7th July 2015

Good morning beautiful.  We celebrated reaching 19,000 Instagram followers yesterday. Are you one of them? Instagram has swiftly become our social media channel of choice. We LOVE it – a fabulous quick visual fix that you can enjoy throughout the day. Many of our readers are finding new suppliers via our feed and the conversation is bubbling over there too. Find us at instagram.com/lovemydress - we look forward to seeing you there!

In this morning’s featured wedding, bride Leanne, a Deputy Halls Manager at the University of Liverpool, married David, a Quality Manager for a Glass Manufacture, on 11th April this year at Castle Leslie Estate in Glaslough, Co.Monaghan, Ireland. This wedding is full of natural and unabated elegance. The choice of gown and venue were a perfect combination for this tastefully glamorous day.

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“I wanted our day to be an elegant relaxed family affair - Pinterest was my saving grace and provided me with endless inspiration in addition to wedding blogs and styled bridal photography shoots. “

A bride wearing Cassandra by Sarah Janks for her castle wedding in Northern Ireland. Photography by Paula McManus.

“The colours of early spring also inspired me – I love walking through woodland in early spring and I wanted that fresh, dewy, wild floral look in the flowers and centrepieces.”

A bride wearing Cassandra by Sarah Janks for her castle wedding in Northern Ireland. Photography by Paula McManus.

“Shopping for my bridesmaid dresses was quite difficult as they are both quite tall and have different tastes. I just loved the range of styles and colours that Maids to Measure offered however.”

A bride wearing Cassandra by Sarah Janks for her castle wedding in Northern Ireland. Photography by Paula McManus.

Maids to Measure

“I just loved the fact that my ‘Cassandra’ dress by Sarah Janks from The White Gallery Boutique was cut on the bias, with no zips/buttons/corsets to worry about. All I had to do was literally step into the dress; the silk fabric felt beautiful and came with the most stunning embroidered belt that finished the dress off perfectly. Once I tried it on I felt so comfortable and elegant in it.”

A bride wearing Cassandra by Sarah Janks for her castle wedding in Northern Ireland. Photography by Paula McManus. Continue reading…

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6th July 2015

I love wedding dresses and I have to say that there are times (however few and far between!) when I’m very glad I’m not a bride-to-be because I really don’t know how I’d choose what to wear. The talent and creativity of those who design the stunning wedding gowns that we all adore is beyond compare and it’s no surprise that choosing ‘the one’ is often one of the highlights of planning a wedding. However, there’s a new highlight in town because Brides The Show is back at the Business Design Centre in Islington 2-4 October and I promise you that it’s going to be bridal fashion heaven…

The range of bridal designers who’ll be exhibiting at Brides The Show this October is truly fantastic and there’s no boutique in the country where you’d be able to see such a fabulous selection of styles from such illustrious names. Being able to get up close and personal to the gowns and, in many cases, meet the designers themselves is an opportunity not to be missed.

jenny packham

Jenny Packham

Love My Dress favourites such as Halfpenny London and Katya Katya Shehurina will be in attendance along with a whole host of designers that we just love such as Catherine Deane, My Eden, Charlotte Simpson, Naomi Neoh, Charlie Brear and Olwen Bourke. Acclaimed bridal labels such as Suzanne Neville, Ian Stuart, Sassi Holford and Stephanie Allin will also be showcasing their latest collections. How you’re going to choose which stand to visit first, I really don’t know.

Brides The Show - Halfpenny London

Halfpenny London

Another highlight of Brides The Show this October is going to come courtesy of the amazing Jenny Packham. Jenny’s designs are beloved by many, from celebrities to brides, industry insiders and casual observers, and with good reason. Jenny Packham will showcase her 2016 New York Bridal Week catwalk show, including a recreating of her brilliant A Midsummer Night’s Dream set but, most excitingly, there will also be designs created by Jenny just for Brides The Show on display. Please get your ticket for this super special catwalk show now before they sell out!

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twobirds Bridesmaid
Photograph by Naomi Kenton for Love My Dress®

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6th July 2015

Morning everyone! What you been up to this weekend? Just a little reminder if you didn’t a chance to spoil yourselves with some Love My Dress reading over Saturday and Sunday that you we blogged about the natural cook Tom Hunt and his take on waste-free weddings – as well as interviewed bridal fashion designer Charlotte Balbier – bookmark for some lunchtime reading if you missed them. And so on to the first of this weeks beautiful real wedding features.

Doesn’t the bride look spectacular in that pale green silky gown by The State of Grace?  Fiona, a Brand Director in the Wine and Spirits industry, married Matt, who runs a digital consulting business on Friday 17th October 2014 – which also happened to be Fiona’s 40th Birthday – what a very special double celebration!  These images were submitted by photographer Lee Garland, who Fiona says she discovered during one of her many sessions reading Love My Dress over her breakfast. I hope you very  much enjoy these beautiful images.

“Matt and I met on-line in the summer of 2012 and got engaged in December 2013. By huge coincidence, many of our friends decided to tie the knot in 2014 so we decided to wait until the Autumn and get married in October on my 40th birthday. We didn’t really have a theme and found that it came together as we chose each of the elements – I think it worked!”

Photography by  Lee Garland

A pale green silk dress by The State of Grace, for an elegant London Wedding. Photography by Lee Garland.

Oh it definitely worked!  The couple’s two day wedding celebrations commenced on Friday with a formal wedding ceremony held at Mayfair Library in Westminster, followed by a wedding lunch at a private dining room at Hush, Mayfair, chosen for it\s natural light and ability to accommodate a table large enough to host key family and friends.

A pale green silk dress by The State of Grace, for an elegant London Wedding. Photography by Lee Garland.

A day later, the couple went on to party at The Tokenhouse on Moorgate.

“We loved the Tokenhouse as soon as we saw it and hired the entire venue for our party on the Sat night. The staff were amazing and allowed us to do exactly what we wanted.”

A pale green silk dress by The State of Grace, for an elegant London Wedding. Photography by Lee Garland.

Colourful macarons by The Meringue Girls

“My family is Scottish and I wanted them to wear tartan. Instead of kilts we chose very cool trews, braces and bow ties. The trousers and bow ties made to order by The Scotland Shop who have hundreds of different tartans to choose from!”

A pale green silk dress by The State of Grace, for an elegant London Wedding. Photography by Lee Garland.

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5th July 2015

If you’re looking for a big dose of Sunday indulgence then look no further. Today, we’re absolutely delighted to bring you Willa Rose, the dreamily beautiful new collection from the super talented Charlotte Balbier as well as an interview with Charlotte herself who’ll be telling us all about her new designs and sharing a few behind-the scenes secrets too. So, sit back, relax and enjoy our journey into Charlotte Balbier’s amazingly pretty world…

Charlotte Balbier's Willa Rose Collection

In just a couple of sentences, describe the new Willa Rose collection for us?

Willa Rose is feminine, ethereal and romantic. It combines boho, free spirited styles with classic Balbier designs and our signature attention to detail that makes them instantly recognisable as a Charlotte Balbier gown.

Charlotte Balbier's Willa Rose Collection

 

Where did you draw inspiration from when creating this new collection?

Inspiration is around me daily and I draw on so many sources. Boho inspired and free spirited floaty chiffon styles have been popular from my last two collections so I developed these styles for 2016, creating more beautiful paired down, simple gowns.

Charlotte Balbier's Willa Rose Collection

Equally though the big skirt is very much back and brides love the layers of tulle ball gown style skirts, as do I. I also adore Mikado as a fabric to work with and love to create show-stopping designs in this glorious fabric like the new Tarron gown.

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4th July 2015

Well hello lovely readers and welcome to the weekend! I hope you’ve got fabulous things planned for the next few days. If you’re anything like me, your weekend is bound to feature food and I have to admit that I love all things foodie. From cooking and eating to shopping for new ingredients and trying new recipes, I adore it all. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to The Natural Chef, Tom Hunt, who’s going to explain how to have great wedding food without waste and I’m also excited as we’re giving away 3 copies of Tom’s brilliant cookbookso read on for more details…

I’ll say from the outset that Tom Hunt sounds like my kind of guy – he’s an acclaimed eco chef who loves simple, rustic food that’s vibrant, healthy, full of flavour and super seasonal.

Waste-Free Weddings With Tom Hunt, The Natural Chef + Cookbook Giveaway

He’s also passionate about reducing food waste, reviving our cooking heritage and, of course, amazing wedding food.

Waste-Free Weddings With Tom Hunt, The Natural Chef + Cookbook Giveaway

Tom’s Feast Weddings brings all of  this brilliance to your day and it’s a combination that’s sure to delight your guests:

“Our style of cooking appeals to couples who care about where their food comes from,” says Tom. “If it’s not seasonal, we won’t put it on the menu and we use local produce, not only meat and fish but fruits and vegetables too. We pride ourselves on this fact and we take advantage of the abundance of incredible British produce that’s available to us.”

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