WELCOME TO BRIDES THE SHOW, LONDON 2-4 OCTOBER 2015 + EXCLUSIVE 2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER

llo and welcome to June! I can’t believe that we’re almost half way through the year already but my goodness, it’s flying by! Now I know I might seem a little eager, telling you about an event that’s taking place in October when we’ve not even hit the height of summer but when the event is the fabulous Brides The Show, I think it’s worth getting that in your diary early, particularly when we’ve got a wonderful 2 for 1 ticket offer for you too.

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So, read on and find out more about this year’s Brides The Show that will be taking place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London 2-4 October 2015…2 wpid363430-brides-the-show-october-2015-london-1

Brides The Show brings the iconic Brides magazine to life in a truly brilliant way (take a look at my report from last year’s show to see what I mean!) and this year’s edition promises to be even better. From dresses to diamonds, flowers to champagne, you can expect the very best from over 130 amazing wedding suppliers.3 wpid363432-brides-the-show-october-2015-london-2

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What I loved was that everyone exhibiting was talking to brides, passing on tips and ideas and discussing trends – this isthe event for you if you just love weddings!

One of the undoubted highlights of the day are the amazing catwalk shows and Brides Fashion Editor, Bryony Toogood, will again be styling these to bridal perfection. Designers showing this autumn include some Love My Dress favourites such as Halfpenny London, Catherine Deane, Charlie Brear and Amanda Wakeley among others. If you’d like to see these gowns in gorgeous close-up detail then why not treat yourself to a VIP Gold ticket and enjoy the show from your front row seat? You’ll also receive fast track entry to the show; a glass of delicious Nyetimber English Sparkling wine and a luxury goodie bag.

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Whilst we’re talking about fashion, please let me tell you about the Exclusive Jenny Packham Catwalk Show that’s taking place at 6.30pm on Friday 2nd October. This is a unique opportunity to see Jenny’s stunning New York Bridal Week catwalk show including a recreation of her gorgeous ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ set. I have to say that I cannot wait for this!

If you’re looking for planning inspiration then Brides The Show is simply unmissable. The genuinely lovelyBruce Russell, London’s most sought after wedding planner, will again be inviting you to join him on a freeBridal Promenade. After welcoming you with a glass of bubbles, Bruce will take you on a tour of the show and answer any questions you might have about planning your wedding – what a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best in the business!

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For more of the latest from the wedding world, join some of the industry’s most creative names On The Sofa, visit The Imagination Room for a series of hands-on workshops or take your seat at The Sommelier’s Table for a free, fun and informative wine tasting session with the experts – yum!

Whilst I’m mentioning delicious treats, this year’s Brides The Show sees the introduction of The Bridal Brunch. After taking your VIP seat for the 10.30am catwalk show on Sunday 4th October, enjoy a luxury brunch and bubbles with Bruce Russell and a luxury goodie bag. What a perfect treat for mothers and daughters, brides and bridesmaids.

And there’s still more – from the Wedding Planners’ Lounge and Lookbook Live, where the Brides lifestyle editors style a range of wedding reception looks, to make-up masterclasses and bridal makeovers with Bobbi Brown and Duck & Dry.

I can’t wait to see you there – this year’s Brides The Show is going to be spectacular.

SAY YES TO AYE DO – A HANDPICKED SELECTION OF WONDERFUL WEDDING ACCESSORIES

you’re a regular reader of Love My Dress then you might well have read about my magpie tendencies before – I do so love a fabulous accessory. I probably need to ruthlessly cull my ever-expanding collection of prettiness but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

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I’ve even begun a self-imposed ban on buying so it’s not hard to imagine how tough it’s been to write this feature that’s all about a rather brilliant online wedding accessories boutique. However, I don’t think I’m going to be the only one saying yes to Aye Do…2 wpid362615-bridal-headpieces-and-accessories-by-ayedo-5

Aye Do Wedding Accessories is home to over 4000 products from over 40 UK based bridal accessory suppliers and Joan, who founded the company back in 2003, personally manages the business.

Aye Do really started when I was a little girl, selling gloves and scarves I’d knitted during school holidays!” says Joan. “I went on to graduate in Textile Design from the world renowned Scottish Textile College Galashiels and after ten years in the fashion industry, I decided to combine my love of fashion with dreams of designing jewellery and accessories and so, in April 2003, Aye Do was born.”

Joan’s dream then is the same one she has now and that is to offer every bride the opportunity to buy designer bridal accessories at an affordable price. Aye Do is an online boutique showcasing everything a bride could want from tiaras,headbands and hair accessories to jewellery, veils, handbags and umbrellas. You’ll also find brilliant ideas for gifts for your bridal party and the team at Aye Do are there to give you all the help and advice you might need.

“Quite simply, I have the best job in the world,” says Joan. “Every day, I have the pleasure and privilege of helping lovely brides find their dream accessories. Each day is different and each client is unique – wedding day styles, themes and budget might change but the opportunity to really made a difference always remains the same.”

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Wedding accessories from Aye Do really are something special – many are handmade to order in the UK and the range available grows on an almost daily basis as pieces from the new season’s collections are added to theAye Do online store. As you can imagine, Joan spends a lot of time sourcing and choosing pieces to offer to brides:

“Having worked in the fashion industry, I know how important it is to keep watching for changes in trends that each season brings. It’s also essential to Aye Do that the accessories we offer provide great value for money and cover a range of budgets. I’ve carefully chosen our partners to ensure that the designs we stock appeal to all brides whether they’re planning a vintage, modern, eclectic or shabby chic themed day.”

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To me, what’s abundantly clear is the amount of care and attention that’s lavished on Aye Do’s customers by Joan and the team. From answering questions or providing advice before a purchase to featuring wedding photos, tips and hint on the Aye Do blog and providing heaps of inspiration on Pinterest, it’s clear that although Aye Do focus on accessories, they love everything about weddings.

Wedding accessories from Aye Do start from under £10 and rise to £300. Items purchased from the online boutique can be shipped anywhere in the world and the team are always on hand if you need any help.

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Bryce and Kristin’s Rustic Mountain Inspired Wedding. By Pepper Nix Photography

Happy Monday everyone.  I do hope you all had a good weekend? Mine sped by as ever, how was yours? I have a great wedding to start the week off with, this gorgeous wedding all the way from Utah, which has been sent into me by the lovely Pepper Nix Photography. With the amazing mountain backdrop as the setting for their outdoor ceremony this wedding is just beautiful. As is this gorgeous couple. Kristin is the most beautiful red-headed bride, wouldn’t you agree, so gorgeous, and those bouquets, just lovely.

Romantic, magical, ethereal

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Kristin and Bryce were married on 1st September at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Utah ‘I love, love aspen trees and the Stein Eriksen’s new ballroom is so romantic. I wanted a woodsy, magical feel to the whole location and the Stein was the best choice for a combination of class, but also a rustic mountain feel. My favourite moment of the ceremony is when it started raining during our vows. It was magical… straight out of a movie. We had 150 guests in total’3-Mountain-Wedding-By-Pepper-Nix-Photography

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How they met
We grew up together

The Proposal
Bryce proposed in the perfect way. He built a set that looked like an enchanted forest on a stage and then got a snow machine that started snowing as soon as we walked out onto the stage and all the lights came on. When we first started dating I told him I wanted something special to happen while the song “Dancing in the Moonlight” was playing, and sure enough, that’s the song that starts playing as the snow falls and he gets down on one knee.

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Theme or Colour Scheme
Rustic mountain inspired. The new ballroom at the Stein is so beautiful with its glass windows and huge fireplaces that I wanted to keep things simple.

Flowers
Kellie at Artisan Bloom created the most beautiful flower arrangements. The colors and combination of flowers were perfect. I wanted something that looked like it could have been picked right out of the wild—not too manicured. We also had an amazing arch that we stood under

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Special Moments
Both of our families are big on affirmations. During the rehearsal dinner (which included all wedding guests) we had a time where all guests were able to affirm us as a couple. It was encouraging to hear the hope people had for our relationship. We felt so surrounded by love and support. We did a First Look and it was the BEST decision! It was intimate and a perfect time to get lots of pictures before the chaos began. It also got a few of the nerves out of the way before the ceremony. We had amazing toasts. I think they got the whole room crying. And the dance with my dad was very special. He suffered from a severe stroke just a year prior so it was such a blessing that he was not only able to walk, but dance with me for the whole song.

Advice to other couples
Focus and invest in the relationships more than the details. That’s what you’ll remember more about the wedding day: the people you are surrounded by. For any couples getting married on a mountain. The scenery is so beautiful you really don’t need to worry too much about excess decorations—they can just take away from the natural beauty! And if you see a 7-day straight thunder storm forecast do not freak out. It’s a good chance it will not rain on your wedding day.

Biggest surprise
When my veil got caught on the railing as I started my walk down the aisle. Just got to laugh it off and continue.

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THE YOLANCRIS WEDDING DRESS COLLECTION 2016 – BREATH-TAKING BOHEMIAN GOWNS

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Since 2005, Barcelona based designers, and sisters, Yolanda and Cristina (aka YolanCris) have been wowing brides with their beautifully bohemian designs.

Earlier this month at Barcelona Bridal Week, they unveiled Orchid, the latest YolanCris wedding collection, and it was quite possibly their most exquisite yet. (Though their last collection is seriously swoon-worthy!)

Like the name suggests, there were a lot of fanciful, floral details from delicate blooms dancing across bodices to giant, laser cut silk flowers cascading down skirts. This was teamed with their signature crocheted lace, sheer panels and cut outs as well as feminine, folky silhouettes.

Ever fashion forward, YolanCris sent their models down the catwalk in crop top wedding dresses, tattoo lace, illusion necklines, and hi low skirts. But it was the bridal capes that set our hearts all a’flutter, and yours too if the number of likes on this instagram photo are anything to go by!

Prepare to swoon…

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MORE ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Orchids are flowers of a great beauty. A species of the family of monocots with over 60,000 hybrid varieties. One of the most beautiful flowers in the world, and in turn, one of those whose survival requires more care and attention.

Just like YolanCris wedding dresses which are made one by one, with special attention paid to every detail and every stitch. They come in a wide variety of styles and shapes, made of the highest quality fabrics, handmade from the YolanCris workshop in Barcelona. 

YolanCris has created two different lines for this new collection. A line of markedly bohemian style, since 2005, symbolizes the DNA of the brand, always looking for the reinvention of this style, this time with an air more folky than ever. 

The second one, the line of Haute Couture. Expressed by the delicacy of fabrics like damask, silk guipure, French chantilly, fine embroidery and precious stones in a range of shades ranging from white to champagne, always seeking the contrast between tissues, originality and the lines that better enhance the female figure.

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TREND ALERT: THE 20 MOST STUNNING BRIDAL CAPELETS

We’re obsessed with the trend for bridal capes (thanks Solange!) and we’re so excited that the look has made it off the catwalks and onto the stylish shoulders of real brides in the form of gorgeous, wearable cover-ups.

Super chic, and oh-so-practical too, check out our pick of beautiful bridal capelets with our resident wedding attire aficionado, Bené Eaton.

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After swooning over the gorgeous cheap bridal dresses at this spring’s New York Bridal Market and following Elizabeth’s front row musings during this year’s Barcelona Bridal Week, it became clear that a few fashion trends definitely reined supreme.

My favorite trend from this year’s catwalks? Two words—bridal cape. The dramatic cape-like gowns displayed in the Jenny Packham and Pronovias 2016 collections won me over and convinced me that the bridal cape is here to stay.

If you love the look of a cape but aren’t quite sure about donning one on your big day, a bridal capelet is a fabulous alternative. A capelet can polish off any dress (as seen in the Ivy & Aster 2016 collection), and it’s also the perfect cover-up for a more traditional wedding or for an evening affair.

THE 20 MOST STUNNING BRIDAL CAPELETS

I’ve put together a list of the 20 most stunning bridal capelets. If you’re looking to add the final touch to your wedding dress, you must take a peek below.

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RUSTIC MEETS MODERN; DESERT GARDEN WEDDING INSPIRATION

We’ve got some seriously gorgeous wedding inspiration to share with you guys today.

You might remember that a few weeks back, we shared a glamorous desert wedding at El Chorro Lodge in Arizona, by Amy & Jordan Photography?

Well today, those talented photographers and that epic venue are back, for a styled shoot that’s guaranteed to leave you utterly inspired.

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Working with a whole gang of incredible Arizona wedding vendors, this inspiration shoot brings together that iconic Southwest backdrop, glamorous modern decor, pretty floral styling and elegant attire, for a timeless look that’s still really fresh and creative.

A palette of sweet coral and rich green runs throughout for a look that’s soft, yet clean, and plays up to the hazy desert garden backdrop.

Laden with innovative ideas, (we love the ceremony backdrop, and the idea of a ‘Gentleman’s Lounge’ for a masculine touch), everything from the floral design (amaryllis and orchids are such a contemporary combination) to the pretty paper goods (kraft paper and cut-outs is the perfect old/new blend) is a fusion of luxury and laid back.

Ever wondered how to give a rustic setting a modern feel? This garden wedding shows just how it’s done…

(Scroll down to be inspired and be sure to look out for Amy & Jordan Photography‘s notes on how it all came together.)

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