What a week to party party party, so it's not surprising that we had a great turnout of eager brides at our Brides Magazine Reader Event last Thursday. It was great fun with 40 guests sipping champagne and listening to the wise words from ace hairdresser Paul Edmonds who demonstrated the best ways to put hair up (in an informal way and a more classical way), how to place a tiara and the best ways to give the bouffant look to your veil. Its quite amazing what you can do with a can of hairspray!

Guests were then invited to have individual hair, nail and make-up consultations with Paul and his team while Jade modelled the wedding dresses and shoes. Meanwhile, downstairs, John Carter, one of the best florists in London, explained which shape of bouquet best suited certain styles of dress and how to chose colours that suited your dress and even what went best with your complexion.

Up till that moment I had never realised just how intricately these bouquets were constructed, using fine gold wire, delicately wound around the fine stems of lily of the valley to support it throughout the wedding day - a true labour of love.

Incidentally John is doing the flowers for the Cartier stand at the Chelsea Flower Show which starts next week, watch out for it, from his descriptions it sounds spectacular....

As you can tell, I took a back seat at this event, letting my dresses and my two experts do all the hard work. The star wedding dress of the evening was undoubtedly the dress pictured above. It started life as a mini skating dress I made for Russian Vogue last year, the original was in black but all that silk tulle, taffeta flowers and satin was screaming out to be a wedding dress. It's a custom made dress so can have some modifications to suit your event.

Am just putting on the final touches to a few new dresses for winter, I have a feeling for velvet, think of Russian fairytale princesses and you'll be on the right track. Will try and get one pictured for the final blog next week...now there's a real-time deadline to meet!