Monday, 29 February 2016

The National Wedding Show & International Giveaway!

The National Wedding Show 2016 VIP Pass
By a stroke of good luck, last Friday I found myself knee-deep in wedding discussion and bridal catwalks at The National Wedding Show, London Olympia (26-28 February)!  It's at this point I should probably point out I'm not actually getting married. However, since launching A Glass Of Ice I've mentioned various times my love for all things bridal-related, and single or otherwise, I'm beginning to realise it's going to be a longterm interest of mine.  Though it was only once I came face-to-face with the mass of floral arrangements and rows upon rows of jewel embellished gowns that it dawned on me just to what extent! 
VIP area the national wedding show
VIP experience at the national wedding show
That awkward moment when you're outdone by everyone in the background thanks to an out-of-focus camera.  Oh. Though having said that, it's probably for the best or else you'd be seeing the heart-shapes in my eyes over the complimentary champagne... which may or may not have been enjoyed before midday.  Hey, listen, I was surrounded by blissful brides-to-be, I'm allowed all the champagne in the world!  Though on a much less bitter note, one of the most beautiful sights of the day was undoubtedly the flamboyant yet tasteful floral display by Amie Bone Flowers.  A team member busied away perfecting the display as visitors looked on admiringly - myself included, because this is the closest I'll ever come to a fairy/nymph.  Ah, such a pretty scene!
The national wedding show 2016 amie bone flowers
Floral display by Amie Bone Flowers
the national wedding show london 2016
the national wedding show london 2016 catwalk
With over 250 wedding specialists and suppliers at hand to advise, brides-to-be truly are spoilt for choice at The National Wedding Show.  However, speaking as someone who was there as an observer rather than a participant, the angelic catwalk show was a breath of fresh air from being approached to discuss my wedding requirements!  The Catwalk Show showcased a selection of dresses and accessories from both top designers and hightstreet names, ranging from bridalwear to lingerie and from bridesmaids dresses to mothers-of-the-brides outfits.  The models really brought the dresses to life with their elegant walks, graceful smiles and flawless makeup by Ariane Poole Cosmetics...      
catwalk models at the national wedding show
bridal wear at the national wedding show 2016 london
Finiks bridal wear the national wedding show The above wedding gown was undoubtedly one of my favourites of the day, designed by Finiks London, a mother-and-daughter duo dedicated to turning their clients' dreams into reality.  The above Zhana gown had something undeniably ethereal about it, a sight reminiscent of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.  Swoon.
what to expect at the national wedding show
Alfred Angelo bridalwear designs 2016
The National Wedding Show London lingerie catwalk So, things got a little 'cheeky' on the catwalk at one point and considering my other love is lingerie, I was in heaven! Funnily enough, I've noticed I've been picking up a fair few white lingerie designs lately, so the all-white display was of particular interest.  And by interest, I mean encouragement to head home and indulge in some online lingerie shopping...

Moving on to slightly more 'getting married in front of your family and friends' attire, the bridal gown shown above featuring the embellished bodice really captured my attention.  If I absolutely had to declare a favourite, it'd be this dazzling beaded net gown.  It featured a fully crystal-beaded natural waist bodice and plunging V-shaped neckline, a combination that worked so well my eyes struggled to leave the gown the entire time it was showcased.  If this Alfred Angelo Bridal design is still around when it's my time to walk down the aisle, I'm wearing it!
Richard Ward hair and metrospa national wedding show
VIP area at the national wedding show 2016
the national wedding show catwalk 2016After one last rest in the beautiful VIP area - that boasted hair makeovers by Richard Ward, scattered floral displays and a bar for refreshments (and pastries) - it was time to kiss goodbye to all things bridal for the time being.  Though... not entirely!  The fabulous Kerri Ashworth from Bridal Indulgence is very generously offering readers of A Glass Of Ice the chance to win a beautiful Rainbow Club veil from the accessories department of her website!  Not only that, she's also kindly taken the time to answer a few questions for us all... 

1) Which aspect interests you the most about the wedding industry? 

Not many people realise that bridal designers also follow trends on the catwalk and incorporate them into their designs resulting in different trends each season.  So I find it very interesting to see the different inspirations and of course the final designs.  Each wedding dress is completely unique and it is amazing how one small detail can make such a difference to a dress.  I wanted to work in the wedding industry because you spend your time with happy and excited brides-to-be (well most of the time!) and who wouldn’t want to spend their days in such a happy environment?  Helping a bride find her dream dress that she looks and feels amazing in is such a rewarding experience and is of course my absolute favourite part of working in the wedding industry.

2) What do you think makes Bridal Indulgence special? 

Bridal Indulgence is special because we offer a very unique service by coming to the bride’s home.  Wedding dress shopping with Bridal Indulgence means that brides have a personal one-to-one appointment, with no interruptions and at a time to suit them.  It also gives them the opportunity to invite the friends and family that they would like involved in choosing the dress.  We provide brides-to-be with an indulgent experience that makes them feel in safe hands and most importantly, looking and feeling a million dollars!


3) Have you noticed anything trending right now in the world of bridal gowns and/or veils?

Lace is still a very popular choice for wedding dresses and I think it will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.  Brides also seem to be opting more towards gowns that have straps rather than strapless which was a big trend a while ago.  There is also a big trend with having ‘feature’ backs which I think is great because as the bride walks down the aisle and makes her vows, it’s lovely to show off the back of her dress to her friends and family. Our Stella, Sheila, Angeline and Jullienne dresses tick off all the boxes for having lace, straps and feature backs.


Whether you're friends with a bride-to-be or are one yourself, a wedding enthusiast or simply fancy the idea of planning ahead and having a veil to your name that's hand-cut from Italian tulle, this is the perfect opportunity to test your luck! Read on to find out how to enter... 
Bridal Indulgence Rainbow Club Veils
Bridal Indulgence Rainbow Club Veils Giveaway


This is an international giveaway, anyone can enter

After entering your name/email into the Rafflecopter above, there are just two mandatory entries: to follow both Bridal Indulgence and A Glass Of Ice on Twitter

After completing the mandatory entries, entrants have the choice to gain further entries (three options, including a daily tweet)

Prize value is up to £60 to spend on a veil on the Bridal Indulgence website

Winner will be picked at random via Rafflecopter

This giveaway will close at 11.59pm on 31/03/2016

Winner will be contacted via email and have 28 days to respond

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Regardless of whether a marriage is on the horizon or not, I hope you've enjoyed this bridal extravaganza and if you've entered the giveaway to win a Rainbow Club veil with Bridal Indulgence... good luck!!

The National Wedding Show
Olympia London
Hammersmith Road
W14 8UX

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: This prize has been kindly provided by Bridal Indulgence.



  1. Loved reading this! It does make you dream of your wedding day, doesn't it?
    The dresses were stunning!

  2. Awww, how wondeful, Gabrielle! Fantastic event to celebrate love. ;) Totally got you on Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

    xoxo Ira

  3. Everything is gorgeous! The flower display was outstanding and I can't even begin to pick a fave dress. What a beautiful event to attend


  4. What a fun show to attend, so much to take in and look at!

    XO Chelsea

  5. Haven't paid much attention to bridal trends, makeup and everything bridal. Great to see you sharing on your blog Gab! x Happy Tuesday!

    Real Life Nerd

  6. Such a lovely event and the wedding gowns all look so dreamy xx

    Maireem | My Fair Autumn | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: myfairautumn

  7. That floral display is marvellous, love that!! Good luck to everyone :) xx

  8. Wow, I am totally bowled over by that floral display by Amie Bone Flowers, so very gorgeous! And wouldn't it make such a beautiful backdrop for blog photos!?

    I'm not engaged or anything yet but I'm similar to you in that I love weddings! My sister is getting married next year, so very excited to start attending wedding fayres and lusting over everything!

    Musings & More

  9. All these photo's look stunning! I'm so happy you had a lovely time!x


  10. Wow :) what a lovely event! Also the dresses are soo beautiful ! <3 have a lovely day.

  11. Wow I bet you had an amazing time! Looks amazing! x

  12. What a gorgeous veil, one bride to be will be very happy! Am I missing a trick but I don't see the Alfred Angelo photo that you mention

  13. Those dresses are amazing! So is the veil, very nice giveaway!

    Ash | Liakada

  14. That sounds like such a fantastic and fancy event! And.. what a wonderful veil! Do you think one day you'd have a veil with your wedding dress? Just got curious ;)

    1. Hmm interesting question, I reckon I will as they're far too beautiful to resist! ;)

      Gabrielle x

  15. This looks and sounds like such a wonderful event, Gabrielle! I love all of the dresses you've featured here and that veil is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful day, beauty!



  16. It looks like such a beautiful event! I can't wait until I start planning for a wedding one day.. although I wouldn't have a clue where to start! :) xx

  17. Looks like a brilliant event, Gabrielle and what a lovely giveaway! I wish best of luck to all contestants, I'll respectfully not join because I don't plan to get married again. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  18. What a great show! The dresses are fabulous and you were looking lovely :)
    Have a nice week!

  19. so funny that I landed on your blog. I just finished talking to my phone who is getting married in may. im gonna be a bridesmaid and im so excited. loved the pics.


  20. I love this post! This pos is right up my alley. The dresses are gorgeous as you are!

  21. OMG this is so cool. I too love bridal things, though most people don't even know that about me. And funnily enough I hardly get to go to weddings period. Which sucks balls! I'm single right now too, so booo! (Not really though!) I don't know if I could actually go to an event/show like this though. I'd feel too funny (because of my age that is) or that I'd be perceived as "desperate" loooool. Plus I feel like many vendors wouldn't give me the time of day (at least in Australia anyway) because I'm technically not going to be a paying customer.


  22. Lovely dresses, good memories ;)


    Mónica Sors



  23. Ohhmmmyy lovely dresses.
    How i wish i could attend such event like that
    We have here but I miss it.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  24. That looks like so much fun!!!! :) gorgeous dresses!

  25. Wow, the photos are amazing!! And you look gorgeous! I can only imagine how much fun an event like this would be :) xo, M

  26. This looks like such a fun event! You got so many great pictures too! It was actually my best friends wedding over the weekend so I have weddings on the mind too. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  27. How stunning is that Gabrielle!!! Too bad we can't have few wedding dresses - I already git mine. Thanks for a beautiful post!
    Kira Is Wearing

  28. What a lovely event to attend and what gorgeous dresses as well! I particularly love that shot of the floral lace detailing on the skirt and of course that black and white shot of the dress with all of the floral designs on it. I hope you enjoyed the champagne too - it's always good when there's champagne! My friend is getting married in 2017 so I will definitely be showing this to her, though I'll leave off entering for the time being to allow all the brides to be to have a chance. Lovely post! - Tasha

  29. I had to laugh a little when my reading came to the lingerie bit and you went with the hilarious lexical choice of "cheeky," hahaha. I think that it's a fantastic idea to incorporate lingerie with bridal wear -- you must've been over the moon, Gabrielle! Your love for both things are definitely evident on AGOI!


  30. I feel you, I lovelovelove wedding things despite being hopelessly single! This looks like a gorgeous show and such a fun day out xx

  31. What a fun giveaway Gabrielle! I love wedding shows, and it's hard not too because of all of the intricate details. We're actually going to a wedding soon for a friend and I am helping with it, so inspiration is always welcomed. You look lovely in the photo as well. x

  32. That floral display is absolutely stunning! I wish that I'd have attended a wedding show like this before I got married. It would have been such a great resource for ideas. Good luck to all the entrants!

  33. I can remember planning my wedding and there was so much choice, all of it amazing, and the hardest part was knowing that I could only choose one dress, one colour scheme, etc. I never went to a big show like this though - looks like such a fun day! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  34. Great giveaway and awesome fair! The dresses are amazing!!

    ♘ ♘

  35. The post is fantastic! I am now following you on Instagram @irenethr
    Have a wonderful day!

  36. Sounds like it was such a wonderful show! I am in awe of that amazing floral display!

  37. OMG I went to a bridal expo and everyone was like wait you're not married... WHY are you here?! Excuse me while I go cry in the corner :/ Well because I love weddings and love bridal dresses :) Isn't it so fun to play pretend?!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  38. Such stunning photographs! This looked like quite the show. My favourite aspect of the catwalk show shown here is the little luxury umbrella, such a lovely touch.

    The interview was great, and I think it's a must have to have a one on one consultation, it can be ever so daunting that's for sure for any bride so it takes lots of pressure off to see somebody face to face.

    You look beautiful as always and it looks like you had such a wonderful time. You can't enjoy a bridal show properly without a tasty glass of champagne in hand.

    Such a lovely post, looks like a great event!

    Laura xo

  39. Weddings are just so dreamy! For the longest time I wanted to be a wedding planner so I could enjoy the bliss that is a wedding over and over again!

    pumps and push-ups

  40. The dresses are stunning, they would make any girl look like a princess!

  41. I am already married for the second time with no intentions to change that and marry again, but looking at that stuff never fails to excite me.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  42. What a lovely post! The Finiks of London is my fave too. I must say as a bride to be, I am beginning to associate weddings with family drama and loads of stress. Ha!

  43. This looks like such a great event! All those wedding dresses are gorgeous :)


  44. Oh wow, I should have attended an event like that before I decided on my wedding dress! It sounds like an amazing event, Debenhams flowers look so pretty!

    Ela BellaWorld

  45. What a event!! Looks so nice :) x

  46. What a gorgeous event! The dresses are absolutely stunning and the decor is quite charming. This is such a great giveaway

    Keisha xo

  47. I've always wanted to go to one of these shows, but just never got around to doing it. I hope I get to soon!

    Heba xx || The Heba

  48. Looks like a lovely event! And you look very lovely yourself!


  49. Gorgeous Clicks..U look so gorgeous...
    xo, Neha

  50. I'm sure you'll make a beautiful bride, Gabrielle! xoxo

  51. It looks you had a great time at the wedding fair and I agree with you, you certainly don't need to be engaged to have fun at one :) x

  52. Beautiful event and great interview! =)

    NEW POST on


  53. I'm not a wedding-loving girl but I can see how lovely the event was.
    Nice post :)

    XoXo Noma

  54. I'm drooling to all these gowns. I love events like these, -very fun!!
    Great shots here, beauty. :)

  55. Wow that flower display is amazing, and such a beautiful collection of dresses.

  56. Seems like it was a lovely event!

  57. I'm single but I recently found myself looking at wedding dresses. The show must have been amazing.

  58. Stunning images...I saw quite a few mesmerizing gowns. I did enjoy reading that interview. I've heard about bridal fashion following fashion trends, but I guess it takes a keen eye to take notice of it because the devil is in the detail.

    Most women will choose a traditional dress (and nothing is wrong with that) but that is why details are so imporant....and the right lingerie is a crucial factor!


  59. The event looks so dreamy! So good that it looks like you had a blast :)

    ~ Styleccentric Fashion' | BLOGLOVIN

    xo, Alyssa

  60. Stunning wedding gowns!! I think I would choose something less elaborate for my own wedding but always love looking at them.
    Christina ♥

  61. You are so sweet Gaby... You might have mentioned a million times before that you are not getting married...Hahaha...
    Jokes apart, this is a fabulous giveaway from Bridal Indulgence
    (I can't participate i don't have Twitter). However, I especially loved all of your wedding related posts and I am glad to know that it's going to be a long term interest to you. Have alovely weekend ;-)


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