The arrival of our fabulous Spring season Mother of the bride and groom collections from John Charles, Lizabella, Ella Boo and Daisy May got us thinking about getting together with our favourite wedding photographer, Sarah Brabbin for a Mother’s Day inspired photo shoot. You have been telling us how much you like to see our wedding dresses and Mother of the Bride and Groom outfits photographed on real women so Sarah asked her friend, Steph and her Mum, Lynne, to model for us. Sarah suggested Cannon Hall House and Gardens which is licensed for wedding ceremonies and, with the Spring flowers in bloom, provided the perfect setting.

We love this lemon and silver dress by Ella Boo. Team it with this boxy lemon jacket and Max and Ellie hat in mist, for a contemporary look with a real sense of occasion – perfect for a Spring wedding.

Our Mother’s Day shoot began with coffee in Cawthorne while Claire, our stylist, treated Lynne and Steph to some early morning pampering. Hair and makeup done, we headed off to the Butler’s Room in Cannon Hall with armfuls of hats, wedding dresses and Mother of the Bride and groom outfits.

This stunning simple Connie gown by essence of Australia is beautifully cut in figure hugging crepe. Elegant, timeless and effortlessly sexy.

A twist of lemon – a show stopping high low dress to make heads turn.

Mother’s Day How and Where did it all begin?

Our photo shoot got us thinking about Mothers Day traditions. I remember, as a child, excitedly dragging my Father out of bed so we could creep downstairs and make a surprise breakfast for my Mum to eat in bed but how and where did it all begin? What would we do without mobiles and Google? Between setting up the shots, we did a bit of research and found that far from being a marketing ploy invented by the greeting card companies, Mother’s day has been celebrated for centuries world wide and is a tradition we share with many cultures.

Confident in a striking fuchsia floral jacket with black and ivory trim – remove the jacket for simple and elegant – pure class

Napoleon declared that Mothers should be officially honoured on the Sunday of Pentecost because he wanted to reward the mothers of large families. During the first world war mothers of four or more children were given medals. And the Mother of all mothers? Was married to a Russian man called Feodor Vassilyev. During her 76 years she gave birth to 69 children – 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets! We salute her! After she died, Feodor went on to marry again and have another 18 children. Looks like he has the Father of all Fathers title sewn up too!

A vintage colonial feel glamorous yet relaxed.

Mother’s Day falls in May in India when traditionally you thank your Mum for everything she has done for you during the year. The family cooks a large meal and Mum is banned from the kitchen. Hindus in India celebrate the Divine Mother, the Goddess Durga, during Durga Puja in October. This ten day festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

The Andean population, indigenous to Peru, celebrate the gifts given by Mother Earth, Pachamama in August. Pachamama (that same sounds lovely when you say it out loud – try it)

This gorgeous Ian stuart wedding gown is named Forget Me Not after the beautiful and traditional pink, lilac and blue flower 

In the UK, the celebration is traditionally called Mothering Sunday and takes place on the Fourth Sunday of Lent. It originated in the 16th century when it was the custom for people to return home to their ‘Mother Church’ on ‘Laectare’ Sunday to worship the Virgin Mary. Those leaving for home were gone ‘ a- mothering’ and would take the chance to visit their families as well as their church. Many were domestic servants and would pick flowers from the verges along the way to give to their Mothers. This amazing wedding dress by Ian Stuart is called Forget me Not after the beautiful blue, pink and lilac flowers. Here in the gardens at Cannon Hall it was easy to imagine the domestic servants who worked at the hall leaving the grounds to go A Mothering back home in the surrounding villages, picking flowers along the way.

Mother’s Day Traditions

Forty countries celebrate Mother’s day on different days but there are many common themes, especially flowers and food, linking the festivities across the globe.

Thank you Mum … say it with flowers …

It is a French tradition to give a cake in the shape of a bouquet of flowers to Mum during a family dinner on Mother’s day,  while Australians honour their Mums by wearing carnations. A red carnation honours Mothers who are still with us, a white carnation honours those who have passed on. The chrysantheMUM is also often given to Australian Mums.

Japanese mothers are revered for their gentle strength as symbolised by the carnation. On Mother’s day children in school draw pictures of their mothers and their work is entered in exhibitions.

Flowers have their own language and by choosing a certain flowers for your Mum, you can express exactly how you feel. For example, the Azalea says take care of yourself for me and is a Chinese symbol of womanhood, Lily of the valley represents sweetness and a return to happiness it says you’ve made my life complete. The cactus is a symbol of endurance and might be the perfect gift from a teenager but might need also an accompanying explanation!

Show stopping – dramatic yet simple – we love the dynamic black and ivory floral against the lime – wow!

Thank you Mum … say it with food …

Traditionally Simnel cakes are associated with Mothering Sunday. During Lent, people resisted sweet foods, rich foods and meat. However, the fast was relaxed a little on Mothering Sunday and a light fruit cake was made, covered with a layer of marzipan with another layer of marzipan baked into the middle of the cake. Traditionally, Simnel cakes are decorated with 11 or 12 balls of marzipan, representing the disciples. The cake is thought to have been named after Lambert Simnel who worked in the kitchens of Henry VII of England around 1500.

All this talk of food sent us in search of the beautiful Cannon Hall dining room – the custodians kindly allowed us to shoot here and it is very possible that Simnel cake was served in this very room on Mothering Sundays in the past.

Effortlessly elegant

Ethiopians celebrate at the end of the rainy season, as part of the three-day Antrosht, dedicated to mums. When the rain stops members of the family come home to celebrate with a large feast. Daughters traditionally bring vegetables, butter, spices and cheese, while the sons bring meat. The ingredients are made into a traditional meal.

Many of the fruits and vegetables used in the Cannon Hall kitchen would have been grown in this walled kitchen garden while meat would have been reared on the estate.

Sweet foods such as chocolates are the most popular Mothers day gift with over £55,000 spent in the UK alone. Mothering Sunday is the most popular day of the year for eating out.

Serbian Mums have an unusual start to Mother’s Day. Their children creep into the bedroom when they are still asleep and tie their Mums up. They are not released until they produce gifts for the family. Er kids ……. just to let you know … we prefer the breakfast in bed with flowers and chocolate option…

It’s Official …

How stylish is this silver coat and dress by Lizabella? Team with a gorgeous mulberry hat and bag by Max and Ellie for sophisticated yet uber femine.

Anna Jarvis was a social activist born in Philadelphia USA in 1864. She campaigned for an official day – Mother’s Day – to honour all mothers in America after the death of her own Mum.

In the UK, we have a vicar’s daughter, Constance Smith to thank for the day we annually honour our Mums. She was so inspired by Jarvis’ campaigned she lobbied Parliament in 1913 for Mothering Sunday to be officially observed in Britain.

Although Mother’s day is celebrated in different ways on different days, the special bond of love and respect that connects families with mothers is shared across the globe.

Thank you Mums for all that you do and all that you give – you are truly awesome.

Happy Mothers Day!

If you like our selection Mother of the Bride and Groom outfits and would like to see more – give us a call on 01484 605185 – we wold love to meet you.


Thank you to everyone at Cannon Hall for making us feel so welcome – for unlocking gates, moving furniture and generally putting up with us. The Limelight team always have lots of behind the scenes fun shooting with the amazing Sarah and this shoot was made extra special by the very lovely Lynne and Steph – Thank you all so much – lets do it again very soon xxxx



Our trip to the bridal show at Olympia to buy wedding dresses for our 2018 collections was extra special last week because our amazing bridal consultant, Jane Ingham was a finalist for the Special Contribution to Bridal  Award at the RBA dinner. Jane has been with us since our boutique opened nearly nine years ago and Limelight wouldn’t be the same without her. Jane is completely committed to our brides and to the Limelight team – she is quite simply indispensable and we love her!

We were absolutely delighted when Essense of Australia and Sorella Vita won awards for Best Wedding Dress Supplier and Best Bridesmaids Supplier – we carry both of these fabulous labels and the team, especially the lovely Jen Eadie (seen with us below) supply us with truly gorgeous wedding dresses and an absolutely first class customer service – our congratulations to everyone at Essense on your well deserved awards !

We had a wonderful evening with our bridal colleagues and friends at the amazing Roof Top gardens in Kensington – a hidden treasure in the capital complete with flamingos! The perfect venue for any celebration. Can’t wait for next year!



We are delighted that, at long last, one of our leading wedding dress labels – Essense of Australia – has introduced Everybody Everybride. This simply means that, instead of designing a plus size wedding dress range specifically for curvy brides and just hoping our brides will like them, Essense have made their top selling designs available to everybody whatever their size.

Making plus size samples available in top selling designs sounds like common sense doesn’t it? We think so and are delighted to have taken delivery of our most popular Essense designs in plus sizes.

We now have Avery, Poppy, Tillie, Gucci, Belle and Connie in two sizes to try so whatever your size, when you visit Limelight, you will be able to see how these amazing wedding dresses will work for you!














We love that our brides-to-be really get involved at Limelight wedding fayres. They arrive with friends and family chauffeur driven by Cartwright’s wedding cars, grab a glass of bubbly and a gift bag and are off into the boutique -sampling cake, choosing dresses to be modelled on the catwalk, chatting with our models and other brides, discussing fabrics, fit and fashion trends! With record numbers attending, 315 wedding venue, the Limelight team and all our colleagues in the world of weddings thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone on Sunday 15th January. Thank you for all the appointments you made with us – we are excited to be working with you, to be listening to all your ideas and to helping you to bring them to life on your wedding day. The amazing Sarah Brabbin – documentary wedding photographer, as always, captured the buzz of the day perfectly……..

Taking photos, shortlisting dresses to be tried at a Limelight consultation, chatting to our wonderful wedding day experts, talking make up, hair, accessories and stationary kept everyone busy as the day flew past………..

All the while, Sarah’s camera clicked away. Quietly, among the hustle and the bustle she took these pictures …


just for a moment…




Wedding dresses by Limelight Occasions

315 wedding venue

Sarah Brabbin photography

Boootiful cakes by Jeanette

Wedding Stationary by Rhubarb & Ginger Mirfield

Eleanor Moxon hair and makeup





Wedding Fayre at Limelight Occasions & 315 Bar & Restaurant

Sunday 15th January 2017

Select wedding dresses from the latest collections by Essense of Australia, Ellis Bridals, Ian Stuart, Nicola Anne & Karen Willis Holmes to be modelled for you on our catwalk while you relax, enjoy a glass of bubbly and chat to our bridal stylists. View the latest bridesmaids dresses from Sorella Vita and Mother of the Bride and Groom outfits by John Charles and Lizabella. Mens wedding suits by Peter Posh are available for hire.

11am – 3pm

Travel in style between Limelight and 315 in Cartwright’s fabulous wedding cars

 View displays & meet the experts who can help you create your wedding day vision, including:


Photography by Sarah Brabbin


Wedding Stationary by Rhubarb & Ginger Home & Wedding

Hair & Makeup Artists

Flowers and Events dressing

Please ring or email Limelight to register for a complimentary gift bag

If you live in the Leeds, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Holme Valley areas of West Yorkshire you are within easy travelling distance of Limelight Occasions Bridal Boutique.