Greenery: Pantone colour of the year

Blog originally published in The Cheltonian Magazine, March edition.

Replacing last year’s delicate shades, Serenity and Rose Quartz – Greenery has been officially selected as Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. According to Pantone, this zesty yellow-green colour symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and is also symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.  It is also illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors. The fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are into modern life, the greater their innate craving is to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives such as urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and global design choices. Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

With all honestly, when I found out that this year was ‘Greenery’, my heart sank. As a photographer, I fight green constantly. In full sun, it can appear as neon in images. In winter, it is minty and sometimes you hit it at a midpoint and it looks yellow. Knowing where colour casts will be thrown onto skin and onto white and pale dresses is just one part of my job – and that only comes from experience. When it comes to weddings, there are infinite ways to include more greenery and, though it might seem a bold colour, it can actually be treated as a neutral. Whether you use it as an underlying neutral in your wedding décor, or prefer to use it as a vibrant accent, you can make it work.

Take your wedding reception to new heights by hanging décor from the ceilings and rafters. Suspended wedding installations add some serious wow factor to your reception, but instead of flowers, try fresh greenery — pretty garlands, delicate vines, and leafy branches. I have seen some beautiful, autumnal, floral chandeliers. I can only imagine what a good floral designer could do with summer greeneries.  Their ability to transform a wedding reception space is truly breath-taking. This new take on the hanging classic is just as fresh, albeit a little greener. Decorating with leaves, vines and other greenery is not only unique and unexpected but it’s way more wedding budget friendly – since greens tend to be much more affordable than fresh flowers.

 

Hanging greenery overhead is also a great way to make your reception space feel larger — the leafy decorations will draw guests’ eyes upward, making the ceilings seem taller and the room to feel more spacious. Also, a hanging greenery installation is a great way to create a focal point since the piece is likely to be the first thing that guests see once they set foot inside the reception. Not to mention the stunning way that these installations really seem to bring the outdoors in.

 Looking to liven up your hotel ballroom with a vineyard feel? Suspend a slew of vines or branches above your dinner tables and it will infuse the room with nature.

Bonus: You’ll also save space on your tables by hanging the decorations overhead — something to seriously consider if you’re serving a family-style wedding menu or if you’re just running out of reception-table real estate.

Image credits

Cake: Sugar Bowl Bakes

Truffle Favours: OmMaZing Chocolates

Calligraphy: By Moon and Tide

Laser Cut Feathers and Names: Daisy Says I Do

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Secret styled Barn shoot featured in The English Wedding Blog

Our secret styled shoot featured in The English Wedding Blog

Please excuse my tardiness in sharing this blog link. I had a little holiday and it is now fully flung wedding season. But I have got to it now and I assure you it is worth the wait!!

Hollie and I sat down in the winter and brain stormed a magical barn wedding shoot at Priors Tithe Barn, Glos. From that moment I knew we would work well together. I had lots of contacts that I was itching to work with and Hollie had the vision. We were soon joined by our model Kristi from Poppy’s Events, whom, a met a few years back when we both modelled in a Wedding Show. Once Charlotte Elizabeth Floristry joined our team we were flying! We all then met with Charlotte from Lauren Charlotte Bridal to find the perfect dress. Sarie Joynes provided the jewellery that complemented our look perfectly.

I called upon my buddy Amy Hickey for make up, as I flipping love working with her, she’s a hoot!! The full look was topped off by Alice from Ella Hair.

Cakes by KIT supplied an absolute beaut!

You can see the entire shoot being filmed by Gill at Rare Events media

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So please, follow the link to the entire shoot HERE and leave some comments if you like it!!

I have attached some of the images of the team at work behind the scenes!!

A very big THANK YOU to my buddy Natasha Ewins who stepped in to help me out with second shooting of the details, you will even find a picture of yours truly down at the bottom!

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography Featured In The English Wedding Blog

Now you may remember I wrote a blog a few months back called

‘Your photographer is for life, not just your wedding’

featuring Lucinda, Alex and little Flo.

I have recorded the milestones for this lovely little family for a while now, and I think it is safe to say that the feeling is mutual for wanting to continue this for many years to come. When I wrote that blog I was very excited to be shooting their upcoming wedding at Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham.  Did we think that one of the biggest blogs in the country would pick it for publication? Nope! Well….here it is! In awe again of all the work that went on behind the scenes of this wedding to make it Picture Perfect.

Read the feature here on The English Wedding Blog!

Special mention has to go to my lovely friend Amy Hickey who really does make every bride look and feel like a princess in their bridal make up. Teamed with Cat at Yoshi Hair, they made the bridal preparation experience complete….along with some prosecco!!

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Once again it is with great pleasure to be featured alongside Cheltenham’s finest party/covers band TOSH-584 TOSH-585 TOSH-592

 I really hope you enjoy this feature as much as I have! Thank you Lucinda and Alex for the most glowing review!!

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography in The Cheltonian: March

This Month in The Cheltonian! Read the full magazine HERE!!

Breaking The Rules:

How to effortlessly combine all your favourite styles;

Adam and Maddy have the perfect blend of Hollywood elegance and glamour – a modernised town house charmed with rustic chic….and sequins!  Imagine that Audrey Hepburn was the bride, and her wedding stylist was Doris Day. Could this work? I will show you how!

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Last month I opened the wedding season with Maddy and Adam. I had already spoken with Maddy about her ideas for dresses and hair styling last year and about the fact that the ceremony venue was at The Pittville Pumps Rooms – the beautiful, iconic building in our little Spa town. Of course, in my head I imagined a simple elegance, with a touch of sparkle. Then I found that the reception was to be at a marvellous small hotel in town, and dining was ‘family style’ with trestle tables and a buffet of various platters of food. First question –  do these styles match?

Well, who cares! Allow me to elucidate.

Time after time, I see brides getting bogged down with a ‘theme’. Remember, that it is YOUR wedding- no one elses. For, maybe, two years you have been pinning ideas, tearing pages from bridal magazines, visiting wedding fayres, collecting ideas for this, your perfect day.  I will say that again because the emphasis is important. YOUR perfect day.

What I adored about this particular wedding is how they mixed cool glamour of Maddy’s dress, hair and head piece, with the most marvellous fur boleros to create the ultimate chic and then also intertwined this with lots of soft, feminine Baby’s Breath – Gypsophilia.

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Those delicate white flowers that seem to last an age and never fail to make a significant impact whether used in small dainty doses or huge frothy bundles. The bridesmaids were adorned in an elegant navy that complemented the groom perfectly.

The reception had a glorious, eclectic classy feel with the ‘clink clink’ of glasses, the chatter echoing throughout the various reception room and little ones nipping in and out of nooks and crannies.

For the ‘dinner’, three enormous trestle table and various benches were set out and the overall atmosphere was extremely friendly and sociable.

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Now…..do you really need to have the ceremony and reception and party all on the same day?

Absolutely not!

Maddy and Adam had a late ceremony, 3pm, dinner at 6pm, relaxed drinks over a long sociable dinner, card games, general good-natured banter and then everybody happily retired to bed in a relaxed and satisfied nature.

The next evening was to be the real party time. All were  feeling refreshed and ready to dance the night away. In continuing the themes of the previous day, the food room was a  buffet style. The tables were adorned with pink sequined table runners, pink macaroons, the ever popular an flexible Baby’s Breath and some pretty twinkle lights. In the main hall of the barn were the most glorious Light Letters supported by pink uplighting around the room. The bar was set up with beers in ice caskets and bottles of fizz strategically placed to finally enhance the feel of just celebration.

So, what is my point?

Well, you are spending all your time (and none of us live forever,) planning your perfect day…. So, have it your way! Rules are made to be broken. Putting your own spin on an all-time favourite is a sure-fire way to have all your guests chattering about your day for years to come. Who knows what they themselves will come up with after seeing and enjoying your very personal and imaginative trials and tribulations? The world s very much their oyster – or lobster – or any delicious tasty take they can envisage, with a little help from you.

So are you an Audrey or a Doris? Who cares! Channel them both in and see what you can achieve. After all, life is all about having fun before you run out of time. So give it all and, who knows – you may start a trend that will go viral – with your name on it!

 

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography featured in Mr & Mrs Unique

Laura and Shane in Mr and Mrs Unique!

Although I shot this wedding back in October, I am so glad this one made the big feature in Mr & Mrs Unique. The styling, the autumnal colours, beautiful venue and gorgeous car deserved to be seen! Please enjoy! Congratulations to the team!

The Team

Wedding dress: Wedding Days of Cheltenham, Maggie Sottero

Hair: Chantelle Yemm

Make Up: Clare Bryce from Pure Pampering

Grooms attire : Suit by Slaters , Shoes by Browsers, Flower button hole from Pershore Market

Transport: Kushi Cars

Flowers: Chris Berry Florist

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Oobaloos Wedding Photography’s Engagement Shoots

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I have said this before and I will say it again. I have shot many weddings where we have previously had an engagement shoot and I LOVE it!! I really feel like I know my couples better and when I arrive on their wedding day it really feels like I am joining friends.

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Pre-wedding or ‘engagement’ photo shoots are a session that you book with your photographer a couple of months before the wedding. Many of my couples book a shoot with me to get comfortable in front of the camera, and they will often use their images to add an extra personal touch to their wedding.

 

Booking in a pre-wedding photo shoot will give you an opportunity to get to know me, how I work, and get a feel for what to expect on your wedding day. You’ll gain an understanding of how I will work with you on your wedding day to get the best images. If you book a pre-wedding shoot, on the wedding day I can guarantee you’ll feel completely at ease, which will reflect in your photos.

 

You will likely see your photographer more than anyone else on your wedding day … including your fiancé! This is a perfect ice breaker to transform your photographer from a ‘stranger’ taking your photos to a ‘friend’ taking your photos.

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Not everyone is super confident in front of a camera. My experience in wedding photography will be able to put you at ease so that you are comfortable being your self. You’ll be able to appreciate your beauty, grace and unique personality so that you identify exactly the person you want to show off on your wedding day.

 

The engagement shoot is the perfect dummy run and also helps you determine how you want to pose, look and act on the big day.

 

Use the images from your pre-wedding shoot to tell your photographer which photos you like and why, so that they can focus on those types of images on your wedding day. This will help ensure you get the photos you were expecting on the day.

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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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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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Oobaloos Wedding Photography meets OMmaZing Chocolates

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On a bright but icy cold morning, I drove out in the gorgeous Cotswold countryside to meet with Daniella Warner of OMmaZing Chocolates.  I met Daniella last year at a networking event and had a taste of her marvellous delights!! I am not even a chocolate eater but a well made truffle or artisan dark chocolate will still make me melt!

So as Daniella made me a hot mug of coffee and gently pushed over some dark chocolate truffles. Of course I mumbled the obligatory “oh I shouldn’t, I’m on a diet” then popped one straight in my mouth.

Heaven!! Lightly dusted coating with a melt in the mouth middle…..I popped in another one.  As I did this, Daniella mentioned ‘healthy eating’. What’s that? I’ve just shoved 3 truffles in my mouth!

‘Raw Energy Balls’ she said!! Daniella comes from a Holistic and Therapeutic background, hence the ‘OM’ in OMmaZing Chocolates, and has designed  raw organic energy balls, which taste good and deliver powerful benefits for health and wellness. They are organic, dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian & vegan and each one will deliver a powerful nutritional punch…ideal for a quick healthy treat. Ideal for diabetics too! Raw chocolate bars with a choice of mixed dried fruit, nuts and seeds, such as pistachios, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, cranberries, cherries, apricots and spices.  This is what is offered in this range:

Raw Walnut & Cashew Energy Balls
Raw Cacao Ginger Energy Balls
Raw Coconut & Hot Spicy Energy Balls
Raw Chocolate Brownie Balls
Raw Marzipan balls covered in raw chocolate or dark chocolate.


Interesting to know! Delicious? You bet they are!!

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Daniella is currently getting her game head on for Valentines day and is looking forward to a flurry of orders after a nice break from Christmas! Look at these heart shaped, pure dark chocolates! Packaged in black and gold box with a green raffia bow this is the ultimate decadence in Artisan Chocolate gifts for a loved one!

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OMmaZing Chocolates new venture for this year is going to be Wedding Favours!! ChocoPops that can be initialled, wrapped in cellophane and tied in a ribbon with the colour of your choice to match your theme. At £1.50 per ChocoPop, this is a steal!!

Daniella is a trained Artisan Chocolatier. If you are interested in meeting with her to discuss your wedding or gift needs, be prepared for a lovely cuppa and chat and a tasting where she will discuss with you exactly how to design a bespoke chocolate favour JUST FOR YOU!!

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I asked Daniella how she got into this delicious business……she went along on a course to support a friend! I just love how these things happen. When you fall into things like this I firmly believe in fate. The feedback she got from friends and family was that these should be made available to the public.

Her biggest supporter is her husband…although she says that’s only if he can stop eating them long enough! His favourite is her signature Salted Caramel Cup!! Her other biggest business supporter has been Sali Green who is well known in Cheltenham for her sunny and helpful nature. She runs the Promotional directory, Iwork4u Glos. Where you will also find myself!!

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So brides? What are you waiting for? Get super dooper brownie (or truffle) points with your guests for being bang on style with OMmaZing Chocolates. Daniella has a passion for excellence and lovingly creates exquisite handmade chocolates, made to order, exclusively for you.

I hope you have enjoyed this first instalment in ‘My OobaFave Wedding Suppliers’. Next week I will introduce you to Charlotte Elizabeth Bespoke Floristry for this years top tips for blooms in season and colours to rock 2016.

OobaLove,

Sheryl

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