The Joys of Springtime

A year ago I came up with an idea of creating an Easter inspired photo shoot, so that I could create some lovely inspiration for our spring brides. We were lucky to be involved in a fabulous wedding fayre at Keythorpe Manor around that time which was the perfect location for our shoot, and it was hosted by our great friends at Save The Date Magazine.

This beautiful photo shoot which was all about spring and nature in a stunning location couldn’t have gone any better…. Here are a few pictures to get us started.

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My brief was simple…. Springtime, Easter, Furry friends and colours which are not typical of springtime and texture. Wood, lace, feathers and eggs of course! I wanted to show that you can use different colours, tones and textures if you think out the box because they really work. I really love all the spring colours that are around at this time of year but you can still create a great style using alternatives. Take a peek and let me know what you think.

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Festival Fun

Last year we were asked to take part in a photo shoot for the stunningly beautiful Belvoir Castle. Obviously it was a very quick answer… YES of course, not only did we just have to work at the beautiful castle but we also had the amazing Rachael Connerton Photography to capture it all and some of the best suppliers around.

The magnificent Belvoir Castle are now offering their stunning lakeside marquee for wedding guests, giving you the unique opportunity to create your very own day, your way. Surrounded by a landscape of trees and open countryside, with a dramatic view of the Castle on the skyline.

Festivals are a great theme and style when you fancy a relaxed fun idea for your wedding style and so after some planning it started to come together. The idea was simple, bright, festival inspired fun. Here is the end result.

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My ideas for styling were very simple, bright colours, large flower heads such as sunflowers, gerbera’s, dahlia’s and stocks along side some lovely seasonal wild editions. Ribbon detailing to work along with the festival inspired wedding look and coloured glass with simple table detailing.

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Billy ball flowers (the mustard yellow balls) are my absolute favourite!

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 Make a statement on your place settings by using extra decoration for your napkins, not only will it make them stand out, it will level out the table decoration rather than it all being in the centre of the table. We love the festival ticket inspired place names that Nikki from Tickled Pink designed for us.

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Extra table decorations of the fruity kind!

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A Super Treat at Ragdale Hall

On a slightly grey day in March I had the pleasure of experiencing treatments at Ragdale Hall as part of their Ultimate Package they offer. After kindly being invited by Ragdale Hall I was very keen to be reminded of how good their venue is and the standard of their treatments still are. I visited Ragdale Hall a number of years ago and haven’t been there since so was very excited!

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So here’s what I think of this stunning venue and what we experienced throughout the day. After a short drive I and Sarah from Doll Curves arrived in the morning and had a tour around the venue. It’s truly a stunning place and one thing that I instantly felt was that as soon as you walked through the door you felt relaxed! Maybe it’s all in the mind or perhaps just spa fairies scattering their special relaxing dust around, whichever it is, it’s great!

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After having a look at all the areas of the venue from the gym to the restaurants, relaxing areas or the beauty shop, it is clear that the most important thing to Ragdale and their staff which they achieve, is that their guests are relaxed and happy. Every area has been well thought out and really does it’s job.

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The outside areas are just beautiful and there is plenty of space to sit and relax in peace. After our tour we then had the opportunity to go to the Thermal Spa area and use the facilities, this is what I was looking forward to, apart from the treatment of course as the pictures I had already seen proved it was going to be lovely. I wasn’t let down, the spa had different relaxing spaces from the thought zone to the colour flow cave and the scented room or the rose sauna, we loved them all. My favourite however is the candle pool which has candles of course and a star-lit ceiling – imagine a candlelit bath time treat at home but a million times better! The Volcanic Salt Bath which has an intense and 100% humid heat.

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Volcanic Salt Room

Let’s not forget the pools!!! The inside one of course is fabulous, the outside one though on a stunning summer evening would be just perfect.

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Now onto the even better part, not that what we experienced already wasn’t enough of a treat, we then experienced one of the treatments that is included in the Ultimate Day Package. We both picked the Miracle Facial which I have to say is one of the best I’ve had. The quality of the treatment and the products used are what makes this package stand out as it is all about using the best products to produce some of the best treatments, all delivered by the highest standard of therapists. 10 out of 10 isn’t hard to say!

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The food is of course of a very high standard indeed and offers a wide range of dining options from light healthy lunches to afternoon tea and a stunning menu in the restaurant for evening dining. Yum.

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So an overview of the Ultimate Day Package that we highly recommend is simply that the experience is one that you will not forget. After trying the canapé’s and champagne as well I can say it’s going to be a perfect end to the package for you. If you want to try and make your own mind up then here is what is included and Ragdale Hall’s very own description.

Ultimate Spa Day Package

This new spa day is for those who enjoy the luxury of indulging in the very best – a day designed by our Senior Team to include ‘Created by Ragdale’ treatments developed by and completely exclusive to Ragdale Hall.  A day planned out for you to enjoy the sublime luxury of being pampered and totally spoilt.

  • Miracle Facial
  • Restorative Hand & Foot Therapy
  • Either a Soothing Back Massage or Soft Touch Body Stretch or Lavender and Tea Tree Exfoliation
  • Three course healthy buffet lunch
  • A glass of champagne and canapes at 6.00pm
  • Complimentary Ragdale mules

Please follow the link below or go to http://www.ragdalehall.co.uk/ to find out more about this fantastic package at one of the best spas in the UK! http://www.ragdalehall.co.uk/spa-day-detail.php/Ragdale-s-Ultimate-Day-from-199-31/ Thanks for reading. Nicola x

Katie & Dean ~ A Classy Affair!

Kicking off the real weddings feature is a very special wedding to me, it’s only my youngest sisters and my now brother in law, so to say it was a special wedding is an understatement.

One of my favourite venues, some of my favourite suppliers, a very photogenic couple and a lovely wedding style to work with, I was smiling ALOT when discussing with Katie what she wanted the venue to look like.

I was able to show off one of my favourite styles for chair covers of the moment, stunning organza wraps with a champagne sash styled in a rosette style tie at the back. Love it and love the colours used. The tables were styled using beautiful white hydrangeas dressed into stunning antique vases and containers, gorgeous trinket boxes, lovely glassware and ornate picture frames made for a simple yet elegant style oozing with class.

Every element of the styling worked perfectly with the bridal party style and the overall wedding feel. A favourite of ours to start off what is sure to be a fab feature for our blog, we have styled some gorgeous weddings over the years and now it’s going to be wonderful that all you lovely lot will be able to check them out and read how our couples feel on their special day.

Enjoy the read in Katie and Dean’s own words about their perfect day <3

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Our day was everything we hoped it would be and more. We knew exactly how we wanted it to look and the feel for the day so finding a venue was pretty simple. The most important part of my wedding day was to be married in a church it was my way of sharing our special day with loved ones that are no longer with us. Our ceremony took place at the beautiful Leicester Cathedral. It was the perfect start to our city wedding. After the ceremony we took the short walk with our guests to The City Rooms. It was a clear choice for us the ballroom is stunning and we loved being in the heart of the city.

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 The City Rooms 

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