#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!


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



#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!!
13978296_1592328634393495_1977523698_oThe lovely Mr and Mrs Groves!
If you’d like to join in on the advice, then please drop me a message via IOWBrides Fb page


*magician Huxley Magic


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.

snow2 IMG_5800snow 3IMG_6136  snow19snow16IMG_6006snow14Dornellie – Dress/Vail
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.

Trash the Cake


Trashing is big business at the moment, its not for everyone and the theme is quite devided, but if you ask me, its all a personal taste. Back in August Chris Cowley of IsleOfWight wedding Photography contacted me about his plans for another shoot. This time something a little different!

Tash the Cake!!!
Yep the idea is all in the title, a wedding cake that gets trashed, but also a bride and groom have donned there outfits to have a photoshoot with a differance!!

Please enjoy  …



Photographer: Chris Cowely www.isleofwightweddingphotographer.co.uk/
 Donna Jones Hair http://donnajoneshair.co.uk/
Makeup: Jo Lofthouse Makeup http://isleofwightmakeupandfacepaint.co.uk/
Cake: Jade Thorton Petticoats & Frills Cakes


Trash the dress

The Wedding dress, the item of clothing that most little girls dream about for her speical day, When our prince charmings get down on bended knee and pop that amazing question, one of the first things to plan is of course the dress, its the chance of becoming a princess for the day, We flick through bridal pages, look at different fabrics and it can be quite the hunt. But when we finally find it, its always perfect, very few brides will remove it for the whole day and some i’d imagen fall asleep in it. But once you’ve driven off into the sunset of marital bliss, what happens to that dress? Placed back in the safty bag and hung in the wardrobe? or popped in the attic to keep it out of the way? Or you could cut it up and it be used for your childs chrisiting. But there is another way to go and that is by “Trashing” I’d say this craze has been going on for a good few years now, but i’ve only ever seen it in bridal magazines all staged and done by models. So it was with great excitment to see a real bride giving it ago,and not any one but my friend and one of my admins on the Isle Of Wight Brides facebook group page.

Heres just a little Q&A

What made you decide to “trash the dress”?

I decided to do a trash the dress shoot as my dress had been hung behind a door for 18 months and I didn’t know what to do with it – put it in the loft, sell it or get some more memories of my dress!

We had so many formal photos taken on our wedding day that we didn’t get many relaxed, natural ones of just the two of us or of the dress. As I’d spent so much on the dress I thought some photos showing it off would be worthwhile.

So I put a post in Isle of Wight Brides and the response was fantastic! Got the ball rolling and the shoot arranged.

There are some brilliant shots of you in the water, did that take much coaxing?
Nope – I was very much up for going in! The sea shots were the main part of the shoot – the others were planned around it… Although when we arrived in Shanklin it had got cold and the sea looked FREEZING!

With shots like these, my fist thoughts are that there not so different from a wedding shoot, having met Chris for what i’m guessing was the first time, it looked like you were at ease.?
We did meet Chris once before and we were in constant contact with him over the few weeks leading up to the shoot. Jo and Donna were very easy to get along with and having my husband there made me feel even more at ease. We were all so excited about it that we just enjoyed the evening really!

So one thing thats on my mind, and probably other brides who may have thought about doing something like this but are still unsure, how bad is the dress after the salty water?
It actually looks ok! Very sandy and the fabric is harsher due to the salt but pretty sure a dry clean would get it back to a good standard!

So without much further ado here are the photos!!! 540707_10151571373826312_300868048_n 14785_10151571372961312_481152442_n 992822_10151571369541312_1454485030_n21380_10151571377571312_313249803_n 1069421_10151571375901312_1162606969_n 1005187_10151571379176312_149642346_n
Just stunning!!
Credits – Images taken by the talented Chris Cowley, Hair by Donna Jones and Make up by Jo Lofthouse and Real Birde Mrs Danielle Ginno