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I don’t even know where to begin describing what a fabulous time I had organising this styled photo shoot with Jackie of Ooh Mrs James Wedding Blog and Vintage Wedding Dress restorer.  We first met at a networking event a year or so ago and hit it off straight away, (how can you not, dressed up in 20’s gear in a fun photo booth?!)  Jackie is just so lovely and her passion for fashion and ideas for weddings are immense!  When she launched her restored vintage wedding dress  business I put the idea to her about doing a styled shoot as I’d never done one before and that was it – we were away!  We planned it around Jackie’s idea of “Dolly takes a trip to the Seaside” – vintage dresses but with a quirky edge and some rather incredible over the top make-up, fantastically applied by Naita Channer- one of the models and Jackie’s friend.  You can find her & message her on Facebook here (business website to follow soon).  We wanted to contact suppliers who needed photos for their websites and were building portfolios up and we were so lucky to have on board Claire of Rosey Posey Creations with her gorgeous head pieces and Hannah of BonnieBooButtons with her extraordinary button bouquets and button holes!  Then the lovely Fenella of Fenella’s Flowers sent me some of her beautiful bespoke fabric flowers to include and last but very much not least the fantastic Tess of Chatter Cakes came up with two brand new cake creations just for the shoot and brought along some truly scrumptious cupcakes for us all too!  Oh and I almost forgot to mention the lovely staff at Irregular Choice shoes (love love love) who allowed us to borrow a few pairs for the models which we treated like the crown jewels all day!  Wowsers – amazing stuff, how lucky were we?!  With all these fab creative folk on board we just needed the right location and the perfect weather to complete our little venture which is when I found Seabank!  Oh my goodness what a place!  RIGHT on the sea in Selsey – a restored vintage railway carriage.  Dolly was on her way to the seaside at last, vintage suitcase in hand…  But what would she find there?  Two rather handsome young lads dressed to begin with in waistcoats from A Suit that Fits then more casually in stripy seaside outfits Jackie sourced to help them woo the girls!  We seriously had so much fun.  I loved getting all the bits we needed – balloons, candy floss, sweeties, bubbles, various vintage props (a few I borrowed from Lucy Jayne Ltd) and seeing it all come together on the day was kind of just a little bit awesome!  OK – it was mega awesome!!!  We were all shattered by the end of it but I’d do it all again in a flash…. #missingseabanksomuch !!  Thank you to Jackie & Helina & Lila & Naita (the beautiful models) and Tarek & Andy the handsome chaps and to Tess & Hannah & Claire & Fenella & Irregular Choice and Catherine the owner of Seabank and Laura for coming along to 2nd shoot for me a bit… (her incredible photos are here!!)

So here goes… Dolly Takes a trip to the Sea… – and a few behind the scenes!

Please do take the time to check out all the amazing suppliers – like their pages on Facebook and give them a shout if you need more info on their products and prices as I know they’d be more than happy to help.  If you want to holiday in Seabank then do it!  It really is such an amazing place.  Thanks again everyone x

 

Bignor Park is one seriously stunning wedding venue, I love it there.  Breathtaking views and gorgeous surroundings with a certain rustic charm.  I don’t think you can go wrong if you’re looking for an exclusive wedding venue to celebrate your big day at.  Please take a look at their website and Facebook Page.

I’m lucky enough to know Louise the charming lady who manages the bookings at Bignor Park and when I was struggling to find a nice park open in the evening for a pre wedding shoot the other week she offered the use of the grounds and myself and Kiera and Dan were blown away by how beautiful it is there.  We were so lucky with the light – the evening is often the best time of day for photos.

So without further a-do here are some photos of the gorgeous Kiera & Dan (who are actually married now, I’m a bit behind on blogging at the moment…!) followed by some photos just of Bignor Park taken a week or two earlier…

 

I had a fabulous time yesterday evening at the Brighton Music Hall meeting lots of new folk, catching up with a few industry peeps and taking a few snaps for Helen of Doily Days Vintage Weddings & Events.  Helen has recently put together a great little magazine called Doily Days Loves Weddings and I think I was one of the first to grab a little advert in it – I knew it was going to be a must-have read and gorgeous glossary for brides and I couldn’t wait to see the finished product.  It certainly didn’t disappoint and its popularity is already spreading fast… as I was visiting a few bridal shops myself today in Chichester for my own wedding later this year I saw some copies of the mag taking pride of place on the main desk in Everything but the Girl bridal boutique!

I want to make sure I mention everyone and I really hope I do because there’s a long list but the launch party was so much fun and everything looked / tasted / smelt so wonderful thanks to the following wonderful guys & gals:

Helen from Doily Days of course!

Kelly from Belle’s Events & Sussex Love Bug.

Tattoos, signs and lovely happy smiley faces supplied by Doris Loves.

The amazing cakes were by Sylvias Kitchen, Flutterby Bakery and Camilles Cake Boutique.

The fabulous singers were Johnny Zero and later Hannah Summers and her vintage trio is Three Penny Piece.

The great finger print tree was provided by Big Furry cat.

The fun photo-booth was run by Lynda Kelly (Butterfly Portraits).

Vintage hair and make up was Fine to Fabulous and Tea & trim.

Nails and massage and anything and everything for you to feel totally relaxed and wonderful was by Perfect Pamper.

Gorgeous fragrant flowers by Viva Verde.

Those colourful pom poms were Pom Pom studio.

Handmade Weddings provided the paper bags for the goody bags.

and last but by no means least, keeping us all grooving with vintage vibes was DJ Tunes.

and now for some pics!!

If you’d like some copies of the magazine to distribute or you’d like to get your hands on a copy for yourself then please get in touch with Helen (helen@doilydays.co.uk) who will be able to tell you how or where you can get some or one… !!

I can never get enough of wedding bouquets which is just as well in my work!  I get so see so many beautiful bouquets and table centres – each so individual and so lovingly made.  I’ve met so many lovely creative florists too and Lou from Daisies Florist in Middleton-on-Sea is no exception, but she is exceptional!  I love her work, I love her florist shop – it’s so hard going in there because I want it all!!   Rarely do I come out empty-handed 🙂  The other day Lou offered to hand out some flyers for me whilst holding a stall at a local wedding fair and in return I nipped in the next day to photograph her displays and bouquets that she’d put together for the fair.  We’ve already worked together on a few weddings last year and we’ve got a few more together this year too – can’t wait to see what she creates for those.  In the meantime here are her amazing efforts from the other day….  if you need a florist for your wedding or just want to send someone a nice bunch of flowers then please take a look at Lou’s site and get in touch with her –  she’s lovely! 😉

 

 

“Two local sisters return to their roots to set up a new property business with a difference. Combining their passion and knowledge of the local region with their diverse skills and experience within the property sector, they are looking to add a fresh new approach to estate agency in the local area with their office based in Felpham. The sisters, Katie and Suzie (née Pettie) have a special fondness for Felpham having spent a very happy childhood there. Their brother Christopher has also developed a successful career in the property market in both London and Surrey. They grew up at ‘Bay Tree Cottage’ in Limmer Lane hence they have decided to name their new business ‘Bay Tree Estates’. Whether or not their passion for Felpham extends to that of William Blake who famously described it as “A Dwelling place for immortals”, they are certainly determined to bring a personal energy to all aspects of the local property market.”

I’m so proud of my old school friend Suzie and her sister Katie – they’ve set this fantastic estate agency business up in the heart of Felpham village and I just love the name Bay Tree Estates -it is such a breath of fresh air to see their new office and hear about their plans for the future.  I was invited along to their launch party this evening and offered to take a few snaps – hopefully we’ll work again in the future or I’ll find our dream family home with them one day when Nicki Feltham Photography goes global!!  🙂

Well done girls – all the VERY BEST for the future xx

Here’s their very proud Mum & Dad cutting the ribbon for them…

 

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