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October 17, 2018

Luxe-Bohemian Bridal Inspiration

This effortlessly chic and stylish suite of images were sent in by wedding planner and stylist Penelope Cullen of Tigerlily Weddings, who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for a number of […]

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  • We absolutely adore the gorgeous @littleeglantine, who hand-craft the most beautiful, traditional clothing for flowergirls, pageboys and the little ones at your wedding 👫 #lmdlittleeglantine #littlebookforweddings #littleeglantine #flowergirldresses #pageboyoutfits
  • Happy Sunday all! We're turning our thoughts to skincare today. Specifically, cult-beauty product The Ordinary, by The Abnormal Beauty Company @deciem.
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Industry disruptor, The Ordinary, took the beauty world by storm with it's super affordable (mostly sub £10), single ingredient beauty products. But, the product names can be confusing and it's difficult to know where to start and what products to use if you are new to the brand. This must-read article by @katiekatherinejane, one of our beauty editors, breaks it all down for you in simple, easy-to-understand language and tried-and-tested guidance.
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lovemydress.net/theordinary
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Earlier this month, The Ordinary were reported to be shutting down, after founder Brandon Truaxe released a video stating imminent closure (it all got a bit messy, Google it if you want to find out more). However, in a dramatic turn of events, a Canadian Judge ruled to oust Mr Truaxe, who has now been replaced by former co-CEO, Nicole Kilner. The decision was made after Estée Lauder — the multinational beauty corporation who has a minority stake in Deciem — filed an injunction in Ontario court asking for Truaxe to be removed from the company. "This is good news for anyone who loves extremely cheap, but good skincare products, but bad news for fans of messy internet drama." (Source: InStyle).
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⚪️ Do you use The Ordinary?
⚪️ Have you had success with any particular The Ordinary product/s?
⚪️ Any favourite The Ordinary product?
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We'd love to hear from you! Join in the conversation in the comments box below.
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#theordinaryskincare #lmdbeauty #deciem #brandontruaxe #lovemydressbeauty #bridalbeauty #bridalskincare #skincare #beautyisallofus #industrydisruptor (Image via @adorebeautyofficial)
  • Evening lovelies! I'm really keen to start a conversation with you around how you can make your wedding more environmentally friendly. I'm talking tiny baby steps/actions to larger more bold decisions - and everything in between.
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We'd absolutely love to hear from you. In the meantime, there's a really well written article over on Love My Dress today that explores this matter and I hope you enjoy the read; "If we don’t ask for sustainable options, there’s no need for suppliers to offer them. If we don’t ask about the provenance of items and ingredients, it’s easier for less-than-ethical working practices to continue."
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lovemydress.net/eco-weddings
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Props to the following suppliers mentioned in our article; @gaynespark @sanyuktashrestha @elmorecourt @weddingyurts @oxfamgb @cambridgevintagebridal @brides_do_good @katebellamyflorist @estherwild_photo @shaktiellenwood @paperchainwedding @papertreeuk @artcadiaest2009 @joyeverley @shibumisytle @canopyandstars.
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Image by @baltiremeliai of bride wearing Sanyukta Shrestha (link to the full 'zero waste' wedding in the article above) #ecowedding #sustainablewedding #ecobride #ethicalbride #ethicalwedding #lovemydress #moderbride
  • Modern, luxey-bohemian gorgeousness, courtesy of wedding planner and stylist Penny Cullen of @Tigerlilyweddings and her brilliant creative team of choice. Gowns were supplied by the wonderful @mirrormirrorcouture, a @luxebrideuk member.
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lovemydress.net/luxey-boho
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Venue Kevington @kevingtonhalllondon
Photography @voyteckphoto
Film @roltafilms
Model @Hellana
Hair @ondine_cowley
Make-up @sylwiakunyszmua
Dressing & Fitting @darnelleholder
Florals @wild_renata_flowers
Hire @greathireltd
Cake @rosalindmillercakes
Food @social_pantry
Wedding dresses @nurithencouture + @pronovias via @mirrormirrorcouture
Shoes @freyaroselondon
Veils @brittenweddings + @mirrormirrorcouture
Millinery @jzmillinery
Accessories @jenniferbehr + @lunabeaoffical
Stationery @loupaper_
Wax seals @thelittlebluebrush
Tablewear + Rings @Tigerlilyweddings
Swing @mrwoodcraft
  • "You've got to take away the gameshow format of wedding dress shopping - you've got to look at it like you're *not* going to be going into an episode of 'Say Yes to the Dress' - where you've got to sit on a pedestal and people are going to be weeping! It takes a more considered concept to work out what will work for you and maybe that's something best done without an audience."
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Giant boobs. Little boobs. Lingerie. Underwear. Body positivity. Ignoring sizes on labels. The ethics of bridal fashion. Hidden corsets and how visiting a bridal boutique when shopping for a bridal gown is NOT AT ALL about walking into an episode of 'Say Yes to the Dress'.
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Just some of the things I talk about in my Instagram live session today with Emma Marshall, the brilliant  and highly knowledgable woman behind @missbushbridal and co-founder of @luxebrideuk - never a more passionate advocate for brides did I meet!
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The designers Emma talks through in our live session are (in this order), @lillyingenhovenbridal (the gorgeous fluid silk gowns + hooded pant suit), @elizajanehowell (the beaded gowns and tassels), @suzanneneville (genius concealed corsetry) and @jesuspeiroofficial (fashion frills and light, flattering floaty fabrics).
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Watch the full live session now before it disappears.
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Thank you so much Emma for making time today to share your knowledge and expertise with our Instagram community.
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#LMDxLuxeBride #inspirationalwomen #lovemydress #missbush #inspiringwomen #womeninbusiness #bridetobe #engaged #surreybride #britishbride #modernbride #bridalretail #weddinginspo #weddingdress
  • What a joyous moment and colourful day - and beauty of an ethical wedding dress by @minna_hepburn 🎉🎈💘
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lovemydress.net/harriet-andy
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Photography @pottersinstinctphotography
Venue @hadshamfarmweddings
Accessories @libertyinlove_style
Groom @ted_baker
Flowers @meadowdreamsflorist
Makeup @by_jodie
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  • Beautiful Kate, captured so elegantly by @jodiechapmanphoto, over on Love My Dress today ✨💕
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love my dress.net/kate-James
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Dress @allurebridals
Film @moonandbackco
Venue @dartmouthhouseweddings
Shoes @jimmychoo
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#lovemydress #allurebridals #princessdress #elegantbride #dartmouthhousewedding
  • This is Amber, who works at @rachelscottcouture, a fantastic designer bridal boutique in Edinburgh that has just won the ‘Best Customer Experience in the UK 2018’ award at the prestigious @drapersonline Independents Awards. This is a big deal for this wonderful little business - that it is being formally recognised for the wonderful service and experience it provides to brides.
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We don't hesitate for a second to recommend this lovely boutique to brides in/near or who are able to visit Edinburgh.
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And yes, we're featuring Amber's wedding very soon! She wore the Bibi dress by @temperleybridal.
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Photography by @carleybuickphotography #lovemydress #temperleylondonbride #temperleybridal #drapersawards #drapersindependentawards
  • These gorgeous @halfpennylondon gowns will be available from January 2019. They are from designer Kate's new 'The Air That We Breath' collection, launched in New York last week. We are huge fans of Kate Halfpenny and so proud of her flying the flag for British bridal fashion design #halfpennylondon #littlebookforweddings #lovemydress
  • “Don’t stress out about trying to please people, this is the only time in your life when you can be well and truly selfish and it’s great to make it perfect for you!”
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Fabulous #wordsofweddedwisdom from bride Elisha 😊
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Photography @pauljosephphotography
Dress @rembostyling
Dress from @laceandcobridal
Venue @yorkmaze
Florals @francesandrose
Bridesmaids @monsoon @itsybitsyuk_
Groom @vintagesuithire
  • Sensational @carolinecastigliano. Next level luxury for modern brides. ✨ #carolinecastigliano
  • Our Sunday blog feature is a little different - we’re sharing a personal story from one of our readers and also sharing expert advice from a marvellous photography duo.
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lovemydress.net/no-photo-disasters
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If you’re planning your wedding at the moment, then I have to say that the first part of this feature might be a little hard to read but hopefully the second half will give you advice, perspective and concrete information so that you can protect yourself and your wedding.
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We all dream of beautiful wedding photos. We want our precious images to capture the day and provide memories for the rest of our lives. We want to feel that our suppliers are on our side and we want to look back on our wedding days with no regrets. And that’s absolutely what should happen and indeed does happen in the majority of cases.
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However, sometimes, things don’t go to plan and this is one of those stories.
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What do you do when you don't like your wedding photographs? 😓
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Please note: Imagery included in this feature is of a couple who very much *did* love their photographs, captured by @the_caryls.
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#honestbride #wordsofweddedwisdom #lovemydress #weddingphotography #littlebookforweddings