Real bride Tommy wearing Sottero and Midgley

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Tommy was married in the Lake District last Summer wearing Georgia by Sottero and Midgley. We’re delighted to share these images from their day with you, by Andy Wardle Photography.

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Georgia is a figure-hugging sheath wedding gown covered with beautiful intricate lace, sparkling Swarovski crystals detailing and delicate pearls adorning a bateau neckline. The gown is finished with dainty cap-sleeves and pearl buttons.

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Tommy’s bridal look was natural and pretty, with a beautiful floral crown and elegant flowing cathedral length veil, which made for some incredible shots on the shores of the stunning lake.

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Tommy says;

“Thank you so much for helping me find my dress.  I didn’t have a dream of what it would be but as soon as I put it on, I knew.  Having tried on a few dresses when I came to see you, Emma picked out this one.  She is queen of knowing body shapes and what is going to work.  I absolutely loved this dress – classic and vintage, which is what I was hoping for.  I felt like, in Emma’s words, ‘a real babe’ on the day and have since continued to have so many compliments about my dress.  I am so chuffed I got to have the Miss Bush experience and really enjoyed visiting the gorgeous chapel.”

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Images by Andy Wardle Photography.

Thank you so much Tommy for sharing your stunning images with us!

Leah x

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Dress of the week – ‘Emma’ by Sassi Holford

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‘Emma’ by Sassi Holford is an elegant, contemporary gown. The crisp lines, structured skirt and simple fabric of this dress are the perfect choice for the modern bride, and the high-low dipped hem is ideal for showing off a pair of stunning statement shoes!

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The dress features a low dipped back with covered fabric buttons, and also comes with the option to add a structured cropped jacket with stylish wide scooped neck.

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The back of the jacket fastens at the top, leaving the bottom open to show off a tasteful glimpse of the back of the gown.

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See more from our selection of Sassi Holford gowns on our website – click here.

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Styled images take from our Sassi Holford launch event last year.

Photography: Photography by Bea
Hair styling: Sharon Roberts Hair
Make up: Carolanne Armstrong
Flowers: Rosie Orr

Look out for more images from this shoot very soon!

Leah x

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Monday Moodboard – Gorgeous Geode Wedding Inspiration

As you may know already the Pantone colours of the year for 2016 are Rose Quartz and Serenity (you can see our moodboard here!) These soft, calming colours have been hugely popular so far, and the trend has triggered an influx of beautiful ways to go one step further and include actual geodes and beautiful crystals as part of your wedding decor.

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The main inspiration for his board was the incredible cake at the top of this moodboard. This amazing creation is a work of art, even the geode details are made from sugar crystals,  so the entire thing is edible! The natural pattern of geode slices is intricate and beautiful and lends itself perfectly to the design for the beautiful wedding invitation shown above, and the glittering rose quartz druzy necklaces would make wonderful gifts for bridesmaids.

Gorgeous geode wedding inspiration, credits; Ocean inspired geode tablescape, from a beathtaking styled shoot on The Lane | Geode wedding cake | Sainte G cake company via Green Wedding Shoes | Precious stones table plan, Love is a Big Deal via Ruffled Blog | Druzy necklace, Kitty Gem Shop on Etsy | Gilt Agate Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations, Minted | Sugar crystal drink stirrers, Sarah Maren via The Knot

Leah x

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Miss Bush is Surrey’s leading designer bridal shop

Real Bride Lucy wearing Jesus Peiro

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This morning we’re taking you off to the beautiful Zorgvliet Wine estate in South Africa for Lucy and Devlin’s beautiful, natural and elegant wedding.

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With Lucy from Scotland and Devlin from South Africa our bride and groom today truly are an international couple. After meeting in London, they got engaged in New York last May and were married 18 months later at this breathtaking wineyard.

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The Dress

Lucy choose to wear Jesus Peiro 6000; a sleek, contemporary gown which was the complete opposite of the fitted lacy sleeved gown that she had initially imagined!

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“I brought my mother and my younger sister Sophie who was also my maid of honour. We had been to about 4-5 bridal shops before coming to Miss Bush and we had always found a dress that I could have worn but no other dresses had ever made us feel it was time to place a deposit. Having tried on endless lace dresses thinking that was what I was after, I came to Miss Bush with a totally open mind and asked Corinne to put me in anything.”

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Wedding dress shopping and pregnancy

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I grew up in a very leafy, very dull village on the outskirts of Guildford. I suppose, in retrospect, I had the kind of childhood we all feel wistful for. At 10 we roamed freely on bikes, climbed trees, took ponies up to Aldershot’s military ranges and learned to dive through hoops into our cousins’ swimming pool. The summers of ‘75 & ‘76 were scorching, baking the clay soil into a Death Valley landscape. There were hose pipe bans, the nights were stifling and, whilst I was allowed freedom during the day, bedtimes were still militarily obeyed.

The British rarity of nights that were too hot and bright to sleep meant hours of languid wakefulness and eternal reading.  One white hot night the sound of a violent argument had me virtually suspended out of my bedroom window as I strained to follow the altercation. My next door neighbour, purple in the face and landing punches, was hurling abuse at his teenage son. I was discovered by my Mum and hurried back into bed but not before I learned that the teenage son had got his girlfriend ‘into trouble.’

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It was the theoretical summer of Anarchy in the UK; the suburbs were stirring, but it was still the ’70s. The speed that the poor boy and his pregnant girlfriend were rushed down the aisle, her  pale blue dress marking her out as a ‘non virgin’ was unbelievable, followed by a quick exit to Australia as not to bring shame on the family. Extraordinary behaviour and a cautionary tale about ‘going too far.’ Or rather, a pretty effective lesson in being bloody careful with your contraception. The blue dress was ghastly…

For those of you that think I am as old as the hills this will seem like ancient history but for me it has taken one generation to see a complete volte-face with regards to pregnancy and weddings.

Referring to my article for Love My Dress, pregnancy, before or during wedding planning, is another thing there is no need to apologise for. Nobody is judging. Mercifully no one is getting a back garden beating and being sent into exile. As much as I could romanticise the long hot summer of 76, scented with Ambre Solaire and sountracked by bad girl punk, the morals and attitudes were Victorian, misplaced and misogynistic.

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However, and this is a purely practical consideration, pregnancy can play havoc with your wedding planning!

In my experience there are a three different pregnancy scenarios;

  1. Unexpected pregnancy. I have often joked with clients there is nothing as good for fertility as handing over a sizeable, non-refundable deposit for an unforgiving wedding dress. Or, I expect, for a booking  for a barn, palazzo or tipi
  2. Brides that are actively trying to get pregnant either naturally or with fertility treatment.
  3. Brides that are planning a wedding knowing that they are pregnant and plan to marry after giving birth.

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