22nd April 2017

Hello hello! It’s so good to be back with you today for a Q&A with one of my favourite people in the wedding world who just happens to be Group Wedding Director at The Principal Hotel Company. Kelly Mortimer oversees all things wedding for the The Principal Hotel Company’s amazing portfolio of venues and today, she’s here to give us the insider track on the latest developments at The Principal Hotel Company and some great advice too…

In case you missed this feature recently introducing The Principal Hotel Company’s 48 truly brilliant properties, then let me give you a quick rundown. Each venue has a remarkable history and a distinct character, bespoke wedding packages and super caring wedding coordinators. Their collection includes countryside retreats, elegant city centre hotels, Victorian mansion houses and, coming soon, an iconic London landmark.

Anyway, it’s time to hear from Kelly and she can tell us much, much more…

Why weddings at one of your venues are so special?

Our romantic venues offer great event spaces but most importantly each venue has a personal wedding coordinator, my team are completely dedicated to offering a warm and helpful service from the first time a bride calls us. Our wedding people love what that they do and that’s key when dealing with such a personal event and a bride for over a year – or sometimes two!

Your Love Story With The Principal Hotel Company – A Q&A With Kelly Mortimer, Group Wedding Director (Get Inspired Supplier Spotlight )

Are there venues in your portfolio to suit every type of couple?

YES! There’s city chic glamour at our Principal properties (York, Edinburgh, Manchester and London) and they offer high-end luxury, menus for foodies and buildings full of style. Continue reading…

21st April 2017

Oh my goodness, I am so excited to share today’s wedding- not only does the bride wear the most beautiful beaded dress, but the ceremony takes place in one of my favourite places in all the world- Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District.  I spent so many hours dreaming here as a child and so many trips laughing through the rain as an adult- my husband and I visit this gorgeous place every time we’re in the area, and did so the weekend we ourselves got engaged, just down the road.  I’m so delighted to introduce you to Alex, an equine journalist and Lachlan, a full time student and beekeeper, who married at Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick on the 7th July 2016, followed by a reception at the Lodore Falls Hotel in Borrowdale.

“Our inspiration was exploration, so we had a lot of maps involved and a globe for guests to sign instead of a guest book.  The tables were also named after explorers.  We have done a lot of travelling together and we love getting to know new parts of the world. We chose the stone circle for our ceremony because we aren’t religious but wanted to get married in an ancient place of significance and it has a beautiful view of the mountains.”

Photography by Through the Woods We Ran

A Maggie Sottero Gown for a Stone Circle Wedding (Weddings )

Alex wore the utterly gorgeous ‘Lola’ by Maggie Sottero, which she purchased from Olivia James Bridal by Tracy in Egremont, Cumbria.  I just adore the beaded sleeves and low cut back.

“I saw Lola in the third shop we went into and walked straight up to it.  I never expected to buy a sparkly dress but it just called to me!  I loved the twenties look.” Continue reading…

21st April 2017

Now you know how much all of us here at Love My Dress just adore the brilliant gift list company Prezola? Well, if it were possibly, we’re now even more head over heels because Prezola have just made gifts lists even better with the launch of the downright amazing Prezola Rewards. If you’d like to be able to treat yourselves to a few more treats from your list after your wedding thanks to your guests’ purchases, then Prezola is the gift list company for you.

So, just when you think you know something, it goes and changes right there in front of you! We’ve known and loved Prezola for a long time – their fantastic range, excellent service and complete understanding of all things gift list won them a special place in our hearts a long time ago but they might just have revolutionised the wedding gift list with their brand new customer loyalty scheme, Prezola Rewards.

Prezola Rewards – Your Wedding Gift List Just Got Even Better! (Get Inspired Supplier Spotlight )

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Every time one of your beloved wedding guests buys you a gift from your Prezola wedding gift list, you’ll earn Prezola Rewards. This ace arrangement means that you’ll essentially earn £1 to spend on Prezola for every £10 that your guests spend on products bought as part of your gift list.*

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21st April 2017

Hello lovely ones. I’m back again with a fabulous wedding to feast your eyes on, at none other than The Asylum (our second Asylum wedding this week). I have a soft spot for a good London wedding anyway but it’s such a unique venue, yet so typically ‘London’. Ashleigh, the bride is a seamstress and the groom, James is a silk screen printer and skateboarder. They both know a little something about style, and this is evident from their gorgeous 9th of September wedding, not only is it stunning to look at, it looks like it was immense fun. The Hendrys did a wonderful job of capturing every moment possible.

“I’m a bit obsessed with medieval history, and wanted to bring a kind of tudor banquet feel to the day. We loved the decadence and dreaminess that you see in old oil paintings and the gilded candlelight you imagine filled palaces. We didn’t want to go too over the top, so I put back my crown! We used red, pink and gold. A bit Dolce and Gabbana, a bit rock’n’roll. Tudors in a pink cadillac. We called the day Baroque’n’roll.”

Photography by The Hendrys

A Stylish Rock'n'Roll Wedding At The Asylum in London (Weddings )

“We held the ceremony at The Asylum in Peckham, London. It’s an old chapel that was bombed in the war and basically left as a shell. It is such a beautiful building, with a kind of faded majesty, and filled with candles. The reception was at the East Dulwich Tavern. It’s a Georgian room above the pub with lovely chandeliers and a bit of grit.” Continue reading…

20th April 2017

I love to travel abroad, but I’m also a big fan of Wales- its such a beautiful area and I strongly advise a trip there if you can.  Today’s bride and groom married near Brecon, surrounded by hills and mountains and its the most beautiful day- I can’t wait to share.

Meet Tara, a style writer for an interiors magazine and Dave, an accountant, who married on the 20th August 2016 at St Edmund’s Church Crickhowell, followed by a reception at the stunning Llangoed Hall.

“My love of flowers and nature inspired the styling.  I wanted an outdoor, bohemian feel that highlighted natural beauty, so opted for a very neutral colour scheme in a very relaxed style with nothing too structured.  Our venues and the surrounding scenery were so beautiful, I felt that anything more would have taken away from that.”

Photography by Hannah Duffy

Stephanie Allin for an Elegant Country House Wedding (Weddings )

Today’s gorgeous, light-filled images were the work of our Little Book for Brides Member, the fabulous Hannah Duffy.

“I can’t recommend Hannah enough; she did the most wonderful job from start to finish, even travelling to our home before the wedding to talk through the style of photography we wanted.  She also travelled down to our venue a day early to suss out potential locations and come to the rehearsal.  So many guests mentioned how friendly and warm she was and she made us both feel relaxed and comfortable.  We are SO pleased with the results.”


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20th April 2017

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well today? Do any of you share my love for the sea? I grew up by the seaside, on the beautiful Lincolnshire coast with its incredible skies and sea as far as the eye can see, and I’ve returned here after a few years away working. I’m not sure I would ever be happy living anywhere but the coast. There’s something about the space and sense of freedom. That’s why I love the wedding we are sharing with you today so much. I defy you not to fall in love with the sunshine, cliffs, turquoise decor and relaxed style captured by Katherine Ashdown in these shimmering, happy, bright images.

The couple are Steve and Lucy who married at Tunnels Beaches, near Ilfracombe, Devon on 30 May 2016. We’ve shared a couple of outdoor weddings at Tunnels before on Love My Dress; what an incredible location for a wedding ceremony. Steve runs a roofing company and Lucy is a wedding photographer, and brought a relaxed, personal approach to their day. They had marked their marriage legally a month before in Brisbane, Australia, and chose Tunnels as Lucy had come across the venue through her work. Like many couples, Lucy and Steve were keen to make the day as personal to them as possible, and went against the usual trends and traditions to do so.

“Being a wedding photographer, I had very clear ideas about what I wanted and that it was a day that Steve and I both wanted. We both love being by the seaside and very keen to have a very relaxed, non fussy, and to an extent none traditional day. We wanted it to be about having fun with our guests, and being bright and cheerful. It was important to us that we still felt like US on the day, Steve being a roofer rarely wears suits, so that was the first tradition to go out of the window.”

Photography by Katherine Ashdown

Lovely Loose Lace for a Laidback Devon Beach Wedding (Weddings )

Lucy’s Bouret gown was perfect for a beach-side wedding, being fresh, light, floaty and oh-so-pretty. What do you think of the wide, lacy sleeves?

“I wore a Bouret dress from Rock the Frock who have been amazing throughout the whole experience. I originally was ordering high street dresses to try as to begin with it was an expense I couldn’t justify, but soon realising none felt right. I went to try on a few from bridal shops, but finding that so many are very bridal-like, it was all too much for me so I went on the hunt for something more low key. I contacted Rock the Frock, tried my dress on and although it really didn’t fit me at that time, I knew it was the one! I loved it and still do! It was simple, elegant, beach like and low key.” Continue reading…

19th April 2017

If you’re still dreaming of the Easter holiday weekend and wishing you were right back there relaxing (and demolishing a packet of mini eggs), then read on for a little downtime with the simply stunning wedding of Alissa and John, with artistically brilliant images by Joanna Brown Photography. The couple’s civil ceremony on the 23rd of April 2016 was held at ‘decadently decayed’ venue The Asylum in London, followed by a reception at beautiful Brunswick House.

“We wanted everything about our wedding to be as individual to us as possible, and for the day to be something that we would both truly love. There was no particular style, apart from we wanted a balance of kooky, elegant and intimate. The venues and the bride’s traditional Thai wedding dress set the tone.”

Photography by Joanna Brown

An Elegant Thai Silk Dress for a Modern, Kooky and Intimate London Wedding (Weddings )

“Our photographer Joanna of Joanna Brown Photography was just wonderful, from our initial chat over Skype and help planning the wedding, to artistically and candidly capturing all of the intimate moments. What I am most grateful to Joanna for is being such a lovely and calming presence in the few hours at home before the ceremony – invaluable.”

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19th April 2017

Hi everyone, how are you all today? I hope you had a lovely time over the Bank Holiday weekend. Can you believe it’s nearly the end of April already? I love this time of year, when the days are getting longer and nature is waking up. One of my favourite things when I wake early is to lie in bed and listen to the birdsong outside. There’s a huge horse chestnut tree that I can see from my bedroom window, and I love seeing the candles beginning to blossom and the fresh, young green leaves unfurl a little more each day. Thinking about foliage brings me nicely on to this morning’s wedding;  Shevaughn and Hamish tied the knot on 24th September last year, with a ceremony held at St John’s Church in Cullingworth in Bradford, West Yorkshire, followed by a relaxed and lovely Papakata Sperry Tent reception held in the nearby grounds of Shevaughn’s parent’s home’.

These gorgeous images are the work of Melissa Beattie. We’ve featured her work many times on Love My Dress – I personally really love Melissa’s ability to capture natural, genuine moments. Melissa is also a member of our Little Book for Brides wedding directory. Visit her profile here and you can take advantage of a very special offer for Love My Dress readers.

Now how about this beautiful Jenny Packham gown? The dress and veil combination conjurs images for me of a woodland fairy, which fits beautifully with the natural, foliage-oriented feel of this wedidng. Shevaughn purchased her dress from the Jenny Packham flagship store in Mayfair and added a lace-edged Cathedral veil by the same designer.

“Jenny, the lady who ran my fitting, was just wonderful. She was so full of energy and so down-to-earth it made for a great experience – all whilst listening to calming music surrounded by scented candles and looking out in a Zen-style garden.”

A Jenny Packham Gown for a Romantic Wedding in the Bride's Parent's Garden (Weddings )

“Our photographer, Melissa Beattie, was fantastic to work with and made everything very easy for us. We chatted a bit before the big day and got a list of ͚family photos that were needed. Apart from the rapid fire twenty-to-thirty minutes needed to get these done, Melissa snapped away in the background and has quite simply taken some absolutely stunning photos. We are so happy with them.

The thing that we loved most about Melissa was that she let us get on with our day and took the photos around us, now and again popping in to move my veil or straighten something. The last thing we wanted was a photographer who spends the day inches away from you ordering you around. It couldn’t have been further from that with Melissa.”

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