There is no finer place to be in the weeks leading up to Christmas than at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge for the Brides Christmas Lunch. It is always the highlight of my Christmas calendar and a date in the diary I always look forward to. From the champagne reception where all the gorgeous girls from Brides Magazine greet their guests, to the exquisite ballroom, all laid out with crystal glasses and silver and white crockery – it’s a sight to behold and not forgetting of course, the fabulous Christmas tree at the top of the stairs. Magical!
And the goodie bags are to-die-for; Jo Malone, lime, basil and mandarin scented candles. It’s going to be a fragrant Christmas at 6 Mortlake Road!
Thank you, thank you thank you!
I still don’t think I’ve come down to earth after being awarded Regional Finalist – Wedding Dressmaker/Designer Of The Year, London And South East at The Wedding Industry Awards!
Monday, November 23 was such a magical evening from start to finish. In fact, the excitement started even before then with ‘What shall I wear?’. After much deliberation and several rounds of trying on, I settled on a black Armani dress (the tailoring is just incredible; the dress had an elegant cut-out neckline complemented by a sassy kick pleat at the back). I matched this with a pair of suede heels in a rich plum and set off the look with a faux fur number from Reiss that’s been gracing all the fashion pages recently. Hair – tick. Make up – tick. Uber – tick.
I invited my marketing consultant and longstanding friend, Caroline Gibson, to join me (who afterwards told me her heart was beating with anticipation/nerves so loudly, she was sure everyone in the presentation had heard it). Our taxi pulled into the stunning grounds of Morden Hall, which is a wedding venue set in National Trust parkland in south London. This country house was beautifully renovated as a wedding venue this year (brides take note – this place is Gorgeous with a capital G).
The event’s founders, Damien Bailey and his fabulous wife Anna, were at the door to greet everyone. We completely failed to resist the cheeky charm of the Beetle Juice guys who’d skilfully whipped up a very tasty cocktail. We eventually dragged ourselves away after taking a card (their cocktail bars are normally 1970s VWs) to savour the most delicious canapés provided by Galloping Gourmet.
The rooms were buzzing with chat and laughter: it was so lovely to meet the other regional finalists and learn about the services they provided, from a quirky VW campervan in the Transport category to the exquisite paper wedding decorations crafted by Laura in the Special Touches section – who won it!
I held my breath when the shortlist was read out for my category and leapt out of my seat when my name was read out. The most poignant moment was when Damien had read out an anonymous and very moving testimonial from one of my brides. So I want to thank everyone who voted for me – it’s so, so, so generous of you to have taken the time, and winning the award has absolutely made my year. Speaking of which, the accolade is now in pride of place on the table in my studio.
The evening continued on a high with photos, a video interview and was rather nicely rounded off with a glass of bubbly (of course).
Next stop: The TWIA National Awards in London this January at which the national winners of all 26 categories will be announced. Fingers crossed, and over a month to decide what to wear for it. I promise to keep you posted…….
Do you have a Dress to sell?
Spring is in the air, maybe it’s time to dust down the cobwebs. I was delighted that you chose a Louise Selby dress, but would you consider sharing the experience? If you would like to give some one else the opportunity of wearing one of my designs, read on! As a new venture for 2015, Second the Best have decided to hold their first wedding dress sale. With over 14 years experience with their successful dress agency, Kate and Lulu have invited me, to host the sale in my Kew studio. I will be on hand to offer expert advice on styling and alterations. The sale will include dresses by other designers as well as my own (above are just two of the exquisite gowns we will be selling).
Severin Hubert from the Hepburn Collection will be giving mini bridal hair makeovers at the champagne preview. The sale will also include mother of the bride outfits and wedding hats.
Dresses must be clean and in pristine condition.
Save the date
Thursday 16 April with champagne evening preview from 7.00 to 9.00 pm
Friday 17 April,12.00 to 4.00 pm
Saturday 18 April, 10.00 to 4.00 pm
Pricing of the dresses will be mutually agreed and I can store your dress until the sale.
If it’s sold, you will receive 60% of the sale price. We anticipate sale prices to average between £500 and £1500 (if your dress is sold for over £1000 you will receive 70% of the sale price).
How to find out more
Second the Best Bride is an exceptional opportunity to purchase a high-end designer dress for a fraction of the original price in a lovely environment with expert service from Kate, Lulu and me.
To sell your wedding dress and/or a mother of the bride outfit, please contact me on 07726539886 or 02089488725 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to pass the details on to your friends.
below are just some of the dresses we will be selling.
Louise is returning to Syon Park where her recent shoot for her “Collections” took place in the Conservatory.
She is exhibiting at the Wedding and Celebration Show on Sunday 23 November 2014 at the Syon Park Hilton Hotel.
This will be an opportunity to view some of her new designs for 2015 including the exquisite “Azalia” dress which features a skirt of the softest tulle. The new “Mimosa” dress showcases a carefully sourced, guipure lace in ivory and has a small sleeve. “Sunflower” is a departure from lace; a stunning gown in a crisp ivory faille silk.
For more information visit www.celebrationshows.com
Saturday January 18th, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
You are invited to a very exclusive event: Louise Selby’s sample sale at her private studio in Kew.
No appointment necessary.
6 Mortlake Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3JA, nearest tube, Kew Gardens, nearest mainline station, Kew Bridge.
Finding and buying my wedding dress was the easiest part of organising my wedding by far. Louise Selby’s sample sale was the 3rd boutique I’d been to. I immediately fell in love with a dress that had been worn in a photo shoot but was a bit too small for me. Louise assured me she could tweak it and make it fit and I was sold. There were 4 other brides at the sale as well and we all ended up giving each other advise. (3 of the other 4 brides bought the dresses they tried on as well). It was a great experience and Louise was fantastic, putting up with all my alterations and not charging a thing for them. With Louise Selby’s dresses you can guarantee a quality-made, beautiful dress at a very reasonable price and a very personalised service in a friendly environment. I cannot recommend her sample sale enough.
This season marks 25 years as a leading wedding dress designer for Louise Selby. To commemorate, her collection features some gorgeous new designs – hallmarked by her signature lace look. From the softest tulle-backed dress with appliquéd lace to gowns with stunning sheer Calais lace backs, her dresses are a statement of chic. She is also showcasing details such as white Provencal lace fluted sleeves and chiffon and lace cowl necks.
Join Louise in celebrating 25 years of elegance and style.
Book your tickets before Monday 30th September for your chance to win a fabulous two night stay at the luxurious Babington House – the perfect way to unwind after all the wedding planning.
Surrounded by the rolling hills of Somerset, the Georgian estate at Babington is an exclusive venue choice for your entire wedding.
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th October 2013
Friday 11th (First Look): 5pm -9pm
Saturday 12th: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 13th: 10am – 5pm