Sound the klaxon! Get out your diary or flip to your calendar because this feature contains details of an event that you’re not going to want to miss. The fantastic Lovebird Bridal in Ilkley, Yorkshire is here today to give us all the deets of their upcoming Odylyne The Ceremony Trunk Show and to tell us more about their boutique. Trust me when I tell you, this is all rather brilliant. Lovebird Bridal have just been listed in our festival wedding directory but, let’s be honest, this Trunk Show is something that you need to know about so I’m going to hand you over to Laura, the super lovely lady at Lovebird…

Tell us a little about yourself…

I have always worked in the creative industry and taught art and design before opening the boutique. I am mummy to three and opened the boutique soon after having my youngest. I am also a jewellery designer and have a beautiful little studio space in the boutique dedicated to jewellery and accessories where if I am not in a bridal appointment you will find me working away.

What made you decide to start Lovebird Bridal?

I had a small studio where I made jewellery and accessories whilst teaching part time. I had so many brides who visited telling me they had struggled to find a wedding dress and had become quite disappointed in the whole process and actually had not enjoyed their bridal appointments. I became aware that there was a real need for a boutique for the bride who was looking for something contemporary with a reflection of their own style with an informal, relaxed experience. The aim was to have a boutique with a welcoming atmosphere that offered a creative space where the dresses and accessories worked together to create the unique look that the brides were looking for. We carefully handpick designers who share our same ethos for quality.

Tell us a little bit more about your boutique and the designers that you stock…

We currently stock Charlie Brear, Jesus Peiro and Odylyne The Ceremony with bridesmaid dresses from Twobirds and Ghost and accessories from Laura Rhodes Bridal. We also have another exclusive designer making there way to the boutique very soon!

We know you’ve got an Odylyne Trunk Show at Lovebird on 16th June. We need the details!

We are so excited for this trunk show and have been obsessed with these dresses for some time! We will have all of the Star Crossed Lovers collection and a big selection from previous collections traveling over from Los Angeles to be with us for one weekend only! Places are limited and can be booked through our events page on the website or by phoning 01943 968220. There will be a luxury gift bag for each bride who orders her dress on the day.


What are the hot wedding dress trends that brides should know about right now?

We are loving big sleeves at the moment! The bridal additions still enable brides to tailor their own look which we love in the boutique. Adding colour with accessories is also something that I have noticed a lot more of recently too which is fantastic!

What are some of your favourite memories + experiences from previous weddings/couples you’ve worked with?

I love the whole process of getting to know our brides and learning about their wedding day, its quite emotional when they collect their wedding dress as you are really excited for them yet at the same time its quite sad to say goodbye. I love it when they send us pictures after!

We had a bride who was over visiting family from Australia who wanted to try dresses on with her mum but didn’t really expect to buy but she just fell in love with a dress there and then. We had to ship the dress over to Australia but in that moment their reactions were priceless and she was so happy!

We have had two occasions where brides have written about their experiences in a blog without me knowing at the time. Reading them made me quite emotional!

If our readers were to visit you, what should they expect?

When brides visit the boutique they will be greeted by me and have exclusive use of the boutique. We will sit and have a chat about what they are looking for and the style of wedding over a glass of fizz or cup of tea. Brides can expect a relaxed atmosphere to look through our selections by the designers we carry without the pushy sales.

I can’t thank Laura enough for helping my choose my wedding dress! Being indecisive is an understatement when it came to what I wanted to wear on my wedding day. So many beautiful dresses! She was patient, friendly, honest and most importantly genuine. Her shop is gorgeous, her dresses even more gorgeous but Laura was probably the most loveliest attribute to Lovebirds! I adored my wedding dress and would recommend this shop to any bride-to-be without any hesitation! I had a wonderful experience here xxx”

How do you know if a wedding dress is right for you?

Brides always ask me if they should know when they find ‘the one’ and I say the majority of the time no, in my experience this isn’t the case at all! This is the biggest fashion purchase of your life and you spend so much time thinking and planning that you can end up doubting the one that you thought you wanted. I think a bride knows which dress is the one when she is planning everything around it, for some this happens instantly for others it just takes a bit of time. Try to remember how it felt in that moment rather than looking at pictures of the dress as it totally effects how you feel about it.

What’s your best piece of advice for brides who are trying to choose their wedding dress?

Always bring people with you who’s opinions you value and try to keep then to a minimum. The more opinions from others can cloud how you feel about a dress. Be selective in the bridal boutiques that you visit and keep them to a minimum, researching the designers and style of dresses that they offer is worthwhile.

If you had a chance to go to any music festival, which one would it be?

I love Glastonbury, its been a while since I last went but the line up was amazing! The weather not so great but it’s all part of the experience.

Finally, what’s your life quote/motto?

Life’s short- Buy the shoes, drink the wine, order the dessert.

Did you SEE those dresses? So I’m totally expecting you to be at Lovebird for the Odylyne The Ceremony Trunk Show now – 16th June just got a whole lot better! If you’d like to find out more about Lovebird Bridal Boutique, you’ll find their listing in our festival wedding directory or you can just jump on over to their website.


Wedding beauty on its way!

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