How will your wedding smell?

I got an email through ages ago from a company who makes all kinds of delicious smelling whatnots.  They also offer a bespoke wedding scenting service.  Now after initial read-through, I thought it was a little gimmicky, but it’s really stuck in my mind.  Smell is undoubtedly evocative.  The idea is that you have a special scent around at your wedding, and then send your guests home with a candle of that same scent so that when they light it, they remember your wedding.  How cool is that?!

So anyway.  If you’re interested, check out their website – they’re called NEOM Luxury Organics ». – Keren

THAT dress (or should I say THOSE dresses)

Kate Middleton may well have changed wind patterns at the collective universal sigh of satisfaction at the sight of her wedding dress  – it was everything it should have been and then some.  Exquisite, simple, clean lines in only the way seriously wonderful designers seem to achieve; beautiful lace, and modest yet sexy.  Very fine indeed.  And her evening dress was just as beautiful in a similar way, minus the lace.  Well done, Princess William of Wales (and Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen).

(Sorry, I don’t know who the original credit for these pictures go to – let me know if you know…)

Two things that made me laugh

Two things that made me laugh this week:

Look closely – Will’s hair has taken on a remarkably reddish patina.  I’m quite seriously tempted to buy it, just for the amoosement factor.  You can pick up your own here »

And this animated gif had me shooting tea out my nose (too charming I know).

It’s true, this really did happen to this most unfortunate couple – see their original wedding video on YouTube here»

Via Wedinator »

Alan Hannah Accessories

I’d like to share something rather special with you – one of the projects we’ve been busy with over the last few months has been an ecommerce website for Alan Hannah.  They’ve put together their very own Alan Hannah wedding accessories range to match up with their gorgeous Alan Hannah and MiaMia dresses, and I can honestly and unbiasedly… is that even a word??… say that they have some of the prettiest bling I have ever seen.

Well hello there…

I think it’s time to stick my head out from under this rather cosy rock I’ve been living under these last four months. And what a four months it’s been.  Wills and Kate got engaged, there was a rotten earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and another rotten earthquake in Japan. Two mornings I’ve woken up to news of bad earthquakes and felt sick with dread at the knowledge that people I loved were at the epicentres (my brother lives in Christchurch, my best friend was holidaying in Japan).  Both are fine, thankfully, though my brother’s house not so much.

Sandwiched in-between all that was some bad health news (not terrible, I’m not going to keel over or anything, hopefully…*gulp*) that I’ve now mostly managed to get my head around, along with other work that has had to take precedence (paying the rent and all that).  Thus I haven’t been feeling up to posting.  Heyho. QUITE glad those four months are behind me.

SO ANYWAY, I’m back, and raring to go.

Her favourite things… Charlotte Balbier

We’ve got a fun new slot here on Wedding Gown Town – a designer interview section, and each week I’m going to try to bring you a bit of a peek into the life of your favourite designers.  Today we’re privileged to have the talented Charlotte Balbier featured (thank-you Charlotte for your time!) .  If there are any specific designers you’d like to hear more about, leave a comment and I’ll do my best (though no promises – designers tend to be frantically busy people).

Charlotte was quite literally born into bridal – daughter of bridal designer Amanda Wyatt, she comes from a family who have been in the bridal fashion industry for over 50 years. Launched in 2003, the Charlotte Balbier brand has grown spectactularly, and has influenced the bridal fashion industry in a brand new direction.

Initially taking roles in film and high-end fashion, Charlotte always knew she wanted to make her own gowns for brides
who were fashion conscious and feminine, but who wanted to be different.

What’s your favourite gown from this year’s CB collection?

What’s your favourite source of inspiration?
People, places and fashion

What artistic ability do you wish you had?
To dance (much better than I can!)

What’s your favourite Sunday afternoon activity?
Long walk in the country followed by afternoon tea & cakes

What’s your favourite guilty pleasure?
Take That!!

What’s your signature cocktail?
Kir Royale

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

What achievement are you most proud of?
That so many brides to be have chosen Charlotte Balbier for their wedding dress, it’s a honour. (Psst – check out some Charlotte Balbier brides on Facebook).

Can you list your four all-time favourite books?
Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love In The Present Tense, Last Chance Saloon & The Alchemist

Check out Charlotte’s website here, her blog here, follow her on Twitter here, or Facebook here.  I’ll be putting up some dresses from her latest collection in a few days time, so keep your eyes peeled (isn’t that the weirdest phrase when you think about it?  Peeling eyes. *shudder*).

Photo Credits:
Kir Royale, L.A.