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.

http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/

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

 

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Eve Lily <3

So the sun is shining, it’s Friday and looks like we are set for a lovely weekend of weather which is great as it just so happens that its my birthday on Monday. I’m excited to have a girlie weekend away in the sun in a rare weekend off.

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I do love what I do and the reason I do it, so thought it was about time that I shared something very special (well it is for me anyway!) I have a lot of friends in this industry and we all know how hard it can be at times, there is someone very special to me that keeps me going and makes me smile even more when they tell me how much they love something I have made, or styled, that would be Eve, well actually Eve Lily.

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Photography by Sarah Salotti Photography

At the start of the year I decided to do a photo shoot of me and my daughter in a little tongue in cheek Audrey style. This was supposed to be a 30 minute mini shoot, so I could involve Eve in what I do and show what Eve Lily is all about at the same time. This didn’t quite pan out as Eve as always just got into the spirit of things and took over, with a little encouragement from Sarah and so the timings went to pot. It was such a fun shoot and we really did get in the spirit of it all.

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Photography by Sarah Salotti Photography

So the shoot was held at the stunning City Rooms in Leicester and we had a team to help, Beth from Bettie Lottie Make Up and Tina from The Progressive Hair Company on hand to do hair and make up with the fantastic Sarah Salotti Photography to photograph, with gorgeous cakes supplied by the lovely Melody Cakes. After styling our table and dressing up as Audrey and mini Audrey we got down to it.

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Photography by Sarah Salotti Photography

I hope you liked it and can see just how much we love what we do.

Nicola and Eve Lily xx

Join us at Lumbers Wedding Event

We all love a stunning piece of jewellery, well look no further than Lumbers of Leicester. I am pleased to say we will be joining the Lumbers team for their Boutique Wedding Event on Saturday 28th September, where there will be lots of wedding loveliness on show.

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Lumbers is Leicester’s finest jewellers and has been since they opened in 1881. Located on Market Street in a beautiful 1930′s Art Deco building, they offer a stunning range of fine jewellery focussing on diamonds and designer watches.

The event will be hosted at Lumbers Jewellers in Leicester and alongside some of our lovely wedding industry friends we will be surrounded by, not one or two rings, but a selection of 1000 stunning wedding rings. It is going to be the place to be if you are looking for that all important ring or rings. As the event is for all you bride and grooms out there, it is going to be well worth a visit as you will get to view from an extensive ring range which is available to suit all budgets. It’s a must see!

We will be all set up with some pretty wedding inspiration and wedding tips and will have the real Eve Lily on hand to help too! ❤

Some of our supplier friends to look out for Gilling and White Bridal, Sarah Salotti Photography, Bettie Lottie Make Up, Golden Apple Designs, Mango Accoustic, Christopher Scotney, Melody Cakes and The Nostalgic Carriage Company.

We look forward to seeing you there! 10am-4pm.

Nicola, Eve Lily xx

Eve Lily Show – The City Rooms

Wow, what a wonderful location for our latest show, we really had a wonderful time hosting another brilliant show with wonderful guests and some of the best suppliers around.

The City Rooms really gave our show a touch of class, and enabled us to really show off our catwalk, suppliers and our own styling ideas and designs. We will certainly be hosting another one with the fabulous venue so we will keep you updated, along with our other wedding shows that we will be hosting over the next year. It’s not easy finding the perfect supplier for your wedding, we know that, however, we really do have some of the best creative, professional suppliers available so do come and meet them and see for yourself if you missed it this time around, don’t miss it next time.

Here are some stunning pictures taken by the wonderful and very talented Sarah Salotti of our fantastic catwalk and outside The City Rooms, the models did such a wonderful job showing off the absolutely beautiful dresses, provided by Sarah from Giling & White and really did wow our guests.

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Photography by Sarah Salotti Photography

The fantastic tailored suits modelled by our lovely male models are supplied by the wonderful Christopher Scotney of Leicester. They really are a must visit for the groom who wants to have a certain stylish look for their wedding day, oh and did I mention how great the team are at Scotney’s!

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Flowers provided by Eve Lily 

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Photography by Sarah Salotti Photography

Thank you to the beautiful models and the wonderful creatives who helped Eve Lily bring the stunning catwalk show to all our guests. Gowns – Giling & White, Suit Hire – Christopher Scotney, Hair – The Progressive Hair Company, Make Up – Bettie Lottie, Flowers – Eve Lily, Catwalk DJ – Paul Martyn, Photography – Sarah Salotti Photography and filmed by Digital Dreams Productions.

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Click on the link below to see the wonderful film created by a brilliant team and showing off our brilliant and professional suppliers who exhibited at the show. Digital Dreams Productions managed to cover the event for us and show off some of the best suppliers in the East Midlands including the fabulous ice creams generously given out to all of our brides on arrival from Cowslick Icecream Trike. Thank you Wendy! x

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We also managed to have some brilliant fun, along with many of our event guests with Vintage Booth Me, such a lot of fun for any event or wedding, we can vouch for that. Take a look and have a giggle 🙂

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If you would like to register for our next show, please email me at nicolamason@evelily.co.uk, dates are to be released very soon.

A huge thank you to all of our guests who came to our show, to The City Rooms for being a fantastic venue to host the show in and to all of our wonderful models and suppliers who made the show a great success 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….

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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.

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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/

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 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.

Love

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……

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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! 😉

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 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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 🙂

Love

Nicola  🙂 x