Hello you Saturday lot! You know, I’ve always wanted Love My Dress® to be a place that showcases a diverse style of bridal wear, from the short to long, hot-off-the-catwalk cutting edge new to full of charm vintage old, high street thrifty to bespoke couture. Providing the look and feel oozes that Love My Dress style elegance and sense of glamorous, then it’s perfect for these pages.
It’s not often however, that a bride marries in an above-the-knee high street purchase (most brides are pulled to the tradition of having a full length or fuller skirt gown, aren’t they?), but I can’t think of a dress that would have suited bride Ali more than her choice of dress from high street store Reiss. It was perfect for her intimate, fuss-free, classy and city-chic wedding held earlier this year, when Ali, a PA, married oil and gas company contract specialist Gareth. The couple tied the knot on 11th July with a ceremony at Mayfair Library in Westminster followed by lunch at Claridge’s and their wedding was planned in just three months.
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Marianne Taylor
“We were set up by mutual friends in February 2013 – it was Gareth’s first (and last) blind date!
We didn’t really get traditionally engaged, just had a couple of Martini’s at Dukes Hotel and decided we should get married. We looked into it and organised it, and then Gareth asked me at my birthday dinner to marry him (the registry office was booked by this point), although friends happened to be in the same restaurant at the same time which made it quite funny. We’d been together officially for a year and a day on the wedding day!”
“My dress was from Reiss! I panicked that we only had three months and found the dress online but not in my size, and Gareth tracked it down from a department store and bought it for me. It was just very elegant and simple and I loved the sheer top and arms.
I wore a pair of dark blue suede stilettos from Whistles – my favourite shoes which I’d had many good nights out in, and thought they’d be perfect to wear and my something old and blue!”
“A friend recommended our florist, Scarlet and Violet, as they do all their flowers for work occasions, so I went along to their shop in North London with a friend and it was amazing! I told them what I wanted (only knew blue sea thistles at this point) and they just built a bouquet in front of me! I liked that it looked rustic and not too ‘done’!”
“I did my own make up (bought products from Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown) and hair was done by Charli, from Rush Victoria who has cut Gareth’s hair for a couple of years and we both know her quite well!
I wore Jo Malone’s ‘Peony and Blush Suede‘ perfume. A friend introduced me to it and as she was one of our witnesses, she gave me it as a present on the day.”
“We Googled ‘London based photographers’ and Marianne Taylor came up and we instantly loved her work and style so just dropped her a line. We met first at the wedding, and she was fabulous. Everyone has commented how good the photos are – how they captured the day, and you didn’t really know she was there, which we think is the sign of a great photographer!
Marianne knows what works and what photos appeal to whom (i.e Grandparent friendly photos etc).”