Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas Break

So thats it for 2011.  Due to my heavy workload in December and time contraints I've decided to have a little holiday from the blogging and do some work behind the scenes.

I do hope you've enjoyed what we've had to offer you in the past 6 months.  Please come back in January when I will return with bigger and better posts to inspire you Lancashire Brides.

Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year x

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A Winter Wonderland Inspiration Board

If you're planning a Winter or Christmas Wedding then this inspiration board will be right down your street.  Filled with unique ideas and wintry props its bound to get your imagination working overboard. 

You all know how I love doing unusual things to chairs (well, it is my job!), so I just couldn't resist this photo of the chair wreaths.  You know those wishing trees where your wedding guests can leave you good wishes notes?  Well why not use a Christmas Tree instead? Your venue will probably already have one up, so not only is it a unique idea but its also practical and cost-effective. 

Winter is also a great time to make use of our natural resources.  So for you DIY brides, pine cones, holly and berries etc can come in very handy.  To make sure you get the look right it is often worth bringing in an expert to achieve the right look without it looking like A Nightmare Before Christmas.  Simply Bows and Chair Covers are more than happy to help with this and can also recommend other experts in the industry to help you get the look just right.

Monday, 5 December 2011

A Delicious Bouncy Castle Inspired Shoot: Part 2

So here are the photos I promised of me and the other half fooling around on his bouncy castle  Considering what she had to work with I think Joanne Spencer has produced some pretty funny photos!

Remember this was a completely DIY photoshoot with no hair and make up artist and me wearing a £30 dress from the Littlewoods Catalogue shop, bargain!

As you can probably tell, we're not natural models but I'm pretty happy wiht the results.  Plus we all get some great photos to add to our websites/albums that we normally wouldn't have had the chance to achieve.


Friday, 2 December 2011

A Delicious Bouncy Castle Inspired Shoot

I am always keen to be involved in photoshoots.  Not only is the outcome fantastic but so much fun is had creating something that you don't normally get to do.  For me I am keen to show that Simply Bows and Chair Covers are not just for weddings but we can create a fun look for any event, whether it be for a corporate party or christening.

The idea behind this shoot came to me when my other half set up his bouncy castle business Chorley Bouncy Castles.  I wanted to combine both businesses to create something fun.  So we larked about on the bouncy castle, dressed in alternative wedding gear (photos coming next week) and then I created a few table set ups to compliment the look of the bouncy castle, i.e. bright, fun and exciting!

We use many materials in our line of business but for once I wanted to do something different and fun with them, so we incorporated stripes and harlequin patterns along with bright organzas to bring it all together.  I even enjoyed a trip to Blackpool to buy candyfloss, rock and lollipops for props. 

The very talented Joanne Spencer was kind enough to shoot it for me, who tried her best to get me and the other half to look half decent whilst posing and throwing ourselves around on a bouncy castle!

Park Hall in Chorley very kindly lent us the use of one of their function rooms for the day and we also took advantage of their gigantic outside chess board.  I just love the shots that Joanne Spencer managed to create below!

Remember to check out the blog next week to see the photos of us larking about on the bouncy castle- thats if the other half lets me put them on!

With thanks to
Perfect Parties for providing the balloons.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Taste of Lancashire: Shutterleaf Photography

Today we have a lovely man on the blog, who goes by the name of Anurag Sharma, also known as Shutterleaf Photography.   When Anurag sent over a selection of his recent work, I was blown away.  Here is just a small selection that I chose, so I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I did.  Over to Anurag...

"My name is Anurag Sharma & I run ShutterLeaf Photography. I am based in the village of Wrea Green about 3 miles from Lytham, in Lancashire. Weddings are all about love, about friends, about family, about the moments, about the day, about a story. I take pictures that tell that story."

 How did you get into photography?

"I guess I've always loved what photographs represent. A photograph says so much about the human condition. They are not just throwaway things. They have purpose. They give you a glimpse of a specific moment in time. They remain when all else goes.

I started getting serious about photography back in 2008. This was 2 years after the birth of my first child and around the time of the birth of my second. I put down the reason that I am a full time photographer purely down to my two daughters. I am very conscious of how important time is to us. It is the most precious commodity of all. We can't get it back but we can reflect on it. We can see it again. The memory of moments. The still beauty of images is such a driver to our imagination. It elates us and saddens. It makes us laugh and weep. It makes us belong from afar. My family is one of my two loves in life. The other is photography."

Where can we find you and which areas do you cover?

"I live in Wrea Green, a village near Lytham. Ribby Hall is about a mile away and The Villa Country Hotel about 800 yards. I cover the whole of the UK with most weddings I shoot being based in Lancashire. I've shot weddings in Tatton Park, near Manchester, and The Majestic, in Harrogate, so I have no issues with travelling out of the county."

Apart from weddings, can you offer anything else? 

"My services extend from doing engagement shoots with provision for some beautiful signing boards, through to catching the fun and the love enjoyed on a wedding day. After the great day, I provide a personal viewing session, if convenient. I always hold hope for a future baby shoot – ahem. :-)

My aim is simple, to tell a tell your story."

You know how I love a good Rock The Frock shoot and these photos just prove my point.  The shoots are the perfect time to wear your dress again AND get some alternative photos that you would never achieve on your wedding day.

What is your photography style?

"In essence my style is documentary in nature with time included to take formal bridal and couple portraits and a maximum of 5 group shots. Your wedding day is not the photographer's day therefore I try and keep interruptions to a minimum and let my couples enjoy the time with their friends and family. This mixture of a documentary style with a sprinkling of portraiture ensures that your wedding day flows with ease and equally the story of your day flows within the photographs."

Your blog is fantastic. It allows brides to be to see your previous work. Do you think this helps with potential clients?

"Of course. A couple can gauge whether the photographs and the photographer suits them. A photograph is more than clicking a button. There is an art to taking a picture and an art to making a picture. Blogs showcase both. My photographs are about moments that when put together weave into a story."


Do you have any favourite photos?

"It is very possible to capture love. I see a part of me in all my photographs. My personal favourites are those of my two young children. My photographs are like children to me. I have so many favourites, for so many reasons. From when Diane's father had his hand on his daughter's shoulder soon after she was married to the look in Craig's face when Jessica stood next to him. They are all about love, emotion, a moment."

Have you had any demanding brides or unusual requests?

"Yes but nothing that couldn't be catered for. When couples meet me it is crucial that we get on and that they understand the way I shoot a wedding day and the stories I produce for them in an album or video. It is essentially the service that they will be receiving if they hire me. I will want to understand their needs. My hope is that what I offer fits neatly with what a couple wants. It's the perfect match. It may well be that I am not the right photographer for them. For example my style may not suit a more traditional style that a couple is looking for. In that case, I am more than happy to recommend another photographer who would suit them better. It is very important to me for people to like the way I tell a story rather than hiring me simply as a photographer. Equally important is that couples walk away happy whether they hire me or not."

Can you give us an idea of prices?

"My collections & prices tend to get reviewed every 6 months. Currently, my base collection starts from £995. This includes selected images from the day, with basic lighting and colour corrections on disc with print rights. Larger collections contain hand crafted photographs for inclusion in your story book."

 Where can our readers meet you? And do you have a website?

"Readers can meet me for some flavoursome coffee or tea (PG tips I’m afraid) in Wrea Green where they can view my collections, see more of my work and discuss their needs. As an introduction to my work, my latest work can be viewed via

My portfolio can be see at"

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Christmas Comes Early At Glamour Bridal & Prom

** Special Offer **
** 20% off **
How would you like to choose the dress of your dreams and receive a staggering 20% off? Don't delay, book your appointment with us now on Saturday 26th November or Saturday 3rd December and not only will you save 20% on the cost of your dress......

You'll also receive:
* £50.00 voucher towards accessories including veils, tiaras and shoes.


* An exclusive FYEO Brides photo shoot at a studio of your choice worth over £150
- a magical keepsake and perfect wedding day
present for your
husband to be and only available at Glamour Bridal!

Don't delay ladies, book now, this offer is only available on Saturday 26th & Saturday 3rd December 2011
call us on 01204 388390
Glamour Boutique x

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

We're Up For Another Award

This time its The Wedding Industry Awards

We would like to say a BIG thanks to all our brides who voted for us! Not only are we thrilled that we excelled your expectations on your big day but are also very grateful that you took the time to go online and vote for us too... it is very much appreciated.

Now we just have to keep our fingers and toes crossed until the end of the month when the winners will be announced!

Watch this space!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Disney Fairytale Weddings

I have something to confess to you all.  I am a MAHOOSIVE Disney fan.  I've even been harbouring two Mickey and Minnie champagne flutes for my own big day. So when I came across the website for Disney Weddings, imagine my excitement!

Now I know Disneyland is a far strech from Lancashire but when the brochure dropped through my letterbox I just couldn't resist telling you all about it.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have imagined myself marrying my very own Prince Charming in the pink Disney castle.  Yes, I was a little disappointed to find out that you can't actually get married in there but I got over that when I saw the rest of the brochure.

Disney organise weddings at 4 locations: Florida, California, Hawaii and on their magnificent Cruise Liner. Each location has different collections depending on whether you want an intimate affair or a wedding that meets all your princess wishes.  Use this link to see a collection comparison for each location and find out what each collection offers.

 Disney also have inhouse wedding planners and services to pander to your every need.  At Florida, Franck's Bridal Studio- a re-creation of Franck's studio from the hit Touchstone movie "Father of the Bride" - showcases all of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings' offerings in a Victorian summerhouse setting. The planning studio is elegantly styled with French provincial furniture and antique portraits in gilt. Classical music plays quietly in the background.  Brides-to-be can meet with their Disney Wedding Specialist to select all the elements that comprise their storybook wedding: music, entertainment, photography, candelabras, centerpieces, sample specialty linens, fresh floral arrangements, world-class cuisine, cakes and guest books.

Once you have chosen your location, you then have an abundance off venues to choose from.  Have your reception in the actual theme park, or choose from one of many beautiful terraces or lavish Ballrooms.  As always with Americans, Disneys have weddings off to a tee.  So if its those special touches that make you go gaga for weddings then Disney is your place. 

But with all this choice I'm not quite sure how one will ever decide!

Credits: All photos and information are from

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Make Your Wedding Stand Out From The Crowd

I am a big fan of American weddings.  The detail and thought that goes into simple things such as chairs, table linen and even napkins are very much what Simply Bows and Chair Covers aim to do.  We offer something different and unique to your bogstandard white chair covers. We love an event with a theme or a wedding that allows us to be creative and try new designs.  This is why I often use American blogs and websites for inspiration like the photos below.
And heres a few pics of unusual designs from Simply Bows and Chair Covers.

For details on how we can make your wedding day stand out visit the website at

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

To A Dear Friend...

8 years ago this week we lost one of our dearest friends.  At the age of 15 we thought our world had ended.  But life did go on and little did we know that our memories and the times we spent together were to influence every decision we made.  I remember when we used to star up at the sky making shapes out of the stars.  Now I look up at them and I know you're staring back at me.  Whenever I'm feeling low I look up to the stars for reassurance from you.  This year brought the start of the business, and who would have thought 8 years ago that at the age of 23 I would be running my own business.  I obviously can't say for sure, but I like to think you played a part in that.

It was a brief friendship but the fast year that we spent together is one I will always remember.  Your smile, your laugh and your ability to light up a room.  How 8 years have flown by.  We all went to to college, university and on to full time jobs and we often wonder what you would have ended up doing.  Life has changed a lot but our memories of you never will.

I'm not normally one for soppy stories but I just wanted to say thankyou.  You made me who I am today and for that I thankyou.  I thank you for the memories, for the fun times we shared and for the laughs we had.

RIP Rachael x

Thursday, 10 November 2011

A Taste of Lancashire: Dawn Juson

Today I have a Bolton based photographer for you lovely lot.  Here is Dawn to tell us a bit more about herself.

"My name is Dawn and I am a Weddings and Boudoir Photographer. As a small child I was obsessed with taking photos and I would take my camera everywhere at the annoyance of my family! It wasn't until my children were born however that I decided to leave the rat race and follow my passion."

"I would describe my style as photojournalistic with staged shots kept to a minimum. I think it’s nice to have some posed photos but not at detriment to style and enjoyment of the day. I do capture all the little details but most of all I love to capture the joy and real emotion of day not the fake smiles and military line ups! I give 100% not just on the day but also afterwards in the editing stage. Quite often I can take up to 2000 shots per wedding and it can take me up to 2 weeks to fully edit. I don’t just hand the client all the photos, I hand pick the best images and importantly don’t over process or add effects that will date your photographs over the years. I offer beautiful, elegant and unpretentious wedding photography."

Dawn also offers Boudoir photoshoots which can make a great present for your hubby to be or simply used to boost your confidence.

"I love the Boudoir side of my business! I love seeing the client be transformed into a starlet and realising that with correct posing and with a bit of magic afterwards all women can look sexy in their underwear. The women I have worked with have found it to be an amazing confidence booster and a brilliant gift idea!"

Dawn Juson Photography
07984 417 562