Fashion, In The Hotseat
Frances Moore. Bridal Make Up Artist.
15.12.2014

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Image by Jacqui Marie Wedding Photography

We all want to look like the best version of ourselves, which is wear make up artist extraordinaire Frances Moore comes in.

Relaxing on the morning of your wedding with a refreshing beverage, giggles with your loved ones and a professional on hand to pamper you is just the perfect start to a brilliant day.

Plus you will look and feel a million dollars once Frances Moore has worked her make up wonders. Let’s get to know Frances a little more…

 

Hi Frances, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

Hi! I’m Frances and I am a Professional Bridal Makeup Artist from the beautiful New Forest, in Hampshire. I’m a bit of a wedding geek – to the extent that I regularly play a popular wedding game app on my phone… cringe worthy I know!!

 

I have a wonderfully funny and very beardy husband called Steve, and together we live in the gorgeous Georgian town of Lymington with our daughter Elspeth of 18months – who completes our family x

 

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Image by Lauren Lilly

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

There’s nothing I don’t love about my job (well maybe the tax return!) getting to talk to amazing people, and being apart of their wedding day is truly an honour – it’s a position of trust and I fully respect that.

 

I also love the quiet moments when I’m working on the Bride, listening to her thoughts and feelings makes me want to get married all over again!

 

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Image by Robbie Khan Photography

 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I’ve actually had my business a couple of years now, but trained as a Makeup Artist much earlier. I started off like many wedding suppliers do, by being asked to do a few friend’s weddings here & there (I was the friend of a friend ‘who knew makeup!’) After word spread and I was getting more bookings each time, and discovering a (some say obsessive!) passion for weddings, I just said to myself  ‘I need to go for this’ so I did!

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

When I first talk to my clients I often hear the words ‘I don’t wear a lot of makeup’, followed by a very nervous look, as makeup can be such an intimate oddity – it can be scary allowing someone new into your personal space, and having them judge what they think works best for you.

 

I always try to make my brides feel at ease by talking through their ideas, colour themes and overall wedding style to design a look together that will make them feel confident and look stunning. I often find when I do a little bit of soft nudging the bride comes out with the most wonderful thoughts on what they want – it’s all about just having the confidence to say what you really want and I will always listen x (more…)

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Bridal Accessories, In The Hotseat
Pretty Perfect Bridal Hair Accessories & a Stella and Dot Shopping Event
08.12.2014

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Before we get to the shopping lets focus on the bridal accessories.

Carole from Pretty Perfect is here this afternoon sharing her wonderful designs with us. From birdcage veils to hair bands there is something to suit every style of bride.

We are also having a peek at the Stella and Dot boutique, which has the prettiest jewellery. It’s the perfect place to treat yourself or a loved one to something super cute. Perhaps a thank you for your maids or a Christmas present? (I have my eye on a statement necklace hehe) Let’s take a look…

 

Hi Carole, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

I’m Carole and I have been creating bespoke headpieces at Pretty Perfect for around 6 years. I design and hand make bespoke items using beadwork, feathers and textiles with a range of ready to wear pieces as well. In November 2013 I added Stella and Dot accessories to my business and became a stylist. I love being part of the Stella and Dot community and have great fun with my team.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I absolutely love creative challenges, when bride’s needs to incorporate personal style into their accessories; I find it really fun using my ideas with a client’s specification and creating a unique piece. I particularly enjoy styling girls at exhibitions and shows, the Stella and Dot jewellery range is great for so many aspects for wedding shopping. I am able to show clients the perfect pieces for brides, bridesmaids and gifts, lots of versatile items that will be worn time and time again. I enjoy seeing girls find new style ideas, I particularly like being able to share the host and stylist opportunity with brides to be. Hosting a Stella and Dot event at home can make a great little hen party – and earns jewellery rewards too – who doesn’t want beautiful free jewellery?

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

My background in is in Textile Design and I worked as an Art teacher. I always thought I would run a small creative business and inspired by bridal design and styling I started Pretty Perfect. My aim is to offer brides beautiful designs that could be adapted to suit their look. I really want to style girls with creative, personal headdresses. Pieces they will want to keep and cherish.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

When I make a head piece for a client I know she will have exactly what she wants. It’s a great feeling when you know a bride has looked all over for the prefect wedding hair accessory, but couldn’t find one, then I have been able to listen to her, see her style and make her a piece that will finish her look. (more…)

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In The Hotseat, Photographer
Diamond Photography. North East Wedding Photographer. In The Hotseat
01.12.2014

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Finding the right photographer is a must have when it comes to planning your day. Which is why it’s a total pleasure to introduce and get to know North East based wedding photographer Diamond Photography.

Andrew – the photographer behind the lens, captures natural and creative shots for his clients. I adore his portfolio and I am sure you will agree.

Hi Andrew, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

A husband and father of 2 girls.  Oh, and I really enjoy being a wedding photographer.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love the challenge of wedding photography, always being in the right place at the right time to capture those precious and priceless moments.  I dislike the paperwork involved in running a business.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

After photographing a couple of weddings for friends I realised I had found something I really enjoyed.  The rest is history…

 

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 What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

I have never chased awards and don’t feel they would make me a better photographer.  Success for me is happy couples.  We always under promise and over deliver. (more…)

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Cake, In The Hotseat
MurrayMe. Beautiful Hand Painted Wedding & Celebration Cakes.
24.11.2014

Hand Painted Floral Peach White Wedding Cake MurrayMe

Image by Aphroditenet Photography 

 

If you are feeling a little peckish this afternoon then you are in for a real treat. It’s all about the cake.

I am thrilled to welcome the brilliant MurrayMe Cakes as one of WWW’s newest sponsors.

MurrayMe Cakes create the most striking pieces of art work painted straight onto scrumptious cake. Perfect for weddings and celebrations, their cakes make a huge impact. Whether you’d like to bake your own cake and get it decorated for you or let MurrayMe Cakes take over the whole bake and design; there is an option for every couple…

 

Hi Natalie, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

My name’s Natalie and I’m a 29 year old wedding obsessive who’s trained in graphic design and illustration. Alongside running MurrayMe where I design gorgeous hand painted wedding cakes, I continue to work as a freelance graphic designer. I am an all round creative person, and love nothing more than making beautiful things.

 

I am based near Brighton in Sussex, so spend much of my spare time wandering along the seafront with my lovely hubby and gorgeous new baby boy.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I have the best job in the world. Not only do I work with cake (any girls dream), I also get to use my artistic skills on a daily basis. I simply love painting and drawing – I’m lucky enough to do this and bake as part of my job, so I can’t think of a better way to make my living. My favourite thing about working as a cake designer is seeing the look on a couples face when they see their cake for the first time. It’s a true honour to be able to create a part of someone’s wedding day. I feel so lucky to be doing that.

 

There really isn’t much I dislike about my job, except maybe missing human interaction every now and then. I can go for days without leaving my computer or kitchen, which probably isn’t too healthy.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I got married a few years ago and being a designer and illustrator, I made practically everything for our big day. It was very much a DIY affair. Once the wedding was over, I was really sad that I would no longer be working on anything wedding-related. So, regardless of already being married, I continued to read the dozens of wedding blogs that had taken up my lunch breaks for the previous 2 years, and one day I came across an article on hand painted wedding cakes. I couldn’t believe that I had never seen these before! I was gutted that I hadn’t stumbled across it earlier as I could have painted my own wedding cake.

 

As soon as I read the article, I knew instantly that this was the perfect job for me. I’d get to continue working in the amazing world of weddings, creating dream wedding cakes for couples whilst using my creative skills in a completely unique way. I did a lot of research and found only a handful of people that were painting their cakes which didn’t surprise me. After all, it’s quite a specialist skill so I knew that I was onto a winner.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

Because I offer such a unique service, my number one aim is to create a ‘WOW’ moment when their guests first see the cake. All couples want is to impress their guests, and my cakes certainly provide a talking point at every wedding. (more…)

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Fashion, In The Hotseat
T.M Lewin. Wedding Attire For Stylish Grooms.
03.11.2014

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This afternoon it’s all about the boys as I chat trends and choosing the perfect attire with Anthony Procopi, the Director of Men’s Formal Wear at T.M.Lewin.

T.M.Lewin. has a stylish array of formal ware perfect for the gents in your wedding party, from suits to ties, shirts and accessories, it’s a one stop shop for the whole wedding day ensemble.

 

Hi Anthony , could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you and your brand?

 

T.M.Lewin has been designing and making shirts for over 115 years. In fact our founder, Thomas Mayes Lewin, was actually one of the pioneers of the original ‘coat shirt’, the prototype of the classic button-through shirt still worn all over the world today. A century later we’re still crafting shirts the traditional way and we now also create an extensive tailoring range, accessories and casual wear as well as a capsule womenswear collection.

 

As Director of Men’s Formalwear, my team and I work constantly to keep up with the latest menswear trends, as it’s obviously very important that we consistently produce a really high quality range that will keep our customers interested and inspired.

 

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What do you love about working for T.M Lewin?

 

I always smile when I go about my day. One of the best things about what I do is that I get to see the results of what we do. People look really great in our clothes; on the train, in the media or very often just walking down the street next to me.

 

There’s nothing like the feeling of success you have when you know you’re part of a team that’s helped someone not only look good but feel great as well. You are what you wear after all.

 

 

How has T.M Lewin naturally evolved to cater for wedding attire?

 

At T.M.Lewin we focus on creating versatile designs to fit a whole range of different occasions. As far as extra special occasions go, any wedding day is a pretty big one, so it’s always been a major focus for us.

 

What makes us stand out from the competition is our unique ‘in-between’ sizing across both our shirt and tailoring ranges. Extra size options increase our chances of providing the perfect fit first time, without additional alterations. And the result is that the groom and his party will look like they’re wearing made to measure.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your customers?

 

We want to provide the perfect wedding day outfit, of course. But it’s also really important that every customer enjoys the in store experience and walks away completely satisfied. That’s what we really strive towards achieving. (more…)

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