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Five Minutes With….Daniel From Daniel Learmont Couture

by | Five Minutes With.., Wisdom


Daniel Learmont Couture
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Image by Petal Photography

What is your favourite wedding theme?

I love classic garden weddings, out doors with a big marquee that’s covered in bunting and fairy lights; the kind you see on movie sets in the 1950’s like ‘High Society’ and ‘Father of the Bride’ with Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor.

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Image via Daniel Learmont Couture

What inspires you?

The bride. I love sitting down with a new bride and have them show me their ideas and tell me about the style of their wedding and getting what they are about and then designing their dress around that.

What is special about weddings to you?

The celebration of two people who love each other; nothing beats the sight of the bride and groom looking at each other before the ceremony begins – so sweet and nervous and innocent.


Image by Creek Street Photography

What do you love about couture and design?

The freedom of not having to be practical, using luxurious fabrics  and creating something for the client that is intrinsically “them” and made especially for them.

What is your favourite image of all time? 

This image of Anna and Ben taken by Petal Photography; it is so sweet and intimate!

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What book are you reading at the moment?  

‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ by Oscar Wilde.

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms?

Wear comfortable underwear! It’s a long day so be practical about this, leave the fancy stuff for the honeymoon suite after. Trust me!

What is the one tool of your that you can’t live without?

My sketch pad and pencil.

What is your resolution for this year?  

To make resolutions! Haha! I have enough good pressure with my work without added extra ones!

What are you excited about right now?

Coming into the cooler months we slow down a little, so it will give me time to start thinking about our spring brides and the next collection for 2017.

What is a special personal talent you possess?

I can drink far too much coffee and still fall asleep when needed. And I’m not too shabby in the kitchen.

Where is your favourite place to escape to for downtime and why?

My sofa with a massive pile of fashion, design and art books and magazines to read and pour over! I’m really blessed to have a career that I don’t want to take a break from; even if I am tired I still love looking at beautiful things, and thinking about gowns I can create.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Working with luxurious and beautiful fabrics, how special it is for you to be able to create stunning gowns for each of your brides!

About Daniel Learmont Couture: One of the earliest influences in my life was my grandmother who was always busying herself with some kind of sewing or craft project. I have always been a fan of 50’s and 60’s Hollywood, the jet set life style. I love the kind of clean, dramatic glamour of the period with its strong silhouettes in luxurious fabrics like silk shantung, brocade, duchess satin and Chantilly lace.

My Favourite Winter Make-Up Looks – Vivian Ashworth

by | Hair and Beauty Wisdom, Wisdom


Vivian Ashworth Hair and Makeup
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I do love winter – and winter make up is just spectacular! Because the light can be dull and it’s dark so early, I suggest a stronger makeup look for this cooler time of year.

I love red or plum lips with smokey eyes. And instead of using black or brown which can be too dark, I have used olive greens and golds which are great for pairing with winter flower colours.

I still like to keep the skin tones fresh and dewy and I love to use a full set of natural lashes for that added touch of wow!

Teamed with a stunning gown from Gwendolynne and exquisite jewellery (we love Kosminsky!), your entrance to your winter wedding will be an absolute showstopper!

Image via Gwendolyyne 

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautifully glamorous look for winter; I love a strong red lip colour too!

About Vivian Ashworth: My aim is to create a stunning look that will bring out the best in every bride on their special day. Working with the bride, I  think about the colours and hair design to suit her and her bridal party, taking into account the dresses, flowers and style for the day. Being a mobile service means you can relax in your home or hotel and I come to you. So sit back and let me work my magic while you enjoy a glass of Champagne!

Vendor’s Favourites – Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Roomba's @ Mt Aitken
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1.Brides and bridesmaids. Love this natural shot of the bride and her bridesmaids really enjoying themselves in our garden outside. Image by Sevim Dogan Photography

2. Country table names. A great way to name a table with a country instead of a number. Flowers, feathers and copper lighting making the perfect centrepiece. Image via Roomba’s @Mt. Aitken

3. Love sign. A perfect complement next to your wishing well at the entrance. Image via Roomba’s @Mt. Aitken

4. Cupcakes. Displayed on our three-tier handmade stand, we love cupcakes!  Fairy lights make the perfect backdrop! Image via Roomba’s @Mt. Aitken

5. Fun celebrations. A gorgeous bridal party shot in our bridal room in front of our love sign. A reminder that weddings are meant to be fun! Image by Ashley K Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful favourites list; those cupcakes look amazing – I love how you displayed them!

About Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken: Hi, I’m Simone from Roombas @ Mt Aitken. Our sleek black bars in our classic foyer area and touches of French provincial fittings surrounding the warm and cosy fireplace provide the perfect setting for a modern/country-style wedding.  We are a small family run business, with a small team that specialises in the planning and organising of your memorable event.

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