Pale green and blue wedding theme

I saw this wedding on Style Me Pretty the other day and was just wowed by the colour combination of the bridesmaid dresses.

Pale green and blue wedding theme

The idea of a pale green and blue wedding theme hadn't occurred to me before but I have to say that I'm quite a convert; the colours are so easy on the eye and remind me of the caribbean sea in all its tranquility. What is particularly clever is the inclusion of the darker colour alongside the mint green and powder blue, which is just a stroke of genius. The chiffon fabric is perfect too for this style and colouring of bridesmaid dresses as it adds to the image of sea spray and delicate foam, in keeping with the bride's effervescent gown so reminiscent of seaside white horses!

If you also like the look of a pale green and blue wedding theme, take a look at these gowns from Dessy which are similar to those above. First up are these three gorgeous gowns:

pale green and blue wedding theme

or what about these three?

pale green and blue wedding theme

All of the combinations are beautiful and whichever you chose, imagine wearing these divine earrings (only £29.63!) from AngelPearls on Etsy to coordinate the whole thing? Absolutely heavenly...

pale green and blue wedding theme

coloured bridal belts

I've so fallen for bridal gowns with embellished belts but until recently I hadn't realised that you could buy coloured bridal belts too!

So imagine having a really outrageously decorated wedding dress sash for yourself and then more delicate coloured bridal belts for your bridesmaids - what's not to like?

I might choose something like the Millie sash for me:

coloured bridal belts

And then for my girls, I'd go for the Audrey sash with its delicate beads and sequins on lush satin ribbon. Here I've shown them in Midnight (top), Platinum (middle) and Rose (bottom):

coloured bridal belts

coloured bridal belts

Don't you just love this gold Grace bridal belt? And so aptly named, too, when you think how beautiful and golden Grace of Monaco was.:

coloured bridal belts

Last of all, just take a look at this awesome Ava Sash in black satin, vintage-look rhinestone and metallic thread - now if that doesn't make a statement, I don't know what does!

coloured bridal belts

Why Holiday Engagements Are So Special

Why Holiday Engagements Are So Special

Decking the halls with boughs of holly, navigating the mall to search for the perfect gifts, and singing christmas carols while the snow gently falls outside, it's always the most wonderful time of the year. However just as common as folks greeting each other with a simple "Merry Christmas" is the awaited phrase "Will you Marry Me?" among couples. Why you ask? The holiday season is filled to the brim with fun and excitement. It's the one time of the year where spirits are most bright and cheery and an engagement at this time of year just feels natural.  The memories of years past add a very sentimental value to a very important new memory that you are making together in the next step of your lives. Although on the other hand some may consider aspects of the season to be stressful, an engagement is also an opportunity to be reminded of the joy that surrounds. We also love that there is a very over-the-top quality of the holidays in general. Couples who want to stage a big proposal have plenty of opportunity to do so in a picturesque setting with a large audience. In many cases the hope is that the people in the audience are also family members of the beloved. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years are traditionally a time for families to reunite and spend quality time together. What is more special than sharing your own special moment with everyone that you care for in one place? Not to mention there's one secret perk for the brides...some men feel inclined to spend more than they would have normally planned on an engagement ring during the holiday season. Whether it's neatly wrapped in paper and ribbon under the tree or served with champagne at the stroke midnight on New Year's Eve, in our opinion a diamond ring is the greatest holiday gift of all!




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Photos by Willes Milton Photography, Casso Tweed Idalia Photography, Imago Dei Photography, and Stephanie Hunter Photography.

White High Lo Bridesmaid Dresses

There's a beautiful (obviously!) photograph of Cara Delevingne in the December 2015 issue of Tatler wearing a simple but elegant white, high low dress that would look absolutely wonderful for a bridesmaid.

Take a look at some of these ideas from Dessy and you'll see what I mean:

white high lo bridesmaid dresses

One of the white high lo bridesmaid dresses I love is Social Bridesmaid 8125 (above) in lux chiffon with an attractive shirred halter bodice exposing that one part of a girl's body that always looks fab - her shoulders! The skirt has subtle shirring at the natural waist and the delicate overskirt billows beautifully behind when you walk. Very Cara.

Another beauty is this Lela Rose LR233 in shimmery-white Starlight. This dress is a winner is so many ways.

white high lo bridesmaid dresses

The dress itself is made from mousseline fabric, a lightweight, sheer material woven using a plain weave. Similar to chiffon, mousseline has more body, allowing the dress to retain its shape well. This stunning gown from Lela Rose has a golden, necklace-style halter neckline for a very contemporary look and a beautiful crossover pleat detail at the front. The low back is gorgeous and you know that any bridesmaid lucky enough to wear this will love it forever. The strappy sandals as worn in the photo are similar to those sported by top model Cara, or you could team the dress with a pair of nude-lace Coco peep-toe heels like those above - the diamante bow complements the sheen of the dress to perfection.

Admittedly not actually white, but ivory, the Alfred Sung D699 below has got to be one of the most elegant gowns in town. Its strapless satin twill has a great structure to it and it just oozes grace and sophistication. I would definitely team it with a clutch like this Quilted Olivia with its jewelled snap clasp:

white high lo bridesmaid dresses

Which one is your favourite?

Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses

Your wedding is obviously THE perfect place to exhibit your individuality with the choice of your bridal gown. But what about your bridesmaids?

Unless you are BFF with identical quintuplets, you might struggle to find the one dress for your maids that suits them all. And that's where Dessy comes in. With over 100 colours, and more styles than you can shake a stick at, Dessy enables you to mix and match bridesmaid dresses so that you can find the exact style to suit each girl, and that can include the flower girl too, as you can see below. What a beautiful selection, all tied together by having the gowns in the same shade (turquoise) and material (lux chiffon).

mix and match bridesmaid dresses

You could decide to give some parameters when the girls are choosing their mix and match bridesmaid dresses, such as you'd like all the styles to incorporate lace; you can see from this next shot how fab that can look with these different styles all in Blush.

mix and match bridesmaid dresses

Or you could just ask that all of the dresses are the same length, like these Majestic satin gowns form Alfred Sung. I love the fact that the girls are all wearing the same coloured shoes but again, have each chosen the style that suits them.

Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses

These girls are all wearing Hunter Green and although the tops for each dress is different, the skirts are all similarly shirred so that there is still a cohesive affect.

mix and match bridesmaid dresses

But that certainly doesn't have to be the case: these mix and match bridesmaid dresses in Celadon are quite different in style and material but they look absolutely fabulous together.

mix and match bridesmaid dresses

There's no doubt about it, with Dessy, the world of bridesmaid dresses is your oyster!

The Best Places To Incorporate Fresh Blooms

The Best Places To Incorporate Fresh Blooms

Delicate, fragrant, and decorative, fresh flowers represent special characteristics that make them a guaranteed way to add beauty to any type of wedding. Of course there are the traditional places we expect to see blooms at weddings, but with a little extra preparation you can think beyond the bouquet. Before you even settle on a color scheme and variety of flowers, you should consider your endless possibilities in terms of places to arrange those flowers. Top florists' proclaim these to be the favorites to incorporate a gorgeous arrangement in your ceremony or reception. With the right amount of inspiration, a trusty florist & good old bridal intuition, we’re confident you’ll end up making your guests feel as if they are enveloped in an enchanted garden.



A bride's bouquet is probably the floral arrangement that stands out the most to you when you think of flowers in a wedding. With that being true, the bride needs to consider her bouquet as a statement as well as a part of her outfit. Pick a floral theme that compliments both the bride and bridesmaids' dresses.



We love the idea of mini arrangements for the boutonnieres. Traditionally the boutonnieres are one large bloom, like a rose, but consider incorporating small herbs, buds, or succulents to the mix as well.


A ceremonial backdrop

Flowers can be one of the most strategic ways to create a unique backdrop for gorgeous wedding photos. A floral backdrop, arch, or arbor can function in moments like the vow exchange, the first dance, or even the cake cutting. If having a florist design a lavish arch is not in your budget, then try your hand at a DIY version. Many plants like hydrangeas and vines can be easily foraged and attached to some sort of frame with floral wire.


Lining the aisle

An aisle doesn't always have to be established by a traditional runner. If your ceremony is taking place outdoors, consider outlining your aisle with smaller renditions of your bouquet. The vases will let guests know the clear set lines of the aisle while tying in the rest of the blooms placed upon the wedding party.



Floral headpieces create a whimsical and ethereal flair to the bridal party. Remember that it's important to consult your florist and hairstylist to come together before the big day to test your vision. You'll want the flowers in your hair to look effortlessly placed and not over the top.



Centerpiece arrangements for the wedding reception will most likely be the most expensive part of your floral plans. Centerpieces make a great statement to guests, just keep in mind that the bigger and more elaborate the design become, the more difficult it is for your guests to talk to communicate with each other around the table. Think about where else you are placing flowers in the reception as well when designing the centerpieces.


The cake

The cake is another great place to have two of your vendors work together. Let your baker and florist brainstorm what might be a beautiful solution for the cake to also become an arrangement. Think about adding in mostly edible flowers if possible so you won't have to remove them when cutting the cake.


Pets' collars

We love those cameo appearances at weddings of that beloved member of your family...your pet! Including your dog or cat in the big day is becoming more of a common practice nowadays. If your furry friend is definitely making their way down the aisle then make sure they also have a fresh arrangement to glam out their collar.



Floral chandeliers are the perfect way to add drama and personality to any venue. If your space already has light fixture chandeliers think about how you could add fresh flowers into it. If your finding your space's ceiling to be a little bland, create opulence by creating chandeliers made entirely of hanging flowers.


Cocktails & beverages

Perched on the rim, or bubbling in the glass, flowers are very unexpected way to spice up a glass of champagne or signature cocktail. The pleasant surprise in the beverage will surely have guests smiling at the beauty in the little details.

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The place setting

While flowers are almost always somewhere on the reception table, they aren't always expected to be on the actual plate. Small sprigs and leaves work best when tying together a menu or a napkin to create a polished place setting.

Photos by MP Photographie, Black & Hue Photography, Town Country Studios, Heather Waraska, Luma Weddings, Nyk Cali Wedding Photographers, Rhythm Photography, and MEF Photography.

A round up of 2015 Celebrity Fashion

It was interesting looking through the papers this weekend and seeing the fashion pundits giving a round up of 2015 celebrity fashion. I agree entirely that this has been a fab year for gorgeous design and it is interesting to note how Dessy has many gowns and outfits that would allow you to wear the look at a fraction of the price.

Take for example Mollie King arriving on the red carpet wearing a reverse black trimmed with white full length gown not dissimilar to Dessy Collection 8163.

a round up of 2015

Then there was the 50 Shades of Grey star, Dakota Johnson choosing a backless, full-length gown from Prada in Blush. Shop that look with Social Bridesmaid 8164 (left) or Alfred Sung D719 (left)

a round up of 2015 celebrity fashionKendall Jenner, the 20-year-old model from the Kardashian family, now has more Instagram likes than anyone else in the universe partly because her dress sense is calm, understated yet glamorous and partly because she is such a babe; she loves high-necklines, figure-hugging gowns and jewel colours, so if I were going to copy her look, I'd choose something like this Dessy Collection 2937 in Jade:

a round up 2015 celebrity fashion

Who cannot love Jennifer Lawrence's fresh-faced look and youthful energy? She suits so well the cocktail length dress with a full skirt and fitted bodice, like this gorgeous Lela Rose 209 in ivory gazar, a super-stiff gauze-y material that just makes you feel so special:

a round up of 2015 celebrity fashion

And lastly the beautiful French actress Lea Seydoux who wowed us all in Spectre, who wore a primrose-yellow Prada dress to the Baftas and looked truly awesome. To shop her look I'd go for either Jenny Yoo JY504 in Buttercup (top) or Dessy Collection 6693 in Buttercup (bottom).

a round up of 2015 celebrity fashion

a round up of 2015 celebrity fashion

Who would you like to dress like?

Two Tone Bridesmaid Dresses

Think Audrey Hepburn in the Royal Ascot scene of My Fair Lady and you immediately see a white and black outfit that is the perfect blend of sophistication and beauty. When that iconic outfit was last sold in 2011, it set the new owner back $3.7 million dollars - thank goodness they threw in the hat too!

Fortunately you can purchase two tone bridesmaid dresses that are superbly glamorous for a mere fraction of the price from and I've collated a few of them here .

This first one is Social Bridesmaid 8162 , a full-length, strapless dress (although spaghetti straps are optional) with a pretty marquis lace bodice and a sweetheart neckline. The scallop-edge detail at the empire waist sets off the trumpet skirt wonderfully creating a stylish hourglass shape that is SO elegant. But the dress doesn't stop there! There is a fabulous cutout detail at the back making it bang on trend for 2016!

Two tone bridesmaid dresses

two tone bridesmaid dresses

Dessy Collection 2956 is a very striking two tone gown which you could have predominantly in white (left) or black (right). Or perhaps you'd have your bridesmaids in a combo of them both! The full-length, strapless lux chiffon dress has a sweetheart neckline and draped bodice and skirt, providing a very relaxed, easy style to wear.

two tone bridesmaid dresses

For a similarly bold but totally different look, check out the sateen twill Alfred Sung D724P with its slightly shirred black and white chevron skirt (below left). Again, this full length strapless dress has optional spaghetti straps included.

Two Tone bridesmaid dresses

I think that possibly my favourite of all has got to be the dress on the right above, Dessy Collection 8163. This full-length, nu-georgette dress has a graceful halter neckline with a framed trim at the bodice and inset waistband. And the back view? Just check this out!

two tone bridesmaid dresses

How beautiful is this bow detail at the neck closure and gorgeous pleated detail on the back skirt?

two tone bridesmaid dresses

Equally as fab has got to be the dress above on the left - Dessy collection 8164 - with its super cutout back framed in black trim:

two tone bridesmaid dresses

There's no doubt about it, these two tone bridesmaid dresses from Dessy are giving Cecil Beaton's original a run for his money! I wonder which one the divine Audrey would have chosen?

White Flower Girl Dresses

Flower girl dresses traditionally are designed to be a simplified version of the bride's dress. However, if the bride is wearing a fitted, more figure-hugging gown like the one below, it's far more appropriate to choose a dress for the flower girl that just has echoes of the bride's dress. So the bride here chose an outfit for her flower girl that utilised that fabulous tulle kick-skirt element of the bridal gown.

White flower girl dresses

Dessy has a wide selection of sweet white flower girl dresses that will give you plenty of scope to tie the little girl's dress in with your own. Like the uber-adorable FL4020 with its matt satin bodice, spaghetti straps and ballerina tulle skirt. The hand worked flower detail with Swarovski rhinestone center at the empire waist just finishes it off to perfection and you just know that your little flower girl will be as happy as a lark on your wedding day.

white flower girl dresses

Obviously with illusion necklines, lace and tulle being so in for 2016, it's only fitting that Dessy should offer those options for the little ones! I love these two: on the left is FL4051, a sleeveless flower girl dress with a jewel neckline and fleur embroidery lace bodice. Its sheer yoke and fleur embroidery applique is set off delightfully by its full tulle skirt.  On the right is the sweet FL4046 with its florentine lace bodice overlay, flutter-lace sleeves and modified circle skirt.

white flower girl dresses

So if you've got a little daughter, niece, young cousin or goddaughter the right age, let her feel like a princess on your wedding day with one of these gorgeous white flower girl dresses from Dessy - there are over 20 to choose from so you'll be able to find the perfect one.

white flower girl dresses

White and Black Lace Bridesmaid Dresses

It is always the perfect time to get married, no matter what time of year you choose, and there are always the right dresses out there for the bride and her bridesmaids. But I have to say that if you are tying the knot in 2016 you are in for a bonanza choice of new style gowns from Dessy to choose from! Take this selection of white and black lace bridesmaid dresses, for instance, all from the new Spring 16 collection.

white and black bridesmaid dresses

First up is the pretty Dessy Collection 6746 (above) in the appropriately named Starlight with black Fleur lace embroidery overlay. This dress is made of a sheer fabric called mousseline, which, like its culinary counterpart, is light and delicate.  The Starlight colour is almost luminescent rather than brilliant white which makes it beautifully easy on the eye. I love the 3/4 length sleeves (which is possibly the most flattering length) and the attractive deep V at the back. The modified circle skirt will give you plenty of swing and its hi-low hemline gives it a youthful, contemporary feel - an absolute winner all round.

These next two dresses both feature the most beautiful, intricate Regency lace with scalloped edging and again the lovely hi-low hemlines.

White and black bridesmaid dresses

Regency lace is denoted by its 'Vandyke points', the deeply indented, pointed edging named after Sir Anthony Van Dyck, a 17th-century Flemish painter (and popular portraitist for British royalty and the upper crust), who was known for painting elaborate V-shaped lace collars and scalloped edges on both his male and female sitters. (The pointed vandyke beard was also named after him.) It certainly does ooze class and sophistication, there's no doubt about it!

White and Black Bridesmaid dresses

Above on the left is After Six 6747 in Starlight and Black and on the right is After Six 6748, with the 6747 featuring an open back and optional spaghetti straps. Again, both skirts are modified circles with plenty of movement - perfect for hitting the dance floor later on.

And lastly, I couldn't resist the sweetest little Flower Girl Dress FL4050 with its jewel neckline and Regency lace detail at the waist - simply adorable!

White and Black lace bridesmaid dresses

Roll on 2016!