Elegant + Tropical Cambridge Cottage at Kew Gardens Wedding

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Being a petite lady myself, I loved seeing bride Bantika’s style, with her short but oh so sweet Oscar de la Renta dress. Her and George had a ceremony and reception at the pretty Cambridge Cottage in Kew Gardens, which provided the perfect backdrop for their couple portraits, who knew London could look so… tropical?

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Bantika and George chose Cambridge Cottage at Kew Gardens as their venue and location for ceremony for a special reason as it was where they went on a date when they first met.

The day was intimate, yet elegant and relaxed, from the drinks on the lawns, the laid back reception in the ‘lounge’ style decorated room filled with fragrance from Diptyque candles with music from students at The Royal Music Academy. The guests helped themselves to an array of food by Blue Strawberry with the delicious dessert cake topped with fresh strawberries by Laura at the Dessert Deli. They also chose a signature cocktail each which the guests enjoyed!

Bantika had her friend Josh Wood (of Josh Wood Atelier) walk her down the aisle and her best friend Anthony Culver kindly decorated the venue with twinkling candles and created the fresh floral displays. Whilst the couple had their portrait photographs with their wonderful photographer Natalie at Natalie J Weddings the guests enjoyed a tour on the Kew Explorer to take in their surroundings on a perfect day.

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Their photographer Natalie, currently has an offer for any couples booking their wedding before 31st January (e.g. a few days!) you’ll receive a free engagement shoot as part of the package. See her website below for how to get in touch and to see more of her work!

Photography: Natalie J Weddings / Venue: Cambridge Cottage at Kew Gardens / Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Groom: Giorgio Armani / Hair: Phillipe Tholimet at Josh Wood via Streeters / Make Up: Karina Constantine / Flowers: Anthony Culver (friend of bride) / Catering: Blue Strawberry / Cake: Laura Amon at Dessert Deli

Affordable Elegant Bridal Wear – 8 Bridal Collection From Phase Eight

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 The Hope (aptly named at £595!)

From the image above you’d be forgiven that I’m blogging about a new collection from a luxury bridal designer… but my guess is you may have seen the title, in which case you’ll know that this collection is in fact from the High Street though admittedly hard to believe!

Phase Eight have for a few years launched their own bridal range of wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses and accessories, and for this Spring/Summer 2015 the ‘8 Bridal’ collection is now available.

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Above:  Josefina, Cressida and Hope

Having seen these dresses in person at their flagship James Street store near Bond Street, the intricate beading, lace detailing, and feminine silhouettes of the dresses are all quite exceptional for ‘high street’ and really do raise the standard. I was suitably impressed and having featured a few Phase Eight brides on the blog (here and here), I really can see why they are a popular choice for those brides who are looking for something affordable without compromising style, perfect for a London Bride indeed!

The range is available both online at Phase Eight, with prices starting from just £250 (for a short dress) to £750 for the full length Old Hollywood style elegance or in one of their specialist Bridal Boutique stores.

Again considering the dresses are high street, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality up-close and the styles feature hand-stitching details, with inner construction for a flattering shape and luxurious fabrics for elegance. The Hope dress for me was stand-out with it’s designer inspired glamorous fit and beading it’s a stunning dress, especially for it’s £595 price tag!

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 Above: Elbertine / Aurora / Hope / Cressida / Annabella 

Key highlights from the new range include the stunning Aurora dress, featuring all over glittering metallic embellishments and cowl neck and back detailing or the stunning lace Josefina with its pretty lace and sheer neckline and subtle sweeping fishtail hem in tulle. For brides preferring shorter dresses without compromising on detail and wow-factor, the Cressida dress is the perfect choice. The all over lace design features a delicate detailed high neckline and hem, mid-length sleeves and a satin belt to accentuate the pretty fit and flare shape.

To compliment the dresses they have a selection of bridal accessories such as veils, shoes, shrugs (a special mention to this stunning beaded cape which I loved!) as well as extending their bridesmaid options.

You can arrange for a personal appointment with a specialist to try on the dresses at one of their Phase Eight Bridal Boutiques (020 7499 7750 – London01962 866964 – Winchester0131 226 4009 – Edinburgh).