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We have some exciting news!

8 Oct

Launching in time for Christmas 2011, Love Illustrated proudly presents…..

Pret A Postal

Our new greetings card range: launching soon!


Inspiration Aisle: Paper Streamers

6 Sep

Cheap, easy to source and beautiful in both mouth-watering colours or ivories and whites. What’s not to love?

I’d recommend sticking to a strict colour palette – loving the citrus and royal blue:

Source: Our Labour of Love via Once Wed

Or just going for plain white and neutrals to add interest and texture ( (Yes, we’ve sneaked a couple of our own wedding photos in. Again.)

Source: Personal Wedding Photo by David McNeil Photography

Source: Personal Wedding Photo by David McNeil Photography

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

Golriz and Devon’s wedding on DIY Bride

In the UK you can pick up streamers and paper garlands for a song in most colours. I sourced mine from from The Pub Shop, where 85ft of coloured streamers costs £1.10 and 4 metres of paper garlands costs £2.85. Go nuts, but don’t go crazy with colour, otherwise your venue might end up looking like a 5-year old’s birthday party.

Source: From the awesome ruffled streamer tutorial on Made

On second thoughts, I could definitely cope with this!

Kate, the royal wedding, and the inspiration behind her wedding dress.

29 Apr

Congratulations to Kate & William! And bonus points for plumping for Alexander McQueen.

Kate Middleton's Wedding DressSource: BBC News

We love it, but it does remind us of someone else. The words Grace Kelly were used a lot in the initial reaction to the dress, but there is a very good reason for this:

Source: Vogue

There’s an excellent piece in The Guardian from Jessica Cartner-Morley about the impact of Kate’s dress, and we couln’t have put it better ourselves:

“The message of this wedding dress is clear. Kate looks every bit the princess, but nothing at all like Princess Diana. My fear before the wedding was that, in wanting to avoid the overblown, Dynasty-esque glamour of Diana, Kate would opt for safety and understatement. Instead, the slender lace sleeves and the glory of the swagged train, the piety of the neckline and the splendour of the chantilly lace all draw on the wedding dress of fashion’s favourite princess bride, Grace Kelly. With this dress, Kate has redrawn the order of princess succession. She has stepped out of Diana’s shadow, but by making a strong visual connection to Princess Grace, made a strong statement that she intends to look every inch the princess.”

It looks like Kate, who up until now has not scored high in the style-stakes, may well become our favourite contender for the fashion crown.

Legoland recreate Royal Wedding

22 Apr

I am partial to an Elton John Lego Wig, myself.

Source: Diaganol UK via YouTube

The Royal Wedding House of Love – New T-Mobile Viral

16 Apr

We’re on a video roll, and this just makes us laugh.

Source: T-Mobile

Play it again and watch Princess Anne-a-like ride the horse and do a little bump and grind. Ace.

Bridal Sample Sale: Jenny Packham, London, 6-7 April 2011

26 Mar

Calling all you JP lovers out there – Jenny Packham’s biannual sample sale is happening on April 6th, 2011, and includes up to 70% off dresses, shoes, jewellery and accessories. Speaking from experience, the sample sale is normally very quiet, but it also has very limited stock, so get there Wednesday for the best selection. Print off the invite below for entry!


Wednesday 6th April from 10am till 7pm
Thursday 7th April from 10am till 5pm

Jenny Packham

3a Carlos Place, Mount Street

Glamp It Up at Camp Royale

13 Mar

One of the more useful, and certainly more unusual, enterprises which has sprung up around the royal wedding is Camp Royal, a giant campsite on Clapham Common which will be open from 28th April – May 1st. With space for 10,500 revellers, toilet facilities and hot showers, on-site security and a proper cuppa each morning, the organisers are hoping that the £75 per person price tag will attract happy campers from all over the UK. There is a family zone, and a glamping zone, for those who want to camp in style, with an 18ft luxurious tipi for hire.

Source: Camp Royal Website

For those who want to brave the crowds, the camp site is only 4 miles from central London. Alternatively you could put your feet up, have a cuppa and enjoy the future monarch’s nuptials on the giant screen at the site.