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A Black & White Checked Couture Gown

There were two things that I loved as soon as I saw this shoot – the model’s gorgeous red hair and that dress! Very Vivienne Westwood inspired on both counts…and we all know how much I adore a bit of Vivienne.

The shoot was set up to promote dress designer Nicki Hill‘s new range of bridal gowns. Based in Southampton UK, Nicki is famed her stunning couture gowns. Dresses like this one are made to order and created in her own studio.

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Post-it Notes – Top Tips for your Wedding Planning & Business – 29th April 2011

Poster by MadeByGirl

Take each month at a time. If you look at all the jobs you need to do to within your wedding planning it can be completely overwhelming! Break down all your jobs in order of importance and then put each job into a set month. This way you just take each month at a time and you only need to look at a much smaller list of jobs.

From Kelly of Boho Weddings & Events

Install Analytics on your blog and website and use it to work out when your traffic is at it’s highest (which days and at what time of day.) Use this information to work out when is best for you to publish your next blog post/announce important news/connect with your readers or clients through your site. Do this regularly. For example, my most popular days on my blog are Tuesday & Wednesday lunchtimes and mid afternoons (about 3-4pm.) I use this info to make sure I post my best or favourite features at these times.

I also try to ‘cheat’ these stats and buffer up the less popular days with interesting posts to drive people to visit at different times. For example Thursday Treats is a popular post and has massively increased my traffic on a Thursday – a day that beforehand was a lot slower traffic wise.

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Thursday Treats – 28th April 2010

Magical right? I’m obsessed with these cinemagraphs from photographer Jamie Beck. Check them out on her blog, From Me to You!

Happy Thursday people! First off I have to give a huge shout out of love to everyone for your excitement and support over the Jasmine Star London workshop. I am thrilled at the response and so inspired by you all to get stuck into even more organising. This is going to ROCK!

Secondly, I have  a bit more news. Mark Niemierko, wedding planner to the stars, has asked me to attend his first Mark Niemierko Academy, a training course for wedding planners being held in The Dorchester in May (more info here). I’ll be guest speaking about blogs, getting your work featured and doing things your own way! I’m honoured to have been asked and I’m looking forward to being able to share some of the knowledge and insider info that I’ve gained over the past 3 or so years.

Anyway, on with this post we call treats…nom nom nom…

♥ Vintage Travel Wedding
♥ Ten Tips for a Creative Small Business Owner
Eco friendly (and super cute!) photo booth props
♥ DIY festive Mexican paper flowers
Sweet and Sentimental 55th Anniversary Shoot – old people in love are so cute!
♥ Megan & Ross’ Garden Party Australian Wedding
♥ Emma & Claude’s DIY DC Wedding
♥ Chic London Bridal Style
♥ Shanna and Ryan’s fun, vintage-inspired and beautiful e-session

Photography Credit: Two Pair Photography

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Kei & Wilson’s Three-Day ‘Camp Kasal’ Island Wedding

Kei & Wilson three-day wedding which they affectionately dubbed ‘CAMP KASAL’ (Kasal is the Filipino word for wedding.) On the first day the couple welcomed their guests, who all stayed over at their venue, and they had an intimate “Welcome to Negros” (Welcome to the Island) evening dinner. They served local delicacies such as batchoy (noodles), inasal (grilled chicken), kadios (A local stew) and apan apan (sauteed leaves).

The wedding ceremony took place the following morning and was followed by a tree planting, a traditional breakfast and fun activities. At lunch the guests were treated to a “Boodle Fight” (a military style of eating where guests sit on long tables and the food is served on top of the banana leaves) lunch roasted pig, grilled fresh fish, steamed veggies and ensalada (salad with tomatoes and salted eggs).

“We had several activites in the campsite for the guests,” explained the bride. “Since this was a camp wedding, there was no internet or television so we thought they could release their creative side by doing some beading, colouring, building toy airplanes, clay making and different activities such as pick up sticks, board games, bubble playing, swimming etc… There was also a SNAP STATION where there were polaroid cameras, Lomo cameras, Analog SLRs that guests could use and return after. Guests were shuttled back and forth to their hotel via a big Sugar Cane Truck.”

“Almost all the details were DIY,” Kei continued. “From the invites to the cord used in the ceremony which was made from different yarn colors and rope. My head piece was also DIY, the bridesmaids carried fresh picked lillies while the groomsmen brought pinwheels while walking.”

“We wanted the wedding to reflect us not just as a couple but also as individuals. When we were thinking of a theme we wanted something classic so we thought of chuck Taylors and corduroys which were a staple in everyone’s closet. We also wanted an adventure for our guests and a vacation for them so we thought of conducting it on a mountain and guests had to travel almost all kinds of transportation — Jeepney, taxi, airplane, bus and even truck. We made sure the trip will be worth it by providing them accomodation, welcome dinner and some meals and a breathtaking view. After the wedding, the guests wanted more adventure and some even decided to make our anniversary an annual reunion and adventure!”

If you want to see more, you can see the couple’s save the date video here and their engagement shoot here.

Be sure to also watch their adorable wedding video…seriously, cutest thing ever!

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A Super Cool Britanna Shoot

So the big day is tomorrow. As I’ve said previously, I’m not doing a huge homage to the royal wedding on the blog (there’s enough royal wedding fever elsewhere thank you very much!) however this shoot, inspired by the event, really caught my eye this week. I love it for it’s slight sex pistols/1970’s punk edge. Cool Britannia indeed!

The shoot took place in Regent’s Park, London last week. Bride Noelle hand made her vintage-inspired floaty dress. “We decided to do this cherish the dress shoot with a Great British theme, just in time to celebrate the royal wedding,” photographer Rebecca told me. “We also tied in a fairytale them as the royal wedding is set to be a true British fairytale. Noelle also brought along her pet Pug percy for the shoot, who was just adorable and loved rolling around on the British flag.”

No matter what your thoughts on the wedding tomorrow, I hope you’ll enjoy this stylish shoot…

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A Day in the Life…At The Wedding Magazine Cover Shoot

Ruth wearing Candy Anthony

So last week I was invited by Catherine Westwood, editor at Wedding Magazine, if I’d like to go hang out at a cover shoot with them. Ermmm… let me think about this for like two seconds…YES PLEASE! Before you go getting all excited, no I wasn’t asked to model! It will probably be a cold day in hell before any wedding mag can have a pink haired chick on the cover. These publications have to appeal to the mass market and I feel that a neon-headed, inked bride might alienate a rather large proportion of their readership!

I was up early last Thursday and on the train to London, excited and honoured to have been invited…even though a little (no, a lot) tired. I arrived at the shoot at 9.30 to be greeted by a familiar face in hairdresser Sev of The Hepburn Collection who had been invited to do the hair, and Julia Ford, art editor of the magazine. I also got to hang out with the rest of the team, many of whom I’d met briefly before at various wedding shows and events. Alison from Pollen Nation (who I worked with on The Big Fat Wedding Bloggers Photo Shoot) was even there to supply some of the gorgeous flowers.

Stylist Claire puts the finishing touches to Ruth’s first look

The models, Ruth (check out her beauty blog, A Model Recommends), Kirstie, Rose and Polly were all unsurprisingly stunning…and lovely. It was so fun to hang out with them and see them do their ‘thing’. Unlike some of those reality TV shows you see, their was no model-to-model bitchiness (yeeey) and they were all completely charming and adorable…and Polly even brought cakes. I liked her instantly.

Model Polly is getting married in June and making 200 of these for her guests. How cute?!

The magazine intern Billy and press agent for Butler & Wilson, Jo, showed me the dresses and accessories for the shoot. They’d brought what seemed like enough to fill a whole bridal shop as Julia, Catherine and stylist Claire were deciding on which looks and dresses to go for then and there. It was all very organic and a total team effort went into how each style and shot should look. There as certainly no ‘Devil Wears Prada’ feel about the day! I even got to give my input into which dresses and accessories I liked (for the record Ruth’s Candy Anthony number – pictured above – was my favourite.)

The beautiful and adorable Rose – it was her first time wearing a wedding dress!

Catherine told me that unlike wedding blogs, the styling and content of magazines has to be appropriate to appeal to the mass market, but that she was keen to push boundaries in whichever ways she could. For example one of the models, Rose, had a super short pixie crop hair style and they’d never had a bride with such short hair on the cover before. Also for one of the shots (each model had 2/3 outfits) Sev styled Kirstie’s hair with a plait going across her forehead – again, something that to you and I might not seem completely ground-breaking, but for a mainstream wedding magazine this was a style that again, had never been put on a cover before.

Kirstie was stunning (and really did look like Reese Witherspoon)

I’ll be honest, when people criticise the mainstream wedding mags for being to ‘boring’ or ‘traditional’ or ‘samey’ it really does upset me. This small team work tirelessly and to horrific deadlines to try and produce a magazine that will fly off the shelves (hell, blogs have it easy – we don’t have to obsess over how many copies we sell!) This is why I am so excited that I’ve been asked to work alongside the magazine. It just proves that opposites really can work together and give a fully-rounded (traditional and alternative) view on weddings. Everybody wins.

OK I’m off to clamber off my soap-box now, hang on…

I sneaked a look at how the final shots were looking…

Editorial photographer Seb Winter worked quickly with each girl. As with any shoot I’ve been on, it’s the hair, make up and styling that takes the most time. As you can imagine (especially for such a high profile shoot as this one!) they all need to be perfect. As I mentioned, each girl had 2/3 outfits. Catherine told me that they shoot nearly a year’s worth of magazine covers in just one day – a time and money saving exercise. Well, there would be no point in hiring the studio, getting the whole team out of the office and acquiring all the dresses, accessories etc to just to do one shot! It was funny, because Julia showed us all the cover for the next issue (out in June) which was shot this time last year and with one of the same models who was with us that day!

Polly. I wish I could hate her but she was too lovely for words!

The day was a long but awesome one. I had such fun hanging out with everyone and they really did make me feel like part of the family. I was honoured to have been asked by Catherine to attend, and I’m loving the fact that Wedding Magazine are realising the influence and power of wedding blogs and that they are keen to work closely with us. It’s a very exciting time in this industry of ours, and I’m over the flipping moon to be a part of it.

Intern Billy and I checking out the Twitter response after I posted a few pictures

And finally…I wanted to create my own Wedding Magazine cover…luckily for me the models (and the magazine editor!) all had a sense of humour.

Dresses pictures (top row)
Candy Anthony
Olivia Couture (supplied by Blackburn Bridal Couture)

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