Sneaky Peek of the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot

Richard Wakefield and Henley Bailey at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Richard Wakefield and Henley Bailey at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot

The time has finally come and I can now share with you a sneaky peek of the Twitter Girls charity calendar shoot that I know you have all been dying to see!

It must have been at the end of 2010 I saw Tweets flying around about organising a charity calendar and it sounded like a great thing to be involved in; little did I know that it would mean I would have to dress in my underwear!

The tweets went back and forth for months with lots of other tweeting girls getting just as excited about it as I was. There were so many people wanting to take part that the organiser, the fabulous Gina Griffiths from by Gina Events had to organise four shoots across the country (the lady is a goddess!)

So then the date was set for our shoot – 3rd March. Then it finally hit me what I had agreed to do, but I will do anything (well almost anything) for charity and the calendar is to raise money for Help for Heroes and PC David Rathband’s The Blue Lamp Foundation.

On 3rd March I travelled down to Bannatyne Spa, Charlton House in Shepton Mallet to meet the other Twitter girlies and find out just what Gina had in store for us. Having gone through weeks of excitement I suddenly felt quite sick, but once we all got together and started laughing the nerves disappeared and we had the most amazing time.

We all had our hair and make-up done by Trish Rawlins, and as each of us was made to look gorgeous the rest of us dived into the treasure trove that was full of lingerie of all different shapes and sizes!

So having been made-up, chosen what we wanted to wear and let go of our insecurities (well some of them) we went out for the photo shoot.

Now, I am under strict instructions to say no more (sorry), but what I can say is that the incredibly talented photographers Greg Thurtle of TP Photography and Ian Hamilton from IanH Photography, and videographers Richard Wakefield from FX Films and Henley Bailey of Lime Leaf Weddings did a splendid job making us all feel relaxed (well as relaxed as a girl can be in her undies with four men around!) and we just can’t wait to see the final results at the launch party in the summer, after which we will add another feature.

All the girls were so amazing to work with and we had such a giggle. It’s great to find people who are willing to do something like this to help a good cause.

My partners in crime were:
Elspeth Hardie; Georgina Webb of Ruby Weddings; Sarah Evetts of Boho Bride; Suzie Wheat of Suzie Wheat Vintage and Denise Ward of Gloves and Gavel.

The calendar is for such a great cause and all donations will be gratefully received to help these charities.

So, here are a few behind the scenes pics from before the shoot…

Kim x

Sarah Evetts and Georgina Webb at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Sarah Evetts and Georgina Webb
Trish Rawlins doing Kim Herbing's make-up at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Trish Rawlins and Kim Herbing
Suzie Wheat at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Suzie Wheat
Denise Ward at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Denise Ward
Elspeth Hardie at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Elspeth Hardie
Georgina Webb at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Georgina Webb
Kim Herbing at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Kim Herbing
Kim Herbing and Trish Trawlins at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Kim Herbing and Trish Trawlins
Kim Herbing at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Kim Herbing
Suzie Wheat and Trish Rawlins at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Suzie Wheat and Trish Rawlins
Ian Hamilton at the Twitter Girls Charity Calendar Shoot
Ian Hamilton

Nic Jones of Lady Penelope Cars Highly Commended

Congratulations to Nic Jones of Lady Penelope Cars who was recently ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Woman in Business’ category at the Bradford Means Business Awards 2011.  The awards celebrate and encourage Business in Bradford, with categories including Best New Business, Best Small Business, Technical Innovation, Best Employer and more.

Highly Commended Award won by Lady Penelope Cars at the Bradfor Means Business Awards

Nic Jones started Lady Penelope Cars 18 months ago, providing wedding transport in Bradford and the UK in her three beloved Jaguars.  Her partner James nominated her for the award, and Nic admits she was surprised to be one of three nominations shortlisted by the panel of Judges at the Telegraph and Argus.

“I was genuinely shocked to have been shortlisted and very excited to attend such a high profile event.

“Although I didn’t scoop the top award I feel really honoured to be ‘highly commended’. It may seem at first glance like my job is a real doddle, cruising around on Sunny Saturdays with brides in the back, but there’s so much more that goes on behind the scenes, from getting my hands oily to doing the books. I swapped 9-5 for 24/7 almost, not that I’m complaining. I adore my cars and they’re far better behaved than my teenage kids! There’s nothing quite like the glow that you get when you open a card from a happy bride thanking you for making the day perfect.

Bradford Means Business Awards 2011

“I won my award for ‘Woman in business’ but I feel it’s a bit unfair on the chaps… there wasn’t a ‘men in business’ award. And in all honesty I’d be lost without my ‘Men’ from my partner James who’s unending support has kept me going when things have been tough, to my oldest friend from school Ely, who turned up in his camper van to help me get going on renovating the premises I took over earlier this year and also my ‘Jag men’ Alex and Alastair who’ve worked on my girls.

“I often stop and take a minute to be grateful, whether I’m sat in my office or clambering about under one of the girls. I’m my own boss, making a living doing what I love. That’s pretty much the highest award you can get!

Pink Jaguar wedding car from Lady Penelope Cars

Well done Nic on your award! If you are looking for something different for your wedding day transport Lady Penelope provide an amazing service.

New Great Britain Themed Wedding Products

With the royal wedding fast approaching we thought we would share a couple of great new ‘Great Britain’ themed products with you.

Union Jack Cupcake Wrappers

Maisie Fantaisie have released a new range of cupcake wrappers that are perfect for any party. Included in the range are these fantastic limited edition ‘Union Jack’ cupcake wrappers which would be perfect if you are planning a ‘Great Britain’ themed wedding or are organising a party to celebrate the royal wedding.

Union Jack Cupcake Wrappers

These eye catching cupcake wrappers have been designed not only to make cupcakes look truly scrumptious, but the wrappers are also re-usable!  They are priced at £7.95 for a packet of 12 and more information is available at

Red, White and Blue Confetti

Shropshire Petals‘ ‘Mix of the Month’ confetti for April is this fantastic red, white and blue mix, which is perfect for celebrating your wedding or occasion in true British style.

Red, White and Blue Confetti from Shropshire Petals

This Mix of the Month is a pick and mix of Ocean Mist and Lady in Red petals, a perfect mix of red rose petals with a delicate splash of white and blue delphiniums. This mix is £11.99 per litre which will give you 10-12 handfuls of confetti.  Further details can be found at

There are street parties and celebrations planned all over the country, why not throw your own royal wedding party and decorate tables with our April mix for that extra British twist!

Limited Edition Royal Blue Side Tiara from Yarwood-White

Royal Blue Side Tiara from Yarwood-WhiteWedding jewellery designers Yarwood-White have released a new limited edition Royal Blue Side Tiara to celebrate the forthcoming royal wedding, inspired by the late Princess Diana’s blue sapphire engagement ring worn by Kate Middleton.

The blue sapphire is a wonderful stone for engagement rings and wedding jewellery, and has an extensive history as a jewel for the royals.

The side tiara design is modern and fresh which works well with loose or structured hairstyles.  This beautiful silver plated side tiara features Swarovski crystals and diamanté stones to create the ultimate sparkle, guaranteed to bring out the princess in you.

Yarwood-White have also updated five of their best selling ranges with the addition of a side tiara design.  Each silver plated side tiara is handmade in the Yarwood-White studio using the best quality Swarovski crystals, diamanté and freshwater pearls, and the bands are wrapped in blonde or brown ribbon.

Click the images to enlarge…

Angel Side Tiara from Yarwood-WhiteDivinity Side Tiara from Yarwood-White

Fern Side Tiara from Yarwood-WhiteFlower Side Tiara from Yarwood-WhiteModern Heirloom Side Tiara from Yarwood-White

Each design is reversible so they can be worn with the detail on the left or right.

For more information on any of these side tiaras visit the Yarwood-White website.

Prince William and Kate Middleston’s Wedding Website Launched

Prince William and Kate Middleton's Wedding Website Launched
Image from Flickr by Oldmaison

On Wednesday 2nd March the official wedding website of Prince William and Kate Middleton launched. received more than 200,000 hits in the first eight hours.

The website is the official information service for those interested in the forthcoming Royal Wedding and will post regular announcements and information in the run up to the wedding day.  The site also promises to be the first place to view information such as the details of Kate’s wedding dress.

There are sections dedicated to the service, procession and reception, and visitors to the website can even take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace. The website also includes official feeds from social media services such as Twitter and Flickr.

The website was launched on the same day as DirectGov’s Royal Wedding page The page contains practical information for members of the public, whether they’re planning to visit London to take part in the celebrations or organising their own event within the local community.

If you’re getting married you can create your own free wedding website like this one on The Wedding Community.  Simply register for free to get started.