The most unusual wedding venue in the UK? A gorgeous real wedding with images by Jon Turtle on English-Wedding.com (19)
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Winter is coming… and that phrase conjures up two things for me! The first is Game of Thrones – and me and my guy are rewatching every. single. episode. from the 1st season to the last… we started on Friday and I think we’ll be finished just in time for season 8 in May / June 2019! Winter also reminds me of snowy weddings, snuggly wraps and cosily beautiful wedding styling. So today I’m sharing a truly unique wedding from Lansdown Hall and Gallery in Stroud. Beautiful bride Jess and gorgeous groom Damian chose the venue because it’s very dear to their family, and organised everything themselves: decorations, lighting, DJ, the bar, outside catering, staff, setting up and clearing up. Take one look at their photos and you’ll see it was 100% worthwhile – it allowed them to plan and style their day exactly how they wanted. As well as the venue, highlights to watch out for are Jess’s E&W Couture dress, which is just perfect – and the bouquet of eucalyptus, white roses and pussy willow (my favourite!) by the wonderful Sweet Peony in Cardiff. The fabulous photos of Jess and Damian’s wedding are by UK photographer Jon Turtle, who’s based in Penarth, South Wales. 

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If you want a wedding with a taste of tropical paradise then look no further than Amy Mair Couture’s 2018 collection La Selva.

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Amy Mair is a designer known for taking inspiration from her love of nature and travel. La Selva, meaning tropical forest in Spanish, pays tribute to the discrete, subtle tropical and exotic influences that were the inspiration behind her third bridal collection for the Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique.

Using colour, texture and cut she creates unique and subtly non-traditional gowns which still retain a luxurious glamour. Each gown prides itself of being something a little different, not to be seen anywhere else in the bridal market.

The 2018 La Selva Collection comprises four gowns; Marianna, Sophia, Isabella and Fiorella.

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Fiorella oozes romance. A simple silk slip is overlaid with nude tulle, embroidered with stunning flowers, stems and leaves. The large flowers begin at the shoulder travelling down the dress, angling round the body in blush and pale tones of coral. Blending seamlessly with the nude tulle, the striking flower shape is defined with an embroidery stitch and glass beads.

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Happy Tuesday my lovelies! Today I have a little wedding gown love to share with you – a new designer to me, lovely Helen Rhiannon from South Wales. Her new collection is Monroe Dreams – wedding dresses with air and elegance, which use the most flattering silhouettes combined with satins and beaded lace to create delicious designs for every bride. I love how the dresses look natural and effortlessly feminine – I hope you will fall in love with them too!

British made wedding dresses in Wales by Helen Rhiannon, photo credit Michelle Huggleston Photography (16)

Helen Rhiannon’s 2018 Monroe Dreams Collection features four sophisticated, unique and timeless wedding dresses. Which is your favourite? I’m so in love with Gracie – those hidden pockets are perfect for brides with a practical side, like me!

British made wedding dresses in Wales by Helen Rhiannon, photo credit Michelle Huggleston Photography (13)

Images by Michelle Huggleston Photography

British made wedding dresses in Wales by Helen Rhiannon, photo credit Michelle Huggleston Photography (14)

Then there’s Jasmine – a dress with a designer twist. Romantic and long, with a beautiful beaded lace capelet which ends in a low ‘v’ above the waist. How stunning?

British made wedding dresses in Wales by Helen Rhiannon, photo credit Michelle Huggleston Photography (12)

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There are two things I look for in wedding dresses above everything else: unique, handmade designs and independent boutiques. Mass market bridalwear isn’t for me. I’m the same with music: I look for something incredible and creative, beautiful and just a little bit different, something most people haven’t discovered yet…

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One Welsh boutique is leading the way with bridal design that breaks the mould

Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique attracts brides from across the UK and is fast becoming a hub for beautiful handmade dresses. The boutique stocks exciting and creative local designers Amy Mair Couture, Angharad Mullooly, Claire Hill Designs, E&W Couture, Kate Barlow and Helen Rhiannon.

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Amy Mair Couture offers a signature style of subtle glamour. Her dresses offer a sharp execution in fit and a structure with a balance of flowing movement in fabrics, with a bohemian or alternative charm. E&W Couture is also committed to offering something a little different for the alternative personality. With a signature style that combines simple cuts with elaborate embellishments she creates elegant, flattering and fashion forward designs.