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Serious Style In Somerset.


Today my loves we are going out-and-out glam. Ali and Trevor’s wedding is a stylish feast for the eyes. From the antique pink roses, to Ali’s slender Amanda Wakeley gown, from the candelabras to Trevor’s Tom Ford suit – everything about this wedding is elegant and beautiful. Ali has styled her gown with a gorgeous gold cuff and fabulous Jimmy Choos – she really does look like a supermodel. Babington House is a truly exceptional venue and I love the fact that Ali and Trevor managed to spread their celebrations across three days. Are you ready for a big dollop of glamour this Tuesday? Thought so…


Smart But Relaxed

Ali The Bride: We held our wedding at Babington House in Somerset. We’d heard about the venue and knew that being part of the Soho House group that it would set the right tone for our wedding, smart but relaxed. It also has 32 rooms allowing many of our guests to stay overnight which was really important for us. When we visited we were simply blown away by what a gorgeous a venue it is. The staff work really hard to maintain a perfectly chilled atmosphere which we loved. We couldn’t wait to go back!


The Wow Factor

I used Sophie McMullan for my make-up and Claire Urquhart for my hair. I was recommended Sophie by a friend’s sister who event manages a lot of high-end weddings so my expectations were high but Sophie was fantastic, as was Claire who she in turn recommended.… View the full post.


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You’ve Got The Love

Jemma and Ollie married at Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset this summer. Their wedding was all about the personal touches from twinkling fairy lights to imports from Thailand. There are vintage roses, peonies, birdcages, a killer Vivienne Westwood suit and games.

So sit back and feast your eyes on the gorgeous images below captured by Lucy Davenport.

Oh, and please can more brides hold their dresses up? You can never see too much shoe. Ever.

Badminton anyone?

Delicate Details

I bought my dress from Beautiful Bridal Boutique. It was Amanda wakeley. It had really delicate detailing on the straps. My shoes were from Next and complimented the detail on my dress perfectly.

Simple Vintage

For my hair, I wanted a simple vintage look to show off the detail on the back of the dress. I bought Some hydrangeas for my hair from Etsy and finished my look off with a vintage brooch cuff, also from Etsy and some simple vintage droplet earrings from Beautiful Bridal Boutique.

Bombastic Blooms

My flowers were from Ena’s Florists and were a mix of soft Bombastic vintage roses, Sandblast, Amnesia roses and Peonies.

Brogues And Button Holes

The Groomsmen wore burgundy and cream polka dot Vintage bow ties by Peckham Rye. Ollie wore a Vivienne Westwood suit from John Anthony clothing, teamed with Crockett and Jones tan brogues, a Vivienne Westwood shirt, braces from Mr Porter and a vintage amnesia rose button hole.

A Chance Meeting

Our photographer was Lucy Davenport. We actually met on holiday after the engagement!View the full post.


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Determination, Strength And Above All Love.

What do Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin and Vivienne Westwood all have in common?

Well… Apart from all being fairly super swanky designer type people, they also all feature in Elio and Carly’s big day.

Elio and Carly married in June 2012 at St John’s RC Cathedral Portsmouth and then had a reception at Farbridge. Photography today is all by the lovely Laura Babb.

Simple And Elegant

I always wanted a bespoke gown and as soon as I found Joanne Fleming’s website I knew that she was the designer for me. Lace was always my fabric of choice as it has such romantic connotations and I envisaged something very simple and elegant. As I immersed further into the planning of my dress I felt like I wanted to create drama for the ceremony so that is where the concept of the two-in-one dress was formed. For the ceremony I had a tulle overskirt that fixed over the simple lace dress beneath, the silk tulle was so light it created an almost cloud like affect especially in the very windy weather! One guest commented that it was so light it looked as though fairies had created it. I loved it so much I almost didn’t want to take it off for the evening.

My evening look allowed the beautiful lace to shine and also gave me the perfect dress for dancing! I loved the versatility of the dress – that I could wear two completely different looks without changing.… View the full post.


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These Are The Days.

Scarlett and Tom married in June 2012. The venue they chose was Endsleigh House in Milton Abbot, near Tavistock, Devon.

I love a Rock My Wedding first… And today I think I am correct in saying that this is the first RMW groom to wear a bowler hat. If anyone can prove me wrong I’m sure I can find some sort of “prize” in amongst the RMW HQ clutter to send out to you ;)

Anyway – Tom rocks the bowler. Fact. And as per usual when someone wears a headpeice of distinction it manages to find it’s away amongst the masses. See how many times you can spot it!

Photography today is by super sleek, super cool Nick Tucker.

I Want To Be Grace Kelly

The best wedding dress inspiration for me was an exhibition of Grace Kelly’s clothes at the VA. My Mum bought me the book as a memento and there was a particular dress in that which eventually inspired my own wedding dress.

Chanticleer have a very talented designer, Tracey, and team of seamstresses who helped me create the dress exactly the way I wanted by making it from scratch. This way I was able to choose every little detail; the length, type of lace, buttons… So there it was; a 7-layer floor length tulle skirt, guipure lace covered bodice, lace jacket, an ivory silk sash, pearl buttons and lace halterneck as an alternative.

I was SO happy with my dress on my wedding day – I felt like me (and a bit like a 1950’s movie star!).… View the full post.


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Junk Boat Joy.

Ok, prepare yourself (maybe grab a mug of tea and a biscuit). Are your ready? Ok…

Claire and Sheilen got married on a traditional Chinese junk boat with red sails. It sailed around Hong Kong Island and then dropped them off at the reception venue, a converted Pawn shop (now bar and restaurant) called The Pawn.

If that isn’t enough to make you want to read on then I don’t know what is!

The celebrations started with cocktails, photographs by Nick Tucker and games on the roof followed by dinner downstairs in the dining room. Then Dancing!

20 Dresses

Finding a dress (and also finding a suit for Sheilen!) was probably the hardest thing about the wedding! It’s so much pressure on one outfit to be this miraculous “one”. I must have tried on around 20 dresses in every shape or form and I had magazine and blog overload! In the end I had to write myself a checklist of things I wanted my dress to say. The tick boxes for me were something cool, sexy, relaxed, with a vintage vibe (since we were going down a colonial heritage route with our venues) and it was always going to be white.

The HongKongese have merged western wedding style with Chinese weddings so there are a lot of shops here selling traditional white gowns, the only problem is the women here ae a lot smaller than the UK and the sample sizes ranged from size 0 to size 4! After squeezing into many vera wangs etc I ended up buying my dress from Amanda Wakeley on a trip to London.… View the full post.


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A Snow Queens Wedding… Part 1

I am very excited to be posting this fabulous winter wedding for 2 reasons. Firstly, I *met* the Bride what must have been over a year ago in the same online forum that I met Charlotte in and saw her planning what I was sure would be a truly beautiful wedding.

Secondly, Christian Keenan, the incredibly talented photographer behind the stunning images, is a photographer I have long admired for the outstanding images he produces. We had been working on getting something from Christian when I realised that he had photographed Pippa’s wedding and it was fate.

Pippa really exercised her own style and made so many of the wedding details herself that I’m dying to share with you so I will hand you right over to hear from the beautiful Bride herself.

All images courtesy (and copyright) of Christian Keenan Photography.

A Perfect Winters Morning

Bruce and Pippa were married at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, on 23rd December 2009, in an intimate gathering of the couples closest friends and family.
*Images are courtesy of (and copyright of) Christian Keenan at CKP Weddings.

Accessory Love

My engagement ring has emerald cut diamonds in it, so I wanted to use that as a theme for my accessories. The collar of the coat presented a few challenges in relation to my earring choice (anything dangly was out as I feared they would catch on the collar). My Husband gave me some beautiful emerald cut diamond studs for Christmas last year, so I decided that they were ‘the ones’.View the full post.


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Finding “The One?”

The main Amanda Wakeley “collection” in the Chelsea store is on the ground floor so while we waited for the bridal consultant to meet us my Mum and I had a good old look at all the fabulous evening wear.

I absolutely adored the shape and cut of the gowns, really elegant and contemporary and I immediately had a really positive feeling about the dresses that awaited us upstairs in Amanda Wakeley Sposa.

And they didn’t disappoint. For the first time I marvelled at nearly everything on display, these were really beautiful feminine classic dresses, not overtly fussy but with enough subtle detail for maximum impact.

I tried on several ….beaded, tulle, chiffon, strapless, backless ….. loved different aspects of every single one.

It was my Mum in the end who picked out “the one”, a mermaid backless beauty with straps and a long train – made from mikado panelled silk – AW 143.

I had looked at the website but not seen it on there, the assistant explained that particular rack of dresses were brand new and had not even been on the catwalk yet.

So I tried it on and loved it, and probably just as importantly knew that James would love it too. From showing him thousands of dresses in magazines (We played the “dress game” – as in “rate this dress out of ten please” – did anyone else play this with their H2B? I found it really facsinating – and useful!)…. I knew he preferred straps and a fishtail/mermaid shape and didn’t like lace or lots of decoration/sparkle and that he thinks flashing a bit of back is sexy so….I guess if I could have designed his ideal dress, this wouldn’t have been far off the mark.… View the full post.

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