Posts Tagged: High Street

1930s Inspired London Lido Wedding at Brockwell Lido

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Peachey Photography

Graphic designers, Holly and Ben had a traditional Church ceremony followed by a fun 1930s inspired celebration which took place poolside at a London Lido

1930s inspired London Lido Wedding

Holly and Ben had a fun 1930s inspired modern London lido wedding at The Lido Café in Brockwell South London in May earlier this year. I have been waiting forever for someone to submit their wedding at this location, something so utterly fun about celebrating poolside, even if it is in the middle of London!

When two designers get married you know there’s going to be some fun details as part of the day. In fact the groom Ben, created design guidelines for the wedding, which in their own words was “A contemporary twist on classic elegance with a bit of 1930s flair, softened by a friendly, fun voice’. I couldn’t have described this wedding much better than that so I think they nailed their own brief!

From the stylish pair themselves to the gorgeous seasonal flowers and can we talk about the fact they had their names on the train departure board as they made their way by train with their guests from the Church to the reception? London goals….

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Needle And Thread Bridal Collection AW16

AISLE STYLE, Accessories, Bridal Style

Dresses Needle And Thread

A preview of the stylish, affordable Autumn/Winter 2016 Needle and Thread bridal collection featuring heavily hand-beaded details, glamorous gowns and playful separates for fashion forward brides.

Needle & Thread Bridal AW16Victorian Lace Gown (£950)

I’m sure you’re already familiar with Needle & Thread for their stylish and embellished occasion-wear dresses, but after their first foray into bridal in late 2015 they are soon to release their newest bridal collection for AUTUMN/WINTER 2016 bridal collection and I wanted to give you a bit of a preview!

I was able to see the dresses in person, and hear from Founder and Creative Director (and all round lovely and inspiring lady Hannah Coffin) about her design process and this collection doesn’t disappoint for fashion forward and modern brides.

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Needle And Thread Bridal Collection Launch – Style On A Budget

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Wedding Dresses by Needle & Thread London Bridal

Stylish and affordable budget wedding dresses from Needle and Thread bridal. Beautiful embellished wedding gowns and separates for a stylish modern bride. 

Needle & Thread London Bridal Collection

Needle & Thread Bridal Lace Tulle Maxi Dress

As it’s January, and a lot of you newly engaged ladies out there may very well be on THE dress hunt, I thought I’d share with you the newly launched Needle and Thread London bridal collection.

I’ve been aware of their collections and dresses for a few years now – a welcome go-to for special occasions, but this last year the designs seem to have really caught my eye with some truly stunning sparkly, embroidered and detailed dresses for special occasions (in love with this dusky blue dress, which happens to be in the sale – perhaps your something blue for the evening?!).

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Style & Substance – 20 Stylish Budget Wedding Dresses Under £1000k

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

 

Hand-picked stylish wedding dresses that don’t break the budget, this little lot are all under £1k!

Stylish Budget Wedding Dresses Under £1k

From my many years blogging and planning weddings, I have realised that there are so so so many different types of brides out there, each with their own style and own ideas on ‘the dress’. For some, the dress is the star of the show and as such receives a substantial part of the budget, in which case you’re spoilt for choice with amazing bridal designers all varying in styles and budgets. However I’m also aware that (perhaps more so being based in London with city brides) that for some, whether for budget reasons or just because, they choose to not go too crazy with their wedding dress budget (kudos for being more sensible than I!). So this post is for those ladies, who still want cool bridal style but who are looking for something a little more on the budget savvy side.

I often come across fabulous budget wedding dresses and especially at this time of year when the Spring/Summer collections are out, whether it’s a chic city do, a romantic boho affair or even a destination wedding – I know there’s lots of you looking for affordable options, so I’ve hand-picked my favourite styles for you! Hopefully there’s something for everyone, from beaded and elegant, to lacy and short, vintage to modern…. and if not for the bride then great bridesmaid inspiration for those with a neutrals colour scheme!

Stylish Budget Wedding DressesASOS – Jarlo One Shoulder Floral Lace

Stylish Budget Wedding DressesBHLDN – Evageline Dress

Stylish Budget Wedding Dresses Phase Eight – Hope

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Affordable Elegant Bridal Wear – 8 Bridal Collection From Phase Eight

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Phase Eight - 8 Bridal Collection - Hope

 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).

Out Of The Blue – Navy High Street Bridesmaid Picks

AISLE STYLE, Bridesmaid

There’s no doubt about it. Navy is one of the most popular choices for weddings when it comes to dressing your ladies – especially for those planning weddings in the Autumn and Winter. It’s a glamorous colour, but also one that is pretty much as flattering as black without the harshness. It works well against complimentary colours, whether they are pastels, bolds or neutrals and that old saying is – perhaps likely to wear this again [more so let’s confess than a beautiful bright coral number!].

So for these high street bridesmaids dress picks I’ve gone for the elegance and sexiness of some long and maxi dresses – perfect for the Old Hollywood Glamour style weddings, but also suitable for modern sophistication. Navy works so well as a minimal block colour but team it with some sparkle or bling and it comes to life with it’s alluring elegance. Chandelier drop earrings, and a silver strappy shoe are all these beautiful gowns need. If it’s got a sexy back, make sure the hair is lifted up off the shoulders to show it off down the aisle!

  MidnightGlamourPleated Glam: Whistles / Lacy Slip: Ghost / Sexy Back: Ted Baker / Strapless: Coast via Asos

My other picks are a little more ‘out of the blue’ shall we say. From the short denim style for more casual festival style weddings to the glitzy sequined flared shape for something a little more city cocktail chic. The more simple the dress in terms of material, the more you can play with accessories so don’t be afraid to head to VV Rouleaux to buy some pretty strips of ribbon to tie for sashes, or add some beading or adornments to the shoulders. You could even have your girls choose a vintage brooch to add that unique touch so for those wanting to play – go plain!

 

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Jersey Sleeve: Phase Eight / Bow Denim: Hobbs NW3 / Flared Sequin: French Connection / Lovely Lace: Adrianna Pappell at House of Fraser

Sascha + Mary – A Simple Stoke Newington Pub Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal, Vintage Inspired

Sascha and Mary were married in September [a seemingly incredibly popular time of year now for weddings!] with a simple ceremony at Hackney Town Hall followed by a reception at The Londesborough, Stoke Newington all captured by their photographer Philippa James.I have to say The Londesborough is fast becoming one of the most popular pub venues in Hackney for receptions as I know I’ve featured it a couple of times on the blog before! This couple also prove things can be done on a budget as they both looked dapper in their high street outfits which they added a few unique touches too. A simple sweet London wedding…

Mary chose a fun high street 50’s style dress from Coast Bridal which she then customised and had altered “I love the 50’s style wedding dresses because they are elegant but not too over the top and traditional. They also suited my shape! Victoria at Satin Bow Bridal did an amazing job at transforming my Coast dress into something really amazing and special. Sascha chose an elegant black three-piece suit and borrowed his fathers beautiful Victorian gold pocket watch.  I decided to ask my friend to do my make-up.  I wanted to look natural and feel myself and Jane did an amazing job.” 

Mary has lived in Hackney for over ten years and had always loved the iconic and beautiful Hackney Town Hall where they chose to have their ceremony. “Sascha came to live here in 2008 and absolutely loves it too.  When we were thinking of a venue to have the ceremony, it seemed like the obvious choice.   The Londesborough was the only place we looked at for the reception and it was perfect. All the staff were friendly, accommodating and totally on the ball.  And most importantly we had this very cool pub all to ourselves!” 

Wild flowers are becoming really popular for weddings at the moment, with their ‘undone’ unfussy feel and for simple low key weddings they suit them perfectly. Mary chose East London based florists Rebel Rebel who put together the English wild flower bouquet “The main flower was Cornflower and a mix of seasonal flowers so when they turned up with my bouquet on the day, I was absolutely gob smacked, they looked so beautiful!”

As the venue has it’s own unique style, they simply added a few small details to make it feel like their own “Our central colour was Cornflower Blue, which we threaded throughout the venue. I found some white tissue paper decorations, which we hung in the centre of the room, and some cool blue balloons, that we hung amongst them.  I also made hessian table runners to go on all the tables, which I thought softened the tables and went really well with the wild flowers we had.” 

The lovely separate tiered cake was made by Mary’s friends who incredibly were in four different locations across the UK but look how it came together! Such a lovely idea and just topped with a cornflowers it looks really pretty.  I love the slightly rustic style tables with the wooden logs by Hampson Woods which were teamed with a typographic table number. In fact the groom, Sascha designed and printed all the invitations and menus himself! Mary also got busy and made hessian table runners to add to the tables.

Of course what a gastro pub does really well is the food –  guests were treated to a three course meal and were able to choose their main course on the day which I think saves some of the stress of you trying to choose for them with a set menu! For their first dance they both chose a song they love called “In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine and whilst not an obvious choice having listened to the lyrics it’s a very sweet song with a lovely sentiment that summed it all up for the couple.

Mary’s memorable moment certainly made me giggle – you have to love your family and their random behaviour at weddings:  “My father in law thinking that today was the best time to go through his 500 holiday snaps of Hungary with me!!”

As for planning tips, Mary advises not to try and make things perfect, wise words – “Try and relax, enjoy the process and to not worry about things that might go wrong.  It makes for a much more human and richer experience if things are real and not too stuffy and perfect.” 

Congratulations to Sascha and Mary, a super sweet wedding and thanks to Philippa James for sharing her lovely work on the blog too!

Venue: The Londesborough, Stoke Newington / Photography: Philippa James / Wedding Dress: Coast Bridal altered and customised at Satin Bow Bridal / Lace Shrug: Satin Bow Bridal / Bridesmaids: John Lewis / Groom’s Suit: Cos / Hair + Make Up: Friend, Jane Llewellyn / Flowers: Rebel Rebel / Cake: Friends: Deb, Gemma, Sam + Miranda