If you were to conduct a survey looking at the most loved brands on the high street, John Lewis would be a hot contender for the top spot. With departments stores brimming over with designer names, great products, fantastic knowledgeable staff and a website that’s easy to use and super reliable, it’s no surprise that John Lewis is the store that so many of us turn to. Today, I’m thrilled to share the very best of the John Lewis 2016 wedding edit with you and whether you’re planning or attending a wedding, John Lewis has all you need.
John Lewis is also a great place to start if you’re looking to get your craft on with some wedding DIY. Not only are John Lewis haberdashery departments full of fabrics and arts and crafts materials, the staff really know their stuff and can help and advise to make sure that you have everything you need. Of course, the full haberdashery range is also online if that’s more convenient for you or if you need more items than your local store holds.
Happy Tuesday lovelies! Today I’m taking you all on a trip to Wood Farm Barn in Benacre, Suffolk. This delightfully picturesque setting hosted the wedding of Saul, who works in Insurance and his beautiful new bride Alice, who works in Retail. Joyously celebrating the best of rural England, Wednesday 11th May 2016 was a day filled with Downton Abbey inspired glamour, warm spring showers and even an egg and spoon race.You’ll see why we saved this little gem for your Tuesday treat as your eyes feast on an eclectic mix of vintage glamour and pretty, rustic touches.
“We both knew we didn’t want a traditional white wedding. Together we have a passion for all things eclectic and vintage, we didn’t want a themed day so we just filled the day with things we love that are personal to us and reflect our personalities.”
A dress that owns with such breath-taking decadence and sophistication is unmistakably from the Eliza Jane Howell collection. So many of our style savvy brides choose to wear these twenties inspired pieces that, quite frankly, look incredible at the centre of any style of wedding.
As we’re a Blog that’s in the know, Eliza Jane Howell is championed on our Little Book for Brides site and you can read Annabel’s piece on the inspiration behind this label here. Alice wore ‘Miriam’ from the Debutant Collection, and glowed with the knowledge of how completely fabulous she looked.
During my recent visit to London, primarily to attend the big annual trade event known as ‘White Gallery’, one of the first designers I was most eager to visit was Caroline Castigliano. I’ve been a fan of Caroline’s work for a number of years now – actually, pretty much since I started planning for my wedding back in 2008, and most definitely since I fell in love with this gown worn by my lovely friend Cat Hepple on her 08.08.08 wedding day. That wedding feature lead to my first interview piece with Caroline over six years ago now, and in the time since then, my respect and love for Caroline and her brand has grown. I’m immensely proud that Caroline Castigliano is now a member of the Love My Dress family of sponsors – her brand fits so perfectly with the glamorous and elegant ethos that guides everything we do here at Love My Dress.
This year Caroline Castigliano celebrates 25 years as a leading bridal couture designer, with the launch of her latest collection, ‘Love Is In The Air’. Twenty five years! That’s an amazing achievement. This celebratory collection is so wonderfully feminine and sensual and comprises thirty luxury designs that include modern separates and detachable trains.
I was lucky to have been accompanied to White Gallery by our talented partner photographer Georgina Harrison, who, in between trying very hard not to get in the way of the queue of visitors waiting to meet with Caroline (believe me, it was busy!), managed to capture these images.
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There’s a distinct signature look and feel that immediately identifies the Castigliano gown; when gowns are cut so well and fit as perfectly as this, there has to be a team of perfectionist pattern cutters working hard behind the scenes. Pattern cutting for couture gowns like this is a skill that is worked up over years of practice. Caroline has some of the most talented and experienced pattern cutters on her team, capable of bringing visions like the gorgeous top below to life.
Caroline has also tailored this beautiful collection to the needs of the stylish modern bride – sensual low backs and plunging necklines provide a feel of understated opulence. Whimsical two-piece separates will appear to the younger more fashion conscious bride who wants to make a style statement whilst honouring the skill and craftsmanship that goes into creative each Castigliano gown.
Can you believe it’s Monday again lovely ones? Time seems to be whizzing past at the moment so lets take a moment to slow down and savour the most heart-warming wedding of Mr and Mrs Kang’ombe. Ebe, a project coordinator, and Becki, a health food blogger, nutritional therapist in training, natural beauty advocate and green smoothie enthusiast at Healthy Lovely Living (excuse me while I guiltily hide my jaffa cakes in a draw) wed in the sweetest ceremony on 20th June 2015.
“Ebe is Malawian and I’m English so we wanted to represent both of our cultures on the day. We also wanted to create a true celebration of our love through all the little details. I also had a sort of ‘magical woodland, outside-inside’ picture in my mind as we began to pull everything together, so that was a lot of fun to work around.”
“We’re both pretty cheery and colourful in general so we wanted everything to reflect that from the flowers, to the groomsmen’s ties, to the miniature tree centrepieces in colourful flowerpots with little birds and fairy lights intertwined through the branches.”
“We also chose to incorporate stars and hearts into a lot of our decorations, as very early on in our relationship Ebe would end his text messages to me with multiple star and heart emoticons (we still do it now!)”
I am one very lucky lady. As a features writer for this beautiful blog, I get to view the most incredible images by talented photographers all over the world. I’ve discovered new species of flowers I never knew existed (red anemones are my latest crush), fall in love with creative designers who craft utterly delectable dresses, found a location for where my ten-year vow renewal will be in the year 2024 (in a bluebell woodland setting – I can’t wait!), and am constantly inspired by the sweet little love stories of the brides and grooms who share their delightful days with us. When I caught sight of the bride’s divine gown and her flowers, my heart literally skipped a beat. I hope you enjoy this tale as much as I’ve loved preparing it for you.
Roxana, a PR executive with a financial company, and her beau Ovidiu, who also works in finance as an analyst and entrepreneur, married on 22nd August 2015 at Zabola Estate in Transylvania, Romania – a picturesque fifty-hectare castle park. Take a look at this heartfelt short film which sets the scene of Roxana and Ovidiu’s intimate summer party.
“Our inspiration for the wedding was an intimate summer ceremony and party in a beautifully rustic venue. We wanted to give ourselves and our loved ones an unforgettable memory. The fact that the estate was completely secluded sold us instantly; it felt as though we were in our own special world with our closest friends and family. The estate has panoramic views of Transylvania and a beautiful castle where we stayed on the night of the wedding. The wedding reception took place within the old stables and outdoors, which is typical for a summer countryside wedding.”
“Our story was beautifully told by film makers Tiberius and Andreea Margaian. They brought a drone for the event and captured the atmosphere of the day and the little precious moments that make weddings so special. Dan and Alexandra Bumbas from 602 Photography were also absolutely incredible! They love people and love *love*.”
Roxana chose a simply stunning Pronovias dress and veil in draped tulle that was just her; “I wanted a dress that was very simple and ethereal and not an iconic one. My gown was made from tulle and draped tulle; it was very soft and light, and I wanted to feel comfortable and be able to dance. “I felt like I had a dress that reflected who I was perfectly and that I will treasure forever.”
Hello, I do hope you have had a chance to enjoy the glorious weather we have had of late. Today we are heading back just a few months to a lovely spring day for the wedding of Lisa, a recent medical graduate and Edward, a doctor. The couple tied the knot on the 2nd of April 2016 at Good Shepherd Church in Belfast, followed by a good old Irish knees up (and Guinness drinks reception!) at the beautiful Galgorm Spa in Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Lisa’s gorgeous dress was designed especially for her by Elizabeth Stuart after she won a competition and it is truly stunning. Captured by photographer Marc Lawson ,the charming styling of this wedding, incorporating light pastel flowers and candles is guaranteed to have you swooning all day.
Lisa was the very fortunate winner of The White Gallery’s Glass Slipper competition to have a bespoke dress designed for her by Elizabeth Stuart. The dress is truly a work of art, mixing a gorgeous tulle skirt with a stunning lace top, it’s the dress that dreams are made of and Lisa wears it beautifully with a soft single tier veil and Jenny Packham shoes in the same blush colour as the lining.
“To be able to work alongside Elizabeth Stuart to design my own dress so it truly felt like ‘The One’ was wonderful. I knew that I wanted to create something romantic but classic. The entire process was amazing and when I saw my dress for the first time it took my breath away. Elizabeth chose the most beautiful silk and lace and it had a beautiful detachable tulle skirt, which I took off for the evening reception to reveal a stunning lace skirt with blush silk lining underneath. It felt like I had two beautiful dresses for the day.”