Bewildered Bride
February 24, 2015

Simply Stunning Evening Wedding Reception in Sheffield: Rachael & Phil

Meet Rachael and Phil Kay. They got engaged on holiday in Mexico in October 2011.   Phil proposed in the hotel room before they headed out for the evening.  Rachael said “it was very understated but his words were perfect”.
They were married on 25 August 2014 at the Balcony Hotel in Zante. After they returned they held a reception at the Hilton Hotel in Sheffield on 12 September 2014.
Rachael’s piece of advice would be not have any regrets, if you think you might want something in your wedding have it!!  She thinks Phil’s would be if the bride to be likes something then the groom likes it too!!  And enjoy every single minute of it because the day goes itself goes so quickly.
Rachael’s dress was by Suzanne Neville which she bought from The White Rooms in Sheffield.  Her shoes were from John Lewis and her hair and make-up was by L’Beautique.
Rachel said that she wished they had more little personal touches and details at their reception. “But in terms of both our wedding day and reception, we were surrounded by wonderful family and great friends who made us feel very loved and we wouldn’t change that for the world!”
Photographer – Mylo Photography
Room decor – Decorative Chairs
Flowers – Sarah’s Florist
Shoes – John Lewis
Hair and make-up – L’Beautique
Phil’s suit – M&S
Shoes – Office

Bridesmaid Dresses 101

  • Pick the colour and fabric that you like, but consider letting your bridesmaids wear different styles that suit them. This way both the bride and the bridesmaids should be happy. Bridesmaid Dresses
  • When looking for dresses try to only go with one or two bridesmaids at first, once you have narrowed down the selection to 2 or 3 options, you can get everyone together to try them on. Trying on Bridesmaid Dresses
  • Ask the bridesmaids opinion, but make the final decision yourself….you’re never going to please everyone and your bridesmaids should be happy if you’re happy.
  • Place all bridesmaids orders at the same time and in the same place to make sure they are all made from the same roll of fabric.
  • Allow at least 3 months for delivery and alteration, you don’t want to panic about them arriving in time.
  • Don’t forget shoes, jewellery and handbags.Bridesmaid shoes
  • Flower girls don’t have to match the bridesmaids, but they should complement the overall look.Flowergirl
  • Pick age appropriate dresses for all.

10 Things Every Bride Should Have.

  1. A dress with WOW. Your dress should reflect your personality, make your feel confident and give you butterflies everytime you see it.
    Mori Lee Style 1910

    Mori Lee Style 1910

  2. The perfect shoe. Make sure they are comfortable as well as stylish….you have to wear them all day. Don’t choose something you can’t dance in, if you kick your shoes off later on, your lovely dress is going to drag on the floor.
    Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Blue Embellished Shoes

    Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Blue Embellished Shoes

  3. Jewellery. You should choose something that compliments your dress but doesn’t take the attention away from it. Swarovski crystals and pearls are always timeless classics.
    Valentine Necklace by Caradan Designs

    Valentine Necklace by Caradan Designs

  4. Flowers. Pick flowers you love, not what you think you should have.
    Bouquet by The Design Studio

    Bouquet by The Design Studio

  5. Something old, new,borrowed and blue. Try and find items that mean something to you and you can keep.
    Something old, new, borrowed and blue by Betty's Glamour Box

    Something old, new, borrowed and blue by Betty’s Glamour Box

  6. Time with your husband/wife to be. Spend time together and ban the subject of the wedding….don’t let it take over. Go to the cinema, bowling or for a meal. Spend time remembering why you are marrying each other. Couple
  7. Quirkiness. Incorporate something you and your partner love into the wedding that is unique to you.Dog at Wedding
  8. A selfish moment. Remember that this is you and your partners wedding. Don’t do things because someone said you should, do things the way you both want and don’t worry about everyone else. You are entitled to one Bridezilla moment! Bridezilla
  9. Pamper time. Whether you book in for a spa day or just relax in  your PJ’s with a face pack and a soppy film…make sure you have time to relax and look after yourself. Pamper
  10. Fun. Planning your wedding should be a fun experience. If you start to feel stressed, do something fun and remember you only get to do this once, so enjoy every last moment of it! Bewildered Bride
November 21, 2014

How to Find the Perfect Engagement Ring – A Guide by Dubai Rocks

Choosing your dream diamond ring is an event that you’ll want to cherish and remember. Slipping the ring onto your finger for the first time and showing friends and family is all part of the magic. Your engagement ring is a symbol of your love for each other, so you’ll want it to sparkle for a whole lifetime. But there’s so much to consider when making one of the most important purchases of your life. Dubai Rocks have come up with some useful tips to help you find the perfect engagement ring.


Choose your perfect diamond shape

Diamond Shapes

Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional round diamonds to princess, cushion, emerald and oval designs. Think about which shape you instinctively fall in love with, and which best suits your style and personality. Round diamonds are by far the most popular, so there is a wider selection available. A round diamond will appear larger than some other shapes too.


Guarantee the quality of your diamond ring

Sqare Cut

Engagement rings aren’t cheap, so you’ll want some guarantee that the sparkle you fall in love with is here to stay. Before you start shopping for your diamond ring, it’s well worth doing your research on certification. Certification takes place when the rock is examined and is given a set of graded qualities. It’s widely thought that the best standard for certification comes from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). So when shopping for your dream ring, you can ask if the diamonds on sale are certified by the GIA for a guarantee of high quality.


Does size matter when it comes to choosing your diamond ring?

Diamond Carat Guide

One of the best known considerations when choosing a diamond ring is deciding on the carat, or weight of the diamond. Some weight differences are so small that they are barely noticeable, but the size of the carat holds a great deal of sway when it comes to showing your ring off to friends. 1 carat diamond rings are still a status symbol and carry a much higher price tag for the same reason. But big isn’t necessarily always the most beautiful. You need to consider the “cut” of the rock alongside the carat, as it’s the quality of the cut that will make the diamond sparkle. So a smaller carat with a better quality cut can look even more impressive as it stands out so well.

Round Cut

Finding the perfect engagement ring is a magical time. There is a lot to consider and it can be daunting to make a final decision on such an important purchase. Understanding how to recognise the best quality diamonds will help make sure that your ring will sparkle for a lifetime. But let your instinct guide you, too. You’ll know your dream ring when you simply can’t take your eyes off it for a moment. Good luck with your search for the perfect ring, and enjoy every moment.

A Rustic Wood and Lace Themed Real Wedding: Jesse and Marie

Jesse and Marie were married on 25th January 2014 at South Farm, Royston.


They are a really fun laid back couple who wanted something simple with the themes of wood and lace. The venue was perfect for this with their Rustic looking barn and chickens running around!


Everything was all in the detail with this winter wedding! The bride loves the artist Rob Ryan so everybody bought them tiles for their new house and the guest book consisted of blank tiles for the guests to leave a piece of advice on, which will then go up in their house to be seen forever! They also had an old typewrite with the beginnings of their love story written on the sheet of paper.


The rustic touches were everywhere from the wood and wild flower centrepieces made up of old teapots and lace wrapped jars to the wooden cake stand and the favours were little bags of tea personalised with the couple’s names. The place names were scrabble letters (which the guests had great fun rearranging into naughty words!)


Marie wore a beautiful Naomi Neoh dress to carry on the lace theme and the groom wore tweed.


The wedding planner was Carmela Weddings and Lisa said the one piece of advice she would give anyone planning their wedding is to really think about how your personalities can come through on your wedding day. Guests love seeing little details which make them say ‘that’s so them!’ so focus on that.

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Venue: South Farm, Royston

Planner: Carmela Weddings and Events

Photographer: James Davidson

Florist: Crazy Daisy