isle of iona | gioia mia

We really do have some of the most beautiful places here in Scotland. In September, the lovely Sonia from Gioia Mia travelled to Iona for a shoot and this is what was created over there, so gorgeous! I caught up with her and she told me a little more about what happened... I was really excited when photographer and makeup artist Charmaine Gittens suggested putting together a small photo shoot team and travelling to Iona to do the shoot. Charmaine had a very clear picture of how she wanted the shoot to look, and had bought a dress especially so that she could ask the model to walk on the beach (and in the water too) without worrying about damaging the dress."

"Amy, our florist, put together the most beautiful bouquet, the colours and style of which looked incredible against the Iona landscape."

"I chose some understated and elegant pieces, that suited the model and that complemented the delicate detailing on the dress without taking away from the beautiful flowers that Amy had created."

"Charmaine picked a day at the start of September, and we all then kept a keen eye on the weather forecast, hoping for some sunshine at least. On the day itself, we left Glasgow at 6am to begin our journey to Iona. We first drove to Oban; then took the ferry to Mull; drove to the other side of Mull; took a second ferry to Iona; and then walked to the top of the island with all our equipment, to the beach that Charmaine had in mind for the shoot. The beach itself was absolutely breathtaking and completely deserted - there weren't even any footprints on the sand!"

"Looking at the images, it's hard to believe that we were in Scotland; the sand was actually very white, the water turquoise, the light very bright. We got back to Glasgow at midnight that same day, having travelled six hours to Iona and then six hours back. Each of us knew that we had been somewhere incredibly special and each of us carried as much of that feeling home with us as we could. We hope you enjoy our images!"


Photographer and MUA - Charmaine Gittens

Photographer's Assistant - Tessa Rowan

Dress - Aire Barcelona

Jewellery and Accessories - Gioia Mia

Flowers - Amy's O'Florals

Model  - Eilidh Macrae

anne priscilla | 2015 collection

Check out the first part of this amazing shoot of Anne Priscillas 2015 Collection by Emma Lawson Photography here...

Sassi Holford 'Summer'

A ball gown style, strapless gown with a pearlised micro-sequin bodice and a beautiful layered tulle skirt, featuring a duchess satin, diamante broach belt.

Augusta Jones 'Kate'

A beautiful v neck off the shoulder corded lace gown with a fitted a line silhouette.

Alan Hannah 'Prudence'

This gown features an elegant high neck and full sleeved lace bodice with a slim column satin skirt. Pictured with a beautiful Jenny Packham 'Fiori' necklace.

Pronovias 'Balder'

A drop waist and an elegant off the shoulder neckline with a full mikado skirt featuring buttons down the length of the train.

Augusta Jones 'Diana'

A rich English soft tulle boat neck gown with a duchess satin underlay and a full A line shape. Featuring Stephanie Allin belt.

Wtoo '12159'

A full lace fishtail gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and soft scalloped edging.

Alan Hannah 'Summer'

A stunning strapless A line gown that features intricate, hand painted floral detail on the bodice with a soft full organza skirt.

Naomi Neoh 'Ava'

A rushed strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline. This gown is gathered at the waist with a full circular skirt in a luxurious silk chiffon. Featuring Stewart Parvin’s 'Honor' belt.

Big thanks to Emma for her images, catch her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram too.


Anne Priscilla Bridal

Emma Lawson Photography

Sassoon Princess Square

Twisted Sister

Clare Cameron

29 Glasgow

The Corinthian

The Lighthouse

anne priscilla | 2015 collection

Ah where to start with choosing your wedding dress, another overwhelming part of wedding planning! I have one piece of advice; less is more. By that I mean don't visit ten boutiques and try on thirty dresses in one day, it will be a blur and impossible to choose, not to mention exhausting getting in and out of all those dresses! Take your time and make it a relaxing, enjoyable experience! Also, include champagne! When Emma from Emma Lawson Photography sent me the 2015 Collection from Anne Priscilla, I was practically drooling over my screen. Emma took the girls all over Glasgow City Centre shooting these dresses and I just love the city vibe! Lucky models to be running around town in THESE gowns... I got a little more info on this fab shoot from the girls at Anne Priscilla.

"Glasgow: the city where style isn’t so much an option as a way of life. This edgy, diverse and so completely charming city is Anne Priscilla’s home and so, we thought, what better way to pay homage to the city that always inspires us than by showcasing some of our favourite 2015 designs on its cobbled streets, its city balconies and its secret, peaceful corners?"

"This photo shoot really was a collaborative effort, with styling by Anne Priscilla’s own team and photography from the incomparable Emma Lawson, whose shots of one of Anne Priscilla’s brides on her big day we have long admired and whose artistic vision allowed our dresses to shine in a way we had not imagined possible. Hair and Make Up accreditation must go to Carmen of Sassoon Princess Square and Erin and Claire of Twister Sister who really captured the look we were striving to achieve."

"Shooting at various locations all over Glasgow – 29 Glasgow, The Corinthian Casino, The Lighthouse and the GOMA to name but a few – meant that we were able to show off these amazing dresses by designers such as Sassi Holford, Naomi Neoh, Stewart Parvin and Jenny Packham in an entirely original light; with corrugated iron serving as a backdrop for delicate lace and floating tulle veils and silk balanced with imposing Glasgow columns and deep red bricks."

Naomi Neoh 'Ava' with 'Gardner' Jacket

With a rushed strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline, and gathered at the waist with a full circular skirt in a luxurious silk chiffon, this dreamy gown is just too sweet for words.

Stewart Parvin 'I’ll be Waiting' 

A total contrast to the first gown, this Mayfair satin sheath gown is the ultimate in elegance. I just love that simple but stunning back detail.

Jenny Packham 'Bardot'

Sigh, a Jenny Packham, the stuff of dreams! The hand sewn beadwork... sigh. This dress is 100% Silk Chiffon with a slight fitted silhouette. If I were to choose again, and could pull it off...

Stewart Parvin 'All Time High'

This gown is a real stand out from the crowd in my opinion. A strapless sweetheart neckline with a column silhouette using rich Belgravia Lace, paired with a fabulous Silk Dupion overskirt.

Sassi Holford 'Marianne'

But if I was choosing again again (!) I'd go for this Sassi Holford gown... I loved Sassi Holford's designs when I was looking for my own wedding dress. This ball gown style with a pretty knotted tulle overlay, features a rushed duchess satin sash and a diamante bow motif.

Naomi Neoh 'Loretta' with 'Garbo' Jacket and 'Marlene' Belt

A strapless sweetheart neckline gown with a lace bodice, drop waist and a full slim silk satin chiffon skirt.

Jenny Packham 'Harlow'

A fully hand beaded chiffon gown with a beautiful high neck column silhouette and a low v-back. Just love the back of this dress.

Mia Mia by Alan Hannah 'Suzette'

A simple and elegant a-line silhouette with a low v neckline and v back.

Jenny Packham 'Jocasta'

A full Swarovski crystal hand sewn gown with a slim column silhouette. Oh man.

Jenny Packham 'Jocasta' and Jenny Packham 'Harlow' 

This is only part one, I have MORE to share with you tomorrow! Big thanks to Emma for her images, catch her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram too.


Anne Priscilla Bridal

Emma Lawson Photography

Sassoon Princess Square

Twisted Sister

Clare Cameron

29 Glasgow

The Corinthian

The Lighthouse