Monday, 31 December 2012

End Of Year Review 2012

Some of our lovely customers photo's from 2012, we've had a fabulous year of dresses, Thank you all for your wonderful support and for looking so fabulous! 












My favourite photoshoot images from 2012, Thank you to all the talented photographers, stylists (Katy Howieson you are a total STAR!) and beautiful models. 

Saturday, 29 December 2012

In the Press .... Ivory Bridesmaids

We're in this months Wedding Ideas magazine with five gorgeous ivory clad bridesmaids and a fabulous Mother of the Bride dress.
Helen (the bride) chose an all ivory palette in silk Georgette and crepe which I designed for each of the bridesmaids. Gill (mother of the bride) came to me after a search for a outfit that wasn't your typical 'matchy matchy Mumsy' attire and had a silver silk dress and jacket designed complete with bright pink underskirts.
These ladies were so much fun to work with and I couldn't have asked for a group of more beautiful looking girls.
Congrats to Helen and Adam xxx

Helen's dress: Jenny Packham
Photographer: Suzie Davidson-Kelly

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Wishing you all a Fabulous Christmas and A Happy New Year! Enjoy your sparkly gifts too xxx

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Eve Cottage Photo Shoot

Even the woodshed of this cottage in the gloomy British wedding looks beautifully styled

Sue the lovely lady owner of the cottage

I love the beautiful pink tones Laura has used for the shoot

LOOK AT THIS STOVE! This is a real Cornish stove, fully working and used to heat the house. Forget handbags I want one of these :) 

Head of Feathers pretty glitter Star hairband in pinks 

The cutest pair of Bear Muffs from Head of Feathers. 

Cakes by Cake Couture, Bristol. I've tried her cakes before and they are yummy, yum, yum, especially the raspberry chocolate cupcakes that I still dream of. 

A few weeks ago on a soggy Monday morning, I bundled a case of festive dresses into my car. Then my car (the little pink 1970 beetle) decided it didn't want to drive. Luckily Anna was there to the rescue and we arrived in Chipping Sodbury to Christmas Eve Cottage. Yes this is a real place and yes it most certainly lives up to the name. The little two up two down cottage is completely stunning, if I could pay to stay here over Christmas I totally would! 

Laura (our lovely friend and fabulous photographer) was organising a festive styled shoot at the cottage and she got together some wonderful industry professionals to give her a hand. There were Christmas decorations in creams and frosty tones filling the snug lounge being styled by Sorori Design, Dotty Design and LA styling.

In the prettiest Kitchen was Natalie the model being made up, I spent a  while oogling over all the gorgeous make up and brushes and then had a tour of upstairs which continues to be breathtaking. A white iron framed bed sits under the grand wooden eaves of this listed cottage, covered in printed cushions and in the bathroom of course there is a big roll top bath styled straight from the dream house world of Homes and Antiques. 

This teeny little cottage is really all you could want from a home for two. Sue told me she had waited most of her life for a house like this, I really hope to have a home as beautiful when I hit Sue's age. 

Anyway enough about the cottage, you'd think I'd fallen in love with it or something. I didn't even tell you about the stove .................

The dress Natalie is wearing is a blue silk skater dress with silver sequin trim and It will be coming up in next years cocktail collection. I love how the pale blue looks so festive.  

Here's what Laura says about the shoot 
“Our theme was a ‘Mother & Daughter Christmas’. The shoot was inspired by hand drawn 1950s postcards of the ‘perfect family christmas’ — cheesy grins, glamorous mums in the kitchen & beaming children under the tree. 
Whilst hinting at the 1950s through dress & décor, we also wanted to give the shoot a modern twist too with pastel/winter wonderland colours & glitter accessories.  Still staying true to the feel of a traditional warm cottage home, our location was ‘Christmas Eve Cottage’ in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire. Sue Bridgeman who owns the cottage ( & is in amateur dramatics) was the perfect ‘glam mum’ to model and was over the moon that we wanted to feature the cottage.
From the beginning I really wanted to take on the ambitious task of a full Christmas day shoot! Just as I would on a full day wedding! The suppliers did a fantastic job in bringing together our Faux Christmas in less than 2 weeks from initial idea to shooting! I felt it was important to use local suppliers & also wanted to work with some of the people who helped bring together my own wedding in October! Although this shoot was not typically ‘wedding’ it was a chance for all us wedding suppliers to get creative & have fun in our craft. It was a really magical day & felt just like Christmas.”

Everyone did such an amazing job, Thank you! Here's a video that Jen Head of Feathers took too :) 


The cast and crew .....

Alexandra king (dresses) us!
Head Full of feathers (headwear) including the super cute Bear Muffs!
Cake Couture (cupcakes)
Sorori Design (florist)
Chloe Lee Photography (assisting)
Natalie Power & Sue Bridgeman (modelling)
and finally and most importantly ......
Laura Michelle Photography (photographer)–2/

Also featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

GIVEAWAY - Silk Scarfs

It's officially Christmas time in my world. Everyone has their party dresses, glitter bags are already under trees across the land and the final red Christmas dress has been collected.

To say a THANK YOU! to the lovely customers and the people who have supported us over the past year we made hand printed silk chiffon scarves with our bow logo in navy, black, cream and pink. These were so much fun to make that I thought we should make a few extra to give away to readers too.

I also drew a picture (this is something I love to do more than anything over Christmas, pretending I'm an illustrator at Wing's drawing table!) showing 6 ways to wear your scarf. Some of you already have your scarves and have shown me how gorgeously you are wearing them! Thank you x

There are 8 to give away, they measure over a metre long and have a gold, silver or black print.

So the rules are .................

1. leave me a comment on this post telling me how you would style your silk scarf. The more imaginitive the better.
2. share this post with your friends (via facebook, twitter, waving, how ever you like to communicate that you like something) who may also like to win a silk scarf
3. I'll pick my favourites (or I'll just make more so you can all have one!)
3. When you get your scarf in the post send me a picture to share on the blog of how you have styled it.

Not much for a silk scarf delivered straight to your door.

The give away closes tomorrow night so get commenting  xxx


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Caroline and Angus - The Photos!

I love this photo of all the maids helping Caroline into her underskirts, it's exactly how it should be!

Caroline's birdcage veil made from the fabric of her dress as something new, the veiling from my own wedding veil as something borrowed and a vintage 1950's brooch as something old and blue.

All three bridesmaids dresses together. We made Libby the youngest of the bridesmaids dress too with turquoise edging. 

The very first glitter bags were commissioned by Caroline to match her shoes for herself and the bridesmaids.

If someone said this was Audrey Hepburn I would totally believe them, but this is our bride with definite old Hollywood star elegance. 

Caroline's Mum and ladies from the church made these beautiful matching Liberty print flower holders. These details make such an impact all together. 

All of the dresses had a bow at the back, Caroline's dress had a huge matching bow, the bridesmaids had detachable bows and Libby the youngest has a pink glitter bow for the back of her dress.

I made the veil after a few tries at getting the bow shape just right so that it kept the elegant style of the dress without it becoming distracting. A long flat single pleat bow was a success. 

The Kurt Geiger 'Anna' shoes will always be my favourite style and shape for a long time, they have the heel height and shape, pointed toe and overall design of any shoe. I wish they would bring them back! 

Flower petal Confetti makes the best photos and I love that all the guests wore bright colours. Helen (Caroline's Mum) looked fabulous in her rich blue purple and violet outfit.

Carrot, Guinness and Elderflower cup cakes with sugar sweet peas.

Bright fabric flowers made at the Hen Party workshop taught by Anna. 

At last I can share the amazing photos from Caroline and Angus's wedding shot by the fabulous Assassynation.
There were hundreds of wow factor photos to choose from and I have whittled it down to this handful of my favourites. It looks like it was an incredible day, full of colour and when you listen to the soundtrack it gets even cooler.
Caroline really was a perfect bride in a very non 'perfect bride' way. A joy to work with such a smiley lady and I will very much miss the twirling round the studio and all the excitedness. And yes she is the spitting image of Audrey Hepburn in looks and demeanour which was like Funny Face in real life :)

Thank you to Carloline and her super lovely maids Clare, Ellen and Libby and to Helen for finding me in the first place.

Congratulations to Caroline and Angus wishing them a Very Happy First Christmas as a wedded pair! xxx


Wedding Dress: Alexandra King 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alexandra King
Veil: Alexandra King
Flower Girl Dress: Made by flower girls Grandmother
Angus's Suit: The Kooples and Shoes by Converse

Flowers: Hans Haverkamp and the ladies of St Margarets Church 
Invitation, Menu, Table Plan, Order of Service Graphic Design: All by Angus 

Church: St Margaret Of Antioch, Alterton Gloucestershire

Cupcakes: Caroline Hammill 

The Music: