightening presentation when we will outline the concept of CBC – and share a super special offer for the first 5 brides to book a CBC package!
By the time you leave, we are confident that you will be happy in the knowledge that we are all there to hold your hand during your wedding planning, and will help make your dream wedding a reality, because as the L’Oreal adverts say ‘you’re worth it’.
Get your tickets for the launch event here: Complete Bridal Confidence Tickets
It promises to be a fun, informative and enlightening experience, why not book tickets for mother of the bride and your maids too?
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With the rise of social media and the abundance of technology at our finger tips gone are the days of waiting patiently to receive the first glimpse of your Wedding Pictures. Those fervently spent weeks as newlyweds relieving your day through your thoughts and hoping that the memories in print match.
Enter Social Media, never before has information been so readily available in so many formats from text posts to pictures and videos we can let our loved ones or the world know exactly what we’ve been up to and when. However with this update and sharing online lifestyle that we find ourselves in there can be disadvtages of having access to pretty much the whole wide world at the touch of a button, oh and our continuing obsession with ‘selfies’! I
When To Share
Guests – wait until after the ceremony to post any pictures or status updates! Bridesmaids and groomsmen it’s a definite no no to reveal anything about the brides dress/grooms getting ready until the fiancé has seen him/her on the wedding day. Plus enjoy the ceremony, your couple will have spent hours finalising the details and order of their day, it would be rude to miss it because your glued to your phone so save the tweeting til after, otherwise you might miss an important part of the ceremony with which to update your audience later on.
Everyone’s a Tog Right?
Weddings bring out the snap happy in us all, everyone suddeny becomes David Bailey and with the advancement in smart phone camera technology we all want to get that perfect shot. Performing acrobatic stunts to get it, blocking the view of others and actually being a distraction getting said shot is a huge no, you don’t want to be labelled as ‘oh that guy’ because you flung yourself in front of the mother of the bride to get a shot of the happpy couple.
And here’s the thing… your couple will have hired a professional for a reason so respect there wishes for perfect pics and remain seated during the ceremony, no acrobatic stunts to get ‘that picture’ and no waving your phone above your head to get a picture, your not at Glastonbury!
Couples – The gift is in the giving as they say and like gifts, weddings are meant to enthral and capture – now I’m the first person that gets too overexcited and just has to tell everyone and I mean EVERYONE (think Facebook, twitter, insta and in both business and personal accounts overload) what super cool crazy idea I’ve had but if your guests know exactly what fabulous surprise you’ve got planned for the guests/bridesmaid/parents/bride/groom then a) it’s no longer a suprise and b) where’s the magic? This goes for the wedding party or anyone helping the couple plan a wedding.
The Perfect Hashtag #
Pre-Wedding you’ll need to create a hashtag that your guests can use on all uploaded media. This ensures that when you search said hashtag all and more importantly only your media appears! However it needs to be unique, ideally so that no other couple or anyone else for that matter, have used it – unless you have a fairly unusual surname #mr&mrssmith may not be individual enough but #petrolheadsgethitched17 might! (And I’ve checked this # is available). You can search existing hashtags to check your chosen one isn’t already in use.
More and more couples are opting to ask for an unplugged wedding. Often in the guise of cute poem at the entrance to the ceremony, asking guests to holster their phones until afterwards. Please respect their wishes. After all you’ve been invited to share their special day, so share it with them without distraction.
Occasionally there will a photo that a guest or the couple may not feel shows them in the most flattering light. If requested to, please remove it immediately. Let’s keep the magic of the wedding rolling.
Bridesmaids dresses are not the easiest thing to pick when planning a wedding – but it certainly helps if you have a lot of choice.
Nina Furness Couture, located in Cambray Place, is full to the brim of bridesmaid dresses – and wedding dresses too.
It gives customers the option to pick from their collection or have one designed uniquely for them.
It’s definitely a case of ice, ice baby with this Wedding Supplier, whether its two kissing swans or a large love heart, ice sculptures are not only a thing of beauty, they are becoming popular at weddings too.
Ice Creations is the ice sculpture supplier for this year’s Win a Wedding competition.
You can read the rest of Lily’s article here – http://m.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/win-a-wedding-sculpting-a-marriage-that-lasts/story-30109111-detail/story.html
Everyone knows that when it comes to weddings, it’s all about the dress.
Shar Joseph Parker has one of the most satisfying jobs out there – matching brides up with their dream wedding gowns.
SJP Bridal, located in College Street, Gloucester, is the supplier of the wedding dress for this year’s Win A Wedding competition, and owner Shar is excited about it.
She said: “It’s exciting just to be able to help them find their dress, because when you say the ‘W’ word, everything usually quadruples. So it’s nice that someone who may never been able to get married can come to us. A dress says a lot about your personality. You have to feel comfortable and elegant. Our aim is to make them feel like the best version of themselves.”
According to Shar, ivory A-line wedding dresses are still the most popular, but she said that at SJP Bridal, they have a selection of more modern dresses too.
So whether your traditional or contemporary, classical or modern Shar has a range of dresses to suit every bride and budget and can ensure your dressed to suit your castle or cave wedding.
To find out more about SJP Bridal:
Getting married is a pretty big deal – perhaps the most important day of someone’s life.
It’s the moment your life changes forever, and you fully commit to your significant other.
And it’s important to look the part.