It's time for me to let the cat out of the bag.
Because really, I don't think it's humanly possible for me to contain it all for even a nano-second longer. And anyway, a few of my eagle eyed readers have already noticed a certain 'pre-order your copy now!' listing on a rather popular online book depository and have been emailing me to check whether their eyes have been deceiving them. I can confirm, they haven't been. And so it's with a *big ball of nervousness and excitement stuck in my throat* that I can share with you…
I have just written my first book – I'm going to become a published Author!
…as in, an actual, proper, 176 page (one hundred and seventy six!) hard-back book that has been designed to inspire brides and wedding designers and suppliers and that is being published by a big publishing company and everything!
Oh my God!
Style Me Vintage: Weddings will be launched in March 2013.
It is the fifth book in the fabulous and hugely successful 'Style Me Vintage' series (see the new retro look-book, which focuses on vintage inspired hair, beauty and clothes) to be published by Pavillion, an imprint of Anova Books. Only this book is a little longer than the previous editions in this series…
"Harking back to styles of previous decades is often the basis for a truly
stylish wedding, but it can be difficult to get all the
details right, without a little bit of guidance.
This beautiful and accessible book looks at how to source and put
together bridal outfits and event styling for a themed occasion,
from the Edwardian era, through the decades to the 1970s.
From the dress itself, to accessories, flowers, make-up and hair,
even extra details such as venue, cake, stationery, photography,
and entertainment are covered."
I have lost cound the number of
times I have day dreamed about writing my own book. I can't believe that on that wet and windy day on Christmas Eve 2007, when my husband proposed to me in Whitby, that almost five years later, I'd be living and fulfilling my dreams in every way. I have so very much to thank my readers for, and all those people who I've connected with through Love My Dress who have opened up amazing opportunities (here's looking at you, Naomi Thompson). Please, excuse me for saying, but I really am bursting with pride right now. Pride, and a big dose of nervousness of course!
I probably would have kept things under wraps just a little
longer, but, with every site in the world being linked to social media these days, including online book stores, I was fearful that the odd Facebook 'like' here or there would let my secret out before I'd had chance to make a proper announcement, and so, I gained permission from Anova to share my exciting news with you all today. I'm not linking to any pre-sales just yet, because I'd rather not encourage them until a little closer to book launch time. I really do hope you understand, though please, by all means – if you're an eager beaver, you can easily locate the pre-sale entry on sites like Amazon.
Below, sneak previews of content from my upcoming book, 'Style Me Vintage: Weddings' – some of you may notice these from my Instagram feed…
There are so many wonderful and hard working souls that I need to thank and that have been absolutely pivotal to bringing this project to fruition, and trust me, I'll be doing all that in due course when I blog about my book project more fully. For now, I would like to express my immense love and gratitude to the following people who have worked so incredibly hard in helping me to create a beautiful, inspirational resource that I am so incredibly proud of;
Joanna Brown, Photographer
Zoe Lem, Fashion Stylist and Advisor
Michelle Kelly of Pocketful of Dreams, Stylist (detail/decor)
Kate Fletcher of Vintage Style Hire, Props/Styling Advisor
Severin Hubert of Hepburn Collection, Hair Stylist
Amanda Moorhouse of Lipstick & Curls, Makeup Artist
My Husband Philip, along with Lizzie Jones of Wedding Yurts and Leyla Seydo – Photoshoot Assistants
Lizze Ostrum, aka, Odette Toilette – Scent Specialist
Sharon of MInnie Moons – Vintage manicure specialist
Zone Models and the beautiful Claire, Sarah C, Ivana, Tahuonia, Gia and Rebecca
Our amazing photoshoot venue Dalston Heights in East London (with special thanks to Ricky)
Frances of Reellove Films
My commissioning Editor Emily Preece-Morrison and her team at Anova Books
My publishing agent Rebecca Winfield
Naomi Thompson, for her recommendation to Anova Books
Franky, for helping me body-swerve near meltdown over the past few months – seriously!
The Hoxton Hotel for so kindly providing storage as well as accommodation during the period of our photoshoot
Some Instagram images I took on set at our photoshoot venue, Dalston Heights, East London
I also need to thank the many, many contributors who loaned their beautiful dresses, jewellery, accessories, shoes, props, skill, time and expertise and allowed reproduction of their photography to help make Style Me Vintage: Weddings look out of this world. You are many in number and I will be thanking you all and giving you proper recognition in due course, but for now, please accept this humble blog post as a sign of how incredibly grateful and in awe of you all I am;
Artcadia, Berinmade, Beautiful Bird Creations, Belle and Bunty, Tyler Branch, Blush Floral Design, Charlotte Casadéjus, Eliza Claire, Emma Case, The Couture Company, Candy Anthony, Cherished Vintage, Christopher Currie Photography, Circa Vintage Brides, The Cotton Candy girls, Cutture, Dana Bolton, Lisa Devlin, Doris Designs, Dottie Creations, Edwina Ibbotson (no website), Elizabeth Avey, Emily & Jo, Emmy Shoes, Debs Ivelja, Freya Rose, Fur Coat No Knickers, Steve Gerrard, Harriet Wilde Shoes, Heavenly Vintage Brides, Hetty Rose Shoes, Sheena Holland, House of Istria, HT Headwear, Jo Barnes Vintage, Joanne Fleming, Katya Katya Shehurina, Lila, Lucy Marshall, Luellas Boudoir, Anneli Marinovich, James Melia, Graham Morgan, Olofson Design, Madeline Bride, McKinley Rodgers, Paper Poms, Rosie Parsons, Ed Peers, Poppy Children, The Real Cut Flower Garden, Vicky Rowe, Sally Lacock, Shoot Lifestyle Photography, Rachel Simpson Shoes, Britt J. Spring, The State of Grace, Studio 1208, Nick Tucker, Unforgettable Vintage Brides, The Utterly Sexy Cafe, Victoria Millésime, Vicky Trainor, Vintage Fur Hire, Vowed and Amazed and Zoe Clark Cakes.
I must also make special thanks to Emma Woodhouse, Laura Caudery and Pennny of Tigerlily Weddings for believing in me and for regularly checking in on my progress and offering kind words of encouragement (and the occasional boot up the backside) and on that note, lord only knows what the heck I'd have done without my dear lovely Mum and also my lovely Mother and Father in Law.
The gorgeous PhotographerJoanna Brown taking a rest in
between 3 very long and exhausting days of non-stop shooting, with Lizzie Jones of Wedding Yurts, who makes the best tea and raw chocolate in the whole of the
So with the Gwyneth Paltrows now over and my secret now out, may I breath a sigh of relief!! I stayed up way too late hovering over the 'schedule' button on this post last night – so intense were my nerves and excitement at sharing my big news with you all, and so by the time you are reading this, I'll hopefully be catching a mini lie-in before another crazy day of book launch planning takes shape. Why, you didn't think I'd launch my first book without a party, did you?
Watch out for more posts from me, featuring more news about my book, book giveaways, book content previews and details of how you can pre-order your own copy.
Have a really very marvellous morning everyone,