Valentine's + Galentine's Fayre Gift Guide 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021

After hosting our Christmas Fayre last year, we decided to host a Valentine's fayre showcasing small businesses! The fayre will take place on our Instagram stories 30th and 31st January 2021, showcasing 42 businesses. From cards to flowers, to jewellery and date nights, we've got you covered. Lots of the following shops will be offer a discount with code 'WITHLOVE', all discount should be valid until 6th February unless otherwise stated. If you're looking for some ways to celebrate, check out our post on How to celebrate Valentine's Day in Lockdown. 

P.S. Don't forget about your bride squad, send them something special for Galentine's!

Lauren and Stuart's Wedding with warm rust tones at BaAD

Mr + Mrs Doherty

26th May 2019│BaAD (Barra’s Art And Design)│Guests: 140

Instagram: @stueyd85 + @lolhol│Photos: Neil Thomas Douglas

Lauren and Stuart wed at cool industrial Glasgow venue BaAD with their ceremony conducted by a friend (they legally wed at the city chambers a few days prior). They chose a gorgeous rust colour scheme, inspired by The Barras area where their venue was. Beautiful rustic styling with casual long wooden tables, an abundance of flowers and foliage place names tied the theme together. The bride wore a gorgeous Suzanne Neville gown, while her 'maids wore stunning mismatched dresses in warm tones, with flower crowns.

An Industrial Romance Styled Shoot at Park House Barn

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

This styled shoot is giving us all the romantic cosy vibes! The modern styling with the industrial backdrop creates an intimate feel with the set up created for a micro wedding of 15 people. The shoot has a focus on sustainability, using North West suppliers who source ethically such as vegan makeup and dried flowers that can be kept forever. Samantha Clark of Free Range Floristry tells us all about the inspiration behind the shoot.

Fiona and Craig's Winter Wonderland Micro Wedding at Balbirnie House

Monday, January 25, 2021

Mr + Mrs King

22nd December 2020 | Balbirnie House Hotel

Instagram: @mrsfionaking | Photographer: Starlight Fairy Photography

This real wedding is a little bit different! Due to restrictions in December, Fiona and Craig made the difficult decision not to have their photographer there on the day in order to allow space for their loved ones, and had a photoshoot with their adorable dogs the next day instead. They celebrated their wedding day with 20 guests, with another 100 guests watching the ceremony live streamed online via a closed Facebook group. Fiona tells us all about the planning, and offers some advice to other brides planning during the pandemic.

Engagement Shoot: Future Mr + Mrs Jordan

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Caroline and Stephen

19th July 2020 | London

Instagram: @ theweddingprepdiaries @caz_offergelt | Photos: Mindy Coe

Caroline and Stephen were due to marry at All Saints church, Warlingham last September, however sadly made the decision to postpone until September 2021. They had their romantic engagement shoot on the cobbled streets of London, and even had photos taken in the spot where they met! Caroline talks to us about how their engagement shoot helped with behind the camera nerves, and a little detail of their big day plans.

How to celebrate Valentines Day in lockdown

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Valentines Day in Lockdown, who would have thought it! 
There won't be any meals out in fancy restaurants, or cocktails at a cute bar, but there will be whole lot of love and laughter! We have put together some ideas on how you can spend your valentines day at home this year, and make it one to remember.

Start the day off right with a yummy breakfast. Convince your fiance to cook up a cosy breakfast in bed, or wake up and cook your favourite breakfast together. The From Brides duo love pancakes and nutella, so that's what we will be tucking into on Valentines morning. 
If there was ever an excuse to put up a bunch of decorations, this is it! Go over the top with the decor; blow up some heart shaped balloons, hang up a banner, cover the house in fairy lights a light loads of candles. We want to see all of the romantic vibes! 
We absolutely love the pink and red colour combo, and these lip balloons are amazing! 
Lets make this locked down valentines one to remember, and start filling 2021 with happy memories to look back on. Take some cute photos together, take some pictures of the food (because lets face it, thats what we would be doing if we were in a fancy restaurant!). And of course we cannot forget the slightly tipsy, post 2 cocktails, kind of blurry selfies. Document the day, and you could even start a cute scrapbook of your year. 
Dear Grooms,
We hereby advise that for one day you must put on your best cheesy grin and take selfies all day long. 
From Brides, With Love xo
We absolutely love this one. Write each other a love letter! Put your feelings into words, and exchange letters one at a time. That way, you get to see your loves reaction while they read. 
If you wanted to be extra fancy, you can also have the letters made by a calligrapher. Look out for a couple of amazing small business selling these at The From Brides With Love Instagram Fayre on 30th and 31st January. 
Make the day extra sweet, and bake something yummy. How cute are these sugar cookies, and not too difficult to make either. We are a big fan of chocolatey bakes, so are thinking of whipping up some heart shaped brownies with red and pink heart sprinkles... YUM!
Set the table all fancy, light some candles and have a romantic dinner date at home. 
If you are into cooking, you could choose who makes the starter and dessert, and who makes the main, and surprise each-other with a homemade 3 course meal. 
If cooking isn't your forte, or you just don't fancy doing the dishes (we are right there with you!) you could opt for a fancy M&S meal deal for 2, or order in your favourite takeaway. 
Blow the dust off of your fanciest glasses, and treat yourself to your favourite tipple. You could even have a go at making some D.I.Y Cocktails. Laurens favourite is a French Martini, and Tiffany loves a Pornstar Martini. We will definitely be indulging. 
Check out this post we shared in the summer by The Dispensary Bar, who shared some amazing cocktail recipes with us. Let us know if you try any of them!
Now this is where the fairy lights will come in handy. Grab all the duvets and blankets you can find, and build a fort. Once your fort is in situ, have a romantic movie night. Surely Valentines Day is the one night of the year where your fiance cant say no to a rom com!? Keeping on the wedding theme, why not start of with 27 dresses, followed by Bridesmaids, and finish off with Made of Honour... all classics!
Who doesn't love giving and receiving gifts? Treat each other to a little something and exchange your gifts over dinner. Whether it's something to make them laugh, a romantic item they can keep and treasure, or a tasty treat. Don't forget, we will be hosting The From Brides With Love Instagram Fayre on 30th and 31st January and there will be loads of small businesses showcasing their valentines makes. 
Last but not least, you cannot forget about your bride tribe! Why not put aside some time, and set up a Galentines call with your best gals. Drink some bubbles, share the love, and most importantly laugh the night away.

Happy Valentines Day!
From Brides, With Love xo

Jethro and Kate's romantic rustic wedding at New Barton Barns, Plymouth

Friday, January 22, 2021

Mr + Mrs Lehane

31st August 2019 | New Barton Barns

Instagrams: @_katelehane @jethrolehane | Photos: Grace and Mitch

Kate and Jethro married in the church where they met, and where the bride's grandparents met and married - how sweet! As a graphic designer, Kate wanted to choose a theme that was timeless, they chose circles throughout the decor to represent wholeness and opted for muted colours of white and musky blue and grey. Read all about their wedding day, DIYs and advice for future brides...

Californian pink palm springs intimate wedding styled shoot

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

We're saying goodbye to January blues and hello to California pinks with this beautiful styled shoot! From the pretty pink florals to the bridesmaids dresses and table settings, there so much inspo for intimate weddings. Imogen, of Imogen Eve Photographytells us all about the details, held in the gorgeous glasshouse of Sissinghurst Location House in Kent.

Nadine and Robbie's gorgeous Micro Wedding at Timberyard, Edinburgh

Monday, January 18, 2021

Mr + Mrs: Patterson 

17th September 2020 | Timeryard Edinburgh | Guests: 20

Instagram: @robbiepatterson15 @kiwinadine @flurjewellery | Photos: Claire Fleck 

Nadine and Robbie wed in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Edinburgh City Centre with a simplistic elegant theme with an added hint of rustic charm. The bride's family, including her parents, in New Zealand were unable to attend, so dressed up and got together for a viewing party to celebrate with them in spirit. Bride Nadine wore a beautiful Ti Adora wedding dress, with Robbie and his groomsmen in traditional Scottish kilts in muted grey tones. Nadine tells us all about their special day, and shares some amazing advice to couples planning a wedding during the pandemic.

Engagement Shoot: Future Mr + Mrs  Creswell

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Future Mr + Mrs Creswell 

27th September 2020 | Bedford Embankment

Instagram: @themisstomrsbudget | Photos: Ela Walenda Photography

If you're part of the Instagram bridal community then you'll know bride to be Jamie as @themisstomrsbudget! Jamie and Chris are on their 4th wedding date - 12th April 2021 (previously 18.04.2020, 12.09.2020 and 04.10.2020) at Bassmead Manor Barns. You might recognise them from our Lockdown Love series! Jamie shares her engagement shoot and tells us all about wedding planning...

Top tips for your Bridal Makeup Trial by Becky Ghent Makeup Artist

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Photos: Fawcett Photography

Hi, I’m Becky Ghent and I am a full time Bridal Makeup artist, I cover all areas but I am located within the Midlands. I am a thirty something, a Mum and a real beauty advocate. Having been in the industry for over 10 years I have been able to put together some top tips to help you get the best out of your Bridal Makeup Trial.

For some people, makeup is a huge part of the day, for others it’s something they want to do to get the best pictures but may feel nervous, especially if not familiar with wearing makeup usually. Whether you’re a makeup junkie or never dipped your toe into the world of makeup, regardless, these top tips should help you get the best out of your trial.

Scheduling Your Trial

The first thing you should do is establish with your makeup artist when the trial is going to take place as a rule of thumb trials are usually executed 6-8 weeks before a wedding. This way you are really happy with your style on the day, what you are wearing, probably have a pretty good idea of your hairstyle and also your skin is going to be pretty similar on the day. If you have your trial too far in advance all of this could change and you will be thinking that your makeup isn’t going to reflect your new choices.


Prep your skin months before, not hours, this means really looking at your skincare. Your makeup artist should be able to give you some advice on how best to do this but I would recommend speaking to a skin specialist who can really help you get a natural glow before you begin. Do not go trying out a new cream, exfoliator or serum 48 hours before your trial in the hope of getting the best skin, this could have completely the opposite affect and you may have a reaction. Don’t worry too much if you get a blemish on the day, this is a minor issue and can be easily covered.

Inspiration Photos

Go with pictures of what you like this way your makeup artist will have a much better understanding of what you are looking for, going in to your trial with no visual and asking for smoky eye leaves far too much in the air of interpretation, your idea of a smoky eye versus your makeup artist’s idea might be two completely different looks.

Also, when looking for Bridal images of makeup I would bare in mind a few things, think about the age of person in the picture, is this similar to your age? Look at the hair colour, is it similar? This can make a huge difference in terms of how it would look on someone, also think about skintone some colours might look too harsh on a lighter complexion but then look beautiful on a deeper skintone. It’s worth noting, that a lot of images online are edited and filtered to the point where skin looks more like computer generated image than a real life model. I would suggest looking for texture on the skin, it’ll be a lot more achievable for your trial.

What to wear

Wear a colour similar to your wedding gown people do not think about this but going for your makeup trial in a black t-shirt is going to really alter the makeup appearance compared to your wedding dress being usually a light ivory or white, try to mimic the colour as best you can and even the neckline if possible.

Similarly, wear your hair in a style you may be having if you are definitely having your hair up, tie it up same for if you are definitely having it down, I realise how importance this one is when you show someone their makeup look finished in the mirror and they are trying to hold their hair up to see how it would look.

Better still, try and schedule your hair and makeup trial on the same day. Get a friend or family members opinion but don’t forget what you like! Ultimately this is your big day and if you leave your trial absolutely loving the makeup that is all that matters. Opinions are nice, but are sometimes, controversially, not welcomed, only you know how you want to feel on your big day and if that’s all out glam then go for it, if that’s a minimum paired down makeup look then go for it too.


Finally, be honest it’s only makeup. If you leave from your makeup artist not 100% happy then you are going to be nervous on the big day and not comfortable. I can assure you any makeup artist would much rather you be completely honest. Makeup is very personal and having that open communication with your artist is going to make you feel a lot more comfortable on the big day. Ultimately, enjoy it! For most people this is their first time having their makeup professionally completed, enjoy the pamper session and use it as an opportunity to get to know your makeup artist on a friendly level before your wedding, on the day you’ll feel so happy to see a familiar face walking in to make you feel like the best version of you.

If you’d like to visit my Instagram or Facebook page to look for images for inspiration to show your makeup artist, all my images are not edited or filtered.

From Brides (and Becky), With Love xo

Dana and Luke's Summer Sorrento Destination Wedding

Friday, January 15, 2021

 Mr + Mrs Fisher

26th June 2019 | The Cloisters of San Francesco Sorrento and Villa Silvana | Guests: 26

Instagram: @danaf90 | Photos: The Mchendrys

Dana and Luke got married under the Italian sunshine in June 2019 with a gorgeous soft green colour scheme. They booked their ceremony and reception venues having only seen them online, placing full trust in their wedding planner. Bride Dana wore a stunning Riki Dalal gown paired with a soft tulle cathedral veil, and no details were missed from her personalised leather jacket to giving guests a taste of Italy with limoncello wedding favours.

A Wild Elopement Styled Shoot at the Emerald Isle of Ireland

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

This beautiful Irish elopement styled shoot provides some amazing ideas for brides considering eloping in 2021. The rich green colours of the Celtic theme beautifully complements the incredible Irish clifftops and 16th Century Castle. Lily Jones, of Lily Jones Events and Run Wild Elopements tells us all about it the inspiration and styling..

Sean and Claire's relaxed humanist wedding at Sloans, Glasgow

Monday, January 11, 2021

Sean + Claire 
14th September 2019 | Sloans, Glasgow | Guests 100
Instagram: @acatcalledsteve @sean.stevenson59 | Photos: In The Name Of Love Photography
And the bride wore... green! Sean and Claire opted for an untraditional wedding at Sloans in Glasgow, they ditched traditions like the cake cutting and only had elements of their wedding that represented themselves as a couple. From their dog's little tux to the dried flowers and motorcycle photos, we couldn't love this unique wedding more!

Engagement Shoot: Future Mr + Mrs Davey-Robinson

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Ella and Tom

25th January 2020 | Wotton House

 Instagram: @ellamayrobinson1 | Photos: The Vedrines

Ella and Tom are due to marry at St Margarets Church, Ockley on 12th September 2021. This is now their 3rd date after postponing twice before, so we are keeping everything crossed that they can finally say "I Do" this September! Bride to be Ella tell us all about their romantic Christmas engagement, and why they think a pre-wedding shoot is a must have for any brides and grooms to be. 

Shannon and Corey's glamorous wedding at llechwen Hall, South Wales

Friday, January 8, 2021

Mr + Mrs Williams 
9th March 2020 | Llechwen Hall
Instagram: @shannonalloyd | Photos: Fire and Ice
Shannon and Corey opted for a traditional church wedding, followed by a reception at Llechwen Hall. The bride wore a stunning Badgley Mischka gown, and paired it with a lace chocker necklace to match. From the dress (which she got for 70% off at a sample sale!) to the choker she made herself, Shannon was a bargain hunting bride through and through. This wedding is a true representation that your budget and DIYs do not determine how stunning your wedding can be!

A poetic, artistic and minimalistic styled shoot at Alrewas Hayes

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

We're obsessed with the stunning icy tones of this styled shoot and the modern twist on a classic venue. From the stunning dried florals to the modern fashion and elegant cake and tablescape - we're in love. Photographer Emma Wilkinson tells us all about the inspiration and concept behind the shoot.

Alastair and Olivia's modern industrial wedding The Paintworks, Bristol

Monday, January 4, 2021

Mr + Mrs Reader 
14 March 2020︱The Paintworks, Bristol 
Instagram: @olivia.n.reader + @ajreaderPhotos: Lewis Membery
Alastair and Olivia got married on their 6 year anniversary, just before lockdown. They opted for an industrial vibe with big white blooms, lots of foliage and fairy lights. The bride couldn't decide between a princess dress and a gorgeous tea length dress, so her mum and sister bought her the tea length dress for the evening - how sweet! Olivia tells us all about their day, from their choreographed first dance to their sparkler send off...