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Somerset by Alice Temperley at John Lewis

Somerset By Alice Temperley At John Lewis

AW17 Somerset Lingerie by Alice Temperley Exclusive to John Lewis

Channel old Hollywood glamour in boudoir-ready lingerie and loungewear from Somerset by Alice Temperley available at John Lewis. Perfect for your honeymoon essentials and guaranteed to add to the honeymoon heat.

Somerset by Alice Temperley is the fastest-selling collection in John Lewis’ history and continues to grow into new product categories.

To view more of this range or to buy, visit the John Lewis website

 

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So Sassi | 2018 Bridal Collection

So Sassi | 2018 Bridal Collection

Fringed back details, feature sleeves and ballerina length tulle skirts

Anyone who knows Buckinghams knows we are big fans of Sassi Holford – in fact Sassi was the very first British designer to feature in our first issue back in 2014 so we are really pleased to share with you the So Sassi Collection for 2018.

“Each year, the So Sassi design team works hard to develop unique, individual and fashion forward styles, giving their brides a collection which is not only all those things but one that is created with love and passion. This bright team of fashion graduates, all focus on creating a label which represents the 21st century bride – she wants to have fun, dance like no one is watching and make her big day one that no one will forget.

The 2018 So Sassi Collection celebrates brides who want to embrace their own style, brides who are not afraid to make a statement and brides that want a twist on tradition.

Taking inspiration from generation ‘Y’ brides and celebrities, the collection sees a blend of styles, silhouettes and fabric that creates a fun-loving vibe. The way the skirt moves for dancing, the way the bodice keeps it shape and not forgetting the internal corset which makes you feel fabulous and sexy. New design elements include cold shoulders, fringed back details, feature sleeves and ballerina length tulle skirts – it is a collection that wows!”

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Hannah & Jonny’s Real Wedding | Paul Massey Photography

Hannah & Jonny’s Real Wedding | Paul Massey Photography

In sickness and in health, a marriage of two doctors 

How did you meet – tell us a little about yourselves?

We met when we were working together as Doctors on Intensive Care at Northampton General Hospital. Jonny is a consultant so he was actually my boss! We were friends for a couple of years before we fell in love!

Tell us about the proposal?

Jonny proposed after we had been living together for about 6 months. We went on Holiday to Jamaica. I had a good idea that Jonny might propose as he wasn’t very subtle about it! I imagined it would be in the evening so had planned every outfit, complete with shoes and jewellery. In fact, Jonny proposed at 9.30am on the first morning, in the Caribbean Sea! It was absolutely perfect and meant we then had the rest of the holiday to celebrate.

How did you find the wedding planning process?

I LOVED it! I’m a bit of a control freak so I had a spreadsheet for everything, but I loved planning it. I even considered changing careers to become a wedding planner once it was over. Jonny may say there were moments where I became a bridezilla, but in general, I think I was quite calm and thoroughly enjoyed planning every aspect of it.

What was your biggest worry?

That something wouldn’t go to plan. Someone once told me ‘Something always goes wrong on the day and the sooner you accept that the sooner you will feel calmer’. So I was so worried something big would go wrong… like the registrars having the wrong date or something. In fact, the only thing that went ‘wrong’, was the day before, the car company rang and said the car we wanted had broken down and had to go in to be fixed. It was meant to be pearlescent cream. They said they could provide the same car in silver and would add in extra champagne, so it worked out perfectly!

How did you manage your budget?

Errrr, I’m not sure we did! We tried to be thrifty where we could. I handmade all of our stationery and we used artificial flowers for the centrepieces. Plus I sing in an 8-piece singing group, so they were happy to provide entertainment whilst we signed the register, for free. But otherwise, we did get a bit carried away! Luckily we have paid it all off now, and it was the best day, so it’s OK!

How did you choose your vendors?

We used a lot of recommendations, such as the hair stylist, makeup artist and flower company. The cake company I found through doing research and the lady offered a really personal touch when designing it, so I loved that. For the photographer, we went to a wedding fair and met Paul Massey at his stand. We took one look at the photos on display and knew we HAD to have him for the wedding!

What made you decide on your venue?

As soon as we arrived at Swancar Farm, we just knew it was where we wanted to get married. My parents used to live in an old farmhouse and it had the same feel so I just thought it was perfect. We liked the fact we would have exclusive use of it and the staff were so helpful and welcoming, especially Hayley our wedding coordinator.

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Lipsy 2017 Bridal Collection

Lipsy 2017 Bridal Collection

Bridal, Bridesmaids & Lingerie by Lipsy 2017

Whether you’re on bridesmaid duty in matching dresses, or wanting varied necklines, lengths and silhouettes, Lipsy.com has it covered. Styling your bride squad for the big day can be quite the challenge, but Lipsy has created the perfect bridesmaid solution that wedding planning dreams are made of to ensure your bridesmaids are the next best dressed girls in the room. And that’s not all -Lipsy&Co, Lipsy’s multi-branded online offering, will have you saying “I do” to the most wedding worthy dresses and accessories, making Lipsy.com the perfect one-stop destination for all things wedding.

Lipsy has created an exquisite debut bridesmaid range launching just in time for the wedding season this March 2017, with a collection of swoon-worthy gowns for both bride and bridesmaids. Placing a big focus on weddings and summer events, Lipsy has elevated the ‘Lipsy VIP’ handwriting to make it even more special, and showcases a seamless opportunity for their girls to wear a Lipsy dress for a very memorable occasion.

Lipsy’s first foray into wedding attire begins with an exclusive collection of beautifully constructed dresses with plenty of attention to detail. With whimsical maxis in a variety of colours and styles, mesh multi-ways in complementary colours and delicately detailed midis, Lipsy’s bridesmaid offering has something for everyone allowing your bridesmaids to look fashionably happily-ever-after. Prices range between £68 and £80, so your bridesmaid squad can look breath-taking without breaking the bank.

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Suzanne Neville | The Interview

Suzanne Neville | The Interview

Suzanne Neville speaks to Buckinghams and gives a sneak peek into the designer life

Award winning British Designer Suzanne Neville is already known as one of Europe’s leading designers of bridal and evening wear. Her gowns have been worn by Tess Daly and Elle Macpherson to name a few. But now, talking exclusively to Buckinghams, ‘Nevsie’ talks about her likes, dislikes, love of the Quality Street green triangle and face-timing with Kate Winslet. It’s all in a day’s work.

Suzanne, tell us something about your background. How did you get started in the wedding dress business? “I began making wedding dresses for friends whilst studying at the London College of Fashion and it just grew from there. I started the business with a Princes Trust grant. It’s what I’d always wanted to do and it’s hard to believe it’s now 25 years ago. There are never enough hours in the day to get as much done as I would like because it’s always so busy. Creating patterns is my biggest passion and seeing brides on their big day.”

Does the responsibility of your business ever scare you? “It doesn’t scare me but I am aware of the huge responsibility it holds. It’s a real honour to dress so many brides for the most important day of their lives.”

How do you start your day? “I start my day with a coffee and a bowl of Granola. I’m a morning person so I’m often up at 5 am and find it hard to stay up past 10 o’clock!!”

What do you do to unwind? “I don’t really unwind. I’m a bit of a workaholic but I do have the odd glass of fizz. Champagne is my favourite tipple.”

Favourite meal? “A beautifully cooked lemon sole is my fave.”

Favourite colour? “Black. It’s pretty much all I wear.”

Favourite mug? “My Cath Kidston giant mug.”

Pet hate? “Things that don’t line up straight – I’m a bit of a perfectionist.”

Are you a dogs or cats person? “Cats! I have 4! They’re my favourite animal!”

Who is your favourite Avenger? Is Iron Man an Avenger?.. if so him as I love Robert Downey Jr.”

Do you have a nickname? My business partner calls me Nevsie!”

Favourite holiday destination? “Italy, New York, anywhere I can enjoy a short break.”

Favourite biscuit? “A bourbon.”

Favourite shoes? “My Valentinos!”

Favourite author? “I don’t have time to read!”

Which is your favourite Quality Street? “The green triangle.”

Coke or Pepsi? “Diet Coke; I’m a little obsessed.”

Do you like Marmite? “I love it!”

Can you cook and if so whats your speciality? “I can follow a recipe but I’m no Nigella.”

Who is the most famous person youve ever met? “I’ve met many celebrities but the only time I felt starstruck was when I was on face-time with Kate Winslet during a fitting.”

Secret crush? “Aiden Turner of course!”

If you could invite four people to dinner who would they be? “Valentino, Joanna Lumley, Graham Norton and Prince Harry.”

Favourite room in the house and why? “My bedroom because I love sleeping.”

What colour is your kitchen? “It’s neutral.”

Favourite household appliance? My Nespresso machine.”

Are you a gardener? “No, but I have a wonderful gardener! I love it because she plants all sorts of beautiful flowers and it’s a lovely surprise when they bloom.”

Can you keep a houseplant alive for more than a month? “Nope – that’s why I need a gardener!”

What do you want for Christmas this year? “Another diamond encrusted ring (I don’t ask for much!).”

What is your proudest moment? Having my children.”

Whats your favourite memory from your wedding? The vows, It was such a romantic moment. I had a winter wedding at Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey, and the setting made the whole experience even more memorable.”

If you werent doing what you do know what would you be doing? “I can’t imagine anything else. It would need to be fashion related.”

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? “I would be taller.”

How would you like to be remembered? “For making lots of people happy.”

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