Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis in local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in the West Midlands.
To showcase their talent, a group of local suppliers worked together to create this gorgeous set of images. “When Hayley told me that she had been made redundant due to the pandemic, and as a result, had set up her own venue dressing business, I immediately suggested that we organise a shoot to help advertise her new venture,” says photographer Alex Ford. “We were very lucky to be able to get in touch with a new venue, Malt House Barn and some of the best suppliers in the industry to produce something wonderful.”
“Hayley wanted to showcase her skill at dressing a bare venue ready for a vintage-style wedding and put together a mood board which she shared around a group chat,” shares Alex. “Vicky from Floral Creative was able to produce a gorgeous display of flowers and bouquets that tied into the theme perfectly.”
Emstrey Bridal provided the gorgeous dress for Grace to wear. “Her look was finished by SJM Beauty and Elegance Hair Design – Bridal who wove her hair into a braid and added gypsophila,” Alex explains. “My advice for all couples is to have in mind that things don't need to be complicated or expensive to look spectacular. The main thing you need are suppliers who have amazing skills and the ability to bring an abstract vision to life.”
Photographer's credit: www.alexfordphotography.co.uk
See the full shoot in our December/January issue – available to download for free now.
We asked wedding dress expert, Jen Jamieson from Ava May Bridal how to create a boho look.
"There are so many ways to interpret the word 'boho'," says Jen. "If you Google the definition, you'll find descriptions like 'unconventional', 'arty' and 'informal'. I love this theme, and when my partner and I got married, I wanted a more chilled out vibe as I'd been married before and had the full traditional white wedding but it never really felt like me. The best advice I can give to any bride-to-be is to follow your heart. My favourite gowns are always the ones that are a bit different, so don't be afraid to be you!
"I would opt for burnt oranges and reds and colourful flowers. For the dress, check out our range from Wilderly Bride, they epitomise femininity and honestly are just so beautiful.
"Boho can be done indoors or outdoors, but I'm a huge fan of a woodland wedding. Think tipis with firepits and dancing under the stars, this can even be done in your garden! Paint the picture of your dream wedding in your head and just run with it. It doesn't have to cost a fortune either. Flowers can be picked from gardens and decorations can be homemade. Embrace the unconventional and rock your inner goddess!"
To find out more about Ava May Bridal, visit www.avamaybridal.com
Photographer's credit: www.rosiekelly.co.uk
Read more in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Shropshire venue, Walcot Hall have appointed Caviar & Chips as their residency caterers for weddings and events in 2021. Set in 30 acres of countryside, the Georgian house once owned by Clive of India and was rescued from demolition in the late 1920s. Almost 100 years later is now owned by the Parish family who have been in residence for the last 50 years.
Luke Whitney, the estate manager at Walcot Hall, said: “We're excited to appoint Caviar & Chips as resident caterers for our weddings and events. We've been looking at various ways to deliver a quality food offering for our clients and explored doing this in-house, having a preferred supplier list and creating a residency. We've known and worked with Caviar & Chips for more than two years now, and wherever they go, they receive rave reviews with their approach and standard of food and service. It's a perfect partnership.”
For more information, visit www.walcothall.co.uk and www.caviarandchips.co.uk
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After having to cancel their wedding due to the pandemic, Martha and Daniel planned their big day at Macdonald Ansty Hall in just six weeks. “We originally wanted to get married at Kalithea Springs, which was next door to where we got engaged,” explains Martha. “We spent a couple of days there and had our big day booked for May 2020, however, the pandemic meant we had to cancel. We were heartbroken, and unfortunately, our travel provider wanted extra money to change it to next year, which we couldn't afford.
"We still wanted to get married this year if we could since everything was planned and ready to go. Dan knew of Macdonald Ansty Hall, and I had driven past it a few times and loved the look it. We booked it six weeks before the wedding and are so glad we did! The venue was perfect for us, and with all the uncertainty, we just wanted to be married and have a special day. It's definitely a story to tell the grandchildren!”
Photographer's credit: www.aliceandgrace.com
Read the full real wedding in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Olivia Gauch from Fiat 500 Hire tells us more about the company.
"At Fiat 500 Hire we rent out cute classic Fiat 500s for weddings, photoshoots, events and filming. Our company was born out of a passion to bring the adorable classics to people all around the UK with a network of cars available for hire. We were also lucky enough to be named Bridebook's Wedding Car Transport Company of the Year in 2017.
"We have lots of different locations across the UK and offer Fiat 500s from a few hours up to a full day for weddings. All trips are catered for, whether you're getting married at a church or a country house. Our vehicles make quite a statement – who doesn't want to be standing out of the roof ready to throw the bouquet, or have balloons bigger than the car attached to the bumper? If you're looking for something a bit quirky that will not only be a talking point of the day but also make people stop and smile, then this is the car for you."
To find out more about Fiat 500 Hire, visit www.fiat500hire.com
Photographer's credit: www.instagram.com/mattcallen
Find out more about local transport providers in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Tailoring specialist Scott Caddick from Colmore Tailors tells us how what suits are ideal for a winter wedding.
"One of the most critical questions we ask grooms-to-be is, what do you plan to do with the suit after the big day? Often they are planning to wear it again to other weddings, so it's worth factoring this into your fabric choices. A mid-weight around 12oz will do you for most months of the year. The key to using it in the winter is texture. Hopsack and glencheck are my personal favourites and look awesome. If this isn't crucial, then you can afford to be heavier on the cloth weight, which will drape even better too!
"For a relaxed, barn style wedding mid-weight tweeds are a great option. The material makes up wonderfully, has bucket loads of texture and depth and photographs like a dream. Look for herringbone and twill.
"If you're having a formal affair, then a luxurious flannel is your friend. The slightly mottled texture gives a warm, deep feel, whilst screaming sartorial elegance.
"Most tweeds and flannel colours mirror the colder seasons too. Burnt orange, mocha brown and forest green alongside the ever classic navy and mid greys.
"Lastly, note that heavier cloth works well with a softer made suit. Think less padding and more Italian style. Let the quality of the cloth do the work, and the softness of the suit do the comfort."
To find out more about Colmore Tailors, visit www.colmoretailors.co.uk
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For Sarah and Lee, it was love at first sight. “We met through friends,” says Sarah. “We got to know each other and quickly fell in love with each other's personalities.”
Lee proposed during a romantic holiday to Corfu. “He had organised a photo shoot on the beach at sunset,” shares the bride. “It was so beautiful and romantic, and I had no idea! It was a total surprise and the best holiday ever.”
Photographer's credit: www.photographybynatasha.co.uk
Read the full real wedding in our December/January issue - available to download for free now.
Entertainment specialist, Mark Tolliss explains what you should take into consideration if your entertainment booking has been affected by COVID-19.
"Make sure you have complete clarity over the what-ifs," says Mark. "Due to the circumstances, your deposit or booking fee should be fully returnable. You'll need to discuss the availability of your wedding and the dates they have available, as so many events and weddings have been postponed to 2021 and 2022 those dates will be getting very full already. Finally, your deposit or booking fee that you paid for on the initial date should hold for the re-booked date.
"If you're booking completely new entertainment for your wedding, you need to find a supplier that reflects your personalities and brings out the fun side in you. Make sure you click with your entertainer before booking or paying any money. I always say to my clients that if they don't feel comfortable around someone, don't use them! That one person will give a different feel to your day, so it's not worth taking the risk.
"Make sure the entertainment you book will be flexible enough to offer what you want from your big day. Take their advice, but you need to be involved in the decisions as well, so you must find a balance."
Read more top tips in our October/November issue - available to download for free now.
Bride Tessa tells us all about her wedding dress: "I wore a simple satin dress from The Bridal Lounge. It had buttons down the back and pockets in the front, and I loved that it was very similar to my nan's wedding dress.
"The ladies at The Bridal Lounge were amazing. They made the whole experience from choosing my dress up until the wedding day wonderful. I accessorised with a veil, tiara, diamond bracelet and white glittery Dr Martens."
Photographer's credit: www.newroadphotography.com
Read the full real wedding in our October/November issue - available to download for free now.
After a summer of lockdown, it’s been a difficult time for the wedding industry and suppliers who are used to working closely together. To find out a bit more about the inspiration for the shoot, we spoke to Chloe Morgan, the wedding coordinator at Blakelands Country House: “We mutually agreed on a boho theme as we feel the simple colours are going to become very popular with weddings in the future. Emily Grosvenor started off the inspiration with her make-up palettes of soft pinks and nudes. From there, Clare’s Weddings came up with the most fabulous flowers, going for a simple and rustic feel and all the other finer details stemed from there. We’re so lucky to have a large site so we could all socially distance and still have a great time! We hope this shoot gives couples some inspiration and trust that we will have fabulous weddings, even during COVID-19.”
Photographer's credit: www.shepherdphotography.co.uk
See the full shoot in our October/November issue – available to download for free now.