Meet the amazingly talented bridal designer, Nicola Harvey – Rowley at Limelight Occasions on Saturday 3rd February 2018/19. Nicola designs our stunning Nicola Anne wedding dresses and we have invited her back to Limelight Her label is renowned for style – English Rose with a contemporary twist – superb quality – gorgeous fabrics and figure flattering corsetry and for the fact that these beautiful gowns are handmade here in the UK. Nikki’s gowns have been featured on numerous occasions on TV, including
 GMTV’s first ‘Bride of the year’ on the London eye,
 BBC2 ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ 
 and BBC3 ‘Don’t Tell the Bride.’

We love working with Nikki who is fun, friendly and full of fantastic ideas for new ways of styling her wedding gowns. She is bringing her latest collection of dresses brand new for 2018 for you to try and we can’t wait to see them on our catwalk. See The Palatial collection video link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZquLooDWlNM

Let us know if you have a  favourite dress from Nikki’s previous collections and, if we do not already have it, we will ask her to bring it specially for you to try on the day! If you order your wedding dress on the day you will receive a voucher to spend on one accessory, either a veil or hair sparkle, with a value of up to £100.

Hatfield – stunning ivory mikado high low wedding dress by Nicola Anne

Nikki also designs an amazing range of separates including soft tulle overskirts and capes so you can customise your wedding dress to make it truly unique without the haute couture price tag!

This is the perfect opportunity to find your wedding dressreceive styling advice from our leading British bridal designer and receive £100 towards an accessory! So call us on 01484 605185 or email enquiries@limelightoccasions.co.uk   to book an appointment at this very popular event – Nikki and all the Limelight team are looking forward to meeting you!

 

Happy New Year to all our brides!

To celebrate the New Year in style, order your wedding dress in January 2018  to enter our prize draw to win £500 towards your dress! The draw will take place live on Facebook at 4pm Saturday 3rd February when Nicola Harvey – Rowley, designer of our amazing Nicola Anne bridal gowns will pull out the name of our winning bride. See terms and conditions below…

Terms and Conditions:

Only orders of new wedding gowns, priced £995, or over, are eligible for entry into the prize draw. The dress must have been ordered, all paperwork signed and the initial payment of 50% paid between the dates of 2nd January and 31st January 2018. Orders placed before or after these dates will NOT be entered into the draw. The £500 prize will be deducted from the balance owing on the wedding dress and is not transferable to any other item. Purchases of sale wedding dresses are excluded from this draw.

Check out our instagram, face book and bridal clearance site for the latest dresses added to our sample sale boutique in time for Bridal Sale week. Every savvy bride knows that buying a sample dress from a reputable bridal boutique is the best way to snap up a designer wedding dress made from top quality fabrics at a bargain price – £250 – £550 – £950; but you have to be quick off the mark and ready to make a decision there and then, because it’s first come first served, try, buy and takeaway on the day!

The latest Essense Dresses to be added to our Sale Boutique

This romantic lace over Lustre Satin sheath bridal gown features crystal beading and pretty lace shoulder straps. The back zips up under crystal buttons.

Click the link below to see a video of this gorgeous sheath wedding dress

https://youtu.be/HvRWFhSFGRA

              Click the link below to see a video of this gorgeous ball gown

https://youtu.be/f_c8ewsLQ68

This strapless lace over Dolce Satin fit-and-flare silhouette wedding dress from the Essense of Australia bridal gown collection hugs the body and elongates the frame. It then flares just above the knee to offer the perfect balance of chic sophistication. The dipped neckline and chapel train add just the right amount of classic elegance.

Click the link below to see a video of this gorgeous fit and flare wedding gown

https://youtu.be/7Ax47Pax3sA

Delicate lace makes a soft contrast to a matte-side Lustre satin base with this sheath gown from the Essense of Australia wedding dress collection. The skirt features three layers of elegant corded lace and a pretty sweep train, while the  neckline and delicate straps are beautifully beaded with vintage style pearls.

Designers in our wedding dress sale also include: Ian Stuart, Karen Willis Holmes (KWH) Nicola Anne, Caroline Castigliano, Stewart Parvin, Ellis Bridals and Annais. Click the links below for images and information.

http://www.designerbridalclearance.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/limelightoccasions/

https://www.instagram.com/limelight_occasions/

http://www.facebook.com/BridalSaleWeek

http://www.bridalsaleweek.com

Call us on 01484 605185 or email at enquiries@limelightoccasions.co.uk to book an appointment in our sale boutique.

We look forward to meeting you!

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…

Best New bridal Retailer – Bridal Buyer Awards

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!

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