Luxury Silk Wedding Dresses from Nina Rose Bridal ~ 2016 Collection

Today I am excited to share the exquisite luxury Silk Wedding Dresses of Nina Rose Bridal.

This blossoming and exciting new Brand is based n London.

 

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Nina Rose is a luxury silk wedding dress designer, specialising in gowns inspired by minimalism.

Her dresses themselves aren’t minimalist aesthetically, the construction is.

What she chooses to interpret from minimalism and translate into dressmaking is reductivism, which, essentially is reducing the components of a product, to end up with the least complicated outcome.

Anti-figurative forms also play a huge part in her inspiration. Essentially taking away from clothing, the idea of figure in terms of the human form.

She applies this to her belief that although women’s figures can play a huge part in their beauty, it doesn’t necessarily have to define it.

Therefore she likes to play with silhouettes, and include a vast variation that might not be considered typically bridal,  as you can see throughout the 2016 collection.

All this achieves her goals of ultimate comfort and quality fit, with the dresses still looking enviably chic.

 

Nina says of her beautiful 2016 Collection…

 

“I really wanted to bring to life elegant, contemporary dresses for a range of women with the 2016 collection with every dress being completely different.”

“I wanted my first collection to be made up of a variety of shapes and styles so there would be something for everyone, whilst still being centred around my main inspirations.”

“Silk is the main factor of this collection and always will be with further collections.”

“It is a beautiful natural fibre that can then be weaved into a multitude of different types. For example; duchess satin, chiffon, taffeta, organza, gazaar, crepe satin, and tulle.”

“Its breathable, glides on the skin and provides such quality and comfort which is really important to me, yet is still just absolutely stunning to look at and touch.”

“It is a wonderful fabric to work with and such a pleasure for brides to wear.”

” At the moment dresses can be browsed and purchased online at http://www.ninarose.co.uk.

“We are at the moment looking for UK stockists but in September my Electra, Penelope and Ianthe dresses will be available at The Wedding Club store in Birmingham which I am really excited about.”

 

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Electra Wedding Dress (Front)

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Electra Wedding Dress (Back)

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Hera Wedding Dress (Side)

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Hera Wedding Dress (Back)

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Athena Wedding Dress (Front)

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Athena Wedding Dress (Back)

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Maia Wedding Dress (Front)

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Maia Wedding Dress (Back)

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Aphrodite Wedding Dress (Front)

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Aphrodite Wedding Dress (Back)

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Delphyne Wedding Dress (Front)

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Delphyne Wedding Dress (Back)

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Thalia Wedding Dress (Front)

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Thalia Wedding Dress (Back)

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Ianthe Wedding Dress (Back)

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Ianthe Wedding Dress (Front)

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Penelope Wedding Dress (Front)

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Penelope Wedding Dress (Back)

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Hermione Wedding Dress (Front)

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Hermione Wedding Dress (Back)

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Pandora Wedding Dress (Front)

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Pandora Wedding Dress (Back)

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Iris Wedding Dress (Back)

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Iris Wedding Dress (Front)

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Persephone Wedding Dress (Front)

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Persephone Wedding Dress (Back)

 

Thank you so much to Nina for sharing her beautiful contemporary, feminine silk wedding dresses.

Each so incredibly elegant what one have you fallen in love with?

 

To Contact Nina Rose Bridal

Website: http://www.ninarose.co.uk

Email: info@ninarose.co.uk

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Photography Credit ~ Amelia Allen Photography

 

Getting Married in Florida – A Destination Brides Experience

Today I am delighted to spotlight on getting married in Florida and a destination Brides experience.

The Bride is Karen O Neil and her husband is David, and they were wed on the 8th of July 2015.

I have known Karen as my hairdresser and my friend for more years than both of us would care to admit (we aren’t old honest!) and have gone through some major life experiences at the same time (having our boys 3 days apart).

I was thrilled to be in Florida at the same time as Karen and actually see her on her Wedding Day.

She rocked her beautiful red bridal gown and amazing leopard print shoes ~ the epitomy of the alternative Bride.

 

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I hand over to Karen to share her experience…

 

The Love Story…

“We met in a Nightclub in Shawlands, Glasgow when he was on a night out with the Marines. I was with my friend!

“I was unsure how long I’d be out for so I didn’t put my jacket into the cloakroom, and was carrying it over my arm.”

“We kinda caught each other’s glances a couple of times, he approached my friend and I , and asked if he could hold my coat whilst having a drink with him.”

“What a gentleman! How could I refuse.”

“The rest is history!!”

“10 years on and one little person later David proposed !

 

Initial Enquiries and Legalities

“We already had Florida’s Walt Disney World and Universal booked for a family holiday so thought why not get married over there!”

“On making initial enquiries, we found out easy it was going to be.”

“You are not required to be in the county for a minimum amount of days, and you don’t need any witnesses.”

“Provided you are over 18 and have the necessary documentation then all you need to do is for both parties to go to the local courthouse to obtain a marriage license.”

“However it is handy to be there a few days before as the courthouses are only open Monday to Friday.”

 

“All this information was readily available on the website ‘ Get Married in Florida

“They have a very informative FAQ covering most things you could  ever think of.”

“Following a reassuring phone call, we used this company to make all the necessary bookings for us as they are Florida based and their packages gave us everything we needed.”

So we paid a deposit and the venue was booked! The Hard Rock Cafe !

Clearly we were looking for a wedding with a little difference!

 

The Wedding Venue, and what is  included?

“Located at Universal Studios Orlando in the CityWalk entertainment complex,  the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando is the biggest HRC in the world.”

“With large, statuesque pillars, it stands majestically as a Roman Coliseum of rock, and boasts more pieces of music memorabilia than any other location.”

“The site includes not only a vast, multi-level cafe, but also Hard Rock Live Orlando, a 3,000-person concert/party venue, as well as Wedding  facilities.”

 

“You can choose from having your wedding outside on the terrace overlooking Universal Orlando and City Walk or you can have it inside then John Lennon Suite itself.”

There are different levels of wedding packages encompassing venue hire, notary fees, champagne reception, photography and things like flowers, hair and make up, and cakes.

 

“We had the John Lennon Suite to ourselves for 2 hours.”

It is dedicated to Lennon and is a replica of his Manhattan Apartment with memorabilia throughout.”

“It even has Lennon’s baby grand piano with all the keys signed by artists worldwide.”

 

“We chose to have the ceremony on the terrace in the Florida sunshine and then wander back into the air-conditioned room, where there was our very own barman for the duration with glasses of champagne. Rock On!”

“The Reverend and the Photographer were so relaxed and laidback, friendly and fun and got their job done without drama!”

“I think they would’ve stayed longer as I’m sure they had not seen so many kilts and Scots in the one room!”

“The Reverend took care of the license and that was on our doorstep on our return for vacation and we had our photos sent to us via Dropbox, completely edited the very next day.”

“How is that for service?”

 

Celebrating

“We had a table booked for  post ceremony food in the Hard Rock Cafe itself.”

“There was no set meal just ordering from the extensive menu.”

“We had what seemed a team of staff looking after us and NOTHING was a bother to get for us.”

“They even gave us a shout out!  We felt like Rock stars.”

 

Accomodation

“We stayed at the Highland Reserve Villas.”

“Their Disney Orlando villas and Orlando golf rental homes are privately owned rental homes located just 12 minutes from the Disney Orlando attractions.”

“All of the rental homes and villas at Highlands Reserve golf course are fully air-conditioned with private pools and free WiFi.”

“Many of the Orlando villas and rental homes have games rooms, spa’s hot-tub’s and some of the rental homes have golf course views or conservation area views.”

“Its golf course sits atop one of the highest areas of Florida offering remarkable scenery along with a course designed for championship Orlando golf.”

“With pine tree-lined fairways, open spacious fairways likened to the great Scottish courses, and a bit of old Florida with citrus trees along the countryside its a spectacular setting.”

 

“Our whole experience of getting married in Florida was fabulous, and teaming that with the wonder of Disney and Universal and family time was incredible.”

 

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If you are a Bride in Glasgow I can’t recommend Karen, and her salon JR’s (Cardonald) highly enough.

I wouldn’t have trusted anyone else with my Wedding Hair and her patter is pretty good too…

Beautiful bespoke Silk Flowers from Brides2Bouquets

Today I am thrilled to spotlight on the beautiful bespoke Silk Flowers of  Brides2Bouquets.

The brand is based in East Kilbride near Glasgow.

 

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I hand you over to Fiona to tell you about her amazing work…

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

“I am Fiona Kirk floral designer at brides2bouquets, working with dreams, creating memories with gorgeous silk flowers for the bride, church, hotel or venue.”

 

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When and why did you start your Company?

“I started in the flower industry on leaving school but later my career moved in a different direction.”

“During this time friends and colleagues would ask me to design their wedding flowers which I loved doing and when the opportunity arose in 2011 to work for myself I jumped at it.”

“It was around this time I had developed an allergy to fresh flowers so that is why I am working with silk flowers.”

 

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What inspires you?

“I enjoy the design aspect in creating something new and beautiful that the bride is excited by.”

“And as every woman knows the finishing touches to any wedding gown is the flowers she  carries.”

“Working with the bride I consider what will suit her gown and what style of bouquet she would want, either traditional or contemporary or something small and delicate.”

“ My personal favourite is a bouquet that is wild and hugely dramatic.

“It’s exciting to start the process with photos of the dresses, seeing the colours chosen for the bridesmaids along with ideas on flowers and bouquet styles.”

“ Knowing this in advance allows me to plan for the consultation.”

“Should the bride be unsure of what she would like I have some lovely sample bouquets to show for ideas.”

“My bridal bouquets are all bespoke pieces designed with the bride and during the consultation ideas and styles evolve.”

“I love the interaction between everyone during the consultation and it’s important to me that this is an enjoyable and exciting experience.”

 

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Why choose silk flowers?

“Brides choose silk flowers for their bridal bouquets for different reasons.”

“They can receive them well in advance of their wedding and unlike fresh flowers have them to keep.”

“Also those that suffer from allergies have an alternative to fresh flowers.”

“At wedding fayres people are surprised that the bridal work is silk and have the need to touch them to prove it.”

“I have also been asked on many occasions about what I’m going to do with all the beautiful flowers at the end of the day, not realising they are silk.”

“It’s a fabulous compliment and it makes me smile.”

 

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Do trends influence your work?

“I have always been excited by big dramatic styles abundant in colour greenery and wildness with that just picked out the garden look and I find more of my brides are opting for this style in their wedding flowers.”

“On the other hand a small pretty posy can also be just as beautiful, it’s about what the bride is happy with reflecting her personality. ”

“There has to be an element of being influenced by other designers but you do develop your own style as you grow.”

“I enjoy the wonderful designs of Jay Archer Floral Design, Jo Flowers, Tallulah Rose Flower School and The Chapel Designers to mention just a few.”

“Fabulous florists providing inspiration and creativity in their work. My constant aim is to offer silk flowers and designs that look as close to fresh flowers as possible.”

 

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What do you see as the future of your Company?

“I have a workshop at home which is great for providing a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere, I enjoy working from home and brides seems to prefer that too.”

“The business has continued grow and I need to be really organised and creative with my storage space as 2017 weddings are booked in.”

“I see brides who have arranged consultations following wedding fayres, viewed my work on line and facebook or have been recommended by family and friends which is fabulous.”

“Moving forward I am pleased to say that brides are now booking me early in their wedding plans as their wedding florist because they are excited by my work and designs.”

“I have just started a photography course as I get frustrated that what I see with the eye doesn’t always transcend to the picture. I want to be able to show the quality depth and colour of the flowers in the photographs I am taking.”

 

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Thank you so much to Fiona for sharing her exquisite silk flowers.

I recently met Fiona at a Wedding Fayre and was astounded by how pretty and incredibly realistic the flowers looked.

What a gorgeous keepsake of your special day with beautiful blooms that last forever, and also perfect for the destination bride.

 

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To Contact Brides2Bouquets

Website: http://www.brides2bouquets.com

Email: brides2bouquets@hotmail.co.uk

Phone: 07952288558

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A Swedish Outdoor Wedding with handmade elements & a picnic reception

Today I  am thrilled to share this beautiful Swedish outdoor wedding with pretty handmade elements, and a relaxed picnic reception.

Images were captured by Alix of Lumiere Photography.

 

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Alix is a French born, but now Leicestershire based Wedding Photographer, covering all of the UK

 

She says of her work…

“Life is beautiful and Photography is my way to celebrate each moment, each person, seeking out beauty and emotion, shooting from the heart.”

“My clients too are people from all origins and cultures. They don’t always follow the beaten track, they travel, discover and learn.”

“They are creating their own lives with true hearts, creativity and intelligence and very often we become good friends.”

“I love people first, finding out what they like, exploring new ideas, going on adventures with them.”

“It doesn’t have to be especially offbeat or creative, just true to them, so can be very traditional – whatever the tradition – or very alternative, as long as the emotion is there, and that is reflected in the photography.”

 

Alix shares her recollections of the couples big day…

 

“Sahra and Erik have been together 13 years and have an adorable little boy.”

“They hosted their wedding at the Groom’s parents’ country house in the woods and decorated the outdoors themselves with home-made decorations, wooden signage and very boho strands of flowery ribbon material.”

“The scenery was so beautiful it didn’t require much beautifying anyway.”

 

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“The Bride started her day and bridal preparations at the Skandic Hotel in Stockholm before travelling to the ceremony.”

 

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“For their Wedding they kept some traditions and played with them, for example, they wanted to walk down the aisle together, so he went to wait for her and still had that first look moment, getting so nervous before he sees her and totally overwhelmed when he does.”

“Sahra is one of 10 children but she only had one bridesmaid, while her other sisters helped, sang and were part of the day in different ways.”

 

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“They did all the food themselves!”

That was a lot of work but many people helped. As the ceremony was at 12, they served platters of cheese, olives, artichoke and salami with bread and crackers straight afterwards.”

“Their guests were eating on blankets on the floor like a giant picnic. They had cut logs to serve as mini tables.”

“Later on, they had a BBQ with vegetable kebabs, burgers and sausages in buns and an assortment of salads, all home made.”

“There was no cutting of the cake but a whole dessert bar in the marquee for later on when people got peckish again.”

“Much later on, around midnight, they made hot dogs.”

“They cut down on glasses etc, they gave the guests heart tags to tie around their glasses with their names on.”

 

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“Speeches were throughout the day so it added excitement, with fun things like asking the groom to recognise his wife’s kisses on paper etc.”

 

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“The one idea I loved particularly: they had asked their guests to write something good and something bad about someone else.”

“Mainly they did it as couples but without showing each other, some did it for more than one person, for kids for example.”

“They made a magazine out of it all and had several copies around for people to read.”

“I can’t read Swedish but one couple had written in English and it was very sweet.”

“I am a romantic and love reading things people wouldn’t necessarily say to each other but find it easier to write. It just spreads the love. The “bad” things weren’t really bad either.”

 

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“For entertainment, they had many areas: a table tennis table – people played all afternoon and a tournament was organised too; a mini golf course; some boules.”

“The kids had toys and games to play with on the blankets and there was a smoking area in a corner.”

 

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“The couple shots were taken at different times too to make the most of different lights – bright day light, golden hour and sunset.”

 

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“In the evening, the marquee that was there in case of rain (it had rained all week) became a better lit and warmer refuge, and the picnic blankets became welcome wraps as the temperature dropped– others were given out too.”

“They had an outdoor dance floor with a play list and people danced in the near dark, having a lot of fun.”

“There was no cutting of the cake or first dance as it didn’t mean much to them.”

“At the end of the day, your wedding has got to include what is important to you and not necessarily what everyone else is doing, hasn’t it?”

 

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Thank you so much to Alix for sharing this gorgeous outdoor wedding.

What a wonderfully relaxing and personal celebration, without convention or restriction and just focusing on love, family, fun and togetherness.

 

To Contact Lumiere Photography

Website: http://lumiere-photography.co.uk/

Email: alix@lumiere-photography.co.uk

Phone: 01509 556 276 Mobile: 0776 3064 497

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Introducing Leicestershire Wedding Photographer ~ Lumiere Photography

Today I am thrilled to welcome Leicestershire Wedding Photographer Lumiere Photography as a brand new Sponsor on the Plans and Presents Wedding Blog.

Alix Marina-Chouhan is a Wedding and Portrait Photographer based in Leicestershire.

 

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I hand over to Alix to tell you all about her work…

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

“Hi, I’m Alix, a French photographer living in England with my husband and children.”

“I photograph people from birth onwards to capture authentic emotional moments in their lives.”

“My focus is to give beautiful images so full of emotions you can feel them again whenever you see the photos. I shoot from the heart.”

“I trained in techniques that help you interact, forget the camera, connect with each other so I capture the relationship and authentic interactions.”

“I found that I didn’t want photos of my loved ones posed and stiff.”

“I wanted to remember their expressions of surprise, laughter, love or whatever they were feeling at the time, these images are full of life and more and more precious as time goes on.”

“ So my priority is to create moments you want to remember and capture that feeling.”

“I photograph weddings of many cultures and mixed cultures too, may be because I’m French and my husband is Gujarati.”

“What my clients have in common is that they’re people who embrace some aspects of the tradition but want their wedding to be like them, to reflect their personalities, so they weave in personal touches to make their day a bit different.”

 

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When, and why did you start your Business

“I started Lumiere in 2009 after a friend who’d asked me to take some images at his wedding said he liked my photos better than his photographer’s.”

 

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What inspires you?

“I love learning and take inspiration from other photographers, films, painters etc.”

“I do some more posed work for fun, to experiment and play around light, techniques, genres. I love the Renaissance.”

 

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Do trends influence your work?

“I tend to like images that will be timeless so even though I love props I don’t have too many myself as I prefer the images to reflect the people rather than impose a look.”

“ If someone wants to do a themed shoot I am up for it, I love adventures, but I don’t want the photos to be too predictable and fashionable as I think they date fast.”

“Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse in that respect.”

 

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What is your greatest achievement?

“I think it’s raising my kids, learning from them, keeping them safe and teaching them to be free.”

“It’s also learning about love with my husband, and never giving up. Love is the most beautiful journey.”

 

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What do you see as the future of your Company?

“I love doing destination weddings and I want to travel more.”

“I also want to do more family portraits as they are so precious.”

“Nowadays people have lots of phone photos but few they can print and have round the house and they’re never all in the photo.”

“I’d like to train other photographers in the connection techniques I’ve trained in, and I would also I love to have one or two other photographers with the same outlook, values and sensibility join Lumiere.”

 

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Thanks so much to Alix for coming on board and I look forward to sharing much more of her beautiful work.

 

To Contact Lumiere Photography

Website: http://lumiere-photography.co.uk/

Email: alix@lumiere-photography.co.uk

Phone: 01509 556 276 Mobile: 0776 3064 497

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