A Hanson & Hopewell Spotlight: Lizzie - Bride-to-be

As the eternal single girls, living together in our heavenly ‘boy free’ bachelorette pad, my dear friend Lizzie and I didn’t think the day we chat wedding plans would ever come! We were far from crying over Bridget Jones and planning our future cattery business, it’s fair to say, we were really enjoying single life. Little did we know though that three years later, I would be married, and Lizzie would soon be walking down the aisle too – and all thanks to tinder! On this week’s #BridesmaidBible entry we chat to the gorgeous Bride-to-be Lizzie for a real account of all things wedding planning - a Hanson & Hopewell spotlight on the Bride-to-be.

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Why everything changes when your friends get engaged

The season is changing and this time of year kinda triggers a hibernation feeling within us. The need to spend our nights snuggling up on the sofa, eating bangers and mash and becoming addicted to infinite box sets.  (The winter dream, right?) We also spend that time scrolling through all of our friends social media feeds to see what’s happening in their lives. We become hooked on those endless ring selfies, heartfelt proposal stories regardless of our own relationship status. We’re genuinely happy, but know in our hearts that times are a changing too. Why does this happen? We take a look at those changing emotions and discuss why we need our besties in our lives…

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Hanson & Hopewell Partner Spotlight: Meet Fox & Lilly

Every month at Hanson & Hopewell, we highlight one of the independent businesses we feature in our luxury bride-to-be gift boxes and this month we’ve chosen Fox & Lilly. Fox & Lilly’s beautiful range of accessories are lovingly handmade by Laura in her studio space in the Lancashire countryside. With a philosophy to support other small UK businesses, all the materials Laura uses are sourced from British suppliers and manufacturers. Inspired by her Mother’s talent for crafting and a deep love of Jane Austen, Laura is fulfilling a dream of creating pretty things - a girl after our own hearts!

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Hanson & Hopewell. Luxury gifts for the bride-to-be.

We created the #BridesmaidBible to be the go to destination for the discerning Bride Tribe. We want to help you celebrate your friendships and provide help and advice for all those wonderful yet sometimes challenging bridesmaid situations that arise. 

From wedding inspiration, classy hen party tips, to a few of our favourite things, we hope you have fun with us along the way. And just in case you’re not actually sure what it is Hanson & Hopewell do and why, here’s Hanson to tell you a little more.

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The 5 must have cocktails for your 2017 wedding

You might have already realised that here at H&H, we’re slightly cocktail obsessed. And for us a wedding is not a wedding without a signature cocktail on offer. Once you’ve planned and organised the reception, the dress and the table plan – it’s time to work the detail, so don’t let the bar become an afterthought! At Hopewell’s summer French destination wedding, we both had lychee martinis and rum jungles to rehydrate the team in style, whilst Hanson entertained with mulled wine and lumumbas at her Christmas festivities (whilst also sharing her passion for gin with gin bottles as table settings).  We couldn’t let the summer pass without sharing our favourite must have cocktail recipes for your 2017 wedding. We’ve certainly enjoyed the research. It’s a hard job eh!

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Hanson & Hopewell Partner Spotlight: Meet Nathalie Bond Organics

Every month at Hanson & Hopewell, we highlight one of the independent businesses we feature in our luxury bride-to-be gift boxes and this month we’ve chosen Nathalie Bond Organics. Nathalie Bond Organics handcraft small batches of beautiful skincare using only 100% natural organic oils that are safe, gentle and can be sourced sustainably. All of Nathalie’s products are created in her Sheffield workshop and have been featured in Vogue, The Daily Telegraph and InStyle magazine.

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Wedding anniversary: Throwback to 2014

It’s been three years since I tied the knot and the time has completely flown by in a glorious summer haze. When a wedding anniversary comes around it allows us to pause, reflect and relive those wonderful wedding memories, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information about our wedding day – to help those newly engaged brides wondering how to start wedding planning, to provide some inspiration to brides on the lead up to their wedding or perhaps quite simply to allow me to reminisce about what a fantastic weekend we had with all our favourite friends and family! Let’s throwback to June 21st 2014.

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Bride-to-be Gifts

The Hanson & Hopewell concept is simple. Beautiful, thoughtful, luxury gifts for brides. Our signature bride-to-be gift boxes are full of the little luxuries every bride needs on the lead up to the big day, from custom-designed wedding planning journals to jot down all of her ideas to handmade organic beauty products ensuring that her skin is glowing to beautiful limited edition hand-printed bridal kimonos to ensure that she’s Instagram ready on the morning of her wedding.

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Hanson & Hopewell Partner Spotlight: Meet Shropshire Petals

Every month at Hanson & Hopewell, we highlight one of the independent businesses we feature in our luxury bride-to-be gift boxes. This month, we’ve chosen Shropshire Petals, who grow the most stunning natural petal confetti, wheat sheaves and dried flowers which are all handpicked from their farm in the rolling fields of Shropshire. We’ve both used Shropshire Petals for both our weddings so we couldn’t wait to feature their confetti pops in our bride-to-be gift boxes. Here’s Ashley and Emma to tell you a bit more…

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How to plan a destination hen party

When you’re asked to be a bridesmaid for the destination wedding of the year and then find out it’s in Vegas. What do you do? Well, first of all, you crack open a bottle of champagne with the bride-to-be and wish her the most excited congratulations ever! Secondly, you panic, thinking how the hell am I going to pull off a destination hen do of the century in the party capital of the world – and keep it classy. Luckily #TeamBridesmaid came into play. Here’s what we did.

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How to choose the perfect bridesmaids dresses

Selecting the right bridesmaid dresses for your bridal party doesn’t have to be the challenge everyone makes it out to be. Everyone has stories about the nightmare bridesmaid who won’t wear a certain style or colour, but choosing your bridesmaids is a whole other story. Whether you want to pick your bridesmaids dresses yourself or provide a dress guide for your maids to pick their own, the overall goal is that their dresses complement your wedding style so that you can look back on the pictures with absolute pleasure. Here are our top tips to ensure you nail your bridal party look.

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Bespoke Luxury Gifts

Here at Hanson & Hopewell we love the challenge of creating one-of-a-kind gift boxes for your friends, family, social occasions or corporate events. Whether planning a destination wedding, saying good luck to a colleague or organising a hen party, we provide thoughtful and inspired gift ideas.

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Hanson & Hopewell Partner Spotlight: Meet The Great Escape

Every month at Hanson & Hopewell, we highlight one of the independent businesses we feature in our luxury bride-to-be gift boxes. This month, we’ve chosen The Great Escape, who make the most glorious natural cruelty-free skincare to help keep your bride’s left hand picture perfect ready! Here’s Emma to tell you a bit more..

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Honeymoon Inspiration: Cambodia Part 2

Our private transfer from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh took around four hours and cost just $40. Rather coincidentally we continued the rose theme and stayed at the La Rose Boutique Hotel & Spa located on the Norodom Blvd, it was good value and well-placed for our 48-hour visit. 

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Hanson & Hopewell Partner Spotlight: Meet Town Talk Polish

Every month at Hanson & Hopewell, we highlight one of the independent businesses we feature in our luxury bride-to-be gift boxes. This month, we’ve chosen Town Talk Polish, who’s Exquisite Jewel Sparkle Pot and Tissues are the only products we would ever trust to care for and keep our cherished engagement and wedding rings sparkling! Here’s The Polished Gentleman to tell you a bit more…

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What Hanson & Hopewell have been up to

The past few months for Hanson & Hopewell have been super hectic. We can’t believe we’ve crammed so much into the first quarter of the year, from refreshing our bride to be box photography, launching our #BridesmaidBible blog and even pitching our business to a host of different retailers so that you can get your hands on our bride to be boxes in a wider variety of places. As such, we thought it’d be a good idea to wrap exactly what we’ve been up to in a glorious new blog post to share all of our positive news!

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Hanson & Hopewell's Best Bridesmaid Tips

So you’ve been asked to be bridesmaid, an official member of the bride tribe, a bride babe… Congratulations! If this instantly instills fear then don’t worry, we have outlined our top tips for being the best bridesmaid. Or perhaps you think you’ve totally got this in the bag, you were born to be Chief Bridesmaid, either way keep these gems of advice up your sleeve and your bride will know she made the right decision!

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