Kyrie and Natalie Bespoke Couple Illustration from Paper Veil

Paper Veil Competition Winner

Kyrie and Natalie Bespoke Couple Illustration from Paper Veil

In February we launched our competition to give away a Bespoke Couple Illustration from Paper Veil, a mounted, hand-drawn illustration of a lucky couple on high quality watercolour paper. Our winner was Natalie, who is planning a rustic barn wedding with her partner, Kyrie, which will take place at Doxford Barn in August 2017.

Laura from Paper Veil got in touch to share Natalie and Kyrie’s beautiful illustration with us, and she told us a little bit about how the illustration came together…

“Starting a new illustration is great for me because it’s a totally blank canvas ready for my interpretation of the couple to take place.

“After Natalie sent over a couple of photos of themselves and the flowers, clothing etc I got a feel for their style and started by drafting out the couple, using the shape and size of the flowers to determine how the wreath at the bottom would sit around them.

Kyrie and Natalie Illustration Sketch

“Once the draft is approved then the inking and colouring is really where things come together. I picked out colours from the bouquet Natalie had chosen for the flowers underneath and blended them using brush pens to bring it all together.

“Finally, some hand-lettering for their names at the top finished off the design.”

Kyrie and Natalie Bespoke Couple Illustration Mounted, from Paper Veil

Natalie and Kyrie were absolutely thrilled with their beautiful illustration, and our thanks go to Paper Veil for providing this fantastic prize.

Glass vase of flowers

A Look Back at the PapaKåta Spring 2015 Open Weekend

PapaKata Spring Open Weekend

On 21st and 22nd March the PapaKåta spring 2015 open weekend took place, with hundreds of guests visiting Escrick Park to take a look at PapaKåta’s gorgeous tipis and Sperry tents, meet a host of talented suppliers, and seek inspiration for their wedding or event. Sally from PapaKåta told us all about the weekend…

Path to PapaKata spring open weekend


PapaKata tipis at open weekend

“As the sun shone at this year’s PapaKåta Spring Open Weekend we welcomed over 700 visitors to Escrick Park Estate in York to see our beautiful Tipis and Sperry tents. Brides and grooms, event planners and birthday boys and girls had the opportunity to plan and visualize their own event whilst enjoying the warm and inviting surroundings of our beloved tents.

Wedding tables inside PapaKata tent

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Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns Officially Open

Bassmead Manor Barns entrance

After a major 18 month transformation, Bassmead Manor Barns in Cambridgeshire has officially opened its doors as a dream wedding venue.

It was a significant day in the 170-year-old venue’s history, as it marked the completion of its transformation from quaint farm to spectacular wedding location, as the site was given the seal of approval by 100 brides who were welcomed at the grand opening.

Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns statue

Bassmead Manor Barns statue

Bassmead Manor Barns garden

Bassmead Manor Barns open day

Bike mud guard

Bassmead Manor Barns garden

Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns

Bassmead Manor Barns

Following the successful open day, Bassmead Manor Barns will now become one of 150 elite venues in the exclusive Country House Wedding Venues portfolio. Only the country’s finest wedding destinations in the UK are chosen by the Country House Wedding Venues team, and it is expected that this accolade will ensure Bassmead Manor Barns becomes one of the most sought-after venues in Cambridgeshire following the venue’s inclusion in the coveted portfolio of wedding destinations.

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The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation Logo

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation Logo

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation is an inspirational organisation helping to give people with terminal illnesses and life limiting conditions the wedding day of their dreams. The foundation was set up in 2012 by Naomi Thomas, and this is her story…

Where it all began

Naomi Thomas - The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

At thirty years old, Naomi Thomas is a happily married mum of one, and settled in the beautiful Somerset town of Wellington, with her new husband, Graham. However, one thing you wouldn’t know about Naomi if you saw her in the street is that she is living with Secondary Breast Cancer, a disease which has transformed her life and the lives of others, in so many ways.

In 2005 Naomi began working as a self employed wedding planner across the county of Devon. She loved her job and flourished in helping brides-to-be with all the arrangements for their big day, helping to ensure it would be a day to never forget. But after only four years pursuing her dream career, and only three months with her fiancé Graham, Naomi’s world was turned upside down as she was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer. She was only 26.

Naomi admits it was a diagnosis that she never thought she would hear.

“It was terrifying,” she says. “Your world just falls apart, especially thinking of loved ones.

“I’m a young woman with no history of breast cancer in my family. It just highlights how it really can happen to anybody. Cancer doesn’t discriminate; it affects men and women, people of all ages, races and backgrounds.”

The issue is still as important as ever before; around 9,000 women under the age of 50 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, with the other eighty percent affecting women over the age of 50, with the risks increasing with age.

Despite these figures, it seems the awareness of breast cancer amongst younger women is not as prominent as it could be. Many young women, just like Naomi, simply believe that are not at risk of developing breast cancer.

Detailing her involvement with Bosom Buddies UK, an organisation which educates and advises on all aspects of breast health in schools, Naomi describes how it is essential that younger women (and men) are vigilant and check their breasts at least once a month.

“Young people need to be taught from an early age the importance of knowing what is ‘normal’ for their breasts, knowing what to look and feel for, and actually checking for lumps and changes. If they do discover anything they must report any changes to their GPs without delay. If the younger generations are more aware of the issues relating to breast health and the development of breast cancer, hopefully more lives can be saved, before it is too late” says Naomi.

The cancer rollercoaster

After a gruelling series of treatments, including an operation, and chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy, Naomi had hoped she had beaten the disease and looked to the future with Graham. Both were delighted when in early 2010 Naomi discovered she was pregnant and expecting their first child. Naomi felt very lucky to be carrying a baby, especially knowing chemotherapy can often affect fertility in women.

Unfortunately, this excitement soon turned to devastation as only six days after her son, Devon, was born in September 2010, Naomi was rushed back into hospital with a serious MRSA infection. It was during this time that doctors delivered the massive blow that the cancer had spread and that her back had broken in three places due to her bones being eaten away by cancer. Naomi soon had to come to terms with the fact she now had incurable Secondary Breast Cancer.

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White wedding cake and cupcakes - LoveLuxe Launch

Inspirational Wedding Styling – The LoveLuxe Launch

LOVE Letters by Pocketful of Dreams - LoveLuxe Launch

I was incredibly honoured to be invited to the LoveLuxe launch party last Wednesday. The party took place in the Orangery at the stunning Bristol wedding venue Goldney Hall, Clifton, on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The event was to celebrate the launch of the new blog, LoveLuxe, which brings together the best bits of inspirational wedding styling and party planning, founded by the truly amazing Rosie of Rosie Parsons Photography.

Goldney Hall - LoveLuxe Launch

The aim of the party was not only to celebrate the launch, but it was also a styled inspirational shoot and networking event. A team of amazing wedding industry professionals got together to create individually styled tables and areas around the orangery and garden, that filled the area with grandeur and prettiness (every girl’s dream!).

Model wearing wedding dress, standing in front of bicycle - LoveLuxe Launch Model wearing wedding dress holding balloon - LoveLuxe Launch Model wearing wedding dress in garden of Goldney Hall - LoveLuxe Launch

As well as the beautifully styled tables, there were also three gorgeous models in bridal wear from Kate Walker Bridal, and lots of lovely wedding professionals who came to celebrate. We were also treated to delicious canapés courtesy of Foster Event Catering (I devoured three of the scrummy mini ice-cream cones, but don’t tell anyone!).

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