If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, hopefully you’ll realise just how passionate I am about investing in really great wedding photographs. The beautiful imagery on this site doesn’t just appear out of thin air after all! However I am also acutely aware that the expense of it can be too much for some of you. Which is why I’m thrilled when I get to host contests like this one!
Today’s contest is in collaboration with the amazing We Heart Pictures, who’s work you may have seen gracing the pages of this blog many times before. Husband and wife team Hector and Charlie, are based in London but love to document weddings all around the UK and even abroad.
“We could say we are the antithesis to traditional wedding photography”, they write. “We are more about capturing the vibe from the day than posed photographs.”
“We get to witness the good times, the happiness of couples, families and friends. That feeling is infectious and that is a super plus to what we do. We make honest and creative photography of the best time in people’s life.”
One of my favourite things to do is speaking at events. As someone who used to suffer from crippling stage fright (and would avoid public speaking at all costs in school) this has been nothing but a surprise to me, let me tell you! But once you get over the anxiety, it really is super fun!
Which is why I was thrilled when the babes at Flourish and Prosper asked me to be involved their workshop, The Wedding Academy. This is the first business workshop specifically aimed at people in the wedding industry, and I for one can’t wait to attend!
The idea was dreamt up by two wedding industry heavyweights; stylist and editor of the b.loved wedding blog Louise Beukes, and wedding planner Jessie Thomson. Their inaugural one-day workshop is being held on the 1st November at Icetank, in London.
There will be speakers from all areas of the wedding industry. I’ll be chatting about how you can build a loyal audience of potential clients using your blog and social media, developers Swash and Fold will be discussing SEO, wedding planner Pocketful of Dreams will be covering marketing, and Sweetpea PR are talking about – what else – PR.
Erin from Ward Williams Creative, an expert in accounting for creative businesses, will be showing you simple ways to keep on top of your accounts, while business mentor Jenny Hyde, bridesmaid dress designer Maids to Measure and Emmy Shoes will be sharing business stories, lessons and advice!
There’s nothing sweeter than treating yourself to a bouquet of flowers. Of course it’s nice to be given one too, but we can’t always control when that happens. So how would you like £50 to spend on yourself at serenataflowers.com!?
Whether you want to splash out on a giant bouquet to carry on your wedding day, you’d prefer something pretty to sit on your desk at work, or you’d like to go wild and splash the whole lot on wine and chocolates, I can’t think of one good reason not to enter this competition!
Serenata Flowers are different to a lot of online flower delivery services. They pride themselves on their guarantee of fresher, finer and all-round more fabulous flowers. Their Heathrow based ‘flower emporium’ receives daily deliveries of most stunning blooms from local and international farmers. Each of their bouquets is personally prepared by an in-house florist before being sent by courier direct to your door. Best of all delivery is completely FREE all over the UK, and you can order as late as 8pm for next day delivery.
On Thursday 24th July I’m hosting a networking party for those that hate networking parties. My fellow Blogcademy headmistresses and 75 eager blogger babes will be swapping business cards, making friends, sipping cocktails, nibbling on macaroons and dominating the photo booth all night long! Gala, Shauna and I will also be doing a live Q&A session where we’ll answer as many blogging and business questions as we can live on stage. Finally, you’ll leave at the end of the night with an army of new blogging BFFs and a bulging goodie bag full of treats!
Now what could be better that that?!
The mixer is being held at the glorious The Roost in Dalston, London and goes from 6.30 – 9.30pm. This event is only open to those over 18. Tickets to this one-time extravaganza are priced at $100 (around £60) but today I’m giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets for you and a friend!
I mean, really, what else can I say? Diamonds, people, DIAMONDS! Oh yes, the amazing jewellers over at 77 Diamonds want to gift one of you incredibly lucky babes a earring and pendant set worth over £1500!!!
77 Diamonds have one crystal clear aim: to bring simplicity, clarity, choice and value to the process of buying the highest quality diamonds and bespoke jewellery. With unrivalled and direct access to over 70% of the world’s finest stones, they offer delicately crafted, high quality pieces. They take inspiration from all over; from classic vintage styles to bang up to date modern design influences.
With headquarters in the UK and a beautiful showroom in Mayfair London, you can order from them online, or go and see the pieces in person before you buy.
OK, OK, so I know you really just want to hear about that amazing prize! Here we go then:
It’s no secret that I am a Fur Coat No Knickers super fan. Laura and Emma are the purveyors of the friendliest bridal boutique in the country. No joke, these babes are some of the nicest human beings you will ever meet.
For years now they’ve been the go-to store for vintage wedding dresses, and in 2013 they expanded their range to include made to measure designs. All lovingly handmade in Britain, they wanted to be able to help every bride, whatever her shape or size. They love their vintage gowns, but with vintage sizing being stingy at the best of times, it was really hard for them to cater to anyone over a size 12.
“We love vintage dresses but by their nature they are on the small side”, they say. “Although we search for more realistic sizes, there have been occasions where we just can’t help. We hated that. So we set about designing our very own collection that would be every bit as beautiful as the dresses in our shop but available from size 8 to 22. That collection is Flaunt It.”
“The designs are based on vintage dresses that we’ve found and loved over the years, with shapes that are very flattering. They are created from carefully chosen lace, tulle and silk organza which, to our eyes, don’t stand out as being too modern when hanging next to the original dresses.”
“The dresses can all be customised by taking away sleeves, adding different volumes of petticoat, coloured binding, sashes, headpieces and of course by tweaking the fit to the individual, just like we do with our vintage dresses.”