3rd Wedding Anniversary Shoot

Recently, we returned to the City of Love for our third anniversary. There’s something so serene about winter in Paris and we love seeing the city when it’s a bit less crowded. It feels more intimate, and the chill is a perfect excuse to tuck into a corner cafe for a coffee while watching the city stream by the windows. more beautiful pictures

For the duration of our stay  it is going to be a Paris love fest here on the blog.  I will be bringing you Paris weddings, engagements, love shoot and starting off with today’s 3rd Wedding Anniversary shoot by rising star Stacy Reeves from L’Amour de Paris Romantic Portraits.

Celebrating her third wedding anniversary to Zach, Abby takes us through their snowy magical day in Paris: “I’ve had a love affair with France all my life. My cousin taught me French from her college textbooks when I was little because I was obsessed with being Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I studied abroad in college in Angers in the Loire Valley.

During that time, I really grew to love the country and the French people, but when I visited Paris, I thought to myself that it was a city made for lovers. Being single, I couldn’t wait to return someday with a partner. As fate would have it, my now-husband Zach also loves to travel, having visited Europe many times and studying abroad in Italy. Together, we’ve visited Paris on several occasions–including our honeymoon, and I don’t think we’ll ever be able to stay away for long because we both love it so much.

On our honeymoon, we had photos taken in our wedding clothes at the Louvre and around the Eiffel Tower. For nostalgia’s sake, we decided to dress up again for an anniversary shoot around the city, but this time, we lucked out with a huge snowstorm the night before. The effect was magical, with soft white powder blanketing our favorite scenery, and our photos blew us away.” Sweetheart Chapel Train Tulle Wedding Dress with Lace Bow


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I love the real life brides series, it is like my own version of a reality bride planning TV series and I always make a coffee before sitting down to catch up on what the Belle Brides have been up to planning their wedding in France.  Today our newest Belle Bride Cassie Leedham fills us in on all of her planning dilemmas and updates since I introduced you to her last month.cheap fitted camo hats wholesaler - weddingdresstrend.com

The pay off for me will be the hen do. Having been to a lot of weddings, I’ve also been on a lot of hen dos. And they’re not cheap! Most hen and stag dos include a weekend away somewhere, with money for food and drink included, activities to pay for etc. In all honesty, most have cost as much as coming to France will cost. So, I am planning a smaller scale hen do, and hoping that people can use the money to come celebrate with us in France instead.

We’ve been to a lot of weddings in the past few years, most of them totally awesome of course, but I’ve only been to one that was abroad. It was in Rome and I have to say I thought it was amazing and I didn’t for a second consider not going; but then, I was a twenty something year old self employed person with no kids! And you can fly straight into Rome

Cassie: “Planning a wedding abroad has its high and low points. When we started on this journey, we were so excited about the whole thing and everyone around us seemed to feel the same way and no one even brought up the expense of traveling to France and staying there.

Over time though, people have started to think about it and a couple have realised just how expensive it might be for them, especially those with children, and this has caused a little smidge of guilt to start creeping in. Are we being selfish? Should we reconsider?

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Photography for the shoot was provided by Dorset wedding photographers Teri and David of Murakami Photography and the whole day was staged at the Pennsylvania Castle, a stunning 18th century neo-gothic building, perched high on the cliffs overlooking the beaches on Portland in Dorset. A beautifully presented privately owned house that can be hired on an exclusive basis for wedding and functions it created a brilliant backdrop for showing off all the details for the bridal shoot. plus size wedding dresses

Helen of Salon on the Square provided hair design and Teri of Murakami Photography (and ex-professional make-up artist) worked together to create a look based loosely on the theme and brought in Nadine of N.K.W. Weddings, Angela of Angela’s Floral Design & Lisa of Lisa Notley Wedding Cakes for all the decor and dressings.

Angela said “…after seeing the stunning designer dresses, I knew that the flower bouquets had to be very simple in design, classic ivory and white in colour, with beautiful cream antique vendella roses hand tied in a posy. With the fabulous ivory avalanche roses surrounded by natural vibernum berries and adding a modern twist of lime green with the delicate buplerum foliage, creating a more rustic bouquet. Working on the rustic feel for the antique table outside on the patio of the castle, I wanted to create a wow factor for the central vase arrangement, using painted twigs for the shape and creating height with coral gladioli and stunning orange chinese lanterns hanging from the branches.” buy bridal belts online

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The two didn’t go with a specific theme for the day other than “simple and elegant” and it turned out just so. Elizabeth jokes “I remember when I went into Jenny Packham on one of my first dress-trying missions the shop assistant asked me what my theme was, and seemed perplexed that I didn’t have one. For me, in my inexperienced naively, ‘wedding day’ had seemed theme enough!” In all honesty – that seems perfect to me. Camo wedding dress

Don’t scrimp on a photographer. As with most things in life you get what you pay for. Henley and Laura cost a little more than some of the other photographers we met, but the quality of their work makes every single penny money well spent, and we shall enjoy pouring over their images if our day for years and years to come.

Soak up the wedding morning. You will, if all goes to plan, only ever have one wedding morning. Do not waste it by worrying as you will only regret that. Plan your morning so that by the time The ceremony comes you are perfectly relaxed and raring to go.

Go for sentimentality over style. Weddings can be quite stressful, in that there can be a lot of expectation and pressure surrounding the decisions you make about your day. We weren’t sure whom to ask to read for us during the ceremony. In the end, we chose our mums to do a reading each. Neither of our mums is an experienced or particularly confident public speaker, and there were lots of friends who were perhaps more natural choices, but the memory of each of them reading to us during the ceremony is one we will always cherish.

Elizabeth continues “…it is a bit on an ongoing joke between Adam and I that we always wear navy blue. He chose me a sapphire engagement ring and, since then, my love of navy has moved to a new level. It wasn’t ever planned, but Adam naturally went for a navy suit, and I naturally chose a rich midnight blue for the girls’ dresses by my very talented friend Orla Le Mahieu.”

Take some time out with your brand new spouse. There will be so much excitement throughout the day, and so many people to greet, speak with and thank, that it really does fly by. We took some time out together after the ceremony, before the meal and before the dancing, to soak up the happiness of being brand new husband and wife, to watch everyone around us enjoying the day and to see all of our planning and hard work in action.

Our best decision was to do something different from the normal band/DJ for our evening entertainment. We opted to hire a jukebox from Jitterbug Jukebox Hire. On our RSVP postcards we had space for everyone to pick two songs. We then downloaded and burnt all songs, plus some extras, onto CDs, which Jitterbug loaded into the jukebox ready for the dancing. We typed out jukebox menus, which we placed on each table during the meal, so that, whilst eating, people could choose what they wanted to put on later on. We were a bit nervous about whether this would actually turn out to be really naff, but it went down a storm! http://www.weddingdresstrend.com/en/beach-wedding-dresses

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We had a very small number of extra night guests and probably put ourselves under extra unnecessary time pressure with the timings for the Wedding Breakfast and speeches. We tried to compensate for this by providing champagne and canapés for night guests but as they arrived in dribs and drabs and there wasn’t any clear instruction from venue staff this didn’t really work. In hindsight, we would have just had everyone there for the day as the costs was ultimately the same. black-wedding-dresses

It was a real privilege to marry at The Oratory. I was the third generation of my family to do so and it felt extra special for that reason. However it’s a big church! We decided to have a choir – which whilst fairly expensive – was worth every penny. We chose Mozart’s Coronation Mass for the main Mass and it added to the beauty of the ceremony, as well as meant that guests could enjoy the service and not have the pressure of mouthing words to hymns that they didn’t know. Lots of people commented how much they enjoyed that part of the day and how beautiful the church was.

We also like a good party!! We paid extra for a late bar and chose the Birmingham Blues Brothers for entertainment. They were brilliant as it got everyone up dancing and laughing straight away and then later in the evening we continued to dance the night away to their disco. We asked guests to choose a ‘cheesy’ tune for the disco and almost everyone got up to dance at some point. We were surprised – but delighted – that 75% of all our guests were still there at 1am.

Finally – our photographer! It was lovely to chat with someone about what we wanted from the day who understood that we didn’t want the ‘traditional’ shots. We really wanted a good ‘story’ told with our album and it was worth the extra cost to have the photographers still there in the evening whilst everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves, as well as enjoying the photo booth. Our album is beautiful and really documents the whole day from me at home and Simon waiting at the church, to the service, the reception, the speeches and the big party afterwards. weddingdresstrend

Who Is Planning A Themed Wedding?

What about you? Would you go for a quirky theme when you walk down the aisle?

Alex Reid and Katie Price may have some very interesting wedding photography, as the cage fighter has revealed that he would like a Star Wars themed celebration. Camo wedding dress

With their remarriage planned for this summer, it seems as though Katie may not be wearing a designer wedding dress if her husband-to-be gets his way.

Katie and me could go as Princess Leia and Darth Vader – I’m up for that idea,” Alex told the Daily Star.

This got me thinking about themed weddings and whether or not they are a good idea.

Of course, it all depends on the couple, but I think there is part of me that would much rather have an old fashioned ceremony with a gorgeous dress and all the trimmings.

Plus, I quite fancy getting my hair and make-up done and being pampered for a day!

While some people may like the idea of doing something a bit different when they get married, perhaps I’m just a bit more of a traditionalist.

The 34-year-old Celebrity Big Brother winner explained that he is a Star Wars “freak” and got the idea for the unusual ceremony when he walked past a fancy dress shop recently.

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Miles wore a light blue/grey suit from Reiss and some nudey pink shoes by Paul Smith that all his friends took the mick out of! black-wedding-dresses

We picked elements of people’s personalities or something they did or were known for, and basically ripped them apart.  It was touching.  We also had a fantastic jazz band who we’d found online who played at the ceremony, the drinks and the dancing.  They were amazing musicians and incredibly versatile.  Seeing as we were in France we wanted to something to complement the environs and something French was for us the way to go.

The décor again we wanted to be kept simple, the most beautiful thing was the setting.  In fact the only real décor was for the evening we had lights and lanterns, which looked stunning at night.  Otherwise the flowers and all our beautiful friends made the place look lovely.  The main ‘detail’ was that for each of our place names we wrote everyone a personalised limerick, which took weeks, but was definitely appreciated.

The most memorable part of the day was …  all of it.  The ceremony particularly.  It was a humanist ceremony that we had created ourselves with the wonderful celebrant Colin Ward.  We didn’t want anything too sombre, it was to reflect our characters, and be filled with love, humour and obviously tears.  We wrote our own vows that we didn’t hear beforehand.  It took place in a clearing in the alley of trees, and a butterfly flew around us landing on each of us throughout.  We cried, we laughed, it was personal and inclusive and it was genuinely unforgettable.”

I wanted very natural flowers, wild-feeling flowers.  The chateau had its own rose garden so we kept to roses: antique roses, and eucalyptus and baby’s breath. weddingdresstrend.com

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At least 70% of the weddings we planned in 2013 for example had either a welcome event or farewell brunch or both as part of the celebrations, which we were involved in organising. Some weddings can even take place over 4 days with a rehearsal dinner, welcome event, wedding day and farewell brunch. As most of our clients are based outside of France, the wedding ceremonies our clients hold tend to be symbolic ceremonies conducted at the venue, often outdoors, by a wedding celebrant or a friend of the family. maternity pregnant wedding dresses

I hope that our network of venues and vendors will have grown and evolved with us and that we will have worked with up and coming venues and vendors to help to bring them success. Possibly branching out further afield in terms of the destinations we cover. On a personal note, I hope I will have been able to start a family by then and that I will be living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.”

In 2013 we were getting many requests for family-style service where all food is presented in the middle of the tables for everyone to share. It’s a very informal and relaxed way to serve a variety food without having to queue at a buffet but it doesn’t leave much room for flowers and décor on the table, which is a shame in my opinion. Festoon lights and beverage jars have also been a big part of the vintage craze.

 We provide a complete and extensive range of wedding planning services that we call an A to Z service. We do not provide “on the day” only coordination services as our added value is not only our expertise on site on the day of the event but is our network of trusted vendors and our pre-planning and event design skills. The level of service we provided is adapted to each couples’ needs however, we do not impose services that a couple simply does not need or want. Our aim is to really tailor make our services to each couples’ needs.”

  I hope that my current colleagues will still be by my side and that we will be able to advance together learning from and with one another. I aim to keep the same boutique approach, with a relatively small team of planners.

I have a real thing for long steamed, Victorian style bouquets draped over the arm rather than held in front which I fully intend to propose to clients for 2014. Rose gold, copper and brass colours are going to be big soon I feel, moving away from gold and silver.  I also think that a big trend for 2014 will be calligraphy and calligraphic font styles for invitations and other stationery.” wedding dress discount on sale

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We knew that we wanted a small personal wedding with our close family and friends. So we chose a guest list of 60 people and decided we would have an adult only wedding; we wanted parents to have fun and let their hair down. I absolutely love the French vintage style, with this being the main theme for the decoration in our bedroom. I also love lace and pearls and wanted them to be the main feature at the wedding. best wedding dresses online store

The only time I was worried was when I got to the front of the aisle and I saw James’ red blotchy face from him over heating and sweating!! I think seeing me there calmed him down and fortunately he had his back to the videographer and photographer. The only other mishap was when we had a quick practice for our first dance between the ceremony and evening celebration. As a Dance Teacher, everyone seemed to expect a choreographed first dance. So we did prepare a simple routine that was perfect, except for tripping over my train a few times.”

When we started to visit the wedding fayres we met Victoria from ‘Hearts and Flowers’ who was absolutely lovely and had amazing ideas of how to get our theme across through the flowers and room/table dressing. We booked her straight away and when visiting her shop in Denton we knew we had made the right choice; especially as her window was decorated in lace and pearls. I highly recommend Victoria who made our dream wedding a reality; everything she did from the flowers and centre pieces to the chair covers fit our theme so perfectly.  Our guests and the hotel wedding team were so impressed with the decorations and how the theme linked so well.

 The grooms attire and ushers came from Next. Next do some amazing suits at amazing prices. Thankfully James’ parents paid for all the suits which saved us a bit of money.

 Before the wedding, everybody kept telling us ‘make sure you enjoy every moment’, and that is exactly what we did.  Throughout the day, we would step back and take in everything that was happening. There were many memorable moments during the day. In the morning whilst getting ready getting ready with my Bridesmaids they repeatedly asked me ‘are you getting nervous yet?’ and I would always answer ‘no, just excited’.

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As soon as I walked into Lulu Browns Whalley, I knew this would be where I would buy my wedding dress! The girls were so helpful and their gowns were to die for. With our theme being pearls and lace, I really thought I would go for a fitted lace dress. But I fell in love with a John Alexander, A-line gown, with pearl detail around the waist line. It was simple but perfect, I felt like a real bride. The seamstress added pearl and floral buttons down the back of the dress to add a vintage feel, which made it feel individual to me. maternity pregnant wedding dresses

French Summer Wedding Ideas

That’s it, today Trulovers I have had enough of winter and I am pinning for Spring and Summer!  So whilst I await the seasons to catch up with my desires, I have bright and fresh French Summer Wedding inspiration board for you. buy wedding dresses online at cheap price

Keeping the base colour of bright white allows the royal blue and greens to pop and not overshadow the colour scheme.  The beautiful white chocolate cake with classic white roses and royal blue flowers, providers and elegant show stopping solution that emulates the bridal colour scheme.

The colour scheme is set by the vibrant blues and lush greens of the French Riviera, contrasting with bright white and the light terracotta and beige tones from the iconic Riviera properties.

A closer look at the street in Antibes that provies the inspiration for this board and the beautiful tablescape that emulates the colour scheme. plus size wedding dresses

French Themed Wedding

My love of French weddings doesn’t just extend to weddings in France, but also French inspired weddings across the world, especially when they from the UK.   Today I have a wonderful real wedding to share with you to get you over hump day Wednesday, the vintage French Themed Wedding in Cheshire of Amy and James, captured by Jo Bradbury Photography. Camo wedding dress

When deciding on the venue, we had searched various websites and Mottram Hall, Prestbury, Cheshire was a venue that really stood out to us. When we visited we knew it was perfect, with sweeping lawns, amazing entrance driveway and a classic vintage interior design, it was just what I had dreamt of! With wanting a French vintage theme the colour schemes and pretty setting was perfect. Being the thorough organiser that I am we did go to look around other venues, but nothing matched up to the grandeur of Mottram.

A lover of French style, once the couple were engaged Amy knew that she wanted to include this as theme for their wedding which is reflected in the styling.  With a nod to the Pantone colour of the year radiant orchid, the colour palette includes tones of purples set against accents of lace and pearls

Little did I know the he was cooking for another 20 students… So I quickly escaped and our paths didn’t cross for another 3 years. Once University was over we met again when we were both employed by the University to teach at the Sports and Dance Camps. Here we started our relationship and moved in together after 6 months. We both knew straight away that we had found the person that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with.

After 6 years of living together James proposed to me at a Spa Day that I was having for my birthday. He organised everything with my sister and friend; from treatments to champagne and he even booked us a night’s stay. It was such a shock when I walked into the hotel room to find him on one knee. I said yes and we started planning our day straight away; picking the date within 4 weeks of our engagement.

Planning the wedding was much less stressful than we thought it would be. Many of our friends had yet to be married and therefore we did not have a vision to compare to – so there was no right or wrong ways to go about planning our perfect day; we just wanted a wedding to suit us. We decided quickly that we would not have a top table and instead had our groomsman and bridesmaid with us; guests commented on the relaxed atmosphere of the day which they enjoyed.

Bride Amy takes us through their love story and their wedding day: “Me and James meet at University in Liverpool. I was on a Dance course whilst James was studying Physical Education. We first met in the laundrette where our paths seemed to cross on a number of occasions! James finally built up the courage to invite me for dinner and cooked a Spaghetti Bolognaise. wedding dresses online from China

Paris Wedding At Louvre

Happy Monday morning to you!  I am super energised this week following a lovely day yesterday in London. Firstly visiting the fabulous French wedding dresses for the #teamamour shoot and then spending a day shopping, playing tourist and visiting 3 champagne bars for Mr T’s birthday, not sure who had more fun! ball gowns cheap

Bride Lucy tells us of their love story: “Thibault and I both work for the same Management Consulting firm, we were working on different projects at the same client in Kuwait about 5 years ago. I invited him out for a run on the corniche in Kuwait City one morning and the rest is history.

eiffel tower photographyThe couple who live in Dubai, started the day before the wedding with an engagement shoot around the city with Paris photographer Claire Morris. The couple decided to make the most of the seperate shoot, so that on their wedding day they could spend as much time with family and friends as possible.

Our love developed deeper and stronger over the years as we went through life’s ups and downs. But I did think Thibault was extremely cute when I first met him, and the French accent also really helped.

I am starting the week with a bumper winter Paris wedding post with the engagement and wedding of Lucy (Chinese-Canadian from Toronto) & Thibault (French from Paris), which includes a Le Royal Monceau wedding reception!

When it comes to the engagement, we were making dinner together one night earlier this year, and Thibault said to me “we should get married”, to which I replied “sounds good to me.” It was a perfect moment, and the next weekend we started shopping for a ring. maternity pregnant wedding dresses


Spring Bridal Beauty Trends

So trulovers own up, did you make New Year’s beauty resolutions and have you stuck to them?  If not and you still haven’t cleared out those old beauty products cluttering up your make up bag, then today’s guest post by FWS Resident Hair and Beauty Expert Victoria Farr on the latest Spring Bridal Beauty Trends, will encourage you. www.weddingdresstrend.com/en/belts

Moving onto white eye shadows! No we are not reliving the 90’s white eyeliner craze, the 2014 approach is more elegant, grown up and a classic way of wearing this colour.  Jenny Packham, showcased this look perfectly on her runway models.

Following the deep berry hues we wore over Autumn and Winter (of which I am a loving and loyal fan!), it’s great that Spring is around the corner and to finally look to brighten things up and what better way than with a fresh and fruity orange lip. Both Fendi and Donna Karan demonstrated this beautiful colour working with their Spring 2014 collections at London Fashion Week, and I have two amazing products you may want to introduce to your make up bag.

If you want to go bold, Nars’ Heat Wave is perfect. This lipstick has a semi matt finish, is long wearing and offers full coverage. I love this lipstick!

If you would like to tip your toe into the orange pool, Bourjois have just launched their Shine Edition lipstick in colour 1,2,3 Soleil.  This lipstick has great pigmentation with ¼ gloss so very moisturising to the lips.

To compliment the bright lip colour, make sure you keep the eyes to a minimum with a slick of liner on the top lashes or a coat of mascara.

I have to admit, when I read Vicki’s email about Orange beauty products, I was a little sceptical.  Bright reds and dark plums I know well, but Orange is not a colour or tone that I often incorporate into my beauty toolkit.  If like me you are timid of the orange, then today’s bridal beauty post is a must read for this and many other fabulous Spring bridal trends.

Less is always more here, by applying a flush of colour across the lid with more focus on the inside corner (tear duct) this will give the appearance of more wide awake eyes, see image below.  My go to product for this stunning look is Mac’s eye shadow. plus size wedding dresses


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There may be more details in the logistics and travel end to consider, but falling back on great communication and having a common bond, personalities and expectations I feel are key regardless of wedding location.  My experience with the FWS Belle Bride Cassie was wonderful and even though a bit chilly for all of us, I will say that taking in the majestic and romance of Paris was breathtaking and to have more chances of experiencing the culture and new and amazing venues is certainly a plus and well worth the travel for a destination couple. http://www.weddingdresstrend.com/en/belts

Like anything in life, wedding photography is always a learning process due to the unique nature of each couple/wedding/logistics being different from the last.  This is one of the aspects I love so much and one that keeps things exciting.

Early on, I remember checking in on my husband and the groomsmen getting ready and on one occasion I walked in and instead of my husband shooting the boutonnieres being put on by a planner or relative, I found him attaching them all for the guys who couldnt find any help!  It’s always little things, especially between the flower girls and ring bearers coming down the isle or couple’s incorporating pets into the ceremony that keeps me enjoying the moments and finding humor in all places during the day.  I’m sure if my husband was writing this, he would share a few stories about me, but I’ll save that for a different day.

The absolutely BEST part has always been the creative outlet and being able to share in each of these experiences with my husband along the way.  Being able to tell a story through images and know that that story means so much to your couple and their families and future children.  Knowing that it will make their day when they see your package on their doorstep, is just so fulfilling and something I hope to be doing so many more years from now .

At Jessica Maida Photography I offer a number of Wedding Collections including Full Day coverage by 2 photographers, Engagement Session, Online Gallery and the digital high resolution images with full print release.  Multi Day and Destination Collections are customized on an individual basis due to travel or other specific needs and I’m always excited to hear each couple’s story, wedding ideas and plans to help create the perfect collection just for them!” Camo wedding dress


Sunny wedding in South of France

Happy Monday!  It feels like an age since I have enjoyed the beautiful weather in Languedoc and today’s sunny real wedding in Languedoc Roussillon is making me yurn to drive along the sunflower lined roads and sit drinking Blanquette whilst Mr Trulove thrashes me at chess! wholesale and retail wedding dress sashes

We visited many venues, and when we saw the Château de la Mogere for the first time, it became obvious that we would get married there. The Château is amazing and we had the possibility to have the whole celebration outside, in the garden and the court.

If you have never been to the Languedoc Roussillon region, then it really is a beautiful place, but don’t take my word for it, today’s couple Amanda and Ludovic opted to forsake their Paris home to get married there.

Bride Amanda takes us through their planning and big day: “Ludovic and I met 4 years ago, on an online dating website. I immediately fancied him, and our story began really quickly, we moved in together within a couple of months. Getting married was the normal step forward in our relationship.

Despite living in Paris, we decided to get married in the south of France, because it is where our parents are living and we are also attached to this region.

We didn’t want to follow a lead in term of theme, we wanted a bespoke wedding and we took time chosing all the different elements (music, decoration, food…) so we would have the wedding we dreamt of. maternity pregnant wedding dresses

Have A Good Sunday

Happy Sunday trulovers! Up early and raring to go today, armed with a long to do list as we continue to beaver away with the #teamamour shoot.  This time next week we will up for the second day of shooting, this time inside the stunning Chateau Challain in the tower suite! wedding dress sashes for sale

If like me you have been super busy this week then fear not, it’s time for The Sunday R&R.  On Monday I started off the week with a stunning wedding from the South of France. Fellow wedding blogger Julie from Fragments de Rêves planned her wedding at Domaine de Sulauze  – see full wedding here.

Be sure to keep an eye out as you will see some of the beautiful dresses from The Mews Notting Hill featured in the #teamamour shoot happening next weekend in France.

Continuing on the boho bride love today with the second sponsor the super talented Mignonne Handmade.  Mignonne handmade is a purveyor of fine, handmade bridal accessories, veils and gowns created by designer and owner Jennifer Wood.  “We are a small business that creates handmade and one of a kind headpieces and accessories in small, made to order batches, keeping in the tradition of fine artisan quality workmanship.”

I also have two new sponsors to introduce you to today starting with The Mews Notting Hill.  You all know my love of French wedding dresses, so when The Mews team contacted me about their brand new boutique in London that is dedicated to just French wedding couture, I was in love!  Set down a quiet street in trendy Notting Hill, your experience of the chic boutique and Lauren and The Mews team, will not disspoint and it is made for brides looking for a wedding dress with a little “Je ne sais quoi”!

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Gold is traditionally given as a gift at Asian weddings

Asians purchasing gold jewellery for wedding gifts have been warned to check that their pieces have been properly hallmarked. Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council have issued the warning after their investigation uncovered a number of instances where gold Indian wedding jewellery had not been hallmarked, or given an incorrect hallmark. discount wedding dress sashes online

The problem often arises as a result of gold jewellery that has been imported from the Asian sub continents. Here there is no rule about the hallmarking of jewellery. However once an item of gold is put on sale in the UK, it must bear the hallmark. This symbol distinguishes clearly the value of the piece of jewellery, without it, customers are unable to determine the true value of the item easily.

Traditionally gold is an important element of the Asian wedding ceremony. The bride in particular will wear a number of different gold pieces during the celebrations. The costs of this gold jewellery can run into thousands of pounds and often forms part of the bride’s dowry.

As gold is often given as a gift at Asian wedding ceremonies, and with the forthcoming wedding season fast approaching, Trading standards have been keen to clamp down on any Birmingham retailers who are failing to hallmark their products.

Advice being given to Asian customers looking to purchase gold jewellery is to check before you buy that your items have been correctly hallmarked to ensure you are getting value for money. Camo wedding dress

Elope to Paris

 It has been one of the most exciting, exhausting and fabulous weeks for me since I started French Wedding Style over 2.5 years ago. As the working week draws to a close and my head is a little weary, today’s glamorous elopement to Paris captured by Catherine O’Hara photography is more than enough to pep me up! www.weddingdresstrend.com/en/vintage-wedding-dresses

A few months later, after a few email exchanges, we went out on our first date.  It was Valentines Day (no pressure) and we went to a comedy show.  From our first date, we knew that we shared something special.  As our friendship strengthened, our love began to grow…at hyper speed!

We proceeded to talk non-stop for the 3.5 hour flight.  We exchanged business cards as we deplaned and wished one another safe travels.  I was scheduled to fly home Saturday of that week and Grant was scheduled on the Friday flight.  Were we ever going to see one another again?

I really am a romantic at heart and today’s couple Kelleigh and Grant love story really is out of a romantic movie. We have all done it on planes, get out a book and resist making eye contact so you don’t get drawn into conversation for the whole flight.  But for all you single ladies, this is a sure testament that as long as you scop out the cute guy as he boards, be sure to put that book down and say hi!

Bride Kelleigh tell us of her and Grants’ love story and their journey down the aisle: “Our love story began on a flight to Denver, Colorado.  As I got comfortable in the window seat with my book in hand, the guy in the aisle seat had another idea.  After attempting to start a conversation a few times, I finally put my book away when Grant made me laugh.

About a year after our first date, Grant proposed at The Montage in Laguna Beach, California where we lived.  This special evening was filled with tears, cartwheels in the sand and jumping on the bed.  It was happening, we were going to marry our best friends. black-wedding-dresses

Wedding Day Doubts 2

Being something of a self-guilt-tripper (or maybe just a realist!) I blame myself for this. I didn’t consider how difficult it would be for people. I didn’t consider how much it would cost them in total for a whole family, or that they would have young children who couldn’t sit in a car for six hours, or that they didn’t drive and our Chateau is an hour from the nearest airport…I started to feel selfish and silly and a little bit embarrassed. http://www.weddingdresstrend.com/en/vintage-wedding-dresses

So I guess what I am saying, to those who are considering this option, is to consider carefully what is important to you. Maybe you found the picture-perfect venue that will look great in photos, but is it close enough to an airport to make it easy for the time-starved to hop on a plane and take a taxi to see you? Would you rather have the very best wine money can buy, or would you rather pay for the most important people to be there with you to drink some slightly less delicious wine? A wedding is about you and your partner, but it’s also about your family and friends, otherwise we would all get married in private, right?

What to do with all of this? Well, personally, I had to reframe it all. Luckily, my husband-to-be took a much more pragmatic approach. What will be will be and we have made our decision. The wheels are in motion. The most important thing now is to enjoy it, because otherwise, what is the point of all the time, effort and money that goes into something like this?

What upsets me most is that I might have made those people feel bad, not that those people can’t make it. I really don’t want to make people feel bad for not being able to come. I’m not a bridezilla who thinks everyone should drop everything for our wedding. I completely understand that it’s difficult and I feel bad for putting people in an awkward position of having to say no when they really want to say yes.

And he’s right. At the route of all of this is a celebration; of our relationship, of our future and of our journey together so far in life. Those who can be there with us will be there and those who can’t won’t, but that won’t change how important they are to us, or how much we love them. Our special day will be special, no matter what. I want to make the most of it with whoever can be there with us.

I have decided to make the most of it, to enjoy the ride and to go with the flow. As I said to my bridesmaids last night (or maybe as they said to me – I had had a few glasses of wine) marriage is the start of the journey, not the end. And our friends and family will be there in our married future, whether or not they can make it to the middle of France this August. maternity pregnant wedding dresses

Meet the Experts 2

Weddings in France offer so many stunning venues, fantastic food and the chance to photograph in beautiful light. It is wonderful that I get to be invited to be a part of their lives, experiencing their wedding day with them from the moment they start getting ready, the emotion of the ceremony, the excitement of greeting friends and family after they are married, the stolen moments of calm when it’s just the two of them and the hilarity of the speeches and dancing. I love every part of the day which is why it is so important to me that I am there all day to tell the whole story. Check for details

I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in London in the UK, but working worldwide as well. I work quietly to capture the candid moments as they happen, and I specialise in creating beautiful, timeless, relaxed photographs of the wedding day. My style is fine art photography, capturing the day using a mixture of reportage and beautiful portraiture. 400+ high resolution photos are included in the price, with rights to print and share as you wish. I offer all day coverage in my price. No hidden fees, no surprises.

I think I have the best job in the world! I get to meet lovely people, some of which have remained friends and I feel so lucky every day. It really is a dream come true for me to be a photographer and do something I love every single day. Sometimes I have to pinch myself!

Tarah offers her fine art wedding photography services throughout France so if you are planning a wedding in France outside of these dates, be sure to view more of Tarah’s work on her website. plus size wedding dresses