23rd March 2017

Does anyone have seriously itchy feet at the moment? If you’re suffering from wanderlust as badly as I am right now, I’m afraid I’m about to make it a whole lot worse. Allow me to introduce you to Ricky, a Physical Education Officer in the Prison Service, and Lynsey, a Senior Personal Development Manager for The Rugby Players Association, who wed on 24th August 2016 at the dreamy Château de la Côte in France. And just to make this that tiny bit more magical, these sublime images were captured by our Little Book for Brides darling, Claudia Rose Carter.

“Ricky and I have a saying; ‘forever and ever….amen’ and we wanted to incorporate that throughout the day. Anything I could get personalised for the wedding I did. I had a wedding veil made and personalised with our initials, wedding date and ‘forever and ever….amen’ embroidered on it. It was a bespoke design, made by Daisy Sheldon.”

Photography by Claudia Rose Carter

A Watters Gown For A Romantic French Château Wedding (Weddings )

“I found Claudia’s work on a wedding blog and instantly fell in love. Claudia’s website was honest about not taking posed, traditional wedding photos, but more natural photos and that was exactly what I wanted. I remember emailing Claudia for the first time in tears as I just loved her work and knew I wanted her for our wedding. Learning more about a photographer’s style and looking at blogs and other work showed me the style of photos I was after and Claudia fit that perfectly.” Continue reading…

22nd March 2017

Now I don’t know about you but I love a birthday party and celebrating milestones is always a great idea. Today, we don’t have any birthday cake for you but we do have something much better because our friends at the multi-award winning online bridal retailer, Liberty in Love, are giving you the chance to win £150 of bridal accessories from their amazing collection as part of their 7th birthday celebrations. So, I spoke to Siu Coll, founder of Liberty in Love to find out more about her fabulous brand, their altogether brilliant edit of accessories and those all-important competition entry details too…

7th Birthday Celebrations - Win £150 Of Bridal Accessories From Liberty In Love (Bridal Fashion Fashion & Beauty Get Inspired Supplier Spotlight )

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22nd March 2017

Every once in a while, a wedding comes along that is so deliciously individual and I marvel at the creativity of such a couple (and their willing family and friends). The bride is Jessica, a wedding dress designer for Wold Couture and her groom is Lewis, a marketing manager in a brewery. The couple wanted to get married outside on the 4th of June 2016 and were very fortunate to be able to put a marquee up in Jessica’s parents’ veg plot in Binbrook, Lincolnshire.

The footpath between the beds made a natural aisle for their beautiful ceremony, conducted by their friend Kit. Holding the wedding in this way gave them complete freedom to do everything as they wanted. Jessica and Lewis did almost everything themselves, they even made the food. I’m always delighted to see that Tony of Photography 34 has captured a wedding and these images are perfect in every way, you get a real feel for the joy of the day.

“My 1930’s style emerald antique gold ring was the catalyst for many aspects of the day. The colour played a big part (Lewis’ suit was the same green) but I also wanted the dresses to have a certain 1930’s glamour to them. As the wedding was always intended to be outside we wanted to ensure the interior of the marquee brought the outside in just in case we were rained inside.”

Photography by Photography 34

A Handmade and Lovely, Nature Inspired Wedding (Weddings )

This very talented bride is the woman behind Wold Couture so naturally she designed her own dress.

“I designed the dress for myself, with much deliberation and alterations as I went. I tried a few styles initially and was surprised to find that it was the drop-waist that I felt most comfortable in. I also fell in love with a polka dot tulle that I just had to have for my dress. Most of the dresses I design incorporate lace of some kind but I found this was not my personal style at all and opted instead for appliqued satin leaves falling down the dress to incorporate that feeling of being in nature.” Continue reading…

21st March 2017

If there’s one wedding you can’t possibly have missed in March, it’s this one. Possibly the most colourful and fun wedding we’ve ever shared. That gorgeous, French celebration was actually the second wedding of couple Jess and Rob, who had already formally tied the knot in London by the time they had made their way over to the French countryside. Today, we’re sharing their cool, laid back, London wedding.

Jess, a Film & Experiential Producer married Rob, a Digital Creative Director and Strategist on 9th July last year with a ceremony at Stoke Newington Town Hall, followed by a reception at the Trattoria Sappori restaurant. Part of the reason I warmed to this wedding so much, wasn’t just because of the beautiful Halfpenny London bow jacket, but because for both bride and groom, this was their second wedding, and I love the honesty with which Jess shares her story…

“It was 2009 and I had just discovered my finance of eleven years had cheated on me and was having an affair behind my back. I was devastated. Six months later I got a call from my Step Mother, Julie, saying she had ‘found me a man’! I was to look this gentleman up on Facebook and connect. With much reluctance and a bit of prodding from my Stepmum, I found and ‘friended’ him. Well, he looked nice and what did I have to lose!? We struck up a conversation over Facebook and then on email. It turns out Rob was midway through a Divorce, he had the Nisi but not the Absolute. He’d been single for a year. We finally set up a date.”

Photography by Razia N. Jukes

A Halfpenny London Jacket for a Joy-Filled and Laidback London Wedding (Weddings )

“It was a Monday night, but it was the night of the first of the massive snowfalls London had. London ground to a halt under several feet of snow and I was stuck in Wandsworth. I had to postpone. Rob was a bit grumpy about that, so I suggested…since London was so magic, that he should bunk off work the next day and come down to Wandsworth. And he did. Date two, he cooked me risotto at home, and by date six, we were on a weekend away skiing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Looking back, when I listed my requirements for a man on many of the dating sites I tried, I didn’t want anyone over 40 and not previously married – and definitely no kids! (Rob has two boys). It just goes to show, that sometimes, you get what you don’t ask for!” Continue reading…

21st March 2017

If you’re currently cheering with delight at the sight of the daffodils and crocuses popping up everywhere, then you’re going to just adore this cheery spring celebration I’m sharing. Groom Calvin works in marketing, whilst bride Judy’s in accounting, and the happy couple married at Kent Life on the 30th of April 2016 – an eclectic open-air heritage farm in Kent. The season of spring inspired their day and because organising their wedding in the UK from Australia presented a challenge, the couple wanted an easy day that was low maintenance.

Judy’s delectable dress was the ‘Gardenia’ style by the brilliant Claire Pettibone (you can explore all of Claire Pettibone’s existing collections from one single page in our Style Files), which she found in Melbourne, Australia. I don’t know about you lovelies, but I am literally in love with every CP design I ever come across – she’s a genius! I love the signature illusion lace back, as well as the long lacy sleeves Judy had added to make her dress totally bespoke.

“The dress was a bit vintage in style. I wanted something that was easy to walk in and dance in, so nothing too structured or ‘boofy’. I chose it because of the lace back with floral lace motifs – and what made it extra special were the long lace sleeves that were custom designed and hand sewed by the seamstress in the store with the same lace motifs.”

Photography by Joanna Brown Photography

A Pink Chapel and Claire Pettibone Dress for an Elegant and Fun Spring Wedding (Weddings )

“We chose Joanna Brown Photography because her photos were warm and whimsical and she uses about seven different cameras, including film and polaroids. She was a total pro on the day and fitted in with our family and friends.”

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20th March 2017

Good afternoon lovelies! It’s my wedding anniversary today – eight whole years since I tied the knot, on the first day of Spring 2009 – an event that not only changed my status from single to married, but that would go on to completely change my career and life. .Love My Dress is a very lovely by-product of my wedding – named so after a forum username I created back in 2008 (when no wedding blogs existed, and myself and a number of other brides to be would use online wedding forums to share our wedding plans). I still pinch myself, eight years after my wedding, that that beautiful day led to so many wonderful changes in my life, not least the creation of this beautiful wedding blog!

This morning’s featured wedding was set amidst the beautiful English countryside, but we’re moving to the city for this afternoon for the wedding of Jo, an Event Producer/Account Manager and Bob, a Senior Marketing Manager.  The couple exchanged their vows on 9th January at Stoke Newington Town Hall, Jo looking splendid in a delicately long-sleeved Jesus Peiro gown (by the way ladies, have you seen this competition we’re currently hosting to win a wedding dress?). Click on the box below to visit Jesus Peiro in our Style Files pages (our Style Files offer an opportunity for you to view a designers various bridal collections all from a single page right here on Love My Dress).

“Luckily for Bob and I, we both love the same things – which meant planning our day was a lot easier that we thought. Our day had a retro feel, punctuated by some of the things we both love, so a little bit of taxidermy, grand but traditional pubs, foot stomping music, wild floral decoration and a few vintage touches etc. However, it was still a wedding and we wanted to make sure we kept some traditional elements too. Something we never lost sight of was that we wanted to make sure everybody had fun, and there was always something to entertain or amuse our guests. We basically wanted to host the best party for us and our guests, that we just happened to also be getting married at.”

Photography by Yellowbird Photography

A Long Sleeved Jesus Peiro Dress for a Cool, Modern, London Pub Wedding (Weddings )

“I went to Morgan-Davies with the intention of ordering a completely different dress, when I tried it on again, something inside me wasn’t 100% convinced. On arrival at the shop I had noticed a completely different dress in the window by Jesus Peiro, so I tried this one on. It was stunning, but the material was too thick and I was worried about being too hot! Katie (my wedding dress advisor) disappeared and came back with an alternative option and suggested I try it on, when I did, I knew then straight away that I had found ‘My dress’. I felt incredible.

I’d been on the hunt for this exact dress and there it was. It was everything I wanted, lace, fitted, long sleeves, a high neck, and with button details all the way down the back of the dress – this was it – SOLD. Not only did I feel this way, but when I looked at my mum and my aunt’s reaction, they both confirmed what I was feeling.” Continue reading…

20th March 2017

Hi ladies, I hope Monday is being kind to you? I realised over the weekend that I’ve been writing for Love My Dress for one whole year. Absolute crazy town! And what a year it’s been; I’ve met some of the most incredible women, and I found myself wondering, when these gorgeous girls get engaged, how do they feel about planning their own big day? How will anyone ever measure up to their own exacting standards? Our wonderful photographer, Amy Shore, for example – I remember the moment she announced her engagement, followed with the question, ‘anyone know a good wedding photographer?’

Today’s couple were in just that position. Photographers, Vicki and Daniel, who specialise in fashion and in commercial and portraiture photography respectively, married on 23rd July 2016 at St Andrews Church in Newton Tony. They wisely chose the incredibly talented Tom Ravenshear Photography to capture their day, documenting precious memories in Vicki’s dad’s Wiltshire village. In fact this savvy pair picked a whole host of our beloved Little Book for Brides suppliers to play a starring role in their celebrations, from the brilliant Tom Ravenshear to a sublime Claire Pettibone dress, bought from Blackburn Bridal Couture.

“I fell in love with the ‘Kristene’ dress after finding it online while searching for wedding venues. I followed the links on the site and found Claire’s dresses – it was love at first sight and suited my style perfectly. I had no idea if it would look good on me but I knew I had to try it on anyway. I tracked the dress down at Blackburn Bridal Couture and absolutely loved it. It was the first dress I tried on and I went on to try only three others, then rushed back to the shop to order it. I knew it was the one, everything about it was perfect. I felt wonderful in it on the day and it was so comfortable and fun to wear. I loved the movement in it when I walked and danced.”

Photography by Tom Ravenshear Photography

A Claire Pettibone Gown For A Vintage, Country Fete Inspired Wedding (Weddings )

“We always knew we wanted a relaxed feeling to the day, and a country fete ambience leant itself to this. I am a lover of vintage so there was a nod to the era of my engagement ring, which is from 1935, and a strong lean towards vintage botanicals and floral design. ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ was a great reference point for me, my step mum had this book when I was growing up and it was the first thing I brought as soon as I got engaged – I love the beautiful floral drawings and poetry. And Love my Dress was my number one go to site, I would check in every week.” Continue reading…

18th March 2017

What are you up to this weekend, if you’re in London and able to attend The Most Curious Wedding Fair, YOU MUST! I attended the press evening last night and it was such a stunning exhibition. I’ll be there for most of today too – if you spot me, please come and say hello!  If you can’t make it, I’ll be sharing lots of Instagram stories – follow on @lovemydress and @annabelbeeforth.

This morning’s wedding is all consumingly gorgeous and I’m so delighted to see that the bride wore a Belle & Bunty gown (The Belle & Bunty girls are exhibiting at The Most Curious Wedding Fair, by the way!). Rae, a freelance design writer and part-time potter married Saulo, a Retail Operations Director for The Mint Company on Saturday 8th October last year at the Hacienda de Anzo, Gáldar in Gran Canaria.

“We wanted to get married in Gran Canaria – one, because Saulo is from here; but mostly, as a great excuse for a party under pretty-much-guaranteed sunshine. When we chose the venue, we didn’t realise a year later we’d have up sticks and moved to the island. By the time the wedding came around, the venue meant even more to us; a happy place; a metaphor for a new chapter starting our lives together. Saulo and I had just moved to Gran Canaria in September, a month before the wedding, after living collectively 23 years in London.”

Photography by Pablo Beglez

A Belle and Bunty Gown for a Party Inspired Wedding in the Sun (Weddings )

“In the back of my mind, I always saw myself veering towards a vintage or vintage-inspired dress. Saying that, I kept my mind open, as my sister advised me before dress shopping: ‘Try lots of different styles on; you never know which might surprisingly catch your eye’. Belle & Bunty was the third dress fitting of the day. I’d spotted the Petal dress on the rail and before even trying it on had an unexplainably good gut feeling about it.” Continue reading…