Still get a thrill seeing my book in you shop @whitbybookshop -thank you for all your support 😊📚#smvwed

Facebook timeline has reminded me it’s 4 whole years today since my book, ‘Style Me Vintage: Weddings’ was officially published and became available to purchase, as it still is, from all good book shops and Amazon. It seems such a long time ago now (I was first approached by the publishers in the back end of 2011, which is like, genuinely a blogging career lifetime ago!). I have to be honest, it was a bloody tough experience. I struggled to get the book complete in ways I am not sure I would now - different mindset, different life/work environment, an older/wiser head - and my publisher wasn’t brilliant at supporting me once the book was out there. In fact, I don’t feel bad about saying, I actually had pretty much zero support in promoting the book once it had been published, bar some representation at my book launch (which was epic, by the way - you can see it on my blog here http://lvmyd.rs/smvweddings). It’s safe to say I’d approach a project like this now very differently.

Still, I am immensely proud of this little book. Producing it taught me a few important lessons. Like, for example, what’s involved in getting published (I had no idea at all), and what I’m capable of under pressure. I also made many new friends through the book and frequently use the book itself as a reference tool. I love the memories I have of working for 3 incredibly long, challenging days in East London on the photoshoot (we really needed a week, if not longer - how we packed a full book contents worth of shooting in 3 days, I’m still not sure!). Above all, the one thing I’m most proud of is that my Grandpa got to see me publish this book before he passed away in December 2014. My Grandpa was immensely proud of me - he’d personally take copies of my book down to Lichfield Library, where he lived, and give copies to all his friends too. His pride filled me with joy and happiness and a genuine sense of accomplishment. If you happen to have a copy of my book, there’s a picture of my Grandpa on his wedding day in 1942 at the bottom of page 69 #littlestoriesofmylife 📚

So lovely to spot my book in @whitbybookshop today 😊📚 #smvwed

So lovely to spot my book in The Whitby Book Shop today 😊📚 #smvwed

Every now and then I have to remind myself that I've had an actual book published (in 2013) And that's pretty cool 😍 You can order my book from Amazon or pick up a copy in any decent book store #smvwed

MY BOOK // huge thanks to @bisforbabb for sending me this photograph of my book, which is apparently on display in the bridal prep room at @crookhallgardens in Durham. Huge thanks for this Laura I'm so pleased and happy to see this #smvwed 📚💕

THREE YEARS AGO // This time back in 2012, I spent 3 days working start to finish with an amazing team in a disused warehouse in East London, shooting the images for my book, Style Me Vintage Weddings. I remain as proud of the images we produced now as I was back then.
Producing a book from scratch was a huge learning curve for me. I'm not kidding when I say it nearly killed me! It will, though, forever be something I feel incredibly proud of. But I'd not have been able to do it without the most incredible team. Big love to photographer @joannabrownuk, makeup artist extraordinaire, Amanda of @lipstickandcurlsltd, hair stylist Severin Hubert of @hepburncollection, my husband @philipbeeforth for being the most amazing on the day support to the whole entire team and last but by no means least Michelle of @pocketfulofdreams for being my right hand lady, helping me style the shoot and reminding me it was 3 years ago today! There were many absolutely fantastic suppliers who very kindly loaned their designs for us to use in the shoot too and I will forever be so thankful to them. The model pictured wears a most beautiful ostrich feather coat by @joflemingdesign. You can buy a copy of Style Me Vintage Weddings via Amazon and from all good book stores #smvwed

MY BOOK // "I was shooting a wedding recently and the flower girls picked up your book and started reading it! They were giving full commentary and opinion of the dresses. I thought, there's Annabel’s future generation of Love My Dress followers right there! "

Thank you SO much @helenlittlerussell - you have completely made my day! 😍😘 #smvwed

Love it when my book pops up in a real wedding feature 😃💕📖 This one is from the wedding of @christinasarahb and was photographed by @annelimphoto 💕

One of our lovely Lovettes yesterday at the V&A, with a copy of my book which is on sale as part of the exhibition. Thank you so much for sharing @southlondonlass #smvwed #stylemevintage #weddingbooks #books #vanda #lovemydress #lovettes #weddings #wedding #weddingblog

The wedding planning and research continues... I love looking through the 'Style Me Vintage' books for inspiration. 148 days to go!

So unbelievably proud that my book is on sale in the V&A. We were queueing to see the wedding dress exhibition and the lady behind us asked if I was Annabel of Love My Dress 😍 Hello lovely lady if that was you! 😘 #smvwed #stylemevintage #stylemevintageweddings #weddings #weddingbooks #vanda #london #proud

I wanted to share some love today for @lipstickandcurlsltd - the most amazing wedding hair and make-up services.
All the pictures here are from my book, Style Me Vintage Weddings, which is available in all good book stores and via Amazon. I worked with Lipstick and Curls founder, Amanda on my book - she was amazing, styling makeup looks inspired by all the different eras.

Hair by Severin Hubert of Hepburn Collection. Photography by @JoannaBrownUK.

#smvwed #stylemevintage #stylemevintageweddings #weddingbooks #vintage #vintagebride #vintagewedding #newlyengaged #engaged #bridetobe #annabelbeeforth #lovemydress #weddingblog #book #books #bookrecommendations #recommendedbooks

So happy to see my book sitting in your collection @benessamyweddings, thank you! 💖 #repost via @benessamyweddings with @repostapp.
What a fabulous addition to our Wedding Library! @thomasthecaterer #thedefinitiveguide #weddingfood #smvwed #weddingbooks #lovemydress #weddingblog

I hope you love the book! Thanks so much guys 😃👍 #smvwed #REPOST via @strangecasec with @repostapp.
Last day off before heading back to the office. So I've got my feet up with a coffee and about to give one of my favourite Christmas presents a read! Full of gorgeous inspiration @lovemydress xxx

Rest in peace Grandpa ✨ (Screen shot taken from a post I blogged when I excitedly received the first advance copies of my book last year. My Grandpa was so very proud of me and never stopped telling me so. He took a copy of my book to Lichfield Library and told everyone he knew about it. He told all the hospital ward staff and later the hospice nurses too. I think they all must have read it back to front 😊Grandpa passed away this afternoon and I feel awash with a deep sense of calm and peacefulness. I will miss him always, but will always feel him close). Rest in peace my lovely
Gramps, we all love you so much 💖 A friend shared this poem with me today…
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better.

How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again. (Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral)


I will always adore this image from my book (Style Me Vintage Weddings). Hair by @severinhubert, makeup by @lipstickandcurlsltd, hat by Edwina Ibbotson and photography by the amazing @joannabrownuk 💖💖💖 #repost from @lipstickandcurlsltd with @repostapp --- From a shoot we did for Style me Vintage weddings for Love my Dress Make up Lipstick and Curls #bridalmakeup #vintagewedding #vintagebridal #lipstickandcurls #lovemydress #edwinaibbotson #smvwed #weddings #weddingbook

The brilliant @nordicaphoto are celebrating 5 years of being in business with a really exciting and creative #nordicahighfive campaign - where they have teamed up with a whole host of fellow wedding industry pro's on a series of giveaways and promotions.

I'm delighted to help Nordica celebrate this milestone by participating in this campaign and giving away a signed copy of my book, Style Me Vintage Weddings (and guys, you need to get over the word 'vintage’, if that scares you - this is an exceptionally beautiful book and product, with much of the contents shot by the amazingly talented @joannabrownuk. I worked with a really talented creative team to make the book happen). Win yourself a signed copy of my book, by visiting the Nordica Facebook Page here >> lvmyd.rs/nordicahighfive << and 'liking' the resulting image.


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Another image from our interview with @lipstickandcurlsltd, this picture is actually taken from my book, Style Me Vintage Weddings (available in Amazon and all good book stores). Hair was by @severinhubert and the stunning makeup was by Amanda Moorhouse of @lipstickandcurlsltd 💄💋 Image by @joannabrownuk, headpiece by Edwina Ibbotson, dress by @sallylacock #lipstickandcurls #makeup #bridalmakeup #bridalhair #bridalstyling #bride #realbride #realwedding #smokyeye #palelips #vintage #1920s #smvwed #stylemevintage

Feel a bit proud today to see my book at the V&A museum. Thank you so much @candidapple for this image 😘 #smvwed #vintagewedding #weddingbooks

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