Posts Tagged: Veil

Behind The Scenes – London Bride & Otaduy Special Bridal Showcase

AISLE STYLE, INSPIRATION, PLANNING, Suppliers

Photography by Cinzia Bruschini

A behind the scenes look at the London Bride & Otaduy Bridal special bridal showcase last month. We were thrilled to invite readers and brides to this intimate event to try on dresses and chat and be inspired by some of our wedding industry friends! 

Otaduy Bridal and London Bride Event

Part of why I love working in this industry is getting the chance to work and collaborate with like-minded, creative and modern thinking wedding colleagues. It pushes the industry in the right direction and just bouncing ideas, inspiration and swopping stories is really refreshing.

Having been a fan of Barcelona bridal designers, Otaduy and their gorgeous London showroom, we decided to collaborate and hold an intimate bridal event to showcase their new collection, meet with brides (and readers of London Bride!) and also to introduce them to some fabulous wedding brands, suppliers, designers and makers. It was so much fun to see bride’s try on potential contender dresses, with their friends and family with the added fun of trying on veils, shoes, holding a beautiful bouquet as well as be made-up all whilst in a relaxing and intimate atmosphere with delicious and cute mini bottles of sparkling wine courtesy of Cordoniu and refreshing and stylish hydration from Solan de Cabras. Definitely the way dress shopping should be!

As a wedding planner and blogger, it’s also really lovely for me to connect with bride-to-be’s to hear about their days and their styles and wedding inspiration and of course talking all about dresses!

Otaduy showcased their new ‘I Do’ collection, which you can see more of here but is inspired by the glamorous days of disco, and free-spirited style… Otaduy has a lovely balance of feminine dresses and cool separates (plus jackets!) that are for a modern boho bride and are perfect for both a city wedding or something a little more rural. We had a lovely mix of brides at the event who were getting married in the city, the countryside and a few destination weddings too (lucky them!).

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Elegant Hampstead Burgh House Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant

Photography by Mavric Photography

Elegant Hampstead Burgh House Wedding London by Kirsten Mavric Photography

Olivia and Tom had an intimate, elegant London wedding at Burgh House in leafy Hampstead, North London. Their wedding in September was filled with lots of beautiful live music making many special memories. 

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Playful Quirky Wedding Veils from AM Faulkner

AISLE STYLE, Accessories, Bridal Style

Veils by AM Faulkner

To veil or not to veil? If you think a traditional veil isn’t for you then the playful pieces by London milliner AM Faulkner may be just the finishing touch to your bridal style from fancy floral, gold glitter and playful pom pom these are statement veils. 

Playful Cute Quirky Veils by AM Faulkner

I often end up having the conversation with my brides or friends getting married about ‘to veil or not to veil’ as I know it’s a common bridal quandry. In all honesty, the bad influence that I am, always say go for it, it’s the only time (ahem, we hope!) you’ll get the full romance and fun of wearing one and depending on your style there really is something for everyone. Many designers offer beautiful traditional veils, but I stumbled across AM Faulkner designs a few weeks ago and just had to share them as they offer something a little different which I think may work perfectly for those thinking a more traditional veil may not work for their bridal style.

I met with designer Anne-Marie on Monday at London Bridal Fashion Week and saw all the veils and headpieces in person and resisted the temptation to try one on (genuinely resisted, the glitter veil has my name all over it). They are cute, quirky and playful and are perfect paired with a simple dress.

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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

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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

The Finishing Touches – Top 10 Wedding Accessories

AISLE STYLE, Accessories

It’s been a while since I had the chance to have a look at pretty things and with the rain pouring [and pouring and pouring] down outside what better way to cheer myself up than searching for those pretty little finishing touches that fill my  heart with joy! From elegant heels to delicate garters, sparkling earrings to cute hair accessories sometimes you just need that special something to complete the look.

I’ve basically chosen my top 10 wedding accessories that I believe are just oh so simply pretty. Nothing too outrageously statement, nothing too fashion forward, rather hopefully something that will work alongside many dresses and styles to just add that finishing touch for all those brides searching for that little added extra for their wedding.

London Bride's Top 10 Wedding AccessoriesONE Blue/Grey ‘Talle’ Garter by The Wedding Garter Co / TWO Vintage Floral Chandelier Earrings from Liberty In Love / THREE Leila Gold by Emmy London / FOUR Juliet Comb by Debbie Carlisle / FIVE ‘I Do’ Canvas Pouch by Alphabet Bags

The garter is having a resurgence, so if you don’t have one to borrow why not treat yourself to a beautifully feminine one from the recently launched The Wedding Garter Company, this one could also just about be your something blue? Add instant glamour with these beautiful chandelier earrings which work with well with all styles of dresses. The beautiful gold detailed Leila shoe is one I see brides choosing time and time again, classy and comfortable – what more do you want in a shoe? For those who want to add interest to a half-up do but don’t want to go too ‘princess’ then this beautiful Juliet Comb is sophisticated and just the right amount of sparkle. Believe me, you will need somewhere to put your bits and pieces on the day – tissues, lipstick, mints can all be slipped into this super cute peachy ‘I Do’ pouch.

London Bride's Top 10 Wedding AccessoriesONE Blush Vintage Rose Belt by Emmy London / TWO Vintage Rose Chandelier Earrings from Liberty in Love / THREE Coco Statement Headband by Britten Weddings / FOUR Retro Betty Bow Veil by Couturemango on Etsy / FIVE Chantilly Lace Shoes by Harriet Wilde 

Girls in white dresses with pink satin sashes – yes Maria was right these are a few of my favourite things – this pretty sash is a quick and removable way to add interest to a simple gown. If you fancy flirting with a colour but don’t want to go for a blush dress, and a hint of pink with these beautiful vintage style earrings. Now this ‘Coco’ headband is definitely a style statement. Keep hair in a loose up-do for effortless chic or it would also suit a perfectly coiffed set vintage style. Not going to lie, I’m in love with this Betty veil! It’s creamy tone, the bow and the cute length make this perfect for a city bride. Finally, I know you all like a pair of knockout heels, and these my friends are they. The detail of these ‘Chantilly’ lace shoes with ribbon ties are sexy and sophisticated, I can imagine you’ll want to keep these on into the small hours.

Would love to know what accessories you are teaming with your bridal look. To veil or not to veil? Knockout chandelier earrings perhaps just for the evening? Skyscraping heels to twirl in or a simple flower in your hair? There are just so many options out there it’s almost impossible to choose but hopefully this helps inspire for those on the accessories hunt!