New Botánica Collection by Victoria Fergusson

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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

Victoria:

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.

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Flowers for Weddings with Jay Archer Floral Design

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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

Jay:

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.

Why Weddings…?

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.

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Emmy London’s Flagship Boutique

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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.

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2017 Wedding Gift List Trends

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Image courtesy of Habitat.

Let’s talk interiors shall we…?

It’s absolutely no surprise this goes hand-in-hand with what we love to do. We obviously adore discovering and visiting new places and I have been known to get a little over-excited at various wedding venue décor decisions on my travels.

This is why we love Prezola – our chosen Gift List partner. Founder Ali is a renowned stylist and has an amazing eye for detail, so you know your Gift List is in great hands with the Prezola team and their chosen brands.

We’ve got a little round up of some of the colours and items we’re crushing on for 2017, but if you head over to our dedicated Gift List page you can discover some other articles you might be interested in, especially if you’re deciding whether a Gift List is for you.

That point where you’ve booked your venue and key suppliers but haven’t made the stationery decision, this is the point to have the chat my friends – hint: I didn’t have one thanks to the husband-to-be and I regret it! He still gets blamed.

Notes from Prezola

Ali:

It’s that time of year again where colours of the year are unveiled and interior magazines predict the hottest trends of 2017. We like to stay on top of the latest trends at Prezola so our style-savvy couples have the very best for their wedding gift list and this year, it’s all about the colour!

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Modern Wedding Films by This Modern Revelry

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Film & Images by This Modern Revelry.

We’re crushing on This Modern Revelry, simply press play on any of the films below and you’ll see why.

Husband & wife-to-be, Laura and Alan, are fresh on the cinematic wedding scene and they create films that are fun, personal and well, just a bit cooler than the rest.

Their ethos is ‘Love Like Hell Yeah’ which means a no holds barred, fearless love with just a little bit of rebellion! They specialise in cutting together a film that’s interesting, engaging and has a cool vibe but still getting in those little moments that’ll bring on the cry-face whenever you watch it.

If that all sounds like your kind of thing, then read on to discover this awesome couple in more detail. Oh and look out for info on their ‘All the Details’ package as you can claim 15% off if you book before the end of February for your 2017 wedding.

Notes From This Modern Revelry

Laura & Alan:

We’ve been together for 7 years and are getting married ourselves this year (whoop!) at one of Coco Wedding Venue’s recommended venues no less. We definitely wouldn’t describe ourselves as traditional – in life and in business.

Our words to live by are ‘Love Like Hell Yeah’ – love that doesn’t apologise, is a little bit wild but most of all is modern love. This Modern Revelry exists for people who don’t want shot after shot of ‘this happened, then this’ but want to capture the feeling of the day: the fun, the style, the details and most importantly – the party. With a vibe that’s more at home in a music video than a party political broadcast.

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