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Margot’s Outdoor Extravaganza
Margot’s Outdoor Extravaganza

Margot's Outdoor Extravaganza Sunday 21 July at Thornton Woods in Titchfield Margot’s Outdoor Extravaganza is being held on Sunday 21 July at Thornton Woods in Titchfield, Hampshire - beautiful private land that’s available to hire for weddings via Kissing Gate Events. The Kissing Gate set up includes a traditional pole marquee, bell tents and a converted horse box bar. Their full set up will be on display and approximately 30 exhibitors will be showcasing their products and services. There are free workshops, a sparkle bar (to get you in festival mode), Segways, live entertainment, street...

Excitement over Hannah’s exclusive sample sale preview appointments?
Excitement over Hannah’s exclusive sample sale preview appointments?

Annual exclusive sample sale excitement at Hannah Elizabeth Bridal Exclusive sale preview appointments now available A little information about the exclusive sample saleLadies, block out time in your diaries! We’re hosting some sample sale preview appointments on Thursday the 27th June 2019 at our beautiful Botley boutique on the High Street.  Behind our little blue door will be the most amazing collection of unique and stunning sample dresses with discounts of up to 75% and we can't wait to welcome you.There are a limited number of hourly slots between 6.30pm and 9.30pm and all slots are by...

A cup of social coffee – events for Hampshire brides and couples
A cup of social coffee – events for Hampshire brides and couples

A cup of social coffee Relaxed, casual, friendly... and great fun.Comfortable, non pressurised events for brides and couples to meet, chat and socialise. A cup of social coffeeOver the last few years, there have been lots of changes in the wedding industry. Couples have so much more choice about the style of their day. What they book for their venue, and how they engage with their suppliers.It is our mission to connect the “industry with the couple”. Making the task of finding inspiration for your amazing day as easy as possible.Welcome to one of many upcoming events created by the Hampshire...

A luxury bridal experience for the fabric junkie, full of textures, florals, luxe fabrics and quintessentially British bridal gowns
A luxury bridal experience for the fabric junkie, full of textures, florals, luxe fabrics and quintessentially British bridal gowns

A luxury bridal experience for the fabric junkie, full of textures, florals, luxe fabrics and quintessentially British bridal gowns Meet our boutique, by Natalie Hamer Exquisite Bridal Couture was established in 2010 out of a passion of mine for fabrics, quality and a luxury bridal experience with service second to none.  Bridal wasn’t always my thing, I was more of a ready to wear kind of girl, after spending many years working with the best in luxury brands at Harvey Nichols. However the world of bridal attracted me as it is just such a wonderful opportunity to work directly with talented...

The Plantsman at the Wedding – Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
The Plantsman at the Wedding – Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire

The Plantsman at the WeddingPhotographed at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, inspired by the planting style of Piet OudolfHow do you create a modern bridal editorial for the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire that is both incredibly stylish and iconic? Mirroring, yet also enhancing the existing statement rich colours, textures and fabrics, and the modern, luxurious and contemporary feel. The private dining room Fox Hollow in the Wild Carrot, played host to this beautifully curated Hampshire Wedding Club editorial. Tasha, says; "We wanted to embrace a country getaway feeling in our editorial...

Enjoy a new taste of Gin this spring
Enjoy a new taste of Gin this spring

Enjoy a new taste of Gin this spring Wild Carrot’s seasonal socials return with the launch of Wild Carrot Gin Spring has sprung in Hampshire and as we get set for an exciting new season we are delighted to announce the return of our famous Wild Carrot Seasonal Socials. Presenting a dining event with a difference, our Wild Carrot team of food and drink experts take you on a culinary journey while you sit and enjoy the best of local ingredients and enjoy a new culinary with like-minded foodies. Kicking off on the 22nd March, our first event of 2019 will see the launch of our very...

The Abbotstone Club – coworking for the Hampshire wedding industry
The Abbotstone Club – coworking for the Hampshire wedding industry

Welcome to The Abbotstone Club Creativity, products and services The Abbotstone Club is situated in a recently converted barn in the middle of stunning Hampshire countryside, and provides collaborative workspace for the HWC. At the moment, we are opening once a month on a Monday, on a trial basis to see how everything develops, but we are hugely confident this will become a much LOVED and utilised environment and space. Basically we are taking modern co-working and dedicating it to you - the Hampshire wedding industry. Not fly soloNot be cooped up, procrastinating at homeWork alongside other...

Be a Watters Girl with Hannah Elizabeth Bridal
Be a Watters Girl with Hannah Elizabeth Bridal

Hannah Elizabeth Bridal is hosting an ‘Exclusive Watters WTOO Trunk Show’ Step into Hannah's luxurious little boutique on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March. Every bride who finds her dream Watters WTOO gown at this special event will receive an ‘Exclusive 10% OFF’! To add to our stunning selection of Wtoo gowns the designer will be sending in their very best designs from their latest collections! Our boutique will become a Watters paradise for all brides! A very exciting way to find your dream bridal gown and become a Watter's girl! (Who wouldn’t want to be!) you will be spoilt for choice!...

Bridal fashion – Sophie Rose Bridal
Bridal fashion – Sophie Rose Bridal

“The moon is jealous of you tonight. Your alluring charm and intoxicating beauty have immured me as a prisoner; I didn't even glance once at the moon tonight!” ~ Avijeet Das Sophie Rose Bridal launched their debut collection earlier this year and has been described as ‘effortless, ethereal gowns for the contemporary bride’ and that is exactly what the new collection embodies. The Sophie Rose Bridal 2019 Collection debuts from finding inspiration around the spirit of nature. From the rolling oceans in autumn, to the calm, falling blossom in spring, this collection takes on the sense one feels...

Valentines Day at the Four Seasons – with outdoor ice skating!
Valentines Day at the Four Seasons – with outdoor ice skating!

It’s that time of the year again when we hit double celebrations at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. While the 14th February is a day of love to most of us, at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire it also marks the 14th anniversary of our opening – and this year as a special birthday present to our guests and local residents, we will be offering complimentary skating sessions for all. Sure to impress your loved ones, the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire skating rink, is the definition of winter fun, set within the heart of our Dogmersfield estate. For day-time celebrations, our team of talented pastry...

What can SEO do for my Hampshire wedding business?
What can SEO do for my Hampshire wedding business?

What can SEO do for my wedding business? Keeping on top of changes, as well as updating your website to ensure it is SEO friendly can feel like a mammoth task. But, by understanding what is SEO, how it works and why, then following best practice, you can gain an edge on the competition. What is SEO? SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” It is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” search results on search engines. Source Although the secrecy of search engines algorithms, such as Google’s, remains, we do know that the factors in their...

February Breakfast Sessions – SEO for your Hampshire Wedding Business with the Typeface Group
February Breakfast Sessions – SEO for your Hampshire Wedding Business with the Typeface Group

We are bringing in the lovely Natalie from Typeface Group in Basingstoke for the next session - WHICH IS VERY VERY EXCITING They are award-winning tactical marketing and creative design specialists geared toward growth. They have a team of specialists creating award-winning content, branding and design for UK wide clients (many in the wedding industry). They are super focussed towards clever and through industry research which in turn allows them to monitor the data behind your efforts, which in turn produces excellent results for your business. Natalie is going to do a very special offer...

Opulence by the sea, luxurious heritage styling perfect for a Pylewell Park wedding
Opulence by the sea, luxurious heritage styling perfect for a Pylewell Park wedding

This has to be one of the most striking shoots from last year I have come across, and it is a privilege to feature it. It is a heady mix of super stylish wedding editorial and countryside opulence, yet it retains a cosy Autumnal style. The team has really created a “wow factor” complimenting its divine venue of course. It is decadent, with a bold mix of violet tones and sumptuous velvet fabrics. Queue the florals, splendid and luxurious; rich lilac, pink and red roses mingle jewel like amongst the foraged flowing greenery. The overhead tablescape matches the dining table, honest, abundant...

Cafe Society, continental city chic inspiration perfect for a modern and exclusive “wedding weekend”
Cafe Society, continental city chic inspiration perfect for a modern and exclusive “wedding weekend”

“The last time I saw Paris, her heart was warm and gay, I hear the laughter of her heart in every street cafe The last time I saw Paris, her trees were dressed for spring, and lovers walked beneath those trees and birds found songs to sing”. Oscar Hammerstein We love our collaborative ventures with the team at Hotel Du Vin.  We work with them on carefully thought out branded editorials, that really showcase the gorgeous venue.  While the Hampshire Wedding Club has found a gorgeous place to work, hold events, rest, play, be creative, and of course, get inspired. I absolutely loved working on...

Just Peachy Hampshire, a Chic countryside wedding editorial inspired by James and the Giant Peach
Just Peachy Hampshire, a Chic countryside wedding editorial inspired by James and the Giant Peach

“Everybody was feeling happy now.The sun was shining brightly out of a soft blue skyand the day was calm”.Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach "I dreamt up the inspiration for this shoot whilst listening to my daughter Abby read and enjoy the book “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl. The beautiful illustrations of this extraordinary book serve as the perfect reference source for our shoot. Whilst the story is quite dark, the inspiration from the illustrations are gorgeous and utterly unique. The aim of this shoot is to teach Brides and Grooms to use personal experiences, likes and...

The Hampshire Creatives Brilliant Book Club
The Hampshire Creatives Brilliant Book Club

Introducing the Hampshire Creatives Brilliant Book Club A I’ve been thinking a lot about my book club lately, and how its never quite gotten off the ground. It's always something that I have felt needs justifying, or explaining. Made even worse by skimming over an article recently stating, "reading had become too social and how it should be a private experience". What a bunch of bananas. I read something in LifeHack which I will summarise as its rather long! It made me realise that I do want to run a book club, that it is important to me. It also made me realise I needed to find a better way...

Jemma and Chris got married at the lovely Horsebridge Station, Stockbridge wedding
Jemma and Chris got married at the lovely Horsebridge Station, Stockbridge wedding

My husband and I wanted a natural, rustic, not over styled wedding - ideally outdoors but with an option for shelter in the case of rain.My bridesmaids wore soft light grey dresses which had the option to be worn in three different styles to whichever suited them - I wanted them to feel comfortable. With this dress colour in mind, when choosing the flowers, the colour scheme we went for had soft pastel tones of blush pinks, peaches, yellows and creamy whites. Our main flowers were roses, daisy's, green and blue thistles and antirrhinums. Sticking to the theme, my bouquet was loosely...

Emily and Boon’s beautiful Winchester college wedding
Emily and Boon’s beautiful Winchester college wedding

We wanted our wedding to have some element of connection to a part of our lives. We also wanted a venue which would be unusual and memorable for our guests. That's when Boon started thinking about the possibility of having it at Winchester College, where he spent many happy years at school. He googled to see if other old boys had held their wedding there before and we were very pleased to discover that there were quite a few previous weddings which revealed the school to be a very beautiful setting. We called up the school to book a date for the week before Christmas, as that was the only...

Considering others and ourselves
Considering others and ourselves

I recently read a gorgeous blog post about the impact we have on the people and world around us. How our deeds, words and responses not only impact ourselves and our mental wellbeing. But how they impact others, their place in the world and their state of mind. For me that is no different working within an industry. Especially a creative industry. Is it a case of you get out what you put in, or what goes around comes around? Creating and leading the Hampshire Wedding Club has made me very aware of this. Sometimes painfully aware. I take note and hold a place for how my every thought, deed...

Wonderous Wedding Fair – Portsmouth
Wonderous Wedding Fair – Portsmouth

GO GO GO! The Wonderous Wedding Fair in Portsmouth is BACK! By Tasha, Founder - The Hampshire Wedding Club Have you noticed what has been going on, on social media about this rather wonderful event? No.... Where have you been?  Everyone in the HWC is very excited about next weekends The Wonderous Wedding Fair. We have even booked our train ticket to the seaside!  The Portsmouth based wedding show for the style-savvy couple is on Sunday 28th of October. You can get tickets here. I can't believe the awesome lineup Alex has created. With stylish, unique and quirky inspiration from over 40...

Mindfulness for Brides
Mindfulness for Brides

Mindfulness for BridesBy Naomi Light, Transformational Life CoachThe engagement period in your life is like no other. It is a unique combination of exquisiteness and extreme pressure. At no other time that I can think of are the extremes of experience combined quite like they are in those months leading up to the Big Day. On the one hand the delicious imaginings of celebration and dresses and friends with champagne. On the other the wranglings over details and budgets and family fall-outs. The mounting pressure of ‘will we get it all done?’, ‘will the flowers wilt?’, ‘will my heels get stuck...

February Breakfast Sessions – SEO for your Hampshire Wedding Business with the Typeface Group
Why #QuintessentiallyEmerging?

Quintessentially Emerging A big inspiration for #quintessentiallyemerging came from Rising Tide’s  ‘20 on the rise’. In their words, “we are a community that doesn’t fit into a box and as multi-passionate creators, we wouldn’t have it any other way. This list is for creative entrepreneurs, small business owners, side-hustle CEOs, freelancers, consultants and all the rest. To make it easier, we’ve crafted 5 broad categories that cover most of the creative industries that make up our community.” The Hampshire Wedding Club was established by Tasha so that couples could have unique access to all...

Chris and Ally got married at the lovely Three Choirs Vineyard, Hampshire
Chris and Ally got married at the lovely Three Choirs Vineyard, Hampshire

Chris proposed to me the day we put up our Christmas tree because it is one of my favorite days of the year. He placed my engagement ring on the tree branches when I was out the room. It really was a surprise and one of the best memories we re-live every time we put our tree up! When choosing my dress I thought I had exactly what I wanted in my mind! I couldn't have been more wrong! When I tried those styles on I just didn't feel like a bride! Ella from Proposals was absolutely amazing and gave great advice and honest opinions. My best friend actually picked my dress out as she fell in love...

The lovely wedding of Zara and Stuart at the stylish Careys Manor
The lovely wedding of Zara and Stuart at the stylish Careys Manor

Today’s beautiful wedding at Careys Manor is just lovely, and the story told by Zara is just as wonderful.  Shot by the lovely Rob from ShootingHip, a Hampshire Wedding Club Member, it is my privilege to feature his work.  I am forever in awe of the work Rob produces, he has the most incredible observation skills and captures truly the most intricate shots, of the most beautiful moments. Do take some time to savour all of the details, from the bright florals to the carefully crafted styling details made by Zara, with the happy couple clearly having a brilliant time., surrounded by their...

Community over competition is competition rightly ordered
Community over competition is competition rightly ordered

Community over Competition   "Community over competition is competition rightly ordered” - says the Rising Tide Society.  Understanding that the best businesses serve two audiences; our clients and our community. Competition is good when it is not at the expense of either of those audiences.  Competition is a fantastic part of our lives, is spurs us on to do better, and achieve more.  Yet, life is not a competition, our industry is not about winning and overwhelming.  If I have learnt anything over the 26 years I have worked, it is that "life is about relationships, and who...

My Epiphany
My Epiphany

By Tasha Newland, Founder and Photographer This time last year I was a months into what I was calling a period of refocusing.  I was working alongside a coach, Ebonie, on both a business and personal level. I hit pause on what I was doing before figuring out what I was going to do next.  I knew I needed some kind of community. Yet putting myself out there meant opening myself up to criticism, comparison, and possible ridicule. Needless to say, I was very worried.  I saw so many wedding suppliers confident in their purpose and what they were delivering.  Yet I felt lost,...

Understand money to understand your life
Understand money to understand your life

By Kate Bickford, Business Developer We're all in business to make money, right? But you should spend some time thinking how you feel about money. Are you blocking it or is it free flowing towards you?  Understanding money and value are vital for business owners.  What is your relationship with money? Does this sound like a daft question? Many feelings about money are hard-wired into our brains. How often as a child were you told "Don't be greedy" or “Money is the root of all evil”. When you have it, do you simply spend it? Having money is a responsibility and some people can't...

How To Extend The Life Of Your Wedding Perfume
How To Extend The Life Of Your Wedding Perfume

How To Extend The Life Of Your Wedding Perfume By Frances Moore, British Makeup Artist I am a HUGE fan of perfume.  I love having a choice between scents to match my mood, occasion or even outfit.  But how can you make that gorgeous smell last all day?  Well, I've complied a list of top tips on how to do just that.  Hope you enjoy! If you are intrigued, here are my top 5 tips! Reason one Once you have your perfect bridal perfume don't put it in direct sunlight, or in warm/damp place like the bathroom.  The heat will break down the scent and lessen the quality.  Instead pop it in...

Should You Hire A Makeup Artist For Your Wedding?
Should You Hire A Makeup Artist For Your Wedding?

Should You Hire A Makeup Artist For Your Wedding? By Frances Moore, British Makeup Artist Yes, the big question… should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding? It’s a question every bride puts to themselves – shortly followed by the follow up question… or can I get away with it myself? Often I think the answer is in the ‘get away with’ part. Do you really want your wedding makeup to be something you ‘get away with’? If you’re at that stage of questioning, then here are my top 5 reasons for booking a professional make up artist for your wedding. Reason one Your wedding day is...

Quintessentially Hampshire – Elegant blush blossom editorial shoot at Farleigh House
Quintessentially Hampshire – Elegant blush blossom editorial shoot at Farleigh House

Well hello to you all and I do so hope that you’re having a wonderful Sunday.  However your weekend is going. I can promise you it is about to get a whole lot prettier. Simply because today, I have the absolute pleasure of sharing a beautiful editorial shoot.  I have to admit that when I am asked to feature work from Hampshire suppliers, I normally do a little dance of happiness. Today is no different, today I am a very happy editor indeed. and this is certainly one of them. The gorgeous florals and seasonal spring detailing make this a feature I know you’re going to love… The styling is...

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I’m Tasha

Founder of the Hampshire Wedding Club, veteran wedding photographer and fanatical collaborator – Some say I am the floristry wire holding the whole bloomin’ club together.

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