2nd September 2014

It is a sign of something special when you feel you’ve known a name forever and that’s just how I feel about Coco & Kate Atelier. I’ve been impressed with their friendly online presence, I’ve swooned a little at the range of fabulous designers they stock and I was, frankly, amazed to find out that they opened the doors to their beautiful boutique in May 2014! Now I’ve recovered a little from the shock, I’m just beyond happy to be able to introduce you to them today and you too can share my love for this deceptively young brand.

This luxurious and tranquil bridal boutique sits happily, along with the resident peacock, in the rather lovely Hatton Shopping Village in Warwickshire where their range of carefully selected gowns and accessories has become something of an overnight sensation. Or maybe not…

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‘The boutique has been a long time in the making, and although we only opened our doors this spring, we’re thrilled with the response and happy brides we’ve had so far,’ says owner Sophie. ‘It was so important to us to be able to offer something different in terms of style and we really feel we’ve achieved this within our collection.’

The desire to be distinctive has certainly been uppermost in Sophie’s mind when selecting designers and Coco & Kate Atelier stocks established labels such as La Sposa by Pronovias and Watters & Wtoo alongside new names that are making a splash such as Maria Senvo. It’s a fabulous juxtaposition and it’s a spectacular success.

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2nd September 2014

I have been dying to write about this wedding for weeks and weeks now because bride Kelsey and groom Alan are both so completely gorgeous! This could be a styled shoot, except that an obvious and very real love comes pouring from the images that couldn’t be faked. The wedding is elegant, stylish and actually very simple, yet it’s those wonderful vintage touches and Kelsey’s effortless glamour that take it into the realms of heavenliness. Captured on camera in that unique Scottish light by Christopher Currie, this is a bride capable of creating some serious style crushes….

Kelsey and Alan were married on 31st May 2014 at Cottiers Theatre.  The sandy red stone of the church and surrounding tenement buildings is such a recognisable feature in Glaswegian architecture. It makes a really strong backdrop for Kelsey and Alan’s relaxed vintage style wedding.

“Alan and I first met in Vancouver Canada when I was studying makeup artistry. I work as a freelance Make-up Artist alongside running our online watch boutique so I did my own hair and makeup for the wedding.  We got engaged in NYC in Central Park in December 2012. We have been together for 10 years so I was excited to start the wedding planning!  We didn’t really want our wedding to have a particular ‘theme’ but I have always been passionate about all things old. So I guess you could say there was a bit of vintage influence.  

We chose Cottiers Theatre as our venue because of its historical beauty and relaxed atmosphere.  It is an old converted church tucked away in the West End of Glasgow.” 

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Christopher Currie

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“My dress was custom-made from Belle & Bunty. I originally thought that I would find an actual vintage dress but it just wasn’t possible finding one that was in wearable condition from the era that I wanted. I chose this dress because it was everything I was looking for but couldn’t find with an authentic vintage dress. Not to mention it was pure silk so it was a dream to wear.”

 Kelsey does indeed look like a dream in this dress – it’s the simple yet fluid line of the skirt and the intricate detailing on the bodice that really work for her. I adore the frilled sleeves too.

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One of the main things I lusted over when I first saw this wedding was Kelsey’s bouquet, made of gorgeous silk pansies in shades of dusty mauve, peach and sage green. Although I adore fresh flowers I truly admire and covet Kelsey’s everlasting bouquet. She’ll be able to look at those gorgeous faded petals every day for the rest of her life and recall all the wonderful memories. 

“All of our flowers were artificial. I made the flowers for the table decorations. They were made from natural paper and I painted them with watercolours. I made my bouquet out of silk flowers from the 1950’s.”

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“We chose Chris & Gillian of Christopher Currie to capture our big day mainly because we are camera shy so wanted our photos to be candid.  We had an engagement shoot in the Autumn before our wedding that we were really nervous about and were close to cancelling.  When Chris & Gillian arrived at our flat they put us at ease immediately and we knew straight away that we had made the right choice. 

In the end we had a great experience with them and couldn’t wait for the wedding photos.”

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1st September 2014

This afternoon’s wedding is very special, I have completely fallen for the beautiful florals and pretty surroundings of Richmond Park. A firm favourite of any Londoner, the vast parkland is tranquil and feels oh so far away from the hustle of the city, yet it’s touching distance and perfect for a tasteful wedding in the woods.

Colleen an Account Director and Mike a Chartered Surveyor married outside in the stunning, unspoilt surroundings of Richmond Park on the 25th of May this year with a Humanist ceremony completely personalised to reflect their life together. Their reception was then held at the park’s highest point, in the magnificent Pembroke Lodge with views stretching over the Thames Valley. There’s a natural woodland feel to this wedding, flashes of deep berry mingle with dark green and light pink accents reflecting the spectacular surroundings and photographer Sofia Plana was on hand to shoot the beauty of the day in all its glory.

“I have always loved Richmond Park. Mike and I met in London and I grew up close by the park so I knew that Pembroke Lodge is a beautiful setting. I’m not sure we had a definite style, it all just came together as things we liked or enjoyed. The main thing for us was to have a fun and relaxed day.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014,  Sofia Plana Photography

Colleen set an elegant tone with her gorgeous Sarah Janks dress from Blackburn Bridal and Johanna Johnson veil. This lucky bride got her raspberry Jimmy Choos from as a wedding gift from her aunt, finishing her look perfectly.

“The most stressful decision was the dress! I loved the elegance and simplicity of the Sarah Janks dress. The lace is beautiful and so is the V back. As for the Jimmy Choos from my wonderful aunt, they now have pride of place in my shoe collection!”

Jay Archer, our florist is a super star and produces the most beautiful flower arrangements I have ever seen. We wanted natural, wild flowers and left it in her hands to work her magic, which she definitely did. We were so happy we chose Jay, she was nothing but wonderful from the first enquiry to our meetings at home and at Covent Garden Flower Market, to the wedding day.”

“Our lovely photographer Sofia Plana captured every moment beautifully. It’s lovely to have so many wonderful photos to remember the day.”

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1st September 2014

Good morning my loves, now I know that Autumn doesn’t officially arrive until 20th September, but as far as I am concerned, it arrives today.  1st September is Autumn.  Autumn is my favourite of the months and this calls for a mini celebration by way of a favourite real wedding feature.  Drum roll then for the wedding of ballet teacher Nicole to her sweetheart Matt, which took place on 16th August this year, with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall followed by a reception at Royal Inn on the Park.

This wedding oozes London cool, but what I love the most about it all is that divine original 1930′s vintage gown - a most fabulous find from one of my favourite vintage wedding dress suppliers, the darling Elizabeth Avey.  It really was the perfect choice for this celebration of love that mixed old with new, modern with a touch of quirky and that all came together beautifully.  These photographs were taken by London based fashion, portrait and wedding photographer Marc Hayden.

“We didn’t have a particular style or theme for the wedding – we just knew we wanted it to represent us as a couple. We made a thousand colourful origami cranes and hung them from wooden hoops, an ancient Japanese tradition bringing good luck to the married couple. I also read that it teaches the couple patience and commitment and that it did do!! Everything at our wedding was made by us, with loads of help from family and friends and I guess that is what made it so special; it was a bright, colourful and fun.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Marc Hayden

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“Matt and I met six years ago. After weeks of flirting it all came to a head at a drunken party at Lucky Voice. Matt declared he loved me on our second date; we bought 3 cats and lived happily ever after.

Our ceremony was held at Stoke Newington Town Hall - it was so beautiful with its art deco features. Coincidentally my dress ended up being from the 1930s and so it all ended up tying in together.”

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“My dress was from Elizabeth Avey, who I may say is the loveliest woman I have ever met.  I found the whole experience of searching for a dress like a scene out of Pretty Woman – except for at Elizabeth Avey’s. I had an idea of what I wanted – something comfortable, understated but a little bit sexy, and probably from the 1930s.  Lucky for me, the dress I choose had all those things and more.  It didn’t cost the earth either, and it fitted as though it had been made for me.  It was extremely delicate and needed some repair to the lace.  But I look at it now in all its glory and feel I gave it one last show.

My sisters top and skirt was from Topshop and the other bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS.  The girls wore their own shoes.

My fresh flower garland was made by a friend.”

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“Our photographer was Marc Hayden. We wanted a documentary wedding photographer who would capture our wedding and present it at as a story in a very natural manner. Aside from the very few mantelpiece photographs for our parents, we had no poised images and that is the beauty of what Marc has captured. The smiles the laughter and the tears.

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31st August 2014

I spent hours looking for the perfect headpiece when I was getting married, so I know how such choices can be overwhelming when there are so many designers out there.  It’s why I strive to be helpful in selecting only the very best to showcase on Love My Dress®.

One of the most talented headpiece designers I know is Copenhagen based Jannie Baltzer.  Jannie first popped up on my radar about three years ago now and I’ve been one of her biggest fans ever since. I’m really not just saying that – Jannie’s designs speak for themselves, but her promotional imagery is always exquisite and oozes the elegant and ethereal nature of her brand.  I guess that’s the reason why they get to regularly grace the pages of VOGUE, ELLE, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.com; these are headpieces for brides with impeccable style.

It makes me completely thrilled therefore to have been asked personally by Jannie to be the first blog to share these images from Jannie’s new 2015 collection.  Readers, I know you are truly going to adore these headpieces – they are ‘Love My Dress’ through and through and epitomise everything we stand for – glamour, elegance and pure gorgeousness.

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Sandra Åberg for Jannie Baltzer

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I spoke with Jannie this week and she told me where the inspiration for her new collection came from…

“My 2015 collection is inspired by 1920’s old world Parisian charm.  The promotional shoot took place in a trashed, but beautifully chic old Parisian apartment which exuded the essence of glamorous days gone by.”

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“Our model, the beautiful ‘bride’, is getting married, and she is dancing barefoot and happy on the old floor in delicate dresses trying on various couture headpieces to wear on her wedding day.”

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Just how elegant are these images? Jannie creates the type of heirloom quality product you will want to keep safe and precious for years after your wedding, to hand down to a family member or someone very special in your life.   I adore the femininity of these pieces too, they are just so delightful.

“To emphasise this mood of the shoot and the old world style that so inspired these pieces,  I used rose gold, honey-gold, antique gold, silver, cream and ivory Preciosa crystals. In this collection.  I also used gorgeous opulent oversized Preciosa crystals in silver to add a touch of glamour to the collection.”

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