Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Organza Room is back at WBBS!

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The Organza Room, the beautiful bridal boutique hailing from Amesbury, will be back at the Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale this Sunday, 28th September, hosting a not-to-be-missed sample sale. We caught up with owner Carmel to find out what you can expect at the sale, plus her top tips for 2015 brides...

What is your top tip for bridal style for 2015?

Wedding gowns next season can be anything from structural and slim in silhouette to full and romantic like the shapes of the ‘50 where the waist is defined and skirts are full. Fabrics range from brocades to soft silks, lace and organza in the softest palettes, from blue and champagne to the traditional ivory. Sleeves will be prominent and gowns can be dramatic with breath taking lace cut-out backs.

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Do you have a classic bridal style that you feel is timeless?

The A-line is a traditional shape that suits most brides, it is a classic shape, heavily beaded or with gentle folds and ruching there will always be a place for this style.

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Could you recommend another Wiltshire supplier for our readers?

Looking at the beautiful setting of The Manor it brings to mind Itzado, venue dressers who specialise in all you need to decorate your tables and venue. Contact Susie on 01 980 653666. That leads me on to Sims Catering Hire, with beautifully decorated tables, you will need some lovely crockery, cutlery and glassware all available for your special event. It arrives sparkling and the best bit is you send it back to be washed. Contact Josey on 01 980 655404.

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Could you give our brides a bit of advice for their big day?

My top tip is to book early, your church, venue, photographer and of course your dress. Wedding gowns can take 16 weeks to arrive from the point of ordering so you then need time to have your alterations done. During the wedding season it can be so busy so choose and order early so you then have time to make the other hundreds of decisions you will be called upon to make. Try to enjoy the build up to your big day, it will go so fast so relish every minute.

What can visitors to the Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale expect from The Organza Room on 28th September?

The Organza Room will be bringing lots of beautiful bridal gowns that you can purchase on the day, cash or cheque. The dresses will be at a very special price so come and try on, we will have two changing areas. We will have shoes and accessories to finish the look. We look forward to meeting you!

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Introducing the Bridal Boot Sale Beauty Bar!

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We can't wait to welcome the newest addition to the Bridal Boot Sale, this Sunday at The Manor Barn, Winterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire... We'll be unveiling our very own Beauty Bar! Take a load off whilst you ponder your purchases and get a mini make-over, manicure, blow-dry or hair-up!

Now let us introduce the team behind it - be sure to stop by and talk bridal beauty with this trio of seasoned experts!

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Sophie - MAC Master & Talon Tender
Our Soph isn't just a skilled MAC make-up artist but also a nail technician and hair stylist. Equally creative and technical, chat to her about your complete bridal look whilst enjoying a treatment or two.

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Vicki - Bridal Beauty Guru
You'll be in safe hands with Vicki, an experienced MAC and bridal make-up artist. Talk through your beauty plans on Sunday, spanning skincare to that all-important finished look! Our tip - be sure to get Vicki to give you a brow tutorial - you'll never look back!

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Kieran - Hair Hotshot
There's no hair type too tough for Mr Kieran Jones - from the perfect blow-dry technique, to hair-up demos and advice, he'll turn your bridal hair experience in to a dream... Stop by the Beauty Bar for halo braids, perfect curls and more!

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

LM Designs to set up shop and showcase their stunning collection of bridal accessories at the next Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale!

At this Sunday's Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale, we have the wonderfully experienced and talented Leesa Marshall from LM Designs.  Leesa offers a full bespoke wedding dress service to brides with coordinating accessories and Bridesmaids dresses if required. On this occasion at The Manor Barn, Leesa will be showcasing and selling her amazing collection of accessories, veils, belts, jewellery and head wear which we are very excited to lay our eyes on!

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LM Designs are based 11 miles from Salisbury, close to the village of Landford. The lovely Leesa has been in the bridal industry for 15 years and has worked with well know designers in London and various bridal shops in and around Hampshire.

Leesa's latest venture is her own label of gowns, Millie Couture. The Millie Couture collection is a selection of her favourite laces and fabrics in sophisticated silhouettes. If a bride wants to try something new and has her own ideas, Leesa is always on hand to bring ideas to life! Handily, an alteration service is also available for brides needing any refinement or fine tuning to a ready purchased gown.

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From November this year, LM Designs will also be an exclusive stockist for Stephanie James Couture, based in California. The vintage inspired collection consists of tea length gowns with full petticoats and sumptuous lace, a long full A line gown and also a Great Gatsby elegant slipper satin gown with beautiful back detail and beaded sleeves. As soon as the gown arrives, in true glam fashion, a launch event will take place. Brides can contact Leesa for more information through her Facebook page.

What can visitors expect at your WBBS stall?

I will be offering my accessory range, hair accessories, belts, bird cage veils, jewellery and traditional veils. I also have a range of wedding shoes from La Boda, and of course advice if required.

Do you have a favourite look or trend? 

I am still very fond of the 50's vintage look, full petticoats lashings of lace and the dream of a bygone era, I love it.

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What tip would you give to a 2015 bride to be?

I would advise all brides to be to try on lots of shapes to find out which suits you the most. Don’t feel pressurised to purchase from any shop if you are not ready. It is your special day it must feel right for you. Carefully chose your budget, dresses can vary a lot is price, do research on your boutiques and ask or look at the price ranges, its not nice for any bride to fall in love with a dress which price is out of reach. Maybe consider having you dress made to measure. It isn't always the cheaper option, however if the price includes alterations you will not have any surprises later when you have your fittings. Finally, make sure you plan well and enjoy every moment leading up to your wedding, it is one of the most exciting time in a girls life, and time goes very quickly.

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Being the magpies that we are, we will see all of you glamour puss brides there, let's say 11.05am?! In the meantime, pop over and 'Like' Leesa on Facebook to follow the latest LM Design news!

The Inspiration Station returns to Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale, this time featuring wedding florist Laura Smith!

After such lovely feedback last time, the event styling side of our business, What Peggy Did Next, is returning to create another Inspiration Station at the next Bridal Boot Sale this Sunday!

This time round we have the super talented Laura Smith gracing our set up with her innovative designs. Although fresh to the floral market, Laura's skills are already a force to be reckoned with!

We caught up with Laura over a glass of bubbles to discuss the trends we will be showcasing on Sunday and to find out more about what made her take the leap into floral stardom!

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Tell us how it all began?!

It was all quite spontaneous really; I have always loved flowers but becoming a florist hadn’t been something I had given much thought to. I decided to enroll on a floristry course, more so as a hobby, but a year later and after lots of hard work I decided it was definitely something I wanted to pursue, I absolutely loved it! Since qualifying I have had the pleasure in working with some wonderful brides to create their perfect wedding flowers.

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You must get to work at some beautiful venues and locations - which are your favourite?

St Margaret’s church in Wellow is absolutely beautiful and full of character. I love quaint little churches and this is definitely one of my favorites. A couple I worked with very recently had their reception in East Meon, they had a stunning marquee located in the grounds of Meon Springs Fishery. It was a very secluded location and the views were spectacular.

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Have you spotted any bridal and/or wedding trends this season?

The ‘just just picked from the garden’ look has been very popular this year using lots of colourful wild flowers. Romantic ivory and blush wedding flowers have again been a favourite, with lots of avalanche roses and stunning garden roses. Flower crowns have been a big trend; one I think will continue to be very popular in 2015. A personal favourite of mine is a wax flower crown.

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What are your top tips for a beautiful 2015 wedding?

Search the garden, yours, relatives and friends. You may find some amazing wild flowers that can be incorporated into your big day. One wedding I’ve been to, the bride’s parents grew all of the flowers; it was such a lovely personal touch. Jars and bottles will again be very popular for 2015, whether they are used as tablecentres or hanging from chairs. Start collecting them now and ask friends to as well so you have a large and varied collection. A flower wall can provide a gorgeous backdrop; I think we’ll see a lot of these in 2015. Remember a flower wall doesn’t have to be as lavish as Kim & Kanye’s, there are some great and more economical alternatives out there! Just taping individual stems onto a wall is one idea that looks very effective.

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Don't tell the others I've let one of the secrets out of the bag, but my favourite trend so far are the Terrarium Wedding Centerpieces! You must, must, must come and check it out on the day!

Laura also has a wonderfully thought provoking Instagram page, follow her here @laurasmithflowers

See you on Sunday at The Manor Barn!

Helen x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Award winning wedding videographer, Irene Piera, returns to Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale!

Our favourite wedding videographer, Irene Piera, returns to meet all of our lovely brides-to-be at the the next Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale on Sunday 28th September at The Manor Barn.

We stole a few minutes of Irene's precious editing time for her to explain why she thinks wedding films are just so magically special.

Over to you Irene!

It's been a busy and fun packed summer and I've been lucky enough to shoot the most amazing weddings. The venues have ranged from a stunning coastline location to the coolest of barns in the gorgeous countryside. Every single one has been completely unique, which not only allows me to get creative in many different ways but also makes my job pretty exciting!

As a videographer, I get the opportunity to experience one of the most important days of my couples lives with them. I see the nerves in the morning, the emotion when the bride walks down the aisle, the tears and laughter during the speeches... and I have the absolute pleasure of capturing them. I recently went through my parents photos when I travelled over to my hometown in Spain and it's amazing how differently I looked at them now I'm a videographer. I sat there with a smile from ear to ear, looking at things like my mum's dress and hair do, my dad's suit and how in love they looked. So then I thought about what their film would have been like if they had one and it made me realise how much I would value watching their morning preparations or what the people who aren't and are still with us did on the day.

For some couples the idea of video sounds daunting. Many of my bride and grooms mention camera shyness when they first enquire and I've been asked a few times if I have any advice on this. I always really appreciate the honesty from my couples because, although I work with cameras, I'm not so good at being in front of one myself. I can totally relate to this feeling and on a huge day like your wedding, I know the last thing I want is for my couples to worry about a camera. With time I've learnt that the most beautiful part of filming is letting things unfold naturally and capturing them as they happen. On the day, couples have so many things to think about that my camera tends to be forgotten as soon as the day starts. Just think about all the effort and time that goes into planning a wedding and how much you look forward to it. Then think how special it would be to be able to watch the unseen moments that flew by or even moments that you remember but just want to play over and over again like you would with your favourite song. I love that I get to experience those special parts of the day that are always individual and completely different each time. 

Many of my couples have written their own vows, some have rehearsed a surprise dance for their guests and once I filmed an epic cake that featured a little Elvis cake topper. Seeing all the different elements of a wedding come together really is quite something and I'm sure any newly-weds would agree. The variety of locations and moments that I've captured have blown me away. So much that you'll often find me tearing up while I film a ceremony. I know... I just can't help myself! 

If you're considering having your day filmed or you're not sure whether this would be for you, pop over to the Bridal Boot Sale on Sunday 28th September and come say hello. I would love to meet you to chat about your day and answer any questions you might have. Hopefully see you there!

We will indeed see you there Irene! To see more examples of Irene's work, follow her on Facebook or have a browse through her wonderful website.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Doris the vintage VW Camper Van joins us at Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale!

We have a wonderful new the shape of a split screen VW Camper Van named Doris! You can come along to meet her at the next Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale on Sunday 28th September at The Manor Barn.

To give you the vital statistics, she comfortably seats up to 6 people, has custom curved seating and white and champagne two tone colouring.

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(Image courtesy of Duncan on Doris Days Out Facebook page).

We spoke to her owner Lisa to help us get to know Doris even better...

Can you tell us a little more about Doris?

Doris is a 1964 split screen Camper Van. She has taken two years to evolve from a rusty hand painted relic and now has a one off custom built interior!

Where did your business all begin?

Doris Days Out followed Noris Nuptials, which was a 1973 bay window camper. It had funny picture postcard art work. Doris is now the only one and a vintage classic.

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What makes Doris the perfect wedding transport?

Doris has two entrances, one on each side, great for brides who have either a few bridesmaids or a lovely full wedding gown. Rest assured, you will make an entrance in Doris! She even features a super comfortable love seat and champagne on ice for the bride and groom.

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Could you tell us a bit about a fab wedding you've worked on? What was it like?

There have been some very memorable ones. One that comes to mind is when we delivered a groom, best man and friends to the Breamore House. Awaiting was a fabulous vintage fair styled reception. They had candy floss, mopeds, croquet on the lawn, skittles and hook the duck to name a few! Tea cups were hung on string from the rafters and hessian bows were tied on the chair backs.

To follow Doris' adventures, follow her on Facebook now!

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Wedding Photographer Julie Michaelsen joins us at the Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale!

Hello Brides! We have a wonderful addition to the Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale on Sunday 28th September at The Manor Barn. Photographer Julie Michaelsen will be joining us and we are super excited!

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Tell us a little bit about you and how it all began...

Hello! My name is Julie, I’m Danish born but British bred. I started my wedding photography business last year. I became fascinated with the idea that to a certain extent we can all write our own chapters in life. Certain things of course happen which you can’t control but there is a lot you can control and I wanted to write my own chapters…So I left a rather high flying and complex world of finance in pursuit of a more genuine life. I had always wanted to run my own business, specifically within this wonderful wedding industry charged with celebrating love and curating happiness. My style is firmly reportage and photojournalistic whilst still having an intimate and emotive approach. I adore being witness to those fleeting nano-seconds wherein life happens…the meeting of eyes, the knowing smiles, gasps of breath and delirious laughter...the moments you don't want to forget. Being Danish, I have a very classic, clean and simple Nordic influence but with an ethereal and feminine accent.

You must get to shoot at some beautiful venues and locations - which are your favourite?

My favourite wedding venues are probably the walled garden at Cowdray, Hedsor House or the majestic Clivedon House… I’ve been so lucky with my brides and grooms this year and each wedding has been fantastic in its own way, my favourite from this year though was probably the last wedding I shot which was in the Bride’s family home’s garden and farm in North Hampshire. The thought, effort and help from friends, family and neighbours made it truly personal and it resembled a mini festival! Although I’m about to go shoot a wedding in Nice, South of France so that could be a pretty strong contender…

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Have you spotted any bridal and/or wedding trends this season - could you describe?

I think the boho, paired back rustic look has been popular for some time but I have experienced recently a gentle come back of elegance and luxury, a bit more structure in the the brides’ dresses and a slight hint of classicism. Having said that what I love about my brides and brides generally is that I don't think any girl picks their dress based on whats trendy but rather on what suits them, who they are and what they feel good in. I always say that a bride should make sure she picks the dress/ look/ hair and make up which ensures that she still looks very much like herself but herself on her very very best day!

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What can our visiting brides and grooms-to-be expect from your stall at WBBS?

Well, I’ll be there with lots of photos, big and small to show, an album or two and ready to answer any questions from brides and grooms to be or anyone who cares to drop by and have some homemade chocolate honeycomb (my speciality). My lovely sister will be there to help and my boyfriend as my second shooter, designated lifter and all round brilliant human being! I’ll be bringing along my stunning floral selfie board (courtesy of the talented Liz Jones of Blue Sky Flowers) which I hope will get a lot of use, I’ll be setting up my camera and clicker so that everyone can have a little complimentary portrait done, which I’ll send a digital copy to after the show! I’ll also be offering an exclusive 15% discount for any brides and grooms who book with me on the day in celebration of my brand new website which will be up and running then! I can’t wait!

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Floral Selfie Board you say? See you there Julie!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Pie Hole returns to the Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale

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Our mouths are watering at the thought of The Pie Hole returning to the Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale on Sunday 28th September.

We recently caught up with founder Rob, pulling him away from the stove to ask a few quick questions!

The Pie Hole is a fab example of alternative wedding catering - what do you offer couples?

The Pie Hole offers an alternative to the well-trodden path of hog roasts and finger food. We have a selection of pies for the happy couple to choose from and the caravan provides a quirky talking point for your special day.

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Rob, we think you might be a bit of a foodie - can you share your favourite eateries in the South?

I've only recently moved down to the South from Bristol; but during my short time here my favourite restaurants are The Pig in Brockenhurst and The Grazing Goat in Portswood, Southampton. I've heard very good things about Hartnett Holder and Co at Lime Wood Hotel but haven't found the time to make it down there yet!

What would be on your dream summer menu?

A pie of course... but maybe an open top pie; it being summer and all. I'm a big fan of duck so a duck and plum pie with a crumble top to add a bit of texture, served with asparagus.

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What can visitors to the Wiltshire Bridal Boot Sale expect from The Pie Hole on 28th September?

We will be serving a selection of pies for you to enjoy and we'll be on hand to answer any questions you may have about hiring us for your big day. We look forward to seeing you there!

Be sure to pop by The Pie Hole at The Manor Barn, Sunday 28th September 11am - 2pm to be truely 'Satispied' (a scrumptious mix of chicken, ham, mushroom and leek)!

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(Photos via The Pie Hole, Lydia Stamps & Angela Ward-Brown)