Eleonora Esposito

Today we hear from Eleonora Esposito, who is here to tell us about her first bridal collection! 

I would like to introduce you my first capsule bridal collection, in the past I created bridal gowns for friends and customers, but mainly I worked on my collections of cocktail and bridesmaids dresses,so this the first time I officially launch a bridal capsule collection.

The collection has been designed for a sophisticated bride. Wedding dresses with a retro and a bon ton style, romantic mood, but at the same time a modern silhouette, simple and delicate shapes, made of details such as lace edges positioned to highlight the figure in an elegant way and to the high quality of the fabrics as the silk cady and the silk chiffon, that give to each garment a lightness of movement and style.

60s mood collars, natural waist dresses and flared skirt with essential shapes made even more unique thanks to the accessories created in collaboration with other designers as : Asteroidea, Maria Leone, Doriana Napoli and Saltie Creations, combining the retro couture style with  innovative materials that will complete each outfit, creating an alternative and exclusive effect.

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Eleonora Esposito, I’m a fashion designer and vintage buyer, I live in Italy in the sunny city of Naples! I adore everything have a vintage mood , this passion is very visible in my work.  My creations are made to measure, “handmade couture”, as I love to describe them, a retro and bon ton style, a timeless elegance , with a new concept of fitting. Perfect for a romantic woman, but at the same time she is also a dynamic woman who lives in the present, she wants to have a sophisticated bon ton style, without being too old fashioned. Wedding dresses, cocktail & bridesmaids dresses, made to measure, handled accurately by paying careful attention to the details, both in cuts and shapes, and to the high quality of the fabrics.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

Working with both brides and bridesmaids, it’s beautiful to listen them talk about all the wedding preparations, the ceremony, the happiness, the love in the air, it’s amazing! As fashion designer it’s very emotional to see the brides and the bridesmaids , wearing the complete dress, to see the joy in their eyes, the thrill of wearing the dress that will be part of their special day. To be involved  in  a wonderful  journey to celebrate love.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

They have to follow their opinions, it’s their wedding day, something that will be an unforgettable moment of their life together as couple. It’s ok to listen extra opinions but the final decision it’s their, let it be a day that reflects you as couple, your style, what you like.

What keeps you passionate?

I love to create and to make women happy wearing my creations. To talk with them , to learn from them and to find always the right solution to make them feel perfect , because every woman has the need to feel at ease and beautiful at the same time. I love my job, it’s a good way to escape the stress of daily life, through the creativity

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

I love to read blogs and magazine to keep me informed about the latest trends, because it’s important to know what is going on, especially about the color palette, but at the same time I want to create something that it’s unique.

What’s next for your business?

I want to see my handmade couture clothing grow, to work with many brides and bridesmaids as possible, different women all unique and special. I have already reserved orders in the works, wedding dresses and cocktail dresses, so I will be busy in the next months but I can’t wait to make each dress. So I hope for the future to continue to do my work with the same love and passion and obviously grow professionally.

How do we book/use your services?

Customers can buy my wedding dresses and cocktail dresses  online through my Etsy shop, each item is made to measure, with their measurements, to fit perfectly their body figures. I have good feedback about my work, I delivery worldwide from Italy. They can contact me on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram or via email, I will be happy to reply to any questions.

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Vata Beauty

Today we hear from the super talented, France based make up artist, Claire Jones! She shares her trend tips, favorite wedding moments and how she keeps up with trends! It’s a must read for all bride-to-be’s!

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Claire Jones, a professional bridal make up artist based in France.  I am British but working in France at many of the best wedding venues found here, although my work does take me across Europe too.  I am also a UK qualified Beauty and Skin Therapist which allows me to offer a bespoke skincare regimen to all my brides to follow in the run up to their big day. Great skin means that make up glides on to the skin and in turn makes for flawless wedding photographs.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

It is so hard to pinpoint my favourite part of a wedding as the whole process from the initial contact with a bride through to watching her sail down the aisle is magical.  There is something very special about assisting an excited bride prepare for what is arguably the biggest and most important day of her life.  Sharing the excitement in the build up to the wedding and sharing ideas and discussing themes and the bridal look are all very rewarding however, the morning of the wedding holds a big place in my heart.  The smiles and laughter and the nerves and joy are all inspiring and make my job the best in the world.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Research your suppliers, especially hairstylists and make up artists, thoroughly. Not all are equal and it’s important to ask questions before booking.  What products are used, will those products stand up to the rigours of a hot French summer’s day and into the evening, what experience do they have, are they insured, are they refreshing their skills regularly and keeping up to date with latest trends and products, what time is given in the run up to the wedding to go through ideas and what additional services do they offer within the fee.  Always visit the web site of your vendor and check out their social media sites to read reviews, testimonials and to ascertain whether their work is of a standard that you require.  One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give is that once you have found the right supplier for you, book them straightaway by sending a deposit to secure the date.  Experienced and talented suppliers will be booked early so don’t lose out on your favourite by delaying, some of us take bookings up to two years in advance.

What keeps you passionate?

Beauty and make up are my life,  I eat, breath and live everything bridal.  It is a fast paced industry, where new products and techniques are constantly being launched, so my job is never boring.  My driving force though are my clients.  To spend time with a nervous bride and watch her blossom into a confident and glowing bride on her wedding day and then watching her smile as she departs for her ceremony gives me ultimate job satisfaction. All of this fires my passion for my work.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the ultimate Beauty Geek!  I am never far from the computer or magazines as I am constantly researching the latest trends, new techniques and skincare.  I am drawn like a moth to the flame whenever I hear of or see something new and just have to know all about it.  It really is super important in my profession to keep up to date with latest trends.  At the moment I am totally head over heels with the hype around the colour rose gold.  The Pantone colours for this season are all about going back to nature, embracing foliage and greenery with, they say, accents of silver.  However, having spoken to brides-to-be and florists there is a real leaning towards coppers and rose gold as accent colours and I for one am delighted.  I love the way it works with the soft greenery of the foliage and it is also such a gentle and romantic colour that works for most people.  You heard it here first, rose gold!

Check out LTW’s trend alert on rose gold cutlery here!

What’s next for your business?

Aside from preparing for yet another very busy French Bridal Season I am looking forward to sharing a photo shoot that I recently worked on with a very talented group of bridal suppliers.  Shot in a luxury Eco sustainable beachside Villa Hotel the shoot, an Eco Couture Fashion one, should be released very soon.  The designers were very generous in offering us some wonderful couture wedding dresses, outfits and jewellery.  I have seen the camera roll of pictures and I have to say that I am particularly proud of this fabulous shoot.  With more photo shoots scheduled for later in the year, along with assisting this season’s brides-to-be I can honestly tell you that I am a very happy Make Up Artist.

How do we book/use your services?

I can be contacted through the contact form on my website www.clairejonesmakeupartist.com or through any of my social media accounts.  I am also a Premium Partner of www.bridesinfrance.com and can be contacted through the link within their Big White Book.

Hands up who would really love Claire to give us some pre-wedding tips to get ready for the perfect make up? Comment below right now and we will ask especially for you!

Leis Atelier | Wonderful Wedding Suppliers

Today we hear from Leis Atelier the gorgeous wedding dress suppliers!

 

Who are you and what do you do?

We are Leis Atelier, we provide made-to-measure wedding dresses to brides all across the world. Our entire system is based online; brides get to pick a dress, fill in their measurements (we have very comprehensive guides and an easy to fill form), and have their impeccable dress shipped to their doorstep. We care about diversity, that’s why we have all sizes available, as well as styles that are suitable for brides from all walks of life. Whether a bride wants to cover up, or reveal more, there is always something over at our online boutique.

What’s your favourite part of a wedding?

The dress ! We love making our brides happy.

What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?

Don’t go over your budget, but make sure that you are working with honest, and reliable suppliers. There are many suppliers that will provide you a great service that is within your reach. The problem with the wedding industry is that many companies markup their prices too high. So low price goods doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to be low quality. Our company Leis Atelier for example, provides high quality wedding dresses for an affordable price. We cut down the costs by supplying our dresses to customers directly online. We ensure that they fit perfectly through our amazing fitting techniques. All you have to do is fill out a measurement form we send to you once you purchase a dress. There are many passionate people who will ensure that you have the best wedding experience, all the while without having you feeling ripped off. Trust them, and you won’t regret it.

What keeps you passionate?

We love seeing our couples happy. It is always a joy to see how pleasantly surprised they are when they receive their dresses.

Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?

We do keep up with trends, we like to reinterpret timeless classics as well. We really like two-piece dresses, and blushed tones, so we have included some models in our collection.

What’s next for your business?

We are currently expanding our operations to the middle east and are creating branches that will handle customers in their mother tongue. But our current priority is the UK and Europe. We are also working on launching our bridesmaids, prom and formal wear collections.

How do we book/use your services?

You can browse our amazing dresses at www.leisatelier.com ! We ensure you that there is a perfect dress for you, and that when you receive it, it will be one of the happiest days of your life. Leis Atelier is a great way to choose “the dress”.

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Want to be on a Bridal TV show?

LTW has teamed with Angel Eye Media and TLC to hunt for plus sized brides!

The show features larger-than-life partners in fashion Jo Cooke and Alison Law who transform plus size brides-to-be with a VIP experience that finds the wedding dress of their dreams.

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Filmed at Jo and Alison’s boutique in Essex Curves & Couture, a paradise for brides above size 16, each episode sees TLC’s ‘bridal fairy godmothers’ come to the rescue of three brides-in-need. From confident and fabulous to shy and nervous, Jo and Alison work their magic with each of the fuller-figured brides to help them feel amazing on the inside and look incredible on the outside.

Inspired by their own miserable experience shopping for their plus-size wedding dresses on the high-street, the duo put their heart, soul and considerable personalities into finding the perfect bridal gowns. Emotional, intimate and uplifting, the series captures the highs and lows of the brides-to-be on their journey up to the big day that will transform their lives forever.Inspired by their own miserable experience shopping for their plus-size wedding dresses on the high-street, the duo put their heart, soul and considerable personalities into finding the perfect bridal gowns. Emotional, intimate and uplifting, the series captures the highs and lows of the brides-to-be on their journey up to the big day that will transform their lives forever.

At the end of each transformation, the brides try on their dress for the very first time in a big reveal for their closest friends and family as they see their dreams of looking and feeling beautiful on their wedding day come true.

Why not watch the clip here:

Want to find out more? Get in contact with angel media using brides@angeleye.co.uk, make sure you let them know you heard about it through LTW!

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TREND ALERT: Gorgeous Floaty Dresses

We have seen floaty dresses filling our pinterest pages for a while now, but the trend is set to be bigger than ever in 2017 with brides ditching the layers of underskirts, hoops and netting in favour of a easy, lightweight and simply stunning alternative.

This styles suits all shapes and sizes and really can take you from day to night without any worries. Here are our favs and why we love them:

They are perfect casual romance for beach weddings

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Add long sleeves to take the look from summer to winter,

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These floaty numbers are screaming out to be paired with lace, they would look stunning with a hair vine, check out our favs here.

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Add layers for whimsical weddings,

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Can add a hint of your personality to the day, got great legs? Show the groom what he’s in for with a slit but team with bear feet to keep it soft and feminine.

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Elegant hotel style weddings don’t have to miss out on this trend, the dress can be styles up or down with floaty trains.

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And gorgeous jewellery,

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We think it might be here to stay for a while yet!

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Hair Vines

Hair vines are so pretty, they complete any hair look and are much more practical than actual flowers! They come in all different shapes & sizes and can be used on any hair colour or style. Lets all take a moment to appreciate these…

They can be used in a up-do to complete the look.

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Sitting over crown plaits while leaving hair hanging

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Entwined into loose plaits.

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Finally why not add it to the front to be seen in all the photos!

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Which look would you go for?