27th June 2016

Hi lovelies, it’s me again; I hope Tuesday is treating you well so far? I always wonder before I read about the weddings of designers and industry insiders, whether they’ll have have been inspired, excited and worried about the same things as all of us brides – and do you know what it’s totally refreshing and reassuring to know that we’re all in this together. Weddings are such beautiful, unifying, celebratory things.

Allow me to introduce you to the lovely Cherry, owner of Cherry Williams London: designer and maker of bespoke bridal wear and one of our celebrated Little Book for Brides members. Cherry married her incredibly dapper beau Will, a drummer, drum teacher and part time model, in gloriously festive style on 5th December 2015.

“As our wedding was close to Christmas we wanted it to have a festive feel without using obvious Christmas decorations. We decided on having lots of seasonal foliage with lots of textures and scents instead of flowers to decorate the venue, along with lots of candles and rich wintry colours for the bouquet, bridesmaid dresses and accessories.”

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Bridal fashion designer Cherry Williams' wedding.

Cherry lovingly created her own lace wedding dress, drawing on years of experience within the costume and bridal arena and with a little help from the ladies at Jane Law Costumiers – isn’t the result beautiful? Cherry looks so elegant and regal.

Bridal fashion designer Cherry Williams' wedding.

“I designed and made my own dress, it’s something I had always wanted to do and as it’s my job it wasn’t so scary. I did however, have a little help from my friends at Jane Law Costumiers who I have known since I did my work experience with them at the age of fifteen. They are amazingly clever ladies.”

 

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27th June 2016

A big hello to you lovely Monday readers! I have the most gorgeous light-filled celebration of love for you today with a bride in separates and some seriously stunning photography. Aren’t weddings just the most glorious thing in the entire world?

The very beautiful Katherine, a dancer, wed her beau Jack, a civil servant, on 31st December last year at the iconic Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. Their beautiful New Year’s Eve celebrations were full to the brim with stylish guests, happy faces and the most spectacular views over the river Tyne.

“The most important thing for us was to have all of our loved ones there and for everyone to have fun. We never had a particular theme and just picked things that we liked along the way. A great thing about the Baltic was that we didn’t need to do much to it as the building is so striking inside. We wanted to keep the ceremony room quite simple so just used festoon lighting to create a backdrop on one wall.”

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Katherine wears a Charlie Brear gown for her wedding at the Baltic Gateshead. Photography by The Twins.

Katherine and Jack chose the wonderful sister duo The Twins as their photographers; one of our absolute Little Book for Brides favourites. Their poetic ‘about us’ section on their website is enough to make me want to lust after every shot they’ve ever taken: ‘It’s the colour of the sky. The sunshine through the clouds. The wind whipping up your dress as you walk into the ceremony.’ Caroline and Kelly have used light and composition in such a natural, magnificently clever way to capture this beautiful day.

Katherine wears a Charlie Brear gown for her wedding at the Baltic Gateshead. Photography by The Twins.

“Our photographers were The Twins. We loved the photos on their website and met Caroline (and her gorgeous little boy) for a coffee at the Baltic and got on with her really well. We’re so happy with our photos; Caroline and Kelly captured the day beautifully and we felt so comfortable having them there with us. We would highly recommend them.”

Katherine wears a Charlie Brear gown for her wedding at the Baltic Gateshead. Photography by The Twins. Continue reading…

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26th June 2016

I am due to marry my beloved this September – it will be a year and a half after we became engaged. While his family have problems and heartaches to deal with like any normal family would, it is a loving one – a functioning one, unlike my own.

We have decided to get married in my country of birth (outside the UK), because we wanted to say our vows to one another in a place that holds great meaning to us. Or at least one of us. There is a place I would spend many weekends and summer breaks creating fond childhood memories that we have decided would be the idyllic setting for our all important day, especially as we now have more recent memories of our own visiting there – including my fiance trying to tackle the local language.

But there is another reason too that we have chosen this particular place to be married – it is so that my much loved granny could be part of our celebrations as well. Being over 80 years old and with fragile health, she is unable to take on big journeys so travelling overseas would be out of the question. Besides, my dad and his mother, my other grandmother, died a couple of years back.

Home is where the heart is. Not where the family is, where the house and assets are, but where the  people we love with  all our hearts are

My father was a serious alcoholic and wasted all his talent as a pentathlon athlete and physicist. He was an alcoholic for all of my life despite this talent. My mother divorced him when I was two and the relationship I developed with my father after this was bittersweet, due to him mostly being under the influence of alcohol whenever I was with him.

My father loved me dearly and never hurt me, but his alcoholism pained me deeply, so much so that as I got older, we cut contact  –  only resuming our communications briefly shortly before his death at the age of 56. I was heartbroken. He still meant a lot to me and I had intended to make up for the years lost. A year later my grandmother died – I believe from the sorrow of losing her only son.

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25th June 2016

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside. There’s something so invigorating about the fresh air, the salt water, and the sounds of lapping waves and seagulls soaring overhead. This couple I’m about to share with you, lovely readers, chose stunning seaside locations for their nuptials, so get set for loads of nautical inspiration as you meet Ashley (Ash) and Laura (or Mr and Mrs Bell – an ironic surname which will soon become apparent!).

Architect Ashley and his beautiful bride Laura, a marketing coordinator, tied the knot on 31st July 2015. Pennsylvania Castle was chosen as the setting for their ceremony for its picturesque location and incredible views on the Isle of Portland. The couple’s reception was held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, with a pretty harbour backdrop, as a tribute to their hometown of Weymouth and the groom’s love of sailing. Let’s begin this tale with a video by their second photographer and videographer friend, Justin Glynn of Harbour Media, which highlights the beauty of their venues on a sparkling summer’s day.

“Our colour scheme and décor was very much set by the dress and the venues as they both overlooked the sea – so we chose blues, yellows and whites. We went for a ‘coastal’ and ‘‘nautical’ theme, as Ash does a lot of sailing and we are both from Weymouth, so it was important to us to portray that throughout the day.”

Photography by Alexandria Hall Wedding Photography

A pretty pale blue wedding dress for a nautical inspired Summer wedding by the sea. Photography by Alexandria Hall.

The couple also knew a wonderful florist, Fiona Penny at Sunflowers, who was the natural choice to prepare their stunning floral arrangements.

A pretty pale blue wedding dress for a nautical inspired Summer wedding by the sea. Photography by Alexandria Hall.

“Fiona has such a fantastic way of piecing flowers together, to create gorgeous displays. I chose daisies, thistles, love in the mist, gypsophila, craspedia and cornflowers for my bouquet; with our bridesmaids having a bouquet of daises and our flower girls having a wrist corsage of my flowers. I have dried my bouquet myself and I look at it every morning when I wake up!”

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24th June 2016

Greetings from Florence Love My Dress readers! We just got back from the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence to finalise and confirm our wedding plans! We get married on 24th September in the hills overlooking the city of Florence in the stunning Villa le Fontanelle.

We knew we wanted to get married in or around Florence, after an incredible trip there the year before! We had wandered around the city, gone to all the museums and ate our way around the city! We’re both very into food and as a wedding photographer myself I knew I wanted an outdoor ceremony with the Tuscan countryside as the backdrop!

An update from our Lovettes/blogging bride member Julie Michaelsen.

We found our wedding planner Chiara from Weddings in Tuscany and it was a slightly fraught affair, because we had only one weekend before the end of 2015 where our scheduled permitted us to go to Italy and look for a venue.

An update from our Lovettes/blogging bride member Julie Michaelsen.

This particular weekend was in 5 days. We knew Chiara was the one for us because, within a couple of hours, she had set up six venues for us to see in two days! We also really liked that she was straight forward, direct and didn’t try to ‘pitch’ us.

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24th June 2016

Happy Friday lovelies! The weekend is approaching us with great speed, so I have the most delightful wedding to get us in the mood and this very special one celebrates the beautiful fusing of two cultures. Aman, a global research manager, and reinsurance analyst James married on 16 October 2015 at Elmore Court in Gloucester, set amongst the picturesque, rolling hills of the Cotswolds. The stunning venue caught their eye with the English manor front and magical twinkling lights in the sustainable Gillyflower at the back of the venue – a modern contrast to its traditional frontage. The couple decided upon a fusion wedding, as well as showcasing the colourful season of Autumn.

“We settled on an Anglo-Indian fusion theme and both wanted to make the day about us, whether it reflected our heritage, families and personalities. As we were marrying in October, there was no doubt we’d also go with an autumn theme with its classic colours.”

Photography Jackson & Co

An Autumnal Anglo-Indian fusion wedding in the Cotswolds. Photography by Jackson & Co.

Aman discovered their photographer, Michael from Jackson & Co Photography, after seeing his photos on this very blog.

“I previously saw Michael Jackson’s photos on a Love My Dress wedding blog post and absolutely loved his style of photos. The fact we were getting married in October and indoors meant I wanted a photographer that was able to take soft photos in the dark. He was also all about au natural too.”

An Autumnal Anglo-Indian fusion wedding in the Cotswolds. Photography by Jackson & Co.

The flowers by Lily Jones were completely reminiscent of the colours of autumn – and I just adore the addition of berries to the buttonholes.

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