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Sometimes good ideas are like buses…

you don’t get one for ages and then three turn up all at once! Ever since we opened Limelight Occasions we have been puzzling over how to use the bridge attached to it. Our bridal boutique used to be a church and the local congregation entered through big double doors by crossing the bridge from the street. We can’t use these doors as our entrance because they now open into a changing room. The bridge is a key feature of the building but…

 What do you do with a bridge that leads nowhere? 

We were discussing it over coffee at a bridal conference in London when Haley had that first Eureka moment… let’s create our very own Pont des Arts in West Yorkshire! When brides find their wedding dress with us we’ll invite them to celebrate by fastening a Limelight love lock onto our bridge and taking the key home as a keepsake present.


Next Question…

What to call the bridge? The Limelight Love Bridge sounded a bit …well … naff … somehow, and we want this to mean something – to be a special celebration of marriage. The bridge deserves a special name. It was Sophie who came up with Eureka moment number two…

The Lockwood Bridge

Limelight is a family business, The Limelight Bridge should be named after someone very special to the family and to all the Limelight team – Frank Lockwood.

Our much loved, and greatly missed, Dad, Grandad and Great Grandad enjoyed life to the full and was a wonderful role model to everyone of us.

Frank worked tirelessly in both our local family businesses – Limelight Occasions Bridal Boutique, Lepton and Sleep Matters Beds, Honley. An incredibly fit and active man, Frank was still helping us decorate both premises and gardening when he was 90!

He was so proud of our achievements and a part of all our celebrations…

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Frank loved life in general and family life in particular. He enjoyed two very happy marriages, to Audrey and Joan. Although widowed twice, Frank never uttered a word of self pity; saying only that he felt lucky to have known so much love in his life. We dedicate the Limelight Bridge to his memory with our love and gratitude.

So how do you open a Bridge?

If we had thought of love locks on the bridge when we first opened nine years ago, our bridge would have been full by now… but never mind, opening The Lockwood Bridge is a lovely way to celebrate the beginning of Limelight’s tenth anniversary.

We wanted to invite Limelight brides, past and present to put on their love locks at our opening but our third Eureka moment was down to our friend and wedding photographer extraordinaire, Sarah Brabbin.

http://www.sarahbrabbin.co.uk/wedding-portfolio/

Sarah came up with the idea of recreating the feel of a wedding day celebration with a specially decorated marquee with music, prosecco and cupcakes for our Limelight couples to write personal messages on their love locks before walking up to The Lockwood Bridge and fastening them on.

The marquee was supplied by Holme Valley Marquees http://holmevalleymarquees.co.uk and the fabulous Jane, the Woo b Woo fairy created Millie’s flower crown and these amazing candelabra – so chic and so pretty. http://woobwoo.com/index.html. These scrumptious strawberry cup cakes were a lovely gift from our good friend Jeanette of Boootiful Cakes http://www.booootifulcakes.co.uk and believe me delicious doesn’t even begin to describe how they tasted

It was great to see everyone again, catch up with all the news and see the littles ones! Then it was down to those special messages…

Had Frank still been with us, he would have opened our bridge; but he has four Great Grandchildren, Lilah, Ethan, Alfie and Millie so it was a very special moment for all at Limelight, when Millie, the eldest at seven, opened The Lockwood Bridge in his honour.

Now it was time to fasten on the love locks!

Despite the odd shower we had great fun!

A big thank you to Tracy Hirst for capturing all the special moments  we will always remember.

Thank you to all our Limelight couples for coming to put your love locks on The Lockwood Bridge and making our day so special. If you are a Limelight bride, from way back, recently or right now, please pop in and put your love lock on our bridge – we would love to see you!

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Limelight brides often tell us they are worried about shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses because everyone in the party is a different size and shape. They want all their friends to feel equally amazing but are daunted by the task of finding dresses that suit everyone. Our response? Not only is bridesmaids shopping easier than you think, it is great fun, as long as everyone remembers … the key to dress shopping is shape not size. Girls who wear very different dress sizes can share the same body shape and look and feel equally stunning so long as the dress flatters their shape.

ENCOURAGE YOUR BRIDESMAIDS TO CELEBRATE THEIR SHAPE

It’s a well known phenomenon in the bridal world, that every client regardless of her age and size will focus entirely on what she dislikes about her body.  She will say my bust and hips are too big when she has a tiny waist and an amazing hourglass shape or, my shoulders are too broad when she has slender hips and legs to die for! The secret is for your maids to embrace their individual body shapes and experiment with styles to draw attention to their best bits by balancing proportions…

SHOPPING FOR BODY SHAPE

Upper body is narrower than the lower half?

Look for dresses that accentuate your shoulders – ruffles or drop sleeves – and draw attention to your waist with an A line skirt …

Lower body is narrower than upper body ?

Wear fuller skirts, avoid spaghetti straps and experiment with high waisted styles…

Narrow hips, long legs, fuller waistline?

Elongate the torso with V necklines wear shorter skirts to show off those legs…

And the dress to suit all body shapes?

To create curves and to celebrate curves…

Shop with your bridesmaids in a bridal boutique with a full selection of dresses by the same designer – Sorella Vita stockists carry every style in the entire collection – this way you can be sure of finding dresses of different styles to flatter individual body shapes in matching or complimentary wedding colours and textures, so all your maids feel and look gorgeous. Shop with confidence and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Weddings can certainly run away with your cash so, not surprisingly, savvy couples are keen to save money while creating an amazing day.

Smart ways to save your wedding cash:

marry out of season on a week day – this way you can snap up the fantastic deals offered by venues during their quieter times. fab shoes don’t need to cost a fortune if you avoid big name brands – make sure they are comfy though – its a long day on your feet hold your ceremony and reception at the same venue or at two places within walking distance of each other – you will save transport costs consider a buffet instead of a sit down meal this saves waiters wages hire graduate student musicians – very talented and a fraction of the cost of professionals

Photography by Sarahrabbin at 315

But what about the wedding dress?

Every bride wants to look and feel fabulous on her wedding day – let’s face it – with all eyes on you, your gown is the most self-expressive dress you will ever wear. The good news is you don’t have to blow your budget to wear an amazing designer bridal gown. You just have to be in the know. So what are your options?

Amelia by Essense of Australia £550 Bridal Sale Week Limelight Occasions

Online 

Buying your wedding dress online seems is tempting on the face of it. There are hundreds of sites on the internet offering designer wedding dresses at a fraction of the recommended retail price. But there is a saying – if it seems too good to be true then it probably is and this is never more true than in the case of the online wedding dress.

This is how it works – the discount website steals the images of a gorgeous wedding dress off the designers website. You, the bride are led to believe you will get an exact copy of this dress at a fraction of the price. But there is another saying – you get what you pay for in life. If you order a cheap copy of a designer dress from a discount website, you risk a poorly made dress  arriving in cheap fabric, looking nothing like the original design, which was made from quality fabrics by highly skilled seamstresses overseen by a top designer.

These nasty copies are usually made in China with no option for return and refund. Suddenly you are on your own with a wedding dress you wouldn’t be seen dead in and now you have to buy another dress – no savings there then!

To spot a counterfeit wedding dress manufacturer look out for these tell tale signs:

there is no money back guarantee there is no contact information or returns policy on the website there is no alterations department or shop you can visit if you have a problem the website isn’t listed on the designers website. Only authorised stockists can sell that designer’s collections – anyone not listed as authorised is likely to be selling counterfeits.

But don’t take my word for it – check out the link https://en-gb.facebook.com/BridesBeware/  or simply type counterfeit wedding dresses and read the horror stories for yourself.

The High Street

Many high street stores are currently offering a small selection of wedding dresses – I’ll have those skinny jeans in a stone washed size 10, oh and that wedding dress please………….. really??? 

 Outlet Stores

Recently chains of wedding dress outlet stores have opened across the country. This seems like the answer for the budget conscious bride – rows and rows of the same dress in different sizes for you to queue up to try, buy and take away. Our brides report that the dresses are OK for what they cost. You queue for someone to  help you into your dresses and you have a limit of four. If you don’t find your dress among these four you have to go back to the end of the queue and start again. So you get an OK dress with an OK service but is Ok good enough for your wedding dress – the most self expressive dress you will ever wear? You can do so much better and still work within your budget!

Authorised Designer Stockists – independent bridal boutiques

Wild flower by Ian Stuart £950 Bridal Sale Week Limelight Occasions

Did you know that authorised stockists of designer wedding dresses are experts in bridal styling and sizing and regularly sell sample dresses – original top quality wedding dresses – off the peg at reduced prices? This is because they have to make room in the store for new collections. The beauty of this is you know you are buying a genuine, quality designer bridal gown and it really is a fraction of the price it would be to order. Now that is the way to save money on your wedding dress! Tell the boutique’s bridal stylist your budget and what you are looking for and she will find you an amazing dress that truly is a bargain – it’s a no brainer!

To help brides find a gorgeous, genuine wedding dress at a price they can comfortably afford, The BBSA – the British Bridal Suppliers Association whose members include well known, highly respected designer bridal brands and authorised bridal retailers, are holding a national bridal sale week. Limelight is very excited to be a part of this event – so check out images of our sale dresses at http://www.designerbridalclearance.co.uk/london and ring us on 01484 605185 or email http://enquiries@limelightoccasions.co.uk to book an appointment for bridal sale week Friday 30th June to Friday 7th July 2017. Our bridal stylists will help you find your wedding dress at a fraction of it’s normal cost and you can take it away that day! We look forward to meeting  you!

 

 

 

 

 

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It all started with a naked cake. Jeanette, good friend and wedding cake maker extraordinaire, had come into Limelight to  display her fabulous cake creations in our window. We were chatting about our upcoming photo shoot at 315. This beautiful wedding venue has just entered another league by adding a spa, landscaped gardens and additional rooms complete with bridal suite to its facilities. Emma, 315’s wonderful wedding planner, had invited us both to shoot at the venue with our very favourite wedding photographer and friend Sarah Brabbin. Jane, the incredibly creative woo ‘b’ woo fairy was to dress 315 with all things beautiful  including flowers for our stunning Limelight bride, family friend and model, Kaye Audsley. We always have an amazing time when we shoot together and we were all set for a day of creativity and photographic fun but Limelight still had an important decision to make…

Jeanette, of course, has to plan well ahead for a photo shoot but we were were still undecided about which of this season’s dresses would most wow the camera (we are always spoilt for choice) Jeanette mentioned she was shooting naked wedding cakes. Many brides now opt for cakes stripped of icing – hence the term naked cake. This brought to mind the hottest look on all the bridal catwalks right now – the trend for wedding dresses to reveal tantalising glimpses of flesh – and we immediately knew which of our dresses to take to the shoot!

Bridal Trends to Tantalise

 Head turning haute couture wedding dress by Adam Zohar

Reveal Your Most Beautiful Bit

According to Noel Coward’s song in 1934… In olden days a glimpse of stocking, was looked on as something shocking, but now, God knows, Anything Goes and the beauty of the dare to bare wedding dress trend is that you can choose to reveal your favourite bit – or his! This season bridal designers have really gone to town with illusion – lace and buttons appear to simply float on naked backs.

 Stunning back detail will draw the eye down… to the waist…

then to the hips …

and finally …the whole length of the body to the train … our amazing Lexie dress by Essence of Australia is the perfect example!

If you are worried about shocking straight laced Aunties, soften the revealing effect with an intricate cathedral length veil …

then bare all later when they have had a couple of Sherrys!

If your favourite bit is your midriff, then slightly parting separates are for you. Mabel by KWH is stunning in its simplicity and an absolute show stopper.

Sarah’s amazing pictures of Kaye in  Mabel say it all!

A revealing side panel will lengthen your waist and draw the eye

as will a plunging neckline carefully designed to create drama with  only a glimpse ff flesh.

If you love the look, but don’t quite dare to bare, create the illusion with a heavy lace lined in nude  or gold…

or allow a peep at your feet with a high low hem or …

exotic foot jewellery

Have fun with this trend, flirt with it and enjoy the photo opportunities on your wedding day as much as we did – not to mention the scrummy chocolate cake!

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http://www.booootifulcakes.co.uk

http://www.315barandrestaurant.co.uk

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Sarah, Jeanette, Emma, Jane and the gorgeous Kaye – I cannot recommend these talented ladies highly enough – thank you for another great day girls!

Eternity wedding dress trunk show at Limelight Occasions

The thing we love most about trunk shows is that they give us the chance to introduce you, our brides, to the people who create your gorgeous wedding dresses. These amazingly talented people produce our stunning bridal collections and work with us behind the scenes to make sure your gown is perfectly made and delivered safely to Limelight in plenty of time for your big day. So we are excited to welcome Giles Turner, Yorkshire’s very own answer to Randy Fenoli to Limelight. Giles will advise you on styling  during our Eternity Bridal Trunk Show on the 19th & 20th May. Whether you are looking for sexy, boho, fairytale, sophisticated simplicity, vintage beaded, Hollywood glamour or classic English Rose looks, Giles will help you find the perfect dress from the latest collections from Eternity, Art Couture, Christina Wu and Adrianna Papell.

Giles Turner

Giles love of fashion began when he worked in his father’s fashion showroom in Leeds. Giles then went to Bliss for Brides magazine, becoming their fashion editor, and so his career in the bridal world began! Giles is an extremely experienced bridal stylist and for many years ran his own bridal boutique. Now he works with bridal boutiques all over the country helping them choose the very best of the Eternity Bridal group’s designs for their brides. We thought you might be interested to know a little bit about Giles before you come to meet him so we asked him a few questions on your behalf …

What did you enjoy most about working with brides in your boutique?I loved fulfilling their dreams for their big day, I know it sounds corny, but seeing them light up when they find their perfect dress.

Tell us what you most enjoy about your current role. The variety, from choosing the collection to visiting various stores thoughout the UK

Who or what inspires you and why? I’m inspired by creativity on any level, the talents humans have for creating beautiful things whether its fashion, design or art.

What is your all time favourite dress from your collections and why? That is a hard question, there  have  been so many, I always say I used to be a magpie, so anything sparkly lol

Which fashion era do you love most? 1920s

What is your favourite film, food, holiday destination, style icon? Pretty Woman, Tapas,  New York, Audrey Hepburn

What are your pet hates? Leisure wear as a fashion statement

Top five things on your bucket list? Visit Costa Rico, build my own home, run a marathon, walk the great wall of China, loose 4 stone lol

If there was one bridal related career move you would like to make – what would it be? I’m very happy doing what I’m doing.

When our brides meet you on our designer day, what can they expect from you in terms of styling and advice? Honesty, if I don’t like the dress on someone they will know. Also after the many years I’ve been in the business, my ability to help find the style that is just right for them.

Serena John

The lovely Serena John is part of the design team at The Eternity Bridal Group. We thought you would like to know a little about the person behind the pencil responsible for some of the gorgeous designs our brides are wearing this season.

What was your first job? A pot washer in the village pub at the age of 14!!

How did you become involved in the bridal business ? Through my dentist, who is family. Amanda has the same dentist and whilst doing her teeth, he asked if she had any vacancies, as I had recently been made redundant.

Have you always been a designer or did that evolve from other roles in the business? I have always been in the fashion industry. I started sewing at the age of 11 and then went on to college, then university in London where I studied at St. Martins. From there I worked for various designers including Hussein Chalayan. I have been working for Eternity Bride for 8 years, I started working in the warehouse dealing with deliveries and worked my way up. My job today is still varied, which I love. Some days I’m in the warehouse dealing with deliveries other days I’m sketching the next collection with Amanda.

Who or what inspires you and why? I know it sounds daft but everything. I love all forms of art, textiles and history. At the moment I am obsessed with Japan and it’s culture. I’m trying my hand at Origami, I’m not very good though, I tried to make a butterfly and it looks more like a squashed frog.

What is your all time favourite dress from your collections and why? At the moment it is a Christina Wu dress, style 15638, I love the fabric and the beadwork is beautiful. 

Which is your favourite celebrity wedding dress? I loved the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

What is your favourite memory from your own wedding? Cripes, that’s tricky to answer. I know I should say seeing my husband etc. but it would have to be walking down the stairs and my dad seeing me for the first time in my dress. He got quite choked up and my dad is someone who never shows his emotions….that was a moment I will always treasure.

What would you advise brides to think about when choosing their dress? Keep an open mind, you may have an idea of what you want but 9 times out of 10 that isn’t always the dress you end up with. Try on different styles, you may be surprised what suits you.

Who would you most like to design a wedding dress for? I would have loved to have designed for Elizabeth Taylor, especially the marriage to Richard Burton

Which fashion era do you love most? I have two, ‘20’s for the beadwork and fabrics and 50’s for the silhouette shape from Dior.

What is your favourite film, food, holiday destination, style icon? Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, curry – just love spicy flavours, Mauritius as that is where I went on honeymoon. Style icon……don’t really have an icon but I love the French fashion and how the women dress, so chic.

What are your pet hates? Cruelty and people using my fabric scissors for cutting paper!! 

Where do you see your career heading in the next 10 years? I would still love to be designing for Eternity Bride, I love working here.

Now you have met Giles on paper – why not meet him in person? To find your wedding dress among Serena’s amazing designs with honest advice from one of the industry’s most experienced bridal consultants phone us on 01484 605185 or book now at

www.limelightoccasions.co.uk/contact