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pearls of wedding planning wisdom: top tips from real brides up north

October 19th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Given the popularity of this priceless post we have allocated a quarterly yearly slot to round up the very best nuggets of advice from the real brides that have graced our pretty Brides Up North pages over the last few months.

For these are the ladies fully in the know of the beautiful, if not at times bumpy, wedding planning journey that you brides-to-be have ahead of you as you pull together all the elements of your dream day.

From budget and timeline tips to advice on the venue, theme and supplier choices, our certified newlyweds share where it’s worth investing your time, money and stress and when it’s time to just full on Frozen-style let it go!

Within their clued-up comments, we’re thrilled to hear how we at Brides Up North have helped to play a part in the planning of their gorgeous celebrations; from taking inspiration from our beautiful featured real weddings, to using our handy online directory to locate top local suppliers and also visiting our Luxury Wedding Shows that we host at wow-worthy venues across the north, directly linking couples and industry pros to take care of every wedding detail while providing an abundance of inspiration.

We hope you too will use and benefit from such fabulous resources as well as the priceless knowledge that our fully-fledged brides are about to impart as they complete the following sentence – “My top tip to other Brides Up North would be…”

Click on the links to see each wedding in full.

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Beach chic: Bespoke Emma Beaumont for a dreamy Lake Como wedding – Samantha & Alex

samantha says: My top tip to other Brides Up North would be not to try to keep everyone happy; it is your day, so it’s the only time you can be truly selfish. We worried too much about everyone else throughout the whole process. Funnily enough, my best friend gave me the same advice! I would also say relax and don’t let the small things on the days leading up to it, and on the day, get to you. So many small things did not go exactly to plan for us, but it doesn’t dampen your mood on the day. The most important thing is having your friends and family around you – all the laughter, happy tears, dancing, eating good food and celebrating while they watch you marry your best friend. It is the most amazing day, no matter what.

Linsey & Tom

Glamping with love. A DIY wedding at Woodthorpe Hall – Linsey & Tom

linsey says: Don’t worry about the weather – you can’t control it so try not to waste time stressing about it. Think about how to keep the day interesting and enjoyable for your guests. For us, we knew that if we could see our family and friends enjoying themselves then this would make the day even more perfect! In the run up to the wedding, I also spent a lot of time looking at the real weddings section on Brides Up North – it was so helpful to get tips from other brides and to get a feel for the types of things that we wanted to incorporate into our wedding day.

Stacey & Wesley

Vintage chic: Justin Alexander for a 1920s wedding at Eaves Hall – Stacey & Wesley

stacey says: Don’t settle for anything less than you want. If there are suppliers you really want, get them booked in as soon as you can. We knew the suppliers we wanted to make our day special and each one made it perfect.

Emma & Martin

Labour of love: Stella York for a rustic wedding at Thief Hall – Emma & Martin

emma says: Definitely get a videographer! We were unsure for a long time but so pleased we did in the end. The guest messages definitely made us chuckle! Also, take time out to be on your own, just the two of you. We had a 25-minute journey between the ceremony and reception that meant we had some time alone before greeting all of our guests. Finally, when looking for suppliers, the online directory on Brides Up North was extremely helpful. I followed Brides up North on Instagram and took a lot of inspiration from the real weddings section too.

Natalie & Tom

Floral fancy: Enzoani for a dusky pink wedding at Middleton Lodge – Natalie & Tom

natalie says: Enjoy every minute of the planning. I never really understood why brides were stressed before the wedding. I really enjoyed the whole process. I particularly liked choosing the flowers and also liked creating all of the finishing touches.

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Relaxed romance: Blush & navy for a wedding weekend at Silverholme Manor – Tom & Zoe

zoe says: Think about what wedding you want. Don’t worry about what other people will think. I know that people thought we were ‘doing too much’ or ‘doing the wrong things’ because they couldn’t see the bigger picture but, in the end, everyone could see it all came together and was worth it. I like to be organised and have things written down, so make lots of lists, talk to lots of different suppliers and don’t rush into booking the first one you see. Just remember it’s all about you as a couple and it will come through in your day.

Sophie & Rob

Colour pop petals: A bloom-filled wedding at Priory Cottages, Yorkshire – Sophie & Rob

sophie says: Give yourself lots of time the few days before the wedding to get things sorted – there were lots of last-minute bits we were running around doing and I was pretty organised, so it’s always worth having the time as a contingency.

Caroine & Nathan

Castle & ceilidh: Morilee for a spectacular Scottish wedding in Edinburgh – Caroline & Nathan

caroline says: Trust your suppliers. You’ll have chosen them for a reason, so let them do their thing! We also put them all in touch with each other, which meant they could chat to each other without us being the middle man – much quicker! My other tip is to do a full ‘run of show’ and contact sheet and give it to everyone who is part of your day. Then everyone is kept in the loop and you don’t get plagued with a million questions in the run-up to the big day.

Lucie & Harry

Vintage elegance. A picture-perfect wedding at Denton Hall, North Yorkshire – Lucie & Harry

lucie says: Choose a venue that suits you as a couple. I would say that picking and choosing the bits that actually matter to you is really important, and also helps you to prioritise and budget. At the end of the day, the most important part is the vows and making sure you’re in an environment that feels right to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. The rest of it is detail, and no amount of flowers or hours spent agonising over stationery colours will matter as much to you both on the day itself. Also, during the planning, we went to several Brides Up North wedding fairs at Denton Hall, which were a very handy way to catch up with all our suppliers and generally think about where we wanted to display things on our day. I visited the Brides Up North website too. I didn’t really do overwhelming amounts of research, but for me looking at real weddings on the blog was the best way to get inspiration or to think of extra details. It’s also a great way to track down tried and tested suppliers.

Sarah & Greg

Metallics & peonies. A bespoke gown for an elegant wedding at Dorfold Hall – Sarah & Greg

sarah says: Make sure you make time for yourself and invest in a photographer you trust to take great pictures and who you would want to hang out with for 12 hours! Also, make whatever decisions feel right for the two of you. Changing my dress with three months to go felt like a crazy thing to embark on, but it was the best decision I made – I felt a million dollars!

Rachel & Paul

Silver sparkle: Morliee for an intimate wedding at Styal Lodge – Rachel & Paul

rachel says: Get the big things booked in as soon as possible; you are therefore more likely to get the suppliers you want before they get booked up and you have a good idea of how much everything is going to cost well in advance. We wouldn’t recommend a two-year engagement like we had but it was the time we needed to save up for everything we wanted; it was worth it, but it did get a little stressful thinking of the wedding for two whole years. Also, don’t worry about getting around all your guests on the day – just take everything in and enjoy the moment. The only thing we wish we’d had that we didn’t was a live band for the reception.

Emma & Marc

Story of love. A rustic barn wedding at Owen House, Cheshire – Emma & Marc

emma says: Throughout the wedding planning process, I visited Brides Up North to look for local suppliers and read the real weddings with a similar theme so I could get more ideas on what we wanted our wedding to look like. Myself and my maids of honours also visited a wedding fair in Leeds, held by Brides Up North, which we fully enjoyed, particularly sampling the cakes and prosecco on offer!

Katy & Greg

Country charm: Jenny Packham for a homespun Cheshire wedding – Katy & Greg

katy says: Get people to help you, don’t try to do everything yourself! People helped us with all sorts – the wedding playlist, teaching us to dance, making the cake – you name it! Not only does it take some of the stress away, but everyone feels a part of your wedding, which makes it even more special. We got a group of us together to make the decorations about six weeks before the wedding. It was a great way to power through making them all and we had a lovely day spending time together getting excited for the big day. Also, if you’re going on your honeymoon straight afterwards, make sure you have the first few days to just relax, recover and enjoy being newlyweds. We love packing loads into our trips, but boy did we need a few days to just veg out on the beach after it all. It’s more emotionally exhausting than you realise!

Alex & Alex

English Country Garden: Rime Arodaky for a summer tipi wedding at Brinkburn – Alex & Alex

alex says: Enjoy every single part of the planning process. It’s a cliché but the day itself will go by in flash – it may not even go to plan (although we were lucky that ours did) – but the wedding process is so much more. Enjoy your engagement, searching for venues, meeting with suppliers, dress shopping, the hens and stags; it’s all part of it, so enjoy every second.

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Especially for you. A thoughtful tipi wedding in Yorkshire – Lucy & Christopher

lucy says: Having a DIY wedding was much more challenging than we anticipated, mainly in terms of building an infrastructure around the effort and ensuring the costs for this don’t spiral. So, if you do something similar, make sure you talk through with your marquee/ tipi provider what they require in terms of electricity and water, and how they can support you in this area of your planning. There are so many things to think about, from how you can facilitate your caterer, and whether you need a generator, through to organising suitable toilets. Totem Tipi were amazing in helping us to understand all of this and without this level of advice we would have been struggling.

Holly & James

Sweet loving. Amanda Wyatt for urban wedding in Sheffield – Holly & James

holly says: Do exactly what you want to do on your day – just because it doesn’t fit the ‘regular mould’ of a wedding day doesn’t make it any less special. Early in your planning, sit down together and work out what your top priorities are for your day and keep those as your focus.

Emma & Josh

All you need is love. Stella York for a stylish barn wedding in the Lake District – Emma & Josh

emma says: Accept help from people. There were so many family and friends who helped with different aspects of our day. We couldn’t have done it without them and they made our day even more special. Also, there were also some aspects of our day that were a complete surprise to us. We hadn’t seen the wedding cake, we’d given Milly the florist free reign over the flowers and the decorations, and it was so lovely as the bride and groom to have some surprises waiting for us at the venue, rather than knowing every detail inside out.

Rebecca & Joshua

Arriba los novios! A Mexican fiesta at Yorkshire Wedding Barn – Rebecca & Joshua

rebecca says: The Brides Up North site gave us a great starting point when searching for suppliers. The main element we found useful though was definitely the Brides Up North wedding fairs; it’s important to meet your suppliers in person as the people you work with are often far more influential to your day than the products they offer.

Ashleigh & Rhys

Where the heart is. Stella York for an elegant wedding at Soughton Hall – Ashleigh & Rhys

ashleigh says: Start getting ready early on the day of the wedding! The only time I felt any stress or nerves was whilst getting ready in case I was late! My other top tip would be to take in every moment and make a mental note. I got told that so many times before the big day and now I think back and remember so many lovely details.

Charlotte & Jamie

Peonies & prosecco. Suzanne Neville for a sophisticated wedding at Thornton Manor – Charlotte & Jamie

charlotte says: If you are planning a fairly large wedding and know you are going to have a lot going on, get a wedding planner. If you are as meticulous as me, having someone else also with an eye for detail takes a huge weight off your mind on the day. Our day definitely would not have run as smoothly if we didn’t have Helen Eriksen involved. We also found Brides Up North helpful when looking up local suppliers for our day.

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star styling: sassi holford designer day at love bridal boutique

October 17th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Can you think of anything better than a personal wedding dress appointment with not only a team of expert bridal stylists but also a top British designer? Us neither! Which is why we are so excited to be bringing you news of an a-maz-ing event set to take place at our wonderful Sponsor boutique, the gorgeous LOVE Bridal, located in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Diaries at the ready then ladies (and if you already have plans, cancel them!) – on Saturday 27th October, LOVE Bridal owner Emma Draper and her team will be welcoming Sassi Holford to the boutique along with a truly stunning selection of gowns from her new 2019 Enchanted collection, which are sure to steal your heart!

From beautifully simple silhouettes to detailed showstoppers, there is a dreamy dress design for all that will take your big day limelight moment to the next level.

So, keen to find out more about what this fabulous Designer Day event will hold and get the all-important details on how to secure one of those precious one-hour appointments (which must be booked quick as only a few spaces remain!), we’re hearing from the lovely Emma while showcasing some of the utterly sensational gowns that will be present on the day.

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What can brides-to-be expect from the Sassi Holford Designer Day?

emma says: Sassi will be bringing gowns from her brand new 2019 Enchanted collection, giving brides the rare opportunity to view and try on many of her gorgeous designs, including gowns such as Jodene, Naomi, Giselle, Millie and more.

This will be the epitome of the LOVE Bridal experience. Brides will get a personal appointment lasting one hour with Sassi Holford herself on hand to help style and advise brides on their perfect dress and fit. There will also be a 10% discount on all gowns purchased on the day of the event.

What are the benefits of the event to brides-to-be?

Many of the gowns from her brand new 2019 collection will only be available during Sassi’s visit, as we will not hold every single gown in our continuing LOVE collection. This is a rare opportunity to find the dress, especially for Sassi Holford fans. Brides will not only get an exclusive look at her whole collection but also get to meet and be styled by Sassi Holford herself!

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Tell us a little about Sassi Holford’s designs, what kind of fabrics and detailing are used?

Sassi Holford’s designs celebrate the female form with classic silhouettes and corsetry, using the most luxurious of fabrics. Her 2019 collection taps into some of the new season’s key trends including fabulous textures, layering, stunning detachable accessories like capes, bows, skirts and trains, with a hint of contemporary cool, pairing elegant gowns with leather jackets.

Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within her collections for you personally?

We have been totally blown away by yet another outstanding collection from Sassi Holford, so much so that we are a little bit spoilt for choice to pick only one favourite… but two of our team favourites include the Millie gown with her silk crepe bodice and full organza skirt and a showstopping (optional) organza bow at the nape of the neck. Here at LOVE we’re huge fans of simple gowns which can then be accessorised to suit the individual bride and so we have a particular soft spot for the Naomi gown too. This is a strapless version of the popular Sienna gown, that has been created in a super soft manmade crepe with an integrated stretch corset and looks incredible accessorised with the back fastening, delicate lace Yvette jacket or kept simple with a statement belt or the large satin Faye bow belt.

What sizes are Sassi Holford’s designs available in?

Sassi Holford offers a range of sizes from size 8 upwards with bespoke made-to-measure and split size options available too.

What is the price range of the dresses?

Dress prices start from £1,800 up to around £3,000 with some options slightly above and below depending on fabrics etc.

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What are you looking forward to most about the designer event?

We previewed the collection during London Bridal Week and Sassi never disappoints. We have confidently selected six gowns to stock at LOVE so now can’t wait for our new brides to clap eyes on them. Plus being styled by the designer herself will be an incredible experience!

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the event?

Many of the gowns will only be available to try at LOVE during Sassi’s one-day visit, so make sure you have anyone with you that you need there to make a decision and be prepared to take the leap on the day. If there are any particular gowns that you have already seen and loved from this collection, then do let us know in advance of your appointment. These dresses are fabulous so choosing only one dress will be hard!

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How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the event?

To book an appointment simply email us at hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk for more information.

Any other exciting news to share?

We have already received some of our beautiful 2019 Sassi Holford gowns which will be part of our ongoing collection including the stunning Jodene, Naomi, Millie, Alana with more to arrive over the coming days!

To keep up to date with more LOVE Bridal news you can follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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look book: beaded beauties

October 4th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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There’s nothing like a bit of sparkle to add that something special to your wedding day attire. And the best way to nail this breathtaking look? Beautiful beads and embellishments, of course!

Whether you’re after something shimmering and delicate or with full-on amplified sparkle, there are plenty of options for the bride seeking a dose of sophisticated detailing.

A subtle dazzle to the bodice is always an elegant touch, but for a true princess moment, don’t rule out a gown with an embellished skirt too – we promise it’s never OTT when it comes to your wedding day!

Here, we’ve spotlighted a few of our favourite designers who know a thing or two about beaded glamour, providing you with all the glitz you could desire for your dreamy Pinterest boards – and then some!

Main images by Miraz Willinger

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First up, Jenny Packham. This is our go-to designer for the most elegant and demure of wedding gowns with a lavish edge. We’re talking figure-flattering silhouettes and sumptuous fabrics like silk and tulle that gracefully glide over your curves, paired with twinkling embellishments to the corset and skirt. The Verity gown is one of our favourites from the 2018 collection, with its plunge neckline and fuller skirt, and who could resist the vintage-inspired Spirit dress – a truly classic Jenny Packham look.

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Dana Harel’s collection offers up a more original look that you won’t find on just any bridal rack. The dresses teeter on the boho side, but are ultra luxe in their use of fabric, embroidery and design. Just look at the elaborate beaded patterns, layers and ruffles – not forgetting peekaboo bralet corsets and bleached out colour palettes. These are dresses to fall in love with, and just perfect for the bride craving a wedding day look that’s ethereal yet bold, and wholly unique.

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Miraz Willinger – Violeta

We always like to introduce our readers to bridal day looks that are out of the ordinary and today, Miraz Willinger’s couture collection is the very thing. We just love everything about these dresses. The delicate, sheer gowns are fabulous works of art encrusted with intricate beading and dainty embellishments from top to toe, with the Jasmine gown being a particular highlight of ours. The epitome of the statement gown that will most certainly turn heads on your big day.

If a classic wedding dress gives you all those butterfly feels, then Aussie designer Anna Campbell ought to be on your radar (just saying). The attention to detail – especially to the back of her silk and lace gowns – is immense. The demure Paige gown is a perfect example, with its abundance of exquisite beads and crystals draped from the shoulders for an utterly beautiful bridal day look.

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Miraz Willinger – Lily

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arriba los novios! a mexican fiesta at yorkshire wedding barn – rebecca & joshua

September 28th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (60)

We adore all the gorgeous weddings that we get to share with you here on Brides Up North, but today’s beauty has us doubly excited as the spectacular backdrop to the celebrations is a North Yorkshire venue that we’ve just added to our collection of Luxury Wedding Shows. Feast your eyes on The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, a beautifully polished rustic gem of a venue set in acres of rolling countryside with stunning ceremony and reception space, plus plentiful accommodation on site. Sound up your street? Then be sure to join us the evening of Thursday 18th October for our Stylish Wedding Show at Yorkshire Wedding Barn, open 6pm to 9pm, FREE ENTRY, when we will be showcasing this incredible venue while also welcoming a fabulous line-up of the area’s very best suppliers to help inspire and achieve your big day visions.

But for now, on with the gorgeous wedding of Rebecca and Joshua who chose Yorkshire Wedding Barn for their Mexican inspired wedding, complete with a glorious pink and orange colour scheme and a Mariachi soundtrack.

The bridesmaids are a vision in sunset-coloured dresses and the bouquets are bold and bright to evoke a taste of Mexico that packs a real punch, not to mention the vibrant flower wall in front of which Rebecca and Joshua exchanged their vows.

Rebecca wanted a ‘Cinderella’ gown and Blue by Enzoani hit the nail on the head, with a frothy, layered skirt and a crystal bodice with a sweetheart neckline (apt, as the bride and groom are childhood sweethearts!) and delicate barely-there straps. Paired with every girls’ dream shoe, the Louboutin, and a softly styled up do, Rebecca is definitely the belle of the ball!

We love the idea of each table at the wedding breakfast representing a year of Rebecca and Joshua’s courtship, complete with photos to illustrate that time in their lives. After more than ten years together, there were plenty of memories to share – and, by the looks of it, the memory bank was well and truly topped up at this joyful and colourful celebration.

With images by Barnaby Aldrick.

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rebecca says: We engaged while in Lanzarote – we booked the holiday to celebrate nine years since Josh asked me to be his girlfriend. From first being together in school, we always knew we wanted to get married to each other. After having a long-distance relationship for five years living at different universities (Newcastle and Liverpool), we finally moved in together and went through great stresses renovating our home. I had been hoping for Josh to propose but he still managed to surprise me by getting down on one knee at sunset on a windswept clifftop on the second night of our holiday.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (43)

We got married on Friday 17th August 2018. We had always said we wanted to get married in summer 2018 and, as a teacher, I was limited to the summer holidays if we wanted to go straight on honeymoon. We fell in love with the venue as soon as we saw it and knew the compromise of getting married on a Friday instead of a Saturday was totally worth it.

The venue was Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Gilling West. We decided we’d really like a barn wedding, allowing us to bring our own style to the day, and lots of the barns we looked at were, as you can imagine, full of hay bales and hessian décor. However, the Yorkshire Wedding Barn ticked all the boxes, giving us the upmarket luxury we wanted but still providing a blank canvas for us to decorate in our own way. It was everything we ever wanted and a lot of this came down to Olivia, who organised everything perfectly. We would 100% recommend this venue to any couples wanting to have a wedding day that lasts longer than just a day. The onsite accommodation enabled us to have all of our closest friends and family with us the night before our wedding and Olivia helped arrange breakfast for us all the morning after the wedding as well.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (62)

In terms of a theme, having a DIY wedding meant we were able to keep everything really personal. We chose a catering company run by a family friend who agreed to do our absolute favourite food – Mexican – in sharing-style platters for our main course. Danny, an usher, suggested continuing the theme by booking a Mariachi band, so I used Alive Network to source an authentic Mexican Mariachi band, Mariachi King, to play us out of the ceremony and during the drinks reception. Having visited Mexico recently, we ran with this theme, incorporating cacti in the centrepieces, Mexican props for our photo booth and having tequila shots after the incredible best man/usher speech.

Colour-wise, we wanted a bright summer wedding, so we had different shades of pink and orange throughout the colour scheme. These are mine and Josh’s favourite colours and we have a lot of these in our house, so we could keep the decorations afterwards.

A Mexican Fiesta Wedding at Yorkshire Wedding Barn (c) Barnaby Aldrick (13)

When choosing my dress, I went to about four dress shops before I found the one. I knew I wanted a ‘Cinderella’ dress and thought it would probably be strapless – definitely no lace. I tried on so many different types of dress just to be sure (even full lace) but when I went to The Harrogate Wedding Lounge they could tell I knew which style I wanted and picked out lots of beautiful princess dresses. My best friend and maid of honour, Fiona, picked out a Blue by Enzoani dress that I had missed as it had straps. My mum later came into the shop and picked out the same dress so I agreed to try it on, trusting their opinions. It was perfect and there were so many tears from my bridal party when they saw it (not to mention my husband when I walked down the aisle!). After ordering my dress I lost quite a lot of weight, but The Harrogate Wedding Lounge did a great job of taking it in two dress sizes so that it fit perfectly on the day.

To accessorise, I had always dreamt of getting married in a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes so I went to Harvey Nichols, Leeds to buy my dream pair in pink glitter, so I can’t wait to wear them again.

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look book: floral fancy

September 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

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Is there anything more romantic than blooms and botanics? Whether blousy, trailing or dainty, we love to see them blossoming throughout all elements of a wedding. Most would automatically think of flowers taking centerstage in terms of bouquets, buttonholes and table centres, but the floral detailing we’re spotlighting on the blog today comes in the form of gorgeous wedding gowns!

Currently a lead trend in bridalwear, there are lots of ways to introduce an au naturale twist to your big day attire, be it intricate embroidery to the bodice, understated embellishments, or delicate appliques speckled across your train and skirt.

And let’s not forget about the impact of colour in embodying all things garden-inspired. For a truly show-stopping moment, think about introducing subtle accents of pastel hues like pink or lilac, or even bolder shades like red to really bring your wedding gown to life. Perfect, too, for the bride who wants to break from tradition and deviate from the minimalist, and shall we say it, more predictable palettes of plain ivory and white.

If you’re looking for a sweet and ultra-romantic bridal look showered in pretty flowers and leaves – the following designers come top of our list when it comes to nailing this ever so beautiful and enduring bridal trend. And the good news is that a floral gown isn’t just for the summertime boho wedding, it’s perfect all year round.

Main feature images, Savin London.

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First up, we’re showcasing Claire Pettibone’s graceful gowns, which are best described as a true vision of nature’s beauty. The gorgeous Maia dress is the true essence of this collection, combining a delicate tulle gown with soft yet colourful embroidered roses, leaves and hydrangeas, not to mention the brand’s signature illusion back and neckline. The Papillon gown, meanwhile, is adorned with beaded floral embroidery and tinted butterfly appliques for an ultra-feminine bridal look that’s got us dreaming of secret gardens and sunnier climes. Continuing along a similar vein is the Santorini which comes in dreamy shades of porcelain, almond or mocha, adorned with beaded silk flowers, all beautifully offset by luxurious pearls and stones. By contrast, a Dutch floral masterpiece comes to life in the Raven gown which – as the name rather nicely alludes to – features shimmering silver sequin lace and black tulle tempered by painterly pink and red roses – an exquisite palette for a winter’s wedding, if we do say so ourselves!

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Galia Lahav’s Florence by Night collection is something quite extraordinary, delving into the world of scents and perfumery and the role each bud, petal, herb and leaf plays in creating the perfect fragrance. These dresses, in turn, showcase the brand’s interpretation of this intangible world in the most fantastical of ways. We think you’re going to fall in love with these creations. The Casablanca Lily, for example, brings together a ballgown with 3D rose motifs, a sheer corset, pleated skirt and ruffle detailing to the shoulder. Another favourite of ours is the Rose Water gown with its dainty silver beads and crystal stardust effect for a real fairy-like princess moment. Leaf motifs, organza flowers and a hand embroidered neckline are the gorgeous details to take note of from the Bryony gown, perfectly paired with a low back and plunging sweetheart neckline for something a little more sultry. And we couldn’t feature Galia without mentioning the Cinderella gown from its La Reves Bohemian collection, an ice blue dress complete with sheer corset, divine appliques and off the shoulder details. Simply stunning!

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perfect finish: top bridal accessory styling tips from caroline castigliano

August 2nd, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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While the main focus of a bride’s big day look is on her dress, there are numerous other elements that contribute to the finely tuned finished look. From hair accessories, shoes and underwear to polished hair and makeup, time and consideration is most certainly needed to ensure these all come together in harmony.

As such, we’re looking to our wonderfully-talented Sponsor, top British bridal designer Caroline Castigliano, for her dos and don’ts when it comes to accessorising your dress. So, ladies, be sure to take note as there are lots of gems of advice below that will help in your pursuit to avoid visible bra lines, awkward shoes and dreaded hair and makeup faux pas.

With images by Andy Mac Photography and Olka Fuller Photography.

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In your opinion, how can the right finishing touches enhance and complete a bride’s big day look?

caroline says: Accessories are very important to finishing off a ‘look’ for your big day and can make the simplest gown look glamorous. A favourite of mine is a silk crepe fishtail gown with a long two tier veil a beaded belt, complete with drop earrings and a matching bracelet – timeless, stunning and glamorous. Similarly, if you want a traditional look you could use crown as a headpiece with a cathedral length veil.

How do brides go about selecting the right underwear for their dress? Do you have any bridal lingerie shopping tips?

First of all, make sure you are professionally measured before you purchase your bra to make sure that you get a perfect shape and fit. Choose something simple and comfortable on your wedding day in ivory or nude. Bows and lace look pretty but can create uneven, visible lines.

The bra shape all depends on the gown you have selected – a good supportive strapless bra with soft, moulded, seam-free cups will give you smooth lines underneath a strapless dress.

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And what about the shoes?

It’s advisable to have bridal shoes when you are measured for your dress. When choosing your shoes consider first and foremost your comfort for the day – you want to have the best day of your life, so comfort is essential.

Also, make sure you do not have brooches or bead work that will snag the bottom of your dress or a flap that the bottom of the dress will catch behind – you won’t notice until you see the pictures but then it will be to late!

What advice do you have for brides when picking their bridal jewellery – what would you suggest for a timeless look and for a statement look? 

A lot of the decisions regarding jewellery come from the actual design of the dress. Timeless conjures up the idea of a simple chain necklace (platinum or gold) with either a diamond solitaire or a pearl with matching stud earrings. A statement would be more chunky big earrings and bracelet – again this all depends on the design of the gown and the total vision you are creating – modern chic will be different to understated and romantic.

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If a bride is looking to switch up her look from day to night but doesn’t have the budget for two dresses what accessories could she use to style her dress in different ways?

I would look at having a shrug that could maybe be removed in the evening, there is also the possibility of wearing a straight or fishtailed gown and adding a large overskirt that is detachable. This means during the day you can appear to have a large full traditional dress and then take off the over skirt in the evening to reveal a body skimming fishtail. If you then also removed the shrug you could spend the evening in a strapless, skimming fishtail perhaps also adding a jewelled belt – two great looks!

Are you a fan of a veil?

Most definitely!  I am passionate about veils – the wedding is the only day in your life you can wear one and they add such a wonderful touch of romance to the whole occasion.

My opinion on veils is they should always be cathedral length, to the floor so there are no break lines down the dress – it should be a simple sheer vision – of course the choice is broad when it comes to veil selection – any length is possible and then you have trims; beautiful laces, satin edges – the choice is endless.

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And what about their hairstyle? Why would you encourage a bride to hire a professional stylist and what should they take into consideration when picking the right hair style for their wedding day?

I always say go to your wedding looking like the woman your fiancée has fallen in love with. I do not understand why a woman would want to wear her hair entirely differently on her wedding day.

It is best if you can afford it to have a professional hairdresser on hand to do your hair – they will ensure your headpiece is in place and set the veil, so it does not move and overall ensure you look perfect. It is advisable to have a few run throughs before the day, so you are confident with the style and that will help you relax on the day.

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