3rd March 2015

It was just over a year ago now, that we introduced our first team of Lovettes.  Having a team of brides to contribute their journey in wedding planning was always something I’d wanted to do on Love My Dress, so it felt like a proper little milestone when we came to announcing our first ever chosen Lovettes last February.  Sadly, one of the original four ladies selected had to pull out, but it has been an absolute pleasure being able to read the contributions of the remaining three Lovettes as they each planned their 2014/15 weddings.  You can read all about their journeys in to marriage here.

Back in January, we set out to invite fresh applications for our 2015/16 team of Lovettes.  We received 135 entries in all – the combined impact of which completely knocked me sideways for a whole 48 hours, as I carefully made my way through  every word of every single entry.  What our readers have to say really matters to me, and I wasn’t about to whizz through the applications for the sake of getting the shortlist together in a rush.  As I was deep in to shortlisting, an overwhelming sense of pride engulfed me, and I became quite the emotional thing!  It became apparent more than ever, what an incredible set of inspirational, diverse, hard working, strong, honest and supportive women Love My Dress attracts as readers.  It was an incredibly humbling feeling, knowing that all these ladies enjoy visiting this blog that my team and I have created – visit it to be inspired and to seek reassurance and support.  How on earth was I going to begin to shortlist 135 applicants down to 4 – the same number we had appointed last year!?

That’s when I realised that this  year, I wanted to do it completely differently. Indeed, I think we had to.

Part of my objective for establishing The Lovettes always was to create a more interactive community of brides to be.   I’m not saying we didn’t achieve that with our inaugural team of blogging brides, who I feel very proud of.  But how could 3 lovely brides, wonderful as they are, truly represent the diverse community of readers that we have?  I really wanted to be sure we did a better job of representing our readers this year. It was time to shake things up a bit and approach this project from a lateral perspective (planning their blog post schedule was an interesting experience!).  Why restrict ourselves to just 4 readers? Why stick to an inflexible 1 post every month schedule? And why not consider brides due to marry soon who have already amassed a wealth of wedding planning experience?

Please welcome then, our very first proper Lovettes ‘Community’ – 21 brilliant women, each of whom are due to marry over the course of the next 18 months.

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3rd March 2015

Today, I’m going to start this feature by saying to you, the fabulous readers of Love My Dress, that I think you’re magnificent. Not only do you have impeccable taste in wedding blogs but also, you continually amaze me and in fact, I could point you to an email exchange Annabel and I were enjoying just last week that included the line “we have the best readers ever”. And it’s true; we think you’re just marvellous.

One of the things that I adore so much about the truly wonderful weddings that are shared with us is the super stylish spin that so many of you put on high street gowns and accessories. Our love of the high street has been rejuvenated so I’m very sure that you’ll enjoy today’s feature introducing you to the beautiful bridal jewellery from Jon Richard.

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Jon Richard is a name you might well know thanks to their concessions in over 125 Debenhams stores nationwide. Jon Richard will actually be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary by launching a delightful new collection designed in partnership with the fantastic Alan Hannah.

Designed to perfectly complement the charming and timeless designs of Alan Hannah bridal gowns, the new ‘Devoted’ collection for spring/summer is a rather stunning collaboration and illustrates perfectly why Jon Richard has been so successful over the last three decades.

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To start with, it’s undeniably elegant and there’s not one piece in this capsule collection that isn’t utterly wearable, perfect for adornment all wedding day long! Whatever style of gown you’ve chosen or however you’ll be wearing your hair, there’s a piece in the ‘Devoted’ collection or in the Jon Richard Bridal range that will be an ideal finishing touch.

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Whilst we’re talking about finishing touches, let’s have a little look at the elements that make up each design. Soft, delicate pearls and dazzling diamantes can be seen throughout the collection that’s both sophisticated yet romantic. There’s a chic elegance across all of the collection that’s just stunning. And let’s not forget the coordinating necklaces and earrings that range from the bold to the refined. It’s more than a little bit brilliant.

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3rd March 2015

Good morning wonderful ones.  You know, even after five and a half years, it is such a pleasure – more so now infact, to be able to prepare a real wedding feature for Love My Dress. I genuinely consider it one of the ‘perks of the job’, and incredible privilege to be charged with creating something that will be enjoyed and appreciated by thousands of other brides to be. Safe to say, I don’t think I will, or could ever tire of writing about weddings, or of listening to other people’s perception of love.  On that note, I have the most elegant of December celebrations to share with you today, a suite of images that perfectly capture the essence of a cool, crisp and beautifully sunny winter wedding – a day drenched in effortless glamour.

Preme and Phil’s wedding took place on 13th December last year at the award-winning Fetcham Park.  I actually slipped a little sneak preview of this wedding in to our feature on black tie weddings last week.  The couple were assisted in planning their elegant day by the absolutely delightful and delectable Anna of Bride & Glory.

Photography Copyright (c) 2015, Mark Bothwell

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“We wanted our wedding to have a wonderfully Christmassy and wintery feel to it. We opted for plummy, purple tones and rich green foliage for which Fetcham Park’s dark wood panelled great hall was the perfect backdrop.”

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The bride wore a bespoke gown by Suzanne Neville that was ordered via Miss Bush Bridal in Surrey – another award-winning supplier and highly recommended sponsor of Love My Dress.

“My dress was made to order. Suzanne Neville dresses are known for their incredible fit and mine was no exception. I chose a beaded lace which made the dress appear ‘frosted’ when the light hit it. A lace jacket was made separately which I removed before the dancing began!”

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“Our photographer Mark Bothwell has a wonderful reportage style. His photos tell a story of the day and captures people emotions and feelings in that moment. He isn’t intrusive and you honestly won’t even notice him there. A week after the wedding you’ll be sent a bundle of beautiful photos that you didn’t even know were being taken!”

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2nd March 2015

Evening all! I’m tweaking our usual blog post schedule and interrupting the evening with a special post for professional photographers, many of whom I know visit Love My Dress to be inspired by the beautiful imagery we share every day.

A Beautiful Way‘ is a unique one day creative workshop that will teach photographers how to shoot every wedding with a fine art approach.  The workshop will be led by two of the UK’s leading fine art wedding photographers, Holly Rattray of Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography and Naomi Kenton of Naomi Kenton Photography - our very own partner photographer.  All the details you need to know are included in the poster below, but here’s a little information from the two naturally gifted and immensely talented photographers who will be hosting this event…

“With a focus on practical learning, our workshop attendees will be shooting for the majority of the day, and learning how to direct and pose couples, how to work with the light, shoot the details and manage the timings of the day in a beautiful way – so that they can be confident in the future that they can bring a fine art approach to their client’s weddings.”

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2nd March 2015

Two weeks ago now, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at the beautiful twobirds Bridesmaid boutique, located in the heart of London’s Covent Garden.  For those of you unaware, twobirds Bridesmaid are the founders of one of the most versatile and indeed beautiful bridesmaids dresses out there – one dress that can be worn in over fifteen ways, and for those of you to whom provenance matters, every single gown is made in London.

I was attending the boutique to meet the team behind the brand and to get a sneak peak preview of a beautiful new collection of tulle, convertible dresses that are launching today.   The launch of this exquisite and wonderfully feminine collection marks 5 years in business for this multi-award winning brand, who I have had the pleasure of watching grow and prosper as we both set up our businesses at similar times.   I’ve long admired the integrity of the twobirds Bridesmaid (beautiful high quality fabrics, all made in England and a really great team to support and work with) – it is no wonder that the pioneers of the multiway wrap bridesmaid dress are once again leading the pack with an on-trend soft, romantic dress to complement the growing popularity of tulle in wedding dresses.

Photography Copyright (c) 2015, Naomi Kenton

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Historically, other brands have introduced multiway dresses in softer fabrics but these have been structured and sized which goes against the twobirds ethos of versatility and the new dresses retain the simple two size structure of the existing twobirds collections, covering UK sizes 4-20.

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Launched in 2007 by New Yorker Ariane Goldman (who I interviewed back in 2011), twobirds Bridesmaid is one of the leading bridesmaids dress manufacturers both in the UK (find your nearest stockist) and worldwide. Their dresses have been worn by numerous celebrities including Lady Gaga and Mollie King.

Setting itself apart from the typical bridesmaid dress, twobirds Bridesmaid offers a collection of completely luxurious, timeless and here’s the key thing – completely convertible gowns that are flattering for every style of figure and body shape.  These are dresses that have been designed to embrace the female form in all it’s many wonderful shapes and sizes, maximising assets and minimising imperfections.

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The versatility of a twobirds gown is quite genius; sleeves, or no sleeves, belt tie or no belt tie, asymmetric one-shoulder style or elegant cap sleeves – it’s entirely up to the individual how she wants to wear the dress.  And there are many ways -indeed, twobirds have a whole page dedicated to the variety of flattering ways their gowns can be worn.

So how can you improve on something that is already quite brilliant? You can’t is the answer.  You can, however, make something like it, only in a luxurious alternative material, and that is what the brand new tulle collection launching today is all about.  Up to now, all twobirds Bridesmaid dresses have been made from a really high quality, versatile, jersey fabric.  Responding to demand from brides however, this new collection has been created in luxurious, light and airy tulle.

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The new tulle dresses still offer the same level of versatility as the original jersey dresses – they are completely maternity friendly and can be tied in endless different styles to suit every body shape.

“I wanted to bring something fresh and exciting to our current jersey offering.” says Arianne.  “The new tulle collection offers texture and fluidity while maintaining versatility.”

I love how these beautiful images, taken by our resident photographer, Naomi Kenton, capture the essence of femininity and beautiful, fluid movement of the new tulle gowns by twobirds Bridesmaid.

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