#bridalmusings YES to the dress

Good morning, I hope you all had fab weekend!…. i know i did,
I’ve said yes to the dress!!! 50 weeks till W.day and I’ve got the dress!! I actually thought this would have been a quicker process, having the group and page for isle of wight brides I’ve seen many many dresses and I thought that when it was my turn I’d bag a dress and be on my merry way. Well 3 wedding shops and multiple dresses later I was starting to think I’d never find one, that all changed this past week, Gems Bridal posted a few new sale dresses – I’ve said from the get go I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a dress, so when one of them caught my eye Wednesday I got in contact straight away made an appointment for Saturday and waited till I could go and try it on. We showed up and the girls were lovely they brought out the dress I had seen but also encouraged me to pick a few others as well, I’m glad I did as it cemented that the one I had seen was the dress, as it slipped over and fitted into place I had that “yes, this is it” moment, the other dresses were truly stunning but I had found mine, I keep looking back at my little snap shot and I still can’t quite believe that I will be saying I do in under a year!

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We also went and had a nose around our venue, it was wet windy and very grey! but also quite romantic at the same time. The gardens were very quiet, who wants to wander around in cold and wet…. well we did, I fall in love with this place a little more everytime we visit. Although the weather merisble the plants and flowers were beautiful. We took a few snaps and like my dress i keep looking and that flutter of excitment rises everytime, i’m like a child waiting for father christmas. i’m loving it!14324358_10157458725190338_2953551779137094783_o

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#Bridalmusings – A real bride’s advice.

So when all is said and done what would your advice be to those brides in the middle of planning? So many worries go through my head that I take huge comfort from reading the newly wedded brides tips and advice. And I’m more than happy to share this with you….

 

Advice from Joey

So we got married Thursday and it was the best day of my life!
Absolutely amazing! Can’t fault a single thing – the weather was lush, we got married outside and the whole day was simply perfect.  But if I learned anything from being a bride that I can pass on to any brides to be, it would be this….

1.forget the fancy undies, wear comfortable undercrackers, no matter how grannyish they are you can always change into your sexy lingerie later! Take it from someone who spent £20 on a pair of bridal undies that spent the entire day with a permanent wedgie- wedgies in a bridal gown is a logistical nightmare! (and I’ve suffered for it since – ouch!)

2. Just let any issues go, anything that goes wrong, shrug it off and get yourself a drink and your dancing feet ready!

3. Be an idiot and have fun with your bridesmaids- the photos will be brilliant and the memories even better. Don’t be head struck on being glamorous and classy all day… give yourself some time the relax and be you and have lots of laughs!

4. Money – Don’t cancel anything before the big day based on money if you can help it, we nearly did and would have regretted it. You will find the money somehow and it’ll be worth every penny.

5. Don’t be frightened of having children as guests at your wedding, just have plenty of things to keep them occupied instead. We had over 20 kids at ours and so we made up a play area with toys, tents and lots of games, we had a magician who not only did tricks for the adults but put a show on for them too and even the adults loved it. The kids added to the fun of it all and at no point were they a nightmare.

Good luck ladies and gents! Enjoy!!
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If you’d like to join in on the advice, then please drop me a message via IOWBrides Fb page

 

*magician Huxley Magic

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Real Isle Of Wight Winter Weddings:

Winter, the season where hiding away feels like a really good idea, the warmth of summer is being missed and the bright colours are far and few between. I make it sound like an awful season, but actually there is a magic that stirs and it awakens only really at this time of year, love and friendships shine that little bit brigther. Winter walks on the island show of a whole different side that the hoilday makers won’t see, the pubs are so inviting some with crackling log fires, warming cocktails and a whole bounty of delicous food is aplenty. Christmas is just around the corner and of course that brings with it its festive cheer, its infectious, so much so that some couples choose this season to get wed and i can’t blame them.

Here i wanted to share some Winter weddings here on our beautiful lsle Of Wight.

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Emma Watts Photography
Martin Wilkins
Chris Cowley
Lisa Dawn Photography
Silk Wedding Photography
Abigail Steed Photography

Bridal fashion week: Fall 2016

Bridal fashion week for fall 2016 is in full swing, here are some of my favourite so far!

What I’m seeing across the board so far, is alot shimmer and sparkle but subtle , Lace is still going strong which i think is great, lots of soft and delicate detailing. I’m loving the more “modern” styles, bold with simple lines, the two piece is growing in popularity the idea of mixing style to best to your shape i believe will work with a lot of brides.

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7 tips for trying on wedding dresses!!

Its happened, the day you’ve been dreaming of, perhaps you’ve had a party to celebrate the new engagement or a meal with family and friends, But the cards have now been taken down and its down to business. The planning and preperations are in action, and first perhaps on many girls lists is the wedding dress, never an outfit so planned and dreamed of than the wedding dress, its the one dress that you will hope to be a little different, something that reflects who you are and perhaps be that dress people talk about  for quite some time. But one things for sure! it will grace thousands of photos and those images will of course take pride of place within parents homes and one which generations will look back at.

But before heading out, here are a few tips that i’ve seen shared and spoken of time and time again via both friends and bridal suppliers alike.

1. Don’t feel pushed into spending more than you planned, be sure to make a list of what you’ll need and the costs. You don’t want any forgotten extras, for example will you need to buy an underskirt to make your princess dress that bit bigger?

2. Be open to suggestions from the assistances, while you may have always dreamed of a simple less is more approach, it could be that actually the bigger more sparkler number is more you. Try a few different styles, this is the day you’ve been dreaming of so take time to find the one! – But do bring along some ideas of what you’re after.
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3. Play dress up! Remember as a little girl you would don your Mothers wedding dress, pretending to be her? Pop a bit of blush and mascara on, and a little lippy, add some jewellery, even the veil/head piece. Bring as many elements as you can to really help bring it all together.

4. Undies! Wear good white/nude undies, if you’re set on a strapless number there is no point in wearing a strapped bra, you don’t want to be tucking the straps in trying to see how it would look, Nope invest in a good strapless bra with plenty of support. Also modest knickers too!

 

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5. Heels! Again no point trying to balance on tippy toes trying to see if the length is right. A heel at the height in which you’ll find comfortable is a good way to go, it will also help with seeing where the dress falls.

6. After the joyous tears and the twirling, Dance around in any of the dresses you’ve picked out, ask one of your bridal party to act as the groom and see how close you can get, you’ll want to be close during that 1st dance so don’t let your dress get to in the way, also walk around a bit, does it glide well or are you having to really push it out with your feet.

 

 

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7. Don’t rush the buy. Go for a coffee with your girls and have a good chat about it all, share your thoughts and maybe concerns talk it out. It’s a big buy so don’t go ahead if you’re unsure.

Images courtesy of Emma Watts Photography

Island Bridal Supplies:
Dresses
Forget me not
Elizabeth Smith bridal
Gems Bridal wear
Tie The Knot
Dornellie

Under garments
Sugar and Spice

Bembridge Flower Shop: Spring bouquets

All this greyness and damp is really starting to get on my nerves, but when the lovely Clare from the Bembridge flower shop sent me some images of there spring bouquets, it really lifted my spirits! Spring is just *fingers crossed* just round the corner, and with that comes the all the colours of the rainbow in terms of flowers, i love watching my news feed fill with wonderful arrangements. so here’s just a few to brighten your day.

Bridal Bouquet: “Memory Lane” Rose, Hellebore, Anemone, Muscari, Viburnum berry, Freesia, Eucalyptus, Birch. bouquet

 Jug: “Memory Lane” Rose, Hellebore, Anemone, Muscari, Viburnum berry, Eucalyptus, Birch.  claypotClay Pot: “Memory Lane” Rose, Hellebore, Anemone, Muscari, Viburnum berry, Eucalyptus, Aster, Eustoma, Wax Flower, Heather.

Many Thanks to The Bembridge Flower Shop team for sending me these delightful images.

Isle Of Wight Beauty

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Lynsey-Marie is one of the Islands leading professional make up artist & hair stylist for weddings and special occasions.   Beauty services include wedding make up and wedding hair, eye treatments, semi- permanent eyelash extensions, waxing, birthday parties, pamper parties, lessons, nail extensions, gift certificates, hand made hair accessories and more.

 

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www.isleofwightbeauty.co.uk

Photo shoot:The Snow Doll

Just before chirstmas a group of Island bridal suppliers got together to create a magical winter theme bridal shoot.

The Snow Doll: A beautiful young lady  trapped in none other than a giant snow globe, here she awaits to rescue of her prince.

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Lesa I Heart Buttons – Button Bouquet
Stephen Bishop SuitingSuit at I Heart Buttons
Chris Cowley – Isle Of Wight Photography
Jo Lofthouse – Isle of wight makeup and facepaint
Busy Bees – Garden Centre
James and Claire Models

I’m so happy it had a fairy tale ending.