Chosen Wedding Fair

On a very windy Saturday in early March I went along to the Chosen Wedding Fair at Islington Assembly Hall in London. I was welcomed by a fleet of white taxis with beautiful pink ribbons tied to them. Two friendly guys welcomed me to the event and provided me with a lovely goody bag with a bride to be sticker!

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The venue was full of a range of exhibitors for all aspects of creating the perfect wedding. There were a variety of wedding photographers, decorations, hair accessories, photobooths, entertainment and floral arrangements, each hosted beautiful displays promoting their products and services.

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One of the first exhibitors I spoke to was The Handmade Favour who produce beautiful dried flowers in rose gold frames that can be provided as wedding favours for guests. Every frame is unique with a different flower and available in a range of colours. When I arrived home I took a look through their website and saw that they provide a range of options for wedding favours and also home décor. They also produce beautiful envelopes with gorgeous floral patterns.

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I love a photobooth so when I spotted a beautiful green backdrop with neon pink sign I had to pop by and say hello to the exhibitors! Prop Ltd provide ideal photobooths for events, enabling guests to have printouts or produce boomerang GIFs to share with friends and family. It seems like such a fun addition to any wedding or party and I loved the modern neon light look against the lush green backdrop.

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Parrot & Pineapple are wedding photographers. I met with Rowan, of Parrot & Pineapple, on the day who was incredibly friendly and welcome. I was drawn to their beautiful images that are bold and colourful with a relaxed, documentary feel to them. I looked through a couple of gorgeous photo albums of recent weddings and their website is certainly worth a look if you are looking for your wedding photographer!

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I have been on the lookout for a beautiful hairband or tiara as I would like to have my hair down on our wedding day which is my usual look. I spotted a few exhibitors at this particular wedding fair which included beautiful pearls that I would love to incorporate into my outfit. I find pearls so soothing as I always think of the sea when I look at them or wear them. I found a couple of wedding accessory suppliers at the Chosen Wedding Fair including Clare Lloyd Couture Bridal Accessories and Debbie Carlisle.

Loops and Letters provide a wonderful calligraphy service including envelope addressing, place cards and signage as well as custom orders such as wedding vows and menus. I absolutely love their place names written on pieces of driftwood and on gorgeous coloured stones. Definitely a unique idea which can be adapted to any wedding colours or themes.

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I really enjoyed attending the Chosen Wedding Fair. There were such a great range of exhibitors to speak to and so many products available to get some great ideas and inspiration from. Chosen Wedding Fairs take place all over the UK. For more information on upcoming Chosen Wedding Fair events visit: https://www.chosenwedding.com/

Becky at Pretty & Petit

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32. Seaside Florist

My featured business this week is…Seaside Florist!

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Seaside Florist are a mother and daughter team from Hayling Island on the south coast. Liza, who has over 35 years floral experience along with her daughter, Helen, pride themselves on supplying best quality flowers for all occasions. Their flowers are wonderfully fresh and beautifully rich in colour.

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They offer a whole range of gorgeous flowers from gift bouquets and postal flowers through to sympathy flowers and wedding flowers. Gift bouquets are hand-tied and are bespoke to provide the perfect gift for your loved one. Postal flowers are perfect for those who wish to send a beautiful gift to friends or family who are a bit further away. There are a couple of options to choose from including a sunny bouquet, vintage bouquet and colour clash bouquet. All are absolutely stunning and would brighten up any room!

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Seaside Florist also create the most beautiful wedding flowers. I especially love the bouquets below. They have such gorgeous colours and the flowers look so beautifully fresh too! Seaside Florists believe that no matter what your budget you should receive first class service and so they offer a FREE no obligation consultation to discuss your requirements. This ensures you get the most perfect flowers matching your requirements and theme to complete your special day.

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Fancy getting creative? Why not try your hand at floristry? Liza now runs 2 monthly workshops on the south coast for those with a passion for all things floral! Make sure you check out their website for their upcoming dates by clicking here.

For the full range of services at Seaside Florist make sure you check out their website, Seaside Florist! You can also follow them on Twitter @Seaside_Florist and Instagram @SeasideFlorist

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images from the Seaside Florist website.

A Garden Paradise

I have to admit, I love gardens and gardening. I love pretty, country cottage front gardens with rose bushes decorating fences to sprawling back gardens with perfect, immaculate lawns and a summer house perfect for spending lazy afternoons in.

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My own experience with gardening however, has been somewhat limited. I have had several, small gardens which were quite sheltered leading to some very miserable looking plants, which like me, were in desperate need of some sunshine and perhaps a holiday to the Med for a couple of weeks! This was followed by a patio space of the extreme opposite. This space was south facing, leading to sweltering Summers, and sunshine all day long. Whilst my tomatoes (and I!) absolutely thrived in the sunny weather, the lack of shelter ensured not much else would grow!

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One garden I really admire is my mum’s garden, located in Whitstable, Kent. She has always had a passion for gardening and it shows through her beautiful garden designs and flourishing plants.

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I asked her a few questions about her garden and her passion for gardening.

How would you describe the design of your garden?

I have designed the garden by imagining separate rooms. The top garden, furthest away from the house, is the most formal. It has a Summer house, accompanied by a newly built oval pond on an oval lawn.

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The middle garden, is home to the fruit trees and also a vegetable patch with a greenhouse (along with resident frog, who I’m sure will be delighted once the pond is finished!)

The lower garden, closest to the house, is for pots to enable easy movement and an ever changing view from the conservatory. There is also a small patio area with lawn. It has a seating area, with a table and chairs for family BBQs and a vine covered pergola for when it gets a little bit too warm in the Summer. It’s lovely and cool in the shade under the vines.

What are your top 3 favourite plants and why?

  1. Fruit Trees – Beautiful blossom in the spring, shelter in the Summer and fruit in the Autumn.
  2. Cistus – Papery flowers that open in the sunshine. An evergreen plant, they remind me of a south facing garden that I came across whilst walking by the Thames.
  3. Roses – I tend to choose roses that are repeat flowerers with a beautiful scent to make the garden smell wonderful.

What garden project are you currently working on?

The pond! After putting in a Summer house towards the rear of the garden, I have decided to build a pond opposite. I often sit out there in the evenings as this is when the sun is in that part of the garden – it’s lovely and warm!

If you could have a garden anywhere in the world where would it be?

I would love to have a Mediterranean garden. Mediterranean plants remind me of the wonderful holidays I have had and are some of my favourite plants to grow in the garden.

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A garden should be somewhere you can enjoy every day, somewhere that you can spot changes every day. It should cover all the senses – from the smell of the herbs, to the beautiful sight of the roses, the tweeting to be heard from the birds, the taste of the delicious fruit being grown and the plants with the most unexpected textures to feel.

For those with their first garden, where do you recommend they start? Do you have any tips?

Always start with a plan! Shape the garden to your own style. Always include a tree for height – preferably a fruit tree.

Starve plants so that they can develop their root systems.

Encourage wildlife – I have birds regularly visiting my garden to have a wash in the bird bath and to feast on my fruit trees! I have a resident frog in the greenhouse – who I hope will hop into the pond once finished! I also would love to encourage some hedgehogs into the garden.

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Water regularly and feed plants once a week throughout the growing season.

Ensure you walk around your garden to keep a check on things!

Dig in plenty of blood and bone! (*I have been assured that these come in pellet form from garden centres after enquiring what on earth it was!!!)

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For some more garden hacks and tips on how not to kill your plants make sure you check out this amazing article from Pocketful of Rye, so useful for first time gardeners!

Get ready for Summer 2016 in your garden with fantastic discounts with My Voucher Codes – perfect for adding furniture to your garden, or for purchasing some new tools for your shed!

All images are my own taken of my mum’s garden.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

18. Esemee Fascinators

This week my featured business is… Esemee Fascinators!

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As the wedding season approaches it’s time to find the perfect fascinator to match your wedding outfit! Esemee Fascinators host a variety of beautiful, artistic fascinators and act as a the perfect accessory.

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Suzanne, the owner of Esemee Fascinators set up the business after requiring a fascinator and was unable to find a bespoke type that she was looking for. She has created a range of bespoke fascinators with stunning matching bags to complete any special occasion outfit.

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Created using materials such as soft feathers in an array of unusual designs there is something to match any colour combination. For childen there are pretty bespoke headbands with butterflies and flowers adorning them that are perfect for flower girls and bridesmaids.

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I have included some of my ultimate favourites below. Do you have a wedding coming up? I’d love to hear which are your favourites!

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I particularly love the range of fascinators to choose from on the website and in all different colours. The creativity of each fascinator is amazing, I love how artistic they look and what a statement they make.

Click here to visit the website and to view the full range of beautiful designs.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images were sent to me from Esemee Fascinators.

5. Fairy Nice Trading

This week our featured business of the week is…Fairy Nice Trading!

Every fairy needs a front door and Fairy Nice Trading provides the perfect solution! These are beautiful, hand crafted, fairy sized doors and each are personalised for those receiving one with miniture bunting, flowers or toadstools.Fq9WPNfuEj_zqhiy5Mj2MI-6aYw

As Fairy Nice Trading states, ‘The Fairy Door comes with a teeny tiny key attached to some co-ordinating ribbon, and a letter from the Fairies that explains how the door should be used that can be personalised for your special person.’4603988784

We’ve included some of our favourite fairy doors below. Do you have a favourite? Let us know!

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With Christmas just around the corner and as Fairy Nice Trading suggests, why not use your fairy door as an advent calendar and leave a treat outside each morning? We love the Christmas themed doors!

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Click here to view the full range of beautiful doors!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

All images are taken from the Fairy Nice Trading website.