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Santa Barbara Dreaming; Heidi & Brandon

This wedding is almost too good to be true; Monique Lhuillier dress, silver bridal Jimmy Choo’s, a very handsome groom and just about the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen on any bride. Trust me folks, you’re going to want to settle yourself down for this one.

This is romantic elegance to the very last detail and it has been carried out to perfection. The best bit though has to be the joy on this couple’s face. Lacie Hansen has captured every single dreamy morsel of this day and I am going to soak it all up.

Oh, and there’s the video to come this afternoon….don’t say I’m not good to you lot!

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Wedding Photography: Lacie Hansen Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering + Cakes: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California (Ceremony : Monte Vista Lawn + Reception: Loggia Ballroom) / After Party: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Coral Casino / Wedding Planning: Liz Brown of Central Coast Memory Makers / Event + Floral Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild / Wedding Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films / Ceremony Officiants: Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg and Reverend Gary Dickey / Wedding Stationery: Crane & Co. + Letter Perfect / Ceremony, Cocktail + Reception Band: Side Effect (West Coast Music) / After Party DJ: Everett Wong / Party Favors: Mother of the Bride’s Homemade Strawberry Preserves / Wedding Dress: ”Emma” Dress by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Veil: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale (Champagne, Coral + Blush – various silhouettes) / Hair: Michelle Mason / Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup / Groomsmen Suits: “Ludlow” by J.Crew / Linens: La Tavola Linen


High Tea in the Spring – Elizabeth and Jess

I beamed from ear to ear when I first laid eyes on these images; this wedding is right up my street, and thanks to Jo Photo I get to share these with all of you. Elizabeth and Jess were married in the Spring at Maryville, Tennessee and they decided on an afternoon tea theme for their wedding day.

There are so many intricate details captured in this day to be ‘oohed and ahhed’ over.

I’ll pass you over to Jo to tell us more about the day.

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All things vintage


Elizabeth and her mother, Leslie, planned a small intimate 2 o’clock afternoon wedding with English adornments to include personalized doilies under each plate with each guest’s name on them, lumps of sugar and vintage decorative tea bags. The bride’s veil was hand made by the groom’s mother, and there were antique hankerchiefs for ‘happy tears’ during the wedding ceremony.

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Afternoon Tea


The guest seating cards were hand made on vintage paper and hung on twine across antique wooden screen doors. The reception catering included scones, marmalades, delectable tea sandwiches, and hot tea provided in vintage tea pots. The bride and groom’s teapot was hand painted by the bride’s grandmother.

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Jam for everyone


An assortment of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry jams were favors for the guests – the berries were hand picked by the bride’s mother and father months before the wedding, canned in their home, and personalized for Elizabeth’s wedding day!

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Caterer:  Holly’s Eventful Dining / Floral Designer:  Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio / Dress Store:  White Lace & Promises / Linens and Coverings:  White Table / Event Venue:  Smithview Pavilion & Event Center / Other:  The Bride Link

Ethereal Bridesmaids

JLM Couture have the most enchanting bridesmaids collection that I have seen in a long time. Classic shapes with a bohemian flare and indulgent draping makes these dresses both stylish and serene.

In my view, they are perfect for mismatching shapes to suit your girl’s figures without compromising on style.

Unfortunately they are not available in the UAE yet but see here for their stores in the UK and US.


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Love in Berlin; Jennie & Cezar

Jennie and Cezar are Dubai expats who were married in Berlin in May 2013. This is not only a wedding to inspire your decorative and personal ideas but also a wedding to let you know how completely possible it is to plan a wedding from afar.

The grandeur of these venues are so steeped in tradition and magnificence that it makes for some incredible photography, courtesy of Chris Spira, and seriously adds to the feeling of occasion. This, my friends, is a super cool city wedding with the coolest band I’ve ever featured. I do love a good brass band.

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Choosing Berlin

We didn’t have a theme or a vision, we just wanted to get married with our friends and family to be there with us, but I think our choice of location, Berlin, ended up naturally creating a certain style for our wedding. We chose Berlin because we had guests coming from all over the world and it seemed to us like a central location. We liked the idea of combining the wedding with a city break, so there were lots of other things our guests could do and see as well as participating in our wedding. I love Berlin and have visited many times as I have very good friends who live there, who kindly agreed to be my Bridesmaids. Berlin is a cosmopolitan, quirky city with so many things to discover, it seemed to sum up our personalities and the kind of wedding we wanted to have.

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Lovely Bridesmaids

When we were in Berlin, we went to a cocktail dress section of a big German department store and picked what we liked from the choice that was available. They were really simple strapless navy knee length dresses. I bought pashminas from Dubai. We pinned them on with my Mum’s antique brooches and it all sort of came together.

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My Favourite Part

The ceremony. We opted for a “humanist” ceremony and the Celebrant’s text and readings spoke about our our friends and family and how important it was for them to witness our vows, because each one of them has shaped our lives and our personalities, and without them we would not be the people we are today. My father’s partners Richard & Dave wonderfully sang and played guitars as well as kindly agreeing to be our Masters of Ceremony, my cousin Ben, Uncle Gerard and friend Mimmi gave readings, My cousin Matthew and his son Finn were our ushers. Our ceremony was not simply about us, everyone had participated and created this day for us.

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Dubai Dress Shopping

My friend Paulina recently got married and she had already researched all the dress shops in Dubai. Her mum was visiting from Poland, so the three of us went on a dress hunt one Saturday afternoon. It was lovely to have Paulina and her Mum to help me, as being an expat, my family are all in the UK and would not be able to be there with me. They were great and gave me confidence, because at first I just felt silly. We were on the verge of giving up (all the sample dresses were too small for me, I had to “envisage” what they would look like at the right size, and they were all so expensive), and at the last minute, Paulina remembered The Bridal Room. We went on a whim, and usually you would not be able to try on without an appointment, but one of the lovely assistants (Maricel) helped me, and I almost instantly found my dress! They had much more of a diverse selection of dresses at much better prices than I had seen that afternoon, and they let me buy the sample dress, so I didn’t have to order a style and then wait 4 months for it to arrive. They altered the dress for me, and made the veil. I can’t believe it all happened in one afternoon!  Cezar had a suit made from Sacoor Brothers. I didn’t know what colour he was planning to wear, again it was just luck that it all went together so well!

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Floral Fancies

I found a picture of a wild flower bouquet online, and I took it to the florist in Berlin who made the bouquets for the day. We kept the colours neutral but I asked the florist to put a bit of blue in them, because we now knew what colour the bridesmaids dresses were going to be. She also made the table decorations, which was mainly rented brightly coloured glass vases and candles set on a large mirror with a small selection of coral and pink coloured rhododendrons.

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Words from the Wise

We planned a dinner the night before and hired a restaurant so that everyone could get to know each other. It calmed our nerves a bit too, however I still got a nervous giggling fit half way through the ceremony the next day. But we did promise guests a wedding full of love and laughter! Unfortunately some of Cezar’s family got stranded in the UK as a BA flight was grounded causing subsequent delays, but we now realise that if you plan to have an international wedding, it cannot come without a few problems, so really we count our blessings, but this is something to bear in mind if you plan a wedding abroad.


Photography: Chris Spira / Ceremony Venue: Spiegelsaal, Clarchens Ballhaus / Reception Venue: Hotel de Rome / Florist: Marsano / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sotterro from The Bridal Room/ Grooms Suit: Sacoor Brothers / Hair Stylist: Anna Neugebauer from Jacks Beauty Department / Makeup Artist: Anna Neugebauer from Jacks Beauty Department / Band: Fanfara Kalashnikov / Comedienne: Lou Sanders

The perfect blend of Vintage and Tradition; Laura & Andrew

There are more details in Laura and Andrew’s day than you can shake a stick at. The bridesmaids are in perfectly contrasting outfits and the groomsmen are just as suave. Add into the mix afternoon tea with vintage china and a dress from the 1940’s and this swiftly becomes a wedding I wish I was at.

More importantly, Laura and Andrew’s day radiates sheer and utter happiness. I just love it!

This wedding is shot by Charlene Morton Photography, a UK photographer in the West Country.



The morning of the wedding began at Laura and Andrews Bristol home, where the bridal party preparations were well underway. Hair and make-up artists had set up camp in the kitchen with boxes of rollers, brushes pots and powders. As we arrived the bridesmaids had their hair set and were all in coloured hairnets which held their curled and pinned hair-dos in place. The bridesmaids dresses were all vintage, and had been painstakingly sourced by Laura. 4 long laced prom style dresses (some of which had been hand-dyed pastel tones) were all authentic vintage, absolutely beautiful and were as if they were made to suit each of the girls. The addition of handmade flower corsages tied the bridesmaids together seamlessly. Laura had also sourced matching coloured vintage costume jewellery for each of her bridesmaids which was presented as gifts in dainty handbags she had hand sewn!




Vintage Find

Laura’s 1940’s vintage dress had been sourced from America, and was found in a dusty trunk which had not been opened since the wartime. A really incredible find! The dress had been shipped to the UK and altered to reduce the skirt size to a more A-line shape to modernise slightly and fit Laura perfectly. Delicate long lace arms and a high laced neck The preparations were a wholly relaxed morning of fun, smiles and friends.

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Dapper groom

The grooms party arrived, each with flashes of 1940’s inspiration, from the quiffed fringes, to contrast brogues and black braces. Even the guests had joined in on the fun, with 1950’s style prom dresses, red lipstick and feathered hats. This wedding really was vintage done well.

Vintage cars transported the bridal party to Leigh Court and they were whisked away to an upstairs room to prepare for the ceremony. (Elements of the day like this created a really traditional feel to the proceedings, and including a greeting line after the ceremony) The sun was well and truly shining and remained bright well into the evening, allowing guests the pleasure of sitting outside and enjoying their pimms – probably for the first time this year!

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Afternoon Tea

Thanks to the Vintage China Hire, the dining room had been transformed into a tea party fit for a queen (and her king!). Delicate vintage teacups, mismatched with ornate teapots, floral doilies and china cake stands provided the basis of the table setup. It was the intricate details and personal touches which really made the difference, female guests were gifted with hand knitted cupcakes, created by Laura’s mother, whilst the male guests were treated to personalised handkerchiefs. Miniature crackers provided an ingenious icebreaker around the tables, and wild pastel toned seasonal flowers were scattered in glass vases.

High tea was served in a rush of tea leaves, miniature sandwiches and fresh cream cakes whilst a Rockabilly band set up in the adjoining room.

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Pose off

After the ceremony we took the opportunity to line the guests up outside for the confetti throwing, the newlyweds walked through a long tunnel of their guests whilst being showered in pastel petals. Pimms was served on the back lawn, and we swept the bride groom and their nearest and dearest away for some group shots.

The group shots soon turned into a pose off, with the ushers and groom attempting out out pose the modelesque bride and her bridesmaids. The boys flashed their brogues, and emulated the suave gentlemen of the 1940’s era.

Whilst the girls undertook a very editorial look and showed the boys how its done!


Raising the hemline

In order to dance the night away in style Laura slipped into something a little more comfortable, a shorter 1950’s vintage dress with sage green satin sash. With an abundance of petticoats and delicate lace sleeves she relaxed into her outfit change in order to enjoy the rest of her night. The sun shone for the entire evening allowing some beautiful shots with dreamlike sun-glare.

The entire day was a flawless blend of vintage and tradition, with family and close friends sharing the day together. The evening entertainment included a rockabilly band, and outside barbecue, a lovely relaxed evening to top off a perfect wedding day. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Brown!


Photographer:  Charlene Morton Photography/Hair Stylist: Bridal Styling / Floral Designer:Greenfields Florist / Transportation: Kens Kars/Dress Store:Luxe Bridal / Dress Designer:Susan Gibly (vintage dress alterations) / Other: TheVintageHire.com/

A coral and teal day; Mary Kate & William

Today’s wedding is a wonderfully colourful day from  Lauren Routhier Photography. Mixed coral shades with splashes of teal and gold make this my absolute favourite colour palette; fresh, romantic and modern. Mary Kate’s teal necklace makes this one of the trendiest brides to grace these pages.

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