There is something unforgettable about a perfectly cut, fitted wedding dress in a simple fabric which is all about style rather than embellishment. If you are looking for a sophisticated wedding dress that makes a style statement, then a bridal gown in luxurious crepe or mikado is the perfect choice.

Crepe is a soft fabric that gently and naturally contours the body then falls into a relaxed puddle train. It is easy to wear and ultra sophisticated… perfect for a modern minimalistic or city chic wedding.

Woodstock 31143 priced £1195 by Adranna Papell is the perfect example of an unforgettably stylish, simple, fitted, crepe wedding dress, with plunge V neckline, long organza sleeves and organza illusion key hole back with covered buttons. The optional slit in the skirt can reveal a subtle, glamorous glimpse of leg and sexy shoe. This style looks amazing on a tall, long limbed frame.The classic collection from Libelle by Modeca showcases stunningly simple, sophisticated wedding dresses, perfect for second weddings and priced around £1000. We love Leslie £1075 for her relaxed elegance. The subtle beading on the empire line has an elongating, figure flattering effect.

Equally striking, is this timeless, simple fitted crepe wedding dress with off the shoulder Bardot neckline and low illusion beaded back. Empress 31135 by Adranna Papell is priced at £1,295

For simple, effortless, boho chic look no further than this soft A line crepe wedding dress by Jazz at Modeca with plunging V neck, shoe string straps and low V back with short puddle train.

Mikado is a more structured fabric creating a stunningly figure flattering silhouette and is perfect for simple mermaid or fishtail wedding dresses.

Reece D2577 priced £1199 by Essense of Australia is an off the shoulder mermaid mikado wedding dress which compliments an hour glass figure and is also available in plus sizes. Team with a cathedral length single tier lace edged veil and the effect is breathtaking.

Ursula, D2027 by Essense of Australia priced £1399, a simple strapless mermaid wedding dress with dramatic waterfall tulle train – totally jaw dropping! For a stylish, sophisticated, unforgettable wedding dress, sometimes less is more…

I’m a great believer in serendipity – its amazing how it brings people together. Haley discovered Laser Made Occasions on a family day out at Emley Show. The team create unique personalised gifts, cards and decorations for Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas and all special occasions. They are primarily an E commerce business but decided to bring their products to the show so, as a bit of an afterthought, they designed a banner for the stand with their company name in fabulous sparkly letters. Haley is attracted to all things sparkly – it’s a family trait – so she stopped to chat to Tom and this is the result …

These beautiful ivory banners with sparkly graphite lettering now hang outside Limelight making our bridal boutique unmissable on the busy A624 between Huddersfield and Wakefield. We are so grateful to Christian, Liam, Tom and the family team who designed and installed them for us. The guys have a creative ‘can do’ approach to everything they do and go above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect including grinding rusty bits off the Lockwood Bridge …

and grappling with overgrown ivy…

Nothing is too much trouble for the guys who are currently in the process of designing new signage for us.

They designed and made our Lockwood Bridge sign in honour of a much loved dad and grandad, Frank Lockwood

and it is on this bridge that Limelight brides fasten a lovelock to celebrate that special moment when they find their wedding dress

and take the key away as a momento

Laser made occasions have also made an impact on the Limelight catwalk, creating a beautiful trellis for our bridal arch

which looks uber romantic covered in cherry blossom

and we especially love the sparkly Limelight Bride crates the guys made for our selfie props!

Laser Made Occasions have just launched a new range of personalised wedding favours, invitations, table decorations and guest books. Check them out at






































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


Standedge tunnel weddings

Flowers and event dressing

Ballons by Lisa

Wooden items by Nicola



Wedding dresses

Veils by Claire Buckley




When Jo met Ben at Shelley College, the first thing she noticed about him was his good looks and sense of humour. We asked our beautiful Limelight bride to tell us about their wonderful wedding day at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park captured in these amazing photos by Milly Fuller.

How did Ben propose?

On the day we moved into our house, he got the keys early, decorated the living room with flowers & balloons, took the keys back to the estate agents so that we could ‘collect them together’. I went into the living room first, and asked if Ben had paid extra for the estate agents to decorate for us, I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about when he said ‘You haven’t read it have you?’, read what? I looked back over at the decorations and read the wall hanging with the words ‘Will you marry me?’  When I looked back at Ben, he was down on one knee! It was a total surprise! 

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

The beautiful scenery sold it to us before we’d even seen the reception area, we like to go on long walks in the countryside so felt it reflected us a little bit as well. The reception area was modern, and a blank canvas to work with in terms of decorations as we hadn’t settled on a colour scheme or anything at the time. We wanted a more relaxed, slightly less formal day and the Sculpture park provided that, it was perfect for us.

What was the best bit about your hen do?

Having fun with my best friend, all of the ladies in my family and Ben’s family, and in the middle of wedding planning it’s nice to relax and have a laugh.

Tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding – which things were the most important to you?

All of the way through the 9-10 months planning the wedding, both me and Ben said, it’s about getting married, which seems obvious but we wanted that to be our main focus. We didn’t want to get too bogged down/stressed about the smaller details, we did still pay attention to detail and the personal touches etc, but tried to take the attitude that once you’re married and have all of your family and friends to celebrate with, nothing else really matters. I think this helped to keep perspective with the inevitable bumps along the wedding planning way.
 For me personally, having my mum there to help me chose my wedding dress was hugely important, it’s a big milestone and I felt so lucky to have my mum by side to support me. Being able to invite Ben’s mum to one of my later fittings (when my dress was almost perfect) was really nice as well.

You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress?

A slim fitting, fishtail/mermaid, lace dress, with buttons down the back, almost the polar opposite of the princess dress I eventually chose! Although the only thing I was certain about, was the buttons!

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

It’s really difficult to chose just 3! If I had to chose, I would probably say, saying our vows, we did a landrover tour to take our ‘posey’ wedding album photos and after that we just had a few minutes alone at front of the venue looking out across the hills just to take it in which was so nice, and finally rejoining our guests for the speeches. The most emotional day ever!

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

I left a little pocket watch in Ben’s waistcoat as a surprise hoping that he’d find it as he got dressed, but he didn’t notice it was in there until his step-mum gave hive a hint! (I  told her beforehand just in case) just a token gift/keepsake, but a way of communicating on the morning of the wedding without actually speaking to each other!

How did you choose your honeymoon destination?

Ben chose a lovely hotel in the Lake district, super relaxing and just what we needed, quality time together after a crazy week!

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

Practical advice: Get a good photographer! A picture speaks a thousand words and once the day is over they’ll mean everything to you, they also tell stories of things that happened while you weren’t looking, or busy greeting guests etc. Also, work with suppliers that you trust, it will reduce your stress levels by a thousand times!

Try not to sweat the small stuff, on the day of the wedding you wont care what colour napkins are on the tables, the overwhelming feeling (as cheesey as it is) is the love and happiness and being able there to share your special day. You won’t look back and think I wish I’d put more sprinkles on the tables, you look back on the support from your parents and bridesmaids, the way that you chose to spend the morning, that look from your sister before you step into church, the best man’s reassuring pat on the groom’s back while they’re stood at the altar, the little wobble during your vows and all of the small moments with the people that you love the most, in the middle of a crazy, amazing day.

Most importantly, enjoy yourself! On the day, everything that you have so carefully planned will fall into place, and it goes really really fast! Remind yourself to pause, take a breath and soak it up!

Congratulations Jo and Ben!

Our very best wishes

Claire and all the Limelight team xxx

Cake from Cakes by Michelle. Hair and makeup by Bow and Blush


















We absolutely love the latest trend for ombre bridemaid dresses hot off the catwalk by Sorella Vita. The phone has been ringing off the hook at Limelight with brides enquiring when these gorgeous dresses will be available. Good news girls – they started arriving today and the four colours currently available are glorious! Ombre offers style-savvy brides the opportunity to bring the perfect touch of personality and individuality to the wedding party with that all important nod to effortless co ordination. The ombre fabric is exclusively custom dyed for Sorella Vita and we especially like Lavender Fields which offers a rich soft purple through to lavender. For an ultra feminine look with real edge and a wonderful depth of colour mix and match ombre styles with a solid shade in the same colour palette.

Ombre offers tantalising opportunities for creative brides to incorporate hints of colour into other areas of the wedding while keeping the over all look subtle and fresh.Take a look at the Essense pinterest board for inspiration

Perfectly named By The Sea is a dream in shades of blue. We think ombre works really well in a combination of long and short styles and as Sorella Vita have produced ombre fabrics for eight designs, each bridesmaid can choose the design which most flatters her figure whilst wearing the hottest trend of the season.


Maid Your Way is the perfect way to style your all your bridesmaids individually – with  two straps, halter neck, one strap, no straps! With one dress, your bridesmaids can drape, twist, or wrap the gown to create more than 18 different looks. Available in all four ombre colours the options for styling are inspirational. For styling ideas, watch the video at:

For the ultimate in sophistication combine different styles in ombre Nightfall with solid black or charcoal, add statement accessories and you have the perfect look for city chic or a black tie wedding.


Or reflect the ombre trend with carefully chosen solid shades in graduated within the colour palette – fresh & exciting – true aisle style!


















the number of options is truly inspirational.