Why choosing Sharm el Sheikh for your destination wedding? A video interview

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Hello lovelies! Linen and Silk Weddings is finally back to base! After nearly a month between Sharm el Sheikh and Puglia, I’m now settling back in London to work on one more London wedding… And then, who knows? I have several enquiries for Sharm el Sheikh this autumn, so it might be that my other half and I will be heading back to Sharm around October/November. The thing is, I have loved every minute of this last month (except, being husbandless wasn’t fun at all – I actually don’t know how to sleep when I’m not sharing my bed with him!).

Now, I’ve been very conscious of not sharing too many iphone pictures about my two destination weddings – as fidgety as it makes me, there’s nothing like seeing the pictures of pro photographers, so I’ll be good and not share any more than what you might have already seen on my instagram account. However, the venue where I did the Sharm el Sheikh wedding, the Sultan Gardens Resort, has kindly shot an interview of me talking about the wedding of Matt & Sophia, why getting married in Sharm and at the Sultan Gardens and why you would need a wedding planner. It was fun shooting this with Joseph, Office Manager at the resort, but needless to say, I hate my voice and my face… So, I’ll let you enjoy it, while I go and hide in a little corner with headphones on! :)

Lots of love,

xx Betta

The Wedding Academy by Flourish & Prosper

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Linen and Silk Weddings blog, Wedding pros, Wedding professionals, Training for wedding professionals, Wedding academy, Wedding business, Brand positioning, Web creation, Marketing materials, Business acumen, Practical know how (1)Good morning all! Today’s post is dedicated to wedding professionals, new and established. The wedding industry is one that requires a lot of hard work and dedication from us, as expectations are very high. If you are anything like me, it isn’t always easy to stay motivated, and at times we focus so much on our own clients that we don’t dedicate enough time to our own professional development and growth. This is where Flourish & Prosper comes in!

Flourish & Prosper was founded in 2014 by two leading experts in the wedding industry – top UK stylist and editor of b.loved blog Louise Beukes, and luxury wedding planner and designer Jessie Thomson. Together they set out to encourage and inspire anyone starting out or already established within the world of weddings – connecting like-minded businesses and professionals in a creative and beautiful environment.

Linen and Silk Weddings blog, Wedding pros, Wedding professionals, Training for wedding professionals, Wedding academy, Wedding business, Brand positioning, Web creation, Marketing materials, Business acumen, Practical know how (9)The Wedding Academy is a one-day event created for anyone wanting to set up a new wedding business, or who would like to take their existing wedding business to the next level. With expert advice on brand positioning, web creation, marketing materials, business acumen, and practical know how from established and successful business owners from within the world of weddings.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Some of the industry’s finest have been lined up to speak, including Pocketful of Dreams, Swash & Fold, Sweetpea PR, Ward Williams Creative & Anges de Sucres covering the following topics & more!

• Finding your personal focus

• Establishing your target market and spotting trends

• Marketing your business effectively

• SEO, blogging & social media

• Branding & creating a visual identity that sells

• Creating a website that works for your client

• PR – online vs hardcopy coverage, writing press releases, advertising, creating relationships & generating hype

• Accounting tips and advice for creatives

• Making your wedding business profitable

• Creating and selling a product or service

• Time management & work-life balance

• Real business success story

• Business planning for 2015

TICKETS & INFORMATION

Tickets are priced at £695 and can be purchased from www.weareflourishandprosper.com. For more information & image requests email info@weareflourishandprosper.com

xoxo Betta

A vibrant wedding with splashes of yellow and blue | by Pepper Nix Photography

Posted by / Real Weddings, Engagement and Styled Shoots, Uncategorized

Linen and Silk Weddings blog, Real wedding, Yellow, Ranunculus, Ranunculi, Yellow wedding flowers, Yellow ranunculus, Utah wedding, Mormon wedding, Nix Photography, (23)Yellow makes me happy! It’s the colour of the sun (well, sort of!), it makes you smile, and brightens anything up! This wedding, submitted by wedding photographer Pepper Nix Photography, is an explosion of yellow. Fully planned by the lovely bride and her mum, Jane planned an elegant yet vibrant wedding, introducing yellow ranunculi and touches of blue as her colour scheme.

Over to Jane who tells us a bit more about her wedding day and Pepper Nix Photography that tells us the story with her beautiful images :)

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Good morning from Sharm el Sheikh!

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20140620-054639-20799657.jpgJust want to say ‘Sabah el khier’ (good morning!) from Sharm El Sheikh!

I arrived at the Sultan Gardens Resort, a 5* hotel in Sharks Bay, Sharm, last night, where one of my couples will be getting married. This is the view from my room this morning. And this will be the backdrop of my couple’s ceremony… Needless to say, it’s magical!

So far the Sultan Gardens have given me an amazing welcome, with both receptionist and concierge speaking Italian as well as English (and I bet they speak a few more languages too!), a lovely dinner, cocktail and a great view! I’ll talk about my sleep when I finally get some… I’m still in adrenalin rush mode so I have stayed up all night waiting for the sun to come out.

So, from a hot Sharm el Sheikh (and when I say hot, I mean piping, even at 5.45am!), have a fabulous day!

xoxo Betta
Ps: Apologies for the low res image, but this was taken from my iPhone…

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Skin dilemma: how do you cover up angry spots and acne-prone skin?

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I am actually lying awake at 3.30am as I write this, for no particular reason – it’s just too warm to sleep. But as I sit here wondering what to do with all these ‘spare hours’, I’ve realised that that annoying little scratch on my cheek is a new spot (or pimple, or whatever you want to call it)… yuk… Not another one!
I haven’t been blessed with the best skin, unfortunately. And if there is one thing I detest about my body, that is it. You hear people (generally girls) saying to you: “It’s only ‘coz you’re conscious of it, but honestly, no one notices it!”. Then one day, as I’m walking on a beach in Sharm el Sheikh, the voice of truth spoke. He said: “You know what’s the remedy for that?”. Me: “Eh? ‘That’ what?”. “Your spots” he said. Three thoughts raced through my mind: 1. Who’s this dude and who does he think he is? 2. I’m going to chuck him in the water. 3. Where can I go and hide?! I mean, girl + bikini… Is that really all he could see?!?! He did redeem himself by saying he had had bad skin too, and that maybe I should move to Sharm so I can swim in the sea every day and let the salt disinfect my skin, and that I’m pretty anyway, but believe me, none of this really sticked. All that sticked is: my skin is bad and that is ALL people can see when they look at me!

Sadly there is nothing much I can do to really and truly stop this problem. I’ve tried it all – antibiotics, medicated creams, roaccutane, pills, you name it.

So how do you leave with it? And I’m thinking of you brides, who like me back in 2008 when I got married, must be fretting the idea of a new, angry spot on your wedding day!

At this moment in time for me it is all about concealing. I am not a make up artist or a skin specialist, but this is what works for me and the products I personally use (not every day as I do like to keep my skin bare whenever possible!):

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1. Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Serum: I struggle with heavy, oily creams, so this serum (and its cream sister product that I also use) is perfect. It hydrates my skin (it feels like a splash of fresh water), nourishes it with the right ingredients, and at the same time brightens it up by helping those annoying, dark pigmentation marks left by old spots fade away. This is the first thing I put on as soon as I’ve washed my face and the last thing I put on at night before bed

2. Benefit Porefessional primer: they say it’s one of the most sold primers ever, and I can see why. It somehow fills all those open pores, scars and fine wrinkles without clogging up your skin. It’s so light, it’s a pleasure to wear it. And, if you’re not planning on a layer on foundation, this is good enough to help your skin feel even. So that’s step 2 for me – a fine layer on my t-zone and a slightly thicker layer over my scars

3. Befit Boi-ing Concealer: I’ve been looking everywhere and for ages for a concealer that wasn’t too liquid, too dry, too oily. When you have a spot, this bad boy is the one thing you lump on to help conceal the redness, so it’s paramount that the product doesn’t irritate the spot further (or turn it into a giant, white, look-at-me lump in 2 hours!). Boing doesn’t do any of that. It covers immaculately. It heals at the same time thanks to its ingredients. And the right shade blends in beautifully. All I do is use my finger to dub it gently on the spot (and if I need to dip in the concealer twice I make sure I use a different finger so I don’t spread the bacteria on the concealer itself)

4. Bobbi Brown loose mineral powder: in all honesty, this powder is not any more special than other powders I’ve tried before. If you use BareMinerals, for instance, you’ll achieve the same results. I follow the advice make-up artist Lisa Eldridge gives all the time (I love her advice as she too suffers with mild acne so she knows exactly what we go through): put your concealer on, then use a sponge or a brush to dub loose powder on it, so that the concealer lasts longer and, by blending the coverage in, you cover the redness or darkness seamlessly

A pro make up artist will have the perfect solution for your wedding day, but if you are looking for a daily quick fix or even, if you’re not hiring a MUA for your wedding, this advice should get you out of trouble – you will however need a good foundation after your primer. I use Chanel despite the fact that I’m being told by MUAs that there are more appropriate foundations for my skin. I, however, feel it’s light and fresh, so after a layer of primer, I apply a thin layer of foundation, followed by concealer, loose powered, a touch of bronzer and blusher.

Here is one of Lisa Eldridge‘s most useful videos for covering up acne prone skin with make up. Hope you’ll find it useful!

xoxo
Betta

An American backyard inspiration shoot by Dani Fine Photography

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Over to Dani who will tell you more about the inspiration about this shoot.

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