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….

PREMIER WEDDINGS & EVENTS

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

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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……

BETTIE LOTTIE MAKE UP 

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! 

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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

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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!

Love

Nicola  🙂 x