26th March 2017

Hello Sunday lovers – here’s one for all of you dreaming about an elegant wedding in the Italian countryside. Alison, who is the School Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company, as well as a theatre director and choreographer and Psychology Counselling MA student, married Seth, the CEO of Enabling Devices and fiction writer, in June last year at Villa di Ulignano in Tuscany, Italy. The couple were assisted in planning their Italian nuptials by professional planners Super Tuscan Wedding Planners.

“To some extent I was inspired by the venue and rustic beauty of Tuscany but also I just followed my own aesthetic sensibility. I think the style was romance meets whimsy with a few vintage aspects thrown in. We knew we wanted an intimate destination wedding in a beautiful, romantic location with great food and wine. We took an amazing vacation in Italy together a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. What was most important to us was for our loved ones, friends and family, to really have time to spend together and get to know each other so that by the time the wedding rolled around, we all felt like one community.”

Photography by David Bastianoni

A Sarah Seven Dress for an Elegant Italian Countryside Wedding (Weddings )

Alison’s beautiful off-the-shoulder gown was by designer Sarah Seven.

“My Sarah Seven gown was actually the first dress I tried on! I did try on others but always came back to this one. I love that it is simple, romantic and elegant without a ton of detail (ie. beading or lace). It was really the off the shoulder sleeves that sold me….they felt sexy but effortless.” Continue reading…

26th March 2017

Hello hello and how are you today? Happy Mothers Day to all you mums out there, and to those who find this day quite difficult for personal reasons, we send you our warmest hugs and love. I’ve definitely got a big smile on my face because today we’re showcasing a really great selection of quirky and downright brilliant wedding gifts from our friends at Prezola. If you love the thought of having something a little different on your wedding gift list, then read on…

Fabulously Quirky Cool Wedding Gift Ideas From Prezola (Get Inspired Supplier Spotlight )

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25th March 2017

Oooh, it’s good to be back with you today and if you’d like an excuse to spend a little time daydreaming about beautifully bespoke handmade wedding dresses then you’re going to love this feature. In fact, take this as permission to stop whatever you’re doing and just indulge your bride side for a while. Today, it’s a huge pleasure to introduce you to Shanna Melville, a wedding dress designer based in London who creates the most elegant, timeless wedding gowns that you ever did see.

Shanna Melville has been designing wedding dresses in the capital for a decade now and it’s fair to say that’s she’s renowned for her distinctive designs and impeccable couture styling. Every gown is a masterpiece – the designs are perfectly balanced and wonderfully made. I love the super chic silhouettes and elegant, effortlessly romantic styles that are the hallmark of a Shanna Melville wedding dress.

“All our wedding dresses are designed and hand made in London,” explains Shanna. “We use delicate silks, beautiful European fabrics and lace that is manufactured especially for us in Paris. My team of highly trained seamstresses set out to ensure that every detail is perfect, from the exquisite embroideries to the hand sewn embellishments and beading.”

Introducing Shanna Melville Bridal Couture – Timeless & Elegant Made To Measure Wedding Dresses (Bridal Fashion Fashion & Beauty Get Inspired ) Continue reading…

25th March 2017

Hi lovelies, I wonder whether you caught our editor Annabel’s piece on the importance of storytelling through social media; a candidly honest and personal account of how this beloved blog came to be seven whole years ago (flippin’ heck!). I’d absolutely love you to take a few minutes with a brew and a Bakewell tart (current fave cake) to peruse these reflections – they speak volumes to the kind, open nature of our community of brides, including today’s gorgeous newlywed, Emily.

“I’ve been having a look at some of the other weddings you’ve documented and I love how you tell stories alongside the photographs. You really seem to create a sense of what the day not only looked like, but also felt like, which is quite an achievement. I also love how diverse the weddings are that you showcase; it’s so nice seeing people do their own thing and celebrating their individuality.”

Photography by Ian Weldon

An Elizabeth Avey 1940s Gown For A Local Library Wedding (Weddings )

Adding to the ranks of wonderful couples who made their day the truest and most beautiful reflection of themselves, Emily, who works for a theatre, and husband Nick, a university lecturer, wed in summer on 25th June in an intimate library ceremony followed by a blissful stroll in the park and a cosy buffet tea at their local pub. Just heavenly. Emily wore a sublime vintage 1940’s gown bought from Elizabeth Avey’s Greenwich boutique – we are long time Elizabeth Avey aficionados here at Love My Dress; just take a look at Annabel’s interview with the lady herself. Continue reading…

24th March 2017

Hello lovely ones. While spring is now finally upon us, I’m temporarily taking you back to the 28th of December, a beautifully, bright and sunny winter’s day, just three months ago when Jo and Jeff married. Their intimate seaside celebration with just 23 guests took place in Whitby, a place close to their hearts, they have often visited the town together during their relationship. They met most of their  guests at La Rosa Hotel and walked together down to Whitby Registry Office for the ceremony before returning to La Rosa for drinks, nibbles and speeches. They then walked to the White Horse and Griffin for a three course meal, and on to the Shepherd’s Purse Courtyard where they had a bell cast ceremony by Ore and Ingot. The rest of the evening was spent celebrating in the basement bar at La RosaLittle Book for Brides member Shutter Go Click was the perfect choice to capture this beautiful wedding.

“It was important to us to get married in Whitby. It was in Whitby for New Year 2014 when we first started talking about the possibility of getting married, so as Jeff says it’s somewhat a landmark in our relationship. We had stayed at La Rosa before and didn’t want a traditional venue, but one that was significant and relaxed for us, meaning we were able to share the day with the people who really mean the most to us.”

Photography by Shutter Go Click

A 1920's Vintage dress for an Intimate Wedding in Whitby (Weddings )

Jo wore a beautiful vintage beaded and sequin 1920’s dress from Glory Days in Nottingham. I love that she has added black tights and a faux fur jacket over the top.

“The main thing was that I wanted to feel comfortable in the dress and still feel like me. Glory Days is amazing as there is a room filled with dresses from all eras and you can really get a feel for what works for you. Although I tried quite a few, I ended up choosing the first that had caught my eye. I loved how it felt on me, that it worked for the time of year and our quite informal gathering. I also enjoyed being able to make up the outfit and it wasn’t just about the dress but how it worked all together.” Continue reading…

24th March 2017

Every once in a while, a wedding comes along that blows everything out of the water. A riot of colour, and honestly, I couldn’t love this more if I tried. Kate, with her beautiful multi coloured curls, completely rocked her floaty Anna Campbell dress when she married Chris at Hargate Hall in Buxton on the 20th of August last year. The couple skipped getting a florist, instead making duck tape flowers and knitted buttonholes. The décor is made up of their many loves, from robots and flamingoes to top trumps cards on each table. There’s also a frankly amazing chandelier made from egg boxes. These gorgeous images are by the wonderful Lorna Lovecraft.

“We wanted the wedding to be completely original, full of bright colours, lots of handmade touches and very personal. There were Mexican touches with knitted cacti and a shrine table full of crazy ornaments and lots of kitsch little details, crazy painted lampshades in the trees and the pièce de résistance – my mum’s amazingly unique handmade bunting.”

Photography by Lorna Lovecraft

An Anna Campbell Dress For A Colourful and Kitsch, Mexican Inspired Wedding (Weddings )

Kate is a woman with style in buckets and her draped Anna Campbell dress from Jean Jackson Couture is perfect on her.

“I love the simplicity and elegance of the dress. I don’t like fussy things, sparkles or lace, so it seemed like the obvious choice! I also loved the fact it showed off my tattoos too.” Continue reading…

23rd March 2017

I’m constantly blown away about the amount of work, effort and originality that goes into the weddings we feature on our lovely blog.  Today’s is a real feat of event planning and makes for the most fabulous festival-feel celebration (plus, the winners of the ‘longest ever suppliers list’ competition).  I can’t wait to share it with you.  Meet Selina, a freelance exhibitions and events project manager for the museums and heritage sector and Nick, an operations manager for Transport for London, who married on the 27th August 2016 at White Dove Barns, Suffolk.

“We are both laid back and non-traditional and wanted something fun and colourful. This is the party we would have had in our own back garden, if we had one large enough.  We wanted food, colour, entertainment and a relaxed feel of hosting our friends and family on a summer’s evening.”

Photography by Jess Soper

A Pallas Couture Bridal Gown for a Fun and Colourful Summer Wedding (Weddings )

Selina wore the beautiful and contemporary ‘Camille’ by Pallas Couture, purchased from Morgan Davies Bridal in London.

“I originally went to Morgan Davies looking to buy an Inbal Dror dress. I am a huge fan of  Israeli wedding dress designers in general – their use of lace and form is exquisite, high fashion and light to wear and yet usually styled in a relaxed way.  By chance, my consultant Siobhan suggested I try the Pallas and I fell in love with it immediately.  It had all the same features I was looking for but the lace was more contemporary, lighter to wear and like nothing I had seen before.  I’ve never been one to dream about a wedding dress, but after seeing this, I caught myself looking at pictures of it over and over again.” Continue reading…

23rd March 2017

Does anyone have seriously itchy feet at the moment? If you’re suffering from wanderlust as badly as I am right now, I’m afraid I’m about to make it a whole lot worse. Allow me to introduce you to Ricky, a Physical Education Officer in the Prison Service, and Lynsey, a Senior Personal Development Manager for The Rugby Players Association, who wed on 24th August 2016 at the dreamy Château de la Côte in France. And just to make this that tiny bit more magical, these sublime images were captured by our Little Book for Brides darling, Claudia Rose Carter.

“Ricky and I have a saying; ‘forever and ever….amen’ and we wanted to incorporate that throughout the day. Anything I could get personalised for the wedding I did. I had a wedding veil made and personalised with our initials, wedding date and ‘forever and ever….amen’ embroidered on it. It was a bespoke design, made by Daisy Sheldon.”

Photography by Claudia Rose Carter

A Watters Gown For A Romantic French Château Wedding (Weddings )

“I found Claudia’s work on a wedding blog and instantly fell in love. Claudia’s website was honest about not taking posed, traditional wedding photos, but more natural photos and that was exactly what I wanted. I remember emailing Claudia for the first time in tears as I just loved her work and knew I wanted her for our wedding. Learning more about a photographer’s style and looking at blogs and other work showed me the style of photos I was after and Claudia fit that perfectly.” Continue reading…