Love Heart Feature // Sapphire Groove

If you are considering grabbing your groom and impressing your wedding guests with a beautifully choreographed first dance under the glitter ball, then today’s feature is for you! We have all fantasised about discovering a natural ability on the dance floor and appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, but how can we translate that dream into a real life experience? Enter, Sapphire Groove!

Sapphire Groove is run by Tania Pieri, a London based dancer and singer with a passion for leading workshops, teaching dance and dance performance. Alongside a versatile team of dancers with years of industry experience in a wide range of dance styles, Tania has created Sapphire Groove to spread her love of dance throughout the UK, and to make it accessible to anyone.

The Sapphire Groove team have performed as part of some highly prestigious events and venues, such as the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, The Royal Variety Performance, The National Theatre and Buckingham Palace. With the Sapphire Groove team you can be sure that you will receive lessons and instruction from some of the UK’s most talented dancers, and Tania’s team offer lessons in vintage, retro, world and classic dance. No matter which area of dance you are interested it, whether that be in swing, soul train, salsa or ballroom, your requirements can be catered for!

Wedding dance lessons are all conducted on a one to one basis by friendly, patient and professional instructors who will design a dance especially for you and your wedding. While creating the dance your instructor will incorporate your individual wishes and will take your strengths and weaknesses into consideration. The result will be a dance which will wow your guests and give you some extra confidence as the big day approaches. Tania truly believes that anyone can learn to dance and can perform something magical on their wedding day!

As well as offering wedding dance lessons, the Sapphire Groove team also offer hen and stag parties and even instruction on reception flash mobs! If you’d like to find out more about Tania and her team, visit her website.

--Lottie ♥


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Love Heart Feature // Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

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Today’s Love Heart Feature is especially for busy brides and grooms to be, as it takes all of the fuss out of finding and booking the perfect wedding photographer for your big day! The ‘Your Perfect Wedding Photographer’ website allows you to browse a wonderfully talented and diverse range of photographers by style, budget and location. The vision of the team behind the website is to make it as simple as possible for couples to find the perfect photographer, and they strive to maintain a collection of the best quality wedding photographers who can truly tell the story of your special day.

Whether you are looking for contemporary, reportage or traditional wedding photographers, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for using this fantastic service. The Your Perfect Wedding Photographer website allows you to browse photographers by region, making it easy to locate and book a photographer in your area. Alongside UK photographer, they also have a growing collection of international & destination wedding photographers, and you can even locate companies who offer photo booth hire!

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Another time-saving feature of the Your Perfect Wedding Photographer website is the request a quote service, which allows you to submit a simple online form including your contact details and information regarding the style of your wedding. Shortly after submitting this form you will receive the details of photographers which match your criteria from the Your Perfect Wedding Photographer team, along with quotes from those photographers. This is a brilliant service for brides and grooms who require a bit of times-saving assistance, as it removes all of the leg work. Each photographer included on the website has their own page which links you to their website, includes a button to add them to your favourites, and allows you to send a message, all from one location. It really does not get easier than this!

The Your Perfect Wedding Photographer blog is a goldmine of inspiration, where you will find articles on wedding photography, photos of the week and advice posts on the wider world of wedding planning. They also have a featured photographers section which provides brides and grooms with the opportunity to find out more about individual wedding photographers, including samples of their work, information on their style and money-saving special offers.

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Finally, for quick-fire inspiration visit their photo wall, and if you are looking for assistance with locating your ideal wedding venue, pop over to their sister site to search for beautiful wedding venues close to you.

--Lottie ♥


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Love Heart Feature // Charlotte Mills Bridal

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Today on the Lace & Love Hearts blog I am featuring my interview with up and coming bridal shoe designer, Charlotte Mills, whose line of exquisite creations finally goes on sale at the end of April.

Charlotte graduated from the prestigious Cordwainers, one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London, in 2008. Charlotte left Cordwainers with a BA Hons degree in Product Design & Development for the Fashion Industry, and a burning ambition to concentrate exclusively on designing beautiful bridal footwear. For her final year show, Charlotte had created a bridal footwear range; however she felt that she required a little more industry experience before she was ready to strike out on her own.

Now, after a few years spent perfecting her craft by creating footwear ranges for some of the UK’s best known high street brands, working in Spain and in the Far East, Charlotte is finally ready to realise her dream of designing and creating a range of luxury bridal footwear. She spoke to Lottie Love Heart about her range, what inspires her and how she is feeling about the imminent launch of her first line…

The Lace & Love Hearts blog: Hi Charlotte, welcome to the featured suppliers section of the Lace & Love Hearts blog. Tell me, what first inspired you to delve into the luxury bridal footwear market?

Charlotte Mills: Designing bridal shoes means you are creating the real life glass slipper. Knowing brides will be wearing my shoes for their ‘Cinderella’ moment is amazing and inspires me to create collections to fall in love with.

L&LH: Do you think that studying at Cordwainers has given your products an extra edge of quality over your competitors?

CM: Studying at Cordwainers is something I have always wanted to do, I dreamt of being a shoe designer as a little girl and Cordwainers was naturally my first choice. Learning my craft from masters in the industry helped me develop as a designer and find my own style.  I feel this gives me the edge and also makes me strive for quality and craftsmanship in all of the product I create.

Images: Charlotte Mills Bridal

L&LH: We adore your collection, especially the ‘Alice’ shoe. How do you go about gathering inspiration for each of your pieces?

CM: As you can probably tell from looking at the collection, hearts are the major inspiration. I love art deco and art nouveau, so I studied heart shapes, the lines used in the architecture of these era’s, and gave them a modern twist to create the designs.

L&LH: What is your favourite part of the shoe-designing process?

CM: I love seeing my designs come to life when they are made up in the sampling process. It’s amazing seeing a line drawing develop into something beautiful.

L&LH: Where are your gorgeous shoes made, and how to you ensure the quality of each and every piece?

CM: All our shoes are hand made by master craftsmen in Spain. The factory has been making shoes for over 50 years, which is evident in the attention to detail and quality of the finished product. Each shoe will be checked at Charlotte Mills HQ before it’s sent out to our brides to ensure each pair is finished to the highest standards.

L&LH: What makes your shoes different from the other bridal brands out there?

CM: Each shoe is hand finished with a silver sixpence and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’ We have covered all bases. The sixpence is also the ‘something old’, the ‘something new’ is the shoe, the ‘something blue’ is detailed on the insock, and the ‘something borrowed’ will be inside the shoebox. Brides love this old tradition. This detailing is unique to Charlotte Mills Bridal shoes.

L&LH: What can brides expect from your first collection, and when can they get their hands on your wonderful creations?

CM: I hope brides will fall in love with the attention to detail and the fun romantic designs. They can expect only the highest quality and comfort, but most importantly just gorgeous shoes they will fall in love with and want to wear again and again after their wedding day.  All the styles in the collection are available to pre-order on the website now and delivery will be around mid-May.

Images: Charlotte Mills Bridal

L&LH: How can brides find out more about your imminent launch and stockists?

CM: Our websi has all the information on the launch. We also have a stockist’s page and online shop.

L&LH: Well, we are very excited here at Lace & Love Hearts towers, and we are sure our readers will be too! Roll on the end of April.

--Lottie ♥


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