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 :) 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.


Photography Copyright Tickled Pink

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