On November 9, 2013 my husband, Jonathan and I, had the seaside wedding we have always dreamed. We were married in my hometown of Belmar, which is a beautiful seaside town on the Jersey Shore. We were married at St. Rose Church, where I attended grammar school as a child. We then had our pictures taken at Monmouth University, in West Long Branch New Jersey, where we both attended college. Our reception was at the Sunset Ballroom in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Which is located in a classic beach town, with boardwalks, rides, cotton candy, and salt water taffy!
However, little did we know a few months after booking our venues the Jersey Shore would be devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Over the course of the following year recovery became a part of life. After these devastating events our determination to have our beautiful seaside wedding developed even deeper meaning to myself and my husband. With recovery under full swing it was onto the dress hunt!... [read more]
Wedding Chicks never fail to delight with their gorgeous blogs! We found this little gem with one of our brides wearing a gorgeous Augusta Jones gown! Such a perfect style for a relaxed wedding in the sunshine.
Read what the bride had to say about her big day here.
We came across this kooky wedding on Ruffled today. Here are some of our favorite photos of the bride in her gorgeous Augusta Jones Jessie dress and her dapper groom.... [read more]
Pastels, lace, petals and sparkle. A fabulous combination of everything vintage and glamour. This gorgeous little blog by Wedding Chicks is probably one of our favorites, featuring our stunning Jessie gown. The bride has personalised it ever so slightly by adding little buttons all the way down the back of the gown, to give it a more vintage twist. We love it! We love everything about this wedding really.
Take a look at the cinematography for a more intimate look into the beautiful couple's big day...... [read more]
I grew up spending endless days enjoying the beauty of southern Rhode Island, so I always knew that I wanted the setting of my wedding day to be in one of my favorite seaside towns, Narragansett, RI. Narragansett is a quaint coastal town that not only features beautiful homes and ocean views, but it also features one of the most beautiful working farms in all of Rhode Island. The Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm is a historic building dating back to 1899, and is unique and gorgeous in its own way. Highlighted by sweeping wrap around windows, beautiful dark wood and a staircase leading to the most beautiful reception location, I needed no further convincing that this was the perfect venue for my wedding. In addition to the distinctive look and beautyof the historic building, I fell in love with the charming tree swing situated out on the front lawn, the yellow orange sunsets that would cast down upon us during cocktail hour, and the rows of blooming blue and purple hydrangea bushes everywhere.
Once I found my Augusta Jones wedding dress, the vision for our wedding became crystal clear. Our preppy, shabby chic day was accentuated with shades of pinks, creams, ivories and pearl galore! I instantly knew the direction in which my wedding theme would go. Having created and designed my wedding sash with my florist (and good friend), I knew everything would fall together perfectly. The bridesmaid dresses and jewelry from J. Crew added the perfect touch of style showcased by my beautiful bridesmaids, my three younger sisters and my best friend. Homemade flower girl dresses from Ashley at Framboozle in Rhode Island added a bit of fashion whimsy to the elegant and fashionable bridal party attire. The men looked classy and sophisticated in their Joseph A. Bank navy blue suits, accompanied by their Tommy Hilfiger pink and ivory striped ties. Finally, the ring bearers were adorable and preppy in their Vineyard Vines apparel. I must say I had the most beautiful wedding party there is!... [read more]
When Christian and I first met in business school, we didn’t imagine then that we’d end up married! We come from such different backgrounds – to start, he’s German, I’m Chinese-American – but we clicked, fell in love, and it all worked out fabulously in the end. And how we came to be a couple also sums up our approach to our wedding. Neither of us had any idea what we wanted for the wedding, but we just went with it, fell in love with different things along the way, and it all combined to give us the perfect day in the end.... [read more]
I first want to say that without the help of every single person in the credits below and my loving parents, this wedding would not have happened! Our families mean so much to Parker and me and this home is very special to us. We will forever be grateful for the sweet memories we shared that night in my parent’s backyard. Parker and I have been together since high school, headed off and graduated from Auburn together and are true Nashvillian homebodies. In fact, we met each other on our church’s spring break mission trip, the same church where we had our ceremony. From the ceremony to the reception, I felt as though each stop had significance to our relationship. AND, to have our families and all of our friends celebrate with us after seeing Parker and I through years of dating was simply perfect and a memory we will always cherish!
My sister had her wedding 2 years ago and we formed a wonderful bond with every vendor including our kind and very creative photographer, Michael Howard. He captured moments during our wedding that we love to look at now and will treasure forever. The Bride Room in Nashville is another place we formed a great relationship with two years ago, so when I got engaged I knew the first place to go! The ladies that work there are not only the kindest women, but they make every bride feel like you are the only bride which just makes you feel so, so special. Buchanan Inc, Leland Riggans, Kristen Winston Catering, Street Tuxedo, Bella Bridesmaid and Element salon were hands down the greatest at making sure those big and small details got done!... [read more]
Juliana's beautiful Augusta Jones dress is featured in her stunning wedding on SmashingTheGlass.com Jewish wedding blog.
We love her bespoke design on our Ali gown with 3/4 lace sleeves and sparkle!
To read more about the story of Juliana's wedding day visit http://smashingtheglass.com/2013/10/30/juliana-elie-chic-jewish-winter-wedding-at-the-roosevelt-hotel-manhattan-new-york/
My husband and I met in the fourth grade at school. I moved to Jim Thorpe that year, where Troy was born and raised and he instantly began picking on me, to which today he claims was because he had a crush. We did the pre-teen dating thing, on again/off again, but I then moved away in the eighth grade. It wasn’t until one summer home from senior year at college that we ran into each other again at a friends’ Fourth of July party. We continued seeing each other for the remainder of that summer and when Troy went back to school in Pittsburgh and I went back to Philadelphia, we didn’t expect for the relationship to go very far given the distance. To our surprise, we drove the 300 miles every single weekend to see each other and have been inseparable ever since.
I went with my mom, mother-in-law, bridesmaid and sister to shop for my dress in September 2012. I went to a lovely bridal shop in Jenkintown, called Nicole’s Bridal and Formal. I initially chose the salon simply because they carried Augusta Jones, as I was obsessed with the designer known for its simple yet modern styles. But I have to say, choosing Nicole’s Bridal and Formal was one of the best decisions I made during the entire wedding planning process, as they are family-owned and so warm and inviting, and truly provide quality work and service. Going into the experience, I was actually pretty determined to walk out of there with a lace gown – envisioning a rustic, country wedding. I did bring one picture of a non-lace gown that caught my eye with me, the Marilyn dress. I put Marilyn on first and instantly fell in love with it. I loved the illusion neckline, full a-line skirt and simplicity. The ladies with me liked it, but they didn’t seem “wowed”. They even said to me “show some more skin than that Darcy!”. So I then proceeded to try on lace gowns. After going through 10-15 dresses that I was constantly finding some flaw with, I finally asked the consultant to put me back in the Marilyn gown. When the girls walked back into the room, I had tears in my eyes and told them that this gown was the only gown that made me feel like a bride. From that moment, we all knew, this was the dress.
— Audrey HepburnEvery girl, at some point in their life, has dreamed of her wedding day, even just a little; The prince charming, the romantic setting, the flowers, the dress! We have all grown up with our princess idols, whether it be your fantasy Disney princesses; the lovely Miss Sleeping Beauty or the beautiful Belle and her beast, or the old, romantic black and white movie stars of Miss Monroe's era that we grew up watching with our mothers.
On a day-to-day basis, we may not feel our most glamorous. Some of us are juggling work and a family, as well as wedding planning! Our beauty regimes have been forced to take a bit of a backseat during these hectic times. But at the back of your mind, you know you can rest easy and trust that by the time the big day rolls round, you will transform into a stunning creature of pure, bridal beauty, inspired by your romantic icons.... [read more]
Four years ago and the first day of my new job, I met a very handsome colleague named Kosta, who happened to work for the same branch of government as me in New Jersey. I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight, but there was no denying the sparks between us when we first locked eyes. Neither of us was available at that time and even if we were, there was no breaking that golden rule of not dating people you work with. A few weeks later, my office moved and one year later he randomly showed up at my office to just to say hi. Same sparks, but this time we were both living single and were no longer working in the same office. To my surprise, I later received an email from him asking if I wanted to go out sometime. We played it safe making it an ‘unofficial’ work date, but it was obvious there was something brewing between us… fireworks!
One week later, Kosta asked me out on an ‘official’ dinner date. Prior to meeting, he sent me a text that said, “I booked us a vacation!” (What? Is he crazy!) Over our dinner date, Kosta would not disclose where this vacation was taking us, but that he had booked it four months ahead. So I said to him, “Well what happens if we are not still dating by then?” He simply said, “Well, it was a good deal for a date.”
Over the course of four months, we only went out on two more dates. We both decided that neither of us was really ready for a serious relationship and we remained friends. After not having talked to Kosta for some time, I randomly texted him asking if he would be my date to an upcoming wedding. Thankfully he accepted and we ended up having a blast! At the end of the night with no further obligation to ever see each other (at least I thought) he asked me if I was still interested in going with him on that trip he booked and that I had completely forgotten about! I accepted and found myself spending an amazing few days in sunny St. Pete Beach, Florida where I fell in love with the man and the place. The rest is history.
For anyone that knows Kosta and I, we live our lives outside of the box. Traveling is something we love to do and we do a lot of it. So when Kosta planned for us to vacation at a hotel in St. Thomas there was no other thought except that this was another great vacation and we were going to have the time of our lives. To my surprise, Kosta had a few tricks up his sleeve and we actually ended up in St. John at the most gorgeous mountain top villa I have ever seen. To further the surprises, Kosta rented us a private catamaran for the day to sail around the islands and then proposed to me at sunset.
We are one of few couples that can actually say we planned our wedding together. From wedding eve to wedding day, there was not one piece of this epic two night event, that did not come straight from both our hearts and souls. Our wedding reflected our personal taste and style, but was also heavily inspired by things that have deep personal meaning to us or that have a story behind them. For one, we decided to have a destination wedding in St. Pete Beach, because that’s where we fell in love. What you see in the photos and video highlight is a true reflection of us as a couple and our most special day!
Our wedding was a unique blend of the Old Greek Orthodox traditional church ceremony paired with a contemporary twist to an Old Hollywood Glamour reception. As my husband is Greek, it was his dream to get married in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. So it was a major plus to find St. Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, Florida which is one of Florida’s oldest Greek churches. The tempura painted icons in the arch and ceiling of the Church, along with its original marble floors and chandeliers makes this Church beautiful and breathtaking. The unique style of this Church can only be found in old monasteries in Greece. Our reception was held at the Loews Don Cesar Hotel, also known as the ‘Pink Palace’ in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Kosta and I were so inspired by the Don’s unique history dating back to 1928 and the lavish living of prohibition times, that we used that as our theme for planning our rehearsal dinner and reception.
Our reception theme was “A Night to Remember” Old Hollywood Glamour Style, and boy was it ever! An intimate candlelit room showcased a unique set up of one large table in the shape of an X so that all guests sat together. The table was laid with sumptuous black textured linens with a black and white damask runner, accented with silver candelabras, an abundance of soft classic white and off white flowers, including hydrangeas, garden roses and ruffled tulips. Finishing the table was an ivory three tier textured cake accented with a simple jeweled broche and feather, placed at the center of the X table giving a dramatic look. The colored up lighting illuminated the swag covered walls creating the illusion that the walls changed color. The dining room connected onto an open veranda outside where a black and white monogrammed dance floor stood underneath a swag covered pergola finished with a hanging chandelier with offset white lounge chairs for added seating. And to add a little more ‘wow’ guests looking over the veranda could see our monogram being illuminated in the grand pool given off by a custom gobo light.
The colors, aesthetics, presentation and orchestration of our events would not have been what they were without the help of a great team who saw our vision and helped us bring it to life. And the amazing cinematography and photography that captured it all allow for this greatest day of our lives to be relived every time. One of the best things we did in our planning was to hire Georgia Watson, professional wedding planner or as we like to call her a wedding engineer. She found us amazing vendors and orchestrated a flawless weekend filled with love, joy and beauty.
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When I walked into the Lily Saratoga bridal salon in Saratoga Springs, NY, I knew I would find my wedding dress. I met my stylist, Louise, and felt she was my dress soul mate. With her short sassy hair and chic quirky style, I had the feeling she would understand me and exactly what kind of dress I was looking for... which was a great thing since I had no clue what I wanted. Every dress Louise pulled, I instantly adored, many of which were Augusta Jones designs. But when I put Janice on, I knew I had found the dress.
People always say that you know when it's the one and that was exactly the experience I had. I completely fell in love with the dress and didn't want to take it off! I think the thing that drew me to my dress was that I had never seen a wedding dress quite like Janice. The beautiful sculpted sweetheart bodice attached the intricate ribbon lace skirt captivated me. Add in the detailed scalloped hem and I was sold. When my husband Ryan turned around and looked at me in the dress during our "first look" on our wedding day, I knew I had chosen well.
A veil will complement and enhance any style of wedding dress, instantly adding an air of innocence and epitomising the traditional idea of a fairytale bride. You only have to conjure up an image of Grace Kelly in her stunning cathedral veil when she married Prince Albert of Monaco to understand why many brides feel compelled to wear one on their wedding day – especially as they are often family heirlooms, handed down through generations. But it’s important to remember that some lengths are more flattering to certain dress styles and figures than others.
Blusher - Measures about 20in and is traditionally worn over the face and sits just below the chin.... [read more]
We love this beautiful little blog by Whole Picture of our bride Gemma wearing our favorite gown 'Ali'.
"We’re at the time of year when blogging becomes next to impossible!!! But I’ve been really looking forward to blogging this ultra-gorgeous sun-drenched day back in May with the rather beautiful couple that is Gemma and Martin. It was our first time back at Nanteos Mansion in Aberystwyth since a recent revamp, and we were really impressed both with the surroundings and the service. And Gemma’s luscious grey, coral and cream colour scheme was the perfect choice for a bright summery celebration."
We received these BEAUTIFUL images from White Mischief Bridal of their bride Joanna, wearing Bell. What an absolutely stunning bride!
"I was the bride who got married in five weeks. I had a wonderful Wedding Day and thanks to white mischief it only took me a morning to find my perfect dress. Married life is bliss!"
Joanna needed a dress fast and so the girls at White Mischief rallied around to help her find her dream dress. They had just received a brand new sparkly Bell gown and offered Joanna the sample. She tried it on and instantly fell in love! Who wouldn't? She looked incredible wearing it.... [read more]
Tulle, once reserved for bridal veils, is now a hot trend in the bridal design industry and is sure to take over in 2014. We love tulle and have jumped on this fabulous new trend! There is always more than one way to wear a dress and we have used the softest of tulles to create sophisticated overskirts that barely cover the delicate detailing of our gorgeous lace gowns underneath. This versatile fabric is the backbone of the illusion neckline, an ideal option for brides who want to reveal their décolletage but still want to be modest. While in other designs we have left the tulle (or French net) free from adornments. Other styles are embellished with everything from crystals to metallic beads to fine lace.
In addition to incorporating stylish adornments, we have also created stylish skirts by using layer upon layer of the transparent fabric to create soft, full ball gowns and understated A-lines; complementing any blushing bride.
Trending tulle Augusta Jones gowns include: Carolyn, Joolz, Paola, Maria, Juno, Daphne with tulle over-skirt, Lois, Judith and Amy.... [read more]
Though J.W. and I went to middle and high school together, we did not go on our first date until we had both graduated from college. After he dated someone else in high school and we ran all over the same college campus for several years without running into one another, destiny came into play and we were reconnected through a mutual friend. Our first date started with nervous exchanges at my door as I handed him my secret weapon brownies. We settled in with a cup of coffee downtown and after discovering a shared passion for international travel, the importance of family, and love of lab puppies, the date progressed to hours of exciting conversation over wine. I knew within only a few months that I wanted to spend my life with this amazing man who was treating me and my heart as delicately as I had only dreamed was possible. After dating for two years, J.W. proposed in a vineyard in Apple Hill on a beautiful fall day.
We were married at the Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno, Nevada on the 17th of October 2009. We both wanted an autumn wedding to incorporate the bold colors into our day. The country club provided a beautiful backdrop and view of the city for our ceremony and photographs. Our favorite local band, The Blarney Band, played Irish pub songs for the cocktail hour on the patio while our pictures were taken.... [read more]
We first laid eyes on each other at a night out over Christmas in Dublin. It was love at first sight (well nearly!!) Since then we have been very happy! We got married in August 2011 and are expecting our first baby in October this year!
Eoin proposed on our favorite beach in Portugal with a bottle of champagne and some strawberries. The ring was a vintage setting from Boodles.
I always envisioned a small and simple wedding with an Audrey Hepburn style wedding dress. But when it came to finding my dress nothing suited me at all! I couldn't get my head around wearing a wedding dress! It felt so bizarre and surreal! But then I tried on Cyd by Augusta Jones and I knew it instantly, it was the one! An A-line gown with a deep V-neck and back, encrusted with diamonds and pearls. It was such a classic design and so flattering, I just didn’t want to take it off!... [read more]
It will be a year this week since we wrote our first post on the August Jones blog and what a lovely year filled with beautiful brides, stunning weddings and fabulous style tips!
We set out to inspire fellow AJ brides in the hope they would take something special away and pass it on to others; whether it be a dress idea, a DIY tip or maybe just some wise words of wisdom. Girls from all over the globe have written in, telling us about their most special days - the ups along with the downs, the laughter and the tears - and we couldn't be more grateful.
Creating a gown for a girl's most cherished day is an honor we treasure and to see it all through to the very end is a dream. Flicking through wedding photos every week brings us such joy, after working hard to create a gown for weeks - having grown attached to the masterpiece in front of us, only to possibly never see again. We thank you for sharing these precious moments with us.
You have seen 2 collections launched; watching the excitement build with photo shoots and sneak previews. You have watched us grow and mature as a brand into something incredibly demure and classic. But we would not be what we are today without our gorgeous girls. You are who make Augusta Jones the brand it is today by simply being beautiful.... [read more]
Before the Big Day have posted this lovely little blog about our bride Sarah and her groom's pretty traditional wedding. Sarah found her gorgeous, bespoke Augusta Jones dress form Lara B in Newmarket, UK.
Much as I love quirky weddings, I'm a traditionalist at heart, and there's nothing I like more than a classic marquee wedding, set in the beautiful English countryside. Sarah and Michael chose the stunning Longstowe Hall in Cambridge for their summer big day - it's one of my favourite wedding venues because of its stunning rose gardens, and they struck lucky with a sunny August day - perfect for their portrait pictures. Sarah was keen to create a classically elegant feel to her wedding, so picked a lace theme, and a simple colour palette of rich purple and white. With this in mind, every wedding detail is perfectly matched, from the bridesmaids' dresses, to the wedding invitations and the wedding cake. Even the confetti matched, creating a brilliantly put-together feel to the whole day! You'll find tonnes of wedding inspiration in these beautiful wedding pictures by Anna Rosell - I'm a huge fan of her work, particularly her portrait shots.
Audrey Hepburn - an icon for all girls out there. What better style to emulate, than that of Miss H herself. We LOVE how Melissa styled her bridesmaids for her big day! So city-chic and simply perfect.
Melissa wore Reese by Augusta Jones (at Haute Bride), SH57 Swarovski rhinestone sash by Haute Bride
The Bride Room sent us these lovely photos of their bride Katie on her wedding day, wearing our pretty gown Tia.
Tia is such a classic style, very Marilyn Monroe. We love how Katie has styled her gown and wedding theme - a very sweet wedding.
Nirvana in Thai silk... My oh my, simply beautiful! A fun filled wedding day recorded by talented photographer Mary Rosenbaum.
We love a wedding filled with colour and laughter and this one seems to fit the bill exactly. We're slightly jealous we weren't there to enjoy the fun!
There is nothing better than when we get to photograph a wedding where the couple is so excited to get married … in addition to the wedding part! From the first time I saw Jordan and Jamison together, I knew they were perfect for each other. It was so great to be a part of their wedding day and see all of the happy tears, smiles, and excitement between the two of them and their loved ones. Seeing their first look photos still makes me tear up! Here are a few favorites from their happy day. Congratulations Jordan and Jamison!!!!
Princess cuts are perfect for pear-shaped girls. The full skirt hides wide hips and shows off your best bits, while the waist line will bring in your waist to make it look super tiny, giving you a balanced silhouette. Steer clear of tiered, trumpet and mermaid cuts, as these will emphasize wider hips and make your shoulders appear smaller. If you are only slightly pear shaped, but you can’t resist anything other than a mermaid cut, choose one with sleeves or off the shoulder straps. This will balance your shape and give the illusion your shoulders are wider, creating the hourglass look.
Here is a selection of our favourite gowns perfect for pear shaped beauties...
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Charles and I were set up by two friends. The wife & husband were my college friends, and the husband is an officer in the Navy with Charles. I was living in Salt Lake City, Utah and he was living in Charleston, South Carolina. Our friends decided to set us up on a whim and didn't think anything would come of it. Charles and I quickly fell in love and dated long distance the entire time as he moved from South Carolina to Virginia and then to Rhode Island while completing some training with the Navy. Even our first week of marriage was long distance, the day after our wedding I had to return to Salt Lake to finish teaching and he had to return to Rhode Island to continue training, we were 2500 miles apart.
Shopping for my wedding dress was a great experience. My mother and I went to Alta Moda one night just to get an idea of what dresses they had. (My sister and cousin bought their dresses there. My sister's was also an Augusta Jones.) We weren't expecting to find anything yet. Bell was the first dress I noticed and the second one I tried on. I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it on! I tried on one or two more dresses afterwards, but went right back to Bell. We purchased it that night and I anxiously waited for its arrival. When it arrived and I put it on I felt like the most beautiful woman!... [read more]
"One of the top-selling designer brands in the UK, Augusta Jones have present a fresh and contemporary approach to designer but affordable wedding gowns. The label’s success at White Gallery is proof that retailers are looking at quality and on-trend styling"
-Bridal Buyer magazine.
Our 2014 collection has just been launched world wide and we couldn't be more excited! Soon you will get the chance to try on our much anticipated, beautiful new collection in stores with a massive range of styles available.... [read more]
We simply love this blog, put together by Love Toast. Natalie looked absolutely stunning in her Ali gown and we love the glove combination! Very chic!
Natalie and Adam met during a study abroad in Spain, where the courtship began, kept in touch from different coasts when they returned, and rekindled the relationship when Natalie’s job landed her in LA with Adam. Their wedding was a combination of their style and taste, and the result was a “classic, city winter wedding with a rustic look and feel.” Their entire day was absolutely gorgeous from top to bottom. We’re in love with the lace Augusta Jones gown, Joanna August bridesmaid dresses paired with gloves and winter fur, vintage NY taxi cab limo, and succulent bouquets, to name a few highlights, but we promise you’re gonna swoon over this entire wedding.
Photographer: Kate Connolly Photography with Off BEET Productions... [read more]
We love this blog about our bride Amy wearing Tula for her big day, by Rock My Wedding. She looked incredible and so happy. Read on to find out exactly how she put together the most fabulous day...
Effortlessly elegant, that is how I can best describe Amy and Toby’s wedding. I love all the details like the guest stamping box (a container of block lettering for printing messages – not a crate to smack your foot on) And the odd vintage touch here are really works… Maybe the Rolls Royce was a bit too vintage though – looks like it needed a bit of help to get going!
Amy and Toby married in their family church in Grendon with a reception at Mythe Barn in Atherstone.
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Amy the bride: We had our church ceremony at All Saints Church, Grendon. It was really important to me that we got married in this church. The church has huge family history and importance as my granparents, great grandparents and other family members are all buried in the grave yard. I have visited the church reguarly growing up and it meant the world to me to get married there. The church was therefore key to the day. We were so lucky to have found Mythe Barn which is literally a 2 minute drive from the church. We went and saw Mythe Barn when it was in early stages of development and was literally a building site. The owners were fantastic and we knew it would be perfect for our wedding day.
Bridal Musings put together this lovely blog post about our bride Melanie. Melanie wore a personalised Ali gown with 3/4 length sleeves and looked incredible!
It’s not often you get to use the words ‘awe-inspiring’ and wedding in the same sentence.
But I can’t think of a better way to describe Jon and Helen’s classically beautiful, incredibly grand wedding bathed in candle light. I’ve never seen a wedding like it. (Except perhaps the Royal Wedding!)
The creative wedding planner behind their nuptials was Melanie of Cranberry Blue Weddings and Events, below she shares all the exquisite details.
Prepare to be awed…
Jon and Helen have a maritime connection in their family, so wanted their venue to reflect this, The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich therefore provided the perfect backdrop to their big day. They were keen to choose a date that was a bit unusual, and not be reliant on having good weather, so they chose November 5th instead, which is of course bonfire night.... [read more]
What a beautiful blog posted by Glamour & Grace. Megan looked stunning in her Augusta Jones gown and we love her DIY take on her wedding.
Today I’m sharing a sweet backyard wedding from Kortni Marie Photography. I know there’s the old taboo that only the bride wear white, but I really love that the bridesmaids all wore different white and cream dresses. I think the result is beautiful and so fresh for a spring or summer wedding!
True story, I wanted a very, very small and intimate wedding… I would have even been pleased to do a courthouse ceremony and have a lovely dinner reception following the ceremony. My husband, on the other hand, wanted the big wedding! With good reason, Seth and I both love Jesus as our Lord and Savior and believing that marriage is a picture of Him loving the church, Seth thought it to be the priority of our wedding that we ensure that is displayed… And I couldn’t agree more… But it still was wrestle for me, the whole “big wedding” part -ha! I think I was just nervous about walking down the aisle in front of all of those people and planning an event for all of those people… So, to sum that up, it was important that the Gospel was displayed at our wedding…... [read more]
Lucy wore her beautiful bespoke Augusta Jones gown, Peaches for her wedding. She mixed and matched a lace, boat neck top with sleeves to give it a more romantic feel and replaced the corset back with buttons. We love her personalised take on Peached and it suited the relaxed setting of her wedding perfectly.
Lucy is lucky enough to have a wedding photographer as a father and so she was guaranteed to get the most personal images of her big day. Here he writes about the experience of her big day...
It occurred to me early on that when Lucy and Ivan decided to tie the knot that the one wedding I would have loved to photograph more than any other was going to be somebody else’s pitch. They wanted to marry abroad and after several recces it was decided that the gorgeous village of Valldemossa nestled in the Serra de Tramuntana of Mallorca would be the destination. We all fell in love with the very amiable Padre Ricardo who agreed to conduct the service in English and Spanish in the beautiful Iglesia de San Bartolome in Valldemossa. The reception venue was a 15 minute amble away at the Hotel Valldemossa, perfectly positioned on a small hilltop overlooking the famous 14th century monastery, La Cartuja de Valldemossa, previously home to Frédéric Chopin and his companion George Sand. This was certainly an inspiring and romantic place for a wedding.... [read more]
The dress is not the only thing to consider when preparing your look for your big day. Hair and makeup is what finishes it all off and compliments you and your dress perfectly. With so many trends out there right now, it's hard to know what kind of look to go for or even how to achieve it! Augusta Jones' makeup artist Becky Howie, tells us how she created each look for our 2014 campaign and what products she loves to use!
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Lots of planning and consideration goes into creating any hair and makeup look. You have to think about the model you are going to be working on and what would suit their face shape and hair type. For this AJ shoot, I had to base my design process around a brief, which was Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey. I then had to create a complimentary, bridal look based on the brief to suit each model.
As soon as I found out that there was going to be a second AJ shoot I instantly started researching ‘in-trend’ bridal hairstyles - it is always important to refresh your mind about what styles are out there. I looked though bridal magazines, hair magazines and online, cutting out and printing off anything that caught my eye. I was then given the brief which was Great Gatsby/Downton Abbey inspired. This instantly excited me! - Finger waves, Marcel waves, pin curls, dark lips! My mind went into overdrive with ideas of 20’s inspired looks!
I narrowed down the images of the hair and makeup styles that I had in mind, to send off to the AJ designer in China. I mainly included hairstyles as I wanted the designer to get a good sense of the direction I was going in with the hair. I wanted to portray a strong 20’s image, but still have a very contemporary feel to both hair and makeup and obviously still keep it bridal!
Gemma wore a very special dress for her big day, London. She was the first ever bride to wear the new gown from our 2014 collection.
Gemma travelled to White Mischief looking for her perfect gown, but couldn't quite find it. She loved Mandy by Augusta Jones,
but was in love with the keyhole back look. The girls endeavoured to help
her and pulled out London from their exclusive wardrobe. London had been released exclusively to White Mischief as a taster for the 2014 collection and Gemma was the first bride to ever set eyes on it in the world. Suffice to say she fell in love with it straight away!
Her maids wore our pretty Two Birds bridesmaid dresses in blush. The perfect colour to go with London.
Gemma you look beautiful in your photos and we loved helping you to find your perfect dress. We wish you all the luck and happiness in the world.
AJ x.... [read more]
Blush has been slowly creeping it's way through the world of fashion; from the high street right up to bridesmaid dresses and wedding themes. It has become a real trend for 2013 and looks to be an even bigger one for 2014. So far it has made a real dent in the world of bridal design and designers are finding it hard to resist including at least one blush dress within their collections this season. Celebrities around the globe have opted for the warmer hue for their 'I do's', such as : Jessica Beil, Reese Witherspoon and Anne Hathaway. It is the trend that has caused the blurring of lines between classic bridal design and couture and we LOVE IT! Blush tones give skin more of a warm glow and is a lot easier to wear than ivory and cream. The colour also goes fabulously with any colour theme for a more high-fashion style theme.
Here are some of our favourite blush gowns this season (also available in ivory and cream):
Lois... [read more]
We met on an airplane! We were coming home from separate holidays with our friends and we sat next to each other....the rest, really, is history! Since then our life together has been secure, inspiring and purely content. I've loved him more and more each day.
When Marcus proposed, he took me to our new house that we were renovating on our way out for New Years Eve celebrations and he'd painted 'Will you marry me?' on the wall with a tester pot! He got down on one knee and presented me with my Grandmothers gorgeous ring! When he asked permission from my Dad he gave him the ring. It's a beautiful diamond cluster and absolutely perfect!
I always envisioned my wedding to be classic; nothing to over the top, and I always thought I'd wear a slinky satin number for my wedding dress, as that's the style I prefer usually.
When I started looking for my dress, I tried on about half a dozen slinky satin dresses exactly like I wanted, but they didn't look right. I went into Clifton Brides in Bristol and tried on four Augusta Jones dresses. I loved all of them but then I spotted Jackie hanging on the rail and fell in love instantly!
To accessorise my look I wore a bespoke head-peice mad for me by Hermione Harbutt, lots of pearls and bead work that matched the detail on the shoulder of the dress and a simple pair of pearl studs given to me as a gift by Hermione Harbutt the supplier of my headpiece. For my hair and makeup I wanted simple and classic, slightly 1940's. Nina Norman did my makeup and Louise Alway my hair. I just had one bridesmaid, she wore a cobalt blue 1950's style dress from Coast.
Marcus wore a blue suit from Reiss and my Grandad's pocket watch. He looked so sharp on the day, but so relaxed.
I was quite apprehensive after I got engaged to trying on wedding dresses! I have been a wedding photographer for 3 years and I felt like I had seen so many dresses but never one that I thought was right for me. I wanted the first dress I tried on to look great and not send me into a panic of never being able to find the one!
I booked an appointment at White Mischief after visiting there with my sisters and having a great experience both times. I met Emma at my first appointment and she was great, she knew exactly what I was looking for and what dresses would suit my shape. We picked out about 10 dresses and headed for the changing room! Emma had found a dress out the back that she thought would be perfect for me so I said I would try that one first. I put it on and loved it instantly, I walked out of the changing room and both my sisters were crying! The dress was perfect! I tried on all the rest but none of them matched the first! I visited a few more dress shops and liked a lot of the dresses but didn't love any of them. I went back with my bridesmaids to show them the dress and they agreed (all 7 of them) that the dress was perfect!... [read more]
Clifton brides was started in Weston, back in 1989 with her partner - and mother Brenda, and some 24 years on - it is still owned and run by Michaela, with Brenda finally tearing herself away to retirement at the end of last year at the young age of 70!
"Clifton Brides are
proud to be a leading stockist for Augusta Jones in the South West of
England, having worked alongside them for many years now. We love to
individualise the designs presented to us, creating something really
unique for our boutique bride.
We have worked with so many exciting and sometimes demanding brides, bringing their dream gown to reality and this is made possible by the flexible approach of Augusta Jones."
Mix n Match - "But I want them all!" We've all been there. Every bride knows how tough it is to find their dream dress especially with SO much choice. No wonder we get confused! Lace or no lace? Straps or no straps? Train or no train? A-line or fishtail? Ivory or blush? Sparkle or no sparkle? ... the list goes on. Second guessing ourselves takes over - "Should I have gone for the other instead?" There is always a compromise that needs to be made. Or is there?
This is the BIGGEST day of our lives we're talking about! Why should we need to settle? Why can't we have tiny cap sleeves for the ceremony and then the strapless for the reception? Over the past several collections, we have slowly built a lovely and unique collection of versatile pieces to offer the bride her dream gown, in a variety of versions, for her day. All this takes is some clever co-ordination. You can cover up during the ceremony by selecting a simple 1950’s shrug; or by adding shoulder straps or simply by adding a veil. Remove these and replace your lovely strapless gown with a different top to turn your gown into a boat-neck style with a stunning key hole back. Why not add a glittering belt or simply allow the dress to stand on its own? One of our favourite looks, at the moment, is to add a lovely layered overskirt to a slim gown so you can have the lovely romantic gown for the day and the slinky gown for the evening. The options are unlimited and really up to your own individual tastes and requirements for the day.... [read more]
Caelia chose Judith to be her perfect dress for her big day. She worked closely with the team at White Mischief Bridal to create the dress of her dreams.
When Caelia arrived at White Mischief, she knew she wanted a dress that would make her feel like a princess. She tried on a few big 'princess-y' dresses, only to feel over the top and silly. They kept making her look wider than she was and shorter. Not showing off her best bits in the slightest.
Caelia has a lovely hour-glass shape and so her consultant suggested she tried Augusta Jones' 'Judith', as it has a built in corset that comes down quite low so that it would show off her whole waist rather than cutting her in half like the other dresses did. It had that little touch of sparkle and lace she liked, but wasn't truly sure if she would like lace all over.
As soon as Caelia put on the dress, even before it was done up, she knew it was the one "I love it! This is the one!"
Caelia personalised her gown slightly by having the underskirt made as an A line, as it comes with a fishtail underskirt and A line lace skirt as standard. THis lattered her shape a lot more and gave her the fullness she desired. She also opted for a more defined sweetheart neckline, as this suited her a great deal more than dipped. It is a much softer, prettier look for Caelia.
In order to compliment her gown, Caelia chose our full length, soft English tulle veil with beaded edge along with blusher for that traditional look. The beaded edge caught the light beautifully on her wedding day and the full length of the veil gave real impact when she walked down the isle.
If you think shopping for a wedding dress is tough, try shopping for one with a baby bump. We have spent many hours helping bride's with their little bumps try to find their perfect dress and although we don't provide a maternity collection, we have many dresses that would be and have been perfect for the pregnant bride.
The best thing to do is to find a gown with the best shape and buy it a few sizes too big, so that you can have it taken in a few days before the ceremony. You don't want to find you are too big on the day! Anything empire style or high waisted works perfectly, for example: Celestine, Ashten and Majesta are all beautiful little empire lined gowns. The seam of the waist would sit perfectly on top of the bump, under the bust giving you all the support you need as well as comfort. Cyd, Kai and Ann are also perfect with a raised waist line.
Celestine... [read more]
When a bride shops for her dress for the first time, it is one of the most exciting times of her life. Seeing herself in a beautiful dress can be somewhat overwhelming and daunting too. With the wide choice available it is easy to neglect the detail on the back of the dress. The back of a dress doesn't usually seem very important at first glance, but for about an hour of your big day, it is the one thing about your dress that will have most eyes upon it.
There is no need to go completely OTT on conflicting details for your dress by adding sparkle, lace, frills, bows and ribbons! Just a touch is enough to really finish off your look and add that wow factor. If you just prefer a more simple design for the back of your dress, the option to change the construction of your dress with Augusta Jones will give you all the flexibility you need to create your dream gown. Whether you prefer straps or strapless, a lace back or keyhole back, a small V back or a deep plunging V back you really only need to focus on one idea. We have endless options for creating the ideal back that works for you.
Just chat to your local Augusta Jones representative about what options are available to you.
Marie Mc Elheron Designs is situated in Arklow which is a coastal town in the 'Garden of Ireland ' County Wicklow. Just a short drive south of the capital of Ireland, Dublin.
Marie completed her degree in fashion design in 2001 and then worked for 2 Irish bridal designers before launching her first collection in 2007. The business is in its 7th year and started from a small studio. "As business was building and the collection expanding there was a need for more space . In January of 2012 we moved to a large retail outlet in a private enclave off the main street of Arklow."
The sales team at Marie McElheron are all experienced clothing designers. "When a bride is looking for advice on alterations we are all professional designers and therefore can put the bride at ease when changing aspects of a dress."
"We are not just selling dresses we believe the experience of choosing a wedding dress should be a stress free and happy occasion. We therefore excel when it comes to customer care and our brides enjoy the experience of choosing their special dress.
Marie McElheron style and advise on all aspects of the wedding from accessories to flower colours and names.
As one of the most trusted sources in the Bridal Industry, it is Randy Fenoli's mission to "Educate, Elevate, and Empower" a bride to choose the most important dress in her life and to realize her own personal beauty.
"Sara has spent her whole career behind the scenes managing celebrities for red carpet events. Now it is time for Sara to have her red carpet moment. However, after losing 60 pounds, Sara does not see herself as she is today, but as she was before losing the weight.... [read more]
The guys at Duron Studio Photography have sent over this lovely montage of one of our birdes Naomi on her gorgeous wedding day. Naomi chose our favourite dress Ali, to wear when she wed her beloved, Travis and we absolutely love it on her!
Take a look at their montage here: Naomi & Travis
Naomi you look stunning. Thank you for choosing Ali to be your perfect dress. You looked incredible!
Cicily Bridal have shared this beautiful image of their bride Lucy wearing Jessie, one of our most stunning dresses.
A soft fishtail silhouette with a girly sweetheart neckline, finished off with divine ivory lace.
Situated in the centre of the historic market town of Hitchin in Hertfordshire; a fabulous shopping destination filled with independent stores and lovely pavement cafes, is the lovely Morgan Davies Bridal Salon.
Morgan Davies in Hertfordshire has been in business for over 20 years with a second shop opened in London about 12 years ago. During that time the premises have been renovated and the staff have grown from 2 to 7! All of their staff contribute many years of bridal experience to the business, meaning the bride is always in safe experienced hands.... [read more]
Steven created a mini video of his own for Emma to watch on the morning of their wedding!
So romantic… so we incorporated the homemade movie into the wedding feature film and it really has made the story of this lovely couple and their wedding day complete.
The romantic and picturesque Walton Hall was the setting for this Warwickshire (Midlands) wedding. The beautiful stone built hotel is an elegant, quintessentially English country house – it dates all the way back to the 1500′s when the Mordaunt family created their ancestral home here. The hotel still has loads of character with its original chandeliers and fireplaces. Outside there are fabulous grounds and spectacular views over to the lake. What a great location for a wedding!
Watch their video and read more HERE... [read more]
We met 6 years ago on a crazy Queen’s Day weekend in Amsterdam where we were introduced through my brother. The first 2 years involved lots of driving between London and Birmingham, before Andy made the move to London. As Andy said in his speech, its been a bit of a whirlwind, or a blur depending on how you look at it, we've had a lot of fun together!
5 years after we met under the guise of a concert in Amsterdam, we happened to be walking over a memorable bridge from the weekend that we met. Andy was suddenly on his knee with a ring in his hand…….
Andy wanted something classic, and took himself off to Hatton Gardens to purchase it. Its perfect with 3 emerald cut stones. I had no idea what I would have wanted, he borrowed one of my rings and took it to the jewellers to get the right size.
Accessorising our gowns is what we love most about them. Personalising the look with a shrug sash or belt will just set it off perfectly!
Pictured here we have Juno and her matching sparkly belt encrusted with diamantes, Swarovski crystals and sequins.
A lot of our belts and sashes are inspired by the Art Deco era and the styles and shapes of that time, but with a modern twist. They suit almost every gown in our range and can be a lovely change to your look from service to reception; adding a little sparkle, ready for dancing the night away.
Do you have an Augusta Jones gown? Share your wedding secrets with fellow AJ brides and showcase the beautiful photos of your big day!... [read more]
We, at Augusta Jones, are massive fans of the gorgeous Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses! They go fabulously with all of our wedding dresses.
The effortless, glamorous style to them really suits the dramatic, contemporary look of Augusta Jones gowns and they contrast perfectly when a bold colour is chosen to go alongside them for the wedding day!
Pictured here is our wedding dress Ali with Aubergine Twobirds Bridesmaid ball gowns in a stunning garden setting.
When deciding on your wedding dress, be sure to choose something that will not only make your bridesmaids feel amazing, but make you look amazing on the big day!
I met Ben walking down a snowy sidewalk in Truckee, CA. I was on a road-trip along the West Coast, determined to land my first TV news reporting job. I stopped in the small town of Truckee to meet a friend, instead I met Ben.
Fortunately, the friend I was supposed to meet didn't show up that evening. Instead, Ben and I talked for a while and when I left, he asked for my phone number. I told him I was just visiting and gave him my number anyway. I wasn't sure I'd ever see him again.
Our life together is an on-going adventure. I began my first reporting job in Chico, CA. One day, Ben called asking when I'd be visiting Truckee again... and so our long distance relationship began. Even though our jobs have taken us around the world, we've been inseperable for 7 years now.
We finally made it to San Francisco, CA, where we're both working and living in the same city! Over several years of visiting family in Southern California, Laguna Beach found a special place in our hearts. Shortly after getting engaged, we knew it would be the perfect spot to get married and start our next chapter together.
Ben proposed on a bench in Union Square in San Francisco. It was a few days after Christmas and the setting was amazing, all lit up with Christmas lights. We have a history with benches: I first professed my love to him on a bench in Chico. Six years later, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him as I sat on the bench in San Francisco.
Ben worked with a jeweler to design a unique engagement ring. It has a vintage look with a brilliant round cut diamond, a cushion halo, pave set diamonds around the band with milgrain edging.
This is one totally glam wedding!
Everything about it screams hollywood starlet, Sarah is one seriously sexy siren and Damien is rocking the dapper gentlemen look! The venue is astounding and the photography captures every element of the day brilliantly. Add in some pretty romantic details and you pretty much have the best wedding EVER!!!
Read their story and view all of their fabulous photos here...
We met at an Alabama football game in Dallas, TX and we have been through it all over several years. We love and support each other through everything.
The day he proposed, I had a bad day at work and he suggested a dinner out. He took me to a place on Folly Beach where we had our first dinner out together in Charleston (which is now where we live). Then he suggested a romantic after dinner walk on the beach. We walked out onto the beach and he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. So sweet!
The ring is from Skatell's in Charleston, SC. It is a solitaire ring, radiant cut with a platinum band. (He picked it out all by himself.)
I always imagined my wedding to be simple, sweet and full of love and fun. For my dress I was thinking A-line, but more fitted than what I ended up buying.
I shopped with my mom in Alabama once and then went to a few places in Charleston. The third place in Charleston I tried, Gown Boutique of Charleston, I had a very friendly consultant who understood what I was looking for in a gown. She actually pulled the dress and I tried it on first and nothing else could beat it! What made it extra-special is that my Great Aunt Margaret bought the gown for our wedding.
The shoes I bought online from Zappos.com. They are ivory satin open-toe with gemstone detailing by Caparros. The veil I chose to wear was my mother's veil on her wedding day. My parents have been married for 37 years. Gown Boutique of Charleston helped do a small makeover on the comb.
The jewelry was very simple. I wore oval drop earrings and a diamond tennis bracelet Brad gave to me for Christmas. The only additional accessory was the crystal belt I added to the waist of my gown which really made it sparkle.
I found a few hairstyles I liked online and I wanted very simple makeup (since it was a more casual beach wedding). Beauty by Alison LeeAnn did the hair and makeup. She was great!
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We met while Stephen was in the USA attending University near my hometown and ever since it has been fun, loving and full of travelling through Europe!
When Stephan proposed, he surprised me by getting down on his knee while taking a walk along the canals in Amsterdam. It was a cushion cut diamond, surrounded by smaller diamonds, with diamonds along the band.
I always envisioned my wedding day to be small, simple and in a gorgeous old venue. For my dress I always knew exactly what I wanted! All lace with sleeves and formfitting.
I searched for what seemed like months on line, seeing if my dream dress was out there. I finally found a picture of 'Elle' and teared up immediately. From there, I found the one shop in London that carried it. It was the only dress I was interested in trying on.
It was perfect!
We came across this lovely wedding featuring Jessie. The bride carried off the look perfectly! Such an elegant, timeless look and we love her theme!
Take a look at their photos HERE
We found this lovely wedding on the Rock My Wedding blog. A vintage wedding in the Scottish Highlands featuring the lovely Cyd.
Read there story HERE
Jennifer Lawrence looked majorly chic in her Christian Dior gown for the Oscars! It looks familiarly like our lovely Menorca gown.
To get that red carpet look, you can order Menorca strapless just like Jennifer's gown!
Graham played Lacrosse at the University of Michigan with some friends of mine from high school. The mutual friends introduced us at a Michigan/Michigan State football game tailgate in fall of 2008. We hit it off instantly!
We've experienced a lot of changes together but throughout, we have remained each other’s constant. Between graduation, three years living in Manhattan, times of job uncertainty, moving to Charlotte, NC and buying a house together, we've done a lot of growing! It makes it a lot easier to have a partner by your side.
I thought Graham was taking me out to dinner for our four-year anniversary. Instead, he had a limo pick me up from work and drive me an hour and a half up to a Bed and Breakfast in northern NC. I arrived to find Graham waiting with champagne, flowers and chocolate covered strawberries. He got down on one knee, I said yes, and we both cried tears of joy! The next day Graham had arranged for a wine tour throughout NC's Yadkin Valley. Saturday we drove back to Kristin's parents' house where all our family was waiting - his parents, his sister & her fiancé, and my sister had all flown in. Sunday we had everyone back to our condo for a big home-cooked breakfast. It was the perfect weekend-long celebration!
My ring was a platinum band with 2 carat princess cut diamond. Gorgeous!
If you are one of the lucky girls who has that enviable hour glass shape, we recommend fishtails to best show it off!
Or if you have smaller hips and want to balance your shape more, this style will do just that. By bringing focus to your hips, by flaring just above the knees, fishtails will give the illusion of a balanced shape. Your shoulders won't look too broad, as your hips will compliment them. Adding a corset will cinch in your waist even more and exaggerate the hour glass shape even more! If you're a girl with more of a straight, boy figure, a corset will give you this exact look!
The fishtail is such a sexy, elegant silhouette. Any girl would look like a bombshell on her wedding day, no matter the style of fishtail!
Macy... [read more]
Rebecca and Michael met at a wedding. Rebecca was a friend of the Bride and Michael was a friend of the Groom. It was a great wedding! If it wasn't for Leigh and Billy they would never have met, but it was a little cupid called Tash, who pushed Rebecca in Michael's direction. A few days later Michael had got hold of her number and it all went from there.
Since then their life together has been very happy, relaxed and action packed all summed up by our honeymoon to South America. We're a good team and enjoy the same things in life.
Michael proposed during a walk in the countryside at the top of Box Hill in Surrey. As soon as he got down on one-knee tears welled up in my eyes and I was lost for words. I wasn't expecting it at all which was brilliant.
He picked the perfect ring. In fact I don't think I could have chosen better; A beautiful sparkling diamond - not too overstated, just perfect.
Pearls, beads, diamantes, sequins, crystals and more!
There is a saying that 'less is more', but when it comes to giving your dress that special edge, an embellishment or beaded lace could be just what you are looking for. You can finish off a dress perfectly without looking too OTT!
We at Augusta Jones have always taken into account the individuality of the bride. No bride is ever looking for the same thing and no bride is ever the same! We have set out from the beginning, to give you what you want by personalizing your gown with your own little touches, to compliment your own unique style and taste.... [read more]
We both went to Uni in Cardiff. We had a mutual friend in common but didn't meet until during a 6 Nations rugby game in the pub. Me being Irish, Dave being Welsh; there was plenty of banter! But we didn't hit it off initially! Not the most romantic of starts! It wasn't until a few weeks later after a few chance meetings in the library at University that I started to warm to him!
Dave proposed on holiday in Greece. We'd spent a lovely day in a local town exploring. I could tell that something was on Dave's mind as he was acting strange but it wasn't until we'd got back to the hotel room that he proposed.
We got back to Cardiff following the holiday and got straight on another flight to Belfast to celebrate with my family.
Dave had bought me a relatively cheap ring to propose with as he knew I would want to pick out my own ring and I don't think he wanted to chance getting it wrong!
Its a white gold diamond ring with a square with four smaller diamonds from Beaverbrooks.
I always wanted a calm, chilled out vintage style wedding. The main thing I wanted was an outdoor wedding. The wedding being in Ireland was the thing that stressed me out the most! I've been to massive weddings before where the bride and groom seem stressed trying to keep everyone happy but themselves. We just wanted the day to be about us, our families and friends.
When it came to finding my dress, I didn't know what I really wanted before trying them on. The only thing I knew was I didn't want a strapless dress.
I loved dress shopping! I actually brought a picture of 'Ali' with me to my dress appointments. Not realizing the shop I was in stocked Augusta Jones, I showed the assistant a picture hoping that they would have something like it. She showed me Ali and I fell in love! It was the third dress I tried on and although I tried on quite a few more I knew that Ali was the one for me and couldn't wait to get back. The girls at Eden Bridal were fab- I'd travelled from Cardiff to Belfast so was on a tight time frame but they squeezed me in on a busy Saturday to come back in to try it on again.
After attending Miami University Michelle and Jonathan met during their senior semester with carefree and no expectations to find love. In February 2008, they had their first date at Kona Bistro in Oxford, Ohio. This was just the beginning of great times together at Miami!
As Michelle graduated and moved to Columbus, Ohio to start a new job, Jonathan stayed at Miami to finish his last semester in Engineering. Living very different lifestyles, the two made it work by staying committed to each other - frequently driving back and forth to spend weekends together. This continued until Jonathan graduated and started his first job in Cleveland, Ohio. Everything was smooth sailing until Michelle took a new job in Chicago, Illinois- bringing "long distance" to a new level.
During the next year and a half, frequent plane rides and suitcase living invaded their lives. Realizing the connection with one another, Jonathan moved to Chicago to finally try living in the same city! Only a few blocks separated the two in Chicago, where weekends were spent with great friends and family exploring restaurants and landmarks.
The two trained for 7 months and finished the Chicago Marathon hand in hand this past October! Just one of their many milestones they will complete together throughout their lives together! After the race, Jonathan knew Michelle was the one.
It's so important to go into your first dress shop with a clear, open mind. You may have collected hundreds of cuttings from magazines of girls looking fabulous in that dream dress of yours, but you won't really know until you try something on as to whether it is truly the right dress, even style for you.
We have seen so many girls come in with a set idea in their head, not that we can help ourselves really, of what they always wanted and leave while saying "I never thought I'd go for that!"
This isn't, by all means a bad thing. This is the exact reason why we design dresses in so many different styles; One style, simply does not suit all.
Juno... [read more]
Sarah grew up in Cornwall and Steve in London. They met purely by chance, two days after New Years Day 2011 at a mutual friend's pub. Sarah was living in Los Angeles and was home for Christmas, visiting her friend in Sussex for a few days on her way back to LA. Three months later she was caught in the Japan earthquake; which was a terrible and life changing experience. Sarah came home to the UK for a brief visit to reassure her family that she was ok. Being sure not to take life for granted and to grab any opportunity life gave to her after her terrifying ordeal, Sarah also said yes to her first date with Steve.
After two more trips back and forth to LA, they were engaged on Easter Monday 2011 and married 11.11.11. A whirlwind romance!
Our life as a couple has been wonderful - lots of readjustments with me moving back to the UK after 13 years living in Los Angeles plus inheriting a ready made family (Steve has daughters)! We laugh a lot, work hard and revel in the fact we found each other.... [read more]
I met Stephen at work. It all started one evening at a London advertising agency, Stephen had finished work for the day and was in the bar downstairs. He decided to pop back up to his desk where I was being shown round the office. Our eyes met, we shook hands, said hi, and Stephen says he fell in love!
I started work a few weeks later where Stephen and I became close friends, never crossing the line, but flirting (a lot on his part!), having pretend meetings together just to sit and chat and get to know each other. It was all very innocent until one night 6 months later when, after an evening in the local pub, Stephen decided to walk me to a taxi and the rest as they say... is history! :-)
Our life since then has been incredible! I never known life or love like this actually happened. We just worked from day one and have continued to be a very close couple. We bought our flat together in Balham, South West London after just over a year together and we have now had five very happy years there through good times and bad - we have both lost our jobs (several times!) but always find strength, love and support in each other.... [read more]
We came across this lovely blog, featuring one of our brides from down under, Joh in her Ali dress. We love the bridesmaid dresses!
James tells me he is not normally an emotional guy but come wedding day the man was pouring with emotion and we all loved it! From the laughter heard at the reception because James said he had to talk to the chandeleir instead of the crowd to prevent an emotional outbreak to both mothers who were adorable all day with their devotion to their children and their new in laws. We survived a very hot day with amazing memories. Please enjoy the story of Joh + James ♥
Follow the link to read all about it...
Sarah grew up in Biggin Hill and Iain in Lincoln. They met through a friend of Sarah’s who she went to university with. He joined the RAF after university and she was invited to attend an RAF summer ball at RAF Benson where she met Iain, a helicopter pilot in the RAF.
Originally when they first met, Iain was based in Oxfordshire and Sarah was living in Southampton so there was about a 2 hour commute between them. But they wished the weeks away so that the weekends would come round quickly and they would be able to visit each other!
After about a year of this they decided it was time to take the plunge and move in together. They brought a house and ever since then, it has been adventurous and full of fun!
Iain proposed to me on Sunday 4th December 2011. We spent the afternoon putting up and decorating our Christmas tree in our house, we'd had some mulled wine and mince pies and been listening to our favorite Christmas songs.
I was about to turn on the TV to watch Strictly Come Dancing (I'm a bit of an avid fan) when Iain said there was one more decoration for me yet, and with that got down on one knee and opened a little black velvet Tiffany's box.
I squealed! Blinked back tears and said YES!
It’s a beautiful Princess cut diamond solitaire ring which sits on a knife-edge platinum band.
We met when I was 18 and Will was 25.
I was a matron at a boy's prep school in Bury and Will was captain of the local cricket team where some of the teachers played .
We moved in together straight away and bought a house of our own four years later. We make each other laugh everyday and I think that's important!
He took me to Nymans gardens on a very warm, sunny day in September and we had a picnic. That’s when he popped the big question!
I had seen the ring in a jewellers in Chichester, but thought it was way out of our budget. I had no idea Will was planning to buy it, until I spoiled it a couple of weeks later and told him that I don't like surprises so he told me. It is a brilliant cut diamond solitaire ring with a tapered baguette diamond on either side.... [read more]
We were sent this stunning blog post the other day, of Heidi and Brian's wedding.
Heidi is wearing our gown 'Stansie' and she looks breathtaking in it! We love the peach and ivory theme. It works so well!
Follow this link to see more...
Personalize your gown by adding simple yet effective details to the back. This blog posting by 'Love My Dress' illustrates this idea perfectly.
We love how the lovely bride, Jane, has accessorized her wedding gown for a slightly retro wedding in London. The slinky glamorous “Cognac” dress has satin covered buttons running down the back with an simple satin bow and a tasteful diamante brooch. To personalize this gown, Jane opted for a faux fur shrug, as did her bridesmaids, to pull off a very City-Chic look .
Stephanie met David through their friends growing up. They both have log cabins in Vermont, USA and both came across each other when staying with family and friends. From then on, their relationship has been pretty crazy, but a lot of fun!
David took Stephanie to the top of a mountain in Vermont, where they waited for the glorious sunrise. There and then, he proposed to Stephanie. And they never looked back.
Dave picked out my engagement ring with no help for me! It’s a beautiful round stone with an antique setting. Such a stunning ring! It suits me so much; I love everything glamorous!
I never had a vision of my wedding! I just wanted to go with the flow when it happened, but I knew I always wanted a lace dress.
Finding my dress was hard at first. I knew that I wanted a mermaid lace dress, which was surprisingly quite hard to find. Finally, I stumbled across Augusta Jones at Klienfields. Where they took me straight to Jayma.
When Derek & I met over 20 years ago we instantly felt the impact of ‘once in a lifetime’ chemistry and attraction, but I was in a relationship with a friend of his and my sense of loyalty meant that we settled for being friends. So much so, that a few years later Derek was the Best Man at my wedding, sadly soon after that he began drifting away and ultimately we lost direct contact.
Some thirteen years later, utterly distraught and trying to recover from the news that my then husband was a serial adulterer and could no longer continue the marriage, I found myself visiting my brother’s family in Australia with my two daughters, 4-year old Jemma and 5-month old Jamie. It’s an old much used cliché but I didn’t see it coming. It was here in my darkest moment that I saw Derek’s number in my address book and sent him a text. In spite of the 8-hour time difference he responded immediately and offered to call me. It turned out that he had suffered a similar fate at the hands of his ex-wife and been divorced, so we had a great deal of empathy for each other and a great deal to talk about. I remember hearing his voice for the first time in that call and feeling instantly soothed, and an inexplicable sensation that everything was going to be alright.... [read more]
Kate and Jonny’s relationship has always been wonderful but certainly varied. They've most definitely had their ups and downs - the biggest probably being Kate’s leaving for Australia in 2007. She soon realised her mistake and begged for him back on her return!
Jonny proposed on my doorstep to my flat in Parsons Green. Bless him, he was on both knees as he didn’t know which one was the right one apparently..
I am of course biased but my ring is pretty special. I inherited some diamonds from my Grandmother and always told my Mother, in the unlikely event anyone asks for my hand in marriage, I would like these diamonds to make up the ring. Lo and behold… I got what I wanted.
It was probably down to her many years as a successful model in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan that led to her becoming such a success and talent in her field. Lisa Burrett is a fabulous wedding photographer living in the UK. She became best known first as a wedding photographer in London and Northampton.
Now, hundreds of weddings, countless portrait shots, fashion shoots and commercial assignments later, Lisa works countrywide and confidently and discreetly captures the best of the events.
Whether it is an intimate party or a lavish wedding banquet, her outstanding originality and flair have easily made her one of the most highly sought-after commercial and wedding photographers in Asia and now more recently in Europe.
We were busy shuffling through old images of our dresses and came across her photography of 10 years ago.
It is just as breathtaking as it was back then.
Claudia grew up in Pulborough, West Sussex and Chris in Brentwood, Essex and met through work in London.
On Claudia’s 30th birthday, Chris took her to Brighton for the day, one of her favourite places. Despite the drizzle they took a stroll along the pier and on the beach. It was there that he dropped to one knee, produced a platinum ring with a 1 carat princess cut solitaire diamond and proposed!
I hunted high and low for my gown, but finally found it at White mischief Bridal. I tried on a few different styles, but everything was either too plain or way to fussy! Until I came across Connie, by Augusta Jones; A strapless, lace A-line gown, with sparkles all over. It flattered my figure perfectly and I felt amazing in it as soon as I put it on!... [read more]
The Sugar Ray singer married his longtime love Carin Kingsland on Monday at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif.
"After 18 years of breakups, makeups, beautiful twins and an unwavering love that provided some pretty damn good song lyrics, we are happy to announce that we are finally married,"
Carin wore our fabulous dress Kai. A silk chiffon gown with a beaded, lace bodice. Stunning.
Read their story here...
Christina is a wedding invitation designer. So a girl who clearly had a solid idea of what her wedding would be like! She met Robert through work in New York and since then, their relationship has grown stronger with each day.
Robert proposed to me in Paris! He completely surprised me the first night we arrived - on Pont D'lena. He produced a gorgeous custom radiant cut, with pave diamonds and milgrain details in the platinum band. R&R Jewelers did an amazing job - Diamond District, NYC... [read more]
You hear it quite a lot now; “We met on the internet”. It's far from the traditional way of meeting people, but it seems to have now become the way of finding the love of your life! When two people click as well as Kami and Tim did, it gives you perspective on the idea of using the net. It’s almost perfect really. They were both in search of love and both in search of one another, but did not know they had found love until the day of their very first email.
It’s not often you see a match.com success story, but here’s a very romantic one for you…
From day one our relationship has been easy. As a couple we grow together and are loving each and every day that we are together. It has been perfect!... [read more]
Chloe and Liam both grew up in Coventry and first met in a pub called the Dog and Trumpet on the 27th December 2001. They were both there to watch a friends heavy metal band. Liam took Chloe’s eye as he was trying to light matches off of his beard! He succeeded and being ever so careful Chloe blew it out. He countered by throwing matches into her hair! Unlit we may add!!!
On New Years Eve we happened to be at the same house party through a mutual friend. Whilst cozying up to sleep we shared our first kiss.
It wasn't until the 3rd of January 2002 that we planned to go out to a club that when a friend of Liam's asked him if I was his girlfriend he answered yes!
Over the years we studied at different universities. Liam (being 18 months my senior) studied Mathematics at Loughborough University and I studied Drama at the University of Kent in Canterbury. We would see each other at least once a month but we tried to prioritize our studies, which was difficult at times!
Jo and Andrew married in July at How Caple Church and a reception followed at How Caple Court. Andrew is known as JW which is a military nickname.
Get ready for uniforms, ice cream carts, crazy dancing, flowergirls a perfect Augusta Jones accessorised with Jenny Packham and above everything else, a cracking good party.... [read more]
Jay and I met at a small bar in downtown Savannah, Georgia. I was playing a round of pool with some friends and he was with a group of friends who had coaxed him into going out with them. He walked up to me, pulled me aside, and told me that he spotted me from across the room and thought I was beautiful...... [read more]
Jennifer grew up in Brighton and Christopher grew up in South Shields near Newcastle. They were both working in the Royal Navy, when their eyes met during training at HMS SULTAN; a base in Portsmouth. Their wedding was a beautiful, grand occasion and Jennifer looked absolutely stunning in her gown.
Our relationship has always been busy but lots of fun!!! We are both constantly on the move. We managed to live together for 2 years, which is particularly unheard of for a naval couple so we feel very lucky. After we got engaged Chris was deployed on a submarine to the Middle East for nine months!
He proposed in the gardens of Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight on a day trip a few weeks before his nine-month deployment to the Middle East. It was totally unexpected, but it definitely kept me busy while he was away!!
Chris chose the ring himself; White gold with three diamonds - a princess cut with two brilliant cut either side. I love it but it was too small and got stuck on my finger!!
Gabrielle grew up in Swansea and Sion Ifan in a small village in Ceredigion West Wales.
In 2004 at stage school, Gabrielle noticed a boy I hadn't seen before, he was her type through and through, long hair, trousers that hung too low and a grin that spread from ear to ear and lit the whole room. He was a practical joker and thankfully wasn't in her class class as she possibly would have lost patience with him. He made her laugh and they flirted outrageously. She would blush furiously if anyone suggested that they should date. But it happened in the end!
The last 8 years have been the happiest of our lives and we look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.... [read more]
Christine and Rich are from New Jersey (Union County) in the USA. Although they went to different schools, they shared many mutual friends who introduced them. They frequently bumped into each other at local coffee shops and just about every punk rock concert in the state of New Jersey. Eventually they went to Vintage vinyl together. Little did they know, it ended up being their first date.
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In the five years we have been together, our relationship has been filled with much love and laughter. I can’t think of any couple that laughs as much as we do. We know what the other is thinking without having to say a word. We challenge each other to be better people. All we really want is happiness for the other person. Our wedding song, “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service includes a line, “I have to speculate that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes like puzzle pieces from the clay.” That pretty much sums it up; we fit perfectly together.
The leaves had begun to turn a crispy, golden-brown and a chill in the air was a sign that summer was now well and truly over (before it had even begun). The beautiful country side of England was now preparing for autumn and we only had a few days left until the rain poured!
Inspired by English heritage and it's opulence, on the 18th September we put together a photo shoot, to celebrate the launch of our new SS13 collection. And it couldn't have gone better.
Our new gowns are a mixture of modernity and delicacy, brought together with classic silhouettes. The collection is highlighted by classically gorgeous and alluring boat necklines in delicate laces and fine tulle with the overall theme being fitted lace sleeves. All of this is then balanced with dramatic open backs.
The overall effect is light and sophisticated, as the chantilly laces and delicate bead-work still manage to show off the bride's figure, revealing a tightly cut silhouette while still leaving something to the imagination.
White Mischief Bridal supplied all of the gowns seen in the shoot, who are just a stone's throw away from South Lodge in Henfield, England. Their staff did a brilliant job of assisting on the shoot and helped make it run so smoothly.
Andrea, the photographer, has worked at South lodge for years. We knew she would be perfect for the job as she understood the building, it's lighting and ultimately what would be best for what we wanted to create. She, in turn, knew Claire of Amaryllis Events, who would create stunning bouquets to compliment the styling and decor. Both ladies became instantly excited by the project and felt the shoot would be a fabulous addition to their portfolios.
The model, Megan, stood out from the start. We scouted for her on the internet and came across her portfolio of work, which had some bridal work within it. It was stunning! We instantly felt that she fitted the Augusta Jones 'look', with her slender figure and delicate features. She was more than excited to get involved with the shoot! Who wouldn't want to wear all these wonderful gowns?! She would have been mad not to!
Becky and April were given the challenge of creating 5 different looks for the day. As all of our gowns are different, so are girls after all. So we wanted to show what kind of styling would work best for each dress. And they did an amazing job!
On the day, the team worked incredibly hard! From 8am until 6pm, they kept their energies high and had fun with it. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, as it poured down from then on and hasn't stopped since! We can't thank the team more for all their hard work and we look forward to working with them again in the future.
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We have just received the final images of the photo shoot for the new collection and it seems all our hard work paid off!
They are fabulous!
The hair and makeup suited each dress perfectly, the model was a stunner! and the photographer did an incredible job on the day! It was so much fun and we can't WAIT to show you!
We are busy trawling through all the proofs and making hard decisions on our favorites. So keep a look out for them. You won't want to miss out!
Eve Boutique, in Australia, have put together this stunning photo shoot showcasing our beautiful gown, Waverly.
If you're looking for beach-meets-glamour, Waverly is the perfect dress for you. Add sparkle or a belt to give it that extra edge.... [read more]
Style Me Pretty is a fabulous blog in the US, filled to the brim with inspiration from the most creative brides and stunning photography.
We love how this bride even personalized her own gown! It is the perfect example as to how creative we get with our brides and how beautiful a fully custom-made gown can look with a bit of imagination.
We're working hard to put together a fashion shoot for our new 2013 collection, set to be released in late October! The mood of the shoot is soft meets strong, something of which the dresses clearly reflect; Strong, clean cut lines with dramatic construction, accented perfectly with light delicate lace work.
We can't wait to show you more x
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Becky grew up in Kent and James in Cambridge.
They both laid eyes on each other when they were 19 at Sussex University, where they were placed in student accommodation together along with their best man and maid of honor.
They have now been together for a wonderful seven years. Now for Chapter Two of their lives to begin…
James took me to Venice for my birthday. We went in February when the carnival was on. On the second day we wandered to a park and sat on a bench looking out over the water at the sunset. He got down on one knee...and I said yes, of course!
My ring is beautiful, although I said yes without looking at. James chose it himself with no help and it is perfect.
Chloe met Dale at a barbeque, in Bexhill on sea, when she was 15 and he was 17. It was love at first sight…
We were together at such a young age and were pretty serious straight away. We had break ups over the early years but could never stay away for very long!! We bought our 1st house together in 2008 and had our beautiful daughter Eva in 2009. She’s our little miracle as she was born at 23 weeks.... [read more]
Augusta Jones presents a fresh and contemporary approach to stylish wedding gowns. The concept behind the label is beautifully tailored gown with lean, clean lines. With an unusually wide range of embroideries and delicate beadwork to choose from there is no shortage of ideas for the bride.
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The first collection was launched in in England in 1999 under the creative leadership of British designer Charlotte Leung. “We very much wanted to offer brides a way to create their own personal style.” Augusta Jones was created to satisfy three basic requirements; beautiful styling,; flexibility of the range to suit a variety of shapes; and affordability. Everything a bride could wish for in a brand!
Charlotte wanted to offer brides a complete look, so she added a range of wedding shoes and very simple, complimenting veils. The label is now available in over 150 shops worldwide.
Mrs Jaqueline Domaille is one creative bride! She got creating straight from day one to bring her dream day together for herself and her hubby Ricky.
Simply beautiful, is how I would describe their big day, in quite literal terms. Jaqueline and Ricky aren’t big fans of fuss and just wanted their big day to reflect the love they had for each other and to share it with the people around them. They kept costs down and stress to a minimum, what more could a bride want??... [read more]
Eve Boutique, based in Queensland Australia, have put together this stunning, mermaid-inspired photo shoot featuring our gown Carli. It shows how the fabric drapes elegantly over the body and how light it is. Perfect for a summer or beach wedding.
Photographer: Jodi McDonald www.jodimcdonald.com.au
Emily and Saul both live in Washington D.C. and came together to unite in a wonderful, exciting Orthodox Jewish wedding at the Millenium Baltimore Hotel.
For those of you aren't familiar with a Jewish wedding, this is how it's done: Just before the actual wedding ceremony, the groom has a Tish where the guys hang out and drink and sing and toast him. The Bedeken is where the girls hang out separately and the bride greets guests who whisper in her ear. They each sign the ketubah. Then, the groom, accompanied by his joyous crew, dance and sing from the Tish over to the women where he covers his bride’s face with a veil. And, then, they go get married under the chuppah.