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June 20, 2018

How to Avoid a Wedding Dress Horror Story

People love horror stories. In literature, drug induced tales of 19th century monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula compete with Edgar Allen Poe’s macabre tales about premature burial and torture. In children’s literature, the Brothers Grimm’s folklore fairy tales have inveigled all our western childhood imaginations. From the earliest celluloid movies, Nosferatu rose from the grave, […]

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June 18, 2018

Pretty up your Shoes with Britten Wedding Accessories Shoe Clips

Hello lovelies, have you had the chance to explore our beautiful new Little Book wedding directory yet? We’re so thrilled with the response we’ve received since launching our new design and are delighted to be assisting so many of you to connect with brilliant wedding suppliers. Suppliers like Britten Weddings, who we’ve been recommending for several […]

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June 17, 2018

The Only Wedding Dress Shopping Guide You’ll Ever Need, by LUXE BRIDE

Luxe Bride boutique owners know their clients intimately. This unique knowledge informs their buying inspiration for their shop; they will have channelled, funnelled, edited and curated the bewildering choice available to what they know ‘their’ brides love. Buyers for small, but perfectly formed, regional shops like Sally from White Bride in Pembrokeshire or Rhiannon and Bethan […]

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June 14, 2018

Celebrating Diversity, Natural Beauty and a Gorgeous Floral Wedding Dress

As editors of influential and such visually led online spaces like Love My Dress, it’s incredibly important that we make every effort possible to ensure our content reflects the diverse community it is intended to serve. It’s something I feel genuinely passionate about and have strived to address for a number of years now, but equally, […]

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June 13, 2018

Stylish Outfits for Children at Weddings by Little Eglantine

To have children, or no children at your wedding? It’s a question that weighs heavily on the minds of many a couple planning their celebrations, and for many, it can become a really contentious issues. It’s a topic we’ve explored in detail here on Love My Dress, and I encourage you to read this article […]

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June 7, 2018

The Artist’s House – Featuring Joanne Fleming Design

I’ve sat reflecting this afternoon on how far we’ve come with Love My Dress since our first post back in November 2009 and had a magic little pinch-me-moment on realising how amazing it’s all been – and continues to be. I’ll feel forever indebted to my beloved wedding site, primarily for introducing me to so […]

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June 6, 2018

Considering Live Wedding Entertainment? Where do you even start?

We know from anecdotal feedback from our readers that entertainment often plays a big role in the planning of a wedding, but for many of us, it’s difficult to know where to even start in terms of finding decent, reliable performance artists. We’ve teamed up with Alive Network, a fantastic online resource and the UK’s most […]

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May 9, 2018

When wedding planning isn’t how you imagined it would be

I’m back again and it’s May – this year really is FLYING by!  As always, I’m very happy to be here with you on Love My Dress and once again, I’m tackling one of those topics we really don’t talk enough about (I promise the next one will be an upbeat one!)… in a nutshell, […]

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March 13, 2018

Falling Out Of Love With Your Wedding

Good afternoon fellow Love My Dress readers – I’m excited to be back with my features contributor hat on and sharing the latest in my wedding planning series. Last time I was here I was talking about the pressure of having ‘the perfect day’ and today’s feature promises to be just as meaty and conversational. […]

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February 21, 2018

There is no such thing as a ‘powerful wedding-industrial complex’

How do you know it’s February? Of course snowdrops, the days are drawing out and Valentines. Similarly it is when the High Street remembers there are things called weddings that happen in the summer and like to bombard us with products of various merit. Journalists are fed information about weddings and duly report because, of […]

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  • “Communication is key, and all retailers would prefer to hear the complaint first hand, and have an opportunity to address and resolve an issue, rather than become the Evil Shop Queen in the next Frocky Horror story.”
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Another brilliantly penned piece full of wise words from the @luxebrideUK team over on Love My Dress today. Another one to absolutely bookmark or print off and add to your wedding files ladies.
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lovemydress.net/WiseWords
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Images of the beautiful @missbushbridal boutique and founder Emma Marshall at work, by @julietmckeephotography #LMDxLuxeBride
  • Sonoko, in her @giambattistavalliparis dress for her Japanese inspired London pub wedding. Over on Love My Dress today. Beautiful images by @michwoodphoto.
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Dress via @farfetch
Venue @thecrookedwell
Flowers @thefreshflowercompany
Hair Stylist @suke_tada78
Groom @Reiss
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#yelloweddingdress #giambattista #multiculturalwedding
  • If Carlsberg did bows 😜 But, they don't, and @jesuspeiroofficial do them better than anyone! 🎀 Ladies, I've worked in weddings since 2009 now and have a book of brilliant contacts bursting at the seams (ahem, see @littlebookforweddings). One of the bridal fashion brands I simply love to recommend is the wonderful @jesuspeiroofficial.
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Jesus Peiro bridal gowns are hugely popular with Love My Dress readers. This wonderful Spanish based company who is stocked extensively throughout the UK is renowned for it’s modern, elegant and feminine designs. A Jesus Peiro wedding dress is sophisticated, light to wear, playful in design and highly wearable.
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See our Stories this evening (or our 'Jesus Peiro' story highlights) for a sample of gowns from their latest collection which debuted in Barcelona in April 2018. We have a very close working relationship with Jesus Peiro who have proved themselves to be a family run business who care enormously for all their brides. This isn't a bit corporation churning out frocks to get rich, but a company who really care about their clients. We cannot recommend them more highly. If you have any questions at all about fit, dress modification or perhaps sourcing a gown you can’t find anywhere – do let us know, we will connect you with the Jesus Peiro team who will be delighted to help you. A xx
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(Image by @jacksonandco, dress via @morgan_davies_bridal) #lmdjesuspeiro
  • Just some of the gorgeous things I'm admiring right now over at @Prezola 🌿 I adore this company and all the super-cool brands it stocks. You *need* to be following dear brides and grooms, if you're not already #LMDPrezola #prezola
  • Alex in her long sleeved, lace @maggiesottero gown looking gorgeous on Love My Dress today. Photography by our wonderful @littlebookforweddings members, @pauljosephphotography.
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Venue @yorkshire-wedding-barn
Florals @stemsdesign/
Dress via @theharrogateweddinglounge
Makeup artist @april.c.makeup
Bridesmaids @ASOS
Groom @MarksAndSpencer
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>>> lovemydress.net/alex-matt
  • PhD student Jessie had her long-sleeved bridal gown made by @thebridalpixie and her effortlessly elegant wedding is over on Love My Dress today. Images by @ruthatki, headpiece by @blossomandbluebird on @etsy. Sublime.
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lovemydress.net/jessie
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#julietcapveil #longsleevedweddingdress #vintagebride #cambridgewedding
  • If you follow Love My Dress closely enough, you're probably already aware that I'm rather passionate about supporting my fellow business owners who work in weddings. There are so many successful, female led businesses (not discounting the wonderful gentleman by the way) that are providing exceptional experiences and services and in a time when these businesses are often at the receiving end of mainstream media criticism or TV mockery, I really just want to trounce all over that and shine a beautiful light on these hard working individuals for what they do.
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So true to my word, we've just published a bloody good read of an article this morning on Love My Dress, that addresses, in honest detail, why you ought consider shopping for your dress at a reputable bridal boutique (that would be any of the members of @luxebrideuk). Grab yourself a cuppa and settle down to read these inspiring, no-nonsense and enlightening words, penned by the ever-articulate Emma Marshall of @missbushbridal, on behalf of Luxe Bride.
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"A brilliant boutique stylist is like the perfect combo of fashion expert, wedding planner, hairdresser, counsellor, barman, BFF and fairy godmother. A stylist takes confessions, builds self-esteem, diffuses tension, listens, and has boundless patience. It’s hard to pin-point how a stylist learns their craft, as there isn’t a handbook or a training course. An encyclopaedic knowledge of venues, styling tips, photographers, traditions and customs can’t be taught, but instead is acquired over years."
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lovemydress.net/README
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#LMDxLuxeBride #InspirationalBusinessWomen #WeddingDressInspo #goodreads
  • Ladies! There's a fantastic event taking place at @missbushbridal between 19th and 23rd June, where designer brand in residence will be wonderful @eandwcouture.
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I first spotted this brand at a trade event earlier this year in London and was absolutely smitten. E&W Couture was founded by designer Sophie Creed and are based in Wales - everything is lovingly handcrafted. Sophie is all about the #bridalrevolution - creating for the free spirited individual who is keen to step away from the bridal fashion mainstream and wear something different on their wedding day. Anyway darlings, full details over at:
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lovemydress.net/ewcouture
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Film by @iamgeorgiameek
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#eandwcouture #freespiritedbride #floraldetail #gorgeousgowns
  • @lydiaemillen in her glorious @halfpennylondon wedding dress. Florals by @maisondefleurs. What. A. Dress! 🙌🏼 Unbelievably proud to support this talented and brilliant bridal fashion designer (and Mama and Stylist and girl boss and inspirational biz woman). Surround yourself with positive, passionate people who share your vision, they said. I did just that with @halfpennylondon ♥️🙌🏼 #halfpennylondon #lydiamillen #littlebookforweddings
  • Beautiful and delicately crafted jewellery designed by @EmmyScarterfield of @EmmyLondonOfficial and available to purchase today both online and at your nearest @HSamuelJeweller. We were incredibly proud to be asked to create and style these campaign images and to have the opportunity to work with the immensely talented creative team listed below
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lovemydress.net/EmmyJewels
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Photography @taylorandporter
Art Direction @EmmyScarterfield + @annabelbeeforth
Venue @jj_mediagroup
Styling @annabelbeeforth @philipbeeforth
Makeup @kristinagasperasmua
Hair @kasia_fortuna
Fashion @suzannahfashion
Knitwear @toast + Designers own
Ribbons @LancasterandCornish
Models @wilhelminamodels
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#emmylondon #emmyjewellery #beautifulweddingring #beautifulengagementring #bridaljewellery
  • “As soon as I saw Annabel’s Instagram post about diversity in our industry, I just knew I had to share this styled shoot with Love My Dress. The inspiration came when I first saw the gorgeous floral dress by @louiserosecouture. Louise is a young independent business owner and we had worked together in the past."
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“As we wanted to achieve a real look, I insisted from the very beginning to have a real couple and was hoping, in particular, for a black bride as they are so underrepresented in the industry. I’ve been dreaming to shoot someone like @carissa_natalie_ for a very long time and when I saw her, a mum of two and a blogger, on Instagram, I knew straight away she would be perfect."
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“In addition to that, it was very important to me that Carissa is a genuine natural beauty.” 👰🏾🙌🏾
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On Love My Dress now, or >>> lovemydress.net/naturalbeauty
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Photography @bernipalumbophoto
Cake @tinysarahscakes
Dress @louiserosecouture
Florist + Stylist @withthesehandsweddings
Hair + Makeup @joyceconnormakeup
Models @carissa_natalie_
Rings + Jewellery @vaessen_walker
Suit @stress3hire
Nails @simplyintomynails
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#LoveMyDressDiversity #NaturalBeauty #DiversityinWeddings #BlackBrides #BeautifulBridesofColour
  • Very excited to see a pair of @emmylondonofficial heels peeping out from beneath this modern bridal gown by up and coming label @shikobabride, who, by the way, absolutely need to be on your radar if you adore the young, free spirited, bohemian bridal vibe. A brand new British label who are frankly knocking it out of the park.
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Shikoba Bride are shortly joining our @LittleBookForWeddings and we could not be prouder to be helping them shout about their arrival on the bridal fashion scene.
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Photography @lucygweddings
Model @georgiabarber
Styling @prettycreativestyling
Makeup @harryjonhmu
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#littlebookforweddings #emmylondon #emmyshoes #shikobabride