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Brides The Show 2016 – The London Bride Guide!

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

It’s not long now until BRIDES THE SHOW 2016 which we are very excited for especially since I (Charley), will be holding sessions in the VIP Lounge on Sunday, so we hope to see some of you there! We’ve put together a useful style guide on which suppliers and styles to look out for at the show! 

brides-the-show-2016-suppliers_0025We thought we’d put together a little style guide for those visiting so you don’t get too overwhelmed/distracted with the huge array of inspiration there, here’s what we think you may want to keep an eye out for although this is just a very small selection of the amazing suppliers and stylish offerings that will be there showcasing!

Brides The Show is taking place in Islington from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October, and if you have yet to get your tickets, then London Bride readers receive 25% off tickets with special promo code LB25! 

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Stationery

Modern wedding stationery by e.y.i loveWe’re big fans of modern, fun stationery and the designs from e.y.i love are just that! We particularly like the Laura suite as seen with it’s bang on trend blush card and gold foil writing a winning design combo!

Modern feather lasercut stationery by CuttureIf you’re after something a little more bespoke and luxurious, paper gurus and designers Cutture produce beautiful laser cut stationery ranging from place names to signage to invitation suite designs that tell your story, all uniquely made and beautifully crafted. This feather invitation is bohemian yet timeless.

Bridesmaids
Two Birds Bridesmaids Dresses

If you have more than a couple of bridesmaids in your girl gang, traipsing around the high street or sending out multiple dresses in a number of sizes via online stores can be a bit of a headache! Two Birds Bridesmaids make life much easier and more fun for you and the girls! There are a number of styles within their collections, but the dress is essentially the same, but can be tied and styled in different ways and in a huge variety of colours – whether you want matching or mis-matching there will be a style to please everyone (well, fingers crossed!).

Maids To Measure Bridesmaid Dresses

Why not make a day of dressing up by taking gathering all your girls in London at the Maids to Measure boutique to find them each a dress that both compliments your wedding and their shape and style. From feminine floaty fabrics to sexy backs, the range of designs and fabrics are great to personalise each bridesmaid’s individual style and whether you’re a girly girl looking for peaches and pinks or going for classic navy or black they have so many colours to choose from!

Accessories + Shoes
Debbie Carlisle Wild Rose Bridal Acecssories

I’ve personally known designer Debbie from Debbie Carlisle designs for quite a few years now and her bridal accessory collections every year get stronger and stronger. Her new collection ‘Wild Rose’ is ethereal, delicate and just the right amount of sparkle for boho, romantic or classic brides.

Freya Rose Bridal Shoes

One of the UK’s leading shoe designers, Freya Rose bridal shoes encapsulate glamour and luxury in each design. The shoes have the most stunning detailing, and the Freya Rose signature of bejeweled adornments, sumptuous materials and inspiring embroidery make these shoes a work of art and definitely ones to show off! We love the little touch of lace and fashion forward (and comfortable!) ankle tie detail on this pair!

Fashion

This is hard to just pick a few favourites as there are so many amazing bridal fashion designers that you can see more from at the show. There’s also the designer catwalk highlighting the latest trends and designs. However here’s a few we think you’ll want to make a stop by…

Charlotte Simpson Bridal

Many of my own bridal clients seem to want modern minimalist simplicity from a bridal designer, and Charlotte Simpson definitely ticks that box. Simple structures in stunning fabrics but with effortlessly elegant and feminine cuts are perfect for the contemporary and stylish fuss-free bride.

Halfpenny London Bridal

For those wanting effortlessly chic and timeless style with utter romance and sophistication then you can’t miss Halfpenny London. You’ll fall head over heels for the designs from Kate Halfpenny which include incredibly romantic laces, fashion forward fabrics, and feminine silhouettes that fit like a dream. I guarantee you’ll spend a while browsing through the dresses and just daydreaming…

Andrea Hawkes Bridal

Another modern designer is Andrea Hawkes, who welcomes individual ideas to create bespoke dresses for brides based on their collection of gowns. They work with you to either create a made to measure dress or for a one-off fully bespoke gown for those wanting something completely unique. Think luxurious fabrics such as European silks and French laces the dresses are made to a very high standard, which is clear to see in the designs.

Sanyukta Shrestha BridalLondon based Sanyukta Shrestha’s latest collections bring eco-luxe to brides with their luxurious and organic and fair-trade use of fabrics. The new collection is simply stunning with incredibly delicate fabrics and flattering styles that are effortless to wear.

Florists

There are a few highlights of Brides the Show for me. One is the catwalk, two is the cake, and three – it’s the flowers. The efforts of the florists showcasing last year was phenomenal, I spent hours at their stands admiring at their creativity, innovation and every perfect detail. If you haven’t got your florist yet, you’d be hard pushed not to come away from the show without one!

Electric Daisy Farm Flowers

I recently met florist Fiona and was struck by her absolute passion, creativity and joie de vivre! Electric Daisy Flower Farm grows seasonal flowers on their very own farm for use in their floral designs for weddings and events. If you are looking to go for British seasonal flowers Fiona will be able to let you know what flowers you can expect around your wedding date.

Hiding In The City Florist

Last year the stand from Hiding In The City was one of my absolute favourites (see above!). It was like a beautiful jungle, so green, vibrant and creative. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what florist Sarah will be creating this year, it’s bound to be very visually impactful and fun!

Cakes
Georgia's Cakes

Last but not least, the cake! I’m very excited to see Georgia’s Cakes creations up close (here’s hoping there may be samples?!). If you’re looking for something fun, these are playful and creative.

Hope that small snippet round up of some stylish finds at Brides The Show 2016 has helped prepare you for the inspiration you’ll be inundated with (in a good way of course!) and look forward to seeing some of you there.

Brides The Show is taking place in Islington at the Business Design Centre from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October

London Bride readers receive 25% off tickets with special promo code LB25! 

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Halfpenny London – Flora Romance Collection

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Photography & Dresses Halfpenny London

The stunning 2016 collection from British and London based bridal designer, Halfpenny London evokes floral romance with vintage inspired designs for the modern bride. Flattering and luxurious fabrics, intricate detailing and interchangeable elements work for every bride’s personal style. 

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I’m sure there are boundless new London Brides out there who are hot on the dress search, so it’s a pleasure to introduce you to Halfpenny London. For those who aren’t yet familiar, designer Kate who is behind the brand, oozes British style with her bridal collections that are vintage inspired for the modern bride.

This is a look at the 2016 Flora Romance Collection and as with all Halfpenny London designs, you can expect utter romance, elegance and sophistication with stunning fabrics, intricate details and modern, feminine styles.

As reported in my Brides The Show fashion roundup, all things floral inspired were seen influencing all aspects of the wedding world, and I for one am a big lover of it.

Inspired by the works of painter John William Waterhouse the collection evokes a floral romantic vibe typical of this impressionist artist. Stunning silk crepe dresses with subtle, intricate embellishment complement the elegant form fitting looks. 

The unique diverse collection weaves modern with vintage, still in keeping with Kate’s signature ‘Brit Cool’ style.

I’ll leave you to pour over the dresses, but do let me know if you have a favourite (tough decision) I’m a little in love with them all.

The collection starts from £2,000 and they also offer made to measure (from £3750) and couture gowns from £5000. For more details or to book an appointment at their beautiful Bloomsbury boutique, visit Halfpenny London.

Brides The Show Catwalk + Fashion Highlights

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style, Bridesmaid, INSPIRATION, PLANNING

Photography by London Bride

Secret Garden Catwalk Brides The Show

As part of my visit, Brides The Show catwalk is a definite personal highlight. I mean who wouldn’t like to sit FROW and look at pretty dresses swirling by? On the Friday night preview, there was an exclusive Jenny Packham catwalk showcasing her 2016 collection that was shown in NYC, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the characters in the play.

During the weekend there was of course the ‘Secret Garden’ themed catwalk styled to perfection by Bryony Toogood Fashion Director at Brides Magazine, which was so exciting to see. A plethora of bridal designers showcasing designs from their latest collections or exclusives. It was so lovely to see the buzz of brides to be falling in love with the potential ‘one’ in front of their eyes.

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Cosy Romantic Urban Winter Warehouse Wedding by London Bride

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Elegant, Urban

Photography by Kat HillPlanning & Styling London Bride

A London Bride winter warehouse wedding at MC Motors for couple Hannah & Tom with twinkling candlelight, wild flowers with the bride in a beautiful vintage inspired Halfpenny London dress.

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With the blog re-launching today I thought it would be a nice opportunity to share with you some of the weddings I’ve worked on in the last year which I’ve yet to feature, so this week I’ll be bringing you a London Bride wedding every day!

Today’s wedding is from January this year. Having met Hannah and Tom in August last year in just 4 months I worked with them to design, plan and co-ordinate their stylish and urban winter warehouse wedding at MC MOTORS in East London. They are such a genuine, laid back and lovely couple (with the cutest toddler to boot, just look at the photos of Dory!) and with their discerning style, it was a huge pleasure to work with them on their day.

With the wedding taking place in January we made the most of the winter season by creating a romantic atmosphere with a cosy vintage aesthetic with twinkling festoon lights, gold accents, vintage glassware, moody florals by GRACE AND THORN and a feast by HANDMADE FOOD. In the evening, with red wine flowing the guests and couple danced the night away to the incredible sounds of Mister Kanish as photographer Kat Hill captured all those perfect little moments.

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Gemma + Pete – A London Bride MC Motors Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Urban

MC Motors Wedding London | Photography: Aneta Mak | Planning & Styling: London Bride

This MC Motors wedding was one of my all time favourite weddings to work on, it’s taken me a while to blog it as it was featured both online on Style Me Pretty and in print in You & Your Wedding magazine so a little patience to blog was required!

The East London venue, MC Motors was such a great canvas to work with (and handily around the corner from me and the couple!) but also I loved Gemma and Pete’s creative brief of ‘Distressed Elegance’ for their November wedding.

Gemma and Pete are a super stylish couple and were keen for their wedding to reflect their London lifestyle – combining their love of the urban city with but with a sophisticated, creative aesthetic and the key was very much that they wanted to enjoy their day with all their wonderful friends and family.

I thought I’d share a few of the early concept boards which I created for them, which is nice to look back on and in fact I’d like to think we stayed quite close to the initial concepts!

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Many of the elements which I proposed in the boards such as wild ivy, hanging festoons, gold foiled stationery and berry florals were all final elements included in the wedding.

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Overall the day was full of fun, food style and sophistication all captured in effortless and timeless fine art photography from Aneta Mak, who shoots mainly on film which really does just add to the beauty of it all…

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Gemma and her bridesmaids got ready at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. They chose one of the amazing apartments so that all the girls could have their hair and make up done together whilst sipping on bubbles of course! The fantastic Sev at Hepburn Collection created a beautiful modern classic up-do, whilst Mariam Jensen gave Gemma a flawless radiant complexion.
Gemma’s stunning gown and veil were by Halfpenny London, an effortless fit on her, the elegant fabric draped just perfectly, teamed with a thick sash which tied in a bow, and for the ceremony she chose to combine with the sweet lace overlay shrug which provided beautiful detailing for the back.
As a hint to the lace accents of Gemma’s dress, the bridesmaids wore Navy lace dresses from Whistles which were perfect for winter city chic. Being Scottish, some of the groomsmen and Father of the Bride sported kilts whilst the groom incorporated a touch of the bride’s heritage with his tartan tie.
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The ceremony took place at the beautiful art-deco Town Hall in Islington, after which guests were treated to Champagne aboard a London Routemaster bus to the warehouse wedding reception at MC Motors in Hackney.
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The bride and groom had some precious time together along with their photographer Aneta Mak who captured these stunning portraits. I remember just how much they were beaming after the ceremony and these images of them are just so incredibly romantic. That location is just perfection!
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As the guests arrived into the street-like atrium bar, they were treated to ale and Champagne as well as oysters, shucked by hand and served by Oystermeister. As a surprise, we then arranged to have the couple arrive in their London taxi straight into the al-fresco style area which was such a fun moment as we lifted the shutters at their arrival to a round of applause!
We transformed the warehouse, which is essentially a film and photographic location, into two decadent spaces for drinking and for dining and dancing. Whilst the adults were enjoying the reception we also created a room for the young children to play, create and watch cartoons in which I have to say is a welcome addition for most parents when at a wedding!
In keeping with the theme we wanted to use the structure of the room to create atmosphere so The Flower Appreciation Society draped beautiful ivy from the industrial walls, poles and ceiling beams scattered with dahlias and festoon lighting was hung to provide warm lighting for the dark winter’s evening. There were thoughtful touches such as taxi cards so that guests could make their way home safely and for a nightcap there was of course an abundance of Scottish whisky served on a whisky trolley for those wanting a break from the dancefloor!
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As huge foodies, the catering was a key element to the day and the menu reflected their love of enjoying London’s culinary delights with home-made terrines by the Groom’s brother (who is a chef), spit roast chickens, indulgent cheese boards and a hearty evening hog roast. With the meal taking centre stage, inspired by indulgent supper clubs, the table decorations were elegant but with a relaxed bistro feel. Antique brass candlesticks and cut glass decanters for the wine added a decadence to the styling among the relaxed berry florals.
The menus which were each tied with a mini sparkler to be used for the toast, completed the bespoke gold foiled and screen printed stationery suite onto rustic brown kraft paper which I worked with a designer to create, and the couples friend hand drew the table plan onto an ornate mirror for a touch of luxury and a focal point for the guests.
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After some amusing and heartfelt speeches, for the evening, Gemma swopped her delicate lace shrug for beautiful embellished and sparkling detail for a glamorous transformation ready for the first dance. A true Scottish party wouldn’t be complete without a ceilidh so after dinner guests took part in a traditional (and very lively!) dance followed by a brilliant DJ party set by the Wedding Smashers.
It was such a fun wedding with a great team that was true to the couples style. They’ve just celebrated their first anniversary so congrats Gemma and Pete and of course huge thanks to the wonderfully talented Aneta Mak for letting me share the beautiful images.
Wedding Photography: Aneta MAK Photography / Planning + Design: Charley Beard of London Bride / Ceremony Venue: Islington Town Hall / Reception Venue: MC Motors  / Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London / Bride’s Shoes: Rupert Sanderson / Hair: Severin Hubert of Hepburn Collection / Makeup: Mariam Jensen / Groom’s Suit Tailor: Cad and The Dandy / Floral Design: Flower Appreciation Society / Wedding Catering: Roast Hog + Oyster Meister / Wedding Cake: Groom’s Mother / String Quartet: Tyburn String Quartet / Ceilidh Band (Traditional Scottish Dancing): Lochnagar Ceilidh Band /  DJ: Wedding Smashers / Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery / Lighting: Peachy Productions / Transportation: Traditional Travel Black London Taxi / Cinematography: Ewan McNicol (family friend) of Lucid Inc.