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With all this snow we have had, most of the UK has turned into a magical wonderland and I absolutely love it! I have always adored winter weddings, Christmas trees, fairy lights, snow, lots of sparkle, guests looking cosy and chic in their Christmas frocks and fur coats, the bride and bridal party styled to perfection in their glamorous and festive attire... what's not to love?
Winter weddings are becoming more and more popular with couples choosing December as the month to tie the knot. Christmas week and also NYE are hot dates in the bridal diary. For those of you wanting to have a winter wedding here are some of my favourite ideas.
Claridge's London is my favourite hotel and especially at Christmas, Claridge's is London's Art Deco jewel. Designed to perfection in the Twenties, with many original features still in place. The hotel all year round is beautiful but especially at Christmas when it is decorated with festive decorations and not forgetting it's designer Christmas tree, designed by John Galliano for Dior for the second year running (WOW, wonder if he would mind doing my tree?!). With the open fires roaring, champagne flowing and the luxurious Art Deco surroundings Claridge's is my number one choice for a Christmas wedding.
The Twenties influence/theme from Claridge's can be carried through to your other bridal choices; a red carpet glam gown is a must... my gown Sicily (pictured) is an Oscars-style gown and would look perfect matched with a Marabou fur jacket or wrap, ideal to keep you cosy but chic in the winter. Accessories just have to be sparkly and fabulous, a vintage-style side hairband would be amazing. One of my favourite accessories designers is Flo and Percy, they make beautiful pieces that compliment my gowns, see the collection at www.floandpercy.com.
I am very excited as I have had lots of Charlotte Balbier brides get married over the past few weeks in the snow and I am now eagerly awaiting their pictures. Last year was the same: one couple Roo and Damien tied the knot on December 21st and Roo looked like a snow queen in her Charlotte Balbier 'Pixie' gown.
To all my brides who are set to marry over the next few weeks, have a wonderful winter wonderland wedding!
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Ladies in search of the perfect gift for their bridesmaids or groom to be (whether it be for Christmas or the wedding itself!) will be thrilled to hear that Aspinal of London has just opened a fantastic flagship store on Brook Street in the heart of London's Mayfair, and in convenient trotting distance from Claridges for a celebratory post-purchase glass of fizz!
Aspinal are known for their beautiful leather goods; weekend bags, gloves, passport covers and pretty much all travel accessories your heart could desire but they also have a wonderful range of silver cufflinks and silk scarves amongst other gorgeous gifts. Even better; almost all of Aspinal of London's leather goods, photo albums, leather journals and books can be personalised with initials or even your wedding date!
Find out more at www.aspinaloflondon.com or visit the store at 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB.
Exciting news - fashion designer Matthew Williamson is to launch a new wedding dress collection for spring/summer 2011!
Matthew Williamson Bridal comes hot on the heels of his successful spring/summer 2010 capsule collection for NET-A-PORTER.COM's Wedding Boutique, and will get its first public airing in front of buyers and wedding industry press at the White Gallery London in May 2011.
Fans of Matthew Williamson's main fashion line and eveningwear can expect more of his trademark bohemian style and gorgeously feminine shapes: "Matthew Williamson Bridal is a natural extension of the mainline eveningwear," says the label's spokesperson Fong Ee, "the pieces are characterised by a soft and feminine silhouette in richly embellished natural fabrics."
Besides a feminine silhouette, Matthew's signature embellishment will also ensure your bridal look has plenty of wow-factor. Fong Ee explains: "Elements of the designer's signature style, such as embroidery and intricate beadwork, are re-worked to create a collection with an elegant, yet bohemian spirit."
"The designs demonstrate a sense of opulence," she continues, "that befits such an important celebratory event. They also feature a high level of craftsmanship, which is evident through the fine embroidery, ornate beading and use of luxurious fabrics."
Sounds simply gorgeous - we can't wait to see the new collection next year!