Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis in local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in the North West.
To celebrate the re-launch of weddings, a team of local suppliers came together to create these gorgeous images at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel. Alicia Marie Weddings and Chelsea from Seed & Wild tell us more: “The venue has a beautiful English country garden and our aim was to enhance the ambience through the use of delicate fresh florals while introducing subtle touches of luxury with gold cutlery and crystal glassware. Embracing a seasonal colour palette, we introduced pops of pale yellow, crisp white and soft golds to create a sense of spring.”
Photographer's credit: www.daisychainphotography1.co.uk
See the full shoot in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.
Make-up artist, Amy Brown tells us how you can incorporate pastel shades into your make-up.
Amy says: "2021 is all about pastels, which can easily be incorporated into your theme through your flowers and make-up. A pop of colour can be applied subtly through your eye shadow or liner, allowing you to keep the rest of your make-up bridal. These hues go well with a light liquid blush and soft lip, creating a fresh look.
"Those of you wanting a more vibrant style could go for a shimmer pigmented product. I recommend MAC Pigment Colour Powder or the Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadows; both are great for adding a hint of glistening colour to your day."
To find out more about Amy, visit www.amybrown-makeup.co.uk
Photographer's credit: www.claregelderdphotography.co.uk
Read the full Looking Your Best feature in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.
Multi-award-winning Sunshine Events based in Preston, Lancashire, has been busy throughout the pandemic rebranding as The Fun Experts. The rebrand is the peak of an almost two-decade journey of bringing exciting experiences to its clients. The founder and director, Sunny Sandwell, tells us: “In the year that the business turns 18, we wanted to take this exciting next step. From Sunshine Games to Sunshine Events, and now to The Fun Experts, it's a perfect time. It's not just a business for us, it's a lifestyle and a culture. Our mission is to make the world a more fun place to be, one smile at a time.”
The company has also brought all its products under one website and consolidated its social media accounts to ensure customers have a single point of contact for all enquiries. The website provides more than 400 pieces of equipment to hire, including gift boxes, games tables and much more.
To find out more, visit www.thefunexperts.co.uk
Read more news in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.
Emili and Ben were determined to have the perfect wedding regardless of restrictions and celebrated in the park with their family and friends.
“We loved the traditional style of St Peter's Church, and when visiting their services, we found that they were a lovely group of people,” shares the bride. “Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we weren't able to host a reception, so we decided to visit Avenham Park. Some of our friends and family joined us in the park in groups of six. It was a lovely day and a place which is close to our hearts.”
Photographer's credit: www.fish2.co.uk
Read the full real wedding in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.
Since the pandemic started, we've seen a change in styles, trends and colour schemes, so to help you find the perfect on-trend florist, we asked Chelsea Taylor-Davies from Seed & Wild more about her business.
"Seed & Wild is a bespoke wedding florist based in the little village of Warton on Lancashire's Fylde Coast," says Chelsea. "We're relatively new to the industry, having planned to launch right at the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. It slowed us down for sure but definitely didn't stop us from doing what we love! Our floral designs are delicate and graceful, focusing on the finest details and interesting textures. Purposeful details like a scent heavily influence our arrangements, helping us to create meaningful memories for years to come. Just catching the smell of sweet peas or garden roses in the air always brings back feelings of nostalgia for me, and I hope to do the same for you."
Photographer's credit: www.daisychainphotography1.co.uk
To find out more about Seed & Wild, visit www.seedandwild.co.uk
See more stunning flowers in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.
Hair and make-up artist Ely tells us how to look after your skin in the run-up to your big day.
"'Im a firm believer that what you put into your body shows on the outside, so good skin comes from within! Here are some of my top tips for creating a flawless look:
"Eat well – lots of greens and raw vegetables.
"Regular exercise, the type that gets you really sweaty, it's great for your complexion, and your pores will love you for it.
"Drink plenty of water! Try to avoid or reduce alcohol at least a week before the wedding as it dehydrates the skin.
"Sleep as much as you can in the run-up. As many magic eye potions and masks as there are out there, lack of sleep always shows! If you wake up with puffy eyes on the day, pop eye masks on, or simply hold a couple of cold teaspoons under your eyes for a minute or two."
To find out more about Ely, visit www.hairmakeupely.com
Read the full feature in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.
Emily and Thomas have known each other since they were children. “We attended the same nursery and secondary school,” says Emily. “We didn't meet properly until Sixth Form, where we quickly started dating and ended up attending the same university. Afterwards, we spent time living in different cities before moving back to Bolton, where we bought our first house together.”
Thomas popped the question during a trip to Amsterdam. “It was January 2019,” shares the bride. “At which point we'd been dating for almost nine years, so even he admits it was long overdue!”
Photographer's credit: www.shotbyamy.com
Read the full wedding in our June/July issue - available to download for free now.
Local florist, Bethany Byrne tells us how to find the perfect florist for your wedding day.
"Finding the perfect florist can be as easy as walking into the first shop you see and hitting it off, or it may take a few consultations and appointments to find the right one for you. The first thing you should look at is their previous work. Is it along the lines of what you're looking for, or could it be tweaked to suit your taste? During your appointment, make sure you let them know your style and inspiration, so they have something to work from. A good florist won't just say yes to everything you ask for but instead will give their opinions and ways in which you can get your desired look within your budget.
"If you're struggling to make a decision, ask a few suppliers to send you some images of inspiration and see which comes back the closest to your vision. This should hopefully show you who understands your style and requests."
To find out more about Bethany, visit www.flowersbyjemmaholmes.co.uk
Read more top tips in our April/May issue - available to download for free now.
Jo and Mark celebrated their love with a ceremony at their local church. "St Margaret's Church Prestwich is very close to where we lived, and we would go past it on the way to work or town," says Jo. "We always wanted to have our wedding at a local venue, and the church was perfect for us."
Photographer's credit: www.twoforjoyphotography.co.uk
Read the full real wedding in our April/May issue - available to download for free now.
When this shoot first landed in our inbox, we just knew our lovely readers would adore it. Wedding and events manager, Annabel Candler tells us more about the images: “Calthwaite Hall's new Orangery started life before lockdown but when it was finally complete a troop of local creatives set about styling the site to create a hippy and retro style shoot. Surrounded by lush gardens and set next to an epic grand home, we worked on showcasing how any personality could work in the setting. Steering away from the moody tones of trending shoots, we endeavoured to capture bold greens, stunning lighting and fashion-forward styling.”
Photographer's credit: www.helenwhitaker.com
See the full shoot in our April/May issue - available to download for free now.