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By modefor, Aug 13 2018 07:32AM

All things bright and beautiful as The Arches is transformed into an industrial garden paradise for the wedding of Estee and Josh.


On Saturday the 28th of July, our favourite industrial wedding venue was breathtakingly transformed into a chic, urban glasshouse with a distinctively botanical feel.


The large glass windows were expertly styled with lush displays of flora and fauna. Vibrant green pot plants and pops of zesty oranges and pinks added to the tropical feel whilst an abundance of ferns and foliage added softness to the botanical garden vibe.


This relaxed and tranquil sanctuary was the perfect location for Estee and Josh to celebrate their wedding day with family and friends and what a fabulously relaxed and happy time was had by all!


The 2pm ceremony was very much a family affair, a joyous occasion full of song, dance and praise with Estee and Josh's family and friends taking a lead role in the proceedings. A live band, made up of friends of the bride and groom provided wonderful music throughout the hour-long ceremony and Estee's bridesmaid's beautiful singing voice had guests dancing and singing in the aisles, as they embraced the joyful atmosphere.


The stormy weather on the day didn't dampen spirits and several rainstorms and deluges only added to the magical atmosphere. As thunder rumbled in the distance, there was a pause for reflection before more happiness and rejoicing, as Mr and Mrs Mellor danced down the aisle whilst family and friends clapped and cheered.


So much singing and dancing was clearly very thirsty work and as the cloud bursts continued after the ceremony, guests sipped on Pimms cocktails and relaxed and chatted in the beautiful garden like surroundings.


Bride Estee looked stunningly beautiful in her dress, a champagne bodice overlaid with an intricate floral themed lace design, accessorized perfectly with a pretty art deco style bridal halo. Her effortlessly romantic bridesmaids were dressed in flowing Grecian style gowns and floral bouquets and halos were kept pure and neutral. An image that wouldn't have looked out of place in a glossy bridal magazine. Just beautiful!


Our fantastic in-house caterers 'Eat Me-Drink Me' provided a wonderful wedding breakfast, the 'Middle Eastern' sharing platters seemed to prove very popular as guests chatted, socialised and enjoyed delicious Moroccan spiced hummus, sun blushed tomatoes, baba ghanoush and flat breads followed by a main course of delicious thyme roasted chicken and baked chocolate brownie for desert. What a feast!


The love and friendship between Estee, Josh and their families and friends was plain to see. A perfectly relaxed day bursting with so much joy, peace and happiness.


If you're going to get wed.....#wedlikemels!


Love from,


Karen x




Cake by Sweet Sugar Sixpence
Cake by Sweet Sugar Sixpence
Mode for's Karen with the happy couple
Mode for's Karen with the happy couple

By modefor, Jul 23 2018 09:51AM

Meeting new businesses online is always a treat and when they are wedding related businesses all the better!


Thanks to the power of Twitter I recently came across an exciting new online business called ‘How to I Do’ developed by lovely ladies Rachael and Clare.


The website is a curated collection of boutiques and independent wedding suppliers, bringing together the best of the North West of England to save couples time in planning a great wedding. There is also a blog that covers real weddings and provides insights and expert tips.


Describing the business, the ladies commented “How to I Do sees itself as having the feel of a beautiful magazine with useful editorial content to help couples to plan a wedding with confidence.”


The website and blog are targeted engaged couples looking for a stylish and individual big day in the North West. Explaining their core values and message, the ladies said: “Our core values and message are three-fold. Firstly, we want to shine a light on a wonderful region, and the smaller businesses within it who do excellent work. Secondly, we believe in multiculturalism, which is especially relevant in the North West. We aim to bring together the wedding market by having a range of multicultural wedding suppliers. Thirdly, we are inclusive and diverse and not solely bride-focused. We want grooms and same-sex couples to feel just as comfortable using our website, which is deliberately gender neutral. We want anyone to feel that How to I Do can help them to plan their wedding.”


How to I Do really has thought out of the box in wedding planning terms and caters for all styles of brides and grooms makes it a fabulous business in this huge industry of weddings. It purveys a sense of caring about its readers and clients and that exudes happiness, and we all want to run a happy business, right?


“Being part of an industry that celebrates love and happiness is, in itself, happiness-inducing!” said the ladies. “We see such beautiful work in the suppliers that we showcase that it is easy to feel inspired and positive by their passion and creativity. Through our blog about real weddings we hear the loveliest love stories too. It is a pleasure to be part of this business. We truly believe that How to I Do will assist time-poor couples in planning their wedding. After all, we know how long it can take to plan a brilliant Big Day - we have both done it! Now we just need to get our website and out there to help the next generations of engaged couples.”


As a new business, it’s always hard to get the ball rolling and get your name out there, but the clean, fresh, easy to navigate website is ticking all the right boxes. “We are growing every day however, we are still a very small fish at the moment and have a long way to go to truly reach and help the engaged community.”


But of course, there are not business but personal challenges too when starting a new business and the honesty of the ladies about these is truly refreshing and for me, a business that is honest and shows its true personality deserves to go far.

Rachael and Clare told me: “As starting any new business, it is easy to sometimes question if one is doing the right thing. We need to work extremely hard (which we do!) and also have a little patience and keep the faith! Fortunately, we can support each other should either of us have a minor ‘wobble.’ We need to remember that we only went live on 4th May 2018, and that Rome wasn’t built in a day! We are also learning to be even-better multi-taskers (and we were pretty good before!).”


I think you’ll agree that this new business rocks and really could be the way forward for time poor couples, wouldn’t you agree? But I’ll give the final words on why this business rocks to its leading ladies, Rachael and Clare: “How to I Do is born of a passion to support local businesses, promote diversity and multiculturalism within the wedding market and also save couples time in planning a great wedding. We believe that How to I Do has a contemporary edge compared with competitors in its style, easy-to-use website and its values. Unlike competitors we have a true collection of North West suppliers rather than simply a nod to the north!”


Go and check it out right now. All the deets are below.

Much Love

Tabby xx


Website: www.howto-ido.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HowtoIDoUK

Insta: @howtoidouk

Twitter: @ HowtoIDoUK

Pinterest: www.pinterest.co.uk/howtoidoUK/

Email: info@howto-ido.com



By modefor, Jul 16 2018 09:37AM

Back in cold and snowy March this year, I was invited to join the creative team at Sheffield Carnival as part of a group of local artists who would be designing and creating vibrant and larger than life costumes for the long anticipated re launch of Sheffield Carnival. The theme was 'The Rise of the Phoenix' depicting a rebirth of the carnival vibe on our streets, as it rises from the ashes after a 20 year break.


The aim was to bring carnival back to Sheffield big style!


I was thrilled to discover I would be working under the direction of talented designer Clary Salandy, the woman behind the spectacular Notting Hill costume parade and one of the UK's leading designers in Carnival arts.


After meeting Clary, I realised this was going to be a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience in this field. I really admired her passion for carnival, the arts, her high standards and expertise. She was very supportive and I had so much to learn from her. It was also a chance to finally put my qualifications in Design and Theatre to good use too. From then on, I embraced every second of Clary's invaluable teaching and carefully observed every aspect of her design process.


During the past few months I've learnt that carnival is so much more than feathers, bikinis and sequins. It's a theatrical, visual and dynamic art, an expression of culture and heritage, that means so much to many people. It brings people together and has a varied and diverse culture input whilst maintaining a sense of community. Not only that it's SO MUCH FUN!


The next three months felt like a chaotic whirlwind of workshops, designing, sketching, creating, painting and making. With only a couple of weeks to go I had the opportunity to visit Clary's Carnival Arts studio in London.


Her bustling three storey studio is full to bursting with a huge collection of larger than life colourful costumes, everywhere you look a feast for the eyes, no nook or cranny left empty, a room jam packed with dazzling colours, shapes, fabrics and dizzying designs. I felt like a kid in a sweet shop and I felt at home.


I spent the day with members of Clary's team and under Clary's guidance I created a prototype for my phoeonix dress design which was going to be worn by ten ladies in a section of the parade in Sheffield.

Back in Sheffield, it was hard to see how it was all going to come together in time, hundreds of costumes, hours and hours of hard work, a great deal of sweat, blood and tears but it did and in spectacular style thanks to the amazing hard working team at Sheffield Carnival.


The final costumes were simply out of this world. Seeing my designs come to life was one of the best feelings ever. Ten sassy women all strutting their stuff wearing my design, as we all danced together without a care in the world. The big parade saw hundreds of people dancing in the street, reflecting Sheffield's diverse range of international culture, all partying together as one big community with great multicultural spirit.


It seems that carnival is well and truly back on the streets of Sheffield and this pheonix bird has well and truly risen.


Have fun this summer peeps and make sure you find time to feel that carnival vibe, believe me it's addictive!


Love from,


Karen xx


For a BBC story on the carnival go here:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-37194414/notting-hill-carnival-clary-salandy-s-guide-to-costume-making


Photo credits:

Tim Denell

#sheffieldcarnival2018

www.sheffieldcarnival.org





By modefor, Jul 2 2018 08:34AM


On Saturday the 9th of June we celebrated the wedding of Amanda and Graham at our stunning industrial wedding venue, The Arches at Dean Clough.


It was a wonderfully relaxed day for a wonderfully relaxed and happy couple. The balmy summer sunshine flooded through the windows filling The Arches wih soft light and warmth.


However, it was groom Graham's creative flair and talent that shone through on the day with his carefully designed and handcrafted photobooth, an impressive supersized Mr and Mrs sign and a beautifully designed wooden heart centre piece adorned with flowers and fairy lights which proudly displayed heart warming photographs of the bride and groom's parents on their own wedding day.

A wooden archway, also hand made by the groom provided a romantic centre piece for the ceremony itself, candlelit lanterns and simple arrangements of carefully selected pink and purple blooms added softness to the industrial feel with place cards on the tables beautifully handwritten by one of the smallest family members adding that personal touch.


As family and friends eagerly awaited elegant and relaxed bride Amanda's arrival, her four bridesmaids couldn't contain their excitement with the youngest girls wearing pretty chiffon, tutu style dresses, accessorized with sparkly shoes and magical flower wands, a creative alternative to the traditional hand held flower posies.


The relaxed vibe continued after the ceremony with a scrumptious sit down meal from the in house caterers Eat me Drink me. The sound track for the day was a super chilled and laidback play list which set the tone perfectly as guests chatted, relaxed and enjoyed each others company before dancing the night away to some fabulous music from a live, top notch band.


What a privilege it was to work with such a relaxed, happy and talented couple at my first solo wedding with Mode For....thank you!


Congratulations Mr and Mrs Ross!


Lots of Mode For love,


Karen x


For the full album of our behind the scenes pictures, click HERE



By modefor, Jun 27 2018 08:00AM

Photo (c) Capture the Love
Photo (c) Capture the Love

It’s so overwhelming…

I don’t know where to start…

Everyone has an opinion about how our wedding should be…

I just want to elope and leave everyone behind…

I’m not even looking forward to my wedding anymore…

I don’t want my family there…

I’m scared of everyone looking at me and being centre of attention…


Any of these statements ring true with you?


These are real statements I’ve heard from brides and grooms who are trying to plan their own wedding and I find it heart-breaking that anyone should feel that way (though I do like the sound and idea of a romantic elopement!).


Planning a wedding should be something that brings happiness; where you can enjoy the process as much as the end result.


The whole planning process should be filled with fun, happiness, inspiration, creativity and discovery. But I know it’s sometimes so hard to overcome the ‘overwhelm.’


Feeling overwhelmed can happen to any of us; it’s an emotion that can very easily take a grasp of us and invite its friends, anxiety, misery and even sometimes depression to the party. So, remember you’re the host of both parties… the one in your head with all your emotions and your wedding. Did you watch that movie ‘Inside Out?’ You need to choose to override ‘overwhelm.’


My advice is to take it step by step. First of all, make a point to be strong in your stance that the wedding is about you and your partner, no-one else; it should be a privilege for anyone else to be involved, not a done deal that parents, Grandparents, family of friends take control, irrespective of who is footing the bill. This is about you as a couple and you only; end of.


Decide things together as a couple; close your eyes and imagine your day, how it feels, sounds, tastes and looks and keep this visualisation strong when you’re planning. Visualise yourself at your wedding looking and feeling happy and when wedding planning starts to overwhelm take a moment to bring this visualisation to the forefront of your memory. This is a great technique for not only coping with overwhelm but deciding on elements of your special day. Don’t just rely on Pinterest and magazines, use the power of visualisation to bring your own wedding to life.


If you can bring the visualisation along with its friends creativity, excitement and happiness to the party in your head, you are going to start to love the wedding planning process.


I’ll be focussing more on controlling anxiety, nerves and overwhelm over a series of blogs and articles dedicated to the Calm Bride and in my group #theweddingfixer at www.facebook.com/groups/theweddingfixer so why not join me and share your experiences.


Much Love

Tabby xxx


AKA #theweddingfixer



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