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Karen Kemp’s Wedding Food Trends to Embrace!

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Today I’d like to introduce you to Kemp and Kemp Catering and talk about wedding food trends.

Karen of Kemp and Kemp Catering knows that whilst there are trends that should certainly be ignored (charcoal activated anything!) there is one trend that has most definitely lit her culinary candle: modern eating.

As a chef wed to an avid carnivore, ‘it’s nice but it needs something more’, is a phrase that could often be heard when Richard is handed a meat-free meal.

In recent years, the Kemps have noticed that clients are increasingly requesting fresher, cleaner and generally lighter food on their wedding day – regardless of dietary requirements, or beliefs.


Wedding Planning: Where to Start

If you’re reading this, you might have just gotten engaged and have no idea where to start. It can be overwhelming when you don’t know how to get the ball rolling on your planning. There are so many options when it comes to the details, and you don’t want to just aimlessly look at all that’s available. To give you some insight on how to get your wedding planning started, follow these steps!

Set up a budget

The very first thing you need to do when you get engaged is set up a financial plan. Before you look at venues, dresses, or decorations, you have to establish your budget. Evaluate your savings and take out a personal loan with low interest to set aside the amount you want to spend on your wedding. Once you have a limit set, it will keep you from going overboard when looking at options.

Go to a bridal show

When you’re unsure of what you’d like for your wedding, it can be difficult to choose between all of the vendors and locations that are in your local area. Attend a bridal show so you can explore the options and get a feel for what your desired style is. You’ll be able to compare prices and methods between photographers, florists, and caterers. Use a wedding planning binder to keep all of the pamphlets and business cards of vendors you’re interested in organized so you can reference them when you go to book them later. Make notes of which professionals you liked and why, so you can easily differentiate between them.

Tips on How to Organise Rustic Chic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony in the UK!

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There is always something unique and special about organising an Outdoor Wedding Ceremony. For instance, the breathtaking beauty of an ocean shore, stunning botanical garden or familiarity of your childhood backyard where you have grown up are all great options to host an outdoor wedding. But no matter how amazing these venues are, you always need a huge amount of effort to organise an alfresco celebration. You can follow these tips to pull off a rustic chic outdoor wedding ceremony in UK.

Choose the Right Location for Outdoor Wedding Ceremony:

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MakeUp Trends 2016 for Stunning Wedding Photographs!

Everybody’s idea of the perfect wedding is inspired by the trendiest looks of the current era. Make-up for wedding photo shoots needs to be different from the ceremonial look. Ascending makeup trend for 2016 were showcased by famous designers like Carolina Herrara, Ines di Santo, Stefanie Francois and Badgley Mischka at the Bridal Fashion Week. All these custom trends ensure that your makeup will necessarily be suitable for lights, camera and action that are the significant elements of wedding photography. These trends are worth not only saying ‘I do’ to but great for glamorising your wedding photographs as well.

1) Natural and Nude Play:

Flaunt the inner beauty within you with a natural makeover, which has once again overpowered the Spring/Summer trends of 2016. With a light application of a tinted moisturizing, a slight dusting of the nude bronzer/highlighter or a blush, a gentle swipe of mascara and a flushed pout, you are all set to face the camera, which will capture your timeless beauty a showcase a memorable experience.

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2)The Glossy Look Takes Over The Rest:

Glossy premiere-styled look is up on the move for the year 2016. At London bridal fashion week, the Angel Sanchez’s ready-to-wear catwalk displayed an array of shimmery textured eye looks with stretched winged eyeliner and a hint of the glossy illuminator. The look stood out from the rest and proved to be a star-lit fascination for many soon to be brides.

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Tips to Organise Your Las Vegas Destination Wedding

7 Tips to Organise Your Las Vegas Destination Wedding

Destination weddings have become a popular trend in the industry, but if they’re not organised properly, they could have disastrous results. Thus, a lot of brides have taken their guests with them to Las Vegas – a city that prides itself on wedding convenience. Planning on exchanging vows in the world’s wedding capital? Here are a few things you’ll need to consider when making arrangements for your Vegas wedding:

Get in touch with a wedding coordinator

Before making any commitments, it’s an absolute must that you hire a wedding planner at least a month prior to the big day. Some people believe that they can handle everything on their own, but the truth is that there’s going to be so much going on during your wedding weekend. Jodi Harris from Sight & Sound Events says that a wedding planner can keep you on schedule, keep everything organised so that you can remain stress-free throughout the entire weekend.

Consider getting married at a hotel/casino chapel

Almost every hotel and casino resort in the city has its own chapel, so why not take advantage and book services there? That way, accommodation for your guests could be sorted out as well.


1950’s Vintage Makeup – Bridal photo shoot

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On this weeks blog post I have planned to speak to all you lovely brides about 1950’s Vintage Makeup.

I did this Photoshoot with Elena back last summer and it was a shoot that has a very classic feel. It was held at the beautiful Shottle Hall Venue on a gorgeous summers day.
For this shoot we aimed at doing a 1950’s look which complimented the dress from ‘Baroque Couture’. From the soft round neckline to the lace arms, it fitted in perfect with the 1950s theme.



Makeup artist Derby Sophie Downing

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Hello to all readers on Elena’s Blog.

I’m Sophie Downing a Make-up Artist based in the Derby but I also travel around the Midlands.
I have worked with Elena on various photo shoots that I will be telling you all about. She is a fantastic Photographer who creates outstanding images as well as a very creative mind when it comes to ideas for Weddings. It’s always a pleasure to work with her.

I will be a regular Make-up Artist blogger on this Wedding blog, keeping you up to date with all Wedding photo shoots, beauty advice and any product reviews.
It would be perfect if I received any comments or emails off you all telling me what you would like to see on these blog posts (of course wedding related).


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