New Year is an exciting time in the wedding dress world. The latest trends, hot off the catwalk, are now arriving in our bridal boutique and the designers have gone all out for the new decade! 2020 will see a continuing demand for easy to wear, light weight wedding dresses as couples jet off to destination weddings on exotic beaches and remote lakesides. Woodland weddings are perfect for the latest boho wedding dress styles while the romance of the fairy tale ball gown has been recreated in soft A line wedding dresses in wispy, ethereal fabrics. If you are planning a 2020 wedding, now is the time to choose your wedding dress and trust me, you will be blown away by the latest trends…

Wedding dress Style D3023(£1499) from Essense of Australia is a dream come true for your inner boho goddess. Lacy leaves gently cascade over the sheer bodice with plunging V neckline and onto the softly flowing A line skirt. We have named  this dress Fearne. She is currently one of our favourite dresses because she creates a strikingly simple silhouette in a contemporary sheer fabric which combines dreamy romance with subtle sexy and the overall effect is truly jaw dropping.

While 2020 brides are looking for light weight, easy to wear wedding dresses, the dress must still be figure flattering and this doesn’t happen by accident. Designers used to create the perfect silhouette and cinched waist with boned corsetry – fabulous to look at, but not always easy to wear. Designers had to come up with new techniques to sculpt the body and they found they could  create cinched waists by varying the opacity of the dress. This means some areas of the dress are completely lined and opaque while others are more translucent. Sheer side panels are cut into the narrowest part of the waist while graphic laces and beaded patterns create linear panels which flatter and sculpt the figure without the stiffness of boning. Thanks to the skill and expertise of  wedding dress designers such as Martina Harris, Creative Director of Essense of Australia, our brides look and feel amazing while enjoying complete freedom of movement on their wedding day. D2849 (£1699)  pictured above is the perfect example of the way in which these techniques are used to produce an effortless and totally wow wedding dress. We call her Diaz.

Another trend for 2020 wedding dresses is the ultimate in femininity – the water fall skirt. Tier after tier of cascading tulle creates dreamy romance, drama and volume without a long train. This image of Lilah, D2893, a contemporary ball gown wedding dress with shoe string straps, (£1599) says it all!

If you love the drama and romance of layers and layers of tulle tiered skirt, but are looking for a fitted silhouette, the designers have it covered…

Tuscany, a glamorous, sexy and utterly romantic mermaid wedding dress, with those figure flattering, cinched waist sheer side panels D2908 (£1799) has a small train with dramatic impact. Wear this dress for a beach wedding, a church wedding, a woodland or a barn wedding – it’s perfect for 2020 brides.

A plain fabric and simple silhouette cannot be beaten for making a timeless statement because the bride shines through the dress. The plunge neckline trend is designed to draw the the eye down from radiant face to waist and on down the length of the gown.

The timeless, off the shoulder trend also continues strongly in 2020 because it frames the face, neck and shoulders for an ultra feminine look that is sophisticated, sensual and equally figure flattering on plus size and petite brides. Hope, wedding dress D2761 in soft, flowing easy to wear dove satin (£1399)…breathtaking!

Another stunning trend for 2020 is the flat train which has the bridal wow factor but is easy to wear. Simply lift and drop… and your train is displayed in all its glory. Just look at the figure flattering shape it creates…

The key hole back is also featured in wedding dresses for 2020 and flatters the figure by revealing only the leanest area of the back.

The subtle leg reveal is a favourite current wedding dress trend and creates ease of movement as well as a great opportunity to show off your wedding shoes. D2840, Harper (£1599) shown below is the perfect example.  You can see again, in this dress, how variety of opacity sculpts the body to slim the waist …

And finally we love the 2020 trend for a sheer lace beaded waistband which forms an integral feature of the wedding dress and takes the eye directly to the waist removing the need for an additional belt. On D2887, Luna (£1599) this sheer waistband sits high under the bust on the empire line elongating the silhouette at the waist and hip.

So there we have it – wedding dresses trending for 2020 – hats off to our amazing designers – we can’t wait to see Limelight brides on our catwalk in these stunning dresses! Our bridal boutique is located in West Yorkshire, near Huddersfield, Wakefield, Holmfirth, and Honley and within easy reach from Leeds, Manchester, Barnsley, York, Harrogate and Sheffield.

If you want your wedding dress to truly wow everyone on your wedding day, a beautiful back is definitely the way to go. While you and your partner are saying your vows, your family and friends have a full length view of the back of your bridal gown and plenty of time to take in all the gorgeous detail.

D2478 by Essense of Australia is the perfect example of a fitted wedding dress with a low open back and lace straps. The floral lace edging is elegant and romantic with a hint of sexy and draws the eye down to the waist.

If you love a wedding dress with the drama of lace but do not want too much back exposure Essense have it covered with D2711

The transparent lace sits just beneath the shoulder blades in a gentle V and creates a very pretty back which is not too low.

For an exotic destination or beach wedding delicate back straps and backless wedding dresses are hard to beat in plain, beaded or lace fabrics.

A pretty peep hole back always turns heads; and this boho wedding dress with ivory lace over a soft cafe colour and high waistband with lace straps forming a fashionable triangular shape will wow guests at a rustic wedding in a barn or woodland – D2607

This plain mikado fishtail wedding dress has a sparkle beaded peephole back which absolutely oozes vintage glamour – D2177

Of course, you don’t have to bare any flesh at all to have a show stopping back on your wedding dress. A fine tulle with lace motifs or beaded detail can create the illusion for you with stunning effects.

Wedding photographers love nothing more than a romantic shot of the happy newly weds walking away from the camera hand in hand. A wedding dress with an illusion back is always stunning in this kind of shot. This off the shoulder fishtail lace wedding dress D2322 by Essense is a perfect example.

Whether your wedding dress is figure hugging

or a fairy tale ball gown a full lace back adds to the wow factor,

while simple, long sleeved wedding dresses with low back backs such as Essense D2972 are stunningly elegant and sophisticated.

 

Wear a lace wedding dress with long sleeves and a low back for that timeless, iconic bridal look.

Nothing shows off beautiful shoulders like this A line wedding dress with a classic bodice  and off the shoulder drape straps which add instant wow factor to the back of the dress.

And finally …when looking for the wedding dress with the perfect wow factor back, don’t forget the classic strapless bodice … just look at our beautiful Limelight bride Katya at her wedding in St Lucia …

WOW

 

 

 

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!

   

 

 

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!

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