Monday, January 24, 2011

How to get the most perfect lashes on your wedding day

Ok, put your wedding 'to do' list down for a moment and take time out.  It's probably full of boring organisational stuff anyway like 'find a venue', 'research caterers', 'book a florist' etc etc.  Now where's the fun in that? 

When you are planning your wedding, make sure you cover off other important stuff too, like your beauty regime.  It can't all be about menu tasting, napkin folding and an endless search for the perfect wedding favour. One treat you might like to consider is having eye lash extensions.  They are incredibly popular now, and so much more natural looking than they ever used to be.  One of the pioneers is Jinny Lash, so we took time out to interview them to find out just how they go about giving us UK girls longer, thicker lashes.

What is Jinny Lash and how did it all begin?

Jinny Coffey was born in South Korea and moved to England in 1998 to continue her success as a beauty therapist in the UK.

Jinny Lash was founded in 2002 in South Korea by company director Jinny Coffey. By 2004, Jinny joined forces with her sister and brother-in-law and sourced the necessary materials to create and patent this innovative eyelash extension technique, a first of its kind.

Jinny worked closely with a South Korean factory to produce all the materials. From the specially formulated glue to the synthetic eyelashes, Jinny ensured the perfect end result.

On her frequent trips back to South Korea, Jinny also set up an education centre that offered training in the art of Jinny Lash ensuring that anyone who specialises in this technique is of the highest calibre.

In 2004, Jinny Lash was launched at the Excel Beauty Show and created a worldwide frenzy. Jinny Lash became an overnight success with numerous TV appearances and magazine reviews.

How can wearing lashes enhance a bride's look on her wedding day?

Eyelash extensions are the perfect 'beauty' cheat and a great add-on to your wedding day make up. Jinny Lash are incredibly natural, there are no visible bonds and they are light weight. They look and feel like your real eyelashes. They also provide an alternative to mascara so there will be no need to worry about panda eyes as the vows are read out! Jinny Lash extensions last up to 4 weeks and are waterproof, so will last well into a honeymoon, ensuring you look groomed all day, every day, even from the moment you wake!

What makes Jinny Lash different from all the rest?

Jinny Lash were the original eyelash extensions. Once this pioneering treatment was launched in the UK, many brands followed. What makes Jinny Lash so unique is the quality and research that is put into making each product. Jinny and her team regularly search for the most elite ingredients and products. In doing so, Jinny Lash extensions are lightweight plus the selection of tried and tested lash glues and lash bonds do not damage the natural eyelash. Jinny Lash pride themselves on offering a bespoke service and natural looking lash extensions with technicians who have undergone stringent training.

If a bride isn't used to wearing false eyelashes, how are they going to feel on the day?

Jinny Lash feel no different to your natural lashes. Unlike standard strip 'false' lashes, there is no skin contact.  The lash extensions and the natural extensions are bonded so there is no need to worry about allergies or sensitivity. Take extra care not to rub the eye area and these lashes will last for the full 4 weeks.

How are the lashes applied? How long does it take?

The lash extensions are applied individually by a trained and certified Jinny lash technician. This is a 'hair by hair' process so incredibly intricate. A full set (75 lashes per eye) takes approximately 1 hour 30 mins and a half set (40 lashes per eye) takes approximately 1 hour. We also offer a bespoke service eg corner flicks etc, this process will depend on the number of lashes required.

How long do they last?

Jinny Lash last approximately 4 weeks if suitably cared for. We recommend in and maintenance fills every 3 weeks.

What if a bride has blond eyelashes currently?

If a bride's natural eyelashes are particularly 'light' in colour, we may suggest tinting them prior to the extension process which can also be done at the Jinny Lash salons. Jinny Lash offer an overall eyelash service, consider this an eyelash MOT. They will extend, curl and tint to ensure you have the perfect set of eyelashes for your wedding day.

How can brides get some in time for their wedding day?

Come in and see the Jinny Lash team. They will be happy to help. Why not try a few lashes to start with and see how you go? There are a variety of thicknesses, length and curl type to choose from for a perfect set of lashes. Jinny Lash certified salons are located at 16 James Street, London W1 and in New Malden, 71 Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey KT3 3PB.

There are also numerous trained technicians in and around the UK. Please call the head office on 0207 495 8385 to find your nearest qualified Jinny Lash technician.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Choosing the photographer

When helping couples select their wedding suppliers, our philosophy is simple.  We always put forward those we believe to be outstanding in their field and those who have great personalities that add something to the day.  Miserable, clockwatching, wedding-weary types don't ever make it to our shortlist!

So, with this in mind, we thought it would be nice to introduce you to some of our favourites in a series of blog interviews. 

First up are photographers, Lord and Leverett (Mark Lord and Tristan Leverett).  As if to prove just why they always deserve to make our shortlist, they managed to take time out to chat with us, as well as move both home and office.  How's that for fabulous?!  They also kindly shared with us five of their favourite Lord and Leverett pics of 2010 which we have dotted throughout this post.

We love them for their style, their sense of fun and their attitude.  See what you think...

How did you become photographers?

Mark and I came to wedding photography from different directions and that has been of great benefit for us both as we bring different experiences to our business.

Mark worked hard at Uni and received a B A Hons Degree in photography, then went on to train  with a pro. social photographer in Cornwall before going on to get a job as a contemporary portrait photographer in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.  I (Tristan) studied photography and graphics at college before working my way up to a being a photographer after starting my photography career in a camera shop.

Mark and I went on to work together as employed photographers for a portrait company, where after a couple of years we felt it was time to do something different and decided to launch Lord & Leverett.

What fascinates you most about your work?

We are very lucky to do the job we love so much.  We enjoy working at different weddings and I guess the thing that fascinates us the most is how every wedding is so individual.  That makes our job great fun as we always have a different challenge to tackle.

Who or what is the inspiration for your work?

Having studied the greats of photography, we both have a list of famous photographers we love.  Many are photojournalists and some portrait photographers.

We both love films and get some great inspiration from them too.

How do you get your ideas?

We find ideas come organically on the wedding day.  Often we start out with certain ideas, but then we see something and the old grey cells get working and new ideas flow.  At every wedding a new idea usually comes.

Who else do you admire in your field of work and why?

There are a couple of wedding photographers whose work we admire, but we both love the work of the portrait photographer Harry Borden - his work is just brilliant.

How do you think photography styles have changed at weddings over the years?

Wedding photography today is almost unrecognisable to the style around just twenty years ago.  We would like to think it has improved exponentially and continues to do so as more and more clients want something different from their wedding photos.

There's such a huge choice of photographers out there. How should couples go about choosing the right photographer and style that's right for them?

Well, the photography you want for your wedding is a personal decision.  Not only do you have to like the photographer who will be at your wedding, but you also need to decide on a style that works for you on your wedding day.

For instance, do you want a formal/traditional approach with lots of photographer input and lots of group shots or would you prefer a more unobtrusive approach where a photographer will capture the story of the wedding day without directing the wedding day. It is always worth seeing at least two photographers before you make a final decision.

Once couples have chosen their photographer, what sort of process should they expect from initially meeting you to seeing you on the day?

Well, we usually have a couple of meetings with our clients before their weddings -  one initial meeting and a further one closer to the wedding date to discuss all the timings and small details.  We also do a pre-wedding shoot which is a good way for us to get to know our clients better and a great way for our clients to get a feel for how we will work with them on the wedding day.

We will also speak to our clients on the week of their wedding to chat about any final details or changes to the day's schedule.

Are there any current trends in wedding photography?

Well, trends in photography can sometimes be a bad idea.  We would hate the thought of someone looking through one of our albums in twenty years time and just thinking it’s full of gimmicky photography effects that were en vogue at the time, so we always like to keep our photography true to classic values:  good colour pictures, good black and white pictures that are well composed with a great use of light.

Having said that, the industry is really jumping both feet into a vintage feel at the moment and that suits us fine as we both love photographing the vintage inspired wedding dresses that are available at the moment.

Photography vs videography - discuss!

This is always a hot potato subject among the photography industry, the truth of it is photographers and videographers are both trying to do a very important job.  Problems can arise though, as they are both trying to occupy the same space on the day to get the best shots and this can sometimes lead towards friction for both parties.

Now we are not saying that problems are inevitable and nine times out of ten photographers and videographers work together very well, but it should be a consideration for anyone thinking of having both at their wedding.  You should at least discuss it with both parties before the wedding and don’t just spring it on them on the actual wedding day.

We personally prefer it if there isn’t a video team at the wedding because as we work as a duo we think adding another couple of people to the wedding with cameras can be a bit much, but we understand it is a personal choice of the clients, so if they want a videographer at their wedding we would do our utmost to work well with them.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New Years Resolution

Over the New Year, I was reading a really great article about New Years Resolutions. It suggested we forget making pointless resolutions like 'I want to lose weight, eat less chocolate, drink less alcohol, cut down on the crisps blah, blah', as we make those every year and somewhere along the way we give in, (usually around about February)!

The article challenged us to make resolutions that actually help us achieve something life enhancing - Like taking up a new skill. 

I can think of hundreds of things that are on my 'to do list', that I should really get down to, and if you are getting married in 2011, here's a delicious idea for you too.

Why not make your own wedding cake, and favours.

No, I haven't been watching too much 'Kirsty's Home Made Home'. I really am serious and it really is possible - with the help of the wonderfully talented Zoe Clark (

Just imagine the pure pride when a guest asks you 'Who made your wedding cake?' and you say 'I did!'.

The courses are starting in January at Zoe's new shop in Wimbledon Park called the Cake Parlour.  You can learn the secrets of Zoe’s designs and learn how to create them yourself. There are courses on cupcakes and cookies as well as tiered wedding cakes and seasonal goodies. If you are not quite at the wedding planning stage yet, but want to make an impact when proposing, there is an entire day dedicated to baking the most romantic Valentine's cup cakes.

Go on, I challenge you to have a go!


The images used in this blog post are from Zoe’s books (Cake decorating at home & Bake me I’m yours – Cupcake Love), so our special thanks go to her publisher – David and Charles.
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