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

Friday Friends :) Shearsby Bath Beauty!

With our first Friday Friend feature under our belt it’s only right to carry on with the new tradition of showcasing some of our wonderful wedding friends. As you know I decided to make this a weekly feature, it’s a fun way of getting to know my friends and suppliers that I can highly recommend, as they are some of the best in Leicestershire. 

My next friday friend to introduce is a beautiful wedding venue that is so well-known in Leicester that it probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. Today’s post on Friday Friends is the beautiful wedding venue and it’s lovely wedding and events manager, Rachel!….


One of my fondest, first memories about the wedding industry and people I have managed to meet along the way, was when I met Rachel at Shearsby Bath. After launching Eve Lily I decided I really needed to have some sort of launch/showcase so people got to hear about all about us. After an initial contact phone call i went on my merry way to Shearsby to see if I could host it there, as most people know, planning an event of any kind is a big deal. I was in the hands of a venue I didn’t know and so wasn’t sure if they would allow me the scope to make it a launch I wanted. 


Photography by SMD Photography

Well, that’s was of course until I met Rachel and the Shearsby Bath team.


Photography by SMD Photography

We since went on to host our annual wedding show each year at the venue. The Eve Lily Wedding Show is always a fun event for both guest and suppliers and we are so lucky to have some of Leicestershire’s best wedding suppliers on involved.

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Photography by SMD Photography


Here’s some photo booth fun at our one of our previous wedding shows! A must see. Slide show courtesy of SMD Photography and music by the fab Paul Martyn.

Brides (and some grooms) You may want to have a listen to the wonderful Mango Acoustic whilst watching our beautiful models strut on the catwalk. Slide show courtesy of SMD Photography.

We are so very pleased to announce that we are due to hold our wedding show again this year on Thursday 25th April 2013, this is going to be another great event. With it being an evening show it is sure to have some exciting elements for you to all enjoy. Please email me to register your interest for attendance.

Then without much persuading, we styled our first photo shoot in the beautiful grounds, many of those pictures are featured in their wedding brochure.



Photography by SMD Photography

Shearsby is set in the middle of the countryside and the views are just so pretty. The venue is a must see and is flexile in how it can be used, making it a great place to get married. We have had many client weddings at the venue, which is great to work alongside a lovely team!



Photography by SMD Photography

Rachel has such a great approach to anything wedding related and was on board straight away and excited about what I was looking to do, which couldnt of made me happier, as it gave me the chance to start the way I wanted to carry on. Being a young and lovely character, Rachel is very passionate about weddings and all things related. You can be sure that the enthusiasm flows through for each and every wedding to make sure that every client has the wedding they want.

Photography by SMD Photography

So in asking Rachel to answer some of our Friday Friend questions it means we can all get to know her and Shearsby just that bit better! Over to Rachel….. ❤

Ten words that best describe you and your business? Unique, family run venue, extremely passionate about what we do.

Tell us what you most enjoy about working in the world of Shearsby Bath? Meeting so many fantastic people, helping them put their thoughts and ideas together to make their perfect day, then sharing it with them. Seeing people smile when they see everything come together after months of planning is definitely a highlight of the job!

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

– Type of venue. Somewhere that was set in the middle of the countryside with landscaped grounds for great photographs and a building with a good mix of contemporary and rustic features, with maybe a grand marquee…..oh wait- I think I know the perfect place!

– Colour scheme and theme or style. Simple and elegant, ivory colour and lace touches with maybe just a pop of another colour.

– Styling for bride and groom. Something to show the bride and grooms personalities is always good. At the moment I love the look of stone  grey or dark blue tailored suits with a skinny tie and crisp white shirt for the groom. For the bride I currently really like a 1920’s style dress with maybe a jewelled headpiece. My choices often change every time we have a wedding and I see the gorgeous outfits the couples have selected!

– Entertainment. Great DJ and a good band of choice if budget allows it. If it was my wedding, I’d go for a swing band!

– Special touches. Just little things to make it personal to the couple. Photos, personalised stationery etc, etc.

What do you think is the most important thing to consider and get right when planning a wedding? Suppliers. Look around for perfect suppliers, be it your venue, caterer, photographer,florist or entertainer there are so many great suppliers that can make your ideas a reality. Whilst price and sticking within your budget is a massive factor to consider when booking everything that makes up your wedding day, it is not always the case that the cheapest option is the best option. Do your homework and find suppliers that are on your wave length and understand what you want to achieve for your day, and always read a few testimonials to ensure from past couples that the company says what it does on the tin!

Do you have any advice that you can pass on to future bride and grooms about to get married? Two bits of advice really.

1)  It’s your day and it should be unique and personal to you both, try to keep that in mind during the planning process. When your neighbours sisters best friend doesn’t think you should go for that type of floral arrangement because she doesn’t like Hydrangea’s, remember that you love hydrangea’s and that’s why you picked the arrangement in the first place!

2) If there is an opportunity for you to be alone together for 5 minutes on your wedding day, take it. Time alone is such a rarity on your wedding day and I always think its nice for couples to just take a couple of minutes for themselves and let that happy married feeling start to sink in 🙂 


What has been the most memorable client request you have worked on since you started Shearsby Bath and why? The most memorable client request would probably be the entire wedding that I first worked on six years ago, because it was my first of many at Shearsby Bath.

Church Wedding or Civil Service? That would have to be a civil service – we have a beautiful room at Shearsby Bath where our civil ceremonies are conducted. It’s got gorgeous old oak beams and we fill it with candles to make it extremely romantic and a perfect setting for a civil ceremony.

Best and worst thing about weddings in your opinion? Best: would have to be getting everyone together that you know and love and letting them share in such a special moment. It can be a very rare moment in time when all your friends and family are under one roof, so relish the moment! Worst: When the day comes to an end! 

What do you LOVE in life? Theatre, good food and wine, but most importantly i love spending time with my fantastic family and friends and my gorgeous cocker spaniel Bailey.

One sentence to describe Shearsby Bath and what you do…..  Shearsby Bath – The perfect venue for your special occasion.

Another fantastic Friday Friend will be unveiled next week so pop back and have a read!

Lots of friendly love

Nicola  🙂 x

The Truly Stunning City Rooms

It’s a Thursday night and i am still catching up from the weekends events. I had the pleasure of exhibiting at the stunning City Rooms in Leicester on Sunday and it was a great event, hosted by a great group of people with lovely couples in attendance.


Photo copyright The City Rooms

If you haven’t found your wedding venue yet and would love a ‘GRAND’ city centre wedding venue, then look no further! I have had the pleasure of spending more time at this lovely venue of late, first with Eve Lily’s 3rd Birthday Party and since styling photo shoots, all soon to be revealed! (A little squeal of excitement every time i mention this, as the pictures are just amazing! Thanks to Sarah Salotti that is).

I’m not sure which part is my favourite about this venue, I think it may have something to do with the overall class and opulence the ballroom, bar and the grand staircase just ooze! See for yourself.


Photo copyright The City Rooms

I am very much looking forward to meeting with the couples I have spoken to since Sunday, as I can’t wait to get chatting about weddings! As always there were the usual fun crowd of suppliers in attendance, some of which we get to see quite a lot which makes us very lucky.

One of our new friends also attended and I am so pleased we know them as they are just fabulous when it comes to pampering you! As everyone know’s when it comes to, day to day life we rarely get time to pamper ourselves, maybe the odd foot massage or manicure if we are lucky. We all know we should take more care of ourselves but life just seems to get in the way! Well when it comes to weddings this bad habit needs to change. as on your wedding day there is nothing more important than looking and feeling your best! So, here you go!!


If you don’t already know of the Retreat Spa in Oadby then go check them out, Dawn and Faye are just fabulous and will make sure you feel a million dollars on every visit, I can certainly vouch for that, as I have had the pleasure of some amazing treatments from them. Their relax, restore and revive saying is 100% the company through and through.


Photography by Sarah Salotti Photography

I will be letting you know more about this fab beauty spa soon, in the meantime get on the phone and see just what i am talking about!

Friday Friends :) Tickled Pink Time!

Here’s a big ching, ching to our first Friday Friends feature. I decided to make this a weekly feature as its a fun way of getting to know my friends and suppliers that I can highly recommend as they are some of the best in Leicestershire. I genuinly love meeting new suppliers that I can get to know and hopefully get to class them as friends in the future. Well its a new feature that requires a bit of old school friends to get us started, I decided that I really have to introduce you to one of my very first suppliers that I met a few years ago and loved what they were about from day one.

My first post on Friday Friends is the lovely company that is……


I am lucky to have been able to count Nikki as one of my loveliest friends from the start of my adventure in the wedding industry. We met at my first wedding fayre and struck up a friendship from day one, our love of weddings, creativity, positivity as well as wine have all helped in keeping this lovely friendship going over the years.

Nikki and Tom have been running TP for 7 years. Nikki has been a  stationery designer since graduating from a design degree and Tom is a meticulous maker who packed in his job and joined TP in its 4th year to help Nikki with her growing business. Nikki and Tom are a married couple team, and are truly, lovely people.


Photography Copyright Tickled Pink

I love the textured, colourful, fun designs that Tickled Pink offer, Nikki’s personality really shows through in her designs. A business that you can rely on to supply you with wonderful wedding stationery for your special day.


Photography Copyright Tickled Pink

Here are just a few of their fun and quirky designs that couples just love.


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The passport design is a fav and a best seller!


Photography Copyright Tickled Pink

We love working with tickled pink and were very lucky to have some of their beautiful bunting stationery, styled in one of our previous photo shoots. It was super cute and helped us achieve a perfect finish to the country garden style. What do you think?


Photography by SMD Photography

So here’s a little more about Nikki & Tom and Tickled Pink in their own words, enjoy ❤

Ten words that best describe you and your business? A fun, happy world where work is a fab place.

Tell us what you most enjoy about working in the world of Tickled Pink? For Nikki it’s freedom to make the designs we like for lovely couples who like our style, when Tom was asked he said ‘freedom’ too, but freedom from stuffy jobs with stuffy rules and freedom to sit in the studio singing his heart out to music played on BBC6 records. And in this job Tom feels like he’s creating something worthwhile that other people will love, a sense he never had in a job before.

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

– Type of venue. Somewhere quirky, Tom and I run TP together, but we are also married, our venue was tatty and forgotten, a council property that had been a hotel, but beneath the tarnish you could see a stunning building. It’s been renovated now and it’s gorgeous (City Rooms, Leics), so if I were marrying again, I’d still want somewhere with a story, it would never be a faceless, corporate hotel.

– Colour scheme and theme or style.That would change every week,! It’s hard creating stationery sometimes  for a couple who aren’t marrying for 18 months as If it were me, my palette would have developed, moved on so much in that time. I love colour and lots of it, I shall never be a sophisticated Dame, so fun, jolly, colourful would be my day. When we married, white didn’t feel right- I felt too old and travelled, so our Christmas wedding was plums n aubergines n cerises. I love the bright cheery pompoms around at the mo in many colours. If it were tomorrow, my new wedding, I’d have heaps, with a fab bouquet of cheery colours.

– Styling for bride and groom. Tom was quite trad dressed, now I reckon he’d  be quirkier, he just mentioned a velvet smoking jacket or brocade, now after working in TP world, he wouldn’t boring, he’d have fun and for  Nikki, well actually I wouldn’t change much from what I did have, sari fabric n gold bling. I do love lots of lace, but I am not built for subtle n feminine!

– Entertainment. Sing-along, every wedding we’ve been to in the last few years, the best have been where everyone is on the dance floor ALL EVENING, so cheese n sing-alongs. No point being cool and sophis if no one goes on the dance floor, so I’d have happy and loud!

– Special touches. I’d still want my love for travel, our wedding had lots of Bunting from Mexico that I bought with one of my Best Women when we escaped a business trip to New York and visited Mexico, it’s still up in our studio, big, cheery, white, lacy paper cut work.

What do you think is the most important thing to consider and get right when planning a wedding? Budget, I still don’t see the point in spending money equivalent to 10yrs of mortgage or a fab car, on one day. We did ours on a tight budget and had a memorable day. We made  lots of things, our friends did too, we had Sausage and mash and Malaysian and Thai curries from our fave  local curryhouse, and friends still mention it now in a happy, memorable way. We spent it on what mattered with family and friends. The day is really about committing yourself to another person, it’s not about show and expense. It should be about having people that matter with you, sharing a very special moment.

Do you have any advice that you can pass on to future bride and grooms about to get married? Have a lovely day, but don’t waste time and money on things you won’t remember in 5 years or 10years time.

What has been the most memorable client request you have worked on since you started Tickled Pink and why? It’s the relationships that I loved  creating with clients most. Brides who have come along and made me laugh and then rise to the challenge of creating their vision for their stationery, helping them through their stresses with their ‘real-world’ lives in a way where ordering their paper products hasn’t been a chore, but a laugh. I can spend 2 years with a couple, building up to their big day, so we get chatting and making friendships.

Church Wedding or Civil Service? I love churches, they are GORGEOUS buildings, architecture, colourful windows and amazing craftsmanship are what I love, but Civil all the way for me when it comes to my wedding.

Best and worst thing about weddings in your opinion? A wedding is personal, it should be meaningful for the couple. But I will never understand Couples dressing as their favourite Disney character. They aren’t 8 years old but grownups with the real world ahead of them with its highs n lows. But the best things about weddings for me- seeing cracking photos that capture special moments. A moment in time preserved forever, that stunning smile or tear.

What do you LOVE in life? Our kids. I adore my life, my design career, happy couples who are cheered that we’ve added a little something to their day, but as much as I love my husband- he’s a fab man, but what we created and are moulding together in making kids, well nothing can ever match how they make me smile with their laughs, silliness, trumps and developing personalities. Nothing can ever match that.

One sentence to describe tickled pink and what you do….. To make pretty papery things that make couples happy, share their day with their family n friends and make us smile


Next week we have a fantastic Friday Friend that we can’t shout about loudly enough, they are just fantastic!

Lots of friendly love

Nicola  🙂 x