#teamheartfelt

MOST RECENT

T E A M H E A R T F E L T >>> Awww look at everyone smiling at the beginning of Day Two of @digforvictoryshow. 8 hours and hundreds of pots of tea later and the victory rolls might’ve slipped a bit! Couldn’t have done it without you ladies 😘

Birthday belle. Hope you had a wonderful day Bethany may. What a great time we had doing this. X your the pin up. .
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#pin-up#rockabillybride#model#fashionshoot#rock&;roll#heartfeltweddings#teamheartfelt#hairmakeup#florist#vintagegown#vintageweddings#inspiration
Feature in @vintagelifemag
Images @leelouweddingphotography

N E A R L Y T H E R E >>> Anyone bored of my banging on about @digforvictoryshow yet? No? Good. T minus 2 days and counting!

Today is all about the packing and writing lists. Alongside running the Dig for Victory tearoom we’ve also got multiple hen parties happening in various different locations so we need to make sure everything and everyone ends up in the right place at the right time with the right stuff. Logistics, logistics, logistics! 😅

A N D B R E A T H E >>> I’m not gonna lie, as I wake up this morning my stress levels are heading through the roof. I’m usually pretty good at managing stress, not a lot phases me (years of festival management taught me to expect the unexpected!) but occasionally there are moments when several things all happen at the same time and everyone needs a piece of you and 🤯. This is one of those weeks.

Over the next two weeks we will run the tearoom @digforvictoryshow, deliver a catwalk show for @hobbshairdressing, run multiple parties, take bridal appointments, hold our monthly wedding networking group, serve afternoon teas, work out who’s looking after our daughter and to top it all off I think I’m pre-menstrual! 😬

Our little team is going grow considerably in order to deliver everything and for the first time we will loosen the grip on the reigns of our business as other people run things in the shop while we are elsewhere. Growth is good, but it’s also scary as f***!!

So, I’m going to go for a run shortly, take lots of deep breaths and thank my lucky stars for the awesome Team Heartfelt who will be firing on all cylinders over the next few weeks. We can do this @ablemabeldesigns @loumackmakeupandhair @lo_hutch @alextrevelyan @phillippa.jane @indigojaxartist @ladynellsbelles @ouisey1002 @kittykitkat1212 @heidi_hearts_life @zee2551 😘

T I M E F O R T E A >>> Not long now before we’re setting up our tearoom at the fabulous @digforvictoryshow. This is one of our absolute favourite events of the year and we can’t wait to see everyone again!

On the menu this year we have cream teas, loads of Victoria Sponges, Lemon Drizzle, Bakewell Tarts, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Coffee & Walnut Cake, Tiffin and more! You’ll even be able to get a pot of tea in our vintage china 🍰☕️😊

This is a fantastic family day out. If you’ve not been before we can highly recommend it. Head over to @digforvictoryshow to get tickets. We hope to see you there 😊

Thank you to @charlottelanexo for the 📸

W O R K W I T H U S >>> EDIT This opportunity is now closed due to overwhelming interest! >>> We are looking for about 3 or 4 bright, enthusiastic people to come and work with us in our tearoom @digforvictoryshow on 9th and 10th June.
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It’s not complicated work, but it can be pretty full on as we serve hundreds of people across the weekend. Duties involve serving tea and cake, handling money, clearing tables, washing up, restocking etc. It’s not difficult, but you need to be focussed and able to think on your feet.
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If you’re interested send me a message and I’ll send more info 😊

Q U E U E F O R C A K E >>> We had a lovely afternoon yesterday serving up afternoon teas to 90 hungry office workers at #bjssbristol. .
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Head office had organised surprise afternoons teas for all their offices across the UK to say congratulations to everyone for winning a #queensaward for innovation. We were delighted to be a small part of this celebration 🎉

The 2nd installment of ‘STRIPPED!’ is now up on YouTube! Don’t forget to subscribe our channel for more updates! @deeranae @syahidothman @fredfrod #teamheartfelt #theurbansensation #deeranae #strippedsessions #acousticsessions #thefugees #readyornot

M E E T T H E M A K E R >>> Day 30 | Top Tips & Advice >>> Don’t be afraid to be different. If you see everyone swimming in the same direction, turn around and swim the other way. If everyone’s wearing black be the person in the scarlet dress who doesn’t give a f***. .
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Being different can be hard. It can make you feel like an outsider and it can make you feel like you’re doing something wrong, but stick with it. .
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Admittedly it can take longer to build a business and a brand that isn’t the same as anything else out there. It takes time to explain what you’re about and you’ll certainly encounter those who don’t get you at all, but that’s OK. They are not your people. For those who do spend the time getting to know you they will really love what you do. These people are your tribe.
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Your differences are your unique selling point. They will stop you being seduced by flash in the pan trends, they will protect you against copy cats and give you longevity. Be bold, stay strong, your time is now.
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📸 @leelouweddingphotography
HMUA | @ablemabeldesigns
Flowers | @emerald_and_jade
Model | @bethanymae_xx

M E E T T H E M A K E R >>> Day 27 | Recommend a maker >>> Where would we be without @loumackmakeupandhair and @ablemabeldesigns? These two incredibly talented ladies are my right hand women, my vintage sisters, my co-conspirators and multi-talented goddesses. .
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These two have been fundamental in so many of our endeavours. Never ones to look at me like I’m insane when I say things like. ‘so I need the bride to be blue like an alien’ (actual conversation last week) or ‘can you do 20 lots of marcel waves in the next three hours?’ (lost track of how many times we’ve had this conversation!) It is incredibly reassuring to know that people have got your back creatively, it allows you to grow and achieve the seemingly impossible!
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Em, Lou I love you to bits. We’ve had some awesome adventures in the name of vintage and in life. I’m incredibly privileged not only to work with you but also to call you my friends 😘
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Amazing images taken at The Fake Wedding last year by @viktoriakutiphoto 📸

M E E T T H E M A K E R >>> Day 24 & Day 25 | Achievements & Being a maker means... >>> Bear with me, I’m rolling two #marchmeetthemaker posts into one today, because for me they are so closely linked.
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Being able to have complete creative freedom is a great privilege. I love being able to do whatever we want to do. To wake up in the morning and decide you’re going to design your next photo shoot or re-design a vintage wedding dress and then do it, no questions asked, is the best feeling in the world. 100% pure job satisfaction.
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Us ‘creative / arty types’ (shoot me now if anyone else calls me quirky 🤮) have often experienced times in our lives where we’ve felt like outsiders, slightly left of centre, somehow not quite part of the gang. But this outside perspective often gives us a unique point of view. We can see the world differently and cut through the unimportant crap to get to the good bits.
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I’m so proud of the unique, business we have built. Much like myself, it may be small in stature but it is bold in its ambition! I’m proud of the way we represent our city, how Bristol seeps into everything we do, how we work with so many other local makers and creatives, how the city inspires our creative endeavours. I’m proud to be uniquely Bristolian (could we do what we do anywhere else??!).
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The best thing about being a creative / maker is being able to stand back and look at what you’ve created and think, I did that. With sheer grit and determination we took a creative vision and turned it into a reality. I wake up every day excited to see what’s next. No regrets.
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Image | @leelouweddingphotography
Street Art | @caro.pepe
Flowers | @emerald_and_jade

M E E T T H E M A K E R >>> Day 23 | Hands at Work >>> This 1940s wedding dress arrived in the shop the other week missing one of its beautiful glass buttons. Our seamstress, Pia found a similar one in her button collection and did a quick fix. I’m always amazed at how quickly Pia can fix something. She’s a fountain of knowledge in all things sewing. She’s taught me so much along the way, but I’ll never be able to sew on a button as quickly as she can! ✂️✂️✂️

Our sessionists, the ones responsible for our music, @syahidothman, @fredfrod, @fadzdean & @likeablack of The UrbanSensation had the great honour to work with @shakirahfiraz again on her 4th single ‘Manusia’. It is now available on Spotify & iTunes. Have a listen. ❤️ #teamheartfelt #manusiathesong #manusia #theurbansensation #newsingle

M E E T T H E M A K E R >>> Day 17 | Customers & Feedback >>> You lot, our customers, our followers, our tribe are abso-bloody-lutely awesome. Honestly and truly, I love meeting each and every one of you (online and IRL) and getting to know you.
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When you run a hospitality business many people pass through your doors. You never quite know who you’re going to meet but we love a good chat. Everyone has something interesting to say. We’ve learnt so much from the people who cross the threshold into vintageland.
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We’ve laughed with a lot of you, cried with a few of you (goddam you brides!!) and served you a lot of tea and cake! You are a gloriously diverse bunch of people but you are unified by an independent spirit and seem to delight in the quirky world we have created so we love you for that.
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Never underestimate the joy it brings to a small business owner to receive a great review. It makes the long hours, the hard work and the sometimes sleepless nights all worth while. Thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the time to do this for us.
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We have a ‘Wall of Thanks’ at the back of the shop which is where we put all our thank you cards and notes. If I’m ever feeling blue and questioning my life choices I just need to look at this wall.
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If you’ve visited us and would like to leave us a review you can find us on Tripadvisor, Google + and Facebook. We’ll do a happy dance on our stories if you do!! 🕺
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Thank you to @flamingochicks for the pic 📸

M E E T T H E M A K E R >>> Day 16 | Helper(s) >>> We are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful team of creative, talented people around us who all contribute to creating the Heartfelt Vintage magic! ✨
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Here are our awesome hair and makeup team aka The Fab Four aka @cstephensmakeup @ablemabeldesigns @ronaskuodascouk @loumackmakeupandhair. This lot have styled more victory rolls than you can shake a stick at and what they don’t know about vintage hair & makeup ain’t worth knowing! 💋
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One other person I really must mention here is someone who never appears in front of the camera, but is always working tirelessly behind the scenes and that is Pia, our seamstress and dress maker extra-ordinaire. .
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It’s no exaggeration to say that we wouldn’t be able to do half what we do without Pia. The entire bridal side of our business works because she is an exceptional talent. Those of you out there who have used Pia’s services will know exactly what I’m on about. She totally rocks! 🤘

Coming Soon. 18.03.18.
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Beautiful artwork/pic courtesy of Salimah Alias ❤❤❤
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#ManusiaTheSong #Manusia #TheKitchenSingerSeries #TeamHeartfelt

Day 14 - #marchmeetthemaker @joannehawker ‘dreams & plans.
I’ll be honest, I don’t necessarily dream big or plan my life. Thankfully I’m surrounded by wonderful talented creative friends and we dream up big ideas together. There’s nothing better than collaborating and sharing each others expertise. Long may these experiences continue, and one day something really big will happen. .
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Image @viktoriakutiphoto
Styling & dress @heartfeltvintage
Headpiece @ablemabeldesigns
Hmu @loumackmakeupandhair
Venue & models @circomedia
Blog @magpiewedding
Balloons @riotballoons

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