Happy Friday lovely people! Today I wanted to share with you some beautiful blooms that we created for Blackburn Bridal Couture. The boutique who last week won ‘Best Independent Retailer’ at the You and Your Wedding Awards, (huge congratulations team … Continue reading
I’m delighted to share with you today a guest post from the wonderful Katie at True Blue Ceremonies, I met Katie at the Scotney Castle Wedding fair last September where we both exhibited. I love what True Blue Ceremonies do & I am a great advocate of Katie’s work, like Joanne Truby Floral Design what she does is personal and bespoke to each of her couples. I shall now pass you over to Katie to tell you more….
Can you tell us about True Blue Ceremonies?
I started True Blue Ceremonies after 8 years’ experience as a Registrar of Marriages working for the local council, where I conducted and registered many hundreds of marriages. I saw a gap in the market for a Celebrant-led Wedding Ceremony that could be tailored to each bride and groom in order to make it personal for them. I enjoyed my career and loved meeting all the couples I married, but as a Registrar felt frustrated by the restrictions that existed, and at only being able to offer them a standard script – as we all know, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all! Each script produced is written from scratch, with elements and ideas from the couple, as well as any symbolism they’d like to include – for instance, the inclusion of hand-fasting or the lighting of a unity candle. The script develops over time and is not finalised until the couple are totally happy.
Where can you perform your service?
The legal Marriage Registration part of the Wedding takes place separately, perhaps a day or two before the Wedding Day. Katie’s couples liken this to registering a birth, or signing the legal deeds on a property! Once the legalities are completed, a Wedding Celebration may be held anywhere, and at any time. I have worked at many beautiful Wedding venues across Kent and the South East, and my favourites tend to be the off-the-beaten track, little-known places. Any venue (whether licensed or not) is suitable for a Celebrant-led Wedding, so this means lots more business opportunities have opened up in the industry.
What would you say are the upcoming weddings trends for 2014 and beyond?
2014 sees a big upward trend in weddings that are held completely outdoors, either in private gardens, meadows or woodland. Weddings in marquees, yurts and tepees are becoming huge these days and are the perfect solution for a relaxed, festival-type feel or a village fete/tea party atmosphere. Katie is happy to fit in with whatever style of wedding her clients envisage – whether this is outdoors under an oak tree, or in the grand surroundings of a stately home – True Blue Ceremonies are unique, meaningful and above all, personal.
What do you like the most about your job?
I love getting to know my couples well before their Wedding Day (bookings are normally taken months in advance). Helping them celebrate their love with a really individual, bespoke ceremony. The excitement of the wedding planning stage and helping my couples make their day just perfect. I know I’ve done a good job if the Groom cries during the ceremony!
Do True Blue Ceremonies offer any other services beside from Weddings?
Yes I perform Renewals of Vows (often to celebrate special Anniversaries) and Baby Naming ceremonies too.
Thank you very much to Katie for guest posting for us today, to find out more about True Blue Ceremonies or to get in touch with Katie visit their website. You can also meet Katie in the Creative Brides Vintage Village at the Bluewater Wedding Fair between 7th-9th February.
Have you thought about having a personal celebrant for your wedding? Will you be writing your own vows? As always I would love to read your comments 🙂
Every week over the next month or so I will be sharing with you our new feature series; Supplier Spot Light. Showcasing some of our favorite suppliers that we have had the pleasure of working with that are going let you in behind the scenes of what goes on in their world and share with you some useful information and tips which may come in handy when planning for your big day. First up we have Rebecca Douglas Photography, I have had the pleasure of working with Rebecca on a number of shoots and this year we shall also be working together on some real weddings which I am very excited about! Not only is Rebecca extremely talented (her photos below speak for themselves) but she is also one of the loveliest people I know! Without further ado I shall pass you over to Rebecca….
So, tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello there, I’m Rebecca and I live in Ashford, Kent with my husband Mark (an über maths geek) and our cute cat Misu (if you’re wondering, his name derived from my favourite pudding Tiramisu).What totally makes me tick is telling a story and this starts by putting my couples at the heart of what I do, hearing about their dreams for their big day and how they would like my photography to be shaped around that. You could say this is my mission to capture couples being themselves having the best day of their lives.
When you’re working with a couple how do you help them to refine their ideas and consult on what they’d like?
I love capturing love. It is a total treat to work with folk to create elegant, soft, natural images with a creative twist. Photos are so important, the still frames that are our connection to our past and our legacy for the future. When I meet or Skype with a couple, I’ll spend time chatting and understanding how they want their day to feel and how my photography can fit around that. I am lucky to work with lots of creative couples who trust me and so together we can work on some really unique images to tell the story of their day.
What is your favourite time of year to shoot weddings?
I love capturing weddings all year around and working with the seasons. I did Geography at uni back in the day and I am fascinated by the connections between people and place and so this is something I always think about when I am shooting. We can get the most stunning natural light all year round and if the weather takes a turn, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to create some magic rain. I think it is really important to have confidence in your photographer that no matter what Mother Nature throws at you, you’ll get some truly special images.
What do you think are the hot trends for weddings this year?
I think we’re going to see an explosion of colour coming through this year with corals, teals, purples with a stylish twist of neon and glitter. I know there is always discussion about ‘vintage weddings’ but I think you will always see couples incorporation their heritage, hobbies and interests into their wedding. After all, they are a very nostalgic tradition and a milestone in a couple’s journey through life so I think we will see this feel continue to be expressed at weddings for years to come.
2014 is going to be a busy and exciting year and it has kicked off with a competition to win an engagement shoot in Paris in partnership with Creative Brides and the winner will be announced shortly after a three day wedding fair extravaganza at the Vintage Village at Glow Bluewater Wedding Fair. If you would like to enter click on the image below.
Thanks Rebecca for guest posting for us today, if you would like to meet Rebecca and see her amazing work in the ‘flesh’ why not pop along to Bluewater wedding fair, you will also find me there too 🙂 as always please feel free to share any comments.
A very happy New Year to you! Wow another year gone by and as sad as I was to take down our Christmas tree and decorations last week there is something about the start of a new year that leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. The excitement of a brand new year with its opportunities and making lots of wonderful memories along the way. With that I decided to write a list of ‘resolutions’ but I say the word rather loosely as they are more like my goals. The diet has already gone out the window (zero will power!). This list is more about what I would like to achieve over the next year, if I put them in writing I have made a contract with myself and sharing them with you is enough incentive to fulfill them. The list is a mixture of both professional and personal, this year is a BIG birthday for me, in October I hit the mile stone age of 30!! I can’t quite believe how old I am going to be but I intend to make the most of it.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” ― Melody Beattie
Our 2014 Goals….
Re-brand; I have so many plans for Joanne Truby Floral Design this year and I am just bursting with excitement about them all! One of our main goals is to re-brand! That’s right you heard it here first, during 2014 we will be unveiling to you a brand spanking new logo and shiny new website! The business has grown so much within the last 18 months and along with that so has our style. Don’t get me wrong I’m not unhappy with our website at all, but I feel that we have evolved and the website needs to reflect the more ‘grown up’ version of Joanne Truby Floral Design that captures exactly what were all about. So watch this space as we will be sharing the journey with you along the way 🙂
Travel; this year I want to do a bit more travelling. More of a personal goal but I always find it so inspiring when visiting other countries and immersing yourself in their culture, the architecture, food (of course the food!) and art stir me up ready to create! Last year Steve and I moved into our first home together and I couldn’t be happier but of course the purse takes a bit of a beating. When you first set up home together adjusting to the mortgage payments and bills as well as buying all the essentials and furnishings, alas no sunny holiday. This year we intend to go on a lovely long holiday possibly visiting Steve’s cousins in California and I would love to get to Italy as it’s been on my ‘To Do’ list for the last two years!
Celebrate our birthday; yes this year not only will I be celebrating turning the big ’30’ but in June Joanne Truby Floral Design will be 2 years old! I’m so proud and thankful that we have made it through to our second year especially in these hard economic times. When I decided to start the business with my vision being to provide couples and clients with the most personal service, from their designs to the whole experience of working with us, to actually be able to fulfill this really is a dream come true. To celebrate we will be running a rather special competition later in the year, so watch this space!
Work smart; I will admit that I am not the most organised person in the world but this year I have decided that I am going to change! This week I have been plotting and planning the year ahead which is going to save a lot of time and counter the classic trying to do everything at once and getting nothing done syndrome, do you suffer with it? One of my top tips for getting organised is to invest in a good yearly planner. Lollipop Designs have a gorgeous 2014 calendar which you can purchase from Not On The Highstreet.
You; like last year we will be involved in some beautiful photo shoots with many of our flower friends and which we are looking forward to! However with more weddings this year we want to concentrate on you, giving them all the time and attention that they deserve. Each and every one of our couples are absolute gems and I cannot wait to be part of the plans for their special day. This year we have some real corkers too and I am thrilled to be working alongside some other very talented wedding suppliers that I am now also pleased to call my friends.
Back to our roots; sometimes in the mist of running and building up your business you get caught up a little too much in the commercial side of it all . Of course it is important to keep up with the latest trends particularly in the wedding world but we also need to remember to remain original and not to worry too much about what others are doing. It’s natural I know, that no one wants to look silly or feel rejected but being too trend conscious can creatively restrict you. This year I am going back to my uni days and remembering my teaching, as I mention on the website I wasn’t taught using traditional floristry methods, which I am grateful for. The reason being because our design ideas had no limitations and I reveled in this prospect when undergoing my projects as the possibilities were endless. I want to inject this mind set into Joanne Truby Floral Design within our design methods and not be afraid to be a black sheep from time to time.
Workshops; when running a business there is so much going on you ‘hit the ground running’ as they say and you tend to forget, well, about yourself really! This year I have decided to s myself some personal development goals that co-inside with the business goals and the main one of these being to attend more workshops. I’m always wanting to learn new things and I think when running a business its key that you are consistently striving to be the best that you can be and sometimes that is acknowledging the areas you need a little help in. The planner is to be penciled in with dates for business related workshops, the first being….creative writing! I want to share content that inspires and helps you guys with your wedding plans and for the blog to become a place that people stop by because they enjoy reading it (married or unmarried).
So there you have it the 2014 list, as always please feel free to share and leave your comments. Do you have any 2014 goals or resolutions, if you do what are they?
Hope you had great weekend.