Love Heart Feature // Hazaar of London

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 19:30 -- lottie

I first met the ladies from Hazaar of London at a preview event for the National Wedding Show in London, and I was instantly smitten by their enchantingly feminine and unique creations. Their concept of offering two different dress styles within the same gown was something which I’d never come across before, and their passion for innovation really drew me in.

Hazaar of London was founded back in 2004 by London College of Fashion graduates and friends, Isoline Hickman and Rachel Farrimond. Isoline and Rachel’s experience with and love of modern and historical dressmaking and design provided a strong foundation for the creation of classically beautiful pieces which are firmly rooted within, and inspired by, the modern day bride. Hazaar of London dresses truly push the boundaries of contemporary bridal wear and what it can offer today’s brides, and my goodness are they beautiful!

In my opinion adaptable wedding dresses are the future. These days brides are very concerned with being able to enjoy their evening celebrations just as much as the formal marriage ceremony itself, perhaps even more so! And while the romantic flowing gown complete with a long train is still what most brides dream of, they tend not to be practical when it comes to ripping up the dance floor later in the day! Enter Hazaar of London with the most perfectly elegant and brilliant solution involving the addition or removal of a long skirt with a shorter dress.

Hazaar of London currently have two breath taking collections of wedding dresses, the ‘Rose’ collection and the ‘Grace’ collection, which can be viewed over at their super cute website. It is very difficult for me to choose a favourite collection; however the ‘Violet’ dress and ‘Violet’ skirt from their ‘Rose’ collection combine to make a dress which is almost too beautiful for this world. Take a look for yourself and see which fusions speak to you. You can also visit the ‘stockists’ page on their website to find out which boutiques stock Hazaar of London dresses.

Hazaar of London are about to launch their new collection of stunning dresses which is called ‘House of Hazaar’, and has been specially developed for brides who would like to wear one dress for the entirety of their wedding day, rather than removing the skirt section for the evening….

Here are the Hazaar of London ladies, Rachel and Issy, to explain this exciting new line…

‘We’re always designing, as we’re constantly inspired by a new fabric or detailing we’ve discovered. Some of these designs just felt like they needed to be a single piece gown. We can always make a House of Hazaar collection adaptable, and make adaptable gowns into one piece; we’re pretty playful in our approach to design. The sky’s the limit!’

Hazaar of London brides can go from ceremony to dance floor and surprise her guests with a change of look, or stay in her perfect gown throughout the entire day and evening. Either way, every Hazaar gown goes through the same journey, starting with careful design, and finishing with Isoline and Rachel adding final details themselves. Every care is taken to create the perfect wedding gown for each and every bride.

--Lottie ♥


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Inspiration // Wedding Tablescapes

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:23 -- lottie

Images: Meg Perotti {via Indulgy} // Ozzy Garcia

As a modern bride or groom it is highly likely that you will have spent many an evening and weekend dreaming up the design for your wedding breakfast tables. I know I did! I have to admit to hours spent on wedding blogs, Pinterest and Google gathering inspiration, and even longer spells sat at my desk with a pencil in hand, attempting to sketch out plans for our venue decoration team to follow. I agonised over my tables. I was determined that everything would be perfect right down to the smallest details like the type of ribbon wrapped around the jars, or the particular shade of the roses in the arrangements. But you know what; every single second was worth it when I saw the finished results for the first time, and that is a feeling that I want you to experience as well!

Images: Diana Daley {via Burnetts Boards} // Anika London {via Wedding Chicks} // Carmen Santorelli {via Style Me Pretty}

These days wedding table designs are often known as a ‘tablescapes’, a term which I just adore! You can of course hire a design house to create your tablescape for you if you’re short on time or not very creative, however I truly believe that beautifying your tables yourself is the best way of adding a personal touch to your wedding day.

Table decorations are one of the areas which will have the biggest impact on how your guests rate your wedding, as they will be spending a large chunk of the day sitting at these tables enjoying your wedding breakfast and listening to the speeches. With this in mind you will need to make sure that the items you place on your tables fit perfectly with your overall concept, that they are attractive and interesting to look at, but that they don’t commandeer too much of the table space. Leaving your guests with very little room to enjoy their meal is something which you should avoid at all costs. It is always sensible to ask your venue for exact table dimensions and to keep them in mind while planning your tablescape. If in doubt leave it out, and give your guests an extra bit of room.

Images: KT Merry {via Style Me Pretty} // Paula Bartosiewicz {via Burnetts Boards} // Paige Jones {via 100 Layer Cake} // Clayton Austin {via Green Wedding Shoes}

Not sure where to begin? Well, sit down and think about your colour scheme first. Try your best to have all of your chosen colours represented in your tablescape, whether in the form of flowers, candles, glass, wood, crockery, table linen or table stationary. This should get your plans moving in the right direction from the very beginning.

Including mismatched items of different heights within your tablescape will add depth and interest. For my own wedding I used mismatched glass jars, bottles, vases and tea light holders for a rustic apothecary look, and they looked amazing! Search for such items in charity shops and markets, you just never know what you will find!

Images: Jen Fariello {via Style Me Pretty} // Shannon Elizabeth Photography {via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

Make each table slightly different, but make sure that they all come together as a whole. Whether you are using a small number of long tables, or a large number of round tables it is easy to make each table just a little different from the last. Doing this will add an extra spark of interest to your setup, and will have your guests eager to view their neighbours tables as well as their own.

Consider the height of your decorations. Would you like to create something low to the table which your guests can talk over, or something high which will sit above their eye line? In my opinion these are your only two options because while mid-height arrangements look lovely, they can block your guests’ view of each other. The wedding breakfast is all about your guests getting to know each other a bit more, which will not happen if they physically can’t see each other as conversation will be restricted.

Images: Ruffled // Maghan Sadler {via 100 Layer Cake} // Amy Wallen Photography {via Ruffled} // Jasmine Star {via Green Wedding Shoes}

Keep your budget in mind at all time when planning your tablescape. If you are on a budget then stick to the ‘less is more’ adage. If you commit yourself to intricate table decorations and tons of expensive flowers you may well find that you’re required to dip into money which has been set aside for another purpose. However, if you have a large budget for decorations then you really can create something which will wow your guests and keep them talking about your beautiful wedding for years to come.

Oh, and don’t forget about your little wedding guests! If children are included on your guest list then make sure you cater for them buy including something within the tablescape which they will enjoy. I’m talking here about little toys, bubbles, glow sticks, snow globes and the like.

--Lottie ♥

Love Heart Feature // Top Table Planner

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:14 -- lottie

Today on the Lace & Love Hearts blog I have something truly unique to share with you! Planning your own wedding is an exciting, emotional and ultimately satisfying affair; however there are certain points during the process where you will want to tear your hair out. One of those occasions (perhaps the number one occasion!) is when it comes to creating the seating plan for your wedding breakfast. But don’t fret, because Top Table Planner has the answer!

Simple, easy to use and affordable, the Top Table Planner gadget is an excellent tool which has provided assistance with planning thousands of events all over the globe, from intimate corporate occasions to big family weddings and banquets. The first version of the tool launched in 2007 and since then it has undergone various updates and improvements which have transformed it into a highly polished and widely employed gadget, perfect for organising your wedding breakfast tables.

Some of the most useful features of the Top Table Planner tool include the ability to drag and drop guests and tables, to import guest lists from Word and Excel, to choose different table sizes and shapes, to indicate meal choices, to add gift tables and dance floors to your plan and to name your tables. Yes, it’s really that good!

The Top Table Planner tool was created and is maintained by a small family team with an excellent reputation for timely and attentive customer service, which is just what every bride groom needs! Adam and his wife Miranda created the software after experiencing the trials and tribulations of creating their own wedding seating plan. In my opinion all of the best wedding related brands are created by bride and grooms to be or newlyweds, as they have first-hand experience of the issues and problems which their product or service is designed to remedy.

The Top Table Planner tool has received a great deal of very well deserved praise from the likes of former Dragon, Theo Paphitis and Gold Group executive, Jacqueline Gold. Oh, and it has appeared in Brides magazine as one of their top 75 websites for wedding planning. High praise indeed!

I used the Top Table Planner tool in the planning of my own wedding breakfast and found that this task, which I had been dreading, was in fact extremely simple and involved no stress what so ever. All of my guests where seated appropriately, the tables were arranged beautifully and we allowed plenty of room to display the cake. If only all aspects of planning a wedding came with such a fantastically helpful tool!

--Lottie ♥


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