Summer 2012 - Newsletter

Welcome to the second newsletter of 2012

Recently our team has been visiting some of our favourite wedding locations, Cooling Barn, Chilston Park, Eastwell Manor and Wadhurst Castle to name a few.

Albeit we have visited these locations year in and year out; each wedding has its own story to tell and wonderful memories for me.

From seeing family and friends weddings; to almost falling over in front of the rich and famous!

Each year I find myself visiting a new location, it might not be somewhere far, just a venue I’ve never been before.

Back in May I attended to a wonderful bride Nicola at The Beacon House on Whitstable beach. Only a few months earlier I had walked along that beach with my friend Heidi admiring all the beautiful houses and beach huts. Little did I know I would soon be attending to a bride on her very special day there.

It was quaint, rustic and twee all at the same time.....

Current trends

2012 continues to see an array of colour themes for many weddings, with flowers of multi textures and different hues. Bridesmaid’s outfits pop with colour as brides are opting for a range of colours and fabrics instead of just one.

Bouquets’, candle holders and vases bejewelled in detail; often brooches are used to create the vintage look and feel. We are seeing more and more adorning on invitations and lace seems to making a regular appearance too.

We are starting to see the return of the larger Bouquets’ and many couples are opting for food stations instead of the traditional 3 course sit down meal.

Vintage and rustic themed weddings are very much here and now, from the dress, make-up, hair, shoes and accessories. Styles from the 40s & 50s are big and to be honest I see them staying around for quite some time to come.

The DIY wedding is also very popular click here to visit My DIY Wedding Day for some great ideas.

Kent Bride Magazine

Recently I was asked by Kent Bride to do an editorial page for the next issue of the magazine; due out later this year.

Being I am more comfortable with a make-up brush or hairdryer in my hand, it did take me quite some time to put pen to paper!

Finally I have finished the article ‘Flawless Bridal Make-up: Professional or DIY?’.

Kent Bride Magazine 2011

Last year a number of photos of our work featured in the magazine, albeit they did quote the incorrect website link. I’ve been assured they won’t make the same mistake twice....

We’re off to Essex (for 2 reasons)

Indeed we are off to Essex...

Firstly, later this year sees the wedding of my dear friend ‘Kelly Grimes’ to believe it or not her very own ‘MR GREY’, OK so his name is spelt Gray!

What’s an E and A between friends?

Secondly, many of you will have seen our regular advert in Your Kent Wedding, where I am also one of the beauty/hair experts for the magazine.

I have thought about branching out into Essex several times before, but I wanted to make sure I had a good strong team before venturing out of the Kent boarders.

So our advert can now be found in the latest issues of both – Your Kent Wedding & Your Essex Wedding magazines on sale in all leading super markets and WHSmith stores.

Celebrity Weddings

Well it looks like Alec Baldwin has made an honest woman of Yoga Instructor - Hilaria Thomas on 30 June 2012. They tweeted pictures of their wedding bands – so sweet!
Model and actress - Agyness Deyn also wed after only a few months with BF Giovanni Ribisi.

By now I’m sure the whole world has heard about ‘The Engagement’, well in case you’ve been living in MARS for the last few months – James popped the question while we were away on holiday.

It was the most romantic thing EVER!

It was a great surprise and as you can imagine we are very much looking forward to planning ‘OUR BIG DAY’. A wedding isn’t likely to take place until early 2014; I already have far too many VIP brides to be looking after in 2013 – Leanne & Sarah!!!!

Having worked in the industry for many years now, I am aware that 2014 will come all too quickly.

So the planning has already started.

Important things like ‘shoes’ have already been bought and are hiding in the back of my wardrobe.

I guess I am lucky that every week I get to spend time with brides and often help dress them, enabling me to become familiar with many different wedding dress designers. I know the designer I would like to make my dress, it’s just a case of choosing a style, so early 2013 I shall be dragging my dearest friends, Maria & Heidi around bridal shops in the hope of finding ‘THE DRESS’......

I have chosen three beautiful flower girls aka bridesmaids – Melody, Eve & Lucy as I know that they will make sure I’m well and truly looked after on my big day!!!!

So right now it’s exciting times for James & I, we’re just enjoying being engaged.

We shall be celebrating our engagement and hopefully the arrival of my ring in the next couple of weeks!

Summer special Offers

10% discount - join our facebook page or follow us on twitter before booking with us and we will give you a 10% discount (quote ref: FB/T/SO10-12)

20% discount – book bridal hair & make-up plus 3 bridesmaids and we will give you a 20% discount
(quote ref: SO/4+/20-12)

FREE – book bride plus 4 bridesmaids for hair & make-up and receive a free make-up for MoB including a trial and free mileage! (quote ref: FREE/SO/J&A/12)

Recommend a friend – all recommendations automatically receive a 10% discount

Offers apply to all bookings made between July – August 2012, it doesn’t matter if your wedding is in 2014 as long as you book during these months all the above offers apply!

Our team

2012 has seen a few changes in our team and in the coming months you will see a few new faces appearing as we start to branch out into other areas of the UK.

Zohrain – is currently on maternity leave so we await the arrival of her baby in the coming weeks

Ranjeet – has been working on several weddings on her own and will be helping any new joiners find their feet in the coming months

Sarah – joined us as an assist end of 2011 and is now a fully qualified make-up artist and brow technician, so if you’re looking for ‘perfect brows’ Sarah’s the girl

Jeanette – will be standing down for the rest of 2012 to concentrate on other things and her own business, Jeanette has been a huge support to me over the past few years and will be missed

Since the start of the year I have met with a number of make-up artists and hair designers; whom I think could be a great part of my team. My intention is to keep the team small and personal, but ensuring we have the very best artists and designers available.

We are currently looking for make-up artists and hair designers within the Essex and Hertfordshire areas to join our team, for more information please contact me via our ‘contact’ page on the website.

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We look forward to working with many of you in the coming months

Best wishes
Vanessa & the team x
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