Fashion, In The Hotseat
Diamond Boutique. Gemstone Jewellery & Engagement Rings. In The Hotseat.
27.10.2014

For those of you on the search for the perfect sparkle for your engagement ring finger, the dream wedding band, a gift for your future husband/wife or jewellery to accessorise your wedding day attire then look no further.

Today I have the pleasure of talking to Diamond Boutique, a beautiful boutique which sells a huge range of gorgeous fine jewellery. With near enough every cut, style and colour available you will be spoilt for choice.

Let’s get to know a little more about Diamond Boutique and read their invaluable advice on how choose an engagement ring…

 

 

Could you firstly tell www readers a little bit about you?

 

My name is Pritesh Vegad and I am Founder and CEO of Diamond Boutique. I graduated from Northampton University with a Masters in Business Computing and worked as a senior business consultant for major consultancy organisations over a period of 8 years. I got married to Mira in 2005  and had the opportunity to travel around the world, which we grabbed with both hands. We spent 12 months on the road travelling from Japan to Lao to New Zealand to Easter Island and more. In total we visited 23 countries. I have been married for nine years now and have two beautiful girls, Arya and Aanya, who are my world.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love to travel so this is one of the things I really enjoy about my work. As I personally select each and every gem I have to travel to Hong Kong, Thailand, Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, amongst others, to source the most beautiful and rarest of gems. I am extremely passionate about coloured gemstones so having the opportunity to help and guide clients is fantastic and extremely rewarding for me.

 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

My passion for gemstones and jewellery was ignited when I myself was searching for an engagement ring, all the way back in 2005. I started to read and educate myself in the field of gemmology and slowly developed a real passion and desire for coloured gemstones. It was only in 2012 when I quit my day job and followed my dreams of having my own jewellery business and Diamond Boutique was officially born online.

 

MAI 18CT WHITE GOLD RUBY AND DIAMOND HALO CLUSTER RING

 

What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

Quality, confidence and exceptional customer service.

Quality – with coloured gemstones it is all about the colour of the stone. Quality is key if you want a beautiful gemstone with excellent lustre.

Confidence – we give good old fashioned advice. Be honest and respectful of people’s budgets and requirements.

Customer service – we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. We will go above and beyond to make our customers happy.

 

What style is your work?

 

Diamond Boutique specialises in high-grade coloured gemstone jewellery, anything which has colour we love! Our style is classic with a modern twist.

 

AKIRA 18CT WHITE GOLD DOUBLE HALO CLUSTER ENGAGEMENT RING

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Minna. Eco Luxe Whimsical Wedding Dresses & 15% off for WWW readers.
08.10.2014

Minna Bridal Wedding Dresses

Images by Annabelle Dalby from Your Dear Image

 

Good afternoon lovelies. Today I have the honour of introducing you to one of WWW’s newest sponsors; eco luxe bridal label Minna.

Minna creates dreamy whimsical dresses with a focus on affordability and environmentally friendly UK based production. With dreamy ethereal designs Minna‘s pieces are sure to make every bride feel utterly fabulous. With an amazing friendly service and bespoke options too, dress shopping just got even more fun.

Plus WWW readers get 15% discount in October on standard size dresses. (Excluding alterations charges, be-spoke dresses, children’s clothing, and lace fabrics.) Just use the code WHIMWONDWED at the checkout. WOW.

Let’s get to know Minna and take a peek at her stunning new collection…

 

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

 

I grew up in a beautiful part of Finland near the Russian border. My childhood was very idyllic. Roaming free in the countryside, riding horses, picking up blueberries in the autumn, swimming in lakes and playing basketball. I have always been very outdoorsy and a real tomboy.

I found myself in London when I met my husband in a bar in Helsinki. That was 16 years ago and in the beginning of September, we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. Alongside running my busy business with offices in London, Helsinki and Dorset, I have two gorgeous children, dogs and horses. In my free time, I train for a triathlon and ride my horses.

 

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I definitely love receiving the lovely thank you emails and letters we get from happy customers. We feel a real connection with each piece we make. I never got that when we were doing ready to wear collections. Wedding dress is the most important dress a woman will every buy and to be part of that process is amazing! I also love the creative part of the business. Needless to say, I absolutely hate spread sheets and admin!

Despite the fact that the positive bits outweigh the negatives ones, I find it impossible to switch off. Now that I have two kids and house full of animals, my goal is to find a better work/life balance. Something that I have struggled to find for years…

 

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The Bonkers Box. Fun Fancy Dress Wedding Photo Booth. In The Hotseat
08.09.2014

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Adding personality, fun and entertainment into your wedding is always an essential.

A photo booth can do just that, and I am thrilled to welcome brand new WWW sponsor The Bonkers Box to the blog this afternoon.

Emily from The Bonkers Box provides fun fancy dress, quality photography and a lot of laughs… let’s find out more…

 

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

 

My name’s Emily and I own the Bonkers Box which specialises in fancy dress photo shoots. We go to weddings and parties with a white screen and a whole load of crazy props and encourage guests to get creative and have fun.

I currently live in Harborne, Birmingham with two rather eccentric but loveable house mates.

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

What’s not to like? I arrive at weddings just as the party gets started and get to take silly pictures of people for a couple of hours. Clients and guests are always lovely and I always end up having a proper giggle at some of the sillier things people do in the booth.

The dislike part is easy too! It takes me forever to iron my backdrop before I go to a shoot. It’s 8ft square and made of muslin, which creases so easily, I hate it! It’s a small price to pay for an awesome job though, so I don’t mind too much.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I set up the Bonkers Box about 18 months ago when my sister, Anna Clarke, decided she no longer wanted to offer a fancy dress photo shoot as part of her wedding photography package. As I was becoming interested in photography at the time, I decided to take on her clients who wanted a booth at their weddings, and things progressed from there.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

There are lots of companies out there that do photo booths at weddings but I pride myself on providing really high quality photos. Just because they’re silly and light hearted doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look great too! It’s all about creating high quality images with a bizarre twist to them. (more…)

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Mr & Mrs Smith. Boutique Honeymoons. In the Hotseat.
01.09.2014

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The honeymoon is one wonderful way of having some R&R, enjoying your new married status and making memories. But it can be a total minefield, where to go? What to do? How much to spend? To relax or explore?

I asked Sarah Jackson, honeymoon expert at boutique travel company Mr & Mrs Smith, to tell us how she helps couples everywhere book their perfect honeymoon…

 

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

 

I’m on the Travel Team at Mr & Mrs Smith, an online collection of unique hotels perfect for romancing couples – and those who have just tied the knot. I’ve been here for two years, booking hotels and managing trips all over the world from start to finish, whether it’s a beautiful retreat in the Cotswolds or a dreamy overwater villa in the Maldives. I’m fluent in Spanish, which comes in handy with all the Iberian hotels we have in our collection, and, of course, I love to travel. I’m just back from a surfing trip in Devon and a jaunt in South America.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love helping people plan idyllic holidays: I like finding out their taste, what they want from a hotel in terms of style and design, and matchmaking them to the perfect property. It’s truly rewarding sending people to places where I know they’ll have a really special time. I recently booked a couple’s honeymoon to Bali, a twin-centre trip where they stayed at the breathtaking Alila Villas Uluwatu in the south, home to some of the island’s best surf beaches, and Alila Ubud, surrounded by forest on a peaceful hillside. They had such a great time they sent me a lovely thank-you email, which was very moving. There’s little I dislike, but it’s a real shame I can’t control the weather when it comes to honeymoons.

 

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How did you get into the travel and honeymoon industry?

 

I studied modern languages (Spanish and German) at university and got the taste for living and working abroad during a year out. Before starting my studies, I travelled around five continents on an incredible trip through New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Namibia and Costa Rica. I interned at Mr & Mrs Smith before joining the Travel Team and now specialise in Central and South America, adventure travel and honeymoons.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

At Mr & Mrs Smith, we’re all about the details: I want to snap up the best bedroom for my clients, not just the best hotel. I love to organise unusual or one-of-a-kind experiences that are bound to surprise them. At Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, for instance, a mule carries your luggage for the last part of your journey. It’s quirky details like that that really make a trip memorable. (more…)

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MILK Books. Beautiful Photo Books. In The Hotseat
26.08.2014

MILK Books

 

Getting a great photographer to shoot your beautiful wedding day is one of the wedding day essentials. But what to do with the images afterwards? Getting them in print is so important.

Which is why today I am thrilled to be speaking with MILK Books, who create the most gorgeous photo books for their customers. They also let me try out the process myself and I was blown away. Not only by the super simple design process and speedy shipping. But by the book itself, it is the loveliest quality, thick heavy pages in a linen covered book with a special box to keep it in perfect condition. It is heavy and feels so luxe. I am over the moon with my Double White Photo Album filled with treasured family memories :-)

Anyway, take a look for yourself…

 

 

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

 

MILK Tailor Made Books was created by PQ Blackwell to enable anyone to make their own printed and digital memoirs, photo books, and albums.

PQ Blackwell is an award-winning originator of internationally bestselling books, distinguished by their editorial excellence, design, and production quality.

Long before MILK became an online photo bookmaker, it was a highly successful publishing project founded on a touring exhibition of evocative photographs that portrayed human moments of intimacy, laughter and kinship from 164 countries.

 

MILK Books

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

We love helping our customers to create stunning photo books. We don’t like it when things go wrong as they sometimes can when technology meets print but we always strive to supersede our customers’ expectations and print beautiful books.

 

MILK Books

 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

Having spent the past decade publishing beautiful illustrated books that have inspired and touched the hearts of people around the world, we decided that new technology had reached a point where we could draw together all that experience to help people experience the wonder and delight of making their own books – a pleasure that we have been lucky enough to experience throughout our working lives. MILK Books allows newlyweds to create their own exquisite wedding album with our software, designed by them and delivered to their door.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

We aim to offer our customers the ability to create their personal photo album that is beautifully designed and produced to stand the test of time, to give our customers a book that they will treasure and hand down through the generations.

“As photographers we want to capture and preserve our clients’ memories. A wedding book or album isn’t an investment in an item; it’s an investment in your existence, your memory, your story, future children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows after that. It is because of this (and if I’m honest, my desire to see my images in a MILK Book) that we’ve recently decided to offer MILK Photo Books and Albums to our clients.” Tania from Sadie & Co

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