The Latest from London

As you all know, Wednesday is trend roundup today, so there’s no better time for me to let you in on some of what I’ve been up to in the last couple of weeks and share some of what the British wedding industry has been showcasing. First up, the Sunday before last, was the Luxury Wedding Show, which I heard about from Louise over at Bijoux Bride (also my show buddy for the day). At £50 a pop, and with a location at the Saatchi Gallery on Sloane Square, I wasn’t sure if this would be too Made in Chelsea for most. And besides, I loathe trade shows. But I have to tell you, this was such a lovely day out, and I’d totally recommend it for brides based in London and the UK. The gallery made it personal and fun to walk around, and the service providers were top notch. True, not all couples would be able to afford everything that was on offer, but it was full of inspiration and ideas, and it felt fresh and exciting. Kind of like paging through a copy of Vogue, for me. Plus, they had one of the best goodie bags I’ve come across, which is always a winner! I’ll be introducing you to some of the suppliers I met soon, but for today, I thought I’d focus on the highlight of the day… the catwalk show!

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been as into wedding dresses as I am the rest of the big day (maybe because I’ve never shopped for one for myself). So they can get a little overlooked on this blog. But I am slowly coming around, and I saw some absolutely beautiful dresses that afternoon. The show itself was so professional and well-produced, and I felt like Anna Wintour sitting in the front row with my glass of champagne! Here are some of my favourites that came down the catwalk.

L-R: Suzie Turner @ Editorial Scene; Temperley London; Peter Langner @ Browns Bride

L-R: Amanda Wakeley @ Editorial Scene; Ellie & Charlotte @ Editorial Scene; Luella’s Boudoir

L-R: David Fielden; Monique Lhuillier; David Fielden

L-R: Charlotte Casadejus; Vivienne Westwood; Lisa Redman @ Luella’s Boudoir

Even amongst the Veras and the Moniques, two collections really stood out for me. The first was the totally fun, slightly ’60s, just plain gorgeous Candy Anthony:

The second was a designer I hadn’t known before, but wow. Kula Tsurdiu takes a passion for lace and turns it into the most beautiful, beautiful designs.

So that was the Luxury Wedding Show. Brilliant day! (And thank you, Smith & Monger PR for having me!)

The next Sunday, I found myself champagne in hand at a catwalk show again (I just love that this is my life now, it’s so surreal some days!) – this time at the launch of a new venue in Surrey, Fetcham Park. Surrounded by bloggers and wedding industry peeps, I had such a lovely afternoon. You guys, the champagne was flowing, the canapes (from at home catering) were off the hook and I don’t mind telling you I have a total girly crush on the singer from the Swinging Little Big Band (I’m a lifelong Harry Connick Jnr fan, so swoon, basically – and they even did Richard Cheese!). Not to mention that the venue is BEAUTIFUL. If this is what a wedding is like there, then run to book it (and please invite me, because I want to go back and do it all over again!).

But it wasn’t just about the venue – it was also the launch of a collection of gorgeous dresses called the Sirens Collection. Seriously, seriously beautiful stuff here, ladies. Have a look… (All pictures by Eddie Judd Photography.)

L-R: Suzanne Neville; Jesus Piero

L-R: Jenny Packham; Jesus Piero

L-R: Suzanne Neville; Jenny Packham

(That’s me on the far left, looking a little leggy and checking out the catalogue. How INSANE is that staircase? Love this venue!)

And that’s how I’ve been spending my Sundays! I have to say, I am completely in love with some of these dresses, and what I love most is the sheer variety of shapes and textures. Which are your favourites? Find any inspiration for your wedding dress?

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