I’m getting married in 8 months!!! I’m so excited. So far, David and I have booked our wedding, invited the ceremony and post-ceremony lunch guests, and also booked our honeymoon (more on this later). I still need to plan all the style elements for our lunch and for my dress, hair and makeup. I also need to organise and design the party we are planning on having after our honeymoon. I’m going to be doing one wedding planning post per month, and I thought that a good starting point would be to choose my bridal fragrance. I’m so happy to have teamed up with one of my favourite luxury beauty brands for this – Jo Malone. They gifted me a bridal consultation and the products that I selected; which i’m so grateful for.My Mum and I began my first girly wedding planning day by having breakfast at the beautiful, new The Ivy restaurant in Glasgow. The decor is stunning and exactly my taste. I want to live there! The team at The Ivy surprised me with a lovely little raspberry tart that had a cute chocolate ‘congratulations’ plaque on it, to celebrate my engagement.The breakfast menu at The Ivy Glasgow is full of delighful-sounding things, and there are a lot of healthy options. I opted for the Hot Buttermilk Pancakes (£8.95), which was three fluffy pancakes topped with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, Greek yogurt, lemon balm, and a pourable warm strawberry sauce. They were SO good! I also had a Rosemary Lemonade (£3.50), which was just incredible, and so refreshing. I can’t wait to go back to The Ivy and try out their lunch menu. It was the perfect stylish and relaxing place to go before my bridal consultation*** with the Jo Malone team at the Glasgow Buchanan Street store.
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I brought my Mum along for this bridal day, and we had a great time. I wore a pink blazer dress (£40 from PrettyLittleThing) that I wore open as it suited me better this way. I love the bright, eye-catching shade of it, and it’s in my favourite colour – pink, teamed with my other favourite fashion colour – black. The blazer has now sold out, but there are lots of similar ones available on the site.The team in store were so friendly and welcoming. We were directed to take a seat in an area at the back of the store, but I had to take a look around first, as there was so many stunning products to smell. When we sat down for the consultation, we were given a glass of chilled champagne, which was a lovely touch.The consultation began with me telling the team what Jo Malone fragrances I already liked and disliked, so they could get a feel for the type of scents I like. My favourite of all time is the Jo Malone Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense, but we agreed that this is probably too heavy a scent for a spring morning wedding. I talked about how I also loved another one of the black Jo Malone Cologne Intense range – Velvet Rose and Oud (read my post on this scent here), and also Red Roses. I was given several fragrances to smell that the team thought would go well layered with a rose scent, if I wanted to incorporate one of my favourites along with a new fragrance. I immediately fell in love with the first one they presented me with, and none of the subsequent ones compared. I just had to wear the Nectarine Blossom & Honey fragrance!Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey is sweet and delicate – perfect for a spring morning wedding. It’s actually inspired by London’s Covent Garden Market early in the morning. It has spring flowers teamed with nectarine, peach and cassis notes, along with a beautiful heart of acacia honey. The team suggested that I wear this as a body lotion or body cream, so we tried both consistencies out with a hand and arm massage. I preferred the thicker, more nourishing body cream.We then topped one arm with spritzs of Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne Intense, and the other arm with the lighter Red Roses Cologne to see which I preferred. I liked the freshness of Red Roses, and it’s not a scent I wear often, so I opted for this one. These two scents are a delicious combination!
I’m so excited to wear the Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Body Cream*** (£54) and the Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne*** (£98 for 100ml) on my wedding day next May. There was also, luckily, an illustrator in store on the day I went and she (@starkeyslane) painted a beautiful watercolour ‘L’ on my box. Such an elegant keepsake to treasure and keep all my wedding memories in after the day has passed.
There are so many elements to a wedding that you have to arrange! I have got my dream cake in my head, so I need to find someone to make that, and then I need to find a good wedding photographer whose style I like. So much to do!
This post contains a gifted experience from Jo Malone, as well as gifted Jo Malone products for my wedding.
This post is not in conjunction with PrettyLittleThing. I have worked with them recently, but it’s unconnected to this.
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