Flower Girl Inspiration from Milly’s Wedding Shop

Beautiful, luxe looking flower girl dress are hard to find. They often look cheap, tacky or inferior next to the fabrics and styles of bridesmaid dresses. These dresses are for a bride who really loves  her girls and wants them to be in dresses as beautiful as hers. Dreamy enough to make her feel like a princess, but elegant enough that it wouldn’t class as fancy dress. The details and fabrics used are so luxe.

Check out Milly’s Wedding Shop here.

 

Check them out!

Wedding gift ideas that don’t suck?

Its a new era! With the majority of us living alone or with friends and siblings before we get married, we tend to already have those living essentials. To be honest the trusty classic Le Creuset casserole dish and frying pan we can trust to be purchased by those traditional aunts and uncles of ours. Even if we don’t have the essentials already, we know that most will give us the gifts that will turn our marital houses into homes.

So here’s to the cool couple you know. Who already have everything or will get everything. Let’s stop giving gifts that people will politely keep…….in the storage cupboard. Let’s start being cool again. Let’s stop giving gifts that will be brought out of the archive every time we visit. Here are some gift ideas that do not suck!

1.Articulate: Drumond Park Articulate! Game here

This fast talking description game is just so fun.

 

2. Umbra Prism Photoframes here 

Contemporary, quirky and cool. I’d fill my own house with with these in gold if no one stopped me. Don’t be fooled by competitor knock offs. The original brand Umbra’s quality and finesse is unparalled. If you looking for softer pastel hues, check out Oliver Bonas.

 

3. Gold Alphabet Letters : Oliver Bonas £10 each

Because, they are just cool and cute. Here!

 

4. Metallic Personalised Favourite Song Sound Wave Print by HOUSE OF YVE

Know their favourite song or some of the music they’ll be using in their wedding? Get it beautifully crafted by one of the below artisans.

Metallic Song Lyrics Or Poem Print by HOUSE OF YVE

Personalised Couple’s Lyric Framed Songbook by SARAH & BENDRIX

5. Mr And Mrs Wedding Day Heart Bed Blanket by BABY YORKE DESIGNS

 

6. Personalised Marble Wine Cooler by MARBLETREE

This is just tres chic.

7. Golden Cup Tea Light Holder by THE FOREST & CO
For that couple that loves to entertain. on a dining table filled with friends and laughter. perfect atmospheric piece.
8. Theatre Tokens available here
 A night out at the theatre or cinema tickets. Perfect date night gift.
9. GoApe vouchers
For the adventurous couple. A tree swinging, okay not quite swinging but it does look it it? Anyway they are  £90 for two. Bargain I reckon, and you’ll be the great fun loving friend that bought it for them. Win! With 61 locations across the UK their bound to be close to one. Recently visited a friend and happened to walk by one on the way to her house. They are a lot closer and more convienient than you think.
10. Mr & Mrs Smith Wedding Vouchers
Life get busy  and every married couple just needs to get a room sometimes. Have a couple of hours of good heated fun(wink), sharing and a break from the noise. I am particularly interested in the UK boutique hotels featured on the site. Vouchers purchased from this site would be a great weekend getaway or summer staycation. The price points of their abroad hotels are competitive for their exclusivity and the design factor.

ASOS Bridal?

I’m used to perusing the ASOS site for the new-in section. Let’s not forget the outlet section that magically never has my size 10 in stock as all of us click but at the same time. My frustration isn’t showing is it? The truth is ASOS is the millennial woman’s go to for online shopping.We’ve all heard of it. Most of us have purchased from it. Also known as the fast great outfit website. When window shopping the other night(which is totally possible with no judgement in front of a screen), I found a bridal section. Bridal? On ASOS!?

The question is, is it any good? Is it couture? No. Is it pretty, yes! Is it affordable yes! Suits me. The truth is internet shopping is a phenomenon successful because of its ease. I believe a lot of wedding related business will be work predominantly online in the future. Simply because what brides & grooms were prepared to do years ago, they aren’t prepared to do in 2016. They just don’t have the time. Work isn’t easier and any choices that can be made easier will be. This is one of the many reasons I feature so many online stockists on blog. Even if we do not buy online, we’ll search online first.

Some things I find rather pretty:

 

Knock yourself out….right…..here!

 

 

 

Happy New Year From Chioma!! Studio-Chi on LovemyDress & Hubbee Weddings!

Captured by James Green

Why hello fabulous readers! Happy, happy, happy new year. It is going to be a great year, I can feel it in my bones. God has the greatest plans for us. I just know it and we are going to keep celebrating love in the most stylish ways possible.  As you’ve guessed from the title of this blogpost I have two great pieces of news to share.

  1. The Studio-Chi wedding aka our wedding, myself & Tobi’s is gracing the pages of Love My Dress wedding blog right now! As a wedding blogger I feel incredibly privileged that Annabel would share our story on the Uk’s leading wedding blog! Can’t quite believe it if you ask me :-) For the last instalment of the Studio Chi Wedding click here. Oh and by the way just for you my special readers, I will be dedicating a day super soonon Instagram purely to the wedding. I’ll be sharing never before seen images. So you’ll have to watch @studiochiweddings for that!
  2. DRUMROLL! I am now a contributing writer for Hubbee weddings! Hubbee weddings is a new site that bridges together vendors and future brides and grooms! It is just so exciting to be a part of this special site that will make so many brides and groom jobs just so much easier! I’ve kicked off the year writing a post for them on 2017’s biggest wedding trends! It’s righhhhhhttttt here!

It’s a fab start to the year and I look forward to sharing more with you! Till the next one xx

The Next Big Thing: Needle & Thread Bridal Collection 2017

They have been on a fashionista’s radar for a while now. But they are now on our bridal watch list too.

In their own words…

‘Needle & Thread is a British contemporary brand for every celebration, specialising in beautifully adorned pieces through sensitive colours and artisan decoration. Following its launch in April 2013, with a capsule collection of embellished dresses, the brand received instant recognition for offering expertly drawn lace and floral motifs in intricate threads and sequins. In 2015, the collections have continued to diversify, establishing Needle & Thread as a global celebration brand, creating unique pieces to treasure for that memorable moment.’

I love, love the ethereal gowns with the vintage glamorous beadwork and decadence. Every gown is incredibly elegant, vintage inspired and fashion forward.I’d say this is for the bride who wants the incredible expertise of a bridal gown without the commercial look or fuss at a healthy budget. Something truly unique. Each artisan piece is lovingly crafted and best of all, not everywhere!

The new 2017 collection is absolutely everything! It builds on the beauty of the brands iconic details. I love the introduction of pink hues….

 Astral Gown, £850.00

 Astral Gown, £850.00
 Rosette Gown, £950.00
 Rosette Gown, £950.00
 Rosette Gown, £950.00
 Rosette Gown, £950.00
 Trailing Tiered Gown, £750.00
 Trailing Tiered Gown, £750.00
 Trailing Tiered Gown, £750.00
 Trailing Tiered Gown, £750.00
 Rosette Top, £225.00
 Rosette Top, £225.00
 Astral Maxi Dress, £650.00
 Astral Maxi Dress, £650.00
 Astral Maxi Dress, £650.00
 Astral Maxi Dress, £650.00
 Astral Maxi Dress, £750, Astral Cape, £225.00
 Trailing Tulle Maxi Dress, £275, Trailing Cape, £250.00
 Trailing Tulle Maxi Dress, £275, Trailing Cape, £250.00
 Trailing Tulle Maxi Dress, £275, Trailing Cape, £250.00
 Trailing Tulle Maxi Dress, £275.00
 Astral Saree, £1,150.00
 Astral Saree, £1,150.00
 Available soon! Check out Needle & Thread’s website for the current needle and thread’s wedding dress collection.

How to pick a wedding photographer

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By Lao K Photography

Choosing your wedding photographer is arguably the most important decision you make about your wedding.  I would even go as far as arguing that it is the only investment you pay for on your wedding day (apart from rings). As a couple you place incredible trust in him/her. You are giving them the job of capturing one of the biggest, happiest memories of your life. Documenting it in the way that brings back all of highlights of your day. All the details you spent months slaving over, the napkins you painstackingly matched and the flower girl sash you ended up importing from the middle of nowhere…..

Your photographs are the one thing you take away from from wedding day, they are celebrated from generation to generation. You don’t want someone good, you want someone amazing! So here are my tips for picking the photographer of your dreams!

Availability: 

  1.  Do they have your date available and if yes how long in advance do I need to book to secure my date?
  2.  How many hours do they normally photograph for?  Do the math and calculate the hours you need to be around for, and make sure they are there for all your big moments!

Relationship:

  1. An exclusive photographer usually asks to meet/ Skype the couple before booking. Don’t be offended if they do. It is their way of ensuring their chemistry and the style of the couple match up. A good photographers reputation is everything to them. They will want to exceed your expectations. They also understand the need to build a great relationship. It is the only way you make great art. No relationship? No way you will feel comfortable in front of them when it counts!
  2. Do you both love the photographer, do you get along with them?
  3. Is the photographer concernced about your needs or just eager to please? When you speak to the photographer ensure you determine whether they are listening to you. Not just ticking boxes towards another paycheque. If they don’t listen to what you want, prepare to be confused when  you see pictures.
  4. Are they easy to reach? I dare you to test your photographer, do they respond to messages quickly in the enquiry stage? If not forget it. They will be difficult to get a hold of before the wedding too. If it barks like a dog, it probably is. You get one wedding, not worth any risk.

Logistics & Timing:

  1. Are travel costs included in their price?
  2. Will they be staying the night before where you are staying? If so, will they expect you to pay or is that included in the price. I would suggest, if you are set on a photographer, make sure they do. Bridal mornings are often very early. Transport & traffic are historical enemies.
  3. How long after the wedding will I get my photographs? Some photographers take longer than others, so do ask to avoid an unexpected wait. I received my wedding photographs 3 days after our wedding. I’ve heard of some photographers taking up to 3 months to deliver. hmm…
  4. What is their back up plan if the worst happens. Do they have liability insurance? That way your covered in case little sally runs who barely got invited straight into the Canon.
  5. Will they be dressed appropriately? Most good photographers are as they should fit in! No point insisting on a black tie dress code with two people in t-shirts and jeans racing in between the pews.
  6. Some photographers shoot for a specific time period. Is there an extra charge for additional stay if they notice its needed or the day runs late. Ensure you ask to avoid a hefty additional charges.

The Package: 

  1. In what format will your photographs be delivered?
  2. If digital, are you free to use your photographs as wish? Who does the license belong to, them, you or joint? Yes there are licences for photographs!
  3. Is a printed album included in the charge or is it an additional charge?

Retouching:

  1. Do they charge extra for retouching(smoothing over) photographs?
  2. Do you want retouch at all? If not inform them.

 

Costing:

  1. How much is their deposit?
  2. When does it need to be paid by?
  3. Ask if there any any extra costs you need to know about.

Diagnose their photography style:

Why is this important? Pick a photographer who shoots your style of wedding and photography best.  Photographers will be annoyed with me because of course they want to do a variety of weddings. But let’s be honest, I’m not about to let you be an experiment on your wedding day. There are many photographers that are chameleons however, and if they are you will see them shoot all of the below styles. They are about as rare as a unicorn. If you find one, kudos!

Classic Wedding Photographer: A photographer who wants to capture the day simply. Minimal photoshopping. Posed shots. Will make use of the canvas you have given him. This photographer is great for a couple who aren’t too particular about the topic. Who just wants a few pictures to frame. Beware of this photographer if you are having a scaled back wedding or a beautifully minimalist wedding, but don’t want it to come across in pictures as simple. The more simple and let’s be honest, budget friendly your wedding is the better the photographer you will need. A different kind of photographer will draw out the beauty of simplicity better and the emotional details that make it extraordinary.

Contemporary/ Modern Wedding Photographer: They are all about heavy contrast, deep colours and contrast. Lovers of detail shots and candid moments.Expect unusual angles and photographs that symbolise greater meaning. Great for capturing opulence, weddings with vibrant culture and city weddings.

Whimsical Vintage Inspired Photography: This is the hardest to describe as it is a relatively new style. This photographer focuses on artistic and fanciful shots with the hint of an older time. This is a new style of photography made popular in the last year or so. Images are soft, have heaps of tone, emphasise pretty details, styled compositions and loving moments.

Documentary/ Journalistic Style Photography: This wedding album will view like a story, this photographer will not miss a moment. That will be their priority. This photographer is a little bit of a chameleon and can adjust the tone of the photograph for the moments sake. Your wedding style will hugely influence him/her. Candid shots will lead the way, they will rarely shoot a posed photograph unless asked to. Expect creative spins on classic ring shots, getting ready photographs and family captures.

Hope this helps!!

Planning The Wedding: The Dress! David’s Bridal Review

Why hello! How art thou? I hope you are all well. The weather is changing here in the UK and its gone from unpredictably warm to unpredictably chilly. I am not a fan. I’m sitting with orange juice and brioche writing this blogpost and reflecting on the wonder that is the wedding dress. We have become obsessed by the beautiful idea. I’m not a post millennial ignorant of the fact that this is a not a new phenomena. This has been going on for centuries and exclusive bridal gowns contrary to the knowledge of most have always been in existence. In centuries past it was not just the style but the fabric options that made a dress rare. With mechanical fibre spinning options that made thread not in existence, the finest cottons and silks were spun by hand. Embellishment of decorative elaborate techniques defined whilst the latter was the opposite. Simple. The extremes made the equivalent of our ‘on trend’ or out of ‘fashion’.

I declare a fact, quote me anywhere. If the dress suits you and you look and feel like a bride in it. Then its the best dress in the world for you! The most important dress is the one for you. I’m not a fan of bridal dresses that reveal absolutely everything for modesty reasons. I believe that the sexiest is left insinuated and left unsaid.

With that in mind, I wasn’t so bothered about the latest styles etc. I’m obsessed with whats happening in the bridal world because I feel it can help a bride find HER perfect match. The trend shouldn’t make the bride’s look as fun as trends can be.

When it came to my look I had a very specific idea of the style I was going for. I did not want to be a modern bride or a princess. My favourite design era’s are the 20’s-30’s and the 70’s bohemian period. That should tell you all you need to know. It wasn’t going to be the typical look. I spend half my time permanently attached to my phone looking at bridal trends and still never really found anything that was perfect.

To sum it up:

  1. The dress could not be modern. I didn’t want to be a princess either, so no mountains of fabric or loo roll holders. It had to be Bohemian or 20’s/Gatsby inspired.

  2. I didn’t want it to cost the earth. Maybe I was an unusual bride but my dress wasn’t a big priority money wise. I would rather have put more money into decor, venue or cakes.

  3. It had to be unique but show off my figure. Most bohemian and 20’s inspired dresses are very loose fitting. A challenge I anticipated.

I quickly found a tailor I thought could bring my dreams come to life but still wanted the experience of trying on dresses. I went with an army to David’s Bridal in Stratford and asked my family and best friends to pick dresses they thought might suit me. This might sound as weird to you. In my experience helping brides I have learnt that the length your friend and family know you can be an unexpected surprise. Preferably the better for the sake of the bride.

For most brides it probably would have provoked chaos with mountains of dresses selections. With my picky taste in the whole shop only 6 options were selected. Most just for fun.

Dress 1:

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This was actually my number 1 option to try  on at David’s, if it was going to be a David’s Bridal gown this was the first choice. Beautiful delicate lace and a lord of the rings esque cape. Gorgeous. Plus’s, beautiful shape and delicate lace. But it annoyed me that the cape was not de-attachable. I thought it was so super disappointing. But not disappointing enough that the dress wasn’t gorgeous.

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Dress 2:

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Surprisingly chic. I loved the beadwork on top of the lace and the simplicity made it very elegant. Conveniently the short pixie cut I had that day worked really well with the dress. Teamed with the veil its a truly great look but not sure if the dress is for me. Too simple or super elegant?

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Dress 3:

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This dress looked gorgeous on me and was a huge favourite with my visitors. We are divided because as much as it looked amazing, it wasn’t my style at all being more 50’s. It was super sophisticated and the drama would be perfect for a church wedding because of it’s long train. It definitely  had the drama for that long aisle. Decisions!

Dress 4:

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Not even going to pretend this was an option. Not my taste at all, you’ll see my reaction in the video!

Dress 5:

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Super 20’s inspired dress. Simplistic silhouette and delicate lace with a slight shimmer in person with a beautifully embellished top. It twinkled! But the shape :-( no no no! What too loose fitting, changing it would take some serious work and cost some serious pounds.

Dress 6:

Super classic and elegant. Lace appliqué everywhere. There wasn’t much that made it unique for me, and it didn’t channel any era’s past. So for the girl with her her in clouds of decades past, it was unlikely to get a seat on the lifeboat.

What can I say about the ultimate David’s Bridal review at Stratford? The lady that helped us was so nice but the experience super disappointing! We had an appointment but still waited 30 mins, our stylist was changed in the middle of consulting as it was ‘time for her to go home’. I was so grateful because the sweet lady we got instead was lovely. Don’t worry I shared my feelings with the relevant parties. Since then, in my dealings with them the service was better and having looked at reviews from other brides it seems the many unfavourable reviews have shaken them into a change around. I’m grateful for that, I love the ethos of the brand, bringing great design to a bride of great taste on a budget.

 

So there you have it! You’ll have to wait to figure out what I chose…..feel free to guess though?

 

 

Planning the Studio Chi Wedding: London Wedding Venue Prices #2

Phwoar! Well one thing I will say is being a wedding blogger does not necessarily make all aspects of planning a wedding easy. Finding the perfect wedding venue? Not easy.

It was the first thing we wanted to book after getting engaged as I already knew they get booked up quite quickly.  Your wedding venue choice dictates so much of the ambience. It says a lot about your taste as a couple.

Also please note that in order to get an honest review I did not tell these venues I was wedding blogger, though they did figure it out later. I am aware that I am very lucky and was afforded many priviledges because of what I do but

Just to recap, this was the theme we were working with…..

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Venue Priorities:

1. We are looking for a venue that fit 400 – 500 guests while having plenty of character and a good enough dance floor for an additional 100  evening guests.

2. We also wanted it to feel intimate and have a lot of vintage character. So no banqueting suites or town halls that look too much like town halls.

3.  We wanted a venue that would allow us to have our own caterer oh and a big enough kitchen for the caterer to prep.

4. We also wanted a venue with parking so that our guests did not have to pay too much for or if at all.

5. We wanted a venue beautiful on the outside AND on the inside.

6. Not too far outside of London so we could get married at our home Church in London. London wedding venue prices are expensively expensive. Did I say expensive?

7. and not more than £7000. It seemed like mission impossible. Please bear in mind all the amounts discussed have upped themselves (gulp) in the last year!

The Contenders:

Bear in mind these prices include the time we needed to set up and set down.

Parklands, Surrey

Price: £10k approx for a peak Summer Saturday 

(This was my absolute dream wedding venue and the first place we visited!)

Positives:

  • Stunningly beautiful grounds. The house is full of intricate details and so much of the original old furnishings and mouldings.
  • Great service. Very kind and thorough and answered all of our questions. Not snobby at all very kind. Plus they had deers….
  • Great knowledge on cultural weddings. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Nigerians statistically spend close to double the amount of money on their weddings than other British counterparts. It’s not good enough to be in the industry and not be well versed on the needs of the cultures you are most likely to come across.

Negatives:

  • The price point which was quite bit over budget but more importantly
  • Too far away from our Church venue. We would have to hire a coach for our guests…

Addington Palace, Croydon London

Price: £9k approx for a peak Summer Saturday

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Positives:

  • Marquee included. It is one of the only Estate houses with a marquee included and is located within London. The Marquee has a capacity of 1000 people.
  • Golden beautiful chairs included so no need to hire.
  • Ample car parking.
  • Beautiful grounds, estate house overlooks many green pastures.
  • Estate house in London!? Rarer than chocolate cake….

Negatives:

  • Service was terrible, truly terrible. They behaved as if we didn’t have the money to pay for the venue which we could have uncomfortably stretched too, but that’s really not the point. No body should be made to feel like a time waster in any area of customer service, anywhere.  Feel free to contact me Addington! Such a shame as the grounds are beautiful. But not worth it for that service.
  • Money Issues. I recently spoke to a bride who three months after her wedding is still awaiting her deposit! Her experience with them was so bad she contemplated changing the venue a month before the wedding, after handing out invites!

Walthamstow Assembly Halls

Price: 7k approx for a Summer Saturday Wedding

 

Positives:

  • Fabulous exterior.Beautiful Roman building with the original exterior glory. Has plenty of character and charm with gold trimmings. Large windows allow light in. Large stage perfect for an elaborate top/sweetheart table.
  • 450 capacity with a great dance floor space.
  • Water fountain, because it’s just cool.
  • Fully equipped kitchen external caterers can use.
  • Great service, the venue is very easy to get hold of.
  • 200 car parking spaces, no charge.
  • Allows external catering.

Negatives:

  • Distance from the Church.
  • Wood everywhere, It can be difficult to soften up the look of a venue with a lot of wood. And by difficult I mean nightmare decor wise. The decor would have to compliment or stand out to work. Decorating would be rather expensive to say the least.
  • Unsuitable chairs! Look more office than pretty.  We would have to hire 450 chairs!
  • No greenery, super important to me! I want forest and plants!

The Decorium,London- Wood Green Wedding 

Price: 7k approx for an Summer Saturday Wedding

Positives:

  • Grand stage area which is perfect for the couples from cultures with traditionally extravagant sweetheart tables. Like my Nigerian background.
  • They have by far the very best lighting system around, fully customisable to suit your colour scheme and can be dimmed or extensified throughout your event.
  • Super flexible on the external catering and a great mass plate cleaning system that I really wanted to play with.
  • Easy to get to via public transport.
  • Added extras! As far as I remember I believe they offer either napkins or cutlery for your guests? Worth confirming!

Negatives:

  • No allocated parking for guests. Small area for parking for bride and groom and family in front. Not too far from a car park, short walk.
  • Surroundings aren’t especially pretty, though there is a small park for a few pictures.
  • The carpet! My, my my! You can forgive a lot of things is capacity and beauty is offered. Stunning venue but the carpets pattern is so loud and bold it would drowns out any softer colour scheme. Very annoying. I can understand why, with a venue that large and busy you would need flooring that does not show up mess but the look….got…..killed. Works for bolder colour schemes.

Lakeview Marquee

Price: 6.5k (recurring special offer) approx for a Summer Wedding.

Positives:

  1. Great Marquee venue with two large spaces, one smaller (fits 250) the other much larger ( fits 1000).
  2. All white everywhere and modern crystal swirl chandeliers. As there is no obvious colours or character traits the venue is fully customisable for all colour schemes.
  3. Ample car parking.
  4. Beautiful grounds and lake with plenty of photo opportunities.

Negatives:

  1. Not many actually! As it is not a heritage venue it is a blank space open to interpretation which is great for some. For me, it lacked the character the theme of my wedding needed. I also have a thing for heritage venues with a little more history.
  2. Complicated Drive from our Church venue.
  3. Back then they were very picky about external caterers. I’ve heard conflicting reports since then. Seems some brides can get away with it.
  4. Difficult to communicate with and difficult to reach. Ouch.
  5. Car parking is on site but you still have to pay?!

 

These were our options? You will  know what we picked later but I really hope this helps some brides out there! Looking for a venue can take time but just be patient. When you find the right one it is worth the wait.

 

Planning the Studio-Chi Wedding #1

Why hello faithful readers! Over the next week or two I am going to be writing about the process planning our wedding!

I remember my sister turning to me just before we got engaged and saying to me ‘a wedding bloggers wedding…..this is going to be interesting’.

I laughed because she was completely right. My Husband (then fiance) and I knew we were going to get married after a very planned courtship. We decided our main objectives to the wedding were……

  1. God . We are both Christians and we wanted our wedding to unapologetically celebrate our faith. In the same way a humanist wedding would be bold and not take place in a church or an atheist wedding would make no religious references. We wanted to make our faith and its place in our relationship clear.
  2. Fun but Intimate & Laidback Atmosphere. I’d like to think we are pretty fun people and we love to laugh and joke. We were looking to expect including evening guests approx 600 people. But we wanted it have personal touches that made it feel smaller.
  3. Vintage Style and Decadent Details. I was born in the wrong decade. I should have been born in the 20’s or the 70’s for that matter. The body con dresses and contour fabulosity is lost on me. Me and tori decided I should take the lead on styling the wedding, because I only write a wedding blog after all ha! But more on that later…..
  4. Great Food. Tobi (My husband) is the son of the best Nigerian caterer I know and he loves food while I spend most of my time playing with it. Food is a big deal in our Nigerian culture. So the expectation was high. In the same way there was an anticipation of a beautiful wedding because I write about weddings, there was anticipation about great food because his families association with it. No pressure then!
  5. Great Music. Me and Tobi love music and love to dance. We wanted people to get up and move!

The very first thing I did, which is what I do for all my brides. I distilled my thoughts and put them down and onto a mood board that would serve as the blueprint for all my vendors. It would give everyone involved an idea of the feel we wanted to achieve.

5…….4……..3……2……1…..

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In the bottom left  hand corner you can see the wedding logo I designed for our big day. In terms of colour I am usually very opposed to one colour with white themes. I like a variety of harmonious colours as I feel it gives decor more character. Gold was the metallic of choice with elegant vintage and crystal details!

There was a meaning for every colour we used. Pink is romantic, purple is the historical and Biblical colour for royalty and blue is Tobi’s favourite colour.

Until the next post you can catch me on Instagram sharing wedding inspiration @studiochiweddings. See you soonx

Guess Who? UK Wedding Dresses at £499 and under from Wed2Be…

Guess who’s back?! What a whirlwind it’s been, I’ve missed you all! In the time I’ve been away and got married myself. There is just so much to share and all the wedding details are coming I promise! In the mean time I’m getting back to writing about my grand old love, weddings. Other people’s weddings! Having my own has just made me the more passionate about them. It made me  understand just how important they are. Assisting a bride and understanding her is much better done when you have walked in her shoes.

It’s only appropriate that we discuss a topic that plays on the minds of so many brides when they first start thinking about the big day……the dress.

I genuinely think that one of the reasons the dress has become a spectacle in our minds is that its the one day we feel we have to look good! There’s pressure to look ‘like’ a bride, through I believe the rendition is defined by you. Let’s be honest with ourselves. Great fabrics,craftsmanship and tailoring cost dearly. I studied the world of fabric myself so I’m not going to pull the wool over your eyes on that one. Nothing materially good comes free. Nevertheless every brides priorities are different. I feel that over the years our priorities have changed. The wedding industry is booming and prices sky rocket once you that altering word ‘wedding’. The smartest way to have the wedding of your dreams is to pick your priorities, apportion money there and work/bargain your way around the rest.

I came across the site a couple of months ago, have a good look and saw some reviews. I recommended them to a friend of mine last year and saw her walk up the aisle this year. The dress far exceeded her expectations and mine also. So of course I had to share.

Can a boutique offering bridal dresses under £499 be good. Evidently so!

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Aspects I love about the brand:

1. The put the prices on the site! Look I get that prices on display is not luxurious, but if someone else unnecessarily prints ‘ contact stockist for details’ I will smack them with my wallet and demand they take my preferred price!

2. Many many many choices of style, fabrics and shapes.

3. A showroom, with all the dresses and no appointments necessary. I mean film and tv sell us the promise of a beautiful elegant booked appointment. Which is great of course, and exceptional service is absolutely essential. But what’s the use of champagne and orange juice if you are on a late shift and the next available appointment is 3 months away!

I’ve been particularly intrigued by their signature collection designed by Wed2b’s own bridal consultants. Designed by them and inspired by the desires of the brides they come in contact with every day. Genius.

Here are some of my favourites……

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    Gala

‘This sophisticated vintage-inspired gown is crafted from intricately beaded soft tulle over rich satin. The movement in its romantic fluted skirt is simply breath-taking.’

 £499.00

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Gigi

‘For a sophisticated twist on a classic fishtail, this illuminating satin gown is set off beautifully by a softly draped chiffon cape and delicate beaded empire-line embellishment.’

£429

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Amore

‘It doesn’t get more sophisticated than this strapless gown. Luxurious Mikado contours the body creating the perfect hourglass shape, finished perfectly at the back by a breath-taking row of buttons.’

£489.00

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Althea

‘It doesn’t get more sophisticated than this strapless gown. Luxurious Mikado contours the body creating the perfect hourglass shape, finished perfectly at the back by a breath-taking row of buttons.’

£499.00

Tell a friend, friend of a friend and anyone on a budget you know getting married. Just don’t tell anyone else the price. That’s just mean….