Friday, 18 November 2016

Helena & Neill

17

NOV

2016

Helena and Neill’s Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Divine Photography

When the bride and groom not only have a wine box ceremony, but matching ring tattoos straight after their outdoor ceremony, you know it’s going to be a super cool wedding. Add in an owl as a ring bearer, and a pole dancer as wedding entertainment and you have a wedding that I’m sure you will wish you were a guest at. Helena and Neill created a wedding that was perfect for them and I’m sure you will agree they both look amazing. A beautiful Northern Ireland Wedding, captured perfectly by Divine Photography.

IT ENCAPSULATED EXACTLY WHO WE ARE. IT WAS THE MOST RELAXED AND INTIMATE DAY OF OUR LIVES.

Helena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine Photography

Helena and Neill were married on the 21st August 2016 at Lusty Beg Island in Northern Ireland. We always wanted to get married outside beside water somewhere be it Ireland or another country. The year before the wedding we went to visit Lusty Beg and as we arrived on the island a bevy of swans swam towards us and I just knew that was our place! We had 68 guests and we had it booked about 10 months in advance, most plans were arranged quite last minute and things really came together in the last two months.

Helena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine Photography

How they met
We first met in school, we were in different schools but I would join my friend in her art department which is where I first met Neill. It wasn’t until many many years later on a night out we both began to properly chat. We continued to chat until 8am in the morning, had told each other our life stories and realized that something special really clicked with us. We were together exactly 8 years on our wedding date.

The Proposal
Neill proposed on my Birthday as we walked along the beach front in Newcastle. We were at the Sleive Donnard spa and we shut the world out for the weekend. No phones, no internet, just us. We told everyone of the engagement when we got home.

Helena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine Photography

How did you allocate your budget?
We wrote a list of what we felt was really important to us, the main things for us were location, good food, the officiant for the ceremony and photographs to look back on so this was the first of our allocations. After that we found it was quite easy to either splurge or save on certain aspects so we managed to keep within budget very well. The location was so beautiful it didn’t require large amounts of wedding flowers so that was a great save. With everything on the island, I didn’t feel the need for wedding vehicles. When it was time for the ceremony, myself and the bridesmaids jumped into my Daddy’s jeep and got a lift down. We created most of the props ourselves along with the wedding invites and other stationery.

Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on the food, photography and videography. We were also expecting our second baby in June just before the wedding so budgeting strictly was necessary. We saved by creating the majority of decor ourselves. We didn’t want to get lost in trying to get around a lot of guests so only invited the closest family and friends which kept our numbers small. We wanted to support local businesses as much as possible for every aspect and I feel it made all our services so personal.

Why did you choose your photographer?
I love how Catriona captures the perfect moments in such a natural way. It was exactly how we wanted our day to be captured- and it was! We also felt really comfortable around Catriona which was a big aspect for us as we didn’t want to feel like anything was being ‘staged’ on the day.

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The Dress and Shoes
I changed my mind on the dress a few weeks before the wedding! It was from ‘Joanne Ferguson’ who creates beautiful handmade dresses. I had previously chosen my dress when was pregnant and had a bump so when I tried it on afterwards I just couldn’t shake the image of a huge bump with the dress. Luckily Joanne was absolutely fantastic and said ‘If you’re not happy then I’m not doing my job right.’ Neill spotted the dress I wore in Joanne’s shop on the way to the bathroom. I tried it on and it fitted perfectly. The shoes were custom made by ‘Becci Boo’s custom shoes’. I wore my late great Aunt Mary’s engagement ring.

The Suit and Bridesmaids
Neill and Kristian’s suits wear tailored made by ‘Dee Graham, tailor made suits’. He also made the groomsmen’s trousers which was no easy task as one of them lived in California. He had to go on their measurements with both groomsmen only having their fittings the week of the wedding. Dee also suggested the bows which the groomsmen wore and it all fitted in fantastic. The bridesmaids tops were created by ‘Fi Bourke Design’ who creates beautiful pole dance costumes for the pole dance competitions. Her designs are extremely well know throughout the ‘pole world’ as she creates such beautiful, unique pieces. The tulle skirts they wore were from ‘She’s fabulous’ boutique. Their shoes were Irregular Choice. The flower girl, Laura, wore her own communion dress which was given a little update with a pair of converse.

Helena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine Photography

Theme or Colour Scheme
Originally we didn’t although everything naturally swayed towards the rustic style with tomes of purples and blues throughout. As my partner’s tattoo studio is called ‘The Mad Tatter Studio’ we wanted to subtly include aspects of Alice in Wonderland which we did with my shoes and the table favours.

Flowers
The headpieces, bouquets and table flowers were put together by Catherine Campbell atBeautiful Blooms. She knows me very well so completely ‘got me’ flower wise. I had shown her a few images of what I like and she created the beautiful bouquets and head pieces the bridesmaids wore.

Decoration
We choose not to have the reception room decorated with drapes or chair covers as we loved it in its natural form with the high ceilings and the exposed wooden beams. We created the table centre pieces ourselves. Neill and his brother Shea chopped up the wood from the land we lived on and I had been collecting jam jars and Jack Daniels bottles from the previous year. The florist, ‘Beautiful Blooms’ put the flowers in for us and glued everything down so it was easily transferred. That was the creation of our centre pieces. The props were also put together by us, the pallet decorated by Neill and help from the bridesmaids with tying the string bows on many many items!

Helena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine PhotographyHelena and Neill's Tattoo Loving Northern Ireland Wedding by Devine Photography

Food
We had a trio of starters which were duck, salad and salmon tartlet, followed by red pepper soup. We then had Champagne sorbet as a pallet cleanser then a choice of turkey and ham or herb crusted fillet of beef which was amazing. We also had a trio of desserts to finish.

Wedding Cake
The cake was made by a friend, Elish Fox, we choose a naked cake which sounds great in theory but quite difficult in reality. The cake maker had a difficult time preventing it from collapsing. It went slightly lopsided which I think added to its little quirks and it tasted delicious which is the main thing!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Show guide for 2017 trends


Classic and quirky, covering all tastes, came together at the UK’s most important Bridal Show where trends are set and committed for the year ahead.
This year there was more to choose from than ever before - and more colour, too, with a new generation of blush tones and muted latte notes, alongside flower-sprigged prints (first highlighted at White Gallery in May when the top designers presented us with a bouquet of country-garden delights)
Embroidered its flowers with cascades of petals spilling over the soft folds of a tulle skirt; layered gossamer-fine chiffon over its floral print,and exotic plant prints.
Asymmetric lines were something of a talking point giving a whole new look to big-skirted ball gowns, with handkerchief layers, each banded at the bottom to add definition, seeming to float with movement.
Sleeves - yes, plenty. Long and slender in nude tulle, embellished with flowers, leaves and random motifs for the tattoo look that shows no sign of losing its pole position in the popularity stakes. And of course, with them came the keyhole backs and illusion panelling, but for 2017 they are ever-more daring - deeper, wider and sexier. Little cap sleeves have added personality with links of sparkling beadwork strung from side to side. And there were more detachable straps than ever, creating a two-style option for a simple gown.
 There is a new wave of separates, including tops with laser-cut flowers - deliciously 60s - and plain, beautifully sculpted skirts. This allows brides to personalise their look. Body-hugging all-in-ones to match up to a skirt.
This time round, the plains stood out, with Mikado a favourite for many big-name houses. Some added back detail, and plenty of it, while others contended with a beautifully beaded belt or soft sash.
In accessories, colour, shape and statement were the story. High high heels, glittery straps or metallic mesh featured throughout every collection - and there were lots at show with my favourite Rainbow Club. 

And menswear? Think tweed, think Liberty-style floral prints (70s-influenced) for ties and - and double-breasted waistcoats without the classic lapels.  The world of groomswear returns to the traditional, but with cuts and silhouettes that re-invent every line. There are some truly great looks here and a strong colour range of blues, silvers and, of black. 
















That's that show over now for London Fashion Week, let's see what influence it will have.

Floral & Frills, blush pink, rose gold, soft and floaty. 

Lots of catching up and meeting new friends, seeing new trends.
Love these, lots of ideas and lots of detail. 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Happy Memories

 The best thing in life is making Happy Memories and it is something I hope I help people do. Weddings are a happy time but sometimes for some people there is someone missing on that very special day. Life is tough and all we can do is make the best of a situation and be positive about the future. We can look back over life and have regrets but we should learn from them and make sure we look forward to a better future and making happy memories.

From your first visit right through to your wedding day, I hope all are happy memories, so that everytime you think back on your wedding build up & the Big day you have happy thoughts.
One of my brides kindly gave me this box which I now use for Photos, sketches and embroidery samples.
Bride's dress fitted and pressed ready for your Big day.
Why don't you decorate a box and put  items and photos in it that remind you of happy things from happy days foundations items to lots of accessories
Mens wear to buy and to hire.
Personalised details for individuals.
Men's ties and hankies to match.
Bridesmaids dresses made to match the brides detail.
The brides headdress and veil made to match the bride's dress.
Happy Memories, hopefully for all my Brides and Grooms.
Many couples look back at their wedding day with each anniversary and hopefully they have nothing but Happy Memories of that day.
Bride getting ready on her Big day
One of my bride's brought her dress back so that I could make a christening gown with the same detail on it.



This bride's Mum was with us in our thoughts on the Day and so I embroidered the Bride & groom's initials with an Irish harp.
Shoes & veil embroidered to match.












This bride's Mum was with us for the first fittings but sadly was taken just a few months before the final fitting, our happy memories of her being with us at the start kept us all going.











Best Memories all captured on camera.








Sunday, 26 June 2016

Keep Calm and Carry On.


Sorry its been a while since I have done a blog. I had tried to do one from my phone one day but I now realise it didn't publish so its even longer than I thought. Gosh a lot has happened. I have had weddings and been working way on my summer 2016 projects and then just this week our country voted to leave the EU, you never know what a day will bring but my motto is...

Keep Calm and Carry On
As this bride of mine so perfectly photographed by Khris Soul portrays. This week an original poster of the wartime slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” which nowadays adorns mugs, cushions and tea towels goes on sale. It's sales tag is £21,250!!


Final fitting time
A few more pins and just checking the embroidery is all in the right places.
Rose gold sparkly sequinned bridesmaids dresses ready for action.
Back detail on a Holy Communion Dress

Happy client
Ideas for New Brides
We have had the London Bridal Show with the forecast for 2017 with more ideas with subtle colours and prints and still more embroidery and detail. Lots of ideas for capes and two piece ensembles. Can't wait to get working on lots of ideas.




                                 

An "Former" Bride asks me to do a Christening robe to match her dress.
Robe with baby's bib to match, first bib I have ever done.
New Headdress ready for a bride.
My latest bride at her final fitting, ready for the next new chapter in her life.
I have been working away on a lovely veil for a bride this week which I just love but can't share it with you just yet.
My latest flower girl making sure she is up to date with everything that's happening!
"Keep Calm and Carry On"