19th December 2014

I know that you, our readers gain so many styling ideas from pouring over the pages and images of Love My Dress.  It’s a pleasure to sit pinning images to Pinterest and saving photographs to your inspiration files.  The images I’m sharing this lunch time are from a project that set out to explore the curious and quirky alongside the glamorous and elegant. You see, weddings can be styled in any way that you want them to be.  It’s an incredibly over-used expression but it *is* your day – drawing on your creative juices to add elements of you, your personality and style is one of the most fun aspects of planning a wedding! And it matters not what your style happens to be.  If you love quirky or off-beat, then we want to encourage you to explore these tastes and discover the many ways that you can incorporate this aesthetically and meaningfully in to your wedding day.

This lunch time, I’m going to hand over to our regular fashion contributor Sarah-Leigh of What Peggy Did Next, who styled and came up with the concept for this shoot and these images you see on the page below.  I love how they blend a sense of curiousness, eccentricity and quirky with the kind of glamorous and elegant vibe Love My Dress is adored for.  So pin, pin away my lovelies. These images have been created for you to help you spark your own creative ideas. Over to you Sarah-Leigh…

When I first met my business partner, Karen, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. We had our communications backgrounds in common, met due to running blogs and were both planning our weddings. Weddings were our hot topic, but, we were both less-than-enamoured by the offering of the local wedding fairs and the general lack of creative styling ideas for weddings that was around in general.

Well, fast-forward a couple of years and we’re now both co-founders, along with my sister Helen, of ‘What Peggy Did Next‘ – an event and communication agency based in the South of the UK – as well as hosts of regular event, the Bridal Boot Sale - a fabulous place to pick up pre-used wedding day items at amazing prices, thanks to other generous brides and grooms.

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Lydia Stamps

These days, we work together to create unique wedding day experiences for our discerning clients, but one of the best things about what we do is working alongside so amazing, creative and inspirational suppliers. We had such an amazing opportunity recently when we joined forces with a few of  my personal favourite suppliers on a styled shoot that was inspired by ‘nature’s curiosities’, and I’m really delighted to be sharing some of the images from the shoot with you all today.  I’m hoping they will encourage some of you to explore your quirky, glamorous style!

Handsome Grade II listed Penton Park was our venue and one chilly Saturday in October we set about making some eccentric magic happen…

Blessed with the skills of photographer Lydia Stamps, florist Laura Smith, make-up artist Antonia of Elle Au Naturel and hair stylist Karin Walsh of JAS HAIR Group, we combined the beauty of our historic hosts, styled scenarios and model-friend Charlotte. Our bridal looks were supplied by Exquisite Bridal Couture in Winchester and by accessories designer Victoria Fergusson, with styling by yours truly.

Helen, Karen and I were able to style up a storm in Penton Park’s opulent rooms with a little help from The Black Boy’s taxidermy collection and Purple Door Props, also based in Winchester, with Laura providing expert floral advice.

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19th December 2014

Hello!  It’s an absolute pleasure to be writing my first Love My Dress feature on this damp December morning!  I’m thrilled that my first feature is a wedding from my adopted home county of Yorkshire, and it really is a delight of a wedding – guaranteed to make you feel warm and cosy inside. So get yourself a cup of tea, take a quick break from whatever you’re doing and be transported to Autumnal Yorkshire for the wedding of Flic and Tom.

“I had discovered Pinterest about six months before we started planning our wedding and already had a few sneaky inspiration boards hidden away, I knew I wanted a rustic country theme with lots or herbs, moss and gypsophila, but didn’t decide on a colour theme until I found my bridesmaid dresses.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Georgina Harrison Photography

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“Later I added gold painted pumpkins into the decor but must admit that at one point two days before the wedding, as I was standing in my parent’s garage at midnight covered in gold spray paint I did start to wonder if I had gone a little mad!”

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Flic’s adult bridesmaids dazzled in dresses by Jenny Yoo from BHLDN in plum, with gold shoes from Kurt Geiger, her younger bridesmaid wore a pretty pale pink dress from Dessy, and her little flower girl looked as cute as a button in the Baby Odette dress in dusky pinkfrom Monsoon.  Flic’s Mum toned beautifully in a fantastic pink lace number with wonderful side headpiece.

“I gave each of my bridesmaids a different coloured pair of pearl earrings as a thank you gift. They came from an independent seller at notonthehighstreet.com

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Flic had the most beautiful fairy-tale fantasy of a dress which sparkled in the bright October sun; its jewelled bodice and cloud-fluffy tulle skirt is just gorgeous, and must have been a dream to wear.

“My dress was the ‘Esme’ by Maggie Sottero and I purchased it from the beautiful Harrogate Wedding Lounge.  I had been so nervous about dress shopping but had passed the wedding lounge a few times and always loved their window displays, the staff and Leanne in particular were so friendly and reassuring which helped to completely put me at ease.”

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“I chose a few different styles to try on, the first being the Esme dress. The intricate beaded embellishment on the bodice was stunning and caught the light beautifully.  When I walked out from behind the curtain my Mum burst into tears and I knew then that I had to have it!”

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The couple utilised lovely, rustic home-made wooden signs, to help their guests know which way to go and where to sit for the ceremony…

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Yorkshire based Georgina Harrison Photography captured the day on camera.

“I came across Georgina’s blog before Tom had even proposed and loved her work, I bookmarked her page for when I would need it and I’m so glad she was available. She captured our day in such a relaxed style. Several of our guests have since mentioned how fantastic she was and one couldn’t quite believe all our photos had been taken by just one person!”

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18th December 2014

This is the time of year when  us ladies start to think about pulling out our best sparkly jewellery, in preparation for the rounds of festive parties and family/friendly get-togethers.  I always think it’s nice to be able to treat yourself and add to your collection of jewellery at this time of year too.  But before your roll your eyes and think ‘we can’t all afford to do that!’, may I mention two words to you?  ‘Glitzy Secrets‘….

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Emma Griffin

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Glitzy Secrets are one of the most wonderful businesses in this industry that I know, and it’s founder and Managing Director is one of the nicest. I really mean that.  Victoria and her team have supported Love My Dress from the start and I love how committed Victoria is to her customer and client.

Victoria sent me these photographs recently – which are the collaborative result of a photoshoot with a team of really great creatives.  The brief was to showcase some of the latest designs available at Glitzy Secrets through a set of very glamorous, 1920s inspired images.   Victoria told me more…

‘Our aim was to recreate an elegant vintage style with a subtle warm festive feel to showcase our accessories in a different setting. Rather than opting for a traditional bridal look, we wanted to achieve an opulent vintage elegance. Almost like a Christmas gathering at Downton Abbey!’

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‘It’s always an absolute joy to work with photographer Emma Griffin. Her work is captivating and tells an amazing visual story. We’re always on the same page when we work together and when Emma suggested Trereife House in Cornwall for the venue, I took one look and knew it would be perfect.  Emma told me she wanted to use soft lighting and candle light to give a film-like effect so she set a light up letter from Say it With Lights in the back ground for a subtle glow which created the most glamorous and romantic ambience.

We used Art Deco style props in decadent black and gold to emphasise the luxurious theme and create different styled areas. Emily of Emily Hankins Cakes made a beautifully elegant two tier cake to complement the colour scheme. The overall cake design simple with a Deco feel and hand-painted a stunning floral gold design onto the cake. Emily is an artist and cake maker!’

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The dresses used in this shoot are from a designer making her mark with the most beautifully embellished set of 1920′s and 1930′s inspired gowns, Eliza Jane Howell - who we recently introduced to our readers here.

‘To play up the antique styling, the shoot was centred around our new jet and gold Art Deco inspired designs, our smoky crystal adorned ‘pieces’ for aged authenticity and our traditional crystal and pearl accessories. Although we decided against traditional bridal dresses, we still wanted beautifully elegant gowns with the wow factor to appeal to a vintage loving bride but that also had a versatility to take them from the aisle to a glamorous evening occasion. For me, it had to be the divine gowns by Eliza Jane Howell.

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore the style, cut and intricate beading of this designer’s gown which simply are masterpieces. Harriet Wilde’s shoes added the perfect finishing touch with such timeless style.’

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