Styled shoot || Down the Rabbit hole

STYLED SHOOT || DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Styled Shoot || Down the Rabbit Hole | British wedding blog - Bride and Tonic

This styled shoot was styled by a great team of creative business. We mainly used local business but also some web based amazing people.

We adore the use of colour, fun and bohemia in today’s Victoriana styled shoot, coming to you all the way from Hockwold Hall in Norfolk, shot by photographer Peter Denness. This shoot shows how much life you can inject into your wedding and with so many different styles! We love the fresh colours in the bouquet by florist Tolly and the stunning pink dress by Lara B which makes us want to get our Moulin Rouge on and start a can-can! Dress designer and boutique bridal shop owner Lara B tells us more about the inspiration behind the shoot…

Venue  /  Hockwold Hall  |  Dress  /  Lara B  |  Florist  |  Tolly’s Flowers  

Stationery  /  Wonderland Invites  |  Photography  /  Peter Denness  |  Hair + Makeup  /  Boe Wright   

Event Design  /  Hall & Co Event Design  |  Cake  /  Yellow Butterfly Cake Designs

Groom’s Outfit  /  Goldings Mens Hire  |  Umbrella  /  Umbrella Heaven  

Bridesmaids Dress  /  ASOS  |  Vintage Props  /  Dolly’s Vintage Tea Party 

Wedding planning

Wedding planning by a professional team, can take so much stress away from your big day.

An events team have all the knowledge, creative abilities and time, to make the day run smoothly with all the extra details that give the day the real wow factor.

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Bar House Events are recommended by us as wedding planning experts in their field but also a dynamic team of creative individuals with a passion of making an event spectacular.

Website : http://www.barhouseevents.co.uk/

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CAPTURE HOUSE WEDDINGS

Capture House Weddings specialise in Wedding Photography and Videography. We believe a moment can’t be forced which is why we like to lie low and capture natural moments whether it be in a Video or a Photograph. 

Our wonderful team we have for Capturing weddings are truly passionate, and between them they have shot a wide range of weddings throughout the UK and internationally. Our Photographers and Videographers work with one another everyday allowing them to create a working bond to capture your day in the best way possible without stepping on each other’s toes. 

Have a particular idea in mind? We can adapt to any style of Photography and Videography from Marryokee to sourcing smoke bombs and confetti cannons to give your images that special edge and uniqueness. 

Contact us to find out more about our Wedding packages. We hope to get the opportunity to shoot your special day!

Website: www.capturehouseweddings.co.uk

Bespoke wedding dresses

Bespoke wedding dresses

Here at Lara B we offer our own Bespoke wedding dresses with our own exclusive collection – Lara B Couture.

Lara Kinnett, The owner of Lara B, has always strives for excellence over the 12 years of trading. The Lara B Couture offers Bespoke wedding dresses that are – Unique and personal.

Lara B is East Anglia’s little bridal boutique secret, set in the heart of Newmarket’s Racing town. Serving brides locally and afar, they continue to strive for the personal excellence brides recommend. Lara Says “stocking the right ranges is key to having a great business but keeping ahead of what brides are wanting and their personal needs is the hardest, as trends are forever changing and so are weddings”. Lara B has always offered some of the best ranges in store. Not 100’s of dresses but a clear, focused range of quality, designer dresses with bespoke wedding dresses, are options to keep the experience personal and special. Lara B’s boutique is full of amazing dresses in a beautiful building but also their staff knowledge and honesty. Ask any Lara B customer!

Expansion !

After 12 years of working with brides, Lara was aware that weddings were changing and brides wanted more and quicker. Social media sites have changed the way brides do their research. Pintrest and instragram are now the fastest growing visual sites that brides turn too. That comes with trends, newness but the downside is the speed to market for these gowns. That’s the gap in the market that Lara B has turned to. “Being on the shop floor gives me the best research in knowing what brides want and what idea’s they are dreaming of” says Lara. Her Lara B Couture range, designed by herself, has been in store for two years now and is now their fastest growing range.

Why is the Lara B Couture’s range different?

The range is built of mainly separates that brides can try on and mix n’ match to create there own personal dress, made here in the UK, as one dress. “More and more of our brides are turning to Pinterest for inspiration and with that comes the need to be quicker to react with the trends coming through. We live in a ‘Want it now’ world, so a wait of nearly 10 months for these trends to be filtered down to the mass market, is too long for our brides” Says Lara. As the collection is designed in-house and manufactured locally, we take out the middle man to keep prices down but also the speed to market is far quicker!

Why the expansion in tough climates?

The expansion comes with a growing amount of excitement for the collection. “The current economic climate isn’t it’s best but I think it is because of that, that I have had a serious talk with myself to decide where now. Excellent, long term businesses stay in touch with the real world and we have always wanted to be ahead of the game and this range does just that. Expansion can be scary but we have proven this collection over the past two years and brides can’t get enough of it, so we are confident it’s the right move.” Says Lara

What is the price point of the Lara B Couture collection?

The price depends of the combination of separates but it falls mainly between £1,500 – £2,500. With each separate being individually priced, it is easier to create a dress within a certain budget too. Commissions may cost more and up to £3,500.  

What styles are in the range?

The range is currently a classic look with a twist of fashion trends. Lara loves using unusual fabrics, unique to her range, so you really are getting something couture and exclusive. Going forward Lara plans to work on some more inspirational looks for a more individual bride and some plain classics too. But all with a strong link to trends and fashion, keeping it fresh, modern and unique.

This year Lara is also offering any commissioned dresses. Lot’s of brides have their own ideas that just don’t fit into most ranges, so we love working on individual one off’s!

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Will you still stock your current ranges in store?

Absolutely! Without the growing support and relationships of our already strong designers, Lara B wouldn’t be where it is today. We have made the decision to discontinue a few ranges over the year but have kept Rembo Styling, Mikaella and Jesus Peiro, as firm favourites.

Real Lara B Couture bride

We all love to see a ‘real bride’, so here are some of ours wearing their individual Lara B Couture dresses. No one yet has still ordered the same combination! The power of being unique and individual I guess.

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Styled wedding shoot in the woods

Good Morning Lovely People. We are hanging up our summer jackets today and dusting off our over-sized jumpers as we start to embrace the beautiful season of autumn with today’s styled bridal shoot.

Captured at Kenton Hall Estate, a lovely outdoor wedding venue with a woodland ceremony area, this wonderful bohemian styled woodland shoot was put together by Jenna of Wonderland Invites, styled by Beyond Vintage and captured by Leah Lombardi. The aim was to capture the warming colours of Autumn and to encourage couples to be inspired by a rich colour palette as Jenna explains….

I’ve been inspired recently by some of the beautifully rich colours in nature and with it coming up to autumn, I really wanted to put together a shoot which reflected the warming colours of the season, and would inspire brides to utilise a rich palette as part of their wedding vision.

Jenna chose merlot, blackberry and a deep forest green as the main colours for the shoot, with gold and earthy tones to make up the rest of the palette and we LOVE it. It works so well against the woodland backdrop and is carried beautifully throughout every different element. We especially love the bouquet by Rose & Berry, with its mix of purple flowers and wild foliage and the flower kissed cake by Blushing Cook is just gorgeous.

There is alot to love about this shoot, including a very impressive line up of wedding suppliers, so sit back, pour yourself a cup of something hot and get lost in the beauty of today’s woodland bohemian shoot…..

A Wild Boho Theme…..

Words by Jenna of Wonderland Invites.

I stumbled upon Kenton Hall Estate when searching for a venue and instantly fell in love with its house and grounds. After discussing the prospect of coordinating a shoot there, Emily McVeigh (who runs the venue) and I settled on a September date and a wild boho theme which would really showcase the wonderful outdoor areas the estate offers to brides and grooms, their families and their friends.

We utilised the estates 20ft bespoke wooden table (which is typically used for hen parties, classes and retreats) as the basis for the tablescape and multiple styling setups. We used this space to style delicate, indie rings supplied by  Amanda Li Hope and the most beautiful cake created by Sammi at Blushing Cook. Sammi also provided smaller cakes for the table setup…and some yummy treats for the team! Hand-dyed napkins by Ollies Studio complemented the rich colours of the fruit and accompanying tableware as part of the tablescape, and her silks and styling cloth were utilised as part of additional styling setups.

Rustic Boho Props….

Kenton has a gorgeous outdoor ceremony area, which is really wild and excellently suited to a bohemian shoot. Lou, from Beyond Vintage, styled this area along with the other setups to perfection, with a range of rustic, boho props including a bamboo teepee and some amazing, salvaged pickling jars. The styling was complemented by amazing florals by Rose & Berry, who created a bridal bouquet complete with macrame holder, two smaller compote arrangements and a long wreath table centrepiece. We interlaced the table wreath with a selection of fruit, mini cakes and lollipops supplied by Little Lollipop Shop.

Florals, Five Bridal Looks and An Animal Mask….

For my stationery, I decided to incorporate lots of florals in the colour palette of the shoot, and I opted for a gatefold invitation which is something slightly different than we are used to seeing on a styled shoot. I also created placecards for the tablescape and individual table plan cards which were wrapped around a tree with wired raffia string.

I’d worked with Leah, the photographer on a previous shoot, so I was more than confident her style would translate well with my vision for the shoot. Luckily, we had both worked with Jessica, the model, before, so it was easy for us to capture the shots we needed; we all felt comfortable and at ease. Jessica wore a Lara B Bridal dress, which has been up-styled using the skirts of a Rembo Styling gown. Heels were supplied by Emmy London, and a bespoke veil created by Lara B Bridal.

Jessica had five looks; a veiled, classic look, a boho floral crown look with corsage, both supplied by Lotus Floral Art, and two animal mask looks for the woodland areas. We lent two beautiful animal masks from Animalesque, which fitted so well with the boho theme of the shoot. We also removed all headpieces for a final, pared back look. Lisa Alger worked wonders on Jessica’s hair and created a beautiful style which lasted all five looks. Makeup by Rachel Keane was left quite natural, with a bold lip.

THE LINE UP

Concept, Planning & Coordination: Wonderland Invites
Stationery Suite & Table Plan: Wonderland Invites
Venue: Kenton Hall Estate
Photographer: Leah Lombardi
Flowers: Rose & Berry
Styling: Beyond Vintage
Cakes & Mini Cakes: Blushing Cook 
Dress & Veil: Lara B
Styling Cloth, Napkins & Silks: Ollies Studio
Hair: Lisa Alger
Makeup: Rachel Keane
Rings: Amanda Li Hope
Shoes: Emmy London 
Lollipops: Little Lollipop Shop
Animal Headpieces: Animalesque 
Dried Flower Crown & Corsage: Lotus Floral Art
Model: Jessica Garland

 

Boho weddings

Boho weddings are very popular locally. We are lucky enough to have beautiful venues locally, that lend themselves to this style of wedding.

If your wedding is relaxed, full of DIY details and mix and match idea’s, then Lara B is the perfect place to find a dress perfectly suited for your day.

We stock several ranges suitable for Boho weddings, as well as our own exclusive Lara B Couture range. The most suited ranges for a boho style wedding are mainly our Rembo Styling and our Lara B Couture’s collections. Both offer light weight styles with rustic elements but also very on trend with all Bohemian details.

Rembo Styling

Rembo styling is a range for brides who are pure and unique. The dreamy soft fabrics and fluid skirt designs are perfect for a feminine and romantic style. Their use of modern trends in small ‘hippy’ details and modern cuts to bodice shapes, makes the range more unique to most. It’s a look of plaits in the hair and flowers to compliment. A wedding full of fun and in a natural setting. The perfect range for weddings in barns, woodland area’s, family gardens or destination wedding.

The range starts from £1,250 – £1,550. The collection is designed in Belgium but made in Portugal, so deliveries of the dresses can be quite quick if needed.

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Lara B Couture

Lara B Couture is our own in-house collection. The range is designed and pattern cut by Lara herself, a trained designer. This range is for a more classic bride wanting elements of Boho but in a more chic way. The range is built of separate options that are tried and mix and matched to create a brides perfect dress choice. Lara is always on hand to help you create the perfect balance and make changes where needed to perfect it further. A bespoke dress, designed by you (and Lara) and made here in the UK. This collection is great for a Church wedding but with a relaxed party afterwards, as most dresses are also very light weight and have the feel of luxury.

The range starts from £1,400 – £2,500. Most combinations fall around the £1,650 price.

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New Rembo Styling gowns coming soon

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Rembo Styling is the boho dress collection to try.

If you love the look and feel of boho but want a dress a little more bridal than festival, then Rembo Styling is the perfect collection for you.

The collection is for a carefree bride wanting her day to be filled with her best friends and closest family and have a party. The relaxed feel of these light weight gowns is growing in popularity. However. their chic edge and added classic twists makes it perfect for most wedding styles.

The dresses have hints of soft modern laces and teamed with soft flowing fabrics like chiffons and crepes makes them feel just beautiful and soft. Their light structure adds to the relaxed feel they give but the fabric quality gives the support needed to make them feel like a wedding dress and not a gown.

How much are the dresses?

The gowns we stock vary from £1,300 – £1,550, so a great price for these dresses. The quality of the collection is beautiful as they are made in Portugal.  The laces they use are sourced mainly from Europe and have a certain twist of traditional, yet modern too.

Will these dresses suit a fuller figure?

We are hear to advice on all our dresses suitability but yes most of the Rembo styles will suit a fuller figure. Feminine and Honey Bear are great for a fuller bust and will suit a size of up to a size 20. Both of these dresses have the option to add sleeves too, so a popular choice for that extra cover up but in fine Chantilly laces. We hear so many bride wanting to cover their arms but most laces are so heavy it makes them look frumpy. This range uses such soft, delicate laces it helps flatter arms.

Can I make small changes to the design of these dresses?

As with most of our dresses, YES. Small design changes can help perfect any dress and it is something we do on 70% of our orders really. Raising a neckline, adding a sleeve, filling in an area are just of the most popular design changes we order. These changes can be as little as £60 per change.

When are the new dresses coming into store?

Right now we don’t have an actual date but we estimate they will arrive October. With a 6-7 month order time on dresses, this will be in time for most 2018 weddings. We will post on our facebook page when they arrive, so maybe ‘follow’ the page to get in quick.

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Some of the new, stunning dresses coming soon.

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Bespoke bridal gowns

Bespoke bridal gowns is something Lara B do REALLY well.

Bespoke bridal gowns don’t have to cost the earth either.

Lara the owner of Lara B used to be a designer, so her creative talents with her trained staff, can change most gowns to be a bespoke bridal gown. Most brides like the idea that their gown has been changed to be special to them! Lara and team have their ‘Box of tricks’ to create almost anything and mock it up while you are wearing it, so you can see exactly what you are buying. No second guesses and it’s fun too.

What is a bespoke bridal gown ?

Bespoke does simply mean, made especially for someone with changes. In other wise, NOT OFF THE PEG!

Having a bespoke dress is sometimes essential when a body shape needs it too. We offer split sizing to all our ranges but we also find that sometimes a skirt shape needs altering to create the perfect body balance. Maybe more ‘A’ line or more ‘Fishtail’.

Of course we also have our own in-house range called Lara B Couture which is all bespoke.

What is customising?

Customising is an extension of a bespoke dress. Sometimes a bride loves a dress but there is just a small something that stops her saying ‘YES’. It can be so small like a neckline change, but often it’s because that extra special something is missing. Adding embellishment or similar can make all the difference.

How much does it cost for a bespoke dress?

Making changes to our ranges can cost as little as £60 for a neckline change. One bride had a dress made of six different dresses by one of our designers. It looked truly amazing too! That cost her just an extra £300 to do too.

Can we alter and customise a dress bought else where?

Of course we can. We always need to see the dress before we can quote for the alterations but we can certainly have a look and discuss options. We have lots of accessories and that ‘Box of tricks’ to look at too.

Examples of dresses that involved some level of a bespoke element:

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Real weddings

Real weddings are of the essence right now.

This is a very busy time of year for us, as it’s the time for the real weddings, and hence us going a little quiet! However, we just love it for all the pictures that come in weekly of our lovely brides who have tied the knot.

We thought we would share just a few from this year to share with you some amazing images of amazing brides and their days. We are so proud of our brides who showcase our business and our talented team from finding the right dress to getting it fitted perfectly. Their real weddings are a great inspiration to others.

Enjoy some pictures from real weddings this year, and the rest will follow at the end of the year, as there are loads more!

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Tollys Flowers are our neighbours

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Tolly’s flowers are our neighbours opposite our shop.

Tolly’s flowers, amazing wedding flowers recently featured in the award-winning blog ‘Love My Dress’. We are so lucky to have neighbours near by offering something special for the wedding industry.

Tollys flowers wedding flower arrangements captured the imagination of the ‘Love My Dress’ blog, after we decorated a church and marquee for a military wedding, in the heart of the East Anglian countryside.

The design team are known for creating magnificent and enchanting floral displays, that provide the perfect backdrop to a dream wedding. The brief was to create simple, elegant white and green arrangements. Enhancing the beauty of the country-based reception venue and the 14th-century village church, where the nuptials were held.

The Church

They decorated the Grade II listed St Andrew’s Church in Helions Bumpstead, on the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border, with dramatic pedestal and font arrangements. After exchanging rings and vows the happy couple, Sophie and Todd, exited through the church’s ancient gateway which was adorned with flowers.

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The Reception

At the reception, they hung a gorgeous flower ball that defied gravity from the centre of the marquee, to create a spectacular focal point; each of the dining tables, including the head table, were fashioned with pretty runners of green foliage interspersed with large white flowers.

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The Day

At Tolly’s Flowers they pride themselves on attention to detail and even the shiny, polished open top military truck, which transported the bridesmaids to and from the church, was decked out with garlands of white flowers to create a wonderful canopy.

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The romantic occasion was captured in its full glory by photographer Nick Tucker, who is known for his documentary editorial style. His journalistic photos, which included pictures of ourstunning wedding flowers, appeared on Love My Dress’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest pages, and these each have a following of between 2,500 to 621,000 readers.

The Cake

The cake was decorated with green foliage, which the couple cut with the groom’s ceremonial sword, much to the delight of the guests.

Tollys flowers – Floral designers, Rous Road, Newmarket.

Real bride Helena in her Jesus Peiro dress

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Real Bride Helena in her stunning, modern Jesus Peiro dress.

We know you love a ‘Real bride’ story. We love getting our brides photo’s of their amazing days and Helena’s popped into our inbox nearly a year later.

Helena came to us looking for something a little quirky but she still wanted a classic feel. Helena fell in love with her JP 6017 dress. The shape was perfect for her shape and her tall frame. Such simple elegance. We know you will love seeing her wedding as a now ‘Real bride’. Sharing her details and style is a pleasure and you will love the pictures.

Her day was to be relaxed but with formalities too. Her flowers by Cottonbuds‘, Near St Neots, are so bold yet wild. With the bridesmaid being neutral the bold colours look stunning. The bridesmaids were from Asos, but their cute, modern and more fashion style looks so striking next to Helena’s dress.

Helena’s car choice (well probably Hubbie’s!) was beautiful. What an amazing colour car too.

Photographer

Eneka Stewart their photographer is amazing and clearly very creative. As you can see the pictures from their wedding pictures are stunning!
Thank you to Helena for letting us share these pictures with you. Enjoy! X
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Styled wedding shoot at Hockwold Hall

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We have had great fun at the styled Wedding shoot at Hockwold Hall this week.

Working with amazing business and talented people we created something unique with this styled wedding shoot. The images are still top secret, as exclusivity is needed until they can be published. However, we wanted to share with you some behind the scenes snaps. You would never believe what happens to get a great setting and picture,lol.

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Hockwold Hall

Hockwold is a newer wedding venue, set in the country side of Norfolk. The picturesque gardens and Tudor house make a stunning wedding venue. The walled gardens, orchard and arboretum are breathtaking. The house has a ceremony room with a light and airy feel. The banqueting hall is typical of Tudor grandeur and the 10 luxury bedroom will blow you away. We wanted a slightly moody venue for the shoot and so this was perfect. The owner’s were extremely accommodating with their own personal touches and expertise in event planning too.

http://www.hockwoldhallnorfolk.com

Collaborations for the shoot

We were so lucky be be part of a group of wedding business, who are creative, passionate and fun to be with on the day. Creating such a shoot takes time and dedication from everyone involved. Here are a few of the businesses involved for the day.

Peter Denness photographer – What an amazing talent Pete has. He captures the moments and see’s the details. A creative photographer who will tell your day like a picture book.

Elizabeth Hall event design – Elizabeth and her creative team put all the settings together by dressing the shoot and filled it with inspiration and unique twists. If you want to create a theme or ambience for your wedding day, then look no further!

Vintage Tea Party prop hire – This was to aid Elizabeth Hall’s team in getting the added vintage propsfor the settings. Great selection of props to create any themes.

Tolly’s Flowers – Well being our neighbour, it would be rude not have have the best designer florist in town. Tolly captured the feel of the dress to perfection and the extra’s to bring it all together.

Botias hair and make-up – Boe is always my first port of call for a shoot. Her expertise and calm nature makes her a pleasure to work with. Models just love how good she is and compliment her skills every time.

Yellow Butterfly Cakes – Cakes beyond your wildest dreams. Yvonne and team are experts at making delicious cakes but also the detail and skills they use in decorating them is insane. A clever bunch based in Ely.

Wonderland Invites – Jenna at Wonderland is a talented designer. Her flair for design and personal stationary is stunning. A business not to miss if you want extra personally designed stationary for your wedding.

Dress – Obvious it was ours! The dress was designed and made especially by Lara for the day. From her Lara B Couture collection is offers something unique, inspirational and a little rock n’roll. Top secret as yet though,lol.

Well after a few very busy weeks collating the day together, we are pleased to be back to normal in the shop again………until the next shoot!

 

 

Styled wedding photo shoot at the Granary Barns

Styled wedding photo shoot at the Granary Barns

We have the pleasure is sharing with you a preview of a styled wedding photo shoot at the Granary Barns, Wooditton. The shoot was organised by @Woodlandinvites and the results were amazing. So amazing that they will be published by Rock My Wedding in the summer. So very excited and proud of this great team.

The theme of the shoot was ‘Greenery woodland’ and the results captured by the who team show this rustic elegance to it’s full beauty. This was a collaboration of some the best local suppliers to the wedding industry. Talent at it’s best we think.

When will the shoot be fully published?

Rock my Wedding have taken the publishing rights for the shoot and have said it will go live in the summer, so watch this space. The images below are only a tint preview of whats to come, with their permission to show these.

Dress details

The dress was a Rembo Styling dress called ‘First’. It is such a pretty dress with cut away back and the midriff is barely showing but adds quirkiness. Rembo Styling is a great range for brides who want a carefree style with a Rock n’ Roll feel.

 

The team behind the shoot:

  • ●  Concept, Planning & Coordination | @wonderland_invites

  • ●  Stationery Suite & Table Plan | @wonderland_invites

  • ●  Venue | @granaryestates

  • ●  Photographer | @leahweddings

  • ●  Flowers | @clarejonesfloraldesign

  • ●  Styling | @elizabethhalleventdesign

  • ●  Cakes & Sweet Treats | @lucky_and_co

  • ●  Dress | @rembostyling | @larab_bridal

  • ●  Car | @thelittlevintagecarco

  • ●  Table Runner & Ribbons | @katecullenstyle

  • ●  Balloons | @3bubblegumgirls

  • ●  Parasol | @eastlondonparasolco

  • ●  Envelope Calligraphy | @thegoldletter

  • ●  Envelopes | @gfsmithpapers

  • ●  Hair & Makeup | @cambridgemakeupartist

  • ●  Wood Slice Favours | @thewillowworkshopuk

  • ●  Gold Leaf Hair Slides | @johnnylovesrosieofficial

  • ●  Necklace | @maria_allen_boutique

  • ●  Shoes & Bracelet | @asos

Enjoy the pictures!

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From the Team X

Sale bridal belts

Our Sale bridal belts are now up for grabs!

We are having a clear out and we can now offer you a small selection of sale bridal belts. They are all size 12 or one size if on a sash. Great to change the overlook of your dress and put your own personality into your dress.

The belts are in tried on condition. Some have the odd stone missing and the fabrics are worn in places. However they are good condition and a bargain price for some thing very beautiful. All the sale belts are by designer Augusta Jones, so oh high quality and with no trashy diamante, lol. We have always loved adding belts and sash’s to dresses to change them no end. Now here is your chance for a very affordable discounted price. Obviously first come first served and we would like you to just call to check we have a small slot for you to pop and view any.

Belt styles

Styles are very different and the look is different. It depends on your dress whether a sash or belt will work. We can advice if you wish. Most sash’s can be changed into a clean, simple belt with buttons or hooks to attach. Not everyone loves a big bow!

Sizes

These sale belts are either one size or a size 12. They can be adjusted though.

Sale terms and conditions

Sale items are all non refundable or returnable. They are bought as seen but you will get plenty of time to check them over anyway. Items are paid in full and collected, so they are quick too with no order times.

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Want to have your bespoke wedding dress design made?

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If you want to have your own bespoke wedding dress design made, then look no further, as Lara B are now offering this bespoke service again.

Lara B have a collection of amazing designer ranges in store, but we also offer a bespoke service to help you create the perfect design. We have our own in-house separates collection of options brides can mix and match to create the perfect dress. But you may be thinking more than this and have a very themed or specific design that doesn’t exist!

Lara the owner of Lara B is a designer by trade. So you can work with her for your concession to create and have made THAT dress idea. You will look at fabrics, shapes and any details you wish to add with Lara in store. Together you can create this design you desire. Lara is a creative individual, who will bring new idea’s to the table too, but with your clear vision in mind. Lara loves brides who want to be individual and unique and with her skills, you can come together and design YOUR dress.

When Lara opened the shop nearly 12 years ago, she worked with many brides, creating their bespoke gowns. As the years went by, Lara became busy with her young family, so it wasn’t possible to pursue this service. However, now after the launch of her own label, ‘Lara B Couture’, she is back on track with her extra creative hat on again!

How much could this cost?

The cost will vary on the design and fabrics. However, most will be about £1,500 – £3,000. For a commission, the service is very personal and the process can be longer, as more consultations are needed with extra fittings too. For bespoke commissions of this nature, we don’t charge you for alterations, as they are part of the made to measure service this gives.

How much time would my commission need to be made?

We always say to allow 6-7 months, as a standard lead time. This is the same for all dresses. However, we may be able to do a quicker lead time. That can be discussed at the consultations.

 

‘Most Curious wedding fair’ – For a unique wedding day

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Looking for a unique wedding fair full of idea’s for a more individual wedding day?

 

The ‘Most Curious’ fair is at St Andrews Street, Norwich on Sunday 9th April. Tickets are available to buy through their website, so fast track your entry by buying in advance.

The fair is in collaboration with some great creative exhibitors, who cater for a unique couple and a wedding that is all about breaking traditions and a little bit ‘Rock n’Roll’. With a festival vibe but with classic twists the exhibitors wont disappoint you.

Their will be a fashion show during the fair and we are lucky enough to be chosen to be part of this. Not like your normal show, we may add! Stylised and full of exciting dresses. We will be showcasing our Rembo Styling range as well as some Lara B Couture dresses for the show, so very exciting to see the gowns on the catwalk.

Exhibitors:

A full list of exhibitors are on their website, so take a look and get a feel of what is to come. The London fair organised by the same people has just been in full swing and bought a great excitement of new idea’s with a fresh approach to what wedding are becoming – A celebration with a party feel. http://www.amostcuriousweddingfair.co.uk/

We will be showcasing the new designs in store, so pop along from 11am – 4pm to see some on the catwalk or just talk to us at our stand. Always their to discuss your idea’s, book appointments and show you the creative dresses we stock.

 

Dresses by Lara B Couture

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Dresses by Rembo Styling

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Dresses by Mikaella

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Need a wedding dress alteration

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Bought a wedding dress in need of a dress alteration?

We obviously offer an alteration service for all our own brides, here at Lara B, using our own seamstress. However, we are now offering the ever increasing demand for this service to all brides, who need their dress alteration too.

Wedding dress alteration is a skilled job. Not anyone can successfully alter a wedding dress and we hear so many horror stories of people who try. NEVER sacrifice a good fit for your dress, as it will ruin your day. Not just that, you want to look your best.

What is the service on offer?

We are offering the fitting service here in the boutique, as all fittings. The fitting will require you to bring your dress, shoes and underwear to all fittings. Our in-house fitter will see what needs altering and action everything from the boutique. The service is the same as all our own brides, so their is no compromise on service. We do all the running around to the seamstress, making your experience comfortable and professional. The appointments will be 60 mins and we limit guests to TWO per appointment!

What are the costs?

The costs will vary of course, depending on what you need doing. However, as a guide most brides spend about £200-250. That will include a hem and a tweak of the bust area. We also charge £20 for the first fitting appointment, refundable against the final charges. You are welcome to call first and discuss what you require and we can suggest a price for a better guide for you.

Here are the basic wedding gown charges below.

Hem: £120-£150

Take in a bust: £90-£120

Make dress larger (if possible) – £100-£150

Design changes – On request

What alterations can you do?

We can do the basics as above. However, we are always helping to re-design dresses and create a DIY version of something. We love this! We are often asked to help re-design or just fit old gowns worn by a Mother or even Grandmother for their wedding. Adding straps or a built in cover up is also very popular. Basically with the design expertise from the staff and the talent of our seamstress, we can do most things. Just ask!

What are the time scales for alterations?

We always suggest the first fitting to be 6-8 weeks before the wedding. However, this is only a guide. We do not recommend much before 10 weeks, as you may change size slightly and this will only cost you more. You need correct shoes and bra (If wearing one) for all fittings, so make sure you have those. You will need at least two fittings and sometimes more, depending on what needs doing. We always aim the last fitting to be about two weeks before the wedding. Always book as soon as you can, as the season will get busy from April on wards for fittings. We can not guarantee to be able to do every fitting requested, due to schedule and timings. Always, first come, first served.

Can I try accessories on during my fitting?

Within the 60 min appointment, you have a little time to look at accessories. We have a large selection of veils and accessories to try, so let us know when booking and we can try and accommodate a longer appointment. Accessories can take 4-5 weeks to order, so arrange to try these on in the first fitting appointment.

 

See you soon

Lara & Rosie XX

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Need a wedding dress quickly

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If you need a wedding dress quickly and don’t have the months it normally takes, then don’t panic!

Our designers do require long lead times of a standard six months, from order to wearing the dress. However, we are continually getting brides who need a wedding dress quickly.

How we can help

Firstly, book now info@larab.co.uk. Talk to us about your options and wedding date we need to work to for you. Most of our designers do require the standard six month order time BUT we are currently offering a wedding dress service for a complete ordered dress in 10 weeks from our Lara B Couture collection!

Why can you get me a dress in 10 weeks, when no one else can?

It’s simple, we have our own in-house range called Lara B Couture. Our range is very versatile, as we can create over 200 dresses with the separate options to come and try. The range is a ‘mix n’ match’ creation. We help you create your perfect dress by swapping and changing the options around. It is not only clever, it is fun too! With nearly two years since we launched the range, we have perfected it’s manufacturer timing too. That’s why we can make it in this short lead time. NO EXTRA COST either, like some designers charge. We guarantee we can make the dress of your choice from 10 weeks of order, including the fitting for you to take away and wear. (You do need to be available for regular dress fittings after 7 weeks of the order though.)

What styles do you offer in this range?

We have a dress for most. The range consists of classic styles, as well as more relaxed, unique designs. We’d describe the range as mainly Boho chic but the new designs have a real twist of glamour too. There are some fishtail shapes but also lot’s of fuller ‘A’ line skirts and Tulle overlays. If you look at our Lara B Couture page you will see a few of the options. However, Lara has been busy designing new options that are not yet to see online. You’ll have to be one of the first brides to come to store and try those one’s! The price for the range varies for what options you choose. As a guide the range starts from £1,400 – £1,800. Here are some real brides who chose a ‘Lara B Couture’ design.

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Will I have to have separates?

No! The separate options are just there for you to mix n’ match the options to build your dress. No one wants to take a risk by not seeing the finished dress, so the separates allow just this! Then the options are made in your size and in to ONE complete dress. Unless you want separates of course!

Our service for this

Firstly, let us reassure you the service isn’t compromised for a 10 week order. We just get to see you sooner than normal after you order the dress, lol. You will come for the initial appointment, which are 90 mins long. Knowing you already have a short time line, you are advised to bring the person you wouldn’t make the decision without. We have learnt from experience that too many guests cause you all confusion, so 2-3 guests is perfect. Always remember we are experts in what we do and we are here to help you find ‘The dress’ but with out pressure. Our boutique is relaxed and full of inspiration. The kettle is always on, ready and waiting too.

See you in store soon

Lara & Rosie X

 

 

Real Bride wears Jesus Peiro wedding dress

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Our real bride Isabel, ties the knot in her striking, yet understated, Jesus Peiro wedding dress from Lara B.

From the moment we met Isabel she KNEW she was one of our brides! After a lovely chat (and a cuppa) we understood the image Isabel had in mind. Isabel wanted an intimate and cosy winter wedding, at the quaint and historical Butley Priory. We soon realised Isabel was one of our Jesus Peiro brides. So often after the initial ‘getting to know you chat’, we can see which of our designers brides are likely to head for.

Jesus Peiro – Simple, elegant and striking!

With such beautiful fabrics, fabulous cut and design (and lets not forget the all important pockets) Jesus Peiro can create a classic vibe, with a quirky twist. This can help a bride put her own spin on tradition. Which lets not forget is one of the main objectives for any bride to feel herself whilst still playing the important role of bride.

The hunt for the perfect combination

One of the things we LOVE about working with Jesus Peiro is having the ‘bespoke’ options to create your perfect dress. Whether that be changing or moving a neckline or in Isabel’s case having the top of one and the skirt of another. We work with you the bride, and Jesus Peiro, to create the most flattering and fun concept for your day.

We LOVE seeing all of your ‘big day’ photos. Isabel’s dress is absolute perfection for her setting and her look for the day was graceful and effortlessly chic. Sending much love to Isabel and her new hubby. May they live Happily ever after!

 

Lara and Rosie x

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Rembo Styling ‘First’ comes to store

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We welcome another beautiful gown by Rembo Styling called ‘First’.

This is a beautiful range full of romance and Boho details. This range is perfect for a more relaxed style wedding or even a destination wedding. For a carefree bride wanting the romance of a wedding dress but the unique edge of something a little different. ‘First’ is the latest addition to the collection we stock.

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‘First’ is a gown full of traditional details but with a difference. The floral modern lace with quaint trims to add texture and an organic twist to the dress. The back of this dress is stunning. The key hole design with simple lines and without too much flesh showing. Why not let us add sleeves if you wish?

Prices for the range

The prices for the whole collection are very affordable to lot’s of brides. The collection of gowns we hold start from £1,250 – £1,550. Rembo Styling are excellent at allowing small design changes too, like sleeves, neckline changes etc. These charges are an extra but for as little as £60+.

Order times

Order times for this collection are similar to all our ranges. As a standard we suggest six months. We can sometimes get a ‘Rush’ order through with less time but this is never guaranteed.

Contact us to book an appointment to try this beautiful range on.

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New bridal range arrives at Lara B boutique

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Lara B receives a new bridal range this week. The ‘Mikaella’ collection by Paloma Blanca.

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The new bridal range is unique for its simple elegance and chic styling. It uses flirty details and the dresses are fun and yet classic. Using laces with tulle’s or crepes, the collection brings a fresh style to bridal and is on trend with the latest fashions in bridal wear. This range is for a confident bride-to-be wanting to be different and edgy in her styling.

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About Mikaella

The collection is by Paloma Blanca, who are owners of the brand. They manufacture in the city of Toronto, Canada. The company pride themselves on fit, quality fabrics and attention to detail and styling. The ‘Mikaella’ range is a breath of fresh air right now, as it brings a real sense of tradition but with a more relaxed and fun style too.

New gowns now in store

We have just received the first few and they are beautiful. We have a waiting list of brides coming back to try these, as we have certainly been talking about then for a while now. Well now you can book and try girls, as they are gracing our rails! These are the first arrivals you wont be disappointed to try.

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Coming soon

We are still waiting for a few more but this one is next! What a great dress with an amazing skirt to make you feel like a Princess.

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Prices of the range

The prices for the range we have chosen for the store, start from £1,480 up to £1,610, so affordable for lot’s of brides we hope.

Book now

As we operate an ‘Appointment only’ service, with just one bride at a time in the shop, you need to book early to avoid disappointment. Call on 01638 561770 or email us on info@larab.co.uk and we can check availability for you.

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Lara B wedding shop serving Cambridge brides

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Lara B wedding shop serving Cambridge brides, as well as Suffolk and Essex counties.

We see brides from all surrounding counties, so although on the border of Cambridgeshire/Suffolk, we still consider ourselves to be the destination for Cambridge brides. We know brides travel and we also see lots of brides from all over.

Travelling from London to Newmarket is so easy, with a train station in the town and only about one hour and 30 mins, using’ mainline’ trains. From Cambridge by car, we are only about 30mins and from the heart of Norfolk, we are about one hours away, so we are very accessible from many nearby counties. We are easy to find on Rous Road.

Parking is easy, as we have a 3 hour stay car park in the street. Just make sure you have the £1 it costs for that time. Why not make a day of it and take Mum to Martha V women’s wear boutique around the corner. Martha will help you but more importantly advice you too. Then walk a few more steps for a champagne afternoon tea at Nancy’s tea rooms to celebrate in style.

In store

We are very personal in our service here at Lara B. We only have one bride in the boutique at a time, so we really do have a 1:1 service. We are experts in what we do, so we are here to help you and guide you and make you feel very comfortable in our environment. The boutique has recently been refurbished, so we have a beautiful, nearly decorated Victorian interior.

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The Collections

We have collections from what we consider leading designers. We also have our own exclusive Lara B Couture range, offering something unique and even more personal. Take a look at our Lara B Couture page to read more on this exciting new range. All our ranges have options to change design elements, like neckline position, adding sleeves, changing the design to suit a body shape better etc. A real bespoke service is required.

Booking

Booking is simple. Either call the shop to make the booking or email us on our 24/7 (well nearly that,lol) service. We can take the details and confirm the booking for you. Our Saturday appointments have a small fee of £20 (refundable if a dress is purchased) but otherwise appointments are FREE.

Where to read about us

We do lots of advertising which you will have probably seen. However, we have a very active Facebook page, as well as Instragram. Click on these and start following us to get the latest news, gowns and events we are doing.

We hope to see you very soon.

Lara and Rosie X

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Wedding separates by Lara B Couture – designer weekend

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Ever wanted a Bespoke wedding dress? Well our exclusive Lara B Couture range is built of wedding separates.

Date: 10th – 11th February, we are holding a designer weekend for the range, so book now to avoid disappointment info@larab.co.uk

What will be expected at the event?

The event will be full of fun and creating your own personal dress, with our expertise. The Lara B Couture collection is our own exclusive range, built up of separate options to create your own bespoke gown. Then it’s made up in the UK as A dress! You will also get 10% off with any Lara B Couture dress ordered at the event.

Lara has been working hard at creating new designs with some beautiful new laces and idea’s that will set the range out from the rest. Bang on trend! Nude tops with textures and tulle skirts with embroidery placements to create something extra unique and different.

Please book to avoid disappointment and take a look on our Lara B Couture page to see last seasons collection now in store.

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What’s new at Lara B boutique for 2017?

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Firstly a very Happy New Year from Lara B boutique.

As we enter a new year, we always reflect on the past one and see what we can do to improve our services and products. Judging by all our brides reviews, comments and recommendations, we are proud and confident that Lara B boutique is second to none. Tick!

Can we improve our products – Always!. You may think this is a strange thing to say, as we advertise the best designers. Well we do have the best designers, but trends change and not all designers get continuity and at times our customer changes too, so we have to keep listening to our visitors, keep up with the latest trends and of course the current economic changes.

Coming into 2017 is uncertain for some. Last year we saw many economic changes that not everyone gets confidence from. However, lot’s of you are carrying on with life and entering a year of marriage and celebration with friends and families. Strangely, statistics show that 2017 is more booked up with local wedding venues, than over the last few years, so we are so looking forward to working with lots of new brides-to-be.

What are we changing – Well not a massive amount, as we have always been focused on what our brides want and who our customer is. Our bride is a bride wanting a personal service, value for money, quality but mostly something more unique for her dress and the ability to have a more bespoke element. This is the third year of ‘Lara B Couture’, our own in-house collection. This range is becoming so popular with bride’s who want that extra something special. The collection is made up of separate option’s, that you the bride try on and mix and match to create YOUR perfect dress. Everyone has different needs and personalities, so you can be that unique bride and experiment with exciting design changes and details to make it even more bespoke. This year we are striving for this to be a larger part of what Lara B do best – INDIVIDUALITY that stands us out from the rest. The prices for this collection are from £1,400 – £1,800, so affordable to more but also made here in the UK. We saw this real gap in the market for bride’s wanting something unique and bespoke and as we call you ‘Pinterest happy’.

We are adding a new collection – The other key thing we have changed, is to add another collection into store. We chose ‘Mikaella’ by Paloma Blanca, as we worked with the company a few years, so know their customer service was amazing. Mikaella Bridal’s Spring 2017 Collection personifies femininity with a trace of playfulness, exemplified through form-fitting silhouettes and delicate embellishments. We saw a gap in store for this look, so jumped at the chance to take it on when asked. The prices for this range are from £1,400 – £1,600, so a great collection to offer you all.

Other than this, we still strive for excellence and have been lucky to have such lovely brides and guests to help us fulfil this. Lara’s moto has always been to offer brides the best experience with unique, affordable gowns. That’s never changed! Sometimes it’s tempting to change your collections to reflect what is happening in the world around us, but then we have to remember what has given us the 12 years longevity to be here today – It’s what we do and what we do best, so why change something that isn’t broke!

We look forward to meeting lot’s of new brides this year, making memories and fulfilling dreams.
See you soon X

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Mikaella Designer weekend

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We have exciting news that we have a Mikaella trunk show here in store on 13th-14th January.
The event is by appointment only.

We will receive all the latest 2017 collection, ready for you to try and buy. With prices from £1,380 – £1,600, these gowns are affordable for more budgets yet full of quality and bang on trend.

Book now to get one of the limited places.

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