Hayley Ruth Photography

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to you all.  I hope you are having a lovely time.  I have escaped for a bit of quiet and from watching Top Gear!

I was treated to Chanel No. 5, the boys haven't argued once and my Dad hasn't raised his voice (even slightly) so that constitutes a good Christmas.

I thought I would amuse my sister with a picture of Mill End!  She thought I had lost my senses when I blogged what colour I should paint the front door.  What do you think? I'm still not sure.

I am really looking forward to organising the weddings of the lovely couples I have booked for next year and those that have not yet booked!  I can't wait to work with you all in the new year.

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas Day. 

With love & best wishes,

The Fletcher family x

Friday, 17 December 2010

Jades Flower Design

I first met Beverley Nichols, the owner of Jades Flower Design at the wedding venue I set up back in 2006.  I saw many florists during my time there, but Beverley’s arrangements were one of the most stunning.  I remember the first time I saw her work she did some dramatic tall arrangements flowing from oversized martini glasses.  

Beverley has worked on Royal and celebrity weddings and events at all of the top London and country venues and private homes. She has a flair for creating breathtaking arrangements with large displays a speciality.  Beverley believes that the clients’ personality should be reflected in the design along with styling the flowers to suit the venue.

I met Beverley again at a wedding in September.  The martini glasses were on the tables at this wedding too, but had amazing pale pink roses arranged on the side which followed through on equally elaborate displays and top table arrangements.

After 20 years of experience in the industry, Jades are sharing their knowledge and are now hosting courses in general floristry such as basket arrangements and dinner party flowers, but also a variety of courses available for wedding flowers.

As a taste, these full day courses are £130.00, but do look at their website for a list of full and half day courses.

20th January - Traditional and Contemporary Handtied Bouquets
Learn how to make a traditional handtied bouquet in the morning and in the afternoon you will learn how to make a contemporary design.  Take home two bouquets. 

14th March - Flowers for the Bride and Wedding Party
Beverley will demonstrate different types of bridal bouquets both handtied and in a holder.  You will then make one of each.   A little experience would be an advantage for this day.

16th March - Wedding Table Arrangements
Beverley will discuss different types of table arrangements suitable for various styles of venues.  She will demonstrate at least two designs and then help you make both.

To complement the business, Jades also offers wedding props to hire, from those popular martini glasses, beautiful candelabra and tea light holders through to 6ft cherubs.  For a real ‘wow’ factor many Brides are choosing Jades Willow Trees which can be decorated to suit your individual style whatever the season.  They can be covered in fairy lights or crystals and pearls can be hung from the branches.

I’m not sure how they fit everything in, but they will also be at the following Wedding Fayres in 2011.

Sunday 16th January - Smeetham Hall
Sunday 23rd January - Layer Marney Tower
Saturday 5th February - Excel
Sunday 13th February - Boreham House
Sunday 6th March - Spains Hall

I hope to see them there.

Jades Flower Design
t: 01376 563111
m: 07710 401474


Thursday, 9 December 2010

You can have an outdoor wedding ceremony!

Would you like to make your commitment to each other in a place that is special to you?

Do you want to express your love for each other outdoors, by candlelight or at home?

Do you wish to write your own vows and promises?

Kirsten Ellis

A lot of the weddings I pour over on the internet for inspiring ideas are abroad and also have the ceremonies held outdoors.  This year I organised some beautiful wedding receptions in the grounds of the families homes and I feel it would have been even more special if they could have had their wedding ceremony there too. 

I recently blogged about supporting The Any Campaign who aim to try and change the law. They need at least 1,000 British signatures to present their petition to the government.  Click on the link to add your name to the petition and do please pass it on!

So at the moment you are not permitted to have an outdoor wedding ceremony in the UK - or are you?

To legally marry in England you need a recognised religious minister or a local registrar or you can visit the registry office and obtain a marriage certificate or register a civil partnership before the ceremony. Carrying out the legalities separately removes several restrictions and enables you to declare your love and commitment to each other in more personal and creative ways. You can begin your new life together in a place, and in a way, that truly reflects who you are and celebrates your uniqueness as a couple.

Our Labor of Love

I was delighted when Katie Deverell contacted me recently.  She is a ceremony designer and celebrant and I immediately arranged to meet her.

Katie explained that she spends time discussing the dreams and desires you have for your future together and how you wish to convey your love and commitment. Working together you can design a beautiful ceremony incorporating rituals and words that are significant and meaningful to you both. Katie can write and lead your ceremony on the day or just give you ideas and a structure - whichever works best for you.

Jasmine Star

Tec Petaja Photo

Jimena Roquero

A Bride that has booked Katie for their wedding next year, sent her this note.
"This has turned out much better because the structure of the ceremony is so personalised to us rather than the rigid format the registry office expected us to follow.  You have put our ideas and beliefs together eloquently".

Katie also designs commitment ceremonies, relationship blessings and renewals of vows, along with some other key milestone celebrations, including:

Significant birthdays
Renewing vows
Retirement and leaving work
Illness and recovery
Adoption or fostering

I am very excited about the opportunties that this can offer to many couples and of course, I would happily help you plan every detail of your outdoor ceremony!

t: 01245 345548
m: 07745 291421
e: info@ceremonydesigner.co.uk

Friday, 3 December 2010

A Bespoke Design

Having followed Emma on Twitter for a while, it was great to finally meet up recently.  We knew a lot of people in common in the industry and ended up drinking quite a lot of tea and coffee!

Emma makes the most beautiful bespoke wedding stationery, aptly named 'A Bespoke Design Ltd'.  She showed me the most exquisite samples, including one in a box with elegant inserts and the other was a 'Save the Date' for her own wedding next year.  After she got engaged to Ed, they had a photo shoot with Hayley from Hayley Ruth Photography www.Hayleyruthphotography.co.uk and they made little copies of some of the images and sent them bound in brown paper and string, the image above - gorgeous!

Some images of her recent designs.

I knew Emma's style would fit in perfectly with my new venture in the new year and asked if she might be interested in working with me.  Luckily she said yes and we are busy working towards ideas for all the new Brides-to-be.

My task this week was to think about ideas for a logo.  I trawelled through hundreds of fonts narrowing them down to about ten and sent them over to Emma for her expert opinion and to see which one she liked best.  Within about ten minutes of receiving my email, she had returned it with some ideas for the logo!  I was totally amazed.  We are now working on the design and look forward to showing you the completed logo.

If you are thinking of some bespoke stationery for your wedding or event, please arrange to meet Emma first.

A Bespoke Design
07740 372527

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Belchamp Hall

I feel I have unearthed hidden treasure!  I visited Belchamp Hall near Sudbury in Suffolk recently. 

I thought this picture was most appropriate to include as the country is covered in a blanket of snow.

Belchamp Hall is famously known for the location of the series 'Lovejoy' which ran from 1986 to 1994 starring Ian McShane (Lovejoy), Caroline Langrishe (Charlotte Cavendish), Diane Parish (Beth Taylor) and Dudley Sutton (Tinker Dill). 

The 'Lovejoy' cast

Apparently they still have visitors turning up to see the house today.

I was shown round by Vanessa Maskell, who has worked at Belchamp Hall for seven years.  She told me a few tales of the things she has had to do in the past, so I certainly feel that she works above and beyond to ensure everyone has a special day.

Belchamp Hall is the perfect setting for a quintessential English Country Wedding.  St. Mary's Church is directly opposite and are open to couples who wish to marry outside the parish. 

St. Mary's Church

The venue fee is for exclusive use of the grounds and includes an overnight stay in The Stables bridal suite.  The wedding reception is held in a marquee which is an additional cost.  You can organise all your own arrangements, although Belchamp Hall have a comprehensive list of wedding suppliers and are more than happy to help. 

The Stables Bridal Suite

Bridal Suite

As it is a private family home, they take a limited number of wedding bookings each year which makes it so much more exclusive. 

Vanessa can be contacted at:-

Belchamp Hall, Belchamp Walter, Sudbury, Suffolk  CO10 7AT
01787 881961 / 882216

It is in a very special setting and I hope I might be able to organise a wedding there in the future.