27th May 2016

Happy Friday evening readers!  Here in Yorkshire I’m fairly sure we have now had sunshine for more than two consecutive days, which surely must make it almost summer, right? Today’s lovely wedding is one that reminds us exactly what the British summer is all about – the smell of crushed grass under your feet, cider and the all important wellie throwing.  Meet Laurie and Will, both retailers for Will’s family business, who married on the 11th of July 2015 near Wedmore in Somerset.  The couple said their vows at the local church and then hosted their reception at Laurie’s parent’s farm, surrounded by family, friends and their miniature sausage dog, Colin.

Laurie wore the gorgeously ethereal ‘Bunty’ Dress in ivory by Belle & Bunty, which she purchased from Perfect Day Bridal in Bradford on Avon. We adore the flirtatiously British appeal of the Belle & Bunty brand – you can find out more about this fabulous design duo (aka, Hannah, the blonde, and Alice) in our wedding directory, Little Book For Brides.

We are grateful to photographer Hayley Savage for sharing these images today. You can find more of Hayley’s work on Love My Dress here.

“I loved the relaxed and simple style of the dress and the beautiful layers of silk.  I wanted to look natural but still feel special so the understated quality of the dress was exactly what I wanted.”

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Laurie wore a Belle and Bunty gown for her relaxed and rustic wedding on the family farm. Photography by Hayley Savage.

Photographer Hayley Savage was the talent behind these wonderful images.  I love the freshness of her style and the reportage nature of the photos, with just a few posed shots added in for variation.

Laurie wore a Belle and Bunty gown for her relaxed and rustic wedding on the family farm. Photography by Hayley Savage.

“Hayley was recommended to me by a friend who is a wedding planner and she was fantastic.  She really listened to what we wanted and what was important to us and was lovely to have around on the day. We didn’t want to spend lots of time having posed photos taken and Hayley understood this and got lots of amazing natural photos. We were so pleased and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer.

Laurie wore a Belle and Bunty gown for her relaxed and rustic wedding on the family farm. Photography by Hayley Savage. Continue reading…

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27th May 2016

I am so excited to be sharing with you today, my very first Provence wedding – surely the first destination everyone thinks of when planning a wedding abroad. For Stefanie and Christopher Wright, Provence was the only possible location to be considered. The bride and groom created a colour palette inspired by the surroundings, green gardens, blue skies, rose wine and sun rays, oh my how idyllic is this. Their wedding was captured in the most beautiful fine-art style with soft, luminous images created on original medium format film photography by the incredibly talented Hannah Duffy, our lovely Little Book for Brides member. I utterly adore them.

“Growing up in the countryside, I have always enjoyed being outside in the open air and being at one with nature. Home, for me, is the sight of fresh flowers, the aroma from a herb garden and the enjoyment of dining al fresco with friends and family. It was these simple pleasures in life we wanted to celebrate and enjoy on our wedding day. For the ceremony itself, we envisaged a church blessing in a small and intimate old village church, similar to the churches in our hometowns.”

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“The location of our wedding was a no brainer for us. Myself and my fiancé both spent our summers in France as children and frequently share family memories of enjoying the food, scenery and way of life. A Provençal garden wedding on a summer’s day, combined all the elements of the perfect setting for us. Envisaging this was one thing, making it a reality was something else.”

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Stefanie wore the prettiest of Maggie Sottero gowns, the Emma style with her delicate lace applique and the most flattering of neckline’s.

“I wore a light gold Maggie Sottero, Emma gown. The gown tied up at the back and had detachable sleeves. I wore the capped sleeves throughout the day and removed them just before the first dance for a slightly different evening look.”

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26th May 2016

Regular readers of our real wedding features will know how much we admire all of our creative brides and grooms, every wedding has it’s own unique and personal essence. This wedding has a double whammy of The Conservatory at The Barbican, London as a venue and a 50’s style Candy Anthony dress in the most gorgeous shade of hot pink and I’m totally smitten. Bride Catherine supports children through hospital procedures and Groom Rob is a finance manager met at university and tied the knot at the location of their first date, almost 11 years ago, on the 22nd August 2015. Joanna Brown took these splendid images.

“We wanted the day to reflect us, a proper London wedding location and lots of bright colours. We were also keen to use as many local vendors as possible.”

Photography by Joanna Brown Photography

A pink Candy Anthony dress for a colourful and modern wedding at The Barbican. Photography by Joanna Brown.

Catherine’s amazing dress is from London designer Candy Anthony. Based in the Oxo tower, an area of significance for the couple as they spent many dates in and around the South Bank.

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“I always knew that I wouldn’t wear a traditional white wedding dress but if anyone had ever told me I’d get married in a bright pink wedding dress I’d never have believed them but the dress was just so beautiful and I felt so good in it. I decided on a taupe birdcage veil from Etsy which I loved as it was so simple.”

A pink Candy Anthony dress for a colourful and modern wedding at The Barbican. Photography by Joanna Brown. Continue reading…

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26th May 2016

As I write this, I’ve just experienced a wonderful weekend away in Melbourne. I did a lot of people-watching in the little laneways filled with funky fashions, quirky decor shops, and had literally the best coffee I’ve ever tasted in the grooviest cafe. Melbourne reminds me so much of London, with its totally on-trend arts, cultural and fashion scene and yes, I shopped up a storm. And my poor hubby had to drag me away from many a bridal boutique – ohhh, what I’d give to be a bride-to-be again and I very nearly did a Muriel by trying loads of dresses on. One thing that struck me was the vast array of bridal separates available – a growing trend and one that our beautiful bride picked up on in her search for her wedding attire. Did you see Annabel’s beautiful White Gallery London images and videos on Instagram and Snapchat last weekend? I’ve completely fallen for the divine separates in the latest collections by Charlotte Balbier and Suzanne Neville.

Meet Lorena, an art critic and journalist from Madrid, and Edmund, a visual artist and videographer from London. They married on the 5th September 2015 at The Orangery in Holland Park in London; a stunning venue they discovered after attending the brilliant alternative wedding fair Most Curious and  that was perfect for their small, September wedding party.

We are also pretty thrilled to see that Lorena turned to several members of our beautiful wedding directory, Little Book For Brides, in styling her wedding day, including designers Catherine DeaneLorie X and Harriet Wilde.  We only recommend businesses we know are brilliant through Little Book For Brides – bookmark the site and browse through later when you have a spare half hour – it will even allow you to build your own shortlist of suppliers that you can print out directly from the site into one nice, neat little list (perfect to pop into your wedding planning folder!).

“We wanted our wedding to be about simplicity, beauty, and elegance, to reflect both Ed’s British roots and my Spanish background, and to symbolise our love and our families and friends coming together.”

Photography by Cristina Cuevas Photography

Catherine Deane and Lorie X bridal separates for a bright and colourful September wedding. Photography by Christina Cuevas.

Lorena was certain she wanted to wear bridal separates, as she felt this was a much cooler and sophisticated look than a dress. After trying on a three-quarter sleeve lace top and full tulle skirt whilst in Madrid, she had found her ideal look and set about making this a reality.

“An American friend that had recently got married had pointed me to BHLDN. One night, I found the ‘Anika’ tulle skirt that designer Catherine Deane was selling exclusively through BHLDN, and I just loved it.”

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Palais Flowers created the couple’s colourful blooms and is a firm favourite of us here at Love My Dress headquarters.

“Our flowers were by Emma from Palais is a good friend of my maid of honour Fede, so she introduced me to Palais’ stunning work. She takes floral design one step further and her flower arrangements are like actual artworks; like a modern Dutch still life. She changed the way I see flowers forever.”

Catherine Deane and Lorie X bridal separates for a bright and colourful September wedding. Photography by Christina Cuevas. Continue reading…

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25th May 2016

Hello lovely Love My Dress gang – it’s really good to be back here again after sharing these divine moodboards with you last month – what an incredible response we had to them on Instagram and Snapchat too. This afternoon, we’re turning our focus to the concept of the country wedding and providing you with a fresh and inspirational set of ideas and images to help you get your wedding style on track. I really hope you love the ideas we are sharing today – as usual, I’d be delighted to respond to any queries at all – leave them anonymously if you prefer in the comments box below, or contact me via the Pocketful of Dreams website.

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THE INSPIRATION

Inspired by the beauty of times gone past, of breathtaking grandeur and enchanting spaces, we are setting the scene for a beautifully intimate and timeless Springtime celebration that is both romantic and elegant.

Bringing together a rich layer of tactile textures for an elegant, romantic and almost ethereal setting. Think slithers of raw silk, handwritten love notes on parchment paper, wax dripping down elegant taper candles, foraged wild-flowers, heirloom linens and antique crockery.

Long wooden tables invite intimate conversation over the most delectable of feasts, as rustic platters of organic food – bursting with local flavour – are passed around.

The palette is understated and subdued with creamy white, soft apricot and pale blue alongside a deeper inky blue and antiqued silver. 

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