If there is one regret I have from my wedding, it is not preserving something, anything of the gorgeous florals that my fabulous florist created. The bouquet I designed in my mind that she lovingly created for me lives on in my memories and of course photographs. I shall not forget the scent or the vividity of colours and in deed my flowers are still one of the memories that my guests still talk about today (my bouquet was a work of art!)
But the one thing I truly wish I had factored into my planning was how to preserve this segment of our special day – sadly i was not organised enough to arrange to have them whisked away to be dried and captured in frame, or set into a paperweight (i’m really not a paperweight kind of gal anyways)
So after a Sunday morning scroll with a latte through Instagram I came across this gem, Buttonsy Jewellery, now it has to be pretty special for me to spill a drop of liquid gold, but I did, and here’s why.
Buttonsy Jewellery provide couples with the alternative to freeze dried frames and paperweights they can set your wedding florals in jewellery – think bangles, necklaces and rings (please consider cuff links tho for the guys!) What I love about this idea is that the flowers do not in any way resemble the ‘dried flower’ look, no muted tones and flakey petals here! They look almost as real captured in the resin designs as they will have done on your day. Its the perfect memento, thank you gift and perhaps future heirloom
Here’s the dried bouquet and the finished bangle piece……….. perfection
So if your getting married or just want to check out some serious swoon worthy jewellery head on over to Buttonsy and be amazed and in awe of Anna’s beautiful craftsmanship. In fact i’m heading over now to browse (swoon) some more.
Anna Buttonsy runs and owns Buttonsy Jewellery alongside her husband Travis. Their beautiful pieces can be found over in their Etsy store or why not contact Anna for a bespoke custom made piece.
Our Supplier Spotlight today is for Natasha Davies, the businesswoman and make up artist extraordinaire behind Natasha Louise. Natasha and her handpicked team of artists are just want you need on your wedding day or special event to ensure your are looking your absolute best.
We caught up with Natasha to find out more about her, her business and of course the make up!
Tell us about you
Hi my name is Natasha Davies and i am chief make up artist and owner at Makeup by Natasha Louise.
My business ethos is to ensure our brides/ clients look the very best version of themselves whatever the occasion, i have now expanded the business and developed a team of professional make-up artists, and we make it our responsibility to put our clients mind at ease, leaving them free to treasure every moment of their special day.
How long have you been in business?
4 years, including a relocation from Herefordshire to glorious Gloucestershire.
How and why did you start your business?
Since suffering with teenage skin, I had to become the master of cover up and quickly loved how makeup made me look and feel. I started formal training 10 years ago and soon after I got asked to help out with friends and family weddings. I then realised how much I LOVED being part of a someones special day. My hobby quickly turned into a business, and after a move to the Cotswolds the decision was made to pursue Makeup by Natasha Louise full time. With a handful of stylists in my team we’re now able to accommodate bookings across the three counties.
For you what is the best part of running your business?
I love the flexibility that self employment brings. I can do a job I love and spend quality time with my children without the ‘mum guilt’
Your wedding day is one of the most wonderful days of your life, which is why you should look the very best version of you.
You can expect your trial to last between 2-4 hours. This gives you plenty of scope to try as many looks as you need to until you are 100% happy with your bridal makeup. The trial can take place at your home, or if you’d prefer your makeup artists home.
Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but for one couple from Gloucester the day was a dream come true.
Wayne Cox and Clare Phillips, of Kingsway, were the lucky winners of the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen’s Win a Wedding competition 2017.
Their prize was a magical wedding on Friday, April 13 at The Queens Hotel Cheltenham – Mgallery by Sofitel.
The couple have been together for six years after they met while both working at Tesco in Quedgeley.
Wayne, 38, said: “It was absolutely fantastic.
“The whole day was amazing, it all fell into place on the day.
“Luckily we’re not superstitious and Friday the 13th was lucky for us.
“Friends and family being there was the important bit.”
Clare was given away by her son Ben, 16, while her daughter Paige, 27, was a bridesmaid dressed in the colour theme of the day of Cadbury’s purple.
The couple are especially thankful to all of their friends, colleagues and customers at Tesco Quedgeley, who helped them collect tokens for the competition.
Clare, 44, works on the customer service desk while Wayne now works as a store manager at the Tesco in Kingsway.
The groom and ushers wore traditional morning suits from Tuxedo Junction, Westgate Street, Gloucester, while the bridesmaids were dressed in gowns from Nina Furness Couture, in Cambray Place, Cheltenham and Clare wore a beautiful gown.
“She looked beautiful,” said Wayne, of Clare.
The ‘fantastic’ flowers in the purple colour scheme were designed by the Flower Bowl, in London Road, Gloucester.
The whole day was captured by Diamond Shots Photography.
And the finishing touches, such as the purple chair covers and sashes from Sweet Beginnings, St Oswolds Road, Gloucester, and the photo booth from Party Foto Pods, in Staunton, really added a sense of occasion.
“The guests loved the photo booth,” Wayne added.
The wedding also featured a traditional ice sculpture of two swans by Ice Creations, and Chocolate Fountain from Maggie’s Chocolate Fountains, Pershore, which the couple would highly recommend.
Guests were kept entertained by a magician from Ethereal Productions. Clare and her friends loved the hen party at De Vere Cotswold Water Park Spa while the newlyweds still have the couples’ pampering to enjoy at the spa.
The pair were whisked away to a five-night honeymoon in romantic Paris with flights from bmi regional and hotel from HotelsCombined, where for the first two nights they stayed in a hotel overlooking the Eiffel Tower before arranging their own accommodation for the remainder of the trip.
Like all those eagerly awaiting a birth announcement; artists, stylists and creatives everywhere have been waiting for Pantone Colour Institute to release the Colour of the Year 2018.
Since the announcement was made the Wedding industry seems to be evenly split over whether they love or hate this shade…. and I’m definitely on the love side of this fence.
As a self confessed purple fiend I actually jumped for joy at this announcement! Now I’m not saying go all out and violet your day – did any of you see the house on Rightmove that went viral on social media that was beautiful on the outside but everything inside was this shade (and I mean everything!) if you didn’t you can find it here
According to Pantone:
Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.
Well, I like the sound of that, don’t you?
Personally I find it’s a colour with soul – a great hue to mix up any palette and pretty versatile too blending equally well with pastels or brights in shades of pinks and lilacs as it does with the cooler palettes of blues and green – even adding in a secondary pop of colour such as yellow or orange this tone can still hold its own.
Wondering how to incorporate this colour into your styling, whether your after a bold colour scheme or looking for a deep accent colour, here’s some inspiration for you:
It’s inevitable when your bestie finally (it’s been a long engagement) sets a date and your asked to be Maid of Honor that planning fever sets in! I actually think I’m more excited than her – but that’s because I get to help plan a wedding all over again, it certainly wasn’t all smiles when I planned my own and you can read about that on Engaged? Why your planning needs a plan
Now the big days September 2018 – not long at all (9 Months! Ekk) and the couple have already chosen and booked their venue but that it! what about the other weddinphernalia? There’s still so much to do!
So join us and follow our exciting journey as we delve into the depths of wedding planning through the highs and lows for those hidden gems, hilarious outtakes and of course some of the best DIY’ing tricks we’ve come across
We can’t wait to share our planning journey with you
Inspired by a recent issue with a longstanding client over fees Susie Mackie, a professional wedding photographer felt the need to break down actually what was involved in capturing one of the most important days of your life in pictures.
Susie is a romantic, fairyale and timeless portrait and wedding photographer based on Cheltenham and covering the Cotswolds and further afield.
Over to you Susie:
Shared of course with love and goodwill <3
SO JUST WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR WHEN YOU HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER?
Much of the cost of a photographic image or print produced by a professional photographer has a lot to do with the time, equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer not to mention expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.
The cost of TIME:
Approaching it from a time standpoint, let’s imagine that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love. This photographer is traveling an hour to your destination to photograph your session.
Here is an example of a time break down:
• Booking time: 30 minutes to one hour (client contact time + emailing/paperwork)
• Pre-session prep time (30 mins – 1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks)
• One hour travel time to session
• 15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home
• 90 minutes – 2 hours with client photographing subject
• 1 hour travel time from session
• 30 – 45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
• 30 – 45 minutes time spent backing up the original images
• 2 – 5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images
• 1- 2 hours prep time getting ready/printing orders
• 30 minutes – 1 hour prep time for delivery/posting
• Any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues
• In this example, the time spent per client can range from 13 hours to 17 hours – dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to ONE session. When the photographer charges £140 – £370 for the photo shoot (aka SESSION FEE) you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12 – 17 hours complete time for your session – that is, the SERVICE.
• The images resulting from the service are the PRODUCT, whether they are digital, prints, canvases, acrylic blocks or any other medium, each of which has a monetary value (notwithstanding the emotional value and the longevity of this – which some might say is priceless).
The COSTS of maintaining a PROFESSIONAL photography business:
• Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from £10,000 – £30,000 costs dependent on the photographer.
• Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about £2000 there are still other costs related to photography. Most of us have at least 3 cameras.
• A good lens for portrait photography can run from £900 to £2500. Most of us have 5 or more lenses.
• A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run £2500 to £8000 dependent on the photographer. Then come lab costs for specialty products, and professional photo printing equipment, archival inks and paper. Back up costs – external hard drives, cloud computing – we back up our files three times for safety, so if the client loses their images, we DON’T, and can always replace.
• As with other business equipment, deterioration, damage, and replacement must also be factored in.
• Costs of running the business, insurance (not just for equipment, also for personal indemnity and public liability), studio rental/mortgage, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces – all add up and all have to be paid for, just like any other business.
Susie can be found at the following links, I also highly suggest you check out her My Sensuality, she will find the goddess in all of us in this luxurious yet personal shoot that will allow your confidence as well as your beauty to shine through.
When the opportunity arose to learn calligraphy I jumped at it. My grandfather could create beautiful calligraphy pieces and I always remember being in awe of the elegant place names and thank you notes he would write. After trying it a few years ago, I thought it would be an easy way to do my own invitations, unsuccessfully I put the ink and nibs away and forgot about them.
Calligraphy is a the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush, Modern Calligraphy is a more free flowing and informal style of calligraphy, and as such is easier for people to pick up. Even someone like me!
So what a delight I had in spending the morning with the beautiful Ofe of Ollie’s Studio in the equally lovely setting that is Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve. Ofe and her gorgeous daughter Ollie (Olivia) whom Ollie’s Studio is named after and her husband where warm and welcoming. I loved that this was a real family affair. Ofe is a woman of the world with Irish and Nigerian heritage, having studied in New Jersey and then Scotland before settling in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire when she met her husband. Even more admirable is at the time of teaching this workshop was heavily pregnant!
After a brief introduction to the tools and equipment in front of us and the workshop booklet that she had created we started initially learning the basics of individual stroke marks – this was a learning curve for me as it became apparent that the amount of pressure applied really is the key in creating beautiful calligraphy.
Then we moved onto letters – upper and lower case before trying out joined up calligraphy. Ofe is a patient and hands on teacher, happy to help you in any way from how to hold the pen and nib to movement of the wrist and shoulder in order to create some of the flourishings.
All of this with a mini break halfway with fresh hot coffee and scrummy pastries!
Ofe was keen to show the versatility of calligraphy, and how we could make our own style. We explored varying this with bouncy calligraphy letters, basic drawings and extra touches of flourishings.
Unlike many courses everything that we had been using was ours to take home in a little pack with follow up help emailed out to us.
I would thoroughly recommend this workshop for those who love crafting to those who perhaps want to DIY their own wedding invites, place names or table plan.
A thoroughly enjoyable morning was spent willing away a few hours learning Calligraphy, under her tutorship not a drop of ink was spilt or smudged, and I came away with not only a very useful new skill that I cannot wait to put in to practice but feeling refreshed and relaxed. Calligraphy is very therapeutic!