Images by Maxi Photography.
It was set to be a day full of festival fun, supplier frolics and inspiration galore and we just love the report our girl on the ground came back with! Lottie’s words are perfectly illustrated by Mel from Maxi Photography, we hope you enjoy it…
The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival
While there are many wonderful wedding fairs out there for newly engaged couples, I have never been to one quite like The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival at Bridwell Park. Organised by the fabulous team at Blue Fizz Events, the festival offered an eclectic, inspiring and quite frankly awesome mix of wedding suppliers. It was a brilliant opportunity to meet heaps of talented exhibitors, as well as the chance to explore the magnificent Bridwell.
The family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Bridwell is cushioned in the quaint village of Uffculme in Devon. It’s surrounded by stunning parkland and extensive views of the rolling countryside. It is quite simply put, a beautiful country house wedding venue. Available for exclusive-use, Bridwell has 20 bedrooms onsite so it’s perfect if you want a huge weekend celebration with your family and friends. Both The Orangery and The Chapel were open for viewing over the weekend, and both were just bursting with romance, style and grandeur. The vast outdoor space also lent itself perfectly for a festival full of imagination and inspiration…
Images by Heart Full of Tea.
I’m going back-to-basics today with the tricky conundrum of the gift list – should you…? Shouldn’t you…? Do you actually need one when you already have a kettle and a toaster…? Is it a bit rude to ask for more when attending a wedding is already spendy enough for your guests…?
Well my answer would be YES. You should probably get yourself a gift list and pronto.
It’s still a debate in my house, three years after our wedding day. Why…? Because I think we got it spectacularly wrong. My husband-to-be didn’t want one and to be fair at the time I sort of understood why, but my gut was saying hang on, you’re about to make a mistake. His argument was that we didn’t need anything, so why should we be asking for more. But in deciding against a gift list our mistake was not guiding our guests.
Guests may express a little sigh if they see “your presence is present enough” on your invitations because, although the sentiment is 100% spot on (we used this on our invites!), it sort of leaves them in a little bit of a pickle. It’s now them asking the questions; Should we buy a gift…? Shouldn’t we buy a gift…? What should we buy…? Should we just put some cash in a card…? And so on. It all gets a little bit sticky.
So my friends, seriously give the gift list some consideration – it’s not being greedy, it’s being sensible.
By curating a gift list that’s accessible, has flexible price points and is super easy for guests to navigate then they’ll thank you for making life simple. They can then focus all their energies on the bigger debate – what should they wear!
So you may have noticed that our gift list provider of choice is Prezola.
Prezola is the UK’s leading independent wedding gift list service for stylish couples who want choice and flexibility. Launched in 2010, their unique multi award-winning service lets couples choose from over 30,000 gorgeous handpicked products from 300 top brands. They have all the best known brands – and many more! Prezola also offer flexible cash contributions including a commission-free honeymoon fund and charity donations on one easy-to-use list.
With free gift list cards, a free wedding website to manage guest communications and a gift-wrapping service, Prezola makes is easy for guests to view and buy gifts. Their friendly customer service team are on hand to provide a truly personal service, you can call our knowledgeable team of Personal Shoppers for gift list advice at any time and gifts are delivered by courier, free of charge after the wedding.
On top of all of this, I’ve personally worked with the Prezola team on several styled shoots and projects and I can absolutely vouch for their passion and love for all things wedding. But it’s the pulse of creativity running through this brand that always makes me come back to them. The brands they showcase are right up my street – as you’ll see – and in short, I bloody love them (rolls eyes at husband once again!).
Images by Lydia Stamps Photography.
Award winning accessories designer Victoria Fergusson has launched the much anticipated new Botánica Collection for 2017. This exquisite collection comprises the most beautiful selection of hand crafted accessories, including hair adornments, jewellery and exclusive dress appliqué embellishments with two talented dress designers; Tara Bradley-Birt and Ailsa Munro.
We of course said yes to sharing this new collection because a) it’s super gorgeous and b) it was shot on location at one of our very beautiful venues – Hatch House in Wiltshire.
It’s always a pleasure writing about Victoria and her treasures so if you want to learn a little more about the lady behind this accessories brand then take a peek here. Otherwise jump straight in my friends and start that bridal wish list! I feel like I need the Seeds of Love Headdress to complete my life.
Oh and if you do fall in love with this collection then Victoria is offering a special 15% discount on any orders placed before the end of the month – simply use code COCO15 valid until midnight Friday 31st March.
Notes from Victoria Fergusson
The Botánica Collection is inspired by lush and exotic botanicals such as ferns, palms and giant water lily. Think Kew Gardens, think Victorian Hot Houses, the architecture as well as the plants themselves have influenced the designs. Brides can choose from delicate hairpin sets, petite combs and unique headdresses, available in gold, rose-gold and silver colour ways with accents of silver shade and white opal crystals.
Images by Ria Mishaal Photography.
I’ve had a bit of a girl crush on today’s Loved by Coco subject for quite a while. It’s therefore such a ridiculous privilege to have the talented Jay Archer with us for not one, not two but three floral features all for your planning pleasure.
When it comes to flowers, you kind of know you need them for a wedding but if you’re anything like me, when I went to the first meeting with my florist I was a little clueless. I knew what I wanted, but I didn’t know what it would cost and I had no idea what I could and couldn’t have. I was that Bride who asked for Peonies in August. Yep, guilty.
So with this in mind, Jay is going to be guiding us through topics such as budgeting and seasonality but before we delve into these meaty subjects, I thought we’d all get to know each other.
Over to Jay!
Notes from Jay Archer Floral Designs
After 6 years unofficially, I have now run Jay Archer Floral Design from my Hampshire based workshop for just over 5 years, working on about 500+ events and weddings. Weddings are at the heart of what we do and I like to say I create flowers for weddings, not wedding flowers.
Last April 2015 saw us launch the JAFD Flower School, and we’ve seen students travel from around the world including from America, Italy, Germany and Chile. I teach all classes myself and offer a range of courses to amateurs and professionals.
Throughout all of our work, I favour using British-sourced flowers and foliage which come from all over the country – some very local in Guildford and Dummer, others further afield from Cornwall and Lincolnshire.
I have a large team available to travel with me – we mainly cover the South East and London but work regularly in Dorset, Kent and the Cotswolds.
Like most, I fell into it. I knew I wanted to work with flowers and was trialling different avenues – retail and otherwise. A friend asked me to do her wedding and that was it, I knew that was my niche.
I continued to build my business within the wedding industry mainly due to the people I have met – clients and suppliers alike. I enjoy meeting new people and bringing their ideas to life in different venues across the South East (although we are available to travel nationwide, and have worked in Devon, Cornwall, Chester and Scotland).
Weddings are high-pressure, and having been a bride myself in recent years I understand the emotion, desire and journey behind that ‘one’ day. To work in a constantly evolving industry with ever-changing clients, be self-employed and satisfy my creative cravings all at the same time is a fortunate, and often enviable, place to be.
Images by Claire Graham Photography.
I’m going to admit I’m a little late to the game with announcing this particular news but sharing is caring and share is exactly what I’m going to do.
When Emmy London opened their gorgeous new flagship boutique last November, I knew it was going to be beautiful. Located on the Fulham Road in the heart of Chelsea, their new space is bigger than ever before and boasts a dedicated ‘Couture Room’ where brides can book appointments with designer Emmy herself to create their very own couture shoes and accessories.
As well as having severe carpet envy, you’ll be wowed by the array of bridal shoes and accessories on offer. It’s a true treasure trove and I dare you not to get over excited. The boutique is luxurious, warm and inviting and once again I could have stayed in Emmy London heaven all day.