Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
Since starting up Lindsey Arber Photography I have worked closely with Debbie and the Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique team. The boutique offers a relaxed and professional service, with a huge selection of wedding gowns to browse. They stock a number of carefully selected designers offering a variety of styles and sizes. This includes a plus size collection and a T-length collection. They really do have something for everyone. Wedding Belles is the boutique I recommend to all my brides who are yet to find their dream wedding dress. So here is more about the boutique from the lovely Wedding Belles team themselves:
If you are getting married in 2020 or beyond and are yet to say yes to the dress, Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique is certainly worth a visit. Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique opened its doors in 1990 and is based in the beautiful village of Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire close to Market Harborough and only 10 miles from Leicester.
Wedding dresses are something most of us dream about when we are little girls. It’s the dress that no other dress can compare too. The dress you will wear when marrying the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. We believe the process of finding and buying this dress should be part of that dream. When searching for your dress you should be most importantly be relaxed. You should also given advice on shapes and styles that best suit you. Our trained consultants are dedicated to helping you find the dress you have been dreaming of.
We want every bride who comes through our doors to have a wonderful experience when finding their dress with us. In our spacious private bridal suite, we help brides every step of the way. From finding the best style that makes them feel amazing to helping with accessories to finish the whole look. Once the dream dress is found one of our amazing in-house seamstresses will make sure it is altered to fit perfectly for the big day.
Debbie: Owner, Consultation and Seamstress
Debbie is the owner of Wedding Belles and oversees every aspect of the boutique. From being one of the first faces you will see when you come into the boutique. She is a consultant to the brides, and not forgetting the mothers of the brides. Using her years of knowledge to guide each bride throughout their appointment. Helping them find a shape and style they love. Whilst making the experience of finding their dream dress fun and relaxed. Debbie is also a bridal seamstress and makes sure that each dress fits the bride perfectly on her big day. Whilst doing all this Debbie makes sure the boutique runs smoothly on a day to day basis. For Debbie it is all about each lady having the experience they deserve throughout their wedding dress buying process. Debbie also spends a lot of time in the office under a pile of paperwork after the shop has closed.
Gemma: Bridal Consultant and Social Media Coordinator
Gemma started with the boutique back in 2015. She is also one of the first faces you will see in the boutique. She is a Bridal and Mother of the Bride consultant. Helping brides pick out their dream dress using her years of knowledge. Guiding brides throughout their appointment in a fun and professional way to help them find their dream dress. Gemma makes mums feel very comfortable and relaxed during their appointments and advises them on style and shape. Gemma also spends many an hour sorting the social media, website and blogs when the time allows her to.
Jeanette: Mother of the Bride Consultant and Trainee Bridal Consultant.
Jeanette has been with the Wedding Belles Family since beginning of 2018 and is one of our Mother of the Bride Consultants. Using her extensive knowledge of the outfits and designers we hold, Jeanette helps mum’s, grandma’s and aunties of the bride and groom find their perfect outfit for the big day. She also supports the Bridal Consultants during appointments. Jeanette is also training to become a bridal consultant herself. She will soon be helping brides find their dream dresses in our bridal suite. Jeanette keeps the boutique looking clean and tidy and is often found in the office sorting out brides files.
Michala is one of our wonderful seamstresses. She has been making sure brides dresses have fit them perfectly for many years. She has been with the boutique since early 2019. Her years of experience mean she is great at listening to our brides whilst making those all important finishing touches. Michala will make you feel relaxed through out your alterations. She ensures each bride is feeling happy and confident in their wedding dress before it is collected for the big day.
We run by an appointment only system. This ensures we give each bride and mum the private and relaxed appointment they should have. As expected our busiest day is a Saturday. It is always best to book at least a few weeks in advance to avoid disappointment. Our weekdays are a little quieter, however our fittings and alterations appointments are held in the boutique during the week. This means there is always something going on. So even for weekday appointments its best to book at least a week in advance. This way we can try our best to book you in for a time and day that suits you.
We like to hold an array of shapes and styles of wedding dresses and mother of the bride/groom outfits. We like to have around 80-100 wedding dresses in the boutique at one time. With sample sizes from a 6 to a 26 in different shapes and styles. Our mother of the bride lounge holds between 200 – 300 outfits in sizes 8 – 26 in different shapes and colours.
We store all our brides dresses in the boutique for free. We press the dresses to make sure they look flawless for the photos. It is carefully placed in a gown bag and even carried out to the bride’s car when she collects her dress.
We recommend for a bride to bring those people who will help in making the decision easier. Some brides cannot say yes without mum or nan. For some its their maid of honour. We simply suggest making sure that the people who come with them have the brides best interests at heart. Their appointment is all about finding a dress that suits their shape and style.
Our appointments last approximately 1hour 15 minutes. We don’t like our brides to feel rushed or overwhelmed. It can be a daunting thing entering a boutique with so many beautiful dresses, not knowing were to start. This is were we come in. Our highly trained bridal consultants use their experience and knowledge of the designers, to help guide and advise each bride in a relaxed and personal way. We want each bride to have an enjoyable experience with us.
We are very excited about the new designer we have added to our boutique this year. Our ‘Graceful with Curves’ collection arrived in the boutique in the spring of 2019. The collection has proven to be very popular with our brides. We love how well the styles compliment our other designers. We have of course added to our Sincerity by Justin Alexander and our Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa collections. Not forgetting our 50’s inspired T dress collection by True Brides Brighton Belle. Over the last year we have started working with a new bridal accessories company. The collection has certainly gone down well with our brides. The jewellery and hair pieces complement our gowns so well and our brides are loving them.
Over the past few years we have noticed more colours coming into the industry which we think is fantastic. Not everyone can or wants to wear Ivory or white. The colours we have in the boutique are lovely warm subtle shades that can warm a bride’s complexion. We have noticed more designers are now offering their take on the sophisticated plain wedding dress. A trend that was set recently by Meghan, the duchess of Sussex. Veils have also become more popular with brides over the last few years. Our brides are loving our long laced edged veils as well as the shorter ones we hold in the boutique.
We have seen a rise in Autumn and Winter weddings for 2019. 2020 Spring and Summer weddings are looking to be popular choice for couples planning on tying the knot next year. We are currently helping a lot of 2020/21 brides find their dream dresses. Our consultants and seamstresses are very much looking forward to another busy year. We love meeting new brides each day and being part of their wedding day memories.
If you are planning your wedding and are yet to find your dream wedding dress, get in touch with the Wedding Belles Bridal boutique today. They will get you booked in for your appointment where you know you will be in professional hands.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
In each of our wedding photography packages you will receive your wedding photos on usb in one of our elegant presentation boxes. This also includes a selection of prints to browse through. For those who love the tradition of a wedding album, you will be glad to hear this is also something we offer. Here are some photos from our latest album sent out. To showcase why its worth investing in a professionally designed wedding album.
Once you have viewed your wedding photos you have the option to order a wedding album. Some couples like to make a list of which photos to use. Where as other couples are happy to see what I put together. When the initial design process is complete you then receive a set of proofs. This gives you the chance to make any changes you would like to make. You then get a second set of proofs to check you are happy with the changes, before the album is sent off to production. Once we receive the album back from our suppliers we take the time to quality check each page. After all the time that goes in to designing a wedding album, it is always so nice to look through the finished product.
As nice as it can be designing your own wedding album, it can also be stressful. Finding the time, and getting the layout to flow and fit the space you are working to. So by having your wedding album professionally designed, you can have input where/ when you want to, with none of the stress. We are used to working with a set number of pages for an album. And know how to show as many images as possible with out crowding the pages. Making sure each page is balance with colour photos vs black and white photos. If a couple have chosen favourites for their album then we make sure these are displayed larger on the page. Each page has a unique layout to best display the selection of images that will be shown on it. This also means the album layout doesn’t get repetitive.
If you would like more info on our wedding photography packages, please get in touch today. We can check your date availability and talk through your plans.
Friday, April 26th, 2019
As part of the wedding photography packages at Lindsey Arber Photography, a pre wedding shoot is included for all couples when booking us for your wedding photography. Not every couple will choose to have a pre wedding shoot. But the option is there and why not make the most of some professional photos of you both.
A pre wedding shoot gives you a chance to capture some nice photos of you and your partner. It also gives us a chance to spend a bit of time getting to know each other. Just a little bit more, before the day itself. A lot of my couples mention those nerves of being in front of a camera. It’s surprising how many people feel the same. The pre wedding shoot is a great way of showing couples just how relaxed my approach is. By the end of the shoot couples always comment how glad they were to have had the photos taken. How it helps to calm any nerves. No more worrying about it, as you now know what to expect and that it can also be fun.
If you are planning to book your pre wedding shoot in soon, here are a few handy tips that might make for a useful read.
So here are quite a few photos from a selection of pre wedding shoots for you to all browse through. And just to pre warn you, there will be lots of smiles, laughter, hugs and kisses. They might just give you some inspiration for your own pre shoot too…
Some of the beautiful venues seen in the photos above include- Barton Hall Hotel, Dodmoor House, The Barns at Hunsbury Hill, Rockingham Castle, Dodford Manor, Keythorpe Manor, Bassmead Manor Barns, Grendon Lakes, Hothorpe Hall, Foxton Locks, Kettering Park Hotel, The Granary at Fawsley Hall, The Wood Norton Hotel and Kilworth House.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
Sitting here at the start of 2019, with a whole new year ahead. A great time to share a few wedding photo favourites from 2018.
2018 was the year we welcomed baby Finley in to the world and began our journey as parents. A journey that is the most rewarding but also challenging as i’m sure you know. When I found out we were expecting Finley, I decided to keep the 2018 calendar slighting quieter. I knew I would be adjusting to life with a baby, but it was so important to give my business the attention it needed. Especially when your business is your other baby. So keeping the diary a bit quieter was the perfect solution. This meant I still got to photograph a selection of beautiful weddings, and my clients still received the high end quality service I like to give.
At the very start of 2018 I had the time to put all of the changes in place to get the business branding to where I wanted it to be moving forward. Perfect timing as it fitted in with the changes the year ahead had in store. The new design style fell in to place so well and I really love the new logo. It’s been so nice hearing such positive feedback from everyone too.
I got to work with some amazing local suppliers for product and styled shoots. Each shoot has been so successful we are already getting dates in the diary and planning more for 2019. Having so much talent in a room where you start with an idea and pull together to create the final images is so exciting. All images will be shared with you all as and when more shoots happen. They are a great tool of inspiration for anyone yet to wed. Or if you are already married then something you can share with friends who are wedding planning.
Each wedding of 2018 bought laughter and so much love. I feel I have always been lucky to have such lovely couples book me to photograph their wedding day. Something that continued with my 2018 weddings.
So I have picked out some wedding photo favourites from 2018 below. Each time I look back through a wedding or a styled shoot I end up having new favourites and the list grows. You can probably tell from how many photos are below! So I have tried to keep my favourites selection as minimal as possible, and here it is-
A huge thank you to all of the couples who booked me as their wedding photographer in 2018. As always it has been a pleasure to capture those moments for you all. I can only hope for more of the same in 2019 and am already looking forward to working with other local suppliers more.
If you are planning your 2019 or 2020 wedding are are looking for a photographer, please do get in touch and we can talk through what you are looking for.
Friday, December 21st, 2018
As part of the package when booking Lindsey Arber Photography as your wedding photographer, the edited images are supplied on a USB in an elegant presentation box. You can’t beat seeing your photos in print, so a selection of 20 6″x4″ photos are also included.
I have always liked to make sure my wedding clients are provided with a nice USB box. This is after all keeping your USB safe which holds all of the digital images to your wedding day. The start of 2018 bought a lot of changes for the business. One of those being that I was now focusing on wedding photography. As mentioned in a previous blog post, this was great timing for a new logo and a wedding brochure to go with it.
The new logo represents the style and quality of the business perfectly. It also hints that you are choosing a high end service when booking with us. The change in the presentation box ties in and better represents the new style of logo.
It took a lot of searching to find the final product I decided to go with. Choosing for the presentation boxes to be grey was an easy decision, stylish and practical. I wanted the USB sticks to be simple and elegant, which the mix of glass and silver achieves. A selection of prints is a great way to show off some of the highlights of the day, before even using the USB. The prints can then stay in the box for you to look through on those occasions you have the USB out. I tend to include a selection of detailed shots and some of the couple themselves. Anyone who has planned a wedding will know the details take so long to plan. When bought together on the day they are a huge part of the wedding. Couples that book us as their wedding photographers also love our detailed shots. So it makes sense to be able to have some of those to appreciate in print.
So the time spent choosing the right presentation boxes to fit the brand was well worth it. They have been received so well by all of our 2018 couples, and are the perfect finishing touch for our newlyweds.
If you are getting married in 2019 or 2020 and are yet to book your wedding photographer, get in touch and we can discuss your photography requirements. We also have some offers for you to make the most of!