A Little Message For All Brides-to-be…

Hi Lovelies,

Here is a little message from Laura Caudery from the gorgeous wedding venue Fetcham Park.

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I had written a newsletter about all the incredible celebrations we’ve hosted this summer… just in case you missed any of my hundreds of photos on Instagram!

I spent hours choosing my favourite photos and then, just as I’d finalised the copy Eddie Judd sent me the gallery from a September wedding and it made me rethink everything I wanted to say.

What I saw actually took my breath away, and I knew instantly that there was one photo that I wanted to share with as many people as possible.

Yes, Fetcham Park is a stunning venue.
Yes, its seen the most beautiful of brides walk down its staircase.
Yes, the Salon has been filled with the prettiest of flowers.
Yes, we’ve been complimented a thousand times on the most delicious meals.
Yes, the Great Hall’s dance floor has seen a lot of action!

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But the thing I’m most proud of – and privileged to witness
– on a Fetcham Park wedding day is the photo above.

This photo says it all for me. And reminds me of what’s truly important: the love that’s celebrated, shared and felt on a wedding day.

I regularly warn our couples against obsessing too much over the ‘pretty’ and this wedding – and this incredible photo – is the perfect example of what a wedding day is really all about.

It could have been taken anywhere, in fact it doesn’t even show the house, but it does show why we work so hard for our couples.

Our greatest wish is for them, their family and friends to enjoy the most special of days without having to worry about any of the details.

We want our couples to enjoy the planning, and the day itself, without losing sight of what is actually happening: promising to spend the rest of your life with your chosen someone and making vows surrounded by those you love who will support you in the years to come. To be able to witness this is a great privilege.

I wish brides and grooms to be could see more honest and real photos like this on blogs and in magazines; it would remind them of what’s most important. Whilst I think our Instagram and Facebook pages are filled with the prettiest of weddings, I’m going to make sure I share a lot more photos like this too. I love the wedding industry but I think sometimes the message gets a little lost. Let’s all remember and celebrate what a wedding day is really about: let’s #sharethehonestlove.

I am so proud that all of the Fetcham Park Team is so committed to ensuring the most perfect of days for our couples. Whatever style of celebration we host, we never forget that love is at the heart of everything we do.

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Love,
Laura.
Fetcham Park.

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As seen in Wedding Magazine this month!!!

I’m so thrilled to announce that a styled wedding shoot by Ishari De Silva Weddings along with the help of an amazing team of suppliers have been featured in the latest issue of Wedding Magazine! You can view and read the feature below…

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Special thanks to the contributors:

Venue – The Bloomsbury Ballroom
Floral designs – Pinstripes and Peonies
Cakes and Sweet table – The Abigail Bloom Cake Company
Stationery – Intricate Creations
Hair and Make up – DNA Make up Artistry
Dress – Naomi Neoh Design “Clementine” by BOA Boutique
Model – Amy Bellwood
Photography – Shaw Shots (Olivia Shaw)
Videography – Krishanthi Williams
Gold Sequin Runner – The Sweet Hostess
Vintage Gold Cutlery and Candelabras – Helene Millot Furnishings
Plates, Glasses and Chairs – Jones Hire

Happy wedding planning!

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Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration

The latest wedding inspiration mood board on Ishari De Silva Weddings is full of gorgeous Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration.

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Image Credits: Dresses, Place Setting, Tablescape, Chair Back Sign, Cake (Pinterest – image source not found).

Rose gold has certainly been a favourite this year for weddings. The gorgeous golden/copper tone compliments a variety of shades and is a perfect accent colour for any wedding.

You can find Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration and more on our Pinterest and website Ishari De Silva Weddings.

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Supplier Spotlight – Shaw Shots Photography

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Today we shine the spotlight on to Shaw Shots Photography Olivia is certainly one of my preferred suppliers and this year she photographed a styled shoot for me and did an amazing job!

A little bit about Olivia & Shaw Shots Photography
I started working as a photographer 7 years ago, when I graduated from Portsmouth University with a BA Hons in Photography.
Initially I set up Olivia Shaw Photography focussing on portraits in the TV and music industry, and worked with the likes of One Direction, JLS, Olly Murs and McFly.

A couple of years later, I decided to step into the world of Weddings and set up Shaw Shots Photography. Shaw Shots offers Wedding photography and portraits of little ones.
My years of photographing in different locations and situations has allowed me to ensure I capture that special moment, in an unobtrusive manner. I aim to ensure my clients are relaxed and at ease in front of the camera allowing their true essence to shine through and capturing the atmosphere of their special day.

Having come from a TV and music background, I love the contrast of working in Weddings. Photographing someones big day is always special. Having just got married myself, I know how exciting it is to receive those images, which allow clients to relive the happy and fun day. It is an honour to be a part of that process. When the client is happy, I am happy and that to me, is what it is all about!

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A bride’s thoughts
“I was totally sold once I checked out the Shaw Shots website and we decided that it was worth splashing out for photos that we will treasure forever. On the day, Olivia worked so hard for us like a little photography ninja; wearing all black she was slipping unnoticed between our guests and really bringing out the best in everything and everyone. Each photo captures the mood of the day in a way I could never have imagined possible.” Susannah & Neil, Wedding at Nettlestead Place, 7th September 2013.

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A top tip for brides by Olivia
Having just been on the other side and celebrated my own Wedding in June this year, I now know how important it is having the right photographer for you.
I suggest that clients establish the style they are seeking and then find the perfect photographer who represents that. Spending a little more really is worth it. The photos are something you will treaure from your big day for years.

I recommend that you and your photographer discuss what to expect on the day. I always offer an engagement shoot to my clients as it’s a great way to build a rapport between us and for them to see how I work and vice versa. This also allows the process to feel familiar, rather than a daunting part of the day for the couple.
I think it is equally important that you really like and get on with your photographer as they are there at one of the biggest and often, scariest moments of your life. When you are getting ready in the morning and might be feeling nervous, they will be there with you and you need to enjoy having them in that moment with you.

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Latest Beauty Buys

Over the weekend I had to buy a moisturiser and was interested in finding something different and completely new to my usual skincare routine. I used to use Dr Hauschka Rose Day Light and wanted to find something more organic this time so the multi award winning Dr Organic range was an obvious choice for me as I have used their snail gel previously and love it!

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I bought the Dr Organic Rose Otto Day Cream. As the website states it is “A rejuvenating cream formulated with Organic Rose Otto Oil, Rose Flower Water, Aloe Vera, Hydrpfiltrat Menyanthes, Argan Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Borage Oil, Irish Moss, Shea Butter, Limeflower, Chamomile, Passionflower, Calendula, Vitamin E plus Geranium and Clove Essential Oils. This rich aromatic nourishing cream penetrates the subcutaneous layers of the epidermis, to stimulate cell regeneration and help support collagen and elastin synthesis, leaving the skin hydrated, nourished, firmed and bursting with cell regenerated health.”

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Firstly, I love the ingredients, full of nutrients for the skin and as you might know I’m a huge fan of rose water and oil. As mentioned in one of my previous posts the The benefits of rose water are endless especially, for your skin.

I also came across the new addition to my skin care routine Hydraluron a few weeks ago when they launched a new product and I have been meaning to give this a go since then. Hydraluron by Indeed Labs is a moisture booster for your skin that contains a pure form of Hyaluronic acid and Red marine algae. Basically, this serum is applied after cleansing but before any other serums or creams and it boosts the effects of your moisturiser and hydrates your skin.

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The Indeed Labs Webiste states:

SCIENCE
– Hyaluronic Acid: An innovative form of hyaluronic acid – a breakthrough in safety and purity – with very low molecular weight that can reach the deep skin layers to boost the skin’s ability to moisture itself, to minimize the appearance of deep wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity. Clinical trials with hyaluronic acid, applied twice a day for 8 weeks showed an increase of skin’s elasticity by 27% and a reduction of skin roughness by 10%.

- Red Marine Algae: Bio-engineered Strain of the Red Marine Algae (Ahnfeltia concinna) increases cell turnover, firmness, elasticity and smoothness and brings about fine line reduction. It also contributes excellent skin feel and moisturization properties.

Both of these products are a pleasure to apply in the morning, Hydraluron gel smoothes on easily, gets absorbed straight away and a little goes along way! I follow this by applying a 3 drops of Rose hip oil and then my new moisturiser, Dr Organic Rose Otto Day Cream. Again a little goes along way, I love the silky smooth texture of cream and it feels lovely on the skin. Also, the smell is gorgeous which is another thing I love about rose products! Despite being ill over the last few days my skin still looks plumped and radiant thanks to my new beauty heroes…

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Cindy’s Choos! Designer Shoe Hire.

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Cindy’s Choos, brand new boutique to make Choos affordable for fashion-forward brides!

Brides with expensive taste don’t need to break the bank to wear fabulous designer stilettos on their wedding day – thanks to a brand new online luxury shoe hire boutique, Cindy’s Choos.

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Cindy’s Choos, which will launch on the 31st of July, will give fashion-forward brides the opportunity to strut down the aisle in killer heels from high-end designers such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Gina, Charlotte Olympia and Giuseppe Zanotti from just £65 per weekend or £85.99 for a week.

Founder, Cindy Choo says: “My mission is to make fashion affordable for everyday women like me. Cindy’s Choos will be a real Cinderella experience for brides on a budget who wish to bring a bit of catwalk chic to their wedding day look. New season shoes from the world’s most sought-after designers would usually retail at an average of £600, our hire prices make the most to-die-for designs accessible to everyone with impeccable taste.”

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To celebrate the website’s launch, Cindy’s Choos will be opening a beautiful pop-up boutique at Westfields Stratford on the 31st of July 2014. Brides can make appointments for a bridal fitting either in store or online, and bring their bridal party to choose their dream shoes. The pop up shop will function similarly to the website, with the added bonus of trying multiple shoes in store.

How it works
– Customers will be able to shop from a selection of over 70 of the store’s most popular designs via its digital store catalogue.

– Once they’ve chosen their shoes, customers have access to an in-store Choo Concierge who can arrange delivery of the shoes.

– A taxi to collect them from their event or location of choice.

– Couriers can collect the shoes the following working day or they can be returned to the shop by the customer.

Cindy adds: “It’s so rewarding to see how a beautifully crafted, designer shoe gives women such a confidence boost. Our brides can sweep down the aisle feeling empowered, it’s an incredible transformation.”

Take a look at some of the shoes available to hire from Cindy’s Choos!!

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Wedding Reception Lounge Area Inspiration

Apologies!!! We didn’t share last week’s wedding inspiration mood board on Ishari De Silva Weddings so here it is full of Wedding Reception Lounge Area Inspiration.
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*Image Credits: First row (L-R) Mirrored, Laid Back Luxe (Pink & Orange Cushions with Crystal Candelabras), Shimmering Pink & White.
Second Row (L-R) Country Chic – Barn Lounge, Moroccan Lounge, All white Outdoor Lounge.
Third Row (L-R) Colourful Lounge with Chinese Lanterns, French Furniture with Crystal Chandeliers Outdoor Lounge, Monochrome (source not listed on Pinterest).

Not the most popular trend in England but it is slowly trickling in from America. I personally love lounge areas at weddings. Not only does it add more character to a wedding but it is also practical and somewhat necessary. At the reception it is vital to have a seating area for your guests if the dancing is in a separate room/marquee to the wedding breakfast. It is also more interesting for your guest to walk in to another beautifully designed and styled room for the evening reception if your budget permits. A Moroccan/Eastern inspired wedding would be far more interesting with a shisha/hookah (which ever name you use) lounge for your evening guests or as seen on our Magical Moroccan Wedding Inspiration Board you can create a a very romantic lounge area with lots of Moroccan light and lanterns!

Outdoor lounge areas under a canopy is also brilliant to keep your guests cool and aways from the sun during drinks after the ceremony. Using light fabrics can create a very romantic whimsical feel and you can always add lots of candles to update the look for the evening reception. Whatever your colour scheme, design, theme or feel of your wedding creating a complimenting lounge area will be a wow factor for your guest but most importantly it is a great way to mix & mingle while giving your tired little feet a break from all that dancing!

You can find Wedding Lounge Area Inspiration and more on our Pinterest and website Ishari De Silva Weddings.

Happy wedding planning!

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