14th February 2016

Happy Valentines day lovely ones! I hope that your day is sprinkled with love and smiles.  In our second ‘From the Heart’ post, one of our regular readers shares her thoughts on the matter of dieting and weddings – a contentious, if not controversial issue for many of our readers at the best of times.  She also has some rather important points to make before the end of her feature, which I urge and  positively encourage you to take note of, since she is a Specialist Eating Disorders Dietitian and knows what she’s talking about. Over to you Clare…

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I’m an overly excited bride-to-be and a Love My Dress obsessive, the kind of person who has pictured their wedding from a very young age. So much so in fact, I told my now-fiance that the first thing I’d said about him to another was ‘I’m going to marry him he just doesn’t know it yet’. And I told him that less than 30 minutes into our first date – bold! I have since concluded that the fact that we’re still together says more about him than it does about me.  We met almost 7 years ago on a hospital ward where he was a very young Doctor and I was a student Dietitian. I suppose that brings me nicely to my other defining role: I’m a Specialist Eating Disorders Dietitian.Dieting has no place within a weddingI’ve worked predominantly with anorexia for many years now and I will never feel complacent towards the illness and its’ capacity to destroy lives. Working in this area and seeing anorexia’s consequences has taught me so much about self-compassion, self-acceptance and about the dangers of trying to conform to a societal perception.

It’s been a learning curve but these days, I feel the most comfortable with my body that I ever have, and that’s not to say it is ‘perfect’ (whatever that is). It absolutely isn’t, but it’s mine and we’re working together, and so far we’re doing ok. I suppose that’s why I felt so surprised by my reaction when I went for my wedding dress appointment.

I didn’t especially enjoy dress shopping (which is a whole new story) but eventually I found my dress and didn’t want to take it off, even signing the paperwork in it and having a good old swish. They took my measurements at the time and explained I was between sizes so to expect a call back about which size to order. A few days later I got a phone call and was told (in a perfectly lovely way) that my top half was technically ‘off the sizing chart’, as it was so small, and my bottom half was ‘at least 3 sizes bigger’. Continue reading…

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13th February 2016

Hello again Saturday lovers. We’ve already shared one beautiful wedding today, and now we’re treating you to another.  It gives me much pleasure this afternoon to be adding the beautiful wedding of Kat and Dan to our much loved wedding blog.  Kat, who works on events and programmes for Girlguiding married her beau Dan who works on exhibitions at the Natural History Museum, on 11th July last year with a ceremony at Chester Town Hall followed by a reception at Eccleston Village Hall. The couple both grew up in the area, although they met in London, their families still live there.

Their day has a strong essence of effortless elegance about it which was all beautifully captured in these images by Emma Bilsborough.

Our reception venue was my biggest inspiration – a beautiful village hall in the chocolate box village of Eccleston. We wanted the day to be relaxed and informal to match the summer garden and the village feel – anything too stylised or buttoned up would have just felt wrong for us. “ didn’t have any bridesmaids – as a couple we aren’t big on fuss so we pared pretty much everything down to the essentials!”

Photography by Emma Bilsborough

Kat wears Eden by Jenny Packham for her pretty Summer village hall wedding. Photography by Emma B.

“I saw an image on Pinterest of a three tier cake covered entirely in hundreds and thousands with beautiful white icing bows on each layer. I loved the fun of it so did some Googling and found a supplier local to my parents, Gayle Jones of Gayle’s Yummy Cake, who I sent the photo to and asked her if she could make it.”

Ladies, if you’re looking for your own cake-maker, try the cake-makers listed in our beautiful wedding directory, Little Book For Brides.

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Kat wore the very beautiful ‘Eden’ by Jenny Packham, which she purchased from The White Closet in West Didsbury.

I chose the dress because it was pretty much the only one I tried on that didn’t make me feel like I was pretending to be someone else. Although it is heavily beaded it was so comfortable to wear. There’s no train to worry about tripping over, no lacing to deal with and crucially I could go to the toilet by myself in it! Seriously though I felt amazing in the dress and the platinum colour, which was a very pale grey silk slip with gold and bronzes in the beading, worked well against my pale skin and hair.”

Kat wears Eden by Jenny Packham for her pretty Summer village hall wedding. Photography by Emma B. Continue reading…

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13th February 2016

As I sit at my desk to write this, Storm Imogen (or at least I think it is she- I’m losing track a bit!) is howling outside and the rain and wind are pounding against the sash windows, making me very glad the previous owners took the plunge and arranged double glazing!  Today’s wedding makes me absolutely long for the long lazy days of summer, with soft breezes, warm seas and holidays by the sea and I’m sure you’ll feel the same way- it really is the perfect summer beachside wedding, captured beautifully by photographer Charlotte Bryer-Ash, who we are delighted to recommend through our beautiful wedding directory, Little Book For Brides.

Sarah, a research scientist with a focus on ecology and conservation biology of New Zealand bird species, and Dylan, an ecologist and environmental consultant, married at the gorgeous Pennsylvania Castle, Portland, Dorset on the 11th of July 2015, surrounded by family and friends, many of whom had travelled half way across the world to be part of their day.

“We are so similar in the things we like and enjoy doing that making decisions on the venue and styling was easy, as we had exactly the same vision for our wedding day as each other.  We are both surfers and are definitely water/beach people, so it was natural for both of us to want a wedding that was by the sea and that reflected our passion for surfing.”

Photography by Charlotte Bryer-Ash
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Bride Sarah wore an Essence of Australia gown and flowers in her hair for her wedding by the sea in Dorset. Photography by Charlotte Bryer Ash.

“We also were both adamant that we wanted to get married outside. The combination of washed out blues and corals and white mixed with hessian created a fresh palette that matched our idea of a rustic coastal theme. We also wanted an element of boho style to add a floaty soft feel to the coastal theme.”

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12th February 2016

Hi lovely ones, I hope the week has treated you well. This afternoon’s wedding is a delight, Rob and Chloe, a landscape contracts manager and barmaid were married at Swallow’s Oast, in Ticehurst, East Sussex, a beautiful barn with lovely gardens, a lake and woodland walk. I absolutely love the outdoor ceremony, the beautiful seasonal blooms and gorgeous woodland backdrop, the main inspiration for this 1st of May wedding.

Teamed with a tiered veil, Monsoon shoes and her favourite Chanel perfume, Chloe chose her beautiful gown by Cymbeline from Fross Wedding Collections in Uckfield.

“After visiting a few bridal shops I was struggling to find something I really loved. I was fairly open minded but knew I didn’t want anything too bulky and ideally not strapless. Fross had a lovely selection of dresses but mine was the first one I tried on that day and nothing else compared.”

Photography by Rachael Edwards Photography

Bride Chloe wore a Cymbeline gown for her Spring wedding  at Swallow's Oast in Sussex. Photography by Rachael Edwards.

“I loved my dress because of the vintage detail and relaxed style plus the train is gorgeous. It hardly had to be altered which was a bonus too! So comfortable to wear on the day, I still really love my dress.”

Bride Chloe wore a Cymbeline gown for her Spring wedding  at Swallow's Oast in Sussex. Photography by Rachael Edwards.

The delicious 3 tiered Victoria Sponge ‘naked cake’ was made by the Bride’s Auntie Tara with berries and sweet springs of gypsophila for decoration.

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12th February 2016

For this Friday lunch time slot, I wanted to share these photographs that were shot by photographer Jere Satamo and both styled and submitted for a feature by Satu of bridal fashion adornments brand Aino. Satu was supported in styling this shoot by Saara of the Finnish bridal fashion brand, ‘Pukuni‘.

I love that through Love My Dress, I’m able to discover exciting new brands around the world like Aino and Pukuni, and it’s always so inspiring when artists work collaboratively on something that oozes Love My Dress glamour and elegance, like these photographs.  I love the mood, tone and aesthetic of these images and hope you do to.

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The creative team used the historical and rustic environments they were working in to provide an exquisite textural backdrop for this shoot, one that would showcase and enhance the elegance and femininity of the handcrafted headpieces and delicate lace gowns they were working with.

Photography by Jere Satamo

Beautiful modern rustic bridal fashion, photography by Jere Satamo.

Satu told me more, “For a some time, Saara and I floated idea for a project, a collaboration witch could showcase the truly talented and passionate professionals we have as our friends and colleagues. We wanted to do a two-part shoot where we could show the sometimes cruel but at the same time beautiful Finnish nature in it’s fall colours.”

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As the locations and colours of the season were  so strong, the team wanted to keep everything else simple, elegant and timeless.I think they did the most sensitively beautiful job…

“When Jere, the photographer suggested the location, the ruins of the medieval Bishop’s Castle at Kuusisto – everything came together naturally. The ruins are old, small and so dreamy and surrounded by nearby forest, fields and running water.”

Beautiful modern rustic bridal fashion, photography by Jere Satamo. Continue reading…

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