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 - 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.

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror 1

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror 2

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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

Bride By the Beach - Inbal Dror 13

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

Friday’s Lovelieness – Let’s run away and get married….

Elopeverb. to run away secretly with a lover in order to marry.

Are you in the midst of planning your wedding right now? Pulling your hair out over guestlists, flowers, table arrangements, sore fingers form cutting out 100 of tissue paper pom poms? Have you secretly thought about saying “Fuck this, lets run away and get married now”?

Yep well I did. Halfway through  planning our beautiful wedding, there was a point where costs were spiralling, guestlists were shaky and accommodation was non existent that I voiced out to the Boy and said “screw it, let’s jump on a plane and get married right now.”

We seriously contemplated it for like 30 seconds and then thought that the wrath of the mother in law, plus the missed opportunity to party it up with loved ones was worth sleepless nights and continual budget checking. And our day was perfect, in every single way. Wouldn’t change it for the world.

However it did get me thinking about Elopements and how perfect they can be for those couples brave enough to take that step. I’m seeing more and more intimate weddings, where guests are limited to 10 people and those weddings are beautiful.  We had 39 guests at our wedding and it was, for us, spectacular. We were able to speak to everyone – actually hold conversations with them and thank them personally for coming. We got a picture of us with every single guest. We were able to have a little boogie with them all on the dancefloor and even do shots with them at the bar. We were able to say goodbye to everyone and thank them again and when everyone circled us and danced around us at the end to our final song it was magical. We struggled to speak to everyone at our Brighton reception the following week and that made me pretty sad.

So are you thinking of Eloping? If you are then check out these stunning shots of the Bride and Groom for some inspiration.

Pic credit - 100 Layer Cake

Pic credit – 100 Layer Cake

Pic Credit - 100 Layer Cake

Pic Credit – Refinery 29

Pic Credit - Refinery 29

Pic Credit – Refinery 29

 

Pic credit - Refinery 29

Pic credit – Refinery 29

Can you believe it – the Bride hiked up the mountain for an hour whilst holding her dress. Legend. I absolutely love this shot below – j’adore. Yes I know it’s a shoot, but click on the link and it has some great tips on eloping to Paris. Tres Bien!

Picture credit - Wedding Chicks

Picture credit – Wedding Chicks

And this might be my favourite elopment of the day. The dress is stunning, the back drop is breath taking and you can FEEL the love radiating from the pictures.  What?! There’s a video?! Yes – stop what you’re doing and watch this now. It is truly wonderful. Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you can’t have that first look, the excitement of getting ready, the nerves of saying your vows. It will still be as just emotional in front of just your officiant as it would be in front of 100 people. Even more so I think as you are both really focussed on each other and what this means to you right now, in that moment. Eeek – I’m gushing. Just watch the video. And make sure you have some tissues.

Pic credit - Green Wedding Shoes

Pic credit – Green Wedding Shoes

Pic credit - Green Wedding Shoes

Pic credit – Green Wedding Shoes

Directed by Janssen Powers –  janssenpowers.tv  2nd Shot by Zach Wingfield –  facebook.com/zwingfilms

Gorgeous riiggghhhttt?

Anywho, must dash and wipe those tears away. I’ve still got some more thank you cards I need to write. The fun never ends. xxxx

Boudoir Photography – to do or not to do?

Why hello there.

I’ve got a bit of a saucy one for you today. Yep, let’s talk about getting your kit off. In front of a camera. And posing in a somewhat seductive manner. Without feeling and looking like an absolute idiot.

I’m not too sure if you know what I’m talking about but Boudoir Photography has somewhat become very popular in the last couple of years and I’ve seen plenty o’ pins on good old Pinterest.  Some not all good though I must hasten to add. Essentially, Boudoir shots involve taking your clothes off, looking hot whilst having your photo taken. Why put yourself through that I hear you ask?  Well sometimes you might feel like giving yourself some self-love, or perhaps you’ve worked hard to get your body into an incredible shape and would like to document it or perhaps it makes a good wedding present for the other half.

I went for the latter.

The Boy loves confident women and I’d say I’m not shy in front of the camera (thanks to my younger years as a amateur model and Beauty pageant contestant. Yes I know. The SHAME of it!). I had shifted some pounds and was probably physically fitter than ever and was really struggling what to get the Boy as his wedding present. I wanted something special. Something that he / we could look back in 40 years and for him to remember the woman he married. Also I have a fantastic friend Manon – check her out her website here   (FYI – Manon took our incred Engagement photos here) who wanted to add to her portfolio. Bonus!

So we put our heads together in secret squirrel meetings, pinned like crazy and set a date. I was adamant that I did not want any cheesy, over the top, trying too hard sexy shots. I just wanted to look like me but hotter. Luckily Manon’s bedroom had incredible light. Double bonus.

Here are a few shots that we sort of used as inspiration:

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the beach

Pic Credit – Unknown

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Pic credit – Apostrophe 9

Boudoir Photography

Pic credit – Unknown

Boudoir Photography

Pic credit – O-la-la-mademoiselle

 

Boudoir Photography - Bride By the Beach

Pic credit – Tumblr

Pretty hot right? Without being too overtly sexy we thought. So that’s what we tried to envisage. So armed with some pretty pants and make up, I gave it my best shot. I thought about getting pretty drunk beforehand but I tend to get a bit blotchy so that was a no-no. However, as Manon is close friend, getting my kit off and posing wasn’t as scary as first thought. She was amazing and put me right as ease, getting the right poses for me and the best light.

*Deep breath* So here are a few of the photos that’m happy to share.  The “Hot Hot” ones are for The Boy’s eyes only mind.

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

 

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

Boudoir Photography - Bride by the Beach

Pic credit – Manon Pauffin

I was and am  really pleased with the final pictures. And once I had made a little black book for the Hubby to be with the chosen photos to open on the morning of the wedding, I think he was pretty pleased with his present too.

So, thoughts on Boudoir pics for you or your other half? Is it a hell yeah? Or a hmmmm not too sure?  Well this little article here from Theknot.com might answer questions. Or feel free to drop me a line!

Until next time lovelies!

PS. I asked Manon to Photoshop on a 6-pac. She said no.

xxx

Friday’s Loveliness – Some of my favourite shops

It’s FRRRRRIIIIDDAAAAYYYY!

Love a Friday me! Especially when I have a lovely weekend to look forward to – we’re heading to the big smoke with a little wedding shopping in the day and drinks in the evening with some old Uni friends. And when I say drinks in the evening, I mean copious amounts of Vodka and Jagerbombs. #HangoverSunday.

Anywho I think I’ve found my Little White Dress to sign our wedding papers in before we fly out to Ibiza for the wedding.  I wanted something low key, short and white lace and I think I’ve found it. I say “I think” because there’s a possibilty that it’s a little see through so need to try it on in the sunlight.  Don’t think a see through dress would look good in any of the photos – do you?

However, in my search for the perfect little white lace dress, I came across these GORGEOUS websites that are perfect if you are looking to update your boho wardrobe and I just had to share. I’ll share just as long as you don’t blame me for spending all of your next month’s wages right now.

First up is Bona Drag

Bona Drag

Bona Drag Dresses

There’s such a variety of designers on Bona Drag which is fab – make sure you check out the jewellery – loving the Aesa range.

Next up is Revolve who are kind of like Asos but based in the States.  I found my little white dress on this site and they have some beautiful little dresses.

Revolve 1

Revolve

Now the next one is a fav of mine.  I love the name For Love and Lemons and they have the most incredible editorials that really showcase their collections.  But you’ve got to be quick as their popular pieces sell out fast.

For Love and Lemons

 

For Love and Lemons Dresses

And last but not least, the ever so covetable Spell & The Gypsy Collective.  These Australian designers make me want to fly out there now, buy one of everything and then party until the break of dawn in my new threads.

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Seriously – I’ve been wanting both that Glastonbury dress and Lola dress for like FOREVER! Hubby to Be take note!

Have you spotted any awesome online shops I should keep an eye out?

xxxxxxxxx

Friday’s Loveliness – Engagement Pictures

Afternoon! This planning a wedding business doesn’t half take up all your time! Manically busy booking our Make up artist (very good friend of the family and works for YSL – booya!), researching bands that fit within our budget for our Brighton Bash, booking the ceremony room to sign the marriage papers and I think we’ve found our photographer for Ibiza too – phew!

However on a Friday’s Loveliness note, today is all about Engagement photos.  Now me and the Boy have had a few taken with one of our close friends whose work can be found here but we didn’t really prepare for it well (errrr… I might have only told the Boy a couple of hours before the shoot – my bad!) so even though there are some gorgeous photos, we’re not quite there yet. And these beauties below are a good starting point for inspiration. I love Black and White photography – can’t you tell?!

1.Candytomysoul

Pic credit Candytomysoul

Pic credit - Is this a Kissing Blog

Pic credit – Is this a Kissing Blog

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Pic credit - Fashionmenow

Pic credit – Fashionmenow

I’m off to our very good friend’s wedding tomorrow and my beautiful bridesmaids are coming down for it – I’m wetting myself in excitement as it’s the first time in ages that we’ve been in the same room all together! I think tomorrow might be carnage (I’ve already booked our table for Sunday Brunch to cure hangovers.) The Boy is Best Man and he’s got his speech down to a T and I’m sure it’s going to hit home how long we’ve got until we’re Mr and Mrs.

Scary but loving every moment so far –  just over 7 months to go. xxxx