MPA Awards Matt Pereira - Isabelle

Well Done Matt Pereira!

Huge congratulations to Matt Pereira, who last week received several awards at the MPA (Master Photographers Association) South East Region Annual Awards. The MPA are the most prestigious awards for photography in the UK.

Every year each of the 14 different regions hold an awards ceremony. Photographers submit images in several different categories, which are then judged against each other.

The South East Region awards consisted of some 300 images, across several categories:

Classical Wedding, Contemporary Wedding, Reportage Wedding, Classical Portrait, Contemporary Portrait, Pets, Under 5’s, Family Portrait, Fashion & Beauty, “Pictorial, Illustrative, Fine Art, Landscape & Travel”.

Matt was delighted to be awarded…

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Wedding Invitations Mood Board

Inspiring Wedding Invitations

This week’s wedding mood board is Inspiring Wedding Invitations. We thought we would give those who are in search of the perfect wedding invitations some ideas. From vintage to floral, traditional to movie tickets, there are so many inspiring wedding invitations to choose from.

Wedding Invitations Mood Board


Floral with Bow: 2by2 Creative

Sage: Brown Betty

Burgundy Bow: Lilly Pea

Pink Flowers: Ivy Ellen

Star Invitation: Francis-Dee

Embossed Yellow: Smock

Cream Pocket Fold: Wedding Paraphernalia

Purple Peacock: Cutture

Love Wording: Paper Scissors

Talk of The Town and Summer Wedding: We Go Together

Stripe Invitation: Lilylou & You

Invitation Pack: Kelly Gleeson Designs

Bridal Jewellery book by Clare Yarwood-White

Bridal Jewellery by Clare Yarwood-White

Are you looking for ways to save money on your wedding? Are you the creative type? Then get yourself a copy of Bridal Jewellery, a jewellery handbook by our wedding jewellery advice expert Clare Yarwood-White. This book will also tell you how you can use your skills to start up and build your own business.

Bridal Jewellery book by Clare Yarwood-White

Bridal jewellery is, for many women, the most cherished jewellery they will ever own. It’s linked to one of the most emotionally-charged chapters of their lives. This handbook provides insight into this unique world. It guides the reader through the process of consulting, designing, planning and making.

Bridal Jewellery is the complete package. It offers concise instructions for making unique tiaras, hair accessories, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It also contains a brief background of various wedding traditions, information about the significance of different materials, tips on co-ordinating with a bride’s dress, hairstyle and wedding theme, and instructions for working around and remodelling special and significant family jewellery.

Bridal Jewellery is packed with simple, straightforward tips as well as easy-to-follow, step-by-step illustrated sequences aimed at beginners or those looking to improve their skills. Also included is a section on building up a business and a comprehensive appendix to make this both a long-term reference book and a valuable companion for the more entrepreneurial craftsperson.


Introduction to Bridal Jewellery

Working with Brides

Tools and Materials

Engagement and Wedding Rings

Tiaras and Headdresses

Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings

Other Accessories

Building a Business

Groom and best man

Picking Your Best Man

One of the few wedding jobs going that is emphatically the groom’s responsibility is choosing the best man. Now that doesn’t mean that certain people *cough* the bride-to-be *cough* might not offer an opinion or two on who it should be. But they ultimately know that the best man is as serious as male friendships get, and therefore they should back the heck off. We’re not going to join the roster of people queuing up to tell you who to pick, but we do have some advice.

Groom and best man

Pick with your heart, not your head

What the bride wants is for you to pick someone who won’t take you to a strip club on your stag do. She wants you to pick someone who will say disarmingly charming things during his speech. She wants someone who looks good in a suit and won’t spend the reception at the bar chanting: “CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!” with their pants on their head. In essence, the bride wants you to pick your grandmother.

The guy you’re thinking of choosing might fit the above description, or they may be a rogue of the first water. Just remember that you’re picking your best man on the qualities of deep friendship, of shared experiences and, damn it all – on love. Go with your heart.

Don’t pick a woman

You’re angry aren’t you? You’re thinking – “How dare they. Women can be just as much a best friend to a man as a man can.” Well, that’s a debate for another time (as is the old When Harry Met Sally men can’t be friends with women because sex gets in the way discussion).

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Pastel Vintage Mood Board

Pretty Pastels

Today’s wedding mood board is to provide a little glimpse of inspiration to those of you who are thinking of having a garden party, vintage or floral theme at your wedding. There are so many pretty pastel shades which complement each other that you really cannot go wrong by choosing to incorporate them all into your wedding.

Pastel Vintage Mood Board


Wedding Cake and Tea Party: The Utterly Sexy Cafe

Wedding Dress: Candy Anthony

Cake Boxes: Simply Chic

Wedding Invitation: Ivy Ellen

Bunting: Zig Zag Bunting

Bouquet: Athena Floral Design