Thursday, 1 September 2011

I went to a party... The Love My Dress Summer Soiree

On Wednesday 3rd August I was luckily enough to attend an incredible party!

After an eventful morning of travel mess-ups and a 4 hour train journey I finally arrived in sunny Newcastle! After getting lost on my quest to find some suitable earrings (after leaving all of my jewellery at home!) I finally checked into my hotel!

The dress...
After a little sit down it was finally time to put on my beautiful Oh My Honey gown. (I'll be telling you more about my dress tomorrow in a very special supplier feature with designer Louise!)

With only half an hour to spare I pampered and preened in record time and after stepping into layers and layers of delicate tulle and silk I was ready to go to the ball!

Image from Love My Dress Wedding Blog - Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Helen Russell & Katy Lunsford

The Vintage Hen House Shoot
I met up with the lovely Anna from Anna and the Ring in the hotel corridor who looked resplendent in a gorgeous pink dress and the most incredible hat. On the way to the Soiree we stopped off briefly to the Hen party shoot arranged by Abbie from the Vintage Hen House, where we met up with Elle from Elle is for Love, Ali from Daisy Cupcakes, Lucy from The Wedding Shop, Nat from I am Nat and lots of other lovely ladies! You can see more images from the shoot here.

Image from The Vintage Hen House - Photography Copyright (c) 2011, James Melia

On arrival..
After the hen house shoot we made our way across the river to the Batic Centre.
The venue looked incredible - the outdoor seating area was strewn with tables that were decorated with stunning floral centre peices, vintage props and delicious cake pops and treats.

Inside was a menagerie of wonderful vintage display areas that had been set up by a number of different suppliers (click here to see the ful list.)

Image from Love My Dress Wedding Blog - Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Helen Russell & Katy Lunsford

After arriving and settling at a table overlooking the river, we were joined by two more stationers - Vicky Trainor and Lela from Doodle Love who I was so pleased to be meeting at last!

Image from Love My Dress Wedding Blog - Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Helen Russell & Katy Lunsford

Through the course of the night between delicious soiree themed cocktails and scrummy canapes I met so many fabulous people, including The Wedding Reporter (at last!!) The Bijou Bride, Cat Hepple, Emma Case, Shell de Mar, Love Audrey (who recreated her idol's timeless style perfectly!) the hilarious Aisling from Any Other Wedding, my lovely friend Lucy Stendall and so many other incredible people!

Our hostess..
Shortly after arriving and the venue was starting to fill up we noticed a flash of blue chiffon and blonde hair through the crowds - it was Annabel, our hostess.
With her stunning outfit (completed by an amazing head piece) Annabel was the perfect hostess and worked around the room greeting each and every one of her guests.
Whilst it was only brief (short but sweet!) it was fab to meet Annabel, and to have been able to attend such a lovely event that so much hard work and love had been put into!

Image from Love My Dress Wedding Blog - Photography Copyright (c) 2011, Helen Russell & Katy Lunsford

My favourite element...
Had to be the photobooth! What a fab way to break the ice and be silly, and a wonderful memento of the event!

Gorgeous gifts...
I saved my goody bag for after the party, which i opened curled up in my hotel room with a gin and tonic and a tin of ready salted pringles (very glamorous!)

There were some wonderful gifts inside the bag , including a beautiful handmade bookmark from Vicky Trainor, an absolutely scrumptious macaron from The Boutique Baking Company (which didn't last long!) and a super cute card from Doodle Love.

I've also held on to my lovely name tag, which had been produced by the lovely Sugalily, and was a gorgeous and stylish way of know who was who! I chose to wrap mine around my wrist like a corsage, whilst others wore them around their necks or tied to their handbags.

Another wonderful touch was the cards from Paul Antonio Scribe. On a table strewn with pieces of gorgeous cream card each guest could find one with their name written in beautiful calligraphy - such a lovely memento which has now take a place on my noticeboard alongside my photobooth snaps and name tag!

To see more images of the event you can visit the Love my Dress blog:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

I had such a wonderful time and it was so lovely to meet so many amazing people!

Check back tomorrow to find out more about the wonderful dress by Oh My Honey that i was so privelidged to be wearing for the night!

I'm getting ready for my own event on Sunday, The Leicester Wedding Club Summer Garden Party, and will also be off to the Any Other Party on Friday 9th, thrown by the lovely ladies at Any Other Wedding - I hope to see some of you there!!

Leah x
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  1. A delicious write up Leah. One of the downsides of being (fashionably?) late was that I missed the build up and those goody bags and nibbles. Mmm jealous! It was a magnificent evening and you looked stunning. I cannot wait for the next one, can you? x

  2. So much fun!

    So lovely to finally meet you!


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