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How To Tie A Merovingian Knot / The Guide

How To Tie A Merovingian Knot / The Guide

If there is ever a scene I can always guarantee in the morning of a wedding, it's that of all the guys huddled around an iPad during the groom preparations, learning how to tie their wedding tie of choice.  

With many styles and types of knot being popular in modern weddings today, I thought it would be helpful to pull together some of the tutorials from my favourite resource on this subject.  The guys at Howcast have teamed up with Charles Brunold of Louis Purple Menswear Boutiques to create some of the best tutorials I have seen on the subject (and I've seen a few!).  They just seem to be so easy to follow and to the point, which I love.

So today, I would first like to share with you one of the more popular choices at modern weddings, the Merovingian knot.  I hope you find this helpful.

Wedding Planning Inspiration with Cambridge Wedding Planner Katrina Otter

Wedding Planning Inspiration with Cambridge Wedding Planner Katrina Otter

In the past,  I have been in the fortunate position to have met some of the most amazing wedding suppliers in Suffolk and across the UK, with many of which becoming great friends.  I know that many of my prospective and current clients check out my blog from time to time to see what I’ve been up to, which got me thinking.  What better way to introduce some of my trusted vendor friends to my clients than to give them the spotlight for 5 minutes here on my blog where they could tell us about their business, their inspirations and what makes them tick.  So here you have it, a new series of interviews has been born, I hope you enjoy them.

Today I had the chance to sit down with Cambridge Wedding Planner Katrina Otterwho organises weddings throughout Cambridge, The Midlands, London and across the UK.  Katrina is someone I follow regularly on social media and through her blog as she creates some really valuable content for couples, which I would really recommend checking out.

A Very English Affair / Suffolk Wedding Styled Shoot / Kenton Hall Estate

A Very English Affair / Suffolk Wedding Styled Shoot / Kenton Hall Estate

I had such a blast being principal photographer at Kenton Hall Estate for a wedding styled shoot, commissioned Emily at Kenton Hall Estate in Suffolk.

The theme of the shoot was 'A very english affair" and the guys were looking for a modern, elegant inspiration shoot that showcased how a countryside venue could be used for a style other than the vintage look.

Handmade Bridal Accessory Inspiration / Melissa Morgan Designs

Bespoke Wedding Accessories - rossdeanphotography.com

In the past,  I have been in the fortunate position to have worked with some of the most amazing wedding suppliers in Suffolk and across the UK, with many of which becoming great friends.  I know that many of my prospective and current clients check out my blog from time to time to see what I’ve been up to, which got me thinking.  What better way to introduce some of my trusted vendor friends to my clients than to give them the spotlight for 5 minutes here on my blog where they could tell us about their business, their inspirations and what makes them tick.  So here you have it, a new series of interviews has been born, I hope you enjoy them. Today I had the chance to sit down with the very creative Melissa Morgan of Melissa Morgan Designs, who are based in Norfolk, UK.

 

Ross: For those readers who may not have come across your work before, please can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into creating wedding accessories?

Melissa: I've always been creative!  I studied visual arts and creative writing at art school before I really settled into an area I loved.  After that I took evening and day courses in jewellery design and beading just because I had an interest.  When I had to choose my own wedding accessories, I was stuck and to be honest, couldn't afford what I really wanted.  I took that as a challenge and created my own!  I had lots of compliments and was bored when the wedding planning stopped so I made a few more pieces to see what I could come up with.  I sold some, had some bespoke requests and since then I haven't stopped!  I specialise in creating headdresses and jewellery from genuine vintage pieces, think sparkly brooches and buttons, all reworked to create something new and unqiue that nobody else will own.  To go with this, I have a range of vintage inspired pieces and some gorgeous jewellery too.  I work closely with clients so that they get exactly what they want from their wedding jewellery, I'll happily change lengths, colours, add strands to necklaces, or take them out!  And of course I make bespoke pieces too!

 

Ross: In three words how would you describe your brand/business?

Melissa: Pretty, precious and personal

 

Ross: Who or what inspires the creativity in your work?

Melissa: All of the normal things I guess!  I spend hours on wedding blogs, facebook and pinterest looking at real brides and how they choose to accessories their outfits.   I also love to see what the celebrities are wearing, not just at weddings but to parties and events - they always push the boat out with the sparkle!  More than anything though, it's what I see on everyday people.  A simple wooden necklace or new way of arranging beads can inspire all sorts of new ways to work pearls and crystals that I wouldn't normally consider.  Also,  because I work with lots of found vintage pieces, I give a lot of value to simply 'playing' around and seeing what works.  I think it is something you just get a feel for.  Many of my favourite headdresses came from just seeing a brooch or flower I liked and fiddling until something beautiful came!  I made one of my bestselling combs not long after my own wedding.  I just sat down with the pearls and out it came - I'm still making that design now!

 

Ross: What trends are you currently seeing and how do you predict the future looks for wedding jewellery in the UK?

Melissa: Right now Bohemian and Grecian headdress styles are very in with the fashion forward bride.  We seem to be moving away from side tiaras into simple bands than run across the top of the head or forehead.  They are very pretty and can really update your wedding look.  Gold is another big trend.  I've sold all of my gold vintage headdresses already this year, and I'm now working on a beautiful bespoke gold piece.  I think that the future of wedding jewellery definitely rests with designers like myself.  When there are people you can go to, get whatever you like, handmade to your requirements, why would you get something expensive and mass produced?  There are so many great makers out there that there is no reason to settle for second best.

 

Ross: How far in advance do you suggest couples come talk to you about their wedding accessories?

Melissa: At the moment, I would suggest three to four months minimum.  I've already had consultations for 2013 though, so probably the sooner the better!

 

Ross: Which wedding blogs or magazines do you recommend that couples check out?

Melissa: I liked You and Your Wedding when I was planning my own wedding, and I found their wedding forum really useful.  I got so many great ideas and tips from real brides.  I tend to stick with blogs now, they offer much better value than magazines.  Some of my current favourites are 'Under the Vintage Veil' and 'Want that Wedding'.  'Style Me Pretty' probably the most beautiful.  I love their mood board builder.

Bespoke Wedding Accessories - rossdeanphotography.com

Ross: What advice would you give couples when choosing their wedding accessory designer?

Melissa: Choose somebody whose products you love!  Think about what you want and see if they have done it before, or what their enthusiasm is for creating it for you.  I think it's the same with all wedding suppliers, you get a vibe from someone if you are supposed to work with them.  If you feel happy chatting to them, sharing ideas and they start to know what it is you want before you've really explained, you know you are onto a winner.  Don't let anybody tell you what you should have, a good designer will help you to discover what you need without you noticing!

 

Ross: Finally, what's the best thing about being a wedding accessory designer?

Melissa:  The feedback from brides and their friends.  The beautiful photos they send after the weddings.  Isn't it that the same for all of us?

 

My thanks to Melissa Morgan for her time taken to chat with me.  If you would like to speak to Melissa about your wedding accessoies, please visit her website at http://www.melissamorgandesigns.co.uk.  You can also follow Melissa on Facebook & Twitter.

Suffolk Vintage Railway Wedding Shoot Published

Colne Valley Railway, Essex - Wedding Shoot - rossdeanphotography.com

It has been a really great month for my work being published and to round it all off, I was really pleased that top UK wedding blog 'Whimsical Wonderland Weddings' chose to feature our recent styled shoot at Colne Valley Railway in Essex. Its great to be able to showcase all the fabulous suppliers that got involved, to a national audience of brides looking for inspiration and you too can check out the full post on the wedding blog here.

Again, very well done to all concerned.  RD

 

Suffolk Vintage Railway Wedding Shoot Published

A Sultry Fashion Portrait Experience: Jade

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This shoot may well go down as the coldest ever! It was a blustery, wet and pretty dreary day but my client Jade was ever the true professional and didn't let it phase her one bit. We chose the gritty backdrops of The Waterfront development in central Ipswich for our location and so armed with two wardrobe changes, we braved the elements to create some striking fashion inspired portraits. Check out some of the images from the shoot below.

If you would like to schedule your very own portrait experience that really produces stunning, magazine-worthy images, I'd love to hear from you.

RD

 

Fashion Portrait by Ross Dean Photography

Fashion Portrait by Ross Dean Photography

Fashion Portrait by Ross Dean Photography

Fashion Portrait by Ross Dean Photography

Fashion Portrait by Ross Dean Photography