2nd August 2015

Back in April this year, I was guest, along with a small team of other social media influencers, of wedding and event planners Italian Eye, for a four day experience of Tuscany.  Named ‘Kaleidotour‘ (click the link to catch up with our adventures on Instagram) because of the colourful aspect of this sensuous experience, our time in Italy was spent with a number of suppliers who are able to offer wedding services to couples planning on marrying in Italy.

My company included Blog goddess Design Love Fest, Instagram foodie sensations Symmetry Breakfast and Clerkenwell Boy, London based photographer Charlotte Hu and two of my favourite British bridal fashion designers, Belle & Bunty (aka, Hannah and Alice).

Photography by Charlotte Hu, shoot curated by Italian Eye

Italian wedding inspiration - relaxed, boho, woodland wedding style. Dresses by Belle & Bunty, Photography by Charlotte Hu, concept + styling by Italian Eye - specialists in wedding and event planning in Italy.

Dress and styling by Belle & Bunty

We stayed in the most glorious venue, LaSelva Giardino del Belvedere – an authentic homage to the effortlessly laid back and rustic Italian way of living – and the perfect blank canvas for styling, dining and entertaining guests (the food there is out of this world).

Italian wedding inspiration - relaxed, boho, woodland wedding style. Dresses by Belle & Bunty, Photography by Charlotte Hu, concept + styling by Italian Eye - specialists in wedding and event planning in Italy.

Stationery by The Charming Press

Whilst on the Kaleidotour, our host Angela arranged for a photoshoot that would bring together the products and creative skills of some of my fellow tour guests, with a team of brilliant Italian wedding suppliers. Today, I would like to share these images with you and hope that their rustic, elegant and colourful nature will fill you with inspiration.

Italian wedding inspiration - relaxed, boho, woodland wedding style. Dresses by Belle & Bunty, Photography by Charlotte Hu, concept + styling by Italian Eye - specialists in wedding and event planning in Italy.

For me, these images capture the free spirited nature of the latest Belle & Bunty ‘Piece of my heart‘ collection – which is discreetly inspired by the boho vibe of the 60’s and 70’s.  Model for the shoot was East London based cake-maker extraordinaire herself, Lily of Lily Vanilli – who of course supplied all the cake too.

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31st July 2015

Good afternoon lovely ones – we’re bestowing our beautiful blog with another inspiring wedding this afternoon, one I hope will inspire all you lovely couples planning a glamorous and elegant affair.  Beautiful bride Min Hae married her beau Tom on 2nd May this year at Iscoyd Park in Whitchurch. Allowing the Georgian country house venue to set the tone of the day, they filled the house with the most exquisite flowers and focussed on creating a laid back and relaxed atmosphere for their guests.

Film by Viva la Wedding

Min Hae wore the most elegant and glamorous of gowns called ‘Jayne’ by British designer Eliza Jane Howell, which she purchased from Blackburn Bridal Couture in London.

“On the recommendation of one of the stylists at Blackburn Bridal, I tried on and ended up choosing the ‘Jayne’ gown by Eliza Jane Howell. I really liked the intricate beading and delicate cap sleeves.”

Photography by Jade Osborne

The bride wears Eliza Jane Howell for her elegant Spring wedding at Iscoyd Park. Photography by Jade Osborne.

Feather cape by Biba

“Each of the four bridesmaids chose their own dress within a silvery grey/blue colour scheme, from House of Fraser, John Lewis and ASOS.”

The bride wears Eliza Jane Howell for her elegant Spring wedding at Iscoyd Park. Photography by Jade Osborne.

“The bridesmaids also wore pretty floral wrist corsages that were created by Selina Godsal Flowers and dried floral circlets by  Artisan Dried Flowers.”

The bride wears Eliza Jane Howell for her elegant Spring wedding at Iscoyd Park. Photography by Jade Osborne.

As well as her beautiful Eliza Jane Howell gown, Min Hae also wore a Korean hanbok for the wedding breakfast, which was a gift from her Aunt.

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31st July 2015

In my last blog post, I happily tapped away about all of my ideas in a happy little trance feeling quite content at how organised I thought I was with so much time ahead of me. Whilst this may technically still be true, we still have over 10 months to go, I can’t quite help but feel ever so slightly panicked at the almighty task ahead of us, my wedding is beautiful in my head and on my ever growing Pinterest boards but how do I make that a reality?

Now I am most likely being over dramatic – I am the first to admit that, and I do hope that I am not the only bride to be going through this ‘phase’.quote 2

Having what I would call a very long engagement (since October 2013) meant that after all of the big ‘must have’ details were booked (venue, photographer, videographer etc), I’d be able to take a step back from wedding planning. Not necessarily because I wanted too, but because I couldn’t have every single aspect of the day booked, signed, sorted with years to go, I would almost have certainly changed my mind.  I think that’s the thing – wedding planning is so personal/individual/yours that for me, now is the time. (Panic!)

I couldn’t have planned the finer details any sooner than now because it wasn’t current, it wasn’t realistic and it wasn’t 320 days away! (I remember a time that figure was well over the 800 mark! – HOW HAS THAT HAPPENED!?)

At this point I can’t help but feel the pressure; I have lost count of the amount of times we’ve been told, ‘it’s only a day,’ ‘It’ll be here and gone before you know it!’ (Ouch!).  Well, yes it may only be one day, but it will be the day I will have been waiting for, for two and a half years, the day that we will remember for the rest of our lives be it rain, shine, or thunderstorm (emergency brollies are definitely on my to-do list, along with wellies for that matter).

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30th July 2015

Lovely blog readers, prepare to have your breath taken away by these exquisite wedding photographs by Michelle Turnbull Photography for this delightful Scottish wedding in spring. Look out for the cutest little bridesmaid with three outfits and the sweetest pooch who joined in the celebrations. I simply adore preparing weddings like this to share with you on this beautiful blog.

Kate, who co-ordinates services for the British Red Cross, and truck driver Stuart, married on 16th May 2015 at Berriedale Church, followed by a reception at Portland Hall, on the northern east coast of Caithness, Scotland – a perfectly picturesque highland setting.

“We live in a tiny village up in the Highlands and just wanted to have a very small wedding as close to home as we could, and are lucky enough that the church and village hall are within walking distance.”

Photography by Michelle Turnbull Photography

The bride wears a 1930s original vintage wedding gown for her village hall wedding in Scotland. Photography by Michelle Turnbull.

The pictures of Kate’s niece and bridesmaid Tilly are utterly adorable, don’t you agree? To top off her very stylish ensembles, she wore a pretty daisy chain flower circlet.

“My niece and bridesmaid Tilly brought three dresses with her, for various parts of the day and was the most organised of us all!”

The bride wears a 1930s original vintage wedding gown for her village hall wedding in Scotland. Photography by Michelle Turnbull.

“Our favourite part of the day was sharing our vows and story with our friends and family and being piped from the church to the hall. My mum’s partner plays the bagpipes and he led us in a procession from the church, the sun came out, all the nerves fell away and everyone was relaxed and happy.” 

The bride wears a 1930s original vintage wedding gown for her village hall wedding in Scotland. Photography by Michelle Turnbull.

Kate’s divine handmade 1930’s vintage silk lamé dress with long sleeves was found at Starry Starry Night, a vintage shop in Glasgow.

“It was beautiful, a one off. I loved the simplicity and the shape and it was only a hundred pounds!”

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29th July 2015

I wanted to treat you to an additional feature this afternoon – one I know true Love My Dress blog fans will adore.  One of first designers I fell in love when I started planning my wedding was Emmy London, and I’ve been a fan smitten with their designs ever since. If you’ve never seen a pair of these shoes in ‘real life’ before, all I can say is they are just the most beautiful things – the softest of leathers decorated with the most intricate of details – pearls, crystals, tiny delicate buckles.

They remained one of the most coveted items on my wedding wish list throughout my 15 months of planning for my own March 2009 nuptials – I saved and saved until I could afford a pair and to this day, they remain one of my most favourite things (I pop them on every now and again to open up the floodgates to some very fond wedding day memories).

The Aurelia collection by Emmy London - visit www.emmyshoes.co.uk.

Emmy Scarterfield, the founder of and designer behind these most heavenly heels,  made her name creating lavishly luxuriant shoes and accessories for the modern bride. Today lovely blog readers, I’d like to share Emmy’s latest ‘Aurelia’ designs with you – a beguiling collection of flat, low, mid and high heel elegance that in my view are utterly perfect for the Love My Dress bride. 

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Inspired by the magical mythology of the sea, Emmy has looked to mermaids, selkies and sea sirens as her muse; strong, sultry creatures luring men to their destiny.

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A dramatic landscape of waves crashes in the moonlight as iridescent coral glistens under water. Fairytale illustrations from the turn of the century and rippling Art Nouveau forms have further influenced the Aurelia collection with subtly shimmering suedes in sea green and ice blue emblazoned with ornate crystal beading. Shoes, if you will, to kill and die for.

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