ASOS Bridal

Regular readers to this blog may know I got engaged last year and am currently saving up to get married. As this is my second time around I am definitely not planning to spend as much money on a dress as I did in my early 30’s (over £1500 not including accessories and definitely not including underwear) so when I heard ASOS were introducing a Bridal section I was interested to say the least…

Then I saw this Instagram post and I was REALLY interested! Lots of embellishment, with a boho vibe, yet still fashionable and stylish – the first collection is looking perfect for brides like me who want to look fashionable on their wedding day too.

In todays blog I show you my top 10 picks from the range – ASOS has grown up and is ready to commit and and its looking fantastic!

Lace Panelled Maxi Dress – £120.00  Kimono Deep V Fishtail Maxi Dress – £120.00

   Chi Chi London Bridal Tulle Maxi Dress – £65 

To liven things up how about wearing a jacket over your wedding dress?  I love this look particularly for a bohemian style outdoor wedding.

A Star Is Born Bridal Embellished Trophy Jacket – £160.00


And then there’s the shoes…

ASOS PASSIONATE Heeled Sandals – £45.00   

ASOS PRICELESS Embellished Pointed High Heels – £50.00   

And you can’t forget to buy some special underwear…yes this set is expensive but its just beautiful and you have to bring out the big guns for your wedding night!

Skivvies For Love & Lemons Ophelia Bra – £100.00
Skivvies For Love & Lemons Ophelia High Waist Brief – £130


And maybe add some cute (but sexy) nightwear too…

Bluebella Julianna Pyjama Set – £44.00

And finally a bag is handy to keep a lipstick, mirror and probably these days a phone…

ASOS Flower and Pearl Box Clutch Bag – £40 ASOS Flap Over Embellished Clutch Bag – £32.00

So what do you think? Prices range from £8 to £350 and is sized from UK4-18 plus theres some Petite and Curve options too.

Look out for more gorgeous styles to come too.  These are the images Hello Fashion Monthly shared… 

I wont be choosing my dress for a while yet but ASOS will definitely now be somewhere I will look when I’m ready.

All photos via ASOS – find the full range here.

Desperately seeking Pearl

We were invited to the wedding reception of our friends Sally and Christian a couple of weeks back and jumped at the chance to dress up and have fun while celebrating the fact a fantastic coupled had got hitched!

I had been searching for a particular ‘dream’ dress on eBay for ages…a Pearl Lowe lace dress that had been produced by Peacocks back in 2010. At the time I bought a couple of the dresses (they ranged in price from £30-£60) but they were only in a few top stores and sold out really quickly, then Peacocks went into administration and the range was stopped. I was also a size 18 at the time so those dresses I did get ended up going to the charity shop and my search for a size 10 version of the most press loved dress began.  

After a few months I finally found one and I’m so glad I did! It is a gorgeous dress and doesnt look like a high street product at all – in fact it made me feel like a million dollars!wedding fashion - peacocks pearl lowe lace dress via Always a blue sky girl blogThe dress itself has a fitted lace body with satin slip underneath.  Its tight fitting on top and flares out into a lovely full skirt.  The long sleeves show the detail of the lace off beautifully. It really is a beautiful dress and its such a shame they no longer produce the range. wedding fashion - peacocks pearl lowe lace dress via Always a blue sky girl blog  wedding fashion - peacocks pearl lowe lace dress via Always a blue sky girl blogMy bag was a vintage 1960s box bag. Its a lovely piece with gold chain and gold studded frame…and you can fit quite a bit in it! One of the things I love about vintage is you get a unique piece – who wants to turn up somewhere and someone else has exactly the same thing!I’m really fussy about shoes. I don’t like really high heels and I like to dance so they need to be comfortable.  I came upon these Emilio Luca satin beauties purely by chance and they matched the colour of my dress perfectly…plus the kitten heel was comfortable enough to wear all night.   Make-up was a dark red lipstick to match my dress, smoky eyes and winged eye liner.  I also had my normally curly hair professionally blow dryed as I’m useless at doing it myself. wedding fashion - peacocks pearl lowe lace dress via Always a blue sky girl blogWe had a wonderful time and I got to hang out with this fantastic fella – I cannot wait till it’s our own wedding we’re dressing up for…   

Dress : Pearl Lowe at Peacocks (via eBay)

Bag : Vintage

Shoes : Emilio Luca 

Getting Engaged 

So…I’m engaged now.  At 42, divorced with a child, getting married again doesnt seem like something you need to shout about…except you kinda do!  It is definitely a lovely feeling that makes you feel safe, very happy and most importantly very very loved.

Its fair to say Russ and I are a sickly sweet loved up couple already and making our love ‘official’ was always on the cards.  We own a house together and parent four (yes four!) boys between us so we are already totally committed to each other. Plus we both have been wearing a ring on our wedding ring finger since we got serious…a committment ring of sorts.


After getting together after both leaving long term dead and pointless relationships, we promised each other we would really start living our lives. Properly living them, seizing each moment and as part of that each year would travel to a new and exciting foreign place. This year we decided to discover Copenhagen in Denmark which I blogged about here.  Long story short – we absolutely loved the place!

on a boat trip exploring the sights

 

So back to the event itself – after taking (and leaving) a love lock as a surprise for Russ on a our trip to Barcelona last year, I’d read that there was a pedestrian bridge on the edge of the city where Danish couples came to express their love in the same way.

For those not in the know, love locks have become a global phenomenon.  They are messages of love, written by lovers and locked onto bridges, fences and gates in prominent and iconic spots and the keys then thrown away leaving the message (and the couples declaration of love) locked there forever…

This time I said beforehand that I wanted to do it, and in a lovely touch Russ hand engraved our padlock himself.

The Bryggebroen bridge is tucked behind a large shopping centre, on a street called Havneholmen, and spans the distance between the Danish areas of Kalvebod Brygge and Islands Brygge.  No cars can cross it, so its quiet, clean and elegant.

where it happened

 

We went to find it hoping it would be just as good as the other love lock spots we’d seen online. Walking over the bridge, gazing along the Sydhavnen (South Harbour) the modern architecture almost blends into the colour of the water and placed every so often along the railings are small groups of padlocks, a stark contrast with their mix of colour strewn across the bridge.  Towards the centre of the bridge the numbers grew and the bridge became full of declarations of love.

Smiling, kissing and laughing (as ever) we placed our lock, declared our love and threw the keys in the river.

And here is our lock…❤️❤️❤️

love locks in Copenhagen Denmark via Always a blue sky girl blog

love locks in Copenhagen Denmark via Always a blue sky girl blog

And then the proposal!  Suddenly looking very serious, Russ asked for my lovely emerald and diamond ring back, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!  The feeling of joy was just overwhelming.  As I got ready to answer a Danish jogger ran past smiling and shouted “say yes!” and we both burst out laughing.  It was a perfect moment we’ll both never forget – and of course I said yes!!!

After quite a lot of kissing and cuddling, we then went out for a celebratory dinner, toasted our future, took a romantic walk back to the hotel and did a final bit of celebrating behind closed doors doing what we do best! The rest I’ll leave up to your imagination! 😉😍😉

I feel very lucky to have such love in my life and to have received such a wonderful proposal in such a romantic place and can’t wait to marry the man I love.

And now…wedding planning!  I am a style blogger who is getting married!!!  As you can imagine I want it to be fabulous, so watch this space…

Find my Pinterest wedding boards here here here and here for how its looking so far.

 

Confetti.co.uk ‘Style it Like a Pro’ day

As you probably know I’m recently engaged and as a stylist the look of my wedding is a big deal – to be honest the look of EVERYTHING is important to me!

As well as blogging here I also write inspiration blogs on wedding styling and have styled a couple of real life weddings, so new wedding ranges and trends are always of interest.  

When I heard about www.confetti.co.uk‘s Style it like a Pro event I was really excited.  The chance to meet some other like-minded bloggers, see the new ranges and also see some styling ideas in practice.  
 
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As a trained stylist I wasn’t expecting to learn anything new but it was a great refresher and definitely made me get excited about weddings!  Seeing all the products, being able to touch and feel them plus see the gorgeous looks set up in real life was great.  

So what were the Confetti.co.uk in-house stylist’s top tips for styling a wedding display?  

  • Firstly always consider three main things when styling – height, detail and texture
  • Once you have those in your display then think about colour and theme.  Three of their main trends were shown to us – Industrial, Vintage & Woodland.  The boho side of me defintely liked the rustic, fairytale look of Woodland the best but they were all lovely.
  • Look to use a small amount of alternative ideas, such as mixing themes or repurposing items e.g. cake toppers as ornaments or cupcake holders holding decorative accents or candles.
  • If you’re mixing things together then make sure you keep a constant.  If you mix themes for example keep the colour palette the same.
  • Finally, make it personal – this is your wedding, pick things you love and make it beautiful in your own way.

I had great fun Instgram’ing all the pretty stuff I spied… 
confetti.co.uk style it like a pro day wedding products via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

Even the refreshments were beautiful – imagine having these lovely things at your wedding reception…
confetti.co.uk style it like a pro day wedding products via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  
confetti.co.uk style it like a pro day wedding products via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 
confetti.co.uk style it like a pro day wedding products via Always a Blue Sky Girl blogconfetti.co.uk wedding style it like a pro blogger day via always a blue sky girl

Here are some of my favourite items from the day…

Industial look table centrepiece – I love the starkness of the galvanised metal and chalkboard area for information, plus the flowers add a pretty and fresh element.
confetti.co.uk style it like a pro day wedding products via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  

Lace parasol – the intricate detail of this full sized parasol was so beautiful and perfect for shading the bride or her guests at a summer wedding.  There’s also a mini version that can be used as a display piece that is super cute.
confetti.co.uk style it like a pro day wedding products via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog  

Embracing bear cake toppers – These ceramic bears are actually designed to sit on top of the wedding cake but used as decorative pieces within the Woodland theme looked just adorable.
confetti.co.uk style it like a pro day wedding products via Always a Blue Sky Girl blog 

We were told that around 75% of the products are developed in-house for some unique style you wont find anywhere else.  Great for all of us who want to be unique…and lets be honest everyone wants that on their wedding day.  I definitely was impressed with the range and will be persuing the website soon for a few key pieces for myself…Hey, I am engaged!  Look out for them styled in further blogs.

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Confetti.co.uk has teamed up with some of the leading UK wedding brands to provide one lucky couple with a stunning prize package in their Win Your Wedding competition.  The winner will receive the key components needed to have the wedding of their dreams, without the hefty price tag up to the value of a huge £40000!

Enter the competition today for your chance to win – I have!  Find it on the website here.  The winning couple will receive…*takes a deep breath*

  • Reception Venue courtesy of Big Chief Tipi
  • Wedding Photography courtesy of Jenny Martin Photography
  • Discounted Wedding Photography courtesy of Portobello Picture Co
  • Bridal Makeup courtesy of Made Up Makeup and Beauty
  • Caviar courtesy of Kings Fine Food
  • Bridal Lingerie courtesy of StephieAnn Design
  • Wedding Album courtesy of Illustries
  • Wedding Transportation courtesy of Transformer Cars
  • Flower Girl Dress courtesy of Poppy England
  • Bridal Dressing courtesy of Bridal Dressing by Angela
  • Wedding Stationery, Veil, Wedding Favours, Ceremony Accessories, Table and Venue Decor, Personalised Decor and Venue Styling courtesy of Confetti.co.uk
  • Thank You Flowers for the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom
  • Bridal Shoes courtesy of Crystal Bridal Accessories
  • Bridesmaid Jewellery courtesy of Tigerlily Jewellery
  • Wedding Caricature Entertainment courtesy of The Wedding Artist
  • Fabric flower bouquet courtesy of Daphne Rosa
  • Photo Scarves x3 courtesy of My Story Gifts
  • Groom and Usher Suits courtesy of Stephen Bishop Suiting
  • Wedding celebration recipe book courtesy of Recipe Gift Book
  • Speech Writing Services courtesy of Great Speech Writing
  • Bridal Headwear courtesy of Cata Vassalo
  • Reception Entertainment courtesy of Warble Entertainment
  • Boudoir Photography Session courtesy of Divine Divas
  • Videography courtesy of Shoot it Yourself
  • Male Shaving Hamper x4 courtesy of Dalit Goods Co.
  • Spa break and beauty package for two courtesy of Ardencote Manor
  • Doodle Duvet and Pens Bundle courtesy of Eat Sleep Doodle
  • Photobooth courtesy of Picture Blast
  • Bridal Gown courtesy of Eternity Bridal
  • Wedding Dress Storage courtesy of Empty Box Company
  • Cyprus Honeymoon courtesy of Kanika Hotels
  • Bridesmaid Dresses courtesy of Alexia Designs
  • Bridal Coaching Hen Party courtesy of The Bridal Coach
  • Stag Party courtesy of StagWeb
  • Hen Party courtesy of GoHen
  • Silk Flowers courtesy of Petals Polly
  • Live Band courtesy of earcandy
  • Wedding Bands courtesy of Beaverbrooks
  • Wedding Coordination courtesy of Black Pearl Weddings
  • First Anniversary Short Break courtesy of SuperBreak
  • Mobile Bar courtesy of Mambo Mobile Bars
  • Table Top Love Letter Lights courtesy of The White Bulb
  • A Bespoke Wedding Memory Book courtesy of Memeoirs
  • Wedding Macaron Favours courtesy of Anyonita Nibbles

Now thats an impressive prize!