When I look at brides in real weddings, sometimes it’s those unique little touches they add that really bring their bridal style to life. Whether it’s a bracelet, a simple hair accessory or a killer pair of shoes. If you’re at the stage of having the dress firmly in the ‘tick’ checklist box then you may be starting to think (and pin!) about your overall look and the finishing touches to your bridal style.
In which case, you’ll definitely be interested in the beautiful 2015 collection from designer Debbie Carlisle. What I love about this collection, is that Debbie has obviously really connected with brides as she offers two distinct styles within the collection whether you are a vintage-loving lady or a relaxed boho bride, there is something for everyone and many versatile ways of wearing each one to suit your style.
The ‘Limelight’ pieces are for those looking for glitz and glamour with their vintage inspired Old Hollywood and Art Deco styles but with an updated modern feel, perfect for adding a touch of sparkle. “All of the Limelight headpieces work well with my existing birdcage veil designs, and I’ve also added a new ‘mask veil’ made from the same soft fine French netting which pins at either side of the head and is a great way to wear a veil with a headpiece which can be easily removed later in the day without having to take off your headband or comb.”
‘Enchanted’ is inspired by the natural world, think woodland, florals and delicate vines, so if you’re after something a little less statement with a relaxed pretty feel there is plenty of choice. Each design is also available in both silver and a particular favourite of mine, a warm antique gold. “Most of the Enchanted designs are wired together with gold or silver plated wire and use intricately carved mother of pearl flowers which gives the pieces a more relaxed and bohemian feel. The silver versions use clear faceted Czech crystals mixed with tiny pale ivory freshwater pearls, while the gold versions use beautiful antique gold faceted Czech crystals which are partly glazed to create a delicate and warm golden shimmer.”
Debbie is also very conscious of offering brides the chance to personalise their style with the way they can wear her pieces. The wired designs are incredibly versatile, whether worn curving around your head like ivy, with an elegant up-do or along with a veil, there are endless ways to wear them and you can see lots of examples on her website here, perfect inspiration!
Hair accessories and birdcage veils: Debbie Carlisle www.dcbouquets.co.uk / Photography: India Hobson www.indiahobsonweddings.co.uk / Hair: Alison Jenner www.alisonjennerhair.com / Make-up: Alex Jones www.makeupbyalex.co.uk / Flowers: Swallows and Damsons www.swallowsanddamsons.com / Venue: 156 Arundel Street, Sheffield www.156.st /Dresses and long veils: www.whiteroombridal.co.uk – gowns are Iris by Halfpenny London and Viola by Claire Pettibone.
As I write this it’s a beautiful fresh but sunny day and I’m taken back to those brief warms spells last summer that this couple, M&C were lucky enough to have for their wedding day. This August wedding took place in the beautiful surroundings of Richmond, and to make the most of it’s incredible riverside location, the couple and their guests hopped in rowing boats to cross from the ceremony to the reception venue. Could there be anything more romantic than to be in a rowboat together on your wedding day?
This wedding is not only beautiful, but I love how M&C took their own twist on the day by having their first dance after the ceremony, donning wellie boots and enjoying a late afternoon intimate feast with their guests before whisking themselves away on the Eurostar to Paris. Proving once again just how amazing London is and that you don’t necessarily have to go all the way to the South of France to have a stunning rustic riverside day, although of course you may not always be quite this lucky with the weather…
From the Bride and Groom: “We wanted a day that would be chilled out and beautiful with just our closest friends and family around us. We loved Petersham Nurseries and planned the day around a long summer lunch there.
When we found Orleans House Gallery nearby we had the idea of rowing over the river from the ceremony to the lunch – this turned out a really fun part of the day (there was a wedding routemaster for those who preferred to stay on dry land!). Petersham totally surpassed our expectations with amazing food, service and gorgeous decoration – our memories of the day are filled with the heady smell of all the flowers. We were lucky to have the last really hot day of the year, and lots of our guests said they felt like we’d taken a day trip to the south of France.
We didn’t really care about lots of the traditional details of weddings, but loved having our own twist on things… Like we had our first dance at Orleans House Gallery straight after the ceremony, to an acoustic version of ‘our song’ played on the guitar by one of our really good friends. We also did a speech together instead of the traditional groom’s speech – we want an equal marriage and thought it was good to start as we meant to go on! Having our family and friends toast us was a sight we’ll never forget. Other special touches included having frames with old wedding pictures of lots of our family members – it was a lovely talking point, and a way to have those who weren’t able to be with us in body very much there in our minds.
We also really appreciated contributions from our families to the day – an aunt made our cake, a mum brought bowls of berries to symbolize a fruitful marriage, and so on. We opted not to have an evening do, and our guests went on to have a lazy evening in a pub garden while we got on the Eurostar to have our wedding night in Paris. It was a really dreamy summer day, and we loved it.
The day went beautifully, but beforehand we had moments of stress, even though it was a relatively low key day! My biggest tip is ACCEPT HELP from anyone who offers! Even if you don’t know what job to give them, ask for the help to be figuring out what jobs need doing!”
Photography: Dasha Caffrey / Ceremony Venue: Orleans House Gallery / Reception Venue: Petersham Nurseries / Bride’s Dress: Caroline Castigliano / Co-ordination: Lindy Dowling / Hair and Make-Up: Love Hair / Bridesmaids: Monsoon