Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Autumn 2017, the latest update. 

We have had our summer weddings and I hope everyone enjoyed every minute. It's very Autumnal now & the nights are getting darker. 

I'm working away on ideas for dresses, two pieces, embroidery, headpieces, veils and photos of all the ideas to show you and keep you up to date. As well as all of that I keep in contact with other designers and hear their latest thoughts and ideas. More & more of you shop online. 

Something that has been troubling us over recent months has been the rise of wedding scammers. With many of you turning to online forums to find your wedding suppliers we implore you to do the necessary checks to ensure the people you are speaking to are credible and trustworthy.

 It seems everyone wants your business and whilst they may be extremely good with an array of fabulous images and testimonials please investigate further before handing over your hard-earned pennies. This is your special day and we would hate it to be ruined by a less than a scrupulous supplier. The industry is full of fabulous suppliers all wanting the best for you, don't let the less than moral ones take you for a ride.

If you are in any doubt, speak to previous couples who have booked them, check their reviews, due diligence to ensure your perfect day is just that!

One poor bride collected her dress from a shop and never thought to check inside the bag as she presumed it would be perfect. She got home to find a yellow mark across it and then the shop didn't want to know anything nor help her sort the matter. She ended up buying another dress just in time for her wedding day. Please please girls use all your senses when it comes to things to do with your wedding. Not everyone is as trustworthy as you and me. 

Enjoy every second of planning and having your Big Day. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The joys of working for yourself.

 Running a business can be exhausting - there is no such thing as 9-5! If you’ve cracked that, then hats off to you - but for the vast majority of small biz owners, the idea of a 9-5 will forever be  the elusive dream. 

We battle to find a balance and set boundaries - which is even harder if like me you live sleep and breathe work. It can feel truly relentless at times when you’re busting a gut to try to earn enough income to pay your team, never mind cover your own bills.  

And if you have an off day or come down with a genuine illness, taking restful time off to recover and come back stronger is no easy thing - for some, it’s frankly impossible.

I wanted to share something positive that someone passed on to me earlier this week; if you’re going through a challenging time running your own biz, then stop. Stop, breath and trust in life. There are forces at work in the universe taking care of you - things *will* be OK.

That client might not have paid on time - they might not end up paying at all - but there'll be another new client soon who will. That potential customer might not get the value of what you do and make you feel like you’re offering something inferior. Walk away. Don’t waste a moment worrying about them. There will be other individuals who will value and appreciate all the effort and energy you pour into the job you love.

It’s also perfectly OK to say ‘no’ when people are asking you for more. Discounts, freebies. Trust in life, trust in yourself - you don’t need to justify your fees or the way you do things to anyone.

In my experience, the more of a positive and accepting attitude I have when things get a little tough, the more things work out for the better in the end. Trust that they will for you too.

 "Or even starting any business at all. It means finding the challenges you have in your life, and determining creative ways to overcome those challenges."

Entrepreneurs choose to forego the security and familiarity of a 'regular job' to live an uncertain and insecure lifestyle. It takes a lot of bravery to make that tradeoff, but for icons like Walt Disney, the potential reward is worth it.

Entrepreneurs are rarely out to seek fame for themselves. Instead, they're more concerned with the people they want to help or the problem they want to solve. This infuses their task with a layer of meaning that can be the difference between success and failure when things get tough. 

Since they're in the business of creating new products and inventing new ways of doing things, much of what entrepreneurs do can't be taught in a classroom. They know that the most important lessons are learned through living, so throughout their lives, they remain open, flexible, and curious in order to absorb as much as possible.

They never give up. For most of us, the fear of failure is entirely paralyzing, but for entrepreneurs, failure is something to embrace. It's an indication of pushing the limits, and inevitable when one is constantly trying new things.

Entrepreneurs want to do more than indulge their own interests -- they want to solve a problem or create a product that satisfies a need and pleases their customer. 

Entrepreneurs execute when for many others, an idea simply fades into the past. They are masters of turning the abstract into the concrete. This seemingly simple action is one of the great challenges of life and in the end, it's what defines an entrepreneur. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Best Day Ever

It would be nice to think that all my brides would happily say that it was their "Best Day Ever"

From start to finish that's what we hope will happen. Let me share one brides days photos by Mark Barton, they say it prefectly. 

Happy Birthday Bride of mine!!! Jo

Monday, 14 August 2017

Your Dream Wedding

It doesn't seem fair that the rain can come and spoil what you had planned in your mind for your Wedding Day. you think summer is full of sunshine and just the odd shower!

But this wedding had rain rain rain, and the Crawfordsburn Inn had the fires lit for a summer wedding.

Everyone did there best to get the bridal party in without getting too wet. 

I struggled to get good photos as I don't like using a flash when the official photographer is doing his work. I just managed to get this shot of the couples initials embroidered on the wedding dress. 

Hope you can manage to see the wellies holding the flowers  as the theme for the wedding was on a country farming theme.

Had to share these characters with you, the fabulous farm animals.

Sorry this photo is so bad but I had a long lense on so as not to intrude and it was struggling with the low light. (Hopefully I live and learn, next time on a dark day a different lense.)


In contrast my wedding in Mallorca was so bright!!

The MOB decorating the church.

Decorations at the out door venue, able to be prepared hours before the time with the promise of sunshine.

The shell beach theme for this wedding.

All the guests got fans to keep them cool with the heat of the sun, this was one of the young ladies who loved the camera.

The happy couple signing the marriage certificate.

What more can you want than The Best Day Ever!!