November 13th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
This morning on the blog we are spoiling you with a truly romantic photoshoot – but one with a twist. Because, unlike the more conventional engagement shoot we’ve all come to know and love, this one takes place after bride and groom Emilia and Richard tied the knot in Poland.
The reason for the shoot? To capture their love in the place where it first blossomed: Manchester, ahead of the newlyweds relocating overseas. It was also an opportunity for Emilia to capture her wedding gowns on film one last time, before she gave both dresses away.
Set mostly in the Deansgate area of Manchester, the shoot showcases some of the city’s most beautiful architectural backdrops; think towering glass structures, park benches and secluded street corners, blending an edgy urban setting with some truly private, tender moments between the pair.
This concept is such a wonderful idea for our readers to consider – particularly if you’re looking for the perfect excuse to slip on your dream dress beyond the big day. Here’s Emilia to tell us more…
With images by Lusina Photography.
emilia says: We got engaged in Paris on 28th July 2017 – it was a surprise and so lovely and intimate. Rich was nervous all day and I thought he was not enjoying the trip at all – we had burgers and wine but he barely ate. We had a cute Airbnb apartment overlooking a rustic church. When we were taking pictures on the balcony, he presented me with a ring – capturing my reaction!
We were planning on eloping in Cyprus but decided to get married in my hometown of Elblag in Poland. Rich’s immediate family flew from Wales to make our day even more special. It was small and perfect, with a traditional dinner and (a few too many) drinks to help the language barrier disappear (as my family do not speak English too well!).
We met through app OK Cupid – we are a couple of millennials after all! Exchanging thousands of messages within a week – we then cancelled on our respective friends so we could meet earlier!
We met at a cosy wine bar and after a few glasses I invited him inside for a late-night coffee. The next day we had a massive breakfast burrito and I had an inkling he might be a keeper.
I always had a thing for charming geeks – and Rich was handsome and hilarious, too. He also instantly bonded with my beloved lop house bunny – our family is now complete!
He will probably joke that what he loves most about me is my derriere but I think it’s my caring side and inner geek. I love that he remains calm in a crisis when I’m in pieces – he is also a great hugger.
November 8th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s bride and groom, Gia and John tied the knot back in May, on the same date a certain Royal couple also said ‘I do’ (but our couple picked it first – just saying!). Marrying at the wonderful Dorfold Hall in Cheshire – the venue provided everything they could have wished for to bring their fairy tale wedding to life.
Glass baubles, floating candles and tendrils of creeping foliage set the scene for the romantic backdrop, offset by a sophisticated palette of navy, blush pink and green. Meanwhile, food and drink highlights from their special day include a cocktail hour complete with signature drinks (we think every wedding should have one of these…), sweetie jar favours and a truly indulgent vanilla, Irish cream and red velvet wedding cake.
The real showstopper to their big day though has got to be Gia’s stunning Oksana Mukha ball gown – think gorgeous layers of tulle for a dreamy bridal look straight from a storybook. As you can tell, there’s plenty to swoon over today, so let’s pass the blog over to Gia to share all the fabulous details.
With images by Matthew Grainger
gia says: John and I got engaged in the Maldives on the 12th March 2017, while we were away celebrating our ten-year anniversary. John got down on one knee on the first night and I was so surprised – I didn’t think he had it in him to plan a proposal without me knowing!
Our wedding date was 19th May 2018 (we picked it first, but I was thrilled to share it with the Royals!) I wanted a wedding in peony season and was hoping for some sunshine.
We got married in Dorfold Hall in Nantwich, Cheshire. I fell in love with the venue the first time I saw it and saw unbelievable potential to create the fairy-tale wedding I had always wanted. It was new to the wedding world and wasn’t anywhere near finished, but I loved the idea of having our ceremony in the coach house followed by the reception in a sperry tent.I always envisaged having a fairy tale wedding. I love ball gown dresses, tulle, cathedral veils, gold, Disney, candlelight, fairy lights, flower arches…go big or go home!
I was so excited to plan my wedding day and put absolutely everything into it. I have always loved the idea of planning a wedding, ever since watching J-Lo in The Wedding Planner when I was younger.
My wedding dress was white and the only other colours I wanted to see were navy – for the groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen, with a hint of blush pink and greens in the bouquets and centrepieces and some finishing touches in gold.
My wedding dress was by Oksana Mukha. I knew I wanted a ball gown style dress, as I would never get the opportunity to wear something like that again. I fell in love with her designs online and actually saw the dress I wanted before I bought it. I travelled from Liverpool to Adele Louise Bridal in Wolverhampton, who are one of three UK stockists.My partner wore a navy tuxedo with black lapel from Hugo Boss. His horseshoe waistcoat was by Gieves and Hawkes.
Our bridesmaids wore navy evening gowns by Kirsty Doyle, who is a Liverpool designer, and the flower girls wore white dresses with a tulle skirt to match my dress, also from Adele Louise Bridal. Meanwhile, our groomsmen wore navy three-piece suits from ASOS.
Our hair was done by a Liverpool mobile hairstylist called Becky Thow and our makeup was done by Liverpool MUA Rachel Morris (aka Fair of Face) who is now based in Dubai.
November 2nd, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Can we get a Fri-yay!?
We are particularly excited for the weekend to come as on Sunday we have our final to Luxury Wedding Shows of the autumn, which will complete another epic event season that we are just so proud of and have thoroughly enjoyed! From visiting the finest venues in the north, to seeing the spectacular big day inspiration delivered by talented local suppliers and, of course, meeting you fabulous brides- and grooms-to-be and hearing all about your fabulous big day plans.
So whether you’re at the initial newly-engaged stages of the venue hunt, or are just looking for those final finishing touches to complete your impending big day, be sure to join us at either Denton Hall in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, or The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire, this Sunday 4th November, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, for our fabulous final shows of 2018 (don’t worry, we’ll be back early 2019 with another incredible show line-up for you).
And it’s Cheshire that we’re heading to on the blog today as we relive the unbelievably beautiful wedding day of newlyweds Jade and Jess.
A real family celebration, Jade is quick to point out that the key aim of their special day was to be a reflection of their lovely family of four, including super sweet son Jacob and daughter Jessica, which we think they achieved admirably. The second key element was flowers (clearly Jade is a girl after our own heart!) and so the day is decked out with the prettiest of blooms including the bride’s favourite – peonies, despite them being out of season.
A stunning example of a British summer wedding, there is so much to be admired and to take inspiration from, including the picturesque church, lush outdoor reception setting, pastel colour palette and, in particular, Jade’s hugely swoon-worthy Caroline Castigliano dress with pretty blush bodice underlay – we love!
With images by Jess Yarwood Photography.
jade says: We got engaged during a surprise trip away. I’d come home from work one evening when Jay told me to pack my case! I had no idea where we were going until we got to the airport when the lady at the check in desk confirmed it was Rome! I was so excited! We met was I was only 18 and he knew I’d always wanted to go. Jay said that keeping the ring from me was harder than he had anticipated and ended up proposing on the first night after a beautiful meal on the hotel balcony over-looking the city. I had phoned my whole family before I even gave him a proper answer!
We got married on the 27th July 2018 – we booked and organised it in just six months, deciding to finally set the date just after the birth of our second child. We hoped for a hot, sunny day – it turned out to be the hottest day of the year – furnace Friday.
We got married at St Mary and All Saints Church in Great Budworth, because that is where my grandparents married 52 years previously and partly because Great Budworth is one of the most beautiful villages I have ever seen. We knew if we married in England it was only ever going to be there! The reception was held at Arley Hall & Gardens, which is only five minutes from the church and a place we have often visited over the years.
For us, the wedding wasn’t just about me and Jay getting married – we are a family of four and wanted our wedding to reflect that. A big family celebration, and flowers – I love flowers!
As it turned out the whole wedding was planned around the flowers – I wanted delicate, pretty flowers in pinks, purples and blues. Everything else fell into place from there with pink becoming the base colour.
In terms of my dress, my sister and I fell in love with a certain Caroline Castigliano gown before it had even come off the rail. I bought it from Agape Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, after going on a whim thinking I was going to choose a different dress from a previous shop! I ended up adding two different removable straps to the dress, thicker for the day and spaghetti for the evening.
October 31st, 2018 | Rachel Parry
The excitement of shopping for your perfect wedding day attire doesn’t stop at the dress (thank goodness!), for there are those all-important finishing touches to consider too; from shoes, belts and jewellery to headpieces, tiaras and veils.
Keen to ensure your ‘I do’ ensemble comes together harmoniously our wonderful Sponsor, LOVE Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire, is hosting an special Accessory Evening event, with expert styling, sweet treats and fizz galore, plus a 10% discount for all purchases and orders made during the event.
Taking place on Thursday 22nd November, 5pm to 8.30pm, brides future, past and present are welcome to attend, though numbers are limited due to the size of the boutique so having your name on the guest list is essential. As such, we’re inviting LOVE boutique owner Emma Draper to the blog today to explain more about the fabulous designer creations that will be available and, most-importantly, how to RSVP!
Can you give us an overview of the event and what it will include?
emma says: Of course. All guests will have the opportunity to try on various accessories with styling advice on hand from our talented stylists Charlotte and Alex as well as myself. There will be fizz flowing and divine sweet treats courtesy of Yolk plus a 10% discount for all purchases and orders made during the event itself.
What collections will be featured at the accessory event?
The boutique will be adorned with all the finishing touches available here at LOVE from veils, stoles and belts to jewellery, headwear and garters and of course, shoes! Featuring: Charlotte Mills, Harriet Wilde, Hermione Harbutt, Donna Crain, Halo & Co, Pompadour Garters, Sasso Bride and Elizabeth Dickens.
What are the benefits of the event to brides-to-be?
While the dress undoubtedly takes centre stage, it’s the accessories that complete the look! So, this event is ideal for those who have found the dress and are now looking for the finishing touches. If we have their dress in stock, we will happily pull it out for brides so they can colour match, style or compare. Plus, there is 10% off all purchases and orders made during the event so a great chance to bag a bargain!
Can you tell us a little more about some of the accessory designers and their creations?
Charlotte Mills is well known for her love-heart shoe designs with girly and glitter detail. Each shoe fulfils the ‘something old, something new…’ concept complete with this traditional message and a sixpence on the sole of every shoe.
Harriet Wilde’s iconic and vintage-inspired embellished heels are not only show-stoppers but customisable, making them extremely popular with our brides.
Hermione Harbutt is known for her stand out headpieces, for exceptional quality craftsmanship and originality of design. Each Hermione Harbutt piece is entirely unique and created by hand in the UK design studio using the finest pearls, Swarovski crystals, gemstones and diamonds.
Donna Crain believes every wedding outfit should be unique. She knows how important it is to find the perfect accessory to complete the look, understanding that the finer details deserve just as much care and attention as the dress itself. Her collections cover a range of styles; from vintage and Hollywood glamour to romantic floral pieces and sophisticated boho styles.
We will be showcasing an extended range of shoes with some additional pieces from our jewellery and headwear designers for this event only.
Any particular favourites or stand out pieces for you personally?
We have an incredible selection from delicate simple accessories to more detailed, standout pieces.
We are particularly looking forward to showcasing styles such as Charlotte Mill’s Francesca courts with glitter-block heel. A simple pointed-toe which you may just get a glimpse of when you walk due to the fit and style of the gown, but with a wow heel too, and perfect if you’re not a fan of a stiletto.
A particular favourite among LOVE brides is the Joanie shoe from Harriet Wilde. This shoe has a clever added platform, with a delicate pointed toe, and is available in two heel heights, depending on our brides’ preference. There’s also the option to add the signature Harriet Wilde embellished heel. Perfect for any dress style but particularly more slinky gowns where you will almost certainly see a peek of shoe as you walk.
What is the price range of the shoes you stock?
Prices start from £170.
And the accessories?
Prices vary from £50 (for smaller items such as earrings) upwards.
What are you looking forward to most about the event?
Aside from the delicious cakes from Yolk (!), who doesn’t like to browse and play with tiaras, jewellery and shoes? As self-confessed accessory addicts, we cannot wait to show off all the beautiful and delicate ranges we have available.
Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the event?
Most accessories have a lead time of about six to eight weeks as they’re typically made to order, so we will take orders on the night, and it will then just be a few weeks until they arrive. Shoes are usually despatched fairly quickly if they are in stock in your size, there may however be a short waiting time if the designer is waiting for stock to arrive. We would recommend any brides specifically coming for shoes to let us know the specific shoe style and size they are interested in in advance of the event, so we can order them in for them (subject to availability). This should enable brides to take them away with them on the night, particularly if needed urgently.
October 30th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
Not many couples can claim to have married in the same spot where they very first met, but that is true of today’s featured couple Chris and Amy, who got together on the dancefloor of stunning Cheshire gem The Bowdon Rooms, and returned there recently to say their “I dos”.
Planning a personal big day shaped around their love of music and dancing, there is no doubt that this Altrincham venue was the perfect place for them to wed. For it has a relaxed approach to what elements couples do and do not want to include in their wedding – so in Chris and Amy’s case, no set seating plan or formal three course meal but instead a ‘sit anywhere you like’ style summer barbecue with ice cream cones served from the sweetest van.
Then there was the entertainment they were keen to include in their day; from alfresco jazz in the venue’s grounds to a rocking band upon its stage and even a dance lesson on its perfectly sprung dancefloor.
The Bowdon Rooms’ Edwardian charm and original features complete the picture providing a characterful backdrop for Chris and Amy’s beautiful big day reflecting on much-loved memories while making an abundance of new ones too!
And if this unique venue is capturing your heart then be sure to waltz this way THIS SUNDAY, 4th November, as we will be holding a Pop Up Wedding Festival at The Bowdon Rooms to showcase its amazing assets in all their glory, open 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY. As well as being able to view the venue and meet its super friendly team, there will also be live music, a pop-up bar and a host of talented local suppliers to make your every wedding wish some true – Chris and Amy will back us up on that one as they found three of their key suppliers at one of our previous Bowdon shows as they share below…
With images by Emilie May Photography.
amy says: We got engaged in September 2016, in Crete. We were on holiday when Chris proposed by a beautiful mountain lake. It was a complete surprise, and we spent the day together on the beach before heading back to tell our family and friends.
The date of our wedding was 14th July 2018. It was a Saturday in the summer (and avoided and key football dates, although it did end up being England’s third place play-offs in the World Cup, but no-one seemed to mind!)
The Bowdon Rooms in Altrincham, Cheshire, hosted both our ceremony and reception. It was the place where we first got together on the dancefloor, and we shared our first kiss in the car park, so it held a lot of special memories for us. The venue was also very happy to let us create the wedding that we wanted, instead of choosing one out of a ‘catalogue’, which was important to us.
The wedding colour scheme was dark blue and yellow as we had navy backdrop with sunflowers – they are my favourite flower and in-season in July. They created a beautiful colour palette which we carried throughout the venue.
I had a short tea-length wedding dress which meant that we could dance our first dance as a modern jive number which was the most important consideration. I was also pretty glad of it as it was a very hot day! It was a True Bride, Brighton Belle design called Lottie, which had lovely lace detail and a pearl back detail.
Chris and the groomsmen wore navy suits supplied by Suits Direct. To stand out, Chris wore an ivory waistcoat, while the groomsmen wore matching navy ones.
October 26th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
We’re filling your Friday with an oh-so-pretty helping of big day inspiration in the form of Leanne and Phil’s gorgeous North West wedding.
Taking place in a secluded countryside setting, this glorious celebration centres around a lush botanical wedding theme and dreamy colour palette of deep greens, rose gold and blush, which we just can’t get enough of!
Metallic elements, such as the bridesmaids’ glam sequin gowns and decorative details at the reception add a luxurious feel while the flowing foliage and tranquil surroundings keep the vibes natural and relaxed.
A particular highlight for us has to be their towering six tier cake (which includes two clever dummy layers for extra height) decorated in their chosen colour scheme and crowned with a super cute topper made by bride Leanne herself who we’re handing the blog over to now to talk us through the day step by step…
leanne says: We got married on 4th August 2018, as we wanted to have a summer wedding and go on our honeymoon as soon as we could after the wedding. We have children, so having it in the summer holidays was easier for childcare.
Our ceremony took place at our local church, St Luke’s Church, Skerton, Lancaster. This is Phil’s family church; it was always going to be this church as it holds a special place in our hearts. Phil was baptised and confirmed there, and his parents were also married there.
Our wedding breakfast and evening reception took place at Forrest Hills in Ellel, Lancaster, which we chose because of its amazing building, unique feel and amazing surroundings and scenery. We had the entire site to ourselves for the weekend. We would 100% recommend Forrest Hills to anyone looking for a beautiful and unique venue. It’s just a short drive from the city centre but has that feel of being in the middle of the countryside. Our co-ordinator was Katherine Wharton and she was always super easy to get hold of if we had any questions. She checked in with us several times for updates and to ask if we needed her to do anything.
When it came to a theme, we didn’t intend on having one but, as our plans progressed, we did seem to go down a strong botanical route. We used lots of ferns, foliage and succulents in our décor. I personally wanted something a little different; rather than flowers, I knew I wanted ferns and succulents, and the rest just seemed to flow. We added rose gold touches too and some blush, which we thought went perfectly.
My dress was an Alfred Angelo gown in ivory and blush with gold thread lace. It actually had one sleeve when I bought it and a zip up the back. I absolutely fell in love with the gown as soon as I tried it on; it was full length, with lots of fabric and plenty of lace detail, but I knew I wanted sleeves and a corset back, so a lovely lady called Joanne Bellows altered the gown to give it a corset back and we added an ivory lace bolero for the sleeves.
Phil wore a slim fit grey suit from Youngs Hire at Debenhams, with an ivory swirl waistcoat and blush cravat and handkerchief. The groomsmen and my son wore the same as Phil.
The bridesmaids wore full-length rose gold sequin dresses with matching lace and sequin capes, both from Amazon. My eldest daughter Cody wore the same as the adult bridesmaids and my younger two daughters, Libby and Daisy, wore matching ankle-length ivory lace dresses, which were from JJsHouse.
Our makeup was done by Lancaster-based Nelly Calvo, who worked her magic wand on me and my maid of honour. The equally talented Shelly Alexander did the makeup for the other bridesmaids. Shelly also did wonders with my hair and local hairdresser Daryl Standing did the bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ hair.
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