All your questions about september birthstones answered. At least I will try to.
Let’s start with an easy one. The beautiful blue sapphire is the birthstone for September birthday girls, and boys for that matter. In fact anyone born in September.
It is also the birthstone for virgos. That means you can be born in August and have the sapphire as your birthstone if you wish.
The sapphire could be referred to as the true birthstone for September as it is the modern as well as the traditional birthstone. If you don’t like sapphires then choose moonstone (Ayurvedic) or agate (mystical). If you were born after 23rd September then see if you prefer an Opal for Libra.
However if you’re still not feeling the love for the deep rich true blue sapphire then you could plump for a pink, yellow or green sapphire. Still not sold on the idea? Then just choose a coloured gemstone that appeals to you. After all you don’t have to choose your birthstone!
All birthstones have a special meanings. Sapphires are said to stand for serenity and truth. They are also said to guard against evil and poisoning. A weird combination but that’s before more enlightened times. Or maybe not depending on your point of view.
Something I didn’t know was that in the New Testament, 12 foundation stones were given specific qualities related to Christ. Sapphire was The Soul.
If you have any further questions about September birthstones then please do ask away. I will do my best to answer them.
If you are looking for a perfect jewellery gift for a woman or girl who has a birthday in September do visit Bish Bosh Becca. We can also help for christening jewellery gifts for a little girl born in September. We can help you create the perfect gift she will love.
If you haven’t heard of a lariat, or you have heard it and are not quite sure what it is or how to wear a lariat necklace. Then read on
Lariat literally means a rope in the form of a lasso. I agree, that’s not exactly selling this beautiful type of necklace!
However I can tell you that It’s one of the most versatile pieces of jewellery you can own.
Lets start with what is a lariat. It’s a necklace that is one continuous length of chain, leather, ribbon in fact any stringing material. The important fact is that it has no clasp. A lariat usually has two decorative ends at each end of the chain. Bish Bosh Becca includes a centre pearl or bead so you can also wear a lariat like a choker necklace.
A lariat necklace is usually fully adjustable as you can do it up anywhere along it’s length. Some are so long to can wrap it twice round your neck and still have enough length for it to look like a layered necklace set.
It ties in half a knot wherever you want it to.
You can wear it so it looks like a choker from the front with a back drop. Or wear it with the ends at the front so it looks like a y necklace.
Another way is to wrap it round your neck and let the ends hang loose.
There are many other ways so just play with it until you get the look you want.
See what I mean when I say versatile?
Imagine you are a bride seeking 2 looks for her wedding day? She can wear a lariat as a back drop necklace, with her deep v back wedding dress. And then turn it round for a y shape necklace for her 2nd bridal look.
But you don’t have to be a bride to want different looks!
If this sounds all too complicated have a look at this video. This shows you how to tie a lariat. It does it far more eloquently than my words.
Every Bride wants her wedding day to be perfect. BUT there will always be elements outside your control. Like the weather
This amazing shoot at the Fox’s Revenge just goes to show that even when it is hammering down with rain your wedding day will still be one of the most special days of your life. You will have beautiful memories and images that you can treasure for years to come.
A wonderful team was brought together by Tracey from Bliss Bridal Gowns and I was delighted to work with these very talented creatives.
On a very wet and windy day the teepee at the Fox’s Revenge was magical and everyone was very welcoming. It looked stunning dressed and styled during the day but the lights added a magical element when the sun went down. Maybe it was the soft warm earth colours of the styling and flowers that made the tent feel warm and inviting.
Let me start with the dress, which Chloe modelled to perfection. Gosh the length of that girls legs, she towered over me! The dress was spot on boho chic. The fabric was softly embroidered with an abstract floral leaf design and it moved beautifully.
Hair by Anna and make up by Penny were both beautifully natural and soft. Totally in keeping with the mood of the shoot.
Chloe’s finishing touches were courtesy of Rebecca Ann . The hat and veil combination was inspired and gave a modern twist to the wedding. In fact Sophie was so enamoured that I think she treated herself to one of Rebecca’s hats.
What better way to spend a wet and windy day is there than eating goodies from Red Robin Pantry. Honestly everything tasted delicious but the passionfruit and mango marshmallows and black cocoa brownies were divine.
Sophie from The Little Details by Sophie made sure the whole shoot ran like clockwork and everything was styled beautifully. The perfect finishing touches to the tables were provided by Felt College and Badger and Birch. They provided the perfect backdrop to this shoot.
We even had the most beautiful wedding stationery suite including invitations, menus and place settings. All from Bonny and Clyde
I can’t forget the flowers. Home Nansledan created dramatic textures in muted shades that were perfect with the dried flowers they incorporated into their designs.
The English custom of brides wearing “something blue” on their wedding day dates back to the 1890s. I’m sure every bride has heard the rhyme: “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe.” If you haven’t, someone will mention it to you as soon as you start talking weddings.
But do you know what it means and represents?
Something old represents continuity, something new offers optimism for the future, something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity. All of which adds up to bringing luck to the couple of their big day
Have you heard the old saying ‘marry in blue, lover be true’? Don’t ask me where this one came from. But blue also protects against the evil eye, keeping the bride safe from harm on her wedding day. So if you want to cover all good luck bases I think its safe to say that blue, in it’s many shades will do that for any bride.
All these years later, there’s no denying that incorporating a splash of blue is not only a meaningful custom but, with the latest biggest wedding trend showing a shift toward fresh, fun, laid-back celebrations, it’s only fitting that this time-honored custom should follow suit. Because sometimes traditions are good but only if they move with the times.
For contemporary couples, it can be a starting point to getting creative and bringing a uniquely personal touch to their wedding. So think a vintage camper van, a custom leather jacket for the bride or a cool blue cake. The possibilities are endless.
Here are 11 contemporary ways to think beyond the traditional lacy blue garter. These ideas come from a Something Blue wedding photo shoot that I was delighted to take part of. They are a fun way to incorporate Something Blue into your wedding day.
Lets start with wedding stationery. Just choose your favourite shade of blue. Take this through to exchanging your vows. How chic would they look handwritten on blue vellum? Carry on this theme for your table seating plan and menus at your reception. Grace and Bramble created the beautiful shades of blue stationery for our shoot
Then there is the flowers. Bluebells are gorgeous for a spring wedding – the delicate flowers are said to symbolise everlasting love and have a wonderfully evocative subtle scent. Echinops and delphiniums add an edge to a wedding bouquet and blue hydrangea give instant impact. Cornflowers make a perfect posy or buttonhole. However what do you do if your favourite blue flower is out of season? Step up Hannah from Unfauxgettable Flowers. She also was responsible for organising this wonderful shoot.
A soft powder or sky blue is feminine, romantic, and as bridal as ivory. I think Amber from Quinlan Bridal Couture absolutely nailed it with her wonderful jumpsuit. There was also an overskirt for the formal ceremony. This women is genius.
Prefer to keep it chic? Add a beautifully subtle monogram into your veil, or have a small blue flower embroidered onto it.
A pale blue wedding colour scheme usually looks stunning. However I am biased as this is what I did for my bridesmaids (many years ago). Your bridesmaids and flowergirls outfits can be whatever shade of blue you love. Making them your Something Blue.
You could easily use the hint of royal or navy blue throughout your day by simply adding a blue table runner or beautiful blue glasses to your wedding reception. These are a simple way to incorporate blue.
Then of course there is your wedding cake or edible wedding favours such as cake pops, or macaron. There are endless ways to include every shade of blue into your wedding. From icy blue for a winter wedding to delicate pastel blue iced biscuits for an afternoon tea. Cerulean or cobalt blue cake pops will create instant impact. Iced Innovations Cake Studio did us proud
Under the magical canopy of Underpine Woods, an intimate fairy tale woodland wedding shoot took place. Shakespeare eat your heart out. This is the perfect setting for Titania’s Midsummers Night Dream.
Indulge your inner queen of the fairies by walking bare footed through the trees on your wedding day. Then feast under festoon lit trees with no noise but the chatter of the birds and rustle of the breeze through the trees. Whilst the stream quietly murmurs as it flows on its way.
In these times of Covid, micro weddings and elopements are getting increasingly more popular. But it’s not just Covid that is driving their popularity. As they offer an incredible opportunity to walk away from all of the usual wedding rules. So that you can create something completely bespoke and meaningful to you. No matter how many guests you are able to have.
Beth and Sam are the lucky owners of Underpine Woods, just outside Bude. They have transformed the wood into a magical space. With its babbling brook, steep hills, wonderfully straight rows of thousands of towering coniferous trees, dotted with some broadleaf giants. You could be mistaken for landing in a woodland fairy tale. Especially when the trees rustle seductively in the breeze. Even a sudden downpour can’t put a dampener on proceedings
The very talented Sara from Peony and Lace Weddings was inspired by the natural beauty of this woodland retreat. To enhance this magical space she used a colour palette of bottle green, metallic gold and white. Mixing festoon lighting, candles and macramé pieces, the team styled the woodland to create a rustic, bohemian fairy tale. Just Genius
Read on if you are bride looking for those special details to create your dream woodland wedding.
Nixie James Scott of Unique Ceremonies, provided a hand fasting ceremony for the shoot. She co-creates with the couple a ceremony which wholly reflects their personalities and beliefs. Our ceremony was such a beautiful and moving affair that it led our model Bekki to cry tears of pure joy and happiness
Evolved Bridal supplied the wedding dress. It just embodied their ethos of ‘Nothing Ordinary’. Their dresses are handpicked for their trendy, alternative styles that embrace individuality and represent the modern bride.
The dress was wonderfully romantic, modern boho with simple lines. A wonderfully plunging deep V front and back and thigh high split to the front of the skirt.
To finish the brides look Rebecca Anne Designs provided one of her beautiful veil. The embroidered wildflowers perfectly suited the wilderness of the surroundings and the locally grown flowers used for the wedding shoot.
For a free spirited, boho hairstyle, Toni Gogola Wedding Hair was spoilt with Bekki most gloriously striking lilac. Soft waves with a twisted top section were perfect. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions that were in place, we were unable to have a MUA apply makeup. So Bekki did her makeup whilst being talked through different tips by Toni
And our stunning couple beautifully played their part and just looked fabulous.
As soon as the dress was secured, it was straight over to me at Bish Bosh Becca for the jewellery. It’s always a pleasure to work with Sara and when she mentioned a magical woodland shoot I was hooked. I am at my most creative when designing jewellery for shoots, just like a real wedding I have to be aware of the theme and the dress.
As the woodland is an eco-friendly wedding venue, who better to partner up with than Eco Wood Rings for the wedding bands. Bekki’s ring was oak with an inlay of white gold shavings and diamond dust. For the groom’s band, a strong and simplistic band of oak was supplied.
The other details to inspire you to create your perfect woodland elopement wedding are:
Beth also runs Boo Lou Lew Design. She created stationary inspired by the idea that any couple can create something completely unique, beautiful and sustainable whilst supporting local artists and having fun too!
Beth carved a custom stamp and combined it with an online calligraphy course and beginners set from the wonderful Langham Calligraphy. She added a choice of beautiful ethical papers from Torn Edge Paper. Delicate, hand crafted gold edging adorned the invites.
Claires Sweet Temptations cakes never fail to delight. The mood board inspiration was a mixture of cakes iced with green and gold, but to incorporate flowers given the ‘nature’ feel to the shoot. She definately fulfilled that brief and more!
Macramé details were a must for this wedding. Knot Again Jill rose to the challenge. Her ‘Crystal’ macramé hanging on a copper arch created a stunning ceremony’ backdrop.
Bude Blooms provided the flowers. They are based in the field next to Underpine Woods. All the flowers used for the shoot were grown locally by Cassie and the greenery was a mix of the foliage grown in Cassie’s fields and the foliage found in the wood.
The florals reflected the calm and pure nature of the woodland setting. Whilst they also also stood out from the back drop due to using beautiful white flowers as a base colour. They glowed even on a rainy day. The glorious mix of roses, gladioli, nigella and zinnia worked beautifully with the seasonal flowers and foliage. A perfect mix for end of summer.”
Bude Blooms also made a floral crown. The white flowers popping against Bekki’s fabulous lilac hair.
Lucy at Moon Gazey Hare’s photography style was exactly the right feel for shooting in nature. Her eye for detail and for crafting the perfect shot ensured we created magic in the woodlands. She really made the most of the natural light,
Katherine of Katherine and Her Camera was the videographer for the shoot. Her playful yet natural style fitted in with the team and the concept of the shoot. It was important to the team to have the shoot on video to capture the movement within the woodland. Her video was absolutely stunning and showed all the details to perfection.
Sophie of The Little Details by Sophie, was the shoot assistant, She provided planning and styling assistance to Sara. Sophie’s attention to detail enabled Sara ensure the day ran smoothly and all elements of the shoot were captured.
A real iconic elopement shoot set in my beautiful capital city of London. Hopefully this will give any bride some ideas for a London wedding when she is planning her own special day.
As its an elopement then there are no invitations, table decs or venue props. London provides the wonderful backdrop. And the list of very talented suppliers below provided the photography, brides and groom outfits, hair, make up, bouquet and finally bridal jewellery from Bish Bosh Becca
I can’t remember the last time I was in London. I know it was meeting old school friends and we went for dinner on the embankment. When we came out it was dark. I remember thinking how magial it was with all the lights twinkling along the banks of the Thames and how much I loved London. I’m not sure I could live there but I do love to visit it every now and again.
Its London – of course it rains! So don’t forget to bring an umbrella. Make it a very stylish one.
Oh but all new visitors love a red London bus. So iconic but there are so many iconic aspects to London, as well as lots of places hidden away that only a few people know about.
A modern bride needs some modern pearl wedding jewellery, teamed with a stunning lace jumpsuit and an on trend bouquet of dried flowers. Just stunning.
For this amazing lace jumpsuit, I made a pearl lariat necklace and a pair of bridal white pearl drop earrings. With the neckline of this jump suit it could actually be worn at the front. But for impact I think it needs to be worn as a choker from the front and a back drop necklace from behind.
The second look was a beautifully floaty dress. If you do have a floaty dress you do have to swish. London will have so many photo opportunities for that perfect swish. I’m sure there is even somewhere you can have your own Marilyn Monroe moment.
The second floaty dress needed some very simple but romantic white pearl jewellery. Hopefully this will give a bride some ideas for her wedding jewellery. A barely there single floating pearl necklace, a delicate chain bracelet. I then created these modern gold hoop earrings with some gorgeous white keshi and rice freshwater pearls
London is full of these perfect places to sneak a quick image. Just have a look at the wonderful romantic images below
Voila – the perfect elopement London wedding.
All the pearl wedding jewellery that was used in this shoot can be found here https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/be-inspired-by-this-london-elopement-photoshoot
These are the wonderful suppliers who helped make this elopment shoot magical
I have been very lax about showing you some wonderful mini elopement shoots. Maybe, like a lot of people, last year may have overwhelmed me a bit. So I am going to rectify this now. As mini weddings or elopement weddings are becoming more popular, for obvious reason. I also get to show you some gorgeous modern pearl jewellery that I hope will inspire your choice of wedding jewellery.
This wedding shoot shows how you can have a romantic modern boho intimate home garden ceremony. It will give you inspiration and ideas for those touches of luxe with a cool party vibe. Turning your outdoor space into a wedding haven for your intimate nuptials with lots of fun twists. So you can create your perfect celebration.
Its the perfect way to celebrate love and marriage in light of the pandemic with a festival chill out zone with Moroccan inspiration in neutral tones. There are no rights and wrongs to you creating your perfect day.
Just because you are having a small intimate wedding, doesn’t mean you have to be any thing less that your fabulous best!
This is one reason I created a new range of versatile modern pearl jewellery. Lariats can be worn in many different ways, so they are the ultimate versatile necklace. I then decided to create some statement pearl drop earrings to match the lariat.
If you are having a small ceremony, with a big party once we are allowed to. Then your wedding jewellery will see you through both events.
Even though this might not be the wedding you have set your heart on, there are benefits. Plus you can have a big celebration when we are able to meet again. For your micro wedding you just have to make sure the important people are there. In some instances this will be just you, your intended and the celebrant.
You don’t have to worry about anyone driving later.Just kick off your shoes and enjoy You can even slip into a more relaxed number in the comfort of your own home.
The best thing about a garden wedding…. Is that you can stay as long as you like. No one is going to ask you to leave. Conversely you can also slip away early!
You can choose to have as many traditional aspects of a wedding as you want. Its your day so do it your way. Who said you can’t have invitations or menu cards for your initimate celebration. If you want them then you have them. Wear converses, go bare foot the choice is entirely upto you. There are no rules and regulations, except for the covid ones at the moment, but these too will pass. Hopefully in the near future.
One thing doing these wedding shoots has shown me, is that how a good celebrant can really make your day. He or she can add the perfect touch to your special day. Such as creating a sand jar. This symbolic act acknowledging the importance of the family bond formed by the marriage that is being celebrated. Because of this it is a lovely way of including all your children and joining them together into one family.
This wonderful intimate wedding shoot was the brain child of Keenda from the rest of the wonderful suppliers who helped bring her dream to life are
If you would like to see all Bish Bosh Becca’s jewellery that was used in this shoot, then you can find it here https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/minimony-twilight-romance-inspiration-for-a-romantic-modern-boho-intimate-home-wedding
Above trendiness or fashion led jewellery, versatility is the key to great design. That’s not to say a modern necklace can’t become an heirloom piece of jewellery in the future.
The most important thing is that you absolutely love it, its easy to wear and looks the part. But it does help if that special necklace is versatile. So it can help you create different looks, or can be mixed, matched or layered with your other favourite pieces of jewellery.
Lets talk about versatile. This is my starting point when I recently wanted to get creative and design some new necklaces. I was thinking of brides who had had their wedding plans curtailed. They may be having a small wedding now and a big party next year, so they would want jewellery to complement both looks. Or women who were constantly on zoom calls and wanted a different look to help them feel good. You may think this is trivial but sometimes its the little things that help us feel good.
Lariats are the ultimate versatile necklaces but I wanted to tell you about my new delicate layered Lyra necklace 1st. It has 2 strands of either sterlng silver or gold plated chain. The shorter one is a simple chain with a few white pearls, moonstone gemstones or crystals hanging from the chain. The second longer length chain has a co ordinating ornate tassle hanging from its centre point.
The clever part, at least I think it is, is that you can wear both strands of the necklace at the front. Or you can flip the longer one over your head to create a simple delicate choker with a dramatic back drop necklace.
Onto lariat necklaces. These are necklaces made from one continuous length of chain or leather, with no clasp. Wear them at the front, at the back, wrap it round twice to have as a layered choker and y necklace. If I’ m not making sense the images below can show it much better than I can explain it!
Simple chokers, pendants and lockets can be mixed, matched and layered to create your own individual style. You can also wear individually for a more simple look. 3 necklaces can create 9 different looks. More if you add to remove the charms or birthstone from the chain. Just don’t forget to remember where you put them when you aren’t wearing them.
On a final note my new statement Lyra hoop earrings have a dramatic pearl, gemstone or crystal tassel. They can be worn as shown or the tassels can be removed from the hoops. that means you can have a simple pair of hoop earrings. A dramatic look at me earrings. Or wear one simple hoop and one earring with the dramatic pearl cluster.
If you would like to see some more suggestions for versatile jewellery for a woman then do have a look at Bish Bosh Becca for inspiration. Either as a treat for you or a gift for another lucky lady.
But most of all, have fun creating your own unique style
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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 https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/twist-and-shout-ideas-for-a-young-fun-wedding-with-a-rock-n-roll-vibe