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A close friend is getting married later this year and has been considering having a first look before the ceremony – this wasn’t something I considered for my own wedding, three and a half years ago, but they have become increasingly popular in recent years and I can completely see why- a few minutes (or longer) at the start of the day to see one another privately and get all excited for the day to come together? Sounds perfect to me. (Needless to say I have been encouraging my friend to go for it).
Today’s pretty wedding at Hexham Winter Gardens in Northumberland started with this lovely private moment and was just perfect for our lovely couple, who were determined to make their day their own. Meet Katy and Glen, who married on the 12th of November 2016, surrounded by their family and friends.
“We were inspired by the surrounding of our venue and our love for the woods and camping. Choosing autumn/winter for our wedding was always something we’d agreed on and a lot of our decor inspiration came from that. Greens, reds and golds made up most of our colour scheme but we weren’t particularly strict with them as our main decisions were purely based on what we loved. We didn’t want to answer to anyone else and so chose our favourite things and people to surround ourselves with on the day.”
Photography by Green Antlers
“I loved the naturalness of my ASOS dress. After trying on lots of bridal gowns I just didn’t feel comfortable, so I looked on the high street and eventually spent weeks admiring ‘my’ dress until my Mum pushed me to just order it.”
Well hello and welcome to the final two days of February. Can you believe how quickly this month has flown by? I’m slightly in shock to be honest but it’s a lovely feeling knowing that spring is just around the corner. The change in seasons is definitely a time for new and fabulous things and today, we’re jolly excited to share the latest bridal fashion campaign from Pronovias with you. It’s time to say hello to the new 2017 #PronoviasItBride.
Blogger Louise Roe
Just in case you’re a recently engaged bride to be, let me just take a moment to introduce you to Pronovias. A family owned company with more than fifty years experience in designing and creating stunning wedding dresses, Pronovias is now the world’s largest bridal fashion brand with over 4,000 stockists across the globe. The label, based in Barcelona, takes a huge amount of pride in their work and you’ll see their gowns on the catwalks at New York Bridal Fashion Week and Barcelona Bridal Week. Continue reading…
Hello everyone – we’re kick starting our week with a lovely, lovely North Yorkshire wedding which is full to bursting with smiles, laughter and joy. It’s always such a pleasure to work on a real wedding feature with the images are as full of celebration as these ones are. Vic and Alex live in Brighton, but wanted to tie the knot in North Yorkshire on 31st July last year, choosing Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough as their venue. Their photographer, Tony of Photography 34, took full advantage of the beauty in the surrounding area. Their wedding was inspired by the couple’s love of books and photography.
“I had fallen in love with the romantic and timeless style of Charlotte’s dresses before I went to try them. As soon as I tried Etienne no other dress compared. I did try a few more but I just had to put it back on and when I didn’t want to stop dancing around in it I knew I had the one.”
Photography by Photography 34
“I love literature and Alex is a keen amateur photographer. He has collected old cameras for many years so it seemed perfect to tie these together for our theme. We named our tables with the first few years of our childhoods and displayed photos of us in those years. I cross-stitched all the table names and also made a bride and groom for the top table, then I thought it would be nice to make one for my mum. This then spiralled into me being determined to make a personalised one for each bridesmaid. I was so pleased with how they turned out though. Our wedding certainly ended up taking on a ‘vintage’ style, without being too prescriptive.”
Happy Sunday to you! It’s been somewhat quieter in terms of blog content this week – and that reflects the fact it’s been the school half term hols and I’ve been spending precious time with my family. How about you? I’ve also had the chance to spend more time than I usually would outdoors this week, and as a result have observed some welcome signs of the seasonal transition. There’s much talk of the ‘first signs of spring’ over on Instagram, but it already feels like the new season has discreetly ushered itself in and quietly laid a blanket of pretty snowdrops and crocus across the town parks, fields and woodland walkways. I adore Spring, it always brings back beautiful memories of my own wedding day.
Winter may well be saying it’s final farewell, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to celebrate Winter weddings here at Love My Dress. Hannah, a Senior Spa Therapist married Will, an Accountant, Will tied the knot at The Green in Cornwall on 27th February last year.
“We both love fantasy books and films, and I had always dreamed of a snowy winter wedding, so a subtle Narnia theme is what we went for. The Greenwere fantastic as the catering, and entertainment was included in the venue hire. And as we live in London it was perfect to know they had everything in hand.”
Photography by Barney Walters
“Will and I are childhood sweethearts, we met when we were sixteen. Will proposed in Piccadilly underground station. Even though we had be together for 14 years, he kind of panicked when it came to the proposal! That tube station is kind of special to us now though. We were engaged for nine months before getting married.” Continue reading…
This bride and I have a love of rose gold in common. A little bit different, soft yet alluring, it’s a colour that lends itself beautifully to a wedding without feeling too overdone. Her engagement ring is rose gold so they used this as a starting point in the planning. The bride in question is the lovely Nikki, an assistant manager at a golf club. She married her beau Adrian, a contract and logistics manager at a furniture company, on a rainy Saturday in September last year. Their venue Knepp Castle Estate has an outdoor feel and is a complete blank canvas so they hired a tipi with fire pit from Beautiful World Tents and their bespoke ceremony took place in the garden.
“We spent all of Friday setting up and dressing the tipis. Seeing it all come together as the best, some things were altered by the pouring rain but that was nothing we could control, we had done everything that we wanted.”
“I wanted something quite simple in shape and fit but with lace and a little wow – this just fit the bill perfectly. It was really comfy and I loved the detail on the back. Initially, I was looking for a wider off the shoulder neck with a ¾ sleeve but ended up with a high neck with no sleeves! Just shows you have to try different styles to find ‘the dress’.”
Happy Friday lovelies, thanks for joining us this morning! Do any of you find yourself marking crazy milestones on the countdown to your wedding? I find as many excuses as possible to celebrate the day inching ever closer. In fact I experienced a happy little jolt when I realised that next Tuesday is the last hair cut I’ll have before my ‘wedding trim.’ Sad I know, but our Italian nuptials have been a long time coming.
Today I’m delighted to share a gorgeously glamorous Norfolk wedding with you all. The lovely Fi, a Buyer for ASOS, wed Nick, an Account Director at Fixnetix, on 11th June 2016 at the stunning Sedgeford Hall Estate and their day was centred around a chic black tie theme.
“From an early stage, Nick and I wanted to have a black tie theme at our wedding. We loved the idea of the glamour that would come with this and when we found Sedgeford Hall through Unique Norfolk Venues, we knew it would be the perfect place to host our day.”
Photography by Modern Vintage Weddings Photography
Fi chose a flowing veil and sublime strapless gown by emerging Bulgarian designer, Margo Stankova, both of which she purchased at Blackburn Bridal Couture – a boutique that we absolutely adore here at Love My Dress and who we are very proud to support through our Little Book for Brides.
“I found my dress in Blackburn Bridal in Blackheath, by Margo Stankova. The thing that drew me to it was the colour and all the beautiful pearl embellishment. Initially I had envisaged a more slim silhouette, but the warm peachy tones and layers of tulle won me over and I knew it was the dress for me.” Continue reading…
The WIND today! It’s blowing an absolute gale out there – I hope if you are reading this, you’re tucked up somewhere cozy and warm. It’s a real pleasure to be sharing this particular wedding this afternoon. The photographer, Melissa Beattie, is a member of our Little Book For Brides wedding directory – we recently ran a competition with Melissa to win a full package of wedding photography – our winner and runner-up prizes were announced last month (much to the recipients absolute delight), so it’s great to see Melissa on the blog again today with these lovely images of an elegant winter wedding she photographed in December.
Hannah, a Project Manager at award winning digital agency, Orange Bus, married Chris a Marketing Manager for the Art House Cinema in Tyneside on Saturday 10th December last year at Middleton Hall in Belford, Northumberland.
“Our photographer Melissa Beattie was incredible – her photography is timeless, so full of light. She has such an eye for detail and so many of the shots we got back were really stunning. I think the best thing was how seamlessly she fit into the day, She made us both feel at ease and managed to take so many lovely candid shots.”
Photography by Melissa Beattie
“We got married in December so we wanted the decor to be warm, romantic and festive without going down the typical Christmas-theme route. We had candles everywhere and a wine red and gold colour scheme. We were very inspired by the 1920’s era, and whilst it wasn’t full on Gatsby feathers etc, there were plenty of little art deco touches here and there from my hair accessories and shoes, the vintage key favours and gold, vintage-style decorative table name frames, the swing band and the ‘Paper Moon’ photo booth.”
Somehow, this time next week it will be March. The days will be longer, the evenings warmer, the flowers brighter and the sun a little sunnier. Hurrah! And with that joyous thought, allow me to introduce you to Mr and Mrs Roff, who wed on 6th August 2016 at the stately Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa.
Mrs Roff, an English Teacher, chose a whole host of our divine Little Book for Brides suppliers to help create her dream wedding to her Engineer husband. A bespoke Sassi Halford gown was paired with a pair of instantly recognisable Harriet Wilde heels (with a little help from Arabesque) and sugar sweet blooms were crafted by Bels Flowers. The elegantly feminine style of Katy Melling Photography was the perfect choice to complement and capture all of this heavenly gorgeousness. So far, all suppliers mentioned in this paragraph have been handpicked to be part of our curated wedding directory, Little Book For Brides. In other words, they come with a huge stamp of approval and highly recommended status from us.
“I wanted a wedding with classic styling, timeless colours and simple, effortless beauty. Of course, once exposed to the world of weddings as a naïve, newly engaged, bride to be, things somewhat escalated. From the moment I followed Love My Dress on Instagram, regular ideas and photographs from other people’s weddings popped up regularly on my news feed. I began taking inspiration and saving images from other bride’s wedding days and adding these to my own ideas.”
Mrs Roff’s journey to creating her sublime custom Sassi Halford gown is a such a sweet and serendipitous story. She paired her exquisite creation with a Sassi Halford veil, bought from the flagship store on Fulham Road in London. Sassi and her team know everything there is to know about fit and fabric, crafting amazingly flattering dresses – just take a look at our Style Files and you’ll see exactly what I’ll mean.
“Dress shopping with my mum was so exciting. We spent many exciting weekends in beautiful wedding boutiques of the North East, but unfortunately each time the curtain was pulled back, the same words came to my lips: ‘it’s a 9 out of 10.’ I liked elements of many dresses, but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. Cue trawling bridal websites and the discovery of a Clara Rosa gown online, only stocked on Fulham Road in London. Well I had no choice really did I?!
Train tickets purchased, my mum and I got up at the crack of dawn, as excited as children on Christmas morning, ready for our trip to ‘The Big Smoke’. My mum’s expression when I announced ‘it’s a 9 out of 10’ was a cross between utter disappointment and exasperation, leading us to a little pub down the road, suddenly in need of more than a couple of cocktails. Crossing the road, mum spotted Sassi Holford unobtrusively positioned between a florist and another wedding shop and she dared me to ring the bell.” Continue reading…