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

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:

Venue: www.margotswedding.co.uk/the-boat-shed

Photography: www.photographybypaloma.co.uk

Bridalwear: www.hollywintercouture.com

Model: www.instagram.com/gabbywaite97

Hair & Make-up Artist: www.tonisearlemua.com

Head pieces: www.peacockandpearl.co.uk

Jewellery: www.bishboshbecca.co.uk

Flowers: www.instgram.com/lilybee882

Cakes: www.annalewiscakes.com

Stationery & Signage: www.flutterbeeze.co.uk

Mobile Bar: www.effervescerefreshments.com

Shoes: www.irregularchoice.com

All the jewellery used on the shoot can be found here https://www.bishboshbecca.co.uk/marlene-dietrich-inspired-wedding-shoot-old-style-hollywood-glamour-with-a-modern-twist

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. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/bishboshbecca/classic-blue-bridesmaids-jewellery-gift-ideas/

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

Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

Its has been quite a busy wedding season for Bish Bosh Becca. So it got me thinking about the traditions we all know and some we don’t, well at least I didn’t!

Lets start with the most well known: ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe’ is a Victorian tradition that is now a rhyme we all

know.

something blue wedding jewellery set for a bride
a beautiful crystal pendant necklace and matching drop earrings, with a blue topaz teardrop for a brides something blue

Something old represents the link with the bride’s family and the past. A common solution used to be that brides choose is to wear a piece of family jewellery or their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress.

Something new represents good fortune and success in the bride’s new life. The wedding dress is often chosen as the new item.

Something borrowed to remind the bride that friends and family will be there for her when help is needed. The borrowed object might be something such as a lace handkerchief or an item of jewellery.

Something blue symbolises faithfulness and loyalty and dates back to biblical times when blue represented purity.

A Silver Sixpence in her Shoe is to wish the bride wealth, both financial and happiness.

There are also lots of supersitions round jewellery and gemstones. The 2 most common are

Aquamarine gemstone bracelet with a Pisces zodiac charm
Beautiful blue aquamarine gemstone bracelet finished with a silver pisces star sign charm

 Aquamarine stones are thought to ensure a long, happy marriage

modern pearl necklace for a bride
a unqiue modern white pearl necklace on silver chain for a bride on her wedding day

A pearl engagement ring is supposed to be bad luck because the shape resembles a tear. However, to others, the wearing of pearls takes the place of the bride’s real tears, thus she’ll have a happy, tear-free wedded life. I like the second one but then I love pearls

The veil is meant to symbolise the modesty and chastity of the bride. Ancient Greek and Roman tradition states that wearing a wedding veil helps to ward off evil spirits intent on cursing the bride, with a veil over her head they couldn’t see her, and so couldn’t curse her. Another explanation is that during the times of arranged marriages the bride’s face would be covered until the groom had committed to the marriage. Not so romantic that one!

Brides and their bridesmaids have always held floral bouquets, for their scent as much as their delicate beauty. Rosemary is said to signify remembrance for someone no longer here. Although the meaning of flowers is whole new blog in its own right.

The flower in the groom’s buttonhole goes back to the days when a knight would wear his Lady’s colours to display his love. The bride throws her bouquet backwards over her shoulder for the group of unmarried girls to catch. It is said that the girl who catches it will be the next to marry.

Modern white natural fireball pearl pendant for a bride
A modern white pearl wedding pendant for a bride on her wedding day

The tradition of throwing confetti over the bride and groom comes from Italy. Before paper confetti, there were flowers, petals, grain or rice thrown at the happy couple, to bestow prosperity and fertility. For my daughter wedding we dried flowers from the garden, luckily the cherry blossom was out when she announced her engagement! And for the record rice hurts!!

The cake is another tradition that originated with the Romans, though they shared a wedding cake during the ceremony itself – they couldn’t wait for the reception! Their cakes were flat and round, containing fruit and nuts to symbolise fertility. The shape of the modern three-tiered iced cake is generally thought to be inspired by the shape of the tiered spire at the aptly named St Bride’s Church in the City of London. If you have a fruit cake, traditionally you would keep the top tier for the christening of your first child. Don’t keep a sponge cake, it won’t last!

White pearl choker necklace and earrings set for a bride
modern pearl jewellery set for a bride on her wedding day

Another version is that, as a game, brides and grooms used to attempt to kiss over their wedding cake without knocking it over, which is how tiered wedding cakes emerged

The tradition of giving guests something to remember the day by in the form of favours has been around for hundreds of years. The tradition has evolved to giving each guest five sugar coated almonds to symbolise health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long-life. Now favours some in all shapes and sizes and are as unique as the bride herself.

A delicate cuff bracelet for a bride
handmade gemstone and pearl cuff bracelet for a bride to wear on her wedding day

In ancient cultures, the threshold of the home was considered to be a hotbed of lurking, unattached evil spirits, and since a new bride was particularly vulnerable to spirit intrusion, (especially through the soles of her feet!!) The groom would traditionally carry the bride over the threshold to make sure his wife didn’t bring any bad spirits into the house…

Every culture also has its own traditions;

Middle Eastern couple’s adorn themselves with beautiful Henna patterns on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the “evil eye”.

According to ancient Greek culture, if you tuck a sugar cube into your glove it will sweeten your union.

Italian tradition calls for newly married couples to smash glass at their wedding. However many pieces the glass breaks into is supposed to represent how many years they’ll be happily married.

According to Hindu tradition, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck.

In Christian ceremonies the bride stands to the groom’s left so the groom can fight off other suitors with his right hand

Finally, don’t worry about the black cat, stay away from the nuns and monks! It is said that if a bride crosses path with a monk or a nun on her wedding day, she will be

cursed with a life of infertility and poverty. Hum, well, I think we will take this one with a pinch of salt as I was married by a monk and had some lovely nuns at my wedding!