3rd December 2016

On Wednesday, my husband (also my business partner and Creative Director at Love My Dress) and I took the train to London to visit the brand new Emmy London boutique on Fulham Road in Chelsea. For those of you new to visiting Love My Dress and the world of wedding planning – allow me a moment to explain briefly who Emmy London are – and highlight my absolute passion and very firm fondness for this brand.

Emmy London was founded by Emmy Scarterfield, a designer of beautiful, luxurious shoes for weddings and special occasions. I first discovered and fell in love with the brand way back in 2008 when I was planning my own nuptials, and knew in an instant that I had to save to invest in a pair of my very own ‘Emmys’. It really was love at first sight. I felt like a Hollywood star in my exquisite pair of shoes on my wedding day, and I have treasured that pair of shoes in the 7 years that have passed since.

And in those years, my fondness for Emmy London has taken deep root and grown into a very genuine passion for the brand and admiration for the woman at it’s helm. I’ve watched Emmy go from a small enterprise creating beautiful things, to a global brand supplying some of the most luxurious boutiques and private clients around the world. It’s one of those ‘women in business success stories’ that is hugely inspiring and shows just what hard work, determination and belief in yourself can do.

Photography by Annabel Beeforth

The Emmy London Chelsea collection and the opening of the new Emmy London flagship boutique at 74 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London.

The Isadora shoe

What makes this incredibly successful journey extra special for me personally however, is that I feel I’ve been by Emmy’s side for all of it and have witnessed for myself how grounded and kind and grateful throughout that time Emmy has remained. It’s easy to let success go to your head, but Emmy simply isn’t that kind of person – she oozes humility and downright loveliness.

The Emmy London Chelsea collection and the opening of the new Emmy London flagship boutique at 74 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London.

The Alice shoe

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2nd December 2016

Never ever underestimate the power and impact of beautiful lighting. That’s how I’d like to open this Friday feature, because in the past few days I’ve realised the very real truth behind those words. From climbing open-mouthed up the great stone steps of a Tuscan castle for our wedding tasting at the weekend, adorned with majestic lanterns and flickering candlelight, to repeatedly revisiting this image on Instagram from one of Team Love My Dress’ all-time fave photographers, Ed Godden (this gorgeous just-married bride is one of our readers and a member of our community Facebook group too) – it’s finally dawned on me that any space can be completely and utterly transformed by the glow of fairy lights, the dancing flicker of candles or the gentle warmth of festooned bulbs.

So yes, I may have just bought a tonne more fairy lights and asked our caterer to add a gazillion lanterns to our order and my fiancé may now be so sick of the word ‘twinkly’ that he’s about ready to kill me, but do you know what? Our wedding will be a lot more atmospheric. Without further ado, it’s my very great pleasure to introduce you to the lovely Ruth and Joe, who held their wedding celebrations on 23rd April this year in a relaxed, super cool warehouse venue in Deptford, London. I can’t believe this gorgeous place is just around the corner from my home in Greenwich and I’ve never heard of it.

“Our venue was One, Friendly Place in Deptford. It ticked the boxes of being near where we live, having a relaxed feel, and an ability to fit our numbers somewhere for the ceremony and reception. I spent a fair number of hours on Pinterest but overall just going for an informal and not over-styled look was the inspiration behind our day.”

Photography by Thierry Joubert

Ruth wore a J.Crew dress for her modern, cool, London warehouse wedding. Photography by Thierry Joubert.

In keeping with the laid-back style of their wedding day, Ruth did her own make-up and chose a gorgeously minimal dress from J.Crew, which she ordered from the US. I love the simple neckline and soft drape of the fabric, adorned with pretty buttons mirroring Ruth’s spine.

“My dress was simple and affordable. I wore shoes from Nine West, which I bought from eBay – there’s quite a big height difference between me and the groom so I needed to be comfortable but still wear a tall heel! In my hair I wore wax flowers from our florist.” Continue reading…

1st December 2016

What an absolutely beautiful day – the kind I adore in the lead up to Christmas; cool but sunny, an air of excitement and seasonal warmth being offered by strangers, just perfect. We’re heading back from London on the train, having been in the capital to help the wonderful Emmy London celebrate the launch of her beautiful Chelsea boutique. Take a look at both our @lovemydress and my personal @annabelbeeforth Instagram accounts for a peak at what I’ve been up to.

This afternoon’s real wedding is the epitome of modern wedding-day elegance. City bank worker Beth married Economics teacher Alex on 2nd July this year with a ceremony at Christ Church Mayfair, followed by a reception at the Angler Restaurant in South Place Hotel. I adore the modern day cool vibe of this wedding; the all-white bouquet, that wow-factor gown and the overall feeling of ‘effortless’ that oozes beautifully from these images.

“We met going to the church that we got married in, so it was amazing to be married there, surrounded by the people that had seen us get together. We were only engaged for 5 months before we got married. We wanted our friends and family to be well fed, well watered, and for there to be lots of dancing.”

Photography by Wheels and Co Photography

Beth wore a Watters gown and carried an all-white bouquet for her effortlessly elegant, cool, modern and stylish London wedding. Images captured by Wheels & Co Photography.

Flowers by Becca Nicholl

Beth looked sensational in her Watters gown – a purchase from London Bride Couture in Victoria.

“Because we only had five  months until the big day, I only booked one appointment at London Bride Couture and went there with the plan to get a dress with my sister that day.”

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1st December 2016

Hi there dear readers. I know that lots of you will have embraced it already but in my house Christmas prep doesn’t start until the 1st. Today while I finally start thinking about decorations, scented candles and all the lovely things that come with this time of the year, we’re treating you to a wedding with a gorgeous Charlie Brear gown and a mariachi band (yes, really!). The couple, Ashleigh, a primary school teacher and Dave, a commercial business manager at the University of Bath, also sometimes known as ‘Dashleigh’, have nailed the laid-back, fun vibe with games on the lawn and a summery, outdoorsy feel.

They tied the knot on the 23rd of July 2016 at St Andrew’s Church in Ferring, followed by a reception at the House on the Brooks in Hardham Mill, West Sussex. Photographic duo The Springles documented the day and are also making their debut on these pages.

“We take annual group trips (coined as mansion parties) with our amazing friends where we hire a massive house somewhere and just take the opportunity to catch up, eat, drink and be merry. This, in a way inspired our wedding planning.”

Photography by The Springles

Ashleigh wore an elegant Charlie Brear gown for her sunshine and sunflower filled wedding. A Mariachi band entertained guests at the reception. Bridesmaids wore ASOS. Photography by The Springles.

Ashleigh’s stunning dress was made by Charlie Brear and purchased from Little Book for Brides member Perfect Day in Bradford-upon-Avon. She teamed it with a delicate pair of peep toe sandals from Rainbow Club.

“The dress suited Ashleigh perfectly and as well as that she could customise it a little to her taste.”

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30th November 2016

Ohhh little lovelies, I have such a delightfully pretty summer wedding to share with you today, all beautifully captured by Jessica Reeve Photography. Groom David is an energy trader whilst bride Kirsty is a social worker and the happy couple tied the knot on the 18th of June 2016 in a place famous for its outstanding natural beauty – the Lake District. Their service was held at St Andrews Church, followed by the reception in tipis by the lake at Bank Ground Farm. Kirsty donned an utterly exquisite Stewart Parvin gown she found via Love Bridal Boutique.

We’re incredibly proud that Royal couturier Stewart Parvin is a member of our helpful wedding resource, Little Book for Brides.

“My dress was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted. I had tried several floaty A-line dresses, but this one made me feel a bit more grown up, sophisticated and sexy. And I loved the fact that I could get two looks out of the dress – one with the sleeves for the church and then I could take these off in the evening for the party.”

Photography by Jessica Reeve Photography

Kirsty wore a Stewart Parvin gown for her elegant and charming English Lake District wedding. Photography by Jessica Reeve.

“We both enjoy socialising with family and friends and therefore did not want anything too formal. As we loved the idea of tipis and the beautiful location on a farm by the lake, we decided to have a wildflower, fete and rustic theme using lots of bunting and hessian.

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29th November 2016

A little while ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a very special film premiere in London. Wedding dress designer Caroline Arthur had created the fabulous ‘Barley Sprites’ film (see below) and frankly, it made me quite emotional. This beautiful short film tells the story of a bride to be literally designing her own dress with the help of the ‘sprites’ who guide and assist her until she has the wedding gown of her dreams. Now, this might sound like something that can only happen in a film but with Caroline Arthur, you really can create your own wedding dress.

Design your own wedding dress with Caroline Arthur.

I’m going to say right at the start of this feature that I love Caroline Arthur. Meeting her and hearing her talk about her passion for wedding dress design and her commitment to helping brides create and wear a gown that’s truly theirs was an absolute joy.

For infectious enthusiasm, professional dedication and all-round brilliance, Caroline is top of the class. She’s also incredibly talented and has to be exactly the kind of person you’d like by your side when you’re designing your own dress.

So, what exactly do I mean when I say that with Caroline, you can design your own dress? Well, you’re already so much closer to doing that than you think because if you click this link that takes you to Caroline’s wedding dress design app, CoutureKit, you can play designer!

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29th November 2016

Rise and shine Love My Dress lovers. It’s no longer Monday and we’re celebrating with a riot of autumnal-toned Scottish goodness and pretty, traditional touches. David, a structural engineer, and Laura, and environmental consultant became husband and wife on the 17th October 2015 at Howwood Parish Church, Renfrewshire. The party then moved to Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon, Ayrshire for coastal air, crafted décor and some serious dance moves.

In keeping with the overall elegant simplicity of the day, Laura purchased a beautifully bridal and perfectly lacey  Charlotte Balbier creation from Vintage Bridal Couture in Kilmacolm. The gorgeous fabric and intricate detailing drew our bride to this gown and a fingertip veil nestled into an effortlessly stylish chignon, complete with fresh, snowy white blooms was the icing on the cake.

Charlotte Balbier is a designer that we cherish here at Love My Dress, so of course she is much loved listing on our Little Book for Brides site. I highly recommend taking a browse through our impressive archive of Charlotte Balbier clad brides by clicking here.

“We like natural, simple, craft-inspired style, so there were a lot of handmade elements to our wedding day and the colours were inspired by the time of year.”

Photography by The Gibsons

Laura wore a Charlotte Balbier gown for her elegant Autumn wedding at Lochgreen House in Ayrshire, Scotland. Photography by The Gibsons.

I have developed a bit of a soft spot for bride Laura’s completely perfect hair colour (can you tell I have a hair appointment next week – obsessed much?) and can see from the amazing bridal glow emanating from her that all of her bridal look elements came together exactly how she had pictured them in her head. Continue reading…

28th November 2016

Well today, I’m pretty flipping excited. A couple of weeks ago, Annabel and I had an idea for a new mini-series featuring oodles of down-to-earth wedding advice from all of our wonderful sponsors and Little Book for Brides® wedding directory members. So, we sent out a note to everyone and asked them to submit their best tips and nuggets of wisdom. The response was unbelievable. I’ve spent the last week sifting through over 30,000 unmissable words of wedding advice from the most wonderful wedding suppliers.

In the first of this mini-series, I’m going to be sharing some of the best suggestions from all our wedding friends, focusing on the week and day before your wedding. Before Christmas, we’ll also be publishing features about the morning of the wedding, the ceremony, the drinks reception and dinner as well as the evening celebrations. We’re even looking at post-wedding essentials too. In fact, because we’ve been so overwhelmed by the brilliant advice we’ve received, we’ll be publishing a special online magazine in the New Year and that’s going to be a planning essential for sure.

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But, for now, let’s turn out attention to the week before your wedding. Now, I know from my years as an award-winning wedding planner that this is when everything gets super serious! However organised you’ve been throughout the planning process, there are things that can only be done in those last few days. So, it’s really important that you’re totally on it with the wedmin but you also need to be really kind to yourself. It might seem that it’s all a bit too much or that everything is ‘so near and yet so far’. I promise you that a plan, some support and a good dose of the advice below will see you through in fine style…

Actually, I need to start this feature a little bit earlier than the week before the wedding because the fabulous hair stylists and makeup artists that you’ll find in Little Book for Brides have some wise words to make sure that your hair and skin is in top condition come the big day:

“Exfoliating once week will increase blood flow to the face and improve the skin’s overall condition by 100%,” says Caroline from Amazing Face in Dorset. “It’s amazing that so many clients really never do it and to me, it’s the most important part of any skin care routine. It will really make your skin glow and increase its radiance so you get a youthful, less tired appearance. The next step, when it comes to preparing your skin, is to always moisturise after cleansing – a foundation will always look smoother, more polished and your skin will just glow”

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