Blacknest Wedding Shoot, ideas for a rural outside wedding in the Hampshire countryside

romantic wedding ideas for a bride

I have been very remis and haven’t told you about this wonderful wedding shoot. It took place at Blacknest Golf and Country Club situated in the rural countryside of my home county Hampshire. It is a beautiful setting. We were there in February, and yes it was a bit chilly! When I arrived the mist was still lingering in the weak February sun making the venue look quite ethereal and magical. In the summer months they have tipis, which look like a stunning place to have your wedding. The whole venue had a relaxed friendly feel to it and all the staff were so welcoming.

There were so many talented suppliers taking part in this shoot, that was organised by Hayley from the venue and Avalon from Avalon Photography. I have listed all the suppliers at the end of this blog as there were quite a few who contributed to this wedding shoot

venue styling ideas for a bride

However I do want to tell you about the fabulously friendly Emma from Scrumptious Bakes by Emma, as without her I would not have even been aware of this shoot. Plus her cakes and macarons are simply stunning and mouth watering. Emma really will help you celebrate your special occasion.

wedding cakes and macaron to make your mouth water

Of course it wouldn’t be a wedding shoot without the brides dress, and we had 3 gorgeous designs. These were provided by Twirl Bridal located in Petersfield. The very talented Lucy Bernier brought out the natural beauty of our bride as she was responsible for hair and makeup. She had her work cut out with our 3 different looks, but she rose to the occasion and made our bride look absolutely flawless and radiant.

delicate but modern pearl jewellery

I think you also need flowers at a wedding. We had some beautiful flowers from Flower Vogue in Grayshott The floral crown they supplied for the last look was so beautiful, with some of my favourite flowers in it, including beautiful delicate astrantia

beautiful wedding flower inspiration

I used some of my best loved wedding jewellery designs for this shoot, as well as a couple of new designs. For the final dress I went for my most popular single pearl wedding pendant and drop earrings set in bridal white. Well the flower crown was so stunning anything else would have just looked wrong.

delicate pearl wedding necklace and drop earrings for a bride

I was delighted to be able to use my brand new cala lily and pearl wedding necklace and drop earrings. The 2nd dress had a deep back v so I created a backdrop necklace to show this off. Always remember it is good idea for a bride to look good from the back. When you are walking down the aisle this will be a lasting image the majority of your family and friends will see!

pearl wedding choker with gold cala lily backdrop and matching drop earrings

All the wedding jewellery that I used in this shoot can be found in the Blacknest wedding category

The suppliers I have not mentioned above are

Venue Styling: Soiree Events

Suits: Anthony Hire

Balloons and Lights : Platts Parties

Stationery: Harri Leigh Designs

Chair Covers and Sashes: Your Wedding Day PA

Flower for cake: Bonny Blue Florist

Twist and Shout

unique wedding ideas for modern brides to create her perfect wedding.

I was recently involved in a quirky, relaxed, alternative wedding shoot with a rock vibe . There were many unique wedding ideas for modern brides to create her perfect wedding.

It was the brain child of Jessica from The Italian Dream Wedding and Events. Her aim was to inspire people with confidence to have the day they really love. This was for couples who want their day to reflect their individuality. I think she succeeded as the photo shoot was amazing! She may even have given you some ideas for your own wedding

unique wedding ideas for modern brides to create her perfect wedding.

These wedding shoots just don’t happen. They do take a lot of work to get most of the ingredients that you would have for a wedding in place for the shoot. All the suppliers collaborate together to produce a mini wedding. Although hard work they are amazing fun to do.

unique wedding ideas for modern brides to create her perfect wedding.

From a palette of black, white and red, an epic love story was created with beautiful details, celebrating independently created elements from a hand cut deep red veil, to a stunning black marble cake with a cascade of red sugar roses and gilded leaves, to incredible jackets and beautiful lace and tulle bridal separates to die for. Obviously all finished off with handmade wedding jewellery from yours truly.

I went for unusual silver peacock coloured pearls for the bracelet and choker necklace. The pearls are a gorgeous colour and shimmer like oil on water. The look was finished with a pair of silver hoop earrings with a gold rondel. I think my handmade jewellery added to the the other wedding ideas for a modern bride to create a wedding that is as unique as she is.

handmade wedding jewellery, unique wedding ideas for modern brides to create her perfect wedding.

But although I wasn’t there do you know what the best thing for me was? The wonderful Rica who provided the cake, cupcakes and biscuits, sent me one of her beautiful biscuits when my jewellery was returned. It was a complete work of art, that I took the time to appreciate (as long as it took me to take the image) before I made a proper cup of coffee and sat down and ate it. Boy was it delicious!

All the jewellery used can be found here

handmade pearl wedding jewellery, unique wedding ideas for modern brides to create her perfect wedding.


Planner / Stylist – The Italian Dream 

Photographer – Claire Bemister Photography  

Bridal Wear – Matchimony 

Veils – Mini Quinni Alternatve Weddings

Bridal Jacket – Alexandra Bespoke 

Jewellery Bish Bosh Becca

Make up/Hair – Toni Searle Beauty

Cake Artist – Alchemy of Sugar

Florist – The Botanical Company Ltd 

Stationary – London Paper Crafts

Venue – The Greyhound Hotel, Carshalton

Ceramics – Febbieday Ceramics 

Linen – The Embroidered Napkin Company

Devon Elopement Wedding Shoot

Find your perfect wedding jewellery for a boho beach elopement wedding in the UK. Modern bridal pearl jewellery ideas for a bride

On a cold rainy day in February, some intrepid wedding suppliers set off very early to a Devon beach.

They were aiming for one beach but there were problems getting to it. Luckily I knew the area a bit and I directed them to my all time favourite Devon beach. It was just round the bay from where they were. I could even recommend the best fish and chip shop that was about 10 minutes away from the beach and was on their way home

find inspiration for your rustic boho beach wedding, all the ideas for a bride to create her perfect wedding

I really love the colours and tones of this wedding shoot. I only had details of the beautiful wedding dress that was to be worn, so I could provide wedding necklaces, bracelets and earrings to compliment the design.

ideas for a rustic boho beach wedding. find inspiration for cake, assessories, stationery, catering and flowers

The cake, props, and flowers all looked stunning together. So, if you are seeking some ideas for your rustic boho beach wedding, these designs will definately inspire any bride

new wedding jewellery designs from Bish Bosh Becca. Handmade white pearl charm bracelet in silver, rose gold or gold

I revamped some of my wedding pearl bracelets. As well as sterling silver, I have added them in gold or rose gold versions. Although I don’t have as many rose gold or gold charms as I do silver , it is still possible to add a charm to these new variations. Either to create your perfect wedding jewellery or as a gift for your bridesmaids or flowergirls.

new pearl wedding jewellery from Bish Bosh Becca. find white pearl choker necklaces and gold huggie earrings for a modern bride

Its always the small details that all contribute to an amazing wedding, and this wedding shoot will provide a bride with lots of ideas

style your perfect rustic, boho beach wedding. Inspiration for a bride to create her perfect wedding

If you are wondering about the fish and chip shop. Its Squires in Braunton!

All the jewellery that was used for this wedding shoot can be found here

Thank you to all the wonderful wedding suppliers who made this shoot possible


Styling & Props :                      



Wedding rings (Bride & Groom):                  

Padded bridal headband :                  


Hair and Make up:                            



Macrame bouquet Wrap: @lillknot_                                               

Glasses & Props:                               

Hand dyed ribbon

Woodland Ivy, Wedding Ideas for a Modern Alternative Bride

Woodland Ivy, ideas for an alternative wedding for a modern bride

How amazing is this wedding shoot?

It was all the brain child of Lee from Photography by Will. I think he did an amazing job. His attention to details and the care he took to ensure he had closeup images of everyones products was awesome. I, for one, am very grateful for these beautiful images.

There were 3 different wedding dresses planned for the day but unfortunately rain and light stopped play. So we were only able to shoot 2 different bridal dresses. However that does mean we have to go back and shoot the last dress. At least thats what I think….

It was the details that made this wedding shoot. From the bespoke converse trainers, the handpainted leather jacket, the stunning veils, rings and, of course, jewellery from Bish Bosh Becca.

Bish Bosh Becca provided some old favourites, such as these gold plated crochet cuffs with white pearls and gemstones. but they were worn in a thoroughly modern way

However, it soon became apparent that I needed to up my game and create some new jewellery designs for this alternative modern wedding shoot. The long earrings above needed a simple back drop lariat to suit the halter neckdress, which had a very low back

Fot the second look I added a modern teardrop locket and layered it with a new pearl choker necklace. It was decided that this shoot needed the warm tones of gold as the predominant metal.

I thought I would also add a back drop to the pearl choker necklace. I seem to be in back drop necklace mode, so watch this space. The back drop chain necklace has a loop at the top which means that it can be added or removed from the pearl choker

Then the look was finished with some gold plated huggie earrings with white pearl drop. A simple sleek design that complimented the sleek polished teardrop locket

I have added all the jewellery designs to the website and they can be found here

I am sure you will need to know who all the other very talented suppliers are

Photography –Lee

Videographer – Ian

Dresses – Zaneta

Custom Jacket – Sam

Converse Trainers

Veil – Amber-Jane

MUA – Paula

Celebrant – Natalie

Bride –Steph

Groom –Brandon


Goth Maternity Shoot

This is very different from my usual photo shoot and I did have to think outside the box.

But this is the wonderful thing about collaborating with other creatives on shoots that are outside what you usually think you do. Who thought I would be in a postition to contribute to this gothic beauty’s shoot and provide jewellery that would add the final finishing touch so beautifully!

It was all about seeing my jewellery in a different way and realising that is it very versatile and can be worn no matter what your style is

The sentiment behind this shoot is really quite wonderful.
Hayley Gell Photography wanted to create this shoot for her sister, who was 34 weeks pregnant at the time.
She wanted to give her something she would look back on and remember this moment and feel happier with the changes she was going through.
To make her feel empowered and beautiful. I think she definately acheived that objective.

It was an amazing and awe inspiring shoot, and one I was delighted to have contributed to.

You can find all the jewellery that was used on this shoot using this link

I create the back drop lariat in black especially for the shoot so I do need to get my skates on and take some nice images of it so I can add it to Bish Bosh Becca

The other supliers were
Photography assistant: @adeledrummondphotography
Hair and Makeup: @laurataffmakeup
Assistant: @madam_borris
Venue: @smithfieldstudios
Headpiece: @rachelchaprunne
Jewellery: @bishboshbecca
Veil: @peacock_and_pearl .

Marlene Deitrich Styled Couture Wedding Shoot

Marlene Deitrich inspired wedding shoot

This styled wedding shoot was the brain child of Holly Winter Couture. She explains that she has spent the last year creating some examples of her wedding dresses, trousers, jumpsuits, veils, etc to start showing off at wedding fairs in 2020. She picked Marlene as her muse because of her ability to pick the unexpected – classic gents’ tailoring in her case – and give it her own irrepressible and distinctly feminine edge. 🎩

2020 is also the 90th anniversary of the release of her film Morocco, in which she appeared in a top hat, bowtie and tux and, scandalously for the time, kissed another woman *on the lips*. 💋 She was irreverent, incorrigible, unapologetic and utterly original. We would get so much pleasure from styling her today.

Holly was so lucky to have early access to brand new wedding venue The Boat Shed in Porchester for this shoot. As you can see from the images above, it was truly a wonderful setting.

However not only do you need to get the setting right, the details also need to be spot on. Again that is a massive tick!

I provided some modern classic to finish off these amazing couture creations. One look was light and floaty so pearls and crystals seemed to be the obvious choice.

I thouroughly enjoyed bieng part of this shoot. Finding jewellery that suited the theme was a bit of a challenge and made me think outside the box. But thats one of the joys of these shoots

The wonderfully talented creatives on Team Marlene:





Hair & Make-up Artist:

Head pieces:




Stationery & Signage:

Mobile Bar:


All the jewellery used on the shoot can be found here

Great Jewellery Ideas for her March Birthday Gift.

That may sound a bit boastful, apologies if it does. We do have rather a good selection of jewellery with aquamarines so hopefully you will find some great gifts

Lets start with Zodiac jewellery. For most of March it will fall under Pisces, but towards the end it moves to Aries. Don’t get caught out and just ask if you aren’t sure.

We have some delicate charm necklaces in silver, rose gold or gold vermeil. You can add an aquamarine or just have the charms. There are so many variations hopefully you will find the perfect necklace

Then there is the personalised birthstone range. These have a main pendant, such as a star, open heart, tree of life or 4 leaf clover. It comes with a March birthstone and an initial charm. But you can always add further letter and birthstone charms. Perhaps you would like to give her a family tree necklace with all the familys birthstones one. Any option you would like we can do

Bracelets can be a bit tricky to give as gifts. Women tend to be either a bracelet person or not. If you know here well and have seen her wear bracelets then you will be ok

Just recently lockets have been the most popular of out birthstone range. Luckily there are quite a few to choose from. There are modern teardrops, hearts in 3 sizes and finishes, a decorative celtic heart and the classic silver circle locket.

You don’t have to go for a gemstone birthstone, there are swarovski crystals in aquamarine as well. If you like any piece of jewellery on Bish Bosh Becca that has a Swarovski crystal, we can change it for an aquamarine coloured one.

You probably don’t need to buy any Christening or Baptism gifts for a little girl born in March. For the sake of completeness I did want to mention them.

These are not only suitable for Christening or Baptism gifts, they will make a lovely present for a little girl for her March birthday, or indeed any woman who prefers smaller delicate jewellery

Good luck finding that perfect gift

Just Engaged? How about Classic Blue For your wedding colour scheme?

Classic blue Jewellery gift ideas for your bridesmaids

If you have just got engaged then Congratulations! It will all be so exciting, scary and wonderful all at the same time.

You will be in a whirlwind of love so probably haven’t even thought about your wedding colour scheme. So I thought I would suggest Classic Blue to you.

Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk. Pantone say the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. So there you go

Classic blue is a good place to start as it’s Pantones colour of the year for 2020. You can  expect to see a lot of it around this year. In a way that makes it easy as you will have a wide choice of everything you want to create your perfect wedding.

But as forward-looking as it may be, the 2020 colour brings us almost full circle to the first Colour of the Year, Cerulean, another blue hue chosen in 1999 to likewise capture a moment in time. 

So why Classic blue?

It does lend itself to mixing with other colours such as dusky pink or burnt orange which is brilliant as you may find it tricky to find many blue flowers!

Let me plant a few ideas for inspiration for your bridesmaids gifts.

Swarovski crystals make it very easy to add the perfect shade of blue you are looking for.

If you would rather have a high light of blue then I can create that for you using so many of my jewellery designs. The modern Adriana choker necklace and matching drop earrings are a perfect example. The pale blue crystals can be changed to the shade of blue you are looking for.

If you are looking for more inspiration head over to my pinterest board. I have found beautiful bridesmaids dresses, cakes and flowers as well as lots more jewellery.

But whatever you decide to do, just enjoy planning your day x

The Burning Question for February… What do you get your wife/girlfriend for Valentines Day?

Fear not, the important thing is that you don’t forget!

Sometimes it is the simplest things that are the most important, such as a quick hug when its not expected. Or a cup of coffee in bed or that most precious thing for parents – a lie in at the weekend.

You do not have to spend a fortune, red roses although gorgeous are not as nice as a bunch of spring flowers, especially if they smell wonderful. Or maybe that’s just my opinion. I was never the traditionalist. Although the red roses I have used in the images are quite beautiful, however as you can see I am contrary

I would be delighted if you wanted to give that special lady a piece of Bish Bosh Becca’s jewellery. There is quite a wide range for you to choose from. From simple single pearl pendant with a heart in silver or gold, pearl drop earrings or a pendant and earrings set to big and bold murano heart necklaces. There are also quite a few earrings with hearts.

If hearts are a bit obvious for you, then there are always the modern symbols of love, such as the love knot. An intricate knot, so that the ropes seem like one, and without beginning or end. (There are wonderful modern pearl chokers with a love knot or stylish hoop earrings on Bish Bosh Becca should you be looking)

Did you know also know that that Shells, were ancient symbols of love by cultures as diverse as the ancient Romans, Hindus,and Native Americans? Venus, Roman Goddess of love and fertility, is often depicted standing in a scallop shell, where she was created from sea foam.

Or the humble apple is a well-known and ancient symbol of love in many legends and stories. It also has various meanings attributed to it. Think of the biblical Adam and Eve, with Adam eating the forbidden apple, the fruit of knowledge, at Eve’s bidding. In this tradition, the apple represents temptation. Venus, Roman goddess of love and desire, is also often depicted holding an apple, so it can be said that the apple represents the slightly dangerous, seductive and sexual aspects of love. But that’s upto you and nothing to do with me.

Whatever you choose to show her you love her, you can be reassured that your jewellery order will be made with love and beautifully gift wrapped.

Vermeil? Gold? Gold Plated? Confused?

These terms can be very confusing and can give the impression that a piece of jewellery is something it is not.

So lets start with gold or rose gold. This is solid precious metal that has been hallmarked by the Assay office to show that it fulfils the criteria for 9k, 18k etc. The k refers to Karat and is the purity of the gold. 24k is the purist but also the softest gold. So its not advsiable to have a ring or favourite peice of jewellery made from 24k gold as it will not last as long as the lower karats

Then the next quality is vermeil . Gold or rose gold vermeil (pronounced vur-MAY) is genuine .925 sterling silver that has been expertly plated with a thick layer of 14k-24k gold. ⁣It will probably be hallmarked or stamped with .925, but this is the hallmark for silver and not gold

⁣Gold or rose gold Vermeil is the perfect option for those with metal allergies due to the durable thickness of the gold combined with the base of sterling silver. ⁣
Gold vermeil is an “insider’s secret” of discerning jewellery buyers as precious metals (silver and gold) are used, but allows for more affordable jewellery than solid gold. A win win situation

Finally we come to gold plated. I know this can be viewed as a lesser product, but it really does have its place. For example my crochet cuffs are gold or silver plate on copper, as copper is a really soft metal this makes the cuffs really soft to wear as they can mould to your arm shape. Whereas some of my earring bases and seashell charms are gold plated brass, as brass is a hard metal, it means these earrings fittings and charms will not bend out of shape.

Any base metal can be plated with silver, gold or rose gold plated. It is slightly confusing as you may see the term gold- filled. This is just a superior gold plating that is thicker than the normal gold plating. As I say above the base metal depends on what you are going to use it.

Should you ever see any of these terms and you are not sure. Then just ask whoever is selling the item.

At the bottom of each description, whether it be a locket, necklace or bracelet, on Bish Bosh Becca, you will see a clear description of what is is made from. In some instances it may be both gold vermeil and gold plated. Whilst we prefer to use vermeil, it is not always available, so we have to make so with gold or rose gold plated.