20th October 2014

Hello again my lovelies – well this morning’s wedding has created quite a reaction on our Instagram page - though it’s no surprise why if I’m honest – well worth a look worth a look if you’ve not seen it already.  This afternoon’s nuptials took place in what was my hometown up to two years ago.  Creative Industries Co-ordinator Jen tied the knot with Musician Jeremy on 2nd August 2014, with a ceremony at Tyneside Cinema, followed by a reception at Summerhill Pavilion - both in in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.

This is one of those cool, city weddings that also manages to pull off a completely relaxed and laid back feel. And I love that there is a soft influence from the 1970s present throughout the day too.

“We wanted our wedding to be held in the the city we call home and a city which we very much love. We decided to have our wedding ceremony at the Tyneside Cinema, one of the most beautiful and unassuming venues in Newcastle. The last surviving Newsreel cinema in the UK and a building that holds a really special place in our hearts and has played a big part in our relationship. I have worked there for around eight years on and off and have made some really special friends there some of which led me to meeting Jeremy. We have watched more films than I can even recall and had some of our best dates there.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, The Twins Photography

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We wanted the day to be as much about us as possible. We both have a love of collecting bric-a-brac and vintage artefacts for example, and especially from the 1970′s, so we tried to incorporate this into the day – which basically meant taking the entire contents of our house to Summerhill.

The style was also guided by the two venues we chose and their amazing heritage along with a touch of our taste.”

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“We made a lot of things ourselves,  including a heart shaped light box for the stage, personalised popcorn bags featuring Mrs Doubtfire, one of the first films we watched together and ceremony programmes. We hired in some festoon lighting and brought along the contents of our house and some bits of furniture.

We bought some balloons and party hats from My Little Day. As for flowers, we planted up lots of small succulents the evening before the wedding in pretty much any vestibule we could find, just to give a nice touch of green.”

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high street bride, tyneside cinema weddings, the twins photography

“Jeremy and I have been together for just over five years.  We met when he was playing a gig at a local independent cinema. We had mutual friends who introduced us and it went from there. We met at a few other times in pubs and at gigs and finally I asked Jeremy out and he said yes.

Jeremy proposed in February this year, it was really simple – at home over some amazing pasta he had made. I had no idea as he’s surprisingly good at keeping secrets. We had spent the previous year buying and painstakingly renovating our own house, making a home for our new family so it seemed like the perfect place to do it. We figured the longer we planned the more epic and convoluted the wedding would get so thought we’d try and keep things simple and opted for 2nd August, giving ourselves six months to get everything sorted.”

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“Our friend Hannah of Wildflower Florist is one of the loveliest people we know as well as being a hugely creative and unique florist. So many of our close friends have got married in the last year and no one ever has a second thought when it comes to flowers – it’s always Hannah. Every wedding, Hannah manages to tell the story of the couples personalities through an array of beautiful and quirky flowers – something I never knew was possible and our wedding was no exception.

When Hannah arrived with my bouquet and Jeremy’s button hole the night before the wedding I nearly cried, it was like a work of art and undeniably us.  We really wanted Hannah to enjoy the day as a guest though, and with her having deliveries for other weddings the morning of ours, we ended up doing a bit of flower arranging ourselves. The bridesmaids made their own bouquets and I put together a slightly shady attempt at button holes for the ushers with some cuttings from my granddads garden!”

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“I had a bit of a wedding dress nightmare if I’m honest.  I thought way too much about what other people’s idea of a wedding dress was, and not enough about my own style. In the end, with a very tight budget and a few weeks to go, I chose to go ‘high-street’, and I couldn’t have made a better decision.  I chose my top first and then found a skirt to match. I was so happy and comfortable on the day and felt completely like myself.

My bridesmaid Jilly wore a Whistles dress and Claire’s was from Debenhams, they chose their own which meant they were happy and comfortable on the day and it made my life a lot easier.”

Readers – we’re waiting to here exactly which high street store Jen purchased from – hang on in there!

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“We found our photographers, The Twins, through Love My Dress®, and loved their style. After checking out their beautiful portfolio of work, we knew they were the photographers for us. Caroline and Kelly were so great, they took the time to get to know us and we couldn’t have asked for more, the photos speak for themselves and capture the day perfectly.  We believe if there is one part of the budget that is well worth the spend, it is the photos.

We had a great pre-wedding shoot with the Twins at an old bingo hall near our house that was due to close soon. We wanted to capture a Newcastle gem before it was gone but also wanted a bit of practise posing for pics. The photos were so great that we decided to use them as our wedding invites. Our friend Steven is the talented graphic designer behind 50ft Long Horse, and he used the photographs and designed us some great postcards. We then made a WordPress website with all the additional information on, as our ideas weren’t completely formed when we initially sent out the invites – and so it seemed best to have something we could update as and when we needed to.”

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20th October 2014

Gosh, there are some weddings we feature that literally stop me in my tracks. Don’t get me wrong, every single wedding we choose to share on Love My Dress moves me in some way, but then there are photographs that really pull out the wow factor, and this is one of those occasions.

I’ve never made it any secret that I adore film photography – that grainy image texture, the dreamy pastel tones and soft blur – it is a format of photography that stole my heart several years ago.  I’ve been lucky enough to work with two very talented film photographers since I started blogging too – these old portraits of me taken in 2011 by Polly Alexandre served as my PR shots for a good while, and in 2013, when I launched my book, I turned to the super-talent, Ashton Jean Pierre to  document the launch via his trusty Pentax.  It is Ashton who took these photographs you see here today too – I simply adore them.

These images tell the wedding-day story of Fashion Designer Joelle and Accountant Ben, who tied the knot on 2nd August this year at Cecil Sharp House.  Described as ‘a venue full of energy, personality and cultural heritage’, this folk arts centre based in the heart of London provided the perfect backdrop for this creative couple’s nuptials

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Ashton Jean Pierre

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“Ben and I are childhood sweethearts! We met when we were both sixteen years old. We’ve lived in different cities and even different continents since then, but things finally fell into place for us about five years ago. When Ben proposed it was an absolute surprise - we’d spoken about it in the past, but neither of us had very strong feelings about getting married. We were engaged for a year before the big day.

As a fashion designer, the overall styling of our wedding was very important to me, and I knew I wouldn’t really trust someone else to implement my ideas. Details were everything and I really enjoyed working with suppliers to get everything just right.  We didn’t have a theme as such, we both just collected ideas that we loved. From the very beginning, we said we wanted the day to be very informal and to have a big party surrounded by our favourite people, which is what we ultimately achieved.”

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Design wise, colour was important to us but we didn’t stick to a strict colour scheme, aiming instead for ‘rich, warm and sumptuous’ shades.

After our wedding, I actually started to receive requests via friends and family to style other weddings and design wedding stationery too, which has inspired me to set up a little business to bring all the things I loved about planning and styling into one place – you can find me over at Rust and Stardust!

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“Our florist was Sarah Williams of  The Flower BirdWe both love wild flowers in all their untidy beauty and we wanted the bouquets to look as though we’d just collected them from a wild meadow – nothing over pretty, just wild and sumptuous, so we included wild blackberries and thistles and everything was tied up with brown twine.

Our favourite flowers are ones with an amazing scent, so we had wild herbs amongst the bridal bouquet and on the tables. We’re also interested in succulents and grow them at home so Sarah even managed to sneak a few of them into the mix. She took us to New Covent Garden Flower Market early one morning, which was an amazing experience.”

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“My hair was styled by Chaki at ESHK on Goswell Road, London.   We did our own make-up though,  which was fun. We had a lot of help from my wonderful friend Kerry. Instead of spending money on a make-up artist, I though I’d invest in some nice make-up so I had a free consultation at Bobby Brown’s in Liberty a couple of weeks before the wedding. (Which meant I had some lovely new make-up to take on the honeymoon with me too!)

I wore Stella, by Stella McCartne perfume, as it’s my everyday scent; I’d smell like someone else if I didn’t wear it!”

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“I’m lucky enough to have a lot of very talented friends, and one of them, my very good friend Zuzana Fierro-Castro who works as a wedding dress and fashion designer, actually made my wedding dress.  Zuzana and I love Grecian style dresses and are endlessly inspired by Parisian design houses such as Madame Gres, Vionnet and Lanvin.  

We worked on the idea together and then Zuzana worked her magic. The dress fit perfectly and was the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn.

I took inspiration for the bridesmaids dresses once the wedding dress was completed, and made them myself.   I also brought them all tassel bracelets to match mine, from Bonk Ibiza on Etsy.”

**  (readers, see Zuzana’s email address in the supplier credits list at the end).

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“We used The Complete Chillout Company which was great as they were really creative and were able to put my designs into reality. The venue looked great. Again, they were great to work with.”

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Ashton Jean Pierre is an amazing photographer and wonderful to work with. We hardly knew he was there and when we did see him and his partner, they were great to be around.

Ashton was the first thing I booked with regards to the wedding.  I saw his photos at a wedding fair and was blown away, then I met him and realised he shot in film only and I was sold!”

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18th October 2014

With a palette rich in Autumnal colours, the creative team who worked on this inspirational set of photographs wanted to set the scene of two lovers escaping to a secret and magical place – somewhere where there are no formalities and a sense of the wild, rustic adventure – where you might spy the fairies and pixies who have came out to play if you tread carefully enough.

I don’t often share styled shoots on Love My Dress®, and it’s really only because so many of them I feel don’t fit a clear brief or present a coherent offering in terms of inspiration and styling suggestions, but there was something about these images that I rather fell for.  The combination of the cheeky fox, exquisite Claire Pettibone lace (provided by the fabulous Serendipity Brides) and the woodland backdrop – but then I’ve always been a sucker for red hair, floral crowns and Juliet cap veils :)

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Light & Lace Photography

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Photographer Jo of Light & Lace Photography talked with me about how these images came to be – she worked with a really super creative team, each contributing member of which is listed at the end of this feature.  Their venue was the historic Courteenhall.

Courteenhall is of a small enough scale to ensure that the atmosphere remains relaxed and homely with a beautifully rustic feel.  There are so many interesting and unique features at this special wedding venue, ranging from the classical, striking entrance hall with dramatic cream Doric columns through to a wild, whimsical garden where you can sit on a tree swing to escape and watch the natural beauty pass by – it is here that we set the scene for our secret wedding breakfast, using the magical Arboretum. It felt like no one knew about it – it was our adventure.”

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The creative team behind the shoot worked to mix elements of long standing English traditions with more quirky and unique detail that they hope will inspire the modern day bride.  I love all the thoughtful detail – the fox curled up on the table, the place settings intricately carved from leaves, the moss strewn over the table and ivy entwining the chairs and table.  The scene presented suggests it has only just been discovered – secret for years, a place full of magic and potential adventure.  Just wonderful!

The Courteenhall estate has been scarcely altered since it was built in 1791 and is a beautiful example of a neo-classical English country house.  It has been home to the Wake family for all of its life. To many, it is unknown and members of the public rarely visit. It is set deep into a private Estate and is surrounded by over 100 acres of lush parkland.  Immediately surrounding the house are pretty formal gardens and a relaxing water feature.  Courteenhall is also home to an internationally renowned Arboretum with over 250 rare species of trees.”

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courteen hall, autumn wedding, autumn bride

The wedding breakfast table made a fascinating portrait!  You could stand and observe this special creation for an age and keep discovering little hidden extras; the peaches in the mismatched tea cups, the fox’s watchful eye, natural woodland moss and ivy strewn in key places, the stunning (and delicious!) naked cake made with lemon drizzle sponge, rhubarb and strawberry buttercream and adorned with rhubarb stems, peaches, woodland animals, freshly picked hellebores, rosemary and sage and finally the mushrooms topped with foxes hidden in the woodland.  Magical!”

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courteen hall, autumn wedding, autumn bride

courteen hall, autumn wedding, autumn bride

courteen hall, autumn wedding, autumn bride

“We staged the secret ceremony in Courteenhall’s internationally renowned Arboretum.  There was a distinct feeling of free spirit where anything goes’, that evolved magical, creative and exciting ideas.”

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18th October 2014

As you’ll be aware by now if you’re a regular reader of Love My Dress®, this past few days has been somewhat hectic!  Planes, trains and the collection of two rather fabulous awards have meant that we’ve not been able to tend to our usual 2-3 times daily schedule for some of this past week, so I thought that I’d share some posts today to make up for this, starting with this gorgeous little summer wedding that was sent in by photographer Tamryn Henn of I am Tamryn.

Fashion Buyer Amy married her beau Paul on 12 July this year, and celebrated with a marquee reception in Paul’s Mum’s garden in the picturesque village of Burlingjobb in Powys, Wales. This is a sweet wedding with many charming little DIY touches that were very personal to the couple.

The country inspiration for our wedding was a no brainer because of the rustic setting, and the fact that we both wanted the wedding to be quite relaxed and informal. Paul picked the colour red, due to our’s and my family’s mutual support of Arsenal football club!, the Welsh dragon (Paul is Welsh) and it being his favourite colour. Despite my initial concerns that it would be a difficult colour for a high summer wedding, I felt it was more important that decisions about the day were personal to us as both as a couple – rather than just an aesthetic style chosen to style our day but with any lack of meaning.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, I am Tamryn

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“My best friend Lauren and Paul’s friend Brett are husband and wife, so we have known of each other for years, but we only really got talking at a Halloween fancy dress party in 2012. We’ve been a couple for about 18 months, and we were only engaged for about 10 months, so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind!

Paul’s Mum and her husband Chris have an old farm-house in the hamlet of Burlingjobb, Powys, Wales, surrounded by the beautiful Welsh countryside.  It was the perfect backdrop for our wedding day.”

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“Our florists were The flower Shop in Hay on Wye.  Roses because they are a classic and a symbol of England, Ivy and Orchids because I think they have an ethereal quality. The florist also managed to get some sweet William as my mum had mentioned the significance within the family. My great granddad grew them in his garden, mum remembers visiting him and they would be all you see and smell walking up his front path. She knew it would mean a lot to my granddad to have them included.

I left the rest of the flowers to Gordan at the flower shop, I was confident he would create the country garden feel I wanted and I was delighted with the result.

Our stationery was all handmade with support from members of our family.”

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“Both the bridesmaids dresses were from on-line Vintage boutiques, Maggie Anne Vintage worn by Hayley, and Lauren’s dress was from an American website.”

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“We have been absolutely delighted with our photographer Tamryn - she captured the magic of the day and real moments which matter the most to us both, in the most natural way.  She was also a delight to have around – she even fanned me when I got too hot getting ready and fetched us water when we were gasping after the service!”

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17th October 2014

Hello lovely readers. I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Last Friday evening it was such a pleasure to accompany Tamryn to the Wedding Blog Awards at the Savoy in London, Love My Dress more than deserves those two awards. Annabel wrote a lovely tribute earlier this week – but just incase you missed it, it’s here.

On to today and this wedding is gorgeous! John and Christina were married on the 24th of May this year in the breathtaking St Giles church in Durham. The photography by SJ Ethan really captures both the emotions of the ceremony and the jolly singing! This wedding flows beautifully despite having 3 different venues, each had its unique part to play.

“We spent a lot of time planning the service as we wanted our friends and family who don’t usually go to church to feel comfortable and experience some of the joy and passion we find through our Christian faith. The vicar at St Giles is wonderful and did such a beautiful service for us.  We settled on colours early on and the style of the day came together gradually. We liked the idea of a rustic/vintage feel but there wasn’t an overall plan, we both tend to know what we like so we were pleased (and a bit surprised!) that it all came together so well at the end.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Sarah Jane Ethan Photography

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“We met giving blood as students. John’s first impression of me was that I looked ‘scared and anaemic’. A few weeks later, we realised we went to the same church and became friends over time. It wasn’t until 3 years later that we started going out.”

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“John proposed during a walk in a wood where a couple of friends had put candles in jam jars, hanging from the trees.

We married seven months later.”

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“My Grandma made the dress for my Aunt Hilary’s wedding in 1984. It’s such a beautiful dress and my grandma (who died when I was 12) was an amazing seamstress.  When John and I got engaged I tried it on not expecting it to fit but it was almost perfect, just needing a couple of alterations. It was so special to be able to wear something made by her hands before I was even born.

I wore it with some New Look, shoes and a pair of pearl earrings and a pearl necklace from my mum.”

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“The bridesmaids all wore a multiway dress from Marks & Spencer. It was great because everyone could wear it in the style they wanted. They were comfortable and the shape is so flattering that I even bought one for myself too!”

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rainy day wedding, 1980s vintage wedding dress, castle weddings, sarah jane ethan photography

“We can’t recommend Sarah Jane Ethan Photography highly enough! Her photographs are absolutely beautiful and she was the perfect wedding photographer, making everyone feel at ease and helping us to have a lovely time when we were being photographed with lots of laughter and silliness which she encouraged and captured for us in the photographs. We couldn’t be happier with the photos!”.

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