Thursday, 27 January 2011

Celebrate Your Relationship With Your Hair This February...

With the Launch of the New Luxurious Celebrity Salon

Love will definitely be in the hair this February. Matt Cox, founder of Matt Cox Hairdressing, is offering a heart-warming 15% discount on all hairdressing services from Sunday to Thursday, and a 15% discount on all beauty treatments Tuesday to Saturday, throughout the month February. This generous offer falls in line with the launch of Matt’s brand new, luxurious salon.

Residing in the affluent leafy suburb of Childwall, Liverpool since January 2003, Matt and his talented team have moved only yards away to the sunnier side of Woolton Road, nestled in between Abaca health store and local celeb haunt, Neighbourhood. And after sampling the stunning interiors and hearing the recent accolades, I’m sure the grass will definitely be greener.

Award winning North Western British Hairdresser of the Year 2000/01 Matt said “we could not be more pleased with the result of the last three months of hard work.  The response we have had to the new salon has been fantastic!  The atmosphere is so positive that you can’t help yourself smiling as soon as you set foot in the door.  My pick of the client comments so far have been “I feel like I’m sitting in a salon in Knightsbridge” and “do I HAVE to go home now?!”  It really is beautiful.”

Born and raised in Cornwall, Matt Cox moved to Liverpool in July 1995 to pursue a career with International Ambassador of the Hairdressing Industry, Andrew Collinge. Here Matt worked his way up the ranks, from Artistic Team Leader to International Creative Director, before leaving the Collinge group to launch the Matt Cox brand in 2003. During his service with Andrew Collinge, Matt was nominated three years consecutively for the prestigious North Western British Hairdresser of the Year award, winning this celebrated title in 2000/01. A husband and wife team, Matt’s wife Karen provides business support to the salon. They both have two beautiful daughters to perhaps take over the scissors one day!
To enjoy the full salon experience and take advantage of this offer call: Tel 0151 722 6686.

The grand opening was today.  Bespoken Dreams would like to wish all at  Matt Cox prosperity and happiness in their new home!

Note: The Matt Cox launch party was Sunday 6th March 2011.  Check out the images courtesy of Martisan Photography here.  The launch party successfully raised just under £1k for Claire House Children's Hospice.  Well done to all involved! x

Spotlight Tonight TATTY LASHES

Tatty Lashes Handcrafted Stationery seem to be having a bit of a moment!  With a cult following in Liverpool and the North West, Tatty Lashes provide bespoke stationery for all occasions, whether it be a simple postcard invitation to one of their more intricate designs.  Now in their 4th year of trading, Tatty Lashes have certainly put their seal on the discerning B2B's of Liverpool...
Bespoken Dreams proudly give you Tonight's Specialist Spotlight, TATTY LASHES...
"We absolutely LOVE our company name but it has confused people who thought we were offering eyelash tinting and beauty treatments! However, we’re a mother and daughter stationery company from Liverpool – hence the name, which comes from an old ‘Scouse’ nickname which was always shouted out in the street – ‘hey tatty lashes, get in ‘ere your dinner’s ready!’ A lot of girls from Liverpool can identify with this name and that’s why we chose it for our business.

We’ve been making our own stationery now for around five years, although commercially only for the last couple of years. It’s quite exciting to occasionally receiving a request for something unusual – an out of the ordinary design feature or colour scheme and we can let our imaginations run riot. However, things do get quite stressful sometimes when we’re in the middle of a really large order and the clock’s ticking towards the deadline. It’s all worth it in the end though just to see the look of delight from the bride and groom when they receive their stationery.

We’ve often thought, out of all the people in the world, whose wedding stationery would we like to make? It would have been fantastic to make the wedding invitations for John Lennon and Yoko Ono when they got married in Gibraltar in 1969. Some fabulously colourful 60s style luggage tag invitations perhaps?

We’re updating our ranges constantly to keep up with (and hopefully set a few!) new trends. One of the current trends at the moment is to have a wishing tree at the venue. We’ve recently started hiring out our wishing tree and this is proving really popular with our couples. It’s a lovely feature to have for the venue and it provides a way for guests to leave a personal message for the bride and groom. All the messages can all be placed into a customised memory book, which we supply as part of the package."

For more information on Tatty Lashes full range of service please visit or find them on Facebook!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Spotlight Tonight MARRY ME FILMS

"At the end of the day, it is all about the commitment between two people and that’s what is most important."

It gives me great pleasure to introduce tonight's Specialist SPOTLIGHT, husband and wife team Sara & Tony Williams of Marry Me Films. With an evident passion for creating modish magical memories, Sara shares her top tips on what to look for when commissioning the film makers of your dreams....

The Wedding Film of Kelly & Matthew from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.

"It is with some trepidation and excitement that I start our first ever blog, never mind guest blog! Firstly we are very pleased and honoured to have been asked by Bespoken Dreams to write about wedding films, as we love filming weddings.

Let me introduce ourselves, we are Sara & Tony Williams, husband and wife for over 12 years and owners of Marry Me Films. We are wedding film makers not videographers, and if you are wondering why we make this distinction then let me explain. Unfortunately wedding videography has deservedly, some might say, got a terrible reputation. Admittedly there are some terrible cheesy video companies out there and as a result, a lot of Brides & Grooms dismiss the idea of having their wedding filmed straight way, which is a real shame. A wedding film is the perfect way to capture one the biggest days of your life. When executed well, wedding films should provoke powerful emotions, whether viewing post honeymoon or at the 25th wedding anniversary, and not simply be just a record of the day. They should propel you right back into the moment, make you smile, laugh, cry, and evoke all the emotion and memories of your special day. The actual day will fly by in the blink of an eye and there will be lots of cherished moments that may be unseen by the Bride & Groom or forgotten in the whirlwind of the day.

At Marry Me Films we strive to enhance this experience by taking the time to produce a memorable film that captures all of the above, is creative, interestingly edited, re-watchable and stands the test of time. Like any good broadcast programme the wedding film has to capture all the important moments whilst being interesting and entertaining. What we feel is paramount is to capture the interaction between the Bride & Groom and the emotion of the day. We know we have achieved this when our Bride & Grooms’, their family and friends, and even potential clients at wedding shows cry watching our highlights trailers. We hope that we are slowly changing the perception about wedding videography by bringing broadcast quality to wedding films. You never know, one day maybe wedding films will be as popular and central to everyone’s wedding days as photography.

The Wedding Film of Fiona & Neil from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.

 Unobtrusive Filming
It is important to keep filming discreet and unobtrusive. We do this by having years of experience in filming both weddings and television programmes using high spec broadcast equipment. Wedding film companies should be able to creatively capture the whole of your special day without unnecessarily drawing attention to themselves; blending seamlessly with the guests and venue. Some of the most natural and best footage happens when people don’t realise they are being filmed. Our overall aim is to beautifully and expertly film one of the happiest days of most people’s lives, not to be part of it.

Pre-Wedding Planning Meeting
An in-depth pre-wedding planning meeting to discuss timings of the day is vital. A good wedding film company will always familiarise themselves with your wedding venue so that they are comfortable with the surroundings. Flexibility is also key; being adaptive to any situation that may occur on the day. A professional, positive attitude and appearance is equally important.

Reflecting Your Personality
What we feel makes a good wedding film company is the ability to reflect the couple’s personality. Every couple we film is different, so every wedding film we produce is unique; from the cool contemporary to the utterly traditional. We take the time to meet our Bride & Grooms’, talk to them and find out what makes them both tick, so we can create a wedding film that perfectly suits them and truly is one of a kind.

Your Soundtrack
The music is a big factor in deciding how the wedding film will feel as it is so personal and emotive. We ask all our couples to choose a selection of music in various tempos before their wedding day, which acts as a guide to the style their wedding will be filmed and edited in. We also incorporate and reflect the atmosphere and sentiment of the day itself.

We are different from other companies in our field because as a husband and wife team we have walked in the shoes of a Bride & Groom and we know just how important weddings are. Our intimate, personalised, diligent and caring service ensures that the very highest of standards are achieved in every aspect of our wedding films. Working freelance in the television industry on a wide range of programme types and styles, enables us to keep abreast of the latest methods and techniques from broadcast programmes keeping us fresh, creative and forward looking. Being BBC trained means that everything is filmed to the highest standards and right in one take, because at weddings there’s never a second take. At Marry Me Films we are so confident that we will get it right first time that we don’t charge for changes. We have very high standards and take great pride in everything we produce; we love the sense of achievement we feel when our Bride & Grooms’ take the time to thank us and tell us how special their wedding film is. We are very lucky to have such fantastic clients and their generosity towards our work, never ceases to amaze us.
We have had the pleasure and privilege over the past few years to be part of some fantastic weddings and we have some very exciting ones booked in for the next few years too. Amazing venues all over the country, different types of ceremonies and celebrations and even a Groom arriving by helicopter, but at the end of the day whatever happens it is all about the commitment between two people and that’s what is most important."

m 07949 806390
t / f 01925 483664

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's is Fifty!

Old School Glamour for 2011...

“You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you." 
Holly Golightly - Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the order of the day for our recent Christmas holiday.  Escaping the ice and snow en route to Heathrow, we checked in and tucked in to birthday danish’s and coffee a la Holly Golightly, opposite TIFFANY & Co. as we waited to board.

As Mr. Dreams frequently checked for the passports and tickets, in the spirit of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I frequently checked out my new sparkly diamonds in each proud ear.  Dontcha just love birthdays!  The theme continued on the flight.  As Mr. Dreams was in pleasant dreams, I indulged in 115 delicious minutes of Holly, Paul/Fred, Cat and Moon River.  And plenty of Old School Glamour (yes, even in economy).

During the holiday we had the pleasure to meet American Artist and Sculptor, Bill Mack (  A noted collector of rare and unusual memorabilia, renowned artist Bill Mack purchased the original HOLLYWOOD sign in 2007 and used the metal facing from the sign as canvas on which he painted the likeness of the great ‘movie stars’ from the Golden Years of Hollywood, including iconic legend, Audrey Hepburn.

So, in my Caribbean chilled out state, I had plenty of lazy days to daydream of a favourite wedding theme of mine, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Enjoy...

Wedding party gift

Iced Table Plan

Bridesmaid Inspiration
Pronovias Fiesta 2011 Collection

A pearl alternative to the traditional tiara
Hair by North Western award winning Matt Cox tel 0151 722 6686

Add a splash of colour to your gown with The Peeptoe Glass Slipper in 'Jade' - Full Encrusting

Arrive in style in a New York City Cab

Translate this look to your venue (art galleries, ballrooms) with black and white framed photographs, crystal trees, candelabras, a silent movie projector, and a table plan tree holding guest names and film quotes.  The Tiffany signature box filled with confectionery will complete the look! 

Personalise it: Engagement shoots with wedding photographers are proving very popular.  Why not use Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired black and white shots of you both to hang around your reception?  Go dig out your tiara and pearls!

Fab Idea: Walk down the aisle to Moon River...

What better way to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary this year…

And last but not least, my favourite quotes.  A fun idea for a table plan!

“I've got to do something about the way I look. I mean a girl just can't go to Sing Sing with a green face”

“That's right. I'm just CRAZY about Tiffany's!”

“I'll tell you one thing, Fred, darling... I'd marry you for your money in a minute. Would you marry me for my money?”

“Did I tell you how divinely and utterly happy I am?”

“You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels”

“A girl can't read that sort of thing without her lipstick”

“Promise me one thing: don't take me home until I'm drunk - very drunk indeed”

“Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot”

“It's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear”

“I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before, before”
With Love x

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Pamper and Spoil With a Kirsty Doyle

I am very proud to introduce today's Industry Expert, British womenswear designer and fellow Liverpool Lovely, Kirsty Doyle. 

Kirsty began selling her designs at the age of 18 at a Liverpool craft market where she quickly established a loyal following.  After studying at LJMU and world renowned Central St Martins, Kirsty went on to win the UK's national fashion design competiton Project Catwalk, before establishing the Kirsty Doyle womenswear label in 2006.  Due to demand from national retailers, Kirsty produced sell-out collections for six seasons before launching her flagship womenswear boutique in February 2010, as part of Liverpool ONE.
Kirsty's sleek, sharply tailored designs feature contemporary twists, pleats and folds for a new take on classic feminine silhouettes, making her one of the new movers and shakers of the fashion industry. 

Watch this space for news on Kirsty's Bespoke Design Service.

Well it may be the month of detox and wooly socks, but romance is definitely in the air with Engagement Season Christmas and New Year proposals.  And with Valentines Day nearly upon us, you are guaranteed to Fall In Love with Kirsty's stunning blush pink Lavinia Dress once you set your pretty eyes on it.

Ticking all the right boxes for this seasons Pink trend, this blush silk fluid jersey dress, with hand finished blush ruffled one shoulder bodice, ticks the maxi trend for the summer and will be a stunning piece for any spring wedding.

Perfect for any fashion conscious wedding guest or blushing bridesmaid!  LUSH...

And being the lovely lady that she is, this amazing piece is now £600 from £750.

So ladies, on the count of 3....go and rush for that blush!

Kirsty Doyle

Manestys Lane
Liverpool ONE
L1 3DL

Telephone: 0151 708 0470

Marketing & Press Enquiries
For marketing and press enquiries, please contact Clare Rogerson at Kirsty Doyle:

2011 Trends: In the Pink

Here at Dreams HQ, 2011 wedding trends are all about mixing up existing trends with NEW and stepping it up a little!

No 1: In the Pink

Heavily influenced by the Spring 2011 catwalk, pinks are hot, in BLOCK and out to shock! Fuchsia, Cerise, Lavender, Rose, Ruby, Dusky and Coral are les couleurs du jour. Romantic Fairytale is a classic trend that is here to stay, but, Romantic Fairytale meets Fashionista gives a brand new trend altogether....

Ballerina Couture

All images from Pronovias 2011 Fiesta Collection

What Type of Bride Are YOU?

So much choice, where do you start
Now you’ve said yes to your sweetheart
You’ve answered the question, now answer this too:
Really, what type of bride are YOU?

A Jesus Peiro or a Maggie Sottero
Or is Vera Wang more of your thang
Nope I knew it, you’re an Ian Stuart
Or maybe it seems, a Hollywood Dreams...

Do the rails at Marchesa dazzle and amaze ya
Is your bridal fantasy a Candy Anthony
Celebrate your hourglass in a Pronovias
Or party and revel in a Suzanne Neville

Be the Lady of the Manor in an Alan Hannah
Or embody a love song in Philip Armstrong
Louboutin, Gina, Jimmy Choo
Valentino, Gucci, perhaps Mui Mui

Vintage, Modern, Traditional, Chic
Or is Glamour & Glitz flavour of the week
Fairytale, Opulent or Elegant Romance
Is Boho or Fashionista more your dance?

Whatever muse you decide to choose
Rest assured you’ll be adored
No bride of mine is a Frankenstein
I promise you’ll shimmy, sparkle and shine!

Written, Tried and Tested by Helen Burns

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Could YOU be the Face of the Bridal Gallery Group?

If, like me, you're anything like our Friends from across the pond, Monica, Rachel and Phoebe, in the wedding obsessed episode where all three dressed up in white quoting "I doooooo", then this is the competition for YOU!

EVER WANTED TO BE A MODEL? THIS COULD BE YOUR CHANCE! The Bridal Gallery Group in association with Malmaison Hotels and Angels Elite Models and Promotions are searching for a new lead model for catwalk and advertising campaigns with amazing prizes for the winner!

For full T & C and how to apply contact Dawn Keijzer or email


Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The Liverpool Wedding Show, 15 and 16 January 2011

The Liverpool Wedding Show, Knowsley Safari Park brought to you by Bliss Wedding shows is dedicated to showcasing the North West’s leading wedding companies and wedding venues all under one roof.

Held in the 4,000sqm Grand Marquee in the grounds of Knowsley Safari Park, The Liverpool Wedding Show gives you the opportunity to speak directly with each company, for you to see the latest trends, styles and colours and to give you the inspiration to make your special day unique.

With over 130 stands, stunning, professionally choreographed catwalk shows, demonstrations and entertainment in the Live Lounge, this is the one show you must-not-miss!

Show Info
Covering 4000sqm, The Liverpool Wedding Show has everything you need to make your day perfect and unique to you! With over 140 leading wedding specialists all under one roof, showcasing the latest trends, styles and colours, offering professional advice and inspiration.

Catwalk Shows
Three stunning catwalk shows a day, professionally choreographed and performed by JK Dance Productions, displaying the latest in wedding fashion from classic to modern, traditional to quirky you’ll be able to find your dream dress!

Live Lounge
The Live Lounge is dedicated to live entertainment and will host various bands, wedding singers and choirs throughout the weekend for you to enjoy and to help you pick your own entertainment by experiencing what talent the North West’s has to offer.

V.I.P Area
V.I.P tickets are available which offers a glass of champagne and canap├ęs 20 minutes before the catwalk show of your choice with a guaranteed front row seat.

As there will be so much to see and do at this jam packed event we have a cafe area where you can get a drink and something to eat. This will be the perfect place to recharge your batteries and digest everything you have seen.

This show promises to be a spectacular weekend that will arm you with all the information and inspiration necessary to plan you perfect wedding day.

Amongst the confirmed exhibitors are:
· Aintree Racecourse

· The Bridal Gallery

· Crosby Cakes

· Crowne Plaza City Centre

· Daisy Hill Cakes

· Debenhams

· Dragonfly Couture

· Exclusive Yacht Weddings

· Flower Bug

· Glacial Art

· Groom Hire

· Hilton Hotel Liverpool

· John Lewis

· Joseph’s The Jewellers

· Knowsley Hall

· L.A Fitness

· The Liverpool Dental Spa

· Lush

· Marry Me Films

· Tamzyn Angela

· Thornton Manor

· Tying The Knot

· Vincent Hotel

· Zoe Photograhpy

· The Wedding House

· The Wedding Guide

Contact Us

If you would like to speak to one of the team please:

Call us on: 0151 227 9179


Pop in for a coffee at:

The Liverpool Wedding Show
Bliss Wedding Shows Ltd – (Signposted Blackstripe)

Queen Insurance Buildings
7 Queen Avenue
Dale Street
L2 4TZ

Inspiring Mood Boards - Ballerina Bridal Fashion

A belated Happy New Year to you, from all at Dreams HQ!

After a month long party of cocktail dresses, high heels and holidays, I’m pleased to be back to normality and ready to embrace the dreaded NYR's.  Apart from the usual wine and chocolate ban, (which I’ve severely broken already), I’m SO looking forward to my pledge for Mr. Dreams and I to frequent our local cinema much more. (Our visits often involve and pre glass of wine and a humongous bag of Malteesers, but hey ho).

So, how better to gracefully tip-toe 'en-pointe' into 2011 with the release of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel, released on Friday 21st January 2011. If the adulation of the film critics is to go by, be prepared to be overwhelmed by the overall beauty of the film and its costumes.  The psychological thriller plot set aside, this film promises to inspire 2011/12 brides with its aesthetically pleasing feast of feather accents, cinched waist corsets, tulle and tutus. Think Pretty Romance meets Tough Fashionista!

Laura and Kate Mulleavy of cult fashion label Rodarte  designed the costumes for Black Swan, taking ballet-inspired looks from the Barre to the Big Screen....and perhaps in your case, your BIG DAY?

Channel the Swan Lake in you!

Zoe Photography
Martha Stewart
Cox and Cox
Black Swan PR
Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb