London Bridal Fashion Week and The White Gallery

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Last week I was excited to attend the White Gallery {an international industry event for designers showcasing newest collections to the press and buyers set in Battersea Park} and London Bridal Fashion Week {a new international show in it’s first yet set in the historic Billingsgate Market}. It was a lot of fun, especially the catwalk shows. You may have seen some of the photos on Phoebe’s Instagram, we were in love. And we have decided that we should all get married every year just so we can wear all of these beautiful dresses. Some seriously incredible new designers out there too. If you’re on the hunt for a wedding gown or shoes then have a gander through this before you look any further.

Here’s a look at some of our favourite dresses, designers and current trends for 2016 spotted at both The White Gallery and London Bridal Fashion WeekContinue reading

a beach themed wedding in the english countryside | uk wedding blog

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Hello and welcome to another glorious week of real weddings and inspiration. A new series is launching on Sunday, it will hopefully help me get over the end of #MarriedMay for another year. I hope you had a lovely bank holiday, I sadly managed to catch some kind of cough/chest infection on Thursday and have been coughing ever since. Still managed to have fun though, my sister came up to stay and attend Slam Dunk in Leeds. We threw a birthday party for our elderly neighbour on Monday, he heartbreakingly informed us it was the first birthday party he had ever had…in 67 years. We went to the pub and played Jenga and then realised that was another bank holiday gone! At least we have gorgeous weddings and inspiration to take us through to the next one.

Aside from this wedding being beautiful, I love that Guy captured the walk to the church. Something so simple, that the bride had probably done hundred of times before, but it would have meant something extra special that day. All the feels. Congratulations Louisa and Chris!

photography by Guy Collier 

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Honeymooning in Mauritius

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We haven’t talked tropical honeymoons in a while have we? I think it may just be my favourite subject. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I was in the tropical paradise that is Mauritius last week honeymooning. So today I’d love to tell you about my favourite new travel agent Susie Freeman and give you some inspiration for your own Mauritian honeymoon with our stay at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

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a beautifully vibrant wedding in a disused water mill | uk wedding blog

 

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Morning! Today’s wedding has such a vibrant, fresh feel that I hope it encourages the sun to come out, at least for a couple of hours! Kelly and Toby got married in August of last year, Kelly is Cabin Crew and Toby is a fireman but assures us they didn’t meet through Uniform Dating! Many beautiful touches, captured perfectly by husband and wife team Kevin and Carol. I hope you enjoy (look out for some shoe porn!)

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Our favourites from Barcelona Bridal Week – Day 1 | uk wedding blog

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You may have seen on my social media lately that we were invited to attend Barcelona Bridal Week? Exceptionally flattered and of course we said yes. I wasn’t sure how to split these posts up because there are so many gorgeous dresess, and designers (some very new to me) that I wanted to do them all justice. If you are looking for your gown still, make sure you hold off till you’ve read all the posts as these are the designers and trends you will be seeing in 2016

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a timeless, elegant wedding at Harewood House | uk wedding blog

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Good morning!! How was your weekend? I made the awful decision to have “a few glasses of wine” with a friend at 3 on Friday, which continued and morphed in to gin by 9pm. Saturday was a struggle, Sunday was full of good TV, dog walks and snacks. Feeling refreshed now and looking forward to the week. Mainly for Eurovision, oh yes, unfollow me on all the social media channels now if you do not share the glitter affinity.  Continue reading

Product vs Personality

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We are almost at the one year mark in the lead up to our wedding. Suppliers are being sought, deposits are being paid and things are gradually starting to feel real! The finish line is in sight.

However it seems our wedding has become all encompassing. I’m not sure more than a hour passes without me at least thinking about the wedding never mind talking about it! The wedding industry is vast! Gone are the days when weddings were organised within weeks and they cost hundreds rather than thousands, favours were called in from family and friends and the search for suppliers would consist of meeting with the man down the pub who owned a nice car! Now there are literally millions of choices to be made. I know you can make your wedding as simple or as complicated as you want to but there’s no getting away from the many decisions to be made all coming in at extraordinary prices.

So as we rack up our wedding suppliers to provide services for this momentous day it got me thinking – what makes us eventually sign on the dotted line? I work in PR and the phrase ‘people buy people’ is banded around on a daily basis but it seems I have adopted this wholeheartedly throughout the planning process.

I mentioned in my last post about being disappointed at my experience of dress shopping, the lack of interest in my wedding, fiancé and budget was very surprising. I understand that these people deal with brides day in day out but I am only going to do this once! Shouldn’t they make you feel special? And the ones that do are surely the ones that will succeed in securing your business. Of all the bridal shops we went to the outlet store was the only one where the shop assistant commented on how I looked in the dresses and asked me questions. So although I loved one of the dresses in the first shop I feel more inclined to go for the outlet dress because of the treatment I received. Of course price and quality also comes in to play when making these decisions but the people are also key.

Most of our suppliers have been personal recommendations. Some, like our DJ I have only communicated with via email and still booked and others I have met with first and compared with at least two other suppliers.

The only one that we have found without personal recommendation is our photographer Chiyo McMillan. My mum and I met her at a wedding fair last year. Her work is beautiful and she kept in touch with me after our meeting and also offered us a discount just for meeting at the fair. I gathered quotes from other photographers but she was so genuine and generous with her time talking to us plus she was within budget so I knew it was the right decision.

So if I was going to give any other brides advice on choosing suppliers I’d say always get at least three quotes. They can vary dramatically so it’s good to get a cross section. And even though its a cliche i’d say just go with your heart, if the price is right, the person behind the business has shown an interest in you and your wedding and you are confident with the product then that is the supplier for you. It is overwhelming but I have been told it will all come together in the end…

thirty under thirty #37 | uk wedding blog

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Afternoon! It is time for your weekly dose of enabling. I think this week I am lusting after those animal print/pastel heels, and a drinks dispenser. I didn’t realise I had put 2 in until it came to popping it all in photoshop. I am obviously hankering after a Pimms fuelled garden party. I have just bought the Clarins Glow Booster after reading so many good reviews so I will let you know how that goes.

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Alon Livne’s Debut at Blackburn Bridal

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Last Friday, I was invited to go and have a look at {and a stroke of} Alon Livne’s collection at Blackburn Bridal in leafy South London. It’s the first time that the Israeli designer has come to the UK and so I was excited to see the dresses. Alon has dressed the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell which is quite impressive! He trained at Alexander McQueen and Roberto Cavivalli before branching out on his own for this collection. Continue reading

delicate, fresh and romantic new collection from Sally Lacock | uk wedding blog

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A collection of beautiful images from Sally Lacock’s new range for you this afternoon. If you are after something with a hint of vintage then Sally’s dresses are definitely for you. Ultra feminine, romantic and timeless, her designs will suit any wedding, and any bride. Continue reading