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 ♥

 

Get in touch:

Website // www.sapphiregroove.com

Twitter // @SapphireGroove

Facebook // www.facebook.com/SapphireGrooveDance

Love Heart Feature // Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

Images: Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

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!

Images: Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

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.

Images: Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

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 ♥

 

Get in touch:
 
 
 
Twitter // @YPWPhotographer
 
 
 

Advice // How to Get the Most Out of your Engagement Photo-shoot

 Image: Ciara Richardson {via Bridal Musing

Perhaps the most unique and personal way of announcing your engagement to your near and dear is with a styled engagement photo-shoot. Your shoot can be as simple or as lavish as you like, it could take place in your home or at a location which means a great deal to you as a couple, it could even include your pets! As long as it represents the two of you perfectly, feel free to be as subtle or as outrageous as you like!

Photos: Alders Photography {via Style Me Pretty} // Brandon Kidd Photography {via Inspired By This} // Brandon Kidd Photography {via Inspired By This} // Kayla Barker {via Grey Likes Weddings}

An engagement shoot is also the perfect opportunity to really get comfortable and confident in front of the camera ahead of your wedding day, where you will be photographed left, right and centre! If you are super organised and have already booked your wedding photographer, then perhaps they can also take your engagement photos? An engagement shoot will give your photographer the perfect opportunity to see how you are in front of the camera, and therefore how to properly shoot you so that you look your very best when your wedding day arrives! Gorgeous engagement photo-shoot images will provide you with inspiration for very personal and totally unique save the date cards, they can be used to decorate your wedding website (if you have a craving for such a thing), and they make great gifts for your parents or guardians.

Images: Tara Photographics // June Bug Weddings // Pinterest

Take a look at my tips below to ensure that you get the most out of the experience …

  • Before you begin searching for a photographer you may like to create a few mood boards which identify and expand upon the atmosphere and style of shots you wish to capture. Pinterest is perfect for this job as your resulting boards can be emailed or shown to potential photographers.
  • Choose a location for your photo-shoot which is appropriate for the time of year. If it’s midwinter you may want to stick to cosy indoor setups with a roaring fire, rather than parks, gardens or beaches. Unless you have your heart set on a wintery backdrop of course! Great autumn locations include woodlands and city parks to take advantage of the fiery colours, while great spring and summer locations include bluebell woods, secret gardens and nature reserves. Use your chosen location to the fullest by taking plenty of shots in different areas or rooms to capture different backgrounds and angles of light. Also, engagement photo-shoots at the home you share with your fiancé can be particularly moving and make for beautiful shots.
  • Practice your makeup or book a makeup artist to create a natural but glamorous look for your shoot! If you opt for a makeup artist you will want to have a trial first (just as you will for your wedding day look), to ensure that you are completely happy with the result before you book. You will need to wear a bit more makeup than you would usually wear, as makeup doesn’t show up as well on photos.
  • Keep your hair style simple and natural. Stay away from highly styled looks as you want to keep those for the big day itself! If you want to colour your hair for the shoot then make an appointment at your salon at least a week before, and apply some intensive moisture masks to add shine and bounce.
  • Again, keep your outfit simple and tidy, but don’t try to change your own style of clothing as you won’t feel, and therefore you won’t look, comfortable. If you live in jeans and hi-tops then don’t force yourself to totter around in five inch heels and a sequin dress! Pick a few different outfits to wear, stay away from anything too intricate or highly decorative, and don’t forget a coat and accessories. Also, get a second opinion regarding your outfits from a trusted friend or family member. You may think that the pink jumpsuit and gold wedges you’ve chosen looks fab, but a trusted friend will give an objective opinion and perhaps rein you in bit. Oh, and steer clear of sheer fabrics or you may end up with more on display than you intended!
  • Include your pets and hobbies where possible to keep the shoot highly personal to you as a couple. If you have a well behaved dog then it’s almost essential that you take them along to get involved with the shoot, but remember to take a friend along also to look after the dog between shots.
  • Have fun with it! An engagement photo-shoot is the perfect platform to allow your fun and flirty side to shine through, so discuss ideas such as props, funky backdrops and personal touches with your photographer. Make it as unique as you can by choosing props that tell the story of your relationship, and always take your photographer’s opinion into consideration. Prop rental companies are a great source, both of advice and of top quality decorative items.

--Lottie ♥

Inspiration // Lottie's Wedding Art

I have something a little different to share with you today; something which I truly hope will inspire you to do the same for your own wedding! The project I am going to tell you about started as soon as I began to plan our wedding day concept. I knew straight away that I wanted to create something which embodied our big day once all of the celebrations, tears of joy, dancing and general merriment was over. I wanted to create pieces of art which included as many reminders of our special day as possible to hang in an area of our apartment where I would see them daily. Basically, I didn’t ever want to forget that one amazing day, and everything that I’d put into planning it…

I came up with the idea of creating three piece of art to place in white rococo frames, each one with its own theme. As I worked through the planning stages I made sure to keep hold of scraps of lace from my dress, spare decorations and stationary, and anything else which really held meaning to me. The pile was already rather large as our wedding day approached, and afterwards I was able to add to it in the form of cards from our guests and tags from our wishing tree. Once the dust settled and I was able to work through the wedding-related flotsam and jetsam, I knew that I had more than enough to begin my project. I got to it as soon as we returned from our honeymoon.

The process for creating my wedding art involved lots of cutting, arranging and sticking, and I made a glorious mess on our dining room table during one very busy weekend! I felt like a little girl working on an art project for school, it was fantastic fun! I started by dividing my treasures up into three piles – wishing tree tags and table decorations, guest’s cards, and attire and accessories. I then arranged everything on the backing from my three white frames, and got gluing.

It took quite a while to get everything secured in place, but it was well worth it. Now I have some gorgeous works of art to remind me of our wedding day each and every time I look at them, and they really were very simple to create. Some of the items I incorporated within my art include spare invitations, menus, lace from my dress, material from your bridesmaid’s dresses, ribbon, place cards, wedding cards from our guests, table decorations, decorations from our cake, wishing tree tags, table confetti, hair decorations, jewellery and tokens. I even included material from the dress I wore the day I met my husband, and if I hadn’t dried my bouquet still bound I would have included some dried flowers! Basically you can use whatever you have left over, as well as special items used on the day itself.

I wholeheartedly advise every bride out there to do as I did. It’s such a waste to recycle or throw away all of your spare bits and bobs when you could put them to such wonderful use. Every item that was part of your wedding day setup is special and unique to you. Don’t let these memories go to waste.

--Lottie ♥

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