23rd October 2016

Back in July I decided I was going to make my own wedding dress for our wedding next September. Consequently, this weekend I took the same trip that my mum and my granny had previously taken together to a fabric boutique called Borovicks Fabrics in Soho to pick my dress fabric. Whilst trawling through the many different types of lace with the assistant, we talked about how it’s become something of a tradition making the wedding dress in our family. The assistant then turns to mum and says, “So mum, how long have you been married?”. Cue a slightly awkward pause and a jolt back to reality.

Perhaps it might be helpful for me to interject some history to help you understand exactly why. By the time our wedding comes around my parents will have been divorced for 11 years. Sometimes those years have been tough but I moved past the ‘Parent Trap’ phase quite a while ago and feel that both of my parents are now much happier. Though with that said, if there’s one occasion to really bring out difficult family dynamics it’s a wedding! I don’t want to dwell on the past in this post too much but think touching on it may help explain my choices and I hope through writing this is that it will help other brides-to-be who may be in similar situations.

From The Heart: The 'Parent Trap': dealing with divorce at your wedding

I want to start off by saying that my mum is amazing. She has spent the last 10 years making sure that my siblings and I continued to have a good relationship with Dad regardless of how painful that has been for her. That my dad was leaving came completely out of the blue and was such a big adjustment to make. Just one Sunday over lunch he said he was leaving next Friday, and it seemed as simple as that.

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22nd October 2016

Oh girls I’m giddy with happiness that I finally get to share this beautiful wedding with you! Today’s bride is someone who has become so very dear to us in our little bridal haven – the Love My Dress Facebook group for brides and newlyweds. Chrissie has been a constant source of love, support and understanding (perhaps her job as an Independent Lifestyle Manager has something to do with her unfailingly wonderful advice) and we’re so proud to be sharing her sublime celebrations with you today.

Our simply stunning bride wed her husband Mark, a former Chef who now runs a travel company, on 9th July 2016 in the picturesque Cotswolds. The couple had a traditional religious ceremony in Northleach Church followed by an elegant reception at the secluded Cripps Stone Barn. Chrissie and Mark chose one of our Little Book for Brides suppliers, the super talented Dan Dolan Films to create the heart-string-tugging film you’re about to watch, and the lovely Frankee Victoria Photography captured these effortlessly natural images (you’ll spot Chrissie and Mark gracing Frankee’s Little Book for Brides listing!)

“The day after Mark proposed in Napa, we had been for the most delicious lunch at a gorgeous little ranch and winery. That afternoon they had been setting up for a private event on the lawn with long rows of trestle tables and festoon lights strung overhead. Having had no prior ideas as to what kind of wedding we might one day have, it suddenly hit us and we both looked at each other and said, ‘that would be so cool for a wedding’. Our loose inspiration therefore was to channel a little bit of ‘Californian Ranch’ in a Cotswolds setting.”

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Chrissie wore a Stephanie Allin gown for her wedding at Cripps Barn in the Cotswolds. Photography by Frankee Victoria.

Chrissie and Mark found Frankee Victoria Photography on their venue’s list of recommended suppliers and knew right away that she was the one for them. I can’t stress enough the importance of investing in photography. Having spent the last few hours totally absorbed by the full complement of fellow writer Emily C’s wedding photographs (I got a sneak peek!), I can 100% say that my beautiful friend has the most stunning set of images to treasure with her husband – just like Chrissie and Mark.

“We didn’t need to spend weeks searching for a photographer as we loved Frankee’s style as soon as we saw her website and booked her before we’d even spoken on the phone. We are so chuffed that we chose her.” Continue reading…

21st October 2016

As regular readers of our much loved wedding blog will probably already know, we’re (and that includes me personally) are huge fans of Emmy London. Established by designer Emmy Scarterfield in 2004, Emmy London are designers and purveyors of some of the most exquisite wedding shoes and accessories you truly will ever find.   My own personal love affair with Emmy began back in 2008 when I was planning my own wedding. I wore a pair of Emmy heels for my wedding and have been head over heels, hopelessly in love for all things Emmy ever since.

Since that time, Emmy London has gone from strength to strength, extending their collection of heavenly heels to include bridal hair accessories, belts and clutch bags – you can browse some of these products from the comfort of these very wedding blog pages now by visiting our Style Files section (click the image below).

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To add to this, earlier this year, Emmy proudly announced the launch of her debut collection of diamond jewellery in collaboration with high street jeweller H Samuel. We first blogged about this collection back in March. Today, I’m excited to be able to share a film that celebrates this collection with you, showcasing some of the beautiful wedding and engagement rings that are a part of it – and thrilled too, because I was part of the team that produced this film and these images.

Film by The Lawsons

Working on the concept, art direction and styling of this shoot with my husband was an absolute pleasure and real joy and I’m beyond delighted that I finally got a chance to work with The Lawsons to create this film – I’ve been closely observing these talented photographers who turned to film making recently and wanting to work with them ever since. It was also a real pleasure being able to work professionally alongside my friend and talented colleague Georgina Harrison.

The film so perfectly captures the elegant nature of this gorgeous collection of diamond jewellery. The film above forms part of a wider social media advertising campaign that I was asked to produce by both Emmy and SIGNET, the parent company to H Samuel.

Photography by Georgina Harrison

The Emmy London diamond jewellery collection, available exclusively at H Samuel.

Above and below, the Platinum 2/3 Carat
Diamond Solitaire ring, £2599

“The essence of the Emmy London collection lends it self so well and so perfectly to fine jewellery, and so to be able to offer this collection exclusively to a wider audience through H Samuel is just amazing.”

The Emmy London diamond jewellery collection, available exclusively at H Samuel.

Our brand as a whole is about timeless, elegant delicate pieces that pass the test of time but that are super special for that one beautiful wedding day too, so from the off, this exclusive collaboration with H.Samuel felt very natural.I’m really very proud of this exquisite collection of rings and how they truly complete the Emmy London look.” (Emmy Scarterfield, Emmy London)

The Emmy London diamond jewellery collection, available exclusively at H Samuel.

Top, Platinum 1/8 Carat Diamond Ring, currently £799
Platinum 2/5 Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring, £1999

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20th October 2016

Happy Thursday and nearly-the-weekend lovelies! I’m quivering with sheer delight at the spectacular wedding you’re about to view – I’ve been aching to share these light-filled images and video by Guille and Jo from Viva la Wedding Photography (see their Little Book for Brides listing here) ever since I caught sight of the bride’s lacy Pronovias gown and her maids in their vibrant blue attire. Prepare to be inspired and in utter awe of the wedding of Sabrina and Nick who married on the 23rd of April 2016.

Sabrina, a privacy attorney, and Nick, a marketing director, chose the majestic Syon Park in London for their nuptials and let’s begin with these little snippets of their heartwarming day.

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“The videography was actually what first hooked us on Viva la Wedding Photography – we saw a few preview videos and fell in love with their ‘storytelling’ style. Guille and Jo from were super friendly, they really knew their stuff and made us relaxed, even from 3,500 miles away in a hectic preparation time. Their message was for us to focus on us, and them on the photography/videography on the day – we were thrilled to do so and even more thrilled with the results.”

Sabrina and Nick had a multicultural wedding including an Anglican and Hindu ceremony at Syon Park in London. Sabrina wore Pronovias. Photography by Viva La weddings.

“We met at a bar in Tribeca in New York – Nick’s British accent probably helped! We got engaged after Nick ran a complicated treasure hunt throughout Lower Manhattan, culminating in a proposal at the restaurant Bouley.” Continue reading…

20th October 2016

Love My Dress promotes bravery and the beauty of deciding to approach something in a way that is unique to you, the path that feels right and brings the utmost amount of fulfilment. Feeling the freedom to celebrate your love in a way that simply fits the world you have created with another human gives me that wonderful lightness that a true happy thought brings with it. The beautiful people you see beaming in the following exchange of vows did just that, making a pilgrimage to Scotland to become husband and wife in a place that had captured their hearts. Bright blue skies with a smattering of cloud, a smorgasbord of greens all dappled in sunlight and an outpouring of in-the-moment joy; today’s highly personal and laid back union transports us from desks and trains to the enriched air of Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. Breathe that outside in.

Tatiana, a Third Grade Teacher, and Matt, Manager of Member Value and Engagement for a Non-Profit Organisation live in New York but chose to enjoy a summer day in Scotland as they made things official on July 8th 2016. Having family ties to this land of wild beauty and wanting to experience the suns gaze and sweet scent of grass whilst promising forever, Holyrood Park was chosen as the setting for this American love story.

“Our day was inspired by our love of Scotland. Matt wanted to wear a suit made of Scottish Tweed and I chose a dress that reflected the natural setting. We chose this venue because Matt is part Scottish on his mom’s side. We also think Scotland is one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

Photography by Carley Buick

Bride Tatiana wore the Ireland gown by BHLDN for her Scottish elopement. Photography by Carley Buick.

The Ireland gown by Tara Lauren, via BHLDN
(currently half price!)

“We wanted to get married in a natural setting and the park was so wild and gorgeous, it was the perfect place for our ceremony. The ceremony took place in a clearing on the Salisbury Craggs with Arthur’s Seat in the background.”
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19th October 2016

Happy hump day lovelies! Now you all know how much we love it here at Love My Dress when couples are 100% true to themselves, whether that be totally traditional or super alternative. From colourful weddings dresses to first looks, anything goes, and we’re so proud to celebrate love in all its forms. Today’s bride Jade, a Dance Teacher, wed Rik, a Hospitality Manager, on 20th May this year at Beeston Manor in Preston, and just as she’d always dreamed, Jade was a beautiful boho bride and she and her husband celebrated their marriage in joy-filled, laid-back style.

“I knew I wanted to be a boho bride and we both wanted a really laid-back wedding. That’s why we chose to have a barbecue rather than a formal three course dinner, so there was more of a relaxed atmosphere.”

Photography by Kerry Woods

Jade wore a Sottero & Midgley gown for her boho inspired barbeque weeding. Photography by Kerry Woods.

Jade chose a stunningly detailed lace gown from Sottero and Midgley, which she purchased from Aristocrats of Chester, along with her Perfect Bridal Shoes ribbon-fastened heels. I’m a complete sucker for a backless gown and the deep V style of Jade’s dress is particularly gorgeous in contrast with the higher neck and little cap sleeves. Continue reading…

18th October 2016

I must admit to being a little bit obsessed with brilliant bridal hair and makeup. I love seeing brides transformed into the most beautiful versions of themselves and I’m in awe of the amazingly talented hair and makeup artists who work their magic so wonderfully. One company whose work I always love is Lipstick & Curls and today it’s doubly exciting to welcome them to Love My Dress because as well as sharing more details of their work, we’re also celebrating the opening of their second UK office, a base in Leeds that joins their London head office.

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Beautiful bridal hair and makeup from Lipstick & Curls, who now offer nationwide coverage.

Photography by Jacqui McSweeney
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Lipstick & Curls is most definitely a Love My Dress favourite. When Annabel produced her book, Style Me Vintage Weddings, she chose Lipstick & Curls to work on the vintage-inspired images and the whole writing team gets a little excited when weddings feature brides with Lipstick & Curls makeovers. Continue reading…

18th October 2016

Falling HARD for weddings is part of the job here at Love My Dress (something I’m sure our readers partake in also). There’s just so much creativity leaping out from unique celebrations, joyous shouting of love from the rooftops and windows into lives other than our own. Sometimes my heart enfolds the couple; the people behind the joyous grins and beautifully executed script writing. Their love and commitment strike a chord, their story or values resonate within my own journey and the happiness exuding from the photographs means that little bit more. Today’s bride and groom feel so wonderfully in sync with each other that I can feel a lifetime of adventure and laughter coming their way, its almost enough to give Tuesday that Friday lift. Just wait until you hear about the gifts they exchanged on the morning of the wedding…

Its my pleasure to introduce Zena, a Senior Account Manager and Tom, a Support Worker about to take on a Masters. After meeting at University and enjoying many a far-flung trip, they decided to get hitched at The Reid Rooms in Margaret Roding, Essex on 4th March 2016. As people who relish life and the opportunity of travel, Zena and Tom’s day set about championing their passions: climbing and exploration. The results highlight the importance of staying true to yourselves with the world of weddings, and that gold should be dusted on everything; two things I feel exceptionally strongly about.

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Zena and Tom's woodland glam inspired wedding was held in a beautiful barn in the spring time. Photography by Claudia Rose Carter.

“Our overarching idea for the wedding day was that it would represent our love for adventure as much as possible. We’re both dirtbag climbers at heart so the idea of having an a la carte menu at a fancy hotel just didn’t sit right with us. So instead we served vegetarian Mexican food (we’re both veggies), our best man carried the rings on a carabiner and we had an atlas for our guestbook.”

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