JUST A SNEAK PEAK...

Ok, I know....I'm totally sucking at this keeping you up to date and informed with what's been happening in the world of The Wedding Hub recently BUT in my defence it's summer season and that means it's juggling time here! 

Well as you will know by now if you follow me over on my social media platforms (if you don't you really should as I'm way more present over there) that back in July we had the extra special wedding of Leanne and Barry who were the winning bidders of our Auction Wedding last year. So as you can imagine that took up a great deal of my time and sanity! Unfortunately I'm not allowed to bombard you with their wedding images just yet because our two awesome photographers (Mrs Jutson Photography and Stuart Brampton Photography) have submitted them to some super special places in the hope that we get to share with he world what an awesome day it was AND what incredible people we have in the Wedding Creatives who all donated their services, products and time to make the day go off with a bang! 

For now though I would love to introduce you to the new Mr & Mrs Wright! 

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I would like to say on behalf of my big sister Emma, her two children Emily & Thomas and our family that we will forever be thankful for the love, donations, generosity and kindness you all showed to us in our time of need....you are all truly wonderful!! 

So many more pictures, out pours of love and thanks to come very soon!! 

 

 

HOW WILL YOUR WEDDING DRESS FEEL?

We all know how good a new outfit can make us feel right? How wearing the right clothes can either lift your spirits, filling you with confidence or drown them and make you feel crap. 

So shouldn't your choice of wedding dress be given the same consideration? Shouldn't it be YOUR decision based on how it makes YOU feel?

Recently one of my lovely friends came by the shop for a mini photoshoot with Mrs Jutson  Photography and the dresses from one of the awesome designers Rock the Frock have on board. Sadly the Chantel Lauren Trunk Show couldn't stay for long and had to head back after just a couple of days but we did get to see them up close and can honestly say they were breathtaking! 

After seeing Jo in these beautiful dresses it really made me think and inspired me to write this little blog post.

I believe each dress has a story and can make you feel different, like you're stepping in the role of a character. A dress can stir up emotion, feelings..

Not only does a dress have to fit your body perfectly it should feel perfect. It should feel like you, your style, personality and your character! 

I asked Jo afterwards how each dress made her feel, because to us it was such a visible transformation with every dress she tried on. We had regal, sexy, feminine and woodland fairy...can you guess which dress made her feel these emotions?

How would you like your dress to make you feel? 

Although we no longer have these dresses here we do have 15 super lovely gowns for you to come and try on. Rock the Frock pride themselves on finding dresses for the alternative, boho, vintage inspired and retro lovers amongst us....so if thats the FEEL you're going for give us a call and book an appointment.

Later D x

A SPECIAL KIND OF WEDDING

As many of you know, last year I organised an auction to raise funds to help pay for my sisters cancer treatment.

I've made so many wonderful friends since being in this industry and boy did they come to my aid when I asked for help. Without their kindness and generosity the auction would never have gone ahead. I can say thank you a million times but it really will never feel like enough...Thank You to everyone who helped!

Like it does, time has moved on and we are now fully in the swing of things and pulling out all the stops to make this wedding something truly special....not only is this for the wonderful couple who bid and won the prize but also in memory of my sister who would have truly been so happy to see these two people get married.

Leanne and Barry will be getting married in just a few months and I thought as a little added extra it would be nice to document some of the special moments along the way! It's also a great opportunity for me to shout about the suppliers who donated towards this amazing package!

So first up...

THE DRESS which was donated from the lovely Tina at Te Amo Brides 

I'm so honoured to call Tina a friend as well as a fellow wedding supplier. Tina owns and runs a beautiful local bridal boutique in Plimpton. Louise (Mrs Jutson Photography) and I recently tagged along with Leanne and two of her bridesmaids for her dress appointment. Needless to say the service, kindness and professional attitude of Tina and her team was outstanding. 

Leanne tried on an array of dresses in different styles and I was both thrilled and relieved when she found THE ONE...I was honoured to witness that moment! She looked beautiful and yes I believe I did shed a tear! 

Next up...Time to get those all important invitations out there and let the guests know the plans!

WEDDING STATIONERY now I know a huge amount of super talented stationers but it would have just felt wrong had I not been the person making the invitations right? 

Leanne and Barry were actually really laid back about the whole design process and pretty much let me just get on with it. They wanted a natural look with a rustic feel to compliment the wedding venue. Flowers and hessian, inspired by the natural surroundings of the grounds in which they'll be saying their vows. 

I actually found it hard at first to bring the design together because I wanted so bad to get it right, I did not want to mess this up! I put way too much thought in to it, too much pressure on myself to come up with something I thought would be perfect and in the end I just freaked myself out and drew a blank! Sometimes when something means so much to me I find I need to step back from it, and generally that's when the ideas start coming back....thankfully! I played about a bit with different ideas, fonts and textures before settling on the final design and I loved it! Not just because Leanne and Barry did but because of the reason behind the whole thing. Every wedding is special....but because of this unbelievably generous couple who decided to do it this way and trust in me to deliver their perfect wedding in order to help Emma well the wedding is going to be extra special. 

So, invitations are sent and I have a huge list of wonderful suppliers to work through but with each one I tick off I know we're getting another step closer to making someones dreams come true and what I truly believe will be a magical day. 

Next few things are Barry's appointment with the lovely team at The Grooms Room who donated suits. Then Leanne has her trail appointments for hair and makeup with the talented Kim from The Hair Room and the super sweet Katy Short Makeup Magic. A pre wedding shoot with the dynamic duo that is Mrs Jutson Photography & Stuart Brampton Photography who have teamed up to offer their joint services. Hen Party fun with Zing Ping, decisions to be made about flower choices with the two of the nicest florists I know...Sharon Mesher Wedding Flowers and Hannah Burnett Florist ooh then a bit of cake tasting with Kate from Centrepiece Cake Co....yep it's all go here! 

Leanne and Barry....Thank You on behalf of Emma and our family for being who you are! 

Love Dx 

 

Pictures taken by Mrs Jutson Photography 

 

 

Who's going to Rock the Frock?

Well happy new year to you all...I know it's been a wee while since I last posted on the blog but in my defence it's been a bit busy here and I'm still getting used to juggling four small people during the week. 

Anyway there's some exciting news....

We now have some pretty awesome dresses in the shop and you really need to come see them!

Our Rock the Frock concession is almost complete, we're just waiting on a few more that will arrive next week in time for our launch day on the 28th of January. We'll be there all day 10-6 for you to pop in for a browse!

For those of you who have never heard of the shop let alone visited let me just fill you in on what to expect. 

So yes we now have some wedding dresses (about 15 new and several vintage) but we are not a bridal boutique...in my opinion there are already lots of wonderful ladies in Plymouth doing a grand old job of running them and I do not wish to step on anyones toes by opening up another! The shop will continue as it was before...well maybe not exactly, as I was never really there during daylight hours...it was a very strange year! Ok so it won't run as before but it will still be a working space for both myself and others, we'll still be showcasing and selling lots of lovely UK suppliers work and running workshops...it's just now that we have another string to add to our wedding bow by adding a selection of uber lovely wedding dresses chosen by Karen at Rock the Frock in Essex from her best sellers. 

Amongst the dresses you'll find creations from the talented designers Leanne Marshall, SAJA, The Couture Company, Vintage Atelier, Hazaar, and Bouret. 

If you'd like to come take a look and plat dress up for an hour then please make an appointment HERE as I can't always be at the shop but I'm never too far away...I literally only live around the corner! I do have a general Tuesday - Saturday 10am til 330pm rule but with enough notice I can arrange to be at the shop outside of those times and days if needed so just ask and I'll try my hardest to accommodate you! 

Erm a couple of things that would be helpful for you to know..

Parking is a total mare during the week as the shop is next to the college and both an awesome bakery and chippy so the off street parking gets whipped up pretty quick (especially at lunch time), you may need to drive around the block once or twice before finding a space so I advise you to car share if there's a few of you coming. 

If you're bringing family and friends along with you the shop isn't huge so maybe try to keep it to two or three, you can always make another appointment if there's more opinions needed ;)

Things for you to think about...

Heels! I've been told it's always better to try a dress on in heels. I do have a couple of pairs here at the shop for those occasions someone may forget (I know I would). Under garments... wear some hehe! Only kidding! Nude undies and perhaps a strapless bra are a good option for most dresses. Ooh last but not least make sure you bring an open mind too.....it's always worth trying on a dress even if you believe it won't look right because you seriously just never know. We only have a small selection of Rock the Frock so we don't carry all sizes, however don't fret pet... if you think something will be to big or small we have ways of getting you in and out of all sizes. I have pins, clips and even double sided sticky tape at hand! So come and enjoy a glass of fizz in a relaxed atmosphere, there'll be no judgement or hard sell because after all I'd have hated that if I'd ever been brave enough to go and try dresses on....whole other story there and thankfully I had a clever mummy to make me a dress!! 

Anyway come see me on the 28th of January, there'll be a few treats for any brides to be and a discount on dresses if purchased at the launch!

See you after D x

Beautiful pictures captured by the lovely Louise of Mrs Jutson Photography

Facing one of my biggest fears...

I've told people my ideas in the past and been burnt.

I've opened up to people and spoken about my dreams and had to sit back and watch as they became someone else's reality.

Needless to say I have thought long and hard before making the decision to tell you all my big dream!

I have a vision, in fact I've had it for years but I've been to scared to take a risk.

In this vision there's a beautiful big building which is full of creativity and possibilities. It's buzzing with talent, acceptance, excitement and energy. 

I wish to create this, I want this to be the place I go to work.

I want it to be home to a diverse community of wedding creatives who work well along side each other and who compliment one another. 

Imagine a place where designers, crafters and our future creatives can work, learn and thrive together.

That concept makes me really smile from ear to ear.

So, I found her....the building in my vision, or did she find me? The building is just as it looks in my vision, well almost! She's tired and empty...but who better to bring her back to life than us? If we can't restore her to her former beauty then who will? She'll probably stay empty and lonely until she falls down.

I can't let that happen, I see the potential in her like I do in so many of the people I now surround myself with....I believe that together you and I can bring her back to life.

Let me introduce you to the Lady of Mount Wise!

        Mount Wise House Grade II Listed and Originally built as Naval Officer's Accommodation.

        Mount Wise House Grade II Listed and Originally built as Naval Officer's Accommodation.

What next....

I know what I want it to be and I know that I want us in there creating something special. It's going to be a safe space where everyone will feel included and accepted, encouraged and supported by others who just get "You"....it's a lonely old place when you're a crazy creative! (Not that I believe we're crazy....well not much).

Stationers, florists, photographers, designers, artists, therapists, jewellers, beauticians....there's so many possibilities and so much space! There are rooms upon rooms and so many ideas. For example there's a huge room that I see being a gorgeous shared work area and communal chilling space...not hot desking, I want it to be much more personal than that and then there's the most beautiful large room with floor to ceiling windows which will be a perfect Photography Studio. There'll be private shop spaces, display areas, workshop and seminar rooms available to rent, it's all really exciting and will give so many people a wonderful opportunity to grow their businesses. 

So the next step is to have several meetings with those in the know who are hopefully going to advise me on everything I need to learn about starting a Community Interest Company. Once we've sorted all the legal stuff, business plans, funding and all that jazz we'll be calling for everyone to come and lend a hand on "Mission Mount Wise House"...builders, decorators, plumbers, electricians and everyone in between. I'm going to set up a crowdfunding page and will look in to kickstarters too. If you want to be involved in any area of this amazing project feel free to send me an email and we'll get together and have a brainstorm over a cuppa. 

Ok, so there you go....my idea in a nutshell is to bring creatives together, to encourage community spirit and help others realise their potential.

Word of mouth is a beautiful thing.....get talking! 

See you after D x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fears and Focusing....

As usual I'm a few weeks out on my "To Do" list! I had planned to write this blog post as soon as I returned from London but you know me....erm actually it was only a couple of weeks ago so in the grand scheme that's not to bad!

For those that already follow my ramblings you'll know that I'm a big fan of Kiki, who's the force behind the Chosen Wedding Collective and The Hub events in London. I attended last year's Hub and was blown away by several of the speakers, especially Tamryn from Candid Apple and Cat Hepple from Light of a Thousand Stars...they both brought me to tears and gave me goosebumps with their passion and love for what they do! Needless to say, this year's Hub had a lot to live up to. If you'd like to read about the previous one you can find it here

I traveled up to London the day before with my gorgeous little sidekick Louise (Mrs Jutson Photography) so that we could do a little exploring and chill out before the Hub on the Friday.

We stayed in a lovely little apartment in Shoreditch which we found through AirBnB. There were some beautiful, quirky little shops nearby and a beautiful park right behind our street just a couple of minutes away.

I've only visited London twice before and both were only whistle stops! Louise however knows London way better than me and introduced me to Camden Market!! Oh My Days....I HAVE to return there as soon as possible. You couldn't possibly feel out of place in an environment like Camden Town. It was awesome and such a shame we only managed to spend an hour, I could have lost myself in there!

Ok so back to the reason we were in London...

The Hub was held in a really cool and contemporary studio space on the top floor of JJ Studios. It was such a lovely venue and styled so beautifully by Wilma Event Design. The flowers were from The Flower Bird  and the stunning catering was provided by Feast. 

The day was really relaxed, and there was such a lovely atmosphere. 

I was very much looking forward to hearing The Wedding Stylist Sundari's talk about Instagram as that's a tool I've started to use much more this year......and hopefully a little better than before! Sundari was very easy to listen to, passionate and funny! She has a beautiful Instagram grid and such an eye for detail. Coco & Kat were really lovely, their talk about collaborating and styled shoots was helpful and made me realise that I'm extremely lucky to have found my "Kat" in Louise! I'm excited to continue our working relationship and seeing what amazing things we can do together...although I'm not sure our hashtag will be as cool! Both Andri from Always Andri and Hannah from Hannah McClune Photography's talks were interesting and gave me some useful things to think about with valuing my services, knowing my worth and the possibilities of upscaling.

I felt that the messages that stood out for me most this year were about focus and facing the fear during the talk that Chichi Eruchalu gave. What a beautiful presence you have Chichi! 

Kiki as always it was so lovely to see you, you had no need to be nervous! What a wonderful thing you managed to do again, bringing such a creative group of people together. Your vision and desire to help this industry is infectious! xx

Since the Hub I've really tried to focus and implement changes that will benefit my life and my business. I've set goals and already started to put steps in order to reach them. I've been scared for far to long, scared to fail, scared to tell people my dreams in case they laugh at me or tell me to stop aiming too high! 

Why do I care what others think....why do any of us?

I thought that facing my fears would be scary as shit, but I realise now that not even giving it a go would just be criminal to myself, my family and all the friends that have stood by me.

So, 2017 is going to be the year I achieve really awesome things, it's going to be a year of change and challenges but I'm ready for that. Yeah, 2016 was the worst year of my life, but I know Em's willing me to keep going. I know she'd be supporting me like she always did and telling me to just go for whatever it was I wanted. She had so much faith in me, she was so sure I'd do well, I owe it to her to be that person she believed I was. Ugh I'm a bloody blubbering mess right now....it's hard to think about her without struggling to breathe or bursting in to tears. (I hope no one walks past the shop and sees me). 

So once again attending The Hub event has helped me to regain a bit of direction. It's given me plenty to think about and lots of ideas....

Watch this space because next year really is going to be wonderful. We have a magazine with a difference to launch, Rock the Frock dresses coming and a secret that I can not wait to tell you all about! 

See you after D x

 

BABY STEPS....

I've tried to write this next blog post a hundred times but I can only get so far before scribbling through my words and ripping it up!

The last blog post I wrote which was about my sister Emma was read by over 4000 people in the first 24 hours of going online. The response was utterly overwhelming, I received so many lovely messages from friends and even total strangers with offers of support, donations and encouragement. A simple thank you just doesn't feel nearly enough but it's all I have....and I do Thank You all with every fibre of my body, for everything you all did to help me put together and pull of the wedding auction! THANK YOU a million times over xx

As you may or may not know originally the wedding auction was organised in aid of my sister Emma, to help raise funds to pay for her alternative treatment for brain cancer. 

So....this is around about the point where I start to scribble out! 

Emma died.

On Sunday 24th July 2016 just after 4pm my beautiful big sister, my best friend, took her last breath and went to sleep for the last time.

Just days before the auction she was gone, I'm so sad that she didn't get to witness how wonderful the night was, she didn't get to feel how much love filled that huge room. It was such an emotional evening, one that I just couldn't have got through alone. I'm so thankful to have had my family and friends right by my side.

The full wedding day package was won with a bid of £10,000!! The winning couple, Barry and Leanne travelled down from Cambridge to attend the event. A weird twist of fate and an extra special touch is that Barry is an old family friend. He actually took Emma to hospital when she was in labour with my niece Emily 11 years ago! It's like Emma made it happen this way, she couldn't have the wedding of her dreams so she wanted someone special to have it and it makes it so much more wonderful to be someone we know and love.

Amazingly we raised over £14,000 on the night which will be used to help give my sisters children some forever memories and help them get through this with smiles on their faces.

I don't remember much of the auction if I'm honest, in fact i actually don't remember much of the week leading up to it or that followed. I found it extremely difficult to take anything in. I am so very very lucky to have some wonderful friends who were a constant support and were there day or night throughout those couple of weeks....Louise & Hannah I seriously couldn't have managed any of it without you! Love you both! 

There are lots of people I want to thank, lots of people who helped to put the event together but four I couldn't have done it without!

Kate, Louise, Victoria and Hannah, you girls are so frigging amazing!! Look what we did!! I miss seeing you all every week to brainstorm....

And to all my wedding creatives who have so very generously donated their time, talent and services to put this awesome package together you really are all wonderful and I love you dearly....I can not wait to plan this wedding because with you all involved it's going to be out of this world!!

So now to start helping the winning couple plan their amazing wedding!

The last two months have been utterly life changing. Losing Emma still seems unreal and not something we've really had time to process yet. As a family we've battled with the summer holidays entertaining four children and had to move house. It's been pretty bloody epic!

I've hidden away, not on purpose....I just find it difficult to be around people that are living and getting on with life as if nothing has happened, as if my world hasn't been turned upside down. However I miss people, I miss work and I really miss being creative! The children are all now back at school and I have time on my hands for the first time in forever which alone feels very strange, so time to return to the shop and work!

I miss Emma every single second of every frigging day but I know she's trying to nudge me back to reality, she's telling me to get back out there and find some kind of peace. She knew how much I loved my work and she would be so mad with me if she knew I was using her as an excuse not to go....I know she's telling me to stop just existing and to start living again. She told me lots that she was proud of me and I'm not about to let her down now by becoming some weird recluse so there's big plans for the future and changes to be made, I'm going to do it but it's going to take baby steps to start with! 

See you after......D x

 

Photos by Stuart Brampton Photography

Venue Ocean Studios

The Creative Collective Wedding Event

Ok, every wedding show/fayre/event always claims to be offering to show you something new and exciting, something unique and out of this world....and I guess for lots of you loved up newly engaged couples, attending your first event is full of things you've not seen before. However, for us old hats that have been around a while and are exhibiting it's all got super samey!
Just like you we want to get excited about wedding fayres. We honestly do want to show you different, unique and new....BUT to do that we need YOU! Yes YOU! Us suppliers are begging for couples who will give us something to sink our teeth into, something to get our brains working again, something that allows us to help you get creative and design a wedding that is well and truly a reflection of your personalities and not the thousands who wed before you.
I am a total geek when it comes to love and weddings and I get so depressed when I see awesome things going on around the rest of the UK but taking forever to reach us here in Devon! I want to work on those super cool weddings that I spend hours ogling over in magazines like Rock n' Roll Bride and Doily Days, I want to exhibit at events like The Chosen Wedding Fair,  The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza and A Most Curious Wedding Fair
Or why not find the right people, the right venue and create what it is we've been missing out on here.....
With that in mind The Wedding Hub have joined forces with the team at Ocean Studios in the Royal William Yard to put on a wedding event and bring together some really awesome companies to show you just how amazing your wedding could be!
The venue is super fresh and contemporary and just crying out for couples to start saying "I Do" there....this I am excited about!
Think bare brick, beams and natural sunlight....a total love match for the couple wanting a hint of industrial romance (I have a whole heap of Pinterest inspiration just waiting to be used on this venue) Please universe send me the couples wanting to utilise my talents ;)
Sorry enough of me...back to Ocean Studios! Go check it out for yourself, it's just so cool and there's currently a Robert Lenkiewicz exhibition running until May 3rd if you're interested in that kind of thing and fancy looking at a bit of art.
Ok so here's the info you need...
 

You really are in for a treat....

Entry to the event is free but you will need to register for your ticket which will help us gauge the amount of couples we need to provide a glass of bubbles for ;) AND each couple to register  will be entered in to a fantastic prize draw to win a styled engagement shoot with the super talented Mrs Jutson Photography and Faithful Designs. Plymouth location, date and time to be agreed with winning couple, Louise and Danielle. Photo shoot will include the use of *prop hire, styling and a digital download of at least 30 edited images. *Anything suitable from The Wedding Hub's collection of props.

The multi award winning lads from The Swing Kings will be providing their beautiful voices as entertainment throughout the day. 

There will be cocktails, real ales (something to encourage the boys along), stationery and styling, flowers, jewellery and accessories, alternative children's entertainment, dresses both new and vintage, poetry, photography, videography and even a drone, cakes, millinery, health and wellbeing advice, hair and makeup and much more!