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FINDING THE ONE – MY JO MALONE BRIDAL CONSULTATION

17/03/2016
For a relatively highly strung/anxious person, I think I am quite possibly the least bridezilla kinda bride to be that you’ve ever seen. You see, I have this bloody ridiculous slightly worrying habit of putting huge tasks off til later because Dobby the house elf and the unicorns will work their magic and just somehow do it all for me (looks like I’ll be getting married in a bin bag in my back garden ladies, bet you can’t wait to see that post). 
But there are a few things that I’ve put a little more thought into ever since getting engaged; what makeup will I wear on the day, will I even have a makeup artist or just do my usual dodgy winged liner myself, what the frickin hell will be my something blue, and most recently, which fragrance will I wear on the day/
You’ll all know by now that I’m a huge fragrance girl and absolutely adore switching up, layering, and completely remixing my scents, which is why my wedding day fragrance – eek, even just saying wedding day gives me those nervous jitters – had to be layered so that I could make the perfect combination, and it had to be from Jo Malone.
Yep, no surprise there whatsoever #JoMaloneFangirlForLife…
Jo Malone bridal consultation
Jo Malone bridal consultation
Jo Malone bridal consultation
Jo Malone bridal consultation
Jo Malone bridal consultation

So I headed off to the Jo Malone boutique which if you haven’t visited yet, you really should, even just to check out how beautifully dreamy the whole place is. And after having a good natter with the lovely Holly from Jo Malone – sorry Holly for accidentally papping you in some of these photo’s – I finally sat down at the consultation bar (I could totally be making up that name but there is a gorgeous bar at one end of the store) where my fiance and I were spoken through how the process would work.

The lovely fragrance combining/bridal consultation mega star – again, technical terms I think not – started off by asking me if I had any favourite scents from Jo Malone already (hey Peony and blush suede and Wood sage and Salt, looking at you!). We then spoke through the kind of scents I like generally, what kind of wedding we’d be having; the location, the colour scheme, the vibe and basically anything else you could think of and our wonderful consultant then went on to pick out some scents she thought would combine well with my previous favourites.

What I loved most about the consultation was that I felt so at ease the whole time. We went through a fair amount of combinations that were lovely but just not quite right and I never once felt like I had to just quickly get on with it and panic say yes to one, or like I was taking up too much time. I think the thing about Jo Malone and the bridal consultation is that they aren’t happy unless you are happy. So after experimenting with a lot of combinations I finally narrowed it down to 4 options where we started over with a fresh palette to smell the combinations as if it were the first time. I absolutely loved this because I really do think your favourites immediately jump out at you, and for me personally, they definitely did.

What I also love is that my fiance who came along with me – for support and for photography reasons #BlogHusband – was also asked what he liked, and I think that really helped make my final decision as of course, you want your future husband to actually like how you smell. [Insert “I’m an independant woman so I’ll pick what I want”/”No but seriously, do I smell like a beautiful blushing bride or a rose garden?” emoji here].

Jo Malone bridal consultation

After what felt like a relatively long time – I was actually told that I was really quick but ever the polite brit, eh? – I finally settled on a combination that I absolutely adore, as does my husband to be – husband to be, jesus frickin christ that sounds scary, I think I might actually be an adult now – and so a hand massage with one of the stunning body cremes in one of my fragrance combination (they are without a doubt the most luxurious, amazing cremes in existence), followed by spritzing my second scent over the top.

By layering the creme and the cologne intense, it really does help your fragrance to last so much longer which of course, is exactly what you want on your big day. It also gives you the option – something I’d never thought about – to start off with once scent for the ceremony, and then amp it up by layering the second scent for the party. I love this idea, although I think I love my combo a little too much and want to wear it throughout the whole day.

To be totally honest with you, there was a big part of me that wanted to keep my combination a secret as it’s quite a personal thing to have your own scent for your wedding day, and then I realised two things. 1) Elle, you sound like a massively diva, obnoxious twat! and 2) this would potentially be the most annoying post ever if I didn’t actually tell you what I went for. So, my absolutely perfect wedding combination is the Jo Malone English pear and freesia body creme and the Velvet Rose and oud cologne intense layered over the top, and it’s absolutely stunning!

After my dreamy consultation and hand massage – please can I have one of these everyday? – we then took a stroll into the beautiful Artisan studio where I’d actually been before but I knew Dan would love. The studio is home to where all personalisation and customisation happen. From engraving the lid with your initials, to stamping your (beautifully wrapped) boxes to the ribbons that you’ll never want to throw away. This is the place that makes Jo Malone even more special (I know, I didn’t think that was possible either).
So that wraps up this post. In short, if you’re a bride to be (congratulations!) and you’re looking for your perfect fragrance, then I genuinely couldn’t recommend the Jo Malone Bridal consultation enough. An absolutely wonderful experience (that you get to enjoy with up to 3-4 of your nearest and dearest) and you come away with the most luxurious, decadent and completely perfect fragrance that will always remind you of your special day. I think that’s pretty bloody lovely if you ask me πŸ™‚
I would love to know if you’ve ever had a bridal consultation before, if it’s something you’d ever consider, or even if you’ve been to the Regent Street boutique before? I always love to hear your thoughts!
As always. thanks so much for reading!
xx

60 responses to “FINDING THE ONE – MY JO MALONE BRIDAL CONSULTATION”

  1. Laura C says:

    Eeeep I'm so excited for you! Also Pear and Freesia is the Jo Malone scent that I end up trying every time I go near a store – I still haven't bought it but I tried it on the other day in Harrods and it's calling to me – your combination of that with rose sounds gorgeous!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  2. Jodie V says:

    I was literally so happy for you, reading this post! Your combination sounds dreamy, and I'm so glad you mentioned it because honestly I need to try them together just to see how amazing the scent is (don't worry, I won't be stealing the combo haha). X

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  3. Call Me Amy says:

    Oooh how exciting, sounds like you had such a lovely time! I hadn't smelt Jo Malone before as there isn't a counter near me but I found one when I was away the other day and omg so many smell absolutely amazing! English pear and freesia was one of my faves, love the sound of this combo!
    Amy xx Call Me Amy

  4. Beautylymin says:

    This sounds like an utterly amazing experience! English Pear & Freesia is next on my wishlist! I have a voucher for a hand treatment that came with one of my Christmas gifts that I need to use soon! xx

    Beautylymin

  5. May Cho says:

    Your little assides sprinkled all over this post gave me the giggles, Ellie, haha. I can only imagine what it must feel like to get a scent for your wedding, ah! I don't think I'm as huge a scent girl as you are, but gosh, this makes me want to remix my own scent now!

    MAY | http://WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

  6. You are a very lucky girl.
    I'm a fan of Jo Malone scents and i think this one is a great experience.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  7. How fun is this?! Also love that they asked your finances opinion! So sweet!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  8. That hand and arm massage looks lovely! Wish I could smell your combo through my screen!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  9. β–ΊNadush says:

    you look beautiful πŸ™‚
    NEW POST : THE COLORFUL THOUGHTS

  10. Jordan says:

    I love the scent you've picked! When I had a consultation before I layered Peony and Blush Suede creme with the Orange Blossom cologne and it was stunning! I love the combos so much more than the fragrances on their own! I definitely want to have a special wedding scent if I ever get married πŸ˜€

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  11. Raquel says:

    Wow, I'm so glad you had such a fabulous experience! It sounds like you got the perfect scent..xoxo
    Omnivogues

  12. crafty-zone says:

    Wow, looks like everything was perfect on that day during the Jo Malone's event πŸ˜‰ And the scent, which you chose for your wedding sounds marvellous, Elle πŸ™‚

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

  13. I didn't even realise that you could even have a bridal consultation with Jo Malone, it looks absolutely divine and although I'm sitting here with a horrendous cold, I definitely think I could go for a hand massage like yours!

    Ah this post makes me want to cry with happiness

    http://www.twocatsoneflat.wordpress.com

  14. Kate says:

    The scent combination you chose sounds so dreamy, and the whole process looks like such a treat. I wore a Vera Wang fragrance with the matching body cream for my wedding day, which was lovely, but I wish I had thought to do something like this! At least now, even if you do end up wearing that bin bag you know you'll smell incredible! X

    Kate Louise Blogs

  15. How exciting! I cant wait to see your wedding photos! I love Joe Malone
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  16. That all sounds SO exciting! I'm getting my first Jo Malone perfume for my birthday – the start of a new obsession!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  17. LBG says:

    The scent combination you chose sounds intriguing and romantic! The shop is beautiful and your photos are stunning. What a ccol idea! Now I just can't wait for your wedding photos!

    http://leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

  18. That sounds like such a perfect wedding combination, English Pear and Freesia is probably my favourite scent Jo Malone offers.

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  19. Rosy Flynn says:

    There was a moment of panic when reading this that you wouldn't tell us your scent, I love Jo Malone layering, it always leaves such an individual scent πŸ™‚

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  20. - Karen says:

    How absolutely wonderful, I bet this was a super exciting experience in preparation for the big day :D! Your decided scent sounds divine, and I almost thought you weren't going to share it too ^ haha xD!

    Style Sunriseβ˜€

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  21. Since I still have some time till my big day, I should consider getting consultation. I don't know which scent I should wear and I can't seem to find the perfect one πŸ™ I'm sure your combinations smells amazing! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  22. MeMe Books says:

    I would of never had thought of having a bridal consultation for scent's, but then again we don't really have that sort of thing up here in Gloucestershire, our weddings consist of a big marquee in a field and a bunch of happy but drunk farmers πŸ™‚ So farmer scent basically, we do have beautiful weddings though. I can't wait to see what you look like on your wedding day Elle, I can't even imagine getting married, suppose it would help if the other half proposed.

    Meme xx

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  23. I love Jo Malone scents, it's so lovely that they do Bridal consultations! What a great service! xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

  24. Beckie says:

    This is such a lovely idea that I didn't know even existed! What an incredible brand!

    http://www.ohsobecky.com

  25. Anonymous says:

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  26. bryony grace says:

    Can't believe I haven't tried anything from Jo Malone! I hear so much great things about them. This sounds like a really fun and interesting experience. Definably making me want to try a Jo Malone fragrance now πŸ™‚ http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

  27. Immy May says:

    Ooooh I wish I could smell through the screen! What a beautiful experience, you will smell like an absolute queeeeen on your big day! How exciting πŸ™‚ Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  28. Alina Bostan says:

    Aw this sounds like such a lovely experience, plus I'll have a hand massage any day haha. So exciting to hear that you have your wedding scent picked eek! BTW it sounds like a super gorgeous combination and I'm sure you will smell amazing πŸ™‚ x

    Beauty with charm

  29. Gemma Magpie says:

    Oh wow it sounds like such a lovely experience! I love Jo Malone so much, and their store looks amazing xx

    Gemma β™₯ Miss Makeup Magpie

  30. it all sounds so lovely! 😍 I bet your scent memory will just make you smile in the future!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  31. This pairing sounds unbelievable! I'm currently engaged as well and planning on wearing a Jo Malone fragrance – Hope they have this tailored fragrance service in Ireland. Adored this post!

    http://www.thepharmersjournal.com

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