A dear friend of mine and I went to a bloggers festival in London hosted by the wonderful Scarlett London. It was a chance for new bloggers and old to meet and mingle. Scarlett also invited some vendors to exhibit showcasing brands some you may know some you may not.
What’s all this got to do with weddings I hear you say…. well I met some amazing people with some amazing blogs, but the best thing from the bloggers festival was meeting some incredible entrepreneurs who had amazing products, some of which I will feature later (all wedding related), and companies offering different services.
The highlight of the day for me was meeting the lovely Samantha Jones from Popup Studio Live! Samantha started this company only three weeks ago due to her love of wanting to become a presenter and her company will definitely see to it that we will be seeing her in our homes soon. Anyway I digress. The great thing about the Popup Studio Live is, it does exactly what it says on the tin! Samantha, her camera and tripod can popup interview you and then stream it live! Not only is this a great way to see what your guests say about you on your wedding day interview style, but it’s a fun, unorthodox addition to your traditional wedding video. head on over to her site and have a look, thank me later!
We all know that the most costly things in life are babies moving house and of course…. Weddings!Depending on your pockets, aside from the venue the next expensive thing on a wedding list (for brides and fashionista grooms) are wedding out fits! I know I spent a fortune on mine and to be honest it hasn’t even been to the dry cleaners – shock horror I know. But what is it about spending thousands of pounds on an outfit, for it to never be worn again? I look in my wardrobe and I have the urge to pull out the dress of my dreamsand think where will I wear you to – then I think I’ll wait till I have had all my kids and pull it out to see if still fits, now that will be an achievement.
Anyway with all that said and weddings being a major event in ones life, many of our favourite online stores such as Asos, Missguided and co have tapped into the nostalgia of weddings by now including a bridal range at affordable prices. If you come from cultures where you’ll be needing more than one outfit or you just don’t want to spend thousands on a dress just to see if it fits years down the line then have a gander! You may not get the thrill of going for a fitting and you may have to decide where you want your dress delivered especially if you live with your partner but you will have your dream dress and may just find the one at a fraction of the price! LaceGarters has picked a few from Asos and Missguided below
When Lace Garters attended this wedding last September, there was no doubt that it would be a wedding to remember! With the elegance of the décor, the brides regal attire, vibrant colours and entertainment that blew the guests away, it was something unforgettable.
Wedding celebrations started on the 25th September 2014 at Moor Park Mansion, Rickmansworth. The Grade 1 listed Mansion built in 1678, was the perfect setting to the civil ceremony of Shikha and Kush. With its ornate paintings and magnificent staircase, it was easy to see why this building was the place to host a wedding.
Shikha had herself attended a civil ceremony at Moor Park Mansion and since that day many years ago, she knew this was the only venue for her, when her big day came. The stunning grounds, the tall pillars outside the mansion, the paintings on the walls would be all showcased in its true form and captured in pictures of the event to be seen for years to come.
On arrival guests entered the mansions main hall, where they had the opportunity to take in all the elaborate detail of the interior. When the time had come for the ceremony to take place they were then ushered into the Thornhill Room. Again in keeping with the rest of the mansion the Thornhill room was simple and stunning. With large double doors to the side that over looked acres of greenery, this was the entrance for the bride.
Walking into the room, the brides couture wedding dress, was astonishing. Made by Mona Vora, the neckline and waist beaded heavily, with no veil or extended train, this silk wedding dress was simple but so effective. It wasn’t your average wedding dress at all, and could so very easily be something worn to any red carpet event.
Shikha designed the dress to be elegant, simple yet effective and above all…timeless.
Shikha’s hair was styled by Chucki Vaghji, from Soirella, giving her that 1920’s glamour. Her makeup was flawless Chucki Vaghji also did a superb job there. Holding long stems of calla lilies, instead of the traditional rose, the brides bouquet was another element to this wedding that went against the traditional wedding grain. Shikha had a big love for lilies so her aunt surprised her with putting together this beautiful bouquet for her initial days of married life. Being the first part of the wedding celebrations, this was just the beginning of what was to be a wonderful wedding overall.
September 27th 2014, Shikha and Kush celebrated their marriage in style at Syon Park, using the Garden Room Marquee. This was to be the home for both the ceremony and reception in the evening.
The Ceremony in the morning catered for 500 guests and was beautifully adorned with lime washed Chivary Chairs. Leading up to the Mandap, the aisle was aligned with wooden carved pillars with Ganesha (Hindu God) statues which gave the room a church like feel and could have easily been the setting for an out door wedding. Ganesha is the god of wisdom and learning, as well as the remover of obstacles and prayed to particularly when people are beginning a new chapter in their life.
The Mandap was elegantly simple, illustrating that less is sometimes best, housed two large ornate cream chairs for the bride and groom. Kush and Shikha’s choice of Mandap came from their love of wooden art. The effects of intricate carvings on the Mandap showed how something simple can be so beautiful.
The cream colour scheme worked a treat in highlighting the bride when she appeared and walked down the aisle. The wedding attire, lengha suit, was majestic. The royal purple and fuschia pink gown made by the couture designer Mona Vora wowed all! As a wedding lengha suit goes it certainly stood out from the crowd and it was completely different to the colours typically worn at an Indian wedding.
Shikha’s head was adorned with a fabulous hair piece, also from Mona Vora, with a gold, purple and navy blue chia veil. Her wedding jewellery, also from Mona Vora, was breath takingly stunning. “I would normally stick to simple jewellery so looking for wedding jewellery was not easy but with the help of Mona Vora and her sister Sona, they came up with this masterpiece which worked beautifully with the wedding outfit”.
Kush’s suit matched Shikha’s; his top was a deep royal purple with embroidered detail and his kurta trousers was fushia. Shikha’s hair, makeup and henna was all done by Chucki Vaghji.
After the religious aspects of the ceremony, it was time to have fun. Shikha and Kush played a game where they each had to find a coin in coloured water. It is said that the person that finds the coin first will be the one who will wear the trousers. Kush and Shikha were very competitive but in the end, Kush won the game. Shikha said “I was disappointed but enjoyed the light hearted fun that brought both families together”. The bride and groom treated their guests to a light buffet afterwards.
The evening reception was a few hours after the ceremony in the evening which gave guests time to relax and get ready to party. On arrival, the evening the guests were greeted with reception drinks, canapes and a live band playing music from Bollywood as well as western songs. The reception was housed in the same room as the ceremony, and was completely transformed with the guests seated at round tables decorated with flowers from Preeti Catering who was a ‘one-stop shop’ for all things a couple needed for an evening reception. The tall centre pieces with the flowers, to match Kush and Shikha’s outfits, were chosen to allow them to be seen from across the room.
Shikha and Kush love to entertain, and they both made sure that their entrance into the evenings festivities was memorable. With a drummer and saxophonist playing Clean Bandit’s Rather Be walking them in, the party had started before anyone had the first part of their evening meal, not that anyone was complaining. With such a unique entrance (one Lace Garters, hasn’t seen before) guests knew that they were going to be in for a treat once formalities were taken care of.
Shikha’s evening wear was phenomenal, again made by Mona Vora! Shikha wanted a one piece suit which makes it easy to manage and allowed her to dance the night away. Kush wore an Indo-Western suit with a diamanté broach. The long sleeved, high necked gown embellished with sequins and diamanté was designed by Shikha herself. Not only did this dress stand out from the crowd, but truly did what the bride intended it to do –make her look like the queen she was.
After the speeches and the cutting of the cake, the wedding party was in full swing. The guests were treated to music from the drummer and the saxophonist playing alongside the latest tunes. It was a fantastic reception party, where the dance area was blacked out to resemble a nightclub. By the end of this long day, all Kush and Shikha wanted for their guests was to let their hair down and enjoy the night.
‘The day of the indian wedding, I genuinely felt no stress at all. I was looking forward to not only getting married to Kush but to also gain a new family. We made it a point for none of our families to be embroiled in logistics and errands and in the end, we all, including Kush and I, were able to sit back and enjoy the day with lots of laughter and giggles.”
If you are a bride looking for that perfect hair do for that special day, then without a doubt you would have trolled through the internet and mostly Instagram and discovered the talent that is AVOS Hair. Based in London AVOS hair is a freelance international mobile hair service, specialising in all things hair. With training from Amin Kada and 13 years plus experience it is clear to see why many choose AVOS Hair as their “mane stop”.
From weaves to treatments, you will never be disappointed and neither will your hair. Bridal hair being another major service at AVOS, Lace Garters had the opportunity to catch up with the ever so talent Bunmi, founder of AVOS Hair, to talk all things AVOS and most importantly hair!
When did you start doing hair and when did you realize that being a stylist was your calling?
I started hair when I was seven, I have a little sister and I would play with her hair. I realised that I had a passion for it when I was 15, which led me to work in a salon as an apprentice for 5 years. I went off to uni and when I came back, looking for a job I decided to go back to do hair and trained at a Salon on Finchley road and that’s when AVOS all started.
Where do you get your inspiration from when styling hair?
If I haven’t been given a brief, I just go with the flow to be honest. That way I unleash more of my creative side, as supposed to if I had a guide as I find that you are somewhat restrictive. But if someone has said this is “what I’m going for” and allows me to be creative, I can freestyle and create something great.
What would you say is the most requested look you get asked to do for most of your brides?
Tyra Banks, there is a hairstyle that she wore on the red carpet where it is side swept with a chignon on the side, that is got to be the most requested style for brides and brides maids. Every single bride opts for this style.
Why do you think that most brides always opt for the side parting what is special about this style?
I don’t think its anything special, but it’s a sense of comfort and familiarity. You see a lot of people doing side parting and curls, so for you to divert from that it is a little but scary, because you are thinking will it suit me, will it work? If you are familiar with something and you want to divert from it, it takes a definite, “ok I want to do that” instead of “lets try”. I find that brides will opt for a middle part or an all-back style, if that is the style that they wear on a daily basis. So if you’re a bride who usually wears your hair in a side sweep, I find that they tend to stick to that, as that is what they are used to and that’s their comfort zone. On your wedding day as there is a lot going on, you still want to have some comfort and something that you are used to hence familiar hair style.
Top tips for looking after hair before big day
Wash you hair regularly. People often think the longer you leave hair between washes the better it is long term but that is incorrect. When you wash your hair regularly your hair gets moisture from the water and I also think people should take supplements to top up on the nutrients as women our bodies go through a lot.
What advise would you give to a bride when booking the trial?
Make sure that your hair is clean, product free especially from oils. Most people have this perception that their hair has to be dipped in oil but when we use styling tools the oil just burns and the hair doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. Also come with an open mind and be open to suggestions, have your ideas but be open to what your stylist may suggest. Bring someone along with you but not someone that is not going to be a hindrance.
Celebrity you most like to style?
When I get the chance I would love to style Michelle Obama or Gabrielle Union. I love their hair and I love the fact that most of the time they wear their hair natural. Yes they have pieces in them sometimes I am aware. Tracey Ellis Ross, give me her hair any day, I think I’ll be in Disney land.
Natural v relaxed hair, what do you prefer working on?
Ohhh that’s a tough one. I love working on healthy hair full stop. So whether its relaxed or natural once your hair is healthy, I love working on it and I’m in my element. However with natural hair there is a lot more versatility you can get with it, so you can dramatically change a persons look with natural hair.
What product would you say every mane couldn’t do without?
Has to be my Daily damage defense by Philip Kingsley. I would say it’s a leave in treatment. Not only does it smell good, it leaves your hair nice and conditioned. You can use this product without getting buildup.
Apart from another wedding where can we next expect to see Avos hair
Hopefully on a high street near you soon somewhere in central London. One of the things we want to do is to do some pop-ups in different cities so look out for that.
Photo Credit from: AVOS hair, Nick Rose Photography, Alakija Studios
So you have found the perfect dress next steps…. Shoes! Even though they can be the least seen accessory, you still want to make sure every inch of you feels fabulous and whether you spend thousands of pounds or next to nothing on a pair of shoes for your big day, we feel that your wedding shoes should be fun and something memorable, so you can pull them out and wear for another special occasion rather than sat in the back of the wardrobe never to be seen again.
Here are some of our favourite shoes we feel stray away from that traditional plain white court, that are fun, some colourful and playful and will be just as memorable as that dress.
Although month down the line, Lace Garters celebrates the wedding anniversary of these two wonderful people, Bridget and Josh. Bridget submitted their wedding into us and all we can say is, its…. Streets volumes! Take a peek.
It’s been a year since I married my best friend and I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. This time last year it felt like things were going off left right and centre!! I had spreadsheets, apps, Whatsapp groups, long email trails. I was making about 20 wedding decisions a day! From venues to dresses, to bridesmaids to guests! I cannot recall a more chaotic time in my life!!
But though I would never, ever, do this again, I’m so happy to be married to the man of my dreams in front of my loved ones and before God
Initially we visited stately homes outside of London and we saw some beautiful ones. But as most of our families were coming from London, we wanted to ensure that it was convenient enough for them all to travel –from the children to the elderly.
So we moved our search back to London and decided on the beautiful, historic Grade I listed Gibson Hall in Central London. The images online were sufficient enough to show us the potential of the venue. But when we actually visited it, our expectations were truly exceeded. From the huge pillars to the giant chandeliers – spacious garden and the colossal main hall. Not to mention the reception room and various rooms to change and store gifts. We had all that we needed. To top it off, the venue was licensed to hold ceremonies, so we held our ceremony and reception in the same venue which made it even more convenient for our guests.
Gibson Hall has a very regal atmosphere – so we needed to ensure our wedding theme fit in with its décor. Our colour scheme was burgundy and various shades of red, grey and ivory so almost every part of our wedding displayed these flavours.
We hired chiavari chairs for our ceremony and reception based on an exquisite picture of a previous event at Gibson Hall. Down the aisle, we had a deep red carpet with flower petals. And at the top of the aisle, a looming big arch with roses and ivory chiffon fabric draping over it.
At our reception, our table numbers were based on areas in England that meant something significant to us – from the streets we grew up on to where we studied at university – they all had a personal feel. To top it off, my husband is a web designer, so he designed all of our stationary and made it extra special.
Our table décor consisted of huge velvet red roses in tulip vases and candelabras with pearl embellishments. Each guest had wedding favours on the table in gold boxes which consisted of a personalised bottle opener key chain, a chocolate heart and a small fragrance.
Our wedding cake was made by Olivia Rose of cakes by Olivia Rose and was simple and fitted in neatly with our décor – more importantly it was scrumptious!! Being a cake lover, I couldn’t have been more pleased!! There wasn’t a crumb left.
Our drinks reception hall and garden was the fun area! We had a great photobooth with crazy props by Photobooths London, a ping pong table and giant Connect Four! This kept the guests fully entertained during idle time and in the evening reception when they took a break from the dancefloor.
Our evening guests were treated to a delicious meal catered for by King Solomon Caterers and were given their own favours which consisted of mini personalised bags of retro sweets.
The events of the day were co-ordinated by the brilliant Carmen and her team, Simone, Dasha and Marcia from The Wedding Planner School. This is a great scheme that allows you to hire wedding planners for free for a small refundable deposit. They did an exceptional job co-ordinating and managing around 250-300 guests!!
So what did we wear?? I was inspired by Veluz Reyes gowns throughout my wedding dress search. I knew I wanted to feel like a fairy princess, so a big ball gown was the main search criteria. I struggled to find a dress within my budget was as big and show-stopping– so being the creative that I am, I decided to part design my own dress
I got the base of my dress made in China – the skirt consisted of 10 layers and the bodice was a sweetheart neck jewelled with sequins and miniature pearl beads. I got this shipped to London and found an amazing mother and daughter owned tailor called Finiks who added a silk belt and lace applique to my right shoulder. They also had to take it in quite a bit as I lost a little bit of weight due to wedding stress (please try to avoid this at all costs).
My shoes were simple and cheap – ordered from eBay As you couldn’t see my shoes due to the vastness of the dress, I wanted to wear something comfortable enough to dance with,but high enough to not trod over my dress and roll down the aisle. My shoes caused me the least worry of the whole wedding process. They were cheap and cheerful!
Bridesmaid dresses were also from eBay. I customised with broaches and had them tailored to be more fitted. The dresses had two straps and I wanted my bridesmaids to make it their own – one had both straps, one wore it as a boob tube, and the others wore one strap each. Their shoes were from New Look.
My make-up was done by the wonderful Alison Cameron. I had seen so many photos of her gorgeous wedding make up, that I decided a trial wasn’t necessary and it all worked out perfect! My make-up was elegant and soft and stayed on for the entire day. I went for the timeless beehive for my hair style, done by hair extraordinaire and dear family friend, Evelyn.
The handsome groom and his groomsmen wore DKNY black tie suits. They all looked so dapper. Although they had viewed various modern styles and seasonal colours, our event was truly classic – and you can’t beat a black tie for a traditional wedding theme.
Of all the vendors on the day, I was truly impressed by our videographer Noah Goodrich at Two by Two video. He was a true star. He captured every perfect moment – single handily and edited to perfection. We hardly noticed him there on the day, but he created the most memorable footage that everybody loves. He was a diamond find and was worth every penny and more. Thanks Noah!!!
In the evening, my husband and I, bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers all got changed into traditional Ghanaian outfits and we danced battled the night away. Our parents included. So much fun!
It was one truly special day –it went so quickly. Overall, a wonderful occasion that friends and family couldn’t stop praising for months after.
Brides dress | made in China, bodice FiniksBrides shoes | ebay
I celebrated my first year of being married on August 16th and how time flies!
Our wedding day was 20 months in the making and I must say, looking back at what sometimes was a stressful time, I had the most amazing journey planning one unforgettable day of my life.
Due to both families (hubby and I) being so large, I couldn’t get away with a small intimate wedding in a beautiful country house somewhere far, so I opted for the complete opposite and had a colossal wedding of 250 people in the day and with an additional 50 in the evening.
After countless road trips to different ends of the UK, it was the Grecian figures on pillars that sealed the deal at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, especially since hubby is fascinated with Greek mythology. Its two large reception rooms were great for hosting our drinks reception and dinner dance. The hotel was also a great choice as it was only 20 minutes away from the church that our ceremony took place and Russell Square Park was literally across the road for more picture taking.
I wanted to create a timeless wedding, so when I look back in 10 years, I would still be in love with the dress, cake and venue deco. As I love clean lines and white walls, the colour scheme was white, cream and grey. The idea was to show decadence with a snippet of our fun personalities. And what better way to do that then to incorporate our most played competitive board game – Scrabble.
Our events planner Abi, from Pretty Gorgeous Events, as well as making sure the day went according to plan, made sure that this idea fell right in place with the style of the wedding by giving each table a large alphabet Scrabble tile, and she incorporated a caricature of both of us on the other side which was an utter surprise. Abi saw my vision and brought it to life, not only with the Scrabble tiles, but with the flower centrepieces. I described what I wanted and Abi saw to it that I had the perfect look for the day. We went for different heights for the centrepieces, which worked well in keeping creating the illusion of space in the main reception hall.
In keeping with our fun personalities we had a four tier cake, with each layer a different flavour, as we felt that plain sponge was to boring and we wanted to have both our favourites red velvet for hubby and lemon cake for me incorporated. The Sugared saffron cake company was the best place to get the cake made. In keeping with my minimal fuss “clean lines,” the cake’s ombre look with the spiked rose petals (which I had seen on a wedding cake online) was definitely a display of my not so dull character.
I initially wanted a lace dress, something that would show off my figure. I actually had Jessica rabbit in a lace white dress in mind when I thought my wedding dress, but couldn’t see anything in the bridal shops I went to that resembled what I had in mind. I wore a custom made Stewart Parvin gown. I knew this was the dress when I saw how the skirt of the dress flowed. My dress was a rework the “day dreaming” dress by the same designer. I had the top half of the dress reworked as the original had straps with a V cut neckline bodice. I knew I wanted a sweetheart neckline. I had a cathedral veil to go with the dress. My original idea was to have an over the face netted fascinator, which at the time I thought would have gone nicely with my Jessica Rabbit lace dress, but since that idea went out the window, the cathedral veil complimented my dress wonderfully.
Bridesmaids dresses were from Virgos lounge and complimented the flow of my dress nicely and the beading made them stand out perfectly! Their shoes were from Karen Millen, a steal as they were on sale!
After long deliberations, I fought the urge to spend hundreds on a pair of white Christian Louboutins and bought the Badgley Mischka “Randall” shoe. I searched for months for these shoes everywhere in London with no avail, resorting in me having them shipped from the States. I ordered the same shoe in cream for my maid of honour.
The wonderful makeup artist Alison Cameron was responsible for the makeup for my bridesmaids, my mum and I. Although I had a trial, when it came to the day I let her do what she felt would go well with my dress and hair and I was not disappointed at all. Avos Hair was responsible for my mane. We went through a ton of styles as I wanted something completely different but in the end settled for the low chignon with a side part. Both these ladies stayed and helped me and the girls get ready after all their hard work, which was amazing!
Nick Rose was our photographer for the day. All I can say is that he was fantastic. He captured our wedding day beautifully and he wasn’t at all intrusive, I barely knew he was there at times. He made Sam and I feel at total ease throughout the day. Our wedding videographers were HSIdeas. We wanted our wedding to be captured as a story and a short film, and they truely understood what we wanted and came up with some fun ideas that we could incorporate on the day. Again working with them was fun as I hardly knew they were there and watching the video back I was able to see my wedding from a fun and different perspective.
We got married at St Joseph’s RC church in Highgate, as this was not only close to the venue but also Sam’s family church. He was Baptised there, had his Holy Communion, Confirmation and served as an alter boy there for many years. Father Brendan, who now migrated to Australia, made sure the service was full of laughs, without straying away from the importance of the sacrament of marriage.
August 16th was truly one of the best days of my life.