29th September 2016

Well I don’t know about you but I’ve certainly got that end-of-September feeling that’s making me dream of warmer days and far distant shores. I know that many of you are happily planning destination weddings and I have to say that I love reading about everyone’s plans in the Love My Dress Facebook group. If you’re taking your vows overseas then you’ll definitely want to read on because the super talented Olliver Photography have just launched a destination wedding photography service that you’re just going to love…

Olliver Photography is husband and wife team Annie and Christian and they’ve been shooting reportage, documentary style weddings for nine years. Working from their base in London, they’ve travelled all over the UK in that time and all of us at Love My Dress love catching up with their latest work.

Although most of their UK work tends to be urban, London-esque weddings, Olliver Photography love a country shindig almost as much as they love travelling so the time has come to expand into destination weddings and they’re looking forward to bringing their special brand of relaxed photography to Europe and beyond.

“We share a love of photography and wanted to start a business that allowed us to work together creatively and follow our passion,” explains Christian. Our style is very relaxed, informal and friendly. We’ll capture the narrative of your day, at a distance. There won’t be any pushy, cheesy or posey shots! Instead, we achieve natural images, inspired by light and true moments.”

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29th September 2016

Thank you so very much for your sweet birthday wishes yesterday lovely wedding Belles (that’s the name that members of our private Facebook page for brides to be and newlyweds have informally adopted!). I had a lovely day and it was all the more lovely for your kind words. This mornings wedding celebrates the nuptials of Danni and Dan, who tied the knot on 30th July this year in South Yorkshire.

Danni, head of marketing communications, married her beau Dan, a retail planning manager, with a ceremony at St Mary’s in Kirk Bramwith (near Doncaster, South Yorkshire), followed by a reception at The Hostel at Hooton Pagnell. Their relaxed, romantic and quintessentially English wedding was captured by our super talented and wonderfully down to earth Little Book For Brides member – and my fellow North Yorkshire dweller, Georgina Harrison.

“We wanted our wedding to reflect our everyday lives, making sure everyone had a good time and felt at ease was the top of our priority list. Our venues were both historic but not grand and their country charm set the tone for the day. With beautiful surroundings it was important to pair back the styling to make sure it didn’t look too twee, which meant our floral arrangements could be the stars of the show.”

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Dani wore a Justin Alexander gown for her relaxed and romantic English country wedding. Fine art film photography by Georgina Harrison.

I cannot compliment our photographer Georgina Harrison highly enough – from the first time I spoke to her she understood exactly what I had in mind and she has created beautiful images we will treasure for life.”

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28th September 2016

Hello lovelies, we’re in Tuscany this evening on Love My Dress for the wedding of Lucy, a personal assistant taking a career break to spend time with her son and Shaun, a hotel general manager. Their nuptials took place in the gardens of Villa di Masseto in Florence, Italy on the 26th of May this year. There’s an intimate, family focused feel to the day and the images are emotional with breathtaking shots of the couple surrounded by the spectacular views. The couple found some of their suppliers on these very pages including photographer and Little Book For Brides Member Claudia Rose Carter.

“I visited Love My Dress on an almost daily basis during the planning stages and was lucky enough to find our photographer and my headpiece designer via the site. I felt quite daunted by the prospect of planning a wedding when we first got engaged and I think one of the reasons we were engaged for nearly two years, besides the birth of our son, was that we had no idea where to start and so it was by visiting Love My Dress regularly, that we began picking up on little ideas that appealed to us and eventually became the basis for the ultimate look of our wedding day.”

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Bride Lucy wore a gold floral Vera Wang gown for her romantic outdoor wedding in the Italian countryside. Images captured by Claudia Rose Carter.

Lucy’s beautiful floral headpiece was created by the wonderful Lila, a designer she found within a feature right here on Love My Dress.

“Working with Sofia was a dream. I’d always imagined wearing a fresh flower crown on my wedding day but it wasn’t going to be possible with a destination wedding and I didn’t want to take the risk of ordering something from a local florist and not getting to see or try it on until the day itself.” Continue reading…

28th September 2016

I do so love the beautiful array of brides we feature on our beloved blog. Before I started writing for Love My Dress, and even now as I contribute to its pages and read about the glorious weddings described by my fellow writers, the thing that strikes me most is how much I want to be friends with the incredible ladies we feature. And Mrs Isabel Zarth is no exception.

The amazingly talented Isabel, an illustrator and designer of wedding stationery, wed her equally arty husband Caleb, a sunglasses and graphic designer, on 11th June this year at her parent’s countryside home. And to throw just a little more wonderful creativity into the mix, Faye Cornhill Photography, who happens to be one of our wonderful Little Book for Brides members, is responsible for the sublime images you see before you.

“I was inspired by the countryside around our home for colour.  I have always loved bees so I incorporated that into the designs of the order of service and invitations. For the flowers I picked roses to represent England and eucalyptus to represent Australia (where Caleb is from). I thought subtle pale pinks would go with the grey-green eucalyptus. I wanted everything to feel and look personal to us and be and where possible, handmade by us.”

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Wedding stationery and illusrator Isabel of Bel & Bee wore an Essense of Australia gown for her English country wedding full of charm. Images by Faye Cornhill.

These images so vividly portray a sense of delicate movement in Isabel’s lace Essense of Australia gown. My heart just about stopped when I first set eyes on those intricate eyelash lace sleeves, even more stunning against the soft folds of the veil made by the bride’s mother and her friend Jacqueline. Continue reading…

27th September 2016

Special Tuesday treats for you my lovelies – two weddings in one day! Have you seen the first wedding we shared this morning? This afternoon’s wedding is a different vibe completely but one we love just as much. Zoë, a development engineer for Triumph Motorcycles married Dan, an Army veteran turned web developer on 6th July this year at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

“Love My Dress is so clean cut and up to date, and captures the essence of each wedding featured – and Pinterest was my bible. I wanted everything as natural and neutral as possible, the last thing I wanted to see was coloured sashes and chair covers. My dream was to elope and marry on a mountain in Oregon, but family ties pulled us close and we decided to have a wedding in the UK.”

Film + Photography by Grace Elizabeth Photography

“We chose Blackfriars Priory because it is close to where Dan’s Army barracks were when we first met, the Gloucestershire area seems very special to us because of all the time we spent there on his weekends off. The whole venue was  such an ethereal blank canvas. The moment I saw it I knew that, filled with candles, it would be the perfect ceremony room.”

Barefoot bride Zoё wore a dress she had designed herself for her effortlessly elegant wedding at Blackfriar medieval priory in Gloucester. Captured by Grace Elizabeth Photography.

“Our photographer was Grace Elizabeth – she was everything I hoped she would be, and the photos she produced blew me away! Truly talented photographer. Grace had a brilliant attitude, was flexible and full of ideas.”

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27th September 2016

An autumnal wedding celebration doesn’t have to mean the crunching of leaves, rich burnt oranges and cosy fire pits. With this change of season, we are looking at a fresh and crisp approach towards a modern autumnal British wedding.

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Stylish and elegant Autumn wedding inspiration

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This concept epitomises contemporary classic, it’s elegance with a hint of modern and the barest whisper of tradition. A strong colour palette sets the backdrop to this vision, uplifting and adding gusto to the expected autumn shades with bold gachala green standing strong against the vivid mango.

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27th September 2016

Readers, I have a little confession to make; I have never yet cried at a wedding.  Even when I said my own wedding vows I didn’t feel even the smallest tear prick my eyes; I grinned instead.  However, I do occasionally find myself choking up a little when reading the questionnaires our couples send in (the power of the written word?) and today’s had me absolutely fighting to hold in the tears, not due to the day itself of course, which was happy, stylish and fun, but due to the incredible things that happened afterwards which really bring home the power of photography (to steal bride Claire’s own words). Allow me to introduce our lovely couple – Claire, a florist, and Charles, who works in finance, were married on the 24th of October 2015 in an ethical and eco-inspired day which just glows with personality.

Our love and thanks to our wonderful Little Book For Brides member, Laura Babb, for sharing these images today.

“As a keen environmentalist, I wanted our wedding to leave as low a footprint as possible. For this reason, I sought suppliers that were as eco as possible and clothes and jewellery that were either vintage/antique or had a traceable source.”

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Lovely bride Claire wore a 1930's vintage wedding gown for her eco friendly and ethical wedding in London. Captured by Babb Photography.

Claire dazzled in an beautiful original 1930’s lace dress purchased from House of Vintage Bride, London.

“I gained a lot of weight due to an intensive drug regime following surgery to remove a lung in 2012. I felt so self conscious and believed I would never find the perfect dress, let alone a vintage one, and didn’t really want to even look.”

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26th September 2016

Welcome to a new week and I hope that the next few days have all kinds of fantastic things in store for you. However, if today seems a little flat then I have the perfect antidote for you right here. All of us at Love My Dress are beyond thrilled to welcome Wild Rose, the 2017 bridal accessories collection from Debbie Carlisle, to these pages. So, without further ado, it’s time to admire the beauty of Wild Rose.

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Debbie Carlisle is, quite simply, fabulous and we really do love her. Not only is she an utterly wonderful person (her emails light up my inbox every single time) but she’s also an incredibly talented designer. Her ethereal handmade hair accessories mix a vintage sensibility with a bohemian yet contemporary edge and I love them.

Wild Rose - The luxurious 2017 bridal accessories collection of hair vines, headpieces and hair pins, by Debbie Carlisle.

The 2017 collection, Wild Rose, is a gathering of shimmering and sparkling hair vines, combs and pins inspired by the delicate vines and flowers of the meadows and hedgerows of the English countryside.

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