Wedding Ideas Awards 2012

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, those Wedding Ideas Magazine party people at Giraffe Media really know how to throw a spectacular bash. None more so than the glittering award ceremony they hosted at The Brewery, London on Friday 13th January 2012. Kirstie Taylor, owner of sister company Flo & Percy was nominated for an award in the Best Accessories category and although our Queen of Vintage didn’t add another trophy to her already full cabinet on this occasion, our uber talented beauty let down her Goldilocks hair and had an ab fab night, as did everyone at Team Flo & Percy.  The wedding industry glitterarti had turned out in force and jumped immediately upon a plethora of cocktails, were wowed by an ice sculpture Giraffe vodka luge, marvellous ‘how on flippin’ earth do they do that?’ magicians, photobooths for maximum pose striking and vino galore. Rob Deering was the hilarious host who kept the 350 strong guests entertained and spraying Brandy Snaps out of their mouths with laughter.

Congrats to all the winners and bravo to The Giraffe Media Herd at Wedding Ideas.  Special thanks and a whopping well done to you Kirstie for being nominated by the Wedding Ideas readers.

Award nominee Kirstie Taylor
looking amazing in a vintage Flo & Percy choker and a Kitty & Dulcie gown

Kirstie and Julie totally spellbound after being treated to some jaw dropping table magic

Our OH’s were on their best behaviour (sort of)

Creatiques fabulous Andrew Pearce was dashingly kilted and flashed some rather
 spectacular boxers featuring a Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 sparkly logo.

Hanging out with some of  Giraffe Media Herd 
(Shelley, Pippa, Kirstie, Rachel, Lucinda) 
(but where’s our lovely Jade?)
Shelley strikes a pose and almost puts her back out.
Want That Wedding’s Sonia Collett and Kirstie sizzle with pin-up girl glam’
Pauline, Kirstie and Julie from
Team Flo & Percy have a group hug

King of bridal couture Ian Stuart was rather taken with Shelley’s Vivienne Westwood
 fragrance whilst the rest of the gang laughed at Simon’s silly hair
Shelley, Pauline, Kirstie, Lisa (our ace web designer from Vanilla Gecko) and Julie pose on the red carpet
Announcing the winners of the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012
Best Wedding Venue – Clearwell Castle
Best Destination Choice – Sandals

Best Wedding Videographer – Ido Wedding Films
Best Wedding Photographer – Emma Case
Best Gift List –
Best Special Touches – Giddy Kipper
Best Wedding Cake – The English Cheesecake Company
Best Stationery – Lucy Ledger
Best Shoes – Rachel Simpson Shoes
Best Accessories – Chez Bec
Best Bridal Retailer – Ellie Sanderson
Best Mother of the Bride Collection – Ian Stuart
Best Groomswear – Hugh Harris
Best Bridesmaids Collection – Dessy
Best Plus Size Collection – Sonsie
Best Dress Collection – Alfred Angelo

                 Special Recognition winner Emma Waring – Military Wedding Discounts

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A right Bobbi Dazzler

Look what happend when our
Miss Bobbi met her very own Mr Bobbi Dazzler
Bobbi Dazzler gown, £285
Paper bouquet by Cutture 




Menswear by Delvero


Cakes by Cakes by Krishanthi



Ceremony installation & Perspex Stationery by Cutture  Ghost Chair hire & White Linen Well Dressed Tables


Paper stationery: Menus, Order of service by Beyond Beyond
 Flowers by Wildabout


Silver headpiece Kirsten Goss


With love and thanks to team behind this stunning shoot:
Venue Altitude 360 & The River Room
Design, planning & styling by Always Andri Wedding Design
Styling Assistant Anna Allan
Hair & Makeup by Gemma Sutton
Models: Roanna Dunsford & Joshua Millard 
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Happy New Wedding Ideas

We’re delighted to be featuring our first full page advert within the January 2012 issue of Wedding Ideas magazine. You’ll be so pleased with us girlies, we’re the only designers to actually print a price next to our gowns. Why? we hear you cry. Because we’re so proud of the prices of our amazing quality dresses, we just had to brag about them.

Check out Wedding Ideas today.  This hand-bag sized bridal bible is jam packed with info for all you newly engaged brides. It’s £3.20 and worth each and every penny. 

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Vintage Make-up Masterclass

Above: Marilyn puckers up

Lauren Jackson is a freelance hair and make-up artist.  She has a vast amount of experience in various aspects of make-up and hair design working for TV, magazines, photographic shoots, bridal and also regularly teaches private accredited courses in make-up and hair.  Vintage inspired clothing and accessories, make-up/hair and clothing has definitely made a comeback and Lauren is holding a master class at Fancy Nancy, Leigh on Sea to show you more about getting the perfect ‘flick of your eyeliner’ and the perfect matt red lips.

          Vintage Make-up Master class at Fancy Nancy, Leigh on Sea, Essex

on 13th February 2012 @6.30pm-8.30pm
Tickets £45 per person
Free rouge lipstick for every attendee

A 2 hr make-up session full of demonstrations and practical’s with a vintage theme.
Maximum 12 people
Minimum 5 people
Cupcakes for everyone!

Above: Makeup by Lauren Jackson
You will learn tricks of the trade  concentrating on the vintage theme.  Taking vintage style make-up and bringing it to life.During the master class looks will be demonstrated giving guests a chance to practice on one another.

Contact details: 07980 755 465
Tickets to be purchased direct with Lauren
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More size 12 Pearly Queens coming soon

We’ve almost sold out of our size 12 Pearly Queens. You girls know a gorgeous gown when you see one that’s for sure. Panic ye not though brides-to-be, the Seamstress Fairies are busy working their magic on a new batch of gowns due to be ready in January 2012. 

If you’re eager to get your mitts on a size 12 Pearly, email us at and we’ll give you a shout as soon as they’re available for dispatch.

Now go and have a good old knees up – it’s CHRISTMAS.

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TOWIE’S Bright new girls on the block

We hit one of Essex’s sizzling new shopping hotspots on Wednesday 9 November, as Bella Sorella was revealed to the Press. This Aladdin’s cave of glamour is situated in Loughton High Road and is the brainchild of TOWIE’s Lydia Bright and her lovely sister Georgia. The uber stylish siblings have packed their boutique (which when translated into English means ‘beautiful sister’) with to die-for cupcakes, vintage inspired treasures and everything from affordable fashion to BAFTA-worthy frocks. The TOWIE gang including dear Nanny Pat  turned up in full force with one noticeable absence, that of Jungle-Jim, Mr Mark Wright. We were invited as guests of Reveal Magazine but as an ex journo I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics of some of Bella Sorella’s delights whilst Kirstie and I prized the latest goss’ from the perfected pouts of our favourite Essex neighbours.
Bella Sorella owner Lydia Bright

Whilst gorgeous Georgia entertained half the guests, delightful Lydia kept us cool with each and every flutter of her incredible lashes which she informed us were made by Eylure. Apparantly she’s a dab hand at applying them herself too. Very impressive, we’re twice her age and still manage to glue our fingers to our lids. 

How apt are these kissable treats from the wonderfully talented Juliet – The Guv’ of Cake Boutique Fancy Nancy based in Essex’s sunny Leigh-On-Sea.
Fancy Nancy Cake Pops
Fancy Nancy’s Cake Pops are one of Bella Sorella’s most sought after delicacy. 
It’s the focal point of the store, it’s for sale, it’s mega bucks.
DEAR SANTA – Please may we have one for Chrimbo?
Being total vintage fiends, we need and simply must have each and every one of these retro cards.

One of Lydia’s favourite designs in the boutique is this Dynasty dress which she wore to the BAFTAs earlier this year.

 When Lydia’s beau ‘Arg’ arrived he made a beeline straight for his girlie and planted a massive smacker on her lips.   
James ‘Arg’ Argent
You can’t tell from this pic but we can assure one and all that darling ‘Arg’ was incredibly proud to be sporting a vajazzled bow tie. Tiejazzled bow tie even.
They’re comfy. Honest!
The Towie gang had spent the previous day in the studio recording their very own rendition of Last Christmas. Practiced crooner Arg’ told us he wanted to sing the entire song but was happy to follow Nanny Pat’s “Happy Christmas,” with his line, “I wrapped it up and sent it with a note, saying I love you I meant it.” Well we know how much he loves his Lydia judging by the amount of money he spent on the  Charlotte Olympia Shoes she was wearing this evening.  They set him back over £600.
We’re seriously ‘well ‘jel
The lovely, tactile Debbie Douglas
Oh how we love the utterly adoreable Debbie Douglas (Lydia and Georgia’s effervescent Mum). Bursting with energy, the ex Gloria Vanderbilt employee dressed in Ghost and sporting an eye-catching Accessorise necklace, was positively glowing. So what’s the secret behind her amazing skin? (honestly guys, close up you won’t believe how incredibly flawless it is). Well, we happen to know that Debbie hits the sack, every night, covered from head to toe ‘Seal stylee’ in good old Acqueos cream and has done for years. 
*Note to self: order a van load of Acqueos cream*

Debbie models one of her favourite pieces of sparkle from Bella Sorella – priced under £30. 

Beautiful Billie Faiers; Does this lovely creature ever stop smiling? 

Uber glam’ Sam Faiers
Billie’s sister Sam looked super elegant in her Love Label slinky, maxi slip dress. Don’t tell anyone but it was a bargain £49 however, she looked a million dollars in it.
Cheeky Ms Jessica Wright was ready to party

Voluptuous Lucy Mecklenburgh was closely kept an eye on by her beloved Mario Falcone
Sweet Chloe Sims caused a minor hurricane with each and every bat of her eyelids
Check out Chloe’s 100% perfecto top knot
Joey Essex gives us his best smouldering look

Fairytale Maria Fowler strikes a pose
Maria was caught in a pap’ attack as she tried to exit the buiding
                (out of focus – sack the photographer)            
              Chloe and Joey brave it for one last pic as Nanny Pat gathers the troops into the coach

Just before the clocks chimed 9pm Lydia and the TOWIE cast were ushered away from Bella Sorella by Nanny Pat. With an air-kiss to their awating fans, they all headed off to London’s Leicester Square for the TOWIE Wrap Party with a couple of bottles of bubbly to encourage a good old Essex sing-song on the coach…….”Last Christmas I gave you my heart……..”

Kirstie and Lydia – Vintage Queens

We’d like to say a massive sparkly cheers to Lydia and Georgia, we wish you  huge success with Bella Sorella. See you soon for a Cake Pop and a good old chin-wag about our shared love of all things vintage, oh and maybe a little lesson in fake eye-lash application purlease? Sx
p.s Incase you’ve been in some kind of sleep capsule for the past year TOWIE stands for The Only Way Is Essex, the hit ITV2 show. I’ll now, “Shutttt upppppp”

I get over-excited by a Fancy Nancy shortcake vintage dress
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Getting wed’ this year? Wanna be on TV?

Sky Living are looking for brides/grooms-to-be who are tying the knot before the end of this year (that’s 2011 folks) to appear in their award winning ‘Four Weddings’ TV series. The four participants in each episode will attend and score each other’s special day with the winning wedding bagging the happy couple a  luxury five star honeymoon in Antigua and Mauritius.  This documentary style show is produced by a highly professional crew who want to share your special day and give you the opportunity to have lots of fun along the way.

So, if you’re getting wed’ in the next two-three months and would like apply to take part in the show, please email or call 020 7157 3552 or 020 7157 4679.

Do let us know if you end up taking part  – we’d love to hear your story.
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Rocket & Bear bridesmaid bags

Rocket & Bear Personalised Party Bags £25 for 4
(20cm x 26cm) 

How utterly gorgeous are these cute white cotton bags.  The pefect personalised gift for your bridesmaids. Designed by Rocket & Bear’s super talented ownwer Lucy who was inspired by her daughter’s love of all things pink and sparkly. Kitsch and custom printed to order at the bargain price of £25 for four or individually for £6.50, these bags are a keepsake must. Check out the adoreable Rocket & Bear website for a whole array of divine presents for your special little wedding day helpers.






Individual child’s bag £6.50
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