24th April 2017

How on earth is it Monday again!? Is time slipping away from you too at the moment? There are suddenly somehow less than two months to go until I fly to Italy and become a wife and that realisation is both headily exciting and making me strangely nervous for the first time.

Today I’m honoured to be sharing the gorgeous, velvet-rich, industrial inspired wedding of Amy and Dave with you all. Now those are adjectives I never thought I’d be using the in the same sentence, but the vibe of this wedding just works, combing a edgy feel with soft, feminine textures. Amy, a quality manager in post-16 education, wed her steel worker beau, Dave on 12th December 2015 in Sheffield and the couple were inspired by their incredibly atmospheric venue and the crisp, cold month of their union.

“We were married in December so we were inspired by winter and the rustic feel of our reception venue. We got married at Sacred Heart Church, which we chose as it’s our local Catholic church and it where Isaac, our son, was baptised. We chose Kelham Island Museum for our reception because we wanted an alternative venue, and it showcases Sheffield’s steel heritage and industrial past, which is something we are both proud of. Dave works in one of the last remaining steel works in the city.”

Images by Photography 34

A BHLDN Dress and Velvet Flower Crown For an Industrial Inspired Winter Wedding (Weddings )

Amy rocked the Amelie gown by Love Marley, which she purchased online from BHLDN. This is one of those all to familiar instances when it seems a dress really has been crafted for the bride and her alone – what a gorgeous look. Our beauty also wore the most divine velvet crown by The Shepherd’s Purse, who I may now be more than a tiny bit obsessed with.

“I instantly fell in love with my dress whilst searching for inspiration on Pinterest. I scoured the internet for a bridal shop that stocked it near me but to no avail. I eventually tracked it down in a bridal shop in London so went to try it on, I couldn’t contemplate trying on another dress until I had tried on this one. I adored it, it was just as perfect in real life.” Continue reading…

24th April 2017

I was so delighted when Annabel asked me to work on this wedding feature – I remember bride Ella sharing some images in the aftermath of her wedding, in our closed Facebook Group community for Brides back in September last year – she and Oliver looked so very happy and I adored the vintage styling and bright colours. Talking of our closed Facebook group – brides, did you know it existed? The lovely bride in these images today told us how she found the group “full of the sweetest, most helpful and supportive ladies you’ll ever find.  Not only did both Love My Dress the blog and the closed Facebook group play a huge role in my wedding planning, but it’s really encouraged me to follow my passion, taking my little cut flower business onto bigger things.”  Wow! We’re so pleased to have been part of that Ella! (By the way, did you also happen to read this feature in The Pool last weekend? It too refers to our wonderful Facebook community).

So onto this glorious wedding; Ella splits her time working as an architectural technician and running her flower business, Folly Lane Flowers. Her beau Oliver is a journalist. The couple married on the 27th August 2016, with the reception held in their own garden.

“Although we didn’t have a set style there were a few very influential factors.  First is the fact that we are ultimately very traditional and it was important that our wedding reflected that.  Perhaps in contrast, the second most influential force was our laid back and slightly bohemian lifestyle, which in turn is influenced by our love of nature, our beloved Devon and our interest in self-sufficiency and sustainable living. “

Photography by Hanson Leatherby

A 1950's Vintage Gown for a Laid back and Bohemian Inspired Devon Wedding (Weddings )

“Our third most influential factor was our love of history and all things vintage and antique, which inevitably influenced the look and feel of the day. Most of all we just wanted all of our friends and family by our side while we pledged our love to one another, followed by a jolly good party with food, wine and merriment aplenty.” Continue reading…

23rd April 2017

Happy Sunday ladies, I hope you’re all well. As you’re reading this, I’ll be ‘enjoying’ the consequences of my hen do and probably praying I don’t have anything obscene drawn on me in permanent marker. Let’s move on to more pleasant thoughts, and delve right into the sunny, bohemian union of Marisa and Maciek, who wed on 17th June last year just outside Valencia. Marisa works as a civil servant in a laboratory, specialising in environmental health, while her beau, Maciek, works in sales. Their day was a beautiful countryside celebration focused on delicious food, fun and friends, combining their Spanish and Polish heritage.

Marisa chose a simply stunning gown from Jesús Peiró, which she bought from their store in Valencia. Now to say we’re Jesús Peiró fangirls here at Love My Dress might be a smidge of an understatement. Clean lines, beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary, elegant creations are just a few of the myriad reasons we are so proud to support this Spanish designer through our carefully curated directory, Little Book for Brides. You can explore more of these gorgeous gowns through our Style Files – super high quality, couture standard beauties that are somehow both timeless and trend-setting.

“My Jesús Peiró gown was the first dress I tried. I had in my mind a more bohemian dress from the likes of Laure de Sagazan, but then I went to Madrid and visited some bridal boutiques and when I came back, I tried on the dress again. I just knew it was my dress. I loved the material, the neckline, the back…The style was elegant and smart, like something you see at the Oscars.”

Photography by Joasis Photography

A Jesús Peiró Gown For An Elegant and Bohemian Spanish Wedding (Weddings )

“We wanted a countryside, bohemian style wedding in the beautiful outdoors, with long wooden tables. We held our wedding in Picanya, a small village outside Valencia, Spain, in an old colonial style house called Huerto Barral Boluda surrounded by orange trees. We went there for the wedding of our good friends and fell in love with the place, the food and the staff.”

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23rd April 2017

There’s been an unprecedented level of media interest in weddings this past week; last weekend, The Guardian published this feature which focussed on the decline of the average cost of a wedding dress*, and every day this past week, The Pool have been sharing content under their Modern Marriage Collection.

About half way through the week, Stylist Magazine published a video on their Facebook page entitled ‘4 ways to boss a wedding fair’. The video was an eye-watteringly failed attempt at humour, at the expense of the wedding industry, which resulted in offending a good many of us, thanks to it’s thoughtless suggestions like ‘leave a fake email address with suppliers’. I encourage you to read these thoughts I left over on Instagram that contextualise why the video was so distasteful.

Stylist did in fact offer an apology on their Facebook page, but it woefully missed the point, resulting in even further irritation and the video eventually being removed altogether (to save face, I guess). *By the way – that Guardian post I mentioned above, it’s in response to a set of data released by Lyst that surveyed a mere 100 individuals. Just to put that into perspective, when we conducted our own reader survey last year, we had over 2,100 take the time to complete our questionnaire.

Google ‘Lyst wedding dress survey‘ now, and you’ll discover a ream of mainstream media articles that have been published in the last week in response to the Lyst survey. This coverage offers an interesting snapshot into the business of weddings in 2017. There was a big focus on how weddings are becoming less expensive, how you don’t need money to be married or celebrate a wedding – see the ‘Spending on Wedding Dresses Plummets as Brides to Be Balk at Paying Thousands’, for example.  Consumers were positively encouraged to explore more affordable wedding dress options, thanks to a number of high street brands launching their own bridal collections (see Topshop, Whistles, Ted Baker – and ASOS too). And that’s great, truly it is, because I fully understand, appreciate and wholeheartedly respect that not every couple has a lot of money to plan their wedding.  It’s excellent to know that there are options out there to encourage and inspire meaningful and stylish low cost weddings. As I’ve always said, the only thing you really need to be married after all, is a registrar and a ring.

But I’m a Libran and us Libe’s are all about fairness and balance, and I’ve noticed a distinct lack of media coverage this past week, or in fact, ever at all,  on why certain elements of the wedding day are more expensive.

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22nd April 2017

Happy Saturday afternoon folks – hot off the press today (literally – wired over from the city of New York earlier this morning) are these images from the Jenny Packham 2018 Bridal Collection runway show, which was debuted yesterday in the city.

The collection is inspired by the novel ‘Falling’, by Colin Thubron, which tells the story of a man’s fatal attraction to a circus acrobat, Clara the Swallow. Clara’s exotic beauty, courage and love of freedom, inspired Jenny to create this collection of gowns, which features all of Jenny’s signature luxury embellishments and sequins.

Jenny Packham 2018 Bridal Collection (Weddings )

The collection pays homage to the romance set inside Thubron’s otherwordly novel. Key design features include Jenny’s luxury fluid silk, trailing chiffon, oversized satin bows, cropped jackets and sculptured corsetry, alongside voluminous ballerina skirts that I know our readers will adore. Several dramatic red gowns also feature for those brides not keen on the traditional white/ivory option. Continue reading…

22nd April 2017

Hello hello! It’s so good to be back with you today for a Q&A with one of my favourite people in the wedding world who just happens to be Group Wedding Director at The Principal Hotel Company. Kelly Mortimer oversees all things wedding for the The Principal Hotel Company’s amazing portfolio of venues and today, she’s here to give us the insider track on the latest developments at The Principal Hotel Company and some great advice too…

In case you missed this feature recently introducing The Principal Hotel Company’s 48 truly brilliant properties, then let me give you a quick rundown. Each venue has a remarkable history and a distinct character, bespoke wedding packages and super caring wedding coordinators. Their collection includes countryside retreats, elegant city centre hotels, Victorian mansion houses and, coming soon, an iconic London landmark.

Anyway, it’s time to hear from Kelly and she can tell us much, much more…

Why weddings at one of your venues are so special?

Our romantic venues offer great event spaces but most importantly each venue has a personal wedding coordinator, my team are completely dedicated to offering a warm and helpful service from the first time a bride calls us. Our wedding people love what that they do and that’s key when dealing with such a personal event and a bride for over a year – or sometimes two!

Your Love Story With The Principal Hotel Company – A Q&A With Kelly Mortimer, Group Wedding Director (Get Inspired Supplier Spotlight )

Are there venues in your portfolio to suit every type of couple?

YES! There’s city chic glamour at our Principal properties (York, Edinburgh, Manchester and London) and they offer high-end luxury, menus for foodies and buildings full of style. Continue reading…

21st April 2017

Oh my goodness, I am so excited to share today’s wedding- not only does the bride wear the most beautiful beaded dress, but the ceremony takes place in one of my favourite places in all the world- Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District.  I spent so many hours dreaming here as a child and so many trips laughing through the rain as an adult- my husband and I visit this gorgeous place every time we’re in the area, and did so the weekend we ourselves got engaged, just down the road.  I’m so delighted to introduce you to Alex, an equine journalist and Lachlan, a full time student and beekeeper, who married at Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick on the 7th July 2016, followed by a reception at the Lodore Falls Hotel in Borrowdale.

“Our inspiration was exploration, so we had a lot of maps involved and a globe for guests to sign instead of a guest book.  The tables were also named after explorers.  We have done a lot of travelling together and we love getting to know new parts of the world. We chose the stone circle for our ceremony because we aren’t religious but wanted to get married in an ancient place of significance and it has a beautiful view of the mountains.”

Photography by Through the Woods We Ran

A Maggie Sottero Gown for a Stone Circle Wedding (Weddings )

Alex wore the utterly gorgeous ‘Lola’ by Maggie Sottero, which she purchased from Olivia James Bridal by Tracy in Egremont, Cumbria.  I just adore the beaded sleeves and low cut back.

“I saw Lola in the third shop we went into and walked straight up to it.  I never expected to buy a sparkly dress but it just called to me!  I loved the twenties look.” Continue reading…

21st April 2017

Now you know how much all of us here at Love My Dress just adore the brilliant gift list company Prezola? Well, if it were possibly, we’re now even more head over heels because Prezola have just made gifts lists even better with the launch of the downright amazing Prezola Rewards. If you’d like to be able to treat yourselves to a few more treats from your list after your wedding thanks to your guests’ purchases, then Prezola is the gift list company for you.

So, just when you think you know something, it goes and changes right there in front of you! We’ve known and loved Prezola for a long time – their fantastic range, excellent service and complete understanding of all things gift list won them a special place in our hearts a long time ago but they might just have revolutionised the wedding gift list with their brand new customer loyalty scheme, Prezola Rewards.

Prezola Rewards – Your Wedding Gift List Just Got Even Better! (Get Inspired Supplier Spotlight )

Mauviel Copper Saucepans

Every time one of your beloved wedding guests buys you a gift from your Prezola wedding gift list, you’ll earn Prezola Rewards. This ace arrangement means that you’ll essentially earn £1 to spend on Prezola for every £10 that your guests spend on products bought as part of your gift list.*

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