23rd July 2016

I am one very lucky lady. As a features writer for this beautiful blog, I get to view the most incredible images by talented photographers all over the world. I’ve discovered new species of flowers I never knew existed (red anemones are my latest crush), fall in love with creative designers who craft utterly delectable dresses, found a location for where my ten-year vow renewal will be in the year 2024 (in a bluebell woodland setting – I can’t wait!), and am constantly inspired by the sweet little love stories of the brides and grooms who share their delightful days with us. When I caught sight of the bride’s divine gown and her flowers, my heart literally skipped a beat. I hope you enjoy this tale as much as I’ve loved preparing it for you.

Roxana, a PR executive with a financial company, and her beau Ovidiu, who also works in finance as an analyst and entrepreneur, married on 22nd August 2015 at Zabola Estate in Transylvania, Romania – a picturesque fifty-hectare castle park. Take a look at this heartfelt short film which sets the scene of Roxana and Ovidiu’s intimate summer party.

Our inspiration for the wedding was an intimate summer ceremony and party in a beautifully rustic venue. We wanted to give ourselves and our loved ones an unforgettable memory. The fact that the estate was completely secluded sold us instantly; it felt as though we were in our own special world with our closest friends and family. The estate has panoramic views of Transylvania and a beautiful castle where we stayed on the night of the wedding. The wedding reception took place within the old stables and outdoors, which is typical for a summer countryside wedding.”

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“Our story was beautifully told by film makers Tiberius and Andreea Margaian. They brought a drone for the event and captured the atmosphere of the day and the little precious moments that make weddings so special. Dan and Alexandra Bumbas from 602 Photography were also absolutely incredible! They love people and love *love*.”

Images by 602 Photography

Roxana wore a Pronovias gown for her intimate summer wedding in Romania.

Roxana chose a simply stunning Pronovias dress and veil in draped tulle that was just her; “I wanted a dress that was very simple and ethereal and not an iconic one. My gown was made from tulle and draped tulle; it was very soft and light, and I wanted to feel comfortable and be able to dance. “I felt like I had a dress that reflected who I was perfectly and that I will treasure forever.”

Roxana wore a Pronovias gown for her intimate summer wedding in Romania.
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22nd July 2016

Hello, I do hope you have had a chance to enjoy the glorious weather we have had of late. Today we are heading back just a few months to a lovely spring day for the wedding of Lisa, a recent medical graduate and Edward, a doctor. The couple tied the knot on the 2nd of April 2016 at Good Shepherd Church in Belfast, followed by a good old Irish knees up (and Guinness drinks reception!) at the beautiful Galgorm Spa in Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Lisa’s gorgeous dress was designed especially for her by Elizabeth Stuart after she won a competition and it is truly stunning. Captured by photographer Marc Lawson ,the charming styling of this wedding, incorporating light pastel flowers and candles is guaranteed to have you swooning all day.

Images by Marc Lawson Photography

Lisa wears an Elizabeth Stuart gown for her romantic wedding in Northern Ireland. Photography by Marc Lawson.

Lisa was the very fortunate winner of The White Gallery’s Glass Slipper competition to have a bespoke dress designed for her by Elizabeth Stuart. The dress is truly a work of art, mixing a gorgeous tulle skirt with a stunning lace top, it’s the dress that dreams are made of and Lisa wears it beautifully with a soft single tier veil and Jenny Packham shoes in the same blush colour as the lining.

Lisa wears an Elizabeth Stuart gown for her romantic wedding in Northern Ireland. Photography by Marc Lawson.

“To be able to work alongside Elizabeth Stuart to design my own dress so it truly felt like ‘The One’ was wonderful. I knew that I wanted to create something romantic but classic. The entire process was amazing and when I saw my dress for the first time it took my breath away. Elizabeth chose the most beautiful silk and lace and it had a beautiful detachable tulle skirt, which I took off for the evening reception to reveal a stunning lace skirt with blush silk lining underneath. It felt like I had two beautiful dresses for the day.”

Lisa wears an Elizabeth Stuart gown for her romantic wedding in Northern Ireland. Photography by Marc Lawson. Continue reading…

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22nd July 2016

Morning all! In case you missed it, last Friday, we launched a new weekly Friday morning series, in which we share proposal stories from our darling community of readers. We kicked off last week with the wonderfully captured-on-camera proposal of Jack and Jade. This week, it’s Abby and Matthew’s turn. By the way ladies, this new feature was inspired by the amazing community we have established over in our private Facebook group for brides to be and newlyweds – if you’re not yet a member, you can apply to be one via the page itself. We’d love you to join us.

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Abby and Matthew

We met at secondary school, and although we were in the same year, we didn’t become good friends until year 10. We got together over a year later after the summer between the end of school and starting 6th form. Matt moved into my parents house in 2010 and we saved for four years before buying our own flat in North London last year. We’ve been together ten years this year!

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Abby is on Instagram at @abby_rose_designs. You’ll also find Abby’s stationery design shop on Etsy at AbbyRoseCardDesigns.

Abby and Matthews proposal story.

How He Asked…

Matthew proposed on 14th May 2016.  He had secretly contacted my favourite photographer, Emma Case, to plan for her to capture his proposal. We had met with her once before, three years ago, when we’d ‘modelled’ for a workshop she hosted for other photographers.

Matt had arranged for Emma to contact me out of the blue under the premise that she was doing a personal project and wanted to revisit some of the old couples she had shot, and gave me a date when she would be in London. I obviously jumped at the chance and ‘persuaded’ Matt to agree to it. Little did I know he was behind the whole thing!

Abby and Matthews proposal story.

We decided on Hampstead as our location for the shoot, had some lunch with Emma and hubby Pete, and then walked around the beautiful Pergola on the Heath.

Emma took some lovely pics and towards the end of the shoot, Matt got down on one knee and proposed!

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21st July 2016

From Monday through Thursday this week, we’re sharing a delightful little film tutorial from our wedding shoe and accessory favourites, Emmy London. We’ll be covering four key looks, including ‘Art Deco’, ‘Botanical’, ‘Delicate’ and ‘Signature Vintage Rose’ – and within each feature, we’ll be linking directly to the beautiful Emmy London designs that are used to illustrate each look. You can see each of the video tutorials blogged so far here.

These timeless Emmy accessories are incredibly elegant. In this film, designer Emmy explains how blush and silver tones work in both light and dark hair. The graceful combs look fantastic styled above a bun or classic chignon up do. The shimmering rose shaped hair decorations are a charming finishing touch to a romantic bridal look. Hand-beaded and secured to either a comb or a band these versatile hair decorations look fantastic when styled with a veil.

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21st July 2016

Happy Thursday! In the immortal words of The Cure, ‘Monday you can fall apart, Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart, Thursday doesn’t even start, it’s Friday I’m in love.’ This little refrain was going round and round in my head writing this feature and it goes with saying that I’m more than a little bit in love with today’s joy-filled wedding. I absolutely adore weddings where the bride and groom don’t take things too seriously and are determined to inject their celebrations with as much fun and personality as possible. Add a backless wedding dress into the mix and I’m sold.

Without further ado, it’s my very great pleasure to introduce you to the gorgeous Mr and Mrs Bazeley. Thomas is a sales agent for Under Armour and Abigail is a purchasing assistant for Warwick Medical School. The couple married on 27th August last year at the beautiful Shustoke Barn in Coleshill and filled their day to bursting with personal touches, happy faces and most importantly (only joking) an epic doughnut bar.

“For me, our wedding was a perfect opportunity to display who me and Tom are and to celebrate the beginning of our life together. We were sure to incorporate this into our theme which included pineapples as vases, the brightest and most unusual flowers my florist could find (hats off to Emily Robbins), comedy mugshots of our guests as place settings, Mexican themed photo booth props and the biggest doughnut bar we could muster.

Photography by Ria Beth Photography

Abigail wore a backless Pronovias gown for her colourful Summer wedding at Shustoke Barn. Photogrpahy by Ria Beth.

Mrs Bazeley bought her stunning backless Pronovias dress and pretty veil from Rachel Ash Bridalwear; a luxury boutique boasting exciting collections from the very best in British and International bridal couture, and one of our much-loved Little Book for Brides suppliers.

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Finding a florist to accentuate the beauty of the venue and the bride’s personality was key; the resulting colours and textures are vivid, happy and playful; “I wanted the flowers to reflect my personality – bright, bold and unusual.”

Abigail wore a backless Pronovias gown for her colourful Summer wedding at Shustoke Barn. Photogrpahy by Ria Beth. Continue reading…

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20th July 2016

Hello again lovely readers and how has this week started for you? I have to admit that after a gorgeous few days in Wales last week, I was feeling a tad bit flat but the delightful summery weather and an inbox bursting with wedding goodness have combined to cheer me up! So today, I’m thrilled to share a little bit of brilliance with you as I have the huge pleasure of introducing you to wedding photographer Matilda Delves and her radiant and expressive images. Enjoy…

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Beautiful, creative documentary wedding photography by Matilda Delves.

The wonderful Matilda Delves fell head over heels for weddings when her sister got married. Matilda studied photography at Nottingham Trent University and was working as a commercial photographer but experiencing the joy of weddings at first hand convinced her to start photographing ceremonies and celebrations for her clients.

Beautiful, creative documentary wedding photography by Matilda Delves.

“It was after seeing my sister marry that wedding photography became my love and I’ve been photographing weddings ever since. I only took a few photographs on the day but the uninhibited joy of the occasion had me hooked. It’s so meaningful and every one is a such a unique experience – that’s a really special thing to be part of.”

Beautiful, creative documentary wedding photography by Matilda Delves. Continue reading…

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