8th February 2016

Hello folks. What better way to start the week than with a quirky, open air, Scottish Tipi wedding! I have to confess; I have a real soft spot for nuptials north of the border. Scotland’s wild, rugged, countryside and historic, cultured cities offer a wealth of spectacular backdrops for weddings, plus the light in this special part of the world has a quality seldom found elsewhere. Furthermore, the rules and regulations governing alfresco weddings in Scotland are much more relaxed than those south of Hadrian’s Wall; allowing couples to make the most of the scenery and tie the knot wherever they choose.

Audrey and Andrew became husband and wife on the 1st of August 2015 at The Falkland Estate in Fife, Scotland. The couple held their humanist ceremony outside, in a ruined chapel, followed by a reception in a giant hat tipi overlooking the estate’s acres of lush green hills and ancient woodland. We are delighted that one of our Little Book For Brides members took these photographs – the wonderfully talented Paul Joseph.

The setting of our wedding was so beautiful, there was very little need to overcomplicate things. My family and I are very creative so it was our chance to experiment and make things. We didn’t want a theme or to be too colour coordinated. Andrew wanted to wear tartan and I love neon colours so we incorporated both of these elements.”

Photography by Paul Joseph Photography
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Audrey wore a 1950's inspired tiered wedding dress by Mooshki Bridal for her outdoor wedding in Scotland. The colourful and quirky wedding ceremony was held within the ruins of a chapel. Photography by Paul Joseph.

Audrey wore ‘Harriet’ by House of Mooshki; a short tea length wedding dress, which she purchased from Pretty Woman in Edinburgh. I love the gown’s strapless silk satin bodice and tulle layered ruffle skirt! Her three bridesmaids looked fabulous in ivory ASOS skirts paired with silver, sequinned tops from Coast. Continuing the neon theme, each ‘maid wore a pair of brightly coloured shoes.

Audrey wore a 1950's inspired tiered wedding dress by Mooshki Bridal for her outdoor wedding in Scotland. The colourful and quirky wedding ceremony was held within the ruins of a chapel. Photography by Paul Joseph.

Our couple’s big day was captured by Paul Joseph Photography. I love the sense of joy and fun which emanates from these beautiful images…

Paul Joseph Photography were outstanding! They are the champion of all wedding photographers and one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Paul Joseph captured every tiny little moment, look and glance perfectly. We didn’t know they were there half the time and they were loads of fun. Our photos are beautiful and a brilliant record of our day.”

Audrey wore a 1950's inspired tiered wedding dress by Mooshki Bridal for her outdoor wedding in Scotland. The colourful and quirky wedding ceremony was held within the ruins of a chapel. Photography by Paul Joseph.
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8th February 2016

Hello again and welcome to a brand new week! Did you see last week’s post from Annabel introducing our new series of ‘from the heart’ features? I so hope that if you’ve got something you’d like to share with our community that you send in your thoughts, opinions and ideas because we’re really looking forward to hearing from you and welcoming more of our readers to these beautiful pages. We shared our first post yesterday and have been bowled over by the response through blog and social media comments as well as private emails as well – we are delighted that the post reached and resonated with so many of you.

Anyway, I wonder what the next seven days have in store for us all. If you’re looking for your wedding photographer then I might be able to make you smile right now as I introduce you to the lovely Claudia Rose Carter, her artistic and honest storytelling style wedding photography, and share details of an exclusive discount offer that both you and your wedding budget are going to love…

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Claudia Rose Carter is an artistic wedding photographer based on the very outskirts of East London. She works all over the world and has photographed weddings in the US, Egypt, France, Italy, Spain and Norway as well as capturing plenty of celebrations all over the UK. Claudia Rose has over a decade of experience and became a wedding photographer thanks to a job in a music studio in Edinburgh. She also happened to take photographs of the bride in her beautiful floral wedding dress below, which we featured on Love My Dress in November 2013. Images from which went viral across the web almost immediately afterwards.

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I left school early to work in a music studio in Edinburgh where I grew up. Through the studio I became friends with a group of the musicians who worked for the in-house wedding band. A few socials later and I was acting as a roadie for them each weekend. My boss bought me a camera and asked me to get some backstage / promotional shots that he could use in marketing material and so my love of documenting began. That was eleven years ago now and I’ve been full time as a wedding photographer for five of those!” 

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8th February 2016

Happy Monday all – welcome to the start of a new week. My job as wedding blogger is to help make it all that little bit more lovely for you. Quick catchup first – did you read our first ever ‘from the heart’ post yesterday? And are you following Love My Dress on Instagram yet? One final question – have you booked your photographer yet? We have a competition coming up at lunch time today if not – keep your eyes peeled.

This morning’s wedding was held on the beautiful Northumberland coast – a place very close to my heart. Becky and David chose to tie the knot on 13th September 2015 at Newton Hall at Newton by the Sea in Northumberland – a venue that has featured several times on Love My Dress already.

“We wanted a style of wedding that fitted the venue, something classic with a hint of sparkle. I looked at Gatsby styles for inspiration but wanted to keep the colour palette soft and feminine. Newton Hall had a twist on the classic wedding venue. A large country manor with a quirky and luxurious feel. It’s also near the most beautiful beach which we wanted to use for photographs. We live in Sydney so we were keen to bring the beach setting into the photographs.”

Photography by S6 photography

Bride becky wore a Johanna Johnson gown (Australian designer) for her Newton Hall wedding in Northumberland. Images by S6 Photography.

Becky also wore a Johanna Johnson jewel encrusted cuff and rose gold heart bracelet – a gift from her mum on the morning of the wedding (something new). She teamed these with a beautiful pendant from her Nanna (something old and borrowed).

Bride becky wore a Johanna Johnson gown (Australian designer) for her Newton Hall wedding in Northumberland. Images by S6 Photography.

“The bridesmaids dresses were individually chosen by each girl to suit her style. I provided some examples for inspiration, greys, blues and pale pinks with some embellishment to tie in with the details on my dress. Their gowns came from Monsoon, Needle and Thread and Nordstrom.”

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7th February 2016

I feel a mix of nerves and excitement to be sharing this, our very first ever ‘From The Heart’ post with you today. You can read our post introducing plans for our new Sunday feature here.  I won’t comment on that now, for I’d like this post to focus fully on the three amazing, brave, courageous and inspirational women that I have come to know as Becky, Sara and Cat, the ladies behind the Most Curious Wedding Fair.

The Most Curious Wedding Fair is an inspirational, trend-aware event that brings together 180 of the best exhibitors from the new breed of exciting and hip wedding suppliers, all under one roof for the convenience and benefit of creative couples who are planning a wedding.  The event hosts fashion shows, a cafe and live music and is one of the best, most enjoyable and well organised wedding events in the UK. I’m not just saying this – I’ve been attending and supporting the Curious team for some years now (see the evidence) and am very much looking forward to joining them in London in March.

The team behind this event is made up of four creative individuals who have backgrounds in law, design journalism, accountancy, styling and PR. They are Becky Hoh-Hale, 34, who is the founder and creative director of the show (pictured below right), Sara Smyth, 40, head of production for London (pictured below centre) and Sarah ‘Cat’ Brennan, 41, exhibitor relations for London. The team have also recently been joined by Gemma Goodwin, 27, who oversees the Norwich show.  Together they apply their top notch skill set to setting the bridal industry world alight with a pioneering and exciting approach to wedding fairs.

That’s the side you see, at least.

Behind the scenes, there is also the small matter of their other ambitious, creative and simultaneously full time jobs – motherhood.

Photography by Karolina of Hearts on Fire Photography
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From left to right Cat, Sara and Becky
The ladies behind A Most Curious Wedding Fair

Collectively, the team juggle the busy lives of six children aged 1 to 22. And between them, there’s a whole big story of just how tricky the reproduction and becoming a mother thing can be.  Their experiences touch on issues that could happen to any one of us. Perhaps you can relate through personal experience of your own, or maybe you harbour deep fears that it might happen to you. One of the reasons we’re sharing this post is to highlight how even the most devastating of experiences can lead to the nurturing of even deeper levels of love, gratitude, acceptance and understanding.

There is an overriding theme in each three of the stories below – it isn’t about the rough ride that each of these women have been through, but how lucky they feel for the beautiful babies they have in their lives – just exactly as they are and in whatever way they entered the world.

What’s that old saying, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’; by sharing their experiences with one another, the ladies in the Most Curious team have been able to overcome grief and embark on their personal journeys of healing.  Through opening up and talking about what has happened, they have learned to eradicate guilt, shame and fear and remove the taboo that often clouds honest and supportive conversation around miscarriage, adoption and even giving birth to babies with a potentially life-threatening condition.

Today, these amazing women would like to share their stories and experiences with you. The often silent battles that leave you feeling isolated and alone if not talked about openly can cause deep but invisible emotional scars.  So many people go through all these curveballs on the daily, but unless we talk about it, a certain amount of stigma is left surrounding them. Becky, Sara and Cat are keen to bust open that box and start a conversation about some of the most challenging life experiences that they have been through, all in the name of baby making.

Please be kind ladies and gentlemen, for as much as they want to open up to you today, it has also been an incredibly nerve wracking experience for all three ladies in ‘going public’ like this.

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6th February 2016

Being a British blog we don’t often feature stateside weddings, so when we do you know the wedding is going to be an absolute cracker.  I’m so excited to share this wedding with you today- it’s so classy, elegant and full of beautiful and meaningful personalised touches.  The light is crystal clear and full of stunning Autumnal colours and captured beautifully by photographers Crystal + Zoe.

Caitlin, a former interior designer and now wedding planner and stationery designer, and Dustin, a property manager and handyman married at the rather beautiful Summit Manor House in Minnesota on the 8th of October 2014, surrounded by family and friends. I am so in love with Caitlin’s amazing vintage dress- that incredible neckline, tiny waist and gorgeous fabric – it’s just beautiful, and even more fabulous because it was also her grandmother Patricia’s wedding dress, purchased in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota in the mid 1950’s.

“My grandmother wore her dress at her wedding in June 1954.  She had recently passed away (just three months before our engagement), and she and my grandfather Charlie would have celebrated 60 years of marriage that year.  Wearing her dress was a beautiful tribute to them, and it fit like a glove.”

Photography by Crystal + Zoe

Bride Caitlin wore her Grandmother's 1950's original vintage wedding dress. She also shared a first look before the ceremony with her husband Dustin. Photography by Crystal+Zoe.

“I had the dress professionally restored, but did not alter the dress, except to be fitted.  I LOVE the dress’ neckline, and the shape of the waist was flattering to my figure. “

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“I purchased a new fingertip-length blusher veil from Che Bella to modernize the look and omitted the fingerless lace gloves my grandma wore.  My bridesmaids and I recreated a photo that my grandmother had taken with her bridesmaids getting ready as well.”

Bride Caitlin wore her Grandmother's 1950's original vintage wedding dress. She also shared a first look before the ceremony with her husband Dustin. Photography by Crystal+Zoe.
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