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A Luxe Shoot at Old Palace Chester

Bouquet & Bells coordinated a luxe styled shoot at new wedding and events venue Old Palace Chester.

Elevated above the River Dee in the heart of historic Chester, Old Palace Chester is an exclusive-use wedding venue in Cheshire like no other. Couples can say ‘I do’ to palatial grandeur, unrivalled outside space and the highest level of luxury for every part of your wedding day.

Nestled between ancient ruins and the exquisite riverfront, where a remarkable history and a stunning contemporary style meet, we could think of no better place to host a glamorous styled shoot fit for royalty.

The shoot was full of opulence and glamour with shots by the incredible Sarah Glynn Photography. Sarah kept close attention to detail emphasising the inspiring decor, whilst making the most of Old Palace’s beautiful setting and ornate features.

We were inspired by the traditional and historical features of Old Palace, but endeavoured to introduce a modern twist with the latest stationery trends, geometric shapes and a touch of glitz and glamour.
A selection of top quality, local suppliers helped bring our vision of traditional-meets-modern to life.

We extended the shoot across multiple areas of the Palace to showcase the venues incredible beauty and heritage features. These areas included the grand staircase, outdoor terrace and of course the beautiful grand Ballroom.

Julie from The Red Rose Cake Company created two bespoke cake designs that followed the theme seamlessly. A three tier showstopper featured in the Ballroom whilst a more petite four tier with ruffle effect and diamante beading stood proudly in the bay window with views of the River Dee.

Three gowns were lovingly selected by Hannah from Elizabeth Louise Bridal Boutique in Chester. They chose three different styles to showcase the diversity of their range. A white satin gown with a huge flowing train featured in outdoor shots as it was a real show-stopper.

Three on-trend suits were handpicked by Groom Formal Hire. It was important that the suit and gown combos looked perfect together.

Danielle from Danielle Horan Hair & Makeup and Claire from Hair Agency UK worked together to create three unique looks. Each look was tailored to to gown the model was featuring, ensuring everything worked beautifully together.

Wedding Dance Chester choreographed the shoot ensuring the couple were always camera ready in poses that made everything look effortless. They even taught them some moves on the dance floor!

Caroline from Flowers at the Dutch Barn created beautiful floral displays with use of large silver stands and a matching moongate ring to give the flowers plenty of height and to fill the vast space of the grand Ballroom.

The mix of foliage along with florals including Eucalyptus, Palms and Salal with Hydrangeas, White Avalanche Roses, Tuplips and Delphinium’s were the perfect on-trend combination.

Natalie from Jellypress created elegant & bespoke stationery including table place names, table numbers and a welcome board. Each piece followed a matching theme with use of geometric shapes and calligraphy handwriting with soft, subtle pastel shades.

Both the florals and stationery complimented each other beautifully.

With thanks to the following suppliers:
Photography: Sarah Glynn Photography
Coordination & Styling: Bouquet & Bells
Venue: Old Palace Chester
Videography: Perfect Day Production
Flowers & Styling: Flowers at the Dutch Barn
Stationery: Jellypress
Cakes: The Red Rose Cake Company
Bridal Wear: Elizabeth Louise Bridal Boutique
Mens Wear: Groom Formal Hire
Hair Stylist: Hair Agency UK
Makeup Artist: Danielle Horan Hair & Makeup
Choreography: Wedding Dance Chester
Models: Amber Jones & Phil Bruce

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Meet the Supplier: Stags vs Hens

As part of our brand new series, we’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help connect you with suppliers for your wedding day.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Stag and Hen package weekends company Stags vs Hens.

We offer our customers the opportunity to save valuable time and money when it comes to their Hen or Stag! We work with highly recognised brands from Hotels, Activity providers, Bars and Clubs where customers can create their own bespoke Stag or Hen weekend with us! Just send us an enquiry and we will take care of the rest!

How did it all start?

After years of working within this industry and many Stag and Hen parties later, our director Tom spotted an opportunity that would allow future Stags and Hens to create their own bespoke weekends without breaking the bank and spending countless hours in arranging their perfect weekend away.

Why should couples choose you?

With the big day already being planned to perfection all whilst crossing the Ts and dotting the I’s it will eventually come to a point in time where you will be planning your Stag or Hen party. 

Where to go? What to do? Who will come? How much will it be? These are all questions that you will ask yourself! At Stags vs Hens we have some of the biggest Stag and Hen do destinations in the UK to choose from, all at budget friendly prices with your Hotels all covered as well as all your daft quirky activities that will leave your sides hurting from all the laughter and fun you will be having! To book your perfect weekend away it has never been easier! it is as simple as dropping us an enquiry through our website. We will then work our magic and take care of everything in between. You don’t even need to worry about numbers or even paying the balance in full until 5 weeks before your arrangements, leaving you with plenty of time to focus on the bigger things (like your Wedding)

Words of Wisdom

We have a dedicated blog to help you with planning for your Hen Stag or Birthday! Click here to check it out.

Contact Stags vs Hens

enquiries@stagsvshens.co.uk / 01916 918790

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stagsvshens
Instagram: @stagsvshens_official

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Meet the Supplier: Cherish Bridal

As part of our brand new series, we’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help connect you with suppliers for your wedding day.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Northwich based wedding boutique Cherish Bridal.

Cherish Bridal offer a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Brides can have exclusive use of the boutique for a one-to-one consultation to try on hand picked, well known and respected industry designer bridal gowns.

They also offer an alterations service, abroad packing service and can come out to dress you on your wedding day to ensure your gown looks perfect.

What makes you different?

Our USP is our customer service. We pride ourselves on giving the best we possibly can to each of our brides and bridesmaids. Our years of experience in the wedding industry means we’re able to help brides choose gowns to suit their body shape perfectly and advise them on what will look amazing on them for their wedding day.

How did it all start?

From a dream many years ago! It’s amazing that it has become a reality.

A chance meeting with a bridal shop that was opening in the area and a part time job there began the journey to where we are today.

Why should couples choose you?

We love it when couples choose Cherish! We love our job and get excited about being a small part of their special day. Our many testimonials speak volumes about the amazing time all our brides have when sharing their wedding journey with us.

Words of Wisdom

Our words of wisdom to our brides would be to remember choosing your wedding gown is YOUR choice. 

  1. Don’t bring too many people to your appointment – it can cause confusion as to what you love as their opinions can cloud your decisions 
  2. Choose suppliers with amazing recommendations for your special day
  3. Keep an open mind when trying on gowns – its always the dress you least expect that looks spectacular and makes you feel like a princess
  4. Try to keep a firm hand on your budgets
  5. Enjoy every moment of your planning

Contact Cherish Bridal

cherishbridal@yahoo.co.uk / 01606 351900

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cherishbridal07
Instagram: @cherish_bridal_northwich

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Meet the Supplier: Shimmer & Blush

As part of our brand new series, we’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help connect you with suppliers for your wedding day.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce supplier of Luxury Photo Booth, Shimmer Walls and Neon Signs

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What makes you different?

Our Luxury Booth, Shimmer Backdrops & Neon Signs can be set up practically anywhere you can imagine and add a real WOW factor to your day.

How did it all start?

Adele & Liam have over 15 years experience in the wedding business. Adele runs a successful Vintage Ice Cream Van Dotty About Ice Cream and Liam is part of the talented Ashmore Brothers Duo. They decided it was time to team up and start a unique, bespoke photo booth company like no other.

Why should couples choose you?

We provide a luxury and quality experience.

Words of Wisdom

Choose suppliers who fill you with confidence that they know the business and the venue you are getting married at, this will help you put your trust in them and in turn help you relax.

Contact Shimmer & Blush

shimmerandblush@hotmail.com / 07899 941004

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shimmerblushbooth
Instagram: @shimmerphotobooth

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Meet the Supplier: DaisyBell Photography

As part of our brand new series, we’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help connect you with suppliers for your wedding day.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Lancashire based Wedding Photographer DaisyBell Photography.

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Tell us more

I am a Lancashire based Wedding Photographer, covering the whole of the UK and destination Weddings. I love colour and happiness and the excitement of all of my couples special days, and I have a relaxed, natural, documentary style approach to photography and I love experimenting with light. 

What makes you different?

My natural and friendly approach I feel really appeals to my couples. I am very laid back and I love the candid style of photography. I will take the more formal photos for Grandma and Grandads to be proud of but I feel my couples really appreciate getting to see all the happy, natural smiles and laughter of their friends and family and special moments they might have missed throughout the day. I stay in the background all day you will not know I am there, waiting for and hunting down those perfect shots.

How did it all start?

I have always had a love of photography since leaving university with a creative design degree in 2006. I started my business after some of my friends asked me to photograph their weddings after seeing my hobby of street photography grow. Since then, my business has grown from strength to strength and I have been fortunate to photography some amazing weddings both in the UK and abroad. 

Why should couples choose you?

I am super friendly and I love to really get to know my couples before their big day as this really helps create a unique relationship between us. We go for coffee at their venue before their wedding day and take a walk around the grounds to discuss where they would like their portrait session. Some of my couples have even become friends! 

Words of wisdom

Take your time and enjoy the run up to your big day. Even though it may seem like a lifetime away, you will never get this time back. Prepare yourself for an amazingly emotional day, cherish every moment and make sure to make memories that will last a life time. Take time out as a couple on your Wedding Day, go for a glass of champagne on your own and just enjoy the moment you have to yourselves. 

Contact DaisyBell Photography

daisybellphoto@gmail.com / 07966 028621

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DaisyBellPhotography1
Instagram: @daisybell_photography

Suppliers: Interested in featuring on our blog? Please contact claire@bouquetandbells.com or click here for more info.

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Meet the Supplier: The Distillery Box

As part of our brand new series, we’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help connect you with suppliers for your wedding day.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce trendy mobile bar company The Distillery Box.

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Tell us more

A mobile bar service offering the option of a beautifully converted Richardson horse box which is now a fully functioning bar which can be perfectly placed outside or inside (Marquee/Barn) and/or a rustic style bar which is perfect for indoor events or garden parties. (This comes in either a 6ft or 12ft size).

What makes you different?

We understand how important the bar is for your big day which is why tailor every aspect of the bar creating an everlasting experience. Starting with the drinks; we will supply and serve any drink that you desire, you have the choice of any drink on draught and we will create and personalise cocktails for the happy couple.

We will colour co-ordinate the dressing of the bar(s) to ensure its in keeping with your wedding theme. Finally, we feel passionate about our environmental footstep which is why we offer the option of biodegradable plant cups or glassware as well as recycling everything that we use (we even use plant-based ink and recycled materials for our business cards and flyers). 

How did it all start?

Our journey began after working for years in the events and hospitality industry and feeling frustrated that our ideas to improve the services on offer where not being taken on board – so one day we sat down and decided we wanted to do something we were really passionate about. After a couple of weeks of bouncing ideas about we decided to combine our love of working with people with our love of all things distilled, and The Distillery Box was born!

Why should couples choose you?

We have over 25 years experience in customer service and believe in creating an experience that will help realise your vision of your special day or event. Our top priority is exceeding your expectations and providing nothing less than the highest level of customer care. We don’t want to be strangers on your big day when serving your favourite tipple which is why we ensure we build a good relationship throughout the planning and preparation on the run up to your big day. 

Words of wisdom

Don’t forget it’s YOUR day, you should feel like it is a day that you have created and not a day that has been restricted by too many of … “You can’t have this and you can’t have that” because your wedding day should be full of love, laughter and a happily ever after. 

Contact The Distillery Box

info@thedistillerybox.co.uk / 0161 743 9766

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedistillerybox
Instagram: @thedistillerybox
Twitter: @distillerybox

Interested in featuring on our blog? Please contact claire@bouquetandbells.com or click here for more info.

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Meet the Supplier: Elizabeth Anna Cake Design

As part of our brand new series, we’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help connect you with suppliers for your wedding day.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce cake maker Elizabeth Anna Cake Design.

What services do you offer?

I offer elegant, luxury wedding cakes.  Each one is bespoke to perfectly fit your wedding.

What makes you different? 

I specialise in delicate sugar flowers and contemporary designs.  I also offer luxury wedding favours.

How did it all start? 

Having baked since I was a little girl my husband bought me a few cake decorating classes as an anniversary gift and I discovered a natural flair for cake decorating.  After working in the NHS for 20 years I wanted to have a better family life/work life balance and so my cake business was born.  It grew so quickly that I split my business into two brands.  Elizabeth Anna Cake Design is my luxury wedding brand.  Named after my beautiful daughters I have built up a brand which is known for its elegant designs and flawless finishes.

Why should couples choose you? 

There are several moments on your wedding day that will definitely be captured and create memories that will last a lifetime.  Walking down the aisle, the speeches, the first dance and the cutting of the cake to name a few! You want these moments to be incredible and that includes a showstopper wedding cake that tastes as good as it looks.

Word of wisdom

To get the most out of your design and tasting consultation and design a cake which is completely bespoke to you gather ideas of what you like.  Pinterest is a great place for inspiration.  Do you like rustic buttercream and fresh flowers? Pretty ruffles or modern marble?  Geometric or floral?  

If you have an idea of what you like I can advise you on what works well together and best fits with your flowers, venue and theme.  

Contact Elizabeth Anna Cake Design

elizabethannacakedesign@yahoo.com / 07793 973612

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElizabethAnnaCakeDesign
Instagram: @elizabethannacakedesign 

Interested in featuring on our blog? Please contact claire@bouquetandbells.com or click here for more info.

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Top Tips for Creating a Beautiful Instagram Page for Businesses

Social media can be mind-boggling. Everything moves so quickly and platforms are constantly changing, meaning we have to keep adapting. However, something that rarely changes is your Instagram page.

Your Instagram page is the perfect window into your business. Whether you are a wedding photographer, makeup artist or something else, you use Instagram to feature your best work and build up a great following.

Your page offers a window into your world and it’s something you should be really proud of.

But more often that not, we see business grids that are messy, unorganised and just a bit unsatisfying. Your page needs to make people feel like they don’t want to miss your next post.

Now, I’m no expert, but I’ve recently been spending much more time working at Instagram to try and increase engagement and following. I’ve worked hard to improve my overall appearance and have formulated some of top tips that I’m about to share to help you create a beautiful Instagram page.

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Photo Credit: Georgia de Lotz

Free Images

The first step to making your Instagram pretty is to post some high quality images. I often go to Unsplash if I’m feeling a little stuck for content. Unsplash has a fantastic catalogue of high quality, free images. It’s really easy to search for what you’re looking for, then just hit ‘download’ for instant access. Do make sure to credit the photographer though – after all, they’ve been so kind to give you their image for free!

There are plenty of other stock image services available too.

Colour Palette

Every business should have a set colour scheme. This may be colours picked from your logo, or simply a selection of colours that you love. I’d recommend having a few tones that all compliment each other. We love everything PINK so we use a range of baby pinks, fuchsia’s and neutrals.

Image Template

We love creating templates that we basically recycle constantly. It helps to keep style consistent and will help your brand become instantly recognisable.

It doesn’t have to be anything complex or something only a graphic designer would be able to create, as long as the colour and font remains the same that’s all that really matters.

Canva is a fantastic app for templates. Take a look what you can find and begin customising!

Get Creative

Play around with placement of images on your grid. I like to think of my Instagram page like a website – it should be attractive and organised. When visitors land on your page it should fill them with inspiration.

Create some templates and organise them in a fun way. For example, we’re currently hosting a series of Virtual Wedding Fayres so we simply created graphics with the initials ‘VWF’ and posted a sequence of posts to lay them out in different ways.

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Profile Picture

Make sure your profile picture is an image that suits being cropped into a circle. I’ve seen so many profile pictures with people’s heads chopped off, or logos with text half missing.

Also ensure it’s fairly high res so it’s super clear and easy to read if it includes any text.

I’d strongly recommend featuring your logo rather than an image of yourself, as this instantly distinguishes that you’re a business page and not a personal profile.

Bio

It needs to be super clear who you are and what you do so as soon as someone lands on your profile they’re not left asking any questions. Make sure you’ve got a precise and to-the-point tag line visible at the top of your bio.

I’d also recommend stating where you’re based so others in the industry and your clientele instantly know if they would like to make a connection. For example Cheshire, UK.

Set a category to state your business type. Simply go to ‘Edit Profile’ then ‘Category’ and search for something appropriate.

Highlights

Highlights are a fantastic way or organising your stories into categories. It can be tricky to know what categories to create, so start by thinking about the most common things you post. You can publish any of your previous story posts into your highlights, so have a flick through your roll and begin posting.

Think about your colour palette when creating the cover for your highlight too. If you want to get really professional, you can create your own icons – but bear in mind that you need to publish these on your stories first to use them as your highlight cover.

Giant Grid Posts

One of the most common questions I get asked is how I create those giant images that take up multiple grids. It’s so easy! I use a free app called ‘Grid Post‘.

You simply upload the image to the app and decide how many grids you want to split it up between. I usually go for all 9 (a square post), but sometimes just 3 or 6 is a nice way of breaking your feed.

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That completes my run down of top tips for creating a beautiful Instagram page.

I hope it helps inspire you!

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Meet the Supplier: Walsh Films

As part of our brand new series, we’re so exited to be interviewing a selection of fantastic wedding specialists. We take pride in recommending the finest in the industry, and hope this series will help you find the perfect suppliers for your wedding day.

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce fun-loving & adventurous filmmakers Walsh Films.

What services do you offer?

Cinematic & Personal Wedding Films

What makes you different? 

We build genuine relationships with our couples to create personal wedding films that are unique and driven by their Love Story. They’ll make you laugh, cry and want to get married all over again!

How did it all start? 

It all started when we got engaged! While searching for our perfect wedding, we fell in love with the industry and knew that a move from TV Production to wedding videography would be the perfect next step in our careers!

Why should couples choose you? 

Nervous in front of the camera? Yeah, so are we! We know what it’s like and have a wedding coming up ourselves. So we decided to put making our couples feel comfortable, at the top of our priority list! We stay out of the way, and keep as invisible as possible.

Word of wisdom

Make sure you know who your videographer is (behind the camera)! While it’s important that you like their work, you’ll be spending your wedding day with them! So be sure to get a good grasp of their personality by watching their instagram stories, reading their bio on their website, and definitely jump on a video call with them before you book!

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Contact Shannon & Jack at Walsh Films

creative@walshfilms.com / 07775 121816

Facebook: www.facebook.com/walshfilmsweddings
Instagram: @walshfilmsweddings

Interested in featuring on our blog? Please contact claire@bouquetandbells.com or click here for more info.

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A Beautiful Boho Chic Shoot at Worcester Glamping

Photography: Tanya Flannagan Photography

Tanya coordinated a boho chic styled shoot in the beautiful setting of Worcester Glamping. Keeping in theme with pretty pinks, gold candles and organic dyed fabrics – any boho bride would love this whimsical combination!  

“As being “boho bride” is on trend right now, and with the ever growing market of ‘chilled’ and ‘relaxed’ weddings – I wanted to create an idea that you can keep the both classy and elegant look, but with a slight twist in the idea.”

Fun pops of colour, rustic and pretty stationery and a gorgeous bespoke denim jacket provided an unique twist on this shoot that any fun loving girl would totally love.

“We had lovely Perspex signage outside, and organic and vegan dyed cloths for the top table decoration – making the details really stand out against the floristry and centrepieces. Not to mention the amazing bouquets and hoops –  which are slightly different to the usual bouquets for the bridesmaids, giving it a nice little quirky variation to the bride!”

Subtle and elegant bridal makeup complimented the theme beautifully. It was timeless and pretty. Stunning accessories added a touch of elegance.

We personally love the food element of this shoot. Luxury tasters including a mixture of canapés, cookies and fruit platters are a treat for the eyes.

“The food was super exciting. It gives an idea that you can add lots of little touches! Of course, the cake was a talking point on the day!”

“I had so much fun on this shoot and had a blast creating a fun, party kind of vibe – but also super sweet. I thought all of this would go well with my light and airy wedding editing, to make it pretty and romantic too.”

Suppliers involved:
Photographer & Organiser: Tanya Flannagan Photography, Venue: Worcester Glamping, Dresses: Gatehouse Brides, Accessories: Julieann Bird, Hair: Bella Amoré Hair, Makeup: Helena Shakespeare, Suits: Bill Child Formal Wear, Cake: The Green Bean Cake Co, Flowers: Hannah Lauren Floristry, Stationery: Made By Rae Designs, Catering: Sticky Fig Catering, Stylist & Props: Wild Meadow Weddings, Sashes & LOVE Letters: Love & Magic Wedding and Events Services, Tables & Chairs: The Marquee Company Worcestershire, Bespoke Denim Jacket: Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium, Personalised Candles: Kiss-Air Candles, Signage: More Than Words Studio, Cookies: The Cookie Mumster