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Selsdon Park Hotel

This shoot was sent to me by photographer Andrew Dobell. It was commissioned by Selsdon Park Hotel to show how beautiful their stunning venue can look for winter weddings. Amazingly, the shoot was only commissioned 7 days before it actually took place, so everything, from the dresses to the cakes, all came together in an outrageously short space of time! I can’t really write this article without mentioning that the makeup artist for this shoot was actually the bride from my first Real Wedding feature, Tania- her wedding can be found here.

Now, it’s time for me to let the photos speak for themselves!

Suppliers List:

Venue- Selsdon Park Hotel

Photographer- Andrew Dobell

Makeup- Tania Claire

Florist- Wisteria Green

Cake- Lisa Broughton

Stylist- Memories To Remember

Dresses- Red Cross Bridal Charity Shop

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Mira Zwillinger ‘Reflections’ Bridal Collection 2012

Oh my goodness, do I have an exciting feature for you today! The wonderful Mira Zwillinger studio have allowed me to feature their brand new ‘Reflections’ Bridal 2012 collection! I honestly can’t explain how amazing this is for me- these dresses are magical, there is no other word for it.

Beatrice gown by Mira Zwillinger

I had never heard of Mira Zwillinger until I spotted one of the new dresses last week, and instantly fell in love. So, for those of you not in the know, here’s a bit of information for you:

Mira Zwillinger is an Israeli couture designer who was established in 1991. To quote directly from the studio, ‘Mira’s approach is an unapologetic celebration of sophistication and elegance’… I couldn’t have put it better myself! Mira’s clothes use absolutely beautiful fabrics, interesting designs, and fabulous finishing touches.

Lihi gown by Mira Zwillinger

The ‘Reflections’ bridal collection is a collaboration with Mira’s daughter Lihi, who comes from a ‘street wear’ background. Lihi recently got married herself, and fell in love with bridal gowns, leading her to join the  business and launch this collection.

Toanette gown by Mira Zwillinger

Each and every gown in the collection is handmade using the finest fabrics from Paris and Milan. What makes each gown so special is that the studio use various combinations of different types of lace, textures and hand embroidery to create innovative new fabrics.

Margaret gown by Mira Zwillinger

‘Reflections’ bridal gowns cater to a classy and elegant bride, who wants to feel chic and glamorous on her big day.

Shanee gown by Mira Zwillinger

‘Reflections’ gowns can be purchased exclusively at Mira’s Tel-Aviv studio, at Brown’s Bride in London, or for those of you in the USA, they will soon be available at Mark Ingram in New York.

Celeste gown by Mira Zwillinger

There will be a Trunk Show for the ‘Reflections’ collection at Brown’s Bride, 12 Hinde St, London, on 3rd and 4th February 2012 where brides placing an order on any ‘Reflections’ gown can get a 10% discount, so get going people!

For appointments, please call 020 7514 0056 or email brownsbride@brownsfashion.com

Elizabeth gown by Mira Zwillinger

What more can I say? I really think these gowns speak for themselves. I love the romance of them, the beautiful femininity, and I simply ADORE the ultra-sheer fabrics on gowns like the Gloria, that make the lace appear to be floating on the skin.

Gloria gown by Mira Zwillinger

As well as the very girly gowns, you can certainly see Lihi’s streetwear influence on the funky dresses, such as the Francheska, the Christina, and the Kassandra.

Francheska gown by Mira Zwillinger

Christina gown by Mira Zwillinger

Kassandra gown by Mira Zwillinger

My particular favourite is the Charlotte, and when I finally convince Mr AZ that renewing our vows is the way forward, rest assured, I will be trying each and every gown by this fabulous studio. I am totally, utterly, head over heels in love- and coming from someone who spends every day looking at pictures of wedding gowns, that is saying something!

Charlotte gown by Mira Zwillinger

So, what is your favourite gown from the ‘Reflections’ collection? Do you like the dresses, or are they not quite ‘you’? I’d love to hear your opinions, as always!

Lots of love (and dreams of dresses)

Mrs AZ x

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Wedding Industry Awards 2012: The Winners

So, last night was the Wedding Industry Awards 2012, held at the Cafe de Paris in London. While I wasn’t lucky enough to be in attendance, I hear a fantastic time was had by all. So, without further ado, here are the 2012 winners- definitely worth checking out!

Best Wedding Accessory- Jo Barnes Vintage

Best Wedding Cake Designer- Rosalind Miller Cakes

Best Wedding Caterer (Independent)- Morgans Catering

Best Wedding Co-ordinator (Venue)- Michele Jetzer at Riverstation

Best Wedding Dress Designer- No 9 Bridal Couture

Best Wedding Dress Retailer- Ellie Sanderson Bridal Boutique

Best Wedding Entertainment- Hip Operation

Best Wedding Florist- Sonning Flowers

Best Wedding Hair Stylist- James White Hair

Best Wedding Makeup Artist- Kaz Fernando Makeup

Best Wedding Marquee Provider- World Inspired Tents

Best Wedding Menswear Supplier- Sensational Formal Hire

Best Wedding Photographer- Marianne Taylor Photography

Best Wedding Planner (Independent)- Planned For Perfection

Best Wedding Special Touch- Artfull Splodgers

Best Wedding Transport Supplier- Dennisson Classic Cars

Best Wedding Venue- Gaynes Park

Best Wedding Videographer- Philip White

Best Newcomer- Maids To Measure

So, what do you all think? Have any of you had experience of any of these companies? Would you recommend them?

Lots of Love,

Mrs AZ xx

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Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Hello everybody,

I hope you’re all having a fab weekend, I know I am- I’ve been busy celebrating my youngest daughter’s second birthday- where does the time go?!

Now, I need some opinions from all you lovely people. I told my dad yesterday about the blog, and he couldn’t understand why it’s called The AZ Wedding (it’s because our surname is so long, people joke that it has every letter of the alphabet… and, to be honest, it was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to start a blog)

Now if my own dad can’t get his head around the name, I can’t really expect people I don’t even know to understand, can I? So I’m thinking hard about changing the name to something more ‘wedding-y’… what do you guys think? I’m very conscious that at the moment I have a low readership, and I really don’t want you guys to feel that I shouldn’t have changed it and abandon me! So I thought I’d get the advice of you, my wonderful readers. How would you feel if I changed the name of the blog? Would you still want to read it? Would it make you like it even more? Suggestions for names would also, of course, be very VERY welcome.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you all.

Mrs AZ xxx

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Real Wedding: Tania & Andrew

Hello all! Today, I have a lovely real wedding for you, photographed by the wonderful Andrew Dobell

Tania, a makeup artist, and Andrew, a firefighter, originally met at college when Tania was 17 and Andrew was 16. They dated for around 8 months, before going their separate ways. In 2002, they got back in contact via Friends Reunited, and they arranged for Tania to pop down to see Andrew when he was playing volleyball near her house- and the rest, as they say, is history!

Andrew proposed on New Year’s Eve 2008, when the pair were watching Jools Holland and drinking champagne! He presented Tania with a huge marquise diamond ring, so naturally she said yes!

They decided to get married in July 2010, and Andrew managed to get a copy of his shift pattern for that year so they could set a date. Planning the wedding this far in advance also meant that friends in other fire brigades had plenty of time to book their leave. The couple knew that they didn’t want a religious service, and that they would like a venue where they could hold both their ceremony and reception, within their local area. Tania came across Wotton House, and found that they could marry outside in the grounds. They went to visit Wotton House in March 2009, and immediately fell in love. The venue was very accommodating, even agreeing for the couple’s dogs, Ash and Skye, to be present for the service.

Tania found her ‘Caprice’ by Maggie Sottero dress in From This Moment in Ewell, and paired it with shoes by Rainbow Couture. Tania, being a makeup artist, did her own makeup, and her hair was done by Ruby True. Having worked with Ruby on photoshoots, Tania knew how good she was, so there was no contest for who would be doing her hair on her big day! Tania made her and her bridesmaids’ hair accessories, as she couldn’t find what she wanted.

Bridesmaids Laura and Jaqui wore the ‘Vicki’ dress in black by Ebony Rose, while their shoes were from Pink at Paradox and Dolcis at Barratts respectively.

Andrew, best man Mark and usher Dave are all firefighters, so all wore their dress uniforms. (Lucky Tania!). Dave was sporting a broken wrist under his uniform, having gone over the handlebars of his mountain bike on the week of the wedding!

On the day, Andrew’s friend Chris stood outside the walled garden with the couple’s dog Ash, who was to be their ringbearer. As had been practised, Dave the usher went out to put the ring box in Ash’s mouth. However, Ash didn’t recognise Dave with his fireman’s cap on, and refused to take the ring box from him! Luckily, he was happy to take the box from Chris. When Andrew blew his whistle, Ash ran past Dave and dropped the box, before charging in to see his dad, leaving Dave to follow behind with the box (in his mouth… let’s hope he wiped it first!). Andrew did manage to get Ash to pass the ring box over to the registrar, which she thought was absolutely adorable!

Following the ceremony, guests were served a barbecue, complete with picnic blankets dotted around for them to sit on! The couples’ cake was a small cake and lots of lovely pink cupcakes, made by Cartlodge Cakes

The couple gave out Welsh Love Spoons as favours- all made by Tania’s clever dad, who is an ornamental blacksmith! (He also happens to be Welsh, hence the choice of gift). Tania attached a tag to each spoon to tell the recipient what the gift was, and its significance- she also had this information translated into Welsh on the reverse of the cards.

During the speeches, the couple gave the bridesmaids each a metal rose, which was handmade by Tania’s cousin Rhiannon and her dad (who is Tania’s dad’s brother, and also an ornamental blacksmith!). Rhiannon and her dad brought the roses all the way over from the USA in their luggage!

The couple’s first dance as husband and wife was to ‘Endless Love’ by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie- it was ‘their song’ when they first met!

Supplier List:

Venue- Wotton House near Dorking, Surrey

Photography- Andrew Dobell

Hair-  Ruby True

Makeup- DIY

Dress- Maggie Sottero from From This Moment in Ewell

Bride’s Shoes- Rainbow Couture

Hair Accessories- DIY

Bridesmaids’ Dresses- Ebony Rose

Bridesmaids’ Shoes- Pink at Paradox and Dolcis at Barratts

Menswear- Dress uniforms

Flowers & Chair Covers- Lisa’s Florist

Venue Dressing- First Class Events

Cake- Cartlodge Cakes

Favours- Tania’s dad

Bridesmaids’ gifts- Tania’s cousin & uncle

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my first ‘Real Wedding’ post- as always, I’d love to hear your feedback, and if you have anything you think will interest me, feel free to contact me at theazwedding {at} gmail {dot} com

Mrs AZ xxx

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Tangerine Tango: Pantone’s Colour of The Year 2012

So… Pantone have released their 2012 colour of the year, and it’s Tangerine Tango.

Now, if I’m honest, this wouldn’t be my first choice of colour, but there’s a wedding colour for everyone, and this may well be yours.

Expect to see this colour EVERYWHERE in the coming months- from fashion to homewares, and even stationery.

You could go all out with this- think bright, vibrant, exotic feeling decor- or if you’re a bit more sedate, you could just have a flash of this colour, say for your shoes if you’re having a long dress, for a flower in your hair, or for your stationery- even just a touch of tangerine ribbon securing your napkins could look wonderful.

Take a look at my board to get a bit of inspiration

Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango by theazwedding
Let me know what you think- as always, I love to hear your opinions.
Later this week, I should have my first Real Wedding feature for you- how exciting!!
Mrs AZ x

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A Brief Introduction, And Some Peach And Gold Inspiration

So, did everybody have a good Christmas? I think I may have eaten my body weight in chocolate and satsumas, but I’ll worry about that in the new year! As you’ve probably all guessed, I’m new to this whole wedding blogging game, but I’ve spent many years being mildly (OK, OK, completely) obsessed by all things wedding, so hopefully have something to offer you, my lovely readers. So to start the ball rolling, I’m going to jump in feet first with some peach and gold wedding inspiration for you.

I personally ADORE peach and gold as a colour combination, I think it evokes a fresh, Spring-like feeling, while keeping the cosiness you want when it’s still a bit chilly (which, let’s face it, is quite common in the UK at any time of year!). I think that this gorgeous, delectable duo would be my top choice for my own wedding (if and when I ever get to arrange the wedding of my dreams- Mr AZ, you have been warned!). I would love to know what you guys think!

Peach and Gold Wedding
Peach and Gold Wedding by theazwedding

So, that’s the end of my first post. Nervous doesn’t come close! I’d love any feedback, good and bad, and would love to know if there’s anything in particular you would like me to blog about. Hope I did OK! ☺

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