Category Archives: What To Wear
We hear it time and time again, fashion forward brides-to-be who would love to wear a wedding gown that is a bit different and unique, something that wouldn’t necessarily look out of place on a catwalk but would be just as show-stopping for your journey down the aisle.
It would seem that more often than not however that many of you don’t even necessarily try what could be the dress of your dreams. And we are not entirely sure why that is exactly.
Is it because others (friends, family, work colleagues, anyone who fancies putting their two pennies worth in) have already laid down the rules of what you should wear as a bride?
Is it because you just don’t think certain styles would suit you?
Is it because you have your own deep rooted ideals of what you should wear for the big day regardless of what might make your heart sing?
Whatever the reason, we thought we would invite some of our fashion pack members to discuss some of their own designs that are not on their “bestseller” list. Hidden Gems if you will.
We’ll then invite you gorgeous lot to leave your comments on the featured frockage and why you have chosen the number that you have (or the one you are at least thinking of!)
Alan Hannah discusses Bacall and Edelweiss:
Naomi Neoh discusses Celeste:
Marion at Jesus Peiro discusses 4019, 4048 and 4066:
Would you try any of these dresses?… View the full post.
Those of you who are regulars to these glorious pages of wedding pretty will no doubt be aware of my attempts to offer advice and big day succor to you through the medium of these ‘Ask Lolly’ posts.
Charlotte actually chatted about our decision to make this a regular feature in her post last week and from the overwhelming response to our Ask Lolly inbox, we’re guessing that you folks wholeheartedly approve.
This week I’ll be attempting to soothe the furrowed brow of the lovely Lorna who has got her knickers in a twist about her wedding lingerie (sorry Lorna I just couldn’t resist!).
Take it away Lorna…
I’m struggling and need your help! Having been happily planning our wedding for the past year, I’m struggling to find the right underwear to purchase for ‘the wedding night’ and/or to take on honeymoon. Just in case we end up a bit too drunk/keen/excited/forgetful and I don’t manage to change out of my wedding dress into said underwear on the wedding night.
My wedding dress doesn’t actually need any underwear to go with it, as it perfectly holds me in on its own. However, for this reason I really want an amazing set of underwear to have for my wedding night. But can I even work out where to start – nope.
I don’t really want it to be white and overly complicated – no peep holes and nipple tassels for this bride. All hints and tips appreciated, especially as our wedding is 4th January and I want to try and get myself organised before hosting Christmas for the family at our new house. It’s been a busy 2013!… View the full post.
One of my favourite parts of a real wedding feature is the “getting ready” images of the bride. There is something so beautiful and unique about those moments, the anticipation, the joy – it’s almost like you are being allowed to share a special behind-the-scenes secret.
Stylist and wedding planner Louise Beukes from B.Loved has essentially re-created this scenario and has incorporated some beautiful and feminine boudoir-esque scenes to produce an extraordinarily pretty and unique inspiration shoot.
Rock My Wedding Sponsor Fiona Kelly captured all of the blooms, the delicate and exquisite Ell and Cee lingerie and the dreamy interiors of The George in Rye to perfection. And the colour scheme is just to die for – I can see these images being pinned to within an inch of their life.
Louise at B.Loved: Photographer Fiona Kelly and I shared a vision; to create an undeniably feminine and pretty shoot that captured the dream-like anticipation of a bride getting ready on her wedding morning. We’re both hugely influenced by the beautiful work of Elizabeth Messina, and wanted to capture our version of romantic and beautiful boudoir - without the overtly sexual look often associated with boudoir photography.
I picked a very pared-back palette, using lots of soft ivory, peach and blush tones with the slightest hint of sage green to create an overly romantic and girly look with a grown-up quality.
It was designed to be quite editorial, picking out individual details and beautiful poses to create a very ethereal and dream-like effect.… View the full post.
I am beside myself with glee this afternoon because I can AT LAST share the glorious and final piece of Rock My Wedding editorial of 2013 – The Fall.
If you stopped by the blog on Monday then you’ll have read my post on the inspiration for this Autumn inspired extravaganza.
You’ll know then that we wanted subtle romance, ethereal glamour and natural beauty inspired by Mother Nature herself. Autumnal light is sublime and we were determined to capture this softness and showcase the most stylish gowns and prettiest table settings against it for your viewing pleasure.
So we set about plotting to convince you lovely lot of the tantalising charms of windswept hair, rich colour palettes, Autumn berries and buttersoft blankets against a backdrop of lemon yellow and ruby red leaves.
We scoured the land for the most perfect location and landed upon a beautiful private estate filled with nooks and crannies aplenty. There were woods and fields full of ponies, rustic barns made from weathered oak and old outhouses with handcrafted beams. And I haven’t even begun to mention the lamppost or the redbrick stables…
With so many different ‘scenes’ at our disposal it made sense to devote each set-up to a particular gown. For foxy frockage we worked with two designers that know exactly how to cater for the petite bride – the focus for this particular piece of editorial. Alan Hannah and Charlotte Balbier provided beautiful lace, tulle and slinky embroidered dresses designed with the shorter bride in mind which we paired up with two beauty looks that I’ll describe in more detail shortly…
And who were we going to use to capture our rustic romantic adventure?… View the full post.
New Shoe Inspiration
The Merle & Morris Girls: Getting married is a big deal. Here at Merle & Morris, we’re not the type of girls who have been planning our weddings since we were small, but we understood that when we got engaged, the world changed as we knew it.
I’m getting married in December and I know first-hand that the choices surrounding weddings can be more than slightly overwhelming. After months trudging through wedding shoe options, looking for something that caught my imagination, I knew I was stuck!
Traditional creamy satin shoes can be very pretty- for some brides; they are the epitome of their bridal dream. But I’m just not that sort of girl. I wanted my shoes to be inspirational, elegant, quirky, comfortable, original – I could go on and on with a list of adjectives. But I just couldn’t find anything that I liked!
Working in the shoe industry, finding my wedding shoes was always going to be tricky – I had a strong idea of what I wanted, and how beautiful and interesting wedding shoes could be. Surely I wasn’t the only bride struggling!?
A chance conversation with a wonderful designer friend showed me that she’d also found it difficult to buy wedding shoes too, she ended up in beautiful black sandals by L’Autre Chose.
So we decided to try and change that – to create the perfect shoe to take you on the journey from bride to wife; to dare brides to think differently about wedding shoe design; to inject some of their own personality into the shoes.… View the full post.
Only a few weeks ago I was watching an episode of Downton Abbey where there was some particularly spiffy dinner/party where various incredibly posh folks (there was an abundance of tweed/equestrian type garb) were coming to stay for the weekend. I exclaimed to Mr O’Shea that I couldn’t quite understand why the whole wear-a-tiara-to-dinner fashion stopped, and that I think I might try and bring it back as a “thing”.
The headpieces were divine. All intricate detail and delicate jewels. I assumed they must be made by some exclusive designer or actual heirlooms borrowed from the 1920′s specifically for the show.
The ‘Vintage Wreath Tiara’ and the ‘Deco Extravagance Tiara’ retail at just £88, that’s a lot of posh for your pennies people.
The Downton specials and the rest of the “Twenties Heirloom” collection will be available from January 10th 2014 from selected stockists and on line at www.glitzysecrets.com
Until then however guess what?
YOU CAN WIN ONE OF EACH DOWNTON ABBEY FEATURED TIARA WITH ROCK MY WEDDING!!!!!
You just need to visit our facebook page, “like it” (if you don’t already) and like and leave a comment on the associated post. We’ll then pick a winner based on our favourite answer to our Lady Mary Crawley question.
Go on then, what are you waiting for?
You don’t need a dinner invitation to wear one of these beauties you know, a wedding will do…..… View the full post.