Win your dream wedding!

14 Jun

We are really excited to be part of this fantastic opportunity to win a dream wedding, worth more than £12,000.

Courtesy of the Western Gazette, one lucky couple will be getting married at Hornsbury Mill in Somerset, UK on Thursday, 16th May 2013. This prize of a lifetime includes everything you will need to make your big day perfect, including bridal make-up by Eye Do Make Up.

Hornsbury Mill Wedding Venue in Somerset: Click to view galleryHornsbury Mill is a beautifully converted example of an early 19th Century Somerset corn mill, built of local flint stone, elm wood beams and timbers with fine old hamstone mullion windows.
The earliest record found of the Mill is a lease from 1327, which refers to “Homesbogh alias Hornysbowe”  This credits Hornsbury as being one of the earliest in the area, but it is believed that the oldest part of the existing building only dates back to 1835.

Between 1835 and 1967 Hornsbury Mill and Hornsbury Farm were owned by the Buckland family who milled here until 1885 when Thomas Scutt  moved in as owner/occupier until his death in 1902. The Chaffey family then took over and  continued to work the mill commercially until 1942.  Mr George Chaffey died in 1967 when the mill and farm were sold as two separate properties.

In 1973 Hornsbury Mill was converted and opened to the public as a museum by the Crossman family.  In the course of the conversion the Crossmans found several names and dates carved into the beams or pencilled onto the walls and woodwork and these can still be viewed today in some of the hotel bedrooms.
Hornsbury Mill is now an established 4* hotel and restaurant providing a beautiful setting for weddings and functions. Careful and sympathetic conversion and refurbishment means that many of the original elements of the old mill remain making it a fascinating venue, full of charm and character.

To enter, click on this link to the Western Gazette http://westerngazettewinawedding.moonfruit.com/#/how-to-enter/4564275603 – all you need to do is to send in a photo of you and your partner along with a completed entry form. Entry forms will be printed every week from June 7 until June 28 – alternatively you can enter online now by filling out the contact form.

Closing date is 12pm, Wednesday July 4.

All entries will be featured in the Western Gazette as part of a supplement on Thursday, July 12:  It’s time to vote for who you think deserves to win the prize. Voting tokens will be printed in the paper every week from July 12 – August 9. The closing date for voting is 12pm Wednesday August 15.

The couple who receive the most votes will be the winners. They will be advised by telephone and invited to a champagne reception at Hornsbury Mill where they will be interviewed and photographed to appear in paper on August 23.

Good luck!

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From Model to Real Bride: A wedding dress off the rack

23 May

Trawling the web tonight we came upon a couple of articles about the dress Priscilla Chan chose for her wedding with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  Quite refreshingly, she bought her dress off the rack – and here are the articles we found on The Gloss (www.thegloss.com)

The Zuckerberg Wedding Dress Is Selling Out Everywhere

Posted 23 May 2012 at http://www.thegloss.com

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg got married this weekend to longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan and the wedding sounded super low-key. …Maybe even more low-key than we thought: turns out Chan bought her simple Claire Pettibone dress off-the-rack (scandal!).

The delicate laser-cut floral gown adorned with matte sequins lined in silk goes for $4,700–a pretty astonishing amount when you consider that celeb weeklies routinely run stories about famous people getting custom Vera Wang or Armani gowns for tens of thousands more.

Pettibone, it turns out, was also surprised to learn of Chan’s decision. Many stores that carry her designs have been inundated with orders since Saturday and traffic to her website spiked ten times the usual draw. She spoke with Buzzfeed Shift about the shocker this week and ruminated on Chan, the dress itself and larger trends in bridal:

I love that she chose that dress, I think it’s perfect for her. It has an understated quality that suited the intimacy of the event, but it still had detail and sparkle and beautiful elements about it. She’s educated and independent and chose something, I feel, that really suited her and her personality. That’s a trend that’s just really gaining momentum — women are getting married a little older, they’re more independent, and really making choices about their dress and how it express who they are more than they used to, when it was a little more about pleasing everyone else. I’m a little rebel in the bridal world in my approach. I do things that are a little different and unique. I think that’s what makes us all wonderful, is that we are different.

We also learn that Pettibone doesn’t even know where Chan bought the dress (“We’re honestly not sure. I think she may not have used her actual name”). And, of course, WWD reveals that the knock-off process has begun:

The company also heard from its Italian fabric supplier, Sky Between the Branches, Monday morning “to warn them that another designer wanted to purchase the exact fabric of Chan’s gown, but, lucky for Claire, she has the exclusive rights to that particular beaded fabric.”

Who knew Chan had this kind of influence.

(Buzzfeed, WWD)

You can reach this post’s author, Ashley Cardiff, on twitter or via e-mail at ashley@thegloss.com.

 

Mark Zuckerberg Got Married (Here’s The Wedding Dress)

Posted 21 May on http://www.thegloss.com

Mark Zuckerberg must be having a good few days: He’s got more money than God and David Bowie combined, and he just got married to longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. The announcement was made on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page, obviously.

The two were wed in a small backyard ceremony in Palo Alto, California on Saturday. Guests were under the impression they’d be celebrating Chan’s graduation from medical school.

Zuckerberg designed the wedding ring–a “simple ruby sparkler”–himself. Attendees dined on sushi and chocolate mice. Here’s one more glimpse of the dress:

(People)

You can reach this post’s author, Ashley Cardiff, on twitter or via e-mail at ashley@thegloss.com.

A glamorous bride

23 May

We found this post on http://www.inspiredesigncreate.com – and we like it!

Posted on May 22, 2012 in Lifestyle

I had the pleasure of attending a wedding this past weekend with a retro rock vibe.  I was also able to do the bride’s makeup!  I snapped this photo before her false lashes were added (so you can see more the look of the eyeliner).  Also, I applied a red lipstick on her for the reception, but we kept it more subtle for the ceremony with the soft peachy pink lips below.

1940s glamour – Let us inspire you!

23 May

A glamorous look is clearly a trend this year. To inspire our brides we have put together some photos of very glamorous ladies from the 1940s.

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Wedding Trends: Dramatic Gowns From Oscar De La Renta’s 2013 Collection

8 May

We stumbled upon this article today in the Huffington Post (Huffpost Style/ Canada) and couldn’t resist sharing it with you:

The breathtaking gowns in Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2013 bridal collection prove the designer is a master of his craft.

While many of the gowns showcase his signature romantic aesthetic (draping, lace, and classic silhouettes), we’re smitten with the less-traditional gowns in his collection.

From a vermillion velvet sheath to a bridal pantsuit, the designer’s edgier creations challenge the popular notion of “wedding dress.” Why not wear a pastel, floral-patterned ballgown on your bid day?!

Here are some of the most dramatic looks from the collection.

Would you wear any of these offbeat bridal looks?

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Going to a Prom?

30 Apr

Well, so are we!

This year’s trend are smokey eyes, combined with red and pink to make a statement. Have a look for yourself:

        

Statement jewellery, the latest trend

17 Apr

Once again we’ve been snooping around some US blogs and websites to find out what is trending on the other side of the Atlantic.

On our reading travels we’ve come across an interview with Richard Wubnig, the jewellery department manager for Michael C. Fina, THE must stop location for brides in New York: Located on Fifth Avenue, Michael C. Fina sells lots of lovely things for weddings, special occasions and lifestyle.

According to Richard Wubnig, who has been a part of Michael C. Fina for almost 11 years, the hottest trend in jewellery for brides right now is statement necklaces.

Apparently the change towards statement jewellery all goes back to last year’s royal wedding: “Kate Middleton’s gorgeous gown is leading brides towards simple, more sophisticated dresses” said Wubnig. “For these simpler dresses dainty jewelry will no longer do the trick. In order to show personality brides are turning towards statement necklaces.”

Currently the hottest color rush for brides is blues and purples, explains Wubnig. “It really does show the individual,” he said of choosing colorful statement pieces. Besides blue/purple color combinations, Wubnig said that silver/greys and rose/gold are becoming popular choices. “It’s a modern twist on very traditional.”

Trending this season are also vintage inspired pieces, as well as nature and tribal. To get the vintage look with a statement necklace Wubnig suggests colored pearls. For a nature or tribal inspired look, the jewelry department manager recommends green and oranges for a more “organic feel.”

To incorporate a bold bracelet or earrings, Wubnig suggests turning towards a dainty necklace.

“It really comes down to the individual,” said Wubnig. “Michael C. Fina is dedicated o helping every bride-to-be find the perfect jewelry for her special day.” Brides are encouraged to bring photos of the dress so that they find a necklace that not only suits the gown, but also the bride’s personality. Wubnig explained that they generally try n about 10 to 15 pieces. In special cases they accompany brides to dress fittings so the bride can “see the complete look in the mirror.”

“We like them to try everything on,” he said. “We want her to have fun. We want her to put on things she never put on before. You only get one shot at this so we want to get it perfect.”

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