Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cherish the Dress™ Photo Shoot by Chris Hanley

Cherish the Dress™ Photo Shoot by Chris Hanley
‘Make your dress a star, not the victim'

At the Wedding Daze we are big fans of the Golden era and the actresses Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Imagine our surprise and delight when we came across Chris Hanley's website and the Cherish the Dress concept. Chris Hanley is a leading wedding, fashion, and portrait photographer. Chris's concept of Cherish the dress™ is to put a thoroughly British twist on the very American ‘Trash the Dress’ concept. Take a peep through a small selection of the stunning images that Chris and his team have captured.

Chris Hanley gives the Wedding Daze an insight into his Cherish the Dress™ concept.

Many brides… hate the idea of ruining a dress that they have paid many thousands of pounds for. It’s not just the money either, respect for the dress designer is a key factor too. After all, they have carefully sculpted and worked the fabric of the dress to create a uniquely beautiful garment. The bride’s mum would likely be horrified to know that her darling daughter had disrespected her dress to the point of destruction. But not in America it seems, and that is the point. We’ve all seen the pictures of the bride with her dress on fire or floating in a lake and very recently paintballed! and quite frankly I’d have trouble selling that concept to my clients.

Cherish isn't just about wedding dresses though, Why not any dress, even a prom dress? Another American tradition that has crossed the Atlantic in the past few years. So we set about creating a concept where everyone is a winner and came up with the brand Cherish the dress™ together with the slogan - ‘Make your dress a star, not the victim’.

The shoots happen in fine hotels, penthouse apartments, city centre caf├ęs, and if the weather is fine then urban exteriors too. There are no wedding day pressures, no weather worries, and plenty of time to get the hair and make up perfect between shots. Concentrating the shoots in locations of splendor, beauty and opportunity maximise the client’s enjoyment of wearing their dress again.

It’s not just a girls shoot either, we get husbands and boyfriends involved too. It’s a bit like a very dressy pre wedding shoot but post wedding or post event. There’s room for passion and romance too. There’s time to use off camera lighting creatively and a fantastic opportunity to put together a collection of fine art prints.

Cherish the dress™ is now an established genre of photography, Chris Hanley as the creator and pioneer has had many clients including celebrities eager to experience our concept, The shoots have been shot in many places around Europe, and the Manchester Hilton being very popular.

Vintage Shoot dates are available throughout 2010 and 2011 on the railway or any European location
Please visit and let Chris Hanley create a photographic masterpiece for you.

The Wedding Daze would like to thank Chris Hanley and his team for allowing us to use these stunning images and spread the word about the innovative and delightful Cherish the Dress™ Photo Shoot.

Credits: The "Vintage" Team

Photography Chris Hanley
Dress designer Kathryn Hanson.
Make up Artist Samantha Gardner
Hair Stylist Victoria Cunningham from Salon7Hair 01772 434777
Shoot Director Claire Hanley
Jenni Hanson as Grace Kelly
Natalie McGrath as Audrey Hepburn
Lianne Taylor as Marilyn

Terms of use.
Full credit must be given to Chris Hanley Photography and our Cherish the dress™ brand
Our images are protected by copyright and have been made available for use on the Wedding Daze blog. They are not available for third party use without explicit permission from Chris Hanley Photography

Friday, March 19, 2010

Greenfield & Beck Make-Up Artists

Greenfield and Beck Make-Up Artists.

Having been in the industry for over 10 years Emmalene and Lynsay have a wealth of industry knowledge and have been privileged to have worked for some of the following leading cosmetic brands, Lancome, Givenchy, Origins (part of the Estee Lauder group of companies) and Lancaster to name but a few.

Greenfield and Beck specialise in wedding and bridal makeup offering a professional and personal service.
Employed by a number of well established, high end cosmetic houses they have both received a high pedigree of training at some of 'London’s' elite cosmetic training centers, alongside international makeup artists. This degree of training has provided them with an excellent knowledge of cosmetics and application.

Greenfield and Beck offer a range of beauty services to their clients, these include wedding make-up, eyelash extensions, spray tanning, make-up parties, consultations and courses.

Having your makeup done for your wedding day has become more and more popular, many brides are choosing this hassle free pamper as the perfect start to that special day. As each bride is different so are our wedding packages, If you would like more information or would like to book your wedding make-up, please contact: telephone 07535675865 or email

Holidays First Travel Agency..

Holidays First….For Every Holiday You Take…

We wanted to share with you a fantastic supplier that we have had the pleasure of working with over recent months. Rachael Burgess Marvin is a travel representative for Holidays First – an innovative and refreshing travel company based in South Yorkshire.

Holidays First is a company with a whole new culture that mixes knowledge and experience with passion and enthusiasm. Holidays First is the brain child of Claire Willoughby who has 25 years experience in the travel industry. Holidays First are in the unique position of being able to offer you a truly personal service with the full backing of a major travel group. (As a member of The Freedom Travel Group, a trading division of The Co-operative Travel, they have the required ABTA and ATOL bonding to offer you 100% financial protection in the event of any travel supplier failing.)

From the moment we started working with Rachael, we found Holidays First refreshingly different. Having a personal travel advisor really made us feel special and valued as a customer. Rachael really took the time to get to know our needs and requirements of our forth-coming trip. The options she presented us were within our budget and competitive with the high street travel agents. Holidays First would be the idea travel agency to book your wedding abroad or honeymoon trip. There personal service would be the perfect sounding board to ensure your dream trip is put into reality. We would highly recommend Rachael and Holidays First…they are here for every holiday you take.

For all your holiday, wedding or honeymoon requirements contact Rachael on: 0844 2094353 or email me at

Monday, March 8, 2010


Marchesa is an A-list designer favourite for the stunning red carpet gowns, just recently Sandra Bullock wore a stunning Marchesa gown to pick up her 2010 Oscar for Best Actress!

Elegant evening wear, inspired by vintage and Asian influences, defines the Marchesa Collection. The beautifully crafted designs fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic. Co-founded by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the company’s namesake and muse, Marchesa Luisa Casati, is the noted eccentric European style icon.

British born Georgina and Keren met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Georgina,
a 2001 graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, began her career as a costume designer. Keren graduated from Brighton Art College in 2000 and subsequently focused on print and embroidery design. Georgina’s draping and design expertise paired with Keren’s textile creations resulted in a business partnership and the establishment of Marchesa in 2004.

Based in New York, the Marchesa collection is presently available in Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman in the United States, Harrods in London, and specialty boutiques such as Holt Renfrew in Canada, Podium in Russia, Alothman in Kuwait, Boutique1 in Dubai, and Joyce and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong.

Marchesa is now the label of choice for celebrity and non-celebrity brides, the wedding collection is now available (see a small selection above).

More beautiful Marchesa dresses can be found at

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wedding Open Day at Cusworth Hall, Sunday 25th April 2010.

Sunday 25th April 2010

11am - 4pm


The Wedding Daze are excited to announce that we are working with Cusworth Hall, a stunning Doncaster Georgian Mansion set in acres of beautiful parkland.

To celebrate the launch of civil marriage ceremonies at Cusworth Hall, The Wedding Daze are inviting you to an Open Day which will showcase the venue and allow you to meet a fantastic range of wedding specialists.

Cusworth Hall is an elegant Georgian mansion set in its own landscaped park and makes an ideal venue for your special day. The Hall was built by George Platt and James Paine in the mid 18th century using the leading craftsmen and artists in the country to realise their designs. After 200 years as a family home it has been open to visitors as a popular museum and tourist facility for South Yorkshire for almost 50 years.

The Cusworth Hall team will be on hand to show couples around the venue and answer any questions on the Open Day.

If you are interested in Cusworth Hall for your wedding celebration please contact:

T: 01302 782342 E:

We look forward to seeing you there,

Vincent & Emma x

Images above are the exterior of Cusworth Hall.

Address: Cusworth Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7TU

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I wanted to share this fabulous on-line wedding boutique with you. NET-A-PORTER is a on-line luxury fashion retailer. There award-winning website, presented in the style of a fashion magazine, offers the style-savvy customer exactly what she wants - unprecedented access to the hottest looks of the season from international cutting edge labels via worldwide express delivery. Since launching in June 2000, NET-A-PORTER has successfully established itself as a luxury brand with impeccable packaging and unrivalled customer care.

The wedding boutique is the way forward in on-line wedding attire, from designer wedding dresses to bridesmaid dresses and to mother of the bride - NET-A-PORTER is the place to gain inspiration and ideas on designer wedding attire. If you are looking for the unusual and unique wedding dress please visit NET-A-PORTER for wedding inspiration for your wedding celebration.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Themed Wedding

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" Quotation by Alice in Wonderland x

We are celebrating the release of the new Tim Burton movie 'Alice in Wonderland' with a blog post on an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding day.

A full set of images to inspire you are on our Facebook page. We think you will agree, that this theme will look wonderful in all aspects of your wedding day, from the wedding cake to the wedding dress - use this fun and colourful theme to compliment your wedding celebration.