Friday, 31 December 2010

Reflections of 2010

2010 has been a very significant year for me-I spent nine months of it pregnant for a start, beginning it with 3 full months of severe sickness (forget about mornings, this was all day!) and ending it with the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Reuben Luca Riley on September 27th. Thank you to Sara Thomas for spending the day with us one week after his arrival and providing us with a very precious memory...

I had to learn to take a step back from planning during that time (not an easy thing for me) and relax. Of course I can never sit still for long and whilst I took a break from weddings from the end of spring onwards, the photo shoots kept on coming...

Rock N Romance

In July, photographer Eliza Claire, hair and make-up extraordinaire Elbie Van Eeden , Rock N Roll blogger Kat Williams and I landed in Whitstable for the day and turned it upside down. The sun was out, the tide was high and we certainly weren't short of inspiration in this seaside location. Check out the full report here!

The Trafalgar Hotel

Back in September this chic and stylish London hotel launched its brand new wedding service and I had a great time designing the concept and styling the shoot for their new brochure. With an old meets new feel, photographer Clare Breheny brought everything to life with the help of dress designer Sabina Motasem and the Powderpuff Girls. I also had the pleasure of becoming the Trafalgar's recommended wedding planner and I'm very much looking forward to planning some fabulous weddings there next year. Take a look at what we achieved...

Luella's Boudoir

2010 saw my first full year as Luella's official wedding planner and our very first wedding fair co-hosted with Cosmo Bride magazine at One Marylebone in April this year. It. Was. Fabulous. There were cocktails, new bridal collections by the likes of Charlotte Casadejus and Lisa Redman who are EXCLUSIVE to Luella's Boudoir, as well as a Benefit beauty bar and Sanctuary Spa pampering zone. Watch the Wedding TV footage...
I'm very pleased to announce that in March 2011 we'll be hosting a two day event there again with our incredibly talented exhibitors. Watch this space for news on this.

We were sad to have to say goodbye to Shelley in November who managed the shop and our personal lives (!) over past year and has since left with her husband to travel India for a few months. Her keen eye for design and natural talent for organising helped push Luella's forward. Thank you Shelley!

Vintage Life Magazine

I've really enjoyed writing my series on vintage weddings for Vintage Life Magazine which continues into 2011. It's so exciting to be a part of a brand new project aimed directly at vintage enthusiasts. So far we've read all about the 1920s and 1930s brides, so stay tuned for the 40s, 50s and 60s...

Love My Dress

Over 2010 I made a wonderful friend in Annabel Beeforth, the owner and founder of Love My Dress blog. The fact were we expecting our babies just weeks apart from each other strengthened this friendship and I had the great pleasure of writing for her. A few week back I headed up the Vintage Debate which saw an overwhelming response. I wish Annabel a wonderful 2011 with the new-look blog!

What's In Store For 2011?

I cannot WAIT to get the new year started! There's a number of weddings I'm eager to share with you later on in the spring and early summer and I'm loving working with these incredibly creative and fun-loving couples!

If you're a regular reader of the blog you'll be familiar with the story of how I found my late grandfather and there's a very exciting follow-up coming after I meet with a special contact who has further information to tell me about him.

I'm launching a brand new service in January for professional photographers and designers and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you soon.

Last but by no means least, there'll be some very exciting news on the Luella's Boudoir front and I'm finding it very hard to keep quiet. I'll really be able to get stuck into my designing skills here!

So all that's left to do is to thank everyone for their continued support, be it clients, Twitter friends or the venues and suppliers I've worked with over 2010 and I wish you a very happy, successful and fruitful 2011!


Thursday, 15 July 2010

Peacocks and Origami

So it would appear I've been hiding under a dark rock for the last few months. I promise you I haven't! In truth I've been busily growing a baby boy, due at the end of September, amongst helping more lovely couples get married and styling for various photo shoots, which I'll share with you as soon as I can.

In the meantime, here's Helen and Matt's fabulous little Sunday wedding from back in May at the RSA. Here is a couple who know what they like and aren't afraid to be a little different...

I had the pleasure of the assistance of London Bride blog's Charley Beard who was on hand as my wing man (or rather girl) throughout, she was a brilliant help. Thanks Charley!

As huge gaming enthusiasts, each table was named after a certain character from their favourite games and the couple had us set up their X Boxes in the downstairs vaults ready for their evening reception at which guests got stuck into some 'Rock Band' and 'Lips' with a few glasses behind them. I told you they were very individual didn't I!

The attention to detail was superb, and Matt had spent a fair amount of time hand crafting the hundreds of tiny origami cranes (said to bring good luck and prosperity) which were hung from bowls of cherry blossoms, provided by florist Rebecca Mays who has now worked with me for the 4th time running.

Helen's bouquet smelt stunning with an array of David Austin roses and touches of Muscari. Let's not forget those peacock feathers which really tied in with the teal theme.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Lewis-Hasteley!

Image Credits:

Nick Scott Photography

Monday, 17 May 2010

Wedding News: Love My Dress

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my wonderful friend and vintage partner in crime Annabel Beeforth, founder of the Love My Dress blog. It was an absolute pleasure to write and was a lovely experience revisiting some of the past weddings I've done (the photos are to die for!) Love My Dress has gone from strength to strength in the 6 months since it launched and has quickly earned its place as one of the top wedding blogs in the UK. The care and attention that Annabel puts into it is truly admirable and it's clear she has a real passion for what she does. If you're planning your big day and are looking for something really special to bring your wedding to life, I recommend you subscribe and get your teeth into some of those gorgeous real weddings.

Thanks again Annabel for your support and enthusiasm! Make sure you leave a comment if you enjoy it!

Image Credit:

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Three Years Old & A Fresh, New Website!

Last week my gorgeous new website launched, featuring the stunning 1950s fairground images shot last summer by photographer Gemma Reynolds at Preston Court in Kent with the uber talented EndZone Image taking care of the hair and make-up. It was such a wonderful experience to have access to such a beautiful venue that it really didn't feel like work at all! Thanks also to Preston Court's Anna for keeping the husband occupied with a quad bike, it made his day!

I've been so busy with the Cosmo Bride/ Luella's Boudoir Fair and getting ready for the first May wedding that I didn't get the opportunity to record the event for you, but you can read a fabulous review by Katie Antoniou over on the Love My Dress Blog.

Happy Birthday Grant-Riley Weddings!

Monday, 12 April 2010

Luella's Meets Cosmo Bride: The Big Event!

It's been months in the planning and the time has almost come to launch our brand new Luella's Boudoir Wedding Fair in association with Cosmo Bride! To say we are excited is an understatement as you will see from the fabulous line up!

Luella's is pulling out all the stops for this exclusive evening event at the stunning central London venue One Marylebone. Bring your mum and maids along to indulge in vintage extravagance on Wednesday April 21st, 6-9pm, where you can enjoy a selection of cocktails by West Eleven and sweet treats by Create Food Design.

Take in the exclusive fashion shows, launching the new Luella's Boudoir bridal collections for 2010 in collaboration with Charlotte Casadejus, Lisa Redman, Magpie Vintage and Katja Nuutinen.
We've also just teamed up with the fabulously girly bridesmaids company, Buttonbelle. Honestly, these dresses are so cute they'll make you squeal with delight!

You will also be able to enjoy an exclusive preview of the new accessory collections from Yarwood White, Magpie Vintage, Victoria Fergusson, The Real Princess Company, Jane Taylor Millinery and Emmy Shoes.

You'll get the chance to meet:

• Cosmopolitan Bride's Fashion Director, Sally Dixon
• Luella's Wedding Planner (yours truly!) Tiffany Grant-Riley
• Britain's Next Top Model's style and confidence coach, Michele Paradise

Make sure you visit the pampering zone, with make-up artists from the brilliant Benefit Cosmetics and hair experts from Kerastase on hand.

Indulge in a mini manicure from the team at The Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden, then head to the boutique zone, where Luella's staff will be on hand to help you choose your gown, bridesmaids dresses and those all-important finishing touches.

Luella's will also be showcasing a top collection of suppliers from the newly launched Bridal Directory, so you can plan your stationery, flowers and more. It's the perfect opportunity to shop for everything you'll need for your big day in one stunning location. And before you leave, be sure to pick up your goody bag full of treats!

The following exhibitors will be attending the event:

Tickets cost just £10 - to book, email or call 020 7312 3708.

Excited? See you there!!!

Image Credits:

Bridesmaids dress: Buttonbelle
Vintage shoe: Emmy Shoes
Afternoon tea: Grant-Riley Weddings, shot by Gemma Reynolds
Invitation: Sugalily

Monday, 22 March 2010

Deco Invitations

Just to round off the beautiful Art Deco wedding featured below, I thought I would share the invitation designs with you, created by my very clever brother Rhys Grant. Miriam and Bruce were keen to have a design that reflected the theatrical element of their evening, something to get their guests thinking, so Rhys took inspiration from old posters of the 1920s and 30s era and came up with the first design (see above).

However, having seen some of the old review posters, many made a song and dance with font and simple print, so we decided to paint the picture with some ritzy wording, using a simple black, cream and brown color way...and ta dah! It certainly got the guests talking!

Image Credits:

Stationery designs: Rhys Grant

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Real Weddings: Puttin' On The Ritz

It's taken the best part of two months to finally share this stunning wedding with you, but I promise you, it's well worth the wait! When I first met Miriam in May last year I knew this was going to be a vintage wedding with a difference-especially as we shared a passion for Art Deco! At The Brickhouse in London's Brick Lane, we recreated a speakeasy, complete with bootlegged cocktails, gambling tables and plenty of saucy burlesque!

It's all in the detail-and there were plenty of those! I had a wonderful time designing the black and white dessert table and cheese stack...Yes, I did say cheese-Miriam and Bruce are real foodies and it made a great accompaniment for the bowl food served throughout the evening. Thanks to Ian at The Cheese Shed for helping put together a delicious selection for us!

Let's not forget the goodies for the guests-mini bottles of Jack Daniels and gambling chocolates for the gents and a black or white feather fan for the ladies...

The guests really went to town with their attire and made the night all the more special.

The stunning Art Deco black 3 tier wedding cake with white and dusky pink piping courtesy of my lovely ladies at Fancy Nancy.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Reid! It's been a blast!

Image Credits:
Neil Horne at Eye Imagine Photography. Superstar!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Wedding News: The Luella's Boudoir Cosmo Bride Event

If you're a Cosmo Bride fan, you may already have seen our full page feature on the fabulous Luella's Boudoir and Cosmo Bride vintage event in the latest issue! On Wednesday April 21st from 6-9pm, we're inviting brides to join us for an exclusive evening at One Marylebone, a stunning neo-classical church in the heart of central London. You'll have the chance to spend a great evening with your bridesmaids whilst previewing the stunning new Luella's Boudoir bridal collection designed by South African designer Shane Ryding, whilst sipping on West Eleven cocktails. Joining us will be Cosmo Bride's fashion editor Sally Dixon and Britain's Next Top Model's style and confidence coach Michele Paradise, on hand to give you the boost you need to look and feel your best on your wedding day. Stuck for design ideas or need some planning advice? Make sure you come and have a chat with me at some point, or book yourself a consultation for a later date!

Take time out for some pampering with the girls from Benefit Cosmetics, The Sanctuary Spa and Kerastase whilst you enjoy the real Luella's boutique experience and shop for your wedding day accessories. Oh, and did I mention the exquisite selection of suppliers bought to you by our bridal directory? Stay tuned for a full exhibitors list...

If you would like to book, tickets are £10 each and can be purchased by emailing or calling 020 7312 3708

Image Credits:

Shoes: Emmy Shoes