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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  

Top tips for hot destination weddings 

In a previous blog I extolled the virtues of an Italian wedding. Who could resist a white sand beach, gently lapping water and a barefoot bride and groom? A hot foreign wedding destination comes with its own set of issues though (and not just what type of cocktail should one have next) 
The most important issues of course relate to the all important bridal gown. Key are these: 
What type of wedding dress will be suitable? 
How will it get there? 
Will it crease? 
Let me help 
beach scene at twilight, sea, sand and palm trees

Wedding Dress Fabric 

Do a bit of research on what temperature you can expect. Heavy silk fabrics are wonderful but not in 90 degree heat. Ideally go for light fabrics. Chiffons, laces, organzas and crepes flutter gently in an off-shore breeze  
I particularly like crepe backed satin from James Hare fabrics @jamesharefabric. This has a gorgeous light feel with lots of movement and a wonderful sheen that catches the light beautifully. Check out my bridal gallery page. The bride in the long ivory bridal dress in front of a blue door is wearing this fabric  
Boho is another great choice. Not just the preserve of the country bride, boho can look and feel great on a far-flung beach. Its staple is a light flowing fabric. We love the idea of our boho bride wandering romantically down the beach to her Best Beloved.  
Bride on sandy beach in ivory dress long sleeves and shoes and flowers in hands

1930s Wedding Dresses 

I was thrilled this week to be given this photo of the wedding of my grandparents on 25 July 1933 at Sutton Church in Norfolk. The styling immediately reminded me of the wedding of the late Queen Mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon on her marriage to the Duke of York in April 1923 
Lady Elizabeth's wedding dress was made by the court dressmaker in the Coco Chanel drop waist style. It was medieval in nature and made of ivory silk chiffon moire  
On her head the late Queen Mother wore a Flanders lace veil, which was lent by her husband's mother, Queen Mary. The veil was held in place by a circlet of myrtle, white roses and heather 
1930s wedding group with bride, groom and five bridemaids and best man

1930s Veils and Headdresses 

Lady Elizabeth's headdress was worn very low on the brow and this was in line with the popular 1920s flapper style. A 1922 Charles Worth sketch shows a veil enveloping the body to create a misty aura around the body  
The royal veil swept to the floor and trailed behind the bride. My grandmother's headdress was also worn relatively low on the brow and her veil was on the long side  
Also on trend was the orange blossom included the headdress. This followed royal precedent as when George V and Queen Mary's daughter, Princess Mary, married in 1922 her silver wreath was entwined with orange blossom. Again, the court dressmaker created the bridal gown, a tradition no longer popular with royal brides  
Flapper girl wearing black dress with white pearls and black feathered headdress

1930s Bridesmaids and Flower Girls 

My grandmother had three flower girls and two older bridesmaids, although they were all described as bridesmaids. The term 'flower girl' was not in common usage at the time 
The two elder bridesmaids are described as wearing Norwich silk crepe, a type of silk made nearby. Both girls wore hats, which would not be fashionable at all today but were definitely de rigeur then. It was a church wedding and all the female guests would have had a hat  
The local newspaper describes the small bridesmaids as wearing pink satin. It's hard to tell from the photo in which everything appears white or ivory. Ivory flower girl dresses would not have been common in the 1930s 
Interestingly the flower girls have long, ankle length dresses. Again this was the trend. Whilst many modern brides go for knee length flower girl dresses, Lychgate's Bluebell dress shown in the image is a popular choice. Girls aged 8 - 11 like to feel a little more grown up  
Girl age eight wearing ivory long length flower girl dress in silk with puffed sleeve

Recipe For 1930s Wedding Pie 

So, if you fancy a 1930s themed wedding the six key ingredients are: 
1. A beautiful village church (rural Norfolk optional) 
2. An enormous bouquet, seriously, how big is that! 
3. A fine upstanding Best Beloved 
4. Two adult bridesmaids in, well, frankly odd hats, and three little ones in Lychgate Bluebell dresses 
5. A 1930s Rolls Royce Phantom motor car (you know you want to) 
6. A Lychgate bespoke silk bridal gown. Doesn't have to be like Grandma's  
Images from top: @davidhellman; @marvelous both courtesy of Unsplash 
burgundy colour rolls royce car
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 about the changing face of bridal fashion as demonstrated by Rod Stewart (well, his wives anyway).......... 

The changing face of bridal gowns 

I went to see Rod Stewart on tour at Portman Road, Ipswich this week and let me tell you that Rod has still got it in spades. His voice is as good as ever and he is astonishingly energetic for a septuagenarian. He sung some of his new stuff but the old favourites were there and Rod has no trouble getting the audience to sing along. Added to this he had an excellent backing band and singers, who more than held their own when he left the stage to get his barnet re-coiffured  
Rod could not be accused of being shy and merrily told the audience about his three wives and eight children and this set me to thinking about what sort of wedding dresses his wives had (and what he wore) 
Rod married first in the 1970s, for the second time in the 1990s and for the third time in the 2000s, all of which had very different bridal styles 
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) 
Yet another Royal mounted the steps at St George's Chapel this weekend. Find out more about her gorgeous wedding dress... 
Lady Gabriella Windsor's Wedding 
Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor (yes, it's a mouthful, but an elegant one,) wed this weekend. I had predicted that Princess Beatrice @beatriceandeugenieofyork would be the next to walk up St George's Chapel aisle but it turned out I was wrong. Yes, that's an admission from an ex-lawyer, might be a long time before there's another 
So, was she wearing something clingy and revealing? Well, fitted, yes, but revealing, no. HRH The Queen was in attendance after all and a reasonable level of modesty is de rigeur for most Royal brides 
Lady Gabriella, whose father Prince Michael of Kent is the Queen's cousin, wore a custom gown from Luisa Beccaria in Milan (@luisabeccaria) and a Russian Fringe diamond tiara, worn by both her grandmother HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent and her mother HRH Princess Michael of Kent 
Is the strapless wedding dress ever going to go out of fashion? Well, it might, but not in a hurry I suspect 
The strapless bridal gown really came into its own in the 80s when society and religion became more permissive. But it wasn't in fact a new trend, it was just the explosion of a much older one. It was born in the 1950s when brides no long felt that they had to cover up quite so much 
The trend started slowly in the 1950s for the most daring brides who usually opted for some form of sleeve or overlay. However by the 1980s it was a major influence 
The spaghetti strap wedding dress is quite a bold choice but brilliant bridal wear for beach weddings 
Not if you're a royal bride of course, as the Queen is not keen on bare shoulders. But for those of us marrying on exotic sandy shores the spaghetti strap is very much on the menu  
A gorgeous example of the simplicity of the spaghetti strap was Cindy Crawford's bridal gown when she married on Paradise Island in the Bahamas in 1998 
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