A Very Vintage Valentines

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I have the pleasure once again in showing just how talented Joanne of Vintage Twee is. She has realease her Sweet Nothings notecards. Not only would these be perfect dotted around the house on Valentines Day, but imagine finding these the night before or the morning of your wedding? Each notecard says something different…’What I love most about you is…’ ‘My favourite part of your body is…….because….’ ‘Our most memorable outing together was…’ ‘……….always reminds me of you’

The cards are presented in a beautiful handmade wallet, embellished with pearl and satin hearts, vintage lace and music sheets and the words: ‘sweet nothings’. The wallet has a crimson red ribbon tied in a bow at the side. The cards also come complete with four gold envelopes, hand stamped with a vintage rose in the corner. How beautiful! You can find the notecards on Joannes Etsy shop. If you would like my address to send these to me, just ask!
Name: Joanne Linder 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/vintagetwee
Website: www.vintagetwee.com
Biography: A little bit about you, your history, how you got into bespoke design.
My name is Joanne, I’m 27 years old and I am the owner of Vintage Twee.  I hand craft vintage inspired favours and table décor for special occasions such as parties, weddings and showers, specialising in vintage, tea party and English garden themed events.
I have always loved to create since being a child yet never pursued a career in art but have always, always wanted to do something about it. I took a short career break to embark on a trip to America and it was there that I rediscovered my true calling in life and I reignited my desire to create. Whilst over there, my partner introduced me to the wonderful world of antique and paper fairs and I started to collect vintage items such as pieces of lace, old jewellery and romantic postcard imagery and love letters. I slowly began to put them together to create gift boxes and other decorative items for the home and dining room. I am also obsessed with the concept of afternoon tea and decided to combine my British heritage, creative ambition and appreciation of lovely things to create Vintage Twee! 
What is the background of you and your business?
I currently live in Manchester, England yet source my supplies from a multitude of places including vintage clothes fairs, charity shops, antique and paper fairs to name but a few! All of my items are handmade to order using the materials I have discovered so each client I work with will have something beautiful and unique for their special occasion.

I aim to breathe new life in to vintage materials where possible, using items such as genuine vintage lace, pearls, jewels and music sheets to add authenticity to each creation. Each embellishment I source holds a story of its own and the fact they are steeped in history just adds to their appeal.

Where do you get your inspiration from:
I get my inspiration from a number of sources, mainly vintage images or ephemera I find, literature pieces, quotes and memories from my childhood. I was inspired to create my English Afternoon Tea Recipe Cards from memories of visiting my Great Auntie Edith in Yorkshire (who is now 91 years old!). I used to help her prepare the antique tea trolley with her fresh scones, jam tarts, cakes and sandwiches and wheel it into the lounge to serve my family! Auntie Edith made the most amazing cakes and is unable to bake now so I thought it would be nice to include these in my bundles of recipe cards for other people to enjoy. I also get all my ideas at night which has led to severe sleep deprivation since starting Vintage Twee!
How long does the average piece take to make:
Most of my items take between 10-20 minutes per piece to make, depending on the level of intricacy involved! If I’m starting a new piece though, it can take me an hour or two to ponder on how I want it to look and even then I might make more changes until it’s perfect. I cant leave something unfinished though and will keep going on it until it’s exactly how I imagined!
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour:
Rose Pink
Favourite Film:
Ghost (I know, shocking but true)
Favourite Song:
Count on Me, Whitney Houston
Favourite Month:
I like May, perhaps its the lure of the beginning of afternoon tea party season…
Favourite Drink:
Baileys – yum.
Favourite Food:
Scones, jam and clotted cream!
Favourite Word:
Onomatopoeia
Favourite Perfume:
Love the new Gucci Guilty and also Turquatic by Mac.
Favourite Book:
Tooth Fairy, Audrey Wood – you didn’t say we couldn’t have children’s books?! 🙂
Favourite Quote from a Film:
‘Life is full of interruptions and complications’
Karl, Love Actually
Noun. Pl. sweet nothings – endearments addressed to a loved one; inconsequential expressions of affection’
Joanne’s Etsy Shop is here

Supplier Spotlight…Hannah Dornford-May

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I have the pleasure in introducing a wonderful photographer who has a talent at captivating those moments when you think no one else is watching. It helps when the brides are as beautiful as the ones below, perfectly captured by Hannah.

Name: Hannah Dornford-May
Twitter: @_han



Bit of background on Hannah and the business: 
I grew up just outside Blackpool and then moved to Wales to go to film school…3 years and a few short films later I ‘discovered’ photography and realised that it was still rather than moving images that I wanted to do for the rest of my life!
I ended up moving back to Lancashire and became a music photographer around Manchester and Liverpool. After a couple of years photographing the likes of Florence and the Machine, Skunk Anansie and Will Young I got asked the question every photographer gets asked…”Will you photograph my wedding?” At this point I’d always sworn I’d never be a wedding photographer, I was convinced it was all posed groups and tired smiles but the couple only wanted documentary shots of their day so I agreed, thinking it would just be a one off. How wrong I was!
  

That first wedding was the most tiring but fulfilling job I’d ever done and I was hooked. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some fantastic weddings and see some beautiful places. It’s a cliché but this really is one of the best jobs in the world!

My style has remained the same since my first wedding, I’m there to capture the day as it happens, all the moments that flash past for the bride and groom but they can then remember as soon as they look back through their photos. There’ll always be a few posed shots for the parents but then I love having some time away with the couple getting some relaxed portraits together.
  
Favourite place that you have had the opportunity to photograph:
I was lucky enough to travel to Azillanet in France for a wedding. A beautiful couple, gorgeous sunshine and a French village full of vineyards, you can’t really ask for more as a photographer!
Advice for nervous brides about having their photo taken all day?
Relax and enjoy it as much as you can, I’m there to capture the excitement and love of your day and I promise a lot of the time you won’t even notice I’m around!
Even when we take time out to get some photographs of you and your new husband it’ll still be very relaxed and fun. Look at that time as a breather for the two of you, a chance to say “hi”!
In fact, the one key piece of advice I could give any bride and groom for their day is to take one moment to just pause and take it all in, especially the smaller details that you might otherwise miss. The day will fly by quicker than you think.
A Quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Film: The Wizard of Oz
Favourite Song: Here Comes The Sun – I’m a little bit of a Beatles fan!
Favourite Drink: You can’t really beat a good brew can you?!
Favourite Food: I’m going to sound like such a child but I love fish finger sandwiches!
Favourite Perfume: Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
Favourite Book: I love the Time Traveller’s Wife, very emotional but completely restores your faith in love.

Supplier Spotlight…James Melia

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 As soon as I saw James’s photos I had to ask him if he would be on the blog. He has excellent and original talent. I later realised that he is close by in Huddersfield AND he has just got a puppy brilliantly named Chief. Naturally, I asked if I could have him…I’m still waiting. I’ve asked a few photographers the same questions, and so far none have answered the “What advice would you give to a nervous bride?” question the same way which I think is so helpful to brides as they get different perspectives on the day. My photographer made me feel utterly relaxed, he was in total control and I just stood and  looked (questionably) breath-taking.

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Meet Chief
Name: James Melia
Twitter: @jamesmeliaphoto         
Business background: how long you have been taking photos, been part of the wedding industry, what you offer as a business package, what’s your style?
I have been taking photographs almost all my life and I have been capturing people for the last 4 years. The wedding industry has become incredibly fashionable and is an exciting area to work in. Capturing that one day for people to remember is so important and not to be taken lightly.
What I have really enjoyed so far about my wedding photography journey is without doubt getting to know the couple and helping them to create their beautiful wedding album. Time seems to slow right down at a wedding and capturing those little moments throughout the day is such a great honour to be part of.
My wedding packages start from £1,595, which includes a pre wedding shoot and the wedding day – from the bride and groom getting ready through to the first dance. All images are then selected in a private viewing and will be presented in the finest handmade leather album.
All the products which I use, whether albums, frames or canvasses I use because they are the best and are of the highest quality.
 
Whats the most fantastic place that you have had the opportunity to photograph (Canada and S.A must have been pretty amazing)
As the saying goes – you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. When I lived in South Africa I worked along side a top fashion photographer and worked in some of the most beautiful places. We would shoot in locations of impressively big, all white beachfront properties with the sound of the ocean in the background, or we’d be standing in the middle of a game park with giraffe wandering around in the background. So when it came to my photography I was really spoilt for choice. South Africa is such a beautiful place, I think everyone should go there at least once in their life but then again I am a little biased as my fiancée is from there.

Advice for nervous brides about having their photo taken all day?

Before the wedding I normally shoot a pre wedding or an engagement shoot. It has really helped as it lets me get to know the bride and groom and find out what they like and don’t like. So when it comes to the wedding day they’re usually more at ease with the camera and I’ve got to know them a little better. But everyone takes a good photo – they just don’t know how to pose comfortably. There are certain tricks and body positions that really help get a really flattering look – like taking an image from above the person can make the eyes look more inviting and soulful.
A pre wedding shoot is always a great idea as it gives you the chance to get to know your photographer and vice versa. This makes the wedding day itself a lot more relaxed as you know what to expect.
Work with your photographer. They are there to capture all the moments that will pass you by. The right photographer will help you to pace the day and keep it relaxed ensuring all those important memories are captured and cherished forever.
 
But it is always great when someone is convinced that they don’t take a good photo and when they see the results they are a little overwhelmed. Plus I love a challenge!

A quick Q & A
Favorite Colour: vanilla
Favorite Film: Cashback
Favorite Song: over the mountain – iron and wine
Favorite Month: March
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Food: Apple Pie
Favorite Word: Epic
Favorite Perfume: Hugo
Favorite Book: A mind’s eye
Favorite Quote from a Film: “I do not regret the things I’ve done, only those I did not do”, Empire Records


Supplier Spotlight…Leafy Couture

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I have the pleasure in presenting another fantastic florist, this time she is Yorkshire based! There are so many different and wonderful florists to chose from and its important to build a good rapport with the one that you select to make your wedding look and smell gorgeous! It helps if they like gin…

Name: Sarah Richardson

Twitter: Leafy Couture
Website: www.leafycouture.co.uk
A bit of history about you:
I grew up in beautiful Yorkshire in sunny Otley, travelled round the world, went to university in Newcastle to do Sociology, spent to much time eating, dancing and in Topshop, became a florist, worked in a few shops, left to set up Leafy Couture to specialize in weddings, got married this year after a stunning proposal after a picnic in Kew gardens from Neil who I have known for nearly 15 years, now expecting first baby in May, happy happy days!

A bit of history in to the background of the business, what you offer.
We offer a bespoke service for brides helping them theme their flowers and also we have huge range of vases, candelabra and cake stands. Our bridal designs have been featured in national magazines including Wedding and Wedding Flowers magazine. We love all things weddings and seek inspiration from everywhere, enjoying all the vintage styles at the moment but also classic, modern and romantic.

We travel all over Yorkshire but have been as far as London and Belfast.
We also have a flower school where brides can come and learn how to create there own flowers or hen party’s where they can have a glass of fizz and have fun with friends and family.
You must get asked this a lot..what is your favourite and least favourite flower?
Its so hard to choose! I love seasonal flowers so spring- rannnculus, summer peonies, roses especially David Austin, autumn hydrangeas, dahlias, winter red ilkex berries and sumptuous foliages. Tastes and trends change in the beginning I hated gyp and carnations but now they can be used to look amazing when used on their own, a big silver urn of gyp can look amazing.
Best part of your job?
Opening the deliveries is like Christmas every week, meeting so many happy brides all the time, working with my team of amazingly talented girls and the bridal floristry  industry is an exciting place to be,  as there is always something new happening.
Anything else you would like to add? E.g – next wedding fair you are at, or magazine you are in? Have you done flowers for the stars yet?!
We proud to once again be in the latest issue of Wedding Flowers magazine. We are just starting to write our own Leafy Couture blog to help brides planning their flowers.
We have done flowers for some fabulous clients, and a lovely Yorkshire Cricketer!
We will be at wedding fayres at Benevolent Brides, Harrogate, Harewood House, The Craiglands Hotel, Chevin Country Park Hotel, The  Vintage Wedding Fayre. And the Village hotel Leeds over the next few months.
A quick Q & A
Favourite Colour: Turquoise blue- like the sea..
Favourite Film: Barefoot in the Park – Jane Fonda and Robert Redford at their best.
Favourite Song: Amazing Grace Neil Diamond
Favourite Month: April, full of promise of spring, my birthday and chocolate!
Favourite Drink: Gin and tonic, preferably Martin Miller Gin, although its ginger beer at the moment.
Favourite Food: Love Love Love seafood, antipasto, cakes and chocolate
Favourite Word: Plethora
Favourite Perfume: Jean Paul Gaultier, wearing it for 16 years now, favourite candle Freesia by Dyptique
Favourite Book: Like Water for chocolate by Laura Esquivel.
Favourite Quote from a Film:  “ We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!”
“ Even a stopped clock tells the time twice a day” – From Withnail and I.

Not Harry…

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I have always enjoyed the fact that everyone is unique (or at least strive to be), but it got me wondering where we get our inspiration and ideas from. I knew for my wedding that I wanted a very mute palette, in fact that’s what I wear from day to day. I wanted splashes of purple and blues but all in all, a quiet colour affair.

As I was unpacking a few days ago, I got to the book box. Its filled to the brim with antique finds, not all in English (but they look pretty) and then my childhood books. I flicked through some of my AA Milne, then got to Beatrix Potter and realised that all the colours in her images were my exact colour scheme.

It makes you wonder doesn’t it? I thought I was choosing my colours because I was going for unique and sumptuously stylish…alas, Beatrix beat me to it over one hundred years prior.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

A Fabulous Fairy de Fleurs

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Ever since I got married I have be fascinated with flowers. We always have fresh flowers at home, and now that I have my own home (finally) I have done the same. However, I have been struggling to find my kind of florist up in Leeds (suggestions on a postcard) so when I saw Fairy Nuff Flowers, I eagerly clicked on her location…and I was once again devestated. She lived in Hampton Hill. Damn. So here is a bit more about the wonderful Steph.




Name: Steph Turpin

Twitter: @fairynuffflower

Website: http://www.fairynuff-flowers.co.uk/




A bit of history about you:
I am married to my gorgeous Northern graphic designing husband and live in Hampton Hill with our two cats, Milly and Molly. Our garden is looked after by Keith the gnome. He’s an angel, and wonderful with a pair of shears. We got married on 5th September 2009 ooop North…getting wed down South was too much like work. It was the best day of my life ever!
A bit of history in to the background of the business, what you offer now etc.
After working at BBC Sport for five years, I was after something a little more creative, and longed to work for myself. I have always loved flowers (at this point my parents would love to show you pictures of me as a small person with huge bunches of Hydrangea heads pretending to be a bride in my Grandma’s garden!)

So I enrolled on Jane Packer’s career course in January 2005, and I haven’t looked back since! fairy nuff flowers (named after my tooth fairy) was born on 1st July 2005 and was initially based in my gorgeous little shop in Old Shepperton. I loved the shop, but my passion always lay in weddings. I decided to follow my heart, and now shopless, weddings are my life! Having done over 300 weddings in five years, in venues from The Ritz and Syon Park to marquees in the middle of fields, and barns in Cornwall, we take care of everything flowery from buttonholes and bouquets to pew ends and table centres. Our aim is to create the wow factor that your guests will be talking about for years to come…it’s all in the detail



You must get asked this a lot..what is your favourite and least favourite flower?
Oh, tricky question. Can I have two favourites? I truly can’t separate them…Peonies and Lily of the Valley, with Hydrangeas coming a very very close third (I’m a bit rubbish not being able to pick one aren’t I – sorry). Least favourite flower – probably Kangaroo Paw, not because I don’t like it, it just makes my hands come out in very itchy rashes.

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Best part of your job?
Working with so many gorgeous couples, and helping to make their special day blooming beautiful!
Where will we see Fairy Nuff Flowers next? Have you done flowers for the stars? We are hoping exhibit at the Landmark Wedding Fair in Teddington (to be confirmed this week), and some of our designs are going to be featured in this months Perfect Wedding Magazine (I think!)….oh and any celeb clients? We worked on David and Victoria Beckham’s perfume launch, decking out everywhere with lots and lots of white Phalaenopsis Orchids – it was stunning! Oh and if anyone out there is friends with Kate and Wills, then please let them know we’re still free on 29th April!


A quick Q & A
Favourite Colour:Pink. I even made my old beetle pink. His name was Keith, and delivered amazing flowers.
Favourite Film: Muriel’s Wedding. Of course!
Favourite Song: Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer. It reminds me of my Grandma who I miss everyday.
Favourite Month:May I think – I love Spring flowers!
Favourite Drink:A nice glass of pink bubbles.
Favourite Food:No question American Pizza from the wonderful doughy world of Pizza Express
Favourite Word:Beautiful.
Favourite Perfume:Bouquet – Vera Wang
Favourite Book:The Rebel Fairy
Favourite Quote from a Film: “Happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat” Notting Hill



Don Your Tweed

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I love tweed, I love everything that is associated with tweed. I have lived a very tweed clad life, and I will continue to do so. When I saw that Nikki Ward from Knots and Kisses had released her English Eccentrics range, I had to get in on the action. From country garden to country manor, this stationary range is a wonderful compliment to a vintage themed wedding. So call in the hounds, sip some tea and look out over the land…




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Name: Nikki Ward




Twitter: @knotsandkisses




Website: www.knotsandkisses.co.uk




Blog: http://knotsandkisses.blogspot.com/




Biography: I grew up in a small village outside Birmingham and moved to London area when I was 18 to study Fashion Promotion & Illustration. After that I worked for many years as a Visual Merchandiser before taking a break for a year to travel the world! I decided to set up Knots & Kisses Wedding Stationery 2 years ago after helping style and produce all the wedding stationery for my sister’s wedding and for a few colleagues and friends weddings over the years.






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Business: I work from my home in Harlow, Essex but we can provide stationery nationwide ( or even overseas with additional shipping fees! ). I also offer a bespoke service which can be done via email or phone, or if the couple are local I can come to their homes.Where do you get your inspiration from: I tend to be quite eclectic when it comes to inspiration. I read a lot of fashion and interiors magazines and often find trends from both areas filter into the wedding industry quite quickly. But mainly I have a passion for jewellery, vintage clothes, haberdashery and fabrics and like to work these into the stationery I create. I also draw inspiration from different eras, the new English Eccentrics range was based a lot on Victoriana, and I love the fifties and seventies as well.






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How long does the average piece take to make: It can depend. An off the peg invitation from one of our collections on the website can usually be made in about 15 minutes. However, coming up with a new design or designing a piece of bespoke stationery for a couple can be a matter of hours or even days! I’m a bit of a perfectionist so will often reject several designs before I come up with the one I think is perfect for that couples wedding!


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A quick Q & A









Favourite Colour: too many to pick one! I love the combination of duck egg blue, pale pink and red at the moment!






Favourite Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s … or Usual Suspects .. or Fight Club!






Favourite Song: Everlong by Foo Fighters






Favourite Month: June .. its when I met my other half, plus I love summer!






Favourite Drink: Jack Daniels & Coke in Winter … Pimms in the Summer






Favourite Food: Thai Green Curry .. I spent a few months in Thailand and became addicted!






Favourite Word: Juxtaposition






Favourite Perfume: Chanel No 5






Favourite Book: Wuthering Heights or Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy .. can’t pick!





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On The Day That Should Have Been

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I wished for snow on my wedding day, the following Saturday it snowed, and snowed and snowed some more, and I was so grateful that I had none. A bride can try and control as much as she pleases for her wedding day, but the weather most definitely is not one. Halkina and Richard’s day was meant to be captured on the 4
th of December by a talented new photographer Lee Mitchell. Due to the snow th

ey had to postpone it, thankfully they were able to rearrange everything for the following week (bloody lucky!!) and had Lee photograph some of the scenery on the ‘day th

at should have been’ along with the actual wedding. The photos were taken in Roundhay Park, and at St Edmunds Church, Roundhay.





Name: Lee Mitchell


Twitter: @lmxcreative



Well I’ve only been in the wedding industry for a few months and I’m originally from a very different background. After leaving school I started a career in surveying, and after becoming qualified I started working on a surveying job for a major client of the company I worked for. This lead to a surprising change of career to IT. It was completely unexpected, but I went with it and was developing applications for use by surveying and other construction industry teams across the country for over ten years, eventually running the software development team.

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I first got into photography when my daughter was born. As so many parents do, Iwanted to record every stage of her life as she grew, not only to remember for myself, but also to show her as she gets older, and remind her of the things she used to do. I started the same way most people do, with a little point and shoot camera that I could take reasonable photos with, but after a few months I started to want better photos, photos that had that bit extra, and so I bought a decent camera and started to learn new techniques. Before long, the hobby was getting far more serious, with established photographers being sufficiently impressed with my work for me to consider making a living from it.

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Since then I’ve made a few major changes in my life, and setting up my own photography business has been one of the more frightening ones. Thankfully, working with the kind of people I’ve come across so far, has made the move a very pleasant experience, and hopefully it has been even more pleasant for them!

My personal approach, is to deliver a reportage style, mixed with a few more traditional posed shots, because it gives a more natural and relaxed look to the photographs, and leaves you to just get on with enjoying yourselves, while also getting the posed shots that so many parents like. But one of the most important things for any photographer to do, is to make sure that they help everybody enjoy the day, rather than making them nervous. Havinga good sense of humour goes a long way to getting people to relax, so I try to make sure we all have fun, even doing the posed shots.

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Advice for nervous brides about having their photo taken all day?

Just have fun! It’s your day, and all the photographer is there to do, is to get a record of you enjoying yourselves on your special day. I hear far too many brides saying that they were worrying so much about everything going smoothly, that they didn’t get a chance to enjoy it all, so just let things happen, it’ll all be fine and you’ll hardly notice the photographer’s there at all.

It helps if you can get to know the photographer before your big day, which is why I include an engagement/pre-wedding shoot for all my couples. It just makes it that bit easier for you to get used to having your photograph taken, and the way that the photographer works. Then when you do get to the wedding, you know exactly what to expect and it isn’t a complete stranger behind that huge camera.

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A Quick Q&A

Favourite Colour: Burgundy

Favourite Film: The Godfather

Favourite Song: I like pretty much all music, everything from Mozart to Swedish House Mafia (this is starting to sound like I have a mafia obsession!), but I think my favourite is probably Back in the USSR by The Beatles. It just reminds me of being in the car, going on holiday with my parents when I was about 5 or 6.

Favourite Month: June, my daughter’s birthday and we always have a great time!

Favourite Drink: Irn Bru, because it’s made in Scotland from girders, and I love Scotland! 😉

Favourite Food: Pretty much anything spicy, my wife’s convinced that I don’t have any taste buds.

Favourite Word: Fantastic! Both my favourite and least favourite word right now. You know that feeling you get when you hear yourself speaking, you say something, then immediately think “I’m using that word FAR too often”? That’s how I’ve been for the past couple of weeks!

Across The Pond…Rudy And Marta

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We are travelling stateside this afternoon to Orlando, Florida (think of all the sun, sand and sea…sigh). I have the pleasure in introducing photography couple Rudy and Marta. Below are some images from an engagement shoot of Kaelani and Rusty. Behind the lens, they have a fantasic love story, so lather on some suncream and pretend…!

Name: Rudy and Marta
Twitter: @rudyandmarta
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/rudyandmarta
Website:
http://www.rudyandmarta.com/

Rudy and Marta first met while working at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL while they were both in school. Rudy knew that Marta was an international student from Poland, but a friendship blossomed into more. Once the summer was over, and school was beginning again, Marta had to leave to Poland and continue her studies. While she was away, they kept in contact through long distance calls and emails. Over the course of the year, they began to know each other more and more. Once Marta had finished school, she came to Orlando, FL for one last summer. At the end of that summer, it was time to say good bye. It was a shame to have such a great relationship and not see it follow through, so Rudy proposed. Quickly, thereafter, they were married. And that, as they say, is that.

After the wedding, Rudy asked Marta what she wants to do with her life. Surely, she couldn’t work at SeaWorld all her life. She told him that she wanted to be a photographer. He knew nothing about photographers, other than the ones that work with National Geographic and the newspapers. Little did he know she wanted to begin her own company.

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After being married a year or so, Marta’s mother began missing her and invited both of them to Poland for a getaway in December. They both went without even thinking twice. Once there, Rudy’s brother-in-law, Maciej, let him use his Nikon DSLR to document everything. Rudy had never held a camera like that before in his life. He’d never taken so many pictures on vacation before. He’d never felt so…in love (aside from being in love with Marta, of course). He began to take more and more pictures and show his in-laws. Soon, they said that he was a very good photographer. Rudy very humbly said it was the camera and that anyone could do what he did with it.
Once they returned to the United States, Rudy went to Best Buy and bought his first DSLR. With little knowledge Marta and Rudy began taking pictures of anything and everything. After awhile, Marta began to tell Rudy what it was that made everything work in a camera. Rudy wanted to know more. He began to spend hours at a time in front of the computer. He learned about composition and exposure, and how to do them correctly.

Out of school, Rudy didn’t know what to do with his life. People were telling him that he and Marta were taking great pictures, so he decided to look into being a photographer. They both saw the joy they could capture together. The little snippets of time that were strung together to tell a story. They saw the joy that it brought other people. People began approaching them to have their pictures taken. Little by little, their portfolio grew. It wasn’t until about 8 months after taking portraits that they decided that this is what they wanted to do together.
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Business background: How long you have been taking photos, been part of the wedding industry and what you offer as a business package?

We’ve been taking portraits for about a year. We’ve recently begun going towards the wedding industry. Our first wedding is on July 2, 2011. As a business, we believe that we can mix and match any of our a’la carte products to give exactly what the bride wants out of our services.

We try to go more towards the photojournalistic approach on things. We don’t go for posed pictures or matching outfits. We like individuality. If you want to wear Converse sneakers to your wedding, more power to you, we’ll be there to capture it.
Favourite place you have had the opportunity to photograph?

Poland, by far. There’s so much serenity there. There’s a lot of potential there for portraits. Anything from industrial, to religious, to nature. Very versatile scenic.
Advice for nervous brides about having their photo taken all day?


Trust your photographer(s). Go live your life. We’ll tell your story for the years to come.
Anything else you would like to add?

We do this for love. Because we love love. We love happiness. We love people.

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A quick Q & A
Favourite Colour:
Marta:
Blue Rudy: Blue
Favourite Film:
Marta:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Rudy: Wedding Crashers (No pun intended)
Favourite Song:
Marta:
Robbie Williams…well at least anything written by him. Rudy: I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen
Favourite Month:
Marta:
November Rudy: November
Favourite Drink:
Marta: Margarita Rudy: Dewars on the rocks
Favourite Food:
Marta: Anything Momma cooks Rudy: Anything Marta cooks
Favourite Word:
Rudy: feng shui
Favourite Perfume:
Marta:
Contradiction by Calvin Klein Rudy: Aqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani
Favourite Book: Marta and Rudy: Harry Potter 🙂
Favourite Quote from a Film:
Marta:
“You had me at hello.” -Jerry McGuire
Rudy: “It doesn’t matter if the guy is perfect or if the girl is perfect, as long as they’re perfect for each other.” -Good Will Hunting
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Supplier Spotlight…HF Couture

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I think every wedding dress needs a little something extra, whether its a set of pearls or a diamond necklace, accessories can take it to the next level, and the following collections from HF Couture certainly do that. Fabulous cuffs, necklaces, headpieces and so much more from a very talented Yorkshire designer.




Name: Jane Hardman-Ferris
Twitter: @HFCouture
Website: http://www.hfcouture.co.uk/

Biography: Where to start? Hmmm ‘A life well lived’…thus far…. Born in London, brought up in Fulham and surrounded by Bohemian types..well it was
the late 60s/70s – lots of hippies, thesps, Buddhist monks and the odd R1 DJ like Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman who was a lodger at my friend Fionas Mums house. Life was very conventional on one hand yet quite mad bonkers on another like dinner being delivered by the waiters from Bentleys Oyster Bar (in a taxi) because Mum was out with Aunty Grace (Lady Grace Bentley wife of Derek Bentley the owner) My Nanna and Aunty Grace had wonderful jewellery which is I believe where my love of all things bling started…





Life changed somewhat on our move to Leeds in 1974. We were aliens from another planet up here back then. However the arts were encouraged by my family everything from Ballet to Art Galleries and stately homes were our weekend diets – other kids played out with their mates. Read a very ‘normal’ subject at degree level though as I wanted a very ‘proper’ job…so off I toddled and studied Social Policy (yawn) then ended up working in Admissions for Leeds Met University – made some wonderful friends sadly had to work for some people who would make Peppa Pig look intellectual.





I refused to pay ridiculous money for headdresses when I was getting hitched so I made my own and it dawned I was fairly good. Realised after a major life changing episode* and having married a wonderful man that life most definitely had more to offer so enrolled on a Millinery course and ran away from exceedingly well paid job to relative pauperism 4 years ago. Now? I adore my job we can eat and well and I have created pieces for television and celebrities and hoping to utilise my historical knowledge to break into period pieces for theatre, film and television very soon.


Suppliers
: Everywhere from the UK to the USA to Japan and France and Italy for the
silk I use.

My Favourite Piece:
At the moment it’s the Haskell inspired collection which I have started
with a headdress, cuff and necklace and the Clementine necklace again inspired by Miriam Haskell and named after Clemmie Churchill wife of Sir Winston. My mother worked for Harvey Nicks in London and was the member of staff who looked after her when she shopped at the store.

Inspiration:
I love and have always loved the fashions from the 20th Century
everything from the Art Nouveau movement through to Erte and the designs for Diaghlievs Ballets Russe through the Art Deco Period and Chanel to Diors New Look and the House of Worth, Hardy Amies to Belville Sassoon, to Vivienne Westwood to Galliano. My favourite bridal designers are Elizabeth Emanuel and Terry Fox. I can find inspiration anywhere though in a leaf to a piece of sculpture…

A Quick Q & A

Colour: Purple – sinful but restful and possibly very naughty….




Film: Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Historically bunkum but the costumes are wow





Song: Hazel O Connor ‘Stay Now’





Month: June and I can run away to Scotland!





Drink: Rioja or a really good Cava





Food: Oysters as they are no faffing around with them!





Word: Mellifluous someone I once adored said I had a mellifluous voice….sigh





Perfume: Penhaligons Cornubia





Book: The Golden Age of Couture and another book simply called ‘Tiaras’ all designers porn!






All of Jane’s beautiful pieces can be found on www.hfcouture.co.uk, a wonderful lady and fantastically talented.


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