Wedding Dress by Mariana Harwick

Marvellous Marina Harwick

I love it when I come across designers who dresses make my heart beat a little faster. I love it when their use of textures and embellishments adds to making the Bride feel the Belle of the Ball.

I think fashion designer Marina Hardwick does just that.

Oh how i’d love to try on one of her dresses – especially her Cassidy dress – the detail is divine.

And when I’ve finished walking down the aisle, I’d slip into one her ready to wear collection on the way to airport en route to the honeymoon – that Georgiana Pencil Dress is right up my street. HOT right?!

Mariana Harwick

Mariana Harwick

Loving these looks! Any of these beauts tickle your pickle?

xxx

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Bride By The Beach - My Wedding

My Handmade Headpieces

Hola ladies!

How’s your weekend been – busy wedding planning? I had a fab time with my beautiful niece and nephew taking them to a farm, lovely dinner with The Boy and long walks with my In-laws dog followed by a roast and salted caramel pudding – lush. (Summer diet starts tomorrow.)

Well today I’m talking about headpieces. I knew as soon as we decided on a boho wedding on the beach I wanted a glamourous headpiece to set off my veil. So I had a little look around, found some unbelievable pieces but also  saw that there were some pretty hefty price tags attached and thought to myself could I make this myself? And then it so happened that this train of thought co-incided with a hen party I went on that involved a jewellery making session. So I thought I’d give it a go!

My brother and sister in law bought me a stunning necklace for my graduation present and it was the perfect jewelled piece to turn into a headpiece. It was pretty simple, I bought a basic jewellery toolkit and some silver chain and links from ebay and just extended the chain to fit my head. Easy. Here’s a couple of pics from my wedding to show you:

Bride By The Beach - My Wedding

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

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Pic cred – Manon Pauffin

 

The headpiece allowed me to tuck my curled hair into it to keep it off my neck during the ceremony. Just what I wanted in the Ibiza sun.

I also wanted my gorgeous bridemaids to have something similar so I spotted some pretty earrings, removed the hooks and attached the chains. I loved them and think that they went so well with their pretty dresses –

Bride By The Beach - My Wedding

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

I absolutely loved making them – yes they took a little time but it was quite relaxing to get creative in the run up to the wedding. And I loved the fact that no one else in the world would be wearing anything similar.

In fact it’s giving me the bug to make more when I’ve got a little more spare time and I came across this incredible brand LITTER who makes one off headpieces, body jewellery and shoe accessories. LOVE.

Pic cred - LITTER

Pic cred – LITTER

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Again I’m totally digging that these pieces are unique and standout – perfect accessory for the big day. Anyone else thinking of headpieces for the day?

Xxx

Simple Craft Paper Placemats

Friday’s Loveliness – DIY Funsies

I am all about DIY’ing weddings. Weddings are expensive enough as it it – why waste more money on freshly pressed flower petals that will be thrown and then forgotten or favours that will be pushed to the side once your guests sit down and forgotten or expensive decor that will be oooohed at and then forgotten?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure if we had won the lottery we’d go all out but the Boy and I didn’t want to spend all those additional hard earned pounds when we knew we could make these little touches ourselves.

And so we did. We made signs for the venue – cost all of £0. The Boy got offcuts from work, cut them up himself and painted them. I made my Bridesmaids robes – cost £45 for the material, I made 5 robes and have enough material left over to make another 5 more. We handcut the confetti and I sewed the tracing paper bags – £5 for tissue paper and tracing paper. The list goes on and I promise I’ll go into more detail in further posts. I won’t lie, yes creating all these little special touches took time. We had a 18 months of time so with planning it’s all possible.

Anyway I saw this post pop up from Buzzfeed and thought it was perfect to share – 37 Things to DIY Instead of Buy for Your Wedding. Check out some of these beautiful things to make:

Floral Table Centerpiece

Floral Table Centerpiece

Chair Seating Cards

Chair Seating Cards

Dip-Dyed Thrifted Silverware

Dip-Dyed Thrifted Silverware

Simple Craft Paper Placemats

Simple Craft Paper Placemats

Freestanding Giant Star Lights

Freestanding Giant Star Lights

LOVING the giant star light – I think might make some for my new flat!

Are you Brides planning any on getting your DIY skills on in the run up to the big day?

Love lots xx

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Irresistiable Inbal Dror – 2015 collection

Happy Monday morning lovely lot!

If you’ve got the “Monday morning back to work after an epic weekend” comedown then fear not. I have some rather spectacular wedding dress inspiration coming right up.

If you’re one of my regular readers, you’ll know that I have a serious Love Love relationship with many of the talented wedding dress designers from Tel-Aviv. It’s like they were all born with the exact knowledge of how a dress should fit a woman. I’ve written many an article these incred designers –  Lihi Hod, Zahavit Tshuba and Julie Vino to name a few – definitely take a look at if you’ve got a spare 5.

And today I bring you the devastatingly gorgeous designs from Inbal Dror. Her 2015 collection shows off how a Bride can be wonderfully romantic with a hint of graceful sexiness alluding to the Groom of what’s to come.

So feast your little peepers on the heavenly textures of lace, tulle and embellishments, open back creations and show stopping trains – everything I love in a dress. LOVE.

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Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

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Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror 14

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror

Complete utter beauties aren’t they? You can view the whole collection here. I’ve decided that I’m just going to have an annual wedding renewal ceremony and buy a new wedding dress every year.  *Lives in dreamworld*.

Xxx

Sharing the LOVE on Valentines Day

*Sheepishly waves hello*

I deserve a rapped knuckle don’t I? It’s been far too long since I’ve posted.

I’ve had a heavy heart every time I’ve come across a stunning wedding dress or beautiful table setting or if a song comes on the radio that reminds me of that magical day 8 months ago because I’ve wanted to write all about it. And I will don’t you worry!

I have no excuse for my tardiness but I feel I should explain that my lack of communication boils down to my crazy life which has consisted of:

  • Three different jobs in the last 8 months – my marketing agency got bought out by another agency, new job added an extra two hours a day of commuting, I quit and found a new role in the centre of Brighton town. Awesome.
  • Selling of our flat and viewing approximately 50 properties over the last few months.  I’m not even exaggerating – there were weekends where we seeing seven flats in one day. We finally found a beautiful property and hope to move in in April. Fingers crossed.
  • Moving out of our lovely first home. Cried a little.
  • Moving in with In-laws. Cried a little more.

Add in my 30th birthday, a surprise trip to Budapest courtesy of the handsome Boy, Christmas, New Year and various other engagements you could say it’s been an eventful few months of married life!

Oh and I’ve given the blog a little refresh too – you like?

Well enough of me – how are you all? Some of you have been emailing me and letting me know how wedding plans are going which is so amazing to hear.  How is planning coming along? Decided on the venues yet? Guest list sorted yet? Wedding dress found? Tell me all!

I remember this time last year I was getting a little antsy knowing that the big day was looming.  I might have shouted (just a little bit) at the Boy about some minor trivial non detail. Which leads me onto the point of this post.

It’s so important that you take some time out of wedding planning!

And with the dreaded Valentines Day tomorrow, take the chance just to go out, have a few drinks and talk about anything and everything EXCEPT your big day.

Yes I know it’s going to be hard but it will do you good – I promise!

Enjoy reminding yourself why you’re marrying each other, be loved up, make other couples sick with your puppy love eyes and generally enjoy the cheesiness of Valentines Day.

Get dressed up and remind him the hot stuff of a fiancee that your Boy will be marrying. I love any chance to don a short skirt and high heels so I don’t need much persuading but if your stuck on what to wear how about some of these pretty red ensembles?

American Apparell

Pic credit – American Apparel

Bride by the beach - Sincerely Jules

Pic credit – Sincerely Jules

Red Dress - Selena Gomez

Pic credit – WhoWhatWear

Bride by the Beach - Style Estate

Pic credit – Style Estate

Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Unknown

Sometimes all you need is a slick of red lipstick and a pair of red heels a la Miss Delevingne.

Bride by the Beach - Cara Delevingne

Pic credit – Vogue

Or forget the outfits – sauce up the night with this little number – I have serious For Love & Lemons lust.

HOT riiigghht?

So I double promise I’m back and will be sharing the deets of all things of our wedding and exquisite inspiration I see along the way.

And if you’re struggling of what to buy the Boy for V-day how about one of these?! Click on the link – number 10 is my particular fave (!).

Love lots xx

Crazy underwear

Pic credit – Buzzfeed