1st September 2014

Good morning my loves, now I know that Autumn doesn’t officially arrive until 20th September, but as far as I am concerned, it arrives today.  1st September is Autumn.  Autumn is my favourite of the months and this calls for a mini celebration by way of a favourite real wedding feature.  Drum roll then for the wedding of ballet teacher Nicole to her sweetheart Matt, which took place on 16th August this year, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at Royal Inn on the Park.

This wedding oozes London cool, but what I love the most about it all is that divine original 1930′s vintage gown - a most fabulous find from one of my favourite vintage wedding dress suppliers, the darling Elizabeth Avey.  It really was the perfect choice for this celebration of love that mixed old with new, modern with a touch of quirky and that all came together beautifully.  These photographs were taken by London based fashion, portrait and wedding photographer Marc Hayden.

“We didn’t have a particular style or theme for the wedding – we just knew we wanted it to represent us as a couple. We made a thousand colourful origami cranes and hung them from wooden hoops, an ancient Japanese tradition bringing good luck to the married couple. I also read that it teaches the couple patience and commitment and that it did do!! Everything at our wedding was made by us, with loads of help from family and friends and I guess that is what made it so special; it was a bright, colourful and fun.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Marc Hayden

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“Matt and I met six years ago. After weeks of flirting it all came to a head at a drunken party at Lucky Voice. Matt declared he loved me on our second date; we bought 3 cats and lived happily ever after.

Our ceremony was held at Stoke Newington Town Hall - it was so beautiful with its art deco features. Coincidentally my dress ended up being from the 1930s and so it all ended up tying in together.”

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“My dress was from Elizabeth Avey, who I may say is the loveliest woman I have ever met.  I found the whole experience of searching for a dress like a scene out of Pretty Woman – except for at Elizabeth Avey’s. I had an idea of what I wanted – something comfortable, understated but a little bit sexy, and probably from the 1930s.  Lucky for me, the dress I choose had all those things and more.  It didn’t cost the earth either, and it fitted as though it had been made for me.  It was extremely delicate and needed some repair to the lace.  But I look at it now in all its glory and feel I gave it one last show.

My sisters top and skirt was from Topshop and the other bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS.  The girls wore their own shoes.

My fresh flower garland was made by a friend.”

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“Our photographer was Marc Hayden. We wanted a documentary wedding photographer who would capture our wedding and present it at as a story in a very natural manner. Aside from the very few mantelpiece photographs for our parents, we had no poised images and that is the beauty of what Marc has captured. The smiles the laughter and the tears.

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31st August 2014

I spent hours looking for the perfect headpiece when I was getting married, so I know how such choices can be overwhelming when there are so many designers out there.  It’s why I strive to be helpful in selecting only the very best to showcase on Love My Dress®.

One of the most talented headpiece designers I know is Copenhagen based Jannie Baltzer.  Jannie first popped up on my radar about three years ago now and I’ve been one of her biggest fans ever since. I’m really not just saying that – Jannie’s designs speak for themselves, but her promotional imagery is always exquisite and oozes the elegant and ethereal nature of her brand.  I guess that’s the reason why they get to regularly grace the pages of VOGUE, ELLE, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.com; these are headpieces for brides with impeccable style.

It makes me completely thrilled therefore to have been asked personally by Jannie to be the first blog to share these images from Jannie’s new 2015 collection.  Readers, I know you are truly going to adore these headpieces – they are ‘Love My Dress’ through and through and epitomise everything we stand for – glamour, elegance and pure gorgeousness.

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Sandra Åberg for Jannie Baltzer

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I spoke with Jannie this week and she told me where the inspiration for her new collection came from…

“My 2015 collection is inspired by 1920’s old world Parisian charm.  The promotional shoot took place in a trashed, but beautifully chic old Parisian apartment which exuded the essence of glamorous days gone by.”

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“Our model, the beautiful ‘bride’, is getting married, and she is dancing barefoot and happy on the old floor in delicate dresses trying on various couture headpieces to wear on her wedding day.”

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Just how elegant are these images? Jannie creates the type of heirloom quality product you will want to keep safe and precious for years after your wedding, to hand down to a family member or someone very special in your life.   I adore the femininity of these pieces too, they are just so delightful.

“To emphasise this mood of the shoot and the old world style that so inspired these pieces,  I used rose gold, honey-gold, antique gold, silver, cream and ivory Preciosa crystals. In this collection.  I also used gorgeous opulent oversized Preciosa crystals in silver to add a touch of glamour to the collection.”

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30th August 2014

This afternoon, Jen Middlehurst of our very favourite wedding catering company, Kalm Kitchen, shares her ideas about how to get the best out of working with a wedding caterer.  This feature is part of our ‘Catering Ideas by Kalm Kitchen’ series.

DO be honest! It’s important to be up front about your budget and your expectations. A good caterer will be able to work within your budget, but they need to know what you’d like to spend. Getting things straight from the outset is crucial. The last thing you want to do is to have to make changes or cut backs a week or two before your wedding day.

DON’T be afraid to ask. If you’ve got your heart set on serving something unusual but it isn’t on the menu selection, ask whether it’s an option. Most caterers can offer flexibility but if you don’t ask, you’ll never know.

DO arrange a tasting before making any final decisions. This gives you the opportunity to confirm the quality of the food from and also to choose the menu. Be clear beforehand about what you would like to try, and also make sure you know whether there is a cost involved for the tasting.

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30th August 2014

Happy Saturday lovely ones! We’ve a couple of posts to share with you today, beginning with the wedding of Actress and singer Helen, who married musician Dan on 4th May this year. The couple’s reception was held at The Barlow Institute in Edgworth and their photographer, Libby Christensen, once graced these pages as a bride!

I love this wedding for all it’s laid-back, good old-fashioned fun and all the authentic vintage details that the couple put so much of their time and energy in to collecting prior to their wedding day.

“We decided to use a vintage travel theme because we love all things old and quirky, however we wanted our day to reflect ‘us’ too. I love colour, so I didn’t want one or two single colours to stand out, so we opted for a multi-coloured scheme. My grandmother left an attic full of fabric that I sewed into bunting during the year prior to the wedding. The material came from off-cuts of work dresses, bridesmaids dresses and wedding dresses she had made during her life so it was a really nice personal touch. We also collect maps of places we’ve been so we thought vintage travel would be a perfect theme to sum us both up.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Libby Christensen Photography

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“Bouquets and buttonhole and one suitcase arrangement of flowers from Jane Carlton Flowers Bolton. She was amazing and even followed my wedding board on Pinterest so she could get the right flowers for the theme! Fantastic.

The huge mountains of flowers and the 30+ small arrangements at the reception were created by my mother and my Dads cousins’ wife! After a trip to Clog Flower Wholesale, they spent two days prior to the wedding filling all the vases and tins we’d picked up from charity shops over the past twelve months with flowers. The result was like a garden. They also provided the flowers for the ceremony, along with my mother’s friends who all brought their potted plants to the church from their gardens the day before so the church had a garden feel!”

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“In the weeks before the wedding I was working in India and the middle east, so I spent my spare time collecting fabric and accessories for the big day to give it a real travel feel. We love going for picnics when we’re home so we decided the wedding breakfast should be a help yourself picnic.

We collected vintage suitcases from flea markets, vintage markets and charity shops and re-lined them with gingham fabric. We then covered them in vintage travel stickers and filled them with food so they would be quirky picnic hampers. The favours were all based on maps! Globes and plaques with travel quotes on them. We named each table after places we had been and tagged the suitcase for each table accordingly.”

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“Our photographer was Libby Christensen. Libby had been my photographer at various times during my career and always delivered amazing headshots and stage shots. When I saw her wedding work I knew we had to have her again! She arrived at breakfast and didn’t leave until the reception venue closed its doors! Her attention to detail was amazing and her eye for pictures is fab! She also included an engagement shoot to get my husband more used to being photographed!”

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29th August 2014

You didn’t think we were going to let Friday slip by without sharing an actual wedding did you? Ooohhhh no.  In fact, we’ve been saving something rather a little extra special and different for you today.  Diana, who is Marketing Assistant for Marc Jacobs in the Asia Pacific region, married her beau Renaud, a Wealth Risk Manager at HSBC on 10th May this year at the beautiful Manoir D’Aulnay in Saint Sebastien de Morsent, France.

Of course, it was a certain dress (Diana wore two, as you will see) that stole my heart when I received this particular submission.  I was so keen to learn more about that incredible purple ombre design with flowers…

“Our wedding was very much inspired by our favorite fashion designers.  We  wanted a Spring wedding, an English inspired ceremony and a very elegant Gatsby/Ralph Lauren feel throughout the reception.  Once this was established, we started researching dresses and flowers.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Thao Vu Archey

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“I wore a bespoke dress by designer Thai Nguyen - the inspiration for which came from Dior’s Fall 2012 campaign, in which actress Natalie Portman wore a similar gown.  I was also inspired by my very favorite designer Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2007 floral dress.”

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“We tried to add gentle Art Déco touches throughout the day, such as our seating plan, produced by Red Line Studio on Etsy.  Our menu cards were produced by FiraPrintables on Etsy.”

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“We were unsure about having wedding favors until we found the right idea! Sticky supply bright coloured candies that you can personalise with small designs, words or letters. We ordered 4kg, and got personalised stickers via OrangeUmbrellaCo. on Etsy. The tricky part was transporting them from Hong Kong – 120 jars are rather heavy!”

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“Our photographer Thao Vu Archey is the definition of a professional. She is so patient and knew exactly how to capture the love and atmosphere during our wedding day. Thanks to her magic, we are now able to re-live all those special moments throughout our wedding every time we view our picture.  It really was a dream to be working with a photographer that knew exactly what she wanted before she even spoke about it!”

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