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Posts from September 2019

We were so thrilled to learn this week of Princess Beatrice's engagement to her gorgeous Italian boyfriend Eduarodo Mapelli Mozzi. This set us thinking about what style wedding dress she will choose. Read on to find out what we think.... 
Beatrice has certainly taken a bashing in the past for her sometimes unwise fashion choices. But we couldn't fail to be impressed by the beautiful floral dress she chose for her engagement photos. These showed an elegant woman who seems to have grown into her own personal style in recent years 
 
I talked about high-necked gowns in a blog recently because Ellie Goulding chose one for her cathedral ceremony. I think a high necked bridal gown would really suit Princess Beatrice and set off her large brown eyes and winning smile. I could see her in a dress with a long sleeve, perhaps trumpet sleeves in lace to add a touch of glamour. We think lace for the bodice. There are wonderful bridal laces but no doubt one would be specially commissioned 
Autumn weddings, good idea? Yes or no? 
I launched my autumn/winter 'Scarlet' flower girl dress this week. It's available in a range of beautiful jewel colours, including an autumny orange and gorgeous green. So this got me thinking about autumn weddings and how to make the most of this most vibrant of seasons 
 
Some thought has to be given to the weather and that's what George and Amal Clooney did, marrying in Venice. Venice in the autumn is north Italy so a bit chilly, but there is still a fair amount of sunshine. Southern Italy retains sunshine and warmer temperatures slightly later in the year. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel took advantage of this, marrying in the autumn in Puglia. Ann Hathaway also married in the fall, but chose Big Sur in California, with guaranteed sunshine 
 
Of course, we're not likely to be so lucky with the weather in the UK in autumn so what ingredients would you include to make the most of what the UK has to offer?  
 

Are high-necked bridal gowns making a comeback?  

What did you think of Ellie Goulding's high-necked wedding dress? Do you think high necked gowns are going to make a comeback?  
 
High-necked bridal wear is considered to be very modest and reminiscent of a time when most marriages took place in church. Propriety demanded that brides cover up. Few modern brides go for this look. Perhaps Ellie felt she could afford to rock a high-neck wedding dress. She had three other bridal gowns in her wardrobe for later in the day. These gorgeous gowns got noticeably less modest as the day wore on! 
 
One gorgeous example of a high-neck wedding dress was that worn by Grace Kelly on her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco on 19th April 1956. READ ON to find out about her fabulous bridal gown 
Bride wearing high neck wedding dress with pink bouquet

How to be a princess (for the day anyway) 

Kelly's bespoke bridal gown was designed by costume designer Helen Rose of MGM. The designing of formal and evening-wear by studios at the time was commonplace. Starlets were contracted to the studios and their look was a huge marketing asset. MGM gifted the dress to Kelly 
 
Kelly and Prince Rainier actually had two services, civil and religious. On both occasions the princess wore high-necked gowns. For the civil service her dress was pale pink and covered with Alencon lace. For the religious service in St Nicholas' cathedral she had long-sleeves and a huge billowing skirt. The dress was said to have cost just over $7,000 not including the designer's fee 
INterior of cathedral showing stained glass windows

Fancy a river of whipped cream?  

As you know, we love a little flower girl or pageboy attendant. Kelly did too, with six flower girls and two pageboys as well as two older bridesmaids. The little ones wore white and the older ones were in yellow organdie  
 
Kelly's bridal gowns went down well with the media who raved about them. The train on her cathedral gown was likened to a river of whipped cream. What a fabulous image! 
 
For your very own river of whipped cream make a free intial appointment HERE  
 
And click HERE to ensure your six flower girls and two pageboys are worthy of your very own media storm 
 
Love 
 
Nic 
XX 
 
Images: @phuong-nguyen-2k; @jennymarvin @sophieskipperphotography 
 
 
Three flower girls wearing pink and white colour bridesmaids dresses
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