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!

http://www.sarahbrabbin.co.uk

http://www.booootifulcakes.co.uk

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

http://woobwoo.com/index.html

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