17th March 2017

How does a professional photographer chose her own wedding photographer? Well, in this case, bride Sejin chose her best friend Sylwia of Cro and Kow Love and I simply cannot imagine a better outcome.  I absolutely adore these photographs- they’re just so wonderfully vivid- you can almost taste the strawberries, feel the breeze and the warmth of the sunshine and smell the ripe cheeses and fresh seafood.  Let me whisk you away to the beautiful Chateau Mossardiere in Pornic, France, where Sejin (a professional photographer studying for a Masters in Art Psychotherapy) and Jon (a computer engineer) married in a beautifully small and select ceremony on the 10th May 2016.

“Jon used to travel to Pornic frequently with his family as a child and we decided to return to the place where he had so many fond memories.  I was always curious about the stories Jon told about his family holidays and we both love French architecture so thought a vintage theme would be ideal for the wedding.”

Photography by Cro and Kow Love

A Tadashi Shoji Gown for a Charming Wedding in the French Countryside (Weddings )

Sejin wore the most beautiful gown by Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji, paired with a very elegant pair of shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo.  I just adore the bodice detailing.
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17th March 2017

Hi there lovelies, I can hardly believe that we’re half way through March already. I do love the cheeriness that comes with the longer, brighter days. Our Friday morning wedding this week is that of lovely bride Maddy, a programme manager at Teach for India, and Louka, a special projects manager for an education trust on the 2nd of July 2016 at the magnificent Sandon Hall Estate in Staffordshire. They weaved their wanderlust with their love of nature using bright florals, colourful birds and a delicious Indian feast, and the groom was the entertainment, singing for the bride alongside one of their bridesmaids. It looks quite epic.

“Our main objective was to have a wedding that reflected us, our diversity and our love of nature and travel. We chose Sandon Hall Estate primarily for its proximity to Louka’s family home but when we visited it to look around we really fell in love with it. The grounds and the conservatory were incredibly beautiful and serene but we also loved that it is still used as a family home which gives it a feeling of authenticity. We felt instantly at home there and knew it was the place for us.”

Photography by Alice the Camera

A Rime Arodaky Two-Piece for a Nature Inspired Country House Wedding (Weddings )

I’m in love with Maddy’s gorgeous two-piece dress, a Rime Arodaky creation from The Mews bridal boutique in Notting Hill.

“I chose the dress as I felt it was unique. I hadn’t seen anything like it at the weddings I’d already been to. I loved that it was a top and a skirt and the buttoned lace top was irresistible. Its shape also had hints of India which fitted with that aspect of our theme.” Continue reading…

16th March 2017

Good morning lovelies. For those of you relatively new to Love My Dress, are you aware that we have our own private/closed Facebook group for brides to be and newlyweds only?  Established just a year ago, the following words written by a member of the group who left this week now that she’s a happy newlywed, say it all; ‘This group has been a delight and an eye opener. I leave with one parting piece of advice, not about weddings, but about the group itself; Continue to support, care and love. Of course offer differing opinions but do so respectfully and with friendship. Call out any undermining of the groups values when you see it and take charge of championing women, and their glorious differences, always. In doing so, the group will forever remain a safe, supportive, creative and wonderful haven for everyone.’. Needless to say, if you are a bride to be or newlywed and you haven’t yet joined the group, we’d truly love to see you there.

So this morning’s wedding features not only the work of one of my favourite UK Wedding photographers, whose gorgeous imagery we’ve been sharing for a number of years now, it also features a dress by a designer whose creations I am absolutely smitten by, the fabulous, Sheffield based, independent designer, Kate Beaumont. Chloe, Head of Digital at a creative agency married Jody, Regional Manager for Zip Industries on 12th February this year at The West Mill in Darley Abbey, Derby.

The West Mill had so much character we didn’t need to do much styling. We wanted the day to be relaxed and natural, so focused mainly on the flowers. We had lots of them! We wanted bold colours and lots of texture, so went for tons of foliage with blues, purples, bright pinks, nudes and golds. Barely anything matched, except for the bridesmaid bouquets, as we wanted it to all feel as eclectic as our venue. My favourite little feature was pairs of gold flamingos in little love nests on each floor. I spray painted them and the florist made the nests with lots of natural foliage.”

Photography by S6 Photography

Kate Beaumont Lace for a Colourful, Relaxed and Lovely Family Wedding (Weddings )

“I just didn’t feel myself in a lot of dresses. I wanted something relaxed, comfortable and super-stylish. My Mum found Kate Beaumont’s website and it seemed just the understated, informal and comfortable style that I wanted. There were three dresses in her collection that I loved, but the one I chose – Hollyhock – stood out.” Continue reading…

15th March 2017

We’re switching things up a little this afternoon and moving our focus away from the bride and beautiful dresses, to the groom.  These gorgeous images were sent in by our friend Kate Beavis of The National Vintage Wedding Fair, who felt that frankly, it was about time the groom received a little love and attention on wedding blogs like ours. And we agree completely, especially when the outfits are as gorgeous as this. Are you getting a say on the choice of suit your groom wears? If not, you might want to push your phone (complete with browser open on this very page) under his eyes.

“Grooms suits don’t often get featured in the wedding press as of course, the focus tends to be on the wedding dress and the bride. And sometimes men’s suits tend to be quite plain. With these two facts niggling away, we set out to create a set of images using interesting suit designs to capture the imaginations of all the men out there (and hopefully, their brides too). For once, the bride took a back step, and let her groom shine.”

Photography by Claire Macintyre

Stylish, Modern, Vintage Inspired Suits For Grooms (Weddings )

“I chose to feature suits from 20th Century Chap who design and manufacture everything they sell in the UK, something I am very passionate about. Every suit they create is based on original designs, so uses silhouettes that were popular in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950s – beautiful, classic, timeless and sharp design.” Continue reading…

15th March 2017

Here in Yorkshire the sun has been shining and spring finally feels like it might be on its way- I’m so looking forward to warm evenings in the garden and the ability to go outside without a coat.  Today we have the most gorgeous summer wedding for you, to prepare you for the warm days to come- its a real beauty. Meet Jade, a fashion buyer and Daniel, a carpenter, who married on the 1st July 2016 at the beautiful Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire.

Today’s beautiful photographs are the work of Julia and You, one of our much-loved Little Book For Brides members.  I love the soft and romantic style and the photographs taken in the vintage Rolls Royce, which was provided by Notley.

“We can’t thank Julia enough.  She was amazing and made everyone feel really comfortable.  As soon as we saw Julia’s work online we knew that we wanted her to photograph our wedding as her style really felt like it fitted us.  The natural style was just what we were looking for.”

Vera Wang Elegance for a Romantic Country House Wedding (Weddings )

“The style of our wedding was simple, old yet modern, with beautiful floral details and lots of fun.  We wanted the day to have a laid back and fun feel so having an acoustic band, ice cream and garden games for our drinks reception just suited us. We also love a party so wanted to make sure that our evening reception was full of fun with a brilliant DJ, photobooth and lots of drinks to go around.”

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15th March 2017

So it’s no secret that everyone here at Love My Dress has a major crush on A Most Curious Wedding Fair. This is genuinely the coolest, most creative, bursting-at-the-seams-with-awesomeness show around – packed full of insanely gorgeous suppliers and some of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. Last year I attended the show for the first time, and within minutes bumped into a fellow bride-to-be by the name of Alice – the very same Alice who played a starring role in this wild boho heaven of a wedding. (Also the very same Alice who has become my pleasingly regular Shoreditch cocktail date, and on whose sofa, ok dog’s bed, I passed out on after a rather boozy murder mystery party.)

Today’s achingly cool bride, Emily, Studio Manager for Knox Bhavan Architects, who wed husband Jon, Head Art Technician at the Victoria Miro Gallery on  2nd June 2016, found her wedding photographer at Most Curious – the truly talented Karolina of Hearts on Fire Photography. We are super proud to support this wonderful lady through our curated supplier directory, Little Book for Brides.

Karolina’s work is modern, sophisticated and oh-so-cool; the perfect fit for this awesome couple, who held their ceremony at The Old Library at Dulwich College, and their reception at the industrial warehouse haven that is Brixton East 1871. Their vibrant wedding video by the bride’s old school friend Harry Chesterton is the perfect way to kick this off.

“We wanted our wedding to be cool and casual. Both venues were so stunning that we didn’t want to do too much to them – it definitely wasn’t over the top. The wonderful Karolina at Hearts on Fire was our photographer. I first met her at A Most Curious Wedding Fair in East London after my bridesmaid bought me a ticket as an engagement present. I’d already seen Karolina’s work on blogs and it really stood out to me, so when I saw it at the fair I went up and told her how much I liked her work. We kept in touch and although we had a friend lined up to do out photos, that fell through. Karolina stepped in and saved the day and we’re so happy we had her.”

Images by Hearts on Fire Photography

A Halterneck Dress for a Sculpture Inspired, Cool and Modern London Wedding (Weddings )

Emily headed to Otherwise Design Studio in Peckham to design her dream gown – a structural, modern beauty that has to be one of my all-time favourite wedding dresses. Simple, clean and with such gorgeous movement, it’s totally divine, and so beautifully paired with minimal Whistles heels in the same nude colour palette as the bridesmaids dresses, purchased from my high street favourites, COS and Zara. You may also recognise musician La Roux in amongst that fabulous girl gang, an über-cool maid of honour in her vintage silk shirt and tailored trousers. Continue reading…

14th March 2017

If you’re a bride-to-be with short hair it’s easy to feel a little bit left out when it comes to styling your hair. Pinterest is full of images of loose tumbling boho waves, soft up-dos and romantic braided half-up hairstyles, along with lots of options for hair accessories. Sadly there’s not so much short hair wedding inspiration out there – which can make it seem like brides with crops have very little choice when it comes to styling their locks.

But this is so far from the truth – pixie cuts and bobs look absolutely amazing with all sorts of hair accessories, from simple combs and pins to statement headdresses – and even the shortest crop can take a variety of headpieces if you know the right tricks!

Photography by Jess Petrie, hair accessories by Debbie Carlisle

How To Style Wedding Hair Accessories With Short Hair, by Debbie Carlisle (Bridal Fashion Fashion & Beauty Get Inspired Supplier Spotlight )

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If your hair is fine and you’re worried about a comb or hairpin staying in place there are a number of tricks you or your hairstylist can use. I use metal combs which can all be gripped into place by kirby grips or bobby pins which either push through the looped teeth of my larger combs or grip on top of my smaller combs. Bobby pins will also hold hairpins in place so they are more secure.

Bridal hair and make-up artist Alison Jenner, who created most of the looks you see here, used Osis texturising dust to create a thicker stronger base in which to fix combs and hairpins in our model’s short hair. It magically turns fine hair into thick hair that will virtually stick to a comb or pin and is great for grease-prone hair. If you find texturizing dusts can be too sticky for your hair the VO5 and Schwarzkopf texturising dusts are another good choice, says Alison. Continue reading…

14th March 2017

Lovelies, wherever you are in the world, I hope you’ve had your breakfast, lunch or dinner, as I guarantee that after you set your eyes on these glorious images by Amber Marie Photography you’ll be peckish! Get set for a food lover’s paradise with this most charming wedding held at River Cottage HQ in Devon, and complete with fabulous florals by The Real Cut Flower Garden, a dress from Miss Bush and heels by Rachel Simpson, who are all treasured members of the helpful little wedding resource, Little Book for Brides. Annabel shared this delightful wedding last week that the cottage hosted and I can so see why it’s the perfect wedding venue if you want an outdoor option, a pretty countryside as a backdrop, and a chance to feast on tempting, locally sourced, delicious food. The lovely couple, web designer Abi, and Rich, a marketing manager, wed on the 13th of August 2016 with a humanist ceremony in the beautiful River Cottage HQ garden.

“We both wanted the wedding to be very relaxed and personal to us. We love being outdoors and close to nature, so wanted the wedding to reflect this and have a natural-outdoorsy feel. Having an outdoor humanist ceremony was amazing as we could make it really personal with our own vows and were able to say them under a beautiful arch of sweet peas at the bottom of the garden. We didn’t want anything to formal or manicured in look and in keeping with the venue our decorations had a rustic and DIY feel, with lots of bunting, hand-decorated jam jars and wild flowers.”

Photography by Amber Marie Photography

A Maggie Sottero Gown for a Charming River Cottage Wedding (Weddings )

Abi’s divine dress was by Maggie Sottero, bought from a firm favourite of us here at headquarters; Miss Bush bridal boutique in Ripley, Surrey (visit the Little Book For Brides listing).

“I love the simple silhouette combined with the stunning intricate beading work, which had a gorgeous modern vintage feel. The deep V back was a lovely feature too.” Continue reading…