Rapunzel Theme Styled Shoot with So Sassi

Recently I was asked by Jenny from Love Me Love My Wedding to collaborate with her on a styled shoot for So Sassi wedding dresses from Sassi Holford. Obviously I said yes!

We had three scenes, each of which I created a moodboard for to help give direction to all the suppliers involved. The photos will be landing here soon, but I thought I’d reveal a little bit of the first scene, inspired by the fairy tale of Rapunzel.

I chose the colour scheme based on details from the story itself… Rapunzel was caught stealing rampion plants, which is a common name for several wildflower plants which all have lilac colour flowers.

Rapunzel Theme

All images via Pinterest

The official photos of this styled scene will be featured here soon, but I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful video take on the day by Vogue Wedding Films for the weekend!

Don’t know about you but I am massively lusting after short wedding dresses right now. Stunning.



Wedding Chat With Assassynation

beach wedding

I’m really excited about today’s post because my pages are being graced with the presence of lovely Sassy, the beautiful lady behind the incredible Assasynation photography. Based not far from me in the Cotswolds, her fabulous images have been featured … Continue reading

Personalised Hen Party Kits: Fun Idea for Jewellery Lovers… And Who Isn’t One of Those?!

I first met Working Clasp and Checkmybox at the super duper fantastic and totally awesome un-wedding fair that is the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza earlier this year. They gifted me a bright pink necklace spelling out the word “bitches” as an example of their new concept where brides looking for a non-traditional and more stand out hen do could host an event creating their own customised necklaces. I could totally imagine hitting the town with some of my girlies wearing matching naughty necklaces similar to the one they made for me! Here is the low down from the ladies behind the two brilliant companies behind the idea…..

hen party kit

In recent years the idea of a traditional hen party has evolved from Barbie pink L plates and slippery male torsos to an all the more classier affair. The resurgence of craft has given today’s hen an alternative or just an added extra when organising a party for all the girls. Here at Checkmybox/Working Clasp HQ we decided we wanted to bridge the gap between the tasteful day’s events and the scandalous evening’s chaos. We wanted to combine decorative cupcakes with fancy dresses, frilly knickers and foolish nicknames. We wanted to unite craft and celebration, with the option to make a truly unique keepsake for all the girls to enjoy.


personalised hen do necklaces

Our kits not only include all the pieces you need to create your own customised name necklace, but also include detailed instructions to begin making jewellery and enough tools for every hen to take home and continue to create their own jewellery after the event!

We offer a fully customisable selection of letters and charms that come individually bagged with the rest of the necklace parts. We can make a variety of colours and you can pick a font from a huge selection for the range. We work very closely with our hens to make sure everything is exactly as required. And don’t worry with previous examples ranging from childhood nicknames to more outrageous, tongue in cheek puns, we’ve seen (and can make) it all! 


If you want to find out more about hosting your own alternative hen party event then check out the Personalised Hen Party Kits via Checkmybox.

Such a cute idea don’t you think?



Wedding Yurts Open Day in Gloucestershire

Ahhh Summer is almost here… I can feel it!

I actually have a strange rule about seasonal fashion, I only ever wear tights in those months with an “R” in it. So as of 1st May I am banishing my opaques until September at the earliest. No matter what the weather does! Don’t ask me why, it just makes my wardrobe feel fresher and lifts my mood.

And what better way to spend an (almost) perfect Summer’s day than sipping free champagne and enjoying a picnic in the Cotswolds at a gorgeous open day run by Lizzie from Wedding Yurts?


WY Picnic High Res



If you’re thinking of having an outdoor/garden/festival wedding then this is a really great opportunity to check out these beautiful structures… I’ve seen them all set up and they are stunning. Really beautiful.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend ahead, and if you want a bit of inspiration for your more traditional marquee wedding then hop on over to Love My Dress, where one of my gorgeous 2012 weddings was featured in all its glory!!



Wedding Industry Experts 2013 Awards

It’s feeling like Spring all of a sudden, which has made me feel all happy and positive, and so I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone and decided to enter into the category of Best Wedding Planner in the Weddings Industry Experts 2013 Awards.

I’m not normally one to enter into these things, I always sort of felt that you should be nominated by someone else to qualify for any sort of award rather than shamelessly promoting yourself in order to be thought of as the best amongst your peers. However when I mentioned this to my hubby he looked at me like I was mad. “You used to be in PR love, are you kidding?”.

Ah. He has a point. Why is it so much harder to blow your own trumpet?! I mean, I love announcing exciting news and sharing my couples beautiful weddings… but the whole “vote for me” thing just seems one step further. But I’m doing it… yup, I’m really doing it.


in it to win it


Image via Pinterest


So with that image burning into my computer screen for the next couple of weeks. I would love it, seriously LOVE it, if you would vote for me as “Best Wedding Planner” in the awards, which shows support for wedding professionals that clients and suppliers in the industry appreciate.

You can cast one vote per 24 hours, with votes closing at 12pm EST on 23rd April. Official results will be released on 30th April 2013.

wedding industry awards

Wish me luck, I’m up against some serious talent!



Wedding Chat With Crown and Glory Hair Accessories

Ok so by now you must know about the sparkly bridal heaven for unique and alternative brides that is Crown and Glory right? No?! Where have you been??

Sophie’s creations have been featured on pretty much all the best blogs, endorsed by fashion mags and supported by major high street chains. It’s safe to say she’s a girl who knows a bit about making the perfect hair accessory. Personally I want one of her glitter hair bows in every colour. And one of her “whole lotta rosie” headbands too please. Actually just give me one of everything!

Just in case you haven’t heard all about Sophie and her pretty business, I recently interviewed her especially for the blog. And guess what? She also threw in a special offer of 15% off any online order of the ready to wear collection, just for my readers, all you need to do is  enter the discount code JESSIELOVES15 when you get to the checkout on her website!

butterfly bridal hair accessory

Image via Crown and Glory Lookbook Spring/Summer 2013

Tell me a little bit about yourself

Sophie, 25, from Cornwall UK. Think of me as your slightly eccentric best friend who likes cats, cooking and marathon shopping.

Tell me about Crown and Glory

Crown and Glory is an independent accessories label that was born from my delight of wearing things in my hair. From festival worthy florals to hi fashion turbans, our collections are trend led and fun, produced in low product runs right here in the UK. We pride ourselves in ensuring each piece is of the highest quality yet still totally affordable. We also take custom orders on a small basis.

How long have you been in business?

Officially trading 2 years in June, Crown and Glory started as a hobby and just kept growing. We’ve just taken on our first employee and hope to have more by the end of year 2!

crown and glory bridal

Image via Blue Daisy Photography

How did you get involved in the industry?

I fell into it a bit really – while I’ve always been in arts based education, Crown and Glory began as a hobby during university – my final year of my degree was slow and I wanted an escape, to be able to produce something just because I liked it – like I said, I’d always worn things in my hair and at the time, hair accessories were an ill thought, vague addition to high street jewellery lines or ridiculously overpriced.

If you weren’t involved in your own business, what else would you like to do?

That’s so hard! Through Crown and Glory I have found a love of fashion communications – from running the social media campaigns to that buzz when a piece of coverage is secured, so I guess you’d probably find me causing chaos at a fashion PR house.

What or who inspires you?

Cliched and contrived it may be, but my inspirations are from a vast array of sources – street style, high fashion, couture – people, stylists and designers who aren’t afraid to be a little different and have a lot of fun.

bride red hair

Image via Emma Case Photography

What do you love most about your job?

Each day is so varied – I can be bogged down in sample selection one minute and jaunting off to a meeting at Soho House the next. Receiving unexpected letters and emails of gratitude and thanks from customers warms my heart – I keep them in a little folder on my computer as a pick me up if things are getting me down.

What makes your service unique?

Attention to detail – our orders are wrapped like presents, we include luxe packaging as standard and go the extra mile with regards to customer service.

What’s your best memory from your job so far?

Sitting front row at London Fashion Week, September 2012, seeing my pieces on the models at Danillo Gabrielli for House of Evolution. The most surreal? A week earlier I was making headbands to order in the window of Oasis’ flagship Oxford Street store for their party for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. I told you, varied!

floral crown pink hair bride

Image via Lisa Devlin at Devlin Photos

What’s the most unusual request you’ve ever had?

I’m currently working on customising a piece for a bride – a family heirloom, her mother’s wedding crown, made current with silky spring hued florals. I was so nervous to begin attaching to it but it’s been such fun to see it coming together!

What’s your working week like?

I’m typically at my desk by 9am, having checked through the nights’ emails over breakfast in bed. Processing orders and customer service take priority, with a check through the press to see if we’ve gained any coverage on a Tuesday. Being based in Cornwall, a lot of my meetings with boutiques and wholesale clients are conducted over Skype in the afternoons. A quick trip to the local sorting office around 430 each day to deposit our post is a welcome 10 minute walk, especially in the spring sunshine. I get back and crack on with scheduling social media and blog posts for the next day and overview the order schedule. At the end of each working day (usually around 6-7pm) I head to the gym to wind down – spin class, Bodycombat, Bodymax and Pilates. I relax after I return with a nice dinner and a read through my favourites blogs and magazines.

What made you want to work in the wedding industry?

Again, I sort of fell into it! This is my first year of ‘working the circuit’ after last year I received custom orders from brides and amazing coverage from the likes of Rock n Roll Bride and Perfect Wedding mag. I love hearing about brides details and seeing them look so happy and smiley in their wedding photos.

crown and glory red glitter bow

Image via Lisa Devlin at Devlin Photos

Have you seen many changes since you started your business?

This year, it’s all about the ‘alternative’ wedding. Naysayers claim that it’s a term that is going to implode but I don’t see what can be so wrong with couples feeling that its ok for them to out their stamp on their day.

What’s the biggest misconception about your industry/service?

That everyone is out to make an extra buck as soon as the word ‘wedding’ is mentioned. I price all wedding orders as I would a custom order for a festival or race day, and actually am often able to offer discounts if I’m creating multiples of the same piece, for example.

Have you worked with any other vendors or suppliers that you’d recommend to couples getting married? And why?

We love all the folks that showcased at All About EWE (aka the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza) – Veronica Dearly, Emma Case, Polkadot Fox, Elbie van Eeden, Jenny Revive, so many more!

Where can we find you?

Web: http://www.crownandglory.co.uk
Email: sales@crownandglory.co.uk
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/crownandglory_
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/crownandgloryaccessories
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/crownandglory_
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/crownandglory


Cheltenham designer wedding dress shop, Dragonfly Contemporary Designs, has announced a new Spring Sample Sale, which will be taking place on Friday 12th April and Saturday 13thApril from 10am – 5pm.


wedding dress sample sale cheltenham cotswolds


Every girl loves to hear the two words “sample sale” being spoken! This is especially true when they are in the midst of planning an expensive wedding at a time when purse strings are being tightened and we’re witnessing the rise of the DIY bride on a budget. Dragonfly Contemporary Designs, a bridal boutique based in the regency town of Cheltenham Spa in the Cotswolds, is holding a Spring Sample Sale offering up to 70% off all their dresses in the sale. With the average cost of weddings now rising to just over £16,000 in 2013, what more could a girl ask for?


Just before the busy wedding season really kicks off, owner Suzi Hounam-Brooker will be opening her shop doors from 10am – 5pm on both days to offer all brides-to-be the unique opportunity to buy a beautiful couture wedding dress made by one of Britain’s premier bridal designers for as little as £500. These dream wedding dresses are all ex-shop samples at high street sizes 10-12 and will include designs by Stewart Parvin, SassiHolford and Suzanne Neville.


Suzi said: “I have been delighted with the excellent feedback I’ve had since opening the boutique in its new location earlier this year, but I’d really like to make way for some of the new designs I’ve seen on the catwalks recently”, she continued, “I’ve also been approached by some fantastic new British bridal designers and am really excited about introducing them to the Cotswolds very soon!”


Sale opening hours:
Friday 12th April: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 13th April: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Additional information:
– No appointment necessary

– Sizes available: UK high street 10-12

– All dresses purchased must be taken on the day
– Free street parking and car park nearby
– All major credit and debit cards accepted

Where are we?
Find us here:

9 Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AW


Need more info?
Please contact Suzi at suzi@dragonflycontemporarydesigns.co.uk or call on +44 (0)1242 224 466.


Beauty Department: A DIY Bridesmaids Make-Up Tutorial

I’ve decided I need to blog more, to make this a better resource for both my brides and others out there who would like access to behind the wedding planner scenes exclusive content, DIY tutorials, real wedding features and lots more locally inspired fabulousness. I feel the need to do more feature interviews with Cotswold wedding suppliers and tell you all about the latest (and coolest) wedding fairs. And I’m going to start a regular newsletter… something that’s been on my “to do” list for a while now!

Part of this master plan is to feature more guest bloggers, as I did recently when I posted about the key questions you should ask your  photographer. I’d also like to share more beauty tips, since I am a self confessed addict to anything that smells good and comes in pretty packaging. 

So it’s this desire that brings you a fabulous guest post from super lovely make-up artist Vanessa Smith. Over to her, my resident expert today in all things bridesmaid. I’m making notes myself on all those key products….


If you have a quick search on the internet you are inundated with ‘Brides’ tutorials.  There is very little information out there for the Bride to direct her Bridesmaids or for the Bridesmaids out there who have free reign over their makeup for their friend’s big day.

So many aspects of a Wedding are planned with military precision and I believe the Makeup should not be an exception either. Most Brides have a theme for the day and want this to continue through to the Bridesmaid dresses and even sometimes the Makeup.

My key tip is don’t necessarily try and match your Makeup to your theme but find a consistent and adaptable look that can be created to emphasise and make the best of your Bridesmaids individual looks.

Whether you decide to get a Makeup Artist in to do the Makeup, or you are doing it yourselves it’s important to agree between you some ground rules and direction for the Bridal Parties Makeup. If the Bride has chosen a natural, fresh and glowing look and one Bridesmaid decides to have a full on smokey eye with lashing of mascara, false lashes and a bright lip then all focus will be shifted away from the one person that everyone should be looking at! Equally, if you have all Bridesmaids with Makeup on apart from one person who is bare faced, this is also going to draw the focus away from the Bride and make an impact on the Photos of the day.

For those who don’t wear much makeup keep the look soft and neutral with neutrals, pinks and taupes and for those wanting something more dramatic the use of eyeliner and false lashes can really transform the look without it being too out of the way and in keeping with the overall look.

Step by step guide to Bridesmaid Makeup

1. Skin prep is key to ensuring you have good base for the makeup to be applied to. Regular exfoliation in the run up to the day is invaluable to smooth skin along with cleansing and moisturising your skin twice daily.

2. I always apply a Primer once I have moisturised by. One of my favourites is Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer which creates a smooth base and ensures that foundation lasts.

3. I prefer to use a foundation brush to apply foundation as love the even finish that it gives and the adaptability to build up the product if needed. More a very natural finish you can use a sponge or fingers to apply the product.

DIY natural make-up tutorial

One of my favourite products in my Bridal kit currently is Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. This gives a lovely glowing light/medium coverage. I then conceal and prime the eye area before lightly powdering the face with a translucent powder.

4. I used a large eye shadow brush to sweep a pearlescent pink over the whole of the eye before applying a lovely warm brown colour to the socket which was then blended out. A small amount of highlighter across the brown bone completes the shadow part of this look.

5. I opted for a pencil liner to apply a neat line across the upper lash line to keep the look soft. It’s important when using a pencil that it is a good quality liner as some of the cheaper ones are often renowned for smudging. My recommendation would be Mac Pro Longwear eyeliner.

bridesmaids make up tutorial

Apply this closely to the bottom lashes too approximately halfway across the eye.

6. I always use Waterproof Mascara on the whole Bridal party. Running mascara can ruin a whole look and you don’t want to spend the day with smudged makeup after being caught out with an attack of the tears during the ceremony! Go for two coats and ensure you get as close to the root of the lash as possible for luscious lashes.

7. I generally like to apply some product to the brows to fill in any gaps or to tame and unruly hairs. I do so by using a powder product and clear brow gel.

8. Next apply some blush to the cheeks. If you have aged or extremely dry skin then a cream blush may be the best option for you. Alternatively a rose blush suits most skin tones and apply this to the apples of the cheeks sweeping gently up into the cheek bones.

diy bridesmaids makeup tutorial

9. Apply a nude liner to the lips to create a base for the lipstick or gloss to hold onto and ensure longevity. Finally, apply a nude or pink tonal lipstick with a lip brush to the lips to finish your look. I’m a big fan of Bobbi Brown Lip Colour and often recommend these onto my clients.

bridesmaids natural makeup

I think you can see from the before and after that a beautiful and natural look has been created and is very adaptable for all skin types, tones and ages.

bridesmaids makeup before and after

how to do bridesmaids make up

Thanks to Paul from the Lemon House Photography for his patience and skills in taking the shots for this look.

Thanks Vanessa! I adore that lip colour, it really pops out and makes me feel ready for Spring. Prettiness! If you are looking for a bridal make up artist in the Cotswolds then look no further, and if you are a bridesmaid panicking about how to make yourself look good in the official photographs then I hope this helps!



Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza – It’s all about EWE 2!!

What happens when three slightly mad wedding suppliers come together? They hatch a crazy plan….that’s what!!

When Sassy (Assassynation), Jo (Couture Company) and Vikki (Liliia) got nattering over a glass of wine (standard)  they decided  that they would put on a Wedding Extravaganza with a real mix of suppliers. Let’s hear it from the ladies themselves…


We want to put on an amazing wedding extravaganza (aka fair) that would be exciting for both the suppliers and  couples alike, so we hatched a plan  “A-team” style (Hannibal Smith would be proud).

The first show back in November 2012 was an amazing success and was so well received we couldn’t resist the cries from couples and Mo Flo’s alike of “When are EWE putting on another show???” So with one show under our belts we have launched EWE2!!  This will be held on the 24th March 2013 at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham…with lots more awesome suppliers.

The idea is that we want people to shake off the shackles of what is considered ‘normal’ or ‘traditional’ and to take their own personalities and loves and stamp them on their weddings.  With that in mind we have picked suppliers who can help EWE do that!

This is no ordinary wedding show, the suppliers aka the Baad Ass Mother Flockers have been chosen and invited based on their personalities, the quality of their end product and the fact that they offer something unique. White linen covered trestle tables are discouraged and hard sells are banished, we want you to come along, have a drink and a good old natter to the Mother Flockers that catch your eye.  The Mo Flo’s are being challenged to create stands that are totally unique and interactive. As well as having awesome Mo Flo’s at the show, we will be running some competitions, having a fashion walkabout/ramble and organising a treasure hunt!

So we are putting a call out to all you gamers, goths, geeks, rockabillies,  psychobillies, off the walls, mods and rockers, steampunks, new punks, old punks, flappers ,happy clappers, hipsters and hell-raisers, bohemians, folks who are inked and pinked, or if Ewe just want YOU to shine through.

We hope to offer you some things that are really EWEnique for your weddings.

Our Motto:-

“Don’t be a wedding sheep…it’s all about EWE!!!”

Our venue, Fazeley Studios, was chosen due to the fact it is such a gorgeous space (and yes they do have weddings there) with tons of natural light to show off our Mo Flo’s work in the best possible way.

We will have a themed café so you can have a drink and something to eat as well as a wedding dress walkabout to showcase some of the gorgeous frocks.  There will also be a fun-tastic treasure hunt where answers to clues can be found on the Mo Flo’s stands.  We want EWE to get involved, pick stuff up, take a good look, really check out the Mo Flo’s and ask them tons of questions as they are all a super friendly bunch.

One thing we can assure you of is that it will be a fun day out, with tons of giveaways, lots to learn and see and not one bit like a ‘normal’ wedding fair!

Why not see who’s going to be there? Take a nose round our site! More suppliers will be added over the coming weeks.

Mo Flo’s already signed up include Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events, Emma Case photography, Shutterbox Films, Hat Therapy, prior Engagement Gowns, Revive Me Boutique, The Conjurer’s kitchen, Chris Barber, Little Ruby Red Cake toppers, Disco Wed, The rebel party band, Crown and Glory, Toast of Leeds, Elbie Van Eeden Make up Artist, The Vintage Salon to name but a few……

Check our website for a full list of Mo Flo’s

Have a ramble around the site, register and get your tickets early at a BAAAAArgain price of £3 YES!!! EWEheard right…..only £3 !!!!


Yup that’s right folks, I’ll be there too… so why not come along and find me for a chin wag, I am already having cold sweats thinking about what on earth I should wear to what is arguably THE coolest “wedding fair” in the land. *sigh*



Fabulous Wedding Festival: An Alternative Wedding Fair for Unique Brides

For anyone who doesn’t already know, The FabulousWedFest show is bring held from 11am – 10pm on Saturday 16th March 2013 at Muddifords Court Country House in Devon. I’ll be exhibiting there so if you are based locally it’s the perfect chance to come and say hello as well as scouting for other incredibly awesome wedding suppliers. In addition to my little stand I will be styling a table at the special wedding banquet, and offering a DIY workshop on planning timelines and budgeting tips & advice.


This is way more special than just the usual wedding show you come across ladies and gents.

This wedding show is an emporium of DIY loveliness aimed at couples who are looking for alternative, quirky, original, festival finds to make your wedding a little bit more like you two!

Each exhibitor at the Fabulous Wedding Festival has been hand picked, to make sure that they are FUN, CREATIVE and passionate about WEDDINGS. The event will feature goodies such as:

An Art Gallery for Photographers and film-makers to present their work

A Rocks & Frocks Catwalk where there will be a variety of independent wedding dress designers

A Wedding Banquet ready for you to eat food from a selection of caterers on beautifully styled tables

A Boys Club offering everything from suits to shoes and the all important bar

DIY Workshops hints and tips from top wedding suppliers on how to make your wedding amazing

Live Music throughout the event from a selection of bands with live bands from 6pm

Tickets for the general public are now on sale now at only £4 each. Buy tickets online http:// www.fabulouswedfest.co.uk/main/ticket-sales-open/

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