Hands up, who’s got the back to work blues? If you’re reading this then you’ve managed to at least wake up and try to function today; for that you shall be rewarded with a total ribbon-fest and the cutest, crown topped flower girl you ever did see. To settle us in to a week of ‘what day is it?’ confusion I thought it best we took it waaay back to Summer for a burst of floral, Pimms flavoured goodness (not a crazy hail storm in sight). Brimming with utterly thoughtful touches and the kind of hand crafted glory that starts me excitedly sketching designs with the nearest biro, I think the bunting alone can keep us smiling until at least lunchtime.
Terri, a shoots editor and wedding photographer married her long term love Scott who works in IT as a systems developer on 23rd July 2015. Our super creative bride decided to use the power of the engagement ring and have a sneaky look around some wedding venues when on holiday in the Cotswolds. Of course, they promptly fell in love with the Kingscote Barn near Tetbury and the rest is history – and documented beautifully by Mckinley-Rodgers and Story Catchers Wedding Films.
“I loved the colour scheme of pink and gold right from the start but having so long to plan the wedding I was overwhelmed with all the details on Pinterest! I love florals so wanted these to be a huge part of our day. Between me, Scotty and our families we styled and decorated everything. On the day the whole wedding party came together to decorate which made for such a lovely feeling when walking down the aisle; knowing how much effort people had put in to make the day so special.”
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Now this is a Bride with damn fine taste; Terri chose Little Book for Brides member Mckinley-Rodgers to shoot AND film her Big Day. Super high praise indeed as a wedding photographer herself, you know you can always count on Love My Dress to hand pick the best of the best. The film from Mckinley-Rodgers had me sobbing and shouting for my fiancé to come and watch. Full of such genuine love and happiness, it’s the perfect Tuesday pick me up.
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“I cannot speak more highly of Pen and Cam (Mckinley-Rodgers). Being a wedding photographer myself I examined so many photographers, printing out their work and comparing shots. After having one Skype chat with Pen and Cam we knew we wanted them on our wedding day. They are calm, professional and just lovely people, our friends and family adored them.”
I have to say that May might just be my favourite month of the year. Not only does it contain my birthday (and it’s a BIG one this year!) but it’s also a beautiful month full of blossom, longer and warmer days not to mention a few extra days off in the form of wonderfully British Bank Holidays. To celebrate the glorious month of May, our friends at Britten are launching their new scent collection here on Love My Dress today.
Not only that, they’re also sharing some exquisite new veil designs AND details of a special treat just for you so read on…
Britten is, quite simply, an altogether fantastic company – we love their designs, their collections and the passion and joy they pour into their work. We also love the fact that they’re forever beavering away on new projects and their bridal room scent collection is one that owner Sarah Jane is incredibly excited about:
“For the past year, we’ve had new and wonderful scents surrounding us at all times! We have been developing our new collection throughout the busy summer last year and the move to our new boutique and into 2016. We’re so excited to finally launch it, exclusively, to Love My Dress readers today!”
The concept was born of the realisation that certain scents can instantly awaken the memories connected to them. If cut grass can take you back in time to your school sports day in a moment, what scent will you choose to transport you back to your wedding day whenever you want?
“Surround yourself during your preparations, on your wedding day and beyond if possible with our distinctive and wonderful scents,” says Sarah Jane. “You’ll associate the memories you create with that scent for the rest of your life. On anniversaries, you can bring those memories flooding back by lighting your wedding candle or spritzing your room spray.”
Hello lazy Bank Holiday friends. I hope you are indulging in your very deepest Monday fantasies today. My fantasy is simple; my bed (obviously), stacks of books and a plate of toast that stays hot, plentiful and slathered in peanut butter. It’s the little things. Every effort will be made to bring this joyous vision to life today whilst I finalise plans for my besties hen weekend that is now THIS MONTH. I will never attend a hen do without giving the organiser a bear hug, and will be the first to promptly respond to all hen related correspondence from this day forward- give me a wedding to plan any day!
Meet Ben and Anna, both hospital doctors, who tied the knot on the 18th July 2015 with a rural, cross county celebration. St Mary Magdalene Church, Herefordshire hosted their traditional ceremony followed by a reception at Upper Shelderton House in Shropshire – the home of their good family friends. Inspiration was found in their travel experiences, vintage countryside loveliness and Bananas. You heard me, bananas. Joyously celebrating their nickname (BenAnna – geddit?), these childhood sweethearts wove in super personal and hilarious nods to their life together. I love it when that happens.
Anna looked fairy-tale ready in her champagne Jane Bourvis gown, deciding on this delicately embroidered vision after a very moving moment whilst dress shopping. I adore the draped back; it adds such an elegant twist.
“I fell in love with Jane’s shop and her beautiful dresses made from vintage lace. Mine was champagne coloured lace with beading and a silk slip underneath. Every dress is unique and simply stunning. When I tried on my dress for the first time a song that was played at my grandmother’s funeral began playing and I knew that it was a sign I’d found the one.”
Entering the iconic Ritz London in my very shiny shoes, sporting my most serious topknot, iPhone in hand and a giddy little skip in my step, I felt utterly exhilarated (and more than a socially acceptable amount of excited).
A very lovely gentleman from the hotel escorted me to the decadent 18th century William Kent House (I could almost see the intense internal struggle as he clocked I was too short and owl-like to be a model but still politely asked me if I was heading upstairs to change – love you Mr Ritz man) where I was met with a megawatt smile and a massive hug by the lady of the hour, the gorgeous Kate Halfpenny.
On Tuesday evening this wonderful creative force, and one of our brilliant sponsors, invited guests to an exclusive and totally glamorous sneak peak of her 2017 collection, launched in collaboration with Brides Magazine.
I’ll start with saying what this post is about; Postnatal Depression – something that is spoken about a lot more nowadays than it was a few years ago, but sadly, a subject that is still steeped in taboo. It’s a condition that affects both sexes but that women tend to keep very closely guarded through fear of judgement and a debilitating sense of failure, shame and embarrassment – and because of this, most new mum’s end up hiding or being in complete denial about their depression. I know, because I was one of them.
I was excited and happy with both my pregnancies. No one, least of all me, would have ever thought I’d end up feeling depressed because of them. I was going to be super mum! But nothing could have ever prepared me for what was to come after having my first child almost sixteen year ago; it was severe enough to have scared me into not having another child ever again. That was, until my maternal clock started ticking away once more, about three years ago. Had that not happened, I genuinely feel that my son, Louie, might not have ever entered this world. And yet I can’t imagine life without him.
My experience of motherhood prior to Louie was so deeply emotional and challenging, that I didn’t blame myself for waiting for years to try again. Today, I want to share my story with other women, in the hope that it might help some of you reading this today feel that you’re not alone, that we all go through crazy situations in our lives, but that we can survive these situations. Deep breath, here goes….