Friday, 8 July 2011

THE KELLY DRESS

THE MEWS, CLIFTON

The Kelly Dress by Stephanie Allin 

The Mews Clifton is a luxurious bridal boutique in the heart of Clifton Village. The Mews sells wedding gowns from some of the world's finest dress designers. The shop is open (by appointment) from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 4.30pm. You can visit the website HERE.  I have fallen in love with one of the dresses: the Kelly Dress,  designed by Stephanie Allin. It is based on Grace Kelly's wedding gown of 1956. Each of Stepanie Allin's gowns is British-made and exclusively created by her highly skilled team.

The Kelly Dress by Stephanie Allin 
The Kelly Dress by Stephanie Allin  

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer of Monaco

Grace Kelly's dress was designed in 1956 by Helen Rose who was then wardrobe designer at MGM. It was made as a wedding gift from MGM (Metro-Golwyn-Mayer Studios). The wedding gown was made from antique Valenciennes rose point lace, twenty-five yards of silk taffeta and ninety eight yards of tulle.  Her veil was covered with appliqu├ęd lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls.

 To see more beautiful bridal gowns on the The Mews website, click HERE.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

THE WEDDING REPORTER

Introducing Emma Woodhouse - The Wedding Reporter

Emma Woodhouse - The Wedding Reporter

The Wedding Reporter is essentially the collision of my passion for writing with my love of weddings. In March, I floated the idea of going to weddings and then writing about them as a keepsake on Twitter and received overwhelming feedback in support for the concept. Essentially, I attend a wedding in a similar manner to any wedding guest, but with the addition of a notebook to scribble down any thoughts I have. I chat to family and friends and soak up the atmosphere of the wedding before going off and writing a creative non-fiction account of the day for the couple which they can then have published into a bespoke booklet.

When I got married last year, it occurred to me that so much had happened in the space of 12 short hours that there would be no way I could remember it all in my dotage! As such, I spent my honeymoon writing a report of our wedding and from there I have gone on to chronicle many more beautiful days. A wedding is often the most chaotic, exciting and love-filled day in a couple's life and it's a shame not to have the opportunity to savour all of those moments at the time. My job is to put the greatest love story of your life into words, for you to look back on in years to come.

To see her website click HERE

To see examples of reports she has written click HERE.

Your Wedding Report

Sunday, 3 July 2011

BESPOKE WEDDING BLOGS

Have you thought of having a Wedding Blog? Did you know that the Wedding Blogs I design are all private to the couples and their guests? A wedding blog allows you to have all your wedding details in one place for your guests to access easily at any time. You can have links leading them directly to the reception venue, local hotels and taxis. You can display your wedding gift list (with direct links to a chosen shop), and post photographs of your hen/ stag nights, wedding day and honeymoon. 

There are three different types of Wedding Blog:

INSPIRED WEDDING BLOG
Inspired Wedding Blog for Camper Van fans!

The "Inspired Wedding Blog" is personalised using images that you send to me. For example, this Camper Van Wedding Blog (see sample image above) uses camper van related images. The design possibilities are endless as the images and ideas are of your choosing.  To see more samples of the Inspired Wedding Blog, please click HERE.


LICENSE WEDDING BLOG
License Wedding Blog with Rachel Goodchild's Paper Hearts design
The "License Wedding Blog"  uses an original Rachel Goodchild design. You can choose from any of the designs from my website as a theme for your blog. For example, the sample shown above is designed using Paper Hearts. To see more samples of the License Wedding Blog, please click HERE.


EXCLUSIVE WEDDING BLOG
Exclusive Wedding Blog Designed by Rachel Goodchild

The "Exclusive Wedding Blog"  is a bespoke blog in which I create for you an original and exclusive design. The process: you put together a mood board of ideas/ images of things you love, and I create a unique design for you. To see more samples of the License Wedding Blog, please click HERE.

Mood board created for the Exclusive Wedding Blog design above
STATIONERY
All of the above blog designs can have coordinating wedding stationery. To see samples of our edding stationery, please click HERE.


Saturday, 2 July 2011

PERFECT WEDDING MAGAZINE


It was a nice surprise to see the card I designed for a soon to be married couple (David & Jen) appear in this months issue of Perfect Wedding magazine.


Come to think of it... July is the month of their wedding! 
Wishing them both a wonderful wedding day XX

Friday, 1 July 2011

BESPOKE MEMORY BOXES

Bespoke Memory Box Frame by Erika Glanville
Wedding Keepsakes
Bespoke Memory Box Frame by Erika Glanville
I love the idea of these bespoke memory box frames by Erika Glanville. They are box frames filled with all the little mementoes that are usually put away after a wedding. They are ideal for maybe bridesmaids or mothers of the bride to give as a wedding present, or perhaps the bride herself might like to have one made. 

To see more of her work on her facebook page click HERE.

Monday, 20 June 2011

CHARLOTTE MACEY

CHARLOTTE MACEY TEXTILES 


Mr & Mrs egg cosy by Charlotte Macey

This pair of ivory egg cosies make the perfect wedding gift. Made from beautiful ivory linen and individually handmade. One stitched with 'Mr' and the other 'Mrs', these egg cosies make a quirky and unique wedding gift. Lined with red stripe linen and fully fleece-insulated, each cosy measures 8 x 10cm. These egg cosies can also be customised to feature the happy couple's married name.


Charlotte also has Tea and coffee cosies, amongst many other lovely products. 
To see her website click HERE.

Monday, 13 June 2011

WILL YOU MARRY ME?


How would you / did you propose? 
We would love to hear about your proposal.
If you could do it all again, how would you do it? 
Let us know in the comments below.

2 Green Monkeys

I have just discovered this company, 2 Green Monkies,  who make a unique handmade fabric "Will you Marry Me" fortune cookie. Each cookie comes loosely hand stitched with thread that pulls open to view the fortune inside. The "Marry Me" cookie comes with a fortune message reading "Will you marry me" inserted inside a fabric cookie. You can also choose a ring tie option (the cookie will be loosely open, ready for you to attach the engagement ring and tie the cookie shut) for the ultimate proposal. They offer a selection of fabric colour schemes to choose from. Send them your details and they will stitch your wording to the outside of your fortune cookie. To see the fortune cookies on 2 Green Monkeys' website click HERE.

Will you marry me? fortune cookie
These fortune cookie also make wonderful wedding favours
Beautifully stitched with your personal message

Friday, 10 June 2011

THE BRETON SHIRT

Audrey Hepburn in a Breton tee shirt

Here's a crazy idea that came to me last night. So there I was sipping the wine we brought back from France and looking through my photographs of our Normandy trip. Why did I take so many photos of Breton shirts? I think it is because I have always loved them. Memories of our family holidays as a child in France maybe. Then I got thinking, why don't women wear striped wedding dresses? Why are they mostly solid in colour? Spots and flowers seems to be acceptable, but stripes? I then decided to have a hunt around and see what I could find.


CoCo Chanel in a Breton tee shirt

The Breton shirt was officially created by the 27th March 1858 Act which introduced this blue and white striped knitted shirt in the uniform list of the French seaman. It was said that this stripe allowed to locate more easily a man fallen into the sea. In 1923 Coco Chanel saw the crisp appeal of the Breton shirt and was then later to be an inspiration for her collection, plus she often wore the Breton  shirt herself. Stripes came into her designs over the years that followed as did the simplicity of the black/blue with white as a design.
Coco Chanel in one of her striped design jackets


Over the years many women have been photographed in the breton shirt:  Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Jean Seberg and Audrey Hepburn, to name but a few. The love of this simple design is still very much in vogue, after all these years. 

Marilyn Monroe


Bridget Bardot
Jean Seberg

Natalie Wood

For those of you that like the idea of not sticking to the traditional wedding dress style, have you thought about stripes? If you already have, tell me about it. I would love to hear. Below are some dresses on the striped theme. 

Giorgio Amani
Harvey Nichols
Karen MIllen

Phase Eight

Selfridges & Co

Fashion Auctions
Roman Originals

Forever Unique
Ye Old Fashion


Ministry of Fashion




Before you start thinking the Breton shirt is just for the ladies, think again..

Pablo Picasso
James Dean
Cary Grant
It is astonishing that the Breton shirt that originated in 1858, and worn consistently during that time, is still so popular today as a fashion item for both men and women. Do you own a Breton shirt? Or, I should say, "Do you own a Breton shirt that you wear?"

John Paul Gaultier