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Today I am pleased as punch to be launching The Coquette Bride. As you may or may not know, I have been involved in the wedding industry in one way or another for a loooooong time, most recently as the Creative Director of an online wedding magazine. Sadly, that venture wasn’t to last, but the silver lining is that I now get to do weddings my way – bold, beautiful, classy and ooozing style.

The Coquette Bride Facebook

–{ images, from left to right: Dan Lecca via Stylelist, Unknown, Trent Bailey, Anairam, Jose Villa, Hamda Al Fahim.}–

This won’t be your average wedding blog, there will be so much more than just lots and lots of beautiful weddings. You can expect fine design, exquisite florals, beauty and fragrance, finds for the fellas and of course, divine dresses…


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And it’s not just the blog that will be serving up the magic juice, you can follow The Coquette Bride on FacebookTwitterPinterestTumblr and Instagram as well.

So, if you’re currently planning on hitching your wagon to someone else’s, I hope you’ll pop over and take a look around.

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OK, confession time. I’m not proud to admit this, but in the interests of full disclosure, I’m gonna lay all my lacy cards on the table – I once ‘darned’ a bra. It wasn’t an expensive bra (M&S of course), it wasn’t particularly beautiful (a plain, black lace) and it possessed no magical qualities (no ‘invisibility cloak’ style lingerie in this house). So why did I take to it with my needle and thread like it was the last bra in the world? Because I LOVED it. I loved how comfortable it was, I loved the shape it gave me, I loved how it was smooth enough to go undetected, but lacy enough to be pretty, and, most tellingly, I loved how it made me feel. I just couldn’t let it go.

Lingerie is pretty powerful suff people, in fact some of it is so powerful it should only be used by trained professionals. It can reduce grown men to gibbering wrecks, make a sex-kitten from the mousiest of subjects, and turn heads with the way it makes you walk…

Girl next door Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - the girl


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Bridal Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - The Bride


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Seductive black lace Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - The WOman


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Coloured Lace Lingerie - Coquette & Dove



Lingerie - Bold Lace


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{ image sources: the girl  // the bride  //  the woman  //  bold lace }



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notes on style // summer in the city…

There’s just the one wedding for me this year, but I’m very much looking forward to it. There will be lots of walking on grass involved, so sturdy heels are a must (not to mention the ceilidh dancing!). If I had the legs for it, I’d love to wear an outfit like this. It would also be a great look for a sunny city wedding, simple and chic…

dress // hat // shoes 
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wedding belles // wedding dress + cardigan = genius…

I’m totally in love with this planned elopement, and in particular, with the wedding dress/cardi combo, just divine…
{ photography by Jill Thomas via Grey Likes Weddings }
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notes on style // vera wang is killing me softly…

This dress! I die! Along with my current yellow obsession comes a bubbling undertone of “all grey, all the time”. This dress is causing paroxysms of joy and barely containable lust…
The pleated bodice, the fall and folds of the skirt, the colour, the ribbon belt…*sigh*…
{ Vera Wang  @ Browns Bride } 

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wedding belles // something borrowed…

Wouldn’t these make the most divine “something blue”?
Magic cinemagraph from the wonder that is From Me To You
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wedding belles // THAT dress…

Happy Royal Wedding Day folks! I’ve been glued to the TV all day, oohing and aahing at the dresses, the coaches, the flowers & both of the kisses! And the fact that I woke up at 8am to see it all will surprise some of my family who know better than most that I am NOT a morning person!
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion by yesterday afternoon that the bride would be wearing McQueen. The commentators who were still blithering on about the possibility of Temperley this morning had obviously been putting stupid in their tea this morning instead of sugar.  
So… the dress…
There have obviously been the comparisons to Grace Kelly, and it’s reported that this this was a very conscious move from Kate. Who can blame her, as style icons go, Princess Grace is a pretty stellar role model. 
There’s also been talk from some corners that the dress wasn’t fashion/brave/statement enough. But I have to disagree. I thought the dress was a perfect mix of what Kate and British fashion are all about. From a distance, the silhouette of the dress is very classic, long lace sleeves and high neck, with soft folds at the front, and more structured pleats at the back opening out into a modest train (although I must admit the the train was longer that I had expected). 
But upon closer inspection, the dress reveals layers of detail that combine signature McQueen touches such as the padded hips beneath the cinched waist, the sculpted peplum/bustle – visible at the back above the pleats, and the molded corset, with the symmetry and symbolism of the handmade lace – a fitting tribute to British craftsmanship. Handmade by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, it incorporated individual, hand-cut and embroidered flowers representing the rose (England), thistle (Scotland), daffodil (Wales) and shamrock (Ireland). Apparently, the hand-stitchers had to wash their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and change the needles every three hours to keep them sharp -I’m a sucker for that kind of detail!!

And I loved her teeny bouquet with it’s lily of the valley, myrtle, hyacinth, sweet william and ivy.
I’m biting my tongue about the make up (it’s not nice to criticise the bride!)

And how about that Bridesmaid dress? Wowsers…

 And last, but by no means least, have you seen the cake…?


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{ wedding belles } mild green…

Unless you grew up in 70s/80s Britain, this might not mean much to you. But damn it, I have to agree with India Knight, that’s one cool Royal Wedding souvenir…
…and I’m going out shopping tomorrow to find a bottle!
{for those still baffled, it’s dish soap}
Normal posting to resume shortly, watch this space!
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{ wedding belles } hats off…

Before the ceremony…
That’s it. If my day ever comes the fella and his men are wearing top hats.
{ pic from OMG }
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{ wedding belles } BHLDN…

On the whole, I’m quite happy to stand back and watch most bandwagons pass me by, but like most bloggers, I just couldn’t resist the urge to jump on this rather beautiful one and have a rummage around…
BHLDN (pronounced ‘beholden’) is the new wedding emporium from the people who brought us Urban Outfitters & Anthropologie and in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s waist deep in freakin’ beautiful stuff.
And there’s some pretty sweet stuff in there for the non-brides too. Check out that lingerie, it’s H-O-T!
I’ve pretty much spent every penny I’ll earn for the next year on the imaginary shopping list in my head.
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