Saturday 3rd February saw me and Al traveling 227 miles up to Tatton Park in Cheshire, where Bride: The Wedding Show was being held in association with Cheshire Life. I have been eagerly waiting for this event to come around, as I was curious as to what exactly made this show the leading wedding event in the North West. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by deer roaming around in the 1,000 acre park and despite the grey skies and drizzly weather we needn’t of worried about our spirits being dampened.

When we saw the huge white marquee, nothing could have prepared us for what was to come. It was everything a bride imagines at her first wedding show and more! I instantly fell in love with the magnificent 4 Weddings Gospel Choir and String Infusion, who sounded like angels singing. And despite the event attracting hundreds of couples from across the UK, we were greeted by a lovely gentleman who directed us to the VIP desk for our tickets to the Fashion Show – more on that later!

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After collecting our tickets, we proceeded through the main entrance where I was given my very own copy of the latest Cheshire Bride magazine and a showguide which outlined over 150 exhibitors that were showcasing as this year’s event. With the show in its 16th year, brides and grooms where spoilt for choice and really could plan their whole day under one roof.

Whilst, I was eager to meet all of the incredible exhibitors, Al was keen to grab a beer from the Prosecco Pot and locate the toilets – we had just travelled non-stop for over 4 hours. So we headed to the other end of the marquee, with me ohhh and ahhing as we went, poor Al. Once we had freshened up we took a moment to soak in the show, whilst listening to Six15 Events who totally changed my perspective of jazz music and made me reconsider my music choices. The prosecco went down a treat and got me in the mood for exploring, first we made a beeline for Church Mouse Cheeses who do the cutest cheese cakes and actually got Al excited. I swear you mention food, beer or cars and his ears go up!

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Owen House Wedding Barn

The Prosecco Pot

Church Mouse Cheeses

The lovely John from  Church Mouse Cheeses was incredibly helpful and told us a bit more about what they offer and explained that delivering to the South East where we reside, wasn’t an issue at all. I might have been nibbling on some of the rather tasty cheddar, whilst digesting this information. John’s passion for the product left us both feeling excited about the prospect of a ploughman’s buffet for our wedding in the evening.

 

Everywhere we looked we were amazed by the incredible designs and floral arrangements from Springbank Flowers, Red Floral Architecture, Owen House Wedding Barn and Knutsford Bloom.

After a jam-packed morning full of inspiration, sensational performances and prosecco, it was time to make our way to the VIP area for the choreographed catwalk show which featured Cheshire Bridalwear, 7th Heaven Bridal, Maria Modes, J&J Designs, The Bridal Lounge, Knutsford Wedding Gallery, Nigel Rayment, Slater Menswear and Groom. All of the models were absolutely brilliant and made the show feel relaxed, fun and professional.

Sadly, like all good things, the event flew by in a haze of beautiful dresses, entertaining performances, delicious food and drink, friendly faces and breathtaking floral displays. Bride The Show really did live up to its reputation as the leading wedding event in the North West. Whilst, my bank balance is begging me not to go planning the renewal of my vows just yet, if you are lucky enough to be planning your wedding, then make sure you check out one of their shows, that are up and down the country, and definitely book VIP tickets for the fashion show – it’s not to be missed!

 

I would love to know how your planning is going. Leave a comment below.

 

Love Emma.

XxXx

 

I was invited to this event by Carousel PR, however all opinions and photos are my own.

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Every little girl dreams of the day she will try on her dress, the one that makes her feel like a real life princess. Of course after discovering the one a bride turns her search to nailing down the perfect dress for those special ladies in her life – her bridesmaids.

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Today I was that bride that took a very exciting journey down to White Dresses and Tiaras. From the moment I stepped into the boutique I was greeted with an array of stunning bridal designs adorned with beautiful intricate details and glistening beads that sparkled as the sunlight captured them. We were quickly greeted by the lovely Jodie who immediately offered us refreshments and showed us to our very own private corner where we could enjoy the VIP experience even more.

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After receiving mediocre customer service from other bridal shops in the past, it was wonderful to be able to enjoy a bridal experience like no other. Jodie was incredibly helpful and offered both myself and my special ladies a tailor made service that met our every need. No request was too much, White Dresses and Tiaras really do set the perfect tone for pure bridal bliss. From appointment confirmations and reminders to personalised fittings for each one of your special ladies, I can’t recommend White Dresses and Tiaras enough. My only regret is that I didn’t discover this incredible boutique sooner. Moral of the story like all great things, you can’t hurry love.

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With Thanks to White Dresses and Tiaras for an unforgettable day.

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Precious moments captured.

As a Bride-To-Be I am all too aware of how intense it can be when it comes to choosing those special people to make your big day one to remember – for all the right reasons. After all, your wedding suppliers can make or break your day. So, I have decided to start a series of posts called ‘Bride Diaries’ where I will interview some of the industry’s top suppliers on all those questions you need asking.

Here to help me kick off this series is the lovely ‘Nicki Feltham’ whose personality not only shines through in her work, but also in everything she does. You may have already heard me mention her a couple of times over on Instagram and that is because me and Al have decided that she would be the perfect person to capture all of our precious memories on our wedding day. So, over to Nicki and all things wedding related.

How much should I expect to spend on a good Photographer and is it something worth spending money on just for one day?

I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to this question. Everyone has a budget and everyone has priorities – for some they want to spend all their money on their dress or the food or mode of transport but they’re not fussed who takes the photos so they get a friend to take some snaps. For some they will cut corners everywhere possible in order to afford the photographer whose work they love and trust just so that they can have beautiful lasting memories of what was important to them on their wedding day – not the car that drove them there, not the dress they wore but all the people who came to see them get married… their beloved friends and family, So you could say the price is irrelevant. Personally I think if I fell in love with someone’s work and they were priced reasonably (around the £1.5 -£2k mark) then I would make every step possible to hire them for my day. Although a wedding isn’t really just one day either, it is the beginning of the book, the start of the first chapter in a married couple’s lives. So you could look upon photography as an investment rather than a one-off payment – also to a photographer it is much more than just one day’s work of course.

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Non-intrusive, natural shots simply capturing the day as it unfolds.

There is so much choice when it comes to photographers. How do I pick one that is right for us?

There are a lot of photographers out there it’s true! Anyone with a camera can call themselves a photographer now, in fact that’s how I started! Look for someone’s work you love, who’s consistently good, who’s been around a while, who comes recommended … ask to see a full gallery, chat to them to get a feel for who they really are. Then If you click (excuse the pun) it’s all good!

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A good relationship with your photographer is important if you want to ensure you achieve images like this one.

When should I book my photographer?

The popular ones do get booked up a year or so in advance for the key dates in July and August – to avoid disappointment book as early as you can I’d say!

Any tips on how to find the right photographer?

Ask your friends on Facebook for recommendations then just start trawling the web! You can search for hashtags on Instagram too. Alternatively, you could look through the wedding blogs to see if anyone’s work jumps out at you.

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See whose work stands out.

Any questions I should ask my photographer when meeting them?

Just get to know them – more important than anything is that you get along with the photographer so you could ask them anything and chat about what ever you want. You could ask how they shoot a wedding day too…but if your photographer is right for you and you have checked their work out prior to meeting them then you’ll know roughly how they shoot – be it staged and posed with a big flash set ups or natural ninja style so your guests don’t really notice!

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Nicki working her natural ninja style.

What made you want to get into wedding photography and have you always been a photographer?

I love to make people smile, I’m a people pleaser I think – always have been. Capturing people smiling I’ve realised is just as rewarding as making them smile so rather than become a wedding crasher I thought it best to pick up a camera and still go as a sort of guest – happy to smile and chat with guests but with a hidden agenda; when they all relaxed and happy in my company I step away and capture the fun, laughter and smiles and I love it! I didn’t at first the thought of capturing a wedding day filled me with fear… I still get nervous before every one I shoot but once I’m there it all goes away as the feelings around me and the happiness I witness takes over. Before I became a photographer I was a full-time mum-Oh actually hold on, I still am a full-time mum! No one’s taken over that job for me…I just work long crazy hours! Before that I worked as a tour operator and booked people’s holidays for them!

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“I step away and capture the fun, laughter and smiles and I love it!”

Apart from photography, what else do you like to do in your spare time?

I love walking, playing the guitar, going out with friends, having friends over, visiting family…I fill my time with as much fun and happiness as I can I’m not happy unless I’m busy, for someone who sits and edits an awful lot I don’t do sitting still very well.

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How beautiful is this bouquet?

Can I specify what shots I want taken by my photographer?

Yes – if you have a god parent or special relative or friend the photographer wouldn’t necessarily know about and you have a lot of guests it might be worth letting them know…also occasionally it’s a wedding taking place in a family church and the bride’s grandma had a certain photo in the church gardens by the lych gate that she wants replicated and that’s fine. Maybe there’s a charm on your bracelet that was your mum’s…all things like this that the photographer wouldn’t automatically know about are good to mention. Otherwise again with trust you can be assured your photographer will do their own thing and be capturing all the fun from their eyes.

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“A good photograph to me is one that portrays emotion and feelings.”

What makes a good photograph?

Being in focus is good, the perfect light helps, composition is handy but honestly…truthfully… a good photo to me is the one that portrays emotion and feeling. One that makes you go ahhh or laugh out loud. One that causes you to react – maybe even cry. That’s a good photo!

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Pinterest worthy photography.

What is your favourite subject matter to shoot?

People – definitely. I love capturing people…

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“A wedding isn’t really just one day either, it is the beginning of the book, the start of the first chapter in a married couple’s lives.”

A big thank you to the beautiful Nicki from Nicki Feltham Photography  for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some wedding related questions. If you are thinking of booking a photographer for your big day and would like to see some more of Nicki’s stunning work, then click on the links below.

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I really hope that this post has left you feeling inspired and perhaps even excited, not only for your big day, but also when it comes to finding the best photographer that you both so deserve. Getting married in 2018? I would love to hear all about your plans or just drop me a message for a chat. Have a fabulous Friday.

Love Emma,

XxXx

This is not a sponsored post and all views are my own. Any images used throughout this post remain the sole property of Nicki Feltham.

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Meet Matt an avid juicer.

Meet Vits and Kicks, a quirky mobile pop up cocktail bar. After working for several years in the hospitality industry, most recently at The Arts Club in Dover Street and as Club Manager at L’Escargot in Soho, Matt decided that he wanted to combine his passion for all things health and nutrition related  with a healthy dose of fun. This concept led to the launch of V+K who are passionate about promoting a healthy alternative for those who are seeking a balance between life and fun. Their unique approach means that you can enjoy that refreshingly cool cocktail full of fresh natural ingredients, without having to worry about artificial sweeteners or concentrated juices.

So, If you are looking for a new way to quench your thirst then V+K offer a wide selection of top-notch drinks filled with super nutritious ingredients. They primarily serve alcohol based cocktails. However, if you and your guests do require something with a little less kick, then V+K also provide some tasty mocktails. All of V+K’s range is made up of fresh natural ingredients. What’s more their recent collaboration at the ‘Taste of London’ event with 55Above also means you get to experience a cocktail like no other, thanks to their unique range of naturally flavoured vodkas ranging from toffee, pineapple and coconut.

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Toffee Kick (Toffee Vodka, Fresh ground coffee, banana, raisins and almond milk.)

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Mean Green 55 (Pineapple Vodka, spinach, pineapple, cucumber,apple juice and a dash of lemon).

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Passion Fashion (Coconut Vodka, pineapple, fresh passion fruit and some chili for that extra kick).

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A selection from the V+K range.

In addition to their fabulous range of fruit based cocktails, V+K also offer a personalised service that reflects you as a couple, as well as a flexible pricing structure to ensure they meet your exact requirements when it comes to providing the best possible service to you and your guests. So if you want to ensure that your big day is both relaxing and fun then click on the link below.

Vits and Kicks are available to hire for  pop ups, festivals, private events, parties and weddings. Please go to www.vitsandkicks.co.uk for more information.

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V+K at a recent ‘Taste of London’ event.

A Great alternative for Weddings if you want something less prentious.

A Great alternative for Weddings if you want something less pretentious.

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The very lovely V+K are offering a 10% discount to all of the special couples who book their wedding with them by the end of 2016.

 

 

 

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Beautiful Almonry Barn in the heart of Somerset.

Beautiful ‘Almonry Barn’ in the heart of Somerset.

So you have finally found that perfect venue for your big day and have booked your first venue visit. Exciting times are ahead, but before you go slipping into your dreamy ‘Pininterest’ inspired world of Weddings.

It is important to remember that the venue will ultimately set the tone for the whole of your day. What’s more venues do take up a large chunk of your final budget. With this in mind, it is important to make a note of your basic requirements and questions, so you can take these with you when you go to visit your potential venue.

Here is a list of questions that both myself and Al decided to ask our venue:

  • Is our date available?
  • Is Wi-Fi available for guests?
  • Is VAT included in the final price?
  • Do you offer a payment  plan?
  • Are Fireworks permitted?
  • Can we leave cars overnight on the premises?
  • When can suppliers have access to the site?
  • Can our marquee company have access to carry out a risk assessment prior to the event?
  • When can we set up?
  • When do we need to pack up and leave?
  • What is the finish time?
  • Do you have any sound restrictions in place?
  • Do you charge corkage?
  • Can we use external suppliers/Caterers?
  • Do we need a generator for our marquee?
  • What is the typical setup?
  • Do you provide tables/chairs?
  • What’s included in the final price?
  • What is the cost for a civil ceremony?
  • Can we decorate the venue?
  • Are candles permitted inside the barn?
  • Is confetti permitted?
  • Are pets permitted?
  • Are high heel shoes permitted inside the barn?
  • Can we bring our parents to view the venue at a later stage?

Final Notes

Remember to check out their website prior to your visit, as many venues tend to answer some of the basic questions regarding exclusive use, venue capacity, basic facilities, costs and may even provide a basic guide on the venue prior to your visit.

Have you found this post helpful? Make sure you check back next week for an exciting post on a new and upcoming wedding supplier.

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