20th August 2014

Welcome lovely readers, I hope you are having a wonderful Summer! I know you will adore the wedding I have for you today. It’s the perfect mix of modern elegance and vintage details.

Lindsay and Ashley got married on the 22 of May this year, 18 months after Ashley proposed in South East Asia. Lindsay’s love of fresh flowers is clear with the abundance of mixed white flowers all over the venue and her lovely ladder table plan. The small details in their wedding make it so special, Lindsay even made a heart shaped clay name plate for each guest and arranged for everyone to have an ice-cream outside after the ceremony!

“Flowers were the main focal point. I’m a bit obsessed with freshly cut flowers so I knew I wanted a variety of white flowers in rustic pots and jars so we based the rest of the décor around a quite shabby chic / vintage feel.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Kerry Morgan

Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey is local to where we both grew up. We used to go to the park and public gardens within the grounds separately with our families when we were children. It still retains its Georgian features but with a modern twist – it was exactly what I was looking for. The planners, Jade and Lucy, were so helpful from start to finish. The day went so smoothly and it was all down to them.”

“On the day we went to look at Nonsuch, they were setting up another wedding so we got to see how it would really look rather than just empty rooms – we both fell in love with it straight away. The flowers looked so amazing that we even hired the same florist!

Michelle Rust was still setting up so we took her card and made an appointment to see her later. The flowers were so lovely and she made up potted flower boxes and orchids for the mantelpieces too. Everyone commented on the flowers and I just wish I could have frozen them in time and taken them all home with me to last forever! The whole day I was pestering people to take some at the end as I didn’t want them being thrown away.”

“The bridesmaids wore blue Ted Baker dresses. My sister Nicole was 7 months pregnant so it was important that she was comfortable. She and my best friend Jen looked so good in them and I loved that they can be worn with a high or V neck with the buttons at the front. They decided to wear them opposite ways so it looked like they had slightly different dresses.”

Lindsay wore the dazzling ‘Sweetpea’ dress by US brand Ivy and Aster from FrouFrou Bridal in Tunbridge Wells with Rachel Simpson shoes. She decided on a simple headband from Connie and Dolly which complimented her pretty crystal sash.

“I was first drawn to the dress because it had pockets (who doesn’t love a dress with pockets!), I loved the Swiss Dot fabric, it’s so very comfortable and also a little bit fun. Nicole and Helena were just so lovely and helpful, it was such a special experience having the shop all to myself for a full 1.5hr appointment.”

“We knew we wanted Kerry to be our photographer as soon as we saw her previous work. I don’t particularly like posed shots, hers were so natural and I loved how she captured expressions and reactions. She did an amazing job of making sure there were shots of all our lovely guests and really captured the feeling of the day.”

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20th August 2014

Hello readers. Although I’m no longer an official member of the Love My Dress® team, Annabel has asked me to stop by briefly today and share something that will be of particular interest to our colleagues within the wedding industry.

Way back in March, I attended The Wedding Sessions, a day-long workshop hosted by The Wedding Reporter, Emma Woodhouse, and Kirsten Butler, the talented stylist otherwise known as The Little Wedding Helper.

Designed for both new businesses trying to find their feet and established suppliers looking for a gentle nudge in the right direction, the workshop aims to help develop and indulge your creative ideas, enhance your presence online, understand the importance of marketing and networking, and give you lots of little lightbulb ideas that will help you stake your place in the wider wedding industry.

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Kirsten explained how the idea for this unique workshop came about…

‘Emma and I were chatting over lunch and a pot of tea about the journeys we’d been on, from leaving full-time jobs to starting our own business within the wedding industry. We wanted to share our experiences, the lessons we had learnt (and are still learning!), the ups and downs of running your own business and how to get yourself noticed in the wedding world, from social media and blogs to magazines and networking.

We didn’t want this discussion to be a formal business event. We wanted to sit around a table with fellow creative business owners, or those who were just starting out, and talk in an informal environment with lots of tea on hand, a delicious lunch, lots of information to take away and a few treats too. It was as simple as that, and the first Wedding Sessions was born!’

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Franky above – studying hard!

As I’m lucky enough to call Kirsten and Emma my friends, it would be easy for me to gush about my experience at their inaugural workshop, but believe me when I tell you that the day had a profound effect on me.

At the beginning of 2014, I knew I wanted to make some big changes in my career. I needed to establish new goals, refocus my creativity and chase the dreams I had allowed to lie dormant for far too long. The Wedding Sessions marked a real turning point for me and I have come a long way since attending, both in terms of refining the services I offer and gaining new clients.

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Spending time with two successful business owners was inspiring in its own right, but the wealth of knowledge they shared was invaluable. Kirsten and Emma offered advice on finding your niche, branding a business and marketing your work. They gave us guidance on writing a business plan and unravelled the mysteries of social media.

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There was also plenty of time to forge connections with like-minded wedding professionals. Networking within such a laidback setting was a real joy. Many of us have remained in contact and some have even gone on to work together.

‘The Wedding Sessions course was a true godsend for me. Having just decided to start my sample wedding dress business, I was completely unaware of the diverse and inspiring range of people and businesses who make up the wedding industry. Kirsten and Emma really know their stuff, run incredible businesses themselves and genuinely want everyone to succeed and flourish. I was gripped from start to finish! I still refer to my Wedding Sessions bible and will definitely be attending any follow-up courses they have’  (Laura, Bristol Bridal Boutique)

the wedding sessions, the wedding reporter, the little wedding helper

the wedding sessions, the wedding reporter, the little wedding helper

the wedding sessions, the wedding reporter, the little wedding helper

the wedding sessions, the wedding reporter, the little wedding helper

More than anything, I think Kirsten and Emma gave us all the tools and encouragement needed to harness our creativity for financial reward. As they said at the time, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Due to popular demand, The Weddings Sessions will be back in Bristol on Wednesday 1st October. Take my advice and sign up now.

Much love,

Franky

 

Photography - Frances Taylor Photography
Venue - Private Dining Room at Jamie’s Italian, Bristol
Flowers - Daisy Lane Floral
Cupcakes - Chunky Cherub Cakes
Website, logo and branding - Golden Apple Designs

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20th August 2014

Welcome to the wedding of Carla and Ronan, which took place on 20th September 2013. It was a beautiful day held at the most elegant of settings – Gosford Castle in Country Armagh, Northern Ireland – and filled with meaningful touches. I’m sure that now, almost a year on, the couple adore reliving the details of their day through these photographs by Paula O’Hara.

Broadcast journalist Carla and trainee public health consultant Ronan married in the Carla’s home village of Caledon, County Tyrone, with a reception in the grounds of Gosford Castle.  The couple planned their day in little over a year with the very able assistance of Julie-Anne Robertson at Event Planners NI, who also sourced and styled all the décor on the day.

We wanted to get married in my beautiful home village and we got engaged at Gosford Castle, so it has a special place in our hearts. We were thrilled to be able to hold our reception in the grounds.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Paula O’Hara

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“We met on 28th February, 2008. I was touring Germany at the time and Ronan was visiting a friend from college – who happened to be our troupe physiotherapist, Conor. He and my good friend Niamh thought this would be a ideal time to play matchmakers. How right they were! From the minute we clapped eyes on each other we knew something very special had happened. The next day was 29th February – my sister Emma joked that I should’ve asked him to marry me!

I was due to finish touring a few months later and Ronan was due to start research work in Galway, so we knew being in the same country could make this all work out. The rest as they say is (a wonderful) history. We got engaged at Gosford Castle in August 2012.”

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Carla shares the story behind her stunning gown.

“My dress was the result of collaboration between my mum, Teresa O’Brien, and Alison-Jayne Wilson, from Alison-Jayne Couture in Belfast. My mum is a wonderful creator of Carrickmacross lace and Irish crochet. Together, we agreed on a design for the back of my dress which my mum made, together with the crochet lace trim. Alison-Jayne made the rest. 

I loved how Alison-Jayne and Mummy worked together. Their attention to detail, flair and passion for their craft made this dress – which I could only have dreamt of before – a wonderful reality. It felt very special to be able to wear something my mum had made. Her talents know no bounds. She made her own wedding dress over 40 years ago, elements of which she re-created for mine, so I felt like I had a little bit of her with me throughout the day.” 

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The bridesmaid’s gorgeous blush-pink maxi is from Ted Baker.

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“We loved our flowers, which came from The Flower Studio in Dundalk. I didn’t want roses or anything too formal, and just wanted them to be relaxed, wild and cheerful. We were delighted with what Caroline and her team did for us.”

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“Our photographer was Paula O’Hara and she was an absolute dream to have around us on the day. At times we didn’t even know she was there, but she somehow managed to capture each and every special moment. Paula listened to our requirements intently and gave us wonderful memories we’ll cherish for a lifetime.”

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19th August 2014

There is a gorgeous blend of natural and architectural beauty in this wedding. Situated within the lush green woodland of Epping Forest, the Forest School is an independent college with Georgian heritage and made the perfect setting for the marriage of Becky and David. I love the organic styling, using natural foliage and flowers inside the grand, atmospheric spaces at the school. And those powder blue bridesmaids! This is a stunning day folks.

“We love vintage styling and wanted a relaxed atmosphere. The forest setting of the school also informed the look and feel of the day/flowers/dress and decoration of the venue.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Jay Rowden

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“David and I met on the tube in 2005. On our first date shortly afterwards we spent a long time chatting on a bench on the Embankment in London. David proposed on that same bench, seven years to the day in May 2012 and we were married in 2014 in the same week that we met and got engaged, 9 years since our first date.

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The bride and groom sent out Save the Date coasters by Lucy Says I Do and had a wedding stamp created for invitations by Holly’s Houses. Place settings and menus were made by the bride and they also purchased some lovely ‘thank you’ postcards by Nostalgic Imprints on Etsy.

jay rowden photography, ronald joyce, woodland style wedding

jay rowden photography, ronald joyce, woodland style wedding

I completely adore the bridesmaid’s dresses! These silky blue creations from Ghost look stunning on all of the girls, who also wore delicate little flowers in their hair and crystal earrings from Accessorize. David’s navy herringbone suit was from Charles Tyrwhitt, with a pale blue silk tie from T.M Lewin.

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The bride’s dress was created by Ronald Joyce, purchased at Amorae Bridal in Essex. It’s the simple yet fluid lines, accessorised with that beautiful crown of flowers that suits Becky and her surroundings so well.

“I loved the elaborate detailing of the bodice and sleeves, the low back and flowing plainness of the skirt. The style flattered my shape and fitted with the vintage theme. I accessorised with a vintage sapphire engagement ring belonging to my great grandmother, delicate bracelets in gold & sapphire by Lucy Simmons, my own sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Boleyn in Hatton Garden and diamond earrings by David Deyong. My shoes were powder blue courts from Aldo to tie in with my maid’s dresses.”

jay rowden photography, ronald joyce, woodland style wedding

Becky and David chose Jay Rowden to photograph the wedding. I really love the depth of colour in his photographs and how he captures so many wonderful expressions throughout the day.

“We almost literally met Jay by bumping into him in a coffee shop while discussing the need to trawl the internet for wedding photographers. Jay was perfect for helping to visualise the relaxed atmosphere of our wedding. We couldn’t have been more delighted with the way he captured the day.”

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19th August 2014

Today, all of us here at Love My Dress are super happy to be able to introduce you to the incredibly talented Gillian Million. There is just so much to share with you in this feature from beautiful bridal headpieces and delightful veils to perfectly designed hats (or to quote Gillian – ‘everything that is not a hat’!) and also the newly launched designer wedding dress agency. So, let’s take a peak into the delightful world of Gillian Million.

Gillian Million

Gillian Million has been designing bespoke wedding accessories for twelve years now and has a beautiful shop near Richmond that’s the ultimate Aladdin’s Cave for any bride to be. Showcased here are the jewelled headbands, vintage headdresses, tiaras, necklaces, brooches, earrings, hairpins, combs, veils and other accessories that we know you’ll absolutely adore. The workmanship and attention to detail lavished on each piece is just fabulous and with Gillian and her team to help you, there’s no doubt that you’ll find the perfect accessories for your wedding day. We are literally swooning for the vintage jewelled crystal headbands.

Gillian Million

Alongside these sparkling beauties sits Gillian Million’s ‘Everything that’s not a Hat’ range of hatettes, fascinators and neat headdresses with birdcage veils and striking adornments. This stunning collection could not be more perfect for mothers and guests and are handmade to take into account your outfit and your hairstyle. Jewels, flowers and exquisite design details make these easy-to-wear headpieces ideal if you want to make a stylish statement at any event (and, thanks to Gillian’s careful design), when you remove your hat, your hair will still look immaculate. Hat hair – banished by Gillian Million!

Gillian Million

Gillian Million

As if this wasn’t enough, the newly launched designer wedding dress agency is also something you must know about. Stunning once-worn and preloved wedding dresses in perfect condition are available at a fraction of their original cost and, when you visit the boutique to try on these glamorous gowns, you can enjoy accessorising your new dress with Gillian’s jewels as well. Also, don’t forget to get in touch with the team after your wedding day when the dress agency can help you achieve the best possible price for your gown and your beloved dress can take another trip down the aisle with another bride who’ll love it as much as you did.

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