Hi, I am Jane - owner, designer and maker at ‘Tulle & Blue’. My designs are lovingly hand made to order and I create truly bespoke pieces - everything you need to accessories your gown including Tiaras and Vines, Veils, Velvet Ring Boxes, Bridal Separates, Garters and much more! Here are a few pieces of advice I have put together to help when choosing your Bridal Accessories -
It's All In The Detail
- And finally...enjoy choosing your accessories; it is part of your Bridal experience so have fun
You are more than welcome to book a no obligation, free first consultation to discuss your Bridal Accessories on 01905 831923 or via my website:
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Your Wedding is so much more than ‘I Do’
Getting married and arranging your Big Day is an awesome event - or so it should be – but it can be difficult to know where to start. It is all too easy to get caught up in the mayhem that often surrounds weddings. For many people – the ceremony is way down the list of priorities (eek says this Celebrant!) Sadly – the wedding ceremony which should be the most important part of your day and the reason your guests join you to celebrate– is often overlooked!
What is A Celebrant?
By now you have read the word ‘Celebrant’ and may have done a double take. A What?
Put simply – a Celebrant is someone who officiates your wedding ceremony in a location of your choice. You’ve seen all the lovely blogs about ceremonies in private gardens, beach weddings, festival weddings, woodland weddings, tipi, yurt or marquee weddings – well I can pretty much assure you that if those fun and awe-inspiring ceremonies took place in England and Wales –they have all been conducted by a Celebrant!
Personalise Your Wedding
So if you are looking for a venue with a difference, and you want your day to reflect your style and personalities, that’s where a Celebrant can help. Please read on….
To be legally married there are of course some basic legal paperwork requirements that need to take place in front of a Registrar at a suitably licensed venue (it takes about 15 minutes and costs approximately £140); but did you know that you can hold your actual ceremony including the exchange of personal vows and rings, at a completely different time and place?
Why use a Celebrant?
Your venue isn’t licensed
Not all venues are licensed for civil weddings, or if they are – you might prefer one of the outdoor spots in their beautiful gardens, or you might have got married abroad and want a blessing in front of friends and family.
Make it about you
Wedding ceremonies can be thought of as boring, awkward & repetitious. Why? Because with the exception of your readings (if permitted by the Registrar) your guests have heard it all before– it’s the same standard script for the each couple. But you aren’t the same as every other couple! You are unique with a love story all of your own to tell – let’s share it and include elements that represent the two of you. Is it a formal affair or a relaxed informal style that you want?
Make your guests an active part of your day and make it memorable for everyone. How about a Pebble Ceremony, a guest promise, a sing-a-long, a ring blessing, a ribbon ceremony? There are plenty to choose from and your Celebrant will be able to give you some ideas.
Are there different types of Celebrants?
Yes. You get Humanist Celebrants (who will include no religion at all), Alternative Celebrants (think Steam Punk, Gothic), Civil & Independent Celebrants. The last category will generally include any content (religious or not)and traditions that you want to, so it is important to ask the right questions to make sure that you get the right Celebrant for you.
What are you waiting for? For a ceremony with a difference – go Celebrant!
Written by Justine Wykerd -Independent Celebrant
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Who doesn't want to look and feel their best on their wedding day? So for absolutely everyone planning your wedding this 'must read' blog by Flash Charlie Wedding Photography is for you.
It’s going to feel awkward
OK let’s get it out the way; to start with it’s going to feel a little awkward. For most of the couple’s shoots, it’s just the Bride, Groom, Professional Wedding Photographer and backpack full of cameras. Unless you’re used to posing in-front of a photographer you’re going to feel a little nervous. As a wedding photographer, it’s my job to get you to relax and put you at ease for the next thirty to forty minutes whilst we wander around and take some amazing photographs. The quickest way I find to put you at ease is to give you a few minutes to enjoy the peace and quiet of the secluded location, and also enjoy the fact that you’re married and for the first time enjoy some time together to reflect upon all the amazing moments that have already happened during your wedding day. Getting couples relaxed and allowing you some time to enjoy this time and start some intimate conversation usually takes your minds off the fact we are doing a photoshoot , this then takes me nicely onto my next tip…
Get In Close
So you’re both relaxed and have taken a few deep breaths to enjoy the views, take in the fact you’re now a married couple. My next tip is get in close, when I start the couple’s shoots a few wedding couples start by standing a few feet away from each other, it’s only natural, you’ve not been in this situation before! So I always instruct everyone to stand really close to each other, put your arms around each other and take this time to discuss everything that’s already happened; the last minute rush to get everything ready, the nerves of walking down the aisle, the joy of being told you’re now married! Once you start getting into conversation in the arms of husband or wife, you’ll suddenly forget that you’re being photographed and instantly relax. At this point I usually start the photography from a little further back, doing wide shots to get in the married couple and the location. This makes it easier for the couple to forget that I’m even taking the pictures.
Plan your couples location
Location, location, location is a statement which also applies to your wedding photography. Being a Cotswold and Gloucestershire Wedding Photographer affords me the privilege of having some of the most stunning indoor Cotswold venues and outdoor locations too. I always make sure we plan the couples shots in the most scenic locations we can. However, you don’t want to be taken away from your wedding party for too long, and you’re not there to go on a long country walk. But there’s usually an open field, small woodland, park or gardens, or even a bustling cityscape we can usually escape to. Having a planned location can make it a lot easier to quickly relax into your couples photoshoot. It’s just you and the photographer, no groups of people to interrupt your time together, no members of the public overlooking your time together (unless you brave the crowd – which is totally doable too!). Some of the best locations I’ve ever photographed in have been only five or ten minutes away from some of the busiest weddings and wedding venues in Gloucestershire.
I always encourage my couples to look up different couple’s photoshoots for some inspiration. Look at some of the weddings I’ve done in the past to see if there’s any photographs you think would suit your personality and wedding style. Go on Pintrest and scroll through some different feeds to see what catches your eye. As a Professional Wedding Photographer I’m always up to try new ideas and creative ways to capture romantic photographs. Some couples have come to me with some amazing ideas that wouldn’t of been possible without some prior discussion and planning. From sparklers to bubbles, this is your wedding so don’t be afraid to suggest some ideas that you think would look good for your photoshoot. This tip comes with one caveat. No two weddings are similar, there can be many variables that can happen during a wedding that can put the best laid plans out the window. The two biggest variables are time and weather, trust your photographer if some of these variables mean that some of your pre-planned couple’s shots can’t be captured. Relax, you’re going to get lots of lovely photos
Kissing is Classic
You’ve never kissed your amazing partner as many times in one day, once you’ve said ‘I do’, your day will be full of requests to kiss. No one will be requesting this more than me. Shots of you kissing each other in an amazing outdoor location will be some of the best photographs you’ll ever have. Kissing is a classic in any situation, and nothing speaks for the intimate, romantic setting of two people in love more than a kiss or embrace. Get yourself ready and prepared for this as I’ll be asking you both to kiss on plenty of occasions!
Wedding tips and advice provided by
Flash Charlie Cotswold Wedding Photographer
For more info email Mark on : Mark@flashcharlie.co.uk
Let’s Eat Cake – Making the Most of your Wedding Cake Consultation
A cake consultation is fun and delicious and is something you can do as a couple. Who doesn’t love tasting cake? At your consultation you not only get to eat cake, but talk about it as well. As I spend pretty much 90% of my day thinking about all things cake, believe me there’s nothing I love more than chatting about it as well. It gives me the chance to meet you both in person and gain an insight into your sense of style and wedding plans, so I can create you a cake that is meaningful and unique to you.
Read my tips and advice below for preparing for your wedding cake consultation.
1. It’s best to book your wedding cake consultation once you have a date set and your venue booked, most importantly as you need to be sure your cake decorator is available (it’s not the best plan to find a cake decorator you love only to find out later they are fully booked). The type of venue will help decide on the style of your cake. Usually I recommend booking a consultation about 6-9 months before your wedding.
2. How many guests? Will you be serving your cake during the toast (finger portions 1” x 1”), for dessert (larger portions 2” x 1”) or later for the evening reception? The answers to these questions will determine the size of your cake.
3. Choose the flavour/s you want, it’s your cake. I usually ask couples beforehand for a choice of flavours they would most like to try. If you’re undecided then don’t worry you will have the opportunity to try several.
4. Get together some ideas that you like – pictures of cakes, design details from your invitations, lace details from your dress, flowers, colour swatches, etc. Bring these with you as I can use all of these for inspiration for creating a mood board or sketch for the design of your cake.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, this is your opportunity to get to know your cake decorator you are entrusting them with a big responsibility. I am always more than happy to tell you how long I have been making cakes, what my training is and to show you my portfolio, etc.
6. Be open minded to the advice from your cake decorator, even if you are set on your dream wedding cake, your cake decorator should know what will work and may need to tweak designs for the best.
7. Have a budget in mind but be realistic, if you want elaborate decorations or need a 5 tier cake, a £200 budget just won’t cut it! All things said I am always able to make suggestions/compromises to help your costs.
Don’t forget to enjoy it and have fun! Your cake should taste amazing as well as look amazing, so my advice is get tasting.
If all this talk puts you in the mood for some cake then why not get in touch with me at The Cotswold Cake Kitchen to book your consultation.
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With the prospect of summer being round the corner, and outdoor weddings being at the forefront of our minds, I wanted to revisit this glorious styled shoot we did at Talton Lodge. It was a stunning summers day, the venue is quite literally in the middle of rolling Warwickshire countryside, it is a truly beautiful and tranquil setting for the ultimate boho wedding.
Photography captured by Kayleigh Pope Photography
This fabulous setting was ideal for out boho bride styled shoot, the venue just calls out to those boho & festival brides, Talton Lodge has a wonderful sense of peace & calm, so when I discovered the beautiful bridal boutique Boho Brides was just literally down the road from Talton Lodge, and not only that they stock the most jaw dropping dresses, I couldn't wait to see their range.
Boho Brides provided the beautiful designer gowns for the shoot, the dresses are by Terry Fox & Marta by Emma Hunt London. To complete the look the very talented Clair Louise Make-up set to work creating a natural make-up palette of subtle golds & soft pink tones. The crowning glory hair accessories of both looks were designed and made by Lucy of All Things Lucy, a gold vine halo 'Golden Muse' and the silver head chain 'Liberty' perfectly complemented the entire look.
Inside the Giant Tipi, Elegantly Fished Events created a wonderful table dressing, bringing together the great outdoors and creating a 'enchanted garden' set. Layers of lace, glass jars, filled with flowers & thyme, then finishing the look with moss and tea lights.
Photographer Kayleigh Pope
Stylist Sarah Humphreys
Dresses Boho Bride
Hair Accessories All Things Lucy
MUA Clair Louise Make -Up
Venue Dressing Elegantly Finished Events
Model Shukria Noor
Venue Talton Lodge
Written By Sarah Humphreys
'The biggest question on everyone's lips when your planning your wedding is naturally....
What's your dress like?
With so many styles to choose from......eeek .....what is YOUR dress like?
If your still deciding on your style, take a peek at the selection of images here from our 'Bridal & Bridesmaids Catwalk Show ' hosted by Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room at our Inspired Brides Wedding Show at Bosworth Hall. Dried flower floral crowns designed by talented ladyKimberley Simone
Images captured by Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography. Videography by James Douglas Film
Amy of Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room Said 'Our Bridal Catwalk which was held at Bosworth Hall Hotel on Sunday 5th Feb and was a huge success!'
'We showcased around 40 bridal gowns and 15 bridesmaids dresses and met loads of lovely brides-to-be. Visit our bridal shop In Hinckley to see our full range of dresses & find your dream dress'
Below is a short Vimeo by the fabulous James Douglas Films.
A Special Thank You To These Wonderful People
Photography Sarah Brittain Edwards Photography
Room Dressing & Light Up Lights The Wow Business
Catwalk Hosting & Dresses Dress Me Pretty Bridal Room
floral crownsKimberley Simone
Videography James Douglas Films
Music On The Day Vintage Wedding DJ
The models, Victoria, Colleen, Karen, Luvena, Demi, Rosanne & Rheo
Planning a woodland wedding? We have some wonderful wedding inspiration captured by Lindsey Arber Photography, in this beautifully styled shoot........... the colours of the floral arrangements are simply a feast for the eye. Enjoy...
With ‘Woodland Wedding’ as our theme, East Carlton Country Park was the perfect setting with its old wooden cabin and woodland backdrop, and a veranda that gave us enough space to create an intimate setting for the top table.
Honey Bee’s Vintage Tea’s worked their magic, supplying the table and church pew chairs that complimented the cabin exterior, which was then dressed with lots of lovely china, champagne flutes, brass bowls and candle sticks. The table top covered with different types of foliage which wrapped around all of these items making them stand out even more and brining a hint of woodland to the table.
Marion from Bluebell Floristry worked her magic on the cascading bouquet and table flowers using warm tones of deep reds and plums mixed in with lots of foliage to compliment and blend with the surrounds whilst adding a bit of colour.
Victoria’s Cake Company created a beautiful semi naked cake which worked perfectly in the surrounds of the woodland, photographed on a vintage dresser, with foliage escaping from the draws to merge the items with the woodland floor.
Jenna Claire Wedding Stationary provided everything from save the date cards, invitations, rsvp's, information slips, order of the day slips, a seating plan, table names and menus along with name settings all with red berry details and hand drawn woodland creatures to tie in with the woodland theme.
Our bride Raven looked stunning in her tea-length Lottie gown by true bride from Wedding Belles Kibworth. A practical option for real woodland weddings whilst still creating that statement. Teamed with the fur shoulder wrap from Amy's Vintage along with the sage green umbrella, which kept the rain off in a stylish way.
Frankie created an elegant up-do with Ravens hair which was finished off with the gorgeous Nightingale Moonstone Headdress from Miss Clemmie Bridal Accessories. This design included details of feathers, Swarovski Crystal and hand cut Moonstone, tying in nicely with the stationary. With make-up by Beauty by Bethany which consisted of warm browns and golds to create smokey eyes with a deep red on the lips which picked out the reds from the bridal bouquet.
It was all about the Harris Tweed for our groom Kieran's suit, available at Mark’s and Spencer’s. Finished with a simple golden tie to keep the main focus on the button hole which was again supplied by Amy's Vintage.
Words by Lindsey Arber
All of these details were captured by Lindsey Arber Photography.
Suppliers involved with the styled shoot-
Photography- Lindsey Arber Photography
Location- East Carlton Country Park
Set Styling- Helen Aston from Honey Bee's Vintage Teas.
Flowers- Marion Aitken from Bluebell Floristry - Freelance Wedding Florist
Cake- Victoria Roberts from Victoria's Cake Company
Stationary- Jenna Claire from Jenna Claire Wedding Stationary
Wedding Gown- Debbie Taylor from Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique Kibworth
Make-Up- Bethany Smith from Beauty by Bethany
Hair- Frankie Yates
Head Pieces- Clemmie from Miss Clemmie Bridal Accessories
Suit- Mark's & Spencers (contact via Helen)
Button Hole & Shoulder Wrap - Amy from Amy's Vintage
One of the biggest wedding trends for 2017 is the Pantone Greenery, I absolutely love this fresh and stylish look, and what better venue to showcase the stunning greenery floral displays by Florae Foray.........than at Stapleford Park. This venue is cram bang full of unique rooms inside and stunning gardens outside, so we were literally spoilt for choice with areas to create the look for photographer Sarah Brookes to set up and bring this look alive. .
Hannah from The Lanes added the finishing touches to the table dressing, creating a simplistic style letting the greenery and white floral displays take centre stage, that along with the creative skills of White Cottage Weddings beautiful stationery and the unique design of table seating banner, which fits perfectly inside the beautifully decorated arch byFlorae Floray for me this brought the whole look together. Providing the mouth watering cherry on the cake, was the wonderful cake creator Victoria's Cake Company.
The groom wears a stylish navy suit available from Christopher Scotney Mens Hire and for the bride we chose a unique dress by Poppy Dover which is available at Woburn Bridal and looks simply stunning along with hair accessory by Kelly Spence. Finishing off the bride with a natural hair and make-up by Laura Firth of Victory Rolls Bridal Parlour.
Creative Collaborators Involved
Styled shoot created for Inspired Brides Magazine Winter Edition 2017
Photographer Sarah Brookes Photography
Venue Stapleford Park
Dress Woburn Bridal
Menswear Christopher Scotney Mens Hire
Hair & Make-upVictory Rolls Bridal Hair & Make-up Parlour
Stationery White Cottage Weddings
Hair Accessories Kelly Spence
Cake Victoria's Cake Company
Event Dressing The Lanes
Models Tegan Booth & Adam Smith
We have such a beautiful Christmas inspired shoot to share with you today. Think rich sumptuous colours, candles, a show stopping bouquet & the most stylish dress from So Sassi at Woburn Bridal... shot at Leicestershire country hotel Stapleford Park.
The aim of the shoot was to create a non traditional Christmas wedding theme with a fabulous collective of wedding specialists.
Christmas Without The Tinsel
The inspiration for this shoot was the stunning venue Stapleford Park, I really wanted to create a stylish Christmas wedding look, that would break the traditional Christmas wedding theme, with a fantastic colaboration of wedding specialists who all worked together to bring the look alive.
The wonderful Sarah Brookes Photography captured these amazing atmospheric images on a bright November day with Stapleford Park being the perfect back drop. The team really encapsulated the essense of Christmas without the tinsel & created this super stylish Christmas wedding theme. On the day, models Tegan & Adam thoroughly enjoyed getting into the role in preparation for their wedding next year....
The Collectives Involved -
Photography Sarah Brookes Photography
Venue Stapleford Park
Dress Allie dress from So Sassi at Woburn Bridal
Suit Christopher Scotney Mens Hire
Floristry Florae Foraey
Hair & Make-up Laura Firth Victory Rolls Parlour Bridal Hair & Make Up
Event Dressing The Lanes
Stationery White Cottage Weddings
Hair Accessory Kelly Spence Bridal Accessory Design at Woburn Bridal
Models Tegan & Adam
Sarah Humphreys | Creative wedding magazine editor & wedding fair organiser. Showcasing beautiful venues & wedding specialists.