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Hello my lovely! I hope you’re smiling this morning – it’s going to be a beautiful day 🙂 Shall we start with a look at Jenny Packham’s bridal collection for Spring 2015? Jenny’s collections always seem to capture the timeless elegance so many brides look for – and the dresses she’s designed for 2015 are no exception.

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The Jenny Packham 2015 bridal collection was inspired by a series of creative portrait photographs taken in the 1930s. The photographer Yevonde Middleton, or ‘Madame Yevonde’ was a pioneer of her time, creating beautifully styled images of society ladies in the costumes of legendary heroines which you can see here.

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The series of images which inspired Jenny Packham‘s 2015 bridal collection are known as ‘The Goddesses’. Yevonde’s images were exhibited at the PM Gallery in London in the summer of 2o11, and her stylised images of mythological heroines – Helen of Troy, Persephone, Venus – captured an ancient world of antiquity, within a modern and hauntingly beautiful treatment. The colours used; soft, tonal, always romantic, and the feminine way she played with light and colour to create a hazy, neoclassical ambiance, directly influenced the design and palette of this season’s collection.

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Has anyone else seen Grimm? The last week of my life has been spent working 16 hour days with an hour of dark fairytales from Amazon Prime before bed – I love it! I’ve also been reading a collection of Irish myths and legends picked up at the Leprechaun Museum in Dublin (highly recommended!) so what could be better to share with all of you than a bridal collection introduced with a proper fairy story – the kind I love! This is from Legend Bridal – I love it and I hope you do too! Gorgeous gowns, creative designs and something really different and beautifully alternative to set hearts racing…

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A few days ago I spent a lovely hour or so with Julia Tasker at her enchanting bridal boutique and I wish I could have taken you all with me! Julia’s little world – sorry, bridal shop! – is a treat, and nestled in the sleepily beautiful town of Bowness-on-Windermere. She’s only a few minutes’ walk from the lake shore which I think qualifies this gem of a bridal boutique as a day out in itself!

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The boutique is spacious, beautiful and tranquil with privacy and room to play!

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Rails of the most gorgeous designer wedding dresses in the heart of the Lake District

I was there to discuss some secret plans with Julia, to see the gorgeous designer wedding dresses she stocks and to discover the story behind Julia Tasker Bridal Couture. It was such a lovely experience – it’s great to know some of my favourite designers are right here in the Lake District: Sassi Holford, Ritva Westenius and Caroline Castigliano take centre stage alongside Paloma Blanca and Pepe Botella.

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I recently saw a wonderful real wedding on the Love My Dress blog where the bride and groom created a beautifully styled literary themed wedding on a low budget. Beautiful bride Vicky wore a dress by Phase Eight, the London and online wedding boutique famous for its affordable prices and trendy, contemporary wedding dress designs. I’m delighted to be able to share the Phase Eight 2014 wedding dress collection lookbook here on the English Wedding Blog with you today.

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The Phase Eight 2014 wedding dress collection was inspired by glamorous Hollywood looks of the 1930’s and 1950’s with embellishments taken from exquisite vintage embroidery and beadings. Phase Eight’s bridal designer describes the collection as one of ultimate femininity, with a glamorous and whimsically beautiful vintage feel.

Each bridal gown, accessory and bridesmaid dress has been created to ensure that you can customise and personalise your look with beaded belts, lace edged veils, coloured sashes to link in with your bridesmaids and capes in feathers and beading to give glamorous coverage.

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Maria Senvo wedding dresses (1) When a brand new bridal designer sets up shop it’s always exciting to see fresh and individual wedding dresses. Making a splash in the wedding industry with sneak peeks on Love My Dress, in Vogue and a host of wedding magazines is  Maria Senvo  and I’m about to share images from the not-even-launched-yet Fifteen collection by Maria this morning.

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The Fifteen collection has been designed with you in mind: it’s for twenty-something brides who are looking for something a little different – a pared down style with glamour and elegance. Designer bridal house Maria Senvo is sure to stand out from the crowd with these exquisitely designed wedding dresses. Intricate beaded bodies, elongated lines and pleats adorn the collection of stunning gowns that when turned around reveal scoop detail backs and razor sharp features – simply beautiful.

“If you’re a cool girl and your am to pm wardrobe is simple, pared down and effortless, what do you then wear to get married in?” say the design team behind new bridal brand Maria Senvo.

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The bridal sample sale by Emma Victoria Payne

British bridal designer Emma Victoria Payne’s sample sale begins tomorrow, Saturday the 4th of January 2014. For your chance to wear the designer dress of your dreams visit the website at www.EmmaVictoriaPayne.com and call to book an appointment.

See more on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emma-Victoria-Payne-Bridalwear/239437562775098

Have an amazing weekend everyone!
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Hello there lovely blog readers, and a special hug for you if you’re just about to start wedding dress shopping. I hope you have the most wonderful time! I’d love to introduce you to one of my favourite wedding dress designers this morning – the fabulous Sassi Holford. Sassi began her business in Taunton, Somerset – and from small beginnings Sassi Holford is now an internationally renowned wedding dress brand. Her designs are timeless and beautiful, and she’s a favourite of English brides.

Sassi Holford 2014 (12)The Sassi Holford 2014 Signature Collection holds true to Sassi’s reputation for pure elegance and exquisite quality. The delicate detailing is wonderful – the Ruby gown shown above and below is already a favourite for me with those gorgeous little tendrils of lace on the cap sleeves… incredibly beautiful.
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 The 2014 Signature Collection by Sassi Holford

Sassi Holford works with absolute attention to detail and an uncompromising eye for quality, and each season her collections are individual yet balanced, focused yet inspiring.

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The one thing every bride and couple tell me about their wedding planning is that they want their day to be unique. Everyone looks for those special touches which their guests won’t have seen before, to make their wedding memorable. For some of us, this means gorgeous paper details, handcrafted accessories or wedding favours. For others it’s avoiding the usual bridal boutiques and searching further afield for a unique wedding dress.

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I’ve always loved the French attitude to fashion, I adore seeing how creative French designers can be, always launching collections which challenge our preconceptions and get us talking! French bridal fashion is of course no different, and Lanvin Blanche 2014 is simply beautiful. For any English brides out there looking to wear a statement dress, hop over to Paris or buy online at www.Lanvin.com

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The Lanvin Bridal collection, Blanche 2014, takes its inspiration from fairytales and princess dreams, combining romance and atmosphere to delight and enchant creative brides. The collection includes fifteen Couture dresses – a few of which are shown here, the rest you will see at Lanvin.com in the bridal lookbook.

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Wedding photography in Bristol by Joseph Hall (click to see Kristy and Jamie’s Clevedon Hall wedding on the blog)

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Morning lovelies! For those of you in the London area I have a quick announcement for you today – from bridal designer Emma Hunt‘s lovely team in London. There will be a one-stop bridal sample sale at Fulham Palace on 12 January, and you’re invited!

The sample sale is your chance to find couture wedding dresses by Emma Hunt, Gillian Million’s sparkling accessories, beautiful shoes by Emmy and elegant Mother-of-the-Bride outfits from Katja Nuutinen, all in one place and at up to 50% off, for one day only!

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Fulham Palace will kindly open their doors for the sample sale from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 12 January 2014, while the on site café and beautiful gardens will also be open so that you and your Mums, sisters and best girls can make it a special day out – just right as a treat for a mid-January Sunday!

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For anyone travelling from outside of London, find directions here:

Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham, SW6 6EA fulhampalace.org
Local parking is available.

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Sometimes I love to blog something just because it’s beautiful. Sometimes it’s just about craftsmanship, elegance and a unique sense of style – because if there’s one thing I know about English brides, it’s that you all have a strong sense of fashion and style. So I already know you’ll adore the new Temperley Bridal Iris collection of beautifully crafted, vintage-inspired wedding gowns. Here are a few of my favourites from the new collection…

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The Temperley Bridal Iris Collection is designed for memories to be made in. Iris introduces 14 new wedding looks, all characterised by meticulous craftsmanship, fine hand embroidery, beautiful beadwork and delicate laces.

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Valerie Dress – £6500
Silk organza gown with cut out appliquéd embroidery and silk corded embellishment. The dress has a low back and a grosgrain waistband with a full skirt and subtle train.

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Sienna Dress – £3990
Off the shoulder corded lace dress with scallop lace edges at neckline and subtle flowing train.

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely week. I’m about to make it lovelier… I hope! The lovely team from The State Of Grace have sent me an exclusive offer for English Wedding Blog readers. The offer is in three parts – you can get your happy little hands on all of these, if you’re quick!

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