Well what do you know! We’ve a glamorous little evening treat for you to cheer up this very rainy Thursday here in the UK. Can it really be the first week of September already?! Whether you’re back on the school run or just have that back to school Autumn feeling like me, we all need a reminder to stop and savour the moments as they pass. I’m hoping this wedding will do just that, taking us all the way to sunny South Africa.
Alexandrina and Ryan tied the knot in their home country on the 14th of March at St Nicholas’ Church with a reception at Vredenheim Wine Estate. Normally London dwellers, they took much of their inspiration from the alluring glamour of the 1920’s and ‘30s and Art Deco scene, and were also hugely influenced by this very wedding blog. Alex’s asymmetric draped dress is pure perfection, and captures the era flawlessly. Photographed South African based Tracy Robertson, I hope you love this wedding as much as I do.
“The glamour and sophistication of the 1920’s and 1930’s inspired the wedding. I love the different geometric shapes and styles involved with this period as well as all the decadence. We decided on a black, white/ivory and gold colour scheme which Ryan was quite grateful for!”
Alexandrina found bespoke bridal dressmaker Margo Stankova with the help of google. Seeing this wedding featured on Love My Dress helped her to decide to take the plunge and have her dream dress made though. The dress encompassed elements of 2 red carpet gowns and Alex chose the champagne/biscuit colour as it looked more vintage than white and suited her colouring better.
“Margo Stankova now has her own bridal dress collection. She was fantastic to work with and I have no doubt in mind that she can make anything. My dress was everything I could have hoped for – perfection! I would recommend her without any hesitation!”
In keeping with the theme of the day, Alex opted for a classic old Hollywood look for her hair and make-up with a crystal hair vine by Gibson Bespoke. She also wore a pair of Valentino Rockstud T-Bar heels under her beautiful dress. Other accessories included some gorgeous 1930s glass drop earrings, her mother’s sapphire ring and a gorgeous gold embossed minaudiere clutch.
One of the many lovely things about planning a wedding is that you get to experience so much – from buying your gown and indulging your creative side to visiting venues and tasting wonderful food and drink. Another treat that you can look forward to is having an expert on hand to give you that perfect bridal look for your big day.
Working with a make-up artist is something you’ve probably never done before and placing yourself (literally!) in someone else’s hands is definitely a big deal. But fear not dear reader because today, I have the huge pleasure to introduce you to the talented bridal make-up artist Becky Flynn and give you details of an exclusive offer, just for Love My Dress readers…
Make-up artist Becky Flynn is one of those inspiring people who’ve followed their passion and this alone makes me love her. I also love her because even in emails, her warm, friendly personality takes over and her enthusiasm just bubbles over.
“Ever since I was in school, I remember being passionate about make-up. My Mum never wears make-up and hasn’t ever owned any so I don’t know where it came from! I stuck with school for A levels but hated every minute and that made me realise I had to follow my dream. I went to Bath to study bridal make-up and have never looked back.”
Hello you lovely lot, thanks so much for stopping by. I have a special treat to get you in the mood for the weekend ahead. It’s a delightfully relaxed wedding set in a locale close to the bride and groom’s home – so close they even walked to the ceremony and venue – and is brimming with divine images by Miss Gen Photography. Meet Zoe and Luke, who tied the knot on a beautiful summer’s day on 4 July 2015 in Camberwell, south London. Zoe works for a sustainability charity and Luke is a composer and they were very keen for their wedding day to have a very personal feel to it and be held close to home.
“I grew up in Camberwell and Luke has lived here for ten years. We both live in Camberwell now, and so wanted to get married close to home. We got married in the bandstand in Myatt’s Field, and the reception was at The Grand Union. We just wanted our wedding to really feel like us. My brief to my wedding dress designer was that I didn’t want to look like a bride as such. I wanted to look like me, just on a good day!
“My dress was designed and made entirely for me. Faith Caton-Barber spent time getting to know me, understanding my own personal style and how I wanted to feel on my wedding day. She skillfully translated this into a dress that was chic, smart, and fitted me like a glove.”
“The combination of lace and duchess satin was utterly beautiful and the silk lining meant that I felt comfortable and cool, despite the twenty-degree heat. I felt like a million dollars – and couldn’t stop smiling as you’ll see from the photos!”
Happy Wednesday to all you lovely readers! Get set to be inspired by a bygone era as you take a look at these gorgeous images expertly captured by Kerry Woods Photography. Mr and Mrs Rogers married on 11 July 2015 at Manchester Town Hall. The bride and groom were keen to hold their special day in the town they both grew up in and incorporate the beautiful bride’s love of all things from the 50’s.
“I’ve been in love with the 1950’s style, music, movies and culture since my teens. Getting married in Manchester was pretty important to us as we’ve both grown up and worked here all our lives.”
“I knew that I wanted a 50’s style dress as they are so flattering. It was the second dress I tried on and I just never wanted to take it off.”
The flower girls look very pretty in their sweet Monsoon dresses with rosettes. And wearing the cutest little outfits from John Lewis, the three pageboys stole the show, with their mint green bow-ties and Converse.
“Kerry was amazing! She really took the time to find out what we wanted and on the day made sure we didn’t spend too much time away from our guests posing for pictures. We are so pleased with all her work and can’t recommend her highly enough.”
Did you know that Love My Dress has been nominated for four awards in the Wedding Magazine & Blog Awards? We are absolutely thrilled to be up for nomination once again and would be ever so grateful if you take a few moments to vote for us here. We all know that it doesn’t really matter if you win an award or not, but it’s pretty special when you do, and particularly when you know the community you’re working for have voted for you. So we really are immensely grateful to all of you who take the time out of your busy day to show us some love – thank you so very much.
We have a very elegant Scottish and Japanese inspired English country wedding for you to peruse at your leisure this afternoon. On the 21st of May of this year, Erin and Alex tied the knot at Babington House, an 18th century luxury hotel and members’ club in the heart of the Somerset countryside.
“Ria braved the cold and took a few snap shots of us in Regent’s Park – it was freezing, but she managed to make us feel relaxed and happy and in the end we forgot about the cold. I could go on with superlatives but I think the pictures do show everything that is good and warm about them.”