Wednesday, October 31st 2012

Stylish Spooks…

1. Apothecary Jars 2. Leaf Bunting 3. Glitter Pumpkin Candle 4. Painted Pumpkins 5. Crochet Spider Web

For those of you who can’t stand ghosts and gore – how about a hint of Halloween decor…

Happy Halloween!

Check out how i have spread this theme into a Wedding Moodboard over on
Brides Up North CLICK HERE.


Thursday, October 18th 2012

A Trio of Christmas Makeovers…

You may recognise the wonderful work of  Tracey Taylor Arbid from Beautiful Bride Makeovers from previous shoots with What Katy Did Next. She is the talent behind the hair and make up of both our Autumn Collection & Wonderland Collection Photoshoot. Based in Sunderland Tracey is a dream to work with giving advice and amazing input where she can, and tops it off with a fabulously friendly attitude that immediately puts you at ease.

If that isn’t enough for you, Beautiful Bride Makeovers is giving away THREE Christmas Makeovers to three special ladies!

If there is someone in your life you feel has had a particularly difficult year, or you simply want to show your appreciation to someone special you can nominate them to WIN one of these three fabulous Christmas Makeovers
To Enter or for more information Email:
Message Tracey on her Facebook Page HERE
The Winners will be drawn on November 1st so get entering!

Monday, October 8th 2012

Sweet Secrets…

After a very fruitful, enjoyable and exhausting (in a good way!) day at the Wedding Institute yesterday i thought i’d give myself the morning off from sewing and take the time to share this fabulously sweet shoot i have been dying to show off for more than a year now!

Hannah Gooch of the Ebury Collection contacted me last September to enquire about borrowing headwear for her amazing shoot. There were a handful of hugely talented suppliers already involved and the results were nothing less than perfect. Hannah paired my ‘Niamph’ headpiece with the amazing ‘Dragonfly‘ dress from Claire Pettibone, which is such a unique gown and it sits perfectly with the delicate dried lavender, pyrite clusters and beaded leaves in my hair wreath.

Hannah says:

“Back in September last year, a team of super creative people gathered at a secret location in East Sussex. A privately owned home with incredible gardens. How lucky were we to be able to use it for the day?! Formal gardens, teamed with wild flower gardens, secret pathways, manicured lawns and a custom built water feature which had to be lifted in by crane. We were spoilt for choice for locations to shoot…”

Sarah Gawler is the lovely lady responsible for the photography, her work is absolutely amazing and she makes a perfect team with Hannah.

The shoot was also featured in the July/August issue of You & Your Wedding Magazine, which is why it was kept a secret for so long.

These are simply a selection of my favourite images, there are more breathtaking pics on the Ebury Collection Website HERE and the shoot was also featured on Love My Dress HERE. I’d like to thank Hannah and her team for letting me be part of the shoot and for all their hard work on the day, though i’m sure being surrounded by all the prettiness of this shoot would feel nothing like work!


Venue: that’s a secret!
Photographer: Sarah Gawler
Styling: Hannah Gooch
Dresses: Clinton Lotter, Claire Pettibone, Rivini all available from Blackburn Bridal
Floral bolero: Claire Pettibone from Blackburn Bridal
Linen 3 piece suit: A Suit That Fits
Hair: The Hepburn Collection
Make-up: Daniel K Palmer
Flowers: LK Lily
Vintage china: Roses All Over
Cake: Tempting Cake
Dark corduroy suit: Favourbrook
Jewellery: Libery in Love
Shoes: Jimmy Choo available to hire from Cinderella Me
Floral headband: What Katy Did Next
Jewelled headpiece: Jenny Packham
Wire Chandelier: Rayment Wire
Models: Kate and Dag from MOT models

Monday, September 10th 2012

‘In Love’ with Becky Mitchell Photography

I’m getting into the swing of all things Wedding Institute this week – which might sound odd, but if you attended the April Wedding Institute you will understand how a Wedding Fair can be exciting!

You may know that one half of the brains behind the fabulous event is the amazing Becky Mitchell – Wedding, Portrait and Fashion Photographer, Vintage lover and Lampshade obsessed! As a sponsor i featured some of Beckys wonderful images at the end of March HERE. I felt it was about time to feed you some more amazing imagery, as well as treating you to a very generous offer from Becky herself…

Becky is offering all What Katy Did Next readers a FREE ‘In Love’ pre Wedding Photoshoot (in the location of your choice*) with all 2013/14 Wedding Bookings!
The offer will run until January 2013 & can be redeemed by quoting ‘INLOVE’ when contacting or making your booking with Becky Mitchell Photography!

*travel expenses will be charged.

Becky will be exhibiting at The Wedding Institute at Saltburn Community Hall on October 7th 1-5pm. CLICK HERE to win one of 5 pairs of tickets!
Thursday, September 6th 2012

The Wedding Institute Returns…

I’m sure many of you noticed the buzz around the launch of The Wedding Institute – a creative and vintage wedding fair here in the North East/North Yorks, which had it’s very first fair in April. The event was a HUGE success, and as a stall holder i felt it was a fabulous new take on the wedding fair, creating a warm friendly environment full of lovely local and handmade vintage inspired suppliers. The whole day felt like a beautiful party with friends!

You will be pleased to know The Wedding Institute returns to Saltburn by the Sea Community Hall on Sunday October 7th 1-5pm!
Tickets are £3.00 in advance or £4.00 on the door and are on sale today! CLICK HERE to order your tickets now, or scroll down for your chance to win one of 5 pairs!!

Here is a snippet of the gorgeousness from April’s fair – CLICK HERE to see more!

Just like last time, the lovely creators of The Wedding Institute (Vicky & Becky) have offered 5 PAIRS of tickets to the event to giveaway to What Katy Did Next readers!
To WIN a pair simply comment on this Blog Post or email:
Good Luck! Winners will be notified on Friday 28th September!


Monday, August 27th 2012

Lucky Ladies!

Seems like forever ago since i celebrated my 1st year in the Wedding Industry with a bunch of Give Aways for you lucky lot. I am happy to announce that 4 winners have been picked at random and the winners are…

Winner of a Bespoke Bridal Headpiece from What Katy Did Next – Michelle Hewitt
Winner of a quirky Moustache Cushion from Thimble & Bobbin – Alice Wood (Pink)
Winner of a £100 Voucher from Fozzy Not Know Web Design – Lauren Crawford
Winner of a Personalised Wood Wedding Heart from Blooming Beautiful Designs – Katy Smith


Congratulations ladies i will be giving your email address to the appropriate prize givers and they will be in touch to discuss your prize asap!

Don’t forget to take advantage of these other lovely offers:

10% off September appointments with Nancy Loves Nails
10% off 2012 Wedding Photography from Sally Thurrell Photography
Also, for all you lovely entrants that didn’t win i am extending the 10% off What Katy Did Next Headwear (including bespoke orders) till September 1st! Simply quote ‘1STBIRTH’ in your email enquiry or enter the code at the checkout of my online shop :)


Tuesday, August 14th 2012

Winter Purple

1. Sparkle Bouquet 2. Candle Sticks 3. Vintage Hair Grips 4. Purple Table Settings 5. Pashminas 6. Silver Branch Display 7. Glitter Clutch 8. Cookie Mix Favor 9. Marabou Shrug 10. Grey Cascadia Flower Girl Dress 11. Baby’s Breath Pomanders

Maybe a bit of an odd post with the weather being so stuffy and warm, but a lovely bride asked me for some help with her Winter Wedding. Sarah was struggling to get creative with her Purple & Silver colour scheme and told me she wanted her venue to feel Wintery rather than Christmassy.

The bride is already sorted with a lot of things but needed an extra bit of inspiration when it came to favors, venue decor & accessories for her bridesmaids (wearing dark purple) and flowergirl.

Accessories-wise i added vintage crystal hair pins for a little added sparkle on the bridesmaids. A modern idea but – instead of floral arrangements you could treat your maids to a glittering clutch bag that they can hold whilst walking down the aisle. The perfect Wintery accessory is a white feather or fur shrug and the John Lewis one pictured looks beautifully soft  and could be used for the bride or bridesmaids.

I’m sure any flower girl would love walking down the aisle in the shimmering Monsoon dress which also comes in Purple. You can be playful with the flower girl’s accessories and have her with iconic winter symbols like snowflakes or stars in her hair.

For favours i have suggested pashminas for your guests. Pick them in your colour scheme and buy in bulk off somewhere like ebay for cheaper deals. Hang them from your guests chairs or have them fashionably rolled in a basket with a quirky message. Another idea is to add a personal touch and share recipes with your guests. Homemade jams, Candycane Hot Chocolate or dry Cookie ingredients layered up (as shown) are really fun favors for your guests to indulge in around the holiday season 😉 You could even get your bridesmaids to help out.

For the decor either go simple and chic – bold coloured napkins with snowflake place cards and silver/crystal candlesticks for classy romance. Or go all out with gypsophila/baby’s breath pomanders hanging from the ceiling if you can (this can even be sprayed tastefully with glitter) and Silver branch displays with tea lights hanging in glass baubles. You could even mix and match – have the simply stylish look on your tables, and use the silver branch display as a guest book – get the guests to write messages on paper tags and tie them to the branches. The pomanders can be made smaller and hung from the end of the aisle seating.

Hope i’ve helped inspire your big day Sarah!

Thursday, August 9th 2012

Hair Love…

I thought i’d share a bevy of beautiful hair ideas and inspiration for your bridal barnet with you today.  When designing my collections, rather than looking simply at trends in headwear, i look at trends in hair styles. There are so many beautiful styles that seem more adventurous this year with bold buns, striking cuts and boho braids!

I have gathered some of my favourites of my Top 5 favourite trends – there is something for everyone! I’d love to hear your favourites…

Simple & elegant scooped back styles for the classy bride. If the height and volume isn’t your thing, have the bun slightly lower or and even to the side – perfect for asymmetric dresses.

Short & chic – for the bride with cropped hair. Let your hair do the talking with striking styles but if you love sparkle don’t be afraid to accessorise your hair, there are so many styles to find your perfect fit.

Beautifully Boho braids in with so many techniques. Use your hair as the decoration and add fresh flowers or twinkling grips. If you’re going bold add your ‘Something Blue’ to the ends of your hair like the centre image?

Another favourite for the classic bride. I love seeing a bit of volume with a half up beehive. You can add your own twist to the look with boho waves or neat sleek tendrils.

Possibly my favourite look of the year – perfect alone or with soft floral or sparkling accessories! Great option for the easy going bride whose hair has a mind of its own 😉 Get inventive and add tiny decorative braids too!

I confess – i’m not a religious hair care worshipper and my pixie cut resembles Edward Scissorhands for the majority of the week. However, i was recently asked to review hair products for John Frieda. After picking through a selection to find something suitable to try on my teaspoon of hair i was offered John Frieda Brilliant Brunette ‘Liquid Shine’ Shampoo & Condtioner.

Possibly an odd thing to note as the first part of a review but the smell is delicious! I’m normally a bit picky with Shampoo fragrances – a lot of perfumes give me headaches. After using the set for a couple of weeks now my hair is noticeably softer, slightly more shiny and really smooth.

I normally back comb my cropped fringe for a bit of texture but the smooth softness restricts this slightly and i have to overkill on the hairspray. My hair certainly looks healthier and i recommend the Shampoo & Conditioner to brides with longer less textured styles wanting a beautiful glossy mane on their big day – or simply everyday!