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Introducing MLE Pyrotechnics

Introducing MLE Pyrotechnics

Wedding Fireworks

Making a big-bang entrance to the Wedding Collective is professional firework company, MLE Pyrotechnics. Based in Daventry, the team create amazing firework displays across the Midlands and the UK.

If you’re looking for a magical send off in the sky then give these clever folk a call. You’ll get plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from your guests as they paint the sky red – or pink, blue, yellow or any colour you can think of. Nothing says ‘celebration’ like the sights and sounds of fireworks so come and meet the team at a selection of our wedding fairs and talk whizz-bang-whallop for your wedding.

 

Contact Tamara Lawrence

01327 876037

mail@mlepyrotechnics.co.uk

Find MLE Pyrotechnics in the Wedding Collective

www.fireworks4weddings.co.uk/

Adriana & Andrew’s Real Wedding

Adriana & Andrew’s Real Wedding

A winter-styled winery wedding in Melbourne for Adriana & Andrew.

The two met during their Christmas holidays on the beach in Mornington Peninsula through mutual friends. During a romantic weekend away, Andrew proposed at one of their favourite places – Teddy’s Lookout at Lorne. The couple celebrated with their loved one at Stones of the Yarra Valley.

How did you and your partner meet?
Andrew and I met through mutual friends, while we were both on Christmas Holidays, we met at the beach in the Mornington Peninsula. 

How did he propose?
During a weekend away at my parent’s holiday house at Lorne, and after a very long and beautiful day of site seeing down the Great Ocean Road, Andrew proposed at one of our favorites places in Lorne at Teddy’s lookout. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
I have only been married for a short time now, but Andrew and I have been together for many years. I would say that the most important part of maintaining a strong relationship would be to never take yourself or your relationship too seriously and don’t forget to have fun. 

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
The most important thing to me when I chose my gown was how I connected with the designer. I had a vision in mind, but it was up to the designer to lead me on the journey. Leah was laid back in her approach and not over powering, and that was important to me. My dress was different, I hadn’t seen anything like it and I was so happy with the outcome.

What style did you envision for your wedding day?
I had always envisioned my wedding day to be a laid-back and a glamourous styled one. A winter style winery was perfect for this, and Stones of the Yarra Valley nailed that brief. Stones can be anything you want it to be. Our hanging chandelier of florals with tea light candles, along with drooping fairy lights, really set the mood. There was an open fire pit outside the back doors overlooking the vineyard, it was perfect. 

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Definitley the fireworks at our evening reception. 
I’m a sucker for those big, bright sparkles in the sky, and Andrew knows this. Part way through Andrew’s speech, he surprised me and our guests with a show of amazing fireworks over the vineyard. It was magical. 

Any DIY décor elements?
All in all, the team at Stones are amazing event coordinators. They prompt you with things that you haven’t even thought about in terms of décor, but some things that we added were fairy lighting, outdoor fire pit, and a bird cage for our ‘wishing well’.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change anything. Nothing is perfect but to us, our wedding day was stunning and most importantly, it was a huge celebration with friends and family, filled with love, laughter and of course, great food and wine. 

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Be organised – there is no fun in a last minute stress sessions. In the last 6 months, set your ‘to do’ list and order it in priority. The highest priority items, set to action 6 months prior, and work the list backwards so that you have certain things to action, every month. Plan to have a blank ‘to do’ list two weeks prior, because things will pop up.

The Team

Dress: Leah Da Gloria
Makeup: Cassandra Lusi
Hair: Rokk Ebony
Shoes: Valentino
Accessories: Tiffany & Co
Personalised Wedding Gifts: Adorn Invitations
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Grooms Suit: MJ Bale
Photographer: Darin Collison
Video: Life in Light Films
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: Cakes by Raymond Tan 
Flowers: Blooming Brides
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne
Reception Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley 

 

Fortnum & Mason Hampers | The Perfect Winter Wedding Gift

Fortnum & Mason Hampers | The Perfect Winter Wedding Gift

It may be a little too early to start Christmas Shopping, but it’s not too early to buy those wedding gifts for your upcoming winter weddings. There’s no better way to celebrate for the bride and groom’s newlywed Christmas than with a luxury Fortnum & Mason Hamper. Bursting with the finest of food, extraordinary bubbles, wine & spirits and famous teas and coffee from around the world, a Fortnum’s hamper is the original and best hamper in the world.

The Fortnum's Christmas Hamper

As the name implies, this delectable hamper is laden with the festive staples and yuletide essentials. Kick-start any winter’s morning with Fortnum & Masons superb honey-sweet Royal Blend and robust Breakfast Blend teas, best enjoyed beside a roaring fire with our deliciously festive Christmas Spiced Biscuit or something from our Explorer’s Biscuit Tin.

Speaking of company, there is a power trio of our Brut Reserve Champagne N.V, spicy, fruity Côtes du Rhône and gorgeously crisp Vihno Verde. All magical with your Christmas Day feast – just as the pair of condiments in this hamper are including Mulled Cranberry & Red Onion Marmalade and Piccadilly Piccalilli. More Christmas spirit – of the literal and metaphorical kind – can be found in our St James Christmas Pudding too.

The Epicure Hamper

The exquisite reds, whites and Champagne inside – Gavin Terrarossa, Blanc de Noir Champagne N.V. and Rioja Crianza, make excellent partners to the savoury delights inside, from our Seaweed & Anchovy Nibbles to Leek & Wild Garlic Chutney.

At the sweeter end of the scale, there is much here for sweet tooth to enjoy, such as Rose & Lemon Turkish Delight and small Milk & Dark Chocolate Selection.

Even breakfast, Afternoon Tea and everything in-between is covered within the wicker walls of this fabulous hamper. The Morello Cherry Preserve, Ginger Preserve, Gooseberry & Elderflower Preserve and Shropshire Honey make toast worth toasting and our Gold Dusted Dark Chocolate Florentines and Explorers’ Biscuits are the perfect midday snacks, especially when paired with our Russian Caravan Loose Leaf Tea.

Other Gift Ideas

There really is no finer gift for the happy couple on their wedding day than a little taste of Fortnum’s. The hand-picked gift selection from food and drink, to adress books makes finding unique wedding and anniversary gifts an easy and pleasurable task. Explore the gorgeous gifts, all chosen with future and honeymoon happiness in mind.

Please note that it is an offence to purchase or attempt to purchase alcoholic liquor if you are under the age of 18. Please drink responsibly.

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Ian Stuart | Mother of the Bride

Ian Stuart | Mother Of The Bride

From bridal designer to MOB extraordinaire;

10 years ago, Ian Stuart launched his own bridal wear label, after a decade designing for commercial labels in NYC. He was tired of restricting his creativity to appease the girl next door. He wanted to design for modern brides who yearned for something different. His collection was an instant success, with the dresses in demand from brides around the world. Clearly, brides were ready for a change.

It didn’t take long before calls from exasperated mother came in, desperately searching for an outfit that complimented her daughter’s non-traditional Ian Stuart wedding dress. Cries of ‘I don’t want to look frumpy’ ‘I’m a trendy mom’ ‘I can’t find anything that suits my personality’ ‘Everything I’ve seen is boring’ were repeated again and again.

Ian began to create bespoke outfits for these mums, he loved the challenge of designing for a different age group, with different needs and body shapes. After many commissions, Ian saw there was an obvious need for trendy occasion wear.

In 2008, Ian Stuart-London was launched and was picked up by the most prestigious special occasion wear boutiques in the UK, and fashion starved mums finally had a designer to go to.

Who wears Ian Stuart?   

Due to the unique story of how the label began, Ian has always known that the type of mum attracted to his aesthetic is quite a distinctive kind of woman, but it was opening his own flagship store in 2014 that gave him a real understanding of the women buying his designs and what she wants.

He describes ‘The Ian Stuart woman is young in spirit, aged 35 or 95, she won’t be dressing like an old lady. Steering clear of the norm, she doesn’t want to wear the mother of the bride uniform.  Not afraid to make heads turn, she makes the most of her best assets and hides her worst, she embraces the amazing fit, walks with confidence and feels damn sexy!’

The hidden secret to his success:

Ian believes that confidence is what makes a women truly beautiful. His prerogative with his occasion wear collection is to make women feel confidant and emanate a sophisticated Sophia-Loren style-sexiness.

Over the years, Ian has refined his collection to what it is today, concentrating on flattering fit and covering up problem areas of the body, while keeping the designs hot, young and sexy. With hidden corsetry inside the bodice, every woman is given a nipped in waist, which Ian says is the key to feeling fabulous. He admits to getting emotional at the moment when a mum sees herself in one of his designs for the first time, ‘I see the same glimmer in her eyes as that of a child on Christmas day, a mix of joy, excitement and disbelief, rolled into one euphoric moment. Many of the women I work with haven’t seen their waist in years, or question if they still have one. My outfits help them to recognise the beautiful body that is always there, it has just been hiding behind baggy jersey tops’

Ian’s expert tips for Mums:

Alterations can make the world of difference. I always advise buying the size that fits the biggest part of your figure, whether that’s your bust, waist or hips, and having the rest of the dress tailored to fit you. Your figure is unique, and such a special outfit should be altered that way.

Spend some time in a dress when you are considering buying it, especially if you love it, but it’s not quite right. Talk through with your stylist where it feels comfortable and where doesn’t, discuss alterations there and then, more is possible than you may initially think. A nip in the neckline, a pinch in the back, creating a sleeve, tweaking the hem length and manipulating a silhouette can transform that dress with doubts into your dream outfit.

Find out what the colour story of the wedding is before you decide what colour to wear. Ask about flowers, bridesmaids, brides a groomsmen, it looks much better in photography if there is a correlation between the wedding party. There is nothing worse than standing out like a sore thumb. If in doubt, neutrals such as silver, gold, and platinum always work well.

Consider the wear ability of an outfit as well as the wedding you are buying it for. Could you wear the dress on its own for another occasion? Could you wear the shrug or wrap with white jeans?

And take sunglasses with you… nothing says glamour like big shades!

Up To 50% Off Your Pretties In The Not On The High Street Summer Sale!!!

Up To 50% Off Your Pretties In The Not On The High Street Summer Sale!!!

There’s no better time to buy your wedding keepsakes, pretties & thank you gifts

That’s right lovely ones – Not On The High Street are holding their Summer Sale meaning you could save up to 50% on gorgeous wedding essentials and keepsakes. I’ve chosen just a few of my favourites to share with you {all products shown are in the sale at time of writing} but there are endless pretties with money off so you’re sure to find something to tick off the shopping list. Think bridesmaid gifts, honeymoon essentials, thank you pressies and hen party surprises and don’t forget a little treat for yourself!

Happy shopping! EJ x

 

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