29th March 2017

Good afternoon darlings, gosh, we are so busy right now working hard on creating something absolutely wonderful, something big – our biggest most demanding of projects yet, and one that we’re planning on unveiling in the Summer. So busy. But, if you’re going to build a beautiful brand new blog from scratch, well, let’s just say we don’t do things by halves. And if that something is your passion, and you live and breath every second of it – the being flat out busy part becomes a joy. An exhausting joy, but a joy, nonetheless. That aside, I’m keen to also let you know that next month, we will be launching a brand new design for our beautiful wedding blog. We’re making some pretty big changes, things will look quite different, but we’re so ready for our new look and can’t wait to share it with you all.

This afternoons nuptials are a most beautiful example of the type of glamorous wedding that epitomises the true vibe and aesthetic of Love My Dress. Photographed by one of my all-time, favourite British wedding photographer, Jon of S6 Photography, these images capture bride Naomi, a Mental Health Coordinator, and her husband Teekall, an Interior Designer on their wedding day at Grays Court in York in January this year. I adore the feeling of effortlessness depicted in these images.

“Initially our inspiration was to be a more glamorous version of ourselves on our wedding day – on reflection, I guess our wedding style was also a mixture of Edwardian elegance and natural laid back glamour. Our photographer was Jon of S6 Photography. I was recommended to us by our venue and we cannot believe how lucky we were to have found him. Not only did he provide us with a beautiful reflection of the day, he was genuinely lovely throughout the process.”

Film + Photography by S6 Photography

“I wore the Danielle skirt, Hayden top and classic veil all in cream from Catherine DeaneI purchased my separates from their showroom in Wapping, London. I hadn’t heard of them before, but my lovely bridesmaid Palvi booked the appointment for me, which was so lucky! I loved the simplicity of the outfit but also the sensual fluidity of the silk.”

Catherine Deane Bridal Separates for a Glamorous Wedding in York (Films Weddings )

“I wanted something simple that I could feel myself in, but also feel special. A lot of popular bridal styles, such as strapless or A-line dresses do not really suit my figure so I wanted a silhouette not too different from my everyday style. I wish I could wear the veil everyday. The service at Catherine Deane is excellent; their bridal stylist Sandra was so lovely and helpful. I would whole-heartedly recommend them to any bride.” Continue reading…

29th March 2017

Hello loves, I hope you’re all revelling in the gorgeous spring weather? I’m certainly lusting after creme eggs and getting chilly ankles from optimistically wearing one of my many pairs of culottes all of the time. Today I’m taking us back to the dusky beauty of autumn to share with you the dreamy, nature inspired wedding of Hannah and Simon. Hannah, a Journalist, wed Simon, a Property Manager, at Oxford Town Hall on 17th September last year, in a utterly gorgeous humanist celebration laced with luscious deep tones and textures, and beauty styling by our absolute girl crush and Little Book for Brides gems, Portraits Bridal. To top it all off, this divine day was captured on film by a second Little Book for Brides recommended supplier, Wagtail Productions.

“We took quite a late decision to have a videographer and were quite worried we wouldn’t be able to find someone who’s work we loved and who was available. When we found Ayla’s work, we both fell in love with her style – fresh and modern, but also personal, no soft-focus or cheesy moments, but plenty of heart and soul. And although we had a nail-biting weekend while she waited on another couple who were also interested in our date, they decided not to go with Ayla, and we felt like the luckiest pair in the world. Ayla and her assistant were incredible, and such a pleasure to have with us; always professional and so non-obtrusive.”

“We both love nature, and were guided by an earthy palette with lots of trailing foliage, some dark autumnal colours and some dusty, muted pastels to set them off against. Texture was also important to us – tweeds, beading, subtle sequins, my hair braids. We both love autumn – the light and the colours of the leaves, and that quiet, dreamy time of seasons shifting and autumnal abundance was something we both had at the back of our minds.”

Photography byGarazi

1920's Style Charlie Brear Elegance for a Charming, Nature Inspired Autumn Wedding (Weddings )

Hannah wore a drop waisted, pale gold creation by Charlie Brear with her Rachel Simpson Shoes ‘Emmeline’ shoes, yet another wonderful lady who we’re proud to support through our curated directory; Rachel’s designs are über-feminine and oh-so pretty. A gorgeously detailed Agnes Hart veil, custom-crafted to suit our petite bride, floated ethereally over flower-studded braids, crafted by Zara of Portraits Bridal.

“I was so incredibly lucky to find my dress. I had actually already bought a dress online, it was very inexpensive dress, but I absolutely loved it. It was vintage, and quite tiny, and I had the horrific experience of trying it on in January (in hindsight, a bad idea post-Christmas), and not being able to zip it up. I really didn’t want the extra pressure of feeling like I had to lose weight to fit into my wedding dress, and a few weeks earlier I had come across the dress I ended up wearing at a Charlie Brear sample sale, where I’d hoped to find some accessories.” Continue reading…

28th March 2017

Hello lovely ones – hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy our first glamorous wedding feature of today and that you’ve taken note of this opportunity to save a lovely 30% on the purchase of your wedding headpiece with Rosie Willett. This afternoon’s wedding moves away from the tradition and glamour of this morning’s nuptials and takes a more modern, unconventional turn.

Martha, a freelance journalist married Chris, a marketing director for Universal Music, on 26th November last year at St Stephen’s in Hampstead (a former church), chosen because the couple wanted a non-religious ceremony but still wanted that sense of occasion. Their ceremony was followed by a reception at The Amadeus in West London which provided a brilliant blank canvas to create exactly the mood they wanted. Our much loved Little Book For Brides member, the talented Claudia Rose Carter, photographed this gorgeous, cool and quirky London wedding.

“A friend of ours who was a photographer mentioned she was a fan and when we looked Claudia up she was just exactly what we had had in mind. She 100% delivered what we wanted without needing much direction, and was lovely and laid back which was very welcome on the day.”

Photography by Claudia Rose Carter

A Valentino Dress for a Stylish and Unconventional London Wedding (Weddings )

Through trying on wedding dresses, Martha discovered that she wasn’t ever destined to wear a more conventional style wedding dress and instead, opted for a most gorgeous 70’s inspired Valentino design.

“I was fed up with trying on wedding dresses. I felt like I was ‘dressing up’ and didn’t feel like myself at all. One day I was wandering around Selfridges when I saw a 1960’s style short cape hanging on a mannequin in Valentino. I was just like ‘that’s what I want!’.’” Continue reading…

28th March 2017

Well hello again lovely readers and how are you all today? I have to say that I’m feeling rather perky right now – there are flowers on my desk and there are some absolutely beautiful bridal accessories in this feature. What’s not to love?! Today, I have the huge pleasure of introducing you to Rosie Willett Designs and I know you’re going to fall for her beautiful handmade jewellery and exquisite wedding headpieces including wedding hair combs, bridal headbands and hair vines.

Rosie Willett started designing headpieces in her spare time while she was studying fashion marketing at Northumbria University. She started the business as a creative way to fund her studies but loved the worked so much that when she graduated, she decided to take a leap of faith and continue with Rosie Willett Designs as a full time business. And thank goodness that she did because her work is just delightful.

Every piece in the current Rosie Willett Designs collection features fabulous design, amazing attention to detail and fine finishing is most definitely part of Rosie’s signature style. To celebrate the arrival of the Blossoms collection, Rosie is offering all readers of Love My Dress 30% discount on all headpieces ordered before 30th April 2017. Simply use discount code LOVEMYDRESS30 when you checkout but don’t delay – Rosie will be on maternity leave from 1st May so place your orders early!

Images by Georgia Claire Photography

Rosie Willett Designs - 30% Saving on Exquisite Handmade Wedding Headpieces Jewellery (Weddings )

Aster wedding hair vine modelled, £158

“Quality is of the utmost importance to me,” explains Rosie. “I always work with the very best materials including Swarovski crystal, freshwater pearls, Mother of Pearl and French laces and silks.”

“I offer a wide range of styles for brides including traditional tiaras, vintage inspired wedding hair combs, fashionable side tiaras and romantic floral headpieces. However, I have a natural tendency to lean towards bohemian style so my collection contains a large number of delicate hair vines and bridal headbands. This is the style that Rosie Willett Designs has become most well known for.” Continue reading…

28th March 2017

Hello Tuesday, The dress. It’s Jesus Peiro, one of my absolute favourite bridal designers. The flowers are by Jay Archer and it was planned by the incomparable Katrina Otter. This wedding is a winner already. Claire is a dietitian and her new husband Tom is a company director of an internet marketing company.

They were married on the 3rd of September 2016 at a private country estate in Surrey set amidst acre upon acre of beautiful gardens. Now, subject of many a discussion in our closed Facebook  group is the wedding film – to have one, or not to have one? It’s often viewed as a superfluous cost that couple’s struggle to justify. We understand that – we all know that weddings can notch up very expensive bills. But it depends on what’s important to you. If creating a memory of your day, to enjoy yourselves and share with future generations is important, then a wedding film is something we’d absolutely advise you consider. Take a look at this beautifully crafted film by Roost Film Co., which I’m pretty sure will leave you in no doubt that the costs involved with having your wedding filmed, equal a most splendid investment.

Film by Roost Film Co.

We we are huge fans of Spanish brand Jesus Peiro – renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship, cut and fit, we are proud to recommend this brand through our Style Files and Little Book for Brides wedding directory.

Claire purchased her own Jesus Peiro dress from Miss Bush Bridal boutique in Surrey – another highly recommended supplier listed in our Little Book for Brides directory.

“My dress had pockets so I was sold instantly. It also had a delicate lace body with a subtle open back. It wasn’t what I thought I’d go for though, it was the opposite of what I’d been looking at but when I tried it on, it just felt like me. Of course, I made the classic mistake of continuing to look at dresses after I’d bought it and had at least one meltdown convincing myself that it was the wrong dress. I’m so pleased to say though that the dress was perfect and I absolutely loved it on the day.”

Photography by Guy Collier

A Jesus Peiro Dress for a Chic and Glamorous Country House Wedding (Films Weddings )

How divine is that gown? We have photographer Guy Collier to thank for these images today. Guy is shoots all over the UK, largely covering the Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and London area.  We’ve loved sharing his work previously on Love My Dress. But the lady who brought all these suppliers together is our darling friend and regular contributor, Katrina Otter – who you may recognise as author of these incredibly helpful and insightful features.

“We had an amazing planner – Katrina Otter is so good at what she does, she goes over and above what she needs to and you can tell she wants to make you as happy as possible. Even from the very first phone call, to having her on the day with us, I felt that I could put 100% faith in her. She’s confident, competent, organised, reassuring and easy to get on with, pretty much all the bases covered I think!” Continue reading…

27th March 2017

These super gorgeous Pinterestable images were sent in by photographer Jo Bradbury, who also happens to have been the photographer who shot the gorgeous wedding we shared this morning – and who on this occasion, worked with a small team of talented wedding suppliers to produce a set of romantic, feminine images, set in the grounds of Dorfold Hall in Cheshire, an exquisite Jacobean mansion and Grade 1 listed building in Acton, near Nantwich, which is hireable as a venue. Seriously, visit the website and take a look at the aerial views of this place, it is beyond beautiful, a truly extraordinary location that would provide the most memorable of backdrops for your wedding day.

So initially, I was drawn to these images because they have been so beautifully and romantically composed, and because I adore the 70’s vibe gowns. The dresses in this feature are by Brighton based vintage wedding dress supplier, Hope and Harlequin, and designer Amanda Garrett.

Photography by Jo Bradbury

Whimsical and Romantic, 70's Inspired Wedding Style (Bridal Fashion Fashion & Beauty Get Inspired Styled Shoots )

I fell quite hard for these lovely images. As any regular reader will know, we don’t feature a myriad of styled shoots – I’m all about the realness and honesty of actual weddings, so it takes a special set of images to inspire me when it comes to inspiration shoots. Continue reading…

27th March 2017

Happy Monday gorgeous ones! It’s only just hit me that in a few days time it will be April, this fresh spring month bringing with it both my 27th birthday and the totally exhilarating milestone that is two months to go until I marry my one *dances furiously.*

Today I’m honoured to be sharing the delightfully rustic wedding of Amber and Matthew, who wed on 27th August last year at The Wellbeing Farm, surrounded by their loved ones, more fairy lights than you could shake a stick at, and some very special farmyard guests. Amber, a Research Consultant, met husband Matthew, a Digital Video Content Producer, on a plane home flying home from Hamburg and their love story began right there above the clouds.

“We had always talked about having a rustic, vintage themed wedding. Due to our love of animals (especially Amber’s) we had also wanted a venue with farm animals – we got llamas in bow ties as a bonus! We chose The Wellbeing Farm in Edgworth as it was a rural barn, surrounded by fields and grassland but also had llamas, ducks, donkeys and pigs which fit in with our rustic, barn wedding idea.”

Photography by Jo Bradbury

Rembo Styling Drop Waist Lace for a Rustic and Rural Farm Wedding (Weddings )

Amber chose a gorgeous short gown by free-spirited, bohemian brand Rembo Styling; a stunning combination of lace, an angular high neck and the prettiest little cap sleeves making it the perfect design for our bride. She paired it with pink Ted Baker shoes and a beautifully organic headdress, designed and made by Anshu Jain from BloomsNBugs.

“My ‘Ange’ wedding dress was designed by Rembo Styling. I bought the dress from The Case of the Curious Bride in Sale, Manchester. As my friends and family said, “if I was a dress, that’s what I would look like.’ It was just completely my style. It was the first one I tried on and I knew it was the one.” Continue reading…

26th March 2017

Hello Sunday lovers – here’s one for all of you dreaming about an elegant wedding in the Italian countryside. Alison, who is the School Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company, as well as a theatre director and choreographer and Psychology Counselling MA student, married Seth, the CEO of Enabling Devices and fiction writer, in June last year at Villa di Ulignano in Tuscany, Italy. The couple were assisted in planning their Italian nuptials by professional planners Super Tuscan Wedding Planners.

“To some extent I was inspired by the venue and rustic beauty of Tuscany but also I just followed my own aesthetic sensibility. I think the style was romance meets whimsy with a few vintage aspects thrown in. We knew we wanted an intimate destination wedding in a beautiful, romantic location with great food and wine. We took an amazing vacation in Italy together a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. What was most important to us was for our loved ones, friends and family, to really have time to spend together and get to know each other so that by the time the wedding rolled around, we all felt like one community.”

Photography by David Bastianoni

A Sarah Seven Dress for an Elegant Italian Countryside Wedding (Weddings )

Alison’s beautiful off-the-shoulder gown was by designer Sarah Seven.

“My Sarah Seven gown was actually the first dress I tried on! I did try on others but always came back to this one. I love that it is simple, romantic and elegant without a ton of detail (ie. beading or lace). It was really the off the shoulder sleeves that sold me….they felt sexy but effortless.” Continue reading…