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 https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/twist-and-shout-ideas-for-a-young-fun-wedding-with-a-rock-n-roll-vibe

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

TWIST & SHOUT – CREDITS

Planner / Stylist – The Italian Dream www.theitaliandreamweddingsandevents.com 

Photographer – Claire Bemister Photography www.clairebemisterphotography.com  

Bridal Wear – Matchimony  www.matchimony.co.uk 

Veils – Mini Quinni Alternatve Weddings  http://www.miniquinnialternativeweddings.co.uk/

Bridal Jacket – Alexandra Bespoke www.alexandrabespokebridal.com 

Jewellery Bish Bosh Becca  www.bishboshbecca.co.uk

Make up/Hair – Toni Searle Beauty www.tonisearlemua.com

Cake Artist – Alchemy of Sugar https://alchemyofsugar.com/

Florist – The Botanical Company Ltd  www.thebotanicalcompany.co.uk 

Stationary – London Paper Crafts  www.londonpapercrafts.com

Venue – The Greyhound Hotel, Carshalton www.thegreyhoundhotel.com

Ceramics – Febbieday Ceramics www.febbiedayceramics.etsy.com 

Linen – The Embroidered Napkin Company  www.theembroiderednapkincompany.co.uk

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 https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/devon-elopement-bridal-inspiration-for-a-beach-wedding

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

Photography: www.emilyblackphotography.co.uk                            

Styling & Props : www.therusticdresser.co.uk                      

Cake: www.thesilvercake.co.uk            

Florals: www.theflowerfairynewark.com          

Wedding rings (Bride & Groom): www.london-victorian-ring.com                  

Padded bridal headband :   www.fruitbattextiles.co.uk                  

Stationery: www.penelopemargotdesign.co.uk                           

Hair and Make up: www.natalie-danielle.com                            

Dress: www.lisalyons.co.uk                              

Jewellery: www.bishboshbecca.co.uk       

Macrame bouquet Wrap: @lillknot_                                               

Glasses & Props: www.fabulouscompany.co.uk                               

Hand dyed ribbon www.katecullen.co.uk

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

https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/woodland-ivy-wedding-shoot-jewellery-for-a-modern-alternative-bride

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

Photography –Lee

www.instagram.com/photographybywills_

www.photographybywills.co.uk

Videographer – Ian

www.instagram.com/ritual_visuals

www.ritualvisuals.co.uk

Dresses – Zaneta

www.instagram.com/zaneta_burnett_design

www.zanetaburnettdesign.co.uk

Custom Jacket – Sam

www.instagram.com/sammyleasretro

www.facebook.com/sammyleasretroemporium

Converse Trainers

www.instagram.com/wedding_converse

www.weddingconverse.co.uk

Veil – Amber-Jane

www.instagram.com/miniquinniaw

www.facebook.com/miniquinniaw

MUA – Paula

www.instagram.com/paulaelaine_mua

Celebrant – Natalie

www.instagram.com/vmceremonies

www.velvetmoonceremonies.co.uk

Bride –Steph

www.instagram.com/stephpryke_model

Groom –Brandon

www.instagram.com/brandon.x.stacey

Rings

www.instagram.com/jetaime_diamonds

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) https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/valentines

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.

Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is not a celebration that started in the US only a century ago, but a long tradition that has its roots in Ancient Greece, honoring the mother, as the life-giver.

Mother Earth (Gaia), wife of Uranus, was the personification of nature that gives birth to everything and she was worshipped as the ultimate deity. Her worship then passed to her  daughter Rhea, wife and sister of Cronus, who gave birth to several deities in Greek mythology. Rhea was worshipped as the ‘Mother of Gods’ and ancient Greeks used to celebrate their annual spring festival to honor Rhea, the goddess of nature and fertility.

Ancient Romans also celebrated a spring festival by the name of Hilaria in honor of mother goddess Cybele, some 250 years before Christ was born.

Mothers Day is celebrated in over 40 countries, but we don’t all celebrate it on the same day.

Here in the UK, Mothering Sunday (commercially Mother’s Day) is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This holiday has its roots in the church and was originally unrelated to the American holiday, The tradition started back in the 16th century when poor children were given a day off work to go home and honour the Virgin Mary at their “mother church”. The children would often pick flowers to give to their mothers and bake special cakes called Mothering Cakes or Simnel Cakes.

As a result of this tradition, most mothers were reunited with their children on this day when young apprentices and young women in service were released by their masters for that weekend. As a result of the influence of the American Mother’s Day, Mothering Sunday transformed into the tradition of showing appreciation to one’s mother.

The USA is where the modern Mother’s Day, as we know it, started. Although many forms of Mother’s day existed before typically with religious roots, Mother’s day is now considered a secular day of celebration, during which mother’s are showered with gifts and cards. The modern day tradition was first conceived at the beginning of the 20th century when a woman called, Ann Reeves Jarvis’s mother died. She wanted to have a national day for people to honour the sacrifices mothers make for their children.

In France, Fête des mères takes place on the last Sunday of May, but is moved to the first Sunday of June if Pentecost falls then. The day of celebration was first declared by Napoleon, who wanted to reward mothers of large families. This tradition was revitalised during the First World War, when mothers of four or five children were given medals. The modern fête des mères was officially founded in 1950. French children will traditionally do chores for their mums, and give them gifts, such as handwritten poems, flowers and cakes. A large, celebratory meal ends this hopefully relaxing, enjoyable day.

In culturally diverse India, a westernised version of Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, when Indians reflect upon the importance of mothers in https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/mothers-day-giftstheir lives and the sacrifices they have made.

However, Hindus in India celebrate the goddess Durga, or Divine Mother, during a 10-day festival called Durga Puja in October. Durga Puja celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is earmarked by gifts given to friends and family, as well as feasts and celebrations. You certainly can’t beat a good over evil victory!

Dia das Mães is incredibly popular in Brazil – in fact it is the second most commercial holiday celebrated (the first being Christmas). Brazil commemorates this special day on the second Sunday in May with special children’s performances and church gatherings, which often culminate in large, multi-generational barbecues.

In Japan Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and is symbolised by beautiful carnations — which represent the gentle strength of mothers who are revered in Japanese culture. Children draw pictures of their mothers in school and sometimes enter them in art competitions. Like most other countries, Mother’s Day is a day of pampering for mums — children help take over the household chores, have a special family meal, like sushi or eggs, and give their mothers red carnations or roses and cards.

Another country which relies heavily on the giving of carnations and other flowers is Australia, where Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Chrysanthemums are also a very popular floral choice, originally due to a marketing gimmick playing on the fact they end with ‘mum’.

In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is celebrated at the end of the rainy season, as part of the three-day Antrosht festival, dedicated to mums. When the weather clears up and the skies empty of rain, family members come home to celebrate with a large feast. Daughters traditionally bring vegetables, butter, spices and cheese, while the sons bring meat of various types, including lamb or beef.

Peru celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May and are complete with gifts, chocolates and joyous family meals. In Peru, children often give their mums handmade items, which are reciprocated (lucky them!).

Peru’s indigenous Andean population, also celebrates the gifts of Mother Earth, or Pachamama, in early August. Pachamama is an ancient mythological goddess beloved by many indigenous Andean populations. Mythology cites Pachamama as the cause of earthquakes and bringer of fertility. Her special worship day is called Martes de Challa.

However you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope it’s a good day for you x