29th January 2015

There are days when I absolutely have to pinch myself because I cannot believe how lucky I am. Working in the wedding industry with such fabulous people is a daily thrill and there are also moments that are just off-the-scale wonderful. On 27th January, I was lucky enough to be among a super-select group invited to Jo Malone London’s first ever bridal afternoon tea, held at their gorgeous townhouse to celebrate the forthcoming launch of the new Lace Bottle collection and to simply revel in everything that scent can bring to a wedding.

As you can probably imagine, the event was an absolute feast for the senses from the moment the door to the townhouse swung open. Stunning florals from Philippa Craddock filled the rooms and a showpiece cake from Lily Vanilli certainly made my mouth water even before we took our seats for afternoon tea. And what a tea party it was! The ultimate girls treat with personalised candles as place cards, packaged gifts on our plates and a parade of edible delights to sample. Fabulous company, spectacular surroundings – I felt thoroughly spoilt!

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Images above taken on Tamryn’s iPhone for Love My Dress

And Jo Malone London is all set to treat you too and they completely understand how to make you feel fantastic! I’m starting to think that a complimentary wedding consultation at a Jo Malone boutique might almost become a pre-wedding essential. You and up to five of your friends and family can enjoy a bit of pampering with a stylist and discover your own ideal scent combination, using the Jo Malone London’s family of fragrances to create a personal tone.

You’ll also be able to luxuriate with a hand and arm massage and having experienced this myself, I have no hesitation in recommending it.

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Jo Malone London totally understands the power of scent and fragrance and the huge and wondrous impact this can have on your wedding day. Celine Roux, Fragrance Director of Jo Malone London, explained the symbolism behind their quintessential wedding perfumes – the peony of Peony & Blush Suede is thought to represent good luck for marriage, Orange Blossom symbolises good fortune and happiness or you could use the glorious Wild Bluebell as your something blue.

Change scents as you move through you day, using romantic Red Roses as you get ready, light English Pear and Freesia during the ceremony and then add some drama with the more musky delights of Velvet Rose & Oud as you take to the dancefloor.

Celine also reminded me just how powerfully intertwined fragrance is with memory. Catching a scent that you recall from years gone by can take you straight back to the moment and I have to say that I love the idea of using a new perfume on your wedding day – one that whenever you smell it afterwards will immediately bring back all the memories from the day. How lovely to have something that you know will always be linked to such a special occasion.

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29th January 2015

I know that I’m not alone in feeling that my life would be so much harder and less enjoyable without the clever gadgetry that is a big part of my everyday. Even leaving work to one side, technology is never far away and yes, I even admit to doing my weekly food shop from the bath on the odd occasion. We rely on apps and websites to give us the information that we need, we love them when they’re easy to use, intuitive and super useful and we absolutely adore them when they make our lives easier or when they let us get social and share the goodness with others.

If your wedding planning is missing a bit of this techy brilliance, then you really must read on because today, I’m about to introduce you to Appy Couple

Firstly, let me say that Appy Couple ticks all the boxes. It’s smart, it’s user-friendly, it’s practical and it’s pretty. I don’t want bland functionality and I don’t want gorgeous packaging with nothing behind it.  Call me demanding if you like, but I want something that’s both visually appealing as well as clever and happily, Appy Couple is precisely that, and very much more.

Appy Couple is a modern wedding website and coordinating interactive app that lets you manage and share important details of your wedding,” says Sharmeen Mitha-Sehgal, the brains behind Appy Couple. “It handles everything from RSVPs and travel details for guests to gift list information and iTunes playlists with ease and style. It’s just a drag-and-drop interface so the whole experience is so easy, it practically builds itself.”

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29th January 2015

Good Morning lovely ones – we have snow!  Do you? No snow in this morning’s feature however, we have sunshine and details inspired by nature for this charming back garden wedding, which I hope you’ll love.   Laura, a relationship manager and her long-time beau George, a carpenter, tied the knot on the 24th of May last year. Laura’s parents hosted the reception in their back garden and the ceremony was held in a lovely village church. Torrential rain in the middle of the day threatened to derail the plans but manoeuvring the band inside and an impromptu photo session before the wedding breakfast meant that the day worked out perfectly.

“We never really had any set ideas about style – we just wanted a really relaxed and happy day with all of our favourite people.  My parent’s garden gave us the perfect backdrop for the atmosphere we were looking to create. The garden has the ruins of an old paper mill within it, a river running through it and is a really quiet, laid back space. It was perfect! The garden, alongside lots of handmade/personal touches and many wooden contributions and creations from George gave us our ‘handmade, rustic, garden party’.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2015, Fiona Kelly

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“I fell in love with a sparkly pair of Kate Spade shoes I saw featured in a wedding on Love My Dress.  I found a pair of ivory sandals with silver glittery heel when I went to the London store and bought them there and then! A few days later I got a note from the lady that had assisted me, saying how happy she’d been to help me find my wedding shoes and wishing us luck for the big day.”

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Laura wore the stunning Clematis dress from the MiaMia collection by Alan Hannah with a sheer veil. With such dramatic detailing she kept her jewellery to a minimum only wearing her Nan’s wedding ring and Tiffany drop earrings. A colourful bouquet of David Austin roses contrasted perfectly.

Many of you will identify with Laura’s struggles in finding her wedding dress, in fact we had a discussion post about finding ‘the one’ earlier this month that was hugely popular with readers!

“I tried on about 50 dresses before I found ‘the one’ and even then it wasn’t the typical ‘that’s it!’ moment. My mum knew before I did  I loved the whole process of trying on the gorgeous gowns, champagne and days out with my mum and bridesmaids but I felt a lot of pressure to ‘know for certain’ or ‘break down with tears of joy’ that I didn’t know if I’d ever make a final decision.  

I went to Isabella Grace and had such a wonderful experience – I tried my dress on and completely loved it but continued the search, just in case.  We went to a few other shops and I realised that I kept describing the dress I’d already tried on! I knew for sure when I went back for a second appointment. I LOVED the gorgeous lace back detail and that it was simple and elegant but not too fussy! I knew I’d be comfortable and be able to dance the night away.”

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With the ruins of an old paper mill and a river running through Laura’s parent’s garden was the perfect backdrop for their relaxed garden party.

“My parents worked tirelessly to get the garden looking amazing so we didn’t need much decoration. A couple of my talented bridesmaids made paper birds and woollen pom poms which we strung up around the tipis with paper lanterns and fairy lights. George built a wooden arch which everyone walked through to get to the reception. The archway in our own garden now as a lovely reminder of our big day!”

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The gorgeous orchid print dresses from Ted Baker worn by the bridesmaids were Laura’s first wedding purchase and set the nature inspired tone for the day. Vibrant cerise pink shoes from Oasis and a wooden bangle accessorised the look perfectly. Nine year old Marnie wore a pretty white flowergirl dress from John Lewis with a sash to match the older girls while the boys had pocket squares in the same fabric.

Continuing the floral theme, Laura treated both her and George to scents from Jo Malone to wear on the day – chosen especially so that the scent can be used in the future to help evoke memories of their beautiful wedding in the future.

Have you thought about scenting your wedding day? We’ve a feature coming up later following a trip our team member Tamryn made to the Jo Malone studio earlier this week. You might also want to read this feature on how to find the perfect wedding day perfume too.

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