1st October 2016

Hello lovely readers and welcome to October! What are you up to today? I do hope you’ve got wonderful plans for your weekend. But, right now, take out your diaries right now and flick forward to Sunday 30th October because the autumn edition of The Bridal Market is coming to Glasgow and you absolutely don’t want to miss this. In fact, I suggest you book your tickets now

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I’ve had the great pleasure of writing about The Bridal Market before here on Love My Dress and every time I do, I’m always struck by how downright brilliant it is. So, if you can get to Glasgow on 30th October, you really must because your wedding to-do lists will thank you for it. You’re welcome.

The Creative Alternative - The Bridal Market, Glasgow, Scotland, 30th October 2016.

The Bridal Market is, quite frankly, the only inspirational wedding market in Scotland. Creative couples looking to plan relaxed and super stylish celebrations need to head to the beautiful St Andrews in the Square in the heart of Glasgow city centre and you’re guaranteed all the wedding inspiration you could ever wish for.

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30th September 2016

One of the things I’m most proud of when it comes to this lovely wedding blog, is how we’ve created a community of brides who feel they can truly be themselves on one of the most important days of their lives. That they don’t have to confirm to any kind of tradition if they don’t want to, but that it’s completely cool and OK if they do. Step forward most beautiful bride Amelia, in your non traditional, non white, high street brand wedding dress. The Love My Dress community salutes you for following your own style and creating an occasion that was a lovely, honest, authentic representation of you and your love.

Visual Merchandiser Amelia married her Musician and Chef husband Lee on 8th July this year with a ceremony at The Most Holy Redeemer Church in Billericay, followed by a reception at Hutton Poplars Hall. I love this wedding for it’s effortless elegance. Friends and family played a big role and pulling off these celebrations, providing the catering, styling the flowers, baking the cakes and helping to decorate.

“Love My Dress was the only wedding blog I referenced during the engagement, after finding it through Pinterest. I absolutely love It and it was a daily routine for me to look at all the lovely weddings to get inspiration. It’s probably why I kept changing my mind as there are so many amazing ways to style a wedding, that it becomes a bit easy to get carried away. I love that you can search for specific themes and locations and always found the details of where things where sourced in each feature extremely helpful.”

Photography by Three Flowers Photography

Bride Amelia wore a pale blue/grey Self Portrait dress for her handmade and stripped back, non traditional wedding. Captured by Three Flowers Photography.

“We always wanted our wedding feel ‘stripped back’.  We worked at a wedding venue for a few years whilst we were younger so had experienced very traditional weddings time and time again.  This experience made us realise we wanted to make our own wedding experience different to that, and very personal to us.” Continue reading…

30th September 2016

The beautiful Spring wedding I’m sharing today, with joy-filled images captured by Roberta Matis Photography, transported me right back to my days in the UK. I spent three wonderful years living in Surrey and have such fond memories of this picturesque neck of the woods, with its endless green rolling hills and quaint little country pubs. Executive Assistant Nina and her beau Oli, who is head of site marketing for Appstore at Amazon, tied the knot on the 28th of May earlier this year at St Mary Magdalene Church in South Holmwood, which was an incredibly special location for Nina, followed by celebrations at The Old Greens Barn in Newdigate, Surrey.

“I always wanted to get married in church and so this gave the wedding a ‘traditional’ feel from the outset. We were lucky to be able to marry in the church where my parents married, 36 years earlier, and where I had been christened, which made it an even more intimate and personal ceremony. Adding to that, we did a lot of DIY with decor, stationery, and flowers, and so the overall feel of the day was a traditional, classic and relaxed countryside wedding.”

Photography by Roberta Matis Photography

Bride Nina wore a Sincerity gown for her rustic and handmade Spring country barn wedding. Photography by Roberta Matis.

The beautiful bride found this very blog to be a huge help whilst in the throes of planning. Thank you Nina for these kind words!

“Love My Dress highlights such a variety of different weddings, gowns, themes, and settings, which was great for inspiration and a ‘guiding light’ in the chaos of wedding planning. Also, I love that you include so many photos in each post, which are really handy when you are looking for inspo.” Continue reading…

29th September 2016

Well I don’t know about you but I’ve certainly got that end-of-September feeling that’s making me dream of warmer days and far distant shores. I know that many of you are happily planning destination weddings and I have to say that I love reading about everyone’s plans in the Love My Dress Facebook group. If you’re taking your vows overseas then you’ll definitely want to read on because the super talented Olliver Photography have just launched a destination wedding photography service that you’re just going to love…

Olliver Photography is husband and wife team Annie and Christian and they’ve been shooting reportage, documentary style weddings for nine years. Working from their base in London, they’ve travelled all over the UK in that time and all of us at Love My Dress love catching up with their latest work.

Although most of their UK work tends to be urban, London-esque weddings, Olliver Photography love a country shindig almost as much as they love travelling so the time has come to expand into destination weddings and they’re looking forward to bringing their special brand of relaxed photography to Europe and beyond.

“We share a love of photography and wanted to start a business that allowed us to work together creatively and follow our passion,” explains Christian. Our style is very relaxed, informal and friendly. We’ll capture the narrative of your day, at a distance. There won’t be any pushy, cheesy or posey shots! Instead, we achieve natural images, inspired by light and true moments.”

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29th September 2016

Thank you so very much for your sweet birthday wishes yesterday lovely wedding Belles (that’s the name that members of our private Facebook page for brides to be and newlyweds have informally adopted!). I had a lovely day and it was all the more lovely for your kind words. This mornings wedding celebrates the nuptials of Danni and Dan, who tied the knot on 30th July this year in South Yorkshire.

Danni, head of marketing communications, married her beau Dan, a retail planning manager, with a ceremony at St Mary’s in Kirk Bramwith (near Doncaster, South Yorkshire), followed by a reception at The Hostel at Hooton Pagnell. Their relaxed, romantic and quintessentially English wedding was captured by our super talented and wonderfully down to earth Little Book For Brides member – and my fellow North Yorkshire dweller, Georgina Harrison.

“We wanted our wedding to reflect our everyday lives, making sure everyone had a good time and felt at ease was the top of our priority list. Our venues were both historic but not grand and their country charm set the tone for the day. With beautiful surroundings it was important to pair back the styling to make sure it didn’t look too twee, which meant our floral arrangements could be the stars of the show.”

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Dani wore a Justin Alexander gown for her relaxed and romantic English country wedding. Fine art film photography by Georgina Harrison.

I cannot compliment our photographer Georgina Harrison highly enough – from the first time I spoke to her she understood exactly what I had in mind and she has created beautiful images we will treasure for life.”

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28th September 2016

Hello lovelies, we’re in Tuscany this evening on Love My Dress for the wedding of Lucy, a personal assistant taking a career break to spend time with her son and Shaun, a hotel general manager. Their nuptials took place in the gardens of Villa di Masseto in Florence, Italy on the 26th of May this year. There’s an intimate, family focused feel to the day and the images are emotional with breathtaking shots of the couple surrounded by the spectacular views. The couple found some of their suppliers on these very pages including photographer and Little Book For Brides Member Claudia Rose Carter.

“I visited Love My Dress on an almost daily basis during the planning stages and was lucky enough to find our photographer and my headpiece designer via the site. I felt quite daunted by the prospect of planning a wedding when we first got engaged and I think one of the reasons we were engaged for nearly two years, besides the birth of our son, was that we had no idea where to start and so it was by visiting Love My Dress regularly, that we began picking up on little ideas that appealed to us and eventually became the basis for the ultimate look of our wedding day.”

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Bride Lucy wore a gold floral Vera Wang gown for her romantic outdoor wedding in the Italian countryside. Images captured by Claudia Rose Carter.

Lucy’s beautiful floral headpiece was created by the wonderful Lila, a designer she found within a feature right here on Love My Dress.

“Working with Sofia was a dream. I’d always imagined wearing a fresh flower crown on my wedding day but it wasn’t going to be possible with a destination wedding and I didn’t want to take the risk of ordering something from a local florist and not getting to see or try it on until the day itself.” Continue reading…

28th September 2016

I do so love the beautiful array of brides we feature on our beloved blog. Before I started writing for Love My Dress, and even now as I contribute to its pages and read about the glorious weddings described by my fellow writers, the thing that strikes me most is how much I want to be friends with the incredible ladies we feature. And Mrs Isabel Zarth is no exception.

The amazingly talented Isabel, an illustrator and designer of wedding stationery, wed her equally arty husband Caleb, a sunglasses and graphic designer, on 11th June this year at her parent’s countryside home. And to throw just a little more wonderful creativity into the mix, Faye Cornhill Photography, who happens to be one of our wonderful Little Book for Brides members, is responsible for the sublime images you see before you.

“I was inspired by the countryside around our home for colour.  I have always loved bees so I incorporated that into the designs of the order of service and invitations. For the flowers I picked roses to represent England and eucalyptus to represent Australia (where Caleb is from). I thought subtle pale pinks would go with the grey-green eucalyptus. I wanted everything to feel and look personal to us and be and where possible, handmade by us.”

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Wedding stationery and illusrator Isabel of Bel & Bee wore an Essense of Australia gown for her English country wedding full of charm. Images by Faye Cornhill.

These images so vividly portray a sense of delicate movement in Isabel’s lace Essense of Australia gown. My heart just about stopped when I first set eyes on those intricate eyelash lace sleeves, even more stunning against the soft folds of the veil made by the bride’s mother and her friend Jacqueline. Continue reading…

27th September 2016

Special Tuesday treats for you my lovelies – two weddings in one day! Have you seen the first wedding we shared this morning? This afternoon’s wedding is a different vibe completely but one we love just as much. Zoë, a development engineer for Triumph Motorcycles married Dan, an Army veteran turned web developer on 6th July this year at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

“Love My Dress is so clean cut and up to date, and captures the essence of each wedding featured – and Pinterest was my bible. I wanted everything as natural and neutral as possible, the last thing I wanted to see was coloured sashes and chair covers. My dream was to elope and marry on a mountain in Oregon, but family ties pulled us close and we decided to have a wedding in the UK.”

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“We chose Blackfriars Priory because it is close to where Dan’s Army barracks were when we first met, the Gloucestershire area seems very special to us because of all the time we spent there on his weekends off. The whole venue was  such an ethereal blank canvas. The moment I saw it I knew that, filled with candles, it would be the perfect ceremony room.”

Barefoot bride Zoё wore a dress she had designed herself for her effortlessly elegant wedding at Blackfriar medieval priory in Gloucester. Captured by Grace Elizabeth Photography.

“Our photographer was Grace Elizabeth – she was everything I hoped she would be, and the photos she produced blew me away! Truly talented photographer. Grace had a brilliant attitude, was flexible and full of ideas.”

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