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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Starting with the lovely ladies from
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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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Most Requested Bridal Makeup

Elizabeth Joseph Love MUA shares with us her most requested bridal makeup looks.

Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day. Choosing the perfect makeup can be a bit daunting. Here are my most requested bridal makeup looks to help you decide.

Naturally Flawless

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Without a doubt, the most requested bridal look is naturally flawless. This look will enhance your own beauty, without giving you the “overdone” look. After all, you want to be the most beautiful version of yourself and be recognisable to your husband to be. Ideal if you don’t usually wear much makeup. This look is especially good for outdoor weddings. With a focus on flawless skin and subtle eyeshadow, any bride will feel calm & confident on their big day.

Dramatic Eye & Nude Lip (or as I like to call it the “Kim Kardashian”)

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Ideal for any season. I love the drama of this look, which includes a fuller brow, a variety of eyeshadow shades from light to dark, a perfectly contoured face, statement eyeliner, luscious lashes and a nude lip. This look requires lots of layering, and blending to give a perfectly polished appearance.

Sexy, Sultry Smokey Eye

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Add a touch of sophisticated drama to your look by creating a smouldering smokey eye. From deep greys to lighter neutrals, the smokey eye is a classic look for your wedding day that will stand the test of time. Apply a medium shade over your entire eyelid and blend into the crease so there are no harsh lines. Eye Liner and false lashes can be added for extra effect. A subtle smokey eye using neutral tones looks fabulous on a mother of the bride/groom.

Going for Glow

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Most brides desire a dewy, fresh complexion that not only catches the light but the groom’s attention. Glowing from within skin starts weeks before the wedding day and takes time and dedication. (See my blog Top Ten Pre-Wedding Bridal Beauty Tips) http://elizabethjosephlove.co.uk/blog.php For a radiant makeup apply moisturiser so that the skin is hydrated and use a primer before foundation. After foundation, lightly dust a setting powder before adding contour & blush.

Highlighters come in powder, cream or liquid form and can brighten the entire face. Using a soft, fluffy brush, apply highlighter carefully on the bridge & tip of the nose, the cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes, the brow bone, the cupid’s bow and at the centre of the forehead.

Create a lasting luminosity by setting the makeup with a finishing spray.

‘The Only way is Glam’

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Thank goodness celebrities have ditched the orange face, harsh contour & boxed brows and opted for a more flawless skin, blended contour and graduated sculpted eyebrows. Glamorise the eyes by adding a shimmer shadow to the eyelids and a cat eyed, winged out eyeliner to the upper lash line. Fluttery false eyelashes will open up the eyes. Chose a lip liner that is a similar shade or a tiny bit darker than your chosen lip colour, then apply a slightly lighter lip colour on the center of the bottom lip for an ombre effect. Blend in for a flawless fade.

Mesmerising Metallics

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When makeup artist Pat McGrath teased us on the Versace & Margiela spring 2017 runway with her opulent Metalmorphosis eyeshadows, bridal beauty gurus around the world sat up and took notice. Consider adding gorgeous glitter or sparkly eyeshadows to the center of the eyelid and a liquid metal highlighter to the top of the cheek bones. This on trend bridal makeup will certainly dazzle and create dimension to the face.

A Vintage Classic

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Think 1950’s Hollywood legends like Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren. An age of glamour and timeless beauty. This classic look transcends time and is especially striking for a winter wedding. Use a translucent setting powder to mattify the skin and apply a light wash of taupe brown eyeshadow into the crease of the eye. Apply eyeliner and extend it into a kitten flick. A red lipstick is applied and this elegant look is red carpet ready.

Boho Bride

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Romantic, feminine and dreamy. This laid back look is perfect for an outdoor, summer, woodland wedding. Soft and natural, this look can be customized to harmonise with the chosen colour theme. Incorporate diffused highlighter, subtle smoked out eyeliner, pretty blush and a natural toned lip for an effortless, chic and enchanting bridal makeup look.

Bronzed Bombshell (Blush & Gold)

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When I think “bronzed bombshell,” I think of JLO’s iconic, signature look at the Golden Globes. A look that will forever be in style. Perfect for a summer ceremony, this sun kissed look will sizzle at any wedding.

Use rose golds, browns and copper shades on the eyes and bronzer to contour and define the face, Add either a dusky rose colour or a coppery brown shade on the lip to complete this monochromatic bridal makeup.

Picture perfect

 What makes the perfect wedding photos

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We’ve all seen amazing photos gracing the pages of magazines and of course that is what we all want. So here are some tips from Jeff Oliver Photography on how you can achieve the perfect wedding photos.

The Prep

Choosing a great photographer is an obvious start. It’s important to really like their work, but also to like the photographer too as they will be with you all day on your wedding day!

It can be a good idea to have a pre-wedding shoot, this will really help you get used to being in front of the camera and therefore you will be much more relaxed in your photos. It’s great to practice poses and see what works for you and just as important, what doesn’t work.

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The perfect picture

Now that everything has come together, you have a stunning venue, a great photographer and have practiced your posing, its time for the perfect picture.

What makes amazing photos is great light. Photographers call the hour before sunset the golden hour, it’s when the light is softer and more flattering. So leave some time on your wedding day for photos later in the day to make the most of the best light.

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And don’t worry about bad weather; a good photographer will create their own light!

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When it comes to posing there are a few little rules that can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo.  We say “If it bends, then bend it,” all that means is bend your leg instead of standing up straight, bend your elbow to create a bit of space between your body and arm. Bend your head slight to one side. All of this makes for a more dynamic pose (just like the models in the magazines).

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Then all you have to do is enjoy yourself with the person you have just married. Capturing the chemistry between you is what will make the prefect picture.

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If your looking for a wedding photographer or would like to try a pre-wedding photoshoot get in touch with Jeff Oliver, he would be happy to help!

http://www.jeffoliver.co.uk