23rd September 2014

Good morning lovely ones, as you’ll be reading this, I’ll be in London spending time with good friends ahead of my birthday on Sunday.  It’s a big one, so I’m making the most of having a few days left with an age  that begins with the number 3!  An evening spent with my dear friend Kate Halfpenny last night just reaffirmed to me what good friendship is all about,  so I’m feeling on a natural high this morning and raring to share this sublime, summer seaside wedding with you.

Business partners Claire and Olly who own a barbershop called Gents Quarter in Baildon, West Yorkshire, got married on 21 June this year at the scenic Porthilly Farm, Daymer Bay in Rock, Cornwall.  The combination of seaside, sunshine, smiles, colour and happiness make it a really joyful experience looking through these images shot by Jess Petrie, whose own Whitby beach wedding featured on Love My Dress recently.

“We wanted a little formality to our day and to keep the running fairly traditional. But we also wanted a relaxed feel which we definitely managed to achieve. Being by the sea and beach in the glorious sunshine helped with that one! We decided the day before the wedding that we should make use of the gorgeous weather that we’d been promised, so I asked the marquee guys to put the dance floor outside, under the festoons and under the stars – this still makes me excited now!! Spontaneous decisions are often the best.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Jess Petrie

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“Olly and I met in 2008. I had decided it was time for a new hairdresser and chanced it at my local hairdressers. Little did I know that it was to be the first day of the rest of my life! My next appointment with the new scissor wielder in town was memorable and we were inseparable. His smile changed everything. In fact, that smile still changes everything.”

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“Over the last twelve months, anything pale blue and anything gold belonged to me! I bought pretty much anything in those tones. Right up until a week before the wedding, everything was being sprayed, wafted or glittered in gold – It was literally sparkly heaven.

The bridesmaid’s dresses were made by a local retired lady..  On the final fitting, we knew that the dresses were lacking some form of bling! A panic email to Katy from What Katy Did Next and two belts were designed, made and were bloomin’ perfect! The light blue dresses and gold leather belts are such a lovely combination.

My bridesman’s suit was from Next. His bow tie and pocket square were both from Ted Baker.”

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“I am from Warwickshire and Olly is from Yorkshire which is where we live with our two children. We chose to get married at St Enodoc Church, Daymer Bay, Cornwall. I lost my Mum three years ago and her ashes are laid to rest at St Enodoc along with her Dad, my Grandpa. My family have been enjoying holidays on Daymer Beach for forever, well at least since the 50′s! Getting married at St Enodoc was the closest I could get to having my beautiful Mum, my best friend, at my wedding and I felt very close to her.

St Enodoc also happens to be one of the most beautiful beach-side churches ever. Situated on the headland above Daymer Bay beach, the views stretch over the Camel Estuary and I remember seeing boats sailing in he sea as we walked the across the fields dodging cow-pat (yes, really!) to the church. It’s a 10 minute walk from the nearest car-park but this little gem of a chapel is worth all the grass stained and muddy heels in the world.

From the 16th century to the 19th century, The church was buried amongst the sand dunes.”

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“Our reception was held at Porthilly Farm, Rock, Cornwall. Porthilly is a working oyster farm and their estate extends onto the the headland which is on the Camel Estuary overlooking Padstow. The Marshall’s who own the farm couldn’t do enough for us. Because the weather was so hot, they were rallying round shifting oysters out of their refrigerated rooms so we could keep our flowers cool and keep the champagne chilled!

They don’t have a website, but Kate Marshall from Porthilly can be contacted via email: [email protected].”

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“Yorkshire based florists, Emmas Weddings & Events, travelled 380 miles with a van full of flowers! Emma and Rebecca are sisters and they own the florist shop next door to our barbershop. They are of course great friends of ours too, I mean, who else would travel that far to do flowers!  They used lots of pinks and peach tones which all looked stunning.”

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When they arrived in Cornwall, they were given an area of a cowshed to use at the oyster farm where we had our reception. They’ve labelled it as being the best office ever!  They then had the task of carting all the flowers to the church across St Enodoc Golf Course – there really is no easy access to this little church in the middle of nowhere!

Emma and Rebecca really involved themselves in my planning. They knew exactly how it all looked inside my buzzing head and it all looked perfect. Stunning. Beautiful. Even more touching was that they’d made me a small version of my bouquet which I could leave with my Mum after we came out of the church.”

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“I had two children from a previous relationship and I adored watching their relationship with Olly grow. I was smitten by his ability to make us all laugh and cry at the same time. We all fell utterly in love with him.

On June 6th 2012, my birthday, we had our annual family holiday in Cornwall (can you tell how much we love the place!). I was busy opening my presents when I noticed Olly on one knee with the children by his side. Yeap – the boy proposed! Apparently this was meant to happen on the beach, but Olly feared that the children couldn’t keep the secret any longer, so instead it all happened in a caravan.”

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22nd September 2014

It’s not every day that I get to meet a Love My Dress reader, but last October I had the pleasure of doing just that when I was introduced to the completely charming Vinita at Brides The Show in London. Vinita was (and still is, by all accounts), a keen follower of Love My Dress – she was, at the time, ten months away from tieing the knot at the very beautiful Fetcham Park in Surrey and was keen to tell me all about her latest plans. The thing I remember most about Vinita was her absolute charm – and how very beautiful she was.  I couldn’t help but think she looked like Beyonce, and  recall her telling me how she actually met Beyonce once.  This was quickly replaced by chatter about her latest wedding plans and the pleasure she gained from her daily fix of Love My Dress®.

Vinita, who works in the legal team of an asset management company married Barrister Kieran on 16 August this year.  The couple, who used the Appy couple app to help organise their day, but who were also closely supported by wedding co-ordinator Louise Grace, tied the knot at the beautiful Fetcham Park in Surrey.  Fetcham Park is no stranger to Love My Dress – custodian and curator of Fetcham Park, Laura Caudery, wrote an amazing series for Love My Dress about working with wedding venues including this refreshingly honest piece, and also contributed significantly to this popular discussion post on the cost of weddings.  I adore Fetcham Park, so it’s no surprise to me that this glamorous couple chose it to play backdrop to their enchanting wedding day.

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Jackson & Co Photography

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I know that I say this about a lot of weddings, but it’s a genuine statement every time that I do and never more so than on this occasion, but I really, really love these photographs by Jackson & Co Photography.  I think they beautifully capture the chemistry between this couple and the use of light both in and outside the stunning wedding venue adds a real sense of sensation and emotion to the images for me.

“Kieran and I wanted our wedding to be timeless but ‘of the moment’. The style of Fetcham Park house dictated how we styled our wedding. I loved the idea of evoking the charm of a bygone era infused with modern glamour. I wanted our day to look romantic, enchanting, glamorous, elegant and ethereal. Our colour scheme was ivory, blush, rose and gold.

These colours complemented Fetcham’s beautiful interior perfectly and we kept this in mind when choosing items to style our day.”

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“My dress was by Vera Wang via David’s Bridal - it was the first dress I tried on at my first dress appointment. I tried on other dresses afterwards but I went back to this dress. I loved how light the textured organza fabric was and how easily it moved as I moved. The draped bodice and split front overlay with its draped tulle skirt added to its romance and drama. I loved the architecture of the dress; it was minimal with clean lines. The ivory colour was really rich and looked golden in certain lights. It felt incredibly ethereal and I loved it.

I wore the matching Vera Wang horsehair floral sash and also the matching Vera Wang tulle cathedral length raw-edged veil.”

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“I distinctly remember stumbling across Fetcham online one afternoon. It was the only venue which gave me one of those “oh my goodness!” moments. I was immediately captivated by Fetcham’s charm. I couldn’t stop gushing about it to Kieran and we arranged to view it that same weekend.

Not that I ever had any doubts, but Kieran loved Fetcham as much as I did and so our love affair with the house began! We loved how opulent, yet unassuming, the house was with its grand staircase, exquisite chandeliers, French murals and gold leaf. We loved the elaborate fountains and the grounds.”

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We loved that Fetcham would be just ours for the day and we loved that there were no set packages thereby enabling us to have the bespoke wedding we wanted. It felt like the perfect backdrop for our day; exceptionally beautiful with a ‘home from home’ feeling.”

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“The bridesmaids all wore long, ethereal, lux-chiffon fabric Dessy dresses in the colour rose. I wanted their dresses to be cohesive instead of being identical. One of my bridesmaids lives in New York and the other three live in London. I took my three London bridesmaids to The Dessy Group at Le Trois Soeurs to try on dresses and asked my New York bridesmaid to go to her nearest Dessy retailer to try on dresses too. It was really important to me that the girls were happy and on the day they felt their most beautiful. I spent more time searching for their dresses than I did my own!

My bridesmaids all wore beautiful tikka headpieces from Etsy. They all looked sensational.  They also wore earrings from Lauren Ralph Lauren from Lord & Taylor in New York. The pave setting complemented the pave setting on their headpieces and also my jewellery.”

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“I was intent on wearing a forehead headpiece and was really specific on how I wanted it to look. I found Jo Barnes through Love My Dress and adored how glamorous and intricate her pieces were. My mum and I visited Jo at her home and I loved her Elizabeth headpiece. Jo customised it for me and I felt amazing wearing it on the day. So many people commented on how beautiful it was.

I loved it so much I even took it to the Maldives on our honeymoon and wore it to dinner on our last night there!”

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“I love blousey flowers. I find them so dreamy and romantic.   Steph at FairyNuff Flowers is one of Fetcham’s recommended suppliers. I knew she would be our florist as soon as I saw the flowers she created for a previous Fetcham wedding. At Laura’s suggestion I started following her on Instagram and thereafter began my obsession with all things floral!”

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“Our caterers, Kalm Kitchen, were one of the caterers recommended to us by Laura. We knew Jen and her team would be amazing on the day. But we were blown away by just how phenomenal they actually were. Our guests didn’t want for anything.

Kieran and I love our food. We always planned on serving it in abundance and had a lot of fun finalising our choices for the day. For our guests’ arrival we served mini bags of popcorn and mini bottles of Evian. At cocktail hour we served champagne, a signature cocktail, the Bramble and elderflower cordial. For our canapés we again wanted to highlight my heritage and so we chose a variety of Indian style meat, fish and vegetarian canapés.

Our popcorn bags were from BakersBling on Etsy and our gold metallic stripey straws were from Ginger Ray.”

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“We hired big illuminated ‘V&K’ light up letters’ from Vowed and Amazed which sat alongside our dance floor in the evening. We loved how amazing the letters looked on the day!”

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“Our photographers were the super talented Michael and his wife, Hannah, of Jackson & Co Photography. Kieran found Michael on the pages of Love My Dress when he also saw that Michael had photographed our friend’s wedding the previous summer.  Michael’s documentary and reportage style of photography was exactly what we wanted. Instead of having lots of staged photos we wanted lots of candid photos that told the story of our day and captured the love, happiness and emotion that surrounded us.”

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“We arranged to have two engagement shoots with Michael and Hannah; the first was on Broadstairs beach near Kieran’s family home and the second was in Greenwich Park and on the university campus where we first met. We would highly recommend having engagement shoots. We love that we now have treasured photos from our engagement period and we also loved how relaxed we were on the day in front of the camera as a result.”

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“Michael and Hannah were so friendly and professional. We knew they would be great fun to have around on our day, but hearing our family and friends say the same really meant a lot. They have captured ten years of love so perfectly in just one day. We could not be happier with our photos and we cannot recommend them highly enough.”

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22nd September 2014

A very beautiful morning to you – welcome to a brand new week.  I hope that we’e able to inject a little beauty and inspiration in to your every day starting right here, because this is a fabulous wedding that I know you’re going to love.  Kirsty and Mark married on 25th July this year with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception-come good old fashioned knees-up at The Londesborough Pub. I am so smitten with Kirsty’s 70’s inspired bohemian wedding day style and that fabulous smile.

“We both wanted the day to have a relaxed feel and to be something we were both comfortable with. Our choice of venue, dress and flowers were an extension of both mine and Marks style. It was really important for us to keep this running through the whole day. A lot of people commented on the day looking quite 70’s which is one of my favourite era’s so I’m happy with that.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Philippa James

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“We were introduced to each other through Marks brother, and had been together for around three years when Mark booked a surprise trip to Antibes in the Cote d’Azur. He popped the question sitting on a beach at sunset. It was all very romantic.

We’re not ones for a long drawn out engagement – if your going to do it, do it! It was around 10 months later that we got married.”

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Kirsty’s incredible dress was a Rue de Seine design…

“As soon as I saw this dress I knew it was the one for me. I took a chance and ordered the dress without even trying it on. Everyone said I must be mad, but I know what I like and I had not seen anything like it anywhere else.

The dress had to be an extension of my personality and style. I didn’t want to look like I had just been plonked into a wedding dress.  I also loved the fact that it was a heavy cotton embroidered lace so it was really soft on the body. The sunflower detail was also perfect for our summer wedding and it was simple enough for our relaxed day.”

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“Mark and I had always talked about having a small intimate wedding. When we were looking for venues we wanted somewhere that was classic, beautiful but would fit in with our laid back personalities and the Town Hall and Londesborough fitted this perfectly. We also had a lot of family and friends coming down from Liverpool so it was nice to have the two venues within walking distance of each other.

The Town Hall and Londesborough were the first venues we looked at and we booked them straight away.”

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Kirsty’s pretty, bohemian style veil is by designer Minna.

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“Our photographer was Philippa James who was amazing and managed to capture the day perfectly. She asked us previously what/who we wanted pictures of so nothing was missed.

Philippa’s attention to detail is perfect. She is a great photographer and gives you a really personal service.”

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21st September 2014

Sunday oh Sunday, how I love you so – a chance to leaf casually through the pages of all my favourite magazines and swipe through the pages of all my best blogs  - a chance to cosy in bed for that little longer, sup tea whilst wrapped in warm wool blankets and dream of beautiful things.  Seems the perfect day therefore to be sharing a peek at these ethereal blue wedding dresses.

Weightless blue lake foam and light clouds of late summer are images that inspired and are reflected in Katya Katya Shehurina’s  new pastel blue wedding gowns.  I’ve been a huge fan of Katya Katya Shehurina since first discovering them at The White Gallery in 2012 – their gowns bring a strong sense of ethic fairytale done the right way to the bridal fashion market and I adore how they play with pastel colour tulle each season to create something that little bit different.  This is a brand that really stands out for me and I adore their gowns.

I heard from Katya Katya Shehurina earlier this week as they were keen to share these images with me.

“As we all know, Love My Dress brides are exceptionally stylish ladies who, I hope, will fall in love with my new designs, and appreciate their charming elegance and outstanding craftsmanship and I look forward to welcoming Love My Dress brides-to-be in our boutique for a unique experience of trying on our dresses and enjoying a glass of champagne!”

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The collection was created in homage to the romantic nature of the lake –  filed away in Katya’s memory for access at the right moment.  It was the eclecticism of the picture that appealed to her, a mix of wilderness and austerity.

The combination was entirely sublimated in the styles like the fluffed light blue feathery tulle of ‘Sabrina’ with a belt clustered with hand-embellished Swarovski blue and iridescent crystals.

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The gowns range from between £1200 and £1300 with intricately embellished belts costing £230.

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20th September 2014

Hello you Saturday lot! You know, I’ve always wanted Love My Dress® to be a place that showcases a diverse style of bridal wear, from the short to long, hot-off-the-catwalk cutting edge new to full of charm vintage old,  high street thrifty to bespoke couture.  Providing the look and feel oozes that Love My Dress style elegance and sense of glamorous, then it’s perfect for these pages.

It’s not often however, that a bride marries in an above-the-knee high street purchase (most brides are pulled to the tradition of having a full length or fuller skirt gown, aren’t they?), but I can’t think of a dress that would have suited bride Ali more than her choice of dress from high street store Reiss.  It was perfect for her intimate, fuss-free, classy and city-chic wedding held earlier this year, when Ali, a PA, married oil and gas company contract specialist Gareth.  The couple tied the knot on 11th July with a ceremony at Mayfair Library in Westminster followed by lunch at Claridge’s and their wedding was planned in just three months.

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Marianne Taylor

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“We were set up by mutual friends in February 2013 – it was Gareth’s first (and last) blind date!

We didn’t really get traditionally engaged, just had a couple of Martini’s at Dukes Hotel and decided we should get married. We looked into it and organised it, and then Gareth asked me at my birthday dinner to marry him (the registry office was booked by this point), although friends happened to be in the same restaurant at the same time which made it quite funny. We’d been together officially for a year and a day on the wedding day!”

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“My dress was from Reiss!  I panicked that we only had three months and found the dress online but not in my size, and Gareth tracked it down from a department store and bought it for me. It was just very elegant and simple and I loved the sheer top and arms.

I wore a pair of dark blue suede stilettos from Whistles – my favourite shoes which I’d had many good nights out in, and thought they’d be perfect to wear and my something old and blue!”

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“A friend recommended our florist, Scarlet and Violet, as they do all their flowers for work occasions, so I went along to their shop in North London with a friend and it was amazing!  I told them what I wanted (only knew blue sea thistles at this point) and they just built a bouquet in front of me!  I liked that it looked rustic and not too ‘done’!”

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“I did my own make up (bought products from Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown) and hair was done by Charli, from Rush Victoria who has cut Gareth’s hair for a couple of years and we both know her quite well!

I wore Jo Malone’s ‘Peony and Blush Suede‘ perfume.  A friend introduced me to it and as she was one of our witnesses, she gave me it as a present on the day.”

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“We Googled ‘London based photographers’ and Marianne Taylor came up and we  instantly loved her work and style so just dropped her a line. We met first at the wedding, and she was fabulous. Everyone has commented how good the photos are – how they captured the day, and you didn’t really know she was there, which we think is the sign of a great photographer!

Marianne knows what works and what photos appeal to whom (i.e Grandparent friendly photos etc).”

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