Image by Guy Collier Photography.
Morning! Kat here from Katrina Otter Weddings. That’ll be me (the planner, not the bride!) in today’s feature header.
So I’m going to start off today’s post by being totally honest with you…
No matter what stage of the planning process you’re at, but especially the initial few months of engagement and wedding planning excitement (you know, the stage before the reality of wedmin hits!), the title and subject matter of the latest feature in our collaborative wedding planning series is probably going to register quite highly on your trés dull meter! Probably as highly as this total, but essential, snooze-athon?!
BUT before you click on another jam packed inspirational feature then please STOP and take a moment to consider the “what ifs”, the potential consequences and the added layer of stress as a result of not reading on (or at least bookmarking this feature) and therefore not having a wedding day emergency kit…
WHAT IF there’s a mini heatwave like there was a couple of weeks ago and you / your wedding party / your guests are prone to a little burn..?
WHAT IF a guest accidentally steps on your dress and tears the hem? The zip or buttons break? OR even worse, there’s a rogue wine spillage..?
WHAT IF you’re prone to hayfever and your photographer finds the most idyllic patch of tall billowy grass for your couple shots..?
… you get the drift!
So, let’s start off with the question you’re probably now asking yourself… do you really need an emergency kit..?
Well, if you’re still reading on and those “what ifs” made you sit up and take notice then I think you already know the answer is YES, right..?! Wedding day emergency kits are a must-have for many reasons.
Images by James Green Photographer.
A family-run business in Wiltshire, Vivien J Bridal Accessories offers a range of unique hair accessories and bridal jewellery. From hair vines to necklaces, you’ll find everything you could ever need for your wedding day and for your bridal party.
They’re perfectly showing off their pieces in this rather pretty styled shoot captured by James Green Photographer and styled by The Bridal Edit. If your magpie eyes spot anything then Vivien J Bridal are offering you a 15% discount, simply quote the code CWV15.
Vivien J Bridal Accessories
We first entered the world of weddings back in 2008 after designing and making accessories for a close family wedding and we’ve been creating bridal jewellery and hair accessories ever since, growing our collection as well as our love for weddings.
We adore every piece that we create from our studio and we’re passionate about making sure brides sparkle their way down the aisle on their special day. There is something so special about being part of a bride’s journey and we’re always feeling inspired. As a tight-knit mother and daughter team, we understand the range of emotions that go into planning a wedding which is why we are always on hand to chat to our brides about their order and big day details. If you’re looking for a bespoke order, we can tweak each design to make sure it’s the perfect accessory for you and your big day.
Images courtesy of The Green.
Oh we do so love The Green in Cornwall, it pretty much has everything you need; outside and inside ceremony options, beautiful vistas, a lake, marquee, quaint cottages and a big party house! So we think you guys are going to fall just that little bit harder when you see their new beautifully restored barns available for your wedding day celebrations.
It’s been a busy 12 months for the team at The Green, but they’re ready to share all the details of their fantastic new reception rooms.
The Really Rustic Barn
Kate says, “We’re so happy to be sharing a sneaky peek at our latest addition to our collection of lovingly restored barns. We know that some of you want a space that you can style for yourselves and the Really Rustic Barn is a perfect opportunity to do just that.”
Licensed for your ceremony and available for a drinks reception this space is yours to make your own. The room is large and has huge doors opening on to the views. It’s walls are made of brick and tin sheeting so we’re definitely crushing on the industrial vibes. They have provided festoon lighting but the rest of the décor is completely up to you! This barn is a little less glamorous and polished than their other indoor function spaces, but if you are feeling brave and like something with a bit of an edge then we think you’ll kinda love it!
The Really Rustic Barn also provides a lovely background for wedding photos on these rare but inevitable really rainy days.
Images by Heart Full of Tea.
There’s something very magical about the City of Bath. So much so, I even started looking up houses for sale after my last jaunt! We have lots of fave wedding folk in this area including Perfect Day Bride and Britten in the nearby Bradford-on-Avon and of course Prezola with their to-die-for townhouse HQ! So it’s no surprise that the venues on offer in this City are also right-up-our-street.
The crème de la crème of Bath is The Royal Crescent and in the middle of this grand crescent is the aptly named The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. I visited and stayed here myself last year and was so in awe I made a promise to photograph it properly and share it with you. The best person to capture the venue as I saw it was Emma from Heart Full of Tea. A Bath-based photographer, Emma has such a beautiful eye for light, detail and tone. In short her pictures are totally yummy.
As a wedding photographer who has seen a fair number of venues, I asked Emma for her own take on the The RCH and this is what she had to say;
“I headed off to the historical The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa last week to meet with their event team and photograph the venue and WOW! What a wonderful morning I had! I have to admit, sometimes these historical venues can feel a bit stuffy and perhaps out of touch with today’s bride & groom, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to be warmly welcomed by a passionate team who clearly adore this building and venue.”
Emma continues “From both a photographers view point and also a ”once-bride”, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is a tranquil, yet versatile venue with that added touch of luxury. When photographers walk around a venue we are looking for the way it flows and of course the way the light falls, so we often view venues with a completely different perspective to couples. Most importantly to me, I think one of the biggest features for a photographer is versatility and focusing on encouraging natural engagement between the couple. The combination of the historical architectural features with modern-day styling gives The Royal Crescent that edge that still allows you to make the area your own – it’s light and offers you space with the beauitful backdrop of Bath. From an outdoor ceremony to cocktails in the Spa Garden, and you can even add a large canopy tent in the acre of private garden. Yes an acre of private garden, in Bath! I was so surprised by this and the opportunities the venue offers for your celebration. I came away feeling inspired and would be happy to recommend and shoot at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.”
Pretty long intro I must admit, but worth it for this venue! Read on to meet Sarah and discover the beauty of this Somerset gem…
Image by Dottie Photography.
Dreaming of escaping the daily grind of conventional living in search of a more free-spirited lifestyle..? Yep, us too! While running away to the hippie hills may be off limits, injecting a little Bohemia into your life is a great way to express your inner soul.
Bohemian Beats is one of our fave venue style categories and if you find yourself being drawn to these barefoot locations then Zoe Wells, founder of The Boho Booth, shares her seven steps to being more boho.
Unleash Your Inner Bohemian
Rock the boho look, Bohemian fashion is a means of expression and nothing says boho chic better than braided hair, floaty florals, ripped denim, fringing and brightly coloured clothing embellished with glitter and jewels.
Go barefoot when the weather permits, kick off your shoes and enjoy the freedom of going barefoot – not only is it good for your feet, it’s great for the soul.
Embrace the great outdoors. A walk in nature is often referred to as the best medicine. Escaping the four walls and electrical havens of our homes and offices for a stroll in the park is a sure-fire way to de-stress and reconnect with our inner selves.