Thursday, 24 July 2014

10 mins with….The White Collection

We are very lucky to have welcomed lots of fabulous new stockists to Flo & Percy over the past few months. We would therefore love to share some of these beautiful boutiques with you in the coming weeks, hopefully you will find one in your area!

Store: The White Collection, Clevedon, North Somerset

Owner: Lea Watson

How did you get into the bridal business ?

A few years ago, after several unfulfilling years studying and pursuing a career in litigation, I decided to develop my hobby of designing jewellery. This soon moved towards designing bridal accessories, but things didn't stop there, my love of all things bridal got the better of me and when the opportunity arose for me to open my own bridal boutique I couldn't resist. It's a wonderful business to be in and I love all the different aspects associated with running the shop. Meeting people at such a happy and important time of their lives is a privilege to be part of.

How did you feel the day your boutique opened ? 

Over the moon! Getting the shop ready and open was a gradual process and took time but when the first few customers came in and commented on how beautiful the shop is and what a wonderful experience they’d had, it was really lovely to hear and reassured any nerves I had!

What makes your boutique different ?

Any business is a reflection of it’s owner, I’d like to think that my boutique has a strong identity that represents my values and style. It can be daunting making an appointment to try beautiful designer gowns in an exclusive boutique. I want Brides to genuinely have a fabulous time when they visit, in a relaxed and welcoming environment without feeling uncomfortable or pressured to purchase. The aim is for them to have fun and enjoy the process of finding their dream dress and accessories in a luxurious environment. With a background in accessories I love helping to style the bride from top to toe and offer consultation appointments purely to try different accessories. The collection of dresses we stock are carefully chosen and all fabulous but equally, accessories are so important in finishing the look and often appear in every photograph on the wedding day so, I feel that it’s important that the bride loves them as much as her dress. I take pride in ensuring that visiting brides have the best choice of accessories available and time to indulge in trying different options.

What's the best/worst things about running your own business ? 

The best thing - the sense of personal satisfaction from knowing that you’ve helped create happy memories for the bride and their party when they’ve visited the boutique. I love hearing the squeal of delight from the Bride and seeing the hugs from her loved ones on the pavement outside when she’s just left the shop after an appointment.
The worst thing-life’s a balancing act, running your own business can be very time consuming and especially if you love what you do as it can be hard to turn off in the evening and leave the business behind for a few hours. I have a family so have to make sure that I’m not just giving the best of myself to the business.

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you take with you ?  

Assuming the basics are covered like food and drink…I would take my family, I have a husband and four children (can I include our dog here too?!), some way of playing music and a camera to capture the memories.

Many thanks to Lea for being our first features boutique, if you are not tempted to visit already then please see below for images of her beautiful shop!

Friday, 13 June 2014

When a wedding and a festival collide - "Wedstivals"

The sun is shining so it appears summer is finally here,(hopefully we have not spoken too soon). this can only mean one thing the festival season is upon us!

Music festivals are all about a good party so are weddings, how about combining the two and having a "Wedstival"  A celebrity trend that has emerged over recent years think Kate Moss and Jamie Hince or Matthew McConaughey and Camilia Alves all having 3-5 days wedding celebrations. These Wedstivals are personalised rollicking-good-time weddings that emulate music festivals or grown up school camps for those who want to do something a bit less traditional and remember a weekend of festivities.

Image curtesy of Harpers Bazar

So now we have the concept of the Wedstival how do you go about planning one. Although a celebrity craze you do not need a celebrity budget. There is fantastic blog Festival brides that has loads of brilliant ideas to get you started. Location is key so pick your spot well, many farms cater for this and a large open field is a good starting point, to create ample space for the ceremony, an area  for games such as croquet, petanque and giant connect four and obviously ample rooms for tents. In terms of food you are looking at Hog roasts, a summer buffet or catering trucks all eaten informally that evoke a sense of a street festival.

Photo curtesy of David Laverne

 Timber Barn at South Farm Cambrideshire

Marsh Farm in Suffolk

As a bride you still want to look amazing, well it is your wedding day after all so what do you wear to a Wedstival. The key is to tailor your dress to the whole theme, a structured Vera Wang is not going to work here, think along the lines bohemia, pretty, relaxed and floaty.

Lalique Dress - Charlie Brear

Jean Dress - Temperley

Hair accessories are key to completing the Wedstival look. Below are some of our suggestions.

And finally here are a few images from our Flo & Percy real brides that have embraced the Wedstival look to provide some real life inspiration.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Our new stockist in Southampton

A massive welcome to our new stockist Hannah Elizabeth Bridal based in Botley, Southampton.

Hannah Elizabeth stocks an array of designers such as Lusan Mandongus, Annasul Y,Pronovias, Anoushka G and Lou Lou bridal. These designers have been specifically chosen for the bride who is slightly more fashion conscious in search for something a little bit different, whilst having an eye for beautiful detailing and drawn to designs with a vintage twist and feel to them. 

Hannah Elizabeth are passionate about customer service and aim to make each bride feel comfortable whilst giving an individual and personal experience. After all, picking your wedding dress is an extremely special occasion and they totally understand the importance of this one-off purchase.

We look forward to working with them!

Below are images of the Hannah Elizabeth Bridal curtesy of Stephanie Swan Weddings and Ikon works

Image curtesy of Stephanie Swan Weddings
Image curtesy of Stephanie Swan Weddings
Image curtesy of Ikon works
Image curtesy of Ikon works
Image curtesy of Ikon works
Image curtesy of Ikon works

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Win Your Wedding in Cyprus with Thomson Holidays

Yes you really can win your wedding! Our lovely friends at Thomson Weddings  are offering you the chance to win your "Big day" in sunny Cyprus which will take place on Sunday 28th September 2014. The prize includes a 14 night all inclusive stay at the Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos, together with flights and 7 nights' accommodation for up to 8 guests. Stag and hen do's are included as well as outfits for the bride and groom, 2 bridesmaid's dresses, a wedding ceremony , wedding reception and more. Sounding good?
To enter, all you need to do is drop Thomson a line explaining why you should win your dream wedding. For more details and the full terms & conditions, click to and the Thomson blog. You've got until 12 May '14 to enter Good Luck!

Could this be you in the sun ?

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Silvery Moon Shoot

Put your feet up, take a break and check out these lovely images of a recent shoot we did with the lovely Mya from Silvery Moon called Sugar and Spice.

Daisy Chain Wrap POA

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Accessories fit for the return of a princess!

As the 11th series of ITV2's TOWIE came to a dramatic close last night the lovely Lydia Rose Bright made a surprise appearance at Ricky & Jess's 'Prince & Princess' Ball.

Adding extra sparkle and sophistication to Lydia’s outfit were the Bow Beautiful Headband (£145.00) and Rock Baroque Cuff (£185.00) which we are very proud to say were both Flo & Percy! Her gorgeous dress was the Bobbi Dazzler only £285.00! as supplied by our sister company Kitty and Dulcie. 

Welcome Back Lydia!

Kirstie putting the Bow Beautiful on Lydia
Lydia looking stunning in the Bow Beautiful Headband and Bobbi Dazzler dress
Kirstie and Shelley with Lydia
Lydia trying on the Mad Hatter Headband

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Tuesday Treat!

This weeks Tuesday treat....The Small Glastonbury for only £50!!