Celebrating a truly lovely year!

Well folks, hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas!

As another year comes to an end and a brand new fresh one is about to begin,  I just wanted to take the time to reflect on what has been a truly fabulous 2012!

This year saw the birth of our brand spanking new LOVE Bridal Boutique on August 1st,  a brand new venture for Jonny and I, and a great addition to the Draper Weddings portfolio sitting perfectly alongside Jonny Draper Photography.  The boutique had only ever been a dream for us, so to see it actually come to life and flourish has been the best experience ever. We have lots of wonderful plans for the coming year including shoots and collaborations with fabulous wedding friends. We vow to always keep things exciting, refreshing and inspiring for our brides!

LOVE truly started with a bang with an unimaginable number of new brides finding ‘the one’  with us since we opened, and our very first bride was married in December too – the very lovely Marcelle and her photographer of choice was Jonny! We couldn’t have imagined that our first bride would be a LOVE and JDP bride too! We can’t wait for all our brides to come for their fittings in the New Year, it’s going to be an honour to share this special time with them all. Not to mention our new brides who we haven’t even met yet!

So, here’s a truly indulgent (half) year in pictures… starting with the day we got the keys! :o)

Emma at LOVE Bridal Boutique

Then after weeks of decorating, furniture and trinket searching, and more importantly hunting out the finest designers for our beautiful brides to be, including a trip to the fab White Gallery bridal event in London to choose our dresses… LOVE Bridal Boutique was born!

Introducing LOVE Bridal Boutique...
Introducing LOVE Bridal Boutique…

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We celebrated the launch of the boutique with our close friends and family, including some of the finest wedding suppliers in the industry…

The speech!

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We were proud to announce our fabulous selection of dress designers including Terry Fox, Mia Mia Bridal by Alan Hannah, Intuzuri and Heritage Bridal by Balbier Wyatt…

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Not forgetting our LOVE Bridal Accessories collection with a wonderful selection of accessories from Halo & Co, Vivien Sheriff, Harriet Wilde and more recently we added the fab Hermione Harbutt  to this portfolio!

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We did our very first LOVE photo shoot with Jonny (of course!) and some of the North-West’s finest wedding photographers at Styal Lodge, Cheshire.

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And our images and the announcement of our line-up of dress designers featured on the very wonderful English Wedding Blog – read about it here if you haven’t already!

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We did our very first catwalk show at Capesthorne Hall with brides loving our dresses and lots of appointments getting booked in the diary!

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We held designer events at the boutique for Intuzuri, Terry Fox and Mia Mia Bridal, welcoming even more dresses from the designers’ collections into the boutique.

Our Mia Mia Bridal event window…

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Our Terry Fox event window!

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We got together with our photographer pals for a shoot at the fab Belle Epoque in Knutsford (a separate blog post to come with full images from this shoot!)…

Alex Davies wearing 'Lovely Lisa' by Terry Fox
Alex wearing ‘Lovely Lisa’ by Terry Fox
Andrea wearing 'Above The Clouds' by Terry Fox
Andrea wearing ‘Above The Clouds’ by Terry Fox

In other extremely exciting news, we took on ANOTHER designer just before Christmas – Raimon Bundo, whose dresses are just to die for! As the only North-West stockist of this wonderful collection, we decided to celebrate the arrival of these fab new dresses into the boutique with a shoot (of course!) over at Styal Lodge. More details and a dedicated blog post will be coming soon on our blog… but here are a couple of pics to whet your appetite. Images are by none other than my wonderful husband and fab wedding photographer Jonny Draper!

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Rubens by IR de Bundo
'Gongora' by IR de Bundo
‘Gongora’ by IR de Bundo
'Diana' by Raimon Bundo
‘Diana’ by Raimon Bundo

And we even had time to fit in a cheeky photo for our LOVE Christmas card!

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And great news – we were interviewed and featured on the Brides Up North blog all about Raimon Bundo and these gorgeous dresses – check out our interview here!

To top the year off completely, Jonny received the wonderful news that he had been voted Best North-West Wedding photographer in the Wedding Industry Awards! He was up against some of the finest photographers (and friends!) in the North-West and to make it even more special, brides and grooms of each photographer were the ones who voted! We were completely utterly delighted with this result and are heading down to London in January to celebrate at the Awards Ceremony along with our friend and outstanding singer, Howard Wing, also voted top of his category. Who knows – they could even be national winners – all will be revealed in January!

Well, that just touches the surface of all the fabulous experiences we’ve had since our grand opening. We’ve had such fun and been so overwhelmed by the reaction of brides and our industry friends and peers to the boutique. Brides are loving our dresses, accessories, the experience, the decor, our coffee and cakes :o) and we are absolutely loving giving brides the ultimate experience; exactly what each and every bride deserves when choosing the most important dress that she will ever wear.

A huge thanks to everybody who has supported us this year, we’ve worked damn hard but had so much fun along the way and we know we couldn’t have done it without you.

Lots of love and very best New Year wishes. Here’s to a fabulous 2013 all round!

♥♥♥ Emma and Jonny ♥♥♥