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I know just how important it is to you to find each and every perfect element to your big day. Accessorising your bridal look perfectly is essential to make you feel like a million dollars and still feel like yourself on your wedding day.
I am going to help you a little further along this afternoon by pointing you in the direction of The Wedding Garter Co.. It’s the place to find the prettiest garter around and not only are you going to fall head over heels for these little gems but The Wedding Garter Co. are giving one away to a lucky WWW reader. YAY.
“We, at the Wedding Garter Co., create the most fabulous and luxurious wedding garters that we hope will become treasured heirloom pieces passed down from one generation to the next. Sarah- Jane, the designer behind these gorgeous pieces, designs and hand sews every little detail from our new boutique in Bradford on Avon. Our lace is sourced from a company who have been making lace since 1845 and is still owned by the 8th generation of the founding family. In fact, the lace that was used to create the Duchess of Cambridge’s gown to Prince William came from the same lacemakers.”
“Sarah- Jane has recently added new colours to our ‘Something Blue’ garter collection- Lavender Blue, and Cornflower Blue. These two new colours are subtle and elegant, and we think it is a great way to introduce ‘something blue’ to your wedding outfit.”
Grace Wedding Garter – ivory and something blue.
This afternoon it’s all about the boys as I chat trends and choosing the perfect attire with Anthony Procopi, the Director of Men’s Formal Wear at T.M.Lewin.
T.M.Lewin. has a stylish array of formal ware perfect for the gents in your wedding party, from suits to ties, shirts and accessories, it’s a one stop shop for the whole wedding day ensemble.
Hi Anthony , could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you and your brand?
T.M.Lewin has been designing and making shirts for over 115 years. In fact our founder, Thomas Mayes Lewin, was actually one of the pioneers of the original ‘coat shirt’, the prototype of the classic button-through shirt still worn all over the world today. A century later we’re still crafting shirts the traditional way and we now also create an extensive tailoring range, accessories and casual wear as well as a capsule womenswear collection.
As Director of Men’s Formalwear, my team and I work constantly to keep up with the latest menswear trends, as it’s obviously very important that we consistently produce a really high quality range that will keep our customers interested and inspired.
What do you love about working for T.M Lewin?
I always smile when I go about my day. One of the best things about what I do is that I get to see the results of what we do. People look really great in our clothes; on the train, in the media or very often just walking down the street next to me.
There’s nothing like the feeling of success you have when you know you’re part of a team that’s helped someone not only look good but feel great as well. You are what you wear after all.
How has T.M Lewin naturally evolved to cater for wedding attire?
At T.M.Lewin we focus on creating versatile designs to fit a whole range of different occasions. As far as extra special occasions go, any wedding day is a pretty big one, so it’s always been a major focus for us.
What makes us stand out from the competition is our unique ‘in-between’ sizing across both our shirt and tailoring ranges. Extra size options increase our chances of providing the perfect fit first time, without additional alterations. And the result is that the groom and his party will look like they’re wearing made to measure.
What do you aim to achieve for your customers?
We want to provide the perfect wedding day outfit, of course. But it’s also really important that every customer enjoys the in store experience and walks away completely satisfied. That’s what we really strive towards achieving. (more…)
For those of you on the search for the perfect sparkle for your engagement ring finger, the dream wedding band, a gift for your future husband/wife or jewellery to accessorise your wedding day attire then look no further.
Today I have the pleasure of talking to Diamond Boutique, a beautiful boutique which sells a huge range of gorgeous fine jewellery. With near enough every cut, style and colour available you will be spoilt for choice.
Let’s get to know a little more about Diamond Boutique and read their invaluable advice on how choose an engagement ring…
Could you firstly tell www readers a little bit about you?
My name is Pritesh Vegad and I am Founder and CEO of Diamond Boutique. I graduated from Northampton University with a Masters in Business Computing and worked as a senior business consultant for major consultancy organisations over a period of 8 years. I got married to Mira in 2005 and had the opportunity to travel around the world, which we grabbed with both hands. We spent 12 months on the road travelling from Japan to Lao to New Zealand to Easter Island and more. In total we visited 23 countries. I have been married for nine years now and have two beautiful girls, Arya and Aanya, who are my world.
What do you love/dislike about your job?
I love to travel so this is one of the things I really enjoy about my work. As I personally select each and every gem I have to travel to Hong Kong, Thailand, Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, amongst others, to source the most beautiful and rarest of gems. I am extremely passionate about coloured gemstones so having the opportunity to help and guide clients is fantastic and extremely rewarding for me.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
My passion for gemstones and jewellery was ignited when I myself was searching for an engagement ring, all the way back in 2005. I started to read and educate myself in the field of gemmology and slowly developed a real passion and desire for coloured gemstones. It was only in 2012 when I quit my day job and followed my dreams of having my own jewellery business and Diamond Boutique was officially born online.
What do you aim to achieve for your clients?
Quality, confidence and exceptional customer service.
Quality – with coloured gemstones it is all about the colour of the stone. Quality is key if you want a beautiful gemstone with excellent lustre.
Confidence – we give good old fashioned advice. Be honest and respectful of people’s budgets and requirements.
Customer service – we pride ourselves on exceptional customer service. We will go above and beyond to make our customers happy.
What style is your work?
Diamond Boutique specialises in high-grade coloured gemstone jewellery, anything which has colour we love! Our style is classic with a modern twist.
Good afternoon lovelies. Today I have the honour of introducing you to one of WWW’s newest sponsors; eco luxe bridal label Minna.
Minna creates dreamy whimsical dresses with a focus on affordability and environmentally friendly UK based production. With dreamy ethereal designs Minna‘s pieces are sure to make every bride feel utterly fabulous. With an amazing friendly service and bespoke options too, dress shopping just got even more fun.
Plus WWW readers get 15% discount in October on standard size dresses. (Excluding alterations charges, be-spoke dresses, children’s clothing, and lace fabrics.) Just use the code WHIMWONDWED at the checkout. WOW.
Let’s get to know Minna and take a peek at her stunning new collection…
Hi Minna, could you firstly tell WWW readers a little bit about you?
I grew up in a beautiful part of Finland near the Russian border. My childhood was very idyllic. Roaming free in the countryside, riding horses, picking up blueberries in the autumn, swimming in lakes and playing basketball. I have always been very outdoorsy and a real tomboy.
I found myself in London when I met my husband in a bar in Helsinki. That was 16 years ago and in the beginning of September, we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. Alongside running my busy business with offices in London, Helsinki and Dorset, I have two gorgeous children, dogs and horses. In my free time, I train for a triathlon and ride my horses.
What do you love/dislike about your job?
I definitely love receiving the lovely thank you emails and letters we get from happy customers. We feel a real connection with each piece we make. I never got that when we were doing ready to wear collections. Wedding dress is the most important dress a woman will every buy and to be part of that process is amazing! I also love the creative part of the business. Needless to say, I absolutely hate spread sheets and admin!
Despite the fact that the positive bits outweigh the negatives ones, I find it impossible to switch off. Now that I have two kids and house full of animals, my goal is to find a better work/life balance. Something that I have struggled to find for years…
Who doesn’t love finding that elusive pair of perfect shoes.
On your wedding day especially you want to find the most divine footwear to walk down that aisle. So I thought I’d give you some ideas today if you are unsure which direction to go in. From sky scraping heels to blingtastic numbers, trainers, sandals and statement styles, I have them all to feast your eyes on…
Sparkle & Shine
If you want something really special, your wedding day is the day to go for glitter and glam surely?
Images | Natural Touch Photography, full wedding here | Blush and Whimsy, full wedding here | Shears Mockford Photography, full wedding here | Photos by Zoe, full wedding here | My Fabulous Life Photography, full wedding here | Marc Smith, full wedding here | Lisa Devine, full wedding here | Nicola Thompson, full wedding here | Julia & You Photography, full wedding here | Kerry Diamond, full wedding here | Ali Lovegrove, full wedding here | M&J Photography, full wedding here | Martha & George, full wedding here | Kerry Ann Duffy, full wedding here |
If heels just aren’t your thing, don’t fret. Go flat. Pretty sandals and pumps can look really elegant.