Only two days to go until our Bridal Masterclass at Nether Winchendon House on Sunday and we’re prepping like the proverbial ‘women possessed’ to make sure we can offer you an afternoon to remember – for all the right reasons. Last but so NOT least, I can at last announce the fabulous member of our team who will bring a selection of pretty frocks and her ridiculously vast knowledge of all things wedding dresses with her. Meet the simply lovely Ann, proprietress of Ann’s Bridal Room in Leighton Buzzard.


Ann {pretty in pink} and her trusted team.

I come from  a fashion retail background, and after re-locating to the South from the North West, found myself working part time in a bridal boutique. Cue my ‘ta-dah’ moment: I felt like I had finally found my niche.  I love the one-to-one aspect of working with brides and offering them the highest level of customer service is something that I am passionate about.

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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.

me with buttonholes

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.


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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