1st February 2017

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22nd February 2017

We have been sharing lots of gorgeous summer weddings of late so I was delighted to find this Autumnal wedding in my inbox. Sally, who works as an Employment Advisor and Ally who works in hospitality worked really hard to realise their vision of a Scandi style wedding with rich tones and a distinct 50’s vibe. Their wedding was held on the 10th of October 2015 at St Monan’s Parish Church, set right on the coast, chosen due to strong family ties in the area and the location of their very first trip away together. Their reception was at Crail Community Hall, nearby. The fabulous Mirrorbox Photography were on hand to capture the details.

I think I can safely declare that Sally’s bridesmaid and little flower girls make up one of the most stylish bridal parties we have featured recently. I absolutely adore the French Connection dress and jacket combo with the girls in navy polka dot dresses from Monsoon.

Photography by Mirrorbox

A Scandi Inspired Autumnal Wedding On The Scottish Coast (Weddings )

“Our engagement location as well as our joint love for all things Scandi inspired our theme. It wasn’t really a theme, really just incorporating everything that we love and keeping it as simple as we could. We tried to stray away from wedding traditions and to keep it suited to us. We did everything ourselves, we just couldn’t have handed it over to someone else to plan or style.

Working in hospitality, Ally had lots of ideas of his own from weddings he had worked on for others. Family is very important to us and they were heavily involved – we couldn’t have done it without them.”

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22nd February 2017

Good morning! It feels like it’s been such a long week already, but in a good, very good way. Ahead of spending time with family for the rest of the week (it’s school half term holiday over here), I have spent Monday and Tuesday working non-stop on two big projects we have going on behind the scenes right now, one of which involves a complete redesign of Love My Dress. Our much loved wedding blog last had a makeover in June 2014 and that makeover has served us well in this time. Throughout this period, we’ve the number of readers who view Love My Dress through their mobile phones and handheld devices rise considerably, and we need to adapt to this.  As a result, we’ve been busy working on the creation of a more sophisticated, faster loading site that will make finding and accessing our archived content much easier for you all.  And look bloody good too.

This morning’s wedding however is a lovely distraction from everything that still needs doing before we can unveil our newly designed wedding blog with you all; Brand Planner Sarah married graphic designer Tom on 11th July at The Secret Garden at Dalton Hall in Yorkshire Wolds. The couple used the on-the-day coordination services of Charlotte at Eden and Eve.

It was Sarah’s beautiful sequin gown that stole the show for me. It’s a design by Karen Willis Holmes – a designer we highly recommend via our Little Book For Brides wedding directory and who is stocked at a number of boutiques throughout the UK (more details here). Click on the image below to explore Karen’s designs all in one place, through our ‘Style Files’ pages.

“I originally chose another, much simpler dress. Gulp! But before the day, I felt it didn’t suit my tiny frame so I sold it and swapped. On the dress I chose, I loved the intricate lacework to the back, and the loose flowing skirt. I knew I didn’t want anything with a boned bodice, strapless or big fluffy skirt. My Karen Willis Holmes dress was silk georgette and was so light to wear. Also the sequins helped!”

Photography by Emma Sekhon

A Sequin Karen Willis Holmes Gown for a Colourful Wedding in the Countryside (Weddings )

“I was always ambivalent about getting married, and anything that seemed twee or put my cynical brain right off. We’d looked at barns, pubs, or simply having a low key bash in the garden – as long as it didn’t feature hearts, giant bridesmaid dresses or first dances. We used Pinterest extensively, but because we both work in design, we found we were able to agree on a look really quickly. We decided to make the colour theme citrus brights, with pops of navy to balance it and gold to make it feel a bit more LA-cool on the day!” Continue reading…

21st February 2017

Something I love about writing up weddings here on Love My Dress is that I have never ever written a real wedding feature without enjoying it- it’s a real testament to the originality and style of our brides and grooms that each and every wedding is beautiful and special.  Sometimes though, like today, I fall absolutely head over heels and want to be part of it all immediately.  I was even more thrilled to discover that today’s celebrations took place at the beautiful East Riddlesden Hall, which is only a few miles away from my own humble abode.  Meet Matt, a web developer and Fiona, a primary school teacher, who married on Sunday 7th August 2016, surrounded by their family and friends.

Fiona looked beautiful and ethereal in ‘Emma’ by Maggie Sottero in light gold over ivory, which she purchased from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, a most beautiful boutique that we’re delighted to recommend through our Little Book For Brides.

“I saw this dress on The Harrogate Wedding Lounge’s Instagram and instantly loved it.  I thought the shape was beautiful and it looked like the perfect combination of all my favourite bits from other dresses: a sweetheart neckline, twinkly bits and lace.”

Photography by Natalie Pluck

Maggie Sottero for a Fairylight Filled, Rustic and Natural Barn Wedding (Weddings )

“We had been to a few weddings which, although beautiful, were too formal for us and we felt more comfortable with a relaxed and rustic style.  Matt was amazing and gave me free reign to choose all the pretty bits, knowing how much I obsess over flowers and stationery.  Having said that, we felt the styling was a good balance of us both; we used Matt’s favourite drinks bottles and garlic jars as vases and incorporated a little Italian here and there as a nod to our upcoming honeymoon.”

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21st February 2017

Oone of the things I’m most proud of with Love My Dress is that we consistently deliver beautiful, inspiring content. Every single wedding we choose to feature, I feel proud of and never more so when they are as lovely and honest and as heartfelt as this one. The portrait images of the newlywed couple below are some of the most beautiful and joy-filled I have seen, which is apt, given the name of the bride herself.

Joy, a Musician and Fashion and Lifestyle blogger (check out her fabulous Youtube channel including her super beautiful cover of Beyonce’s ‘All Night’) married Eliot, a Systems Engineer, on 27th August last year at Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottingham. This elegant wedding was captured by a photographer whose work I’ve fallen in love with through Instagram – she is Grace Elizabeth, and I urge you to follow her account on Instagram if you adore beautiful wedding photography like you see in this page here today.

“We wanted the overall day to feel romantic with modern touches. In terms of colour, we chose navy, white, gold and hints of dark earthy green as our theme. Our reception venue had beautiful grounds surrounding it, which added a nice, natural element to the overall day.”

Photography by Grace Elizabeth

Justin Alexander for a Modern Romantic Country House Wedding (Weddings )

“Our venue was Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottingham – we wanted to have our reception in a stately home surrounded by greenery and large grounds, so this was the perfect location. It’s also close to where we both grew up, which made it even more special to us.”

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20th February 2017

Oooh, and here we are in another week. February always flashes by so quickly but this year, it feels as if we’re on fast-forward! Anyway, I’ve got the perfect feature today for a little time out, especially if you’ll soon be compiling your wedding gift list. Earlier this month, Ali Beaven, the amazing lady behind our favourite wedding gift list service, Prezola, joined us to talk about the top gifts of 2017 and today she’s back explaining how put together the perfect gift list.

If you’ve not yet heard of Prezola then let me tell you that you’re missing out. The wonderful Ali has married the most amazing selection of brands and items along with honeymoon funds, cash and charity contributions so that your wedding gift list can be exactly what you want it to be. Prezola is beloved by couples and by the wedding industry too for its great range and ace service. You really are spoilt for choice with Prezola.

But, when there’s so much to choose from, how do you go about compiling a wedding gift list that suits you? Don’t worry, Ali is here to tell you all you need to know…

“The thought of creating a gift list probably feels a bit weird at first. After all, unless you’re incredibly privileged (lucky thing), the closest experience you’ve had to this is telling your parents what you’d like for Christmas. The truth is, it’s quite similar. Believe it or not, your guests really do want to buy a present for your wedding. Not only will they want to commemorate your marriage, but it’s also a chance to help you build your lives as a married couple and even buy a possible heirloom that will forever remind you of them.”

How To Compile Your Wedding Gift List – Straight Forward and Honest Advice From Prezola (Weddings )

Bluebellgray Florrie collection

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20th February 2017

February is disappearing at an alarming rate my friends. Not that I’m not looking forward to spring blooms and sunnier days, but the day of reckoning (the big Italian wedding) draws ever more swiftly closer. This week we’re ordering our final bout of stationery so the timely arrival of the glorious celebration of Bex, a PR Director, and Toby, an Illustrator, in my inbox totally filled me with excitement and inspiration. These super-cool lovebirds wed on 13th August 2016 in one of my all time favourite places, the epically natural beauty that is North Yorkshire. Their ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Church, Boltby and the reception was at nearby High Paradise Farm.

“The idea of ‘bringing the outside in’ was really important to us. We wanted everyone to feel like they were in the Yorkshire hills, which is why we went for a clear marquee that looked down on the breathtaking views of Boltby village from High Paradise. Toby’s parents live in Boltby, a village in the North Yorkshire Moors just outside where Toby grew up, and a real beauty of a spot that we both love to visit. We live in London and I am from London too, so we also wanted to make sure there was a good enough of a mix of Yorkshire and London in all the little details; we love the rustic countryside but we wanted a bit of city chic too.”

Photography by Jonny Barratt

A Delphine Manivet Dress And Flower Crown For A Nature Inspired Wedding In Yorkshire (Weddings )

Bex’s incredibly stylish, modern dress was bought from The Mews Bridal in Notting Hill – a stunning creation by Parisian designer Delphine Manivet. So so many of our brides found their dream dresses at The Mews Bridal and we have a growing gorgeous posse of girls who totally rocked Delphine Manivet designs too. Continue reading…

19th February 2017

Sometimes I open a file of wedding photos and the love and emotion just jumps out from the very first image- this is definitely one of them and I am completely smitten with it.  Meet artists Xaviere and Alan, who married on a clifftop on the Moray Firth on the 29th of July 2016, pledging their continued love and commitment to one another after sixteen years together.  I just adore this day and the beautiful photographic record, lovingly created by Dominique Bader.

“We chose to marry standing on the edge of a cliff near the ancient ruin of Findlater Castle, Banff.   The Moray Firth is a very special place for us as we visited the castle when we first met and the whole coast line is exceptionally beautiful, wild and underdeveloped.   We come here on every holiday with our children and spend time with Alan’s family who live in the area.”

Photography by Dominique Bader

A Bride in Trousers for her Clifftop Wedding in Scotland (Weddings )

Xaviere looked beautiful in a completely non-traditional outfit, but one which suited her down to the ground, which, at the end of the day, is what its all about really.  She certainly proves that you don’t need a white dress (or a dress at all in fact) to be a beautiful bride.

“Stripes have been my daily uniform for as long as I can remember and so it felt only right to go with a traditional navy and white sailor striped top from Boden– fitting with the nautical coastline location.  I have always enjoyed red, white and blue as a colour scheme and so decided on a red cashmere cardigan teamed with White sailor trousers from John Lewis.

I wanted for everyone to feel comfortable and relaxed and knew that I wouldn’t feel that way in a dress as I haven’t worn a dress since I was a child.  I also felt very strongly that I wanted us to ‘recognise’ each other – we have been together for fifteen years, have two children and our home so we just wanted for our outfits to reflect that reality with no illusions.”

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19th February 2017

Everyone experiences the passing of loved ones at some time in their lives. Wedding celebrations can be especially stressful occasions because they are a vivid reminder that the person you have lost won’t be there physically to share your happiness.

Over the last twelve years as a Celebrant I have seen many couples grapple with their emotions during ceremonies and have done my best to help them, also in the months leading up to the day of the wedding. I have empathised and felt compassion but unless you have experienced the impact and unpredictability of grief you cannot truly know what those afflicted are going through.

In the middle of the busiest period of the wedding season last year my elderly Mother passed away in hospital here in Italy. I had willingly brought her here to live with my husband and I after a long saga of trying to find a suitable Nursing Home in England.

From The Heart: From The Heart: Good Grief (Let's Talk Personal, Life, Love )

Towards the end of the previous year she had broken her femur, suffered multiple mini strokes and subsequently endured a long spell in hospital. She became very depressed and told me she didn’t want to live anymore. No other family member was in a position to take on the responsibility and she needed 24 hour care.

My husband and I convinced ourselves that somehow we would manage the ceremonies between us and share the emotional and physical demands of caring for this wonderful woman, who was suffering from Dementia and had sadly lost all autonomy.

Thus began several months of immense heartbreak and stress. Thankfully most couples were incredibly understanding during this period and by some miracle we managed to successfully complete the season and honoured our commitments.

Even though my Mother had reached the ripe old age of 86 and was very ill nothing could have prepared me for the feeling of utter devastation and loneliness when she left us. Continue reading…