Saturday, 6 July 2013

Wedding suppliers pucker up for International Kissing Day

Mwah, mwah, well hello my lovelies!   

Today, you may be aware, the humble kiss is celebrated globally across the world.  Yes, it's International Kissing Day; a day that my wedding colleagues and I couldn't let pass without us appreciating a kiss in it's own right.

 Let me explain.  I was initially approached by makeup artist and hair stylist Vicky King from Glamorama and photographers William Lee and Patrick Donnelly of Forever in a Day to help coordinate a wedding inspired photo shoot.  After some thought, we decided to theme it to International Kissing Day; the objective being for us to go back to the beginning of a love story, starting with a first kiss; to show how we really do care about our clients and see each couple with their own unique story to tell.

A kiss can represent many things in society; a warm greeting, a kiss goodbye, a passionate kiss or a first kiss.  Being in the wedding world, we hear a lot about first kisses.  Not in great detail might I add, but we get to be privy to some really romantic love stories of how our couples have met.  And that got myself and a group of local wedding suppliers thinking on how we could promote professionalism in our industry with an International Kissing Day wedding inspired photo shoot.  To show the engaged couples of the North West how we all share the same ethos of offering a bespoke and professional service to all our bride and grooms.

 We know couples are feeling the pinch of adverse financial pressures without adding pressures from wedding suppliers too.  I’ve met so many brides who were dissatisfied with suppliers who’d forgotten details, lost notes, didn’t listen to their requirements and were generally disinterested.  We wanted to show that as suppliers we never lose sight of this being the most important day of their lives and how we strive to understand how each couple ticks to offer a personalised service as possible. 

But not only that, we wanted to showcase how collaborative partnership working within the industry is a win-win for everyone.

So we contacted likeminded friends in the industry who were only too keen to join forces and celebrate the humble kiss!

So our first stop, a venue.  Straight away we agreed on the historic (and former gentleman's club) The Racquet Club in Liverpool's city centre.  A special venue housed in a Victorian gem of a building constructed in the form of a Venetian Palazzo by a wealthy Liverpool merchant in 1857.  Wow!

So who to complement the ornate and vintage backdrop for our photo shoot?  Brides by Natalie was launched earlier this year in Liverpool and is housed in a purpose-built luxurious bridal boutique over two stunning levels.  I dealt with Managing Director Natalie over 4 years ago purchasing my own wedding gown, and she made the whole experience a dream.  So we just had to get Natalie and her team on board! 

Again, having dealt with Groom Hire Liverpool for our very own wedding, we contacted Collette who was only too happy to help out.  Groom Hire Liverpool sits humbly on the ground floor of the The Wedding House, the iconic gothic building home to over 30 wedding businesses.  It really is a must for newly engaged couples taking the plunge into the wide world of wedding planning.

And so our shoot was gathering momentum!  Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery Hire fitted in perfectly with the elegant theme and we managed to pinch some of her precious (not to mention scrumdiddlyumptious) baking time to join us on the shoot.  Victoria's vintage crockery, decor, furniture and props provide an elegant way to celebrate any wedding or occasion, and they certainly complemented the beautiful reception rooms of the Racquet Club, perfectly.

Miss Bouquets (also a business and friend of the Wedding House) agreed to the International Kissing Day Team (IKDT) using her beautiful bespoke floral silk arrangements; bouquets, posies, corsages, button holes and table displays. Local lovelies Louise and Jess of Jessie's Jewels were very kind in loaning their gorgeous costume jewellery for the shoot too.

Well, we were pleased as punch with the results (models Emma and Jake were born for this!) and you can read more about 'Behind the Scenes' of the actual day soon.

 With many thanks to:


·         Venue – The Racquet Club

·         Photographers – Forever in a Day

·         Hair and Makeup- Glamorama

·         Wedding PR and Coordinator – Bespoken Dreams

·         Bridal wear – Brides by Natalie

·         Groomswear – Groom Hire Liverpool

·         Vintage crockery and cakes – Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery Hire

·         Flowers and table d├ęcor  – Miss Bouquets

·         Jewellery – Jessie's Jewels

·         Models - Emma Harrison and Jake Bowness