Thursday, 25 April 2013

Introducing...Angela Ward Brown Photography

We get to meet so many lovely suppliers while planning Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale, so thought we'd open up the blog to some of them, to hear about what they do best, and to give you some expert tips for your big day!

Our first guest post is from Angela Ward Brown, a Hampshire based photographer who we adore. Over to you Ange...!!

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I fell in love with photography not by taking pictures at first, but by looking at them. There was an antiques market in my town and growing up I used to buy (along with collections of beads & old keys) vintage photographs from a rummage box. I loved looking at the clothes & the faces, imagining the stories. Wedding pictures were perhaps the most interesting - everyone in their finery, families together for the first time in forever, and often (especially in wartime pictures) for the last time. I realised then, photography is important. In all its forms.

I decided to make photography my business as well as my hobby after I had my second daughter, so I went back to University & retrained, and started Angela Ward Brown Photography (the clue is in the name...).

Now I get to take pictures of people during the most important events of their lives, and the simple privilege of being there is something I never take for granted. I am at heart a portrait photographer, so I love the snatched images of people unawares and the big movie star images when I get to take the bride & groom away for a short while to create the shot that may well live on the mantelpiece for the rest of their married lives - I find that overwhelming. I also love the time spent with the bride and her happy minions in the morning before the wedding - all human life is there; in the nerves, the laughter, and the emotion bubbling so close to the surface.

If I had define my style, I guess it would be contemporary. It is very much informed by the past, but pushed through the Ange-filter, and informed by films and songs and experiences. If I had an aim for each wedding, it would be to make it personally epic and epically personal. By that I mean it is as much about the quiet moments as the grand images, and above all I just want it to mean something to the people whom have trusted me to record it.

I offer a range of coverage and products for a range of budgets, and very strongly believe in a no-pressure approach. I want to find a perfect fit for my couples, and I want the same for me.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

DIY: Paper Pom Poms

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We love a tissue paper pom pom at Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale HQ, so we thought we'd share a quick and easy way to create your own. You'll need A4, A3 and A2 sheets of tissue paper, in which ever colour you like. Plus, lengths of thin, flexible wire and a pair of scissors.

Step 1: Take 8 sheets of tissue paper and fold in an accordion fashion, around an inch wide.

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Step 2: Once folded, trim the ends of the strip - we like cutting curved like a petal or pointed for a cool fringed effect.

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Step 3: Cut a piece of wire to around 6 inches long, create a loop and place in the middle of your paper strip. Twist the ends to secure - you use the ends to then attach or hang to decorate. Try attaching ribbon too for an ultra pretty look.

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Step 4: We like to try out different colours and sizes of paper - mix and match complementary pom poms!

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Step 5: Using the wire as a centre point, gently pull out the ends of the sheets of paper in to a fanned effect. Then, pull each sheet of paper away from one another to create the pom pom effect. Remember, gently does it!

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If you get stuck, we found this great video to help you out.

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale: February 2013

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On a chilly February morning, HBBS co-founders Sarah and Karen arrived at the beautifully decadent Hill Place in Swanmore to go about setting up the second Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale. On Sunday 3rd February, brides and grooms-to-be arrived in their droves to check out what our newly-weds and esteemed local business had on offer.

If you're not familiar, the Hampshire Bridal Boot Sale provides a regular retail experience where those just-married set up shop for the day with anything from dresses to decorated jam jars and tablecloths for local brides to come and peruse. In-between we sprinkle local recommended businesses who offer something a little different to the norm. To name but a few, vintage clothing and home retailers Hepwrights and What Alice Found are regulars, while this edition also welcomed stationer Paper Magpie, props from Old Crocks Vintage and flowers from Blossom and Bird.

This time, Hill Place - a Georgian Villa set deep in the Hampshire countryside (see a little more of the house here) - played the perfect host to the event. Smallpiece Catering made the perfect accompaniment once again, with their pop-up tea room taking over the house's sumptuous dining room. Our 350+ guests perused the stalls and house, while sellers reported making some great connections, not to mention sales! Live make-up and hair tutorials added a little glamour in the upstairs bridal boudoir and downstairs there were unique offerings a plenty; from personalised monograms to made-to-order jewellery and accessories.

There's already plans for the next event, set for June. Watch this space (& Facebook & Twitter) for details of our venue coming very soon! We must say a huge thanks too to our fabulous hosts this time, Hill Place and Smallpiece. Plus if you'd like to find out more about some of our recommended local businesses, check out their websites below!

Vintage clothing, props and homeware - Hepwrights
Vintage clothing, props and homeware - What Alice Found
Vintage clothing, accessories and props - Beulah's Vintage Attic
Vintage props - Old Crocks Vintage Hire
Flowers - Blossom and Bird 
Stationery - Paper Magpie
Sweet buffet & cakes - Goosey Lucy's 
Jewellery & accessories - Samz Jewelz
Hair - Bridal Beau 
Bridal clothing & accessories - Daisy Drew