Wedding Inspiration

Monthly Archives: July 2014

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Carl Jung

Everyone knows that your wedding day is the most important day of your life. We tend to focus all the attention on the bride but it’s just as important for the groom to look his best and feel special on the day.

London boutique Shirts & Ties Venice specilise in sourcing highly sought after Italian brands. From exquisite hand stitched Italian shirts by Finamore and Barba to made to measure suits by Cantarelli, owner and stylist Massimo Vio is on hand to ensure you look the part. Each of the brands stocked are chosen for their uniquely designed and handcrafted pieces, created by teams of highly skilled tailors in Italy.

Shirts and Ties Venice have a wide selection of ready to wear suits; choose from Sartoria Partenopea, Tagliatore and Cantarelli. Sartoria Partenopea suits with their trademark Neapolitan cut or Cantarelli who are known both for their range of classic and more trend led pieces so you’re guaranteed to find something that suits your personal style. For the ultimate indulgence take advantage of Shirts & Ties Venice’s made to measure service. Together you can create something completely unique and bespoke to commemorate the special occasion. The service delivers highly tailored and fitted Italian suits typically within 30 days of the order.

For that finishing touch, the groom is not complete without a dress shirt. Choose from Barba’s elegant hand stitched shirts, renowned for their quality fabrics, mastery in cutting and precision in stitching. Alternatively look to Finamore.  Established in 1925 in Naples, Finamore is one of the top Neapolitan tailoring houses renowned for sophisticated elegance in shirt making. Beautifully hand crafted in the finest cotton, each shirt is a work of art.

For more information go to the website, you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Rarely can a location be found that has endless space, corners and quirks for you to create more than you ever imagined for your wedding, from a one day subtle affair to a three day wedding festival extravaganza.

Boconnoc - House party venue

Boconnoc in South East Cornwall offers the opportunity to create your wedding in a number of enchanting locations. One being the 19th century Georgian Bathhouse, once an elaborate swimming pool for the guests staying in Boconnoc House. With a lion fountain at one end, it now lies empty with a camellia bush growing up the wall and is a magical space to create a truly original setting for a humanist ceremony or wedding breakfast.


Platinum Raspberry, the luxury event styling and design company, brought the space to life with their unique ideas, attention to detail and a can do attitude in this photoshoot. Award winning photographer Khalile Siddiqui photographed the shoot and Christine Trewinnard designed the wedding dress.

Bathhouse Shoot 2

Bathhouse Photo Shoot

Bathhouse Shoot

Bathhouse Photo Shoot

The country estate of Boconnoc is tucked away down two miles of private driveways. All you hear when you arrive is birdsong and the river flowing in the valley.


Boconnoc Weddings 12

The main house, surrounded by sweeping park and woodland, seats 110 guests for a wedding breakfast, or 240 with an additional marquee.

Boconnoc Wedding Venue 2

There is luxurious accommodation in the main house and surrounding cottages for up to 40 guests and beautiful gardens which can be dotted with yurts for additional guests.


Boconnoc Accommodation


Boconnoc Accommodation

Luxury bedroom yurt

Luxury Bedroom Yurt

Onsite there is a church, a civil ceremony room and countless corners and spaces that can be used for your humanist ceremony or wedding breakfast. The flexibility at Boconnoc and the site being a blank canvas means the only limit is your imagination.

Boconnoc Church

Boconnoc Church

Bonc civic

Civil Ceremony Room

Boconnoc Church Wedding - Compose

Boconnoc Church Wedding

For further details visit the website, you can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
George Washington

When I got married in 1992 bridesmaids dresses were much of a muchness – the only difference seemed to be the colour really. That’s certainly not the case these days and NABBD have a plethora to choose from: long; short; vintage; strapless; 50’s; one shoulder; halterneck and maternity.

Not another boring bridesmaid dress

This Autumn sees the arrival of a stunning new selection of dresses for young bridesmaids and flowergirls at leading bridesmaid retailer Nabbd, Not Another Boring Bridesmaid Dress.

Junior bridesmaids and teenagers aged up to 11+ can choose from a wide range of styles from sought after designers such as JLM, Watters Seahorse, Kelsey Rose and Little People.

Highlights include the gorgeous white dress with a forest green sash and exquisite button detailing by Little People, £59.99.

The luxurious lace dress by Watters Seahorse, £279.99,

or the striking pink dress by JLM, £214.99 will ensure your bridesmaids are the centre of attention.

The younger styles are designed to compliment Nabbd’s range of full size bridesmaid dresses making Nabbd the perfect one stop shop for bridesmaids of all ages.  Customers can shop online at or by booking an appointment at Nabbd’s boutique in Wimbledon Park. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weddings very often seem to be just about the girl, so here’s one for the boys!

The Antler have teamed up with King of Shaves to create razor sharp shaving tips for grooms to look good on the big day.

Those wedding photos are going to last a lifetime and no man wants to look back at their wedding album and see cuts, blemishes or the dreaded shaving rash. And they certainly shouldn’t risk upsetting the bride-to-be by going Miami Vice at the last minute. StagWeb’s International Director Jamie Birleson said “Guys want to look and feel good on the big occasions or for big nights out and it’s surprising how many guys simply aren’t aware of some simple shaving techniques”.

For grooms who want to look truly smooth then it’s worth paying special attention and learning the art of the close shave. Did you know…

  • 75% of men shave everyday*
  • 85% of men prefer to wet shave*
  • 1.3 billion men worldwide are estimated to use a razor blade when shaving*

Through our own research at StagWeb we’ve discovered that the majority of men admit they weren’t ever taught to shave and so have devised their own method and bad habits. However there are definite do’s and don’ts for that perfect photogenic and kissable finish that most guys simply don’t (but should) know.

For smooth grooms and hairy ushers alike here are 10 top shaving tips from our friends King of Shaves:

1. Forget everything you know:

Lots of lather does not equal a good shave. Foam sitting on top your skin does nothing (except give you a comedy Father Christmas look) so move on. Choose a quality modern shaving gel, oil or serum, not a soap-based foam that will dry out your skin. Nor does the number of blades on your razor really matter – is the blade(s) clean, sharp and of a decent quality are the questions you should be asking yourself.

2. Don’t shave as soon as you get up:

Have breakfast first. Give your skin a chance to wake up!

shave wash3. Invest a little time preparing your skin:

We don’t recommend you wash your face with ordinary soap as it is usually very drying on the skin and, coupled with shaving (which also can be drying), you will make your skin tight and uncomfortable. To effectively (and kindly) cleanse your skin and prime it for a great shave use a deep cleansing soap-free face wash and alternate twice a week with a gentle face scrub / exfoliator. Thoroughly rinse off with warm water afterwards. All this preparation will help soften and lift your bristles up ready for shaving.

4. Ideally, shave in the shower or bath:

Dry stubble can have the same tensile strength as copper wire so the hot, steamy environment of a shower or bath will seriously help soften your bristles. On average it takes 3 to 4 minutes for stubble to ‘wet out’ properly making it so much easier to shave. If you prefer the old fashioned water in a bowl (or sink!) method, wash your face first with plenty of hot water to ensure those bristles are really soft. Then spend a little time massaging your chosen shaving preparation into your face as this will help to further soften and lift the bristles.

shave razor5. Ensure you have a clean sharp blade and shave using short strokes:

Shaving against the direction of hair growth is the primary cause of razor burn, redness and rashes so it’s key to shave in the direction of your hairs’ growth. Generally speaking this is down on the cheeks / chin and upwards on the neck. If you are at all unsure, run your finger across your stubble to see which direction the hair is growing. Take special care when shaving around the sensitive neck area.

6. Rinse the blade regularly:

Rinse the blade thoroughly as you shave and don’t press too hard against the skin – let the blades do the work!

7. Afterwards rinse skin thoroughly:

After shaving rinse your face thoroughly with cool water and pat dry (don’t rub).

shave balm product8. Apply a post shave product:

Protect your skin with a moisturiser or face balm as this will leave your skin feeling smooth, supple and soft – not tight and dry. For maximum effectiveness we recommend applying a moisturiser or balm within five minutes of shaving or washing. Ideally use a moisturiser or balm with UVA / UVB filters or with a sun protection factor (SPF) – the sun and wind can be very damaging to your skin so these will further help to protect your face.

9. Don’t apply aftershave to your face:

The days of ‘splash it all over’ are long gone. Aftershave is primarily made from alcohol and alcohol, like soap, has a drying effect on your skin. To wear aftershave or a fragrance, simply apply it to the back of your neck or your wrists.

10. Optimise your blade’s life:

For optimum blade life, after use shake off excess water and allow your blade / cartridge to air dry naturally before storing.

For more skin care and shaving tips form the experts check out King of Shaves Care & Know How Guide.

Shaving Competition