Oobaloos Wedding Photography Meets Longlevens Flowers

The first time you smell honeysuckle on the cusp of summer or catch the scent of a fireplace as autumn transitions into winter, it whisks you down memory lane, transporting you to another time and place. Similarly, when you reach for that special ‘date night’ perfume, it takes you right back to the first day you wore it. Scent and memory are inextricably linked and flowers have their own powerful way to remind you of a certain time in your life. After the sweet, fleeting moments of your wedding day have passed you by, your signature flowers are one of the few keepsakes you can use to travel back in time, time and time again.stuart-369

 

I met with Amanda Cook of Longlevens Flowers and we discussed exactly this! Amanda informed me that because the flowers often have to travel hundreds of miles to reach the shops, their toughness has also been valued more than their fragrance. As a result, the scent of roses has suffered, and become something of an afterthought.

Wild roses could not survive without this scent, as it attracts bees to pollinate its flower. But over the years, roses, particularly those for the cut flower market, have mostly been bred for their appearance – and many have lost their scent.

 

So how can we incorporate a scent into your bouquet that will instantly transport you back to your wedding day? Herbs are fantastic; rosemary brings in a beautifully woody scent, also populus eucalyptus and succulents.

 

Amanda had just made up this gorgeous bouquet when I arrived for her bride. She said the fashion at the moment is for HUGE bouquets. The type that look as though the bride has wandered through a meadow on her way to the church and pulled a ribbon from her hair to tie them. They aren’t symmetrical, they aren’t particularly arranged, they are wild, bohemian and gorgeous.longlevens flowers-4

Featured here is the Sweet avalanche rose with beautiful soft pink petals with a subtle hint of green on the outer petals, it’s a very popular flower to use in wedding designs. And it’s available all year round. We also have asparagus fern, olive and berry and the ever popular pale pastels and greens with lime green vibernum.longlevens flowers-10

 

As I chatted with Amanda about her work, her face lit up. I can see when a lady is passionate about her work as she mirrors me. The energy and enthusiasm in the room was contagious.longlevens flowers-6

Amanda prides herself on sourcing the very best flowers from Dutch auctions where they are picked and delivered to her within 48 hours preserving freshness and quality.  She covers all floral arrangements from traditional bouquets and baskets to exotic hand ties.

She and her assistant Abi will create bespoke arrangements covering all budgets.

All orders are carefully created, lovingly wrapped and look stunning before being delivered to Cheltenham, Gloucester, The Cotwolds and surrounding areas.

 

I asked Amanda if weddings are the only time she sees her brides. Apparently not! Grooms return for Valentines Day and Anniversaries to have a bouquet made up with ‘their’ flowers and always remark how the scent makes their beautiful wife go a bit wistful and gooey. So, husbands? Want to earn major brownie points? Talk to Amanda about recreating your wife’s bouquet.

 

Contact Amanda at

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You’re welcome……and hint hint Mr Oobaloos!!!

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography in The Cheltonian

 

I am very excited to now be a regular columnist at The Cheltonian magazine with my tips to be bang on trend for this wedding season…..

This week we have started out with this season’s colour palette. Please see the magazine in its online format here or pick up a copy from The Regent Arcade, Cavendish House, Morrisons, and various spots around the Tivoli and Bath Road area.

Here is the full article on this weeks blog! Enjoy!

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For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Colour of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

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 So what does this mean? Pantone sets the industry standard for colours of the year so once you have read this I am sure your are going to be noticing this pairing all over the place and everywhere.Are you planning a wedding for this spring or summer? These colours are going to ensure that your styling is bang on trend.

Rose Quartz opens the heart to all types of love – love of self, love of family, love of friends, romantic love, so what better colour to incorporate into your wedding day? It may even leave you feeling a little calmer!

Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding and often associated with serentity, calming and fidelity.

You can incorporate the colours everywhere you like. Having soft rose quartz bridesmaid dresses Why not team this with baby blue hydrangeas or violets? Or vice versa? A pink classic rose is a classic for a reason.

 

This year people are moving away from lots of table rounds and getting folk a bit more mixed up. Big rustic trestle tables with vintage lace and more modest table centres. Think style and simplicity. This trend is the perfect way to incorporate your own ‘rustic-chic’ if that is where your heart lies. Following with this theme, it isn’t necessary to have all your table flowers the same. I have seen a massive rise in the incorporation of succulents, ferns, pots and rustic boxes. So much fun to be had just playing around with a colour theme.

 

Are you going to be a slightly off beat bide? How about helping your groom out….Perfectly manicured nails in Rose Quartz. All bar one. Your ring finger! This is violet blue, there is no way he will get flustered in that special moment where everyone is watching him try to squeeze on your ring. and guess what? It covers your ‘something blue’ too!

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Just remember style and simplicity are the key word this year, Use your colour scheme wisely. Overdoing it will leave your day looking very matchy-matchy. Start with five key elements.  Attire, flowers, cake, invitations and favours.  Start with that and you will have the best idea of where to tone it down, or ramp it up!!

Above all, have fun. Enjoy the preparation of your wedding, it is such a special time.

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See you soon and OobaLove!
Sheryl
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Cheltonian

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography in Cheltenham Meets Make Up Artist, Amy Hickey.

This week I met up with the delightful, bubbly and ever so talented Amy Hickey. I met Amy through a mutual friend last year and we got on like a house on fire and have since then worked on both excited styled shoots and weddings together. I absolutely adore working with her, and I know that our brides have enjoyed our duo and easy banter!

Here she is actually modelling for me at the styled shoot i was asked to do at Sudeley Castle last year. Make Up by herself of course. We were let down at the very last minute by our model and I am still so grateful for Amy stepping in! Doesn’t she look divine? You can see a lot of those images from these shoot right here…  /http://www.sudeleycastle.co.uk/weddings/

 

 

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We are so lucky that Amy has shared her TOP TIPS for YOU!

Go Pro! Hiring a make up artist on the day can take the weight off your mind and really help you relax the morning of your wedding. Bridal make up is different and more specialised.  You need to take into account that not only do you want it to last the whole day, through your vows, photographs and dancing around the dance floor, your make up has to survive many emotions including a few happy tears, warm flushes along with the many kisses on your perfectly blushed cheeks.
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Whether you have your make up done professionally or are doing it yourself, trial the make up. When having a trial or practising make sure you wear white or the colour of your dress as it can make a big difference to the colours and tones of your make up. If you’re having a make up artist they will book you in for trial first, if you go alone its best you test out new make up and make sure it is suitable for your skin and lasts.
Find some pictures of make up you like or would like to try at your trial. Make sure you take into account that if you have the skin colour and tone of Nicole Kidman then the make up of Beyonce may not translate onto you. Also don’t let a make up artist hijack your look, personally I think a bride should still look and feel like themselves but just an enhanced more perfect self.
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Emphasise your eyes, brighten them by using a brightening eye base. You may have lack of sleep running up to the day but nobody needs to know. I suggest By Terry’s hylaluronic base, this magic product can be applied on the lid and under the eye to help conceal along with plump any fine lines.  Another must have product is Bobbi Browns colour corrector.
Professionally shaped brows give immediate lift to the face.  Eyebrows that are enhanced open up the eye area, gives more definition and makes your eyes look brighter. If you haven’t had your eyebrows shaped before, you need to test drive this first. Some people react with a flush of redness whereas others can be red for a few days.
Use individual lashes; these are far more natural than strip lashes. You can get the semi permanent ones from a salon a few days before or get your makeup artist to apply the temporary 24  hours ones along with the makeup on the day. Or if you prefer to go natural, eyelash curlers are a fantastic way to make your eyes look bigger and lashes longer .
Mascara, it’s my number 1 asked question, “what’s your favourite mascara?” Answer? It depends on the lashes and the look you want to achieve. With bridal make up I suggest waterproof. Most waterproofs seem to me thicker and heavier so I like to use a mascara that will enhance yet separate the lashes making them look more fluffy than clumpy. I finish by putting a coat of waterproof clear mascara over the top. Try bare minerals locked and coated £12.
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No need to cake the the make up, its a myth you need to wear a lot more. A more matte look on the T zone is more beneficial and using a base that hasn’t got flash back will help your make up looking flawless and less reflective. This can be achieved by using a finishing powder.
Lips, don’t be frightened to go for something a little more colourful as your lips may need a bit more depth when wearing a long white dress. Pale lips can sometimes get lost in the look.
Plenty of time is needed. Leave at least 45 minutes for you to complete your make up. I would say an hour so you can completely relax and if you need to correct anywhere you will have time to do so.
Smile, be happy and enjoy the day!
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Bridal make up is my favourite make up, it’s not just about the make up, it’s the journey that takes you to the day that I love! Getting to know the bride from the first Initial contact to the first make up  right up until the day.
The wedding day, a day that changes their lives and makes memories forever! The bride looking in the mirror, smiling and saying she’s never felt so beautiful and happy touches me every time! I’m not just a make up artist on the day, I try and be Mary Poppins, taking a bag of goodies, like rescue remedy, ladies necessities, tissues etc etc along with a big smile! A morning of fun, laughter and emotions is what makes it so special and unique. It makes me hungry to keep doing my job to my best ability and making sure that all the bridal party is happy and ready for a party and celebration to remember.
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I love SK:N clinic’s range of products. Brides can book in for free advice at Cheltenham clinic on Montpellier Walk.  I always offer skin advice a my bridal trials. I don’t recommend a particular brand as I believe all skin types and people require different products! I’ve worked along side and trained in over 60 brands, I can always offer knowledge on more than one brand and price range to suit clients needs!
Thank you so much for these awesome tips Amy! I am a big make up lover myself and I can’t wait to pop on in and see you at your part time base at SK:N CLINIC.
Always a pleasure.
Amy and myself are working together on a BIG project at the end of March, so be sure to check back!!

I hope you have enjoyed this  instalment in ‘My OobaFave Wedding Suppliers’. Don’t forget to pop over the Amy Hickey’s WEBSITE and have a nosy there too!

See you next time,

OobaLove,

Sheryl

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