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Emergency at Pamella & Dean’s Wedding

There are times in life when you get a that strange feeling in the bottom of your stomach when you just know that something’s not quite right. That’s what happened to Pamella on her special day, luckily she took it all in her stride and didn’t let it ruin an amazing day!

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I met Dean on holiday in Portugal  6 years ago and he proposed 6 months later.  We married in St. Nicholas church in Canewdon on 28th July.

 

I had trouble finding a dress that I loved….I tried on so many…I liked them all but never found “the one”! So I bought one that I liked and had it made into one I loved! It was a dress from wed2b. I didn’t like the netting on it and the train was too long so both had to go. I then had a skirt made for over the top with a smaller train and I loved it!

 

We didn’t have a theme for our wedding day, I used my favourite colours, purple, lilac, white, cream. The bridesmaids wore purple dresses. The Groom, his Dad, the Best Man and my Son, who gave me away, all had ties and handkerchiefs to match the bridesmaids dresses. We had a horse & carriage and the horses wore a purple feather head dress. My table centrepieces had a mix of all these colours.

 

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The morning of the wedding was very relaxed. Myself and 1 of my bridesmaids (we had 5) stayed at a hotel the night before so no one would see me before arriving at the church.

 

The wedding was at 2pm so we had a few glasses of prosecco as we got ready. The photographer was due at 12 and arrived early which then threw us into turmoil! We were rushing about to join the other bridesmaids for photographs before we were picked up. I think this is were things started to go haywire!

 

The horse & carriage ride to the church was wonderful, it was a bit windy, but no way did I want the roof covering us, so I was rather windswept when we arrived at the church. During the ceremony my husband to be tried to put his ring on my finger which gave us the giggles, then there was a mix up with the music and we walked out to here comes the bride, it just made us laugh more.

 

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Outside for photographs the wind had really picked up and my dress/skirt was blowing up over my head. The photographer then wanted us to go back inside the church for more pics. I could see my husband was getting a bit agitated but brushed it off. Little did I know the photographer had had a call from the best man to tell him to keep us there as long as possible while they tried to make safe the smaller marquee which had started to move in the strong wind. The horsemen had also been asked to take a longer route back to the house. My husband had guessed there must be something wrong.

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On the journey back to house I could here sirens behind us so I informed the horsemen, the fire brigade had seen horses ahead and turned off the sirens as they got closer. At that moment one of the horses started neighing and jumping to the left. The horsemen pulled the carriage over and discovered the bolt that holds the horses together must of come loose and had dropped off, one of the ran up the road to find it as the fire brigade passed us. We joked that maybe the caterers had set fire to something.

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On arriving back home the fire brigade was parked in our field and everyone was running towards us. Our smaller marquee had took flight and landed on top of the main one! There was chaos and panic all around us but we couldn’t stop laughing. My new husband had organised a string quartet as a surprise for me when we got back and they had been removed from inside by the firemen and we playing in the garden. We asked the caterers to carry on with the drinks outside, drinks were handed out and the string quartet played while the firemen did their job. It was fantastic! 2 hours later when all was made safe the firemen posed with us for some photographs.

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The 2 hour extra drinking time and all the excitement before the wedding breakfast certainly got everyone in a good mood and everyone was in party mode by the time we finished the speeches! The evening guests started to arrive soon after and were excited to hear the tales of the day. We had an 8 piece band for the night, Glitterball The Band, and before we knew it the 1st dance was over and the night was in full swing. I got to bed a lot earlier than some of the others, 4.30 am! What a fabulous night.

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We have a large garden and 2 fields at home where the reception was being held. We had the main marquee in one and as we had a lot of guests coming from Liverpool there was motorhomes and tents in the other.

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As ppl were staying for the weekend we wanted to keep everyone entertained and had made some games for everyone to play and had a north vs south competition. I’m from Liverpool Dean is from Essex. We started at 4.30 with a BBQ at 6 and another band for the evening, The singsong Club. They brought shakers, tambourines and an extra mic so anyone could join in. They were fantastic!

 

I would never of expected our wedding to make the news but it did…It was in The Southend Echo….The Liverpool Echo…..The Mirror online…..The Mail Online and will be in a national magazine! How funny?

 

My advice to other brides would be not to panic, if something does go wrong only you would know so it won’t bother anyone. I didn’t bother with favours and they were neither missed nor mentioned.

 

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My bargain buy was my shoes….£5 from a charity shop.

 

Acknowledgements: Images 1,6 & 7 Courtesy of  Marc Keig Photography - http://www.marckeigphotography.co.uk/

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Navy Blue Weddings

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The 2017 wedding season is gathering pace so it’s time to start refreshing our mood boards and putting some new wedding ideas together. I’ve never considered navy blue as a run of the mill wedding colour, it’s a very strong and bold natural colour, although used sparingly can be beautifully effective.

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It’s really very versatile in the colours it will compliment be it peach, grey, silver or even blush pink. Of course most of all, with it being such a striking colour it contrasts wonderfully with whites, creams and champagne colours of the brides wedding dress.

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You can also create some beautiful and stylish effects by using nave blue laces on your tables, wedding invitations or even wedding cake without the richness of the blue becoming overpowering. Navy blue organza sashes are very nice addition to chair covers as well.

 

There’s plenty of naturally blue flowers that you can choose to suit a navy blue wedding theme, which can also be contrasted with in your bouquets or button holes. You can also go a little bit different with Navy Blue for the Groom and Best Man if you feel so inclined. As earlier suggested it’s a great contrasting colour with peaches, pink or even mint greens so as to not to become completely overtaken by blue, unless that’s what you want.

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That’s the beauty of creating your own moodboard for your wedding planning, you can visualise much better how things will look and feel before seeing it all together on the big day. They’re also really useful to show various suppliers when you’re at the planning stage or going round wedding shows, you never know they might have suggestions you’ve never thought of!

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Acknowledgements

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Navy Blue Suit & Buttonhole – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032063202314/

Mason Jar Centre Piece – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032060798305/

Navy Blue & Blush Pink Wedding Invite – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032060798302/

Navy Blue Table Runner – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032060798303/

Wedding Cake with navy blue ribbon – http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/2034793/navy-blue-and-white-wedding-cake

Country Themed Navy Blue Table Settings – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032063202302/

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Blue Bridemaids Dresses – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032063202340/

Navy Blue/ Silver Wedding Nails – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/141019032063202330/

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 Bowen Technique that could help with Scarring

 

 

There are may women out there who have had a mastectomy or who are going to be having a mastectomy. This is a very distressing and daunting time for them and also family & friends.

 

It is extremely important that you have a great support network around you, for many this is family and friends, however it is also important to have support from others, ladies who have been through the same experience as you are going or about to be through.

 

This will allow you to find out first hand what is happening and also what to expect. You will also find lots of tips that might help… such as this Bowen Technique Therapy which was suggested.

 

Here is a few questions I have asked Nicola about this technique…

•Would you say that the Bowen Technique can help with post surgery pains and discomfort?

Absolutely. A surgery of any kind is invasive. A surgeon will be cutting through the delicate layers and tissues of the body to reach the intended area of treatment. Upon reaching the site, there will be further invasive work, created by instruments and the surgeon working in the specific area. Whilst surgeons generally try to keep this to a minimum, ultimately scar tissue will form. Bowen technique looks to reconnect the body. Aiming to relieve pain, discomfort and aid the healing process. This ethos is also applied to scar tissue specifically – no matter how old.  

• What will the Bowen technique offer the client after after surgery, i.e., body balance, realignment etc?

This will be different for each client. Ultimately, Bowen treats the whole person. Whether the clients wishes to interpret this as realignment or re-balancing, is up to them. What the treatment doesn’t do, is manipulate. A Bowen ‘move’ comprises a gentle rolling movement over a precise area dense in nerve receptors. No two treatments are ever the same. We treat the body that is present on the day.   

•What advice would you offer clients who have come to you having had surgery?

Listen to your body. Follow your doctors advice. Drink plenty of water. Get a Bowen treatment as soon as possible! 

  • Are there any points you would recommend or like to stress for clients that we could shout about on our Facebook page for you?
DRINK – the good stuff. Plenty of water – sorry, with fermented grapes / barley or infused tea leaves or coffee beans, doesn’t count! Breath into your diaphragm. Get the right bra fit. If you’re in pain – book a Bowen session. Don’t wait.   

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Nicola is also able to offer scar specific work. This is an amazing price of ONLY  £25 for an hour’s treatment. Appointments are available during the day on Wednesday’s & 6-8pm Monday – Friday.
If you would like to know anymore about Bowen Technique Therapy please feel free to contact Nicola Pike below…

Rose Holistic

Rose Bungalow, Kennmoor Road, Kenn, Clevedon, BS21 6TZ

Tel: 07742061997

Email: nic.roseholistic@gmail.com

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The importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.

It is such a magical time in a women’s life when you find out that you are expecting! Your first thoughts are, I wonder if we are having a boy or a girl? We should start decorating the spare room… and most importantly, you have the excitement of choosing names.

After a while the over excitement wears off  and whilst you are still overjoyed you start to think about an notice the other side of pregnancy, such as the morning sickness, the weight gain and change in moods. Over the coming weeks you will feel more focused once your emotions settle down. You may feel the need to start nesting, and part of this is getting thing ready for when baby is born.

The nursery/babies room will more than likely be first on the agenda followed closely by which buggy/stroller to have, however as you start to show more you will need new clothes and underwear. The correct fitting nursing bra is a very important item to be on the list to purchase.

When choosing a nursing bra, it is important that you get a suitable comfortable and supportive bra. If you choose to breast-feed, you’ll need a nursing bra where the cups can open and close easily, with plenty of room for your little one to sit comfortably (and for you to feel comfortable too!). It’s essential that the bra is supportive but not constrictive as this can cause medical problems like mastitis or blocked ducts.

If you choose to breast-feed, you might find that using breast pads inside your bra helps to reduce any leakages: a night-time nursing bra can also be helpful for this.

One of the most important things to remember about buying a good nursing bra is not to jump the gun and get a new bra too early on in your pregnancy. You might have noticed already that your breasts have got bigger – it’s likely that they’ll grow even more after the birth so it’s important to wait until near the end of the pregnancy until you get measured for a nursing bra. importance of wearing a correctly fitted nursing bra.

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Here are a few tips for buying a maternity bra

* Always invest in a good quality bras. It is most important that you are wearing a supportive yet comfortable bra, (some of the cheaper brands do not have the same structure and support as other brands)

* A correctly fitting maternity/nursing bra should still sit the same way as your everyday bra, flat against your ribs cage.

* A none wired bra is best as they are more comfortable and there is less chance of your underwires causing any issues with your milk ducts as your breast grow. Many nursing & maternity bras now have what is known as re-inforced cotton in place of the underwire. This is where designers have added extra cotton in the shape of an underwire to maximise support and comfort for each breast as they develop and become heavier.

* You will see that most good supportive nursing & maternity bras have wider straps that you may be use to on your everyday bras. This is to help support the growing weight of your breast as the become larger. It is your back that should take the weight of your breasts and to do this you will require good strong straps, the wider they are the less they will dig in to your shoulders and cause you discomfort.

* Maternity bras can be worn to bed if you feel comfortable doing this, it can help to prevent leakage in bed. Simply add a breast pad in to you bra before you go to bed, this should usually last till the morning, however you can add two for extra protection.

* When getting fitted you will be advised to purchase a bra that fits you on the tightest setting, this will help save money in the long run as it means that you can loosen your bra as your as you grow.

* We would recommend that you book in for a fitting when you start to show or when you notice that you everyday bra is no longer suitable, (this is usually around 12-16 weeks in to your pregnancy) and have regular fittings thereafter, (this does not mean new bras each time, but simply to make sure that your bra is still supportive and most of all comfortable for you) especially one at about 4 weeks before baby is due to make sure that your bra is still suitable for when baby is born and your milk starts to come through, this is when your breast will increase in size quite rapidly.

* As with all bras, we advise that you hand wash them. This will help preserve your bra and keep it looking newer for longer. Hand washing your bra will help to maintain its original shape and fit as apposed to a washing machine which will over time distort the shape and fit of your bra.

Some information sourced from Panache Website

 

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        Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards

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After some procrastinating the decision to enter the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards under the category of Bridal Accessories was taken. Why the indecision? It had been a busy 2016 for us, finally taking the plunge and opening our own independent lingerie shop in Nailsea, near Bristol. This in itself had brought along with it many steep learning curves and still does as any business owner will testify to! We would also be up against some tough competition and felt we were certain to be the underdog going into any such competition.

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The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards is really a charity event hosted by a most worthy charity organisation; The Wedding Wishing Well. A charity set up to help couples suffering a terminal or life limiting illness realise their dream and become joined together in marriage. It was an award ceremony judged not solely on popularity but on Brides feedback on your quality and service. The ceremony was to be a black tie event held at the Double Tree by Hilton at Cadbury House, it was to be a night out and an excuse to dressed up if nothing else!

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February soon arrived and the tickets arrived, thick red card adorned with black lace, a feather and some gold trimmings. The scene was set! The usual last minute panic manifested itself when trying to leave the house on time, a few minor wardrobe malfunctions along with a few tears from children and we were on our way.

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Met by the magnificent frontage of The Cadbury House Hotel, we were directed to The Great Room where guests were already mingling, enjoying conversation and more importantly a glass of Prosecco! Can-Can girls put on a show as we were all ushered to take our seats in the fabulously themed Moulin Rouge venue. It wasn’t long before the fund-raising began for The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, with a game of play your cards right and a raffle with an auction to follow!

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Then came the Awards part of the evening, the part that all were anxiously awaiting. The hope that all of your hard work throughout the last wedding season was going to be recognised by your Brides to Be and acknowledged by many suppliers from across the industry. From Photographers, Cake Makers, Wedding Planners, Venue Dressers and Entertainers, we were all there. First up, Bridal Accessories, “and our first winner this evening is……..Moonrise Lingerie!”

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Bridal Accessories Award Winner 2017

 

Acknowledgements : Pat Cooper Photography – http://www.patcooper.net

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation -  http://weddingwishingwell.org.uk

January 23, 2017
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Bridal Lingerie Collection at Moonrise.

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Gracya glow balconette bra is an elegant Demi-cup bra in cream with removable shoulder straps, push up cups with the option to remove push up pads.

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It’s beautifully decorated with Swarovski crystals and deep embroidery with a semi-sheer side and a large ribbon bow in the centre of the bust. The glow is an amazing bridal bra and it’s available in a wide range of sizes from 30 – 38 back size and A – F cup size with matching thongs size ranging small – extra large.

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Moonrise Lingerie Harmony bra is a stunningly designed plus size bra with optional straps, cross straps to offer more support and featuring soft foam cups in a smooth Italian Baselli satin with half the cup in floral lace overlay.

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The Harmony is the perfect plus size bridal bra which will give you all the support and comfort you need on your special day. It’s available in 36 – 40 back size and D – H cup size with matching briefs and thongs size ranging 12 – 18.

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To find out more about bridal lingerie options, visit our website by clicking  Moonrise Lingerie or pop in store for a FREE fitting and try one on!

Written by: Kiera Cavey

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 Bridal Boudoir by Viktoria Kuti at Berwick Lodge, Bristol

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What does boudoir suggest to you? Glamour? Sensuallity? Beauty? That idea of suggestion?

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Bristol based boudoir and portrait photographer Viktoria Kuti captured all of this and more in a beautiful bridal boudoir photo session at the stunning Berwick Lodge Hotel in Bristol.

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This delightful country house style hotel was to be the perfect location to let Viktoria’s creativity and professionalism run wild. All of their rooms are beautifully decorated throughout with a delightful historical touch, but The Lydia Suite was chosen to set the scene.

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A gorgeous antique cream queen four poster bed along with period styled sofa’s and decor along with a stunning roll top bath were all carefully used to create an outstanding bridal boudoir photoshoot.

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Weddings are very personal occasions and once all of the ceremony and celebration is over, photos, video clips and memories are what you have left to recall the wonderful event. A bridal boudoir shoot is a really personal way for The Bride to capture this special moment in her life and it serves as an intimate reminder to be shared between each other in marriage.

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Viktoria made excellent use of the venue, lighting and Afton to produce a host of delicate imagery that reflects the true personal and intimate nature of a boudoir session.

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Marriage itself is a joining together of two people and families, to celebrate their love and commitment to one another. We were delighted to see that our very own ‘Harmony’ plus size bridal lingerie set was used for the shoot.

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 Acknowledgements

Photographer: Viktoria Kuti – http://www.viktoriakuti.com

Model: Afton Stinnie

Venue: Berwick Lodge – http://www.berwicklodge.co.uk

Flowers: Bramblewood Flowers – http://www.bramblewoodfolwers.co.uk

Jewellery: Jacq Brill at Beloved Vintage Bridal – http://www.facebook.com/Beloved-Vintage-Bridal-by-Jacq-Brill

Make-Up: Shari Knowles – http://www.shariknowlesmakeup.com

Hair: Nicola Clancy at GoGorgeous – http://www.facebook.com/gogorgeousbristol

 

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Lingerie Spotlight – ‘Claire’ by Affinitas

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 Now the doors to our new lingerie shop have officially opened, it’s time to start showcasing some of our lovely bras and lingerie that we have in store. First up in our lingerie spotlight is ‘Claire’, a beautiful pushup bra by Affinitas.

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The Affinitas Claire range provides an elegant and padded underwired bra to give a wonderful push up effect. It’s brought to you with the colour options of a pretty Victorian rose pink or a gorgeous aubergine purple lace cup. The contrasting black satin shoulder straps lends itself to being a beautiful padded pushup bra for this Autumn. A matching thong is also available in both shades.

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As well as looking stunning and beautiful they provide amazing support and comfort which is the top priority. To find out more about The Claire Pushup Bra, then visit our website by clicking  Moonrise Lingerie – Pushup Bras or pop in store for a FREE fitting and try one on!

 

Written by: Kiera Cavey

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New Moonrise Lingerie Store Opening Soon

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Less than 4 weeks ago we got handed a set of keys to the premises that are to house our first lingerie shop in the Crown Glass Shopping precinct, Nailsea, Bristol. As excited as we were, the fact that all we had was an empty shell didn’t quell the excitement and anticipation for what lay ahead. No ceiling, no flooring, no lights and no electrics and yet in just over 4 weeks time Moonrise Lingerie would be opening its own doors to the public for the very first time!

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Our aim is to provide the women of Nailsea and North Somerset a lingerie shop to cater for their needs, be that, everyday underwear up to plus size bras, bridal lingerie including low back corsets & basques, sports wear, maternity bras and eventually mastectomy underwear as well as a fitting service that is of an exceptionally high standard.

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We want our customers to leave our store with underwear that’s supportive, comfortable as well as stylish and fashionable. No more sighs of relief at the end of the day when it comes to unclasping a bra that’s been digging in, shuffling around and causing you to be constantly adjusting it throughout the day, with our fully trained lingerie fitters, you’ll leave our store feeling as if you’re not even wearing one!

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Saturday the 27th August is our big open day where we will be offering FREE fittings, a butler serving drinks and snacks, a FREE gift for every purchase made in the day, a raffle to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Fund as well as face painting for the kids. So why not pop on down to see how the shop turned out and what we have to offer? We’d love to see you!

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Lingerie Spotlight – The Christina Wedding Corset

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Choosing wedding day underwear to go beneath your wedding gown can be more tricky than you originally thought, especially if you’re needing strapless or something with added support and shaping characteristics. Today we have the spotlight on The Christina Wedding Corset.

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Our Christina Bridal Corset is a beautifully elegant lace over satin fully boned corset with fabulous versatility, it can be worn with or without shoulder straps as well as optional suspender straps.

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It’s double lace up tie back allows you to adjust the fit of the corset for your own personal comfort or amount of shaping you want for your outline before you put your dress on.

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The front of the corset has a hook and eye closure for ease of putting on without the need for an extra pair of  hands!

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To find out more about our Christina Wedding Corset, like sizes, price and delivery, then visit our online wedding lingerie store at http://www.moonriselingerie.co.uk/womens-underwear/index.php?item_id=1020

 

Special Thanks to Paul Travis of Eyedream Photography for images 1,4 & 5 and Shelley Denise for modelling.