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Finding the Perfect Dress for your Body Type

After a long break (due to a very busy wedding season) The Bride Loves is back! (at least pretend to be excited!) Kicking off the new wedding year with dress types!

The most common question I get asked when designing bridal gowns is ‘what style of dress will suit me?’  I will encourage brides to step into a boutique and try on the dress silhouette they think they want. I emphasise the word think, because more often than not, a bride has had an image of her dress since she was a little girl (or you did if you were like me). This dress usually consists of a cinderella like gown – which in reality, suits a very select amount of people.

Before making a bridal appointment, however, there is a very easy way to narrow down your options. Your wedding dress, your makeup, your hair, are all ways to make yourself look like a more glamorous version on you – the key word being you. Your dress should highlight your best assets and cleverly conceal the bits and bobs that you don’t mind hiding so much. To make things easier here are the most common body types and the silhouettes best suited to them.

Remember, you may not fit solely into one category- most people don’t! Just take the best parts of each category and customise to fit you!

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Do You Know Your Trumpets from your Mermaids?

As promised, here is a quick A-Z on wedding dress terminology. I say quick but nothing wedding is ever actually quick! Here is some bedtime reading to help you brush up before wedding dress shopping...(and its all in pictures to make it that little bit easier)

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Wedding-Dress-Sleeve-StylesNow you can sound like a pro when you go to get your dress,

Happy shopping

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Zuhair Murad!

Zuhair Murad is one of my favourite designers and one of my biggest inspirations as a bridal designer. He creates this amazing East-West fusion in gowns; the same foundation that underpins my own designs, within his bridal wear, Haute couture and ready to wear collections. His Lebanese foundation mixed with his fantasy sketching has led him to be one of the most talented designers today.

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I love his haute couture because this is what we are drawn towards when deciding outfits for our receptions. This is where we can wear the most gorgeous Indian – Western fusion gown known to man!

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This Chiffon high neck makes the perfect reception gown – the beading is a very Eastern style of beading found on sarees and lenghas. Chiffon is a very classy and bridal fabric which makes an appearance in a lot of ZM collections. (Good choice!)

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This embellishment and embroidery is perfect for an Indian fusion outfit

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This type of dress in colours! Just shows how perfect it would be to match your colour schemes!

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Using the most amazing fabrics and silhouettes he has created a fantasy land with embroidery and embellishment fit for a princess! Here are a few of my favourites from his AW14 collection

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With saree gowns coming into their own this year and only growing as a trend into next, these kind of dresses are to arrive on the horizon in multitudes! And I cannot wait!

Leaving you all with some of my favourite images from ZM collections to date….enjoy!

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You can see why I am so inspired!! To the drawing board!!!

Happy Reading!

Featuring : ZuhairMurad and various Pinterest users (seriously guys get on Pinterest)

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To be on Trend – Fall ’14 Part 2

 And for part two only the BEST colour – PINK! No..HOT Pink!!!

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 This is one of the easiest colours to be able to wear within your bridal attire – not only is it gorgeous, but the colour is so complimentary to Red, Green and Cream it could almost just replace the Red.

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This is gorgeous because, although the main colour is pink, the highlights of red make it an amazing alternative for a bridal outfit.

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Not your traditional conventional bridal attire, but how AMAZING! the velvet and the flower veins have a Snow White-esque feel and with a slight tweaking of colour – you could be the trendiest Disney bride ever!

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This beautiful hot pink and gold brocade lengha would be ideal. Perhaps changing the Dupatta colour to have a gold/ cream base or adding a cream border, would make this more bridal and more traditional. But if you love the pink…you go for it!

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This is a Pagli creation which is simply stunning. Simple enough to carry the hot pink, yet heavy enough to be considered bridal. Your secondary dupatta would need to be Cream/ Gold to be able to carry this.

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I am absolutely in love with this! The pink has a blue undertone to it which I think makes me love it more! Perfectly simple, perfectly bridal! IF you wanted to feel that little bit more special – throwing some rhinestones and jewels on to it would achieve that! (You can never have too many jewels right?!)

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This stunner is a Manish Malhotra  (as if it weren’t obvious). I am in love with the metallics on this outfit! such a nice replacement for gems and jewels. I don’t think I need to say anymore…

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I found this photo on Pinterest (yes I am obsessed with Pinterest) and couldn’t get over how gorgeous this design was. The Red features as the main bridal highlight however the pink borders make this style that little more pretty and that little more on trend! I just wish I knew the designer of it!

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This is a beautiful lengha to wear if you are going all out for colour – perhaps on a mehndi night or a sangeet. Adding a tulle underlay would make this that little bit more bridal.

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This is one of my favourites…Pink, Gold, cream AND jewels…how can you go wrong?! The fishtail style of skirt makes this that little bit more glam.  I would personally shorten the blouse so as not to cover the gorgeous skirt waist detail. Everything about this outfit screams yes!

To conclude our journey to the land of PINK, here is an outfit mixing a couple of the jewelled tones together: Mendhi night you say?

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LOVE!

Be Pink!

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To be on Trend – Fall ’14 Part 1

As most of you are aware, getting colour into our traditional Indian outfit is quite tricky. Without just putting a few coloured gems into the embellishment or adding a coloured stone necklace, getting this pop of a colour other than red, white or green is fairly challenging.

We are in the Autumn/ Winter phase of the cycle at the moment, and as you may or may not know one of the biggest trends for Fall ’14 are Jewel Tones. This bodes very well for us as the Pantone (colour) chart looks something like this…
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Over a few of the next posts we will be looking at all of these colours and getting them in to your big day!!

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Here are a few images of some traditional bridal outfits that you can use as inspiration to be the trendiest bride!
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Some of these aren’t to my taste, but the general colour idea is there!

Featuring collections from

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And other unknown designers

Happy Fall!

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10 Gorgeous Veils

Ok so she loves more than 10 veils…but some are of the same ilk…so really it balances out!

I thought that following the news regarding Angelina Jolie’s (or is it Pitt’s now) veil, containing embroidered designs inspired by her children’s doodles, it would be apt to write a post on veils. She literally let her kids draw on her veil.

That she wore to her wedding.

Her ONE wedding.

(well not literally, a designer embroidered them on an amazing lace for her…but still).

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Yes…she did that…

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Now I am sure I will love my offspring….but there is not a chance in hell they would allowed to scribble on any part of my wedding.

In the many dreams I have about weddings (no really…you’d be surprised) I am always wearing different veils. Ranging from one gooorgeous Cathedral veil to maybe 3 or 4 different veils. (again, not kidding. I have a problem…no, there is no name for it yet).

I find it fascinating that we, as Asian brides, go as far as wearing an amazing fusion dress for our civil ceremonies, but a veil is seldom worn! They’re SO PRETTY and so much fun!! You can play hide and seek with them , you can pass them on to your children, you can use them as tablecloths (not that I ever would), you can take cheesy photos with them…the opportunities are just endless!

So here goes….my 10 most recent favourite veils. (Pics are click- through…so click through!)

Veil number 1- Simplicity is key

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This gorgeous tulle veil, with a very simple bow and gem would be a gorgeous addition to any dress. The maker of this exact veil has closed up shop, however any dressmaker could do this for you, just print out the pic.

Veil Number 2 – All Over

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This charming all over bobble veil is created by Anna Campbell. She is an amazing Australian designer who uses beads, pearls, tulles and lace to create gorgeous pieces – this being exactly that.

Veil number 3 – Embroidered

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I am always partial to a bit of embroidery and embellishment, and this Pronovias creation is no exception..the stunning floral design and the placement starting just under the cheekbone makes this veil flattering and GORGEOUS!

Veil number 4 – Vintage Treasure

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The name says it all. This vintage piece is an authentic Victorian HANDMADE (I KNOW!) delight. From around 1860’s and would probably retail at around £3000..not cheap. However, easily made today with new inventions, like machines, and computers for probably a sixteenth of the price. Drool away.

Veil Number 5 (and 6 – but not really 6) – Embellished

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These Etsy finds are my favourite type of veils, they are the ones I see myself wearing. The perfect fusion of Indian on tulle! (in the process of designing my own versions of these so watch this space!)

Veil Number 6 – Floral

I am in love with this stylemepretty veil…….3D flowers attached to your head?! I mean who wouldn’t! Really simple, really compliments the dress, but more than this it looks fun and pretty! Win for flowers!

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…it helps that the bride is drop dead gorgeous….sigh.

Veil Number 7- Indian

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Now this is actually just a saree draped over somebody’s head…(I know I had you fooled for a minute), however the idea behind this is going back to the whole fusion wedding. Imagine you are wearing your white dress (or any other colour for that matter) and you have found a serious dupatta, that matches perfectly, but it just needs to not be so heavy! Get this turned into a shoulder drop veil! So simple and so gorgeous! (IIII KNOW! Possibilities are endless with us Asians!)

Veil Number 8 – All Over Placement Embroidery

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This veil has placement embroidery all around the hem circ which would look amazing on a plain dress. Simple, elegant and really pretty! This was a Twigs and Honey find on Etsy…they have gorgeous accessories to go with your beautiful day.

Veil Number 9 – Bordered (No. Not Bored.)

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This absolutely blew my mind. The simplicity involved in creating this veil; a double turned hem or a sheer organza border. That’s it! Such an impactful piece and so so so pretty! Hayley Paige has some absolutely gorgeous pieces, simple and elegant.

Veil Number 10 – The Blusher

In my opinion, getting a blusher veil right is quite a task. There is usually too much embroidery for the length or absolutely nothing, I hadn’t come across any that made me think yessss…..until now..

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This gorgeous little Etsy shop has found the perfect mix! It is so CUTE! (personally not my style, because I don’t suit cute, but still beautiful!)

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Veil Number 11 – Placed Lace

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This UrbanVeilsCouture find is incredible. I was always under the impression that you couldn’t have embroidery over the top of your head – that it would look slightly weird, however I had to eat my words when I stumbled upon this little Etsy number (yes Etsy really is the place to be).

Literally can’t help myself…seriously its like asking a kid to stop eating chocolate when there is nobody to supervise…

LASTLY…Veil Number 12 – JEWELS

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You guessed it…ETSY; Thelacebutterflies. Seriously just wow. Imagine the sparkles!!! Amazing price, amazing handwriting….just gorgeous, not a lot else to say on this…they say a picture speaks a thousand words, and that is EXACTLY what is happening here!

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That concludes my top 10 veils (for this week anyway)….hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it!! Happy Veiling!

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All Things Wedding

That day has come….you have your ring…but now what? Now starts the sheer panic of all things wedding that overcomes every bride to be.

Since I was about 11 I have been obsessed with weddings…in the ‘stay away from me, I’m crazy’ kind of way. I am in the process of starting my own bridalwear company: Bespoke…by Shivani (but more on that in the future) and I decided the only way I can currently channel this obsession is through a blog!

This blog will be dedicated to all things wedding; from the big things like outfits through to the little things, that nobody really looks at or cares about but still just as important…like napkins or how many prongs the forks have.

I have been fascinated with Asian weddings so much so that I completed my thesis – all 80,000 words – on Asian weddings today…and this led me to The Bride Loves.

So ring or no ring (it’s no ring FYI) I will endeavour to share tips, tricks and give a little bit of inspiration for your big day.

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