HOTEL WEDDINGS

With the recent news of this much loved historic hotel being sold I thought I’d share with you a mash up of styled shoots that I’ve been a part of there…. and show you that a hotel wedding doesn’t have to always look the same.

Even if a hotel has a certain look or character, you can still totally put your own unique spin on things.

By adding or removing pieces of furniture or props to a specific room you can free up space, let more light in or even hide areas that you don’t necessarily want to be seen.

By incorporating one of the colours from the venues decor in to your colour scheme you can compliment rather than clash with your surroundings.

Just take a look at these three styled shoots and how different each one is from the other.

Art Deco Styled Shoot

A LITTLE ART DECO

I styled this 1920’s inspired shoot way back in 2018. Agata from UpArt Photography came up with the concept and asked me to come on board with styling and bridalwear. The influence of this era really suited the hotel. We didn’t want to go over the top with a “theme”, so just added little touches here and there with a nod to the style of the 20’s. You can see more images of this fab shoot and read all about it over on the Duke’s blog here.

Art Deco Styled Shoot Groom
Art Deco Styled Shoot Flowers
Art Deco Styled Shoot Stationery
Art Deco Styled Shoot Bride
Art Deco Styled Shoot Cake
Art Deco Styled Shoot Couple

Venue The Duke of Cornwall Hotel  Photographer UpArt Photography Flowers The Secret Garden Flowers 

Suit & Shoes The Vintage Suit Hire Dress Rock The Frock Bridal Cake Cut Me Off A Slice

Stationery Knots and Kisses Props: The Prop Factory Hair Stylist Wags Hair MUA Gem Ryder MUA

Bride Philippa Bowden & Groom Mark Bowden

Style & Sophistication

STYLE & SOPHISTICATION

The lovely Meg from Mimosa Photography came up with this shoots concept. She wanted to showcase something traditional to compliment the hotel but with “an added touch of opulence”.

Meg asked us to provide the dresses for this shoot.

There’s such a diverse range amongst our concession of Rock the Frock Bridal, Meg knew we’d have something perfect to fit with her theme.

She chose to use two dresses to give two very different looks. Something with the wow factor for the ceremony and then something a little more simple yet elegant for the evening look.

You can check out lots more of this shoots images here.

Style & Sophistication
Style & Sophistication
Style & Sophistication
Style & Sophistication
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Style & Sophistication

Photography Mimosa Photography Dress Rock The Frock Bridal Necklace: Lavish Lockets

Hairpiece The Lucky Sixpence Hair stylist No4 Hair Make-up Chloe Jane MUA

Florist The Secret Garden flowers Bride model Emily Ball Groom Model Stuart Mcintosh

A Vintage Tea Party

A BIT OF VINTAGE TEA PARTY INSPO

This was a little different from previous shoots at the Duke that we’re taken part in! Showcasing a more fun and colourful side to the hotel the team pulled together a mix up of vintage tea party and added a little Alice in Wonderland twist. We were asked to provide the lovely Blue Tweed Suit from our concession of The Vintage Suit Hire Co and a pretty Tea Length Wedding dress from our Rock the Frock Bridal collection. The ceremony shots took place way up in the Tower, outdoor images over the road from the hotel amongst the trees and then a pretty little afternoon tea set up in the dining room.

You’ll find way more pics and you can check out who was involved over on the blog post here.

A Vintage Tea Party
A Vintage Tea Party
A Vintage Tea Party
A Vintage Tea Party

“It is a time of change at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel as after 18 years of ownership Jonathan Morcom and Walter Combstock have handed over the keys to Bespoke Hotels. Bespoke Hotels operate over 200 properties world wide, including over 65 properties in the UK currently, with the Duke being the first in Plymouth.”

Oh go on then, I’ll tell you a little bit of interesting info about the hotel that I just learned over on wikipedia…

The hotel was built in a Victorian Gothic style. It was opened in 1865 to cater for the increasing number of travellers who were coming to the region by rail and sea.

The hotel survived the World War II Plymouth Blitz without any damage, and was the venue for regular functions throughout the war. In the 1970s and early 1980s it was threatened with closure but, helped by poet laureate John Betjeman's praise for its architecture and was saved by a major refurbishment.

So, I think if it can survive the Blitz it can survive being sold to a hotel chain…. we wish everyone at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel the best and look forward to seeing it thrive! 


PINTEREST PRESENTS WEDDINGS

This time last week I was stuck in traffic trying to navigate my way out of London. Believe me when I say it was utter hell! After an hour and a half, driving at 20 miles per hour….the air in the car was pretty blue. Seriously, people drive like bloody loons in that city. 

So, why was I visiting the capital? Well, I was one of the lucky few to have been sent a personal invite to attend a super cool event organised by Pinterest and co-hosted by the lovely bubbly Ellie of The Wedding Enthusiast. 

Pinterest
The Wedding Enthusiast

I was ridiculously excited to receive the email invitation. I returned my RSVP to let them know I was interested and waited patiently to hear back about the cost of a ticket…several hours later I began to wonder if it was a hoax. I couldn’t wait any longer so messaged Ellie to ask for details and the cost to attend. Those of you that frequent wedding events and workshops will know that they usually cost a small fortune, so you can imagine my utter surprise when Ellie informed me that it was a FREE educational event hosted by Pinterest because they like to help small businesses…I literally spat out my drink! A free event, in London, with awesome speakers and a brunch…. bleeding hell you’ve never seen me move so quick. I was straight on the phone to the husband organising childcare and overnight accommodation. 

Pinterest Talk

Lots of you may not know this, but I am ridiculously shy and very awkward. I struggle hugely with anxiety and lack of confidence, so being in a room surrounded by people I don’t know isn’t the easiest of situations for me to cope with. Which is actually at times really annoying, especially when I’m quietly and internally having a “fan girl freak out” moment in the corner of the room because Kat Williams (Rock n’ Roll Bride Magazine Kat) is sitting on the table opposite you chatting away to her friends. Ugh damn you silly anxiety! 

Pinterest Event
Pinterest Timetable

Uncomfortable feelings aside, I’m so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone a little and travelled up to attend the Pinterest Presents Weddings Event. 

The venue was lush. It’s a renovated Art Deco Theatre called EartH, which is currently in the process of applying to become a licensed wedding venue. So, I’d strongly suggest keeping an eye out for the updates on this place as I’m sure that any weddings happening there will be ridiculously cool! 

EartH
EartH Venue

We were greeted with a warm welcome and a friendly smile. A little networking over tea and coffee (yup the awkward part when you don’t know who to talk to, or what to say, without sounding like the awkward person that you are). There was a gorgeous brunch selection on offer, which sadly I couldn’t eat any of because I don’t really like to eat in front of people and I’d only had breakfast back at the hotel an hour before which was cold and tasteless. Needless to say I was a little gutted because this brunch looked and smelt yummy! 

Pinterest Breakfast
Pinterest Food

The educational bit, no word of a lie I actually really enjoyed that part too! Bite size, achievable and actionable info is by far the best way to teach me and have it stick in my mind (suddenly taken back to remembering studying for my GSCE’s using BBC Bitesize). Add that to doughnut breaks at half time and you’re definitely onto a winner. Shhh don’t tell but I had two doughnuts (I had a normal one and then just had to try the vegan one because I was curious), they were both bloody lovely! 

Pinterest Doughnut
Pinterest Bags
Pinterest Notes
Pinterest Doughnut

The speakers were all great. Each one giving really useful advice, tips, tried and tested strategies and encouragement. 

I found Rachel’s (Rachel Emma Studios) talk really insightful. Being a fellow stationer and stylist it really gave me hope that I too can grow my business using Pinterest as a tool, if I just learn how to use it properly.

Pinterest Speakers
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The overall feel for the day and what the speakers were saying was that Pinterest as a platform genuinely want to help us little businesses. As a company they are transparent, they tell you what they have to offer and they encourage you to really use all of it. There’s someone at the end of an email to answer any questions with an honest response, and you don’t need to throw money at them to make their product work for you. They’ve definitely won me over. Ooh and their goody bag was awesome! 

Pinterest Flowers
Pinterest Florals

I’ve already implemented some of what we were told on to my own Pinterest and have seen my unique monthly viewers go from a teeny tiny 2.6K to 73k in just a week…. I’m a little hooked now and aim to keep growing those viewers!

 Thank you to Pinterest UK and Ellie for a fantastic event, it was well worth the 6 hours each way driving from sleepy old Devon! Lots of Love Dx

Pinterest

With Thanks to the Speakers

Reena Rai | Annabelle from Love My Dress | Elle Linton of Keep it SimpElle and Emily Murray of Pink House

Doughnuts by Vicky’s Donuts

Flowers Designed by Nature

Photographer Clare Lewington




KNOWING YOUR WORTH

Yes I know you have probably heard this topic lots of times, especially as everyone and his uncle appear to be mentors or life coaches right now....however just stay with me! 

I'm not going to ramble on and on about the latest buzz words or try to tell you things that are basically just common sense, that's not the angle I'm coming from with this post....promise! 

What I want to get across is that we creatives really do need to start believing in ourselves and our products, we have to know our worth, especially if we are trying to make a living from it.

As a creative person who sells her work I always dread the questions "How much is it?" especially as what I do is bespoke it's harder to give an exact price when I'm asked.

I have forever struggled with the topic of money, it makes me feel uncomfortable which is unfortunate when I require it to pay my bills! Maybe it stems from my early childhood and remembering my family having very little, or from my crazy years as a drunken teen maxing my credit cards out on booze and clothes then working three jobs to try and keep up with the repayments! For what ever reason I have a very strange relationship with money, or maybe it's not money I have the problem with but in fact...myself! 

Many creatives I know have very little confidence, me included....consequently I have been known to suffer big black creative blocks and times of depression. 

Believing in ourselves isn't the easiest thing but it's very necessary if we want to achieve our dreams. Like lots of others I too have followed, subscribed, attended and purchased a heap of self help and business mentoring. Sometimes they help and sometimes they don't, it literally depends where I'm at.

I did read a fantastic book last year called Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved the concept of ideas floating around in the universe until they find their owner and that sometimes if you take too long to acknowledge them they'll move on to someone else...ever get that? That moment when you see the idea you've had in your head but not quite been ready for and then it appears in front of you but with someone else declaring "Look at my new invention/product/service". Yep, it's happened to me on numerous occasions and every time I kick myself for being too scared to take a chance.

Another book I'm currently reading and love is She Means Business by Carrie Green. It's a really positive read and full of fantastic tasks to use and implement into your every day life in order to "become a wildly successful entrepreneur". I'm only half way through but already I can see places in which I've been going wrong and how I can make the changes in order to better myself.

Sorry I'm going a little off track...

So lack of confidence, why is that something we struggle with especially when everyone around us is telling us that our product/service is fantastic, that what we offer is so different and unique. Why do we continue to listen to that doubting Thomas in our own head? I don't have the answer so if you do please be so kind as to send it over in an email ;)

Why do we belittle our talents?

I used to say "I make cards" when asked what it is that I do..no wonder I'd get the "ooh that's nice" obligatory response before they move on to ask someone else. When asked now the same question I reply "I design wedding stationery", when actually what I should say if I was confident enough would be "I'm a multi award winning wedding stationery designer, stylist, shop owner and all round creative wonder woman...(OK that last bit may be a little bit too much but you get the idea). 

I'm not the only one who does it. Prime example just this week I had a lovely message off a lady who would like to show me her items and talk about renting a display in my shop. Her message read "I make pebble pictures"...NO, no she does not! Yes her pictures have pebbles in them but what she does in fact make is art work! Go check out the wonderfully creative Tweet Tweet Designs by Abby  who I am really looking forward to meeting this week and seeing her work up close! 

I could give you a hundred more examples because sadly many of the people I know just don't understand how good they are but instead I'd like to be positive and encourage you all to take some steps in the right direction because there are things we can do and ways in which we can help ourselves.

We need to make a conscious effort to believe in our abilities and talents. 

STOP looking around at what everyone else is doing and STOP comparing because that can really knock your confidence!

If you don't already then you need to surround yourself with other creative people because you are much more likely to be productive when in the company of others who inspire you...it ALWAYS helps me! 

Be YOU....no one else can do it better!

Later Dx

*Quotes taken from google images

Pictures by Mrs Jutson Photography