Vintage style wedding shoes by Rachel Simpson at Limelight Occasions


This season many Limelight brides are following in the footsteps of the ultimate style icon, Audrey Hepburn and opting for a tea length wedding dress. Why? Well for a start check out these waistlines:


 1950’s style dresses look amazing on petite brides.

Then there is the styling opportunity …

ooh … and the shoes …

elegant vintage shoes …

                                              And there you have it  – the tea length wedding dress is trending because it is so versatile. It can be elegant and sophisticated …

 fun and flirtatious … you can dance in it

marry in a botanical garden, in a barn, on a beach …. upgrade and travel home in your dress …    the perfect wedding day – your way!





Limelight Occasions buys wedding dresses by Caroline Castigliano, Ian Stuart, Stewart Parvin, Ellis Bridals, Rachel Simpson shoes, White Gallery, 2015 bridal collections, 2015 brides

We had been looking forward to it for months and White Gallery lived up to all our expectations. Going to buy new wedding dresses for the coming season is absolutely our favourite thing to do. We set off down to London on Saturday after a busy day in Limelight and had a wonderful meal at the Linnea Restaurant in Kew – Swedish flavours meet nouvelle cuisine – absolutely scrummy – the service was excellent and the puddings were to die for…… a perfect start to the weekend!

We arrived at the White Gallery in Battersea Park bright and early next morning for our first appointment of the day and were absolutely wowed by Caroline Castigliano’s new collection of wedding dresses for 2015. Choosing the right gowns for our brides involves much passionate debate among the team. As we are taking on the Castigliano label for the first time Caroline spent lots of time talking us through her stunning collection which is really versatile with lots of opportunity for our brides to style their own gowns. Then it was off to see Ian Stuart’s Lady Luxe 2015 collection on the catwalk – gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! As usual we were completely spoilt for choice – dramatic, romantic, show stopping – everything you would expect from Ian Stuart.

Ian Stuart Lady Luxe 2015 Catwalk show – check out a little preview of whats in store for the lucky ladies getting married in Ian Stuart’s fabulous wedding dresses next season:

Still buzzing from Ian’s new collection there was just time to grab a quick bite before heading across town to Stewart Parvin’s showcase at Beauchamp Place. Stewart’s show was wonderfully intimate with dress after breathtaking dress gliding by … how would we choose? The beauty of these dresses, apart from the fabulous fabrics, is the styling opportunity. Stewart and his team showed us the infinite number of ways we could change the look with an amazing array of belts, shrugs, jewellery and veils and we came away inspired and excited.

Six o’clock – we had just made it back to White gallery in time to choose our Rachel Simpson shoes when we were stopped in our tracks by a glimpse of these gorgeous dresses by Karen Willis Holmes ……….  mmmmmm …….how fantastic would these dresses look on Limelight brides?

We would have to sleep on this label because it wasn’t in the plan! We were now out of time – we would have to come back in the morning to look at shoes before heading across London again – this time to Olympia, to view the latest collection from Ellis bridals. For now it was time for a well earned glass of wine and a pair of flats!

Shoes are a particular weakness of ours and Rachel Simpson shoes are irresistible, so by 9.30 Monday morning we were back at White gallery, with a renewed enthusiasm for heels, drooling over beautiful blue shoes and  Rachel’s new clutch bags.

Next stop Ellis Bridals at Olympia and another treat in store. Ellis has produced an amazingly eclectic collection  with sensuous silhouettes and every neckline imaginable in feather light fabrics  – exactly what we had been hoping for.

Our will power was weakening and a whopping 14 dresses from the 2015 Ellis Bridal collection will be arriving at Limelight from July onwards!

As we made our way back to White Gallery to pick up the car and head back to Yorkshire, we couldn’t resist another peek at those KWH beaded beauties before we left.  Of course, the temptation proved too much, the plan was abandoned and six stunning dresses from the Karen Willis Holmes label will be appearing on our catwalk in the near future.

We had lived and breathed wedding dresses for the entire trip. We were weary but content that we had fabulous gowns on order that will truly delight our brides next season. So what did we talk about all the way home? Our favourite wedding dresses from each label, wedding dress trends, how we would rearrange the shop to accommodate all the new arrivals, how we would style them …… as I said buying new wedding dresses is absolutely our favourite thing to do……..


Millie 19033 wedding dress Ellis bridals at Limelight Occasions

Love Ellis wedding dresses as much as we do? Then book an appointment to see the full range from the 2014 collection. Many of these fab dresses are exclusive to this show and will not be available after the event; so if you have your eye on that special dress, take advantage of the exclusive 10% discount available on the day.

Appointments are limited so book now to be sure to be there!









The atmosphere was expectant, the bubbly was poured … we were about to open our doors for one of our favourite events! Twice a year Limelight and 315 restaurant and wedding venue work the very best photographers, florists, cake makers and hair and makeup artists in the county to present a wedding fayre that is fun, informative and interactive. Our visitors are chauffered between Limelight and 315 in vintage style in Cartwright wedding cars and choose dresses from our fab collections to be modelled for them on our catwalk.

The Limelight wedding team put the finishing touches together…

     …Kate created this chic French pleat – the perfect look for Emma …….

 and one by one our gorgeous girls appeared

Cartwright wedding cars chauffered the first of our guests into the car park and suddenly Limelight was buzzing with brides eager to meet our bridal experts. They chatted with Kate about our models fab hairstyles and flowers and with Hannah about her amazing bridal makeup. John Woods exhibited his exceptional photography and Emma’s handmade wedding stationary caused great excitement.

Everyone enjoyed the scrumptious cup cake tasters and displays of wedding cakes by Jeanette at Boootiful cakes – a must have at any wedding reception!

As usual brides were queuing up to request dresses to be modelled on our catwalk and to make appointments with our bridal stylists.

We talked wedding dresses, the latest trends and timeless traditions………….

We exchanged ideas and contact details.

It was a day of all things bridal and it doesn’t get better than that!

Thank you to everyone who placed bookings with us. We look forward to  helping you plan your wedding day!

The Limelight Team x

Essense D1566 lace wedding dress by Essense of Australia at Limelight Occasions

Essense Trunk Show

15th March 2014

10% discount available to brides who purchase a wedding dress at the show

If you love the gorgeous gowns created by Essense of Australia this is the perfect opportunity for you to find your dream dress. Limelight is showcasing the entire Essense collection new for 2014. If there is a dress from a previous collection on the Essense website that inspires you, contact us and we’ll make sure it’s available for you to try on the Limelight catwalk on the day.

We suggest you bring guests who are important to your dress buying decision because many of the gowns are trunk show exclusives and will not be available after the event ends. With the array of choices, the personal attention you will receive and the amazing 10% discount available at the show, there is an excellent chance you will want to purchase your dream dress on the day.

Appointments to purchase from such a large selection are very popular. Please book now to avoid disappointment. Tel 01484 605185