Wedding Stationary & Details Design

LOGOThe face behind the ‘In the Details’ is Lucy. A brilliant designer whose wedding I photographed last November. She completed all her details, stationary and design herself, which was incredible. I am so pleased she could share her story with us here.

 Could we begin by hearing a little bit about Lucy and how you became a Wedding Stationary & Details Designer? 

In the details started off as a hobby in 2014  when I offered my help designing wedding stationery for a friend’s wedding having qualifications in design. I felt right in my element and loved the creativity and found it really  enjoyable; it was lovely to receive such positive feedback on my designs. When people told me to do it professionally I thought… why not!

 Last year I faced my most critical client… myself! I enjoyed every moment of creating the details for our wedding and making it personal to us. I appreciate how important and stressful wedding planning can be. I believe that the small details play a big part, so attention to detail is really important to me.

What is your favourite type of design work to complete for a wedding? 

The wedding invitations/save the date are my favourite part to design as they are the first thing which the guests see; they set the theme and get them excited about the big day. I especially love doing bespoke requests as it is so much more personal bringing a couples vision to paper.

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What difference do you think having professional design makes to the overall look of the wedding day? 

Wedding Stationery plays such a big part in a couple’s big day from the Save the dates to the thank you cards and everything in between.  Having your wedding stationery professionally designed helps to pull the whole theme of your wedding together. The stationary is the first point of contact from the couple to the guests, and sets the theme throughout the wedding. It is often something which treasured years to come.

There are so many of the little details which can be included within a wedding collection. Including on the day stationary which is now becoming more and more important [Order of service, table plan, signage, place names, table numbers, menus].

It can be difficult for a couple to decide on an initial look, whilst I have some clients who come to me with a clear bespoke vision, I can also help guide couples to a theme which works for them. To help couples I have now developed a range of in house designs which can be personalised to any colour theme to take the ease of planning. Any occasion deserves as special design so I design to fit any budget.

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What were the most popular trends of 2016?

– Minimalism – Typography became very popular for 2016, the background is kept simple and the typography is at the forefront.

– Metallics – This theme has been very popular, but were used in small doses to make a big impact. Gold foil was key for stationery finishing touches.

– Geometrics

– Watercolour

– Darker Colours – Winter 2016 was all darker tonal prints and deep reds.

– At the end of 2016 saw the trend for acrylic signage and details which I see continuing for 2017.

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Do you have any predictions on what trends 2017 will bring to design for weddings?

– Mixing of prints and textures – Floral designs with bold fonts and prints. Mixing of two patterns on the reverse of the stationery or envelope liners. I also see mixing materials… a kraft card with a white textured card.

– Greenery and lots of it! – Pantone’s colour of the year is ‘greenery’ and one of the main trends at the moment is white and green. All matters of foliage are transitioning across wedding themes. Cacti have been a huge trend for interiors and these prickly things are sneaking into the wedding industry, from prints on stationery to table centrepieces.

– Pinks and Pastels – Nude and blush will be key, paired with white and gold for a touch of glamour.  Iridescent finishes and pearlised cards will also follow from fashion trends.

– Scandi  – Scandi is everywhere at the moment from pop up coffee shops to home interiors.  I see it being used for weddings this year with a focus on light and space… for a simplistic and fresh look. Copper and wood will still be used to give warmth to the palette.

– Metallics – Continuing from 2016, metallic is here to stay… mixing copper with gold’s and silvers. They are just so versatile and go with any colour.

– Organic – A trend that is effortless yet breathtakingBringing in colours from greys and browns, to blues and charcoals for a classic feel. Whilst there is a lot of classic kraft card, with strong calligraphy, whilst matching it back with marble to make it look more modern.

Velvets – Especially for winter weddings for ribbon details, more couples are incorporating the season into their wedding and building their theme around the season.

Photography on stationery  – Having a photograph of the couple on the invitation is already a big trend in America and I see it being popular in the UK, especially for the save the dates and thankyou cards rather than the main invitations.

In the Details wedding stationary and design

In the Details wedding stationary and design

In the Details wedding stationary and design

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Granary Estate Wedding, Newmarket.

Melissa & Dan Say I Do – A Spring Wedding at The Granary Barns

Granary Estates Wedding, Newmarket

Heading over to The Granary Estate near Newmarket for Melissa & Dan’s Wedding last week was the perfect start to the busy 2017 wedding season. Although I had done 2 weddings earlier this year they were winter weddings and I found myself with a big gap from the end of February until last week. Whilst its super lovely to have a gap (although there is always so much behind the scenes stuff to do!), you always find yourself itching to get back to it. I hadn’t been to the Granary Barns for a good couple of years and although I arrived with plenty of time to re-familiarise myself with the venue, everything was just how I remembered in my mind. The gorgeous rustic barn, countryside views, the beginnings of a cornfield and tree’s set so you could create a look of being in the forest.

The day flew by, as it always does! With a ‘pimp your prosecco’ station, ice cream van, afternoon photographs and ensuring you have time to mingle, before you know it, its time to head in and have some much welcomed food. Everything about the wedding was elegant with a gorgeous blush, rose gold and floral theme that worked perfectly for spring. Such an amazing start to the season. Many Congratulations to you both and here is your preview!

 Granary Estates Wedding, Newmarket

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Swanton Morley House Wedding

Jodie & Andrew Got Married – Swanton Morley House

Swanton Morley House Wedding

Jodie & Andrew had their beautiful Spring Wedding at Swanton Morley House, a hidden gem in Norfolk. The grounds to this venue is just incredible offering a mix of Mediterranean style buildings, long grass, big tree’s, flowers, walled garden and open space. There really is so much there that when walking round with Jodie & Andrew at the pre-wedding meeting, I think they gushed about every corner, element and possibility for pictures! Once you’ve been, you would see why!

With pink pastels, roses and a soft feel to the details, the venue looked beautiful and very much suited Jodie’s overall theme of pretty and relaxed. Despite a few spots of rain, guests persevered through it outside taking cover under a tree and the rest of the day was blessed with sunshine, warm weather and the option of being outside – which is always what every couple wants for their wedding day.

With so many moments – Here is the story of Jodie & Andrew’s Day …

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Second Shooter: Summer Love Photography Associate – Camilla

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Autumn Wedding Inspiration

An Autumn Wedding? Lots of Autumnal Inspiration

Autumn Wedding Inspiration

Spring and Autumn are my two favourite seasons. I love autumn and to bring together autumn wedding inspiration in a styled shoot offering rich colours, lots of foliage, warm blankets and a feeling of an Indian Summer was full of my favourite things. This shoot took place in early October and as you can see there is still lots of greenery but as plants and flowers are slowly beginning to be past their best, (however I love nothing more than browning hydrangea’s) the vibe of a wedding turns to cosiness with autumn hues in the details.

When planning your Autumn Wedding, think about what happens naturally or how you envisage the change of season – apples fall of the tree’s, we keep the logs stacked up for colder evenings in front of the fire, we take out the cosy blankets to wrap round ourselves, we collect pine cones and we drape a shawl over our shoulders. These are the things I think about for Autumn – what do you think about when its Autumn? That is a great place to start with planning your details for your Autumn Wedding. The overall vibe from this styled shoot is modern rustic with a cosy feeling.

Styling, vintage caravan, dresses by Wendy at Anna Vintage
Floral Design & Flowers by Alicia at Lily Jayne Florist

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Stillbirth // A Personal Account

King's Lynn Wedding Photography, Norfolk

I first met Mel & Mark (fondly known as Fred by all his family and friends) back in 2013 when I photographed their wedding in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The day was full of fun, laughter, family and friends and the gorgeous sunshine yellow, sunflowers and feel good vibe stays with me as such an incredible day. Then last year I was delighted to have an email letting me know they were expecting their first child with a due date and a request for newborn pictures. Such lovely news and I always love the opportunity to catch up with former wedding couples and see how their new journey has been since their wedding. Then I heard the devastating news. I don’t think I will ever forget it. I remember I was on my way to a spa for the day on my birthday and Mel’s friend Kate called me to let me know the incredibly sad news that their baby had died. I stopped on the side of the road and while trying to process the news, talked to Kate and cried at the same time. its one of those situations where regardless if you know the family well or not, your heart is in your mouth. That stays with me as it feels unbelievable these things can still happen with modern medical science but also because you can not physically or emotionally understand what a couple will be going through.  Its one of those situations that never really gets spoken about and you don’t hear of it because couples don’t really talk about it. As a result, I knew I really wanted to give a voice to stillbirth, for it not to be a taboo subject and that for some couples, telling their story can help.

In April of 2015 we were over the moon to be expecting our 1st child. After being together 20 years, finding our ‘forever home’ and finally getting married it was all that we wanted after trying to conceive for around 4 years. Friends and Family were so excited and as our baby was due on 1st December, everyone was even more excited for a Christmas baby. The pregnancy was perfect and I was classed as a low risk pregnancy and so my care was just midwife led and the only hospital appointments I had were for my 2 routine scans and a growth scan at 36 weeks. There was a concern that baby was getting too big, however, this was not the case and I was told that baby was fine.

On 10th December 2015, 9 days overdue, at a routine midwife appointment our world came crashing down. My midwife was unable to detect our baby’s heartbeat and I was advised to go straight to hospital and after a few scans was told the devastating news that my baby had died. It took a long time for me to come to terms with this and although we had been at the hospital for several hours I could not cry. It was as if none of it was real and it was some horrible nightmare that I would wake up from. This sort of thing doesn’t happen at this stage of pregnancy, I kept telling myself. I had no issues throughout and so why had this happened to us?

I was given termination drugs and sent home for 2 days when I was then to go back to hospital to give birth to my baby. This seemed the cruellest of things to do, but looking back I can fully understand why this process is practised, but at the time, the last thing I wanted to do was wait. The next few days were a bit of a blur with lack of sleep and loss of appetite. I had to repack my hospital bag for baby for one, for just myself, in a house surrounded by things ready for our new arrival and Christmas.

On the 12th December 2015 I returned to hospital where the induction process was started. The staff on the Central Delivery Suite at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital were amazing. I had my own room and was allowed my Mum and also my best friend with me throughout the process. It was a long 2 days but eventually on 14th December 2015 at 14:24 my beautiful baby boy Jack Alexander Allen was born.  He was perfect and a good weight of 7lb 5oz, although I was later told he would have weighed more than this. Jack stayed with us overnight in a cot beside my bed and we said our goodbyes the following afternoon. In the time that we had with Jack we were given a keepsake box where the staff helped us to do prints of his hands and feet and also a cast of them. They cut some of his hair for me to keep, which I wear around my neck in a locket. That time was so short but so precious to us and we were able to take photographs and have visitors to see us and Jack. Coming home to an empty house, empty handed was the worst so close to Christmas and we now had a funeral to arrange to say bye to our beautiful angel.

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At the time I was in hospital, they were refurbishing the birthing pools and so the room I had was very basic and Mark, my Mum and Friend spent 2 days sitting and sleeping on just a plastic chair. It was very clinical and not at all homely. These are things I did not think about until I got home and so started to see what Bereavement facilities other delivery suites around the country had.  With this in mind, we did not hesitate for donations from Jack’s funeral to go to the delivery suite as a thank you for looking after us and more importantly him.

We were so overwhelmed by the love and support we got from our friends, family and work colleagues and when Adrian Flux mentioned a fundraising event in memory of Jack I just cried. He touched so many hearts and I wanted people to know about my baby and my experience. Adrian Flux contacted local companies and insurers to donate prizes to be raffled, held bake days, dress down days and a close friend of mine done a mud assault course to raise funds and whatever money was raised Adrian Flux matched it!!!  In total an amazing £9,800 was raised!!!!!

Whilst the fundraising event was happening, I learnt of a local lady called Theresa McGrath who was an ex-midwife who now had a charity for babies that had been lost.  When Adrian Flux asked me where we wanted the money to go, Theresa was on my list. Unfortunately, the hospital had stopped Theresa doing her work there shortly before I had Jack but I learned about the work she does from a friend who had lost her little one due to a late miscarriage. Theresa takes photographs of the baby and family, makes keepsakes and supplies clothing for very tiny premature babies that have passed. As well as all of this she offers support to the parents and family. All of this whilst still working as a care assistant and looking after her own family!!

Money was also donated to the bereavement facilities on the delivery suite at the hospital. They now have a bereavement room for families to use but this is still very clinical and is still located on the ward and so not ideal. I have been to visit this new room and have been in contact with the senior midwives there, sending them photos and ideas of how this room can be improved and made more homely. 

When you are pregnant you are always warned of the risks of miscarriage in early pregnancies but no one highlights late miscarriages and stillbirths.  As a developed country we have one of the highest rates of these 2. It is something that is not talked about, but it is so much more common than you think. So many people have contacted me sharing their experiences and I have also made some good friends of other Mums that have experienced this horror. My mother in law suffered the same thing at full term 30 years previous and it is something she had never spoken of before, but with what had happened to Jack she opened up. I have since learnt that around the time of my mother in law losing her baby, that mothers did not even get to hold or see their baby. They were just taken away, with the parents not knowing where they were buried and the burials were often done by the hospital in mass graves. It has been very much a ‘taboo subject’ over previous years and that needs to change. Mothers to be need to be aware of these dangers and need to be better educated about the dangers in late pregnancy.  Mothers, regardless of how low risk they are, also need to have more checks and scans at later stages of pregnancy, if I had been given this, our beautiful boy may have been with us now. This is something that I know organisations like Sands have been trying to get the government to enforce.

 I am so proud of our beautiful baby and do not hide away from the fact that he is our son. I love to talk about him and he will always be such a huge part of our family. Talking about him has helped my grieving process and in time I would like to help other mothers who have experienced this horror. 

 We are now delighted to be expecting our ‘Rainbow Baby’ in April and that baby will always know that they have a big brother in heaven and he will also be a massive part of their lives. I would like to think that they will continue to celebrate his life when we have gone and so his memory will always live on.

 Mel has spoke here about the amount of money Adrian Flux raised, which was such an incredible amount. The main fundraising came via a charity raffle where local businesses and insurers donated prizes. People were asked to sell tickets across the various different parts of the business at East Winch and HIC (another company Adrian Flux owns in Hertfordshire). The tickets were sold at £1 per ticket and with the end result being 3800 tickets sold – Adrian Flux as a company then generously matched the ticket sales so there were £7600 in the charity pot.

 In addition to this Adrian Flux did Bake Days, which raised £423.65, a Charity Sweepstake, which raised £100 and every Friday is a charity dress down day where staff pay £1 to wear what they like. In addition, two members of staff, Hayley Sanctuary and James Woodhouse completed the Tough Mudder Challenge, which raised in excess of £100. In total over £9000 was raised with £4000 going to Theresa McGrath who is the founder of Theresa’s Tiny Treasures and the other £5000+ going to the QEH NHS Charitable Funds Office so that other couples and families have access to a bereavement room at the hospital.

 

The very small contribution that Summer Love Photography made was a voucher for the raffle of a full lifestyle shoot. It was an honour to photograph Gavin & Jenny who won the shoot as part of this.

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I have a voucher all packaged up and ready to send to Adrian Flux again this year, who are doing another Charity Event this year. If you would like to contribute as a business, or buying a raffle ticket, or any other way, please do get in touch with – Adrian Flux 

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Summer Love Associate Photographer // Meet Camilla

Camilla on capturing a moment

Camilla “Ive been in love with photography ever since I first picked up a camera age 11.” Camilla is half Greek Cypriot who’s home is in rural Norfolk with her   husband and Shetland Sheepdogs. She describes herself as a laid back person with quite an eclectic range of interests and hobbies; everything from dog  agility to roller skating. Yet nothing truly makes her happier than going for a walk on the beach with her dogs, family and camera in hand.

 Camilla has been doing all genres of photography since she got her first camera from her father, who also has a big interest in photography. It was only after a few years of working as a Graphic Designer that she realised she needed to follow her true passion of becoming a photographer. She first became engaged  in wedding photography when she was planning her own wedding, as this was the first ever wedding she attended as an adult! She then began to start building up her own photography career. “I found my wedding planning process so fun and exciting and enjoyed the day itself so much that I wondered if I could combine my love of photography with weddings” and so begun her journey into wedding photography.

Her favourite part of the wedding day is to capture the evening dancing, when all the stress has gone and everyone is letting their hair down and enjoying themselves. “I absolute love it! I often find myself singing along and tapping my feet while I’m photographing all the dancing because its such a fun part of the day.”

 A particular fond and special memory at a wedding she has photographed that sticks in Camilla’s memory was one at Norwich Castle. She got to know the bride and groom and their two children really well having done their pre-wedding family shoot. She recalls that on the big day their son stood up to do a reading at the ceremony and every line started off as ‘Once in a lifetime…’ and it was incredibly sweet. She remembers the most poignant moment was the final line when he said ‘Once in a lifetime, you find someone special to spend your life with, just like you did, mummy and daddy.’ “The whole room was in floods of tears and I was really trying to hold it together so I could take photos.” One of Camilla’s favourite photos comes from that special moment after the son had finished his speech and his mother gave him a hug.

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Camilla’s most proud of how her confidence has grown from wedding photography. As a child she describes herself as quite shy and introverted and initially she worried about having the confidence to photograph the most important day in someone’s life. Despite this, she has found that as soon as she steps out of the car at a venue and grabs hold of her camera, she becomes much more confident and self assured and she doesn’t even think about being shy at all. “At a wedding I talk to everyone, I feel comfortable directing the groups and couple themselves and that has to be my most important achievement as a wedding photographer.

She thrives on the pressure of playing such a lead role in someones most important day. Camilla has always thrived on the pressure of deadlines so the fact that there’s just one wedding day with no ‘do-overs’ is such an exciting challenge to her and she says it encourages her to really push herself to create something amazing within those constraints. “Obviously I feel an incredible level of responsibility to ensure I capture the day in a beautiful way, but I always feel such a buzz from being in that situation and playing such an important part.” She feels humble and incredible honer when someone entrusts her to capture their big day.

Her photography combines a wide range of styles and she believes it is important to know when to use them. “When it comes to couples portraits, I try and keep my style very relaxed and natural and only use gentle posing.” For this, she encourages real connections and interactions from the couple rather than creating too much posing that can make them feel awkward. “However, I feel it is important to know when to step back into a documentary mode and let the moment flow without my interruption.” She feels that as a wedding photographer, its a fine balance between knowing when to say something – or when not to say something, to capture a really special moment.

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For new brides-to-be planning their wedding, Camilla encourages getting on Pinterest. “I found that looking through pins and pinning my own board really helped me visualise what kind of day I wanted for my own wedding and it helped me see how it would come together.” She also advises brides-to-be to to not rush into anything, take some time to find ideas and styles you really like and work out how they can fit in with your personality and taste. She reminds you, however to ensure you enjoy it, as it is very easy to be sucked up in wedding planning and it can be very time consuming. “Take some time out with your husband-to-be and do some fun things together. Go on date nights and just be close with each other because in the end, while the wedding planning is super fun, its ultimately all about you two and the rest of your lives together.

Camilla loves to express herself artistically on her time off by doing landscapes. She also describes herself as a crafty person and enjoys doing a bit of sewing, paper cutting and anything craft-related when she’s not behind her camera. Camilla’s five favourite images are within he blog post and you can also find more examples of her work here – Portfolio

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Captured as Second Shooter for Summer Love Photography

 

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Captured as a second shooter with Summer Love Photography

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[Interviewed and written by Maise Hunns as part of her Journalism Degree Work Experience with Summer Love Photography]

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A Rustic Country Wedding

Sarah & Josh Got Married

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I am so pleased to share with you the full wedding of Josh & Sarah at Holbeach Church and then a reception at their parents garden out in the Lincolnshire Fens. Building up to the day, there were worries about the weather – which Im sure every couple does in wanting it to be fine – but on the day, everything was perfect with the day starting of cloudy but breaking in to sunshine for the afternoon. Arriving at Sarah’s parents house, the parents were doing finishing touches around the garden, Sarah arrived home from the hairdressers with the girls and then the day was in full swing. Everything had such a relaxed vibe and something that was so special to see (and I have not seen before) was that Sarah’s dad was the one to put in her veil and see to those finishing touches. Still now, it is the only time I have seen that and just thinking about it makes me smile.

Arriving at the church, Josh took a few deep breaths and as Sarah arrived at the aisle with him, in honesty I don’t think he was the only one in the church to shed a few tears. Something about how their faces lit up, how they looked at each other, how it was like they were the only 2 people in that church all made for great moments. Family are super important to both Sarah & Josh so after lots of family groups ensuring everybody were in pictures at some point, laughs and banter throughout the group pictures –  the pair sped off in their car out to the marquee reception.

The garden looked incredible and so much thought had gone in to ensuring guests could be entertained, they had games to play, rustic details, thoughtful touches and a cake made by Dad too! Family and friends got stuck in to the games, catching up with each other and before we knew it everybody was heading in to take their seat. The receiving line was one of the best I have every photographed – it was animated, full of laughter and as the 2 families knew each other – lots of jokes going on too.

The day was an absolute pleasure and I loved being able to capture all your moments. Many Congratulations and here is the story of your day!

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Second Shooter: Gary Jones

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The Red Barn, Norfolk Wedding Venue

The Red Barn- A hidden gem in rural Norfolk full of rustic charm

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn is buried deep in the stunning West Norfolk countryside. Located between Kings Lynn and Downham Market, it’s the perfect place to hold an  elegant wedding day. When visiting the beautiful old barn, I felt it was full of character and rustic charm. The way the barn has been fashioned, from the timber joints to the handmade bricks, the shape and everything about it feels tasteful, classic, graceful and appealing.

The barn is a family enterprise run by the Rockcliffe Family, built back in the 16th Century possibly by monks from Bury St Edmunds. They would stack the sheeves of corn that had been cut and brought in to store and thresh the grain. The handmade bricks used to make up the walls of the barn were crafted on the farm for which they dug out the clay and the farm workers laid the bricks themselves. Does that paint an alluring picture of character or what?

As soon as couples come to The Red Barn to look around, they fall in love with it. It’s a very different venue to a hotel or hall. Its an agricultural building that looks the perfect part, it’s kept as much as possible to how it was originally with the Rockcliffe family just restoring it and keeping it in good health and well-being. The barns itself is licensed for its own civil ceremonies with Norfolk Registrars and is available for an entire wedding day from civil ceremony to reception. The venue fits 130 guests for a ceremony and 200 guests for a reception.

Brides and grooms that have shared their special day at The Red Barn love the flexibility of the service providers they can use to customise their wedding to their preference. Upon booking, a thick booklet of many different service providers contact details is given with everything from catering companies to barn dance bands and callers, casino table companies to fridge and freezer hire and photographers to jazz musicians.

There is no restrictions on the service companies that can be chosen and the Rockcliffe Family encourage the bride and groom to tailor their choices to their own preference to ensure their perfect day is created. The Red Barn loves the fact that that every couple is different and have got different ideas and aspirations of their wedding day. Richard Rockcliffe, a member of the family that run the barn, says that “Its a special day and we do our utmost best to work alongside the bride and groom to provide what they are looking for.”

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The barn is surrounded by a real working farm that is used Monday to Friday so the field views, farm buildings and rural location all add to the character. With lots of open space and big skies the photography taken on wedding days held at The Red Barn is stunning. In the Summer, there is a cornfield, blue skies and pretty greenery. In the Autumn, there is the red and brown leaves on the trees and the floor and in the Winter, there are Christmas trees and decorations and everything is covered in a beautiful frost. So, no matter what time of the year it is, the location has the elements for striking photos that you and your partner can hold on to forever.

Being very easy to find with a large car park available for overnight use, the venue is very accessible. There are disabled toilets, baby changing, supplied tables and chairs, provided background music, speakers and a microphone, projector screen and WiFi. The Barn has its own Alcohol Licence and does not charge any Corkage Fee’s. They have back up power supply if in the rare occasion there is a power cut and members of the Rockcliffe family are available for general support for your wedding.

The venue is very exclusive and only accept one wedding per weekend to assure everything can be focused on making that one wedding amazing. Unlike a hotel, you and your guests are the only ones with use of the venue so it’s yours to fully enjoy. This very special venue can be booked or contacted using the contact details below. If it’s an unforgettable, captivating, timeless and elegant wedding day your looking for then The Red Barn is certainly the place for it.

Wedding Fair at The Red Barn

If you would like to check out The Red Barn and get a feel for its character they are having a Wedding Fair on Sunday 19th March 10.30 – 3.00. Jo from Summer Love Photography will be there too! Do pop by and say hello.

Contact details: The Red Barn, College Lane, South Runcton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0EX    01553 810331    office@theredbarnnorfolk.co.uk    Website: www.theredbarnnorfolk.co.uk  Link to Website

[Interviewed and written by Maise Hunns as part of her Journalism Work Experience for Summer Love Photography]

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

The Red Barn Wedding Venue Kings Lynn Norfolk

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Bella Make-Up

Meet Claire from Bella Make-Up

 

Bella Make Up Artist, NorfolkClaire Shehu didn’t become a professional make-up artist until her late 20’s, however she has always applied makeup for friends and family over the years. When she first ventured into the business she had no qualifications and taught herself through YouTube videos and practicing on friends. She brought herself a professional kit and built up a portfolio of pictures. “Looking back, I’ve come a long way since then, I now have an NVQ and relevant qualifications, but I do believe that the most important things are to be artistic naturally and to have experience.”

Obsessed with everything about make-up, Claire loves her profession. “I love everything from browsing through gorgeous products to testing and trying out new looks, with bridal make-up I get to do all these things and be part of the wedding morning.” Her favourite make-up style for a bride-to-be is a soft and romantic style focusing on the eyes. She loves the full and natural looking brows, fine liner, lots of lashes, dewy skin and a flush of colour to the cheeks and rose pink lips.

Being part of the bridal group and getting ready for a wedding is always so much fun.” Claire adores the atmosphere in the morning and loves how personal it is. “By this time, you feel like you know the bride and play a part in the morning by ensuring it runs smoothly.” She feels that having a make-up artist on your big day can make a huge difference because their experienced in the make-up application, making it last, what is best for photography and timings for the group to ensure everyone is ready in time for the wedding. “It really helps the wedding morning run smoothly leaving the bridal party more time to enjoy it as part of their day.

In 2016, Claire reflects on some of the most popular bride-to-be makeup trends being fuller brows, natural lips, gel liner and contouring. She remembers a lot of brides being influenced from Instagram which she says can be a good and bad thing. “It’s good as there are lots of lovely looks to choose from but also bad because some images have heavily applied make-up, might be photoshopped or filtered and therefore impossible to replicate without being too full on.

2017 Trends:

For 2017, Claire believes its headed towards a more natural make-up bridal trend and playing up the best features. No more block brows, keeping contouring and highlighting light on the application and instead using light reflective products on the contours of the skin. “Less is definitely more but still worth having done professionally as it is actually harder to achieve.” Claire refers to Lisa Eldridge, a professional make-up artist that works with the stars, who advises a great tip for skin coverage – that is if you have any areas of concern you don’t need heavy coverage all over. You can use the light coverage foundations and just layer in the areas needed or apply a heavy coverage product just where needed. “Having blemished skin myself I’ve tried this and it works a treat.

She advises new brides-to-be to ensure they have a good base for a make-up artist to work with on the big day as it can make or break a look. “This starts with a good diet and plenty of water. Exfoliate at least once a week and always wash make-up off before bed.” From her experience, blemishes are not such a problem contrary to belief, but she says that dull and lifeless skin shows.

[Interviewed and written by Maise Hunns as part of her Journalism Work Experience with Summer Love Photography]

Bella Make Up Artist. Norfolk

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Why a Wedding Planner

Amy Thorne, Wedding Planner- A ‘creative’ that was trapped in a corporate world.

Amaranthyne Wedding Planner, Lincolnshire Wedding Planner

Amaranthyne Weddings (Pollen Designs)

 

Amy Thorne is a Wedding Director and owns her own wedding planning business; Amaranthyne Weddings. After living in Europe for four years, she is now happily settled in the pretty village of Heighington along with her husband and daughter. Amy loves to spend quality time with her family and friends, travel and indulge in beautiful food. She also loves a morning run, spin or yoga class if time allows and a good book and glass of fizz is also enjoyed from time to time.

Amaranthyne Weddings officially launched at the beginning of 2012 after lots of hard work, studying (in wedding planning and interior design), research, work experience and tears. “I finally realised in my mid 30’s that it was time to follow my dream career.” She says she felt like a ‘creative’ trapped in a corporate world of being a high end PA/Events Coordinator. Since pursuing her Wedding Planning business dream, Amy has not looked back since.

Amy describes herself as creative, calm, supportive and super organised yet friendly, genuine and approachable. From enquiry through to first dance, she loves the journey with a couple. “I love bringing a couple’s ideas and vision together to create their dream day.” Ensuring an exquisite, elegant and exclusive occasion is created and executed is always Amy’s goal, she is very passionate about all of her weddings . Many of her couples end up as very good friends after investing in her for their wedding, which can only be a true reflection of her connection and friendship with them throughout.

Many of Amy’s clients are professional couples, couples that don’t live in the area they are getting married in or couples from overseas who are getting married in the UK. “Wedding planner’s aren’t for everyone and a lot of the time it can depend on the wedding venue they have chosen as well as to whether couple’s need that extra assistance.” They rely on her expertise and she always makes sure that any supplier she recommends has the same work ethic as her, as well as being another correct piece of the jigsaw. “Every couple and wedding are different so quite often different suppliers are used to create their perfect day.

Amaranthyne Wedding Planner, Lincolnshire Wedding Planner

Amaranthyne Weddings [Photo Credit: Benjamin Pollard Photography]

In 2017, Amy predicts upcoming trends. She says that a lot more laid back and relaxed weddings are happening, with sharing platters and guests bringing cakes and desserts. She explains that beautiful lighting is even more popular, especially outside, which is a photographer’s dream! “With the pantone colour of the year being ‘greenery’, this is really showing a major trend in weddings as couples are using lots of green and soft creams in their wedding colour palette” this works well with marquee weddings and barn weddings and she says it gives a really romantic, natural and eco vibe. Undoubtably, timeless elegance is always popular and very beautiful, especially in English country houses and estates.

Amy would encourage new brides-to-be to begin wedding planning by deciding what time of year you would like to get married and start venue hunting. She does a wedding venue search which is very popular, her main areas are Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, the Vale of Belvoir and Derbyshire, however she will work pretty much anywhere in the UK. “Once your wedding venue is decided upon, research and book your photographer, florist and find your dress, as well as sending out ‘save the dates’. Everything else will start to fall into place. Amy says its important not to stress about trying to compete with friends other family members wedding. “It is your day and should reflect ‘you’.” She also thinks brides-to-be should be realistic about their budget. “If photographers and flowers are really important to you, make sure you invest in the right people for these elements.

In 2016, Amy was awarded with Most Popular Wedding Planner in The UK. This along with getting amazing feedback from her lovely couples and suppliers is her greatest achievements from her career. She has had many memorable moments throughout wedding planning. Amy has now worked on over a hundred weddings. However, she still remembers her first international couple back in 2014, they lived in Canada and she felt so thrilled that across all of those miles, they chose her to assist with their special day. “From searching for their wedding venue until the day itself was an absolute pleasure. We are still really good friends now as well, such a great couple.

Images from Amaranthyne Weddings.

Amaranthyne Wedding Planner, Lincolnshire Wedding Planner

Amaranthyne Weddings [Photo Credit: Benjamin Pollard Photography]

Amaranthyne Wedding Planner, Lincolnshire Wedding Planner

Amaranthyne Weddings

Amaranthyne Wedding Planner, Lincolnshire Wedding Planner

Amaranthyne Weddings [Photo Credit: Sacha Miller Photography]

Amaranthyne Wedding Planner, Lincolnshire Wedding Planner

Amaranthyne Weddings [Photo credit: Phil Hearing Photography]

Amaranthyne Wedding Planner, Lincolnshire Wedding Planner

Amaranthyne Weddings [Photo Credit: Sacha Miller Photography]

Amaranthyne Wedding Planner, Lincolnshire Wedding Planner

Amaranthyne Weddings [Photo Credit: Foxglove Wedding Photography]

 

[Interviewed and written by Maise Hunns as part of her Journalism Work Experience for Summer Love Photography]

 

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