Ducklings!

So – let’s just politely ignore the fact that I haven’t written a blog post for well over a year and dive right in, shall we? Oh noodles! It’s a shameful excuse, right up there with ‘the dog ate my homework’, but bride&glory has made a few leaps and bounds over the past 15-odd months and, with 22 weddings in 2014 alone, my b&g baby has kept me busy.

I’m back (tadah!) and have made it a priority to revive the blog though so please keep on checking in, not least so you can give me the mother of all telling-offs if I fall short of my best laid weekly blogging plans.

There’s a reason I’ve felt inspired to write now, and it’s that I’ve recently had the privilege to work with a fantastically kind couple and a team of suppliers that made a pretty darn big day feel like it was barely hard work at all. It has shone a simply blinding light on the importance of surrounding yourself with the right team, it really can make or break your wedding day.

You know I’m prone to hyperbole so prepare for the saccharine overload I’m about to serve.

Kalm Kitchen
One of my longstanding love affairs, virtually unbeatable in pretty much all areas, from Jen’s inspired styling to James’ unparalleled culinary skills. KK have managed to pull together a team of outstandingly hard-working people who share one priority: to surpass any client’s expectations of their wedding day, no matter what it takes. Which makes working with them such bliss – it’s never a question of fighting over who gets the glory, just working together as one happy-clappy team to get the job done. If I didn’t come in a pack with a husband and a hound, I’d ask them to adopt me right now.

Micklefield Hall
Oh the lovely Anna and Jamie. Not only are Micklefield’s grounds the most beautiful setting for a wedding day (that ceremony by the temple – I rest my case), they welcomed me into their midst with open arms and an impromptu wedding day porridge breakfast. They have finely honed their venue running skills over 16 years, and it shows. Nothing can faze them, nothing is ever too much to ask, and the way they quietly look out for your needs, being in the right place at the right time without ever intruding on your event, couldn’t be more perfectly balanced. And best of all, you can tell they truly care about their couples, which I’m afraid isn’t something that can be said of all venues.

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Sarah Legge Photography
Working in weddings, you’d expect for there to be quite a bit of love in the air, but with Sarah it was literally love at first sight when she pounced into my life on that wedding day. In my mind, there are two elements that make for a good wedding photographer: the mad skills (technically, artistically and in terms of handling a bunch of over-excitable wedding guests) and a personality that’s so lovely, it makes you want to hug them. Sarah rocks all of the above, and then some. I wish I could tell you I haven’t developed yet another girl-crush, but I’m afraid that’d be a lie. This job really should come with a health warning…
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Fleurs, pretty fleurs. I’ve got such a treat in store for you today. May I introduce, the totally amazing Rebecca Marsala of Gingerlily Flowers. And yes, she’s actually ginger – with the prettiest hair and the most perfect complexion.

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Rebecca at work.

I met Rebecca a couple of years ago now (sounding like my grandmother: my oh my how time flies) and it was literally love at first sight. She is one green-fingered-floral-goddess who can turn her hand to anything.  She also taught me how to pin on a buttonhole properly – something for which I’ll love her forever. → read more…

We’re counting down the days to the Bridal Masterclass and I know one gorgeous girl who’s busy getting those brushes ready for you in anticipation. Meet Holly Preston, make-up artist par excellence, always on a mission to beautify the world around her.

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Holly working her bridal prep magic | Photo by Edward Tyler

Hi I’m Holly.

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I’ll get out of the way and leave the floor to Karen but before I do, I just had to tell you that Karen is a seriously rare find: aside from being utterly gorgeous with a fabulous sense of humour, Karen manages to not just make her cakes look divine but taste heavenly too. And take it from this wedding planner, that’s not always a given. Please don’t be mad Karen but here’s a confession: I’m just a bit ‘over’ cupcakes but even I couldn’t resist the world’s fluffiest cake and lightest ever buttercream icing at our tasting last week. Needless to say, Karen and her luscious cakes will be there to spoil you on Sunday and let you in on all things cake. Could you possibly need another reason to book your space?

The floor’s yours, Darling Caketress.

Karenanna – a bespoke cake company based in Bedfordshire, creating cakes that are admired and devoured.

My maiden name is Baker, yes I know Baker! I’m now a Dickson with two little Dickson’s to boot, one Dude and one Chick. My family are obviously the most important part of my life but cake does come a close second and is always in my thoughts.

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I am impossibly proud to unveil the first of our super-secret Nether Winchendon House Bridal Masterclass team members today.

For those of you have followed me for a while, it won’t come as too big a surprise that I am a mahoosive fan of the insanely talented Kate Hopewell-Smith.

I met Kate just over two years ago and have had a not-so-secret girl crush on her for pretty much all that time. She’s one of the most down-to-earth (in the best sense), supportive, highly intelligent and generous people I know and I am beyond happy to call her a friend. Some of the best ideas for bride&glory came from long conversations with Kate, typically involving a bottle of wine and plenty of straight-talking.

But you don’t want to just hear me swoon, so here are some facts:

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