Styled Shoot – Edgy, Intimate, Sustainable

Earlier this year Jude (stylist and venue owner of Wickerwood Farm) and Anna (floral designer from Tales from Apple Tree House) hatched a plan for an inspirational bridal shoot. They wanted to focus on intimate weddings (sign of the times) with an emphasis on sustainability, a subject close to both their hearts. The concept of the shoot was to depict the ever-changing seasons using dried flowers from Anna’s East Sussex cutting garden, as well as Jude’s interpretation of ‘festive luxe’. It shows how a smaller, intimate venue can be cleverly used to create a mood using natural, organic materials. The…

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Lockdown Resources

Hello! How is lockdown 2 treating you? Personally I’m thanking my lucky stars school is still open, and I’m feeling positive after the US election result and news of Covid vaccine. #summer2021 is trending on Twitter and I’m hopeful all my boat shed bookings for next year can go ahead, and we can get back to wedding fairs before too long. I’m missing co-working in the pub with fellow wedding suppliers but I’m getting back into Zoom catch ups to stay connected. I’m moving house this weekend (I’m moving within walking distance of The Boat Shed!) so I’m being kept…

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Citrus Love Styled Shoot at Manor Barn

Today photographer Masha Unwerth shares the inspiration behind her zingy late summer shoot… This shoot was inspired by the citrus colour palette and summer Italian heat! With the end of the summer approaching I felt mesmerised by the amazing weather we still had and wanted to create something bold to inspire brides-to-be. It was important to keep this colourful shoot bold and crisp. To empower couples wanting to incorporate the vibrant colour into their wedding design. As a photographer I associate the vibrant colours of citrus fruits with Tuscan sun, which led me to the overall theme, Citrus Love. We…

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Editor’s Faves ~ Elizabeth James Events

Elizabeth James Events is a forward-thinking, trend-driven decor hire company. They have an impressive portfolio of statement pieces that work in a variety of settings. We were lucky enough to work with their Hampshire team on our last shoot at The Boat Shed and they’ve since joined our online directory. I’ve picked a selection of my personal favourite pieces to share with you today. I’m sure you’ll agree… they’re pretty special. Helen x Pictured above: 1) Neon ‘To The Moon & Back’ sign. 2) ‘Happily Ever After’ neon sign on copper frame with pale blush and Pampas Grass florals. 3)…

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A Humble Covid-tastic Village Hall Wedding

Megan and Stuart from Worthing got married on 25th July this year… and I was supposed to go to their wedding damn it! In fact, not only was I a guest, I’d volunteered to provide 80 retro desserts for the reception. Margot’s Dessert Trolley. Trifle anyone? Obviously the whole world turned upside down and Megan and Stuart’s party were spared my attempts at Black Forrest Gateaux. I asked them some questions about their crazy journey to become man and wife. Q. When did you get engaged? And when did you start planning your wedding? A. We got engaged in November…

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Love Isn’t Cancelled – A Poem

The wedding industry has been all I’ve really known for the last ten years. It’s the career I’ve shaped for myself. I’ve made a life out of parties, celebrations… good times. I’ve made some of my best friends through the industry. Many of my industry friends and colleagues I haven’t seen since last winter, and somehow it’s the winter again and we don’t know when our paths will next cross. Today I spoke to my 95-year-old grandmother on the phone. She’s desperately worried about my work and income. Obviously I don’t want her to worry but I want to tell…

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Q&A with Entertainment Nation

Do you need some advice when it comes to booking wedding entertainment? Don’t know where to start? We highly recommend checking out Entertainment Nation. Read on for our Q&A with them… Q. Please give us a brief introduction to the business i.e. how Entertainment Nation works and how’s it’s beneficial to couples planning their wedding. A. Entertainment Nation act as the bridge between couples creating their perfect wedding and the UK’s highest quality entertainment. With so many bands, musicians, DJs and entertainers available it is sometimes hard to know where to start, but there’s no need to be overwhelmed: our…

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Lockdown Love Competition

Keri Clark, wedding hair stylist and make up artist (founder of Off Duty Wedding Hair & Makeup) has hand-selected a team of Kent-based creatives to offer an amazing Covid-friendly competition prize. The Prize On Saturday 19th December the team will be creating and styling a luxurious winter wedding setting at Oak Tree Barn, a beautiful rustic barn with modern industrial elements in the heart of Kent. A personalised blessing ceremony will be conducted by Bex the Celebrant in a chic ceremony setting styled by Olivia from The Collect Co in front of up to 13 of the chosen couple’s guests….

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Q&A with Sussex-based Wedding Photographer Elisa Photo

Our advertiser Elisa Photo has a unique edgy style which we love. We caught up with her to find out what makes her tick, and what she gets up to when she’s not shooting weddings… Q. Hi Elisa! Firstly, can you tell us how you describe your photography style?          A. I would say my style is creative, relaxed and fun but with an edge. Hiya. It’s me, Elisa. That’s Lisa, with an ‘E’ at the front, rather than Eliza, Alicia, Elise or Elsa: while those are all nice names, they’re just not mine. Q. What’s your…

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Charlotte & Ben’s Covid-affected Portsmouth Wedding

Southsea-based Charlotte and Ben were the models for our boat shed shoot back in March. Their big wedding plans were affected by Covid this year so we caught up with them to find out how they adapted… Q. When did you get engaged? And when did you start planning your wedding?  A. We got engaged in 2019 in Yosemite, California when I was working in San Francisco. Ben flew out to join me for a week. He proposed in the coolest of yurts in a forest, complete with hummingbirds and wild deer. We got engaged over refried potatoes and a…

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