10th July 2014

This afternoon’s wedding feels really appropriate to share today, given some of the comments on weight and body image that have been left in response to the post we shared this morning. Beautiful bride Natalie, a Community Fundraiser for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity married her beau Rob, the Director of an Engineering company, on 7 June this year at Bournemouth Beach Hut, followed by evening celebrations at Harry’s Bar.

Natalie’s experience of finding a wedding dress turned in to something she was dreading, in to something she thoroughly enjoyed, thanks to the services provided by the wonderful Jo over at The Couture Company.  As a result, Nat was able to look and feel fabulous on her gloriously sunny seaside wedding day.

“One of the reasons I think we felt drawn to getting married on the beach was because Rob and I met at the seaside, so styling the wedding around the beach was an easy decision.  We wanted it to feel very fun, colourful and chilled out. We wanted it to have lots of personal touches and lots for our guests to do.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Mia Photography

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“We chose Bournemouth Beach Hut because wanted something a bit different. We came across the beach hut after seeing the venue in a magazine, we fell in love with it instantly and we knew it would be right for us. It felt laid back, fun and quirky just like us.

We were given help and support by Melanie at Bournemouth Beach Weddings, she was great offering advice leading up to the day and on the day she was amazing! The whole day ran smoothly, so well organised and we felt so looked after. Her and her team at Beach Weddings Bournemouth were incredible!”

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“Being plus size, I was a little worried about the wedding dress part; I read lots of articles online about the difficulties people faced.  I started to panic a little and was wary about stepping into a wedding dress shop. Then I found Jo at The Couture Company and her awesome dresses, I knew that I wanted a short dress as on the beach and I had to have sleeves as I don’t like my arms out and really didn’t want to wear a jacket or bolero.”

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“I told Jo what I had imagined the dress to look like and she sketched the perfect dress. I had chosen my bridesmaid’s dresses and they were a beautiful tiffany blue colour and I wanted that in my dress too. Jo suggested having it across the bust, it was a bit daring for me but I trusted her and it definitely worked. I loved everything about it, the fit was perfect for me and it was so different. I had so many compliments and it felt so special to know I had been involved in designing it.  

Jo and her team really do create the most beautiful dresses. It was such a wonderful experience; I knew that I was going to love my dress.  If you have an idea in your head of what your wedding dress would look like then I would highly recommend you book an appointment with Jo and her team at The Couture Company straight away, it was the best decision I made.”

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“Our wedding invites were made by Suzy at The Leaf Press. We didn’t want to send the standard invites, I had an idea to do message in a bottles. We purchased lots of bottles, some sand and shells. We then contacted Suzy and told her our idea. She then designed beautiful invites rolled up to go inside, tags and stickers to go on the bottles. They were really cute pastel colours with beach huts on. Suzy went above and beyond for us and we would highly recommend her.

The table plan I made myself, it’s hard to explain, but I purchased a beach hut shaped bathroom mirror which had compartments around it, with the word beach across the top. It had eight spaces, around the mirror which was in the middle so we just made up the table plans from card and slotted them in there. It looked really good in the end.”

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“We had an idea for something a bit different; instead of having a kiss after we were declared married we wanted to do a selfie. We ran this pass our registrar, who was brilliant and she had no problems with it and was more than happy to help us pull it off. I am a bit obsessed with selfies and Facebook, so it was perfect for us and it meant we could upload the first picture before any of the guests. Our photographer Mia captured this too which is brilliant.”

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10th July 2014

It feels like forever since I sat and wrote something from my heart for Love My Dress.  For such a long time now I’ve simply not had the time – running my business has frankly had to take priority.  But this has made me sad, as I love writing personal posts – they help me stay connected with my readers and they help Love My Dress feel genuine, honest and real.

Thankfully, I’m in a place now where I’m really starting to feel the benefit of having the most wonderful team support me in running Love My Dress on a day to day basis.  I’m finally able to start writing about some of the issues that have been occupying my mind for a while – one of which is the subject of general health, wellbeing and weight loss for brides.

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Now, as much as I adore my job,  fact is that a lot of the time, blogging involves sitting on your backside doing very little physical activity bar flexing your finger tips as you, well, blog.  Typing typing typing – if there was an olympic sport for speed typing, I’d win gold medal every time.  All day I sit and type – I write posts, I respond to emails, I schedule content, I make lists – but I sit and type all day long from start to finish.  I reckon my nimble fingers are pretty fit and healthy.  The rest of me however has rather a spot of catching up to do.

As glamorous as it can often appear, blogging is pretty damaging to your health – and I’ve come to learn the hard way that you really must make time for exercise and being active in between the long bouts of typing, typing and typing.  I need to confess to you that I’d let myself become rather unfit and sloth like (winces at the truth) and acknowledging that I turn 40 at the end of September, I figured I better darn well start doing something about it.  I was weighing heavier than I ever had and wasn’t feeling good about  that.  Worse still, some of my favourite items of clothing were getting to be a little uncomfortable. All in all, not a great place to be when you’re about to enter your 4th decade of existence and ride the wave of potential mid-life crisis.

So, three weeks ago, I started juicing and I started exercising.  Having spent far too long thinking how much fun the idea of juicing sounded, I finally caved and after much thorough research (I spent hours researching and even signed up to Which Magazine), I plumped for the Sage by Heston Blumenthal 1200 watt ‘Nutri Juicer’ (which we paid £135 for but that is now available for £119.99 on Amazon).

   

   

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9th July 2014

It’s such a beautiful afternoon, but I hope if you’re stuck inside working that you might find a moment to steal and enjoy this lovely wedding.  Mark and Mary tied the knot on 16th February this year at Newton Hall in Alnwick, Northumberland - a venue the couple both fell in love with as soon as they as they discovered it online.

I adore the sweet Peter Pan collar detail of Mary’s dress – a gown she had especially made to measure by Smith and Downes and that she paired with shoes she designed herself, courtesy of  Shoes of Prey.  There’s certainly a feel of ’50′s chic’ in Mary’s choice of style.

“I originally met dress makers Rebecca and Marie of Smith and Downes at a vintage wedding fayre at Bowes Museum and saw an amazing dress with the beaded Peter Pan collar on their mannequin. Although I tried other dresses on I couldn’t get theirs out of my head so arranged to go see them, at that time they had a pop up event at a tailors in York. I loved the fact that Rebecca and Marie were so attentive without being pushy and got exactly what I wanted.  I also love the length of the dress and the fact that the organza over dress could be removed for the evening.”

Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Sally T Photography

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“The theme of the wedding was there wasn’t one. All of the elements worked well together but we were keen for the wedding to be relaxed and laid back as possible, We chose the date in particular as it would have been my mum’s 70th birthday (she passed away in March 2005) so we wanted it not just to be our wedding day but a celebration for mum’s birthday as well. I love anything pretty or a bit different and was keen to fill the wedding with stuff we love as we wanted it to be a true reflection of us.”

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How rather marvellous is this polaroid table plan?

“Order of the day booklets, menus, reserved signs and the table plan were made by our brilliant friend Clare. I had the idea for the table plan and Clare helped me put it together. The fabric came from Leeds Market and we bought a refurbished Polaroid camera from The Impossible Project to take everyone’s pictures which was a mean feat and there were still pictures being taken on the morning of the wedding!

I thought this was a great idea and people could put their pictures in the guest books on the tables which we got from Paperchase.  I also used this as an opportunity to buy a Dymo label maker to stick table numbers on the Polaroids!”

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“I chose the bridesmaid dresses from Coast as I loved all elements of them especially the colour. They had a bit of a 20s flair to them and the beading complimented the dresses so well. Both of my bridesmaids have dark hair so the colour sat well with them and to be honest I was a bit envious as I loved the dresses so much I wanted one myself!  My bridesmaids went for elegant shoes with a bit of sparkle from Faith .

The bridesmaids didn’t wear any jewellery because of the beading on their dresses but both were sporting some fab fur stoles.”

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“The wonderful Sally Thurrell came and captured our special day. I knew within 5 minutes of meeting sally that she was the perfect choice. Sally is such a great photographer and a lovely lady and we would recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent alternative to the ‘normal’ wedding photographer. Our wedding album is amazing.”

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9th July 2014

Happy lunch time blog lovers! This is one for all of you feeling you need a mid-week lift and spot of creative inspiration – a DIY tutorial that is unbelievably easy but one that produces really beautiful results.

This gorgeous little DIY tutorial was sent in by Sara Smyth, founder of Ruby and Diva - the online wedding boutique created by stylists.

COLOURWASH PLACEMAT

Ruby and Diva really is a beautiful place to get lost in and supplies everything from wedding dresses to bridal headwear, jewellery, accessories, wedding shoes and the prettiest decor.

Sara and I thought you lovely lot might appreciate a splash of colour next time you try some DIY and I can’t think of anything prettier or easier to achieve a colour pop in your wedding photographs than this.

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