Getting together with photographer Sarah Brabbin, florist/event dresser Jane (better known as the Woo B Woo fairy) and baker extraordinaire Jeanette Moorhouse for a photoshoot is always a great day out , because it means working alongside incredibly talented people to create… well … an entire wedding… while having lots of laughs – what’s not to love? All that was missing from the beautiful wedding venue in the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre was a groom!

Haley and I arrived with our gorgeous models Kaye, Sarah and Claire clutching armfuls of soft spirit wedding dresses to fit Jane’s boho brief, to find the others hard at work setting up the stunning Thomas Bourne room for the wedding reception. Jane was filling the grade II listed warehouse with flowers in this seasons colours and laying the tables with pretty vintage pieces, while Lisa was creating works of balloon art among Peter’s amazing light Installations. Jeanette’s mouthwatering cakes were sitting within circles of twinkling lights and greenery and Bev, the venue’s brilliantly organised wedding coordinator, was liaising with the boatman so our brides could arrive by barge. A quick change into layers of tulle and wellies and we were all set to take to the waterways.

Standedge Tunnel, Britain’s longest, deepest, highest canal tunnel is one of the seven wonders of the waterways and helped to fuel canal mania and our industrial revolution. The tunnel lies 194 metres beneath the stunning Standedge moors in the Yorkshire Pennines and the beautiful visitor centre and wedding venue was once the tunnel warehouse storing coal,wool and grain ready for transportation from Huddersfield to Manchester.

Sarah had already been on a reckie of the waterways and chosen the locations for the shoot so the girls hitched up their dresses and we all clambered into the barge that now transports brides on their wedding day. These are the stunning results:

The combination of industrial and rural landscape makes Standedge a unique photographic location.

                           

                   And then it was up to the ceremony room beautifully lit and dressed by Peter, Jane and Lisa …

                       

Which gave us the perfect opportunity to shoot the custom made veils that Claire designs and creates.

Flutterby veil by custom made by Claire Buckley

Dotty veil by Claire Buckley

And finally it was down to the Thomas Bourne room where all the after ceremony fun takes place.

               

Loving the dreamy evening light…

             

Huge thanks to all these very talented and very lovely people, to the wonderful Sarah Brabbin for her amazing photography and to our stunning models Sarah, Claire and Kaye. Sending lots of Limelight love and congratulations to Kaye, Kyle and Archie … our very favourite photo of the day…xxxx

Contacts:

Standedge tunnel weddings weddings@canalrivertrusr.org.uk

Flowers and event dressing http://woobwoo.com

Ballons by Lisa http://www.balloonfairy.co.uk

Wooden items by Nicola http://www.nellieswoodenworkshop.co.uk

Photography http://www.sarahbrabbin.co.uk

Lighting https://www.peterlockwood.co.uk

Wedding dresses https://www.limelightoccasions.co.uk

Veils by Claire Buckley https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/beyondtheveildesign?ref=search_shop_redirect

https://facebook.com/beyondtheveildesigns/

https://www.instagram.com/beyondtheveildesigns/

 

 

 

By popular request, Giles Turner of Eternity Bridal, returns to Limelight for another eagerly anticipated designer event that has our brides queuing up to find their wedding dress with guidance from this renowned bridal stylist. An expert in his field with an impressive resume, including television appearances, Giles has helped literally thousands of brides to pick the perfect bridal gown, travelling the country with the latest styles hot off the Eternity bridal catwalk.

    

Giles CV includes styling brides in his own, very successful bridal boutique, before joining Eternity bridal as Sales Director responsible for working with independent bridal boutiques  – hosting catwalk shows to help them select the very best gowns from the brand’s latest wedding dress collections and advising on the latest trends with styling tips guaranteed to turn heads.

The Limelight team have always enjoyed working with Giles. He is fun, and dare we say flamboyant? He gives honest opinions – totally telling it like it is – and our brides love him not least because he has an uncanny sixth sense about which dresses will look truly amazing on them!

Giles and his CEO, Amanda Bradwell are passionate about their bridal industry and especially about making sure that brides receive an authentic, top quality wedding dress. Eternity Bridal has lead the fight against con merchants who use designer’s images to trick unsuspecting brides into buying nasty fake copies of designer wedding dresses on line.

Click the link below to see Giles in action  on TV in BBC One’s Fake Britain during the Brides Beware Campaign in 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjH1LK903gs

Passionate, committed, fun, flamboyant and honest – what more can a girl ask for in a totally talented bridal stylist?

Limelight bride, Alexandra summed it all up in the message she sent the day after Giles had helped her find her amazing wedding dress at Limelight:

Thank you for making my dreams come true

Giles will bring his favourite dresses for 2019/2020 to Limelight on Saturday 2nd February. Call us on 01484 605185 or email enquiries@limelightoccasions.co.uk and book one of the few remaining styling appointments to say yes to the dress!

   

 

 

When April came to our boutique to choose her wedding dress with her lovely Mum … also a Limelight bride… she had a very clear vision of her wedding day. This vision really excited us, so we asked if we could share that special day when she married Sam:

How did you and Sam meet?

We actually met online! I was 19 at the time and hadn’t really met anybody so I thought I would give online dating a go. I messaged Sam and we got talking and decided to meet up. We met in a pub in Sheffield for a drink and once we sat down and got talking I nipped to the toilet to call my best friend to let her know he was OK and not a weirdo! The rest is history, here we are 8 years later…

What was the first thing you noticed about him?

 The first thing I noticed was probably how tall and handsome he was.

Was it love at first sight? 

 Definitely! I can remember getting butterflies and looking forward to our next date. He was, and still is such a gentleman.

How did Sam propose?

We went on holiday to Newquay for my 24th birthday, we walked up to Little Fistral to the white look out building on top of a hill next to the beach. There was a couple of people up there and once we got to the top and id had a look around I was ready to go back down, not knowing that Sam was waiting for the people to leave so he could propose. He plucked up the courage and got down on one knee, I didn’t expect it at all and there were some happy tears.

What was it about your venue that made you choose it for your wedding day?

We tried to keep to a budget as we wanted to go on a big holiday for our honeymoon so we decided to get married in Sheffield Town Hall which was actually really lovely and had some lovely places for a few photos.

We then made our way to the Leopold Hotel across the road and we decided to go there, (well I decided) because of the afternoon tea! It looked amazing and was. So we had afternoon tea for our wedding breakfast and held our reception there as well.

April, what was the best bit about your hen do?

I didn’t have your average crazy hen do with big banners and props. We went to the Cat Café in Sheffield and then went to paint pots before going out for a few cocktails. I loved every minute of it, my best friend organised it and it was amazing. I didn’t expect it at all, it was all a secret of course until the day.

Your wedding had a unique theme with lots of amazing handmade details – tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding

To be honest I changed my mind quite a few times on the theme, originally I wanted a  rustic them then a 50s themed wedding with records for centrepieces and polka dot dresses for the bridesmaids. My husband is a big Marvel fan so I thought of incorporating something Marvel into the 50’s theme for example flowers. Once I got looking on Pinterest for some inspiration, the 50’s themed wedding went out of the window and I decided the comic book wedding was what I wanted. I told Sam my ideas and he kind of just went with it and let me do what I wanted. I didn’t want it all to be cheesy in your face so I combined the theme with a Cadbury purple colour so it still looked traditional… and then, on closer inspection, you saw the comic theme.

So I found on YouTube how to make paper flowers and taught my mum how to make them and off she went. She made all of the bouquets, button holes and centrepieces out of comic books, it took her months. 

I made the confetti for the tables and the post box for our cards. A lot of items I purchased from Etsy, which is a handmade website so some of the table decorations, the groomsmen’s ties, my shoes, garter and wedding invites were all handmade and my friend‘s nan made my little handbag.

Which things were the most important to you both?

Probably just having everyone around us on the day looking so happy for us and sharing our big day. We wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable and had a great time.

You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress? How did you know it was THE ONE?

 I was looking at Tea length dresses before I came to Limelight. I did pick out a few different styles with Sue and some were gorgeous but just not me. I think the dress I chose was the second dress I tried on, I carried on trying on and went back to that one. I Just loved the detail on it, the lace and the sparkles. It just made me feel comfortable and beautiful.

If you had to choose three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?

 1) Seeing Sam when I walked down the aisle

2) At the end of the ceremony … walking out to the Avengers theme song and the people outside the room cheering when we came out 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOabQZHT4qY

3) Travelling in the camper van we hired

Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh on your wedding day?

My friend took a photo for us in front of a window and there was a bouncer stood outside in our shot so I told her we would move so you wouldn’t see him, but she wasn’t having it.  She banged on the window and he ducked behind a wall while she took our photo. She was also the boss woman when the photographer was organising photos, she made sure everyone knew what they were doing and no one questioned her. She was amazing on the day.

Which song did you choose for your first dance as a married couple?

 It was ‘Hey soul sister’ by Train.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVpv8-5XWOI

How did you chose your honeymoon destination?

 We went to Florida a couple of years ago and decided we wanted to go back before we settle down and have a family

What advice would you give new brides to be who are planning their wedding?

Go with things you want, not what everyone else wants … it’s your day … so do something you will remember. You don’t have to stick to traditional … make it personal to you. I found it really stressful leading up to the wedding, but the day its self was lovely and nothing went wrong, just enjoy your day when it comes around because it goes by so quick!

To April and Sam thank you for sharing your inspirational wedding day with us … here’s to very Happy Ever After with lots of love from Limelight xxx

Photography by Nicol Garnon.

After a Summer of wall to wall sunshine the leaves are just beginning to change colour and there is a hint of Autumn in the air as we leave the boutique in the evenings. We love the colours of autumn and so we are celebrating the change of season with 10% off our Lizabella and John Charles Mother of the Bride and groom outfits.

When dressing our mannequins for the promotion, Linda took her colour inspiration from the golds teals and pinks of the pansies, heathers and cyclamens we planted on Limelight’s Lockwood Bridge for the Autumn season:

She teamed the outfits with show stopping hats by Max and Ellie

With 10% off the the dress our Mums can treat themselves to the perfect accessories! (not included in the promotion)

We  you love these rich and vibrant colours as much as we do!

Its hard to beat simple and stylish in a luxurious soft velvet …

Whatever your style … you are a VIM … very important Mum – happy Autumn to all our Limelight Mums!

Visit the shop to browse our full range.

 

 

Brides are often a little confused by wedding veils…the blusher, mantilla, cathedral, puddle…as well finding the perfect wedding dress there is a whole new vocabulary when it comes to the veil – what is that all about?! So we thought a blog unveiling the mysteries of the veil might help.

Why Do Brides wear Veils?

Brides today wear the veil as the finishing touch which completes the bridal look with its sheer romance. Putting on the veil immediately brings out the tissues and the need for waterproof mascara on the wedding day; but originally brides were veiled to protect them from enchantment and hide them from evil spirits. Roman brides wore flame coloured veils to scare those spirits away.

In the days when a marriage was more of a financial arrangement and a bride given in exchange of land and cattle, she might be heavily veiled so the groom, seeing his fiancé for the first time at the alter, couldn’t back out at the last minute.

Also, in many religions, the veil is a sign of humility and respect during a religious ceremony and this helps to explain why, traditionally, the veil is made with a blusher and a train.

During Victorian times, the veil not only indicated modesty but the weight, length and quality became a status symbol. Royal brides had the longest veils and the longest trains.

How is a veil made? The blusher and train explained.

Brides wear veils in many different styles and lengths, but whatever the style, the veil is always cut from one oval length of sheer fabric, usually tulle.

The two tier veil is divided into the blush or blusher and the train. The blush is 27′ long and is traditionally the short tier worn over the face to indicate the brides modesty when she enters the ceremony approaches her groom  –  remember the  expression the blushing bride ? The train is the longer tier falling down the back back of the head and dress in various lengths from shoulder to  finger tip to beyond the length of the dress itself.

The single tier veil is less traditional and does not have a blush. It is usually worn further back on the head also in various lengths.

Veil lengths

Can be customised but standard lengths work with most contemporary wedding dresses. single and double tier veils are made from one piece of oval fabric and the length is measured including the 27” of the blush even on a single tier veil.

Shorter lengths

54″  shoulder length very pretty on a dress with a simple bodice at it draws attention to the face

72″ finger tip veil finishes at the upper thigh  and provides an elegant wedding wow factor for brides who do not want a full length veil

Full length veils

108″ is the perfect veil length finishing just at the hem of a wedding dress with a very short train forming a little ‘puddle’ of fabric behind the bride as she walks.

126″ sits nicely at the hem of most wedding dresses with an average length train.

144″ for ultimate drama the train on cathedral length veil extends beyond the length of all but the longest of wedding dress trains.

Which style of veil works best?

This entirely depends on your dress and your vision for your wedding. You can choose the embellishment on your veil to compliment your gown with lace or sparkle or you can go classically plain. Your bridal stylist will help advise and help you. The key to your veil style is the combing. The comb attaches the veil to your hair and the way the veil is gathered onto the comb determines the fullness:

The Two Tier Full Comb gives a vintage style fullness and height with a 50s 60s vibe

The Two Tier Half Comb has less fullness and softly drapes the shoulder

The flat comb has two tiers with a flat soft blush – Duchess of Cambridge style

The single tier veil works well with a half comb worn towards the back of the head so the detailing on the back of the dress is clearly visible through the dress.

The Mantilla Comb single tier gives a flat Spanish look and works best edged in lace that frames the face.

Birdcage veils are perfect for brides who want a sophisticated and sassy look with just a little veiling across the face.

If you work with an independent bridal retailer, they will have contacts with specialists who handmade veils here in the UK giving you endless options for lace, embroidered or beaded embellishments.

How to look after your veil

If you buy your wedding dress and veil from an independent bridal retailer, they will both be handed to you crease free and ready to wear. All you will need to do is let your veil hang full length until the day. After the wedding day store it with your dress boxed in acid free tissue to avoid discolouration.If you buy your veil on the internet or from an outlet and it arrives creased DO NOT IRON IT! It is made from very sheer fabric and may melt.You should also take care not to let your veil near hair straighteners or tongs at hair trials.

If a veil is not for you … there are other options romantic detail and nothing is more on trend right now than capes – lace edged or beaded they add bring that bridal wow factor !

If you are unsure about wearing a wedding veil, remember this is the one day in your life you will have the opportunity for the ultimate in romantic photos…

and nothing says bride like a veil!