Angela Williams of RKW Hair celebrates 20 years of creating your perfect hairstyle

2018 is an incredibly special year for the award-winning RKW Hair, as this year Angela celebrates her 20th anniversary of hairdressing by launching a brand new online shop, Lottie of Love, selling bridal hair accessories.

Angela Williams, an award-winning creative hair stylist, educator and founder of RKW Hair said, “I am thrilled to be celebrating such an incredible milestone. I am so proud of what I have accomplished over the last two decades. It’s a testament to my love and devotion to all things hair and my evolving business”.

In 2012 Angela launched a mobile hairdressing service specifically for brides, RKW Hair, named after her first daughters initials. It has gone from strength to strength. By travelling out to brides, at their chosen location, RKW hair has really found her niche clientele. It therefore makes total logical sense, after 20 years, of dedicating herself to the needs of all things hair, to add a beautiful range of hair accessories to help her clients achieve that perfect look.

Angela continued, “Since 2012 and my change of focus to bridal hair I understand, that on a wedding day, all eyes are on the bride. Through the one-to-one consultation and wedding hair trial appointments, I ensure outstanding hair results that fit the occasion perfectly and are flawless, all day long! I have always consistently delivered great customer care, and pride myself on never letting the bride down as I understand it is important to be dependable. I am professional and passionate from the moment I walk into the wedding venue, the bride’s or their parent’s home, giving salon experience in the comfort of their chosen location.

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Over the years I have seen hair trends change dramatically, especially for brides and occasional hair, so I have to stay up to date on all the ever-evolving standards, methods and styles – especially since the launch of Pinterest. I have also witnessed the number and types of wedding venues increase, so now brides can get married in a barn, castle, orangery or even in the woods, which can make bridal prep more complicated. As a consequence, brides’ expectations for their hair have also changed. They might want a fairy-tale wedding hairstyle, Bohemian hair or an elaborate up-do, which can now involve the use of hair accessories, because nailing the hairdo is all part of the beauty styling, to ensure the bride gets those all-important images perfect for sharing on social media.

And yet, I’ve never forgotten my rookie spirit, my enthusiasm and passion for all things hair. I’m more excited now than ever before, as I am inspired by brides and I love that we are part of our client’s most special day, often working alongside leading makeup artists and the best wedding photographers. The buzz never leaves you.”

From RKW Hair inception, Angela has expanded her business, she has won numerous important industry awards, which have included the fiercely competitive Apprentice Hairdresser of the Year, and Employee of the Year and she is also a winner of a Kent Women in Business award. Recently, Angela’s knowledge and experience of bridal hair have led to her becoming involved in styled shoots and has made her an industry trendsetter. She is now sought out for advice and tips on everything to do with wedding hair styling, with her articles and handy tips appearing frequently in bridal magazines.

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To mark their 20th-anniversary RWK Hair and the launch of her new business ‘Lottie of Love’ – named after her second daughter’s initials – Angela is offering £200 worth of prizes to the first three brides, who book RWK Hair, to do their bridal hair on their special day before 31st July 2018. The first bride will receive £100 worth of bridal accessories free of charge, the second £75.00 and the second £25.00. Competition rules and the brides names will be published on the new Lottie of Love website, so sign up for their newsletter now.

Meet Sam from Flutterbee Me

Everyone loves a sweet treat, so it’s time to meet Sam from Flutterbee Me.

Hello I’m Sam the creator behind Flutterbee Me Events and I add the sweetness to every wedding!

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Based in Rainham, Kent, and covering all surrounding home counties, I provide delicious confectionary options to brides and grooms for their special day. These include traditional handmade Victorian sweet carts full of everyone’s favourite sweets and treats, stunning bespoke dessert tables, beautiful wedding favours and wow factor Ferrero Rocher towers holding over 560 chocolates! And yes, when I come back to pack up and collect at the end of the evening, there isn’t normally much left!

I have always loved everything weddings and events from a young age and seeing the trends and colours develop over the years. I started my working career in the corporate world which led me to working in London for a while as Events Assistant. This is when I fell in love with Weddings and seeing first hand all the hard work come together and every little detail that it takes to transform the venues into something truly amazing for the couples to enjoy. This is where I realised my passion for weddings, so in 2014 I finally took the leap and Flutterbee Me Events was born!

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It has been an exciting journey ever since and becoming a member of My Wedding Professionals has been wonderful, to meet and work with inspiring like-minded professionals in the Wedding industry.

I’m excited to see what the future holds for Flutterbee Me Events and working with more wonderful couples for the year ahead.

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If you fancy a sweet treat at your wedding, then get in touch with Sam here.

Meet Tim from Mint DJ’s

No wedding is complete without your evening entertainment, so this week we meet the man behind Mint DJ’s.

Hi, I’m Tim and I run a Kent based company called Mint DJs.

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Starting out over 10 years ago, Mint DJs are a team of experienced DJs dedicated to ensuring every bride and groom get exactly the music they would like on their big day. We cover all genres and ensure all tracks are mixed together seamlessly, ensuring the dance-floor is kept busy, and keeping the microphone use down to a minimum. We supply professional sound systems, lighting rigs, and even dance-floors and photo booths. No venue too large or small, and we we happy to travel all over the South-East.

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I started out as a DJ at the young age of 14, playing on a friend’s big brother’s turntables, and instantly I was hooked! I started playing at friends’ birthday parties, and every event I could. I eventually started playing at Weddings and larger events, and got my first club residency when I was just 16 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

I moved to London to study music technology at university and quickly found myself in the club circuit, playing at venues such as Turnmills and Ministry of Sound where I now hold my residency. I also started working at a recording studio in Soho as a sound engineer where I honed my studio skills and tea making!

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When the studio I worked for closed down in 2008, I was made redundant but took this as a sign to start a company I was already in the process of planning! I wanted to create a group of top club DJs who can also play music across the board at private events.        Mint DJs was born.

Mint DJs are very proud to be a recommended supplier at many venues throughout the South-East, and thrive from making brides and grooms happy on their big day.

Mint DJs has had the honour of being finalists for the Kent Wedding Awards, The Wedding Industry Awards, and the English Wedding awards, all in 2017.

Talk to Tim about DJ’s for your wedding here.

Meet Shelley of “Shelley’s Cakes”

Time to meet everyone’s favourite – the cake lady! Here’s more about Shelley’s Cakes.

Hi, my name is Shelley, and I am the owner and founder of Shelley’s Cakes.

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Let me give you a brief outline of me and my business

Starting out over 25 years ago, I am mainly self taught but over time I have attended many courses and classes, watched online tutorials, and read endless books and practiced continually, which has lead to the creation of a well oiled business which I now run with the help of my daughter Kirstie as office manager who insures that the business runs smoother than ever.

Shelley’s Cakes runs from a dedicated, purpose fitted studio in Chislehurst producing high-end bespoke wedding and celebration cakes.

We are proud to be recommended supplier to many prestigious venues in Kent and South East London.

We offer a wide range of cake flavours and over the years have seen trends change massively. Couples favourites are still rich fruit cake, traditional madeira sponge with jam and buttercream, luscious lemon cake with lemon curd and buttercream filling and luxurious chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling. We have introduced new flavours such as red velvet, red velvet marble, chocolate marble chocolate and salted caramel and even match green tea.

Shelley’s cakes has had the honour of winning the Kent Wedding Awards – Wedding Cake Designer of the Year in 2014 and again in 2017/2018 and finalist in 2015.

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We proudly produce stunning, innovative and trendsetting cakes and we have a passion for our work that shows in the care taken in completing your order to the highest standards.

We are excited to see what the future has in store for Shelley’s Cakes. We love to keep up with the latest trends and always look forward to the next challenge.

If you love the look (and taste) of Shelley’s Cakes as much as we do at My Wedding Professionals you can get in touch with her here.

Meet Angela from RKW Hair

Next up from our “meet the team” feature is Angela from RKW Hair.
I’m Angela from RKW Hair, and I’ve been in hairdressing 20 Year’s this July. It was a childhood dream to become a hairdresser so I left school at age 15 and within two weeks was working full time in a salon working towards my apprenticeship.
After completing my apprenticeship I decided to work my way up within education and enjoyed managing a hairdressing academy with a team of instructors and mentoring new assessors.
Then once I’d achieved and accomplished all I could within the company I was with, the time came to venture into something new, taking me into the world of weddings!
Which I love!
My new venture came at the same time as starting a family, which is where the name RKW Hair came from, using my daughters initials.
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RKW Hair travels to the bridal party’s to assist in the wedding morning preparations, bringing the style to you.
On your wedding day your hair is on show all day long and so it’s important that you look just perfect, from the start of the ceremony to the end of the night, high standards and client satisfaction are my top priorities.

Working with My Wedding Professionals has been inspirational and motivating, opening up opportunities that has lead RKW Hair to be a Kent Wedding Award finalise and Kent Woman In Business awards winner!

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Contact Angela here to talk about your wedding day hair.

Meet Elizabeth Joseph Love

Our second “meet the team” of 2018 is from Elizabeth Joseph Love Make-up Artist

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Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I am a professional makeup artist who serves Kent and the surrounding areas. I Specialise in bridal/special occasion makeup, makeup lessons for brides marrying abroad, editorials and styled shoots.

I am absolutely convinced I have the loveliest job on the planet…

Originally trained in commercial and theatrical make up, I have had the privilege to work in London’s West End theatre, including on the musical Cats. My studies include the theory and practice of colour matching, contouring, highlighting, correcting, plus makeup for portrait photography.

Recently, I completed a one to one masterclass with the wedding industries national award winner and judge Kristina Gasperas. This mix of training has given me a range of skills for any style or occasion.

I have extensive knowledge on what works for different skin types, tones & textures and pride myself on my high standard of service and flawless makeup creations. The art of applying beautiful makeup is to use expert application techniques in addition to the very best, long lasting products; after all, on your wedding day your makeup should last as long as you do.

I believe makeup has the power to enhance natural beauty and inspire confidence, so that when you walk down the aisle, you are the very best version of yourself.

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I was delighted to have been chosen as a finalist, in the beauty category, for the 2017/2018 Kent Wedding Awards. This year, I look forward to meeting all my beautiful brides and together creating their picture perfect look.

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Contact Elizabeth here to talk about your wedding day make-up.

Victoria’s Bridal Boutique – Meet the team

This year we are going to introduce you to all the amazing people that make up
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2017 was an amazing for Victoria’s Bridal Boutique with business booming and more brides than ever wanting to come in, we even changed our hours to accommodate everyone. We are always open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm with extra evenings being offered and Sunday appointments available at least once a month.
Our team has grown in so many ways, we have taken on a beautiful new range called Rebecca Ingram they are the newest addition to the Maggie Sottero Designs collection. They offer timeless elegance and wonderful quality that is know by brides all around the world.
The Olivia and Juniper collections feature flattering silhouettes, understated embellishments and the most stunning illusions details. All of which come in an array of soft champagnes, blush pinks and antique ivory’s.
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Meet the team

There are now four lovely ladies working along side me (Vicky) to help our brides find their perfect dress, my wonderful mummy Tina has always been a big part of VBB  and is now working on a Tuesday to help me prepare all the dresses for the coming weekend.
Charlotte and Claire both got their dresses from VBB last year and once they were married just didn’t want to say goodbye to coming in to the shop fast forward 6 months and I couldn’t be prouder of how much they love running appointments and the joy they bring to our brides when they find THE DRESS!
And finally Tessa, she came to us with a dream of joining a team where she was valued and could grow, and she has done exactly that. She adores the job and would go above and beyond for any of our customers which is so very important to me and Victoria’s Bridal Boutique.
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Winning the Brides Choice Award at the Kent Wedding Awards has been the highlight of my career, for 15 years I have always said I will do everything in my power to make my brides dreams come true. That could be simply getting a special sample in, to customising her dress or going to dress her and the bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding.
To be voted for by our brides has made my day, actually no it’s made my year!!
I can not wait to see what the next 12 months hold for us all and look forward to welcoming more brides to VBB!
Vicky xx
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To make an appointment to visit Vicky and her team, contact them here!

Having a ball

 

How to turn your wedding into a magical celebration, as featured in London Bride Magazine.

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Inspiration

Our inspiration was drawn from the allure and intrigue of a sophisticated Venetian Ball. We worked this in with elegant bridal wear and show stopping make-up to culminate into a glamorous and contemporary masquerade styled shoot.

The styling used the classic simplicity of white, complimented by the Tiffany Blue to give a slight winter feel to the shoot.

The Venue

Port Lympne Hotel, provided the perfect backdrop for this glamorous shoot.  With it’s Grade 2 listed mansion and landscaped gardens it gave us a stunning setting to work in.

The Look

The first make-up phase included a bold eye and nude lips which was then enhanced with iridescent jewels on the inner and outer eye. This complimented our first dress, the stunning “Benton Marie” has an amazing Keela Mikado bodice and tulle ballgown skirt with lace motifs, to make a bride feel like a princess. Featuring a sweetheart neckline and basque waist it is finished with crystal buttons, it also features Maggie Sottero’s special shape wear lining to give a figure flattering fit.

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The second make-up phase was completed by a lace design, air brushed directly onto our brides face and a Tiffany blue tear drop. This worked so well with the beautiful Stella York Anika (6404) dress, which is a modern brides dream. It’s high neck and graphic lace highlight the collarbone and traces down through the hips, creating a silhouette that hits in all the right places. A gorgeous illusion back is accentuated by fabric covered buttons which trial down to a sweeping crepe train.

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One aspect that made the shoot unique was the intricate, white Henna lace design wrapped around the hand and forearm, which was then embellished with a painted shimmer of silver. This combined with the use of a stunning range of masks really gave the shoot a wonderful mix of bridal and masquerade.

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The Styling

The flowers were soft and elegant, with trailing orchids. The detailed gold stationery gave the feel of sophistication and warmth was added by the scented candles.

Our cake combined the elegant flowers with the gold and blue tones to pull the whole look together.

 

No masquerade ball is complete without a signature cocktail and this is our nod to the modern trend and the signage is a real focal point.

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The team
Photography – Jeff Oliver Photography www.jeffoliver.co.uk
Dresses – Victoria’s Bridal Boutique www.victoriasbridalboutique.co.uk
Hair – RKW Hair www.rkwhair.co.uk
Make up – Elizabeth Joseph Love www.elizabethjosephlove.co.uk
Cake – Shelley’s Cakes www.shelleyscakes.com
Stationery – By Blossom www.byblossomweddingstationery.co.uk
Flowers – Wild Ideas www.wildideasflowers.com
Candles – Crystal Cole Candles www.crystalcole.co.uk
Chair covers – Bows www.bowschaircovers.co.uk
Models, Bride – Hilary, Groom – Rob

Kent Wedding Award Winners

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My Wedding Professionals are extremely proud to announce that 3 of our members are Kent Wedding Award winners!

Massive congratulations go to

By Blossom Stationery who won the Wedding Stationery Award

Shelley’s Cakes who won Wedding Cake Designer of the Year

Victoria’s Bridal Boutique who won The Brides Choice – Great Service Award

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