4th August 2015

I wanted to spend a moment or two ahead of Kay sharing her fantastic Kitchen Party photographs, to say how proud and overjoyed I am that we get to share images like this on Love My Dress. Kay is one of our original team of Lovettes (blogging brides). I have so enjoyed all of her wedding planning updates so far, not least because of the lovely way Kay writes and because well, who doesn’t love a romance that began in childhood? I have also loved Kay’s features because of the contribution they have made to the cultural diversity of our much loved wedding blog.  This, for those of you long term readers will already know, is something really important to me personally and something I’m hugely passionate about. This will be the last of Kay’s pre-wedding updates, for she tied the knot yesterday.  I just wanted to say so much love and congratulations to you both Kay and Sam! I truly hope you had a day filled to the brim with love, joy and laughter – I cannot wait to see the photographs and hear all about it. For now, over to you Kay and your amazing Kitchen Party.

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I really am very excited to be sharing this post with you today, as this is the first traditional Zambian Kitchen Party ever to be featured on Love My Dress, or on any of the big wedding blogs in fact. For many of us, pre-wedding ceremonies play a major part in a marriage, and in my case, involved more guests than the wedding itself. I hope this post shows that it is possible to have a traditional ceremony that totally reflects your personality and style, and that traditional doesn’t have to mean old fashioned or boring!

Film by Gerald Boye

A Kitchen Party symbolises the Mother of the Bride inviting her wise and experienced friends to share their advice with her daughter on how to look after her house, husband and children.

Photography by Laura Harvey

Kay and Sam celebrate their run up to their marriage with a traditional Zambian Kitchen Party

I first wrote about the Kitchen Party in a post back in February, soon after discovering that my mum’s plan to host the party at home with just close family and a few friends had escalated into a full scale logistical operation with 200 guests.

Kay and Sam celebrate their run up to their marriage with a traditional Zambian Kitchen PartyKay and Sam celebrate their run up to their marriage with a traditional Zambian Kitchen Party

The Party kicks off way before the bride arrives; with the different groups including the servers (similar to bridesmaids) and the committee (the close friends of the brides mothers) dancing into the venue, dinner is then served straight away. Meanwhile, I was having a ‘glamourous’ meal in the back of a car in the car park waiting to be called in.

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4th August 2015

Good morning again lovely ones – we’re helping you make your way through the week with some of the loveliest wedding blog content on the web, which include this beautiful set of images of teachers Marianne and Alan’s wedding.  The couple tied the knot just over a month ago on 27th June with the kind of effortlessly elegant and laid back wedding that I so love sharing on this blog.  Two things however stood out for me – that dress and that incredible gold headpiece. More on both these items shortly.  First, bride Marianne shares a little about how the look and feel of her wedding day came together.

“There wasn’t really any particular inspiration for the wedding – we just chose things we liked as we went along. I pinned all the bits and bobs I liked onto a Pinterest board and sourced a lot of old vintage props from Ebay like our typewriter, sewing machine and suitcases and we took it from there.”

Photography by Caro Weiss

The bride wears a Rowanjoy dress and rose gold Twigs and Honey headpiece for her June wedding in Scotland. Photography by Caro Weiss.

Rose gold headpiece by Twigs and Honey

“Our florist was Sophie from I Heart Flowers. I absolutely adored Sophie’s flowers. I wanted my bouquet to be a bit wild and unstructured but really bursting with colour and life.”

The bride wears a Rowanjoy dress and rose gold Twigs and Honey headpiece for her June wedding in Scotland. Photography by Caro Weiss.

I recognised these cute glitter place names – we published a tutorial on the blog showing you how to create your own right here. It’s so lovely to see them being used in a real wedding like this.

The bride wears a Rowanjoy dress and rose gold Twigs and Honey headpiece for her June wedding in Scotland. Photography by Caro Weiss.

“I came across dressmaker Rowanjoy whilst browsing through the Glasgow Wedding Collective website. Her creations looked so glamorous and I instantly wanted to try them on.”

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3rd August 2015

Today, we are continuing on with our Gem-inspired bridal shower series with our glitter gem cake toppers! (And if you missed part 1 of the series, you can catch it here.) As Julia Child once said, “a party without cake is just a meeting”, and boy do I agree! Whenever someone says party, my brain screams ‘caaaaakes!’, so with the help of the super-talented Asma from Sugared Saffron and inspired by the lovely vintage velvet ring boxes from Mrs Box, we recreated the perfect cake table layout to show you how to send your best girl off into married life. 

Stay tuned to the end of this tutorial for Asma’s top tips for rolling perfect icing.

Photography by Lucy Davenport, concept + styling by BerinMade

How To Make Your Own Gem Cake Bridal Shower Toppers

What You’ll Need

  1. Scissors
  2. Glue stick or paintbrush and PVA
  3. Glitter paper
  4. plastic rings—about 10mm in dia (I found these to work well)

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3rd August 2015

Good morning lovely ones, and thank you so much for patiently awaiting our first blog feature today – it was worth it , I promise you. Lauren and Joe tied the knot on 28th February this year at an the increasingly popular alternative style London wedding venue, The Asylum at Caroline Gardens in Peckham.  I love this wedding not just for it’s colour and charm and lovely relaxed nature, but for the many wonderful moments that talented photographer David Jenkins has documented through his camera. These images tell the story of such a fun day full of celebration and love.

Below, lovely bride Lauren explains why she and Joe chose this particular venue. Enjoy and be inspired lovely wedding blog friends. I hope these images uplift you as much as they have me.

“I styled a photo shoot at The Asylum years ago and I remember thinking to myself ‘I want to get married here’ – I was single at the time though. We styled the venue so it felt religious (my family are catholic, but Joe’s family are not religious), even thought it was a civil ceremony – best of both worlds!”

Photography by David Jenkins

The bride wears Vivienne Westwood and Gold Rupert Sanderson shoes for her wedding at The Asylum in Peckham, London. Photography by David Jenkins.

“I love candlelight and we’re both obsessed with the history of London so an old crumbling London building, lit by candlelight on a winters day seemed perfect. And it really was.”

The bride wears Vivienne Westwood and Gold Rupert Sanderson shoes for her wedding at The Asylum in Peckham, London. Photography by David Jenkins.

“Colour-wise we wanted to keep it very simple, the dark red came from my original obsession with dark red roses, but then decided on a different bouquet – but the ties and jumpsuits stayed dark red as it just seemed to work.”

The bride wears Vivienne Westwood and Gold Rupert Sanderson shoes for her wedding at The Asylum in Peckham, London. Photography by David Jenkins.

The bridesmaids wore ASOS jumpsuits + Kurt Geiger shoes

The bride wears Vivienne Westwood and Gold Rupert Sanderson shoes for her wedding at The Asylum in Peckham, London. Photography by David Jenkins.
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2nd August 2015

Back in April this year, I was guest, along with a small team of other social media influencers, of wedding and event planners Italian Eye, for a four day experience of Tuscany.  Named ‘Kaleidotour‘ (click the link to catch up with our adventures on Instagram) because of the colourful aspect of this sensuous experience, our time in Italy was spent with a number of suppliers who are able to offer wedding services to couples planning on marrying in Italy.

My company included Blog goddess Design Love Fest, Instagram foodie sensations Symmetry Breakfast and Clerkenwell Boy, London based photographer Charlotte Hu and two of my favourite British bridal fashion designers, Belle & Bunty (aka, Hannah and Alice).

Photography by Charlotte Hu, shoot curated by Italian Eye

Italian wedding inspiration - relaxed, boho, woodland wedding style. Dresses by Belle & Bunty, Photography by Charlotte Hu, concept + styling by Italian Eye - specialists in wedding and event planning in Italy.

Dress and styling by Belle & Bunty

We stayed in the most glorious venue, LaSelva Giardino del Belvedere – an authentic homage to the effortlessly laid back and rustic Italian way of living – and the perfect blank canvas for styling, dining and entertaining guests (the food there is out of this world).

Italian wedding inspiration - relaxed, boho, woodland wedding style. Dresses by Belle & Bunty, Photography by Charlotte Hu, concept + styling by Italian Eye - specialists in wedding and event planning in Italy.

Stationery by The Charming Press

Whilst on the Kaleidotour, our host Angela arranged for a photoshoot that would bring together the products and creative skills of some of my fellow tour guests, with a team of brilliant Italian wedding suppliers. Today, I would like to share these images with you and hope that their rustic, elegant and colourful nature will fill you with inspiration.

Italian wedding inspiration - relaxed, boho, woodland wedding style. Dresses by Belle & Bunty, Photography by Charlotte Hu, concept + styling by Italian Eye - specialists in wedding and event planning in Italy.

For me, these images capture the free spirited nature of the latest Belle & Bunty ‘Piece of my heart‘ collection – which is discreetly inspired by the boho vibe of the 60’s and 70’s.  Model for the shoot was East London based cake-maker extraordinaire herself, Lily of Lily Vanilli – who of course supplied all the cake too.

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