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anne louise SEPTEMBER 2018

WEDDING SIGNS Wedding signs are one of the latest big day must-haves


High-end wedding fashion shoot with £20 dresses!


Editor’s Letter

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In this issue we feature an exclusive high-end wedding fashion shoot by the very talented Lotus Photography who wanted to see if she could create a high-end wedding fashion shoot only using dresses that cost £20! I can honestly say you’ll be amazed at how stunningly beautiful they all look. So if you are desperatly panicking about lack of funds for your day, take heart as you’ll soon see it can be done on a miniscule amount of money and look like high-end, dare I say celebrity wedding material. Sit back, enjoy and please don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, details below. Fancy leaving a comment? Pop over to the website where you’ll find many other amazing stories including inspirational Female Entrepreneurs.

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High-end wedding dress for less than £20! Emmy from Lotus photography proves that to create the look of a highend wedding you only need to spend £20 or less on the wedding dress!


rince Harry & Duchess Meghan’s wedding was beautiful, romantic, it was everything we could have dreamed of for a Royal Wedding. But I confess, I gulped when I read reports the wedding dress cost between £200,000-£400,000. I opened my wallet and looked at the collection of coppers, old receipts and a screwed up £20 note. After London Fashion Week, my love of fashion has grown. The imagination, talent and skill that is used to craft beautiful gowns, is astonishing. But sadly, these gowns are not always within our budget. Lotus Photography has just launched Wedding Photography Packages, so I wanted to do something different to celebrate. So I decided to see what I could do with that screwed up £20 note. Could I create a high-end wedding fashion shoot only using dresses that cost £20?

Where do you get a £20 dress from? Oxfam has specialist bridal boutiques which not only stock second hand dresses, but also ex-display and ex-fashion-show wedding dress. Unfortunately, the day I visited, the cheapest was £50. It was beautiful, but over budget.

Instead, I opted instead for eBay. If you chose to do the same, remember that wedding dress sizes vary greatly and to read the descriptions carefully. Having said that, I purchased 6 dresses, all very different, fantastic condition, and each under £20.

Intoducing the team...... Teaming up with Sapphire Styling Hair & Makeup, Poppies Florist Bournemouth and our models, Naomi, Valhalla and Elaina, we prepared for our shoot. Each model chose their own dress whilst Sapphire Styling and Poppies Florist completed the look.

The looks...... Naomi, opted for a blush pink TNFC dress with stunning open back and bead detail with a satin sash, purchased for £9.99. Her blush look was completed with subtle pink makeup and soft curls throughout her hair. Elaina, chose a classic strapless sheath BHS wedding dress, with beading throughout, purchased for £20. Her hair was placed in an elegant low ponytail with natural makeup. Valhalla, our wild child, opted for a

plunging white Nasty Gal jumpsuit complete with cape, purchased for £20. This was teamed with a faux-hawk and striking dramatic makeup. With bouquets of sunflowers, bright ribbons, a stunning brooch details, seashells, daises, each bouquet stunning stunning, unique and complemented each look.

The location.... For locations we decided to do it all, well everything you wouldn’t expect that is. We used an elevator, Boscombe Gardens, Bournemouth Vintage Funfair and Bournemouth Lower Gardens. We wanted to put these dresses through as much as we could, there was no point getting £20 wedding dresses if they would fall apart on a bumper car.

The End Results.... I was thrilled with the end result. Each dress highlighted each model’s style,

survived every challenge we threw at it, and they all looked fantastic! This challenge proved that when you are planning your big day, remember to love, dance, smile, #ShowYourUniqueStyle and it’s amazing what you can do with a screwed up £20 note.

About Emmy the photogapher.... Emily ‘Emmy’ Johns is a photographer based in Bournemouth, Dorset. You can read about her adventures on her website and follow her on her Facebook www. and Instagram lotusphotographyuk

Have an idea for the next Lotus Photography challenge? Email:, who knows what they will get up to next!

Special thanks to.... Bora Bora Desserts They’re a brand new start up serving vegan ice cream and are seriously delicious.


Naomi - Valhalla - Elaina -

Sapphire Styling Hair & Makeup

Poppies Florist Bournemouth

Our fabulous photographer ‘Emmy’ You all did an amazing job! Fancy leaving a comment? Pop along to

d e ft a r c d n a H l fu i Beaut y r e n o i t a t s g n i d d we Hand painter and designer Kim Scott helps inject your personality into your stationery, creating a truly beautiful keepsake that will be cherished by friends and family for years to come.


MIDSUMMER {Top right & bottom right} This romantic, whimsical collection with botanical features and soft colours conjure feelings of fresh and aromatic summer gardens. This collection is personalised with a hand drawn illustration of your very own wedding venue, peeking through the watercolour flowers. Very Jane Austen.

orgeous h a n d painted works of art mixed with tactile textures, and finished with stunning graphic design, Pingle Pie is the most luxurious and eye catching wedding stationery we have seen. Based in the U.K, Kim and her partner Rob have combined their backgrounds in stationery design, fine art and graphic design to create beautiful hand crafted stationery, prints and gifts. They work hard from their studio to create high quality, original and bespoke designs, that people will love and share with others.

Imagine yourself sitting on a river bank, dreamily whiling away the hours under the swaying leaves of a willow tree and you’ll easily see the inspiration for this collection. A pleasingly elegant composition, framed with hand painted willow leaves, finished with a personalised hand drawn illustration of your very own wedding venue.

Here at Anne Louise we love the MIDSUMMER and the UNDER THE WILLOW ranges -

To see some Pingle Pie’s stunning collections and bespoke range visit

They are personalised with a hand drawn illustrarion of your wedding venue, such an amazing and unique attention to detail!

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UNDER THE WILLOW {Top left, centre & bottom left}



We like to think we design more than stationery, we contribute to

individual stories and memories that will be cherished for years to come.

That’s why each design is passionately

refined to produce unique collections that will inspire our customers.

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Cake Topper collection launches at norma&dorothy norma&dorothy have designed some stunningly beautiful peices that will make your cake the centre of attention, well after the Bride & Groom of course!


rom travel-inspired pieces to personalised hearts, there is something for every happy couple in the new cake topper collection from luxury wedding stationers norma&dorothy.

Taking inspiration from the natural world, the extensive 57-strong collection is perfectly designed to suit a wide range of wedding styles, featuring everything from lush botanicals and woodland animals as well as contemporary geometrics.

norma&dorothy creative designer Grace Sherriff said:

Couples put so much time and thought into choosing the theme of their wedding, so not surprisingly they want to be able to see that theme throughout their big day, as well as the build-up. Adding a cake topper collection was the next natural step. It means the centrepiece of the wedding celebrations perfectly complements the rest of the couple’s wedding stationery. The cake toppers incorporate modern typefaces with trend-led colours and finishes for a beautiful collection.

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1} Wedding Arrow | £1 | 2} Personalised Couple Hanging Print | £35.99 | 3} Large Free Standing Floor Blackboard on Stand | £33.99 | 4} Personalised Couple Ampersand Metal Sign | £28.99 | 5} Light Up LOVE Letters | £54.95 | 6} If You Instagram Signs | £3.99 | 7} Personalised Floral And Gold Guest Book Wedding Sign | £32 | 8} Wooden Bride & Groom Chair Signs - Rustic Country | £12.99 | 9} Here Comes The Bride Aisle Sign - Rustic Country | £3.99 | 46 | anne louise August 2018



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wedding gowns Ayline White help brides bring their wedding dresses to life with bespoke hand-painted designs, turning wedding dresses into stunning art.


ylin White Designs create stunning, made-to-measure, hand-painted wedding gowns that are truly reflective of each bride’s personality and passions. Bringing together their inspirations and favourite colours, every gown is beautifully hand-painted with intricate detail and vibrant hues.

At Aylin White Designs, they passionately believe that choosing a wedding gown should be an enjoyable experience and strive to take the stress out of searching for the perfect one. Their unique bridal service offers oneto-one consultation in the privacy and comfort of the bride’s own home, at any day and time convenient to them.

Individual designs can incorporate flowers, birds, wildlife, or any other imagery of personal significance. Each specially-tailored design creates a truly unique gown.

Pop along to to find out more. Also be sure to check out their Instagram and Pinterest feeds @aylinwhitedesigns.

A fabulous way to make your wedding dress unique and truely stand out. Perfect for those brides who just want something different or to let their personalities shine out through their dress.

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Aylin White Designs has just extended its hand-painted collection, to incorporate bridesmaid/flower girl and maid of honour bags, ring pillows and capes. This collection could include the bride’s wedding colours and be designed to match her wedding gown. 46 | anne louise August 2018

Speci al Find! @aylinwhitedesigns

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