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The Best Modern Minimalist Wedding Dresses For Fuss Free Brides

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

Modern and minimalist wedding dresses for fuss free brides, we think these styles keep things simple yet elegant for stylish brides looking for a clean and modern bridal style.

Modern Minimalist Wedding Dress | Designer Charlotte Simpson Bridal

I thought I’d do a round-up of the best dresses for those looking for a stylish but simple, elegant and minimalist wedding dress. Whilst there are always undoubtedly going to be boho brides that are lace lovers, romantic dreamers of layers of floaty tulle and glamorous magpies that want all the sparkle, not every bride wants to be overtly girly or to coin a term overly ‘bride-y’ as some of my own clients have said… not sure if that’s a term but we all know what it implies.

By minimalist, I’m talking clean lines, sharp structures, simple silhouettes and not too much embellishment, frill or ‘fuss’. Simple definitely doesn’t mean boring, in fact like many things the simpler the design the harder it is to get right, as it’s ever more important for the fit, cut and fabric to be perfect. Here are some of my favourite styles and designers that I think are getting it oh so right with the perfect balance of simple, elegant and definitely chic.

This post would have been a lot bigger/longer but I decided to keep it to designers or styles that are (to my knowledge) available in London or the UK, nothing more annoying than seeing a dress that’s only available in Australia… yes Pinterest, I’m looking at you!

Modern Minimalist Wedding Dress - Orion by Elizabeth Dye

Orion Gown | Elizabeth Dye (available at Heart Aflutter, London)

A refreshingly understated beauty. This dress is soft luxurious knit fabric which has a bit of stretch which skims and hugs curves in all the right places and a full train adds a touch of drama. The beautiful high boat neckline is elegant and sophisticated whilst the low and open back are alluring and modern. Also long sleeves are just my favourite right now.

Modern Minimalist Wedding Dress - Harper by Charlotte Balbier

Harper | Charlotte Balbier

This is a youthful, sexy but paired back look, the Harper slipper satin wedding dress with shoestring straps and low shaped back looks great on it’s own, or perhaps worn with a lace top overlay for more coverage for the ceremony or throw on a feather jacket for a winter wedding. I’m loving it teamed with the casual half up top knot.

Modern Minimalist Wedding Dress - Sylvie by Sabina Motasem

Sylvie Dress | Sabina Motasem (available at Heart Aflutter, London)

A seriously gorgeous silhouette, and a dress that I think, would pretty much suit ladies of all shapes and sizes and for all styles of wedding. With a lovely V neckline, this dress features an extra low square back to the waist, a flattering bias cut skirt with contrast waistband and the delicate button detailing on the back with puddle train. The beauty of a simple dress is that you can add accessories, shoes and even style your hair and make up in so many different ways without being limited. Anything goes.

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Modern + Neon Pink Jew-ish Sunbeam Studios Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Modern

Photography by Yellow Bird PhotographyPlanning & Styling London Bride

A cool, contemporary Sunbeam Studios wedding for Katy and Simon. Ombre pink hair, a Charlie Brear dress and a Sunday Roast feast for this unique and meaningful Jew-Ish celebration with neon pink details. 

Sunbeam Studios London Wedding - Photography Yellowbird Planning by London Bride

I’m so pleased to finally be featuring this fabulous modern wedding today that I planned last summer. Katy and Simon were a cool, contemporary couple and I love that this wedding reflects that in every detail. From the meaningful ‘Jew-Ish’ ceremony, to Katy’s amazing ombre pink hair to the roast dinner feast (despite it being August) and the first dance in trainers it was so great working with them as they put their personalities into every element of the day for their Sunbeam Studios wedding.

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Simple + Modern Wedding Stationery Inspiration

INSPIRATION, Stationery

For some reason especially this year, with the majority of my couples when they are planning their stationery they are after something ‘understated’ ‘simple’ ‘modern’ and ‘elegant’ for their wedding. Whilst there is an amazing wedding stationery industry here in the UK, a lot of the designers who offer ‘ready made’ collections, do tend to lean towards something more ‘weddingy’ (whilst that may not be an official term it’s certainly one used a lot amongst my brides!). There is a whole host of designs for those looking for something ‘pretty’ – designs featuring floral patterns, feminine colours, lots of script fonts, delicate illustrations and of course lots of hearts and whilst these are all perfectly lovely, they aren’t quite fitting the bill for those wanting something more understated and simple, and modern.

So, on my research I have found a few lovely pieces that don’t necessarily bring all the bells and whistles but certainly keep it classy. Here are my top 10 picks…

Modern and Simple Wedding Stationery Inspiration

I should say, stationery is such a personal choice and if you have found that you aren’t finding anything that quite floats your boat then a lot of stationery designers offer custom work, or they may be able to adapt their collection designs by tweaking colours and fonts. There are also those who specialise in luxury bespoke design, illustration and calligraphy if you have something very specific in mind or are looking for something that little bit more luxe it’s definitely the way to go to create something truly bespoke for you as the options are endless!

Clockwise from top left: Digital Print by Maple Tea / Stylish ‘St Pancras’ Letterpress by Eagle Eyed Bride / Graphic ‘Zoe’ Letterpress by Strawberry Sorbet / Modern calligraphy ‘Black Tie’ by Amelia Lane Paper / Black & Gold Foil ‘Connaught’ by Natalie Power / Inkless Blind Debossed by MapleTea / Luxury Gold Foil ‘Annabelle’ by Natalie Power / Print Reverse ‘Elenor’ by Denote Stationery / Printable ‘Modern Minimal’ by Penny Black Post / Heavyweight Letterpress ‘I Do’ by Invitation Company

Modern Vintage Romantic Wedding Shoot – Chosen Wedding Fair

INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, DIY, Florals, Food & Drink, PLANNING, Events Calendar

Modern Vintage Styled Romantic Inspired Wedding Shoot by Paola De Paola

Whilst we’re used to seeing lots of ‘vintage’ inspired wedding shoots, I love the fun fresh style to this shoot that puts a more modern spin on the whole styling. This shoot was the brain child of photographer Paola de Paola and Lauren of French Made with Curious Fair and Chosen Wedding stepping on board to bring things together further.

The project was a collaboration with talented friends and suppliers who are exhibitors at the upcoming Chosen Wedding Fair which will take place on Sunday 27th April at Islington Assembly Hall. 

“With the idea of showcasing a contemporary styled vintage wedding – the style of Chosen Wedding Fairs – we hope that the images show the unique, bespoke and fresh ideas that are on offer from these and more talented suppliers who are part of the Chosen family, as well as the fun, freedom and exhilaration that two people share on their wedding day.” 

The shoot that took place at alternative wedding venue, a Victorian warehouse Brixton East showcases a modern vintage romantic ‘secret wedding’ which offers a fresh approach just like the Chosen Wedding Fair aims to do. “We really wanted to show how contemporary styling could bring a different look or edge to a vintage styled wedding, offering an alternative fresh look to what is already lovely, but may have been done before. Finding Brixton East was a fantastic part of the journey in planning the shoot, the brickwork walls, wooden flooring and rustic feel set the perfect backdrop for the playful ‘secret wedding’ shoot bursting with colour, excitement and a lot of tiny details to bring the wow factor to life.”

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Curious Fair who also style the Chosen Wedding Fair’s event interior design – set chose a very romantic pink and pastel colour palette interspersed with glitter and sequins giving it a contemporary Art Deco vibe – something that the venue for our April fair encapsulates at the Deco built Assembly Hall in Islington. They also created geometric shape decorations placed throughout the sequinned tablescape. They created a couple of Art Deco inspired headdresses made from upcycled jewellery.

French Made owner Lauren combines her French background and love for fantastic tasting and high quality food with her now London based eclectic, rustic and vintage inspired style, they will be exhibiting with Chosen Wedding Fair in October.

Paola is a London based photographer who’s style of work encapsulates Chosen Wedding Fair’s vision – bringing to life contemporary but with a vintage style twist, you van meet Paola on April 27th and October 19th.

The Chosen Wedding Fair was created in 2012 by a frustrated bride-to-be, and has steadily been growing as it aims for a fresh and fun way to discover and design your own unique personalised wedding. Chosen work very hard to handpick each exhibitor and they are fortunate enough to showcase excellent talent from bespoke designer makers and vintage aficionados in the surrounding area. 

Their upcoming London event is held at Islington Assembly Hall on Sunday April 27th and also later in the year on October 19th 2014. To find out more information or to book tickets visit their website: www.chosenwedding.com

***ENTRIES CLOSED***

Film-makers Lovestorage also captured the shoot on this fun film, enjoy!

It’s a pleasure to feature this shoot that showcases so many fabulous London wedding suppliers so do check out the credits below of all those involved!

Location: Brixton East/ Photographer: Paola de Paola / Designer + Stylist: Curious Fair /Headpieces: Curious Fair / Cake Designer: French Made / China + Props: Mrs Terrence / Hair + make up: Cristina Pala Hair Make up / Decor : The Sweet Hostess / Promoter: Chosen Wedding Fair / Flowers:  Ladybird Flowers  / Veil: Kelly Spence Bridal Design / Suit: Tweed Addict / Dresses: Days of Grace Vintage / Videographer: Love Storage  /Models: Adeline & Scott

* Entry closes Wednesday 23rd, winners will be contacted by email on Thursday 24th April

Joanna + David – Geometric Elegance – Horniman Museum Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Modern

Geometric Elegance Wedding at Horniman's Museum London by Anneli Marinovich

As a resident of London it’s so easy to forget the charms that the city has to offer. But it really does, it’s bursting with amazing architecture, culture, spaces, people and things to see and do so it’s no wonder it is often a choice for destination weddings, which I love to showcase here on the blog. This city brings together couples and it’s so lovely to see them choose to celebrate here, as Joanna and David did…

Joanna and David found themselves choosing the capital for their own special day as a benchmark in their life together. “When we decided to get married, the first question was, ‘where?’. David is from Chile, and we lived there together for a few years, so obviously that was one option – all of his family, and lots of our friends, are over there. I’m Irish, and my immediate family are in the Isle of Man, so that was another option. In the end we decided on London, because it’s where our life is right now (we’ve lived here for three years), we love the city and for people travelling, it was easily accessible. Lots of friends and loved ones, including David’s dad, uncle and grandparents, couldn’t travel to be with us on the day, but we hope to get back to Chile soon for another celebration! We were in awe of everyone who did travel, including my friend Paul from Australia and David’s friends from Barcelona, whose new baby Maia was born only three weeks before.”

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Joanna and David managed to find the perfect location – the green space that they wanted in the city that they loved. “My granny’s schoolfriend lives around the corner from the Horniman, and she has been involved with the Museum for many years. It was through her that we first visited the Conservatory – she was exhibiting her artwork in an annual show there, and we went along to see her. When we got engaged a year later, and saw that it was possible to get married there (and that it was available on our preferred date!) it seemed like fate: we wanted to get married in London, but we also wanted ‘a bit of green’, and the Conservatory really delivered.”

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Joanna and David chose to have a humanist ceremony, which included short ‘secret’ pieces that they each wrote to each other  which were read out during the ceremony. Having such personal input into this part of the day meant it was truly the most memorable for them both. “We put a lot of thought into it, guided by our Humanist Celebrant, Barbara, and the end result was something that meant an awful lot to us, and hopefully to our family and friends. Our two brothers did the readings: Scaffolding, by Seamus Heaney (in English, read by my brother) and The Art of Marriage, by Wilferd Peterson (in Spanish, read by David’s brother). In planning the ceremony, we talked a lot to Barbara about why we wanted to get married, and she incorporated our thoughts beautifully into her words in the ceremony. We each wrote a short piece about each other, which was to be a ‘secret’ until the wedding day – Barbara read my words about David, and Juan, my cousin’s partner, read David’s words about me in Spanish.” 

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There are so many lovely details throughout Joanna and David’s day, and I love how the geometric element was elegantly translated from the stationery by their talented friend, to the fabulous cake by Olofson Design and the colours so perfectly in tune in the florals by The Fresh Flower Company. They also managed to incorporate a bit of the Groom’s nationality by choosing the popular Chilean Pisco Sour for cocktails which were whipped up by Andy from Barfly.

“Our caterers, Suzanne and Amanda at Suzanne James were fantastic – really, they were the reason we were able to pull everything together in quite a short space of time. They sorted not only the venue, the food and the staff, all of which were fantastic, but they also recommended our suppliers. 

David works in design and I work as an editor, so we were always going to be tough customers for whoever did our wedding stationery. Luckily, our friend Jon stepped up and developed a concept that ended up inspiring our gorgeous wedding cake. We loved the way the design was bright and modern, the colours vibrant (a key requirement!) and the wording bilingual without being ‘clunky’.

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Anneli our photographer was brilliant, not just for the photos we now have, which we love, but also for the way she just fitted right in on the day – so many of our guests said how lovely she was to be around, and how unobtrusive, and the photos really reflect how relaxed everyone was in her company – that’s a real skill I think. Equally importantly, she made US relaxed – no mean feat, given I shed more than a few tears during the ceremony!”

Joanna looks gorgeous in her simple but elegant fitting dress with beautiful low scoop back detail, and I love the pop of bright from her bouquet against the ivory dress.Charlie Brear was the second of five shops I went to over two days when my mum came over to London, and it was such a lovely experience – the showroom is just beautiful. When I tried on the dress, I really felt like myself in it – I could imagine David loving it, spending the whole day in it (me, not David!), dancing in it… And my mum had a little cry when I came out of the fitting room, which is always a good sign!”

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“We have amazing friends and family who helped pull everything together – friends who travelled from the US hadn’t even been in London for 24 hours before they were put to work on the photo map (which evolved as a way of acknowledging all the people in Chile (and elsewhere) who couldn’t be with us)! 

From the first dance (when some of our friends’ kids joined us!) to the last, the dancefloor was pretty packed all night. We’d asked everyone to suggest a song on their RSVP (‘I promise to get up for a dance to this song…’), and Paul our DJ did a brilliant job of mixing some of the requests with songs that seemed to get everyone going. Our first dance was to Baby, I love you – by The Ronettes. My dad is a massive fan of girl groups from the sixties, so I grew up listening to this sort of music. Luckily David’s also a fan, and I loved dancing to this. We didn’t practice at all – my only request, seconds before we hit the dancefloor, was that he warn me before he spinned me!”

Huge congratulations to Joanna and David on their elegant day full of personality and charm! Looks like such a fun day and so well captured by Anneli, so thank you for sharing this with everyone on London Bride.

Credits: Photography: Anneli Marnovich / Venue: Horniman Museum & Gardens  / Brides Dress: Charlie Brear / Brides Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Groom’s Suit: Reiss / Cake: Olofson Design / Catering: Suzanne James / Flowers: The Fresh Flower Company / Cocktails: Barfly / Hair & Make Up: Jaysam & Michael at Jam Deluxe / DJ & Lighting: Paul at Glo Productions / Stationery: Jon Appleyard [friend of couple] / Humanist Celebrant: Barbara Chandler

Contemporary Bridal Dresses – Elizabeth Stuart

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style

 Ambrosia
It’s no wonder that so many brides move into the wedding industry themselves after discovering a gap in the market during the search for their own wedding day.
Well bridal designer Elizabeth Stuart was one such bride. Having struggled finding the perfect fashion forward, sophisticated dress for her wedding in 2009 she launched a collection to offer just this to other brides to be.
She’s designed the dresses to be fun, playful but luxurious with feminine structures for the contemporary, fashion forward bride to set her apart from the ordinary. Looking at these dresses, I very much believe they do just that.
Honeysuckle
  
Snowdrop 
 Delphine
 
 Anemone
 Gillyflower
 Sweet Pea
 Cherry Blossom 
All Images © Elizabeth Stuart
Always a fan of stylish but girly details, I love the bow back detail on the simple Sweet Pea and my favourite is of course the showstopper above, Cherry Blossom. Something about the basque and the neckline that gives it a bit of Carrie Bradshaw appeal. Definitely one for the girl with a good décolletage. And the skirt, well it speaks for itself really.

Take a look at the full collection or find stockists over at www.elizabeth-stuart.com