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Posts tagged “Bridal wear trends for 2019”

 

Wedding dress or jumpsuit? Over to you.... 

Let me ask you a question. Would you be brave enough to get married in a jumpsuit?  
 
Sophie Turner was, when she married Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in Las Vegas on 2 May 2019. The couple had attended the Bill Board Music Awards and got married in front of an Elvis Impersonator (who else) afterwards 
 
Super cool Sophie chose a Bevza ivory jumpsuit, which she wore with a wedding veil, as a nod to tradition. She paired it with gold 3.5 inch heel 'penny knot' mules from the achingly du jour Loeffler Randall. Sophie pulled it off of course and it was all filmed for insta (well, what else did you expect) 
 
 
Las Vegas sign

Bridal gown heaven.... 

One wedding is not enough of course, or is that wedding outfits? Royalty we know have at least two and Lady Gabriella Windsor had four (tut, tut, Lady Gabriella, that's what we call trying to upstage our beloved Princess Kate)  
 
You didn't really think that Sophie was going to sacrifice that lovely swishy feeling you get in a proper bridal gown? Of course not. Creative director at Loo Voo, Nicolas Ghesquiere did the honours and came up trumps I think 
 
Sophie was the poster girl for modest but revealing and proved beyond doubt that it is possible to be sexy without showing your bits. Go So! 
French church with sky

Sophie Turner's wedding gown essentials 

Here's the detail:  
White lace and satin bodice 
Split to the waist at the front  
Keyhole back  
Short satin sleeve with longer lace sleeve 
Full embroidered lace skirt and train 
Veil with lace and floral embroidery  
 
White wedding flowers, white roses, green foliage

Our top ten brides (chosen for effortless style and all over super-dooper bride-y-ness) 

We've only chosen three at the moment but watch this space... 
 
1. Kate, needs no other description, she was gloriously princessy but graciously modest all at the same time, we just love her  
2. Princess Eugenie, boldly went where no other princess had gone with her low-back and inspired many, we salute her 
3. Sophie Turner, didn't feel she needed to show her bits to be sexy, watch and learn ladies  
 
BTW, Loo Voo is nice if your other name is Sansa Stark and you've married a pop star, but if not, try Lychgate  
 
Nic 
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Find out the top reasons for marrying in Italy......... 
Italian Church for your ceremony? 
 
I was lucky to be in Todi, Italy this week. If you haven't visited Umbria, the green heart of Italy then I thoroughly recommend it.  
 
It's chock full of medieval hill towns, flanked by poppy filled valleys. The Italians do churches really, really well and each town has it's own gem, usually standing proudly at the end of a charming square  
 
Say 'Ciao' to our chic Italian bride  
 
Her beautiful, silk and lace wedding dress flows behind her. She is standing at the top of the steps leading to the grand front door and might be straight out of Vogue. Following behind her, like a gaggle of geese are a plethora of charming little girls in silk flower girl dresses, and a line of tiny pageboys in silk shorts and shirts 
 
Truly the belle of the ball she proceeds up the mosaiced aisle. As she reaches the top, she turns to her precious love in her exquisite bridal gown, ready to to plight her troth...... 'Best beloved' she whispers 'I am here...........'  

Wander in your wedding dress 

The streets of Umbrian hill towns are a rabbit warren of adorable narrow streets, adorned with flowers in pots and window boxes, as far as the eye can see.  
 
Hidden in the walls are doorways that open into artisan shops, filled with ceramics, paintings, and fabrics. Solid wooden doors give way to shady courtyards and secret homes. I can imagine the Italian bride, her exquisite lace train flowing behind her, holding hands with her beloved after the ceremony, wandering through the streets towards her reception 
 
See how the silk billows in the breeze.... 
 
Her flower girls and pageboys, now released from the bounds of their ceremonal duties dart in and out of the myriad alleyways. The girl's silk bridesmaids dresses and boy's silk shorts and shirts reveal their lustre as they catch the last rays of the evening sun that sinks lazily in the sky  
 
The wedding party are hungry now, and looking forward to an evening of fine wine, classic Italian dishes, good company and mischevious festivity....... 

Kick up your heels with your bridesmaids  

I travelled to Umbria with Ipswich Choral Society. We sang at Calvi dell Umbria, a small hill town with the best view in Italy.  
 
After the performance, and a thrilling exhibition of traditional flag throwing (check it out on youtube) we were honoured guests at a feast in the grounds of a convent. Traditional Italian mamas in black dresses prepared succulent dishes for us, pasta, pizza ...... I could go on. My waste-line suffered  
 
A stylish departure 
 
There's our traditional Italian bride, kicking her wedding dress up with her bare feet. Too excited to eat, she sits on her beloved's lap, as her guests wine and dine. The guests dance in the warm evening breeze  
 
Finally it's time for our Italian bride to leave. She and her beloved climb into an ancient powder blue Fiat 500 of course, ready to power down to the coast. Wave goodbye, as she disappears in her Lychgate bespoke silk bridal gown.....  

Our recipe for your perfect Italian wedding pie 

So, the six key ingredients for a quintessential Italian wedding are (make notes): 
 
One gorgeous church in a classic Italian square 
A generous handful of flowergirls and pageboys in cool silk flowergirl dresses, and pageboy shorts and shirts, all by Lychgate 
One 'Best Beloved'  
A great big Italian feast 
One fiat 500 (ancient) 
And last, but definitely not least, a Lychgate bespoke silk wedding dress 
 
Go on, you know you want to..............CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY 
 
Images: @kamileleo; @laurag82; @jfeiber.car; @photos_by_lanty, all courtesy of Unsplash 
 
I've been thinking this week about how much weddings have changed since the early 1990s when I got married..... 
Flowers in your hair, where do you stand?  
 
For a start, wedding dress styles have changed enormously. Some might say for the better, but each era is entitled to put its own stamp on things. In the 80s and early 90s bigger was definitely better, with lots of flounces, puff and ornamentation. It was also the era of flower crowns and alice bands and I myself had one of them. I'm not knocking it, it felt really pretty and dried afterwards it made a nice keepsake. It will come back into fashion at some point but for now its tiaras or much smaller ornamentation all the way.  
 
Church versus Registry Office 
 
When I got married weddings were still really traditional. It was church or registry office by law. Most of us chose churches but there are some good Registry Offices. I would put a vote in for Felixstowe Town Hall here. This fine red brick building, overlooking the sea, has a gorgeous black and white checkerboard floor inside and the well kept municipal garden next door is good for photos. There is a lovely flower display outside in the summer. I went to a wedding there and the staff couldn't do enough to help (@felixstowetownhall). The odd thing is that this building used to be the court and still has cells (watch out all you misbehaving guests) 
 
 
 
 
 
It will be fascinating to see what London Bridal Fashion Week and White Gallery will be showcasing this spring. Read on to find out what's predicted for 2019  
I'm pleased to say that embellishment, including floral appliques, are hot, hot, hot. If you came to the recent wedding show at Chelsea Old Town Hall you will recognise the bridal gown I was showing (shown with 'Elowen' flower girl dress). This stylish one-shoulder dress featured a gorgeous floral applique by Platinum Bridal Fabrics 
 
Continuing to be on trend are luxurious laces, illusion details and opulent beading. Brides are spoiled for choice. Conversely we are going to see more pared back, unadorned styles, ultra slinky and feminine. Megan Markle started that trend and what could be better than aligning one's self with royalty... 
Happy New Year to you all. Well, 2018 saw two royal weddings and the run of royal nuptials is set to continue in 2019 with the marriage of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston, a financier, at St George's Chapel, Windsor. 37 year old Lady Gabriella is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.  
Well, Priyanka Chopra's veil - so many levels of wow! 75 foot of net followed Priyanka up the aisle to marry Nick Jonas on the lawn of the Umaid Palace in Jodphur. This required 6 people to manhandle it. It might have seriously out-veiled Miss Markle's veil were it not for the fact that this was covered in embroidery of Commonwealth emblems, but taking into account that exquisite attention to detail we at Lychgate think Miss Markle's veil was the winner. But why do brides wear veils? 
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