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Wedding and Baby was set up in 2009 by Louise Graham. Louise runs the business from her studio at home as well as online via her website. In a very short space of time the business has expanded with more and more stockists keen to display Wedding and Baby accessories.

Specialising in vintage tiaras, headbands, combs and jewellery has seen Wedding and Baby featured in several magazines including Wedding Ideas, The Scottish Wedding Directory and BBC Reporting Scotland.

Although the Vintage accessories are a big hit with many brides, Wedding and Baby also offer a bespoke service where brides can have a design created to their exact requirements.

More recently Wedding and Baby had the pleasure of having their accessories used throughout a new bridal programme on Wedding TV called Bridal Boudoir.

To celebrate this once they reach a 1000 likes on facebook they will be giving away the famous Vintage Rose Comb as featured.

Wedding and Baby


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My name is Tracey Phillips and I am owner,designer and maker at Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery. The company was formed when, after working for many years in the jewellery retail trade, I decided to see if I could make jewellery myself and with lots of practice and instruction started to produce pieces that I was proud to put my name too.

My sister then asked me if I would make her wedding jewellery for her. I ended up designing and making many sets for her to choose from and wondered what I was going to do with the surplus! I decided to approach a few local wedding shops to see if they’d be interested in selling them for me and to my surprise they all said yes, after a while selling through shops I made the decision to start the website http://www.bridaldesignsweddingjewellery.co.uk and I’m glad to say it’s gone from strength to strength.

We specialise in handcrafted Sterling silver bridal jewellery using Swarovski crystal and Swarovski pearls. we have a wide range of different styles to suit every wedding from the delicate Angelic range to the darker gothic influenced Black Rose. Brides are choosing a wider range of wedding themes than ever before so we try our hardest to stock designs to suit all of them.

Our latest collection is the Wildheart which features a brand new crystal shape from Swarovski, the beautiful heart pendant has such a tactile feel and the facets make it eyecatching, especially when teamed with the oval Swarovski crystals and round Swarovski pearls. Another new addition is the LittleBigDay range, comprising of interchangable charms/pendants which make an ideal gift for bridesmaids or flowergirls.

At Bridal Designs we pride ourselves on our customer service and as every item is handcrafted we are able to accomodate a wide range of variations in colour and size, if you would like something completely different we can work with you to design a bespoke piece especially for you, just email us on info@bridaldesignsweddingjewellery.co.uk

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If you are planning a black and white themed wedding, then hopefully our collage will give you some inspiration! If not, however, do not hestitate to contact us for our supplier recommendations and ideas!


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Your Wedding at Loch Lomond chatted with one of our suppliers Tantrums and Tiaras about their new collections,’Goodnight Sweetheart’ and ‘Indulgence’ ranges.

Kelly Scully, Designer and director said “I have really enjoyed creating these new ranges which add the finishing touch of designer class to the outfits of the bride and bridesmaids, without the need for the designer prices. They have been attracting huge attention from brides who have seen them at my studio before they were launched and we have ended up having to let them go early!” 

‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ is a collection of vintage inspired 1920-40’s headpieces that are designed to give a very stylish and glamorous look to your special day. And… If that wasn’t enough the new ‘Indulgence’ range will set you apart.  Think sumptuous opulence all in one place and you’re there! This luxurious range will be continue to grow throughout 2011 so pop by regularly and see what’s new. We’ve got some great vintage pieces planned! 

All of Tantrums and Tiaras ranges can be teamed with their beautiful collection of wedding jewellery and matched to other features of the wedding outfit such as detailing on dresses. 

At Tantrums and Tiaras we are building on a very successful and award winning year. As well as being highly commended in the best bridal accessories category in the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards we were also delighted to win the same category in ‘The Bridal Magazine’ awards. Voted for by real brides, we believe our commitment to customer service and ensuring the bride gets what she wants and deserves play no small part in these achievements.


About Tantrums and Tiaras:

Tantrums and Tiaras is the trading name of Gowy Enterprises, a family run tiara and wedding jewellery specialist, and the passion of designer/director Kelly Scully. Tantrums and Tiaras have been trading for nearly 4 years. A wide range of styles and designs are available for all hair styles as well as bespoke options. 

  Contact Information:

Kelly Scully

Tantrums and Tiaras

Email: enquiries@tantrumsandtiaras.org

Website: www.tantrumsandtiaras.org

Telephone: 07740 341747


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Hopefully this collage will provide you with some ideas if you are thinking of a PINK themed wedding. When visiting any of the websites, and placing an order, dont forget to mention you found their details here!


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Tell us the history of Tiny-Gems

I have always loved crafting and have had a go at lots of different types of craft over the years. I used to make jewellery in the evenings as a form of stress relief and relaxation from a very busy job.

I was a senior manager in the banking industry and had been so for 14 years, I had recently been promoted, everything was fantastic when our whole department was put at risk of redundancy. The next 90 days was full of uncertainty and upset. I was offered a job if I wanted one however I had completely lost faith in the company and decided to take redundancy.

I eventually left at Christmas time 6 months after the bombshell had dropped and made the very scary decision after always being employed to begin a new career on a self employed basis and Tiny-Gems was born. I haven’t looked back once and love doing a job that I love doing. 

What makes you different from your competitors?

At Tiny-Gems we don’t just offer one style, we have a great variety of products to not only suit all styles but also all ages too. Our youngest customer so far is 2 and our oldest is 91 so I think you can safely say we appeal to a broad range of ages.

I make lots of different items from fun and quirky scrabble rings and cufflinks to top quality Swarovski jewellery, tiaras and headbands, plus repaired and reworked vintage pieces. 

What inspires you?

A lot of Tiny-Gems inspiration comes from Hollywood glamour. I love the seemingly effortless style of old Hollywood; it is just so timeless and classic. Audrey Hepburn is a true style icon even today.

I really love watching old black and white movies and it is great to see the old styles coming back into fashion, well maybe with the exception of some of the less than flattering styles from the eighties, neon colours really should have stayed where they were.

I am also inspired by my family and friends, I am so very lucky to have such amazing family and friends and I hope they know exactly how very much I love and respect them. 

What is your signature style?

Tiny-Gems signature styles are vintage with a modern twist, and quirky designs that are fun and unusual.

What have been  your main achievements?

My main achievements so far are making bespoke tiaras for brides to wear on the most important day of their lives. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that for many years to come they will be looking at their wedding pictures and my creation is a part of that. Every time I make a new design I get a massive sense of achievement and a glow of pride.

I am also incredible proud that I got to number one on the top 100 uk wedding tweeters list.     

What would you do differently if you got married again?

If I had been asked last year what would you change about your wedding? I would have said nothing it was perfect. However, having mixed with so many talented wedding suppliers in the last year I now see things differently.

Luckily I wouldn’t change my groom, but I would have the courage to have a vintage theme to it which I wanted but was worried people would think I was a bit strange. Especially as vintage styling is now so popular. I would have a gold or cream antique lace dress and would have a vintage tea party as the reception. I would wear my own jewellery and a headband with a vintage style brooch that I would also make. Along with lots of cupcakes and retro sweeties  

What does 2011 have in store for you? 

2011 is the year when Tiny-Gems really takes off, we want to get some contacts in our area especially wedding dress shops to stock our products. We also want to grow our website and are hoping to add a lot more exciting features to it but I am currently keeping that very hush hush.   

How can we find out more?




or email me sarah@tiny-gems.co.uk

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Using flowers for a theme is a popular choice for wedding. A floral theme can stimulate both visually and sensually. Flowers transform a wedding. They provide colour and fragrance as bouquets for you and your bridesmaids, and in the wedding party corsages. At the wedding venues – at the church and at the reception – they brighten every table, they light up a room, and they provide a fantastic talking point for your guests.


Flowers have been used in weddings for centuries. The custom of bouquets has its origin in ancient times. Women carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the bride and groom wore a garland around their necks, symbolizing new life, hope and fertility. Traditional Celtic bouquets included ivy, thistle and heather. The garland was not made of flowers but of strong-smelling herbs and spices. The strong-smells were thought to have mystical powers and meant to keep away evil spirits.


When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, the herbs and spices had been replaced by fresh flowers, especially marigolds. Edible flowers were still included in the bouquet. The bride would carry her arrangement as she walked down the aisle. The dill from the bride’s bouquet (also known as the herb of lust), was consumed by the bride, the groom, and their wedding guests during the reception, as the herb was meant to increase sexual desire.

You could choose to have a ‘generic’ floral theme, with all types of flowers, or centre your theme on just one flower. For example, if you chose to have a ‘rose’ theme, you could ha have red roses in your boquet, have your bridesmaids wearing red, groom with a red rose button hole and so on…


Depending on the season, some flowers may be more appropriate than others. It is also possible to mix two or more flowers together for a wedding theme; for example, rose and orchid.

Some flowers are more fragrant than others; again you could have roses as well as hyacinth and lily-of-the-valley. Going back to the rose, it is alleged to have aphrodisiac properties too, hence why they are popular at Valentines Day in particular as well as making them a perfect choice for a wedding! Asian brides believe the colour red and red roses bring luck.


A growing trend in 2011 will be the use of imaginative vases or containers for your flowers. Stand out from the crowd by using unusual containers like teapots, hatboxes, or old milk jugs. Alternatively, add a contemporary twist by opting for cottage garden flowers but in bright and unusual colour combinations like bright pinks, yellows and blues.

This season sees delicate floral appliqués blossoming all over many wedding dress designs.  Accessorized with a sprinkling of romance, oversized blooms and oh so pretty petals, flowers will be a big feature in this year’s wedding gowns.


For bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets, an important point to consider is the colour of the dresses. You can choose to co-ordinate or contrast the colour of your flowers with the dresses.

Choose your flowers after choosing your dresses and deciding on your wedding colour theme. That way you can give a fabric swatch to your florist so he/she can colour match the flowers.


The groom often chooses a flower for his buttonhole which also occurs in the bride’s bouquet. This is a vestige of the time when a Knight would wear his Lady’s colours to display his love.

Brides can choose to use flowers to decorate the wedding cake. Fresh flowers can be co-ordinated with the bridal bouquet. Edible flowers can be used, and crystallized, to decorate a wedding cake but it is worth checking if any wedding guests, who may eat the cake, have particular flower allergies as some people may be allergic to some species of flowers.


There are several ways in which a wedding cake can be decorated with flowers:

  • place a corsage flower arrangement on top of the wedding cake and/or each cake tier
  • place flowers between the tiers of the wedding cake
  • sprinkle flower petals over the cake
  • make the cake tiers from flowers
  • create a cascade of flowers to flow from the top cake tier to the bottom cake tiers
  • Decorate the cake table with flower petals or flower arrangements.

Flowers may be used both in wedding invitations and thank-you cards. The invitations or cards may simply be printed with a picture of the chosen wedding flower; the more creative bride may also wish to include flower petals. Reception placeholders with guest names may be printed with the same flower theme.

Speaking of flower petals, you could use them as confetti for your guests to throw, or to scatter over your tables as decoration. Perhaps you could put flower petals in a bowl with floating candles for centrepieces? In movies, you see flowergirls scattering petals whilst walking up the aisle, but check with your ceremony venue before you try this too!

Flower wedding favors include giving the guests the gift of soap and candles, either scented with the chosen flower fragrance or incorporated into the product. Another idea, that is growing in popularity, is to use seed kits as wedding favors.

Why not wear a floral perfume, floral jewellery etc? The options with flowers are endless! Share your ideas with us in the comments!

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