It's time for me to let the cat out of the bag.

Because really, I don't think it's humanly possible for me to contain it all for even a nano-second longer.  And anyway, a few of my eagle eyed readers have already noticed a certain 'pre-order your copy now!' listing on a rather popular online book depository and have been emailing me to check whether their eyes have been deceiving them.  I can confirm, they haven't been.  And so it's with a *big ball of nervousness and excitement stuck in my throat* that I can share with you…

I have just written my first book – I'm going to become a published Author!

…as in, an actual, proper, 176 page (one hundred and seventy six!) hard-back book that has been designed to inspire brides and wedding designers and suppliers and that is being published by a big publishing company and everything!

Oh my God!

Style Me Vintage Weddings, by Annabel Beeforth

Style Me Vintage: Weddings will be launched in March 2013.

It is the fifth book in the fabulous and hugely successful 'Style Me Vintage' series (see the new retro look-book, which focuses on vintage inspired hair, beauty and clothes) to be published by Pavillion, an imprint of Anova Books. Only this book is a little longer than the previous editions in this series…


"Harking back to styles of previous decades is often the basis for a truly
stylish wedding, but it can be difficult to get all the
 details right, without a little bit of guidance.
This beautiful and accessible book looks at how to source and put
together bridal outfits and event styling for a themed occasion,
from the Edwardian era, through the decades to the 1970s.
From the dress itself, to accessories, flowers, make-up and hair,
even extra details such as venue, cake, stationery, photography,
and entertainment are covered."


I have lost cound the number of
times I have day dreamed about writing my own book.  I can't believe that on that wet and windy day on Christmas Eve 2007, when my husband proposed to me in Whitby, that almost five years later, I'd be living and fulfilling my dreams in every way. I have so very much to thank my readers for, and all those people who I've connected with through Love My Dress who have opened up amazing opportunities (here's looking at you, Naomi Thompson).  Please, excuse me for saying, but I really am bursting with pride right now. Pride, and a big dose of nervousness of course!

I probably would have kept things under wraps just a little
longer, but, with every site in the world being linked to social media these days, including online book stores, I was fearful that the odd Facebook 'like' here or there would let my secret out before I'd had chance to make a proper announcement, and so, I gained permission from Anova to share my exciting news with you all today.  I'm not linking to any pre-sales just yet, because I'd rather not encourage them until a little closer to book launch time. I really do hope you understand, though please, by all means – if you're an eager beaver, you can easily locate the pre-sale entry on sites like Amazon.

Below, sneak previews of content from my upcoming book, 'Style Me Vintage: Weddings' – some of you may notice these from my Instagram feed

Style Me Vintage Weddings, A sneak preview...

There are so many wonderful and hard working souls that I need to thank and that have been absolutely pivotal to bringing this project to fruition, and trust me, I'll be doing all that in due course when I blog about my book project more fully.  For now, I would like to express my immense love and gratitude to the following people who have worked so incredibly hard in helping me to create a beautiful, inspirational resource that I am so incredibly proud of;

Heart  Joanna Brown, Photographer
Heart  Zoe Lem, Fashion Stylist and Advisor
Heart  Michelle Kelly of Pocketful of Dreams, Stylist (detail/decor)
Heart  Kate Fletcher of Vintage Style Hire, Props/Styling Advisor
Heart  Severin Hubert of Hepburn Collection, Hair Stylist
Heart  Amanda Moorhouse of Lipstick & Curls, Makeup Artist
Heart  My Husband Philip, along with Lizzie Jones of Wedding Yurts and Leyla Seydo – Photoshoot Assistants
Heart  Lizze Ostrum, aka, Odette Toilette – Scent Specialist
Heart  Sharon of MInnie Moons – Vintage manicure specialist
Heart  Zone Models and the beautiful Claire, Sarah C, Ivana, Tahuonia, Gia and Rebecca
Heart  Our amazing photoshoot venue Dalston Heights in East London (with special thanks to Ricky)
Heart  Frances of Reellove Films
Heart  My commissioning Editor Emily Preece-Morrison and her team at Anova Books
Heart  My publishing agent Rebecca Winfield
Heart  Naomi Thompson, for her recommendation to Anova Books
Heart  Franky, for helping me body-swerve near meltdown over the past few months – seriously!
Heart  The Hoxton Hotel for so kindly providing storage as well as accommodation during the period of our photoshoot

Some Instagram images I took on set at our photoshoot venue, Dalston Heights, East London

On set at, for  'Style Me Vintage: Weddings'

I also need to thank the many, many contributors who loaned their beautiful dresses, jewellery, accessories, shoes, props, skill, time and expertise and allowed reproduction of their photography to help make Style Me Vintage: Weddings look out of this world.  You are many in number and I will be thanking you all and giving you proper recognition in due course, but for now, please accept this humble blog post as a sign of how incredibly grateful and in awe of you all I am;

Artcadia, Berinmade, Beautiful Bird Creations, Belle and Bunty, Tyler Branch, Blush Floral Design, Charlotte Casadéjus, Eliza Claire, Emma Case, The Couture Company, Candy Anthony, Cherished Vintage, Christopher Currie Photography, Circa Vintage Brides, The Cotton Candy girls, Cutture, Dana Bolton, Lisa Devlin, Doris Designs, Dottie Creations, Edwina Ibbotson (no website), Elizabeth Avey, Emily & Jo, Emmy Shoes, Debs Ivelja, Freya Rose, Fur Coat No Knickers, Steve Gerrard, Harriet Wilde Shoes, Heavenly Vintage Brides, Hetty Rose Shoes, Sheena Holland, House of Istria, HT Headwear, Jo Barnes Vintage, Joanne Fleming, Katya Katya Shehurina, Lila, Lucy Marshall, Luellas Boudoir, Anneli Marinovich, James Melia, Graham Morgan, Olofson Design, Madeline Bride, McKinley Rodgers, Paper Poms, Rosie Parsons, Ed Peers, Poppy Children, The Real Cut Flower Garden, Vicky Rowe, Sally Lacock, Shoot Lifestyle Photography, Rachel Simpson Shoes, Britt J. Spring, The State of Grace, Studio 1208, Nick Tucker, Unforgettable Vintage Brides, The Utterly Sexy Cafe, Victoria Millésime, Vicky Trainor, Vintage Fur Hire, Vowed and Amazed and Zoe Clark Cakes.

I must also make special thanks to Emma Woodhouse, Laura Caudery and Pennny of Tigerlily Weddings for believing in me and for regularly checking in on my progress and offering kind words of encouragement (and the occasional boot up the backside) and on that note, lord only knows what the heck I'd have done without my dear lovely Mum and also my lovely Mother and Father in Law.

Below, my husband steaming dresses on set, ready for shooting, on set at Dalston Heights, where we shot for 3 long days. Both photographs below are Copyright (c) 2012, Debs Ivelja

My husband Philip steaming wedding dresses for our book photoshoot, at Dalston Heights...

The gorgeous PhotographerJoanna Brown taking a rest in
between 3 very long and exhausting days of non-stop shooting, with Lizzie Jones of Wedding Yurts, who makes the best tea and raw chocolate in the whole of the

Photographer Joanna Brown (left) and Lizzie Jones of Wedding Yurts, on the set of our book photoshoot at Dalston Heights...

So with the Gwyneth Paltrows now over and my secret now out, may I breath a sigh of relief!!  I stayed up way too late hovering over the 'schedule' button on this post last night – so intense were my nerves and excitement at sharing my big news with you all, and so by the time you are reading this, I'll hopefully be catching a mini lie-in before another crazy day of book launch planning takes shape.  Why, you didn't think I'd launch my first book without a party, did you?

Watch out for more posts from me, featuring more news about my book, book giveaways, book content previews and details of how you can pre-order your own copy.

Have a really very marvellous morning everyone,



Leave a Comment!
  • Marlene M

    Wow, congratulations Annabelle this is wonderful news, you must be so proud of your achievements. I may be married but will still purchase the book for the glorious photographs.
    Well done again xx

  • Julia @ Brides Up North

    I knew it! Huge well done and lots of love xxx

  • Becca

    Check you out you trend setting wedding blogged you!
    Love it. And am not pre ordering as I want a signed copy when you do Waterstones in Eldon Square. Obviously.

  • Charlotte

    Well done Annabelle, you should be so proud of yourself. X

  • Ciara @ Dita Florita

    Incredible news. Well done! What an achievement!

  • rebecca@florencefinds

    I’m so pleased the secret is finally out! Not that I was having trouble keeping it but I have been so excited to congratulate you at becoming the first UK wedding blogger to achieve the coveted title of real ‘Author.’
    Congratulations Annabel – I can’t wait to actually see the fruits of your labour :)
    (Ditto to the rest of the team too – the sneak peek images are fabulous.)

  • Harriet


  • Laura {Babb Photo}

    Huge congratulations, lady. This is a huge and wonderful achievement and I hope you’ll be kind enough to sign my copy next time I see you. X

  • Erin

    I can’t wait to see this book Annabel!! It’s an incredible achievement but no doubt just the beginning of many more. Here’s to dreaming big and working hard. ;) xx

  • Chloe @ Adore

    Huge congrats to you and your team! I can’t imagine how exciting this must be so enjoy every minute ;-)
    Wishing you every success with it and many more to come I’m sure xx

  • Joanne

    Marvellous news Annabel….who better to write such a book! So looking forward to reading it, I’m sure lots of my future brides-to-be will find it a huge source of inspiration, and thankyou so much for inviting me to contribute….very honoured to be included in such an illustrious roll-call!
    Now that is what I call a good start to the day :)xx

  • louise | b.loved

    This is absolutely awesome!! So proud of you and everything this wonderful industry can achieve! It looks beautiful, can’t wait to recieve my copy! Congratulations xo

  • Kirstenmavric

    I am so proud you, lady! You deserve all the success in the world. I can’t wait to see it! Fabulous team, too xxx

  • Bex at Blush Floral Design

    Eeeeeekkkkkk! So excited to be able to shout about this now! Oh my god! I can not wait to see it! Congratulations lovely lady!
    Bex xxxx

  • Bex at Blush Floral Design

    Eeeeeekkkkkk! So excited to be able to shout about this now! Oh my god! I can not wait to see it! Congratulations lovely lady!
    Bex xxxx

  • The Wedding Affair

    Congratulations Annabelle, can’t wait to have it as part of our collection of lovely wedding books at Wedding Affair Mansions! Well done… x Lisa & Allison

  • Sarah (Britten)

    Congratulations! I can’t actually wait to see it x x

  • Lucy

    Huge Congratulations (and a few extra from managing to keep schtum amid all the excitement!)
    You must be absolutely thrilled.

  • Stacey Wilson

    So nice when to hear people fulfilling their dreams! well done and a great big congrats : )

  • Louise // Bow Occasions

    Wow, just wow! Huge congratulations Annabel… This is fantastic news x

  • Mark Brown

    incredible! well done … cant wait to see it

  • Kerry Smith

    Huge congratulations Annabel……….Looking forward to seeing it!! xxxx

  • Sarah ( Vintage Rose)

    What an accolade – big well done, the first of many for sure :0)

  • Charis Warrell

    yay! So glad youve completed it! Well done you and WOW what a team! Youve got the best photographers there… by far! :D x x

  • Sarah Salotti Photography

    Wow! Very impressive – I bet you are hugely proud of yourself and so you should be! x

  • Rosie Willett

    Great news Annabel – congratulations! x

  • Laura Caudery

    So incredibly proud of you! Just like Love My Dress, your first book (there will be more, I know it!) will be an amazing resource and showcase of fabulous suppliers. You have worked incredibly hard to make all your dreams a reality and deserve your success. I can’t wait to go and buy a copy in a shop and proudly say that my friend wrote it! Well done Mrs B XxX

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Marlene, Yes, it is a difficult thing for us English folk to do well but I am feeling rather proud right now! ;)

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Julia, I really appreciate that. I hope baby bump is coming on nicely ;) xXx

  • Love My Dress

    Hehehe! Thank you so much Becca. You’re on! ;) xXx

  • Love My Dress

    Huge thanks Rebecca, you’ve been a great help assisting me concealing my secret and providing support, thank you so very much xxx

  • Love My Dress

    You are so welcome Jo – the front cover looks amazing because of your gorgeous designs! xxxxx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Kirsten – I need to come to London to see you!!

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you Laura, thank you so much xxxxxx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you for taking the time to congratulate Charlotte! ;) xx

  • Love My Dress

    I know! I have to keep pinching myself! Thank you xx

  • Love My Dress

    Of course! Thank you so much Laura xxx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you ;)

  • Love My Dress

    It is *very* exciting, if not, exhausting! ;))
    Thank you so much Chloe,

  • Love My Dress

    Aww, Louise, you are always so lovely and supportive – huge huge thanks.
    I’ll sign you a copy! hehe ;))

  • Love My Dress

    “Here’s to dreaming big and working hard…”

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you SO much Bex… xXx

  • Love My Dress

    That is wonderful news! Thank you so much for this lovely encouraging comment! x

  • Love My Dress

    Cheers Mr Brown ;) All being well, you’ll be seeing yourself in it too! xxx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Rosie. I point scored for the North East gang eh? ;) xxx

  • Love My Dress

    YES! Thrilled, scared, nervous, very very very excited :)

  • Love My Dress

    Many thanks Kerry xx

  • Love My Dress

    Just a bit. I should do more ‘proud’. It feels good! ;)
    Seriously, many thanks Sarah xx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you lovely Charis. I sure did, they were totally amazing to work with too, we had such a hoot (we also worked our socks off and I think all of us collapsed in a heap of exhaustion after day 3!) xxx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Sarah, that’s really kind of you to day xx

  • Karen McGowran

    I am bursting with pride for you Annabel, you and your work always hold a special place in my heart and I love you lots xxx

  • Michelle ~ Pocketful of Dreams

    Ah at last the secret is out! Seriously burting with pride reading this, it was an immense experience that I am struggling to find the right words to describe it. Working with you all has been the highlight of my career as a wedding planner and stylist, so much talent and inspiration in one room, so much creativity and above all passion. This is what it’s about folks.
    Huge love to you for your hard work and dedication in presenting to the world a beautifully glamorous resource that I just know is going to inspire so many brides and other creatives working in this industry.
    And thank-you Annabel for believing in us.

  • Celticgirl

    Congratulations Annabel!!! I just knew it was a book you were working on. Your way with words has kept me coming back daily to your blog a year after my own wedding. And this librarian definitely wants that book on her shelf. Go girl. X

  • Kirsty @ YHB

    MASSIVE HUGE Congratulations!!! I can not wait to have this peice of pretty on my wedding book shelf xxx

  • Wedding Splendor

    Congratulations!!! and a lot of success from now on too

  • Elisabetta | linen and silk

    This is fantastic news Annabel. I’ve only ever met you once, and yet I feel proud of you and the incredible team behind the scenes. Success like yours remind me that with passion and dedication anything is possible. So inspiring! Can’t wait to have my own copy! xx Betta

  • Eddie

    Incredible news and I’m so pleased you are feeling so proud of yourself – well done to you and all the contributors – world domination next! ;-)

  • Zoe Lem

    Well done mrs the time has come all of the late nights, and hard work have paid off. Glad to have been able to work with you on this one lady a lot of work but all worth it. It will be a big hit I’m sure there’s a lot of love going around today! zxxx

  • Helena

    many, many congratulations and wishing that sales of the book rocket through the ceiling you write with
    a sincere and sweet heart and that will surely come through in the book
    Helena at Heavenly Vintage Brides

  • Love My Dress

    You are a force to be reckoned with Mrs Lem. Supremely knowledgeable, ace to work with and brimming with enthusiasm. Here’s to the next big project *wink wink* :)

  • Love My Dress

    Thanks Eddie xxxx

  • Lisa O’Dwyer

    Congratulations Annabel! Fabulous news…and it’s sure to be a great resource for all of us lovers of vintage!

  • Greg

    Awesome. Can’t wait.

  • Charlie {The Natural Wedding Company}

    Annabel what lovely and exciting news, I can’t believe you’ve managed to keep it under wraps for so long :) Best wishes with the launch and what a proud moment it will be when you (and everyone else) has got their mitts on a copy xXx

  • Meryl Smart – Vintage Smart

    Brilliant. I literally cannot wait to see it!

  • Carmen

    Oh my… I’m so excited for you Annabel! Huge congratulations to you and also to the amazing team of people involved. I cannot wait – it’s going to be fab! xx

  • Anushe Low

    Just seen this post, wow Annabel! What an incredible achievement! A huge congratulations, looks like it’s going to be a luxuriatingly gorgeous read, looking forward to getting my copy. Well done you xxxx

  • frances – reellovefilms

    Yay!! how exciting! You’re going to be a published writer no less ;) Can’t wait to see it in real, well done everyone and here’s to the party! X

  • Abby

    Many congratulations Annabel – I know how much love and passion(not to mention long, long hours of hard graft)you’ve put into this book. Your assembled team is incredible; I am sure you have created something very special here. I can’t wait to see the finished book. So impressed and pleased for you xxx

  • Love My Dress

    Massive thanks lovely Bex xxxxxx

  • Kate at Reverie

    HUGE congratulations Annabel!! We’re glad the secret’s finally out! And we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy. We can only imagine the hard work that went in to it, looking forward to celebrating with you soon!
    Kate & Mary x x

  • Ann

    As an ordinary MoB who reads your blog daily from oop North, I am soo pleased for you. You obviously have lots of friends who are rooting for you, but us mortals not involved in The Wedding Business are delighted too! Just in time to read it before my daughter’s wedding! Eldon Square? I’d be there!

  • Clara

    BIG Congratulations! Amazing news and a great inspiration to all of us just starting out in the blogging world!

  • Roz & Severin

    YES, now we can shout out loud and tell all! Annabel, a massive well done to all your hard work and dedication…dreams do come true! It was an honour to have been part of this fantastic book. Well done to the whole team who made this dream come true. X

  • Love My Dress

    Would never have even embarked on this project had Sev not been free to collaborate with. No Siree!!!
    Thank you so much your gorgeously talented people, always, always so supportive xxxxxxx

  • Love My Dress

    Thanks so much Clara – great idea for a blog there too! xxx

  • Love My Dress

    Hard work but soooo worth it. So next time in London, the champas is on me, OK? ;)

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much!!! What a lovely comment to read! Really, thank you xxxxx

  • Love My Dress

    Ahhh, so grateful to have suppliers like you to work with who are BRILLIANT! and so very talented.
    Cheers Abby! *raises virtual glass of bubbly*

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Helena. Your exquisite collection of vintage wedding dresses will always be such an inspiration to me xx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Lisa :) x

  • Katie Saxon

    Wow, just wow. Can’t say I’m surprised – a publisher would’ve been foolish not to offer you a book deal! Well done! I cannot wait to read it!

  • Love My Dress

    I was very luckly approached by the publisher – talk about a dream come true!!!!
    Thank you so much Katie,

  • Femke

    That’s just wonderful! I’ve been having a really crummy day and to be able to share in someone’s happiness has cheered me right up!

  • Love My Dress

    Thanks Meryl! That would be super, and perhaps you could review a copy for your site? I love your site by the way! Been glued to it a little this morning!

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you SO much Carmen! xx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much. I cant’ quite believe I’ve finished it but, I have! It’s been a true labour of love! xXx

  • Love My Dress

    I’ve only been able to do it because I am luckly enough to surround myself with positive, supportive, brilliant influences like YOU Frances Maddell! xxxx

  • Love My Dress

    Well that’s brilliant isn’t it! Thank you Femke, thank you so much :) xxxxx

  • Love My Dress

    Cheers Greg. You’re the first man to comment on this blog post! Hehehe :) xxx

  • Love My Dress

    Oh thank you so much Charlie. It will be a proud and exceptionally surrel ‘pinch myself’ kind of moment, but I sure am looking forward to it! Now for my frock……… :)

  • Nina Neon

    whoop whoop, congratulations, Annabel!! The book looks amazing, and is released just in time for my wedding!! xx

  • Kate Fletcher

    So excited for you that the news is finally out. I can’t wait to see a copy (signed of course) and the book launch. I bet you are pinching yourself right now. I’ll email you later lovely xx

  • [email protected]

    oohh exciting! Congratulations Annabel! We love reading your inspirational blog posts, so cannot wait to read your book too! Well done you – we don’t know where you find the time!
    Hannah at Arabella Bridal xxx

  • Kelly & Colette

    We cant wait to get a copy in the consultation room for couples to browse through for inpsiration

  • nicola

    Can’t wait to get my copy! What a fantastic project and well done you lady! A huge achievement xx

  • Courtney Howson (Courtney Louise photography)

    Congratulations Annabel and well done to all the team! That is fabulous news – looking forward to having a read :)

  • Claire

    Annabel, there couldn’t have been a more perfect step forward for Love My Dress – what a fabulous achievement, and I don’t doubt the book will be a beautiful thing that readers will be very proud to own.
    Wow. Congratulations and good luck with the launch!
    Claire xx

  • Melissa

    Congratulations! I’ve followed your blog every day since getting engaged eight months ago and this is my first comment on here, thought it was a good opportunity to say I love Love My Dress! Looking forward to seeing the book, you should be very proud!

  • Vicky {Victoria Mary Vintage}

    Wow – massive congratulations Annabel. I can’t imagine how good it will feel to see your name up on your bookshelf! So well deserved and I can’t wait to get my copy! xx

  • Belle & Bunty

    Massive Congrats Annabel, what an impressive achievement! We cant wait to get our hands on a copy!! Will you sign it for us ;) Much love, B&B x

  • Eliza

    Yay! At last you can talk about it! So excited to see your book in print, well done, Annabel x

  • Lizzie Jones

    I have just got home and been dying to read your blog all day and catch up on your mega news!! the photo shoot was such an amazing experience, to be surrounded by so much beauty, creativity and talent, I was buzzing for weeks afterwards. Thanks so much for letting me come and make tea :) Really looking forward to reading the book and wow all those amazing photos and of course the PARTY!! Well done you amazing and super lovey woman Xx

  • naomi

    Congratulations…I’m so very happy for you and have added your book to my waitlist via Amazon. So exciting!

  • Sarah Lauren

    Huge congratulations Annabel – what fantastic news! Can’t wait to grab a copy x

  • Jinder (The Finer Details)

    Wow – fabulous news Annabel x

  • Sarah

    Congratulations Annabel – what an awesome achievement for such a busy lady already. Can’t wait to see it. xx

  • Sarah

    Congratulations! Fabulous news, it looks beautiful, can’t wait to get my copy when it comes out :)

  • Love My Dress

    whoop whoop back at ya Nina! Thank you so much :))
    ps – team members get a free copy! hehe ;) xXx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you Kate, you were so pivotal to the success of the shoot and of course the book – thank you so so much xXxXx

  • Karen – Darby & Joan vintage

    Only just seen this – AMAZING. Have pre-ordered mine.
    A dream come true I bet.

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Courtney,so kind of you :) xx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank you so much Claire, that is so kind of you.

  • Love My Dress

    Thanks a million Karen, I really, massively appreciate this xxx

  • Love My Dress

    Thanks Sarah, really, from the bottom of my heart xXx

  • Love My Dress

    Bless you ladies xxxxxxx

  • Love My Dress

    Liz, thanks SO much my love, really appreciate your support over the past mental few months!! xXx

  • Love My Dress

    Thank *YOU* Lizzie, you were amazing, we simply could not have done it without you – or your choclate! ;))

  • Love My Dress

    Huge thanks Naomi xXx

  • Love My Dress

    Eeek – I know! A bit mental really! ;)) xXx

  • Love My Dress

    I didn’t say I nearly lost my marbles doing it, or did I…?!? ;)
    Thank you Sarah xXx

  • denialfinch

    First of all I want to congratulate you for to become first UK wedding blogger . I have share your blog with my friends in Facebook and Twitter. I love your inspirational blog that provides extraordinary information. Thanks for post……

  • Kerrie G (Wedding And Gems)

    Congratulations – that an amazing achievement.
    I know what you mean about sometimes needs a kick up the backside. Working for yourself requires so much discipline and it’s great to have friends that keep your dreams in mind and encourage you to achieve them.