Monday, June 25

The Rise of the Engagement Photo-shoot

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting times in a couples life together, I should know having recently gotten engaged myself only a few short weeks ago. As my time as a wedding planner I have noticed the amount of effort that goes into an engagement announce has drastically increased over the last few years, specifically the rise of the 'Engagement Photo-shoot'. 

As a newly engaged couple I can definitely see the appeal of wanting to shout your big news from the roof tops...believe me it was difficult not to do this the minute my partner proposed. However personally we are a low key kind of couple... truth be told I don't class myself as overly photogenic, therefore we didn't opt for the increasing popular engagement shoot. However that being said, I have pulled together some of the best engagement photo-shoots I have come across over the years as a source of inspiration to those couples who are considering this to announce their big news to the world!

A 'Save the Date' Engagement Shoot

Why not kill two birds with one stone as they say! Bundle your engagement shoot in with your save the dates! 

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Including man's best friend!

Being a huge dog lover and owner of two small dogs myself, if I were to do an engagement shoot this would be right up my aisle! I love when couples incorporate their beloved pets in their wedding, whether that be on the engagement photos or on the big day itself.

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The not so formal engagement portrait!

Some of my favourite engagement shoots come in the form of the less formal settings. It is great to see couples coming up with new, unique and funny ways of announcing their engagement news! After all life is all about laughter! 

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Let's keep it romantic!

Each couple will have their own way of planning their wedding and announcing their engagement, whatever your style do it your way. Ending this post with some more traditional engagement shoots.

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As this blog is just starting out, we will be searching for new and exciting material to post every week, if you would love to share your engagement story or your engagement shoot with us to feature on the blog, please contact us at

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Sunday, June 24

A Wedding Planners Engagement Story

Firstly congrats on your engagement! I fully understand your excitement as I too got engaged recently. I have always said that I am always the wedding planner, never the bride....but not anymore. After years of putting plans in place and executing other people's big day, it is finally my turn to plan the wedding of my dreams! So for the first post of my new blog I wanted to share our engagement story with you. So here goes.... 

My Engagement Story

Me and my partner, Stephen flew out to the sunny Greek island of Rhodes on the 1st of June 2018 and spent the next 8 days lounge in the sun, drinking wine and eating lots of food! On Saturday the 8th June, I was feeling a little under the weather....typical whilst on your one and only holiday for the year. But I didn't want that to hinder us exploring the island so off we went for an evening in the Old Town. After a few hours exploring we arrived back at our hotel.

Entering back into our hotel room, me entering first, I found that it was completely dark and none of the light switches were working! My partner, Stephen, noticed the card wasn't in the light slot properly. Soon the room was lit and I was shocked to see our room completely transformed! I stopped in my tracks and immediately thought there had been a mistake, rose petals on the bed and champagne on ice. Surely I was in the wrong room. I said to Stephen 'what is going on?' without turning to him, he replied 'this is all for you'. I turned to find him on one knee with a ring in his hand.

The rest is history as they say....

Of course I said yes, myself and Stephen got together around 8 and a half years ago, shortly after my 18th birthday. So as you can imagine we were inundated with questions throughout our relationship...mostly at family occasions with 'when are you two getting married?' Well, now we can say in the very near future!

Stephen opted to by a small proposal ring in order to 'pop the question' as they say and said he would like for us to go and pick the engagement ring together when we return from our holiday. Luckily he proposed almost at the end of our stay so I didn't have to wait long. Although a very surreal experience, ring shopping was obviously fantastic! I found my ring at the first jewellers we went to and of course I instantly fell in love. 

Together we chose a beautiful Neil Lane halo diamond cluster ring which features a very intricate craving detail on the outside of the wedding band. See the pictures below to check out the detailing.

Thank you Neil Lane for designing such a fabulous engagement ring, I also cannot thank the hotel in Greece enough for assisting Stephen in a very romantic and personal proposal! Anyone looking to surprise their other half with a proposal, or simply looking for a fantastic holiday, I would not hesitate in recommending the Atrium Platinum in Rhodes, Ixia, the service at this hotel is second to none!

Look out for my next post about the rise of the 'engagement photo-shoots' 

As this blog is just starting out, we will be searching for new and exciting material to post every week, if you would love to share your engagement story with us to feature on the blog, please contact us at

Any newly engaged couples looking for all things weddings check out both my websites:

Wednesday, April 5

Repost! Great Tutorial - Create a Blog Shop!

Hi there! Although I shut down my online blog store to create a dedicated website this is a great tutorial for beginners who want to branch out. It sounds like a daunting task setting up an entire shop, but I am here to tell you that it is really not that hard, and if you have something to sell anyone can do it! So here goes, step by step guide to setting up your own little business!

  • The first thing you need to do is get a Paypal account. If you already have one, then you need to upgrade it to a business account. This will allow you to create buttons linked up to your Paypal. This is free to do on the standard service so don't worry about it costing you anything. You can easily upgrade your account by logging in, clicking on My Account tab and clicking upgrade. Easy!
  • The next thing that you need to do is set up the shops own page. I know all or most bloggers know how to do this but I will explain anyway. Go into the design feature on your blog and go to the page tab on your left side bar. Create a new blank page. 

Wednesday, February 19

Make-Up is Art By Jana Ririnui and Lan Nguyen

The first ever book I have taken out from my local library! I was looking for inspiration for a summer University project and came across this book, Makeup is Art and found some great images in it! Take a look!

Thursday, November 28

Diary of a New Wedding Planner Part 2

I posted not long ago about my desire to become a wedding planner. Well here it is my first wedding has been and gone so quickly! To recap from my first entry as a wedding planner, my cousin's fiance asked me to plan her wedding reception on their return from getting wed in Vegas in October 2013. I obviously took up the challenge and with only 12 weeks to complete all the details it was definitely tough. I can honestly say that the entire planning of the event and the wedding itself went very smoothly! 

I also designed and drew the couples invitations - they are both owners of 1980's mini's and they wanted to have them hand drawn on the wedding invitation. With me being the artistic type I volunteered and they love it and had over 100 printed!

The week running up to the wedding is known for being a hectic week and my 1st experience was no different. Liaising with the venue, the florist, the chair cover company and most importantly the bride and groom were all part of my job in that week. The night before the wedding was great fun, when setting up the room for the wedding the next day. Seeing everything coming together after so many weeks is definitely satisfying. Going over the final details and numbers again and again helped me be clear when liaising and directing various suppliers. I also found producing an itinerary for the whole day benefited not only me but the suppliers I gave it to. I highlighted specific details for each supplier so they knew the delivery of the event throughout the day. I would recommend any trainee wedding planner to do this as it keeps things on time and avoids delays! Here are some of my pictures from the wedding!

My lovely thank you flowers from the Bride and Groom

Jodie x

Sunday, November 3

Diary Of A New Wedding Planner Part 1

I am sorry I haven't posted for a while, since September things have been hectic with still studying at University. Back in June 2013 I enrolled on a new course to pursue my dream of becoming a wedding planner! I have wanted to get into the events industry since I was about 15, having always studied Fashion it was a slight career change. I enrolled with The Blackford Centre back in June and I am already a third of the way through my course.

I got a call in mid July from my cousin's fiance. Slightly out of the blue she asked me if I would help her plan her wedding! They hadn't even set a date so again this was news to me. She then surprised me by telling me I had 12 weeks to plan and execute an entire wedding reception. Their very last minute plan was to get wed in Vegas and have a wedding reception back home for all the family. Talk about setting me a challenge for my first ever wedding! But even though I was a newby it didn't stop me getting stuck in straight away.

First, and most importantly was to look for and secure the right venue. With only 12 weeks to go until they wanted their reception to take place, it was a bit of a challenge. Even though I have just started out I have been making connections with various different suppliers and venues over the past few years. Knowing I was heading in this direction I knew I had to be prepared. I have working in the wedding industry doing various things for over year, such as working in a bridal shop, a wedding shoe shop where I use to customise a brides shoes and working at a wedding venue. All of these opportunities were for experience but also paid work which is a bonus! I would recommend anyone wanting to explore this career path to try and get as much experience as possible in the field. My experience working with various suppliers gave me priceless knowledge!!

So back to my 1st official wedding as a wedding planner! I had a lot of phone calls and emails to send out. There was also the viewing of the venues coming up and with only 12 weeks to do it I certainly had my work cut out for me. Read my next diary entry to see how I got on! I've also uploaded some great wedding photos, some taken by myself and others sourced for any brides who need some inspiration!

Jodie x

Sunday, September 1

The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

I did a post a few days ago showing the work of the famous photographer Rankin which was showcased at The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Not only did I look at the exhibition I went round all of the gallery and found some other great pieces of art. From abstract to 17th Century art, there was so much history throughout the gallery! Would definitely recommend a visit for anyone with an eye for Art. Here are some of my favourites from my day out at The Walker Art Gallery!