25th April 2015

Good morning weekend folk, hoping this finds you embracing Saturday and it’s opportunity to relax and unwind a little (here’s hoping?).  I’m still recovering from a non-stop few days on the #Kaleidotour – where I joined a number of other social media influencers including Bri Emergy of Design Love Fest, Hannah and Alice of Belle and Bunty, my gorgeous new friends Charlotte and Charlotte of Betty MagazineSymmetry Breakfast, Photographer Charlotte Hu (she has a pet hedgehog!), and anonymous foodie Instagrammer, Clerkenwellboy on a tour of Italy to experience the offerings of a range of selected Italian wedding and food suppliers. It was pretty damn amazing. I can’t even begin to tell you how spoilt we were by our hosts, Italian Eye and La Selva Villa - keep an eye out for my upcoming blog post, which I hope will be of value to all those considering marrying in Italy.

I’m excited to be sharing details with you this weekend, of an exclusive upcoming event, just for blog readers, that is being hosted by my favourite online market place, Etsy.  The Etsy Wedding Fair will take place on Saturday 16th of May through to Sunday 17th May, but we have a little treat for you;  Twenty Love My Dress readers are invited to enjoy an exclusive launch event on the evening of Thursday 14th May at Oui 2 Rooms, 89 Titchfield Street in London - before the main event opens to the public.

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1. Twin spring Rosemary band by wearerarrow   2.Harvest Ring by weararrow   3. Pale blue hand-typed escort cards by sepiasmiles   4. Liberty pattern tie by katetempleuk   5. Gold polka dot wedding favour bags by sepiasmiles   6. Liberty Print bow tie by katetempleuk  

This is a genuinely lovely opportunity to be able to immerse yourself in a world of creative and very beautiful wedding inspiration in an exclusive event designed just for you.  You will be joined by readers from other selected influential wedding blogs too and because we’re giving away tickets in pairs, you’ll be able to bring your best friend or fiancé along to enjoy the evening too.

What a pleasant way to spend a Thursday evening…

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1.Glitter table numbers by comeuppance   2.Bespoke bridal Rosie shoes by Hetty Rose

The Etsy marketplace is full to bursting with handmade goodness, fashion, paper goods, jewellery – you name it.  What I love most about this diverse online market place however is that it supports the smaller, independent designer.  It allows anyone with a talent for creating, a superb showcase for their designs.  That’s really kinda important to me and to the values of Love My Dress.

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1.Lavish Olivia wedding hair comb   2.Ophelia Silver Chain Bridal Halo   3.Darcy Wedding Circlet   4.Titania Droplet Forehead Jewel.  All designs by Debbie Carlisle

The Etsy Wedding Fair event will provide an opportunity to have first view of the marketplace, obtain special discounts on all items and for you to shop in comfort without the crowds.  And to add to the loveliness, Etsy will also be providing free drinks, nibbles, live music, a floral wedding hairpiece workshop and a special gift to every Love My Dress reader who attends.

The designs you see on the page today are from sellers who will be exhibiting on the night and throughout the Etsy Wedding Fair weekend too.

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24th April 2015

Well move aside Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie and Mr DiCaprio as today’s wedding is the epitome of vintage glamour with not only the bride rocking an elegant 20s look, but also her mum, bridesmaid and many of the guests too. You can guarantee that there was some Charleston dancing fun at some point! If you are thinking of a similar theme, then have Pinterest at the ready for some of these Art Deco styling touches.

This lovely pair are yet another online dating success story, having met a few years earlier on Match.com, after Kellie had moved to London for a new job. Following a 14-month engagement, Kellie married Neil on 8 November 2014 at The Plough at Lupton in Cumbria. The couple had previously stayed there for a weekend break, and had thoroughly enjoyed the good food and friendly service, so they were delighted to discover that the hotel had just got their licence to hold ceremonies. It was almost as though it was meant to be.

“Neil proposed with his grandma’s engagement ring; he said I didn’t have to keep it, he just wanted something to propose with. I absolutely loved the ring, it’s so unique and has sentimental value as well. This started the theme. His grandparents actually married in 1936 but we tweaked the dates a little to the 1920s and Great Gatsby era –  we both love this period and we love watching Boardwalk Empire.”

Photography by Jessica Reeve

“I absolutely loved choosing my shoes, Emmy was a really pleasure to work with and is so creative.”

For those of you new to Love My Dress, Emmy offer a bespoke service exclusively available by appointment in the Emmy studio. However, she also offers a signature and bridal collection as ready to wear, online or from the studio. You can read more about them here.

I have a real soft spot for Kellie’s chosen Jenny Packham dress as it made it onto my own shortlist. Eden is timelessly elegant, with delicate beading and embellishment, guaranteed to make its wearer feel glamorous and beautiful. It was bought from Mears Ghyll in Lancaster, which is run by Elizabeth Thompson, who Kellie knows from school.

“I tried a lot of dresses on in every style, mainly for my mum and aunty! I’m only going to do this once so I wanted the whole experience. I always had in my mind either Charlie Brear or Jenny Packham. On the day I chose the dress I had my mum, my aunty and my two cousins as judges. Their faces when I tried on the Eden dress meant that it was the one. I also bought my hair accessory from the same shop.”

Emily and Jo did my Save the Dates, Wedding Invites and RSVPs however I made my own table plan and the art deco place cards came from Etsy.

For decoration, we hired ‘Love’ lights from typicaltype and we used SVL Hire to put up fairy lights. I had Amy, from Sure To Surprise You, put the table decorations together although, my mum and aunty did a lot of the legwork sourcing things from charity shops.”

“From the moment we met our photographer Jessica Reeveshe made us feel completely at ease. We spent a few hours with her on an engagement shoot, getting to know her and what her style was and what we were looking for. She was a delight to work with, I barely noticed her on the day. She listened to all our requests and told us honestly what she could deliver. We are over the moon with the results.”

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24th April 2015

So I’m back from the beautiful Italy and raring to go (and kinda dreading catching up on all those emails). But the sun is out and the sky  looks glorious this morning and I have this on as my soundtrack for the day, so it’s all kinds of OK :)  We’re joined again today by Michelle Kelly, creative wedding planner and designer at Pocketful of Dreams with her latest series of inspirational mood boards and styling guides.  Today she’s exploring all things green and gorgeous…botanical weddingsImage credits: 1. William Morris Pattern 2. Pattern 2 3. Bouquet 4. Chairs 5. Packaging 6. Tables 7. Pressed 8. Double Exposure


The botanicals influence remains as strong as ever across weddings, evocative of the natural world taking over with foliage in abundance.

Perfect for creating a magical and romantic mood, think soft focus and painterly style patterns across fabrics and stationery as well as lots of natural greenery and wildflowers. In 2015 particularly we’re seeing more of the Arts and Crafts influence, with William Morris fine-art prints clashing with more modern botanical illustrations. It’s all about layering detail upon detail for a sense of richness.

We’ve chosen a natural and organic palette of faded leaf and herb tones mixed in with a delicate sprinkling of peach, with gold to act as a luxe accent.  White is very much the grounding neutral here bringing a purity and freshness to the design.

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This look works equally as well within a blank canvas venue as it does in spaces with more of a garden feel. We’d love to see this kind of styling in a venue that already has that overgrown feel to it, imagine an abandoned old space with peeling walls and crumbling brickwork where the land has grown up into the buildings to become one harmonious space.

For this piece we’ve taken inspiration from spaces such as Bourne and Hollingsworth and The Ivy Chelsea Garden in London as well as Petersham Nurseries in Surrey.

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23rd April 2015

Happy Thursday to you readers! I prepared this feature whilst at an altitude of 34,962 feet up in the air – as I’m on a flight to my beautiful hometown Wollongong, Australia. I will have to wait a little longer than originally thought for blue skies and sunshine The flight has been somewhat delayed, but I’ve got a great book, can tap happily away on my laptop, watch lots of movies, and day-dream about all of my European adventures I’m planning for over the years, including magical trips to Italy to experience the beautiful and  romantic Rome and fabulous Florence. Talking of which, have you been following Love My Dress on Instagram this past few days? Our founder, Annabel, has been in Florence with a group of other social media influencers, experiencing the services of the Italian food and wedding industry. It looks and sounds AMAZING! Follow #kaleidotour on Instagram.

And Italy, lovelies, is our destination today, as I have the most delightful Italian wedding to share with you  Interior designer Tatiana, who is in charge of fairs and exhibitions for an Italian factory and Daniele, an auditor, were married on 2nd August 2014 at the picturesque Jardin à Vivre in Castelletto Ticino, Novara in the north of Italy.  Do yourself a favour and relax with a cuppa right now as you watch this heartfelt and jolly video – it’s superb.

Film Production Copyright (c) 2015, Videare

The clever and crafty bride organised and handmade almost all of the whole day … with a little help from Daniele.

“I organised everything by myself (with my husband’s help). Daniele always tells me that I was the architect and he the aid worker as a builder.”

Photography by Igloo Photo Wedding Photography

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The blooms by Il Profumo Dei Fiori are simply breathtaking. A mixture of pink peonies, eucalyptus, and lots of greenery, which was well suited to the reception venue’s greenhouse.

“Sofia was suggested to me by a friend. Once you see her work you fall in love.”

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Tatiana found her dress from Elisabetta Polignano atelier in Oleggio and is actually, and quite brilliantly, two dresses sewn together. Genius idea! Tatiana liked two dresses and continued trying both on – and Elisabetta solved this dilemma by making the two into one dress. Look at the shaping on the bodice – it suits her shape perfectly – and the sensational skirting gives it a whimsical, wispy look.

“It was the third store I visited and I was alone (to choose freely and in peace). I saw the real dress just a few weeks before the wedding and I loved it at a glance because it was like a cloud!”

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Tatiana designed the layout of the stationery and it was printed by an independent company. And just take a look at the quirky decor touches. There’s cute signs held up by the guests like “I’m Still Single” and “Came For The Wine”, fun dress-up gear of masks, wigs and moustaches for the guests to wear for silly photos, pom-poms, fans to help everyone cool down, a very cool and intricate table plan made with string, and even watch tattoos!

Weddings are all about what’s makes the bride and groom tick … and these quirky details sure do show their personalities.

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Igloo Photo Wedding Photography captured the couple’s images and expertly caught all of the fun elements of their big day.

“Carla was the best possible photographer. She is a special person, is not intrusive and catches every nuance of your personality.

Valeria and Alberto of Videare who made our film, are Carla’s job friends but we choose both unknowingly.  Valeria and Alberto were as magical as Carla, they perfectly understood our perfect moments, perfect song, perfect team.”

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23rd April 2015

I had the very lovely pleasure of meeting the couple whose wedding I’m about to share, at the Most Curious Wedding Fair last month, where they were both exhibiting the services of their newfound wedding styling, sourcing and creative direction company, Bride to Bijoux.

Joanna, a Freelance Fashion Editor and Wedding Stylist, married Football Agent Andrew on 27th June 2014 at The Asylum Chapel in Peckham, a venue they instantly fell in love with, followed by a reception at The Londesborough pub in Stoke Newington.  The couple, who met at secondary school when we were teenagers and got engaged on the Amalfi Coast in the summer of 2013, had support organising and planning their day from Joanna’s twin sister Ros Shiers, who provided the stationery and styled the flowers.

“I have always loved the charm of original vintage props and clothing – I love the 1930′s as an era too, and we were also guided by the decayed decadence of the Chapel when decorating the space. The films of Baz Lurhmann – particularly Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby were in my mind when researching and I love the fantastical sets of fashion photographer Tim Walker.”

Photography by Zoe Noble

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“We sourced a lot of the vintage props from various vintage and antique fairs around the south east and some we already had as we both really enjoy antiquing. My favourite pieces were the pair of antique French Art Deco Ormolu Chandeliers that we styled the alter with. Other props included Victorian Glass domes, Mary figurines, taxidermy deer antlers, a typewriter, gramophone, old travel trunks, crates and books.

Andrew sourced an old piano from gumtree the week of the wedding so my brother-in-law could play whilst the guests were arriving and getting seated in the Chapel which was the last item we bought. We gifted the piano to another couple that were getting married in the Chapel later on the year so someone else could get some joy from it.”

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“I made my cake myself two nights before the big day! Absolute madness when I look back at it now and most definitely not my finest hour aesthetically – let’s just say I’ve since learnt the art of dowling! Anyway, I love baking and so knew I would do it, we had a flourless chocolate cake (a recipe I’ve made lots of times before) with dark chocolate frosting and some simple roses and peonies on top. There were six more tiers (that you don’t see) to feed all of our guests.”

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Joanna wore an original vintage 1930s satin wedding dress with embroidered bow details bought from a vintage fair in Hammersmith that she attends regularly.

“I started looking for my dress at the beginning of 2014, visiting monthly vintage fairs in London, I knew I wanted something from the 1930’s, and as soon as I saw it I thought, ‘that might just be the one’. It was too big when I bought it but a good friend of mine (in fact one of my bridesmaids – Anna) has some amazing alteration/seamstress skills (we met at Uni studying fashion design) so we set to work together to transform the dress and tailor it to fit me.

We both really enjoyed working on my wedding dress together and once we got the fit right I just hand appliquéd lace over any of the slight imperfections in the cloth that dresses of this age are bound to have.”

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“My sister’s bridesmaid dress was from Whistles. Siouxsie and Anna’s dresses were from Warehouse and William wore a blazer from ASOS with Topshop trousers, a vintage ruffle shirt bib and ribbon tie.

I gave my bridesmaids and bridesman various Victorian and Edwardian crescent moon brooches as gifts on the day which they all wore.” 

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