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Posts tagged “Pageboys”

 

Brides in suits - yes/no? 

There weren't too many women wearing suits at the Oscars this year. But costume designer Sandy Powell stole the show wowing audiences with her white tailoring. She invited celebrities to sign the garment to raise money. Go girl! 
 
But, brides-to be, would you wear a suit to your wedding. If the answer is yes you'd be in stylish company, read on to find out why.......  
Female in suit with bow tie

White wedding suit wows the crowds 

In 1971 Bianca Jagger impressed rock 'n' royalty in a fabulous white Yves St Laurent suit and floppy hat when she married Mick Jagger. Underneath she wore a long silk shirt which left nothing to the imagination. Do you think Grandma noticed? Naaah, we think you got away with it Bianca  
 
For your own show-stopping outfit look no further than a Lychgate bespoke bridal gown. Just don't forget to dress up your little one in a gorgeous pageboy outfit with it's own statement waistcoat  
 
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Love Nic XXX 
 
 

Are your flower girl dresses fit for royalty? 

As usual there was a lot of flesh on show from the leading ladies at the BAFTAs. In my view though the person showing the least looked the best. Round of applause for our very own Duchess of Cambridge. She wore a modest but gorgeous McQueen dress which she first wore in 2012.  
 
Thumbs up to the Duchess: 
 
Good dress sense - tick  
Environmentally aware - tick, tick 
Sheer bloomin' star quality -tick, tick tick 
 
For little girls who aspire to be queen, buy our Ianthe & Leilani flower girl dresses. Available in gold (and other super pretty colours) from £115 
 
Nic 
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Childrenswear by natty knitters makes headlines worldwide 

It was lovely to see baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in his natty bobble hat on his hols in Canada. Looks like he's going to be needing it to keep his head warm full-time in the future. This global image gave a tremendous boost to the community knitting enterprise from New Zealand that produced it 
 
A quick shout out therefore to all natty knitting enterprises for charity throughout the UK. My own elderly mother has spent many a happy hour in her local library knitting away. She, and a group of like-minded ladies produce wool all-in-ones for babies born in impoverished circumstances. These babies are often wrapped only in newspaper and are known as 'fish and chip' babies 
 
Good luck to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in whatever they do and wherever they live. Much better in the long-run for baby Archie to have two happy parents 
 
Nic 
Child in hat

Chillin' with Santa and his elves in Lychgate's party dress and pageboy waistcoat  

It's said that Santa started with six elves and now has over 85,000. Santa's first six elves were called Alabaster, Bushy Evergreen, Pepper Mistix, Shinny Upatree, Sugarplum Mary and Wurnorse Openslae. Apparently... 
 
Sugarplum Mary is the chief cook and develops Santa's special sweet recipes. She's known to be feisty and she teaches kung fu to the elves. So they say... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The author Louisa May Alcott was first to mention Christmas elves in an unpublished work. The first illustration was in 1873 in Godey's Lady's Book which showed Santa surrounded by elves and toys 
 
Check out Rosy Posy bear in her Christmas party dress and a pageboy waistcoat, chillin with Santa and his foxy elves 
 
Thanks to wiki and elfcrazy.com for the facts! 
 

Tell me that castle is available for weddings.... 

You might imagine that this very impressive fortress must be in one of the world's great cities, but you would be wrong 
 
This is the Scaliger Castle and was built by the Scaliger Lords of Verona . It stands on a tiny spit in the middle of Lake Garda, in Northern Italy and allowed the Lords views of both sides of the lake. It's strategic position, at a time when Italy was divided into many ruling areas, was crucial to having overall control of the lake area 
 
The Scala family, of La Scala Opera House fame, also had control of the castle in the thirteenth century and added the dungeon. Read on to find out if you can get married there (maybe not in the dungeon though)......... 
 
 
 

Flower Girl Fest at Berlin's TV Tower 

The truth is I've no idea how many flower girls would fit into Berlin's TV Tower. But the sphere shown at the top would be a fabulous place for a wedding reception. Imagine sweeping around the sphere, built to mimic a sputnik satellite, in your wedding dress, train trailing glamorously behind. It was intended to mimic a Sputnik Satellite and, the GDR who built it, wanted it to light up in red, the colour of socialism 
 
When I visited recently I was struck by the contrast between the futuristic TV Tower and the spire of the Marienkirche just in front. Equally beautiful it might just suit the tad more conventional amongst you 
 
 
 

Ingredients for TV Tower Wedding Pie (or should that be strudel?) 

1. A head for heights 
2. Good legs for climbing 368 metres (only kidding, there's a lift) 
3. Excellent eye-sight or your spectacles (get that view!) 
4. A Lychgate wedding dress with long train for swishy-swish-swishing about 
5. 3, 33 or even 333 flower girls to race about in Lychgate flower girl dresses. The Tower can accommodate 350 people! 
 
Nic 
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Fancy getting married in a fairy-tale cathedral? 

If I said this cathedral was located in the largest ancient castle complex in the world would you guess where it was? 
 
The chances are that unless you've been there the Czech Republic would not spring to mind. This fabulous cathedral with gold-tipped spires and amazing stained glass windows sits within the grounds of Prague Castle. It was built in two chunks due to the intervention of war, and several centuries, each an exquisite homage to gothic architecture 
St Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle
What would you put in a Farmyard Wedding Pie? Read more to find out our recipe for the perfect farmyard wedding 

Relaxed wedding dresses for farmyard weddings 

Last week I took us to Italy to explore the ingredients for Italian Wedding Pie. This week we're going down and dirty with good old Farmyard Wedding Pie. Research by John Lewis published in Bridal Buyer magazine has shown that British couples have fallen in love with farmyard weddings  
 
Of course ingredient one is the wedding dress and its suitability for unpredictable terrain. If your farmyard venue looks like the one in our picture a long train is not going to be the answer. Not unless, you want a nervous breakdown as your second ingredient  
 
Go for an ankle length hem, in something floaty. Chiffon, georgette and tulle are all great options and look great with a relaxed bodice. A spaghetti strap perhaps or even strapless, but nothing too heavily corsetted. This is not Westmnister Abbey. You are not being Kate Middleton. You are a romantic maiden wafting through the corn to marry your best beloved  
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) 
 
 
 
 
 
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