There’s nothing like a burst of retro sunshine to pave the way to the weekend, and today brings the kind of joy that only movie-star volume and killer red lips can. Combining radiant sunflowers, timeless glamour and one of those dresses that makes you gasp and thank your lucky stars that weddings are a thing, this celebration will obliterate any lingering Blue Monday lethargy.
Glamorous couple Alexandria, a retail store manager for a vintage brand, and Latif, a lecturer, fell in love in a whirlwind of nostalgic tendancies and old Hollywood glitz, so it was only fitting that these interests were celebrated as they became husband and wife on 16th June 2016. The High Rocks in Tunbridge Wells fit the bill of venue perfectly, with an incredible vintage steam train and wondrous backdrops for such a dazzlingly photogenic pair. I’ll let them get you up to speed:
“We both love the 1940’s and 50’s so there was no question about what kind of look we would go for. Red lips are my signature so I wasn’t going to be seen with anything less. We both love classic Hollywood glamour, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, this list goes on. My favourite colour is yellow, I originally wanted yellow bridesmaid dresses but not everyone was a fan so I settled on yellow flowers. Sunflowers are my favourites; you can’t help but smile just looking at them. We knew we wanted a non-religious venue and the cosy barn setting of the High Rocks had the perfect country, rustic backdrop we were looking for.”
We’ve heard it so many times here on Love My Dress, you imagine one style of dress and end up getting the feels from something completely different . This shows the importance of shopping at respected bridal stores that can advise and get properly giddy with you (we’ve got you covered over on Little Book For Brides), as Alexandria’s experience at Gillian Roberts Bridal in Eltham perfectly demonstrates; one brilliant recommendation and you can end up looking this sensational!
The ‘Maloree’ gown from Maggie Sottero intensified Alexandria’s bridal star-quality with a whoosh of frothy skirt, glinting gold and a ravishingly retro silhouette; this is feminine glamour at its most wistful and wonderful. Continue reading…
Now those of you who visited the blog yesterday probably saw this post that interviews our brilliant Little Book For Brides members and highly recommended suppliers, Belle and Bunty, who we absolutely ruddy love. Not least for their glamorous bridal fashion (which is aces and absolutely perfect for the modern, fashion loving bride) but because the two designers (Alice and Hannah) behind the brand are so absolutely lovely – and fabulous! Have you seen their Instagram feed?!
Thus, it’s a pleasure indeed today to be sharing a real wedding with a bride in a Belle and Bunty gown. Cheryl, a start-up Director at Mastered, married her fellow software start-up founder Alec on 3rd June last year at The Asylum in Peckham, London. I absolutely love how Cheryl shares so much useful supplier information in this feature – take note brides – pretty much all of these suppliers we highly recommend and are already listed in our beautiful wedding directory. And like to start this feature by sharing a most beautiful film by one of those suppliers, the wonderful Wagtail Productions.
“I used Love my dress a lot for supplier recommendations (as you may be able to tell by the list of people we used!). And I really used the (Little Book For Brides) supplier directory – the directory is invaluable. I bought my dress from Belle and Bunty in their North London shop. I loved the elegance and simplicity of the Satin and the 1940’s shape. I also loved that I could customise it – changing the neckline and removing some of the detail. It felt very glamorous and ‘old Hollywood’, which was the look I was after.”
“We both really like mid-century style and so I wanted to bring that feel and era into the reception. Alec wouldn’t have enjoyed anything too fussy or overly feminine and I wanted to stay away from anything too vintage or rustic so that was what led us in the direction we chose. My phrase (!) was ‘industrial glamour’ – combining the warehouse feel with glamour too. Alec wound me up every day in the run up saying that he was translating this as ‘steam punk’, which I was not impressed by!
He wouldn’t let me know what he was wearing and kept threatening to wear a cloak and a stove pipe hat. Luckily he played it down with a suit and some tiny cufflinks made out of cogs…”
Oh. My. Goodness. This is a feature that’s going to make you smile, make you happy and potentially make you swoon a little at the downright gorgeousness of it all. And especially so, I think, if you enjoyed the 70’s disco vibe of the wedding we shared this morning. Today, I’m beyond happy to welcome back to Love My Dress Alice and Hannah from the incomparable Belle & Bunty.
This wonderfully stylish duo is with us to talk about made to order wedding dresses and explain why they’re everything a bride could ever wish for…
What exactly is a ‘made to order’ dress? How does that differ from the designs that a bride would find in a bridal boutique for example?
Alice: In a nutshell made-to-order means your wedding dress is made especially for you. We don’t hold stock of our dresses and no one else will have ever tried it on.
We were both trained in design at the The London College of Fashion so we are massively passionate about fabrics, cut, construction and quality. Each bridal piece we make is unique and together with our skilled team we are hands on at every stage of the making process – from selecting the very best lace, cutting the fabric, sewing the dresses and adding and special requirements for the individual bride. Continue reading…
Brrr! So winter has finally arrived and I’m delighted to prolong the jumper-wearing days for as long as I possibly can – have many of you had snow? London has a palpable air of wintery-anticipation, I’m keeping everything crossed for crisp white mornings and steaming mugs of hot chocolate, yum!
Today’s London-based nuptials are the perfect example of why the city I’ve chosen as my home can be pretty blooming spectacular. All manner of wedding venues dot the map in the capital; from beautifully historic to achingly cool and modern, prettily quaint to quirky and fun. Today’s mega-cool bride Bianca, who works in Events Management, and husband Alex, a Production Manager, chose two locations in North London to host their fun-filled, gold-smattered nuptials on 10th September last year. Their ceremony was held at Islington Town Hall followed by a disco-inspired reception at New Unity Hall. These fabulous images are the handiwork of the über-talented Emma Case who we absolutely adore; just take a peek at a few weddings from our real wedding archives, (which includes this beauty that we shared earlier this week), and you’ll see why.
“Our day was inspired by lovely London Town! We wanted the wedding to reflect our life in London which is simple and full of fun. We are both old romantics and love a vintage look, so we mixed in vintage with some traditional London elements such as Pearly Kings and pie and mash. I also have an undying passion for DISCO! Hence a lot of gold – gold tinsel, gold curtains, gold balloons, gold bunting; all complimented the vintage elements of the décor.”
“We wanted a stylish day but it was all planned by us and executed by friends and family. We are lucky enough to know so many talented people so we had the option to do it ourselves. The venue gave us the freedom of a blank canvas and were flexible with us; many other venues we visited were not so accommodating. It was hard work but the venue had our stamp on it. We had help from all our lovely events team friends and four events producers working with us on the day aside from ourselves. And I read Love My Dress religiously everyday before the wedding. It has such beautiful content and weddings I could relate to and take inspiration from.”
And here we are again, flying through another week. I’m certainly not complaining that the January days are just whizzing by, especially as I’m off to the amazing Leeds Castle this weekend for Love My Dress. I absolutely can’t wait and am far too excited already. Luckily, today’s feature is the perfect distraction so if you’re hankering for the weekend already, then this is the piece to lose yourself in. We’re welcoming True Bride to Love My Dress and it’s such a pleasure to share details of their timeless, flattering and competitively priced wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses with you.
True Bride have been designing dresses for brides and maids from their Brighton base since 2005 and this small, but perfectly formed team is all about great wearable design, quality and attention to detail. Founded by designer Nicki Flynn with just a small collection of dresses, the brand has been unstoppable ever since. Nicki was joined by fellow designed Lydia Sayles and now True Bride designs are stocked in over 250 boutiques around the world.
It is such a joy to be able to share an array of delightful weddings every week and I got a little frisson of excitement when I opened up this gorgeous wedding, it has a lovely natural feel to it. To reach 15th century Seton Collegiate Church you walk down a winding path through a small woodland, which then opens out into a view of the church as you step through the old gated walls that surround the grounds.
Rosa and David then travelled with their guests in a vintage Routemaster to the Secret Herb Garden, nestled by the Pentland Hills, where they had a delicious vegetarian feast in a glasshouse and finished the night with a ceilidh in a Berber tent. Not only did they two chose amazing venues for their 2nd of July wedding, but creative Rosa made the bridesmaids dresses, designed all of the stationery among other things and David made cake. To top it off, the wonderful Little Book for Brides Member Caro Weiss captured the day in all its glory. Rosa’s choice of a long sleeved lace dress from our highly recommended eco-lux brand Minna, is absolutely gorgeous. Despite being a self confessed ‘ditherer’ when it comes to shopping, she knew this was the dress as soon as she put it on.
“I always loved the thought of getting married at an old chapel in the middle of the woods and we felt that Seton Collegiate Church evoked that sentiment. The Secret Herb Garden is another amazing venue – it is incredibly unique and full of character. It was really special to see our guests’ faces as they walked through the glasshouse, which was bursting with flowers, fruit and greenery. Everyone commented on how magical it was. We both love the outdoors and the natural world so we ended up with lots of greenery, herbs and flowers in greens, white and teal which complimented both venues and us as a couple.”
We have been sharing Caro Weiss‘ work for some time now and I always get excited when I see we have one coming up. There’s a little bit of magic in every image, especially those first stolen moments as husband and wife, Rosa and David look so utterly in love as they dance around outside the glasshouse.x
“Caro was absolutely fantastic. She is such a lovely person, not to mention a very talented photographer. As soon as we met her we clicked and knew that we would be comfortable around her on the day – this was really important to us as we are both pretty camera shy. We loved how her photographs tell a story and I would find myself becoming emotional looking through her photos of other couples, even though I didn’t know them! She is brilliant at capturing the mood and emotions of the day in a very relaxed and natural way. On the day, she fit right in with our other guests and caught all those special little moments we might otherwise have missed or forgotten about.” Continue reading…
Like most wedding-related decisions (apart, hopefully, from who you marry) choosing a wedding hair accessory can be a little overwhelming – not least because there’s so much choice out there. I always recommend going with your heart above all else – your hair accessory is something you should be excited about wearing rather than something you feel you ought to wear purely because it works with your dress.
When talking to brides I usually find that the problem isn’t finding something they love, it’s how to narrow down all the options they love to just one single piece – and that’s where some expert advice can come in handy!
Asking yourself a few of the following questions can help narrow things down – as well as being a simple checklist to bookmark and come back to if you’re worried the piece you choose might not work with your dress or personal style.
Who else feels like they are limping through January as a permanently exhausted zombie? I’ve seen Annabel’s inspirational Instagram posts on pared back nature, wrapped-up walks and wooly sweaters , but I just can’t seem to relinquish thoughts of carefree cheese-eating and the right to drink Baileys throughout the day. The key to shrugging off this sniffly slump is looking forward; the green stirrings of Spring and a whole heap of Summery goodness is coming our way in 2017, with many of you *finally* getting to tie the knot (I’m looking at you Emily D). In an ode to sunlight spilling through windows and the freedom of bare arms, I bring you today’s delightful offering from Northern Ireland.
Choosing a home-spun and personality filled day were Jonny, a teacher and Kirsty, a company secretary assistant. After tying the knot in a sunken garden at Castle Ward in Downpatrick, they celebrated at Kirsty’s parents house in Portaferry in a riot of amazeballs homemade decor on 24th July 2016. I totally have my Love My Dress favourites, and days full of this much joy and colour have to be added to the ever-growing list. And Here come the familiar pangs of bridal look envy/joy, Kirsty has nailed the bold bohemian vibe, using bursts of blooms and a statement lip to titillate the relaxed loveliness of her lace trimmed Rue de Seine gown from Little Book for Brides favourites Leonie Claire Bridal boutique in Brighton. This is one of those entrances where you feel the bride looks how she was destined to look on her wedding day: a glorious version of herself.
“We both wanted a very relaxed feel to our wedding, with lots of homemade elements. The main thing for us was just having everyone there so having it at home didn’t restrict our numbers.” Continue reading…