Thursday, 28 April 2011

THE HUMBLE WEDDING GOWN

White is the accepted traditional colour of the wedding dress, but wedding gowns have not always been white. The marriage of Queen Victoria to her cousin Albert in 1840 had more influence on weddings than any other.  Queen Victoria put the wheels in motion by marrying in a white dress. Though brides continued to wed in gowns of different colours, white was now set as the colour of choice for weddings and has continued ever since.  

Queen Victoria's wedding gown, 1840
Coco Chanel was a powerful force behind the change in women's fashions. She was the one who officially introduced the short wedding dress in the 1920s: a white knee length dress worn with a long train. This cemented white as the universal colour of the wedding dress.

Coco Chanel introduced the short wedding dress in the 1920s
Brides from wealthy families often wore rich colours and exclusive fabrics. It was common to see them wearing bold colours and layers of furs, beading, velvet and silk. The amount of material a wedding dress contained was a reflection of the bride's social standing and indicated to wedding guests the extent of the family's wealth. 

1930's Wedding Dress 

Today, there is a wide range of wedding dresses. Western traditions have relaxed to include a rainbow of colours and variety of lengths, all of which are now considered acceptable. 

Vera Wang colourful wedding dresses, 2010
The big question this week is: what will Kate Middleton wear on her wedding day?! All eyes will be on her, and dress companies will no doubt be designing similar style dresses and have them on sale in time for weddings taking place later this year. 

Queen Mother's Wedding Dress, 1923

The Queen's wedding dress was decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls in 1947
Princess Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, 1956
Lady Diana's Wedding Dress, 1982

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

SAM GIBSON



With a background in documentary film making for the BBC, Sam Gibson knows how to create a unique record capturing all the emotion and spirit of your wedding day. All clients receive a complimentary slideshow video of their wedding photographs set to music - a great way to share the day with people who couldn't be there. To see Sam Gibson's work on his website and more information click HERE.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

RACHEL MOUNT CAKES










If you are looking for something quirky and with retro twist, I really recommend Rachel Mount Cake designer. Her cakes are works of art. Rachel, who started cake decorating in 1985, is now a leading international cake artist and designer. She has resisted the temptation to to expand her cake business into mass production and remains delicately hands-on in her studio kitchen. To see her website click HERE.