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Shanna Melville Bridal Couture 2015 Indian Summer Collection
02.03.2015

SHANNA MELVILLE - Wedding Dress - Collection AW 2014 - 7 (3) "Polly"

Polly – Beautiful beadwork on the bodice of Shanna’s new collection have been handcrafted by artisans in a process that takes up to 60 hours of intricate craftmanship

 

Still on the hunt for the ‘one’? Well let me introduce you to the fabulous Shanna Melville Bridal Couture. Designed and made in London, these enchanting gowns are simply beautiful. I love the personal service bride’s receive with the designer herself, set in the stunning Wimbledon Village bridal boutique. Not to mention the hand woven fabrics and detailed embellishments. Shanna’s dresses are bespoke and take up to 6 months to create. Now that truly is something very special.

I am super excited to be speaking to designer Shanna Melville herself today.

 

SHANNA MELVILLE - Wedding Dress - Collection AW 2014 - 7 "Grace"

Grace – Ornate beadwork around the torso and a low v-neck flatters the décolletage in this vintage art-deco inspired design

 

Hi Shanna, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

I’ve been designing couture bridal gowns for over 12 years. All of my creations are bespoke and can take up to six months to create. Each and every one of my dresses are handmade in the workshop of my Wimbledon Village boutique by a small but highly skilled team of artisans and seamstresses. It can take up to 60 hours to make some of the delicate and very complex beadwork on some of this current season’s collection. It’s a labour of love, but good design is often akin to slow design – something that is beautifully handcrafted is usually worth waiting for!

 

I carry out all the creative consultations and fittings, and I’m generally involved in every step of the process – from planning and design to the finished creation. A wedding dress is one of the biggest and most important purchases a woman will make in her lifetime, so I work very closely with all my clients to ensure that their vision and dream of the perfect dress becomes a touchable, wearable reality.

 

SHANNA MELVILLE - Wedding Dress - Collection AW 2014 - 1 "Chloe"

Chloe – Shanna’s ‘Chloe’ dress fuses lustrous, free-flowing fabric with intricate design that elevates ‘bo-ho chic’ to almost regal heights

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I actually love everything about my work. It’s a privilege to be entrusted with the big job of creating a bride’s dream dress. I have a lot of fun designing new collections and love working with beautiful fabrics and embellishments. The long hours can be hard, but for me this is a really rewarding profession.

 

SHANNA MELVILLE - Wedding Dress - Collection AW 2014 - 2 "Chloe"

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I originally studied fashion design at college but it was really only after my own engagement and ensuing hunt for the perfect wedding dress did I discover my true passion and eye for design in bridal couture. I then cut my teeth in this industry and refined my art by working with two established wedding designers before setting up my own boutique in Wimbledon Village in 2007.

 

SHANNA MELVILLE - Wedding Dress - Collection AW 2014 - 3 "Chloe"

Chloe

 

What do you aim to achieve for your brides?

 

It’s simple really; I aim to design and create the perfect dress for each of my clients. What I strive for is to fashion a gown that flatters the figure and enhances her natural beauty like no other garment will. Throughout this journey, I want to them to have an enjoyable experience too. Marriage is a rite of passage and the dress is not just a symbol of this life-changing event, it’s also very expressive of an individual’s taste, style and identity. My job is to interpret this into something that is both beautiful and wearable.

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Ellis Bridals. The Rose Collection 2015. In The Hotseat
23.02.2015

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Who doesn’t love falling for pretty dresses? I just love a wedding dress and the designs I am about to share with you today are exquisite. From the new Rose collection 2015 at Ellis Bridals, these gowns are all divine lace, detailed embellishments and flattering silhouettes. Be warned girls, you may need to find your local stockist before the end of the feature.

I am so honoured today to have the chance to speak with the creative director of Ellis Bridals, Regine. It’s amazing to get an insight into behind the scenes at Ellis Bridals plus be sure to read Regine’s amazing top dress shopping tips!

 

Hi Regine, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

My name is Regine and I am very proud to be creative director of Ellis Bridals. I live in leafy North London with my husband who is also a managing director here at Ellis. My son James is also heavily involved in the business, so really when we all get together as a brand it’s more like a family meal than a work thing!

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job? Tell us about your team’s design process.

 

I love my job. I feel so lucky that every day I get to go to work and be surrounded by friends, family and lots of beautiful wedding dresses! My team and myself are constantly researching and pulling fresh ideas together but at the start of the collection we go crazy and pinboard the studio in pretty things and inspiration from our archives. Dislike… travelling! I’m a very grumpy traveller so I thank god for my Kindle, getting lost in a good book makes the whole thing bearable!

 

 

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Who would be your dream bride to dress?

 

Sienna Miller has always been a muse of mine, she has that glamorous sixties streak to her, that rock’n’roll edge. I would love to see her in one of our designs from this new collection, something long and floaty in soft tulle! I think she would look dreamy in Style 15160.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your brides?

 

We always aim to make our brides feel truly unique on their big day; it is all about them after all isn’t it! So we design every dress to feel made to measure with each little detail heavily considered and handcrafted to give the bride that individual, artisanal touch. That’s the Ellis Bridals signature.

 

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Britten. Couture Bridal Accessories. The Prettiest Hair Pins.
09.02.2015

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Images by Alexandra Pitchford

 

This afternoon we are chatting all things pretty and perhaps a little bit sparkly.

Choosing the perfect accessories to tie in with that super special wedding dress can be a real challenge. But I think I have a real find for those of you looking for delicate and beautiful hair accessories for you and your bridesmaids.

I am thrilled to be speaking with Sarah, the designer behind couture bridal accessory boutique Britten. From their latest collection of divine hair pins to earrings and feather fans, Britten has something just perfect for the most stylish of brides to treasure.

 

Hi Sarah, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

I’m from Hampshire originally and studied handbag design at Cordwainers College in London, part of the London College of Fashion. After university I realised that bridal fashion was what interested me. I like champagne (or cava!), country house hotels and my golden retriever Alfie!

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I can’t deny that the awards parties and the recognition that come with them are fun. The smiles that last for days though; they come from the reviews and feedback of our brides.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I love the focus of designing something that is for one big day and may be cherished for decades or even generations.

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

A moment of joy! When the headpiece goes on for the first time they need to feel that wonderful initial excitement and also know that they can feel comfortable and happy for the rest of the day without having to think about it! (more…)

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Showtime Photo Booth. In The Hotseat.
26.01.2015

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The photo booth has become a party must have. The ultimate selfie machine, creating the perfect celebration atmosphere amongst your guests.

This afternoon I introduce you to London and Birmingham based Showtime Photo Booth who have a super stylish booth ready and waiting for your wedding reception.

 

Hi Monica, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

I’m Monica from Showtime Photo Booth.  I have two white cats that make wearing anything black really difficult, and can never stop doing things for long enough to let my nail polish dry properly.

 

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What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

I love meeting and talking to people, and due to the nature of the job I go to a lot of fun events – not just weddings, but all kinds of parties and corporate experientials, and the people you meet at these kinds of things are almost always happy!  It’s lovely to work in a positive environment all the time, and actually be a part of creating that atmosphere.

 

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How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

We had seen the concept of a party photo booth a few years ago while in the USA at a corporate event, and fell in love with the idea of bringing our own spin on it to the UK.  Initially, the majority of our clients were corporate, but we branched out into weddings after a friend asked if they could have our booth at their wedding, and it was a huge success!  Their guests loved it and the couple had an amazing collection of pictures of their friends and family all relaxed and being silly to look back on.

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

In the simplest of terms, our product is about making memories, so our aim is to make sure the memories we help create are good ones.  We work with our clients and couples to really make sure we feel part of their team, and are committed to pulling through under any circumstances to make their event special. (more…)

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Frances Moore. Bridal Make Up Artist.
15.12.2014

Image (Emma vintage bride) - Jacqui Marie Wedding Photography http://jacqui-marie-photography.co.uk/

Image by Jacqui Marie Wedding Photography

We all want to look like the best version of ourselves, which is wear make up artist extraordinaire Frances Moore comes in.

Relaxing on the morning of your wedding with a refreshing beverage, giggles with your loved ones and a professional on hand to pamper you is just the perfect start to a brilliant day.

Plus you will look and feel a million dollars once Frances Moore has worked her make up wonders. Let’s get to know Frances a little more…

 

Hi Frances, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?

 

Hi! I’m Frances and I am a Professional Bridal Makeup Artist from the beautiful New Forest, in Hampshire. I’m a bit of a wedding geek – to the extent that I regularly play a popular wedding game app on my phone… cringe worthy I know!!

 

I have a wonderfully funny and very beardy husband called Steve, and together we live in the gorgeous Georgian town of Lymington with our daughter Elspeth of 18months – who completes our family x

 

Image (ending 2-73) Lauren Lilly http://www.laurenlilly.co.uk/

Image by Lauren Lilly

 

What do you love/dislike about your job?

 

There’s nothing I don’t love about my job (well maybe the tax return!) getting to talk to amazing people, and being apart of their wedding day is truly an honour – it’s a position of trust and I fully respect that.

 

I also love the quiet moments when I’m working on the Bride, listening to her thoughts and feelings makes me want to get married all over again!

 

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Image by Robbie Khan Photography

 

How did you get into the wedding industry?

 

I’ve actually had my business a couple of years now, but trained as a Makeup Artist much earlier. I started off like many wedding suppliers do, by being asked to do a few friend’s weddings here & there (I was the friend of a friend ‘who knew makeup!’) After word spread and I was getting more bookings each time, and discovering a (some say obsessive!) passion for weddings, I just said to myself  ‘I need to go for this’ so I did!

 

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What do you aim to achieve for your clients?

 

When I first talk to my clients I often hear the words ‘I don’t wear a lot of makeup’, followed by a very nervous look, as makeup can be such an intimate oddity – it can be scary allowing someone new into your personal space, and having them judge what they think works best for you.

 

I always try to make my brides feel at ease by talking through their ideas, colour themes and overall wedding style to design a look together that will make them feel confident and look stunning. I often find when I do a little bit of soft nudging the bride comes out with the most wonderful thoughts on what they want – it’s all about just having the confidence to say what you really want and I will always listen x (more…)

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