15th September 2014

Well hello there, and how was your weekend?  I really hope that it was a good one, whatever you were up to and that you’ve found your way by these beautiful blog pages this morning feeling positive and ready to embrace another week – and if not, then I hope that this feature will lift and inspire you.  I always try to keep a wedding with a little extra something special about it to open up each new week on Love My Dress®,  and these photographs speak for themselves; glitter balls and chandeliers hanging from the trees, an international DJ spinning the decks in the evening, and guests swinging (literally) from the tress!

The wedding of  Jade and Richard, who both work in marketing and events, took place on 14 June this year at Wasing Woodland in Berkshire and was styled by our friends Vicki and Michelle of Pocketful of Dreams.  I just love how the couple threw abandon to tradition and fully embraced their vision of a deliciously decadent day.  This is how to do a woodland wedding!

“The colours of my engagement ring influenced our colour scheme – but in general, the concept was inspired by our love of festivals and music, combined with my passion for dressing up. There was never a question that our wedding would ever (or could ever) be anything different – we wanted to put on the best party we’d ever been to!”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Matt Parry

The couple really went to town in terms of decorating their venue, using outdoor chandeliers, silver pineapples, red velvet drapes, Tom Dixon lanterns, plush velvet chaise lounges, lots of old cinema chairs, mirror balls, fun fairground lighting, silver picture frames, rich lace, red and green up-lighters and rope lighting! It was, as Jade says herself, a ‘truly decadent disco!

“The team at Pocketful of Dreams were actually brought in to help after our initial wedding planner became pregnant and couldn’t continue to work with us.”

“They were an amazing help throughout the process – I honestly don’t know how we could have done this without them. Not only did they offer great practical support when we had issues with the site due to weather, they were brilliantly creative coming up with lots of wonderful ideas and also really ‘got’ what we were trying to achieve.

One of the main comments throughout the day, was that the wedding was very ‘us’ – which made me very proud. Michelle and Vicky of Pocketful of Dreams  fully understood the brief and worked above and beyond to deliver.”

“We chose the venue, Wasing Woodland in Berkshire because we could get married legally on site, whilst at the same time, the space gave us lots of room to bring our dream wedding to life.  A lot of the other outdoor/festival style venues we looked at also didn’t have the back up of a professional management team, which meant arrangements were rather ad-hoc.

With an outdoor venue where a simple change in weather can throw all your plans up into the air, you need to make sure the venue is capable of dealing with all eventualities.”

Jade’s bridesmaids wore wrap sresses from BHS in merlot.

“Buying these was more stressful than buying my own dress and these were actually the second lot of dresses I bought!  My chief brides ‘maid’ wore a handmade grey suit with accessories to match the groom and his ushers (I was ‘best man’ at his wedding!).

All the bridesmaid accessorised themselves – I was conscious that they should bring their own style to the day.”

Jade’s fabulously sparkly gown was a Jenny Packham design, purchased directly from the Jenny Packham flagship boutique.

“I’d had such an amazing day with my mum and friends trying dresses on – it’d got to the end of the day and this was the last dress I tried on. As soon as I put it on, half my friends said I couldn’t wear that as a bride and the other half said ‘wow!’.  That made it the perfect choice.

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13th September 2014

In a shoot that offers a very different style from the one I featured this morning, this afternoon’s set of lovely images comes to you from Scotland, and the very beautiful House for an Art Lover, a fascinating Art Nouveau building with a sublime interior created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  The main purpose of this shoot was to capture the new collection of hair accessories and jewellery aptly entitled ‘Glimmer’, on behalf of LHG Designs - think delicate gold chain headpieces, feminine cuffs, beautiful long rose gold pendants caressed blush dresses and intricate gold leaf embellishment.

Below, Audrey of Tandem Photo shares more about how and why these images came to life…

House for an Art Lover is one of our favourite wedding venues to photograph and having the music room to ourselves for the afternoon was amazing.  We wanted to highlight the simple elegance of the MacIntosh interiors against the intricacy and delicate nature of the pieces by LHG Designs.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Tandem Photo

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beautiful wedding headpieces, gold wedding headpieces, LHG designs, house for an art lover, rennie mackintosh

The bridal wear used in this shoot had to reflect the theme by being sleek and sophisticated. Our lovely models wore dresses from designers Belle & Bunty (Love My Dress favourites!), Otaduy, Elizabeth Stuart, Lara Hannah and Tobi Hannah (who’s fabulous new collection of short wedding dresses we blogged about recently), all loaned from Unbridaled Boutique in Ayr.

Unbridaled owner Emily has an eye for something a bit different and her selection of dresses would make any bride or photographer’s heart sing.  The right shoes complete the look and we were delighted to have the chance to bring Charlotte Mills Bridal** shoes to Scotland for the first time.”

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**Readers, we are also delighted to have been asked to blog the Charlotte Mills Bridal debut collection of wedding shoes on Love My Dress recently, see here!

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beautiful wedding headpieces, gold wedding headpieces, LHG designs, house for an art lover, rennie mackintosh

Emma Motion Make Up created three distinct looks for make-up. These included classic bridal with gold and bronze smoky eyes, natural and vintage 1920’s.  I’m a total sucker for beautiful bold red lips so particularly adore the classicly elegant make-over below.

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13th September 2014

Morning weekend people! I’ve a couple of styled inspiration shoots to share with you today, so get your Pinterest fingers at the ready.  In all honesty, I really don’t share too many of this kind of shoot these days - we receive so many requests to share styled shoots, that being sure I feature the right ones is a tough call.  I usually insist on a variety of dresses and styling options that very specifically match the Love My Dress® aesthetic to make a feature worth while.  This shoot showcases just a single style of dress, but it was the overall styling and attention to detail that caught my attention and I knew our readers would appreciate this too.

These photographs were taken by Sarah of Folega Photography who teamed up with a creative team including dressmaker KMR Bridal to create a fun and playful set of 50′s inspired images with a modern-day, alternative style stamp all over them.  I really love all the little details, the matching bow tie and garter, the vinyl inspired stationery, the vintage makeover, the bright, beautiful flowers and there is a genuine authenticity about this shoot that I admire too - the creative team really got in that zone when researching and getting their creative juices flowing to create these pictures.

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Folega Photography

The lady responsible for the overall look, feel and cohesiveness of these photographs was Maria from Simply Something Blue.

“Since starting Simply Something Blue, I frequently find when planning that big themes or colour palettes come from a moment of inspiration or a much-loved item we own or we have at home. Anything from a handkerchief to an old photo can bring back old memories and, in this case, the inspiration really came from the absolutely fabulous Vivienne Westwood lilac shoes which I had owned for a while and by chance happened to be the bride’s exact size! You know it’s destiny when something like that happens.

Yellow was picked collectively almost immediately after as a fresher alternative to the red that is commonly used in 50s inspired shoots and a perfect complement to purple tones,”

Hannah from Bonny and Clyde is the designer behind this fabulous vinyl inspired wedding stationery… 

“If you’re hoping to add a touch of nostalgia to your wedding then listening to music, watching films or even reading newspapers from that era is always a great place to gather inspiration for both the wording of your invites and the overall design.  As a bespoke wedding stationery company, we are passionate about incorporating authentic typography and textures into all our personalised designs.  

Using a jukebox as the main inspiration for the shoot, we were keen to create a suite that replicated a 7-inch record, held within a card album sleeve, and we used the highest quality gloss and card stock to ensure that each invite looked as authentic as possible and a circle cutter was used to hand cut each piece to actual size.  The colour pallete of yellow and purple ran throughout the stationery but this was faded and aged here to create a more vintage effect. An album pocket allowed the package to be held in place and would easily slip inside a square envelope if it were to be posted out to guests.”

The star of the show however has to be the fabulous colourful polka dot dress.  Designer Kelly of KMR Bridal wanted to create a gown that would reflect the 50’s theme with a modern twist. I love the yellow petticoat peeping teasingly from beneath the full-circle skirt and that birdcage veil completes this fun, playful but ultimately very elegant modern-day vintage look.

A matching bespoke garter was made in multi coloured spot embroidered silk organza and ivory silk tulle.

The little white gloves complete this outfit for me.  That attention to detail I was talking about.  I just love them.  Brides, if you’re keen to wear a pair of little white gloves on your wedding day, there are some lovely options over at Etsy.

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12th September 2014

What do you get when a stylish hairdresser marries an artistic sign writer? A beautiful wedding full of individual character and personality that’s what!! Looking at these Katy Mutch images made me think that this fab couple ripped up the traditional wedding rule book and did exactly what they wanted for their big day. As there is hardly a photo where they aren’t wearing super happy smiles it appears that it most definitely worked for them!

Vicki and Lee were married in spring this year on 24th May 2014, not far from their Sheffield home, at the Manorial Barn, Rotherham.

“We didn’t necessarily follow a certain theme or colour scheme for our wedding, as we wanted it to be as relaxed as possible. I guess we just went with everything we liked and it all came together in the end. 

Katy Mutch was an absolute dream photographer. She came highly recommended and after seeing her previous work, how could we not book her?! We clicked straight away and felt like we’d known her for years. She captured our wedding better than we could ever have imagined and we have photographs to cherish forever.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Katy Mutch

“My Auntie Jeanette and her friend Sue arranged all the flowers except the bouquets, as Jeanette unfortunately broke her arm just a few weeks before the wedding. The bouquets were made by the very talented girls at Swallows & Damsons. We opted for a very natural theme with a mixture of pastel coloured peonies, roses and gypsophila.”

Vicki bought the dress from Debenhams along with her satin trimmed Pearce II Fionda veil. Her beautiful shoes were from the unique Irregular Choice.

“I knew I wanted something non-traditional to wear and this Ben de Lisi dress just fitted the bill. I love the style and the detail of the satin lace. It was comfortable too, which was important, as I wanted to dance all night and not have my dress hinder me in any way.”

“I was really struggling to find exactly what I wanted to wear in my hair, when I remembered my friend’s mum had been on some hat & fascinator making courses so asked if she would be able to make me something. I bought the brooch from an antiques fair, so she used this as a template for the leaves. I was absolutely thrilled with the outcome; it was perfect!”

We chose the Manorial Barn since we wanted somewhere a bit out of the ordinary, plus the barn was only 10 minutes away from home. We were speechless when we first went to view the venue, we just loved that it had a soul and plenty of history to it; part of the barn dates back to the early 13th century! It was also big enough to hold our vast amount of family and friends and the perfect place to have a Ceilidh band!”

“Out of everything, I absolutely adored the flowers! There were just so many of them and they were the most beautiful colours! I loved that the owners of the barn had taken control of decorating it all, so it took the stress away from me and I could focus on enjoying the days running up to the wedding. It also meant it was a big surprise when I walked in! It was the most amazing feeling having all our family and friends in one place and knowing they were all there for us, it was very humbling.”

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12th September 2014

It’s Friday lunch time which can only mean one thing, it’s a member of the Love My Dress® team to share a few of the things they’ve been coveting of late, and this week it’s my turn! All summer long I’ve been lusting after a wide-stripe maxi dress and this one by Rosie Assoulin (1) will be perfect for a late summer trip to the Emirates!

Sophie Gass manicure (2+4) is one of the best in the business. Not only are Sophie and her team wonderful, but her tranquil space in Ladbroke Grove is the perfect haven to get away from hectic London Town. Get pampered, peruse the rails of great independent fashion and pick from a beautiful range of chic jewellery and home accessories.

I recently wrote about the LA-based brand CLU (3) on OliviaPalermo.com and have become somewhat of a super-fan. I’m so lucky to be wearing them to London Fashion Week – their mustard lounge pants will undoubtedly become my autumn staple.

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I’m lucky enough to travel a fair amount with my job but one place my work hasn’t take me to just yet is Dubai (5) I’m so curious about this opulent city that it is firmly top of my winter sun wish-list.

I’m constantly on the hunt to uncover accommodation and culinary gems in the UK and heading to Bath for a long weekend it top of my to do list. The Pig’s (6) latest outpost is a must-see.

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My husband and I are on the hunt for a Scandinavian designed desk for our study - whilst we trawl through eBay pages daily, we also really love ‘Darcey’ in Walnut and Oak from Made.com.

 

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