What a wonderful weekend

Such a lovely weekend.

It’s a wonderful thing to be able to mix business and pleasure together and this weekend I was able to, and loved it! ❤

I had the pleasure of being able to go and support a wonderful charity event that was organised on behalf of a stunning and strong little girl who is fighting Leukemia as I type. There are many inspirational people in life and little Isla truly is one of them, at 5 years old, she still caries a smile whilst battling the horrible disease. I can only imagine her smiles and happiness continues to give her family strength as it’s an emotional journey that no one should have to go through. Well done to all involved and it was a real pleasure to be part of something that is such a worthy cause.

I hope you raised plenty of money, and I hope the fantastic charity CLIC Sargent continues to be supported for the great work they do.


I also had the pleasure of taking part in the Lumbers Wedding Event on Saturday, to all who came, it was lovely to see you and I’m sure you managed to find rings in the 2000 or so that were there to look through! Well done Lumbers and we are looking forward to many more wonderful events.

We hope you all had a lovely weekend and have a great start to the week ahead! x


Friday Friends :) Positively Premier!

Back to Friday’s Friend’s after a family wedding, my sister’s to be precise, and what a lovely day it turned out to be!

This company really has gone from strength to strength with their wedding business, having recently added so many more lines that fit in with todays modern wedding, they are able to help so many clients achieve a great atmosphere.

I can recommend them highly and have at times used many of their products for events we have held. This week’s friends are Premier Weddings & Events and they certainly are premier….


Ben started Premier Weddings & Events and pretty much was the first person in the industry that I had the pleasure to speak with. To say he was on hand for good advice and support really is an understatement, he really is one of those people who is happy to help.

Meeting like-minded business owners in this industry really is what it’s all about, I like to be able to recommend good people and good businesses, and these guys really are at the top of the list. Friendly and enthusiastic about what they do, with a quality team it’s exciting to see them grow.

For our third year in business we had a lovely party to which Ben provided us with a dance floor and our logo in lights. As you can see by the picture below, it looked very smart. After a little issue with the dress code (bad reading of the invite he told me, I just think he was rebelling! he he) he still managed to help us celebrate the night away.


Photography by Steve Walton Photography

Well the great thing about premier is what they specialise in, whether you need a DJ, a dance floor, decorative lighting or backdrops they can help with many funky items to set a great scene for your wedding. Recently added to their stock has been an item that seems to be sought after in bucket loads, led furniture. At our recent Eve Lily Wedding Show at Shearsby Bath they produced led spheres that were positioned outside, these completely wowed our guests with how lovely they looked. Check out their web page to see what they can offer you. http://premier-event-services.co.uk/


 Photography provided by Premier Weddings & Events

Here’s Ben to give you his thoughts about the wedding world and in his own words, take it away Ben 🙂

Ten words that best describe you and your business? Fun, Colourful, Friendly, Helpful, Premier, Always say yes & WOW Factor.

Tell us what you most enjoy about working in the world of Premier Events? I love the fact that we can take a clients ideas and turn it in to reality, be that by using lighting, AV equipment, drape, furniture or any of the other cool things that we provide. It’s great to walk into an empty venue in the morning and by 3pm it’s completely transformed.

If you could plan a wedding anyway you would like, what would you do for the following?

– Type of venue. A large country house, somewhere like Stapleford Park with its large gardens and amazing food.

– Colour scheme and theme or style. It would have to be something classic and traditional in the day and then completely modern in the evening, almost turning the venue into a nightclub for the evening reception.

– Styling for bride and groom. Not something I have really thought about much, probably something quite contemporary however.

– Entertainment. As a company that started out as a DJ company, it would have to be our 4 wedding Djs playing on rotation throughout the evening with me doing a guest slot. I would also need to get my friend Ryan O’Mahony a local singer who also plays the guitar to sing some songs in the room turnaround, he does some amazing mash-ups.

– Special touches. I would try to do an amazing speech so would definitely need some AV support such as radio mics, plasmas and music!

What do you think is the most important thing to consider and get right when planning a wedding? For me it’s definitely the entertainment, your guests have got to be entertained for at least 5 hours at night and if you choose the wrong DJ or band then the evening will suffer. Choosing a cheap DJ may save you some money but could end up spoiling the evening with nobody dancing and subsequently leaving early.

Do you have any advice that you can pass on to future bride and grooms about to get married? Book early, we find that the good suppliers are always in high demand and popular items do sell out in advance.

What has been the most memorable client request you have worked on since you started Premier Events and why? We were asked by another events company to provide a starlit dance floor for the World Economic Forum which takes place once a year in Davos, Switzerland. This event attracts pretty much all of the world leaders and our dance floor was used for an event which Google were hosting. They flew Jon (our General Manager) out there to lay the dance floor, he was there a few days before the event as the whole site was on a security lockdown. It must have gone well as we have been back there for another dance floor also!

Church Wedding or Civil Service? Probably a civil service, I would have to ask the prospective bride though.

Best and worst thing about weddings in your opinion? Best would be the smiling faces and knowing that we help people to have a great time. The worst for us would be the long and unsociable hours, we are always out and about at the weekends at silly o-clock delivering and collecting kit.

What do you LOVE in life? Loads of things, I love my job, I love the fact that my hobby is my ‘proper job’ and that we get to go out and do some really cool jobs. I should also mention my friends and family and of course, Claire my girlfriend who helps me with many things Premier related.

One sentence to describe Premier and what you do….. At Premier we supply pretty much anything that you could need to enhance your venue from an audio, visual and production point of view.

Thank you so much Ben! It’s great to get people’s thoughts and feelings about the wedding industry from people who are in it, day-to-day, as they really do help clients plan and imagine what their big day will be like.

The next Friday Friend really is one for the girls, brides, bridesmaids, mothers, anyone who really wants to glow on the big day, come back next week to find out how they can help.


Nicola  🙂 x

Friday Friends :) The Talented Nigel Ord Smith Photography!

Today’s Friday Friends is someone who see’s wedding’s from a totally different perspective from most, as they get to see it behind a lens. I am so happy that not only have they agreed to be a Friday Friend, but mainly because they can let you in on their thoughts, and great tips when its comes to your wedding day.This can only be a great thing when planning or making wedding related decisions.

I can’t speak highly enough of them, they make wedding’s a joy from start to finish and throw in a few jokes along the way (I can confirm, I also have been subjected, I mean had the pleasure of listening to these jokes on many occasions). A quality guy, with a quality brand and a quality camera, which is a must, seeing as he is an amazing photographer!

So here’s to this week and the fantabulous Nigel Ord Smith……


I actually cannot remember exactly where and when I met Nigel, a passing meeting when at a local venue rings a bell. This obviously sounds a little rude and as if it’s insignificant, quite the opposite. The reason why I can’t remember exactly is because we have had so many more meetings, weddings, fayre’s, show’s, party’s and such like, my memory is swamped with all of them! Which is obviously a good thing.

The thing I love about Nigel other than his dry sense of humour, is that he is just fantastic at understanding what weddings are all about. How each and every one should be as important as the last. You will never be a number with Nigel and that is just how it should be with wedding’s.

The other thing I have learnt and really appreciate since knowing Nigel and other photographers in the industry, is that pictures aren’t just pictures, they are your wedding. The one reminder when the day is over and all your friends and family have gone home, when you are back from your honeymoon and the day is becoming a more distant memory, and when you have sent your thank you cards out, they will be the one thing you can turn to, to remind yourself of just how great a day, it truly was.

So Nigel, if you don’t already know, run’s Nigel Ord Smith Photography, he specialises in Weddings, Portraits, Boudoir and now Dogs! That’s the great thing about Nigel, he doesn’t shoot and click, he captures happiness and beautiful moments for his clients, whether it’s a bride and groom, a little fairy or a scrumptious bull-dog. (My references will make much more sense after you visit Nigel’s site, a must see. Nigel Ord Smith Photography

So far we have worked on a number of weddings together, have been partnering on some fantastic projects, including boudoir and styled shoots and have so much in the pipeline I want to squeal with excitement. He has become a wonderful friend and someone to know in the wedding world!

Nigel will be at our Eve Lily Wedding Show in April showing off his stunning work, as you can see by the picture below, whilst also telling jokes and running our fun photo booth, you should come ready with a joke to do a joke challenge on the night, I warn you, he has good material! 😉


 Photography by Nigel Ord Smith Photography

Normally I would pick some of my favourite picture’s for this part of the post, however, being Nigel’s line of work and so, so much more qualified to pick out some corker’s, I thought it only right to take his choices. And what choices they are, showing off a range of pictures, looks and moments that each wedding offers. Brilliant work Nigel, you should be in Photography! x


 Photography by Nigel Ord Smith Photography

I just love this picture below, the lighting is just to die for and makes the picture a stunner from start to finish. Beautiful dress aswell.


 Photography by Nigel Ord Smith Photography

If I can hijack this post for one second (not that anyone will tell me off, it’s my post! he he) and give one tiny bit of advice. Do not scrimp when it come’s to a photographer, take your time, save your pennies, pick one who get’s what you want and who’s pictures show just how good they are. It will be one of the best decision’s you will look back on after the wedding is over, as I said before, it’s the one lasting memory for the rest of your life to cherish. No Money was transferred for that precious bit of advice, possibly a thanks from photographer’s, but no bribe’s, just my personal feelings after hearing many a sad story about horrendous pictures and the perfect time to voice.

As you can see from Nigel’s stunning pictures, these are moments never to be re shot or captured again. That’s why photography is just fabulous.

Nigel, do you need an assistant? x



Photography by Nigel Ord Smith Photography

So, over to the very good friend of mine Nigel, to let you into the wedding world of a photographer. In his own words and giving some great advice and thoughts when it comes to weddings, plus some humour that I just love! ❤

Ten words that best describe you and your business? Sssshh. I’m an assassin; I get paid to shoot people!

Tell us what you most enjoy about working in the world of Nigel Ord Smith Photography? The sheer variety of people who I get to meet and have the privilege of working with, whether I’m photographing for them, or whether they are some of lovely wedding related suppliers that I work with.

If you could plan a wedding anyway you would like, what would you do for the following? I’m going to turn this question around slightly, away from planning the whole wedding to the selfish considerations of a wedding photographer, and describe my ideal wedding!

The venue would be a combination of some of the lovely wedding venues that I work at –  although I’m going to be diplomatic and not mention any names – with, in no particular order of preference;

beautiful gardens that offer plenty of interesting areas including areas of soft, indirect light, ideally with a water feature and, of course, breathtaking views,

architecture with character, plenty of steps to gather the whole wedding party on and, later, for some time alone with the bride and groom,

lavish rooms inside, with plenty of natural light, and

a wonderfully attentive team who aren’t fazed when timings go a little astray as they do from time to time.

Add in a lovely fun-loving couple, relaxed family and friends, with some interesting and varied special touches for their day, plus a little bit of sunshine, and I have the best job in the world. I get to go to an all day long celebration of a couple in love, and I get paid for the privilege!

What do you think is the most important thing to consider and get right when planning a wedding? Again, I’ll look at this from a photography perspective and say getting the right photographer for you and your style.

You’ll find plenty of lists in magazines and online of what to look for when looking for your wedding photographer. Whilst many are valid considerations I personally think that there are two key ones; that you like the style of their photography and that you get on with them.

Most people want some natural, relaxed images on their wedding day and of all the suppliers that you deal with on your wedding day your photographer may well be the only one that is going to be there on the day with you, often for the majority of the day. You’re not going to be relaxed about your photographs if you’re thinking ‘damn, it’s the photographer again’.

So, make sure you gel and, ideally have the opportunity of a pre wedding portrait session to break the ice and get used to working together. And when looking at photographers portfolios make sure that you’re seeing whole weddings and not just the ‘greatest hits’.

Do you have any advice that you can pass on to future bride and grooms about to get married? Have the best wedding photographer that your budget will allow as you wedding photographs will be the reminder of your big day for years and years to come and an heirloom to pass down to your children.

I’ve been a guest at weddings where, to save money, the bride and groom have asked their ‘Uncle Bob’ to photograph their wedding as he’s got a good camera and he’s a member of the local camera club. He might have, and he might be, but I’ve got a football and I’m not David Beckham!

What has been the most memorable client request you have worked on since you started Nigel Ord Smith Photography and why? Every wedding I photograph is memorable as it is such a special and unique day for that couple and their family and friends. And I’m delighted that many of my brides and grooms come back to me for photographs when they start a family and have children.

I also like to spend a good few hours photographing the bride’s shoes if I’m photographing bridal preparations. Well, that’s what I always tell the couple at an initial consultation. I arrived to photograph the bride getting ready for one wedding a few years ago and she had her entire shoe collection out and ready for me. I missed the ceremony by several days J.

Church Wedding or Civil Service?

Best and worst thing about weddings in your opinion? The best thing is being there to record the most exciting day of the bride and grooms life, and capturing the emotion of the day. As mentioned above, with the right wedding I get to go and work at an all day celebration, full of happy smiling faces all day long. What a dreadful job that is!!!

And one of the worst things is wondering how some guests, sometimes including the parents of the bride or groom, can enjoy their friend’s/daughter’s/son’s wedding when they seem to spend most of the day viewing it through a camera or a phone. If we’ve already been paid to photograph the wedding why don’t they kick back, relax and enjoy the day. They don’t take their own sandwiches to supplement the catering do they? Well, not that I’ve noticed…

What do you LOVE in life? Laughter! And the odd joke or two…

One sentence to describe Nigel Ord Smith Photography and what you do….. Professional, friendly, photographer, with an ability to put people at ease in front of the camera.

Thank you so much Nigel! A fun and interesting read at the same time. Looking forward to you photographing our guests at the Eve Lily Wedding Show in a couple of weeks time.

You will have to pop back next week to see who our Friday Friend is going to be as it’s a secret! Well for now 🙂


Nicola  🙂 x

Friday Friends :) The ‘Beautiful’ Bettie Lottie Make Up!

So we skipped last friday’s Friday Friend’s with it being Good Friday and all. I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break and are back ready for more wedding loveliness!

So today’s Friday Friends is someone who I really admire when it comes to their talent and enthusiasm. Not only are they super talented when it comes to making people look their best, she is also a mutual creative, someone who loves to explore and push themselves when it comes to what they are capable of.

I can’t recommend them highly enough when you need her service as they are certainly one of Leicestershire’s finest Make Up Artists with a lovely personality to match.

So here’s to this week and the lovely Beth Lacey from……


Where do I start really, that’s what I am struggling with on today’s post. Beth is someone who again I am lucky to have been able to count as one of my good friends in the wedding industry. We didn’t meet straight away and so missed out on more creative projects that we no doubt would have done together before now. (Probably not a bad thing as we just keep finding more work for ourselves).

The thing I love about Beth and Bettie Lottie Make Up is that she loves her business, just as I love my own. This is of great importance when it comes to the wedding industry as it really shows through in her work and attitude to weddings.

I met Beth at a networking event, just as she was walking out the door, I suppose you could imagine me with a long shepherds hook pulling her back through the door so we could speak. I was looking for a talented make up artist to be involved in future shows and photo shoots that I had planned. The problem is, there aren’t many ‘great’ make up artists out there so HOW lucky was I to have that chance meeting (okay, it was a networking event so not much chance about it, but we could have missed each other had I not seized the opportunity. Something I am very glad about to this day!)

So Beth has set up her lovely Bettie Lottie Make Up business and so far we have worked on a few weddings together, plus we have been knee-deep in creativity of late, including some great photo shoots, with more to come. Beth with be at our Eve Lily Wedding Show in April showing off her beautiful work on our models, you must come and see her work! Here is Beth and our stunning models in action at one of our previous shows! 


Photography by SMD Photography

I have also been very lucky as Beth did my make up for Eve Lily 3rd Birthday Party aswell as my recent photo shoot which had an Audrey Hepburn theme! She truly is a beautiful and fun person, creating beautiful make up for lovely brides and their family’s. I loved being glammed up by her magic make up brush! x


Photography by Steve Walton Photography

One of my favourite pictures from our recent photo shoot, Enchanted Forest. I just love the look Beth created, what was great about it, was upon explaining what I was hoping to achieve Beth knew straight away and this was the result! The feeling of being on the same page is just fantastic as it makes our work so much more achievable. As any bride to be I would imagine this being of utmost importance, feeling comfortable and at ease on the most important day of your life.

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 Photography by Nigel Ord Smith Photography

Here is another favourite of mine which shows off Beth’s creativity even more, the eye make up was to die for and in the light we were lucky to get it just made the shoot come alive. A great day for us all at work x

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Photography by Nigel Ord Smith Photography

So here’s Beth to let you into her thoughts about the wonderful world of weddings a little more and in her own words, take it away Beth ❤

Ten words that best describe you and your business? Friendly, Professional, Fun, Quality, Approachable, Specialist, Listens, Generous, Flexible, Calming.

Tell us what you most enjoy about working in the world of Bettie Lottie? The fact that I get to be part of a brides special morning making her feel so pampered and beautiful. The best feeling in the world on one of the best day of your life, and I help make that happen. What a privilege and I never take it for granted.

If you could plan a wedding anyway you would like, what would you do for the following? As I’m actually planning my own wedding at the moment I don’t want to give too much away, however……. 

– Type of venue. Relaxed /Informal (although as a child I use to tell my mum I wanted to get married at Hampton Court Palace – very low-key!)

– Colour scheme and theme or style. No clue! Too many ideas. I blame pintrest! Although I would like a lemon colour to be present as this is my favourite and very Springlike for March time. I need to book an appointment with Eve Lily. 

– Styling for bride and groom. Groom – 3 Piece suit. No top hat and tales. Think Ryan Reynolds/ Hugh Jackman, yummy!!!!! Bride – I’m really loving the more hippy look at the moment. Dresses that aren’t so structured with loose curls in the hair and flowers. Oh and I used to be anti Veil until I tried one on. I felt complete as a bride. I now love them!

– Entertainment. If money were no object I would have live music all day. Different types. Acoustic Guitar at ceremony, Samba band at drinks reception, Relaxing background music through wedding breakfast, 70’s soul and funk band to start the evening then requests all night. Also games! We’ve always been a games family.

– Special touches. Make it personal!

What do you think is the most important thing to consider and get right when planning a wedding? Someone once told me spend the money on the things you will keep – Your Rings, Your Photographs, Your other half!!! Also, make sure that you are doing things for yourself and not just to please everyone else (I will re read this 12 months time and laugh. Always good at dishing out the advice…..) With regard to make up, be true to yourself. Your wedding day is not the day to be trying out that bright green eyeshadow with blue lips you saw in a magazine. Classic always wins and never dates. You don’t want your groom to turn around and see you walking down the aisle wondering who the hell you are! Also if you are spending all this money on a fabulous dress, accessories, photographer and flowers, please invest in a good make up artist and hairdresser, it honestly is the icing on the cake and brings the look all together. 

Do you have any advice that you can pass on to future bride and grooms about to get married? At the end of the day the main event is you and your partner looking into each others eyes and saying your vows. Don’t lose sight of this and start sweating the small stuff, especially on the morning of the wedding. If it hasn’t been done by then, then it wasn’t that important, so just sit back and enjoy the rest of your planning coming together. 

What has been the most memorable client request you have worked on since you started Bettie Lottie and why? I haven’t really had any odd requests but very memorable clients for many different reasons.

Church Wedding or Civil Service? Well I’m getting married in a deconsecrated church so I’m pretty much covered!!! But what ever feels right for you and your beliefs. 

Best and worst thing about weddings in your opinion? Worst – family politics. Best – Being surrounded by your nearest and dearest who are all there for you.

What do you LOVE in life? My friends and family, They are the bestest! Seafood and Porn Star Martinis are also up there. 

One sentence to describe Bettie Lottie and what you do….. I am a professional friendly make up artist specialising in making you feel beautiful and at your best on one of the most important days of your life.

Thank you so much Beth! What a great read, as Beth mentioned, she is herself getting married so it’s great to get her perspective as a future bride aswell as a successful wedding business owner. Wishing lots of love for the up and coming wedding xx

Next week we have a very special Friday Friend that we are just loving working with aswell as listening to their dry sense of humour jokes. I may even get them to tell one of their favourites!


Nicola  🙂 x

Here’s to 2013!

Bye bye to 2012……..which ended in a wedding whirlwind, it was our best year yet with some fantastic weddings and lovely clients, plus a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed birthday party! 


Photography by Steve Walton Photography

I decided to say thank you to all my friends who have been a part of Eve Lily from the start, family, friends and lovely suppliers (who are now friends) from the wedding industry plus my wonderful clients, past and present.



Photography by Steve Walton Photography

It was a lovely night, held at the stunningly beautiful City Rooms in Leicester. If you know the venue then you will be aware that it’s just a perfect ballroom to hold such an event, if you don’t, then I suggest you take a peek. I was lucky to have the wonderful Rebecca and her band perform some beautiful songs, including Moon River of course!

Themed as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the guys looked very swish whilst the girls made such a wonderful effort by either looking glam or arriving dressed as Audrey, just perfect! Obviously I had to make an effort being the host and so I played dress up and tried my hardest to become Audrey for the night, with the help of my good friend Beth from Bettie Lottie Make Up of course. I even had a birthday cake which as you can see it was just beautiful, courtesy of the lovely Melody from Melody Cakes.


Photography by Steve Walton Photography

Thank you to all who came and helped me celebrate, it truly was a lovely night and another fantastic Eve Lily memory. Here’s a few images courtesy of Steve Walton Photography who managed to take some lovely pictures for me to share. 

As the title says, here’s to 2013! 

Well I have been so busy with work and home life, I am only getting to write this now and share what we have been up to so far in 2013!

After launching my new website for Eve Lily last year I really wanted to make best use of it and start blogging news, updates, friends and fun stuff, so here I am, finally! A little introduction you may say to the year ahead…..

So new website, new friends, new blog, new clients, existing clients, new photo shoots, existing photo shoots, the list goes on, here are some of my favourite things so far for 2013.


Yay for our first blog feature for 2013, here’s hoping for many more. We recently had the pleasure of being featured on Under The Vintage Veil, it was great to be featured by Sara on a gorgeous blog. The photo shoot was so much fun, a truly amazing day with a creative group of people to help me pull it together. I will be featuring it on the blog soon so keep your eye’s peeled as it will give you a fun take on the day and its events!

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Photography by Nigel Ord Smith Photography

In other blog news, I am so happy to say that I am now writing for the fabulous Love Luxe Blog, I will be sharing my experience, passion for all the things we do and some beautiful styling ideas that will hopefully appeal to all who read it! Thanks Rosie, it truly is a pleasure. Follow the link below to read the latest post. x



For all who know me will be aware of the REAL Eve Lily! She is elbow height, very sweet, very chatty (a little like her mum) sociable, great fun and getting older by the day! Well as I have explained in my about us page on the website, Eve Lily is why I started in the wedding business. So in honor of Eve I decided to style a shoot and feature her in my work, a kind of keepsake for us both! I have no words for how good the pictures are from the days shoot, courtesy of Sarah Salotti Photography (which I shall also be blogging about soon so carry on keeping those eyes peeled). Here is a teaser to show you just how much fun we had!


Photography by Sarah Salotti Photography


Okay, so this is an exciting new project that is coming together nicely with one of my fantastic friends and fabulous photographer, Nigel Ord Smith. Boudoir is really becoming more and more ‘fashionable’ as they might say and really is lots of fun. A wide variety of styles of boudoir are available these days, from modern, vintage through to a totally fun pin-up. I can’t wait to show you some beautiful work that will be coming your way soon.


As of tomorrow we now have a weekly blog feature, Friday Friends! This is so we can share who we know in the wedding world and why they are some of the best suppliers in Leicester. Its great to know some fantastic and creative suppliers, so we thought we should share the love! Come and visit us tomorrow to see who is our first friend…..

So, all that is left to say is please join us and subscribe so that I can keep you updated on these exciting elements of Eve Lily and involve you in our love of the wedding world!

Much Love

Nicola – Eve Lily xx