Our Beautiful Bride Lizzie & Andrews Wedding!

Wow what a happy couple, looking through these photographs I couldn’t help but smile! Surely this is what getting married is all about?

Congratulations to you both, Lizzie you looked stunning in your dress I hope you had the most wonderful day it definitely looked as if you did.

Sit back & enjoy these photos.

Love Kathryn

xo

Photography by Navy Blur

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Q & A with the lovely Gillian from The Little Cupcakery!

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Give us a little background to who you are, what you do and how you ended up there.

I am Gillian, a wife, a mum, a teacher and a wedding cake designer.…life is busy!! I started my business in the summer of 2012 when my friend Lucy persuaded me to make her wedding cupcakes! At first I made mini cupcakes but everyone kept asking if I would make them a cake and so eventually after a lot of practise and eating a lot of sample cake recipes, I launched my celebration and wedding cake collections.

What do you love most about your job?

All of it…apart from the washing up! I love the creative process. I love meeting brides and discussing their wedding and bringing it all together in cake form. I adore designing and baking wedding cakes and creating each and every little sugar flower that adorns the final display.

Is there a popular cake or does each bride want something different?

Generally brides want a cake that is going to appeal to all their guests. I offer a different flavour/tier and so often they get 3/4 choices of cake. My most popular would definitely be the Strawberry & Champagne-light and fresh and perfect after a wedding meal.

Would you recommend anywhere for brides to look for inspiration?

There is a wealth of information in magazine form, blogs and online. Pinterest is a great starting point to get ideas of the kind of design that you might like…and even the kind you don’t! But don’t worry if you cant decide-if you bring a few ideas to your consultation a good designer will be able to look and listen to your thoughts and suggest some ideas for you. Try starting here https://uk.pinterest.com/tlcni/

Have you any advice for brides on choosing their cake?

Choose something that you will enjoy and love to eat. It is your day and it is important that you love your cake! Don’t order a sugarpaste cake if you are one of those people who pick off the icing and leave it on the plate! There are other options such as chocolate ganache, a naked cake or buttercream. The choice is yours.

What did you enjoy most about your wedding day?

Definitely having all the people that we loved the most in the one room altogether! Waltzing with my Grandpa would have to be up there too-a memory that I will treasure forever.

How early should I book my cake?

You can never be too early-especially if you are having a summer wedding or a Saturday. Good cake designers will be booked up more than a year in advance. If there is someone in particular that you would like to design your cake get in touch and see if they are free. I take names and then a small deposit nearer the time to secure your date. Then we meet and chat over coffee and cake


How can brides get in touch?

Best way is via email at hello@thelittlecupcakeryni.com or via message on
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thelittlecupcakeryni/?fref=ts

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Photography credited to Paula O’Hara and Jonathan Ryder.

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“I DO’s & I DON’Ts”

Getting Married? We thought we would come up with a few do’s and don’ts for the run up to your wedding and the morning of your wedding to help all you lovely brides stay as relaxed as possible.

Follow these key tips:

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DO

• Invest in a good cleanser and exfoliating routine prior to your wedding, to keep your skin glowing and looking its best. If there’s ever a time to get into a good face washing routine, now is the time!
• Ensure you leave you and your bridal party enough time during the morning of the wedding for hair and makeup. Around an hour for each member of your party. The last thing you want to do is be time watching and feeling anxious.
• Get ready in a room with natural light, as you want your make up to look as flawless and natural as possible.
• Make sure you have a place or person to carry essentials to freshen up such as lipstick, loose powder for touch ups during the day.
• Go for a tanning trial if you are planning to have a spray tan as there is nothing worse than a patchy orange tan (and a make up trial is a must!!)
• Make a brief schedule to stick by for the morning of your wedding so you aren’t running behind and so you don’t end up feeling stressed.
• Practice walking around in your shoes a few times before your wedding day. Try doing a few chores around the house in your wedding footwear (when your fiancé isn’t home) to ensure you’ll be able to dance the night away!

DONT

• Get a facial the week before your wedding as facials can bring up any spots lying below the skins surface – you don’t want these on the morning of your wedding and don’t pick at your skin (sometimes easier said than done!!)
• Try out a edgy new look for either yourself or your bridesmaid party, keep it safe and soft as you don’t want heavy makeup and crazy hairstyles in your wedding photographs.
• Let one bridesmaid have heavier make up than others as this will pick up in photos and look unbalanced.
• Stress. I know it’s easy to say but your wedding day is one of the most special days and everyone says it goes by so quickly so don’t spend time worrying about the little things just enjoy every single second.
• Forget to eat throughout the day and at your reception. It can be easy to neglect to nibble with all the excitement, but a few glasses of champagne can be dangerous on an empty stomach.

Love Kathryn
xx

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A little Q&A with the lovely Lynette Murray!

Give us a little background to who you are, what you do and how you ended up there.

Hi, I’m Lynette and run my own freelance hair business, Lynette Murray Hair. I’ve always loved hair, ever since I was a little girl and went with my Granny Lily to her hairdressers every week. I just loved seeing people be transformed. It always looked like the best job. When I left school, my parents encouraged me to get my education first, so I did my GCSE’s, A Levels and an HND in Marketing. I had many jobs but nothing fulfilled me. I was always wanting more and decided at 21 to give up a well paid job to become a trainee and be the best goddamn hairdresser I could be. Thankfully Patrick Mulholland in Holywood took the risk on me and took me on and trained me up and after 11 years under his wing, I took flight and went to work for David Smyth of Blue Hairdressing. Here I got to fulfil my creative passions and got to work on photo shoots, magazines and even the Rihanna music video and MTV awards. It really was a dream come true. I’ve always loved styling hair and creating soft natural upstyles. After a few weddings for clients and friends I really found my passion for making my brides feel themselves. It’s a true priviledge to be asked to create someones wedding look. With Davids help I was able to fulfil my dream of becoming self employed. It was scary to start, but I am so Happy I did. I work from Blue part time and have my wedding business also. It really is a great partnership I have with my salon life and freelance life. I am so lucky to have had such a good start in life that I can now honestly say, I have the best job in the world. I feel bad calling it a job. I get to travel all over the North and South of Ireland meeting wonderful people and creating hair. I love what I do. My moto in life is – LoveHair-LoveLife – This is so me xo

What do you love most about your job?

Everything!! Hehe, I get to meet amazing people, travel and come across some stunning venues and places. I’m a proper hair geek. I just love it all.

Is there a popular style or does each bride want something different?

Most brides have their own style and vision of how they want to be on their big day. With my style being more natural and soft, I tend to attract the really relaxed bride. I’m definitely seeing a trend of hair down which I love. Some go for half up, half down with natural flowers or if they opt for an upstyle, It’s always pinned up very soft so they don’t feel too exposed. Especially if brides aren’t used to having their hair up. It can be a shock to suddenly have it all away from their face.

How do you determine what hair style a bride should choose?

Personally, I love meeting up with my brides and talking all things wedding with them. We will sit over a coffee or green tea for me. Get a feel of the dress, the venue, the bride herself. It is so important to see the dress and get a really good vibe about what it is your bride wants. It’s my job to make her look and feel as close to her vision as possible. This is why we have trials. You can think you will want one look but as soon as you try it, you could hate it. I would never get offended if someone didn’t like what I was doing. That is what the trial is for. It is there to give my brides peace of mind. Sometimes we get it right first time, others it takes longer. My job as your bridal hairstylist is to make you feel a million dollars and I won’t stop until I do, hehe.

Would you recommend anywhere for brides to look for inspiration?

Of course, blogs like this are great for inspiration, as are wedding websites. Inspire wedding magazine is one of my favourites and it has everything you would need to plan your perfect day. JuneBug weddings and OneFabDay are great online blogs with amazing real life weddings to, to ogle over 

Is there a beauty/hair regime brides can follow on the lead up to their wedding?

YES, YES, YES. It is so important to keep your hair and skin healthy anyways but if you are planning your wedding at least a year in advance, that gives you plenty of time to get your hair fabulous. Conditioning treatments to repair any damage or just to keep it shiny and healthy, are always great. Get your hairdresser to recommend a good home care system also. Too much heat or chemical treatments on your hair will damage it over a period of time. You want to restore your natural elasticity and promote healthy hair. The same with your skin, a wee facial every now and then does your skin the world of good. Although, I wouldn’t recommend going just before your wedding day (especially if you havent in a long time), as facials can bring out wee pimples etc that may have been hiding under the skin.
Your diet and lifetsyle really effect your hair and skin. Drinking plenty of water and eating healthier will really help with your complexion and the condition of your hair. Happy body + Happy mind = Happy hair and skin

Have you come across any beautiful hair accessories?

All the time, from floral crowns to delicate handmade pieces. I see some of the most beautiful hair accessories. Sandra from Blue Meadow Bridal and Megan from Couture Bridal Accessories make stunning head pieces and veils. I love both their styles.

Do brides need their accessories before their trial?

Not necessarily. Sometimes a bride won’t be too sure of how they want their hair and if you go ahead and purchase a head piece, it may not fit in with the end hair style or it may be too heavy for your hair type. It is always better to discuss with your bridal hairstylist ideas of what will go with your dress etc or the style of hair and hair type.

Have you any advice for brides on the morning of their wedding?

Try to stay calm. Remember you’re marrying the love of your life and your best friend. If you can have your bridal team come to you, I would highly recommend that. Running around from salon to beauticans and worrying about traffic and keeping everyone on schedule is way too stressful. Stay in one place and have us run around after you. It’s your special day and you should be able to either sit in your PJ’s in the comfort of your own home or hotel. Feet up and be pampered. It’s your wedding day and deserve to feel special.


What did you enjoy most about your wedding day?

Walking up the aisle and seeing Neal’s face. He just looked so handsome and I couldn’t wait to call him my husband.
The whole day was magicial and I would do it again in a heart beat, to Neal of course 😉

How can brides get in touch?

LynetteMurrayHair
LoveHair-LoveLife

http://www.lynettemurrayhair.tumblr.com
http://www.instagram.com/lynettemurrayhair
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynette-Murray-Hair/1911975705694561
E: lynettemurrayhair@icloud.com
M: 07974642514
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“Can I just skip the gym bit and go straight into looking hot in a bikini”

I Wish!

We all need a little bit of inspiration at this time of year – holiday season is just around the corner and slowly we are taking off the layers! I feel recently a little bit of Instagram Inspiration can really influence people on topics like diet, fitness and wardrobe must haves! For me personally it gives me that ‘want’ to change it up a bit whether that is trying out a new gym work out that I have seen online or trying out a new lipstick colour or foundation because It was used on a recent make up tutorial -It’s the perfect insight into many different worlds that we all live in so here’s how and more importantly, who to follow.

Alessandra Steinherr- Follow her @alexsteinherr for all things beauty!

Alex is the Beauty director of Glamour magazine living in London, yes she has a dream of a job and boy does she love it! Alex is involved in the styling of models for shoots, interviews celebrities and reports on the newest and hottest beauty products on the market. She is unbiased to beauty brands therefore gives a real insight into what products really do work, if you feel like I do sometimes walking into the high street and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of products and are unsure what would suit your skin this is the account to follow to get a bit more of an insight into what brands to go for!

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Emma Furey – Follow her @emfurey for all things fitness!

Fitness fanatic Emma Furey is a London based personal trainer who studied dance at University, her instagram is filled with inspiring shots, including enviable holiday snaps and great gym workouts alongside healthy eating ideas to make sure and keep up her energy after training 4/5 times a week she needs a good balanced diet. Her top tip is to make sure and mix up your workouts and keep a good balance between different styles of exercises! So if you are wanting some daily motivation to get yourself up and moving follow her!

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Lauren Curtis – Follow her @lozcurtis for make up looks and beauty tips!

Lauren is an Australian beauty blogger who has the #1 beauty channel on YouTube, if you love inspiring make up looks Lauren will take you through step by step how she achieved certain looks, her cosmetic favourites, her morning and night routines to achieve glowing perfect skin and also gives her followers an insight into her regularly life routine.

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Rosanna Davison – Follow her @rosanna_davison for healthy recipes!

This absolute beauty was a former Miss World and loves to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle. Rosanna includes posts on fitness, beauty and loves to post new and exciting healthy recipes from her own book. Over the years she has created her own brand ‘Rosanna Davision nutrition’ and she gives us an insight into her personal life.

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Niomi Smart – Follow her @niomismart for all round lifestyle advice!

Niomi is a much loved Lifestyle blogger based in London having a staggering 1.6million followers on Instagram. This YouTube sensation posts mostly on her healthy lifestyle focusing on fitness she is currently training for the London Marathon, cooking she is on a plant based diet so she does regular youtube videos on what she eats in a day and includes lots of different recipes. She also has a passion for all things beauty; she promotes natural products and gives her followers an insight into what products she loves and uses on a daily basis.

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Willow & Thread Follow @willowandthread for all things fashion!

For a Fashion fix look no further than our very own Fashion Boutique, the Sister boutique of Ivory and Pearl. At Willow & Thread, which is located on the 1st Floor of the Georgian House in Comber we use Instagram as a great way to show our followers the latest Collections that have arrived into the boutique, with lots of different styles and looks from occasion wear to more casual wear we do have something for everyone; we also stock Olivia Burton watches, MSC pom pom hats and lots of jewellery! Follow us & come along on our Fashion Journey!

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Ivory & Pearl Follow @ivoryandpearl for all things bridal!

Look no further than our very own beautiful Ivory and Pearls Instagram if you are bride looking for a stunning gown we will certainly help you tie the knot in style. Our range of designers have been handpicked and carefully sourced from all around the world. Each of our wedding dresses have been chosen based on their approach to simple elegance, romantic detail, vintage touches! There are also lots of posts on wedding planning tips, tricks and ideas to give brides some wedding inspiration when planning their big day!

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Lots of love,

Kathryn
Xoxo

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