It is always exciting when you get an email from a bridal designer showing you their new collection. Even more exciting when they tell you they’ll be in London for a few days and you get the chance to meet the designer in person and see her beautiful dresses in real life! Italian wedding dress designer Marianna Lanzilli is the fabulous designer I’m talking about.
“Finding a wedding dress is all down to ‘chemistry’” Marianna says. “Sometimes it’s love at first sight. Other times finding a dress that reflects your personality and your stile, that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable at the same time, takes time and patience.” That’s why Marianna has designed four new dresses for four different brides: the “sophisticated” bride, the “hippie”, the “glamorous” and the “romantic” one. And you will now get a chance to see them in person in London at a trunkshow hosted by Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique!
But before I tell you more about Marianna‘s London visit, let me introduce you to “Aline”, “Flora”, “Stella” and “Aria”.
“ALINE” is a dress for the sophisticated bride. It has a sharp neck line at the front, but a super chic and sightly revealing deep v neck line at the back. This dress is perfect for the bride who believes that less is more. It’s elegant and modest, and works beautifully even with a pair of ballerina pumps Audrey Hepburn’s style.
“FLORA” is for the hippie bride. This is the dress for the woman who wants to feel free, light, a bit boho … With a soft neckline, narrow shoulder straps, a clean-line skirt, “Flora” is perfect if you literally want to feel comfortable and free. And if you want to add a touch of sophistication, Marianna suggests an embroidered bridal cap leaning on one side of your forehead and a lace bolero accessorised with bold jewellery.
And lastly, “ARIA” the dress for the romantic bride. It feels precious and soft. The corset gives emphasis to the narrow waist, while the voluminous skirt, combined to a harmonious short trail, gives it a royal feel… And then the colour – a warm blush which emphasises the romantic character of this dress giving it a vintage, yet timeless feel. And if you decide to cover your shoulders, Marianna suggests an organza shoulder bolero – imperceptible and super romantic.
Do you want to meet Marianna? The lovely Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique is hosting a Marianna Lanzilli trunkshow in just over a week:
If you are considering the Red Sea as a wedding destination, this post is definitely for you. As a planner offering wedding services in Sharm el Sheikh, and now looking to expand to the wider Red Sea region, I regularly receive enquiries from couples who are thinking of tying the knot in Egypt during their pre-planned holidays. It makes my heart happy, because in all honesty, I can’t think of a better, exotic place to get married. You get the beach, the sun, no risk of rain, good value for money, and it is really accessible from the UK.
Having said that, there are certain times of the year where I personally feel the Red Sea is not the most ideal wedding destination. So, when is it a good time to get married in Egypt, and more specifically in Sharm el Sheikh and the Red Sea region? To answer this question we need to consider three factors: wind, heat and resources.
There is no point in talking about average yearly temperature, because generally speaking the temperature in the Red Sea region is between mild/warm to hot. When I talk about “mild” I’m referring to what in England is probably considered “summer” temperature – a balmy 18-22C can hardly be considered cold, and that’s more or less the coldest it ever gets in the day in this region. So when is a good season for a destination wedding in the Red Sea? Here’s a breakdown of what the seasons look like so you can make your mind up, and then 6 tips if you decide to go ahead with a summer wedding:
Weddings in the Red Sea between Christmas and end of February
Between the end of December and February the high is between 22-25C during the day, and 15-18C at night time (there are exceptions, of course); but, in general, in the winter months, Sharm el Sheikh is perfect for t-shirt and shorts in the day, and a leather jacket and jeans at night. The problem with winter months, however, is wind. I’ve experienced Sharm on days when the wind is so powerful that outdoor bars struggle to stay open. Should you have an outdoor wedding, you could be in a bit of trouble, particularly if your venue is not suitable for an indoor wedding. And not all are! If you decide to get married during this period, I highly recommend that you choose a venue with heated marquee facilities, which will allow you to stay warm at night if temperature drops below 18C. If the wind picks up, no marquee will be enough to withstand it, so you would also want to make sure that your venue has a suitable and equally beautiful indoor back up. You will also need to bear in mind that an outdoor ceremony could be a bit tricky. Decorations are not likely to stay in place so be prepared for a scaled-down version of what you had planned.
Weddings in the Red Sea between March and May, and October to December
March to May and October to first half of December are probably my favourite months of the year for a Sharm el Sheikh / Red Sea wedding. Temperatures are perfect: between 25-30C in the day and 18-23C at night. It feels dry and pleasant all day long and more importantly it is less likely to be windy for days on ends. While I can never guarantee the weather for my clients (if I could I’d be a very rich woman!), these 6 months are absolutely perfect for a beach or an outdoor wedding in Sharm el Sheikh and other Red Sea destinations.
Summer weddings in the Red sea
And then you have the “summer” months: May to September… Based on the requests I receive, these are the most requested months for weddings in Sharm, and that’s simply because that is when people take their holidays. However, having done a wedding there in June, there is one major factor you need to bear in mind: it is HOT. And when I say hot, I mean that it feels as if someone is pointing a hair dryer on you all day and night. It’s all well and good when you are walking around in a bikini and spending more time in the water sipping cocktails than out of the water. But, when you are wearing a wedding gown or a suit, it becomes a bit trickier to bear. The heat will also affect the kind of fresh flowers you can use and whether or not you can have a dessert table. So here are my suggestions if you are thinking of a summer wedding in the Red Sea: Read more…
Good morning lovelies, today we have a little bridal dress inspiration thanks to Elizabeth Stuart and her new collection.
The highlight of Elizabeth Stuart’s Spring 2015 collection is the way it blends together most delicate of French laces, sumptuous silks and opulent embellishments. With gowns inspired by and named after the heartfelt emotions felt by a bride on her most magical of days, this collection captures feelings of love, endearment and joy experienced when a bride and groom come together as one.
Elizabeth Stuart’s modern yet feminine gowns combine the finest fabrics, with the most elegant of bridal designs. The use of delicate Chantilly lace, sweetheart necklines and tulle draped skirts grace a bride’s feminine curves with ethereal crepe silks and sparkle detailing. I’m quite intrigued by the structured lacy corsets of this new collection - perfect for modern brides that like feminine lines without compromising that romantic look.
Here’s a few images of the new collection for you!
Have a super day!
I am a bit slow with the whole ‘let’s do a balance of 2014 and a goals list for 2015′ kind of posts. I actually started writing one and then figured it was way too deep. Instead I’ve decided that this year I would simply share some of the pictures of my most recent travel to Lisbon. Nothing fancy. I’m not a good photographer but I’m learning. So for now, you’ll have to bear with me.
2014 was a very different year from what I’m used to. Hubby and I never travel without each other, except when I go to see my family in Italy for a flying visit. We also tend to spend at least 4-5 weeks out of the UK. It was one of the conditions of me marrying him. I remember being in the car with him one day discussing the ‘non-compromiseables’ (yep, I’ve just made that one up!) and telling him that I would forgo material stuff for as long as we make time every year for at least one two-weeks break together. This year it hasn’t happened. I’ve travelled extensively for work without him, three times to Italy and once to Sharm el Sheikh, and by the end of the year we realise we still hadn’t taken a break together. So we did…
In November we treated my parents to a five days’ family break in Lisbon for their 40th anniversary. I had no expectations whatsoever. It was just one of those places I always desired to visit but never really made it a priority until I had to choose a destination that no one in my family had ever been to. I’m pleased we went, as Lisbon turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.
We booked a modern 2 floors apartment via Air BnB in the heart of Bairro Alto, one of the oldest parts of town. The location was absolutely perfect. Less than 10 minutes walk from Baixa-Chiado tube station (right in the heart of Lisbon) and 1 minute from the n.28 tram, which pretty much takes you through the loveliest parts of town – we couldn’t have picked a better place to stay.
Sadly we had a lot of rain, and let me tell you, when it rains in Lisbon, it r a i n s ! It is an old city with narrow pavements, especially on the hilly Bairro Alto area, so when cars drive past they have no alternative but to shower you. First piece of advice? Ditch the umbrella and keep a long (!) plastic raincoat in your bag (or go in the summer when hopefully the weather is less temperamental).
Prices in coffee shops and restaurants were incredibly reasonable. We ate nothing but fresh fish every day and never spent more than €12-15 each including drinks (i.e. an abundant plate of vegetables rice, with a grill tuna steak, salad, and home made fries). Coffees and teas are always between €0.70-0.90. And since we also had the opportunity to cook and eat at home, we got a chance to check out the cost of food and drinks at the supermarket too. A bottle of wine, even the most expensive, is no more than €2.50.
The best way to explore the town is on foot. We downloaded a 5 days walking tour of Lisbon, and went through the itinerary each evening to make sure we knew how to get to the starting point the following day. We also eliminated all the museums. I like museums, but I’m of the idea that the first time you visit a city you should explore its life. And life is in the streets. Streets are the soul of a city. Museums are for winter, for cold days, for second visits, for relaxation.
The couple of pictures below are from the Castelo de São Jorge. I was slightly disappointed to have to pay for something that has no internal rooms to view (if there were any, there was no clear sign as to how to access them). However, being on one of the highest points of Lisbon, you enjoy a view of the town and the Tagus river like no other!
Belém was also a real gem. Located just outside Lisbon (a 20 minutes bus drive), it has quite a lot to offer, including the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument, the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and a fabulous view of the 25 de Abril Bridge. Read more…
Hello brides! Today it’s a competition alert! If you have been dreaming of designing your own wedding gown, then you can’t miss this competition by The White Gallery Boutique and Elizabeth Stuart Bride!Located only an hour from Belfast and approximately one hour from Dublin airport, The White Gallery is one of Ireland’s most fashion-forward boutiques. The exclusive Irish bridal boutique has partnered with luxury bridal wear designer Elizabeth Stuart, to give one lucky bride the opportunity to design the wedding dress of their dreams.
Brides-to-be will be invited to enter ‘The Glass Slipper’ competition by telling the story of their romantic proposal, along with a photo of themselves and their wonderful fiancé. The bride must also include a sketch detailing their most perfect wedding dress design! The entries will be reviewed by top wedding industry experts, with the top five brides being revealed on The White Gallery’s Facebook page. The brides will then have two weeks to generate the most ‘Likes’ for their entry. The bride with the most ‘Likes’ will be crowned the winner, and scoop this once in a life time prize having the opportunity to work with Elizabeth Stuart to design her very own wedding gown!
This is the ultimate fairy-tale experience and one the happy couple won’t ever forget. As the bride gracefully makes her way down the aisle in her stunning Elizabeth Stuart gown and walking towards her true love, it’s as if all her dreams are coming true. This really will be the most perfect way to start to their happily ever after …
The competition is launching today, so get your entry in :)
Oh hi. Question for you: Marsala is the Pantone colour of the year. How do you like that?When I first saw the news online I thought I read it wrong. I mean, seriously? From radiant orchid (admittedly not my first colour choice, but certainly super bright and vibrant), to Marsala?! But then I read this:
“While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” (Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, AdWeek)I’m actually starting to like the sound of this… However how do you define ‘Marsala’ as a colour? I mean, it isn’t red, but it isn’t brown either. I guess it’s a mix between the two. Make sure you don’t call it maroon either! Trust me, searching “maroon wedding” on Pinterest will come up with results that will make you gag!
So, okay then, let’s pretend ‘Marsala’ is not actually as bad as it looks… Pinterest, show me what you’ve got! Read more…