26th April 2017

For all you lovelies currently in the throes of wedmin and needing a bit of colourful inspo, you may let out a little squeeeee! (as did I) when you see the bride’s incredible dress and the brilliant rose gold and copper tones used throughout the styling. Groom Dominic works as a sales manager, whilst bride Gail is an international event manager, who also runs her own small business Blue Shoes Event Hire – hiring of rose gold cutlery – which she was inspired to begin after her wedding. The couple celebrated on the 1st of October 2016 at Newington House, in Newington, Oxfordshire, firstly tying the knot at the sweet little church next door.

“We wanted elegance and glamour but nothing over the top. The venue fitted our style perfectly and we are known for our love of cocktails so having a cocktail hour with a quirky cocktail van and canapes was a must! The rose gold and copper tones were inspired by my fabulous engagement ring in rose gold that my amazing husband picked out all on his own. The blush pink was then driven by my dress colour. I’m not really a pink girly girl but it worked perfectly.”

Photography by Alexandra Jane

A Blush Pink Watters Wedding Dress and Laid Back Glamour (Weddings )

Gail wore the blush pink ‘Edlin’ gown by Watters Bridal – a purchase she from Mariee Nantwich.

“Katy of Mariee Nantwich was amazing! As soon as I walked in I felt at ease.  I really struggled finding my dress and stopped looking for a while. I knew I didn’t want a white or ivory dress as I like something a bit different and always liked the idea of a subtle colour. I finally came across Watters and the style was more me. The Edlin dress I chose was actually my least favourite of the ones I looked at, but when I tried it on, I fell in love with the skirt and colour as it was so different and  elegant.

I never initially wanted a strapless dress though, so Mariee Katy added some off the shoulder tulle details which I could then take off for dancing in the evening. I also wore a subtle belt that helped pull the look together.” Continue reading…

25th April 2017

And hello again! I’m back from my little break in the Lake District feeling much revived but already looking forward to the Bank Holiday this weekend. In the meantime, I’ve got something rather lovely for you today because we’re giving you the chance to win your wedding photography, worth £2000, with the amazing Jay Rowden. Now I just LOVE Jay’s work so this is a feature you just can’t miss…

Win Your Wedding Photography With Jay Rowden, Worth £2000 (Weddings )

Jay Rowden is not only a fantastic photographer, he totally gets just how special weddings are. He’s also a true creative and you can see that in every one of his brilliant images.

“I love telling stories through the lens of my camera. A photo is much more than a memory. It can capture the raw atmosphere and emotion of the moment and that’s why I love wedding photography. I aim to blend in and photograph in a way that doesn’t interfere with the day. I like to create artistic shots and challenge myself creatively by finding new ways of telling a story.” Continue reading…

25th April 2017

Hello, I’m delighted to be sharing this beautiful wedding today. Richard Skins who features in our Little Book For Brides directory is the photographer and I just love the joy that radiates from his images. Jo, the bride, who works in advertising and Ollie, who works in IT can’t wipe the smiles off their faces and their love for each other is plain to see. The couple were married on the 5th of August 2016 at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire, chosen because of its lovely balance of old and new in a beautiful setting.

“We were so lucky to have Richard Skins photograph our wedding. Ollie and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the photos. We had a few calls with him prior to the big day where he talked us through his recommendations and to hear our opinions on what we’d like. The images he took were AMAZING and really captured great moments throughout the day in a very candid way, exactly what we wanted. Looking back at the photos, it’s as if we are reliving our wedding day all over again and we have him to thank for that.”

A Floaty Mira Zwillinger Dress For An Elegant Blush And White Country Wedding (Weddings )

Jo’s Mira Zwillinger dress is absolutely divine on her. She added a simple veil from Browns Bride and a gorgeous pair of sparkly Jimmy Choo shoes.

“I fell in love with the dress as soon as I saw it and when I tried it on I knew it was the one. I had tried on several other dresses but this was the only one that gave me that special bride feeling – it was perfect. I loved that it was different to the other dresses I had seen, modern yet classic. The detailing on the bodice was fabulous and the light, flowy, silk skirt was exactly what I had in mind for our summer wedding. I also love a good dance so it had to be something I could move around in.” Continue reading…

24th April 2017

How on earth is it Monday again!? Is time slipping away from you too at the moment? There are suddenly somehow less than two months to go until I fly to Italy and become a wife and that realisation is both headily exciting and making me strangely nervous for the first time.

Today I’m honoured to be sharing the gorgeous, velvet-rich, industrial inspired wedding of Amy and Dave with you all. Now those are adjectives I never thought I’d be using the in the same sentence, but the vibe of this wedding just works, combing a edgy feel with soft, feminine textures. Amy, a quality manager in post-16 education, wed her steel worker beau, Dave on 12th December 2015 in Sheffield and the couple were inspired by their incredibly atmospheric venue and the crisp, cold month of their union.

“We were married in December so we were inspired by winter and the rustic feel of our reception venue. We got married at Sacred Heart Church, which we chose as it’s our local Catholic church and it where Isaac, our son, was baptised. We chose Kelham Island Museum for our reception because we wanted an alternative venue, and it showcases Sheffield’s steel heritage and industrial past, which is something we are both proud of. Dave works in one of the last remaining steel works in the city.”

Images by Photography 34

A BHLDN Dress and Velvet Flower Crown For an Industrial Inspired Winter Wedding (Weddings )

Amy rocked the Amelie gown by Love Marley, which she purchased online from BHLDN. This is one of those all to familiar instances when it seems a dress really has been crafted for the bride and her alone – what a gorgeous look. Our beauty also wore the most divine velvet crown by The Shepherd’s Purse, who I may now be more than a tiny bit obsessed with.

“I instantly fell in love with my dress whilst searching for inspiration on Pinterest. I scoured the internet for a bridal shop that stocked it near me but to no avail. I eventually tracked it down in a bridal shop in London so went to try it on, I couldn’t contemplate trying on another dress until I had tried on this one. I adored it, it was just as perfect in real life.” Continue reading…

24th April 2017

I was so delighted when Annabel asked me to work on this wedding feature – I remember bride Ella sharing some images in the aftermath of her wedding, in our closed Facebook Group community for Brides back in September last year – she and Oliver looked so very happy and I adored the vintage styling and bright colours. Talking of our closed Facebook group – brides, did you know it existed? The lovely bride in these images today told us how she found the group “full of the sweetest, most helpful and supportive ladies you’ll ever find.  Not only did both Love My Dress the blog and the closed Facebook group play a huge role in my wedding planning, but it’s really encouraged me to follow my passion, taking my little cut flower business onto bigger things.”  Wow! We’re so pleased to have been part of that Ella! (By the way, did you also happen to read this feature in The Pool last weekend? It too refers to our wonderful Facebook community).

So onto this glorious wedding; Ella splits her time working as an architectural technician and running her flower business, Folly Lane Flowers. Her beau Oliver is a journalist. The couple married on the 27th August 2016, with the reception held in their own garden.

“Although we didn’t have a set style there were a few very influential factors.  First is the fact that we are ultimately very traditional and it was important that our wedding reflected that.  Perhaps in contrast, the second most influential force was our laid back and slightly bohemian lifestyle, which in turn is influenced by our love of nature, our beloved Devon and our interest in self-sufficiency and sustainable living. “

Photography by Hanson Leatherby

A 1950's Vintage Gown for a Laid back and Bohemian Inspired Devon Wedding (Weddings )

“Our third most influential factor was our love of history and all things vintage and antique, which inevitably influenced the look and feel of the day. Most of all we just wanted all of our friends and family by our side while we pledged our love to one another, followed by a jolly good party with food, wine and merriment aplenty.” Continue reading…

23rd April 2017

Happy Sunday ladies, I hope you’re all well. As you’re reading this, I’ll be ‘enjoying’ the consequences of my hen do and probably praying I don’t have anything obscene drawn on me in permanent marker. Let’s move on to more pleasant thoughts, and delve right into the sunny, bohemian union of Marisa and Maciek, who wed on 17th June last year just outside Valencia. Marisa works as a civil servant in a laboratory, specialising in environmental health, while her beau, Maciek, works in sales. Their day was a beautiful countryside celebration focused on delicious food, fun and friends, combining their Spanish and Polish heritage.

Marisa chose a simply stunning gown from Jesús Peiró, which she bought from their store in Valencia. Now to say we’re Jesús Peiró fangirls here at Love My Dress might be a smidge of an understatement. Clean lines, beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary, elegant creations are just a few of the myriad reasons we are so proud to support this Spanish designer through our carefully curated directory, Little Book for Brides. You can explore more of these gorgeous gowns through our Style Files – super high quality, couture standard beauties that are somehow both timeless and trend-setting.

“My Jesús Peiró gown was the first dress I tried. I had in my mind a more bohemian dress from the likes of Laure de Sagazan, but then I went to Madrid and visited some bridal boutiques and when I came back, I tried on the dress again. I just knew it was my dress. I loved the material, the neckline, the back…The style was elegant and smart, like something you see at the Oscars.”

Photography by Joasis Photography

A Jesús Peiró Gown For An Elegant and Bohemian Spanish Wedding (Weddings )

“We wanted a countryside, bohemian style wedding in the beautiful outdoors, with long wooden tables. We held our wedding in Picanya, a small village outside Valencia, Spain, in an old colonial style house called Huerto Barral Boluda surrounded by orange trees. We went there for the wedding of our good friends and fell in love with the place, the food and the staff.”

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23rd April 2017

There’s been an unprecedented level of media interest in weddings this past week; last weekend, The Guardian published this feature which focussed on the decline of the average cost of a wedding dress*, and every day this past week, The Pool have been sharing content under their Modern Marriage Collection.

About half way through the week, Stylist Magazine published a video on their Facebook page entitled ‘4 ways to boss a wedding fair’. The video was an eye-watteringly failed attempt at humour, at the expense of the wedding industry, which resulted in offending a good many of us, thanks to it’s thoughtless suggestions like ‘leave a fake email address with suppliers’. I encourage you to read these thoughts I left over on Instagram that contextualise why the video was so distasteful.

Stylist did in fact offer an apology on their Facebook page, but it woefully missed the point, resulting in even further irritation and the video eventually being removed altogether (to save face, I guess). *By the way – that Guardian post I mentioned above, it’s in response to a set of data released by Lyst that surveyed a mere 100 individuals. Just to put that into perspective, when we conducted our own reader survey last year, we had over 2,100 take the time to complete our questionnaire.

Google ‘Lyst wedding dress survey‘ now, and you’ll discover a ream of mainstream media articles that have been published in the last week in response to the Lyst survey. This coverage offers an interesting snapshot into the business of weddings in 2017. There was a big focus on how weddings are becoming less expensive, how you don’t need money to be married or celebrate a wedding – see the ‘Spending on Wedding Dresses Plummets as Brides to Be Balk at Paying Thousands’, for example.  Consumers were positively encouraged to explore more affordable wedding dress options, thanks to a number of high street brands launching their own bridal collections (see Topshop, Whistles, Ted Baker – and ASOS too). And that’s great, truly it is, because I fully understand, appreciate and wholeheartedly respect that not every couple has a lot of money to plan their wedding.  It’s excellent to know that there are options out there to encourage and inspire meaningful and stylish low cost weddings. As I’ve always said, the only thing you really need to be married after all, is a registrar and a ring.

But I’m a Libran and us Libe’s are all about fairness and balance, and I’ve noticed a distinct lack of media coverage this past week, or in fact, ever at all,  on why certain elements of the wedding day are more expensive.

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22nd April 2017

Happy Saturday afternoon folks – hot off the press today (literally – wired over from the city of New York earlier this morning) are these images from the Jenny Packham 2018 Bridal Collection runway show, which was debuted yesterday in the city.

The collection is inspired by the novel ‘Falling’, by Colin Thubron, which tells the story of a man’s fatal attraction to a circus acrobat, Clara the Swallow. Clara’s exotic beauty, courage and love of freedom, inspired Jenny to create this collection of gowns, which features all of Jenny’s signature luxury embellishments and sequins.

Jenny Packham 2018 Bridal Collection (Weddings )

The collection pays homage to the romance set inside Thubron’s otherwordly novel. Key design features include Jenny’s luxury fluid silk, trailing chiffon, oversized satin bows, cropped jackets and sculptured corsetry, alongside voluminous ballerina skirts that I know our readers will adore. Several dramatic red gowns also feature for those brides not keen on the traditional white/ivory option. Continue reading…