5 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Asian Wedding....

We are delighted to welcome Sharn from Desi Bride Dreams on this guest blog to talk about her five trusted tips and tricks to make Asian wedding planning less stressful..

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Five Ways to Have a Stress-Free Asian Wedding by Sharn Khaira

For most couples planning a wedding is one of the most important days of your life. The process of planning your big day is something that should be enjoyed and cherished.

As an Asian wedding planner, we have planned and executed countless Asian weddings. Therefore, we have extensive experience of different Asian weddings within different cultures. We have planned and executed lavish weddings for 700 guests and intimate affairs which only have 100 guests. So here are our top tips to make it as stress-free as possible.

1. Plan Ahead and Be Flexible

No matter how big or small your Asian wedding may be, you can never be too organised. Especially when it comes to Asian weddings as there are normally multiple events across a set week. 

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One of our biggest tips is to create a to do list, noting down as many tasks and ideas you can think of and then organise them into a timeline. When we plan weddings for our clients we ensure that we have a project plan to follow for each month. This not only ensures that our couples don’t feel overwhelmed, but it also keeps us focused on the planning.

2. Prioritise & Be Flexible

When starting to plan your big day, it can be very easy to want to jump straight into the little details and while these are important, be sure to initially make time to thoroughly research and select some of the key elements of your wedding day.  Fundamental and often larger elements such as caterers, photographers and venues get booked well in advance, especially for Asian weddings. Therefore ensure these are your top priority. 

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Being flexible is so important during wedding planning. We encourage couples to be very open when it comes to date selection. Most venues (including Hedsor) can offer a much more competitive price on Monday- Wednesday dates leaving you with more room in the budget for other elements of your wedding day.

3. Have a Strong Support Network

Your key network for keeping your stress at bay in the lead up to your wedding are your immediate family and friends. They need to be the ones who are in control, who know what’s happening next, who know exactly what you might need at any given moment. Use your support network to delegate tasks before and of course on the big day. Not only will this make them feel involved in your wedding it will help to take the pressure of you as a couple.

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4. Keep it simple

We often find that Asian couples would like to have three different events on the same day. Our advice would be to not host more than one event on the same day. The more events you have the more logistical details you will need consider. Such as multiple turn arounds within the venue, outfit, hair and makeup changes and so on.

With multiple events on the same day there is more potential for events to overrun, get delayed or cause you stress. Keeping your morning and afternoon wedding and ceremony plans simple, without too much travelling required between locations, is our recommendation. Having everything take place in one venue location is the most stress-free option. Keep in mind that some venues such as Hedsor House will require an agreement in writing before allowing two ceremonies on the same day. 

5. Hire an Asian Wedding Planner

Planning your wedding can be very time-consuming and daunting. Many Asian couples often underestimate the time required to plan an Asian wedding. The average Asian wedding requires 300 hours of planning and that’s only for the wedding day itself. Busy professionals don’t have the time to plan their wedding as they often lead hectic lives with both careers and their social life. We work with Asian couples and bring their dream vision to life without the stress. We ultimately create an incredible and unforgettable day for you using our expertise and experience in the Asian wedding industry.

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We hope you found these tips helpful for planning your big day. If you would like more information on our packages please head over to www.desibridedreamsplanning.co.uk

Hedsor House Donates £4750 to the NSPCC

Hedsor House Presents Cheque to the NSPCC

Hedsor House, the privately owned stately home in Buckinghamshire, presented a donation of £4,750 to the NSPCC this week. Having been selected as the venue’s charity of the year by house owners the Shephard family, contributions were made at various fundraiser events and by couples marrying at Hedsor throughout the last twelve months.

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A legacy of supporting good causes...

"Supporting children and their families in our local community continues to be a cause very dear to our hearts. We are thrilled that, alongside our generous Hedsor House couples, we have managed to raise £4,750 for the NSPCC. Our charitable efforts at Hedsor are ongoing, and as such Janey Shephard will continue to sit on the local committee and support NSPCC fundraising initiatives well into the future. Establishing and maintaining a legacy of supporting good causes in the community will always be a duty that we relish” 

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We are so grateful to the lovely people at Hedsor House for supporting our work locally for a whole year. When people and businesses fundraise for the NSPCC, it makes a huge difference to our ability to help children who need us in a time of crisis. For example, it costs £4 for a Childline volunteer to answer a call from a child, and only three out of four calls can be answered, so every penny is vital in helping the NSPCC reach more children.
— Jacqui Venters, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for Buckinghamshire

For more information about Hedsor's charity of the year click here.

Guest Blog- Helpful tips for planning a wedding AT HEDSOR FROM ABROAD

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Planning a wedding anywhere is a challenge as there is so much to think about and organise, but a DESTINATION WEDDING IN THE UK will present you with a number of other questions and factors that you will need to consider before you book your flights...

The allure of a wedding abroad is obvious, especially because the English countryside is so beautiful, just remember to take into account a variation in cultures and traditions may change the type of day you have.

Read Mwai's blog for some helpful tips for planning Hedsor House wedding from abroad... 

Familiarise yourself with English traditions and proceedings

Weddings differ from country to country, so it’s worth doing your research so that you can be sure that the way the day will pan out in your chosen country suits you. For example, in the United Kingdom, weddings can start earlier then some places! Hedsor suggest no earlier than 2pm, however to ensure that your suppliers/vendors have time to set up. 

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Consider your catering options

Food and ingredients completely vary from country to country. Thankfully Hedsor have 27 preferred caterers to choose from. When contacting caterers, be sure to find out what kind of meals are going to be served and whether your international guests will appreciate it. Of course, you should pick things that you and your future spouse like, but try not to devise a menu so obscure/foreign that you completely alienate your guests.

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Be sure to check the legalities

Believe it or not, it’s not as easy as jumping on a plane with your guests and your wedding dress if you dream of getting married in England. You will need to check the legalities of marriage - I recommend having a chat with one of the Hedsor Wedding Specialists who can guide you through the religious and civil options available to you. 

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Leverage your on-the-ground wedding specialist

Given you're planning from abroad, it is important you're in safe hands on our side. Jennie Hopcroft and/or Natasha Pollard, the Hedsor Wedding Specialists, will be able to guide you on what works or does not work in the House giving you complete reassurance on the run up to your special day. For lots of top tips you can also download your complimentary Guide to Getting Married Wedding Magazine, just click the button below.

 

Always open - explore Hedsor using the virtual tour

Photographs can sometimes make it difficult to fully appreciate a venue so to help you visualise your perfect day at the house, whatever the hour/timezone, Hedsor have created a 360 virtual tour. In our tour you can place yourself in each of our different rooms as well as explore all of the guest bedrooms. Share with your guests to help them get excited about their trip! 

Until next time, get your bags packed, we look forward to seeing you in England!

Mwai

Guest Blog- 7 tips to consider when purchasing wedding jewellery

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Shopping for your wedding JEWELLERY is an exciting time and there are so many different options to choose from! Today, I am giving you my top 7 things to remember before making the BIG purchase/S... 

 

Whether sparkling, bold earrings have caught your eye or you’re drawn to an understated, subtle necklace or headpiece, there’s one key thing to remember – don’t overshadow the dress.

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The right jewellery pieces can enhance your dress/suit choice rather than overtaking it, creating a complete look that’s beautiful. The dress/suit should be the main show, with your jewellery, from headpieces to rings, all complementing the outfit you’ve carefully chosen. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to wedding jewellery, our top seven tips will point you in the right direction.

1. Think about the style of your dress or suit

The style of dress/suit that you’ve chosen will have a huge impact on how to accessorize. A sophisticated, classic slip dress can be given an elegant, dramatic look with bold jewellery. However if you’ve chosen a dress that is a statement in itself, it can clash and be diluted by adding striking accessories. Vintage inspired dresses are making a huge comeback and if you’ve opted for one of these, jewellery that matches the decade can result in a stunning well put together look.

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2. Consider your neckline

The overall cut of your dress/suit is important when selecting jewellery, however the neckline should be your top consideration. The neckline of your dress helps to frame your face and the jewellery you choose plays a role in that. If you’ve chosen a high neckline or halterneck, it might be best to skip the necklace and instead focus on your earrings or accessorising your hair. V necks are ideal for showing off delicate pendants, while a sweetheart neckline gives you an opportunity to go bold.

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3. Complement with accents

Have you chosen a dress/suit that’s decorated with lace, pearls, or crystals? Your jewellery should reflect the accents of your dress/suit to create a balanced look that wows. With the right choice, your accessories will complement rather than overshadow. If you’ve gone for a dress/suit with understated glam, you’ve got a blank canvas to layer your jewellery to.

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4. Don’t forget the headpiece

With a multitude of options to choose from, don’t forget your head piece. Whether you’re keen to wear a traditional veil or you’ve been looking at colourful floral creations, your headpiece is an important accessory. It needs to enhance both your dress and the other jewellery you’ll be wearing.  

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5. Remember less is more

Bridal jewellery is simply beautiful, and it can be tempting to purchase a whole collection to wear on your big day, but you do run the risk of taking over your dress by wearing too many pieces. Choosing one or two elegant pieces, can deliver a bigger statement than piling on everything that you loved in the jewellery store.

6. Match your metals to your dress/suit colour

Some metals work better paired with certain colours, bringing out the shade that you fell in love with. White dresses look beautiful when paired with silver, while a blush gown lets you experiment with the on trend rose gold look. If you’ve gone for the timeless and popular option of ivory, golds can bring work brilliantly however silvers are also an elegant option.

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7. Reflect your individual style

When you’re picking out your bridal jewellery don’t forget the most important person – you. You should enjoy and wear your wedding day jewellery again and again, bringing back stunning memories of your big day. You want to show off your own personality and individual style throughout the whole of your wedding, including in your jewellery choices.

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Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog- Six suggestions for choosing your wedding colour scheme

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

 

A colour scheme is an excellent way to tie all the different elements of your wedding together but it can be hard to make a final decision. Below are my top tips...

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Take your guests effortlessly from the ceremony to the evening entertainment with amazing production. While a colour palette that runs throughout your big day is important, it can be easy to go overboard and miss the elegant feel you were going for.

With the trend for the 2018 wedding season moving towards rustic, classic styles, there’s a whole range of colour options to choose from. From muted palettes that have a calming feel, to bold flashes of colour or deep autumnal tones, there are more than a few ways to create a graceful, chic theme throughout your special day. When elegance is what you want your wedding day to exude from start to end, we’ve got the tips you need.

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Keep it simple

When it comes to colour themes, simple can be beautiful. It can be tempting to select several different shades but sticking to two or three colours is the way forward when you’re looking for elegance. 

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Blend in neutral hues

Unless you’re a fan of the bright and bold look, neutral colours help give your theme some subtlety. It could be soft greys, subtle whites, or even natural coffee tones. They’ll help draw the eye to your main colour without clashing.

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Tie it to the theme and season

If you’re going for a wedding theme i.e. Gatsby, linking your colour choices to this can help all the different wedding aspects to flow better i.e. black/golds. You should also think about the season and your wedding venue. Outdoor weddings in the summer can still look elegant with bright flashes of colour but in the autumn months, rich, deep palates are often better suited.

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Think of the small details

When you’re planning on where to add your colours, remember that the small details matter too. Huge flower arrangements can look stunning but so can small wedding features that subtly show your theme, such as the ribbons used on wedding favours.

Use colour sparingly

Not everything has to be in the colours of your wedding theme. Using your selected colours sparingly can mean they have a far more dramatic effect and you don’t risk overkill. By delivering maximum impact, you can create stunning focal points that will draw your guests in.

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Colour mistakes to avoid when planning your big day

With my top tips in mind, you’re well on your way to creating a colour theme that will match your wedding vision. These common mistakes to avoid should be kept in mind too:

Following the trend – Trends come and go but you want to be able look back on your wedding photos for decades to come. Pick something that you love, not just because you’ve seen it in the latest bridal magazine. 

Choosing too many colours – You can have too much of a good thing. Everything being bold could mean there’s no focal point to draw the eye.

Forgetting the classics – Sometimes the classics are still the best option, and it doesn’t have to mean being boring. Delicate shades of white paired with subtle pinks still looks beautiful.

Playing it too safe – While the classics are still something to think about it, that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment a little. Using colour combinations that aren’t often seen together can create an incredible look.

Not thinking about the style of Hedsor– The décor and colours of Hedsor should be an important part of your final decision. Some colour choices that you love might clash but those that you’ve previously dismissed could be just what you need to lift the house.

Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog- How to choose the perfect music for your wedding!

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

 

Music is such a large part of the atmosphere AT A wedding but WITH MUSIC BEING SUCH A PERSONAL CHOICE - WHAT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ENSURE YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT AND YOUR GUESTS ENJOY THEMSELVES?

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Amid picking out the perfect dress and selecting colour themes, music might be an afterthought in the wedding planning process. But, music can help to enhance your theme and set the whole ambiance of your big day, taking you from the emotional ceremony to the last dance of the evening before your guests head home.

You want the music of your wedding to complement the other aspects of your nuptials that you’ve put some much time into choosing, as well as reflecting your personal taste. So, what will it be, a DJ playing the latest dance tracks or a jazz band keeping you entertained throughout dinner? When you’re picking out music that matches the rest of your big day, here are some things to consider.

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Does your theme have musical links?

Some wedding themes are associated with music from the outset. If you’re channeling an old school Hollywood/Gatsby vibe, a live lounge singer can really add the wow factor to your reception. If you’re all about creating a fun, lively atmosphere, you definitely want music that will get people on their feet and dancing the night away. Live bands are a great pick to match your theme, with so many different ones to choose from. Whether traditional Celtic music would fit your Scottish details or a folk band blends into your boho style, you can find the right music for you.

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Do you want different music for each part of the day?

Depending on your wedding plans, different parts of the day can have a very different feel. Choosing music based on how you want the atmosphere to be is a great way to get your guests in the wedding mood. Before and during the ceremony, emotive, romantic, classic tunes are ideal. If you’re having a cocktail hour, the music will help set the ambiance you want, from relaxing to celebratory. During dinner and the reception party, you can change to something upbeat.

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Do you want the music to be in the background or a key event?

How important is the music to you? If you simply want to give some background music and opportunity to dance, a DJ is ideal. But if you want it to be a feature of your wedding that everyone talks about, other options, such as a live jazz band or singers, are more interactive. When you want the music to be truly memorable, think about how it will be performed and what the guests will get to see as well as hear.

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What music do you love to listen to?

Amid all the other things to think about, don’t forget one of the most important factors – you! Your wedding day and theme is all about celebrating you as a couple and that includes the music. Play the music and book the performers that are going to make you happy and make your wedding day that bit more special when you’re looking back on it.

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Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog- Five perfect gifts for your Bridal party

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

 

Your bridesmaids have played a pivotal part in your wedding so it’s only right that you give them a gift as a token of your appreciation. Below are my favourite five gift ideas to give your treasured ladies.

There are so many different gifts you can choose for bridesmaids depending on if you want something extravagant or small, a bit of fun or a gift to be cherished forever.

Whatever you choose, be sure to give them their gift at just the right time and wrap it so they know just how special they are.

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Gorgeous jewellery

Weddings are romantic days filled with love and prettiness, so why not extend that to your bridesmaid's gifts by giving them a piece of jewellery? If you want to make it really special, choose something that matches their dresses on the day and give it to them in the morning while you’re all getting ready. This way they can wear it throughout the day and will always remember just how lovely your wedding was and how valued they felt by you. In need of wrapping inspiration? Buy small gift bags and some extra flowers that are similar to their bouquets and use the petals as tissue paper. Fill the bag with them and then place the jewellery box at the bottom.

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Stunning makeup

If your bridesmaids are into beauty products they will love the gift of makeup, especially if they can wear it on the day. While most things on the day will be uniformed for your bridesmaids, makeup is different and it’s going to be important that you consider their hair and skin tones before you buy anything. It’s unlikely that the same colour will suit all of them. If you are choosing a lipstick, opt for dusky pink shades for bridesmaids with fair skin. Those with a darker complexion will be able to carry off a bolder colour, so choose something like deep orange or red.

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Scented candles

Weddings can be stressful for everyone involved and it’s likely that your bridesmaids will be tired after spending the day looking after you and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Why not give them a scented candle that they can use to unwind? Add in some bubble bath and maybe some chocolates with a note telling them how much you appreciate all of their help and assistance and now you want them to relax and take care of themselves. They’ll be so grateful for the thoughtful sentiment.

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A framed photograph

For a more personal token of appreciation, find a picture of you and your friends and get it framed for them all. You could even pick a frame with two spaces and leave the second one blank. Put a message over it asking your friend to fill it with a photograph from the wedding. This way, they’ll be able to look at it and see just how much you’ve shared together over the years.

A wine set

Buy your bridesmaids a basket filled with their favourite types of wine. To add a more personal feel, stick notes on each of the bottles reminding them of a good time that you’ve shared together. Finally, include a gorgeous handwritten card explaining to them that nothing will change now that you are getting married, and that you hope to be present when those wine bottles are opened.

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Until next time, have fun planning with the girls that will get you through!

Mwai

Guest Blog- Top tips for wedding ready skin

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Ensuring your skin is perfect to walk down the aisle can be difficult. Today, we share our top tips that you can help ensure your skin is ready for "I do."

Every bride wants to look flawless on their big day. From your stunning wedding dress to having your hair professionally done, there are lots of areas you need to think about to create your dream look. The health of your skin is vital, helping to create that glowing, immaculate finish that will show through on your big day and in the photographs that you’ll treasure after the day. 

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Starting a skin care routine as early as possible before your wedding can give your skin a huge boost but if you’ve left it until the last minute, don’t worry there are still some steps you can take to get that enviable look. We cover both scenarios below...

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Watch your water intake

Everyone knows that you should drink more water for your health and to improve the appearance of your skin but it’s something we often don’t stick to. Drinking two litres a water a day for a couple of months before your wedding will help you flush out toxins for a radiant look!

Eat superfoods

Like water, superfoods have a big impact on your skin. For a healthy, glowing look you need to make sure you’re snacking on hydrating foods and getting all the vitamins you need, including vitamin A and vitamin D.

Use salt scrubs

Exfoliate your body to ensure it’s all soft to the touch and has a glowing look. Salt scrubs can be used as part of your usual routine in the shower once a week or so.

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Minimise your pores with microdermabrasion

If large pores are something that you’re concerned about, microdermabrasion can be something to consider. It works by removing the dead cells on your skin for a non-invasive treatment that leaves you with a great complexion. 

Regularly deep clean with a mask

Masks can give you an instant boost but using them regularly can give you even better results. By deep cleaning your skin frequently, you can move the toxins that build up and the associated problems.

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Use sun cream

If your wedding is in the summer months be sure to put on plenty of sun cream – no one wants to be red or have peeling skin in their wedding photos. Don’t forget to take care of your lips by using a balm with SPF in it too.

Last minute skin rescue tips!

If you’re wedding is suddenly just around the corner and you haven’t yet started a skin care routine, don’t panic. We’ve got some last-minute steps you can take to give you skin an instant pick me up.

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1. Schedule a professional facial – A facial helps remove all that dirt that’s clogging up your pores. Professionals will massage your skin to promote better circulation, resulting in a healthy glow. 

2. Get a spray tan – A professional spray tan can give your look an instant lift, giving you that healthy, holiday look. Whatever you do - DON'T run the risk of fake tan disasters by experimenting the day before the wedding though.

3. Use a mask – Using a mask the night before can revitalise your skin, there are plenty of options to choose from depending on your main concern, whether it’s dryness or blocked pores. Just be sure it’s a product you’ve used before to avoid any reactions.

Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog - Five reasons why blush is the perfect bridemaid dress colour.

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Picking the perfect bridesmaid dresses can be a daunting task with so many colours and styles to choose from. Today, I share 5 tips on why I think Blush could be the perfect option.

 

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Choosing bridesmaid dresses that suit everyone can seem like an impossible challenge and there are many different aspects to think about including body shapes and sizes. One of the most important decisions is of course the colour and we think blush is the perfect option...

Why? I’ve got five reasons for you below...

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1. It's a timeless colour 

Blush is a beautiful colour that doesn’t go out of style, so even years and years down the line your bridal party can still slip it back on. Choosing a colour that’s on trend right now might look incredible on your wedding day but it can become dated when the new fashion season arrives. Timeless, classic colours, including blush, are the way to go if you want your friends to be able to wear the dress again.

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2. It suits all ages  

If you’ve got a mixed bridal party when it comes to age, some colours can look too mature for younger members or too bold for the adults. If you want all your bridesmaids in the same colour, blush is the perfect option. It’s a feminine and fun colour choice for everyone escorting you down the aisle.

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3. It complements traditional wedding dresses  

If you’ve chosen a traditional coloured wedding dress, such as white, ivory, or even champagne, blush is a stunning colour choice to complement it.

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4. It's a colour for all seasons

From summer to winter, the blush colour scheme is stunning, giving your wedding a soft vibe. It means that your pink toned wedding dresses will look beautiful on your big day and can suit events throughout the calendar too.

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5. Perfect for adding elegance 

If you’re planning an elegant wedding ceremony and reception, blush is ideal. It’s a classic colour that is feminine without being overpowering. It creates an unstated glam atmosphere for your wedding day.

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Of course, choosing a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again is about more than just the colour. It’s likely that each member of your bridal party will be a different size and have their own personal style. Finding a dress that they will all want to wear again can be a challenge. But an option here is to set the colour scheme and let them choose their own flattering style. Bridesmaid dresses that are different, from the neckline to the hemline, are on trend at the moment and guarantee that each member of your bridal party feels comfortable throughout your big day.

With the right plan, you friends will be wearing their bridesmaid dresses to other celebratory events whenever they get the chance for years to come.

Until next time, happy planning!

Mwai

Our Five Stationery Predictions for 2018

Are you in the process of deciding on stationery for your special day? We are delighted to have partnered with Papeterie Eugénie for this guest blog to look at trend predictions for 2018. 

 

At Hedsor, you have the privilege of making your day your own - which means we have the pleasure of creating some truly individual stationery, for couples wishing to define their day.

January is a great time to view some of the beautiful stationery created for Hedsor weddings in 2017.  It is when we compile our trend predictions for 2018 and look forward to creating more unique pieces over the next 12 months. 

Take a look at the evolving styles we’ve been developing for our recent Hedsor couples, infused with a few classic touches, set to continue as ever and the five biggest trends for 2018...

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1. Monogram motifs

Monogram motifs are still in high demand and a great way to personalise your stationery.  Whether stunningly simple or encased within an pretty design, create something you both love and that is truly unique to your day. 

 

2. Hedsor inspired

Stationery that has been taken to a new level!  While our mini Hedsor sketches continue to be loved, this year we have created everything from a bespoke floorplan of a wedding day to an embossed replica of the beautiful wallpaper in the Boudoir!  

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3. Hand illustrated

Hand illustrated designs are always appreciated by Hedsor couples, looking to create something special that has been thoughtfully produced. These can encompass a wide range of styles from actual silhouettes, to heritage-inspired art, or even a delicate pattern. 

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4. Statement invitations

Make a statement in 2018! These invitations are increasingly in-vogue, where exceptional hand-crafting, unfolding layers and superior finishes, all come together to make a thud as they drop on your doormat!  Add a special lining or wax seal to complete the look. 

 

5. Pretty romantic

These styles are definitely continuing to be trending for 2018, with an update on the blush and charcoal colour palettes to bridal whites, pale pinks and soft blues.  Pearlescent papers and sophisticated lazer-cuts will also be big!

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If you would like to get in touch for a consultation with Papeterie Eugénie you can email her at [email protected] In the meantime, happy planning!

Guest Blog - Four Decisions to consider before choosing your Dream Wedding Photographer

 

Your wedding photos should perfectly capture your big day, from details around the house to the emotions. As your lasting mementos of when you say ‘I do’ that will proudly be adored for years to come, you want to make sure that the images of your nuptials are exactly what you want.

 Pippa McKenzie Photography

Pippa McKenzie Photography

But with so many different photographers and styles to choose from, how do you ensure that your snaps end up looking exactly as you imagined?

Your first challenge is to decide on which style you prefer. Browsing through online wedding albums or perhaps Hedsor's Real Wedding Blog to get a feel for your preferred wedding photography styles is a great place to start. Many Brides like a mixture of styles to capture different parts of the day and so they have a selection to choose from when it comes to picking out the ones to put on display.

1. Black and white or colour?

Colour photos are perfect for showing off your theme, colour palette, and for bold results that will attract the eye. Colours are part of your wedding and an excellent way to help tell the story of your big day. In contrast, black and white images offer a timeless elegance and dramatic, romantic appeal. It’s likely that any wedding photographer will offer you a selection of both colour and black and white images to choose through.

 Photography by Greg Finck

Photography by Greg Finck

2. Candid or posed?

Choosing between candid or posed is a personal preference and they both have pros. If you love the photos with couples standing still as they pretend to cut the cake or with family standing around them, you should be choosing posed images. Candid, reportage or documentary style images, are a growing trend among couples who want natural, genuine photos from their big day – they aim to catch the spontaneity and narrative of your day.

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Photography by Kitebox

 Rémi Dupac Photography

Rémi Dupac Photography

 Photography by Claire Macintyre

Photography by Claire Macintyre

 Photography by Greg Finck

Photography by Greg Finck

3. Traditional or artistic?

Everyone knows what traditional wedding photographs look like – showing the bride and groom in all the usual wedding poses. Artistic shots offer something a bit different, experimenting with focal points, reflections, lighting, or other photography features.

 Miki Photography

Miki Photography

4. Do you like their previous work?

Once you’ve got a good idea about the images you want, it’s time to choose a photographer. It’s an important decision and part of your wedding but with the right steps and questions, you’ll find one that can live up to your expectations. Most photographers will have an online portal where you can look at previous weddings they’ve covered, allowing you to see if the end results match your style. Keep an eye out for the small details, they’re part of what makes a good photograph look great.

View full wedding albums – Every wedding photographer will be able to pull out a few excellent photos from a wedding but do their complete albums tell a story? By looking at complete sets of pictures you can get a better idea of how your final album will look.

 Kerry Morgan Photography

Kerry Morgan Photography

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Kerry Morgan Photography

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Kerry Morgan Photography

Make sure you meet in person – You want to be able to get on with your photographer, they will be there by your side throughout your big day after all. Having someone who you can explain what ideas you have and rely on to take unobtrusive photos, can make all the difference when you’re in the moment.

 Pippa McKenzie Photography

Pippa McKenzie Photography

Professional wedding photographers will know that every couple is unique and will want to help you get this across in your images. Your consultation is an opportunity for them to get to know a bit more about you both as a couple and what it is that you’re looking for. Explaining the type of photos you hope to place in your album can be a challenge, so take some examples of your favourite wedding shots along.

Join me for my next blog where I will be discussing how to incorporate a colour theme elegantly into your big day.

Until next time,

Happy Planning.

Mwai X

You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Harrow & Hope: Award Winning English Sparkling Wine in the Thames Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Thames Valley sits Harrow & Hope, one of the UK's new leading sparkling wine producers. Hedsor House could not be more delighted about our new partnership with this family run business for so many reasons. Get to know Harrow & Hope a little more below...

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Meet Henry & Kaye

Henry Laithwaite is part of a family obsessed with wine for over 50 years and thanks to his parents all he has ever known is vineyards and wineries, from staggering around Chablis Grand Cru vineyards in his nappies, to making his first wine (pineapple!!) aged just 13.

Henry and his wife Kaye met at Durham University, a girl who stuck with him for years whilst he disappeared to Australia and France to do harvest for months on end. Marrying in 2008 they headed off to rural France to set up their first vineyard project at Chateau Verniotte in Castillon, Bordeaux. Although they still love the place, they wanted to start a family in England. And just at that time it had become clear, thanks to the work of others, that the chalk hills of England were capable of producing sparkling wines that were more than just good; that were world-class.

They searched for and eventually found their perfect site on the rolling hills behind Marlow. Vines planted, two kids born, winery built and 7 years later they're ready to delight the world with their fizz. They did bring one French souvenir with them back to England - their beautiful vineyard dog called Alfonse, who was rescued from the streets of Bergerac! He is now affectionately known as Alfie in keeping with their new British surroundings. 

Our recent team visit to the vineyard...

The Hedsor team had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous vineyard and were amazed by just how much work goes into making the perfect sparkling wine. Henry and Kaye's whole life is dedicated to ensuring they produce the perfect blend and their efforts know no bounds! They have even been known, in the case of cold temperatures to go around in the night lighting tiny candles to keep the vines from freezing. One bad freeze could completely destroy a whole year of hard work.

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Henry and Kaye have given this once in a lifetime project the best shot with the help of family and friends along the way. Mike Roberts OBE and his family Tamara and Simon from Ridgeview were vital when they first started this journey and they continue to seek the best guidance today including a bi-annual visit from Dr. Tony Jordan, the Australian sparkling pioneer.

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The Harrow & Hope team are overjoyed with the product they have created and are enjoying the countless awards that continue to roll in. In 2016 they were able to pick 16 tonnes of grapes and this year they picked an astonishing 55 tonnes. This is no easy feat so the team had the help of 25-30 helpers to pick the crop with 12 tonnes getting picked per day. About 30% of Harrow & Hope wines are aged in oak 'Bordelaise' barrels to give extra character and completity to the final wines.

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If Harrow & Hope are successful with 55 tonnes of grapes they expect for that to translate to around 35,000 bottles for us all to enjoy! Hurrah! 

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It's great to have another family run, independent local initiative to support and so Hedsor House is delighted to currently offer our clients a choice of Harrow & Hope Brut Reserve NV and Harrow & Hope Rosé NV on our wine list.

 

 

 

Emsworth Polo Grounds

Chukka Away!

Hedsor House is delighted to announce a new partnership with Emsworth Polo Grounds creating the perfect, quintessentially British day between our two enviable locations. The partnership has been formed with a variety of events in mind including corporate board retreats, company away days, celebrations and perhaps even a quick game of polo before saying 'I do.'

Just a twenty minute drive from Hedsor House, down leafy country roads, is the beautiful Emsworth Polo Grounds. It is proudly home of the 'Four Quarters' polo team, one of the UK's most successful polo teams.

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Photogrpahy by Marcos Cerdeira Photographer

Emsworth is set in 72 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside and, like Hedsor, it is an exclusive hire venue perfect for your team building activity when combined with a meeting or event at Hedsor House.

As part of your Hedsor House event we can organise for Emsworth to be hired on a dry hire option or on a 'learn to play basis.' Your learn to play option includes;

  • Exclusive use of the Emsworth facilities being used for the duration of the event. 
  • Light refreshments in the form of fresh pastries, fruit, hot and soft drinks. 
  • Polo experience approximately 3-4 hours.
  • Lunch - a delightful Asado style BBQ with delicious accompaniments.
  • Personalised polo playing shirts.
  • Prize presentation.
  • Host, commentator and all of the equipment needed to play.
  • Photographer and digital images of the event.

Upon mastering the game everyone will head back to the pavilion for the coveted prize presentation and a well earned lunch. Set beside Ground 1, this modern structure with its sliding glass panels is the ideal setting for all of your guests to sit back and enjoy the views. 

Hedsor House has 11 x luxury guest bedrooms onsite and when additional accommodation is required the lodge at Emsworth Polo Grounds is the perfect solution. The lodge sits on exquisite grounds offering open plan living and a further 5 x bedrooms. 

Prices vary and depend on the date, guest numbers and your preferred experience. If interested in obtaining a bespoke quote please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more details.

Five ways to entertain your wedding guests

One of the most common questions we get asked by Hedsor couples is how they can entertain their guests on their special day to ensure it's the most memorable wedding day possible! Whether this is an unusual activity or lawn game at Hedsor we think there always needs to be some sort of wow factor or experience. We have have teamed up with a few unique suppliers to suggest five unique ways to entertain your loved ones...

1. Create a personalised live challenge based on you as a couple

Wildgoose has created an interactive and entertaining app-based challenge. This is a wonderful opportunity to make the event personalised and even more memorable! Guests will complete a series of tailored questions, trivia, tasks and challenges set up by the hosts and powered by Wildgoose.

In small teams, guests will embark on a journey around the beautiful venue and grounds of Hedsor House, learning about their hosts, the special couple, whilst also taking on photo and video challenges. Each challenge has an element of competition too, with guests competing for points by answering questions correctly and for being the most creative with their photos and videos, which makes for hilarious post- event viewing! 

2. Croquet on the South Lawn

Croquet works perfectly here at Hedsor on our lovely South Lawn. Couples can choose how many sets they would like or if they want to be more creative with the rules depending on how much Pimms has been consumed! Plus side: lots of hilarious photos of intense concentration & smashing victories!

3. Duck Herding

Ducks and dogs at a wedding? It would obviously be the cutest wedding in history.

Bright Vision Events will arrange a fast moving and humorous display that lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. The instructors will demonstrate the commands used for the sheep dogs and how they manoeuvre and control your quacking friends.

Guests are then asked to put into practice what they have just seen and have to direct all sixteen 'Runner Ducks' between a series of slalom poles, through tunnels and finally into a small fenced enclosure. Some of the ducks might 'go astray' which adds to the fun and excitement of this enjoyable experience. 

4. Cocktail Masterclasses 

 

This is available through most of our caterers who could work with you to find a drink that fits the style of your wedding. We love when Brides and Grooms create a unique cocktail and then the guests learn how to make it on the day. 

5. Carousel at Hedsor

A fairground carousel adds sparkle to a wedding reception and ensures guests, young and old, enjoy all the fun of the fair at a very unique occasion.

Carousels, or Merry-go-Rounds, have been entertaining crowds through history and they always create smiles and laughter with their traditional, colourful look and the distinctive music.

Irvin Leisure carousels are a perfect backdrop for a wedding and make it that more memorable. We have a range available for hire and guests often tell us about their delight at seeing a carousel in the grounds of a wedding venue or hotel.

It's great to see families enjoying the attraction together and these special moments!

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StationEry Trends for 2017 - a guest blog by Eugenie Streather

Hello Eugenie here from Papeterie-Eugenie, a bespoke stationer for Hedsor House. We believe stationery is the first step in 'wowing' guests starting with Save the Dates. We are predicting the below trends to be very popular throughout 2017...

1. Telling your story with illustration

This trend was seen last year with Hedsor's very own Hamish and Rosie Shephard. Imaginative personalised maps are the perfect way to connect with guests and differentiate your special occasion. We anticipate customised maps, magical fairy tales and Mr. & Mrs. silhouettes for 2017.

2. Create your own brand

We tend to memorise all our favourite brands logos by heart, right? Why not let us create an emblem unique to you both! Monogram motifs are often inventive at Hedsor and our hot trend prediction. Use this on everything from your wedding cake to dance floor lighting. What would make it even better? A foiled or letter pressed motif across all stationery including thank you notes after the wedding.

3. Embracing the romance

Always a classic showstopper, even at the most recent Hedsor showcase. Who doesn't love delicate, beautiful and super-luxe? This combination is the marriage of monogram motif with letterpress, blush papers and pearled laser-cut. For the Bride who wants it all!

4. Couture crafting 

This trend is for couples who want truly superior hand-crafting. We are thinking bespoke foiled crest, tissue lined boxes, signature seals and miniature bow-ties... need we say more? Hedsor couples know how to impress. 

5. Elegant metallics

A style favoured by Hedsor clientele. Metallic hints add luxury touches to classic stationery, complementing the magnificent venue. We've created meaningful motifs, family crests or beautiful borders- the list is endless. This year, we predict chic metallic hints of rose gold, dusky blues and muted gold. 

6. Our very own Hedsor!

Finally, look at this beautiful Papeterie Eugenie's mini Hedsor! This Hedsor replica was first created in 2016 and no doubt will  be requested on everything from save the dates to seating plans, no-one can resist its charm.

Rectangular or Round Tables? - Guest Wedding Blog - Love from Mwai

You have already asked or answered the first big question however it's now time to answer the next!

Whether you’re going for an intimate setting or lavish affair, your wedding reception seating has the ability to transform a venue but the question is rectangular or round tables?

RECTANGULAR TABLES

Pros

  • On-trend. The start of 2016 has shown that banquet tables are in this year, and likely become even more popular. Plus, they make for stunning photos!
  • More style options. Rectangular tables come in standard form (intended to be covered by décor), but they also offer more variety in style. Set the tone for your reception with organic wood farm tables or elegantly dark-stained banquet tables.
  • Cost. With fewer tables to drape, cut costs on linens and centrepieces. Line the table with floral boughs and greenery, accented by big blooms and twinkling votives.

Cons:

  • Cost. On the flip side of lower linen and centrepiece costs, rectangular tables can be pricier to rent and transport. At Hedsor round tables are included in your venue hire however rectangular tables would need to be hired in.
  • Space saving. At Hedsor you can seat more guests (up to 150) on Round tables opposed to up to 120 on rectangular / banquet seating.
  • Strict seating. If you are assigning each place setting, be wary of rectangular tables. If a guest cancels last-minute or your best friend suddenly asks to bring her new beau, an entire table of carefully calculated seating will be thrown off. We recommend leaving the head and foot of the table unassigned, so you can more easily shuffle guests if someone unexpected arrives.
  • Reception flow: rectangular tables don’t allow as much movement if space is limited, since guests have to squeeze in between two people. This makes rectangular tables ideal for smaller, intimate receptions and seated dinners where guests are not expected to frequently move about the venue.

ROUND TABLES

Pros:

  • A classic, traditional choice. Round tables have long been a staple of wedding décor, so you can’t go wrong with a classic seating layout.
  • Conversation. With smaller round tables, guests can more easily converse across tabletops with their entire group. This works best if most of your guests are well-acquainted and will likely be enthusiastic to chat.
  • Flexible seating. Adding or removing guests is much easier with round tables. Be prepared to handle any unexpected changes in guest list seamlessly. You can also mix table sizes to accommodate different groups of guests.
  • Easier flow. Round tables often make reception flow a little easier—guests don’t have to walk around each other’s chairs quite as much as with rectangular tables.
  • Cost. Round tables are typically less expensive to rent and transport and at Hedsor are included in your venue hire fee. Since the tables will be covered with your pretty wedding décor, you don’t have to worry as much about the look of the table itself; you may be able to get away with an inexpensive table, topped with all-out décor.

Cons:

  • Cost. On the other hand, round tables can be expensive to accessorise. Multiple centrepieces, linens, chair drapings, etc. can add up if you’re not careful.
  • Space. Round tables take up more space than rectangular tables, so plan carefully to make sure you’ll have ample space at your wedding reception venue.

If you’re unsure which table fits your wedding style, there’s no reason you can’t have both at your reception. No matter which style you choose, don’t worry too much; I seen countless successful weddings with either option. Being informed about your options certainly helps make a wise choice on this key decision, but I assure you that either option can turn out beautifully Choose what works for you!

Join me next time as I talk about all things ‘Wedding Cake’. Until next time!

Happy Planning.

Love from Mwai x

 

FOUR REASONS TO HAVE A MID WEEK CORPORATE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Check out our latest blog post about planning your Christmas party and why booking a midweek celebration is the new big thing...

Available Dates

Unless you're super organised you're probably only just getting around to booking your office Christmas party. Don't worry you're not alone and Hedsor House is excited to say we still have a few exclusive hire midweek dates available! Give us a call to chat through your options. 

More Cash Behind the Bar...

We're currently offering special rates on our Gatsby packages on Mondays and Tuesdays meaning you'll save some money and be able to put this behind the bar. Just don't blame us the next morning!

Keep Your Main Social Diary Clear...

December is the ultimate month for social events in terms of catching up with the most important people in your life. Save your Thursday to Saturdays for friends & family and schedule your corporate party for the week to maximise being a social butterfly! 

Office Etiquette

The best thing about having a midweek office party means ordering pizza or takeaway to the office is absolutely acceptable the next day. 

 

To speak to us about a potential Christmas Party please call Alexis Awtrey at 01628 819050

Groom Style Tips - Guest Blog Love From Mwai

Over the last few years I have seen Grooms becoming more and more confident regarding their choice of wedding fashion and style. Grooms are now paying attention to accessories, colour and how his style will fit in with the whole wedding theme.

Tri-tone brogues and sterling silver cufflinks

I must admit that it's been a lot harder to write a blog on men’s fashion - the Bride's seem to completely steal the show when it comes to dressing at the wedding!

But not anymore - I have spoken to some of my male clients and together we will take you through some of the key looks that are currently trending.

Trend 1: The English Groom

This look embraces geek chic and some adventurous colour combinations. Anything goes with this look and you can add colour contrast slacks. This is definitely for the daring grooms amongst you.

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Trend 2: The Quirky Groom

The quirky look can be a two or three piece suit and it’s all about what you decide to add or takeaway. Perhaps lose the jacket and go for the shirt and waistcoat look?

Trend 3: The Tux
 

Tuxedos are the traditional choice for a wedding, but over the decades they have evolved. They can now be found a variety of colours and shades like black, dark or light grey, and navy, and in fits from classic to slim. A range of sizes lets you outfit everyone from the smallest ring bearer to the big & tall men in your group. With everyone in tuxes, your wedding party will have a cohesive, polished look. 

Trend 4: The Suit
This is usually a preferred option for the grooms. You can achieve this look by adding a vest or taking non-traditionalist approach by pairing it with a fun bow tie or braces. Perfect for the modern look.

Otherwise know as 'The Cool Groom'

 

Trend 5: The Blue Hues
A blue tuxedo offers an unexpected alternative to the classic black. Equally elegant, this suit is ideal for the groom who wants to add a pop of color with a bold hued ensemble that's anything but basic. 

I adore this suit texture and colour!

And there you have it, some Groom’s fashion style that are on trend. Join me next month as I discuss one of my favourite wedding topics “Round tables vs long tables”.

Until next time.

Be Inspired!

Love from Mwai

X

Photo credits: http://www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk/