Hello lovelies, I hope you are doing super-well today and the week has been treating you well so far. Now, hands up who loves baking? Today’s bride and groom, Sarah and Steve, hosted their very own Wedding Bake Off (complete with prize) as part of their evening celebrations. If you’re hungry, I suggest you grab a snack before enjoying this wedding as not only were the guests invited to bring along their signature bakes for everyone to enjoy, but the wonderful Kalm Kitchen cooked up the most mouth-watering wedding breakfast. If you want to find out more about the team, take a look at our feature here from last year.
With a pared-back, neutral colour scheme of soft pinks, nudes and creams, this wedding is perfect inspiration if you have a penchant for a clean, crisp look. We have photographer Eliza Claire to thank for these beautiful, romantic images. Sarah, a food buying manager and Steve, an electrician, wed on 24th September 2016 at Millbridge Court, Frensham, Surrey following a seventeen-month engagement. They originally met on holiday back in 2003 but only got together in 2010. Steve proposed at the bottom of the Grand Canyon when Sarah took him to Las Vegas as a surprise for his thirtieth birthday.
Now rose gold has been a key colour for the past year or so, and it formed the basis for Sarah’s divine Watters Wtoo gown, which she found at The Wedding Room in Ascot. She worked with Emma Louise Design to transform it to her own personal style. It suits her colouring so well, especially with her light blonde hair.
“The dress was Marni by Watters Wtoo however Emma made some quite significant alterations. She opened up the back, removed the illusion neckline and closed the front up a little. It was quite a journey but the dress was PERFECT in each and every way once it was finished. Emma was simply my fairy godmother! I loved the floaty feel; it was important that any dress I chose enabled me to eat lots and dance the night away. The colour of the rose gold under-slip warmed my skin tone. I loved how it was different to anything else I had seen and that I could make it truly what I wanted.”
What a delight it truly is to share lovely weddings on Love My Dress. The first thing that caught my eye when this one hit my inbox was the dress. It’s just so sumptuous and graceful with its layers of silk organza and shawl neckline. Emma wore it beautifully when she married Michael on the 4th of September 2015 at Penshurst Place in Kent. They held their reception at nearby Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, a quintessentially English country house and garden with Benjamin Toms, on hand to capture this stunning celebration.
“Saying Penshurst Place is beautiful is an understatement. It’s also peaceful, romantic and full of history. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is owned by Sarah Rogers and her family, who are lovely and they only accept about six weddings a year. The gardens are planted with trees brought back from horticultural expeditions since 1840 and have a breathtaking view over the Weald. We had our drinks reception in the rose garden and set up a marquee on the lawn for dinner.”
“We have been friends for a long time and were engaged for a little under two years before we got married. We wanted our wedding to look and feel like us; a bit old fashioned and modern at the same time. I lived in France as a child, so it was English country wedding with a European touch.”Continue reading…
Hello everyone, how are you all today? It’s such a pleasure to introduce you to today’s couple Laura and Ronan, and their beautiful Irish seaside wedding. I fell in love with this wedding at first glance, drawn in by the powder blue hue of Laura’s shoes and the dramatic Irish coastline. The couple chose to tie the knot at Ballintaggart House which allowed them to create an informal and relaxed house-party atmosphere for their guests. Making sure that the day was focused around family and friends, that everyone had fun and the day was relaxed and welcoming, was key.
Laura and Ronan married on 24th June 2016 on the West coast of Ireland in St Brendan’s church, Curraheen, Co. Kerry with a reception at nearby Ballintaggart House. The same church where Laura was baptised, it has beautiful views over Tralee Bay. The couple met through a mutual friend during their final year at university. After a few years of a long-distance relationship, the couple settled in Dublin, and were engaged on New Year’s Day 2015.
Laura looks immaculate in her structured, boat-neck Pronovias Atelier gown, which she found at Adare Bridal Shop, Co. Limerick. The beauty of it is that the jacket could be removed to reveal a fitted bandeau bodice, perfect for the evening celebrations with the addition of a crystal and pearl embellished belt and jewellery from Newbridge Silverware.
“I had seen this beautiful ‘Ceila’ dress on Aibhéil’s website and loved the simplicity and elegance, the classic shape and the full skirt. As soon as I tried it on I knew it was for me – it made me smile instantly. It was so comfortable to wear and when I discovered that it had pockets I was sold! I loved having the option to remove the bolero in the evening to create a different look.”Continue reading…
For all you lovelies currently in the throes of wedmin and needing a bit of colourful inspo, you may let out a little squeeeee! (as did I) when you see the bride’s incredible dress and the brilliant rose gold and copper tones used throughout the styling. Groom Dominic works as a sales manager, whilst bride Gail is an international event manager, who also runs her own small business Blue Shoes Event Hire – hiring of rose gold cutlery – which she was inspired to begin after her wedding. The couple celebrated on the 1st of October 2016 at Newington House, in Newington, Oxfordshire, firstly tying the knot at the sweet little church next door.
“We wanted elegance and glamour but nothing over the top. The venue fitted our style perfectly and we are known for our love of cocktails so having a cocktail hour with a quirky cocktail van and canapes was a must! The rose gold and copper tones were inspired by my fabulous engagement ring in rose gold that my amazing husband picked out all on his own. The blush pink was then driven by my dress colour. I’m not really a pink girly girl but it worked perfectly.”
“Katy of Mariee Nantwich was amazing! As soon as I walked in I felt at ease. I really struggled finding my dress and stopped looking for a while. I knew I didn’t want a white or ivory dress as I like something a bit different and always liked the idea of a subtle colour. I finally came across Watters and the style was more me. The Edlin dress I chose was actually my least favourite of the ones I looked at, but when I tried it on, I fell in love with the skirt and colour as it was so different and elegant.
I never initially wanted a strapless dress though, so Mariee Katy added some off the shoulder tulle details which I could then take off for dancing in the evening. I also wore a subtle belt that helped pull the look together.”Continue reading…
And hello again! I’m back from my little break in the Lake District feeling much revived but already looking forward to the Bank Holiday this weekend. In the meantime, I’ve got something rather lovely for you today because we’re giving you the chance to win your wedding photography, worth £2000, with the amazing Jay Rowden. Now I just LOVE Jay’s work so this is a feature you just can’t miss…
Jay Rowden is not only a fantastic photographer, he totally gets just how special weddings are. He’s also a true creative and you can see that in every one of his brilliant images.
“I love telling stories through the lens of my camera. A photo is much more than a memory. It can capture the raw atmosphere and emotion of the moment and that’s why I love wedding photography. I aim to blend in and photograph in a way that doesn’t interfere with the day. I like to create artistic shots and challenge myself creatively by finding new ways of telling a story.”Continue reading…
Hello, I’m delighted to be sharing this beautiful wedding today. Richard Skins who features in our Little Book For Brides directory is the photographer and I just love the joy that radiates from his images. Jo, the bride, who works in advertising and Ollie, who works in IT can’t wipe the smiles off their faces and their love for each other is plain to see. The couple were married on the 5th of August 2016 at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire, chosen because of its lovely balance of old and new in a beautiful setting.
“We were so lucky to have Richard Skins photograph our wedding. Ollie and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the photos. We had a few calls with him prior to the big day where he talked us through his recommendations and to hear our opinions on what we’d like. The images he took were AMAZING and really captured great moments throughout the day in a very candid way, exactly what we wanted. Looking back at the photos, it’s as if we are reliving our wedding day all over again and we have him to thank for that.”
“I fell in love with the dress as soon as I saw it and when I tried it on I knew it was the one. I had tried on several other dresses but this was the only one that gave me that special bride feeling – it was perfect. I loved that it was different to the other dresses I had seen, modern yet classic. The detailing on the bodice was fabulous and the light, flowy, silk skirt was exactly what I had in mind for our summer wedding. I also love a good dance so it had to be something I could move around in.”Continue reading…
How on earth is it Monday again!? Is time slipping away from you too at the moment? There are suddenly somehow less than two months to go until I fly to Italy and become a wife and that realisation is both headily exciting and making me strangely nervous for the first time.
Today I’m honoured to be sharing the gorgeous, velvet-rich, industrial inspired wedding of Amy and Dave with you all. Now those are adjectives I never thought I’d be using the in the same sentence, but the vibe of this wedding just works, combing a edgy feel with soft, feminine textures. Amy, a quality manager in post-16 education, wed her steel worker beau, Dave on 12th December 2015 in Sheffield and the couple were inspired by their incredibly atmospheric venue and the crisp, cold month of their union.
“We were married in December so we were inspired by winter and the rustic feel of our reception venue. We got married at Sacred Heart Church, which we chose as it’s our local Catholic church and it where Isaac, our son, was baptised. We chose Kelham Island Museum for our reception because we wanted an alternative venue, and it showcases Sheffield’s steel heritage and industrial past, which is something we are both proud of. Dave works in one of the last remaining steel works in the city.”
Amy rocked the Amelie gown by Love Marley, which she purchased online from BHLDN. This is one of those all to familiar instances when it seems a dress really has been crafted for the bride and her alone – what a gorgeous look. Our beauty also wore the most divine velvet crown by The Shepherd’s Purse, who I may now be more than a tiny bit obsessed with.
“I instantly fell in love with my dress whilst searching for inspiration on Pinterest. I scoured the internet for a bridal shop that stocked it near me but to no avail. I eventually tracked it down in a bridal shop in London so went to try it on, I couldn’t contemplate trying on another dress until I had tried on this one. I adored it, it was just as perfect in real life.”Continue reading…
I was so delighted when Annabel asked me to work on this wedding feature – I remember bride Ella sharing some images in the aftermath of her wedding, in our closed Facebook Group community for Brides back in September last year – she and Oliver looked so very happy and I adored the vintage styling and bright colours. Talking of our closed Facebook group – brides, did you know it existed? The lovely bride in these images today told us how she found the group “full of the sweetest, most helpful and supportive ladies you’ll ever find. Not only did both Love My Dress the blog and the closed Facebook group play a huge role in my wedding planning, but it’s really encouraged me to follow my passion, taking my little cut flower business onto bigger things.” Wow! We’re so pleased to have been part of that Ella! (By the way, did you also happen to read this feature in The Pool last weekend? It too refers to our wonderful Facebook community).
So onto this glorious wedding; Ella splits her time working as an architectural technician and running her flower business, Folly Lane Flowers. Her beau Oliver is a journalist. The couple married on the 27th August 2016, with the reception held in their own garden.
“Although we didn’t have a set style there were a few very influential factors. First is the fact that we are ultimately very traditional and it was important that our wedding reflected that. Perhaps in contrast, the second most influential force was our laid back and slightly bohemian lifestyle, which in turn is influenced by our love of nature, our beloved Devon and our interest in self-sufficiency and sustainable living. “
“Our third most influential factor was our love of history and all things vintage and antique, which inevitably influenced the look and feel of the day. Most of all we just wanted all of our friends and family by our side while we pledged our love to one another, followed by a jolly good party with food, wine and merriment aplenty.”Continue reading…