Archive for January, 2015


Jan 29, 2015

Winter wedding tips

By Amma Adjubi-Archibald, from Beyond/Beyond blog, Lovehunter

 

The nights are cooler and it’s the kind of weather that hot chocolate was made for.  Although, the summer tends to be the most popular time for wedding season – the winter is now starting to get pretty popular too.  So, if you are a winter bride here are some helpful tips for how to keep a cool head in the cold!

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1. Be early – the earlier you start the wedding the better the light will be as it gets dark quickly don’t start later than around 1pm.  This way if you want to get any outdoor wedding portraits taken you have plenty of time and natural light to get them.

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2. Wrap up! Pretty accessories may save the day here it’s all about the detachables that can help you stay warm while looking it beautiful.  You may want to invest in a bolero jacket, shrug or a shawl.  There are beautiful additions that you can pair with your dress – it is possible to wrap up pretty.

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3. Let there be light – we love a bit of candle light and you have the perfect excuse to trip the light fantastic.  Find décor ideas that bring as much light to the proceedings as possible; candles, lanterns you name it add them into the mix and give your venue a gorgeous glow.

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4. Shoes – keep them closed!  We love satin peep toes as much as the next person however they are the mortal enemy of snow and damp plus we don’t think you’ll be very happy with freezing feet on your big day.  So look for leather closed toe shoe magic, if you feel like it you could go for boots. After all if the dress is long enough are they really going to know if you are wearing Uggs or Wellies?

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5. Think of the location – when the weather isn’t the best try to keep locations as close together as possible.  If you can get a venue that is close to amenities or even a venue that combines the ceremony, reception and accommodation – then that is fantastic. Fuss free and as simple as possible is the way to go so you don’t have to spend the day worrying about how to transport your guests.

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6. Get a great photographer – I know that I am going to sound very boring (because I always say this), but this is why a great photographer is so important!  An expert photographer who is great with indoor shots and skilled lighting will be your very best friend!  So don’t skimp a good photographer is worth every penny!

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Jan 27, 2015

Wedding dress trend: Crystal tulle transparencies

By Keyla Días G., from Tendencias de bodas, LoveHunter,

 

Twentieth century brides enjoy showing off their figures and they are not afraid to be sexy brides. However, that doesn’t mean they want to sacrifice the aesthetic and symbolism of wearing a wedding dress. These are the new rules and the essence of the contemporary woman, the great muse of Pronovias. The firm has created a selection of dresses in its 2015 bridal collection featuring alluring, trend-setting optical illusions using sheer fabrics just for them.

Cast your mind back to the wedding dresses of the eighties. The dress worn by Lady Di at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 was a landmark of the decade. This Victorian-inspired dress had an enormous skirt, gigantic puffed sleeves and an extremely long, eight-metre train. It’s hard to believe that just thirty years later, our idea of the perfect bride has transformed into what it is today. Although the dress is still of the utmost importance to the bridal look, it is now the bride who is the real centre of attention.

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For modern brides, that is, the ones who feel no affinity with conservative styles such as that worn by Lady Di, the Pronovias collection 2015 contains some marvellous designs in which the bride’s skin seems to be part of the dress itself. Sheer layers created using delicate tulle on the sleeves, neckline and on the back give the bride’s body a sensual yet sophisticated air. Pronovias has also conjured up a magical ‘tattoo effect’ in this collection, using embroidery on sheer fabrics to look almost as though it were appliquéd to the bride’s skin. One fabulous example of the tattoo effect is the work on the back of the Carezza wedding dress. It’s spectacular!

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DarioAranyo for Pronovias

Stunning Clarisa features crystal tulle at the décolleté, which is adorned with minuscule white polka dots.

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DarioAranyo for Pronovias

Another breath-taking, sensual style in crystal tulle is  Capricornio, whose tattoo effect cascades delicately down the sleeves.

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DarioAranyo for Pronovias

However, on the subject of insinuation, sheer sensuality and the tattoo effect, Caraola is the queen of them all. This tulle and lace mermaid dress looks as though it has been strategically printed onto the bride’s body to create a second skin. An amazing Pronovias dress suitable only for brides with the personality to carry it off.

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DarioAranyo for Pronovias

So, if you are one of these twenty-first century brides and you have the attitude and style to carry it off, pick a crystal tulle wedding dress with a tattoo or nude effect and show off your body by wearing something far more daring than a conventional bride would choose. Please don’t hesitate to request an appointment at your nearest Pronovias store or send us an email by clicking here.


Jan 22, 2015

Winter cocktail dress trends

By Rebeca Lara, from the blog A trendy life, Lovehunter

 

Who said that there are no parties in winter? Of course there are! And lots of them! We are so used to wearing our elegant dresses in the sunniest months of the year when the days are long and the evenings warm; but we seem to go blank when we have an important or special event in the winter months and never seem to know what to wear.

But don’t panic, finding a beautiful and suitable dress for any occasion at this time of year really is possible!

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Today I bring you a selection of three spectacular dresses that may help you in your search and perhaps become your preferred option.

I will start with the Nilia style. I love this dress because of its extremely flattering cut that suits all types of figures, its V neckline and the intense red colour which, when combined with great make-up and a stylish up-do, will make any woman shine.  Wonderful, don’t you think? I would pair this with some nice earrings and a discrete handbag because the dress shines for itself.

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DarioAranyo for Pronovias

The Nenar style  is an ultra-delicate and feminine nude coloured dress.  The black embroidery will give an instant hint of sophistication to any woman wearing this dress.  I think it is the perfect dress for those who usually go for basic or neutral colours – a simple cut, but with a new and refreshing edge.

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Without doubt, this is my preferred option for a winter event.  It would look fantastic combined with a stole.

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I am a great believer in ‘less is more’, which is why the Nelva style is one of my favourites. An ultra feminine design in a gorgeous navy blue, this dress really is worthy of a red carpet.   I imagine giving this dress to a woman who is self-assured, she doesn’t need to be stunning, just someone who conveys serenity, calm and confidence.

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DarioAranyo for Pronovias

The mermaid cut and extremely flattering neckline makes this dress even more special.

Whoever wears it, I am sure that she will dazzle at any winter event.

So which one will you go for? Which is your favourite? Remember, you can request an appointment at your nearest store.


Jan 20, 2015

Poppy’s dress

Poppy Dinsey got married last Autum in St Nicholas Church in Compton, Surrey, where she was baptized as a baby.

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The dress she chose was Laudin style, from Collection Costura 2015.

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She knew she would find “ the one” in a Pronovias store so Pronovias was the first and only store that she visited  “I know most brides visit lots of boutiques to make their choice, but I only went to the London flagship branch of Pronovias and fell in love straight away.  I had looked in lots of bridal magazines and whenever I looked up the designer of my favourite featured dresses they were always Pronovias, so I knew that’s where I needed to head to first. It was important to me to have a traditional dress and I wanted a dramatic veil and I knew Pronovias could deliver that in a classic, elegant Spanish style.”

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She wanted to take the attention away from her curves – especially in church – so it was important to her to find a high neck design which flattered Poppy’s body shape the right way.

“ I loved how the Laudin dress accentuated my waist but stayed classy and traditional. “ Explained Poppy.

She thought the Laudin style had a “wow factor”. She was very sure that “the one” had to scream bridal so she was looking for a long train dress “There were quite a few Pronovias dresses that I could happily have worn but the Laudin was the main one which I thought was definitely a wedding dress rather than an amazing gown. I wanted a style I would never wear to a posh event, it needed to scream bridal. I think the long train definitely does that!”

“It fitted me perfectly, which is a huge credit to the seamstresses at Bond Street. I literally felt like a princess. The skirt and train was just amazing. The satin was stunning and the lace overlay was beautiful. I loved the way it twinkled in the sunshine and how it filled the church aisle. It was everything I dreamed it would be. I loved Grace Kelly’s wedding dress and of course Kate Middleton’s, but the Laudin style was like the perfect improvement on those classic designs. It was perfect!”

The long train was on the most favorite parts of the dress for Poppy “The long train was tricky to manage in Autumnal England, it was raining as we left for the church, but my bridesmaids helped me with it and the effort was worth it – the train is what makes this dress so perfect.”

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Poppy wanted to feel comfortable with her accessories so she chose her own and old rock crystal necklace by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. It was her something old  “My husband bought it for me for our first Christmas together and I wear it every day, so my wedding day was no exception!”

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Her earrings were by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co aswell and these were her “something new” from her Mother-in-Law. “As they were from Tiffany I counted them as my “something blue” as well! It was hard to choose earrings that complemented my necklace, but I knew pearls would work with the wedding dress and I love the olive leaf design of the silver. We went to Harrods to get them the week before the wedding and it was a very special day out.”

About the shoes, Poppy wanted to be comfy during the wedding day and she did not want to look taller than her husband so she wore flat shoes by French Sole “I wanted to be comfy, especially with such a big train – I couldn’t worry about my skirt and my shoes. I really loved them, especially as I will wear them again and again.”

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Poppy’s veil was a lace Pronovias one. It really completed her look “I knew I wanted to wear a dramatic veil, I’ve known that since I was tiny, so even if I had bought my dress from somewhere else there is no way that I would have looked anywhere other than Pronovias for my veil! My veil was my favorite part of the whole look. I felt like a princess and I would happily wear it every day if I could. The lace is absolutely stunning and it’s something I will keep forever and definitely encourage any daughters I have to wear…as long as they give it back!”

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On the haristyling side Poppy worked with Maria Galati who is an International Artistic Director for TONI&GUY “I was very lucky to work with such talented people on the beauty side. She used label.m products to create the look and it held all day and all night, which was amazing as I didn’t have to worry about it at all. I wanted it to be up so that my veil was the focus, but it was important for me to have some height in the roots and a natural looking wave put in.”

Emma White Turle did her make-up. “ I loved the Dior foundation she used. It was important for me to look natural but elegant, I didn’t want to look like I was covered in make-up or too different to ‘me’, but I very much appreciated having individual eyelashes put in and contouring to enhance my cheekbones”

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Red roses were the Poppy’s election for her flower bouquet. “I just wanted something iconic, beautiful and simple. So the bouquets were domes of red roses with asparagus fern, which really added a nice Autumnal edge. The bridesmaids had the same as me but a smaller version. They were tied with blue velvet to match the groomsmen. The flowers were all done by Leen at The Flower Boutique in Linton, Cambridge.”

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The Reception and getting ready was at The Aviator hotel in Farnborough, Hampshire. (South East England).

Photographer to credit: Mark Seymour Photography – http://www.markseymourphotography.co.uk/

¿Do you like Poppy’s dress? As you know, you can make an appointment at your nearest store. Good luck with your search! Get some inspiration from other brides like Pat, Bianca or Zhazira.


Jan 15, 2015

Ideas for a city wedding

By Núria González, from the blog @100vestidos

 

We can have beautiful weddings in the countryside, even romantic beach weddings, but what about city girls and urban couples? There is no reason why we should do without the place we love – our city.  Here are some ideas for celebrating your ideal city wedding.

One of the first things you will need to do is find the perfect venue for the ceremony. Those who want a religious ceremony could consider one of the historic churches in their chosen city. The only downside to this is that you will need to book it far in advance since these types of churches usually have a waiting list of two years or more.

If, on the other hand, you are opting for a civil ceremony, then the possibilities are endless.  Venues in which to exchange your vows can range from luxury hotels, emblematic city hotels, the private gardens of stately homes, to libraries (who can forget the impressive New York Public Library selected by Carrie Bradshaw for her wedding to Mr. Big in the Sex and the City movie) or any other secret corner hidden away in the streets of your chosen city.

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New York Public Library, New York City. Source: Pinterest

But many brides will be wondering how best to choose a dress for a city wedding.  Here are some examples from the Pronovias 2015 collection which, in my opinion, are perfect for the bride of a city wedding.

I have fallen in love with the Antic style from the Modern Bride collection and believe that it would be absolutely ideal for a chic and urban bride.  It is a flared wedding dress in tulle with gemstone embroidery. The sweetheart neckline and cape-effect embroidered tulle sash give the dress a unique and special style.

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Another dress that would be an ideal choice for a city wedding is the Bellamy model from the Couture collection.  A dress for the very elegant and modern bride, thanks to its flattering three-quarter length sleeves and off-the-shoulder neckline.   It is a mermaid dress in embroidered tulle with Chantilly lace appliqués.

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In all honesty I find it very difficult to choose wedding dresses for specific settings because I like them all. They all have a flattering element and make every bride look beautiful and radiant. A wedding is a time of immense happiness and that can be seen both on the bride’s face and in the way she wears her dress.  But if I had to choose another dress that I think would look amazing at a city wedding, it would be theBohemio style from the Glamour collection.   This is one of those romantic wedding dresses that leaves you simply stunned when you see the bride.  It is a princess wedding dress with a gemstone embroidered overlay on the bodice.  Its full skirt would simply dazzle in any street of any city in which you may choose to wear it.

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See all of the models here. But if you are in the process of selecting your dress, don’t forget to request an appointment at a Pronovias store. Follow the steps I told you about a few months ago, take your time, imagine yourself at your chosen venue and off you go! You will look fantastic!

When you finally have the venue and dress sorted, you will probably move on to thinking about the wedding photographs and whether they will look good in the city.  Of course they will! Imagine a photograph of you getting out of a taxi, perhaps some fun photographs at the entrance to the tube station or even a picture of you in the middle of a street full of shops, with people all around you.  You will create some unforgettable memories.

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Which one is your favourite? Remember, you can request an appointment at your nearest store.

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