The Vintage Wedding Dress Company

One of the first things I typed into Google after getting engaged was ‘vintage style wedding dresses’, so you’ll understand my delight when I happened upon this beautiful shop, The Vintage Wedding Dress Company.

Set up by stylist Charlie Brear, (who has dressed celebs like Cat Deeley and Anna Friel) this incredible frock shop is the go-to place for vintage loving brides, who have exhausted the designer and high street stores, whilst looking for ‘the one’…

Offering original dresses from just about every era you can think of – and now their own Decades Collection, the Vintage Wedding Dress Company is a treasure trove for the bygone style of yester-year.

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Bloomin Lovely

The sun is shining and I’ve a vase of the most beautiful Iris’s in my eye-line…so I thought I’d share the power of flower love and post up some floral inspiration; from extremely talented UK based businesses…

Offering country chic styles that make the best of the Great British flowers we have, the Traditional Flower Company (top) grow and sell traditional seasonal flowers as nature intended.  Scarlet & Violet (pictures below) offer retro inspired, statement displays – again, using flowers that are in season…

We’re so lucky to be living in a country that offers such a stunning spectrum of floral scents and colours! Enjoy x

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Sienna Miller – Steal Her Style!

I was having a gander at the uber talented Madeline Isaac James website, when I spotted what looked like a fantastic ‘homage’ to the Marchesa dress Sienna Miller wore to the Oscars a couple of years ago…
Offering Grecian style to great aplomb, the Michelle dress is part of the Platinum Collection.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Madelaine Isaac James, she is famed not only for her incredible yet affordable frocks, but she also creates amazing maternity bridal dresses – an absolute must-look for expectant brides-to-be!

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A Little Treat…

I’ve just started to make some wedding decisions and although I’ve already asked my nearest and dearest to be Bridesmaids…it wasn’t approached in the most delicate fashion. I was drunk. Very drunk and very emotional…and I was dressed in Lederhosen. Long story.

So I thought it best to pull my socks up and ask them properly – and this is how I did it…

These uber gorgeous invites are actually a free download from the incredibly wonderful Wedding Chicks, an amazing US wedding blog, by the hugely talented Amy and Jocey.

Brimming with fabulous and attainable diy wedding ideas, the Wedding Chicks downloads come in a range of designs and can be customised to feature your names, wedding date and colours…and I’m sure you’ll agree - they’re utterly fabulous!

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Halloween Wedding ‘Get The Look’

Following on from my Halloween Mood Board, here’s some ideas to inspire you if you’re planning a Halloween wedding or event…

Get the look:

Claire Pettibone Midnight Blackburn BridalEmma Lace Parasol Brollies Galore, Black Candelabra Argos, Studit Black Courts Selfridges, Bobbi Brown Lipstick House of Fraser.

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Halloween Mood Board

Today’s offerings are inspired by Halloween, with a mood board full of images that evoke a sense of dark goings-on! I tried to steer clear of the gimmicks associated with this popular day, to create a wedding style more akin to the folky ‘summers end’ festival of yester-year…

Credits: Thorngrove Manor Australia, fall bouquet, Martha Stewart, specimen jars, Martha Stewart.

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Jenny Packham SS11 Bridal Collection

The Jenny Packham SS11 Bridal collection was released this week and it’s her best yet! Brimming with mouth-watering frothiness and sparkles galore…it’s what wedding dreams are made of!
I’ve been playing it so cool about my wedding dress choice. Trying to be oh-so-nonchalant, with the whole “the right dress will find me attitude”….but I’m such a girly girl…and LOVE fashion…so the real reason I’ve not found ‘the one’ yet is because I change my mind nearly every day. Every day actually.

These Jenny Packham wonders have really thown a spanner in the works….
Cascade is to-die-for and Kiss is just so ruffle-tastic! Saskia looks good enough to un-wrap…quite the gift for your new Hubby!
Eden is deliciously deco and Dido is perfect for a city chic celebration. Gaia offers quintessentially Grecian Jenny Packham charm.

Wedding dress shops across the country have already started to stock these gorgeous gowns…one of the best stores (and prettiest) around is High Society in Cowbridge where I’ve already racked up a list of ‘must-try-on’s’ when I finally make an appointment!

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Getting Started – The Guest List

Whether it’s a big and bold celebration or an intimate and small affair, your wedding guest list and numbers are going to be one of the first things you look at…and there’s two ways of doing it that I’d recommend…

Set your ideal number and choose venue accordingly, or find your ideal venue and let that dictate your numbers!

Either way, the guest list is a collaborative task and there needs to be good communication amongst you and your other half.

Firstly, I’d say if your folks are contributing to costs, they might have set their heart on inviting certain people, so it’s always worth asking (and perhaps negotiating!) ahead of creating you own lists…

Now I could go into the formal ‘nitty gritty’ of how traditionally, the Brides family would pay and therefore invite more guests blah blah, but I just don’t agree with all that hullaballoo…

For our guest list, we initially created three lists and it worked really well.

The “Defo List” included our parents, siblings and ourselves of course…I say ‘of course’ but we actually missed ourselves off the list initially!!!

“His list”, the Grooms list included everyone he’d like to invite if budget and numbers weren’t a factor.

“Her List”, same as the Groom list above.

We then sat down together and set about creating the “Ultimate List” based on the kind of wedding we hope to achieve…small and informal.

It wasn’t too painful, though we both had to compromise…in fact, we were ruthless in some cases! There is a teeny tiny reserve list too, which I’d recommend doing…just make sure the ‘reserves’ don’t out who they are!

Just remember, it’s ultimately your day, your way…team ‘Mr and Mrs’!

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Get The Look – Autumn Mood Board

After publishing my first mood board yesterday, it struck me that whilst it’s all very well creating inspiration for Brides-to-be, it needs to be rooted in reality…

So, I’ve made it my mission to follow them up with a ‘get the look’ feature, offering ideas that can be bagged from UK  online and stores and suppliers in hope of giving you a helping hand!

Get the look from:

Autumn Arrangement M&S, Birch Logs Not On The High St, Peep Toes Dune, Autumn Cake from Heathers Cakes, Guerlain Idylle John Lewis, Wedding Dress no:8465 Justin Alexander, French Rustic Candle Not On The High St.

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Autumn Mood Board

Having predominantly created tangible mood boards for interior design clients and their briefs, it is sooo exciting to be creating ‘virtual’ inspiration for weddings…and with so many awesome images to stimulate my creative juices…the world wide web is my oyster!

My first Boho Bride mood board is influenced by the Autumnal pallete that surrounds us this season and the earthy, lush yields of harvest. Enjoy! x

Credits:

Dress Joan Shum via SMP, orchid bouquet Martha Stewart, barn picture via Lean and Glow, candles Cox and Cox.

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