Style| Phase Eight Bridal and High Street Wedding Dresses?

There is so much that appears to have already been decided for brides and grooms before they begin to plan thier big day. Let me explain myself. We have these incredible remote satellite devices called phones and laptops at our disposal! We have Pinterest, Instagram and blogs all talking about this beautiful and wonderful world of weddings. We feature the highest standards of couturiers, designers and details. This is great if you have a budget of £40,000 and upwards.  So what happens when you have a budget of £10,000? Or £20,000 and want to invite all of your loved ones without agonising over who to leave out. Louboutin shoes at £500? Piece of cake, but that could cover the cost of 6 bridesmaid dresses if your thrifty!

Nothing good comes cheap, but I’m convinced it can be inexpensive.  Yes, Phase Eight is a high street store in the UK. The idea of a high street bridal dress may put some of you off immediately. We’ve been taught to prefer the exclusive. Who doesn’t want something that no one else has?

But here are four reasons you should take the idea very seriously! Along with 5 dresses by Phase Eight Bridal that might change your mind….

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‘Hermione’ Wedding Dress(£495)

1. The designs are beautiful with incredible detailing(beaded and lace).

2. It will still be a very special because few brides go for a high street dress!

3. High street diffusion bridal designs are never made in bulk. It tends to be a ‘get it in your size while you can’ kinda situation.

4. They are much less expensive than purchasing a bridal dress from a typical retailer and may avoid you living on toast and beans for your first month of marriage. #justsaying.

5. How high street is Phase Eight? Like really, not very!

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‘Elbertine’ Wedding Dress (£650)

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‘Mariette’ Wedding Dress (£650)

phase eight elodie wedding dress

‘Elodie’ Wedding Dress £750

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‘Esme’ Wedding Dress £350

I can hear some of you saying, but what about the independent wedding industry? Will this take away business from our growing bridal industry? Not too much. For one very simple reason.

There are many brides. Which means many tastes, many sizes and many stories. Have you ever tried shopping from just one store exclusively? Very few people do. High street wedding dresses are going to appeal to brides who are planning a last minute wedding. Note that the majority of independent bridal designers need 2-3 months notice for a custom gown. Hunting a Vera Wang or Pronovias in a size 12 for a quickie elopement?  In the UK? Good luck! Not to talk of those dreaming brides who still need to knock off some zero’s. To be or not to be?

Darling, that is the question. Would you?

Chi x

Wedding Day Photo Ideas

Why hello! Where are you, I hear you say? Alive and well and blogging right now ;-)

I am so glad we are all made differently, and every couple loves uniquely. Your wedding photography is a great way to show off what makes you special and savour the moment! For all of you lovely brides and grooms who are wondering what to do apart from just smiling away. Here is some inspiration.

1.  Balloons
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Photography by Amanda Wilcher
2. Signage
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Photography by Orange Girl Photography
3. Pets
Photography by Christina Mcneill Photography
4. Fun Backdrops 
Photography by ?(If this is you let me know so I can credit you!)
wedding backdrop ideas 
 Tassel background by Studio Mucci
wedding bouquet chevron wedding ideas
Photography by (J. Anne Photography) via Style Me Pretty
5. Glitter
glitter wedding photo prop
Photography by Dana Grant Photography
6. Ring Bearer Plate
Ring bearer plate
Ring Bearer Ring Dish by OrlyDesign
7. Rings
adebayo deru photography
 Photography by Adebayo Deru
9. Frames
wedding photo ideas framese
Photography by Renaissance Studios Photography
10. Sweet Treats
Photography by {Be Love} Renee Bell Photography
11. Involving God
(As a Christian I believe God makes marriage beautiful! Anything that reminds you of him on the biggest day of your life is wonderful.) 
Wedding Photography by Petruzzo Photography
12. Personalised Buntings
Bride and groom holding bunting
Photography by Lukas & Suzy VanDyke Photography
13. Super Hero Bride and Groom
super hero bride and groom
 Photography by Hoffer Photography 
14. Bubbles
Photography by Leah LaRiccia Photography
15. Funky Footwear
personalised wedding shoes
Photography by ? If you are the photographer, let me know so I can credit you!
Photography by ? If you are the photographer, let me know so I can credit you!
16.  Umbrella’s
wedding lace vintage parasol
Parasols by ChoCoB
 Photography by Tom Hall Photography
17. Candles and Sparklers
Photography by ? If you are the photographer, let me know so I can credit you!
18. Your Veil
wedding day veil t.phillips photography
 Photography by T. Philips
19. Reading each others Love Letters
bride and groom read love letters
 Photography by Spindle Photography
20. Sharing a Drink Together
bride groom mason jar
Photography by Our Labor of Love

Branford, Ontario (Canada) Engagement Shoot From Jono & Laynie Photography

Greetings! Yep, you definately read the header right, our very first engagement shoot on the blog! One of the first things a couple will do is book an engagement shoot with a photographer. I can understand why that can be a little overwhelming! Luckily, engagement shoots are about beautifully capturing the start of a new adventure. Fuss aside, that’s it! That’s what I love about this shoot. No props, no craze….just the love…

The funny thing is that I have actually met this beautiful future bride! She has the kindest heart ever! Upon seeing a snippet of this shoot I knew I had to feature all of it’s glory on the blog. In between the beauty of Canada’s Branford Ontario, and the incredible work by Jono and Laynie. I am totally blown away!

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot

How did you meet?

“Kyle and I met at a kids camp in Canada last Summer…. He was a wakeboarding instructor (how cool) and I was just visiting for the week from England- it had always been a dream of mine to go! One of the camp girls I was leading during the week announced from her bunk bed one day that she thought I should marry Kyle (knowing a bit more about him than I did and thinking that he was an amazing man!). Anyway, Kyle and I got talking on the last night of the camp before he moved to America and I went back to England…. And then we found ourselves on Skype quiiiiiite a lot for the next while of our lives…!”

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot


Kyle, What’s your favourite thing about Becky?

“The things that I love about becky are far too many to express in a single statement, but I suppose if I was to sum it up to two things it would be her love and passion for Jesus and the way that that overflows into her commitment to friendship and loving the people around her!”

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot


Becky, What’s your favourite thing about Kyle?

‘His sense of adventure! It’s the most inconvenient and the best thing, and it’s so unique to him! I won’t live a boring life with Kyle Jaster that’s for sure . I’ve never met anybody who takes on life’s adventures with such ease and excitement! I like that. ‘

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot

jonoandlaynie photography engagement shoot

 The end of a great courtship and the start of a beautiful engagement! We wish them all the best as the plan their upcoming nuptials!

 Jon and Laynie Photography & Film

Musing| Before you get excited about that Kim Kardashian wedding dress…

I like to think I keep it real. I also like to think I can get away with saying statements like that….

Because I’m that cool? Cringe.

Givenchy will forever be know as the couture house that made THE Kim Kardashian wedding dress. It was well, stunning. You don’t need to be her biggest fan to admit that. I personally don’t watch the program. I’m not on that hype,  though I wouldn’t mind a spree in their wardrobes. However, whilst mentally congratulating the genius that is Richard Tisci at Givenchy who designed the dress. I couldn’t help but wonder. Why was the dress  SO familiar to me? So I did a little digging…..

Kim Kardashian wedding dress I am all over Australian Bridal designers at the moment because they hit the mark between elegant and sexy. So of course Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress looked a little ‘hmm’. It reminded me of a previously designed Steven Khalil wedding dress. I’m not going to accuse any one of stealing but…….(clears throat). My verdict of personal choice? Steven Khalil, as his original version only shows skin at the back. Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy wedding dress featured mesh inserts at the sides and I don’t like cutout styles on brides. The upside is that we know the Steven Khalil version is much more likely to be affordable!

What are your thoughts? Good job to both of them or catfight?

Spotlight| David’s Bridal UK?

The wedding dress…….sigh. Shopping for it is either great fun or a nightmare.  In the UK it is fair to say that we have a growing bridal industry. But I still hear the frustration from British brides who have fallen in love with something not available on our shores. Between importing duties, sizing and practicalities, a shipped dress is not everyone’s most delicious cup of tea.  It is pretty hard to believe that the World’s biggest bridal retailer has just opened in the UK. For all the people looking at their screens and thinking huh? Who? David’s Bridal are an American company, from far far away. Put it this way, they dress one in three brides in America. So yes, they are that big!

David's Bridal wedding dress

Here are three reasons why they are awesome!

1. Great Value For Money: Regardless of the want, it comes down to the money a lot of the time. Being the biggest bridal retailer they pass across savings to you! Classic styles start from £375.00…..(and the cheap one’s are not ugly! #suprised?)

2. Easy and Convenient Service: A personal shopper will guide you through your experience and help you to complete your perfect look. David’s Bridal have everything from the veil to the lingerie,

3. Great Designs and Couture Designer Collaborations: I make a point of never featuring brands with a less than beautiful offerings. There are a lot of pretty designs on the market but what really caught my eye was their couture collaborations. They stock exclusive collections by Melissa Sweet, Zac Posen, Galina and the legendary Vera Wang.

4. You heard it first! They have JUST arrived in the UK. So you reading this right now, have first dibs before every Sally, Susan and Sarah has an appointment! Bad joke, but you catch my drift….My sources tell me customer service there is pretty good too!

Welcome David’s Bridal UK edition!

Idea Of The Day|Personalised Chalkboard Wedding Backdrop

What makes a wedding day special is not designer labels or expensive price tags.

It is not a hugely expensive venue and it isn’t even perfect weather. What makes a wedding special is a day that uniquely celebrates and resembles the two people starting a marriage. All of the  subtle and special touches that make guests think, ‘that is so them!’. I reckon that this one would add so much personality to someone’s special day.


This is a great feature for all the vintage/ chalkboard lovers. Making an incredible back drop for photography with the couple and wedding guests. Plus, it doubles up as a guest book for friends and family to write messages on. It can be hung up in your new home as your first bespoke piece of artwork. Super cute!


Personalised Chalkboard Wedding Backdrop by Modo Creative

£85 + £8.50 (Mainland Uk Delivery)

Spotlight: Minted Wedding Invitations

I will put my hands up and admit that wedding invitations can be a bit of a hassle. Wedding stationary is an aspect of the day that most couples don’t realised they are picky about…until they are faced with choices. Everyone knows what the cheap stuff looks like. Flimsy paper,bland and reminiscent of Microsoft word homework adventures. Regardless, your wedding invitations will be your guest’s first impression of the feel and theme of your big day. It will give them a heads up about what to expect. The road to a wedding is a long journey, the map should at least look nice! At Studio Chi we are all about making tying the knot, as easy and good-looking as possible.

Minted is an online site that offers wedding stationary suites created by independent designers worldwide. They carry classic, contemporary, vintage and whimsical designs and all customisable. Proving that they truly have something to suit the needs of every couple. In order for you both to make the best decision, colour and design samples can be requested. They will even address envelopes for you!

minted wedding invitations

Yes, if your having a big Nigerian/Asian wedding, it might get a little pricey as you might require a much larger amount. But when it comes to great paper goods, they rarely come cheap! A must for all busy brides and grooms. Who can say ‘easy peasy’?

Prices start from $234/£139 for 100 Minted Wedding Invitations.

5 Things Tuesday| 5 Ways to Annoy Your Wedding Guests

Hey everyone! So it’s Wednesday but let’s …..

I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying this blog switch up. Before my little project became a wedding blog, I used to do a series called 5 Things Tuesday. 5 thoughts on a random topic. This ’5 Things’ edition has a wedded spin on it! 5 ways to annoy your wedding guests? Every couple wants their wedding guests to rave about how amazing their wedding days. Or at best, just enjoy it. Unfortunately, a lot of nuptials leave a bad after taste. Take note future brides and grooms….

wedding sign board

1.  Weddings that are so expensive to attend that your guests evaluate whether it’s worth going. If your friends are millionaire’s it’s cool. If your friends have stuff like bills and rent to think about, think carefully about your wedding’s area code. Don’t make people spend money they don’t have travelling to  Timbukto when you can get married in a pretty place an hour away. Don’t have bridal parties that wipe your girls of their month’s pocket money. Don’t have a stag do that costs each guy as much as the brides dress! Then  you’ll still expect them to get you a hen gift AND a wedding gift? You’ll be lucky if they give you a £10 Homebase voucher….

2. No Parking Spaces. Your friends and family are keen to celebrate with you. They make the drive and then realise that they have made their car homeless. So they will probably park illegally. Then your guests will sit through the ceremony calculating the fee they will recieve while you make the boldest statement of your life. Don’t be surprised if everyone seems more interested in the 18th Century clock by the altar. Yes it’s nice, but they are just counting down the minutes. Congratulations,  you have just made half of your guests criminals…with a £75 fine. Make sure those thank you cards are nice…

3. Guest’s not actually seeing the bride and groom. It’s a bit of a flop when you attend a wedding but see more of the couple’s outfits on instagram the day after. Bad planning, bad photographers, rushing and ill thought venues tend to carry the most blame. We know your happy getting married, but it would be super nice to see your smiles.

4. When the wedding cake doesn’t actually get served. My biggest pet peeve. You display the delicious thing, give it it’s own table. Then we watch you cut into it and YOU share it. But that’s the last time we see it. Wickedness. How could you? It would be better if you announced it was just for the family so people like me don’t keep looking over their shoulder for a tray with slices.

5. When the food/drink runs out or or is served with tiny portions. We appreciate that you wonderful brides and grooms have so much to pay for. But if your wedding leaves your guests hunting for the local chippie…..theres a problem. With a venue that is so scenic….but surrounded by wildlife. So no chance of a fish and chips anyway.  Did you invite them to wander the desert? Worst of all, some parents end up hunting down a plate for their kids? (I have literally seen this happen.) All the makings of a ‘Lost’ episode. But with better wardrobe and understandable finish .

What are your pet peeves? I’d love to know!

x Chi x

Nigerian Bridal Jewellery: Beads By Oma

If you think you know weddings, you just don’t. Not until you have experienced a Nigerian wedding. Of course as a Nigerian I am completely biased. The standards at a Nigerian wedding are slightly different from the norm. On average a Nigerian bride will change outfits a whopping 3 times on her wedding day.

Outfit 1: White Bridal Dress

Outfit 2: Nigerian Traditional Dress (The style depends on what tribe she belongs to or is marrying into.) Which requires the style of jewellery we like to call Nigerian Bridal Jewellery.

Outfit 3: Party Dress( A modern evening dress she can actually dance in)

I was super excited when I came across Beads by Oma. I always see jewellery sets for Nigerian Brides in photo’s but have no vendor knowledge. After asking around I found out that neither do most people!

Beads by Oma ship worldwide and the reviews are excellent. Their brides speak for themselves….

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Nigerian bridal jewellry beads by oma

I am embarrassed to say that half the time writing this post was spent looking up different ways to spell jewellery. Here’s to ‘Beads by Oma’ for creating masterpieces in less time…

x Chi x

Spotlight|Virgos Lounge Bridesmaid Dresses ?

Hello everyone! Couldn’t sleep before sharing this one. Unless you have been sleeping under a rock you will have either heard of Virgos Lounge or seen one of their dresses.  Virgos Lounge is know for their wearable jewel toned(for the most part) dresses and seperates featuring incredible beaded embroidery and bead work. I have written about this before here!

The success of the brand has started a trend amongst brides. Who wants a bland bridesmaid dress when you can have a great, classic but fashionable choice. Cue Virgos Lounge bridesmaid dresses. Alison Cameron is an acclaimed make-up artist who happened to be doing a shoot for Virgos Lounge. When I saw these pictures pop up on her instagram feed, I knew I had to share them with you.





I guess the guys at Virgos Lounge decided to cement their place in the wedding industry! Alison did a great job on the make-up. Thanks for breaking the news! Though I have to say this will make me think twice about which Virgos Lounge dress I purchase. Especially if its for a wedding. I don’t want to look like I’m part of the bridal party…..

x Chi x

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