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Sophie Anderson first hair accessories

Sophie Anderson first hair accessories

Sophie Anderson may be best known as the designer of the best-selling handwoven bags, which have been a summer staple since 2011, but recently she has also been getting attention for her new wicker baskets and hats which have been introduced this season and are the perfect swim accessory.

Following this success, she has created a line of hair accessories for the new season. Entirely hand created in Peru, using dried grass, which is all hand dyed and crocheted by native craftsmen, the pieces are unique and playful, using the classic shapes and bright colours which the brand is known for. 

Brides choose to wear their “something blue”

dress in grey

Brides have been wearing ivory or white since Queen Victoria made it popular in the 19th century. However, in the 1930s, Wallis Simpson wore a pastel shade of blue to marry Edward, Duke of Windsor which for a short time inspired brides to also wear coloured gowns. This was mainly due to rationing during World War II, where women often wore their “Sunday Best” in pastel shades of yellow, blue and pink for their big day. 

Fast forward almost 100 years and brides are again returning to wearing coloured wedding dresses, to reflect their personality, to wear their “something blue” or to just have some fun (not everyone suits ivory after all!)

Top tips for 2017 brides

Brides

Spring has arrived and at Luella’s Bridal we are so excited about the upcoming wedding season! We have been looking into this year’s bridal fashion and have come up with ideas and suggestions about how you can create each look. From ethereal dresses, beautiful shoes and accessories, to gorgeous hairstyles and the latest makeup trends – here are our top tips for 2017 brides. 

Over Half Of Married Britons Regret How Much They Spent On Their Wedding

A new study by a money saving website based in the UK has found that over half of married Britons now regret how much they spent on their wedding day. Furthermore, it was found that brides believed floral arrangements and bouquets to be the most wasteful expense of the day, with grooms claiming that the cost of their brides wedding dress was the most over extravagant purchase. 

Four tips for choosing the perfect bridesmaid dresses

Jessica group

As an excited bride-to-be, it’s only natural that you’ll find yourself searching wedding magazines to find the perfect bridesmaid dresses. If your best gals are carbon copies of each other, then this is the method for you, however, it’s likely that your bridesmaids aren’t clones with identical figures. Unfortunately, this can make picking a dress harder than you ever imagined, but don’t panic, because we’ve put together some tips, in collaboration with our friends at Maral Dress, to make sure that your favourite girls all look and feel fab on the day! 

Ask your Bridesmaid's opinions

Top 8 Summer Bridal Shoes from Rainbow Club

 The ‘sandal’ – Nigella

If you’ve organised the rings, venue, the food, the cake, the band and the dress, but you’re still trying to find your perfect shoes, then Rainbow Club might just have the answer. Rainbow Club’s 2017 collection is full of pretty designs from stand out embellishment and 3D floral detailing to classic courts and shimmering flats, there is something for every summer bride who is looking for something a little bit special. 

1. The ‘court’ – Lucy - £75

Lucy is an elegant yet sexy pointed court shoe. Finished with curvy overlays this style will add that ‘something different’ to your wedding day outfit. 

https://www.rainbowclub.co.uk/lucy

2. The ‘peep-toe’ – Adrianna - £95

Summer Weddings at The Black Swan

Summer Weddings at The Black Swan

Steeped in history, the centuries-old Black Swan Hotel at Helmsley dates back to Tudor times and is a charming country wedding venue that simple oozes character.

Set in the heart of one of North Yorkshire’s most picturesque market towns, there is always a warm welcome here. This delightful hotel once a coaching inn, boasts period features including inglenook fireplaces and dark oak beams, with antique furniture tastefully blended with contemporary, colourful design touches and original artwork.

Host your dream day at Hoar Cross Hall

For a truly memorable wedding day you need a truly memorable setting and Hoar Cross Hall, set in the heart of rural Staffordshire, is certainly somewhere that can't fail to impress. You’ll cherish your wedding photos with the magical backdrop of this magnificent stately home, with its striking architecture and beautiful gardens. Set in 50 acres of quintessential English countryside, including mature woodland, rolling parkland and a unique Italian water garden, this Grade II listed country retreat is certainly a place where wedding dreams can come true.

Show-stopping cocktails

Circo

The perfect wedding is a thing of dreams; and who doesn’t dream of the bright summer sunshine beaming down on friends and family as they sip an exotic cocktail after a tear-jerking ceremony?

Now that dream can be a reality following the launch of a vibrant range of vodkas that promise to create show-stopping cocktails that will keep your guests talking for months on end. 

With the tropical taste of mango, grapefruit, or pineapple tickling your taste buds, Cîroc vodka could well be the perfect ingredient to your dream wedding in the sun. 

Memorable weddings at newly refurbished Crowne Plaza Felbridge

Crowne Plaza Felbridge

The elegant wedding and banqueting suites at the Felbridge Hotel and Spa at East Grinstead, Sussex are undergoing a stylish top-to-toe refurbishment in line with its £3million rebranding as the Crowne Plaza Felbridge.

Whether planning a small intimate wedding or a more lavish affair, the hotel has luxurious rooms catering from 10 to 500 guests, and all numbers in between; it’s also licensed for civil ceremonies so the entire wedding day can be held in one beautiful place. The courtyard and gardens also provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs creating lasting memories of a special day.

Choosing the Perfect Dresses for your Bridesmaids

Dresses for your Bridesmaids

We all know that the bridal dress is the most important dress of the day, but it is vital that your bridesmaids look just as stunning. Choosing the bridesmaid’s dresses can be as much stress as choosing your wedding gown. Not only do you have to choose the correct colours, but you have to choose dresses that your bridesmaids are happy to wear.

When selecting the colours for your bridesmaids, one thing to take into considerations is the time of year you are having your big day, especially if you’re having your wedding outside. There are perfect colours to complement each season.bridesmaids meta

D Resort Gocek is a perfect spot for a wedding

Spa

When thinking of the ideal place to pledge your lives together – why not look towards ahidden paradise of the Mediterranean known as Gocek, which is home to a most extraordinary hotel.  Boasting an archipelago of beautiful islands and a luxurious, yacht dotted marina, D Resort Gocek is a stunning destination with a backdrop of dramatic forest-clad mountain ranges unique coves, picturesque islands, fascinating historical sites, superb beaches and traditional market towns - this is the perfect destination to celebrate your wedding. 

The Day of your Wildest Dreams: Bespoke Weddings at Cliff Barns Ranch in Norfolk

 Cliff Barns Ranch in Norfolk

Deluxe country ranch, Cliff Barns is Norfolk’s ultimate escape for the most unforgettable, day of your life. Tailoring your big day to every individual idea and unique wish, say “I do”and celebrate in style in the cool surrounds of Cliff Barns, designed by Shaun Clarksonand set across four acres of unspoilt Norfolk countryside.

The inspired eccentric English country home clearly displays the vision of the incomparable interior designer Shaun Clarkson and set designer Russell Hall, think wild taxidermy, cowhide sofas, Aztec rugs, tartan and vintage floral fabrics and river rock fireplaces offset with tee-pees and wooden wagon-wheel chandeliers. 

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