Saturday Reminders and a Heartfelt Story…

Happy Saturday lunchtime my friends 🙂 I do hope this blog post finds you well.  Saturday is a day most of us are out and about doing their own thing and I usually run a few reminders on the blog, which I will be doing in just a moment.  There is something I want to share with you first however, something that has really touched my heart today.

Just this afternoon, I received an email from one of my readers to thank me for my Vintage Life Magazine feature this month, in which I talk about my Vintage Wedding Gallery project.  The reader, Chelsea, has kindly provided me with permission to share the contents of her email with you all.  Chelsea was one of the first people to contribute to the Vintage Wedding Gallery project by sending in some beautiful old family wedding photographs – two of which feature in this month's Vintage Life Magazine.  Here is what Chelsea had to say…

"I'm just sitting here browsing through my Vintage Life Magazine and I just want a say a heartfelt thank you for featuring my Nan and Grandad in the magazine, I can't tell you how pleased she would have been – she was all about the glamour!  When she passed away this year, she was in her late 80's and still wore a face full of makeup! 

I read the accompanying article of course (fantastic!) and thought I would give you a little more background info to see if it matched your imagination…"

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photograph kindly provided by a reader for the Vintage Wedding Gallery project


"My Grandad was a prisoner of war in Japan, working on the Burma railway, where he caught malaria sixty four times and had his appendix out without anaesthetic for no reason but to torture. He finally returned home to find his Mum and Dad had died, he had really bad Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and developed Parkinson’s disease; no one thought he could have survived.

Then he met my Nan at a party and started working as a postman. They got married, had three children and he died at the age of seventy five (unfortunately when I was only two, I would have LOVED to have met him).

Everyone credited my Nan and her strength for enabling him to live that life and even this year, twenty years after his death, she would talk about what a handsome and loyal husband he was.

Once again thank you so much for doing this, it does mean a lot for me and that magazine is now a keepsake that one day I hope to show my Grandchildren.  The Vintage Wedding Gallery is such a great idea; your blog is full of them!"

Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Love My Dress UK Wedding Blog

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*Gulp*  Isn't that just an incredible story?  I spent a long while during rememberance day yesterday imagining what it must have been like for all those lovers, married, due to be married or otherwise who have been torn apart because of war.  It is utterly heart-breaking that this is still happening in this world right now, but when you hear stories like this, doesn't it go to prove without any shadow of doubt that love absolutely does conquer everthing?

Thank you so very much Chelsea for sharing this wonderful story, I am so pleased that the Vintage Life Magazine has made you smile 🙂


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Just a quick roundup from here on of a few things I want you to know about in case you have missed them so far.  Two of my bridal accessory sponsors are currently offering discounts for readers:-

♥  The wonderful Jo Barnes Vintage is offering my readers a 15% discount on all orders received by midnight on Tuesday 22nd November 2011.  Go shopping at Jo Barnes Vintage and emai

  Victoria Mary Vintage is offering a 15% discount on all items until the end of November.  To claim your discount, visit the Victoria Mary Vintage website and simply quote 'LMD15' at checkout**

  Did you see the Fetcham Park features I blogged about yesterday? Fetcham Park is a beautiful new Surrey wedding venue and I am currently working on a fantastic competition with the owners of the property, when one of my readers will be gifted the venue for absolutely free for their wedding day.  Fetcham Park is just the most beautiful 17th Century mansion house and I cannot recommend highly enough! I attended the open day last month and was blown away.  This will be the biggest competition I have ever run on Love My Dress – hire of the venue for a full day usually costs £4,000. Watch this space for further information…

  Look at this loveliness coming up on Monday morning…

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Rachel Spivey

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  Love My Dress readers who book Martin Beddall for their wedding photography by 30th November 2011 can claim £100 off any package by quoting "LoveMyDress".

  This 'Getting Organised for 2012' post has been a huge hit on the blog this week… have you popped your 2012 diary/organiser on your Christmas wish list yet?

  The brilliant Vintage Wedding Fair takes place this Sunday at Chiswick Town Hall in London – drop by if you can, there are some amazing suppliers on board, including The Vintage Emporium of York {wedding dresses, veils etc}, Heavenly Vintage Brides {who contribute regularly to Love My Dress}, Connie & Dolly {vintage style wedding accessories}, Cherished Vintage {bridal accessories}, Luellas Boudoir, Vintage Twee and Restoration CakeClick here to see a full list of exhibitors.

  Did you see this absolutely fabulous DIY tutorial on how to create your own wedding day heart wreath.  What about creating one of these for the festive period too?

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Jill Thorning-Jensen

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   Finally, if you don't already, make sure you are following Love My Dress on Twitter and Facebook, where I preview all my most exciting content.

Have a lovely Saturday my friends 🙂

Much love,

Annabel xXx



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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.