12 November 2013

A little bit of advertising in Brides magazine

A couple of months ago, I got contacted by the advertising department for the wedding magazine for Brides. There was a special deal offered, so I thought I would give it ago.

I had previously advertised in British Vogue which wasn't as successful as I had hoped (despite all the hype you get sold). So I thought, I would ply my trade on a magazine aimed at brides to be. Wish me luck!

So my little advert is in the November / December 2013 issue of Brides and you can see it here:

If you are a bride-to-be and would like to get 10% off your order, pick up a copy of Brides today! :)

To find out more about Lovely Designs and what we can do for you, check out our website. We would love to create your perfect wedding invitations and stationery:

23 October 2013

Wedding Fairs in Autumn 2013


This coming weekend on Sunday 27th Oct 2013 is the Chosen Wedding Fair that will be held at the Chelsea Old Town Hall.

They had their first wedding fair back in May and went along with my mum to check it out. It has a lovely vibe, partly because of the fantastic and historical venue, but mainly because of the great mix of suppliers.

The upcoming fair theme is "Love Letters" and on the day they will have a map of London for Brides to pinpoint where their romantic moment has happened. It will then be collated into their Love Guide to London.

To find out more and buy tickets, check out:

Photo from the Chosen website gallery.
As it was my mum's birthday, she was treated to a bit of hair and makeup touch up and got our photo
taken by the girls at the Pin Up Studio. I just love how it captures our close relationship. 

Miss Vintage Wedding Affair

Last Sunday (20th October) was Miss Vintage Wedding Affair that is held at the Battersea Arts Centre. I have heard some great things about this fair and would definitely consider exhibiting there in the future. It's worth checking out the site and looking out for the next fair in the Spring.

Photo by www.emmestphotography.co.uk

One Love

Also last weekend was the One Love Wedding Show that was held on the 19th and 20th October with unique and inspirational ideas for gay and lesbian couples. It was their first fair and was at the Hospital Club, London. It was founded by Sara Smyth who started the online wedding boutique Ruby + Diva (that I am also listed with), and Becky Hoh-Hale who runs A Most Curious Wedding Fair, held in Brick Lane, London.

Check out the photo shoot that was shared on the Love My Dress blog which tells you more about the One Love fair here.

Zoe Lem's Vintage Fair

This time last year was Zoe Lem's fair at the Old Sessions House in Clerkenwell. It then moved to the Bloomsbury Ballroom in the Spring. The next fair was supposed to be on Sunday 2nd November 2013 but seems to be cancelled. If it does get reinstated, it's worth going along to and had plenty of inspiration and entertainment.

Here are some photos of my stand at the last Zoe Lem fair back in April.

Our Lovely Designs stand with Marie-Louise, Philippa and Jo representing.
Our headwear was by the talented Rachel Black.

We dressed up in keeping with the Cabaret theme!

I designed the signage around the event to let people know where things were.

My floor plan for the event.

Another vintage inspired sign. I used dramatic colours to tie in with the flyer.

There was an amazing photo booth that we had giggles over getting our pictures done!
Photos by www.fotonoir.co.uk

17 September 2013

Philippa and James' Navy and Pink Confetti Wedding

It's nearly Philippa and James' third wedding anniversary. Looking back at the photos of their wedding day, it strikes me that their colour theme and the lovely confetti themed designs still look as fresh as they did on the big day.

Happy (nearly) three year anniversary, Philippa and James!

Here, Philippa shares her tips and thoughts about her wedding...

2nd October 2010
Haughley Park Barn, Stowmarket, Suffolk (www.haughleyparkbarn.co.uk)

Theme / Colours:
White, Pink and Blue

Photography: Clifford Hicks (www.photographicks.co.uk)
Flowers: Flowers With Flair (www.flowerswithflair.co.uk)
Catering: Crossways Farm 
My Dress: Ellis Bridal at Bride-All, Newmarket (www.bride-all.co.uk)
Bridesmaids dresses: both from Debenhams
Suits: rented from Gerald Broughton, Bury St Edmunds (www.geraldboughton.co.uk)
Cake: homemade!
Stationery: Lovely Designs (www.lovelydesigns.co.uk)

Highlights of the wedding day:
Having friends and family travel from all over the world to share the day

Anything you would have done differently?:
Not really, maybe my hair?

How did your wedding reflect your personality?:
It was fun, happy, friendly and relaxed.

Where did you get your ideas and inspiration?:
I had strong ideas about what I didn't want, and found fantastic local suppliers at smaller local wedding fairs.

Any time or money saving tips?:
Find someone to bake a cake – my mum made ours and it was delicious!

Advice to other brides-to-be:
Take it easy, don't panic, and listen to suppliers that come recommended. 

19 July 2013

Relocation Relocation Relocation

Well... its been a busy few months and I can't quite believe how quickly the time has swept buy. Blogging definitely fell to the bottom of the pile of things to do.

The main reason for all the busy-ness and distraction has been a relocation at work in my day job.

For the last 5 and a bit years (soon coming up to 6 years!), I have been commuting into central London for my job as a designer in a small company that is part of a larger group of printing companies.

We were based in the London office on Clerkenwell Road, but since the beginning of May have moved down to Croydon where the headquarters and some of the factories are based.

We heard the news about the possibility of moving back in January. Then there were many meetings to discuss the move and plans being made. There were lots of talks and worrying about the logistics and how it effected our small little company. It was a very stressful time but now we are settled in.

My routine has changed dramatically from commuting nearly 4 hours each day to and from London, 5 days a week to working a few days at home in my spare room / home office / dressing room. Then one or two days a week I travel down South to work in the Croydon office.

What I miss about working in London:

  • All the cafés and delis with a variety of yummy and unusual food.
  • There always lots of interesting little nooks and crannies around the corner so you never know what you might discover. 
  • Access to free art gallery shows and openings and museums.
  • The shops. You can't beat the choice and availability in Oxford Street and the Westfield malls. Oh, and they stay open later so I could pop in after work before shlepping home.
  • Meeting up with friends after work. A lot of my friends live or work in or near London and so it was easy to meet up for dinner and catch up during the week. (Luckily, I still pass through London so I will see them occasionally but maybe with more forward planning.)
Here are some photos I took out and about in the area before we moved.

The White Hart PH
(7 Giltspur Street, London, Greater London EC1A 9DE, UK)

Saint Bartholomew's Hospital 
(9 Prescot St, London, Greater London E1 8PR, UK)

Faulkners Alley
(Albion Place, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, UK)

Kurt Geiger Head Office
(Britton Street, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, UK)

Smithfield Market
(201-232 Charterhouse St, London EC1M 6JN)

St John’s Gate
(St John Street, London EC1M 4DA) ‎

What I definitely DON'T miss about working in London:

  • It gets a bit expensive eating at these lovely cafés and restaurants in London all the time.
  • The train fairs aren't cheap to get into London from where I live. It hurt my pocket and finances!
  • Noisy. There's the traffic, building works, road works, chattering people, large vehicles reversing. 
  • Dirty. Dust and fumes kicked up from the traffic. The underground is pretty grimey too.
  • The crowds. On the tube, roads, in the shops. Everywhere.
  • Pigeons. Why do they stalk me and choose to fly at me? Why do they have only one leg? 

And so for now at least,  it seems to have worked out for the best and the move has had an overall positive impact on me. Hurrah!

10 April 2013

Gets Hitched: My lovely stand

Well, I am delighted to say that considering how bone shatteringly tiring the four day fair was, I think it went pretty well. We had the weather against us with freezing temperatures and even more snow across the UK. The show started on Thursday 21st March and the weather didn't get the hint it should be Spring.

So despite the horrid weather, people did make the effort and come to visit the Craft Central Gets Hitched fair. And how pleased me and the other exhibitors were that they did! 

I met some great suppliers that I plan to feature in the next few weeks and some enthusiastic brides and grooms (just what we love!).

But now, its all about me and my stand for Lovely Designs...

The first day of the launch after setting up.

I was downstairs in the basement with no natural light.  So I bought some battery
operated spotlights and stuck them in the shelving that was provided. Ta da!

My trusty heart shaped card holder displaying my cards for sale.

My mum, Ellen, knitting away and putting her feet up after helping set up the stand.

The Second Day 

Friday 22nd March 2013

Here I am setting up for the day and my brother James Magnus came along
to say hello and take some photos for me.
(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

Right, ready to go! I am wearing a head piece by the wonderful and
very friendly Rachel Black who was also exhibiting downstair.
(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

I got some great comments about my homemade bunting banner!
(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

Philippa's lovely confetti themed wedding items.
(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

I created a new wine label to tie in with my lily themed wedding items.
(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

My new packs of thank you cards with gift tags.
(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

Not forgetting my trusty light and text sign with the words Lovely Designs!
(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

Me trying out my most welcoming smile! :)
(Photo credit: Night Bear Foto)

I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to my mum, Ellen, for helping put up and take down the stand. Without her, I would have been a gibbering wreck.

Thanks to my brother, James Magnus with his Night Bear Foto company, for taking pictures of me and my stand and making the most of a dark basement area.

And finally, thank you to Philippa, my lovely partner in crime, who came a couple of evenings bearing chocolate chip cookies and giving me a break from my sales patter!