Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (6)
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Last summer I styled an editorial photoshoot very close to home – as many of you know, I live on the edge of the Lake District and within minutes’ walk of the beach. When lovely Sheryl from Oobaloos Photography suggested we do a photoshoot here, I just couldn’t say no. I’m a huge believer in letting your surroundings influence the style of your day, and my choice of suppliers to take part in the shoot was inspired by the wild beaches of south Cumbria – my favourite place in the world.

Modern blue styling ideas with calligraphy for an alternative beach wedding (42)

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For your wedding to be truly unique I can totally recommend shopping around to find the independent designers and creatives across the UK who – like me – don’t subscribe to mainstream ideas or bland design. I fall in love – over and over again – with the makers we find through the pages of this beautiful wedding blog. I’m a huge Etsy fan, which I think says it all! I love the wedding industry for being a melting pot of creative folks, some of whom are destined to create ever more beautiful things and who I don’t doubt will be household names in years to come. Take Ailsa Munro, for example…

Advice on trying on wedding dresses, by Ailsa Munro on the English Wedding Blog (1)
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by Ailsa Munro Dressmaker, Cornwall

Advice on trying on wedding dresses, by Ailsa Munro on the English Wedding Blog (1)

It seems like it’s fairly common knowledge that wedding dresses “run small” compared to high street shops.

If shopping for the most important dress of your life wasn’t stressful enough, a lot of brides are then also faced with the horror of being squeezed into too small samples, pinned at the back with your bra showing, and having to show your bridesmaids and Mum while trying to imagine what it’ll look like in the right size.

As a dress designer, I wanted to explain why this is so common, and what you can do to avoid getting overwhelmed by it.

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by Ailsa Munro Dressmaker

I feel like the wedding industry woke up on Monday morning and ever so slightly lost their shit. I’ve seen article after article from wedding blogs and magazines, frantically guessing what kind of dress Meghan Markle might wear when she marries Prince Harry next spring. Scanning her instagram for her general fashion sense, what she’s worn as a bridesmaid, what she’s worn when she’s with Harry. Honestly it’s coming across a little nutty, at this point, you guys.

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Instagram has the delicious power to turn us all into fans of the most incredible artisan designers – even before we dare to dream of having something made just for us. I LOVE Ailsa Munro‘s beautiful bespoke wedding gowns. There are so many talented makers and designers I follow on social media – your wedding is the perfect opportunity to discover them too! Recently I’ve discovered the incredibly talented Sarah Brown Jewellery and I was thrilled to bits when Ailsa told me she’d commissioned a bespoke engagement ring from Sarah herself.

http://www.sarahbrownjewellery.com
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