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If you are planning a wedding in Scotland and/or are hoping to have a Scottish theme throughout your wedding, perhaps our latest collage will help inspire you!


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Caledonian Piper
Beautifully Wrapped
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Duck Bay Hotel & Marina
The Shepherd’s House B&B
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Hopefully this collage will provide you with some ideas if you are thinking of a PINK themed wedding. When visiting any of the websites, and placing an order, dont forget to mention you found their details here!


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2011: Taking you to the heart of the real Charlotte Balbier

For 2011, Charlotte Balbier is debuting her largest collection to date, over thirty new styles translating the individual styles and personalities of today’s brides.

There is always a surprise in every Charlotte Balbier collection and for the first time Charlotte has two very distinctive flavours running through the entire collection. The first, her interpretation of fantasy and romance: the English Tea Party Collection. The second: the Sabella Collection, a nod to her multicultural heritage; the fusion of the Sicilian Dolce Vita with the French Savoir Faire.


The English Tea Party Collection

Gazing back to a childhood favourite, Charlotte’s designs for this collection take you through the looking glass with Alice in Wonderland. Moonlight fairytales and ethereal romance vivifies Charlotte’s signature vintage laces, feminine styling and soft pastel hues. The dresses come alive in a setting of the Mad Hatters Tea party meets an English secret garden, in essence Charlotte’s imagery embodying the glamour of cool Britannia.




The Sabella Collection

Charlotte has successfully built her reputation on creating a brand and design portfolio that truly is an extension of her personality and heritage. With her French surname, Balbier, from her grandfather, the Sabella collection is named after her Sicilian Grandmother from whom she still feels her strong connection to Italy which reflects in her designs. For 2011 we see a renaissance for Charlotte in the Sabella connection. Now in her 8th year in the industry,   there is a much more sophisticated accomplished feel to the collection. Taffeta and soft silks in sophisticated styles sit alongside soft pleating with timeless elegance and Italian laces that are the ultimate in chic. The black and white photography of this collection connotes the attitute and stle of Italian fashion.


Fabulous Reviews are flooding in…..

We were very  privileged to have a preview of Charlotte’s forthcoming 2011 ollection. Once again she has raised the bar, and we anticipate our best year yet with her new designs!

The Dressing Rooms, Draycott


Charlotte Balbier’s 2011 collections are her BEST EVER. The new lace dresses are even softer and lovelier. Well cut, well designed and very flattering. The continued ‘vintage’ theme in the ‘English Tea Party collection’ are both romantic and daring. We anticipate this to be one of our strongest labels for 2011!

Maria Yiannikaris Designer/Director Mirror Mirror Couture Ltd


With two very different flavours and over thirty new styles, 2011 brings about a real renaissance in my designs. New Fabrics and beading, a new fresh colour palette and new photography styles will truly elevate this collection to a whole new level so that it can make its mark on the bridal fashion industry and most importantly allow us to grow in partnership with our retailers

Charlotte Balbier Creative Director/Designer


Many thanks to Charlotte Balbier for sending us through information and images on the 2011 collection. More information can be found at http://www.charlottebalbier.com/

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Lots of brides to be have a theme for their wedding – whether it be ‘Scotland’ with lots of tartan, thistles, a ceilidh etc, or like a recent one where the theme was ‘Christmas’ and the bridesmaids wore different colours, like christmas baubles.

One theme I want to discuss is a Literature Theme. A lovely bride to be, Emma, contacted me for help with planning a wedding around this theme. I was more than happy to recommend suppliers and offer some ideas as I adore literature, especially the classics. If you are like Emma and I, then how can you incorporate this love of literature into your big day? 

Perhaps we could start by looking at your Location. Depending on your favourite novel, you could have your wedding in a castle or a stately home. Here in Loch Lomond, we have Ross Priory, where Sir Walter Scott often stayed and indeed you could even stay in the room named after him.

Colour scheme. Colours for a liteature theme, especially if you are looking at Victorian times or earlier, should be rich and strong, draw inspiration from jewels – ruby red, emerald green, amber, topaz. Think of textures – tapestries, velvet, hessian and heavy silks. 

Table names. Think of all the famous literature couples you know and perhaps name your tables after them. You’ve got Romeo and Juliet (obviously), Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, Heathcliff and Cathy and maybe Jekyll and Hyde (but thats not romantic is it…?)

For centrepieces, why not have a stack of books tied with some ribbon? I think this would be most effective if the books were old hardbacks. To save on costs, you could ask your local library if they could help out, you’d be surprised! 

Moving onto Favours, Karen from Beautifully Wrapped is able to put an appropriate image onto their personalised chocolate bars. They could even put a literary quote onto them. Louise from Wedding and Baby can provide bookmarks as favours. Another unique idea is to provide a book as a wedding favour. 

With regards to your stationery, Karen Gallacher from Duck Pond Crafts can provide invitations with vintage papers from books on the from. Karen can also provide a table plan with the names of books as table names (in addition to my suggestion above). She can use distressed ink and gorgeous lace. Collete Corrigan of Corrigan’s Cards provides bespoke stationery and is also able to design something amazing for you. 

Flowers – In Jane Austen’s era, brides would carry herbs, greenery, or flowers that were in season and that could be picked alongside the road or from one’s garden. They included roses, peonies, sweet peas, scabious, lilies, and delphinium. 

Lisa Scott of Dream Day Flowers told me that she could add any flowers that may be mentioned in the wording of a favourite book or that can match any theme. 

A literature themed wedding is a good excuse to have your bridal gown bespoke made. You can have attire that ties in with the period in which your favourite novel is set. 

For transportation, choose something that ties in with your theme. In most cases this will be a horse drawn carriage, but you could also have vintage cars, or maybe an Aston Martin for grooms who love the James Bond books?

For your wedding meal, choose food that would have been popular in the time your favourite novels were set. Perhaps drink and eat from vintage dinnerware? Have a look at the teacups etc from The Tea Ladies!

For music, ask your band to play some of the classic songs from that era. Perhaps for novels set in the Victorian era or earlier, you could have a harpist or string quartet such as our suppliers Pippa Reid Foster or The Pleyel Quartet?


Cake – For your cake, you could ask your cake designer to have quotes from your favourite novel inked around the cake. Or perhaps your top tier could be in the form of a book?

For gifts, I recently came across the fabulous work of More than Words Art. You could have some of your favourite literature quotes made into a fabulous canvas to hang in your home. 

Lets now look at readings. How about these below as examples from some of my favourite novels and poems (grooms may have their own suggestions!):

 “I cannot fix on the hour, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”                            Pride And Prejudice

“I love the ground under his feet, and the air over his head, and everything he touches and every word he says. I love all his looks, and all his actions and him entirely and all together.”                                                                   Wuthering Heights

“Do you love me because I am beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me?” Cinderella

“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight, For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night”  Romeo and Juliet  

I hope the above has helped provide you with some ideas. As always our suppliers are more than happy to discuss your needs and come up with something to suit your theme, whatever it may be.

Find our suppliers at www.yourweddingatlochlomond.co.uk

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Our latest interview is with Mette Baillie, of http://www.freja-fashion.co.uk/  2009 VOWS Award Winner for “Best Bridal Designer”.

image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

How and when did you start out in fashion design and bridal wear?

I have always enjoyed designing, I have no idea when I started, but the first memory I have is making cardboard dolls and paper dresses with little tabs on which would hang on the dolls. My mum has kept some of them. I don’t think I will put them into production. I started sewing when I was very young. I did very basic pattern cutting to make the dresses. I made the first clothes for myself when I was about 8 I think. I never played with my dolls, I just made them clothes.

I got a degree in Haute Couture Design in Odense, Denmark in 1998. I already made clothes for clients at this stage. I then worked as a dressmaker in Copenhagen for a while, and then got a job for a company in England, making ladies wear for Marks & Spencer. It was at this stage I decided I would make only one of each… not thousands and thousands.

I set up my business 10 years ago. I started up really small, working from home and had a part-time job. I now have premises, and 3 members of staff, and I may be recruiting for the spring.

What changes have you observed since then?

When I started, we did almost only summer weddings, and they are lovely, but I think now the whole industry has developed so much, and is all in place to make a perfect spring wedding, lovely colourful autumn wedding, a cosy wintery feel, and so on. I feel privileged to having been part of this industry for years now, and have met a lot of very nice suppliers, who is doing head over heels to give brides and grooms their perfect day.

Can you tell us more about your designs?

We do a lot of different styles of wedding dresses. What is different for us is that we work with the bride, I try to get a very good feel for what the bride wishes most of all for her day. For that reason, we have been involved in so many weddings, forest weddings and beach weddings, very formal cathedral weddings, and weddings where the bride just says: “I love to dance, the most important thing is my dress allows me to dance with my Husband all night”

How would you describe the Freja Bride?

It can be either a very confident bride, who is not willing to be told what to wear by a bridal shop. Or it can be someone who feels intimidated by the whole wedding process, and would like to have her own input and her own say on her dress for her special day, but would like professional advice to ensure the best dress for her.

image courtesy www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

What makes you different to other bridal wear designers?

I work very closely with the bride, I do all the designing and fittings, so all your dealings will be directly with me. That is quite unique.

Can you tell us the highlight of your career so far?

My work is so great, we have highlights on a very regular basis. Brides and mothers of brides sending us lovely letters thanking us for the dress and input on their day. It has been wonderful being in the final for the VOWS for now 3 years running and winning it in 2009. We have done a few celebrity weddings and that has been great, as there was a lot of other factors involved compared to other weddings.

Do you have a personal favourite style of bridal gown, and if so, why?

I have a favourite style for most body shapes. But the way I work, it does not make sense to have one over all favourite. One dress would never work for all brides. I do like clean lines, and lush materials.

Can you tell us more about your other collections (e.g. mother of the bride)?

I don’t actually have collections as such, but we do make a lot of outfits for mothers of the Brides and Grooms, and bridesmaids dresses. The same goes for those outfits, we try to make them for that person rather than what is the style for that season. Most of the times, when we make bridesmaids dresses, we make them personalised for each bridesmaid so the neckline on each is different and so on. It often makes them look much more the same, by making them look different.

image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

Can you provide a price guide for both your bridal wear designs, and your other designs?

Simple Wedding dresses starts at about £700, and couture wedding dresses starts at about £1400. Bridesmaids dresses starts at £250. The price includes fabrics, and all fittings. The good thing is there will be no alterations to pay for on top of that, as it is most likely to be at a shop bought dress.

 Which other designers inspire you the most, and why?

I love to look at clothes from different eras, that inspires me a lot. I really like Vivienne Westwood, for her imaginative pattern cutting, I like Chanel, Jean Muir, I love to follow new designers, I really love clothes, so I am always looking in magazine and period books.

What do you like to do when you’re not designing?

I am a very active person, I love staying active by running, and going to the gym.. riding my VTR1000, and scuba diving. Again… clothes are really important, I am fascinated by how the body moves in clothes, and how the clothes move with the body.

image courtesy of www.elementalweddings.co.uk 

Flowers by www.planetflowers.co.uk

What are your plans for the future?

I am going to attend a few bridal fairs, so hope to see some of you there. I will make a few more dresses up, so I have more to show you as inspiration. I have a lot of things on the go in the shop, and if we continue to grow as we have done the last few years, we will need new premises at some point. So lots to look out for!

What advice would you give to brides to be reading this interview?

I think it is import to remember yourself, and the groom in all this planning. Take the time initially to work out what you really really want and each time you have an issue. go back and see what was it you really wanted. It will help you not get swayed by pushy sales assistants trying to get you to buy the dress they want to shift, that may not be the one you want the most or the one that suits you the best. We will listen to you and transform your wishes into the garment you desire.

We asked Mette what style of dress she would design for Kate Middleton, if she was asked!

I think Kate Middleton will go for something with a mix of traditional and modern. The dress i have designed for her, has a traditional silhouette being quite a full skirt, and tiny waist and long train, and long veil. But the mix of luxury materials will give it the special  sharp modern look.
I have gone for sheer chineese silk organza for the bodice and skirt. The sleeves will be sheer, and so will the skirt over lay, but the bodice will be back with satin, so it becomes opaque. This matt fabric will have a shiny silk satin edge on the hem of the sleeve and on the neckline. it will have fine silk satin ruched over the waist as a detail, and it will have a wide silk satin binding on the skirt hem.
Silk satin buttons and loops over concealed corseting below.
How can our brides to be find out more about Freja Fashion?

You can have a look at my website http://www.freja-fashion.co.uk

You are also most welcome to phone up and have a chat with us, and book an appointment to come and see us.

We work on appointment system, to make sure we have the time set aside to concentrate just on you. And we will have no interferences. The first appointment is free of charge and without obligations.


Kate Middleton dress design by www.freja-fashion.co.uk

Flowers (last image) by www.planetflowers.co.uk

Images by www.elementalweddings.co.uk and www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

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Congratulations on your engagement! One of the first things you probably picture when envisioning your wedding is the dress. But before you start shopping for a wedding dress, it’s a good idea to know what you’re looking for.

Do your research.  There are many bridal magazines that will provide information on the latest bridal fashions, including The Scottish Wedding Directory. All of these magazines have websites, where you can find quick information without paying for the magazine.

Decide on a style. Before considering anything else, know which type of gown will flatter your figure the best. Look at photos of each type.

  • Ball gowns have very full skirts and generally will look beautiful on any body type, unless the bride is very short and small. In this case, it may be overwhelming to her small frame.
  • A-lines are a terrific choice for someone who would like to hide lower body flaws, but does not want a ball gown.
  • Sheaths flatter women with slim, balanced figures. This gown will not hide any flaws.
  • Empire waist gowns have a skirt that falls from just below the breasts. They are a wonderful choice for a casual, non-formal wedding, or weddings in a tropical climate. They’re also excellent for pregnant brides, because they provide extra room in the waist, making them a comfortable choice.
Consider the circumstances. A wide variety of factors can affect what makes a particular dress appropriate to the occasion.
  • If you’re getting married in the winter, you may not want to be wearing a very light dress. If you’re having a beach wedding in the middle of July, you may not want to wear a heavy fabric.
  • While the most traditional ceremonies will call for a white gown, in many cases, wedding dresses don’t have to be pure white anymore!
Decide on a budget. When deciding on your budget, you don’t need to set a very specific price.. Just be sure to remember the other stuff: veil, shoes, jewelry, gloves, etc. All of these things are optional, of course. But you’ll have to factor in the price of whatever items you decide to wear with your gown.

Another option to consider is renting a dress. This can be a far more affordable way to get yourself a fantastic dress (for the day). The other bonus is not having to clean, store, or ever deal with it again.

If finances are really an issue, there may be dresses available through charity organizations.  Oxfam have a number of bridal wear shops.

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