Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Picture of the Day – Jess Yarwood Photography

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Bride and groom standing by wall at bottom of steps - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

Image © Jess Yarwood Photography

Website: www.jessyarwood.co.uk

Blog: www.jessyarwood.co.uk/blog

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A Tutbury Castle Wedding with a Medieval Handfasting Ceremony

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Oh how we love these pictures by Liga Stevenson Photography of Victoria and Dane’s amazing Tutbury Castle wedding. Victoria and Dane decided to express their love of vintage throughout their wedding, and styled their wedding with cute handmade items including bunting, a vintage suitcase card box, pictures, signs and flowers. They even had their own beer created for their guests to enjoy, ‘Williamson Wedding Ale’.

During the afternoon celebrations their guests enjoyed drinks, fun and games in the castle grounds; how we love to see a hula hooping bride and groom!

Bride and groom touching heads with sun shining between them

In the evening, Victoria and Dane has a Medieval handfasting ceremony, where their hands were bound with cord and a knot formed. This type of ceremony is part of the Medieval history of Tutbury Castle, so it’s lovely to see the pictures of such a special and unique ceremony being performed.

We hope you enjoy browsing through these fabulous pictures.

Vintage, British Style

“Our Tutbury Castle wedding was themed along a vintage, British style. Most things were homemade, with both families and friends playing a big part in the whole day coming together.

“There were lots of games to be played for the children and adults alike. Our fist dance was to ‘Heaven’ by Bryan Adams, which was playing when we got engaged at New Year 2016.

Medieval Handfasting Ceremony

“We had a Medieval handfasting ceremony when the sun had gone down. This consists of binding the hands with cord, wrapping it around both hands, and then taking the cord off to form a knot. This is to show the unbreakable bond, and it’s rumoured to potentially be the origin of “tying the knot”. You also both drink from the same cup and light one candle from two individual ones, which symbolises the unity together as one. Finally, the couple jump a broom to symbolise their jumping from an old life to a new life.”

Message to bridesmaid on gift bag

Mens shoes on chair

Bridal bouquets on table

Hip flask

Detail on wedding dress

Shoes and veil on bed

Bride to be texting

Bride wearing wedding dress with long train

Bride helping dad put buttonhole on

Priory Church of St. Mary and Tutbury

Young ushers at church entrance

Inside Priory Church of St. Mary and Tutbury

Flowers on pew end in church

Groom and best man sitting in church before ceremony

Groom's buttonhole

Bride entering church

Groom and best man turning to see bride walk down the aisle

Father walking bride down the aisle

Sheet music

Vicar taking wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony in Priory Church of St. Mary and Tutbury

Bride and groom sitting in church

Groom signing marriage register

Bridal party kneeling in church

Bride and groom leaving church

Bride and groom kissing outside church

Young boy holding up bride's train on wedding dress

Bride and groom closing eyes as they walk through confetti shower

Mascot on Bentley wedding car

Bride and groom sitting in back of wedding car

Tutbury castle sign

Wedding reception this way sign

Car driving up driveway towards Tutbury Castle

Bride and groom kiss in back of wedding car

South Tower sign at Tutbury Castle

Bride and groom looking at view from tower at Tutbury Castle View from tower at Tutbury Castle

Bride and groom with arms outstretched holding bouquet

Bride and groom at the top of Tutbury Castle tower

Bride resting head on groom

Groom kissing bride on head

Bride and groom's hands on bride's bouquet

Bride and groom entering wedding reception

Bride and groom's outstretched hands

Bride with hand to mouth listening to father of the bride speech

Toast after wedding speech

Photo collage of bride and groom when they were young

Guest book table

Sign asking wedding guests to sign a wooden heart

Signed wooden hearts

Suitcase for wedding cards

Tag on suitcase

Pen personalised with Mr and Mrs names

Wicker heart on wall

Wedding ale

Heart hanging on wall

Wooden heart decoration

Tiered wedding cake on log slice

Purple bridal bouquet

Cutting wedding cake

Long table at wedding with cheese and crackers

Hearts strung across front of table

Cheese board

Crackers for cheese

Ruin at Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle wall

Guest relaxing in grounds of Tutbury Castle

Lanterns on wall

Grounds of Tutbury Castle

Man and girl playing with hula hoops

Wedding guest hula hooping

Bride and groom hula hooping

Bride and groom kissing at sunset

Lit lanterns in a row on wall

Medieval celebrant

Bride and groom holding candles

Medieval handfasting ceremony at Tutbury Castle wedding

Medieval celebrant holding up broomstick

Bride and groom's first dance

Tutbury Castle at night

Images © Liga Stevenson Photography

Reception Venue: Tutbury Castle

Ceremony Venue: Priory Church of St. Mary and Tutbury

Wedding Dress: David Tutera from The Wedding Dress and Prom Dress Outlet, Burton-on-Trent

Bride’s Shoes: Marks and Spencer

Suits: Jon Paul Menswear, Swadlincote

Bridesmaids: Dessy Dresses from Me and Mrs Jones, Burton-on-Trent

Flowers: Wild Orchid Florist, Burntwood

Cake: Celebration Cakes, Tamworth

Catering: New Farm Catering, Hanbury

Transport: Wedding Cars of Derby

Stationery and Decorations: Homemade

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Picture of the Day – AVA Images

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Bride and groom in rowing boat on lake - Picture by AVA Images

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Website: www.avaimages.co.uk

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Hen Party Workshops – Exciting and Creative Activities

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Forget about primping and preening with a relaxing hen weekend… it’s time to get crafty. There are a whole load of exciting and creative hen party workshops where you can learn or hone a skill – with the addition of naked men, of course. Lauren of Last Night of Freedom rounds them all up.

Bake with a Legend

Get ready to lovingly erect your buns and conquer the dreaded soggy bottom on your hen do.

Bake with a Legend baking hen party workshop

That’s right – this is baking, GBBO style, with our Bake with a Legend activity. Our all-new and exciting hen party activity will take you on a doughy journey – inspired from the hit TV show.

You’ll bake with former (and legendary, hence the name) contestants of the programme. We’re not talking minor stars. Howard Middleton, the unsuspecting victim of custard gate and Bake Off memes. Paul Jagger, the creator of the world-famous lion in bread (rendering Paul Hollywood speechless…). Ian Cumming, the runner up of season six. Glenn Cosby, renowned for his supersize baking talents. Those are just some of your expert teachers. You’ll even get a glass of Prosecco, snacks throughout the class and prizes for Star Baker. On your marks, get set, bake!

Graffiti Workshop

Get out and paint the streets of London (not literally) on your hen party with a graffiti workshop.

Graffiti Hen Party Workshop

With this activity, anything goes. Channel your inner Banksy and get creative (and covered) as you learn spray paint and stencil techniques under the guidance of an expert (not Banksy – our contacts only stretch so far).

You’ll produce your own masterpiece and go on a whirlwind tour of East London’s infamous street art, seeing work from the likes of Banksy (him again), Shepard Fairey, Invader and Jimmy C.

Naked Chocolatier Party

Semi-naked men and melted chocolate… no need to go on any further.

Naked Chocolatier Hen Party Activity

But we will (professionals). Putting the (edible) treats to one side for a moment, the beauty of this naked chocolatier party is, of course, the men. The chocolatiers, wearing only an apron, will be on hand to pour out your drinks, which you can bring to the venue, and look pretty as you make, bake, pipe and decorate truffles.

On to the food. You’ll be working with mouthwatering Belgian chocolate, and you can even take your hen party truffles home, all wrapped up in a gorgeous gift box.

Thai Cooking Class

There are regular cooking classes, and there are Thai cooking classes (do you see where we’re going…?).

Thai Cooking Class hen party activity

Thai food is famously sumptuous and flavoursome and you’ll get hands-on with a three-course cooking class. You’ll enjoy a welcome drink (of course) to get the creative juices flowing, before splitting into teams – this means war – and preparing your extravagant feast. There’ll even be team games to make it all the more competitive.

This all takes place against the backdrop of Leeds’ most popular Thai restaurant, with its own secret Palm Sugar Lounge bar, close to the city’s busiest nightlife areas.

Perfume Making

There’s nothing more exclusive than creating your own signature perfume.

Perfume Making hen party activity

All the celebs are jumping on the bandwagon, and it’s time for you to hop on too. You’ll single-handedly put Debenhams out of business with a luxury perfume making class, with the addition of bubbly to make it even more glamorous.

The expert perfume stylist will provide fragrant perfume blends to sample, alongside scent strips, atomisers and bottles. You’ll then choose your mouthwatering notes and the stylist will put it all together into one beautiful scent. Plus, you’ll receive a certificate of completion at the end of the class.

Fire Breathing

You’ve heard of baking, painting and naked men… but let’s add fire breathing to this heady, hen weekend mix.

Fire Breathing

This spectacular workshop takes place in one of our most notorious locations to date; Amsterdam. The Queen of the Netherlands is a city full of intrigue and excitement, and none more so than this.

You’ll get to grips with this exceptional talent with the help of a pro. The expert will explain the dos and don’ts of breathing fire (not to set anyone alight etc.) before you demonstrate your newfound skills towards the end of the masterclass. You’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a practice session with water…

Meditation and Matcha Tea Making

Join Instagram’s biggest hype and get a whole load of new followers (priorities) on your relaxing hen weekend.

Woman Drinking Tea

Channel your inner Gwyneth Paltrow with a magnificent meditation and matcha tea making workshop. It’s the perfect recovery the morning after.

You’ll experience the art of Japanese meditation and enter a blissful mode of consciousness, using relaxing techniques, before making your very own matcha tea. This tea has hidden benefits (not just Instagram followers), and is famous for aiding weight loss, soothing stress and is even rich in amino acids.

Guest post by Lauren Green of Last Night of Freedom

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Picture of the Day – Honeydew Moments

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Bride and military groom smiling - Picture by Honeydew Moments

Image © Honeydew Moments

Website: www.honeydewmoments.co.uk

Blog: www.honeydewmoments.co.uk/blog

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Win Tickets to the Quintessentially Weddings Atelier

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The Wedding Community has teamed up with Quintessentially Weddings Atelier to offer you the chance to win one of ten pairs of tickets to this incredible luxury bridal event.

Quintessentially Wedding Atelier Spring 2017 Dates

The Quintessentially Weddings Atelier is a wonderful event where the finest wedding designers and artisans come together for this highly curated experience. Brides and grooms will have access to the most exclusive and talented designers, florists, jewellers, gastronomes and craftsmen across the spectrum of elite wedding planning. Brands already confirmed to showcase this year include Ritva Westenius, The Couture Gallery, ER Stationery, The Wedding Filmmakers and florist to royalty, Larry Walshe.

Table Styling at Quintessentiallyatelier.com Quintessentially Weddings Atelier

Combining finesse and impeccable taste, the Atelier promises to be the ultimate destination for distinguished brides and grooms, helping them to curate their own luxury fairytale wedding.

This exciting event will take place at the iconic West End hotel, The Langham, and will run from 31st March to the 2nd April.

Friday 31st March: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 1st April: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 2nd April: 11am – 4pm

How to Enter

To win a pair of Quintessentially Weddings Atelier tickets, worth £70, simply answer the following question…


Start and End Dates

This competition will start on 23rd February 2017 and end at 12 noon on 22nd March 2017.

Buy Quintessentially Weddings Atelier Tickets

If you don’t win, tickets for the Quintessentially Weddings Atelier are available for £35 per person.

Book online at quintessentiallyatelier.com

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18
  2. By entering the competition you are accepting these terms and conditions
  3. The prize includes one pair of tickets to the Quintessentially Weddings Atelier, worth £70 per pair
  4. Tickets valid on any day, 31st March 2017 to the 2nd April 2017
  5. The competition closes at 12noon on 22nd March 2017
  6. The winners will be chosen at random and notified via the email address used to enter
  7. If the winner fails to claim their prize within five days of notification, The Wedding Community will select a new winner from the eligible entries
  8. Only one entry allowed per person
  9. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-negotiable
  10. The prize winners will receive a code enabling them to book tickets online at no cost
  11. The information provided will only be used for this competition
  12. The Wedding Community’s decision is final

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Picture of the Day – Claire Basiuk Photography

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Sun shining between bride and groom - Picture by Claire Basiuk Photography

Image © Claire Basiuk Photography

Website: www.clairebasiuk.co.uk

Blog: www.clairebasiuk.co.uk/blog

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Getting to Know – PhotosBooths

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PhotosBooths Logo

Company Name: PhotosBooths

Interview with: Patrick Sampson

Location: London, covering weddings all over the country

What is PhotosBooths?

PhotosBooths is a professional photo booth provider. We cater to all types of events, including weddings, parties and corporate functions. We have a range of different booths available, and offer a wide selection of customisations so couples can tailor their photo booth to suit their theme.

Picture of wedding guests with hats and glasses taken in Photosbooths wedding photo booth

How did PhotosBooths start and how long has the business been going?

PhotosBooths began in 2011 as photo booths started to gain popularity at weddings and parties around the UK. Several of our team members were professional wedding photographers, and noticed that booths started to appear at the weddings we were covering. We decided to start offering photo booth services, with an emphasis on great quality photos and affordable pricing.

Who works at PhotosBooths and what are your roles?

We have a small team of six attendants and assistants. All our team members have at least three years experience in the photo booth industry, and extensive training on every aspect of our booths.

Picture of wedding guests with hat, moustache and glasses taken in Photosbooths wedding photo booth

Which areas do you cover?

Our main coverage areas are London and the Home Counties, but we have provided booths at weddings all over the country. We always try to accommodate our clients, wherever they need our services.

What services does PhotosBooths offer for weddings?

We specialise in photo booths and have a range of styles and types available. Our photo booths include selfie pods and fully enclosed booths, and we have a selection of different features available with each type of booth.

Picture of wedding guests with fake ears, traffic cone hat and fish hat taken in Photosbooths wedding photo booth

What type of packages do you offer?

Our photo booth packages come with a wide range of inclusions, no matter how long your hire period. Every package comes with…

  • Complimentary guest book
  • A wide choice of props
  • Unlimited prints
  • Print layout customisation
  • HD video messaging
  • Photo filters
  • Background customisations

How long can couples hire the booth for?

There are no restrictions on the total length of hire, but most couples choose to hire our booths for three or four hours. This should provide ample time for all of your guests to have some fun in the booth. However, we have had some booths hired for as long as eight hours for a wedding.

Picture of wedding guests with Minnie Mouse ears, glasses and Spiderman mark taken in Photosbooths wedding photo booth

How many pictures do you provide for guests?

All our packages include unlimited prints, so your guests can have as many photos as they like. We also make sure there is an extra copy of each photo strip to stick into the guest book.

Do the bride and groom get a copy of all the pictures?

Yes, the bride and groom receive both a hard copy of their prints (within their guest book), and a digital copy which they are can reprint and distribute on social media.

Picture of wedding guests with mask, fish hat and fake ears taken in Photosbooths wedding photo booth

What props are available for guests?

We have a wide range of props available, including masks, wigs, giant microphones, novelty hats, glasses, and all the usual props that guests enjoy at weddings. We are regularly ordering in new props, and always try to accommodate special requests.

What sets PhotosBooths apart from other photo booth hire companies?

The two main aspects are our affordable prices and our passion for high-quality photos. Our photo booth packages start from as little as £260, and our photo booths produce studio-quality photos.

Picture of wedding guest Spiderman mask taken in Photosbooths wedding photo booth

Describe PhotosBooths in three words.

Professional, affordable, reliable

Tell us a little bit about ‘A Day in the Life of’ PhotosBooths

We have events on almost every day of the week throughout the year, so we’re always busy. Most events are in the evenings, so our mornings usually involve admin work and booth maintenance. Our admin involves replying to quote requests, liaising with clients and preparing customised print layouts. Our photo booth maintenance includes recharging batteries, uploading previous event photos, cleaning the touchscreens, testing all the electrics, and ensuring the booth is in great shape for the next event.

When it is time to leave for an event, we always leave ample time to travel to the venue in case of unforeseen traffic and delays. Once there, we quickly and quietly assemble the booths before guests start their fun.

Our attendants always stay with the booth, helping guests use the booth and write in the guest book. At the end of the booking, our attendants swiftly remove the booth from the venue, leaving the guests to enjoy the rest of the event.

Picture of wedding guests with mark, traffic cone hat and glasses taken in Photosbooths wedding photo booth

Random question… If you could have anyone in your photo booth, who would it be and why?

I have always thought it would be interesting to meet King Henry VIII. He would also likely be the largest person to have entered one of our booths.

Where can people find out more about PhotosBooths?

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