There is no excuse not to go to this fabulous exhibition, partly because it's on for quite some time, but also because it features such a huge array of amazing dresses! Highlights include the dip-dyed pink and ivory John Galliano-designed dress worn by Gwen Stefani at her wedding to Gavin Rossdale; and the glorious Vivienne Westwood dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marylin Manson. The exhibition doesn't just feature celebrities but also features historical figures - it spans 1775 to 2014 - and royalty including the Duchess of Cornwall's beautiful dove-grey silk dress designed by Anna Valentine, and worn with a Philip Treacy hat. It also features the cutting edge of the fashion world, including Kate Moss and Dazed and Confused fashion editor Katie Shillingford, who wore an incredible gothic creation by Gareth Pugh - we particularly loved the pink hair, and the bridesmaids wore black - check it out! We're going to this exhibition as soon as we possibly can but if you get there before us, let us know what you think...
Wakehurst Place is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew. The varied landscape is a feast for the senses, featuring natural woodland, lakes, formal gardens and an Elizabethan house. It is ideal, in our opinion, for large or small stylish wedding ceremonies - and what's more if you're into seed conservation then you couldn't do better as it's the world's largest seed conservation project (who knew!). Wakehurst offers a variety of wedding packages, as you would expect from a National Trust venue, and a good range of different spaces to hold your ceremony, including different room in the Elizabethan mansion and different marquee packages. For more information on this lovely venue go to its listing on the site
Now that Spring has sprung, thoughts inevitably turn to lovely, summery country weddings. One of our relatively recently added venues is Shilstone House in the heart of South Hams, Devon. It's a newly restored Georgian country house and offers breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful stretches of countryside. It stands in several hundred acres of land and the recent restoration of Shilstone House has won many prestigious awards. It makes us think of Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, with that super romantic and pretty entrance with rolling hills behind, and the beautiful beach not too far away. Every wedding at Shilstone is bespoke, their aim is to be as flexible as possible to really make your day unique and as you want it - right down to offering yurts to hire (fully furnished, with a wood burning stone and bedding, no less!).
Leez Priory and Gosfield Hall are two of our favourites!
If Essex is your area of choice for getting married, you really are spoilt for choice! Leez Priory is the three-times winner of Wedding Ideas Magazine "Best Wedding Venue" and it's not hard to see why! Set in 40 acres of parkland complete with lakes, lawns and a sweeping driveway, the magnificent Tudor mansion can be yours exclusively for the day. Located in the heart of rural Essex yet only 15 minutes away from the centre of Chelmsford and the M11 to London. They have a special offer on at the moment - if you book before Sunday (when British Summer Time begins) then you get 15 bedrooms completely free of charge for the night of your wedding! Worth a look! Leez Priory is part of the Country House Weddings group, and their other Essex wedding venue is the rather beautiful Gosfield Hall, also award-winning! Formerly a Royal residence, the Queen Charlotte's