Black Monday

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Why would you dress your bridesmaids in black when there is such a veritable feast of colour in the world? I agree that black is elegant, timeless and looks good on everyone….but its a wedding. Come on. Whether its pink, blue, grey, orange or yellow, put them in some colour!!

Turquoise – Marchesa
Purple – Issa
Pink – Temperly London
Aqua – Marchesa
Red – Issa
Blue – Marchesa
Yellow – Valentino
Orange – Matthew Williamson
Light Grey – Alexander McQueen
Blush Pink and Gold – Rachel Gilbert
Gun Metal Grey – Marchesa
Pink – D&G
Silk Grey – Azzaro
Pale Pink – Marchesa
Embellished Pink and Grey – Rachel Gilbert
Are you having, or did you have your bridesmaids in black? I am open to suggestions!

A Penny Sweet

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I have lots of lady love for Penny, not only is she a talented photographer, lover of vintage treasures and upcycling, she is so passionate about the wedding industry that she is also at the forefront of The Any Campaign. JunkShopBride is full of treasures, beautiful images and fascinating finds, hours have been spent scrolling through Penny’s unique ideas and creativity. Fabulous ideas for DIY brides.

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Name: Penny

Business: Bit of information on what you do etc?

Currently loving my job as a wedding, portrait & commercial photographer alongside my gorgeous other half Martin AKA Tino&Pip Photography! We love to keep busy and have loads of fab projects on the go: Junk Shop Bride– just for fun and for our love of one-of-kind treasures, The Any Campaign– campaigning to legalise marriage anytime anywhere in England & Wales, as well as a little web design on the side! Busy-bees!

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Where do you get your inspiration from for Junk Shop Bride?:

When we moved into our new flat, we spent many a day hunting for vintage/retro pieces to decorate and furnish our new home. We even upcycled a lot of our existing bits to fit in with our new theme. Everywhere we turned we saw some of the most fabulous treasures perfect for the truly unique wedding and I just had to gather up all those ideas and document them, and how better to do so than on a blog?!

Credited on JunkShopBride

Credited on JunkShopBride

A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour: Teal

Favourite Film: After debating this one for ages I decided that I don’t have a single favourite!

Favourite Song: Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley

Favourite Month: August

Favourite Drink: Baileys

Favourite Food: Nutella

Favourite Word: Flibbertigibbet – A Middle English word referring to a flighty or whimsical person, usually a young woman (Wikipedia) 

Favourite Book: The Hungry Caterpillar

Favourite Quote from a Film: “Today my brother stood up and fought for his country. What did I do? I made a papier mâché lobster head.” (Love Actually)


Tino And Pip Photography

Tino And Pip Photography

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A Burns Supper | uk wedding blog

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I am half Scottish, and will be hosting my first Burns Supper on Saturday. We shall of course be eating haggis and drinking whiskey. I thought I would also share with you the recipe for tablet, one of the most sickly and delicious Scottish delicacies ever! I will be making it tonight and will tweet how it goes (first time and all).

225g Butter
450g Sweetened Condensed Milk
1.8kg Caster Sugar
1 pint Water
Using a non-stick pan, put the water on a low heat and melt in the butter. Add the sugar and bring to the boil. Stir at all times. Once it is boiling stir in the condensed milk and simmer for 20 minutes. Keep stirring. Take off the heat and beat vigorously for 5 minutes.
Pour into a greased rectangular tin and cut into bars (5″x1″) once cooled. Keep in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.

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 
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:
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
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


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.

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…


Name: Nikki Ward

Twitter: @knotsandkisses



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.



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.



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!



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!