Matt Pereira Photography Win 13 Awards at MPA Awards SE Region

MPA Pictorial, Illustrative & Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2011, SE Region winning picture - Picture by Matt Pereira Photography
Image Courtesy of Matt Pereira Photography

Congratulations to Matt Pereira Photography who picked up an incredible 13 awards at last night’s Master Photographers Association awards for the South East region.  Building on last year’s success where they picked up a number of awards, Matt Pereira Photography was this year awarded…

WINNER – MPA Pictorial, Illustrative & Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2011, SE Region

Award of Excellence (2nd Place) – MPA Pictorial, Illustrative & Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2011, SE Region

WINNER – MPA Press, PR & Stock Photographer of the Year 2011, SE Region

Award of Excellence (2nd Place) – MPA Press, PR & Stock Photographer of the Year 2011, SE Region

Award of Excellence (2nd Place) – MPA Fashion Photographer of the Year 2011, SE Region

Award of Merit (3rd Place) – MPA Family Photographer of the Year 2001, SE Region

Followed by …

One Award of Merit in Children’s Portraiture

One Award of Merit in Family Portraiture

Two Awards of Merit in Contemporary Weddings

Two Awards of Merit in Wedding Photojournalism

One Award of Merit in Contemporary Portraiture

The image included in this post won the award for MPA Pictorial, Illustrative & Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2011, SE Region.  You can see all of the other winning pictures by clicking MPA Awards SE Region ~ we won 13 Awards !

Our congratulations again go to Matt and the team.

Olivier Laudus Consultation Studio Now Open

Online boutique Olivier Laudus‘ first consultation studio is now open. The studio is based within award-winning hair salon Jordan Burr and enjoys an enviable central London location, just a few minutes’ walk from Bond Street tube. Brides-to-be are able to book appointments to discuss their accessory requirements, and more importantly, view and try pieces on from the Olivier Laudus online boutique.

Olivier Laudus Consultation Studio
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Opening a consultation studio was the brain-child of Sangeeta Laudus, co-founder of Olivier Laudus, after a year of meeting with clients on an informal basis at Jordan Burr to show them pieces. Sangeeta says : “Clients welcomed the opportunity to be able to try different designs, particularly our hair accessories, and it was great being able to call on the expertise of the stylists in the salon to discuss bridal hair styles and which pieces work with different hair types. We also enjoyed having the opportunity to meet our clients and give them personal attention and advice which is very key to our business. Setting up a permanent base in the salon was the next logical step and we are really excited with our new venture and future collaborations with Jordan Burr.”

Olivier Laudus Consultation Studio
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Chic, stylish and in-keeping with the Olivier Laudus brand’s contemporary feel, the studio is decorated with flock wallpaper with a black and cream colour scheme and provides a lovely backdrop for the consultations. So far it has been well received by brides. Consultations are by appointment, with evening and weekend meetings available.

New Confetti Buckets from Shropshire Petals

Specialists in Natural Petal Confetti, Shropshire Petals have just launched their new confetti bucket collection.

These pretty buckets come in Pretty in Pink, Lovely Lilac and Cream. Choose a colour to match your wedding theme or a contrasting colour to the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Shropshire Petals Pink and Lilac Buckets

Pink and Lilac – Priced at £14.99 each, these pretty pails come with a magnetic butterfly and a litre of the confetti of your choice, which is the perfect amount for 10-12 handfuls of confetti.

Cream – This stylish metal bucket is bigger than the coloured ones, and comes with a magnetic butterfly for decoration and 2 litres of the delphinium petal confetti of your choice for £23.99. This bucket will hold enough confetti for 20-25 people.

Shropshire Petals Cream Confetti Pail

Don’t forget that magical confetti photo; place a few buckets filled with petal confetti outside your wedding venue ready for your guests to throw.

For more information visit the Shropshire Petals new products section.

Multi-Cultural Wedding Menus at BMA House

BMA House London Wedding Venue

The BMA House weddings team have been embracing the truly multi-cultural society that they are proud to live in, and in-house caterers BaxterStorey were recently set the test of designing bespoke menus to incorporate elements from two contrasting cultures and fuse them into one mouth-watering menu.

The task of designing a full menu from cultures as diverse as Italian/Irish or Spanish/Sri-Lankan became an exciting challenge for their chefs, who pooled their wealth of experience in global catering techniques to successfully deliver a unique menu enjoyed by both families.

Guests of the Italian/Irish couple were delighted with their menu, which began with starters including a traditional anti-pasti of cured meats, marinated vegetables and buffalo mozzarella accompanied with Irish brown soda bread. Main course options included baked salmon or beef wellington, with vegetarians enjoying a braised barley risotto.

Prince's Room at BMA House London Wedding Venue

The team were as equally creative when it came to the Spanish/Sri-Lankan fusion, blending sauté chorizo in cider with pimento and smoked paprika starters, to king prawn curry with curried dahl accompanied with Sri Lankan roti bread topped with deviled squid as a main course option.

If you have special wedding menu needs and would like to challenge the creativity of the BMA House chefs, or if you are looking for a little more traditional menu, BMA House would be delighted to provide you with ideas to suit your needs, and the in-house wedding planning team will deliver a flawless event from the first moment to the last dance.

You can contact the dedicated events team who are ready to assist you, on 020 7874 7020, or email [email protected]

Visit the BMA House website for further details.

BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

MIB Music Perform at the Royal Wedding Celebrations

Only a few days after the Royal Wedding we caught up with The Wedding Community’s wedding entertainment advice expert Sera from MIB Music to find out about their performance at the Royal Wedding celebration party in Hyde Park.

The Royal Wedding Celebrations at Hyde Park
Image Courtesy of Jenny Goodall

How did MIB come to be part of this great event to celebrate the Royal Wedding?

Gosh, I ask myself this question all the time! Basically one of our agents who we work very closely with was asked to recommend a band for the day, and they put us forward. I think they put us forward because as individual musicians we all have a lot of experience playing for big crowds (we’re all session musicians) and I guess they know we’re super reliable and always deliver! 😉

We’ve managed to get ourselves a great reputation over the years which is fantastic, but honestly nothing could have prepared us for being asked to perform on such an historic occasion. We were the only band playing and it really was such an honour – I could go on about it all day!

The big screen at the Royal Wedding Celebrations in Hyde Park

Have you ever performed at an event this big before?

No! Apparently Friday’s event went down in history as the UK’s biggest ever gig!! I can’t believe it.

We’ve all done big gigs before. Most of the band have toured the world as individual session players/singers to some pretty huge audiences of 150,000 or so, but nothing like 300,000…it was just incredible. My main memory of Friday is us all huddling away in our cabin, and every now and then you’d hear the crowd cheering. It was the most immense sound and like nothing I’ve ever heard before.

How many performers did you have in your set?

We performed as the 10 piece band, so basically 2 female singers, 2 male singers, drums, bass, guitar, keys, sax and trumpet. It was great to have so many of us up there, there’s always a bigger chemistry when there are more musicians involved.

MIB Music on stage at the Royal Wedding Celebrations
Image Courtesy of Ray Andrews

How long were you on stage and what was your playlist like?

The initial idea was they only wanted us on for 35 minutes. We had to do a tiny 3 minute slot where we played a medley of the ‘top 5 first dances’ and the crowd had to vote for which one they wanted us to perform. Then we were supposed to come on again, play the winning song and launch into a 35mins set of ‘wedding style’ covers. However, they ended up extending our set to 50 minutes as it was going so well, and then sent us on for another half hour for a second set!

We played all sorts. I wanted to stay away from being too cheesy, because I think cheesy wedding bands are kind of done and dusted now (there’s nothing wrong with a little cheese, but people seem to want more modern music and less ‘I will survive’!). Also, there were rumours that a big named band would be playing, however in reality that wasn’t happening so I wanted to give the audience something a bit ‘cooler’ than something a typical wedding band might play. I didn’t want to be doing anything like ‘High Ho Silver Lining’! We basically played stuff like ‘Greatest Day’ by Take That, ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse, ‘Forget You’ by CeeLo Green, and then some less obvious older songs like ‘Give It Up’ by KC & The Sunshine Band (which inspired a 1000 person long conga! Lol) and ‘Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’ by Michael Jackson.

What were you all wearing?

The boys wore nice suits, and us girls decided to dress patriotically, with me in red, Rachael in blue and our female horn section in white. We were in hair and make-up from 6 in the morning!

Sera Golding of MIB Music at the Royal Wedding CelebrationsRachael Golding of MIB Music at the Royal Wedding CelebrationsDamien Edwards of MIB Music at the Royal Wedding Celebrations
Images Courtesy of Ray Andrews

Did you get to mingle with the stars?

Vanessa Feltz was there presenting for the BBC and she seemed really lovely…in fact she said hello to us a few times and waved when we walked past etc. I thought that was really sweet. She could probably see how nervous we all looked and wanted to help us feel better.

On scale of 1 -10, how excited were you? (If we know Sera, we don’t think she would have slept for weeks due to the excitement!)

The build up to this was ridiculously exciting, especially because (as with all these sorts of events) the details were very vague and we really had no idea what we were supposed to be doing until we turned up! We had heard rumours that they were expecting big crowds, but had no idea that it would be the UK’s largest ever gig! I was incredibly nervous for the few weeks beforehand (in fact couldn’t stop myself from gagging every time anyone said the words ‘Royal Wedding’!), but actually once we were there it felt like the most natural thing ever; it was ever so strange. I was on stage, in front of 300,000 people thinking “I think this is the least nervous I have ever been on stage, and the most comfortable”. I never in a million years expected to be feeling like that!

The Crowd at the Royal Wedding Celebrations in Hyde Park
Image Courtesy of Jenny Goodall

How will people be able to see you performance if they were not able to get to Hyde Park?

There’s lots of footage on Youtube at the moment, but I’m trying to get hold of the official footage that was taken, and if I do then I’ll put together a little show reel from it and pop it online; I will keep you posted on that one! Apparently it was featured all over the world, even on the Los Angeles and Australian news.

How are you feeling about it now, post event?

It’s funny, all of us have been a bit speechless about it all. We had a gig the next day and we all just sort of sat backstage in silence, taking it all in and trying to process what we had actually done; it’s ever such a strange feeling. Really the overriding feeling is just that we are insanely proud to have been involved in Will & Kate’s big day. It was such a beautiful wedding and such a huge day in British history. We will never forget it!