Werk, werk, werk, werkshop ūüé∂

Want something fun to do with your hens for an alternative hen party? Look no further!

If you would like a Back Chat jacket, but would also like to answer ‘Oh, just a lil’ something I created’¬† when you get asked where it’s from – NOW IS THE TIME TO BOOK.

Various venues, including:

Venue:¬†Unit 15, 394 Camden Road, London, N7 0SJ¬†. Super central and just one tube stop away from Kings Cross, for anyone traveling from outside London. It’s in an ultra cool warehouse, where the workings of the amazing Lucy & Yak take place.

 

When: 13.00-16.30 (finish just in time to head out to the delights of London for dinner and drinks!)

On the day: You will bring along a FAUX leather jacket and we will provide everything you need to create a painted jacket with whatever text you’d like on it (three available fonts.). In addition to materials, we will have flowing fizz, nice nibbles, a photo opp and pics sent to you, taking advantage of the awesome photo studio backdrop and lights. It’s the perfect afternoon for brides-to-be to create a memorable piece for the wedding day.¬† Either come with a friend for a fun afternoon with your pal(s), or come alone and meet other brides (and grooms!). We might even share proposal stories and get all gooey. Please note, this workshop is for painting text only and does not include flowers, but you can add painted hearts/ stars/ anything you can think of – and flowers can be added by us afterwards.

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Price: ¬£65 – with the optional finish and post service for an additional ¬£10, if you’d like us to tidy any edges afterwards and want to receive it at a later date. ¬£25 extra if you would like flowers adding. (Sent to you in a nice box with tissue paper, like those online purchases you paid for, but *still* feel like pressies).

We werk in London, and have various other venues up our sleeves south of the river so please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Contact us at backchatwerkshop@gmail.com for more info and to book.

BYOJ for the DIY, babez. LET’S WERK!!!

Wonder Woman Wednesday: Blonde Army

¬†Lianne is founder of¬†Blonde¬†Army,¬†a modern wedding consultancy for couples, in her own words, “who want to express themselves through modest, simple design, push some creative boundaries and make the day about them and having a really bloody good time. There is no rule-book here.”

Here, she takes us through the plans for her dream day.

VENUE :: I love non-traditional spaces. Anywhere where I can get seriously creative and achieve something unique for my couple. From warehouses, to galleries, to green houses, to typical East End boozers. These venues ooze character and design, so you really don’t need to overload the styling. The venue really sets the tone of the day, plus is a major portion of budget – so I’m a huge fan of couples who really find a venue that’s totally them. I also love destination weddings – especially when sunshine may be involved! My dream would be to work at a run down chateau in Southern France or Italy, up in the hills, miles from anywhere where the food and wine is free-flowing and the party continues through to sunrise. How beaut would that be!

TABLE SETTING :: For me, the table needs to be welcoming and social. No huge, fussy centrepieces getting in the way of good conversation. Less is absolutely more when it comes to your tablescape. However when it comes to candles, you can never have too many. When you think you have enough, add some more. I am a candle addict and just love the ambience they create Рfriendly, romantic and inviting.

DRESS :: I love minimalist design. So sleek, simple and god damn sexy! I mean if you can’t feel sexy and empowered on your wedding day then when can you! That doesn’t mean low cut and thigh high – I just mean understated elegance and whatever that means to you. Whether it’s a dress or jumpsuit, white or coloured – you shouldn’t be dictated by anyone about what you should wear on your wedding day.

My personal faves currently are; Grace Loves Lace, Emmy Mae Bridal, Made With Love, Otaduy, Bo and Luca, Rime Arodaky….a lot of the Australian designers do it for me!

 

Above, a styled shoot by Blonde Army.

SHOES :: Again something non-typical. A chunky heeled boot or washed out converse would be the footwear of choice. I love ‘The Capsule Collection’ by Freya Rose because I love that you can wear them after your wedding too. I love the trend that brides are starting to buy products that they will wear for years after their wedding. How lovely to be able to wear the shoes, earrings or jacket (of course by Back Chat!) time and time again and the memories brought back to you every time you put them on.

ACCESSORIES :: I love a statement piece. Namely earrings – slight obsession with them! I’m loving everything by Tilly Thomas Luxx – check her out now…..again something unique and ultra modern. Also love a boho bride in a hat or an illustrated jacket.

THE GROOM :: I’m a huge fan of the groom really owning his outfit and I think guys are caring much more about what they wear. I love a skinny suit paired with a crisp white crew neck t-shirt and baseball pumps. I think its smart but casual and much easier party attire! As always I just love when a groom embraces his own style and chooses an outfit he is comfortable and himself in.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS :: I’m a sucker for details and the more personalised the more special. I really do believe people remember the little things so I do enjoy the little quirks couples put into their weddings. From the way they write their invites, to creative seating plans, personalised cocktails, reception games and they don’t have to cost a lot either! My new favourite prop is a gif booth or video guestbook.

BEST THREE INGREDIENTS FOR A WEDDING :: Good food, good booze, good company.

Thanks, Lianne!!! Check out the Blonde Army website here.

 

Wonder Woman Wednesday #1

Cara Whyte, mum of three and wifey owns Story of My Dress Bridal Showroom, a gorgeous little shop in West Malling, Kent. Story of My Dress Bridal Showroom was born from a love of vintage and has grown into a treasure trove, where original vintage sits perfectly alongside Cara’s own designs. The shop is a dreamy haven for brides who are looking for something truly unique. We managed to grab a few minutes of Cara’s time to hear about her life as mum, lady boss and style sista.

 

Cara pictured right, wearing her handmade and restored dress to renew her vows. Originally worn and made by her very own Nanny.

What did you do before having the shop and what made you decide to take the
plunge and open your own shop?

I was a stay at home mummy for nine years, I absolutely loved it but the time came for me to have something else to satisfy me! My children were going to school and I knew I wouldn’t be fulfilled waiting at home for everyone! I started travelling around the country to vintage and alternative wedding fairs, this was amazing for three years and then I realised I needed a base! Luckily for me, the timing was right and my friend who has a shop told me of the little one next to her that was up for rent! It was a huge risk, life changing and added pressure to my already busy life. My gut was telling me to go for it! I knew deep down I could make it successful as I had done enough research and in my area there aren’t any vintage or independent bridal designers! My dresses are affordable and on trend, with vintage design details. I knew all the brides I had talked to at those fairs wanted something different and relaxed. Thankfully, the risk has paid off and I’m loving life, meeting new brides weekly – and seeing them wearing my dresses.

How do you juggle family life and being a lady boss?

Hahaha…winging it!!!!! I guess ultimately I’m quite strict with that line between my family and my business. I only work when my children are at school and on a Saturday, when my husband happily has the day with them. They do not see me on my laptop at home, if I need to I wait until they are in bed. Occasionally, I ask for help from grandparents if I need to do any evening appointments and of course on half terms. I am forever apologising for not replying to emails quick enough, nightmare!!! However, my babies come first. Touch wood, I’ve not been late for any deadlines or brides so far so it’s working!. Luckily, I am quite organised – so I know my timeline of brides and my dressmaker who works with me is amazingly helpful. I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s overwhelming, especially in the half terms as I really want to be with my kiddies, but they have clubs they love and family they love to spend time with. My little girls also love coming to the shop and helping me on days I don’t have brides in, they especially like to model my accessories for me, super cute!!

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What’s your fave emerging trend of 2018?

Not so much a specific trend per say, but a riding feeling from my brides and brides I see at fairs. They want to be one of a kind, they don’t want to wear the same dress as other brides. Be it with personal embroidery, or adapting my dresses to suite their specific tastes. For instance, I have a bride who shortened our florrie lace skirt, a bride who added a bell sleeve to one of our tops, a bride who made a separates look into a dress! They all walked away with a one of kind look and totally loved it! This, for me, is a big trend if you like – and something we are very happy to encourage!

What’s your style secret?

Do not care what other people think, wear what makes me happy, look how I want to look! Have fun with it.

“Do what you want to do, you cant please everyone so please yourself!”

Dream supplier to the shop?

Obv its you!!!!! (We blushed – BCD)Leather jackets get sooooo much love. Also the only other brand I buy in which is Rolling in Roses dresses, run by another absolute lady boss, who is so inspiring!

Top tips for a 2018/19 bride?

Enjoy the process, don’t get too hung up on the minor details and make amazing memories along the way. It all goes too quickly and you’ll love looking back at your planning process, fondly. I think we give our brides a really relaxed, friendly, happy experience. We laugh a lot and it’s always so sad to say goodbye on that last fitting! I have stayed in contact with a few of my brides, they become friends after spending so long with them! Again, do what you want to do, you cant please everyone so please yourself!

What’s your Monday mantra to get you out of bed and back to business?

If it’s sunny, I have no need for a mantra, just a coffee and cuddle with my three before they go to school!

Cara’s shop is 45 minutes from London, in a gorgeous part of Kent.

The Mill Yard, Swan Street, West Malling, ME19 6LP. www.storyofmydress.com

The Kellys

WE can’t even with this wedding. The pics are glorious, everyone looks deliriously happy and Jayne OWNED the jacket. Jayne and Stephen married last summer and we have loved seeing the pics and the after fun. Here’s the deets of the big day…

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Venues: Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, The Grosvenor Café, Oran Mor (all west end of Glasgow)

Food:

Starter –¬†‚ÄėScottish Tapas Trio’

Warm Scottish Goats Cheese with a Whisky Marmalade, Arbroath Smokie Spring Roll & Skirlie Coated Haggis Bon Bon

Main –

Corn-fed Breast of Chicken stuffed with Mozzarella & Sun-blushed Tomatoes, wrapped in Virginia Smoked Ham served with Celeriac Dauphinoise, Roasted Vegetables & Balsamic Lemon Dressing

Dessert-

Chocolate and Almond Torte with Boozy Cherries & Vanilla Ice Cream

Photographer: Andrew Rae Photographer

Videographer: Orangetide Films

Dress:¬†“The Millie” by Alan Hannah bridal wear sourced by Anne Priscilla Glasgow

Shoes:¬†“Isabelle Porcelain” by¬†Rachel Simpson

Veil: Lily Bella

First Dance: Real Love by Father John Misty

Most Memorable Moment:¬†It’s tough to pick one! When Stephen and I were first piped into the venue to see¬†all our friends and family cheering was really overwhelming and lovely. It’s rare that you get all your favourite people gathered¬†in one room!

 

 

 

“I think the fact that we didn’t overthink or stress over¬†every little detail had a lot to do with how great the day turned out!” – Mrs Kelly

Advice to brides planning their wedding:¬†Book the big things – venue, band, photographer – early on and everything else will fall into place. Don’t let your wedding take over your life or let other people stress you out. We had a clear vision of how we wanted our day to be and above it all we wanted it to be one big party. I think the fact that we didn’t overthink or stress over¬†every little detail had a lot to do with how great the day turned out! We knew we were going to be surrounded by our favourite people in great venues and that was what was important to us.

Any surprises:¬†We booked a piper pretty last minute, only¬†a couple of weeks before the wedding. He totally went above and beyond and piped the entire wedding party of 152 people from our drinks reception venue, The Grosvenor in Ashton Lane, down Byres Road (a busy street in Glasgow’s West End) to our evening venue Oran Mor. The atmosphere was amazing, everyone in the shops on the street came out to wave to us and pass on their congratulations. Was definitely one of many highlights of the day.

Sum your wedding day up in one sentence: The biggest and best party of our lives!

 

Advice to brides planning their wedding:¬†Book the big things – venue, band, photographer – early on and everything else will fall into place. Don’t let your wedding take over your life or let other people stress you out. We had a clear vision of how we wanted our day to be and above it all we wanted it to be one big party. I think the fact that we didn’t overthink or stress over¬†every little detail had a lot to do with how great the day turned out! We knew we were going to be surrounded by our favourite people in great venues and that was what was important to us.

Any surprises:¬†We booked a piper pretty last minute, only¬†a couple of weeks before the wedding. He totally went above and beyond and piped the entirewedding party of 152 people from our drinks reception venue, The Grosvenor in Ashton Lane, down Byres Road (a busy street in Glasgow’s West End) to our evening venue Oran Mor. The atmosphere was amazing, everyone in the shops on the street came out to wave to us and pass on their congratulations. Was definitely one of many highlights of the day.

Sum your wedding day up in one sentence: The biggest and best party of our lives!

PREPARE YOURSELVES, here’s the vid:

Jayne + Stephen // Glasgow Uni Chapel + Ashton Lane + Oran Mor from Orangetide Films on Vimeo.

 

If you fancy sprucing up your wedding outfit with a bit of Back Chat, head here.

T&Cs for our competition

We are running a competition to win a free Back Chat jacket! Here’s all the ins and outs!

*Competition is for a bride or someone who does not require the jacket before 10 January 2018

*Winner is entitled to our signature jacket, black faux leather, with signature text and flowers

* Prize cannot be exchanged for anything other than a signature Back Chat jacket

*Bespoke designs outside our signature style will incur a cost

*Jacket will not be available until 10 January 2018

*Refunds or exchanges will not be applicable

*Winner will be given two choices of jacket, no more

*Winner is able to have their own faux leather jacket designed, but must cover post

 

The Pollocks

170415_mccully_pollock_6907ON 15 April 2017, Sarah and Justin tied the knot at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah, GA in a gorgeous wedding with possibly the best menu we have EVER seen.

See below for the deets and treats.

Photographer: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures
Dress: Daughters of Simone
Shoes: Seychelles
Groom suit: Jos A. Bank
First Dance Song: Lauryn Hill “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” (swoon – BCD)

“Our first look was at the spot we had our first date, a breakfast spot in downtown Savannah. We were both so nervous, but after seeing each other, all our nerves went away and the rest of the day was easy and so much fun!” – Mrs Pollock

Advice to brides planning their wedding: Pick a few details that you really want on your big day and make sure your planners know that and how much it means to you. The other details that aren’t as important to you, trust in your wedding planners and team to execute it in a way that will flow well with the day. Taking this step back and letting the professionals help me was difficult at first, but really helped with my stress level. Also — if you’re having an after party, take a moment to plan the get away bag and wedding night items. It makes for a less chaotic send off!

Food: Pimiento cheese bar, taco bar and hot sauce bar, prime rib, roasted vegetables, back and cheese, mixed green salad; Vendor: Nick Mueller
Pies + Cake Vendor: A Squad Bakery
Any surprises: How good our band was (Emerald Empire Band), who we had heard great things from other friends, but they really got everyone on the dance floor — even our older guests. It was so great having all our loved ones celebrating our big day!
Sum up your wedding in one sentence: Southern bohemian celebration with our closest friends and family — with a little New Orleans flair!
Congratulations!  Click here to find out more about getting your hands on a custom Back Chat jacket.

The Lawsons

ON 10 June 2017, Hannah and Adam tied the knot at St Patrick’s Church Patterdale and went on to Hannah’s parent’s house for the after party in Crook a Beck, Patterdale, where they celebrated in three awesome tipis from Special Event Tipis. We got the low down on the special day….

Food: Local Cumbrian roast leg of lamb, which we all carved at the tables then big sharing pavlovas and cr√®me br√Ľl√©es for pud. All done by Steve and Kate our caterers from Wagtail catering – we even brewed our own wedding ale with them! My sister made our awesome semi naked cake.

Photographer: The Hendrys and Jon Bird as videographer.

Dress/shoes/ grooms get up by: French designer Rime Arodaky from The Mews Bridal in Notting Hill, Shoes from Miista and Adam’s suit was Walker Slater.


First dance song: David Bowie – Let’s Dance. Slow and acoustic to start, then our band sped it up for everyone to join in!

Most memorable moment: We were off having our photos taken in the other paddock and two of our baby lambs escaped through the gate and Adam and I had to herd them back in..! I can’t wait to see the video of that – not ideal in a wedding dress! We also had really informal speeches and a few different friends did some short poems – two of my best mates from Ireland did a limerick, which was hilarious and totally brought the house down!

“A laugh a minute and non-stop smiles, the most happiest of days”

– Mrs Lawson

Advice to brides planning their wedding: Enjoy the planning stage – its really fun, you get to meet loads of lovely people and see some great things. Make some memories and have fun! We did so much ourselves for our wedding having it at home and making a lot of things ourselves that we had a great time!


Any surprises: It rained…. a lot! We always knew it was a potential but we had a real storm come through, which meant we had to change out convertible beetle for the lovely grey one we actually had on the day – cars got stuck in the mud and wellies proved very handy – but it made the atmosphere inside the tipis so much fun and then when the sun did come out everyone ran outside and it was amazing!

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Lawson!

The kidsons

In 2016, we decided we were going to get married in a super simple service with only our absolute closest present. (With a banging party to follow some time in the future….)

I needed something to me-ify the wedding and make a good pic to announce the wedding! I’ve had a faux leather on my back for pretty much the past decade and so it seemed a customised version of my ultimate wardrobe staple was the best accessory for our wedding.

And it turned out people liked it, so I chanced a listing on Etsy and had an order within hours. And so, Back Chat was born!

We believe your wedding should have a little bit of you in it and a Back Chat jacket is the perfect way to make your mark. Whether you’re a boho bride, rocking the roll, or you’re slammin’ & glammin’.

Head to the contact page if you fancy a chat about what we can do together.