Dresses by Velvet Birdcage

Velvet Birdcage is a wedding dress boutique in Findon, West Sussex. It has been run by sisters Amy and Katie Sykes for more than 15 years and their designs have been featured on screen and in print. They pride themselves on dressing shapes, not sizes and they use the tagline ‘exclusive designs, inclusive of everyone’. With their vast experience they can offer advice on styles that will match certain themes, dresses that suit certain body types, and fabrics that flatter.   They have some great advice on their website about which bridal styles suit different shaped bodies, for example ‘smaller…

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Supplier Spotlight – Tailored Entertainment

Some people will immediately know the bands or acts they’d like at their wedding, but for some it can be stressful, and hard to know where to start. Tailored Entertainment aim to make finding the right wedding entertainment as easy as possible. Simply browse through an extensive list of professional bands and musicians located across the UK. You can search by genre, price and location. You can watch video previews online so why not have some fun with it? Make a night of it, get the snacks and the drinks in. Think of it like a virtual gig… or virtual…

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Supplier Spotlight – Elizabeth James Events

Sometimes you just need to pimp your wedding don’t you? Add touches that are downright Insta-worthy to wow your guests… Go Big Or Go Home Elizabeth James Events is a trend-led decor and prop hire company with bases in the north and south of the UK. We love their hire collection and they’ve been involved in some amazing shoots. Above photos: 1) Jenny Appleton Photo & Film 3) Rebecca Kerr Photography On their site you can browse their products by collection; The White Collection, The Reclaimed Collection, The Floral Collection, The Copper Collection, The Neon Collection. Above photo (centre): Leesha…

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Supplier Spotlight – Rent Event

When I was preparing this post I kept thinking ‘my son would love this’… Then I thought ‘maybe I should get married?’. Then I thought ‘no Helen, take him to a funfair’. All these photos feature Eastbourne-based Rent Event‘s hire items. They specialise in bell tents, furniture and games, but they offer a lot more besides. If you’re planning a laid-back, fun, family-friendly wedding then make sure you check out Rent Event because they can provide so much; from the marquee to the furniture, bell tents, props, PA, lighting and more. Their fun style really lends itself to festival or…

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Jack & Dario’s Fun Fareham Wedding

Jack & Dario’s wedding plans were scuppered by Covid but luckily they only had to postpone their reception for a month. They tell us all about their relaxed, fun day… Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. We wanted something that looked rustic yet polished. We are both fairly low maintenance, so wanted something that was naturally beautiful and didn’t need too much adding to be ‘wedding-ready’. We like natural colour and tones so Nest & Anchor in Fareham was the perfect location for us. It has beautiful brickwork, and was intimate enough for the number of…

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Q&A with Hampshire Wedding Photographer Sarah Hoyle

Sarah Hoyle is a down-to-earth, nature-loving, wedding photographer from Hampshire. Natural, relaxed and honest photography is her thing… I caught up with her to dig a little deeper and find out what inspires her, and where her passions lie. Q. Hi Sarah! Please tell us about your background and how you got into photography? A. I was a teacher of Art and Photography for 12 years! I started my business alongside the teaching job when I went on maternity leave with my first child, then when I had my second I gave up teaching all together and dived into full…

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Maz & Shaun’s Big Fat Greek Wedding… in Sussex!

Today we’re pleased to feature Maz & Shaun’s Greek-themed wedding. We absolutely love the pastel suits, the Airstream and the Greek Taverna foodie vibes… Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. We really wanted to incorporate Maz’s Greek-Cypriot heritage but also pay homage to the gorgeous, rustic barn at Pangdean so we had lots of small touches, like olive leaves, being a consistent theme on favours, stationery and in our flowers. Equally, our food was Greek-Cypriot inspired. Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage? A. We wanted the…

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Earthy Outdoor Weddings at Chiddinglye

Today we hear from Becky Cook who runs The Garden Chef and Patrick’s Barn at Chiddinglye in Sussex. She tells us what they wanted to portray from this earthy natural shoot, and how special Happy Valley is if you want to make nature a big part of your day (and I for one would really love to hug one of those amazing ancient trees!) Over to Becky… We really love smaller weddings, weddings that reflect the couple and the things that are important to them. We relish helping our couples on an individual basis and building their perfect days, working…

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Sarah & Tom’s Relaxed Waterside Wedding in Itchenor, West Sussex

Sarah & Tom’s wedding plans were scuppered by Covid so by the time they had their reception it was all about friends and family gathering, and the P.A.R.T.Y. Jason Williams has captured the love and laughter perfectly in his signature photography style. Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. We knew we wanted a venue that was by the sea/water, as we both love spending our spare time at the beach or in the sea. We also wanted a fairly laid-back wedding, and really wanted a party to celebrate with our friends and family. There wasn’t a…

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Abbie & Ollie’s Colourful, Relaxed Brighton Wedding

Abbie & Ollie didn’t feel a tradition wedding suited them so they opted for a civil partnership at Brighton Pavilion followed by lunch on the seafront… and a midnight swim. Q. What was the theme/style for your big day? A. The style of the day was “colourful, comfortable & chic”. We wanted guests to feel like they could dress down or dress up, express themselves and feel stylish but relaxed. Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage? A. The most important thing for us was that the day felt real and…

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