26th October 2016

Hello bridal beauties, how are you today? Once again we offer our huge apologies for the lateness of our first Wednesday post – we’ve sadly fallen foul of the repercussions of last week’s DNS attack on major sites across the internet, but we’re keeping fingers firmly crossed that everything is back to normal now. We know that many of our readers look forward to their early morning wedding blog fix – so we’re really sorry to have kept you waiting.

It’s starting to get really chilly now isn’t it? I’m living in a combination of my dressing gown or snuggly, chunky oversized knits. And still putting off turning the heating on. You’ve joined us for such a treat today; it’s my very great pleasure to be bringing you the lovely spring wedding of Sarah and Ronnie – two of the happiest, smiliest newlyweds I have ever seen. Sarah, an Internal Recruiter for Grant Thornton, married Ronnie, an Air Traffic Controller at Liverpool Airport on 23rd April 2016 at Walcot Hall in Shropshire. Their day is simply full to bursting with ear-splitting grins, pretty fresh flowers, a very cute furry guest and all documented in such joy-filled captures courtesy of the talented Jackson & Co Photography.

“We just loved the relaxed vibe and rustic style of Walcot Hall. We fell in love with the dog friendly culture the second we saw the venue. We loved the fact that we could have all of our guests for a full weekend to celebrate together in the beautiful surroundings. Walcot will always have a place in our heart – we have already spent two holidays, a wedding and attended the opera there in the past two years.”

Photography by Jackson & Co Photography

Bride Sarah wore a Lusan Mandongus gown and a dried flower headpiece for her relaxed and elegant wedding at Walcot Hall. Photography by Jackson & Co.

Sarah wore a lace-detailed Lusan Mandongus gown; its delicate neckline and sheer scallop-edged train are simply beautiful. These super feminine elegant dresses are so popular with our lovely brides and it’s easy to see why. Sarah’s glossy dark locks were half swept up with colourful blooms supplied by florist Sarah Midwood and our bride sentimentally wore a necklace that her dad gave to her mum on their wedding day. Continue reading…

25th October 2016

Good afternoon ladies and gentleman! I apologise most sincerely about the lack of post until now today – it looks like Love My Dress is suffering some repercussions from the major DNS ‘attack on the internet’ that occurred last Friday, 21st October. This has led to the blog being intermittently offline for much of the morning. We’re hoping the worst of it has now passed but if you are experiencing problems accessing any area of our lovely wedding blog, please report them here. Love Annabel.


I hope you’re warm and ensconced somewhere cosy (preferably in some much loved PJ’s or at the very least a scarf) to enjoy our Tuesday wedding blog offering. I’ve always enjoyed the spectrum of weddings shared by Love My Dress, and feel we cater for such  wide variety of styles, visions and budgets, all with that extra sprinkling of inspirational magic. Such is the heartfelt celebration I have for you to enjoy this morning, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and reminds us all to experience the joy of simply marrying the person who is  your world. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Thijs, a coffee roaster, and Laura, a Physiotherapist. Weeton Village Hall became the serendipitous location of their gleeful union on 30th May. Emphasis was placed on the couple’s love of the great outdoors and non-traditional views.

“We wanted to keep it informal, casual and easy-going. We didn’t want a traditional English wedding, because we wanted to be playful with the concept of getting married. Central to our ideas were to be able to enjoy and have fun on the day. We love being outside and were aiming to have much of the day themed around the outdoors.”

Photography by Martin Crombie

A 1940's vintage dress for a rustic, vegan, village hall wedding.

It seems the couple took an organic approach to wedmin, and the perfect components of their wedding found them. Whilst enjoying an ice cream at Greenwich Village Market, they stumbled upon this 1940’s vintage gown and snapped it up for £100! This was the first wedding purchase made and was fitted to our beautiful bride back in Blackpool. Continue reading…

24th October 2016

Hello again loves – have you had a moment to enjoy this morning’s wedding yet? This afternoon’s beautiful and romantic affair is a Love My Dress wedding through and through and I’m so delighted we have the pleasure today of sharing it on our wedding blog pages. Lucy, a Community Development Co-ordinator, married Matthew, a Marine Manager on 10th September with a charming and very special ceremony at St Johns Church in the Vale, followed by a reception at Lingholm Estate in Portinscale, Keswick, The Lake District.

The coupled turned to talented photographer Lottie Elizabeth to document their day and Lucy wore a gown by one of our favourite British designers, the wonderful Naomi Neoh – I encourage you to explore Naomi’s page in our new ‘Style Files‘ (click the image below).

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“I got my Naomi Neoh dress from Evelyn Bridal in Holmfirth, near where I grew up. Anna from the shop was absolutely amazing and Margaret the steamstress worked her magic. It was a sample dress so it needed altering to fit. Naomi Neoh dresses are so feminine but not fussy. The fabric oozed elegance and it just felt so comfortable.”

Photography by Lottie Elizabeth

Bride Lucy wore the 'Peony' gown by Naomi Neoh for her romantic and elegant gin inspired wedding in the Lake District. Photography by Lottie Elizabeth.

“Matthew is from the Lake District and we knew we wanted to get married in a church. St Johns is in Matt’s old parish and I fell in love with it when he showed it to me, it was so gorgeous and hidden away within the fells.” Continue reading…

24th October 2016

Good morning loves – how was your weekend? Did you receive a copy of our Sunday newsletter? (you can subscrive via the footer if viewing via desktop or via the menu system if viewing via mobile). It’s a great way to catch up on our weekly content if you didn’t get the opportunity to check in on Love My Dress over the past 7 days. We also shared this wonderful ‘from the heart’ piece written by one of our readers that tackles the tricky issue of dealing with divorce at weddings – we’d love for you to share your thoughts on that particular post if the content resonates with you (you can leave anonymous comments on our wedding blog by the way).

This morning’s wedding is a great example of how not all brides want to wear a typical wedding dress and how many couples these days prefer to follow a non-traditional wedding route. Celine, an Account Director working in healthcare advertising, married IT Consultant Paul on 12th September with a ceremony at Southwark Registry Office in London followed by a reception at The Greenwich Yacht Club by the River Thames. I adore Celine’s short, chic dress and those sweet flowers in her hair. Also my love and thank to our Little Book For Brides members, the wonderful Paul and Kelly of Paul Joseph Photography for sharing these images today.

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Celine wore a short, chic, pale pink wedding dress for her non-traditional wedding at the Greenwich Yacht Club in London. Captured by Paul Joseph Photography.

“We met nine years ago at a friend’s leaving do in London. Our friend is my friend from school and Paul’s friend from university. Neither of us lived in London at the time, so we kept in touch after meeting.”

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23rd October 2016

Back in July I decided I was going to make my own wedding dress for our wedding next September. Consequently, this weekend I took the same trip that my mum and my granny had previously taken together to a fabric boutique called Borovicks Fabrics in Soho to pick my dress fabric. Whilst trawling through the many different types of lace with the assistant, we talked about how it’s become something of a tradition making the wedding dress in our family. The assistant then turns to mum and says, “So mum, how long have you been married?”. Cue a slightly awkward pause and a jolt back to reality.

Perhaps it might be helpful for me to interject some history to help you understand exactly why. By the time our wedding comes around my parents will have been divorced for 11 years. Sometimes those years have been tough but I moved past the ‘Parent Trap’ phase quite a while ago and feel that both of my parents are now much happier. Though with that said, if there’s one occasion to really bring out difficult family dynamics it’s a wedding! I don’t want to dwell on the past in this post too much but think touching on it may help explain my choices and I hope through writing this is that it will help other brides-to-be who may be in similar situations.

From The Heart: The 'Parent Trap': dealing with divorce at your wedding

I want to start off by saying that my mum is amazing. She has spent the last 10 years making sure that my siblings and I continued to have a good relationship with Dad regardless of how painful that has been for her. That my dad was leaving came completely out of the blue and was such a big adjustment to make. Just one Sunday over lunch he said he was leaving next Friday, and it seemed as simple as that.

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22nd October 2016

Oh girls I’m giddy with happiness that I finally get to share this beautiful wedding with you! Today’s bride is someone who has become so very dear to us in our little bridal haven – the Love My Dress Facebook group for brides and newlyweds. Chrissie has been a constant source of love, support and understanding (perhaps her job as an Independent Lifestyle Manager has something to do with her unfailingly wonderful advice) and we’re so proud to be sharing her sublime celebrations with you today.

Our simply stunning bride wed her husband Mark, a former Chef who now runs a travel company, on 9th July 2016 in the picturesque Cotswolds. The couple had a traditional religious ceremony in Northleach Church followed by an elegant reception at the secluded Cripps Stone Barn. Chrissie and Mark chose one of our Little Book for Brides suppliers, the super talented Dan Dolan Films to create the heart-string-tugging film you’re about to watch, and the lovely Frankee Victoria Photography captured these effortlessly natural images (you’ll spot Chrissie and Mark gracing Frankee’s Little Book for Brides listing!)

“The day after Mark proposed in Napa, we had been for the most delicious lunch at a gorgeous little ranch and winery. That afternoon they had been setting up for a private event on the lawn with long rows of trestle tables and festoon lights strung overhead. Having had no prior ideas as to what kind of wedding we might one day have, it suddenly hit us and we both looked at each other and said, ‘that would be so cool for a wedding’. Our loose inspiration therefore was to channel a little bit of ‘Californian Ranch’ in a Cotswolds setting.”

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Chrissie wore a Stephanie Allin gown for her wedding at Cripps Barn in the Cotswolds. Photography by Frankee Victoria.

Chrissie and Mark found Frankee Victoria Photography on their venue’s list of recommended suppliers and knew right away that she was the one for them. I can’t stress enough the importance of investing in photography. Having spent the last few hours totally absorbed by the full complement of fellow writer Emily C’s wedding photographs (I got a sneak peek!), I can 100% say that my beautiful friend has the most stunning set of images to treasure with her husband – just like Chrissie and Mark.

“We didn’t need to spend weeks searching for a photographer as we loved Frankee’s style as soon as we saw her website and booked her before we’d even spoken on the phone. We are so chuffed that we chose her.” Continue reading…

21st October 2016

As regular readers of our much loved wedding blog will probably already know, we’re (and that includes me personally) are huge fans of Emmy London. Established by designer Emmy Scarterfield in 2004, Emmy London are designers and purveyors of some of the most exquisite wedding shoes and accessories you truly will ever find.   My own personal love affair with Emmy began back in 2008 when I was planning my own wedding. I wore a pair of Emmy heels for my wedding and have been head over heels, hopelessly in love for all things Emmy ever since.

Since that time, Emmy London has gone from strength to strength, extending their collection of heavenly heels to include bridal hair accessories, belts and clutch bags – you can browse some of these products from the comfort of these very wedding blog pages now by visiting our Style Files section (click the image below).

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To add to this, earlier this year, Emmy proudly announced the launch of her debut collection of diamond jewellery in collaboration with high street jeweller H Samuel. We first blogged about this collection back in March. Today, I’m excited to be able to share a film that celebrates this collection with you, showcasing some of the beautiful wedding and engagement rings that are a part of it – and thrilled too, because I was part of the team that produced this film and these images.

Film by The Lawsons

Working on the concept, art direction and styling of this shoot with my husband was an absolute pleasure and real joy and I’m beyond delighted that I finally got a chance to work with The Lawsons to create this film – I’ve been closely observing these talented photographers who turned to film making recently and wanting to work with them ever since. It was also a real pleasure being able to work professionally alongside my friend and talented colleague Georgina Harrison.

The film so perfectly captures the elegant nature of this gorgeous collection of diamond jewellery. The film above forms part of a wider social media advertising campaign that I was asked to produce by both Emmy and SIGNET, the parent company to H Samuel.

Photography by Georgina Harrison

The Emmy London diamond jewellery collection, available exclusively at H Samuel.

Above and below, the Platinum 2/3 Carat
Diamond Solitaire ring, £2599

“The essence of the Emmy London collection lends it self so well and so perfectly to fine jewellery, and so to be able to offer this collection exclusively to a wider audience through H Samuel is just amazing.”

The Emmy London diamond jewellery collection, available exclusively at H Samuel.

Our brand as a whole is about timeless, elegant delicate pieces that pass the test of time but that are super special for that one beautiful wedding day too, so from the off, this exclusive collaboration with H.Samuel felt very natural.I’m really very proud of this exquisite collection of rings and how they truly complete the Emmy London look.” (Emmy Scarterfield, Emmy London)

The Emmy London diamond jewellery collection, available exclusively at H Samuel.

Top, Platinum 1/8 Carat Diamond Ring, currently £799
Platinum 2/5 Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring, £1999

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20th October 2016

Happy Thursday and nearly-the-weekend lovelies! I’m quivering with sheer delight at the spectacular wedding you’re about to view – I’ve been aching to share these light-filled images and video by Guille and Jo from Viva la Wedding Photography (see their Little Book for Brides listing here) ever since I caught sight of the bride’s lacy Pronovias gown and her maids in their vibrant blue attire. Prepare to be inspired and in utter awe of the wedding of Sabrina and Nick who married on the 23rd of April 2016.

Sabrina, a privacy attorney, and Nick, a marketing director, chose the majestic Syon Park in London for their nuptials and let’s begin with these little snippets of their heartwarming day.

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“The videography was actually what first hooked us on Viva la Wedding Photography – we saw a few preview videos and fell in love with their ‘storytelling’ style. Guille and Jo from were super friendly, they really knew their stuff and made us relaxed, even from 3,500 miles away in a hectic preparation time. Their message was for us to focus on us, and them on the photography/videography on the day – we were thrilled to do so and even more thrilled with the results.”

Sabrina and Nick had a multicultural wedding including an Anglican and Hindu ceremony at Syon Park in London. Sabrina wore Pronovias. Photography by Viva La weddings.

“We met at a bar in Tribeca in New York – Nick’s British accent probably helped! We got engaged after Nick ran a complicated treasure hunt throughout Lower Manhattan, culminating in a proposal at the restaurant Bouley.” Continue reading…